Day: May 15, 2017

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BACK IN THE SPOTLIGHT Hillary Clinton launches new political project


Hillary Clinton officially jumped back into politics Monday by launching her new PAC, Onward Together.

The 2016 Democratic presidential nominee and former secretary of state announced the news on Twitter and in a blast email to supporters pushing people to sign up.

“Resist, insist, persist, enlist,” says a message on the organization’s homepage.

“Onward Together is dedicated to advancing the vision that earned nearly 66 million votes in the last election,” the PAC’s mission statement says. “By encouraging people to organize, get involved, and run for office, Onward Together will advance progressive values and work to build a brighter future for generations to come.”

The Republican National Committee fired back at Clinton with a statement of its own.

“The American people rejected Hillary Clinton six months ago because she’s completely out-of-touch, untrustworthy, and embraced the failed policies of the past,” RNC spokesman Michael Ahrens said. “If Democrats were smart, they’d realize it’s time to move onward from Hillary Clinton altogether.”

In her email, Clinton framed the group as a vehicle to “resist” unspecified opponents — she did not name the Trump administration, but referenced protests against its policies.

“In recent months, we’ve seen what’s possible when people come together to resist bullying, hate, falsehoods, and divisiveness, and stand up for a fairer, more inclusive America,” Clinton emailed. “From the Women’s March to airports where communities are welcoming immigrants and refugees to town hall meetings in every community, Americans are speaking up and speaking out like never before.”

Clinton specifically said the PAC would back groups like Swing Left, Color of Change, and Emerge America, and tweeted, “stay tuned for more to come.”

“This year hasn’t been what I envisioned, but I know what I’m still fighting for: a kinder, big-hearted, inclusive America. Onward!” Clinton tweeted.

Clinton has spoken out repeatedly about her defeat by Donald Trump in last year’s election. At a women’s conference earlier this month, she blamed former FBI Director James Comey and Russian interference for the loss, while also saying she took “absolute personal responsibility” for her defeat.

“If the election were on October 27,” she said. “I’d be your president.”

Brooke Singman is a Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @brookefoxnews.



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Video: Vladimir Putin, on visit to China, plays Soviet-era melodies on piano – VIDEO: Putin shows off piano skills


Russian President Vladimir Putin was captured on video Sunday playing a few tunes on a piano while waiting to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Putin was in Beijing on a state visit to discuss a $1 trillion infrastructure plan aimed at reviving the ancient Silk Road. When Putin arrived at Xi’s residence, he passed the time by playing some songs on the piano.

Russian state television captured and posted a video of Putin playing excerpts of “Moscow Windows” and “City on the Free Neva,” both Soviet classics, according to NPR.

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When asked at a news conference Monday in Beijing about the performance, Putin said he was playing the instrument to pass the time.

“It’s a pity that the piano was out of tune. It was quite hard to play, even for me, someone who plays with two fingers,” Putin said, according to Reuters.

WHERE DOES PRESIDENT TRUMP STAND ON RUSSIA?

When reporters asked Putin which song he would play when he meets with President Donald Trump, Putin said they “need to meet first, talk and then choose the tune to match.”

President Trump and Putin have not scheduled a meeting yet, but the two have spoken over the phone several times since Trump was elected, most recently on May 2. Last week, Trump met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak at the White House.

This isn’t the first time Putin has showed off his musical skills. In 2010, he played the piano and sang “Blueberry Hills” with a jazz band at a charity concert.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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ABC FACES BACKLASH Fans: Boycott after 'Last Man Standing' canceled


ABC is facing backlash after the network announced the cancellation of one of its highest-rated shows “Last Man Standing” Friday.

The news came as a shock to fans who favored the conservative-leaning sitcom starring Tim Allen and many questioned if the decision was due to the show’s politics. ABC told Fox News the show was canceled due to scheduling.

Now, a petition to boycott ABC until they agree to bring back “Last Man Standing” has quickly garnered more than 10,000 signatures.

‘LAST MAN STANDING’ CANCELED DESPITE HIGH RATINGS

“‘Last Man Standing’ stands out in the sea of network television sitcoms,” the petition states. “It is a show that appeals to a broad swath of Americans who find very few shows that extol the virtues with which they can identify; namely conservative values.”

