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Mueller Alumni Are Cashing In on Their Efforts to Hunt Trump

LifeZette - Thu, 08/15/2019 - 13:30

One thing you have to remember about Washington, D.C., is that many people there take care of their own — and by many people, I mean the Democrats.

Sure, the GOP lives by connections, too.

But to move ahead in “the swamp,” you need to have, at minimum, the patina of qualifications and merit. That — and your family needs to be major donors.

However, the Dems play by somewhat different rules, in my view. With them, like a proper combat unit, you fight and higher headquarters sees to it that eventually you come off the line and into some decent R&R.

So it is with the highly partisan, yet unsuccessful, team that manned the Mueller witch hunt. Like Brett Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford before them, they will get awards and land in high clover for services rendered, win or lose.

Michael Dreeben of the team got a cushy slot at Georgetown Law. Andrew Weissmann, number two to Mueller, got a two-fer. He gets a billet at New York University Law School and a book deal.

Jeannie Rhee gets a partnership at a top law firm. Andrew Goldstein nabs a sweet partnership, too. The list goes on.

Related: The 25 Most Incredible Reactions to Mueller’s Appearance Before Congress

D.C. is a company town — and that company is big government. And for that firm? Business is always booming.

Thus, there are always comfy job openings for even the dimmest who will toe the line.

But when you’re a populist and nationalist president who comes into town owing almost nobody anything and you set your sights on draining the nanny-state PC swamp, the powers that be on both sides will gun for you. Disliking the president is an ecumenical sport in this city.

Dems hate President Donald Trump for the obvious reasons: He unexpectedly beat the tar out of them in 2016 and continues to outrage them with his victories.

Some Republicans dislike him while trying at the same time to use his coattails in the right quarters.

He embarrasses them with their Dem friends at U Street bars and other trendoid Washington hangouts.

Thus to be anti-Trump, regardless of where one works or who signs one’s paycheck, is oh-soooo D.C. chic.

Virtually the only place you see MAGA hats around D.C. are on the heads of tourists.

To a lot of the rest of the country, he’s a meh-plus.

Related: Stacey Abrams for Democrat 2020? She’s Already Tossing Her Hat in the Ring

They know his faults, like his habit of driving the Left bonkers, and they love the results of his administration. So far at least.

That’s why virtually the only place you see MAGA hats around D.C. are on the heads of tourists.

Lucky for the president that they, not exclusively his townie detractors, will decide the next election.

Funny thing that way, a republic.

David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence; he served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. After that, he worked as a political consultant and ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia. Today he’s a public relations consultant in Washington, D.C. This OpsLens piece is used by permission.

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Was Jeffrey Epstein Strangled? Autopsy Results Show Broken Bones, Odd Findings

LifeZette - Thu, 08/15/2019 - 12:25

Autopsy results of convicted pedophile and alleged sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein have been revealed — and they show that the financier had numerous broken bones in his neck, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Not surprisingly, the results only deepen speculation surrounding Epstein’s sudden prison passing over the weekend.

Related: Epstein: A Life by the Numbers

The Washington Post reported, “Among the bones broken in Epstein’s neck was the hyoid bone, which, in men, is near the Adam’s apple. Such breaks can occur in those who hang themselves, particularly if they are older, according to forensics experts and studies on the subject.”

“But they are more common in victims of homicide by strangulation, the experts said,” as the outlet went on.

The New York Post, relying on statements from law enforcement, had previously reported that Epstein “was found hanging in his lower Manhattan jail cell with a bedsheet wrapped around his neck and secured to the top of a bunk bed.”

He had “apparently killed himself by kneeling toward the floor and strangling himself.”

Epstein had been taken off suicide watch just a few days before his death occurred. Two guards were supposed to monitor him, but apparently fell asleep for several hours before and during his death; they then reportedly falsified prison records to cover up the fact that they were sleeping, according to The New York Times.

The situation has become even odder in the days following Epstein’s death, as the public attempts to piece together what actually happened.

Related: Outraged Americans React to Epstein’s Passing

Several days ago, CBS reported that “screams and shrieking” were heard from the billionaire’s jail cell the morning of his alleged suicide.

The report said, “CBS News has learned that the morning of Jeffrey Epstein’s death there was shouting and shrieking from his jail cell. Guards attempted to revive him while saying ‘breathe, Epstein, breathe.'”

At this time, it is not clear who the screams were coming from — they could have come from the guards, Epstein, or someone else entirely.

On Friday, just one day before his apparent suicide, Epstein was transferred to a new cell, according to The Washington Post.

Epstein, who was facing charges of trafficking underage girls, had a plethora of powerful friends in politics, banking, entertainment, and journalism.

However, at this time it is unclear why he was moved in the first place.

Epstein, who was facing charges of trafficking underage girls, had a plethora of powerful friends in politics, banking, entertainment, and journalism.

He was friendly with many of the nation’s most rich and famous — including former President Bill Clinton, who took numerous rides on Epstein’s private jet.

This piece originally appeared in the Objectivist and is used by permission.

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Active Situation: Police Officers Are Injured in Philadelphia Neighborhood Incident

LifeZette - Thu, 08/15/2019 - 00:35

It all started around 4:35 p.m. ET on Wednesday afternoon — and an active situation is still underway, according to reports.

“Several police officers were hospitalized after being [wounded] in Philadelphia’s Nicetown-Tioga section on Wednesday, according to officials,” as the Washington Examiner reported.

“At least four officers were hit by gunfire on the 3700 block of North 15th Street, including one shot in the hand, another in the head, and one in their arms.”

“Officers were sent to the Temple University hospital.”

Two officers were released from the hospital after their wounds were treated, according to reports from Fox News at approximately 9:45 p.m.

The suspect is apparently still holed up in a building; officials are attempting to resolve the situation without further violence.

See the tweets below for more information.

The situation is still ongoing and updates are coming in by the moment.

What is going on in Philadelphia explains how dangerous it is to be a police officer. Our prayers are with them, all the wounded and the ones still engaged. Attacking police officers is an attack on our decent and lawful society.

— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) August 15, 2019

NEW: Mayor Jim Kenney says six officers injured in Philadelphia shooting are “all in good spirits.”

