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Senate to vote to confirm Amy Coney Barrett next Monday, McConnell says - Fox News
Senate Majaority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said that the upper chamber of Congress will vote next Monday, Oct. 26, to confirm President Trump's nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, to the Supreme Court.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said that the upper chamber of Congress will vote next Monday, Oct. 26, to confirm President Trump's nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, to the Supreme Court. The Judiciary Committee is expected to vote her out of committee on Thursday at 1 p.m. ET, as it's customary for the committee to hold over the nomination of a Supreme Court nominee for a week. Barrett faced three days of questioning from senators on the Judiciary Committee last week. "We will be voting to confirm Justice-to-be Barrett next Monday and I think that will be another signature accomplishment in our effort to put on the courts, the federal courts, men and women who believe in a quaint notion that the job of a judge is to actually follow the law," McConnell said during a news conference following the weekly GOP Senate lunch. McConnell must move to shift the Senate into executive session (versus legislative session) to specifically consider the Barrett nomination. Such a process likely requires a vote – but is not debatable (subject to a filibuster). In 2017, McConnell established a new precedent in the Senate, known at the Capitol as “Nuclear Option II.” Although it never happened, it was possible that senators could filibuster a Supreme Court nomination. And like most things in the Senate some years ago, it took 60 yeas to curb a filibuster. But by establishing a new precedent, McConnell lowered the bar from 60 yeas to 51. THE SENATE'S PATH TO CONFIRMING AMY CONEY BARRETT Republicans have been pressed to charge ahead with Barrett's confirmation before the November election, amid Democratic outcries and threats to pack the court. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer attempted to close down the Senate until after the presidential election in protest of Barrett's confirmation on Monday. Republicans stalled his motion to adjourn. "This is the most rushed... most partisan, least legitimate Supreme Court nomination process in our nation's history -- in our nation's entire history -- and it should not proceed. Therefore, I will move to adjourn the Senate until after Nov. 3 election, with the ability to come back into session if there is a bipartisan agreement on a COVID relief package," Schumer said. GOP TURNS BACK ON SCHUMER NOTION TO SHUT DOWN SENATE Schumer has also invoked the rarely-used "two-hour rule," which governs when committees can meet when the Senate is in session, at one point preventing the Senate Intelligence Committee from meeting in what McConnell called a "temper tantrum." "Judge Amy Coney Barrett demonstrated that she has the deep legal expertise, dispassionate judicial temperament, and sheer intellectual horsepower that the American people deserve to have on their Supreme Court," McConnell said Monday. “I look forward to the Judiciary Committee’s vote on Thursday. The full Senate will turn to Judge Barrett’s nomination as soon as it comes out of committee. I’ll be proud to vote to confirm this exceptional jurist." CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP As the Judiciary Committee is set to vote to put Barrett's nomination up before the full Senate, Schumer has threatened not to provide a quorum. Nine members of a committee, at least two from the minority party, must be present to conduct business incommittee. Fox News' Chad Pergram and Tyler Olson contributed to this report.
Tropical Storm Epsilon forecast to become hurricane, pass near Bermuda - Fox News
The latest tropical storm is expected to become a hurricane by the time it gets closer to Bermuda later this week, with forecasters saying the island could feel some impacts.
