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This Day in History: Aug. 16

On this day, Aug. 16 …

1948: Babe Ruth dies of cancer at age 53.

Also on this day:

  • 1777: The Revolutionary War battle of Bennington, Vt. is won by American forces.
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(Original Caption) 8/16/1977-Lincoln, NB: Elvis Presley, 42, died 8/16 in Memphis, TN, of respiratory failure at Baptist Hospital. Presley, the gyrating, hip-swinging King of Rock and Roll is shown during 6/20 concert here.

  • 1977: Elvis Presley dies at the age of 42.
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  • 2008: Usain Bolt sets a new 100m world record of 9.69 seconds at the Olympics in Beijing. 
  • 2012: Ecuador grants political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
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AOC: Trump’s coalition includes ‘racists’ and those who ‘could be susceptible’ to racism

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U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., weighed in on President Trump’s supporters Thursday, saying a “core part” of the president’s base is composed of “racists” and “people who could be susceptible to racist views.”

She also said many discussions on racism devolve into defenseness because “we do not talk about or educate people on recognizing racism.”

The far-left freshman congresswoman made the remarks during an appearance on the podcast “Pod Save America,” hosted by former Obama administration staffer Jon Favreau.

At one point, Favreau asserted that “there’s racism there” when crowds gather for Trump rallies. But Ocasio-Cortez said it’s more important to discuss the broader term “racism” than whether an individual or group is “racist.”

AOC CLAIMS TRUMP IS ‘RADICALIZING STADIUMS OF PEOPLE’

“It’s not about asking whether Trump voters are racist,” she said. “We need to talk about racism, not racists. Racists, it’s a very two-dimensional, boring conversation. Is something racist? Yes or no, and then you debate it. … We need to talk about racism, its contours, its history, where it manifests, how it’s used.”

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She continued, “Like all winning political phenomena, whether they’re good or bad in your opinion, they rely on coalition building. So Trump relied on a coalition and a core part of that coalition were racists building a coalition with all sorts of other people that could be susceptible to racists views if they were blanketed and layered and made people feel good it not being a racist thing.”

“And so there are a lot of people who support that genuinely don’t believe that they are racist because we do not talk about or educate people on recognizing racism and because we do not do that, it just allows itself to just … get caught up in this debate of ‘Is something racist? And then a person uses their defensiveness and they say, ‘Well it’s not racist because I’m not racist and I believe in this thing because it’s economic in nature.'”

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Missouri man says Walmart weapons incident was ‘not a hate-inspired act’: report

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The self-described Second Amendment advocate who authorities say walked into a Walmart store in Missouri last week, wearing body armor and carrying loaded weapons, reportedly admits his timing was bad given the recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

But Dmitriy Andreychenko, 20, of Springfield, said he doesn’t regret the alleged actions.

“I just want people to know there was no evil to what I did,”  Andreychenko told Springfield’s KYTV-TV. “This was not a hate-inspired act. This was purely innocent — the timing was just so off. I would never want to hurt anyone.”

“I just want people to know there was no evil to what I did. This was not a hate-inspired act. This was purely innocent — the timing was just so off. I would never want to hurt anyone.”

— Dmitriy Andreychenko, facing charges in Walmart incident

Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson said Andreychenko has been charged with making a terrorist threat in the second degree.

ARMED OFF-DUTY FIREFIGHTER HALTS ARMED SUSPECT AT WALMART STORE IN MISSOURI, POLICE SAY 

Andreychenko was accused of bringing weapons into the Walmart store Aug. 8, prompting a store manager to pull a fire alarm and send customers running. But an armed off-duty firefighter was able to detain Andreychenko until police officers arrived, Springfield police said.

Andreychenko was carrying loaded tactical weapons, according to reports. He was arrested at the scene and taken into custody.

The incident came five days after a mass shooting at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, that resulted in 22 deaths. 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.

“The gun was holstered. I never touched it after putting it on,” Andreychenko said.

Andreychenko told KYTV he called the Walmart store before he showed up with a gun to make sure it was allowed and said he was told he could.

