Jim Jordan blasts Democrats’ case in Trump Senate impeachment trial: ‘Assumptions, presumptions and hearsay’

House Freedom Caucus member Jim Jordan, R-Ohio., offered his assessment of President Trump’s Senate impeachment trial during a Thursday appearance on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle.”

Jordan said Lead Impeachment Manager Adam Schiff, D-Calif., is not proving Trump guilty of any crime, or any act that rises to the level of an impeachable offense, or one that would warrant his expulsion from office.

He added that the case laid out by Schiff and his team amounts to little more than “assumptions, presumptions and hearsay.”

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“They don’t have the facts,” he said. “They make things up. Frankly, it should not surprise us. Adam Schiff is the guy who told us for two years, ‘I have more than circumstantial evidence that President Trump worked with Russia to influence the election’. That was not true.”

“Adam Schiff is the guy who told us for two years, ‘I have more than circumstantial evidence that President Trump worked with Russia to influence the election’. That was not true.”

— U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio

He said Schiff has not been entirely forthright or accurate with details of the case. He said Schiff declared that a relevant 2016 FISA court process was adequate — but Inspector General Michael Horowitz ruled otherwise.

“Mr. Horowitz told us they lied to the FISA courts 17 times,” Jordan said.

“Adam Schiff [also] said we would hear from the whistleblower.” To date, that has not happened.

“The facts are solidly on the president’s side,” he continued. “The Constitutional principles is on the president’s side and the unfair process is another great argument the White House can make because what they did in the House [impeachment inquiry] was very unfair to the president.”

“The facts are solidly on the president’s side. The Constitutional principles is on the president’s side and the unfair process is another great argument the White House can make.”

— U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio

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Earlier Thursday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., accused Trump of placing his own personal interests above national security and American democracy and charged that Trump was the only president in history to violate his oath of office so flagrantly.

“No president has ever used his office to compel a foreign nation to help him cheat in our elections. Prior presidents would be shocked to the core by such conduct and rightly so,” Nadler said in kicking off Day 3 of the trial.

“This conduct is not ‘America First,’” Nadler said, referring to one of Trump’s campaign themes. “It is Donald Trump first.”

Fox News’ Marisa Schultz contributed to this report.

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Today on Fox News: Jan. 24, 2020

STAY TUNED

On Fox News: 

The Ingraham Angle, 10 p.m. ET: Don’t miss Raymond Arroyo’s interview with President Trump at the March for Life rally in Washington, D.C.

On Fox Business:

Mornings with Maria, 6 a.m. ET: An interview with Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO president.

Varney & Co., 9 a.m. ET: Tom Homan, former acting director of ICE.

On Fox News Radio:

The Fox News Rundown podcast: Impeachment Battle Boost: Brad Parscale says Trump Campaign in ‘Better Position’ than 2016 – For a third day in a row, seven House Democrats will be making the case to remove President Trump from office. Then, the president’s legal team will begin his defense. Brad Parscale, President Trump 2020 campaign manager, joins the Fox News Rundown to explain why he thinks the impeachment trial is actually benefiting the Trump reelection effort.

Also on the Rundown: The coronavirus outbreak, which started in Wuhan, China last month and has spread to several countries, has U.S. health officials on high alert. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, discusses the growing concern over the deadly pneumonia-like illness and what safety measures people should take.

Don’t miss the good news with Tonya J. Powers. Plus, commentary by Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano.

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The Brian Kilmeade Show, 9 a.m. ET: Special guests include: Andrew Wheeler, administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Fox Business’ Susan Li; Geraldo Rivera, Fox News correspondent-at-large; Shannon Bream, host of “Fox News @ Night”; Chris Stirewalt, Fox News political editor

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Meghan Markle won’t be seen in the UK ‘for a long time,’ royal expert claims: ‘Why would she come back now?’

Is it possible Meghan Markle won’t be heading across the pond anytime soon? According to one royal expert, that seems very likely.

“The general feeling is that we won’t see Meghan here again for a long time, as she has nothing here to do,” UK-based broadcaster Neil Sean told Fox News. “Why would she come back now with no royal duties to perform?”

On Jan. 8, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced that they were taking “a step back” as senior members of the royal family and would instead work independently, splitting their time between the United Kingdom and Canada.

The former American actress and British prince said their decision came “after many months of reflection and internal discussions.” They will keep their royal titles.