ABC declined to comment on the petition. Allen, the show’s star, has yet to comment on the cancellation and did not return Fox News’ multiple requests for a statement.

According to Deadline, the sitcom was the network’s second-highest comedy this season and averaged 8.1 million viewers, just behind “Modern Family,” which averaged 8.7 million viewers this season and was recently renewed for two more seasons. It was also ABC’s third highest watched scripted series behind “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Modern Family.”

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Ohio police officer accidentally overdoses on fentanyl after traffic stop – Chicago woman accused of ramming officer's daughter into tree after argument, killing her


An Ohio police officer overdosed on fentanyl Friday after accidentally getting the deadly drug on his uniform during a traffic stop.

An East Liverpool Police Department document states the officers stopped a car they believed to be associated with drug activity. Officers found the suspects trying to destroy the drug evidence.

“I approached from the passenger side of the vehicle in time to see [one of the suspects] using his foot to rub an unknown substance into the carpeting on the floor of the vehicle,” the report states.

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East Liverpool Police Chief John Lane told Fox News that Officer Chris Green had arrived at the police station after the stop and everything seemed to be fine.

One of the other officers mentioned he had something on his shirt, and Green brushed it off with his hand, according to Lane. 

Moments later, Green wasn’t feeling well.

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“Luckily one of the officers…grabbed him as he collapsed,” Lane told Fox News.

Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic painkiller that is sometimes mixed with heroin in powder form. Experts warn it could kill.

Officials initially thought the powder from the traffic stop was crack cocaine, the police document states, but further investigation showed the drug was actually fentanyl. 

Green was revived with Narcan.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Michelle Chavez is a Fox News multimedia reporter based in Pittsburgh.



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Eugene Palmer case: Murder fugitive hiding under alias, police say – Slain Arkansas cop honored as murder suspect pleads not guilty


A 78-year-old fugitive who escaped into a vast New York forest after allegedly murdering his daughter-in-law nearly five years ago is believed to be alive and living under an alias, police sources told Fox News.

Eugene Palmer, of Stony Point, N.Y., is wanted in the Sept. 24, 2012, shooting death of his daughter-in-law, Tammy Palmer, in what authorities described as a “cold-blooded” and “premeditated” murder.

While Palmer’s sons claim their father — a severe diabetic — died in the woods of Harriman State Park, which is in southeast New York State, authorities said they suspect he is living in another state based on a fresh tip.

“We have recently received new information that has led our investigation out of state,” Detective Sgt. George Lutz of the Haverstraw Police Department told Fox News on Monday.

“With the assistance of federal and local authorities we are investigating this new information,” Lutz said.

“We have no evidence whatsoever that would lead us to believe that Eugene Palmer is not alive,” he said, noting, “I can’t imagine him using his real name.”

On an early September morning, Palmer waited for his 39-year-old daughter-in-law to place her two children on a school bus before shooting her three times with a bolt action shotgun as she walked up the driveway toward her home, police said.

Palmer, a retired part-time park ranger, then fled into Harriman State Park — a 46,000-acre stretch of woodland filled with caves, root cellars and abandoned mine shafts that bordered the man’s home, according to police.

Lutz said Palmer drove to his niece’s home shortly after the alleged killing and confessed to the crime. He also left money with his sister to pay his taxes and told the woman to give him an hour before contacting authorities, according to Lutz.

Hours after the shooting, police found Palmer’s abandoned pickup truck on an old fire road about a quarter mile into the park. An extensive manhunt ensued, using air and foot patrols as well as bloodhounds. A “hit” was detected by one of the dogs, leading police to a campsite within the park, but it remains unclear whether the scent belonged to Palmer.

The Haverstraw Police Department also requested assistance from state and federal law enforcement, including the FBI. They found no conclusive evidence of Palmer in the park, other than his truck parked deep into the woods. “He knows this park like the back of his hand,” Lutz said of Palmer, known to locals as a so-called “Mountain Man,” well-versed in the many trails and caves inside the park.

A law enforcement source previously told Fox News the U.S. Marshals service was assisting police in the investigation, which has taken authorities to areas across the country, including Florida and Arizona. A local news report claimed Palmer might be in Mexico, but the source said it’s believed he’s currently hiding out in another state.

