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Nick Givas | Media And Politics Reporter

Former Justice Department attorney J. Christian Adams claimed U.S. ambassadors are working to sabotage President Donald Trump from within on “Fox & Friends” Wednesday.

Adams was commenting on Republican North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows’s point — he previously said “there was a coordinated effort to take this president down,” and that even ambassadors were involved.

“It’s important to understand something, that a lot of these ambassadors are either Obama leftovers, or they come from something called the foreign service. This is the swampiest part of the swamp,” Adams said. (RELATED: Rod Rosenstein Staying At Justice Department ‘A Little Longer’)

“It’s career people who almost think they’re some kind of hereditary elite whose role in the world is to preserve the world order — not to serve the United States. And these people despise President Trump, so it wouldn’t surprise me at all that some of these ambassadors who are career foreign service officers are engaging in exactly what Congressman Meadows says.”

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Adams cited Meadows, who has been an outspoken critic of deep state bureaucrats. Adams said Meadows will likely continue to be the main source of information on bureaucratic abuse going forward.

“Look, you need to understand something. Congressman [Mark] Meadows is very close to these things. Remember, he was the congressman who first knew before the media did that the FISA warrants against Trump campaign officials were based on cooked-up, phony information,” he said.

“The dossier, Bruce Ohr at the Justice Department — Congressman Meadows knew that information way in advance, so he’s been very good on these things and learning about them before the rest of the country does. So I think that he has a track record of reliability that really is going to make this an interesting story to follow.”

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Chris White | Energy Reporter

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler criticized the Obama administration’s handling of Flint’s lead water problems and promised Wednesday he is going to avoid making the same mistakes.

“Part of the problem with Flint was there was a breakdown in once they got the data, once the city of Flint, the state of Michigan, the Obama EPA – they sat on it,” Wheeler told CBS News in an exclusive interview.

Scott Pruitt made similar remarks during his short stint as President Donald Trump’s EPA head, telling reporters in 2017 that former President Barack Obama’s environmental record was miserable in Flint, Michigan.

“Well, he left us with more Superfund sites than when he came in,” Pruitt said at the time. “He had Gold King [the 2015 mine wastewater spill] and Flint, Michigan [drinking water crisis]. He tried to regulate CO2 twice and flunked twice. Struck out. So what’s so great about that record? I don’t know.” Wheeler, who was confirmed in February, is taking a note out of his predecessor’s playbook. (RELATED: EPA’s Scott Pruitt: What Was So Great About Obama’s Environmental Record?)

A woman with a “Flint Lives Matter” shirt walks toward a hearing room where Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will testify before a House Oversight and government Reform hearing on “Examining Federal Administration of the Safe Drinking Water Act in Flint, Michigan, Part III” on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C, on March 17, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo

“We’re not doing that. As soon as we get information that there’s a problem, we’re stepping in, we’re helping the local community get that water system cleaned up,” he told CBS News’s Major Garrett. Wheeler also insisted that his EPA will focus on making sure children have ready access to clean drinking water — he noted in the interview thousands of children die globally every year due to unsanitary water.

Flint’s so-called water crisis became a political flash point during Obama’s second term after reports surfaced claiming the city’s drinking water was contaminated with unstable amounts of lead. The EPA’s top official for the region resigned after news came out that her office knew about the lead problem for months but ignored red flags.

News of Flint’s lead problems resulted in serious consequences. Nearly 2,000 citizens in the majority-black city filed a $722 million lawsuit in 2017 against the EPA for failing to handle the water crisis. The lawsuit claims the agency failed to take the proper steps to ensure state and local authorities were addressing the crisis.

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Nick Givas | Media And Politics Reporter

A mother whose son was killed by an illegal immigrant demanded justice Wednesday after the killer was given a light sentence.

“My son, he was a very … he loved life. He lived life as if every day was the last day. And I didn’t intend for his last day to come so soon,” Cameo Robinson said Wednesday on “Fox & Friends.”

Jamar Beach was riding his motorcycle in North Carolina on Sept. 1, 2018 when Cruz Carmona failed to yield and crashed into Beach’s bike. Beach was then decapitated, and Carmona kept driving.

“At that point, yes, it was an accident,” Robinson said. “However, Mr. Cruz Carmona never stopped. He decapitated my son and kept going with his body lodged in the side of the van. And so for me, that’s not an accident. That was a choice at that point.”

Carmona only received 20-33 months in prison after prosecutors said they couldn’t pursue further charges without evidence, according to WRAL. He could be released in as little as 14 months with credit for time served.

