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Dem pollster circulates 'wake-up call' memo after Virginia defeat

Dem pollster circulates 'wake-up call' memo after Virginia defeat

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A memo sent out by a Democratic pollster following Glenn Youngkin’s victory in the Virginia gubernatorial race warns Democrats that the party “has a problem” heading into the 2022 midterms and 2024 presidential election.”[I]f we are running 2022 on ‘Republican candidate = Trump,’ we’re getting killed,” Democratic pollster Brian Stryker wrote in a memo last month outlining several “challenges” the party will have to win going forward.
President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the debt ceiling during an event in the State Dining Room of the White House, Monday, Oct. 4, 2021, in Washington. 
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)TRUMP TO BE ‘VERY INVOLVED’ IN 2022 MIDTERMS, SAYS HE ‘WILL STAY BUSY FOR GOOD PEOPLE'”Our weak national brand left us vulnerable. Voters couldn’t name anything that Democrats had done, except a few who said we passed the infrastructure bill,” Stryker wrote. “That bill didn’t overcome their opinions that we have spent the last year infighting and careening from crisis to crisis.”Stryker explained that Democrats don’t seem to understand that voters are “unhappy with the direction of the country” and “believe that the economy is bad.”DEMOCRATS REELING YEAR BEFORE MIDTERM ELECTIONS – HERE’S HOW REPUBLICANS STAY ON TOP AND WIN BIG IN 2022
Virginia Republican gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin speaks during his election night party at a hotel in Chantilly, Virginia, U.S., November 3, 2021.
(REUTERS/ Jonathan Ernst)Stryker also said he believes voters view Democrats as a party that focuses too much on social issues rather than the economy.”I would tell them that we have a problem,” Stryker told the New York Times. “We’ve got a national branding problem that is probably deeper than a lot of people suspect. Our party thinks maybe some things we’re saying aren’t cutting through, but I think it’s much deeper than that.”CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPStryker’s warning comes after a Quinnipiac poll in mid-November showed President Biden’s approval rating falling to a record low of 36%.
FILE PHOTO: Former U.S. President Donald Trump looks on during his first post-presidency campaign rally at the Lorain County Fairgrounds in Wellington, Ohio, U.S., June 26, 2021. 
(REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)Those questioned in the poll said by a 46%-28% margin they would want to see the Republican Party win control of the House of Representatives if the midterm elections were held today, with 16% not offering an opinion. And by a 46%-40% margin, those surveyed said they’d like to see the GOP win the Senate majority, with 15% not offering an opinion.White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in late November that it is Biden’s “intention” to run again in 2024.Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

Gov. DeSantis 'Florida State Guard' proposal prompts alarm from critics

Gov. DeSantis 'Florida State Guard' proposal prompts alarm from critics

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Left-leaning politicians and pundits expressed alarm Friday after Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis proposed the creation of a “State Guard,” a civilian-military force that he would control to assist with what his office described as “state-specific emergencies.”DeSantis’ proposal outlines $3.5 million in funding from the state’s armed forces budget toward the creation of a Florida State Guard. The governor’s office said the funds would “enable civilians to be trained in the best emergency response techniques” to assist in the “event of a hurricane, natural disasters and other state emergencies.”The initiative drew immediate pushback from DeSantis’ critics, some of whom alleged the Florida governor was attempting to establish his own paramilitary force. DeSantis, who has frequently clashed with the Biden administration in recent months, noted a state guard was “not encumbered by the federal government.”
FILE – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at the opening of a monoclonal antibody site Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, in Pembroke Pines, Fla. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)
(AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)”No Governor should have his own handpicked secret police,” said Rep. Charlie Christ, D-Fla., a 2022 Florida gubernatorial candidate.”Can’t believe I have to say this, but Florida doesn’t need a paramilitary force that only answers to @RonDeSantisFL,” said Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, another Democratic gubernatorial candidate. “Millions of Floridians know what it’s like to live under regimes like this — and came to our state to escape them. This must be stopped.””Florida governor Ron DeSantis is either openly preparing for a break from the federal government or he wants his followers to *believe* he is. Either way, it’s extremely dangerous for the future of the United States,” said Brandon Friedman, a former Obama administration official.The original Florida State Guard was established during World War II to replace members of the National Guard serving overseas. The entity was disbanded in 1947.
LAKELAND, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES – 2021/09/07: Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody (second left) looks on as Governor Ron DeSantis speaks at a press conference at the Lakeland, Florida Police Department to announce a new proposal that would provide $5,000 signing bonuses to those who sign on to be law enforcement officers from within the state of Florida, and those who come from out-of-state.  The plan would also pay up to $1,000 for training and relocation, and would set up a scholarship to pay the cost for the law enforcement academy. (Photo by Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Wisconsin Gov. Evers vetoes bill compelling care for babies born after failed abortion, other pro-life bills

