Look: Indiana Farmers Harvest 60-Acre ‘Thank You’ to Trump for Ethanol Boost

Keeping his promise to them.

Via Fox News Insider:

Some farmers in Indiana harvested a 60-acre thank you message to President Trump after he announced his decision to permit year-round sales of E15 gasoline.

The president made the announcement earlier this month at a rally in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Bruce Buchanan, of Buchanan Family Farms, said Sunday on Fox & Friends that he and his fellow farmers wanted to express their gratitude to Trump in an “unusual way.”

The result was a monstrous corn maze message that reads “Thanks Mr Trump For E15.”

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Migrant Caravan Invades Mexico, Re-Forms, Vow To Reach US

Deploy the military to the southern border.

CIUDAD HIDALGO, Mexico (AP) — Despite Mexican efforts to stop them at the border, about 2,000 Central American migrants swam or rafted across a river separating that country from Guatemala, re-formed their mass caravan in Mexico and vowed to resume their journey toward the United States.

The migrants, who said they gave up trying to enter Mexico legally because the asylum application process was too slow, gathered on Saturday at a park in the border city of Ciudad Hidalgo. They voted by a show of hands to continue north en masse, then marched to the bridge crossing the Suchiate River and urged those still on it to come join them.

“We are going to reach the United States,” said Erasmo Duarte, a migrant from Danli, Honduras, despite warnings to turn back this week from U.S. President Donald Trump, who has sought to make the caravan and border security in general into a campaign issue a little over two weeks before midterm elections.

The decision to re-form the migrant caravan capped a day in which Mexican authorities again refused mass entry to migrants on the bridge, instead accepting small groups for asylum processing and giving out 45-day visitor permits to some of them. Authorities handed out numbers for people to be processed in a strategy seen before at U.S. border posts when dealing with large numbers of migrants.

But many became impatient, and circumventing the border gate, swarmed across the river on rafts, swimming or wading in full view of the hundreds of Mexican police manning the blockade on the bridge. Some paid locals the equivalent of $1.25 to ferry them across the muddy waters. They were not detained on reaching the Mexican bank.

“We couldn’t wait because we had already waited too long and they only told us lies,” said Duarte, who joined the caravan with his wife and children six days ago.

Sairy Bueso, a 24-year old Honduran mother of two, was another migrant who abandoned the bridge and crossed into Mexico via the river. She clutched her 2-year-old daughter Dayani, who had recently had a heart operation, as she got off a raft.

“The girl suffered greatly because of all the people crowded” on the bridge, Bueso said. “There are risks that we must take for the good of our children.”

Group leaders said the caravan, which will be smaller than the original one, would strike out Sunday morning for the city of Tapachula.

Where easily 3,000 people were on the bridge the previous day, the crowd had thinned out considerably by Saturday. In addition to those who crossed the river, immigration agents processed migrants in small groups and then bused them to an open-air, metal-roof fairground in Tapachula, where the Red Cross set up small blue tents on the concrete floor.

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Displaced By Hurricane Florence, Dog From Camp Lejeune, NC Appears At Georgia Home

Via Stars and Stripes:

More than a week ago, a basset hound mix with a white muzzle scratched at the front gate of a northeast Macon home.

With three rescue dogs of their own, Jim Waters’ family opened their door to the reddish brown female with short, whitish legs.

“We took Sadie in and found her to be well taken care of, well trained, obviously an indoor dog, and with a sweet disposition,” Waters said.

His grown daughters made signs and posted them in the neighborhoods around Upper River Road and Shirley Hills.

They heard nothing.

Early this week, they took the dog to Piedmont Animal Hospital in Gray and discovered she had an unregistered identification chip embedded under her fur.

The veterinarian gave them a list of five ID chip manufacturers to check, and the last one they contacted traced the chip back to a veterinarian in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, home of a Marine Corps base.

The area was hit hard by Hurricane Florence in mid-September.

Due to privacy concerns, the North Carolina vet’s office would not give the Waters family contact information but promised to call them about the dog, who they learned was a 7-year-old named Sadie.

Although the pieces of the puzzle were falling into place, the Waters family still wondered how in the world she got to Macon.

“Was Sadie brought here by a family evacuating the area? Was she brought here to stay with family or friends and was lost?” they wondered.

