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AOC called out after claiming Trump food-stamp revisions might have left her family ‘starved’

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., received pushback Thursday after claiming her family “might’ve just starved” had the Trump administration‘s tightened requirements for food stamp recipients been in place when her father died in 2008.

Critics claimed the freshman congresswoman misrepresented the new rules, pointing out that they apply only to childless, able-bodied adults under 50.

WHITE HOUSE TIGHTENS FOOD STAMP REQUIREMENTS, POTENTIALLY AFFECTING HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE

The Agriculture Department (USDA) finalized the first of three proposed rules targeting the Supplemental Nutrition Program, known as SNAP. The plan announced Wednesday will limit states from exempting work-eligible adults from having to maintain steady employment in order to receive benefits.

Ocasio-Cortez, 30, responded to the announcement on Twitter on Thursday:

“My family relied on food stamps (EBT) when my dad died at 48. I was a student. If this happened then, we might’ve just starved. Now, many people will,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “It’s shameful how the GOP works overtime to create freebies for the rich while dissolving lifelines of those who need it most.”

The New York Democrat was 19 and about to begin her sophomore year at Boston University when her father, Sergio Ocasio, died of lung cancer. It is likely her mother still would have claimed her as a dependent at that time.

The Heritage Foundation, a conservative Washington-based think tank, challenged the “Squad” member’s claim, writing:

“The rule applies to able-bodied adults between the ages of 18 and 49 who do not have dependents. The rule wouldn’t apply to parents with minor children, the elderly, or disabled people.”

Several Twitter users also slammed the New York Democrat for spreading “Fake News” online by implying the new rule prevents children from receiving benefits. Some users also pointed out that able-bodied adults between ages 18 and 49 without dependents can still qualify for food stamps if they train or work a minimum of 20 hours a week.

“Create ‘freebies’ for the rich @AOC? You and your radical, socialist crew believe the Forgotten men and women, every day middle-class Americans are the ‘rich’. Tax relief for hard working Americans is hardly a ‘freebie,’ Catalina Lauf, a Republican candidate seeking a U.S. House seat from Illinois’ 14th Congressional District, wrote in response to Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet. Lauf — the 26-year-old daughter of a small-business owner and a legal immigrant from Guatemala – has been billed by some as the Republican counterweight to Ocasio-Cortez.

SNAP feeds more than 36 million people. Under current rules, work-eligible able-bodied adults without dependents and between the ages of 18 and 49 can receive only three months of SNAP benefits in a three-year period if they don’t meet the 20-hour work requirement.

The new rule, which will take effect on April 1, 2020, imposes stricter criteria for states to meet in order to issue waivers. Under the plan, states can only issue waivers if a city or county has an unemployment rate of 6 percent or higher. The waivers will be good for one year and will require the governor to support the request.

The USDA estimates the change would save roughly $5.5 billion over five years and cut benefits for roughly 688,000 SNAP recipients.  Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said the rule will help move people “from welfare to work.”

“We’re taking action to reform our SNAP program in order to restore the dignity of work to a sizable segment of our population and be respectful of the taxpayers who fund the program,” Perdue told reporters Wednesday. “Americans are generous people who believe it is their responsibility to help their fellow citizens when they encounter a difficult stretch. That’s the commitment behind SNAP, but, like other welfare programs, it was never intended to be a way of life.”

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Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., said the plan will only serve to punish workers whose jobs are seasonal or unreliable. She is the top Democrat on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry. “This administration is out of touch with families who are struggling to make ends meet by working seasonal jobs or part-time jobs with unreliable hours,” Stabenow said, according to The Associated Press.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., also blasted the Trump administration’s efforts to reduce public benefits, saying: “Instead of combating food insecurity for millions, connecting workers to good-paying jobs or addressing income inequality, the administration is inflicting their draconian rule on millions of Americans across the nation who face the highest barriers to employment and economic stability.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Pelosi, Biden lose their cool as impeachment battle intensifies

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Nancy Pelosi was calm and controlled, almost scripted, as she announced—to no one’s surprise—that the House will begin drafting articles of impeachment.

Then a reporter got under her skin.

And she let loose, against President Trump and the journalist.

STACKING THE DECK: IMPEACHMENT HEARING SPOTLIGHTS ANTI-TRUMP PROFESSORS

It was a rare spontaneous moment in what has increasingly seemed an orchestrated kabuki dance. In fact, Trump now wants to speed up the performance.

