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A new report of the fiscal health of all fifty states shows that fully 19 of the top 20 most economically successful states are led by Republican governors
The 2018 Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governors was released by the CATO Institute on Tuesday awarding the top most successful economy rating to New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez.
But the top and bottom states are instructive because the top 20 are almost exclusively filled with Republicans while the worst states are almost all Democrat-led states.
Southern California gas prices remain at their highest in three years, averaging $3.83 a gallon in Orange County and $3.88 a gallon in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area, according to the Auto Club of Southern California. That’s nearly a $1 more than the national average of $2.91 a gallon.
Roughly 70 cents per gallon of that price is taxes, an increase of 12 cents for the latest tax increase Gov. Jerry Brown and the Democrat-controlled legislature pushed through last year.
By July, it will be 76.7 cents per gallon in taxes, coming within one cent of the highest gasoline tax burden in the country, according to an analysis by the Tax Foundation, a think tank that studies tax policy.
Standing next to a freeway in Placentia, Calif., Tuesday, DeMaio released government documents showing that Orange County’s Transportation Authority spent $6,528 each on signs promoting the gas-tax hike.
In Los Angeles on Wednesday, DeMaio said he plans to highlight documents showing that Los Angeles County used gas-tax funds to purchase buses from a Chinese company at a cost of $1.7 million each. When those buses broke down because they couldn’t handle steep inclines, the county spent an additional $65 million on the same buses. In contrast, he said, a “clean, natural-gas bus” costs $300,000 each.
The Senate on Wednesday defeated a Democratic measure to overrule President Trump’s expansion of non-ObamaCare insurance plans as Democrats seek to highlight health care ahead of the midterm elections.
It was defeated on an extremely narrow, mostly party line 50-50 vote, with Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) voting with Democrats in favor of overturning the short-term plans.
Democrats forced the vote ahead of the midterms in an attempt to put health care front and center in the campaign.
FOX Business’ Jeff Flock reports from Panama City Beach, Florida, as Hurricane Michael barrels into the Florida coast with Category 4 storm winds, the strongest on record for the Panhandle.
Multiple police agencies worked together to rescue more than 120 missing children in Michigan.
The U.S. Marshals Service said the one-day sting took place back on Sept. 26 in Wayne County, and Michigan State Police assisted with the sting.
It’s reported that out of 301 files of missing children, 123 were identified and recovered safely during the operation. All 123 children were physically located and interviewed about potentially being sexually victimized or used in a sex trafficking ring during their period of time that they were deemed missing.
Police charged a limousine service operator with criminally negligent homicide on Wednesday, for the company’s involvement in a crash in upstate New York that killed 20 people at the weekend.
Prestige limousine company operator Nauman Hussain was taken into custody during a traffic stop on a highway near the state capital, Albany, New York state police said.
As Hussain awaited arraignment in court and police planned a news briefing on the case, Kindlon said the 28-year-old Hussain just handled marketing duties and phone calls while his father ran the company, though police call Hussain its operator.
Verne Troyer’s death was ruled a suicide by the Los Angeles County coroner on Wednesday.
The 49-year-old actor died of “sequelae of alcohol intoxication” or alcohol abuse, according to a report released by the coroner and obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.
A former reality TV star will serve 16 years in prison for killing a U.S. Coast Guard technician in a drunken wrong-way collision on a Virginia highway.
News outlets reported that Melissa Hancock was sentenced Wednesday after earlier pleading guilty to manslaughter, driving the wrong way and failing to obey a highway sign.
Celeste Yarnall, who wooed Elvis Presley on screen, captivated audiences on “Star Trek” and made pulses race as “the original flower child” in the 1968 cult classic “Eve,” has passed away at age 74, Fox News learned Wednesday.
Her husband, British artist Nazim Nazim, confirmed Yarnall died Sunday afternoon after “a long struggle” with ovarian cancer.
An LGBTQ commissioner of the Ohio University Student Senate Appropriations Commission was arrested Monday for allegedly sending herself fake hate messages.
Anna Ayers, a senior studying journalism, has been charged with three counts of making false alarms after campus police determined she posted the threats herself prior to reporting them.
Ms. Ayers told the Student Senate last week that she received an anonymous note in her office that “expressed extreme hatred … because of who I am,” Athens News reported Sunday.
She said another message she received threatened her life because of her sexual orientation. She said she suspected the threats came “from within [the Senate]” and called on members to take immediate action.
MEXICO CITY – A Mexican man who confessed to killing at least 10 women says he would kill again if freed because he hates women and prosecutors are looking into the possibility that he sold the bones of some of his victims.
