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Developing now, Tuesday, May 8, 2018
- President Trump says he’ll announce his decision on whether the United States will stay in the Iran nuclear deal Tuesday afternoon
- West Virginia will be closely watched among the four states holding key primaries Tuesday as anti-establishment GOP Senate candidate Don Blankenship could test the limits of Trump outsider appeal
- New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman resigns after allegations of violence against women, drug abuse and more surface
- Hawaii residents voice demand answers as two new cracks in ground are reported and the Kilauea volcano continues to wreak havoc
- Walmart announces it will limit opioid prescriptions at pharmacies amid the nationwide drug epidemic
THE LEAD STORY – TRUMP’S MUCH-ANTICIPATED DECISION: President Trump tweeted that he would announce a decision Tuesday on whether the United States will remain in the 2015 Iran nuclear deal … “I will be announcing my decision on the Iran Deal tomorrow from the White House at 2:00pm,” Trump tweeted Monday. The president had given himself a May 12 deadline over the deal, which he has long criticized. Trump has previously signaled that he will pull out of the agreement, but has faced intense pressure from European allies not to do so. Earlier Monday, Trump blasted former Secretary of State John Kerry for “shadow diplomacy” amid reports that Kerry had met with Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif as part of a bid to salvage the nuclear deal.
PRIMARY TUESDAY IN ‘TRUMP COUNTRY’: West Virginia will join Indiana, North Carolina and Ohio in hosting primary elections in states President Trump carried in 2016 – and it may be the most closely watched, thanks to outsider GOP Senate candidate Don Blankenship … Blankenship has repeatedly targeted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Despite serving a one-year prison sentence for conspiring to violate mine safety laws, he could still become the Republican nominee for Senate on Tuesday. GOP operatives in D.C. are concerned Blankenship might have a hard time beating Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. in the fall, for the same reason Judge Roy Moore lost to Sen. Doug Jones, D-Ala., in December – too much baggage. This is why President Trump urged voters to “remember Alabama” and note vote for Blankenship but support Rep. Evan Jenkins, R-W.Va. or Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.
A POWERFUL DEMOCRAT’S STUNNING FALL: New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, longtime pillar of New York’s Democratic establishment, Trump critic and supporter of the #MeToo movement, announced his resignation Monday night, hours after The New Yorker magazine published allegations of physical abuse and controlling behavior by four women who had romantic relationships or encounters with him … Schneiderman was accused in the wide-ranging report — co-written by Ronan Farrow — of hitting and choking women without their consent, asking to use “about half” of a woman’s prescription of the anti-anxiety drug Xanax, and mocking anti-gun demonstrators, including parents from Sandy Hook Elementary School, the site of the 2012 shooting massacre, as “losers.” It was not immediately clear who would succeed Schneiderman. He was seeking a third term as attorney general this November and had been tapped as a possible successor to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
‘TELL US WHAT’S GOING ON’: More than 100 frustrated residents packed into Pahoa High School’s cafeteria Monday night, demanding county, state and federal officials be straight with them on the danger still developing as Kilauea, Hawaii’s most active volcano, continues its path of destruction … “Don’t tell us to sit in a shelter,” one angry resident said. “Tell us what is going on. Rumors and fear are spreading. What is going on? Someone tell us something.” There has been a growing sense of confusion from some residents in the area. They say they haven’t been given details on what actions are being taken to protect their homes and what dangers remain. The meeting comes as two new cracks in the ground were confirmed in the community. Twelve fissures have been reported in Leilani Estates, near the town of Pahoa. So far, more than 35 structures – 26 of them homes – have burned down.
WALMART TACKLES OPIOID CRISIS: Walmart announced Monday it will begin to restrict opioid prescriptions to help stem the deadly drug epidemic … Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies are set to limit customers’ opioid prescriptions to a seven-day supply, with up to a 50 morphine milligram equivalent maximum per day, the company said in a news release. The new rules align with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines which suggest “three days or less will often be sufficient” for those prescribed the painkillers, and “more than seven days will rarely be needed.” Walmart will follow state laws for those which require opioid prescriptions to be filled for less than seven days.
AS SEEN ON FOX NEWS
‘THREE WOMEN, ONE DOUBLE STANDARD’: “It’s amazing to watch the media disparage and attack women of real substance while they laud a woman who spends most of her time hanging off a pole half or completely naked.” – Laura Ingraham, on “The Ingraham Angle,” arguing there is a double standard between the press treatment of first lady Melania Trump and Haspel and that of porn star Stormy Daniels and that Democrats are trying to make an icon out of someone who spends “most of her time hanging off a pole.” WATCH
SKAKEL CASE, REVISITED: “It will never be to rest. There’s no hate in our hearts [though]. That’s too heavy of a burden to bear.” – John Moxley, brother of Martha Moxley, on “The Story with Martha MacCallum,” reacting to the Connecticut Supreme Court’s decision to re-hear the case against Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel, who has been previously convicted in Martha Moxley’s killing. WATCH
McCain book blasts Benghazi response as bureaucratic ‘a– covering,‘ hits Trump.
