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Rudy Giuliani slams Barack Obama, saying ex-president could have stopped any potential Biden-Ukraine ‘conflict’

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Rudy Giuliani said former President Barack Obama had an opportunity to stop or prevent potential conflicts involving then-Vice President Joe Biden, his son Hunter and Ukraine.

Giuliani claimed Friday on “The Story” that Obama should have reacted in a more effective way to a 2015 New York Times story highlighting the Bidens’ interactions in Ukraine.

He also claimed that recently revealed text messages by Trump-era officials regarding Ukraine paint a different picture than what Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and Democrats seeking an impeachment inquiry are claiming.

“It doesn’t say, ‘President Trump wants you to interfere in the 2020 election.'” he said.

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“It says, ‘President Trump wants you to investigate substantial allegations of federal crimes partially committed in Ukraine by high-level American officials’ — exactly what an honest president should do, and exactly what Obama didn’t do five years ago that could’ve stopped the whole thing.”

Giuliani — Trump’s personal attorney — underlined his work as a prosecutor in New York, where he pursued cases against mobsters and corrupt politicos, suggesting he “has a nose for corruption.”

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“The big question that has to be asked is, in 2015 when The New York Times first exposed the enormous conflict that [Joe] Biden had in Ukraine and criticized him — how could you have your son taking money from a corrupt oligarch? Why didn’t Obama stop it? Any honest president would’ve stopped it.”

At the time, Hunter Biden served on the board of a Ukrainian natural gas company called Burisma Holdings.

Giuliani added he believed that a more subjectively responsible investigation into the Bidens and Ukraine will reveal the Obama White House to be marked with infamy in the history books.

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“Is it possible if we break this open we’re going to find out the Obama administration might be one of the more corrupt administrations in a very long time?” he asked.

“Is it possible that Democrats would cover that up and fight for their lives and have Schiff going out violating laws in order to frame the president of the United States?”

In that regard, Giuliani claimed powerful attorneys are considering whether to sue individuals like the California Democrat.

“Not a joke, not a threat … and, thank you, Schiff, because you keep lying every day,” Giuliani remarked.

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Dagen McDowell: Biden ‘expendable’ to Democrats if Ukraine controversy takes down Trump

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Fox Business’ Dagen McDowell said Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is now “expendable” to Democrats as he continues to be tangled up in the Trump-Ukraine controversy.

“Well everybody always likes to act like President Trump is unhinged but that was brilliant political messaging because now he’s trying to change the focus not just from Ukraine but to China and the Bidens, “McDowell said on “The Five” Friday.

“And more and more, Joe Biden. from the Democrats’ perspective, looks expendable. He’s disposable. He is political picnic cutlery — if you will.”

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President Trump said on Thursday that China should investigate the business dealings of Biden’s son, Hunter, as he doubled down on his prior — and controversial — call for Ukraine to do the same.

“China should start an investigation into the Bidens because what happened with China is just about as bad as what happened with Ukraine,” Trump said.

McDowell said Democrats are willing to allow Biden to be taken down as long as it’s with Trump.

On “The Five,” McDowell said: “They hate Trump more than they like Joe Biden, clearly.”

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Co-host Greg Gutfeld jumped in, saying Trump is concerned about corruption, not politics because his campaign would prefer to take on Biden in 2020.

“I have a theory on why Donald Trump is actually expressing anger and it has nothing to do with a fear of the candidates. Because I do believe that he really does want Joe Biden which is why it’s … not a political thing, it’s a corruption thing,” Gutfeld said. “Because he wants to go up against Joe Biden because Joe Biden is shaky.”

Fox News’ Tyler Olsen contributed to this report.

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Ilhan Omar accuses GOP of ‘putting party over country’ as they condemn Schiff for transcript parody

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Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., is accusing Republican lawmakers of putting their country aside after pursuing a resolution that would condemn House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif.

“Give me a break!” she said, tweeting an article about House Republicans’ efforts. “This is the definition of putting party over country.”

