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 Media (Page 231)

Bloomberg unifies 2020 Dem rivals in opposition to his billions

Westlake Legal Group 854081161001_6109316692001_6109311688001-vs Bloomberg unifies 2020 Dem rivals in opposition to his billions Paul Steinhauser fox-news/politics/elections/democrats fox-news/politics/elections fox-news/politics/2020-presidential-election fox-news/politics fox-news/person/michael-bloomberg fox news fnc/politics fnc article 9a3e71a6-a58e-5142-a5ac-7c3609479952

For Mike Bloomberg, the incoming fire from many of his 2020 Democratic presidential nomination rivals has been coming fast and furious.

“Michael Bloomberg is making a bet about democracy in 2020. He doesn’t need people, he only needs bags and bags of money. I think Michael Bloomberg is wrong,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren charged while campaigning in Iowa on Monday.

SANDERS: ‘I DON’T THINK BILLIONAIRES SHOULD BE ABLE TO BUY ELECTIONS

The progressive Democratic senator from Massachusetts spoke one day after the former three-term New York City mayor and multibillionaire business and media mogul declared his candidacy for president and immediately went up with TV commercials in media markets from coast to coast backed by a massive more than $30 million ad buy.

While Warren was taking aim at Bloomberg in Iowa, populist Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont told Fox News in New Hampshire that “I don’t think that’s what American democracy is supposed to be about. I don’t think billionaires should be able to buy elections.”

Other than their vocal opposition to President Trump, the large field of Democratic White House hopefuls are often at odds with each other. But Bloomberg’s entry into the nomination race appears to be unifying his rivals in opposition to his campaign.

Bloomberg has vowed to spend at least $150 million of his own money on his bid and skip the early primary and caucus voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina and instead concentrate on the delegate-rich states that hold contests on Super Tuesday and beyond.

THE LATEST FROM FOX NEWS ON THE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN

Sanders and Warren – the progressive standard-bearers in the 2020 field – were far from the only candidates taking aim at Bloomberg.

“I just don’t think you should be able to have billionaires with an unfair advantage in this election,” Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota told voters at town hall in New Hampshire on Friday.

And Sen. Cory Booker told Fox News on Friday that the eye-popping Bloomberg ad buy was “frustrating.” The New Jersey senator, like nearly the entire field of Democratic contenders, is vowing to rid big bucks from campaign politics.

“When I was a mayor, Mike was one of those mentor mayors to me. But when it comes to presidential politics, your qualifier should not be money. It should not put you at an advantage over other candidates who might have incredible service and accomplishments and the like,” Booker, who was mayor of Newark, N.J., said.

The push back against Bloomberg is similar – but magnified — to the criticisms of billionaire environmental and progressive advocate Tom Steyer, who’s spent over $50 million in media to promote his campaign since jumping into the race in July. With a vastly larger bank account than Steyer, Bloomberg’s more of a threat to the field of contenders.

While most of the top and middle tier contenders have taken aim at Bloomberg, two have remained mostly silent. The two are former Vice President Joe Biden and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg – who may potentially have the most to lose with another center-left contender in the race.

Hours after Bloomberg’s announcement, Biden merely said following a fundraising event in Rhode Island that, “I welcome him into the race.”

And Buttigieg on Monday said he’s “always glad to see another mayor running for national office.”

While Buttigieg and Biden have held back on criticizing Bloomberg, they are simpatico with Warren and Sanders and others contenders when it comes to radically changing the current campaign finance system to rid big money out of politics.

Veteran Democratic operative and strategist Julia Barnes noted that “Bloomberg is coming into an environment where voters are not interested in granting him access through money.”

“The blowback he is getting for this late entry reflects the attitude cultivated in early states – that effort, time and personal engagement is key for support. That may be different in the states he is aiming to play in for March and later but I seriously doubt it. At this point, he has been so absent from the voter’s conversations that I don’t expect TV to change that,” predicted Barnes, a top campaign aide on Sanders 2016 White House bid.

Democratic operative Michael Ceraso noted that Bloomberg’s entry gives his rivals an easy target.

“Bloomberg’s candidacy can be sliced and diced by the media and punditry but I think what his campaign means to this race is pretty simple: Bloomberg gives Democratic candidates the ability to shift media and voter scrutiny from them to him. There is a strategic value in using Bloomberg as a backdrop to corporate greed and meritocracy gone wrong,” explained Ceraso, a veteran of Sanders’ 2016 campaign who served as Buttigieg’s New Hampshire state director this year before parting ways with the campaign.

But he warned that “the problem behind this campaign strategy is that it prevents substantive debate around core policy differences between the top tier candidates and that’s not good for the party that needs to both rebuild the Obama coalition and restore trust with disengaged voters who are looking for a reason to vote.”

Fox News’ Andrew Craft, Andres del Aguila, and Madeleine Rivera contributed to this report.

