Sen. Blackburn Praises Nashville Law Enforcement for Quick Action

Sen. Blackburn Praises Nashville Law Enforcement for Quick Action marsha blackburn sits behind table Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn. (Jason Andrew-Pool/Getty)

By Sandy Fitzgerald | Friday, 25 December 2020 12:45 PM

Sen. Marsha Blackburn Friday praised members of the Nashville Police Department for their quick action in the wake of a massive explosion that rocked the mostly empty streets in the city early Christmas morning.

"This is a time when we are so grateful that we have members of the police, that thin blue line that continues to stand between chaos and calm, for the good work that they have done this Christmas morning when this tragedy, this unspeakable, unseemly tragedy, has occurred in downtown Nashville," the Tennessee Republican told Fox News.

Metro Nashville Police Department spokesman Don Aaron said that police had been responding to a call about shots being fired just before 6 a.m. local time but found no signs of a shooting. However, the officers noticed a suspicious vehicle and called for a hazardous response unit. While they waited, the vehicle exploded.

Blackburn said there will be more information from the FBI, which is leading the investigation into the explosion, which officials said was apparently set off intentionally.

The senator said her office has been in touch with state, local, and federal authorities, and that the explosion is a "tragic situation."

"We are of course concerned for safety and security, and we are grateful for the first responders and law enforcement who found it suspicious, again, cordoning off the area and working to protect people that live in this downtown area," said Blackburn.

The section where the explosion took place is a "very busy" part of the city, Blackburn said.

"You are down around Broadway," she said. "Of course in Nashville, we have lots of bars and venues, live music venues. You have the Country Music Hall of Fame that is within a few blocks of this area, as is the Symphony Hall, as is the arena, so it is a very busy area. Other times, there is a lot of pedestrian traffic in this area. We are just so grateful for law enforcement and people that were watching and felt this was suspicious."

Bidens Send Christmas Message to America

Bidens Send Christmas Message to America jill and joe biden stand onstage Joe Biden walks offstage with his wife, Jill Biden, after speaking Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. (Patrick Semansky/AP)

By Jeffrey Rodack | Friday, 25 December 2020 12:10 PM

Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, taking time to recognize the many Americans who are struggling this year, wished everyone a Merry Christmas.

Their comments came in a two-minute video posted to his Twitter account Friday morning.

''Jill and I wish you and your family peace, joy, and happiness this season,'' Biden said. ''But we know for so many of you in our nation, this has been a very difficult year. And we’re reminded in this season of hope our common humanity and what we’re called to do for one another.

''Many of our fellow Americans are struggling to find work, literally put food on the table, pay their rent or their mortgage. We’re reminded we’re on this Earth to care for one another, to give what we can, and to be a source of help and hope to friend and stranger alike."

His wife noted this is also a season of gratitude.

''And we’re so thankful for the frontline and essential workers who have put themselves at risk for all of us — and for the scientists and researchers who worked to deliver vaccines that are an incredible scientific breakthrough.''

The Bidens concluded their message by saying: ''So from our family to yours: Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.''

Giroir Says There’ll Be ‘Smooth’ Transition for COVID Vaccine

Giroir Says There’ll Be ‘Smooth’ Transition for COVID Vaccine brett giroir speaks with mike pence and deborah birx standing behind him. Admiral Brett Giroir speaks at a White House Coronavirus Task Force press briefing. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

By Cathy Burke | Sunday, 29 November 2020 10:17 AM

Trump administration member Adm. Brett Giroir said Sunday there will be a “smooth professional transition” that ensures the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine.

In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Giroir, the Department of Health and Human Services official overseeing the coronavirus testing effort, said a meeting with a team for Joe Biden “went extremely well.”

“I believe there will be a smooth professional transition,” he said.

“I really am confident in the plan to get it and particularly get it to the states and to the high-risk populations,” he added. “This is a life saving vaccine. This puts the end to the pandemic. This is the way we get out of the pandemic. The light is at the end of the tunnel but the American people have to do the right things until we get that vaccine widely distributed. Wear a mask, avoid indoor crowded spaces and all of the things you know.”

According to Giroir, there’ll be no recommendation to travelers over the holidays, “but it makes sense.”