The probable-cause statement quoted Andreychenko as saying he “wanted to know if Walmart honored the Second Amendment.”

Since January 2017, Missouri has not required a permit to carry a firearm, whether openly or concealed, for those age 19 or older, as long as the firearm is not displayed in a threatening manner.

On Aug. 8, Andreychenko had started recording himself with his cellphone while still in the parking lot of the Springfield Walmart. 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. No shots were fired.

MISSOURI WALMART THREAT SUSPECT ID’D BY POLICE, MUG SHOT RELEASED

“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,” Patterson said in a statement.

“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

Patterson said he was thankful nobody was injured at the store, but said a Battlefield police Officer and citizen were injured in a vehicle collision as the officer responded to the Walmart.

Walmart issued a statement Aug. 9 that praised law enforcement for stopping the incident from escalating. It said Andreychenko was no longer welcome in its stores.

The Greene County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office said, “A person commits the crime of making a terrorist threat in the second degree when he recklessly disregards the risk of causing the evacuation of any portion of a building and knowingly communicates an express or implied threat to cause an incident or condition involving danger to life or knowingly causes a false belief or fear that an incident has occurred or that a condition exists involving danger to life.”

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Andreychenko would face 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.

Fox News’ Bradford Betz and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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New Jersey’s assisted suicide law blocked by temporary restraining order

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A state judge in New Jersey issued a temporary restraining order Wednesday blocking the state’s right-to-die law from being implemented two weeks after it took effect.

The move came after Dr. Yosef Glassman, a Bergen County physician, filed a lawsuit, saying he refused to participate in assisted suicides, including referring patients to another doctor if he decides to opt-out of prescribing life-ending medication, which is a stipulation in the law.

Glassman said in the lawsuit that the law conflicts with his religious beliefs as an Orthodox Jew as well as his obligations as a doctor to heal people.

NEW JERSEY ASSISTED SUICIDE LAW TO GO INTO EFFECT THIS WEEK

Glassman said that being required to transfer medical records under the law is “not only a violation of the rights to practice medicine without breaching the fiduciary duties owing to those patients … but also violations of their First Amendment rights under the United States Constitution to freely practice their religions in which human life is sacred and must not be taken.”

Gov. Phil Murphy, a first-term Democrat who signed the Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act into law April 12, said he would fight back against Mercer County Superior Court Judge Paul Innes’s decision.

Murphy also asked Attorney General Gurbir Grewal to release guidance for New Jersey residents in light of the judge’s order.

“It is really hard for me, particularly given growing up as a Catholic,” Murphy said Thursday at a news conference. “This one was not an easy one to get to, but I got convinced that it shouldn’t be the law that dictates how things end. But it should be you and your loved ones.”

“It is really hard for me, particularly given growing up as a Catholic. This one was not an easy one to get to, but I got convinced that it shouldn’t be the law that dictates how things end. But it should be you and your loved ones.”

— New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy

The law, which took effect at the beginning of August but required a two-week wait period before doctors could administer prescriptions, permits adult patients with six months or less to live to obtain and self-administer life-ending medication. Patients must be diagnosed by two medical doctors and must also sign a written declaration with two witnesses present who can attest that the patient is acting voluntarily. The patient must also take the medication themselves.

“New Jersey’s assisted suicide law is a bad public policy that leaves many New Jersey residents at risk of abuse and coercion,” Kristen Hanson, a community advocate for the Patients Rights Action Fund said in a statement to Fox News on Thursday. “The temporary restraining order issued, which prevents the policy from going into effect, is a welcome reassessment of a law that threatens the lives of the poor, older people, the terminally ill, and people with disabilities. New Jersey deserves better end-of-life-care, not assisted suicide.”

“New Jersey’s assisted suicide law is a bad public policy that leaves many New Jersey residents at risk of abuse and coercion. … New Jersey deserves better end-of-life-care, not assisted suicide.”

— Kristen Hanson, community advocate, Patients Rights Action Fund

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The next court date is scheduled for Oct. 23.

