May 16,2021

More than 10,000 pieces of new news a day. News update non-stop 24/7.  Sen. Johnson warns cyberattacks an ‘existential’ threat after pipeline hack.  Chris Wallace presses Liz Cheney on Trump supporters: 'Why alienate them?'.  Victor Davis Hanson: Biden flirting with disaster – here's where division at home, weakness abroad will lead.  South Dakota’s Noem ignites more 2024 speculation.  Rep. Young Kim to Biden, Harris after border visit: 'Get your butts out there and see it for yourselves'.  'Saturday Night Live' takes on CDC mask guidelines, Liz Cheney ouster in 'Weekend Update' segment.  Israeli ex-ambassador: Media equating Israel to Hamas is like claiming 'moral equivalency between US, Al Qaeda.  ‘Green’ jobs are booming in New York and the tri-state area.  Greg Gutfeld on whether Biden administration is mirroring Jimmy Carter's presidency.  Mollie Tibbetts' accused killer to stand trial soon in Iowa.  More than 10,000 pieces of new news a day. News update non-stop 24/7.  Portland mayor 'grateful' for Biden reversal of Trump order that sent federal agents to city amid protests.  NYPD officers react to ban from New York City Pride parade: 'Shameful'.  Dr. Michael Youseff: America’s ‘Crisis’ of Truth; Hope is Turning Back to Christianity.  FOX News Rundown EXTRA: With A Country Facing Many Crises, How Is The President Doing?.  Portland mayor 'grateful' for Biden reversal of Trump order that sent federal agents to city amid protests.  Mollie Tibbetts' accused killer, an illegal immigrant, to stand trial soon in Iowa.  Josh Hawley’s ‘canceled’ book now a bestseller: reports.  Biden kills Trump plan for ‘American heroes’ sculpture garden: report.  How is Iran influencing the conflict between Israel and Hamas?.  Minnesota city OKs police changes following Daunte Wright shooting death.  
Sen. Johnson warns cyberattacks an ‘existential’ threat after pipeline hack
       
Sen. Ron Johnson said the cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline that caused drastic fuel shortages across the eastern US is an “existential” threat to the country’s energy grid that could get worse if the Green New Deal becomes a reality. “We are a fossil fuel fuel-based economy and will be a fossil fuel-based economy for decades,” Johnson (R-Wisc.) “No administration has paid sufficient attention to the vulnerabilities of our electrical grid.”“This could be existential,” Johnson said. The gas shortages caused by the hacking of the Colonial Pipeline that sparked panic buying eased on Saturday but prices continued to rise. Gas shortages caused by the ransomware attack caused panic buying across the east coast.
Chris Wallace presses Liz Cheney on Trump supporters: 'Why alienate them?'
       
Asked by Fox News' Chris Wallace about why she chose to alienate "tens of millions of Republican voters who still support Donald Trump," Cheney said: "Those millions of people that you mention who supported the president have been misled. She was one of 10 House Republicans to vote to impeach Trump for inciting the insurrection. "He's causing people to believe that they can't count on our electoral process to convey the will of the people," Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, said Sunday. House Republicans elected Rep. Elise Stefanik, a consummate supporter of the former president, to the leadership position on Friday. Trump endorsed Stefanik and slammed Cheney as "a bitter, horrible human being," predicting that she would ultimately lose her seat representing Wyoming.
Victor Davis Hanson: Biden flirting with disaster – here's where division at home, weakness abroad will lead
       
Aggressive opponents such as Iran, North Korea, China and Russia expect that the Biden administration will ignore their brinkmanship. Apparently, the Biden administration did not believe that dictatorships and theocracies would interpret its virtue signaling as weakness to be exploited rather than as magnanimity to be returned in kind. Apparently, the Biden administration did not believe that dictatorships and theocracies would interpret its virtue signaling as weakness to be exploited rather than as magnanimity to be returned in kind. Here too, the Biden administration apparently rejected the ancient warnings. Yet for three months, the Biden administration has emphasized racial differences rather than our melting-pot commonalities.
South Dakota’s Noem ignites more 2024 speculation
       
Kristi Noem’s repeatedly said she’s not interested in running for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. New Hampshire – of course – has for a century held the first primary in the White House race. Ron DeSantis in the CPAC straw poll on the 2024 GOP presidential nomination if Trump doesn’t run. It doesn’t seem that Cheney’s appearance on New Hampshire radio wasn’t a sign she’s serious about a White House run. Asked about the New Hampshire interview, the source said that the station had reached out and requested her as a guest.
Rep. Young Kim to Biden, Harris after border visit: 'Get your butts out there and see it for yourselves'
       
YOUNG KIM: I have gone down to the border in Texas, the southern border. What I have seen is definitely the security crisis and humanitarian crisis. We have a crisis at the border, yet this Biden administration refuses to see it for what it is. Drug cartels are the only ones that are benefiting from this border crisis. Wrong, wrong.
'Saturday Night Live' takes on CDC mask guidelines, Liz Cheney ouster in 'Weekend Update' segment
       
"Saturday Night Live" took on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the recent ousting of Rep. Liz Cheney by House Republicans during its latest "Weekend Update" segment. "House Republicans voted to remove Liz Cheney from her party leadership role after she continued to challenge Donald Trump’s lie that the election was stolen," Che said. "Wow, I never thought I’d find myself feeling bad for Liz Cheney, and … I was right, I don’t." Cast member Kate McKinnon joined the comedic duo on stage as the Wyoming Republican to lament the Republican Party turning on her. BECK BENNETT ON HOW HE CREATES 'SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE' CHARACTERS: 'I WANT TO HAVE FUN WITH IT'"Colin, the Republican Party is changing.
Israeli ex-ambassador: Media equating Israel to Hamas is like claiming 'moral equivalency between US, Al Qaeda
       
"They treat Hamas and Islamic Jihad, these terrorist groups, on an equivalency with Israel. And the terrorists are obviously aiming heavily at [Israeli] population centers," he said, asking Dermer his thoughts. "There is no moral equivalence between a terrorist organization and the democratic state of Israel," Dermer said. "I'd ask the American people, how would they like it if foreign governments or the international media drew a moral equivalency between the United States of America and al Qaeda or the United States of America and ISIS?" "Look, Mark, if Israel were trying to kill Palestinian civilians, you would have not hundreds that you'd not have thousands.
‘Green’ jobs are booming in New York and the tri-state area
       
“The green economy in the US is running strong,” said LinkedIn senior editor at large George Anders, who authored the recent report “Seeking a ‘green job’? Whether it is energy waste or wasted [fill in the blank], transforming waste to value is in your DNA.”Dandelion Energy is not much different. In fact, for every traditional green job posting last year, we at LinkedIn found more than twice as many nontraditional listings,” said Anders. Those who were hired into green jobs before they were trending now appreciate the status. Clean up and save the planetNew York Environmental in Port Washington, New York, seeks to fill jobs in categories like asbestos professionals (project monitors, air technicians and inspectors), sampling technicians and lead professionals.
Greg Gutfeld on whether Biden administration is mirroring Jimmy Carter's presidency
       
Well, you know, they will do but if you remember the 70s you weren't partof them, you know, that's the standard. AndBernie and the rest of the idiots, so --GUTFELD: Yes, yes, yes. That's right. GUTFELD: Oh, he's, he's a player. DI PAOLO: That's right.
Mollie Tibbetts' accused killer to stand trial soon in Iowa
       
The trial for the man accused of killing Mollie Tibbetts, a 20-year-old Iowa college student, is scheduled to start Monday in Scott County, Iowa, nearly three years after her murder, according to reports. Cristhian Bahena Rivera, 26, allegedly stabbed Tibbetts while she was on an evening run on July 18, 2018, in her hometown of Brooklyn, Iowa. Rivera has been charged with first-degree murder in her death and could face life in prison without parole if convicted. MOLLIE TIBBETTS CASE: TRIAL POSTPONED SO IOWA SUPREME COURT CAN REVIEW DEFENSE CLAIMSThe case has become a political flashpoint over immigration. "They will be asked whether they’ve heard about it," University of Iowa law Professor James Tomkovicz told KCRG.
Portland mayor 'grateful' for Biden reversal of Trump order that sent federal agents to city amid protests
       
Portland, Oregon, Mayor Ted Wheeler said Saturday he was grateful for the White House’s "support" after President Biden reversed a Trump administration order that allowed federal agents to intervene in the city's riots last summer. "Thankful for the support of the current administration," the embattled mayor, who narrowly won reelection, pointedly wrote on Twitter. The Trump administration sent hundreds of federal agents to the Oregon city last summer to protect the federal courthouse, which had become a target of vandalism during weeks of destructive, anti-police rioting. Amid the spike in gun violence in the city, Portland police Chief Chuck Lovell and Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon Kieran L. Ramsey said Saturday that officers would be patrolling the city in large numbers. The mayor and City Council have been criticized for bowing to political pressure in axing several police units last year, including the Gun Violence Reduction Team, which focused on gun violence.
NYPD officers react to ban from New York City Pride parade: 'Shameful'
       
The president of the New York Police Department's Gay Officers Action League called the New York City Pride Parade’s Saturday decision to ban law enforcement from the festivities "shameful." He said it was "demoralizing" that the event's organizers didn't refer to the league by name in its announcement, "referring to us only as ‘Law Enforcement Exhibitors.’ The label is not only offensive but dehumanizing for our members." CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPDowney told the New York Post it was a "poorly made" decision, "and the execution was even poorer." GOAL, a fraternal organization, was created in 1982 and each year around 200 of its members and their families participate in the march, Dan Dimant, a spokesman for NYC Pride told Fox News. The Pride festival will be mostly online this June because of the pandemic but will have some in-person components.
Dr. Michael Youseff: America’s ‘Crisis’ of Truth; Hope is Turning Back to Christianity
       
There’s a crisis in the world today; the rise of angry protests and the primal scream of politics are evidence. Yet, while it’s easy to identify the problem, it’s difficult to find a solution. It’s God’s truth and God’s love perfectly bound together in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As one great theologian said, “fire makes a great servant, but a bad master.” On this episode of Lighthouse Faith, Dr. Michael Youssef talks about what is lacking in this world, faith in God’s authority. He offers a solution in his new book, “Hope for This Present Crisis.” He makes the bold statement that America’s turning from the Christian faith has been its undoing.
FOX News Rundown EXTRA: With A Country Facing Many Crises, How Is The President Doing?
       
No one says being the President is easy. Earlier this week, host Dave Anthony spoke to former White House Press Secretary and FOX News Contributor Ari Fleischer about some of the issues the President is facing and how he is managing to cope with them. He also weighed in on the Republican Party’s motivation for ousting Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) from her leadership position. The interview was too long and we could not fit all of it in our original segment. On the FOX News Rundown Extra, you can listen to our entire conversation with former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer.
Portland mayor 'grateful' for Biden reversal of Trump order that sent federal agents to city amid protests
       
Portland, Oregon, Mayor Ted Wheeler said Saturday he was grateful for the White House’s "support" after President Biden reversed a Trump administration order that allowed federal agents to intervene in the city's riots last summer. "Thankful for the support of the current administration," the embattled mayor, who narrowly won reelection, pointedly wrote on Twitter. The Trump administration sent hundreds of federal agents to the Oregon city last summer to protect the federal courthouse, which had become a target of vandalism during weeks of destructive, anti-police rioting. Amid the spike in gun violence in the city, Portland police Chief Chuck Lovell and Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon Kieran L. Ramsey said Saturday that officers would be patrolling the city in large numbers. The mayor and City Council have been criticized for bowing to political pressure in axing several police units last year, including the Gun Violence Reduction Team, which focused on gun violence.
Mollie Tibbetts' accused killer, an illegal immigrant, to stand trial soon in Iowa
       
The trial for the man accused of killing Mollie Tibbetts, a 20-year-old Iowa college student, is scheduled to start Monday in Scott County, Iowa, nearly three years after her alleged murder, according to reports. Cristhian Bahena Rivera, 26, is accused of stabbing Tibbetts while she was on an evening run on July 18, 2018, in her hometown of Brooklyn, Iowa. Rivera has been charged with first-degree murder in her death and could face life in prison without parole if convicted. MOLLIE TIBBETTS CASE: TRIAL POSTPONED SO IOWA SUPREME COURT CAN REVIEW DEFENSE CLAIMSThe case has become a political flashpoint over immigration. "They will be asked whether they’ve heard about it," University of Iowa law Professor James Tomkovicz told KCRG.
Josh Hawley’s ‘canceled’ book now a bestseller: reports
       
The Republican, who recently published "The Tyranny of Big Tech," has a publishing success on his hands, according to reports. On Publishers Weekly’s lasted list of hardcover nonfiction titles, Hawley’s takedown of Silicon Valley ranked No. AP RUNS SCATHING REVIEW OF JAKE TAPPER'S BOOK: NO ‘AUTHENTICITY’ DESPITE ‘NINE PAGES OF SOURCE MATERIAL CITED’The results appear to be a turnaround from January, when publisher Simon & Schuster canceled plans to release Hawley’s book – a decision that Hawley described as "a direct assault on the First Amendment." The publisher said it opted against issuing Hawley’s book because of "his role in what became a dangerous threat" – a reference to the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. In the book, Hawley compares today’s tech titans to the robber barons of the past – and warns that Americans’ liberties are at stake if the business giants are allowed to continue gaining economic and political power.
Biden kills Trump plan for ‘American heroes’ sculpture garden: report
       
President Biden on Friday put an end to a plan by former President Trump to create a "National Garden of American Heroes." Biden’s efforts to reverse Trump’s actions began soon after he took office in January. On his first day in the job, Biden signed 17 actions and orders, many of them targeting Trump orders or restoring actions taken by Trump’s predecessor, former President Barack Obama. "And to watch [the Biden administration] come in and just flip the switch and the tragedy that we now see. These people are trying to come through Mexico to get into the United States because President Biden greenlighted this.
How is Iran influencing the conflict between Israel and Hamas?
       
Since early last week, Hamas and Israel have exchanged rocket-fire, and air strikes, reigniting unrest in the Middle East. With sirens echoing across southern Israel and civilians finding safety in bomb shelters, many have questioned Iran’s influence in the growing conflict. "I see Iran all over this from the call from the commander of their Quds Force, talking to Hamas. President Biden has come under fire for his stance on Israel as several prominent Democrats within his own party showed disapproval. He also has splits within the Democratic Party of those who are more assertive about Palestinian rights and those who are defenders of Israel" Grant said.
Minnesota city OKs police changes following Daunte Wright shooting death
       
The city council in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, approved a number of police policy changes Saturday night as part of the repercussions of the April 11 police shooting death of Daunte Wright, which drew national attention. DAUNTE WRIGHT DEATH: BROOKLYN CENTER PROPOSES UNARMED TRAFFIC STOPS IN NEW POLICE REFORM PLAN"Brooklyn Center did not look to be in the national spotlight on these issues but here we are," Mayor Michael Elliott said in a statement. Elliott had introduced the proposed police changes last weekend and the city council members debated the details during the week ahead of Saturday’s vote, FOX 9 reported. Wright, 20, was fatally shot by a police officer during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, which lies just north of Minneapolis. The Wright shooting occurred while the Minneapolis area was focused on a separate case, the murder trial of Derek Chauvin, who was ultimately convicted in the May 2020 murder of George Floyd.
Joe Biden is proving even more of a ‘master of disaster’ than Jimmy Carter
       
President Joe Biden entered office poised to oversee a record recovery and a return to the booming economy and all-round stability of pre-pandemic life. But barely four months into his presidency, it’s disaster after disaster as Biden wastes every opportunity his predecessor left him. Instead, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported just 266,000, as the unemployment rate rose to 6.1 percent. And then it announced that consumer prices rose 4.2 percent year-over-year in April — far worse than economists had predicted. Gas prices were already on the rise under Biden before the cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline led to long lines at the pump.
‘$40 billion’ Robinhood app tries to vault SEC hurdles
       
They would eventually lose their shirts trading stocks on its free and easy-to-use platform, and regulators would pounce. Amateur traders are the lifeblood of Robinhood and its user growth, and they lost lots of money on the wrong side of bets. Then came January’s meme-stock controversy, where clearing problems stymied trading of some high-volume stocks on the app, angering customers. SEC Chairman Gary Gensler has brought up concerns of apps such as Robinhood “gamifying” trading. Robinhood makes big bundles of cash by selling customer orders to brokers so it can advertise “no commissions” on trades.
NYC Pride bans police from events through 2025, LGBT officers slam the move
       
Organizers of New York City’s Pride Parade announced Saturday police officers and other law enforcement officials will be banned from their events, including the annual LGTBQ march, until 2025. Heritage of Pride, which organizes the annual march, is also working to reduce the presence of on-duty New York Police Department (NYPD) officers and first responders by attempting to keep law enforcement separated from any NYC Pride event by "one city block." In the statement released Saturday, the group said it "challenge[s] law enforcement to acknowledge their harm and to correct course moving forward." NYC Pride said traditional police units will be used "only when absolutely necessary as mandated by city officials." CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPRoughly 200 members of GOAL and their families participate in the march each year, Dan Dimant, a spokesman for NYC Pride told Fox News.
AOC says she's going to keep wearing a face mask despite being fully vaccinated
       
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., told her followers on Instagram that she will keep wearing her mask in "shared indoor public spaces" even though she is fully vaccinated. "Personally I'm going to keep wearing my mask in shared indoor public spaces like elevators, subway, grocery store, etc.," she said. Ocasio-Cortez told her followers "if you want to keep wearing your mask then do it." PELOSI CONDEMNS MARJORIE TAYLOR GREENE'S ‘VERBAL ASSAULT’ ON AOC, SUGGESTS ETHICS VIOLATIONShe said she may continue wearing a mask whenever she feels sick. "Biden says you can take off your mask," Greene’s, R-Ga., spokesperson Nick Dyer told Swalwell in the Capitol, according to The Hill reporter Scott Wong.
Mexican national wanted for 5-year old sexual assault case arrested in Louisiana
       
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced Wednesday they helped advance a five-year-old sexual assault case by locating the alleged fugitive. Fidel Ortiz Serna, a Mexican national who lived in Louisiana under a lawful permanent resident status, also known as a green card, was stopped crossing a pedestrian footpath from Mexico into Texas Monday. An initial computer scan identified him as a possible suspect related to sexual assault charges filed in Louisiana in 2016. "Our officers detected this fugitive wanted on sexual assault charges who had been on the run for a few years," Hidalgo Port Director Carlos Rodriguez said in a statement. The Mexican national was arrested by CBP before being handed over to local authorities and transported to Hidalgo County jail "where he will await extradition procedures."
Biden admin diverts $2B from COVID, health spending to care for migrant kids
       
The Department of Health and Human Services siphoned $850 million out of funds allocated for testing in President Biden’s massive $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill, Politico reported Saturday. DHS CHIEF MAYORKAS SAYS HUNDREDS OF MIGRANT KIDS STILL COMING IN DAILYSuch transfers are legal, as long as Congress is notified. The news of the cash diversion had Republicans — who have blamed the spiraling border crisis on Biden’s executive orders rolling back President Trump’s strict immigration policies — fuming. "In this case, it’s simply rescinding his executive order, reinstating President Trump’s border protocols, and going after the cartels and smugglers." In recent weeks, a Texas nonprofit won two HHS no-bid contracts totaling nearly $620 million to provide "emergency intake" services for migrant children shortly after hiring a former Biden aide.
Jesse Watters: This week, all Biden's terrible decisions caught up with him
       
"Watters’ World" host Jesse Watters slammed the Biden administration Saturday, saying the president is "politically wounded 100 days in," and "doesn't have a clue how to fix the problems he created." JESSE WATTERS: Biden is politically wounded 100 days in. He made some terrible decisions, or his people made the decisions for him, we don’t really know. Biden created a labor shortage because he gave workers way too much free money. Gas prices never hit $3.00 a gallon during Trump's term, but we’re hovering around $3.00 a gallon already, last week, and that’s when the Russians hacked the Colonial Pipeline.
Biden accused of bashing law enforcement during Police Week
       
President Biden is taking heat for using a Police Week statement to highlight a “deep sense of distrust” between law enforcement and minority communities. “Every morning, our Nation’s law enforcement officers pin on a badge and go to work, not knowing what the day will bring, and hoping to come home safely,” the President began a proclamation tweeted out Saturday. “This year, we also recognize that in many of our communities, especially Black and brown communities, there is a deep sense of distrust towards law enforcement; a distrust that has been exacerbated by the recent deaths of several Black and brown people at the hands of law enforcement,” Biden said. I’m still DISGUSTED that Biden would use his official Police Week statement to suggest that every Cop is a racist. The two paragraph statement, substantially similar to the Police Week proclamation, made no mention of “distrust.”
Attacking test-in schools is anti-Asian
       
On Wednesday, a handful of students — including a couple of Brooklyn Tech kids — demonstrated against the specialized high school entrance exam in front of Stuyvesant HS in Lower Manhattan. Democratic politicians also pretend that the existence of elite schools, and the tests required to enter them, is a problem. For over 80 years, these schools have offered advancement to all through a high-quality, merit-driven education. Remarkably, many of the same voices decrying the surge in anti-Asian assaults as the product of “systemic racism” also denounce a race-blind exam that happens to lead to elite high schools being predominantly Asian high schools, even suggesting that this, too, is somehow the product of (extremely well-hidden?) Dropping admission standards for the specialized high schools means sending in students who aren’t prepared for the rigorous workload, which helps no one and robs others of the challenging education they’ve earned.
Tyrus: No one has a best-selling book called ‘How I Made it to the Top with my Government Checks’
       
"Free money is never good," said Fox Nation host Tyrus. "No one has a best-selling book called ‘How I Made it to the Top with my Government Checks,’" he continued. "This is my issue with the Democratic party," said Tyrus. And they showed up at those shopping centers, and they showed up to work, and they showed up in the hospital. Former Congressman and Fox News contributor Sean Duffy agreed, saying "One hundred percent this is not about science, it’s about politics."
LA Lakers star Anthony Davis drops $32M on off-market Bel Air estate
       
What do you do if you’ve just signed a ginormous $190 million contract? If you’re LA Lakers star Anthony Davis, you buy a $32 million Bel Air estate. Last month, Davis quietly closed on the home in an off-market deal, putting $12 million down, according to the Real Deal. The recently renovated “villa style” mansion with a full-sized basketball court, a tennis court and an Olympic-sized pool, is 16,700 square feet and has eight bedrooms and eight full bathrooms on 3.5 acres. The previous owner was real estate developer Ted Foxman, who paid $16 million for the home in 2016, and spent two years renovating it.
Maduro regime seizes office of one of Venezuela’s last independent newspapers
       
The tourist mecca of Bali wants influencers and tourists to...An employee works at El Nacional's office in Caracas, Venezuela, on June 14, 2019. The last print edition of El Nacional's on the press in Caracas, Venezuela, on Dec. 14, 2018. The Maduro regime has taken over the offices of one of Venezuela’s last remaining independent newspapers — a move that throws the country’s efforts to cozy up to Washington into disarray. The country is suffering from the result of sanctions levied against it by President Trump for human rights violations, fraud and corruption. El Nacional’s director said the newspaper would continue its reporting online.
Letters to the Editor — May 16, 2021
       
It’s a unique look at the old “divide and conquer” issues that have plagued Ali’s native country of Somalia, and are now plaguing America. There is no longer freedom of speech because you are judged, called names and even canceled if you do not agree with another person’s narrative. Our country is not perfect, and we’ve certainly have come a long way over the past century. If we do not learn from the past, our failures or the failures of other countries, then what hope do we have? Gina BeckmannSalt PointHistory’s heroesSohrab Ahmari’s column at first seemed to be another lament about “wokeness” (“Wisdom of Ages,” PostOpinion, May 10).
Former CBP officer pleads guilty to smuggling woman into US to work as nanny
       
A former Customs and Border Protection officer pleaded guilty to conspiracy to encourage or induce a foreign national to enter the United States, to employ as her nanny, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas. The former CBP officer, Rhonda Lee Walker, 40, of Laredo, improperly used another officer’s computer login to illegally enter the country “through the Laredo Port of Entry, scanning her immigration documents before entry,” according to the release. “The woman had no legal status to reside or work in the United States. However, Walker intended for the woman to illegally enter the country and work for her as a housekeeper and nanny,” according to the release. “Walker intended for the woman to illegally enter the country and work for her as a housekeeper and nanny,” Jennifer B. Lowery, acting U.S. attorney, said in a statement.
Tucker Carlson dispels myths about the popular AR-15
       
In the latest episode of "Tucker Carlson Originals," Carlson explains that "as the country becomes more volatile and dangerous, many Americans are buying the AR-15 for personal protection." Tucker noted that this ban prohibited the purchase of the AR-15 and expired in 2004, and today, AR-15s are legal in most states. In states where AR-15s are legal, Carlson noted that "buying an AR-15 from a gun store requires passing a federal criminal background check." New " Tucker Carlson Originals " are available exclusively on Fox Nation. Join Fox Nation today to watch Tucker's full interview and other great episodes.
Bandit robs TD Bank in NYC
       
A blond-haired bandit struck the TD Bank in Washington Heights, but he may not get too far, authorities said. The robber entered the branch at 158th Street and Broadway at around 11:10 a.m. and got away with “less than $2,000” — with an exploding dye pack, an NYPD spokeswoman said. The bandit did not pass a note and it wasn’t immediately known if he had a weapon, the spokeswoman said. He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt and blue shorts, cops said. A TD Bank employee who answered the phone following the heist said the “bank is closed” and declined to comment on the robbery.
Alexandra Ford English becomes 1st female board member at Ford
       
Henry Ford’s great-great-granddaughter has become the first woman in history to take a seat on the company’s board of directors. Alexandra Ford English, 33, who has an MBA from Harvard and an undergraduate degree from Stanford, will begin her tenure on the 14-member board immediately, which will also include her cousin, Henry Ford III, the founder’s great-great-grandson, according to a report. English, the daughter of the company’s executive chairman Bill Ford, joined the 118-year-old company in 2017 and works as director of corporate strategy. Both Ford and English were elected to the board in March.
Biden admin diverts $2B from COVID, health spending to care for migrant kids
       
The Department of Health and Human Services siphoned $850 million out of funds allocated for testing in President Biden’s massive $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill, Politico reported Saturday. In all, $2.13 billion have been poured into emergency shelters near the US-Mexico border, where kids have been crammed into jail-like “pods” that allow for no social distancing. The news of the cash diversion had Republicans — who have blamed the spiraling border crisis on Biden’s executive orders rolling back President Trump’s strict immigration policies — fuming. A girl looks on as migrants from Guatemala remove their shoelaces as they are initially processed after turning themselves over to authorities at the US-Mexico border in Yuma, Arizona. AFP via Getty Images“The answer to every problem is not to throw money at it,” said Malliotakis, who excoriated Biden after visiting the border in April.
House Republicans urge states to reject Biden unemployment benefits
       
Congressional Republicans are pushing governors to stop paying out $300-per-week federal unemployment supplements that businesses say is handcuffing the post-pandemic recovery — and to use the cash for “back-to-work bonuses” instead. “Our local job creators should not have to compete with the federal government for workers,” McCarthy wrote in a letter signed by Reps. Steve Scalise (R-La. — three states whose governors have resisted the complaints of business owners who say the extra federal cash is keeping job-seekers home. Greg Gianforte, say they will use the funds to give $1,200 “return-to-work” bonuses to those who rejoin the labor force instead. Greg Gianforte will offer people “return-to-work” bonuses if they attain a job and keep it for at least a month.
East Coast gas shortage eases, but prices at pump keep rising
       
Widespread gas shortages were easing in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern United States Saturday, but prices at the pump kept rising anyway. About 13,400 gas stations were still out on Saturday, according to fuel-tracking app GasBuddy, down 17 percent from the 16,200 reported without gas on Friday. Gas prices continue to climb, however, a trend which preceded the pipeline problems. The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas across the United States was $3.04 on Saturday, according to AAA. Gas prices typically rise in the U.S. ahead of Memorial Day, which kicks off the summer vacation season.
RNC celebrates 80th birthday with committee’s longest serving staffer
       
RNC SETS FUNDRAISING RECORD IN MARCH IN DRIVE TO RETAKE CONTROL OF CONGRESS"I drove Leon Cherner," Middleton explained in an interview with Fox News. "He said yes," Middleton explained, describing his conversation with Hermann. "I started a ball team, and he asked if he could play on my ball team," Middleton explained. "Right then I knew that he was going to be president," Middleton recalled with a laugh. Middleton was thrown a surprise block party in his Capitol Hill neighborhood before the RNC threw him another surprise party Friday.
Matt Gaetz allegedly snorted cocaine, had sex with escort: report
       
Rep. Matt Gaetz allegedly snorted cocaine and had sex with a reputed escort — who was later set up for a no-show government job by his friend, according to an explosive report. The two were later in an alleged ongoing sex for cash relationship, the outlet reported. Gaetz’s pal, former Seminole County tax collector Joel Greenberg — who is set to plead guilty Monday to child trafficking charges — allegedly gave the escort a $3,500 government social media gig, but there’s no proof the woman actually did any work, The Daily Beast reported. “Congressman Gaetz won’t be commenting on whether he dated or didn’t date specific women. The privacy of women living private lives should be protected,” Gaetz spokesman Harlan Hill told The Post.
Biden ‘lashed out’ at HHS chief Becerra over migrant children: report
       
President Biden “lashed out” at his Department of Health and Human Services chief over the agency’s handling of migrant children at the southern border as the crisis spiraled out of control this spring. The Biden administration has seen a surge in Central American migrants crossing the Mexican border in the last few months, with thousands of unaccompanied children being placed in HHS facilities in different states. Xavier Becerra reportedly failed to provide answers to the president’s questions about how HHS was dealing with the surge in unaccompanied migrant children at the southern border. Greg Nash/REUTERSUS Customs and Border Protection officials reported more than 178,000 migrants crossing the southern border in April, slightly more than in March. The number of unaccompanied minor children crossing the border fell by 12 percent last month, according to CBP statistics.
Joe Exotic claims he has prostate cancer; asks to get out of prison
       
Jailed “Tiger King” star Joe Exotic claims he has prostate cancer and is on the prowl for parole. “John Phillips [Exotic’s lawyer] has received my medical records from FMC Fort Worth and my PSA count came back very high for prostate cancer,” he wrote. Santa Rosa County Jail via AP, FilePhillips told The Post Saturday afternoon that Joe has not been diagnosed with prostate cancer and is still awaiting a biopsy. Phillips said it is premature to say he has prostate cancer even if his doctors are saying he has all the signs. Joe tweeted Saturday that he has a May 27 appointment with an oncologist and one a few days later with a urologist.
Ilhan Omar has higher conservative rating than Elise Stefanik, according to Club for Growth
       
Conservative PAC Club for Growth gives Rep. Ilhan Omar a higher conservative rating than the new House GOP conference chair, Rep. Elise Stefanik. The Minnesota Democrat has a 38% conservative rating, according to Club for Growth, and Stefanik, R-N.Y., the new No. Stefanik, however, had the backing of former President Trump and other leading House Republicans. LIZ CHENEY OUSTED FROM ROLE AS HOUSE GOP CONFERENCE CHAIRStefanik secured a 134-46 victory, despite conservative pushback over her relatively moderate voting record. "Elise Stefanik’s win today makes clear there is no place for truth in today’s Republican Party," Adonna Biel, a DNC spokesperson, told Fox News.
Biden rolls back Trump order barring immigrants who can't afford health care
       
President Biden has revoked a Trump-era order that banned immigrants from obtaining visas if they couldn’t prove they could obtain health insurance or pay for health care. The 2019 order denied visas to those seeking entry into the U.S. who were deemed a "financial burden" on the health care system. Biden, in a proclamation announcing the rollback, said the policy did not "advance the interests" of the nation. "The costs associated with this care are passed on to the American people in the form of higher taxes, higher premiums, and higher fees for medical services. The Biden administration has blamed the Trump administration for not having been prepared for such a surge and has also focused on the "root causes" of the crisis, like poverty, gang violence and economic insecurity in Central America.
Biden, in Police Week statement, talks of 'deep sense of distrust' toward cops from Black Americans
       
President Biden is marking Police Week with a statement that includes language about the "deep sense of distrust" toward cops by Black and brown Americans and the "trauma" caused by deaths in police custody -- a statement described as "beyond disappointing" by one police group. Biden’s proclamation marking both Police Week and Peace Officers Memorial Day, begins by praising law enforcement for their wide range of duties in securing public safety. "This year, we also recognize that in many of our communities, especially Black and brown communities, there is a deep sense of distrust towards law enforcement; a distrust that has been exacerbated by the recent deaths of several Black and brown people at the hands of law enforcement," he says. Rep. Ronny Jackson, R-Texas, accused Biden of expressing a "Bash the Blue" attitude toward law enforcement. "I’m still DISGUSTED that Biden would use his official Police Week statement to suggest that every Cop is a racist.
Attorney General Letitia James intensifies Gov. Cuomo sex harassment probe
       
The state attorney general’s office has intensified its probe of Gov Cuomo, issuing subpoenas to former aides who have accused him of sexual harassment, The Post has confirmed. Cuomo of sexual harassment. Cuomo of sexual harassment. BACKGRIDLindsey Boylan, the first woman to accuse Cuomo of sexual harassment, said she had also received a subpoena. The investigation into the governor’s alleged sexual harassment is expected to continue through the summer, according to a source cited by the New York Times.
NYC wants more community doctors to give out COVID-19 vaccines
       
In December, even before the first COVID vaccine was available in New York, the city asked doctors and pharmacies to register in order to give out the shots. “I’m pleased to report that as of this week, the Health Department has allocated COVID 19 vaccines to all qualified community providers who have requested an order,” Health Commissioner Dave Chokshi said Thursday. Andrew Cuomo’s executive order, Wu would have had to distribute all of the jabs within seven days or face a possible civil penalty of up to $100,000. City Councilman Mark Levine, the chairman of the Health Committee, said more doctors, especially pediatricians, needed to get onboard to dispense the shots. About 7.4 million doses of the vaccine have been administered in New York City although the pace has slowed in recent weeks.
Lawmakers demand release of secret probe docs on Saudi involvement in 9/11
       
Relatives of those killed on 9/11 or from illnesses triggered by Ground Zero toxins applauded last week’s missive. Evidence of Saudi involvement in the terror attack emerged in a 2012 FBI memo as part of its Operation Encore investigation from 2007 to 2016. The families, who are suing Saudi Arabia for damages in Manhattan federal court, seek the FBI’s final 16-page report. What’s worse, he said, the agency has shared confidential documents with American lawyers for the alleged Saudi co-conspirators. But the next day, then-US Attorney William Barr cited the “state secrets privilege” on an executive order to block the release.
Fight over Gov. Cuomo ended Elise Stefanik and Melissa DeRosa’s 20-year friendship
       
Rep. Elise Stefanik got a call on her personal cellphone last year, shortly after speaking out against Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to seize ventilators from upstate hospitals in the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. On the line was the congresswoman’s longtime pal, top Cuomo aide Melissa DeRosa — and she was furious. But Stefanik — whose upstate congressional district has the largest population of highly vulnerable seniors in the state — wouldn’t relent. Leah Aronowitz — whose daughter, Suzanne Cross, was a classmate of both women — said of the fractured friendship, "Of course, it’s sad."
FBI responds to congressional baseball shooting survivors, dubs gunman 'domestic violent extremist'
       
The FBI has reclassified the 2017 congressional baseball shooter and would-be assassin as a "domestic violent extremist," ditching the much-maligned "suicide-by-cop" theory that those on the field had condemned as unrealistic. It came after survivors raised pressure last month after Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, made the original designation last month during a hearing with FBI Director Christopher Wray. "I will continue to work with the Bureau toward investigating what led to the original 'suicide by cop' determination." CONGRESSIONAL BASEBALL SHOOTING SURVIVORS RIP ‘SUICIDE BY COP’ DESIGNATION, MAKE APPEAL TO FBIThe gunman, James Hodgkinson, fired well over 100 rounds at the congressmen, their aides and others present on the ballfield on June 14, 2017, after asking whether Republicans or Democrats were practicing there. Both condemned the classification after it became public, although survivors had been told it in a private FBI briefing months after the incident.
UFT-endorsed Scott Stringer says he would ‘dismantle’ NYC DOE as mayor
       
If elected mayor, Scott Stringer said he would “dismantle” the New York City Department of Education. “I’m going to smash that bureaucracy,” he said Saturday morning at the United Federation of Teachers’ annual spring conference. Stringer said he would “reallocate” saved cash toward classrooms, including by hiring more teachers and reducing class sizes. I know where the money is missing,” Stringer, the city comptroller, said. Stringer’s odds of becoming the city’s next mayor, as implied by prediction-market PredictIt, were around 5% as of Saturday morning.
Happy ending for NYC man who went to jail rather than give up dog
       
He was then hit with a legal battle from his former employer, M&M Environmental of Queens, when he refused to return Roxy. Myrick was so committed, he turned himself into the NYPD after being slapped with charges of grand ­larceny for keeping Roxy, and spent a night in jail last August. “[M&M] said it cost $15,000 to train the dog, so how can they say ‘no’ to $15,000? Barry Myrick is grateful to be on his way to a settlement that will allow him to keep his former canine coworker, Roxy. E. Powell Miller, seen here with his dog Sammy, was inspired by The Post’s story to pledge $15,000 to “buy” Roxy for Myrick.
Watchdog calls for probe into Swiss billionaire’s US political spending
       
A watchdog group is calling for an investigation into Swiss billionaire Hansjörg Wyss’ influence on US elections, according to a complaint filed with the Federal Elections Commission. The complaint by Americans for Public Trust says there is reason to believe “Mr. Wyss indirectly funded federal electoral advocacy through his nonprofit organizations, the Wyss Foundation and the Berger Action Fund. The conservative nonprofit, which was founded in 2020, says it is “dedicated to restoring trust in government.”DePuy Synthes, part of the Johnson & Johnson, was sold to the pharma giant for $20 billion. The Hub Project and a representative for Wyss’ foundation did not immediately return requests for comment.
AOC, 'Squad' members promote 'Defund the Police' but spend thousands on private security
       
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and other members of the progressive "Squad" spent thousands of dollars on private security despite calling on cities to defund police departments, Federal Election Commission filings show. Tlaib's filings do not show any security-related spending, though the other four congresswomen have spent tens of thousands of dollars on different private security services. The congresswoman spent nearly $2,300 and about $250 on security services from Massachusetts-based firms in January and March; about $1,260 on security services from a Virginia-based firm in January; $675 on ADT security services in March; and $700 on security services from a Washington, D.C.-based firm in March. But Bush has spent the most on security services so far this year compared to her other progressive colleagues. In 2021 alone, Bush spent more than $30,000 on "security services" from different companies.
AOC ranked most partisan Democrat in House, 'Squad' ranks low: study
       
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., has been ranked the most partisan Democrat of the House of Representatives, according to a new study. 427 out of 437 lawmakers analyzed, according to the Bipartisan Index of the 116th Congress (2019-2020) from The Lugar Center in collaboration with Georgetown University. Other members of the group of progressive congresswomen also ranked low: Democratic Reps. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts ranked at No. The rankings are nonpartisan and are based on how often members of Congress work across the political aisle. "His 2nd place finish out of 437 House members during the 116th Congress (2019-2020) places him among the elite bipartisan legislators in Congress," Diller said.
Study declares AOC one of the least effective members of Congress
       
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., was among the least effective members of the last Congress, according to a new survey from the nonpartisan Center for Effective Lawmaking — a joint project of Vanderbilt University and the University of Virginia. Ocasio-Cortez introduced a total of 21 bills that the center defined as "substantive" — but that is where the story ends. "It’s clear that she was trying to get her legislative agenda moving and engage with the lawmaking process," Wiseman added. "But she wasn’t as successful as some other members were — even among [other] freshmen — at getting people to pay attention to her legislation." CRUZ, AOC GO AT IT ON TWITTER OVER IMMIGRATION DEBATEWhen looking at the legislative effectiveness of all congressional Democrats, AOC was ranked 230th out of 240 Democrats.
Pelosi blasts AOC, Squad members in new book: 'You’re not a one-person show': report
       
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has some humbling words for U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and other members of the so-called "Squad," according to details from a forthcoming book. According to excerpts of the book written by award winning journalist Susan Page, Pelosi adopted a "child-like tone" when discussing Ocasio-Cortez and gave the following advice to members of the Squad:"You’re not a one-person show. At the time, members of the Squad were upset with Pelosi, whom they alleged was singling them out because they were women of color. Spokespeople for Pelosi and Ocasio-Cortez did not return Fox News’ request for comment about the released details from the book. The book, called "Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power," is scheduled for release later this month.
Author reveals drama of Forrest Fenn treasure hunt
       
Stuef, 32, first heard about Fenn’s treasure from a Twitter post in early 2018. “And maybe I didn’t want to admit to myself what a hold it had on me.”Jack Stuef (left) announced he found the Forrest Fenn treasure. He entered the treasure hunt several years after Fenn, an octogenarian former Vietnam War fighter pilot from Texas, was interviewed on national television about his unique challenge. The state of New Mexico built its tourism campaign around the treasure hunt. Minutes later, he was surprised when Stuef replied — and revealed that he was about to be outed in a lawsuit brought by one of the embittered Fenn treasure seekers.
Celeb shutterbug claims squatter invaded her Central Park South home
       
Song Sook Kim was initially paid $20 an hour to help Cirone around the house. But Kim’s friend claimed Kim had nowhere to go, and asked Cirone to let her stay over a few nights. After five days, Cirone told Kim’s friend that Kim had to go — but the friend was unable to get Kim to agree, Cirone said. “The police told me that if I do not let her in, that they will arrest me,” Cirone claimed. Cirone said she can’t afford an attorney, and neighbor Jane Goodman, who tried for months to help Cirone, claimed there was little response from the city agencies, even Adult Protective Services.
AOC named most partisan Democrat in Congress: study
       
AOC was declared the least bipartisan Democrat in the House of Representatives, according to a new study. The 10 House members rated lower than AOC were all Republicans. Republican Rep. Peter King, serving out his final term in Long Island, came in No. New Jersey Rep. Josh Gottheimer — a known Squad opponent — was ranked the most bipartisan Democrat and third most bipartisan member overall. Congressman Pete King was named the fourth-most bipartisan House member.
Rudy Giuliani makes up with longtime mob rival in chummy radio chat
       
Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani officially buried the hatchet with convicted gangster Michael Franzese in a chummy, nostalgia-laden conversation on a radio show hosted by a mutual friend. Michael Franzese claims he holds no resentment toward former Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Rudy Giuliani was the US Attorney in Manhattan before his term as mayor. I couldn’t believe how he cleaned it up and I said, ‘Man, this guy is doing a great job as mayor,'” Franzese told The Post. “I have gained a lot of respect for Rudy, He’s smart and I believe he’s honest.
Israeli man killed as Hamas sends rockets toward residential areas
       
A Tel Aviv man was killed Saturday as a heavy barrage of rockets from Gaza streamed into Israel. Several others sustained minor injuries as Hamas sent new rockets toward residential communities in response to the deaths of a family of 10 in Gaza overnight from an Israeli airstrike, including eight children, The Times of Israel reported. With warning sirens screaming throughout cities and towns as rockets flew, Israelis tweeted pictures of rockets being thwarted by Israel’s “Iron Dome” defense system. The Israeli Defense Forces said it struck 20 rocket launchers that were aimed at central and southern Israel. Palestinian protesters in Lebanon are reported to be on their way to the Israeli border on buses to protest against the Jewish state.
Why antiracism zealots are trying to silence black voices like mine
       
Nobody is trying to avoid talking about race, but many are trying to control what is said. The elites of our society urge us to “elevate black voices,” but it is important to understand what they mean. They don’t want to elevate all black voices, but only those who subscribe to the creed of Critical Race Theory. Google; WireImageThat’s why antiracist ideologues try to silence black voices like mine. Perhaps they need to start listening to a different set of black voices … or at least practicing a different religion.
Minneapolis suburb where Daunte Wright shot to vote on policing changes
       
Leaders in the Minneapolis suburb where a police officer fatally shot Daunte Wright during a traffic stop in April are expected to vote Saturday on a resolution that would put the city on track to major changes to its policing practices. The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota called the proposed changes "an important first move" in changing policing. But several police groups raised concerns, saying parts of the resolution conflict with state law and will put public safety at risk. On Twitter last week, Elliott called the plan "a common sense approach to public safety" that would make police "not the only option when our community is in need." And it would create a new Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention to oversee efforts on community health and public safety, led by a director with public health expertise.
Biden DOJ nominee Kristen Clarke walks back attacks on senators, Kavanaugh amid contentious confirmation
       
NOMINATION OF KRISTEN CLARKE, CONTROVERSIAL BIDEN CIVIL RIGHTS PICK, HANGS IN BALANCESen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., asked Clarke a series of questions about her past comments about Murkowski and Manchin. CONTROVERSIAL BIDEN DOJ CIVIL RIGHTS NOMINEE TAKES STEP CLOSER TO CONFIRMATIONClarke was also asked about a tweet she sent describing Manchin's vote to confirm Kavanaugh as "unreal." Blackburn then asked Clarke about photo IDs for boarding planes, picking up tickets at will-call windows, picking up prescriptions, purchasing alcohol and more. Democrats have lauded Clarke as a person who is uniquely qualified to lead the DOJ's civil rights division. "Ms. Clarke has the breadth and depth of civil rights experience needed to revitalize the Civil Rights Division at this critical time," committee Chairman Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said Thursday.
Newt and Callista Gingrich: Armed Forces Day – celebrate the heroes who serve in our US military
       
Every third Saturday in May, America comes together to celebrate Armed Forces Day in honor of the brave men and women who serve in the U.S. military. May 15, 2021 is the 71st anniversary of the establishment of Armed Forces Day. President Truman issued a Presidential Proclamation on February 27, 1950 that created the first Armed Forces Day. CLICK HERE TO GET THE OPINION NEWSLETTERThe establishment of Armed Forces Day marks the modernization of the command of the U.S. military – the greatest military force in the world. We invite you to join us in thanking the members of our U.S. military on this Armed Forces Day.
Average police officer salaries across US range from $19K to $131K, depending on location, statistics show
       
Broken down by state, officers in California make the highest yearly salary, with $107,440, while those in Mississippi make the lowest, at $37,210 per year, statistics show. In Guayama, Puerto Rico, they make a mean salary of $21,370, to name two areas in the commonwealth, according to data. Second-highest are the San Francisco, Oakland and Hayward, California, areas, with a mean annual salary of $122,570, BLS figures show. DeCarlo told Fox News there are approximately 18,500 police departments throughout the country, which are funded by local tax dollars. "I think that having competitive salaries is important and in a lot of places, police officers are not paid well," Acevedo said.
Reps. Scalise, Stauber: Peace Officers Memorial Day – In National Police Week, remember and say thanks
       
We should thank the brave men and women of law enforcement every single day. Also, we must reject the vile attacks against our law enforcement heroes and defend them by speaking out against calls to defund the police. In 1962, President Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as "Peace Officers Memorial Day", and the week in which May 15th falls as "Police Week." Our law enforcement officers do not do their job for glory. It is about telling them that their loved ones will always be an integral part of the law enforcement community and forever be in our hearts.
House GOP seeks answers on Biden White House's ouster of climate official
       
In mid-April, the White House Office of Science and Technology removed Betsy Weatherhead as the director of the National Climate Assessment. She has more than two decades of experience in climate science in the government, the private sector and academia. The White House has not responded or yet provided any documents to the two House Republicans. Comer and Norman requested the documents in a May 4 letter to the White House Deputy Director for Climate and Environment Jane Lubchenco. These included Don Wuebbles, the director of the fourth climate assessment in President Barack Obama’s White House, and Gavin Schmidt, the Biden administration’s selection to be climate adviser to NASA.
FOX News Rundown EXTRA: “The 1619 Project” And The Fight Over Our Children’s Education
       
The coronavirus pandemic has shed a light on schools and sparked a figurative battle over America’s classrooms. For months, the nation has not just been debating remote learning and when schools should reopen, but what children are actually being taught. The conversation also touched on school choice and other political issues that could potential play a role in next year’s midterm elections. The interview was too long and we could not fit all of it in our original segment. On the FOX News Rundown Extra, you can finally listen to our entire conversation with the FOX News anchor.
Portland protests, homelessness have residents avoiding downtown, poll reveals
       
Portland, Oregon, residents surveyed about the city’s downtown said they plan to visit less frequently, mainly citing the homelessness and rioting that has plagued the area in the last year, according to a new poll. Downtown Portland, once a cultural and tourist center, is now rife with homeless tents, smashed windows, graffiti, trash and boarded-up businesses, the newspaper reported. "There seems in the last year to be this permission to do violence," respondent Laurie Lago, 75, who lives near where the protests have been centered, told The Oregonian. "The strengths of our downtown are unique and they haven’t gone away," Adams told The Oregonian. The poll was conducted by DHM Research and included 600 respondents in Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington and Clark counties.
CNN dedicates just 4 minutes to Israel-Gaza conflict during the entire week in primetime
       
The so-called "most trusted name in news" virtually ignored the biggest international news story in its primetime programming. From Monday through Thursday, CNN's most-watched anchors in the 8 pm-11 pm ET lineup failed to address the escalating conflict. CNN AVOIDS ISRAEL-HAMAS CONFLICT DURING PRIMETIME, SPENDS OVER 90 MINUTES ON LIZ CHENEYHowever, after being shamed by critics throughout the week, Anderson Cooper dedicated a generous four minutes to the subject at the end of Friday's installment of "Anderson Cooper 360." In other words, out of 900 minutes of CNN's primetime programming, just 0.4% covered the Israel-Gaza conflict. Over the past several weeks, CNN's primetime anchors have struggled to reach over 1 million viewers as Cooper and Cuomo barely surpass a seven-digit audience and Lemon often falls short.
Congresswoman Cori Bush praises activist who wished death to cops
       
Congresswoman Cori Bush praised a Black Lives Matter activist who called for the death of police officers during a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives Thursday. Masri, who died in 2018, received national attention for streaming heated exchanges with cops during protests outside the Ferguson Police Department, according to the report. “I’m praying for your death and your death and your death and your death,” he reportedly said in one viral clip. The St. Louis representative said US financial support of the Israeli military funds “harassment,” “extortion” and “brutalization,” that was reminiscent of police aggression in the states, according to the report. Bush proposed diverting the foreign military aid to support communities in St. Louis.
The Intercept 'stands by its reporting' amid backlash for targeting Gab users, journos who covered BLM riots
       
The charge that the purpose of our project was to identify the Riot Squad so that they could be harmed by Antifa is absurd." "The editorial leadership of The Intercept condemns these attacks, and stands 100 percent behind our journalism and our staff and their families. The video referred to the reporters as the "Riot Squad" and suggested they have been gleeful to witness the mayhem. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPCritics rallied behind the journalists and slammed the Intercept, including Greenwald. So these reporters are now like criminals to them because they report for right-wing sites, thus this targeting."
Tucker Carlson: Father Fauci says the pious must wear masks, but why not go a step further to plastic bags?
       
As you’ve likely heard, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have just issued new guidance on who must wear masks and when. Actually, people who’ve been vaccinated don’t need to wear masks most of the time because they’re vaccinated. When everyone was told to wear masks, you could instantly identify faithful party faithful on sight. You still are expected to wear the mask and for your own health, you should still wear the mask. It turned out that people who wear cloth masks are at quote, "higher risk" of viral infection than people who don’t wear cloth masks.
Neera Tanden joins Biden WH as adviser after OMB nomination pulled
       
Neera Tanden is a member of the Biden administration after all, according to reports. Tanden, 50, a liberal activist who was nominated by Biden to head the Office of Management and Budget – until the nomination was withdrawn in March over a lack of support for Tanden on Capitol Hill – has now joined the White House as a senior adviser, CNN first reported. Tanden will reportedly focus on making changes to the Affordable Care Act – the health care legislation passed during the Obama administration – in the event the Supreme Court strikes it down, the report said. Tanden reportedly deleted more than 1,000 old Twitter messages, including many critical of Republicans, after being nominated. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPBack in March, Biden said he planned for find a place in his administration for Tanden after her nomination for OMB was withdrawn.
Ingraham: The Bully Bunch 'experts' refuse to relinquish COVID controls
       
Fox News host Laura Ingraham opened Friday's "Ingraham Angle" slamming the Biden administration and medical experts, who she deemed the "Bully Bunch", for celebrating the CDC's end of mask mandates, as the "experts" push for other COVID restrictions. INGRAHAM: What has been done to Americans by these people is disgraceful -- neither the "science" nor commonsense we should have by now has ever supported THE Democrats Covid controls…. Of course, Biden’s media apologists haven’t a shred of integrity, they’re never going to admit they’re wrong. But remember, when the door to freedom opens even a crack, the Bully bunch is standing by, ready to close it with another mandate. The only freedom they respect is their freedom to bully you into agreeing with them.
Liberal elites cling to masks despite new CDC guidance, states lifting mandates
       
COVID RESTRICTIONS: WHAT STATES HAVE EASED RULES FOLLOWING UPDATED CDC GUIDANCEBut some liberal elites took to social media to say they will not be ditching their masks any time soon despite CDC assurances. Connecticut, Colorado, Delaware, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington State, and Rhode Island all announced some form of new mask guidelines this week. Three Republican governed states also announced they would waive mask guidelines per CDC guidance, including Ohio, Maryland and Vermont. Businesses like Costco, Trader Joe's and Walmart announced Friday they will no longer require vaccinated people to wear masks inside their stores. CDC ISSUES NEW MASK-WEARING GUIDANCE FOR FULLY VACCINATED AMERICANS"My question about the new mask guidelines is: how is anyone supposed to know who is vaccinated?
McCarthy dings Biden: Notice mask orders ended 'Gasoline went to $7, and they wanted change in news'
       
McCarthy, R-Calif., criticized President Joe Biden amid a sudden about-face in his administration's mask mandates. I am concerned that I am not the only one that sees it," host Sean Hannity told McCarthy, following a bipartisan White House meeting the leader attended. McCarthy later added that while Biden seemed "engaging" during the White House meeting, he was nowhere near the energy level of former President Donald Trump. "In the first week [of his presidency, Trump] had a bipartisan meeting inside the White House. "We are experiencing multiple crises under President Biden and Speaker Pelosi.
Hannity: The Republican Party has a critical opportunity to change US trajectory
       
Fox News host Sean Hannity told viewers Friday that it is time the Republican Party go on offense highlighting the "America First" agenda rooted in freedom, capitalism, and the U.S. Constitution on "Hannity". Unfortunately for Joe and the country, this week caps months of disastrous Democratic Party rule. In the coming months and years, the Republican Party has a critical opportunity to change this trajectory. They need to end unemployment benefits that are disincentivizing workers and lower taxes for all Americans. The Republican Party must articulate its America First, Make America Great Again agenda, rooted in freedom, capitalism and the U.S. Constitution.
Victor Davis Hanson warns Joe Biden: “Very dangerous” to provoke Vladimir Putin and not deter him
       
Author and historian Victor Davis Hanson joined "Tucker Carlson Tonight" Friday to address the "Russian associated" hack of the Colonial Pipeline and what President Biden should do to combat the nation’s current "inflationary cycle." HANSON: It's a very dangerous thing to provoke Vladimir Putin unless you deter him. We're going to hack into a pipeline." If gas goes up, Steven Chu in the Obama administration said $10 a gallon was good, that will suppress fossil fuels. That is a very dangerous thing as it is to print money and discourage production.
Michigan's Whitmer paid $27,521 for Florida trip using mix of donor fund, own cash, aide says
       
Gretchen Whitmer used funds from an inauguration-related nonprofit to pay for a $27,521 trip to Florida to visit her ailing father in March, her chief of staff clarified Friday. "She continued to carry out her duties as governor while she assisted her father [in Florida] with household duties like cooking and cleaning," JoAnne Huls, the governor's chief of staff, wrote in a memo to senior staff. Donors to the fund included many of Michigan's largest special-interest groups and lobbying firms, the Michigan Campaign Finance Network reported. A Republican National Committee spokesperson said in a statement Friday: "Gretchen Whitmer’s web of half-truths and side-stepped questions is coming undone and it’s clear that Michiganders need answers. The governor flew on a Gulfstream 280 business jet that is normally used by several wealthy Michigan families for the March 12-15 trip, according to the News.
Maxine Waters among lawmakers accused of using air marshals as a ‘concierge service’
       
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) may not be the biggest fan of police, but she apparently has no qualms about federal air marshals. The liberal lawmaker is among the members of Congress from both parties accused of turning a program created to protect airline passengers in the wake of 9/11 into a “concierge service,” Fox News reported Friday. She then requested two air marshals to join her on the plane and two more to escort her through the Minneapolis airport when she arrived. The complaint states that the air marshals were moved off a high-risk flight to accompany Waters to Minnesota. Waters out to Minnesota.”According to the complaint, the air marshals who were with Waters were supposed to be on a high-risk flight.
Chicago Tribune editorial board rips Illinois Democrats for bill that would delay school openings
       
The Chicago Tribune editorial board published a scathing op-ed Wednesday, ripping Illinois Democrats over a bill that it says would punish the success the state's private schools saw as they reopened earlier in the pandemic. The board further explained that the IDPH would establish the rules determining when a private school could open, and when it would be closed. J.B. Pritzker, lawmakers and the governor would be punishing the successful private school model. That, in the end, would harm school kids and their learning," the board wrote. "The teacher unions and their allies are calling the bill the "Safe Schools Bill."
Brian Kilmeade blasts Democrat governors who suddenly refuse to follow new CDC mask rules
       
"Fox News Primetime" host Brian Kilmeade took to task some blue state governors like Andrew Cuomo Friday for not listening to the CDC and refusing to lift their states mask mandates. Kilmeade accused the New York governor of only caring about control and not about "good policy." …Not listening to CDC suddenly is New York, New Jersey, California, North Carolina, Washington, Massachusetts and Hawaii. They have yet to lift their mask mandates. Governors like New York's Andrew Cuomo don't care about the science or good policy, they care about control.
NIH head accuses Rand Paul of ‘misinformation’ about US ties to Wuhan lab
       
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Dr. Francis Collins accused Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) Friday of spreading “misinformation” about the use of federal grant money by the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China. Earlier this week, Paul accused the NIH and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) of funding so-called “gain of function” research into bat coronaviruses through grants. Gain of function research refers to the process of studying viruses by making them more virulent and transmissible in people. “I can categorically tell you that nothing we approved would have included this kind of gain of function research on SARS CoV-2,” Collins reiterated Friday. Rand Paul accused the NIH of funding “gain of function” research at Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Matt Gaetz associate Joel Greenberg to cooperate in investigation
       
His cooperation as a close associate of Gaetz signals a significant escalation in the Justice Department’s investigation and potentially raises the legal and political jeopardy the Florida congressman is facing. Federal prosecutors have been examining whether Gaetz and Greenberg paid underage girls or offered them gifts in exchange for sex, according to people familiar with the matter. Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz is under investigation by the Justice Department. “Greenberg also introduced the Minor to other adult men, who engaged in commercial sex acts with the Minor,” the plea agreement states. Investigators are looking to see if Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz paid a minor for sex.
NYC mayoral candidates on crime: the good, the bad & the ugly
       
We separate the rest of the mayoral pack based on the good, the bad and the ugly of their anti-crime proposals and debate performances. The GoodThese mayoral wannabes are anti-defund the NYPD; would restore the anti-crime unit; and are dubious of closing Rikers and spending billions on new jails-in-every-borough. He’d shift some NYPD responsibilities, like school safety, to social workers and wants specialized squads, like the NYPD’s vice unit, disbanded. The UglyUnserious candidates who refuse to talk about the plight of crime victims, instead sputtering about how poverty is the root cause of crime. She vows to aggressively slash the NYPD’s budget because “trauma” from dealing with cops is a bigger problem than crime.
Colonial pipeline hack prompts bipartisan response on Capitol Hill
       
The Pipeline Security Act was reintroduced by Reps. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), Bennie Thompson (D-MS), John Katko (R-NY) along with the 12 members of the committee. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is the federal agency responsible for protecting the US’s 2.7 million miles of pipelines. The bill would codify both TSA’s and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) role in pipeline security, require TSA to develop a personnel strategy for its Pipeline Security Section, require TSA to update its pipeline security guidelines. COLONIAL PIPELINE BACK ONLINE AMID GAS SHORTAGEColonial Pipeline, the 5,500-mile pipeline that transfers 45% of fuel used on the East Coast, went offline last Friday after it was hit with a ransomware attack. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ON FOX BUSINESSAbout 68% of gas stations in North Carolina reported fuel outages, according to Gas Buddy.
Rove: New York Times gives 'unflattering' behind the scenes of Biden White House
       
Fox News contributor Karl Rove reacted to a New York Times report detailing President Biden's behavior as having a temper, getting bogged down, and slow at making decisions on "Fox News Primetime". ROVE: It's interesting to me because this was clearly a sanctioned story. That is to say the New York Times said we want to talk about this and they said great, let us make a large number of people inside the White House available to you. I'm not certain I would want to encourage this kind of a story and they clearly did, but it does give a view behind the scenes of how this President makes decisions. It's not by getting every little thing absorbed on every little issue that comes forward.
Biden hosts DACA recipients as he drops Trump health care rule for immigrants
       
