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GOP Rep Scott Taylor Debates Laura Ingraham on DREAMers — Says DACA Is Not Amnesty


Wednesday on Fox News Channel’s “The Ingraham Angle,” Rep. Scott Taylor (R-VA) took on host Laura Ingraham on the issue of the legal status of the so-called DREAMers — children brought to the United States illegally. Taylor insisted giving legal status to the DREAMERs through DACA was not “amnesty.” Transcript as follows: INGRAHAM: Above all else President Trump was elected on one clear issue, stop illegal immigrant. And that would mean build the wall, no amnesty, you know the drill. But there are some Republicans in Congress including the guy right here who still believes that the DACA amnesty thing is a winning idea. And one of them of course is here to defend that, and that’s Scott Taylor from the second district of Virginia. Congressman it’s great to see you, first of all. Great to have you here. You wrote a letter to Paul Ryan and 34 of your fellow congressmen signed it. And in this letter you say it’s an important agenda item now to give these 800,000 people brought here as young people amnesty. Why is that, of all the things we have to deal with in our country, why are you so obsessed with catering to the needs of

GOP Rep Mo Brooks Announces He Has ‘High-Risk Prostate Cancer’ on House Floor


Wednesday on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), previously a candidate for U.S. Senate in Alabama, announced he has “high-risk prostate cancer” and will undergo surgery later this week. Brooks credited his loss in the August GOP primary with saving his life, noting that he had won the Republican nod, he “would not have had time for my physical and PSA test.” Remarks as follows: Mr. Speaker, this is a very difficult speech for me to give. God works in mysterious ways. When you are an elected official, missed votes require an explanation. That is why I disclose this otherwise very personal, very private, and very humbling matter. On Halloween Night after votes and as I stood on the Capitol steps, my doctor called and said, ‘Congressman Brooks. Bad news. You have high risk prostate cancer.’ I felt an adrenalin rush as a chill went up and down my spine. By way of background, prostate cancer kills almost 27,000 American men each year and is the third leading cause of cancer deaths, behind only lung and colorectal cancers. 71% of prostate cancer patients die in less than five years if the prostate cancer has

Five Things That Went Wrong for Roy Moore

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MONTGOMERY, Alabama – It would be a mild understatement to say Tuesday’s outcome in the Alabama U.S. Senate special election was a shocker.

Five Things to Watch for on Election Day in Alabama


OZARK, Alabama – Now that the fat lady is finally warming up to sing the finale in what has been the never-ending saga of Alabama’s U.S. Senate special election cycle, there are a few things spectators can watch for before the vote tallies are reported. These are some things that political spectators can watch for as news of the day unfolds: 1) Urban versus rural turnout: Much like the Republican primary runoff between Luther Strange and Moore, this election should have a similar dynamic. In the Strange-Moore match-up, Moore showed strength in the rural precincts around the state, while Strange had his best results in urban and suburban counties. If throughout the day turnout is on the upswing in the rural precincts, then that is a good sign for Moore. However, if the same is true in urban and suburban precincts (those in Jefferson, Shelby, Montgomery, Mobile, Baldwin and Madison Counties), then that could be a positive sign for Jones. There are some exceptions, which include Alabama’s mostly rural Democrat-heavy predominantly African-American Black Belt region. Good turnout in those counties may also mean the same in Alabama’s inner cities, an integral part of Jones’ path to an upset victory. However,

Roy Moore Gives Closing Argument at ‘Drain the Swamp’ Rally in Lower Alabama


MIDLAND CITY, Alabama — Monday in Dale County roughly a mile off of U.S. Highway 231, a popular thoroughfare for tourists headed to Panama City Beach and points beyond in Florida, Alabama Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Roy Moore made his last pitch to a packed house.   The “Drain the Swamp” rally, set on the eve of Alabama’s special election for U.S. Senate, was held at Jordan’s Activity Barn, a popular wedding venue six miles north of Dothan, AL. Rallygoers were greeted by a mock swamp in keeping with the theme of the rally. Among the other dignitaries there to rally support for Moore included Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), former Milwaukee County, WI Sheriff David Clarke, Breitbart executive chairman Steve Bannon and former U.S. Army Captain Bill Staehle, who served with Moore in Vietnam. Much like his rally a week earlier in Fairhope, AL, Moore was able to draw a decent crowd for a political event, given this special election is one in the middle of December in an off-cycle year. That bolsters the notion that Moore can continue his streak of electoral success in Alabama’s Wiregrass region, where he defeated incumbent Luther Strange in September’s Republican primary runoff by a 2-to-1

