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Supporters of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido have taken control of three diplomatic buildings in the United States, the State Department said Monday night.

Spokesman Robert Palladino told reporters that Guaido’s supporters were in possession of two military attache installations in Washington D.C. and the Venezuelan consulate in New York. Palladino added that the Trump administration was "pleased to support these requests."

Carlos Vecchio, Guaido’s ambassador to the United States, posted videos on Twitter of diplomats and military officers walking through the vacant buildings. At the consulate in Midtown Manhattan, staffers removed images of disputed Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his predecessor Hugo Chavez from the walls.

"It is impossible not to feel emotion as we enter this homeland, the sovereign territory of our #Venezuela, liberated from the usurper regime Of Maduro," tweeted Gustavo Marcano, another pro-Guaido official. "This is what will happen throughout our country when the usurpation ceases!"

In another diplomatic coup for the opposition, Panama also accepted a Guaido loyalist as Venezuela’s ambassador Monday.

CUBAN DOCTORS IN VENEZUELA SAY THEY WERE FORCED TO TIE MEDICAL TREATMENTS TO VOTES FOR MADURO

The Maduro government described the takeover by Guaido supporters as a "forced and illegal occupation" and called on the Trump administration to "immediately reverse said de facto forced occupation."

"The diplomatic offices of Venezuela in the United States can only be used by the official diplomatic agents representing the democratic and constitutional government of President Nicolás Maduro," said the government statement, which added, "If the government of the United States persists in the breach of its international obligations, the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela reserves the corresponding legal and reciprocal decisions and actions in Venezuelan territory." It did not provide details on what those actions might be.

The last remaining American diplomats in Venezuela left the embassy in Caracas and flew home last Thursday. Maduro has cut diplomatic ties with the U.S., though diplomats loyal to him have remained in the United States as representatives to the United Nations and the Organization of American States.

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Washington has thrown its support behind Guaido since he declared himself interim president on Jan. 23. The United States and about 50 other countries have recognized Guaido as Venezuela’s legitimate leader and have supported his claim that Maduro was re-elected last year in an allegedly flawed vote.

Maduro has alleged that Guaido is a collaborator in a U.S. plot to overthrow the government in Venezuela, where the population has endured hyperinflation and a dangerous shortage of medicine and other necessities that the opposition blamed on the administration’s socialist policies.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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After a week of historic flooding featuring record-high river levels that killed at least three people in the Midwest, Vice President Mike Pence will travel to Nebraska Tuesday at the president’s request, press secretary Sarah Sanders announced Monday.

Pence will be joined by Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts and Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds.

NEBRASKA FARMER WHO DIED TRYING TO RESCUE A STRANGER FROM FLOODWATERS IS HAILED AS A HERO

“Thank you to First Responders and many volunteers helping those affected!” Sanders added in a tweet announcing Pence’s visit.

The Sarpy County Nebraska Sheriff’s office said at least 500 homes have been destroyed in the floods so far, leaving hundreds of people displaced, The Weather Channel reported Sunday.

One of the two people killed was a 50-year-old Nebraska farmer who was trying to save a stranger trapped in flood waters. James Wilke, 50, drove his tractor onto a bridge in an attempt to save a stranded driver, but the bridge collapsed.

Eighty-year-old Betty Hamernik and a 55-year-old man have also been killed in the flooding, The Weather Channel reported. Two other men remain missing.

President Trump tweeted about the flooding last week.

“Just spoke w/ @GovRicketts,” he wrote. “The people of Nebraska & across the Midwest, especially the Farmers & Ranchers, are feeling the impacts from severe weather. The first responders & emergency response teams have done a great job dealing w/ record flooding, high winds, & road closures.”

The flooding has also displaced residents in nearby Iowa and Missouri.

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To help, donations can be made to the American Red Cross of Nebraska and Southwest Iowa.

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U.S. prosecutors are looking into the development of Boeing’s 737 Max jets, a person briefed on the matter revealed Monday, the same day French aviation investigators concluded there were "clear similarities" in the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines Max 8 last week and a Lion Air jet in October.

