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Rep. Dan Crenshaw rips Antifa demonstrators, blasts Portland protests as ‘sad showing’

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In a Twitter message Saturday, U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw declared Saturday’s protests in Portland, Ore., “a sad showing,” and said the city’s Antifa activists paled in comparison to the demonstrators fighting for democracy in Hong Kong.

“In Hong Kong,” the Republican congressman from Texas wrote, “antifascists wave American flags, demand freedom and actually fight fascists.

“In Portland,” he continued, “ ‘antifascists’ burn American flags, demand violence in the name of socialism.”

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Crenshaw, 35, is in his first term in the U.S. House after being elected las November. The former U.S. Navy SEAL served in Afghanistan and is the recipient of two Bronze Stars for heroic service and a Purple Heart after being wounded in combat.

On Saturday, demonstrators from both left-wing and right-wing groups converged in Portland, Ore., the scene of numerous violent confrontations in the past.

As of Saturday evening, the city’s mayor was declaring the day’s events “largely peaceful,” with 13 arrests and a small number of minor injuries reported.

Members of the Proud Boys and other conservative groups have argued that Antifa protesters have instigated violence at their events, but have often escaped prosecution because many of their members keep their faces covered during attacks.

In July, the city’s police chief called for new laws against wearing masks during such protests.

“We cannot allow people to continue to use the guide of free speech to commit a crime,” Chief Danielle Outlaw said.

On Saturday, President Trump threatened to push for Antifa to be declared a terror organization.

As a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, Crenshaw frequently speaks out on matters of security and terrorism.

In July, Crenshaw accused Democratic U.S. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., of using the U.S.-Mexico border crisis as a stage for criticizing President Trump rather than for proposing solutions to the nation’s immigration problem.

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“What they really want is more commissions … more investigations they can point to, to call the president evil,” Crenshaw said during an appearance on “Fox & Friends.” “That’s what they want.”

In June, Crenshaw went after Democratic U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, accusing her of “literally repeating the lies of the Iranian regime” after she asserted that President Trump was trying to provoke a conflict with Iran.

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Peter Fonda partied with Beatles, inspired a line in ‘She Said She Said’: report

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Peter Fonda, who died Friday at 79, was not only part of the fabric of 1960s Hollywood with movies like “Easy Rider,” he also reportedly helped inspire a line in the 1966 song “She Said She Said” while tripping on acid with the Beatles one night.

In the summer of 1965, Fonda showed up at a Beatles house party on Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles, according to The Los Angeles Times.

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Some of the guests (including the Beatles) were dropping acid, and Fonda, who later said he was high on LSD when he arrived, remembered that he tried to calm down guitarist George Harrison who thought he was dying.

“I told him there was nothing to be afraid of and that all he needed to do was relax,” Fonda said. “I said that I knew what it was like to be dead because when I was 10 years old, I’d accidentally shot myself in the stomach and my heart stopped beating three times while I was on the operating table because I’d lost so much blood.”

Fonda said John Lennon overhead him say “I know what it’s like to be dead.”

“He looked at me and said, ‘You’re making me feel like I’ve never been born. Who put all that sh– in your head?’” Fonda recalled, according to The Times.

Lennon later said that Fonda kept coming up to him and repeating the line.

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“We didn’t want to hear about that!” he said. “We were on an acid trip and the sun was shining and the girls were dancing and the whole thing was beautiful and ‘60s, and this guy — who I really didn’t know; he hadn’t made ‘Easy Rider’ or anything — kept coming over, wearing shades, saying, ‘I know what it’s like to be dead,’ and we kept leaving him because he was so boring! And I used it for the song,” The Times reported.

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Dick Cheney set to headline Trump 2020 fundraiser in Wyoming on Monday

When U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney appears Monday at a fundraiser for President Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign in her home state of Wyoming, she’ll be joined by someone else who knows his way around Washington.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney, the congresswoman’s father, is set to headline the luncheon event in Jackson, the Washington Post reported Saturday.

