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Dem threatens legal action in standoff with White House over Trump whistleblower

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Congress, White House at standstill over whistleblower complaint reportedly over alleged Trump ‘promise’ to foreign leader 
A whistleblower complaint that reportedly involved allegations President Trump made a troubling and unspecified “promise” to a foreign leader has triggered a standoff between the White House and Congress as both the acting director of national intelligence and intelligence community’s top watchdog refused to share the details of the complaint with lawmakers and the president adamantly denied the accusations. Both the Washington Post and the New York Times, citing anonymous sources, reported Thursday evening that at least part of the complaint involves Ukraine. Fox News has not confirmed the report, and White House officials have not offered additional comment on the claims.

The Post reported that a U.S. intelligence official filed the formal complaint in regard to Trump’s communications with the unnamed foreign leader. Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire would not share details of it with lawmakers. Those lawmakers pressed intelligence community Inspector General Michael Atkinson for details during Thursday’s closed-door testimony before the House Intelligence Committee. The Associated Press reported, though, that he would not discuss the substance of the complaint.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., voiced concerns about not having access to the information and warned Congress could use legal action or budgetary powers as leverage to force the White House to open up about the complaint. Click here to read more about our top story.

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Pentagon weighing move to send more troops to Middle East to deter conflict over attack on Saudi oil fields 
The Trump administration is currently weighing whether to send more troops, including air defense units, to the Middle East to prevent possible conflict over last weekend’s attack on two Saudi Arabian oil sites, defense officials told Fox News on Thursday. Gen. Kenneth Mackenzie, head of U.S. Central Command, has requested more air defense units but the White House has not yet approved the request, officials said. Additional Patriot air defense batteries could help shore up the holes in Saudi Arabia’s air defense units.

President Trump is expected to meet with his top national security officials at the White House on Friday and could make a decision on deploying additional troops soon after. U.S. officials have blamed Iran for Saturday’s attack on Saudi Aramco’s Abqaiq oil processing plant and another oil field just to the south.

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California judge blocks law requiring Trump to submit tax returns to compete in state’s 2020 primary
A federal judge in California on Thursday granted the Trump campaign’s request to block a new law that requires presidential and gubernatorial candidates to release five years of tax returns to run in the state’s primary elections. The law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, in July would have left the sitting president off the ballot in California’s March 2020 primary unless he submitted his recent tax history by Nov. 26, the Los Angeles Times reported. Under the law, Trump would still qualify for the state’s general election ballot in November 2020.

Trump’s legal victory in California came as he filed a lawsuit against his own accounting firm, Mazars USA, and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance in federal court on Thursday in an effort to prevent the release of his tax returns.

Vaping illnesses reach 530 cases, cause remains unknown, CDC says
The number of recorded lung illnesses related to vaping has now reached 530, but health officials are still searching for an exact cause. In an update provided Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said confirmed cases of illnesses have now been reported in 38 states and one U.S. territory, with two-thirds of the cases involving patients ages 18 to 34 years old. The number of cases marks a sharp increase compared to last week’s numbers, when officials had tallied 380 illnesses. Among the instances have also been seven deaths. All patients have reported using either an electronic cigarette or vaping device before falling ill, but no one product or ingredient has been linked to all illnesses.

Red-faced Trudeau struggles to contain fallout after more images of him in blackface and brownface emerge
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is struggling to contain a growing firestorm after a series of images of him in blackface and brownface have surfaced amid a tough re-election battle. Three images surfaced since late Wednesday, the latest a video Thursday that shows Trudeau in the early 1990s in blackface.

The scandal has damaged Trudeau’s reputation as a progressive champion of diversity and thrown his campaign into chaos ahead of the Oct. 21 election. He apologized Thursday but stopped short of saying whether more photos or videos of him in darkened makeup existed. Trudeau, son of the late former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, blamed his “place of privilege” for his actions.

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TODAY’S MUST-READS
Antonio Brown accused of sending ‘intimidating’ text messages to second accuser: report.
Dennis Rodman claims Madonna once offered him $20M to get her pregnant.
Saudi owner of English soccer team defends ‘really good’ Bin Laden family, says he would do business with them.

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GM promises 5,400 jobs and $7 billion in an offer to end strike with UAW.
Colt stops making AR-15, military-style rifles for civilians.
FAA chief tries Boeing 737 MAX simulator, tests new safety software.

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Sean Hannity rips news reports on the whistleblower allegations against President Trump, saying “key facts, details don’t matter” to the media mob.

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New York Times Kavanaugh ‘bombshell’ appears to begin imploding; Auto workers go on strike against GM

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New York Times updates Kavanaugh ‘bombshell’ to note accuser doesn’t recall alleged assault 
The New York Times suddenly made a major revision to its story late Sunday concerning a resurfaced allegation of sexual assault by Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, hours after virtually all 2020 Democratic presidential candidates had cited the original article as a reason to impeach Kavanaugh. The update included the significant detail that several friends of the alleged victim said she did not recall the supposed sexual assault in question at all. The Times also stated for the first time that the alleged victim refused to be interviewed, and has made no comment about the episode.

The only first-hand statement concerning the supposed attack in the original piece came from a Clinton-connected lawyer who claimed to have witnessed it. The Times’ revision says: “Editors’ Note: An earlier version of this article, which was adapted from a forthcoming book, did not include one element of the book’s account regarding an assertion by a Yale classmate that friends of Brett Kavanaugh pushed his penis into the hand of a female student at a drunken dorm party. The book reports that the female student declined to be interviewed and friends say that she does not recall the incident. That information has been added to the article.”

The update came only after the Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway, who reviewed an advance copy of the book, first flagged the omission on Twitter. Click here to read more about our top story.

