A Texas longhorn named Bucklehead broke the world record for the longest horn span at a showcase this month, according to a report.
The 6-year-old longhorn from Rocksprings, Texas, measured 11 feet, 1.8 inches from tip to tip of his horns at the Horn Showcase in Oklahoma on Oct. 4-5, unofficially breaking the Guinness World Record.
Bucklehead’s owners have submitted paperwork so the new record can be deemed official and the longhorn’s mark can appear in the 2020 edition of the record book.
Marceala Gonzalez, 14, Bucklehead’s owner, won the longhorn five and a half years ago at a drawing where five breeders were donating steers. She got to pick whichever one she wanted and chose baby Bucklehead. Her brother, Leandro, is the longhorn’s handler and exhibitor.
Pauline Gonzalez, the mother of Marceala and Leandro, said the family transports Bucklehead to each show by loading him into an 8.5-foot wide trailer and taping tennis balls to the ends of his horns to protect them. The longhorn participates in about 12-15 shows per year.
An Indiana woman was found guilty Friday of reckless homicide after plowing her pickup truck into four children, killing three, as they crossed a two-lane highway to board a school bus.
Alyssa Shepherd, 24, was convicted of criminal recklessness for an Oct. 30, 2018, crash in which she claimed not to be aware she was passing a school bus and crashed into the children, killing twin brothers Xzavier and Mason Ingle, 6, and their 9-year-old sister Alivia Stahl. Maverik Lowe, 11, was critically injured. Shepherd will be sentenced Dec. 18 and could face more than 20 years in prison.
Shepherd told the courtroom she remembered seeing blinking lights and a large vehicle, but did not realize the vehicle was a bus and did not see the red stop sign on the side of the bus, reiterating claims she had made at the time of her arrest. She described emotions including disbelief and hysteria upon realizing she had hit the children.
“The only way I can describe it is an out-of-body experience,” Shepherd said. “I was a mess.”
Fulton County Prosecutor Michael Marrs said the bus stop had been in place for 50 years and no child had been killed there before. Marrs also mentioned the testimony of the driver behind Shepherd who said she could tell a school bus with its warning lights on and stop arm extended was up ahead.
“The thing that makes me sick here is that this never should have happened,” Marrs said.
The crash led to statewide changes in traffic laws for which the three victims’ families heavily advocated. A bill that Gov. Eric Holcomb signed into law July 1 extended penalties of up to a year in jail and up to a $5,000 fine for passing a school bus with a stop arm out.
NEW YORK — DJ LeMahieu drove Justin Verlander’s second pitch over the wall, then Aaron Hicks sent the fans at Yankee Stadium into a frenzy with a three-run homer off the foul pole later in the first inning.
And just like that, the Bronx Bombers were back — in the game, and in this matchup of powerhouses.
After a brutal loss, and with little margin for more errors, the New York Yankees played like a 103-win team. James Paxton chilled Houston’s bats and the bullpen followed with shutdown relief to beat the Astros 4-1 Friday night, cutting their AL Championship Series deficit to 3-2.
Now the teams will rush to Texas, where the series resumes Saturday night without a day off. With pitching plans disrupted by a rainout earlier this week, both teams are expected to go all-bullpen in Game 6. But Gerrit Cole, 19-0 since May, looms as the Astros’ starter on Sunday if New York manages to extend the matchup to the seven-game limit.
New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) celebrates with Aaron Judge after hitting a three-run home run against the Houston Astros during the first inning of Game 5 of baseball’s American League Championship Series, Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, in New York. (Associated Press)
Paxton, a fishing aficionado born outside Vancouver in Ladner, British Columbia, wore three-quarter-length sleeves on a night with a gametime temperature of 52 degrees. That was the coldest for a Verlander start since last year’s ALCS opener at Boston — he had on long sleeves and half of Houston’s fielders had hoodies or balaclavas.