The Justice Department probe will examine the way Boeing was regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the inquiry is not public.

A federal grand jury in Washington sent a subpoena to someone involved in the plane’s development seeking emails, messages and other communications, the person told The Associated Press.

The Transportation Department’s inspector general is also looking into the FAA’s approval of the Boeing 737 Max, a U.S. official told AP. The official wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. The Wall Street Journal reported on the probe Sunday said the inspector general was looking into the plane’s anti-stall system. It quotes unidentified people familiar with both cases.

The anti-stall system may have been involved in the Oct. 29 crash of a Lion Air jet off of Indonesia that killed 189 people. It’s also under scrutiny in the March 10 crash of an Ethiopian Airlines jet that killed 157.

The Transportation Department’s FAA regulates Chicago-based Boeing and is responsible for certifying that planes can fly safely.

The grand jury issued its subpoena on March 11, one day after the Ethopian Airlines crash, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press.

Spokesmen for the Justice Department and the inspector general said Monday they could neither confirm nor deny the existence of any inquiries. The FAA would not comment.

"Boeing does not respond to or comment on questions concerning legal matters, whether internal, litigation, or governmental inquiries," Boeing spokesman Charles Bickers said in an email.

The company late Monday issued an open letter from its CEO, Dennis Muilenburg, addressed to airlines, passengers and the aviation community. Muilenburg did not refer to the reports of the Justice Department probe, but stressed his company is taking actions to ensure its 737 Max jets are safe.

Those include an upcoming release of a software update and related pilot training for the 737 Max to "address concerns" that arose in the aftermath of October’s Lion Air crash, Muilenburg said. The planes’ new flight-control software is suspected of playing a role in the crashes.

The French civil aviation investigation bureau BEA said Monday that black box data from the Ethiopian Airlines flight showed the links with the Lion Air crash and will be used for further study.

Ethiopian authorities asked BEA for help in extracting and interpreting the crashed plane’s black boxes because Ethiopia does not have the necessary expertise and technology.

The Ethiopian Accident Investigation Bureau intends to release a preliminary report within 30 days.

The United States and many other countries have grounded the Max 8s and larger Max 9s as Boeing faces the challenge of proving the jets are safe to fly amid suspicions that faulty sensors and software contributed to the two crashes in less than five months.

Both planes flew with erratic altitude changes that could indicate the pilots struggled to control the aircraft. Shortly after their takeoffs, both crews tried to return to the airports but crashed.

Boeing has said it has "full confidence" in the planes’ safety. Engineers are making changes to the system designed to prevent an aerodynamic stall if sensors detect that the jet’s nose is pointed too high and its speed is too slow.

Investigators looking into the Indonesian crash are examining whether the software automatically pushed the plane’s nose down repeatedly, and whether the Lion Air pilots knew how to solve that problem. Ethiopian Airlines says its pilots received special training on the software.

Dennis Tajer, an American Airlines pilot and a spokesman for their union, said Boeing held a discussion with airlines last Thursday but did not invite pilots at American or Southwest, the two U.S. carriers that use the same version of the Max that crashed in Indonesia and Ethiopia.

Tajer said airline officials told the unions that Boeing intends to offer pilots about a 15-minute iPad course to train them on the new flight-control software on Max jets that is suspected of playing a role in the crashes. He called that amount of training unacceptable.

"Our sense is it’s a rush to comply — ‘let’s go, let’s go, let’s go,’" Tajer said. "I’m in a rush to protect my passengers."

A spokesman for the pilots’ union at Southwest Airlines also said Boeing representatives told that union they expected the upgrade to be ready the end of January.

The spokesman, Mike Trevino, said Boeing never followed up to explain why that deadline passed without an upgrade. Boeing was expected to submit a proposed fix to the FAA in early January.

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Krisher reported from Detroit. Associated Press writers David Koenig in Dallas and Michael Balsamo in Washington contributed to this report.

