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Hill Immigration Republicans Wary of Approaching Migrant Caravan

LifeZette - Thu, 10/25/2018 - 19:39

Conservative Republicans on congressional immigration and border security subcommittees praise President Donald Trump’s response to the migrant caravan — but warn more needs to be done to stop the marchers heading toward America.

Trump is working to ensure the migrant caravan isn’t allowed to enter the country illegally. But his response has sparked a debate on how the country should treat foreigners claiming to be refugees from poverty and violent crime.

Under current U.S. law, neither factor is considered sufficient to justify awarding an individual with refugee status. Thousands of migrants in the caravan presently marching north from southern Mexico toward the United States say they are fleeing poverty and crime back home and will seek asylum if they make it to this country.

“My thought is this is not an organic movement,” Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) (pictured above right) told LifeZette on Tuesday. “It’s become kind of a mob. We saw what happened when they were en route to the Mexican border barriers. They threw rocks and attacked the Mexican police, who were trying to process people to see if they were there illegally or not.”

Related: Homan Blasts Caravan Dems for Putting ‘Political Hatred’ Over ‘Public Safety’

Trump and others have also doubted whether every person in the caravan is simply fleeing criminal danger or economic distress. The migrant caravan has grown considerably in size, swelling to as much as 10,000 participants since starting earlier in the month.

“This migrant caravan is a clear example of the magnitude of the illegal immigration problem,” Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) told LifeZette. “Mexico has a responsibility to stop this caravan from reaching our border. I support the president [in] sanctioning countries that have encouraged this lawlessness.”

Trump announced he will be ending or reducing aid to the countries that allowed the migrants to pass through, including Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

He is also mobilizing the military along the border, with 800 troop engineers slated to provide logistical backup to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency.

“It’s basically been an army of illegal migrants moving forward,” Biggs said. “And I think President Trump is right to start taking away funding. I think we need to put military personal in position. We need to turn away people who come to the border to impose their lawlessness on the United States.”

Biggs’ proposed “Fund and Complete the Border Wall Act of 2018” penalizes the home country when an illegal immigrant is apprehended at our borders.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), a member of the Senate subcommittee on border security and immigration, said in a tweet Monday that it’s “not fair to legal immigrants going through proper LEGAL process … We need to help Trump admin secure border+close immig loopholes.”

PresTrump as commander in chief is right to defend country/borders & stop the attack on natl sovereignty from the 7000+ migrant caravan heading to USA. Not fair to legal immigrants going through proper LEGAL process We need to help Trump admin secure border+close immig loopholes

— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) October 22, 2018

The president initially appeared to be making some progress with his threat to end foreign aid. Mexico sent police to its southern border to stop the caravan from coming through after the threat was made. But despite those efforts, the caravan has been allowed to continue moving north.

“He is trying to put pressure, which is really all he can do at this point, on those nations like Mexico, Guatemala El Salvador and Honduras,” Biggs said. “That’s really all you can do — put pressure on them to, basically, bring their people back. Mexico should be arresting people who are facilitating the crossing as well.”

Biggs said that outside of political pressure, there isn’t much the president can do until the migrants actually get to the border.

He also argued the countries should penalize their own citizens who provide support for the migrants like food, water and shelter.

Related: Why Trump’s Threat to Cut Foreign Aid Might Not Stop Caravan

“We can’t do anything like that, we can just put pressure on those nations,” Biggs said. “But when they come to our border, we just need to summarily turn them away. I think that’s the purpose of all the military on the border. We need to be ready and just summarily say, ‘No, you can’t come in.'”

(photo credit, article image: Donald Trump, CC BY-SA 2.0, Cropped, by Michael / Andy Biggs, CC BY-SA 2.0, Cropped by Gage Skidmore)

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Oh HELL YEAH! Latest numbers out of Michigan spell TROUBLE for Democrats (GO John James GO)

Twitchy - Thu, 10/25/2018 - 19:39

Michigan. We’re looking at you.

C’mon, how can you NOT vote for John James? Seriously. This guy rocks.

Not to mention he’s cut Democrat Sen. Stabenow’s lead by 16 POINTS which is amazing when many had assumed she would easily beat him by double digits.

.@JohnJamesMI cut @stabenow's lead down from 23 points to 7 https://t.co/ASKWqfuSTc

— Peter J. Hasson (@peterjhasson) October 25, 2018

From Freep.com:

Even in the U.S. Senate race, where the Democratic incumbent, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, has been widely expected to enjoy a double-digit victory over Republican challenger John James, her lead is down to 7 points, the poll found. Stabenow led James by 23 points in a September poll by the same firm, EPIC-MRA of Lansing.

A significant factor in the tightening race over the past month is an uptick in the approval rating of Republican President Donald Trump and a narrowing of the voter enthusiasm gap between Republicans and Democrats, the poll suggests.

Yes, yes we did just do a happy dance in our chair. Hey man, it’s been one of those days.

Weeks?

Source with the James campaign says internals are also showing him 7 points out. @VP is holding a rally for him on Monday

— Peter J. Hasson (@peterjhasson) October 25, 2018

YAAAAAS.

7 points is still a big gap to close in < 2 weeks

— Peter J. Hasson (@peterjhasson) October 25, 2018

Fair BUT to have come up 16 points?! That’s amazing.

John is great, with 2 weeks to go, 7 pts seems like a lot (which again is too bad, he got my vote)

— Jason Shout (@JJshout) October 25, 2018

Crosses fingers, legs, eyes, arms, and toes.

#VoteRed

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Well, well, well … What law enforcement officials shared about powder sent to CNN is very TELLING

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As Meghan McCain Pleads for Peace, Look Who Goes After Republicans

LifeZette - Thu, 10/25/2018 - 19:34

Conservative co-host Meghan McCain of “The View” took her media peers to task on Thursday for their rhetoric after suspicious packages containing crude bombs were sent to CNN’s New York City bureau and prominent Democrats.

Mainstream media types — particularly those at CNN — were quick to pin the blame on President Donald Trump and his fiery words about fake news and media bias.

“I’ve been doing so much soul-searching in my life in so many different ways right now,” said McCain (pictured above right) in her extended commentary. She added, “I really try to come into work thinking about what rhetoric I’m going to put out in the world and what my father would have done if he was still here,” referring to the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

“Last year on this show, I said, ‘I hate Hillary Clinton,’ and I called her ‘Crooked Hillary.’ And it is one of the things I regret doing because I contributed on television,” McCain continued.

“Now, this is not saying that I agree with her. But ‘hate’ is not a word that should be coming out of my mouth on television about someone of a different political persuasion.”

McCain added, “I need to hold myself to the same standard that I would like to hold the president, and I implore everyone else in media because I think we should cop to our mistakes, and I’m damn sure going to continue doing what my father did. I thought, ‘What have I done to contribute to the polarization in this country?’ And that is one thing that I can own that I did and I regret.”

Prominent Democrats such as former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, former Vice President Joe Biden, 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, former Attorney General Eric Holder, former CIA Director John Brennan, and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) all were sent suspicious packages this week.

The package addressed to Brennan was sent to the Time Warner Center in Manhattan, which prompted CNN’s New York bureau, housed in the building, to be evacuated.

Although little is known as of yet about the perpetrator or perpetrators, it didn’t take long for the mainstream media to blame Trump for much of the bitterly partisan political climate.

Liberal “The View” co-host Sunny Hostin (above left) said Wednesday, “I’ve been texting with my former colleagues at CNN, and they’re scared. And one colleague — former colleague — said, ‘This is what happens when the president calls you the enemy of the people.'”

On Thursday, Hostin rebuked Trump for continuing with his pre-planned rally on the same day the packages were intercepted.

“You know, I was disappointed in what I saw at the rally because it seemed like whoever writes his speeches wrote what he should say, which was, ‘We need to unify,’ but I wish he would have taken the moment to really, truly, be presidential — not at a rally for him but to all Americans,” Hostin said. “He had the opportunity to be really presidential and I don’t think he was.”

Trump — in addition to denouncing the bomb threats and political violence — said that “as a part of a larger national effort to bridge our divides and bring people together, the media also has a responsibility to set a civil tone and to stop the endless hostility and the constant negative and oftentimes false attacks. That has to go.”

After McCain called on her media peers to hold themselves to “the same standard” as they hold Trump, Hostin admitted, “It takes a big person to say what you just said.”

“It takes a person of great character to do that,” Hostin added — then continued to implicate Trump. “I, unfortunately, don’t know if this president has that kind of character.”

