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Beto O’Rourke defends plan to confiscate assault-style weapons

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Beto O’Rourke and Pete Buttigieg got into an extended personal debate in a continuation of an argument they’ve been having over O’Rourke’s proposal to require people to give up assault-style weapons.

Asked how he would enforce a mandatory buyback program, during the Democratic debate, O’Rourke said he expects “my fellow Americans to follow the law.”

Buttigieg, who has called O’Rourke’s proposal a “shiny object” that distracts from taking gun control steps for which there is widespread support, said O’Rourke’s response makes clear that he doesn’t know how the plan would work.

“We cannot wait for purity tests,” Buttigieg said. “We have to just get something done.”

O’Rourke countered that Democrats should decide what they’re going to believe in and not be limited by polls, consultants and focus groups.

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Buttigieg said the problem isn’t the polls; the problem is the policy.

“I don’t need lessons from you on courage, political or personal,” Buttigieg added. “Everyone on this stage is determined to get something done.”

O’Rourke then said Buttigieg’s “shiny object” description of the buyback plan was a slap in the face to every survivor of a mass shooting.

Buttigieg responded that the best response for gun shooting survivors is to “actually deliver a solution.”

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Rep. Mark Meadows demands Adam Schiff call whistleblower to testify

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., must call the initial Trump-Ukraine whistleblower to testify, according to Rep. Mark Meadows.

“Obviously, tonight, Nancy Pelosi decided to not put a resolution on the floor which would hopefully start the process of it being fair,” Meadows claimed Tuesday on “Hannity.”

“Jim [Jordan] and I have been now in over 40 hours of deposition and what we’re finding is that Adam Schiff only wants to have witnesses who will give the response that he hopes they will give — and even at that it’s a swing and a miss.”

WHISTLEBOWER DID NOT DISCLOSE CONTACT WITH SCHIFF’S COMMITTEE TO INSPECTOR GENERAL, SOURCES SAY

Meadows said recent reports have made him consider the whistleblower more of an “informant” than a true whistleblower.

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Pointing to reporting earlier this month that the whistleblower allegedly had contact with Schiff’s staff prior to filing his complaint, Meadows said that individual must answer for those claims.

“We call it a whistleblower but it’s really more an anonymous informant — we need to have them come in so that we can say, ‘how often did you coordinate with Adam Schiff?’,” he said.

Sources told Fox News earlier in October the whistleblower — who had alleged misconduct at the White House over President Trump’s call to the Ukrainian president — did not disclose Schiff’s staff to the intelligence committee inspector general (ICIG).

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The sources said ICIG Michael Atkinson told lawmakers in a closed session that the whistleblower did not disclose the contact with the California Democrat’s committee and that Atkinson didn’t investigate that contact as he had no knowledge of it.

In a statement after his hearing with the inspector general, Schiff ripped into Republicans, saying they have “continued the president’s strategy of deflection by making the absurd claim that because a whistleblower contacted the committee seeking guidance, the committee cannot conduct an investigation into the complaint.”

Fox News’ Adam Shaw contributed to this report.

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Warren’s challengers attacked her on everything from “Medicare for All” to the wealth tax.

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WESTERVILLE, Ohio ― Public polls are mixed about whether Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is now the leading candidate in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary field. But the behavior of the other candidates on the stage at the fourth Democratic debate on Tuesday night indicated she is.

South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas all took shots at Warren in the first hour of the debate at Otterbein University in this suburb of Columbus. 

Buttigieg and Klobuchar both attacked Warren for her support of a “Medicare for All” plan, arguing she was lying to voters about whether middle-class taxes would go up. 

“Your signature is to have a plan for everything, except this,” Buttigieg said. “No plan has been laid out to explain how a multitrillion-dollar hole in this Medicare for All plan that Sen. Warren is putting forward is supposed to get filled in.”

Warren responded by repeating her standard answer when challenged on this point and pledging she wouldn’t support a plan that raised overall costs on middle-class families. She also attacked Buttigieg’s health care plan as insufficient to cover all Americans.

“Let’s be clear, whenever someone hears the term ‘Medicare for all who want it,’ understand what that really means: It’s Medicare for all who can afford it,” she responded. “Medicare for All is the gold standard. It’s the way we get health care coverage for every single American.”

