THE HIGHLANDS TEA PARTY
Tuesday April 25, 2017
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
1000 Sebring Square
New EMS director
Discuss EMS/Fireman proposal and what residents can expect
UPCOMING EVENTS, Movie Night Schedules subject to change as we get new speakers:
July 11, 2017 – Laurie Cardoza Moore – Proclaiming Justice to the Nations Inc. (PJTN) is an organization founded by Laurie Cardoza Moore “to increase awareness and action by educating Christians about their Biblical responsibility to stand with their Jewish brethren and the State of Israel.”
May 2, 2017 – Movie Night – Divided States of America – The inside Story of Obama’s Presidency and America’s Deepening Polarization.
As he takes office, President trump inherits a country deeply divided by politics, race, gender, culture and Economics – divisions that helped fuel his rise to the White House. What is the Legacy of Barack Obama?
THE BATTLE IS NOT OVER
We are fighting to keep the candle of liberty burning bright in America.
We won the White House, We have majority in the House and Senate, yet
the job is not completed. We now need to clean up the U.S Congress. As documented in
Trevor Loudon’s ‘Enemies within’ Book and Movie; today we have 100 members of congress who are
members of, or have very close ties to the Democratic Socialist of America (DSA) or The Communist Party USA (CPUSA),
These people need to be voted out of office, education is the key; this is the Tea Parties job!
WE ASK THAT ALL GUEST SPEAKERS BE TREATED PROPERLY.
There are NO EXCUSES for DISRESPECT
GOD BLESS AMERICA
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Despite Reports, Fmr Fox Guest Now Claims She Was Never Sexually Harassed by Sean Hannity
Debbie Schlussel, a former Fox News guest, appeared on a local radio show on Friday and recounted an incident where Sean Hannity purportedly asked her to a hotel, and when she rebuffed his advances, she claims, she was ostracized by the network star.
The story has since gone viral garnering headlines like “Sean Hannity Accused of Sexually Harassing Fox News Guest” in publications like The Daily Beast and The Huffington Post. Now, in an interview with LawNewz.com on Monday morning, Schlussel is denying that she was ever sexually harassed by Sean Hannity. While Schlussel stands by her description of the incident, Schlussel told us that she doesn’t believe what happened between the two amounted to sexual harassment by any legal definition.
“He tried to get me to go back to the hotel after the show after he and his executive producer Bill Shine treated me horribly,” she said on the radio program. Schlussel later clarified that it wasn’t his hotel room, but rather his hotel.
Read more at LawNews
Sean Hannity’s Statement on Accusations
“LET ME BE CLEAR – THE COMMENTS ABOUT ME ON A RADIO SHOW THIS WEEK by this individual are 100% false and a complete fabrication.
This individual is a serial harasser who has been lying about me for well over a decade. The individual has a history of making provably false statements against me in an effort to slander, smear and besmirch my reputation. The individual has not just slandered me over the years but many people who this individual disagrees with.
This individual desperately seeks attention by any means necessary, including making unfounded personal attacks and using indefensible and outrageous political rhetoric. My patience with this individual is over. I have retained a team of some of the finest and toughest lawyers in the country who are now in the process of laying out the legal course of action we will be taking against this individual. In this fiercely divided & vindictive political climate, I will no longer allow slander and lies about me to go unchallenged, as I see a coordinated effort afoot to now silence those with conservative views. I will fight every single lie about me by all legal means available to me as an American.”
Really? This is what our Tax Money is being wasted on; and we can’t afford to build a wall on the border?
Taxpayer-Funded Duck Penis Researcher Now Studying Whale Penises
A leading researcher on a ridiculed taxpayer-funded study of duck penises is now using her expertise on orca whales and is going to the “March for Science” to protest budget cuts. Patricia Brennan, a visiting lecturer at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, worked on the duck penis study that received $384,949 from the National Science Foundation, a grant that was funded through the 2009 stimulus package. The study looked at the differences in the corkscrew-shaped penises of ducks.
A recent interview with New England Public Radio revealed that Brennan is still fascinated by genitalia of various marine animals, this time one from an orca whale that was just delivered from Sea World to her lab. “Holy cow,” Brennan said when the penis first arrived. “Oh wow. Oh my goodness. It’s enormous!” “Although Brennan has spent 20 years studying the sex organs of marine animals, she’s never seen anything this big,” New England Public Radio reported. “It takes up an entire lab sink.”