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PLATTSMOUTH, Neb. – Parts of the Midwest have been inundated with flooding as rainfall and melting snow force rivers to swell in parts of Iowa, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska.

In Plattsmouth, Neb., the Missouri River reached record heights – up to 40 feet – submerging many homes and businesses. By Monday, a portion of one of the town’s major throughways, Main Street, was submerged in water that had overflowed from the river. Signs warning of flooded roads were the only things signaling onlookers that a roadway was below the water.

Among the people who had come out to get a glimpse of the damage was Gary Young, who had been trying to assess any damage to his camper that was floating about a mile away. He, his wife and their dog had been living there with no problems all winter until the flooding began over the weekend and forced them to evacuate.

“We thought we had another day or so to get our stuff out,” Young said. "[We] went to bed that night, got up at 5 a.m. and my wife said that the water was already going over the road. We made the decision to grab what we could, get the vehicles and get the vehicles out.”

A road sign and building sitting in water left behind after the Missouri River rose to record heights, flooding a huge swath of land in the city Plattsmouth, Nebraska. (Fox News)

A road sign and building sitting in water left behind after the Missouri River rose to record heights, flooding a huge swath of land in the city Plattsmouth, Nebraska. (Fox News)

AT LEAST 3 KILLED AS HISTORIC FLOODING CRIPPLES MIDWEST

Young and his wife figured, with water already starting to cover the roadway, they probably wouldn’t be allowed back into their home. They decided it was best to grab their dog and head for safety.

“It’s tough, but in the long run I’m safe, my wife is safe, and we got our dog out,” he said as he reflected. “That’s what’s most important.”

Young and his wife are staying at a hotel in Council Bluffs, Iowa, which is about an hour’s drive from Plattsmouth with all the road closures. He said they would probably go stay with family in Glenwood, Iowa, southeast of Council Bluffs, but with more flooding expected over the next couple of days that city may have to terminate its water supply.

“It’s kind of up in the air right now where we may end up.”

The City of Plattsmouth declared a water emergency. Officials urged residents to conserve water, saying the city’s water treatment plant has been flooded.

“To protect the plant from further damage, the plant will be shut as soon as is safely possible,” the city’s website read.

MIDWEST BRACING FOR MORE ‘UNPRECEDENTED’ FLOODING THAT HAS SHATTERED RECORD-HIGH RIVER LEVELS

Ron Ballinger, who’s lived in the city his entire life, said he’s seen a lot of floods but never anything of the magnitude of what had overtaken parts of Plattsmouth.

“It’s devasting. Thousands of people lost their homes,” Ballinger said as he stared out at all the damage caused by the flooding. “My niece alone lost three houses and her cabin.”

He said she was able to escape the flooding with most of her belongings. However, Ballinger said not everyone has been as fortunate as his niece.

“When you look up north, all through there, all these little towns are devasted. All the houses lost. Where are we going to put them? People need to help them out because they have nowhere to go now.”

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As Young tries to figure out what he and his wife will do next, there was a bit of a bright spot amid the fog of devastation.

“The golf cart is still there and the camper is still there, I guess that a blessing for right now.”

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The white supremacist accused of gunning down 50 people at two mosques in New Zealand has dismissed his lawyer and opted to represent himself at trial, prompting the prime minister to declare Tuesday that she would do everything in her power to deny him a platform for his racist views.

"I agree that it is absolutely something that we need to acknowledge, and do what we can to prevent the notoriety that this individual seeks," Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told reporters. "He obviously had a range of reasons for committing this atrocious terrorist attack. Lifting his profile was one of them. And that’s something that we can absolutely deny him."

Asked if she would like the trial to occur behind closed doors, Ardern demurred, saying that was not her decision to make.

"One thing I can assure you — you won’t hear me speak his name," she said.

The gunman’s desire for infamy was made clear by the fact that he left behind a convoluted 74-page manifesto before Friday’s massacre and livestreamed footage of his attack on the Al Noor mosque.

