Mar 04,2021

More than 10,000 pieces of new news a day. News update non-stop 24/7.  Man who slashed two UPS workers on subway held on $75K bond.  Lady Gaga wrote ‘The Fame’ in NYC apartment that’s listed for $2K a month.  Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI): HR 1 Bill Asserts The Complete Control Of The Federal Government Over Our Election Process.  Gov. Newsom suggests teachers 'not comfortable going back in' won’t be required to return to schools.  Accuser's attorney slams Cuomo apology as 'full of falsehoods'.  Democrats’ #MeToo hypocrisy and other commentary.  Rep. Jamaal Bowman calls standardized testing ‘a pillar of systemic racism’.  Bipartisan bill introduced to repeal Iraq War authorization after Biden bombed Syria.  Feud between school safety agent union chief and Jumaane Williams escalates.  Capitol Police ups security after uncovering ‘possible plot’ by ‘militia group’.  More than 10,000 pieces of new news a day. News update non-stop 24/7.  Cuomo rips de Blasio, NYC amid apology over sex harassment claims.  Lawmakers pan Gov. Cuomo’s comments on sexual harassment allegations.  Virginia governor candidate Pete Snyder reveals election-integrity plan.  Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves on lifting COVID restrictions: 'If not now, when?'.  Whitmer defends secret payout to former health director as Michigan GOP demands details.  McConnell blasts COVID relief bill as 'wildly out of proportion' with America's needs.  Rep. Zeldin on Cuomo harassment allegations: ‘Big question’ whether others will come forward.  First lady Jill Biden visits Connecticut school, calls for safe return to classroom.  Katie Hill’s suit against ex-husband will go to trial: report.  SUV in deadly wreck came through hole in border fence.  
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Man who slashed two UPS workers on subway held on $75K bond
       
A Yonkers man who slashed two UPS delivery men on the subway early Tuesday morning was ordered held on a $75,000 cash bond. Barbuto was arraigned on one count each of second-degree assault, third-degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon. “In this case, the defendant slashed a random stranger on the subway with a knife,” prosecutor Rachel Schorr told Judge Eric Schumacher, successfully arguing that he be held on $75,000 cash over $225,000 insurance company bond. The victims were able to wrestle the knife from Barbuto and detained him until police arrived, according to a criminal complaint. He was held on $75,000 bond.
Lady Gaga wrote ‘The Fame’ in NYC apartment that’s listed for $2K a month
       
There are a million reasons this apartment for rent deserves applause, applause, applause since a star was born there. An apartment in the NYC building where Lady Gaga lived while writing her 2008 debut album “The Fame” is available to rent, and this Lower East Side rental is on the edge of glory. French doors open to the bedroom area. CompassThe kitchen area, which is located in the corner of the common space, has a tiny window. CompassThe bedroom has not one, but two, windows — one of which appears to overlook a fire escape.
Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI): HR 1 Bill Asserts The Complete Control Of The Federal Government Over Our Election Process
       
Listen To The Full Interview Below:Congressman Mike Gallagher (R-WI/8) joined Fox News Radio's Guy Benson Show to talk about the Democrat backed 'election integrity' bill HR 1 aimed at reforming election laws. Rep. Mike Gallagher said,"It really is remarkable in its aggressiveness and what it is trying to do, which is nothing less than fundamentally remake our entire election system and nationalize it. I mean, that is the thrust of the bill is to assert the complete control of the federal government over our election process, which has traditionally been determined by the states." But that is a conversation and a decision that must be made at the state level, not at the federal government level. But it is a state decision, not a federal government decision."
Gov. Newsom suggests teachers 'not comfortable going back in' won’t be required to return to schools
       
"Since the height of the winter surge, we have successfully shifted the conversation from whether to reopen schools to when," Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a statement Monday. State legislatures have allocated $2 billion from the package to support public school needs with personal protective equipment, ventilation upgrades and COVID-19 testing. We’re going to provide supports, supplementary supports for people with compromised immune systems, people that are not comfortable going back in," he told reporters. Newsom has faced fierce backlash for his strict response to the coronavirus pandemic, prompting an effort to recall him for his governorship.
Accuser's attorney slams Cuomo apology as 'full of falsehoods'
       