Protesters with temporary protected status march toward the White House demanding the Biden administration pass immigration reform on Feb. 23, 2021. Many Republicans argue the bills are poorly timed due to the surge of illegal immigration at the US-Mexico border. His Friday order withdrawing the 2019 Trump administration policy imposing a health insurance requirement on immigrants is the latest example, though that policy was paused due to legal challenges. REUTERS/Adrees LatifBiden previously ended construction of Trump’s US-Mexico border wall and dropped a 2019 rule banning immigrants deemed likely to require welfare. Republicans credit that action with helping inspire a surge of migrants including unaccompanied minors to the US-Mexico border — with border officials reporting at least a 20-year high in apprehensions.
$250K legal contract for Cuomo impeachment probe isn’t nearly enough, critics say
       
The state Assembly has so far allocated just $250,000 for its sprawling impeachment investigation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo — enough for barely three weeks of full-time work by its team of outside lawyers, according to a contract made public Friday. Critics said the miserly move shows that lawmakers are short-changing the probe into the the multiple scandals threatening Cuomo’s political career. “I believe the Assembly has more than enough reason to draft articles of impeachment and they are using this impeachment investigation to appease and buy time for the governor,” state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi (D-The Bronx) said. During recent meetings, Chairman Charles Lavine (D-LI) has said that four Davis Polk lawyers were assigned to the committee.
Grandstanding Cuomo should follow the science and end NY’s mask mandate
       
Andrew Cuomo’s COVID grandstanding in insisting he needs to do his own review before he can follow Biden administration guidance saying the fully vaccinated don’t need to wear masks indoors or out. In fact, the CDC guidance merely acknowledges well-established science — which Cuomo has throughout the pandemic loudly insisted he’s following. To claim he and Zucker need to review it before he acts is just another example of the gov’s arrogance. There’s no need for Cuomo and Zucker to reinvent the wheel. More than half of adult New Yorkers are fully vaccinated, with nearly two-thirds having received at least one dose.
Derek Jeter sells mansion once rented to Tom Brady for $22.5M
       
Derek Jeter has scored a home run and sold off his Tampa, Florida, mansion, which he once rented out to Tom Brady, for $22.5 million after nearly eight months on the market. It’s also the largest home by square footage ever sold in South Tampa, clocking in at just under 22,000 square feet and overlooking 345 feet of open bay. The home spans a massive 22,000 square feet. realtor.comThe former Yankee and Hall of Famer, 46, first listed the estate in September after Brady, 43, moved out. Jeter leased the home to the seven-time Super Bowl champion and his wife, Gisele Bündchen, shortly after the quarterback signed on to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Fight over Gov. Cuomo ended Elise Stefanik and Melissa DeRosa’s 20-year friendship
       
Rep. Elise Stefanik got a call on her personal cellphone last year, shortly after speaking out against Gov. On the line was the freshman congresswoman’s longtime pal, top Cuomo aide Melissa DeRosa — and she was furious. Melissa DeRosa tried to get Elise Stefanik to take back things she said publicly about Gov. Elise Stefanik is now the No. Elise Stefanik and Melissa DeRosa in a snap shared by DeRosa in 2015.
Tucson Border Patrol agents prepare for busy summer as record numbers of migrant encounters continue upward
       
The number of migrants trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally continues to rise and so does the temperature along the Southwest border. CBP’s Tucson Sector opened their doors Thursday to media to help warn migrants not to cross in the desert heat. I speak from experience," said Sabri Dikman, acting deputy chief patrol agent with the Tucson Sector Border Patrol. The Tucson sector sees its fair share of drug smuggling, human trafficking and illegal crossing, but it's not as busy as Texas. "It's a fact, more migrant deaths have been reported in Arizona than anywhere else along the Southwest border," Dikman said.
Washington Post spends week trashing Trump's Abraham Accords as Israel-Gaza conflict escalates
       
The Washington Post spent the entire week knocking the Abraham Accords that were struck under former President Trump as tensions continue to rise between Israel and the terrorist group Hamas. While the Abraham Accords had been regarded as one of Trump's greatest foreign policy achievements, the Washington Post appeared gitty in trashing the peace deal as violence erupted between Israel and Gaza. On Tuesday, columnist Ishaan Tharoor wrote a piece titled, "The Abraham Accords have already become a Middle East afterthought." Post columnist Max Boot went even further with his column on Wednesday, "So much for the Abraham Accords. The Abraham Accords were nice, but they did nothing to resolve underlying conflicts in Yemen, Syria, Libya — or the West Bank and the Gaza Strip."
Penn State faculty vote to end terms 'freshman,' 'sophomore' & others
       
The decision came as part of a Faculty Senate bill on the "Removal of Gendered & Binary Terms from Course and Program Descriptions." Terms such as ‘freshmen’ are decidedly male-specific, while terms such as ‘upperclassmen’ can be interpreted as both sexist and classist. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPOriginal: "THEA 270 Introduction to Lighting Design (3). Introduction to Lighting Design will focus on helping each student to develop a design process that takes him or her from script to stage." Introduction to Lighting Design will focus on helping each student to develop a design process that takes them from script to stage."
Biden’s secret Venmo account reportedly found in ‘less than 10 minutes’
       
President Biden has a Venmo account — and it was terrifyingly easy to find, according to a report Friday. The website also reported that it had located “nearly a dozen” of Biden’s family members on Venmo and used the app’s public friends feature to sketch out their web of close contacts — including senior White House staffers. BuzzFeed News also noted that while the president’s Venmo transactions were not made public, his list of public friends disappeared after the site reached out to the White House for comment. The report indicates that President Biden’s information on Venmo could be exploited. The White House also did not respond to requests for comment.
Walmart says fully vaccinated employees can go without masks starting Tuesday
       
The nation’s largest retailer on Friday said that fully vaccinated employees will no longer need to wear a mask at work starting Tuesday. Vaccinated customers, including vaccinated members of its and Sam’s Club stores, can shop maskless starting Friday. Unvaccinated Walmart associates will still be required to wear masks, as will vaccinated employees working in states where local laws still require masks. Vaccinated Walmart employees can ditch the masks starting Tuesday. “We’re providing $75 to US field associates as a thank you for getting vaccinated,” Walmart said in a note to all US associates on its website.
Les Moonves waves goodbye to $120M exit package, ViacomCBS says
       
Disgraced ex-CBS chief executive Les Moonves has agreed to walk away from the $120 million exit package he lost when he was fired in 2018, ViacomCBS said. Moonves has decided to contribute the entire settlement amount to various charities,” Moonves and ViacomCBS said in a joint statement Friday. AFP via Getty Images“Leslie Moonves, CBS and a contractor to CBS have? resolved their disputes,” Moonves and ViacomCBS said in a joint statement Friday. Mr. Moonves has decided to contribute the entire settlement amount to various charities. There will be no further comment regarding this settlement by Mr. Moonves or CBS.”
Political winds — like those in Britain — mean trouble for Democrats in US
       
It was an unexpected result, and a harbinger of Donald Trump’s even more unexpected election as president five months later. In Britain, the Labour Party, split between metropolitan leaders and working-class Brexit voters, suffered its worst defeat in decades in 2019 and did even worse in local elections last week. Conservatives won more than 40 Red Wall seats as Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives won 365 seats to Labour’s 202 in December 2019. But he foolishly chose an anti-Brexit candidate in last week’s special election for the Red Wall seat of Hartlepool, a 70 percent pro-Brexit port on the North Sea. France’s Socialist Party, which won the presidency in 2012, got 6 percent of the vote in 2017.
Neera Tanden joins White House staff after OMB nomination derailed
       
President Biden has tapped Neera Tanden to serve as a senior adviser after withdrawing her nomination to serve as White House budget director in March. In her new role, Tanden is expected to focus on potential changes to the Affordable Care Act if the Supreme Court strikes it down, according to CNN, which broke news of the appointment. see also Neera Tanden’s gift to America’s parents America’s parents owe a huge debt of gratitude to Neera... Following the withdrawal of her nomination, the White House indicated that she would be appointed to an administration role that doesn’t require Senate confirmation. Biden has not yet nominated another choice to to lead OMB, but Deputy Director Shalanda Young is viewed as the likely candidate,
Alarming number of people think they can beat elephant, lion in a fight: survey
       
The survey asked each volunteer to select one of two animals in a hypothetical head-to-head and answer seven rounds of pairings. Survey data was also reorganized to reflect how humans ranked themselves against all other animals. Turns out we showed a healthy fear for some of the most savage beasts in more than 90% of match-ups, including against crocs, gorillas, elephants and lions. Nearly half of us think we could take down a mid-sized dog, while just 23% would clash with a large canine. However, there’s one animal the survey didn’t name that deserves a nod: the mosquito.
Biden scraps Trump Garden of Heroes honoring Kobe, Trebek, Bader Ginsburg
       
President Joe Biden has revoked a trio of executive orders issued by former President Donald Trump that sought to punish vandalism of statues and to build a new National Garden of American Heroes. Former President Donald Trump wanted to increase the penalty for vandalizing statues while in office. “When I signed the executive order outlining 10-year prison sentences, as an example, for destroying monuments and statues, it immediately stopped,” Trump boasted at an August press conference. I signed an order, and it said, ‘Ten years in prison.’ Ten years if you knock down a statue. Activists also planned to pull down an 1876 Abraham Lincoln statue in DC that was paid for by freed slaves.
California small businesses rip Newsom over more stimulus checks: 'We want to work'
       
Gavin Newsom announced Friday the state will expand small business pandemic benefits to $4 billion, and allocate an additional $1 billion to workers displaced during the pandemic. Small business owner Pam Nusser and gubernatorial candidate John Cox joined "America Reports" to respond to Newsom’s legislation, arguing small businesses are competing with the government for workers. Nusser emphasized that additional stimulus checks won’t help small businesses. Cox agreed with Nusser’s sentiment, and said the cost of living in California has risen significantly as a result of Gov. GET THE FOX NEWS APP BY CLICKING HEREBut Cox predicts the people of California will see through Newsom "trying to buy votes."
Homeland Security warns of 'heightened threat environment' as eased COVID-19 restrictions reopen public spaces
       
The Department of Homeland Security warned of an increased threat of domestic terror for the spring and summer Friday as expiring coronavirus restrictions are expected to lead to larger public gatherings, which make appealing soft targets for attackers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidance earlier this week, and a number of states are easing restrictions on public spaces, businesses, schools and other community fixtures. "In this evolving threat environment, DHS is redoubling our efforts to detect and disrupt all forms of foreign and domestic terrorism and targeted violence, while safeguarding privacy protections, civil rights, and civil liberties." The DHS notice also warned that extremists could attempt to hijack left-wing protests against police violence or racial injustice. Authorities are urging Americans who witness suspicious activity or threats of violence to report them to local law enforcement or the FBI.
James O'Keefe fires back at New York Times over 'hit piece' on Project Veritas
       
Project Veritas founder James O'Keefe had a blistering response to what he described as a "hit piece" that was published on Thursday by The New York Times. JAMES O'KEEFE GIVES UPDATE ON PROJECT VERITAS' DEFAMATION LAWSUIT AGAINST NY TIMES, PANS SUBMITTED RESPONSESO'Keefe released a video responding to the report. PROJECT VERITAS CONFRONTS NEW YORK TIMES BOSS DEAN BAQUET ON STREET ABOUT ONGOING DEFAMATION LAWSUITO'Keefe did acknowledge that Project Veritas did execute undercover investigations of other government officials. Times reporters Maggie Astor and Tiffany Hsu described Project Veritas' reporting as "deceptive," "false," and "with no verifiable evidence." O'Keefe and Project Veritas have also filed defamation lawsuits against Twitter and CNN.
Virginia police lieutenant fired for donating to Kyle Rittenhouse fundraiser seeking due process
       
EXCLUSIVE DETAILS: The Virginia police lieutenant who was fired from the department in April after anonymously donating to a fundraiser to benefit Kyle Rittenhouse said his ousting came in only a matter of days, despite that the process typically takes months. Kelly, 42, said he donated to a GiveSendGo account to benefit Rittenhouse, now 18, at the end of summer 2020. "I was told that they had to look out for the department," Kelly continued. "I know that it takes months and months to go through the administrative process of scrutiny by different departments." "So [I] certainly was not expecting to be fired," Kelly continued.
DHS warns extremists could exploit eased COVID restrictions for attacks in US
       
The Department of Homeland of Security is cautioning that violent domestic extremists could exploit the easing of COVID-19 restrictions to plot attacks in the United States. “Violent extremists may seek to exploit the easing of COVID-19-related restrictions across the United States to conduct attacks against a broader range of targets after previous public capacity limits reduced opportunities for lethal attacks,” said an official bulletin posted by the agency on Friday. With COVID safety protocols loosened, DHS worries domestic extremists might see large gatherings as targets. “Ideologically-motivated violent extremists fueled by perceived grievances, false narratives, and conspiracy theories continue to share information online with the intent to incite violence. “Messaging from foreign terrorist organizations, including al-Qa‘ida and ISIS, intended to inspire U.S.-based homegrown violent extremists (HVEs) continues to amplify narratives related to exploiting protests.
Tom Cruise sells Colorado home for $39.5M
       
Just two months after listing his Colorado estate for $39.5 million, actor Tom Cruise has sold the 320-acre spread for its full asking price, its listing brokerage told The Post. Brett Schrkengost for LIV SothebThe property snoops at the Wall Street Journal first reported news of the sale Friday. Listing agent Dan Dockray, of LIV Sotheby’s International Realty, told the paper that the Telluride property entered contract within its first week on the market. Joshua Johnson for LIV SothebyThe March debut of the listing marked the home’s first time publicly available for sale. Joshua Johnson for LIV SothebyCruise spent several years designing the home, made with stone and cedar touches, which finished up in 1994.
Rep. Ritchie Torres: Here’s why I’m supporting Israel — despite the Twitter mob
       
With sovereignty and security comes the inherent right of self-defense, a right that every state, including our own, takes for granted. Circulating on social media is a vicious lie — a lie that deceptively reframes the terrorism of Hamas as self-defense and deceptively reframes the self-defense of Israel as terrorism. We cannot allow ourselves to be silenced by an overbearing Twitter mob, dominated by the extremes of American politics. If we, in elected office, are not willing to say and do what is right, then we are unworthy of the office we hold. I am here to state, in clearest possible terms, that I stand with Israel, because doing so, quite simply, is the right thing to do.
Biden’s overtures to Iran undercut US bid to end Hamas-Israel conflict
       
But Jerusalem always acquiesced to Washington in the end, out of deference to the close ties between the two nations. Thus, the Biden administration is on the cusp of indirectly providing funds to Hamas, using Iran as a pass-through. Of course, the Biden administration will deny that this is its intention. More important is the broader question of what exactly the Biden administration wants in the Middle East. Admittedly, the Biden administration policy has had occasional bright spots.
Colorado man accused of missing wife’s death cast Trump vote in her name
       
KUSA via AP, PoolBarry Morphew was arrested and charged with murder on May 5 — about a year after Suzanne Morphew went missing — even though her remains are yet to be found. In addition to murder chages, Barry Morphew now faces two new counts of felony forgery and misdemeanor ballot fraud. Shortly after Suzanne Morphew went missing, her husband posted a widely viewed Facebook video pleading for her safe return, saying her daughters needed her and the family would do “whatever it takes” to bring her back. Barry Morphew was charged with first-degree murder after the disappearance of Suzanne Morphew. Barry Morphew claims he was 150 miles away from the family’s home on the day Suzanne Morphew went missing.
Ousted Cheney Supported Chip Roy As Replacement, Reacts To Elise Stefanik Win
       
Listen To The Full Interview Below:Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-WY) joined Fox News Radio’s Guy Benson Show to discuss her ouster as the House Republican conference chairwoman and the future of the Republican party. Cheney also reacted to Elise Stefanik’s win and revealed who she supported as her successor. Full Transcript To Follow
Liz Cheney Ousted From GOP Leadership
       
On Wednesday, House Republicans voted by secret ballot to replace Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-WY) as the Chair of The House Republican Conference. By Friday, the party had replaced Cheney with Representative Elise Stefanik of New York’s 21st district. Fox News Congressional Correspondent Chad Pergram discusses what this ousting of Representative Cheney says about Republican Party, and the state of her political future, as she plans to run again in 2022. This week, President Biden met with the big four congressional leaders at the White House to discuss coming together on a definition of infrastructure. Even as the pipeline reopened, the run on gas left pumps dry in parts of the east coast.
COVID restrictions: What states have eased rules following updated CDC guidance
       
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revised its guidance on masks, allowing states to ease or outright remove certain coronavirus restrictions. Some states, including New York and New Jersey, have said they will review their policies and wait before adopting the new CDC guidance. Here are some of the changes states have announced in light of the new CDC guidance. Steve Sisolak had signed an emergency directive on May 3 that aligned the state's mask guidance to any subsequent CDC recommendations. "Starting today, Oregon will be following this guidance, which only applies to fully vaccinated individuals," Brown said in a statement.
GOP senators asking religious groups to help craft Equality Act compromise, sources say
       
"The senators wanted to do something, but they wanted a suitable alternative to The Equality Act," the source said. Republicans and religious groups have warned that the bill would impinge on religious rights, and allow males to access female locker rooms and women-only sports. The USCCB, which represents the U.S. Catholic bishops, declined to comment, but in the past has made clear its opposition to the Equality Act itself. Although this is a worthy purpose, the Equality Act does not serve it," the USCCB said in a statement on its website. "And instead of respecting differences in beliefs about marriage and sexuality, the Equality Act discriminates against people of faith precisely because of those beliefs.
Biden lashed out at Becerra during Oval Office meeting on migrant kids amid HHS-White House tensions: reports
       
President Biden reportedly lashed out at Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra over his department’s handling of migrant children -- amid broader reported tensions between the White House and HHS. Biden "lashed out" at Becerra in a March 30 Oval Office meeting when Becerra allegedly failed to have answers for questions about the agency’s ability to take care of migrant kids, according to The New York Times. There are currently more than 20,000 migrants in HHS custody, up from just under 12,000 at the end of March. Politico reported that the White House has "bristled" at Becerra’s approach as they push HHS to speed up the intake of the tens of thousands of migrant children. Neither the White House nor HHS returned Fox News' requests for comment.
Blind Sheik-following jihadist may be sprung from prison — but is comatose: docs
       
A would-be terrorist convicted of plotting assassinations and bombings alongside the notorious “Blind Sheik” Omar Abdel-Rahman is believed to have been freed from prison — but is in a comatose state at a federal lockup in North Carolina, according to court papers. “It is the Court’s understanding that Mr. El Gabrowny completed his term ofimprisonment on May 12, 2021,” Castel wrote. Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, the blind spiritual leader of Egypt’s largest Islamic extremist fundamentalist group, Jamaa Islamiyya, facing photographers and reporters during a news conference in Jersey City in 1993. El Gabrowny was convicted in 1995 for conspiring with Abdel-Rahman in an attempt to carry out bombings and assassinations. El Gabrowny was convicted in 1995 for conspiring with Abdel-Rahman and nine other Muslim jihadists to carry out bombings and assassinations as part of holy war in the United States.
LA residents blast proposed homeless campsites at beaches, parks
       
But the plan has sparked a massive recall effort by residents who claim that their local parks and beaches are already inundated by tents, the Los Angeles Times reported. “Parents are frustrated,” Matt Stayner, a 54-year-old father of four who lives by Westchester Park, told the newspaper. Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin has been advocating for homeless people to live in tents in city parks and beaches. Residents in Mar Vista told CBS Los Angeles they’re also seeing a growing number of homeless people camping out at Mar Vista Park — and they are concerned about safety. Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin wants to hear other alternatives to placing homeless people into public parks and beaches.
White House urges businesses to pay workers more to compete with unemployment
       
The White House on Friday urged businesses struggling to find workers willing to come off unemployment to raise their pay to compete with a $300 per week federal unemployment insurance supplement. A top economic adviser to President Biden said that competing against the government subsidies was a matter for the free market to resolve. A University of Chicago study separately estimated that 42 percent of people accepting unemployment benefits earn more than at prior jobs. A man hands his resume to an employer at a job fair at the Central Florida Fairgrounds on May 12, 2021. SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty ImagesStates administer unemployment benefits and some — including Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Montana and South Carolina — are cutting off the special pandemic boost.
Transgender airmen, guardians guaranteed equal opportunity under new policy
       
She serves as president of SPARTA, an advocacy group for transgender, nonbinary and gender-nonconforming troops that suggested changes to the Air Force. APThe policy also outlines a path forward for transgender cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy and in the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. Not addressed in the new document, she added, are flight and qualification restrictions on Air Force and Space Force members with specialized credentials. “There’s a lot of medical policy that isn’t in this that would ground people,” she said. The service has included transgender service members in discussions about its new uniforms, and talked about how to better incorporate nonbinary guardians.
Beware Joe’s inflation tax and other commentary
       
Economy watch: Beware Joe’s Inflation Tax“The invisible tax of rising inflation will do far more to harm working and middle-class Americans” than President Biden’s proposed tax hikes, fears Kristin Tate at The Hill. “Inflation has reached its highest point in years, and will likely reach the highest in two generations.” Prices for everything — food, gas, lumber, homes, cars — are up and expected to get even higher. What’s fueling inflation? “The Fed nearly doubled its bond purchases since the beginning of the pandemic, pumping almost $4 trillion into the economy.” Worse, the government doesn’t seem concerned. Car and truck prices rose a whopping 10 percent in April, the largest one-month spike in 68 years.
Leo Terrell: Critical Race Theory Is Racist & “A Bunch Of Lies”
       
On Fox Across America with Jimmy Failla, Fox News Contributor Leo Terrell explains why “critical race theory” is being used by the left to divide the country and indoctrinate the students of America. “Critical race theory is racist. I don’t know if you know this but before becoming a lawyer, I was a history teacher. And the whole critical race theory is a bunch of lies and it’s being used against a racially divided country and to try to indoctrinate our young people. But it’s not surprising because the left plays the race card and now it’s 24/7.
Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL): “Jen Psaki Is A Moron, Do Not Listen To What She Says” On Critical Race Theory
       
On Fox Across America with Jimmy Failla, Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) criticized schools teaching “critical race theory,” and why Jen Psaki should not be lending her support to its use. Jen Psaki is wrong. Critical race theory, the way that they use it, the way they saw this curriculum-set Pollyanna that’s moving through too many schools across the country. You’re teaching young kids to, frankly, self-censor themselves or that they are now less than black people.”“We just got to have tolerance for each other. Jen Psaki is a moron.
Mike Pompeo: Ilhan Omar accusing Israel of terrorism is 'anti-Semitic'
       
Amid the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reacted on "The Faulkner Focus" on Friday to Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., accusing Israel of committing acts of terrorism. REP. ILHAN OMAR ACCUSES ISRAEL OF 'TERRORISM' AMID CLASH WITH HAMASMIKE POMPEO: It’s very important. We’re very cautious and careful how we designate terrorists in the United States. We would do it here at home if rockets were being fired in the United States. When I hear members of Congress, responsible people, talking about Israel as a terrorist organization, this is anti-Semitic.
Crime experts fear summer 2021 violence could be worse than last year as shooting, murder uptick starts early
       
Giacalone said the rise in crime "seems to be centered around the urban environments and the cities." Giacalone, a former sergeant for the New York Police Department (NYPD) who has been tracking the crime numbers, said the fast-approaching summer months generally bring out "more crime because there are more people out there." According to the Gun Violence Archive, 369 people were shot in the past 72 hours as of Friday afternoon. When asked his opinion on how trends so far this year might reflect summer 2021 crime trends, Giacalone said this summer is "going to be worse than last year, for sure." Roman argued that he thinks "the effects from 2020 – whether they caused the 2020 violence or not" will lead to more violence this year.
Illinois police officer’s commitment to community outshines national scrutiny: 'I've become a father figure'
       
"I’ve become a father figure to many of them," Smith said. Several who have attended the training grew up without a father in the home, looking to him as a role model. "I never had much of a father figure either," he continued, stating that the goal of each program is to instill discipline in the students. "A lot of people can come to Brian Smith if they need help, and I like that," Smith mused, indicative of the effort he has put into his own community. In a recent national press conference, Shields contritely stated, "We have to rebrand our product" as police officers.
MTA’s Sarah Feinberg slams de Blasio over latest subway crime spree
       
Sarah Feinberg said of de Blasio amid the latest subway attacks, “If he needed a wake-up call, this is it. Tony Utano, president of Transport Workers Union Local 100, also ripped de Blasio in a statement, placing the blame squarely on him for the subway crime spate. “Since last Sunday, there have been 15 serious assaults with knives, razors and fists on New York City transit riders and transit workers. And by this criminal inaction, Mayor de Blasio has created a crisis of confidence in our transit system,” he said. “New York transit riders and transit workers deserve better.
Lines, tokens and money brokers: Myanmar’s crumbling economy runs low on cash
       
The cash crisis is one of the most pressing problems for the people of Myanmar after the Feb. 1 military coup. “It’s now very difficult to operate a business,” said Hnin Hnin, an entrepreneur in her mid-20s who supplies shampoo and bedsheets to high-end hotels. Under the agreement, the partner gives Hnin Hnin access to her Thai baht account, so she can pay suppliers in Thailand and Hnin Hnin pays her back with physical kyat notes in Myanmar. Reuters put questions to Myanmar’s four largest private banks, including Kanbawza Bank and CB Bank. Poverty rate could doublePeople line up in front of ATM’s machines to withdraw cash, in Yangon, Myanmar May 13, 2021.
New Jersey will still require masks indoors despite CDC guidance
       
New Jersey will still require masks indoors for people, even those fully vaccinated — despite the federal government easing its recommended restrictions on face coverings, the governor said Friday. We’re frankly not there yet.”Fully vaccinated people will still be required to wear masks while indoors in New Jersey. APOn Thursday, the CDC said people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not have to wear masks indoors or practice social distancing. But the good news for those who got both jabs in the Garden State: Masks will no longer be mandated outdoors, according to NJ.com. The governor added, though, the state could relax the indoor regulations “within a matter of weeks.”
Lenders look to lure consumers with lax standards
       
Banks are loosening standards to qualify for credit cards and personal loans — and it’s not because they’re feeling generous. Instead, consumers hunkered down at home and used a tide of stimulus checks and generous unemployment benefits to pay down their credit card debt. With loan demand waning, banks are looking to jumpstart business again, offering more attractive credit card and loan options. Some banks told the Fed they recently had lowered standards for government-backed mortgages, according to the Journal. Jeff Haynes/AFP via Getty ImagesOverall, lending standards remain tighter than they were pre-pandemic, according to the paper, and most lenders said they didn’t change their underwriting standards during the first quarter.
Scott Disick allegedly owes former manager ‘substantial money’
       
Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Scott Disick allegedly owes his former manager a “substantial” amount of money in unpaid bills. David Weintraub claimed in a new interview that the Talentless founder hasn’t paid him his dues in a while. Scott is someone who has a big balance of money that’s owed to my company,” Weintraub alleged on the “Hollywood Raw” podcast with Dax Holt and Adam Glyn about working with Disick. “So it’s hard to really work with him because a lot of people are out there being like, ‘I’m rich, rich, rich, rich, rich,’ but don’t pay their bills. That’s just how it works.”Weintraub didn’t explicitly say how much Disick allegedly owes him in backpay but claimed it’s “substantial money” in the “hundreds of thousands.”A rep for Disick didn’t return Page Six’s multiple requests for comment.
Rep. Eric Swalwell shouts in face of House staffer to defend mask-wearing
       
The congressman added that he wished he was even “more explicit.”Nick Dyer, spokesman for Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, told Rep. Eric Swalwell, “you can take off your mask.” Twitter“I had a mask on as I stepped off the Floor. The White House immediately made masks voluntary indoors after the CDC pivot on Thursday. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene trashed Swalwell to reporters after he shouted in the face of spokesman Nick Dyer. Kevin Dietsch/Getty ImagesLast month, the CDC said vaccinated people could stop wearing masks outdoors, where there’s little risk of COVID-19 transmission. But if you’ve not been vaccinated, please wear a mask,” Biden said.
Biden under pressure from all sides to respond to Israel-Gaza fighting uptick
       
President Biden is facing pressure from warring factions within his own party on how he ought to respond amid an escalating bloody conflict between Israel and Hamas involving thousands of rocket exchanges and ground troops. President Joe Biden has to deal with division within his own party. Congress must condition the aid we send to Israel, and end it altogether if those conditions are not followed. ), who called on Biden to respond to the evictions directly, arguing in a tweet last weekend as tensions were ramping up, “Evictions of families in East Jerusalem would violate international law. Biden spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier this week and reaffirmed US support for Israel.
Biden COVID adviser pressed by Bill Hemmer on new mask guidance: 'What changed' since last week?
       
But the bottom line is they found evidence which tells them that you don't need to wear a mask if you're vaccinated. And if you are, you're still in danger and you should wear a mask." Earlier in the morning on "Fox & Friends," former White House coronavirus testing czar Admiral Brett Giroir said the decision was motivated by "political direction" while Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, called the move "poll-driven." Seven days ago, they were telling 12-year-olds to wear a mask at summer camp in July. Slavitt pointed to CDC Director Rochelle Walensky's grilling from Senate Republicans earlier in the week on COVID-19 guidance.
Rep. Doug Lamborn fights lawsuit claiming 'reckless' response to COVID-19 pandemic
       
Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., is fighting a lawsuit alleging the congressman had a "reckless" response to the COVID-19 pandemic in his office. A spokesperson for Lamborn's office called the claims "unsubstantiated." "The workplace safety allegations made by Mr. Pope are unsubstantiated and did not result in the termination of his employment. Congressman Lamborn looks forward to full vindication as all facts come to light," Cassandra Sebastian, a spokesperson for Lamborn, told Fox News in a statement. FULLY VACCINATED PEOPLE CAN DITCH MASKS, CDC SAYSThe lawsuit alleges that Lamborn did not require staffers to wear masks in his D.C. office and did not "permit all employees" to practice social distancing.
Maxine Waters' corporate donors silent after 'get confrontational' controversy
       
"We've got to stay on the street and we've got to get more active, we've got to get more confrontational. We've got to make sure that they know that we mean business," Waters said Saturday, adding she was "hopeful" Chauvin would be convicted of murder. Cahill was asked by Eric Nelson, Chauvin's defense attorney, to declare a mistrial due to prosecutorial misconduct and Waters’ comments at a Brooklyn Center protest Saturday night. Nelson told the court there is a "high probability" that jurors will see Waters’ comments. Cahill called it "disrespectful to the rule of law and to the judicial branch" for elected officials to comment on the outcome of the case.
Former CNN producer rips network for ignoring Israeli-Palestinian violence in primetime
       
Former CNN producer Steve Krakauer blasted his old network Thursday for ignoring the erupting violence between Hamas and Israel in primetime hours, saying it seemed to be abandoning its news roots. Primetime hours are defined as 8 to 11 p.m. Over at CNN these days, it's increasingly a noun, a verb, and 1/6." According to Grabien transcripts, the only mention of the conflict by CNN primetime hosts Anderson Cooper, Chris Cuomo, and Lemon this week came on the latter's 11 p.m. hour Tuesday, after primetime concluded. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPKrakauer also knocked MSNBC for not covering the conflict in its primetime hours Wednesday.
Teachers' union president under fire for rebranding as school-reopening supporter
       
American Federation of Teachers (AFT) president Randi Weingarten is facing criticism from parents and Republicans over a speech she gave in favor of fully reopening schools this fall. Weingarten, and teachers' unions generally, opposed returning to in-person learning for much of the pandemic. Weingarten's late rebranding as a proponent of reopening schools prompted a fresh round of criticism. APT has been pursuing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the big teachers' union in an attempt to gain access to internal communications between the union and the CDC. On Wednesday, top Republicans on the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees called for an investigation into the CDC after emails revealed that a teachers union was involved in lobbying the government agency regarding school reopening.
Maxine Waters among lawmakers accused of abusing privilege of air marshals on flights
       
The Air Marshal National Council, which represents some of the nation's roughly 2,000 air marshals, says the problem began after the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. "Air marshals can only be assigned to high-risk flights. "Federal Air Marshals were removed from a "High Risk" flight to cover Ms. Harassment of lawmakers in public isn't new, but the federal air marshals (FAMs) say congressional flights are not their primary mission. Federal air marshals work in two-person teams.
Meghan McCain and Joy Behar Clash Over Vaccine Guidelines on ‘The View’: “It Violates My Civil Rights”
       
Meghan McCain and Joy Behar are back at it again on The View. After playing nice this week, the co-hosts began sparring once again over one of the year’s most hot button issues: Covid vaccines. “They should require that you show proof of vaccination,” Behar said. “If I’m going into a theater or I’m going into a restaurant or I’m going to a museum, I want to make sure everybody who is in there is vaccinated. '”Throwing her hands up, Behar concluded, “That’s all I’m saying,” before bringing the show to commercial break and the skirmish to an end.
Retailers stuck in the middle of CDC’s ‘confusing’ new mask policy
       
And some retailers are unsure about how to address the situation given that many states have not yet lifted their own mask mandates. “They have no way of knowing whether customers who are not wearing masks have been vaccinated. Getty ImagesIndeed, the CDC’s new guidelines stand to create tensions in crowded areas and states like New York, where Gov. Small and national retailers alike are being swept into the debate with some seemingly unprepared for the sudden and dramatic shift in policy. Avi Kaner, owner of supermarket chain Morton Williams, agrees that retailers are being put in a tough spot.
Lamar Odom a deadbeat dad who won’t pay child support, lawsuit says
       
Liza Morales, who had two children with the former NBA great, claimed in a lawsuit filed late Thursday in Manhattan Supreme Court that Odom completely stopped paying child support last June in breach of their 2015 agreement, records show. “In June 2020, Lamar stopped providing any support save for sporadic amounts sent directly to LJ, placing their son in a very difficult situation,” Morales alleged in a civil complaint. Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian attend Kanye West Yeezy Season 3 at Madison Square Garden on February 11, 2016, in New York City. Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom at Los Angeles International Airport. GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images via Getty ImagesIn her lawsuit against Odom, she claimed that figure has now ballooned to about $78,000.
WeWork CEO says ‘least engaged’ employees prefer to work from home
       
A desire to work remotely is a sign of poor job engagement, says the head of shared workspace company WeWork. Sandeep Mathrani, CEO of the commercial real estate venture, said this week that employee engagement directly correlates with a preference for working in-person or not. They are saying ‘I wanna go to work two or three days a week’ and ‘I’d like to work from home a day a week,’ ” Mathrani, 59, said at the Wall Street Journal’s Future of Everything festival Wednesday, Insider reported. AFP via Getty Images“The most engaged employees always store their files in Box,” tweeted the cloud content company CEO, Aaron Levie, in a mockery of Mathrani’s vested interest against remote work. “The most engaged employees always take @Uber to work and order @UberEats so they can skip those pesky long lunches,” responded Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi.
Kennedy Saves The Nation’s Infrastructure
       
This week, Kennedy sits down with retired Navy SEAL Senior Chief and 2022 Republican primary candidate for the Wisconsin’s 3rd Congressional District, Derrick Van Orden. Derrick shares experiences and reflections from his time in the Navy when he was in charge of risk assessment for critical infrastructure. He also weighs in on what is happening with the pipeline now, where we are most vulnerable and how it is impacted by the Biden administration’s policies. Follow Kennedy on Twitter: @KennedyNation
Ronna McDaniel On Elise Stefanik Replacing Liz Cheney As House Republican Conference Chair
       
RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel spoke to Brian Kilmeade about House Republicans replacing Liz Cheney as GOP House Conference Chair with Elise Stefanik. McDaniel says Stefanik is a rising leader who was instrumental in helping many of the republican women get elected in 2020. McDaniel feels Cheney was not raising money or helping the GOP focus on the future of the party which is what led to republicans making a needed change in leadership. McDaniel also broke down which republican candidates to keep an eye on across the country in upcoming elections.
Barry Morphew used missing wife Suzanne's election ballot to vote: report
       
The husband of Colorado mom Suzanne Morphew allegedly used his missing wife’s identity to vote in November's presidential election, according to a report and court papers. SUZANNE MORPHEW’S BROTHER SPEAKS ON HIS SUSPICION OF FOUL PLAY, BARRY MORPHEW’S ‘CUNNING PERSONALITY TRAITS’The ballot envelope showed a handwritten sender address of the Morphews’ Salida home and was dated Oct. 15. SUZANNE MORPHEW'S FRIENDS, FAMILY BEG HUSBAND BARRY TO CONFESS, SHARE LOCATION OF REMAINSWhen FBI agents confronted Barry Morphew on April 22, they asked him why he submitted Suzanne’s ballot. He responded: "Just because I wanted Trump to win," court papers allege, and he allegedly knew "she [referring to Suzanne Renee Morphew] was going to vote for Trump anyway." Morphew, 53, is being held at the Chaffee County Detention Center without bond and is due back in court on May 27.
Sen. Tom Cotton: Don't let Biden, Fauci, Dems skirt big questions on COVID's origins – it matters to us all
       
Unfortunately, the Biden administration and high-ranking officials like NIH's Dr. Anthony Fauci are not interested in a full accounting. They’ve been much quieter lately, because the theory that the pandemic originated in the Wuhan lab is only growing stronger as more evidence emerges. We’ve now learned that U.S. diplomats warned of lax safety protocols and a shortage of trained staff at the Wuhan lab as early as 2018. It’s not hard to understand why bureaucrats like Fauci and many so-called "thought" leaders don’t want to talk about the Wuhan lab. That means we must look at the lab in Wuhan and the experimental research its scientists performed.
Abbott: Texas seized enough fentanyl at border to kill 'every single person' in New York
       
Texas Governor Greg Abbott said Friday that authorities at the border in Texas have apprehended enough fentanyl to kill every single person in the state of New York, slamming the Biden administration for appearing clueless about the severity of the crisis. On the national level with regard to the Border Patrol, they apprehended last month—in the month of April, more than 170,000 people. But I gotta tell you there’s a new dynamic about what’s going on at the border that Americans need to know about and that is increased apprehension of fentanyl coming across the border. We had almost an 800% increase April over April of the amount of fentanyl that has been apprehended by the Texas Department of Public Safety. We have obtained enough fentanyl coming across the border to kill every single person in the state of New York.
Jen Psaki insists new guidance on mask-wearing comes from CDC, not Biden
       
Psaki said the guidance that vaccinated individuals are not required to wear masks indoors or outdoors, or physically distance, was made by the CDC. "Not by us, not by the president," Psaki said, adding that the White House was working to implement the new guidance "across the government." FULLY VACCINATED PEOPLE CAN DITCH MASKS INDOORS, PHYSICAL DISTANCING: CDCThe CDC issued the new mask guidance on Thursday. Biden, speaking alongside Vice President Kamala Harris in the Rose Garden on Thursday, touted the CDC's guidance on mask-wearing as a "great milestone." FAUCI SAYS FULLY VACCINATED PEOPLE ‘DON’T HAVE TO WEAR A MASK OUTSIDE'Meanwhile, Republican lawmakers questioned the administration's timing on the new mask guidance.
Number of migrant children in HHS facilities surges as border shelters empty
       
Unfortunately, we're still seeing a fairly high population of migrant children are coming across -- 270 a day right now, the last 21 days," he said. However, the numbers in HHS custody have been going up. As of Thursday, the number of children in HHS custody was over 20,000, an increase from more than just less than 12,000 in later March. The agency said that the number of unaccompanied children from Northern Triangle countries dropped by 12 percent, with 13,962 in April compared with 15,918 in March. The Department says that HHS holds children transferred by Border Patrol for testing and quarantine, an they are then sheltered until the child is placed with a sponsor.
Lamar Odom a deadbeat dad who won’t pay child support, lawsuit says
       
Landlords are trying to evict Lamar Odom’s children and their mother from their posh Manhattan apartment because the former basketball star has refused to cough up child support, a new lawsuit alleges. Liza Morales, who had two children with the NBA great, claimed in a lawsuit filed late Thursday in Manhattan Supreme Court that Odom completely stopped paying child support last June in breach of their 2015 agreement, records show. "In June 2020, Lamar stopped providing any support save for sporadic amounts sent directly to LJ, placing their son in a very difficult situation," Morales alleged in a civil complaint. She claimed Odom’s "unilateral stoppage of all support" has resulted in eviction proceedings being brought against her because she’s been unable to pay the $5,125 monthly rent on the West Street apartment she shares with both kids since the dad stopped paying. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPFurther, she claimed her son was unable to attend a four-year college and instead had to resort to community college because of the stopped payments, the records allege.
Coronavirus lab leak theory should not be ruled out until there is 'sufficient data,' scientists say
       
A group of 18 scientists from all over the world has written an open letter calling for an investigation into the origins of coronavirus, imploring that accidental release from a lab not be ruled out "until we have sufficient data." The letter, which was published in Science, also said the zoonotic spillover and lab accident theories "were not given balanced consideration." "Only 4 of the 313 pages of the report and its annexes addressed the possibility of a laboratory accident," the letter stated. "Notably, WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus commented that the report’s consideration of evidence supporting a laboratory accident was insufficient and offered to provide additional resources to fully evaluate the possibility." CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE CORONAVIRUS COVERAGEThe scientists also called for public health agencies and research laboratories to "open their records to the public."
Silver Sands Motel owner fights ‘Hamptons style’ resort makeover
       
The oldest family-run hotel in the village of Greenport, NY, on Long Island’s North Fork could soon make way for a “Hamptons style” luxury resort, one of the owners of Silver Sands Motel & Beach Cottages told The Post. “I’m trying to put my life back together.”But to Keefe, Perros is an investor from hell. People come to the waterfront property to relax and go to the beach.”Silver Sands Motel & Beach Cottages has faced numerous financial hardships over there years — all while keeping rates low. “He promised he would never do such a thing, but he bought out the mortgage debt,” Keefe said. However, neither Perros nor his partner chef Ryan Hardy of Delicious Hospitality Group would comment on their vision for Silver Sands.
DoorDash shares surge 15 percent on surprisingly strong sales
       
DoorDash shares surged more than 15 percent after the food delivery giant reported better-than-expected quarterly results, signaling that customers are still ordering in instead of going to restaurants despite the rise in vaccinations. Sales swelled by 198 percent to $1.1 billion in the first quarter ended March 31, beating Wall Street’s expectations. DoorDash reported strong sales but future growth could be impacted as increased vaccinations have people returning to indoor dining at restaurants. The company has become the dominant player in food delivery over the past year, leapfrogging rival GrubHub to command 56 percent of the market, according to Bloomberg Second Measure. To that end, DoorDash has been expanding beyond food delivery into other categories, including groceries, pet supplies and flowers.
Congress moves closer to forming 9/11-style Capitol riot commission
       
Congress is moving closer to forming a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, with a bipartisan agreement emerging in a key House committee. The other half of the commission members would be selected by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). A bill to create the commission is being introduced Friday, with a likely House floor vote next week. ERIN SCHAFF/POOL/AFP via Getty ImagesA commission to investigate the Capitol riot has been somewhat contentious as Republicans express concern that Democrats may be attempting to use the violence to smear them politically. The deal for a Capitol riot commission would create a 10-person body, half chosen by Democratic leaders, half by Republican leaders.
Top scientists slam WHO, insist COVID lab leak theory is ‘viable’
       
“Theories of accidental release from a lab and zoonotic spillover both remain viable,” the scientists wrote in a letter published Thursday in the journal Science. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the “report’s consideration of evidence supporting a lab accident was insufficient,” the scientists said. The US scientists also said a theory of “zoonotic spillover” as the virus’ origin remains viable as well. AFP via Getty ImagesOne of the scientists who signed Thursday’s letter, meanwhile, told the Los Angeles Times that the possibility of a lab escape should be further considered. “We’re reasonable scientists with expertise in relevant areas and we don’t see the data that says this must be of natural origin.”
Biden Liberates the Vaccinated, But State and Local Officials Not So Sure
       
Howie Kurtz on the CDC lifting the mask mandate, Trump conducting a spying operation on enemies and Prince Harry describing life as a royal. Follow Howie on Twitter: @HowardKurtzFor more #MediaBuzz click here
MSNBC's Wallace slammed for asking if 'right to freedom' has gone too far in vaccine debate
       
Reacting to relaxed federal guidelines on mask-wearing for vaccinated people, Wallace asked medical contributor Dr. Vin Gupta about why the debate over vaccinations was controversial. Gupta had discussed the operational difficulties on the ground for society to follow the guidelines, as unvaccinated persons are still recommended by the government to wear masks in public. "I understand right to privacy and a right to freedom, but I don't have a right to go to my workplace unvaccinated. I don't have a right to send my kid to school without testing him to make sure he doesn't become a vector for disease," Wallace said. "Freedom used to be the ability to live a long, healthy life and do what you wanted for the extent of that life," he said.
The May 17 tax deadline is coming up: Here's everything you need to know
       
Americans have just a few more days to file their 2020 tax returns — or risk facing a financial penalty. As of May 7, the IRS had processed about 116 million returns. By comparison, it had received about 126.7 million returns. Your refund might be delayedThe IRS is holding more than 29 million tax returns for manual processing, delaying refunds for many low-income Americans, according to its internal watchdog. "So if a taxpayer’s return is pulled for manual processing, there will be delays."
Chip Roy backs Elise Stefanik, says GOP must 'move forward' after conference chair loss
       
Rep. Chip Roy on Friday congratulated Rep. Elise Stefanik for winning the election to be House Republicans' new conference chair and said it is time for the party to "move forward" in its battles against Democrats. Roy, R-Ariz., was always an extreme longshot to win the conference chair position. "I extend my sincere congratulations to my friend and colleague, Elise Stefanik," Roy said in a statement. Roy ran in part because Stefanik has one of the most moderate voting records among House Republicans. Democrats, meanwhile, said Stefanik's election as House Republican Conference chair amounted to a black eye for Republicans, who booted Cheney fundamentally for her repeated condemnations of Trump's false claims the presidential election was stolen.
Elise Stefanik cheered by House GOP leaders, freshman women on election as Republican Conference chair
       
Top House GOP leaders and a stream of freshmen Republican women congratulated Rep. Elise Stefanik on her election as the House Republican Conference chair Friday morning just two days after members ousted Rep. Liz Cheney from the gig over her condemnations of former President Trump. "I want to congratulate Elise Stefanik and welcome her to the leadership team. ELISE STEFANIK ELECTED TO REPLACE LIZ CHENEY AS HOUSE GOP CONFERENCE CHAIR"I also want to congratulate our new conference chair Elise Stefanik. But potentially the strongest praise for Stefanik came from the group of freshmen Republican women, many of whom Stefanik helped during their 2020 campaigns. Trump also lauded Stefanik for her "Big and Overwhelming victory" and said in a statement, "Congratulations to Elise Stefanik for her Big and Overwhelming victory!
Steven Mnuchin finally nabs buyer for $25M ‘world’s richest building’ pad
       
Mnuchin bought the home around 20 years ago from his aunt, Carol Terner Lederman around 21 years ago for $10.5 million. Terner Lederman, who declined comment, is also one of the listing brokers along with her daughter Judy Kloner, both of Warburg. Warburg RealtyThe home has multiple fireplaces and spacious areas for entertaining. Warburg RealtyThe new buyer will get five bedrooms. Warburg RealtyThe building was designed by Rosario Candela and developed by Jackie Kennedy Onassis’s grandfather, James T. Lee.
China vows 'countermeasures' against US journalists as diplomatic dispute escalates
       
China is threatening to further retaliate against American journalists overseas following claims that the U.S. has expelled dozens of Chinese media personnel and denied visas to others. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying issued the fresh warning to the Biden administration Friday after diplomats from both countries had agreed in March to start holding talks over the dispute, according to Bloomberg. "If the U.S. continues to deliberately make things hard for our journalists, then we will have no choice but to take countermeasures, although we haven’t done so thus far," Hua was quoted as saying during a press briefing. Hua earlier this week also said a journalist from the state-run Xinhua News Agency recently returned home because their U.S. visa wasn’t extended, according to Bloomberg. "If the U.S. corrects its mistakes, we will provide you with better convenience and service, but this is the best we can do to show you our goodwill, which you should cherish," Hua said.
Nomination of Kristen Clarke, controversial Biden civil-rights pick, hangs in balance
       
Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, all have yet to take a public position on Clarke's nomination. "Ms. Clarke has the breadth and depth of civil rights experience needed to revitalize the Civil Rights Division at this critical time," committee Chairman Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said. BIDEN DOJ NOMINEE KRISTEN CLARKE DEFENDS PAST CONTROVERSIAL WRITINGS ON RACEBut Clarke also has a history of making highly controversial statements, including a 2020 Newsweek op-ed headlined: "I Prosecuted Police Killings. Kristen Clarke is exactly what the Civil Rights Division does not need," Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., said in a tweet around the time of Clarke's hearing. It's unclear when the Senate will take up the discharge petition on Clarke's nomination – it's possible Schumer would wait to do so until he knows whether he has the votes to confirm her.
NYC manhunt: Police search for suspects who attacked at least 4 people in 12-minute crime spree
       
NYC SUBWAY VIOLENCE CONTINUES AS DE BLASIO SUGGESTS 'TRAVEL BUDDIES' FOR CITY EMPLOYEESPolice said all victims were taken to area hospitals for treatment and are expected to survive. In a statement provided to Fox News on Friday morning, New York City Transit Authority interim President Sarah Feinberg called all five incidents "very serious." When asked about New York City subway safety during a news conference on Monday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he views crime in the subway system "as a major problem" and said he believed the solution was to deploy more police into the subways. "It is irrefutable that there are serious crimes in the subway system.
Top conservative group targeting Democratic senators to save filibuster
       
DON'T BLAME THE FILIBUSTER FOR BLOCKING THE DEMOCRATS' AGENDA"It’s a good thing for the country. AFP, which was co-founded by Republican mega-donor Charles Koch, is putting pressure on Democratic Sens. AFP has also launched in recent weeks a six-figure social media and radio ad campaign to put more pressure on the Democratic senators. Scrapping the filibuster, a major goal of the progressive wing of the Democratic party, was a frequently debated topic during the 2020 Democratic presidential primaries. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPBut Senate Democrats currently don’t have the votes to topple the filibuster, with Manchin and Sinema opposed to scrapping the filibuster.
MSNBC, CNN guests cast doubt on relaxed CDC mask guidance, join those suggesting vaccine passport requirements
       
Leana Wen and Michael Osterholm gave their take on the relaxed guidance, with both joining others in suggesting the use of vaccine passports as proof of vaccination. They're saying it's all an honor code from now on." "The next question is going to be how are we going to know if people are vaccinated? WHO AGAINST CORONAVIRUS VACCINE PASSPORTS FOR THE TIME BEING, SPOKEPERSON SAYS"And I think that’s going to be the really next big question is, do we do these immune passports?" CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APPCalls from the left for requirements to force people to carry proof of vaccination have been ongoing, despite the Biden administration announcing in April that "vaccine passports" would not be mandated.
MSNBC's Rachel Maddow on new CDC guidelines: Need to 'rewire' myself to not see unmasked people as 'a threat'
       
MSNBC host Rachel Maddow said Thursday she would need to "rewire" herself to no longer look at unmasked people as a "threat" in response to relaxed federal guidelines for vaccinated persons. Following months of criticism, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday that vaccinated people could ditch masks in nearly all circumstances. "I feel like I'm going to have to rewire myself so that when I see someone out in the world who's not wearing a mask, I don't instantly think, ‘You are a threat,’" Maddow said. Earlier, Maddow interviewed CDC Director Rochelle Walensky about the new mask guidelines, asking her, "How sure are you? Walensky assured her the agency was sure and touted the "extraordinary amount of evidence" showing the efficacy of the vaccines.
New York among states waiting to lift mask mandate for vaccinated people
       
While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) dropped mask indoor mask mandates for people fully vaccinated against coronavirus, some states are hesitant to immediately do away with facial covering requirements. Andrew Cuomo issued a statement saying he received the newly revised CDC guidance and is "reviewing them in consultation with Dr. Zucker and our partners and health experts in surrounding states." "Governor Murphy and the New Jersey Department of Health are reviewing the new CDC guidance on masking requirements," a spokesperson said, according to NorthJersey.com. Elsewhere, in states that never had a mask mandate, its business as usual. States like South Carolina, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Alabama, Arizona and 20 others never had a statewide mask mandate in place.
Retail spending unchanged in April even as more businesses reopened
       
American shopping habits remained virtually unchanged last month, even as the pandemic eased and more businesses reopened, the feds said Friday. Economists expected retail sales to rise by another 1 percent in April, according to a Reuters survey. Economists expected retail sales to rise by another 1 percent in April. COVID-19 numbers continue to drop, as well, as vaccinations rise and governments increasingly lift restrictions on businesses and individuals. Economists expect to see a shopping rise in the coming months as more businesses resume and people continue to emerge from the pandemic.
Israel’s security service takes over probe of Jewish-Arab attacks
       
Some police units are still working alongside the security agency, which is generally under less legal and public scrutiny than the national police, according to the Israeli news outlet. The Shin Bet is using “intelligence collecting capabilities” to learn about any plans to carry out attacks, as well as the identities of those planning violent acts, according to a statement cited by The Times of Israel. “We won’t allow violent rioters to impose terror on the streets of Israel, either by Arabs or Jews,” Shin Bet chief Nadav Argaman said in a statement, according to the report. Israeli forces detain a group of Arab-Israelis in the mixed Jewish-Arab city of Lod on May 13, 2021. The Shin Bet has arrested several Arabs, all Israeli citizens, suspected of involvement in attacks targeting Jews in northern Israel on Monday night.
Rep. Elise Stefanik wins GOP conference chair vote to replace Liz Cheney
       
House Republicans approved Rep. Elise Stefanik to their No. 3 leadership position Friday — officially voting her into the post after Rep. Liz Cheney was forced out this week. Rep. Elise Stefanik has been approved by House Republicans to replace Liz Cheney as conference chair. House Republicans ousted Rep. Liz Cheney from her leadership position on May 12, 2021. Former President Donald Trump endorsed Rep. Elise Stefanik to replace Liz Cheney as GOP conference chair.
Elise Stefanik elected to replace Liz Cheney as House GOP Conference chair
       
The House Republican Conference on Friday morning voted to elect Rep. Elise Stefanik as its chairwoman, sealing the New York lawmaker's ascent two days after the group ousted Rep. Liz Cheney amid strong tension over the party's future. LIZ CHENEY OUSTED FROM ROLE AS HOUSE GOP CONFERENCE CHAIRShe added: "This will not be an easy job, but I know we are stronger when united as a team." Stefanik’s appointment as House Republican Conference chair came just days after House Republicans voted to remove Cheney, R-Wyo., from leadership. Stefanik said she has spent the last several weeks speaking to Republican lawmakers, listening to their "feedback, goals and priorities." The former president congratulated Stefanik on Friday, writing: "Congratulations to Elise Stefanik for her Big and Overwhelming victory!
Rep. Beth Van Duyne: Biden's war on suburbs – here's how admin hopes to control you, your community
       
Through this policy proposal, municipalities will be incentivized to cancel single-family zoning, the cornerstone of suburban neighborhood development. In case you missed it in all the political jargon, "exclusionary zoning policies" is the rebrand from what we all know as single-family zoning – meaning your neighborhood and mine. The goal of this is to dismantle local control of municipal zoning by using federal housing grants. North Texas is home to some of the best and most desirable suburban communities in the country. And let’s not forget that "exclusionary zoning" is nothing more than a smokescreen to eliminate single-family zoning and break the burbs.
5 surefire ways to get out of debt in 2021
       
Total outstanding credit card debt fell by a whopping $108 billion in 2020, according to the New York Federal Reserve. Many borrowers use tools like a budgeting app that helps manage debt payments to quickly pay off their credit card balance. Debt consolidation and credit card refinancingIf you’re carrying a lot of credit card debt or high-interest debt, consolidating debt and credit card refinancing are two strategies that can help control debt payments to pay off debt quickly and save you money. Refinance private student loansAccording to a report by the credit bureau Experian, the average student debt per consumer is $38,792. Visit Credible for the best personal loan rates for debt consolidation or to compare student loan refinancing rates.
Rep. Young Kim: Biden's immigration crisis – my Texas border trip showed cartels thriving, migrants at risk
       
The administration’s lack of a plan is exacerbating the border crisis, straining resources everywhere from the border to communities I represent in California’s 39th District. We also have seen our border patrol become caretakers, providing for the thousands of migrants in their custody. This diverts our border patrol from their jobs patrolling our border, further allowing opportunity for drug cartels to slip through the cracks. The Biden administration’s border policies are undermining the legal immigrants who have waited their turn in line for years. I am committed to doing my part, and I hope the Biden administration comes to the table to do the same.
Democratic divide over Israel on full display as Jewish state clashes with Hamas terrorists
       
Escalating violence between Israel and the terrorist group Hamas has cast a spotlight on deepening Democratic divisions over the Jewish state. Unlike Israel, missile defense programs, such as Iron Dome, don’t exist to protect Palestinian civilians. Israel attacks it during Ramadan. "I'm standing with the people of Israel who are coming under bombardment attacks, and condemn the Hamas terrorists. Democratic voters are considerably warmer toward Palestinian leadership than Republicans are, an April 2019 Pew Research Center survey found.
Dr. Ben Carson: Biden's inflation crisis – here's the price we'll pay if we don't get spending under control
       
But there is no free lunch, and the reckoning for our country’s fiscal profligacy is rapidly approaching in the form of inflation. These increased measures of inflation are showing up even before a "full" reopening of normal activity across the U.S. economy. Generally, inflation has unequal effects, including the "modest, stable" price level increases supported by the conventional view of Federal Reserve intervention, with low-income, older households hit the hardest. This is because prices for goods consumed by low-income households are often more sensitive to inflation than are goods consumed by high-income earners. Equity prices increase with inflation, so stock owners would see their wealth erode if inflation were to lower substantially.
NJ's Ciattarelli touts he's only Republican who can beat Democrat Gov. Murphy
       
A confident Jack Ciattarelli likes to say he's the only New Jersey Republican who can unseat Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy in this November's election. I think we made the case that there’s only one Republican that can beat Phil Murphy in November and that’s Jack Ciattarelli." "My focus is on Phil Murphy. Murphy succeeded term-limited GOP Gov.
We Deserve The Truth
       
This week, Will explains how resorting to bribery, hectoring, and name-calling in a ruse to get citizens vaccinated weakens their argument that getting vaccinated is the right decision. Will also reveals his predictions for the Dallas Cowboys this season, and finally, breaks down the different possible origins of the coronavirus. Catch up with Will on Twitter: @willcain
Georgia man arrested after allegedly drilling hole in U-Haul truck to steal fuel, police say
       
A Georgia man has been arrested after he allegedly drilled holes in the tank of a parked U-Haul truck to steal gas during the ongoing fuel shortage, police said Thursday. The suspect, Jesse Smith, 25, managed to collect just five gallons of fuel, and his actions caused a massive gasoline spill in Griffin, Georgia, police said. Police said it was caused by damage to the fuel tank, which had been intentionally punctured. Authorities also released grainy images of the suspect walking near a U-Haul with an apparent fuel can in hand. On Thursday, Colonial released a statement, saying it has continued to make "substantial progress in safely restarting our pipeline system."
Oklahoma dam workers trapped after explosion, rescue efforts underway: report
       
Rescue efforts are underway after two workers trapped in an Oklahoma dam Thursday evening following an explosion, according to reports. The explosion occurred just before 6 p.m. at Kerr Dam near Salina, said Justin Alberty, spokesman for the Grand River Dam Authority. The contractors were doing routine core drilling about 80 feet down from the top of the dam when they were trapped, Alberty said, according to Tulsa's KJRH-TV. Alberty didn't provide details on the workers' conditions, or how they became trapped, reports said. SIX FLAGS THEME PARK GUEST SAYS SHE WAS KICKED OUT, HARASSED OVER TOO-SHORT SHORTSAlberty noted the explosion didn't compromise the structure of Kerr Dam, according to the station.
How press failed to hit the gas on pipeline crisis
       
After the cyberattack on a 5,000-mile pipeline, the message from the Biden administration was that there wasn’t much to worry about. "There have been no long lines or major price hikes for gas," the New York Times tweeted. Why did most journalists not realize that there could be political fallout, giving that gas lines or shortages have been a radioactive issue since Jimmy Carter’s days? Television carried images of long lines of drivers awaiting their turn at the pump. Shouldn’t the gas lines be a story for Fox News—and everywhere else?
Biden says those vaccinated from COVID-19 can largely ditch masks
       
Here's what you need to know as you start your dayFully vaccinated people can (more or less) ditch masks indoors: CDCPresident Biden, who addressed the media in the Rose Garden earlier Thursday, announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its mask guidance for fully vaccinated Americans. The guidance allows those vaccinated to go mask-free in outdoor and most indoor settings. The Biden administration has been focused on getting more Americans to sign up for COVID-19 vaccines that it says are safe and highly effective. (Ohio just announced a $1 million lottery for those fully vaccinated .) When asked by reporters if he knew about the ransom payment, President Biden said he had "no comment."
Biden’s COVID-19 ‘rule’ tweet panned on social media
       
