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House Dems subpoena Energy Secretary Rick Perry for Ukraine docs in impeachment inquiry

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Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Thursday became the latest Trump administration official to be subpoenaed in connection with the House impeachment inquiry, as a trio of House Democratic committee chairmen requested documents relating to Ukraine.

The House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight Committees requested “key documents” from Perry by Oct. 18, the chairmen announced in a press release.

Democrats have already subpoenaed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the Pentagon,the White House Office of Management and Budget and U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland for documents as lawmakers probe a July 25 phone call between President Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky.

“Recently, public reports have raised questions about any role you may have played in conveying or reinforcing the president’s stark message to the Ukrainian president,” Democratic Reps. Adam Schiff, Elijah Cummings and Eliot Engel said of Perry. “These reports have also raised significant questions about your efforts to press Ukrainian officials to change the management structure at a Ukrainian state-owned energy company to benefit individuals involved with Rudy Giuliani’s push to get Ukrainian officials to interfere in our 2020 election.”

Two associates of Trump lawyer and confidant Rudy Giuliani who have been linked to his efforts to conduct investigations in Ukraine were indicted for campaign finance violations, according to court documents released Thursday. Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman are accused of using a limited liability company to make political contributions related to American elections, which violates Federal Election Commission (FEC) rules barring contributions from foreign nationals.

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The expanding impeachment probe was launched last month after an intelligence community member’s whistleblower complaint raised concerns about president’s Ukraine phone call. In it, Trump asked Zelensky to probe onetime Vice President Joe Biden, his son Hunter and their business dealings in Ukraine. Joe Biden has for months been seen as Democrats’ frontrunner in the 2020 election against Trump.

Trump has denied abusing his position, saying the call was “perfect,” and Zelensky said Thursday there was “no blackmail” during their call.

The whistleblower accused the president of “using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election,” claiming Trump used $400 million in military aid, frozen in the days before that fateful phone call, to induce Zelensky to open a Biden inquiry.

Trump reportedly told House Republicans it was Perry who suggested he call Zelensky back in July, according to news outlet Axios.

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According to one source, Trump said something to the effect of: “Not a lot of people know this but, I didn’t even want to make the call. The only reason I made the call was because Rick asked me to. Something about an LNG [liquified natural gas] plant,” Axios reported, saying two other sources agreed with that recollection.

Perry denied ever mentioning the Bidens during discussions with Ukrainian officials or the president. On Friday he told the Christian Broadcasting Network in an exclusive interview that his dealings in Ukraine were part of the United States’ effort to clean up corruption there.

President Trump has said Joe Biden’s efforts to oust a Ukrainian prosecutor who was investigating the energy firm Burisma Holdings — where Hunter Biden had held a board seat — should be investigated for corruption.

On Monday, Perry denied rumors that he would resign at the end of November amid questions about his role in the controversy surrounding the now-infamous Trump-Zelensky call.

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The White House issued an eight-page letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Tuesday and said it wouldn’t comply with the “illegitimate and unconstitutional” impeachment inquiry.

Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer, Dom Calicchio, Louis Casiano and Charles Creitz contributed to this report.

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Amazon spokesman says attacks against Trump administration were ‘personal’ views after being called out on Twitter

Amazon spokesman Jay Carney backtracked on Thursday after being called out for questioning the patriotism of the Trump administration.

“Virtually with no exception, everyone I dealt with in those administrations, whether I personally agreed or disagreed with what they thought were the right policy decisions or the right way to approach things, I never doubted that they were patriots. I never doubted that they believed they were doing things that were in the best interest of the country,” Carney, who served as Barack Obama’s press secretary, reportedly said on stage during the GeekWire Summit in Seattle. “I don’t feel that way now.”

He went on to slam the current administration’s lack of honesty.

“I never lied,” he said, referring to his time at the White House, according to Business Insider. “When you can’t answer something or you don’t have a good answer to give, you say, ‘I’ll take that question’ or ‘I don’t have an answer for you.’ You don’t lie. And there doesn’t seem to be that standard today.”

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Amazon spokesperson Jay Carney responded to criticism of his comments about the Trump administration. (Fox News)

President Trump’s son Donald Jr. blasted Carney on Twitter and tagged Amazon in his response, writing: “Hey @amazon- So is it your companies [sic] official corporate position that the the thousands of Americans who work in the Trump Administration aren’t ‘patriots’ because that’s what your top spokesman (and former Obama hack) @JayCarney just said???”