TWEET YOUR REPRESENTATIVE TELL HIM TO VOTE AGAINST THIS TOTAL NONSENSE
SAMPLE TEXT COPY IF YOU WANT.
BY MARY KATE HOPKINS AND ALAN NGUYEN, OPINION CONTRIBUTORS – 04/24/17 12:45 PM EDT
With Congress returning from Easter recess next week, the debate over the border adjustment tax (B.A.T.) rages on. The most recent claim by supporters is that it’s unfair to focus on the 20 percent tax hike on all imports—including finished products, intermediate parts, or raw materials—without also accounting for the benefits of other proposals included in the House Republican tax reform plan.
In other words, pay no attention to the new, trillion-dollar tax behind the curtain.
In reality, Americans simply can’t afford to ignore the impact this devastating proposed tax would have on their businesses and family budgets.
For starters, the border adjustment tax is laser-focused on importing businesses. This means that, even though there are other tax cuts in the plan, importers would face higher—and in many cases substantially higher—tax bills. These targeted companies would bear the large burden of paying for the rest of tax reform and at a price they can’t afford.Take a state like Texas. A recent analysis from our organizations found Texas importers could owe $30 billion in new taxes, even taking a partial currency adjustment into account—an outcome that supporters suggest will happen but that many economists have rejected. That’s nearly the entire amount that all Texas businesses paid in all federal business taxes in 2014. The average Texas importer could owe an additional $1.3 million in import taxes alone.
Obama avoids Trump as he steps back into spotlight
BY BEN KAMISAR – 04/24/17 12:55 PM EDT
Former President Obama stepped into the spotlight Monday for the first time since leaving the White House, but he steered clear of commenting on President Trump. Cable news networks provided live coverage as Obama convened a youth roundtable in Chicago to talk about participation in civic life. Obama gave a nod to the high interest in the event even as he declined to address the elephant in the room.
“What’s been going on while I’ve been gone?” he said with a smile as he sat down, flanked by six students.
Obama has adopted a low profile since leaving the White House in January, seen only occasionally in social media snapshots of his island vacations. But Obama appears ready to begin what is expected to be an active post-presidency. He traveled Sunday to meet with at-risk youth in Chicago ahead of Monday’s speech and is slated to make a handful of other remarks and appearances across the globe in the near future. Obama focused much of his introductory remarks Monday on local politics and his post-election goal of helping to “knock down some of the barriers discouraging young people from a life of service.”
BY REBECCA SAVRANSKY – 04/23/17 03:05 PM EDT President Trump and top administration officials emphasized the necessity of funding the president’s proposed wall along the country’s southern border on Sunday, as talk of a possible government shutdown ramps up. Members of the president’s administration said they expect the government to remain open — and are skeptical that lawmakers would shut down the government over the proposed construction.
Trump administration officials and GOP lawmakers warned of the consequences of a government shutdown — even as Democrats have come out strongly against passing a bill that would allot funding for the U.S.-Mexico border wall. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Sunday led the Sunday show charge, expressing confidence the border wall would be funded.
“I can’t imagine the Democrats would shut down the government over an objection to building a down payment on a wall that can end the lawlessness,” Sessions said on ABC’s “This Week.” He said he doesn’t expect the Mexican government to “appropriate money” for the wall, but added there are ways “we can deal with our trade situation to create the revenue to pay for it.”
“We’re going to get it paid for one way or the other,” Sessions said on ABC’s “This Week” when asked if there is any evidence Mexico will pay for the wall as Trump promised on the campaign trail. Sessions said the administration’s goal is to put an end to illegality and “create a lawful system of immigration where people apply to come here, they wait their turn.”
Building a wall along the country’s southern border will help the president to fulfill his promise to the American people, he said., “That’s what they want,” he said. “And I believe Congress will eventually deliver.” Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said the president will likely be “insistent” that an upcoming spending bill includes funding for his wall.
“I think it goes without saying that the president has been pretty straightforward about his desire and the need for a border wall,” Kelly said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “So I would suspect — he’ll do the right thing for sure — but I suspect he will be insistent on the funding.” White House chief of staff Reince Priebus said he thinks the government can avoid a shutdown and expressed confidence a bill that is “satisfactory” to the president will pass.
