Flaws in Obamacare

Major flaws in Obamacare are of absolutely no surprise to anyone who has studied the law. Back in 2010 I asked President Obama about many of them at the White House. Here is part of that conversation:

Fox News Electoral Scorecard

Clinton has a commanding lead in Fox News’ 2016 Electoral Scorecard. Clinton is campaigning from a position of strength and she’s now maneuvering to press her advantage. Early voting has started in a lot of states and the Clinton camp is hoping to translate increased enthusiasm among Clinton voters into victories in more states.

The Fox News Decision Team is moving our rating for Iowa from Lean Republican to Toss Up. Iowa is still typically a blue state in presidential elections – it has gone Democratic in six of the last seven elections. President Obama won Iowa in 2008 and 2012, and the most recent Republican to win the state was President George W. Bush in 2004.  This year, Iowa has looked to be the state most likely to flip from Democratic to Republican.  Iowa has a large number of white voters without college degrees, the base of Trump’s support.  That’s a big reason we’ve long seen the state leaning in his direction, but the polling data is now mixed enough and Clinton’s ground team is active enough for us to now call Iowa a Toss Up.

We’re moving Indiana from Solid Republican to Lean Republican. Trump's vice presidential running mate, Gov. Mike Pence, might be the state’s sitting governor, but that doesn’t mean Republicans are assured a victory in Indiana.  Remember that Obama eked out a narrow victory in the state in 2008. That was the first time a Democrat had carried the state since 1964. While we still see Trump as favored in Indiana, he only has a single-digit lead in the polls.  Clinton is starting to air ads in the state as she tries to pick off a few typically Republican states and, in the process, help elect several down-ballot Democrats.

Maine’s 2nd Congressional District goes from Lean GOP to Toss Up in our ratings. Trump and Clinton have been battling over one electoral vote in rural northern Maine. Trump was long thought to have a lead in this large, densely-wooded district, but recent polling – what little there is – suggests a tight race. Maine splits two of its Electoral College votes between its two congressional districts, but only one of those districts, the 2nd District, appears competitive. A Trump victory in ME-2 would be the first time in state history that Maine’s electoral votes didn’t go to just one candidate.

Trump might have vowed to keep us in suspense as to whether he’ll accept the results of the election, but the outcome of the three debates is clear – Trump’s performance hurt him among undecided voters. If Republican voters start coming home over the next two weeks to shore up their candidate then some of the Lean Democratic states could go back to being Toss-Ups. For the moment, Trump has slipped well behind in the race for electoral votes.

If Clinton wins the states we’ve rated Solid Democrat along with the states we see as leaning in her direction she’d have 307 electoral votes. A presidential candidate needs only 270 Electoral Votes to win the presidency so Clinton currently holds a considerable advantage. If Trump wins the Solid Republican states along with the states currently seen as leaning in his direction he’d come away with 174 electoral votes. The Toss-Up states, not currently in either candidate’s column, hold only another 57 electoral votes. Winning the toss-up states wouldn’t be enough for Trump, he’d have to turn the tide and win back more than one of the states currently leaning Democratic to reach 270.

The 2016 Scorecard map shows whether we think the state is solidly in a candidate’s column, leaning toward one candidate, or currently a toss-up state.  The solid states are not currently thought to be competitive, the leaning states are still competitive but one candidate appears to have an edge, and the toss-up states are races where neither candidate has a clear advantage.


America's Election HQ - How We Fight

Nearly a generation into the War on Terror what is America's place in the world?  What is the purpose of our military? Do we need more ships, more guns, more planes... or more humility?  Are we the indispensable nation that saves the world from rising threats? Or are we just one nation among many?

We have the largest fighting force on Earth, but many experts believe our preparedness is lower than it's been since the War on Terror began 15 years ago.  How We Fight examines the military's rules of engagement-do they work on today's battlefields, fought without clear borders, and against an enemy that doesn't wear a uniform?  Some fear the military is too concerned with policies designed to ensure social justice within the ranks, while missing the bigger picture-the military's purpose is to fight, and kill, if necessary, and anything that gets in the way of that undermines our strength.

