Indiana Governor Race

Now that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has accepted the vice presidential  nod from Donald Trump and has officially filed his paperwork to get off the ballot in Indiana in the race for Governor, Republican sources tell Fox News that former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels is being heavily recruited to run again for his old seat. 

Daniels, the current President of Purdue University, is said to be seriously considering another run. 

Why is this important beyond Indiana?   Because when Democrat Even Bayh announced that he was going to run for the US Senate seat to challenge Republican Congressman Todd Young Republicans in Washington worried that they may have a very tough race against a big name like Bayh in Indiana running.   

If Mitch Daniels decides to make another run for Governor Republicans believe it would bring out voters in droves.  Daniels was a very popular Governor and left office with a 65% approval rating in his final year in 2012 and it was higher than 70% at one time. 

If Daniels can bring out Republican voters as expected then Republicans in Indiana and in Washington believe it directly helps Young in his race and thereby helps Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who believes every Senate race is crucial for Republicans to be able to hold on to control of the US Senate.       

Democrats only have to pick up 4 or 5 seats to take control depending on whether or not they win the White House.   They are defending 24 seats.  Democrats are defending 10.

 

More US Troops Headed to Iraq, US General Says

By Lucas Tomlinson, Fox News Producer

BAGHDAD- More US troops will be going to Iraq in the months ahead to help local forces defeat ISIS, the top America military commander in charge of operations in the Middle East told Fox News Thursday. This is in addition to the 560 US forces President Obama ordered to Iraq this week.

"There will probably be some additional capabilities we will need to bring in to complete our objectives," said Gen. Joseph Votel, who heads the U.S.. Central Command.

"As the leadership has told me, if we need something, we need additional capabilities, we need additional people, we should ask for those things and I've been encouraged to do that," Votel added.

The 560 troops deploying to Iraq in the days ahead will help secure an air base 40 miles south of Mosul, recently captured by Iraqi forces supported by US-led coalition airstrikes. America military logistics personnel, engineers ad force protection units will compost the bulk of troops headed to Iraq.

The British government said this week they would send 250 more troops to Iraq as well.

The base will be used to stage Iraqi forces making the assault on Mosul, defense officials say.

Iraqi forces want to build on their momentum following their victory over ISIS in Fallujah, backed by hundreds of coalition airstrikes.

General Votel traveled to Baghdad to meet with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi as well as top Iraqi defense officials to discuss upcoming operations against ISIS.

Votel made previous stops in Afghanistan, Bahrain to visit a US Navy warship transiting the Strait of Hormuz, and Jordan beige arriving in Iraq for the final leg of his visit o the region.

It is not immediately clear what type of forces will be headed to Iraq to help prepare for the long awaited ground operation to retake Mosul, Iraq's second largest city located more than 250 miles north of Baghdad. The majority of ISIS fighters in Iraq are located in Mosul since conquering the city more than two years ago.

Votel said the role of US forces would not change going forward--they will continue to train and advise Iraqi forces away from the front lines.

As the former commander of US special forces, Fox News asked Votel if he had a desire to ramp up attacks using American special ops forces.

"I'm satisfied that we are doing things...to accomplish the objectives that were laid out for us," Votel answered.

Votel said his forces continue to hunt for ISIS emir Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

"We are all trying to move this as quickly and effectively as we can," he added. "That timeline has to take in consideration the capabilities of our [Iraqi] partners as well."

When asked how close the Iraqi forces were to taking Mosul, seen by many as a critical step in defeating ISIS, Votel suggest it was still a ways off.

"We're probably sometime away from actually going to Mosul," sad Votel, but added, "[Iraqi forces] are definitely moving in the right direction."

Fox News spoke to Gen. Votel before the horrific attach in Nice along the French Riviera killing more than 80 people celebrating Bastille Day.

When asked why Americans care about the war against ISIS, Votel offered this assessment:

"Certainly, when they have sanctuary or they control terrain, it makes it easier for them to do the things they want to do."

 

 

Bret Baier Interviews Donald Trump

Fox News Reporting - Takeover - The Trump Convention

Premieres July 16th at 8PM ET 

Political conventions are usually where parties unite, but there's nothing "usual" about the big Republican meeting get together in Cleveland.

In Donald Trump, they’ve got an unprecedented candidate—a man who’s never held office and shoots from the hip.  He’s brought a lot of people into the party, people who will fight for him. But he’s also turned off some party regulars -- and some are hoping to take away the presumption from this presumptive nominee.

And that’s just what’s going on inside the convention. Outside may be even more explosive.  There’s certain to be high levels of protest on the streets, and more than a few people who may be spoiling for trouble.  

In Fox News Reporting - Takeover - The Trump Convention we look at the Republican convention—who will be there, how it will be run, how it will effect the election.  Will they be throwing a big party, or will they destroy the Grand Old Party?

 

 

Krauthammer: Comey made decision not to prosecute Clinton

Charles Krauthammer told viewers Thursday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that FBI director James Comey made a decision not to prosecute democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, because he “didn't want to be remembered as the guy who changed the course of American political history.” James Comey defended Clinton email probe in a heated Hill hearing today.  FBI director said he could not prove that Clinton’s mishandling of her email was intentional.
 