Politico reported that House Republicans planned to force a vote condemning Schiff for using a committee hearing to parody a transcript of President Trump’s July 25 call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.

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The resolution likely won’t pass the Democratic-controlled House but it reflected conservatives’ outrage over Schiff’s stunt last week. Trump, for example, has demanded that Schiff resign over the issue, while some lawmakers have called for him to step down as chair of the intelligence committee.

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“Chairman Adam Schiff has been lying to the American people for years,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., tweeted on Wednesday. “Now he is so desperate to damage the president that he literally made up a false version of a phone call. Enough is enough. I have signed a resolution to censure Schiff in the House of Representatives.”

Schiff’s parody came during a hearing in which he and other Democrats pressed Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire on how the administration handled a whistleblower complaint about Trump’s phone call with Zelensky

“I have a favor I want from you,” Schiff said while appearing to read from a paper. “And I’m going to say this only seven times, so you better listen good. I want you to make up dirt on my political opponent, understand? Lots of it, on this and on that.” Schiff later claimed it was a parody and “[t]he fact that that’s not clear is a separate problem in and of itself.”

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Schiff was joined by Omar and dozens of other House Democrats in pursuing an impeachment inquiry over Trump’s call and the corresponding whistleblower report.

Omar and her fellow “Squad” members called for impeachment immediately after the White House released its rough transcript of the call. Although the transcript showed no explicit quid pro quo, Democrats have accused Trump of dangling foreign aid over Zelensky in an effort to pressure him into investigating former Vice President Joe Biden.

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PayPal withdraws from group backing Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency

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PayPal is pulling out of a group of companies assembled by Facebook to launch its new cryptocurrency payments network.

The company has decided to “forgo further participation” in the Libra Association a spokesperson told The Wall Street Journal on Friday.

The news comes just days after the Journal reported that other financial partners who agreed to work with Facebook on the project are having second thoughts.

“Each organization that started this journey will have to make its own assessment of risks and rewards of being committed to seeing through the change that Libra promises,” Dante Disparte, head of policy and communications for the Libra Association, said in an email to the Journal.

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Disparte added that 1,500 entities have said they are interested in participating in libra.

The cryptocurrency project has faced a chorus of bipartisan criticism since it was announced in June.

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell told Congress that Libra raises “serious concerns,” and House Democrats sent a letter to the tech giant in July asking it to halt Libra’s development until a proper regulatory framework could be implemented.

Facebook has said it won’t move forward with the project unless it has full government approval and oversight.

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“The time between now and launch is designed to be an open process and subject to regulatory oversight and review,” Facebook VP and Head of Calibra David Marcus said in his prepared remarks for a Senate Banking Committee hearing this summer. “And I want to be clear: Facebook will not offer the Libra digital currency until we have fully addressed regulatory concerns and received appropriate approvals.”

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21-year-old Florida juror jailed for oversleeping and missing trial

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A 21-year-old Florida man drew a 10-day jail sentence after he overslept and thus missed jury duty at a Palm Beach trial.

Deandre Somerville, 21, originally also faced a year of probation for sleeping in. On Friday his probation was reduced to three months, but he has also been ordered do perform community service, delivering brief speeches on the importance of jury duty each week.

Somerville explained he slept through his alarm and woke up hours later to realize he had missed jury service. He said he did not call the court to let them know what happened because he felt nervous, and he was in a rush to leave for his afternoon job working afterschool programs at the city’s parks and recreation department.

“At work, I was looking on my phone thinking, ‘What’s the worst-case scenario that could happen?’ I thought maybe I would get a fine or something like that,” Somerville said. A police officer showed up at the door of his grandparents’ house, where he resides, bringing along a court summons.

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“My grandfather said, ‘Just go in and be honest,’” said Somerville. “I’ve never had a criminal background, never been arrested, never been in handcuffs. The most I’ve ever gotten was a traffic ticket so I was thinking it wouldn’t be that bad.”