“Obviously, it was a very traumatic experience for them.” https://t.co/MGtVIdv9CU pic.twitter.com/eRT0lJsSOT

— ABC News (@ABC) August 15, 2019

The active shooter situation in Philadephia is pulling at my heartstrings.

I know that department intimately, as I was a Philly resident who they TWICE protected from ANTIFA.

Reportedly, six of them are wounded. Everyone please say a prayer for the Philadelphia Police Dept.

— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) August 14, 2019

Terrible news. https://t.co/jcpnP8ZssZ

— Raymond Arroyo (@RaymondArroyo) August 14, 2019

Armored vehicle pulls up outside the structure where Philadelphia officers engage with at least one suspect in a shooting incident. Several officers have been injured, according to Philadelphia police. https://t.co/tqr65o3lIP pic.twitter.com/y1e43QStIv

— ABC News (@ABC) August 14, 2019

#BREAKING: One person in custody in Philadelphia shooting, someone else is still shooting at police. Philly's mayor is on his way to Temple Hospital where officers have been taken after being shot.

— Ryan Cummings (@RyanCummingsTV) August 14, 2019

#Breaking: 3 officers now being reported as shot; 1 in hand, 1 in head, 1 in arms. All at Temple Univ. hospital.

— FOX 29 (@FOX29philly) August 14, 2019

Watch above via CBSPhilly.

This piece originally appeared in WayneDupree.com and is used by permission; this article has been updated. 

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Stacey Abrams for Democratic VP in 2020? She’s Already Tossing Her Hat in That Ring

LifeZette - Wed, 08/14/2019 - 19:41

Who’s asking that she join a ticket?

Maybe no one yet. Might not matter, though.

Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams lost to Republican Brian Kemp in the fall 2018 race for their state’s governor’s seat, though she’s had a hard time acknowledging the loss, even after many months.

But now she is happy to make it known that she would be “honored” to be selected as vice presidential running mate for whichever Democrat winds up with the 2020 nomination for that party.

“I would be honored to be considered by any nominee,” she said, as The New York Times reported on Wednesday.

For months there’s been rampant speculation as to whether or not Abrams herself would seek the 2020 nomination for the presidency, as Fox News reported.

This week, though, she said she would not seek that position.

Related: Bernie Sanders Zooms to the Top of the Democratic Field in New Hampshire in New Poll

“I do believe I can enter the conversation as late as the fall and still have a real chance to win,” Abrams had previously told MSNBC.

She had also told MSNBC host Hallie Jackson that the 2020 Democratic field was “robust”— but that she’d keep her eye on things to see what actions she might take.

Yet not surprisingly, given past behavior, Abrams in her new interview accused her former opponent Kemp of “bastardizing” the electoral process; she made those charges during her New York Times interview this week.

“What I regret every day is that we could not stop [Kemp] from bastardizing this whole process, from denying the franchise to those who had earned it by being Americans and tried to use the right to vote to set the course of their futures,” she told The Times.

“And I will always be deeply, deeply hurt that we live in a nation that permitted that to happen.”

Related: Failed Candidate Stacey Abrams Defends Identity Politics

In May of this year, Abrams said in a speech at the Center for American Progress’s Ideas Conference, “The notion of identity politics has been peddled for the past 10 years and it’s been used as a dog whistle to say we shouldn’t pay too much attention to the voices coming into progress.”

“I would argue that identity politics is exactly who we are and exactly how we won,” she added.

"It is our responsibility to not just wait to see what happens, but to actually fight back." -Stacey Abrams on preparing for 2020 pic.twitter.com/51PMm0aKZm

— Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) August 14, 2019

Despite losing her race last fall by 55,000 votes — not a small number in a state race — Abrams has continued to believe she won that political contest in one way or another.

When a reporter asked her in March if she ever planned to concede the election, she declared, “No” — which, notably, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other Democrats had called a “direct threat to democracy” when speculating that Donald Trump might do the same.

Abrams, 45, was born in Madison, Wisconsin. An attorney, she served in Georgia’s House of Representatives from 2007 to 2017 and as minority leader from 2011 to 2017.

She has now launched Fair Fight 2020, which seeks to combat voter suppression.

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Socialist Bernie Sanders Is Zooming to the Top of the Democratic Field in New Hampshire, Poll Shows

LifeZette - Wed, 08/14/2019 - 18:50

A new Gravis Marketing poll of Democrat voters in New Hampshire indicates that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is surging.

The poll, released last week, shows that the self-described socialist senator has a strong lead in the important primary state.

Democrat primary voters — 250 of them — were asked, “If the New Hampshire 2020 Democratic presidential primary were held today, who would you vote for?”

Sanders was in the top spot with 21 percent, followed by former Vice President Joe Biden with 15 percent. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) takes third with 12 percent.

The fact that Warren couldn’t place second in this poll is significant when one considers that she and Bernie Sanders are battling for the same far-Left political space — and both represent New England states in vicinity of New Hampshire.

Related: Bernie Sanders: ‘I Think, Frankly, I Am the Strongest Candidate to Beat Trump’

After Warren, Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, got eight percent, only one point above Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) — who received seven percent.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) grabbed five percent, followed by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang, and billionaire hedge fund manager Tom Steyer — who all received four percent support.

The remaining candidates garnered two percent or less.

NEW!
New Hampshire Democratic Primary:

Sanders 21%
Biden 15%
Warren 12%
Buttigieg 8%
Harris 7%
Gabbard 5%
Klobuchar 4%
Yang 4%
Steyer 4%
Castro 2%
ORourke 2%@GravisMarketing Poll https://t.co/IzS7MNeR2w

— Political Polls (@PpollingNumbers) August 13, 2019

“It is important to note that Sen. Sanders won the New Hampshire Democratic Primary in 2016,” said Doug Kaplan, president of Gravis Marketing.

“However, it is unlikely that Sen. Sanders will have a repeat of his 2016 performance in the state due to the number of candidates in the race this time.”

It should be noted that Sanders’ surge in New Hampshire does not appear to be a fluke.

The Real Clear Politics poll average shows Sanders is moving toward Biden, who now leads the field by less than three percent.

The socialist senator has been drawing huge crowds to his New Hampshire campaign events amid his calls that President Donald Trump “an overt racist, sexist, xenophobic, religious bigot.”

