Heat's on Rahm in Re-Election Race After Bloody Chicago Weekend; Ohio Republican Troy Balderson Declares Victory
By: BillOReilly.com StaffAugust 8, 2018
Here is the Daily Briefing for Wednesday, August 8, where we round up the day's biggest headlines for your perusal. Take a look.


Heat’s on Rahm in Re-Election Race After Bloody Chicago Weekend

After a bloody weekend in Chicago that left a dozen dead and another 62 wounded, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is facing a mounting political crisis with his rivals emboldened as they aim to unseat him in the looming mayoral election. Several of Emanuel’s 10 challengers slammed the prominent Democrat for the city’s soaring crime and blamed him for everything from an understaffed police force to a lack of investment in Chicago’s economically downtrodden neighborhoods. Emanuel has tried to fend off the attacks while calming an alarmed electorate, but the latest violence has only fueled the calls for political change in the February election. "Our souls are burdened," Emanuel said. "It is unacceptable to happen in any neighborhood of Chicago. We are a better city." Emanuel was also besieged on the national level with Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, blaming Emanuel and decades of "one party Democratic rule" for the violence in a series of tweets.

 

Ohio Republican Troy Balderson Declares Victory

Republican Troy Balderson has declared victory in the special election for Ohio’s 12th congressional district, with unofficial results showing a thin margin of victory in the normally solid-red territory. Balderson held onto a narrow lead of 1,754 votes, a margin of less than 1 percent over Democratic candidate Danny O'Connor. President Trump declared a "great victory" for Balderson, though as of early Wednesday, the Associated Press had yet to officially call the race. "I am honored for the opportunity to represent Ohio's 12th Congressional District," Balderson said in a statement just after midnight on Wednesday. "I will work relentlessly for everyone in this district." Unofficial totals from the Ohio Secretary of State's Office show Balderson with 101,574 votes, compared to 99,820 votes for O'Connor. Green Party candidate Joe Manchik garnered 1,127 votes. At his election night party late Tuesday, O'Connor refused to concede the race, calling it a "tie ballgame." He says his campaign will request a recount.

 

Immigrants Flowing Through Arizona Border

The Border Patrol’s Yuma, Arizona Sector has seen a more than 120 percent spike in the number of families and unaccompanied children caught at the border over the last year, surprising many in an area that had been largely quiet and calm for the past decade. So far, this fiscal year, agents in the Yuma sector have apprehended nearly 10,000 families and 4,500 unaccompanied children, a giant increase from just seven years ago when they arrested only 98 families and 222 unaccompanied children. The Trump administration’s policy of separating families did not seem to be slowing the flow. The Border Patrol here apprehended an average of 30 families per day in June, when the uproar over the policy was at its peak, an increase from May. Yuma is now the second-busiest sector for family border crossings next to the Rio Grande Valley in Texas.

 

BLM Protesters Crash Wedding of Sacramento Policeman

Black Lives Matter activists filmed themselves crashing the wedding of one of the Sacramento police officers accused of fatally shooting Stephon Clark in March and then confronting him about how he sleeps at night. The activists filmed themselves walking into a room, where a group of men were sitting at a table eating. One member of the group was heard asking the black man, presumed to be the officer, at the end of the table when he started planning his wedding. The officer was reportedly with his groomsmen at the time of the video.  The protester said, “I was just wondering if you started planning your wedding before you killed Stephon Clark or after and how you’ve been sleeping since March 18. And I know this is supposed to be the happiest day of your life, but he will not have that opportunity ever. So, we came here to drink wine and also just ask how you’ve been sleeping,” the person said before he was whisked away by someone at the table.

 

Call to Tax Mexico $2,000 Per Illegal Immigrant to Pay for Trump’s Wall

A border lawmaker had drawn up a plan to pay for the wall in part by fining Mexico and other countries $2,000 for every illegal immigrant caught crossing into the United States. Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs, who has made his mark on Washington in just his first term, is now pushing a plan that includes the tax on illegals and other ways to pay for the border wall demanded by President Trump. With up some 400,000 illegal immigrants being apprehended at the border yearly, his tax could raise $800 million a year. The legislative proposal by Biggs, titled the Fund and Complete the Border Wall Act, also calls for full construction to begin next year and for some money to go to the U.S. Border Patrol.

 

Blacks' Approval of Trump Reaches a High of 21% and NAACP Charges 'Racism'

In a new poll released by the NAACP on Tuesday, Trump’s approval rating among blacks has reached 21 percent, more than double what it was in an April Reuters poll. But in its analysis, the NAACP slammed Trump and even went as far as claiming that Trump is setting race relations back, a charge that echoes recent media criticism of the president for slamming hoops star LeBron James. The NAACP said in its poll analysis, “Voters across all racial and ethnic groups believe Trump is setting race relations back. Three quarters of African-Americans, Latinos and Asian-Americans believe Trump is setting race relations back while a small majority of white voters believe so. Black women (89 percent), in particular, feel disrespected by President Trump.” In the NAACP poll, 21 percent of blacks approve of the president, up 3.5 percent over the Reuters poll, and his disapproval is 79 percent. That is higher than the 14 percent approval among blacks that the latest Pew Research Center poll found. And that 21 percent is far higher than the 8 percent of the vote Trump received in 2016, or the 6 percent Republican Mitt Romney received in 2012.

 

HGTV Snatched the Brady Bunch House Off the Market to Restore It to ‘Its 1970s Glory’

Discovery, Inc. shared that HGTV has won the bid for the Studio City, Calif. house that served as the exterior for the original Brady Bunch home from 1969 to 1974. The network reportedly intends to restore the residence to its original television appearance. Discovery CEO David Zaslav made the announcement on the company’s second-quarter earnings conference call Tuesday. The CEO didn’t specify a price tag for the house. Zaslav did not give a sense of what sort of program HGTV might build around the structure or whether Brady Bunch actors might take part. 

 

Tweets You Might Have Missed

@RealDonaldTrump, August 7: “.....Congratulations to Troy Balderson on a great win in Ohio. A very special and important race!”

 

@RudyGiuliani, August 6: “63 murders this weekend in Rahm Emmanuel’s Chicago. His legacy more murders in his city than ever before. It’s only because of Democrat brain washing that he has even a chance of remaining. Support police professional Garry McCarthy.”

 

@RudyGiuliani, August 7: “Bernie Kerik: Trump Must Intervene to Stop Chicago Gun Violence”

 

@RudyGiuliani, August 7: “Bernie is right. Emmanuel should ask President @realDonaldTrump for help... too many lost lives. No politics just save lives. It doesn’t matter what neighborhoods it’s happening, all loss of life is tragic and we must all work together to stop it now.”

 

@RahmEmanuel, August 8: “There is nothing on the streets of Chicago that is stronger than what is in the faith community and what’s in family. Our kids need that structure.”

 

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