The video prompted widespread revulsion and condemnation. Facebook said it removed 1.5 million versions of the video during the first 24 hours after the massacre. But on Tuesday, Ardern expressed frustration that the video remained available online, four days after the attack.

"We have been in contact with Facebook; they have given us updates on their efforts to have it removed, but as I say, it’s our view that it cannot — should not — be distributed, available, able to be viewed," she said. "It is horrendous and while they’ve given us those assurances, ultimately the responsibility does sit with them."

Arden said she had received "some communication" from Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg on the issue. The prime minister has also spoken with British Prime Minister Theresa May about the importance of a global effort to clamp down on the distribution of such material.

Lawyer Richard Peters, who was assigned to represent Brenton Harrison Tarrant at his initial court appearance on Saturday, told the New Zealand Herald that Tarrant dismissed him that day.

A judge ordered Tarrant to return to New Zealand’s High Court on April 5 for his next hearing on one count of murder, though he is expected to face additional charges. The 28-year-old Australian is being held in isolation in a Christchurch jail.

"He seemed quite clear and lucid, whereas this may seem like very irrational behavior," Peters told the newspaper. "He didn’t appear to me to be facing any challenges or mental impairment, other than holding fairly extreme views."

Peters did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press on Tuesday.

He said a judge could order a lawyer to assist Tarrant at a trial, but that Tarrant would likely be unsuccessful in trying to use it as a platform to put forward any extremist views.

Under New Zealand law, a trial is "to determine innocence or guilt," Peters said. "The court is not going to be very sympathetic to him if he wants to use the trial to express his own views."

Peters said Tarrant didn’t tell him why he wanted to represent himself.

Ardern previously has said her Cabinet had agreed in principle on tightening gun restrictions in New Zealand and those reforms would be announced next week. She also had announced an inquiry into the intelligence and security services’ failures to detect the risk from the attacker or his plans. There have been concerns intelligence agencies were overly focused on the Muslim community in detecting and preventing security risks.

New Zealand’s international spy agency, the Government Communications Security Bureau, confirmed it had not received any relevant information or intelligence ahead of the shootings.

Meanwhile, Christchurch was beginning to return to a semblance of normalcy Tuesday. Streets near the hospital that had been closed for four days reopened to traffic as relatives and friends of the victims continued to stream in from around the world.

Thirty people were still being treated at the Christchurch hospital, nine of them in critical condition, said David Meates, CEO of the Canterbury District Health Board. A 4-year-old girl was transferred to a hospital in Auckland and is in critical condition. Her father is at the same hospital in stable condition.

Relatives of the dead are still anxiously awaiting word on when they can bury their loved ones. Islamic tradition calls for bodies to be cleansed and buried as soon as possible. Ardern has said authorities hope to release all the bodies by Wednesday and police said authorities are working with pathologists and coroners to complete the task as soon as they can.

The close-knit community has been deeply wounded by the attacks. On Monday evening, more than 1,000 students from rival Christchurch schools and different religions gathered in a park across from the Al Noor mosque, joining voices in a passionate display of unity.

The students sat on the grass in the fading daylight, lifting flickering candles to the sky as they sang a traditional Maori song. Hundreds then stood to perform an emotional, defiant haka, the famed ceremonial dance of the indigenous Maori people.

For many, joining the vigil for the victims of the mass shooting was a much-needed opportunity to soothe their minds after a wrenching few days.

Most of the students spent hours locked down in their schools on Friday as police tried to determine if any other shooters were involved in the attacks.

Those at the vigil told harrowing tales of being forced to hide under classroom tables or on a school stage behind a curtain, of being instructed not to speak, and to urinate in a bucket rather than risk leaving the classroom for a bathroom.

Sarah Liddell, 17, said many of her peers felt intense anxiety since the attack. There was a sense of safety in coming together on Monday, she said.

"I feel like it’s just really important to show everyone that one act of violence doesn’t define a whole city," she said. "This is one of the best ways to show everyone coming together. Some schools have little funny rivalries, but in times like this we all just come together and that’s all forgotten."

