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Michael Goodwin: Hillary Clinton needs to run for president again — or get over it already

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It has been said that there are only two cures for those bitten by the presidential bug: election or death. Poor Hillary Clinton.

The most famous loser of a presidential campaign is peddling another book, so each day interviewers ask her vapid questions about how she feels. Naturally, she responds with vapid variations on a theme: Donald Trump is no good, he stole the election, the world is ending, I’m fine, thank you.

Only she’s not fine, or she wouldn’t continue to embarrass herself by trying to rewrite history. She lost the election fair and square and even the “resistance” movement no longer pretends otherwise.

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Yet nearly three years after the votes were counted and the states were called, and months after Robert Mueller found no collusion with Russia, she still has the nerve to insist that Trump is an “illegitimate president.”

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A brief detour down memory lane reveals the hypocrisy. When Trump said in the third presidential debate of 2016 that he might not accept the election results, Clinton pounced on what she believed was a disqualifying mistake.

“That’s horrifying,” she replied. “Let’s be clear about what he is saying and what that means. He is denigrating — he is talking down our democracy. And I am appalled that someone who is the nominee of one of our two major parties would take that position.”

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Here we are, and she’s the one still contesting the results and “talking down our democracy.” Now that’s horrifying.

Her refusal to accept Trump’s election can mean only one thing: In her own mind, she won the election and she’s the real president. Oh dear.

In that case, we have another problem with only two options. She can see a shrink, or prove she’s right.

Run, Hillary, run.

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Michigan boy, 12, burned in ‘fire challenge’ game, mom says

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A 12-year-old Michigan boy is suffering from severe burns after partaking in the “fire challenge” — and his mother is speaking out in an effort to warn other parents.

Jason Cleary, of Dearborn Heights, was playing with a friend on Sept. 28 when his mother, Tabitha Cleary, heard screaming.

“So we came running out. That’s when we saw his friend Bryce riding him on the bike with no shirt on,” Cleary told WDIV-TV. “I start to freak out. ‘Take him to the hospital, take him to the hospital.’ I’m crying. He’s crying.”

‘FIRE CHALLENGE’ LEAVES MICHIGAN GIRL, 12, WITH SEVERE BURNS OVER HALF HER BODY

She said the 12-year-old boy suffered burns on his chin, chest and stomach after he was sprayed with nail polish remover and lit on fire — part of a so-called “social media challenge” in which children light each other on fire.

Jason told the news outlet the first time he was set on fire, the flame “was little, and they swatted if off.” But on the second time, “they kept spraying it (nail polish remover) on me.”

The boy isn’t the first child to participate in this dangerous craze. A 12-year-old girl in Detroit was left with 49 percent of her body burned in August 2018 after playing the challenge.

Her mother told WJBK at the time that the girl was hanging out with two friends at her house when she became “engulfed in flames” after apparently mimicking a video she saw on YouTube.

Another child, 13-year-old Miyah Landers, was also burned around the same time, after accidentally being lit on fire by a friend.

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Jason’s mother is trying to warn parents about such challenges — and urging them to monitor their children.

“I just want everybody to know that these challenges, or whatever they are watching on YouTube, is not worth your risking your life,” Cleary said. “I mean, my son got burns second-degree and could have been way, way worse.”

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GOP Rep. Chris Stewart dismisses second whistleblower: ‘Why should I care?’

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Members of the House Intelligence Committee from both parties reacted to the news that there is a second whistleblower with knowledge pertaining to President Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Reps. Val Demings, D-Fla. and Chris Stewart, R-Utah, both appeared on “Fox News Sunday.” Demings’ initial reaction to the news was to give it credence as she has with the first complaint filed Aug. 12, while Stewart was quick to dismiss the new individual, even with the understanding that they have firsthand knowledge of alleged wrongdoing, unlike the first whistleblower.

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“It does not matter,” Stewart said, acknowledging that he was aware of the second whistleblower before news broke Sunday morning. “This person is gonna come forward and say, ‘Yep, the president had this phone call and, yep, that’s the transcript.’ Uh, I mean, why should I care at all what his perspective, or his opinion, uh, judgment of this transcript is? You and I can read it.”

He stated that, according to the memo from the White House containing the contents of the call, Trump did not mention the 2020 election or any quid pro quo. Democrats maintain that Trump used an implied threat of withholding military aid to Ukraine as leverage to have them assist in investigations of Joe Biden and his son Hunter, as well as possible collusion between Ukraine and the Democratic National Committee in the 2016 election.

