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Today on Fox News: Jan. 2, 2019

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Fox & Friends, 6 a.m. ET: RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel reacts to The New York Times claiming Republican women are in crisis and on the brink of extinction. U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla., reacts to the latest on the U.S. Embassy attack in Baghdad. Professional Bull Riders kicks off the 2020 bull riding season on Fox Square!

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The Fox News Rundown podcast: High Stakes: The Other Big Races in 2020 – The countdown to the 2020 election begins, and while most of the focus is on the presidential race, it isn’t the only contest where the stakes are high. Fox News politics reporter Paul Steinhauser discusses the key Senate and House races this election year.

Also on the Rundown: A new year means a lot of new laws. What new laws do you have to keep an eye out for this year? Fox News national correspondent Laura Ingle joins the podcast to take a look at what’s going into effect this year.

Plus, commentary by Fox Business producer Jaimie La Bella.

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The Brian Kilmeade Show, 9 a.m. ET: Special guests include: Marc Thiessen, Washington Post columnist and Fox News contributor; Allen West, former Florida congressman; Dr. Qanta Ahmed and more.

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US-Iran tension remains high after US Embassy compound clashes

Good morning and welcome to Fox News First. Here’s what you need to know as you start your Thursday …

US-Iran tension remains high after militiamen’s withdrawal from US Embassy compound in Baghdad
The tension between the United States and Iran remains high as both sides brace for a potential renewal of violence after Iran-backed militiamen withdrew from the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad on Wednesday after two days of clashes with American security forces.

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 (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Stunning photos released by The Associated Press revealed scenes of destruction inside the U.S. Embassy in Iraq’s capital after Tuesday’s attack by militants protesting recent airstrikes.

The storming of the embassy led President Trump to call for an immediate response that included a surge of U.S. Marines to quell the unrest. The Pentagon sent hundreds of additional troops to the Middle East and prompted U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to delay a European and Central Asian trip. In an interview on “Special Report” on Tuesday, Pompeo said Tehran will always be held accountable for any “malign activity.” Click here for more on our top story.

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Christianity Today editor who called for Trump’s removal to retire on Friday
Mark Galli, the editor-in-chief of Christianity Today who infuriated nearly 200 evangelical leaders by writing a December editorial calling for President Trump’s removal from office and describing the president as being “profoundly immoral,” is stepping down at the end of this week.

Galli confirmed his departure in a Twitter message on New Year’s Eve. On Wednesday night, Christianity Today’s Twitter account also confirmed that Galli will be leaving, and wrote that his future plans include continuing a weekly newsletter. Click here for more.

Remembering two sports icons: David Stern and Don Larsen
The sports world began 2020 by mourning two legendary figures who died Wednesday: former NBA Commissioner David Stern and Don Larsen, the former Yankees pitcher who threw the only perfect game in World Series history.

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FILE – Former NBA Commissioner David Stern. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

Stern, 77, died “as a result” of a brain hemorrhage he suffered Dec. 12, according to a statement released by the NBA. He is credited with leading the NBA through a period of tremendous growth and turning the league into a truly global brand.

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Larsen died of esophageal cancer at age 90 in Hayden, Idaho, according to his spokesman. He was a baseball journeyman who pitched for seven different teams during a 14-year career in the big leagues, compiling a record of 81 wins and 91 losses. But on Oct. 8, 1956, Larsen ensured his place in baseball immortality when he took the mound for the New York Yankees and pitched a perfect game against the Brooklyn Dodgers in the pivotal Game 5 of the World Series.

MAKING HEADLINES:
Rod Blagojevich slams own party, says Abraham Lincoln would’ve been impeached by today’s Democrats.
New year promises heightened scrutiny for Supreme Court and its hot-button docket.
Judge in Hunter Biden’s Arkansas paternity case abruptly recuses himself.

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TODAY’S MUST-READS
‘Captain America’ actress charged with second-degree murder of mother.
Mexico’s president says ‘El Chapo’ had same power as if he led country himself.
Bus-size asteroid will buzz Earth at 18,400 mph on Thursday.

