fnc/politics

Dems’ midterm advantage narrows among registered voters as Trump’s approval rating rises, poll finds

A new national poll a few weeks before the midterm elections shows the chances of a “blue wave” are far from a slam dunk for the Democrats. The NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll released Sunday shows 48 percent of registered voters would prefer having the Democrats in control of Congress, compared to 41 percent supporting the GOP. That 7-point gap has narrowed from the 12-point gap the Democrats had in September. The poll also showed President Trump’s approval ratings at their highest yet: 47 percent. The poll showed 49 percent disapprove. “The current data shows that the Democratic advantage has ebbed but still with a large advantage. And the GOP shows some life,” Democratic pollster Fred Yang, who conducted the poll alongside Republican pollster Bill McInturff and Hart Resear...

Trump on migrant caravan: ‘Onslaught of illegal aliens’ represents ‘disgrace’ to the Dems

President Trump tweeted on Sunday that border security officials continued their “full efforts … to stop the onslaught of illegal aliens” attempting to travel to the U.S. southern border via a large migrant caravan — while also describing such caravans as “a disgrace to the Democrat Party.” “People have to apply for asylum in Mexico first, and if they fail to do that, the U.S. will turn them away,” Trump tweeted. “The courts are asking the U.S. to do things that are not doable!” The caravan of Central American migrants has anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000 people — mainly from Honduras — according to estimates. In a follow-up tweet, Trump stated: “The Caravans are a disgrace to the Democrat Party. Change the immigration laws NOW!̶...

Trump administration mulls rollback of Obama-era transgender protections, report says

The Trump administration is considering a possible rollback of Obama-era recognitions and protections that broadened the definition of gender, according to a report Sunday. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is looking into establishing the legal definition of sex under Title IX as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth, a memo obtained by the New York Times showed. Title IX is the federal law that bans gender discrimination in education programs that receive government financial assistance. HHS wants to define gender as determined “on a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable,” according to the memo. That definition would define someone as either male or female, determined by a person’s genitals at birth. ...

Trump’s ‘very dangerous’ decision to abandon nuclear accord has ‘mankind facing full chaos,’ Russia says

Russia to send advanced missile systems to Syria Following the downing of a Russian warplane by Syrian forces during an Israeli strike, Moscow promises to supply the S-300 missile system to its ally; senior foreign affairs correspondent Greg Palkot reports from London. Hours after President Trump announced that the U.S. will pull out of a decades-old bilateral nuclear agreement that he said Russia had been “violating for many years,” top Russian officials lined up to hit back in no uncertain terms, calling the president’s move a “very dangerous” provocation that would lead to “full chaos.” “We condemn the ongoing attempts by blackmail to achieve concessions from Russia,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told a state news a...

Seattle gun storage law ’eminently reasonable,’ judge says in tossing NRA, gun group’s lawsuit

A Seattle law will require gun owners to lock up their firearms. (Facebook ) A Seattle judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit filed by the National Rifle Association and a local gun rights group against a law that will require gun owners to lock up their firearms when not carrying or using them. King County Superior Court Judge Barbara Linde tossed the suit after the city argued that the plaintiffs lacked standing because the group could encourage its members to practice safe storage and that the law hadn’t even taken effect yet, the Seattle Times reported. “It seems the NRA jumped the gun in filing their lawsuit against this eminently reasonable legislation meant to protect children and the vulnerable,” Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes said in a statement. Alan Gottlieb, president of ...

GOP bails on Colorado incumbent, bets on ‘superstar’ newcomer in Florida instead

Nationally-watched Miami House race tightens before midterms Florida’s highly-competitive 27th Congressional District seat, long held by Republican, Cuban-American Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, is up for grabs for the first time in almost three decades. The majority Hispanic district spans large portions of Miami, where cultural connections can impact elections. Republicans are making a last minute bet that a political newcomer in Florida has a better chance to win in November than an incumbent with a decade of experience serving Colorado. The National Republican Congressional Committee decided on Friday to stop spending money in support of Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., who faces a tough re-election against democratic challenger Jason Crow. Instead, the NRCC will pump $1.5 million into ...

