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Bloomberg says he never had a chance to win POTUS.
NY Daily News

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg knew his presidential bid — even one with a $1 billion war chest — would be fruitless. The former New York City mayor of 12 years said he decided against joining the contested presidential race against candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton because of his inability to align with the Democratic or Republican parties. Even if he mounted an Independent campaign, Bloomberg told “60 Minutes” that a campaign backed by $1 billion of his own money and retired Navy Admiral Michael Mullen as his running mate would have never stood a chance. “If I thought we could win, or had a reasonable chance, I would have done it,” Bloomberg said, in an episode that aired Sunday. “It would be very unlikely that an Independent could win.”

Obama will earn $400K for one of his first paid speeches.
Washington Examiner

Former President Barack Obama will be paid $400,000 to speak at Cantor Fitzgerald's healthcare conference this September, according to a new report. Obama, whose legacy item was the Affordable Care Act, will deliver the keynote address at the organization's lunch in what will be one of his first paid speeches, Fox Business' Charlie Gasparino reported Monday. Cantor Fitzgerald is a New York City-based financial services firm that specializes in fix incomes sales, institutional equity and trading. The former Democratic community organizer and Illinois senator has focused his nearly 100 days out of office on relaxing at various locations around the globe and planning for his foundation's library and community center in Chicago.

Retired general expected to lead Secret Service.
Politico

Retired Marine Major Gen. Randolph Alles, the current U.S. Customs and Border deputy, is expected to be tapped to lead the Secret Service, according to a former law enforcement official familiar with the selection process. Alles has served as the acting deputy commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection since Trump’s inauguration. He previously served stints as the CBP’s acting executive assistant commissioner of enterprise services and leading the department’s Air and Marine Operations. Prior to serving in the federal government, Alles served for 35 years in the Marine Corps, retiring in 2011 with the rank of Major General. Alles will take the reigns over from Secret Service Deputy Director William Callahan, who has led the Service since former director Joseph Clancy retired on March 4.

Airlines promise friendlier skies.
The Hill

A number of airlines are revamping their customer service policies after a passenger was violently dragged off a United Airlines flight, putting a spotlight on the industry’s treatment of travelers. Air carriers are increasing how much they will offer passengers to voluntarily give up their seats. Others are promising not to kick customers off a plane to make room for others. The effort could help keep federal regulators off the industry’s back, especially with lawmakers planning congressional hearings and crafting bills that could target airlines’ overbooking and passenger-bumping policies. “I generally believe too much regulation on private businesses doesn’t benefit the customer or the business,” Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) wrote in an op-ed for The Hill. “However, my point to the airlines is that if you’re not willing to implement these commonsense changes, changes that will actually help your business by improving customer service, then the government will likely do it for you.”

Mexico says vehicle carrying radioactive material stolen.
New York Times

Mexican authorities say a company's pickup truck carrying industrial X-ray equipment that uses radioactive material has been stolen in northwestern Mexico. The Interior Department says the truck was stolen Sunday in Tlaquepaque, a town in Jalisco state. The missing radioactive material is iridium-192. The agency said Monday that the material could pose a health hazard if removed from its container and not handled correctly. There have been several such thefts in Mexico in recent years, but the radioactive materials have been recovered.

Senate goes to the White House to discuss North Korea.
RedState

Back when you were in junior high, it was never a good thing when your parents, and your teachers, and your principal, and the guidance counselor, and maybe a social worker, and your priest and couple of cops all got together to discuss you. Rarely did anything good come of those sessions. Via Reuters: Top Trump administration officials will hold a rare briefing on Wednesday at the White House for the entire U.S. Senate on the situation in North Korea, senior Senate aides said on Monday. All 100 senators have been asked to the White House for the briefing by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the aides said. While top administration officials routinely travel to Capitol Hill to address members of Congress on foreign policy and national security matters, it is unusual for the entire 100-member Senate to go to such an event at the White House, and for those four top officials to be involved. The entire context must be considered when evaluating this meeting.