Dems Will Need to Approach Obama-level Black Voter Turnout to Defeat Roy Moore


DOTHAN, Alabama – One of the key elements for Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Doug Jones’ path to victory on Tuesday will be a high voter turnout in the African-American Community. That level of turnout, many say, will have to approach what Barack Obama drew in his two successful presidential elections, which won’t necessarily be an easy feat for Jones. In a piece headlined “Doug Jones Is Counting On Black Voters. They Don’t Sound Too Inspired,” Jennifer Bendery, a reporter for the Huffington Post, questioned if Jones has done enough to inspire that kind of turnout. She explained the black vote would have to be a quarter of the final tally on Tuesday for Jones to pull off the upset. “Black residents in Alabama overwhelmingly vote Democratic,” she wrote. “They make up about 27 percent of the state’s population; white residents make up roughly 69 percent. For Jones to win, he needs black voters to account for at least 25 percent of the electorate on Tuesday. He’d then need to win support from 36 percent of white voters to hit 51 percent of the total vote.” It wouldn’t be totally unprecedented. Twenty-five percent would be just under what Obama had in

Dems Will Need to Approach Obama-level Black Voter Turnout to Defeat Roy Moore


DOTHAN, Alabama – One of the key elements for Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Doug Jones’ path to victory on Tuesday will be a high voter turnout in the African-American Community. That level of turnout, many say, will have to approach what Barack Obama drew in his two successful presidential elections, which won’t necessarily be an easy feat for Jones. In a piece headlined “Doug Jones Is Counting On Black Voters. They Don’t Sound Too Inspired,” Jennifer Bendery, a reporter for the Huffington Post, questioned if Jones has done enough to inspire that kind of turnout. She explained the black vote would have to be a quarter of the final tally on Tuesday for Jones to pull off the upset. “Black residents in Alabama overwhelmingly vote Democratic,” she wrote. “They make up about 27 percent of the state’s population; white residents make up roughly 69 percent. For Jones to win, he needs black voters to account for at least 25 percent of the electorate on Tuesday. He’d then need to win support from 36 percent of white voters to hit 51 percent of the total vote.” It wouldn’t be totally unprecedented. Twenty-five percent would be just under what Obama had in

Last Push in the Wiregrass: Why Roy Moore Is Spending Election Eve in Southeast Alabama


DOTHAN, Alabama — The night before what will perhaps be the most nationally significant election in the 198-year history of the state of Alabama, U.S. Senate hopeful Roy Moore will be hosting a rally at Jordan’s Activity Barn in Midland City, AL, deep in the heart of Alabama’s Wiregrass region. That region, which stretches beyond the state boundaries into Georgia and Florida, is named for the type of grass native to the area that can grow underneath a canopy of pine trees and is located around Alabama’s largest southeastern city of Dothan. Of Alabama’s five designated-market areas, the Wiregrass’ Dothan is by far the smallest in population. But it is also where Moore had the strongest showing in his September runoff against incumbent Luther Strange. Moore’s outdid Strange in the vote tally by a 2-to-1 margin in the Dothan market. That was also similar to the 2016 presidential election, where Donald Trump outperformed Hillary Clinton by 2-to-1 as well. Given those numbers, it is the most Republican part of conservative Alabama. It is where Moore will have to have a clear sizable portion of the vote if he is to come out ahead on Tuesday. Monday night, Moore will rally

Roy Moore Campaign Sign Vandalized Outside Shelby County GOP Headquarters


A sign touting the candidacy of Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Roy Moore outside of the Shelby County, AL Republican Party headquarters was defaced Friday. The sign was marked through in several places and the words “Doug Jones,” Moore’s Democratic Party opponent in Tuesday’s U.S. Senate special election, were written in numerous places on the sign. The headquarters in Pelham, AL, a southern suburb of Birmingham, is located on Valleydale Road near U.S. Hwy 31 and is a prominent thoroughfare that serves Pelham and Helena. The Shelby County group declared in a Facebook post that it “refuse to be deterred or intimidated by the frustrated supporters of a losing Democrat candidate.” It went on to add that vandalism “was never acceptable.”   Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor

Roy Moore Campaign Sign Vandalized Outside Shelby County GOP Headquarters


A sign touting the candidacy of Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Roy Moore outside of the Shelby County, AL Republican Party headquarters was defaced Friday. The sign was marked through in several places and the words “Doug Jones,” Moore’s Democratic Party opponent in Tuesday’s U.S. Senate special election, were written in numerous places on the sign. The headquarters in Pelham, AL, a southern suburb of Birmingham, is located on Valleydale Road near U.S. Hwy 31 and is a prominent thoroughfare that serves Pelham and Helena. The Shelby County group declared in a Facebook post that it “refuse to be deterred or intimidated by the frustrated supporters of a losing Democrat candidate.” It went on to add that vandalism “was never acceptable.”   Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor

Watch: AL.com Columnist Ripped on CNN’s ‘Reliable Sources’ for Asking If Roy Moore Was Gay


Sunday on CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” a panel, featuring AL.com columnist Kyle Whitmire, Huntsville, AL radio talk host Dale Jackson and The Washingtonian’s Elaina Plott, analyzed the role of the media in week’s U.S. Senate special election in Alabama. Stelter wondered why some Alabamians are still supporting Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Roy Moore, despite allegations against that he acted inappropriately toward underage females decades ago. Whitmire argued media queries often reinforced why Moore’s base supported him. Jackson responded by pointing out how Moore and President Donald Trump have had success weaponizing the term “fake news,” and argued that the media had itself to blame. Jackson pointed to a 2015 AL.com column from Whitmire in which a poll question was included about Moore’s sexuality, and suggested it was media attacks like that as to why many Alabama voters don’t trust the media. Partial transcript as follows: BRIAN STELTER, HOST, CNN’S “RELIABLE SOURCES’: So, let’s talk about what the next 48 hours of campaigning in store and what could happen Tuesday night. Kyle Whitmire is here. He’s a state political columnist for The Alabama Media Group. Also, Dale Jackson, the host of “The Dale Jackson Show” on WVNN Radio in Alabama and Elaina Plott, staff writer

Listen: Donald Trump’s Late-Race Robocall for Roy Moore

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Sunday, the campaign for U.S. Senate hopeful Roy Moore released the robocall President Donald Trump made on behalf of Moore. In the call, Trump urges Alabamians to vote for Moore. “Hi, this is President Donald Trump and I need Alabama to go vote for Roy Moore,” Trump explained in the recording. “We’re already making America great again. I’m going to make America safer and stronger and better than ever before. We need that seat. We need Roy voting for us.” Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor

Poll: Roy Moore Up 5 Points Over Doug Jones in Late-Race Survey


Late Saturday, The Trafalgar Group released its final poll headed into the Tuesday special election contest between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones for Alabama's open U.S. Senate seat.

Alabama ‘Vote or Die’ Campaign Offering ‘$1-$50’ Payments for Participation


A campaign flyer circulating throughout the state of Alabama just days before Tuesday’s special election for the U.S. Senate is offering money to those willing to participate in activist efforts. The flyer, which reportedly has been on display at the courthouse in Sylacauga, AL and was featured in an NBC News article by Alex Seitz-Wald, says people who attend rallies “will be given $1-$50” and adds their time and vote “are more valuable than money.” Every citizen 18 years or older who attends the rally will be given $1-$50 to “Pay it Forward” . Your time and your vote are more valuable than money. Your vote can save the nation. The flyer also invokes Hitler, references the 2000 presidential election, and ties former President Rutherford B. Hayes to “100 years” of racial strife in the Jim Crow South. Obama Care was saved by one vote, saving the lives of thousands of Americans. Hitler came to power with one vote, killing millions. In 2000, George Bush won the Presidency with one more vote per precinct in Florida. President Rutherford B. Hayes became President by one vote which led to 100 years of Jim Crow segregation and racial violence. Inscribed at the bottom are the groups apparently

Trump Touts Economic Improvement, Rebuilding Military and Roy Moore at Pensacola, FL Event

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PENSACOLA, Florida — The rain and cold temperatures didn’t keep them away from the Pensacola Bay Center Friday night to see President Donald Trump at the Make America Great Again rally, his fourth such rally in Pensacola in the last two years. Before a near-capacity crowd at the 12,000-seat venue, Trump fulfilled his 2016 pledge to use “Merry Christmas” when appropriate and touted forthcoming tax cuts. “Well, you remember the campaign?” he said. “I said, let me begin by wishing each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas; right? And I can think of no better Christmas present for the American people than giving you a massive tax cut – that’s what’s happening.  And your Senate and your House hopefully very shortly will have those approvals – those hands will go up, and you’re going to be paying a lot less tax so, congratulations – I hope. I’ve got a vote, and I think they will. I can’t wait to sign that tax cut – great for so many. But great for the middle class – and we are going to put it into law.” After taking a shot at the “fake news media,” including ABC and CNN for having

Trump Touts Economic Improvement, Rebuilding Military and Roy Moore at Pensacola, FL Event

