Larry O’Connor’s Daily Radar Report 05.16.18

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.

Senate Intelligence Committee approves CIA nominee Gina Haspel (Washington Examiner)

The Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday voted 10-5 in favor of Gina Haspel to be the next director of the CIA, setting up her expected Senate confirmation later this month.

“Gina Haspel is the most qualified person the president could choose to lead the CIA and the most prepared nominee in the 70-year history of the agency,” said Commitee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C. “I’m pleased to see the committee favorably report her nomination to the full Senate, and I look forward to her swift confirmation.”

Haspel found bipartisan support after weeks of debate over her role overseeing enhanced interrogation techniques used by the agency more than a decade ago. The committee’s top Democrat, Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, voted for her. [Read More]

ABC set to dial back political humor from pro-Trump ‘Roseanne’ next season (Fox News)

ABC’s “Roseanne” is one of the few popular television programs to feature a pro-Trump character, but conservatives shouldn’t get used to seeing similar ideology on the sitcom for much longer.

ABC entertainment president Channing Dungey put the kibosh on “Roseanne” remaining political in the second season – apparently ditching the strategy the network touted only two months ago.

Dungey said that the show will lean away from politics next season during a conference call with reporters as part of the network’s upfront presentation. Upon learning the news, conservative media icon Matt Drudge tweeted, “Corporate cannibals stripping Roseanne of her fun.” [Read More]

School Apologizes For ‘Most Likely To Bomb The U.S.’ Yearbook Superlative (CBS Chicago)

It’s a yearbook controversy, which has a Valley charter school issuing an apology to parents Monday night.

Parents who just received the yearbook from Sonoran Science Academy were in disbelief after seeing a page in which a student with a Muslim first name was voted “most likely to bomb the U.S.”

Bree Brown has an 11-year-old daughter at the school and said her daughter showed her the post over the weekend and appeared disturbed by it. [Read More]

America’s fittest cities: Arlington, Va., is tops; Minneapolis second. See where your city ranks. (USA Today)

What has the lowest smoking rate in the country, a wealth of farmers markets, a system of well-established parks — and now a reputation as a hot spot for health?

Arlington, Va. — Washington, D.C’s next-door neighbor along the Potomac River— which was named the fittest city in the U.S. on Tuesday by the 2018 American Fitness Indexreport from the American College of Sports Medicine.

The 11th annual ACSM fitness index awarded the urban hub the top ranking thanks to residents’ healthy behaviors. The city’s relatively low smoking rate of 5.9% pales in comparison to the 15% average of the 100 largest cities. [Read More]

Likely Democratic 2020 presidential contenders follow millennials in embrace of socialist idea (The Washington Times)

You would think any political theory that resulted in the deaths of 100 million people would have been discredited by now, but socialism is back in style.

The bicentennial of Karl Marx’s birth has coincided with a groundswell of support for the communist theorist’s ideas. Dozens of Democrats running for local office have embraced the socialist label, and national party leaders are advocating bigger government as they jockey for position on the left wing of the party.

Marion Smith, executive director of the nonpartisan Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, said both parties should be able to get behind opposition to Marxism. [Read More]

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