The latest tropical storm is expected to become a hurricane by the time it gets closer to Bermuda later this week, with forecasters saying the island could feel some impacts. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said as of 5 a.m. EDT that Tropical Storm Epsilon is packing maximum sustained winds of 45 mph and is located about 765 miles southeast of Bermuda, moving east-northeast at 3 mph. Epsilon formed on Monday, becoming the 26th named storm of the busy 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. TROPICAL STORM EPSILON FORMS IN ATLANTIC, BECOMES 26TH STORM OF 2020 HURRICANE SEASON According to the NHC, the storm is expected to make a turn toward the north and northwest later on Tuesday, with a general northwestern motion expected through Thursday. Tropical Storm Epsilon is seen over the Atlantic on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2020. (NOAA/GOES-East) Gradual strengthening is also expected over the next couple of days, and Epsilon is forecast to be at or near hurricane strength by Wednesday night or Thursday morning. The storm will then approach Bermuda on Thursday, but it's still too early to tell what impacts the storm will have. The forecast track of Tropical Storm Epsilon. (Fox News) Current forecast tracks show Epsilon will just brush Bermuda later this week, but the island could still be impacted by tropical storm conditions. At this point, Bermuda will likely only see tropical storm conditions with the worst staying east of the island, but a track closer to Bermuda would increase impacts. ‘BUBBLE CURTAIN’ IS THE NEWEST CRAZY HURRICANE-KILLING IDEA "Interests in Bermuda should monitor the progress of Epsilon," the NHC said. Tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 275 miles from the center of the storm, and Epsilon is generating large swells that will impact Bermuda over the next couple of days. Epsilon represents a record for the earliest 26th named storm, beating out Nov. 22 in 2005, according to Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach. There is just over one month left in the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, which ends Nov. 30, but this season has broken numerous records as forecasters in September ran out of traditional names and went to the Greek alphabet for storms Alpha and Beta. Delta became a Category 4 storm before weakening and swiping Mexico, then took aim and roared into Louisiana as a Category 2 hurricane. NOAA forecasters had called for up to 25 named storms this season with winds of 39 mph or higher; of those, seven to 10 could become hurricanes. Among those hurricanes, three to six will be major, classified as Category 3, 4 and 5 with winds of 111 mph or higher. A look at the numbers of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. (Fox News) That's far above an average year. Based on 1981-to-2010 data, that is 12 named storms, six hurricanes, and three major hurricanes. CLICK HERE FOR MORE WEATHER COVERAGE FROM FOX NEWS So far this year, there have been 26 named storms, including nine hurricanes and of those, three major hurricanes. A look at the Greek alphabet names that are being used for the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, after the hurricane center ran out of official names due to the number of storms. (Fox News) The last time the Greek alphabet was used in the Atlantic was in 2005, the year of Hurricane Katrina. With a total of 27 storms that year, the first six letters of the Greek alphabet were used: Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Epsilon and Zeta. CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APP Fox News' Adam Klotz and Brandon Noriega contributed to this report.
MSNBC's Maddow, Hayes seem to laugh at CNN's Jeffrey Toobin - Fox News
MSNBC hosts Rachel Maddow and Chris Hayes appeared to share a laugh at the expense of CNN star Jeffrey Toobin, who dominated the media world on Monday as he was swept up in a masturbation controversy.
MSNBC hosts Rachel Maddow and Chris Hayes appeared to share a laugh at the expense of CNN star Jeffrey Toobin. Vice broke the news that The New Yorker magazine suspended Toobin --who also works at CNN -- over an alleged incident that involved nudity during a Zoom call with collegues at the magazine and members of WNYC radio. Vice later reported that two sources said Toobin was seen masturbating on the call. Maddow began her prime-time handoff by thanking Hayes who had a grin on his face. Mediaite described the "elephant in the room" they chose not to address on-air. CNN'S JEFFREY TOOBIN REPORTEDLY MASTURBATING ON ZOOM CALL THAT LED TO NEW YORKER SUSPENSION "Good evening, Chris. Thank you, my friend. And thank you for your counsel over the course of today as a workday as to what counted as news that should be on TV," Maddow said, causing Hayes to break down before she began chuckling herself. "It was such a weird day today." "I'm always happy to have those very high-level editorial discussions with you about the most important stories in our world," Hayes responded with a smirk. "Let us never speak of this publicly again," Maddow said before telling her viewers, "It pays to have colleagues who share a sense of both the absurdity of life and the responsibility of what actually should be on television. And it really pays to be able to talk to those colleagues during the course of the day like today!" Vice reported that the Zoom call, which was described as an "election simulation," featured Toobin's New Yorker colleagues including Jane Mayer, Masha Gessen, Andrew Marantz, Jelani Cobb, Evan Osnos, Sue Halpern and Dexter Filkins playing various roles in potential 2020 outcomes including President Trump, Joe Biden, "establishment Republicans," 'establishment Democrats," and "the military." Toobin was playing "the courts." CNN ANALYST JEFFREY TOOBIN SUSPENDED BY NEW YORKER OVER ALLEGED NUDITY ON ZOOM CALL According to two sources, Toobin was seen masturbating in what was supposed to be a 10-minute "strategy session" along party lines, but that it "seemed like Toobin was on a second video call." "The sources said that when the groups returned from their breakout rooms, Toobin lowered the camera. The people on the call said they could see Toobin touching his penis. Toobin then left the call. Moments later, he called back in, seemingly unaware of what his colleagues had been able to see, and the simulation continued," Vice reported. Vice added an update to its original report, "This piece has been updated with more detail about the call and the headline has been updated to reflect that Toobin was masturbating." Prior to the reported masturbation, Toobin, one of CNN's biggest stars, offered an apology for his "embarrassingly stupid mistake" and attempted to explain what led to the incident. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP “I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera. I apologize to my wife, family, friends and co-workers," Toobin said in a statement to Motherboard. “I believed I was not visible on Zoom. I thought no one on the Zoom call could see me. I thought I had muted the Zoom video." A spokesperson confirmed to Fox News, "Jeffrey Toobin has been suspended while we investigate the matter.” CNN also said in a statement, "Jeff Toobin has asked for some time off while he deals with a personal issue, which we have granted.” CNN nor WNYC did not previously respond to Fox News' requests for comment.
