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Bernie Sanders’ Son Eyes Congressional Bid in New Hampshire

The son of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) is considering a run for Congress in New Hampshire's first congressional district. Levi Sanders, 48, the senator's only biological child, told Vice News on Thursday that he is eyeing the seat currently held by Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (N.H.), who is not running for reelection this year. "Oh absolutely, I'm definitely considering it. I'm excited, motivated, and interested in the race," Levi Sanders said. "I'm just dotting my i's and crossing my t's." Sanders, a self-identified "political and legal analyst," served as a senior policy strategist for his father's 2016 presidential campaign, according to his LinkedIn page. He hopes to capitalize on his father's progressive credentials and wide name recognition, bolstered in part because New Hampshire and Vermont share the same media market, to distinguish himself in a field of seven Democrats already running. The younger Sanders indicated that he would run a progressive-style insurgency campaign, emphasizing his father's platform of universal health care, raising the minimum wage, and free college tuition. "The basic difference is that I'm a vegetarian and he's not," Sanders said of his father, adding that, despite their similar policy positions, he would run his own campaign. The Democratic primary in New Hampshire's first district is likely to be competitive, with both moderates and progressives vying for the opportunity to keep the seat in the Democratic column. Chris Pappas, a member of New Hampshire's Executive Council who is seen as the establishment candidate, has taken an early lead in endorsements and fundraising. The elder Sanders' strong showing in New Hampshire during the 2016 Democratic presidential primary, in which he defeated Hillary Clinton by 22 points, could prove beneficial for his son if he runs this year. New Hampshire's first congressional district has been a prime battleground between Republicans and Democrats since 2006. Donald Trump won the district, which is marginally Republican on paper, in the 2016 presidential election after Barack Obama won it in 2012. Shea-Porter took the seat from Republican Frank Guinta in 2016, and the two of them had traded victories in the previous three elections after Shea-Porter served two terms, beginning in 2006. Shea-Porter announced in October that she would retire at the end of her current term. The post Bernie Sanders’ Son Eyes Congressional Bid in New Hampshire appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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Report: U.S. Plans to Move Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem on May 14

The Trump administration plans to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem on May 14, according to Israeli officials. Israeli officials told Axios that an "interim embassy" will be assembled at the consular annex in West Jerusalem, a building that currently handles visas and passports. U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman will move to the interim embassy with a small staff until a permanent location for the embassy can be determined. The Associated Press also tweeted out the update Friday morning. BREAKING: New US Embassy in Jerusalem will open in May 2018 in celebration of Israel's 70th anniversary, officials say. — The Associated Press (@AP) February 23, 2018 Moving the embassy on May 14, the 70th anniversary of the day Israel declared its independence, is much sooner than expected. On an official visit to Israel last month, Vice President Mike Pence announced that the embassy would not be moved until at least the end of 2019 to adequately account for security concerns. In December, President Donald Trump officially moved to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and initiated plans to move the U.S. embassy there from Tel Aviv. Congress passed legislation in 1995 to accomplish the move but succeeding presidents had not followed through on the grounds of security. The post Report: U.S. Plans to Move Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem on May 14 appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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Dem House Candidate Apologizes for Bragging She’s Not a ‘Crusty Old Marine’

Sara Jacobs apologized Thursday after Cosmopolitan reported the Democratic House candidate said she wasn't a "crusty old Marine" unlike one of her primary opponents. Cosmo profiled 29-year-old Jacobs, who the magazine noted "Could Be the Youngest Congresswoman Ever." Jacobs is running for the seat that will be vacated by Rep. Darrel Issa (R., Calif.) after he announced his retirement in January. While mostly a positive profile, Cosmo wrote that Jacobs "seems generally unencumbered by the idea of ‘how a congressperson should act,'" a quality that occasionally leading to snafus on the campaign trail. "When she’s asked about how she’ll fare with the district’s large military population — especially given that one of her opponents, Doug Applegate, is a retired Marine colonel — her candor makes for an awkward moment," Cosmo reported. "‘It's true, she says, ‘I'm not a crusty old Marine.' The group is mostly silent." After the profile was published, Jacobs took to Facebook to claim she was taken out of context. "I want to make it clear — this had nothing to do with Colonel Applegate, he was never mentioned, and I have nothing but respect for his military service. The comment was in response to a Marine who jokingly referred to himself that way first," she wrote. "I called Colonel Applegate to make sure he knew this wasn't about him," she continued. "I apologize to any Marines or other members of the military who this offended. That was never my intention." The post Dem House Candidate Apologizes for Bragging She’s Not a ‘Crusty Old Marine’ appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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Van Jones Suggests Armed Teachers More Likely to Use Guns Against African-American, Latino Kids