Sen. Orrin Hatch calls McCain’s decision not to invite Trump to funeral ‘ridiculous.’
Melania Trump unveils ‘Be Best’ initiative to help kids.
Baby suffers stroke in womb, parents shocked to find out 6 months later.
Cracks in Mueller probe: Questions over Manafort charges, Flynn plea embolden Trump allies.
More than 50 intel, security officials from both parties back Gina Haspel as CIA turns over files.
Sessions says all illegal border crossers will be prosecuted; children may be separated from parents.
ACROSS THE NATION
George Zimmerman charged with stalking investigator involved in Trayvon Martin documentary.
Walmart to limit opioid prescriptions at pharmacies amid epidemic.
Manhunt for killer after ‘multiple’ people shot dead inside Maryland home.
Idaho State University loses weapons-grade plutonium capable of making a dirty bomb.
MINDING YOUR BUSINESS
NASCAR owners reportedly considering a sale.
Elon Musk scoops up $10 million in Tesla stock | Takeda offers to buy Shirefor $62B.
Disney earnings: ESPN streaming service, pending Fox deal, busy quarter.
Why Bank of America is funding rifle maker despite pledge to end gun support.
WARREN BUFFETT AND LIZ CLAMAN
Warren Buffett investment pushes Apple closer to $1T.
Buffett lauds Wells Fargo as it launches brand campaign.
Buffett favors U.S. sticking with Iran nuke deal | Full coverage
FOX NEWS OPINION
Hans A. von Spakovsky: Is Mueller going to investigate George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Andrew Jackson, too?
Salena Zito: Trump’s election in 2016 was no fluke, and America’s political ‘experts’ still don’t get it.
Met Gala’s 2018 Catholic Church theme stirs up controversy on social media.
Joe Piscopo blasts Stormy Daniels on ‘SNL,’ joins alums critical of left-leaning show’s treatment of Trump, conservatives.
Jeffrey Tambor on #MeToo allegations: I’m ‘mean,’ but I never sexually harassed anyone.
DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THIS?
King Tut mystery solved: No ‘hidden chamber’ in famous tomb, experts say.
Injured bear fatally mauls man who attempted to take a selfie with it.
Tourists unknowingly toss dinosaur tracks into lake at a Utah state park.
On Fox News:
Fox & Friends, 6 a.m. ET: Former CIA officer Buck Sexton explains why John Kerry’s reported efforts to save the Iran deal are ‘wrong in every way.’ A fallen soldier’s American flag was stolen from his family and now they are asking the thief to bring it back. Plus, Lt. Col. Oliver North on becoming the next president of the NRA; and a closer look at how MS-13 is reportedly ‘Americanizing’ by opening its doors to female members.
On Fox Business:
Mornings with Maria, 6 a.m. ET: Guests include: Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget; Chris Swecker, former assistant FBI director; Ian Bremmer, Eurasia Group president.
Cavuto: Coast to Coast, Noon ET: Christian Whiton, former State Department senior adviser.
The Intelligence Report, 2 p.m. ET: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers.
Countdown to the Closing Bell, 3 p.m. ET: Rep. John Garamendi; Mario Cordero, Port of Long Beach executive director.
After the Bell, 4 p.m. ET: Jane Timken, Ohio GOP chairwoman
The Evening Edit, 5 p.m. ET: Guests include: Allen West, former Fla. congressman; Marc Lotter, former special assistant to President Trump; Melissa Ackison, Republican Senate candidate for Ohio.
On Fox News Radio:
Benson & Harf, 6 p.m. ET: Don’t miss the new show hosted by Guy Benson, political editor at Townhall.com and Marie Harf, former senior adviser of strategic communications at the State Department.
The Fox News Rundown podcast: On Tuesday, four states will cast their votes to help set the stage for midterm elections in November. While Democrats are hoping for a blue wave, Republicans believe they can maintain the majority. Kyle Kondik, managing editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics, breaks down the competition in each state. Nearly 2,000 residents of Hawaii have been forced to evacuate their homes because of the Kilauea volcano eruption. Fox News’ Lee Ross provides details from the island. Plus, commentary by Van Hipp, former deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Army.
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The Brian Kilmeade Show, 9 a.m. ET: Allen West on Trump’s expected announcement on the Iran nuclear deal; Larry Sabato and Chris Stirewalt on Tuesday’s primaries and their potential impact on the November midterms; comedian Dennis Miller gives his take on the day’s top headlines; Brad Meltzer on his new children’s book, “I am Gandhi” and James Fallows and Deborah Fallows on their new book, “Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America.”
1984: The Soviet Union announces it would boycott the upcoming Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
1978: David R. Berkowitz pleads guilty in a Brooklyn courtroom to murder, attempted murder and assault in connection with the “Son of Sam” shootings that claimed six lives and terrified New Yorkers. (Berkowitz was sentenced to six consecutive life prison terms.)
1945: President Harry S. Truman announces on radio that Nazi Germany’s forces had surrendered, and that “the flags of freedom fly all over Europe.”
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