Police say Palmer became increasingly enraged over “domestic issues” between Tammy and her estranged husband, Palmer’s son John. Tammy Palmer had reportedly filed an order of protection against her husband, meaning John could not step foot on the 3 1/2 acres of land where both Tammy and Eugene lived in homes close to each another.

Palmer’s two sons, John and Clarence, could not be reached for interviews.

The family previously told the Journal News that Palmer acted out of character and snapped that morning, suggesting the alleged murder was not planned in advance. They told the newspaper Palmer fled the scene in his slippers, leaving his breakfast uneaten on his kitchen table.

“If the police didn’t botch the hunt in the beginning, my father’s remains would be where they belong,” Clarence Palmer told the newspaper in 2013. “They were afraid of going into the woods; afraid of a man with a shotgun, supposedly. If he wanted to be found, he would have finished himself off here. He went into the woods. I think he fell into a diabetic coma.”

Lutz and his team have always been dubious of such a claim.

“I don’t know how you’d know what somebody was wearing unless you were actually looking at them,” Lutz said. “He waited for his grandchildren to get on the bus before executing their mother. That’s pretty cold-blooded.”

Cristina Corbin is a Fox News reporter based in New York. Follow her on Twitter @CristinaCorbin.



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TODD STARNES: 'SNL' fat shames Sarah Huckabee Sanders


There’s really not a polite way to say this but the folks over at “Saturday Night Live” are a bunch of pompous, low-rent, intergluteal clefts.

I came to that conclusion after watching “actress” Aidy Bryant’s absurd parody of Sarah Huckabee Sanders, President Trump’s deputy press secretary.

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“My father is Mike Huckabee,” Bryant’s character said. “My mother is a big Southern hamburger.”

Throughout the sketch, Ms. Bryant devoured an apple.

Ms. Sanders, the daughter of former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, was fat-shamed.

It was ugly – even by NBC’s low standards.

“You guys were mean about Huckabee Sanders,” CNN’s Chris Cuomo said. “You were fat-shaming her. You were talking about how she looks and what she wears. I thought that it was mean, not funny.”

I never thought I’d see the day when CNN defended any member of the Trump administration.

“I’ve known Sarah for years. She’s a cute curvy girl who is beautiful and really smart and is killing it every time she gets into the podium in the White House briefing room.”

“They had her eating,” Cuomo said. “I thought it was in poor taste.”

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Let me see if I can illustrate the distastefulness of SNL’s sketch.

Imagine SNL performing a sketch about former First Lady Michelle Obama’s initiatives to encourage kids to eat healthier food.

Imagine Tyler Perry portraying Mrs. Obama as she scarfed down a cheeseburger and French fries during the parody press conference.

I have no doubt had that happened, NBC would have been forced to cancel SNL and the actors would have been blacklisted.

Penny Young Nance, the chief executive officer of Concerned Women for America, told me NBC crossed a line.

“I was so offended by that portrayal,” she said. ‘NBC treated her so much more irreverently than they ever would have treated a female leader from the left.”

Nance said it’s one thing to poke fun at a person’s accent, but it’s out of bounds to go after their appearance.

“I know Sarah. I’ve known Sarah for years. She’s a cute curvy girl who is beautiful and really smart and is killing it every time she gets into the podium in the White House briefing room,” Nance said.

Nance said she doesn’t understand why SNL is talking about weight.

No one talked about Hillary Clinton’s weight and I don’t think we should have,” she said.

Now, that’s true. I don’t seem to recall SNL broadcasting any sketches on the weight of Secretary Clinton.

Punchlines about her waistline were verboten.

But Hollywood and the Mainstream Media believe Conservative women are fair game. So don’t be too surprised if Ms. Bryant’s character is conducting an SNL parody presser while gnawing on a meat loaf.

Todd Starnes is host of Fox News & Commentary. His latest book is “The Deplorables’ Guide to Making America Great Again.” Follow him on Twitter @ToddStarnes and find him on Facebook.



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SYRIA'S DIRTY DEEDS State Dept: Crematorium hides regime's crimes


The Syrian regime is using a site outside Damascus to cremate the bodies of thousands of prisoners it has abducted, jailed and murdered during the country’s long-running civil war, the U.S. State Department alleged Monday.

Acting Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs Stuart Jones showed surveillance photos that — combined with intelligence assessments and other reports — officials believe show Bashar Assad’s government is complicit in covering up evidence of mass killings at the Sednaya Prison. Located near Damascus, the prison previously has been called a “human slaughterhouse” by Amnesty International. 