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BY REBECCA SAVRANSKY – 04/24/17 08:47 AM EDT
President Trump on Monday said building a wall on the Mexican border will stop drugs from coming into the United States. Trump offered the argument on Twitter the same day lawmakers return to Washington with a week to fund the government. The White House would like to see money for the wall in the funding bill. “The Wall is a very important tool in stopping drugs from pouring into our country and poisoning our youth (and many others)!” the president tweeted.
✔ @realDonaldTrump The two fake news polls released yesterday, ABC & NBC, while containing some very positive info, were totally wrong in General E. Watch!
✔@realDonaldTrump The Wall is a very important tool in stopping drugs from pouring into our country and poisoning our youth (and many others)!
The president and top administration officials on Sunday talked up the importance of the border wall. The government will shut down at midnight on April 28 if Congress cannot agree on a spending bill. Democrats and some Republicans have voiced strong opposition to using the spending bill as a vehicle to begin funding the border wall. Democrats have noted repeatedly that when Trump promised to build the wall, he also promised that Mexico would pay for it.
By Jordan Fabian and Jonathan Easley
When President Trump took the oath of office three months ago, one question loomed above the others: How would the most unconventional presidential candidate in recent memory govern? Here is what we have learned about Trump’s approach to the presidency as he nears the first 100 days of his administration on Saturday, April 29.
He’s willing to change his mind
Besides of his get-tough stances on trade, immigration and crime, Trump entered politics with very few deeply held political beliefs. And he’s not been afraid to change his views depending on his circumstances. Earlier this month, Trump put on a dizzying display by flipping on four policies in one day: Fed chief Janet Yellen, the NATO alliance, China’s currency practices and the Export-Import Bank. He backed off his promise to label China a currency manipulator during his first 100 days, decided to keep the Ex-Im bank after criticizing it during the campaign, and warmed up to Yellen.
“I said it was obsolete,” Trump said recently of NATO. “It’s no longer obsolete.”
Perhaps his biggest change was his decision to launch cruise missiles at Syria, a major change from campaign rhetoric that saw Trump decry the perils of American military intervention in the Middle East. With the Syria attack, Trump seemed to be moved by images on television of dead children killed and wounded in a chemical weapons attack perpetrated by Syrian president Bashar Assad’s military.
He said that seeing “innocent people, including women, small children, and even beautiful little babies” had a “big impact” on his view, so much so that “my attitude toward Syria and Assad has changed very much.” The rapid-fire changes have given some Trump supporters, while others call it a positive development. “It’s a sign of maturity. He’s got his team around him now and is fully briefed on the consequences of his policy decisions and appears to be getting to the right place on almost everything,” said U.S. Chamber of Commerce political analyst Scott Reed.
Winning is everything
“Loser” — It’s Trump’s insult of choice and one he’s lobbed at his opponents hundreds of times. It’s also a label no president wants, but Trump might fear it more than most. Trump faces the very real prospect of finishing his first 100 days in office without any major legislative achievements to claim. And while that might not be a sign his presidency is doomed to failure, it’s a benchmark for success Trump himself set with an ambitious list of promises during his campaign.
Trump has followed through on several of his first-100-day promises, including filling Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court with another conservative judge.
But he has backed off others, while his attempt to repeal and replace ObamaCare foundered in the face of opposition from his own party. And the travel ban, Trump’s most consequential executive action, has been repeatedly blocked by courts. That thin record could explain why Trump and his staff are pushing Congress to hold another vote on healthcare next week, right before his 100th day. But they’re unlikely to get that win next week — House GOP leaders have indicated they won’t hold a vote on a proposal that doesn’t have enough votes to pass.
In the meantime, Trump tries to tamp down expectations for his 100 days. “No matter how much I accomplish during the ridiculous standard of the first 100 days, & it has been a lot (including S.C.), media will kill!” he tweeted Friday. THEHILL- -CLICK HERE TO READ ON>>>>>
THESE COMMUNIST IDIOTS WILL NOT LEARN, THE ARE GETTING THE HELL KICK
OUT OF THEM AT EVERY DEMONSTRATION,
Why aren’t the police doing their job arresting those with
mask and carry lethal weapons like the sticks in their hands?
This Law needs to be enforced in all 50 states, if you wear a mask or face covering stocking cap, you unmask or go to jail!