Krauthammer, a syndicated columnist and Fox News contributor is not buying James Comey’s explanation. He thinks Hillary Clinton committed a felony and whether or not she had a criminal intent is irrelevant. In Krauthammer’s opinion, FBI decision not to persecute Hillary Clinton was politically motivated. Charles Krauthammer believes that had Comey decided to indict Hillary Clinton, “she would have been out of the race.”
 

Charlese Krauthammer compared FBI director’s handling of Clinton email investigation to Chief Justice John Roberts’s decision not to overrule Obamacare.  “He [Roberts] didn't want to intrude into American history, overturning legislation so momentous,” said Krauthammer.  Charles Krauthammer is convinced that Comey’s motivation was similar. In Krauthammer’s opinion, FBI director “was looking for a way to avoid indicting” the democratic presidential nominee. 

Hillary Clinton Denies Sending Classified Emails

 

"I will reiterate because it's a fact--nothing I sent or received was marked classified." Hillary Clinton during our town hall a few months ago in Detroit, MI.

 

Krauthammer: Clinton is a 'Non-Criminal Liar'

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer told viewers Tuesday on "Special Report with Bret Baier" that he now considers Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton a 'Non-criminal liar,' after the Federal Bureau of Investigation failed to recommend prosecution following the investigation into Clinton’s emails.

"The lying is obvious when you compare her statements with what Comey said," said Krauthammer.

FBI Director James Comey made his recommendation Tuesday in a rare public press conference. Comey explained that, although Clinton and her colleagues were "extremely careless" in their handling of classified information, the team of investigators did find any evidence regarding intent that would justify a criminal prosecution.

The Clinton campaign released a statement following Comey's announcement saying they were "pleased" with the FBI's handling of the investigation.

Krauthammer said he found Comey's logic puzzling: "He laid the case for gross negligence. He accused her of extreme carelessness and then he laid out the fact that she should have known, she did know, and then he created a completely irrelevant new standard, which is malicious intent. But negligence does not require intent."

Brian Kilmeade Goes Behind the Scenes with Bret at the RNC!

Krauthammer: Clinton & Lynch should have known meeting was a mistake

Fox News Contributor and Syndicated Columnist Charles Krauthammer said Thursday Former President Bill Clinton and Attorney General Lorreta Lynch should have known their unplanned meeting Monday at Phoenix’s airport was a mistake.

“I mean how do you bump into somebody, their private plane, if you’re starting from outside the plane,” Krauthammer said on Special Report.

Lynch told the press earlier this week there were no discussion of any cases, including the current government investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email practices. She added the conversation between her and President Clinton was social in nature and focused mostly on each other’s grandchildren and the former president’s travels.

Krauthammer said he would take the attorney general by her word but wondered what the rest of the conversation was about.

He called it a “silly self-inflicted wound” and “not a big deal,” but added “in the context of a Clinton campaign that is just riddled with lies, cover ups, prevarications, all kinds of excuses that are really hard to believe” it won’t help Hillary Clinton’s trustworthiness numbers.

US Navy: Some sailors "did not meet code of conduct" after being detained by Iranian forces

The Navy’s top officer said the performance of 10 of his sailors leading up to and following their capture by Iranian forces in January did not meet the high standards expected of them.

“Those sailors clearly know our actions on that day in January, and this incident did not live up to our expectations of our Navy,” said Admiral John Richardson during a press briefing with reporters Thursday announcing the findings of an investigation into the incident.  

One of Richardson’s top deputies said some of the sailors violated the long standing “code of conduct” that requires all service members to “I will make no oral or written statements disloyal to my country,” among the five articles. [read the code here]

According to the report, some of the Navy sailors gave up their passwords to their laptops, cellphones and sensitive data about their ships to their Iranian captors.

“The investigation also found that some crew members did not meet code of conduct standards while in custody,” said VICE ADMIRAL CHRIS AQUILINO (USN), DEPUTY FOR OPERATIONS, PLANS AND STRATEGY

Aquilino said the rules of engagement dealing with Iranian forces in the Persian Gulf “may not have been understood by the crews.”

Among the findings of the investigation was the crews failed to report they were off track after beginning their transit from Kuwait to Bahrain four hours behind schedule. To make up the time, the two Navy patrol boats decided to take a short cut, taking them inside Iranian territorial waters near Farsi Island, centrally located in the Persian Gulf.

Richardson said that Iran violated international law in their treatment  of his sailors by taking the sailors at gunpoint.

“The investigation concluded that Iran violated international law by impeding the boats' innocent passage transit, and they violated sovereign immunity by boarding, searching and seizing the boats and by photographing and videotaping the crew,” he said.

Richardson said when the boat crew was reported missing “alert launches” of F-18s from the aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman as well as US Air Force F-15s launched from bases on land nearby.  A US Navy cruiser, USS Anzio was dispatched near Farsi Island where the US sailors were taken.

Richardson said the task force commander for Task Force 56, who oversaw the two patrol boats has been relieved.  Richardson also said the commanding officer of the riverine squadron has been relieved. 

Another officer in charge of the boat detachment in Kuwait was also let go. Six other people face punishment as well, Richardson says.

“Big incidents like this are always the result of the accumulation of a number of small problems.  And so it's just the nature of these things,” said Richardson describing the incident.

Richardson said the lessons learned from the incident would be taught to sailors around the fleet and also to future generations of officers and enlisted sailors.

“So this will be something that we can mine for a lot of lessons,” said Richardson.

Admiral Richardson said he had not spoken to his Iranian counterpart to voice his displeasure over the incident.

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