White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, who has tried to control what information Trump receives about the Alabama race, was initially wary of the president appearing with a senator who might lose. He preferred Trump spend his time on policy initiatives such as tax reform rather than rousing crowds at political rallies. Likewise, Bill Stepien, the White House political director, urged caution and at first recommended that Trump stay out of the state, administration officials said.
Senate Republicans, however, were unwilling to let the president turn his attention elsewhere. A Strange defeat, they worried, could prompt some GOP senators to retire to avoid facing the wrath of anti-establishment voters and the likes of Bannon’s Breitbart News.
Kelly, who came around to backing the rally, was also told by several senators that Republicans might be hesitant to fully back Trump’s agenda if they were uncertain about his support for them. – READ MORE
President Trump held a rally in Alabama on Friday ahead of a Sept. 26 primary election.
Luther Strange was appointed to the senate when Jeff Sessions was nominated Attorney General.
Trump supporters back conservative Judge Roy Moore.
Trump supports Mitch McConnell’s candidate Luther Strange
Steven Bannon, Sarah Palin, Ben Carson, among other conservatives are supporting Judge Roy Moore, who is currently leading in polls.
Strange campaign staff tells audience: “Look excited! Happy!”
Health Insurers in New Mexico To Implement Record-High Premium Increases
Insurance superintendent says premiums are spiking because not enough people are signing up for coverage
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Health insurers in New Mexico are increasing premiums at the highest rate seen in the four-year history of the state’s exchanges, the Albuquerque Journal reported.
Insurers will increase premiums next year from a range of 36 to 41 percent for midlevel insurance plans. For all plans, premiums are expected to rise a range of 17 to 49 percent.
Sixty percent of consumers in New Mexico will qualify for subsidies to lower the cost of the increasing premium.
“I feel sorry for the other 40 percent though,” said John Franchini, the state’s insurance superintendent. “Forty percent have to pay the full brunt of the rate increases.”
Shawnetta D. Reece: gym teacher arrested over sex with 15-year-old boy strikes again, sexually assaulted an 18 years old
A Georgia gym teacher who is facing charges for allegedly molesting a 15-year-old boy has been charged again over a second student who police say she assaulted two years ago.
Shawnetta D. Reece, 40, was first arrested in August over her relationship with a 15-year-old who police say she molested in 2013.
The woman was working as a gym teacher at Union County Middle School at the time and the boy was moving from the eighth grade into the ninth grade.
…In August, the bureau announced her arrest over her relationship with the 15-year-old boy.
At the time, they said she had been ‘sexually involved’ with the child.
‘The student was moving from the 8th grade into the 9th grade during this time.
‘As a result of the investigation, Reece has been arrested for child molestation and sexual assault by persons with supervisory or disciplinary authority,’ the bureau said.
There was no information on whether Reece was granted bail following her second arrest on Friday night.
- Trump: “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right”
Donald Trump said he would love to see owners of NFL teams fire any player kneeling and disrespecting the American flag.
“We are proud of our country. We respect our flag,” Trump said on Friday in Alabama. “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right”
Today, for the first time as first lady, Melania Trump gardened in the White House vegetable garden. The garden was established in 2009 by Michelle Obama as part of her campaign promoting healthy eating. Melania joined the Boys & Girls Club to pick fresh vegetables out of the garden.
Melania also gave the kids honey and garden seeds to take home. Except for two white kids, the rest are black children.
The First Lady is getting criticized for her Balmain plaid shirt. Net-A-Porter is selling the shirt for $1,380
To remind these jealous reporters, when Michelle Obama gardened in 2009, she wore Jimmy Choo boots, according to the Telegraph. According to the Jimmy Choo website, the price tag for a comparable modern-day version is $1,150.
Senate John McCain announced Friday he cannot ‘in good conscience’ vote for the latest Obamacare repeal bill, delivering a critical blow to the latest Republican effort.
‘I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal,’ McCain said in a statement, making himself the second Republican to come out against it.
‘I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried. Nor could I support it without knowing how much it will cost, how it will effect insurance premiums, and how many people will be helped or hurt by it,’ McCain said.
McCain delivered the body blow to a previous ‘skinny’ Obamcare repeal bill, returning from Arizona after a brain cancer diagnosis and procedure to vote against it. Then, as on Friday, he brought up the process that was rushing the measure to the Senate floor, this time without a Congressional Budget Office Score.
Read more: BREAKING NEWS – McCain KILLS Obamacare repeal for a second time as he announces he will oppose his pal Graham’s bill, hours after Trump threatened political consequences for whoever votes against it