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SOME PARTING WORDS

The co-hosts of “The Five” make their predictions for 2020.

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Mark Hamill Has The Question People Should Ask About The Trump Impeachment

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Namely, “why would an innocent man bar witnesses who could exonerate him” from testifying in the Senate’s impeachment trial, asked Hamill.

″#Duh,” he captioned the post.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is refusing to allow key witnesses, including former national security adviser John Bolton, to testify in Trump’s trial because he sees it “as an opening for uncertainty,” reported The New York Times.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), meanwhile, is presently holding back from transmitting the articles of impeachment to the Senate amid fears of Republican bias in the proceedings. McConnell has previously vowed to work with the White House on Trump’s defense.

Hamill, a frequent critic of the president, earlier advised his 3.5 million followers on Twitter to “buckle-up for 2020: the make-or-break year in which our country either reclaims normalcy or doubles down on the crazy.”

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Victor Davis Hanson: Rachel Maddow, Robert Mueller’s legal dream team, Paul Krugman all have lessons for 2020

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The Washington Post recently published a surprising indictment of MSNBC host, Stanford graduate and Rhodes scholar Rachel Maddow.

Post media critic Erik Wemple wrote that Maddow misled her audience by claiming the now-discredited Steele dossier was largely verifiable — even at a time when there was plenty of evidence that it was mostly bogus.

At the very time Maddow was reassuring viewers that Christopher Steele was believable, populist talk radio and the much-criticized Fox News Channel were insisting that most of Steele’s allegations simply could not be true. Maddow was wrong. Her less degreed critics proved to be right.

WASHINGTON POST MEDIA CRITIC SLAMS RACHEL MADDOW, SAYS LIBERAL HOST ‘ROOTED’ FOR STEELE DOSSIER

In 2018, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and the committee’s then-ranking minority member, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., each issued contrasting reports of the committee’s investigation into allegations of collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s campaign team and the misbehavior of federal agencies.

Schiff’s memo was widely praised by the media. Nunes’ report was condemned as rank and partisan.

Many in the media went further. They contrasted Harvard Law graduate Schiff with rural central Californian Nunes to help explain why the clever Schiff got to the bottom of collusion and the “former dairy farmer” Nunes was “way over his head” and had “no idea what’s going on.”

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Recently, the nonpartisan inspector general of the Department of Justice, Michael Horowitz, found widespread wrongdoing at the DOJ and FBI. He confirmed the key findings in the Nunes memo about the Steele dossier and its pernicious role in the FISA application seeking a warrant against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

In contrast, much of what the once-praised Schiff had claimed to be true was proven wrong by Horowitz — from Schiff’s insistence that the FBI verified the Steele dossier to his assertion that the Department of Justice did not rely chiefly on the dossier for its warrant application.

When special counsel Robert Mueller formed an investigatory team, he stocked it with young, progressive Washington insiders, many with blue-chip degrees and résumés.

The media swooned. Washington journalists became giddy over the prospect of a “dream team” of such “all-stars” who would demolish the supposedly far less impressively credentialed Trump legal team.

We were assured by a snobbish Vox, “Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s legal team is full of pros. Trump’s team makes typos.”

Yet after 22 months and $32 million worth of investigation, Mueller’s team found no Russian collusion and no evidence of actionable Trump obstruction during the investigation of that non-crime. All the constant media reports that “bombshell” Mueller team disclosures were imminent and that the “walls are closing in” on Trump proved false.

Mueller himself testified before Congress, only to appear befuddled and almost clueless at times about his own investigation. Many of his supposedly brightest all-stars, such as Lisa Page, Peter Strzok and Kevin Clinesmith, had to leave his dream team due to unethical behavior.

In contrast, Trump’s widely derided chief lawyers — 69-year-old Ty Cobb, 78-year-old John Dowd, and 63-year-old radio and TV host Jay Sekulow — stayed out of the headlines. They advised Trump to cooperate with the Mueller team and systematically offered evidence and analyses to prove that Trump did not collude with the Russian to warp the 2016 election. In the end, Mueller’s “hunter-killer team” was forced to agree.

