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Trump ‘seriously’ considering commuting Blagojevich sentence

President Trump said on Wednesday that he is “seriously” considering commuting the prison sentence of Rod Blagojevich and said the disgraced former Illinois governor was treated “unbelievably unfairly” by the ex-FBI Director Jim Comey’s gang of ‘sleazebags,” according to a report.

Blagojevich, a Democrat, is currently serving 14 years on a federal corruption conviction. The charges are related to soliciting money for an appointment to former President Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat. Other charges included the extortion of a children’s hospitals and race track.

Trump made the comments to members of the press while traveling aboard Air Force One, Crain’s Chicago Business reported.

“I thought he was treated unbelievably unfairly; he was given close to 18 years in prison,” Trump said. “And a lot of people thought it was unfair, like a lot of other things — and it was the same gang, the Comey gang and all these sleazebags that did it. “

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Blagojevich, 62, has been serving his sentence at a federal prison in Colorado since 2012. Blagojevich’s family and attorneys have argued that he received an unfair sentence and have failed at attempts to appeal.

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Advocates including the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. and his son, former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. who was in the running for the Obama’s seat, have urged Trump to pardon Blagojevich.

The president has hinted at the possibility of a commutation since taking office, including showing support for the former governor’s wife Patti Blagojevich, who previously likened the probe into spending on Trump’s 2017 inauguration to her husband’s case.

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Ingraham: ‘Nothing short of Trump resigning’ will satisfy Democrats

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Fox News’ Laura Ingraham continues to go after Democrats for attacking President Trump over the shootings that happened last weekend.

“Trump can never do enough to appease the Resistance. They want him gone. Nothing short of Trump resigning and admitting to being a wild-eyed bigot is ever going to satisfy them,” Ingraham said during “The Ingraham Angle” Wednesday.

“Nothing short of Trump resigning and admitting to being a wild-eyed bigot is ever going to satisfy them.”

— Laura Ingraham

TRUMP CONDEMNS ‘WHITE SUPREMACY,’ CALLS FOR MENTAL HEALTH AND GUN REFORMS AFTER DOUBLE MASS SHOOTINGS

Media pundits continued to blame the president for the shootings that took place in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday and Dayton, Ohio, early Sunday, saying he instigated the violence with his rhetoric.

“He is someone that is walking into this crime scene and with blood in his hand,” Paola Ramos, a former Hillary Clinton aide said on MSNBC Wednesday.

Ingraham slammed the Democrats’ attacks as politically motivated.

“Democrats want you to believe that the only reason they speak out against the president is that they truly care,” Ingraham said. “They care about 2020.”

“Democrats want you to believe that the only reason they speak out against the president is that they truly care. They care about 2020.”

— Laura Ingraham

The host also called out the party for changing its position on immigration and using the topic to label those who support border security as racist.

“By my count, that means there are more than… one hundred million racists — maybe even white supremacists — in the United States. Sorry, I don’t think anyone is buying this,” Ingraham said before condemning racism and white supremacy.

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“Racism is a problem, it persists. White supremacy is a cancer. But throwing the terms around to tar anyone you disagree with or can’t beat at the ballot box is poisonous. And it’s dangerous.”

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4 fatally injured in stabbing spree in Southern California, suspect nabbed

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A suspect fatally stabbed four random people and wounded two others in a Southern California stabbing spree Wednesday, police said.

An unidentified Orange County man was arrested. He allegedly stabbed a woman at an insurance business,  two men at an apartment complex and a man at a gas station. The crimes spanned a period of two hours from Garden Grove to Santa Ana, which are under 10 miles from each other.

The victim at the gas station was slashed in the face so badly, his nose was nearly severed. Both men at the apartment complex died.

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The suspect also fatally stabbed a 7-Eleven security guard and a Subway employee, police said.

The only motives in the killings appear to be “robbery, hate, homicide,” Garden Grove police Lt. Carl Whitney said in a news conference. Two others were injured.

“We know this guy was full of anger and he harmed a lot of people tonight,” he said.

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The suspect and all of the victims were Hispanic, police said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Judge Andrew Napolitano: Second Amendment bars many gun restrictions being proposed after mass shootings

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Last weekend’s mass murders in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, have produced a flood of words about everything from gun control to mental illness to white nationalism. Most of those words have addressed the right to keep and bear arms as if it were a gift from the government. It isn’t.