“If you are going to impeach me, do it now, fast, so we can have a fair trial in the Senate, and so that our Country can get back to business,” the president tweeted.

He also accused the Democrats of trying to impeach him “over NOTHING.”

The Twitter comments made clear that Trump, like just about everyone else, now fully expects the House Democrats to impeach him. The only remaining questions are the timing (the Dems are hellbent on finishing before Christmas) and the scope (stick with Ukraine or throw the kitchen sink into the actual articles).

Pelosi had taken the rhetorical high road, announcing the next steps on impeachment “with confidence and humility, with allegiance to our founders and a heart full of love for America.” She also made these points at a news conference before walking off.

Some reporters shouted questions, which is customary, and the House speaker suddenly stopped in her tracks.

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James Rosen, the former Fox News correspondent now with Sinclair Television, was asking: “Do you hate the president, Madam Speaker? Because Representative Collins…”

Pelosi snapped back: “I don’t hate anybody.”

ROSEN: Representative Collins –

PELOSI: I was raised Catholic—

ROSEN: The reason I ask is…

PELOSI: I don’t hate anybody in the world. Don’t you accuse me—

ROSEN: I did not accuse you—

PELOSI: You did. You did.

ROSEN: I asked a question.

PELOSI: You did.

Rosen finally got out his question about the Judiciary panel’s ranking Republican: “Representative Collins yesterday suggested that the Democrats are doing this simply because they don’t like the guy.”

Pelosi, walking back to the podium, unloaded on Trump as a “coward” for his handling of gun violence and the dreamers. Then she said: “As a Catholic, I resent your using the word hate in a sentence that addresses me. I don’t hate anyone. I was raised in a way that is a heart full of love and always pray for the president. And I still pray for the president. I pray for the president all the time. So don’t mess with me when it comes to words like that.”

With that, Pelosi completely obscured everything she’d said before.

I wouldn’t have asked the original question like that, using “hate,” but her reaction was totally out of proportion to the query, in which Rosen was attempting to quote a GOP congressman. They had tangled a couple of weeks ago, when Pelosi responded to a politely phrased question by calling Rosen “Mr. Republican Talking Point.”

Trump later chimed in with his review: “Nancy Pelosi just had a nervous fit.”

Emotions are clearly rising in this impeachment mess. Kevin McCarthy unloaded on Pelosi at a presser after hers.

Some liberals have been slamming law professor Jonathan Turley for testifying against impeachment–he’s been inundated with threatening messages and demands that George Washington University fire him. Turley had testified before the same panel in favor of impeaching Bill Clinton.

Some conservatives have been skewering pro-impeachment professor Pamela Karlan for stupidly doing a play on words involving Barron Trump’s name, opening herself up to attack (from Melania, among others) that she was dragging the president’s son into the public arena.

Joe Biden went off on a voter who challenged him on Ukraine and his son Hunter, calling the guy a “damn liar” and challenging him to a pushup contest as well as an “IQ test.”

It’s as if the impeachment battle is polluting an already toxic political atmosphere as we hurtle toward the inevitable outcome that everyone already expects.

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Pearl Harbor shooting won’t disrupt plans for annual commemoration of 1941 attack, memorial spokesman says

The 78th-anniversary commemoration of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor will go on as planned Saturday, a spokesperson for the base said Thursday, one day after a sailor shot and killed two civilians and critically wounded a third before fatally shooting himself at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard on Wednesday.

Officials plan to increase security for the ceremony as they normally do but the National Park Service wouldn’t give specifics.

The ceremony, jointly hosted by the National Park Service and the Navy, will honor the 2,390 Americans killed in the Dec. 7, 1941, surprise attack.

“We have not heard of anyone canceling plans to attend the event due to security concerns and want the public to know that it will be a safe, fun and enjoyable day for everyone,” Pearl Harbor National Memorial spokesman Jay Blount said Thursday.

PEARL HARBOR NAVAL SHIPYARD SHOOTER IDENTIFIED, SURVIVING VICTIM IN CRITICAL CONDITION

The active-duty sailor was assigned to submarine USS Columbia, an updated official U.S. Navy incident report obtained Thursday by Fox News said.

One of the victims was identified as 32-year-old Vincent Kapoi Jr. The other victims have not been identified.

“As our Pearl Harbor veterans continue to arrive in preparation for the Dec. 7th commemoration, we are taking time to reflect on what has happened here in the last 24 hours,” Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam wrote in a statement posted on Twitter. “We will continue to honor the memories of those we have lost both past & present.”