Conservative co-host Abby Huntsman said, “Sadly, I’m not so surprised that this happened because the rhetoric has been so out-of-hand and this country has been so divided.”

But McCain insisted the media do their own soul-searching, adding, “For me, I say this almost every morning: ‘I can’t give in to hate.’ It’s too great a burden to bear. I have to stick with love.”

Related: Sanders Rebukes CNN’s Zucker for Choosing ‘to Attack and Divide’

“I think us in the media, as people who host a show that people watch on politics, we also have to hold ourselves to a standard,” McCain added.

That’s when liberal co-host Joy Behar chimed in: “I feel like we’re losing something, you know? That this event that happened feels like we’re losing the country. We’re losing things.”

“And I was thinking the other side believes that, too,” Behar continued before bashing conservatives. “They believe that they’re losing maybe white privilege, let’s say, or that immigrants are going to take over. And I feel like we’re losing abortion rights … [Trump’s] going after the gay community.”

“Free speech, which is something that I value tremendously because of my job — the press — we could lose all of that,” Behar added. “So it’s not about love. It’s really about trying to understand what are people believing that they’re going to lose and how much is [Trump] contributing to that loss.”

McCain would not let liberal leaders off the hook.

Said Joy Behar, “It’s incumbent upon Republicans” to “start to speak out” against Trump. “They stayed silent and they are the perpetrators also.”

“I would implore my friends on the Left to do the same thing in those, because I don’t always see that from leadership on the Left, as well,” McCain insisted.

Co-host Whoopi Goldberg emphasized “the bottom line” is “the bomb doesn’t care what your beliefs are. The bomb goes off, it blows up conservatives and Republicans and Democrats and nobody should be sent bombs because that’s not the answer.”

But Behar let Democrats off the hook. She said, “It’s incumbent upon Republicans” to “start to speak out” against Trump. “They stayed silent and they are the perpetrators also.”

Watch more of the segment below:

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Congressman Offers Plan for Bypassing Filibuster to Build Wall

LifeZette - Thu, 10/25/2018 - 18:19

A Republican congressman this week offered legislation that would fund President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall using a procedure to bypass the Senate filibuster that led to passage of last year’s tax cut.

The wall was Trump’s signature campaign promise, but he mostly has been stymied by Congress. Although lawmakers devoted $1.6 billion to border barriers, most of it has been used for repairing and upgrading existing fencing.

A House committee this summer passed a spending measure for the current fiscal year that includes $5 billion for the wall and additional funding for border security, although it includes an expansion of guest-worker visas, language thwarting efforts by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to narrow grounds for asylum and other provisions opposed by immigration hawks.

Senate Republicans have pressed ahead with plans to keep wall funding at $1.6 billion.

The problem is that the Senate requires a filibuster-proof 60 votes for almost all legislation. With unified Democratic opposition to the wall, Senate leaders have concluded it is pointless to aim for anything more ambitious.

Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.) would avoid that logjam by tying funding to a budget bill. This would allow Republicans — if they could stay unified — to pass wall funding on a party-line vote.

“Obviously, we’re thinking outside the box … I’m frustrated. We’re all frustrated,” he told LifeZette. “We’ve passed the border funding bill out of the House. It’s been stuck in the Senate.”

The so-called 50 Votes for the Wall Act would set up a $25 billion trust fund and direct the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to finalize construction by the end of Trump’s first term. By setting up a trust fund, Byrne said, it would make it harder for Democrats to undo through the regular appropriations process.

“We think it is a way to lock it up as much as you can lock it up,” he said.

The proposal has attracted 17 co-sponsors, including Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), the former chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.

R.J. Hauman, director of government relations at the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), praised the idea.

“This is definitely a unique way to fund the president’s signature promise,” he said. “When faced with unprecedented Democratic obstruction, why not go a route we haven’t gone before? … It’s damn creative. Congressman Byrne and his staff should, obviously, be praised.”

The idea is far from a sure bet, however. It first would have to win the backing of Republican leaders in both the House and the Senate. And even if it did, it is not certain that the Senate parliamentarian would rule that the maneuver complies with the arcane Senate rules.

What’s more, a border wall bill might not even pass with a simple majority. Republican leaders tried to repeal Obamacare using the same method and came up short. With only 51 Republican votes, the margin for error is low, and more than a few GOP senators have been lukewarm to the idea of a wall.

Byrne (pictured above left) said he is confident that the idea would comply with Senate rules. He said his staff has been working with the Congressional Research Service (CRS). He said he is convinced that this is a “viable path” that could make the border bill law following the midterm elections.

Byrne said he has not yet talked to House Republican leaders but added that their staffs seem “fascinated by this idea.”

Hauman said he hopes Congress moves forward on the plan.

“It’s good to see Republicans get creative. Hopefully, leadership will be open to employing the same process that was successful for tax reform.”

“It’s good to see Republicans get creative,” he said. “Hopefully, leadership will be open to employing the same process that was successful for tax reform.”

If Republicans lose control of the House in next month’s midterm elections, it could kill momentum for the border wall, or it could increase urgency to pass it in a lame-duck session before the new Congress takes office.

“I’ve heard the argument both ways,” Byrne said. “Quite frankly, I think the election results are less important on our getting this through than on people’s understanding that these problems we’re experiencing right now are only going to get worse. I mean, this situation is getting worse by the year.”

Related: House Majority Leader to Propose Fully Funding Border Wall

Byrne’s bill joins several other proposes for building the wall. Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) in August offered legislation to fund the wall by taxing money transfers outside of the United States, raising fees for immigration services, and withholding foreign aid to countries for each citizen who comes illegally to the United States.

Earlier this month, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) sponsored his own bill to provide $23 billion for the wall.

Byrne said he could foresee his bill and McCarthy’s moving together. He said the two migrant caravans heading toward the United States should increase pressure to pass the legislation.

“The facts on the ground are changing everything,” he said. “I mean, just the visual of this large group of people moving through Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico — just those visuals are changing a lot of people’s perceptions of this problem.”

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Foiled: Students Planned to Kill Others at Florida Middle School

LifeZette - Thu, 10/25/2018 - 17:58

Police say two middle school girls who worship Satan armed themselves with knives in a plot to kill classmates at school this past Tuesday. The sixth- and seventh-grade girls attend Bartow Middle School in Bartow, Florida, according to police.

At 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, the Bartow Police Department’s school resource officer was called to the principal’s office in reference to an “armed juvenile complaint,” Tampa Bay’s WFTS reported.

The students apparently planned to attack fellow students during the school day.

“Fortunately, they were intercepted by school staff [while] hiding in a bathroom during class time prior to carrying out their plans,” Bartow police said in a press release.

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This post is in reference to the recent incident at Bartow Middle School where two juveniles were arrested yesterday for…

Posted by Bartow Police Department on Wednesday, October 24, 2018

The Bartow Police Department said a student warned a teacher on Monday that one of the girls had mentioned that “something bad” would happen at the middle school.

As a result of this warning, extra officers were at the school on Tuesday, WFTS reported, and after the mother of one of the girls received a robocall alerting her that her child was not present in class, she called the school to inform teachers her daughter should be in school.

Staff began to search the campus — and reportedly found the two girls hiding in a bathroom.

The girls had a knife and knife sharpener, along with a pizza cutter and a butcher knife, in their pockets.

The two later admitted their plot to kill students as they entered the bathroom.

The girls — both of whom are not even teenagers — confirmed that “that they wanted to kill at least 15 people” and were waiting in the bathroom for smaller kids they could kill, said Bartow Police Chief Joe Hall (shown above left), according to WFTS.

“I believe that these two small children — I’m going to call them small children, they are only 11 and 12 — seriously sat down and plotted to do bodily harm to another student at school.”

Related: Adrift with a Bible: Miraculous Story of One Teen’s Survival

The investigation also revealed messages between the two girls as they planned for their attack.

The last message said, “Today is health lessens [sic] thank Satan we’re doing this in a bit,” according to an arrest report.

When asked about their motivation for such an attack, the girls reportedly told police they were Satan worshippers.

The girls told police they also planned to drink their victims’ blood out of a goblet. They also discussed eating the victims’ flesh and leaving body parts at the school’s front doors. Then, they planned to kill themselves.

See more on this disturbing story in the video below.

