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Governor blasts GOP in defense of ‘infanticide’ remarks

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (Wikimedia Commons)

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (Wikimedia Commons)

One day after he sparked outrage by apparently defending infanticide after a botched abortion, Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam accused Republicans of spreading “misinformation” about his comments and the late-term abortion bill that prompted the discussion.

“We’re here to set the record straight. Virginia Democrats are on the side of ensuring women get the health care they need,” he said, according to CBS News.

He said Republicans were being uncivil in their response to the bill, which would allow abortion up to the point of birth if the mother’s “health” was at risk.” That exception is typically broadly interpreted, meaning a third-trimester abortion could be allowed in virtually any case.

“These comments that have made, the questions that have been asked, are nothing more than political points,” Northam said.

He said the majority-male legislators in the House of Delegates should not interfere in women’s reproductive health choices. New York’s state legislature passed a bill similar to Virginia’s last week that was signed by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Mark Herring, the Democratic attorney general, insisted claims by Republicans that Northam supports infanticide “would be laughable if it wasn’t such a grotesque” idea.

The governor discussed the bill Wednesday in an interview with WTOP radio in Washington.

“When we talk about third-trimester abortions, these are done with the consent of obviously the mother, with the consent of the physicians, more than one physician, by the way,” Northam said.

“And it’s done in cases where there may be severe deformities, there may be a fetus that’s non-viable. So in this particular example, if a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen. The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother. So I think this was really blown out of proportion.”

Trump: ‘Terrible’ comments

President Trump said in an interview with the Daily Caller that Northam’s comments were “terrible” and would “lift up the whole pro-life movement like maybe it’s never been lifted up before.”

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel tweeted, “This is horrific.”

The Republican Party of Virginia said Thursday that Northam’s short press conference that went nowhere and said nothing,” charging him with attempting “to pull the wool over Virginia’s eyes.”

“Northam didn’t talk about the horrendous interview he did yesterday, but rather went out of his way to say that it was the fault of Republicans that his unedited, on-camera words were interpreted the way they were,” the party statement said.

“Governor Northam’s press conference was a disaster,” said RPV Chairman Jack Wilson. “He only took three questions and still dodged every single one of them. Ralph Northam needs to own up to his abhorrent comments and stop gas-lighting the women of Virginia.”

With Republicans holding a narrow majority in Virginia’s House of Delegates, the bill is unlikely to pass soon. In a 5-3 vote Monday, a subcommittee tabled it.

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Rand Paul’s attacker must pay $585,000 in damages

(Townhall) The man who violently attacked Senator Rand Paul while he was mowing his lawn in Kentucky, leaving him severely injured, has been ordered by a jury to pay $580,000 in damages. Paul filed a lawsuit against Rene Boucher after suffering a number of broken ribs and long term damage to his body in 2017.

“A Kentucky jury on Wednesday awarded $375,000 in punitive damages and $200,000 for pain and suffering, plus $7,834 for medical expenses,” the Associated Press reported Wednesday. “Paul said afterward that he hopes the jury’s verdict sends a “clear message that violence is not the answer.”

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Former Dem Party boss charged with falsifying absentee ballots

(Stamford Advocate) John Mallozzi, the city’s former Democratic Party chief, was arrested Wednesday on charges of absentee ballot fraud in the 2015 municipal election. He allegedly forged ballots for relatives, Spanish-speaking residents and Albanian-Americans new to the election system, according to the State’s Attorney’s Office.

Mallozzi was charged with 14 counts each of filing false statements and second-degree forgery. He turned himself in to Stamford police on the charges, both Class D felonies punishable by up to five years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000 per count.

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Trump to tap Herman Cain for Fed board?

(Reuters) U.S. President Donald Trump is considering former pizza chain executive and presidential candidate Herman Cain for a seat on the Federal Reserve Board, a senior administration official said on Thursday.

Cain met with Trump at the White House on Wednesday, the official said. A decision on the nomination, which would need Senate approval, is not final.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Through an assistant, Cain declined to comment. The news was first reported by Bloomberg.

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Florida guv to eliminate Common Core by executive order

(WFTS) Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday he is issuing an executive order to eliminate Common Core from Florida schools.

“One of the things we would constantly hear about on the campaign trail is frustration from parents with Common Core and the testing,” said Gov. DeSantis at a news conference at Ida S. Baker High School in Cape Coral.

The Governor said he wants to work with the Florida Department of Education, as well as speak with teachers and parents about their experiences with Common Core.