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North Korea detains US citizen as tensions rise.
CNN

North Korea detained a US citizen for unknown reasons as he was planning to fly out of Pyongyang International Airport on Saturday morning. Kim Sang Duk, also known as Tony Kim, was teaching at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, a statement from the school said. The detention comes amid a buildup of tension on the Korean Peninsula, with a North Korean newspaper saying Sunday that Pyongyang was ready to sink a US aircraft carrier conducting drills in the region. Kim is the third US citizen in North Korean custody. The school said he was detained by authorities at the airport "after several weeks of service, teaching at PUST." "We understand this detention is related to an investigation into matters not connected in any way with the work of PUST," the school said. "We cannot comment on anything that Mr. Kim may be alleged to have done that is not related to his teaching work on the PUST campus." The statement said "life on campus and the teaching at PUST is continuing as normal" for the spring semester. The detained American is a professor, the South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported

Republican Bill Lee joining Tennessee Governor’s race.
US News

Franklin businessman Bill Lee says he's jumping into the Tennessee governor's race. The Republican tells The Tennessean that his campaign will formally begin Monday when he plans to roll out a recently purchased RV that he'll use to travel the state. The 57-year-old Lee is chairman of the Lee Co., which was founded by his grandfather in 1944. The company's services include plumbing, electrical and HVAC for residential, business and government customers. The company employs 1,150 people. "When I came to that company, I had a vision for it and we've accomplished that vision," Lee said. "Those experiences in life have really caused me to have a vision for Tennessee, so I've decided to pursue this endeavor." Lee said the 2000 death of his wife of 16 years in a horse-riding accident on the family's farm changed his life, from inspiring him to volunteer to how he viewed his work. He helped in a YMCA program aimed at assisting at-risk youth and mentored in Men of Valor, a re-entry program for former offenders. That led him to become part of the state Higher Education Commission and a governor's task force on sentencing and recidivism. Lee said he developed "a vision for something bigger."

Gingrich: Trump can win in 2020 even with low approval numbers.
Washington Examiner

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich proposed President Trump's re-election in 2020 will be determined solely by the state of the economy, not his approval numbers. "If Trump has the economy rolling in 2020, he'll get re-elected," Gingrich said during a panel discussion on ABC's "This Week." "If Trump doesn't have the economy rolling in 2020, he has a problem." The Republican pundit and author said Trump's persistent low approval ratings will not matter if he can stimulate the post-recession economy. Gingrich said Trump is the "most divisive president since Abraham Lincoln," but his being "willful and strong-willed and focused have enormous capability to move the system." Trump has promised to put "America first" through executive orders and laws he signs.

Ryan: Focus is on keeping government open.
The Hill

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) pledged Saturday to focus on passing a spending bill to keep the government open in the coming week, while Republicans continue to work on legislation to repeal and replace ObamaCare. During a conference call, Ryan told House Republicans that while healthcare is still a priority, the spending bill will be the "primary focus" of the coming week, according to a GOP source on the call. Despite White House suggestions that the new healthcare bill might receive a vote next week, Ryan said that his priority is to pass a stopgap spending bill that will keep the government open past April 28. “Wherever we land will be a product the president can and will support,” Ryan said, according to a GOP source on the call. The passage of the spending bill will likely require support of Democrats who have not welcomed President Trump's demand to include in the legislation funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

France elections: Macron and Le Pen through to run-off.
BBC

The centrist Emmanuel Macron will face far-right leader Marine Le Pen in a run-off for the French presidency on 7 May, near-final results show. With 96% of votes counted from Sunday's first round, Mr Macron has 23.9% with Ms Le Pen on 21.4%. Opinion polls have consistently predicted Mr Macron defeating his rival in the run-off. The two fought off a strong challenge from centre-right François Fillon and hard-left Jean-Luc Mélenchon. Whoever wins the second round, the voting marks a shift away from the decades-long dominance of leftist and centre-right parties in French politics. While Ms Le Pen has long been seen as likely to make the second round, Emmanuel Macron's rise has been swift. The BBC's Hugh Schofield says Mr Macron's likely victory is the story of the evening.

