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Lara Trump: De Blasio ‘taxing the hell out of the rich’ would kill American dream

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Trump 2020 campaign senior adviser Lara Trump said Friday she doesn’t know what Democratic presidential candidate Bill de Blasio stands for other than “taxing the hell out of the rich.”

“There isn’t an answer on exactly how that’s going to work out for everybody,” Trump said during an appearance on “Hannity.” She added she was unsure what de Blasio would accomplish with his tax plan.

NYC MAYOR, 2020 HOPEFUL DE BLASIO TELL ‘HANNITY’ HE SUPPORTS ‘BORDER SECURITY, NOT WALLS’

The New York City mayor had appeared on “Hannity” two nights earlier, sparring with host Sean Hannity over a number of issues, including immigration, abortion and the Green New Deal.

Lara Trump, who is married to the president’s son Eric Trump, shot back at de Blasio’s platform and touted her father-in-law’s work as president.

“The reality is this president has brought the American dream back. I did hear [de Blasio] say that the American dream is gone. It’s back under President Donald J. Trump,” she said.

DE BLASIO, HANNITY JOKE ABOUT NYC MAYOR’S ‘MEATLESS MONDAYS’ PLAN: ‘YOU REALLY ARE A THREAT TO SOCIETY’

The senior adviser also took a shot at the full field of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.

“What you saw also is that he stands for what so many of these Democrats running for president stand for. They really stand for full government control of almost everything,” Trump told the host.

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She reiterated that President Trump was “fighting” for Americans.

“We have somebody standing up for us as a country. We have a fighter an office in the White House who we know has our back. Who all across the world is looking out for Americans,” Trump said.

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Law requiring women on corporate boards sets ‘gender-based quota,’ group argues

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A new California law requiring publicly traded corporations in the state to include women on their boards of directors is facing its first legal challenge.

Conservative nonprofit Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit against California on behalf of three taxpayers Friday, claiming the law is an “unconstitutional gender-based quota.”

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Former Gov. Jerry Brown signed the proposal into law in 2018. At the time he admitted it might be killed in the courts but said, “It’s high time corporate boards include the people who constitute more than half the ‘persons’ in America,” according to The Sacramento Bee.

The law says all publicly traded corporations based in California must have at least one woman on their board of directors by the end of the year and at least two women by 2021 for a board made up of five directors and at least three on boards with six or more, The Bee reported.

But Judicial Watch argued that the law falls short.

“Requiring companies to make gender the primary qualification for board membership will inevitably lead to less qualified private sector boards,” the group said in a statement.

“Requiring companies to make gender the primary qualification for board membership will inevitably lead to less qualified private sector boards.”

— Judicial Watch

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But California state officials defended the law.

“We support the underlying goal of SB 826 to create an equitable economy and inclusive California,” a spokeswoman for California’s Secretary of State Alex Padilla said Friday, according to The Mercury News of San Jose. “We will review the lawsuit and will respond in court.”

State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, who co-wrote the bill, said many companies have already voluntarily complied.

“It is disappointing that this conservative right-wing group is more invested in spending thousands of dollars on a questionable lawsuit than supporting policy that improves business’ profits and boosts our economy,” she said, according to the Mercury News.

The law will affect 537 companies, according to Judicial Watch.

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Bill Maher on Biden’s ‘senior moments’: ‘Get used to it’ if he becomes Dem nominee

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“Real Time” host Bill Maher went to bat for former Vice President Joe Biden on Friday night after a series of highly publicized gaffes by the Democratic frontrunner this week, which Maher referred to as “senior moments.”

“You know he doesn’t mean it,” Maher said about Biden. “There’s going to be some senior moments with Joe Biden. Don’t we just have to get used to that?”

Maher said Biden’s critics would likely argue that every verbal mistake is a sign that the 76-year-old Biden shouldn’t become president. But Maher said he wasn’t buying that argument.

MSNBC ANCHOR DEFENDS BIDEN AFTER LATEST GAFFE, SAYS TRUMP CAMPAIGN ‘SEIZED ON A FEW WORDS’

“I really don’t think there’s a realistic link there,” Maher said. “I don’t think he’s about to push the button or he thinks he’s moving the remote and he blows up Russia. I don’t.”