Which is completely ridiculous — and also probably part of why his support is increasing.

BAD NEWS FOR BIDEN https://t.co/iJcBF2xKQv

— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) August 13, 2019

Sanders represents the far Left of his party, which has began to define the Democrats overall.

Moderate Dems might see “the squad” lawmakers — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) — as extreme aberrations, but many Democrats sympathize with them.

On election day in 2020, if Americans are faced with the choice of a President Bernie Sanders or four more years of President Trump, who do you think they’ll choose?

And Bernie Sanders is currently leading that wing of the party.

Combine their radical socialist rhetoric with the constant, day-by-day criticism of Trump — and there’s a good chance Sanders could dominate in more primaries than just New Hampshire.

Conservatives should hope for such an outcome. On election day in 2020, if Americans are faced with the choice of a President Bernie Sanders or four more years of President Trump, who do you think they will choose?

It would be a nightmare scenario for Democrats — and likely a great one for the country, in our view.

This piece originally appeared in The Political Insider and is used by permission.

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Threats Against ICE Workers Heat Up: ‘We Know Where You Live’

LifeZette - Wed, 08/14/2019 - 18:05

If you can imagine this now …

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) employees are facing a quickly escalating series of threats, including menacing protests against their own children and even shots “being fired at their offices.”

This action comes amid a “rising tide of anti-ICE rhetoric from the Left fueled by congressional Democrats, media voices and presidential hopefuls,” as Fox News reported on Wednesday.

Video published on Tuesday by Breitbart News shows protesters “in Florida from groups such as Never Again Action and Black Lives Matter Alliance of Broward County threatening workers and former employees of the GEO Group, a private contractor used by ICE,” the outlet also noted.

One protester even hurled personal threats against the family of GEO Group’s former general counsel, John Bulfin.

“We know where all your children live throughout the country … John Bulfin … You have kids in [bleeped out], you have kids in [bleeped out],” the protester yelled.

“We know everything about you and you won’t just be seeing us here.”

The footage, Breitbart pointed out, was taken just a day before shots were fired — early on Tuesday — at an ICE office and GEO Group office in San Antonio, Texas, in what the FBI has called a “targeted attack.”

Related: Neighbors Kept ICE Agents Away from Unlawful Immigrants

This is obviously horrendous and unacceptable.

On Wednesday morning, acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan of the Department of Homeland Security said on “Fox & Friends” that people need to tone down the “dangerous” rhetoric that demonizes the hardworking ICE officials and employees who are trying to keep this country safe.

See the tweets below for more information on this story — and share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Why isn't this receiving wall-to-wall coverage by the Establishment Media? pic.twitter.com/PNkT7CHtjM

— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) August 14, 2019

Here's a photo of one of the bullet holes from this morning. @USCIS stands with @ICE as they work to enforce our laws and keep Americans safe! pic.twitter.com/AUvgpGJco6

— USCIS Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli (@USCISCuccinelli) August 13, 2019

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The Hill’s latest on ‘semi-automatic firearms’ PROVES they have NO CLUE what they’re even writing about

Twitchy - Wed, 08/14/2019 - 17:42

The Hill is famous for its really awful headlines, but this one could take the cake. Do they have any idea what they’ve written when they say Dems want to ban “semi-automatic firearms” and not qualifying it at all as to which semi-automatic firearms they’re referring to?

Nearly 200 House Democrats have signed onto a bill that would ban semi-automatic firearms and large-capacity magazines. https://t.co/4QjxVfTHHH

— The Hill (@thehill) August 14, 2019

The story is about an assault weapons ban, but they repeat that unqualified claim that reads like it’s all semi-automatic firearms in the body of the story as well:

And nearly 200 House Democrats have now signed on to legislation — authored by Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), the head of Democrats’ messaging operation — banning semi-automatic firearms and large-capacity magazines. With 198 co-sponsors, the bill is just 20 votes shy of the number needed to push it through the lower chamber.

For what it’s worth, here’s the bill they’re talking about and it doesn’t ban all semi-automatic firearms:

This piece is referring to H. R. 1296. It doesn't ban all semi-automatic firearms (which likely make up a large majority of guns currently owned by Americans). It does ban a lot of semi-automatic firearms, though. Here is the text: https://t.co/pX17dU5iyI https://t.co/hf7iZn7KDy

— Stephen Gutowski (@StephenGutowski) August 14, 2019

So, which is it?

Yeah, good luck with that.

I'm teetering between "they're so stupid they have no idea the vast majority of guns are semi-auto" and "oh, they know, and they don't care" https://t.co/AcCIo5Ghoz

— Krystle Baker (@TarheelKrystle) August 14, 2019

Oh, and it has no chance of passing anyway. From the NYT:

Still, an assault weapons ban has virtually no chance of being signed into law before 2021. Republicans, who hold the majority in the Senate, strongly oppose it, as does President Trump. Although nearly 200 House Democrats are backing legislation to reinstate the ban, that is not enough to pass even the Democrat-controlled House because voting on such a measure would be politically risky for vulnerable moderates.

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Jeffrey Epstein Associates Are Hit with Lawsuit: Is This the Start of a New #MeToo Movement?

LifeZette - Wed, 08/14/2019 - 15:42

A woman who says accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein “forcefully raped” her when she was 15 years old filed a lawsuit on Wednesday morning against Manhattan socialite and alleged Epstein “madam” Ghislaine Maxwell (shown above right, beside Epstein) — along with three other unidentified individuals — claiming the group conspired to make her assault possible.

Jennifer Araoz, now 32, alleges Maxwell and three other associates of Epstein, who died in a New York federal lockup Saturday morning from an apparent suicide, conspired to facilitate the rape, according to the lawsuit obtained by Fox News.

The suit’s defendants include Epstein’s estate, Maxwell and Jane Does 1, 2 and 3, a trio later described as a “recruiter,” a “secretary” and a “maid.”

The latest lawsuit, which many analysts say may only be the first of many civil cases involving Epstein’s estate and former acquaintances, accuses the disgraced financier of “forcefully” raping Araoz at his Manhattan townhome in 2002.

Araoz said in an NBC News interview last month that she told Epstein repeatedly to stop but he “knew exactly what he was doing.”