Klobuchar made perhaps the most sustained attack on Warren, trying to challenge her on specific issues and on the very essence of her candidacy. 

“The difference between a plan and a pipe dream is something that you can actually get done,” Klobuchar said.

O’Rourke made perhaps the most unexpected attack on Warren, arguing she hasn’t made it clear if her plans would increase taxes on the middle class and “is more focused on being punitive or pitting one part of the country against the other instead of lifting people up.” (Warren has proposed a 2% wealth tax on the richest Americans.)

“I’m really shocked that anyone thinks I’m punitive. I don’t have a beef with billionaires,” Warren responded, again repeating she wouldn’t raise taxes on middle-class families.

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Twitter users, including Meghan McCain, critique Tom Steyer’s tie during Democratic debate

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Tom Steyer, whose wealth Forbes estimates at $1.6 billion, was wearing a plaid red tie — and it proved divisive.

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Businessman Tom Steyer made his first appearance during the Democratic debates and immediately drew attention from the moderators and Twitter users for his wealth and attire.

Steyer, whose wealth Forbes estimates at $1.6 billion, made the case for progressive policy positions like a wealth tax to address income inequality. 

“I was one of the first candidates on this stage to propose a wealth tax,” he noted. 

Sharp-eyed Twitter users noticed Steyer’s choice of apparel – a plaid red tie – and that it appeared very similar to his other ties. 

As the Washington Post reported in 2013, Steyer “dons Scottish ties every day — although not those bearing the tartan of his own clan, Murray, because he said it was too ugly.”

Some people liked the tie. 

Others did not seem to be a fan of the plaid. 

“As someone who owns more than 200 ties, I speak from a place of authority when I say: Tom Steyer’s tie game sucks,” wrote journalist Matt Laslo.  

“Tom Steyer is wearing a plaid tie, and there are limits to what we can accept in a president,” said professor Tom Nichols. 

Meghan McCain was not pleased. 

Another Twitter user created a “Tom Steyer’s tie” account. 

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Democratic Candidates Turn Fire On New Front-Runner Elizabeth Warren

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WESTERVILLE, Ohio ― Public polls are mixed about whether Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is now the leading candidate in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary field. But the behavior of the other candidates on the stage at the fourth Democratic debate on Tuesday night indicated she is.

South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas all took shots at Warren in the first hour of the debate at Otterbein University in this suburb of Columbus. 

Buttigieg and Klobuchar both attacked Warren for her support of a “Medicare for All” plan, arguing she was lying to voters about whether middle-class taxes would go up. 

“Your signature is to have a plan for everything, except this,” Buttigieg said. “No plan has been laid out to explain how a multitrillion-dollar hole in this Medicare for All plan that Sen. Warren is putting forward is supposed to get filled in.”

Warren responded by repeating her standard answer when challenged on this point and pledging she wouldn’t support a plan that raised overall costs on middle-class families. She also attacked Buttigieg’s health care plan as insufficient to cover all Americans.

“Let’s be clear, whenever someone hears the term ‘Medicare for all who want it,’ understand what that really means: It’s Medicare for all who can afford it,” she responded. “Medicare for All is the gold standard. It’s the way we get health care coverage for every single American.”

Klobuchar made perhaps the most sustained attack on Warren, trying to challenge her on specific issues and on the very essence of her candidacy. 

“The difference between a plan and a pipe dream is something that you can actually get done,” Klobuchar said.

O’Rourke made perhaps the most unexpected attack on Warren, arguing she hasn’t made it clear if her plans would increase taxes on the middle class and “is more focused on being punitive or pitting one part of the country against the other instead of lifting people up.” (Warren has proposed a 2% wealth tax on the richest Americans.)

“I’m really shocked that anyone thinks I’m punitive. I don’t have a beef with billionaires,” Warren responded, again repeating she wouldn’t raise taxes on middle-class families.

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Biden On Ukraine: ‘My Son Did Nothing Wrong, I Did Nothing Wrong’

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Ukraine was bound to come up in Tuesday’s Democratic debate at some point, but when it did, it quickly became clear that neither former Vice President Joe Biden, nor his primary opponents, wanted to focus on it.