Antifa thugs unmasked in Alabama
by laws originally passed against the KKK
By: Nate Madden | April 20, 2017
In a standoff between white supremacists and communist thugs, there are no heroes — save local law enforcement. Occasionally, however, there’s some half-decent schadenfreude to be found. TWEET: Sam Willoughby @SamAWilloughby Some altercations after police demanded Black Bloc members remove their hoodies and masks.
In a twist of delicious irony, a law originally enacted to deal with the Ku Klux Klan led to the unmasking of several Antifa thugs on the streets of Auburn, Alabama, Tuesday. According to a story at Twitchy, local police told people protesting a speech by Alt-Right leader Richard Spencer at Auburn University — which was court-ordered to host him — to take off their hallmark masks.
From video shot outside the venue, it appeared as though the police were enforcing the rules, which included a no-mask policy. That meant the members of the [A]ntifa, or anti-fascists, were made to uncover their faces as they marched past law enforcement toward the campus.
As the story notes, the responses to the unmasking on social media included tweets lauding the Auburn Police Department for enforcing the law while criticizing local cops in Berkeley, California, where lax law enforcement has been blamed for riots over the weekend. Spencer’s views are despicable, but the way a free society deals with bad ideas is to drown them out with better ones, not engage in domestic terrorism. Someone needs to pass that memo along.
As my colleague Chris Pandolfo pointed out in the wake of the past weekend’s riots in Berkeley, Antifa’s name, which is a truncation of “anti-fascism,” really ought not to be taken at face value. “‘Antifa’ is made up of self-described anarchists — radical left-wing thugs who employ violence and intimidation to advance their beliefs,” he writes. “They’ve shown up previously at Berkeley to shut down a “free speech” event hosted by provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, leaving damaged property, fires, and assault victims in their wake.”
In short, Antifa has no problem shutting down political demonstrations with brute force and intimidation tactics for their socio-political ends [read: terrorism], and they typically wear masks to do it.
FBN’s Lou Dobbs on House Speaker Paul Ryan’s political agenda.
Shock News: Obama Used Allies Intelligence Agencies to Spy on Trump, they found Nothing
Several days ago we reported that Fox News’ Judge Andrew Napolitano was right, the British intelligence services had spied on candidate Donald Trump and they had passed that information along to the Obama administration.
British and other European intelligence agencies intercepted communications between associates of Donald Trump and Russian officials and other Russian individuals during the campaign and passed on those communications to their US counterparts, US congressional and law enforcement and US and European intelligence sources tell CNN.
The communications were captured during routine surveillance of Russian officials and other Russians known to western intelligence. British and European intelligence agencies, including GCHQ, the British intelligence agency responsible for communications surveillance, were not proactively targeting members of the Trump team but rather picked up these communications during what’s known as “incidental collection,” these sources tell CNN.
The European intelligence agencies detected multiple communications over several months between the Trump associates and Russian individuals — and passed on that intelligence to the US. The US and Britain are part of the so-called “Five Eyes” agreement (along with Canada, Australia and New Zealand), which calls for open sharing among member nations of a broad range of intelligence.
Well, now we know that the story is even bigger than that. It wasn’t just the British who were spying on Trump, it was the bulk of our European allies as well.
Over the next six months, until summer 2016, a number of western agencies shared further information on contacts between Trump’s inner circle and Russians, sources said. The European countries that passed on electronic intelligence – known as sigint – included Germany, Estonia and Poland. Australia, a member of the “Five Eyes” spying alliance that also includes the US, UK, Canada and New Zealand, also relayed material, one source said. Another source suggested the Dutch and the French spy agency, the General Directorate for External Security or DGSE, were contributors.
That’s a lot of spying there.
Of course, the Guardian is quick to report that all of it was “incidental” and none of it was targeted at Trump or his team… but it sure does beg the question, how many Russian operatives were the Trump people meeting with? And if they were up to their eyeballs in Russians, as all of the spying would indicate, why didn’t the combined might of 10 different intelligence agencies find any evidence of wrongdoing? I mean, someone who was constantly meeting with Russian agents must have been doing something wrong, right?
Maybe, Obama’s intelligence community simply painted some of the Trump universe’s most important foreign contacts as “possible” Russian agents and then used them to watch the campaign? It would mean that the Trump campaign wasn’t “technically” targeted and it would allow the Obama administration to push through FISA warrants which would give them cover to spy on Trump without actually saying they were spying on Trump.