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s apologetic news conference Wednesday afternoon was "full of falsehoods and inaccurate information," according to the attorney of a former staffer who has accused him of sexual harassment. The other aide was Lindsey Boylan, who accused the governor of forcibly kissing her in an essay published on Medium last week. And a third woman with no professional ties to the governor, Anna Ruch, accused Cuomo of making unwanted advances, touching her exposed lower back and asking to kiss her. CUOMO'S CREEPY COVID TEST COMMENTS RESURFACENew York Attorney General Letitia James has launched an investigation into the women’s claims.
Democrats’ #MeToo hypocrisy and other commentary
       
Cuomo watch: Democrats’ #MeToo HypocrisyGov. Cuomo should be facing “explicit calls to resign from President Biden on down, if you apply the standard that Democrats set for similar allegations against Republicans,” reason Axios’ Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen. “And it’s not a close call.” During the #MeToo moment, Democrats “led the charge” in purging powerful men in politics, media, fashion and the movies for exploiting and harassing young women. But “the Biden team is exposing its own hypocrisy,” since the president is determined to ­renew talks with the Tehran regime, which has gallons of dissident blood on its hands. Then, too, Team Biden ignores the fact that “MBS has, over the past four years, engineered a breathtaking expansion of individual liberty” by curbing the religious establishment — reforms that a hard-line stance from Washington could undo.
Rep. Jamaal Bowman calls standardized testing ‘a pillar of systemic racism’
       
Rep. Jamaal Bowman, one of the newest members of “The Squad,” says standardized testing is a manifestation of “systemic racism.”In a pair of tweets Tuesday, Bowman (D-NY) wrote simply, “Standardized testing is a pillar of systemic racism,” before linking to an article from the National Education Association, one of the two largest teachers unions in the country. The article from the NEA was titled “The Racist Beginnings of Standardized Testing.” It was published in April 2018. “Since the beginning of standardized testing, students of color, particularly those from low-income families, have suffered the most from high-stakes testing in U.S. public schools. The Biden Administration’s refusal to grant waivers for standardized testing is WRONG,” he wrote alongside one of the videos. All of the data that they claim they need standardized tests to analyze can be better understood by speaking with the educators in our classrooms,” he continued.
Bipartisan bill introduced to repeal Iraq War authorization after Biden bombed Syria
       
A bipartisan bill introduced Wednesday would repeal the 2002 Iraq War authorization in the wake of President Biden’s decision to bomb facilities in Syria that were allegedly used by an Iran-backed militia. The largely symbolic bill was introduced by four Senate Democrats and four Senate Republicans led by Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.). “Last week’s airstrikes in Syria show that the Executive Branch, regardless of party, will continue to stretch its war powers,” Kaine said in a press release. Biden did not cite the 1991 or 2002 war authorizations — or the 2001 anti-al-Qaeda authorization — when he bombed Syria in his first airstrikes as president. Biden said that the attack was intended to deter a Shiite militia group from attacking US troops inside Iraq.
Feud between school safety agent union chief and Jumaane Williams escalates
       
The gloves have come off in the feud between Jumaane Williams and the head of the school safety agents union. Union chief Greg Floyd — who is furious that Williams has accused his members of abusing students and is trying to boot them from schools — brought up Williams’ arrest record Wednesday. Public Advocate Jumaane Williams has pushed for more school guidance counselors and social workers in favor of school safety agents. The Public Advocate — a graduate of the city school system — contends that they create a hostile and criminalized atmosphere for students. “The majority of school safety agents are Black and brown people.
Capitol Police ups security after uncovering ‘possible plot’ by ‘militia group’
       