After lasting just 2 1/3 innings in Game 2, Paxton struck out nine in six innings, allowing four hits and four walks. Punching his pitching hand into his glove after big strikeouts, he saved his biggest emotion for his 112th and final pitch: a flyout by Yordan Álvarez that Brett Gardner caught in front of the left-field scoreboard with a runner on.
Zack Britton retired Michael Brantley and Alex Bregman to escape trouble after Houston put on two runners in the seventh against Tommy Kahnle, then struck out two in a perfect eighth.
Aroldis Chapman finished with a 1-2-3 ninth.
Paxton outpitched Verlander, an eight-time All-Star and former AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner. Verlander allowed a pair of first-inning homers for the first time in 28 postseason starts and gave up four runs in an inning for the first time since Houston acquired him from Detroit in August 2017.
Verlander retired 10 in a row after Hicks’ homer and wound up allowing five hits in seven innings with nine strikeouts and no walks.
A night after the Yankees made four errors in one of their messier games of the season during an 8-3 loss, Paxton fell behind after 14 pitches. George Springer reached on an infield hit, took second on Gary Sánchez’s passed ball, advanced on a groundout and scored when Paxton bounced a breaking ball off Sánchez’s glove for a wild pitch.
New York came out swinging against Verlander, who had been 4-0 with a 1.85 ERA against the Yankees in seven postseason starts.
LeMahieu fouled off a pitch, then drove a fastball 355 feet to left for New York’s first leadoff homer since Derek Jeter in 2009 ALCS against the Angels.
Aaron Judge singled and Gleyber Torres doubled. Verlander struck out Giancarlo Stanton, who went 0 for 3 without two strikeouts after missing three games with a strained right quadriceps.
Hicks, sidelined for more than two months by a right elbow injury before returning for the ALCS, fell behind 0-2, took three straight balls and sent a chest-high slider down the right-field line. He turned and watched the ball, took a half-dozen slow steps toward first and started jogging after it clanked off the pole for his first home run since July 24.
New York had never hit a pair of first-inning homers in 404 previous postseason games. Verlander could only crouch on the infield grass as Hicks circled the bases.
Hicks ended a stretch of 15 straight hitless at-bats for the Yankees with runners in scoring position. New York has relied on the long ball, scoring 12 of its 17 runs against the Astros on seven homers.
This was the 1,609th postseason game in major league history, and the first in which both teams scored in the first inning and neither scored in the rest of the game
CC Sabathia dislocated his left shoulder while pitching in Game 4 and was replaced on the Yankees active roster by RHP Ben Heller. That ended the 19-season career of the 39-year-old left-hander, who is retiring. He was given a large ovation when shown on the video board in the sixth and waved to fans from the dugout.
When Donald Trump was running for president, he campaigned on ending endless wars and bringing members of the American military home. Last week he ordered the few special operations forces on the Syria-Turkey border to withdraw and has drawn heavily criticism from the Washington bubble for “abandoning our allies” – the Kurds.
A Republican leader has described this as “catastrophic” and at least one long-time member of Congress has said he is no longer on the “Trump train.”
One ought not to minimize the contribution to defeating ISIS made by a segment of the Kurds. To our military, these fighters were comrades in arms. However, the geopolitical landscape has changed, and President Trump is implementing a policy that hopefully will produce a more stable Middle East.
If my colleagues wish to continue prosecuting the congressionally unsanctioned war in northern Syria, they can introduce a resolution that authorizes military force. They can then make their case that our involvement there is due to an articulable national security interest.
Trump’s withdrawal will result in predictable outcomes, including saving U.S. lives. Turkey wishes to gain a portion of northern Syria in order to place Sunni Muslims in that area.
The PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party, the Marxist branch of the Kurds) and Turks have deep-rooted animosity. The PKK has declared war on Turkey and carried out terrorist attacks in that country. Our own State Department deems the PKK a terrorist organization.
An offshoot of the PKK, the YPG (People’s Protection Units), is the ostensible mercenary partner enlisted by the U.S. against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
However, the Turks are concerned about U.S. cooperation with the YPG because they don’t see any separation between the PKK and YPG. In fact, it has been reported that a high-ranking State Department official admitted just this week that the YPG is the Syrian offshoot of the PKK.