Seven states — California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Oregon, Vermont and Washington — and Washington, D.C., all have similar legislation for medically assisted suicide, according to the Death With Dignity National Center and the Death With Dignity Political Fund.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Watters: Biden campaign is ‘history repeating itself’ after former VP’s past flameouts

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Former Vice President Joe Biden’s 2020 Democratic presidential bid may meet the same end as his last two attempts to win the White House, according to Fox News’ Jesse Watters.

Biden’s recent gaffes, and a new report that the former U.S. senator from Delaware may scale back his campaign appearances as a result, are troubling, Watters claimed Thursday on “Hannity.”

“He needs to call the MyPillow guy and nap off some of these gaffes,” Watters said, referring to entrepreneur and outspoken Trump supporter Michael Lindell.

“I don’t think he’s going to make it, I literally don’t,” Watters added about Biden. “He’s mixing up cities, he’s forgetting when he was vice president.” (Biden previously misstated the locations of two recent mass shootings and mistakenly said another had occurred while he was vice president when it actually occurred about a year after he left the job.)

“He needs to call the MyPillow guy and nap off some of these gaffes. …  He’s mixing up cities, he’s forgetting when he was vice president.”

— Jesse Watters

GAFFE-PRONE BIDEN SHOULDN’T BE CLOISTERED, OBAMA AIDE SAYS

“He flamed out the last two primaries. History is repeating itself,” Watters said. He added that Biden appeared to get “knocked around” by fellow 2020 contender Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., at a June debate, as well as by past claims of inappropriate touching.

Watters also pointed to parts of Biden’s campaign platform he found problematic.

“Think about what he said about China, about giving health care to illegal aliens, raising middle-class taxes, and eliminating oil and natural gas,” he said. “The flip-flopping and the apologizing — it’s insane.”

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In the past, Biden made two previous attempts at running for president.

In 1988, he ran unsuccessfully in a primary that was ultimately won by then-Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis. In 2008 he ran again but the Democratic Party nomination ultimately went to then-Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., who chose Biden as his running mate.

Earlier Thursday, former Obama adviser David Axelrod claimed the report of a scaled-back campaign schedule was a troubling development for the ex-vice president.

“This is bad advice. You can’t cloister the candidate and win,” Axelrod tweeted.

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Hannity: Crowd’s treatment of Philly police officers ‘beyond repulsive’; Dems ‘politicize’ shooting

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Fox News’ Sean Hannity honored the Philadelphia police officers caught up in Wednesday’s shootout, saying they “deserved better” after video showed them being taunted during the incident where six police officers were shot.

“These officers saving countless lives putting themselves in harm’s way. And there are people that are taunting them, pelting them with objects. Treating them this way is beyond repulsive,” Hannity said Thursday on his television show. They deserve better.”

6 PHILADELPHIA OFFICERS WOUNDED IN SHOOTING

Hannity also blasted many of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates for politicizing the shooting as it was taking place.

“All these people risking their lives serving and protecting the people of Philadelphia. Kamala Harris is in the comfort of a ‘fake news’ CNN studio, hawking a political agenda about something she knows nothing about,” Hannity said.

“Kamala Harris is in the comfort of a ‘fake news’ CNN studio, hawking a political agenda about something she knows nothing about.”

— Sean Hannity

“Several other 2020 Democratic hopefuls also. Yes, shamelessly, weighing in during the ongoing standoff. They don’t even wait for it to end.”

The Fox News host called the reaction by Democrats “sad.”

“Even now after another shooting Democrats the media mob they’re almost too giddy at a chance once again to politicize a tragedy. Very predictable very sad,” Hannity said.

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Hannity argued that the shooting had nothing to do with gun control and that most gun owners were responsible.

“Those of us who follow the law are responsible gun owners. We would be left totally unarmed and defenseless,” Hannity said. “Once you give away your rights you’re never gonna get them back.”

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Trump administration urging lawmakers to reauthorize NSA data collection program

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The Trump administration is urging lawmakers to reauthorize a mass phone data collection program set to expire later this year that would let the National Security Agency collect the phone record information of millions of Americans, according to media reports.