John Hinderaker at Powerline Blog has some astute analysis:
So just about every Western intelligence service was collaborating with the Obama administration in trying to elect Hillary Clinton. Yet, amazingly enough, they failed. The blindingly obvious point that the Guardian tries to obscure is that the combined assets of all of these agencies failed to find any evidence of collaboration between the Trump campaign and Russia. We know this, because the Democrats have pulled out all the stops. Both before the election, and especially after the election, they have leaked furiously to try to discredit President Trump. If there were any evidence of collusion between Trump (or even obscure, minor “advisers” like Carter Page) and Russia, there would have been nothing else in the Washington Post or the New York Times for the past five months. But they have nothing. What was really going on seems clear. Everyone involved in this story thought that Hillary Clinton was sure to win the election.
Let’s Have a Clean Repeal of ObamaCare With No Replacement
The biggest problem with the ObamaCare legislation (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, PL 111-148, and Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, PL 111-152) is that it enabled a huge increase of government involvement in healthcare. This has led to soaring healthcare insurance premiums, loss of insurance coverage, loss of choice of insurance plans, etc., etc.
We don’t need the various ObamaCare-lite and ObamaCare 2.0 proposals that would partially repeal ObamaCare, then replace what’s been repealed with continued government involvement in and control of our healthcare system. What we need is legislation that would repeal the basic ObamaCare laws in such a way that the provisions of law amended or repealed by the ObamaCare laws would be restored or revived as if ObamaCare had not been enacted.
Happily, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) introduced H.R. 1718 (“ObamaCare Repeal Act”) on March 24 to accomplish this. Although he only has three cosponsors so far, he spoke at length about his plans for bringing his bill to a vote during a radio interview on April 3:
First thing to do is to get a bunch of co-sponsors so that the House leadership starts to take notice. The second thing to do is to file a discharge petition that forces it past the committee structure and straight to the House floor for a vote. So, I’m hopeful that, when we get to the point in time where I can file a discharge petition, that we will slowly but surely get the signatures on that petition.
I can’t do it right now. Under House rules, I have to wait 30 legislative days. In calendar days, that translates into some time in late May, or June, just depending on how many days we’re in session. But, when that time comes, if we’ve not addressed the repeal of Obamacare to the satisfaction of the American people, then I’m going to file that discharge petition. And at that point, it will be up to the American people to decide if they really want a repeal of Obamacare.
If they do, they contact their congressman, they get enough congressmen to sign that discharge petition, we have a House floor vote, and boom, we repeal it. So, as Rep. Brooks said in his interview, what he needs now is “a bunch of co-sponsors” to get the attention of House leadership.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) had already introduced S. 106 (“ObamaCare Repeal Act”) on January 11 with almost identical wording to H.R. 1718.
Please phone your U.S. representative (202-225-3121) and senators (202-224-3121) and ask them to become cosponsors of H.R. 1718 and S. 106. Tell them you want a clean repeal of ObamaCare with no replacment.
Please also email your representative and senators with the same message.
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PRESIDENT TRUMP KEEP YOUR WORD GET OUT OF THE PARIS CLIMATE DEAL -YOU KNOW CLIMATE CHANGE IS A HOAX!
Burnett: White House Faction Pushing Trump to Stay in Paris Climate Deal Despite Campaign Promise
Environment and Energy Policy research fellow at the Heartland Institute, H. Sterling Burnett, spoke with Breitbart News Daily SiriusXM host Alex Marlow on Tuesday regarding President Trump’s position on the Paris Climate Agreement. The Heartland Institute has called for the United States to withdraw.
The press release reads in part:
The Paris Climate Treaty puts America last, the exact opposite of what candidate Trump and now President Trump has promised. The treaty would require the United States to make massive reductions in emissions and pay billions of dollars in ‘climate reparations’ to Third World dictators, while requiring no emission cuts from developing countries including India and China. Why should the United States pay hundreds of billions of dollars to developing countries at a time when the U.S. government is running massive debts, when economic growth is slower for a longer period of time than at any time since the Great Depression, and when American workers are losing out to lower-paid workers in China and India?