All of this is incredibly complex. President Trump has offered to mediate between Turkey and YPG but has been predictably rebuffed by Turkey.
Meanwhile, Russia wants to defend Syria’s preexisting borders. It views Damascus as an ally. Kurds of many different political persuasions have begun to partner with Syria –and its ally Russia – but they will increasingly face a new Sunni Turkish buffer in the north. This buffer, by extension, will also complicate Shiite Iran’s perennial desire to influence Syrian affairs.
The Trump strategy will likely simplify the balance of power in the entirety of Syria, thereby increasing the chance of stability. In any event, the morass that has existed there for centuries – felt more acutely these recent decades – will not get worse.
Additionally, there is little chance that Russian influence will increase as U.S. efforts wind down in Syria: this great power will never risk antagonizing Israel, and it will continue to have its hands full keeping Syria and Iran in line while watching what Turkey will do next.
Trump’s strategy has the potential for success because it forces regionally interested parties to balance against each other. Any good foreign policy realist will tell you that there is more chance for lasting peace when parties balance their interests against their adversaries.
Frankly, a realist approach – long neglected in Washington – is far more likely to bring geopolitical peace and stability than our decades-long liberal approach.
The loudest voices we hear from Washington advocate for the status quo. But how long is the United States supposed to protect the PKK from the Turks? Is it to be, as one former Republican presidential candidate said, maybe 100 years? And who are the Kurds in Syria, after all? They are a people without a nation or state, nor are they unified.
President Trump’s congressional critics have the option of passing a resolution on the use of force if they insist on further U.S. intervention in northern Syria. If we do not begin bringing home our troops now from Syria, when will Trump’s critics acquiesce to end our intervention there or anywhere else?
A car drives through a darkened Montclair Village in Oakland, Calif., after Pacific Gas & Electric shutdown power last week to prevent wildfires. Noah Berger/APhide caption
A car drives through a darkened Montclair Village in Oakland, Calif., after Pacific Gas & Electric shutdown power last week to prevent wildfires.
The CEO of Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. told California energy regulators that the state will likely see blackouts for another 10 years like the one imposed last week that left as many as 800,000 customers without power.
The revelation by corporation CEO Bill Johnson came Friday at a California Public Utilities Commission meeting at which he said his company is trying to reduce the chances of wildfires by trimming more trees and using technology to target smaller areas of the grid when fire dangers require power outages.
But Johnson said it could take 10 years before such outages are “really ratcheted down significantly.”
PG&E has come near universal criticism for its lack of planning in shutting off power and its failure to adequately handle customers’ questions while the outages lasted. PUC president Marybel Batjer blasted utility officials saying, “what we saw play out by PG&E last week cannot be repeated.”
During the blackouts, Johnson admitted that his company had not been prepared for the impact of the outages, including the crashing of the utility’s website and call centers being overwhelmed with customers’ concerns.
But Johnson still maintains that the outages, which the company calls Public Safety Power Shutoff events, were necessary to insure safety in the face of seasonally high winds that can damage power lines and lead to wildfires.
“We recognize the hardship that the recent PSPS event caused for millions of people and want to continue working with all key shareholders to lessen this burden going forward,” Johnson wrote in a letter to the PUC prior to the hearing. “At the same time, we ask our customers, their families, and our local and state leaders to keep in mind that statistic that matters most: there were no catastrophic wildfires.”
The utility estimates that each customer household represents about three people, so that the power outages left roughly 2 million people in the dark.
In the hearing, Johnson tried to separate PG&E’s rationale for the power outages from the company’s execution.
“Making the right decision on safety is not the same as executing that decision well,” Johnson said. “PG&E has to be better prepared than it was this time.”
Last week California Gov. Gavin Newsom said the utility’s management of the outages “was unacceptable.” He called PG&E to issue rebates of $100 for residential customers and $250 credits to small businesses affected by the outages.