Biden, who addressed the media in the Rose Garden earlier Thursday, announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its mask guidance for fully vaccinated Americans. Biden’s official Twitter account later posted, "The rule is now simple: get vaccinated or wear a mask until you do. FULLY VACCINATED PEOPLE CAN DITCH MASKS INDOORS, PHYSICAL DISTANCING: CDCThe tweet was quickly picked up by some influential users. Virus cases are at their lowest rate since September, deaths are at their lowest point since last April and the test positivity rate is at the lowest point since the pandemic began. "If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic."
Look here, not there! GOP lawmakers question timing of CDC mask announcement amid Biden crises
       
Republican lawmakers questioned the timing of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s decision to ease indoor mask requirements on Thursday as the Biden administration contends with crises on several fronts. The CDC’s announcement led some Republicans, including Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., to question what prompted the sudden shift in guidance. "I welcome the relaxed CDC guidance, but presidents need to walk and chew gum at the same time," said Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Va., also a member of the Freedom Caucus. The eased mask requirements marked a win for the Biden administration, which has presented the ongoing vaccination campaign and response to the coronavirus pandemic as its core initiative. Face coverings have proven divisive, with lawmakers in red states arguing that federal guidance trailed behind the science.
HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge violated Hatch Act, government watchdog says
       
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge violated the Hatch Act while discussing the 2022 Senate race in Ohio in March, the Office of Special Counsel, an independent federal investigative agency reportedly determined. The Hatch Act prohibits federal employees from participating in political activity. I believe we can win the Senate race," Politico reported. NY SHERIFF VIOLATED HATCH ACT BY FLYING PRO-TRUMP FLAG ON SUMMER BOAT PARADE: US AGENCYFudge’s violation appears to be the first for the Biden administration, according to Politico. The day after Fudge weighed in on the Senate race, she issued a statement acknowledging she shouldn’t have answered the question.
Ingraham: Liberals use your problems and 'shiny object's' to push their ideology
       
Fox News host Laura Ingraham ripped into President Biden and the Democrats on "The Ingraham Angle" for their obsession to push a radical ideology with "shiny objects" while being "disinterested in solving the problems facing Middle America." INGRAHAM: The fact is, its painfully obvious that Democrats and their media flunkies are totally disinterested in solving the problems facing middle America. If you drive less because gas is too high, good. If you have fewer kids because the cost of living is so high, good. It’s not that the liberals don’t have their priorities – oh, they do – and one of their tactics is to distract with irrelevant sideshows.
Tucker Carlson: In some schools, 'To Kill a Mockingbird' is out, sexual propaganda is in
       
Loudoun County, Virginia, outside Washington, D.C. was for a very long time, for generations, a reasonable place. In fact, Loudoun County is now the single richest county in the entire United States. Below is what was said at a county school board meeting two days ago. Here’s what one mother said at this week’s Loudoun County school board meeting. That’s racist.
Court upholds life sentence for Mississippi man convicted of marijuana possession
       
A Mississippi man will continue to serve a life sentence for a pot bust after a court upheld the lengthy term. Allen Russell’s life sentence was upheld by a state appeals court Tuesday due to his “habitual offender” status from past run-ins with the law. State law allows for a life sentence without parole if a person has spent a year in prison on two separate felonies, one of which must be a violent offense, according to the Associated Press/Report for America. Police confiscated five bags from Russell when he was arrested in 2017, and confirmed that two of the bags contained 1.5 ounces of marijuana. Several judges on the court dissented with the majority opinion.
Pelosi says masks still required in House chamber despite CDC guidance
       
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told CNN reporter Manu Raju she would not change the rule despite the new CDC recommendations. Getty ImagesPelosi estimated in late April that around 75 percent of House members have been vaccinated. And the sooner that happens, the better for everything.”Pelosi previously estimated roughly 75 percent of the House members have received the COVID vaccine. agreed, saying Pelosi should “just return to sanity.”“She wants to control the House,” Scalise told host Laura Ingraham. In December, as cases increased nationwide, Pelosi required lawmakers to keep their masks on at all times in the chamber, even while speaking.
The choice for next NYC mayor is clearer than ever
       
Kathryn Garcia wanted gun buybacks. Andrew Yang talked about the “iron pipeline,” as if the city hasn’t been trying to stop gun smuggling for decades. Eric Adams was the leading candidate for the NYC mayoral job according to a poll released shortly before the debate. Maya Wiley spent much of the debate going on about defunding the NYPD. Dianne Morales spent much of the debate in the background and spent much of the time talking about defending the police.
Far-left House Democrats break with Biden, blast Israel in speeches
       
“As a black woman in America, I am no stranger to police brutality and state-sanctioned violence,” said Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.). U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) speaks in January 2020. Blinken said Thursday he had spoken to both Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. “I said we would extract a very heavy price from Hamas,” Netanyahu said in a videotaped statement. “We are doing that, and we will continue to do that with heavy force.”With Post wires
Front-runners come under attack during lackluster debate for NYC mayor
       
Front-runners Eric Adams and Andrew Yang were the prime targets for attack Thursday night during the first debate featuring the eight Democrats vying to succeed outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio in the city’s first ranked-choice election. Twenty two percent of voters were still undecided with just six weeks to go before the June 22 Democratic primary. On the post-pandemic reopening of the city, city Comptroller Scott Stringer pledged to spend $1 billion in stimulus funds to help boost small businesses, while Yang said he’d help restaurants negotiate overdue rent payments. But five — Yang, Garcia, Stringer, Donovan and Morales — said they wanted students to get the shots. De Blasio has yet to say if the Department of Education will provide virtual classes in September.
Meghan McCain calls out media's 'strategy' of avoiding all 'real problems' coming from Biden admin
       
"The View" co-host Meghan McCain blasted the media's "strategy" of keeping its focus away from the various issues that have emerged during the Biden administration. MEGHAN MCCAIN HITS BIDEN'S APPROACH TO MIDDLE EAST VIOLENCE: SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL SOUNDS LIKE ‘JUST WORDS’However, McCain pushed back at her colleagues. "Friends of mine are frightened as well," McCain told Behar. McCain then responded to Haines' "strategy" remark. A strategy is not focusing on anything that the Biden administration is doing right now that is leading this country into crisis," McCain told Haines.
Elon Musk’s net worth takes a dive after SNL gig: report
       
It wasn’t just some of Elon Musk’s jokes that bombed on last weekend’s “Saturday Night Live.”The quirky billionaire’s net worth has dropped by $20.5 billion since his less-than-starmaking comedy debut, Forbes estimated. That would mean he’s still the third richest person on Earth and $110 billion richer than he was a year ago, the Forbes analysis said. Elon Musk’s net worth has dropped by $20.5 billion since his appearance on SNL. SNLMusk, one of the rare hosts who wasn’t an actor or athlete, joked about Dogecoin during his SNL monologue, which featured a guest appearance from his mother. “I just hope it’s not Dogecoin.”Dogecoin dropped 21% during the broadcast, according to Coindesk’s price history.
Expert rates the winners and losers of first televised NYC mayoral debate
       
Last night’s mayoral debate was, if nothing else, a good forum for some of? ?the candidates who many voters haven’t had much chance to get to know. That? ?meant it was particularly good for Kathryn Garcia and Ray McGuire who were? ?able to get across the who, what, where and how of where exactly they stand. As a TV veteran, she should have known? ?better and instead broke all the rules by acting as though the rules didn’t apply to her. He was particularly weak in answering to the fact that he’s never even voted for a mayoral candidate or a citywide referendum. OK, we got the idea, but repetition doesn’t make for an? ?interesting or even informative debate tactic.??Bottom line?
The best of the barbs traded at first NYC mayoral debate
       
“You know what they call that in my neighborhood? He has blank checks,” McGuire blasted back at Donovan. Donovan, we would hate to use the mute function on anyone,” questioner Josefa Velazquez from the news outlet The City said when the candidate interrupted her. **********“I helped swing those two races in Georgia that have helped deliver the Senate,” Andrew Yang boasted, attempting to make up for his lack of a voting record in local NYC elections. “That is disrespectful and appalling to Stacey Abrams and those black women who organized on the ground.
‘Second’ rate: Andrew Yang says Kathryn Garcia is great runner up in mayoral debate
       
Frontrunner Andrew Yang said he’d list his more experienced rival Kathryn Garcia as his second choice for mayor during Thursday’s debate for the Democratic primary election — even after she accused him of sexism for saying he’d appoint her as a deputy if he won the contest. Spectrum News NY1 host Errol Louis asked the eight candidates to name which rival would be their No. Yang, who has no government experience and has not voted in local elections, said he’d choose Garcia. Garcia told The New Yorker earlier this month, “I would like Andrew Yang to stop saying that. 2.”Ray McGuire, a former Citigroup executive who like Yang is a political newcomer, said Garcia would be his second choice.
Democratic Texas border town mayor blasts Biden in Sara Carter exclusive: 'I'm not going to back down'
       
The Democratic mayor of a Texas border town overrun by illegal immigrants is speaking out against President Biden's migrant crisis as thousands of illegal aliens are subject to lax "catch-and-release" policies that are overwhelming his community. Fox News contributor Sara Carter traveled to Del Rio, Texas – just across the Rio Grande from Acuna, Coahuila, Mexico – to view Biden's crisis firsthand in a "Hannity" exclusive. She noted that the Biden-appointed border czar, Vice President Kamala Harris, has yet to visit or speak at length about the border and how to fix the crisis. In nearby Uvalde, she interviewed Del Rio Mayor Bruno Lozano, who was incensed by the lack of attention the crisis is getting from the White House. Carter also interviewed a local Uvalde rancher named John, who echoed Lozano in recognizing Biden's refusal to confront the crisis.
Kilmeade slams Colonial Pipeline hack payoff: Americans are now ‘paying the price’
       
Colonial Pipeline paid nearly $5 million to Russian hackers, but "Fox News Primetime" host Brian Kilmeade said now the American people are being forced to take the blow. BRIAN KILMEADE: According to Bloomberg, Colonial paid the Russian hackers on Friday hours after the ransomware attack began but the decryption tool was so slow, the company had to use its own back-ups to unlock the pipeline itself. Among the people outraged, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi – she's not happy about the payoff... And she’s right. Colonial may be able to afford to give the hackers $5 million, but it’s you -- our viewers in 17 different states that are really paying the price. You're the ones paying twice as much for gas today as you were last week.
Hannity: Where was the federal government during the Colonial Pipeline hack?
       
Sean Hannity slammed the Biden administration Thursday on "Hannity," saying foreign enemies are "walking all over us." SEAN HANNITY: Joe, where was the federal government on this? Why was Colonial left to fend for itself against international Russian criminals? Because, you know, ransom payments, in case you didn't know, that incentivizes future attacks. Here's your nightly reminder, Joe you're the president of the United States.
Media hypes anti-Trump alliance threatening to launch 3rd party led by panned 'Anonymous' ex-Trump staffer
       
The media has found a new anti-Republican narrative to obsess over despite the fact that Democrats now control the White House and both chambers of Congress. However, the Taylor-led alliance has gotten plenty of fanfare in the media. Later in the day, Taylor appeared on MSNBC's "Deadline: White House" where anchor Nicolle Wallace cheered on his efforts. "I think he stopped being the story after the election and it really revealed a Republican Party rotten to its core." CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPWashington Post columnist Greg Sargeant praised the effort, calling it "good news."
The Intercept condemned by founder Greenwald for 'disgusting and dangerous' video on reporters covering riots
       
The Intercept was blasted by its original founder Thursday as "disgusting" after sharing a 24-minute video targeting a group of conservative journalists who have covered riots in major U.S. cities over the past year. The video referred to the reporters as the "Riot Squad" and suggested they have been gleeful to witness the mayhem. ‘SCARY TO WATCH’: MINNEAPOLIS BUSINESS OWNERS ON EDGE OVER POSSIBLE REPEAT OF RIOTSThey "beclowned themselves," Rosas said of The Intercept. Glenn Greenwald, the co-founder of The Intercept who resigned from the outlet last October, said what it's doing is "disgusting and dangerous." CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP"Journalists have been repeatedly assaulted while covering Antifa protests.
Experts note muted media reaction to alleged Russia-linked cyberattack on pipeline
       
President Biden has told the press there is no evidence "so far" that Russia is involved in the cyberattack by the group DarkSide. If these media outlets were "consistent," he says, they would be asking "what does Putin have on Biden?" Jeffrey McCall, a media studies professor at DePauw University, agreed that it's been "curious" to watch the media ignore Russia's potential involvement. The media seem more interested in the GOP squabble over Liz Cheney, for example, than this more impactful cyberattack story." CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPAlthough the Colonial Pipeline is back up and running, many states are still experiencing long lines at the gas pumps.
Romney blasts DHS head over ‘extremely damning’ border crisis response
       
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) accused Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas Thursday of playing down what Romney called “an extraordinary crisis” at the southern border. “Do you recognize this as an alarming crisis?” Romney asked Mayorkas during a Senate Homeland Security Committee meeting, gesturing to a chart showing a massive increase in apprehensions after President Biden took office in January. “Senator,” Mayorkas began. “Your view is that this is the way it’s going to be?”“They have a claim under the law for humanitarian relief,” Mayorkas reiterated. The total number of illegal immigrants apprehended at the southern border in April increased by 3 percent to 178,622, the most in a single month since April 2000.
Police: 9 wounded, 3 critically, in Providence, Rhode Island shooting
       
Nine people were wounded in a shooting Thursday evening in Rhode Island's capital in what police there believe to be the largest shooting in city history. Of the nine, three had serious injuries and were "maybe critical," Providence Police Chief Col. Hugh T. Clements told reporters at the scene. The shooting took place just before 7 p.m. in the southeastern neighborhood of Washington Park, which Clements described as a typically quiet neighborhood. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP"There'll be names you may recognize; we certainly know from police work," Clements told reporters. Prior to this shooting, Providence had seen 19 gunshot victims and seven homicide victims by gunfire in 2021, Clements said.
AOC compares treatment of Palestinians to conditions at US southern border
       
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, stepped up her criticism of the Biden administration’s handling of an escalating military conflict between Israel and Hamas militants Thursday, likening the conditions experienced by Palestinians in the region to conditions experienced by migrant children at the southern border. In a speech on the House floor, the Democrat argued the country "must acknowledge its role in the injustice and human rights violations" and address an "imbalance of power" between Israel and Palestinians. Ocasio-Cortez and other members of the progressive "Squad" of Democratic lawmakers have accused Biden of ignoring human rights violations while supporting Israel. The fighting began earlier this week Hamas militants launched rocket attacks toward Jerusalem, prompting retaliatory strikes by the Israeli military. In a subsequent press conference, Biden said Israel has "a right to defend itself against thousands of rockets flying into your territory."
Sen. Tom Cotton: Gas shortage a ‘result of Biden’s failed policies’
       
Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., told "America Reports" on Thursday that the many issues America faces, including the gas shortage and chaos in the Middle East, is a result of "failed policies." BATTERED BIDEN UNDER SIEGE AS CRISES CONFOUND THE WHITE HOUSESEN. TOM COTTON: Joe Biden's been there in Washington since the 1970s and now we've got chaos in the Middle East, inflation, and lines at the gas pump. This is the result of Joe Biden's failed policies. It's also the result of a failed foreign policy as well. So this is all the result of Biden’s failed policies and the chicken is coming home to roost over the last three months.
Ruthless podcast to Republicans: If the media asks you about Liz Cheney, 2020 election, tell'em to 'f--- off'
       
The co-hosts of the conservative podcast " Ruthless " urged Republicans not to "take the bait" when it comes to the Liz Cheney drama and re-litigating the 2020 presidential election. "Create a Dem narrative that divides Republicans and gets rural, working-class White voters to stay home in the midterms." "It's ‘keep the drumbeat going, divide these Republicans, get the Trump voters, you know, disillusioned with the Republican Party, let’s keep them home.'" CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPHolmes continued, "We've got unbelievable, unbelievable problems out there. Smug urged Republicans to "listen to the base" since the media is "doing everything they can to cover up that message and divide and conquer."
Biden’s HUD secretary violated Hatch Act with election talk: watchdog
       
President Biden’s secretary of Housing and Urban Development violated the federal Hatch Act when she weighed in on the 2022 Ohio Senate election, reports said. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge testified on President Joe Biden’s “American Jobs Plan” before the Senate Appropriations Committee on April 20, 2021. The Department of Housing and Urban Development headquarters in Washington, DC on Aug. 23, 2019. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge reportedly only received a warning from the Office of Special Counsel for commenting on the 2022 Ohio Senate election. AP Photo/Jacquelyn MartinThe Hatch Act violation appears to be the first in the Biden administration, Politico reported.
Biden inauguration priest resigns as Santa Clara U. president
       
Then-Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, stand as the Rev. In a tweet, O’Brien described the president and first lady as “friends of [approximately] 15 years.”Kevin O’Brien, Biden’s inauguration priest, has resigned from his university role. He was selected as university president in 2019. “This is a challenging time for Santa Clara, but Fr. Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesSanta Clara, founded in 1851 as the first Jesuit university in the West, is ranked as one of the top 25 schools for undergraduate teaching nationwide.
Delta will require new employees get COVID vaccine, CEO says
       
Delta will require that all new employees be vaccinated against the coronavirus, the airline’s CEO said in an interview aired Thursday. Current employees, however, won’t be required to get the COVID-19 shot, Ed Bastian said on CNN’s “Quest Means Business.”Delta Airline CEO Ed Bastian said current employees won’t be required to get the COVID shot. EPA/ETIENNE LAURENT“Any person joining Delta in the future, future employees, we’re going to mandate they be vaccinated before they can sign up with the company,” Bastian told host Richard Quest. Staffers without the COVID vaccine most likely will not be able to fly an international flight. “I’m not going to mandate and force people if they have some specific reason why they don’t want to get vaccinated,” Bastian said.
Kamala Harris’ niece says those who are neutral on Israel-Gaza have ‘chosen the side of the oppressor’
       
Vice President Kamala Harris’ niece Meena offered a more forceful take on the Israel-Gaza unrest Wednesday than that of her aunt, urging people to fight "Palestinian oppression" allegedly being committed by Israel. Harris, a 36-year-old lawyer and businesswoman shared a statement seen across Instagram, along with the caption "If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. In a subsequent post, Meena Harris shared a statement that described Israel as an "apartheid state." MEENA HARRIS FACES SCRUTINY OVER BUSINESS MEASURESMeena Harris’ take on the Middle East violence seemingly puts her at odds with President Biden. But earlier this week Psaki said the U.S. had expressed concerns that Israeli evictions in East Jerusalem worked "against our common interests" in finding a solution to the conflict.
Big Pharma execs mocked West Virginia, Kentucky as opioid overdoses soared: report
       
Pharmaceutical executives mocked Kentucky and West Virginia residents as "Pillbillies" and drug addicts as concerns in both states grew over the opioid epidemic, according to emails recently unveiled in court. They had been sent years ago, in 2011 and 2012, as opioid overdoses were skyrocketing. Rick Scott, now a senator, for allegedly "invitin" West Virginia addicts to feed their habit in his state. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPAnd opioid overdoses themselves have spiked since 2013. More than 130 people die every day from opioid overdoses, according to the CDC.
Israeli cities face rioting, violence as Jewish-Arab conflicts intensify
       
"I don’t have a problem with my Jewish neighbor nor any other Jew who lives in Israel. He indicated he has always felt a part of his surroundings in Israel, had a civic spirit. Sharaya blamed Jewish settlers, interlopers he claimed have been coming to town to threaten Arabs and stir the pot. They have been mobilized by the Jewish community of Lod to protect Jews. She also said the police are not protecting them adequately and hence the community has organized this protection squad.
Liz Cheney rips 'dangerous' Trump for 'perpetuating lies': 'We do not swear allegiance to any individual'
       
Now-former House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney of Wyoming blasted President Trump and his "enablers" within the GOP, telling "Special Report" in a wide-ranging interview, that the former commander-in-chief is acting in a "dangerous" manner by "perpetuating lies" about the 2020 election being stolen from him. Baier noted other Republicans' criticisms that Cheney is focusing on Trump which takes energy away from focusing on Biden. "We have had a real focus on making sure people understand that the Biden policies are dangerous," the Wyoming lawmaker replied. Cheney told Baier she did not vote for Biden, and that she has nor ever will vote for a Democrat officeholder. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPDuring the interview, Cheney also denied that she is running for president in 2024.
Tucker Carlson, YouTuber Hickok45 smash stereotype that AR-15's are ‘weapons of war’
       
Politicians on the left love to paint assault rifles as weapons of war, but the AR-15, America’s most popular rifle, is a staple in American lifestyle, host Tucker Carlson argued in Fox Nation’s newest episode of "Tucker Carlson Originals." AR-15’s dubbed "weapons of war" are not issued by the military and are not commonly connected to homicides. New "Tucker Carlson Originals" are available exclusively on Fox Nation. CLICK HERE TO GET FOX NATIONFox Nation programs are viewable on-demand and from your mobile device app, but only for Fox Nation subscribers. Go to Fox Nation to start a free trial and watch the extensive library from your favorite Fox News personalities.
Larry Kudlow: 'AOC is a woman with no horse sense at all'
       
Fox Business' Larry Kudlow sounded off Thursday on Russia's involvement in the Colonial Pipeline hack, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's criticism of Biden's support of Israel defending itself, saying she has "no horse sense at all." The whole episode begs a number of important questions regarding the role of the White House, the lack of cybersecurity, and the fact that private companies, maybe with the assistance of the White House, are in fact paying terrorist ransoms which we said we’d never do. This is a terrible, terrible story, and the Biden people don’t really know how to respond to that either. She attacks President Biden for saying Israel has a right to defend itself. And I must say, with respect, I guess, AOC is a woman with no horse sense at all.
President Biden appears to snub charter schools on national celebration week
       
President Biden is apparently ignoring the contributions of charter schools in educating students — during National Charter Schools Week. Biden either refused — or forgot — to issue a proclamation to recognize National Charter Schools week, which runs this week from May 9-15. The charter school sector is celebrating 30 years of existence and the snub did not go unnoticed. “Since that first law was passed, every president has issued a proclamation in support of National Charter Schools Week. Critics, including the teachers’ union, argue charter schools divert resources from traditional public schools and oppose lifting the state cap on charter schools in New York City.
Disney revenue falls short as Disney+ subscriber growth slows
       
Disney’s revenue fell short of Wall Street’s expectations last quarter as subscribers to its Disney+ streaming service slowed — sending the stock down 4 percent in late trading. Disney also reported weaker-than-expected subscriber growth across its all-important streaming services as pandemic-weary consumers began venturing outside again. Until now, the company had been beating expectations for Disney+, which launched in November 2019, thanks to exclusive shows and stuck-at-home consumers. Despite major progress made toward reopening the economy, Disney’s theme parks were either closed or operating at reduced capacity during the quarter. Disney’s 2021 second-quarter revenue dropped as the pandemic continued to weigh on its parks and theme parks.
Wall Street panicking that Biden’s tax hikes will be retroactive
       
The White House won’t rule out a retroactive implementation of its sweeping new tax plan — and tax haters across Wall Street are in a panic. In January, Mark Mazur, Treasury Department deputy assistant secretary for tax policy, said retroactive taxes could make sense if they were introduced early enough in the year. Concerns Biden tax hikes could be made retroactively has some rushing to their accountants for advice. Manufacturing is one area Biden tax hikes are earmarked to help fund. Some wealthy clients have already begun to sell stocks in anticipation of a possible retroactive tax — part of a strategy known as tax loss harvesting.
NYC Democratic Socialists upset Jewish leaders with support for Palestinians
       
Antisemitism is rearing its ugly head in New York City among prominent political leaders and activists tied to the Democratic Socialists of America amid fierce fighting in the Middle East between Israelis and Palestinian militants in Gaza, Jewish leaders said. The DSA-backed Brooklyn Assemblywoman Phara Souffrant Forrest tweeted a pro-Palestinian map that shows “Palestine” where the Jewish State of Israel should be with the hashtag #Free Palestine. She took the tweet down after being called out by Queens Assemblyman Dan Rosenthal, who is pro-Israel and represents a big Jewish constituency. They don’t want a Jewish State of Israel. Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, executive vice president of the NY Board of Rabbi, called DSA an “adversary” of Israel and the Jewish people.
Lead-footed NYC councilman slows down — in paying his ticket
       
City Councilman Brad Lander vowed to “slow down” after The Post exposed his habit of speeding in school zones — and he did just that when it came to paying his latest ticket, city records show. It also led to the first instance in which Lander didn’t pay one of his speeding tickets on time, according to the official NYC Open Data website. City Councilman Brad Lander was issued a summons on March 25, 2021 for allegedly speeding in a school zone. City Councilman Brad Lander is currently running for city comptroller while being tardy on speeding tickets. Lander’s campaign declined to say why it took so long for him to pay his speeding ticket.
Sense and science are finally triumphing on COVID restrictions
       
All of a sudden, good sense is breaking out everywhere when it comes to COVID precautions. Even so, her forthright words — “the United States will not be fully back until we are fully back in schools . and my union is all-in” — represent a major shift from her recent claims that remote learning is an adequate substitute, rather than a total disaster. That was a red herring, along with her bid to scapegoat the Trump administration for sowing “chaos and misinformation” early in the pandemic. In short: Reality-based policy may be triumphing only by kicks and starts, but at least it’s still progress.
Randi Weingarten’s support of 1619 Project betrays union’s proud history
       
It’s an outrageous betrayal of academic standards — which the American Federation of Teachers once proudly stood for. Weingarten sparred this week on Fox News with host Martha MacCallum about the 1619 Project, which touts that year “as our true founding,” as it’s when the first slave arrived on our shores. Deflection to Fox’s coverage of the 2020 race: “I would hope that Fox would be just as focused on — let’s get rid of the misinformation on this election.”Nice try. And what a drop in standards — in teachers’ union heads. The AFT now stands for nothing except its members’ most selfish interests.
Saturday’s Times Square shooting may mark a crossroads for NYC
       
Saturday’s brazen shooting in Times Square — in which three innocent bystanders were shot, including a 4-year-old girl — may well mark a crossroads. The condition of Times Square today similarly reveals the city’s social, moral and civic health. The president of the Times Square Alliance, Tim Tompkins, understands this. Giuliani brought Disney in to take over and renovate the New Amsterdam Theatre, which “led to the resurrection of 42nd Street and Times Square,” in the words of The New York Times. see also Surveillance footage released of suspect in Times Square subway slashing Cops released surveillance footage early Thursday of the suspect who...
President Biden’s charter-school dis
       
In a fresh sign of teacher-union sway over President Joe Biden, this is the first Charter School Week in 30 years not to be marked by a presidential proclamation. That’s right: Every president going back to Bill Clinton saw fit to recognize these alternative public schools and the work they do in uplifting poor and minority students across the nation. And Biden’s old boss, President Barack Obama, was instrumental in supporting the growth of charters, even shooting down bogus teacher-union attacks. Charters are laboratories of innovation that operate largely without union interference; their successes regularly show up the failure of union-dominated schools, especially in high-poverty minority neighborhoods. In short, this president stands with his teacher-union allies against the principles of Barack Obama, the best interests of children and even good public-health policy amid the pandemic.
Chip Roy to challenge Elise Stefanik for ousted Cheney’s House GOP post
       
Congressman Chip Roy is slated to challenge Rep. Elise Stefanik in the race to replace Rep. Liz Cheney, who was ousted from her role on Wednesday, as House Republican Conference chair, the No. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) is still considered the frontrunner to land Cheney’s vacated post. Roy sent a letter to his House GOP colleagues railing against Stefanik’s record on Tuesday, arguing there should be more competition in the race. lost her position as House GOP conference chair over her anti-Trump stance. “Can’t imagine Republican House Members would go with Chip Roy—he has not done a great job, and will probably be successfully primaried in his own district.
Gov. Cuomo says NY isn’t ready to follow federal advice on going maskless
       
Sign up for our special edition newsletter to get a daily update on the coronavirus pandemic. Andrew Cuomo said he wasn’t ready to ease the state’s mask mandate — even though the feds gave the green light for vaccinated Americans to finally show their faces and gather indoors again. First Lady Jill Biden celebrated by going maskless with actress Jennifer Garner during a visit to a vaccination site in West Virginia. Cuomo said he’s reviewing the data with Dr. Howard Zucker. I’d follow the CDC guidelines anytime before following what the governor says.”
Glenn Youngkin: Terry McAuliffe And Ralph Northam Sat On The Sidelines And Let Our Schools Stay Closed
       
Youngkin said,“I’ve heard it from families after families, after families. They cannot believe that that Terry McAuliffe and Ralph Northam have been advocating for our schools to remain closed. And our kids in Virginia have suffered academically. And we’ve seen no leadership at all, at all out of any of the leaders, Democrat leaders in Virginia. I mean, Terry McAuliffe and Ralph Northam sat on the sidelines and let our schools stay closed.”
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) On Escalations In The Middle East “Israel Has To Defend Itself”
       
listen To The Full Interview Below:Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) joined Fox News Radio’s Guy Benson Show to discuss the ongoing escalations in the middle East. Rep. Adam Kinzinger said,“I mean, you know, you have to pick your friends and we have no greater friend in the Middle East than Israel. And, you know, when we talk about foreign aid, Israel is the only exception, but they still have to spend 75 percent. So you think about when I was in Iraq, we had the failings which defended against mortar attacks. I would I would hate to be in Israel right now, you know, beautiful of the country as it is.”
Sen. Ron Johnson accuses DHS chief Mayorkas of being in ‘state of denial’ over southern border crisis
       
Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., blasted Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on "Your World" for claiming during a Senate hearing Thursday the Biden administration "inherited" the crisis at the southern border. I think we were all amazed at the state of denial this secretary was in. This is a crisis produced by President Biden when he dismantled the successful policies of President Trump. During the hearing they say the crisis started ramping up in April of 2020. The other thing to point out, both President Biden and Vice President Harris know the human deprivations, the inhumanity, their policies are creating.
Florida AG slams Biden for holding first Supreme Court commission meeting virtually
       
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody ripped the Biden administration on Thursday after officials announced that the first meeting of the president’s Supreme Court commission would take place in a virtual format. The Florida attorney general called on the president to allow public access to the commission’s proceedings. Dubbed the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States, the group consists of 36 bipartisan law experts. FLORIDA ATTORNEY GENERAL DEMANDS BIDEN MAKE SUPREME COURT COMMISSION MEETINGS PUBLICMoody and other Republicans criticized Biden’s decision to form the commission. Critics pointed to the move as a sign that Biden supports a push among Democratic lawmakers to add additional justices to the Supreme Court.
Biden: 'Great day for America' as vaccinated can lose masks
       
An unmasked President Biden on Thursday said vaccinated people can stop wearing COVID-19 face coverings — and that they can even resume shaking hands. “Today is a great day for America,” Biden said in the White House Rose Garden after the CDC said vaccinated people can ditch masks indoors. But if you’ve not been vaccinated, please wear a mask,” Biden said. Biden has faced ridicule for continuing to wear masks outdoors despite previous CDC guidance saying it was unnecessary. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris in the Rose Garden without masks on May 13, 2021.
Letters to the Editor — May 14, 2021
       
The Issue: The Post’s endorsement of Brooklyn beep Eric Adams for mayor in the Democratic primary. Thank you for your endorsement of Eric Adams (“The Post endorses Eric Adams for mayor,” May 10). New York City survived on tourism. I look forward to a safer and better New York City under Adams. Does he even have the mentality to govern New York City, when he can’t even handle his own campaign without getting scammed?
Democrats refuse to prioritize REAL infrastructure — like Colonial Pipeline
       
But these things aren’t infrastructure; they’re just things Democrats want funded with taxpayer money. The shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline this week demonstrated that our actual infrastructure is vulnerable and that our lives can be disrupted quickly when it fails. That’s infrastructure. That’s infrastructure. When the Democrats (with plenty of GOP help) passed the pork-laden “stimulus” bill in 2009, we were promised that infrastructure — actual infrastructure, “shovel ready” stuff in President Barack Obama’s words — would be a priority.
US Marine arrested for assaulting cop in Capitol riot
       
A US Marine stationed in Virginia has been charged with assaulting a police officer during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot — believed to be first known active military member to face prosecution for the uprising. Christopher Warnagiris is facing a slew of charges for his alleged role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Christopher Warnagiris has been charged with assaulting a police officer during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. DOJFive people — including a Capitol Police officer — died during or soon after the riot on Jan. 6, when masses of Trump supporters stormed Capitol in an attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential election. Federal prosecutors have arrested some 440 people since the riot, according to the DOJ.
Trump to restart rallies next month as he plays coy about 2024 run
       
Former President Donald Trump will resume holding his signature rallies next month, The Post has confirmed. Trump has sat for occasional interviews since leaving office in January, but has not addressed a campaign-style rally since Jan. 6. Last week, he told The Daily Wire that he was “enthused” about the possibility of a 2024 run. They understand that … I look forward to making people very happy.”Donald Trump said he was “enthused” about the possibility of a 2024 run. Zack Wittman/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesEarlier this week, Trump traveled from his home at Mar-a-Lago in Florida to his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., where he is expected to spend the summer.
Critics rip ‘wrong’ Cuomo for ‘harassment is not making someone uncomfortable’ claim
       
I said I never meant…I never meant to make anyone feel uncomfortable,” Cuomo said. Cuomo continues to show an alarming degree of ignorance about what constitutes sexual harassment,” lawyer Debra Katz said. Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment. Cuomo has already admitted to having directed toward my client, Charlotte Bennett – that employer has violated New York state law. There is no gray area here.”Katz added: “The Governor needs sexual harassment training, now.
New NYC mayoral poll shows Eric Adams leading Andrew Yang ahead of first debate
       
A new survey shows Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams once again emerging as the favorite of likely Democratic voters for the June 22 primary, followed closely by entrepreneur Andrew Yang ahead of the race’s first televised debate Thursday night. Adams was the favorite among 19 percent of respondents, while Yang was at 16 percent with a 2.6 percent margin-of-error. Roosevelt’s group polled over 1,400 likely Democratic primary voters through social media and text message from May 6 through 12. His likely voters cited Adams’ political experience and law enforcement background as the reason for choosing him. The Change Research poll had Adams leading Yang both in first-choice votes and in a ranked-choice mockup.
Economist Mark Zandi & His Optimistic Outlook
       
On the latest Hemmer Time podcast, Bill sits down with Chief Economist for Moody’s Analytics, Mark Zandi, to discuss the state of the economy across the United States. Mark explains that he is optimistic that the economy will build itself back up. why he believes unemployment numbers will eventually decrease, inflation will not pick up enough to be a concern for citizens of the U.S.. Later he explains how the stock market will most likely stabilize over the next year. Follow Bill on Twitter: @BillHemmer
Veterans’ groups write Biden criticizing DoD rejection of DC Memorial Day motorcycle event
       
EXCLUSIVE: Ten veterans’ groups wrote a letter to President Biden expressing their displeasure after the Defense Department denied their request for a permit to use its parking lot to stage their Rolling to Remember Memorial Day event. "We are struggling to understand why your administration rejected a permit from veterans’ groups that are trying to maintain a tradition that has spanned more than three decades," the groups wrote. But eight days later, the Pentagon reversed course and said their permit had not yet been approved. The Pentagon refused to let AMVETS make its case that it was planning a safe event, according to the letter. "In the meantime, the rejection of the permit by the Pentagon will not thwart this event.
Top fiscal conservative group targeting Biden’s infrastructure proposal with new campaign
       
A powerful, fiscally conservative and libertarian political advocacy group is launching a new seven-figure effort to drive opposition to President Biden’s wide-ranging infrastructure proposal that he’s trying to pass through Congress. WHAT'S IN BIDEN'S $2.2T INFRASTRUCTURE AND TAX PROPOSAL? The White House emphasizes that the proposal would create millions of jobs and ignite the fight against climate change. They’ve put forth their own proposal, with spending at less than half of what Biden’s proposing. "President Biden’s multi-trillion-dollar ‘infrastructure’ proposal is Washington waste at its worst – a partisan spending spree masquerading as road and bridge improvement," AFP president Tim Phillips argued in a statement.
Phoenix couple 'fabricated' missing child so police would find stolen truck faster: authorities
       
Phoenix police arrested an Arizona couple who "fabricated" having a missing child in order to speed up the return of their stolen truck, according to authorities. The couple, identified as James Wagner, 37, and Stormee Wagner, 40, reported a missing baby in the back of a stolen vehicle. Police put out an Amber Alert Wednesday morning for "an 18-month-old child," distributing security camera pictures of two suspects – unnamed – who had stolen the vehicle. Mercedes Fortune of the Phoenix Police told Fox 10 Phoenix that the Wagners and the unnamed couple entered a convenience store, with the unnamed couple at some point getting back in the truck and driving away. They quickly determined that the couple had in fact "fabricated" the missing child so that they could speed up police response to get their truck back.
California DOJ's Racial Justice Bureau rollout sparks confusion
       
California Attorney General Rob Bonta will launch the state's first Racial Justice Bureau, he announced Tuesday . California is not the first to create a unit of this kind — states including Vermont, Massachusetts, and Oregon already have racial justice branches. SENATE PASSES ASIAN HATE CRIMES BILL WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORTBonta says the impetus for the new bureau was the recent surge of anti-Asian hate crime. One of the bureau's goals is to train law enforcement to prevent, identify and report hate crimes. Both the reversal of the DMV directive and the Racial Justice Bureau arrive amid a growing effort to recall Newsom over his mishandling of the coronavirus.
Cruz reacts to CDC recommending no more masks: 'It's about damn time'
       
SEN. TED CRUZ: It's about damn time that we should be following the science and not playing politics. And I got to say, I think Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have been playing politics with COVID-19, and they've been playing politics by keeping schools shut down. The science is unequivocal on that…But they also are playing politics on masks, that it never made any sense once you were vaccinated to wear a mask. And unfortunately, Biden and Harris and the administration kept saying, wear a mask, wear masks, wear a mask, even if you're vaccinated. And one of the great virtues, when you get the vaccine, you can take the damn mask off and return to regular life.
Chip Roy launches last-minute House GOP conference chair bid against Elise Stefanik
       
Texas Rep. Chip Roy is launching a last-minute bid for House GOP conference chair, going up against Rep. Elise Stefanik. Stefanik, N.Y., has the endorsement of former President Trump, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Calif., and Rep. Steve Scalise, La., House Republican Whip. "Can’t imagine Republican House Members would go with Chip Roy—he has not done a great job, and will probably be successfully primaried in his own district. Stefanik objected to the certification of President Biden's election in the House after the Capitol riot died down, but Roy did not. Stefanik said Wednesday she is working proactively to address concerns from some members, largely members of the Freedom Caucus, like Roy, about her past votes.
Pete Hegseth says Hamas 'must be crushed:' They're trying to 'wipe Israel off the map'
       
The latest escalation in the region is considered to have caused the most serious bloodshed in the longstanding dispute since 2014. Hegseth's comments came just hours before Lebanon fired three rockets into Israel. Hezbollah, an Iran-backed militant Lebanese group, has clashed with Israel before - including last July in a dispute over contested territory. In 2006, Hezbollah kicked off a month-long ground war with Israel after launching rocket attacks and an ambush on Israeli forces. To learn the full context on the centuries-long history behind the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, sign up on Fox Nation.
Pennsylvania attorney general investigating massive coronavirus contact tracing data breach
       
The Pennsylvania attorney general said Wednesday his office launched investigations into a data breach stemming from coronavirus contact tracing efforts that potentially exposed the personal information of over 72,000 people. "Any allegations of sensitive personal information being mismanaged or leaked is a serious matter. My office has opened investigations into this data breach on multiple fronts and as such we will have no further comment at this time," Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said in a written statement shared with Fox News. All necessary steps are being taken to secure any personal information, and we intend to learn and grow from this," the statement reads. The issue was sourced to some employees who created unauthorized Google accounts to share information, using personal email accounts and thereby leaving patients' personal information vulnerable.
Republicans call for resolution to condemn Hamas for 'acts of terrorism' against Israel
       
"Israel has every right to defend itself and defend its citizens," Gimenez told Fox News Thursday. "I don't know of an instance where there's outright aggression from the state of Israel that was done without provocation." AOC CRITICIZES BIDEN STATEMENT OF SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL AS SIDING WITH 'OCCUPATION'Gimenez is introducing a resolution Thursday with the support of at least 50 Republicans to condemn "the acts of terrorism committed by Hamas" and to support Israel's right to defend itself from attacks. And Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., accused Israel of committing an "act of terrorism" by launching airstrikes into Gaza. Biden said Wednesday Israel has a right to defend itself "when you have thousands of rockets flying into your territory."
CNN's Zakaria: Palestinians have to attack Israel 'to get some kind of attention'
       
CNN's Fareed Zakaria suggested Tuesday that Palestinians have to attack Israelis to "get some kind of attention" from the Jewish state. Sparked by tensions in Jerusalem, the rockets targeted civilian areas like Tel Aviv, leading to an Israeli counteroffensive in Gaza. "So what the Palestinians have to, I mean, they're frustrated, they're trying to get some kind of attention. These kind of rocket attacks only move Israelis to the right. "Bibi Netanyahu, meanwhile, was trying to do things that would make it as impossible for there ever to be a Palestinian state as he could do," he said.
Biden says allowing fully vaccinated to go maskless indoors is a ‘great milestone’
       
President Joe Biden trumpeted updated federal guidance for fully vaccinated populations Thursday while providing an update on the pandemic. "The CDC is saying, they have concluded, that fully vaccinated people are at a very, very low risk of getting COVID-19," Biden said. "Therefore if you are fully vaccinated, you no longer need to wear a mask." FULLY VACCINATED PEOPLE CAN DITCH MASKS INDOORS, PHYSICAL DISTANCING: CDCFully vaccinated individuals are still advised to wear masks while in crowded indoor settings such as while on public transportation and in hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters. The president delivered his remarks in the Rose Garden and joined Vice President Kamala Harris in leaving the podium, both fully vaccinated and unmasked.
Florida man who spent COVID-19 relief funds on Lamborghini sentenced to prison
       
A Miami man who admitted scamming the government out of nearly $4 million in COVID-19 relief funds — and using it to buy a $318,000 Lamborghini and other luxury splurges — has been sentenced to more than six years in prison. David Tyler Hines, 29, was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to wire fraud in February, the Department of Justice announced. Court documents show Hines sought $13.5 million from the Payment Protection Program to purportedly pay employees of his four moving businesses. A bank later approved three of Hines’ applications, resulting in $3.9 million in loans. David Hines used federal PPP loans to buy a Lamborghini.
White House staff and reporters rip off masks after CDC pivot on indoor use
       
Some White House officials and reporters tore off their COVID-19 face masks on Thursday after the CDC said people who are vaccinated don’t need to wear them indoors. A photo tweeted by Bloomberg reporter Jennifer Jacobs shows maskless media employees standing immediately outside the White House press briefing room — with one snapping a selfie of himself giving a thumbs up. “At the White House, some vaccinated staff and reporters are moving about their business, inside and outside, without masks. The White House lifted indoor mask mandates for reporters who are fully vaccinated. Although the Trump administration ultimately required staff and reporters to wear masks indoors last year, that rule wasn’t enforced and masked White House employees were a rare sight in the West Wing.
Teachers union chief cites Stuyvesant HS in ripping standardized testing
       
“Similar trends are seen at other selective public high schools requiring admissions exams.”Along with the city’s other seven specialized high schools, Stuyvesant admits applicants based solely on the results of a single entrance exam. In calling for a general move away from standardized testing, Weingarten argued for the use of multiple measures in determining admissions to public schools with competitive admissions. The city’s specialized high schools admit students based on the scores of one test. The chronic dearth of black and Hispanic kids in the specialized high schools, they argue, is unacceptable. Randi Weingarten noted that only eight black students were admitted into Stuyvesant High School for the upcoming fall.
Councilman’s aide who said he was tormented settles for $850K
       
A former aide to ex-City Councilman Vincent Gentile — who sued the city alleging coworkers left decapitated teddy bears on his desk and tormented him over his autism — settled his lawsuit for $850,000, according to records and officials. A source close to the office claimed at the time the pay was justified because the staffer was fresh out of college. The source claimed Bistreich used to make comments like “No one can fire me. I will sue,” showing “he knows what he’s doing.”Michael Birstreich, a former aide to Vincent Gentile, accused the former Brooklyn lawmaker of belittling him over his Asperger’s-related tick. Bistreich alleged coworkers left “mutilated stuffed animals” on his desk.
NYPD unions sue watchdog again to stop probes into sex abuse allegations, lying
       
A pair of NYPD unions are suing the Civilian Complaint Review Board — again — after the watchdog expanded its power to investigate cops for sexual abuse and lying, according to new court papers. Previously, any complaints received by the CCRB of lying or sex abuse would be referred to the NYPD to be handled internally. “Sexual misconduct is among the most serious misconduct committed by police officers,” Darche said Wednesday night. Fred Davie said it was “indisputable” that sex abuse and lying fall under abuse of authority. The watchdog announced the proposed rule change last November and held a meeting in January to hear public comment.
AMC cashes in on Reddit-trading frenzy with $428 million share sale
       
Cinema operator AMC Entertainment Holdings has raised about $428 million from a share sale, capitalizing on the retail-trading driven surge in its stock earlier this year. AMC said in a statement Thursday it had sold 43 million shares at an average price of $9.94 apiece in the at-the-market offering, sending its stock nearly 16 percent higher. The company has raised funds in the past few months to ride out a downturn in its business wrought by pandemic-driven theater closures, delays in the launch of big movies and the growth of video streaming platforms. It said in January it had raised $917 million since mid-December through equity and debt issues. It raised an additional $304.8 million in the same month through a share sale.
Nine West partner offers to buy Reebok for over $1B
       
Offers to buy Reebok started rolling in this week with the licensing company behind Nine West and Frye offering around $1 billion for the money-losing sneaker label, The Post has learned. That’s well far below the $3.8 billion Adidas paid for Reebok back in 2006. Apollo Global Management also made a non-binding offer for the struggling fitness label earlier this week, a source close to the situation said. It’s unclear how much the Marc Rowan-led private equity giant offered to pay for Reebok, but all offers are currently contingent on due diligence. Cardi B showing off the Reebok gear and sneakers in the apparel line on which she partnered with the company.
China uses coercive policies to drive down Uyghur birth rates: think tank
       
China maintains that changes in birth rates are linked to improved health and economic policy and it strongly rejects accusations of genocide. Xinjiang’s Uyghur population grew faster than that of the Han between 2010 and 2018, and Xinjiang’s birth control policies do not target any single ethnic minority group, she said. Schoolchildren gesture as they sing a song during their class at a primary school in Awati Township in Kashgar in western China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region during a government organized trip for foreign journalists on April 19, 2021. EPA“Our analysis builds on previous work and provides compelling evidence that Chinese government policies in Xinjiang may constitute an act of genocide,” it said. The United States government and parliaments in countries including Britain and Canada have described China’s policies in Xinjiang as genocide.
Colleges pushed anew for reparations for slavery, racism
       
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — For Brown University students, the Ivy League college’s next step in its yearslong quest to atone for its legacy of slavery is clear: Pay up. And at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., there’s growing dissatisfaction among some slave descendants about the Catholic institution’s pioneering reparations efforts. An “Anti-Black Racism” task force is expected to deliver recommendations soon for how the school can further promote racial equity. But university spokesperson Brian Clark stressed it’s not clear whether the panel, which was formed following last summer’s racial unrest, will address reparations. APIn Virginia, a new law mandates the state’s five public colleges provide “tangible benefits” for slave descendants.
Schools ditch student mask requirements in growing numbers
       
“The mask is a personal choice, and I wore it at the beginning, but I just decided that it wasn’t about the mask anymore,” said Cynthia Licharowicz, a Milton, Florida, parent who opposed Santa Rosa County’s rule. Dozens of school districts around the country have eliminated requirements for students to wear masks, and many more are likely to ditch mask requirements before the next academic year. On Wednesday in South Carolina, schools Superintendent Molly Spearman dropped a statewide student mask mandate but said Gov. On April 29, Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees rolled back a series of health advisories that had been cited by the Santa Rosa district. So the school board called the May 3 meeting at which its five members voted to revoke the mask mandate.
Opposition to Alden takeover of Tribune heats up ahead of vote
       
Opposition to hedge fund takeover of Tribune Publishing is bubbling up ahead of next week’s deal vote, including three legal fights, plans for multi-city rallies and written pleas for new buyers. Adding to the drama, three shareholder lawsuits have been filed ahead of the May 21 vote to approve Alden Global Capital’s $631 million offer for Tribune Publishing, the newspaper giant behind nine daily newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune, the Hartford Courant and the Orlando Sentinel. Buy the Chicago Tribune.” But so far, no one has stepped forward. He also said he has not determined how he will be vote next Friday, even though he stands to profit from a sale to Alden. CEO Terry Jimenez is already on record saying he will vote “no” because he believes Alden is submitting a lowball bid.
Caitlyn Jenner gets just 6% support in poll of California governor candidates
       
Despite going on a major media blitz, Caitlyn Jenner’s bid to become the next governor of California is off to a slow start — with just 6 percent support in a new poll. “Even among Republicans, only 13 percent say they’d be inclined to vote for her,” said Mark DiCamillo, director of the poll. Caitlyn Jenner’s run for California governor is off to a slow start. But “there doesn’t seem to be a significant constituency for her candidacy,” DiCamillo told the LA Times. But “now that we’re emerging out of that, voters are giving the governor generally better marks on the pandemic,” the pollster told the LA Times.
Maskless Jill Biden and Jennifer Garner visit high school vaccination site in West Virginia
       
First lady Jill Biden and actress Jennifer Garner teamed up in West Virginia on Thursday to visit a vaccination site at a local high school. “Thank you for your service, kids.”Actress Jennifer Garner looks on as US First Lady Jill Biden speaks with a person getting vaccinated at Capital High School in Charleston, West Virginia on May 13, 2021. She also said she was looking forward to getting her own kids vaccinated and noted that she was visiting her rival high school. “Yes, I love all your movies,” the teen gushed, as Garner congratulated her on getting vaccinated. First Lady Jill Biden waves without a mask as she greet members of the West Virginia National Guard during a trip to Charleston, West Virginia, on May 13, 2021.
Let’s make a deal: Biden meets with GOP to talk ‘compromise’ on $2.3T spend plan
       
President Biden on Thursday met with six Senate Republicans to discuss possible compromise on his proposed $2.3 trillion infrastructure bill. “I’m prepared to compromise,” said Biden, who was joined by Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo. The Republicans have had a sticking point over taxes on the proposed spending. Biden has insisted that any boost in infrastructure spending be paid for with tax hikes on businesses, investments and higher incomes. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy met with President Biden on Wednesday to discuss the potential spending.
‘Verbal assault and abuse’: Pelosi backs AOC after run-in with Greene
       
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday sided with her rival from the Democratic Party’s progressive flank, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — a frequent critic who’s bucked her leadership — over her run-in a day earlier with Republican firebrand Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene. Pelosi (D-Calif.) said the behavior of Greene (R-Ga.) outside the House Chamber on Wednesday evening amounted to “verbal assault and abuse” and could result in sanctions by the House Ethics Committee. During the incident, Greene yelled, “Hey, Alexandria!” twice as Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) walked down the hallway, the Washington Post first reported. “It was reported to our office about what happened as members were leaving the floor yesterday — the verbal assault and abuse of our colleague Congresswoman AOC,” Pelosi told reporters during a news conference Thursday. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a “chicken” for not wanting “to debate the Green New Deal.” AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin“Representative Greene tried to begin an argument with Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez and when Rep. Ocasio-Cortez tried to walk away, Congresswoman Greene began screaming and called Rep. Ocasio-Cortez a terrorist sympathizer,” Ocasio-Cortez spokeswoman Lauren Hitt told the Washington Post in a statement.
Biden is failing to protect America from the next pandemic
       
President Biden is riding high in the polls for his handling of the pandemic, but a closer look shows he’s flubbing protecting us from a future germ threat. Congressional Republicans are calling on the Biden administration to pressure China directly instead of relying on the World Health Organization. Biden suggests that the United Nations and the World Health Organization will help keep America safe next time. Security personnel keep watch outside the Wuhan Institute of Virology during the visit by the World Health Organization. Yet agreeing to such a scheme in a future pandemic would prevent America from ever getting to herd immunity and rebounding.
Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ): Liz Cheney “Was Focusing On Herself” & Undermining The Party
       
On Fox Across America with Jimmy Failla, Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) explains how the riff between the GOP and Liz Cheney came down to her only talking about herself & undermining the platform of the Republican Party. “But the problem is she was undermining the base of the Republican Party, she was undermining the platform of the Republican Party and she was focusing on herself, that’s what it all became about is Liz Cheney says this or that. I was in a hearing yesterday and everybody in that hearing quoted Liz Cheney about Donald Trump, and it’s like, how about let’s get on with what we are supposed to be getting on with? How about fighting for the freedom cause, the America first cause, the cause that 74 million people voted for just a few months ago? It’s hard to believe that was just a few months ago, by the way.”
Memorial Day 2021: All about the holiday weekend
       
Memorial Day, an American holiday dedicated to honoring the men and women who have sacrificed their lives while serving in the U.S. military, is fast approaching. By the late 19th century, Memorial Day ceremonies were being held nationwide. CONFEDERATE MEMORIAL DAY: SOUTH CAROLINA CLOSES GOVERNMENT OFFICES IN OBSERVANCEIn 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act to officially establish Memorial Day as the last Monday in May, according to History.com. Here are some events to watch out for this Memorial Day weekend. National Memorial Day Observance at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arlington National Cemetary will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 31.
Wall Street Journal editorial slams DOJ hire of CNN analyst who pushed Russian collusion theories
       
The Wall Street Journal editorial board slammed the Department of Justice's hiring of former CNN analyst Susan Hennessey as senior counsel to the its national security division, a role potentially involving "election related investigations and enforcement." The board wrote Wednesday that Hennessey, a former fellow at the Brookings Institution and peddler of conspiracy theories involving Russian collusion in the 2016 election, was "a dangerous pick." NEW BIDEN DOJ STAFFER DELETED OVER 39K TWEETS, INCLUDING RUSSIA COLLUSION ACCUSATIONSHennessey made a name for herself as a commentator on CNN by hyping up allegations of Russian collusion against the Trump campaign, in addition to touting the discredited Christopher Steele dossier. "A former National Security Agency lawyer, she bestowed phony credibility on the Steele dossier after the 2016 election," the op-ed continued. "In 2017 she wrote that the unlawful leak of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s conversations with the Russian ambassador 'posed a countervailing set of extraordinary circumstances.'"
Shootings of officers in line of duty on pace to surpass 2020's 'historic' highs, police group says
       
A half-dozen law enforcement officers have been shot since Monday – during National Police Week – and at least 106 have been wounded so far in 2021, the National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) said Thursday. The number of law enforcement officers wounded in the line of duty this year is already "on pace to surpass last year's historic numbers," the FOP said, adding that of the 106 officers shot year-to-date, 23 have been killed. NYPD COP SHOT THREE TIMES IN BROOKLYN; SUSPECT IN CUSTODYThe officer was with another cop and a sergeant at the time. New York Police Department officials have said the bulletproof vest saved his life. CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APPPast FOP statistics show 314 officers were shot in the line of duty in 2020, with 47 being killed by gunfire and 43 being wounded in ambush attacks.
New York reporters roast Cuomo for trying to redefine sexual harassment: 'Yikes'
       
Cuomo has been accused by nine women, including reporters and aides, of harassment and unwanted touching. Asked to acknowledge that one’s intentions, according to the law, don't matter in instances of sexual harassment, Cuomo said, "I never said anything I believe is inappropriate." "The governor offers a definition of sexual harassment that is at odds with a state law HE SIGNED," Williams tweeted. The law Cuomo signed eliminated the "severe or pervasive" standard of harassment that was once necessary for legal action. Cupp blasted Cuomo, saying he "mansplains what sexual harassment really is" in the clip.
Officials: Tiny uptick in 2020 military sex assault reports
       
Officials familiar with the data said sexual assault reports went up by about one percent, compared with the 2019 totals. In 2019, there were more than 7,800 reported sexual assaults, up from more than 6,000 the previous year. It is unclear how much of a role the pandemic played in the small increase in assaults last year. Austin has given service leaders 30 days to review the recommendation and come back to him with their input. Defense officials acknowledge that reports of sexual assault have steadily increased over the past 15 years, as the department worked to encourage victims to come forward.
Biden: FBI determined Putin not involved in Colonial Pipeline hack
       
President Biden on Thursday said Russian President Vladimir Putin “was not” involved in the devastating ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline — as he pleaded with gas stations not to gouge customers. The government was not,” Biden said at the White House when asked if Putin was involved. President Biden seemed confident in absolving Vladimir Putin of having any role in the pipeline hack. That’s what they’re about, not us.”The Colonial Pipeline returned to operations following a cyberattack that disrupted gas supply for the eastern US. It shut down over the weekend, causing a large share of gas stations to run dry from Florida to Maryland.
Alex Rodriguez finally reaches agreement to buy Timberwolves
       
Alex Rodriguez is one giant step closer to becoming an NBA owner. The former Yankees star and partner Marc Lore have reached an agreement to buy the Minnesota Timberwolves from Glen Taylor for $1.5 billion, according to multiple reports. Taylor had announced an intention to sell the NBA franchise last month to Rodriguez and Lore, the former CEO of Walmart U.S. eCommerce. Alex Rodriguez has reached an agreement to buy the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves. Getty ImagesESPN had reported earlier this week that the group’s exclusive negotiating window to buy the Timberwolves had expired, although good-faith negotiations were continuing.
Amazon Fresh grocery store to replace shuttered Fairway in Paramus
       
An Amazon Fresh supermarket is set to replace the shuttered Fairway Market in Paramus, N.J. But Amazon confirmed in November the former Woodland Park Fairway would be converted into an Amazon Fresh. Amazon opened its first Fresh store in Los Angeles’ Woodland Hills neighborhood in September. Fresh stores also tend to feature more national staple brands like Coca-Cola and Kellogg’s than Whole Foods, which emphasizes organic food. As The Post previously reported, Amazon may be looking to scoop up some more Fairway locations to expand Amazon Fresh’s footprint in the Northeast.
Crypto exchange Binance reportedly under investigation by DOJ, IRS
       
Binance, one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges, is under investigation by the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service, Bloomberg News reported on Thursday, citing people with knowledge of the matter. As part of the inquiry, the officials who probe money laundering and tax offenses have sought information from individuals with insight into Binance’s business, the report said. The investigation comes after Germany’s financial regulator BaFin last month warned that Binance risked being fined for offering its securities-tracking digital tokens without publishing an investor prospectus. Bitcoin, the world’s largest cryptocurrency, dropped in value on news of the reported Binance probe. Anadolu Agency via Getty ImagesBitcoin, the world’s largest cryptocurrency, fell below $50,000 Thursday afternoon, down 1.65 percent to $48,572.56, after a Bloomberg reporter tweeted that Binance faced the DOJ and IRS probe.
Psaki: Teaching about systemic racism, critical race theory is ‘responsible’
       
White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Thursday said it is “responsible” to teach about “systemic racism” as part of critical race theory, dismissing a proposal to tax endowments of elite universities that teach it to be put toward vocational training. The reporter noted Cotton’s opposition to schools teaching subjects like the 1619 Project and critical race theory, which claims the consequences of slavery continue to be present in all levels of social interaction. “I don’t think we would think that educating the youth and next and future leaders of the country on systemic racism is indoctrination. White House press secretary Jen Psaki defended the teaching of systemic racism in schools. In 2020, Cotton introduced the “Saving American History Act of 2020’’ that would prohibit federal funds from being used by schools to teach the 1619 Project.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX): Joe Biden Is Funding “The People Who Are Raining Rockets On Israel.
       
