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Here’s your Fox News First 5 – the first five things you need to know today:
- North Korea could test a hydrogen bomb in Pacific, South Korea media reports, after dictator Kim Jong Un vowed to take the “highest-level” action after President Trump’s provocative speech at the U.N.
- After Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, states are grappling with millions of tons of garbage that will cost billions to haul away.
- A Pennsylvania Democrat drew outrage for telling a town hall audience he thinks cancer-stricken Sen. John McCain won’t back the Graham-Cassidy health care bill because he’s “staring death in the face.”
- Democrats believe military veterans are one of the keys to victory in the 2018 midterms — and are on a mission to draw them away from the GOP.
- Fox News’ Shannon Bream will host a new nightly primetime show, “Fox News @ Night,” starting Oct. 30.
Let’s take a closer look at these stories …
THE LEAD STORY: Kim Jong Un may order hydrogen bomb test in the Pacific … Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho’s comments in South Korea media followed Kim’s assertion that President Trump was “deranged” and would “pay dearly” for his threat to destroy the Hermit Kingdom. Previously at the U.N. General Assembly, Trump mocked Kim as a “rocket man” on a “suicide mission,” and said that if provoked further, “we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.” On Thursday, Trump signed an executive order targeting North Korea’s trading partners with sanctions, calling it a “powerful” tool for isolating and de-nuclearizing the regime.
TONS OF COSTLY TRASH FROM HARVEY AND IRMA: Three weeks after Harvey made landfall, Texans now have another mountainous problem on their hands: millions of tons of garbage … According to estimates, nearly a half-billion dollars will be spent hauling the trash to landfills. Florida and other Gulf states also are tasked with cleaning up – and could face more destruction as storms continue building in the Atlantic.
NO DECENCY FROM DEMS IN HEALTH CARE BATTLE: A Pennsylvania Democrat said at a town hall event that he believes Sen. John McCain, who was diagnosed with brain cancer in July, will defy his fellow Republicans and side with Dems against the Graham-Cassidy health care bill because of his illness … “McCain – I’m worried about,” Rep. Matt Cartwright said. “Something tells me, McCain – he’s staring death in the face right now – so he’s probably going to make good choices and he’s not going to bend to political pressure.” McCain’s daughter Meghan blasted Cartwright’s comments as “disgusting and macabre.”
DEMS TARGET MILITARY VETS FOR 2018: Democrats are on a wide-ranging mission to wrest the veterans vote from Republicans – courting them with the promise of better jobs and running dozens of returning servicemembers for office in the 2018 midterms … Democrats’ efforts reflect the party’s determination to retake control of at least one chamber of Congress next year. While Republicans’ ideals of a powerful military and a boot-strap work ethic have long appealed to active and retired military vets, Democrats think they can make inroads. Donald Trump won 60 percent of the veteran vote last fall, exit polls showed.
FOX NEWS ADDS ONE MORE SHOW TO PRIMETIME: Shannon Bream joins Fox’s primetime lineup with a live newscast at 11 p.m. ET startingOct. 30, the same evening that Laura Ingraham’s new show kicks off … ” Fox News @ Night” will be a live hour of hard news and analysis, as part of the network’s revamped lineup.
There’s so much more you should know as you start the day … so, let’s do this.
ABOUT LAST NIGHT
Heard on Fox: “When we say we are at war, we are talking about a cyber war.” – Director Rob Reiner, on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” attempting to clarify what his group, “Committee to Investigate Russia,” meant when it said the U.S. was at “war” with Russia. Click here to watch
ICYMI (And didn’t set your DVR) …
Special Report: Spokesman for Samantha Power pushes back on “unmasking” allegations
The Story with Martha MacCallum: Sen. Cassidy: I wish Jimmy Kimmel would hear my perspective on health care
Hannity: Mueller war path shows two-tiered system of justice
MINDING YOUR BUSINESS
Apple’s iPhone 8 sees muted launch in Asia
Hewlett Packard Enterprise to cut about 5,000 jobs
CarMax to report 2Q earnings with Texas, Florida car sales in focus
Billionaire L’Oreal heiress Bettencourt dies at 94
FOX TROT ACROSS THE NATION
Murderer sues Kansas prison for “imposing Christian beliefs”
Prosecutors describe Holly Bobo’s final hours in murder trial’s closing arguments
First female Marine in history to graduate infantry training course
Animal abusers could be made to register like sex offenders
NEW IN FOX NEWS OPINION
Tomi Lahren’s “Final Thoughts”: Selective feminists cyberbully Melania Trump over pink dress
Judge Andrew Napolitano: Trump’s frightening and tightening legal noose
Super-rich ex-presidents and the taxpayers who support them
Amazon, Facebook and Google: Are they history’s greatest robber barons?
Kimmel calls Louisiana senator “inbred” during latest health care monologue
ABC greenlights sitcom about undocumented family living in US
Shia LaBeouf claims fight with “racist” bartender was protected free speech
OBJECTified preview: Hulk Hogan opens up on Gawker lawsuit
Jay-Z passes on Super Bowl LII halftime show in support of Colin Kaepernick
DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THIS?
Church of Latter Day Saints acquires Book of Mormon manuscript for $35M
Couple caught have sex at Domino’s could face jail for “obscene and disgusting acts”
7-year-old fitted with 3-D printed hand to throw first pitch at World Series
111-year-old woman credits whiskey for her longevity
DON’T MISS THIS TODAY
On Fox News:
Fox & Friends, 6 a.m. ET: Guests include: political commentator Erick Erickson, who’ll offer his take on fallout from President Trump’s U.N. address.
Shepard Smith Reporting, 3 p.m. ET: Shep will interview USAF Commander Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian, who is leading the war to defeat ISIS.
Fox News Prime-time: We’ll have live coverage of President Trump’s participation in a campaign rally for Sen. Luther Strange in Huntsville, Ala., starting with The Story with Martha MacCallum, starting at 7 p.m. ET, followed by Tucker Carlson Tonight at 8 p.m. ET
On Fox Business:
Mornings with Maria, 6 a.m. ET: Guests include White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short, who will make the case for Graham-Cassidy health care bill. Plus, Maria will get insight from Ray Dalio, founder of Bridgewater Associates, the world’s biggest hedge fund.
Varney & Company, 9 a.m. ET: Guests include Sen. Luther Strange, who will discuss his heated battle with former Ala. State Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore over Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Senate seat and President Trump’s support of his campaign.
1982: Family Ties premieres on NBC.
1975: Sara Jane Moore attempts to shoot President Gerald R. Ford outside a San Francisco hotel, but misses.
1949: Soviet Union detonates its first atomic bomb.
1927: Gene Tunney defends his heavyweight boxing title against Jack Dempsey in the famous “long-count” fight in Chicago.
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