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Rep. Duffy: I made choice to retire from Congress because ‘family comes first’

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Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis., has shed new light on his decision to retire from Congress later this year ahead of the birth of his ninth child, who is expected to be born with medical issues.

Duffy said Wednesday on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” his family comes before his rigorous but rewarding congressional responsibilities.

“Our little baby is going to be born in the middle of October,” he said.

“About two to six months after birth, she’s going to need open-heart surgery.”

SEAN DUFFY AND WIFE RACHEL CAMPOS-DUFFY EXPLAIN HIS DECISION TO RESIGN FROM CONGRESS

The congressman said he needs to take a pause, adding that his wife, Fox News contributor Rachel Campos-Duffy, has been his “rock” throughout his professional and personal life.

“We have eight kids at home,” he said. “Congressional schedules, contrary to popular belief, are pretty rigorous… I need to take some time and be with my wife and my kids and take care of this little one that’s going to need more time from me.”

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People from both sides of the aisle back home have been kind and supportive after he announced his retirement and the reasons behind it.

“It speaks volumes of the people I represent,” he explained.

In 2011, Duffy succeeded retiring Rep. David Obey, D-Wis., and will himself retire in late September.

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Today on Fox News, Aug. 28, 2019

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On Fox News: 

Fox & Friends, 6 a.m. ET: Duane “Dog” Chapman, host of “Dog’s Most Wanted”; Judge Jeanine Pirro, host of “Justice with Judge Jeanine.”

On Fox Business:

Mornings with Maria, 6 a.m. ET: Judge Andrew Napolitano, Fox News senior judicial analyst; Jessica Tarlov, Fox News contributor.

Varney & Co., 9 a.m. ET:  Martha MacCallum, host of “The Story”; Brad Blakeman, former deputy assistant to President George W. Bush.

On Fox News Radio:

The Fox News Rundown podcast:Long-Shot Democratic Candidate John Delaney On Why He Won’t Quit” – Former Maryland Congressman John Delaney is not only a long-shot candidate for president, he likely won’t even qualify for the next debate in September. However, the 2020 hopeful says he will continue to fight, not only for the nomination but also to keep the party from going too far left. He joins the podcast to explain why he’s not giving up.

Also on the Rundown: Oklahoma Judge Thad Balkman issued a landmark decision on Monday and found Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries responsible for the state’s opioid crisis. The Oklahoma judge ordered the company to pay the state of Oklahoma $572 million. Trial attorney Eric Weitz discusses why this decision will have huge implications for the pharmaceutical industry. Plus, commentary by Fox News contributor Jonathan Morris.

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The Brian Kilmeade Show, 9 a.m. ET:  Special guests include: Jonathan Ward, Atlas Organization founder; A.B. Stoddard, associate editor and columnist at RealClearPolitics; Fox Business’ Gerri Willis; Charles Payne, host of “Making Money with Charles Payne”; Andrew McCarthy, Fox News contributor, senior fellow at the National Review Institute and a contributing editor of National Review; Gianno Caldwell, Fox News contributor

The Todd Starnes Show, Noon ET: Todd speaks with Hogan Gidley, White House principal deputy press secretary,  as President Trump returns from the G-7 summit, Fox News’ Judge Jeanine Pirro discusses how the left continues to attack the president and Fox News contributor Andrew McCarthy discusses why he believes the Russia investigation was a plot to destroy the Trump presidency.

The Guy Benson Show, 3 p.m. ET: Special guests include: Howard Kurtz, host of “Media Buzz”; Jessica Tarlov, Fox News contributor; Jimmy Failla, comedian and head writer for Fox Business’ “Kennedy.”

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Gregg Jarrett: ‘Andrew McCabe ought to be criminally prosecuted’

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Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett said Tuesday that former FBI acting director Andrew McCabe should be criminally persecuted for his role in the Russia investigation while appearing on “Hannity.”

“If we’re going to apply an equal standard of justice and not selective prosecution based on politics, Andrew McCabe ought to be criminally prosecuted,” Jarrett said.

FEDS IN FINAL STAGES OF POSSIBLE PROSECUTION DECISION FOR MCCABE: ‘TARGET ON HIS BACK’

According to a New York Times report Monday, McCabe’s legal team met with Justice Department officials last week.

