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Dennis Ross is on GOP congressional baseball team, but wasn’t at practice where shots were fired

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Polk County Congressman Dennis Ross is one of four members of the Florida GOP delegation on the baseball team attacked by a gunman Wednesday morning in Alexandria, Virginia, but he wasn’t at today’s practice. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot, and multiple congressional aides were also hit by a gunman with a rifle who opened fire at a GOP baseball practice. Scalise is reported to be in stable condition. Five people were “transported medically” from the scene, Alexandria Police Chief…

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Bill Nelson: If China can’t deter North Korea’s nuclear plans, it could mean war

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According to North Korea’s deputy U.N. ambassador, the standoff over his country’s nuclear program will end only when the U.S. withdraws its “hostile policy” toward the northeast Asian nation. In an interview with The Associated Press Friday, Kim In Ryong says his government will not attend “any type of talks which would discuss its nuclear abandonment.” That includes the U.N. Security Council meeting Friday on the North Korean nuclear issue. He called it “another abuse” of U.N. authority, acting on instructions of the United…

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Megyn Kelly: Donald Trump tried to influence coverage with gifts

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Megyn Kelly says Donald Trump tried unsuccessfully to give her gifts, including a free stay at one of his hotels, as part of what she called his pattern of trying to influence news coverage of his presidential campaign. In her memoir “Settle for More,” to be released Tuesday, Kelly says Trump may have gotten a pre-debate tip about her first question, in which she confronted him with his critical comments about women. Her book also details the insults and threats she received after…

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Mitch Perry Report for 11.11.16 — Whither the EPA?

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Some random thoughts at the end of one of the most epochal weeks in the history of our republic: Yesterday in this space we contemplated some of the first moves the Donald Trump administration might make when he inherits power in January. Lots of focus right now is on the fact that he could kill all of the efforts this nation has made in worldwide pacts on climate change, beginning with the historic agreement signed in Paris earlier this year. “I don’t…

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Censorship and ‘censorship’

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AT&T, the communications conglomerate which owns Direct TV, was hauled into the court of public opinion Friday, charged with censorship for pulling the plug on Fox News. Irate customers of the satellite television subscriber service took to the internet to voice their suspicions, tar and feathers at the ready. They did not for one New York Rigged-System Minute believe that “technical difficulties” caused Fox News in high definition to go dark. Among the cyberspace social commentators was an individual who…

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Mitch Perry Report for 11.4.16 — What will be this year’s decisive October surprise?

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It was the Thursday night before the 2000 general election when Fox News’s Carl Cameron reported George W. Bush had been arrested in 1976 in Maine on a DWI case. It was definitely an “October surprise,” and it definitely seemed to stop Bush’s momentum in that contest — a contest in which he ultimately lost the popular vote, but took the Electoral College after a 36-day recount. On the Friday night before the 2004 election, the late Osama bin Laden released…

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Unlike first, second debate doesn’t set viewership record

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An estimated 66.5 million people watched the second debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, down from the record-setting audience who saw their first match but on par with the Obama-Romney contests four years ago. The first debate reached a total of 84 million viewers, more than for any other presidential debate on record, the Nielsen company said on Monday. The previous record of 80.6 million had been set for the only debate between Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan in…

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