Also set to appear are presidential advisers Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, and White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney – although they are listed as “special guests” because of federal rules prohibiting administration officials from campaigning, the Post reported.

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Former VP Cheney, 78, served under former President George W. Bush and was previously defense secretary under President George H.W. Bush after representing Wyoming in Congress. He also served as White House chief of staff under President Gerald Ford.

While Cheney has been a supporter of President Trump, he hasn’t shied away from speaking out when he disagrees with the commander-in-chief.

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney is seen at the Little America Hotel and Resort in Cheyenne, Wyo., Dec. 13, 2013. (Associated Press)

In March, at the American Enterprise Institute’s World Forum in Sea Isle, Ga., Cheney criticized Trump’s use of Twitter for making major policy announcements and also what he viewed as the president’s on-again, off-again support for NATO, Politico reported.

Cheney also questioned whether Trump valued the work of the U.S. intelligence community, according to the report.

His views reportedly were shared during a conversation with Vice President Mike Pence that was part of the forum attended by about 200 Republicans.

In May, many Democrats got upset when a 2015 video resurfaced, showing former Vice President Joe Biden saying he was fond of Cheney.

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“First of all, I really like Dick Cheney, for real. I get on with him, I think he’s a decent man,” Biden, now the Democrats’ 2020 presidential frontrunner, said in the October 2015 video at an event honoring former Vice President Walter Mondale.

Other Republicans expected at Monday’s event in Wyoming include RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, Co-Chairman Tommy Hicks Jr., National Finance Chairman Todd Ricketts and Trump 2020 campaign manager Brad Pascale, the Washington Examiner reported.

Fox News’ Frank Miles contributed to this story.

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Cuban man, 26, arrested after stowing away on plane to Miami, CBP says

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A 26-year-old Cuban man was arrested at Miami International Airport early Friday after he was found in the cargo hold of a flight that had arrived from Havana, officials said.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said in a statement that a ramp agent encountered the man while unloading luggage from the undercarriage of Swift Air Flight 704. The agent called the police, as did the pilot of the aircraft.

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“Police! Police! Juliet nine, Juliet niner. Apparently, we just came in from Havana,” the pilot said, according to WSVN. “Apparently, we had a stowaway in the belly,

Cellphone video posted on Twitter showed airport workers surrounding the suspected stowaway. A guard can be heard telling the man to “back away from the aircraft,” the station reported.

The man was refused entry and processed by CBP as a stowaway. Authorities in Cuba and the U.S. were investigating how he managed to get past airport security in Havana and get on board the aircraft.

“Individuals are taking extreme risks when they try to conceal themselves in confined spaces and CBP is trained and ready to respond with appropriate actions to prevent serious injuries or death whenever possible,” Miami International Airport Port Director Christopher D. Maston said in a statement. “Teams of CBP officers maintain a robust posture regarding the enforcement of our immigration laws while facilitating trade and travel at ports of entry statewide.”

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An attorney for the stowaway identified him Friday as Yunier Garcia Duarte. The attorney told WSVN Duarte has family and friends in Atlanta who are planning to come to Miami to try and visit him.

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Rashida Tlaib hits back at Bill Maher for comments on BDS, compares Israel to apartheid South Africa

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., suggested Saturday that viewers boycott comedian Bill Maher’s HBO talk show after he devoted a segment of Friday’s program to bashing the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement, calling it a “bulls— purity test.”

“Maybe folks should boycott his show,” said Tlaib, who went on to compare criticism of the BDS movement to the controversy surrounding boycotts of South Africa’s apartheid regime in the 1970s and 1980s.

“I am tired of folks discrediting a form of speech that is centered on equality and freedom,” the lawmaker continued. “This is exactly how they tried to discredit & stop the boycott to stand up against the apartheid in S. Africa. It didn’t work then and it won’t now.”

Maher’s segment came one day after the Israeli government said it would deny entry to Tlaib and Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., for their support of the BDS movement following an appeal from President Trump.