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John Brennan seems to know who’s behind the suspicious packages (just guess)

Twitchy - Thu, 10/25/2018 - 17:44

President Trump’s comments at his rally in Wisconsin last night weren’t nearly enough to make the likes of CNN journo Jim Acosta happy, but his tweet this morning will probably only worsen their criticism:

A very big part of the Anger we see today in our society is caused by the purposely false and inaccurate reporting of the Mainstream Media that I refer to as Fake News. It has gotten so bad and hateful that it is beyond description. Mainstream Media must clean up its act, FAST!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 25, 2018

Among those angered by Trump’s latest comment was former CIA Director John Brennan, who was one of the people a suspicious package was addressed to (though it was delivered to the Time-Warner building in Manhattan). Brennan seems to already know who’s responsible for the packages:

Stop blaming others. Look in the mirror. Your inflammatory rhetoric, insults, lies, & encouragement of physical violence are disgraceful. Clean up your act….try to act Presidential. The American people deserve much better. BTW, your critics will not be intimidated into silence. https://t.co/cS5qNiuU7o

— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) October 25, 2018

You may recall that recently the Trump administration rescinded Brennan’s security clearance.

Does anyone even believe this clown was ever a non-partisan bureaucrat acting in the best interest of America? https://t.co/rMCZrX1wwP

— Liz S. (@StarChamberMaid) October 25, 2018

No, there’s no such thing as a “Deep State,” why do you ask? *Eye roll*

The irony – and hypocrisy – of @johnBreannan accusing anyone of lying is off the charts.

— Oregon Conservative (@ORConservative) October 25, 2018

No, ALL OF YOU should look in the mirror. https://t.co/qzNbt6Aw2s

— Spooky Ginger (@mchastain81) October 25, 2018

Mirrors are in short supply for many these days.

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Sanders Rebukes CNN’s Zucker for Choosing ‘to Attack and Divide’

LifeZette - Thu, 10/25/2018 - 17:25

CNN President Jeff Zucker (pictured above left) “chose to attack and divide” Americans by partially blaming President Donald Trump’s rhetoric for suspicious packages containing crude explosive devices sent to CNN’s New York bureau and prominent Democrats, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders (above right) said late Wednesday.

“.@realDonaldTrump asked Americans ‘to come together and send one very clear, strong, unmistakable message that acts or threats of political violence of any kind have no place in the USA’ Yet you chose to attack and divide. America should unite against all political violence,” Sanders tweeted in response to Zucker’s statement.

.@realDonaldTrump asked Americans “to come together and send one very clear, strong, unmistakable message that acts or threats of political violence of any kind have no place in the USA” Yet you chose to attack and divide. America should unite against all political violence. https://t.co/Dlo3xwHyKi

— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) October 25, 2018

Former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, former Vice President Joe Biden, 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, former Attorney General Eric Holder, former CIA Director John Brennan, and other prominent Democrats reportedly were sent suspicious packages.

The package addressed to the former CIA chief was sent to the Time Warner Center in Manhattan, which prompted CNN’s New York bureau, housed within the building, to be evacuated.

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), who fielded bipartisan backlash this summer for her repeated calls to harass Trump administration officials, was also sent a suspicious package. She insisted in a statement, however, that “I unequivocally condemn any and all acts of violence and terror.”

In response to the package sent to CNN, Zucker issued a statement in which he condemned Trump’s rhetoric and accused both the president and Sanders of being careless with their media criticisms.

“There is a total and complete lack of understanding at the White House about the seriousness of their continued attacks on the media,” Zucker said. “The president, and especially the White House press secretary, should understand their words matter. Thus far, they have shown no comprehension of that.”

But Trump rebuked mainstream media outlets on Twitter Thursday and urged them to adhere to a higher standard of reporting in such a divisive political climate.

“A very big part of the Anger we see today in our society is caused by the purposely false and inaccurate reporting of the Mainstream Media that I refer to as Fake News. It has gotten so bad and hateful that it is beyond description. Mainstream Media must clean up its act, FAST!” Trump tweeted.

A very big part of the Anger we see today in our society is caused by the purposely false and inaccurate reporting of the Mainstream Media that I refer to as Fake News. It has gotten so bad and hateful that it is beyond description. Mainstream Media must clean up its act, FAST!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 25, 2018

Sanders reinforced Trump’s statement Thursday during an interview on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends,” saying, “Certainly the media has a role to play in this process. When 90 percent of the coverage about this president is negative, despite the historic successes, when the ideas are perpetuated and continued of negativity, that is not helpful for the American discourse, and certainly the president is calling on everyone to come together.”

“And if you have a problem with one another, let’s voice that but let’s do so peacefully and let’s do that at the ballot box,” Sanders added.

Sanders rejected any implications that Trump shared blame for the suspicious packages, telling reporters Thursday that such a notion is “absolutely ridiculous.”

“Difference between comments made and actions taken,” Sanders said. “The president is certainly not responsible for sending suspicious packages to someone, no more than Bernie Sanders was responsible for a supporter of his shooting up a Republican baseball field practice last year.”

Sanders was referring to the June 2017 congressional baseball shooting, targeting Republicans. The shooter, a liberal activist who supported Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), critically shot and wounded House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.).

When CNN reporter Abby Phillips asked Sanders about the president’s rhetoric and why he called protesters against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh “evil,” she replied, “It’s a word that people have used on your network a number of times, not only to describe the president but people who work in this administration.”

“Yesterday, the very first thing that the president did was come out and condemn the violence. The very first thing your network did was come out and accuse the president of being responsible for it. That is not okay. The first thing should have been to condemn the violence,” Sanders added.

But many CNN reporters and pundits lashed out at Trump Wednesday and Thursday as they reacted to the bomb threats and pinned part of the blame on the president. Some also implied that Trump should not criticize the media for their reporting biases or Democrats because of the threats.

Related: Eight Desperate Media Attempts to Tie Trump to the ‘Suspicious Packages’ Sent to CNN, Dems

“As I said last night on @AC360, Trump has unleashed dogs of hatred — and subsequent snarling and barking — in such a way that threats of violence were inevitable. The president may not be directly responsible for yesterday, but he creates the climate of hatred that led us here,” CNN senior political analyst David Gergen tweeted.

As I said last night on @AC360, Trump has unleashed dogs of hatred – and subsequent snarling and barking – in such a way that threats of violence were inevitable. The president may not be directly responsible for yesterday, but he creates the climate of hatred that led us here.

— David Gergen (@David_Gergen) October 25, 2018

Chief CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta tweeted, “Trump talked about the bombs sent to former public officials at his rally in Wisconsin. But once again he didn’t mention CNN. On top of all that, he criticized the ‘media’ for coverage he doesn’t like. And, of course, he took no responsibility for his own rhetoric.”

Trump talked about the bombs sent to former public officials at his rally in Wisconsin. But once again he didn’t mention CNN. On top of all that he criticized the “media” for coverage he doesn’t like. And, of course, he took no responsibility for his own rhetoric.

— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) October 25, 2018

CNN senior campaign editor Kyle Blaine tweeted ahead of a Trump rally Wednesday, “If Trump takes the same approach he has been in his rally speech tonight — ‘Democrats are a big risk to the American family’ he said Monday in Houston — it will certainly feel tonally odd, to say the very least, given the events of today.”

If Trump takes the same approach he has been in his rally speech tonight — "Democrats are a big risk to the American family" he said Monday in Houston — it will certainly feel tonally odd, to say the very least, given the events of today.

— Kyle Blaine (@kyletblaine) October 24, 2018

“Trump just said political leaders ‘must stop treating political opponents as being morally defective.’ Two wks ago, he blamed the Kavanaugh confirmation on ‘people that are evil.’ He has dubbed a Dem Rep. ‘Crazy Maxine Waters.’ He has called news media ‘enemy of the people.’ And more,” CNN White House reporter Jeremy Diamond tweeted.

Trump just said political leaders "must stop treating political opponents as being morally defective."
2 wks ago, he blamed the Kavanaugh confirmation on "people that are evil"
He has dubbed a Dem Rep. "Crazy Maxine Waters"
He has called news media "enemy of the people"
And more.

— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) October 25, 2018

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Rosie O’Donnell Has a Meltdown, Calls Trump a ‘Hatemonger’

LifeZette - Thu, 10/25/2018 - 17:02

In the wake of suspicious packages being sent to political figures, many Hollywood leftists have been losing their minds on social media — and doing their best to imply President Donald Trump and his supporters are somehow to blame for the actions.

Few of them, however, are melting down as hard as longtime Trump critic Rosie O’Donnell.