Wisconsin Gov. Evers vetoes bill compelling care for babies born after failed abortion, other pro-life bills

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The Democratic governor of Wisconsin struck down a suite of pro-life bills passed by the GOP-controlled state legislature, promising to do the same for any anti-abortion bills in the future.Gov. Tony Evers dismissed a slew of bills aimed at curbing abortion within the state, citing his commitment to upholding women’s reproductive rights. “Republicans around the country are attempting to create laws restriction a woman’s right to choose and cutting access to women’s healthcare. I just vetoed those bills here in Wisconsin,” Evers said in a video sent out over social media.NEW YORK DEM SAYS WE ARE NOT ‘IN A DEMOCRACY’ WITHOUT ABORTION
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers vetoed a slew of anti-abortion bills on Friday 
(AP Photo/Morry Gash, Pool via Getty)Evers has made abortion issues a major talking point for his reelection campaign, promising to veto and overrule any pro-life bills put forward for his signature.”I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again today: as long as I’m governor, I will veto any legislation that turns back the clock on reproductive rights in this state — and that’s a promise,” Evers tweeted about his decision.The GOP-controlled state legislature expected the governor to trash the bills, but Republicans still expressed outrage at Evers’ actions.”Killing an unborn baby because of their sex, race or disability is not health care,” wrote Wisconsin state Sen. Julian Bradley, a Republican, in a statement. “This is a radical, pro-discrimination veto from Governor Evers. Wisconsinites deserve to know life is valued whether they are a man or woman, white or black, or have a disability.”CLICK TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPEvers’ vetoes come as the Supreme Court hears the most significant abortion case in decades as Mississippi challenges Roe v. Wade.Republicans remain hopeful that the justices, three of whom were appointed under former President Trump and have historically held pro-life views, will break in favor of overturning the landmark case and revert control of the issue to individual states.However, Democrats have vehemently attacked the case as a grab at women’s rights, with Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire telling the court to expect a “revolution” if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

Psaki offers no update whether China's Xi is helping to track COVID-19 origins

Psaki offers no update whether China's Xi is helping to track COVID-19 origins

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White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday that she did not have “any updates” whether China’s President Xi is helping the Biden administration and American intelligence agencies track down the origins of COVID-19.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks during a daily news briefing at the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House on December 03, 2021 in Washington, DC.
(Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)Last month, following a virtual meeting between Biden and Xi, Psaki did not deny that Biden failed to ask Xi for assistance and told Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy that Biden’s messaging was “clear” when it comes to determining the origins of COVID-19.PSAKI DOESN’T DENY THAT BIDEN FAILED TO ASK CHINA’S XI FOR HELP TRACKING COVID ORIGINSAsked then by Doocy whether Biden’s message “is clear to somebody who has a Zoom meeting with the president that that’s what he means if that’s not what he says,” Psaki claimed that America’s “national security officials have conveyed very clearly” and that she does not “think it’s a secret” that America is looking into the origins.Doocy asked Friday whether Xi “has helped” and “been transparent.” Psaki responded, saying the Biden administration would appreciate support from Xi and China in discovering the origins of COVID-19, but that she does not “have any updates on the participation or willingness of the Chinese to add and provide additional data.”
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden speaks virtually with Chinese leader Xi Jinping from the White House in Washington, U.S. November 15, 2021.
(REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo)Last month, ahead of the virtual summit meeting which did not produce any major breakthroughs, Xi referred to Biden as his “old friend.” In contrary to Xi’s remarks, Psaki said after the meeting that Biden “considers him someone he has known for some time” and someone he can “have candid relationships with.”CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP
Psaki speaks during a daily news briefing at the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House on December 03, 2021 in Washington, DC.
(Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)In October, the World Health Organization announced 26 proposed members to an advisory committee aimed to steer studies into the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic and other pathogens of epidemic potential.Fox News’ Peter Doocy contributed to this article.