“In your mind, did you use the word ‘rape’? Did you recognize it then as rape?” @savannahguthrie asks Jeffrey Epstein accuser Jennifer Araoz pic.twitter.com/jFCjnVRwpa

— TODAY (@TODAYshow) July 10, 2019

Araoz said she was a teenager when a woman approached her outside of her high school and told her about a kind, wealthy man — who Araoz said turned out to be Epstein.

She told NBC that the woman, who has not been identified, accompanied her the first few times she visited the home of the wealthy and charismatic Epstein, who would have been either 49 or 50 years old at the time of the alleged rape.

But, eventually, she stopped joining the teen on her visits, and during one occasion in 2002 when only Epstein and Araoz were together, she says Epstein raped her.

“His money, influence and connections to important people made me want to hide and stay silent. Those same powerful forces let him hide and evade justice.”

In an op-ed published in The New York Times on Wednesday, Araoz wrote that despite Epstein’s death, her “quest for justice is just getting started.”

“It took me years to tell the people close to me what had happened. I was so intimidated by his insistence that I never speak a word of my visits to anyone. And like many survivors, I struggled with anxiety and shame for what I had experienced,” she wrote. “The power structure was stacked against me. His money, influence and connections to important people made me want to hide and stay silent. Those same powerful forces let him hide and evade justice.”

Araoz wants her story “to hold Epstein to account and also his recruiters, the workers on his payroll who knew what he was doing and the prominent people around him who helped conceal and perpetuate his sex-trafficking scheme. Their hideous actions victimized me and so many young girls like me.”

Araoz’s lawsuit is one of the first to be filed under the Child Victims Act, a new New York State law that took effect at midnight Wednesday. The law allows child abuse victims to sue their alleged abusers for one year, regardless of when the abuse took place. Araoz credits the new law for providing a “counterweight” to feeling “crushed by the power imbalance between Epstein, with his enablers, and me.

Maxwell, the 57-year-old woman accused of procuring underage girls for Epstein — and sometimes allegedly joining in the abuse — has become the face of the Epstein scandal in the aftermath of the 66-year-old’s reported suicide.

Related: Epstein: A Life by the Numbers

A dual citizen of England and France, Maxwell was born on Christmas Day in 1961 to British media mogul Robert Maxwell, owner of the tabloid the Daily Mirror. Robert died under mysterious circumstances in 1991 after falling from the yacht he named after Ghislaine, his youngest of nine children, and, after his death, evidence surfaced suggesting the elder Maxwell may have been using the paper’s employee pension fund to keep his empire afloat.

Ghislaine relocated to New York, living off a $100,000-a-year trust fund and trying her hand at real estate. According to a profile of her in Britain’s Sunday Times, Maxwell met Epstein shortly after the move to New York and, in him, found a man who “could replace the lifestyle she had” with her father. Epstein’s wealth opened doors and, once inside, Maxwell possessed the power to cement crucial social connections.

From an initial romantic fling with Epstein, the relationship reportedly developed into more of a tight-knit, “best friend” companionship, and it was the publishing heiress who reportedly connected Epstein with two of his most high-profile friends — the Duke of York, Prince Andrew, and former President Bill Clinton.

Geoffrey Berman, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, has vowed to continue the investigation into Epstein, who, at the time of his death, was being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center awaiting trial on allegations he operated an underage sex trafficking ring.

And even though Epstein is now firmly outside the grip of the criminal justice system, his alleged “co-conspirators” have no such reprieve.

Maxwell’s potential liability has already been illuminated on the civil side of the legal spectrum.

Several accusers have alleged Maxwell played a pivotal role in enlisting Epstein’s alleged victims, according to court documents unsealed Friday, just hours before Epstein reportedly hanged himself with a bedsheet tied to his bunk in an 8-by-8 cell. Those who say they’re victims of Epstein, and other eyewitnesses to the events surrounding his alleged crimes, have testified Maxwell’s role was in arranging massages and sexual favors for Epstein and several of those in his circle of high-profile associates.

Related: 12 Outraged Americans React to the News of Epstein’s Passing

But Maxwell allegedly played an even more direct role in the sex abuse on several occasions.

Maxwell and Epstein were accused of molesting two victims in 1996 but the claims — allegedly reported to the FBI — fell on deaf ears, according to an affidavit viewed by the Miami Herald.

Maxwell has not released any public statements since Epstein’s arrest in early July. No criminal charges have been brought against her and she has consistently and vehemently denied all allegations of misconduct.

Defense attorney Doug Richards told Fox News that, “From both a civil and criminal standpoint, Epstein’s death does her no favors. Victims are rightly unsatisfied with the way that this case was handled, and his death rekindles the demand for someone to be held accountable and for justice to be done, and she’s next in line.”

Nicole Darrah covers breaking and trending news for FoxNews.com. Fox News’ Hollie McKay contributed to this Fox News report, which is used by permission. 

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Trump Responds to GOP Defenders of CNN’s ‘Fredo’: ‘We Never Learn!’

LifeZette - Wed, 08/14/2019 - 15:20

Republicans are once again taking up for someone who doesn’t give a rat’s tail for them or anything for which they stand.

CNN’s Chris Cuomo found himself in a near-beatdown a few nights ago when some trolls labeled him “Fredo” — which is pulled from “The Godfather” movies.

Cuomo seemingly wanted to fight the guys in the video for calling him out of his name.

All day on Tuesday, people on social media made fun of the CNN anchor, who claimed that the use of the name “Fredo” was akin to the N word for blacks.

President Donald Trump even made fun early on Tuesday morning — but Republicans pushed back on the response against Cuomo.

Related: When a Man Referred to Chris Cuomo as ‘Fredo,’ the Two Almost Came to Blows

Trump had a few words to say on Tuesday night about the situation and about the spine of Republicans in general.

“It always happens! When a conservative does even a fraction of what Chris Cuomo did with his lunatic ranting, raving, & cursing, [that person gets] destroyed by the fake news,” Trump tweeted.

“But when a liberal democrat like Chris Cuomo does it, Republicans immediately come to his defense. We never learn!”