Westlake Legal Group 854081161001_6109316692001_6109311688001-vs Bloomberg unifies 2020 Dem rivals in opposition to his billions Paul Steinhauser fox-news/politics/elections/democrats fox-news/politics/elections fox-news/politics/2020-presidential-election fox-news/politics fox-news/person/michael-bloomberg fox news fnc/politics fnc article 9a3e71a6-a58e-5142-a5ac-7c3609479952   Westlake Legal Group 854081161001_6109316692001_6109311688001-vs Bloomberg unifies 2020 Dem rivals in opposition to his billions Paul Steinhauser fox-news/politics/elections/democrats fox-news/politics/elections fox-news/politics/2020-presidential-election fox-news/politics fox-news/person/michael-bloomberg fox news fnc/politics fnc article 9a3e71a6-a58e-5142-a5ac-7c3609479952

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

Why Virginia Democrats’ Refusal To Repeal ‘Right-To-Work’ Law Matters

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) all but ruled out repealing the state’s anti-union “right-to-work” law on Monday, dashing the hopes of a rising populist guard that is hoping to bring Virginia in line with other solidly Democratic states where organized labor flourishes.

A Northam spokesperson did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for clarification of the governor’s intentions, including whether he would veto a repeal bill if it arrives on his desk.

Regardless, Northam’s remarks that he cannot “foresee” Virginia rescinding the law, delivered alongside outgoing Republican legislative leaders at a state economic and revenue forecast meeting, discouraging unions and progressives eager to see Democrats both reembrace their historic solidarity with organized labor and enact policy with an eye toward the party’s long-term political fortunes. 

“Today is a disappointing day for the working-class families of Virginia,” said William Sproule, secretary-treasurer of the Keystone-Mountain-Lakes Regional Council of Carpenters, which represents union carpenters in Virginia.

Unions have greater difficulty organizing and maintaining power in “right-to-work” states because those states bar unions from collecting dues from workers they represent in front of management. As a result, some workers choose to “freeload,” or benefit from the union’s protection without contributing, which typically limits a union’s financial resources.

Right-to-work policy “has succeeded in its purpose: The wage levels for working people in the state of Virginia are appalling,” said Chris Townsend, the organizing director of the Amalgamated Transit Union, who has lived in Alexandria, Virginia, for the past 30 years.

Westlake Legal Group 5ddd8cd81f0000d51adef965 Why Virginia Democrats’ Refusal To Repeal ‘Right-To-Work’ Law Matters

Michael McCoy / Reuters Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D), a business-friendly Democrat who voted for President George W. Bush twice, has again disappointed the state’s labor unions and progressive activists.

There is research to support Townsend’s claim. Right-to-work states, which are almost all outside the pro-union Northeast and West Coast, have wages that are, on average, 3.1% lower than pro-union states, according to a 2015 study by the liberal Economic Policy Institute. 

That’s true not just because of the direct benefits of unionization for workers, but also because the threat of unionization prompts employers in pro-union states to offer better pay and benefits to stave off unionization.

“Allowing unions to be effective promotes the wages of not just union members, but non-union members as well,” said Jeff Hauser, a former AFL-CIO spokesman who now runs the Center for Economic and Policy Research’s Revolving Door Project.

Virginia, where elections earlier this month handed Democrats unified control of the state government, gets particularly low marks when it comes to workers’ rights. The human rights nonprofit Oxfam ranked Virginia dead last in its ranking of the “best places to work in America.” 

In addition to being a right-to-work state, Virginia bars public-sector workers ― those employed by the state, counties and municipalities ― from engaging in collective bargaining. 

In Virginia, we can not only win by being a good state for business, but we can also win by being one of the best states for workers. Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy (D)

Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy (D), a public defender representing the outermost suburbs of Northern Virginia, still hopes to pass legislation overturning the right-to-work law. She noted that Del. Lee Carter (D), a democratic socialist from Manassas, has vowed to introduce repeal legislation. 

“In Virginia, we can not only win by being a good state for business, but we can also win by being one of the best states for workers,” Carroll Foy said. “Many other states have done this.”

A spokesperson for Democratic Speaker-designate Eileen Filler-Corn did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s inquiry about whether Filler-Corn would allow such a bill to proceed out of committee for a vote on the House floor.

To those familiar with Northam, a business-friendly physician who says he voted twice for President George W. Bush, Monday’s indication that he would not rescind the state’s right-to-work law was not altogether surprising. He’d even reportedly said something similar to union officials in a private meeting before state elections earlier this month. 

But even his detractors are disappointed in Northam’s insensitivity to the political implications of allowing his state to remain inhospitable to unions. 

Republican lawmakers, by contrast, are keenly aware of the political advantages of kneecapping unions. In the past decade, in particular, Republican governors have moved rapidly to gut labor unions, knowing that they engender class consciousness at odds with GOP ideology and funnel money and resources to Democratic candidates. Here again, there is research to back up Republicans’ conduct: In presidential races, Democratic vote share by county drops 3.5 percentage points after passage of right-to-work laws, according to a National Bureau of Economic Research study published in February.

The right tries to use temporary power to build permanent power for its coalition and erode the power of the opposing coalition. Jeff Hauser, former AFL-CIO spokesman

The most glaring example of Republicans riding anti-union legislation to victory at the ballot is Wisconsin, where former Gov. Scott Walker (R) stripped public-sector unions of key bargaining rights and later made Wisconsin a right-to-work state, denuding private-sector unions in the process. 