Johnson said PG&E is studying the request, but is concerned about setting a precedent.
Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, fired back at Hillary Clinton’s comments on a podcast in which she claimed there is a current primary contender who is an “asset of the Russians.”
Carlson said Merrill responded with the comment, “If the nesting doll fits, this is not some outlandish claim, this is reality.”
The former secretary of state is targeting her because she opposes Clinton’s foreign policy platform, the Hawaii lawmaker said.
Gabbard told Carlson that Clinton and her “proxies” are sending a message not only to her but to veterans, active service members and Americans who are against foreign interventionism.
“They are saying that you are also a Russian asset — that you are also a traitor to this country,” Gabbard said. “The reason why she is doing this is because, ultimately she knows that she can’t control me — that I stand against everything that she represents, and that if I’m elected president, that she won’t be able to control me.”
Gabbard dared Clinton to run for president in 2020, fighting back against assertions that she is a Russian asset
“This is about Hillary Clinton sending a very strong message saying that because I am — and have long been — calling for an end to our country’s foreign policy of waging one regime change war after the next,” she said, listing military conflicts in Iraq, Libya and Syria.
She claimed Clinton was essentially accusing her of being “a Russian asset and a traitor to the nation that I love.”
Clinton did not mention Gabbard specifically by name when she was on former President Obama aide David Plouffe’s “Campaign HQ” podcast, though Plouffe ended the podcast by noting Clinton’s “belief that Tulsi Gabbard is going to be a third-party candidate propped up by Trump and the Russians.”
“She is the favorite of the Russians. They have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her so far,” Clinton said to Plouffe during the interview. She also claimed 2016 Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein is “also a Russian asset.”
“Thank you, Hillary Clinton. You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long, have finally come out from behind the curtain. … It’s now clear that this primary is between you and me. Don’t cowardly hide behind your proxies. Join the race directly,” she said.
WASHINGTON — On the day after he made more news than any chief of staff in recent White House history — much less an acting one —Mick Mulvaney went about his business as usual.
He finalized plans for hosting Republican members of Congress this weekend at Camp David, a form of outreach he has regularly pursued and a bit of traditional Washington socializing that is not President Trump’s forte. He was booked as a guest on Fox News’s Sunday morning talk show, despite a desire by some conservatives that he stop talking. And he gave a speech to a Republican group in the Raleigh, N.C., area.
But Mr. Mulvaney’s job has been anything but normal since the news conference on Thursday at which he seemingly undermined the Trump administration’s strategy for avoiding impeachment by acknowledging that Mr. Trump had sought a quid pro quo for providing Ukraine with American aid. In the chaotic aftermath, the president’s Republican allies are questioning Mr. Mulvaney’s savvy and intelligence even as the Trump campaign is defiantly turning one of his lines from the news conference into a T-shirt.
As he approaches his anniversary in the White House, Mr. Mulvaney, 52, a former South Carolina congressman and Trump budget director, finds himself in a strange netherworld.
The word “acting” is still conspicuously stuck to his title, even though Mr. Trump could remove it at any time. His relationship with the president runs hot and cold, depending on the day, though never quite cold enough for Mr. Trump to fire him.That is in part because it’s unclear who might be willing to take a job that Mr. Trump struggled to fill when it last came open.
But Thursday’s briefing in the White House press room was a prize winner in “the annals of disastrous appearances by White House chiefs of staff,” according to Christopher Whipple, author of “The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency.”
Mr. Mulvaney’s ostensible purpose was to announce that Mr. Trump had chosen his own golf resort in Doral, Fla., as the site for next year’s Group of 7 summit meeting of world leaders — a controversy of its own, but one that Mr. Mulvaney appeared prepared to take heat for.
“I get the criticisms,” he told reporters. “But, no, there’s no issue here on him profiting from this in any way, shape, or form.”
Then the questions quickly turned from whether Mr. Trump was using the presidency to enrich himself to why his administration recently froze $490 million in congressionally allocated military aid to Ukraine and whether it was an effort to coerce its government into pursuing political investigations sought by Mr. Trump.