AOC blasts Dem leadership for not stripping Boebert's committees seats: 'Embarrassing'

AOC blasts Dem leadership for not stripping Boebert's committees seats: 'Embarrassing'

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“Squad” leader Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Friday blasted House Democratic leadership for not stripping Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., from her committee assignments, calling it an embarrassment.The New York Democrat’s swipe at her own party is the latest development in the feud between Boebert and Ocasio-Cortez’s fellow “Squad” member Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.”It’s embarrassing that there is any hesitation on this,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote. “How can we have different consequences for different kinds of bigotry or incitement?”MCCARTHY BACKS BOEBERT AFTER APOLOGY FOR OMAR REMARKS, BUT SAYS CONTROVERSIES LIKE HERS ARE ‘PROBLEMS’”This should be treated equally and consistently,” the self-described democratic socialist continued. “Incite against a member and you’re stripped. End of story. She refuses to even apologize.”Boebert called Omar on Monday to apologize in what turned into a tense phone call centered around Boebert’s recent controversial remarks about the Minnesota Democrat’s religion that saw Omar hang up on the Colorado Republican.Boebert said she organized the call with Omar because she “wanted to let her know directly that I had reflected on my previous remarks.”
Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., speaks at a news conference held by members of the House Freedom Caucus on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 29, 2021, to complain about Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. and masking policies. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

GoFundMe removes page supporting Army sergeant who shot and killed armed Black Lives Matter protester

GoFundMe removes page supporting Army sergeant who shot and killed armed Black Lives Matter protester

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A United States Army sergeant facing a murder charge after shooting a Black Lives Matter protester who approached his vehicle with an AK-47 had his GoFundMe page removed from the site by the company. Perry’s attorneys confirmed to Fox News Digital that the GoFundMe page for their client, Army. Sgt. Daniel Perry, has been removed.’60 MINUTES’ PREVIEW ON AUSTIN’S ‘REIMAGINED’ POLICE FORCE SHRUGS OFF RECORD HOMICIDES, POLICE EXODUS

(Sgt Daniel Perry)”It’s an expensive trial to undertake with the need for expert witnesses and stuff and we had a GoFundMe site that’s been taken down and it’s been weighing on him,” Perry Attorney Clint Broden told Fox News Digital, adding that Perry’s father had to pay a “significant bond” for his release and that the ordeal has taken a “significant toll” on the family.On the night of July 25, 2020, at about 9:50 p.m., authorities say Sgt. Daniel Perry was driving for Uber when he encountered a Black Lives Matter protest in downtown Austin, Texas. Perry, an active duty soldier, was stationed at Ft. Hood at the time. The protesters did not have a permit and were reportedly clogging a busy intersection.After making a right turn onto Austin’s Congress Avenue, Perry’s attorneys say he was swarmed by a group of Black Lives Matter protesters and a masked man, later identified as Garrett Foster, approached his vehicle armed with an AK-47 in the “ready position” as protesters began banging on Perry’s car and throwing bricks.
A protester carries a Black Lives Matter flag shortly before the start of a dawn to dusk curfew following the killing of Andrew Brown Jr. by sheriffs last week, in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, U.S. April 27, 2021.  REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

Waukesha suspect Darrell Brooks faces charges in area that has long downplayed violent crimes, expert says

Waukesha suspect Darrell Brooks faces charges in area that has long downplayed violent crimes, expert says

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Milwaukee County, where Darrell Brooks was released on $1,000 bail just days before he allegedly plowed his car through a Waukesha Christmas parade, has long downplayed violent crimes, according to an expert in Wisconsin.”The charges downplay the severity of the crime,” Bill Osmulski, a researcher at the Wisconsin-based MacIver Institute, told Fox News. “A real popular one that I’ve come across is second-degree reckless endangering of safety.”There was a man who was in Milwaukee County courts for a hearing. He had snuck a handgun into the courthouse,” Osmulski said. “He walks out of the courthouse, pulls out the handgun, shoots somebody twice right there in the street outside the courthouse.”He is charged with second-degree reckless endangering of safety.”WAUKESHA PARADE SUSPECT DARRELL BROOKS SAYS HE FEELS ‘DEHUMANIZED’, ‘DEMONIZED’ IN FIRST JAILHOUSE INTERVIEWBrooks faces that same charge in a separate case in which he’s alleged to have run over a girlfriend. Brooks now faces first-degree intentional homicide charges over the six killed in the Christmas parade tragedy, which also injured 60.
Waukesha parade suspect Darrell Brooks arrives in court for his arraignment.