On Fox Across America with Jimmy Failla, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) explains how President Biden has undone all the good work former President Trump accomplished in the Middle East and how it has led to the possibility of a dangerous war. “When Donald Trump was president, we had four remarkable years in the Middle East. And President Trump agreed with me. He came in, immediately began undermining Israel, immediately began sending hundreds of millions of dollars to the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, terrorists in the Middle East. And we’re on the verge of a very dangerous war in the Middle East because of the mistakes of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.”
Masks no longer required for vaccinated people at the White House
       
The White House has sent an email to staff to inform them that if they are vaccinated they will no longer be required to wear a mask on its grounds, Fox News has confirmed. Whether you choose to get vaccinated or wear a mask, please protect yourself until we get to the finish line," the White House wrote on Twitter announcing the news. Fully vaccinated individuals are still advised to wear masks while in crowded indoor settings such as while on public transportation and in hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters. FULLY VACCINATED PEOPLE CAN DITCH MASKS INDOORS, CDC SAYS"We have all longed for this moment," CDC director Rochelle Walensky said in a press briefing on the news. "That moment has come for those who are fully vaccinated."
South Carolina DOE requires masks on buses after Gov. McMaster repeals school mandate
       
South Carolina will enforce a coronavirus mask mandate on school buses after the governor dropped requirements for masks in schools statewide this week, the state’s Department of Education announced. Henry McMaster issued an executive order Tuesday that left the decision to parents as to whether their child wore a mask to school or not, effectively ending the statewide mandate for schools. To try and maintain some form of health policy, the SCDE has instead issued guidance that requires students to wear masks on school buses, citing Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance on the issue. "The mandate on school buses is required under President Biden’s Executive Order … and was purposefully left out of our Governor’s Executive Order." "We will be working with our state public health agency to ramp up these efforts and bring greater awareness about the benefits of vaccines to eligible students."
Psaki: Teaching about systemic racism is 'responsible,' not 'indoctrination'
       
White House press secretary Jen Psaki denied that the teaching of American colleges and universities amounted to ‘liberal indoctrination,’ arguing that teaching about systemic racism is "actually responsible." "Senator Cotton says the nation's wealthiest colleges are indoctrinating young people with what he calls un-American ideas. VA PARENTS SLAM SCHOOL BOARD OVER CRITICAL RACE THEORY TEXTBOOKS"But I would say if he's trying to raise money for something, then our view is there's lots of ways to do that. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPStates and schools across the nation have either leaned into or outright banned the academic movement towards critical race theory. Ron DeSantis declared that critical race theory would not be taught in the Sunshine State and the Tennessee General Assembly recently voted to advance a measure banning critical race theory from being taught.
Pelosi condemns Marjorie Taylor Greene's 'verbal assault' on AOC, suggests ethics violation
       
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi chastised Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for her "verbal assault" of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and said the Republican's "egregious" behavior may rise to the level of an ethics violation. Pelosi called Greene's conduct a "verbal assault" and "abuse of our colleague." "It's so beyond the pale of anything that is in keeping with bringing honor to the House, or not bringing dishonor to the House," Pelosi, D-Calif., said Thursday of Greene's conduct. Pelosi lamented that GOP leaders did not try to police their own members' conduct or set a "respectable behavior standard." She said Greene's conduct is just the latest example of poor behavior.
Cuomo says 'harassment is not making someone feel uncomfortable,’ is ‘eager’ to tell other side of story
       
Cuomo took questions from the media after giving a COVID-19 update from the Bronx. SCANDAL-RIDDEN CUOMO AGAIN DECLARES ‘I DID NOTHING WRONG,’ SAYS HE'S NOT RESIGNINGWhen asked to acknowledge that one’s intentions, according to the law, don't matter in instances of sexual harassment, Cuomo responded, "I never said anything I believe is inappropriate." "Harassment is not making someone feel uncomfortable," he said. If I just made you feel uncomfortable, that is not harassment. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPIn addition to the sexual harassment allegations, Cuomo is embroiled in several other scandals.
Over 130 US personnel injured in ‘directed-energy’ attacks
       
At least 130 US personnel — including spies, diplomats and soldiers — have suffered brain damage and other significant injuries as a result of suspected “directed-energy” attacks, according to a report. The number, reported by the New York Times on Wednesday, is more than double the 60 confirmed cases previously known and does not include the total number of injured. A Politico report earlier this week alleged that US officials suspect Russia’s top foreign intelligence agency of being behind suspected attacks against American government personnel. Officials have told lawmakers, the outlet reported, that they had intensified their investigation in recent weeks, zeroing in on the GRU’s possible involvement. Late last month, Pentagon officials briefed lawmakers with the necessary security clearances on the suspected attacks, at the time reported to be against US troops as opposed to government employees.
John Kerry says Xinjiang solar panel production presents ‘problem’ for US climate strategy
       
US Special Envoy on Climate John Kerry acknowledged on Wednesday that obtaining solar panels from Xinjiang, China is a problem given the forced labor reported in the area and China’s strength in the market. During a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, asked Kerry about ensuring that the US’ climate strategy wouldn’t involve solar panels produced from forced labor. “When you look at the supply chain, when you look at China, they dominate the critical mineral supply and solar supply chains all coming out of Xinjiang Province,” McCaul said. Kerry told McCaul he was “absolutely correct” in his concerns. A solar panel installation is seen in Ruicheng County in central China’s Shanxi Province.
Gas prices hit $3.02, but Southeast shortages could ease by weekend
       
Prices across the country have risen eight cents over the past seven days, according to the Automobile Association of America. The shutdown has prompted widespread panic buying and shortages at gas stations across the Southeast. As of Thursday morning, most gas stations in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia were still dry, according to GasBuddy analyst Patrick DeHaan’s estimates. The US national average gas prices rose above three dollars a gallon on May 12, 2021 for the first time since 2014. Gas prices typically rise leading up to the holiday, and this year’s Memorial Day is expected to be bigger than most as Americans are eager to make up for holiday weekends deferred by the pandemic.
Inside the largest new condo towers opening in Manhattan right now
       
The amenities, on the 34th floor, include a terrace lounge with a dining area, a game room and a fitness center. Sales at the 126-unit building launched in January. Binyan StudiosNearly completed with an opening anticipated for this summer, 200 Amsterdam on the Upper West Side recently relaunched sales. Amenities include a 9,000-plus-square-foot landscaped “Garden” with space for lounge seating and grills — as well as a playroom and a gym. Building amenities also incorporate outdoor space, such as the fitness center with a meditation terrace and yoga room, and a landscaped rooftop including grills and dining space.
New bodycam footage shows Capitol rioters cheer after DC cop assault
       
Newly published body camera footage from the Jan. 6 Capitol riot shows a chaotic scene as the mob assaults a cop — who pleads with the crowd to release him. “I got one!” one of the rioters shouts amid the chaos, the video shows. Fanone pleads with the crowd to let him go, the footage shows — at one point screaming that he has kids. Michael Fanone suffered a mild heart attack following his encounter with rioters at the Capitol. Federal prosecutors have since brought charges against hundreds of alleged rioters in Washington, DC, district court.
De Blasio admits jobless benefits are keeping people from going back to work
       
Mayor Bill de Blasio admitted Thursday that the Biden administration’s generous jobless benefits are hindering the return of employees to work as businesses try to reopen from COVID-19 shutdowns. “And I think what you’re going to see is more and more people taking jobs because the unemployment is going to run out soon,” he said. Paul MartinkaAlong with the 64 percent of businesses having trouble bringing workers back, 42 percent cited the high jobless benefits from President Biden’s coronavirus relief plan that pay more than the city’s $15 minimum wage. Paul MartinkaBiden’s COVID benefits extended the $300 supplement to unemployment benefits until September, allowing jobless New Yorkers to get paid between $600 and $805 in combined state and federal unemployment benefits per week. Experts warn the liberal benefits could stall any economic recovery as the nation emerges from the coronavirus shutdowns.
New mom Meghan Trainor lists Bing Crosby’s old LA carriage house for $6M
       
Her five-bedroom, seven-and-a-half-bathroom home spans 7,174 square feet and once served as legendary crooner Bing Crosby’s carriage house. A floor-to-ceiling fireplace divides the space into a dining room and living room. Realtor.comA set of stairs by the media center lead up to a treehouse-like loft office. One guest house has a recording studio and a dance space, and the other has a gym. Bing Crosby’s next-door mansion burned down in a Christmas tree fire in 1943, and the carriage house was converted into a guest house in 1949 after developers rebuilt Crosby’s old house.
CDC to tell vaccinated Americans they can ditch masks indoors
       
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is set to issue new guidance Thursday telling people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 that they can safely stop wearing masks indoors in most places, a report said Thursday. The guidance will still encourage wearing masks in crowded indoor settings like buses, planes, hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters — but is expected to ease restrictions for reopening workplaces and schools, a source told the Associated Press. The new announcement comes two weeks after the CDC said that fully vaccinated people could safely ditch their masks outdoors. Masks will still be strongly encouraged in crowded indoor settings under the CDC’s new guidance. “If we succeed in this effort, as we did with the last then Americans will have taken a serious step towards a return to normal.”
Sen. Kennedy: Biden admin needs to stop 'honking like a goose' and solve problems
       
President Biden needs to "stop honking like a goose" and start solving some problems, Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., told "The Faulkner Focus," while the Biden administration faces multiple crises on energy, foreign policy and at the southern border. BATTERED BIDEN UNDER SIEGE AS CRISES CONFOUND THE WHITE HOUSESEN. JOHN KENNEDY: We’re facing a number of challenges. But of all the problems you’ve listed, my advice to the White House is instead of honking on like a goose, solve them. ...Now I’m not saying it will be easy, but every one of the problems that have been mentioned has a solution. I’m not sure that President Biden is interested in solving the problem, though.
Terry McAuliffe criticizes Youngkin for Trump ties, but he has his own
       
Democratic Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe criticized Republican nominee Glenn Youngkin for his ties to former President Trump, but he has his own. "Glenn Youngkin spent his campaign fawning all over Donald Trump, and now Trump has returned the favor by wholeheartedly endorsing him," McAuliffe said. McAuliffe also played golf with Trump and former President Bill Clinton at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida, in 2002. A spokesperson for Youngkin told Fox News on Thursday that the ad was exactly what people expected from McAuliffe. "Terry McAuliffe is proud to have campaigned tirelessly to make Trump a loser in Virginia in 2016 and 2020, and he is ready to defeat the Trump agenda and his hand-picked nominee for governor."
Pelosi says she has confidence in Harris addressing root cause of border crisis
       
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday she has confidence in Vice President Kamala Harris' ability to address the root causes of the border crisis and touted progress the Biden administration has already made to "reconstruct" the immigration system. "The President was totally knowledgeable, chapter and verse, [and] very concerned," Pelosi said of the border issues. Republicans have accused Harris of showing a lack of urgency about the problems and said at the very least she could visit the border instead of scheduling domestic travel. "They had been moved out more expeditiously than before because the Biden-Harris Administration had reconstructed how we deal with the situation at the border," Pelosi said. "Vice President Harris, but with the resources of the Biden-Harris administration, [will] get to the root cause of it, reconstruct the system that was there so that it works better, and third, understand our responsibility to refugees," Pelosi said.
Meghan McCain hits Biden's approach to Middle East violence: Support for Israel sounds like 'just words'
       
Co-host of "The View" Meghan McCain took a swing at President Biden Thursday over his approach to the ongoing crisis in the Middle East between Israel and Hamas. The lone conservative on the show discussed the violent situation with former Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman, noting that Biden's expressed support for Israel's right to defend itself sounded like it was "just words." I’m glad that President Biden has conveyed his unwavering support for Israel’s right to defend itself, but I’m starting to think these are just words. He then stated that the U.S. has a responsibility to support Israel and its right to defend itself. "I hope President Biden and his team are aware of that and are realistic about it and not just hopeful that they can reach an agreement almost at any price," he said.
HHS Sec. Becerra denies existing law banning partial-birth abortions
       
"We will continue to make sure we follow the law," Becerra answered. AOC SAYS PLANNED PARENTHOOD PROMOTES BIRTHS, SAVES LIVESBilirakis followed up his first question by asking if Becerra agreed with the law on partial-birth abortion. "Again, as I said," Becerra responded, "there is no law that deals specifically with the term partial-birth abortion. Biden's administration has committed to repealing the Hyde Amendment, which blocks most taxpayer funding for abortions, and codifying Roe v. Wade. Anti-abortion advocates like Susan B. Anthony List have maintained that Roe v. Wade effectively allows abortions up to the moment of birth.
Democrats' court-packing push driven by left-wing writer who called for '10 new justices'
       
DEMOCRATS KICK OFF PUSH TO PACK SUPREME COURT WITH FOUR NEW JUSTICESFallon said during a Sept. 20 episode of Bakari Seller’s podcast that Mystal inspired him to push for reforming the Supreme Court. We have to make it obvious, have the lengths to which they are willing to go in order to control the Supreme Court." Mystal said later that, ideally, he would push for the addition of 10 new Supreme Court Justices so that there are 19 total. If we had 10 more Supreme Court Justices, which is my initial proposal — expanding to 19-member Supreme Court — the court would work more like the lower circuit courts in this country, most of which operate with far more than nine people," he said. Mystal tweeted in October that he donates to Demand Justice and claimed that Demand Justice is not "dark money."
Gaetz associate expected to plead guilty in federal case
       
A key figure in the federal investigation of Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz is expected to plead guilty to criminal charges next week. Joel Greenberg will appear Monday in federal court in Orlando, Florida, for a change of plea hearing, according to court documents. He had been working for weeks toward a deal with federal prosecutors who are investigating sex trafficking and public corruption allegations. Gaetz has vehemently denied the allegations and any wrongdoing and insists he will not resign his seat in Congress. They are also scrutinizing Gaetz’s connections to the medical marijuana sector, including whether his associates sought to influence legislation Gaetz sponsored.
CBS' Gayle King: 'I still feel judged' in New York, get 'side-eye' for not wearing mask outdoors
       
"CBS This Morning" anchor Gayle King revealed Thursday she receives judgmental looks and "side-eye" for not wearing a mask outdoors in New York. King told Dr. Anthony Fauci that she stopped a woman in New York City, who like King was vaccinated, but was still wearing a mask outside. "I think we all either feel guilty or we feel it's not time, or we see everybody else doing it," she said. HOW CDC DISCOURAGES VACCINATIONS: NEW YORK TIMES RIPS ‘MISLEADING’ ADVICE"If you were vaccinated, you don’t have to wear a mask outside," Fauci said. But any other time, if you are vaccinated and you are outside, put aside your mask, you don’t have to wear it."
What to watch for in tonight’s first televised NYC mayoral debate
       
The two frontrunners — entrepreneur Andrew Yang and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams — are expected to draw the most attention. “Unlike this Saturday’s Preakness, the horses in tonight’s NYC mayoral debate may very well be running hard to place, not win,” longtime political veteran and attorney Sid Davidoff told The Post. Dianne Morales is projected to reach 4 percent of top voters’ choice. AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, FileDe Blasio, who has not endorsed in the race, said he’d be watching the debate closely. AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, FileThe debate between the two Republican candidates, Guardian Angel founder Curtis Sliwa and restauranteur Fernando Mateo, is scheduled for May 26.
JPMorgan, others to extend credit to customers without credit scores: report
       
Top banks in the US reportedly are nearing a deal to share information about customers’ bank accounts in a bid to extend credit to customers who historically haven’t qualified. Wells Fargo is among the big US lenders participating in a new government-backed program to extend credit to lower-income communities. Getty ImagesThe program will launch as soon as this fall, with JPMorgan expected to lead the way by using data on bank account deposits to evaluate credit card applications. For instance, JPMorgan may be more likely to approve a credit card for someone who doesn’t have a credit score but who has a bank account with Wells Fargo. Under the pilot, the fine print on a credit card application will give the bank permission to access bank-account data in addition to their credit history, according to the Journal.
Fauci finally says vaccinated Americans don’t need masks outside
       
Dr. Anthony Fauci finally encouraged vaccinated Americans to ditch their masks outside — more than two weeks after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave the green light that it was safe. “If you are vaccinated, you don’t have to wear a mask outside. But any other time, if you’re vaccinated and you’re outside, put aside your mask. You don’t have to wear it.”Fauci had argued last month that vaccinated people should stick to wearing masks outdoors, saying it was still possible for them to contract the virus. Now, there’s a small risk of that, but it’s there.”see also CDC announces updated COVID-19 mask guidelines Vaccinated Americans can now breathe a big, deep sigh of...
Betsy DeVos: “The Teacher’s Union Made COVID Political”
       
This week, Martha sits down with former United States Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, to discuss education during a pandemic. Secretary DeVos feels there are ample ways for students to safely return to school in person for the fall, and strongly encourages parents to send their children back to the classroom because she believes virtual learning is detrimental to the overall learning experience. Follow Martha on Twitter: @MarthaMacCallum
Biden Taking Political Hit for Gas Shortages After Pipeline Attack
       
Howie Kurtz on the Biden administration facing political backlash over pipeline hack, Liz Cheney becoming the leader of the anti-Trumpers and Marjorie Taylor Greene aggressively confronting Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez outside the House Chambers. Follow Howie on Twitter: @HowardKurtzFor more #MediaBuzz click here
Energy Secretary Granholm's investment in electric vehicle battery company sparks concern
       
When asked about the pipeline cyberattack this week in light of a push for renewable power, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm noted, "If you drive an electric car, this would not be affecting you, clearly." An Energy Department spokesperson said the secretary is working to fully divest from any firm that could give the appearance of a conflict of interest. "Secretary Granholm has acted in full accordance with the comprehensive ethical standards set by the Biden administration," the Energy Department spokesperson told Fox News in an email statement. "Energy Secretary Granholm held millions of dollars of investments in an electric bus company, which was then toured by President Biden. "During her nomination hearing, Secretary Granholm committed to the Senate that she would avoid the appearance of any conflicts of interest," Barrasso continued.
Colonial Pipeline restarted, gas prices to peak amid panic hoarding: Energy analyst
       
Phil Flynn, senior energy analyst at The PRICE Futures Group, told "Mornings with Maria" on Thursday that he believes gas prices are "close to getting to a short-term peak because everybody's bought gasoline and put it in their garage" following the Colonial Pipeline shutdown. GAS SHORTAGES CONTINUE AS COLONIAL PIPELINE RESTARTS: STATE-BY-STATE BREAKDOWNThe Colonial Pipeline, the biggest fuel pipeline in the U.S., delivering about 45% of what is consumed on the East Coast, was hit on Friday with a cyberattack, which resulted in its shutdown for days. The Colonial Pipeline has returned to operations following the cyberattack that snarled gas supply for the eastern U.S. for days, according to Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm. "Some markets served by Colonial Pipeline may experience, or continue to experience, intermittent service interruptions during the start-up period." He added that he expects gas prices to "go up maybe a couple more pennies," then "ease off a little bit."
Rep. Gallagher bill would force Biden to declassify Wuhan coronavirus lab leak theory intel
       
A group of House Republicans is introducing a bill on Thursday that would force the Biden administration to declassify intelligence related to the possibility that the coronavirus could have leaked from a Chinese lab. Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., is leading the effort, which follows the introduction of a similar bill in the Senate last month by Sens. WUHAN ‘LAB LEAK' CORONAVIRUS THEORY IN FOCUS AS HOUSE REPUBLICANS DEMAND ANSWERS"There is the nature of the disease itself. These facts, Gallagher said, point to the possibility the virus could have been the subject of "gain of function research." "Admittedly, we don't know," if the virus came from the Wuhan lab, Gallagher added.
Montana Rep. Rosendale, GOP lawmakers to introduce bill calling for 'lawless' cities to lose federal funding
       
No federal funds should be given to cities that continue to encourage criminal rioting and lawlessness. Demonstrations often protested systemic racism or police brutality and called for law enforcement agencies to be defunded. In Portland, protests carried on months, and at one point prompted a federal law enforcement response after rioters began targeting federal buildings and property. Protests continued even after federal law enforcement agents were replaced with local and state officers. "This is critical to ensure that Federal funds are used effectively, and to safeguard taxpayer dollars entrusted to the Federal Government for the benefit of the American people."
Migrants attempting Rio Grande crossing into US nabbed by Mexican Marines, video shows
       
A video posted to social media on Thursday showed a group of Mexican Marines swarming in to apprehend a group of migrants as they waited to cross the Rio Grande into the United States. The nearly 30-second video shows a group of migrants sitting on a hill overlooking the Rio Grande, just before the Marines move in on them. An individual can be seen on video surrendering to the Marines immediately, dropping to his knees with his hands behind his head. Melugin reported that at least two individuals were separated from the main group, both of whom are potentially coyotes. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe Mexican Secretariat of National Defense did not respond to a Fox News request for comment.
Ilhan Omar fundraises off backlash to anti-Israel comments
       
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., is fundraising off of backlash she's received for her latest anti-Israel comments as violence between Israel and Hamas heats up. Omar has faced scrutiny in the past for a slew of anti-Israel comments, which led to the House passing a resolution to condemn "anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, racism and other forms of bigotry." Other Democratic politicians such as New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang caught flak for siding with Israel. "I’m standing with the people of Israel who are coming under bombardment attacks, and condemn the Hamas terrorists," Yang tweeted. Yang later walked back his comments following backlash from progressives.
'Serious questions' remain about John Kerry's conversations with Iran: Pavlich
       
Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich argued climate czar and former Secretary of State John Kerry still has "a lot to answer for" after he denied giving secret intel to Iran's foreign minister, and that "serious questions" remain of his security clearance on "America's Newsroom" Thursday. JOHN KERRY SAYS XINJIANG SOLAR PANEL PRODUCTION PRESENTS ‘PROBLEM’ FOR U.S. CLIMATE STRATEGYAnd we know that he met with the foreign minister of Iran multiple times in secret to undermine the Trump administration's policy on Iran. GET THE FOX NEWS APP BY CLICKING HERESo, you know, John Kerry has a lot to answer for. But there are serious questions about John Kerry's holding of a security clearance while he was engaged in these kinds of discussions and meetings with the Iranian foreign minister.
Target stops selling sports, Pokémon cards after parking lot fight
       
Target will stop selling all sports and Pokémon trading cards on shelves after a man was attacked over the red-hot collectibles, company officials said. “Out of an abundance of caution, we’ve decided to temporarily suspend the sale of MLB, NFL, NBA and Pokémon trading cards within our stores, effective May 14.”Collectors can still buy the cards online, Target officials said. Police said the victim in Friday’s incident in a parking lot at a Target in Brookfield had minor injuries. No shots were fired, but the concealed carry weapons license holder had to pull out his gun to stop the fight over trading cards, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. It just sounds kind of ridiculous that adults got into a fight in the parking lot about trading cards.”A message seeking comment from Target was not immediately returned Thursday.
Amazon aims to hire 75,000 new workers despite labor shortage
       
Amazon said Thursday it plans to hire 75,000 more warehouse workers and drivers in the US and Canada — and it’s boosting wages and incentives in the face of a widening labor shortage. The new employees will be paid a starting rate of $17 per hour, reflecting recent wage increases of between 50 cents and $3 an hour. It’s also offering signing bonuses of up to $1,000 in many locations, including an extra $100 to new hires who are already vaccinated, Amazon said. The rush to hire hourly workers has reached a fever pitch in the US as the economy opens up more rapidly than workers’ ability or willingness to return to the workforce. AmazonThis week alone, McDonald’s and Chipotle laid out plans to hire a total of 10,000 and 20,000 new employees, respectively, even as they boost wages.
Colonial Pipeline paid European hackers $5M ransom last week: report
       
Bloomberg News reported that Colonial coughed up the ransom just hours after the ransomware attack took place on Friday. The Alpharetta, Georgia-based company paid the ransom in untraceable cryptocurrency, Bloomberg reported, citing two people familiar with the transaction. Colonial Pipeline allegedly paid $5M in ransom after the cyber attack. Colonial Pipeline reportedly paid the ransom in untraceable cryptocurrency. Nearly half in Georgia and the District of Columbia were also out of gas, according to DeHaan.
GOP conference chair favorite Stefanik says she 'absolutely' has votes to win post after Cheney ouster
       
The House Republican Conference is set to hold a "candidate forum" on Thursday to discuss who should be their next conference chair after ousting Rep. Liz Cheney from the post Wednesday, and Rep. Elise Stefanik says she "absolutely" has the votes to secure the spot in GOP leadership. Stefanik said Wednesday she is working proactively to address concerns from some members, largely members of the Freedom Caucus, like Roy, about her past votes. She also told reporters, of her meetings with the Republican Study Committee and the Freedom Caucus, that "it's important that the conference chair listen to all members of the conference." The conference chair position is largely considered to be a messaging position, which is why many Republicans support Stefanik for the post. Stefanik had a similar message in a letter Wednesday to Republicans members as she officially announced her bid for conference chair.
Teen Vogue torched for comparing unarmed minorities to Hamas terrorists
       
Readers excoriated Teen Vogue on Wednesday for comparing Israeli military action against Palestinian terrorists to U.S. policing practices. Israel and the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas are currently engaged in their most violent conflict since the 2014 Gaza War. "How Policing in the U.S. and Security in Israel are connected," the Teen Vogue headline about the escalating conflict blared. Dov Hikind, a former New York State Assemblyman and founder of the group Americans Against Antisemitism, was among those who told Teen Vogue to brush up on its history. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPTeen Vogue's hit piece on U.S. police comes during America's National Police Week.
To support Israel, 44 Republicans push Biden to refuse Iran sanctions relief
       
More than three dozen Senate Republicans are urging President Biden to "unequivocally" support Israel's right to defend itself, and "immediately" end negotiations with Iran on sanctions relief, saying Tehran is "supporting" terrorist activity by Hamas against Israel. ISRAEL CRISIS: WHY IT'S DIFFERENT THIS TIME AROUNDThe Republicans called the attacks "troubling" as members of the Biden administration are "currently in Vienna negotiating with Iran." "This includes the first rockets aimed at Jerusalem since 2014," they reminded the president, underscoring Iran's "resounding" support of the "aggression." They also pointed to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif, who is "supervising" Iran’s negotiating team in Vienna and called Hamas’ leader to "express Iran's support for the group’s actions." "We call on you to immediately end negotiations with Iran, and make clear sanctions relief will not be provided.
Mark Levin slams Biden for creating crises: 'He's a human pandemic'
       
Fox News host Mark Levin slammed President Biden as a "human pandemic" for his "Marxist" policies during an appearance on ‘Hannity,’ calling out the Biden administration for creating several crises in its first 100 days. MARK LEVIN: JOE BIDEN IS A 'TWO-BIT STREET POLITICIAN' WHO HAS NO INTENTION OF UNIFYING AMERICAMARK LEVIN: Every one of these crises you mentioned were created by Joe Biden. Joe Biden is a human pandemic. Joe Biden is the greatest president—not for our allies but for our enemies. Hamas sees it, Islamic Jihad sees it, the Palestinian terrorists see it—that’s why they’re doing what they’re doing.
Judge Andrew P. Napolitano: Can federal judges alter the Constitution?
       
Like most rights in the Bill of Rights, the Constitution does not grant the right of habeas corpus -- which comes from our humanity -- but prohibits the denial of it. That 2020 decision, which rejected the petition for habeas corpus filed by the detainee at Guantanamo Bay, purported to change the law. The first is habeas corpus, and the second is due process. The detainee who sought habeas corpus was met with a judicial decision that denied him both. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM JUDGE ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO
Pete Hoekstra: Colonial Pipeline attack -- what's the rest of the story? Urgent answers needed
       
These are exactly the questions that need to be asked and answered regarding the cyberattack on Colonial Pipeline. The Biden administration is not ready to go there. COLONIAL PIPELINE CYBERATTACK: REPUBLICANS DEMAND MORE ACTION FROM BIDEN ENERGY SECURITYThe United States has been under sustained cyberattack for years. It seems they have made the calculation that however the United States will respond, the benefits will be much greater to them. Is this President Putin testing the resolve of the Biden administration?
Graham blasts Biden official's remark on pipeline attack and electric cars: 'Dumbest thing in the world'
       
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., blasted the Biden administration for their "unnerving" response to the cyberattack that temporarily shut down the Colonial Pipeline and triggered gas shortages. "They're naïve, they're weak, and they don't show an understanding of the problem," Graham told "Fox News Primetime" Wednesday in response to comments made by President Biden and Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm. "That was the dumbest thing in the world," Graham told host Brian Kilmeade. "Reward them when they do by saying you can't be sued if you're attacked, if you're doing the right thing." The FBI said Monday that ransomware gang "Darkside" was responsible for the attack, with President Biden remarking that evidence shows the hackers' ransomware is in Russia.
Randi Weingarten, teachers union president, calls for full reopening of schools next academic year
       
The president of America’s second-largest teachers union is calling on all schools to be open for "five days a week" of in-person learning for the next academic year. And we must keep them open fully and safely five days a week," Weingarten said in a speech. MCCALLUM PRESSES WEINGARTEN OVER EMAILS SHOWING UNION LOBBIED CDC ON SCHOOL REOPENINGS"Given current circumstances, nothing should stand in the way of fully reopening our public schools this fall and keeping them open. Teacher unions in some states have complicated the school reopening process as they have demanded coronavirus vaccinations and other mitigation measures before returning to classrooms. But Weingarten argued that "critics have scapegoated teachers and vilified unions because of the school closures during the pandemic, ignoring the extreme disparities among schools and blaming teachers for problems outside their control.
Controversial Biden DOJ civil rights nominee takes step closer to confirmation
       
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday cast an 11-11 tie vote on the nomination of Kristen Clarke to be the assistant attorney general for civil rights, bringing the controversial nominee one step closer to confirmation. Under the 50-50 partisan split in the Senate, committees are split evenly along party lines. But moderate Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has not yet made a public commitment on whether he will support Clarke. Clarke's nomination was especially controversial because of her prolific Twitter use, where she would often launch broadsides against some senators, including Manchin. Clarke also has a history of controversial writings, including a 2020 Newsweek op-ed headlined: "I Prosecuted Police Killings.
Wisconsin lawmaker on 'Fox & Friends': Bill requiring anthem at games is for Americans to 'come together'
       
Wisconsin State Rep. Tony Kurtz told "Fox & Friends" Thursday he has proposed a bill requiring the national anthem to be played before all sporting events in the state, and expressed that Americans need to "come together as a nation." Sites covered by the bill would include major, taxpayer-subsidized venues where the Packers , Bucks and Brewers play, as well as public schools and other facilities that were built or upgraded with taxpayer funds. OHIO OFFICIAL OF ASIAN DESCENT, US ARMY VET, SHOWS WAR SCARS: 'IS THIS PATRIOT ENOUGH?' We are one family, as Tim Scott said a couple of weeks ago…I think it's something we all should rally around to play our national anthem, to not forget who we are as a people right now. CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW
Washington DC police cyberattack more extensive than originally thought, officials say
       
The ransomware attack on Washington, D.C. ,’s Metropolitan Police Department is much more extensive than was originally reported, Fox News has learned. The number of Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officers whose personal and personnel information has been released is much higher than the 20 employees who were originally reported to have been affected. AMERICA UNDER SIEGE ON BIDEN'S WATCH AS CYBERATTACKERS CRIPPLE THE COUNTRY"Several hundred" MPD officers and civilian members have now had their information stolen and many of it released publicly by the Russian-speaking cyber gang Babuk, Fox News has learned. Sources say the department has not paid a ransom. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThis is a developing news story.
Top teachers union will call for all US schools to fully reopen by fall
       
The nation’s second-largest teachers union on Thursday will finally call for all US schools to fully reopen by the next academic year. Five days a week,” American Federation of Teachers (AFT) president Randi Weingarten will say, according to prepared remarks given to the New York Times. Los Angeles Times via Getty Images“We must put in place the support systems to help students recover socially, emotionally and academically. Randi Weingarten will speak on reopening schools at 11 a.m. Thursday. Getty Images“We must reimagine what and how students learn, so we can create opportunities for every child.
McDonald’s to boost wages by 10 percent amid worker shortage
       
McDonald’s said Thursday it will boost its rank-and-file employees’ hourly pay by 10 percent as it seeks to add 10,000 workers at its company-owned eateries amid a nationwide labor shortage. The wage boost also will apply to 35,600 existing McDonald’s employees, some of whom have already received the increase, the company said. The wage increases come amid one of the tightest labor markets in history with a record 8.1 million job openings as of March. A worker cleans the floor at a McDonald’s in Chicago on March 19. Scott Olson/Getty ImagesSome McDonald’s franchisees have been handing out hiring and referral bonuses to attract employees.
Biden admin sued for pushing white men to ‘back of the line’ for COVID aid
       
The lawsuit, which names Small Business Association Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, was filed for Antonio Vitolo, the owner of Jake’s Bar and Grill in Harriman, Tenn., Fox 17 in Nashville reported. Isabella Casillas Guzman attends a Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship confirmation hearing on Feb. 3, 2021. Tasos Katopodis/Pool Photo via AP, FileVitolo said he applied for the COVID aid on May 3 but was told he didn’t qualify because he is white, the suit says. The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty has also sued the Biden administration on behalf of white Midwestern farmers over its COVID loan forgiveness program that gives preference to black farmers. The Biden administration has said that more than 186,200 eligible businesses applied for the financial help in the first two days of the program.
UK mask-wearing, social distancing to be relaxed on June 21
       
Following a sharp fall in new coronavirus infections., it is expected the wearing masks in shops and offices as well as social distancing will be relaxed starting on June 21. First, the UK will attempt some lockdown easing on Monday, May 17 that will include dining and drinking indoors and reopening movie theaters. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said more details will be laid out later this month including whether social distancing will be scrapped and whether vaccine passports will have a role in the future. An insider told The Sun: “The current thinking points to social distancing going and mask-wearing only in limited settings like buses, trains and the Tube. As part of next week’s easing, Johnson said that six people, or two households even if the total is higher, will be able to mix inside homes as well as in pubs and restaurants.
Midair miracle: Planes collide in Colorado — but no one dies
       
Two small planes collided midair in central Colorado on Wednesday morning. Remarkably, the three people involved in the incident — two pilots and one passenger — were unharmed by the harrowing ordeal, according to local reports. A single-engine Cirrus SR22, with a pilot and passenger on board, deployed a parachute to help it land roughly, but safely, about four miles north of the airport, located in Englewood. A single-engine Cirrus SR22 managed to land via parachute. “Looks like the right engine failed, so I’m going to continue my landing,” said the Metroliner’s pilot, according to the Sun, perhaps not realizing a collision had taken place.
Stocks rally as investors look past inflation to jobs improvement
       
U.S. equity markets rallied Thursday as investors shrugged off the biggest annual increase in producer prices on record. The gains come after the Labor Department said producer prices rose 6.2% year over year, making for the biggest annual jump since recordkeeping began in November 2010. Prices rose 0.6% for the month, slowing from March's 1% increase. Ticker Security Last Change Change % TSLA TESLA, INC. 588.51 -1.38 -0.23%Meanwhile, Boeing Co. received Federal Aviation Administration approval for an electrical fix to an issue that resulted in about 100 737 Max jets being grounded in early April. In Europe, Britain’s FTSE 100 lost 2.06%, Germany’s DAX 30 fell 1.35% and France’s CAC 40 slid 1.04%.
Cheney swears she's 'not leaving' the GOP after being removed from House leadership post
       
"I'm not leaving the party," Cheney said in response to a question from anchor Savannah Guthrie about whether Cheney might become an independent. That action triggered an effort earlier this year to remove her as the conference chair, which is the third-ranking post in the House Republican conference. At Republicans' policy retreat in Florida late last month, it eventually became clear the schism between Cheney and other House Republicans was untenable. "I watched her yesterday and realized how bad she is for the Republican Party," Trump said in a statement after Cheney's ouster. "She would be a great House GOP Conference Chair."
Virginia GOP lieutenant governor nominee slams critical race theory curriculum as ‘nonsense’
       
nominee Winsome Sears, the first Black female Republican to participate in the race, told "Fox & Friends" on Thursday that critical race theory curriculum is "nonsense." Former state delegate and Jamaica native Sears, 57, is the first Black Republican woman from her district to run for lieutenant governor. OKLAHOMA CITY SCHOOL BOARD DENOUNCES NEW LAW BANNING CRITICAL RACE THEORY AS PROTECTING 'WHITE FRAGILITY'Sears won the Republican Party nomination for lieutenant governor on Tuesday. CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEWSears is an advocate of school choice and rejects critical race theory. We must have parental school choice," Sears said.
Liz Cheney willing to do ‘whatever it takes’ to prevent Trump win in 2024
       
Fresh off her ouster from House Republican leadership, Rep. Liz Cheney is maintaining her crusade to do “whatever it takes” to oppose former President Donald Trump. ), who was removed Wednesday morning from her position as House Republican Conference Chair for her focus on criticizing Trump, made the comments in an interview with NBC’s “Today” after being asked three times about mounting her own 2024 run. Then-President Donald Trump gives a pen to then-Congresswoman Liz Cheney, R-Wyoming, after signing H.J. Getty Images“The nation needs a strong Republican Party. “I will do everything I can to ensure that the former president never again gets anywhere near the Oval Office.”
Workers file 473,000 new jobless claims, hitting another pandemic low
       
The number of Americans seeking new unemployment benefits continued a steady week-over-week decline, falling below a half million and hitting another pandemic low, the feds said Thursday. “We got some welcome news on new jobless claims which are below the 500,000 level,” Bankrate’s senior economic analyst Mark Hamrick said. New jobless claims fell below a half million and hit another COVID pandemic low. Some states have announced plans to eliminate the extra unemployment benefits sooner than they need to in order to encourage workers to return to take new jobs. Some states have announced plans to eliminate extra unemployment benefits.
Sen. Blackburn to introduce bill to reinstate Trump's Migrant Protection Protocols
       
EXCLUSIVE: Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., is introducing a bill this week that would seek to reinstate the Trump-era Migrant Protection Protocols in response to a crisis at the southern border that has overwhelmed the immigration system in recent months. Dubbed the Make the Migrant Protection Protocols Mandatory Act, the bill would require migrants who cross the southern border without proper documentation to remain in Mexico until their case is heard. President Biden reversed the Migrant Protection Protocols by executive order upon entering the White House earlier this year. "President Biden's failed immigration policies have created a crisis at our southern border," Blackburn said in a statement. My legislation will stop Biden’s decision to catch and release migrants into our communities and reinstate President Trump’s Remain in Mexico program."
Today's 30-year mortgage refinance rates cross 3% while 15-year fixed hold | May 13, 2021
       
30-year fixed-rate refinance: 3.000%, Up from 2.875%, +0.1253.000%, Up from 2.875%, +0.125 20-year fixed-rate refinance: 2.875%, Unchanging2.875%, Unchanging 15-year fixed-rate refinance: 2.250%, Unchanging2.250%, Unchanging 10-year fixed-rate refinance: 2.250%, Up from 2.125%, +0.125Rates last updated on May 13, 2021. Current 30-year fixed refinance ratesThe current rate for a 30-year fixed-rate refinance is 3.000%. How mortgage refinance rates have changedToday, mortgage refinance rates have risen compared to this time last week. 30-year fixed refinance rates: 3.000%, up from 2.875% last week, +0.1253.000%, up from 2.875% last week, +0.125 20-year fixed refinance rates: 2.875%, up from 2.750% last week, +0.1252.875%, up from 2.750% last week, +0.125 15-year fixed refinance rates: 2.250%, the same as last week2.250%, the same as last week 10-year fixed refinance rates: 2.250%, up from 2.125% last week, +0.125Think it might be the right time to refinance? The factors behind today’s refinance ratesCurrent refinance rates, like mortgage interest rates in general, are affected by many economic factors, like unemployment numbers and inflation.
Patrick Novecosky: Pope John Paul II assassination attempt – the secrets behind shooting 40 years ago
       
Forty years ago on Thursday, the world reeled in horror as news broke that a gunman had shot Pope John Paul II at point-blank range in St. Peter’s Square. CLICK HERE TO GET THE OPINION NEWSLETTERLike Reagan, John Paul was seriously wounded. It’s fascinating to note that John Paul certainly knew that the Soviets were behind the attempt on his life. Reagan scholar Paul Kengor, who wrote the foreword to my book on John Paul II, proves that the Bulgarians ran cover for Moscow. Pope John Paul II was relentless in the pursuit of freedom and truth.
More Mexico border crossers are single adults, agents find
       
Border Patrol agents dictate orders: Families with young children in one line and unaccompanied children in another. April was the second-busiest month on record for unaccompanied children encountered at the border, following March’s all-time high. But while asylum-seeking families and children dominate public attention, single adults represent a growing number of border encounters, nearly two of every three in April. Some current and former border enforcement officials say massive attention on families and unaccompanied children consumes agents’ time and has created an opening for single adults and drug smugglers to elude authorities. Border Patrol encounters with families fell in similar proportion to unaccompanied children — down 10% to 48,226 from 53,406 in March.
Former Keystone worker: Biden admin finally admitted 'common sense' on pipelines
       
Former Keystone XL pipeline worker Neal Crabtree joined "Fox & Friends First" on Thursday and reacted to the Biden administration's admission that pipelines are "the best way to go." I hear a lot about you know we need to upgrade our cyber defenses, but one thing I hope that we take away from this is just how important these pipelines are to our economy and everyday life. This particular pipeline is about 60 years old—now can you imagine if this would have been some type of structural failure and this line was down for months or maybe even a year? It could have been disastrous. CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW
Electric Chevrolet Bolt EUV rated at 247 miles per charge
       
The Chevrolet Bolt EUV just missed the mark. Chevy had estimated that the all-electric subcompact crossover would receive an EPA rating of 250 miles per charge, but the official number is 247 miles. That puts the $33,595 Bolt EUV ahead of the similarly sized Kia Niro EV's 239-mile rating and below the Hyundai Kona EV's 258-mile rating. The Niro and Kona have 201 hp motors, compared to the Bolt EUV's 200 hp unit, and start at $31,065 and $32,765, respectively, after deducting the $7,500 federal tax credit they qualify for. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPGeneral Motors has exhausted its allotment of credits, so only state and local incentives will be available for the Bolt EUV when it hits dealers this summer.
Conservative groups mobilize against Democrats' sweeping election bill, targeting moderate senators
       
DEMS DEFEAT MCCONNELL AMENDMENT TO SWEEPING ELECTION BILL AIMED AT STOPPING EFFORT TO ‘STACK THE DECK’ ON FECDemocrats say the bill aims to ensure all Americans have equal access to the polls in light of the 2020 election and new state election security laws. Republicans point out Democrats have been pushing this bill for years and praise the new election laws being put in place by many states. "For multiple years now, Democrats have called this sweeping bill their top priority… The substance of the legislation has hardly changed. Those states are strategically important in the fight over Democrats' election bill, titled the For the People Act, because no Republicans have indicated that they support it. But curiously enough, Democrats still want the exact same sweeping bill, just as desperately."
School under fire for lesson that claimed George Floyd died of heart attack
       
A New York high school teacher is under fire after she told students George Floyd died of a heart attack and drug overdose. English teacher Hope Antonelli made the claim about Floyd as part of a ninth-grade English assignment on Friday, The Times Herald-Record reported. MINNEAPOLIS TO PAY $35M TO POLICE OFFICER WHO LEFT FORCE AMID GEORGE FLOYD UNREST: REPORTThe assignment asked students to "create a bold topic/thematic sentence." "George Floyd did not die because (Derek) Chauvin’s knee was on his neck," said the assignment, which has since made the rounds on social media. It is not an empathetic point of view of a person who died, it is blaming a person who’s died for their own death," she added.
Nurses, nonprofits, others take COVID-19 vaccines to homebound people
       
So McAllister, 64, was over the moon when the county health department in Hayward, California, where she lives, called offering to inoculate her against COVID-19 at home. While the effort is happening in many states, experts say California has one of the most robust programs. Under federal guidelines, seniors in nursing homes and health care workers were prioritized when California began vaccinations in December. Last week, nurses Patricia Calloway and Devette Laflore wheeled carriers of vaccine and paperwork to several homes, including the Hayward condo of Patti Amaral, 73. CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE CORONAVIRUS COVERAGEThe nurses stayed after the shots to monitor Amaral and her husband, John McFarland, who called their visit a treat.
Sen. Marsha Blackburn: Biden can end our border crisis. My plan will kick start the solution
       
During his first press conference as president, Joe Biden claimed that border officials were "sending back the vast majority of the families" arriving at our southern border. Our southern border was largely secure under President Trump until 2018, when Mexican President López Obrador signaled a soft approach toward migrant caravans. The mad rush that followed overwhelmed border officials and stretched the courts past the breaking point. Fortunately, President Biden has all the tools he needs to end this border security crisis. My legislation, the Make the Migrant Protection Protocols Mandatory Act of 2021, would change the law and require border officials to apply the Protocols.
Schools ditch student mask requirements in growing numbers
       
"This is Santa Rosa County, America, not China!" On Wednesday in South Carolina, schools Superintendent Molly Spearman dropped a statewide student mask mandate but said Gov. Santa Rosa County district leaders emphasized they were following public health guidance, but state officials undercut that position even as public pressure built locally. On April 29, Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees rolled back a series of health advisories that had been cited by the Santa Rosa district. So the school board called the May 3 meeting at which its five members voted to revoke the mask mandate.
Climbing The Career Ladder with Lydia Fenet
       
In this conversation, Dana is joined by Lydia Fenet, Managing Director, Global Head of Strategic Partnerships at Christie’s and author of the book, The Most Powerful Woman in the Room is You. Lydia shares advice about commanding a room, how to deal with rejection and the art of negotiating for what you’re worth. Follow Dana on Twitter: @DanaPerino
Sen. Roger Marshall: The COVID-19 mystery – we've lost 3 millions lives and critical questions need answers
       
Is the virus naturally occurring, or it is the result of lab manipulation? Regardless, if it is naturally occurring or not, we need to determine if it was accidentally leaked from a lab. PFIZER, MODERNA COVID-19 VACCINES LIKELY EFFECTIVE AGAINST INDIAN CORONAVIRUS VARIANT, RESEARCHERS SUGGESTLike most coronaviruses, COVID-19 jumps to humans from bats through an intermediate host. It’s also important to recall in 2002 for the SARS virus, the originating species (bat), and the intermediate host (civet) were determined in four months. For MERS, in 2012, it took nine months to identify the originating species (bat) and the intermediate host (camel).
Cyber Attacks. Middle East Turmoil. Inflation. The President’s Growing List of Crises.
       
President Biden’s White House is dealing with crises on several fronts both abroad and domestic with debate over infrastructure bills and immigration policy in Washington while rising tensions in the Middle East are culminating in conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. Former White House Press Secretary to former President George W. Bush and FOX News Contributor Ari Fleischer breaks down how President Biden’s infrastructure proposal has complicated the possibility of bipartisan agreement on Capitol Hill, how the U.S. should address the threat to peace in the Middle East and explains the Republican Party’s motivation for ousting Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) from her leadership position. U.S. consumer prices for April rose 4.2% over last year, making it the biggest annual increase since September 2008. Charles Payne, host of Making Money with Charles Payne on FOX Business weighs in on the April consumer price index, inflation ramping up and how it plays into U.S. unemployment as businesses struggle to hire workers. Plus, commentary by FOX News Legal Analyst Gregg Jarrett.
Q & Trey: Never Confuse Fame With Significance
       
On a new bonus episode available every Thursday, Trey answers listener questions about politics, ideology, life, and more. This week, Trey gives his thoughts on meaningful work outside of politics in Washington, D.C., his favorite movie recommendations, our present media landscape, and his friendship with Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI). Follow Trey on Twitter: @TGowdySC
New York suspect allegedly attacks father, son after they accidentally sideswipe car: report
       
"My head was on the ground, and he just went full force basically body slamming me," Adel Ahmed told WCBS. Mohi Ahmed said the collision was a "simple accident." Adel Ahmed told the Daily News he and his father had left the bank and were going to get food after having fasted all day for Ramadan. He told WCBS they’re terrified because the suspect has his father’s driver’s license with their address on it. Mohi Ahmed said to WCBS.
Police in England charge 29 men with alleged years-long sexual exploitation of girl
       
Police in the United Kingdom have charged 29 men with the alleged years-long sexual exploitation of a girl in Northern England, the West Yorkshire Police said on Wednesday. The men, who range in age from 35 to 64, face various charges, including rape, attempted rape, conspiracy to rape and indecent assault of a girl who was between 13 and 20 years old from 2003 to 2010. Most of the alleged crimes took place in the Calderdale district, but some occurred in neighboring Bradford. The men are scheduled to appear in court on July 7 and 9. No other details were given about the alleged abuse.
Ingraham: Multiple crises expose weakness of President Biden's leadership
       
Fox News host Laura Ingraham opened Wednesday's "Ingraham Angle" questioning President Biden's ability to lead and suggested that the crises facing the Biden Administration now from Israel to the U.S. border to gas shortages are not concerning to the White House. INGRAHAM: These problems really don't bother the Biden White House all that much. Either they're so rich that it doesn't matter, or they're hoping to benefit from a bigger and more powerful central government. Instead, they fought to keep it closed for as long as possible –until the red states shamed them into opening. That's why they cling to the false narrative about phony threats... that they're pledging to save us from.
Colonial Pipeline goes back online after cyberattack forced shutdown
       
Here's what you need to know as you start your dayColonial Pipeline back online amid gas shortage following cyberattackThe Colonial Pipeline has returned to operations following a cyberattack that snarled gas supply for the eastern U.S. for days, according to Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm. "Following this restart, it will take several days for the product delivery supply chain to return to normal," Colonial Pipeline said in a statement. "Some markets served by Colonial Pipeline may experience, or continue to experience, intermittent service interruptions during the start-up period." The pipeline operator will conduct a series of safety assessments to comply with federal guidelines. I’ll be putting out a statement very shortly on that," Biden told reporters at the White House.
Greene tries to confront AOC, asks why she supports ‘terrorists and antifa’: report
       
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., tried to "aggressively confront" Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday, shouting questions about why the New York Democrat supports "terrorists and antifa," according to a report. The report said Greene yelled to Ocasio-Cortez, and the Democrat continued walking. Greene reportedly tried to catch up and continued to ask questions. Greene also brought up her desire to debate Ocasio-Cortez, the paper said. She tweeted, "I’m glad I ran into you today @AOC to plan our debate about the Green New Deal.
Deposed Cheney fights back, but Liz-ism may be no match for Trumpism
       
Liz Cheney, newly ousted from the House Republican leadership, is battling back through the media. She launches a blitz this week that runs from the "Today" show to Fox’s "Special Report," casting herself as the leader of a new movement within the Republican Party. REPUBLICANS FACE DUELING NARRATIVES, AIMED AT THE NEXT ELECTION—OR THE LAST ONEAnd that leaves Cheney close to politically homeless. Yet Trump, who relishes this fight, is at least as responsible for the way it is dominating media and political discourse. Cheney may well be the champion of a new political philosophy–call it Liz-ism—to restore her party to its conservative roots.
Erdogan tells Putin that Israel needs ‘deterrent lesson,’ report says
       
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an has told Russian President Vladimir Putin that the international community should give Israel a "strong and deterrent lesson" for its actions against the Palestinians, according to reports. Erdo?an emphasized the need for "the international community to give Israel a strong and deterrent lesson" and called on the U.N. Security Council to step in with "determined and clear messages" to Israel, according to Turkish officials. He also suggested to Putin that an international protection force should be considered to shield the Palestinians, The Associated Press reported. BIDEN CALLS NETANYAHU, SAYS ISRAEL ‘HAS RIGHT TO DEFEND ITSELF’ AGAINST HAMAS ROCKETSThose at the protest chanted, "Down with Israel, down with America," Reuters reported. A total of seven people have been killed in Israel, including four people who died on Wednesday.
Biden to press: ‘I’m not supposed to be answering all these questions’
       
After the press clarified that they were asking about a meeting between Biden, Vice President Harris and congressional leaders to discuss infrastructure legislation, the president returned to the lectern. President Joe Biden delivers remarks about COVID vaccinations at the White House on May 12, 2021. I’m not supposed to be answering all these questions,” the president said. “I’m supposed to leave, but I can’t resist your questions.”The exchange took place days after White House press secretary Jen Psaki admitted that she doesn’t like Biden to have too much face time with the White House press corps. “He takes questions nearly every day he’s out from the press,” Psaki told CNN analyst David Axelrod on “The Axe Files” podcast May 6.
NY Rep. Elise Stefanik makes her pitch to conservatives ahead of leadership vote
       
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) huddled with members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus to lay out her case on why she believes she should succeed Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) as House Republican Conference chair amid concerns her record is too moderate to succeed in the leadership role. While conservatives are skeptical of the New York Republican, Stefanik sought to ease their concerns, vowing to put forward a unifying message if she succeeds in being elected to the role. Rep. Stefanik is seen in the Capitol Visitor Center before House Republicans voted to remove Rep. Liz Cheney from her leadership role on May 12, 2021. Former President Donald Trump has endorsed Rep. Elise Stefanik to succeed Liz Cheney.
Lindsey Graham rips Biden's 'weak' response to Colonial Pipeline cyberattack
       
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) became the latest prominent Republican to slam the Biden administration Wednesday over its response to the ransomware attack that shut down the Colonial Pipeline for five days. “That was the dumbest thing in the world,” Graham said of Granholm’s remark. A Colonial Pipeline station is seen in Smyrna, Ga., on May 11, 2021. Yes,” Graham said. At the time Colonial Pipeline announced operations had resumed, a whopping 69 percent of gas stations in North Carolina were experiencing fuel outages, according to the website GasBuddy.com.
AOC criticizes Biden statement of support for Israel as siding with 'occupation'
       
U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., criticized President Biden over his Wednesday statement of support for Israel amid escalating violence with Hamas, claiming he gave little context for what stoked the tensions and was consequently "siding with occupation." Biden told reporters Israel has a right to defend itself "when you have thousands of rockets flying into your territory." She said statements that don’t recognize Israel’s role in the violence "dehumanize Palestinians & imply the US will look the other way at human rights violations. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi put out a similar statement Tuesday saying Israel has the right to defend itself against Hamas’ "indiscriminate" attacks. At least 67 people have been killed in Gaza and seven people in Israel since the violence started, including some women and children on both sides, Reuters reported.
Grenell calls Susan Rice the ‘shadow president’ and ‘no one is paying attention’
       
Richard Grenell, the former acting director of National Intelligence under President Trump, said in an interview with CPAC that he believes Susan Rice has assumed the role of a "shadow president." Rice, who served as national security adviser under President Obama, was tapped last December by President Biden to take charge of the White House Domestic Policy Council. Rice is one of the many officials from the Obama administration that landed jobs in the Biden White House. He called her appointment a signal that "all of our foreign policy will be treated like domestic policy." "The foreign policy mess that they are creating is a mess because they are placating the far-left domestically," he said.
Cryptocurrency market tanks after Tesla suspends bitcoin transactions
       
The global cryptocurrency market lost hundreds of billions of dollars in value after Tesla CEO Elon Musk said his company was suspending the use of bitcoin for vehicle purchases, a report said. Tesla CEO Elon Musk cited concerns about the use of fossil fuel for bitcoin mining on May 13, 2021. APIn less than three hours, the crypto market shed about $365 billion in value, the report said. APIn his announcement, Musk cited concerns about the use of fossil fuel for bitcoin mining. He said Tesla would not sell any bitcoin and intends to use it for transactions as soon as mining transitions to more sustainable energy.
Biden nixes idea of vaccine hesitancy in US: ‘People are showing up’
       
President Biden has faith that most Americans will get the COVID-19 vaccine sooner or later. “All this stuff about vaccine hesitancy — the truth of the matter is more and more and more people are getting the vaccine. To encourage people to get the COVID-19 vaccine, some states are giving residents perks for the shot. President Biden thinks vaccine hesitancy has been overstated. Evan Vucci/AP“People are showing up, and people are showing up across the board,” Biden repeated.
School under fire for lesson that claimed George Floyd died of heart attack
       
A New York high school teacher is under fire after she told students George Floyd died of a heart attack and drug overdose. The assignment asked students to “create a bold topic/thematic sentence.”Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin during his trial over George Floyd’s death last month. (Arrest was over a counterfeit $20 bill).”Chauvin was convicted last month for Floyd’s death on May 25, 2020. “Should the Derek Chauvin case be retried because of Brandon Mitchell. A screengrab showing Derek Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd’s neck.
Gov. DeSantis grants clemency to Florida business owners arrested for not enforcing masks
       
Florida business owners Mike and Jillian Carnevale joined "The Ingraham Angle" Wednesday after being arrested multiple times for not enforcing a mask mandate. Ron DeSantis also joined the show to grant the couple clemency. RON DESANTIS: It’s a total overreach, Laura. …The fact is it's not even right to be wearing masks when you’re exercising. I think they’ve been treated poorly and fortunately, they got a governor that cares.
Liz Cheney removed from leadership for distracting from party's message for 2022: Schlapp
       
American Conservative Union chair Matt Schlapp said Wednesday that Liz Cheney was ousted from her committee because she was distracting people from the Republican Party's message for 2022. When you’re Chairman of the House Republican Conference your number one job is the message. All the Republicans that want to pick up the majorities in the House and Senate know that we have a singular message. Push back on the socialism and the radical policies coming out of the Biden White House with Nancy Pelosi’s leadership in the house. Focus on the Republican policies that would fix these problems in society.
Tucker Carlson: If you don't get the COVID vaccine, you may be an agent of Russia
       
"They don’t believe in vaccines," she snorted. They don’t believe in vaccines." But, since we’re on the subject, there do appear to be millions of people out there who don’t believe the COVID vaccine actually works. If you ask 100 Americans, "do you think the COVID vaccine is effective?" Clearly, many vaccinated Americans — most, according to this poll — don’t really believe in the COVID vaccine.
Man convicted of consensual gay sex in the ’90s doesn’t have to register as sex offender: judge
       
A man convicted of consensual gay sex in the ’90s doesn’t have to register as a sex offender in Montana, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday. Today, Menges couldn’t be arrested for his sexual activity but was still required to register as a sex offender in Montana. “None of the governmental interests in maintaining a sexual offender registry are served by Menges’ inclusion,” US District Judge Dana Christensen wrote. Randall Menges will be removed from Montana’s sex offender registry by May 21. The Missoulian via APIn 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court found that sodomy laws, which typically ban oral and anal sex, are unconstitutional.
Teachers union backs Corey Johnson for NYC comptroller
       
The teachers’ union endorsed Council Speaker Corey Johnson for city comptroller. The Council Speaker planned to run for mayor but dropped out last September, citing mental health challenges including depression. The winner will succeed current city Comptroller Scott Stringer, who is term-limited and running for mayor. The UFT endorsed Stringer for mayor and has stood by him after a former campaign volunteer accused the comptroller of sexual misconduct during a prior campaign twenty years ago. The primary elections for city races including comptroller will be held June 22.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announces $1M lottery for vaccinated citizens
       
Mike DeWine has come up with an unorthodox incentive for Ohioans to get vaccinated. DeWine, a Republican, said the pool of names for the drawing will come from the Ohio Secretary of State’s publicly available voter registration database. Those who are not in the database can sign up for the drawings on a separate webpage, DeWine said. The Ohio Lottery will conduct the drawings, and the money will come from existing federal pandemic relief dollars, DeWine said. ADDITIONAL CLOT CASES TIED TO JOHNSON & JOHNSON COVID-19 VACCINE: CDCDeWine implemented the current mask mandate in July as case numbers rose.
Hannity reminds Liz Cheney she's aligning with media who called her dad a 'war criminal'
       
Fox News host Sean Hannity reacts to the media praise of Republican Liz Cheney after being ousted from her leadership position on "Hannity." HANNITY: We briefly address the story that the media mob and Democrats are obsessing about. Yes, Congresswoman Liz Cheney was booted from her GOP leadership position after months of nonstop negative remarks about Trump and those who support him. Now the media mob and Democrats are treating Congresswoman Cheney like she's some modern-day martyr. Wow, that's the same network I believe, if we go back, yeah, it was referring to your dad as a war criminal and should be tried, and a criminal with Halliburton and all sorts of other allegations.
Stephen Miller blasts Mayorkas: Open borders policy making US ‘complicit’ with groups ‘profiting off misery'
       
Critics pointed out that in a recent trip to New Hampshire, she was instead near "the wrong border" – with Canada. Miller, however, attributed the news of the levee wall being built in that area to pressure on Mayorkas from Border Patrol agents on the ground. "The key thing for the audience tonight to understand is that every single day, at least, at least one thousand illegal aliens are getting across the border without ever being apprehended. Miller pointed out he, along with the state of Texas, is therefore suing the Biden administration to end catch-and-release and restore "order on our border." The lawsuit seeks to force Biden and Mayorkas to enforce federal immigration law and deport all therefore qualified illegal immigrants.
MSNBC reportedly sought paid attendees for 'Vaccinating America' town hall special featuring Dr. Anthony Fauci
       
MSNBC was apparently seeking out paid attendees ahead of its "Vaccinating America" town hall special featuring White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci. According to Politico, after it asked MSNBC about the paid invitation, MediaBarn updated its page with a "correction." "We incorrectly sent out communication that audience members attending MSNBC’s town hall tomorrow will be offered a $100 digital honoraria," MediaBarn's "correction" read. "To clarify, ticketed attendees will not be paid by either Mediabarn Research or MSNBC for attending tomorrow’s MSNBC town hall event. Xavier Becerra also attended the town hall.
House Republicans demand investigation into teachers unions 'influence' on CDC's school reopening guidance
       
EXCLUSIVE: Top Republicans on the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees on Wednesday called for an investigation into the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention after emails showed the nation's second-largest teachers union lobbied the agency on school reopening policies. https://www.scribd.com/document/507721807/Jordan-Letter-CDCThe letter references a recent "troubling" report that shows numerous emails between top CDC officials and the union just days before the Biden administration released school reopening guidelines in February. In one email, senior director for health issues with the AFT, Kelly Trautner thanks the CDC for "Friday’s rich discussion about forthcoming CDC guidance and for your openness to the suggestions made by our president, Randi Weingarten, and the AFT." The emails appear to reject the CDC's assertion that the school reopening guidance was drafted without political considerations, the lawmakers write. "We went from ‘trust the science’ to ‘trust the teachers unions," Rep. Jordan told Fox News late Wednesday.
Banksy’s ‘Love is in the Air’ auctioned for $12.9M in crypto
       