Peppered by skeptical questions from reporters, Mr. Mulvaney was remarkably nonchalant in conceding a central component of the Democratic case for impeachment: that the aid was delayed, in part, because of Mr. Trump’s belief in an unfounded conspiracy theory that a Democratic National Committee email server hacked in 2016 may be hidden in Ukraine and could hold data showing that Russia did not interfere in that year’s election.
Mr. Mulvaney dismissed questions about whether it was appropriate to delay the aid, saying, “There’s going to be political influence in foreign policy.”
“Get over it,” he declared.
It did not take long for Mr. Mulvaney to release a statement trying to take back his admission that indeed the release of aid to Ukraine had been linked to Mr. Trump’s demand for an inquiry. White House aides privately expressed shock that Mr. Mulvaney said what he said. Several of Mr. Trump’s advisers — concerned the president didn’t seem to process what had happened — told him there was a problem.
Mr. Trump, though, grew unhappy only when he saw coverage of the news conference, according to people close to him. Even then, he was not as angry as many aides have seen him before.
Asked about Mr. Mulvaney’s comments, Mr. Trump said he hadn’t watched them and appeared unbothered. “I think he clarified it,” Mr. Trump said.
The extended Trump apparatus seemed to embrace parts of the Mulvaney message. By midday, a black T-shirt with “Get Over It” in white letters was available from the Trump 2020 campaign for $30.
But despite the effort to project confidence, Republicans in Congress and at least one prominent conservative media figure expressed dismay at Mr. Mulvaney’s words, which contradicted weeks of White House messaging.
Representative Francis Rooney, Republican of Florida, told reporters on Friday that he was “shocked that he said that stuff” and that Mr. Mulvaney’s remarks could not be walked back so simply.
“It’s not an Etch-a-Sketch,” easily erased, he said, miming the gesture.
“I want to get the facts and do the right thing,” he told reporters, “because I’ll be looking at my children a lot longer than I’m looking at anybody in this building.”
Representative Jim Jordan, Republican of Ohio and a former colleague of Mr. Mulvaney in the hard-line House Freedom Caucus, accused the media of taking his friend out of context, then said Mr. Mulvaney’s remarks had been incorrect.
“We know from the call transcript itself, there was no linkage,” he said, repeating the talking point about Mr. Trump’s phone call with the Ukrainian leader that was damaged badly by Mr. Mulvaney. “There was no quid pro quo.”
One of Mr. Trump’s most reliable allies, the Fox News host Sean Hannity, assailed Mr. Mulvaney on his radio show on Thursday as “idiotic” and “dumb,” saying he “didn’t know what he was talking about.”
Mr. Whipple said that Mr. Mulvaney’s defiant defense of the president told a larger story about how the president’s staff had largely come to enable, rather than check, his impulses.
“I think the senior advisers in the White House, led by Mulvaney, have become a cult,” he said. “To the extent there’s any discernible defense or strategy here, it seems to be, ‘There’s no defense — so let’s pretend it’s normal.’”
He added, “We found out that they think if Trump does it, it’s normal — get over it.”
The underlying tether that Mr. Trump is using to keep Mr. Mulvaney close, some advisers and former aides say, is a recognition that his scorched-earth farewells to other senior officials have left a number of them willing to tell secrets about what they saw while they served him.
Within the White House, Mr. Mulvaney has a number of allies among his subordinates. But at a more senior level, he has repeatedly been at odds with the White House counsel, Pat A. Cipollone, who came into his job not long after Mr. Mulvaney stepped into the chief of staff role.
Mr. Mulvaney and Mr. Cipollone had an extensive disagreement the day the White House released the transcript of Mr. Trump’s call on July 25 with the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky. Since then, the counsel’s office staff has repeatedly been frustrated by Mr. Mulvaney, seeing him as an impediment to helping the president.
