Former Vice President Joe Biden has spent the last few weeks asking major media outlets to give him cover from President Donald Trump’s accusations that he acted corruptly during his time in the White House.
Joe Biden’s campaign tried to pressure Fox News and others recently to stop running a Trump ad addressing the former vice president’s role allegedly pressuring Ukraine to oust a prosecutor who at one time investigated a company tied to his son, Hunter Biden. He’s asked other outlets to do the same.
Californians have embraced rooftop solar panels more than anyone in the U.S., but many are learning the hard way the systems won’t keep the lights on during blackouts.
That’s because most panels are designed to supply power to the grid — not directly to houses. During the heat of the day, solar systems can crank out more juice than a home can handle. Conversely, they don’t produce power at all at night.
So systems are tied into the grid, and the vast majority aren’t working this week as PG&E Corp. cuts power to much of Northern California to prevent wildfires.
Shepard Smith is leaving Fox News. I worked at Fox for six years. Shep was a REAL reporter. I attacked Trump daily. My firing was a setup up by people inside & outside Fox. With Shep gone Fox Is no longer a News network. It’s run by Trump Sadly it will go down with him.
Bob, trump had nothing to do with your firing. In fact Fnc blessed you with many second chances. Using Shep’s classy exit to take this dishonest swipe at a bunch of good hardworking people is disappointing. https://t.co/qkKvuhapbC
Late Friday night, Blizzard Entertainment President J. Allen Brack released a statement regarding the company’s recent punishment of a player for supporting Hong Kong protesters.
Last week, Blizzard suspended professional Hearthstone player Ng “Blitzchung” Wai Chung after the player expressed support for Hong Kong protesters during an after-match interview. Blitzchung appeared on camera wearing a gas mask, which he took off to say, “Liberate Honk Kong, revolution of our age,” in Chinese. The two interviewers hid behind their desk to avoid being associated with the statement.
That didn’t help them, as Blizzard fired the two interviewers. Blitzchung was also suspended from Hearthstone esports tournaments for one year and revoked his prize winnings.
As The Daily Wire’s James Barrett reported Thursday, a backlash against Blizzard ensued.
Friday night, Blizzard backpedaled somewhat on its punishment of the three members of the Hearthstone community. The broadcasters were given a six-month suspension rather than being fired, and Blitzchung’s prize money was reinstated and his suspension was reduced to six months as well.
“At Blizzard, our vision is ‘to bring the world together through epic entertainment,’” Brack wrote. “And we have core values that apply here: Think Globally; Lead Responsibly; and importantly, Every Voice Matters, encouraging everybody to share their point of view. The actions that we took over the weekend are causing people to question if we are still committed to these values.”
A Texas federal judge ruled President Donald Trump’s emergency funding for a southern border wall to be unlawful, the latest roadblock in the administration’s attempt to build hundreds of miles of barrier.
Judge David Briones, who was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, ruled Friday that Congress clearly tried to limit how much money Trump could spend on border wall construction, and his emergency declaration that provided billions more in funding was illegal.
The NBA’s China controversy continues to grow as the basketball organization has now canceled media access to players while they are visiting the communist nation.
On Friday, the NBA released a statement saying that allowing press to continue to ask questions put players in a “complicated” and “unfair” position.
“They [the teams] have been placed into a complicated and unprecedented situation while abroad and we believe it would be unfair to ask them to address these matters in real time,” the statement said, according to CNN.
NBA teams are currently in China to compete for Chinese fans. On Thursday, CNN reporter Christina Macfarlane attempted to ask players James Harden and Russell Westbrook about Chinese censorship. The Daily Wire’s Amanda Prestigiacomo reported that as Macfarlane asked her question, her microphone was taken away and she was scolded by a team representative.
Hunter Biden: The mere mention of his name seemingly triggers the vapors among cable-TV hosts and their guests.
When President Donald Trump turned to the Bidens and Ukraine in a speech, MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace cut off the coverage, declaring she had to protect the listeners: “We hate to do this, really, but the president isn’t telling the truth.” When Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) tried to answer a question about the Ukraine scandal by referencing the Bidens, “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd angrily told him not to “gaslight” the nation.
The Bidens, simply, are not what well-bred people discuss in polite company, apparently. Indeed, many journalists seem to be channeling not Edward R. Murrow, the fabled CBS newscaster, but Florence Hartley, the author of the “Ladies Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness” in 1872. Hartley warned her readers to “avoid, at all times, mentioning subjects or incidents that can in any way disgust your hearers.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday signed a law that will make the state the first to allow employers, co-workers and teachers to seek gun violence restraining orders against other people.
The bill was vetoed twice by former governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat, and goes beyond a measure that he signed allowing only law enforcement officers and immediate family members to ask judges to temporarily take away peoples’ guns when they are deemed a danger to themselves or others.
Newsom is also a Democrat and signed a companion bill allowing the gun violence restraining orders to last one and five years, although the gun owners could petition to end those restrictions earlier.
The new laws are were among 15 gun-related laws that Newsom approved as the state strengthens what the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence calls the nation’s toughest restrictions.
Actress Rose McGowan blasted Hillary Clinton on Twitter Friday after reports emerged that Clinton’s team pressured journalist Ronan Farrow to stop writing an exposé on movie mogul Harvey Weinstein’s history of rape and sexual harassment.
