web analytics
a

Facebook

Twitter

Copyright 2015 Libero Themes.
All Rights Reserved.

8:30 - 6:00

Our Office Hours Mon. - Fri.

703-406-7616

Call For Free 15/M Consultation

Facebook

Twitter

Search
Menu
Westlake Legal Group > News Corporation (Page 297)

Don’t Tilt Scales Against Trump, Facebook Executive Warns

Westlake Legal Group 07boz-facebookJumbo Don’t Tilt Scales Against Trump, Facebook Executive Warns Zuckerberg, Mark E Trump, Donald J Presidential Election of 2020 Online Advertising News and News Media Facebook Inc Bosworth, Andrew (1982- )

SAN FRANCISCO — Since the 2016 election, when Russian trolls and a tsunami of misinformation turned social media into a partisan battlefield, Facebook has wrestled with the role it played in President Trump’s victory.

Now, according to a memo obtained by The New York Times, a longtime Facebook executive told employees that the company had a moral duty not to tilt the scales against Mr. Trump as he seeks re-election.

On Dec. 30, Andrew Bosworth, the head of Facebook’s virtual and augmented reality division, wrote on his internal Facebook page that, as a liberal, he found himself wanting to use the social network’s powerful platform against Mr. Trump. But citing the “Lord of the Rings” franchise and the philosopher John Rawls, Mr. Bosworth said that doing so would eventually backfire.

“I find myself desperately wanting to pull any lever at my disposal to avoid the same result,” he wrote. “So what stays my hand? I find myself thinking of the Lord of the Rings at this moment.

“Specifically when Frodo offers the ring to Galadrial and she imagines using the power righteously, at first, but knows it will eventually corrupt her,” he said, misspelling the name of the character Galadriel. “As tempting as it is to use the tools available to us to change the outcome, I am confident we must never do that or we will become that which we fear.”

In a meandering 2,500-word post, titled “Thoughts for 2020,” Mr. Bosworth weighed in on issues including political polarization, Russian interference and the news media’s treatment of Facebook. He gave a frank assessment of Facebook’s shortcomings in recent years, saying that the company had been “late” to address the issues of data security, misinformation and foreign interference. And he accused the left of overreach, saying that when it came to calling people Nazis, “I think my fellow liberals are a bit too, well, liberal.”

Mr. Bosworth also waded into the debate over the health effects of social media, rejecting what he called “wildly offensive” comparisons of Facebook to addictive substances like nicotine. He instead compared Facebook to sugar, and said users were responsible for moderating their own intake.

“If I want to eat sugar and die an early death that is a valid position,” Mr. Bosworth wrote. “My grandfather took such a stance towards bacon and I admired him for it. And social media is likely much less fatal than bacon.”

The post by Mr. Bosworth, a former head of Facebook’s advertising team, provides an unusually candid glimpse of the debates raging within Facebook about the platform’s responsibilities as it heads into the 2020 election.

The biggest of those debates is whether Facebook should change its rules governing political speech. Posts by politicians are exempt from many of Facebook’s current rules, and their ads are not submitted for fact-checking, giving them license to mislead voters with partisan misinformation.

Last year, platforms like Twitter and Google announced restrictions to their political advertising tools ahead of the 2020 election.

Facebook and its chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, have faced heavy pressure from Democrats and Republicans, including Mr. Trump’s campaign, not to restrict its own powerful ad platform, which allows political campaigns to reach targeted audiences and raise money from supporters. But other politicians, and some Facebook employees, including a group that petitioned Mr. Zuckerberg in October, have argued that the social network has a responsibility to stamp out misinformation on its platform, including in posts by politicians.

Mr. Bosworth said that even though keeping the current policies in place “very well may lead to” Mr. Trump’s re-election, it was the right decision.

Dozens of Facebook employees pushed back on Mr. Bosworth’s conclusions, arguing in the comments section below his post that politicians should be held to the same standard as other Facebook users. They debated whether Facebook should ban or remove posts by politicians, including Mr. Trump, that included hate speech or forms of misinformation.

One Facebook employee warned that if the company continued to take its current approach, it risked promoting populist leaders around the world, including in the United States.

A Facebook spokeswoman provided a statement from Mr. Bosworth in which he said that the post “wasn’t written for public consumption,” but that he “hoped this post would encourage my co-workers to continue to accept criticism with grace as we accept the responsibility we have overseeing our platform.”

Ultimately, the decision on whether to allow politicians to spread misinformation on Facebook rests with Mr. Zuckerberg. In recent months, he has appeared to stand firm on the decision to keep the existing ad policies in place, saying that he believes Facebook should not become an arbiter of truth. But he has also left himself room to change his mind. In November, a Facebook spokesman said the company was “looking at different ways we might refine our approach to political ads.”