And like everyone else, Mr. Mulvaney has the shadow of Mr. Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, to remind him that there are few permanent fixtures in this White House besides Mr. Trump’s family members.
Mr. Kushner has told White House officials that he supports Mr. Mulvaney, but he has also told associates that he has fielded complaints about him over time. Mr. Kushner was said to be frustrated by Mr. Mulvaney’s podium gaffe.
Joe Lockhart, who served as press secretary for President Bill Clinton and faced his own daily barrage of impeachment questions, said of Mr. Mulvaney, “It was malpractice to send him out there, given his lack of experience, lack of skills and a clear lack of preparation.”
But, Mr. Lockhart added: “One thing I do give him credit for, he covered himself. He was very clear that anything he did on Ukraine was at the direction of the president.”
Michael Crowley reported from Washington, and Maggie Haberman from New York.
The Houston Astros were planning to fly home late Friday evening feeling a little tipsy with the scent of champagne and beer on their clothes, and hang out in Houston all weekend waiting for the World Series.
Instead, they’ll be trying to figure out what in the world just happened.
The New York Yankees, who sent this American League Championship Series back to Houston after a 4-1 victory, may be asking themselves the same thing.
The Astros, just one victory away, and playing a Yankees’ team that looked like it was already packing up for the winter, and manager Aaron Boone ripping them for their play after Game 4, instead looked like they saw a ghost.
They were the victims of the most stunning first inning in Yankee Stadium playoff history.
It began when D.J. LeMahieu hit the second pitch of the game into the right-field seats off Cy Young favorite Justin Verlander — the first leadoff homer at Yankee Stadium since Derek Jeter in 2004 — and ended when Aaron Hicks hit a three-run homer off the right-field foul pole.
It was the first time in Yankees’ playoff history that they ever hit two home runs in the first inning. Just like that, the Yankees produced their most home runs in the first inning of any postseason game in their storied franchise history, spanning 405 games.
Verlander, who had permitted just a total of just four runs in his last four postseason start against the Yankees, gave up as many runs and homers in the first inning.
It was the first time Verlander gave up four runs in any single inning since Aug. 11, 2014, against Pittsburgh Pirates.
It was a one-inning horror show, leaving the Astros dazed.
Verlander settled back down, commanding his fastball again, looking again like the guy who’ll be in Cooperstown five years after retirement.
He retired 10 consecutive batters after Hicks’ homer, but the trouble was that James Paxton kept mowing down the Astros. He was brilliant. The only run he gave up was courtesy of an infield single, a passed ball, and a wild pitch in the first inning.
He completely shut down the Astros’ offense, with their top five hitters managing only a measly single after George Springer’s leadoff hitter. He threw 112 pitches, the most by any Yankee pitcher all season, with Boone getting a standing ovation for merely permitting him to face one last hitter, Robinson Chirinos in the sixth inning.
They were ready to turn those boos to jeers when Chirinos smoked Paxton’s pitch to the left-field wall, missing a homer by two feet.
That was it for the night, with Paxton saving the Yankees’ season.
The Astros still are sitting pretty, leading 3 games to 2.
Besides, at some point, they’re going to have to start to hit. They are hitting just .210 this postseason, and have scored just 35 runs in 10 games.
They’ve been awful against the Yankees, hitting just .178. Yordan Alvarez, the heavy favorite to win the National League Rookie of the Year, has disappeared. He is one-for-19 this series with nine strikeouts, including three times Friday.
It’s enough to give a team hope, no matter the odds stacked against them.
Well, the Yankees sure looked like a completely different team this night than the one who committed four errors, struck out 13 times, and extended their hitless strike to 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position.
“I think everyone gets frustrated at that because we expect a lot of ourselves,’’ Boone said. “But one thing I know about them when we had a clunker or not played well, I feel like this team — as much as any that I’ve been around — do a very good job of letting (that) roll off and being hyper-focused on the day.’’
Former Green Party candidate Jill Stein pushed back against Hillary Clinton after the failed 2016 presidential candidate called her a “Russian asset” this week.