“That is not recommended to have a quarantine after travel, unless you’ve had a direct exposure to a person with [COVID-19] for 15 minutes and in close contact. But it makes sense.”

“If you have an increased risk because you’ve traveled, do the normal smart things, the common sense things,” he asserted. “That is decrease the unnecessary activity… make really sure you adhere 100% to mask wearing, to avoiding crowds because you could inadvertently gotten [the virus] and spread it so be careful during the week after your travel because you are at increased risk.”

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Giroir Says There’ll Be ‘Smooth’ Transition for COVID Vaccine

Giroir Says There'll Be 'Smooth' Transition for COVID Vaccine brett giroir speaks with mike pence and deborah birx standing behind him. Admiral Brett Giroir speaks at a White House Coronavirus Task Force press briefing. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

By Cathy Burke | Sunday, 29 November 2020 10:17 AM

Trump administration member Adm. Brett Giroir said Sunday there will be a “smooth professional transition” that ensures the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine.

In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Giroir, the Department of Health and Human Services official overseeing the coronavirus testing effort, said a meeting with a team for Joe Biden “went extremely well.”

“I believe there will be a smooth professional transition,” he said.

“I really am confident in the plan to get it and particularly get it to the states and to the high-risk populations,” he added. “This is a life saving vaccine. This puts the end to the pandemic. This is the way we get out of the pandemic. The light is at the end of the tunnel but the American people have to do the right things until we get that vaccine widely distributed. Wear a mask, avoid indoor crowded spaces and all of the things you know.”

According to Giroir, there’ll be no recommendation to travelers over the holidays, “but it makes sense.”

“That is not recommended to have a quarantine after travel, unless you've had a direct exposure to a person with [COVID-19] for 15 minutes and in close contact. But it makes sense.”

“If you have an increased risk because you've traveled, do the normal smart things, the common sense things,” he asserted. “That is decrease the unnecessary activity… make really sure you adhere 100% to mask wearing, to avoiding crowds because you could inadvertently gotten [the virus] and spread it so be careful during the week after your travel because you are at increased risk.”

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Brett Favre: Sports Fans Don’t Want Political Messaging At Games

Brett Favre: Sports Fans Don't Want Political Messaging At Games brett favre wears a headset and speaks into a mic. Former NFL player Brett Favre speaks during Super Bowl LIV on Jan. 31, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM )

By Cathy Burke | Sunday, 29 November 2020 09:15 AM

Hall of Fame NFL quarterback Brett Favre says fans don’t want “political messaging mixed with their sports,” and that a drop in television viewers reflects that.

In an interview last week on Sinclair Broadcasting’s “America This Week,” the former Green Bay Packers field general said he doesn’t judge anyone who does or doesn’t kneel during the national anthem at football games.

“I’m glad I don’t have to deal with that,” he said of the controversy over the social justice gesture.

“I’m not saying who’s right or wrong,” he said, adding, “There’s a lot of things that need to be fixed in this world. We can all work together.”

But he defended his remarks in a video question to President Donald Trump during a virtual town hall held by “America This Week,” remarking there was a reason behind a drop in NFL viewership on TV.

”Fans clearly don’t want political messaging mixed with their sports, so how do leagues deal” with racism, Favre asked Trump — a remark that angered some watchers, host Eric Bolling noted.

“I don’t pay attention,” Favre replied to Bolling.

“Most people thought it was a good question,” he said. “All the haters can’t wait to get on their phones.”

Favre also said “all of us … the older generation” are worried about the direction the country is headed.

“It’s frightening what it’s going to be like in 20-30 years from now but I can’t imagine it being pleasant,” he said.

Favre spoke openly about his opioid addiction during his early years with the Packers following a shoulder separation he suffered in his first year with the team.

“I remember vividly getting hurt,” he said, adding he’d just turned 22. “I started eating pain pills.”

“With every injury I had after that, I made it seem like it was worse off than it really was,” he said, adding “That's really how it started. This went on for three, four years.”

“Like most people who it happens to young, before you know it, it's got a hold of you. And, of course, I thought I had it controlled,” he said.