Among those lobbying Mr. Zuckerberg is President Trump himself, who claimed on a radio show on Monday that Mr. Zuckerberg had congratulated him on being “No. 1” on Facebook during a private dinner.

Mr. Bosworth said he believed Facebook was responsible for Mr. Trump’s 2016 election victory, but not because of Russian interference or the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which millions of Facebook users’ data was leaked to a political strategy firm that worked with the Trump campaign. Mr. Bosworth said the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica revelations — uncovered by The Times, working with The Observer of London and The Guardian — rightly changed the conversation around how Facebook should handle user data, and which companies should be given access to that data.

But, he said, Mr. Trump simply used Facebook’s advertising tools effectively.

“He didn’t get elected because of Russia or misinformation or Cambridge Analytica,” Mr. Bosworth wrote. “He got elected because he ran the single best digital ad campaign I’ve ever seen from any advertiser. Period.”

Mr. Bosworth, a longtime confidant of Mr. Zuckerberg’s who is viewed by some inside Facebook as a proxy for the chief executive, has been an outspoken defender of the company’s positions in the past.

In 2018, BuzzFeed News published a memo Mr. Bosworth wrote in 2016 justifying the company’s growth-at-all-costs ethos, in which he said the company’s mission of connecting people was “de facto good,” even if it resulted in deaths.

After the memo’s publication, a Facebook executive said the company wished it could “go back and hit delete” on Mr. Bosworth’s 2016 post.

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

GOP Senate candidate aims to beat Cory Booker in 2020: ‘We are going to remove him from politics’

Republican Senate candidate Hirsh Singh says he can easily defeat incumbent Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., in 2020 by appealing to disillusioned minority voters, and exposing the vast web of corruption and damage the former mayor of Newark has left behind.

Singh, 34, ran an unsuccessful campaign for New Jersey governor in 2017 but said the experience helped him establish contacts within the state GOP. He’s met with various Republican leaders, including former Gov. Chris Christie, and believes he is the man to beat in the upcoming primary.

“I finally got [the state GOP] to really get behind me,” Singh recently told Fox News.

“I’m a conservative with a hint of a Libertarian,” he said of his politics. “On social issues, I believe that people should decide how they want to live their life. We shouldn’t overly control it. I’m [also] economically conservative. I’m a true conservative across the board.”

Singh said he doesn’t believe his conservative leanings will hurt him in what many consider to be, a reliably blue state. His plan is to campaign in areas that have been neglected by other Republican candidates, to see if his message will resonate with minority voters.

“Republicans haven’t gone into urban areas. They don’t campaign there,” he said. “We’re going to campaign there. My headquarters will be in Jersey City. We’re going to be going door-to-door in these areas, where Republicans have sort of backed away from.”

CORY BOOKER COMPARES HIS 2020 CAMPAIGN TO OBAMA’S, SAYS HE CAN WIN IOWA CAUCUS

Singh, an engineer by trade with a degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), outlined the main issues fueling his agenda and highlighted infrastructure and immigration as his top two concerns.

“Number one is Infrastructure. Number two is going to be illegal immigration,” he said. “I love legal immigration. Illegal immigration should not be allowed.”

“It’s a poke in the eye of every single person who’s come here, wanting to become American — going through the process,” he continued. “Going through years of getting a green card, becoming a resident, then applying for citizenship — for someone who comes here illegally and is getting the rights of someone who’s gone through the process, [it’s unfair].”

He also said minority communities in urban areas are becoming frustrated with the massive influx of illegal immigrants and feel disenfranchised by Democrats.

“I’ve asked many people [about illegal immigration] in the Indian-American community, and they don’t like it. They’re really upset,” he said. “And the national narrative in the media has just not shown how much minorities are against being treated the same as someone who comes here illegally.”

Westlake Legal Group Booker-Singh-AP-Campaign-Photo GOP Senate candidate aims to beat Cory Booker in 2020: 'We are going to remove him from politics' Nick Givas fox-news/us/us-regions/northeast/new-jersey fox-news/us/immigration/illegal-immigrants fox-news/politics/senate/republicans fox-news/politics/senate/democrats fox-news/politics/2020-senate-races fox-news/person/donald-trump fox-news/person/cory-booker fox news fnc/politics fnc article 209d6613-9e07-5cb0-b10b-296e2a1bfca1

Hirsh Singh, right, said part of his campaign to unseat Sen. Cory Booker is by courting disillusioned minority voters. (AP/Campaign photo)

Part of Singh’s confidence comes from the perception that Booker is not well-liked among New Jersey voters. His low polling during his presidential campaign and testimonials from residents have Singh thinking Booker’s time may finally be running out.