CNN mum amid claims Jeffrey Toobin masturbated on Zoom call with colleagues - Fox News
CNN star legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin was suspended by his other employer, The New Yorker, on Monday amid claims he was caught masturbating during a Zoom call with colleagues. While the prestigious magazine took action, CNN instead issued a statement claiming…
CNN star legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin was suspended by one of his employers, The New Yorker, on Monday amid claims he was caught masturbating during a Zoom call with colleagues. While the prestigious magazine took action, another Toobin employer, CNN, instead issued a statement claiming he just wanted some time off. "Jeff Toobin has asked for some time off while he deals with a personal issue, which we have granted,” a CNN spokesperson told multiple outlets after ignoring Fox News. CNN star legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin was suspended by his other employer, The New Yorker, on Monday amid claims he was caught masturbating during a Zoom call with colleagues. CNN ANALYST JEFFREY TOOBIN SUSPENDED BY NEW YORKER OVER ALLEDGED NUDITY ON ZOOM CALL Vice initially reported on Monday that the magazine was investigating an incident where the legal pundit exposed himself to members of the New Yorker and WNYC radio staffs during a Zoom call last week. "Jeffrey Toobin has been suspended while we investigate the matter,” a spokesperson for the New Yorker confirmed to Fox News. Later in the day, Vice updated its story with the salacious detail that CNN’s top legal pundit was masturbating. But CNN’s story didn’t change. By 9 p.m. ET – hours after Vice changed its headline to, “New Yorker Suspends Jeffrey Toobin for Masturbating on Zoom Call,” CNN’s story had the same initial statement that the legal analyst simply needed to deal with a personal issue. CNN did not immediately respond to a series of questions from Fox News, including if CNN will investigate now that the masturbating report is out there. CNN was also asked if Toobin will be allowed to participate in Election Night coverage if he’s finished tending to his personal issue by Nov. 3. CNN'S JEFFREY TOOBIN REPORTEDLY MASTURBATING ON ZOOM CALL THAT LED TO NEW YORKER SUSPENSION CNN’s website downplayed the story, chalking the whole thing up to an accident during a “pivotal moment” as the election looms. “Jeffrey Toobin, CNN's chief legal analyst and a renowned reporter for The New Yorker, has been sidelined at a pivotal moment in the run-up to the presidential election,” CNN’s Brian Stelter and Oliver Darcy wrote. “The reason: He exposed himself during a Zoom call with colleagues in what he says was an accident.” The incident happened during a Zoom meeting, which was described as an "election simulation," featured Toobin's New Yorker colleagues including Jane Mayer, Masha Gessen, Andrew Marantz, Jelani Cobb, Evan Osnos, Sue Halpern, and Dexter Filkins playing various roles in potential 2020 outcomes including President Trump, Joe Biden, "establishment Republicans," 'establishment Democrats," and "the military." Toobin was playing "the courts." According to two sources, Toobin was seen masturbating in what was supposed to be a 10-minute "strategy session" along party lines, but that it "seemed like Toobin was on a second video call." The allegations against Toobin are the type of thing that would often result in an outside, independent investigation. It’s unclear if CNN will enlist an outside firm to probe the claims against Toobin. Prior to the reported masturbation, Toobin, one of CNN's biggest stars, offered an apology for his "embarrassingly stupid mistake" and attempted to explain what led to the incident. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP “I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera. I apologize to my wife, family, friends and co-workers," Toobin said in a statement to Motherboard. “I believed I was not visible on Zoom. I thought no one on the Zoom call could see me. I thought I had muted the Zoom video."