“Donald Trump and the cowardly GOP are responsible for all the unrest including the mail bombs — vote blue to save this nation #TrumpCrimeFamily #TrumpIncitesViolenceEveryDay,” the comedian and actress wrote on Twitter.

donald trump and the cowardly GOP are responsible for all the unrest including the mail bombs – vote blue to save this nation #TrumpCrimeFamily #TrumpIncitesViolenceEveryDay

— ROSIE (@Rosie) October 25, 2018

In a separate tweet, she said President Trump is “responsible” for the explosive devices that have been sent out.

“TRUMP IS RESPONSIBLE #VoteBlueToSaveAmerica,” she wrote.

In even more tweets, she called the president a “hateful human” and a “hate monger.”

exactly he is a hateful human https://t.co/nJtK7MrQ0Y

— ROSIE (@Rosie) October 25, 2018

trump is a hate monger #VoteBlueToEndThisNightmare https://t.co/ASnyBPoxHv

— ROSIE (@Rosie) October 25, 2018

Keep in mind that O’Donnell is the same person who apologized for bullying an 11-year-old child.

She’s also been caught spreading fake news in the past.

Oh — and she suggested martial law multiple times in order to remove Donald Trump from office.

The fact that she can’t see that it is this extremist rhetoric she perpetuates that is, in part, culturally ripping the country apart says so much about her.

Suspicious packages were recently sent to a number of Democratic figures, including former President Barack Obama and major Democrat donor George Soros.

Trump critic and actor Robert De Niro was also sent a suspicious package on Thursday.

President Donald Trump has called the recent events “abhorrent” and an “attack on our democracy.”

His words haven’t mattered to leftist Hollywood, though. While O’Donnell has suggested the president is a “hate monger” and is directly responsible for the packages being sent, other loud leftists like Michael Moore have also piped up in a desperate attempt to ignite the Left ahead of the 2018 midterms.

“Trump — you know EXACTLY what you’re doing when you threaten repercussions against the media and violence against your opponents and, in your most infamous act of hate, your shout-out to your ‘Second Amendment people’ to take action against Hillary — ‘you know what to do,'” the filmmaker wrote on Twitter.

If it’s not clear by now, people like Rosie O’Donnell and Michael Moore are precisely the type of extremist wannabe pundits who should stay far away from politics. They are destructive forces blinded by Trump Derangement Syndrome.

For more on O’Donnell and her fringe beliefs, check out the comedian’s recent bizarre appearance on MSNBC, below:

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Hundreds of Troops Will Be Heading to Southern Border, Says U.S. Official

LifeZette - Thu, 10/25/2018 - 16:31

Hundreds of U.S. troops are set to make their way to the southern border to help Homeland Security and the National Guard as a caravan with thousands of migrants pushes north with the goal of crossing into America, a U.S. official confirmed to Fox News on Thursday.

The official said roughly 800 soldiers will be sent to the area to offer “logistical support,” including providing tents and vehicles.

It’s not immediately clear which units are being tasked with the mission, as details are still being finalized.

Defense Secretary James Mattis could sign the deployment orders as soon as today.

There are currently 2,100 National Guard troops on the southern border assisting Homeland Security.

President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday morning that “I am bringing out the military for this National Emergency. They will be stopped!”

The migrant caravan as of Thursday is still in southern Mexico, more than 1,000 miles away from the nearest entry point into the U.S. Its size is estimated to be about 7,000, but many of those currently walking are suffering from exhaustion, dehydration, and heat stroke.

Some also told Fox News they fear getting attacked if they hop on a cargo train or getting deported if they take a bus.

“They are going to walk as long as they can,” said caravan member Brian Colindres, “or as far as they can.”

A majority of those walking say they are looking for a better life north of the border and are fleeing poverty and violence in Honduras, where the caravan originated. They are exhausted and unaware of what will happen – but they remain optimistic.

Fox News’ William La Jeunesse contributed to this report, which is used by permission.

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Megyn Kelly, Formerly of Fox News, Might Be Done at NBC

LifeZette - Thu, 10/25/2018 - 16:12

Megyn Kelly’s future with NBC is up in the air after she did not host her morning show on Thursday.

She’s reportedly also not returning for a Friday show either.

The Thursday morning absence came after a whirlwind 48 hours for the television host. On Tuesday, Kelly suggested during her show that blackface was not a form of racism. This led to a heavy bit of controversy and blowback on social media.

Even fellow NBC hosts Al Roker and Craig Melvin were among Kelly’s critics.

“The fact is, while she apologized to the [NBC] staff, she owes a bigger apology to folks of color around the country,” Roker said on Wednesday morning in the hour before Kelly’s program. “This is a history going back to the 1830s minstrel shows to demean and denigrate a race. It wasn’t right.”

Melvin added, “She said something stupid. She said something indefensible … I guess it was an opportunity for us to learn a little bit more about blackface — but I think a lot of people knew about blackface.”

When Kelly’s show began on Wednesday, she kicked things off with an emotional apology.

“I want to begin with two words: I’m sorry. The country feels so divided and I have no wish to add to that pain and offense. I believe this is a time for more understanding, more love, more sensitivity and honor,” she said. “Thank you for listening and for helping me listen, too.”

Kelly later hosted a panel that dove into the negative effects and history of blackface.

“Given the circumstances, ‘Megyn Kelly Today’ will be on tape the rest of the week,” an NBC spokesperson told Fox News on Thursday, following a rerun of Kelly’s show being aired in place of a new episode.

The New York Times reported that NBC News chairman Andy Lack tackled Kelly’s comments in a previously scheduled town hall with the network’s news division on Wednesday.

“There is no other way to put this, but I condemn those remarks … There is no place on our air or in this workplace for them,” he said.

It has also been reported that Kelly parted ways with Creative Arts Agency on Wednesday.

She has now hired Hollywood litigator Bryan Freedman, which could suggest she is preparing for a potential legal battle with NBC, a network that reportedly pays her over $20 million a year.

It would not be a shock to see Kelly’s show axed.

Since teaming up with NBC, she has had a rough time avoiding controversy and inspiring solid ratings.

For more on Kelly’s recent controversial comments, check out the video below:

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Optimism About U.S. Direction at Highest Level in Four Years

LifeZette - Thu, 10/25/2018 - 15:16

America is headed in the right direction in the view of the highest number of likely voters in four years, according to a new poll.

The McLaughlin & Associates survey found that 42 percent of likely voters believe the country is headed in the right direction. The rate hovered around 30 percent and often dipped below that mark during much of former President Barack Obama’s second term in the Oval Office.

The figure for likely voters who think the country is going in the wrong direction was 53 percent, also the lowest figure seen since late 2014.

Trump was elected promising tax cuts, deep cuts in federal regulation, a stronger U.S. military, building a wall on the border with Mexico and ending loopholes in immigration laws, and renegotiating international trade deals that disadvantage American manufacturers and workers.

Related: Yes, Trump Did Wave His Magic Wand — Tax Cuts and Deregulation

Trump has seen his job approval rating fluctuate between the low 30s to just below 50 percent since he took office. It reached 49 percent around June but then started steadily falling to closer to 46 percent and is now at 48 percent.

The economy has a higher approval rating, but it has been falling as opposed to improving. A majority says the economy is getting better at 52 percent, compared to 36 percent who believe it is getting worse. The month prior saw 57 percent of people thinking the economy was getting better, and generally that has stayed higher than the current rate.

McLaughlin & Associates is a national survey research and strategic services company that specializes in public opinion research, media planning and buying services, and strategic consulting services. The survey included 1,000 likely voters from across the country.

The survey also found that only 41 percent approve of the job the Republican majority is doing in Congress. A 51 percent majority wants Obamacare repealed and government to be smaller.

Related: Dem Credits Obama for Trump Economy While Unveiling Jobs Plan

Trump has seen several positive trends in the economy since he took office. The unemployment rate fell to its lowest level since 2000 at 3.8 percent in May.

There has also been a record high in job openings, with 6.7 million unfilled positions in June.

Unemployment among blacks and Hispanics is now at record lows.

The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) found that the national GDP increased by 4.2 percent during the second quarter of 2018. The last time the economy grew at a higher rate was 5.2 percent in the third quarter of 2014.

The stock market has seen record gains during Trump’s tenure. Former President Barack Obama and his allies contend he should be credited with the improving economy, since some of the positive trends started toward the end of his presidency.

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Why Hasn’t Barack Obama Faded into the Presidential Woodwork?