“I said, ‘Sir, honestly I overslept and I didn’t understand the seriousness of this.’ He asked me if I had a criminal record. I said, ‘Sir, I’ve never been arrested,'” Somerville told WPTV he had said at his court hearing.

The West Palm Beach judge was not happy, seemingly unimpressed, said the 21-year-old had held the court up by 45 minutes. Ultimately, an alternate juror was selected to take his place. Circuit Judge John Kastrenakes found Somerville in criminal contempt of court and sentenced him to 10 days in jail, 150 hours of community service and a $223 fine.

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“Now I have a record,” Somerville said. “I almost feel like a criminal now. Now, I have to explain this in every interview.” He said he plans to go to school to become a firefighter.

After criticism, Judge Kastrenakes reduced Somerville’s sentence Friday. He’d already served the 10-day jail time and his letter of apology was accepted by the court. Instead of a year’s probation, Somerville will now serve three months, according to The Sun-Sentinel. 

And instead of 150 hours of community service, he’ll serve 30, which includes his weekly speeches to new jurors on the importance of jury duty.

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“Good people make bad mistakes, and this is a classic example,” Kastrenakes told The Sun-Sentinel. “Jury misconduct is a serious concern,” he added.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Execution of ‘Texas 7’ member halted amid claims judge is anti-Semite

A Texas appeals court halted the execution of a Jewish death row inmate Friday after he claimed the judge at his trial was anti-Semitic.

Randy Halprin, who was part of the “Texas 7” group of prisoners who escaped from a South Texas prison and convicted in the 2000 murder of a police officer, was scheduled to be executed by lethal injection this coming Thursday. His attorneys argued that former Dallas County Judge Vickers Cunningham had used racial slurs to describe him after the trial.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals sent the case back to Dallas County for review of the claims, The Texas Tribune reported.

“A fair trial requires an impartial judge – and Mr. Halprin did not have a fair and neutral judge when his life was at stake,” one of Halprin’s attorneys, Tivon Schardl, said in a statement after the ruling.

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In this Dec. 3, 2003, photo, death row inmate Randy Halprin, then 26, sits in a visitation cell at the Polunsky Unit in Livingston, Texas. (AP Photo/Brett Coomer, File)

Halprin’s lawyers claimed Cunningham made various racist comments, including that people of color would “go down” in his courtroom and that Jews “needed to be shut down.” They attributed the comments to first-hand accounts, according to a court filing reported by The Texas Tribune.

The Dallas Morning News reported in 2018 that Cunningham admitted to adding stipulations in his will that his children could only receive an inheritance by marrying a straight, white Christian. He has denied the claims.

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Halprin, 42, was sentenced to death in 2003 for the murder of Irving police Officer Aubrey Hawkins on Dec. 24, 2000. The seven prisoners had escaped from prison more than a week earlier and committed numerous robberies while on the run.

They were allegedly robbing a sporting goods store when the 31-year-old officer arrived. Halprin was captured a month later.

Four of the “Texas 7” have been executed. Aside from Halprin, Patrick Murphy is the only other member alive. His execution was halted in March because the state wouldn’t allow a Buddhist spiritual adviser in the execution chamber with him.

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Bernie Sanders released from hospital, doctors say he suffered heart attack

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was discharged from a Nevada hospital on Friday, as his doctors acknowledged for the first time that the 78-year-old had suffered a heart attack earlier in the week.

“I want to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff at the Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center for the excellent care that they provided,” Sanders said in a statement released by his campaign. “After two and a half days in the hospital, I feel great, and after taking a short time off, I look forward to getting back to work.”

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Sanders’ campaign announced Wednesday that the senator from Vermont was recovering after an emergency procedure Tuesday to repair a blocked artery and that campaign events were being canceled.

On Friday, the campaign released statements from his treating physicians acknowledging Sanders was diagnosed with a myocardial infarction – commonly known as a heart attack.

“After presenting to an outside facility with chest pain, Sen. Sanders was diagnosed with a myocardial infarction,” the doctors, Arturo Marchand Jr. and Arjun Gururaj, said. “He was immediately transferred to Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center.”