In a new interview, Clinton appeared to float a conspiracy theory that the Russians are “grooming” Hawaii congresswoman and Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard to be a third-party candidate in 2020.
“I’m not making any predictions, but I think they’ve got their eye on somebody who is currently in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be the third-party candidate,” Clinton said, an apparent reference to Gabbard. “She’s the favorite of the Russians. They have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her so far.”
She then accused Stein, who ran against her and Donald Trump in 2016, of also being an asset of Russia: “That’s assuming Jill Stein will give it up, which she might not because she’s also a Russian asset. I mean — totally.”
Stein shot back on Friday, challenging Clinton to a one-on-one debate.
“In light of the latest slanderous allegations from @HillaryClinton, I challenge her to a debate. It’s past time to give the American people the real debate they deserved in 2016, but were denied by the phony DNC/RNC-controlled Commission on Presidential Debates,” Stein wrote in a series of tweets. “It’s a shame HRC is peddling conspiracy theories to justify her failure instead of reflecting on real reasons Dems lost in 2016. You can slander progressives as ‘Russian assets,’ but you can’t hide the fact that the DNC sabotaged Sanders & elevated Trump to set the stage for HRC.”
She continued: “HRC’s rant is Exhibit A for how the establishment is using the new Cold War to crack down on dissent & feed the war machine. Instead of addressing the crises working people face, they’re painting progressives as the enemy. It’s as if they’re trying to lose to Trump again.”
Gabbard also had a fiery response to Clinton and dared the former Secretary of State to enter the 2020 race.
“Great! Thank you @HillaryClinton. You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long, have finally come out from behind the curtain,” Gabbard wrote in a three-part tweet on Friday. “From the day I announced my candidacy, there has been a concerted campaign to destroy my reputation.”
“We wondered who was behind it and why,” Gabbard continued in her tweeted answer to Clinton. “Now we know — it was always you, through your proxies and powerful allies in the corporate media and war machine, afraid of the threat I pose. It’s now clear that this primary is between you and me.
“Don’t cowardly hide behind your proxies. Join the race directly” she said in a taunt squarely aimed at Dems’ 2016 standard-bearer.
Forecasters are predicting that despite high winds, surging seas and heavy rain along the Gulf Coast, Tropical Storm Nester is not expected to morph into a hurricane, much to the relief of states in the storm’s path that were more than 75 percent devastated by Hurricane Michael just last year.
The National Hurricane Center predicted that conditions along the coast late Friday into early Saturday are expected to deteriorate as Nestor makes landfall around the coast of Mexico Beach on Saturday morning without strengthening into a hurricane.
Florida officials said they activated the state’s emergency operations center at its lowest level and are not bracing for life-threatening or devastating damage. Even heavy rainfall — which is expected to be 2 to 4 inches from the central Gulf Coast to the eastern Carolinas, and up to 6 inches in some spots — will be a welcome change for areas suffering from a severe drought.
“We’ve done very little preparation only because there’s nothing really to prepare for,” Mexico City Beach Mayor Al Cathey said, according to reports by The Associated Press. “We haven’t seen any alarm at all.”
Forecasters said that as of 4 p.m. ET Friday, the storm was about 150 miles south-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River, or about 280 miles southwest of Panama City, Fla. It had top sustained winds of 60 mph and was moving to the northeast at 22 mph.
A tropical storm warning is in effect from Navarre, Fla., to Yankeetown, Fla. A storm surge warning is in effect for Indian Pass to Clearwater Beach in the state.
Conditions in parts of Alabama, Georgia and northern Florida, reaching into the Carolinas and Virginia, may include blustery winds and heavy rain through Sunday.
The Coast Guard predicted dangerous rip currents and sea levels that could rise to 20 feet around Panama City, a bustling tourist beach destination at this time of year.
Nester also impeded attempts by officials to use explosives to topple the damaged construction cranes that remain unstable after the Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans partially collapsed last week, causing them to delay the efforts until after the storm.