He continued: “I’m just saying that we need to get used to the fact that if he’s the nominee, that there’s going to be some senior moments and we can’t lose our s— every time there’s one.”

During a fiery speech at the Iowa State Fair on Thursday, Biden told the crowd “We choose truth over facts” — an apparent allusion to the left’s allegations of deception from the Trump administration. Later on, he spoke to the Asian & Latino Coalition PAC urging everyone to “challenge” students in low-income neighborhoods.

“What we should do is, we should challenge these students in these schools. They have advanced placement programs in these schools,” Biden said. “We have this notion that somehow if you’re poor, you cannot do it. Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids.”

After a very brief pause, Biden quickly continued speaking, adding: “Wealthy kids, black kids, Asian kids.”

Previously, Biden mistakenly said recent mass shootings had taken place “in Houston … and also in Michigan,” instead of El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

One of Maher’s Friday guests — former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, D-Va. — agreed with the comedian that Biden’s slip-ups are no cause for concern in assessing his suitability for the Oval Office.

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McAuliffe — a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee who also chaired campaigns for both Bill and Hillary Cliinton — said Biden’s occasional misstatements were preferable over the “10,000 lies” he claimed President Trump has made since taking office.

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Marianne Williamson defends hiring ex-Sanders staffer accused of forcibly kissing subordinate

Democratic 2020 presidential candidate Marianne Williamson on Friday defended hiring a former Bernie Sanders staffer to head her Iowa campaign even though he was accused by a subordinate of sexual assault in 2016.

Robert Becker served as Sanders’ Iowa caucus director in 2016 and would likely have worked on his 2020 campaign, Politico reported. Instead, he was ousted from Sanders’ team earlier this year after a much younger staffer who worked underneath him alleged he forcibly kissed her on the last night of the Democratic National Convention and put his tongue in her mouth, according to Politico.

The woman also claimed Becker said he had always wanted to have sex with her and made other lewd references, which Politico reported others corroborated.

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Robert Becker, who was the Iowa state director for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential bid, has been accused of forcibly kissing a younger female subordinate during the campaign. (Getty Images)

But Williamson said she was willing to look past the allegations against Becker.

“I believe in forgiveness. I believe in redemption. I believe in people rising up after they’ve fallen down,” Williamson said. “I had not read anything or heard anything that made me feel this was a man who never deserved to work again.”

“I believe in forgiveness. I believe in redemption. I believe in people rising up after they’ve fallen down. I had not read anything or heard anything that made me feel this was a man who never deserved to work again.”

— Marianne Williamson, Democrat running for president

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Becker “categorically” denies the accusations and said he remembered the night was filled with “hugs and kisses,” Politico reported.

The Sanders campaign in 2016 was rocked by numerous complaints of sexual harassment by members of the staff. In January, Sanders wrote an apology said his campaign staffers’ standards for personal conduct should have been higher.

“The allegations speak to unacceptable behavior that must not be tolerated in any campaign or any workplace,” Sanders wrote in a statement.

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Plan for Straight Pride rally rejected – but California city offers alternative idea

Organizers of a planned Straight Pride rally received some bad news from city officials in Modesto, Calif., on Friday. They will not be permitted to hold their event in a city park as planned on Aug. 24.

However, the city has offered to allow the group to rally in a space near the city’s convention center – provided the organizers file a permit application by Tuesday, the Modesto Bee reported.

CALIFORNIA CITY OFFICIAL’S ‘STRAIGHT PRIDE’ COLUMN HAS PROTESTERS DEMANDING HIS RESIGNATION

City officials said the original plan to use Graceada Park raised safety issues because the organizers’ liability insurance had been voided, according to FOX 40 in Sacramento.

“If you don’t have insurance, you can’t reserve one of our parks,” city spokesman Thomas Reeves told Sacramento’s KOVR-TV.

The latest development follows a contentious City Council meeting on Wednesday evening, at which critics contended the organizers didn’t wish to celebrate heterosexuality, as the event name suggests, but to instead communicate an anti-gay agenda.

Co-organizer Mylinda Mason of the National Straight Pride Coalition, however, insisted there was no hidden intent.