With the debate’s second question, Biden was given a chance to address the unfounded allegations lobbed by President Trump: that Biden used his federal power to corruptly favor a Ukrainian gas company that was paying his son, Hunter.

Even in asking the question, however, CNN’s Anderson Cooper noted that there is “no evidence of wrongdoing” to support Trump’s assertions.

“My son did nothing wrong. I did nothing wrong,” Biden said, before shifting the focus to talking about “why it’s so important to remove” Trump from office.

“He knows if I get the nomination, I will beat him like a drum,” Biden said.

The former vice president said he never discussed anything about Ukraine with his son, who was paid as much as $50,000 a month while serving on the board of the country’s largest gas company, Burisma.

Trump has tried to draw a line between Joe Biden’s push as vice president to remove Ukraine’s top prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, saying that the decision was made to protect Burisma, which had previously been under investigation by Shokin.

In reality, the decision to remove Shokin was in keeping with U.S. policy at the time, and consistent with the goals of European allies and the International Monetary Fund.

Hunter Biden spoke about the issue Tuesday morning in an interview with ABC News, saying his involvement with Burisma was, in retrospect, “poor judgement on my part.”

“Did I make a mistake? Well, maybe in the grand scheme of things, yeah,” Hunter Biden said. “But did I make a mistake based upon some ethical lapse? Absolutely not.”

On Sunday, he released a statement in which he said he will forgo foreign business deals if his father is elected president.

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“My son made a judgment. I’m proud of the judgement he made,” Biden said. “And let’s focus on this. The fact of the matter is that this is about Trump’s corruption. That’s what we should be focusing on.”

Other candidates on stage also seemed to want to move on from Ukraine, despite Biden’s position as one of the campaign’s front-runners.

During the back and forth between Biden and CNN’s Cooper, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., could be heard trying to inject to object to the questioning.

Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont was given a chance to respond immediately after Biden’s response, but instead shifted focus to climate change and health care.

“We cannot and must not turn our backs on the pains of the middle class,” Sanders said.

Later on, before answering another unrelated question, Booker returned to the Ukraine question.

“That was so offensive, he should not have to defend himself,” Booker said, who added that the controversy reminded him of the Hillary Clinton email scandal of 2016, which was fueled in part by a number of unsubstantiated claims by Trump and his surrogates.

Using the second question of a nationally televised debate to focus on debunked accusations was wrong, according to Booker, and not beneficial to voters.

“The only person at home enjoying that was Donald Trump,” Booker said.

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Rep. Andy Biggs: Anti-Trump Rep. Schiff’s secret impeachment hearings are a witch hunt in a fantasyland

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Rep. Adam Schiff, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the leftists who are attacking President Trump – and by extension everyone who voted for and supports him – have managed to sink to a new low. On the scale of credibility, they are a minus-10. If they yelled fire, you would stay seated.

These Democrats are so relentlessly unfair that the Trump administration has absolutely no incentive to cooperate with them.

Schiff, D-Calif., is holding his impeachment witch hunt behind closed doors. He has dissembled about whether he or his staff met with the whistleblower leaker before an official complaint was filed. He is not following the rules of the House. He has excluded some members of the House from sitting in on the proceedings, and he now has said that the whistleblower will not be called to testify.

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Schiff excuses his misconduct, claiming Republicans will attempt to manipulate the narrative if his impeachment inquiry hearings were public.

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That’s lame and disingenuous. If the hearings are public, the whole world can watch and determine what and whom they believe. Everyone can construct a narrative to lead the public in one direction or another, but those watching an open hearing can decide what they believe to be the truth.

Schiff’s secrecy allows him to conjure up the story he wants to tell the media with little accountability. Isn’t that the more likely reason Schiff doesn’t want the public to know what’s going on in the hearings?

Further, by classifying information in the hearings, we will only hear what was said as conveyed by leakers. That is antithetical to the American system of due process.

Nothing Schiff says or does should surprise anyone. He told us for years that there was clear evidence of collusion between Trump and the Russians. And when even the anti-Trump team of Special Counsel Robert Mueller concluded no collusion, no cooperation, and no coordination between Trump or his campaign and Russia, Schiff still insisted that there was evidence of collusion.