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The USS Arizona Memorial can be seen from the Pearl Harbor National Memorial Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, in Honolulu. (Associated Press)

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The suspect was facing disciplinary action and had been enrolled in anger management classes, but officials say they don’t know his motive, Hawaii News Now reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Bears beat Cowboys 31-24 behind QB Mitchell Trubisky

CHICAGO — Mitchell Trubisky and the Chicago Bears appear to be hitting their stride, even if it might be too late to salvage their season.

Trubisky threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score in Chicago’s 31-24 victory over Dak Prescott and the slumping Dallas Cowboys on Thursday night.

In a matchup between disappointing teams that made the playoffs last season, the Bears (7-6) came away with their fourth win in five games after dropping four in a row. The Cowboys (6-7) have lost seven of 10 since a 3-0 start.

CHICAGO BEARS’ MITCHELL TRUBISKY WANTS TO SILENCE THE CRITICS — AT LEAST IN THE BUILDING

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Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) looks to throw during the first half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, in Chicago. (Associated Press)

“I think it shows we’re resilient,” Trubisky said. “We stick together. We believe in each other even when nobody else believes in us. It’s a special group in that locker room. We just want to keep this feeling going.”

Trubisky shook off an early interception near the goal line to complete 23 of 31 passes for 244 yards. He matched a season high for touchdown throws and set one with 63 yards rushing. That included a 23-yard scoring dash early in the fourth quarter to make it 31-14.

DALLAS COWBOYS OWNER JERRY JONES OFFERS CRYPTIC MESSAGE REGARDING JASON GARRETT’S FUTURE

Allen Robinson caught two TD passes and Anthony Miller had one as Chicago tied a season scoring high.

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Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) runs in for a touchdown against Dallas Cowboys’ Chidobe Awuzie (24) during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, in Chicago. (Associated Press)

On defense, Khalil Mack had a sack but linebacker Roquan Smith left the game with a pectoral injury on the opening drive, with coach Matt Nagy saying it “doesn’t look real good for him.”

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Still, the Bears took out the NFC East leaders after beating the struggling Detroit Lions twice and New York Giants in recent weeks.

“Most teams at some point in time will hit some type of adversity,” Nagy said. “We went through that four-game stretch. It was difficult in a lot of different ways. … Everybody’s seeing what type of people we have on this football team. No one’s flinched. We’ve pulled together. We’ve become even tighter.”

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GOP’s Joni Ernst portrayed as gun-firing sniper in Democratic challenger’s campaign ad

The campaign of U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, blasted as “outrageous and offensive” a new campaign ad posted by her 2020 Democratic challenger Thursday that depicts Ernst as firing gunshots at him while he talks about gun control, climate change, health care and taking on President Trump.

In the ad, candidate Eddie Mauro, a businessman and congressional candidate in 2018, introduces himself as a “progressive Democrat” before telling viewers he decided to run for Ernst’s Senate seat in part because “our current senator, Joni Ernst, she thinks it’s OK to run ads glorifying guns.”

SENS. TIM SCOTT AND JONI ERNST: WHY WE BELIEVE SO STRONGLY IN THE POWER OF ‘OPPORTUNITY ZONES’

As Mauro speaks, the video repeatedly cuts to footage from a 2014 campaign ad for Ernst showing her shooting a gun at an indoor range. Then the ad cuts back and forth to Mauro as he walks through a field with bullets whizzing by, narrowly missing him before striking a fence post, the grass, barrels and other objects. The edits make it appear as though Ernst is firing the shots at him.

“She doesn’t seem to care that many of those guns will be pointed at our kids, our teachers, churchgoers, moviegoers, concertgoers, police officers,” Mauro said of Ernst. “Well, I care.”

After the ad went public, Ernst’s campaign posted a response on Twitter.

“It’s outrageous and offensive that @eddiejmauro would make light of gun violence in order to help his campaign,” came the statement posted under the “Team Joni” Twitter handle. “He should be ashamed and this disgusting ad should be taken down immediately.”

Later in his ad, Mauro takes aims at President Trump, referring to him as Ernst’s “boss in the White House” and the Trump agenda as a “non-stop assault on our climate, on our democracy, on decency, on what it means to be an American.”