Burnett said Wednesday, “Trump rightly said he was going to withdraw from this, but … there are two factions in the White House. There are those like Scott Pruitt, head of the EPA, like Steve Bannon, his adviser, that say keep your campaign promise. Withdraw from the Paris Climate agreement. Let America grow.”
“But then there’s the other faction,” he continued, “that’s led by Rex Tillerson, who has a lot of influence … as secretary of state, who said we should stay in the agreement. It’s led by his daughter and son-in-law, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. … She wants to make climate change her signature issue. So he’s got powerful interests trying to keep him in the agreement, saying not [to] leave it as it is, but renegotiate it. Cut a better deal.”
Pence: ‘All Options’ Considered for Dealing With North Korea
By Steve Herman April 18, 2017
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday the international community should be applying diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea to get that country to abandon its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs. Speaking during a visit to Japan, Pence said the U.S. “will not relent” until it achieves the goal of a denuclearized Korean peninsula, and that “all options are on the table.” He cited past international efforts to negotiate with North Korea on its nuclear program, including the most recent six-party talks that broke down in 2009, saying the North Korean side has repeatedly responded with “broken promises and more provocations.”
Pence again stated that “the era of strategic patience is over,” advocating as the best way forward dialogue among the U.S., Japan, South Korea and China in order to isolate and pressure North Korea. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who hosted Pence for talks in Tokyo, said he appreciates the Trump administration’s “all options” approach. Abe added that he hopes for peaceful dialogue with North Korea, but that “dialogue for the sake of dialogue” has no value. The comments came a day after North Korea tried and failed to launch a missile from its submarine base at Sinpo.
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis called the failed missile launch a reckless provocation. “The leader in North Korea again recklessly tried to provoke something by launching a missile,” Mattis told reporters Tuesday aboard a U.S. military aircraft while en route to Saudi Arabia. Back in Washington, White House press secretary Sean Spicer indicated tolerance for a bit more patience on the U.S. side during a briefing with reporters Monday. “I think that we’re going to continue to work with China in particular to help find a way forward,” Spicer said.
The press secretary characterized “the era of strategic patience” as an Obama administration policy of “basically wait and see” that is not prudent for the United States. But, he added, as a result of the recent talks between President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, the current administration is giving Beijing time to use its economic and political influence on Pyongyang. The vice president, speaking to reporters Monday near the Korean Demilitarized Zone, said “President Trump has made it clear that the patience of the United States and our allies in this region has run out and we want to see change. We want to see North Korea abandon its reckless path of the development of nuclear weapons and also its continual use and testing of ballistic missiles is unacceptable.”
At a hastily called news conference Monday in New York, North Korea’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations, Kim In Ryong, accused the United States of pushing the Korean peninsula “to the brink of a war,” warning that a “thermo-nuclear war may break out at any moment on the peninsula.” Referring to the deployment of the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier and its strike group to waters off the Korean peninsula, Kim said if Washington “dares opt for a military action,” calling it a preemptive strike, “the DPRK is ready to react to any mode of war desired by the U.S.” globalsecurity – CLICK HERE TO READ ON>>>>>
Five takeaways from the Georgia special election
Democrats failed to turn Georgia’s special election Tuesday into a resounding victory against President Trump, with Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff falling just short of the 50 percent plus one he needed to avert a runoff. Republican Karen Handel finished second in the race to fill the 6th Congressional District seat left open by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, earning the spot opposite Ossoff in a contest she’s favored to win.
Republicans, including Trump, crowed that they had beaten back Ossoff in a race that attracted liberal star power and millions of dollars in outside money.
But GOP-aligned groups also spent millions in the state, and their short-term victory papers over a larger problem. With liberals energized in their opposition to Trump and hoping to be competitive in more red districts in 2018, Tuesday’s vote in Georgia looks set to reverberate into the midterms.
Here are five takeaways from Tuesday night’s election:
More seats could be in play for Democrats
Ossoff’s strong showing and a closer-than-expected vote in a special election in Kansas last week mean that the midterm trends are looking up for Democrats.
Republicans spent millions defending the Kansas seat that Trump won by 27 points, eventually retaining it by only 7 points.
And Ossoff, a 30-year-old Democrat and political neophyte, nearly won a seat that has in the past been held by GOP heavyweights like former Speaker Newt Gingrich and Sen. Johnny Isakson.