It always happens! When a Conservative does even a fraction of what Chris Cuomo did with his lunatic ranting, raving, & cursing, they get destroyed by the Fake News. But when a Liberal Democrat like Chris Cuomo does it, Republicans immediately come to his defense. We never learn!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2019

Show video of Cuomo’s meltdown — and immediately follow it up with the “Godfather II” clip of Fredo telling Michael, “I can handle things. I’m smaaaht” — and tell this opinion writer that doesn’t fit Cuomo to a “T.”

Why would Cuomo play the victim card here when it’s so easily refuted?

Is he that cocooned that he actually believes it? Or is he that cynical that he thinks he and the force of CNN can make it happen?

He made himself look small. He cheapened racism. It’s a loss all around, in my opinion.

Somewhere, John Cazale, who played Fredo, is smiling from all of this attention.

He had a short career but appeared in major movies like “Dog Day Afternoon” (he played the second bank robber), “The Deer Hunter,” and “The Conversation.”

Cazale, who died at the young age of 42 from lung cancer, was Meryl Streep’s partner.

This piece originally appeared in WayneDupree.com and is used by permission.

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Stacey Abrams willing to give up being rightful governor of Georgia if a VP offer comes along

Twitchy - Wed, 08/14/2019 - 14:55

We told you yesterday about Vogue asking if Stacey Abrams can “save American democracy,” and as the New York Times notes, she might want to do that from the U.S. Vice President’s office — or at least one in an alternate universe:

Stacey Abrams, who announced this week that she would not run for president, said she would be open to being vice president https://t.co/wvyJFErLGq

— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 14, 2019

NEW from me this AM: I spoke to Stacey Abrams last night abt her decision to not run for president. Whole Q&A is worth reading, but let's cut to the chase: now that she's officially not running herself, she can admit it: she's very open to the idea of VPhttps://t.co/vOUPIrjikO

— Steadman™ (@AsteadWesley) August 14, 2019

First there’s a question that must be answered:

In real life or in the imaginary world where she is the governor of Georgia?

— BSF (@BSF_75) August 14, 2019

LOL. Yeah, that remains to be seen.

How will she do that while still being the pretend Governor of GA?

— S R (@srob2247) August 14, 2019

Please, choose this sore loser as your running mate.

Can’t wait to hear her explain how her election was “stolen” from her. https://t.co/4oxXiLAyqi

— Amy Curtis (@RantyAmyCurtis) August 14, 2019

Between “Russia” and “voter suppression,” any 2020 Democrat who chooses Abrams as his or her running-mate will have multiple built-in excuses for losing at the ready.

And if the Dems lose – excuse me, when the Dems lose – she can add "Imaginary Vice-President" to her resume. https://t.co/adN7FircAt

— Blue State Snooze (@BlueSnoozeBlue) August 14, 2019

Definitely could happen.

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Patriotic ‘Punishment’ Helps a Teen Thief Turn Himself Around

LifeZette - Wed, 08/14/2019 - 13:42

A teenager recently stole an American flag from the Beacon Car & Pet Wash in Pacific, Missouri — but the owner, military veteran Bill Hoaglin, offered the teen a patriotic means of making amends rather than pursuing criminal charges.

Keaton Chandler, 19, was caught on surveillance tape in the act of stealing the flag — so Hoaglin posted the video to social media.

Knowing he’d be identified, Chandler then called the veteran — and offered a weak excuse for his actions.

“‘I am the guy who accidentally stole your flag,'” Hoaglin recalls the teenager laughably saying.

“I said, ‘There’s nothing accidental about stealing.'”

Still thinking he had the upper hand, the teen offered to return the flag if Hoaglin took the footage off Facebook.

The Air Force veteran wasn’t about to let him off the hook that easily.

Hoaglin offered a patriotic compromise.

He sent his daughter to purchase 150 small flags from a local store, and Chandler — in order to avoid jail time for theft — agreed to pass the flags out to customers.

The kid worked for five hours to make things right.

“For nearly five hours, Chandler distributed every single flag to customers,” Yahoo reported about this story. “‘He said he would do whatever it takes,’ says Hoaglin.”

Followers on Facebook noted that Hoaglin’s actions may have turned the teenager’s life around.

“It’s hard to find honest people who have the character to own their actions,” one person wrote. “Even though he was wrong for stealing the flag, he did good and just might turn out to be a leader in the future.”

Missouri Teen Caught Stealing US Flag from Business; Owner Lets Him Pass… https://t.co/2sg49IAL7k via @YouTube

— David Massengill (@dlm198) July 27, 2019

“Well handled, and I am glad the young man showed true backbone in fessing up and taking his lesson,” another individual wrote in response to the story.

The veteran reports that he’s actually offered the flag deal to other teenagers who had done wrong — but this young man was the first to take him up on it.

Related: One Navy Veteran Passed Away Alone, Yet One Community Gave Him a Proper Sendoff

And, as his grandfather was a Purple Heart recipient during World War II, Hoaglin wanted Chandler to learn that “the flag is more than just a decoration.”

When all was said and done, Chandler offered advice to other teenagers.

“I made a mistake,” he said. “Don’t steal flags, kids.”

This piece originally appeared in The Political Insider and is used by permission.

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The Goodness of God Can Transform Our Lives — If We Have Faith

LifeZette - Wed, 08/14/2019 - 13:27

God’s goodness satisfies and continually transforms our life.

God’s goodness is of such magnitude that it’s difficult for us to sufficiently describe.

Yet it’s so powerful that when we experience it, we know we are completely satisfied.

This soul-satisfaction works powerful transformation. As the Psalmist wrote, “Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness” (Psalms‬ ‭107:8-9‬).

The most satisfying aspect of God’s goodness to me has not been possessions, sustenance, or health.

Rather, it’s been the gift of His presence — which, as the Psalmist says, “satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness!”

Becoming satisfied by God means we learn to know Him well enough that we recognize that all goodness comes from Him.

Related: When We Doubt God’s Plan for Our Lives, Here’s What to Do

We need to “taste and see” that God is good (Psalms 34:8).

You never know how good Mama’s pie is until it’s in your mouth — right?

Well, when you think about the goodness in your life, would any of it be possible without God?

Doesn’t that knowledge spark the thought that if good things are so fabulous to us — how much more incredible is the One who created it all?

When we seek Him with all our heart, His presence permeates our soul.