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When the supposed clueless Trump was elected, a number of elites pronounced his economic plans to be absurd. We were told that Trump was bound to destroy the U.S. economy.

Former Princeton professor and Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman insisted that Trump would crash the stock market. He even suggested that stocks might never recover.

Former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers said Trump would bring on a recession within a year and a half.

The former head of the National Economic Council, Steven Rattner, predicted a market crash of “historic proportions.”

In contrast, many of Trump’s economic advisers during his campaign and administration, including outsider Peter Navarro, pundit Stephen Moore, former TV host Larry Kudlow and octogenarian Wilbur Ross, were caricatured.

Yet three years later, in terms of the stock market, unemployment, energy production and workers’ wages, the economy has been doing superbly.

The point of these sharp contrasts is not that an Ivy League degree or a Washington reputation is of little value, or that prestigious prizes and honors account for nothing, or even that supposed experts are always unethical and silly.

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Instead, one lesson is that conventional wisdom and groupthink tend to mislead, especially in the age of online echo chambers where an often sheltered and blinkered elite lives.

We forget that knowledge can be found at all ages, and in all places. And ethics has nothing to do with degrees or pedigrees.

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New Year’s Eve ‘swingers’ party upsets hotel guest: ‘There’s crazies in the hot tub’

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A California traveler who discovered he had booked his family into the same hotel that was hosting a New Year’s Eve ‘swingers’ party is outraged and wants a refund, according to reports.

“People that are spending good money to stay at the Hilton should be aware of what’s going on under their nose, especially if they have families,” the father of four, who requested anonymity, told FOX 40 of Sacramento. “And, you know, there’s a hot tub there and there’s crazies in the hot tub.”

The man and his family were actually staying at a DoubleTree Hotel in Sacramento, but DoubleTree is owned by Hilton.

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The swingers party was being hosted by an outfit called Allures, which was expecting about 800 people to participate, according to promotional materials reviewed by the Sacramento Bee. Accommodations for the 21-and-older event were said to include 10,000 feet of dance space plus a “dungeon room” featuring devices for enhancing sex acts.

The sex party guests were supposedly staying in a separate area, away from other guests, but the anonymous outraged father told FOX 40 of Sacramento that he still thinks the hotel’s management should have warned him what would be happening under the same roof.

“I’m at the point where I don’t even want to bring my family into that environment,” he told the station. “I think it’s totally wrong that the Hilton is putting on something like this.”

He said he tried to negotiate a refund with the hotel but came away dissatisfied.

“Pay money and not get a refund p—-s me off,” he told FOX 40. “They were kind of rude to me. They actually sent me a survey on my phone, like within the last hour. They asked if they helped me out and I wrote poor, poor, poor, poor. No, you did not help me out. You won’t give me my money back.”

A Hilton spokesperson shared the company’s view with FOX 40.

“From a company perspective, we do not discriminate against any individual or group and our goal is to provide a welcoming and safe environment for all guests visiting our hotel.”

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The station also received a statement from the independent owner and manager of the DoubleTree where the party took place. It read:

“There is a private event that has been booked for New Year’s Eve. We take the comfort and privacy of all of our guests very seriously.  As with any large event the utmost care is taken to assure there is no disruption to other guests, including additional security. With that being said we understand if a guest feels they would like to cancel their reservation and will, of course, accommodate them to the best of our ability.”

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Arizona authorities kill 3 mountain lions found devouring human remains

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Three mountain lions found eating human remains and determined to be a danger to the public near a popular Tucson hiking trail have been killed, Arizona officials said Wednesday.

While the animals were not considered linked to the deceased’s death, they failed to show any fear of officers trying to remove the remains, the Arizona Game and Fish Department said in a statement, the Arizona Daily Star reported.

CALIFORNIA WOMAN PUNCHES MOUNTAIN LION IN ATTEMPT TO SAVE HER DOG

Authorities closed off a portion of the Coronado National Forest for a day while officials attempted unsuccessfully to trap the mountain lions.