“At my peak, I was taking 16 in one night…all 16 at one time… If I did that today, right now, it would probably kill me,” he said, lamenting that from 1992 to 1996, things were “a blur.”

“I was deceiving myself, I guess because I was playing well. I won three MVPs, how could I have a problem?” he recalled. But along with a drinking problem, he said he suffered two seizures and realized he had to stop.

“I knew something bad was gonna happen… I realized I was at the end of my rope,” he said. “Ultimately I flushed them down the toilet” and “I quit drinking a year later.”

Brett Favre: Sports Fans Don’t Want Political Messaging At Games

Brett Favre: Sports Fans Don't Want Political Messaging At Games brett favre wears a headset and speaks into a mic. Former NFL player Brett Favre speaks during Super Bowl LIV on Jan. 31, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM )

By Cathy Burke | Sunday, 29 November 2020 09:15 AM

Hall of Fame NFL quarterback Brett Favre says fans don’t want “political messaging mixed with their sports,” and that a drop in television viewers reflects that.

In an interview last week on Sinclair Broadcasting’s “America This Week,” the former Green Bay Packers field general said he doesn’t judge anyone who does or doesn’t kneel during the national anthem at football games.

“I’m glad I don’t have to deal with that,” he said of the controversy over the social justice gesture.

“I’m not saying who’s right or wrong,” he said, adding, “There’s a lot of things that need to be fixed in this world. We can all work together.”

But he defended his remarks in a video question to President Donald Trump during a virtual town hall held by “America This Week,” remarking there was a reason behind a drop in NFL viewership on TV.

”Fans clearly don’t want political messaging mixed with their sports, so how do leagues deal” with racism, Favre asked Trump — a remark that angered some watchers, host Eric Bolling noted.

“I don’t pay attention,” Favre replied to Bolling.

“Most people thought it was a good question,” he said. “All the haters can’t wait to get on their phones.”

Favre also said “all of us … the older generation” are worried about the direction the country is headed.

“It’s frightening what it’s going to be like in 20-30 years from now but I can’t imagine it being pleasant,” he said.

Favre spoke openly about his opioid addiction during his early years with the Packers following a shoulder separation he suffered in his first year with the team.

“I remember vividly getting hurt,” he said, adding he’d just turned 22. “I started eating pain pills.”

“With every injury I had after that, I made it seem like it was worse off than it really was,” he said, adding “That's really how it started. This went on for three, four years.”

“Like most people who it happens to young, before you know it, it's got a hold of you. And, of course, I thought I had it controlled,” he said.

“At my peak, I was taking 16 in one night…all 16 at one time… If I did that today, right now, it would probably kill me,” he said, lamenting that from 1992 to 1996, things were “a blur.”

“I was deceiving myself, I guess because I was playing well. I won three MVPs, how could I have a problem?” he recalled. But along with a drinking problem, he said he suffered two seizures and realized he had to stop.

“I knew something bad was gonna happen… I realized I was at the end of my rope,” he said. “Ultimately I flushed them down the toilet” and “I quit drinking a year later.”

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Steve Forbes to Newsmax TV: Dem Win in Georgia Will Wreck Stock Market

Steve Forbes to Newsmax TV: Dem Win in Georgia Will Wreck Stock Market (Newsmax TV/"The Count")

By Sandy Fitzgerald | Saturday, 28 November 2020 09:45 PM

The upcoming Georgia Senate runoff races are "absolutely critical," because if Republicans don't keep control of the Senate, Democrats will push through massive tax increases on capital gains that will "help wreck the stock market," publisher and author Steve Forbes warned on Newsmax TV Saturday.

"I hope we've learned from what happened in this recent election in terms of making sure those ballots are looked at before they're opened, so we can see which ones are valid and which are not," Forbes told Newsmax TV's "The Count." "The Democrats are planning to dump in hundreds of thousands of those kinds of ballots. We've got to be on guard about that."

Losing control of the Senate would mean devastating taxes all around, including business and individual taxes that will hurt the economy, Forbes added.

"The stock market will lose several thousand points very quickly," he said.

Forbes also ridiculed Joe Biden for his comments that the market doesn't affect everyday Americans' lives.