It was just the latest in a grim list of details emerging from the serial killer case in the poor borough of Ecatepec, just north of Mexico City, after a couple was caught last week carrying dismembered human remains in a baby carriage.
The Pentagon’s most advanced jet fighter, and also the most expensive military weapons program in the department’s history, is exceeding expectations during its first major combat deployment in the Middle East.
Marine Corps aviators and maintenance crews have worked overtime in getting the service’s version of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter ready to deal with the harsh operational environments in the Middle East and North Africa, said service Commandant Gen. Robert Neller.
“The readiness has been really good. Surprisingly good,” Gen. Neller said about the jet’s ongoing deployment with U.S. Central Command. “It didn’t just happen,” he told reporters during a Wednesday breakfast meeting in Washington, noting the time and effort put in by Marines on the ground and in the air, to keep the Corps’ F-35B variant flying and fighting.
A recent report from The Intercept shows that Google executives and employees have very different ideas about Google’s Project Dragonfly — a Chinese government controlled and censored search engine — than they have publicly discussed.
Last week, Vice President Mike Pence called on Google to “immediately end development of the Dragonfly app that will strengthen the Communist Party’s censorship and compromise the privacy of Chinese customers.”
Google’s Keith Enright told the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on September 26th that there “is a Project Dragonfly,” but said, “we are not close to launching a product in China.”
But privately, discussions surrounding Project Dragonfly have painted a different picture. According to one Google source, Gomes’s comments to the BBC about Project Dragonfly were “bullshit.”
A Chinese spy who federal officials said tried to steal trade secrets from American aviation and aerospace companies has been charged and extradited to the United States.
The extradition of Yanjun Xu, a deputy division director of the Chinese Ministry of State Security, on Tuesday was an “unprecedented” move that “exposes the Chinese government’s direct oversight of economic espionage against the (U.S.),” Bill Priestap, of the FBI’s Counterintelligence division, said Wednesday.
Xu, per a news release from the Justice Department, “sought to steal trade secrets and other sensitive information from an American company that leads the way in aerospace.”
According to a four-count indictment unsealed Wednesday, Xu was charged with conspiring and attempting to commit economic espionage and theft of trade secrets. Court papers document how Xu and other intelligence operatives planned to obtain “highly sensitive information” from the experts.
Positive coverage of the economy or other bright spots amounts to less than 1 percent.
Broadcast news coverage of President Trump is 92 percent negative, give or take a percentage point or two, according to a new study. Hostile coverage has been ongoing since he took office.
“In four weeks, Americans go to the polls for the midterm elections that the news media are casting as a referendum on the Trump presidency.
Over the summer, the broadcast networks have continued to pound Donald Trump and his team with the most hostile coverage of a President in TV news history — 92 percent negative, vs. just eight percent positive,” wrote Rich Noyes, research director for the Media Research Center, a conservative media watchdog.
His research team reviewed all 1,007 evening news stories which covered the Trump administration on ABC, CBS and NBC from June 1 to September 30; that amounts to 1,960 minutes of airtime. Most stories focused on Russia-related issues, the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and North Korea.
“Bright spots for the administration such as the booming economy received extremely little coverage — 14 minutes — less than one percent of the four-month total,” Mr. Noyes said.
Former Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday that Democrats need to be as tough as Republicans to win more elections.
“Michelle [Obama] always says ‘When they go low, we go high.’ No. No. When they go low, we kick them,” he said as the crowd cheered.
Mr. Holder’s comments came as he was speaking at an event to promote Stacy Abrams, the Democrat nominee for Georgia’s gubernatorial race.
Mr. Holder stressed that this New Democratic Party is “proud as hell” and has to be willing to fight.
The latest incident happened in the friendly confines of Vancouver Washinton where a truck that sported some pro-trump bumper stickers was vandalized,
Johnny MacKay who owned the Nissan Titan discovered that it was destroyed Monday morning in the parking lot of the Garage Bar and Grille on W Fourth Plain Boulevard. Apparently, he was at the bar the night before and didn’t think he was in a condition to drive, so he left his truck and Ubered home.
Antifa and Black Lives Matter protesters in Portland bully an elderly motorist, verbally attack a senior citizen in a wheelchair and disrupt traffic during a weekend demonstration caught in a series of stunning videos — that also show no police presence as the chaos unfolds.
The group of more than 100 people initially began marching through the streets of the Oregon city Saturday to protest the death of Patrick Kimmons, who was fatally shot by police Sept. 30 after a gunfight that left two men wounded at a parking lot near Southwest Third Avenue.
