Two days after Big Bob Chicken Day and three days before Christmas 2003, the U.S. Department of Defense sent Axion Corp. owner Alex Latifi a frantic request. U.S. troops in Iraq were rolling into battle in underequipped Humvees. Huntsville, Ala.-based Axion had a contract to build Humvee machine-gun mounts. The deadline was weeks away, but Defense needed them now.Axion’s 61 workers met some grueling deadlines that December. Latifi treated them to juicy chicken and fluffy lemon pie from Big Bob Gibson’s joint. He offered overtime, a $100 bonus and a turkey to anyone willing to work Christmas.“Our fighting men and women are in danger,” Latifi, a naturalized American citizen born in Iran, told workers. “Do it for your country.”Everyone volunteered.“He’s the best boss any of us ever had,” former Axion employee Connie Kidd says. “We’d work on Christmas, even without poultry.”Just five months … [Read more...] about The Curious Case of Alex Latifi
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Some names to remember as the political year unfolds: Abby Finkenauer, Debra Haaland and Mary Gay Scanlon. Finkenauer, a 28-year-old state legislator, is the Democratic nominee to take on Rep. Rod Blum in Iowa's First District. The race is considered a tossup, and if she wins, Finkenauer would be the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Haaland, a member of the Laguna Pueblo and a solid favorite in New Mexico's First District, would be the first Native American woman to serve in the House.Scanlon, a lawyer specializing in education issues, should win an open seat in suburban Philadelphia and integrate Pennsylvania's congressional delegation, which is currently all male.These three pioneers reflect a critical storyline in this year's elections. Democrats need a net gain of 23 seats to take control of the House, and their hopes rest heavily on the energy and enthusiasm of women.The primary season is not finished, but political scientist David Hopkins of Boston College concludes, … [Read more...] about More and more, politics is women’s work
close Video Huntsman shares a warning to Russia over 2018 elections Will Trump raise the issue of election meddling during his meeting with Putin? Talk radio panel weighs in. **Want FOX News Halftime Report in your inbox every day? Sign up here.** On the roster: Is 2018 really all about Russia? - All eyes on Roby in Alabama runoff - Dem House challengers outraise Senate candidates - House to vote on ICE resolution Wednesday - Ain’t nothing like the real thing IS 2018 REALLY ALL ABOUT RUSSIA?David Foster Wallace told the joke about the two young fish out for a swim. They happen upon an old fish who says “Morning boys! How’s the water today?” A moment later one young fish turns to the other and says “What’s water?” We share that one from time to time because much of the work in politics is managing to be aware of what really surrounds us — to know what we’re really swimming in. So when it … [Read more...] about Is 2018 really all about Russia?
close Video Key senators to vote 'yes' on Brett Kavanaugh Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine and Democratic Senator Joe Manchin from West Virginia will vote to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. **Want FOX News Halftime Report in your inbox every day? Sign up here.**THE BALLAD OF WATERMELON JOE AND OTHER KAVANUGGETS - Well, doesn’t Joe Manchin look slicker than a greased watermelon – and twice as hard to catch? While his fellow red state Senate Democrats have found their re-election hopes badly hampered by the bilious conflict around the Supreme Court fight, Manchin has managed to come out a clear winner. He took a chance in backing a one-week delay in the vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh. That could have backfired, but the report satisfied Republicans and now allows Manchin to not just support the nomination but to have been part of saving it. As they would say in Farmington, mighty … [Read more...] about The Ballad of Watermelon Joe and other Kavanuggets
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