More than 49,000 auto workers go on strike against GM
The United Auto Workers went on a nationwide strike against General Motors on Sunday night after contract talks broke off Sunday. It is the first strike against GM in 12 years. Talks will resume Monday morning. Union officials say both sides are far apart in the talks, while GM says it has made significant offers. UAW represents workers at 33 manufacturing sites and 22 parts warehouses across the country.

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Trump: US ‘locked and loaded’ against attackers of Saudi oil facility ‘depending on verification’; Iran denies involvement
President Trump on Sunday suggested U.S. investigators had “reason to believe” they knew who launched crippling attacks against a key Saudi oil facility, and vowed that America was “locked and loaded depending on verification.” While he did not specify in his tweet who he believed was responsible for Saturday’s drone attacks, U.S. investigators previously have pointed the finger at Iran. For its part, Iran has denied the allegations. Earlier Sunday, Trump authorized the use of emergency oil reserves in Texas and other states after Saudi oil processing facilities were attacked, sparking fears of a spike in oil prices when markets reopen Monday.

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Beto hits Buttigieg, Dems with expletive-driven defense of debate comments on gun confiscation
Beto O’Rourke on Sunday launched an expletive-fueled defense of his call to ban assault-style weapons and impose mandatory buybacks of AR-15s and AK-47s while also pushing back at critics — including fellow 2020 Democrat Pete Buttigieg. During last Thursday’s presidential debate, the former Texas congressman said, “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47, and we’re not going to allow it to be used against your fellow Americans anymore.”

Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday and agreed with Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., saying the clip of O’Rourke’s statement about AR-15s and AK-47s “will be played for years at Second Amendment rallies with organizations that try to scare people by saying Democrats are coming for your guns.”

Buttigieg went on to say, “When even this president and even [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell are at least are pretending to be open to reforms, we know that we have a moment on our hand. Let’s make the most of it and get these things done.” O’Rourke pushed back, tweeting, “When candidates say, ‘At least Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell are pretending to be interested,’ sh–, that is not enough. Neither is poll-testing your message. Gun violence is a life or death issue—and we have to represent the bold ideas of people all over the country.”

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Lori Loughlin appears in court in Boston in September 2019 about the college admissions scandal. At right, Felicity Huffman leaves her sentencing in the college admissions scam case, dubbed “Operation Varsity Blues.” Huffman will serve 14 days in federal prison following a plea agreement, while Loughlin pleaded not guilty and awaits a trial. (Getty)

Lori Loughlin ‘aware’ of Huffman’s sentence, regrets rejecting plea deal: report
Lori Loughlin may have second thoughts about pleading not guilty in the college admissions scandal following Felicity Huffman’s 14-day sentence. A source close to Loughlin told People that the former “Fuller House” star was “aware of Felicity’s sentence and is processing what that means for her.” Huffman, 56, was sentenced to 14 days behind bars after she pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud in May. Click here to read more.

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Purdue Pharma files for bankruptcy as part of settlement.
Tropical Storm Humberto becomes a hurricane.
Ric Ocasek, lead singer of The Cars, found dead in NYC apartment, police say.

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS
Stocks point lower as oil surges on Saudi facility attack.
ICYMI: Travel agent cheated his way to 42M Delta frequent flyer points, feds say.
Here are the top most diverse public universities in the US.

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Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump, told “Fox News Sunday” that Democrats need to “get to a messaging meeting” and “stop the nonsense of harassing and embarrassing this president and the people around him when you’ve had no constitution or legal basis to do so.”

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Hurricane Dorian regains strength as Category 3 storm as Carolinas brace for impact

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A worker affixes corrugated metal to the front of a business along the main drag in Folly Beach, S.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. Businesses and residents throughout the Charleston area continued to prepare structures for the arrival of Hurricane Dorian as the storm battered the Bahamas with life-threatening storm surge. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

Hurricane Dorian gets dangerous second wind as it takes aim at the Carolinas
Hurricane Dorian regained strength as a Category 3 storm as it lurched toward the Carolinas late Wednesday night, threatening large-scale flooding and powerful winds after devastating the Bahamas and mostly sparing Florida. The National Weather Service issued a hurricane warning Wednesday for the Atlantic coast from northern Georgia to southern Virginia, predicting a “potentially life-threatening storm surge” up to 8 feet around the North Carolina-South Carolina line. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said at 3 a.m. ET Thursday that Dorian’s maximum sustained winds were at 115 mph.

Dorian was located about 105 miles south of Charleston, S.C., moving north at 7 mph. The hurricane is expected to hit Charleston by midday Thursday. The storm’s arrival, coupled with high tide, is expected to push water up the mouths of coastal rivers, causing low-lying areas to flood. There could also be up to a foot of rainfall across much of Eastern North Carolina, raising concerns of flash flooding inland. Some areas in the region expected to be impacted by Dorian are still recovering from the damage inflicted by Hurricane Florence last year. Click here for more on Hurricane Dorian’s path.

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US, China agree to new trade talks in October
As the trade war between the U.S. and China continues, delegations from both countries have agreed to meet for new negotiations next month, according to a statement from China’s Ministry of Commerce. Chinese Vice Premier Liu He is said to have held a phone call with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, where both parties agreed to hold what will be the 13th round of high-level economic talks in Washington in early October. The two sides will hold consultations in mid-September to prepare.