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“For me it comes to mind that you had no type of caring or empathy for life itself,” Robinson said. (RELATED: Supremes To Decide If States Can Prosecute Illegal Immigrants For Identity Theft)

“Because, for you to drive away with a body lodged in a van and you were not alone. You had friends in the van. So for a van-load full of people to have a body come across them, they had to move my son and then you parked the van in a parking space … because I did look at the crime scene pictures. You parked in a parking space and walked 20 feet home or wherever you went to. And at that point, you never called the paramedics, the ambulance, or anything at that point.”

Robinson said Carmona should be deported along with any illegal immigrant who commits a major crime.

“Him being in the country illegally, that is — there’s so much of that going on nowadays. Especially down in North Carolina, but his punishment should be deportation,” she said.

“And although he will probably return, that still should be his punishment because he’s committed a crime, so therefore, he doesn’t deserve the opportunity to live in the land of the free. Because he should have been at home taking care of his family. He is married, with two young children himself. So, for him to be here, making money and sending it home to Mexico, either you stay in Mexico or you come here and get yourself legal and then start your life in the land of the free.”

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Paul Ingrassia | Contributor

Former Republican Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is reportedly mulling another bid for statewide office.

The Washington Post reported Tuesday that Walker is “not ruling anything out” for 2022 and has his sights set on running for a senate seat or the governorship should an opportunity arise.

Current Democratic Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers just last year defeated Walker for the office. Based on the results of a Marquett poll from January, Evers enjoys strong support for a bevy of his key budget and policy priorities, which include expanding Medicaid through federal funding, increases in education spending, and legalizing recreational marijuana.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump (L) is welcomed to the stage by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker during a campaign rally at the W.L. Zorn Arena November 1, 2016 in Altoona, Wisconsin. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump (L) is welcomed to the stage by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker during a campaign rally at the W.L. Zorn Arena November 1, 2016 in Altoona, Wisconsin. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Yet Walker has not ruled out a potential rematch in 2022:

“As you know, I think six months is a lifetime in politics,” Walker told the Post. “I’m not ruling anything out. My wife … told me, ‘Don’t pretend you wouldn’t ever running again.’”

Walker also has his eyes set on another office: the US senate seat currently occupied by Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, who has strongly hinted at not seeking a third term in 2022.

“I would defer to him,” Walker said of Ron Johnson’s decision to seek reelection. “If he chose to run again, I wouldn’t run.”

In the meantime, Walker has used his time as a private citizen to barnstorm across the country campaigning in various states to enact a federal balanced-budget amendment by a constitutional convention.

The former governor chairs a nonprofit group that seeks to replicate his success as governor in calling for an unprecedented convention to amend the U.S. Constitution for a balanced-budget amendment in 2017, across other states. Walker intends to visit Idaho, Montana, Kentucky, and Virginia this summer.

Walker got heat from Wisconsin Democrats before departing office last year when he signed legislation that curbed the power of the newly elected Democratic governor and attorney general during a lame-duck session.

Wisconsin was one of the “blue wall” states to go red in 2016 that ultimately lead to victory for President Donald Trump. The state is poised to be a key battleground again come 2020. Earlier this month, it was reported that Milwaukee, the state’s largest city, will host the 2020 Democratic National Convention. (RELATED: It’s Official: DNC To Host Annual Convention In A Place Hillary Passed Over)

Walker was one of 17 major candidates to launch a presidential campaign in 2016. After dropping out in September 2015, he endorsed Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. Since then, he has appeared at rallies in support of Trump.

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Overturning Roe v. Wade is necessary to energize abortion advocates to fight against conservative moves that continue to chip away at abortion protections across the U.S., an activist argued Wednesday.

“[I]f Roe v. Wades fate really comes before the Supreme Court, then for the first time in decades, the abortion rights movement will understand that the threat it is facing is not theoretical, and supporters will stop fighting like it is,” Robin Marty wrote in a Wednesday op-ed published in Politico Magazine.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade that women have a constitutional right to an abortion under the 14th Amendment on Jan. 22, 1973. The ruling extended the right to abort up to the point of fetal “viability,” which physicians generally agree sits around 24 weeks. The term, however, continues to foster debate as neonatal care advances.

Following the court’s ruling, abortion advocates have failed to effectively challenge moves stripping away abortion protections at the state level, according to Marty.

“Democrats have done little to stem the tide of legislation that has winnowed away access to abortion across the country, even while it has remained technically legal,” Marty wrote, citing more than 400 laws passed by state legislatures since 2011, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research and policy organization on reproductive health and rights.

Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, West Virginia and Wisconsin have laws banning abortion that would become effective if Roe v. Wade is overturned, according to the Guttmacher Institute. Louisiana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Mississippi also have constitutional statutes that would make abortion illegal should the court overturn Roe v. Wade.

Because abortion is protected at the federal level, Americans have largely come to regard abortion as a “second-tier political issue,” according to Marty. “If Roe v. Wade is overturned, the decision will finally force the ideological zeal typical of a political opposition — the force that has long powered the anti-abortion movement — onto the abortion rights movement. And liberal complacency on the issue of abortion could end for good,” Marty wrote. (RELATED: Supreme Court Legalized Abortion 46 Years Ago. Here’s A Look At Abortion Across The US)

An abortion rights activist holds up a sign as marchers take part in the 46th annual March for Life in Washington, U.S., Jan. 18, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Liberal complacency has permitted restrictions on abortion access to disproportionately affect marginalized communities where more privileged women have suffered, according to Marty.

“If Roe is overturned in the United States, our current phase of post-Roecomplacency will be seen not as a rational response to an era of secure reproductive rights,” Marty wrote.

She is the author of “Handbook for a Post-Roe America.”

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Anders Hagstrom | Justice Reporter

South Carolina Democrats argued for more than an hour to prevent legislation that would require state universities to teach a “Constitution 101” course Tuesday.

The Republican-proposed bill would update an existing 1924 requirement to teach the course, which the University of South Carolina has hitherto ignored. The legislation has already passed in the Senate, but Democrats in a Tuesday House subcommittee hearing argued it would be too burdensome on students both financially and academically. The bill would require each USC student to take a 3-credit, semester-long class covering America’s founding documents, including the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and the Federalist Papers.

Democratic South Carolina State Reps. Ivory Thigpen and Wendy Brawley argued the cost of the course, which Thigpen referred to as “Constitution 101,” may be transferred to students. They also pointed to a representative from USC who argued against the bill’s requirement that students pass a comprehensive exam covering the course material to graduate.

Republican South Carolina State Rep. Garry Smith, who is sponsoring the bill in the House, pointed to several classes not required by law that USC could stop offering if it wanted to cut costs, such as “Public Diplomacy and Global Citizenship.”

“I would argue that if you can’t pass a comprehensive exam on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, then maybe you shouldn’t graduate,” Smith said. (RELATED: South Carolina And Clemson Get Into Huge Hockey Brawl)

The bill is the latest attempt from South Carolina Republicans to get U.S.C. to offer a class that is already required by law. The first push came in 2014, which USC President Harris Pastides rebuffed with a letter listing several reasons the university could not offer the class, the law’s mandate to test students for “loyalty to the United States” among them. (RELATED: Warren Wants To Get Rid Of The Electoral College)

“It appears that an update of these statutes is necessary to strike the balance between compliance and application,” Pastides wrote at the time. “The University of South Carolina is committed to working with members of the General Assembly on a favorable solution.”

The updated legislation appears to address each of Pastides’ concerns.

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Julie Borowski | Video Columnist

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang has endorsed a monthly universal basic income of $1,000 for every American adult.

Libertarian commentator Julie Borowski calls out her fellow libertarians for their inconsistency and support for universal basic income. “It’s not just liberals who support it … some libertarians support it too,” she said. “Kinda weird for people who are supposed to be against the welfare state, right?”

“If we accept that government welfare is a given, shouldn’t we at least try to restrict it to the needy instead of expanding it to include everybody?” Borowski said.

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Chris White | Energy Reporter

European Union regulators fined Google a hefty $1.7 billion Wednesday on the basis that the Silicon Valley giant violated various anti-trust laws, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

Google engaged in “illegal practices” in a bid to “cement its dominant market position” in advertising markets, Margrethe Vestager, EU’s top competition commissioner, said in a press statement announcing the penalty. Additional criticisms and possible fines were still to come, she added.

Vestager has been a real headache for Google. She has now fined the tech giant more than $9 billion for antitrust violations.  U.S. regulators have so far avoided slapping fines on Google, though President Donald Trump flirted with the idea in November 2018. (RELATED: Trump’s Looking At Antitrust For Silicon Valley ‘Very Seriously’)

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A Google logo is seen at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, U.S., November 1, 2018. REUTERS/ Stephen Lam

Google has already made “a wide range of changes to our products to address the [European] Commission’s concerns,” Kent Walker, the company’s senior vice president of global affairs, said in a statement. Google has not yet disclosed whether it will consider appealing the E.U.’s decision.