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Associated Press writers Stephen Wright and Nick Perry contributed to this report.

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The head of the U.N. agency that helps 5.3 million Palestinian refugees is urging donors who filled a $446 million hole in its budget last year after the Trump administration drastically cut the U.S. contribution to be equally generous this year.

Pierre Krahenbuhl said in an interview Monday with The Associated Press that "last year we had an extraordinary crisis and an out of the ordinary response."

He said he has been thanking donors for their "exceptional" support that enabled the U.N. Relief and Works Agency to fund its entire 2018 budget of $1.2 billion.

Krahenbuhl said the agency also adopted a $1.2 billion budget for 2019, only this year the United States eliminated the $60 million it gave the agency last year, so it is getting nothing.

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For the third straight year, President Trump’s budget request for the upcoming year calls for effectively defunding the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), National Public Radio (NPR), and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) — prompting a harsh rebuke from PBS’ top executive, even as Congress again appears unwilling to agree to the White House proposal.

The full version of Trump’s budget request, released on Monday, called for eliminating $435 million in funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the private nonprofit that serves as the government’s investment vehicle for public broadcasting, and more than $120 million from the NEA.

The Trump administration called the move a plan to generate "major savings," including $48.8 billion in cuts for discretionary programs, and to reduce deficits by $2.7 trillion within the budget window. The proposal said arts funding was not among the "core Federal responsibilities," and argued that the federal government’s money was not needed to keep PBS and NPR on the air.

BEHIND THE BUDGET GIMMICK THAT COULD FINALLY GET TRUMP’S BORDER WALL FUNDED

PBS and NPR "primarily rely on private donations to fund their operations," according to the proposal. To conduct an "orderly transition away from Federal funding," the budget requested $30 million in 2020 and $30 million in 2021, which would include funding for personnel costs of $20 million; rental costs of $30 million; and other costs totaling $10 million.

"CPB provides grants to qualified public television and radio stations to be used at their discretion for purposes related to program production or acquisition, as well as for general operations. CPB also supports the production and acquisition of radio and television programs for national distribution," the budget proposal read.

PBS' long-running programs include "Sesame Street," with characters including Big Bird, seen here.

PBS’ long-running programs include "Sesame Street," with characters including Big Bird, seen here. (Getty Images, File)

It continued: "CPB funding comprises about 15 percent of the total amount spent on public broadcasting, with the remainder coming from non-Federal sources, with many large stations raising an even greater share. This private fundraising has proven durable, negating the need for continued Federal subsidies. Services such as PBS and NPR, which receive funding from CPB, could make up the shortfall by increasing revenues from corporate sponsors, foundations, and members. In addition, alternatives to PBS and NPR programming have grown substantially."

FLASHBACK: ELMO FROM ‘SESAME STREET’ LAMENTS POTENTIAL FIRING AFTER TRUMP’S 2017 BUDGET REQUEST

However, Congress seemed unlikely to respond to Trump’s request. His similar efforts to defund NPR and PBS were ignored in 2017 and 2018, when Republicans controlled both the House and Senate.

PBS executives pointed to the longstanding support for the network from both Democrats and Republicans and said the federal funds helped ensure that rural areas would have access to broadcasts.

"Federal funding is critical for public television to do this essential work."

— PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger

"PBS and our 350 member stations across the country have earned bipartisan Congressional support over the years due to the high value the American people place on the services we provide their communities," PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger said in a statement. "For a modest investment of about $1.35 per citizen per year, public television provides school readiness for children, support for teachers and caregivers, public safety communications and lifelong learning through high-quality content."

Kerger continued. "For the 16th year in a row, Americans named PBS and member stations #1 in public trust among nationally known institutions. The same survey revealed that Americans rank PBS and our member stations second only to the country’s military defense in terms of value for taxpayer dollars. PBS and its supporters across every region of the country will continue to remind legislators that federal funding is critical for public television to do this essential work."