On election night in 2016, conservative anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist gloated that Walker’s evisceration of his state’s unions had won the state for Donald Trump.

Michigan, home to the country’s unionized auto industry, underwent a quieter transition to right-to-work status in 2012. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton also narrowly lost that state to Trump in 2016.

“The right tries to use temporary power to build permanent power for its coalition and erode the power of the opposing coalition,” said Hauser, noting not just Republicans’ prioritization of attacks on unions, but also their efforts to restrict voting rights that disadvantage traditionally Democratic demographic groups.

Short of Republican-style voter disenfranchisement, Hauser recommended that Democrats “also learn to prioritize acts that expand the ongoing power of their coalition,” including by creating conditions for unions to flourish.

A perennial source of frustration for opponents of anti-union laws is that Republicans typically do not emphasize them during campaigns and then railroad them through at the first chance once in office.  

Given the opportunity to weigh in, the voting public, even in conservative states, often overturns such laws. Most recently, Missouri voters threw out a right-to-work law through a statewide ballot initiative in August 2018. 

Virginia voters have a record of similar action. In November 2016, state residents voted down a referendum that would have enshrined the state’s right-to-work status in its constitution.

Sproule of the carpenters union cited the 2016 outcome, as well as the victory of pro-union Democrats in 2019, in his statement.

“Northam has changed views on this important issue, but the Keystone-Mountain-Lakes Regional Council of Carpenters [has] not,” he said.

Of course, even if Northam, who survived public uproar in February over the revelation that he’d worn blackface as a medical student, got out of the way of a right-to-work repeal effort, some of the Democrats in the state legislature would likely need some convincing. Particularly in the state Senate, many veteran Democrats embody the tradition of bipartisan chumminess with big business that is sometimes dubbed the “Virginia Way.”

There are some signs that the tides are shifting toward a more populist iteration of the Democratic Party ― albeit slowly. The rise of a vibrant liberal grassroots movement in Virginia after Trump’s victory in 2016 ushered in a crop of “Virginia Way” skeptics to the state Capitol. These younger, more diverse and more progressive lawmakers, mostly in the House of Delegates, have had some success in reining in the state’s influential electric utility monopolies. 

But a bid by House progressives to elect one of their own as speaker fell short earlier this month. 

For Townsend, the transit union official, the mere discussion of right-to-work laws ― and public pushback against Northam ― is a harbinger of change.

“We didn’t have that for years and years,” he said. “There’s only one way to go in Virginia, which is up ― so what the hell.”

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

CNN analyst: Impeachment polling is a ‘warning sign’ for Democrats

Westlake Legal Group Pelosi-Schiff-Bade-AP-WAPO CNN analyst: Impeachment polling is a 'warning sign' for Democrats Sam Dorman fox-news/politics/trump-impeachment-inquiry fox-news/politics/elections/polls fox news fnc/media fnc e7506c07-ef86-59df-8c80-fc2cf28339fe article

Recent polling could be a warning sign to House Democrats that they failed to convince the public that President Trump should be impeached when they held hearings on the matter last week, Washington Post reporter Rachael Bade said on Tuesday.

“I do think that this polling, is sort of a warning sign for them. I mean, if they’re not able to move public sentiment at all with those five hearings with … a dozen State Department or [National Security Council] officials coming forward and testifying against the president,” Bade told CNN. “I mean, that’s a problem for them. I mean, this should be a high point for them in terms of making the case to the voters.”

CNN’s John King reported on polling that showed 40 percent of Americans believed Democrats were abusing their constitutional powers.

HOUSE DEM SEES NO ‘VALUE’ IN IMPEACHMENT, AS POLLS SHOW FAILING SUPPORT AMONG INDEPENDENTS

Polling has shown that both independents and Democrats have started to lose interest in impeachment.

Meanwhile, 50 percent of independents questioned in an NPR/PBS/Marist poll conducted Nov. 11-15 did not support impeaching and removing Trump from office, with just 42 percent backing such a move.

More from Media

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

That’s a noticeable dip in support compared with the previous NPR/PBS/Marist poll – conducted the first week in October – when support stood at 45 percent.

In addition, a Gallup poll conducted the first two weeks of November indicated that 45 percent of independent voters supported impeaching and removing the president – with 53 percent opposing the move. That’s a switch from October when the previous Gallup survey put the split at 53-44 percent.

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report.