God’s Word is replete with references to His goodness. The Bible says, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” (James‬ ‭1:17‬).

Everything good that we admire and appreciate comes from God.

When we begin to acknowledge this truth, then God’s goodness becomes personal and is one of the most powerful forces drawing us away from the destruction of sin.

When we seek Him with all our heart, His presence permeates our soul.

We know we are loved. We know who we are. And we live like we are valued.

God’s love for us is the greatest goodness we’ll ever experience.

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NEW: FBI investigating after report says Epstein’s guards ‘fell asleep’ and ‘falsified records’

Twitchy - Wed, 08/14/2019 - 13:17

Whoa.

The New York Times is reporting that the two guards who were supposed to check on Jeffrey Epstein every 30 minutes were actually asleep for 3 hours and then “falsified records” to cover it up:

BREAKING: The two guards who were allegedly responsible for monitoring Jeffrey Epstein when he committed suicide reportedly "fell asleep" and "then falsified records to cover up their mistake" https://t.co/g4yFx4e7IO

— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) August 14, 2019

From the NYT:

The two staff members in the special housing unit where Mr. Epstein was held — 9 South — falsely recorded in a log that they had checked on the financier, who was facing sex trafficking charges, every 30 minutes, as was required, two of the officials said. Such false entries in an official log could constitute a federal crime.

In fact, the two people guarding Mr. Epstein had been asleep for some or all of the three hours, three of the officials said.

The attorney general, William P. Barr, on Monday ordered the Justice Department’s inspector general to look into how Mr. Epstein had managed to commit suicide while in custody and why he had been taken off a suicide watch 12 days earlier.

“We will get to the bottom of what happened,” Mr. Barr said.

Falsifying records is a federal crime and the FBI is investigating:

FBI agents will sweep the Manhattan jail that housed Jeffrey Epstein today as new reports say the guards on duty fell asleep for 3 hours and then falsified records to cover it up. | @GriffJenkins pic.twitter.com/MvD56H0leS

— Fox & Friends First (@FoxFriendsFirst) August 14, 2019

Yesterday, the two guards were placed on administrative leave:

The Justice Department says two guards assigned to watch Jeffrey Epstein when he killed himself in jail have been placed on administrative leave. https://t.co/lB5VubhVy8

— The Associated Press (@AP) August 13, 2019

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Related:

Just WHOA: What people reportedly heard coming from Jeffrey Epstein’s cell the morning he died only adds to conspiracies https://t.co/nKk5Eye2LR

— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 13, 2019

And Snopes fact-checks this in 3, 2, 1: The Babylon Bee STINGS the Clintons over Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide and it’s PERFECT https://t.co/7DV45RCCxQ

— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 13, 2019

 

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Ocasio-Cortez Says She Does Not Regret Comparing Border Facilities to Holocaust Concentration Camps

LifeZette - Wed, 08/14/2019 - 13:05

Recent comments by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) (shown above left, beside House Speaker Nancy Pelosi) should make everyone’s decision about the November 2020 elections a lot easier, in my opinion.

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In a new interview, the Democratic lawmaker from New York’s District 14 said she doesn’t regret invoking the Holocaust and making the “concentration camp” comparison to the detention centers at the border that are now temporarily holding people who have come to this country unlawfully.

That’s right: She doesn’t regret the comparison.

But she does feel that her statements were misinterpreted.

Here’s how the Washington Examiner described part of her recent interview with ABC7 New York, as shown in the video above.

“One, I don’t regret it at all. A group, in fact, of — I think 200, at least 200 — historians, rabbis, academics have come together in support of this term,” she said.

In terms of whether she believes the conditions at the border facilities are the same as conditions at the death camps run by the Nazis during World War II, Ocasio-Cortez said she does — pointing to a visit she made to the border with other members of Congress.

“I’ve seen it. I’ve sat on concrete floors with woman whose hair was falling out and they’re developing sores in their mouth,” she said in the interview.

“Parents are dying with their children watching them and all without a trial — all with just an accusation, and all with the intent to dehumanize.”

This is the kind of stuff that will drive swing voters to Trump.

Ocasio-Cortez — a member of the so-called Democratic squad — also said it was “ahistorical” for Republicans to accuse her of being anti-Semitic for downplaying the Holocaust to score political points.

As if ignorance isn’t enough, this individual refuses to learn, in my opinion — and instead, she continues a narrative that fits her worldview.

This is the kind of stuff that will drive swing voters to Trump.

This is about equivocations and overreactions — and people are tired, really tired, of being called racist, etc., when they’re not.

A version of this piece originally appeared in WayneDupree.com; this article is used by permission.

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Bette Midler tweets a racist poem at Mitch McConnell, pushes ‘negative racial sexual stereotype’

Twitchy - Wed, 08/14/2019 - 12:44

Bette Midler is at it again, this time with a crude (and racist!) poem directed at Sen. Mitch McConnell:

Old McConnell has a farm
Where no white man will come to harm
He just wants a home
Where no minorities roam
So no one has a dick bigger than his.

— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) August 13, 2019

First up, does she know McConnell married a minority?

His wife, Elaine Chao, is Asian. They’ve been married for decades.

Shame. I loved you as an actress, but you’re insane and also apparently racist. https://t.co/08r616N2Bi

— Erielle Davidson (@politicalelle) August 14, 2019

She really should read up on Ms. Chao:

Mitch McConnell’s wife is Elaine Chao who was born in Taipei, Taiwan. She came to the US at age 8. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College and Harvard University. She the first Asian American woman in U.S. history to be appointed to a President's Cabinet. “No minorities roam”?

— W Jeffrey Robins (@WJeffreyRobins1) August 14, 2019

And second, we will point out that it’s quite racist to push this “negative racial sexual stereotype about penis size”:

Another problematic tweet from Bette Midler. She's gone from calling black people who vote the wrong way "blackground" to race fetishism and pushing negative racial sexual stereotype about penis size, which are considered racist. This is all you are to them. A body not a mind.

— The House Of WTF? (@TheHouseOfWTF) August 14, 2019

Bette really needs to seek help:

You’re so desperate – it’s funny.

— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) August 14, 2019

This is getting sad:

This is what happens when former celebs are washed up and have nothing left to offer.