Trump says Sudan will be dropped from state sponsors of terrorism if it pays $335 million to terror victims - Fox News
President Donald Trump on Monday said Sudan will be lifted from the list of state sponsors of terrorism once it pays $335 million to U.S. terror victims and their families.
President Donald Trump on Monday said Sudan will be lifted from the list of state sponsors of terrorism once it pays $335 million to U.S. terror victims and their families. “GREAT news! New government of Sudan, which is making great progress, agreed to pay $335 MILLION to U.S. terror victims and families,” Trump tweeted. “Once deposited, I will lift Sudan from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list. At long last, JUSTICE for the American people and BIG step for Sudan!” The move from Sudan would open the door for the African country to get international loans and aid needed to revive its battered economy and rescue the country's transition to democracy. President Donald Trump talks to reporters at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP) Sudan has agreed to pay compensation for victims of the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, attacks conducted by Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network while bin Laden was living in Sudan. TRUMP CAMPAIGN REJECTS TALIBAN SUPPORT FOR 2020 REELECTION Once the compensation money has been deposited, Trump is to sign an order removing Sudan from the terrorism list, on which it has languished under heavy American sanctions for 27 years. Congress is then expected to act to restore Sudan's sovereign immunity, which would effectively stop future compensation claims from being filed against it in U.S. courts. Sudanese officials have been negotiating the terms of removing the country from the list for more than a year, but the U.S. effort to repair relations with Sudan dates to the end of President Barack Obama's administration, which initiated the process in January 2017. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP The designation of Sudan as a state sponsor of terrorism dates back to the 1990s, when Sudan briefly hosted bin Laden and other wanted militants. Sudan was also believed to have served as a pipeline for Iran to supply weapons to Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Gwen Stefani clears up Blake Shelton rumors before 'The Voice' season premiere - Fox News
Rumors that Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton canceled their upcoming nuptials have swirled, though the two have never publicly announced whether or not they are even engaged.
Gwen Stefani is speaking out. The star and her beau, country star Blake Shelton, have been the subject of rumors regarding trouble in paradise as of late, but she's put such rumors to rest in her latest appearance on the "Today" show. Word on the street was that the pair called off their wedding, though the two have never publicly announced whether or not they are even engaged. "Today" host Hoda Kotb told the 51-year-old pop star that she Googled the phrase "Gwen and Blake," and among the suggested search phrases was "Gwen and Blake call off wedding." "What's happening with the wedding?" asked the journalist. GWEN STEFANI, BLAKE SHELTON SWEETLY PERFORM 'HAPPY ANYWHERE' AT THEIR OWN BLUEBIRD CAFE FOR THE 2020 ACMS "That's a really good question," said Stefani after a laugh. "Well, the good news is that we still like each other a lot." The singer and Shelton, 44, are both serving as coaches on "The Voice," which returns for its 19th season Monday evening. As many television productions have had to do, "The Voice" has made some changes in order to protect against the spread of coronavirus. BLAKE SHELTON GUSHES OVER GWEN STEFANI IN SWEET BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE: 'IT'S A SPECIAL DAY' "It was actually not as weird as I thought," said the star of the new norm on set. "I think everybody felt even more grateful to be there because we felt special that we could actually work." Among the changes they seem to have made are replacing audience members with virtual screens for people to be able to view the show live. Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton met on the set of 'The Voice.' (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images) "Honestly, you kind of forget that they're there, you don't really feel the screens because they're screens," said Stefani of the change. "It was just really intimate between the coaches and with [host] Carson [Daly], it felt very relaxed and there was something fun about that." The No Doubt alum said that having no live audience was "probably harder for the contestants" due to the lack of "energy" in the room, with only herself, Shelton and their fellow coaches Kelly Clarkson and John Legend to provide applause after the performances. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP "I think it's always harder to perform in a smaller setting than a larger one, for me personally," she said. "So I can imagine that would've been tense, but at the same time, I felt like it was just us and them, and really personal and it was awesome."
The Senate's path to confirming Amy Coney Barrett - Fox News
Democrats have likely lost this round as barring unforeseen circumstances, the Senate will likely confirm Barrett to a lifetime appointment on the High Court.