Maher opined that Omar’s past comments, in which she seemed to suggest that “Jews control the world, control the money,” might have played a part in “why they don’t get a hero’s welcome.”

Tlaib’s tweet came in response to a post by Intercept columnist Mehdi Hasan, who criticized “Liberal” Maher for “railing against BDS, Palestinians and Omar/Tlaib with an all-white panel featuring no Palestinians, no Arabs, no Muslims, no people of colour.”

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On Friday, the Israeli government said Tlaib could visit her relatives in the West Bank, including her 99-year-old grandma, on humanitarian grounds. But then the Interior Ministry released a letter purportedly signed by Tlaib in which she promised not to advocate boycotts during her visit. That appears to have lead to her decision to cancel the visit.

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“Visiting my grandmother under these oppressive conditions meant to humiliate me would break my grandmother’s heart,” she said in a statement. “Silencing me with treatment to make me feel less-than is not what she wants for me — it would kill a piece of me that always stands up against racism and injustice.”

Fox News’ Joseph A. Wolfsohn and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Ransomware attack cripples at least 20 local Texas agencies, state government says

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At least 20 local government entities across Texas have been taken hostage by a coordinated ransomware attack, the Texas Department of Information Resources announced Friday.

The specific agencies and their jurisdictions were not disclosed, nor did the department say whether the cybercriminals had specified an amount to pay in ransom.

Ransomware is a type of malware, or malicious software, that locks a computer and all its data until a user pays a specified amount to regain control of the system. Attackers typically request payment in mostly untraceable digital currency such as Bitcoin. Once the ransom is paid, a key is given that unlocks the computer. Ransomware is spread unknowingly through infected websites and phishing, or spam, emails.

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Texas DIR press secretary Elliot Sprehe told KUT Radio that the department was still gathering information about the attack.

“It looks like we found out earlier today, but we’re not currently releasing who’s impacted due to security concerns,” he told the station Friday.

The Texas Military Department and Texas A&M University System’s Cyberresponse and Security Operations Center are responding to the more “critically impacted” areas, the state’s IT department said.

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“DIR is fully committed to respond swiftly to this event and provide the necessary resources to bring these entities back online,” it added.

Texas is not the first state to fall victim to ransomware attacks. It isn’t uncommon for hackers to demand up to six-figure sums in order to get governments’ computer systems back up and running, and it’s also not unusual for towns to actually pay the ransom.

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For example, CNBC reported in June that Baltimore had spent millions to regain access to its networks following ransomware attacks.

And in two Florida towns, hundreds of thousands of dollars were spent to obtain access to their local government networks again.

SECOND FLORIDA CITY DECIDES TO PAY RANSOMWARE HACKERS

In Riviera Beach, Fla., the city paid $600,000 in ransom. Lake City, located west of Jacksonville, spent nearly half a million dollars to get its data unlocked.

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The FBI estimates that more than 4,000 ransomware attacks have taken place every day since Jan. 1, 2016, marking a 300-percent increase over the roughly 1,000 estimated daily attacks in 2015.

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Sally Pipes: ‘Medicare-for-all’ would be hazardous to the health of seniors – Rationed care could be deadly

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Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., had a run-in with the Greatest Generation on Aug. 12. Roberta Jewell, a resident at the Bickford Senior Living Center in Muscatine, Iowa, told the Democratic presidential hopeful to “leave our health care alone.”

Like many Americans, Jewell is reluctant to embrace the “Medicare-for-all” plans Harris and several of her Democratic colleagues have proposed. The Iowan is right to be wary. Medicare-for-all would destroy Medicare as we know it — and make it harder for seniors to access care.

Harris’s health care plan tries to be everything to everyone, from those agitating for a government takeover of the health insurance market to those who want to preserve a role for private coverage.

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Her plan would move all Americans into a new, government-run health plan over 10 years. During that time, newborns and the uninsured would be automatically enrolled in Harris’s “new and improved” version of Medicare-for-all. Every American would also have the opportunity to buy into the new plan.