The medical examiner will try to identify and determine a cause of death for the victim, who was found Tuesday morning off the Pima Canyon Trail.

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The trail – at the base of Mount Lemmon – reopened Wednesday, ahead of a planned Jan. 14 date, after authorities decided there was little danger to the public with the lions gone.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Ron Howard Reveals What Hollywood Really Thinks About Trump

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Oscar-winning filmmaker Ron Howard didn’t mince words when asked why people in his industry tend to oppose President Donald Trump

Howard, whose 2001 film “A Beautiful Mind” won Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Director, said many of his colleagues know Trump from the president’s own career in the entertainment industry. Trump starred in the long-running reality TV show “The Apprentice” and has made multiple cameos in television and movies. 

So when asked why Hollywood tends to oppose the president, Howard tweeted: 

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Taiwan’s top military officer said to be aboard Black Hawk helicopter in mountain crash

TAIPEI, Taiwan  — A Black Hawk helicopter carrying Taiwan’s top military official crashed Thursday morning in mountains outside the capital and his fate was unclear after the defense ministry said five people survived.

TAIWAN PRESIDENT REJECTS CHINA’S OFFER OF ‘ONE COUNTRY, TWO SYSTEMS’

Air force Gen. Shen Yi-ming was not immediately listed among the survivors. As chief of the general staff, Shen is responsible for overseeing the island’s defense against China, which threatens to use military force to annex what it considers it own territory.

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Top Taiwanese military official Shen Yi-ming salutes as he is introduced to journalists during a news conference in Taipei, Taiwan, March 7, 2019. (Associated Press)

The helicopter was flying from Taipei to the northeastern city of Ilan for a new year’s activity when it crashed.

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The official Central News Agency had earlier reported Shen among the survivors, citing rescue services.

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Mexico’s president says ‘El Chapo’ had same power as if he led country himself

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador closed out 2019 with a parting shot at his predecessors, saying imprisoned drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera had had the same power as the country’s president.

In a video message from the southern city of Palenque on Wednesday, López Obrador recounted his administration’s successes in its first year and highlighted its challenges — foremost surging violence. He said he had already done away with the high-level corruption that was rampant in previous governments, but said it was crucial to draw a bright line between criminal elements and authorities so that the two sides do not mingle as they had in the past.

“There was a time when Guzmán had the same power or had the influence that the then president had … because there had been a conspiracy and that made it difficult to punish those who committed crimes. That has already become history, gone to the garbage dump of history,” López Obrador said.

MEXICO CARTEL AMBUSH VICTIMS’ FAMILY PRAYS WITH MEXICAN PRESIDENT, ASSURED ‘AT LEAST 4’ SUSPECTS ARRESTED

It appeared to be a reference to the indictment and arrest last month of Mexico’s former public safety secretary Genaro García Luna. García Luna was public safety secretary in President Felipe Calderon’s Cabinet from 2006 to 2012. Before joining Calderon’s government, García Luna led Mexico’s equivalent of the FBI, the Federal Investigative Agency, under President Vicente Fox.

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Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, left, closed out 2019 with a parting shot at his predecessors, saying imprisoned drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera had had the same power as the country’s presidents.

He was charged in federal court in New York with three counts of trafficking cocaine and one count of making false statements. He had been living in Florida and was arrested in Texas.

U.S. prosecutors allege he accepted millions of dollars in bribes from Guzmán’s Sinaloa cartel and in exchange allowed it to operate without interference.

MEXICO’S EX-PUBLIC SECURITY SECRETARY CHARGED WITH TAKING BRIBES FROM ‘EL CHAPO’ CARTEL IS DENIED BOND

Guzmán was convicted on drug conspiracy charges in New York. He was sentenced last year to life in prison.

López Obrador’s public safety secretary Alfonso Durazo on Wednesday echoed the president’s comments about rooting out corruption in the security forces.

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In a series of posts on Twitter, Durazo also said the government would recruit 21,170 people in 2020 to join the newly formed National Guard and continue to expand its presence in the country. López Obrador has bet big that the new federal security force will be able to wrangle violence that generated a record-setting number of murders in 2019.

