Developing now, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018
- Hurricane Florence could become a ‘once in a lifetime’ storm and cause historic flooding, some meteorologists warn, as officials in Virginia and North and South Carolina have ordered mass evacuations of more than a million people
- A Rudy Giuliani-backed former police officer seeking to become New Hampshire's first black congressman won the state's GOP primary while Sen. Bernie Sanders' son was defeated decisively in the Democratic contest
- Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has warned that Republican lawmakers in hotly contested races will be in a 'knife fight' to hold on to their Senate seats in the midterm elections
- A war of words between fired FBI official Peter Strzok and a top Republican lawmaker has erupted after newly-surfaced emails showed Strzok discussing a 'media leak' strategy against President Trump
- Pope Francis will meet with a delegation of U.S. cardinals and bishops at the Vatican on Thursday to discuss new sex scandal revelations that have rocked the Catholic Church
President Trump on Tuesday was given an update on Florence by the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and vowed that the government was prepared to respond to the impending hurricane, adding that the public’s safety was his “absolute highest priority.” Trump has declared states of emergency for the Carolinas, as well as Virginia, and canceled campaign events Thursday and Friday in anticipation of the storm.
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Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter’s retirement has made the New Hampshire seat much-coveted among Republicans. There had not been an open seat in New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District in more than 16 years, and fittingly, 16 candidates vied on Tuesday to fill it, including 11 Democrats and 5 Republicans.
The district, which Fox News ranks as leaning Democratic in November, is considered a key potential battleground in November and a rare opportunity for the GOP to snatch a blue seat. On the Democratic side, Chris Pappas, a former state lawmaker who is serving his third term on the governor's Executive Council, won the party nod. Pappas, who is openly gay, topped Maura Sullivan, a U.S. Marine and Iraq War veteran who served in the Department of Veterans Affairs and at the Pentagon during the Obama administration. Both finished well ahead of Sanders' son, 49 -year-old Levi, who did not pick up his father's endorsement.
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Not long ago, 2018 was expected to be an easier year for Senate Republicans: Democrats were supposed to be playing defense as Senate candidates ran in conservative states that President Trump handily won two years ago. But Real Clear Politics lists eight Senate races as toss-ups: Texas, Arizona, Indiana, Montana, Missouri, Florida, Tennessee, Nevada and North Dakota. Some involve red state incumbent Democrats: Joe Donnelly in Indiana, Claire McCaskill in Missouri and Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota.
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According to Strzok's lawyer, Meadows wildly misinterpreted those texts when he told Rosenstein that they "should lead a reasonable person to question whether there was a sincere desire to investigate wrongdoing or to place derogatory information in the media to justify a continued probe."
“The term ‘media leak strategy’ in Mr. Strzok’s text refers to a Department-wide initiative to detect and stop leaks to the media," Aitan Goelman, Strzok's attorney, said Tuesday. “The president and his enablers are once again peddling unfounded conspiracy theories to mislead the American people.”
- Alan Dershowitz: Strzok's claim about 'media leak strategy' doesn't pass the 'giggle test'
- Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton: New texts show 'corrupted' Mueller probe needs to be shut down
- George Papadopoulos, convicted for lying in Mueller probe, admits mistake in chaotic moment
DiNardo has said he wants Francis to authorize a full-fledged Vatican investigation into ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was removed as cardinal in July after a credible accusation he groped a teenager. DiNardo also has said recent accusations that top Vatican officials — including the pope — covered up for McCarrick deserve answers.
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JOE'S NEW LOW: "He has the Trump Derangement Syndrome now so bad that he’s willing to embarrass himself so severely by writing something so insane. You don’t like Trump? Fine. You don’t like questions about his character? Fine. You’re equating him now with potentially being worse than terrorists? You’ve completely lost your mind." – Jedediah Bila, on "The Five," blasting MSNBC's Joe Scarborough for his commentary on President Trump on a day reflecting on the 17 years since the 9/11 attacks. WATCH
DEEP STATE TRAP: "The set-up narrative is very credible if you look at the evidence." – Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino, on "The Story with Martha MacCallum," arguing that it is increasingly apparent that former Trump associate George Papadopoulos is not a conspirator in alleged collusion activity but instead "part of a set-up" to hurt President Trump. WATCH
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FOX & Friends, 6 a.m. ET: North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and FEMA Director Brock Long on preparations for Hurricane Florence; a preview of Apple's unveiling of its new iPhone. Other special guests include: Tomi Lahren; Ken Starr; Eric Trump.
The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino, 2 p.m. ET: Special guests: Bob Woodward and former Secretary of State John Kerry.
On FOX Business:
Mornings with Maria, 6 a.m. ET: Special guests include: House Majority Whip Steve Scalise; Jonathan McNamara, red Cross spokesman; Rep. Joe Wilson.
Varney & Co., 9 a.m. ET: Rep. Jim Jordan; Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers; Leo Gerard, United Steelworkers president.
Cavuto: Coast to Coast, Noon ET: Sen. Chuck Grassley.
The Intelligence Report, 2 p.m. ET: Capri Cafaro, executive in residence at American University School of Public Affairs.
On FOX News Radio:
The FOX News Rundown podcast: President Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani joins the podcast to discuss the anonymous New York Times op-ed and Bob Woodward’s new book, “Fear.” Hurricane Florence looms off the coast of the Carolinas. FOX News' Eben Brown and FOX News meteorologist Adam Klotz discuss the extremely dangerous potential impact of this "monster" storm. Plus, commentary by "Media Buzz" host Howard Kurtz.
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The Brian Kilmeade Show, 9 a.m. ET: Martha MacCallum and Harris Faulkner on the top headlines of the day. New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin on Obama vs. Trump. Brad Meltzer on his new book on Neil Armstrong.
The Tom Shillue Show, 3 p.m. ET: Podcast star Hitha Herzog and comedian Ryan Reiss join Tom Shillue's nighty panel to discuss Norm Macdonald's recent comments about the #MeToo movement and the latest news of the day!
1987: Reports surface that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden had borrowed, without attribution, passages of a speech by British Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock for one of his own campaign speeches. (The Kinnock report, along with other damaging revelations, would prompted Biden to drop his White House bid.)
1977: South African black student leader and anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko, 30, dies while in police custody, triggering an international outcry.
1959: The TV Western series "Bonanza" premieres on NBC.
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