A few more days passed, but the Waters family heard nothing.

On Wednesday, Jim Waters’ daughter, Anna Waters, posted another picture on Facebook, and the social media lost pet detectives went to work sharing and reposting the photo.

A North Carolina woman recognized Sadie and said she used to pet sit for the dog and the family’s other Basset mix, Sarge.

She texted the owners.

Wednesday evening the Waters family learned Sadie belongs to a young military family with four children who fled Hurricane Florence.

The evacuees were staying in McDonough and realized they needed to rehome the dogs before they traveled halfway across the country seeking temporary shelter.

Anna Waters made contact with the evacuee family and discovered they put out an ad and found a Macon family willing to help, Jim Waters said.

“We were just tickled pink last night when Anna said, ‘We found the family,’ ” Jim Waters said Thursday morning.

The North Carolina man, who has the contact information for the Macon family that took the dogs, is on a mission in south Florida and will come through next week to pick up Sadie.

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Oldest ‘Working Man’ In Texas Turns 101, Still Drinks 2 Dr. Peppers A Day

Via CBS DFW:

Considered the oldest man still working in Texas, Chester Hollingsworth celebrated his 101st birthday today.

“Today is my birthday. October the 18th 1917,” he said with a smile.

The World War II veteran, Dallas entrepreneur and beloved friend and family man received a special birthday message from his company.

Hollingsworth helped start what’s now known as the Warehouse Superstore. He tried retiring twice before, but kept coming back and now spends two days a week working there.

“I just like to be with people. I don’t mind working,” said Hollingsworth affectionately.

Born and raised on a farm near Greenville, Hollingsworth helped his family raise cotton.

“We had a Model T Ford, and it was a terrible way to get around.”

As a young man Hollingsworth went on to sign up for the Navy a day after Pearl Harbor was attacked. He eventually wound up out west.

“About a month later I got a notice in the mail with a train ticket to go to San Diego, California.”

Hollingsworth has had a storied life… no doubt, and he said the secret for him is a simple one.

“Dr. Pepper,” he laughed.

That’s right, Hollingsworth drinks a Dr. Pepper twice a day.

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Media Begin Lowering Expectations Ahead Of FBI Report On Alleged Trump-Russia Collusion

After all this, they’re going to be very disappointed.

Via Daily Wire:

It looks like President Donald Trump’s critics might not get the earth-shattering, presidency-destroying, nail-in-the-coffin FBI report confirming Russian collusion they were hoping for.

FBI special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report is apparently coming – after the midterm elections, of course. Several key findings, including whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 election and whether the president obstructed justice, are expected to be released after ballots are cast. Media outlets hoping for a Watergate-style takedown of an American president they despise may not get what they want.

Politico reports that “defense lawyers working on the Russia probe and more than 15 former government officials with investigation experience spanning Watergate to the 2016 election case” tell them the report might not answer all the critics’ prayers.

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Texas Moonbat Family Paints A Huge Beto Sign On The Front Lawn, Sparking A Feud With The HOA

Not the brightest bunch in the neighborhood.

Via Star Telegram:

Yard signs are nothing compared with the political statement on this Texas family’s lawn.

“BETO” is painted in gargantuan white letters directly on the grass in front of the family’s stately brick home in Katy, Texas, photos show. Peeking out from behind some shrubbery in the background is a more traditional — and modest — yard sign that also supports Rep. Beto O’Rourke, the Democrat running to unseat Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in Texas next month.

Shannon Bennett, 48, painted the sign with her husband Sunday night, she said in a phone interview with McClatchy. They came up with the idea with their children, and then Bennett and her husband bought the paint while the kids mowed the lawn in preparation.

But before the family had even finished the paint job, the president of the Chesterfield Community Association drove up and confronted them over the political message, Bennett said.

“He was very hostile,” Bennett said. “This is truly a shock, that they became so angry.”

Within days, the family got a notice in their online homeowner association (HOA) portal telling them they violated the suburban Houston community’s landscaping code with the painted sign and had to remove it, Bennett said.

Bennett said she and her husband researched the state rules before painting it, “so we truly believed we weren’t violating anything.”