In a later addressed to the top members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Senate Intelligence Committee, departing Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats outlined his position on the USA Freedom Act.

Coats’ last day as director was Thursday.

“I write to express the support of the Intelligence Community (IC) and Administration for the permanent reauthorization of the provisions of the USA Freedom Act of 2015 that are currently set to expire in December,” Coats wrote.

COSTS OF SNOWDEN LEAK STILL MOUNTING 5 YEARS LATER

“These provisions provide the [intelligence community] with key national security authorities, and we look forward to working with the Congress on their permanent reauthorization,” he added.

Coats also asked Congress to reauthorize steps that would let investigators wiretap “lone wolf” terrorists and collect business records during terror investigations, according to the politics website.

The NSA did not immediately respond to a Fox News request for comment.

Congress passed the USA Freedom Act in 2015 after the fallout from disclosures from whistleblower Edward Snowden about a previous program that collected vast amounts of information about Americans’ phone calls and text messages.

FORMER NSA CONTRACTOR PLEADS GUILTY IN THEFT OF CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS

The NSA shuttered the call records provision of the Freedom Act, but Congress could reinstate it if needed, which could alarm privacy advocates. The record collection program allows the government to collect data from phones calls, including the length of calls and when information is sent via calls or text messages.

“The National Security Agency has suspended the call detail records program that uses this authority and deleted the call detail records acquired under this authority,” Coats wrote. “This decision was made after balancing the program’s relative intelligence value, associated costs, and compliance and data integrity concerns caused by the unique complexities of using these company-generated business records for intelligence purposes.”

He added that “as technology changes, our adversaries’ tradecraft and communications habits will continue to evolve and adapt. In light of this dynamic environment, the Administration supports reauthorization of this provision as well.”

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On Wednesday, a coalition of nearly 40 activist groups sent leaders of the House Judiciary Committee a letter asking to end the collection of phone data., arguing the sensitive information of millions could be revealed.

It was unclear how much congressional support there was for the metadata collection program. A spokesperson for California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Coats’ letter was under review.

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Andrew McCarthy: Dem views on Russia change dramatically

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Editor’s note: Andrew C. McCarthy’s new book is “Ball of Collusion: The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency.” This is the second in a series of excerpts.

“The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back.”

Thus spoke President Barack Obama just a couple of weeks before Election Day 2012. With the race still thought to be tight, he had come to the candidates’ final debate loaded for bear.

Earlier in the campaign, his Republican rival, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, had the temerity to pronounce that Russia was, “without question, our number-one geopolitical foe.” The incumbent president regarded this as an absurd anachronism. So that night, he brought the snark. Hadn’t anyone informed Romney that “the Cold War’s been over for 20 years”?

As is generally the case, neither extreme of political posturing has been accurate. Romney was right that Putin’s Russia is a significant rival on the world stage. Whether it is “number one” on the tally sheet is debatable.

To figure that out, we’d have to make judgment calls about all the threats we face — immediate versus long-term, forcible versus other forms of aggression, ideological versus transactional, and so on.

No need to dawdle over that. It suffices to say that the Russian regime is a serious adversary. It has a formidable nuclear arsenal, as well as highly capable military and intelligence forces. Its default posture is anti-American (though it is biddable). It cooperates effectively with other anti-American regimes and factions.

Russia’s veto power in the United Nations Security Council complicates our government’s capacity to act in American interests. It has a Soviet iciness about the use of terrorism and forges alliances with terrorists in the pursuit of its interests. The regime is ruthless in its determination to remain in power, it has revanchist ambitions, and it is shrewd in testing the West’s resolve — or lack of same — to respond to incremental aggressions that implicate NATO and other commitments.

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Obama tut-tutted that this Republican nostalgia for the foreign policy of the 1980s was of a piece with the GOP’s desire to revive the “social policy of the 1950s and the economic policies of the 1920s.” Yes, that was your Democratic standard-bearer, what seems like only yesterday.