The Capitol Police is increasing security in an effort to thwart a potential attack Thursday by “an identified militia group,” the department revealed Wednesday. Scott ApplewhiteWednesday’s statement from the department also comes in the midst of weeks of congressional hearings into the Jan. 6 Capitol siege. Last week, Congress heard from the acting Capitol Police chief and the acting House sergeant-at-arms, as well as their predecessors who resigned in the wake of the riot. Members of the National Guard walk near the US Capitol Building on Capitol Hill on March 3, 2021. It is not clear what additional reinforcements the Capitol Police took up in the wake of the March 4 threat.
Cuomo rips de Blasio, NYC amid apology over sex harassment claims
       
Andrew Cuomo took time to take a swipe at Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City during a press briefing Wednesday where he repeatedly apologized over sexual harassment accusations leveled against him by three women. “You also have New York City, which is in a very precarious situation. “We have to get New York City functional again and safe again and viable again — and we have to do that quickly,” he continued. “Governor Cuomo insulted the people of New York City today in a pathetic distraction from his woes. It’s the second time in two weeks that Cuomo has offered up a hellscape depiction of New York City as de Blasio has blasted away at his administration.
Lawmakers pan Gov. Cuomo’s comments on sexual harassment allegations
       
Andrew Cuomo issued over allegations of sexual harassment lodged by three women. Matthew McDermott for NY PostAdded state Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Queens), “Cuomo didn’t address anything today. “If Cuomo was sorry, he would have resigned yesterday.”Several political groups and lawmakers, including Democrats, have called for Cuomo to step down as governor. The briefing did nothing to change the mind of state Sen. Gustavo Rivera. “The Cuomo press conference was a master class in gaslighting, but changes nothing,” the Bronx Democrat told The Post.
Virginia governor candidate Pete Snyder reveals election-integrity plan
       
EXCLUSIVE - Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Pete Snyder revealed on Wednesday his plan to ensure election integrity in the state as the race for governor heats up. "Having secure, legal, and trustworthy elections is something that we must demand in our Commonwealth," Snyder told Fox News in a statement. "The pillars of my plan are the first steps to restoring voter confidence and protecting our democracy," Snyder said in a statement. IN VIRGINIA GUBERNATORIAL RACE, AMANDA CHASE CASTS HERSELF AS 'TRUMP IN HEELS'Snyder's announcement comes as many Republicans say they have lost faith in U.S. elections. State Sen. Amanda Chase appears to be the only Republican in the race for governor making stolen election claims part of her campaign.
Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves on lifting COVID restrictions: 'If not now, when?'
       
Reeves joined Texas Gov. “It is a full 100% opening of the state,” he told host Neil Cavuto. MISSISSIPPI ANNOUNCES BUSINESSES FREE TO REOPEN WITHOUT STATE-IMPOSED CORONAVIRUS RULESThe only remaining limitations in Mississippi are a 50% capacity restriction for large indoor venues and “a few restrictions on K-12 schools,” Reeves said. Ending COVID-19 restrictions doesn’t mean residents in his state will stop taking steps to mitigate the spread, especially if they are part of a vulnerable population, Reeves added. But my rhetorical question back is: ‘If not now, when?’”FOX Business’ Brittany De Lea contributed to this article.
Whitmer defends secret payout to former health director as Michigan GOP demands details
       
The Michigan governor was pressed on whether the deals amount "hush money," as alleged by state Republicans. "The nature of the separation agreement is that when someone leaves, there are terms to it and you cannot share every term to it. Michigan GOP communications director Ted Goodman blasted Whitmer on Wednesday, claiming she appeared to be "buying the silence" of top state health officials amid the coronavirus pandemic. The scrutiny comes following revelations that former Michigan Department of Health Director Robert Gordon and Whitmer had quietly reached a secret separation agreement that netted a $155,506 payout for Gordon. The Michigan governor on Tuesday was threatened with a subpoena by state GOP lawmakers who accused the governor of having "bought the silence" of her former employees.
McConnell blasts COVID relief bill as 'wildly out of proportion' with America's needs
       