A Banksy piece fetched $12.9 million in an auction Tuesday — and the winning bidder will pay for the pricey pop art with cryptocurrency. The anonymous artist’s “Love is in the Air” is the first physical piece of art sold by a major auction house paid for using crypto, according to a tweet from Sotheby’s. The protest image — which shows a protester winding up with a bouquet of flowers in hand instead of a molotov cocktail — was sold after a 14-minute bidding battle with four participants, Sotheby’s said. The auction house announced in March it would auction off a series of non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, which are digital assets that represent ownership of virtual items like art and sports memorabilia.
Former top military brass question 2020 election result, Biden’s health
       
More than 120 retired generals and admirals have published an open letter questioning the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election as well as President Biden’s fitness to be commander-in-chief. AP Photo“Additionally, the ‘Rule of Law’ must be enforced in our election processes to ensure integrity,” the letter continues. There is no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election, much less fraud in sufficient numbers to overturn Joe Biden’s victory. “Recent Democrat leadership’s inquiries about nuclear code procedures sends a dangerous national security signal to nuclear armed adversaries, raising the question about who is in charge. Here, voters cast their ballots on Election Day in Midlothian, Virginia on Nov. 3, 2020.
The New York Times just won’t quit its dishonest COVID fearmongering
       
When will our state and city officials, and supposedly objective media watchdogs, call out The New York Times for its daily, patently false “Covid-19 risk in your area” tally for New York City? Would he do that if there were “very high Covid-19 transmission in New York City,” as the Times claims? Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty ImagesWhen the crucial metric known as Rt, or transmission rate, falls below 1.0, it means in plain English that viral spread is DECREASING. “January 2021 was the worst month for [new] cases” in the city, the Times says. Only in the past few weeks did the Times amend its draconian suggestions to state that they apply to unvaccinated people.
Mitch McConnell optimistic about bipartisan infrastructure deal
       
There is a “great chance” that Republicans and Democrats can come to an agreement on infrastructure legislation, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told Fox News Wednesday. “I think they want a deal this time and I think they want a deal with us, because I don’t think they think they can pass this second effort through a reconciliation package,” McConnell added. Plus, the subject matter is pretty popular on both sides of the aisle.”Mitch McConnell said Democrat leadership looked to Republicans to strike a bipartisan deal. Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty ImagesBiden has already proposed infrastructure legislation as part of a $2.3 trillion package called the American Jobs Act. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris met with Kevin McCarthy, Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.
Anti-Trump former GOP officials readying threat to start a third party: report
       
A group of Republican officials first toyed with the idea of forming a center-right breakaway party in February, in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, the report stated. HOUSE REPUBLICANS OUST CHENEY FROM LEADERSHIP ROLE"The Republican Party is broken. The group wants a return to "principled" leadership and to reject conspiracy theories and support Republicans such as Cheney. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe group may face some trouble getting any current GOP lawmakers to sign on. Even Cheney herself rejected the idea of a third party in February, saying it would empower Democrats.
Biden infrastructure sets aside $20B to demolish New Orleans’ historic Claiborne overpass, other roadways
       
Fox News contributor Raymond Arroyo visited New Orleans' historic Claiborne Expressway for "The Ingraham Angle" Tuesday. The Claiborne's overpass, which was built in 1968, has become a landmark to locals as well as a convenient route through the area. Biden has mentioned how the Claiborne overpass was first constructed to surpass the historically Black neighborhood of Treme, dividing racial communities. To enhance racial equality, the president plans to spend $20 billion remodeling other highways that fit the same bill. A second female resident holding a small child expressed that the Claiborne overpass represents her life and a place of community.
McConnell says Schumer spouting ‘utter nonsense’ about election bill: 'A solution in search of problem'
       
Host Bret Baier noted the rare situation in which both the Senate Democratic Leader and Senate Republican Leader take part in a markup hearing. "What the democratic leader just set is utter nonsense. What their bill is about is a partisan takeover of how we conduct elections in this country," he told Baier. The last time we passed a major election reform bill 20 years ago, [former Connecticut Democratic Sen.] Chris Dodd and I did it. "It's a solution in search of a problem," McConnell continued.
Karl Rove argues White House genuinely supports socialist agenda, not just to ‘placate left’
       
The Biden White House has predictably swung hard left on policy and agenda but Fox News contributor Karl Rove argued on "Your World" Wednesday that it might not be just a ploy to please the liberal wing of the Democratic Party. ROVE: It may be that the economists and the economic advisers inside this White House are of a distinctly more left-wing view. I don’t think they’re doing this just because they want to placate the left. They’re doing this because they want to do it. They’re not going to, sort of, make a U-turn and start being more reasonable and rational about it.
Mayim Bialik speaks out on Israeli-Palestinian conflict: 'Devastating'
       
Actress Mayim Bialik is speaking out against the ongoing violence in Israel and the Gaza Strip. ISRAEL, HAMAS CONTINUE TO EXCHANGE FIRE AS DEADLY CONFRONTATION PERSISTSThe Palestinian militant group Hamas launched rockets into Israel this week, targeting Jerusalem, southern Israel, and Tel Aviv. Over 30 people have been killed in the escalating violence, which marks their most serious conflict since the 2014 Gaza War. MAYIM BIALIK: HOLLYWOOD IS NOT FRIENDLY TO PEOPLE OF FAITH"I've gotten a lot of negative attention for visiting Israel," she told us at the time. That's something really positive to me when you're a person of faith, it stays with you all the time."
US lifts sanctions on Sinoloa turncoat who helped convict El Chapo
       
The US has lifted financial sanctions against a Sinaloa Cartel turncoat whose testimony helped put Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman behind bars for life. Jesús Zambada García, leader of the powerful Sinaloa cartel, has financial sanctions against him lifted. Rodolfo Carrillo Fuentes left El Chapo hanging in 2004, Zambada said, leading to a hit on Fuentes. He also testified that he was ordered to pay $250,000 in bribes to the Mexican military while El Chapo was on the run from authorities between 2001 and 2013. Jesus “El Rey” Zambada helped convict Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.
Half of New York adults have now received COVID vaccine
       
ALBANY — About half of New Yorkers have now been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, Gov. “Fifty percent of the people in this state are now fully vaccinated, but the rate of people coming in for vaccinations has declined. Andrew Cuomo has announced half the state has received the full COVID-19 vaccine, but the vaccination rate is declining. Just 26.7 percent of individuals in the 16 to 25 age group have been fully vaccinated, and of that cohort, 38.9 percent have received at least one shot. It’s a big drop compared to the 65 to 74 age category — 74.4 percent have been fully vaccinated and 84.4 percent have gotten at least one shot.
Worker shortage threatening to derail US economic recovery: experts
       
Small and big businesses alike are struggling to hire workers nationwide — and experts say the problem is putting a damper on the US economy’s recovery. Chipotle is one of a number of employers hiking wages in an attempt to lure needed workers. The NFIB, meanwhile, found that 44 percent of small businesses say they have job openings that they can’t fill. SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty ImagesDespite increased pressure to hire workers, many employers have sought to avoid permanent wage increases by instead offering one-time perks such as referral and signing bonuses. “We need to get people in place now before the summer starts,” Sheetz said, referring to the extra buck as a “summer stimulus” wage
GOP pols want Cuomo to suspend gas tax amid Colonial Pipeline debacle
       
Cuomo to temporarily suspend the state’s gas tax after pump prices surged following the Colonial Pipeline’s nearly week-long shutdown. “Gas prices in New York have now gone over three dollars a gallon — the first time in over six years that prices have reached this level. State Sen. Andrew Lanza co-wrote a letter noting gas prices are the highest they’ve been in over six years. APIt prompted the governor of Georgia to suspend its own state tax on gas for the time being. Keeping our gas prices under control will undoubtedly assist with our ongoing economic recovery,” they continued.
‘Excruciatingly sad’: Shelters bracing for ‘selfish’ return of pandemic pets
       
At the height of the pandemic, animal shelters reported record high adoptions, as bored home dwellers sought out new four-legged friends to keep them company in lockdown. “People can be very selfish,” Penny Smith-Berk, who owns the Rescue Right animal shelter in Bedford, NY, told The Post. You can impulsively buy a pair of shoes and never wear it again, but there are consequences for a dog — it’s excruciatingly sad.”Many new dog owners bit off more than they could chew during the pandemic. “I’m quite sure that animal shelters are seeing a lot of owner surrenders, which are the first dogs to get euthanized,” said Smith-Berk. But pet owners hoping to give puppies back to pet stores are barking up the wrong tree, said Smith-Berk.
Council Speaker Johnson supports Finance chair who clashed with Dermot Shea on NYPD OT
       
Council Speaker Corey Johnson on Wednesday backed a fellow councilman who got into a heated dispute with Police Commissioner Dermot Shea, saying he had “full confidence” in the Finance Committee chair. I think he’s a professional, I think he conducts the hearings as a professional,” he said at a virtual press conference. Chair Dromm and Chair Adams have my full confidence.”At a City Council finance committee hearing on Tuesday, Dromm pressed Shea on the NYPD’s going over its $240 million overtime allotment. Councilman Daniel Dromm asked the city’s top cop why the NYPD could not stay within its overtime budget. NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea called the lawmaker’s questioning “disrespectful” and said he would fire officers who spoke to the public that way.
No ethics needed for the President Biden’s best buddies
       
Packing his administration with Big Labor operatives matters more to President Joe Biden than his own much-ballyhooed ethics rules, and he’s not even embarrassed about it. They also couldn’t “seek or accept employment with any executive agency with respect to which” they lobbied for two years. Oops: It turns out Team Biden is handing out truckloads of ethics waivers to labor-union veterans. “The successful accomplishment” of her “mission” requires “extensive, open and collaborative communications” between her office and Big Labor, a White House lawyer claimed in a disclosure memo. In March, Team Biden waived rules for the Office of Personnel Management’s new director of intergovernmental affairs, Alethea Predeoux.
From inflation to jobs to the border, Biden is flailing — when will the media notice?
       
On every major front, Biden is flailing — even by the depressingly low bar set for him by the Washington press corps. In February, the first full month of Biden’s presidency, border agents encountered 100,000 migrants at the border. If the media objects, they would likely have no quotes at all — since Biden is so scarcely available for questions from the press. He takes around three or four after each televised address on the economy or the pandemic but he is otherwise kept cloistered away in the White House. Bing Guan/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesAn anemic economy, an overrun border and a seedy White House all make for a crumbling presidency.
Ohio residents could win $1M after they get COVID vaccine
       
Ohio is offering a big financial shot in the arm to entice residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Mike DeWine said on May 12, 2021, that the drawings will be held for five straight weeks. DeWine also took to Twitter to address would-be critics who claim the sweepstakes is a waste of money. Kent State University student Regan Raeth of Hudson, Ohio, has her COVID-19 vaccination administered by Kent State nurse Kristen Barath in Kent. About 37 percent of Ohio’s population is already fully vaccinated, slightly higher than the nationwide average, according to Our World in Data.
MSNBC's Brian Williams suggests Sen. Ron Johnson is a 'witting or unwitting asset of Russia'
       
MSNBC anchor Brian Williams baselessly suggested that Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., is a Russian asset over his views of the coronavirus vaccine. MSNBC'S NICOLLE WALLACE SUGGESTS SEN. RON JOHNSON IS ‘IN CAHOOTS’ WITH RUSSIA TO HURT BIDENLater that night, the "11th Hour" anchor played a clip of the exchange. "I know really smart, educated, substantial people who believe him to be a witting or an unwitting asset of Russia—who would sound a lot like that in American society," Williams reacted. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP"Russia is actively working to quote 'denigrate' Joe Biden. My question for you is Ron Johnson, senator from Wisconsin, is actively working to denigrate Joe Biden.
Joe Piscopo slams de Blasio over ‘Columbus Day’ removal from school calendar: 'We're putting our foot down'
       
Piscopo’s comments came after the city Department of Education put out a new calendar last week, referring to October 11 – which has historically been "Columbus Day" – as "Indigenous People’s Day." "We’re very upset that Mayor de Blasio is taking away Columbus Day in New York City schools," Piscopo told Fox News in an interview. "Now they want to take [Columbus Day] away. Columbus Day has been celebrated in the United States in some capacity since the 18th century. Then in 1937, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt proclaimed Columbus Day as a national holiday.
Scalise, GOP lawmakers demand to know why FBI designated baseball shooting 'suicide by cop'
       
EXCLUSIVE: House Minority Whip Steve Scalise and other GOP lawmakers nearly killed in the 2017 Congressional baseball practice shooting said in interviews with Fox News that they want FBI Director Christopher Wray to explain why his agency labeled the incident an attempt at "suicide by cop." "We’re asking Director Wray to go and re-evaluate the classification but also to look into why they came to that conclusion. He called it "illogical" for the FBI to conclude Hodgkinson drove to Republican baseball practice to commit suicide by cop. The FBI never publicly disclosed what led its agents to conclude the shooting was an attempt at suicide by cop. Neither the FBI nor Wray has indicated whether they intend to honor the request from GOP lawmakers.
Biden calls Netanyahu, says Israel ‘has right to defend itself’ against Hamas rockets
       
President Biden on Wednesday spoke with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to reaffirm U.S. support for Israel after a night of bloodshed with civilians in Tel Aviv sheltering from Hamas rockets. But Israel has a right to defend itself against thousands of rockets flying into your territory." PROTESTS BREAK OUT ACROSS US AS VIOLENCE ESCALATES BETWEEN ISRAEL AND HAMASAnd the Republican National Committee slammed the Biden administration for its lax support for Israel. "The president’s support for Israel’s security, for its legitimate right to defend itself, and its people is fundamental and will never waver. "I am deeply troubled by recent decisions from the Biden administration to turn a blind eye to behavior by the Palestinian Authority," Graham said in a statement at the time.
Russia pushes for international effort to diffuse Israel-Hamas Gaza conflict
       
Russian officials on Wednesday called for “a quartet” of international mediators to intervene and diffuse escalating fighting between Israel and Hamas-led Palestinian militants. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, speaking after meeting with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said the meeting is “the most acute task now” to resolve the growing conflict that has killed dozens over the past three days, according to reports. The four mediators consist of Russia, the US, the European Union and the United Nations. Lavrov said the meeting would be “at the level of foreign ministers.”A building is destroyed by Israeli air strikes amid the fighting in Gaza. Maxim Shemetov, Pool via APAlso on Wednesday, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken spoke to Netanyahu to “express concern” over rocket attacks targeting Israel and reaffirm America’s commitment to stand by Israel.
‘This isn’t a video game’: Former acting Pentagon chief on Jan. 6 riot response
       
House Democrats accused former acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller of taking too long to send federal troops to the U.S. Capitol as pro-Trump rioters breached the building on Jan. 6. During the Jan. 5 conversation, Miller reported that Trump told him “‘they were going to need 10,000 troops the following day.”At one point, Miller clashed with Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) over Trump’s role regarding the riot after the congressman quoted an interview Miller gave to Vice in March. “Would anybody have marched on the Capitol, and tried to overrun the Capitol, without the president’s speech?” Miller said at the time. At one point, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.) accused Miller of being “AWOL,” to which Miller responded: That’s completely inaccurate.
New York ‘insulated’ from pipeline fuel crisis, experts say
       
Drivers in the tri-state area are unlikely to be significantly impacted by the Colonial Pipeline shutdown — thanks to massive amounts of gas that flow into the New York harbor daily, experts told The Post on Wednesday. The shutdown led to panic-buying at thousands of gas stations in many states. It pushed the national average gas price to $3.008 per gallon of gas on Wednesday, a seven-year high. Gas stations in New York and New Jersey, which is where Colonial Pipeline ends, saw only modest increases in price, according to the Automobile Association of America. Andy Lipow, president of consulting firm Lipow Oil Associates in Houston, also pointed to the huge amounts of gas that the New York harbor receives each day.
Hertz investors snag $8 a share in surprise bankruptcy win
       
Wednesday’s deal — hashed out by Knighthead Capital Management, Certares Management and Apollo Global Management — values Hertz at $7.4 billion, including debt. He famously lost $1.8 billion last May after he sold out of his 39 percent stake in Hertz following its bankruptcy. But a source with knowledge of the situation says Icahn has since come into Hertz shares and expects to make some money on Wednesday’s auction. The extent to which Hertz investors have recovered from the bankruptcy is stunning. Even on Tuesday the stock closed at $3.69 a share, suggesting investors had no idea what was to follow.
City Council passes bill to double fine for vandalism of houses of worship
       
The City Council unanimously passed a bill Wednesday that would hike the criminal penalties for defacing churches, synagogues and mosques from $500 to $1,000. The passage comes as acts of vandalism against religious properties in the city are on the rise, including recent attacks on synagogues in the Riverdale section of The Bronx. “Every New Yorker deserves to feel secure in practicing their faith,” said Councilman Fernando Cabrera (D-Bronx), who sponsored the bill. “We at the council today demonstrated our duty to stand and staunchly defend religious liberty in our great city,” Cabrera said. A spokesman for Mayor de Blasio said he plans to sign the legislation, but did not say when.
I lived through NYC’s bad old days — and know Eric Adams will get the city back on track
       
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is the exception. I was New York City Council president at that time; then-NYPD Sgt. New York City is now in fierce competition with Florida and Texas to keep our financial leaders in the Big Apple. And that’s precisely why I’m endorsing Eric Adams for mayor. Andrew Stein (D) was president of the New York City Council from 1986 to 1994.
Letters to the Editor — May 13, 2021
       
The Issue: House Republicans’ vote to remove Rep. Liz Cheney from her leadership position. Why do they think something is wrong with Rep. Liz Cheney just because she criticized former President Donald Trump? JR CummingsManhattanBy removing Cheney from her House GOP leadership position, Republicans have concluded the redefining of what it truly means to be a Republican. After reading Juliegrace Brufke’s article on Rep. Liz Cheney’s country-before-career actions these last few months, I began to wonder just how close to the edge our democracy walked during the last election. Alan PodhaizerBrooklynHouse Republicans voted to demote Liz Cheney, but it’s up to her constituents whether she keeps her House seat in 2022.
‘Madam Secretary’ star Erich Bergen sued over Elton John video
       
“Madam Secretary” actor Erich Bergen is jeopardizing Sunday’s star-studded AIDS Walk: Live at Home virtual telecast featuring Sir Elton John, according to court records and insiders. Actor Erich Bergen, who was paid $38,000 to produce the virtual telecast, only sent a watermarked version of the clip, records allege. Actor Erich Bergen in the hit CBS television series, “Madam Secretary.” CBS“Mr. It’s a huge ask.”A rep for Bergen told Page Six in a statement they just learned about the lawsuit on Wednesday. “There was never any contract between Mr. Bergen and MZA Events so we are not sure why they even filed this suit,” the rep said.
Carmen Electra keeps 100 pairs of stilettos in wine closet of LA home
       
Beauty queen Carmen Electra hasn’t been storing wine bottles in her 400-bottle wine closet. The iconic “Baywatch” star, 49, displays about 100 pairs of shoes in her wine closet — giving her $2.79 million LA real-estate listing a glam touch. Carmen Electra, 49, displays about 100 pairs of shoes in her wine closet — giving the $2.8 million listing some unusual photos. The 3,850-square-foot blue-grey home on a steep street has a two-car garage, bay windows, arch-top windows, gable roofs and double-height Roman columns. “I don’t really drink wine, so I decided to make it sort of a shoe museum,” Electra said of the wine closet.
Biden’s multibillion-dollar day-care delusion won’t fix what he thinks is broken
       
It’s just not true, as the Biden program assumes, that parents of young children are eager to shuttle them off to industrialized day-care or pre-K programs. An extensive survey for the populist think tank American Compass found a stark class divide in how couples think about child care. The survey asked couples if they preferred to have one parent working full time while the other parent provides child care in the home, or to have both parents working and using child care full time. The Canadian province developed a crash program in the late 1990s that rapidly expanded child care, with generally deleterious effects. In an interview last year, though, Heckman stipulated that he has never supported universal pre-K.
Hey, NYC mayoral candidates: Here’s what a $100K Brooklyn ‘home’ looks like
       
If you’re running for New York City mayor, you should probably have some indication of what the average house in Brooklyn would cost. 185 Pacific St., Unit 207: A ‘deeded’ parking space ($100,000)185 Pacific St., Unit 207 in Brooklyn. Via RealtorThis one isn’t exactly even a living space as much as it is a parking space. 126 Riverdale Ave., Lot 30: An empty lot and a rusty fence ($75,000)126 Riverdale Ave., Lot 30 in Brooklyn. Via RealtorAnd that pretty much sums up all the listings currently available in Brooklyn that are worth no more than $100,000.
Colonial Pipeline has restarted operations after cyberattack
       
Colonial Pipeline restarted operations on Wednesday — after it was shut down for days over a cyberattack, causing major disruptions and panic-buying at gas stations across the Southeast. “Some markets served by Colonial Pipeline may experience, or continue to experience, intermittent service interruptions during the start-up period,” it said in a statement. The supply crunch sparked a run on gas stations in southeastern states, triggering shortages, long lines and a spike in prices. Fistfights over gas were even reported in North Carolina and other places. Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis at Gas Buddy, reported Wednesday afternoon that 68 percent of gas stations in North Carolina ran out of supplies.
Caitlyn Jenner ‘strongly’ supports the border wall
       
California gubernatorial candidate and celebrity Caitlyn Jenner offered emphatic support for the border wall with Mexico. And, I strongly support the border wall," Jenner said in an email blast to supporters. Jenner jumped into the race for California governor when it was all but certain Gov. GROWING OPPOSITION IN CALIFORNIA TO NEWSOM RECALL, POLL SHOWS"I am all for the wall, I would secure the wall. CAITLYN JENNER SITS DOWN WITH HANNITY IN FIRST CALIFORNIA RECALL INTERVIEWBut Jenner, a registered Republican for two decades, seemed to distance herself from that label.
Trump mocks comparisons of Biden to Jimmy Carter: The current president is worse
       
In a statement Wednesday, Donald Trump offered a tongue-in-cheek rejection of comparisons between President Biden and Jimmy Carter — saying Biden is in fact even worse. "I see that everybody is comparing Joe Biden to Jimmy Carter. It would seem to me that is very unfair to Jimmy Carter," Trump said. "Jimmy mishandled crisis after crisis, but Biden has created crisis after crisis." "First there was the Biden Border Crisis (that he refuses to call a Crisis), then the Biden Economic Crisis, then the Biden Israel Crisis, and now the Biden Gas Crisis," Trump said.
Chick-fil-A sauce shortage blamed on 'Joe Biden's America'
       
Amid the massive fuel shortage in several states as a result of the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack, Chick-fil-A is reportedly facing a short supply of its signature sauce. "Joe Biden's America," Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt tweeted. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) asked if there is "no limit to how awful Biden's America can get." BIDEN'S AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN UNEMPLOYMENT-BENEFIT EXTENSTION MAKING IT DIFFICULT TO FIND WORKERS, EMPLOYERS SAYOutkick.com executive declared "THE WORLD IS ENDING" amid the Chick-fil-A sauce shortage. Unlike the sauce about which they were tweeting, however, there was no shortage of tweets expressing dissatisfaction thus far with the Biden administration.
Elise Stefanik: What to know about GOP's potential new conference chair
       
Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-NY, is making her case to be House Republican Conference Chair, promising a "disciplined, unified" message, after her GOP colleagues ousted Rep. Liz Cheney from the position Wednesday. LIZ CHENEY OUSTED FROM ROLE AS HOUSE GOP CONFERENCE CHAIR; REPLACEMENT STILL UNCLEARShe added that she has "had hundreds of productive and informative conversations with Members from all corners of our Conference" this week. Trump endorsed Stefanik, who has repeatedly expressed support for the former president, for the conference chair position on Wednesday. Stefanik, 36, was the youngest woman ever elected to Congress in 2014 at age 30 before Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was elected in 2018 at the age of 29. Before being elected, Stefanik served on former President George W. Bush 's Domestic Policy Council Staff and worked in the Chief of Staff's office between 2006 and 2009.
Former acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller walks back Trump blame for Jan. 6 riots
       
Former acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller said Tuesday during a hearing on the Jan. 6 riot he had "reassessed" his previous evaluation that former President Trump’s speech that day had led to his supporters storming the Capitol. "Would anybody have marched on the Capitol, and tried to overrun the Capitol, without the president’s speech? I think it’s pretty much definitive that wouldn’t have happened," Miller had said during an interview with Vice in March. Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., accused Miller of reversing his stance to favor the former president. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP"There's a difference between marching on the Capitol and assaulting the Capitol," Miller said.
‘Systemic and deep-seated’ issues in NYC jails creates ‘chaos’: report
       
New York City jails are plagued by “systemic and deep-seated” issues that have created a “pervasive level of disorder and chaos,” according to a new scathing report — released just hours after Department of Correction chief Cynthia Brann called it quits. The federal monitor, in its eleventh report penned by Steve Martin, points the finger at three issues that have “stymied progress” in city jails: poor facility leadership, “dysfunctional” staffing and staff accountability. Corrections Commissioner Cynthia Brann resigned before a report stating NYC jails created a “pervasive level of disorder and chaos” came out. But the federal filing — which was first reported by The City — also highlighted a number of damning issues that Brann will leave unresolved. Schiraldi currently works as senior research scientist at Columbia University and serves as the co-director of the school’s Justice Lab.
Trump likens Biden to Carter, citing gas crisis and Israel-Palestinian conflict
       
Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday likened President Biden to one-term Democratic President Jimmy Carter, whose popularity plunged due to a gas crisis and conflict in the Middle East with Iran. Trump, who says he may seek a rematch against Biden in 2024, said, “I see that everybody is comparing Joe Biden to Jimmy Carter. “Jimmy mishandled crisis after crisis, but Biden has CREATED crisis after crisis,” Trump wrote. Former President Jimmy Carter’s portrait in 1980. Carter lost re-election as the nation’s mood slouched following defeat in the Vietnam War and a long-running hostage crisis in Iran.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis demands feds ‘step up’ amid fuel crisis
       
Ron DeSantis has called on the federal government to “step up” amid the fuel crisis spurred by the cyberattack that shut down the critical Colonial Pipeline. The Republican, who has declared a state of emergency over the issue, said the federal government “needs to be involved” in finding a solution. “I think this is something that demands really serious federal attention,” DeSantis said during an unrelated press conference in Jacksonville on Tuesday night. Stations from Florida to Virginia have been running dry, with four states declaring a state of emergency. Ron DeSantis is calling on the feds to act amid the gas crunch.
Gay Iranian man dead in alleged ‘honor killing,’ rights group says
       
A 20-year-old Iranian man was beheaded in an alleged honor killing after his family discovered he was gay, according to LGBTQ rights activists. Fazeli Monfared had applied for the status so that he could leave the country and go to Turkey to live with his close friend, Aghil Bayat, NBC News reported. But when he received his exemption card in the mail, one of his family members found it, according to 6Rang. Several male relatives then allegedly took Fazeli Monfared to a rural village near Ahvaz and executed him on May 4, a 6Rang executive told NBC News. Ali Fazeli Monfared’s family reportedly found out about his sexual orientation after he received an exemption from the military.
Biden’s job-market mess and other commentary
       
Conservative: Biden’s Job-Market MessWith the economy reopening, “all that President Biden and his Democratic allies had to do for the jobs market to take off at or near historic levels was . do nothing, stupid,” snarks Andy Puzder at Fox Business. “Unfortunately, the temptation was too great.” In March, Democrats — “without a single Republican vote in the House or the Senate” — extended the federal $300 weekly jobless bonus until September. “The job market reacted immediately”: In April, the number of monthly new jobs plummeted to 266,000, from 770,000 in March, while the unemployment rate grew to 6.1 percent. only to watch the party comfortably surge into power.” Fact is, “a Trump-dominated Republican Party is a strong contender to take the White House next time around.
Biden calls Netanyahu, says Israel ‘has right to defend itself’ against Hamas rockets
       
President Biden on Wednesday spoke with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to reaffirm US support for Israel after a night of bloodshed with civilians in Tel Aviv sheltering from Hamas rockets. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared a state of emergency in the central city of Lod on May 12, 2021. Israel was able to shoot down many rockets from Gaza using the US-subsidized Iron Dome missile defense system. President Biden on Wednesday spoke with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to reaffirm US support for Israel. Trump’s son in law Jared Kushner led an effort that brokered diplomatic relations between Israel and four Arab countries.
Frank Sinatra’s desert hideaway can’t find a buyer after 15 years
       
The late “Let’s Get Away From It All” singer’s Palm Desert, California hideaway — first listed in 2007 — is back on the market for $4.25 million. realtor.comThe tennis court. In addition, the property has a separate three-bedroom, five-bathroom guest house and a one-bedroom pool house with two bathrooms and saunas. While isolated, the estate is only 20 minutes away from Palm Desert and El Paso shops and restaurants. The compound was known as one of Sinatra’s favorite getaways, but that doesn’t appear to be enough to entice a buyer.
This Show Wont Be Saved After The Network Caved
       
This Show Wont Be Saved After The Network CavedAs seen on “Gutfeld!” Republican Strategist and fox news contributor Lisa Boothe, Host of Part Of The Problem Podcast Dave Smith, The Loftus Party Editor Michael Loftus, Fox News Contributor and co-Host of Tyrus and Timpf Podcast Kat Timpf to discuss why NBC will not be hosting the 2022 Golden Globes. Later, Greg and the panel discuss how “wokeness” is cancelling Hollywood celebrities. Follow Greg on Twitter: @GregGutfeld
Pelosi says Biden, Dems want 'big, bold' bipartisan spending bill
       
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she's feeling even more optimistic now about passing a "big, bold" spending bill this year after meeting with President Biden and congressional leadership at the White House. Pelosi, D-Calif., said Biden made a "sincere" commitment to finding a bipartisan agreement on legislation to rebuild the country's roads, bridges and more. While there are sticking points on how to pay for the investments and what should be defined as infrastructure, Pelosi said the "positive" meeting focused on finding common ground. "I felt optimistic about our ability to pass such a bill," Pelosi said Wednesday after the White House meeting. Pelosi summed up her strategy on the infrastructure bill, saying: "Big, bold, as soon as we can [and] as bipartisan as possible."
Immigration hawks raise concerns about Stefanik's voting record as she launches GOP leadership bid
       
While Cheney was a regular Trump antagonist, her voting record was praised by those calling for lower levels of immigration overall and tougher border security – but they have reportedly been more nervous about Stefanik. The Center for Immigration Studies’ Mark Krikorian recently told Politico that Stefanik "ties with a couple other Republicans for the worst career voting record on immigration in New York." Immigration hawks have also pointed to Stefanik's opposition to a 2018 border security proposal by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., which would have dramatically ramped up border security, mandated E-Verify and funded border wall construction. Top immigration hawk groups like Numbers USA and the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) expressed concern about her voting record and suggested she shift on the issue as she seeks to take Cheney’s old position. Among the list of concerns he expressed about Stefanik’s voting record on issues including The Equality Act, climate change, oil drilling, he accused her of having "voted repeatedly to undermine President Trump’s border security agenda."
Politico columnist rips media for pushing 'GOP civil war' narrative: It's a 'fantasy'
       
Politico columnist Jeff Greenfield knocked the media for pushing the narrative that the Republican Party is bitterly divided. In his piece published on Wednesday titled, 'A GOP Civil War? In Congress, and at the grassroots, the dominance of Donald Trump over the party is more or less total," Greenfield wrote. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP"But the idea that they represent one side of a major split within the Republican Party is a fantasy," Greenfield continued. Donald Trump Jr. was right, in his speech to the crowd just before the Capitol insurrection: this is Trump's Republican Party, and it’s perfectly united in that conviction.
Professor says students no longer taught civics, instead indoctrinated into anti-American globalist theory
       
A New York professor told Tucker Carlson Wednesday that students in social studies and civics classes are being taught what educators still call civics – but what is a far cry from the nonpartisan, "E Pluribus Unum" factual grounding on which past generations were educated. Suffolk County College Professor Nicholas Giordano joined Fox Nation 's " Tucker Carlson Today " to warn that students are not learning even the basics of American law, the Constitution or even the correct story of the Founding. To watch the full interview with Professor Giordano on ' Tucker Carlson Today ,' sign up now at Fox Nation . New episodes of " Tucker Carlson Today " are available every Monday, Wednesday and Friday exclusively on Fox Nation. Join Fox Nation today to watch Tucker's full interview with Scott Yenor and other great episodes.
Newsom says Californians not required to wear masks in most cases starting June 15
       
Gavin Newsom on Tuesday said that starting June 15, Californians will no longer be required to wear masks in most circumstances. June 15 will be just shy of a year since Californians were required to wear masks in public places. The guidance requires people to wear a mask when gathering indoors with people who are not vaccinated. The proposed rules would not require employees to wear masks indoors if all workers are fully vaccinated and no one has coronavirus symptoms. CAITLYN JENNER: CALIFORNIA IMMIGRANTS SHOULD HAVE PATH TO CITIZENSHIPNewsom said last month he would lift most of the state's coronavirus restrictions by mid-June if the state's coronavirus case numbers continued to improve.
Minneapolis to pay $35M to police officers who left force amid George Floyd unrest: report
       
Minneapolis leaders are working to sign off on workers’ compensation packages totaling close to $35 million to be paid to former police officers who left the force amid the civil unrest that happened in the wake of the death of George Floyd last May, according to a report. Chauvin was convicted last month in the murder and manslaughter of Floyd and is now facing federal civil rights charges. During jury selection, Minneapolis officials announced a record $27 million civil settlement to be paid to Floyd's family. The Minneapolis Police Department experienced a mass exodus of officers following Floyd's death. The effort to defund police is largely seen as being sparked by Floyd's May 2020 death and the protests and civil unrest that followed.
Amid 'defund the police' demands and out-of-control crime, gun rights advocates see silver lining
       
Amid calls to defund the police and rising crime rates in major American cities, a new bill in Congress seeks to expand gun rights for concealed carry permit holders. New York State Rifle and Pistol Association President Tom King says it's time for that to end. Gun control groups, such as the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, say this bill would only make things worse. "There are many ways to address the rise of gun violence in America, including passing commonsense gun safety laws and better funding community violence intervention programs. Fox News reached out to various other gun control groups, including Every Town USA, Moms Demand Action, Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, and Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, but did not hear back.
Virginia parents torch Loudoun County school board over critical race theory, 'pornographic' books in school
       
Parents of students in a wealthy Virginia public school district torched the school board over critical race theory as well as so-called "pornographic" books being assigned to high school freshmen students. VIRGINIA PARENTS, TEACHERS GROUP ACCUSED OF ‘RACKETEERING.’ INTIMIDATING CONSERVATIVE PARENTS"[Critical race theory] is racist, it is abusive, it discriminates against one’s color," she continued. She called for critical race theory to be banned from the school system and told the school board to "think twice before you indoctrinate such racist theories." "You cannot tell me what is or is not racist," the mother continued before telling the school board to "look at" her. Racial equity is a key tenet of critical race theory.
New developments offer unbeatable deals in the Bronx
       
The Bronx is burning — with deals! Developers have been gambling big on the South Bronx for years. Units in the 10-building redevelopment project — which spreads across numerous South Bronx neighborhoods and Inwood in Manhattan — start at just $115,000 for a studio. Origin North is comprised of 255 renovated co-ops across The Bronx. The entire Brookfield Properties’ project will create 1,350 units covering 4.3 acres at a cost of $950 million to develop.
MGM Resorts gets OK to fully open 9 Las Vegas casinos
       
Gambling giant MGM Resorts International on Wednesday joined a growing number of Las Vegas Strip casinos with state regulatory approval to open casino floors at 100 percent capacity and no person-to-person distancing requirement. Approval applies to casino floors at the Bellagio, ARIA, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, Mirage, New York-New York, Luxor, Excalibur and Park MGM. Las Vegas’ Bellagio casino with its famed Fountains is among MGM casinos being allowed to reopen at 100 percent capacity. Getty ImagesClark County lawmakers with jurisdiction over Las Vegas-area businesses have approved plans to allow 100 percent occupancy once 60 percent of eligible county residents get a vaccine shot. Other Las Vegas casinos open at 100 percent occupancy include Wynn Las Vegas, Encore and the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, and the resort now known as the Strat.
Trump finds a way to RT without his Twitter account
       
Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday puzzled out a new way to retweet his supporters despite his ban from Twitter — by distributing screenshots to his large email list. Fox News host Sean Hannity received the honor in a message titled, “ICYMI: Sean Hannity Tweet.”Hannity attacked Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo. Trump shared a tweet from Fox News host Sean Hannity with his email list. It was not clear from Trump’s screenshot when Hannity tweeted the message or why it is no longer visible on Twitter. The site can be shared on social media, which allows Trump to circumvent the social media bans if his supporters post the statements.
Pete Hegseth: Liz Cheney Is “Completely Out Of Step With Where The Party Is Now”
       
On Fox Across America with Jimmy Failla, Fox and Friends Weekend Co-Host Pete Hegseth explained why Liz Cheney lost her leadership role in the GOP and why the decision to vote her hout show more unity than division in the Republican Party. “The whole infighting narrative, which is running wall to wall on CNN and MSNBC, is they want a distraction, they want the perception of infighting. This is a reflection of the reality of the modern Republican Party, which whether or not Trump runs in 2024 or not, will be on the Trump agenda. No one saying Liz Cheney hasn’t voted decently at certain times, but the reality is she is completely out of step with where the party is now, which wants to put America first, which isn’t going to cave to what the left wants to be talking about, and that’s a good thing. So, move on, she’s out, and she probably won’t win in Wyoming anyway.”
Gen. Keane: Biden must call out Hamas terror attacks on Israel 'without equivocation'
       
Fox News senior strategic analyst Gen. Jack Keane said on Wednesday that the Biden administration should call out Hamas "without equivocation" for terrorist attacks. "I think why the leaders are using this to spike the violence inside of Israel is because of the Biden administration," Keane told "The Faulkner Focus." Sen. Bill Hagerty, R-Tenn., demanded the Biden administration "strongly condemn Hamas," the Palestinian terror group that launched rockets at Jerusalem as the city was celebrating Jerusalem Day on Monday. "The Biden Administration should strongly condemn Hamas and other terrorists that are exploiting tensions in Jerusalem to carry out rocket attacks against innocent civilians," Hagerty tweeted. "I have yet to hear anybody from the Biden administration declare that."
White House confident as multiple crises converge on Biden: 'That's what we're made for’
       
The White House maintained confidence Wednesday, as multiple challenges hit the Biden administration, with press secretary Jen Psaki saying "that's what we're made for." From the other side, some leftists hit the White House for supposedly coddling Israel, with Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., accusing Biden of "enabling" Israel with foreign aid. Biden, speaking from the White House, said he took office during a "once-in-a-century pandemic and a once-in-a-generation economic crisis." Biden, though, touted his administration, saying 1.5 million jobs have been created since he took office. Spencer Cox said he "could use some help from the White House and others" in "modeling what a fully vaccinated person can do."
Washington, DC, police hacked: Ransomware gang says negotiations reached 'dead end'
       
A ransomware gang that stole data from Washington, D.C., police, and has allegedly leaked the personal information belonging to a handful of police officers in an effort to spur payment, has said negotiations with the agency "reached a dead end." The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) did not respond to Fox News’ request seeking comment regarding the matter. On Tuesday, the gang released screenshots that appear to be negotiations with the department. "The negotiations reached a dead end, the amount we were offered does not suit us," the group said. Babuk leaked additional background files on Monday with its threat to release more, Brett Callow, a threat analyst and ransomware expert at the security firm Emsisoft, told the Associated Press.
Rolling to Remember veterans rally finds new location after Biden's Pentagon refuses
       
The Rolling to Remember motorcycle rally honoring veterans has a new location after the Department of Defense blocked the event from staging in the Pentagon parking lot on Memorial Day weekend. We will stage at RFK Stadium's Parking Lot 8 for this year's Rolling To Remember!" Pentagon Special Events had confirmed AMVETS' permit for the Rolling to Remember motorcycle rally on March 11 but later reversed course. "I am glad that AMVETS has been able to secure RFK stadium as the staging area for this year's Rolling To Remember. "This isn’t about a parking lot.
Arizona AG calls for Harris to be removed from border role amid continued high migrant numbers
       
Biden appointed Harris in March to lead the administration’s diplomatic efforts to solve the continuing crisis at the southern border. However, she has come under fire for not having visited the border or having held a press conference since taking up the role. However, Trump-era officials have rejected those arguments, saying that to lead those efforts, she must know what is happening at the border. Harris and the Biden administration have emphasized the "root causes" of the crisis, like poverty, climate and violence in Central America. Brnovich’s office recently sought a preliminary injunction against DHS guidance which narrows the categories of immigrants targeted for arrest and deportation.
GOP leaders draw ‘red line’ on tax hikes after first Biden meeting
       
That’s our red line,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters on the White House driveway. Senate Republicans recently countered with a narrower $568 billion infrastructure counter-proposal. President Joe Biden meets with congressional leaders in the Oval Office of the White House today. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has previously criticized Biden’s massive infrastructure and “families” plans. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy speaks to reporters outside the White House after a meeting with President Joe Biden.
John Kerry denies telling Iranian foreign minister about Israeli operations in Syria
       
Former Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday denied giving Iran’s foreign minister information about covert Israeli operations in Syria. His comments came after leaked audio showed Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif claiming that Kerry had told him about more than 200 operations in Syria. Kerry previously denied doing so and reiterated that denial while appearing before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Secretary, the foreign minister, claimed that you had discussed more than 200 israeli operations against Iranian-backed terrorists in Syria,” said Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa.“Did you provide information to Mr. Zarif on Israeli operations against Iranian-backed terrorists during or following your tenure as secretary of state?”“On no occasion. End of story.”He added that the first time he heard the 200 figure was when the news surfaced in April.
NYC man who pledged allegiance to ISIS sentenced to 20 years in prison
       
A Brooklyn man who pledged allegiance to ISIS and uploaded instructional manuals online about how to carry out lone-wolf terror attacks in New York was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison Wednesday. Instead, Buchwald said, Clark showed “regret he was caught” and “regret he is facing a long stretch in jail.”An attorney for Clark, Jonathan Marvinny, painted his client as a disillusioned man in the throes of crippling drug addiction when he pledged his allegiance to the murderous terror group. Clark was “mainlining hard drugs, injecting them into his body,” Marvinny said, adding that he was using 20 bundles of heroin a day along with three grams of cocaine. “To sit here and say I’m sorry would be a great understatement,” Clark said, adding that he takes “full responsibility” for his actions. He will face a lifetime of supervised release by federal authorities after he serves his prison sentence.
Colombian drug kingpin pleads guilty in NYC court to mass cocaine production
       
A Colombian drug kingpin pleaded guilty in New York Wednesday to producing more than 4,500 kilos of cocaine in laboratories in the jungles and exporting most of it to the US. Narvaez oversaw a sprawling criminal enterprise that manufactured cocaine in the Cauca region from July 2009 to April 2013. He was a top producer of the drug at the time, raking in at least $10 million a year, according to federal prosecutors. When arrested in Colombia in 2016, Roman Narvaez Ansazoy was found with 29 gold ingots in his possession. Some of the gold found in Roman Narvaez Ansazoy’s possession after his arrest.
Former Burger King employee awarded $2M after she was fired for having a trachea tube
       
A woman who was reportedly fired from an Orlando-area Burger King for having a trachea tube was recently awarded $2 million by a jury, according to reports. Ashley Merard sued the franchise owner, Magic Burgers LLC, for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Orlando Sentinel reported. According to the Orlando Sentinel, a jury awarded Merard $2 million in punitive damages on May 4. According to the Orlando Sentinel, Merard was hired at the Burger King in 2017 — about a year after she was in a car accident that caused her to need a trachea tube. Though the jury awarded Merard $2 million in punitive damages, that could be reduced because of statutory caps, according to the newspaper.
Florida woman posed as high school student to get Instagram followers: cops
       
A clout-chasing 28-year-old Florida woman is accused of posing as a high school student in a vain attempt to boost her follower count on social media. Audrey Francisquini allegedly snuck into American Senior High School in Hialeah with pamphlets promoting her Instagram page on Monday morning, the Miami Herald reported. When she was approached by a security guard, Francisquini told them that she looking for the registration office, police said. But authorities tracked her down through her Instagram page and arrested her at her North Miami Beach home, the newspaper reported. Audrey Francisquini allegedly snuck into American Senior High School in Hialeah with pamphlets promoting her Instagram page on Monday morning, the Miami Herald reported.
Andrew Yang apologizes for pro-Israel tweet after criticism from the left
       
Democratic mayoral contender Andrew Yang backtracked on his support for Israel amid the latest battle in its ongoing conflict with Palestinian militants — after critics on the left, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, blasted his remarks. AFP via Getty Images“They were, of course, correct,” Yang wrote. “Support of a people does not make one blind to the pain and suffering of others,” Yang added. Andrew Yang admitted he “failed to acknowledge the pain and suffering on both sides.” Getty ImagesThe 46-year-old entrepreneur is a front-runner in the crowded field of candidates for the June 22 primary. see also Andrew Yang sparks #YangSupportsGenocide on Twitter after backing Israel New York City mayoral hopeful Andrew Yang expressed support for...
Mayorkas: US must tackle 'root causes' of border surge, construct asylum pathways as numbers stay high
       
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Wednesday said that the U.S. must invest in tackling "root causes" of the migration crisis and construct "legal pathways" for asylum-seekers as part of the solution to the border crisis -- as new numbers show migrant encounters remaining high. A number of Biden administration officials have emphasized the root cause explanation of the crisis --pointing to violence, climate and poverty in Central America. Mayorkas also said the second part of the solution is to construct more pathways to asylum, meaning that migrants don’t need to make the trip north. "And third is immigration reform, there is unanimity that our current immigration system is broken, we have bills pending before Congress and it is time for that reform to be enacted," Mayorkas said. However, many of those migrants have just been moved to Health and Human Services (HHS) facilities, whose numbers have ballooned in recent weeks.
John Kerry says Xinjiang solar panel production presents 'problem' for US climate strategy
       
U.S. Special Envoy on Climate John Kerry acknowledged on Wednesday that obtaining solar panels from Xinjiang, China is a problem given the forced labor reported in the area and China's strength in the market. During a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, asked Kerry about ensuring that the U.S.' climate strategy wouldn't involve solar panels produced from forced labor. "When you look at the supply chain, when you look at China, they dominate the critical mineral supply and solar supply chains all coming out of Xinjiang Province," McCaul said. Although Kerry didn't commit to precluding those panels, he indicated that the Biden administration was moving toward doing so with sanctions. Over the past few months, harrowing reports have emerged from purported witnesses of brutality committed against Uighurs in Xinjiang.
LIVE UPDATES: Israeli strike takes out top Hamas terrorist, Blinken calls Netanyahu
       
Israeli Defense Forces and Hamas militants from the Gaza Strip are engaged in the largest conflict between the two groups since the 2014 war. An Israeli airstrike Wednesday killed Bassem Issa, Hamas' highest-ranking military figure. Netanyahu vowed to use "an iron first if needed" in order to "stop the anarchy" after civilian groups in mixed Arab and Jewish cities clashed and rioted. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPFollow below for updates on the crisis. Mobile users click here.
CNN interrupts Fauci hearing to condemn Rand Paul, question his 'very weak' arguments on lab leak theory
       
Some experts have alleged that the COVID-19 virus escaped following experimentation in the Wuhan lab. While the NIH has fundied Chinese research, Fauci said Paul was unfairly conflating that fact with the risky research in Wuhan. Former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield told CNN last month that he believed the coronavirus escaped from the Wuhan lab. "And he likes to spar with Dr. Fauci at these Senate hearings, always brings up weird herd immunity numbers and that sort of thing. The segment was accompanied by the chyron: "Fauci, GOP Sen. Rand Paul Spar Again Over Senator's Misleading Info."
Gas shortage: Police in NC city tell residents to ‘limit non-essential travel’ as ‘fuel crisis’ spirals
       
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is warning residents in and around the North Carolina city to "limit non-essential travel" as panic buying following the cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline last week is increasingly causing the state’s gas pumps to run dry. NORTH CAROLINA DRIVERS FIGHT AT GAS STATION, VIDEO SHOWSHe advised locals to check on their neighbors – particularly elderly ones – to see if they need any supplies. Koch says the Colonial Pipeline "provides the majority of fuel to the city of Charlotte." The Colonial Pipeline was hit last week by Russian ransomware group DarkSide. Colonial Pipeline Co. said on Monday that it is aiming to substantially restore its system by the end of the week.
Texas rancher says she's taught daughters how to use firearms as border crisis grows 'out of control'
       
Texas rancher Stephanie Crisp-Canales described on "America’s Newsroom" what it’s like to live near the border amid the migrant "invasion" and said she "most definitely" feels abandoned by the federal government. "They’re well trained in gun safety and they know what to do if somebody breaks in," she told Perino. The moves have led to a record surge in migrants, including unaccompanied minors, which had recently strained capacity at immigration facilities. Crisp-Canales told "America’s Newsroom" that migrants are constantly crossing through her property and sometimes carry drugs. We’ve also had multiple bail-out vehicles coming through our property as well," she said.
Emergency program to give people $50 off internet bill
       
Americans can begin applying for $50 off their monthly internet bill on Wednesday as part of an emergency government program to keep people connected during the pandemic. The $3.2 billion program is part of the $900 billion December pandemic-relief package. That’s important because some people have been barred from low-cost plans offered by internet service providers when they owed their service provider money. The Emergency Broadband Benefit is a more robust, although temporary, program to help people afford internet than Lifeline, the FCC’s other affordability program, which subtracts only $9.25 a month from phone or internet bills. The FCC on Tuesday approved a $7.2 billion program for schools and libraries to connect students in their homes.
Andrew Yang wants to decriminalize ‘sex crime’ and opiate possession
       
“I’ve committed to decriminalizing sex crime, as one example. The city, Yang said, should “focus on the things that actually genuinely concern our own public safety,” so that there will be “fewer people thrown in jail.”“I’ve committed to decriminalizing possession of opiates for personal use,” Andrew Yang has stated. Sex workers and supporters protest for the decriminalization of sex work. Getty Images“I don’t support that,” he said of decriminalizing personal drug use. So, I have a different view of some of these things.”“I don’t support the legalization of heroin, I don’t support the legalization of those serious drugs at all.”
Rich people ditched NYC for these random cities
       
Denver, Colo. was the hottest luxury housing market in the U.S. in 2020, according to a new Coldwell Banker report. The most expensive home that sold was $8 million, but most luxury homes sold for about $1.49 million. It was relocation on steroids with people coming from everywhere,” said Louie Lee of Coldwell Banker Realty in Colorado. “By early June, we saw apprehension morph into a primal search for shelter,” said Kathleen Waelde of Coldwell Banker Realty in Pleasanton. Some 2,084 luxury homes sold in Sacramento last year.
Senator Bill Cassidy: Donald Trump Is Not Going To Be Our Nominee in 2024
       
Senator Bill Cassidy MD (R-LA) spoke to Brian Kilmeade about Dr. Anthony Fauci’s senate testimony and the need to find out the truth of how the coronavirus started. Cassidy believes republicans have to listen to both sides of the party, those who agree with Cheney and those who disagree with Cheney. Cassidy says if republicans are going to win in two years they have to be a party that listens and comes together. When asked if he would vote for Donald Trump if he is the Republican nominee in 2024, Cassidy responded, “He’s not going to be our nominee.” Cassidy said he did support President Trump’s policies but feels Donald Trump cost the republicans the House, Senate and Presidency. Plus, Senator Cassidy on the Russian cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline and the need for the federal government and private sector to be cyber secure from overseas threats.
Bride-to-be filing lawsuit over liberal D.C. mayor's ban on dancing at weddings
       
A bride-to-be is putting her foot down on Washington D.C.’s dancing ban at weddings, calling it a "disappointment" Wednesday on "Fox & Friends." Margaret Appleby said she’s filing a lawsuit against D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser for her latest coronavirus restrictions, as standing and dancing are forbidden during wedding season. DC MAYOR BANS DANCING AT WEDDINGS: 'IT'S INSANE'"We originally started with a guest list of about 175 people, that quickly changed," Appleby told "Fox & Friends" Wednesday. Mayor Bowser is continuing, even expanding, these restrictions on people's freedoms. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe Washington D.C. bride-to-be hopes the dancing ban will be lifted by May 20th and expressed it would be "such a relief."
California gov hopeful Kevin Faulconer unveils proposal to lower tax burden on middle class
       
Republican California gubernatorial candidate Kevin Faulconer unveiled a tax proposal he called "the biggest middle-class tax cut in California history" on Wednesday. "California has some of the highest income taxes, highest gas taxes, highest supplemental poverty rate in the entire country," Faulconer told Fox News in an interview before the announcement. CALIFORNIA GOV HOPEFUL KEVIN FAULCONER TEASES ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT LOWERING TAX BURDENCalifornia Gov. Faulconer told Fox News he doesn't think Newsom's plan is good enough. I want our veterans to stay in California," Faulconer said.
Cheney's next steps: Expanded political profile, possible support for anti-Trump candidates
       
3 position in House Republican leadership. CHENEY DEFIANT AFTER HOUSE GOP VOTE TO OUST HER FROM LEADERSHIPCheney has been cementing plans in recent days for increased travel and media appearances, a source familiar with the lawmaker's thinking confirmed to Fox News. A source familiar with Cheney told Fox News last week that "she is running, and she plans on winning" next year. ANTI-TRUMP REPUBLICANS DISCUSS FORMING NEW PARTYOne of those groups is expected to launch a new project on Thursday. Fox News has confirmed that a group of roughly 120 anti-Trump party activists and former GOP officials and politicians will form a committee to endorse and raise money for anti-Trump Republican candidates.
Don't blame the filibuster for blocking Democrats' agenda
       
You hear the old line from many progressive Democrats: Ditch the Senate filibuster and we can pass our legislative agenda. Democrats can’t pass these House-approved bills because all 50 Senate Democrats aren’t aligned. If they don’t get to 50 votes, there’s no reason to complain about the filibuster on the voting bill. Fox News inquired with Schumer about how Senate Democrats may navigate such a tight margin when all 50 Democrats may not align. But, if Democrats lack at least 50 yeas, don’t blame the filibuster.
Biden meets with congressional leaders, jokes he'll 'snap my fingers' to reach compromise: 'It'll happen'
       
President Biden on Wednesday, meeting with congressional leaders at the White House, said he believes he can reach "some consensus on a compromise" with Republicans and Democrats, joking that he’ll "just snap my fingers" for it to happen. LIZ CHENEY OUSTED FROM ROLE AS HOUSE GOP CONFERENCE CHAIR; REPLACEMENT STILL UNCLEAR"I ran, I said I wasn't going to be a Democratic president. next Image 1 of 2prev Image 2 of 2A reporter asked the president how he planned to reach a compromise. Meanwhile, Biden was also asked about McCarthy, R-Calif., and GOP leadership in the House and whether he could trust him and work with him — a question Biden ignored. House Republicans on Wednesday voted to remove Cheney, R-Wyo., from leadership as House GOP Conference chair by a voice vote.
Ted Cruz fires back after Joy Reid's 'Django' attack: 'Why is MSNBC ok with hosts using overt racial slurs?'
       