The funding scheme for her plan is dubious. She’d raise taxes on the wealthy, employers, and investors. But she promises to exempt people who make less than $100,000 from any tax hikes. Instead, she’d impose new taxes on every stock, bond, and derivative trade.

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During the 10-year transition period, private insurers would be allowed to operate Medicare plans as long as they followed the government’s rules. Essentially, they could function like those that currently sell Medicare Advantage plans – but only for that 10-year window.

In Canada, my mother died of colon cancer after doctors delayed her colonoscopy in order to treat younger patients first.

Harris envisions paying private insurers less than what it costs the conventional Medicare plan to operate. Given that Medicare pays health care providers something like 40 percent less than private insurers do, it’s unclear how many private insurers could afford to participate in Harris’s scheme.

They may simply decide it’s not worth selling coverage when their business will be outlawed within a decade.

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Regardless, once Harris’s brand of “Medicare-for-all” becomes the only option, seniors will find themselves in a health care system worse than what they’re used to.

Hospitals and doctors tolerate Medicare’s low payment rates because they can cover their costs – and make a profit – by charging private insurers more. If the entire population is on Medicare’s payment schedule, providers won’t have anyone else to shift costs onto.

Without private insurance, hospitals will lose $151 billion in annual revenue. That will force them to cut services – or in the case of rural hospitals already running on thin margins, close entirely.

In a few years, seniors will go from having a privileged place in the health care system to fighting with everybody else for access to care.

By offloading all health care bills onto the government, single-payer systems create the prospect of unlimited demand. Add that to the comparatively limited supply of hospitals, doctors and other health care personnel and you get rationing as the result.

When governments ration care, they tend to start by curtailing the availability of procedures that seniors rely on.

Consider the United Kingdom, where “clinical commissioning groups” (CCGs) determine which procedures the government-run National Health Service will cover in a particular area.

In March 2019, the majority of CCGs wouldn’t cover cataract removal, which they deemed “a procedure of limited clinical value.” Many CCGs would only treat patients who had reached a certain level of vision loss. They’ve also reduced access to hip and knee replacements in an effort to cut costs.

Elderly Canadians aren’t faring any better. In 2018, 30 percent of patients waited longer than six months for hip and knee replacements, as well as cataract surgery. Unsurprisingly, one in five Canadians 55 and older say they have major issues accessing health care.

These wait times leave seniors in more than physical pain. Consider the story of Jenny MacKenzie, a retiree in Vancouver who was told in 2019 she’d have to wait a full year for a hip replacement. “It really upsets me I can’t cuddle my grandchildren or pick them up,” MacKenzie told a Canadian think tank.

Waits like these can be deadly. From the government’s perspective, it may make more sense to prioritize treatment for younger patients, who will live – and pay taxes – longer. Seniors often find themselves at the end of the line, no matter how sick they are.

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I’ve experienced the effects of such rationing firsthand. In Canada, my mother died of colon cancer after doctors delayed her colonoscopy in order to treat younger patients first.

Given the havoc it would wreak on our health care system, it’s no wonder Roberta Jewell objects to “Medicare-for-all.” She’s not alone. The more voters learn about it, the more they oppose it.

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Memphis store clerk who fatally shot teen over theft of $2 beer found guilty of murder

A Memphis store clerk was convicted of second-degree murder Thursday in the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old boy who left his store without paying for a $2 beer.  

Anwar Ghazali, 29, faces between 15 and 60 years in prison for the death of Dorian Harris, according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal. He is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 23.

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Anwar Ghazali reportedly didn’t notify police after fatally shooting a 17-year-old boy who had stolen a beer from his store.  (Shelby County Sheriff’s Office)

The shooting took place on March 30, 2018, after Harris walked out of Ghazali’s store with a beer he didn’t pay for.

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Ghazali, carrying a handgun, followed Harris outside and fired several times, prosecutors said. He reportedly told a witness upon returning to the store: “I think I shot him.”