The $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package passed by the House is "a wildly out-of-proportion response to where the country is at the moment," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told "The Story" Wednesday. "This $1.9 trillion bill is the same size of the bill we passed last April, right in the middle of the pandemic," McConnell told host Martha MacCallum. Only 9% of this $1.9 trillion is related to health care, and less than 1% of this $1.9T bill is related to vaccines." Despite his criticism, McConnell said he suspected the bill would narrowly pass the Senate, with moderate Democrat Sens. There's nobody [who's] going to come close to beating Lisa Murkowski when she runs for reelection next year."
Rep. Zeldin on Cuomo harassment allegations: ‘Big question’ whether others will come forward
       
Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., says a "big question" remains as to whether others will come forward with allegations against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D.Three women have come forward with harassment allegations against the governor, prompting calls for his resignation. REP. LEE ZELDIN: "There's two big questions that are still left. TRUMP ALLY REP. LEE ZELDIN EXPLORING NY GOVERNOR BID AMID CUOMO CONTROVERSIESThere is certainly … a long standing battle between Governor Cuomo and individuals in his own party. No one is stepping forward and reminiscing on that time five years ago when Governor Cuomo went to bat for them.
First lady Jill Biden visits Connecticut school, calls for safe return to classroom
       
?First lady Jill Biden spoke to children at an elementary? school in Connecticut on Wednesday with newly minted Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, saying that, as a teacher herself, she wants to return to the classroom — but only if teachers and students can do so safely. But we just know that we have to get back safely,” Biden told the students at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School in Meriden. “The biggest thing is we’re going to do this together.”First lady Jill Biden and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona tour Benjamin Franklin Elementary School on March 3, 2021, in Meriden, Conn. Mandel Ngan/Pool via APThe stimulus package includes $130 billion for schools. The president recognizes this?,? which is why he took bold action yesterday to get teachers and school staff vaccinated quickly?,” Cardona said. ?First lady Jill Biden and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona visit a classroom as they tour Benjamin Franklin Elementary School.
Katie Hill’s suit against ex-husband will go to trial: report
       
Former “throuple” pol Katie Hill’s lawsuit seeking to block her ex-husband from revealing private photos and information about her will go to trial after settlement talks have fallen through, according to a new report. In that case, Hill argued that Heslep threatened and choked her over the course of their 15-year relationship. But the former politician had also been seeking an order from a Los Angeles judge blocking Heslep from releasing other intimate photos and private information about her. csuarezHill’s lawyer said she expects the trial to last roughly four days and that she plans to call four or five witnesses, not including Hill. Katie Hill’s lawsuit seeking to block her ex-husband from revealing private photos and information about her will go to trial after settlement talks have fallen through.
SUV in deadly wreck came through hole in border fence
       
Gregory Bovino, the Border Patrol’s El Centro sector chief, told the Associated Press that surveillance footage taken before the early Tuesday wreck captured a Ford Expedition and Chevrolet Suburban drive through the breached fence. All those inside escaped and were taken into custody by Border Patrol agents. The 1997 red Ford Expedition, which was jammed with 25 people, continued traveling before it was T-boned by a semi-truck hauling gravel a short time later, killing 13 inside. The opening in the border fence that the vehicles rolled through was about 30 miles east of the crash scene. Gregory Bull/APA California Highway Patrol report said the Expedition entered an intersection right in front of the big rig, which hit the left side of the SUV.
Republicans refocus on state ‘bailouts’ in Biden stimulus bill after ‘Pelosi subway’ cut
       
John Raoux/APThe less-flashy state and local aid is equally unnecessary, Republican senators said, arguing that the funds would bail out Democratic local governments or allow them to increase spending. APSen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) said that for Democratic state governments, “it is like manna from Heaven for them. They have state governments that have not been well managed. On Wednesday, Biden signed off on lowering the income cap for people getting stimulus checks from $100,000 to $80,000. The bill includes $1,400 stimulus checks for adults earning up to $75,000 per year, with smaller checks for people up to $80,000.
CBS forced to pay actress Bobbie Phillips millions after Les Moonves allegations leaked
       