The doctors said Sanders is making “progress.”

“The senator was stable upon arrival and taken immediately to the cardiac catheterization laboratory, at which time two stents were placed in a blocked coronary artery in a timely fashion. All other arteries were normal,” they said.

The doctors added: “His hospital course was uneventful with good expected progress. He was discharged with instructions to follow up with his personal physician.”

Sanders himself posted a message on Twitter Wednesday afternoon to reassure his followers that he was on the mend and to do some campaigning for his push for universal healthcare dubbed “Medicare-for-all.”

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“Thanks for all the well wishes,” Sanders tweeted. “I’m feeling good. I’m fortunate to have good health care and great doctors and nurses helping me to recover.”

He added: “None of us know when a medical emergency might affect us. And no one should fear going bankrupt if it occurs. Medicare for All!”

Fox News’ Andrew O’Reilly contributed to this report.

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Aspirin could cut air pollution harms in half, study claims

Aspirin may lessen the negative effects of air pollution, an intriguing new study concludes.

Researchers from Columbia, Harvard and Boston Universities analyzed a subset of data collected from 2,280 male veterans from the greater Boston area who were given tests to determine their lung function. Participants’ average age was 73.

The researchers examined the relationship between test results, self-reported non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) use and ambient particulate matter and black carbon in the month preceding the test.

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Aspirin could help to reduce the negative effects of air pollution. (Getty Images)

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The study — it was published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine — accounted for a variety of factors, including the health status of the person and whether he was a smoker.

They found that using any NSAID nearly halved the effect of particulate matter on lung function, with the association consistent across all four weekly air pollution measurements.

Particulate matter comes from a range of sources, including the burning of fossil fuels in vehicles and power plants.

“Our findings suggest that aspirin and other NSAIDs may protect the lungs from short-term spikes in air pollution,” first and corresponding author Xu Gao, a post-doctoral research scientist in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Columbia Mailman School, said in press statement. “Of course, it is still important to minimize our exposure to air pollution, which is linked to a host of adverse health effects from cancer to cardiovascular disease.”

A previous study from Columbia University found that B vitamins may also play a role in lowering the negative impact of air pollution.

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Amb. Callista Gingrich: US, Vatican partner with faith-based groups to promote freedom and human dignity

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Thirty-five years after establishing formal diplomatic relations, the United States and the Holy See partnered in an unprecedented way.

On Oct. 2 in Vatican City, the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See and the secretariat of state of the Holy See co-hosted a symposium, “Pathways to Achieving Human Dignity: Partnering with Faith-Based Organizations.”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo joined the Holy See’s foreign minister, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, in launching this symposium, which featured participation by the Holy See’s prime minister, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, and U.S. Ambassadors-at-Large Sam Brownback and John Cotton Richmond.

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The United States and the Holy See appreciate and value the role of faith-based organizations in advancing peace and security. Faith-based organizations distribute aid to those in need, serve as lifelines for communities and individuals experiencing unfathomable hardships, and advocate for the oppressed. They often have extensive experience and unparalleled access to local populations, and are dedicated to advancing freedom and human dignity.

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As President Trump said in his May 2018 Executive Order establishing the White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative, “These organizations lift people up, keep families strong, and solve problems at the local level. The federal government welcomes opportunities to partner with such organizations through innovative, measurable and outcome-driven initiatives.”

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The Oct. 2 symposium reinforced how faith-based organizations can support three key U.S.-Holy See priorities: advancing religious freedom, combating human trafficking, and delivering humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable communities across the globe.

There has never been a more critical time to work with faith-based organizations to address these issues.

A shocking 83 percent of the world’s population live in nations where religious freedom is either threatened or denied entirely. The United States is committed to turning that tide.

The Oct. 2 symposium reinforced how faith-based organizations can support three key U.S.-Holy See priorities: advancing religious freedom, combating human trafficking, and delivering humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable communities across the globe. 