Harris was shot at least three times and bled to death. His body was found two days later in a nearby abandoned yard, The Commercial Appeal reported.

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Dorian Harris. (fox13memphis.com)

Ghazali’s attorneys said the shots were not meant to kill Harris but were supposed to be warning shots. Prosecutors noted that surveillance video showed Ghazali re-enter the store and continue serving customers after his brief pursuit of Harris. The clerk did not report the theft or the shooting.

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“The defendant took it upon himself to be the judge, the jury, and the executioner over a $2 [drink]. That’s why we’re here,” state Prosecutor Lee Fowler said. “Why are you using deadly force to defend a [drink]?”

Harris’ family has filed a civil suit against the store’s owner.

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This is a rush transcript from “Special Report,” August 16, 2019. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

REP. RASHIDA TLAIB, D-MICH.: We see Israel is a democracy, is a democratic country, but it’s very obvious that they’re trying to limit what I’m able to do when I get there. My goal is to see my grandmother. Again, she’s in her 90s. This could be my last chance to see her.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: If she comes, she’s welcome.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Are you happy?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes, I’m happy.

BASSAM TLAIB, UNCLE: We are with Rashida in rejecting this decision. We consider it the right decision.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

JON SCOTT, HOST: So that’s the controversy of the week, whether or not Rashida Tlaib should be allowed to visit her aging grandmother in the West Bank.

Let’s bring in our panel, Charles Hurt, opinion editor for “The Washington Times,” Leslie Marshall, Democratic strategist, and Byron York, chief political correspondent for the “Washington Examiner.”

Before we get to the discussion, the occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is just out with a tweet about all of this. Let’s get to the news that. Donald Trump writes, “Israel was respectful and nice to Representative Rashida Tlaib, allowing her permission to visit her grandmother. As soon as she was granted permission, she grandstanded and loudly proclaimed she would not visit Israel. Could this possibly have been a setup? Israel acted appropriately.” Charlie, that sound encapsulates the whole chain of events. She wanted to go, she was blocked, then Israel said you can go, and she said no, I’m not going to go. So is this about politics or about a family visit?

CHARLES HURT, OPINION EDITOR, “WASHINGTON TIMES”: Clearly, it’s about politics, because if it was about her aging grandmother, she would have taken Israel up on the offer. Israel has a right to determine who comes into their country and who doesn’t come into the country. What I find most interesting about this is the fact that Congresswoman Omar and Tlaib seem to agree that Israel has the right to determine who comes into their country and who doesn’t come into their country, because they agreed to stick by the directive of the government there. I would like them to then turn to our government and acknowledge that we, too, have a right to determine who comes into our country and who doesn’t come into our country. I think that would be a very nice turnabout from those two Congresswomen.

SCOTT: I want to read the tweet that Rashida Tlaib put out, and then follow that with one from the Israeli interior minister. She wrote, “Silencing me and treating me like a criminal is not what she wants,” meaning her grandmother, “not what she wants for me. It would kill a piece of me. I’ve decided that visiting my grandmother under these oppressive conditions stands against everything I believe in, fighting against racism, oppression, and injustice.”

And then from the Israeli interior minister, the person who ultimately approved her visit, he writes “Representative Tlaib just tweeted she won’t be coming to Israel. Just yesterday she sent me a letter asking to visit her 90-year-old grandmother, saying it might be my last chance to meet her.” He goes on to write “I approved her request as a gesture of goodwill on a humanitarian basis, but it was just a provocative request aimed at bashing the state of Israel. Apparently her hate for Israel overcomes her love for her grandmother.” And that’s where he left it.

If she really wants to see her aging grandmother, Leslie, why not take Israel up on the offer, go visit her, and then come back and talk politics when she gets back?

LESLIE MARSHALL, RADIO TALK SHOW HOST: Because there are a couple of things here. First of all, originally, Israel said it was OK for them to go. The president got involved, and then all of a sudden, they can’t go. They weren’t there just to see her grandmother. Obviously Representative Ilhan Omar does not have a relationship to this woman.