Sean alleged that Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, was disappointed by the couple’s decision.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are stepping back from royal duties.
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“The queen spoke warmly of Meghan in her statement, but the truth is she is baffled as to why she opted out, as the queen really gave her such a warm welcome and that is the thanks she got,” Sean claimed. “It has to be pointed out that Meghan also has never directly spoken with the queen about her unhappiness here in the UK… It’s more than rude to the monarch.”

“We all believe Harry will miss the love and support of his family and this will create tension as he adapts to his new life,” Sean continued. “But the clause inserted into the statement that it will be ‘reviewed in a year’ is very telling… quite frankly, all three could be back.”

A royal source had previously told People magazine that the new changes following the couple’s decision will last for a year. The royal family will then revisit the arrangement. According to the outlet, the review is likely to include Queen Elizabeth, 93, as well as Prince Harry, 35, his father Prince Charles, 71, and Harry’s older brother Prince William, 37.

The outlet did note that Harry and Markle, 38, will continue to attend royal events at the invitation of the queen.

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In this, July 10, 2018 file photo Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, and Meghan the Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry watch a flypast of Royal Air Force aircraft pass over Buckingham Palace in London.

In this, July 10, 2018 file photo Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, and Meghan the Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry watch a flypast of Royal Air Force aircraft pass over Buckingham Palace in London.
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MEGHAN MARKLE, PRINCE HARRY WON’T HAVE ‘PROTECTIONS’ IN US AS THEY DO ‘AT HOME’ WITH PAPARAZZI, ATTORNEY SAYS

Despite earlier reports, Markle did not join the historic royal summit with the family, who met to discuss her and Harry’s future.

It was initially reported that the former “Suits” star would phone in to the meeting with Harry, Elizabeth, Charles and William. However, the Sussexes decided that ultimately “it wasn’t necessary” for Markle to join, People magazine reported.

Markle and Prince Harry’s bombshell announcement came just months after the pair opened up to host Tom Bradby in ITV’s documentary “Harry & Meghan: An African Journey,” which aired in October 2019 in both the U.K. and U.S.

While the special aimed to give audiences a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the couple’s recent royal tour of southern African, the couple also spoke out about enduring ruthless tabloid rumors as new parents.

Markle and Harry welcomed a son named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor in May 2019. The baby’s arrival came a year after the couple tied the knot in a televised royal ceremony in May 2018.

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Britain's Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle hold their baby son Archie as they meet with Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the Tutu Legacy Foundation in Cape Town on Sep. 25, 2019. It was during this time when the couple spoke candidly about their experiences as a royal couple.

Britain’s Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle hold their baby son Archie as they meet with Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the Tutu Legacy Foundation in Cape Town on Sep. 25, 2019. It was during this time when the couple spoke candidly about their experiences as a royal couple.
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“I think the grass is always greener,” the former actress said in the interview. “You have no idea. It’s really hard to understand what it’s like. I know what it seems like it should be, but it’s a very different thing.”

Markle said she and her husband have had conversations about being in the spotlight and all the negativity that comes with it.

“I have said for a long time to H — that’s what I call him — ‘It’s not enough to just survive something,’” Markle said. “That’s not the point of life. You have to thrive. You have got to feel happy.’ I really tried to adopt this British sensibility of a ‘stiff upper lip.’ I really tried, but I think that what that does internally is probably really damaging.”

She went on to tell Bradby that she would be more understanding of the scrutiny if it were fair.

“I never thought that this would be easy, but I thought it would be fair,” Markle said. “And that’s the part that’s really hard to reconcile.”

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Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex visit District 6 Museum on Sep. 23, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa.

Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex visit District 6 Museum on Sep. 23, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa.
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Markle said before she tied the knot with Harry, some of her friends warned her that becoming a member of the royal family would mean being under the constant glare of the public spotlight and losing her privacy.

“In all fairness, I had no idea, which probably sounds difficult to understand and hear,” Markle said. “But when I first met my now-husband, my friends were really happy because I was so happy, but my British friends said to me, ‘I’m sure he’s great but you shouldn’t do it because the British tabloids will destroy your life.’”

“And I, very naively — I’m American,” Markle continued. “We don’t have that there — [I said], ‘What are you talking about? That doesn’t make any sense. I’m not in any tabloids.’ I didn’t get it. So it’s been, yeah, it’s been complicated.”

Markle also pointed out that it’s been frustrating to see her name — along with her family’s — in headlines concerning stories she said just aren’t true.