President Trump issued the first global call to protect religious freedom at the United Nations on Sept. 23, and, in his Sept. 24 address to the 74th session of the U.N. General Assembly, vowed that “Americans will never tire in our effort to defend and promote freedom of worship and religion. We want and support religious liberty for all.”

On every continent and in nearly every community, through their unique ability to build trust and encourage dialogue, faith-based organizations can play a critical role in this effort. And as Secretary Pompeo stated in his remarks at the symposium, the United States will have their back: “In the Trump administration, you have the strongest advocates for religious freedom in the history of our country.”

Human traffickers also continue to plague communities around the world. President Trump and Pope Francis share a commitment to combat this global challenge, which necessitates a cooperation across governments, faith-based organizations, individuals, corporations, media and others.

And faith-based organizations can help governments offer assistance in places where they have neither the infrastructure, experience nor community contacts to make an impact. That’s why the Trump administration now delivers aid from U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to faith-based organizations to support persecuted minority groups in the Middle East and elsewhere.

Our diplomatic relationship with the Holy See plays a major role in this effort. The Catholic Church, through its extended network of non-governmental organizations, is one of the greatest humanitarian forces in the world. As Archbishop Gallagher noted in his opening remarks, “The aim of our collaboration is to build a society which is truly tolerant and inclusive and to safeguard the dignity and the inalienable rights of every human person.”

The Oct. 2 symposium featured representatives from a number of prominent faith-based organizations, including the Community of Sant’Egidio, Aid to the Church in Need, the AVSI Foundation, Caritas Internationalis, the Adyan Foundation, and Talitha Kum. To lead by example, I announced at the symposium that the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See will award financial grants to each organization to support their work in the coming year.

These organization leaders were joined by senior U.S. and Holy See officials from numerous departments and agencies, including the USAID, the U.S. State Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking-in-Persons, the Holy See’s Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, and the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.

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As Cardinal Parolin said in his concluding remarks, “The challenges are many and great, but we should face them with faith and commitment. We know that God is with us when we engage to promote human dignity.”

Now, it’s time for all of us to take the lessons of our symposium forward – to encourage like-minded governments and leaders everywhere to partner with and to support faith-based organizations. Together we can achieve real and lasting freedom and human dignity for all.

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Iowa teacher on leave after threatening Facebook post about climate activist Greta Thunberg

An Iowa science teacher has been placed on leave after posting what appeared to be a threatening comment on social media aimed at young climate change activist Greta Thunberg before her planned visit to the state.

In an emailed statement to Fox News, the Waterloo Community School District said Friday that the Facebook post “rose to the level of putting this employee on administrative leave pending an investigation.”

Local media have identified the teacher as Matt Baish, who is listed as a science teacher on Waterloo West High’s website.

The post came ahead of the Swedish teen’s planned visit to Iowa City for a student-led climate protest on Friday.

The post asked, “Who’s all going?” to the event.

A user named Matt Baish responded, “Dont have my sniper rifle.”

Iowa City police said security would be heightened for the event. Once the district was notified of the comment, a message was sent to school staff and families, district spokeswoman Tara Thomas told Fox News.

The district’s social media policies warn staffers to “think twice before posting” and to not post “threats of physical or bodily harm.”

Thunberg, 16, has made headlines for her calls to world leaders to take aggressive measures to combat the damaging effects of climate change.

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Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg speaks to reporters after receiving the key to the city of Montreal during a ceremony in Montreal last month. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)

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Last month, she testified before Congress and denounced world leaders at a United Nations summit for an insufficient action plan on climate change.

“You are still not mature enough to tell it like it is. You are failing us,” Thunberg said. “But the young people are starting to understand your betrayal.”

Her blunt nature has also come under criticism. Russian President Vladimir Putin recently said “no one has explained to Greta that the modern world is complex and different and … people in Africa or in many Asian countries want to live at the same wealth level as in Sweden.”

During her appearance at the University of Iowa on Friday, she told a cheering crowd “as we all know, the U.N. Climate Action Summit was a failure,” according to Reuters. “No matter what, we need to continue.”

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