"His ignorance on the stock market does not bode well for his understanding of economics…what Biden knows would fit on the thumb of (President) Donald Trump," said Forbes. "The market wouldn't be doing well if they didn't think the economy was making gains…as for the stock market meaning nothing, tell that to 100 million Americans who have IRAs, 401Ks, and the like."

Forbes also cast doubt on former Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen becoming the nation's next Treasury Secretary if Biden's election is confirmed, because "she thinks you can print money and that'll create prosperity."

"She will work very closely with Chairman (Jay) Powell at the Federal Reserve to try to get around federal blocking, especially, by the Senate," said Forbes. "They'll try to use the Federal Reserve as a way to bail out states like Illinois, New York and New Jersey, which have been mismanaged."

Forbes also said he's concerned with how Biden would handle foreign affairs, particularly with China and Iran.

"The fact we got rid of, or somebody got rid of, their chief nuclear scientist in Iran shows that the Arabs and the Israelis and others don't want Iran dominating the Middle East and the oil fields there," said Forbes.

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Joe Arpaio to Newsmax TV: Sheriffs Have to Decide on COVID Mandates

Joe Arpaio to Newsmax TV: Sheriffs Have to Decide on COVID Mandates (Newsmax TV)

By Sandy Fitzgerald | Saturday, 28 November 2020 09:12 PM

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio told Newsmax TV Saturday he doesn't blame law enforcement officers for not going after people who are breaking lockdown restrictions in places like California and New York because they have "other priorities" that are more important right now.

"I look at them to make up their own decisions," the famous Arizona lawman told Newsmax TV's "The Count." "They have to report to their own constituency."

All sheriffs have their own way of doing business, Arpaio said, and he doesn't criticize them when they're not enforcing the laws set up by governors like California Gov. Gavin Newsom and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

However, Arpaio did praise President Donald Trump for his push behind the development of a coronavirus vaccine.

"He knows how to deal with CEOs," said Arpaio. "When you talk about the vaccine, he's the one that got that going … he doesn't get the credit he deserves when he knows how to negotiate with big companies. Look how quick they rushed the vaccine to help the people of this country."

Arpaio also said that he's urging Trump not to surrender the 2020 election until the final results are in.

"I pointed out that he would be the next president," Arpaio said. "Something in my gut told me he would be a great president."

Arpaio added that Trump has got to have a "trick up his sleeve" where the election is concerned.

Trump also pardoned Arpaio in 2017, and the sheriff said that came after he was targeted for his stance on immigration and on President Barack Obama's birth certificate.

They went after me," he said. "The president pardoned me and I thanked him for that."

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Scott Baio to Newsmax TV: Woke Dems Actually Woke GOP

Scott Baio to Newsmax TV: Woke Dems Actually Woke GOP (Newsmax TV's "The Count")

By Eric Mack | Saturday, 28 November 2020 09:06 PM

The woke Democrats thought they were inspiring their base, but all of the gains by Republicans in the election were a result the GOP being awoken, according to conservative director and actor Scott Baio on Newsmax TV.

"I think it was huge," Baio told Saturday's "The Count" hosted by Tom Basile and Mark Halperin. "We're being censored, Mark.

"TV shows are all woke. There is nowhere you can go in the culture anymore – movies, television, music – where you're not being lectured to or being accused of something. It's completely out of control."

President Donald Trump connected to real Americans, Baio said.

"He talks straight; there's no gray in him," he continued.

"I don't need to take out my political decoder ring every time he speaks. I think that in itself is Trump's connection with people."

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Scott Baio to Newsmax TV: Woke Dems Actually Woke GOP

Scott Baio to Newsmax TV: Woke Dems Actually Woke GOP (Newsmax TV's "The Count")

By Eric Mack | Saturday, 28 November 2020 09:06 PM

The woke Democrats thought they were inspiring their base, but all of the gains by Republicans in the election were a result the GOP being awoken, according to conservative director and actor Scott Baio on Newsmax TV.

"I think it was huge," Baio told Saturday's "The Count" hosted by Tom Basile and Mark Halperin. "We're being censored, Mark.

"TV shows are all woke. There is nowhere you can go in the culture anymore – movies, television, music – where you're not being lectured to or being accused of something. It's completely out of control."