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Kavanaugh accuser’s motivation revealed?
The attorney who represented Christine Blasey Ford during Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court contentious confirmation hearings said in a speech earlier this year that Ford was motivated to come forward in part by a desire to tag Kavanaugh’s reputation with an “asterisk” before he could start ruling on abortion-related cases. Debra Katz, a high-powered progressive lawyer, made the remarks at the University of Baltimore’s 11th Feminist Legal Theory Conference, titled “Applied Feminism and #MeToo.” Her comments were first quoted in the book, “Search and Destroy: Inside the Campaign Against Brett Kavanaugh,” by Ryan Lovelace, which Fox News has obtained. The Daily Caller News Foundation on Wednesday posted a video of Katz’s comments.

Rep. Nunes files $9.9M suit against firm behind Steele dossier, alleges attempted obstruction in Russia investigation
Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif. and ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, filed a $9.9 million federal conspiracy lawsuit Wednesday, alleging that the opposition research firm behind the anti-Trump Steele dossier worked together with another group in an attempt derail his investigation. Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson and the nonprofit Campaign for Accountability (CfA) are named in the lawsuit, which alleges that the two groups coordinated to file several fraudulent and harassing ethics complaints to thwart Nunes’ probe. The complaint, filed in the Eastern District of Virginia, said “smear” tactics kicked into action shortly after Simpson “lied” before the Senate Judiciary Committee in August 2017 and in his closed-door testimony before the House Intelligence Committee in November 2017.

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ICYMI: Obamas accused of ‘deplorable behavior’ amid trademark dispute
Former President Barack and first lady Michelle Obama have been accused of “deplorable behavior” by a Los Angeles entertainment attorney for filing a “meritless petition” amid a trademark dispute over the name of their company, Higher Ground Productions. The legal team representing the Obamas filed a petition to cancel the trademark of an e-book publishing company called Higher Ground Enterprises, much to the chagrin of the publishing company. Click here to read more.

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Biden downplays series of gaffes when confronted by Colbert.
AOC fires back after Rep. Steve King posts video of himself drinking water from sink at detention center.
419M Facebook users’ accounts, phone numbers found on online database: report.
Major League Soccer club bans Utah couple from waving ‘Betsy Ross flag’ at games.

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS
Mexico responds to US ‘anti-dumping’ tariffs on steel.
Nearly $1M worth of cocaine washes up on Florida beaches amid Dorian waves.
CVS purchase of Aetna gets final approval.

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Tucker Carlson rips Walmart over its announcement that it would stop selling certain ammunition, accusing the world’s largest retailer of siding with “woke” urban liberals in the gun debate and destroying the economies of small American towns.

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As Dorian approaches, millions in Florida, Georgia and Carolinas urged to evacuate; Bahamas death toll rises

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Hurricane Dorian weakens as Florida braces for impact; Bahamas devastated, death toll rises
Florida began to feel the presence of a weakened, but larger Hurricane Dorian as it churned east of Cape Canaveral Tuesday night after devastating the Bahamas. With maximum sustained wind speeds of 110 mph, Dorian, now a Category 2 storm, packs a “life-threatening” storm surge, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. While the storm had been downgraded, forecasters warned its system had grown in size. The storm advisory warned Florida’s central Atlantic coast could see damage as Dorian charges northward.

Officials urged over two million people in Florida, Georgia and North and South Carolina to evacuate. Dorian is forecast to move near or over the coast of South Carolina and North Carolina Thursday through Friday morning, producing 5 to 10 inches of rainfall resulting in dangerous flash floods.

Dorian was the most powerful hurricane ever to hit the Bahamas. It devastated the island as a Category 5 storm and killed at least seven people in its wake over the span of several days, officials said. However, the full scope of Dorian’s damage in the Bahamas remains unknown. Officials are bracing for apocalyptic carnage and expect the death toll in the Bahamas to rise dramatically. Click here to read more on our top story.

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Coast Guard releases chilling footage of deadly scuba boat fire
The U.S. Coast Guard released aerial footage Tuesday of the early morning Labor Day boat fire that left 34 dead after passengers were likely being trapped while sleeping below deck. The video was taken by a Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter.  The crew was responding to the Conception boat fire off Santa Cruz Island off the Southern California coast early Monday. The video shows billowing clouds of white smoke and flames engulfing the 75-foot vessel. The boat appears to tip backward as it begins to sink. Rescue boats can also be seen making their way toward the boat, according to the footage posted by Fox 11 Los Angeles. A total of 39 people were aboard the Conception. Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said Tuesday that the fire spread rapidly and flames blocked both exits of the lower deck, where passengers and one crew member were sleeping in tight quarters.

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Part of the report from the Office of the Inspector General at the U.S. Justice Department is photographed Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

Inspector general report reveals more evidence Comey used transition briefings to gather intel on Trump team
James Comey immediately shared details from a post-election briefing for then-President-elect Donald Trump with the FBI’s Russia team, according to the recently released inspector general’s report on the former bureau director’s actions — the latest indication that traditional transition briefings were used to gather intel on the incoming president and his team for the ongoing FBI investigation.

The long-awaited report from Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz last Thursday said Comey violated bureau policies by drafting, leaking and retaining his memos documenting private discussions with the president. The report also revealed new details about the FBI director’s actions at that time, including how Comey and his top deputies went to great lengths to confront Trump at a Jan. 6, 2017 meeting at Trump Tower with the salacious and unverified accusations contained in the dossier, which had been funded by Democrats and drafted by British ex-spy Christopher Steele.

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Hong Kong’s Lam will formally withdraw extradition bill: reports
Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s embattled chief executive, will formally withdraw the controversial extradition bill that sparked months of tense protests that played out on an international stage, according to reports. The bill allowing Hong Kong residents to be sent to mainland China for trials sparked massive protests that have rocked the city since June. Lam has suspended the bill, but protesters want it entirely withdrawn. Pro-government lawmaker Michael Tien confirmed he was notified on Tuesday of the meeting, which includes members of the National People’s Congress and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. He said he has no details of the agenda.