“If things are fair, that completely tracks for me if things are fair,” Markle said. “If I do something wrong I’d be the first one to go, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m so sorry. I would never do that,’ but when people are saying things that are just untrue and they’re being told they’re untrue but they’re allowed to still say them, I don’t know anybody in the world who would feel that that’s OK. And that’s different than just scrutiny. That’s, what would you call that? That’s a different beast. It’s really a different beast.”

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle greet Beyoncé and Jay-Z at the London premiere of '​​​​​The Lion King.'

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle greet Beyoncé and Jay-Z at the London premiere of ‘​​​​​The Lion King.’
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Markle also got candid with Bradby about the negative attention she has received from the media during her pregnancy and first months as a mom with Archie.

“Any woman, especially when they’re pregnant, you’re really vulnerable, and so that was made really challenging,” the 38-year-old said. “And then when you have a newborn, you know… and especially as a woman, it’s a lot.”

“So you add this on top of just trying to be a new mom or trying to be a newlywed,” Markle continued while holding back tears. “It’s um… yeah. I guess, also thank you for asking because not many people have asked if I’m OK. But it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes.”

When Bradby asked if it “would be fair” to say that she’s “not really OK, as in it’s really been a struggle,” Markle responded, “Yes.”

In the documentary, Harry also spoke out against the British tabloids for the “ruthless” treatment Markle has received “over the past year, throughout her pregnancy and while raising our newborn son.”

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Meghan Markle's alleged request for privacy has sparked a fiery debate on social media.

Meghan Markle’s alleged request for privacy has sparked a fiery debate on social media.
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“Look, part of this job and part of any job, like everybody, means putting on a brave face and turning a cheek to a lot of the stuff,” he explained. “But again, for me and my wife, of course, there’s a lot of stuff that hurts — especially when the majority of it is untrue.”

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“All we need to do is focus on being real, focus on being the people we are and standing up for what we believe in,” Harry added. “I will not be bullied into carrying [on] a game that killed my mom.”

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Wedding canceled after bride’s father and groom’s mother eloped

They had one job to do.

The parents of a bride and groom in India ran off and eloped ahead of their kids’ February wedding, prompting the families to call the whole thing off, according to the Times of India.

The bride and groom’s families reported their parents missing, though they suspect that it’s more likely they rekindled a childhood romance and eloped.
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The bride’s father and groom’s mother reportedly went missing about 11 days ago. The father, a textile salesman, vanished from his home in Surat city and the mother was last seen at home in Navsari.

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Their families reported them missing, though they suspect that it’s more likely they rekindled a childhood romance and eloped — no doubt inspiring a future quirky Bollywood rom-com.

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At least they avoided a tumultuous wedding day disaster, unlike one New York couple, whose rehearsal dinner devolved into utter chaos when the bride and groom’s families reportedly brawled over a toast. The scene allegedly resulted in the seething bride giving her betrothed an ultimatum: “Make a choice, me or your mother,” a source told The Post at the time.

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Oprah claims Popeyes Chicken Sandwich has ‘competition’ after trying ‘real’ Maine lobster roll

Next time you’re craving a deep-fried chicken sandwich, Oprah says we should just order lobster.

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In an apples-and-orange comparison, Oprah Winfrey has declared the Maine lobster roll as “the real deal” before throwing a jab at Louisiana-based fast-food chain Popeyes.

“I think that Popeyes Chicken Sandwich has some competition,” she declared after lauding the lobster roll on Instagram.

The talk show host, actress and producer, among other titles, further claimed that this was her first-ever lobster roll — an appropriate dish for her (also first-ever) trip to Maine. And it appears to have been a good one, seeing as Winfrey called it “pure” and noted that it defied her expectations, seeing as she thought it might come with too much mayonnaise, or possibly be somewhat less delicious.

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“I expected it to be like lots of mayonnaise and stuff in there, but this is like pure,” she said while holding the sandwich for those on social media to see. “This is a real lobster roll.”

Oprah’s Instagram followers all began flooding in with comments welcoming the media mogul to Maine, and confirming that the state has the best lobster rolls.

“Welcome to Maine!” one person wrote.

“Red’s Eats’ lobster roll in Maine is iconic, Oprah. Shack on the side of the road. Hours-long wait peak season. Just lobster and roll. Dressing on the side,” another commented.

“I am so jealous ! I want a bite!!” another wrote.

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However, not everyone was convinced that the seafood sandwich was the winner in the — again — not super-comparable competition.

“Just had Popeyes chicken sandwich for the first time today and it’s a tie between a Maine [lobster] roll & Popeyes for sure,” one wrote.

