7 Things: Senator Doug Jones is in trouble, Mississippi election goes exactly as expected so the media is sad, protesters in Hoover go to the mayor’s house and more …
7. Twitter’s CEO may be looking at charges for lying to Congress and could see immunity stripped
—House Energy and Commerce Committee is now reviewing the testimony of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to see if he lied to Congress about their handling of banned accounts, death threats, and other decisions at the company.
6. Former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville doesn’t know why anyone would want to coach at Auburn
— Talk of Auburn’s head coach Gus Malzahn renegotiating his contract to stay employed and reports that Bob Stoops may, or may not, be interested in his job have led to rampant speculation from sports blogs like AL.com.
— Speaking on this issue, Tuberville slammed his previous employer during a radio interview with WNSP-FM 105.5. He said, “It’s a complete mess, to be honest with you. There are too many people up there trying to make a decision. Obviously, they don’t have a clue what they are doing.”He added, “Do you think Bob Stoops wants to get into this mess? He dropped a better job than this.”
— Stocks ticked up as National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow said there was “a lot of communication” between Trump and China. This could lead to an actual agreement and soybean prices could rebound because of this.
— Trump’s trade rhetoric is not going to stop, though. He says a 25 percent tariff hike is still possible in January, adding that iPhone users “could stand” a 10 percent hike in the phone’s cost.
4. Trump is ready to pull subsidies from General Motors
— President Trump took to Twitter to slam GM for closing American plants and promising to punish the company. He stated, “[W]e are now looking at cutting all GM subsidies including for electric cars.” This sent GM’s stocks down.
— Complicating the matter, the Chevy Volt’s tax credit of up to $7,500 will phase out when they sell 200,000 models, which is expected by the end of 2018. But some politicians want to extend those credits and lift the cap.
3. Protesters in Hoover went to the mayor’s house and threatened to meet the cops with violence
— On Monday, protesters blocked traffic and called police officers “domestic terrorists” over Emantic Bradford’s death. Tuesday, the same group took to Hoover Mayor Frank Brocato’s house Tuesday evening starting at 8:15 pm with protest leader, Carlos Chaverst, Jr., saying they are there “to wake the whole neighborhood up.”
— Threats of violence towards the police are coming from the leader of this protest, who said, “We come in peace but when we’re met with force, we’re going to respond and act accordingly.” He followed with, “That’s just a warning to the Hoover Police Department.”
2. Mississippi U.S. Senate race goes the way it was expected; The media narrative took the hardest hit
— Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith was elected by a large margin in spite of an all-out campaign by major media outlets to cast her as racist and someone who would tarnish Mississippi’s image for years as they tried to portray her as unacceptable.
— The narrative that a massive black turnout can carry Democrats in Southern states is a complete myth, but one that the media pushes daily. They claimed the only path to victory was Republicans staying home as they did in Alabama, which is not true.
1. Senator Doug Jones’ seat is one of the most competitive with one of his leading challengers already making moves
— The Hill noted, “Jones eked out a win in his 2017 special election bid,” and declared that Jones is one the least likely of all senators up in 2020 to keep his seat. They cited his votes against Brett Kavanaugh and for Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
— Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-Mobile) made news yesterday when he implied he was preparing for a run. He also thinks former U.S. Senator/Attorney General Jeff Sessions would not run. He added that other congressmen will not run against him, reasoning, “I think we’ve already picked one.”