And I think after discussing it, not only with her family, but when she had the pushback from the Palestinian community which is, you shouldn’t be the puppet, and this is one of the problems and complaints of Palestinians is that they feel so oppressed that Israel has to have a say over every move, their comings and goings. This is an elected U.S. congresswoman. Her district is part of our 300 million-plus people that pay $3 billion plus a year to Israel. I remember back when there was apartheid, Jesse Jackson was refused entrance to South Africa. Israel is supposed to be a beacon of freedom, and freedom means allowing you to say it even if you don’t like it.

Her not seeing her grandmother I think is right at this point because that wasn’t the only reason for her visit, first of all. And second of all, the Palestinian community is looking to her to fight on their behalf.

SCOTT: The U.S. is also a beacon of freedom, and it has banned government leaders from various countries from coming to this country.

MARSHALL: Ahmadinejad spoke at Columbia University after enticing his crowd to burn American flags and talking against the United States, talking against Israel, saying that they did not have the right to exist, and applauding puppets of our presidents being burned. And yet he was allowed entrance to the country and spoke at Columbia University.

BRYON YORK, CHIEF POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT, “WASHINGTON EXAMINER”: And another administration might not have let him in, either.

SCOTT: Are there any winners here.

YORK: I think in this case, I think the last 24 hours have shown that Rashida Tlaib was not acting in good faith here. I think it was pretty clear her rejection of Israel’s offer to come and visit her grandmother was politicized language, racism, oppression, in justice. I think it was pretty clear.

On the other hand, before that, I do think this is a place where there are legitimately two sides on this. Israel did pass a law a couple of years ago allowing it to keep out advocates of BDS, boycott, divestiture, and sanction. And so they exercised this law.

On the other hand, from Israel’s point of view, it’s not a great idea to keep out a sitting member of the U.S. Congress, and in this case they did particularly irritate Democrats who just happen to control the House of Representatives. Not a great idea on their part. There really were two sides, I think, especially before we found out that Rashida Tlaib was really not acting in good faith.

SCOTT: Does President Trump elevate her and the squad when he gets involved in these Twitter wars with members of Congress, or is he trying to portray the entire Democratic Party as holding the squad’s beliefs?

HURT: Both. There’s no doubt that he seeks to elevate them and elevate this whole — I think for most people the whole fight, it’s just so stupid. And the congresswomen are, as you point out, making this more about politics. Who uses their ancient grandmother as a political pawn in a fight like this? It’s absolutely ridiculous. And of course, President Trump likes to elevate these people. He elevates them because that’s what he wants to run against. And by portraying the entire Democratic Party as being sort of with them as the face of it, it helps his chances.

SCOTT: They could have gone with that Congressional delegation that recently visited Israel, more than 40 members.

MARSHALL: Absolutely. But this goes beyond that, it goes beyond politics. You have to remember, you’re talking about two Muslim women. When there is such a spread of Islamophobia worldwide, and one of them happens to be a Palestinian American. When you have anger in the Palestinian territories about the building and the settlements, and that there’s still no peace and still no two-state solution, which both of these women and many Democrats support. By the way, AIPAC and others, AIPAC very pro-Israel, has actually supported the congresswomen and felt Israel was wrong in their decision.

HURT: But they did that for the political atmosphere — the theatrics of that.

MARSHALL: They did that because it was wrong. There’s right and wrong. They’re two sitting congressional members. If I were a BDS supporter and wanted to enter Israel and they said no, I don’t have a problem with that. Being that they’re congresswomen, I do.

YORK: But she also before the trip announced that she would be part of a delegation to Palestine, it was vey clear the political point she was trying to make going there.