No longer was this the party of Harry Truman and Jack Kennedy. To Obama-era Democrats, arguing that Russia was a real threat, that it longed for a return to Soviet hegemony, was akin to calling for the return of Jim Crow and the adoption of protectionist practices that helped ignite the Great Depression.

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But then Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election, and Democrats decided they’d best return that call from the 1980s after all. It turns out Russia — the Russia against whose serial aggressions Obama took little meaningful action throughout his eight years in office — really is our “Numero Uno” geopolitical foe. Turns out the Cold War isn’t “so last century.”

Since Nov. 8, 2016, in ever-evolving Democratic dogma, Russia has gone from a quaint obsession of neocon warmongers to an existential threat on the order of climate change!

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Mollie Hemingway: ‘People need to understand the seriousness of efforts to go after Israel’

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The Federalist senior editor Mollie Hemingway defended Israel’s right to block Reps. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., from entering the country Thursday, saying it’s important not to tolerate the BDS [Boycott, Divest, Sanction] movement.

“They were coming, not as an outreach mission or to find facts about Israel, but to do something that was so political it would be in direct violation of Israeli law,” Hemingway said on “Special Report with Bret Baier.” “So, they [Israel] have the right to do this.”

Israeli officials blocked the congresswomen from entering the country as part of a planned visit, a reversal that came after concerns about their support for boycotts of Israel.

Hemingway hoped that the congresswomen would be able to visit Israel under different circumstances.

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“It’s unfortunate because it’s good for people to visit Israel to learn more about this country and to understand the complexity of the situation there, not just about Israel but the Palestinian territories as well. So one hopes that they will be able to visit under different circumstances,” Hemingway said.

Hemingway also addressed the seriousness of the BDS movement and how “the left” has tolerated its existence.

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“It’s also true that people need to understand the seriousness of efforts to go after Israel and its people. And there has been a lot of tolerance of the BDS movements, boycott movements against Israel on the American left,” Hemingway said. “I think it’s important for people to speak out against those movements and the harm that they cause and instead of just tolerating them.”

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Andrew McCarthy: There was collusion – but not involving Trump

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Editor’s note: Andrew C. McCarthy’s new book is “Ball of Collusion: The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency.” This is the first in a series of excerpts.

There really was a collusion plot. It really did target our election system. It absolutely sought to usurp our capacity for self-determination. It was just not the collusion you’ve been told about for nearly three years. It was not “Donald Trump’s collusion with Russia.”

Here is the real collusion scheme: In 2016, the incumbent Democratic administration of President Barack Obama put the awesome powers of the United States government’s law-enforcement and intelligence apparatus in the service of the Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential campaign, the Democratic Party, and the progressive Beltway establishment.

This scheme had two parts: Plan A, the objective; and Plan B, a fail-safe strategy in case Plan A imploded — which all the smartest people were supremely confident would never, ever happen … which is why you could bet the ranch that it would.

Plan A was to get Clinton elected president of the United States. This required exonerating her, at least ostensibly, from well-founded allegations of her felonious and politically disqualifying actions.

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Plan B was the insurance policy: an investigation that Donald Trump, in the highly unlikely event he was elected, would be powerless to shut down. An investigation that would simultaneously monitor and taint him. An investigation that internalized Clinton-campaign-generated opposition research, limning Trump and his campaign as complicit in Russian espionage.

An investigation that would hunt for a crime under the guise of counterintelligence, build an impeachment case under the guise of hunting for a crime, and seek to make Trump  not reelectable under the guise of building an impeachment case.

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Upon becoming President Obama’s secretary of state, Hillary Clinton improperly set up a private, non-secure system for email communications. It featured her own personal server, stored in her home and, later, maintained by a private contractor.

Secretary Clinton used this private email system for all of her official State Department communications, notwithstanding that doing so (a) violated government regulations (which, as the department head, she was responsible for enforcing); (b) violated governmental record-keeping and record-production obligations imposed by federal law; and (c) made it inevitable — due to the nature of her responsibilities — that streams of classified information would flow through and be stored in the non-secure system.

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