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Churchill’s grandson could face expulsion from UK’s Conservative Party for defying Boris Johnson in Brexit vote
Winston’s Churchill’s grandson, Nicholas Soames, will reportedly be expelled from the United Kingdom’s Conservative Party for defying Prime Minister Boris Johnson over a key Brexit vote Tuesday. Soames and 20 other Conservative members of Parliament voted to force a vote to delay Brexit, according to the Washington Post. It was a major blow to Johnson, prompting him to call for a new general election.

A measure for a new election would need a two-thirds majority in Parliament. Last week, Queen Elizabeth approved Johnson’s request to suspend Parliament until two weeks before the Oct. 31 Brexit deadline, which critics have said doesn’t give enough time to avoid a No-Deal and disorderly exit from the European Union.

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‘Will & Grace’ star backtracks, says he doesn’t support ‘blacklists’ after calling to out Trump donors
“Will & Grace” star Eric McCormack is walking back his comments after he and his co-star Debra Messing were widely criticized after calling for Trump donors in Hollywood to be outed. Last week, McCormack responded to a report about an upcoming fundraiser being held in Beverly Hills in honor of President Trump’s reelection campaign by requesting a follow-up of all the attendees. “Hey, @THR, kindly report on everyone attending this event,” he wrote, “so the rest of us can be clear about who we don’t want to work with. Thx,” McCormack tweeted.

On Tuesday, however, McCormack attempted to clarify his stance, telling his followers on Instagram that he doesn’t support “blacklists.” Messing agreed with the sentiment. Click here to read more.

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TODAY’S MUST-READS
Iranian oil tanker nears coast of Syria as captain refuses to cooperate with delivery, sources say.
ICYMI: General Mattis says relationship with Trump ‘was not tense.’
California’s Newsom signs bill allowing citizens to refuse to help police officers.

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS
Hong Kong shares surge on report government will withdraw extradition bill.
US manufacturing sector contracts for the first time in three years.
More than 24K pounds of beef are being recalled. What you need to know.

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Brit Hume, Fox News senior political analyst, weighs in on why Joe Biden wants to be president and says the former vice president’s recent misstatements on the campaign trail aren’t really gaffes, but that “senility is overtaking him.”

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Cautious optimism in US-China trade war; 2020 Dems endure ‘Hunger Games’; Epstein accusers to speak out

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New optimism in US-China trade war felt on Wall Street, Asian markets
Asian shares traded mostly higher on Tuesday, following a rally on Wall Street. Traders are cautiously optimistic again about the potential for progress in the costly trade war between the U.S. and China. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei rose 1.2 percent, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose at first but reversed course and was down nearly 0.2 percent and China’s Shanghai Composite was up 1.1 percent. U.S. equity futures were searching for direction Tuesday morning.

Monday’s rally on Wall Street got its start early after President Trump said his negotiators had received encouraging calls from China on Sunday, though China’s foreign ministry denied knowledge of any such calls. At the end of the G-7 summit, the president stood firm and defended his handling of the trade war with China and said his approach was seeing results.

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Struggling 2020 Democrats fume at DNC over debate criteria crackdown
With the deadline to qualify for next month’s third round of Democratic presidential debates closing in, the Democratic National Committee is facing an angry chorus of criticism from the candidates not likely to make the cut. At issue is the DNC’s criteria for the contenders to take part in the prime-time showdown, including contributions from 130,000 individual donors and reaching at least 2 percent in four qualifying polls. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado were among the candidates complaining about the DNC’s process.

While the criticism is not new, this time around the national party committee is specifically being attacked over the dearth of qualifying polls. Critics say this is unfairly preventing candidates close to qualifying from actually making the stage. Bullock, who also needs a miracle to qualify by the end-of-Wednesday deadline, argued that “these DNC debate rules have turned this primary into the ‘The Hunger Games’ — each step of this seems to be all about getting donors.”

Epstein accusers expected to speak at hearing
Up to 30 of Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged victims could take a judge up on his invitation to speak at a hearing Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Richard Berman, who presided over the sex trafficking case prosecutors brought against Epstein, scheduled the hearing after prosecutors asked that he toss charges against Epstein because of his death. Epstein, a previously convicted sex offender, died Aug. 10, his death ruled a suicide as he apparently killed himself rather than face sex trafficking charges. Berman said he would give prosecutors, Epstein’s lawyers and any alleged victims a chance to speak.

Since the hearing was scheduled, it was revealed that Epstein signed a will just two days before his suicide putting over $577 million in assets into a trust fund. The will, filed in the Virgin Islands where Epstein maintained a residence, was expected to make it more difficult for dozens of accusers to collect damages. Tuesday’s hearing comes amid a report that video footage from at least one camera in the hallway outside Epstein’s jail cell is too flawed to be of any value for investigators.

Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $572M in opioid case, setting up more trials and possible legal settlements
An Oklahoma judge found Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies liable for stoking the opioid crisis in the state and said the company must pay $572 million, far less the $17 billion that the state was seeking. Judge Thad Balkman, of Cleveland County District Court in Norman, Oklahoma, is the first judge to rule in the opioid cases brought to trial by thousands of state and local governments against opioid manufacturers and distributors. His precedent-setting ruling was being closely watched as 2,000 other pending suits await to be heard before a federal judge in Ohio in October. J&J said it plans to appeal Balkman’s ruling and that the decision was “flawed.”

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Miley Cyrus stuns at MTV VMAs with emotional first performance since Hemsworth split
Miley Cyrus made a huge statement during an emotional performance at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards. The pop star took the stage Monday evening at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. to perform her latest single “Slide Away,” which many believe to be about her 10-year relationship with estranged husband, actor Liam Hemsworth.