“Antifa mob threatens motorists in Portland, Oregon”; insight from Andy Ngo, journalist and Portland resident.
It appears that the midterms will either empower Democrats to continue their chaos campaign or allow the president to continue the astounding prosperity and security agenda that he has delivered on over the last two years.
The UK’s Supreme Court ruled in favour of Northern Irish Christian bakers who declined to bake and decorate a cake with a pro-gay marriage message, with owners heralding the decision as a victory for free speech.
Britain’s highest court ruled Wednesday morning that it was not discriminatory for Ashers Bakery, run by Daniel and Amy McArthur, to refuse to produce the cake with the slogan “Support Gay Marriage” because it was the message of the case that they objected to, not the sexual orientation of the customer, the BBC reports.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Haley “led the uncompromising struggle against hypocrisy at the UN, and on behalf of the truth and justice of our country.”
President Reuven Rivlin called Haley an “ambassador of truth” who defended Israel’s “right to protect the security of our citizens.”
Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid lauded Haley for fighting “the hypocrisy and bias at the UN with conviction and clarity.”
The American Jewish Committee (AJC) said Haley was “a powerful and effective advocate for U.S. interests at the UN — and a remarkably steadfast and dedicated friend of Israel. We will miss her fearless voice.”
B’nai B’rith International President Gary P. Saltzman and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin called Haley “a fierce and outspoken critic of the hypocrisy and politicization that is endemic at the UN.”
Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, known for his tough stance on migrants, says that his country “won’t be considered a refugee camp anymore.”
He told reporters on Tuesday that the Italian approach is gaining ground. Italy, a front-line state for migrants crossing the Mediterranean, is refusing to allow the rescue ships of non-government organizations to dock in Italy with migrants they save when rafts are stranded or sinking.
VIENNA (REUTERS) – Austria may follow the United States and Hungary in backing out of a United Nations agreement on migration, its government said on Wednesday, citing concern about its sovereignty and potential restrictions on its freedom to act.
The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration was approved in July by all 193 U.N. member nations except the United States, which backed out last year.
Hungary’s right-wing government led by Prime Minister Viktor Orban, an immigration hard-liner, has said it will not sign the final document at a ceremony in December. Poland, which has also clashed with Brussels by resisting national quotas for asylum seekers, is considering taking the same step.
U.S. intelligence agencies reportedly intercepted Saudi officials discussing a plan to capture Jamal Khashoggi, the journalist who disappeared after visiting the Saudi consulate in Turkey.
Top Turkish officials fear he was murdered and that his dismembered body was flown out of the country.
The Washington Post is reporting that before the journalist disappeared on Oct. 2, Saudi officials discussed a plan to lure Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia.
Turkish media showed CCTV video allegedly revealing a 15-member Saudi team sent to target missing Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.
BENI MELLAL, Morocco – A 17-year-old Moroccan girl whose alleged gang rape and forcible tattooing sparked a public outcry has confronted in court the only minor among the 12 suspects accused of assaulting and torturing her.
The girl, identified only as Khadija, was brought in through a backdoor for the court hearing Wednesday out of concern relatives of the suspects might attempt to attack her.
Recounting her ordeal to the investigating judge, Khadija alleged that the suspect, also 17-years-old, was among the people who abused and held her captive for two months, according to her lawyer, Brahim Hashane.
Billions of donor dollars from the U.S. and other countries that pass through the United Nations too often end up with dictators and governments responsible for the crises that prompt the international aid effort in the first place, according to a wide range of critics and agencies involved in those efforts.
The issue of corrupt governments skimming off or seizing international aid and supplies isn’t a new one, observers agree.
But the scale of crises today in places like Burma, Rwanda and Syria, where the government of Bashar al-Assad has recaptured most all of the territory once held by rebels, has brought new attention to the problem of how to get aid to the people who actually need it.
America’s manufacturing and defense industrial base – vital to ensuring our national security – is under significant threat at a time when the military capabilities of China, Russia, and our other strategic competitors are growing. This is an enormously important issue that has received far less attention in the news media than it deserves.
Fortunately, President Trump has long recognized that to be strong and secure our nation must be able to rely on U.S. companies to manufacture products needed for our national defense.
He understands that we must never become dependent on foreign nations to design, produce and maintain the aircraft, ground combat vehicles, ships, munitions, components of our nuclear arsenal, and space capabilities that are critically important to our nation’s defense.
Additionally, manufacturing remains a key source of jobs and our economic strength. While President Obama was content to see manufacturing jobs exit the U.S. for other nations, President Trump’s wise America First policies are strengthening American manufacturing and creating well-paid jobs for hardworking Americans.