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Christianity Today editor who called for Trump’s removal is retiring Friday

Mark Galli, the editor-in-chief of Christianity Today who infuriated nearly 200 evangelical leaders by writing a December editorial calling for President Trump’s removal from office and describing the president as being “profoundly immoral,” is stepping down at the end of this week.

Galli confirmed his departure in a Twitter message on New Year’s Eve.

“Well, my retirement is a couple of days away,” Galli wrote. “Will be posting here more often now that I have more time on my hands. Well, given last week, maybe not.”

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On Wednesday night, the magazine’s Twitter account also confirmed that Galli will be leaving, and wrote that his future plans include continuing a weekly newsletter.

“Our editor in chief for two more days,” the magazine posted, followed by a crying emoji.

“If you’re wanting to keep up with Mark after he retires, he will still be sending out his weekly newsletter each Friday,” CT added in a second message.

Galli’s Dec. 19 editorial, titled “Trump Should Be Removed From Office,” came one day after the House of Representatives approved two articles of impeachment against President Trump, making the nation’s 45th president the third in history to be impeached – behind Samuel Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1998. (Richard Nixon resigned in 1974, before the House could vote to impeach him.)

JIM DALY: CHRISTIANITY TODAY IS WRONG TO WANT TRUMP REMOVED — HERE’S THE EVANGELICAL ARGUMENT IN HIS FAVOR

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Mark Galli is stepping down Friday as editor-in-chief of Christianity Today. (Facebook)

The Galli editorial, in a leading publication for the nation’s evangelical Christian community – and one that was founded by the late Rev. Billy Graham in 1956 – sparked an intense reaction, including from Graham’s son, the Rev. Franklin Graham.

“My father knew Donald Trump, believed in Donald Trump, and in this last election, he voted for Donald Trump,” the son of the late pastor – and president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association – told Fox News in December. “And if he were here today, I’m sure he would tell you that himself.”

“My father knew Donald Trump, believed in Donald Trump, and in this last election, he voted for Donald Trump. And if he were here today, I’m sure he would tell you that himself.”

— The Rev. Franklin Graham, son of the late Rev. Billy Graham

While many liberals hailed Galli, saying his decision to oppose Trump showed “courage,” nearly 200 evangelical leaders condemned what he had written, saying the anti-Trump editorial had “offensively questioned the spiritual integrity and Christian witness of tens-of-millions of believers who take seriously their civic and moral obligations.”

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In his editorial, Galli invoked the mission of Billy Graham, to “help evangelical Christians interpret the news in a manner that reflects their faith.”

“We want CT to be a place that welcomes Christians from across the political spectrum, and reminds everyone that politics is not the end and purpose of our being,” Galli wrote. “That said, we do feel it necessary from time to time to make our own opinions on political matters clear — always, as Graham encouraged us, doing so with both conviction and love. We love and pray for our president, as we love and pray for leaders (as well as ordinary citizens) on both sides of the political aisle.”

Galli acknowledged that Democrats “have had it out for [Trump] from day one” and that the president “did not have a serious opportunity to offer his side of the story” during the impeachment process.

However, Galli added, “the facts in this instance are unambiguous: The president of the United States attempted to use his political power to coerce a foreign leader to harass and discredit one of the president’s political opponents. That is not only a violation of the Constitution; more importantly, it is profoundly immoral.”

Galli, 67, a native of California, had previously announced his departure plans in October.

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“I’ve been EIC for about seven years now,” he wrote in CT at the time, “and as it goes with many jobs, I think I finally understand what I should have been doing all along! It has been quite a ride for the ministry, economically and journalistically. Some definite lows, to be sure, and some wonderful highs. Aside from a strong sense of God’s call, what’s given me most joy is the people I have worked with — men and women who are passionate about their faith and dedicated to their work, and have a sense of humor to boot.”

Christianity Today CEO Dr. Timothy Dalrymple announced at the time that Galli’s successor will be Dr. Daniel Harrell, a longtime minister and author.

Fox News’ Caleb Parke, Frank Miles and Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this story.

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