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Cyrus wasn’t the only star making a statement at the VMAs. Taylor Swift called out the White House after she won the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards’ top prize — video of the year — for her LGBTQ pride anthem, “You Need To Calm Down.” Click here for the list of winners at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards.

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Sean Hannity sounded off on a new survey that claims millennials don’t value patriotism as much as previous generations. “Younger Americans feel less and less patriotic, and they’re also turning towards socialism,” he said.

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Overstock CEO resigns amid ties to Russia probe, says he received ‘fishy orders’ from ex-FBI official Strzok

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Overstock CEO resigns amid ties to Russia investigation, says he received ‘fishy orders’ from ex-FBI official Strzok
Overstock founder and CEO Patrick Byrne resigned Thursday after 20 years at the company amid his ties to a government investigation related to the 2016 election, and he made a series of controversial allegations in interviews with Fox Business and Fox News. In an interview with Fox Business’ “Varney & Co.,” Byrne said the investigation is “all about political espionage” and that he thinks “we are about to see the biggest scandal in American history.”

Then, in an interview with Fox News’ Martha MacCallum on “The Story,” he said he had helped the federal government with investigations twice in the past, including to “help them take down people on Wall Street.” However, several years after his last contact with the government, Byrne said FBI officials – whom he characterized as “the Men in Black” — reached out to him in 2016 and asked him for a “third favor.” “I was given some fishy orders and I carried them out in 2015-2016, thinking I was conducting law enforcement,” he said.

“I didn’t know who sent the orders, but I did them. Last summer, watching television and some congressional hearings, I figured out where these orders came from. They came from a guy named Peter Strzok.” Byrne also named other individuals, with MacCallum reminding him those officials or former officials worked at the FBI. Byrne did not describe specific actions he was allegedly told to take, but characterized them as “political espionage.” Click on the videos above to watch the interviews. 

Federal court ruling undercuts progressive efforts to nullify Electoral College
In a major blow to state-by-state progressive efforts to effectively replace the Electoral College with a nationwide popular vote, a federal appeals court has ruled that presidential electors in the Electoral College have the absolute right to vote for presidential candidates of their choice. Prominent Democrats, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, have slammed the Electoral College in recent weeks, calling it a racist “scam.” Democrats have increasingly sought to erase the Electoral College’s influence by promoting state laws that would force electors to back the winner of the national popular vote. Those laws were now in jeopardy as a result of the court’s ruling, legal experts said. The decision on Tuesday, however, also raised the prospect that electors could legally defect at the last minute, and decide the occupant of the White House on their own in dramatic fashion, weeks after Election Day.

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Leading House Dem slams ‘Squad’ members and Trump for allegedly spreading anti-Semitism
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., called out both his fellow Democrats, Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich, and President Trump on Thursday, claiming they helped further anti-Semitism in the nation’s “political dialogue.” “The growing anti-Semitism in our political dialogue is repugnant,” Nadler said. He pointed to Trump’s comments about “disloyalty” in Jews who voted for Democrats, as well as a cartoon forwarded by the two progressive congresswomen already in the news for a failed attempt to enter Israel. Last weekend, Tlaib and Omar both shared a cartoon from an artist who came in second in Iran’s International Holocaust Cartoon contest. The cartoon displayed a Star of David in the center and appeared to show Trump trying to silence Omar. It also showed Tlaib with what appeared to be Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s hand over her mouth.

Fox News Exclusive: Contractor shares pic of another disturbing Epstein painting
Odd and often creepy details continue to surface in the aftermath of accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide, giving a glimpse of the twisted extravagance that was a staple of his life — right down to the art he chose to display on his walls. The latest revelation involves a massive painting showing a young woman of indeterminate age wearing a wedding ring and cuddled up beside a roaring big cat. A photo of the artwork was taken by a contractor who worked at Epstein’s sprawling New Mexico home in 2013 and provided exclusively to Fox News. The contractor requested anonymity in order to speak freely. Click here to read the rest of the exclusive Fox News Digital feature.

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‘Star Wars’ could break the Internet on Friday
The Internet may break on Friday. Why? The first ‘trailer for the first live-action “Star Wars” TV series is expected to drop – and there will be a force with it. “Star Wars: The Mandalorian,” Disney’s newest entry into the iconic sci-fi property based on past experiences just might set a new YouTube record for views. Three of the “Star Wars” movies rank in the top 20 most-watched “previews”  in 24 hours, reaching more than 330 million viewers. Also, “The Mandalorian” is the flagship franchise for its new streaming service Disney+.

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Tlaib, Omar attempted trip to Israel called a ‘political stunt’; Trump tightens immigrant work permit rules

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Reps. Tlaib, Omar blast Israel for denying them entry, call on Congress to get involved — but is the controversy a ‘political stunt’?
Democratic Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota condemned Israel’s recent decision to impose restrictions on visiting the country, with the two members of the so-called “Squad” calling on Congress to get involved.

However, one Fox News contributor, Andrew McCarthy, believes their attempts to travel to Israel last week were nothing but a farce. “It was a political stunt from the beginning,” he said on “America’s Newsroom.  “I was glad to see that they called her on it because once she said, ‘Oh, never mind. I don’t want to come in the first place,’ I think it put the lie to the whole escapade.”

“Israel has a law on the books that makes promotion if you have an alien – that is, a non-Israeli – who is promoting this BDS movement, which is ‘Boycott, Divestiture, and Sanctions.’  They rightly consider that an attempt to dismantle and ultimately destroy the Jewish state,” McCarthy added. Click on the video above to watch the entire interview.