The Supreme Court has twice ruled in the past 11 years that the right to keep and bear arms is an individual pre-political liberty. That is the highest category of liberty recognized in the law. It is akin to the freedoms of thought, speech and personality.

That means that the court has recognized that the framers of the Constitution did not bestow this right upon us. Rather, they recognized its preexistence as an extension of our natural human right to self-defense and they forbade government – state and federal – from infringing upon it.

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It would be exquisitely unfair, profoundly unconstitutional and historically un-American for the rights of law-abiding folks – “surrender that rifle you own legally and use safely because some other folks have used that same type of weapon criminally” – to be impaired in the name of public safety.

It would also be irrational. A person willing to kill innocents and be killed by the police while doing so surely would have no qualms about violating a state or federal law that prohibited the general ownership of the weapon he was about to use.

With all of this as background, and the country anguishing over the mass deaths of innocents, the feds and the states face a choice between a knee-jerk but popular restriction of some form of gun ownership and the rational and sound realization that more guns in the hands of those properly trained means less crime and more safety.

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Can the government constitutionally outlaw the types of rifles used by the El Paso and Dayton killers? In a word: No.

Can the government constitutionally outlaw the types of rifles used by the El Paso and Dayton killers? In a word: No.

We know this because in the first Supreme Court opinion upholding the individual right to keep and bear arms, the court addressed what kind of arms the Second Amendment protects. The court ruled that the Second Amendment protects individual ownership of weapons one can carry that are of the same degree of sophistication as the bad guys have – or the government has.

The government? Yes, the government. That’s so because the Second Amendment was not written to protect the right to shoot deer. It was written to protect the right to shoot at tyrants and their agents when they have stolen liberty or property from the people.

If you don’t believe me on this, then read the Declaration of Independence. It justifies violence against the British government because of such thefts.

Governments are the greatest mass killers on the planet. Who can take without alarm any of their threats to emasculate our right to defend our personal liberties?

In theory, all of this was known by President Trump when he addressed the nation and attributed the weekend slaughters to mental illness, the freedom to express hateful ideas on the Internet and violent video games. He should have consulted his lawyers before he spoke.

Federal law prohibits records of mental health problems, unless they result in involuntary institutionalization, from entering the government’s databases that are consulted in background checks. And the Supreme Court has already ruled that the government cannot censor, ban or punish opinions expressed on the Internet or games played there.

Then the president condemned hate. Do you believe his condemnations? He has, after all, praised the white supremacists at Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017 as “good people,” even though one of them pleaded guilty to the first-degree murder of a young woman, and even though, as a candidate and later as president, he argued that the southwest United States was being “invaded” and “infested” by Hispanics.

That white supremacy ideology – “let’s repel the Hispanic invaders because the feds won’t do so” – resonates in the manifesto of the man accused of being the El Paso killer, which he published about 20 minutes before the shootings. That ideology is far more widespread than most Americans realize. The FBI recently demonstrated as much. This form of hatred of people because of their immutable characteristics breeds violence.

We know that some among us love to hate. That is their right, but they have no right to act violently beyond their perverse thoughts. And all people have the right to defend against such violence by using guns to do so.

The president also offered his support for “red flag” laws. These horrific statutes permit police or courts to seize guns from those deemed dangerous.

Red flag laws are unconstitutional. The presumption of innocence and the due process requirement of demonstrable fault as a precondition to any punishment or sanction together prohibit the loss of liberty on the basis of what might happen in the future.

In America, we do not punish a person or deprive anyone of liberty on the basis of a fear of what the person might do. When the Soviets used psychiatric testimony to predict criminal behavior, President Ronald Reagan condemned it. Now, the president wants it here.

The United States is not New Zealand, where a national legislature, animated by fear and provoked by tragedy, can impair fundamental liberties by majority vote. In America, neither Congress nor the states can outlaw whatever handguns or rifles they want to outlaw or infringe upon the right to own them.

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The government can no more interfere with Second Amendment rights than it can infringe upon any other rights. If this were not so, then no liberty – speech, press, religion, association, self-defense, privacy, travel, property ownership – would be safe from the reach of a fearful majority.

That’s why we have a Constitution.

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Trump had phone call with NRA’s LaPierre in wake of massacres

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President Trump had a phone conversation with the National Rifle Association Chief Executive Wayne LaPierre on Tuesday,  just days after two mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton,  Ohio.