Benjamin Wittes, the editor-in-chief of Lawfare and someone former FBI director James Comey describes as a “good friend,” wrote a blog Tuesday that speculated that McCabe is likely to be charged.

“Such meetings generally take place when indictment is imminent; they happen when the government plans to bring charges,” Wittes wrote.

McCabe is accused of lying to federal agents.

Jarrett took McCabe to task for his role in the Russia investigation and with Michael Flynn.

“McCabe was instrumental in that because he was essentially… lying and deceiving and trying to entrap Michael Flynn to pursue the Russia hoax against Donald Trump,” Jarrett said.

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The legal analyst called the career trajectory in the FBI for both McCabe and Comey “frightening.”

“These two guys or the symbol of malevolence and corruption. It should be frightening to all Americans that Comey and McCabe rose through the ranks,” Jarrett said.

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NYT columnist Bret Stephens gets brutally mocked over response to ‘bedbug’ Twitter jab

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New York Times columnist Bret Stephens was the butt of the joke on social media Tuesday after he responded to a Twitter user who called him a “bedbug.”

After it was reported Monday that the Times Midtown Manhattan offices were infested with bedbugs, George Washington University associate professor David Karpf had some fun at Stephens’ expense, tweeting, “The bedbugs are a metaphor. The bedbugs are Bret Stephens.”

Despite getting little attention among other Twitter users, Stephens took issue with it and reached out to Karpf, as well as his employer, according to an email Karpf shared on Twitter.

“Someone just pointed out a tweet you wrote about me, calling me a ‘bedbug,'” Stephens wrote in the email. “I’m often amazed about the things supposedly decent people are prepared to say about other people – people they’ve never met – on Twitter. I think you’ve set a new standard.”

The Times columnist went on to invite Karpf to his home, meet his wife and children, and then “call me ‘bedbug’ to my face.”

“That would take some genuine courage and intellectual integrity on your part,” Stephens told the college professor. “I promise to be courteous no matter what you have to say. Maybe it will make you feel better about yourself.”

NEW YORK TIMES EDITOR APOLOGIZES AFTER OLD TWEETS RESURFACE

Stephens clarified that his offer was a “standing invitation” and that Karpf was welcome to bring his significant other.

On Tuesday, Stephens defended his response on MSNBC and insisted he wasn’t trying to get Karpf fired from the university.

“There is a bad history of being analogized to insects that goes back to a lot of totalitarian regimes,” Stephens said.

The controversy sparked an avalanche of mockery and the hashtag “#Bretbug began trending on Twitter.

WESTERN JOURNAL RIPS NEW YORK TIMES FOR ITS FEATURE ON CONSERVATIVE SITE

Critics panned Stephens’ appearance on MSNBC.

“Stephens’ whole ‘I didn’t copy his boss on the email to get him in trouble’ BS is in many ways the wimpiest part,” radio show host Buck Sexton reacted.

GWU Provost Forrest Maltzman invited Stephens to give a talk at the university on “civil discourse in the digital age.” He also made clear that the university was not taking action against Karpf.

“His opinions are his own,” Maltzman told Stephens. “Our commitment to academic freedom and free speech are integral to GW’s mission.”

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The op-ed columnist announced Tuesday morning he was deactivating his Twitter account.

“Time to do what I long promised to do,” Stephens began his last tweet. “Twitter is a sewer. It brings out the worst in humanity. I sincerely apologize for any part I’ve played in making it worse, and to anyone I’ve ever hurt. Thanks to all of my followers, but I’m deactivating this account.”

Fox News’ Sam Dorman contributed to this report.

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Today on Fox News, Aug. 27, 2019

STAY TUNED

On Fox News: 

Fox & Friends, 6 a.m. ET: The winner of the “Fox & Friends” summer grilling contest is revealed! Plus, a preview of the U.S. Open with tennis legend Tracy Austin.

On Fox Business:

Mornings with Maria, 6 a.m. ET: Anthony Pope, former prosecutor; Tom Bevan, co-founder and president of RealClearPolitics

Varney & Co., 9 a.m. ET:  Lawrence Jones, editor-in-chief of Campus Reform and Fox News contributor; Judge Jeanine Pirro, host of “Justice with Judge Jeanine” and author of “Liars, Leaders and Liberals: The Case Against the Anti-Trump Conspiracy.”