Planned Parenthood once declared abortion was murder.
Kimberly Ross, RedState

Long before Planned Parenthood’s crusade to anesthetize the general consciousness as it relates to abortion, the organization flat-out admitted it was a life-ending procedure. Cecile Richards and her minions will declare abortion is “women’s healthcare” and that it occupies the same category as routine procedures like Pap smears and breast exams. Except it doesn’t. Basic women’s healthcare doesn’t involve stopping a beating heart and then scraping out the remainders of the once growing life. In the first half of the 20th century, though, Planned Parenthood told a different story. Obianuju Ekeocha is a pro-life speaker and writer who heads up Culture of Life Africa, which is focused on reinforcing the sanctity of life and the importance of motherhood in Africa. Part of the group’s beautiful mission: This initiative is a heart-felt cry for people of good will from around the world to consider with us, how the introduction and promotion of the selfish and superficial anti-life culture is sure to unleash irreparable damage and carnage in Africa where new life in the womb brings hope to the hearts of many and where communal family life gives strength and fortitude to struggling men and women to prevail against all odds. We need to consider all of this so as to dissuade the rich and radical reformers from opening the flood gates of death in Africa under the guise of “choice” and under the empty promise of “progress”. This past week, Ms. Ekeocha tweeted out some inconvenient truth that exposed Planned Parenthood.

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US ‘debates charging Julian Assange.
BBC

The US is debating whether to charge Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, US media report. The organisation, which publishes confidential documents, has been in the cross-hairs of the US for years. Last week, CIA Director Mike Pompeo described it as a "hostile" intelligence service abetted by Russia, and Mr Assange as a "fraud". But the group was last year praised by President Donald Trump for its work during the election campaign. The release of hacked emails belonging to a Hillary Clinton aide were a factor in her losing the election, the Democratic candidate later claimed. US intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia was behind the hack and used Wikileaks to harm the chances of Mrs Clinton and favour Mr Trump. But Mr Assange, who has been staying at the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012, has said the release was not intended to affect the election. He was granted asylum by Ecuador to prevent his extradition to Sweden on sexual assault charges.

Obama speaks with French presidential candidate.
Washington Examiner

Former President Barack Obama spoke with French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron on Thursday, his spokesman says. While Obama did not endorse Macron, spokesman Kevin Lewis said the two did talk about the campaign. Macron tweeted video of their call on Thursday. The first round of voting takes place on Sunday. If no single candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote, which seems the most likely, then a second run-off election between the top two candidates will occur on May 7. Polling suggests the two candidates who will make it to round two are Macron, a centrist who is pro-European Union; and right-wing leader Marine Le Pen, who would likely push for a "Frexit." Macron seems to have the advantage in the second round. In the statement, Lewis said Obama "remains deeply committed" to France to as a close ally of the U.S., and "as a leader on behalf of liberal values in Europe and around the world."

State Rep. Scott Inman announces run for Oklahoma Gov.
US News

Democratic state Rep. Scott Inman announced Thursday he is running for Oklahoma governor next year after serving as the leader of the House Democratic caucus for the past seven years. Inman said he plans to file paperwork to run for governor in 2018 and begin raising funds for a wide-open campaign that is expected to attract a crowded field. Two-term Republican governor Mary Fallin is term limited and cannot seek re-election. Inman is a six-term state representative from Del City who cannot seek re-election due to term limits. He has been a frequent critic of income tax cuts and various business tax exemptions supported by Fallin and Republican legislative leaders that Inman says have contributed to chronic budget shortfalls that will total an estimated $868 million next year. "My job in this next election is to basically shine a light on the failed leadership that Gov. Fallin and her colleagues here in the Legislature have brought to the state and give the voters of Oklahoma a chance to move in a different direction," Inman told The Associated Press. "Republicans control everything in the state of Oklahoma and they control everything in Washington," he said. "People aren't real happy with President Trump's leadership right now and they're certainly not happy with Gov. Fallin's leadership here in Oklahoma."

Florida’s top court approves voting rights for felons ballot question.
Tampa Bay Times

Voting rights advocates and civil rights attorneys cheered the Florida Supreme Court's unanimous ruling Thursday approving language of a proposed amendment that would restore voting rights for convicted felons, saying the decision is a major step toward erasing a lingering vestige of Jim Crow. "It's a game changer," said Daniel Smith, a University of Florida political scientist who said the ruling could alter the state's political landscape by opening elections up for hundreds of thousands of new voters. If supporters collect the needed signatures to get on the measure on the 2018 ballot, it could energize Democratic-leaning voters in a year when Florida will elect a new governor and a U.S. senator. The proposed measure still needs a total of 766,200 signatures before it can be placed on the 2018 ballot. The proposal has at leasts 71,209 so far, according to the state's Division of Elections. Also, more than 60 percent of voters would then need to approve it in before it becomes law and voting rights would be restored. Despite those looming obstacles, the ruling was considered a major victory.