Not long after, Carney tweeted what seemed to be a response to the president’s son.

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Trump has frequently criticized Amazon along with its CEO, Jeff Bezos, even referring to the publication that Bezos owns, The Washington Post, as “The Amazon Washington Post” — usually following critical coverage of his administration.

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‘Another promise made is kept’: Tomi Lahren applauds Trump’s decision to remove troops from Syria

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“Another promise made is kept,” said Fox Nation host Tomi Lahren while applauding President Trump’s decision to pull U.S. troops from Syria.

“Whether the neocon Republicans like it or not, President Trump has vowed to withdraw remaining U.S. troops from Syria and should keep his promise to get us the heck out of endless and unwinnable wars,” she said on her Fox Nation show “Final Thoughts.”

“How many times are we going to stick our noses in the business of other nations before we realize democracy-spreading in the Middle East does not work?”

— Tomi Lahren, Fox Nation host

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Lahren was responding to criticism of the President’s decision. Since Trump’s announcement, a Turkish military offensive in northern Syria has left more than 100 Kurdish forces dead, according to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkey has long-threatened to attack the Kurdish militia in Syria, which it says is linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, which has led an insurgency against Turkey for 35 years.

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Trump tweeted Wednesday that the United States should never have been in the Middle East in the first place. He also put the onus on Turkey to stabilize the region and take up arms against any remaining ISIS elements.

“President Trump is spot-on. Why the hell are we risking American lives and resources on a tribal war we have zero business fighting? Enough,” she said. “How many times are we going to stick our noses in the business of other nations before we realize democracy-spreading in the Middle East does not work.”

“How many times are we going to attempt to pick winners and losers in a civil and tribal war we do not understand and cannot win? Why? Because there are no winners in a war like this — and even if there were, it wouldn’t be the United States,” she said. “Yes, we support the Kurds and their efforts but at what point are we going to stop the hand-holding?”

 “Besides that, we hand the “moderate opposition”  funding, training, American blood, sweat and tears and then what always tends to happen? It blows up in our faces.”

— Tomi Lahren, Fox Nation host

“Besides that, we hand the ‘moderate opposition’  funding, training, American blood, sweat and tears and then what always tends to happen? It blows up in our faces, sometimes quite literally. “

Lahren also took aim at Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., after Graham said Wednesday on “Fox & Friends” that removing troops from Syria would be “one of the biggest follies of [Trump’s] presidency and cause ISIS to reemerge in the region.”

“I don’t care what hysterical Lindsey Graham or Mitch McConnell have to say,” said Lahren. “They are beholden to the giant military-industrial complex and while it might make some people very rich, it does nothing to serve our national interests.”

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Lahren urged the public to focus on issues affecting the U.S. every day, such as the opioid epidemic, homelessness, and immigration.

“We have enough problems right here at home… when are we going to fight for our own interests and protect our own country? We’ve got crumbling infrastructure, an opioid epidemic, veterans living on the streets, and a southwest border that’s being invaded on a daily basis.”

— Tomi Lahren, Fox Nation host

“We have enough problems right here at home,” said Lahren. “When are we going to fight for our own interests and protect our own country? We’ve got crumbling infrastructure, an opioid epidemic, veterans living on the streets, and a southwest border that’s being invaded on a daily basis.”

“It’s not our war to win because it’s not our war, period. President Trump, trust your gut instinct with this one. We shouldn’t be getting entangled in the mess that is Iran, Yemen, Syria or anywhere else,” said Lahren.

Reiterating her support for Trump, the Fox Nation host praised the president for delivering on his 2016 campaign promises and told him that “the American people have his back.”

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“It’s America First! That’s what you ran on, that’s what you campaigned for, that’s what you won on. And the neocon establishment hacks aside, getting us out of these endless wars is a bipartisan goal you should stand behind,” said Lahren.

“Don’t let the establishment change your mind,” Lahren concluded. “They will turn on you at the drop of a hat and their affection isn’t what you should be vying for. The American people have your back and we want you to stand your ground.”

To see Lahren’s full remarks and for more episodes of Tomi Lahren’s daily commentary offering a refreshing and unfiltered perspective on issues across the country, join Fox Nation and watch “Final Thoughts”  today.