CNN political commentator Van Jones suggested Thursday that armed teachers would be more likely to use guns against African-American and Latino students than their white classmates. Van Jones made the comment on "CNN Tonight" during a discussion with fellow guest Ken Cuccinelli, a former Virginia attorney general, and host Don Lemon. The three were debating President Donald Trump's idea of arming teachers with guns to help bolster school security and prevent shootings. Cuccinelli mentioned Washington, D.C.'s strict gun laws and sarcastically mentioned the level of gun crime in the nation's capital before Jones, a former adviser to President Barack Obama, suggested students of color would be more likely to have guns used against them if teachers were armed. Lemon then said the only reason last week's mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, occurred was because of the shooter's access to guns, brushing aside the failure of school resource officer Scot Peterson to engage the shooter. "In Washington, D.C., you have some of the most restrictive gun laws in America, and it's certainly a land of peace and harmony. All the people doing the killing are illegally obtaining the guns," Cuccinelli said. "The notion that that isn't going to happen isn't the solution—" "That's part of the problem, then," Lemon interjected. "That's part of the problem." "And you brush aside the idea that other responsible people who have shown a commitment to these children might be willing to undertake that responsibility," Cuccinelli said. "Most of the people who have guns are responsible and use them responsibly. That is not the issue, and you're conflating two different issues," Lemon said. "That's not the issue. But, do you need a military-grade weapon on the streets of the United States, anyone who is not a police officer or who is trained or licensed to use it? No, we don't need that." "Why do we need to have that silly argument and pretend that it's other than our access to guns?" Lemon asked. "Well, if it's a silly argument, then it's not an argument at all," Cuccinelli responded. "Ken makes a good point in talking about, listen, let's have an open mind, and let's have a full conversation. And I am actually glad that—" Jones said. "An open mind, though, Van, doesn't mean being stupid. Come on, let's be honest," Lemon interjected. Cuccinelli laughed in apparent disbelief at Lemon's remark. Jones then gave his opinion about allowing teachers to have firearms in their classrooms, arguing that race would play a role in how teachers may use the weapons. "The positives are maybe somebody would use that gun well and stop an intruder. There are some real negatives as well," Jones said. "African-American and Latino kids already get treated fairly badly in schools as it is. They're more likely to be seen as a threat. They're more likely to be expelled, more likely to be suspended for the exact same behavior. Videotape the exact same behavior: ‘This kid is a threat; this kid is a class clown if they're white.'" "So there is a concern that I think parents have, and you've heard now African-American educators coming out saying, ‘If you just start passing out guns in schools as they are, given some of the bias that's there, you might wind up having those guns used against students in ways that are not good,'" Jones said. The post Van Jones Suggests Armed Teachers More Likely to Use Guns Against African-American, Latino Kids appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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Missouri Governor Indicted for Felony Invasion of Privacy

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (R.) was indicted Thursday on a charge of felony invasion of privacy as a scandal continues to unfold around an extramarital affair he had in 2015. In a recording obtained by the St. Louis Post Dispatch, the woman Greitens had the affair with allegedly said he took a photo of her disrobed, bound, and blindfolded during a sexual encounter. She said he later used the picture to blackmail her, and while Greitens acknowledged the affair, he denied that he used the photo as blackmail. Greitens was taken to a St. Louis jail Thursday and then released, and he said on Facebook that the indictment is politically motivated. "As I have said before, I made a personal mistake before I was Governor. I did not commit a crime," he wrote. "With today’s disappointing and misguided political decision, my confidence in our prosecutorial system is shaken, but not broken. I know this will be righted soon." He called St. Louis prosecutor Kimberly Gardner "a reckless liberal prosecutor" who brought the indictment to "score political points." A joint statement from state GOP leaders, including Speaker of the House Todd Richardson, said the charges are "serious" and warrant consideration. "We will carefully examine the facts contained in the indictment and answer the question as to whether or not the governor can lead our state while a felony case moves forward," the statement said. "The people of Missouri deserve no less. We will begin the process of tasking a group of legislators to investigate these serious charges." Gardner said the people of Missouri "deserve a thorough investigation." "As I have stated before, it is essential for residents of the City of St. Louis and our state to have confidence in their leaders," Gardner said in a statement. "They must know that the Office of the Circuit Attorney will hold public officials accountable in the same manner as any other resident of our city. Both parties and the people of St. Louis deserve a thorough investigation of these allegations." Ryan Silvey, whom Greitens appointed to the state’s Public Service Commission, said Greitens should probably resign. "He doesn’t really have a lot of deep relationships in the Legislature to begin with," Silvey said. "I don’t see how he can effectively govern in the current situation. I think that it would probably be best for the party and for the state if he were to resign." Greitens’ attorney, Edward L. Dowd Jr., said his client is "absolutely innocent." "In forty years of public and private practice, I have never seen anything like this," he said. "The charges against my client are baseless and unfounded. My client is absolutely innocent." The post Missouri Governor Indicted for Felony Invasion of Privacy appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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Car Rental Company Abruptly Ends NRA Discount Following Florida School Shooting