Stewart said that all Trump was doing was looking to uncover possible corruption, and that he was not using his office for political gain.

Demings, meanwhile, said that the White House document “corroborates everything, all of the information that is in the whistleblower’s report,” and that it could support impeachment.

“I believe if you look at the evidence over the past about ten days or so, right now I think it’s pretty clear that the president tried to coerce a foreign country into investigating a political rival and use much-needed military aid as a condition of a deal,” she said, later stating, “I think the elements are there, I think the evidence that we need are there, and I do believe based on that that we will have to take a serious look at articles of impeachment.”

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Stewart said that Democrats are “giddy” over the whistleblower complaint because they have been trying to impeach Trump throughout his presidency.

“These guys are giddy over this. They’re not in pain over this. And it’s not been the last ten days. It’s been three years. Three years they’ve been trying to impeach this president! Three years they’ve been looking for reasons to remove him from office. They’re not pained by this, they’re excited about this.”

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Female student fatally ‘trampled’ in stampede at house party, local media reports

A female student has died and two others suffered serious injuries during a house party in Dunedin, New Zealand, on Saturday night, according to New Zealand police.

Police say “it’s too early to speculate” on whether charges will be filed after the University of Otago student was reportedly “trampled” on a stairway following a panicked stampede of people attempting to leave the Dundas St. house, nicknamed The Manor.

A witness told Stuff they were halfway up the stairs when people starting pushing down as a “massive crowd” of people were going up.

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A female student has died and two others suffered serious injuries during a house party at The Manor in Dunedin, New Zealand on Saturday night, according to New Zealand police. (Google Earth)

“They started to fall backward and when the people at the top started falling it was kind of like dominoes — everyone went down and the people at the bottom of the stairs just ended up in a pile of people,” the witness told the outlet.

“I was trying to hold it up, I could see it getting bad, then I started to get knocked over, got out of the way. I’m a heavy person, if I get anyone underneath me it wouldn’t be good for them.”

The witness said the congestion created a pile of roughly 50 people, with partygoers attempting to pull everyone off the mass of bodies. A student who was at the party told the NZ Herald that people fell down the stairs and landed on the female student who died.

“She may have been trampled,” the student told the Herald.

Otago Coastal Commander Inspector Marty Gray said the female victim was carried out of the house with officers and partygoers who attempted to resuscitate her for “a good five minutes.”

“There were 500-600 partygoers, very anxious, a lot of uncertainty as you’d imagine,” Gray told the outlet.

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One student who managed to escape the pileup described the chaos to the Herald.

“I got pushed to the ground with two other girls I remember, and we were looking at each other screaming and crying trying to get up,” she said. “I kept repeating ‘please don’t let me die, I don’t want to die’.

“I don’t know how long I was down there, but it was the most terrifying experience of my life — I thought that was how I was going to die. I just ran out of the building screaming.”

Gray said an ambulance and police were called to the property before midnight after the occupants asked for help in shutting down the party. When they arrived, he says a large number of people were in the process of leaving, with reports of people being injured as they did so.

“If you were at the party and have not spoken to police, we would ask you to please get in touch, to help us piece together what happened,” Gray said.

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Police say victim support is available for those who were present.

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Garth Brooks admits things can get ‘intense’ with wife Trisha Yearwood after 14 years of marriage

After nearly 14 years of marriage, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood are more in love than ever.

With that being said, even the longtime loves can get into heated discussions.

Brooks, 57, admitted in a new interview that things can get “intense” between the two.

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“We’re coming up on 14 years of marriage so we’re kind of in that stage where we have discussions that are intense, a little more than usual,” Brooks told Us Weekly.

The singer said it’s their disagreements that help him to understand a different point of view.

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Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks attend the George H.W. Bush Points of Light Awards Gala at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, in New York. (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

“I think how she inspires me is she thinks differently than me. And so it forces you out of just what you think you know, into what don’t you know, and to look over in there,” he told the outlet.

Yearwood chimed in: “I think what he’s saying is that he listens to me and I’m usually right.”

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Fox News caught up with the powerhouse country couple earlier this year, when Yearwood, 55, revealed her husband’s handyman skills are useful around the home.

“He is a whatever-it-takes-guy,” Yearwood told us about her superstar husband. “He is. I saw him looking up a video on how to repair the sink in the bathroom, and he did it from watching a video.