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Ed Sheeran, Prince Harry promote World Mental Health Day with comedic video

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Singer Ed Sheeran and Prince Harry have joined forces to bring awareness to World Mental Health Day.

The one minute and 40-second video, posted to Instagram Thursday morning, features Sheeran, 28, excitedly preparing for his meeting with Harry, 35.

In the video, the duo sits down to discuss creating a video about a cause Harry is “quite passionate about.” It appears, however, that the two aren’t on the same page.

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“I’ve been trying to write a song about this,” Sheeran says.

“Someone with a skill set, to be able to write lyrics of a song to raise awareness, I think would be amazing,” Harry responded.

“Yeah, that’s exactly what I’m trying to do,” Sheeran said. “People just don’t understand what it’s like for people like us.”

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The comment gave Harry pause, so Sheeran explained, “The jokes and snide comments, I feel like it’s time we stood up and said ‘we’re not going to take this anymore, we’re gingers and we’re going to fight.'”

The Duke of Sussex then explains that the song wouldn’t be for the empowerment of redheads, but for World Mental Health Day.

The video was in jest, but at the end, the team took a moment to ask viewers to reach out to anyone that might be suffering.

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The video comes just days after Harry and Meghan Markle‘s charitable endeavors were officially removed from the Royal Foundation website.

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Actress Drew Barrymore to host daytime talk show

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Actress Drew Barrymore is joining the likes of Ellen DeGeneres and Whoopi Goldberg on daytime television.

Beginning in the fall of 2020, Barrymore, 44, will headline the show for CBS, according to a network announcement released Thursday morning and obtained by Entertainment Tonight.

“Drew is a huge star and a breath of fresh air — her show will energize any station’s lineup,” said Steve LoCascio, chief operating and financial officer of CBS Global Distribution Group.

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A pilot for the show was shot in August.

Barrymore added: “It is beyond my wildest dreams to have this opportunity for a daily talk show. I’m truly thrilled and honored to be creating this show with CBS.”

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CBS Television President Peter Dunn referred to the show as “the brightest prospect [he has] seen in many years,” adding that he expects to “strike gold” with audiences and advertisers.

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Barrymore, who was nominated for an Emmy for her performance in “Grey Gardens,” recently wrapped the third and final season of “Santa Clarita Diet” for Netflix. She began acting as a child, quickly gaining attention for roles in such films at “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” (1982) and “Firestarter” (1984).

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Giuliani associates arrested while trying to board international flight with one-way tickets, prosecutors say

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Two associates of Rudy Giuliani made their initial appearance before a federal judge on Thursday, less than 24 hours after they were arrested on campaign finance violations while trying to board an international flight with one-way tickets at Dulles International Airport outside of Washington D.C.

Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman appeared in federal court in Alexandria, Va. to face a four-count indictment alleging that they, along with two other co-defendants, conspired to violate a ban on foreign donations and contributions in connection with federal and state elections.

The two men remained mostly silent during their appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Nachmanoff. They did not enter a plea, but both are expected back in court tomorrow for a detention hearing.

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“Protecting the integrity of our elections and protecting our elections from unlawful foreign influence are core functions of our campaign finance laws,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said at a press conference on Thursday. Parnas and Fruman are being charged in New York’s Southern District.

Berman added: “As this office has made clear, we will not hesitate to investigate or prosecute those who engage in criminal conduct that draws into question the integrity of our political process. And I want to add that this investigation is continuing.”

Parnas, 47, and Fruman, 53, created Global Energy Producers (GEP), and allegedly funneled money through the company. This included contributions of $325,000 and $15,000 to committees in May 2018, “to obtain access to exclusive political events and gain influence with politicians,” the indictment says. They allegedly incorporated GEP around the time the contributions were made.

According to Federal Election Commission (FEC) records, GEP contributed $325,000 in May 2018 to pro-Trump super PAC America First Action. In a statement, a spokesperson for America First Action noted that a complaint was filed with the FEC in July 2018 over this contribution, as well as separate litigation in Florida. The statement said that the money was placed “in a segregated bank account,” was not used, and “will remain in this segregated account until these matters are resolved.”

Both men are accused of making false statements related to the nature of GEP and the contribution in response to the FEC complaint.