Trump, for his part, has a long and sordid relationship with big tech, which he views as antithetical to conservative free expression. He told The Daily Caller in a 2018 interview that he believes Facebook and Google are interfering in the U.S. election on behalf of the Democratic Party.

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Michael Bastasch | Energy Editor

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke would not sign a pledge presented to him by environmental activists in New Hampshire to not take contributions from coal, gas and oil companies.

Activists with the New Hampshire Youth Movement posted a video on Twitter of O’Rourke declining to sign the group’s “No Fossil Fuel Money” pledge. The pledge asks candidates to reject donations of $200 or greater from fossil fuel companies, executives and affiliated PACs.

“If you had facts on here, I would sign it,” O’Rourke is heard saying on the video taken by activists during a campaign event at Keene State College Tuesday night, “but I… No, I can’t.”

This is the same pledge O’Rourke signed during the 2018 election cycle, but was removed from the list of signatories when it was discovered he took $430,000 from oil and gas executives. O’Rourke lost his bid to unseat Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz in November. (RELATED: Everything You’ve Been Taught About Polar Bears And Global Warming Is Wrong, Book Says)

So far, only five other Democratic 2020 hopefuls signed the “No Fossil Fuel Money” pledge, including New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee.

On the other hand, 10 declared Democratic 2020 presidential candidates have not pledged to reject fossil fuel industry donations, including California Sen. Kamala Harris, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

Environmentalists are trying to seize on the hype surrounding the Green New Deal to push their anti-fossil fuels pledge. The pledge, administered by a coalition led by the environmental group Oil Change, has been around for years and currently has more than 1,300 signatories.

O’Rourke said he hadn’t “seen anything better” than the Green New Deal to address global warming. Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s resolution calls for a rapid move towards a “net-zero” greenhouse gas emissions economy as well as a host of welfare programs.

Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate O'Rourke speaks in Keene

Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate and former U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke speaks at a campaign stop at Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire, U.S., March 19, 2019. REUTERS/Brian Snyder.

O’Rourke opined at length about climate change at his Keene campaign stop, saying it was “caused by our own excesses and inaction.”

“Not only is it caused by our own excesses and inaction, but it is harming us, taking the lives of our fellow Americans and our fellow human beings all over the world, right now, as we stand together here in New Hampshire,” Beto said Tuesday night, WMUR 9 reported.

Given his remarks, environmentalists were disappointed he didn’t sign the pledge. However, the success rate of “No Fossil Fuel Money” pledge signatories seeking federal office is less than stellar, according to election data.

Of the more than 430 federal office-seekers who signed the “No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge,” only 28 won. Of those 28, 13 were incumbents.

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Molly Prince | Politics Reporter

Presidential hopeful and former Democratic Rep. Robert “Beto” O’Rourke stated Tuesday he is confident he can win the state of Texas in the general election.

“Yes, I think we can win Texas,” O’Rourke told reporters during a campaign event in New Hampshire. “I think we’ve proven we know how to campaign.”

O’Rourke, who continuously trailed Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz throughout the duration of their campaigns, failed to obtain the seat as junior U.S. senator to the state of Texas in November. However, as the race tightened to a margin of single digits in the consistently red state, speculation of O’Rourke entering the national political arena began to percolate. The speculation was heightened after he began to advocate for policies not popular in Texas such as gun ownership and border security.

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“We’ve been to each one of those 254 counties,” O’Rourke continued. “We’ve listened to the stories our fellow Texans have told us. We’ve incorporated it in the way in which we campaign.” (RELATED: Beto O’Rourke Out-Raises All Other 2020 Candidates On First Day)

O’Rourke has a proven capacity to generate enormous campaign donations, particularly with small dollars, which was highlighted during his run for Senate against Cruz. He amassed a war chest of cash after donations from around the country began rolling in. Accordingly, he received more campaign contributions in one quarter than any Senate candidate in American history.

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However, a significant amount of the contributions O’Rourke received were from out-of-state donors. Between January 2017 and mid-October 2018, he raised just over $61 million in individual campaign donations, according to the Federal Election Commission. In that period, more than $45 million were fundraised through the left-wing fundraising website ActBlue and nearly 50 percent of which came from states other than Texas.

Winning Texas’s 38 electoral college votes has long been a pipe dream for Democrats. The party has not won the Lone Star state in a presidential race since former President Jimmy Carter ran in 1976.

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