The Atlantic City native predicted Booker, 50, will eventually pack it up in his presidential campaign and come home to millions of unenthused voters who are plagued by his economic policies and past political failures.

BOOKER BRINGS IN $6.6 MILLION IN LATEST FUNDRAISING HAUL, TRAILING TOP-TIER CANDIDATES

“Cory Booker couldn’t get reelected mayor of Newark right now,” Singh said. “Nobody likes him. $100 million was given by Facebook to help develop schools in Newark and that money just went into consultants’ pockets. There’s an amalgamation of problems that have been kept under the rug against Booker.”

“It’s been minorities who have been hurt by Booker while he was in power,” Singh continued. “What has he passed since he went to D.C. six years ago? He’s done nothing for that state. I think people realize that. The fact that he’s polling near zero percent in the polls — people see that. He’s burned through 15 plus million dollars running for president. When he comes back to New Jersey with his tail between his legs, we are going to remove him from politics.”

Taking a page out of President Trump’s playbook, Singh promised to bring those who Booker has hurt out on the campaign trail with him, to show the rest of the state how harmful Booker has been for the economy.

“There are numerous people that have been hurt by Booker and we’ve identified them. We have people that have had businesses in Newark that are affected by him,” he said. “The biggest thing right now is that this campaign will ensure that people know that I’m there pushing out their message — he’s going to lose the entire minority community.”

“With a candidate like me who’s young, I’m an engineer, and I have strong conservative values… It will destroy the narrative that Republicans are racist. Cory Booker is talking about reparations for slavery. There’s no minority who is accepting that nonsense,” he said.

If Singh were to win, his first order of business would be to personally meet with President Trump in an effort to secure more federal funding and support for his state.

TUCKER CARLSON ON DEMOCRATS’ DIVISIVE POLITICS: ‘EVERY RESOLUTION EATS ITSELF’

“The first thing I would do is sit down with the president,” he said. “I would start devising a plan of what is in our best interest to make sure resources come to New Jersey.”

He then addressed the House’s impeachment of Trump and said he would vote to acquit if he was in Booker’s place.

“With President Trump, being who you are is the only way you can move things. [Impeachment] is a farce,” he said. “There is no merit to it. Before you can talk about me voting in the Senate, you’d have to have [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi send over the articles of impeachment. And I don’t think [that will happen].”

Singh added: “All she wanted was to get the news media narrative going, and she got it.”

The president would rather work with Singh on major issues than with Democrats who want to throw him out of office, he claimed.

“When he ran for president Trump [asked] why do we not build new bridges, new airports… Why would he keep working with Booker and [N.J. Gov. Phil] Murphy and all these people that are resisting him, when they’re not trying to help do what is in the best interest of the country?”

Booker, by law, is allowed to pursue both the White House and his Senate seat but has yet to announce if he will seek reelection.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

Fox News reached out to Booker’s Senate office and presidential campaign but they did not return requests for comment.

The GOP primary in New Jersey is set for June 2, with the general election on Nov. 3.

Westlake Legal Group Booker-Singh-AP-Campaign-Photo GOP Senate candidate aims to beat Cory Booker in 2020: 'We are going to remove him from politics' Nick Givas fox-news/us/us-regions/northeast/new-jersey fox-news/us/immigration/illegal-immigrants fox-news/politics/senate/republicans fox-news/politics/senate/democrats fox-news/politics/2020-senate-races fox-news/person/donald-trump fox-news/person/cory-booker fox news fnc/politics fnc article 209d6613-9e07-5cb0-b10b-296e2a1bfca1   Westlake Legal Group Booker-Singh-AP-Campaign-Photo GOP Senate candidate aims to beat Cory Booker in 2020: 'We are going to remove him from politics' Nick Givas fox-news/us/us-regions/northeast/new-jersey fox-news/us/immigration/illegal-immigrants fox-news/politics/senate/republicans fox-news/politics/senate/democrats fox-news/politics/2020-senate-races fox-news/person/donald-trump fox-news/person/cory-booker fox news fnc/politics fnc article 209d6613-9e07-5cb0-b10b-296e2a1bfca1

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Mitch McConnell Unites Republicans On Impeachment Trial Rules

Westlake Legal Group 5e14d390250000b0269900d9 Mitch McConnell Unites Republicans On Impeachment Trial Rules

WASHINGTON ― Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced Tuesday that Republicans are prepared to craft rules governing a potential impeachment trial of President Donald Trump without any Democratic support.