In 2017, when Trump first moved to eliminate funding for public broadcasting, a viral video showed the lovable character Elmo from the PBS show "Sesame Street" reacting to his apparently imminent firing.

"Just like that? Elmo has been working at Sesame Street for 32 years!" Elmo said, before wondering what would happen to his health coverage due to a pre-existing condition.

Comedian Jimmy Kimmel, meanwhile, aired a video showing Trump on "Celebrity Apprentice" firing Big Bird, another prominent "Sesame Street" character.

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Separately, Trump’s 2020 budgets called for the elimination of several other programs and offices.

"The savings and reform proposals described in this volume continue, and expand on, the Administration’s efforts to put the taxpayers first," the proposal asserted.

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It’s election season in Thailand and a campaign truck is rolling at the crack of dawn through the streets of the northeastern town of Phimai, blaring the slogan "Vote Thaksin, Get Thaksin."

It’s a bit disconcerting, since the Thaksin everyone in Thailand knows is former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, ousted by a 2006 military coup and living in self-imposed exile since 2008 to avoid serving a prison term for a conviction on a conflict of interest charge.

This small-town Thaksin, distributing campaign handbills as he walks ahead of the truck, is a 46-year-old schoolteacher.

He happily explains that sharing his name with the 69-year-old former prime minister is no coincidence, and that he changed his former name — Veerawit Chuajunud — to Thaksin Chuajunud as a vote-getting tactic.

Phimai, in Nakhon Ratchasima province, is in Thailand’s poor rural region known as Isan, the heartland of the neglected farmers and villagers who represent the original and still largely loyal base of the former prime minister, a billionaire now living in Dubai.

"I want to grab the attention of the people, making sure that my name is easy to remember. I only have one to two months to campaign, so I decided to change my name to be symbolic," said the candidate in Sunday’s general election.

The name-changing tactic may be tricky, but it’s not insincere. Phimai’s Thaksin is running as a candidate for Pheu Chart, one of several small parties established by allies and supporters of the former prime minister.

There is an established flagship pro-Thaksin party, Pheu Thai, but election laws established by the anti-Thaksin military government targeting the former leader’s political machine are aimed at keeping any large party from obtaining a legislative majority. So the pro-Thaksin strategy is to splinter the machine into separate parties that could unite forces after the election.

Name-changing is a tactic to help overcome confusion over political brands, especially for the new, lesser-known satellite parties. It also helps to stand out in a large field of candidates. More than 11,000 are registered for Sunday’s vote, compared to just over 2,800 in the last election.

Thaksin Chuajunud is one of 15 candidates from his party who made opportunistic name changes. Most took on the name "Thaksin," but four adopted the name of Thaksin’s sister, Yingluck, who became prime minister in 2011 and was forced from office by a controversial court decision just before the military ousted her government in another coup. She also has faced court cases that supporters charge amount to political persecution, and likewise fled into exile.

Phimai’s Thaksin is on fairly friendly ground as he introduces himself at a local market. It’s been more than a decade since Isan’s political hero, the former prime minister, even set foot on Thai soil, but he is not forgotten.

"I wish he would come back. I wish that every day and every minute. I don’t know how and I have never really said this. I do miss him. I am concerned about him, and I quietly give him my support," says farmer Pajaree Changkodpanao, wiping away tears.

Pro-Thaksin parties, despite serious roadblocks put in their way by Thailand’s traditional conservative political establishment, have won every national election since 2001.

Thaksin, who made his fortune in telecommunications, used his money to subsume rural and regional political power brokers into his own party, then once in power implemented generous and generally unprecedented social programs benefiting the rural poor and urban working class, cementing his relationship with a majority of the country’s voters.

"No matter what anyone said about him, I always loved him since many years ago," says 59-year-old Nuwate Jiamwong from Nonrung village, another farmer. "It’s fixed in my mind."

Thaksin’s populist policies, such as a universal health care scheme and generous farming subsidies, account for a good deal of his popularity in poor rural areas. They also show the people in those areas the gains the political process could bring them aside from the cash handouts they traditionally receive from vote-buyers on election eve.

