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

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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.

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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.

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Last Living Mount Rushmore Carver Dies At 98

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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.

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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.

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‘Moscow Mitch’ McConnell wrapping paper sold by Kentucky Democrats

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

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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“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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.”

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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.”

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“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.

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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.”

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“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.”

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Pennsylvania man accused of stolen valor by falsely claiming to have been Navy SEAL, POW, Silver Star recipient

A Pennsylvania man has been accused of defrauding the Veterans Administration (VA) by falsely claiming to have been a Navy SEAL who had been a “prisoner of war” and a Silver Star recipient.

Richard Meleski, 58, was arrested Monday in Philadelphia on charges of fraud, stolen valor and making false statements. Federal prosecutors say the rip-off, which began in 2010, scammed the VA out of $300,000 in medical benefits.

“These allegations are truly shocking and a huge insult to anybody who has worn our country’s uniform,” U.S. Attorney William McSwain said in a news release.

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The press release said Meleski never served a single day in the U.S. military.

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Prosecutors said Meleski also sought benefits for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), claiming that it was brought on by what happened to him when he was serving in Beruit as a Navy SEAL more than 30 years ago.

“In his fabricated description of the incident causing PTSD, defendant Meleski stated, ’18 hr hostile takeover. Became POW, during this tour. Beaten, shot. head injury, tortured. Hospitalized in Germany for injuries sustained. Crushed hand. Shrapnel,'” the indictment alleged.

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“Meleski further falsely stated he was awarded the Nary military award of the Silver Star for rescuing three teammates,” it added.

The indictment also stated that Meleski claimed to have suffered a traumatic brain injury when he escaped captivity in Beirut by jumping out a window with the body of his executed partner on his back.

Authorities accused Meleski of also obtaining Social Security disability payments after testifying about his phony military record before an administrative law judge, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. The hearing was held after his application for benefits was rejected and he appealed.

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Prosecutors filed court papers seeking to detain Meleski without bail, citing his rap sheet which included convictions for arson and stealing a gun that resulted in long prison sentences.

He was last released from prison in 2008, prosecutors said.

His attorney Nancy MacEoin declined to comment in response to an email from Fox News.

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‘Hannity,’ ‘Tucker’ have best months ever as Fox News tops MSNBC, CNN for 215th straight month

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Fox News Channel finished November atop all of basic cable, earning the most total viewers for the 41st straight month, while “Hannity” remained the highest-rated show on cable news and boasted its best month in program history.

Fox News averaged 1.6 million total day viewers, followed by MSNBC’s 1.2 million. No other networks cracked the one-million viewer plateau as ESPN, Hallmark Channel and liberal CNN rounded out the top five. In primetime, Fox News averaged 2.8 million viewers compared to MSNBC’s 2 million and only 999,000 for troubled CNN.

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FNC’s November victory over MSNBC and CNN marked its 215th straight month as the most-watched cable news network in both total day and primetime viewers.

“Hannity” averaged 3.6 million viewers, topping all cable news programs for the eighth consecutive month. “Tucker Carlson Tonight” finished second, averaging 3.4 million viewers for its highest-rated month in program history.

MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show,” FNC’s “The Five” and “The Ingraham Angle” joined “Hannity” and “Tucker” among the top five.

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The most-watched show on CNN was “Cuomo Prime Time,” which averaged 1.2 million viewers to finish No. 23 in cable news. Chris Cuomo’s program finished behind 14 different Fox News shows and eight MSNBC programs despite being CNN’s most popular show.

“Hannity” was also the most popular program among the key demo of adults age 25-54, averaging 552,000 viewers. “Tucker,” “Maddow,” The Five” and “Ingraham” rounded out the top five and CNN failed to crack the Top 10 programs in the coveted category.

Fox & Friends” averaged 1.7 million viewers, compared to 1.2 million for MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and only 566,000 for CNN’s struggling “New Day.” Weekend shows “Watters World” and “Judge Jeanine” each doubled timeslot competition on both MSNBC and CNN.

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The impeachment hearings before the House Intelligence Committee occurred during the month and Fox News Channel topped broadcast and cable networks, despite MSNBC and CNN endlessly hyping the event as a Super Bowl-like occasion.

FNC’s coverage, featuring Bret Baier, Martha MacCallum, Chris Wallace, Dana Perino, John Roberts, Bill Hemmer and Sandra Smith, averaged 2.5 million viewers during the five-day hearing compared to MSNBC’s 2.48 million and third-place CBS’ 1.82 million. ABC averaged 1.75 million viewers to finish fourth, followed by CNN’s 1.68 million and NBC’s 1.58 million.

Fox News also finished the month as the most engaged brand on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram combined, according to Socialbakers.

All television data courtesy of Nielsen Media Research.

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