In what universe does anyone think Schiff can be an honest and true arbiter? Only down the rabbit hole and into the world of a Democratic dreamland. In that upside-down world, an obsession to impeach President Trump turns a reckless series of hearings that operate outside House precedents and standard House rules into a “formal impeachment inquiry” on the simple declaration of Speaker Pelosi.

In this shifting fantasyland, Schiff wants us to believe that facts are whatever he says they are. He wants us to believe that transparency requires closed-door interviews of witnesses. And key witnesses (such as the whistleblower-leaker) don’t testify because Schiff doesn’t think it is necessary.

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If the Democrats have any sense of shame, they will hold a formal vote on whether to pursue an impeachment investigation. They will remove the dissembling Schiff from leading this impeachment scam. And they will follow the pattern of the House by allowing Republicans to participate by subpoenaing witnesses and cross-examining Schiff’s witnesses.

Attorneys representing President Trump should also be allowed to ask questions and introduce evidence. And there should be open and transparent hearings.

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For now, though, Democrats are happy enough to hide what they are doing. And the leftists in the media are equally happy to join in the attack on President Trump.

Until the Democrats correct their ways, my advice to the Trump administration is to stay away from Schiff’s Star Chamber.

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Democratic Candidates Turn Fire On New Front-Runner Elizabeth Warren

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WESTERVILLE, Ohio ― Public polls are mixed about whether Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is now the leading candidate in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary field. But the behavior of the other candidates on the stage at the fourth Democratic debate on Tuesday night indicated she is.

South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas all took shots at Warren in the first hour of the debate at Otterbein University in this suburb of Columbus. 

Buttigieg and Klobuchar both attacked Warren for her support of a “Medicare for All” plan, arguing she was lying to voters about whether middle-class taxes would go up. 

“Your signature is to have a plan for everything, except this,” Buttigieg said. “No plan has been laid out to explain how a multitrillion-dollar hole in this Medicare for All plan that Sen. Warren is putting forward is supposed to get filled in.”

Warren responded by repeating her standard answer when challenged on this point and pledging she wouldn’t support a plan that raised overall costs on middle-class families. She also attacked Buttigieg’s health care plan as insufficient to cover all Americans.

“Let’s be clear, whenever someone hears the term ‘Medicare for all who want it,’ understand what that really means: It’s Medicare for all who can afford it,” she responded. “Medicare for All is the gold standard. It’s the way we get health care coverage for every single American.”

Klobuchar made perhaps the most sustained attack on Warren, trying to challenge her on specific issues and on the very essence of her candidacy. 

“The difference between a plan and a pipe dream is something that you can actually get done,” Klobuchar said.

O’Rourke made perhaps the most unexpected attack on Warren, arguing she hasn’t made it clear if her plans would increase taxes on the middle class and “is more focused on being punitive or pitting one part of the country against the other instead of lifting people up.” (Warren has proposed a 2% wealth tax on the richest Americans.)

“I’m really shocked that anyone thinks I’m punitive. I don’t have a beef with billionaires,” Warren responded, again repeating she wouldn’t raise taxes on middle-class families.

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‘Unbelievable’ loss: Atatiana Jefferson’s family remembers the life of Fort Worth shooting victim

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FORT WORTH, Texas – Growing up in the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas, Atatiana Jefferson had two loves: helping people and playing video games.

She would help her dad, Marquis Jefferson, with his treatment as he wheezed through a chronic pulmonary disease, promising him she would one day study medicine and eliminate asthma. She would also spend hours at her mother’s house playing marathon video games on her Sega Genesis. 

That urge to help propelled Atatiana through a biology/pre-med degree at Xavier University of Louisiana and spurred her to spend the summer at her mother’s Fort Worth home while her mother went through heart surgery. Atatiana was in that home with her 8-year-old nephew, Zion, early Saturday when a Fort Worth officer shot and killed her through a bedroom window, police said. The two were playing video games at the time.

“This loss is one of the most unbelievable things you can ever imagine – to know that your sister was doing what she normally does and got killed for it,” older sister Ashley Carr said in an interview with USA TODAY. “It’s hard to keep on going. Right now, it’s just really hard.”