LifeZette - Thu, 10/25/2018 - 15:04

Former President Barack Obama is not following the path walked by most of our country’s ex-presidents.

Once they’re gone from the Oval Office, most former chief executives tend to fade away — some more than others — into the historical landscape.

Sure, they may not always move far from the political epicenter of Washington, D.C., and they definitely reappear from time to time as circumstances warrant. The nation expects that.

But the physical distance from the nation’s capital matters less than the actions they take and the demeanor they strike after they depart from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue — especially as it pertains to the current and democratically elected occupant of the White House.

Many former presidents embark on humanitarian work they deeply believe in, or they attend events as dignitaries. Many write books, consult, give lectures and make appearances — and some even throw out ceremonial first pitches here and there.

Not former President Barack Obama.

Related: Obama Takes Credit for Booming Trump Economy

The 44th president has been active, vocal and visible since he left the White House.

He’s not only been stumping for Democrat candidates and hosting rallies in states such as Texas, Nevada and California this year — he’s also been going out of his way to put down the current sitting president and has even taken credit for some of his successes. And his wife, Michelle Obama, has been holding a series of voter rallies this fall.

In his new book, “Trump Aftershock: The President’s Seismic Impact on Culture and Faith in America,” best-selling author Stephen E. Strang describes Barack Obama’s “stay behind” network — and reveals why he is still in Washington attempting to undermine the Trump presidency.

“Most presidents fade into the woodwork — this is presidential protocol,” Strang said in a statement ahead of his book’s publication on Nov. 6, 2018.

“George W. Bush and all his predecessors did that, but Obama wanted to have a third term and actually floated the idea. But I guess he figured out that two-thirds wouldn’t be willing to change the Constitution so he could stay in office. Instead, he set up shop in Washington, D.C., and he’s doing everything he can to keep things stirred up.”

Strang said: “Much of [this] is below the radar, so he isn’t blasted for it, but as I speak, he’s on the campaign trail endorsing Democrat candidates known to be socialists. Who would have thought that a socialist would ever be elected in America? It’s a scary day — and the Left is going further and further Left.”

“Donald Trump is very strong, but he can’t do it alone. We need to give him a House and Senate that will actually back the things he’s trying to do.”

Strang, who is also the author of “God and Donald Trump,” believes that “Democrats are shooting themselves in the foot with this tactic. Regardless, it’s scary for America, because the pendulum tends to swing from one party to the other. And if these socialists get into power, eventually the Democrats will have the White House again and one or both houses of Congress. That is why,” he adds, “I’m encouraging people who are like-minded to get out and vote. Donald Trump is very strong — but he can’t do it alone. We need to give him a House and Senate that will actually back the things he’s trying to do.”

The Strang book helps readers understand what the nation’s most unconventional president has accomplished thus far. A featured section is called “500 Days of American Greatness.”

Strang is CEO and founder of Charisma Media and was voted one of the most influential evangelicals in America by Time magazine. He has interviewed four U.S. presidents and has been featured on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, CBN, Dr. James Dobson’s “Family Talk,” and The Daily Caller. “Trump Aftershock” is published by FrontLine, an imprint of Charisma House.

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Hollywood Blames Trump for Suspicious Packages Sent to Political Figures

LifeZette - Thu, 10/25/2018 - 14:05

Many leftist celebrities already know whom to blame for the suspicious packages that were meant for various political figures: President Donald Trump and his supporters.

“Donald Trump tells his cult followers protesters are paid for by Soros. Hillary Clinton should be locked up. John Brennan should lose his clearance. CNN is the enemy of the people. And blames Obama for everything. They’re lives were all threatened. You do the math. VOTE!!!” tweeted “Stand by Me” and “Misery” director Rob Reiner (pictured above center).

George Soros, a major Democrat donor, was reportedly sent an explosive device at his home in Katonah, New York, while former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former CIA Director John Brennan were also targeted with packages.

One of Hollywood’s own, the very outspoken Robert De Niro, was also reportedly targeted with an explosive device.

It was sent to his New York production offices.

“A recap: Yes, the caravan is definitely full of MS-13 and Middle-Eastern terrorists. No, the bombs sent to Clinton, Obama, CNN that are physically in the possession of the Secret Service are not real. I miss facts,” tweeted “Big Sick” actor Kumail Nanjiani.

A recap:

Yes, the caravan is definitely full of MS-13 and Middle-Eastern terrorists.

No, the bombs sent to Clinton, Obama, CNN that are physically in the possession of the Secret Service are not real.

I miss facts.

— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) October 24, 2018

“Star Trek” actor George Takei also added his voice to the herd: “Call me crazy, but that bomb intended for John Brennan — he only appears now and then on CNN. He’s actually signed as a contributor at MSNBC. Guess this gives an indication of the bomber’s intelligence.”

Call me crazy, but that bomb intended for John Brennan—he only appears now and then on CNN. He’s actually signed as a contributor at MSNBC. Guess this gives an indication of the bomber’s intelligence.

— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) October 24, 2018

Actress Alyssa Milano (pictured above on the left) seemed to blame the president’s rhetoric for the packages that have been sent out.

“Words matter,” she said in response to the news.

Words matter. https://t.co/2weOGsr61h

— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) October 24, 2018

“John Wick” actor John Leguizamo also blamed Trump’s rhetoric for the attacks.

“The WH [White House] must stop inciting violence and dividing and must start uniting!” he tweeted.

Violence from the right or from any one is not the way! But that is why Trump and the WH must stop inciting violence and dividing and must start uniting! https://t.co/BzgHpEIiY7

— John Leguizamo (@JohnLeguizamo) October 24, 2018

“Sons of Anarchy” actor Ron Perlman attacked both the president and White House press secretary Sarah Sanders with his response.

“This morning bombs were sent to Obama, the Clintons, George Sauros [sic], and CNN. Coincidence? Or a blatant pattern. While the press secretary intones through here crooked mouth how abhorrent this act is. While her boss is between Nationalist Rallies,” he said.

This morning bombs were sent to Obama, the Clintons, George Sauros, and CNN. Coincidence? Or a blatant pattern. While the press secretary intones through here crooked mouth how abhorrent this act is. While her boss is between Nationalist Rallies.

— Ron Perlman (@perlmutations) October 24, 2018

Jim Carrey (pictured above right), who currently stars on the Showtime series “Kidding,” said those who sent out the suspicious packages were “emboldened” by the president.

“Today they tried to murder two presidents as well as public servants and journalists,” the actor tweeted. “Make no mistake, these terrorists were encouraged and emboldened by the hate speech of Donald Trump. If you can’t see the clear menace of this man’s influence by now then you are a part of it.”

The words were accompanied by a painting by Carrey showing the president with what appears to be a bomb in his mouth.

Today they tried to murder two Presidents as well as public servants and journalists. Make no mistake, these terrorists were encouraged and emboldened by the hate speech of Donald Trump. If you can’t see the clear menace of this man’s influence by now then you are a part of it. pic.twitter.com/L7kYcpcPKO

— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) October 24, 2018

Late-night comedians have also predictably gone after the president in the wake of the attacks.

Both Stephen Colbert and Seth Meyers went after Trump for agreeing on Twitter with a condemnation of the attacks by Vice President Mike Pence.

“We condemn the attempted attacks against fmr Pres Obama, the Clintons, @CNN & others. These cowardly actions are despicable & have no place in this Country. Grateful for swift response of @SecretService, @FBI & local law enforcement. Those responsible will be brought to justice,” Pence tweeted.

Trump responded by saying, “I agree wholeheartedly!”

I agree wholeheartedly! https://t.co/ndzu0A30vU

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 24, 2018

“First of all, we fact-checked that one and it doesn’t work out. You have no whole heart,” said Colbert on his show.

“Second, you’re the president. There’s been an attempted attack on two previous presidents today. This is the one time you can’t think of your own tweet?”

Meyers responded by saying, “Hey, man, you’re the president, you can’t just add your name to somebody else’s statement like your signing a get well soon card for a co-worker. Trump is like a kid who tries to cheat off a classmate but instead of actually copying he just writes, ‘See Mike’s test for answers.’”

Check out Meyers’ full response below:

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Pipe Bombs to Biden Found; Trump Says ‘Fake News’ Foments Anger

LifeZette - Thu, 10/25/2018 - 14:00

Two packages containing crude explosive devices and addressed to the home of former Vice President Joe Biden were found on a Delaware street near a Wilmington post office and in New Castle late Wednesday.

