September 5, 2012

Arizona delegate Debra Jean Forrest proudly piles on President Obama at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., sporting a button bearing a photo of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer wagging her finger in Obama's face. The photo was taken in January, when Brewer and Obama were captured in a heated exchange on the tarmac as Obama stepped off his plane in Phoenix. After the argument — apparently sparked when Obama disputed Brewer's earlier claim that Obama had "lectured" her about Arizona's immigration crackdown — Brewer derided Obama as "thin-skinned." The Week Staff

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House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) has been released from the hospital, roughly six weeks after being shot in the hip during an attack on a GOP congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia. Scalise was discharged Tuesday, MedStar Washington Hospital Center said in a statement Wednesday, after making "excellent process in his recovery."

MedStar said in its Wednesday statement that Scalise's injury was initially "life-threatening." The congressman is "in good spirits" and will now undergo a "period of intensive inpatient rehabilitation," the hospital said.

Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.), the chief deputy whip, has been serving as House majority whip in Scalise's absence. Kimberly Alters

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The United Kingdom will ban all sales of new gas- and diesel-powered vehicles beginning in 2040, the British environment secretary, Michael Gove, announced Wednesday. "We can't carry on with diesel and petrol cars," Gove said in a BBC interview. "There is no alternative to embracing new technology."

While demand for low-emission electric and hybrid vehicles is rapidly rising in Britain, they accounted for less than 3 percent of new car sales in the country in 2015. Still, the "timescale involved here is sufficiently long-term to be taken seriously," said David Bailey, an automotive industry expert at the U.K.'s Aston University. Gove's plan includes nearly $2 billion in government spending to incentivize the change.

Germany's Bundesrat in October approved a similar but non-binding ban on production of all new internal combustion engines by 2030; earlier this month, France implemented a binding measure that bans all new gas and diesel car sales. Like the U.K. rule, it takes effect in 2040. Bonnie Kristian

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Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) released a statement Wednesday dissecting President Trump's tweeted ban on transgender individuals serving in the military. "The president's tweet this morning ... is yet another example of why major policy announcements should not be made via Twitter," wrote McCain, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee.

McCain knocked Trump for his "unclear" statement, indicating the president failed to acknowledge that the Department of Defense "has already decided to allow currently-serving transgender individuals to stay in the military." "Any American who meets current medical and readiness standards should be allowed to continue serving," McCain wrote. "We should all be guided by the principle that any American who wants to serve our country and is able to meet the standards should have the opportunity to do so — and should be treated as the patriots they are."

McCain served in the U.S. Navy from 1958-1981 and was held as a prisoner of war in Vietnam for more than five years after his plane was shot down in 1967. Read his full statement on Trump's ban below. Kimberly Alters

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On Wednesday, Amazon announced a prime opportunity for job-seekers: The online retailer has 50,000 jobs to fill in its fulfillment centers across the U.S., and it's looking to hire. Moreover, on Wednesday, Aug. 2, the company will be holding a massive jobs fair to allow prospective employees to attend information sessions about the positions.

Amazon is calling the Aug. 2 event Jobs Day, and it will open 10 of its fulfillment centers across the U.S. to tours. "We are excited to host interested candidates to come learn more about the technology we utilize in our operations, see our dedicated onsite classrooms, meet employees, and, if interested, apply for a job at our site and receive an on-the-spot offer," Amazon vice president John Olsen said in a statement Wednesday.

All 50,000 of the jobs available will be in the company's warehouses, which pack and ship customer orders, but Olsen said the positions have "runway for advancement." The 10 fulfillment center locations that will be open on Jobs Day are: Baltimore, Maryland; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Etna, Ohio; Fall River, Massachusetts; Hebron, Kentucky; Kenosha, Wisconsin; Kent, Washington; Robbinsville, New Jersey; Romeoville, Illinois; and Whitestown, Indiana. Kimberly Alters

11:52 a.m. ET

Half of those who voted for President Trump in the 2016 election falsely believe he won the nation's popular vote, a new Politico/Morning Consult poll released Wednesday reveals.

Among all voters, 59 percent correctly say Democrat Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, but only 40 percent of Trump voters agree. Clinton received 2.8 million more votes than Trump, who claims without evidence that 3 to 5 million votes for Clinton were fraudulent.

Trump voters are not the only ones to be conveniently misinformed, the survey results show. Though they are more likely to have correct knowledge of the 2016 results, nearly a quarter of Clinton voters — 22 percent — say she won the Electoral College vote. In reality, Trump won with 304 electoral votes to Clinton's 227; that is why he is president. Bonnie Kristian

11:25 a.m. ET

President Trump took a new angle Wednesday in his public dressing-down of his own attorney general, Jeff Sessions. He tweeted a criticism of Sessions for failing to fire the acting director of the FBI, Andrew McCabe, who is filling in since Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey:

This is not the first time Trump has mentioned McCabe in connection to his beef with Sessions, but it is the first time he has explicitly said McCabe should go. On Tuesday, he raised the issue of McCabe's ties to the Clintons, but stopped there:

As for those ties, at issue are two donations to a Virginia state Senate campaign of McCabe's wife, Dr. Jill McCabe, in 2015. She received $200,000 from the Virginia Democratic Party and $450,000 from a PAC run by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D), who was co-chair of Bill Clinton's 1996 re-election campaign and chair of Hillary Clinton's run in 2008.

Andrew McCabe was then assistant director at the FBI's field office in Washington. During his wife's run, the FBI said in a statement reported by Politifact, he "implemented a system of recusal from all FBI investigative matters involving Virginia politics, a process followed for the remainder of her campaign. During the campaign, he played no role, attended no events, and did not participate in fundraising or support of any kind."

Politifact reports there is "no evidence" the Clintons were involved in the campaign donations. Jill McCabe did not win her race, and Andrew McCabe did not have oversight of the Clinton emails investigation until after her loss. Bonnie Kristian

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Ohio is scheduled to execute Ronald Phillips, 43, on Wednesday after his final appeal attempt to the Supreme Court was rejected. Phillips was convicted of raping and killing his girlfriend's young daughter in 1993.

This will be the state's first use of capital punishment in three years after a 2014 execution by lethal injection took five times as long as anticipated and caused the inmate, Dennis McGuire, visible distress. "He started struggling for breath," said Father Lawrence Hummer, who witnessed the botched execution. "I was trying to calm his children down when all of a sudden I heard audible gagging. I thought it was another witness, but when I looked back to [McGuire], he was the one gagging."

Anti-death penalty protesters have assembled outside the prison where Phillips is held. The execution was originally set for 10 a.m. Eastern, but it was slightly delayed to give Phillips more time to visit with his family. Bonnie Kristian

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