“It’s grass, right? You just mow it off, and it’s gone. It’s so temporary,” Bennett said. “The code that he was telling us we’d violated is the landscaping code. I said, ‘This isn’t landscaping, it’s a temporary design on the ground.’”[…]

Bennett said she also believes there’s a double standard in the neighborhood.

Bennett said that just houses away from her residence is another home with a sign in the front yard that reads: “I stand for the anthem, and kneel for the cross.” But that sign has been allowed to remain up, despite the fact that only political signs are allowed by the HOA, she said. (It’s a rule she said she learned about firsthand last year, after she was forced to take down a “kindness is everything” sign.)

Steve Jordan, chief risk officer at the HOA company in charge of Chesterfield Community Association, said the violation isn’t about politics, the Houston Chronicle reports.

“This is not a violation for them placing a political sign; it’s the type of signage that they’ve actually placed on their property being an extremely large painting on the actual grass of their front yard,” Jordan said, according to the newspaper. “It is a landscaping and signage violation. It has nothing to do with it being a political signage. Any type of signage of that nature would be in violation.”

Regardless, Bennett was surprised. She said she painted a similar sign in support of Obama in 2008 when she lived in Austin.

“I did that to combat sign stealing, and it actually improved my relations with my neighbors,” Bennett said. “It was a positive community experience.”

It’s also how she came up with the idea for the BETO painting a decade later.

“My husband — who is not a Democrat and who doesn’t typically vote Democratic — does support Beto, so we were trying to come up with a way to display our choice creatively,” Bennett said.

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If Wyoming’s A Bellwether, Dems Could Be In For A World Of Hurt: Thousands Switch Party Affiliation To GOP

Post Kavanaugh hearing.

Via BPR:

It’s getting harder to see the blue wave Democrats have been predicting would be coming for the November midterm elections.

And in Wyoming, it seems the only wave they have witnessed is a red one.

In the weeks leading up to the state’s primary election on August 21, over 12,000 voters changed their party affiliation. A staggering number of those changes were to the Republican Party, County 10 reported.

According to data released by the Wyoming Secretary of State’s Office on Thursday:

12,509 persons in total changed their party affiliation between July 6th and September 20th:

6,057 Democrats changed and registered as Republicans;
4,355 Unaffiliated persons changed and registered as Republicans;
744 Unaffiliated persons changed and registered as Democrats;
477 members of the Constitution and Libertarian parties changed and registered as Republicans;
430 Republicans changed and registered as Democrats; and
296 persons of various parties changed and registered as Unaffiliated.

The report did note, however, that 701 of those people changed their party affiliation again, re-registering back to their original 2018 party affiliation

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Big Numbers Of Central Americans Surrendering At Arizona Border

The know they will get three hots and a cot or released.

Via Fox News:

Large groups of Central American migrants continue to surrender to Border Patrol agents in Arizona with the arrival of one recent group numbering 108 captured in dramatic video images, authorities said Friday.

The agency said camera operators monitoring movement Thursday afternoon along the U.S.-Mexico border in the Yuma area captured images of a large number of people being dropped over the border wall east of the San Luis Port of Entry.

It said the smugglers never crossed the border while they helped migrants over the wall in four places. The group was comprised of 100 Guatemalans and eight Hondurans. They included 52 children, nine of them 5 years and younger.

The mass crossing occurred while another drama was being played out much farther south as a caravan of several thousand Central American migrants traveled northbound, prompting President Donald Trump to warn Mexico to stop them from reaching the U.S. border.

Arizona Border Patrol agents for weeks have been overwhelmed by the arrival of large numbers of Central American migrants traveling in families.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Arizona earlier this month began releasing hundreds of people to await court dates, saying it didn’t have the capacity to hold an “incredibly high volume” of migrant families showing up at the border.

“Coordinated smuggling of large numbers of Central Americans is taking place daily here,” Yuma Sector Chief Patrol Agent Anthony Porvaznik said in a written statement.

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GOP Women’s Group Attacking Trump Funded Solely By Male Democratic Donor

Michael Moore stunt double.

Via Washington Examiner:

A new Republican women’s group who is “fed up with Trump” and pouring cash into toss-up congressional districts is bankrolled solely by a male billionaire venture capitalist who is a major donor to Democratic campaigns and causes, Federal Election Commission filings show.