SCOTT: As we wrap this up, there is yet another tweet from the commander in chief. President Trump writes, “representative Tlaib wrote a letter to Israeli officials desperately wanting to visit her grandmother. Permission was quickly granted, whereupon Tlaib obnoxiously turned the approval down, a complete setup. The only real winner here is Tlaib’s grandmother. She doesn’t have to see her now.”

And with that, we’ll get ready to go to the Friday lightning round.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT: I don’t want to say if they can be trusted or not. We brought the number of soldiers down very substantially. They are coming down. We are talking to them. But we’ve been there 19 years. We’re not really — let’s put it this way, we’re more policemen than anything else. And that’s not for our soldiers. We could win the war in Afghanistan in less a week. But I’m not looking to kill 10 million people, and I’m not talking nuclear.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

SCOTT: The president is reportedly meeting with his national security team at his New Jersey vacation residence to talk about a peace plan with the Taliban. We are back with our panel, Byron York, Leslie Marshall, and Charlie Hurt. Can the president, can we trust the Taliban, Leslie?

MARSHALL: Absolutely not. The Taliban is going to renounce Al Qaeda, not do any recruiting, not do any fundraising. Remember, this deal has no talk about attacking the civilians, Afghan individuals, the military or the government, who, by the way, we are completely circumventing in having these discussions. And I thought we don’t negotiate with terrorists. If we believe the Taliban is going to keep their word on this, we might as well believe there’s a little fairy —

SCOTT: America’s longest war.

YORK: We’re in the 18th year, and the president promised to get the United States out of these endless wars. You can almost see him looking at the calendar saying, oh, boy, it’s already August, 2019. Next year is an election. I need keep this promise.

SCOTT: Let’s turn to a game we call Candidate Casino. We give the panel interests $100 in imaginary chips, and they get to place their bets on the candidates that they think are going to come away with the nomination. Charlie, let’s go to your first. Who do you like?

HURT: I put $75 on Joe Biden because I still think that the rest of the field has gone over the cliff to the left, and then $25 on a mystery candidate that comes along who doesn’t say all of the stupid things that Joe Biden says but is also not as crazy as the rest of the field.

SCOTT: Leslie?

MARSHALL: We’re kind of close, $65 on Joe Biden because I think he’s still going to pull it off. But Elizabeth Warren has been doing quite well, comes out with plans, she is smoking in the polls, very strong in the debates, so she gets my other $35 out the $100.

SCOTT: Byron?

YORK: I am not as bullish on Joe Biden. I just don’t think he’s going to make it. I give him an even chance, Biden $30, Elizabeth Warren $30, Kamala Harris $30. Give the rest of the field $10, there’s no chance that they’re going to make it.

SCOTT: Beto O’Rourke doesn’t make it for you?

(LAUGHTER)

YORK: I’m sorry.

HURT: He can have a forth and fifth relaunch.

SCOTT: That could be. All right, and when we come back, we’re going to be — oh, I’m sorry. We want to get our winners and losers of the week also. Charlie, again, to your first.

HURT: My winner is Bibi Netanyahu for establishing what most of the world knows, which is every country can determine who comes into their country and who doesn’t. Loser of the week, “New York Times.” They had a town newsroom, townhall this week that got tape recorded and leaked to the press. And the editor basically acknowledged that they are being bullied by Twitter and bullied by their readers who are upset that Mueller didn’t take out Donald Trump. And so they’re moving their entire operations from all Russia to Donald Trump is a racist.

SCOTT: Leslie?

MARSHALL: I’m going to do the loser first, then my winner. Loser are Republicans that aren’t listening to the will of their constituents on gun control. They want universal background checks, they want a ban on assault weapons, and they want people who have mental illness not to able to easily access guns.

My winner is Greenland, because Greenland is not selling their nation to our president. And my question to the president would be, was Mexico going to pay for that as well?

SCOTT: He is the practitioner of the art of the deal. We’ll see on that one. Byron?

YORK: Speak of the devil, my loser is Beto O’Rourke. As his fellow Texas Karl Rove calls him, Robert Francis O’Rourke has had not one but two campaign resets, and he is at two percent in the latest FOX News national poll. And in the Monmouth poll of Iowa, less than one percent.

