Larry O’Connor’s Radar Report 10.09.18

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.

Nikki Haley out as United Nations ambassador (Washington Examiner)

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has resigned and will be out of her top diplomatic post by the end of the year.

President Trump and Haley announced her departure in a rare Oval Office send-off, with both leaders describing Haley’s exit as amicable and long-anticipated.

Trump said in televised remarks that Haley foreshadowed her exit about six months ago, and that he wanted an on-air goodbye to dispel speculation about an adversarial ouster. [Read More]

Clinton: ‘You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for’ (CNN)

Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that civility in America can only begin again if Democrats win back the House or Senate this fall.

“You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about,” Clinton said in an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. “That’s why I believe, if we are fortunate enough to win back the House and or the Senate, that’s when civility can start again. But until then, the only thing that the Republicans seem to recognize and respect is strength.”
Clinton alluded to previous controversies — like the 2000 election recount to the “swift boat” attacks against John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election to the confirmation of Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh — as evidence of what she sees as hardball tactics by Republicans. [Read More]

FBI’s smoking gun: Redactions protected political embarrassment, not ‘national security’ (The Hill)

To declassify or not to declassify? That is the question, when it comes to the FBI’s original evidence in the Russia collusion case.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI have tried to thwart President Trump on releasing the evidence, suggesting it will harm national security, make allies less willing to cooperate, or even leave him vulnerable to accusations that he is trying to obstruct the end of the Russia probe.

Before you judge the DOJ’s and FBI’s arguments — which are similar to those offered to stop the release of information in other major episodes of American history, from the Bay of Pigs to 9/11 — consider Footnote 43 on Page 57 of Chapter 3 of the House Intelligence Committee’s report earlier this year on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. [Read More]

President Trump has a Thursday lunch date with Kanye West (USA Today)

Rapper Kanye West will meet Thursday with President Donald Trump, the White House confirmed.

“Kanye West is coming to the White House to have lunch with President Trump and he will also meet with Jared Kushner,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said.

Sanders said the president and the rapper plan to discuss “manufacturing resurgence in America, prison reform, how to prevent gang violence, and what can be done to reduce violence in Chicago.” [Read More]

Facebook Stifles Ads For Film On Abortion Monster Kermit Gosnell (The Federalist)

In the face of Russian attempts to sow discord, Facebook has attempted to take on the mantle of benevolent dictator. The social media giant has issued bans and threats for small reasons and occasionally memory-holed other content for ostensibly bigger ones. Never mind that those actions all seem to move in one direction — Facebook is just looking out for you.

On May 24, Facebook expanded its dedication to providing content as it sees fit to “boosted” and “promoted” posts, that is, posts made on an official page which the owner pays to promote in an attempt to reach a wider audience. It’s under this policy that the movie “Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer” found itself being censored by the tech behemoth. [Read More]

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