“If I go, ‘Hey, I need a dress for tonight and I don’t have time to go shopping,’ he could buy the dress and it would be perfect. I’m telling you, he is amazing,” the “Wrong Side of Memphis” singer continued.

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Brooks couldn’t help but sing his wife’s praises and offered up his own anecdote about Yearwood’s willingness to get her hands dirty around the house.

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Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood married in 2005. (Reuters)

“That’s very sweet. I can one-up her,” Brooks began. “I needed some help stringing fence once, and she put some Carhartts on and we went out and strung fence, and I’ve been in love ever since.”

Yearwood married the “More Than a Memory” crooner in 2005 after two previous marriages and is the stepmother to Brooks’ three daughters from his previous marriage to Sandy Mahl.

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Colorado wildfire grows to nearly 6,000 acres, spurs evacuations

A wildfire burning in central Colorado continues to grow as air quality advisories were issued for parts of the state Saturday due to smoke and up to 300 people have been evacuated.

The Decker Fire has been burning since Sept. 8 after it was started by a lightning strike, but in recent days has been growing as windy weather pushed the blaze closer toward homes in the area.

The National Interagency Fire Center said late Saturday the wildfire’s northernmost burn area is about two miles south of Salida, Colo., located about 100 miles west of Pueblo. The blaze has grown to about 5,921 acres and is only 5 percent contained.

“It’s kind of nerve-wracking because you know there’s homes up there,” Salida resident JoAnna Fisher told FOX31 on Saturday and she watched smoke billowing into the sky from her front porch.

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The blaze has spurred mandatory evacuations in several subdivisions, causing some 300 people to be evacuated from about 130 homes. The Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office said on Facebook that one home has burned so far in Fremont County while another has burned in Chafee County.

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Decker Fire has been burning since Sept. 8 after it was started by a lightning strike. (Decker Fire Information/Facebook)

Around 806 personnel are assigned to the fire, which has closed multiple roads in Chaffee, Fremont and Saguache Counties.

“Hopefully they get it under control,” Salida Tyler Fisher told FOX31.

Officials issued a red flag warning on Saturday out of concern that high winds from the west could push the blaze eastward.

“Once established, wind-driven spot fires could spread quickly,” officials said on a Facebook page set up to monitor the blaze.

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The Thornton Fire Department shared photos to Twitter of aircraft being deployed to help fight the blaze.

By Saturday night, the fire was reported to be “less alive” than in previous days, but officials were cautious that strong winds could “increase fire behavior.”

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An evacuation center has been established at the First United Methodist Church of Salida. The sheriff’s office said that the Chaffee County Fairgrounds is in need of donations of hay, to assist in feeding evacuated animals.

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Humidity levels are expected to rise on Sunday, but strong winds are forecast to return by Monday that may fan the spread of flames this week.

“Potential still exists for alignment for large fire growth,” fire officials said.

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Atlanta nightclub shooting leaves 2 critical, car sprayed with bullets, police say

Two people are in critical condition following a triple shooting outside a southeast Atlanta club, local media reports.

Three people were shot outside The Chill Spot, located at 1945 Moreland Avenue and described as a dance and nightclub on its Facebook page. All of the victims were taken to a local area hospital, with the third currently in stable condition, according to police.

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Two people are in critical condition following a triple shooting at The Chill Spot, an Atlanta dance and nightclub on Sunday morning, local media reports. (Google Earth)

Police say the shooting stemmed from an altercation inside the club that eventually spilled out into the parking lot, where shots were reportedly fired into two vehicles outside.

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Windows were shattered and one of the vehicles was described as having at least five bullet holes, according to WSBTV reporter, Lauren Pozen.

The outlet recorded video of one of the cars, a silver Nissan, being towed away following the incident on Sunday morning.

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The club is located across the street from the Starlight Drive-In, a historic drive-in theatre celebrating its 70th anniversary this year.

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Police are investigating the crime scene and no motive has been determined.

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Atlanta nightclub shooting leaves 2 critical, car sprayed with bullets, police say

Two people are in critical condition following a triple shooting outside a southeast Atlanta club, local media reports.

Three people were shot outside The Chill Spot, located at 1945 Moreland Avenue and described as a dance and nightclub on its Facebook page. All of the victims were taken to a local area hospital, with the third currently in stable condition, according to police.