Westlake Legal Group Pelosi-Schiff-Bade-AP-WAPO CNN analyst: Impeachment polling is a 'warning sign' for Democrats Sam Dorman fox-news/politics/trump-impeachment-inquiry fox-news/politics/elections/polls fox news fnc/media fnc e7506c07-ef86-59df-8c80-fc2cf28339fe article   Westlake Legal Group Pelosi-Schiff-Bade-AP-WAPO CNN analyst: Impeachment polling is a 'warning sign' for Democrats Sam Dorman fox-news/politics/trump-impeachment-inquiry fox-news/politics/elections/polls fox news fnc/media fnc e7506c07-ef86-59df-8c80-fc2cf28339fe article

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

Last Living Mount Rushmore Carver Dies At 98

Westlake Legal Group ap_19081671420341_custom-094df883504d2b342833250349f081ee444e110a-s1100-c15 Last Living Mount Rushmore Carver Dies At 98

Nearly 400 men and women worked for more than 14 years to carve the images of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, and Lincoln into Mount Rushmore in Keystone, S.D. David Zalubowski/AP hide caption

toggle caption

David Zalubowski/AP

Westlake Legal Group  Last Living Mount Rushmore Carver Dies At 98

Nearly 400 men and women worked for more than 14 years to carve the images of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, and Lincoln into Mount Rushmore in Keystone, S.D.

David Zalubowski/AP

The man believed to be the last living carver of Mount Rushmore has died.

Donald “Nick” Clifford was one of nearly 400 men and women who worked on the iconic American monument. He died on Saturday at a hospice in Rapid City at the age of 98, his wife told NPR.

Clifford, who celebrated his last birthday in July, was immensely proud of his work on the mountainside as a teenager.

“I feel like Mount Rushmore was the greatest thing with which I was ever involved,” he told the Rapid City Journal. “It tells a story that will never go away — the story of how America was made and the men who helped make it what it is today.”

The 60-foot bust memorial was the vision of sculptor Gutzon Borglum and took 14 years to complete. From 1927 to 1941 men and women worked to blast and carve the faces of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, and Lincoln into the South Dakota mountain.

“The work was hard, the hours long, the pay low, and periods of employment uncertain,” the National Park Service explains, adding that despite the dangerous conditions there were no fatalities during the carving work.

Clifford worked there from 1938 to 1940, earning 55 cents an hour.

According to Carolyn, Clifford’s wife of 45 years, he had spent much of his young life waiting to work at the site. “You couldn’t work there until you were 17 years old, so Nick went to work at the Etta mine when he was 15. But as soon as he turned 17, he went to work on Mount Rushmore,” she said.

He was just 6 years old when work began on the bust of Washington, so by the time Clifford started as a driller, only Lincoln and Roosevelt remained to be sculpted.

“I knew how to run a jackhammer and that was the main requirement,” Clifford wrote in his book, Mount Rushmore Q&A.

“When I started drilling Lincoln, Borglum [Gutzon Borglum’s son and right hand man] told me where to drill and how to do it,” he said.

After working on the famous faces, Clifford joined the 8th Air Force, fighting in World War II. He eventually returned to live in Keystone in the 1970s. But it wasn’t until his later years that he became known as something of a local celebrity.

While the men who worked on the mountainside eventually drifted apart, pursuing other work, growing their families and realizing new dreams, Carolyn said many often returned to Keystone. When that happened and Clifford ran into old friends, “they would always, eventually, get to talking about the old days,” his wife said.

“But, you know, that of course stopped happening,” she added.

In an interview with KOTA TV on his 98th birthday, Clifford lamented the loss of his old colleagues. “They’re all gone now. I’m the last one,” he said.

Since 2004, Clifford and his wife could be found selling copies of his self-published book at the memorial’s gift shop.

“He could be shy at times but he loved doing that. He loved visiting with people and answering their questions,” his wife said.

Clifford was working at the gift shop the morning of Nov. 8 when he told his wife he was feeling unwell. She took him to the emergency room and he spent the last few weeks of his life in and out of the hospital.

“He wasn’t sick and he didn’t have a disease, but at that age, when you don’t get out of bed and move around, you become weak,” she said.

Clifford is survived by three children from a previous marriage, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

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

‘Moscow Mitch’ McConnell wrapping paper sold by Kentucky Democrats

Westlake Legal Group qQEVZFkE-b6gixO8KzDNws24GBty_Qh5p7UcRF5mb2w 'Moscow Mitch' McConnell wrapping paper sold by Kentucky Democrats r/politics

As a reminder, this subreddit is for civil discussion.

In general, be courteous to others. Debate/discuss/argue the merits of ideas, don’t attack people. Personal insults, shill or troll accusations, hate speech, any advocating or wishing death/physical harm, and other rule violations can result in a permanent ban.

If you see comments in violation of our rules, please report them.

For those who have questions regarding any media outlets being posted on this subreddit, please click here to review our details as to whitelist and outlet criteria.


I am a bot, and this action was performed automatically. Please contact the moderators of this subreddit if you have any questions or concerns.

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

Black bear sneaks up on guests at park, strokes woman’s hair

Westlake Legal Group black-bear Black bear sneaks up on guests at park, strokes woman's hair Michael Hollan fox-news/world/world-regions/location-mexico fox news fnc/great-outdoors fnc article 3363edf5-fd54-5106-a60a-dadd09cf4f36

Well, that’s worth the price of admission.

Guests at a park in Mexico were treated to a once-in-a-lifetime experience when they encountered a bear.

But while getting surprised by a bear is commonly a pretty terrifying experience, this one just wanted to … wait, fix someone’s hair?