Donald Trump
PENSACOLA, Florida — The rain and cold temperatures didn’t keep them away from the Pensacola Bay Center Friday night to see President Donald Trump at the Make America Great Again rally, his fourth such rally in Pensacola in the last two years. Before a near-capacity crowd at the 12,000-seat venue, Trump fulfilled his 2016 pledge to use “Merry Christmas” when appropriate and touted forthcoming tax cuts. “Well, you remember the campaign?” he said. “I said, let me begin by wishing each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas; right? And I can think of no better Christmas present for the American people than giving you a massive tax cut – that’s what’s happening.  And your Senate and your House hopefully very shortly will have those approvals – those hands will go up, and you’re going to be paying a lot less tax so, congratulations – I hope. I’ve got a vote, and I think they will. I can’t wait to sign that tax cut – great for so many. But great for the middle class – and we are going to put it into law.” After taking a shot at the “fake news media,” including ABC and CNN for having

Trump Touts Economic Improvement, Rebuilding Military and Roy Moore at Pensacola, FL Event

Donald Trump
PENSACOLA, Florida — The rain and cold temperatures didn’t keep them away from the Pensacola Bay Center Friday night to see President Donald Trump at the Make America Great Again rally, his fourth such rally in Pensacola in the last two years. Before a near-capacity crowd at the 12,000-seat venue, Trump fulfilled his 2016 pledge to use “Merry Christmas” when appropriate and touted forthcoming tax cuts. “Well, you remember the campaign?” he said. “I said, let me begin by wishing each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas; right? And I can think of no better Christmas present for the American people than giving you a massive tax cut – that’s what’s happening.  And your Senate and your House hopefully very shortly will have those approvals – those hands will go up, and you’re going to be paying a lot less tax so, congratulations – I hope. I’ve got a vote, and I think they will. I can’t wait to sign that tax cut – great for so many. But great for the middle class – and we are going to put it into law.” After taking a shot at the “fake news media,” including ABC and CNN for having

Trump: Get Out and Vote for Roy Moore


PENSACOLA, Florida — Friday at an event at the Pensacola Bay Center on a chilly night in the Florida Panhandle, President Donald Trump addressed the elephant in the room and urged rallygoers from Alabama to vote for Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Roy Moore. Moore is in a tight race with Democrat Doug Jones for the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and received a public boost from the president. “We cannot afford — this country, the future of this country — cannot afford to lose a seat in the very, very close United States Senate,” he said. “We can’t afford it, folks. We can’t afford to have a liberal Democrat who is completely controlled by Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. His name is Jones, and he’s their puppet.” “We need somebody in that Senate seat who will vote for our ‘Make America Great Again’ agenda, which involves tough on crime, tough on borders … building the wall, strengthening our military, continuing our great fight for our veterans,” he added. “We want jobs, jobs, jobs, so get out and vote for Roy Moore.” Trump’s appearance, which was just a dozen miles from the Alabama-Florida state line, included

Watch: Roy Moore Supporter Trolls MSNBC Reporter During Live Shot


Friday during a live shot on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” an unidentified man interrupted network reporter Vaughn Hillyard, who has been dispatched to Pensacola, FL to cover the evening’s rally featuring President Donald Trump. The man is seen waving an American flag and chants, “Roy Moore is going to win.” And now for your #ALSEN live-tv moment of day, courtesy of @VaughnHillyard in Pensacola, FL (cc: @MitchellReports) pic.twitter.com/xHOC2dnV9O — Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) December 8, 2017 Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor

Limbaugh on Roy Moore Yearbook Inscription: ‘The Perp Has Admitted She Forged It’


Friday on his nationally syndicated radio show, conservative talker Rush Limbaugh reacted to the announcement that a portion of the high school yearbook inscription used to substantiate the claim that Beverly Young Nelson was sexually assaulted by U.S. Senate hopeful Roy Moore decades ago had been forged. Limbaugh described Nelson as a “perp” and used the report to criticize the media. Transcript as follows (courtesy of RushLimbaugh.com): LIMBAUGH: “Bombshell: Roy Moore Accuser Beverly Nelson Admits She Forged Yearbook.” You remember that the yearbook? This is the Gloria Allred special, and now Beverly Nelson — who was one of Roy Moore’s accusers from 40 years ago — has admitted she forged it. So she has no credibility. None at all. Gloria Allred still has not released the yearbook so that it can be forensically tested. I wondered why she hasn’t. Now we know why. Because the perp has admitted she forged it. “Beverly Young Nelson has finally admitted that she forged a portion of the infamous high school yearbook that she and attorney Gloria Allred used as proof of her accusations against U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore. And in yet another blow to the credibility of ABC News, the disgraced, left-wing network

Watch: Roy Moore’s Campaign Unveils Two Ads in Last Push Headed to Tuesday Election