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House Dems raise pay for federal employees guilty of sexual misconduct

(Daily Signal) The House’s Democratic majority voted Wednesday to give pay raises to federal employees who were disciplined for sexual misconduct.

Democrats blocked a Republican measure that would have prevented any federal employee disciplined for sexual harassment or other sexual misconduct from getting a salary increase.

House Republicans pushed the measure amid the “Me Too” movement of women who have been sexually assaulted or harassed, which has pointed to several male members of Congress for inappropriate behavior toward female employees.

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Sarah Sanders: God wanted Trump to be president

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders believes God wanted her boss to become president of the United States.

“I think God calls all of us to fill different roles at different times, and I think that He wanted Donald Trump to become president,” she said in an interview Wednesday with CBN News.

“That’s why he’s there, and I think he has done a tremendous job in supporting a lot of the things that people of faith really care about,” she added.

The interview in her West Wing office with CBN News Chief Political Analyst David Brody and Senior Washington Correspondent Jennifer Wishon also touched on other issues. They included immigration, anti-Semitism, the morality of a border wall, persecuted Christians in Syria, the White House press briefings, the state of the Democratic Party and her Christian faith.

Asked about the anti-Semitic statements of some freshmen Democrats in Congress, she pointed to party leadership.

“Where’s the leadership on the Democrats’ side to call this out? It is unbelievable that this is going totally unchecked, totally off the radar of most of the mainstream media,” she said.

Regarding House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s view that a border wall is immoral, Sanders said “it’s very hard at this point to even take a lecture from Democrats on what is moral and what isn’t.”

She cited the New York law passed last week allowing late-term abortion and the proposal this week to remove ‘So help me God’ from the oath taken by witnesses testifying before the House.

Sanders said “the idea that protecting the people of your country, which is the fundamental duty of being president of the United States would in some way be immoral is a ridiculous charge.”

She said Trump will continue to have an active role in negotiations over funding the border well.

‘Most conservative president ever’

Sanders addressed concerns that pulling U.S. troops out of Syria will put persecuted Christians, Kurds and other ethnic minorities at risk.

“The president’s made clear that we support Christians, that we support the Kurds,” Sanders said. “He’s made that clear to Turkey, he’s made that clear publicly on a number of fronts, and just one of the reasons that the president has been tough on Iran is to make sure that people don’t feel threatened.”

She said the administration has supported the safe zones, “and the idea that the president is just stepping away and ignoring any potential problem doesn’t understand the fundamental decision that he’s made.”

She believes Trump is “the most conservative president that we’ve ever had.”

“You look at the judicial nominations alone; I think that will be one of the greatest legacies that the president has after his eight years in office is how he has completely remade the judiciary and started to stop this activist court that we’ve started to see over the last eight years,” she told CBN News.

“There’s a reason evangelicals are sticking with the president, and that’s because he’s delivered on all the things he said he would do.”

Seeking the ‘gotcha moment’

She addressed the decision to drastically reduce the frequency of White House press briefings.

“Whether or not there’s a daily press briefing, people in the administration, myself included, do regular interviews as I’m doing right now, after a lot of those interviews stop and take questions outside where anybody, any reporter is allowed to come and ask questions,” Sanders said.

“I think the White House, in general, is the most accessible when it comes to the media.”

She noted there was a briefing this week, but CNN and MSNBC didn’t cover it.

“So, I think that the biggest thing is that they just want to complain and attack this administration and this president, and they don’t want to cover all of the successes because that’s not good for the narrative that they’re trying to drive.”

She said the “sole purpose” of many in the press corps “is to find this gotcha moment, to catch you.”

“And I think if the briefing loses purpose and it isn’t a good resource for the American people to get information and answers to real questions then you do have to wonder if that’s the best form in order to put a message out.”

Sanders said her Christian faith helps her every day.

“The goal is to be the best version of who God created us and who he called us to be,” Sanders told CBN News.

“Some days I do that better than others, but the goal is always to be open about my faith. I think it’s part of the reason it gives me a sense of calm when I’m in that room.”

‘Mommy guilt’

As the mother to three children under the age of seven, Sanders was asked if she struggles with mommy guilt.

“Oh, every single day,” she said. “I mean, one of the hardest things I do every day is just go to work. My kids are clinging to me crying, ‘why are you leaving, why are you going to work?’ and to explain to a 6, 5, and 3-year-old what you do and why it’s important is nearly impossible.

She said her “amazing” husband “keeps our whole life afloat and without him, and without that support system it would be totally impossible to do this job.”

Sanders added that “at the same time I think it’s so important for our kids to see us engage on things that matter.”

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