Bobbie Phillips attends the premiere of "Without Limits" on August 8, 1998 at Mann Village Theater in Westwood, California. CBS paid actress Bobbie Phillips (right) millions of dollars in a legal settlement after sexual harassment claims she made against disgraced ex-executive Les Moonves (left), according to a report. CBS has been forced to pay actress Bobbie Phillips millions of dollars in a legal settlement after sexual harassment claims she made against disgraced ex-executive Les Moonves were leaked to the New York Times, a report said Wednesday. The settlement was reached after CBS hired two law firms — Debevoise & Plimpton and Covington & Burling — to investigate sexual misconduct allegations made by several women at the network against Moonves, Vanity Fair reported. As a result, CBS and Covington were forced to pay Phillips millions of dollars for breaching her confidentiality agreement by letting the information leak to the New York Times, according to Vanity Fair.
See Elon Musk’s $100M portfolio he sold in efforts to ‘own no house’
       
Egret-topped house with industrial compoundSold: $29.7 millionThe 1.57-acre property appears to have an industrial building near the traditional house (not pictured). The colonial-style house was built in 1964, and it has two fireplaces and a pool, according to the listing. Realtor.comThe house, purchased by Musk in 2017, was built in the 1960s and appears to have not been updated since. Musk sold $36 million in mid-2020Musk also sold two more properties on Chalon Road earlier in 2020. Realtor.comThe house has a cook’s kitchen with Caesarstone counters and a living room with a fireplace.
‘Full of falsehoods’: Cuomo accuser’s lawyer rips press conference
       
Andrew Cuomo’s remarks Wednesday were “full of falsehoods and inaccurate information” — including his denial that he ever “touched anyone inappropriately,” the lawyer for one of his accusers said. “The governor’s press conference was full of falsehoods and inaccurate information, and New Yorkers deserve better,” Katz said. A photo of the alleged incident also shows Ruch, 33, appearing extremely uncomfortable as Cuomo towered over her with his hands holding either side of her face. Katz also said Bennett reported Cuomo’s “sexually harassing behavior immediately to his chief of staff and chief counsel.”Attorney Debra Katz and Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
NYC City Councilman On Gov. Cuomo: “This Is Why People Say He Is A Sociopath”
       
On Fox Across America with Jimmy Failla, NYC City Councilman Joe Borelli discussed the culture of bullying and fear that has surrounded Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration for and explains why many people have called Gov Cuomo a "sociopath" for years." This is why people say he's a dictator, he's a megalomaniac. But he's caught immediately trying to handpick the person who's going to investigate him after he's been caught handpicking investigators himself many times in the past. And this is the culture that existed in Albany for the entire time that Governor Andrew Cuomo was governor."
Janice Dean: We Know Now There’s No Way Cuomo Will Ever Resign
       
There's no way he'll ever resign, ever. You know, he talks about light at the end of the tunnel. But it's not going to come by him resigning, we just know that now today." "I just think he's all about himself and he can never, ever admit, although he did apologize, but remember, he didn't apologize except to the woman that took offense to his Italianess. I apologize to the woman who took offense to me being Italian.
LIVE UPDATES: Cuomo apologizes at press conference but says he won't resign
       
Andrew Cuomo apologized on Wednesday following allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior by three women, but he fell short of resigning. After her bombshell essay on Medium, another former aide, Charlotte Bennett, also came forward with sexual harassment allegations, claiming she was 25 years old at the time. CUOMO HIRES CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER AFTER SEXUAL HARASSMENT ALLEGATIONS, NURSING HOME SCANDALCuomo said in a statement issued Sunday that some of the things he's said in the past "have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation." Lawmakers have called for independent investigations and the resignation of Cuomo, 63, including several members of the Democratic party. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPFollow below for more updates on the reaction to Cuomo's most recent public comments.
Kayleigh McEnany talks undergoing double mastectomy, potential run for office
       
Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany shared the story behind her "very tough" decision to have a double mastectomy in an exclusive interview on "The Faulkner Focus" Wednesday. The prognosis led her to undergo a preventative double mastectomy in 2018. "My mom got a double mastectomy ... it was a hard path, and it's one I knew I wanted to go down to keep myself from ever getting cancer," McEnany expressed. McEnany added that her decision was several years in the making and her husband, Sean Gilmartin, supported her unconditionally. FORMER WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY KAYLEIGH MCENANY JOINS FOX NEWS FAMILYSince McEnany shared her story at the Republican National Convention in 2020, multiple women have reached out to her about her inspirational story.
Maria Shriver reacts to Andrew Cuomo's apology: 'Will that be enough?'
       
Maria Shriver, a journalist and the ex-wife of former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, questioned whether an apology for alleged unwanted sexual advances, issued Wednesday by New York Gov. The Democratic governor has been accused of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior by three women, two of whom worked under him. Cuomo was previously married to Kerry Kennedy, the daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, who was Maria Shriver's uncle. "I’m embarrassed by what happened... I’m embarrassed that someone felt that way in my administration. I’m embarrassed and hurt and I apologize that somebody who interacted with me felt that way," he added.
Republican can win NYC mayoral election again, Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa insists
       
A Republican can win this year's mayoral election in New York City, longtime radio host Curtis Sliwa told "America’s Newsroom" Wednesday. The number of shootings and murders in New York City soared in 2020, according to year-end crime data released by the New York Police Department (NYPD) in January. "The criminals are on the streets and the subways and worse yet, [New York Gov. That means a little ticket, like you would get for a parking violation and they’re back in the streets to do it again." And that’s when New York City blossomed into the cultural, entertainment empire that it is in the world.
McConnell blames Biden’s ‘sweeping left-wing amnesty plan' for fueling border surge
       
Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday blamed President Biden’s "sweeping left-wing amnesty plan" for fueling the escalating migrant crisis on the southern border -- and said it sidelined the interests of American workers. "Just six weeks into unified Democratic government, we already have another crisis brewing on our southern border," McConnell said on the Senate floor. He said instead that the Department of Homeland Security is working to "replace the cruelty" of the Trump administration with "an orderly humane and safe immigration process." The big backdrop behind this whole discussion is the sweeping left-wing amnesty plan that the Biden Administration unveiled before they were even sworn in," McConnell said. TRUMP USES CPAC SPEECH TO TEAR INTO BIDEN ON BORDER CRISIS"It’s not fair to American citizens and workers," he said.
Accuser Lindsey Boylan slams NY Gov. Cuomo's response to sexual misconduct allegations
       
"I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable," he said. CUOMO'S CREEPY COVID TEST COMMENTS RESURFACEDebra Katz, an attorney for Bennett, called Cuomo’s public appearance "full of falsehoods and inaccurate information." During his Wednesday appearance, Cuomo refused demands from dozens of state lawmakers that he resign. "I never knew at the time that I was making anyone feel uncomfortable. And if I ever did make people feel uncomfortable, which I now understand that I have, I apologize for it."
Andrew Cuomo’s press conference blasted by critics as calls for governor to resign continue
       
Hard to believe, because he continues to be shameless," the New York Post editorial board wrote after the press conference. The Democratic governor said he was "embarrassed" as he choked up but refused to resign amid growing calls to give up his position. CUOMO APOLOGIZES AFTER MISCONDUCT ALLEGATIONS BUT DENIES TOUCHING ANYONE 'INAPPROPRIATELY': 'I AM EMBARRASSED’"I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable. "They obviously felt uncomfortable. "The Governor’s press conference was full of falsehoods and inaccurate information, and New Yorkers deserve better," Katz said.
Biden says Texas and Mississippi over lifting COVID restrictions, guilty of ‘Neanderthal thinking’
       