Democrats wanted Republicans to agree upfront to hear from witnesses who refused to appear during House impeachment hearings, including acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and former national security adviser John Bolton. On Monday, Bolton even offered to testify in the Senate trial if he were subpoenaed, lending Democrats some hope that moderate Republicans would consider backing their effort to expand the scope and length of the Senate trial.

But nearly every Republican senator sided with McConnell, who argued for following the framework for the 1999 impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton. In that proceeding, which began exactly 20 years ago this week, the Senate agreed unanimously on a rules package laying out the logistics of the trial before it had begun. But it punted a decision on calling witnesses until after the initial arguments and senatorial questioning had been completed.

“I can’t say at this point who the specific witnesses should be, if any,” Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), a key moderate, told reporters on Monday.

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) said Tuesday he wanted to hear from Bolton, but that he was ultimately “comfortable” with waiting to call witnesses until after the trial had begun.

Three witnesses were subpoenaed during the Clinton trial, though senators viewed their depositions behind closed doors on videotape.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has so far refused to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate and did not answer questions on Tuesday upon entering the Capitol about whether she intended to transmit them to the upper chamber. McConnell has said he cannot begin the trial without the articles.

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Against all odds, it looks like Bernie Sanders might be the Democratic nominee after all

Westlake Legal Group 9K3B6DhQDApxqOj7eoOc4MuH0i_R-RABJDUr-CotgfQ Against all odds, it looks like Bernie Sanders might be the Democratic nominee after all r/politics

Was Bernie a likely nominee from the beginning?

In 2016, Bernie’s supporters saw him winning 46% of the vote and thought, “He was so close; next time he’ll do a little bit better and win!”

Others saw Sanders stuck at 18% in 2020 national polls, and just did some quick arithmetic:

46%-18%=28%

“I guess 28% of Democratic primary voters hate Hillary so much that they would vote for Sanders in a head-to-head match-up, even though he would never be their first choice.” The 2020 field has many not-Hillary-candidates to choose from so Sanders is in a weaker position than he was in 2016.


To be fair, they could both be right…sorta.

After a few early state contests, presidential primaries tend to become two-person races. Before Iowa votes, it is a wide-open field.

Right now, Sanders could be poised to win New Hampshire (and therefore become one of the two people we argue about until the convention) and simultaneously struggle to get the support of more than 75% of the primary voters.


…but also, a ton of this is based on the premise that ‘Biden couldn’t possibly win the nomination’ even though he is polling in the lead…but that is the same thing that people said about Trump during the 2016 primary. We should probably believe the polls.

Edit: Made it clear that the polls in the last paragraph reference primary polls, not general election polls.

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Fox News hosting Pete Buttigieg’s town hall, Chris Wallace moderating

Westlake Legal Group 694940094001_6118501875001_6118497135001-vs Fox News hosting Pete Buttigieg's town hall, Chris Wallace moderating fox-news/politics/elections/presidential-primaries fox-news/politics/2020-presidential-election fox-news/media fox news fnc/media fnc Brian Flood article 1e476cc0-5236-5604-922e-cf899cda2afb

Fox News Channel will host a town hall with 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg in Iowa on Sunday, Jan. 26, an event set to be moderated by Chris Wallace, said Fox News president and executive editor Jay Wallace on Tuesday.

“We are pleased to host Mayor Buttigieg for the second time this election cycle for a timely town hall in the influential state of Iowa,” Wallace said. “Once again, we are looking forward to providing our millions of viewers with an insightful discussion ahead of the first major contest of the primary season.”

CNN PUTS ‘BUILDING A MOOD OF DOOM’ NARRATIVE AHEAD OF FACTS WITH ANTI-TRUMP IRAN COVERAGE, CRITICS SAY

The event will be the seventh town hall event of the current election season hosted by Fox News, and the sixth with a Democratic presidential candidate. Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum recently moderated a town hall with former HUD Secretary Julián Castro.

Other 2020 Democratic hopefuls to partake in Fox News town halls include Sens. Amy Klobuchar, Kirsten Gillibrand and Bernie Sanders.

“Fox News Sunday” host Wallace has participated in the coverage of nearly every major political event since joining Fox News in 2003. The veteran journalist became the first Fox News personality ever to moderate a general election presidential debate when he grilled Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in 2016.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

The Emmy-nominated Wallace has landed multiple news-making interviews, including sit-downs with Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron, then-President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the first interview with President Donald Trump after he was elected in 2016.