Republican Women for Progress, a Washington, D.C.-based “grassroots” nonprofit, was founded by Jennifer Pierotti Lim and Meghan Milloy and is comprised of “right-leaning” women who are opposed to President Donald Trump. The group has garnered glowing national media profiles that include a ten-minute segment on CBS News and articles in publications such as Glamour, Slate, and others.

The group is so far active in competitive congressional districts in New Jersey, Kentucky, and Michigan.

“We think the best thing that we can do for the party and for the country right now is to make sure there are good women—Democrat or Republican—that are elected to office and who can serve as a check on this administration and on the president,” Milloy told the Detroit Metro Times. “[This effort] really was inspired by us talking to Republican women in these districts where they said there was just no way that they could vote for the Republican.”

The group established a political action committee, the Republican Women for Progress PAC, on Sept. 13 to support their work for the midterms and has since spent $231,000 on independent expenditures for voter recruitment and advertisement productions in the toss-up districts in three states.[…]

Following publication, Jennifer Lim, co-founder of Republican Women for Progress, sent the following comment:

“In terms of the Reid Hoffman donation, even a male tech billionaire and major Democratic donor recognizes the important role women should play in the Republican party. We are pleased to have the support of donors across the ideological spectrum to ensure the voice of republican women is heard across the country.”

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Watch: Henry Kissinger Shouted Down By Leftists, Told To ‘Rot in Hell’ During NYU Speech

Leftists know how to make even unsympathetic characters more sympathetic.

Via Fox News Insider:

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was shouted down by angry protesters during a speaking appearance this week at New York University.

Kissinger, 95, was invited to the university’s Stern School of Business on Tuesday, which was the 45th anniversary of when he received his Nobel Peace Prize.

According to the Washington Square News, NYU’s school newspaper, close to 100 people gathered to protest Kissinger.

He was called a “war criminal” by one protester and then told to “rot in hell” by another during the invite-only event.

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Trump In Nevada: Sen Dean Heller ‘Was There Right From The Beginning’ On Gorsuch And Kavanaugh

Via Daily Caller:

President Donald Trump said Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller “was there right from the beginning” to confirm Supreme Court justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh at a rally in Elko, Nevada, on Saturday.

“By the way, I have to thank Dean Heller for helping us with Justice Gorsuch and Justice Kavanaugh,” Trump said. “Dean Heller was there. Dean Heller was there right from the beginning. So, Democrats produce mobs. Republicans produce jobs. Hashtag — that is called a hashtag. That is a hot one. This November, vote for jobs — not mobs.”

Heller is in a tight race with Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen. Trump referred to her as “Wacky Jacky” throughout the rally.

“When it came to tax cuts, there was nobody smarter or tougher” than Heller, Trump added.

Trump also praised Republican Nevada gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt as a “veteran” and a “patriot.”

“We’re honored to be joined today by your next governor, Adam Laxalt,” Trump said when he introduced Laxalt at the rally. “He’s a great guy. I’ve known Adam for a long time.”

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‘Gosnell’ Being Dropped From Movie Theaters Despite Solid Performance

All just a coincidence.

Via Daily Wire:

“Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer” surpassed box office expectations upon its release last week by entering into the Top 10 grossing films with a revenue of $1,235,000 on just 668 screens.

Despite the solid performance for an independent film of this sort, nearly 200 theaters have inexplicably dropped the film, including those in major cities where it was performing the strongest. Coming into its second week, “Gosnell” has dropped from 668 theaters to 480 theaters – a full 188 theater drop, 15 of which were top-performing multiplexes.

According to John Sullivan, the film’s marketing director who also served as a producer, the drop cannot be written off as a mere coincidence or “business as usual.”

“I can tell you from my experience in 15 years of releasing movies independently, we’re in uncharted territories,” Sullivan told DW. “It is an impacted fall, no doubt about it, but the fact that we’ve been dropped from theaters where the movie is the number 6 or number 9 movie is just something you don’t see.”

“It’s hard not to believe it isn’t about the content of the movie,” he added. While some of the smaller theaters may have dropped “Gosnell” to make way for “Halloween” this weekend (a major release projected at number 1), the same could not be said for multiplexes housing 20 or more theaters where the film performed in the top 10.