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Additionally, contributions from Fruman were allegedly made in Parnas’ name to get around federal contribution limits, and several contributions were made under the name “Igor Furman” instead of “Fruman,” allegedly “to conceal the source of the funds and to evade federal reporting requirements.”

The indictment also claims that Parnas and Fruman “committed to raise $20,000 or more for a then-sitting U.S. Congressman” whom they had met at a political event. The congressman wasn’t identified by name in court papers, but the donations to “Congressman 1” in the indictment match campaign finance reports for former Rep. Pete Sessions, a Texas Republican who lost his re-election bid in November 2018.

At approximately the same time that they made that commitment, Parnas and the Congressman discussed the Congressman’s assistance in securing the removal of the then-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, and this was done “at least in part, at the request of one or more Ukrainian government officials,” the indictment alleges.

The indictment also lays out allegations of a separate “foreign national donor scheme” involving the two men and two other defendants, American David Correia, and Ukrainian national Andrey Kukushkin. The foursome allegedly engaged in a conspiracy to make political contributions funded by an unnamed Russian national to obtain influence with political candidates regarding policies to benefit a recreational marijuana business venture, and to help obtain retail marijuana licenses.

House Democrats on Thursday subpoenaed Parnas and Fruman as part of the impeachment inquiry into Trump. The subpoenas are for documents that the men have so far failed to provide to Congress.

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Parnas and Fruman were involved in Giuliani’s efforts to urge Ukrainian officials to investigate Trump’s political rival Joe Biden and his family. That effort was also discussed by Trump in a July call with Ukraine’s president and is at the heart of the impeachment probe.

Giuliani told Fox News that he represents Parnas and Fruman on a separate matter and called the timing of their arrest and indictment “suspect.” He added that he “will reveal relevant facts very very shortly.”

Giuliani, an attorney for President Trump, said he finds it “extremely suspicious” that the arrest was made in connection with an FEC matter that has yet to be resolved, and which Giuliani said is a civil matter. He acknowledged, however, that both men “logistically helped” in his collection of evidence against Hunter Biden, and that they helped connect him with Viktor Shokin and Yuriy Lutsenko former Prosecutors General of Ukraine.

Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer, Jake Gibson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Two associates of Rudy Giuliani made their initial appearance before a federal judge on Thursday, less than 24 hours after they were arrested on campaign finance violations while trying to board an international flight with one-way tickets at Dulles International Airport outside of Washington D.C.

Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman appeared in federal court in Alexandria, Va. to face a four-count indictment alleging that they, along with two other co-defendants, conspired to violate a ban on foreign donations and contributions in connection with federal and state elections.

The two men remained mostly silent during their appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Nachmanoff. They did not enter a plea, but both are expected back in court tomorrow for a detention hearing.

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“Protecting the integrity of our elections and protecting our elections from unlawful foreign influence are core functions of our campaign finance laws,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said at a press conference on Thursday. Parnas and Fruman are being charged in New York’s Southern District.

Berman added: “As this office has made clear, we will not hesitate to investigate or prosecute those who engage in criminal conduct that draws into question the integrity of our political process. And I want to add that this investigation is continuing.”

Parnas, 47, and Fruman, 53, created Global Energy Producers (GEP), and allegedly funneled money through the company. This included contributions of $325,000 and $15,000 to committees in May 2018, “to obtain access to exclusive political events and gain influence with politicians,” the indictment says. They allegedly incorporated GEP around the time the contributions were made.

According to Federal Election Commission (FEC) records, GEP contributed $325,000 in May 2018 to pro-Trump super PAC America First Action. In a statement, a spokesperson for America First Action noted that a complaint was filed with the FEC in July 2018 over this contribution, as well as separate litigation in Florida. The statement said that the money was placed “in a segregated bank account,” was not used, and “will remain in this segregated account until these matters are resolved.”

Both men are accused of making false statements related to the nature of GEP and the contribution in response to the FEC complaint.

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Additionally, contributions from Fruman were allegedly made in Parnas’ name to get around federal contribution limits, and several contributions were made under the name “Igor Furman” instead of “Fruman,” allegedly “to conceal the source of the funds and to evade federal reporting requirements.”

The indictment also claims that Parnas and Fruman “committed to raise $20,000 or more for a then-sitting U.S. Congressman” whom they had met at a political event. The congressman wasn’t identified by name in court papers, but the donations to “Congressman 1” in the indictment match campaign finance reports for former Rep. Pete Sessions, a Texas Republican who lost his re-election bid in November 2018.