On Fox News Radio:

The Fox News Rundown podcast:New Conservative Challenger a Sign of Trouble for President Trump?” – President Trump finished up his third G-7 summit in Biarritz, France Monday, calling it “successful”. Last year, the gathering of world leaders ended in disarray as he abandoned a joint statement and had a public spat with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. While the president used this meeting to address the current trade war with China and showed a willingness to work with Iran, the allies rejected his request that Russia be readmitted to the G-7. Michael O’Hanlon, senior fellow and director of research in foreign policy at the Brookings Institution, discusses how this year’s G-7 went.

Also on the Rundown: From robocalls to ransomware attacks, scammers are costing Americans millions of dollars a year. Frank Abagnale, a former con man and the real-life inspiration for the film “Catch Me If You Can,” says it’s easier now than ever to be the victim of fraud. He joins the podcast with tips for how to protect yourself and discusses his new book, “Scam Me If You Can: Simple Strategies to Outsmart Today’s Rip-off Artists.”

Plus, commentary by Democratic political analyst Mary Anne Marsh.

Want the Fox News Rundown sent straight to your mobile device? Subscribe through Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and Stitcher.

The Brian Kilmeade Show, 9 a.m. ET:  Special guests include: Allen West, former Florida congressman, and Chris Stirewalt, Fox News political editor.

The Todd Starnes Show, Noon ET: Todd speaks with Dr. Carey Roberts of Liberty University about some of the claims made about President Trump from the left, and congressional candidate Eric Early discusses why he’s taking on U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.

The Guy Benson Show, 3 p.m. ET: Special guests include: Shannon Bream, host of “Fox News @ Night”; Kennedy, host of “Kennedy”; Juan Williams, co-host of “The Five.”

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CNN’s Jim Acosta blasts Trump for ignoring his question about climate change

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CNN’s reporter Jim Acosta had another clash with President Trump, this time for not answering his question about climate change.

Trump made plenty of headlines from the G7 summit in France, but critics went after the president for skipping a meeting focused on climate change with other world leaders

Acosta attempted to ask the president, who referred to himself as an “environmentalist,” on whether or not he believes in climate change but failed to get a response.

“At the end of the news conference, I asked Trump whether he believed in climate change. He walked away from the stage and didn’t answer the question,” Acosta said.

TRUMP BLASTS ‘DISGRACEFUL CNN FOR HIRING EX-FBI OFFICIAL ANDREW MCCABE

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“Trump walks away from perfectly capable of hearing the questions on whether he believes in climate change. He clearly heard and he didn’t want to answer it,” Acosta later added. “Saying you want ‘clean air’ and ‘clean water’ isn’t the same as recognizing the climate change threat.

The correspondent has had a long history of spats with the president, most memorably in November when Acosta refused to hand over the microphone to a staffer during a press conference. The Trump administration attempted to temporarily suspend the CNN reporter’s press credentials, which was foiled by a judge’s court order.

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Hannity on patriotism survey: Younger Americans ‘turning toward socialism’

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Fox News’ Sean Hannity reacted Monday night to a new survey that claims to show Millenials don’t value patriotism as much as previous generations.

“What does it all mean? It means that as younger Americans feel less and less patriotic they’re also turning towards socialism,” Hannity said on his television show.

Patriotism being “very important” fell nine percent with American youth according to the survey conducted by Wall Street Journal/NBC News.

Hannity blamed liberal college professors for indoctrinating the youth.

“In other words far-left professors they seem to sadly be achieving their goal of indoctrinating our young kids into their socialist radical beliefs,” Hannity said.

The Fox News host touted America and argued patriotism should unite the country.

“In many ways patriotism is actually what should unite all of us,” Hannity said. “It’s why millions of people from all over the world are dying to live here become a part of our American family. We are blessed to live in the United States of America.”

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Hannity also brought up America’s fight for freedom not just within the country but around the world before expressing he was concerned with the results of the poll.

“Ronald Reagan once pointed out many decades ago freedom is never more than a generation away from extinction. That poll tells me we might be in jeopardy,” Hannity said.