The two Muslim lawmakers held their news conference with Palestinian-American and Jewish-American residents of Minnesota who said they also have been affected adversely by travel restrictions to Israel and the Palestinian territories. Their statements came after White House fired back at Democrats amid reports that they may be considering legislative action against Ron Dermer, Israel’s ambassador to Washington, and David Friedman, the U.S. ambassador to Israel, in retaliation.

Epstein signed will two days before suicide: report
Disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein’s will was filed in the U.S. Virgin Islands and it showed that he signed it on Aug. 8 — two days before investigators said he hanged himself in his New York City jail cell. The accused sex trafficker and convicted pedophile was worth $577,672,654, or about $18 million more than he previously stated in court papers when he had tried to land bail on federal sex-trafficking charges, the New York Post reported Monday, citing new court documents. The 66-year-old put all of his holdings in a trust, referred to as “The 1953 Trust” in court papers, named after the year he was born, the document revealed. There were no details on the trust’s beneficiaries. The court papers noted Epstein’s only potential heir was his brother, Mark Epstein.

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States to move forward with antitrust probe of Big tech companies: report
A group of states is preparing to move forward with a joint antitrust investigation of big technology companies, the Wall Street Journal reported. The probe involving various state attorneys general is expected to be launched as soon as next month and may focus on whether a handful of technology platforms use their marketplace dominance to stifle competition. Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple are four companies that are likely to be a focus of the investigation.

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Trump administration tightens rules for immigrant work permits
The Trump administration issued new policy guidance on Monday tightening the rules for awarding discretionary work permits to immigrants who have been temporarily allowed into the United States for “urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit” under the Immigration and Nationality Act. Section 212(d)(5)(A) of the Immigration and Nationality Act affords the Department of Homeland Security the discretion to decide when to afford aliens entry under “extraordinary” circumstances, such as to visit a dying relative or obtain life-saving medical treatment. The one-time entry is a privilege, not a right — and the administration’s guidance made clear that officials were wary it was being abused.

After mock Trump assassination at liberal fundraiser, Scalise asks when the left will denounce its violence
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise asked what it would take for liberals to denounce violence against conservatives after a Democratic state senator from Illinois came under fire last weekend over pictures showing his supporters at a fundraising event taking part in a mock assassination of President Trump. Photos posted by a witness showed supporters of Sen. Martin Sandoval, who represents Illinois’ 11th District — including parts of Chicago — acting out in front of guests, according to WCIA.com.

Sen. Sandoval apologized and called the actions “unacceptable.” But Scalise, who was gravely wounded in 2017 by a gunman who targeted Republican House members as they practiced for the Congressional Baseball Game, said that wasn’t enough. Condemnation must come from Democratic leadership, he told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham on “The Ingraham Angle.” Click on the video above to watch the interview.

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Laura Ingraham says Democrats and the media see a recession as the only way to unseat President Trump — and that’s why they’re rooting for it so desperately.

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Trump dismisses recession worries: ‘Our economy is the best in the world’

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Trump: We’re not having a recession
President Trump offered an optimistic outlook of the economy Sunday and dismissed concerns of a looming recession after losses in financial markets last week and amid his ongoing trade war with China that some say could determine his re-election chances in 2020. “I don’t think we’re having a recession,” Trump told reporters as he returned to Washington from his New Jersey golf club. “We’re doing tremendously well.”

On Twitter, Trump tweeted the following: “Our economy is the best in the world, by far. Lowest unemployment ever within almost all categories. Poised for big growth after trade deals are completed. Import prices down, China eating Tariffs. Helping targeted Farmers from big Tariff money coming in. Great future for USA!” Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council under Trump, said on “Fox News Sunday” he does not foresee a recession “at all.”

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On the trade war with China, Trump said Apple CEO Tim Cook privately made a “very compelling argument” that the administration’s tariffs on Chinese-assembled goods have made an unfair impact on the California-based tech giant, because its chief rival, Samsung, has conducted most of its manufacturing in South Korea and did not have to pay the levy. Still, the president also warned China against ‘another Tiananmen Square,’ saying there might not be an end to the trade war if the government resorts to “violence” to crush demonstrators in Hong Kong.

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New York prosecutors labeled Epstein a low-level sex offender almost a decade ago: report
Manhattan prosecutors labeled Jeffrey Epstein a low-level sex offender in 2010 against the recommendation of a state panel of experts as defense attorneys sought to have the well-connected financer avoid the most burdensome sex offender requirements in New York, according to a report. The Wall Street obtained documents through public records request and reported that defense lawyers called Florida police allegations of Epstein’s sexual encounters with girls “inflammatory” and “unreliable.” They portrayed him as a benefactor with a compelling life story  who was “not in any way a typical sex offender.” In the end, Epstein exploited a loophole and was able to live his lavish lifestyle as he claimed primary residence in the Virgin Islands.

Graham: Inspector general’s report on Russia investigation will be ‘ugly and damning’ for DOJ
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is adamant about revealing what went on behind the scenes of the Russia investigation and is looking forward to the American people learning about what happened. Graham pointed to three investigations of the investigators that are taking place: one by his committee; one by Connecticut U.S. Attorney John Durham, who was appointed by Attorney General Bill Barr to conduct a probe; and one by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz. “I believe the Horowitz report will be ugly and damning,” Graham told Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures.” Click on the video above to watch the interview.