— David Arcano (@wwwbighag) August 14, 2019

And two can play the poem game:

Old Bette Midler was a star
But now she's fallen very far
Now only on Twitter can we see
Her spiral into obscurity

— Robert Bowen (@Bubbavonzipper) August 14, 2019

Old Bette Midler has a pharma
Where every night she gets lit and starts drama
When the barrels run dry she gets on Twitter to cry
Stop the pills, stop the drink, stop the rant and go to bed.

— JDStunda (@JDStunda) August 14, 2019

We doubt she’ll stop:

.@BetteMidler Every time I read one of your "poems" I think, "they can't get any worse". And I'm always wrong.

— MaryfromMarin (@MaryfromMarin) August 13, 2019

And over to you, Jack:

How does she not get banned for hate? https://t.co/h1nd5I8y0s

— Andrew Malcolm (@AHMalcolm) August 14, 2019

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Related:

‘Spoiler: You are NEVER funny’: Bette Midler admitting THIS to blame Trump for #ElPaso is 1 of the GREATEST self-owns EVER https://t.co/G7fMDi7vuk

— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 4, 2019

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JUST IN: ASAP Rocky found guilty of assault by Swedish court

Twitchy - Wed, 08/14/2019 - 12:18

Breaking news out of Sweden where rap star ASAP Rocky was found guilty of assaulting a man during a June 30 street fight in Stockholm:

BREAKING: ASAP Rocky found guilty of assaulting man in Stockholm https://t.co/Dbz9TsvE30

— The Local Sweden (@TheLocalSweden) August 14, 2019

But he won’t have to serve any more jail time:

ASAP Rocky får i retten i Stockholm en betinget fængselsstraf for overfaldet på en 19 årig mand. // ASAP Rocky is convicted of assault in Stockholm, but conditionally – meaning; he won't have to serve any time in prison. cc @realDonaldTrump

— Line Holm (@LineHolm1) August 14, 2019

He’s been ordered to pay SEK 12,500 to the victim, or about $1300 in U.S. dollars, as well:

ASAP Rocky och hans två medåtalade ska betala 12 500 kronor till målsägande. https://t.co/ZoZ7laYull pic.twitter.com/lojrGhFYx8

— Expressen (@Expressen) August 14, 2019

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Related:

Donald Trump lashes out at Sweden after prosecutors charge A$AP Rocky with assault https://t.co/YHn4wzRVka

— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) July 25, 2019

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CNN’s Don Lemon Is Being Sued for Assault by a New York Bartender

LifeZette - Wed, 08/14/2019 - 12:10

CNN’s Don Lemon (shown above right, beside Chris Cuomo) is in trouble.

Dustin Hice is taking Lemon to court and claiming the CNN host attacked him at a bar in the Hamptons during the summer of 2018.

Hice is seeking unspecified damages for “emotional pain and suffering.”

Let’s remember that many Democrats, in my view, play the game that a person is guilty until proven innocent — so, actually, no witnesses are needed, according to their belief that “we must believe the victim.”

Let’s hold them to their words, deeds, actions, and policies — that’s what I feel.

CNN just settled a huge lawsuit with former employees, which resulted in layoffs.

Will they settle this one, too?

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Here’s the story, courtesy of The New York Post: “Dustin Hice says in his Suffolk County Supreme Court suit, which was filed over the weekend, that he was slinging drinks in July 2018 for The Old Stove Pub in Sagaponack when he and his coworkers decided to go out for drinks after work.”

“They headed to Murf’s Backstreet Tavern in Sag Harbor, where Hice ‘noticed a familiar face and realized that Mr. Lemon was also at the bar, seemingly enjoying a drink with his friends,’ the lawsuit says.”

“Don categorically denies these claims and this matter does not merit any further comment at this time.”

The plaintiff then “tried to get Mr. Lemon’s attention and offered to buy Mr. Lemon a drink … a vodka cocktail,” according to the filing.

But Don Lemon “denied” the plaintiff’s offer and said he was “just trying to have a good time,” as The Post reported.

The lawsuit then charges that “Mr. Lemon intensely pushed his fingers against Plaintiff’s face under Plaintiff’s nose, forcing Plaintiff’s head to thrust backward …  Mr. Lemon continued to shove his fingers into Plaintiff’s face with aggression and hostility.” (We left out some of the more unpleasant and frankly unprintable parts of this story.)

CNN is standing by Lemon at this time.

The network released this statement: “The plaintiff in this lawsuit has previously displayed a pattern of contempt for CNN on his social media accounts. This claim follows his unsuccessful threats and demands for an exorbitant amount of money from Don Lemon. Don categorically denies these claims and this matter does not merit any further comment at this time.”

A version of this piece appeared in WayneDupree.com; this article is used by permission.

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Daughter of Duane ‘Dog’ Chapman Comes to His Defense After Mean Rumors Circulate

LifeZette - Wed, 08/14/2019 - 01:28

Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman’s daughter, Bonnie Chapman, is coming to his defense.

Rumors circulated that Dog, 66 (shown above left), was spotted having dinner with a mystery woman only a few weeks after the death of his wife and her mother, Beth Chapman (above right) — but Bonnie was quick to set the record straight.

“Pissed on my father’s behalf that he can’t go on a business dinner without someone speculating he’s on a date,” the 20-year-old wrote on her Instagram Stories on Sunday.

“Leave our family alone please. Leave my father alone, let him try to continue our business in peace,” she also said.

Beth Chapman died on June 26 in Honolulu following a two-year battle with throat and lung cancer.

She was 51 years old.

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“If you really wanna know who she is, she’s a member of our crew, and dad was out with 8 other people at that dinner,” Bonnie added.

Beth and Dog were married for almost 13 years and shared daughter Bonnie and son Garry, 18. They also had 10 other children from former relationships.

“It’s 5:32 in Hawaii, this is the time she would wake up to go hike Koko Head mountain. Only today, she hiked the stairway to heaven. We all love you, Beth. See you on the other side,” Dog wrote the morning his wife died.

It’s 5:32 in Hawaii, this is the time she would wake up to go hike Koko Head mountain. Only today, she hiked the stairway to heaven. We all love you, Beth. See you on the other side.

— Duane Dog Chapman (@DogBountyHunter) June 26, 2019

Last month, Bonnie said that she doubted her father would remarry.