“I’m the best Democrat to take on Joni and the Washington establishment,” Mauro adds. “I won’t take PAC money, I won’t accept the status quo. So, Joni Ernst, Mitch McConnell, Donald Trump, the NRA — you won’t like what I have to say.”

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Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, speaks in Washington in an undated photo. (Associated Press)

Mauro defended pushback against the ad throughout the day Thursday through his Twitter account.

In separate tweets, Mauro also advocated for the Green New Deal and promised: “to stand up to hate, take down the NRA and to flip the Senate to a progressive majority.” The 56-year-old announced his 2020 Senate campaign in May. Last year, he lost a primary challenge for Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District to U.S. Democratic Rep. Cindy Axne, the Des Moines Register reported.

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Ernst, 49, is a native Iowan who served in the Iowa National Guard for more than two decades and spent 12 months in Kuwait in 2003-04 before retiring in 2015 as a lieutenant colonel. Before going to Washington in January 2015, she served as an Iowa state senator.

The divorced mother of an adult daughter made national headlines earlier this year when she revealed that she was raped by an abusive former boyfriend while she was a college student. During her divorce proceedings, Ernst also claimed that her estranged husband had been physically and verbally abusive.

Mauro also is a native Iowan, living in Des Moines with his wife and two children. He has served as a teacher and a coach in addition to running a small business, according to his campaign website.

Mauro is among four Democrats hoping to face Ernst in the general election next November. The others are Theresa Greenfield, Kimberly Graham and Michael Franken.

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Officials Still Worry Trump Is Using Cellphones That Can Be Hacked: Report

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President Donald Trump has continued to use a cellphone that U.S. officials warn may be vulnerable to hacking by Russian intelligence, according to a report Thursday in The Washington Post.

The House Intelligence Committee released a bevy of phone records earlier this week as part of its impeachment investigation, showing a number of calls between Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and unidentified people in the White House. The Post, citing current and former U.S. officials, said Trump may well have been the recipient of those calls and there is no indication they were encrypted in order to deter foreign governments from listening in.

“It happens all the time,” one former aide told the Post, referring to Trump’s calls with Giuliani on unsecured devices.

The president has been criticized over his penchant for personal devices before. In May 2018, Politico reported that the president used two government-issued iPhones that didn’t have top security features. A recommendation that the phones be swapped out every month to avoid monitoring was “too inconvenient,” an official told Politico at the time.

The New York Times reported in October 2018 that U.S. intelligence reports indicated Chinese and Russian spies had been able to listen to Trump’s calls on the iPhones. He still refused to give up the devices at the time.

The president has pushed back on the various reports about his iPhone use. After the October story, he called the Times report “soooo wrong,” saying he only used government phones and that he “seldom” used government cellphones.

The Post noted that Trump had given his private cellphone number to various world leaders, and it’s unclear if and when he has conversations with them using his personal devices. The Post said that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron have the number, as does Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also reportedly has the digits.

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‘Prayerful’ Pelosi has become the Tammy Faye Bakker of impeachment, Mark Steyn says

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Conservative commentator and author Mark Steyn mocked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s fiery news conference appearance Thursday, where she cited her Roman Catholic faith as proof that she doesn’t “hate” President Trump, adding she continues to pray for him.

“I know that observing the ritual niceties of American politics requires making a boatload of industrial-strength hokum,” Steyn said on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Thursday. “But you and I and 300 million people across the country know that Nancy Pelosi isn’t praying for the president.”

PELOSI CALLS FOR ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT AGAINST TRUMP: ‘NO CHOICE BUT TO ACT’

At the news conference, Sinclair reporter James Rosen had asked Pelosi: “Do you hate the president?”

“As a Catholic, I resent your using the word ‘hate’ in a sentence that addresses me. I don’t hate anyone. I was raised in a way that is a heart full of love and always pray for the president,” Pelosi responded. “And I still pray for the president. And I pray for the president all the time, so don’t mess with me when it comes to words like that.”

Steyn later criticized Democrats for the logic of their impeachment push.

“They claim for two years that Trump was colluding with Russia. Now they claim he was colluding with Ukraine. Russia, a couple of years back, just invaded Ukraine. So the enemy of the enemy of the enemy of the enemy, they’re all Trump’s friends,” Steyn said. “It doesn’t make any difference. And that’s the situation the Democrats have brought themselves into.”

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The author later compared Pelosi to the late televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker, who was later known as Tammy Faye Messner before her death in 2007.