“This goose is cooked,” exclaimed Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., at last week’s final confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. It pretty much is. There’s not a lot Democrats can do to hold up the Barrett nomination. Democrats have likely lost this round as, barring unforeseen circumstances, the Senate will likely confirm Barrett to a lifetime appointment on the High Court. Sure. Democrats could go to the mat like they did in the brawl two years ago with Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. But Democrats are playing the short game. Fate may have intervened and helped Republicans play the long game with Barrett. But Democrats look at the polls and like what they see. They suspect they’ll pick up north of ten House seats. Democrats have better than even odds to flip the Senate. And they like Joe Biden’s performance in the Upper Midwest, Pennsylvania, Florida – and even give him an opportunity in Texas and Georgia. So, Democrats don’t want to do anything to rattle voters at the last minute or present an opening to their political adversaries. So they’ll let the Barrett confirmation play out – and then meet the GOP at the polls. The biggest question for Barrett is timing. FAITH AND FAMILY: A LOOK AT JUDGE AMY CONEY BARRETT It’s customary for the Judiciary Committee to hold over the nomination of a Supreme Court nominee for a week. So after concluding hearings last week, the Judiciary Committee will again huddle to consider Barrett’s nomination at 1 p.m. ET on Thursday, October 22. This meeting is to jettison the nomination from committee to the floor, or, from a technical perspective, the Senate “calendar.” This involves a vote from the committee – usually with some sort of guidance for the rest of the Senate. A nominee does not have to have a “favorable” recommendation from the committee to go to the floor. Robert Bork received an “unfavorable” recommendation from the committee in 1987 (and was defeated on the floor). Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was sent to the floor with “no recommendation” in 1991 before the Senate confirmed him. The committee will need a simple majority vote to advance the nomination to the full Senate. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced he would put the nomination on the floor on Friday, October 23. Here’s where it gets a little tricky. If the committee finishes the nomination on October 22, the Senate can’t formally consider it until October 23. It can’t be on the same day. So, if McConnell really wants to hit the accelerator, he could start the process at some point on Friday, October 23. McConnell must move to shift the Senate into executive session (versus legislative session) to specifically consider the Barrett nomination. Such a process likely requires a vote – but is not debatable (subject to a filibuster). That vote could be by roll call, a voice vote or by unanimous consent (so long as there is no objection by any senator). Democrats could create some mischief at this stage by not having a quorum present or demanding a quorum be present. WHERE DOES AMY CONEY BARRETT STAND ON KEY ISSUES? This step to go to executive session to consider the nomination requires a simple majority vote. Republicans must be on hand for this – to provide a quorum. This could be an issue if there are more health issues in the Senate like there were a few weeks ago or if senators are in quarantine. Once the Senate advances to executive session for Barrett, the Clerk “reports” (reads aloud) the nomination to the chamber. There is no “motion to proceed” to this type of nomination. That’s based on a precedent set in the late 1970s by the late Senate Majority Leader Robert Byrd, D-W.Va. Thus, there is no way Democrats could filibuster by just starting a debate on the nomination. However, Democrats could try to filibuster on the back end. But they won’t get very far. At this stage, McConnell could file cloture to curb debate and overcome a filibuster. McConnell could do this as early as Friday, October 23. Regardless of when McConnell files cloture, by rule, the “cloture petition” (to end debate on the nomination) ripens for a vote after an intervening day. So, if McConnell files cloture to end debate on Friday, October 23, then Saturday, October 24 is the intervening day. The cloture petition would mature for a potential procedural vote to curb the filibuster on Sunday, October 25. By rule, the Senate can begin voting to end debate on the nomination one hour after the Senate meets, following the intervening day. If they really want to hit the gas, this could happen at 1 a.m. ET on Sunday, October 25. But we don’t know that they will move that expeditiously. Once McConnell tees things up on Friday, it’s possible the cloture vote to end debate doesn’t happen until Monday, October 26, or later in the week. You really can’t filibuster a Supreme Court nominee. In fact, there’s never been a filibuster of a Supreme Court nominee in U.S. history. That said, senators did filibuster an effort to elevate Abe Fortas from Associate Justice to Chief Justice in 1968. But Fortas was already on the High Court. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP In 2017, McConnell established a new precedent in the Senate, known at the Capitol as “Nuclear Option II.” Although it never happened, it was possible that senators could filibuster a Supreme Court nomination. And like most things in the Senate some years ago, it took 60 yeas to curb a filibuster. But by establishing a new precedent (not a rules change), McConnell lowered the bar from 60 yeas to 51. Otherwise, Democrats likely would have filibustered Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch and Republicans wouldn’t have had the votes to break the filibuster. So, once the Senate “invokes cloture” to end a filibuster, the Barrett nomination is on a glide path to confirmation. Once the Senate votes to stop a filibuster, opponents may burn up to 30 hours on the clock before a final confirmation vote. If the Senate takes the cloture vote on Sunday, the Senate could confirm Barrett as early as Monday night, October 26. If McConnell waits until Monday, the Senate will likely confirm Barrett Tuesday night, October 27 or Wednesday, October 28. It takes a simple majority to confirm a Supreme Court Justice. There are only 53 Senate Republicans. So any issues with health, absences or quarantines could present a problem. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Susan Collins, R-Maine, have both expressed reservations about moving the Barrett nomination this expeditiously. But, neither have outright said they oppose the nomination. Still, even if Murkowski and Collins are nays, Republicans should be able to confirm Barrett with 51 yeas. Vice President Pence could conceivably break a tie. But that has never been necessary to confirm a Supreme Court nominee. In fact, no vice president had ever broken a tie to confirm a Cabinet-level pick until Pence broke a tie in 2017 to confirm Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary.