A black bear approached guests at the Chipinque Ecological Park in Mexico, the Herald Publicist reports. The animal was apparently looking for food at some nearby trash cans when it sneaked up on some visitors.

Footage of the incident shows the large animal walk up behind the guests, stand up on its hind legs and then start brushing a woman’s hair. The animal then calmly sits back down, much to the guests’ surprise.

WISCONSIN HUNTER WHO SHOT OTHER HUNTER DURING DEER SEASON’S OPENING WEEKEND HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED

In October, a tourist was filmed getting dangerously close to a black bear in Tennessee.

On Oct. 14, Kelly Price Helms shared an “insane” 33-second clip to Facebook, featuring a group of people photographing a black bear from just a few feet away, while the wild animal ate grass near the side of a road between Cades Cove and Townsend, as per WBIR. The visitors seemed to be blissfully unaware of the dangerous situation they were in.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR LIFESTYLE NEWSLETTER

“Witnessed this the other day while visiting the Smoky Mountains. Insane!” Helms captioned the now-viral video, which has since been shared nearly 5,000 times to date.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

“Please note that my family and I were safe in our car and unable to move along due to these people jumping out of their vehicles,” she added.

Fox News’ Janine Puhak contributed to this report.

Westlake Legal Group black-bear Black bear sneaks up on guests at park, strokes woman's hair Michael Hollan fox-news/world/world-regions/location-mexico fox news fnc/great-outdoors fnc article 3363edf5-fd54-5106-a60a-dadd09cf4f36   Westlake Legal Group black-bear Black bear sneaks up on guests at park, strokes woman's hair Michael Hollan fox-news/world/world-regions/location-mexico fox news fnc/great-outdoors fnc article 3363edf5-fd54-5106-a60a-dadd09cf4f36

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

Dems’ doomsday scenario: Could anxious moderates scuttle impeachment push?

Westlake Legal Group 694940094001_6108793256001_6108795363001-vs Dems’ doomsday scenario: Could anxious moderates scuttle impeachment push? fox-news/politics/trump-impeachment-inquiry fox news fnc/politics fnc article Adam Shaw 67cb2a42-2a14-5fc6-bd08-36aff1408bea

With impeachment proceedings moving swiftly after a spree of dramatic hearings, the expectation that the House will vote to impeach President Trump and trigger a Senate trial has been treated as a fait accompli — but the president’s allies still see a scenario, however remote, where congressional Democrats could fall short.

As with so many debates in Washington, it could all come down to the moderates.

A senior administration official claimed Friday, after the apparent conclusion of House Intelligence Committee hearings, that it’s “not clear the House is going to impeach.”

DEM REVERSES COURSE ON IMPEACHMENT AGAIN, NOW SUPPORTS AFTER SAYING IT HAD NO VALUE

This, despite House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., declaring the “evidence of Trump’s misconduct is already overwhelming” — and many Democrats playing up testimony that linked top officials to a pressure campaign on Ukraine to investigate the Bidens and asserted an Oval Office meeting, and possibly aid, were used as leverage.

Yet similar to the Russia investigation, while the hearings have been covered extensively — featuring analysis replete with phrases such as “game over” and “the walls are closing in” — the polling suggests the needle isn’t moving much in the court of public opinion.

Among critical independents, there are troubling signs for impeachment backers. Fifty percent of independents questioned in an NPR/PBS/Marist poll conducted Nov. 11-15 did not support impeaching and removing Trump from office, with just 42 percent backing such a move. That’s a slight dip in support compared with the previous NPR/PBS/Marist poll – conducted the first week in October – when support stood at 45 percent.

While that poll was conducted before last week’s high-profile testimony, it raises the possibility that the hearings in Washington are not resonating so much outside the Beltway.

Under pressure from aggressive GOP ads, it remains unclear whether vulnerable Democrats in districts Trump won would have the stomach to go through with impeachment in the end even if the party appears united against Trump now.

A window into the pressure campaign to keep Democrats in line came over a 48-hour period this week when Rep. Brenda Lawrence, D-Mich., changed her tune twice on impeachment.

On Sunday, Lawrence said she no longer saw any value in the process and called on Democrats to back a symbolic censure resolution instead.

“We are so close to an election,” Lawrence said Sunday on a Michigan radio program, noting that Trump stands little chance of being convicted by the GOP-controlled Senate. “I will tell you, sitting here knowing how divided this country is, I don’t see the value of taking him out of office. But I do see the value of putting down a marker saying his behavior is not acceptable.”

While Lawrence presented a censure as a “marker,” it would also mark a climbdown for Democrats, whose impeachment push has sidelined almost every other political issue since the summer.

AS IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY BREAKS FOR THANKSGIVING, CONVERSATIONS OVER TURKEY COULD DICTATE NEXT STEPS

But on Tuesday Lawrence issued a new statement, saying she continues to support impeachment.

“I was an early supporter for impeachment in 2017,” Lawrence said in a statement. “The House Intelligence Committee followed a very thorough process in holding hearings these past two weeks. The information they revealed confirmed that this President has abused the power of his office, therefore I continue to support impeachment.”