In How We Fight Bret Baier speaks with a remarkable cast of characters, including military experts General David Petraeus, General John Kelly, Defense Secretary Ash Carter, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, and former CIA Director Jim Woolsey.  We also bring you major political figures Republican Senator Tom Cotton - a former platoon leader with the 101st Airborne Division in Iraq, Ambassador Dennis Ross Senior Middle East Advisor to Presidents George H.W. Bush, Clinton and Obama, and Republican Congressman Mike Pompeo who graduated first in his class from West Point. You will also hear from President Obama's former CIA Director and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Chuck Hagel, President Obama's Secretary of Defense from 2013 to 2015.  In another Fox News exclusive, former Green Beret Matt Golsteyn speaks for the first time about his ordeal of going from war hero, to accused war criminal.

In a dangerous world Americans need to ask some tough questions about their military.  How We Fight asks and provides answers to those questions. 

Anchored by Bret Baier - How We Fight - Premieres October 29th at 8PM ET  

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Tucker Carlson: Exchange between Clinton staffers "infuriating"

 Tucker Carson told viewers Wednesday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that the email exchange between Clinton staffers revealed by the latest WikiLeaks email dump is “infuriating on a whole bunch of different levels.”  Host of Fox & Friends was referring to the email exchange from 2011 between senior fellow John Halpin at the progressive think tank Center for American Progress, Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and her communication director Jen Palmieri, in which Halpin and Palmieri bashed Catholics and evangelists.

Tucker Carson stated that had Clinton staffers ridiculed Islam instead of Catholicism, “the president would have a prime time press conference right now, urging all of us to sort of quell  our anti islamophobia.” In Carson’s opinion, Clinton communications director is “maligning the world’s largest religion.”

Fox & Friend anchor argued that its senseless to say that “Catholicism is backwards,” because there are many other “world religions that are far more retrograded on that question than anything that Catholic Church has ever come out with.” Tucker Carlson also expressed his frustration about the lack of media coverage on the WikiLeaks emails.

Krauthammer on Trump’s debate performance: He ‘stopped the bleeding’

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said Monday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s performance during a primetime debate Sunday helped keep his campaign afloat… amid dozens of weekend defections from the GOP.

“He prevented the crash last night. He was headed… over the edge, because his party was deserting him,” Krauthammer said. “All those defections, the governors and senators and members of Congress. Remember, when Nixon resigned, it was not right after the Supreme Court ordered him to release the tapes. It was when Barry Goldwater and the delegation from the Congress went to Nixon and said, 'It's over, you've got to resign.' And the next day, he announced his resignation.”

Krauthammer labeled the desertion by Republicans a “flight to the exits,” but said the debate steadied the campaign to a degree.

“It looks as if [Trump] stopped the bleeding,” he said.

Nevertheless, Krauthammer  acknowledged Trump’s leaked audio has cost his campaign much-needed time.

“He's behind… He used a debate that he could have used to close the gap to simply hold the campaign together,” he concluded. 

UN Security Council Syria emergency meeting

By Jonathan Wachtel

The UN Security Council is holding a closed emergency meeting on Syria after UN envoy, Staffan de Mistura, warned Thursday that the lives of some 275,000 people are hanging in the balance as the Russian and Syrian government air bombardment of Aleppo continues unabated.

“In maximum two months, two-and-a-half months, the city of eastern Aleppo may be totally destroyed,” de Mistura said. The Kremlin says Russian fighter jets are “assisting Syria’s armed forces in the fight against terrorism,” while de Mistura, who is briefing the Security Council today via video link in Geneva, has implored Russia to halt its airstrikes to end the terrible suffering of Aleppo’s residents and allow a few hundred jihadi fighters holed up in the city to leave. “If you decide to leave with dignity… I am personally ready to physically accompany you,” de Mistura said, urging former Al-Nusra Front fighters in eastern Aleppo to leave in a deal that would end the brutal air campaign against the city and its residents.

Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, said on Russia’s Channel One news that Moscow is “ready to urge” the Syrian government to agree to De Mistura’s proposal to allow the Al-Nusra fighters out of eastern Aleppo in exchange for a temporary cessation of hostilities.

On Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the United States ended talks with Moscow on Syria over Russia’s stepped up air campaign in Aleppo. Moscow and Washington accuse each other of breaking a fragile ceasefire last month. Russia has since deployed advanced S-300 and S-400 surface-to-air-missiles to Syria. And yesterday, a Russian defense ministry spokesman warned that any US aircraft attempting to launch strikes may be shot down by the Russia air defenses.

Security Council members are discussing a French-drafted resolution that demands a ceasefire in Aleppo. Fox News saw an initial draft of the resolution which called for the suspension of all aerial military activity over the war-torn city. The measure also called for the delivery of humanitarian aid and the establishment of a mechanism to monitor the ceasefire.

Russia’s Ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, said earlier this week that the resolution in its current form “has no chance of working,” essentially threatening to veto. Moscow’s deployment of advanced air defenses in Syria is viewed by Western diplomats as a move that would deter any attempt by the West to impose a no-fly zone over Syria, a long-standing appeal by Syria’s opposition.

France may call for a vote on its draft resolution as early as Friday. Russia’s UN, Vitaly Churkin, said a short time ago outside the Security Council that “the French draft contains elements that we think are harmful,” hinting Moscow’s intention to veto.  

Krauthammer: Trump must ‘ignore the bate’ in next debate.

Before Sunday’s second presidential debate in St. Louis, syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer offered some advice to Donald Trump.

“Ignore the bait,” he said Thursday on Special Report. “He [Trump] should just dismiss all the quotations that he hears the way that Pence did, deny it ever happened and ignore the fact checkers the next day.”

Krauthammer added that although the republican presidential nominee might have lost the first presidential, he felt it wasn’t the route many said it was.

“It was pretty close… but he really threw it away the morning after,” he said.  “When he went down the rabbit hole on Miss Universe and all the other stuff.”

Krauthammer said Trump needed to prepare and focus on Clinton’s weaknesses at the next debate and then “just have somebody remove the cellphone overnight.”


Pentagon identiefies Green Beret killed in Afghanistan

The Pentagon has identified the U.S. Army Green Beret killed in eastern Afghanistan while on a foot patrol with Afghan forces in Nangarhar Province.

Staff Sgt. Adam S. Thomas, 31, of Tacoma Park, Maryland was part of the 10th Special Forces Group based out of Ft. Carson, Colorado.

Thomas was killed Tuesday when a roadside bomb detonated near his patrol during a counterterrorism mission against an ISIS-affiliated group, according to the Pentagon.

That same day, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook was asked by Fox News if Thomas was killed in combat.  Cook called it a “combat situation.”

Thomas is the second special forces soldier killed in action inside Afghanistan since late August, the third overall in 2016. 

Late last month the top US commander in Afghanistan said there were roughly 1,300 ISIS-affiliated fighters in eastern Afghanistan.  Most are former Pakistani Taliban who have switched allegiances, according to Gen. John Nicholson during a press conference.

Nicholson said the Taliban control 10 percent of Afghanistan and contest up to 25 percent of the country, 15 years after the 9/11 attacks.

On Oct. 7, 2001, the US military began airstrikes against the Taliban, the start of the longest war in American history. 

Kurtz on Trump’s former Ms. Universe dust up: “He can’t seem to let go of it”

Howard Kurtz told viewers Friday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that when it comes to Donald Trump’s continued clashes with former Ms. Universe Alicia Machado, “he can’t seem to let go of it.”

“I cannot figure out what Donald Trump gains especially among women by continuing to attack Alicia Machado,” Kurtz said.

In a series of tweets posted before dawn Friday, Trump slammed Machado and told his followers not to believe any anonymously sourced reports about his campaign. A short time later, Trump tweeted that rival Hillary Clinton’s acceptance of Machado’s support was a sign of “bad judgement” and alleged that Machado has a sex tape.

Clinton responded by calling the tirade “unhinged, even for Trump.”

Kurtz said Trump’s tactic is nothing new, adding, “This is part of his familiar pattern of refusing to walk away from fights even with obscure figure even when the fight does not benefit him.”



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