Friday, Roy Moore’s senatorial campaign released two video ads that are part of its final push headed into the December 12 special election between Moore and his Democratic opponent Doug Jones. The ads are a part of the campaign’s get out the vote effort. “Both President Trump and Alabama residents know where Roy Moore stands on the issues that matter most and that he won’t back down from fighting for what’s right,” Bill Armistead, chairman of the Moore campaign said in a statement accompanying a press release about the video spots. “We believe we will win on Tuesday because of Judge Moore’s commitment to fighting for life, the Second Amendment, and restoring our national security. Both these ads do an excellent job conveying that message, and they will resonate with Alabama voters who also believe in putting principle ahead of politics.” Transcript of first ad as follows: The same Washington insiders who don’t like President Trump are trying to stop our campaign. They just don’t like conservatives like us. They call us warmongers for wanting to rebuild the military. Racists for securing our borders. Bigots for recognizing the sanctity of marriage. And they call us foolish for believing in God.

Gohmert: If FBI Used Russia Dossier for FISA Warrant, It Is More Corrupt Than Days of J Edgar Hoover Wiretapping MLK


Thursday on Fox News Channel’s “The Story,” Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) discussed the current state of the FBI with host Marth MacCallum on the heels of a congressional hearing featuring FBI Director Christopher Wray earlier in the day. Gohmert said if the infamous Russia dossier that was compiled as apparent oppo research on then-candidate Donald Trump was used as a means to obtain a FISA warrant, then corruption within the FBI was more widespread than it was in the days of J. Edgar Hoover’s tenure. Partial transcript as follows: MACCALLUM: Here now, Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert. Good to see you this evening, sir. Thank you very much for being here. GOHMERT: Glad to see you. Those are the scene, by the after my colleague across the aisle said that he admitted her nary word about Russian influence. I went ahead and said, I’m glad he brought it up basically because we need to talk about the Russian collusion in try to get uranium and the killing of that story. So, we brought up the Russian collusion with the Clinton State Department. So, anyway — MACCALLUM: While I’m a student, that is usual in these environments. There were two different agendas that were in

Mediaite Editor: It’s Time to ‘Look Down Our Nose at the Constituents of Alabama’


Wednesday during a segment on HLN’s “SE Cupp Unfiltered” critical of former Trump chief strategist and Breitbart executive chairman Steve Bannon, Mediaite managing editor Colby Hall took at the “constituents of Alabama.” During the panel’s criticism of Bannon, Hall said it was time to “sort of look down our nose” at Bannon’s receptive audience at a rally he spoke at on Tuesday in Fairhope, AL. “I think it’s time to sort of look down our nose at the constituents of Alabama who apparently think a pro wrestling-mantra like Steve Bannon – like, he was literally channeling Randy ‘Macho Man’ Savage – ‘brother,’” Hall said. “He’s a caricature of a caricature of Steve Bannon.” Later in the segment, Hall said if Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Roy Moore emerged victorious on December 12 to expect more from Bannon. “He’s tapped into a disenfranchised and isolated set that works,” Hall added. “And I’ll say this – when Roy Moore gets elected on December 12, he’s the future of the GOP because suddenly he’s going to be emboldened. We’re going to see Steve Bannon doing his hacky Stormfront comedy shtick in every contested election across the country. It’s going to be a tough time

Pro-Doug Jones Super PAC ‘Misleading’ Ad Removed By Google ‘at the Request of the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office’


Late Wednesday, the Alabama Secretary of State’s office issued a statement claiming what it described as a “misleading” ad from the Birmingham-based pro-Doug Jones super PAC Highway 31 was removed by Google at its behest. According to the release, the office headed by John Merrill required “several intense discussions,” but resulted in Google removing the ad. “Secretary Merrill’s team contacted the Media and Advertising team at Google (YouTube’s parent company) and through several intense discussions and many references to Alabama State Law the team at Google felt the ad should be “disapproved” and that it was in violation of the AdWords advertising policies.” The ad in question suggested the choices voters made on their ballot were “public record” and they first started appearing online late last week. “If you don’t vote, and Roy Moore – a child predator – wins, could you live with that? Your vote is public record, and your community will know whether or not you helped stop Roy Moore,” a female narrator says. Not much is known about the Highway 31 super PAC and who is financing its efforts. However, the group reportedly has ties to former Obama presidential campaign associates. Full statement as follows: Secretary of State Works

Ingraham: Pro-Hillary Investigators in Mueller Probe Unacceptable, Disgusting and Unfair