President Biden took a swipe at Republican governors in Texas and Mississippi Wednesday, accusing them of "Neanderthal thinking" following their decision to reverse COVID safety policies, including mask mandates. Greg Abbott pointed to lower case counts and the increase in vaccine accessibility as justification to revoke all state imposed coronavirus regulations starting March 10. We know that COVID spread isn’t neatly contained by state borders, and explosions in COVID cases can increase the likelihood of new COVID variants to develop or spread to new places. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP"Getting a shot in someone's arm and getting the second shot…[is] going to take time. And it's critical, critical, critical, critical that they follow the science," Biden told reporters from the White House.
Capitol riot could serve as inspiration for terrorism: experts
       
The successful breach of the Capitol on the Jan. 6 siege could serve as inspiration for terrorists, a group of national security officials testifying before the Senate Wednesday agreed. “We do assess that the breach on the Capitol could inspire others to act,” Smislova told the Senate. A group of national security officials testifying before the Senate Wednesday agreed that the successful breach of the Capitol on the Jan. 6 siege could serve as inspiration for terrorists. Last week, Congress heard from the acting Capitol Police chief and the acting House sergeant-at-arms, as well as their predecessors who resigned in the wake of the riot. During the acting officials’ testimony, acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman revealed that intelligence agencies have uncovered threats from far-right extremists to “blow up” the US Capitol when Biden delivers his first joint address to both houses of Congress.
Cuomo’s top female adviser, Melissa DeRosa, weighs in on sex harassment allegations
       
Andrew Cuomo’s executive staff, said Wednesday she is “incredibly proud” of the administration’s record on women’s issues, weighing in as the governor spoke in public for the first time on sexual harassment allegations against him. DeRosa stood by her longtime boss as the governor again addressed inappropriate remarks he made in the workplace, as well as accusations of inappropriate touching at the wedding of an aide. “I am incredibly proud of the work that this administration has done to further women’s rights,” said DeRosa, joining Cuomo at an Albany press briefing, his first since the scandal exploded. DeRosa specifically cited workplace protections the administration championed. Charlotte Bennett TwitterLike her boss, DeRosa on Wednesday urged New Yorkers to wait for the results of state Attorney General Letitia James’ independent probe into the allegations.
‘Tiger King’ Joe Exotic hires new legal team to file for fresh trial
       
Joe Exotic has hired a legal team that once worked the missing-husband case of his key rival, Carole Baskin — and they plan to use unaired footage from “Tiger King” to push for a new trial. Disappointed after failing to get a pardon from President Donald Trump, the reality star — whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage — confirmed Tuesday that he had hired Phillips & Hunt. “We are honored to announce that Joe has retained our firm,” his new attorney, John Phillips, said Tuesday in a video shared by the official Joe Exotic Twitter page. “We’re going to seek a new trial, and justice in the criminal and civil courts,” Philips said after flying to visit Maldonado-Passage at Fort Worth’s Federal Medical Center. “I became familiar with all things ‘Tiger King.’ For sure, I know there is material in there that will help him out,” Phillips said, without teasing possible revelations.
Andrew Cuomo and Sandra Lee sell longtime Mount Kisco house before scandal
       
Andrew Cuomo and Sandra Lee unloaded their longtime Mount Kisco, NY, home right before the governor was hit with controversy. The formal living room with an open floor plan that leads to an office. realtor.comPart of the formal living room with floor-to-ceiling windows and doors which open to the patio. Features of the home include a stately living room, a sun-filled family room, an oversized kitchen and three dining areas. realtor.comThe formal dining room.
South Carolina adds firing squad to list of execution methods
       
South Carolina senators Tuesday added a firing squad to the electric chair as alternatives if the state can’t execute condemned inmates by way of lethal injection. An inmate could choose a firing squad if they prefer. South Carolina still uses the electric chair first powered up in 1912 after taking over the death penalty from counties, which usually used hanging. South Carolina Gov. A Republican and a Democrat, both former prosecutors, proposed adding the firing squad.
Fed's beige book signals economic optimism as COVID-19 vaccine rolls out
       