“Everyone is trying to sensationalize this event and it’s going to be much like a church service,” Mason told FOX 40. “I know everybody likes to go and celebrate sodomy but we actually want to celebrate heterosexuality.

“Everyone is trying to sensationalize this event and it’s going to be much like a church service. I know everybody likes to go and celebrate sodomy but we actually want to celebrate heterosexuality.”

— Mylinda Mason, co-organizer of proposed Straight Pride event

“They’re looking to amp it up into something that it’s not,” Mason said of the critics. “It’s really going to be much more like on the purview of a church service, really. It really is just celebrating our beautiful country.”

But Mason’s 28-year-old son, Matthew Mason, who is openly gay, was among those opposing the plan for a Straight Pride event.

“This isn’t ‘straight pride,’ this is ‘hate pride,’” the son told FOX 40. “This is the woman who raised me, actively working against my rights as a human being, who I am as a person.”

In a Thursday interview, National Straight Pride Coalition organizer Don Grundmann told USA Today that his organization’s First Amendment rights should be respected.

He accused the Modesto City Council of “working overtime” to block his event.

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“We’re saying that it’s OK to be a man. It’s OK to be a woman,” the organizer of a planned Straight Pride rally says. (iStock)

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“We’re being viciously smeared and lied about that we’re racists,” he told the paper. (At the public meeting a night earlier, Grundmann drew laughter from his critics when he misspoke and described his organization as “a totally peaceful racist group,” the Bee reported.)

“We’re saying that it’s OK to be a man. It’s OK to be a woman. It’s OK to have a natural family, a man, woman and children.”

— Don Grundmann, co-organizer of proposed Straight Pride event

“Our culture is under attack on multiple fronts, such as just being men. There’s so-called toxic masculinity. There’s actually college courses being taught that men are an inherent problem, there’s something wrong with them,” he said. “We’re saying that it’s OK to be a man. It’s OK to be a woman. It’s OK to have a natural family, a man, woman and children.”

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Virginia judge rules in favor of ex-student in transgender bathroom case

A federal judge in Virginia ruled Friday in favor of a transgender former student, concluding that a school board’s transgender bathroom ban was discriminatory.

“There is no question that the board’s policy discriminates against transgender students on the basis of their gender nonconformity,” U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen in Norfolk wrote in her decision, putting an end to a four-year lawsuit brought against Gloucester High School by former student Gavin Grimm.

CIVIL RIGHTS PROBE OPENED INTO TRANSGENDER ATHLETE POLICY

“Under the policy, all students except for transgender students may use restrooms corresponding with their gender identity,” she continued. “Transgender students are singled out, subjected to discriminatory treatment and excluded from spaces where similarly situated students are permitted to go.”

Grimm, a transgender male, was forced to use the girl’s bathroom or a private bathroom and was prohibited from using the men’s room as a result of the school’s policy, despite the fact that he underwent chest reconstruction surgery and hormone therapy as part of his transition.

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In this July photo, Gavin Grimm, who has become a national face for transgender students, speaks during a news conference held by the ACLU and the ACLU of Virginia at Slover Library in Norfolk, Va.  (Kristen Zeis/The Daily Press via AP, File) (AP)

Gender is not a “societal construct,” David Corrigan, the attorney for the Gloucester County School Board, argued unsuccessfully in court.

Allen ruled that Grimm’s rights were violated under the Constitution’s equal protection clause as well as under Title IX, the federal policy that protects against gender-based discrimination and requires the school board to update Grimm’s gender on his high school transcripts. (He graduated in 2017.)

Judge Allen acknowledged that the school board had the “unenviable responsibility” of creating fair and inclusive rules for students on an issue that didn’t exist until recently.

“There can be no doubt that all involved in this case have the best interests of the students at heart,” Allen said.

Grimm tweeted after the ruling, “It is such a relief to achieve this closure and vindication from the court after four years of fighting not just for myself, but for trans youth across America.”

Grimm’s lawsuit was backed by President Barack Obama’s administration and was scheduled to go before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2017, but the hearing was canceled after President Trump rescinded an Obama-era directive that students can choose the bathroom they deem fit according to their gender identity.

Grimm, now 20 and living in California, told The Associated Press the court’s decision was “beautiful.”