“And this, they say this actual faux prayerfulness, this fake religiosity is one of the reasons that, you know, this whole thing is a scam,” Steyn said. “She’s coming on like Tammy Faye Bakker leading impeachment.”

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Newt Gingrich urges Pelosi to re-read Starr report on Bill Clinton, note how many times word ‘guilty’ appears

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., responded Thursday to comments current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., made deriding the Republican impeachment of ex-President Bill Clinton.

Clinton was impeached by the House but acquitted by the Senate in 1999 after independent counsels looked into the Whitewater scandal, and subsequently examined Clinton’s statements regarding Arkansas state employee Paula Jones and White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

DOES PELOSI HAVE THE VOTES FOR IMPEACHMENT?

At a CNN town hall event earlier in the evening, Pelosi rejected Republicans’ claims that President Trump’s alleged indiscretions with Ukraine fail to rise to the level of impeachable offenses.

She said some Republicans in Congress recall Clinton’s impeachment yet defend Trump in the current inquiry.

Several lawmakers remain in office from that time in 1998-99, including Sens. Charles Grassley of Iowa and Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Rep. James Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin, and then-Rep. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who now serves in the Senate.

Republicans, Pelosi said, investigated Bill Clinton “for personal indiscretion and [for] misrepresenting about it — impeached him. Some of these same people are saying, ‘Oh, this doesn’t rise to impeachment.’ They were right there impeaching Bill Clinton for being stupid in terms of something like that.”

To those remarks, Gingrich responded that Clinton was served with perjury charges.

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“Democrats have a compulsion to lie because the truth kills them,” he claimed. “The fact is, there were 11 counts of guilty in the independent counsel’s report, including perjury, which as Nancy knows is, in fact, a felony. Clinton lost his license to practice law in Arkansas.”

Gingrich said Pelosi should re-read former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the Russia investigation, saying there is no mention of the word “guilty” as there was in former Special Counsel Kenneth Starr’s report on Clinton.

Gingrich said it would have been a “dereliction of duty” if the House did not take Starr’s report seriously.

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Laura Ingraham says Democrats, media try to pass off impeachment ‘lies’ as facts: ‘Nice try, Nancy’

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Laura Ingraham used her opening monologue on “The Ingraham Angle” on Thursday night to address what she claimed were Democrats’ “lies” in their effort to impeach President Trump.

The host started by calling out Democrats and members of the media, accusing them of repeating their “warped opinion,” repeating it and then working to “claim it as fact.”

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“You’re trying to pass off your opinions and your suppositions and your presumptions as facts,” Ingraham said. “That’s not how it goes — not when you want to remove a president from office.”

“You’re trying to pass off your opinions and your suppositions and your presumptions as facts. That’s not how it goes — not when you want to remove a president from office.”

— Laura Ingraham

Ingraham called Democrats “frauds” for claiming they take no “glee” in the impeachment push and that the anti-Trump effort has nothing to do with the 2020 elections.

“Nice try, Nancy,” Ingraham said, responding to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s claim that the impeachment process has “nothing to do with politics.”

Ingraham also dismissed the Democrats’ claim that “by pursuing impeachment, we the Democrats are channeling the founders.”

“Now, maybe they’re talking about the founders of, I don’t know, the ACLU or Soros and the gang at the Open Society Foundation,” Ingraham said sarcastically.

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As for Democrats saying they do not know how they will vote on impeachment, Ingraham dismissed the notion that they were “agonizing” over how they will vote.

“The truth is, Nancy Pelosi lost control of her caucus in late summer when the venal thinking of [Adam] Schiff and ‘The Squad’ prevailed, that this president had to go,” Ingraham said. “If Pelosi, Nadler and Schiff took their duty to the Constitution and the country seriously, they would have told the radicals to let the voters decide.”

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Kindergarten Class Represents At Pal’s Final Adoption Hearing

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They were squirmy and noisy and not paying attention all the time, but what judge couldn’t be charmed by an entire kindergarten class invited by one of their own for his final adoption hearing?

Michael Clark Jr. was one of 37 children whose adoptions were finalized in a courtroom Thursday in Kent County, Michigan, on Adoption Day. But Michael’s classmates from Wealthy Elementary in East Grand Rapids only had eyes — and red paper hearts they waved — for him.

Michael, 5, has been living with Andrea Melvin and Dave Eaton for about year. He declared on camera: “I love my mommy” — but he told his dad that his class was kind of his family, too.

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