Paris shootout leaves police officer and gunman dead.
The New York Times

A gunman wielding an assault rifle on Thursday night killed a police officer on Paris’s most iconic boulevard, the Champs-Élysées, stirring France’s worst fears of a terrorist attack, which could tip voting in a hotly contested presidential election that starts on Sunday. The gunman was shot dead by the police as he tried to flee on foot; two other police officers and a bystander were wounded. The police quickly blocked access to the crowded thoroughfare, lined with restaurants and high-end stores, as a helicopter hovered overhead. The attack set off panic and a scramble for shelter, and officers began searching for possible accomplices after the attack. Near midnight, President François Hollande said in an address to the nation that the attack appeared to be an act of terrorism. The Islamic State claimed responsibility in a message posted on a jihadi channel, and the Paris prosecutor said he had opened a terrorism investigation.

Chelsea Clinton: America was ‘too Sexist’ to elect my mom.
Martin Walsh, RedState

Hillary Clinton has blamed almost everyone and everything imaginable for her election loss to Donald Trump except herself. It appears Chelsea Clinton is still in denial, too, as she strongly suggested that America was “too sexist” to elect her mom in the 2016 presidential election. In her interview with Variety, Chelsea was asked, “As someone who traveled across the country campaigning, were you surprised at the sexism that still exists?” Context is very important. Here is her full response: I’m not surprised. I’m deeply saddened. I think it’s important for us to realize we can’t take progress for granted. Progress has to be continually defended as well as advanced. I think about this multiple times a day. It’s 2017, and we’re fighting again on fights that were settled a few years ago around gay rights, women’s reproductive health; fights to ensure we’re a country that’s always moving toward a more perfect union and not moving toward disunion, disunity, and segregation. We’re really in peril of moving backward. That’s not what I want for my children and their generation. Chelsea, like her mom, continues to hurl insults at people that don’t support them. They continuously argue that you’re deplorable, racist, or even sexist if you don’t support them, and that is exactly why America declined to elect a candidate like that.

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Georgia candidates dive into intense runoff campaign.
Politico

By the time Georgia voters woke up Wednesday morning, their House special election was already back in overdrive. Democrat Jon Ossoff, who fell 2 tantalizing percentage points short of outright victory in the primary Tuesday night, raised over $500,000 on Wednesday for a grueling two-month runoff, campaign manager Keenan Pontoni said — the most lucrative day of the campaign so far for Ossoff, already one of the best-funded House candidates ever. Ossoff is putting some of that money on TV immediately, with an ad campaign starting back up Thursday after a one-day break. And the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is jumping in with a half-million dollars on TV, a DCCC source confirmed, as the party tries to keep Republican Karen Handel from unifying GOP voters in the two-month runoff. Meanwhile, House Speaker Paul Ryan is planning a trip to Georgia to campaign alongside Handel in the next few weeks, according to a Ryan political aide. Congressional Leadership Fund, the super PAC that has already spent about $3 million hitting Ossoff and turning out conservative-leaning voters, is readying yet more involvement in the race.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz won’t run for re-election in 2018.
Washington Examiner

Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the high-profile chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, won't seek re-election in 2018. "After long consultation with my family and prayerful consideration, I have decided I will not be a candidate for any office in 2018," Chaffetz said in a statement on Facebook. Chaffetz's role as the leader of the House Oversight Committee put him in the spotlight as he led investigations into Hillary Clinton's private email server and many aspects of former President Barack Obama's administration. Chaffetz has also drawn flack for not being as animated to investigate President Trump's business connections and how they might impact his presidency. In his statement, Chaffetz ruled out running for any political office in 2018. There have been rumblings about potential Republican challengers for Sen. Orrin Hatch's seat in the U.S. Senate. Hatch seems intent on running for re-election in 2018, but rumors have seen several high-profile names, such as Mitt Romney, floated for the seat.

Bill O’Reilly is forced out at Fox News.
New York Times

Bill O’Reilly’s reign as the top-rated host in cable news came to an abrupt and embarrassing end on Wednesday as Fox News forced him out just weeks after the disclosure of a series of sexual harassment allegations against him and an internal investigation that turned up even more. Mr. O’Reilly and his employers came under intense pressure after an article by The New York Times revealed how Fox News and its parent company, 21st Century Fox, had repeatedly stood by him even as sexual harassment allegations against him mounted. The Times found that the company and Mr. O’Reilly had reached settlements with five women who had complained about sexual harassment or other inappropriate behavior by him. The agreements totaled about $13 million. Since then, more than 50 advertisers had abandoned his show, and women’s rights groups had called for him to be fired. Inside the company, women expressed outrage and questioned whether top executives were serious about maintaining a culture based on “trust and respect,” as they had promised last summer when another sexual harassment scandal led to the ouster of Roger E. Ailes as chairman of Fox News.

