Trump hails Rush Limbaugh on ‘Hannity’: ‘They all respected Rush’

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Trump hails Rush Limbaugh during ‘Hannity’ appearance: ‘They all respected Rush’
Former President Donald Trump joined “Hannity” on Wednesday night to remember conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, who died at age 70 after a long battle with lung cancer

Trump reflected on his decision to award Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of Freedom during the State of the Union Address last February, just days after the conservative icon announced his Stage IV lung cancer diagnosis.

“It was an idea that we had that a lot of people suggested to me, frankly, a lot of great people of our country, largely Republican,” Trump told host Sean Hannity. “It was an amazing night because the Republicans went wild and the Democrats sat there, but they all respected Rush.”

The former president met Limbaugh after announcing his 2016 bid for the Republican nomination. According to Trump, the two connected instantly, bonding over their love of golf and mutual commitment to conservative values.

“I got to know him right after coming down the escalator [to announce my candidacy in July 2015]. He was there right from the beginning,” Trump said, revealing that he would regularly check in with Limbaugh on the state of his health. CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON OUR TOP STORY.

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– Laura Ingraham mourns death of Rush Limbaugh as ‘cataclysmic loss’
– Glenn Beck: Rush Limbaugh should be remembered as ‘the Johnny Carson of radio’
– Rush Limbaugh’s brother posts message on Twitter following radio icon’s death
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– Rush Limbaugh guest host Mark Steyn reflects on broadcaster’s death: ‘He was simply the best’

Cuomo administration facing federal probes over handling of nursing home crisis: report
The FBI and U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn, N.Y., have begun an investigation into how New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration handled the state’s nursing home crisis during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report Wednesday.

The investigation is focused on top members of Cuomo’s coronavirus task force, the Albany Times-Union reported, citing a source with direct knowledge of the matter. Neither Cuomo nor any administration official has at this point been accused of any wrongdoing.

Members of Cuomo’s task force include New York State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker and Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa. The latter drew scrutiny this month after she seemingly admitted the governor’s team withheld information related to COVID-19-related deaths at nursing homes.

“As we publicly said, DOJ has been looking into this for months. We have been cooperating with them and we will continue to,” Cuomo senior adviser Rich Azzopardi said in a statement.

It was not clear whether Azzopardi’s statement referred to the Brooklyn U.S. attorney’s probe, which the Times-Union described as “in its early stages.” Azzopardi’s statement did not specify whether Cuomo’s office was in touch with FBI or U.S. attorney’s office officials regarding a fresh investigation.

A spokesman for the US Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn told the Times-Union he could neither confirm nor deny that an investigation was underway. CLICK HERE FOR MORE.

In other developments:
– Nikki Haley slams media, Biden for Cuomo praise amid nursing home scandal
– Ted Cruz calls for congressional probe of Cuomo nursing home scandal
– Meghan McCain torches media’s ‘piss-poor’ coverage of Cuomo nursing home scandal: ‘Journalistic malpractice’
– Cuomo responds to Democratic lawmaker who claims governor said he would ‘destroy’ him: ‘Mr. Kim is lying’
– CNN claims it reinstated ‘rule’ barring Chris Cuomo from covering brother as nursing home scandal grows
– CNN’s Chris Cuomo continues blackout of brother’s nursing home scandal, MSNBC primetime hosts also avoid

Texans weather and power crises threaten those with serious health conditions
At least 10 people have died and countless others are facing life-threatening conditions as Texans prepared to enter day four of frigid weather without heat and power.

A growing concern is for those people in the storm’s path with serious health conditions.

“That’s concerning not only for temperature but also for people who are on oxygen or do need electronic devices for their health,” said Kasey Breidenthal, Comfort Homes’ director of operations, according to KTAB-TV in Abilene, Texas.

In the Dallas suburb of Richardson, a woman who relies on an oxygen machine had to be taken to a local hospital and then a dialysis center where the machine was charged, the Texas Tribune reported.

Conversely, carbon monoxide poisoning has become a major health concern. At least two deaths have been reported and in Houston alone, Texas’ largest city has seen 300 carbon monoxide poisoning cases, according to the Houston Chronicle. The rise in cases has come about from people trying to stay warm in running cars in garages, BBQ pits and generators used indoors.

The power problems have also impacted water pressure levels across the Lone Star State. An estimated 7 million people were told to boil their water or stop using it entirely as homeowners, hospitals, and businesses grappled with low pressure, broken water mains and burst pipes. CLICK HERE FOR MORE.

In other developments:
– Texas mayor who told residents ‘no one owes you’ amid winter blast says wife got fired: report
– Long lines form at Texas grocery stores as food demand soars amid historic storm
– AOC says Green New Deal would have helped to prevent Texas blackouts
– Frigid weather scraps more sports events in Texas, Oklahoma
– ‘Mattress Mack’ provides shelter to hundreds of Texans left withoutpower from winter storm

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SOME PARTING WORDS

Sean Hannity fondly remembered the late Rush Limbaugh on Wednesday’s “Hannity” as a legendary broadcaster and a “great patriot.”

“God, faith, family, country – this is what Rush Limbaugh embodied and tens of millions of Americans listened,” Hannity said. “He was an innovator, he was a pioneer, he was a trailblazer, he was a great patriot. He fought every single day to make this country a more perfect union and a better place.”

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