Enterprise Holdings, one of the world's largest car rental companies, announced Thursday that it will end its discount promotion for National Rifle Association members. The car rental company, which operates Enterprise, Alamo, and National, announced on Twitter that all three of their brands have ended the partnership with the NRA effective March 26. Thank you for contacting us! All three of our brands have ended the discount for NRA members. This change will be effective March 26. Thank you again for reaching out. Kind regards, Michael — EnterpriseRentACar (@enterprisecares) February 23, 2018 The announcement by Enterprise comes at a time when the NRA is facing backlash in the wake of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that left 17 children and teachers dead last week, according to Business Insider. The Feb. 14 shooting has increased pressure on state and federal lawmakers to work toward gun-control reform, with a vocal group of students from the Parkland, Fla. high school calling for a ban on the AR-15, the gun used by the shooter. Several students and teachers participated in a CNN town hall on Wednesday night where they slammed Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) for taking money from the NRA. The organization's spokeswoman, Dana Loesch, also received criticism at the town hall. Loesch defended the NRA's position on guns and said the 19-year-old shooter should have never been able to possess a gun based on his mental state. Business Insider reached out to Enterprise rivals Avis Budget Group and Hertz to see if they were still offering NRA discounts as of Thursday night, but it did not immediately receive a response. Earlier Thursday, First National Bank of Omaha announced it would not be renewing its contract with the NRA. The bank has issued an NRA-branded Visa card for over a decade. "Customer feedback has caused us to review our relationship with the NRA," said First National Bank of Omaha spokesman Kevin Langin. ThinkProgress, a progressive news site, on Tuesday published a list of 22 companies that it found was "making membership to America's premier gun-lobbying group more enticing" with promotions and discounts. Enterprise Holdings and First National Bank of Omaha were included on that list. The post Car Rental Company Abruptly Ends NRA Discount Following Florida School Shooting appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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Ben Rhodes Announces Memoir of Time in Obama Admin Called ‘The World as It Is’

Former top Obama administration official Ben Rhodes announced Thursday the release date of his forthcoming book, which will detail his time in the White House. The book, entitled The World as It Is, will be released on June 12, according to a tweet he sent out. Rhodes moved up from speechwriter for President Barack Obama to deputy national security adviser. His book will cover events such as the killing of Osama bin Laden, the Arab Spring, negotiations with Cuba, and the Iran nuclear deal. In 2016, Rhodes gave a now-infamous interview to New York Times Magazine in which he said that the administration had created an "echo chamber" concerning the Iran nuclear deal. Some news: I have a book coming out on June 12th: "The World As It Is: A Memoir of the Obama White House" – my story of going to work for Barack Obama's campaign at 29 and walking out the door of the White House on the last day. https://t.co/W8X2GlIcmf — Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) February 22, 2018 He was referring to a large number of "arms-control experts" who "hundreds of often-clueless reporters" relied on for information about the nuclear deal, one of the key achievements of Obama's second term. Rhodes admitted in the interview that the "experts" were just echoing the Obama administration's findings. "They were saying things that validated what we had given them to say," he said. "They literally know nothing," Rhodes said, referring to younger reporters covering the deal. The interview received criticism for Rhodes' perceived arrogance and admittance of media manipulation. Rhodes has a Masters of Fine Arts degree in creative writing. The post Ben Rhodes Announces Memoir of Time in Obama Admin Called ‘The World as It Is’ appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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Car Rental Company Abruptly Ends NRA Discount Following Fla. High School Shooting