Fox News’ Brian Flood contributed to this report.

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Ben Shapiro: Millennials’ waning support of patriotism, religion hurt the ties that bind Americans together

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A new poll showing millennials’ value of patriotism, religion and family is less than in previous generations is a disturbing development, according to Ben Shapiro.

Without a common belief in the goodness of America, no matter one’s ideology, it is hard to find what unites people beside relative superficialities like sporting events, Shapiro claimed Monday on “The Story.”

“The common social institutions and philosophies around which the country was formed and has continued to progress are dissolving,” he said.

“If you get rid of patriotism — an innate belief that the country and the principles upon which it was founded are wonderful — and you get rid of religion… and then you get rid of even a care of the future … the question becomes what exactly are the ties that are supposed to bind us together other than watching the Super Bowl once a year together?”

MILLENNIALS CARE LESS ABOUT PATRIOTISM, RELIGION AND FAMILY THAN PREVIOUS GENERATIONS, STUDY SAYS

The conservative author also explained how millennials are subscribing to the latter of two accounts of America’s founding.

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“One is that America was founded on eternally good, true and wonderful principles — we have not always lived up to those principles — but the story of America is an attempt to fulfill those great principles and is essentially a story of triumph over both the odds and our inner demons as well,” he said.

“Story No. 2 is that America was rooted fundamentally in evil, slavery, sexism, racism, bigotry homophobia and that all of our institutions are rife with these things, so why would you be patriotic about institutions that are so thoroughly corrupt?”

In addition, Shapiro said it is troubling that younger people are appearing to find self-fulfillment as a “top goal,” compared to fulfilling one’s human duty to other people and to God.

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“Those two are in direct conflict,” he said.

Regarding the poll itself — conducted by Wall Street Journal/NBC News — the survey began 21 years ago when Americans were asked which values were most important to them and the majority responded that “principles of hard work, patriotism, commitment to religion and the goal of having children” were critical.

Patriotism being “very important” fell 9 percent, religion dropped 12 percent and having children fell a whopping 16 percent. Older participants still feel that patriotism is a priority, but younger people aren’t as enthusiastic.

“The values that Americans say define the national character are changing, as younger generations rate patriotism, religion and having children as less important to them than did young people two decades ago,” Wall Street Journal reporter Chad Day wrote about the results.

Fox News’ Brian Flood contributed to this report.

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Republican 2020 challenger Joe Walsh: ‘I don’t know’ if I could vote for Dem to stop Trump

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Former Rep. Joe Walsh would not commit when pressed on Monday as to whether he would be willing to vote for a Democrat in 2020 in order to defeat President Trump.

“If it doesn’t work out, will you vote for the Democrat?” MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace asked.

“I will never vote for Donald Trump again,” Walsh, who formally launched his presidential campaign last weekend, responded.

“Will you vote for the Democrat?” Wallace asked again.

JOE WALSH LAMENTS PAST CONTROVERSIAL STATEMENTS WHILE BLASTING TRUMP: ‘HE’S A CHILD’

“I don’t know, it’s the best honest answer I could give you,” Walsh said.

Wallace then told the ex-congressman she would vote for any of the 2020 Democrats or even “their automobile” to remove Trump from the White House and that it was the “only intellectually honest thing to do.”

JOE WALSH CLAIMS REPUBLICANS WILL BE ‘SPANKED’ IN 2020 IF TRUMP IS GOP NOMINEE

Walsh went on to suggest that he could be swayed into voting for the Democrat — but wasn’t there yet.

“Look, I’m a Tea Party conservative,” Walsh explained. “The Democrats’ ideas — many of them scare me.”

“But, if you believe it’s an emergency, it’s not about policy,” Wallace argued. “I mean, pay more in taxes if it means get rid of the crazy — that seems to me like the more intellectually honest place to go if you believe what you say.”

“I’m almost there — I am,” he responded, “because that’s a fight and that’s a better fight. I’d rather sit down at a table with Elizabeth Warren and talk about free college tuition. This guy is destroying the country. I agree with you. I could be brought there.”

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Walsh was asked later if he could support Sen. Warren, D-Mass., or Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., if either of them became the nominee, but he doubled down.