“We have theaters that are dropping that are top theaters, that are performing very well,” said Sullivan. “We’ve been the number 6 in a 15-plex and it gets dropped this week. We’ve been number 9 in a 30-plex and we’re getting dropped this week. There are about 15 theaters like that where typically you would not get dropped.”

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Guatemala Says Some 2,000 Migrants Have Returned To Honduras

Turned back at the Mexican border.

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) – Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales said on Saturday some 2,000 members of a largely Honduran migrant caravan have returned home to Honduras, a day after thousands of people in the procession were held up at a Guatemalan border crossing with Mexico.

Morales was speaking at a news conference with his Honduran counterpart Juan Orlando Hernandez. Hernandez said another 486 members of the convoy were also en route back to the Honduras.

Benghazi Survivor Has Choice Words For Those Criticizing Trump Over Khashoggi

Somehow Trump is at fault for Khashoggi, even if the media can’t explain how. But Obama and Clinton aren’t responsible in any way for leaving Americans without aid or covering it up.

Via Daily Caller:

Benghazi survivor Kris “Tanto” Paronto had a few choice words for those who have been critical of President Donald Trump’s response to the death of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi at Turkey’s Saudi Arabian Embassy.

Addressing his tweet to the “leftist journalists & liberalists” who are angry about the Trump administration’s handling of the situation, Paronto asked, “Where in the hell were you when @BarackObama left 30+ AMERICANS to die in Benghazi Libya including an Ambassador?”

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Democrat Socialist Ocasio-Cortez: Defeating Nazis Is Blueprint For Defeating Global Warming

First, we have to save France.

Via Daily Wire:

Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said on Friday at a campaign event that the United States’ blueprint for beating global warming needs to be the same as the blueprint the U.S. used for defeating Nazi Germany in the 1940s.

“So we talk about existential threats, the last time we had a really major existential threat to this country was around World War II,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “And so we’ve been here before and we have a blueprint of doing this before.”

“None of these things are new ideas,” Ocasio-Cortez continued. “What we had was an existential threat in the context of a war. We had a direct existential threat with another nation, this time it was Nazi Germany, and axis, who explicitly made the United States as an enemy, as an enemy.”

“And what we did was that we chose to mobilize our entire economy and industrialized our entire economy and we put hundreds of thousands if not millions of people to work in defending our shores and defending this country,” she stated. “We have to do the same thing in order to get us to 100% renewable energy, and that’s just the truth of it.”

“It may seem like really big, it may seem really ambitious, it may seem really ‘radical’ as us [inaudible] like to say,” the congressional candidate continued. “But the fact of the matter is we are dealing with a radical truth and a radical reality, and the more we choose to ignore it the worse we are doing by our children, and our grandchildren, and frankly ourselves.”

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Democratic Candidate Brianna Wu Complains That She Had To Spend $3,000 For Her Hair For The Campaign

She needs to get her money back. But she lost in the primary despite all the money she spent on her hair.

WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Sues Ecuador For ‘Violating His Rights’

Smooth move, suing the country that is giving him sanctuary.

Via Sky News:

Julian Assange is launching legal action against Ecuador, accusing its government of violating his “fundamental rights and freedoms”.

It comes after Ecuador cut off communications for Mr Assange, who has been living inside the country’s London embassy for more than six years.

Baltasar Garzon, a lawyer for WikiLeaks, has arrived in Ecuador to launch the case, which is expected to be heard next week in a domestic court.

WikiLeaks claims Mr Assange’s access to the outside world has been “summarily cut off” and says Ecuador has threatened to remove the protection he has had since being given political asylum.

The site said Ecuador’s government has refused to allow a visit by Human Rights Watch general counsel Dinah PoKempner and prevented several meetings with Mr Assange’s lawyers.

A statement said: “Ecuador’s measures against Julian Assange have been widely condemned by the human rights community.”

He has been inside the building in Knightsbridge since June 2012 in order to avoid a European Arrest Warrant over a rape claim in Sweden.

This investigation has been dropped, but Mr Assange fears he could be extradited to the US over WikiLeaks’ publishing of huge amounts of classified information.

Lawyers for Mr Assange have said they will also challenge the legality of the Ecuador government’s “special protocol”, which make his political asylum contingent on “censoring” his freedom of opinion, speech and association.