Aaron Dean was arrested on a murder charge Monday, hours after resigning from the force, and police on Tuesday released an arrest warrant quoting Zion, the nephew, as saying Atatiana had pulled a gun from her purse after hearing someone creeping around her house.

Body camera video released by Fort Worth police show Dean quietly making his way around the house, past the open front door and into the darkened backyard before shouting at Atatiana to show her hands and, a split second later, firing into the window.

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S. Lee Merritt, an attorney for family, said Dean’s arrest was a good first step but a slew of unanswered questions remain, including if there are more body camera videos of the scene and whether senior officers were present at the time of the shooting.

“This one officer obviously did something terrible and tragic,” he said, “but this was a breakdown from the top to the bottom.”

Adarius Carr, Atatiana’s brother, said the case needs to go beyond Dean’s prosecution. “The system failed him. Whoever sent him out failed him. … The training failed him,” he said. “There’s a lot that needs to be fixed.”

The younger Atatiana Jefferson

Family members still reeled from the news of Atatiana’s death but also reveled in memories of their youngest sibling. The youngest of four, Atatiana was known as a “tomboy in skirts,” climbing trees, joining in flag-football games and, once, shimmying a tree to climb atop of the roof of the house, Ashley Carr said.

She read constantly and became enamored with science, she said, dissecting small animals at home or watching her favorite TV show, “Bill Nye the Science Guy.” She would get straight-As on her report card and help her older siblings with their homework.

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“She was always inquisitive, always trying to learn more, always doing more,” Ashley Carr said.

In high school, Atatiana played clarinet in band and earned a reputation for being nice to outcast students. “There were people who didn’t fit in and she was always very kind to them,” said Cheryl Calhoun, who attended Lake Highlands High School in northeast Dallas with Atatiana.

A ‘second mom’ to her nephew

After graduating from Xavier, Atatiana was paying down her debt and saving to go to medical school – either at Meharry Medical College in Nashville or in Houston with a friend.

She also indulged in her other love: her nephew, Zion, often taking him on overnights or sharing her love of video games with him. “Zion and Atatiana were best friends,” Amber Carr, Zion’s mother, said. “She was like his second mom. When you see her, you see him. Most people thought he was hers.”

Lapaca Jefferson, 57, Atatiana’s uncle, said the family was stunned by the shooting. He was in Houston attending an anti-violence meetup over the weekend when he heard the news.

“The Jefferson family’s dreams have been shattered,” he said. “It’s a great shock.”

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WeWork says at least 1,600 phone booths in US, Canada offices contaminated with formaldehyde

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WeWork, the office space sharing startup, told employees Monday that they would be closing 2,300 phone booths that are or might be contaminated with formaldehyde in offices across the U.S. and Canada.

WeWork told employees in an internal email obtained by Fox News that it had hired an outside consultant to conduct analysis and tests on a sampling of phone booths across their workspaces after a member complained of “odor and eye irritation.”

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The testing determined that approximately 1,600 phone booths in offices contained elevated levels of formaldehyde “caused by the manufacturer.”

Although WeWork refused to identify the manufacturer at fault, they added that “out of an abundance of caution, we are also taking approximately 700 additional phone booths out of service while we conduct more testing.”

“We are working to remove all potentially impacted phone booths as quickly as possible, and we will share updates about this situation as soon as we’re able,” the email sent to employees said.

The phone booths are used by employees and members to provide a quiet space to make phone calls and spend downtime.

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Formaldehyde is a common chemical used in various building materials. Short-term exposure to elevated levels of the chemical may cause temporary nose, throat, and respiratory system irritation according to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Long-term exposure to formaldehyde has been linked to certain types of cancers.

WeWork has faced a cash crunch in recent weeks after abandoning its initial public offering last month amid tepid interest from investors worried about WeWork’s massive losses and corporate governance problems. Co-founder Adam Neumann resigned as CEO as a result of the botched IPO, but still wields influence over the company because his shares carry higher voting power.

WeWork had hoped to raise $3 billion in the IPO, which would have unlocked $6 billion in financing raised by a group of banks to fund its aggressive growth strategy.

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