Author: Brooke Singman

Illinois careens into financial meltdown – and not even the lottery is safe

FOX NEWS Illinois is grappling with a full-fledged financial crisis and not even the lottery is safe – with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner warning the state is entering “banana republic” territory.  Facing billions in unpaid bills and pension obligations, the state is hitting a cash crunch that is rare even by Illinois standards. A top financial official just warned 100 percent of the state’s monthly revenue will be eaten up by court-ordered payments. Rauner is calling a special session of the Democrat-led General Assembly in a bid to pass what he hopes will be the first full budget package in...

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Capitol Police credited with preventing ‘massacre’ by stopping shooter

FOX NEWS Lawmakers are crediting Capitol Police with acting quickly to prevent the shooting at a congressional baseball practice Wednesday from becoming “a massacre.”  House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot in the hip by a gunman who opened fire at the practice in Alexandria, Va., on Wednesday morning. Two Capitol Police officers and an aide also were injured, a security source said.  Scalise’s office said the lawmaker is undergoing surgery and in stable condition, adding: “He is grateful for the brave actions of U.S. Capitol Police, first responders, and colleagues.”  Scalise is the first member of Congress to...

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Ernst criticizes Trump’s Mar-a-Lago visits

FOX NEWS Republican Sen. Joni Ernst told constituents at a town hall on Tuesday that President Trump has a number of character “flaws” and spends too much time at Mar-a-Lago. Though the Iowa Republican backed Trump throughout the campaign, she made clear she backs his policies more than him, personally. Ernst spoke bluntly when asked at a town hall in Wall Lake, Iowa, how she could support “a man that treats women the way Donald Trump does.” “Would you say they’re character flaws?” Ernst responded. “I think he has a number of—I think we have a president who has...

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Lawmaker who met with Assad blasts Trump strikes

FOX NEWS A Hawaii congresswoman who took heat for a recent meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is blasting President Trump for taking military action in the war-torn country. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, who met with Assad in January, slammed the president for the administration’s decision to launch an attack of 60 Tomahawk missiles on the Syrian air base Sharyat on Thursday, in response to a chemical weapons attack.  “It angers and saddens me that President Trump has taken the advice of war hawks and escalated our illegal regime change war to overthrow the Syrian government—this escalation is short-sighted...

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