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, fired back at far-left host Joy Reid's latest racially charged attack, wondering Wednesday why MSNBC allowed her to get away with it and saying her "condescension" was leading Hispanics to leave the Democrats. Reid assailed Cruz and compared him to Stephen, the traitorous house slave in the 2012 movie "Django Unchained," for opposing the Democratic voting overhaul known as the For The People Act. Cruz, mirroring language by President Biden about Georgia's Republican voting law, angered Democrats after he called it "Jim Crow 2.0." "I appreciate MSNBC lecturing me on how people of 'my race' are supposed to vote. Also, why is MSNBC ok with their hosts using overt racial slurs ('Stephen from Django')?"
Far-left Media Matters president praises CNN's shift toward editorializing
       
The president of far-left media watchdog Media Matters for America praised CNN for its shift to what the Washington Post called "more opinionated journalism," saying it had moved away from so-called false equivalence in its reporting. "From that standpoint, many critics on the left see CNN’s shift to a more opinionated journalism as a corrective," the Post's Jeremy Barr wrote. CNN chief media correspondent Brian Stelter, whose "Reliable Sources" newsletter often cites Media Matters, also praised fellow anchors and reporters this week for delivering what he called "first-person monologues" on the air. He took over CNN in 2013, and the network has notably shifted to the left during his tenure. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP"One of the things that I’ve tried to encourage is authenticity and being real," Zucker told the Post.
John Kerry denies telling Iranian foreign minister about Israeli operations in Syria
       
Former Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday denied giving Iran's foreign minister information about covert Israeli operations in Syria. His comments came after leaked audio showed Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif claiming that Kerry had told him about more than 200 operations in Syria. Kerry previously denied doing so and reiterated that denial while appearing before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. "Mr. Secretary, the foreign minister, claimed that you had discussed more than 200 israeli operations against Iranian-backed terrorists in Syria," said Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa."Did you provide information to Mr. Zarif on Israeli operations against Iranian-backed terrorists during or following your tenure as secretary of state?" IRAN'S FOREIGN MINISTER SAYS JOHN KERRY TOLD HIM ABOUT ISRAELI OPERATIONS IN SYRIA"On no occasion.
What Liz Cheney told Republican colleagues before they quickly voted her out
       
Rep. Liz Cheney spoke to her colleagues in the House Republican Conference on Wednesday morning shortly before she was ousted as the conference chair by a voice vote. "Our nation needs this Republican Party as a strong party based on truth so we can shape the future. "Today's vote shows that Republicans are united behind one goal: taking back the House," Rep. Lance Gooden, R-Texas, added. "Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey, goodbye Liz Cheney," Rep. Madison Cawthorn, R-N.C., tweeted. The most likely replacement for Cheney as conference chair is Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., a staunch Trump defender.
Tyson blames underperforming roosters for US chicken shortage
       
Underperforming roosters that aren’t producing as many chicks as expected are partly to blame for the US poultry shortage, according to executives at Tyson Foods. Breeding companies provide hens and roosters to chicken producers like Tyson, which then breed the birds and hatch their eggs to produce poultry. The breeding problem could be responsible for as much as half of Tyson’s problems meeting demand for its chicken, King said. “We’ll get our supply sorted out.”There are a variety of other factors also holding back chicken supply, according to Gary Mickelson, a spokesperson for Tyson. The winter storm that slammed Texas earlier this year slowed down transportation of Tyson chicken.
Liz Torches Donald, Plans to Lead Minority Movement Within the GOP
       
Howie Kurtz on Liz Cheney firing off more shots against Trump before being removed from position, President Biden making bid for infrastructure compromise and a new book claiming the Trump family got ‘inappropriately close’ to Secret Service agents. Follow Howie on Twitter: @HowardKurtzFor more #MediaBuzz click here
Michael Goodwin: Israel faces war on two fronts – from Hamas and the Biden White House
       
With Hamas rockets from Gaza raining down on Israeli citizens, the Jewish state is defending itself with superior weaponry. But it’s also fighting a rear guard diplomatic action against the Biden White House. Anticipating the new president would unfairly urge Israeli restraint, officials effectively told the U.S. to buzz off. "International intervention is a reward to the Palestinian rioters and those who back them" and Israeli official told Axios. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPIt’s also no secret that Biden is begging Iran to rejoin the nuclear deal, even as Iran supplies many of the rockets targeting Israel.
Dr. Makary on Paul-Fauci clash on COVID origins: 'People have a right to be upset' over China research
       
Fox News medical contributor Dr. Marty Makary on "Fox & Friends" Wednesday reacted to Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., accusing the National Institute of Health of funding risky Chinese research that could have led to the global pandemic. RAND PAUL, FAUCI AGAIN SPAR OVER COVID ORIGINS, CONTROVERSIAL WUHAN LABDR. MARTY MAKARY: Well, that's exactly what happened. Why is research trying to collect all these coronaviruses from bats and in the lab you have a respiratory pathogen and trying to evaluate what these viruses are? Why are we funding research to look at this in China when we know lab accidents are common, especially with respiratory viruses. I think people have a right to be upset right now.
Veteran Sean Parnell runs for Pennsylvania Senate seat: First 100 days of Biden ‘a disaster’
       
Pennsylvania Senate candidate and Army veteran Sean Parnell told "Fox & Friends" that the Biden administration's first 100 days have been a "disaster." COLONIAL PIPELINE CYBERATTACK: REPUBLICANS DEMAND MORE ACTION FROM BIDEN ENERGY SECURITYSEAN PARNELL: Protecting and preserving the American way of life has always been a mission of mine. But, today the fight to defend the fundamental things that make us Americans is not going to happen on a foreign battlefield. It's going to happen right here in America. If you look at the first hundred days of the Biden presidency your taxes are rising debt and deficit soaring.
'Really scary' to see gas shortages in first months of Biden admin: Lara Trump
       
LARA TRUMP: This is happening in the first four months of the Biden presidency. It meant we were no longer reliant on the Middle East. We were no longer reliant on Russia for anything. It's really, really scary. It's really crazy that you really haven't heard that much and they don't really have a great solution.
Oklahoma City school board denounces new law banning critical race theory as protecting 'White fragility'
       
The eight-member Oklahoma City Public Schools Board of Education on Monday unanimously denounced a new law signed by Gov. Kevin Stitt that implicitly bans the teachings of critical race theory from being included in the state's public school curriculum. Board member Ruth Veales, who is Black and Native American, argued the legislation was attempting to quiet discussions regarding race "in order to protect White fragility." In part, the bill states that "no teacher shall require or make part of a course that one race or sex is inherently superior to another race or sex." The University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University both made announcements that their student diversity trainings can no longer remain mandatory once the new law takes effect, The Oklahoman reported.
Fast-growing gun group launches concealed carry super PAC
       
EXCLUSIVE: A national gun rights organization that says its mission is to "help responsible Americans keep their loved ones safe" is launching a super PAC in its push for concealed carry reciprocity, in which a gun owner's concealed carry permit or license is valid in states beyond the state where it was issued. Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) this week is unveiling The U.S. Concealed Carry Association for Saving Lives, which the group says will educate and grow support for national concealed carry reciprocity bills. Republican lawmakers in the House and Senate have separately introduced national concealed carry reciprocity bills in Congress this year. The group tells Fox News it will support its new PAC with an initial mid-six- figures contribution to get the committee started.
CNN panel melts down after Cheney ouster, predicts collapse of two-party system: 'This is existential'
       
A CNN panel admitted to getting "dramatic" on Wednesday and fearing for America's political future after Republicans voted Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., out of her role as House Republican Conference Chair. Cheney has stood out among Republicans for her condemnation of former President Donald Trump and his "dangerous lies" about the 2020 election being stolen. The panel read aloud some of Cheney's remarks behind closed doors before the final voice vote, which elicited an emotional reaction from CNN chief political correspondent Dana Bash. CHENEY GOING DOWN SWINGING: WARNS REPUBLICANS BEFORE VOTE TO REMOVE HER FROM LEADERSHIP"This is no small thing, it's existential, is it not?" This country needs a viable, two-party political system, at least, to exist, and that is on the brink and in danger of collapsing with the GOP going toward the notion of lies."
Democrat Del Rio, Texas mayor: Biden admin telling me border is 'under control'
       
The Democratic mayor of Del Rio, Texas said Wednesday that he believes that the U.S. southern border is "wide open" for illegal immigrants, despite insistence from the Biden administration claiming the opposite. During an appearance on "Fox & Friends," Bruno Lozano reacted to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas’ Tuesday comment, reiterating that the "border is closed." The Del Rio mayor also said he found it "peculiar" that there was a different set of standards for US citizens compared to illegal immigrants regarding COVID testing. Eastman noted that he had plans to "collaborate" with the city of Del Rio, allowing them to conduct COVID testing on migrants on DHS’ behalf. During a recent NBC interview, Biden claimed that his administration had "now gotten control" of the high number of migrants surging at the southern border.
PetSmart employees charged in toy poodle’s grooming death
       
Four PetSmart employees in Pittsburgh are facing animal cruelty charges in the death of a toy poodle named Kobe during a grooming session, court records show. A criminal complaint says that PetSmart employees hyperextended Kobe’s neck and ignored signs of distress. AJ Ross was not allowed to be in the PetSmart grooming room with her dog, Kobe, due to COVID-19 restrictions. InstagramA criminal complaint states the groomers hyperextended Kobe’s neck and ignored signs of distress as he shook his head, NJ.com reported. The four employees charged in Kobe’s death have been fired from PetSmart.
US consumer prices surge 4.2 percent in April, biggest jump since 2008
       
The Labor Department’s consumer-price index, which measures a basket of goods as well as energy and housing costs, jumped 4.2 percent in April from a year earlier. Soaring prices for used cars and trucks, which jumped 10 percent from March, accounted for more than a third of that increase, the Labor Department said. Last month’s gains marked the biggest leap for used cars and trucks since the government began tracking those costs in 1953. A global microchip shortage that’s hurt car manufacturing has sent the prices of used cars soaring. The Labor Department reported its consumer-price index, which measures a basket of goods as well as energy and housing costs, jumped 4.2 percent in April from a year earlier.
Rep. Stefanik launches bid to replace Liz Cheney moments after she’s ousted
       
Moments after House Republicans voted to oust Rep. Liz Cheney from her No. 3 leadership position, Rep. Elise Stefanik released a letter to her GOP colleagues, seeking their support in her bid to become chair of the Republican conference. “Today I humbly ask to earn your vote for House Republican Conference Chair to unify our message as a team and win the Majority in 2022,” Stefanik (R-NY) wrote in a letter to House Republicans. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) talks to reporters as he arrives for a House Republican conference meeting in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center on May 12, 2021 in Washington, DC. Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images“??I will work hard today and every day to listen and earn your confidence and support as House GOP Conference Chair.
Controversial billboard calls Biden, Harris ‘s–theads’ in Maryland
       
“It’s just vulgar,” Jeanette Flaim, chair of the Calvert County Democratic Central Committee, told Fox 5 DC. “Kids are going to school, and they’re going by it every day, and parents are driving their kids. We just don’t think kids should have to see that or parents should have to explain that,” Flaim complained. “There is nothing that we as county government can do for language that’s on a legal sign,” Board of County Commissioners President Buddy Hance told Fox 5. Fox 5 said it tried unsuccessfully to reach the person responsible for the sign, who was not identified in the reports.
2021 Ford Bronco fuel economy reveals it's not exactly a green machine
       
A Ford spokesman told Fox News Autos that the ratings apply to both two-door and four-door models. THE 2021 FORD BRONCO IS MORE POWERFUL THAN EXPECTEDThe larger Ford Ranger 4x4 pickup using the same 2.3-liter powertrain as the Bronco, but tuned to 270 hp, is rated at 20/24/22 mpg. Four-door Wrangler models check-in at 21/24/22 mpg and 19/24/21, respectively, and the models equipped with a six-speed manual transmission don't perform as well. The 375 hp four-door Wrangler 4xe is a plug-in hybrid model that can travel 21 miles purely on electricity before its four-cylinder gasoline engine kicks in to provide extended-range driving. In extended-range mode, the combined rating is just 20 mpg.
Border crisis: GOP senator introduces bill allowing local police to enforce immigration laws
       
EXCLUSIVE: Sen. Tommy Tuberville, a first-term Republican senator from Alabama, is introducing a bill to give state and local law enforcement more jurisdiction over illegal immigration cases, as the crisis at the southern border continues to escalate. Tuberville spoke with Fox News on Tuesday about his Empowering Law Enforcement Act, which he is introducing with fellow GOP Sens. He said the bill is needed because the Biden administration is targeting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and looking to "close them down or really, really cut their power." "Our local police across the country, as we speak, they don’t have, really, any authority with illegal immigration," Tuberville told Fox News. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPSpecifically, the legislation would give state and local law enforcement the ability to arrest, detain and even transfer illegal migrants into federal custody.
Liberal figures mocked for blaming Jared Kushner, Abraham Accords after Israeli-Palestinian violence
       
MSNBC contributor David Frum and other liberal figures strangely used the violence erupting between the Palestinians and Israel this week to criticize Jared Kushner's brokering of normalization deals between Israel and other Middle East countries. BATTERED BIDEN UNDER SIEGE AS CRISES CONFOUND THE WHITE HOUSE"Remember all the Trump-Kushner self-congratulation about their Middle East successes?" However, the Abraham Accords brokered by Kushner in 2020 were separate from the longstanding Israeli-Palestinian issue, a departure from decades of conventional Washington foreign policy wisdom that prioritized the intractable conflict. "The Abraham Accords were significant SPECIFICALLY BECAUSE they were severed from the Palestinian issue and showed that the Palestinian conflict didn't need to serve as a wedge between Israel and other Arab nations," Tablet's Noam Blum wrote. Frum was pilloried for the take, in part because the Biden administration has held power for nearly four months.
House Republicans poised to vote on Liz Cheney’s future in leadership
       
House Republicans will gather Wednesday morning to vote on whether to oust Rep. Liz Cheney from her No. “The House GOP has a massive opportunity to upgrade this week from warmonger Liz Cheney to gifted communicator Elise Stefanik. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) arrives for a House vote at the US Capitol in Washington on May 11, 2021. Rep. Liz Cheney supported impeaching President Donald Trump? for his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
Twitter users slam platform for not banning Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei
       
The call on Twitter by Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei for Palestinians to “stand strong” and “confront” Israel has sparked outrage about the platform, which has banned former President Trump but not the Islamic Republic’s supreme leader. A senior adviser to Israeli Prime Minister wasted no time in slamming Twitter for not targeting Khamenei over his inflammatory missive. A senior adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu slammed Twitter for not banning Ayatollah Khamenei. EPA“Why Is Twitter Letting Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei Incite Rocket Attacks on Israeli Civilians?” @RFederle asked. At the time, Twitter defended its suspension as “due to the risk of further incitement of violence.”“Why Is Twitter Letting Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei Incite Rocket Attacks on Israeli Civilians?” one Twitter user wrote.
Gas prices hit 7-year high as Colonial pipeline shutdown spurs panic buying
       
The national average gas price rose to a 7-year high on Wednesday and four governors have now declared states of emergency as the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline spurred panic buying at gas stations across the Southeast. REUTERS/Jay Paul“There’s no shortage of fuel, but panic buying is leaving many gas stations without any to sell,” Kustura wrote. EPA/ERIK S. LESSERWhile the national average gas price is ticking upward, it’s rising severely in hard-hit states. Panic buying has caused gas stations across the South Eastern United States to run out of fuel. About 25 percent of gas stations in North Carolina were out of fuel by early Wednesday, according to DeHaan’s estimates.
Liz Cheney removed from position as House GOP conference chair over anti-Trump stance
       
House Republicans have voted to oust Rep. Liz Cheney from her leadership position on Wednesday, a rare move that highlights the leadership former President Donald Trump still holds in the party. Cheney — daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney and one of Trump’s most vocal critics — served as the House Republican Conference chairwoman, a position that entails leading the chamber’s messaging efforts. In a letter sent to his members on Monday, Kevin McCarthy reaffirmed that the vote on Liz Cheney’s leadership position would take place on Wednesday. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), who previously nominated Liz Cheney for her leadership position, is expected to be elected to replace her in her leadership role as soon as the end of the week. Liz Cheney saw a quick rise in the House after first being elected to represent Wyoming in 2016, having been tapped to serve as conference chair in her second term.
MSNBC's Joy Reid suggests Ted Cruz betraying his own race by opposing For the People Act: 'Beyond offended'
       
Far-left MSNBC host Joy Reid said Tuesday that Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex, was betraying his own race by opposing the For the People Act, the proposed Democratic overhaul of state and federal election laws, and compared him to a traitorous house slave. 'UNCLE TIM' SLUR AGAINST TIM SCOTT TRENDS ON TWITTER AFTER HIS BIDEN REBUTTALReid also referred to Cruz, who is Hispanic, as the character "Stephen," from the 2012 film "Django Unchained." Stephen is a house slave in pre-Civil War Mississippi that joins his sadistic master in terrorizing his fellow slaves. Many Democrats, including President Biden, also referred to Georgia's new elections law passed by Republicans as "Jim Crow 2.0." Padilla and Nelson agreed with Reid, who continued to rail against Cruz, claiming he "could give a damn about Jim Crow," and that he's "never raised once concern ever in his entire life ... about Jim Crow or racism or discrimination."
Republicans propose bill to fire Fauci amid growing discontent with top Biden medical officials
       
Biden's White House has defended Fauci and its other medical experts and their elevated role in the administration. Counselor to the President Jeff Zients, when the administration recommended a pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, said the White House is letting "science agencies to lead with science" because political White House officials "bring nothing to the table." Zients replied that the president is still following CDC guidance. Let's follow the CDC guidance. Spencer Cox at a White House event Tuesday that reporters were not allowed to cover.
Kristan Hawkins: Trump, cheerleaders not only targets on free speech -- schools blocking these voices, too
       
The high school cheerleader’s case recently heard by the Supreme Court has far-reaching implications on student free speech and whether it can be punished by schools. She and a former president are not the only ones having issues over free speech rights. Unlike the cheerleader’s language, it is not vulgarity that prompts crackdowns on pro-life free speech, but the expression of a worldview that counters the prevailing pro-choice narrative in higher education. The following is a small sampling of the hostility pro-life students endured over just the last two semesters. To "avoid chaos" or force group think, schools sometimes shut down the free speech rights of pro-life students.
Number of injured in Russia school shooting rises to 23
       
Twenty-three people remained hospitalized on Wednesday following a school shooting in the Russian city of Kazan which killed nine people, including seven youngsters. All 23 were in stable condition Wednesday morning, the authorities said, though at least eight people — three adults and five children — were to be transferred to Moscow for treatment. A gunman on Tuesday morning attacked a school in Kazan, a city 430 miles (700 kilometers) east of Moscow, sending students hiding under their desks or running out of the building. PROSECUTORS RECOMMEND 17- YEAR SENTENCE FOR EX-ARMY GREEN BERET TURNED RUSSIAN SPYThe attacker, identified only as a 19-year-old, was arrested. The deadliest school attack in Russia took place in 2004 in the city of Beslan, when Islamic militants took more than 1,000 people hostage for several days.
House GOP Conference likely to remove Cheney but may not install Stefanik right away
       
We don't know exactly how things will go down at Wednesday's closed-door, secret-ballot House Republican Conference meeting. Fox News is told the House Republican Conference probably won't move right away to install Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., as Cheney's successor. The GOP Conference meeting about Cheney and Stefanik could run headlong into the White House session. The Steering Committee would have to then decide whether to move the issue to remove Cheney to a conference vote. HOW LIZ CHENEY LOST REPUBLICAN SUPPORT AHEAD OF STEFANIK VOTE THIS WEEKIt takes a simple majority to remove Cheney.
CNN avoids Israel-Hamas conflict during primetime, spends over 90 minutes on Liz Cheney
       
However, the biggest international news story was not urgent enough to receive any mention on "Anderson Cooper 360," "Cuomo Prime Time" or "CNN Tonight," according to Grabien transcripts. Collectively, they spent over 90 minutes Tuesday night on the Cheney obsession and zero minutes on Israel. Anderson Cooper, Chris Cuomo, and Don Lemon have skipped the latest scandal plaguing Democratic New York Gov. CNN's primetime anchors also ignored the WSJ's explosive report on the high-profile divorce of Bill and Melinda Gates, which claimed that Melinda Gates had ongoing concerns about her husband's ties to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein as early as 2013. Over the past several weeks, CNN's primetime anchors struggle to reach over 1 million viewers as Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon often fall short and Chris Cuomo barely surpasses a seven-digit audience.
Protests break out across US as violence escalates between Israel and Hamas
       
Protesters supporting Israel and Palestine came out to demonstrate in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and other U.S. cities on Tuesday as the violence escalated between the two sides overseas. PROTESTERS SUPPORTING ISRAEL, PALESTINIANS CLASH IN NEW YORK"You can see Israeli aggression especially in Northern Jerusalem and Gaza," attendee Sami Wassef told the outlet. and "Free, free Palestine!" There were no reports of violence in Los Angeles or Washington, D.C. Dozens have been killed in attacks between Hamas and Israel in recent days in the most intense fighting since 2014.
Rand Paul takes sides in Ohio GOP Senate nomination battle
       
EXCLUSIVE – Sen. Rand Paul is weighing in on the increasingly crowded GOP Senate primary field in Ohio in the 2022 race to succeed retiring Republican Sen. Fox News has learned that the two-term, libertarian-minded senator from Kentucky and 2016 Republican presidential contender is endorsing Cleveland businessman and 2018 Ohio Republican Senate candidate Mike Gibbons. Gibbons said he was "honored to have the endorsement of Sen. Paul as I look to bring a true conservative voice to Washington. In March, conservative Sen. Mike Lee of Utah endorsed former Ohio treasurer and former two-time Senate candidate Josh Mandel. Among the other declared candidates in the race are former Ohio GOP chair Jane Timken and Cleveland businessman and luxury auto dealership giant Bernie Moreno.
Senator Mike Lee: How I Found My Conservative Backbone
       
This week, Jason discusses his concern for the direction President Biden and Vice President Harris are taking on the immigration front and brings on the stupid with a very unsatisfied Burger King customer. He also gives his daughter, Ellis Chaffetz, a call to talk about her experience as a Page in the United States Senate. Later, Jason and Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) venture down memory lane to describe Senator Lee’s upbringing with his father, Former Solicitor General of the United States, Rex Lee, and how his childhood inspired his passion for law and constitutional government. Keep up with Jason on Twitter: @jasoninthehouse
“Wokeness,” Covid And The Battle For America’s Classrooms
       
The coronavirus pandemic has shed a light on schools and education across the U.S. from the obstacles of remote teaching, public schools not reopening fully for in-person learning and what children are actually being taught. She also discusses school choice and if we’ll see more of a push for it by parents and Republicans as Midterms approach. Plus, she weighs in on the fight over stripping Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) of her leadership role in the Republican Party. China has released census data revealing its population growth has dropped significantly, showing a big shift in the nation’s demographics. Plus, commentary by Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family.
How CDC discourages vaccinations: New York Times rips ‘misleading’ advice
       
Well, yesterday the Times did a difficult thing for a newspaper, challenging the CDC for peddling garbage. David Leonhardt, a former Washington bureau chief, called the Biden administration’s number "almost certainly misleading," and backed it up. The Times quotes one virologist as saying the CDC "seems to be a huge exaggeration." Biden announced a range of new measures yesterday, including free rides from Uber and Lyft, and community colleges hosting vax sites. Perhaps the Times piece, if widely picked up, will entice more people who are sitting on the fence.
Colonial Pipeline gas shortages worsen as lines grow at the pump
       
Here's what you need to know as you start your dayColonial Pipeline gas shortages widen: State-by-state breakdownFuel shortages have widened across the East Coast as consumers continue to panic buy amid the fallout from a cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline last week by Russian ransomware group Darkside. Colonial Pipeline Co. said on Monday that it is aiming to substantially restore its system by the end of the week. Gasbuddy – which operates apps and websites based on finding real-time fuel prices at more than 140,000 gas stations – is predicting that the national average for gas prices could hit $3 per gallon within the next week. She condemned rocket attacks against Israel by Hamas and other terrorist groups but highlighted the rights of Palestinians as well as Israelis. Fox News’ Go Watch page is now available, providing visitors with Pay TV provider options in their area carrying Fox News Channel & Fox Business Network.
Michelle Obama to Colbert: Nobody rides life on a high
       
Michelle Obama, the former first lady, said in an interview that aired Tuesday night that she has coped with low-grade depression over the past year and has spoken to her daughters about the ups and downs of life. "Nobody rides life on a high, and I think it’s important for young people to know that, you know, it’s like, no, you’re not going to feel great all the time," she told Stephen Colbert, the host of CBS’ "Late Show with Stephen Colbert." OBAMA FAMILY DOG BO DIESLast August, Obama told NPR's "All Things Considered" that lockdowns, racial tensions and the Trump administration contributed to her feelings. GET THE FOX NEWS APPObama told Colbert that she tries to center herself around family and friends and she tries to avoid some of the outside noise at times. She also said she tries to get her children to understand that "the valleys are temporary, and so are the peaks."
Virginia police nab suspect who allegedly used anti-Asian slurs, assaulted restaurant employee
       
A suspect who allegedly used anti-Asian, racist slurs and pushed a restaurant employee to the ground in Arlington, Virginia, last week has been taken into custody, authorities said Tuesday. An Arlington County Police patrol officer identified Jordon Bevan, 28, of no fixed address, as the suspect wanted in the assault of a Crystal City restaurant employee, according to police. The suspect continued walking away and when Kim began recording him, he allegedly pushed the mom to the ground and ran off toward a local highway, police said. Bevan is accused of using racial slurs against the two workers, both of Asian descent, according to authorities. VIRGINIA MOM CHARGED IN FATAL STABBING OF HER 10-MONTH-OLD BOY, CRITICALLY INJURING DAUGHTER"He said – 'You Asians, get out of my face.
Hamas lobs hundreds of rockets in 24 hours, Israel responds by attacking targets in Gaza
       
About 850 rockets had been fired at Israel since Tuesday, according to an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) spokesperson. "In response to HUNDREDS of rockets in the last 24 hours, the IDF has struck a number of significant terror targets and terror operatives across the Gaza Strip, marking our largest strike since 2014," the IDF wrote on Twitter. "We are currently striking more terror targets in Gaza." PROTESTERS SUPPORTING ISRAEL, PALESTINIANS CLASH IN NEW YORKThe IDF has attacked about 500 targets in the Gaza Strip, along with two towers on Tuesday night, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported. Gaza militants also unleashed a fierce late-night barrage of rockets, which set off air-raid sirens and explosions throughout the Tel Aviv metropolitan area.
Ahmadinejad will run in presidential race, Iran state TV says
       
Iran's state television has reported that former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is registering as a candidate to return to the same office in upcoming elections. Broadcast footage showed Ahmadinejad marching accompanied by supporters to a registration center at the Interior Ministry before filling out forms. US WARSHIPS FIRE WARNING SHOTS AT IRANIAN GUNBOATS IN THE STRAIT OF HORMUZCLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPAhmadinejad in recent years has tried to polish his hardline image into a more centrist candidacy, criticizing the government for mismanagement.
Ingraham: Biden is out of gas, is now America's problem denier
       
INGRAHAM: Now, Democrats sold Joe Biden to the American people as a seasoned, vigorous force who could get things done ... The woman he assigned to fix the mess (Kamala Harris), she's in total denial. Biden cannot "aw, shucks, my granddad used to say" himself out of this dire situation that his team has gotten us into. Just as more of America is starting to open up, his reckless policies risk shutting us down. Trump warned America that sleepy Joe was out of gas and now millions of Americans may soon be as well.
Pelosi, AOC’s comments on airstrikes in Gaza and Israel underscores divide among Democrats
       
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday condemned the indiscriminate rocket attacks by Hamas against Israel, and said Tel Aviv has the right to "defend herself against this assault." Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., blamed Israel for its retaliatory airstrikes that left at least 10 Palestinian children dead. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPOmar on Tuesday tweeted that "Palestinian children deserve advocates for their humanity, safety and security. Palestinian children should not have to grow up under the constant violence and oppression of occupation, as so many do, and have done," he tweeted. Representatives for Pelosi, Ocasio-Cortez and Yang didn't not immediately respond to Fox News' requests for comment.
Matt Taibbi: Media outlets 'once challenged the Spy State,' now they're 'agents' of it
       
Journalist Matt Taibbi blasted members of the media for their transformation from being challengers to what he referred to as the "Spy State" to becoming "agents" of it. Taibbi wrote a scathing piece on his Substack arguing that "news companies are pioneering a new brand of vigilante reporting" by "partnering with the spy agencies they once oversaw." GLENN GREENWALD RIPS FORMER INTERCEPT COLLEAGUES AS 'LIBERAL DNC HACKS' FOR SEIZING DATA DUMP OF GAB USERS"Fast forward seven years. Snowden is in exile in Russia. "Multiple outlets announced plans to track "extremists" in either open or implied cooperation with authorities.
‘Prolific’ prosthetic mask-wearing bandit busted in Beverly Hills
       
A black man who allegedly wore an elaborate Hollywood-style prosthetic white face mask to commit a slew of burglaries in and around Los Angeles has been arrested. The mask worn by Rockim Prowell. The “prolific” bandit is now facing two counts of burglary, two counts of grand theft, and one count of vandalism, according to police. Investigators in Beverly Hills are working with police in Los Angeles and Newport Beach to connect Prowell to crimes in those nearby cities. “We believe that the suspect is responsible for numerous residential burglaries within the Southern California area,” Beverly Hills Police said.
Greg Gutfeld: Despite statistics showing low outdoor COVID spread, media peddles fear
       
The New York fricken Times admits that outdoor COVID transmission is the biggest myth since Trump colluded with Russia. But, of course, the media spread that large number like herpes in a beehive full of slutty bees. The CDC still says if you're unvaccinated, you should wear masks outdoors, and even the vaccinated should wear them at large events like concerts, sporting events, and "We Love Greg Gutfeld" rallies. Something tells me when you're going to Nepal to find the untold story of COVID - you're getting desperate. You wear masks - you're a patriot; don't wear them and you're a Neanderthal who’s trying to kill my grandma.
Sen. Rand Paul wants Fauci to come clean about US ties to Wuhan lab
       
She lists Dr. Fauci and the NIAID as a sponsor of her research, which everybody acknowledges [is] gain-of-function research, juicing up these superviruses. So, I don’t know how you get around this.”Sen. Rand Paul and Dr. Fauci had another tenuous exchange on Tuesday. I don’t know,” Paul told “Fox News Primtime” host Brian Kilmeade. Rand Paul pressed Dr. Anthony Fauci about the potential US connection to the Wuhan lab on Tuesday. Greg Nash-Pool/Getty Images“If Fauci’s deputy is writing a note saying that they’re going to stop the money, that implies that there was money flowing to the Wuhan Institute,” Paul claimed.
April saw most illegal immigrants stopped at border in 21 years: CBP
       
The number of illegal immigrants apprehended at the southern border hit a 21-year high last month, according to data released Tuesday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The number of unaccompanied minors apprehended by border patrol agents dropped 9.4% to 17,171 in April from 18,960 in March, according to CBP. Getty ImagesBy contrast, the number of unaccompanied minors apprehended by authorities dropped 9.4% to 17,171 in April from 18,960 in March. Getty ImagesCBP also touted a 12.3% drop in the number of unaccompanied minors from the so-called Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. However, April saw a 4.8% increase in illegal immigration from Mexico and a 34.8% increase from other countries.
Hannity slams Biden administration over fuel shortage, rising prices: enemies 'are doing backflips'
       
And, of course, even before the hack, gas prices were already spiking, Why? They put new restrictions on fracking, sought to artificially reduce oil and gas supply. Limited supply, higher prices, all in the name of socialist climate change and the new definition of infrastructure. Gas prices are at a 7 year high and they are climbing fast. Putin, the mullahs in Iran, let's see China countries in the Middle East that hate us, they're doing backflips over all this ...
Brian Kilmeade on the ground with police officers to dispel myths about 'the most dangerous job'
       
"Fox News Primetime" host Brian Kilmeade visited with the Nassau County, N.Y., police department to see their training methods and real-life situations firsthand, and allow the officers to dispel widespread and dangerous myths about police work. Ryder took Kilmeade to witness a police training exercise involving a mock scenario with a potentially armed suspect. The officers also showed Kilmeade their Bearcat vehicle, which Ryder compared to a "bulletproof ambulance." CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPRep. Ayanna Pressley, a Democrat representing the city of Boston, drafted a bill to repeal qualified immunity nationwide. Thus far, Colorado, Connecticut and New Mexico have repealed qualified immunity for officers in those states.
Norfolk police lieutenant fired for donating to Rittenhouse’s defense fund tells his story
       
A police lieutenant in Norfolk, Virginia, is telling his story after he was fired last month for donating to Kyle Rittenhouse's legal defense fund, according to a report. He made the donation, along with a note of support proclaiming, "You’ve done nothing wrong," according to reports. NORFOLK FIRES POLICE LIEUTENANT WHO DONATED TO ACCUSED VIGILANTE KYLE RITTENHOUSE"I believe in America everyone is innocent until proven guilty," Kelly said. "The only real justification that I see here is that the City of Norfolk and the chief want to look ‘woke,'" Hogge added. Kelly noted he did regret using his city email to make the donation, according to the station.
Florida Gov. DeSantis touts bonuses for policemen, beating lockdowns and banning 'Zuckerbucks'
       
Florida Republican Gov. Regarding his support for law enforcement, DeSantis said 174,000 Floridian first responders will receive a one-time $1,000 bonus for their efforts and personal risks taken during the pandemic. DeSantis noted that in Cuomo's case, New York has twice the fiscal budget but has a higher population than Florida. It has given us an ability to do something like provide these law enforcement bonuses," he said. 1, a comprehensive election bill sponsored by Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Md., would largely federalize elections and effectively ban voter ID laws if passed by the Senate.
Israel’s IDF says strikes on Hamas in Gaza Strip most intense since 2014 war
       
Following days of intensifying clashes between Palestinian groups and the Israeli military, the IDF on Tuesday said it had executed its largest counteroffensive since its military assault into the Gaza Strip in 2014. "In response to HUNDREDS of rockets in the last 24 hours, the IDF has struck a number of significant terror targets and terror operatives across the Gaza Strip, marking our largest strike since 2014," the IDF tweeted from its official account Tuesday evening. "We are currently striking more terror targets in Gaza." The Gaza Strip is where Hamas, an Islamist militant organization designated as a terrorist group by both the U.S. and Israeli governments, operates from. At least three senior Hamas leaders were reported dead as of Tuesday evening after an Israeli strike leveled their hideout.
Schumer says he will soon introduce a marijuana legalization bill
       
Sen. Chuck Schumer said that he would be introducing a marijuana bill "shortly," one that would not only legalize the drug but would expunge past records. "The three people working on a comprehensive bill are myself, Senator [Ron] Wyden and Senator [Corey] Booker, and we will be introducing our bill shortly." "It is not just legalization but a deal for the injustices of the past expungement of the records making sure that the money that’s made from marijuana goes to the communities, communities of color, poor people communities, that have paid the price for this ridiculous scheduling of marijuana," Schumer said. "We’re going to get some support from the right on this, we hope," Schumer continued. But any bill is going to need the support of 10 Republicans to overcome the filibuster in the Senate.
Brian Kilmeade: Evidence mounts supporting Wuhan lab leak theory
       
"Fox News Primetime" host Friday pushed President Joe Biden to demand answers from China on the origins of the COVID pandemic, saying China needs to "open up its books and really be transparent about the Wuhan lab that poisoned the world." But of course, if you’re the guy who helped fund the program that started a pandemic, you've got a lot to lose. It also explains why Dr. Fauci is so adamant that NIH money wasn’t used to study "gain of function" research in Wuhan. How would it look if the face of America’s pandemic response accidentally created the pandemic, or played a role? President Joe Biden, you need to put pressure on China to open up its books and really be transparent about the Wuhan lab that poisoned the world.
White House reporters are allowing Biden admin to 'edit' their own quotes: report
       
White House reporters are reportedly giving the Biden administration substantial control of its messaging, at least when it comes to publishing quotes from government officials. Politico's "West Wing Playbook" alleged that White House journalists are "fuming" over what has been described as "rules" when it comes to running quotes from the new administration. "That’s because the Biden White House frequently demands that interviews with administration officials be conducted on grounds known colloquially as 'background with quote approval,' according to five reporters who cover the White House for outlets other than Politico." "The practice allows the White House an extra measure of control as it tries to craft press coverage," Politico wrote. However, Politico suggests that such practices aren't new as "many reporters" say it's reminiscent of the tightly controlled Obama White House" and that the Trump White House "used it, too" but "did so less frequently."
Former acting Pentagon chief feared Kent State redux at Capitol riot
       
The man in charge at the Pentagon during the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot is expected to tell lawmakers Wednesday he was “committed to avoid repeating” the deadly shooting of anti-Vietnam War protesters by National Guard troops at Kent State University in 1970. The first National Guard personnel arrived at the Capitol at 5:22 p.m.Four people died at Kent State by the Ohio National Guard in 1970. Brent Stirton/Getty ImagesMiller will claim that former President Donald Trump had no involvement in the Pentagon response to the riot. Miller will tell lawmakers he was told that “such a force routinely manages demonstrations well north of 100,000 demonstrators. Christopher Miller is also expected to tell the committee that former President Trump played no role in how the Pentagon responded to the crisis.
Metropolitan Museum of Art approved as early voting site
       
The art of early voting. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is among the 104 sites that were approved by the New York City Board of Elections for early voting Tuesday. The polls will open at the storied museum for early voting on June 12, ahead of the June 22 mayoral primary election. AP Photo/John MinchilloThe expansion comes after complaints of long lines during the city’s first foray into early voting last October. AP Photo/Kathy WillensThe Upper East Side landmark was the only new major cultural institution to join the city early voting push this year, according to the report.
Defiant Liz Cheney lays out her case ahead of vote to oust her from GOP leadership
       
House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) took to the House floor to defend her stance on former President Trump on the eve of the House GOP’s conference vote to oust her from her leadership position. Scott Applewhite“A former president, who provoked a violent attack on this Capitol in an effort to steal the election. This is not about policy, this is not about partisanship, this is about our duty as Americans,” she continued. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), who previously nominated Cheney for her leadership position, is expected to be elected to serve in her leadership role.
Liz Cheney defiant in floor speech ahead of House GOP vote to oust her as conference chair
       
House Republicans are expected to vote Wednesday to oust Cheney from the party’s No. In her floor speech, Cheney warned that efforts to damage confidence in the democratic system would undermine the rule of law at home and hurt America’s standing on the international stage. "As the party of Reagan, Republicans have championed democracy, won the Cold War and defeated the Soviet communists," Cheney said. She was one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump on a single charge of incitement of insurrection. The lawmaker’s public feud with Trump raised concerns among House GOP leaders about her ability to serve effectively as conference chair, a position that dictates party messaging, ahead of the crucial 2022 midterm election.
Tim Scott: 'Defund the police' is 'dumbest' thing I've heard in my life
       
Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., joined "Fox News Primetime" on Tuesday to slam the Left's efforts to defund law enforcement and to discuss his plans to accomplish police reform. TIM SCOTT: The first thing we should say is thank God for people who put on the uniform. So there is no better time for us to say thank you to an officer, so when you see an officer around your neighborhoods, around the streets, please stop and say thank you to those officers. …The way I deal with defund the police is it's the dumbest thing I have ever heard in my whole life, having grown up in a single-parent household in poverty, we always want police officers around when necessary. We don't need less money for the police.
'Hillbilly Elegy' author J.D. Vance forms exploratory committee to run for Senate seat in Ohio: report
       
Vance, venture capitalist and author of the bestselling book "Hillbilly Elegy", has reportedly formed an exploratory committee as he mulls running for Ohio’s open Senate seat as a Republican candidate. is going to be a candidate for the Ohio Senate seat in the near future," a close associate of Vance told the publication. OHIO GOP TO VOTE ON CENSURING REPUBLICANS WHO VOTED TO IMPEACH TRUMPVance has never before run for political office. CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APPFormer state treasurer Josh Mandel and former Ohio Republican Party chair Jane Timken have already announced they would be running. Vance intends to position himself as a liaison between supporters of President Donald Trump and establishment Republicans, sources previously told Axios.
Washington Post names Sally Buzbee as its executive editor
       
The Washington Post announced that Sally Buzbee will be its executive editor, making history as the first woman to lead the newsroom in the paper's 143-year existence. "The Post has such a rich journalistic legacy, and such a terrific staff," Buzbee told the Post. Buzbee will officially take on the role next month after serving as the executive editor and senior vice president of The Associated Press, where she worked since 1988. Ryan told the Post that Buzbee was the "runaway unanimous choice" among the other candidates. Marty Baron previously served as the Post's executive editor from 2013 to his retirement in February 2021.
Trio indicted in connection to the seizure of 40 pounds of narcotics
       
Three defendants were indicted Tuesday in connection to a sprawling narcotics and gun possession conspiracy that led to the seizure of $4 million worth of fentanyl, heroin and cocaine, officials said. Agents searched the Ozone Park apartment and seized another 1 1/2 kilos of narcotics and paraphernalia used to produce and package drugs. After searching the facility, officials allegedly found five semi-automatic guns, including three MAC-11 submachine guns, a bulletproof vest and documents bearing Barbour’s name. Terry Barbour, Perry Funchess and Daya Sanders were hit with a 66-count indictment and face charges. Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New YorkSurveillance footage allegedly showed Barbour and Sanders retrieve three large duffle bags from the unit after Funchess’ arrest.
Letters to the Editor — May 12, 2021
       
The Issue: Karol Markowicz’s column on the drive toward “equity,” not excellence, in public schools. Karol Markowicz’s column on eliminating Gifted & Talented courses highlighted the absurd thinking among school administrators (“Class Warfare,” PostOpinion, May 11). Would their achievement have been prevented if their schools had preached equity, not excellence? Ed QuinlanNew Hyde ParkMuch of Markowicz’s opinions about education are reasonable, especially in terms of industry, incentive and competition among students. The parents and students probably worked very hard and were thrilled that their bright, highly motivated, dedicated kids got the opportunity for advanced learning.
Republican Rob Astorino wants to challenge Gov. Cuomo in 2022
       
ALBANY — Rob Astorino — former Westchester County Executive and the GOP’s 2014 gubernatorial nominee — announced he’s officially entering the 2022 gubernatorial race on Tuesday, as New York Republicans are organizing early ahead of the contest. He’s corrupt … but even worse than his corruption, is his inability to fix this state in the last ten years. Rob Astorino was defeated by Gov. But Astorino says those endorsements already scooped up by Zeldin don’t worry him, and in some cases are premature, as election day is far off. Another Republican seeking the Republican nod includes Lewis County Sheriff Mike Carpinelli.
‘Defund’ lash-back as New York Republicans push stronger, pro-cop laws
       
“Just recently, you saw a 4 year old was shot in the middle of the day in Times Square … I had never thought that I was in any sort of danger walking around Times Square. Seemed like every corner of every intersection, there was one or two cops,” said Republican Minority Leader state Sen. Rob Ortt said he has seen a diminishing police presence around Times Square. “A dangerous job has become more dangerous because of the rhetoric and policies here in Albany, and beyond,” said Ortt. New York Republicans, including state Sen. Alexis Weik, have ripped police reform measures passed by Democrats, saying it has lead to a jump in crime and a decrease in safety.
Sorry, but they’re called ‘mothers’ — not ‘birthing people’
       
“They are calling women ‘birthing people.’” She explained that in the curriculum for her certification as a birth doula it was now de rigueur to refer to mothers with this ridiculous-sounding neologism. When Rep. Cori Bush made headlines last week with a speech and a follow-up tweet about “birthing people,” the Missouri Democrat was not speaking in a vacuum. see also Congresswoman criticized for using term ‘birthing people’ Missouri Congresswoman Cori Bush has come under fire for calling... The phrase is not only an insult to mothers everywhere; it is an attack on reason itself. Everyone knows that women who give birth to children are mothers.
When the US leaves Afghanistan, the world will become less safe
       
Since President Biden announced the United States would leave Afghanistan by Sept. 11, violence has soared. The jihadis can now say they have driven two superpowers, the Soviet Union and the United States, from Afghanistan by force. Since the fall of the Taliban’s first emirate, al Qaeda remained embedded with the Taliban in Afghanistan and continues to fight alongside it. Al Qaeda and other terror groups operate training camps inside Afghanistan to this day. The war will intensify, Afghans will suffer immensely, the Taliban will make major gains, al Qaeda will be emboldened, and the world will become less safe.
Mohamed Hadid finds buyer for mega-mansion that’s being torn down
       
Mohamed Hadid has just found a buyer for his mega-mansion that is being torn down, The Post can report. But in the end, Hadid is selling the home for $8.5 million after being ordered to demolish the structure, currently in contract. Gigi Hadid, Mohamed Hadid and Bella Hadid attend the Victoria’s Secret After-Party at the Grand Palais on Nov. 30, 2016, in Paris, France. Days after being ordered to tear down the structure, Hadid filed for bankruptcy. Via RealtorThe property is situated in the sought-after Lower Bel Air neighborhood and surrounded by some of the city’s most celebrated estates.
Joan Rivers’ ‘haunted’ NYC penthouse for sale for $38M
       
The palatial triplex Upper East Side penthouse that was home to the legendary Joan Rivers for more than a quarter of a century is going up for sale for $38 million. Evan Joseph ImagesUpstairs, a sumptuous corner master bedroom suite overlooks another south-facing terrace. Evan Joseph ImagesIn a 2012 interview, she described the residence’s lavish decor as “Louis XIV meets Fred and Ginger,” perhaps alluding to the property’s massive ballroom where she gave lavish parties. Evan Joseph ImagesRivers said in the Amazon Prime show that neighbors had seen apparitions dancing in the ballroom and descending the grand staircase in evening attire. Rivers said she found an old portrait of Mrs. Spencer and hung it in the lobby, and the haunting stopped.
CNN’s Brian Stelter continues struggle to attract viewers as ‘Reliable Sources’ hits yearly low in key demo
       
Stelter’s "Reliable Sources" has now set yearly lows in the cable news industry’s two most important categories during back-to-back episodes. "MediaBuzz" also topped Stelter in the demo, averaging 152,000 viewers in the category for a six percent advantage. The most recent episode of "Reliable Sources" didn’t even outdraw the April 25 edition when replacement host John Avlon averaged 907,000. Stelter wasn’t alone, as CNN finished May 3-9 with its lowest-rated week among both total viewers and the key demo since Dec. 2019. Fox News also beat all competition among the key demo, averaging 202,000 viewers across total day and 343,000 during the primetime hours of 8-11 p.m.
Protesters supporting Israel, Palestinians clash in New York
       
Supports of both Israel and Palestine clashed on the streets of New York City Tuesday, following violent attacks in the Middle East this week. A much larger group of pro-Palestinian supporters marched through New York City, carrying banners condemning Israeli actions. Due to safety precautions, staff members at the Israeli consulate in New York City were sent home ahead of Tuesday’s protest, the Times of Israel first reported. Another "All Out For Palestine" protest is expected in New York Wednesday. Since Monday, Israel and Palestine have exchanged rocket fire, resulting in hundreds of injuries and the deaths of at least two Israelis and 32 Palestinians.
Migrant encounters rose again in April, but number of unaccompanied minors decreased: CBP data
       
The number of migrants encountered at the border in April increased slightly compared to already high numbers encountered in March, according to Customs and Border Protection data released Tuesday -- although the number of unaccompanied minors coming across decreased. CBP encountered 178,622 migrants trying to enter the U.S. in April, a three percent increase over the approximately 172,000 encountered in March, which was the highest number in 20 years. The agency said that the number of unaccompanied children from Northern Triangle countries dropped by 12 percent, with 13,962 in April compared with 15,918 in March. Day after day, CBP rescues migrants abandoned in harsh terrain, left for dead with no food or water. The increase in migrant encounters, however small, means the pressure from Republicans on the Biden administration is likely only to increase.
Trump calls on US to follow UK lead with voter ID plans as Democrats push HR1
       
Former President Donald Trump gave his full support Tuesday to British legislation that would require UK voters to show a photo ID in future elections — and called on all US states to follow suit. Johnson’s Conservative Party holds a massive 80-seat majority in the British House of Commons and could pass voter ID legislation without any help from the opposition parties. If Johnson’s legislation passes, voters in England, Scotland and Wales will have to present photo ID at polling places beginning in 2023 (Northern Ireland has required photo ID since 2002). The legislation, which passed the House along party lines earlier this year, contains provisions weakening voter ID requirements and allowing voters to designate a person to turn in their ballots for them. “All States should pass Voter ID laws along with many other fair and comprehensive election reforms, like eliminating mass mail-in voting and ballot harvesting, so we never again have an election rigged and stolen from us,” the former president’s statement concluded.
Biden to host McCarthy, McConnell at White House in push for $4T in spending
       
President Biden will for the first time host the top Republicans in Congress Wednesday as he seeks bipartisan buy-in on $4 trillion more in spending for his infrastructure and “families” plans. The top Republicans will meet with Biden alongside Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). On Thursday, Biden will host more Republican senators at the White House to talk about possible compromise. The White House claims President Joe Biden is “eager to talk in-person” with Republican leadership despite his nearly $2 trillion COVID-relief package not receiving a single GOP vote. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has been one of President Joe Biden’s strongest critics of his trillion dollar “infrastructure” spending.
Read (a younger, wiser) Andrew Cuomo’s lips
       
It’s been a few years, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo clearly needs a reminder of how he saw things in his early days as New York’s chief executive. Back in 2011, we ran this quote for days on end — until Cuomo confirmed our fears and dropped the charade that the millionaires tax was temporary. He’s never looked back, but the rest of us certainly should. Andrew Cuomo on Oct. 17, 2011, explaining why he intended to keep his campaign vow and oppose new taxes for New York, including the “millionaires tax.”
Sneaker resellers hawking Air Jordans, Yeezys make a fortune during COVID
       
Black and red Air Jordan 14s, a k a “Last Shot 14,” which the Bulls great wore during the 1998 NBA finals against the Utah Jazz. Unique Sneaks owner Hayden Sharitt in front of a wall of Air Jordan 1 boxes. Wu said he recently scored a pair of red hot Travis Scott Air Jordan 6 in British khaki — which sold out in just a day — for his girlfriend. Wu added that Yeezys — the collaborations between Adidas and Kanye West — are just as popular as Air Jordans. “[Selling sneakers] is pretty easy to do but not a lot of kids want to work all day.
Teachers’-union boss fumbles on 1619 Project, school openings should scare America
       
Have you ever seen the head of the nation’s most powerful teachers’ union caught like a deer in the headlights? On both the questions of teaching kids the 1619 Project and critical race theory (which pegs whites as irredeemably racist) and opening the schools themselves, her answers were full of falsehoods. For example, on The New York Times’ 1619 Project, which asserts that America was founded by, for and of slavery first and foremost, Weingarten flubbed, fibbed and deflected. Truth is, the Trump administration was pushing to open schools, in fact succeeding in many states, while Weingarten’s teachers’ union was actively working with the CDC to keep schools closed. The nation’s teachers’ unions have a lot to answer for on both counts, but their most powerful spokesperson can do little more than hem, haw, deny and lie when faced with these questions.
Universal Music paid record exec Charlie Walk $1.7M in sex-harass case
       
Universal Music Group paid its former high-flying record exec Charlie Walk $1.7 million to walk away in a 2018 amid sexual harassment and assault claims against him, according to newly unsealed court documents. Walk, a former president of Republic Records who also was a judge on Fox’s reality TV music competition show “The Four,” has sued Kasowitz and his firm, Kasowitz Benson Torres for malpractice. Former Donald Trump attorney Marc Kasowitz represented Charlie Walk. This prompted UMG to conduct an independent investigation of the accusations, during which Walk hired Kasowitz. Walk claims he was steered to settle and that he wasn’t given other options such as taking the case to trial, which Kasowitz denies.
Govs urge Biden, Harris to get grip on border crisis as 21K migrant kids being held
       
“We have neither the resources nor the obligation to solve the federal government’s problem and foot the bill for the consequences of this Administration’s misguided actions.”The letter’s signatories include border state Govs. Greg Abbott was one of 20 top state officials to criticize the Biden administration’s handling of the US-Mexico border. The report further found that about half of all kids detained in the US are sleeping in shelters with more than 1,000 other children. Some caregivers are not vetted with full FBI fingerprint background checks, an oversight for which Biden criticized the Trump administration. “Federal, state, and local authorities are overwhelmed, and the situation on the ground is heartbreaking.”With Post wires
Enough! NYC voters must make voices heard after Times Square shooting: Goodwin
       
Unless New York has completely lost its mind, the shooting in Times Square that wounded three innocent bystanders, including a 4-year-old girl, will galvanize the mayoral race. For that to happen, all New Yorkers must make their voices heard and turn up the heat on City Hall. After all, remnants of the “defund the police” movement are still pressuring the mayor, city council and prosecutors to further handcuff cops and coddle criminals. In many ways, the Times Square shooting echoes an infamous 1990 stabbing in the subways that has been called the murder that changed New York. He went to Times Square hours after the shooting and delivered an impassioned speech.
Over 1,000 gas stations are out of fuel across the Southeast
       
More than 1,000 gas stations across America’s Southeast ran dry Tuesday amid a surge of panic buying spurred by the cyberattack that shut down the critical Colonial Pipeline. In Georgia, desperate motorists drained the tanks at more than 20 percent of stations in the metro Atlanta area, Gas Buddy analyst Patrick De Haan tweeted. “This doesn’t mean 80% DO have gas, it means 80% haven’t been reported to us,” he noted late Tuesday afternoon. Woody Marshall/News & Record via APS&P’s Oil Price Information Service put the total at more than 1,000, The Associated Press reported. As the shutdown of a major fuel pipeline entered into its fifth day, efforts are under way to stave off potential fuel shortages, though no widespread disruptions were evident.
Reps. Cawthorn, Foxx introduce bill to prevent federal funds from being used to push critical race theory
       
The PEACE Act amends the Consolidated Appropriations Act to prohibit federal funds from going to programs that push for critical race theory in schools. "Critical Race Theory is dangerous because it is a lie." "This legislation will ensure that Critical Race Theory is dismantled and that American children are taught true American history, not false anarchical hysteria," Cawthorn added. Additionally, the bill would stop appropriated federal funds from going to "any other priority or requirement related to the teaching of Critical Race Theory under any grant, contract, or cooperative agreement." Florida Governor Ron DeSantis declared that critical race theory would not be taught in the Sunshine State and the Tennessee General Assembly recently voted to advance a measure banning critical race theory from being taught.
West Texas rural property purchases grew 50% in Q1 2021
       
Purchases of large, rural properties in West Texas grew 50% in the first quarter of 2021, according to new research from Texas A&M University. "In the aftermath of the COVID-induced economic lockdown, 2021 Texas rural land markets have exploded in a burst of activity," Dr. Charles Gilliland, research economist and rural land expert for the Texas Real Estate Research Center at Texas A&M University, said in a Tuesday statement. Also in the first quarter of this year, the Texas rural land industry recorded an annualized total dollar amount of $1.99 billion -- a 38% increase compared to last year. EXODUS FROM CALIFORNIA, HIGH TAX STATES DRIVING UNPRECEDENTED REAL ESTATE BOOM"This unprecedented sales volume confirms reports of buyers flocking to rural environments during these uncertain times," Gilliland said. "...These developments mark one of the most active times in the history of Texas land markets as urban-based buyers seek out rural retreats.
Cuomo's vaccine passport policies 'absurd,' a 'violation of civil liberties, says Tammy Bruce
       
Andrew Cuomo has enacted a policy that segregates people based on medical procedures, "Get Tammy Bruce" host Tammy Bruce said Tuesday on Fox Nation. She compared Cuomo's new policy to forcing unvaccinated Americans to "the back of the bus" -- a reference to the way African Americans were forced to sit in the back of public transit. "Effectively, it's a vaccine passport, where if you're unvaccinated you'll be sitting in the back of the bus," she said. "Keep in mind this is about segregating groups of Americans based on what you've allowed the government to do to you." "This entire situation is absurd," she said, calling Cuomo's new policy a violation of civil liberties.
Andrew Brown Jr.’s family reacts after viewing bodycam video showing deadly police encounter
       
The comments came during a Tuesday press conference after the family of Andrew Brown Jr. viewed more than 18 minutes of body camera video of the fatal encounter. What's in the dark will come to the light," Brown's older son Khalil Ferebee told reporters after viewing the footage. AL SHARPTON TO DELIVER EULOGY AT NORTH CAROLINA SERVICEA prosecutor said Brown's car had made "contact" with law enforcement officers before the shooting began. But Brown's family and their attorneys have said Brown was driving away and died from an unjustified "execution." Judge Jeffery Foster ruled that the family can view less than 20 minutes of the nearly two hours of video that was recorded.
8 years for dad of Saints 'super fan' in charity, drug case
       
A Louisiana man whose seriously ill son gained fame in New Orleans for his devotion to the Saints football team was sentenced to eight years in prison Tuesday for drug trafficking and for fraudulently capitalizing on his son's illness with a phony charity. Jarrius has been often described as a Saints "super fan" in local media. Amid the publicity, which included an appearance at the ESPYs, Jordy Robertson established a charity to raise money for his son’s liver transplant. Prosecutors said Jordy Robertson also continued to raise money through his "It Takes Lives to Save Lives" charity, purportedly to raise awareness about organ transplants for children. Jordy Robertson pleaded guilty in 2019 to wire fraud and drug trafficking charges.
White House says Israeli actions work 'against' solution to crisis
       
The president's support for Israel's security, for its legitimate right to defend itself and its people is fundamental and will never waver." She condemned rocket attacks against Israel by Hamas and other terrorist groups but highlighted the rights of Palestinians as well as Israelis. REPUBLICANS, DEMOCRATS SLAM HAMAS FOR ROCKET ATTACKS ON ISRAEL"We believe Palestinians and Israelis deserve equal measures of freedom, security, dignity and prosperity," she continued. The Israeli military said three Israelis had been killed by Hamas’ rocket fire. The clash had begun Friday when Palestinians threw stones at Israeli police occupying the temple.
New York Times calls out CDC for 'misleading' data on outdoor COVID transmission
       
The New York Times called out the CDC over what the paper described as "misleading" data regarding the outdoor transmission of the coronavirus. "It appears to be based partly on a misclassification of some Covid transmission that actually took place in enclosed spaces... An even bigger issue is the extreme caution of C.D.C. "Saying that less than 10 percent of Covid transmission occurs outdoors is akin to saying that sharks attack fewer than 20,000 swimmers a year. The CDC acknowledged to the Times that data on outdoor transmission is "limited" and that existing data supports the notion that oudoor transmission is "low." CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP"Erring on the side of protection — by exaggerating the risks of outdoor transmission — may seem to have few downsides.
Rolling to Remember: Issa introduces bill forcing Biden to allow DC Memorial Day biker tradition
       
"There’s mom, there’s apple pie, there’s baseball, there’s hot dogs and there’s supporting our men and women in uniform," Issa told Fox News in an interview. Pentagon Special Events confirmed veterans group AMVETS' permit for the Rolling to Remember motorcycle rally on March 11 but later reversed its decision. "If I thought there was any credence or fairness to their refusal, I would have asked differently," Issa told Fox News. Issa said the bill may not garner Democratic support and make it to Biden's desk before Memorial Day, but he hopes the administration will nevertheless reverse course. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe coronavirus pandemic forced Rolling to Remember to go virtual in 2020.
Betsy DeVos torches Randi Weingarten's defense of critical race theory: '1619 Project is not history'
       
Former education secretary Betsy DeVos denounced the American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten on Tuesday following her aggressive defense of The New York Times’ controversial "1619 Project" and critical race theory-based educational curriculums. The 1619 Project is not history... it denies 1776 and our constitution and our founding documents and the goal of forming a more perfect union," the Trump education secretary said. The 1619 Project is not history." And the answer to racism and discrimination in our country is not to then adopt another form of racism, which is exactly what the 1619 Project suggests." "The blame lies right at the feet of the teachers union and all of their allies.
San Francisco high school schools slammed for 'reopening' for just one day to get $12 million
       
San Francisco’s teachers union has reached a deal with the city’s public school district to bring back high school seniors for just one day before the end of the school year so that the city’s schools can qualify for $12 million in state reopening funds, according to a report. Per the terms of the agreement, obtained by the San Francisco Chronicle, high school seniors will receive "in-person supervision" rather than in-person instruction. Just two of the city’s 15 high schools will be reopened. The San Francisco Unified School District is polling families to see how many of the 4,000 seniors would opt to return. To qualify for funding, California requires public school districts to reopen for in-person instruction for elementary school students and at least one middle or high school grade.
Fauci admits COVID-19 could have come from Wuhan lab, butts heads with Rand Paul
       
Dr. Anthony Fauci on Tuesday admitted that COVID-19 could have originated in a lab in Wuhan, China — and acknowledged there should be further investigation into the possibility. The nation’s top infectious-disease doc made the acknowledgment on Capitol Hill while getting grilled by US senators — including Republican Rand Paul, who heatedly butted heads with him over alleged government funding of the lab. Sen. Rand Paul and Dr. Anthony Fauci again went back-and-forth on Tuesday. In addition to the funding flap, Paul pressed Fauci over the potential link between the virus outbreak and the lab, too. Dr. Fauci said he would be in favor of an investigation to see if COVID-19 came from a lab in Wuhan, China.
UN experts: Islamic State committed genocide against Yazidis
       
Karim Khan told the Security Council the team also concluded war crimes were committed by the Islamic State group against predominantly Shiite unarmed cadets and personnel from the Tikrit Air Academy who were captured, tortured and subjected to mass execution in June 2014. Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes committed by the Islamic State group, also known as Daesh, ISIL and ISIS, rapidly expanded the amount of evidence it has in the last six months. In 2016, the U.N.-mandated Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria said the Islamic State group was committing genocide against Yazidis, and several non-governmental organizations have echoed that conclusion. Zaid AL-OBEIDIHe expressed hope that Iraqi legislators will adopt a legal basis to prosecute IS members for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. He welcomed legislation presented to Parliament in the Kurdistan region last week to establish a court with jurisdiction over international crimes committed by IS.
What did Fauci fund in Wuhan and other commentary
       
Pandemic journal: What Did Fauci Fund in Wuhan? Jackson ordered the Justice Department to release an internal 2019 memo to then-Attorney General Bill Barr about whether to prosecute President Donald Trump. Yet Barr wasn’t hiding anything; he released nearly all of Mueller’s report. “Nearly everything being built is boring, joyless and/or ugly,” and “an arbitrary and ugly assortment of random stark rectangles” wins the field’s highest honor each year. They lack the kind of intricacy that means you can stare at them endlessly and keep finding new things.
Fireworks in the first hearing for NYPD’s 2022 budget
       
Tensions boiled over between NYPD’s top brass and City Council members Tuesday over an overblown police overtime tab and cops’ controversial handling of the George Floyd protests. The tense back and forth erupted just minutes into the first budget hearing of NYPD’s fiscal year 2022 and was just one of a few lively disputes between the top brass and council members during the nearly four-hour session. Public Safety Chair and Councilwoman Adrienne Adams pressed Shea on whether he thought the increase in crime was connected to the $353 million reduction in overtime. “Why should we believe that you’ll stick to your overtime budget this time around? Let’s have an honest conversation and a back and forth.”Both sides are due back for additional testimony on May 25.
GOP Rep.: What was Kerry doing on ‘taxpayer-funded world tour?’
       
“I write to express my concern with Special Presidential Envoy for Climate (SPEC) John Kerry’s taxpayer funded world climate tour, and, especially, his latest meeting with China’s climate envoy, Xie Zhenhua,” Burchett wrote. Kerry’s meeting and related jet-setting sends the wrong message and hands the CCP a public relations victory,” he wrote. In 2019, America’s carbon emissions were at their lowest level since 1992 and at their lowest level per capita since 1950. Kerry and Mr. Zhenhua’s meeting and the broader Biden climate agenda and resources being utilized to effectuate it.”“Sec. Kerry’s meeting lends China credibility on the world stage, while furthering the White House’s partisan climate agenda.
Israel, Hamas continue to exchange fire as deadly confrontation persists
       
In its most intense airstrike to date, Hamas launched over 130 rockets at Israel following an attack on a 13-story building in Gaza, which caused it to collapse. Videos posted to social media show Hamas rockets fired over Petach Tikvah -- a city roughly six miles from Tel Aviv – seemingly blocked by Israel’s missile defense system. "The United States will continue to remain engaged with senior Israeli officials, and Palestinian leadership in the days and weeks ahead," he added. Lod Mayor Yair Revivo called on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to declare a state of emergency in the city. "I call on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Bnei Gantz to demand that the barriers be lifted and that a closure be imposed in the city of Lod immediately."
Austin’s homeless camping ban is back in effect
       
Officials in Austin, Texas, are vowing Tuesday to be "laser-focused on addressing homelessness in a safe and humane manner" as the city’s ban on homeless camping is back in effect. There are no perfect or simple solutions," Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk told reporters Tuesday. After that, 72-hour notices will be posted in homeless encampments indicating that cleanups will take place, he said. Most of the large homeless encampments in Austin are found on property belonging to the Texas Department of Transportation, the Texas Tribune reports. "Allowing homeless encampments in public spaces poses a danger to our communities, including the homeless population," Gov.
Ruthless podcast mocks Brian Stelter for boasting CNN's '300+' mentions of Liz Cheney: Admits media's 'game!'
       