GOP putting ‘finishing touches’ on healthcare bill.
The Hill

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Republicans are putting the “finishing touches” on an effort to revive their ObamaCare replacement bill. “We’re in the midst of negotiating sort of finishing touches, because our members want to make sure that we lower premiums,” Ryan said Wednesday during a question-and-answer session during a trip to London. Talks on the healthcare measure have continued during Congress's two-week recess. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), the chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, and Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.), co-chairman of the centrist Tuesday Group, have said they have spoken to Ryan’s office and Vice President Pence about the next steps. MacArthur, while declining to discuss details, said Tuesday he is proposing amendments to the GOP measure that he thinks could help bridge the gap between moderates and conservatives, according to NJ.com. MacArthur said he thinks a vote on the measure could happen as soon as next week. That would be a tall task, though, as many other centrist lawmakers have pushed back on the approach advocated by the Freedom Caucus. The Freedom Caucus wants states to be able to get waivers to allow them to repeal ObamaCare protections for people with pre-existing conditions, which conservatives say are driving up premiums.

Images show North Koreans playing volleyball at nuclear test site.
Reuters

U.S. experts who have been forecasting an imminent North Korean nuclear test said on Tuesday they were surprised when they viewed their latest satellite images of the country's nuclear test site and saw volleyball games under way. With tension mounting between Pyongyang and Washington, analysts had thought they would see activity suggesting preparations for an underground explosion at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site and were not expecting what the photos, taken on Sunday by a commercial satellite, revealed. "We see that at three locations in the facility – in the main administrative area, at the support area, at the command center and at the guard barracks near the command center - they have volleyball games going on," said Joe Bermudez, an expert with 38 North, an independent North Korea monitoring project based in Washington.

Two days in a row, Russian bombers fly close to Alaska.
Susan Wright, RedState

While Trump’s White House is playing Chicken with the rest of the world, is Russia testing the waters for further escalation? I’m sure there are a lot of theories, but just an FYI for those who missed it, two days in a row, Russian bombers flew close to Alaska. Late Tuesday, U.S. military aircraft was dispatched to corral two Russian bombers, as they got uncomfortably close to Alaska. This was similar to another incident that went on Monday evening. ABC said it confirmed the encounter with a U.S. official who said two TU-95 “Bear” long-range bombers were observed on a path along the Aleutian Islands. The official told ABC the vehicles came as close as 35 nautical miles from the U.S. coastline and appeared heading northeast toward the mainland. ABC said the planes entered the U.S. military’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), which extends 200 nautical miles from shore. U.S. airspace extends 12 miles from its coastlines, it noted, meaning the Russian vehicles were in international airspace while entering the ADIZ. On Monday, a pair of TU-95s, capable of carrying nuclear weapons, but apparently unarmed, cruised close to Alaska.

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Dem Jon Ossoff fails to avert a runoff in Georgia.
The Hill

Democrat Jon Ossoff is projected to advance to a runoff in Georgia's special election after failing to clinch a majority of the vote on Tuesday in order to avoid another election in late June. Ossoff led the crowded 18-candidate field in Tuesday’s “jungle primary” to fill the seat vacated by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. But since he didn’t clear the 50 percent threshold, he will now compete in a runoff with the second-place finisher, Republican Karen Handel, on June 20. Democratic hopes that Ossoff could win outright were buoyed early Tuesday evening by promising early vote returns, but Ossoff’s vote share continued to drop as more precincts reported their votes. Reports of technical glitches stemming from Fulton County delayed the results for hours as Ossoff hovered right at that 50 percent threshold.

