Author: Chris Stirewalt

A defining debate for Florida politics

FOX NEWS **Want FOX News Halftime Report in your inbox every day? Sign up here.** On the roster: A defining debate for Florida politics – Both parties see surge in primary voters – Farm bill gets delayed in the Senate – Audible: As they’d say in Greenville… – Paper, plastic or reptile?   A DEFININGa DEBATE FOR FLORIDA POLITICSORLANDO – Other than giving us a chance to pick up some Mickey ears and grab a fried grouper sandwich, why is Fox News hosting a Florida gubernatorial debate here tonight?  It’s pretty simple: What happens in Florida politics right now may matter more than in any other...

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The House is revolting

FOX NEWS **Want FOX News Halftime Report in your inbox every day? Sign up here.** On the roster: The House is revolting – Time Out: ‘The passing tribute of a sigh’ – Cohen hosted Russian oligarch at Trump Tower – Ex-staffers describe humiliations in Hill office – Meanwhile in Wisconsin… THE HOUSE IS REVOLTING The greatest power of the majority in Congress is not to advance legislation but rather to decide which legislation will not advance. After nearly a year and a half of holding the line, though, the leadership of the 115th Congress may be about to break.  We wrote last week about the caper that the House...

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Hope Hicks, ultimate White House insider, resigns

FOX NEWS **Want FOX News Halftime Report in your inbox every day? Sign up here.**On the roster: Hope Hicks, ultimate White House insider, resigns – Poor Jeff Sessions – Roy Moore redux? McDaniel defies Trump – Dems push Trump for stronger background checks – Meatball larceny is the highest compliment HOPE HICKS, ULTIMATE WHITE HOUSE INSIDER, RESIGNS Fox News: “White House communications director Hope Hicks is resigning, it was announced Wednesday. ‘There are no words to adequately express my gratitude to President Trump,’ Hicks said in a statement. ‘I wish the president and his administration the very best as he...

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Wall Street bites back

FOX NEWS **Want FOX News Halftime Report in your inbox every day? Sign up here.** On the roster: Wall Street bites back – Dems win major court victory on House districts – McCain, Coons push limited deal on immigration – House Dems ready counterattack on Nunes memo – Yeah, youbetcha it’s a crime wave WALL STREET BITES BACK  It is irresistible for presidents and other politicians to try to take credit for economic success.  Today is a very pointed reminder of why that, in the whole, is a bad idea.  President Trump said that stock prices had been rallying for months because...

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What would a Trump shutdown look like?

FOX NEWS **Want FOX News Halftime Report in your inbox every day? Sign up here.**On the roster: What would a Trump shutdown look like? – Immigration debate still in the outhouse – Dems may join GOP to roll back Obama bank rules – Gerrymandering fight complicates Pa. battlegrounds – Actually, never mind… WHAT WOULD A TRUMP SHUTDOWN LOOK LIKE?Washington is getting real about the possibility of a partial government shutdown, with Democrats and Republicans gut-checking themselves ahead of Friday’s deadline. Democrats believe that their leverage will increase during a shutdown since Republicans control both houses of Congress and the White House. And...

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The ‘Emperor’ Has No Clothes

FOX NEWS On the roster: The once and future King – House Republicans set new fundraising record – Chances of shutdown Friday still rising – Trump blames Dems for lack of DACA deal – Woof THE ONCE AND FUTURE KING The never-ending struggle by partisans to co-opt the legacy of Martin Luther King continues apace in 2018. King was a socialist, say the socialists. King hated the government and had libertarian leanings, say the libertarians. King was an Evangelical Christian, say the Evangelical Christians. King would have been an advocate for transgenderism, says transgender activists. And so on, and...

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Presenting your 2018 Senate power rankings

FOX NEWS **Want FOX News Halftime Report in your inbox every day? Sign up here.** PRESENTING YOUR 2018 SENATE POWER RANKINGSPlease indulge us in cravenly putting our proviso first: The election is still ten months and a day away, so what you will see below is primordial in nature.  But, you have to start some place, even if it’s in the ooze. The two main ideas to consider when examining the 2018 battle for control of the Senate are the narrowness of the current Republican majority – one seat – but also the extraordinary imbalance in the seats up for...

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Presenting Halftime Report's Best of Journalism, 2017

FOX NEWS **Want FOX News Halftime Report in your inbox every day? Sign up here.** PRESENTING HALFTIME REPORT’S BEST OF JOURNALISM, 2017You have often heard us say that media criticism is like asbestos abatement: It’s dirty, dangerous work that is best left to the professionals.  After all, we would rather talk about the news than talk about the news about the news. Far too many in politics and journalism today cop out on real coverage by reflexively defaulting to trashing the press.  Liberals and conservatives alike engage in this practice, holding up one media outlet or an entire subset for...

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