FNC finished 2019 as the most-watched basic cable network for the fourth consecutive year, averaging 1.4 million daily viewers.

The Buttigieg town hall will air live on Fox News Channel at 7 p.m. ET, one week prior to the Iowa caucuses.

Westlake Legal Group 694940094001_6118501875001_6118497135001-vs Fox News hosting Pete Buttigieg's town hall, Chris Wallace moderating fox-news/politics/elections/presidential-primaries fox-news/politics/2020-presidential-election fox-news/media fox news fnc/media fnc Brian Flood article 1e476cc0-5236-5604-922e-cf899cda2afb   Westlake Legal Group 694940094001_6118501875001_6118497135001-vs Fox News hosting Pete Buttigieg's town hall, Chris Wallace moderating fox-news/politics/elections/presidential-primaries fox-news/politics/2020-presidential-election fox-news/media fox news fnc/media fnc Brian Flood article 1e476cc0-5236-5604-922e-cf899cda2afb

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Boeing Recommends 737 Max Flight Simulator Training for Pilots

Westlake Legal Group 07boeing1-facebookJumbo Boeing Recommends 737 Max Flight Simulator Training for Pilots Federal Aviation Administration Boeing Company Boeing 737 Max Groundings and Safety Concerns (2019) Aviation Accidents, Safety and Disasters Airlines and Airplanes

Boeing recommended on Tuesday that pilots train in flight simulators before flying its 737 Max, a move it had previously resisted.

The Max has been grounded since March following two crashes that killed 346 people, and Boeing has been working for months on changes to the software that contributed to both accidents. The training requirement further complicates the company’s efforts to return the plan to service.

Boeing recently informed the administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, Stephen Dickson, of its recommendation. The final decision to require the simulator training would be made by the F.A.A., which is likely to follow the company’s advice. The regulator still has to complete testing of the plane.

The Max was designed, in part, to avoid having pilots train in simulators. The plane is the latest update to the 737, which has been flying since the 1960s. By making the plane similar to the 737 NG, the previous version of the plane, Boeing was able to persuade regulators that pilots did not need to train on simulators.

But Boeing did make fundamental changes to the plane, including the addition of software known as MCAS, which played a role in both crashes. Initially, pilots were not made aware that the software existed and were not trained on how to react if it was erroneously activated.

Avoiding simulator training was beneficial for Boeing. In negotiations with Southwest Airlines while the plane was being developed, Boeing agreed that if the Max required simulator training, it would give Southwest a discount of $1 million per plane. Southwest has ordered 280 Max jets.

The decision to recommend simulator testing comes as Boeing is facing continued delays in its effort to return the Max to the air. The company said it would temporarily shut down the Max factory this month, and new problems with the plane unrelated to the software that contributed to both crashes have recently been identified, raising the prospect of further delays. In December, it fired its chief executive, Dennis A. Muilenburg.

“Safety is Boeing’s top priority,” the company’s interim chief executive, Greg Smith, said in a statement. “Public, customer and stakeholder confidence in the 737 Max is critically important to us and with that focus Boeing has decided to recommend Max simulator training combined with computer-based training for all pilots prior to returning the Max safely to service.”

The F.A.A. said that it would consider Boeing’s recommendation, adding in a statement that it was, “following a thorough process, not a set timeline, to ensure that any design modifications to the 737 Max are integrated with appropriate training and procedures.”

Boeing’s decision stems from its analysis of flight simulator tests of the Max it conducted with airline pilots from United, Aeromexico, American Airlines and Southwest last month, according to a person familiar with the matter.

In the tests, which were part of the work involved in evaluating the software update, many of the pilots did not use the correct procedures to handle emergencies, instead relying on their flying skills. Those results raised questions about whether simply informing pilots of which procedures to use would be sufficient to prepare them to fly the plane.

There are currently 34 certified Max flight simulators worldwide, according to a person familiar with the matter. Getting pilots trained in the machines, which are designed to replicate emergency scenarios, will add another hurdle for airlines, who have struggled with mounting losses throughout the Max crisis.

Airlines may also be able to use the more than 200 737 NG simulators to conduct the training, though it isn’t clear yet whether that is possible.

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Mark Levin blasts critics of Trump’s Iran strike: ‘Our enemies are rooting for the Democrat Party’

Westlake Legal Group Mark-Levin1 Mark Levin blasts critics of Trump's Iran strike: 'Our enemies are rooting for the Democrat Party' Julia Musto fox-news/world/world-regions/iraq fox-news/world/conflicts/iran fox-news/topic/fox-news-radio fox-news/politics/elections/democrats fox-news/politics/2020-presidential-election fox-news/person/donald-trump fox-news/media/fox-news-flash fox news fnc/media fnc be4e3618-d72e-5781-b4eb-a46b141f5c79 article

Conservative commentator Mark Levin said Monday that America’s enemies are rooting for the Democratic Party to win the 2020 election over President Trump.