Congress faces tough choices on Saudi Arabia in wake of Khashoggi killing

A lot of tough talk about Saudi Arabia now cascades down Capitol Hill after the suspected death of Jamal Khashoggi. Talk is one thing. Action is another. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., contends he “can’t imagine there will be no response” after the Khashoggi incident. The Kentucky Republican noted there are periodically “strains” in the American-Saudi relationship. But McConnell asserted the U.S. deals with the Saudis because of “aligned interests” in the region. The Majority Leader called it a “pragmatic relationship.” But what exactly can Congress do to the Saudis? What is it willing to do? And when? First, nothing will likely happen regarding Saudi Arabia for a while – if at all. Both bodies of Congress are out for the midterm elections until November 13. Lawmakers...

2 convicted Democrats seek political office while behind bars

Ron Reynolds, a sitting Texas state representative running for another term behind bars, is expected to be re-elected since nobody is opposing him. (Ron Reynolds) Two Democrats are running for a political office despite being behind bars, with one of them expected to win in Texas and celebrate in jail. Ron Reynolds, a sitting Texas state representative, is running for another term. He is expected to win because nobody is opposing him. He’s a disbarred Missouri City personal injury lawyer convicted in 2015 on multiple misdemeanor charges for illegally soliciting people to his law practice, KPRC-TV reported. He was sentenced to a year in jail but later released on an appellate bond. But last month, the appeal was rejected and Reynolds had to return to jail. Texas State rep. Ron Reynolds The ...

Trump to campaign for Cruz in Texas, 77K sign up for venue that fits 18K

President Donald Trump calls out as he leaves the stage after speaking at a campaign rally at International Air Response, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Mesa, Ariz. (Associated Press) At least 77,000 people have signed up for President Trump’s Houston rally on Monday to support incumbent Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, who is locked in the Texas Senate battle with Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke.  The Houston Chronicle reported that Houston police will be “fully mobilized” for the rally. Attendees must have tickets to enter and will be admitted in the order that they line up, the report said. “Keep in mind that once the capacity is met, you won’t get in whether you have a ticket or not,” an officer said. More than 77,800 people had signed up for the rally by Friday morning, acc...

Nellie Ohr invokes spousal privilege to avoid questions on Steele dossier

Nellie Ohr, the wife of Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, claimed spousal privilege on Friday in order to avoid certain questions from House Republicans about the controversial anti-Trump dossier. While describing her as cooperative in the voluntary appearance, Republican and Democratic lawmakers told Fox News that Ohr took spousal privilege, which Republicans said did not allow them to get to core questions about the salacious dossier, and how it got into the hands of the FBI. Nellie Ohr worked for Fusion GPS, the research group that commissioned the dossier. Glenn Simpson, Fusion GPS’ co-founder, earlier this week invoked his Fifth Amendment right not to answer questions during a separate Capitol Hill appearance before congressional investigators. Bruce Ohr has previously testified ...

While ripping Trump, media and Hollywood rush to cut ties to Saudis

The media and political criticism of President Trump for his handling of the crisis with Saudi Arabia is growing louder. And I understand why his approach — slow it down, wait and see, we do a lot of business with the Saudis — is upsetting those who are outraged about the apparently gruesome murder of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi. But the larger picture is that a whole lot of important people in this country have gotten cozy with the Saudis, despite their horrendous record on human rights and the treatment of women. From Washington to Los Angeles, they have engaged in the typical rationalizations for representing a sleazy regime, as long as the oil money kept the coffers full. And now, with the kingdom unable to explain why Khashoggi walked into the Saudi consulate in Istanb...

Don McGahn leaves as White House counsel, Emmet Flood steps into role

Don McGahn has officially left his job as White House counsel and will be replaced in the interim by seasoned lawyer Emmet Flood, Fox News has learned. A senior administration official confirmed that McGahn, whose resignation was first reported Wednesday, is now out. Don McGahn, 50, served as White House counsel to President Donald Trump and was seen as instrumental in implementing the administration’s policies. Yet McGahn’s role in the White House was complicated by his being a chief witness in Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller’s investigation into possible obstruction of justice. McGahn reportedly told officials he was responsible for curbing the president’s more excessive measures, including his desire to fire Mueller from the investigation and reinstating Attorney General Jeff Sessions...