Asked by Fox News whether Democratic leadership pushed for the latest statement, an aide said: “Not that I know of.” But the aide suggested the congresswoman still likes the idea of a censure, saying, “What she was trying to say is that because she doesn’t think the Senate will convict, that maybe censure would be a viable option.”

The Republican National Committee promptly sent out an email blast crowing that Democrats are getting “cold feet” and “vulnerable” members “should listen to their constituents and be the next group to abandon ship.”

Other Democrats have expressed some uncertainty without tipping their hands. Rep. Donna Shalala, D-Fla., told The Washington Examiner that she doesn’t know if the impeachment hearings will change voters’ minds.

“I’ll have to see,” she said. “Whether it will shift their minds one way or the other, I don’t know that.”

The next few weeks are key.

Lawmakers are likely to keep a close eye on how public opinion shifts or doesn’t over the Thanksgiving break. Democrats in pro-Trump districts could face difficult decisions — and while the math is in the pro-impeachment favor, it isn’t a slam dunk.

A simple majority — 216 of 431 members — is needed to impeach. There are 233 Democrats, meaning that presuming anti-Trump independent Rep. Justin Amash backs impeachment, Democrats can lose 18 of their own and still impeach the president.

Thirty-one of those Democrats represent districts carried by Trump in 2016. Those members will be watched closely as the House Judiciary Committee takes up the case and considers articles of impeachment as soon as next month.

As for Republicans, it seems extremely unlikely that any will break off. Republicans such as Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, who was eyed as a possible break-off from the GOP, recently indicated he will vote against impeachment.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

Democrats also face the prospect of a Republican-controlled Senate trial, in which Republicans could use the proceedings to go on offense and call their own witnesses to make their case that there was Ukrainian interference in 2016, or that former Vice President Joe Biden or his son’s conduct in the country was inappropriate.

Sensing a possible opening, the Republican National Committee is ramping up the pressure on Democrats in pro-Trump districts. As reported by The Daily Caller, the RNC is running ads urging voters to pick a lawmaker who “won’t waste taxpayer $$$ on partisan impeachment.”

“[House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi herself said impeachment must be ‘compelling,’ ‘overwhelming,’ and ‘bipartisan,’” RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel tweeted.

“After 2 weeks of sham hearings, the Democrats’ case against @realDonaldTrump is dead — and the only thing that’s ‘bipartisan’ is the opposition to their entire charade,” she said.

Fox News’ Gregg Re and Ronn Blitzer contributed to this report.

Westlake Legal Group 694940094001_6108793256001_6108795363001-vs Dems’ doomsday scenario: Could anxious moderates scuttle impeachment push? fox-news/politics/trump-impeachment-inquiry fox news fnc/politics fnc article Adam Shaw 67cb2a42-2a14-5fc6-bd08-36aff1408bea   Westlake Legal Group 694940094001_6108793256001_6108795363001-vs Dems’ doomsday scenario: Could anxious moderates scuttle impeachment push? fox-news/politics/trump-impeachment-inquiry fox news fnc/politics fnc article Adam Shaw 67cb2a42-2a14-5fc6-bd08-36aff1408bea

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

Marine killed in Iraq over summer died from enemy fire, officials say

A Marine who was killed in Iraq over the summer died during a combat operation from enemy actions, not friendly fire, according to military officials.

The Pentagon initially concluded the Aug. 10 death of Marine Gunnery Sgt. Scott A. Koppenhafer was by enemy small arms fire near Qanus Island in Iraq, the Marine Corps Times reported. His death was the first American combat casualty since U.S. forces returned to the country in 2014 to battle the Islamic State.

NORTH CAROLINA MAN GETS PRISON TIME FOR ACCIDENTALLY KILLING FELLOW MARINE

Westlake Legal Group image Marine killed in Iraq over summer died from enemy fire, officials say Louis Casiano fox-news/world/world-regions/iraq fox-news/tech/topics/us-marines fox news fnc/us fnc article 6b13c61b-1732-538b-90fd-9b226e470633

Marine Gunnery Sgt. Scott A. Koppenhafer, 35, was killed in Iraq over the summer by enemy forces, not friendly fire, military officials said.  (Marines Corps)

Soon after announcing the cause of death, the Pentagon began looking into whether Koppenhafer, 35, was accidentally shot by U.S. or Iraq forces instead.

“There is no evidence that suggests Iraqi Partner Forces engaged U.S. or Coalition forces on this operation,” officials with Operation Inherent Resolve told the Times in an emailed statement Tuesday. “The deaths and injuries were incurred in the line of duty.”

Koppenhafer, of Mancos, Colo., was assigned to the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion based at Camp Lejeune, N.C., at the time of his death.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

He was part of a joint U.S.-Iraqi task force established to take back terrority taken by ISIS after the group took control of the city of Mosul in northern Iraq.