“Although the regime’s many atrocities are well-documented, we believe that the building of a crematorium is an effort to cover up the extent of mass murders taking place in Sednaya prison,” Jones said Monday. 

REPORT ACCUSES SYRIAN REGIME OF CARRYING OUT MASS HANGINGS

Jones also charged that the “atrocities” were carried out “with unconditional support” from Russia and Iran. 

The department released commercial satellite photographs showing what it said is a building in the prison complex that has been modified to support the crematorium. The photographs taken over the course of several years, beginning in 2013, do not definitely prove the building is a crematorium, but they show construction consistent with such use. 

The U.S. conclusion is based in part on photos that show snow melting near the building believed to be the crematorium. But, when pressed, the State Department wouldn’t say for certain that the melting was caused by a crematorium.

The conditions at Sednaya – known to hold many of Assad’s political opponents, as well as violent Syrian rebels – are thought to be horrific, with 70 prisoners kept in cells designed for five people and up to 50 executions per day.

Amnesty International has previously called Sednaya a “human slaughterhouse,” estimating 13,000 people were killed there from 2011-2015. It is believed Assad’s regime kidnapped more than 100,000 people during that time.

In presenting the photographs, Jones said Syrian President Assad’s government “has sunk to a new level of depravity” with the support of Russia and Iran and called on both countries to use its influence with Syria to establish a credible ceasefire and begin political talks.

Fox News’ Rich Edson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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Barron Trump to attend private Episcopal school in Maryland


First lady Melania Trump has announced that her son, Barron, will attend a private Episcopal school in Maryland beginning this fall.

Eleven-year-old Barron is finishing the current school year at a private institution in New York. He has been living there with his mother since Donald Trump took office in January.

The first lady announced Monday that — beginning this fall — Barron will become a student at the private St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland.

She says St. Andrews is known for its diverse community and its commitment to academic excellence.

Tuition ranges from more than $23,000 for pre-K to more than $40,000 for grades 9-12.

President Donald Trump has said his wife and youngest child will relocate to the White House after the current school year.



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Plus-size model hits back


A plus-size model has a powerful message for other curvy women who’ve been tough on themselves while dating: Embrace your strength.

“There is nothing inherently ‘manly’ about being strong. There is also nothing inherently ‘unfeminine’ about being bigger, taller or musclier than a man,” blogger Essie, who is based in the United Kingdom, wrote in a viral Instagram post that has garnered more than 2,000 likes over the past two weeks.

In her post, Essie, whose last name is not included in her Instagram profile, writes that she’s dated men who are thinner than her throughout her life, and that when she was younger, it used to bug her.

THESE DIFFERENTLY SIZED MODELS FIRED BACK AT CRITICS WITH A POWERFUL INSTAGRAM

“I thought that it made me less of a girl to have bigger thighs than my boyfriend,” she writes.

Next, she hits back against that notion by dubbing it “a fallacy.”

“Men don’t need to be bulky/tall and women don’t need to be small,” she writes. “How we feel about ourselves should also not be based on who we are dating or bull**** ideals about how men and women are supposed to look.”

Based on the comments on her post, Essie’s statement has clearly resonated with other women.

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“Screw the standards,” one writes. “We Are US! Thank you sharing this.”

Another commented, “Thank you. I was literally just last night comparing my thighs to my husband’s. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for voicing and sharing this.”



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Woman attacked by camel at Jefferson Davis' last home, lawsuit says – Woman who lost limbs after donkey attack settles suit


A Florida woman claims a camel at the last home of Confederate president Jefferson Davis attacked her at the Mississippi tourist attraction in 2015.

She’s suing the United Sons of Confederate Veterans Inc., identified as the operator of Beauvoir plantation in Biloxi.

The Sun Herald reports Sylvia June Abbott says Sir Camelot injured her mentally and physically. Attorney Charles M. Thomas says Abbott and her husband were walking to a cemetery behind Beauvoir when the camel stampeded her and bit her, leaving her with a fractured wrist and vertebrae.

Abbott’s suit says Beauvoir’s operators should have known the camel had “behaved dangerously” in the past, though it didn’t specify any prior incidents.

Beauvoir’s executive director, Tom Payne, didn’t immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

 



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