“My case has given me something of a platform that I intend to use, as long as I have it available to me, for trans education and advocacy,” he added.

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Grimm’s lawsuit has been used as a federal test about discriminatory policies against transgender students and may set a precedent for similar cases in the future.

The American Civil Liberties Union celebrated Grimm’s victory, saying: “A federal court just agreed with us that Gloucester High School was wrong to deny Gavin Grimm access to the boys’ restrooms and an accurate transcript identifying him as a boy. Trans people belong in schools. Trans people belong EVERYWHERE.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Andrew McCarthy: ‘Red flag’ laws are constitutional

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Former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy appeared on “The Story with Martha MacCallum” Friday where he said possible “red flag” laws are constitutional and could be helpful toward stopping shootings.

“Would these laws catch other potential shooters and are they reasonable restrictions. To my mind, they don’t have any kind of an intrusion at all on reasonable law-abiding gun owners,” McCarthy told guest host Jon Scott.

Republicans and Democrats have been debating gun control issues and background checks on the heels of back-to-back mass shootings this past weekend in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

Late last month a shooter killed two adults and a child at a garlic festival in Gilroy, Calif.

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McCarthy dismissed reservations against “red flag” legislation saying that the argument doesn’t hold up.

“I don’t think it’s a proper objection to it that the laws or the regulations could be abused or the courts could make bad decisions. I mean if that was a reason not to take action then we would never take action,” MacCarthy said.

The former federal prosecutor pointed out it was time to put politics aside on the issue.

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“The issue here is what works and we ought to try to get past all the hysteria and get down to the business of empirically what is it that would really actually help us reduce these shootings,” McCarthy said.

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Kelly Ripa calls out social media user who compared her to a cardboard cutout: ‘I’m pretty exciting’

Kelly Ripa recently called out a social media user who compared her to a cardboard cutout.

On Thursday, Jerry O’Connell shared a photo of the 48-year-old host on Instagram to promote her upcoming appearance on the debut of his new talk show, “Jerry O.”

“My friend @Kellyripa is my first guest! Submit your questions for Kelly in the comments and I may ask her your question on Monday, during the premiere of the @jerryoshow!” O’Connell, 45, captioned the picture.

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The post elicited a wide range of questions from social media users, however, one comment, in particular, wasn’t as kind and prompted Ripa herself to respond.

“Why? There are so many interesting people out there who don’t already have way too much time on tv, why her (or any other cardboard cutout tv like seacrest etc.) Even you can’t transcend the boringness of that kind of guest,” one person wrote in the comments section about Ripa and her “Live with Kelly and Ryan” co-host, Ryan Seacrest.

“Cruel disappointment,” the individual added.

Ripa fired back, writing: “It’s August, so non cardboard cutout tv people are in Italy, and truth be told, I’m pretty exciting.”

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Others also came to Ripa’s defense.

“@kellyripa is very interesting! She’s honest and funny and makes for great tv! Wouldn’t miss this interview!” wrote one person.

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Kelly Ripa, pictured here at the 91st Annual Academy Awards on February 24, 2019, has previously been given the moniker “Clapback Queen of Instagram,” according to InStyle. (Dan MacMedan/Getty Images)

Echoed a second: “@kellyripa you go girl.. you are much more than a cardboard cutout person.”

This isn’t the first time Ripa has hit back at a social media user.

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The TV host previously called out an Instagram user who said the star was “too old” for her husband, Mark Consuelos. And in June 2018, the mom of three fired back at a troll who questioned her work ethic after she shared vacation photos.

Last November, Ripa reflected on her moniker — the “Clapback Queen of Instagram” — in an interview with InStyle.

“For me, I look at social media like I look at most parts of my life — it’s incredibly silly,” Ripa told the outlet. “It’s an indulgence that I tend to have when I’m really either sitting in traffic, going to an airport, at the dentist, or when I have down time. When I clap back, I am very bored and I have time on my hands.”

Ripa explained that criticism is a constant in her life.

KELLY RIPA SAYS ‘PEOPLE INSULT ME ALL THE TIME,’ EXPLAINS WHEN SHE CLAPS BACK

“I mean, people insult me all the time,” she added. “I actually don’t take it personally. My whole thing, I think it’s funny when people insult me and they can’t spell. So that’s the only time you’ll see me weighing in. That’s the only time because I’m like, if you’re going to insult somebody, have a basic, basic, basic handle on punctuation or spelling the word ‘too.’”