Enterprise Holdings, one of the world's largest car rental companies, announced on Thursday it would be ending its discount promotion for National Rifle Association members. The car rental company, which operates Enterprise, Alamo, and National, announced on Twitter that all three of their brands have ended the partnership with the NRA effective March 26. Thank you for contacting us! All three of our brands have ended the discount for NRA members. This change will be effective March 26. Thank you again for reaching out. Kind regards, Michael — EnterpriseRentACar (@enterprisecares) February 23, 2018 The announcement by Enterprise comes at a time when the NRA is facing backlash in the wake of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that left 17 children and teachers dead last week, according to Business Insider. The Feb. 14 shooting has increased pressure on state and federal lawmakers to work toward gun-control reform, with a vocal group of students from the Parkland, Fla. high school calling for a ban on the AR-15, the gun used by the shooter. Several students and teachers participated in a CNN town hall on Wednesday night where they slammed Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) for taking money from the NRA. The organization's spokeswoman, Dana Loesch, also received criticism at the town hall. Loesch defended the NRA's position on guns and said the 19-year-old shooter should have never been able to possess a gun based on his mental state. Business Insider reached out to Enterprise rivals Avis Budget Group and Hertz to see if they were still offering NRA discounts as of Thursday night, but it did not immediately receive a response. Earlier Thursday, First National Bank of Omaha announced it would not be renewing its contract with the NRA. The bank has issued an NRA-branded Visa card for over a decade. "Customer feedback has caused us to review our relationship with the NRA," said First National Bank of Omaha spokesman Kevin Langin. ThinkProgress, a progressive news site, on Tuesday published a list of 22 companies that it found was "making membership to America's premier gun-lobbying group more enticing" with promotions and discounts. Enterprise Holdings and First National Bank of Omaha were included on that list. The post Car Rental Company Abruptly Ends NRA Discount Following Fla. High School Shooting appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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Trump Administration to Target North Korea With New Sanctions on Friday

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration plans to announce on Friday what is being billed as the largest package of sanctions yet against North Korea to increase pressure on Pyongyang for its nuclear and ballistic missile tests, a senior administration official said. President Donald Trump is expected to talk about the new sanctions during a mid-morning speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference, and the Treasury Department will get into the details later in the day. A senior administration official, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, called the newpenalties "the largest package of new sanctions against the North Korea regime," without giving details. Vice President Mike Pence had given a glimpse of the plan two weeks ago when he spoke in Tokyo on his way to South Korea for the opening of the Winter Olympics, saying stepped-up sanctions would be announced soon. On Thursday, Pence used tough rhetoric to describe North Korea in remarks to the CPAC gathering in a Washington suburb. He called Kim Jo Yong, the younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, is "a central pillar of the most tyrannical and oppressive regime on the planet." Kim Jo Yong attended the opening of the Olympics in Pyeongchang and got a red-carpet welcome from South Korean President Moon Jae-in but was shunned by Pence. Trump‘s daughter, IvankaTrump, a senior White House adviser, is due to attend the closing of the Olympics this weekend. "We stand up to murderous dictatorships. And we will keep standing strong until North Korea stops threatening our country, our allies or until they abandon their nuclear and ballistic missiles once and for all," Pence said. North Korea has thus far resisted the "maximum pressure" campaign led by the United States to try to force Pyongyang to cede its nuclear weapons. U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said in a speech on Thursday at the University of Chicago that sanctions are having an impact because North Korea now has less money to spend on its ballistic missile tests. "It is this fact, more than anything else, that prompted the Kim regime to reach out to South Koreaand do public relations damage control at the Olympics," she said. "Their sources of revenue are drying up. Sending cheerleaders to Pyeongchang was a sign of desperation, not national pride," she said. (Additional reporting by Matt Spetalnick, David Brunnstrom and Makini Brice) The post Trump Administration to Target North Korea With New Sanctions on Friday appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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‘Morning Joe’ Guest Warns Not to Underestimate Trump After Scarborough Calls Him ‘One-Term President’

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough declared Donald Trump a "one-term president" on Friday, leading one guest to remind him of the perils of underestimating him. After "Morning Joe" panelist Bill Kristol spoke of his fears about a type of ethno-nationalism gripping the Right, Scarborough demurred. "We are still talking about a one-term president who lost by three million votes to perhaps the least effective communicator in the history of modern American politics in Hillary Clinton, with a campaign that didn't take polls because they thought they were smarter than people like Bill Clinton and Barack Obama and Joe Biden," Scarborough said. Scarborough called Trump's numbers among millennials and other fast-growing demographics "absolutely miserable." "It seems to be a death rattle more than a death cry," Scarborough said. Axios reporter Jonathan Swan, however, said he wasn't ready to call Trump a one-term president, effectively a prediction by Scarborough that Trump will not be reelected, saying the president had identified a disconnect between Republican voters and their representatives, and Trump still remained broadly popular with his base. "We underestimate him again at our peril, and I certainly learned a lesson in 2016 about underestimating him repeatedly," Swan said. Scarborough, a former Republican congressman, left the party last year chiefly due to his disagreements with the party's direction under Trump. The post ‘Morning Joe’ Guest Warns Not to Underestimate Trump After Scarborough Calls Him ‘One-Term President’ appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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