Sep 16, 2020
Sen. Kamala Harris visits Fresno for briefing on California wildfire response
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FRESNO, Calif. -- Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris visited the Central Valley to survey damage caused by the Creek Fire in Fresno County on Tuesday.
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Harris was joined by California Gov. Gavin Newsom for a briefing on the wildfire with firefighters and emergency service personnel at Pine Ridge School in the Auberry area.
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Sen. Kamala Harris greets firefighters at Pine Ridge Elementary School in Auberry.
Firefighters briefed Sen. Harris and Gov. Newsom on their efforts, challenges, and successes over the last 11 days.
I overheard the governor’s first question, which was about how much of the fire is on federal land. He said he knew it started there and spilled out. pic.twitter.com/jKFkKGx6yV
Later Tuesday, Harris will go to Las Vegas, where she'll attend a community conversation focused on the impact of COVID-19 on working families in the Latino community.
RELATED: President Trump visits California for briefing on wildfires
Harris' wildfire briefing comes one day after President Donald Trump visited Sacramento to discuss the wildfire response with Gov. Gavin Newsom and other state fire officials.
Click here for the latest stories, videos from the Creek Fire.
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Chuck Todd Gets Heated With GOP Sen.: Republicans Look Like Hypocrites on SCOTUS, Sounds Like a Power Grab, Pure and Simple
Chuck Todd repeatedly confronted Sen. John Barrasso (R- WY) on Meet the Press Sunday for Republicans changing their positions on filling Supreme Court vacancies in an election year.
Todd read off what Barrasso said in 2016, including, “This is not about the person. It’s about the principle involved, and I want to give the American people a voice in this.”
“Senator, these are your words!” Todd said. “Not once did you say, ‘Oh, it depends on what party the Senate holds versus the party of the president.’ This just sounds like a power grab, pure and simple.”
Barrasso argued that historically situation is different when you have a president and Senate majority of the same party, unlike in 2016.
Todd brought up comments from Lindsey Graham in 2018 saying rather explicity, “If an opening comes in the last year of President Trump’s term and the primary process has started, we’ll wait till the next election… Hold the tape.”
Todd asked Barrasso, “Should viewers just not believe anything you’re saying today because whatever you’re saying today will change depending on the politics of the moment?”
Barrasso again said they intend to vote on the president’s nominee this year, saying Trump has an opportunity to appoint a qualified woman for the position.
Todd went back to comments Barrasso made in 2016 staking out the firm position that it’s only fair to “let the people decide.”
“Why is it that this principle only matters when a Democrat is in the White House?” Todd asked.
Barrasso again insisted they would be breaking with precedent “if we did something different now.”
“But you have no regrets that Senate Republicans are going to look like hypocrites 44 days before the election for just a complete flip-flop to the average American?” Todd asked. “I mean, I know you’re trying to come up with these caveats. Nothing about it makes any sort of sense to the average person.”
Barrasso said, “This is the consistent principle and policies that have been followed through the history of the United States when 29 vacancies occurred in years of presidential elections. We’re going to be consistent with all of that.”
You can watch above, via NBC.
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