The co-hosts of the conservative podcast "Ruthless" had some fun at the expense of CNN's left-wing media guru Brian Stelter who proved them right about the media's efforts to elevate Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo. On Saturday, Stelter appeared to confirm their assertions as he boasted CNN and MSNBC's obsessive coverage of the third-ranking House Republican in the minority caucus. This week, Liz Cheney was mentioned 300+ times each on CNN and MSNBC. RUTHLESS PODCAST SAYS MEDIA USES LIZ CHENEY TO PUSH 'GOP CIVIL WAR' NARRATIVE: CNN NEEDS TO FILL AIRWAVESDuring the podcast released on Tuesday, the Ruthless co-hosts took a victory lap. Smug reiterated how Cheney continues to "take the bait" from the media, which he and his Ruthless colleagues argued led to her imminent removal from leadership.
Texas HOA says veteran's American flag flying from tree violates violates state, US codes
       
Texas-based Navy veteran Gary Pirics is refuting his homeowners association's request to properly fly his American flag in line with U.S. Flag Code and Texas Flag Regulations. "I did that because I'm a Navy veteran," Pirics said. Avery Ranch HOA board member Brandon Pray, a retired U.S. Army Sergeant, told Fox News in a statement that the HOA requested Pirics fly his flag in line with multiple local and national codes. "The Individuals were requested to fly the flag in accordance with the HOA Policy, Texas Property Code 202, Texas Flag Regulations 3100, and the US Flag code."
Hawley hits back at media criticizing him for selling book on Amazon: 'This is what we call a monopoly'
       
accused media critics of proving his point after calling him a hypocrite for promoting his new book, "The Tyranny of Big Tech," on social media platforms such as Twitter and selling his books on a "monopoly platform" like Amazon. "Josh Hawley is using an iPhone, going on Twitter to beg people to buy the book on Amazon, his book called ‘The Tyranny of Big Tech’ ... Josh Hawley isn't stupid but he apparently thinks we are," MSNBC anchor Brian Williams said of Hawley. If critics want to do something about that, they should support Josh’s plans to break up Big Tech." In an exclusive interview with Fox News, Hawley explained why he was getting in on the fight against Big Tech. "This is a book that corporate leftists don’t want anybody to read, and for good reason," Hawley told Fox News.
New York Times panned for claiming pipeline cyberattack caused no hike in gas prices or long refueling lines
       
The New York Times became the focus of intense online criticism Tuesday following a tweet from the liberal paper's Twitter account that claimed there have been no long lines at gas stations or major hikes in gas prices since the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline. COLONIAL PIPELINE CYBERATTACK: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW"Colonial Pipeline, a vital U.S. fuel artery that was shut down by a cyberattack, said it hoped to restore most operations by the end of the week. Since the shutdown, there have been no long lines or major price hikes for gas," the tweet read. Gas shortages also began taking effect, with North Carolina reportedly already seeing long lines, and the state's governor, Roy Cooper, issuing a state of emergency to prepare for any potential fuel supply interruptions. COLONIAL PIPELINE HACK: AMERICAN AIRLINES ADDING STOPS TO SOME LONG-HAUL ROUTES AFTER CYBERATTACKCLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP
Border Patrol apprehends dozens of migrants at stash houses after failed smuggling attempts
       
Border Patrol agents in Rio Grande Valley (RGV) sector have picked up dozens of migrants at stash houses within the last week -- shining light on the operations smugglers use to get illegal immigrants into the U.S., and the harsh conditions those migrants face. RGV Sector Chief Patrol Agent Brian Hastings said that four failed smuggling attempts resulted in 91 migrant apprehensions from stash houses throughout the sector over the weekend. BORDER PATROL IN TEXAS PICKS UP ABANDONED BAG OF 'AK-47 STYLE' GUNSThat comes after he announced earlier this month that 172 migrants were picked up at stash houses. "In one incident, agents discovered 64 migrants inside a human smuggling stash house in Rio Grande City, TX," he said. Cartels also use such stash houses to funnel drugs, currency and other illegal contraband into the U.S.
Mike Pompeo: Biden's stance on Israel and Iran 'emboldens terrorists'
       
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tore into President Biden's foreign policy regarding Israel and Iran, saying its stance on the long-standing disputes in the region "emboldens terrorists." Pompeo's criticism comes after Hamas followers launched rockets into Jerusalem on Monday night, following clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinian protesters. "Think about this: today, Iran hosts and protects the Iranian regime's most senior operational leaders," said Pompeo. When we left that incompetent agreement, there was no war, Pompeo continued. Israel responded to the attack with airstrikes into Gaza and the exchange of violence has not stopped since Monday.
Biden official begs drivers not to ‘hoard’ gas as pipeline hack causes shortages
       
President Biden’s top energy official on Tuesday pleaded with people not to “hoard” gas as a ransomware attack against the Colonial Pipeline causes fuel shortages. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said drivers should be patient amid what she called a “supply crunch” caused by the pipeline being shut down over the weekend. Biden canceled construction of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada in one of his first acts in office. Granholm said Tuesday, however, that she believes that pipelines are among the most efficient modes of transportation of petroleum products. The pipeline hack has created a supply crunch in the southern part of the United States.
Judge dismisses NRA bankruptcy case in blow to gun group
       
DALLAS — A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed the National Rifle Association’s bankruptcy case, leaving the powerful gun-rights group to face a New York state lawsuit that accuses it of financial abuses and aims to put it out of business. The case was over whether the NRA should be allowed to incorporate in Texas instead of New York, where the state is suing in an effort to disband the group. Though headquartered in Virginia, the NRA was chartered as a nonprofit in New York in 1871 and is incorporated in the state. Judge Harlin Hale said in a written order that he was dismissing the case because he found the bankruptcy was not filed in good faith. LaPierre testified that he kept the bankruptcy largely secret to prevent leaks from the group’s 76-member board, which is divided in its support for him.
‘Bachelor’ stars Jade Roper, Tanner Tolbert find buyer for $3M house
       
“Bachelor in Paradise” couple Tanner Tolbert and Jade Roper have already scored a buyer for their $3 million Southern California home only five days after it hit the market. “Bachelor in Paradise” stars Jade Roper and Tanner Tolbert have found a buyer for their $3 million mansion, just five days after it hit the market. Realtor.comGlass doors from the main room open out to the center courtyard. The iron front gates lead to the center courtyard. Roper was on the 19th season of “The Bachelor”The center courtyard.
Susan Wright: Biden “Is More Concerned With The Visual Than The Reality” At The Border
       
On Fox Across America with Jimmy Failla, GOP Candidate for Congress from Texas’ 6th District Susan Wright explained why the Biden administration his a nightmare on their hands at the southern border. And it seems like the Biden administration took a very secure, secure as it could be given the circumstances, border. And I’ll tell you, we talked to thousands and thousands of Texans at their doors and they are not happy about it. So, yeah, it surely does seem like they’re more concerned with the visual than the reality. So whatever they intended to do, they’ve got a nightmare on their hands at the southern border.”
Brian Kilmeade: Biden’s Foreign Policy “Is A Lose-Lose So Far”
       
On Fox Across America with Jimmy Failla, Fox News Radio host Brian Kilmeade explained why he thinks President Biden has a “lose-lose” record so far on foreign policy. “I think it’s a lose-lose so far. Look at what he’s doing. OK, I’m going to send a few diplomats home, they matched it. So I’m not saying that they called up and say let’s how we screw with America today.
Lara Trump: Everything Democrats Accuse My Family Of, The Bidens Have Actually Done
       
On Fox Across America with Jimmy Failla, Fox News Contributor Lara Trump talks about how Democrats and the Biden family are actually guilty of all the times they claim the Trump family has done. The reality is anything that they have accused Republicans of doing, they, in fact, themselves are doing. I don’t know how much time we have on the show, but we could run the gamut, literally anything that they have accused our family of doing, it turns out the Biden family is doing. And as it relates to Russia, they were desperate to say that we colluded with Russia in 2016 to win the election. They tried desperately to say we colluded with Russia, that Donald Trump wasn’t tough enough on Russia.
Scalise, GOP lawmakers demand probe of FBI designation of congressional baseball shooting as 'suicide by cop'
       
Scalise, R-La., was nearly killed and others were severely injured after gunman James Hodgkinson opened fire on Republican lawmakers and others on site for the 2017 baseball practice. "The FBI telling us that James Hodgkinson’s attempt to assassinate dozens of members of Congress was simply ‘suicide by cop’ does nothing to alleviate this concern." While the FBI did not publicly disclose its conclusion, officials told GOP lawmakers at a November 2017 briefing that the shooting was designated a "suicide by cop." "Classifying the Congressional baseball attack by a leftist gunman with a hit list of Republicans as 'suicide by cop' is offensive & inaccurate," Scalise wrote on Twitter. The lawmakers noted that Hodgkinson had asked whether the lawmakers on the field were Republicans or Democrats before opening fire.
Blackburn warns cyber attacks 'big part of 21st century warfare,' amid Colonial Pipeline hack
       
"We have an axis of evil," Blackburn told Fox News, pointing to "Russia, China, Iran and North Korea." One pilot program is currently being launched in Tennessee, and is working in coordination with U.S. Cyber Command, Blackburn told Fox News. "Because when a cyber attack happens, what we know is you cannot lose time," she said. But as for preventing a cyber attack altogether, Blackburn said the key is "understanding how they are executing a hack." Colonial Pipeline, in a statement Monday, said they are dedicating resources to "restoring pipeline operations quickly and safely."
Restaurant owner warns of automation in kitchens amid labor shortage
       
A California-based chef and restaurateur warns of possible major changes to the dining industry amid a shortage of affordable labor. According to Andrew Gruel, founder and CEO of Slapfish seafood, if the lack of workers continues then restaurant owners will have no choice but to find other ways to operate their businesses. "What I fear in terms of the long-term effects of this is that we start to automate and robotize our industry," Gruel told Fox News. The restaurant industry suffered tremendously the past year from harsh dining restrictions put in place by states to curb the spread of COVID-19. "It’s is a really, really tough and tight labor market," said Gruel.
Biden says he expects ‘a more aggressive effort’ to relax CDC guidance for fully vaccinated people
       
President Biden predicted "a more aggressive effort" within his administration to increase the "desire" to get vaccinated by relaxing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guidance on what fully vaccinated people can do safely. "One area where we could use some help from the White House and others is modeling what a fully vaccinated person can do." "We have fully vaccinated people, we should start acting like it," the GOP governor told Biden. Over 35% of the total U.S. population has been fully vaccinated and over 46% has received at least one dose. The CDC updated its mask guidance last month to say that fully vaccinated Americans do not need to wear masks outside.
Georgia law sets 'defund police' limits, will 'stop radical, out-of-control' towns from slashing funds: Gaines
       
"This National Police Week, we’re grateful here in Georgia for our men and women in law enforcement -- and we back the blue." GEORGIA LAWMAKERS PASS BILL TO SET 'DEFUND POLICE' LIMITS: 'PUTTING FAMILIES IN THOSE COMMUNITIES AT RISK'The law will bar local governments from cutting police department budgets beyond a certain percentage and takes effect on July 1. Georgia is now one of the only states in the country with such law enforcement agency protections, Gaines’ office said. The critics argue that governments should spend less on law enforcement and more on social services to address problems. "This far-left movement will endanger our communities and our law enforcement officers," he said, "and leave our most vulnerable at risk."
Prosecutors recommend 17-year sentence for ex-Army Green Beret turned Russian spy
       
Federal prosecutors recommended a 17-year sentence for a former U.S. Army Green Beret who pleaded guilty in November to conspiring with Russian intelligence sources dating as far back as the 1990s. He gave a handler there the names of four Roman Catholic nuns he had visited, according to the Justice Department. In a statement of facts made public last November, Debbins admitted he held pro-Russian and anti-American political views. Debbins told Russian intelligence he "thought that the United States was too dominant in the world and needed to be cut down to size," according to the indictment. He served in the Army as an active-duty officer between 1998 and 2005 – the last two years as a Special Forces officer.
Border Patrol in Texas picks up abandoned bag of 'AK-47 style' guns
       
Border Patrol agents in Texas secured an abandoned bag filled with "AK-47 style pistols," including some that had been reported stolen, officials said Tuesday -- just as authorities are trying to deal with a continuing crisis at the southern borderCustoms and Border Protection (CBP) said that a member of the National Guard near Eagle Pass, Texas located an abandoned gym bag. Border Patrol agents seized the bag, which turned out to contain what CBP described as "eight AK-47 style pistols and 10 AK-47 style 30-round magazines." BORDER CRISIS: 5 UNACCOMPANIED MIGRANT GIRLS FOUND ABANDONED IN TEXASBorder Patrol agents then moved the guns to the nearby station for processing, where authorities later discovered that four of the weapons had previously been reported as stolen. "This is the second time our agents encountered abandoned weapons and ammo in this area," he said in a statement. It emerged Sunday that five abandoned migrant girls, all under the age of 7, were discovered by a Texas farmer on his land in Quemado, near the Rio Grande Valley.
Serial killer VA nursing assistant sentenced to life in prison for murders of seven veterans
       
A former nursing assistant at a Veterans Affairs hospital in West Virginia was sentenced to seven life terms in prison Tuesday for giving deadly injections of insulin to seven veterans in their 80s and 90s. Hospital leaders began suspecting something was amiss in July 2018 and contacted the VA inspector general, who started an investigation into the deaths. BIDEN SIGNS LAW EXPANDING COVID-19 VACCINATIONS FOR VETERANS, THEIR SPOUSES AND CAREGIVERSAssistant U.S. Attorney Jarod Douglas dismissed Mays' claims though, calling her actions "predatory and planned." Furthermore, the hospital used an "informal tracking system" that allowed Mays to take insulin without arising suspicion, according to the OIG. Mays cried in court Tuesday before she was sentenced to spend the rest of her life in prison.
Five GOP governors reject Biden’s enhanced unemployment benefits
       
?Five Republican governors are turning down the $300 in enhanced unemployment benefits that are part of President Biden’s coronavirus relief plan to encourage their jobless workers to return to work. In a Twitter post on Monday, Reeves’ comments about the jobless benefits echoed Hutchinson’s. Jobless Americans are getting an extra $300 a week in federal benefits through Labor Day — on top of state unemployment benefits averaging about $320 per week. “The law is clear: If you’re receiving unemployment benefits and you’re offered a suitable job, you can’t refuse that job and just keep getting the unemployment benefits,” Biden said at the White House. “Incentives matter,? ?and the vast expansion of federal unemployment benefits is now doing more harm than good.
Bank robbery suspect dubbed ‘Mr. Smooth’ busted in six heists
       
A bank robbery suspect dubbed “Mr. Smooth” didn’t fully live up to his moniker – and is now facing charges in a string of heists, Kentucky police said Tuesday. Smooth” by investigators due to the sheer number of robberies between April 2 and last Wednesday, Louisville police said. LMPD“That’s when we came up with the nickname Mr. Smooth,” Dean continued. Jones is now awaiting extradition to Louisville, where he’ll face four counts of second-degree robbery, according to the newspaper.
100 days in power, Myanmar junta holds pretense of control
       
Health workers who founded the civil disobedience movement against military rule stopped staffing government medical facilities. One hundred days after their takeover, Myanmar’s ruling generals maintain just the pretense of control. APThe junta also faces a growing military challenge in the always restive border regions where ethnic minority groups exercise political power and maintain guerrilla armies. Within days of the junta takeover, elected parliamentarians who were denied their seats convened their own self-styled Parliament. Family members mourn over Aung Myo Thant who was killed during clashes with police in Yangon, Myanmar.
US officials suspect Russia for ‘directed-energy’ attacks against government workers
       
US officials suspect Russia’s top foreign intelligence agency of being behind suspected “directed-energy” attacks against American government personnel, causing mysterious health issues, according to a report. Speaking to Politico Monday, three current and former officials said the US suspected the GRU was behind the attacks, but did not yet have a smoking gun to prove it. APThe spokesperson added that investigators did not yet know the cause of such events, calling them areas of “active inquiry” that the National Security Council was working with other agencies to address. Late last month, Pentagon officials briefed lawmakers with the necessary security clearances on the suspected attacks, at the time reported to be against US troops as opposed to government employees. APThe suspected attacks by Russia became a concern to national security officials last year, but raise eyebrows now as Moscow continues to flex its military muscle in Ukraine and in the Black Sea.
US casinos raked in $11B in first quarter to match best-ever ‘win’
       
Figures released Tuesday by the American Gaming Association, the casino industry’s national trade group, show the nation’s commercial casinos took in over $11.1 billion in the first quarter of this year. That matched the industry’s best quarter in history, the third quarter of 2019. In early March, New Mexico became the last commercial gaming market to resume operations after having been shuttered for just under a year. Fourteen out of the 25 commercial casino states — home to more than 75 percent of the nation’s commercial casinos — limited casino occupancy to below 50 percent during the quarter. It was the first commercial casino state to reopen last year, on May 7, 2020.
Brooklyn businesses say unemployment benefits keeping workers away
       
The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce poll of 200 small businesses found that 64 percent were having trouble hiring people. Jobless New Yorkers are getting paid between $600 and $805 in combined state and federal unemployment benefits per week. The Brooklyn business group also said its restaurateurs were having the hardest time hiring people. “The law is clear: if you’re receiving unemployment benefits and you’re offered a suitable job, you can’t refuse that job and just keep getting the unemployment benefits,” Biden said. “Brooklyn remains a great place to open and run a business and the future continues to be bright.
Kevin McCarthy’s rental from Frank Luntz violated condo bylaws: report
       
GOP pollster Frank Luntz’s decision to rent House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy a room in his sprawling downtown DC condo was a violation of the building’s condo policies, according to a report. McCarthy poses with pollster Luntz as his wife, Judy McCarthy, takes their photo at the 2016 Republican National Convention. CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty ImagesThe bylaws state that “No portion of any Unit (other than the entire Unit) shall be leased for any period. Frank Luntz and Kevin McCarthy pose in the White House with Clint Eastwood. TwitterLuntz denounced the GOP earlier this year, stating that he no longer identified as a Republican following the Trump presidency.
Russia denies involvement in cyberattack that shut down Colonial Pipeline
       
Russia on Tuesday denied responsibility for the cyberattack that led to the ongoing Colonial Pipeline shutdown — which has caused panic buying and gas shortages in the southeastern US. Colonial Pipeline storage tanks in Woodbridge, New Jersey, on May 10, 2021. A customer pumps gas at Costco, as a worker directs traffic, on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, in Charlotte, North Carolina amid the pipeline cyberattack. A Colonial Pipeline station in Smyrna, Georgia. The Colonial Pipeline delivers about 45% of the fuel consumed on the East Coast.
Stocks hammered as sell-off moves from tech to other sectors
       
Investors pulled back on stocks Tuesday as a sell-off that began in tech companies broadened to other sectors, sending the major US indices down. Investor concerns over rising inflation costs have hit high-growth tech stocks in recent weeks. Horton were among the stocks leading the markets lower. The VIX has remained below 20 in recent weeks as the stock hit fresh highs. The Nasdaq Composite edged just 0.1 percent lower as investors sell off tech stocks.
White House walks back Biden's false claim about Fed chairs supporting spending plan
       
The White House walked back President Biden's false claim about previous chairs of the Federal Reserve backing his $2.3 trillion spending plan. They said, 'Biden's plan is going to grow the economy,'" Biden said on Wednesday. There’s one problem with Biden's assertion, though: two of the five past Federal Reserve chairs – G. William Miller and Paul Volcker – are dead. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPBiden has made other false claims about his jobs plan. Biden falsely claimed that the spending plan would create up to 16 million new jobs.
Dems defeat McConnell amendment to sweeping election bill aimed at stopping effort to 'stack the deck' on FEC
       
The Senate Rules and Administration Committee Tuesday defeated an amendment from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to Democrats' sweeping elections bill. McConnell's amendment, which was defeated on a 9-9 party-line vote, would keep the Federal Election Commission (FEC) at six members rather than five, which the Democrats bill would do if enacted. SCHUMER AND MCCONNELL SPAR OVER TRUMP, STATE ELECTION LAWS IN SHOWDOWN OVER DEMOCRAT-BACKED ELECTIONS BILL"The FEC was created back in 1974 in the wake of Watergate. That was a period during which our Democratic colleagues had overwhelming majorities in the House and Senate," McConnell said. Wanting an FEC that moves quickly on a variety of matters "presumes that somehow you want an activist FEC frequently interfering in election contests...
Former Burger King employee awarded $2M after she was fired for having a trachea tube: lawsuit
       
A woman who was reportedly fired from an Orlando-area Burger King for having a trachea tube was recently awarded $2 million by a jury, according to reports. Ashley Merard sued the franchise owner, Magic Burgers LLC, for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Orlando Sentinel Reported. According to the Orlando Sentinel, a jury awarded Merard $2 million in punitive damages on May 4. Merard had reportedly only worked at the Burger King for six weeks, according to the newspaper. Though the jury awarded Merard $2 million in punitive damages, that could be reduced because of statutory caps, according to the newspaper.
NYC subway violence continues as de Blasio suggests 'travel buddies' for city employees
       
A 64-year-old man is the latest victim of an unprovoked assault in a New York City subway station as Mayor Bill de Blasio lays out a plan to provide concerned city employees with "travel buddies" for their commutes to and from work. "I believe you’re not going to bring back the New York City economy until you bring back the transit system. I believe people are anxious when they’re now in the subway system," said the Democratic governor, an outspoken opponent of the mayor. "It is irrefutable that there are serious crimes in the subway system. It is irrefutable that there are emotionally disturbed people in the subway system who can do violence and have done violence.
Israeli ambassador accuses Tlaib of 'stoking tensions' over Al-Aqsa mosque
       
Israel's ambassador to the U.S. criticized Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., for "stoking tensions" with her comments about Israel's deadly clashes with Hamas. "Congresswoman, instead of calling for peace and calm, your tweets are the stoking tensions," Erdan wrote in another post. Tlaib criticized Israel after Israeli police and Palestinians clashed Friday at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, a major holy site sacred to Muslims and Jews in Jerusalem. Tlaib wrote on Twitter. During the same period, Gaza militants fired hundreds of rockets toward Israel, killing two Israeli civilians and wounding 10 others.
20 governors urge Biden to act on border crisis, hit 'unacceptable' plans to house migrants in states
       
"The crisis is too big to ignore and is now spilling over the border states into all of our states," the letter to President Biden, from governors from states including South Dakota, Georgia, Iowa, Nebraska and New Hampshire, says. Officials at the border encountered more than 172,000 migrants in March, including a record number of unaccompanied children numbering at more than 18,000. "Allowing the federal government to place a potentially unlimited number of unaccompanied migrant children into our states’ facilities for an unspecified length of time with almost zero transparency is unacceptable and unsustainable," they write. ARIZONA, MONTANA FILE MOTION TO HALT DHS GUIDANCE THAT LIMITS ICE, AS DEPORTATIONS FALL"The cause of the border crisis is entirely due to reckless federal policy reversals executed within your first 100 days in office," the letter says. After also citing the increase in drugs seized across the border, the governors urge Biden "to take action to end the humanitarian crisis and secure our southern border immediately."
'Squad' member Rashida Tlaib claims Israel ‘promoting racism and dehumanization’ under ‘apartheid system’
       
Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., claimed Monday, with no pushback from MSNBC, that the Israeli government is guilty of "promoting racism and dehumanization" under an "apartheid system" that discriminates against Palestinians. Tlaib also compared the plight of the Palestinians to Black people in the United States facing police brutality. ISRAEL MOBILIZES 5,000 RESERVE SOLDIERS AS EGYPT TRYING TO BROKER CEASE-FIRE WITH GAZA MILITANTS"This is an apartheid system, Ayman. "U.S. taxpayer dollars should not be used to commit human rights violations. REP. ILHAN OMAR ACCUSES ISRAEL OF 'TERRORISM' AMID CLASH WITH HAMASMohyeldin again failed to ask Tlaib to provide any evidence to back her claims before continuing.
Collins slams CDC for 'conflicting, confusing' guidance, says she's lost respect for agency
       
SUMMER CAMPS MAKING COMEBACK AFTER CORONAVIRUS-ERA SHUTDOWNSCollins, R-Maine, on Tuesday grilled Walensky on "conflicting" guidance related to school reopenings, wearing masks outside, and summer camps. "Unnecessary barriers to reopening schools, exaggerating the risk of outdoor transmission and unworkable restrictions on summer camps," Collins continued. Walensky said the CDC guidance was updated to include directives for "immunocompromised teachers," not just immunocompromised students, which was included in the initial draft guidance. Collins also pointed to CDC guidance on mask wearing, and cited a study that "less than 10% of COVID-19 transmission was occurring outdoors," as well as guidance related to summer camps. Walensky defended the CDC guidance on camps, saying the agency’s goal is to "get our kids to camp and allow them to stay there."
San Francisco archbishop: Biden and Pelosi can’t take Communion over abortion
       
The Catholic archbishop of San Francisco says in a new interview that President Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi cannot receive Communion due to their political support for abortion. “I have had such conversations with Speaker Pelosi, she knows that I stand by church teaching, and I know she’s respectful enough not to do anything so provocative. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said he has had disussions with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a practicing Catholic, about the fact that she cannot take Communion. Biden, a frequent churchgoer and the second Catholic president, and Pelosi, who often publicly references her faith, are among the highest-profile members of the denomination in US history. Pelosi, meanwhile, invoked her faith frequently to denounce former President Donald Trump’s immigration and border enforcement policies.
Pipeline crisis forces American Airlines to add fueling stops on long-haul flights
       
American Airlines has added stops to a pair of long-haul routes out of North Carolina — because the planes are leaving with partially empty tanks due to the cyberattack that shut down the Colonial Pipeline. Daily flights from Charlotte to Honolulu and to London — which typically run direct — now have layovers midway, Fox Business reported Tuesday. In a prepared statement, American said the changes were “due to the fuel supply shortage on the East Coast.”The Colonial Pipeline in Helena, Ala., has been beset by cyberattacks. A Colonial Pipeline station is seen today in Smyrna, Ga., near Atlanta. Colonial Pipeline storage tanks, which supply airlines like American, are seen in Woodbridge, N.J. APBut panic buying has drained gas stations in the Tar Heel State, as well as neighboring Virginia and Georgia, according to reports Tuesday.
Schumer, McConnell clash as Democrats push voting overhaul bill in Senate
       
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell traded verbal blows Tuesday over a sweeping, Democrat-led election reform bill, that if signed into law, would be the most significant overhaul to U.S. elections since the 1960s. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer listens during a Senate Rules Committee hearing at the Capitol in Washington, DC on May 11, 2021. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., talks after a GOP policy luncheon, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Scott Applewhite, File“For multiple years now, Democrats have called this sweeping bill their top priority,” McConnell said. Other Democrats want to pare back the bill to core voting protections to try to put Republicans on the spot.
Man fired by dental group for not hiring enough ‘white and yellow’ workers: lawsuit
       
A nationwide dental group fired an employee for hiring too many African American and Latino staff members — and not enough “white and yellow” workers, a new lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court alleges. “There are many applicants not only African American but also White and Yellow,” Kim allegedly told Martinez. He was then fired because the “company doesn’t need a help from anybody who doesn’t follow the direction,” the owner allegedly told Martinez, according to his suit. UDG has faced similar allegations in the past, court records show. Lee” in hopes it would end the harassment, according to court records.
Universal Music Group leans into e-commerce with new executive hire
       
Universal Music Group said Tuesday that it is looking to expand its e-commerce business under new hire Richelle Parham. A former chief marketing officer of eBay, Parham joins the company in the newly created role of president of e-commerce and business development. Richelle Parham is UMG’s new president of e-commerce and business development. Universal Music Group is looking to forge direct relationships with fans as part of a new global strategy. “Together these elements form an unparalleled opportunity for a consumer-demand-driven e-commerce business that goes far beyond traditional distribution channels.”
US job openings soar to record 8.1M as companies struggle to hire workers
       
US job openings soared to a record 8.1 million in March while companies struggled to recruit new workers as the economy continued to heat up, the feds said Tuesday. Total openings rose almost 600,000 compared to February, according to the Labor Department’s Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, or JOLTS. The 8.1 million openings is the highest level reported since the data series began in December 2000, the feds said. Companies across industries have confirmed that they’re struggling to recruit new workers, constraining economic growth just as businesses finally re-emerge from the pandemic. Droves of companies have said they are struggling to find employees to fill job openings, citing pandemic-related issues.
Victoria’s Secret to become a publicly traded company as business rebounds
       
Victoria’s Secret is getting spun off by its owner into a separate, publicly traded company as its once-battered business has bounced back during the pandemic. Analysts now say Victoria’s Secret, including its teen-focused Pink chain, could be valued at upwards of $5 billion in an IPO. Former Victoria’s Secret CEO Les Wexner APManagement has implemented a tough-love turnaround strategy for Victoria’s Secret, closing stores and discounting less. Getty Images“In the last 10 months, we have made significant progress in the turnaround of the Victoria’s Secret business,” Sarah Nash, chair of the board said in a statement. Victoria’s Secret will separate from its last corporate sibling, the mall-based Bath & Body Works chain.
Washington Post taps Sally Buzbee as first female executive editor
       
The Washington Post on Tuesday named Sally Buzbee of the Associated Press to be its new executive editor — the first woman to hold the job in the paper’s 144-year history. “Sally Buzbee has an exceptional record of achievement and a tremendous wealth of experience in leading a global news organization,” said Fred Ryan, publisher and CEO of the Washington Post. The Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post named Sally Buzbee, a veteran journalist with the Associated Press, as executive editor on May 11, 2021. “The Washington Post is an institution with a rich journalistic legacy that is on the cutting edge of digital media,” said Buzbee in a statement. see also Washington Post editor Marty Baron to retire next month Marty Baron, the top editor of the Washington Post who...Reuters last month named Alessandra Galloni to be its new editor-in-chief, succeeding Steve Adler, making her the first woman to lead the news agency in its 170-year history.
NBC anchor Willie Geist spied home shopping in UWS’ priciest new tower
       
TV personality Willie Geist, a co-host of “Morning Joe” on MSNBC and anchor of “Sunday Today,” was spied touring condos at 200 Amsterdam Ave., sources tell Gimme. At one point, a judge ruled that the 52-story tower was built higher than zoning allowed — and ordered the top 20 floors to be demolished. A 47th-floor penthouse, asking $17.5 million, went into contract to a “local buyer” last month. The first, on the 51st and 52nd floors, is asking $40 million, while the second, on the 49th and 50th floors, is asking $38 million, Gimme Shelter can reveal. “Morning Joe” must be paying Geist pretty well if he’s able to swing a penthouse unit like the one above at the new 200 Amsterdam development.
Axios argues Nancy Pelosi's 'feigned forgetfulness' is part of her political strategy
       
Conservative pundits criticized Axios on Tuesday for trying to explain away Speaker Nancy Pelosi's gaffes as part of her political "strategy" against the GOP, including her "feigned forgetfulness." "As Republicans fight among themselves, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is showing the myriad ways she deals with the GOP herself," Axios reporter Alayna Treene wrote. Treene argues that Pelosi's "feigned forgetfulness" is not a flaw but a key feature of her playbook. Others were surprised by Axios' take, musing that the media wouldn't grant the same narrative to a Republican Speaker of the House. That error did not make it into Axios' report, suggesting the outlet accepted it as an actual mistake.
Senate GOP re-election arm hauls in $7.2 million last month
       
EXCLUSIVE – The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) raised $7.2 million in April, as the re-election arm of the Senate GOP builds resources as it aims to regain the Senate majority in the 2022 midterm elections. PENNSYLVANIA'S PARNELL EXPECTED TO LAUNCH SENATE GOP BID ON TUESDAYThe NRSC also reports having more than $14.2 million cash on hand, and no debt. The Senate GOP re-election arm also noted that the $7.2 million raised in April far outpaced the $4.5 million the NRSC brought in April of 2019, during a similar period during the 2020 election cycle. And while the Senate Democrats’ re-election committee entered April with slightly more cash on hand than the NRSC, it was carrying roughly $15 million in debt. The NRSC’s work to defeat Senate Democrats’ radical ideas is just beginning, and we are in the best position to win the fight next November."
O.J. Simpson stands by Liz Cheney amid GOP reckoning
       
House GOP Conference Chair Liz Cheney has earned the support of convicted felon-turned-Twitter pundit O.J. Rep. Liz Cheney’s comments regarding the former president and the Jan. 6 Capitol riot have put her at odds with her GOP colleagues. Standing up for the truth, that’s something I know her father wouldn’t have done so, right now I’m kind of a fan of Liz Cheney,” he closed. 3 House Republican survived an attempt to oust her from leadership in February over her vote to impeach President Donald Trump. “The House GOP has a massive opportunity to upgrade this week from warmonger Liz Cheney to gifted communicator Elise Stefanik.
I saw tribalism rip a country apart — and now it’s happening in America
       
The deeply divided society we now live in increasingly reminds me of clan or tribal behavior in Africa. In response, we amassed weapons, hoarded food and exhorted young men (as young as 12) to join the military. DANIEL SLIM/AFP via Getty ImagesIn the end, because of such protracted tribal tensions, Somalia collapsed into civil war. And yet there is something very striking about tribalism: It is a basic human trait, like skin color or gender. These institutions are imperfect, of course, but they are far superior to the tribalism that rules other parts of the world.
British artist Cecily Brown lists colorful NYC spread for $2.9M
       
British artist Cecily Brown and her husband, the former New York Times architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff, have put their three-bedroom, three-bathroom Greenwich Village apartment on the market for $2.99 million. The three-bedroom, at 24 Fifth Ave., is on the 15th floor of an Emery Roth building that was once a residential hotel. The unit is a combo of a two-bedroom and a studio overseen by the architect Jonathan Caplan. It opens to a foyer that leads to a double-wide living room facing Fifth Avenue. The co-listing brokers are Jason Haber of Warburg Realty and Douglas Elliman’s Steve Halprin and Jan Hashey.
Famed landscape artist lists lush $7.5M Brooklyn townhouse
       
Alice Ireys is the famed landscape architect behind the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, the Clark Botanic Garden, the Abigail Adams Smith Museum and the Brooklyn Museum. Built in 1825, the renovated townhouse is at 45 Willow St. in Brooklyn — not far from Michelle Williams’ home on the same street. The main bedroom includes a den/library with a fireplace and ensuite bathroom. Above the main bedroom is a corner office “with a ship’s bow-feel,” according to the listing. “It’s one of the most nicest gardens and most charming houses in all of New York City,” Kantha says.
China is top spender on foreign influence operations in US: report
       
China has increased the amount it spent on foreign lobbying by roughly 540 percent between 2016 and 2020 — making the Chinese Communist Party the top spender on foreign influence operations in the US, according to a report on Tuesday. Getty ImagesAccording to its initial filing under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, Xinhua is described as “an independent legal entity” that is “subject to government oversight.”But Xinhua is owned by the Chinese government, operated by Communist Party officials and viewed internationally as a propaganda mouthpiece for Beijing. Xinhua promotes its US presence with a billboard in Times Square. Alamy Stock PhotoThe latest FARA filing showed $8.6 million in payments from Xinhua’s Chinese overseers to its US operations since March 2020, including direct payments to bureaus in Washington, Los Angeles, Houston, San Francisco and Chicago. Other Chinese state-run outlets – CGTN and China Daily – have registered with FARA, helping to fuel the most spending on foreign agent activities than any other nation in 2020.
De Blasio is spending NYC’s COVID bailout cash like a ‘drunken sailor’: critics
       
Mayor Bill de Blasio greets the crowd on the boardwalk in the 2014 Mermaid Parade at Coney Island in 2014. The remaining $3 billion in unrestricted funds must be spent after May 2022, when the city will have a new mayor. For example, he notes the $61 million de Blasio has pledged annually to increase overhead for city-affiliated nonprofits. “But the mayor still hasn’t broken his habit of spending like a drunken sailor on items that don’t help New Yorkers,” Holden added. At $98.6 billion, the plan is over $10 billion more than the spending total just a year ago.
Josh Rogin: On The Difficult Position The Biden Administration Is In If They Admit The Lab Accident Theory Is Plausible
       
Josh Rogin, author of “Chaos Under Heaven: Trump, Xi, and the Battle for the Twenty-First Century” tells Brian Kilmeade he is shocked there has not been more of a bipartisan push into figuring out how we got into this dystopian mess with the coronavirus. Rogin says looking into the origin of the virus is not a political or scientific question, it is a forensic question to figure out what happened. Rogin believes we need bipartisanship and leadership to get to the bottom of this to save as many lives as possible and that’s going to require asking Anthony Fauci some uncomfortable questions. Rogin also explained the difficult position President Biden is in because if he admits that the lab accident theory is plausible, the progressive wing of his party will get thrown under the bus. Click here to order Chaos Under Heaven: Trump, Xi, and the Battle for the Twenty-First Century
Senator Roger Marshall: America & Our Allies Need To Gird Up Their Loins, Stand Up & Say Where Did The Virus Come From
       
Senator Dr. Roger Marshall (R-KS) tells Brian Kilmeade that all fingers are pointing to Wuhan and we need to know if the virus was leaked from the lab and then figure out if it was manipulated or if it was something that just spontaneously occurred. Marshall wants America and our allies to stand up, gird our loins and ask where did the virus come from. Marshall also spoke about the bill he has introduced in the Senate to shorten the extension of federal unemployment benefits in order to get Americans back to work. Marshall says any unemployment help needs to be targeted to those who truly need it but we can’t pay people more to stay at home than they would be paid to work.
Robert Gates: Russia And China Are More Aggressive Because They Believe The United States Is Weak
       
Robert Gates, former Secretary Of Defense and author of “Exercise of Power: American Failures, Successes, and a New Path Forward in the Post-Cold War World“, spoke with Brian Kilmeade about the challenges China and Russia pose for American security. Gates says Russia and China are more aggressive because they believe the United States is weak. Gates explained that Russia and China see weakness and opportunity in our political paralysis, including, how our economy reeled from Covid, pulling out from Afghanistan and pulling back from our international role. Gates believes that it is a terrible mistake to cut our defense budget and instead we need to be smart and come up with extra money to rebuild our Navy. Click here to order Exercise of Power: American Failures, Successes, and a New Path Forward in the Post-Cold War World
Baked by Melissa, The Perfect Bite
       
This week, Liz is joined by creator, President and Chief Product Officer of Baked By Melissa, Melissa Ben-Ishay to discuss how getting fired from her job as a media planner encouraged her to build one of the largest cupcake emporiums in the nation. Melissa describes how her family guided her to enter a line of work that she is truly passionate about, passionate enough to start her business in a tiny NYC apartment and explains the value of working with a close-knit team, gaining confidence, and juggling work with motherhood. Follow Liz on Twitter: @LizClaman
Biden faces criticism from Democrats and Republicans over escalating Israeli-Palestinian violence
       
President Biden is facing criticism from both Republicans and Democrats over the escalating violence between Israel and Palestine in the region that saw a Hamas rocket attack take aim at Jerusalem. Sen. Bill Hagerty, R-Tenn., demanded the Biden administration "strongly condemn Hamas," the Palestinian terror group that launched rockets at Jerusalem as the city was celebrating Jerusalem Day on Monday. "The Biden Administration should strongly condemn Hamas and other terrorists that are exploiting tensions in Jerusalem to carry out rocket attacks against innocent civilians," Hagerty tweeted. "They’ve given away all leverage right up front, and we’re seeing this is a theme with the Biden administration in terms of handing out cash hoping it fixes the situation," the congressman said. "I have yet to hear anybody from the Biden administration declare that."
Readers pan Politics Insider for 'hard hitting story' on dogs inside Biden White House
       
"We contacted all 23 members of Biden's Cabinet to find out more about their furry friends," Politics Insider explained in a follow-up tweet. "Not every member of the Cabinet responded, but so far, not one has fessed up to being a cat owner." BIDEN'S DOGS ARE BACK AT THE WHITE HOUSE AFTER MAJOR BIT SOMEONE, PSAKI SAYSThe reporters introduced readers to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and husband Chasten Buttigieg's dog Buddy. "Hard hitting stories," social media users responded to Insider's canine content. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe outlet suggested it will get to the bottom of whether or not Biden will be welcoming a cat to the White House: "Biden has promised he'll bring a cat into the White House, too, but the first family hasn't divulged details yet."
COVID shutdowns put northern border towns on the brink
       
"The closing of the border is really like cutting off a neighborhood," says Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino, a Democrat. "So many people here have a favorite restaurant or store there, so many folks in Niagara Falls, Ontario, vice versa. "We're not getting any gauge of whether we're moving in the right direction, or things are going really, really bad. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., co-chair of the Northern Border Caucus, says concerns go beyond the economy, and that too much attention at the southern border is causing a strain on Customs and Border Protection resources. He must put an end to this madness, protect the American people, and prioritize the well-being of our Border Patrol agents."
Georgia Gov. Kemp repeals Civil War-era citizen's arrest law year after Ahmaud Arbery shooting
       
Brian Kemp repealed a Civil War-era state citizen’s arrest law this week, signing new legislation more than a year after the death of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man pursued by White men who suspected him of a crime in their neighborhood. "This bill makes Georgia the first state in the country to repeal its citizen's arrest statue," Kemp said Monday before signing the measure. A neighbor, William "Roddie" Bryan, joined the chase and took cellphone video of Travis McMichael shooting Arbery three times at close range with a shotgun. A prosecutor initially assigned to the case had cited Georgia’s citizen’s arrest law to argue that the shooting was justified. Issues surrounding citizen’s arrest could be aired in pretrial hearings.
New York Times pick for mayor said NYPD officers who didn't wear masks during protests should have lost pay
       
The New York Times endorsed Democrat Kathryn Garcia for mayor on Tuesday, praising her call for "culture change" in the city's police department and belief that cops who didn't wear masks during protests last year should have lost pay. The pick comes a day after the New York Post endorsed former police captain Eric Adams in the crowded field to replace term-limited Mayor Bill de Blasio. "She is also committed to reforming the New York Police Department," the Times wrote of Garcia, a former commissioner of the city's sanitation department. As an example, she said, officers who did not wear masks during last year’s protests "should have been docked pay." Andrew Cuomo, D., and de Blasio scolded police officers for ignoring instructions to wear masks during racially charged protests last year that engulfed the city.
Rand Paul, Fauci again spar over COVID origins, controversial Wuhan lab
       
Fauci and Paul have come to verbal blows before over both COVID-19 and related restrictions such as lockdowns and mask-wearing. On Tuesday, Paul zeroed in on gain of function research -- which works on making pathogens deadlier or more easily transmissible. CNN'S BRIANNA KEILAR CALLS RAND PAUL AN 'A--' AGAIN FOR QUESTIONING FAUCI"Dr. Fauci, do you still support funding of the NIH funding of the lab in Wuhan?" "The NIH has not ever and does not now fund gain of function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology." Paul pressed on, saying it is gain of function and that the Wuhan Institute was previously funded through a sub grant.
Schumer invokes Cheney in debate over Dems' sweeping voting bill she calls 'unconstitutional'
       
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer named Rep. Liz Cheney on Tuesday in debate over Democrats' sweeping voting bill, asking GOP senators to "follow" her "example" -- but Cheney voted against the bill in the House and slammed it as "unconstitutional." With Cheney's condemnations serving as a distraction, according to many, House Republicans plan to vote to remove her as conference chair Wednesday. But Cheney voted against the "For the People Act" in the House of Representatives and tore into it with a statement issued in early March. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Tuesday also pointed out the fact that Cheney opposed the sweeping elections bill more than two months ago. I would point out to my colleagues that this newfound hero of Sen. Schumer voted no on H.R.
Democrats' HR1 election bill boosted by liberal dark money group financed by foreign national
       
A liberal dark money group bankrolled by a Swiss foreign national is spending big on lobbying in favor of Democrats' election overhauls, including H.R. INSIDE BIDEN WHITE HOUSE'S TIES TO DARK MONEY GROUP SEEKING TO PACK SUPREME COURTH.R. In 2019, Arabella was paid nearly $34 million for administrative, operations and management services to manage the four funds in Arabella’s vast dark money network. In addition to Sixteen Thirty, Arabella manages the New Venture Fund, Hopewell Fund and Windward Fund. The Sixteen Thirty Fund did not respond to a request for comment.
Goldman Sachs executive quit after making a killing on dogecoin: report
       
A Goldman Sachs managing director reportedly raked in millions of dollars from cryptocurrency dogecoin — and then quit the Wall Street titan. Citing anonymous sources at Goldman, eFinancialCareers reported that McMahon might be starting a hedge fund, according to the site, which cited sources at Goldman. Aziz McMahon, a London-based Goldman Sachs managing director quit after raking in millions of dollars from cryptocurrency dogecoin, according to eFinancialCareers. Aziz McMahon worked for Goldman Sachs for over 14 years. REUTERS/David Gray/File PhotoThe day before the show, Musk warned investors to be careful when trading Dogecoin and other currencies.
Army’s first female infantry officer blasts lower standards for women
       
One of the US Army’s first female infantry officers is speaking out against the military’s combat fitness test revisions — warning the changes “undermine their credibility” and place missions and soldiers “at risk” — after changes were made to allow women to pass at a higher frequency. Kristen Griest pushed back against accusations of “internalized misogyny” over her stance on the Army Combat Fitness Test, implemented last October. Kristen Griest has said the changes place soldiers at risk. “This is everything that all of us women in combat arms have been fighting for at least the last five years,” she argued. In an effort to bridge that gender gap, the military introduced plans to score men and women separately as they compete for promotions.
California border wall: DHS working to fix 'dangerous erosion' along 14-mile stretch
       
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is working to fix what it describes as "dangerous erosion" along a 14-mile stretch of border wall construction in California -- one of what it says are a number of steps to protect communities there. PENTAGON CANCELS TRUMP-ERA BORDER WALL CONSTRUCTION PAID FOR BY MILITARY FUNDSIt noted that the work would not expand construction but simply fix existing construction to protect nearby communities. IN SPEECH, BIDEN PITCHES 'HIGH-TECH' BORDER SECURITY AFTER HALTING WALL CONSTRUCTIONPresident Biden promised that "not another foot" of wall would be built during his administration, and halted all border wall construction in his first day in office via executive order. Recently, the Pentagon announced it is canceling all wall construction projects that were paid for by military funding. The Pentagon said that funds would be used instead for previously deferred military construction projects and that the list of deferred projects is being reviewed.
Biden to announce partnership with Uber, Lyft for free rides to COVID vaccination sites
       
President Biden on Tuesday is set to announce a partnership with ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft to provide free rides to anyone going to a COVID-19 vaccination aapointment through July 4, the White House said. BIDEN SAYS WEARING MASKS INSIDE 'STILL GOOD POLICY,' EVEN WHEN VACCINATEDThe White House said Tuesday that as part of the "historic commitment," Lyft and Uber would promote rides to and from tens of thousands of vaccination sites through their apps. Through the program, people will have the ability to simply select a vaccination site near them and follow directions to redeem their ride. The president set a new goal for 70% of Americans to receive at least the first dose of a COVID vaccine by July 4. As of Sunday, that number stands at 58%, White House coronavirus task force director Jeffrey Zients said.
Pennsylvania’s Parnell ‘expected’ to launch Republican Senate campaign on Tuesday
       
Decorated combat veteran and 2020 Republican congressional candidate Sean Parnell is expected to launch a Senate campaign on Tuesday in the 2022 race to succeed retiring GOP Sen. Pat Toomey in the key battleground state of Pennsylvania. A source close to Parnell told Fox News that it’s "expected" that he will announce he’s running for Senate. Fox News has confirmed that Parnell recently met with GOP leaders in the nation’s capital, including Sen. Rick Scott of Florida, the chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which is the re-election arm of the Senate GOP. FETTERMAN JUMPS INTO SENATE RACEParnell will become the latest Republican to jump into the Senate race. John Fetterman, state Rep. Malcom Kenyatta, and Montgomery County commissioner Val Arkoosh have already launched campaigns, with Lamb and state Sen. Sharif Street seriously eyeing bids.
South Carolina governor slams federal unemployment program as ‘road to socialism’
       
“We’ve got help-wanted signs up everywhere, we get calls and letters, and texts from all sorts of businesses all across the state looking for people to work,” McMaster said. Henry McMaster slammed the unemployment benefit boost as “a counterproductive policy.” APLast week, McMaster announced that his state would opt out of federal pandemic-related benefit programs at the end of June. On Monday, he slammed the financial boost to jobless residents as “a counterproductive policy.”“We’ve got help-wanted signs up everywhere,” Gov. McMaster points out as a counter-argument to unemployment benefits. McMaster says South Carolina will opt out of federal pandemic-related benefits programs.
Andrew Yang sparks #YangSupportsGenocide on Twitter after backing Israel
       
New York City mayoral hopeful Andrew Yang expressed support for Israel amid its clashes with Palestinians in a tweet that drew cheers from top Republicans and jeers from the left – as he sparked the hashtag #YangSupportsGenocide. “I’m standing with the people of Israel who are coming under bombardment attacks, and condemn the Hamas terrorists,” Yang tweeted Monday night, referring to the Islamist group that controls the Gaza Strip. REUTERSProgressive “Squad” member Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) have both expressed their support for the Palestinians. On Monday, Omar said in a tweet that “Israeli air strikes killing civilians in Gaza is an act of terrorism.”“Bravo to Yang,” Sen. Ted Cruz wrote on Twitter. AFP via Getty Images“The systemic oppression, institutional discrimination, and violent persecution of Palestinians are crimes against humanity.
Five migrant girls found abandoned in sweltering heat by Texas farmer
       
Rep. Tony Gonzalez (R-Texas) tweeted out a photo of the girls Sunday night and talked with the farmer. Farmer Jimmy Hobbs, 75, found five young migrant girls were found outside his ranch near Quemado, Texas near the Rio Grande River. FacebookThe farmer, who said he was born ?there and farmed onions?, said he’s “never” seen the situation at the border so bad. This is just five miles of the Rio Grande,” the farmer’s wife told Gonzalez as they stood on the banks of the Rio Grande. Customs and Border Protection said the girls? ?will be placed in custody of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Queen Elizabeth makes first public appearance since Prince Philip’s funeral to open Parliament
       
Queen Elizabeth II has made her first public appearance since the funeral of her husband Prince Philip. The Imperial State Crown, signifying the regalia of the Head of State, was placed on a table next to her. In the past, there were a pair of thrones – one for the queen and another for her consort. QUEEN ELIZABETH BEAMS IN FIRST ROYAL APPEARANCE SINCE PRINCE PHILIP’S FUNERALJohnson, 56, and his Cabinet put together the list of proposals after a year of lockdowns and COVID-19 restrictions triggered the U.K.’s deepest economic slump in three centuries. CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APPOne of the most controversial elements of the government’s program is a crime bill that stalled in the last parliament amid concern that it gave police too much power to restrict public protests.
Biden to have medical exam later this year, White House says
       
The White House on Tuesday said President Biden is set to have a medical evaluation later this year. "The President is planning to have a checkup later this year, and the results will be released to the public," White House deputy press secretary Andrew Bates told Fox News. Dr. Kevin O'Connor, to be his doctor at the White House during his administration. O'Connor served in the Army and was assigned as White House physician to Biden when he was vice president from 2009 to 2017. FLASHBACK: WHITE HOUSE PHYSICIAN SAYS TRUMP IN 'EXCELLENT HEALTH'At the time, O’Connor said that Biden was currently being treated for non-valvular atrial-fibrillation, better known as A-fib, which is an irregular heartbeat.
Sen. Ernst presses for answers on China, origin of COVID: ‘Crickets’ from Biden
       
Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, told "Fox & Friends" on Tuesday that the Biden administration is not taking significant action toward China, which is still suspected of being involved with the origins of the coronavirus. ERNST PRESSES CHINA ON WHETHER COVID ORIGINATED FROM WUHAN LAB: 'THE WORLD DESERVES ANSWERS'JONI ERNST: During the Trump Administration, we saw very swift action. We saw the CARES Act enacted by Congress and President Trump. What we see in this administration, of course, crickets. Certainly, President Biden needs to be pushing back against the Chinese, demanding answers and, yet, we have heard nothing from this administration addressing the Chinese and the issue.
Homan on Fox News video of migrant crossings: This is Biden's 'open borders' agenda in action
       
Retired Acting ICE Director Tom Homan blasted the Biden administration's "open borders" agenda on "Fox & Friends" Tuesday after viewing "unbelievable" Fox News video of migrants crossing the Rio Grande in Del Rio, Texas. They're getting a brand new cell phone, a brand new smartphone, compliments of the taxpayers. They're getting really good at releasing people as quick as possible so that doesn't seem to be overcrowding at the Border Patrol facilities. This is open borders agenda. This is open borders.
New York City approves Memorial Day Parade permit after threat of legal action
       
The city has given the go-ahead for Staten Island’s 102nd annual Memorial Day Parade after initially nixing organizers’ request for a permit. He added that he would have taken the city to court if a permit weren’t issued by noon. "We shouldn’t have to go to court to march in a parade to support our fallen veterans," Lantry said. The initial parade permit request by the USIVO was filed with the NYPD on Feb. 27. We are also particularly thankful to the New York Post and our veterans for highlighting this story.
Leo Terrell blasts teachers union president's 'lies' about American Revolution, critical race theory
       
Fox News contributor and former history teacher Leo Terrell said on Tuesday that the American Federation of Teachers president "lied" about the "importance of critical race theory" and that the American Revolution was predicated on preserving slavery. "It's very insulting because what's at issue here is not only the credibility of American history, but lying to our school children about American history. This is what's so frightening about this critical race theory," Terrell said. Terrell said the teachings of critical race theory imply that teachers have been lying to children for decades. She is afraid to tell the truth because no one believes that the American Revolution was fought to preserve slavery."
Isla Fisher slams Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for hosting 'lies that cost lives'
       
Isla Fisher issued a harsh rebuke of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, calling him out in a recent interview for profiting off the rhetoric on the site that she believes led to the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol building. In the interview, she pulled no punches in calling out Facebook for playing home to "conspiracy theories" and "lies that cost lives" that she believes have led to violent acts like the Jan. 6 riot. In February, the Justice Department announced more than 300 people have been charged for their participation in the deadly event. "And people like Mark Zuckerberg are making money off lies that cost lives, and these social media companies should be creating jobs that save lives," Fisher said. "I think these companies can afford to hire moderators to prevent misinformation being spread, and to save lives," the "Wedding Crashers" star concluded.
NYC reeling from violence as police group, officials ask: 'When is this going to end?'
       