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Iranian supertanker heads to unknown destination
Amid a growing confrontation between Iran and the West a year after President Trump pulled Washington out of Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers, an Iranian supertanker the U.S. has suspected to be tied to a sanctioned organization has lifted its anchor and started moving away from Gibraltar, marine traffic monitoring data showed late Sunday. The trail left by GPS data on Marinetraffic.com, a vessel-tracking service, showed the Iran-flagged Adrian Darya 1, previously known as Grace 1, moving shortly before midnight. The vessel hauling $130 million worth of light crude oil had been detained for a month in the British overseas territory for allegedly attempting to breach European Union sanctions on Syria. Its next destination was not immediately known

Trump addresses Greenland purchase rumors: ‘Essentially it’s a large real estate deal’
President Trump also spoke out Sunday on reports his administration has been looking into buying Greenland. He said Denmark has been losing money by keeping Greenland under its control. “Essentially it’s a large real estate deal. A lot of things can be done. It’s hurting Denmark very badly because they’re losing almost $700 million a year carrying it,” he said. “So, they carry it at great loss, and strategically for the United States, it would be nice. And, we’re a big ally of Denmark and we help Denmark, and we protect Denmark.” Greenland’s political leaders have said the country is not for sale.

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Hours-long police standoff in Philadelphia ends; Condition of Epstein’s body revealed

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Suspect in custody after hours-long ordeal that left six Philadelphia police officers wounded
The suspect linked to Wednesday’s hours-long standoff in Philadelphia was in custody after surrendering to authorities just after midnight Thursday, exiting a residence with his hands in the air and with a police light shining on him, surrounded by a cloud of tear gas. The standoff, authorities said, started when two officers with the Narcotics Strike Force were serving a warrant at the multifamily home — in what may have been a drug-related offense — when things “went awry almost immediately,” and the shooter opened fire at the home. The two officers were barricaded in separate rooms with several hostages. The shootout stretched on for hours as six officers were shot — and two officers and three hostages were later freed, apparently unhurt.

Police dispatch audio reveals the tense moments during the standoff. The suspect was identified by unnamed police sources as Maurice Hill, 36, of Philadelphia. Hill has a long record of gun-related convictions and of attempting to evade arrest, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. All six officers were in stable condition and treated for non-life-threatening injuries before doctors released them, Philadelphia police Sgt. Eric Gripp said. Meanwhile, 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., faced criticism for politicizing the ordeal during an appearance on CNN.

Epstein autopsy reveals several broken bones in neck: report
An autopsy on the body of Jeffrey Epstein revealed the convicted sex offender had several broken bones in his neck, including the hyoid bone, according to a report. The hyoid bone, which is near the Adam’s apple, can be broken in a suicide by hanging — especially in older people — but is more common in strangulation murders, The Washington Post reported. Epstein, 66, was found hanging in his cell in an “apparent suicide” at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City on Saturday where he was being held on sex trafficking charges. He was placed on suicide watch in July but was removed from it by the end of the month.

Trump suggests ‘personal meeting’ with Chinese president amid Hong Kong unrest
President Trump in a tweet Wednesday evening suggested a “personal meeting” with Chinese President Xi Jinping amid tensions in Hong Kong and fears that an escalating trade war could trigger a global recession. “I have ZERO doubt that if President Xi wants to quickly and humanely solve the Hong Kong problem, he can do it,” Trump tweeted. Personal meeting?”

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President Donald Trump, left, meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, Saturday, June 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The president’s tweet came after weeks of sometimes violent clashes between pro-democracy protesters and police in Hong Kong that started over a now-defunct extradition bill that would allow defendants to be tried in mainland China. The unrest included massive protests at Hong Kong’s airport that resulted in more than 100 flight cancellations. One possibility for a face-to-face meeting between Trump and Xi could be in advance of the annual United Nations General Assembly in New York City, which is scheduled to begin Sept. 17.

Wall Street braces for another wild day after Dow’s 800-point plunge
Asian stock markets followed Wall Street lower on Thursday after stocks and oil prices plummeted Wednesday, with the Dow Jones Industrial tumbling 800 points — the fourth-largest daily point drop on record and the worst this year — amid increasing global recession fears. Market benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong all retreated. Feeding fears of a global recession was a report that Chinese industrial production was climbing at its weakest rate in 17 years and Germany’s economy — Europe’s strongest — was actually shrinking. Wednesday’s stock plunge erased the previous day’s gains from a rally that began after President Trump delayed tariffs on about $160 billion in Chinese goods due to take effect on Sept. 1. Click here to see how Fox Business anchors explain what’s next after Dow’s 800-point drop.

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Beto to resume campaign with ‘major’ speech; Hickenlooper 2020 run reportedly ending
Beto O’Rourke reportedly will formally rejoin the presidential race Thursday, resuming a campaign that has been suspended for nearly two weeks. He promises to make a “major address to the nation” from his hometown of El Paso, Texas, where a mass shooting on Aug. 3 left 22 people dead. Meanwhile, John Hickenlooper, a former governor of Colorado, will end his 2020 campaign Thursday, according to reports. Hickenlooper is not expected to announce a decision Thursday on whether he will run for Senate in Colorado, an option he has been discussing with advisers, the Associated Press reports.

FBI ‘indifferent’ to possible China hack of Hillary Clinton’s server, as State Department fought to protect her, interviews suggest
Interviews with intelligence community officials have revealed that senior FBI leaders “seemed indifferent to evidence of a possible intrusion by a foreign adversary” into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s non-government email server, and that State Department officials allegedly sought to “downgrade classified material found on the server,” according to Senate investigators still probing the matter.

The information was contained in a letter and interview transcripts sent Monday by the majority staff on the Senate Finance and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committees to senior Senate Republicans, including Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa. The letter also noted that “neither the committees nor the FBI were able to confirm whether an intrusion into the server occurred.”