She also offered some advice for her critics.

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“While insulting, try not to look like a stooge,” Ripa continued. “But for me it’s like, I really don’t take it personally and I don’t think the trolls take it personally.”

She did note, however, that she’s had trolls “insult me and preemptively block me, which I find really funny.”

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Suspect in disturbance at Missouri Walmart says he was testing 2nd Amendment rights: prosecutors

A 20-year-old man who sent shoppers fleeing after he entered a Walmart store in Missouri while wearing body armor and carrying a rifle and handgun on Thursday, said he wanted to see whether the store would respect his Second Amendment rights, according to a probable cause statement released Friday.

Dmitriy Andreychenko is facing a terrorist threat charge for the incident, which comes five days after a gunman walked into a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, and opened fire, killing 22 people. The next day, another shooter killed nine people in Dayton, Ohio, in an unrelated episode that has heightened discussions about gun control legislation and firearms safety.

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This undated booking shows 20-year-old Dmitriy Andreychenko, who police say entered a Walmart in Springfield, Missouri while carrying a rifle and wearing body armor. (Greene County Sheriff via AP)

In the Missouri incident, Andreychenko started recording himself with his cellphone while still in the parking lot of the Springfield Walmart on Thursday afternoon. He got the body armor from the trunk of his car before grabbing a shopping cart and walked into the store, the probable cause statement said.

A store manager activated a fire alarm, prompting shoppers to flee, police said. An off-duty firefighter apprehended Andreychenko and he was arrested. No shots were fired during the dramatic episode.

The probable cause document quoted Andreychenko as saying he “wanted to know if Walmart honored the Second Amendment.” He said he had bought the rifle and body armor because of three recent shootings and a stabbing, and wanted to protect himself.

“Missouri protects the right of people to open-carry a firearm, but that does not allow an individual to act in a reckless and criminal manner endangering other citizens,” Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson said in a statement announcing charges. Patterson compared the actions of the accused to “falsely shouting fire in a theater, causing a panic.”

Andreychenko faces up to four years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 if convicted of the felony charge of making a terrorist threat in the second degree, according to the prosecutor’s office.

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Walmart issued a statement Friday that praised authorities for stopping the incident from escalating. It said Andreychenko is no longer welcome in its stores.

“This was a reckless act designed to scare people, disrupt our business and it put our associates and customers at risk,” said spokeswoman LeMia Jenkins. “We applaud the quick actions of our associates to evacuate customers from our store, and we’re thankful no one was injured.”

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Since January 2017, Missouri has not required a permit to openly or conceal carry a firearm for those 19 years or older. Roughly 30 states allow the open carrying of handguns and rifles and shotguns in public without a permit.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Josh Hawley: Tech giants have a business model based on ‘taking stuff from us’

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Social media giants like Facebook make their money off of taking Americans’ personal information and should come under greater scrutiny, Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., argued.

“They’ve developed a business model that is premised on taking stuff from us,” he said during an interview that aired on Friday’s “Special Report.”

He added that tech giants were taking “our information and our private data without telling us and then selling it without our permission and then trying to get us addicted to their platforms so they can direct more ads to us.”

Hawley contended that conservative values included backing property rights, a concern which should extend to Americans’ private data on platforms like Google.

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“I think that consumers… their information is their information. They ought to be able to control it,” he told Fox News host Bret Baier. He also praised the Trump administration for probing whether Facebook broke anti-trust laws.

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Baier suggested that breaking up big tech companies would put Americans at a disadvantage by giving that business to China and others.

“I’m not sure that these companies really are our most successful or really represent the best of America in the way that they say they do,” Hawley responded.

He then questioned what exactly companies like Google and Facebook have given the country in the last 10-15 years.

“They have been willing to partner with the repressive Chinese government to make a buck whenever it suits them, they have advanced a left-wing agenda whenever they can,” he said.

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“Are they creating jobs in the middle of our economy, are they creating jobs in the middle of our country? No to all of those things,” Hawley said.

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