Those results have liberals convinced that they can turn the left’s anti-Trump energy into electoral gains.
Liberals have harried GOP lawmakers at town hall events and coordinated massive protests against Trump’s policies, a grassroots enthusiasm that translates into money and volunteers for Democratic candidates.
Still, Democrats haven’t actually won any new seats. And Democrats are defending 25 of their own in the Senate. To take back the House, Democrats will need to flip at least 24 seats in 2018, which will mean taking out incumbents in Trump districts. FiveThirtyEight analyst Nate Silver, looking at Tuesday’s results, considers 48 GOP-held seats to have more favorable electorates for Democrats than Georgia’s 6th District — meaning the House could be in play.
It’s a tall order, but the Democrats’ energy and early fundraising returns in Georgia show that the party can be competitive in districts that were thought to be safe for Republicans.
O’Reilly out at Fox News
Fox News host Bill O’Reilly will not return to the network, 21st Century Fox announced Wednesday. After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the Company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel,” the network said in a statement.
Reports emerged this week that 21st Century Fox was leaning toward ousting O’Reilly in the wake of sexual harassment allegations. New York Magazine’s Gabriel Sherman reported hours earlier that Fox News had decided to oust O’Reilly and execs were in talks about how to end the relationship “without causing collateral damage to the network.” O’Reilly’s show lost about 90 advertisers after The New York Times reported earlier this month that five women were paid $13 million to settle sexual harassment suits.
21st Century Fox owner Rupert Murdoch had reportedly said he was reluctant to fire O’Reilly because it would look like The New York Times report forced his hand. Fox also announced Wednesday that Tucker Carlson is moving into O’Reilly’s highly coveted 8 p.m. time slot. “The O’Reilly Factor” has been the top-rated cable news show for the past 15 years, creating big shoes to fill.
But Carlson has shown a knack for big ratings at Fox. Originally airing at 7 p.m. when it debuted in September, “Tucker Carlson Tonight” was moved to the 9 p.m. spot after Megyn Kelly left Fox News in November. Kelly had been the second most-watched host on cable, but Carlson bested her ratings in the time slot. Taking over at 9 p.m. will be “The Five,” a panel show with six co-hosts: Kimberly Guilfoyle, Dana Perino, Bock Beckel, Greg Gutfeld, Jesse Watters and Juan Williams.
And the newly-open 5 p.m. spot will go to a new show hosted by Eric Bolling, a longtime O’Reilly fill-in and former “The Five” co-host. Bolling’s show will debut May 1, with “Special Report with Bret Baier” stretching to two hours to fill the time until then. A lawyer for O’Reilly said Monday that the host had been subject to a “smear campaign” by far-left groups.
“Bill O’Reilly has been subjected to a brutal campaign of character assassination that is unprecedented in post-McCarthyist America,” Marc E. Kasowitz said in a statement Tuesday, according to CNN. The script that led to the official announcement of O’Reilly’s departure mirrored that of former Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes’s oust
By Lisa Hagen
House Democrats face a recruiting dilemma in 2018 as the liberal backlash to President Trump looks poised to boost progressive candidates in primaries.
Democrats are seeing a groundswell of enthusiasm on the left, but that same energy could complicate the calculus in swing seats and districts carried by Trump that Democrats need to take back the House.
The party will likely need to strike a delicate balance between finding moderate candidates that best match the political profiles of the target districts on issues like abortion and gun control without alienating its left wing.
By Jordain Carney
Congress is scrambling to avoid political landmines as lawmakers face a tight timeline to avoid a government shutdown later this month. Here are five hurdles that could stand in the way of keeping the government open.
North Korean attempted missile launch fails
By Jesse ByrnesNorth Korea attempted to launch a ballistic missile Sunday on its east coast but failed ahead of Vice President Pence’s trip to South Korea. A U.S. official said the missile “blew up almost immediately.”
By Brooke Seipel
Thousands of people turned out Saturday at rallies across the country demanding that President Trump release his tax returns, with Democratic lawmakers joining protests in D.C. and various celebrities appearing in New York.
WIth A Carrier Contingency off shore, most likely two Two Nuclear Subs below, They can annihilate that punk in one day.
North Korean Official: Ready for War If Trump Wants it
North Korea’s Vice Minister Han Song Ryol (AP)
Friday, 14 Apr 2017 01:15 PM