“Nope, he found his soulmate,” she wrote on social media. “No one can replace her in his heart. Their love was one of a kind. It made me believe love truly exists.”

She added that she misses her mother “like crazy” but finds solace in that fact that “cancer can no longer hurt her. She’s no longer in pain and finally feels normal again.”

Jessica Napoli is an associate entertainment editor-reporter at Fox News. This Fox News piece is used by permission.

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New York City Fire Lieutenant Served a 24-Hour Shift — Now He’s Gone

LifeZette - Wed, 08/14/2019 - 00:17

A 54-year-old lieutenant with the New York City Fire Department died of a heart attack early Saturday after completing a 24-hour shift that included responding to a kitchen fire and half a dozen other emergencies, the department said.

Lt. Brian J. Sullivan of Squad Company 41 in the Bronx told other firefighters that he was experiencing “pain and discomfort” after he had responded to a fire on Thursday afternoon, his third over a three-day period.

He continued responding to emergency calls into Friday, according to a Facebook post by the FDNY.

Sullivan suffered a fatal heart attack at his home in Monroe, New York, on Friday evening after returning home from his 24-hour tour, and was rushed to Orange County Regional Medical Center in cardiac arrest.

He died at 12:10 a.m. on Saturday.

“This is a tragic loss for the fire department and for the city of New York,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said. “Brian Sullivan was a dedicated firefighter who put himself in harm’s way for 27 years to protect the lives of others. Our hearts and prayers go out to his wife, Irene, and two daughters, Nicole and Samantha.”

Brian Sullivan was a dedicated firefighter who spent 27 years putting himself in harm’s way to protect New Yorkers. On behalf of our city, I offer our deepest condolences to his wife Irene, his daughters Nicole and Samantha, and his brothers and sisters in New York's Bravest. https://t.co/yz3mw0xTc0

— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) August 13, 2019

“Lieutenant Sullivan was a veteran fire officer and a dedicated member of our elite Special Operations Command who bravely served the department for nearly three decades,” Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro said. “The city and the entire department mourn the loss of this brave individual who spent his career protecting life and property and rescuing others from harm.”

Sullivan is the 1,153rd member of the FDNY to die as a result of injuries sustained in the line of duty, according to the department.

The department honored the fallen firefighter, a 27-year veteran, by setting up a scholarship fund to benefit his two daughters, ages 22 and 17.

#FDNY Firefighters Jim Smith and Jim Disciullo drape purple and black bunting on the exterior of #Squad41 where Lieutenant Brian J. Sullivan served. Read more: https://t.co/Qqg4OqmToF pic.twitter.com/mDPJXitmcq

— FDNY (@FDNY) August 13, 2019

Capt. Thomas McHugh, who worked in the same squad as Sullivan, paid tribute to his colleague during a memorial outside of the fire station on Tuesday.

Firefighters draped purple and black bunting on the exterior of the building and laid flowers and mementos near pictures of Sullivan.

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“He was the heart of the firehouse. He always had a good word to say, was always willing to teach and share his knowledge and experience, and he was always laughing. He set an example for everybody and we all followed,” McHugh said. “He was my lieutenant and I was his captain, and I looked up to him. I respected what he did.

“Obviously he will be sorely missed.”

Vandana Rambaran is a reporter covering news and politics at foxnews.com. This Fox News piece is used by permission.

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Tulsi Gabbard Pauses Her 2020 Presidential Campaign to Report for Active Duty

LifeZette - Tue, 08/13/2019 - 23:38

On Monday, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard (shown above right) announced she will be taking a two-week break from her presidential campaign so she can report for active duty with the Hawaiian Army National Guard.

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“I’m stepping off the campaign trail for a couple of weeks and putting on my Army uniform to go on a joint training exercise mission in Indonesia,” Gabbard told CBSN’s Caitlin Huey-Burns in an interview.

“I will be doing a training exercise with the Indonesian military, focused on a few different things like counterterrorism, humanitarian aid, and disaster response,” she continued.

“And joining my brothers and sisters from the Hawaii National Guard in doing so.”

JUST IN: Tulsi Gabbard taking two weeks off from campaign trail to report for active duty https://t.co/p04U57e3wF pic.twitter.com/LQOZTxhBpc

— The Hill (@thehill) August 12, 2019

Gabbard said her supporters had urged her to find a way to avoid pausing her campaign, but she says she’s looking forward to serving before returning to political life.

“I love our country. I love being able to serve our country in so many ways, including as a soldier,” Gabbard said.

“I’m not really thinking about how this will impact my campaign.”

“So, while some people are telling me, like, ‘Gosh, this is a terrible time to leave the campaign, can’t you find a way out of it,’ you know, that’s not what this is about.”

“I’m not really thinking about how this will impact my campaign,” Gabbard continued. “I’m looking forward to being able to fulfill my service and my responsibility.”

Gabbard said she knows the deadline to qualify for the next primary debate is soon and she hasn’t met the thresholds for inclusion, but said that “there’s a lot” that’s out of her control.

As Tulsi Gabbard leaves the campaign trail for 2 weeks to report for active duty, here she is talking about personal experiences of people she's served alongside… pic.twitter.com/Mn2Fp1Thfa

— Don (@soxinabox21) August 12, 2019

Gabbard has met her donor mark of 130,000 individual donors, but she still needs to register at least 2 percent or higher in recognized polls.

“I’ll be paying attention to obviously what’s going on, and watching the news, and keeping up on things, but I will be stepping away from the campaign and relying on my campaign team to do what they do,” Gabbard said, explaining that she will not be able to check in with her campaign during her time on active duty.

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Gabbard has made clear her time in the military is part of what drives her in her congressional role.

“I think it’s an added value in bringing these two different perspectives together — those of the policymakers in Washington and that of a soldier that is charged with executing the mission that they’re charged with,” she said.

While Gabbard has many left-wing views that most conservatives abhor, she has pushed a strong anti-war message during the 2020 primaries, making many of these same criticisms of America’s wars overseas that President Donald Trump has done, particularly regarding the failed Iraq War.

It’s a message more of her fellow Democrats should note, especially when coming from someone in uniform.

This piece by The Political Insider is used by permission.

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