My winner is Dale Earnhardt Junior. It is hard to call somebody a winner when they’ve been in the plane crash. But if you look at the crash that took place in Tennessee yesterday, it’s incredible good fortune that everyone came out OK. The pilots, Earnhardt, his wife, his 15-month-old daughter and his dog. So very, very glad to see that.

SCOTT: I’m a little surprised none of you chose Elizabeth Warren as a winner this week. In the FOX News polling she is, of the top tier candidates, she’s the one who is up.

MARSHALL: I gave her my $35 on the casino table.

(LAUGHTER)

SCOTT: That’s not bad, but when you give $65 to Joe Biden, that’s not exactly a load of confidence.

When we come back, “Notable Quotables.”

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

SCOTT: Finally tonight, “Notable Quotables.”

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Shots fired, shots fired. We need swat asap.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Somebody upstairs was watching over these cops today.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Netanyahu is behaving like a typical dictatorship in the sense that they cannot dissent.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I think Israel has a right to decide who can come into their country just like we do.

TRUMP: The Hong Kong thing is a very tough situation. But I’m sure it will work out.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We’re backing away a little. We are going to take care of Christmas.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I’m ending my campaign for president.

TRUMP: You have no choice but to vote for me because your 401(k)s, down the tubes.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, read it and weep. If you were long in this market, you were whipped and killed by this market.

TRUMP: Listen, China, could you do us a favor? We need help.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The opposite of Donald Trump is an Asian man who likes math, and that’s this guy.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I think for Epstein, it’s just all about Epstein. He never cared about any of these victims.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There are things that Steve King said that I do not believe the party of Lincoln would stand for.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: What do you think America stands for?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, of course, that poem was referring back to people coming from Europe.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Leave our health care system alone.

SEN. KAMALA HARRIS, D-CALIF., PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: OK.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We don’t want you to mess with it.

HARRIS: OK.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: One thing you ought to know is that dish soap and hand soap are pretty much the same things.

SEN. BERNIE SANDERS, I-VT, D-PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Cardi’s nails and mine are just a little bit different.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: For a minute we were behaving like decent human beings.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Everybody thought we could change the world, and we sure tried for a long time.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

SCOTT: And thanks for watching “Special Report.” This weekend Dana Perino is hosting “Fox News Sunday” and will speak with White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow. And what an economic week it has been. Check your local listings for air time.

I’m Jon Scott in Washington. I’ll see you again tomorrow night on “The Fox Report.”

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As we’ve seen, candidates can get chirpy at final presidential debates less than three weeks from Election Day, and Hillary Clinton was no exception. What “horror” had her inveighing so? The very thought that her Republican rival would question the legitimacy of the presidential election.

Donald Trump being Donald Trump, he wouldn’t budge. He would not pledge to accept the election results a priori. OK, no, Trump didn’t use the phrase “a priori.” But he did speculate that the electoral process could be rigged. Until he saw how it played out, the Republican nominee said, he could not concede that the outcome would be on the up-and-up.

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First, Trump reaffirmed an allegation for which he’d already been roundly condemned: Foreigners could swing the election — specifically, “millions” of ineligible voters, an allusion to illegal immigration, the piñata of Trump’s campaign.

Second, he complained about the gross one-sidedness of the media’s campaign coverage: scathing when it came to him, and between inattentive and fawning when it came to his opponent, whose considerable sins were airbrushed away.

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Instead of prosecuting Clinton, law enforcement agencies of the Democratic administration bent over backwards to give her a pass, and congressional Democrats closed ranks around her, conducting themselves in committee hearings more like her defense lawyers than like investigators searching for the truth.

A flabbergasted Clinton responded that she was shocked — horrified — to hear Trump “talking down our democracy” this way. This was a top theme in her campaign’s closing days: The election was absolutely legitimate; Trump was traitorously condemnable for refusing to say so.

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