Trump did not publicly acknowledge the phone call and it was unclear who initiated the conversation.

The two shootings last weekend resulted in 31 deaths and dozens injured. The massacres put gun control back squarely in the public conversation. All top 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have called for tougher gun laws. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., for example, has vowed executive action if Congress fails to act within her first 100 days if elected.

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The Washington Post, citing unnamed sources, reported that LaPierre told Trump that endorsing tougher background checks — which the president has reportedly done in private since the February 2018 massacre in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 dead, would not be popular with his voter base.

The NRA did not immediately respond to an email from Fox News seeking comment.

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Trump told an audience in Dayton on Wednesday that there is an “appetite” for such checks.

Trump told The Wall Street Journal, “I don’t want to put guns into the hands of mentally unstable people or people with rage or hate — sick people.”

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., told the Journal that if Trump supports his bill that expands these checks — and red-flag laws — it would be a “game-changer,” because Republicans who otherwise would not support the legislation, would be covered politically by the president.

Fox News’ Matt Leach contributed to this report

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Trump had phone call with NRA’s LaPierre in wake of massacres

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President Trump had a phone conversation with the National Rifle Association Chief Executive Wayne LaPierre on Tuesday,  just days after two mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton,  Ohio.

Trump did not publicly acknowledge the phone call and it was unclear who initiated the conversation.

The two shootings last weekend resulted in 31 deaths and dozens injured. The massacres put gun control back squarely in the public conversation. All top 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have called for tougher gun laws. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., for example, has vowed executive action if Congress fails to act within her first 100 days if elected.

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The Washington Post, citing unnamed sources, reported that LaPierre told Trump that endorsing tougher background checks — which the president has reportedly done in private since the February 2018 massacre in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 dead, would not be popular with his voter base.

The NRA did not immediately respond to an email from Fox News seeking comment.

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Trump told an audience in Dayton on Wednesday that there is an “appetite” for such checks.

Trump told The Wall Street Journal, “I don’t want to put guns into the hands of mentally unstable people or people with rage or hate — sick people.”

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., told the Journal that if Trump supports his bill that expands these checks — and red-flag laws — it would be a “game-changer,” because Republicans who otherwise would not support the legislation, would be covered politically by the president.

Fox News’ Matt Leach contributed to this report

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‘Mildly venomous’ snake missing at Bronx Zoo

Officials at the Bronx Zoo Wednesday said that a “mildly venomous” snake escaped its cage Tuesday and is missing.

The three and a half-foot mangrove snake likely got out through a mesh covering in its habitat at JungleWorld, zoo officials said, WCBS reported.

Mangrove snakes are shy and timid, according to zookeepers, and are most likely to hide from people.

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“While we are confident the snake poses no threat to visitors, we placed a sign at the entrance of the exhibit out of an abundance of caution,” the zoo told WCBS in a statement.

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Zoo officials believe the reptile is probably still somewhere in JunegleWorld.

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Gun control plans often go too far, Dem professor tells Tucker Carlson

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Some gun-control proposals go too far in restricting Americans’ Second Amendment rights, though some common-sense reforms are needed, according to a University of Maryland professor.

Limiting magazine capacities in the wake of the July 28 shooting in Gilroy, Calif., is an acceptable move, Jason Nichols said Wednesday on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

“There are some common-sense gun control measures that make sense,” he said. “Even limiting the capacity of a magazine. … We saw in Gilroy, Calif., where a guy had a 75-round drum connected to his weapon. I’m against that.”

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In addition, Nichols — who teaches African-American studied and who identifies as a Democrat — told host Tucker Carlson that gun control was used historically as a means to restrict the rights of African-Americans during the 19th century.

“When you go back to the antebellum period, it was to keep guns out of the hands of both enslaved and free African people,” he said.

He said former Supreme Court Justice Roger B. Taney, who authored the Dred Scott decision — arguing that blacks could not be considered U.S. citizens — was an advocate for restricting the rights of African-Americans, including in the realm of firearm ownership.

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“When you look at the history of the issue, I think African-American people should be a little leery about people wanting to come around and take their guns,” he said.

“When you look at the history of the issue, I think African-American people should be a little leery about people wanting to come around and take their guns.”