Woman found safe in Zion National Park after 2 weeks missing was bruised, had lost weight, sister says - Fox News
A California woman who was missing for about two weeks in Zion National Park in Utah has been found and left the park with her family who had feared the worst, authorities said.
A California woman who was missing for about two weeks in Zion National Park in Utah has been found and left the park with her family who had feared the worst, authorities said. Holly Suzanne Courtier, 38, of Los Angeles, was found Sunday by search and rescue crews after park rangers received a tip that she had been seen in the park, Zion National Park officials said in a news release. They didn't say where she was found or anything about her condition or what had happened. Holly Courtier (National Park Service) HIKER FOUND IN ZION NATIONAL PARK 2 WEEKS AFTER GOING MISSING, PARK OFFICIALS SAY Crews began searching for Courtier after she didn’t show up for her scheduled pickup in the park by a private shuttle on Oct. 6, authorities said. The park and nearby town of Springdale was filled with missing person signs featuring pictures of Courtier and the clothes she was wearing. Her sister, Jillian Courtier-Oliver, told ABC's Good Morning America that her sister is recovering after being found with bruises all over her body and having lost weight. Courtier-Oliver said she had started losing hope her sister was alive in a park known for its towering red rock cliffs and several hikes that take people along narrow trails with steep drops. OFFICIALS SAY WILDFIRE IN ARIZONA NATIONAL FOREST IS '0% CONTAINED' “It wasn’t until two days ago I actually said, ‘I’m starting to lose hope,’” she said. “They had a lot of cadaver dogs out and I knew what they were looking for was a body, not a person. It was the first time I actually started losing hope. And I went with up with so much help knowing that we needed to find her.” The park released a statement attributed to the family. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP “We would like to thank the rangers and search teams who relentlessly looked for her day and night and never gave up hope. We are also so grateful to the countless volunteers who were generous with their time, resources and support,” her family said in statement.