At approximately the same time that they made that commitment, Parnas and the Congressman discussed the Congressman’s assistance in securing the removal of the then-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, and this was done “at least in part, at the request of one or more Ukrainian government officials,” the indictment alleges.

The indictment also lays out allegations of a separate “foreign national donor scheme” involving the two men and two other defendants, American David Correia, and Ukrainian national Andrey Kukushkin. The foursome allegedly engaged in a conspiracy to make political contributions funded by an unnamed Russian national to obtain influence with political candidates regarding policies to benefit a recreational marijuana business venture, and to help obtain retail marijuana licenses.

House Democrats on Thursday subpoenaed Parnas and Fruman as part of the impeachment inquiry into Trump. The subpoenas are for documents that the men have so far failed to provide to Congress.

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Parnas and Fruman were involved in Giuliani’s efforts to urge Ukrainian officials to investigate Trump’s political rival Joe Biden and his family. That effort was also discussed by Trump in a July call with Ukraine’s president and is at the heart of the impeachment probe.

Giuliani told Fox News that he represents Parnas and Fruman on a separate matter and called the timing of their arrest and indictment “suspect.” He added that he “will reveal relevant facts very very shortly.”

Giuliani, an attorney for President Trump, said he finds it “extremely suspicious” that the arrest was made in connection with an FEC matter that has yet to be resolved, and which Giuliani said is a civil matter. He acknowledged, however, that both men “logistically helped” in his collection of evidence against Hunter Biden, and that they helped connect him with Viktor Shokin and Yuriy Lutsenko former Prosecutors General of Ukraine.

Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer, Jake Gibson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Providing health insurance to illegal immigrants could cost up to $23 billion a year, study finds

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In the span of just a few months, the idea of providing health care to illegal immigrants has morphed from a fringe, left-wing fancy to a plank of many 2020 Democrats’ presidential campaigns — but it’s a proposal that one study predicts would cost American taxpayers tens of billions of dollars a year.

A standout moment of the June 27 Democratic primary debate was that of all the candidates on the stage raising their hands, signifying support for government health care plans including “undocumented” immigrants.

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Republicans and the White House have seized on that moment, with President Trump declaring it “the end of the race.”

But with the campaign definitely not over, and a number of frontrunners now backing the policy, more attention is turning to how much it could cost to give millions of illegal immigrants health insurance. On Thursday, the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), a policy group that advocates for lower levels of immigration overall, published a study finding that the cost could be up to $23 billion a year.

While candidates have not necessarily gone into detail about their plans, CIS cites an Atlantic survey that found that Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.; and former Housing Secretary Julian Castro would all provide “full benefits” to those in the country illegally.

The CIS study estimated that 4.9 million illegal immigrants have incomes below 400 percent of the poverty line and also do not have insurance — meaning they have incomes low enough to receive coverage via either Medicaid or the Affordable Care Act — also known to many, particularly critics, as ObamaCare.

The study estimates that if all income-eligible, uninsured illegal immigrants received subsidies under the ACA, then the cost to insure would be $22.6 billion, but with “likely enrollment” of 46 percent, the total cost would be perhaps $10.4 billion a year. It predicts that the average cost of a subsidized premium would be $4,637.

If a mixed approach of ACA subsidies and Medicaid enrollment were used, the cost would dip to $19.6 billion with 100 percent enrollment, and $10.7 billion assuming “likely enrollment.”

These numbers could change significantly if a more overarching health care overhaul is passed by a future Democratic White House and Congress.

“Numbers aside, the fact that presidential candidates are advocating spending billions of dollars on people who are in the country illegally is significant in its own right,” the report concludes. “It suggests that allowing in large numbers of less-educated workers will inevitably generate significant political pressure to provide them access to social programs.”

Extending health care to illegal immigrants could, however, be only one part of the cost to taxpayers of more generous social policies being pushed by Democrats.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-Calif., who was an early champion of left-favored policies now finding their way into 2020 Democratic platforms, recently introduced a new package of policies known as the “Just Society.”

Among those bills is “The Embrace Act,” which would allow illegal immigrants to claim the same welfare benefits as U.S. citizens and those in the country legally.