“Well Popeyes apparently is more accessible thereby negating the competition of the lobster roll….” one person commented.

“Yasss ! Lobster roll,” another wrote, fully on Maine’s side.

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Oprah’s followers, however, seemed to largely agree lobster rolls were indeed delicious, but the majority did not confirm or deny that it beats out the (in)famous Popeyes Chicken Sandwich in this seemingly arbitrary debate.

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Scorpions reveal inspiration behind ‘Rock You Like a Hurricane,’ favorite ‘crazy’ moment on stage

Scorpions are coming to America in 2020 and ready to rock Sin City like a hurricane.

The German band, best known for their hit ‘80s single, “Rock You Like a Hurricane,” are gearing up to take over the strip this summer with a new residency titled “Scorpions Sin City Nights” at Zappos Theater in Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

While the news will excite longtime fans, it’s just business as usual for the group, who have been rocking out since 1965. To date, Scorpions have sold more than 100 million records around the world and have made their mark with other tracks, such as “Still Loving You” and “Dynamite,” among others.

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Frontman Klaus Meine and lead guitarist Matthias Jabs spoke to Fox News about the inspiration behind “Rock You Like a Hurricane,” surviving the ‘90s grunge era and their most favorite moment on stage all thanks to several brave fans.

(L-R) German guitarist and founder of the hard rock band Scorpions, Rudolf Schenker, German bass guitarist Francis Buchholz, German vocalist, songwriter and instrumentalist Klaus Meine, German drummer Herman Rarebell, and German guitarist and songwriter Matthias Jabs, pose backstage at the Toledo Sports Arena during the Scorpion’s Love At First Sting world tour, on June 27, 1984, in Toldeo, Ohio.
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Fox News: Looking back, where did the idea for “Rock You Like a Hurricane” come from?
Matthias Jabs: We recorded that song in 1983 as soon as we returned from the U.S. Festival in San Bernardino, one of the biggest shows we’ve played with more than 300,000 people.

And we went back to the studio and the song was half ready. [When] we finished [the song] it came out with the album “Love at First Sting” in 1984. And we had the feeling this album was bringing us like… a storm, a hurricane, to the U.S. And it made us very successful. It pushed us around the country. I think we played nine months in a row. This song is [to this day] a trademark song for the Scorpions.

Fox News: Describe one of your favorite moments on stage.
Klaus Meine: I remember playing the United States, I think it was St Louis… there were a couple of fans. They thought it would be a nice and crazy idea to throw some live scorpions, some real scorpions, up on stage. And it came like a shock. We, all of a sudden, saw those little creatures crawling all over the stage amongst the band. We made sure they made it out alive and they were on the safe side. But it was a nice fan moment bringing us together with the scorpions.

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(L-R) Klaus Meine, Francis Bucholz, Rudolph Schenker and Matthias Jabs of Scorpions, circa 1984.

(L-R) Klaus Meine, Francis Bucholz, Rudolph Schenker and Matthias Jabs of Scorpions, circa 1984.
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Fox News: What do you miss the most about the ‘80s?
Jabs: The ‘80s were everything, a fun party time. … People came up with crazy ideas, great songs. If you listen back, it was also the decade of guitar players. It was a very creative time also in terms of looks and designs.

The hair, the clothing, the stage designs — everything got bigger and more sophisticated and more colorful. And some people thought it was overproduced towards the end of the ‘80s. It’s probably true. But it was also fun and there was a certain competition among the big bands going on — who got the most spectacular production. And this is something you take for granted these days. But in those days… everything you did was new and it felt exciting. It was a fantastic decade for us and many other rock bands.

Fox News: How did the band survive the ‘90s grunge era?
Meine: Well, I think [it was] pretty difficult throughout the ‘90s with all the alternative music coming around. How we survived? I mean we just kept going. We played many, many shows. We did many tours in Southeast Asia for example. All throughout the ‘90s, the Scorpions were very successful and we came home with multi-platinum albums.

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Klaus Meine, right, said he was eager to take on daring musical projects after the '80s came to an end.

Klaus Meine, right, said he was eager to take on daring musical projects after the ’80s came to an end.
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We tried to balance it out. And in 2000 actually… we did a project with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra doing a symphonic project, which was something we’ve never done before. It was so brand new and so inspiring to do something else. And so that’s how we survived those years when grunge and alternative were so mega, mega strong. Not only in the U.S. but all over the world. But… we did it and we came back with a strong rock album around 2003. Then we took it from there. It was like a circle. There was a whole new generation of rock fans, of classic rock fans. And since then we keep going.