On his radio program “The Mark Levin Show,” Levin called the Democrats an “evil force” in the history of the United States.

“With certain exceptions,” he admitted. “But, it’s been an evil force and it still is.”

POMPEO REJECTS CLAIM OF SOLEIMANI DIPLOMATIC MISSION AS ‘PROPAGANDA’

In reference to last week’s killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, the “Life, Liberty & Levin” host urged his listeners to remember that “the same Democrat Party that claims to be tough on Russia and upset with Trump over Ukraine immediately comes to the defense of a terrorist.”

“They pretend they don’t, but they do and they are because now they’re trying to tie the commander-in-chief’s hands,” he said.

White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham told Fox News Tuesday that President Trump ordered the takedown of Soleimani by U.S. forces at Baghdad International Airport after the administration obtained intelligence claiming Soleimani was plotting to kill American diplomats and military personnel in the region.

The decision was met with condemnation from most Democrats — some of whom alleged that the president had attacked a foreign military leader to distract Americans from the impeachment process in the House of Representatives.

In addition, many were frustrated that the president did not notify Congress before conducting the airstrike.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APP

“Who do you think Iran wants to win the election?” Levin asked. “Donald Trump or the Democrats?”

“Our enemies are rooting for the Democrat Party. They’d love nothing more than Joe Biden or Bernie Sanders or Mike Bloomberg, as he disarms the American people,” he said.

“It’s unequivocal,” Levin added. “There is no debate. They hate the country because you, the voter, won’t give them power.”

“The unpatriotic America-hating Democrat Party — look, if you Democrats disagree with me, you need to change your leadership,” he advised. “Don’t look at me. You’ve got leaders from New York and San Francisco and LA…Get some real, decent, American-supporting politicians in there.”

Westlake Legal Group Mark-Levin1 Mark Levin blasts critics of Trump's Iran strike: 'Our enemies are rooting for the Democrat Party' Julia Musto fox-news/world/world-regions/iraq fox-news/world/conflicts/iran fox-news/topic/fox-news-radio fox-news/politics/elections/democrats fox-news/politics/2020-presidential-election fox-news/person/donald-trump fox-news/media/fox-news-flash fox news fnc/media fnc be4e3618-d72e-5781-b4eb-a46b141f5c79 article   Westlake Legal Group Mark-Levin1 Mark Levin blasts critics of Trump's Iran strike: 'Our enemies are rooting for the Democrat Party' Julia Musto fox-news/world/world-regions/iraq fox-news/world/conflicts/iran fox-news/topic/fox-news-radio fox-news/politics/elections/democrats fox-news/politics/2020-presidential-election fox-news/person/donald-trump fox-news/media/fox-news-flash fox news fnc/media fnc be4e3618-d72e-5781-b4eb-a46b141f5c79 article

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Atlanta Hawks’ Trae Young campaigns for NBA great’s dunk contest participation

Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young is hoping to get a certain NBA great into February’s dunk contest one last time before he retires.

Young took to Twitter on Monday to try and get Vince Carter back to the dunk contest.

WESTBROOK SET TO RETURN TO FACE A THUNDER TEAM THAT IS OK

“Vince Carter To The NBA Dunk Contest…. NEEEED IT!! #ThatsMyVote,” he wrote.

The only person that was set to be in this year’s dunk contest is Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard, according to The Athletic. Howard won the event three consecutive times from 2007 to 2009 when he was a member of the Orlando Magic and leading the team to deep NBA playoff runs.

EMBIID, WITH DISLOCATED FINGER, LEADS 76ERS PAST THUNDER

Westlake Legal Group Vince-Carter2 Atlanta Hawks' Trae Young campaigns for NBA great's dunk contest participation Ryan Gaydos fox-news/sports/nba/atlanta-hawks fox-news/sports/nba fox news fnc/sports fnc article 056cd878-24a6-59b1-8b19-8e052486295a

Atlanta Hawks guard Vince Carter (15) congratulates guard Brandon Goodwin (0) after an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic, Monday, Dec. 30, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Carter, 42, is the oldest active player in the NBA and in his second season with the Hawks. He is the first player to play in four different decades having made his debut with the Toronto Raptors in 1999.