New York City is reeling from a weekend of violence that even overtook one of the Big Apple’s most prominent tourist attractions, Times Square, and continued through Monday morning. ‘Cause if he’s able to do it in a place where there’s so much people like Times Square and not care, what’s going to stop him from doing it again?" TIMES SQUARE VICTIM RECALLS BEGGING FOR HER LIFE MOMENTS AFTER SHOOTING"We got to understand there are some individuals who do the wrong thing. There’s no question in my mind, as the city comes back, that's going to help us to reduce crime and violence." Saturday’s Times Square shooting was far from the only violence reported over the weekend.
CNN's Brianna Keilar calls Rand Paul an 'a--' again for questioning Fauci
       
Keilar tried to reason that while Fauci is "not immune" to lawmakers' questions, Paul seems to approach their encounters as if they're "WWE matches." "If we’re not spreading the infection isn’t it just theater? A visibly frustrated Fauci countered that Paul was the one who was performing with his line of questioning. SEN. RAND PAUL RIPS FAUCI AS 'UNCONCERNED WITH LIBERTY,' 'NOT BEING HONEST WITH THE AMERICAN PUBLICThis isn't the first time that Keilar has singled out Republican lawmakers for insults. This also isn't the first time Keilar has ridiculed Paul in response to his interactions with Fauci.
Disgraced Lincoln Project members reemerge as liberal media forgets group's scandals
       
Less than three months after the liberal Lincoln Project publicly imploded over multiple scandals, the disgraced group is getting mainstream media love again. While Acosta's show noted Setmayer's association with the Lincoln Project, Melber's program made no mention of it, referring to her as an ex-GOP staffer and resident scholar at the University of Virginia's Center for Politics. The Lincoln Project was enormously popular on liberal cable channels last year as the group's ads trolled then-President Trump and took a purported principled Republican stance against Trumpism. Weaver left the organization in January, and Wilson, Schmidt and others bitterly denounced him as a liar and a predator. One report from The 19th revealed several Lincoln Project higher-ups, including Schmidt, were aware of sexual harassment allegations against Weaver as early as last March.
White House reporters fume over Biden administration’s media policy: report
       
White House reporters are ?seething over a policy that requires them to submit quotes from interviews with Biden administration officials to the communications team for approval, editing or veto, according to a report on Tuesday. ?The White House is demanding that reporters who conduct interviews with administration officials do so under conditions known as “background with ?quote approval,” Politico reported. ?At which point, the White House can approve them, edit them or veto their use. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki talks to reporters during the daily news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on April 16, 2021 in Washington, DC. The exercise is a carryover from the Biden presidential campaign and one that is irking White House reporters.
Gas stations along Southeast Coast suffer fuel shortage amid pipeline shutdown
       
Gas stations along the Southeast Coast are beginning to feel the pinch from the shutdown of the biggest oil pipeline in the US due to a crippling cyberattack believed to be orchestrated by a Russia-based criminal group. About 7.6 percent of gas stations in Virginia were out of fuel by early Tuesday, according to GasBuddy analyst Patrick DeHaan’s estimates. He added that nearly 5 percent of gas stations in North Carolina, and 3.3 percent in Georgia as well as 2.4 percent in Florida are also reporting that they’ve sold out of fuel. DeHaan said that across Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia, demand for gasoline rose more than 40 percent. Concerns about gas shortages and images of panic buying rolled in on social media Monday night.
Businessman allegedly shot, killed dog on golf course
       
A businessman was arrested in Puerto Rico for allegedly shooting and killing a dog that had stolen his ball on a golf course, police said Monday. CALIFORNIA POLICE OFFICER KILLED IN SHOOTING, ANOTHER OFFICER INJURED: 'THIS IS A TRAGEDY BEYOND MEASURE'He apparently became enraged after the dog snatched his ball near the 17th hole, local newspaper El Nuevo Día reported. Police said Zaveri allegedly pulled out a 9mm gun and shot the animal at least twice in front of several horrified golf players, the report said. Cops released a photo of Zaveri getting cuffed near the 18th hole. "I took the first shot when the dog was less than 10 feet away and the dog rolled over but may have died slowly so I got out of the cart and took two more shots out of mercy."
Dartmouth cheating scandal uncovered after students were monitored online
       
Dartmouth medical school accused 17 students of cheating after the Ivy League school secretly monitored their online activity – then had them defend themselves over Zoom. The Geisel School of Medicine claimed the students accessed the online course platform Canvas while taking virtual exams, giving themselves an unauthorized open book test. The New Hampshire school went back to look at online activity for the entire school year, Dartmouth’s statement said. The letter said accused students had shared their experiences of "suicidal ideation, panic attacks, and inability to eat or sleep" through a now-deleted Instagram account. Students protested outside the dean’s office last month over Dartmouth’s handling of the cheating probe, the News reported.
Schumer and McConnell set for another showdown over Democrat-backed elections bill
       
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer are set Tuesday to attend a Senate Rules Committee markup of S. 1, a Democrat-backed elections bill that would dramatically change the role of the federal government in elections. The two party leaders are members of the Rules Committee but rarely appear to speak at hearings and markups. SCHUMER, MCCONNELL SPAR OVER DEMS' S.1 ELECTION BILL DURING RARE COMMITTEE APPEARANCE: 'SHAME!' The bill faces sharp opposition from Republicans, who accuse Democrats of a political effort to give themselves an advantage in elections. And Rules Committee Chair Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., framed the bill as a response to new GOP-backed voting laws in states.
Is the Ford Bronco going electric? Ford's CEO suggests it is
       
The Ford F-150 is going electric and it sounds like the new Bronco may not be far behind. Ford CEO Jim Farley was responding to questions on Twitter, following the announcement that the electric F-150 Lightning will be revealed on May 19, when he was asked why Ford doesn't have an EV version of the Bronco if the company is committed to electrification. Ford is launching the all-new Bronco this summer with the choice of a turbocharged four-cylinder or turbocharged V6, but no electrified powertrains. FOX NEWS CAR REVIEWS: 2021 FORD BRONCO SPORTThe Bronco will be facing some electrified competition in the 4x4 space, however. In any event, if Ford has an all-electric Bronco in the works it's unlikely to be added to the lineup before the F-150 Lightning arrives next year.
Rep. Ken Buck: The real goal of cancel culture – first you're canceled, then you're replaced
       
A recent Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll survey found that 64 percent of Americans now believe Cancel Culture is a "threat to freedom." But "replacement culture" is the ultimate objective of cancel culture and is even more dangerous. CANCEL CULTURE GIVES PASS TO LIBERALS WHO LAUNCHED RACIAL ATTACKS AT SEN. TIM SCOTTAnother insidious example of cancel culture in education appears with the canceling of traditional standards and curricula, with the goal of replacing those lessons with a race-based curriculum. BILLY CRYSTAL BLASTS CANCEL CULTURE 'MINEFIELD': 'I DON'T LIKE IT'Outside of the education sphere, cancel culture has also set its sights on one of the most important industries in my state of Colorado: the oil-and-gas industry. CLICK HERE TO GET THE OPINION NEWSLETTERWe see the cancel culture playbook on display everywhere from toy stores to universities.
Biden administration holds migrant children in mass shelters by the tens of thousands with little oversight
       
At the same time, court records show the Biden administration is working to settle several multimillion-dollar lawsuits that claim migrant children were abused in shelters under President Donald Trump. This reflects a higher level of transparency than the Trump administration. The Biden administration has allowed very limited access to news media once children are brought into facilities, citing the coronavirus pandemic and privacy restrictions. "The Biden administration is feverishly putting up these pop-up detention facilities, many of which have no experience working with children." Biden’s Justice Department is defending the government against these claims, which were filed in 2019 under the Trump administration.
McCarthy tells House Republicans to expect vote to remove Cheney, says GOP must stop 'relitigating the past'
       
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Monday sent a letter to House Republicans telling them to expect a vote in their Wednesday conference meeting to remove Rep. Liz Cheney as the conference chair. The letter comes after it became clear Republicans would make such a move during their regularly-scheduled meeting amid increasing discontent with Cheney, R-Wyo. McCarthy, R-Calif., last week was already making calls to clear the field for Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., to replace Cheney. This has led to awkward moments with other House leaders, brewing discontent among rank-and-file members and a schism that seemed to irreparably explode at House Republicans' policy retreat in Florida late last month. This should be about ‘Liz Cheney, you’re fired,’" one member said.
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito: Democrats' election power grab – S1 bill not For the People. Here's why
       
The good news is, we’re already doing just that in states across the country, including my home state of West Virginia. In fact, the total number of ballots cast in 2020 was more than any election in West Virginia’s history except for the 1960 election. The legislation would strip states of their constitutional authority to run elections and allow the federal government to decree what’s best. At past congressional hearings on this bill, we listened to state elections officials from across the country rave about how well their states conduct free and fair elections. But that’s exactly what the bill does, and why the "For the People Act" doesn’t live up to its name.
Memorial Day: Biden faces growing pressure to let veterans use Pentagon parking lot for event
       
EXCLUSIVE - Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., and more than 30 other Republican members of Congress pressured President Biden in a Tuesday letter to override the Pentagon's decision to block a veterans group from staging a Memorial Day motorcycle rally in the Pentagon parking lot. "That is why today, I along with 33 of my House colleagues are urging President Biden to reverse his administration's decision and grant Rolling to Remember their permit request to use the Pentagon's parking lot." REP. MAST ASKS BIDEN TO INTERVENE AFTER VETERANS GROUP DENIED USE OF PENTAGON PARKING LOTPentagon Special Events confirmed AMVETS' permit for the Rolling to Remember motorcycle rally on March 11 but later reversed its decision. "Therefore, we urge you to overturn the decision by the Department of Defense and grant a permit to AMVETS for use of the Pentagon parking lot. "If COVID-19 conditions permit, the department would gladly consider supporting a future event request from AMVETS, potentially as soon as this Labor Day weekend.
Colonial Pipeline cyberattacker identified by FBI as 'Darkside'
       
Here's what you need to know as you start your dayFBI names 'Darkside' as Colonial Pipeline cyberattackerThe FBI said Monday that the ransomware gang known as "Darkside" was the group responsible for the attack over the weekend that forced the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline networks responsible for carrying gasoline from Texas to the Northeast. "The FBI confirms that the Darkside ransomware is responsible for the compromise of the Colonial Pipeline networks," the FBI said in a statement Monday. Darkside has advertised stolen documents from more than 80 companies across the U.S. and Europe on its website. In other developments:- AAA on pipeline attack: gas price hikes, fuel shortages possible for these states- Colonial Pipeline temporarily resumes Line 4 operations following ransomware attack- Colonial Pipeline CEO warns of fuel shortages following cyberattack- North Carolina declares state of emergency over Colonial Pipeline outage- Colonial Pipeline cyberattack: Everything you need to know- Colonial Pipeline attack: Clock ticks for gas supplyDeputy White House director said ICE 'doesn't have to exist,' told protesters to 'shut-it-down'The Biden White House's new deputy director for political strategy and outreach encouraged people to "look up your nearest ICE office and shut-it-down" and said ICE "doesn't have to exist" in 2018 tweets. #ICE didn't exist 15 years ago, it doesn't have to exist now," Montelongo wrote on Twitter on May 10, 2018.
At The Hem Of My Mother’s Dress
       
This week, Trey Gowdy reflects on the love, generosity, and care of a mother. He discusses how a mother’s love transcends our flaws and our failings and cares for us through our lives. He also remembers some of his favorite memories from his own mother’s life. Follow Trey on Twitter: @TGowdySC
Sen. Marco Rubio: Operation Warp Speed's success – this is the lesson we must learn as we work for common good
       
This success means that Operation Warp Speed will serve as a blueprint for American leaders to follow going forward. Operation Warp Speed enlisted the ingenuity and efficiency of American free enterprise in advancing the common good during a time of crisis. Unwilling to give President Trump credit, they will ignore Operation Warp Speed even as they applaud the Biden administration's vaccination efforts. Operation Warp Speed itself wouldn’t have been possible without the foundation built by past successes of American industrial policy. Operation Warp Speed was a historic success.
Some problems are mounting, but a majority see America on the right track
       
The Associated Press survey yesterday gave President Biden a 63 percent approval rating. And 54 percent say the country is going in the right direction, the highest level since Trump’s first year in office. A spate of recent polls, including one by Fox News, gave Biden approval numbers in the low- to mid-50s. Biden, somewhat on the defensive, spoke at the White House yesterday about the pipeline attack and insisted America is climbing out of "a deep, deep hole." It will take just a few setbacks in a few months to convince a majority of the public that the country is actually on the wrong track.
MSNBC completely avoids Jeffrey Epstein bombshell from Gates divorce saga
       
Despite being a 24-hour news network, MSNBC apparently had no time to cover the bombshell development from the high-profile divorce of Bill and Melinda Gates. The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday that Melinda Gates had ongoing concerns about her husband's ties to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein as early as 2013. Sources familiar with the divorce said Melinda told her husband she was uncomfortable with Epstein after the couple met him that year, but Bill reportedly continued a relationship with Epstein, despite her concerns. CBS similarly avoided the story on both "CBS This Morning" and "CBS Evening News." CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThis isn't the only Wall Street Journal bombshell that MSNBC and CBS ignored.
Graham doubles down on claim GOP can’t move on without Trump
       
Former president Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, in Orlando. AP“The most popular Republican in America – it’s not Lindsey Graham, it’s not [Rep.] Liz Cheney [R-Wyo. ], it’s Donald Trump,” Graham told host Sean Hannity Monday night. 3 position in the House GOP, over her ongoing criticism of Trump’s claim that the 2020 presidential election was stolen by Democrats. It’s impossible for this party to move forward without President Trump being its leader, because the people who are conservative have chosen him as their leader,” Graham said.
Ingraham: Biden's coronavirus policies have backfired and failed Americans
       
Fox News host Laura Ingraham opened Monday's "Ingraham Angle" blasting President Biden's COVID plan that she says "failed Americans" and Dr. Anthony Fauci's guidance that mask-wearing may still be in effect a year from now. INGRAHAM: If it were up to Fauci, you couldn’t get your freedom back, or ever take off your masks, unless a magical – and ever-changing – percentage of Americans get the vaccine. He does not think you should have your own freedom to manage your own risk profile. Since everyone who wants a vaccine can get a vaccine now – how does this make ANY sense whatsoever? Now it’s apparently 'your body, Fauci’s choice.'
Republicans bash Biden over pipeline cyberattack, shutdown
       
Prominent Republicans criticized President Biden over a cyberattack that had shut down most of a major U.S. oil pipeline as of Monday evening. On Monday, the FBI identified a criminal syndicate named DarkSide as creators of the ransomware used in the attack. The group’s members are Russian speakers, and their malware is coded not to attack networks using Russian-language keyboards. “It shows that Joe Biden’s weak policy on Russia is having consequences for the American people.”Hackers took down Colonial Pipeline, one of the U.S.’s biggest pipeline operators. “He [Biden] calls Vladimir Putin a killer once, and he acts like he’s a tough guy.
Ted Cruz blasts Democrats’ ‘dangerous’ election reform bill
       
The measure, which passed the House along party lines, stands little chance in the Senate due to the 60-vote legislative filibuster. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), another member of the Rules Committee, tweeted Monday that the legislation “is not about voting rights. Cruz believes it would register “millions of criminals to vote.” Getty ImagesDemocratic Sens. “Tax increases we can undo in two years or four years,” he said. “Changing the rules fundamentally is designed to rig the system for a century to come, and with every breath in my body I want to fight against it.”
Glenn Youngkin wins Virginia GOP gubernatorial nomination
       
John March, a spokesperson for the Republican Party of Virginia, told Fox News that he believes the party is in a great spot prior to the election. The state party’s website showed Youngkin with around 55% of the vote as final ballots were being tallied late Monday night. The Associated Press reported that Youngkin is making his first attempt at public office and lent his campaign more than $5 million. GET THE FOX NEWS APPMcAuliffe has tried to describe Youngkin as a Republican who fawns "all over Donald Trump," the Times reported. Party officials told the AP, "From his life experiences, Glenn has developed the skills and character to lead Virginia with humility and courage.
This Day in History: May 11
       
On this day, May 11 ...1973: The espionage trial of Daniel Ellsberg and Anthony Russo in the "Pentagon Papers" case comes to an end as Judge William M. Byrne dismisses all charges, citing government misconduct. Also on this day:1502: Christopher Columbus leaves Cadiz, Spain, on his fourth and final trip to the Western Hemisphere. Christopher Columbus leaves Cadiz, Spain, on his fourth and final trip to the Western Hemisphere. 1935: The Rural Electrification Administration is created as one of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal programs. The Rural Electrification Administration is created as one of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal programs.
Hannity slams Biden for weakness on world stage: ‘America’s enemies are taking note’
       
The Colonial Pipeline hack and national security breach prove President Biden is weak in comparison to other nations, "Hannity" host Sean Hannity argued Monday. Hannity explained that Biden has done "very little" to counter power-grab efforts in China and terrorism in Iran. HANNITY: Joe Biden is projecting weakness on the world stage, frankly it's an embarrassment. And America's enemies, they are taking note tonight. You have an alliance that has emerged with Iran, Russia and China, all ramping up their malignant activity.
Tucker Carlson: Anthony Fauci let the coronavirus pandemic happen, why isn't there a criminal investigation?
       
The nation’s most highly credentialed political operative, Tony Fauci, let us know that, actually, this mask thing is never going to end. Could it be that Tony Fauci is trying to divert attention from himself and his own role in the COVID-19 pandemic? In it, Wade makes it clear that, more than any other single American, Tony Fauci is responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic. In that interview, he bragged about how easy it is to manipulate coronaviruses in lab experiments. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThis wouldn’t have happened if Tony Fauci didn’t allow it to happen.
California getting $27B in Biden ‘relief’ despite $75B surplus
       
Gavin Newsom announced Monday that his state had secured a $75.7 billion — yes, billion — budget surplus on top of $27 billion from the federal government. The Sacramento government is getting the extra cash thanks to the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan enacted by President Biden in March. The population-based nature of the formula explains why California is getting more than twice as much federal money as New York state ($12.7 billion). In addition to the surplus, California is receiving $27 billion from the federal government. The direct payments would total an estimated $8.1 billion, according to California Department of Finance spokesman H.D.
Empire State lawmaker fighting back against Big Tech, plans to introduce bill putting sales tax on data
       
EXCLUSIVE – An Empire State lawmaker is fighting back against Big Tech. The Data Economy Labor Compensation and Accountability Act would aim to redistribute the value of New Yorkers' data by imposing a tax on tech companies who derive economic benefit from the sale of data accountable. The tax would then be used to invest in digital literacy and workforce redevelopment across the Empire State. Additionally, the tax would be imposed on any company commercializing a New York State residents' data, regardless of state or nation lines. EX-FACEBOOK HONCHO TIM KENDALL SAYS BIG TECH IS A ‘THREAT TO DEMOCRACY,’ CALLS FOR SOCIAL MEDIA REFORM"Maryland passed the tax on digital advertising.
Simon Property beats profit estimates as Americans return to malls
       
Simon Property Group Inc reported better-than-expected quarterly results on Monday, as the largest U.S. mall operator benefited from the return of pandemic-weary shoppers to brick-and-mortar stores. MALL GIANT SIMON PROPERTY, DESPITE PANDEMIC RETAIL HIT, SEES UPTICK IN RENT COLLECTIONThe company raised its full-year outlook for funds from operations to $9.70 to $9.80 per share, from $9.50 to $9.75 per share. However, it lowered its full-year profit per share forecast to between $4.47 and $4.57, from $4.60 to $4.85 per share previously. CEO Simon said the company does not expect a return to 2019 occupancy levels until next year or 2023, as it looks to play hardball in rent negotiations with tenants. Net profit of $1.36 per share also topped analysts' expectations of 96 cents per share.
Cruz vows to 'lead the fight' against Democrats' election bill, which he calls the 'Corrupt Politicians Act'
       
Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz pledged on "Hannity" Monday to fight tooth and nail against the Democrats' sweeping election reform bill, dubbed by Republicans as a Democratic "power grab" to federalize local elections. One is bad policy, things like massive new taxes massive new spending, massive new regulations all of those That will hurt Americans across the country. And the crown jewel of the rigging the game proposal is the Corrupt Politicians Act. --This bill turns the Federal Election Commission into a partisan weapon to prosecute and sue Republicans. It gives Chuck Schumer a federal agency as an attack dog...that would give hundreds of million dollars to politicians.
Experts baffled by Walmart’s trademark dispute with Kanye West
       
Kanye West is locked into a high-profile business dispute with a corporate giant — and this time he didn’t start it, and experts are baffled. Unless blocked, it will cause consumer "confusion and deception" and "dilute" Walmart’s brand, the retailer said. More importantly, the US Patent and Trademark Office in December signaled its plans to approve the mark by publishing it in the Trademark Official Gazette. That means the agency had an examiner look at the potentially thousands of similarly described registered marks to make sure Yeezy’s logo didn’t infringe on any of them, experts said. "An examiner has to find no evidence of conflicting logos before publication," agreed Brown Rudnick trademark attorney Jason Sobel.
Businessman allegedly shot and killed dog on golf course
       
A businessman was arrested in Puerto Rico for allegedly shooting and killing a dog that had stolen his ball on a golf course, police said Monday. Former Long Island resident Salil Zaveri, 60, is accused of gunning down the pooch on Saturday at the well-known Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Resort in coastal Río Grande. He apparently became enraged after the dog snatched his ball near the 17th hole, local newspaper El Nuevo Día reported. Police said Zaveri allegedly pulled out a 9mm gun and shot the animal at least twice in front of several horrified golf players, the report said. Salil Zaveri, a former Long Island resident and businessman who is accused of shooting and killing a dog on a golf course in Puerto Rico.
Macy’s to build office tower atop Herald Square flagship store
       
Macy’s advanced its plan to build a giant office tower atop its Herald Square flagship store on Monday, announcing that it would spend $235 million to upgrade transit infrastructure at the site and to create other public amenities. The tower needs City Hall’s green light for a zoning change for its size and height — 1 .5 million square feet of office space and between 750 and 900 feet tall, according to plans shown earlier. A rendering of the outside of Macy’s flagship store in Herald’s Square in Manhattan. The public benefits package would transform the Herald Square and Broadway plaza into a car-free pedestrian zone; ease pedestrian access at Broadway and 34th Street and create new entrances to the Herald Square subway station; and add a new gateway entrance to the station at Greeley Square. The famous flagship store would remain open during construction, Macy’s said.
New York restaurants are about to get a COVID surcharge
       
The surcharge — OK’d by Mayor Bill de Blasio last October — was introduced to help Big Apple restaurants survive the pandemic. But many New Yorkers say they’re only just starting to notice it tacked onto their bills as restaurants with expanded outdoor seating capacity start filling up like it was 2019. “That was just a 4 percent COVID surcharge and he was OK with that. “We always tip 25 percent after tax, so that COVID line item surcharge was significant.”A Serafina source said the restaurant tells customers about the surcharge verbally when they order. Aristotle “Telly” Hatzigeorgiou of Clinton Hall said the city’s resurgence has convinced him to do away with the 10 percent surcharge starting Friday.
Bloomberg columnist deletes tweet saying 'so what' if COVID came from Wuhan lab leak in China
       
An opinion columnist for Bloomberg News raised eyebrows for being quick to dismiss the possibility that the coronavirus pandemic was the result of a leak from a lab in China. CNN DISMISSES REDFIELD THEORY CORONAVIRUS CAME FROM WUHAN LAB AS 'CONTROVERSIAL' AND 'WITHOUT EVIDENCE'"Question: How much does anyone really care about the 'lab leak' theory?" He continued, "Could be a result of unsafe research practices or poor safety procedures... so be safer when doing research? "full circle: media dismissed lab leak theory at the onset as a conspiracy and smeared anyone floating it. and now they’re all like 'well so what if it did leak from a lab?'
MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace, a Bush aide during 9/11, was unfazed as guest claimed GOP is 'worse' than Al Qaeda
       
A former White House official for George W. Bush was totally unfazed by the notion that Republicans have become "worse" than the orchestrators of 9/11. Bardella has since worn the backlash he had received as a badge of honor and repeated his sentiment on MSNBC's "Deadline: White House." And I believe it," Bardella told MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace on Friday. Bardella, who was a senior adviser of the disgraced anti-Trump group The Lincoln Project, originally made his remarks on "The ReidOut." He then warned, "We are a two-party system in this country, that's how it was built for better or worse.
Van Jones says Tim Scott is the ‘hold up’ on police reform because of qualified immunity
       
CNN commentator Van Jones argued on CNN Monday that Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., is the "wrong lawmaker" to get bipartisan police reform done because he's so stubborn on qualified immunity. Qualified immunity, which protects police officers and other types of government officials from civil litigation in certain circumstances, is a major sticking point for progressives, Jones argued. "And so, we know that Tim Scott, who's a Republican senator in the Senate who’s trying to make this happen, we know he is not open to very much on qualified immunity." SEN. TIM SCOTT TAKES ON POLITICS OF DIVISION DURING GOP REBUTTAL: 'AMERICA IS NOT A RACIST COUNTRY'Without qualified immunity, Jones said, "we may be talking about the wrong lawmaker." It could be that Tim Scott is the hold up here."
Rockets explode overhead during Fox News' Trey Yingst appearance as Hamas missile attack on Israel continues
       
Explosions were heard overhead during Fox News foreign correspondent Trey Yingst's appearance on "Special Report" as the terrorist organization Hamas continued to fire off rockets into Israel late Monday. YINGST: Those rockets continue to be fired into Southern Israel at this moment, all along the Gaza Strip. The city was also the first target for factions inside Gaza who this evening fired six rockets towards it. The barrage was the first of more than a hundred rockets fired into Israel by Hamas and Islamic Jihads who say they will support Palestinian resistance at all costs. --At least 20 people are dead from Israeli retaliation, some of them are children.
Teachers union chief Randi Weingarten defends use of 1619 Project in schools
       
The head of the American Federation of Teachers defended the use of the controversial “1619 Project” in public schools Monday and said it was being misinterpreted. Weingarten denied that the 1619 Project pushed that theory and cited personal conversations with its lead author. I am a big believer in celebrating diversity and actually looking at and helping look at people’s lived experience.”Nikole Hannah-Jones is the creator of the 1619 Project. AFT head Randi Weingarten defended the use of the controversial “1619 Project” in public schools. Randi Weingarten, American Federation of Teachers president, believes the 1619 Project is being misinterpreted.
Experts baffled by Walmart’s trademark dispute with Kanye West
       
Kanye West is locked into a high-profile business dispute with a corporate giant — and this time he didn’t start it, and experts are baffled. Walmart claims that Yeezy’s mark will create “confusion” and a “false suggestion of a connection” between Walmart (right) and Yeezy (left). Unless blocked, it will cause consumer “confusion and deception” and “dilute” Walmart’s brand, the retailer said. “Yeezy’s coattails are pretty stylish.”This prototype pair of Kanye West’s first Yeezy shoes that recently sold at auction for $1.8 million. That means the agency had an examiner look at the potentially thousands of similarly described registered marks to make sure Yeezy’s logo didn’t infringe on any of them, experts said.
New Yorkers need de Blasio to quit the denial on crime
       
Look: The city might be safe compared with the bad old days, but it’s headed back there. We’ve called on Congress and the president to do more on guns, but the fact is that New York City managed to sink gun crime all on its own, with proactive policing that this mayor opposes. The difference now isn’t that more guns are coming in, but that the bad guys feel safe carrying all the time. Plus, it’s not just that street cops don’t believe the mayor and City Council have their backs — they laugh at the idea. New Yorkers shouldn’t have to wait for their next mayor for action.
Zeldin backs fellow NYer Stefanik’s bid to take Cheney House leadership role
       
Long Island Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin will back upstate Rep. Elise Stefanik’s bid to become the next House Republican Conference chair, announcing the endorsement during an upstate tour as he seeks the GOP nomination for governor in 2022. Stefanik has secured Trump’s backing for the position, after clinching a key endorsement from GOP House Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) over the weekend and before that, House GOP Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA). State Republican Party Chairman Nick Langworthy dubbed him “frontrunner” during an April forum in Albany. “I believe Governor Cuomo should resign specifically because of the deadly nursing home order and cover up. Governor Cuomo should have resigned a while ago.
Still hopeless on NYC’s homeless
       
Indeed, the advocates have city politicians so afraid to adopt a “tough love” approach to the homeless that Gov. One good idea is to have places to bring the homeless besides a hospital or jail. As The City reports, City Hall spent over $100 million to build two “diversion centers” for the mentally ill. Another $51 million actually opened the operation in East Harlem … this past November. In short, conventional progressive thinking fails miserably at soft as well as tough love.
The wrong time to enforce the new plastic-bag law
       
Boom: Within hours, DEC announced it had issued 12 violation notices, to nine small businesses and three larger entities, including grocery chain Gristedes. The DEC, in short, had every reason to just issue written warnings (64 as of April 14) and hold off on fines. But now it has vowed to get tough, including $250 to $500 fines for ignoring warnings. Andrew Cuomo wants some good press, he should loudly order the DEC to return to its policy of mercy. Tell the environmental activists to hold their whining until the pandemic is over.
Colonial Pipeline temporarily resumes Line 4 operations following ransomware attack
       
The Colonial Pipeline on Monday night confirmed that one of its lines is operating under manual control as it continues an incremental process of restoring full operations following a cyberattack. Line 4, which runs from Greensboro, North Carolina, to Woodbine, Maryland, was temporarily operating under manual control while existing inventory is available, the company said. The main lines remain offline, but the Colonial Pipeline said that some other smaller lateral lines are now also operational. NORTH CAROLINA DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY OVER COLONIAL PIPELINE OUTAGEThe pipeline, which transports a large amount of gasoline from Texas to the Northeast, was expected to potentially be back up and running later this week. Upon learning that it had been targeted by ransomware, Colonial Pipeline said that it took certain systems offline to contain the threat.
Tiger filmed roaming Houston raises concerns about exotic pet ownership in the Lone Star State
       
During the encounter, the Waller County sheriff's deputy can be heard yelling at a man believed to be the tiger's caretaker. GRAPHIC LANGUAGE WARNING:Texas is one of the most lenient states when it comes to exotic animal ownership laws. To qualify, prospective owners must prove they can properly cage and provide for the tiger as a pet. While many tigers in Texas live in zoos or animal sanctuaries, others are kept as pets in people’s backyards. "If that tiger was to get out and start doing some damage yesterday, I'm sure one of these citizens would have shot the tiger.
Parkland activist calls out media for not 'aiding' gun reform efforts under Biden after doing so under Trump
       
Former Parkland student Cameron Kasky called out the media for its sudden shift on gun reform efforts during the Biden presidency after "aiding" such efforts during the Trump presidency. Kasky, who was a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School where a horrific mass shooting left 17 dead in 2018, has been an outspoken advocate for gun reform. "When Donald Trump was the president, calling for an assault weapons ban and saying that the measures that he was putting in place were not nearly enough was a very popular opinion. Now if you're calling for an assault weapons ban, suddenly you're just an angry leftist who will never be happy with anything." Kasky added, "You had a much easier time calling for changes when Trump was the president because everybody wanted to help stick it to Old Orange Man."
McConnell vows GOP will resist 'power-grab' HR1 bill
       
Democrats say HR1 is needed to override GOP state laws, including ones that require IDs for absentee ballots. Courtney Pedroza/Getty Images“Democrats’ partisan power-grab ‘election reform’ bill is not about voting rights. It’s about letting Washington Democrats control the terms of political debate and all 50 states’ election laws. Democrats say the bill is needed to override GOP state laws that passed after the 2020 election, including ones that require IDs for absentee ballots. McConnell, who is one of nine Republicans on the Rules Committee, recently said the bill “would neuter voter I.D.
Dem tax rift: Sanders rips Pelosi, Schumer for backing repeal of SALT cap
       
Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Schumer (D-NY) — who represent two of the highest tax states — back repealing the $10,000 cap instituted by former President Donald Trump on SALT deductions, which Sanders said “sends a terrible, terrible message” to working-class people. Trump placed the $10,000 cap on SALT deductions as part of his 2017 tax cut. Both House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer are in favor of repealing the SALT cap. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesS?chumer and Sen. K?irsten Gillibrand called for restoring the entire SALT deduction in January. ?Pelosi urged President Biden to partially repeal the cap in any subsequent spending bills associated with the coronavirus pandemic.
Dramatic video shows illegal immigrants streaming across Rio Grande
       
Fox News cameras captured a group of more than 50 illegal immigrants wading across the Rio Grande into Texas Monday, dramatic confirmation that the border crisis has not abated. Melugin added that most of the migrants he had seen were from Venezuela and Cuba. REUTERS/James BreedenAs Melugin spoke, more migrants approached the river bank on the Mexico side to begin the crossing through calf-high water. In March, CPB encountered more than 172,331 illegal immigrants at the US-Mexico border, a 70 percent increase over February’s numbers. In March, CBP reported 18,890 encounters with unaccompanied minors, a 100.3 percent increase over the 9,431 encounters reported in February.
Gov. Cuomo defends ex-aide Schwartz amid AG’s probe of alleged vax-for-play
       
“Larry Schwartz was a volunteer, helping the vaccine effort on his own time,” Cuomo said during a news conference at his Manhattan office. Andrew Cuomo is standing by Larry Schwartz who is under investigation by the state Attorney General. Former Secretary to the Governor Larry Schwartz is accused of political arm-twisting on Gov. Andrew Cuomo and former Secretary to the Governor Larry Schwartz are seen during a cabinet meeting on Dec. 17, 2014. Andrew Cuomo repeatedly said that Larry Schwartz was a “volunteer.” Mike Groll/AP, FileCuomo’s office has insisted that Schwartz “did not bring up vaccine distribution” during his conversations with the various officials.
Kids will pay a steep price for this War on Merit in schools
       
The War on Merit in America’s schools is spreading — and threatening to take an ever-bigger toll on kids’ education. Every year in New York City, thousands of parents register their kids for the Gifted & Talented test for admission into a G&T program or school. Yet this year, the city’s Department of Education scrapped the test; kids apparently will be judged on less objective measures. Rich parents will get their kids supplemental education, ensuring they have access to subjects like algebra and calculus. Advanced classes in public schools give poor kids opportunities they otherwise would not have, yet now they’re being stripped of them.
Juan Williams On Why He Thinks Senator Tim Scott Should Become A Democrat
       
Listen To Guy & Juan Debate Below:Juan Williams, FNC Political Analyst & Co-Host of the Five joined Fox News Radio’s Guy Benson Show to discuss his latest political column entitled ‘Tim Scott should become a Democrat’
Sen. Blackburn moves to cut off funds for terrorists targeting Israel
       
The unrest in Jerusalem has prompted Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn (R) to strike at the heart of anti-Israel terrorist funding. "What this would do is clamp down on their ability to have access to the U.S. banking system," says Blackburn. REPUBLICANS, DEMOCRATS SLAM HAMAS FOR ROCKET ATTACKS ON ISRAELThe bill would block U.S. bank accounts tied to those that support Hezbollah, require a detailed report on the Lebanese leaders who provide support to the group, and allow President Biden to impose more sanctions on banks, companies and other entities that provide Hezbollah support. Blackburn believes the best way to target terrorist groups is to deny them the funds that enable them to carry out their terrorist actions. Somebody is funding those rockets that are being flown into Israel," Blackburn notes.
Republicans, Democrats slam Hamas for rocket attacks on Israel
       
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle slammed the terrorist organization Hamas for their rocket attacks targeting Israel on Monday. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., wrote on Twitter that Israel "has every right to defend itself against the barrage of rockets from Hamas." Meanwhile, as her colleagues denounced the terror attack on Israel, firebrand Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., accused Israel of "terrorism" through "air strikes killing civilians" in the Gaza Strip. REP. ILHAN OMAR ACCUSES ISRAEL OF ‘TERRORISM’ AMID CLASH WITH HAMAS"Israeli air strikes killing civilians in Gaza is an act of terrorism. Unlike Israel, missile defense programs, such as Iron Dome, don’t exist to protect Palestinian civilians.
Border Patrol agent hospitalized with COVID-19 at southern border transported to new facility closer to home
       
The Maine Border Patrol agent hospitalized with COVID-19 in March while working in Texas at the southern border has been transported to a new treatment facility, where his family and coworkers are hoping he will make a "full and speedy recovery." "With that, I’m happy to report that Kostas has departed Texas and is en route to an advanced medical facility closer to home. With the support and encouragement of his family and friends, we hope he completes a full and speedy recovery." In a statement included with Schneider’s video on Sunday, Jaclyn Papadopoulos called the support from Kostas’ friends, loved ones and extended USBP family "overwhelming." Papadopoulos said the support of friends, family and fellow Border Patrol personnel "has been invaluable during the most difficult time."
Larry Kudlow: The left is trying to destroy America's institutions
       
"Kudlow" host Larry Kudlow Monday said the left is trying to destroy America's great institutions, from packing the Supreme Court to defunding the police and ending the filibuster. LARRY KUDLOW: Crazy people on the far left have consistently tried to undermine and destroy America’s great institutions. The worst of that lot, surely the left-wing media which trumpets the crazy lefties, and all their crazy opinions. When the term systemic racism came into play last year, the most important thing the radicals were really saying is the systemic part. That’s why they talk about systemic racism.
Liz Cheney faces new challenger for House seat amid growing GOP backlash
       
House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) Knapp cited Cheney’s vote to impeach Trump over Jan. 6 Capitol riots as one of the factors that spurred him to run. As a result, she’s going through consequences.”Denton Knapp announced his candidacy to run in the Republican primary against Liz Cheney for Wyoming’s seat in the House of Representatives as her latest competition. Trump has been vocal in his calls for her ouster from both leadership and her seat, releasing multiple statements calling for her removal. Rep. Elis Stefanik has been endorsed by Kevin McCarthy to take over Liz Cheney’s House seat.
Biden meets with Sen. Manchin as spending agenda hangs in balance
       
Manchin provided a crucial vote to help pass the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan through the Senate without a single Republican vote. However, the West Virginia Democrat has balked at the $1.8 trillion American Families Plan and the $2.3 trillion American Jobs Plan. “A lot of money, a lot of money,” Manchin told CNN April 28. “It’s not the federal government’s responsibility to educate all of our children,” Manchin told a West Virginia news outlet last month. Without GOP support, Joe Manchin casts a needed vote to pass the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan.
Team Biden controls the narrative and other commentary
       
From the left: Team Biden Controls the NarrativePresident Donald Trump “called the media the enemy of the people, but all politicians hate the media who cover them,” quips New York magazine’s Olivia Nuzzi. “The public-school system is a travesty that does not — and cannot — put students first. In its 2019 shellacking and more woes in last week’s local elections, the party has hemorrhaged working-class voters. This explains why he only calls on reporters, from “a predetermined list,” who won’t challenge him. And when Biden does take questions, “his answers are often misleading or outright wrong.” US adversaries “are taking note” that Biden’s team has “no confidence in his ability to speak” outside scripted remarks.
Amazon worker in Alabama claims conditions tougher since union vote
       
An Amazon worker at an Alabama warehouse claimed the e-tailing giant has been getting tougher with employees since it won a contentious labor vote there last month. People hold a banner at the Amazon facility as members of a congressional delegation arrive ahead of a union vote in Bessemer, AL., on March 5. Richardson also claimed Amazon used pressure tactics to persuade workers not to vote in favor of the union, including an allegation that an Amazon manager filled out a ballot on behalf of a worker who was stationed about six feet from him. “I took it to mean that they wanted to get rid of us,” Bates said during the hearing. Amazon lawyers signaled that the offer dates back to 2014 and wasn’t limited to the Bessemer facility.
President Biden Faces A Lagging Economy
       
This week, Bret sits down with former Congressman Harold Ford Jr. (D-TN), former Campaign Manager for Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown and GOP Strategist Colin Reed, and Political Editor at National Journal Josh Kraushaar to discuss the continued struggles of the U.S. economy due to the pandemic, after April’s jobs report did not meet expectations. The panel weighs in on the full week of congressional meetings potentially paving the way for a bipartisan agreement on President Biden’s jobs and families plan and they discuss how the continuing stimulus checks might be encouraging unemployment. Follow Bret on Twitter: @BretBaier
US warships fire warning shots at Iranian gunboats in the Strait of Hormuz
       
U.S. warships Monday in the Strait of Hormuz fired warning shots at armed Iranian speedboats that had approached to within 150 yards of the American flotilla, U.S. officials said. "After U.S. naval ships repeated verbal and acoustic warning, sounded five blasts of the ship’s horn, and fired warning shots," the two Iranian craft withdrew, according to a statement by NAVCENT. The formation of six U.S. warships was escorting the guided-missile submarine USS Georgia through the Strait and into the Persian Gulf. Department of Defense press secretary John Kirby described the Iranian approach as "significant" and "more than we’ve seen in recent past." "There was a volley at roughly the 300-yard mark and then another volley of warning shots as they got into one hundred and fifty yards," Kirby said.
Martha MacCallum spars with teachers union president over critical race theory in classrooms: 'That's a dodge'
       
"The Story" host Martha MacCallum tangled with American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten Monday over her support of The New York Times’ controversial "1619 Project" and critical race theory being taught in classrooms across the country. MacCallum questioned Weingarten's push to implement a curriculum based on certain parts of the 1619 Project, published in 2019 by the Times. That is not true," MacCallum told viewers. Weingarten claimed that she had "several conversations" with 1619 Project founder Nikole Hannah-Jones and that she has "not arrived at the same conclusion from her work as [MacCallum has]." Do you favor teaching students that 1619 is more important than 1776?
Biden says people able to work must take jobs or lose unemployment
       
“The law is clear: if you’re receiving unemployment benefits and you’re offered a suitable job, you can’t refuse that job and just keep getting the unemployment benefits,” Biden said at the White House. States administer unemployment benefits and many are bedeviled by notoriously outdated and inefficient computer systems. President Joe Biden said that unemployed people who have job opportunities must take them and get off of unemployment benefits. Biden on Friday said that the supplement isn’t to blame for the disappointed jobs report. A University of Chicago study found that 42 percent of people claiming unemployment insurance earn more through the government checks than they did at their prior jobs.
Eric Adams: Use Kendra’s Law to get dangerous mentally ill off subways
       
Leading mayoral contender Eric Adams says he’ll get dangerous mentally ill people off the subways and into treatment facilities if elected by expanding the use of Kendra’s Law. Democratic New York mayoral candidate and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams calls for safety improvements in the subway. A recent spike in violence in city subways and bus routes included a bloody A train slashing rampage that left two dead and two wounded. Kendra’s Law law allow judges to compel people with serious mental illness to take medication or undergo supervised psychiatric treatment. Brooklyn Borough President and Democratic mayoral candidate Eric Adams says he’ll get dangerous mentally ill people off the subways and into treatment facilities if elected.
Rangers’ salary-cap outlook after first deal of offseason
       
So the first offseason contract matter is in the books with pending restricted free agent Ryan Lindgren signing a three-year, $9 million extension on Monday for a cap hit of $3 million per that is equitable on both sides of the equation. Ryan Lindgren got a three-year, $9 million contract from the Rangers. The Rangers will exceed that by carrying Lafreniere ($2.85 million), Kakko ($2.65 million), Fox ($850,000), Barron ($850,000), Kravtsov ($850,000) and Miller ($300,000). Not every restricted free agent will return. The Rangers have some space, but hardly an unending supply of it.
MTA chief accuses City Hall of hiding subway cop numbers, de Blasio out of touch
       
Interim President of the New York City Transit Authority Sarah Feinberg spoke out against Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Hall at a press conference on May 10, 2021. “The mayor increased police presence in the subways, with numbers that are publicly available, and the MTA lied about it last week,” the spokesman said. To them, the subway is an integral part of their lives, not some stepping stone to [Washington] DC. But Cuomo also heaped on the criticism on the de Blasio administration over subway policing, claiming, “There is a philosophical difference. “Now was the New York City plan as sweeping as I believe it could have been?
Pentagon could sack JEDI cloud project amid Amazon court battle
       
Pentagon officials are mulling ending its JEDI cloud-computing project, caught up in litigation from Amazon, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. Amazon, which was seen as a front-runner to win the $10 billion JEDI project that went to Microsoft in 2019, has argued the contract process reflected undue influence from former President Trump. Last year, the US Defense Department completed a comprehensive re-evaluation of its contract proposals and determined that Microsoft’s submission still represented the best value for the government. Microsoft said in an emailed statement on Monday it was ready to deliver on JEDI, but that the litigation battle was harmful. Amazon’s cloud unit reiterated its previous stance, claiming the JEDI re-evaluation of its contract proposals was affected by “improper influence” from former President Trump.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH): “There Just Had To Be A Change” In The GOP Leadership
       
On Fox Across America with Jimmy Failla, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) talked about the battle for the leadership of the Republican party and what Republicans can do about the censorship of conservatives by Big Tech. And you can’t have the spokesperson for the Republican Party reciting Democrat talking points. You can’t have the spokesperson for the Republican Party saying things that 90 percent of your party disagrees with. They like the fact that Facebook only seems to fact check conservatives, never seems to fact check anyone else. And it’s all liberals who are doing the fact check for the Big Tech platform.
Tomi Lahren: A Girl Tried To Throw Eggs At Me & It’s Only Going To Get Worse
       
I had a girl from the sixth floor of an apartment complex try to throw eggs at me. But yes, she tried to throw eggs at me. They’re never going to stop wanting to enforce laws. And they want to have control, not in the hands of sheriffs and police departments, but at the hands of the federal government, which they control. So make no mistake about it, this is all just a roundabout way of getting what they really want, which is complete and total control of this country.”
Q&A with Nancy Grace: Crime expert sheds light on the dark story of 'In the Valley of Sin'
       
Now, Fox Nation searches for such answers, as former prosecutor and 'Crime Stories' host Nancy Grace provides insight into the story that changed a town forever. The Wenatchee cases were anything but [fake news]; they destroyed lives, destroyed children and parents, and left many of the children with lifelong angst. To watch ‘In the Valley of Sin' and 'Crime Stories with Nancy Grace,' sign up on Fox Nation today. Fox Nation programs are viewable on-demand and from your mobile device app, but only for Fox Nation subscribers. Go to Fox Nation to start a free trial and watch the extensive library from your favorite Fox News personalities.
Retiring Detroit police chief ‘not ruling out’ GOP challenge against Michigan Gov. Whitmer
       
Detroit’s retiring police chief says he’s "deeply passionate for public service" and spotlighted that he’s "not ruling out" launching a Republican challenge against Democratic Gov. James Craig spoke Monday as he announced his retirement after eight years as Detroit’s police chief and 44 years in law enforcement. "It’s been a phenomenal journey and as I always say, the best part of my career’s been right here in the city of Detroit," he said. GUBERNATORIAL SHOWDOWNS: 38 STATES HOLDING ELECTIONS IN 2021 AND 2022He said he is "deeply passionate for public service, but not just public service but in a leadership role," fueling speculation about a potential gubernatorial run. Fox News confirmed that Craig met recently with Michigan GOP chair Ron Weiser regarding next year's elections.
Bloomberg Law column: Packing Supreme Court with 15 justices would not be court packing
       
A pair of law professors argued in a recent Bloomberg column that packing the U.S. Supreme Court with 15 justices is a necessary move to reform the institution and does not constitute "court packing." "Court packing would further politicize the judiciary and invite retributive court packing when Republicans inevitably regain power," they wrote. "Nonetheless, court reform is necessary, and expanding the court is vital to fixing what is wrong with the judiciary." DEMOCRATS KICK OFF PUSH TO PACK SUPREME COURT WITH FOUR NEW JUSTICES"The good news for those favoring court packing is that institutional reform requires expanding the court to 15 justices, not 13. 'GROUNDBREAKING' SUPREME COURT CASE COULD AWAIT FACEBOOK AFTER TRUMP BAN: 'WOKE INC.' AUTHOR"A Supreme Court panel system with random assignment will help overcome another problem: ideological extremism.
Slain Delaware police officer honored by fellow law enforcement officials at funeral
       
Keith Heacook, who was a 22-year veteran of the force, was transported from Short Funeral Home in Delmar, Delaware, to Emmanuel Wesleyan Church in Salisbury, Maryland, Monday. Hundreds of law enforcement officials as well as members of the community, attended the funeral, Fox 5 DC reported. Photos showed uniformed Maryland State Police and Delaware State Police officers outside the church Monday, as the funeral was livestreamed on large screens outside for more to view. "He's a devoted father, husband, son," Maryland State Police spokesman Ron Snyder said in a statement Sunday. Maryland State Police has also raised $20,000 for Heacook's son.
‘DarkSide’ hackers behind Colonial Pipeline attack, shutdown: FBI
       
The national gas price average jumped six cents to $2.96 on the week, according to the American Automobile Association. White House Homeland Security Adviser Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall said the Department of Energy was analyzing “potential supply disruptions and what price effects that could have” as a result of the pipeline shutdown. The Colonial Pipeline carries about 45 percent of all the fuel for the East Coast. Homeland security adviser and deputy national security adviser Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall addresses the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack during a White House briefing. Getty ImagesDarkSide is known to extort cash from corporations and give a cut to charity, the Associated Press reported Saturday, citing sources familiar with the federal investigation.
Kyrie Irving launches consulting firm for minority-owned businesses
       
Kyrie Irving is launching a consulting firm that will provide coaching and mentoring services to black- and women-owned businesses — and it’s teaming up with a new venture-capital firm that will provide the cash. The Brooklyn Nets star’s new firm, called KAI 11 Consulting, is partnering up with Lockstep Ventures, a venture capital firm that with Irving’s help has raised $25 million to invest in about 20 businesses. “Traditional business growth opportunities have disproportionately excluded various minorities, tremendously limiting access and creating mistrust,” Irving said in a statement. Kyrie Irving NBAE/Getty ImagesBough said investors in the “Cleveland Hustles” show put $1 million into local businesses and ended up doubling their money while improving the community. On the latter, Bough said the firm is interested in distance-learning companies that help students at underperforming schools.
Two face trial as China enforces online control amid pandemic
       
In January 2020, the two began archiving articles about a mysterious new illness circulating in Wuhan. She was also detained but released after 23 days when it became clear she didn’t know much about the project. China eliminated online anonymity by requiring people to register under what is known as the real name system starting in 2016. A friend of Cai, who declined to be named out of fear of retribution, said Cai had grown frustrated with the censorship regime. It was only after Cai and Chen got arrested that their families found out from friends and peers what the two had been working on.
Nebraska death sentences continue despite no execution drugs
       
— Three times in the past four years, Nebraska prosecutors have sought death sentences, and each time they have been successful. Matt Maly, a conservative activist who opposes capital punishment on moral and fiscal grounds, said many Nebraskans still support capital punishment, but they’re not especially passionate about the issue. Robert Dunham, the Death Penalty Information Center’s executive director, said many states seem to show “inertia” with the death penalty. “There are some crimes that are so heinous, so evil, that they deserve the death penalty,” Wagner said. Kleine, the Douglas County attorney, said he’ll continue to pursue death sentences out of respect for the voters who chose to keep capital punishment.
The 7 craziest, over-the-top things Jeff Bezos has spent his money on
       
Here’s a roundup of the most ostentatious things Bezos has spent his money on over the years. Jeff Bezos invests $1 billion per year in Blue Origin. Jeff Bezos announces Blue Moon, a lunar landing vehicle, during a Blue Origin event. AFP via Getty Images“Every time you buy shoes, you’re helping fund Blue Origin, so thank you,” he said at the time. Jeff Bezos purchased the Washington Post back in 2013.
Biden: 'No evidence' Russia hacked Colonial Pipeline
       
President Biden on Monday said there’s “no evidence” that the Russian government is behind the Colonial Pipeline ransomware hack, but that it has a responsibility to respond because the suspected perpetrators are Russian. Biden noted in his first remarks on the devastating oil pipeline hack that he plans to meet next month with Russian President Vladimir Putin in his first overseas trip. “I’m have a conver — I’m going to be meeting with President Putin and so far there is no evidence based on, from our intelligence people, that Russia is involved. President Joe Biden announced plans to discuss the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack during his meeting with Vladimir Putin next month. The FBI also is engaged to assess and address this attack.”Vladimir Putin has a responsibility to respond because the suspected hackers are Russian, President Joe Biden argued.
NFL renews 9 social justice grants totaling $2.5 million
       
The NFL has renewed nine grants totaling $2.5 million through its social justice platform Inspire Change. The renewals announced Monday were recently approved by the Social Justice Working Group comprised of five team owners and five current and former players. Since 2017, the grants have been awarded to nonprofit organizations that focus on education, economic advancement, police-community relations, and criminal justice reform. The NFL has provided more than $160 million to 33 national grant partners and hundreds of grassroots organizations across the country since 2017. This includes more than 1,450 grants provided by the NFL Foundation to current and former players for nonprofits of their choice.
Rep. Lee Zeldin: Every Time There’s A New Allegation Against Andrew Cuomo, New Yorkers Get More Of Their Freedoms Back
       
Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-NY), who is running for governor of New York, spoke with Brian Kilmeade about the ongoing investigations into Governor Andrew Cuomo. Zeldin says every time new allegations come out against Cuomo, New Yorkers get more pre-covid freedoms back. Zeldin also discussed the need to push back on critical race theory in schools and why he supports Congresswoman Elise Stefanik to take over as Republican Conference Chair from Congresswoman Liz Cheney.
Man killed in shooting at Orlando U.S. immigration building; suspect in custody
       
A man was fatally shot outside a U.S. Customs and Immigration Services building in central Florida on Monday, and a suspect was taken into custody, authorities said. The shooting happened in an office park in south Orlando, police said. A man and a woman were entering the immigration office when another man drove up and confronted them. The suspect fired a weapon, striking the man who died at the scene, said Lt. Diego Toruno, a spokesman for the Orlando Police Department. The suspect drove off and was pursued by a responding police officer into neighboring Osceola County, where he was arrested, Toruno said.
White House defends ethics waivers for ex-union officials, says they are 'in the interest of governing'
       
The White House is defending ethics waivers for ex-union officials, saying they are "in the interest of governing." The Biden administration has come under scrutiny from Republicans on Capitol Hill after its decision to circumvent federal ethics rules to staff former union officials in senior posts. A so-called ethics waiver lifts constraints imposed on members of the executive branch to work with previous colleagues or clients who might benefit from their closeness to White House authority. White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked about the waivers during Monday's news briefing. Psaki elaborated, saying that when it is "necessary and in the public’s interest," the order "authorizes agencies to grant limited waivers and consultation" with the White House counsel’s office.
New York Post endorses former police officer Eric Adams for mayor: 'Depth of experience'
       
The New York Post editorial board announced its endorsement Monday in New York City's upcoming mayoral election: Brooklyn Borough president and former New York Police Department officer Eric Adams. "The New York Post believes Eric Adams is the candidate with the best chance of solving the issues bedeviling our whole city." The Brooklyn native served 22 years in the NYPD and was subsequently elected to the New York State Senate, where he served four two-year terms. "From riding the rails with a badge, to serving in state government, to his current job as Brooklyn borough president, Adams has a depth of experience that would serve him well in City Hall. We enthusiastically endorse Eric Adams for mayor," the endorsement concluded.
Cuomo tells Fox News vaccine czar did 'phenomenal job' despite controversial alleged phone calls
       
Andrew Cuomo told Fox News that former vaccine czar Larry Schwartz did a "phenomenal job" despite reports that Schwatz called county officials to gauge their loyalty to the scandal-plagued governor. "And he did a phenomenal job. "So he did a phenomenal job," the governor added. He allegedly made calls on behalf of Cuomo questioning county executives on their "loyalty" to the embattled governor. In the calls, Schwartz reportedly asked the county executives if they would be demanding Cuomo's resignation over sexual misconduct allegations.
Kinzinger defends Liz Cheney, says McCarthy ignored warnings about Jan. 6 violence
       
Rep. Adam Kinzinger Monday accused GOP House Leader Kevin McCarthy of ignoring his warnings of violence before the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and said the California Republican's leadership should be under fire rather than that of the third-ranking Republican, Rep. Liz Cheney. "I actually thought the person that should have their leadership challenged was Kevin McCarthy after Jan. 6," Kinzinger, R-Ill., said during an event with the National Press Club on Monday. Kinzinger tweeted earlier Monday that he raised concerns with McCarthy that the falsehoods of former President Donald Trump and Republicans about the election being stolen would lead to violence, but McCarthy dismissed his concerns. Cheney has repeatedly called out Trump's false claims that the presidential election was stolen and declared she wouldn't support Trump in 2024. "We can't wash over what happened on Jan. 6 and the election because truth and lies cannot coexist," Kinzinger said.
White House ally: Biden is 'most liberal president we've had' but 'public thinks he's a moderate'
       
A New York Magazine article Sunday quoted a figure "close to the White House" who said the Biden White House's tightly controlled media strategy has been successful in getting the administration portrayed as moderate when it's the "most liberal" one in history. JEN PSAKI ADMITS BIDEN TAKING IMPROMPTU QUESTIONS IS 'NOT SOMETHING WE RECOMMEND'"One very real possibility is this strategy works," a source close to the White House told Nuzzi. "They may get criticism in think pieces about it, but at his hundred-day mark, Biden is the most liberal president we’ve had — and the public thinks he’s a moderate. Liberal CNN reporter Stephen Collinson praised Biden's "moderate radicalism" in an analysis piece ahead of Biden's address to Congress last month. Nuzzi wrote the Biden team's "rigid approach to language" has been its own form of governing in the first 100 days.
Deputy White House director said ICE 'doesn't have to exist,' told protesters to 'shut-it-down'
       
The Biden White House's new deputy director for political strategy and outreach encouraged people to "look up your nearest ICE office and shut-it-down" and said ICE "doesn't have to exist" in 2018 tweets. #ICE didn't exist 15 years ago, it doesn't have to exist now," Montelongo wrote on Twitter on May 10, 2018. Montelongo previously worked in the Obama administration and as national political director for Julian Castro's failed 2020 presidential bid. Castro's campaign platform included decriminalizing illegal border crossings. "U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has concentrated its limited law enforcement resources on threats to national security, border security and public safety," a spokesperson said in a statement.
Gov. Kemp to sign overhaul of Georgia’s citizen’s arrest law after death of Ahmaud Arbery
       
Brian Kemp is scheduled to sign a repeal of the state’s citizen’s arrest law on Monday — a move sparked by the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery last year. Gregory McMichael (left) and Travis McMichael are facing murder charges and federal hate crime charges. Footage of Ahmaud Arbery’s death shows the McMichaels cornering him, and Travis McMichael shooting Arbery. The footage shows the McMichaels cornering the 25-year-old victim when Travis McMichael gets out with a shotgun and shoots Arbery after a brief struggle. REUTERS/Dustin ChambersAll three suspects are facing state murder charges in the case — and last month were hit with federal hate crime charges as well.
Biden admin releases $12.7B for NY state, $4.3B for NYC in COVID stimulus
       
The Biden administration on Monday began to distribute $350 billion to state and local governments from his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill — with $12.7 billion going to New York state alone and billions more flowing to cities and counties. But the money comes with strings attached — the Treasury Department has a list of “eligible uses” that states and localities must adhere to. Additional funding for boroughs — from a pool allocated for each county in the state — pushes New York City’s total appropriation close to $6 billion. Biden administration officials told reporters that the guardrails on uses are imposed to ensure the will of Congress in putting the funds toward relevant uses. Funds cannot be used by states to finance tax cuts or make pension fund deposits, the Treasury Department said.
Sohrab Ahmari & A Catholic’s Search For Meaning
       
Dive into the fray with host Ben Domenech, publisher and co-founder of The Federalist, as he welcomes Sohrab Ahmari, Op-Ed Editor at the New York Post and the author of the Unbroken Thread: Discovering the Wisdom of Tradition in an Age of Chaos. In this conversation, Ahmari discusses how the birth of his son, and the martyrdom of Catholic Saint Maximilian Kolbe inspired his latest book, his conversion to Catholicism, the writings of C.S. Lewis, and more. Follow Ben on Twitter: @bdomenech
Sen. Moran & Brandon: Dems' S1 election bill poses grave threat to free speech
       
In March, the House passed H.R.1, a bill that, in part, regulates who can or cannot exercise their free speech rights leading up to an election. The ability for Americans to participate in democracy and maintain their privacy is a bedrock of the right to free speech. S.1 would actively discourage Americans from exercising their right to free speech on issues important to them. Unfortunately, Democrats have focused on organizations they don’t see eye to eye with politically to vilify political speech. But free speech is far too important a principle in our country to be overlooked.
Second Oregon police officer indicted over BLM flag incident that lawyers say 'terrorized' family
       
Forest Grove police officer Bradley Schuetz was indicted Thursday by a grand jury for official misconduct in the first degree, which is a class 1 misdemeanor. Schuetz, the second responding officer, eventually picked up Teets from the scene and drove him home instead of arresting him, investigators said. Teets was arrested on Nov. 1, 2020 as a result of the sheriff’s officer investigation and is now pending trial for second-degree criminal mischief and second degree disorderly conduct. The Beaverton Police Department was contacted by the Forest Grove Police Department on Nov. 9, 2020 to conduct an outside investigation into Schuetz' actions. "Officer Teets terrorized Ms. Castaneda and her family and yelled at them to fight," according to the homeowner's claim.
New Biden DOJ staffer deleted over 39K tweets, including Russia collusion accusations
       
One of President Biden’s new staffers at the Department of Justice deleted tens of thousands of her tweets since November 2020, including many that pushed Russia collusion accusations against former President Trump. CNN analyst Susan Hennessey announced on Monday that she would be joining Biden’s DOJ as part of the agency’s National Security Division. Among her tweets was a dismissal of the 2018 Republican memo casting aspersions on surveillance abuses by the Justice Department. Hennessey wrote. "That an ex *NSA lawyer* and Brookings security state loyalist became a beloved liberal pundit, now catapulting to DOJ's national security unit, says it all."
Grassley's 2022 decision anxiously awaited as GOP bids to regain Senate majority
       
All eyes are on Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa as the Republican Party aims to win back the Senate majority in 2022. One of the biggest questions hovering next year's midterms is whether the 87-year-old Grassley will run for an eighth six-year term in the Senate. The Senate 2022 map shows why Grassley's eventual decision is so important. But it is sleepy unless Chuck Grassley decides to retire." I'm sure that he can be a United States Senator for six years," Iowa GOP chair Jeff Kaufmann said earlier this year on "Iowa Press" on Iowa PBS.
MSNBC's Ruhle ripped for scolding businesses to raise wages after poor jobs report: 'Never run a business'
       
In response to an underwhelming April jobs report, some liberals are pushing back against the notion that unemployment benefits are discouraging a return to the workforce. "Why is it - that the unemployment benefits are too generous rather than the pay offered by employers too low?" Many of those jobs pay $16+hr, healthcare & offer steady schedule. Social media users sarcastically applauded her "rock solid business and economic analysis," where she suggested businesses deserve to fail if they can't raise wages. The April U.S. jobs report came up dramatically short of expectations.
Colin Reed: NYC mayoral primary – ranked-choice voting means things could get even worse for hard-hit city
       
Alaska and Maine have implemented the system statewide, and New York City is using it for June’s mayoral primary. This is not the year for New York City to serve as an election test lab. Instead of the traditional winner-take-all system, New York City voters will list up to five candidates in order of preference. Ranked-choice voting means New York’s next mayor could make Bill de Blasio resemble Rudy Giuliani in the 1990s. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPBefore everyone gets excited about a new day dawning on New York City, remember that elections have consequences.
Rio Grande border crossing: Live video shows migrants with young children
       
Fox News captured dramatic live video of migrants, including young children, crossing the Rio Grande River in Del Rio, Texas, on Monday as a surge of border crossings continues to cause problems for the Biden administration. BIDEN DESCRIBES BORDER SURGE AS A 'CRISIS' AS HE DEFENDS REFUGEE MOVES"Just moments ago there appeared to be an elderly gentleman they were helping out of the river. Migrants hoisted young children above the current that was sometimes knee-deep for adults. During the mornings when the river is low, smugglers start sending groups across the Rio Grande. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe White House's claim that the border surge is "cyclical" or seasonal, however, has been widely disputed.
Taiwan to quarantine China Airlines pilots amid COVID-19 outbreak
       
All pilots with Taiwan’s largest carrier, China Airlines, will be quarantined for 14 days amid a COVID-19 outbreak, the island’s health minister said Monday. The outbreak is linked to an airport hotel where many of the pilots stayed and began last month. Health Minister Chen Shih-chung explained that quarantining all China Airlines pilots currently in Taiwan — and any who return — is the only way to break the chain of transmission. “This will have a big impact on China Airlines, on its passenger and freighter flights, and for the crew, too,” he said. Taiwan’s Health Minister Chen Shih-chung explained that quarantining the pilots was the only way to break the chain of transmission.
Ford recalls 661,000 Explorer SUVs over fears of roof cover detaching
       
Ford is recalling 661,000 Explorer SUVs in North America over concerns that roof rail covers could detach and cause safety issues for other drivers on the road, the automaker announced Monday. The company said it will notify affected customers beginning the week of June 28 and that dealers will install push pins to secure the roof rails. Ford said it’s not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the faulty feature. Ford said it’s not aware of any accidents or injuries related to issue of roofs becoming detached from the SUVs. In North America, Ford is recalling 661,000 Explorer SUVs over safety concerns.
De Blasio will lower speed limits on 45 miles of NYC streets
       
Lower speed limits are coming to 10 streets across the five boroughs amid surging pedestrian deaths, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday. The 45 miles of roadways across the city will see speed limits drop anywhere from 5 to 10 miles per hour, de Blasio told reporters at his Monday press briefing. I respect the concerns — but this is about safer, this is about savings lives.”The de Blasio administration last lowered speed limits in September, as empty roads led to a surge in speeding during the COVID-19 pandemic. Speed limits on ten different streets will be reduced by 5 to 10 miles per hour. “This is about savings lives,” Mayor de Blasio said of his speed limit reduction initiative.
De Blasio calls for gun control after Times Square shooting causes tourism concern
       
Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday shunted blame for the Times Square shooting to Congress, insisting the feds need to do more on gun control — while denying the shocking incident would hurt tourism. Mayor Bill de Blasio has deflected the blame of Saturday’s Times Square shooting to Congress in an effort to have stricter gun laws. Asked whether the terrifying daylight violence would keep tourists from the area, the mayor claimed, “I don’t think it will, honestly.”Farrakhan Muhammad, seen in a mugshot from 2020, is the alleged suspect in Saturday’s Times Square shooting. “We’re putting additional NYPD resources in the Times Square area to add an extra measure of protection,’’ de Blasio said. We’re starting to see tourism already.’’Times Square became an NYPD covered zone on Saturday after multiple people were shot in the tourist hub.
Trump ramps up calls for Rep. Stefanik to replace Liz Cheney in leadership
       
Former President Donald Trump is ramping up his calls for the House Republican Conference to rally behind Rep. Elise Stefanik to replace embattled “warmonger” Rep. Liz Cheney as conference chair. “The House GOP has a massive opportunity to upgrade this week from warmonger Liz Cheney to gifted communicator Elise Stefanik. Republicans attempted and failed to remove Cheney from her position after she voted to impeach Trump. and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.). House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (left) has endorsed Rep. Elise Stefanik to take over as House Republican Conference chair.
What The? States Canceling Virus Shipments As Vaccinations Plummet
       
Howie Kurtz on states turning down new vaccine shipments as supplies start outnumbering demand, Trump losing support in key districts and the Kentucky Derby winner failing a post-race drug test. Follow Howie on Twitter: @HowardKurtzFor more #MediaBuzz click here
CDC could ease coronavirus indoor mask guidance: Fauci, Gottlieb
       
With over one-third of U.S. adults fully vaccinated against coronavirus and the seven-day average for new infections substantially down from winter-time peaks, Dr. Anthony Fauci and former FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb suggest it’s time to ease indoor mask guidance. "No I think so, I think you’re going to probably see that as we go along and as more people get vaccinated," Fauci told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. The outlet's Jake Tapper noted growing frustrations among "journalists and some health experts" that "overly cautious" mask guidance could undermine confidence in "a light at the end of the tunnel." "Let’s keep up our guard, let’s follow the CDC guidance. And the CDC guidance across time will allow vaccinated people more and more privileges to take off that mask."
Dan Bongino torches 'leftist logic' on police: They believe stereotyping cops is OK
       
Fox News contributor Dan Bongino slammed "leftists" who want to defund the police, arguing Tuesday that the left is against stereotyping all people, except when it comes to police officers. NYC TIMES SQUARE SHOOTING SENDS GIRL, 4, TWO OTHERS TO HOSPITAL; POLICE SEARCH FOR SUSPECTDAN BONGINO: If you’re a leftist—not necessarily a Democrat. A lot of Democrats realize this defund the police thing is a disaster I mean just read their post-election analysis.