That protocol requires journalists, lawyers and others meeting with Mr Assange to disclose details including social media usernames and the serial numbers of phones and tablets with Ecuador, which can than share the information “with other agencies”.

In the statement, Mr Assange’s legal team claims the Ecuador embassy can seize his property or that of his visitors and, without a warrant, hand it over to UK authorities.

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Justice Department Charges Russian With Interfering In Midterms

Via NRO:

Media sows division daily.

The Justice Department charged a Russian national on Friday with conspiring to interfere in America’s midterm elections.

Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova, 44, is charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States in the first criminal case to confront Russian efforts to interfere in the upcoming elections. Khusyaynova, who is not in American custody, is alleged to have spent almost two and a half years in charge of a Russian influence operation’s $35 million budget, part of which was used to conduct what the group called “information warfare against the United States,” including “promoting news postings on social networks.”

According to prosecutors’ indictment, the group, Project Lakhta, pretended to be American political activists during both the 2016 and 2018 election seasons in order to sow divisions by highlighting controversial issues, including immigration, gun control, the Confederate flag, race relations, LGBT issues, the Women’s March, and the NFL national anthem controversy.

“Through supporting radical groups” the conspirators aimed to “aggravate the conflict between minorities and the rest of the population,” the Justice Department said in a statement.

“The strategic goal of this alleged conspiracy, which continues to this day, is to sow discord in the U.S. political system and to undermine faith in our democratic institutions,” U.S. Attorney G. Zachary Terwilliger said.

“The Conspirators’ activities did not exclusively adopt one ideological viewpoint; they wrote on topics from varied and sometimes opposing perspectives,” FBI Special Agent David Holt wrote in the criminal complaint.

The operation does not appear to have affected the outcome of any election, the statement said.

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Leftists Try To Harass Mitch McConnell At Restaurant, Customers Come To His Defense

Well done, you silent majority, silent no more.

Via Fox News:

A small group of angry diners confronted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at a restaurant Friday night, but were met with calls from other customers to leave the Kentucky Republican alone.

Video obtained by TMZ shows at least one diner berating McConnell on issues such as Social Security at a restaurant in Louisville. The video starts with him yelling at McConnell and arguing with Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao — to whom McConnell is married. The outlet reported that four men first confronted McConnell.

“Oh yeh, why don’t you get out of here? Why don’t you leave our entire country,” the protester tells the couple.

As Chao argues with the protester, McConnell appears nonplussed and sips on a drink. But other diners begin yelling at the protester, telling him to “leave him alone” and making shoo-ing gestures.

“They’re going to come for Social Security,” he told the other diners, before appearing to be approached by staff.

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Alaska Gov. Bill Walker Ends Campaign For Re-Election, Endorses Democrat Mark Begich

The fix is in.

Via ADN:

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker announced Friday he is dropping his bid for re-election, and threw support to Democrat Mark Begich over Republican Mike Dunleavy.

Walker, elected as an independent, made the surprise announcement at the Alaska Federation of Natives annual convention, three days after former Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott abruptly stepped down from both his office and the re-election campaign over unspecified “inappropriate comments” he made to a woman.

With less than three weeks until Election Day and with more than 23,000 absentee ballots already mailed to voters, Walker’s decision to step away from his campaign marks a significant, last-minute change in the battle to become Alaska’s next governor.

The three-way race has now become a two-way fight between Begich, a former U.S. senator, and Dunleavy, a former state senator. How this complicates voting is not yet completely clear. Some Alaskans have already sent in their voted ballots.

Walker had been scheduled to attend a candidate forum at the AFN convention Friday afternoon with his competitors Begich and Dunleavy.

Instead, he went on the stage at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center — before the forum started — and told a crowd of hundreds from across the state: “Every decision I have made as your governor, I have made on the basis of what I believe is best for Alaska. With that said, effective today, I am suspending my campaign for the re-election as governor.”

There were gasps and shouts from the audience.

An emotional Walker, in a blue kuspuk, said that with only 18 days until the election, “it has become clear, we cannot win a three-way race.” This week, he said, he talked to “many, many, many Alaskans” about who had a better chance of competing against Dunleavy.

“The determination was made that, at this point, Begich has the better odds,” Walker said.

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