“I’m almost there, I can’t support Trump. I know you want a better answer than that,” he said.

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Paul Batura: Sean Spicer shouldn’t be kept off ‘Dancing With the Stars’ for the ‘sin’ of working for Trump

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“Dancing With the Stars” co-host Tom Bergeron and some ABC staffers are outraged that former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has been invited to participate in the popular show’s 28th season that begins next month.

Bergeron tweeted that he disagreed with the decision to invite Spicer to appear on the show because he hoped the dance competition “would be a joyful respite from our exhausting political climate and free of inevitably divisive bookings from ANY party affiliations.”

An unidentified ABC employee was quoted in news reports as saying: “It’s a slap in the face to those of us who had to deal with his baloney and the consequences of the ongoing lies and disinformation campaign at the White House.”

TRUMP SPEAKS OUT ON SEAN SPICER JOINING ‘DANCING WITH THE STARS’: ‘HE WILL DO GREAT’

Setting aside the fact that the decision to include Spicer has already accomplished its primary public relations objective – elicit gobs of free earned media to boost ratings of the TV show – the acuteness of the indignation from the offended, while somewhat predictable and downright baseless, is nonetheless wildly disproportionate.

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Why and how so?

For starters, retired NFL star Ray Lewis will also be joining the star-studded cast in September. As you may recall, the former Baltimore Ravens linebacker was indicted on murder and assault charges in 2000.

In exchange for testifying against the men he was with that night, the murder charges were dropped and Lewis wound up pleading guilty to a lesser charge. He was sentenced to probation for one year.

Former NBA player Lamar Odom will also be joining the ensemble cast. Following a successful career that included several championships, Odom suffered a series of personal meltdowns involving drugs and alcohol. In 2015 he was discovered unconscious in a drug-induced stupor inside a Nevada brothel.

Rehabilitation and redemption are two solid bulwarks of American society. So some might see Lewis’ and Odom’s return to the spotlight as an indication that ours is the land of second and even third chances.

But how is it that some of the same people who are furious about Spicer’s presence on the “Dancing with the Stars” roster are nonplussed about Lewis and Odom’s past history and participation?

Instead, Sean Spicer is viewed as the offensive one, a cultural pariah who is to be shunned and cast off, hopefully even forgotten. All for the “sin” of working for President Trump.

Apparently, all are welcome on the show – unless you have a past tie to the Trump administration and haven’t publicly acknowledged your transgressions, which The New York Times and Washington Post would happily publish.

The deterioration of the current political environment and the development of a Trump-connection litmus test evokes memories of the McCarthy era, when people testifying before Congress were asked what would become known as “the $64,000 question”: “Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party of the United States?”

It seems likely that we’re coming to a day – and perhaps have already arrived at it in some circles – where people will be asked: Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Trump administration?

This is a chilling but likely scenario.

The highly politicized nature of life these days also brings to light an unfortunate and sad reality. Whereas people were once more likely viewed holistically and multi-dimensionally – that is, they might vote Republican but nevertheless keep their own counsel on a wide range of other issues – it seems that it’s now an all-or-nothing proposition.

In truth, life is full of “gray.” Many of us like one thing about a president and dislike another. That’s why President Ronald Reagan could argue with Democratic Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill during the day – and share a friendly drink with him later that night. They saw one another as fellow Irishmen on a long journey, not personal enemies in a winner-take-all war.

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As this latest controversy involving the dancing Spicer skips about in fitting fashion, I’m reminded of a favorite line from the scene of a favorite movie. In the 1994 classic, “Clear and Present Danger” starring Harrison Ford, the president of the United States is trying to convince Ford’s CIA character, Jack Ryan, to participate in a political cover-up.

“It’s the ol’ Potomac two-step, Jack,” the president says gently.

Ryan replies tartly, “I’m sorry, Mr. President, I don’t dance.”

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Critics of President Trump and Sean Spicer hope the former press secretary will follow Jack Ryan’s lead and stay off the dance floor. ABC executives hope millions of people tune in to see if Spicer dances with a partner as well as he danced around hostile questions from reporters in the White House.

In the end, the ‘ol Potomac two-step rages on, albeit clumsily. It’s anybody’s guess who will be left standing.

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