Carter has had a stellar career playing for eight teams from 1999 to 2020. He is most famous for his incredible performance in the 2000 dunk contest where he put his elbow in the rim among other crazy slams.

Carter has appeared in 30 games for the Hawks this season. He is averaging 5 points and 2 rebounds per game.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM

This year’s NBA All-Star Game takes place in Chicago.

Westlake Legal Group Trae-Young2 Atlanta Hawks' Trae Young campaigns for NBA great's dunk contest participation Ryan Gaydos fox-news/sports/nba/atlanta-hawks fox-news/sports/nba fox news fnc/sports fnc article 056cd878-24a6-59b1-8b19-8e052486295a   Westlake Legal Group Trae-Young2 Atlanta Hawks' Trae Young campaigns for NBA great's dunk contest participation Ryan Gaydos fox-news/sports/nba/atlanta-hawks fox-news/sports/nba fox news fnc/sports fnc article 056cd878-24a6-59b1-8b19-8e052486295a

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Australia wildfires bring over 100 firefighters from US, including elite crew from California

Firefighters battling out-of-control wildfires that have killed at least 25 people, hundreds of thousands of animals and scorched millions of acres across Australia are getting well-needed reinforcements from the U.S., including a team of veteran fire crews from California.

The National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, which is mobilizing U.S. resources in response to Australia’s requests for international firefighting aid, said the new batch of 20 veteran firefighters based in the Angeles National Forest north of Los Angeles departed on Monday for the region.

“As the extreme fire danger continues across Australia, the Department of the Interior will continue to do all that we can to support requests for assistance,” Craig Leff, director of the Department of the Interior’s Office of Wildland Fire, said in a statement. “Our focus remains on helping the people of Australia and keeping people safe in these unprecedented conditions.”

AUSTRALIAN OFFICIALS CHARGED NEARLY 200 WITH FIRE OFFENSES AS DEADLY WILDFIRES RAGE

Federal agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management already have provided a few dozen people, most of them with experience managing fires, a forest service spokesperson said Saturday.

Westlake Legal Group international-team-nifc-fire Australia wildfires bring over 100 firefighters from US, including elite crew from California Travis Fedschun fox-news/world/world-regions/australia fox-news/world/disasters/fires fox-news/world/disasters/disaster-response fox-news/world/disasters fox news fnc/world fnc article 9348e9b7-7a2d-5ff9-95bd-ee9b8a0f9160

A crew of firefighters from the U.S. that have arrived in Australia to help combat the deadly blazes. (National Interagency Fire Center)

The crew that left on Monday who left on Monday from Los Angeles International Airport will replace a group of personnel sent to Australia in early December. They include hot-shot and helicopter crew members with experience attacking fires early before they grow into large infernos, according to Angeles National Forest Fire Chief Robert Garcia.

The firefighters, 18 men and two women, said they were anticipating “strong fire behavior” and were preparing on what to expect based on their own experience battling wildfires in Southern California.

“We’re in an area where we are getting fires all the time, we’re kinda known for it, for getting fires, so I think we can translate that over [and] just see what the lay of the land would be out there,” Forest Service Firefighter Jorge Perez told FOX11.

The Pacific Northwest Region of the Forest Service said that over 100 fire personnel from the U.S. have been working with counterparts in Australia as they struggle to combat the devasting blazes.

“We send well-wishes of rain, lower temperatures & decreased winds,” the agency recently tweeted. “Thank you for your efforts!”

Australia and New Zealand have been sending firefighters to the United States for more than 15 years, most recently in August 2018, when 138 came to help battle fires in Northern California and the Northwest. The last time U.S. firefighters worked in Australia was 2010.

“Our thoughts and prayers, with our deepest condolences, are with the Australia firefighters and public who have lost their lives and homes,” U.S. Forest Service Fire Director Shawna Legarza said in a statement. “We are proud to provide personnel from the United States and will continue to support Australia with the resources needed during this unprecedented fire situation.”

AUSTRALIA WILDFIRES MAY MERGE INTO ‘MEGA BLAZE’ AS DEATH TOLL CLIMBS, GOVERNMENT VOWS ‘WHATEVER IT TAKES’

The fires, fueled by drought and the country’s hottest and driest year on record, have been raging since September, months earlier than is typical for Australia’s annual wildfire season. So far, the blazes have killed 25 people, destroyed 2,000 homes and scorched an area twice the size of the state of Maryland.