Tuesday on Fox News Channel’s “The Ingraham Angle,” host Laura Ingraham chided special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election for enlisting an apparent anti-Donald Trump investigator. Ingraham called it “unacceptable,” “disgusting” and “unfair” that backers of Trump’s 2016 election opponent Hillary Clinton were parts of this investigation. Partial transcript as follows: All right, guys, we are loaded up tonight. You are not going to want to miss one moment of this show. But first — we’re only now learning why former FBI Director Jim Comey contorted himself to not indict Hillary Clinton regarding her use of a private email server during her time as secretary of state. Tonight, we can tell you that it appears that the FBI’s lead investigator and deputy chief of counter-intel has been revealed to be just another Clinton crony and Trump hater. Peter Strzok was found to have exchanged anti-Trump texts during the 2016 presidential debates with another colleague at the Justice Department. This according to The New York Times. And get this, he attended Hillary’s pre-Fourth of July interview that was never transcribed, and he reportedly urged Comey to strike the phrase “grossly negligent” to describe Hillary

Mark Levin: ‘Not Possible’ for Trump to Commit Obstruction of Justice for Firing Comey


Monday on his CRTV “Levin TV” program, conservative talker Mark Levin rejected the possibility President Donald Trump committed obstruction of justice for firing then-FBI Director James Comey. Levin explained that the presidency is a constitutional office and that those serving as his subordinates were not. He also said before Comey’s firing, Democrats were calling on Comey to be fired as well. “As I said in June, a president is free to fire any subordinate,” Levin said. “He is in the Constitution. The subordinates are not. He is free to fire any subordinate for any reason. It’s not possible to be obstruction of justice when you are complying with your constitutional responsibilities. Moreover, as I’ve said a thousand times — one second before Trump fired Comey, the Democrats were howling like a bunch of hyenas demanding that Comey be fired. If Hillary Clinton had been elected president of the United States and fired Jim Comey, they’d give her a ticker-tape parade.” Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor

Flashback: Mitt Romney Finished Third in Alabama’s 2012 GOP Presidential Primary

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On Monday, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney denounced Alabama U.S. Senate hopeful Roy Moore by saying he would “be a stain on the GOP and on the nation” if elected. Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee, made that declaration in a post on Twitter on the heels of President Donald Trump’s giving his support to Moore. Roy Moore in the US Senate would be a stain on the GOP and on the nation. Leigh Corfman and other victims are courageous heroes. No vote, no majority is worth losing our honor, our integrity. — Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) December 4, 2017 Democrats refusal to give even one vote for massive Tax Cuts is why we need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama. We need his vote on stopping crime, illegal immigration, Border Wall, Military, Pro Life, V.A., Judges 2nd Amendment and more. No to Jones, a Pelosi/Schumer Puppet! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 4, 2017 If the past is any indicator, Alabama voters will be more likely to line up behind Trump and not Romney on this matter. In the 2016 Republican presidential primary in Alabama, Trump outpaced his closest competitor Ted Cruz by a 2-to-1 margin with 371,735 votes on his way

Pro-Doug Jones Super PAC Using Voter Intimidation Tactics — Ad Claims ‘Your Vote Is Public Record’


Highway 31, a Birmingham-based pro-Doug Jones super PAC is using what could be perceived as voter intimidation tactics against Roy Moore by suggesting the votes cast in a December 12 special election are "public record."

Dershowitz: ‘You Cannot Charge a President With Obstruction of Justice for Exercising His Constitutional Power’


Monday on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz batted down the merit of obstruction of justice charges aimed at President Donald Trump for what he said was exercising his constitutional power and authority regarding the firing of then-FBI Director James Comey and instructing the Department of Justice what to and not to investigate. “If Congress were to ever charge him with obstruction of justice for exercising his constitutional authority under Article 2, we’d have a constitutional crisis,” he explained. “You cannot charge a president with obstruction of justice for exercising his constitutional power to fire Comey and his constitutional authority to tell the Justice Department who to investigate, who not to investigate. That’s what Thomas Jefferson did. That’s what Lincoln did. That’s what Roosevelt did. We have precedents that clearly establish that.” “When George Bush, the first, pardoned Caspar Weinberger in order to end the investigation that would have led to him,” Dershowitz continued. “Nobody suggested obstruction of justice. For obstruction by the president, you need clearly illegal acts. With Nixon — hush money paid, telling people to lie, destroying evidence. Even with Clinton, they said that he tried to influence potential witnesses not to tell