Westlake Legal Group image Marine killed in Iraq over summer died from enemy fire, officials say Louis Casiano fox-news/world/world-regions/iraq fox-news/tech/topics/us-marines fox news fnc/us fnc article 6b13c61b-1732-538b-90fd-9b226e470633   Westlake Legal Group image Marine killed in Iraq over summer died from enemy fire, officials say Louis Casiano fox-news/world/world-regions/iraq fox-news/tech/topics/us-marines fox news fnc/us fnc article 6b13c61b-1732-538b-90fd-9b226e470633

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

Stephen Miller Emails Show How White Nationalism Is Moving Into The Mainstream

Westlake Legal Group ap_19183770334069_custom-f01bc30c41e3590311dc3f17961f275510073ce6-s1100-c15 Stephen Miller Emails Show How White Nationalism Is Moving Into The Mainstream

White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller waits for the start of a meeting with President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the Blue House in Seoulin June. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

toggle caption

Susan Walsh/AP

Westlake Legal Group  Stephen Miller Emails Show How White Nationalism Is Moving Into The Mainstream

White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller waits for the start of a meeting with President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the Blue House in Seoulin June.

Susan Walsh/AP

For almost three decades, Jared Taylor has been publishing his ideas about race at the American Renaissance magazine and now at a website called AmRen, which is considered a mouthpiece for white supremacist ideology.

“The races are not identical and equivalent,” says Taylor, who calls himself a “race realist” and rejects the white supremacist label. “There are patterns of difference. But this is now something that’s considered a huge, hateful taboo in the United States.”

The website is not well-known outside of white nationalist circles — but it found an audience in White House adviser Stephen Miller.

Miller has recommended articles on AmRen and another white nationalist site called VDARE. We know this because the Southern Poverty Law Center has uncovered hundreds of emails that Miller wrote to a reporter at Breitbart News before he worked in the White House.

Civil rights activists and more than 100 members of Congress — all Democrats — have called for Miller’s resignation since the publication of the emails. But the White House is standing behind him. And Republicans have been largely silent. Critics say this suggests the line of what’s acceptable in public discourse has shifted.

The latest batch of emails, released by the SPLC on Monday, show Miller pushing a supposed link between immigrants and rising crime, an idea that’s been debunked. Miller also flagged a story on AmRen written by Taylor, according to the Breitbart reporter, Katie McHugh.

Taylor frequently promotes ideas that are widely considered racist and cloaks them in the language of science. For example, he talks about black people having higher levels of testosterone, and therefore being predisposed to commit more violent crimes — an idea that simply has no scientific support. In another email to McHugh, Miller suggested she write about The Camp of the Saints, a French novel from the 1970s that depicts the destruction of Western civilization by immigrants. It’s become a key inspiration in white nationalist circles.

To Miller’s critics, the leaked emails — and the muted reaction on the right — suggest that the political dynamic around race and immigration has shifted to include ideas that were once beyond the pale.

“I fear that the line of what is normal is moving,” said Vanita Gupta, the head of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights in Washington. The group sent a letter last week signed by 50 civil rights organizations, calling on the White House to fire Miller.

“I don’t think that there’s any way to look at those emails and to look at his own track record and not be profoundly disturbed about what we are allowing at the highest level of government today,” Gutpa said.

In a White House where turnover is high, Miller is one of the staffers who has been there from the beginning. And he continues to be a key architect of the president’s hardline immigration policies.

The White House is defending him, saying Miller is opposed to bigotry in all its forms. But most Republicans have been silent.

“Yeah, it’s horrible,” said Mike Murphy, a Republican strategist who’s worked on presidential campaigns for Mitt Romney and John McCain and describes himself as a “never Trumper.”

“The Republican Party has been hijacked by Trump into this crude nativist populism and dregs like Miller running wild in positions of power,” Murphy said.

Not that long ago, promoting the views of white nationalists would have hurt your career in Washington.

Earlier this year, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, said in an interview that he wondered why the terms “white nationalist” and “white supremacist” are considered offensive. King was quickly stripped of his committee assignments, and rebuked by his colleagues on both sides of the aisle.

And last year, the Trump administration dismissed two low-level staffers for attending or speaking at public events with white nationalists.

But Stephen Miller is still there.

“The Republican leaders of one half-generation ago would have taken a very strong public line against this sort of stuff,” Murphy said. “George H.W. Bush, George Bush, Ronald Reagan never would have tolerated any of this.”

Murphy thinks the silence among current Republicans is the sound of fear. He says they don’t want to anger President Trump, and his loyal base of Republican primary voters. Murphy does not think there’s wide support in the GOP for white nationalist ideas.

But Maya Berry, executive director of the Arab American Institute in Washington, is not so sure. She says many Republicans are worried about the coming demographic shift in the U.S. According to the Census Bureau, a majority of the U.S. will be made up of minority populations by 2045.

“That’s actually the real story of the Stephen Miller problem,” Berry said. “It’s not that he’s an anomaly. It’s that at this time, regrettably, there seems to be a fairly dominant strain of the Republican Party that thinks it is appropriate to be afraid of the upcoming majority-minority change.”

People who study far right extremism say this is how ideas move from the fringe to the mainstream, and they warn that these ideas are driving extremist violence in Charlottesville, Pittsburgh, El Paso and elsewhere.