Westlake Legal Group AusWildfireSmoke1 Australia wildfires bring over 100 firefighters from US, including elite crew from California Travis Fedschun fox-news/world/world-regions/australia fox-news/world/disasters/fires fox-news/world/disasters/disaster-response fox-news/world/disasters fox news fnc/world fnc article 9348e9b7-7a2d-5ff9-95bd-ee9b8a0f9160

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison called up about 3,000 reservists as the threat of wildfires escalated last weekend. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

In the New South Wales state, 130 fires were still burning on Tuesday, around 50 of which were uncontrolled. Among those killed in the blazes are volunteer firefighter Andrew O’Dwyer, who perished on Dec. 19 after a tree fell into the path of the fire engine he was traveling in with colleague Geoffrey Keaton, 32, who was also killed.

During his funeral in Sydney on Tuesday, his young daughter Charlotte was presented with a service medal and was pictured wearing her father’s hat.

Nineteen-month-old Charlotte received the medal from rural fire service commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons, who wept as he read out a tribute to her 36-year-old father during the service, according to Sky News.

“Charlotte should know her father was a selfless and special man, who only left because he was a hero,” Fitzsimmons said.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APP

On Tuesday, cooler and rainier weather was providing thousands of weary firefighters a “psychological and emotional” reprieve as they scrambled to strengthen containment lines around the blazes before temperatures rise again, according to Fitzsimmons.

“It really is about shoring up protection to limit the damage potential and the outbreak of these fires over the coming days,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

The rain was also complicating firefighters’ attempts to strategically backburn certain areas and was making the ground slippery for fire trucks.

Victoria state Emergency Services Minister Lisa Neville said on Monday at least 8 inches of rain would need to fall in a short time to snuff out the fires — around 20 times what has fallen across the region in the past day. And officials warned that Australia’s wildfire season, which generally lasts through March, is nowhere near its end.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Westlake Legal Group international-team-2 Australia wildfires bring over 100 firefighters from US, including elite crew from California Travis Fedschun fox-news/world/world-regions/australia fox-news/world/disasters/fires fox-news/world/disasters/disaster-response fox-news/world/disasters fox news fnc/world fnc article 9348e9b7-7a2d-5ff9-95bd-ee9b8a0f9160   Westlake Legal Group international-team-2 Australia wildfires bring over 100 firefighters from US, including elite crew from California Travis Fedschun fox-news/world/world-regions/australia fox-news/world/disasters/fires fox-news/world/disasters/disaster-response fox-news/world/disasters fox news fnc/world fnc article 9348e9b7-7a2d-5ff9-95bd-ee9b8a0f9160

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

‘Prozac Nation’ author Elizabeth Wurtzel dead at 52

Westlake Legal Group elizabeth-wurtzell-getty 'Prozac Nation' author Elizabeth Wurtzel dead at 52 New York Post Gabrielle Fonrouge fox-news/entertainment/events/departed fnc/entertainment fnc dff37d80-b741-5633-9f22-fe2757a8d764 article

Elizabeth Wurtzel, the famed author behind “Prozac Nation,” died Tuesday in Manhattan at age 52 after a long battle with breast cancer, according to reports.

Wurtzel, who rose to stardom after her breakout 1994 memoir detailing her battle with depression and drug addiction, was diagnosed with the disease in 2015 and underwent a double mastectomy but the cancer spread to her brain, her husband Jim Freed told the Washington Post.

LINDSAY DE FELIZ, BEST-SELLING AUTHOR, FOUND DEAD IN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC IN SHALLOW GRAVE: REPORTS

The author’s immediate cause of death was “complications from leptomeningeal disease” — an illness that occurs when cancer spreads to the cerebrospinal fluid, the outlet reported.

Fans of Wurtzel took to Twitter to remember her poignant writing and the lasting effect she had on the personal memoir genre.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

“Upon hearing of the incredibly-too-soon death of Elizabeth Wurtzel, I’m reminded of this sentence that just gets me: ‘I wanted to love and be loved, but I behaved badly, and I had terrible taste,’” Julie Garcia wrote, linking to a 2014 article she wrote in the New York Times.

This article originally appeared in The New York Post.

Westlake Legal Group elizabeth-wurtzell-getty 'Prozac Nation' author Elizabeth Wurtzel dead at 52 New York Post Gabrielle Fonrouge fox-news/entertainment/events/departed fnc/entertainment fnc dff37d80-b741-5633-9f22-fe2757a8d764 article   Westlake Legal Group elizabeth-wurtzell-getty 'Prozac Nation' author Elizabeth Wurtzel dead at 52 New York Post Gabrielle Fonrouge fox-news/entertainment/events/departed fnc/entertainment fnc dff37d80-b741-5633-9f22-fe2757a8d764 article

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com