Special election for Alabama Senate seat moved up.
Washington Examiner

Republican Gov. Kay Ivey of Alabama has moved up the date of the special election to fill the state's Senate seat by more than a year. The surprise move by the new governor, announced Tuesday, could undercut the political future of appointed incumbent Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., and ignite a crowded Republican scramble for what has been a perennially safe Senate seat for the GOP in this conservative state. The seat opened up when Jeff Sessions resigned to become President Trump's attorney general. Strange was appointed by former Gov. Robert Bentley, a Republican, to fill it until a special election could be held to determine who would hold it for the duration of the term Sessions' won in 2014. Ivey took office just recently, replacing Bentley, who resigned under threat of impeachment by the Alabama legislature. In a statement published on the governor's website, Ivey said she was moving up the special election to bring stability to a state rocked by Bentley's scandal. Rather than holding the contest concurrent with the 2018 midterm elections, as orginally planned, it is now scheduled for Aug. 15. If the winner doesn't top 50 percent, a runoff featuring the top two finishers would be held Sept. 26.

Fiorina to decide on Senate bid after November.
The Hill

Former GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina said Tuesday she will decide whether to run for Senate in Virginia after this year's statewide elections in November. Speaking on SiriusXM’s "Leading Ladies" on Tuesday about the possibility of launching a Senate bid, Fiorina highlighted the upcoming races for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. "In the Commonwealth of Virginia, we have a lot of important elections this year," she said. "My decision will come, I suspect, after those elections are over, but it's certainly a consideration." Also during the interview, Fiorina shared concerns about the GOP's recent attempts to repeal and replace ObamaCare along party lines. Republican leaders pulled the bill last month after facing opposition from GOP members.

Trump signs ‘Buy American, Hire American’ executive order, promising to fight for American workers.
Washington Post

President Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that would tighten rules that award visas to skilled foreign workers and directs the federal government to enforce rules that bar foreign contractors from bidding on federal projects. The order is a first effort to promote a “Buy American, Hire American” agenda, a key promise Trump made during the campaign. Speaking at the headquarters of Wisconsin-based toolmaker Snap-on, Trump said that the order “declares that the policy of our government is to aggressively promote and use American-made goods and to ensure that American labor is hired to do the job.” “We're going to do everything in our power to make sure more products are stamped with those wonderful words 'Made in the USA,' " Trump said. “For too long we’ve watched as our factories have been closed and our jobs have been sent to faraway lands.” The return to Wisconsin is a first for Trump, who narrowly won the state by about 27,000 votes over Democrat Hillary Clinton. But the victory punctured a decades-long history of Rust Belt states remaining solidly in the Democratic column. During the campaign, Trump railed against free-trade deals, outsourcing of U.S. jobs and the death of American manufacturing in states like Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. The message seemed to resonate more than expected with white, blue-collar workers who have for years been drifting away from the Democratic Party.

British Prime Minister calls for snap election.
CBS

In a shock announcement, Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday called for an early general election to be held June 8 to seek a strong mandate as she negotiates Britain’s exit from the European Union. Standing outside 10 Downing Street, May said she would ask the House of Commons on Wednesday to back her call for an election, three years before the next scheduled date in May 2020. She said that since Britons voted to leave the EU in June, the country had come together, but politicians had not. She said the political divisions “risk our ability to make a success of Brexit.” As Britain braces for Brexit, will Scotland break away? At present, May’s governing Conservatives have 330 seats in the 650-seat House of Commons. May said that, “our opponents believe that because the government’s majority is so small, our resolve will weaken and that they can force us to change course” on leaving the EU.

Lahren embodies the bratty millennial stereotype.
Erick Erickson, The Resurgent

There is a fundamental problem with Tomi Lahren that no one likes to talk about. For those of you who do not know, Lahren is the proudly unread, unnaturally blonde young thang who had a show on The Blaze until she self-immolated on national television in a moment of opportunism that blew up in her face. But here’s the thing. Just how bad is Tomi Lahren, despite the little cult of personality she has tried to create? She’s this bad: in a show that runs for one hour, people only know about the last two minutes of her show when she gives some scripted monologue. That’s a real problem. There’s a whole 38 other minutes and she cannot hold it. Somehow she thinks she is entitled to it. She fits every single stereotype of bratty, entitled millennials out there. And, before she deleted them, her tweets from her college days further prove it. That is why I am glad to see Glenn Beck fight back against her lawsuit in which she tries to bite the hand that fed her for so long. Lahren claims she was fired and is apparently too stupid to know that when one continues to get a paycheck, that means they are not fired. It is pretty standard in television and radio contracts that a person can be taken off the air and, as long as they are paid, have no reason to complain.

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