President Donald Trump connected to real Americans, Baio said.

"He talks straight; there's no gray in him," he continued.

"I don't need to take out my political decoder ring every time he speaks. I think that in itself is Trump's connection with people."

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House GOP: Censure Dem for Complaint in Trump Legal Team

House GOP: Censure Dem for Complaint in Trump Legal Team House GOP: Censure Dem for Complaint in Trump Legal Team Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J, (A)

By Sandy Fitzgerald | Saturday, 28 November 2020 02:22 PM

House Republicans are calling for the censure of Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J, who filed complaints with state bars seeking the disbarment of Rudy Giuliani and 22 other Trump campaign lawyers over the lawsuits they filed in several states after the election.

The resolution was introduced by GOP Reps. Andy Biggs and Debbie Lesko of Arizona, Warren Davidson of Ohio, Andy Harris, of Maryland, and Randy Weber of Texas, reports Fox News.

Pascrell last week filed complaints in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Arizona, New York, and Nevada saying the attorneys had filed "frivolous lawsuits" and were trying to help President Donald Trump "steal the election and dismantle democracy."

He also accused Giuliani specifically of "conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation: and accused him of helping Trump commit "sinister arson" by undermining public confidence in the election process.

In their resolution, the Republicans say Trump's campaign has the legal right to sue and to ensure that all legal votes are counted, and to challenge illegal votes.

The resolution calls on the House to censure Pascrell for "conduct that threatens the livelihoods of American citizens in a way that is not befitting an elected Member of the House of Representatives.”

Pascrell Saturday called the Republicans seeking the censure "fascist wannabees" and accuse them of being "complicit" in Trump's behavior

"Donald Trump and his minions are trying to steal the election after getting blown out by President-elect Joe Biden," Pascrell said in a statement. "His lawyers filing frivolous lawsuits in taxpayer-funded courts are accomplices to Trump’s assault on American democracy and they must be held accountable."

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Biden Considering Cindy McCain for UK Ambassador Role

Biden Considering Cindy McCain for UK Ambassador Role Biden Considering Cindy McCain for UK Ambassador Role Cindy McCain. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)

By Sandy Fitzgerald | Saturday, 28 November 2020 12:31 PM

Joe Biden is eyeing Cindy McCain as a potential U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom, according to multiple sources.

“It’s hers if she wants it,” a source told The Times of London about McCain, the widow of the late Sen. John McCain. “She delivered Arizona. They know that.”

Biden was the first Democrat to win Arizona since 1996.

McCain, a vocal critic of President Donald Trump, is a known Anglophile. She and former Sen. Jeff Flake are both being credited for endorsements that helped Biden win in their state. Both have been floated for posts in the Biden administration, reports The Hill, with McCain being considered for a top ambassador role or another diplomatic post.

She currently serves on Biden's transition team on the advisory board. She has never held public office but is said to have had a front-row seat to international diplomacy while traveling with her husband, a frequent target of barbs from Trump.

McCain told ABC's "The View," which her daughter Meghan co-hosts, that the Biden administration will be "all-inclusive and there is a role for Republicans."

Biden has also signaled that he could reach across the aisle and name Republicans to key posts in his administration, including in his Cabinet.

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US COVID Case Rise Sets New High After Thanksgiving Break

US COVID Case Rise Sets New High After Thanksgiving Break US COVID Case Rise Sets New High After Thanksgiving Break (Dreamstime)

Bloomberg News Friday, 27 November 2020 09:24 PM

The U.S. added 196,050 new cases so far Friday, a record, as some states resumed daily updates following the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday.

The increase brings the total for the country to 13.1 million. Deaths increased by 1,406 to 264,823. The CDC said in a tweet that forecasts predict as many as 21,400 new deaths may be reported during the week ending Dec. 19, with up to 321,000 fatalities.

It also warned that cases and hospitalizations are rising.

Many Americans appear to have ignored warnings to minimize travel and keep family gatherings scaled back this Thanksgiving as a way to slow the coronavirus's spread. Now some epidemiologists are anticipating that the pandemic, already surging before the holiday, will actually intensify in coming days as a consequence.