Fox News: Scorpions are not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame yet. What do you make of this?
Meine: There will be a time where we hopefully make it to the Hall of Fame. I think recently they started inducting rock bands, and hard rock bands — heavy metal bands into the Hall of Fame. And there is a change. I think Motorhead, they’re nominated this time.

Judas Priest also, it’s the second time they’re nominated, I think. So there is a change in the philosophy of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. I think and I hope — it would be a huge honor for us being a German band, being a European band, to be inducted one day in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. It will be very cool. But our time will come, I guess.

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Scorpions have been rocking out since 1965.

Scorpions have been rocking out since 1965.
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Fox News: How does it feel to know that you’re going to be headlining a residency in Las Vegas?
Meine: We are very excited to come back to Vegas in July for our residency… We did a residency before a couple of years ago at the Hard Rock Hotel, so we know what it feels like. And so we’re very excited to come back and give our friends a couple of Sin City nights.

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Google just created the most detailed image of a brain yet

Scientists have created the most detailed 3D map of an organism brain to date. The mesmerizing threads of blue, yellow, purple and green represent thousands of brain cells and millions of connections found inside the brain of a fruit fly.

This high-resolution map, known as a “connectome,” only makes up one-third of a fruit fly’s brain but includes a large region involved in learning, navigation, smell and vision. Scientists found over 4,000 different types of neurons, including those involved in the fly’s circadian rhythm — or internal clock — that might help researchers learn a bit more about how the insect sleeps, according to the publicly released data.

This map, a collaboration between scientists at Google and the Janelia Research Campus in Virginia, took two years to create. The team started out by cutting a fruit fly brain into extremely thin slices using a hot knife — and then imaging each slice under an electron microscope. Afterward, they stitched the images together to create a large map, tracing the paths of the neurons through the brain, according to the statement.

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The point of such maps is to reveal something about how specific physical connections in the brain are linked to distinct behaviors. But following each individual neuron in a journey across the brain is painstaking work — and critics note that such maps have not yet led to a major discovery, according to The Verge.

The only organism to have its entire brain mapped this way is the roundworm C. elegans — a wriggly critter that only harbors around 300 to 400 neurons and around 7,000 synapses, or the junctions between brain cells. Other teams have attempted to map the human brain in lower resolution. But considering that the human brain contains 86 billion neurons, creating such a map will likely take some more time.

The new map was published on Jan. 21 in the database BioRxiv, and it has not yet been peer reviewed.

Originally published on Live Science.

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March for Life President Jeanne Mancini: Women won the right to vote, now we must win the right to life

This year’s centennial of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, comes in the middle of a contentious election cycle. In some respects, women have come a long way in the last 100 years. Just four years ago, Hillary Clinton, wearing suffragist white, claimed the Democratic nomination for the highest political office in the land. In her speech, Clinton referenced the Seneca Falls Convention – the first women’s rights convention in our country – and the suffragists’ achievements, hailing their view that women deserve to be treated equally.

But marking this important centennial gives us the opportunity to raise serious questions about what really advances women’s rights, and to highlight the fact that many who claim to be advancing the women’s movement are actually doing a disservice to women. There are ways in which the women’s movement today has gone far afield of, and even against, the values the early suffragists embodied.

Sadly, many who now claim to champion women’s equality identify equal rights for women with the right to an abortion. There are campaigns to normalize abortion such as “Shout Your Abortion” and “One in Four,” highlighting just how prevalent the tragedy of abortion has become. Some have gone so far as to glamorize the procedure. Consider, for example, one comedienne’s crass routine called “Salute to Abortion,” in which she makes light of abortion and denies the violence the procedure inflicts on women and pre-born children.

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The original suffragists who won women the right to vote fought for women to have a voice in government which they believed would improve their own lives and the lives of their families. It would open the door to full political, economic, and social participation in civic life. It was based on the principle that women are equal in dignity and value – though not the same as – men.

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But abortion does not improve the lives of women and, unlike many who claim to be part of the women’s movement today, the suffragists wanted no part of it. The newspaper Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony operated referred to abortion as “infanticide” and “child murder.” Alice Paul famously called abortion the “ultimate exploitation of women.”

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Abortion not only destroys women’s offspring, it can also cause lasting physical harm and psychological trauma. It’s a violent step backward that disproportionately affects women. “Abortion is profoundly anti-woman,” Mother Teresa of Calcutta pointed out. “Three-quarters of its victims are women: Half the babies and all the mothers.”