The packages to Biden bring to 10 the total of apparently similar devices sent to prominent Democrats and other left-wing figures.

These include former President Barack Obama, former President and first lady Bill and Hillary Clinton, former Attorney General Eric Holder, funder George Soros, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), and actor Robert De Niro.

Similar packages were also mailed to the New York bureau of CNN, a Florida congressional office of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), and former CIA Director John Brennan.

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that “the full weight and resources” of the federal government are being devoted to identifying the person or persons responsible for what the chief executive described as “despicable acts.”

#Breaking: A source has just sent me this photograph of a package device intercepted at a Wilmington post office intended for former Vice President Joe Biden. We are trying to confirm with the @SecretService. @FOX29philly REDACTED PIC pic.twitter.com/lAd7e1l8IY

— Chris O'Connell (@CoconnellFox29) October 25, 2018

Rep. Rick Crawford (R-Ga.), a former Army bomb disposal expert, said Wednesday night on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” that the crude design of the devices and the fact none of them detonated suggests the individual behind them mainly craves attention and seeks to scare people.

“I think it was probably designed to get attention. It was designed to be caught. And, while it may be a device that could function, I think it was designed, more than anything, to strike fear in the hearts of people they were intended to target — not necessarily to kill them,” said Crawford.

Speaking to a huge and enthusiastic crowd of supporters in Wisconsin Wednesday night, Trump condemned politically motivated violence in word and deeds.

“Those engaged in the political arena must stop treating political opponents as being morally defective. The language of moral condemnation, the destructive routine, these are arguments and disagreements that have to stop. No one should carelessly compare political opponents to historical villains, which is done often, it’s done all the time, it’s gotta stop,” he said.

Trump added that “as a part of a larger national effort to bridge our divides and bring people together, the media also has a responsibility to set a civil tone and to stop the endless hostility and the constant negative and oftentimes false attacks, that has to go.”

Early Thursday, the president reiterated his message to the media, tweeting that “purposely false and inaccurate reporting” is responsible for “a very big part” of the currently toxic political environment.

A very big part of the Anger we see today in our society is caused by the purposely false and inaccurate reporting of the Mainstream Media that I refer to as Fake News. It has gotten so bad and hateful that it is beyond description. Mainstream Media must clean up its act, FAST!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 25, 2018

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Laura Ingraham: ‘Rock Stars’ of the Left Can Barely Provide Elevator Music

LifeZette - Thu, 10/25/2018 - 13:14

The media have anointed a trio of liberal candidates as the new rock stars of the Left, but a closer look shows Andrew Gillum, Stacey Abrams and Beto O’Rourke can barely provide elevator music.

“Abrams is a star in the Democratic Party,” gushed MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, discussing the Georgia gubernatorial candidate.

“Gillum brings something — he brings energy, he brings passion, he’s a star,” raved NBC News’ Chuck Todd, discussing the Tallahassee mayor, who is running for governor of Florida.

“You’re a rock star!” ABC News reporter Paula Faris told O’Rourke, the Texas Democratic congressman trying to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz. “No, you really are! You can’t go anywhere without getting noticed.”

But in these final weeks of campaigning, we are learning more about all three that should give all the voters in their respective states reason to question the nonstop hype. Let’s start with Gillum. Text messages reveal he accepted a hotel room, tours and tickets to the Broadway show “Hamilton” from real estate developers — without ever disclosing the gifts. The problem was, those “developers” were undercover FBI agents.

Gillum’s Republican opponent, Rep. Ron DeSantis, confronted him with all of this at their debate Sunday, asking the simple threshold question, “Did you pay for the ‘Hamilton’ ticket, or did the undercover FBI agent pay for the ‘Hamilton’ ticket?”

Gillum’s reply was vague, defensive, and bore at least a hint of the race card.

Also, remember that when you look at stars, you’re actually seeing the light reflected from a star that has actually already burned out.

“I’m a hardworking person. I know that might not fit your description of people like me do, but I work hard for everything that I’ve gotten in my life, and I don’t need anybody handing me anything for free,” he said.

The spin won’t fool anyone with a pair of eyes and a brain. In Aug. 10, 2016, text messages just released by Gillum’s lobbyist friend, he is told clearly told by his brother that “Mike Miller [who was really the undercover FBI agent] and the crew have tickets for us for Hamilton tonight at 8 p.m.”

“Awesome news,” Gillum texted in response.

Whether his brother gave him the ticket or not, he knew the source of the ticket: a supposed developer who needed his help. This is why the state of Florida’s ethics commission is investigating Gillum — the probe remains open and the Florida Democrat’s star seems to be falling. Last night, at his second and last debate with DeSantis, Gillum was pressed on the issue and things got hot.

“He wants you believe that he’s not under investigation,” DeSantis said. “Why would an undercover FBI agent posing as a contractor give you a ticket to ‘Hamilton’?”

“I take responsibility for not having asked more questions,” Gillum said. “But let me tell you, I’m running for governor. In the state of Florida we have many issues. And tickets to ‘Hamilton’ ain’t one of them.”

Nice try, Andy. I suggest you move to San Francisco where, with your views and style of politics, you’d fit right in.

Now let’s move on to the governor’s race in Georgia, where video footage of gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams surfaced showing her and others on the steps of the Georgia Capitol burning the state flag in protest. Abrams sought to explain away her flag torching as a youthful indiscretion inspired by her desire to take on racism.

“Twenty-six years ago, as a college freshman, I along with many other Georgians — including the governor of Georgia — were deeply disturbed by the racial divisiveness that was embedded in the state flag with that Confederate symbol,” she said.

That may be true. But the governor of Georgia at the time did not set the flag on fire on the Capitol steps. He worked through the legislature to amend the flag and remove the Confederate symbols that some found offensive.

Does a candidate for governor consider it right to simply destroy public images or symbols that individuals might find offensive? That’s a question the people of Georgia will have to answer.

Then there is “Super Beto,” or, more properly, “Robert O’Rourke,” who has become a Democrat Party matinee idol immortalized in a Clark Kent-style mural. He skateboards! He once played guitar in some sort of band! He is about to get clobbered on November 6.

Back in 1998, when Beto was 26, he was drinking under the influence, struck another car and attempted to flee the accident. He has since tried to soft-peddle the arrest.

“I did not try to leave the scene of the accident, though driving drunk, which I did, is a terrible mistake for which there is no excuse or justification or defense, and I will not try to provide one,” O’Rourke said.

As voters head to the polls, it would serve them well to see through the liberal media pixie dust to the reality of who these so-called Democrat superstars really are, and more importantly, what they believe in.

So the arresting officer, who wrote in a police report at the time, “The driver attempted to leave the accident but was stopped by the [witness],” must have been lying. Nice try, Superman.

As voters head to the polls, it would serve them well to see through the liberal media pixie dust to the reality of who these so-called Democrat superstars really are, and more importantly, what they believe in: open borders, higher taxes, government-run health care, gun control, and more regulations on business.

Also remember that when you look at stars, you’re actually seeing the light reflected from a star that has actually already burned out. Kind of like what the economy will be like if these three get into power.

This Fox News opinion piece is used by permission; it’s adapted from Laura Ingraham’s monologue on “The Ingraham Angle” on Oct. 24, 2018. Laura Ingraham is the host of Fox News Channel’s (FNC) “The Ingraham Angle” (weeknights 10 p.m. ET). She joined the network in 2007 as a contributor.

Read more at Fox News:
Trump Blames Media for Stoking Anger After ‘Suspicious Package’ Scare
Crowd Drowns Out Anti-Trump Dems
A Country on Edge After Explosive Devices Are Found

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Explosive Device Was Sent to Anti-Trumper Robert De Niro

LifeZette - Thu, 10/25/2018 - 13:01

An explosive device was found Thursday at actor Robert De Niro’s production offices.

Security staff at TriBeCa Productions called the New York Police Department about a suspicious package; X-rays detected the contents were explosive.

The device was reportedly similar to ones recently sent to former President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and others.

The investigation to find the person or persons who has sent these packages has widened to the New York, Washington, Florida, and Los Angeles areas.

De Niro has been one of Hollywood’s most outspoken critics of President Donald Trump. He’s merely the latest to be targeted with an explosive device.

Others sent suspicious packages include Democrat donor George Soros, former CIA Director John O. Brennan, Obama, former President Bill Clinton, and Reps. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.).