Virot Ali, a political science lecturer at Bangkok’s Thammasat University, says he believes people in the countryside still think of Thaksin as the main person who guided the economy in the interests of the rural sector, as well as gave them confidence that democracy could work to their benefit.

Thaksin’s populist policies assured him large electoral majorities, but also alienated the country’s traditional power-holders — royalists, the military and their Bangkok middle-class supporters. The 2006 coup that ousted him, after accusations of abuse of power and disrespect toward the monarchy, set off a battle for power between his supporters and opponents that sparked sporadic mass street violence and triggered the army’s second coup in 2014.

The anti-democratic measures still being taken by Thaksin’s opponents to thwart his political comeback — changes to the constitution that offset the direct election of legislators and limit the power of elected lawmakers — are a measure of what Thaksin’s supporters are up against.

Phimai candidate Thaksin says he’s up for the challenge.

"I know that changing my name does not mean that I will automatically win," he says. "I still have to work hard, visiting and working continuously for the community."

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Are the Democrats facing their own Tea Party revolution?

Karl Rove, the former adviser to former President George W. Bush, says “yes.”

“A few freshman members in some of the safest seats in the country pursuing an ideologically ‘pure’ agenda that riles up the party’s base but could endanger the moderates who were essential to winning the majority,” Former Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., wrote Monday in Politico Magazine about how the new crop of Democratic lawmakers mirrored the Tea Party movement of 2010. “It’s all so familiar.”

The difference, according to Rove, is that the new crop of progressive lawmakers “already found a large number of so-called progressives over there,” referring to so-called “Democratic socialists” including Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.

“There’s a bigger problem for the Democrats, I think they face today, than I think the Republicans faced in 2011 when they took control of the House again,” Rove told “America’s Newsroom.”

TEA PARTY TURNS TEN

Rove said the new crop of freshman lawmakers will make it harder for moderate Democrats to be honest about their platforms and dissociate from the far-left members of their party.

“My sense is, is that that it’s going to be hard for a lot of Democrats to be able to say, ‘well, I’m not [Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez], I’m not [Ilhan] Omar, I’m not [Rashida] Tlaib, I’m not Jerry Nadler, I’m not Elijah Cummings,” Rove told Sandra Smith. “I’m not all of these left-wing ideas. ‘Medicare for all,’ guaranteed job, guaranteed wage, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. It’s going to be hard for them to take that balancing.”

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Rove also said that while it appeared the injection of progressive ideology was pushing the party forward, the more moderate members elected to Congress gave the Democrats power in the House.

“For all that we pay attention to people like AOC and Congresswoman Omar and Congresswoman Tlaib and Maxine Waters and Al Green and Elijah Cummings and Jerry Nadler and a lot of the people pressing for more extreme views,” Rove said. “The people who put the Democrats back in power are basically people who are from centrist districts that were occupied by Republican members in the suburbs in places like Chicago and Philadelphia and New York and Atlanta and Dallas and Houston.”

Fox News’ Sandra Smith contributed to this report.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo doesn’t suspect he’ll be kicked out of office any time soon.

"I’m gonna be there until he tweets me out of office," Pompeo said, a certain reference to President Tump’s firing of his predecessor. "Which, I’m not counting on, at least today."

JUDITH MILLER: THE BIG LESSON OF THE TILLERSON FIRING

Pompeo’s predecessor, oil executive Rex Tillerson, was notably removed as Secretary of State via Twitter in March 2018.

The president tweeted that Pompeo would become the department’s new leader, and thanked Tillerson for his service. The former Exxon chief was unaware of the reason for being fired when Trump went public with the news, a State Department spokesman said at the time.

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Trump later said Tillerson was "dumb as a rock."

Pompeo made the remarks on Monday in Kansas, where he served as a congressman from 2011 until 2017. The former CIA director ruled out speculation last month that he’d run for Kansas Senate in 2020, telling NBC News that he loves serving as Secretary of State and will do so for as long as Trump wants him to.

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