Beyond harming women, abortion goes against the principle of equality the suffragists used to establish their own rights. They asserted in the Declaration of Sentiments signed at the Seneca Falls Convention, “We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men and women are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

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Abortion creates a second-class group of people, the unborn, who are denied the same rights as everyone else. They are denied the right to life. It stands to reason that the suffragists were, in principle, opposed to abortion.

It has been 100 years since the suffragists won women the right to vote. They did so over time with single-minded focus and perseverance, and, in the end, gave voice to their voiceless sisters. We should not take for granted the progress they made. This November, we should use their victory to give voice to the voiceless unborn. They too deserve equal rights and protection under the law.

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says she’s unlikely to endorse Warren, Sanders or Biden: ‘They haven’t reached out’

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says she plans to endorse a Democratic candidate for president before the Illinois primary March — but she’s unlikely to back Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders or Joe Biden.

“They haven’t reached out,” Lightfoot told the Chicago Sun-Times. “They’ve been to Chicago. They were very supportive of the Chicago Teachers Union strike but didn’t feel it was necessary to talk to the new black LGBTQ mayor.”

“[I’m] apparently not progressive enough for them,” she shrugged, referring to Warren and Sanders. “I’m certainly not endorsing somebody that has never bothered to reach out. So the other person that I haven’t heard from directly is Biden.”

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Biden has been to the city several times for fundraising events but hasn’t contacted the mayor, the Sun-Times reported.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks in Chicago, May 20, 2019. (Associated Press)

Lightfoot has met with Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., billionaire Michael Bloomberg, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg and former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick but didn’t indicate who she might endorse.

While Lightfoot said a candidate whose values sync with hers is important, her number one attribute is someone who can beat President Trump, “because the idea of four more years of …Trump is incredibly frightening to me.”

“We’re looking for somebody who is practical, who’s speaking to the values of the person, who’s worrying about whether they have a paycheck, whether they’re gonna be able to take care of their kids, may have savings, build a future, and somebody who is going to be smart and able and put together a good team to take on the challenges that Americans are facing,” she told the Sun-Times.

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She added that it’s important for the candidate to recognize that mayors “touch the lives of more Americans on a day-to-day basis than anybody else and that the direct delivery of services to our people is critically important every single day.”

Lightfoot has been in Washington this week, attending the winter meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, but says she plans to be elsewhere — at Trump’s Senate impeachment trial — when the president addresses the group Friday.

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3 American firefighters killed in Australia crash – all US military veterans — are identified

The three American firefighters who were killed Thursday in the crash of a C-130 Hercules water tanker plane while helping to battle the raging wildfires in Australia have been identified.

Their employer, Portland, Ore.-based Coulson Aviation USA, identified the victims as Capt. Ian McBeth, 44, of Great Falls, Mont.; First Officer Paul Hudson, 42, of Buckeye, Ariz.; and Flight Engineer Rick DeMorgan Jr., 43, of Navarre, Fla.

All three were U.S. military veterans, according to a Coulson statement. McBeth served in both the Montana Air National Guard and the Wyoming Air National Guard; Hudson served in the Marine Corps after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy; and DeMorgan served 18 years in the U.S. Air Force.

They had served on a California-based Coulson crew, California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday.

3 AMERICAN FIREFIGHTERS KILLED IN C-130 CRASH WHILE BATTLING AUSTRALIAN WILDFIRES

From left are American firefighters Ian McBeth, Paul Hudson and Rick DeMorgan Jr. (Coulson Aviation)

“Right now, our hearts are with the crew’s family and friends and our Coulson Family suffering in the loss of these three remarkable and well-respected crewmembers,” the company said in a Facebook post.

U.S. Ambassador to Australia Arthur Culvahouse released a statement Thursday, saying he was “deeply saddened” by the firefighters’ deaths.

“The brave Americans who died near Snowy Monaro died helping Australia in its time of need,” Culvahouse wrote.

“The brave Americans who died near Snowy Monaro died helping Australia in its time of need.”

— Arthur Culvahouse, U.S. ambassador to Australia

The deaths had been confirmed by Gladys Berejiklian, premier of the Australian state of New South Wales, where the crash occurred as the country grapples with enormous destruction from blazes that began last month, many attributed to arson.

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Coulson is a private company that helps battle fires around the globe.

McBeth is survived by his wife and three children, Hudson by his wife and DeMorgan by two children, the company statement said.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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