Larry O’Connor’s Radar Report 01.08.19

Curious about today’s topics on The Larry O’Connor Show? Below are a few stories on the radar. Be sure to listen to The Larry O’Connor Show Monday – Friday 3pm – 6pm on WMAL.

Trump to address nation about national security crisis on border (The Washington Times)

President Trump takes his case for border security directly to American voters Tuesday night in a prime-time address aimed at enlisting the public’s help in convincing Congress to pony up billions of dollars for his border wall.

The president will then jet to the border on Thursday for an up-close look at what he says is a dire security crisis.

He’s pondering declaring a national emergency and enlisting the military to construct the wall, circumventing congressional Democrats who have insisted they won’t approve any new money for his border-barrier vision.

Vice President Mike Pence, briefing reporters Monday, said no decision has been made and they’re still studying the legal justification. [Read More]

NYC Mayor Guarantees Comprehensive Health Care for All in Historic Surprise Announcement (NBC New York)

New York City will begin guaranteeing comprehensive health care to every single resident regardless of someone’s ability to pay or immigration status, an unprecedented plan that will protect the more than half-a-million New Yorkers currently using the ER as a primary provider, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

It’s not health insurance, his spokesman clarified after the surprise announcement on MSNBC Tuesday morning.  [Read More]

Yes, Anti-Zionism Is The Same As Anti-Semitism (The Federalist)

In a recent New York Times op-ed titled “Anti-Zionism isn’t the same as Anti-Semitism,” columnist Michelle Goldberg defended Ilhan Omar, a newly elected House representative who has claimed that Jews have hypnotized the world for their evil works. A person can oppose “Jewish ethno-nationalism without being a bigot,” Goldberg explained. “Indeed,” she went on, “it’s increasingly absurd to treat the Israeli state as a stand-in for Jews writ large, given the way the current Israeli government has aligned itself with far-right European movements that have anti-Semitic roots.”

It’s true, of course, that anti-Zionism isn’t “the same” as common anti-Semitism. Anti-Zionism is the most significant and consequential form of anti-Semitism that exists in the world today. Anti-Zionism has done more to undermine Jewish safety than all the ugly tweets, dog whistles, and white nationalist marches combined. It is the predominant justification for violence, murder, and hatred against Jews in Europe and the Middle East. And it’s now infiltrating American politics. [Read More]

Supervisor Meyer Will Run for State Senate (Loudoun Now)

Loudoun County Supervisor Ron A. Meyer Jr. (R-Broad Run) said Monday he is planning to run for state senate, seeking to replace retiring Senator Richard “Dick” H. Black (R-13).Meyer, who in 2015 was the youngest person ever elected to the Loudoun Board of Supervisors at 26 years old, said he will be focused on transportation issues. And he said last week’s Board of Supervisors debate around a proposed deal with the Dulles Greenway for limited distance-based tolling and continued guaranteed annual toll increases was “a huge turning point.” [Read More]

Joe Manchin: Elizabeth Warren ‘will have a hard time in West Virginia’ (Washington Examiner)

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said he anticipates a tough road ahead for his colleague Elizabeth Warren in his home state as she tests the waters for a 2020 presidential run.

Speaking to CNN on Tuesday, Manchin suggested the liberal senator from Massachusetts should change her tune to appeal to his constituents.

“Elizabeth will have a hard time in West Virginia, she really would, but she’s welcome to come down. Maybe she can change her positions,” Manchin said. [Read More]

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