Trump to press Biden on Hunter Biden email stories if debate moderator doesn't, adviser says - Fox News
Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller said on Monday that the president in Thursday's debate will bring up allegations that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden met with a Ukrainian business associate of his son, Hunter, as reported by the New York Post la…
Trumpcampaign adviser Jason Miller said on Monday that in this week's debate the president will bring up allegations that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden met with a Ukrainian business associate of his son, Hunter, as reported by the New York Post last week based on emails allegedly coming from the hard drive of a laptop that once purportedly belonged to Hunter Biden. The Biden campaign has said that it reviewed Biden's "official schedules from the time and no meeting, as alleged by the New York Post, ever took place." Democrats, including House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., who said on CNN the emails are part of a smear campaign coming "from the Kremlin," have slammed the report. But Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said on FOX Business on Monday that there is no intelligence to support Schiff's assertion. "I think Joe Biden is compromised ... Joe Biden has now dodged this multiple times. Are you the 'big guy?' Are you the 'chairman?' Is Hunter Biden handling family expenses and setting aside money for you?" Miller said on FOX Business' "Mornings with Maria." "If Kristen Welker, the moderator, doesn't bring it up, I think you're pretty safe to assume that the president will. Again, these are real simple questions." RATCLIFFE SAYS HUNTER BIDEN LAPTOP, EMAILS 'NOT PART OF SOME RUSSIAN DISINFORMATION CAMPAIGN The comments by Miller could indicate a renewed focus on attacks on Biden's family from the Trump campaign as the presidential election is just over two weeks away. Miller also on Monday mentioned Joe Biden's brothers, Frank and James, accusing them of being "grifters" and "making a lot of money off the system for years." Miller also doubled down on comments he made on Sunday criticizing the Commission on Presidential Debates for not focusing on foreign policy in what was the third scheduled presidential debate, after Trump refused to participate virtually in the second debate following his coronavirus diagnosis. "We were supposed to have a debate largely focused on foreign policy this next Thursday, which would be perfect especially as we talk about the issue of Joe Biden potentially being compromised," Miller said on "Fox News Sunday." "I wish we were spending a lot more time going into foreign policy, especially as President Trump has these peace deals that he's able to point to." Miller added Sunday: "We do know that Joe Biden lied to the American public when he said he never discussed his son Hunter's business dealings... Joe Biden has not come out and himself denied any of these allegations ... think we're going to hear a lot more about this on Thursday at the debate." Biden and his allies have continued to maintain that he has not been involved in any of his son's business dealings, did not make any money from his son's business dealings and that, when he demanded the firing of former Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin, it did not have anything to do with his son's involvement with Burisma Holdings, which Shokin was investigating at the time. The propriety of the emails also has been questioned because of the Post's sources: President Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani and former Trump adviser Steve Bannon. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP The Post also reported that Biden was involved in some of his son Hunter's dealings with China, citing emails that Fox News has also obtained. Biden has not commented on the China issue either, but his campaign said it released the former vice president’s tax documents and returns, which do not reflect any involvement with Chinese investments. The Senate Intelligence Committee has opened an investigation into the Hunter Biden emails. Fox News' Brooke Singman contributed to this report.
Kim Kardashian was warned working with Trump would damage her reputation, refuses to badmouth him - Fox News
Kim Kardashian was warned that working with Donald Trump could hurt her reputation.
Kim Kardashian revealed she was warned that her reputation as a celebrity could be damaged if she associated with President Donald Trump on prison sentencing reform. The “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” mogul famously visited the White House in 2018 where she convinced the president to commute the sentence of Alice Johnson, a great-grandmother who was serving a life sentence for a nonviolent drug conviction. Speaking during an interview with David Letterman for his long-form Netflix series “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction,” Kardashian explained that her passion for criminal justice reform runs beyond politics. “Hopefully, for the next multiple administrations, I’ll be working with the White House, helping them with clemencies,” she said, according to The Daily Beast. RNC SPEAKERS: WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT ALICE MARIE JOHNSON Letterman reportedly pressed her on how she feels about working with Donald Trump at a time when celebrities far-and-wide are criticizing his administration and character, including him. Kim Kardashian said she was warned that working with President Donald Trump could damage her reputation. (Twitter) “Trust me, everyone called me and said, ‘Don’t you dare step foot in that White House or your reputation is done,’” Kardashian said. As she has continued to do throughout Trump's time in office, Kardashian refused to say a bad word about him or publicly state who she supports in the upcoming election. Letterman continued to try and get a political stance out of the reality TV star, who simply responded to his rebukes of Trump by saying, “I understand that.” “But see, your good work is overwhelming,” Letterman states. “It’s a positive force that diminishes what I consider to be unacceptable behavior by the president.” NEWLY PARDONED ALICE JOHNSON BLASTS MEDIA RESPONSE TO HER SPEAKING AT RNC AS 'A HUGE INSULT TO ME' Kardashian responded by simply saying that she is “extremely grateful” for the administration’s decision to work with her on an issue that’s close to her heart as she continues to study law and advocate for reform. Kim Kardashian sat down for a long-form interview with David Letterman. (Netflix) This isn’t the first time that Kardashian has discussed the inherent risk involved with working with the president as a Hollywood star. She previously told CR Fashion Book that her activism is motivated by a desire to set a good example for her kids she shares with rapper Kanye West. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP "I'm raising four Black kids in this society and our system is so discriminatory against black and brown people. I want to do as much as I can to make their lives easier," Kardashian said at the time (via TooFab). "I never knew much about the system until I started to dig in, and once I learned and saw how many things were wrong, I really couldn't stop."