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Friday, January 11, 2019

A week ago, I kicked off a "roses for Pelosi" effort, seeking to raise money to send 10,000 roses to our newly reminted speaker of the House. When the final tally was made, we had enough to send TWENTY-FIVE THOUSAND. With a herculean team effort, we managed to find a wholesaler to procure that many roses in a week, and a florist to prep them. I then flew to D.C. to be on hand for the delivery. Of course, 25,000 roses were too many for any congressional office, even Pelosi's. So we ended up having 8,000 delivered to the Capitol, and the rest we diverted -- at the suggestion of the speaker's office -- to Walter Reed Medical Center. I spent a good part of the morning moving crates of roses up to Pelosi's second-story office (a great workout!), thankful that we didn't have the full 25,000 to move!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

When a Gaston County teenager went missing in 2015, Lowell police officer Paul Blair was assigned to her case. First he found the 13-year-old, a new court document says, then he began showing up at her home late at night, bringing candy and giving her rides in his patrol car. Blair, a husband and father, told the girl's parents he wanted to be their daughter's mentor. Instead, he began having sex with her in his patrol car while still on duty and wearing his uniform, the court document says.

The world's richest couple is splitting up. Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, are getting a divorce after 25 years of marriage, according to a joint statement put out Wednesday on the Amazon CEO's Twitter account. read more

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Routine examinations at the Port of Philadelphia led to a big fentanyl bust. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized 110 pounds of the deadly opioid. A narcotics detector dog found the drugs in a shipment of iron oxide that arrived from China on June 25. The seized fentanyl has a street value estimated at $1.7 million. Officials say they used a handheld elemental isotype analysis tool that can identify over 14,000 chemical substances with the use of a laser or infrared beam to determine the substance was fentanyl.

But in the 2019 GOP-controlled Senate, the first bill to be considered -- S.1 -- is not designed to protect American workers, bolster U.S. companies, or address the various debates over border security and immigration. It's not a bill to open the government. Instead, according to multiple sources involved in the legislative process, S.1 will be a compendium containing a handful of foreign policy-related measures, the main one of which is a provision -- with Florida's GOP Sen. Marco Rubio as a lead sponsor -- to defend the Israeli government. The bill is a top legislative priority for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.


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