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August 28, 2019

Speculation that Stacey Abrams might run to succeed Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) didn't even last a full hour.

Isakson on Wednesday announced he would retire from the Senate for health reasons at the end of 2019, immediately sparking speculation that Abrams, the Democratic candidate for Georgia governor in 2018, might run for the seat. But Abrams was quick to shoot that speculation down, tweeting out a statement attributed to her spokesperson saying that she will "not be a candidate" for the seat.

Instead, Abrams' spokesperson says that she will "lead voter protection efforts in key states across the country, and make sure Democrats are successful in Georgia in 2020." Abrams is also "committed to helping Democratic candidates win both Senate races next year."

Abrams' decision wasn't entirely surprising considering she previously announced she would not run for Senate in 2020 and recently told The New York Times, "I do not want to serve in the Senate." Isakson's unexpected retirement, which will put two Georgia Senate seats into play in 2020, has apparently not changed that fact. Brendan Morrow

May 29, 2019

Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Wednesday said that he hopes not to testify before Congress.

Mueller spoke publicly on Wednesday for the first time in two years to announce his resignation as special counsel and discuss the findings of his investigation into 2016 election interference. Although Democrats have called for him to testify before Congress, Mueller said that "I hope and expect this to be the only time that I will speak to you in this manner."

Mueller went on to say that "no one" has told him whether he can or should testify, but he suggested his potential testimony would not yield any new information.

"Any testimony from this office would not go beyond our report," Mueller said. "...The work speaks for itself, and the report is my testimony. I would not provide information beyond that which is already public in any appearance before Congress." He also said that "I do not believe it is appropriate for me to speak further about the investigation."

House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) had previously indicated Democrats would subpoena Mueller for his testimony if necessary. Brendan Morrow

May 14, 2019

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) isn't into this whole Fox News town hall thing.

The Democratic candidate for president in 2020 on Tuesday revealed that she has turned down an offer from Fox News to participate in a town hall, blasting the network as a "hate-for-profit racket that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracists" and that is "designed to turn us against each other, risking life and death consequences."

The Democratic National Committee in March announced it would not be partnering with Fox News for any 2020 debates, citing the network's "inappropriate relationship" with President Trump. But since then, a number of prominent 2020 contenders have participated in town hall events with Fox News, including Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), whose April event was a ratings hit. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) also recently held a Fox News town hall, and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg have both agreed to do so.

Since being rejected for 2020 debates by the DNC, Fox News personalities like Bill Hemmer have urged the committee to reconsider, arguing that their news division is different than the opinion programming. House Democrats have also recently been encouraging members to make appearances on Fox News to reach voters to the right who might be sympathetic to some of their ideas.

Warren said on Tuesday that Fox has "enough legit journalism to make the claim to advertisers that it's a reputable news outlet," but she says that a town hall event gives the sales team "a way to tell potential sponsors it's safe to buy ads on Fox" and "adds money to the hate-for-profit machine." For that reason, she concludes, "hard pass." Brendan Morrow

July 28, 2017

It's unclear which people Fox News' Jesse Watters has been talking to, but he claims "a lot" of them "wish President Trump was a dictator." Watters explained Thursday on The Five that if Trump were a dictator then "maybe we could repeal ObamaCare." "It would be a lot easier that way," he said, hours before the ObamaCare "skinny repeal" died on the Senate floor.

Watters made the remark as the panel discussed a recent quote from Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.), comparing Trump to King George III. Ellison said Trump's efforts to "intimidate people, to pack the courts, to intimidate the press" are all part of his plan to "just run everything himself." "We fought a war of independence against somebody — King George — who was trying to do that," Ellison said.

But Watters seems to think that, for the sake of repealing the health-care law that insures more than 20 million Americans, it wouldn't be so bad for Trump to be a little more like the man who sparked the Revolutionary War. Watch Watters make the case below. Becca Stanek

November 24, 2014

Walmart is at it again with canned food drives for its own employees — and they're not happy.

Protesters left a canned food donation bin in front of Walmart heiress Alice Walton's Manhattan condo on Monday. The bin bears Walton's name and says that employees want "decent pay" rather than charity.

The protest comes as Americans for Tax Fairness has accused Walmart of dodging billions of dollars in taxes. Meghan DeMaria

April 22, 2014

When he's not freezing President Obama in carbonite or warning of the impending socialist takeover, Glenn Beck is waiting for Mitt Romney to thank him for the generous gift he gave him during the 2012 election season.

On his radio show Monday, Beck said he "never regretted giving anybody anything more than I regretted my gift to Mitt Romney." The gift in question: A first-edition copy of George Washington's 1796 farewell address.

"They're really rare and expensive," Beck said, "and I never even got a thank you note."

"Pisses me off to this day," he added.

To be fair, Beck said he gave the book to one of Romney's sons, so it's possible the "From: Glenn Beck" message never got through to the presidential candidate. Still, it's not like Beck gifted one of his apocalypse survival kits. You'd think a unique gift like the one he did give would at least merit a boilerplate Hallmark thank you card. Jon Terbush

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