CNN’s New York bureau in midtown Manhattan was also reportedly sent a package.

De Niro has gone on several vulgar rants criticizing the president in the past.

Trump bit back at the actor over the summer, saying on Twitter, “Robert De Niro, a very low IQ individual, has received too many shots to the head by real boxers in movies. I watched him last night and truly believe he may be ‘punch-drunk.’ I guess he doesn’t realize the economy is the best it’s ever been with employment being at an all-time high, and many companies pouring back into our country. Wake up, Punchy!”

De Niro, meanwhile, has said he wants to “punch” Trump “in the face” and even announced he wouldn’t let the president eat at a Japanese restaurant he was helping to open.

He also said Trump “believes he can make up his own truth.”

The “Goodfellas” and “Taxi Driver” actor also appeared on “Saturday Night Live” as Robert Mueller not long ago — and said he fantasized about reprising the role and hauling of Trump off to jail in a scene.

“I hope there’s a couple [of segments] where I interrogate [Trump], I arrest him, and then I take him to jail,” the actor said.

The president has called the sending of explosive devices to political figures an “attack on our democracy” and “abhorrent.”

De Niro, 75, has been nominated for seven Academy Awards and has won two. He won the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for 1974’s “The Godfather: Part II” and the Best Actor trophy for 1980’s “Raging Bull.”

De Niro can next be seen in “The Irishman,” a gangster-themed picture that finds him reuniting with director Martin Scorsese and actor Joe Pesci. The three previously made the films “Goodfellas” and “Casino” together.

He also has a role in the upcoming film “Joker,” which will hit theaters next October.

For more on De Niro’s politics, check out the video below:

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Bombs Meant ‘to Get Attention’ and ‘Strike Fear,’ Explosives Expert Says

LifeZette - Thu, 10/25/2018 - 03:49

Whoever sent suspicious packages containing bombs to several prominent Democrats and CNN’s New York bureau likely designed them “to get attention,” to “be caught” and “to strike fear” into the intended recipients, Rep. Rick Crawford (R-Ark.) said on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” Wednesday.

“I think it was probably designed to get attention. It was designed to be caught. And while it may be a device that could function, I think it was designed, more than anything, to strike fear in the hearts of people they were intended to target — not necessarily to kill them,” said Crawford, a former bomb disposal technician with the U.S. Army.

Former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Attorney General Eric Holder, former CIA Director John Brennan, and other Democrats reportedly were sent suspicious packages. The package addressed to Brennan was sent to the Time Warner Center in Manhattan, which prompted CNN’s New York bureau, housed within the building, to evacuate.

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), who fielded bipartisan backlash this summer for her repeated calls to harass Trump administration officials, was also sent a suspicious package. She insisted in a statement, however, that “I unequivocally condemn any and all acts of violence and terror.”

Crawford told Fox News host Laura Ingraham that “this is a contemptible act, regardless of who the perpetrator is.” The congressman noted that the “good news” is that U.S. officials have “a huge database” at their disposal to investigate the suspicious packages and identify the one or more culprits.

“And I will say this, as a former bomb tech I know what the reporting protocols are, and I know that the FBI has a great expertise and the intelligence community has great expertise in being able to go after and exploit that intelligence and find out who these people are,” he said.

“But I can tell you this — that these experts are aware of [the digital footprint] and they’ll find the perpetrator very quickly, and I think we’ll be surprised to see how quick they’re brought to justice in a case like this,” Crawford predicted.

For his own part, Trump strongly condemned the person or persons responsible for sending the bombs to CNN and the prominent Democrats, saying during a press conference on Wednesday, “The full weight of our government is being deployed to conduct this investigation and bring those responsible for these despicable acts to justice. We will spare no resources or expense in this effort.”

“We have to unify. We have to come together,” Trump insisted. “Acts or threats of political violence of any kind have no place in the United States of America.”

And 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, one of the suspicious packages’ intended recipients, said Wednesday that “It’s a time of deep divisions, and we have to do everything we can to bring our country together. We also have to elect candidates who will try to do the same.”

Clinton’s comments on national civility after being sent the package were markedly different from the remarks she made just several days ago to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.

“You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about,” Clinton said at the time.

Related: Eight Desperate Media Attempts to Tie Trump to the ‘Suspicious Packages’ Sent to CNN, Dems

Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino told Ingraham, “There’s no place for this, and that clip you played on Hillary sums it all up. Just a week ago she was talking about uncivil treatment of Republicans being almost mandatory, and now all of a sudden she’s the peacemaker?”

Bongino denounced the mainstream media coverage following the bomb threats, noting that many reporters and pundits tried to tie Trump and his tough rhetoric against the “fake news media” to the threats, pinning the blame on him.

“It’s gross. It’s disgusting. As a matter of fact, I remember doing commentary on this network during the really horrific shooting in the baseball field,” he said, referring to the June 2017 congressional baseball shooting, targeting Republicans. The shooter, a liberal activist who supporter Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), critically shot and wounded House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.).

“Every commentator on this network [was] going out of their way to make sure, me included, by the way … that the person who did that, Bernie Sanders — although he was a supporter [of Sanders’] — had no responsibility for that whatsoever. None. That person was responsible for their own actions,” Bongino said of shooter James Hodgkinson.

“Yet we have irresponsible, gross coverage out there — people jumping to conclusions claiming they have some kind of inside information about a motive and some kind of link to Donald Trump,” he added. “I mean — this is really grotesque. “The president can do no right, Laura, in their eyes. There is nothing he can say and nothing he can do … to get him right with them on the Left.”

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Trump Says Time to Stop ‘Treating Political Opponents as Morally Defective’

LifeZette - Thu, 10/25/2018 - 03:28

President Donald Trump opened his address at Wednesday night’s Wisconsin Make America Great Again (MAGA) rally with a call for “those engaged in the political arena” to “stop treating political opponents as being morally defective.”

The comment came during something of a pause in the heated 2018 midterm election campaign, at the end of a day in which much of the nation was transfixed as a series of “crude pipe bombs” were found in the mail for delivery to former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Attorney General Eric Holder, and Reps. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.).

An explosive device was also found in the Manhattan building that houses CNN’s New York bureau and at the New York home of far-Left billionaire funder George Soros.

Earlier in the day, Trump told the nation, “As we speak, the packages are being inspected by top explosives experts, and a major federal investigation is now underway. The full weight of our government is being deployed to conduct this investigation and bring those responsible for these despicable acts to justice. We will spare no resources or expense in this effort.”

Trump added during the news conference, “I just want to tell you in these times we have to unify and come together to send one very clear, strong and unmistakable message that acts or threats of political violence of any kind have no place in the United States of America. That’s a very bipartisan statement. I can tell you, on both sides we believe that.”

Related: Eight Desperate Media Attempts to Tie Trump to the ‘Suspicious Packages’ Sent to CNN, Dems

But while Trump was on Air Force One flying to Wisconsin, multiple media talking heads were all but accusing the president — not the bomber or bombers who actually assembled them — for being responsible for the bombs and even for choosing the targets they intended to maim or kill.

As an example, Sunny Hostin, ABC News senior legal analyst and a co-host of the “The View” talkfest, said, “This is what happens when the president calls you the enemy of the people. Why didn’t Fox News get the bomb?”

Hostin was referring to Trump’s recurring comment that inaccurate and biased news media reporting is the “enemy of the people” in terms of the public’s right to factual and balanced journalism.

So Trump’s opening remarks at the MAGA gathering were at least in part a response to the onslaught of innuendo, implication and outright accusation directed at him.

“My highest duty as president is to keep America safe, that’s what we do. The federal government is conducting an impressive investigation, and we will find those responsible, and we will bring them to justice, hopefully very quickly,” Trump told the boisterous crowd.

“Any acts or threats of political violence are an attack on our democracy itself. No nation can succeed that tolerates political violence or the threat of violence as a method of coercion or intimidation or control. We all know that,” he said. “Such conduct must be fiercely opposed and firmly prosecuted.”

But then — and perhaps to the surprise or consternation of his critics — Trump said, “We want all sides to come together in peace and harmony, we can do it, we can do it, it will happen. More broadly, there is much we can do to bring our nation together.”

“For example, those engaged in the political arena must stop treating political opponents as being morally defective. The language of moral condemnation, the destructive routine, these are arguments and disagreements that have to stop. No one should carelessly compare political opponents to historical villains, which is done often, it’s done all the time, it’s gotta stop.”