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“Notwithstanding any other provision of law … an individual who is an alien (without regard to the immigration status of that alien) may not be denied any federal public benefit solely on the basis of the individual’s immigration status,” the bill reads.

The bill defines a federal public benefit as: “any grant, contract, loan, professional license or commercial license provided by an agency of the United States or by appropriated funds of the United States; and … any retirement, welfare, health, disability, public or assisted housing, post-secondary education, food assistance, unemployment benefit,or any other similar benefit for which payments or assistance are provided to an individual, household, or family eligibility unit by an agency of the United States or by appropriated funds of the United States.”

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Florida man disguised as woman robs bank, steals patrol car, police allege

A man in Florida accused of robbing a bank while disguised as a woman has been arrested after he allegedly stole a police cruiser and led deputies on a two-county chase, investigators said.

Gumersindo Reyes Jr., 51, was wearing a gold dress and a red wig when he entered a Chase Bank in Casselberry, northeast of Orlando, and passed a note to the teller demanding money, Police Chief Larry Krantz told reporters. He allegedly left carrying an undisclosed amount of cash in his backpack.

Reyes drew the attention of a passing Seminole County deputy who saw the suspect ditch his disguise behind a bush, Fox 35 Orlando reported.

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The deputy got out of his patrol car and confronted Reyes, who police said was displaying “bizarre” behavior.

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Reyes was wearing a woman’s gold dress and a red wig when he entered a Chase Bank, police said. (Casselberry Police Department)

After failing to subdue Reyes with a stun gun, the deputy chased him into an apartment complex across the street from the bank, WFTV reported. The deputy reached for his firearm to order Reyes to the ground but Reyes also tried to grab the weapon, setting off a struggle.

Reyes then dashed out of the complex and stole the deputy’s patrol vehicle, police said.

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“There’s nothing that drives me crazier than to see a ‘bad guy,’ or know that a ‘bad guy’ got behind the wheel of one of our patrol vehicles, even for just one moment,” Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma said. “I’m OK that he was in the car, but he was sitting in the wrong seat.”

Reyes led deputies on a wild chase through Seminole and Orange counties before crashing the vehicle into another car in Maitland where they finally arrested him, police said.

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He faced numerous charges including battery on an officer, resisting an officer with violence and robbery with a firearm, according to police records.

Reyes had a criminal history of attempted murder and robbery in Puerto Rico, officials told WFTV.

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Tammy Bruce urges Americans to educate themselves: ‘It’s up to us to know why the Left is worth fighting against’

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Fox Nation host and former Democrat Tammy Bruce slammed the Left’s agenda and warned the public to educate themselves in order to combat the ideology while responding to a viewer’s question during her show, “Get Tammy Bruce.”

The viewer asked, “Tammy, reflecting on your experience on having been on the Left, do you recognize the same strategies being implemented by the Democrat leadership today and does this not discredit everything they are attempting now?”

“Absolutely, but not just from my time on the Left as an American in the 80s and 90s, but historically, this is what the Left has done,” said Bruce.

“They always argue about ‘were the champions for the people’…oh no they’re not…”

— Tammy Bruce, Fox Nation host

“They always argue about ‘We’re the champions for the people’… oh no they’re not,” said Bruce.

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“Everything they’ve advocated, historically… this notion of socialism and communism relies on this presumption that the average person, the normals have no idea what they’re doing, that we’re just dumb,” she continued.

Bruce urged viewers not to accept the “better than you attitude” from the Left that looks down on those that don’t mimic their ideology.

We don’t use hair gel. We might have dirt under our fingers at the end of the day…We might not have gone to certain colleges. We don’t go to the right cocktail parties… We don’t know the right people,” said Bruce.

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All of those things that [they think] they’re just better than us. That’s the affliction of the Left.  It is an attitude that they’re better than those normals out there…[they think] ‘they don’t know what they’re doing.’ That is the infection of this kind of political theory… based on this idea that only a few people really can be trusted to know what to do,” she said.

“It’s up to us to make sure people know the history of why the Left is such a danger … and why it’s worth fighting against.”

— Tammy Bruce, Fox Nation host

Bruce called for the public to “learn the history of the Left” and to understand what role they have played in previous generations.

“Whatever platforms you’re on,” Bruce said, “it’s up to us to make sure people know the history of why the Left is such a danger and why it’s worth fighting against,” she concluded.

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