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Two people are in critical condition following a triple shooting at The Chill Spot, an Atlanta dance and nightclub on Sunday morning, local media reports. (Google Earth)

Police say the shooting stemmed from an altercation inside the club that eventually spilled out into the parking lot, where shots were reportedly fired into two vehicles outside.

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Windows were shattered and one of the vehicles was described as having at least five bullet holes, according to WSBTV reporter, Lauren Pozen.

The outlet recorded video of one of the cars, a silver Nissan, being towed away following the incident on Sunday morning.

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The club is located across the street from the Starlight Drive-In, a historic drive-in theatre celebrating its 70th anniversary this year.

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Police are investigating the crime scene and no motive has been determined.

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Fox News Poll results September 29-October 2, 2019, Wisconsin

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Paul Batura: Why an Irish-Polish guy like me celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month every day of the year

Beginning as a week-long celebration in 1968 and expanded in 1988, Hispanic Heritage Month serves to celebrate Americans whose families have ancestral roots to Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The official commemoration runs between Sept. 15 and Oct. 15 each year – a time frame derived from the fact that Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua celebrate their independence each year on Sept. 15. Mexico, Chile and Belize likewise follow suit within the next week.

Growing up on suburban Long Island in the ‘70s and ‘80s, I don’t think I heard much, if anything, about the annual festival. At the time, our town of Baldwin was very white, and our family’s history was likewise.

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At just 16, my mother’s great-grandmother came alone from Ireland. I always pictured her leaning over the rail of the ship, afraid but also gazing in awe and excitement at the New York City skyline, her red hair blowing in the salty, ocean air.

My father’s family emigrated from Poland. Tough, gruff and rough, my grandfather, a second-generation American, became a laborer and painter and lived in a German working-class neighborhood in Brooklyn.

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Because of these familial backgrounds, our family saw legal immigration as a ladder to a better life. My parents spoke about those who “came over” in reverential terms. They talked about the discrimination they faced and how, by assimilating into the culture and practicing the tenets of their faith, they courageously overcame enormous obstacles.

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So maybe it came as something of a surprise to me that when my wife and I began the application process for adopting our second child, the question of “race” caused me to pause and ponder, if only for a short while. After all, I was already from an “immigrant” family.

We were introduced to our first son’s birth mother through a friend of a friend. Beautiful Julianna could pass as my wife’s sister. If we didn’t mention adoption, nobody would have known by looking at our family of three.

But here we were filling out papers for a second adoption and the caseworker asked us if we were looking to adopt a Caucasian boy or girl – or were we open to an African-American or Hispanic child?

Being a father of children of different races is a regular reminder of something my parents taught us from the very beginning, specifically that no race is superior to another. 

Years ago, many Caucasian families were reluctant to adopt non-white children for fear of sticking out or the child being targeted. Thankfully, times have changed, and cultural acceptance of mixed-race marriages coupled with international adoption has more or less “normalized” multi-race families who don’t all have the same skin tone.

We told the caseworker we’d welcome a “non-white” child, and in so many wonderful ways, life has never been the same since.

Will’s arrival not only expanded our family but also gave us a greater appreciation of Hispanic culture. We know only a little bit about his birth parents but were told they have Mexican and Spanish roots.

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Being a father of children of different races is a regular reminder of something my parents taught us from the very beginning, specifically that no race is superior to another.  As the old Christian children’s song goes, “Jesus loves the little children, All the children of the world. Red, brown, yellow, Black and white, they are precious in His sight…”

It also opened my eyes to the fact we as a culture still have a long way to go. At a rest stop on the way home from visiting Julie’s parents shortly after receiving Will, a woman looked at my blond-haired wife and olive-skinned son and said snidely, “He’s obviously not yours, huh?”

Julie bit her tongue, smiled and said, yes, indeed, she was his mother and proud to be so.

It’s occurred to me that adoption has probably done more for race relations than any billion-dollar effort by the United Nations. That’s because at the core of racism is hatred borne of ignorance. And strong multi-race families demonstrate that you don’t fall in love with a “race” or skin pigmentation – you fall in love with a person and the millions of little things that make them who they are.

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We’re looking forward to learning more about Will’s Hispanic heritage in the years to come. But not a day goes by that my wife and I don’t think about Will’s birth mother, a young Hispanic woman we’ve never met, but who carried him to term and bravely chose to make an adoption plan for him because she was unprepared to parent.

We are eternally grateful for her and celebrate her sacrifice and ancestry on a daily basis, not just one month out of the year.

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