“The media also has a responsibility to set a civil tone and to stop the endless hostility and the constant negative and oftentimes false attacks, that has to go.”

Trump may well have had in mind at that point a remark earlier in the day by MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace about the thousands who throng to the president’s rallies to cheer him and hoot at his opponents.

“I watch enough History Channel to know that they cheered at Hitler, too,” said Wallace.

Had Wallace read some actual history books rather than relying on television, she might have known that Hitler’s political party was the National Socialist German Workers Party, which differed hardly at all from German communists except in viewing them as obstacles to their acquisition of absolute power.

Trump was clearly thinking of recent incidents in which radical left-wing activists obnoxiously harassed prominent Republicans in public places when he said, “We should not mob people in public spaces or destroy public property. There is one way to settle our disagreements. It’s called peacefully at the ballot box, that’s what we want.”

For such a peaceful process to work, though, Trump reminded his audience that “as a part of a larger national effort to bridge our divides and bring people together, the media also has a responsibility to set a civil tone and to stop the endless hostility and the constant negative and oftentimes false attacks, that has to go.”

The balance of Trump’s address was his standard campaign trail appeal to voters to elect more Republicans who will work with him to continue advancing his agenda of tax cuts, strengthening the U.S. military, renegotiating international trade agreements that put the U.S. at a disadvantage, closing immigration law loopholes that encourage caravans of migrants to come here, and building the wall on America’s border with Mexico.

He also encouraged Wisconsin voters to support Gov. Scott Walker (R) in his quest for a third term and state Sen. Leah Vukmir’s campaign to unseat Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.). Both Walker and Vukmir are trailing in their races.

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Florida Gubernatorial Candidates DeSantis, Gillum Trade Barbs

LifeZette - Thu, 10/25/2018 - 03:01

To believe the worst allegations Florida’s gubernatorial candidates hurled at each other during their final debate of the campaign Wednesday, voters have a choice between a liar and a crook.

The televised clash in south Florida matched Democrat Andrew Gillum, Tallahassee’s mayor (pictured above right), and former Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla., above left) together on the same stage for the last time before Election Day on November 6.

Of course, that closing argument comes too late for many in a state with extensive early voting. By the time Gillum and DeSantis squared off in Broward County, almost 1.4 million Floridians already had cast their ballots.

Closely watched nationally because of Florida’s importance in presidential politics, the race has seen Gillum maintain a small but consistent lead. The latest RealClearPolitics polling average puts him in front by 5.8 percentage points.

The debate was a rehash of a campaign that has been nasty from day one. Gillum accused DeSantis of dishonesty, pointing to a PolitiFact analysis that the Republican candidate had made 21 false statements during a previous debate.

Gillum wasted no time turning Wednesday’s news of pipe bombs sent to Democratic figures into an attack on President Donald Trump and DeSantis. He resurrected a supposed racist “dog whistle” uttered by DeSantis when he urged voters not to “monkey this up” by turning away from the GOP.

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“We’ve really seen a collapsing of our political discourse,” Gillum said. “My opponent, right after he won the Republican nomination for governor, went on Fox News and said to voters here in the state of Florida not to monkey this state by electing me.”

When one of the journalists on the panel later brought up the quote and asked about a conference DeSantis attended, the former congressman snapped, ’You gonna play the McCarthyite game?’”

DeSantis flashed anger when the reporter recited controversial statements by Daniel Horowitz, a conservative activist, at whose conference the congressman spoke.

“How the hell am I supposed to know every statement somebody’s made?” he said. “I am not gonna bow down to the altar of political correctness. I am not gonna let the media smear me like they like to do with so many other people. I’m certainly not gonna take anything from Andrew Gillum.”

Gillum claimed neo-Nazis have been helping DeSantis. The GOP nominee has disavowed an out-of-state organization that made calls to Florida voters making crude racist attacks on Gillum.

“I’m not calling Mr. DeSantis a racist,” he said. “I’m simply saying the racists think he’s a racist.”

DeSantis, an Iraq war veteran, was much more interested in talking about crime and corruption. He noted that Tallahassee has the highest murder rate of any city in the state. And he hammered Gillum over an FBI investigation into possible malfeasance in city hall.

“Why would an FBI agent posing as a contractor give him a $1,000 ticket to ‘Hamilton’?”

Gillum has denied that he or the city are targets of a criminal investigation. But DeSantis pointed to text messages indicating that he was not truthful when he previously insisted that he believed his brother was responsible for providing tickets to the “Hamilton” production on Broadway.

In fact, the text messages show, Gillum was aware that it was a contractor who provided the tickets. Only that contractor turned out to be an undercover FBI agent.

“I should have asked more questions to make sure everything that has transpired was aboveboard,” he said.

DeSantis ridiculed Gillum’s insistence that he is not a subject of the FBI probe.

“Why would an FBI agent posing as a contractor give him a $1,000 ticket to ‘Hamilton’?” he asked.

DeSantis also ripped Gillum for accepting a trip to Costa Rica from a lobbyist who then won a $2 million contract from the city.

“That is what corruption is … He has not told the truth about that,” DeSantis said.

DeSantis, moreover, painted his opponent as an extremist who signed a “radical manifesto” by a group called Dream Defenders, which favors ending investment in Israel and has been critical of police and U.S. foreign policy.

“You want to talk about division?” he said. “It doesn’t get more divisive than the Dream Defenders, and to this day, Andrew Gillum has not condemned the Dream Defenders.”

The sparring, to some extent, obscured stark differences on the issues. DeSantis opposes new taxes. Gillum proposes hiking the corporate income tax by 45 percent to pay for increased education funding. Gillum opposes for-profit charter schools. DeSantis defends them as a viable option for some parents.

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Gillum attacked DeSantis for his endorsement by the National Rifle Association (NRA) and favors more restrictions on gun ownership. He said during the debate that he would have pushed for a “stronger bill” than one Gov. Rick Scott signed in the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County. DeSantis said he wanted to target government action at people who should not have guns instead of law-abiding citizens.

The candidates also differ on voting rights for felons. Gillum said he supports a referendum on the ballot next month that automatically would restore voting rights to most ex-cons. DeSantis said former prisoners who have committed serious crimes should have to prove themselves worthy before getting the vote back.

Gillum would be Florida’s first black governor, and it would be the first Democratic election victory for the office since 1994.

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Who Said Kids Don’t Care? These Young Ones Go Overboard for Their Deserving Janitor

LifeZette - Thu, 10/25/2018 - 02:08

Two groups of kindergarten kids at a Tennessee elementary school were thinking of someone special recently when they learned how to sing “Happy Birthday” in sign language.

Mr. James, as he is known (pictured above right), is a school custodian at Hickerson Elementary School in Tullahoma, Tennessee, and is deaf; his 60th birthday was Wednesday.

To celebrate his milestone, the kindergartners — led by teachers and helpers, as WZTV noted — signed the birthday tune to him.

A video of the kids’ gesture captured the pure joy on the man’s face (see below). He was so surprised that he threw his hands in the air and let out a happy yell, but only before he covered his face to hold back what looked like tears.

Hickerson’s principal, Jimmy Anderson, told WZTV the kids adore Mr. James.

“Mr. James teaches the kids sign language every now and then, teaches them good manners and how to treat other people,” Anderson said, adding that James is a great role model for the students.

James has worked at Hickerson Elementary for 15 years; he’s worked for the school district for 30 years.

The custodian said the kindergarten students’ gesture “touched his heart,” said WZTV.

Many parents may wonder: How do you raise a child who, even at an early age, is considerate enough to make another person happy with a kind gesture?

Children have an “inborn capacity” for compassion, noted Jane Meredith Adams in a piece for Parenting magazine. “Small in stature themselves, they naturally identify with stuffed animals, other kids, pets, and underdogs.”

She added, “Teaching this doesn’t mean lectures or visits to soup kitchens. It’s part of day-to-day life: how you answer your child’s questions, how you solve conflict at the park, how you nudge his or her growing capacity to understand and think about other people.”

Natural temperament plays a role in whether a child is kind; some kids are “more tuned in” to others’ feelings, while others “are a bit oblivious,” she noted.

Either way, teachers and families have enormous influence in fostering a child’s ability to empathize.

Calling out kindness and labeling it for kids can help them become more compassionate.

“When you catch your child offering a shovel to a friend in the sandbox, label her actions by saying, ‘What a good friend you are,’ or ‘You’re very thoughtful,’” Adams noted.

See the kids sing to their custodian in the video below.

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