— Jason Nichols, University of Maryland

“Gun confiscation goes way too far. When we look at the history of gun control in this country, it has been to keep guns out of the hands of black people,” Taney continued.

Conversely, in a rare statement posted online, former President Barack Obama spoke out in support of new gun control measures in the wake of two mass shootings over the weekend.

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“No other developed nation tolerates the levels of gun violence that we do. Every time this happens, we’re told that tougher gun laws won’t stop all murders; that they won’t stop every deranged individual grom getting a weapon and shooting innocent people in public places,” Obama wrote.

“But the evidence shows that they can stop some killings. They can save some families from heartbreak. We are not helpless here. And until all of us stand up and insist on holding public officials accountable for changing our gun laws, these tragedies will keep happening.”

Fox News’ Liam Quinn contributed to this report.

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Rudy Giuliani: Politicizing Trump’s visits to El Paso, Dayton can slow healing process

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Politically charged rhetoric directed at President Trump is hurting his ability to help heal the pain of communities reeling from mass shootings, according to Rudy Giuliani.

Trump is acting in the same capacity as former President George W. Bush did when he visited Manhattan after the 9/11 attacks, Giuliani said Wednesday on “The Ingraham Angle.”

“It’s very sad for our country that they’re doing this,” the former New York City mayor said of critical rhetoric against the president.

“I remember what it meant to New York when President Bush came here four days later. It lifted everyone’s spirits — they felt like the country was behind them,” Giuliani said.

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Giuliani, who now serves as a personal attorney to President Trump, said the president is “just trying to heal some of the pain these people are going through” in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

However, he also warned the president’s critics who were politicizing Trump’s response that doing so could backfire on them in the long run.

“Politically, this doesn’t play. This is very, very partisan,” he said. “I think most of the American people can see through this. It is a shame these people have degraded themselves to this level — to do this kind of thing, it’s really shameful.”

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In Texas, the president was greeted at the airport by the state’s Republican governor, Greg Abbott, as well as Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and El Paso Mayor Dee Margo — who bucked Democrats’ calls on Monday to turn the president away.

As happened earlier Wednesday in Dayton, Ohio, scene of another lethal mass shooting last weekend, Trump was greeted by protesters demanding tougher anti-gun laws and an end to caustic rhetoric — including some from the president — that they believed to be contributing to a culture of violence in America.

On the whole, however, reaction to Trump’s visits was welcoming — and, according to MSNBC correspondent Jacob Soboroff, “surprisingly positive.”

Fox News’ Adam Shaw and Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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De Blasio, Hannity joke about NYC mayor’s ‘Meatless Mondays’ plan: ‘You really are a threat to society’

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and “Hannity” host Sean Hannity had a fun moment of levity at the close of Wednesday night’s comprehensive interview about the 2020 presidential hopeful’s platform.

Earlier this year, de Blasio tweeted about his support for “Meatless Mondays” in Big Apple schools — where students would be given a “meatless” lunch one day per week.

“You know how I know #MeatlessMondays is a good idea? Because our students love it and Sean Hannity hates it,” de Blasio wrote in a Twitter message. “Meatless Mondays: coming to all 1,800 NYC schools this fall.”

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Wednesday on “Hannity,” the Fox News host asked de Blasio about the tweet, challenging the mayor to a bet.

Hannity projected that if a poll of all New York City schoolchildren was taken, they would support the host’s weekly meal plan over the mayor’s.

“You willing to put money on that?” Hannity asked.

Hannity jokingly offered several alternatives to “Meatless Mondays,” like “McDonald’s Mondays,” and “Wendy’s Wednesdays.”

The mayor smiled, quipping, “You really are a threat to society.”

“By doing this, we are helping kids to be healthier,” de Blasio added, defending his plan over Hannity’s. “We have an obesity problem in this country.”

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Regarding the initiative, City Hall said it will provide the school system’s one million students with all-vegetarian breakfast and lunch menus every Monday.

Advocates note Meatless Mondays promotes healthy, environmentally friendly meal options.

“The announcement that Mayor de Blasio has expanded Meatless Monday to all New York City public schools marks a major milestone,” said Sid Lerner, founder of the Meatless Monday Movement, in a statement. “Through this united effort, New York City’s schools take a leadership role in getting our children on a healthier track, as well as making a positive impact on our environment.”

Fox News’ Frank Miles contributed to this report.

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