Farrow’s employer at the time, NBC News, killed the story even after McGowan told the network, on the record and on camera, that Weinstein had raped her. The decision forced Farrow to publish the Pulitzer Prize–winning story in the New Yorker, and in his new book he reveals that Weinstein, a prolific Democratic fundraiser and donor, tried to leverage his connections with Clinton to kill Farrow’s reporting.
In a series of tweets, McGowan said Clinton was turning her back on the women who accused Weinstein and former president Bill Clinton of sexual assault.
“I knew that Hillary Clinton’s people were protecting the Monster,” the actress lamented. “I guess predators are her style.”
A Mexican citizen who allegedly shot a transgender Dallas woman last month was living in the United States illegally and is now a fugitive, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials said.
Domingo Ramirez-Cayente, 29, deported in 2010, was arrested Sept. 24 and charged with aggravated assault, The Dallas Morning News reported. He reportedly admitted to shooting Daniela Calderon, 35, six times in the chest, stomach and hip.
Calderon told the newspaper Ramirez-Cayente yelled homophobic and transphobic slurs during the attack.
CNN came in dead last for ratings during their almost five-hour “Equality Town Hall” event with the Democratic presidential candidates on Thursday. Fox News came in first and MSNBC was in second during the same time period.
Fox News was the most-watched cable news network in primetime in both total viewers and in the 25-54 age demographic, according to early Nielsen Media Research.
Fox News was in first place for the entirety of CNN’s nearly five-hour long town hall from 7:30 p.m.-12 a.m. by averaging 3.7 million viewers and 662,000 in the 25-54 demo.
CNN was in last place by having an average of 1.1 million total viewers and 320,000 in the 25-54 demo, meaning Fox News had a triple-digit advantage over CNN.
The 2019 Little League world champions went back home to Louisiana in style after they accepted a last-minute invitation Friday to fly aboard Air Force with President Trump.
The Eastbank All-Stars were visiting Washington, D.C., following their 8-0 victory over Curacao in August to clinch the baseball title, Politico reported. The team took a tour of the Capitol in a visit hosted by Republican Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, who serves as the House minority whip.
Trump also welcomed North Carolina’s Rowan County All-Stars, the 2019 Little League Softball World Series Champions.
The Eastbank Little League team, the Little League World Champions, caught a ride home to Lousiana, Friday, October 11, with President Donald Trump aboard Air Force One. The team was in Washington to meet the president at the White House. (AP) pic.twitter.com/PFaWgS7t0A
Not long ago, 93-year-old Ray Boutwell got so bored with retirement. He says he could almost feel the obituary coming. “I thought I was going to pass on if I didn’t do something different,” Boutwell said.
So now, Ray gets up at 4 o’clock in the morning to unlock his newfound secret to longevity: cupcakes.
Once upon a time, Ray worked in a bakery, but he never opened a business. And yet, here he is, starting from scratch at 93.
His daughter, Rosana, thought this was a terrible idea. “I said, ‘No, you can’t do that,'” she said.
“Did you think this was dementia?” CBS News asked.
“I was beginning to wonder,” she said.
“Well, I could tell that she was deeply concerned,” Ray admitted. “And I understood that.”
The U.S. and China have reached a partial trade pause.
President Trump, speaking at the White House, said: “We’ve come to a very substantial phase one deal”…adding it will take three to five weeks to get written. The deal includes intellectual property, financial services and $40-$50 billion related to agriculture products. It is unclear what the U.S will give up in return and a comprehensive trade deal will have two or three phases.
The U.S. will not be raising tariffs on the Chinese next week to the 30 percent level as part of this agreement.
Man wearing a “Trump 2020” hat is assaulted by a mob outside the Mineapolis Trump rally last night. Video journalist @ElijahSchaffer says this was happening routinely. If you wore a Trump hat or patriotic clothing, you were targeted. #antifapic.twitter.com/aPJnSJMXz1
The Turkish military shelled U.S. Special Forces during an operation that was an apparent mistake.
A senior Pentagon official and an Iraqi Kurdish intelligence official said Friday that U.S. Special Forces came under shelling from the Turkish government during their “Operation Peace Spring,” according to Newsweek.
The bombing of U.S. forces, which occurred in Kurdish-controlled territory in the northern Syrian city of Kobani, was described as a mistake. U.S. forces withdrew after the shelling ceased and did not return fire. No fatalities have been reported.
The SDF now says it has killed 5 Turkish soldiers and destroyed a police station across the border in shelling from Kobane. There’s more than one US base in the area. Hard to see how US troops can avoid being in the middle of this unless more of them are pulled back.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff recruited two former National Security Council aides who worked alongside the CIA whistleblower at the NSC during the Obama and Trump administrations, the Washington Examiner has learned.
Abigail Grace, who worked at the NSC until 2018, was hired in February, while Sean Misko, an NSC aide until 2017, joined Schiff’s committee staff in August, the same month the whistleblower submitted his complaint.
The whistleblower was an NSC official who worked with former Vice President Joe Biden and who has expertise in Ukraine, the Washington Examiner has reported.
A career CIA analyst with Ukraine expertise, the whistleblower aired his concerns about a phone conversation between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to a House Intelligence Committee aide on Schiff’s staff. He had previously informed the CIA’s legal counsel’s office.
Schiff initially denied he knew anything about the complaint before it was filed, stating on Sep. 17: “We have not spoken directly with the whistleblower. We would like to.”
New: Joe Biden’s campaign sternly warns anyone who “calls themselves a ‘Democrat’” not to repeat “discredited lies” about Biden and his son at the debate. Or they’d be “making a profound statement about themselves.”