AEI’s Pletka: Trump ‘Crazy,’ ‘On Drugs’ Among ‘Whispers’ Heard in Washington


In an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, Danielle Pletka, the senior vice president for foreign and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, told moderator Chuck Todd about “whispers” heard in Washington, DC regarding President Donald Trump on his mental health. Among those “whispers” were that Trump was “crazy,” “on drugs” and “something wrong with him,” she said. According to Pletka, Republicans are questioning Trump’s mental stability privately while Democrats were doing so publicly. Publicly, she argued, would beg the question, “What are you going to do about it?” “I think Republicans are going to keep talking privately about the president,” Pletka said. “But I think it serves nobody to stand up and say, ‘I think the president is crazy.’ He’s the president of the United States, and that kind of thing is just — there’s no political upside for Republicans because the next question is, ‘OK, you think he’s crazy? You think he’s on drugs? You think there’s something wrong with him?’ These are all the whispers we hear in Washington. Then the next question is, ‘So, what are you going to do about it?’ And the answer from them is, ‘We don’t want to

Ingraham: Dems Want Illegal Immigration to Change Demographics, Replace White Conservatives


Saturday on Fox News Channel’s “Watters World,” Fox News Channel host and conservative radio talker Laura Ingraham offered her theory on why Democrats were unwilling to support a border wall and were for sanctuary city policies, especially in the wake of the verdict from a San Francisco jury that found illegal alien Jose Ines Garcia Zarate not guilty for the killing of Kate Steinle. Ingraham told host Jesse Watters much of it has to do with Democrats seeking a demographic shift that is more in line with their policies. Partial transcript as follows: WATTERS: Why don’t Democrats want a wall and why do they want these sanctuary city policies? What is the real reason? INGRAHAM: I think the real reason ultimately, Jesse, is they want to replace the current electorate in the United States with a new electorate — and that new electorate — and electorate that in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, Florida — with a new electorate. And that new electorate, if the demographic changes bear out that we’ve seen develop in Virginia, that will create a California, a Florida, a Texas that looks like Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts. So, I think the Democrats want the replace, you know, the old,

ABC Suspends Brian Ross Four Weeks Without Pay


Late Saturday, ABC News announced it was suspending network investigative reporter Brian Ross four weeks without pay for an inaccurate report that aired Friday. The report claimed Donald Trump had directed his eventual National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to contact the Russians while running for president as a candidate. Ross followed up his reporting later that day with a “clarification,” claiming it was not while Trump was a candidate, but as president-elect. Statement as follows: We deeply regret and apologize for the serious error we made yesterday. The reporting conveyed by Brian Ross during the special report had not been fully vetted through our editorial standards process. As a result of our continued reporting over the next several hours ultimately we determined the information was wrong and we corrected the mistake on air and online. It is vital we get the story right and retain the trust we have built with our audience –- these are our core principles. We fell far short of that yesterday. Effective immediately, Brian Ross will be suspended for four weeks without pay. Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor

Mark Levin on Mueller Probe: ‘This Is a Crap Investigation’


Friday on his nationally syndicated radio show, conservative talker Mark Levin slammed the special counsel’s probe headed by former FBI Director Robert Mueller on the heels of the news former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had been charged and pled guilty to lying to the FBI. Levin called it a “crap investigation” and noted little had been done regarding the original purpose of the special counsel, which was to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. “Just look at all the lies and deceit and propaganda that’s being pushed out based on this plea deal today,” he said. “And look who is telling you all of this stuff. This is a crap investigation. That’s what it is – it is a crap investigation. The [Paul] Manafort and [Rick] Gates stuff should have been handled by a U.S. Attorney’s office. It’s involving matters that go way, way back. Nothing to do with the campaign – nothing whatever to do with the campaign. This guy [George] Papadopoulos, and so forth – he is an irrelevancy, an absolute irrelevancy – pleads to one count of false statements. That’s the best they can do?” Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor

Mark Levin on Mueller Probe: ‘This Is a Crap Investigation’


Friday on his nationally syndicated radio show, conservative talker Mark Levin slammed the special counsel’s probe headed by former FBI Director Robert Mueller on the heels of the news former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had been charged and pled guilty to lying to the FBI. Levin called it a “crap investigation” and noted little had been done regarding the original purpose of the special counsel, which was to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. “Just look at all the lies and deceit and propaganda that’s being pushed out based on this plea deal today,” he said. “And look who is telling you all of this stuff. This is a crap investigation. That’s what it is – it is a crap investigation. The [Paul] Manafort and [Rick] Gates stuff should have been handled by a U.S. Attorney’s office. It’s involving matters that go way, way back. Nothing to do with the campaign – nothing whatever to do with the campaign. This guy [George] Papadopoulos, and so forth – he is an irrelevancy, an absolute irrelevancy – pleads to one count of false statements. That’s the best they can do?” Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor

Sessions: ‘We Are Doing Everything Possible’ to Reverse Sanctuary City Policies


Friday on Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions pledged his Department of Justice was doing everything possible to reverse sanctuary city policies in the wake of a San Francisco jury’s decision to find Jose Ines Garcia Zarate not guilty for the death of Kate Steinle. Sessions said withholding federal money and urging Congress to act on legislation aimed at ending sanctuary city policies were two courses of action the Trump administration is pursuing. But he also said his department was being obstructed by federal judges, which he described as “frustrating.” “It is a very frustrating situation right now,” he said. “The federal government and President Trump are crystal clear: We are doing everything possible to get these cities to reverse these policies.” Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor

Sessions: ‘We Are Doing Everything Possible’ to Reverse Sanctuary City Policies


Friday on Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions pledged his Department of Justice was doing everything possible to reverse sanctuary city policies in the wake of a San Francisco jury’s decision to find Jose Ines Garcia Zarate not guilty for the death of Kate Steinle. Sessions said withholding federal money and urging Congress to act on legislation aimed at ending sanctuary city policies were two courses of action the Trump administration is pursuing. But he also said his department was being obstructed by federal judges, which he described as “frustrating.” “It is a very frustrating situation right now,” he said. “The federal government and President Trump are crystal clear: We are doing everything possible to get these cities to reverse these policies.” Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor

ABC’s Brian Ross Issues On-Air ‘Clarification’ to Correct Report ‘Candidate’ Trump ‘Ordered Him’ to Contact Russians


Friday on ABC’s “World News Tonight,” network investigative reporter Brian Ross backtracked on his initial report claiming former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had promised “full cooperation” with special counsel Robert Mueller and was prepared to testify that “candidate” Donald Trump “directed him to make contact with the Russians.” Ross told “World News” anchor David Muir it was not candidate Trump, but President-elect Trump that instructed him to reach out to Russia. “A clarification tonight on something one of Flynn’s confidants told us, and we reported earlier today. He said the President had asked Flynn to contact Russia during the campaign. He’s now clarifying that saying according to Flynn, candidate Trump asked him during the campaign to find ways to repair relations with Russia and other hot spots, and then after the election, the President-elect asked him, told him to contact Russia on issues, including working together to fight ISIS.” Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor

Limbaugh: Timing of Flynn Charges ‘May Not Be Coincidental’ — ‘Look at All the News It Has Swept Off the Front Pages’


Friday on his nationally syndicated radio show, conservative talker Rush Limbaugh questioned the timing of the announcement former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had been charged by special counsel Robert Mueller for lying to the FBI. Limbaugh suggested the timing of the news was to draw the attention away from passage of the tax bill among other items in the news, including the Matt Lauer firing from NBC and the “not guilty” verdict in the Kate Steinle murder trial. “So there you have it – they’re all excited,” Limbaugh said. “Mueller did the deed on the right day. Mueller did the deed to sweep the tax cut deal off the table and to tick everybody off. This is, in Jonathan Martin’s opinion, the swamp banding together – the establishment coordinating its efforts to continue to destroy Trump and muddy the waters. The tax bill is going to pass. As far as [Mitch] McConnell and [Paul] Ryan are concerned, none of this today is a legal problem.” “It’s a bit of a political problem, but it doesn’t present any legal problems to them or their tax bill,” he continued. “The tax bill is going to pass. But I don’t have any

Hannity: ‘It Was San Francisco’s Sanctuary City Policies That Killed Kate Steinle’


Thursday on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity,” host Sean Hannity reacted to a San Francisco jury’s verdict acquiting Jose Ines Garcia Zarate of murder and manslaughter charges for the death of Kate Steinle. Hannity blamed the “sanctuary city” policies of San Francisco for Steinle’s death and criticized the verdict. “Let me tell you something the mainstream media will never tell you tonight: It was San Francisco’s sanctuary city policies that killed Kate Steinle,” Hannity said. “They did not obey the law. They followed these ridiculous liberal policies. And because of their stupidity and their, quote  ‘form of justice’ and caring more about the rights of illegal, convicted felons, tonight Kate Steinle is dead, and her family has received no justice.” Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor  

Lindsey Graham: ‘Steve Bannon Will Have a Great Argument to Beat Us All’ If Tax Bill Fails


In a segment that aired on Thursday’s broadcast of ABC’s “World News Tonight,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) warned if he and his colleagues were not able to get tax cut legislation passed and on the president’s desk, there would be consequences for the Republican Party. One of those consequences he said would be giving former White House chief strategist and Breitbart News executive chairman Steve Bannon an “argument” to defeat incumbents in next year’s midterm elections. “Our base fractures, people won’t put up our signs, people won’t write checks, the party will collapse under its own weight,” Graham said. “Steve Bannon will have a great argument to beat us all.” Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor
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