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Judge slaps down Dem gambit in Trump impeachment probe. 
Todd Chrisley, wife Julie plead not guilty to tax-evasion charges, bond set at $100G each.
California man dies after taco-eating contest.

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Here’s what to do with your 401(k) in the midst of the market drop, according to a financial planner.
CBS, Viacom shares drop amid merger plans.
Google employees calling out company, pressuring it to no longer work with ICE and Border Patrol.

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Dan Bongino, a former Secret Service agent, wonders how an MSNBC analyst who compared Trump supporters to a “terrorist organization” is still allowed to be on television.

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Epstein guards suspected of falsifying logs; Portland preps for Antifa vs. far-right clash

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Epstein guards suspected of falsifying logs: report
Guards at the New York City jail where Jeffrey Epstein is said to have killed himself are suspected of falsifying log entries to show they were checking on the alleged sex trafficker and other inmates with greater regularity than was the case, according to a Tuesday report. Surveillance video reviewed after Epstein’s death shows guards at the Metropolitan Correctional Center did not make some of the checks they claimed to have made in their logs, a source told the Associated Press. The federal jail workers claimed they were checking on inmates in Epstein’s unit every half-hour, but investigators now believe that was not the case. The Justice Department on Tuesday said two guards assigned to watch Epstein had been placed on administrative leave.

The latest revelation reported by CBS News, comes amid growing conspiracy theories surrounding Epstein’s death as he awaited trial on sex trafficking and conspiracy charges. Prosecutors said he sexually abused dozens of young girls in his New York and Florida residences between 2002 and 2005, allegations that could have landed him behind bars for 45 years. Many lawmakers and conspiracy theorists alike wonder how he could commit suicide inside the Special Housing Unit at the jail facility.

Flights resume at Hong Kong airport after days of protest chaos
Flights resumed at Hong Kong’s airport Wednesday morning after two days of disruptions marked by outbursts of violence that highlight the hardening positions of pro-democracy protesters and the authorities in the semi-autonomous Chinese city. According to the Associated Press, about three dozen protesters remained camped in the airport’s arrivals area, a day after a mass demonstration and frenzied mob violence forced more than 100 flight cancelations. Additional identification checks were in place, but check-in counters were open and flights appeared to be operating normally.

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China has demanded that the United States stay out of the pro-democracy protests. Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Robert Spalding tells Fox News the demonstrators resemble those who dumped tea into Boston Harbor more than two centuries ago. The way China has tried to discredit the Hong Kong protesters is similar to the way King George III of England criticized the Colonial protesters in America in December 1773, Spalding claimed Tuesday on “Fox News @ Night.” Click on the video above to watch the interview with Spalding.

Relief and rallies on Wall Street after Trump administration delays China tariffs
Asian shares were mostly higher Wednesday after U.S. stocks, especially shares of tech companies and bond yields rallied Tuesday following the Trump administration’s decision to delay tariffs on key Chinese imports. Early in Tuesday’s session, equities turned positive on a report that China’s commerce secretary agreed to conduct a phone call in two weeks with U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer, according to Reuters. Wall Street then learned that the White House was delaying until Dec. 15 additional tariffs on certain Chinese exports. The announcement was greeted with relief on Wall Street and by retailers who have grown fearful that the new tariffs would wreck holiday sales. Among the products that will benefit from the 3½-month reprieve are such popular consumer goods as cellphones, laptops, video game consoles, some toys, computer monitors, shoes and clothing.

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Portland braces for clash of Antifa, right-wing protests
Portland, Ore., is gearing up for a set of dueling rallies this weekend that is expected to bring an informal coalition of right-wing groups — some of which have been decried as white nationalists and white supremacists — and so-called anti-fascists, who have violently opposed these right-wing demonstrators. Portland’s so-called “Antifa” members have issued an online call to followers to turn out to “defend Portland from a far-Right attack.” Portland leaders are planning a major law enforcement presence on the heels of similar rallies in June and last summer that turned violent, and the recent hate-driven shooting in El Paso, Texas. None of the city’s nearly 1,000 police officers will have the day off, and Portland will get help from the Oregon State Police and the FBI.  

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DETROIT, MICHIGAN – JULY 31: CNN moderator Don Lemon speaks to the crowd attending the Democratic Presidential Debate at the Fox Theatre July 31, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. 20 Democratic presidential candidates were split into two groups of 10 to take part in the debate sponsored by CNN held over two nights at Detroit’s Fox Theatre. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

CNN’s Don Lemon accused of assault in sexually charged encounter at New York bar
CNN primetime host Don Lemon is accused of a bizarre, sexually charged assault of a bartender in New York’s Hamptons in a civil suit filed earlier this week. In the lawsuit, Dustin Hice, of Florida, said he was living in the Hamptons and working at the Old Stove Pub in Sagaponack during the summer of 2018. On July 15, after closing, Hice claimed he left with the owner and co-workers to party at another bar, Murf’s Backstreet Tavern, in Sag Harbor, where they saw Lemon. Recognizing the newsman, Hice offered to buy him a vodka drink called a “lemon drop,” according to the suit. Lemon declined the offer, Hice claimed, but later approached him inside the establishment. That was when the alleged, sexually charged encounter occurred. CNN is standing by Lemon and has denied Hice’s account and he seems to bear animosity toward the cable news network.

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Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged ‘recruiter,’ now under the microscope.
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Trump’s China tariff delay: What it means for your wallet.
CBS, Viacom agree to merge, forming a $28B entertainment firm.
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Jedediah Bila says on “The Five” that the reported surge in President Trump’s small-dollar donations after attempts by some on the left to target big-money Trump supporters is only bad news for 2020 Democrats.

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