Cynthia Miller-Idriss studies white nationalism and extremism at American University. She says the normalization of hate speech may be well underway.

“There is a danger here that people start to get a little bit cynical,” Miller-Idriss said. “They downplay it or they think like, ‘Oh, it’s not so bad.’ But, you know, something that would have been shocking two or three or four or five years ago becomes much less shocking in 2019.”

To Jared Taylor, this is progress.

The editor of AmRen says there’s nothing “newsworthy” in Miller’s emails, or about the fact that he would seek out information that’s not available from the mainstream media. And Taylor says he’s gratified that his ideas are finally gaining some traction.

“I’ve been injecting my ideas into the general conversation patiently and diligently for the last 30 years,” Taylor says. “And I can assure you that more and more people agree with me.”

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

Varney says Thanksgiving dinner will be ‘field day’ for Trump supporters: No longer ‘playing defense’

“Every year during the Trump presidency, the same old Thanksgiving question rolls around, ‘Will you talk politics around the dinner table?'” Fox Business host Stuart Varney asked in a new episode of Fox Nation’s “My Take.”

“Instead of playing defense at the Thanksgiving table this year, Trump supporters can be quietly smug. The tide has turned.”

— Stuart Varney, Fox Business host 

“My answer is the same as it’s always been, ‘Of course, politics will be discussed.’ It’s a free speech Turkey Day at my house and so far, we have not had a temper tantrum, no tears, no storming out of the room,” said Varney.

“Instead of playing defense at the Thanksgiving table, this year Trump supporters can be quietly smug. The tide has turned. Trump haters are fading. They’re tired. They are fatigued. Let them be horrified — quietly.”

As the country gears up for Thanksgiving this week amid an impeachment investigation into the president, many homes are banning political conversations at dinner — but Varney discourages Americans from shying away from the controversial topic.

“Of course, it does help that there’s broad agreement around our table that we’re thankful to be celebrating a prosperous constitutional republic. We’re pretty happy with the way our country is going right now,” Varney said.

Westlake Legal Group Varney-Thanksgiving-Dinner-iStock Varney says Thanksgiving dinner will be 'field day' for Trump supporters: No longer 'playing defense' Yael Halon fox-news/topic/fox-nation-opinion fox-news/opinion fox-news/lifestyle/occasions/thanksgiving fox-news/fox-nation fox news fnc/media fnc article 2a50bd11-6d28-540b-9a9f-18cfa4220aae

On the other hand, Varney suggested that the “Trump haters” were “getting fatigued.”

“They’ve been stamping their little feet all the way through Russia, Russia, Russia, then obstruction of justice and now impeachment for a Ukrainian quid pro quo. Surely they’re getting tired and maybe they are beginning to realize that hatred brings a backlash,” he said.

“The Trump haters are not gaining ground. All those hours of turgid impeachment hearings have actually produced some sympathy for the president,” Varney added.

The recent impeachment proceedings may have done Trump more good than harm, Varney explained, saying that he “sensed a shift in public opinion.”

SEAN DUFFY SAYS DON’T SHY AWAY FROM POLITICS AT THANKSGIVING DINNER

“All that noise in Washington is being drowned out by prosperity. We’ll be sitting around the dinner table in a full-employment economy, driving with very cheap gas and spending our rising incomes — doesn’t that make for a little more civility?”

“And besides,” he continued, taking aim at newly declared 2020 candidate Mike Bloomberg. “The Democrats now have to defend a party that hates billionaires, but which may also be led by a multibillionaire. And if that’s not Mike Bloomberg, it would be a socialist spouting economic nonsense.”

“Have fun defending that. Trump supporters will have a field day.”

To see Stuart Varney’s full remarks on  “My Take”, and for more episodes of his daily commentary, visit Fox Nation and join today.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR A FOX NATION FREE TRIAL

Fox Nation programs are viewable on-demand and from your mobile device app, but only for Fox Nation subscribers. Go to Fox Nation to start a free trial and watch the extensive library from Tomi Lahren, Pete Hegseth, Abby Hornacek, Laura Ingraham, Ainsley Earhardt, Greg Gutfeld, Judge Andrew Napolitano and many more of your favorite Fox News personalities.

Westlake Legal Group Varney-Thanksgiving-Dinner-iStock Varney says Thanksgiving dinner will be 'field day' for Trump supporters: No longer 'playing defense' Yael Halon fox-news/topic/fox-nation-opinion fox-news/opinion fox-news/lifestyle/occasions/thanksgiving fox-news/fox-nation fox news fnc/media fnc article 2a50bd11-6d28-540b-9a9f-18cfa4220aae   Westlake Legal Group Varney-Thanksgiving-Dinner-iStock Varney says Thanksgiving dinner will be 'field day' for Trump supporters: No longer 'playing defense' Yael Halon fox-news/topic/fox-nation-opinion fox-news/opinion fox-news/lifestyle/occasions/thanksgiving fox-news/fox-nation fox news fnc/media fnc article 2a50bd11-6d28-540b-9a9f-18cfa4220aae

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