A Federal Reserve survey of business conditions across the United States has found that economic activity was expanding at a modest pace in February. GET FOX BUSINESS ON THE GO BY CLICKING HEREThe Fed survey released Wednesday shows that the central bank’s business contacts were expressing optimism last month about a stronger rebound as more COVID-19 vaccines are distributed. Reports on consumer spending and auto sales were mixed, while overall manufacturing showed moderate gains despite supply-side constraints, according to the Fed survey. The report, known as the beige book, is based on surveys conducted by the Fed’s 12 regional banks. It will form the basis for discussions when central bank officials meet on March 16-17 to mull their future moves on monetary policy.
Virginia county's proposed rules affecting American flag blasted as insult to Old Glory
       
In Virginia's largest county -- Fairfax, officials are considering restrictions on the size and number of flags residents and businesses can display – with no exception for the American flag. --Limit the number of flags you can fly at your home to two, including national, state, military or college flags. "There's a lot of veterans who feel very strongly about this, Democrat veterans, Republican veterans," he continued. "The proposed ordinance aims to allow residents to still fly flags proudly with reasonable guidelines, while protecting everyone's First Amendment rights." If the Planning Commission signs off on the proposal tonight, it would then go to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors next Tuesday for final approval.
House Democrats' H.R. 1 would create new public financing of congressional campaigns
       
It would provide public matching funds for qualifying congressional and presidential candidates at a rate of 6:1, among many other provisions. The public match program would be funded by a new 4.75% surcharge on criminal and civil penalties and settlements that corporations pay to the U.S. government. "I'm particularly disturbed by the fact that if this bill passes, taxpayer dollars will be directly funneled to congressional candidates and campaigns," Pfluger said. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the small-dollar match program for congressional candidates would cost $1.6 billion over 10 years, the presidential candidate match program would cost $905 million, and the new $25 pilot voucher program would cost $60 million. The House bill establishes the "Freedom from Influence Fund" for public election financing only for House and presidential candidates.
AOC invokes Denmark in minimum wage debate — critics point out Denmark doesn't have a federal minimum wage
       
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., omitted a key detail on Wednesday while comparing the U.S. federal minimum wage to the wage paid to Danish McDonald’s workers. The New York congresswoman called the discussion around raising the federal minimum wage "utterly embarrassing" in a tweet published Tuesday night. There is one thing Ocasio-Cortez’s argument left out, though: Denmark doesn’t have a nationally mandated minimum wage. Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet came as Congress debates raising the federal minimum wage to $15. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, and Tom Cotton, R-Ark., penned a joint op-ed published on FoxNews.com supporting a more modest minimum wage increase.
Ohio GOP Senate candidates call for their Republican governor to reopen state after COVID lockdowns
       
Former Ohio state treasurer Josh Mandel on Wednesday told Fox News that he’s "calling on Gov. TEXAS GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES PLAN TO DROP MASK MANDATE AND FULLY REOPEN BUSINESSESMandel spoke soon after issuing a statement on his push to reopen Ohio. "We intend on keeping the mask mandate," DeWine spokesman Dan Tierney said. "The governor does not intend to lift that [mask mandate] because we still need to protect Ohioans who have not had the opportunity to get the vaccine yet," Tierney added. The coronavirus restrictions implemented in Ohio have been very unpopular with many on the right.
Dan Gainor: Hidin' Biden – still no presidential press conference but Dems like basement strategy
       
That strategy is going strong 43 days into his presidency as he still hasn’t held a press conference. White House press secretary Jen Psaki continues to avoid topics, vowing to "circle back," while mostly giving reporters the run-around. As long as President Joe is kept out of the limelight, he can’t generate too much controversy. Only this is the anti-Trump strategy that got Biden into the White House. It was headlined: "It's long past time for Joe Biden to start taking questions from the press."
Sen. Mike Crapo: Democrats' $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill deserves debate. Let's get this right
       
The proposals in the nearly $2 trillion package include sweeping policy changes that deserve thorough, bipartisan scrutiny at the committee level. BRIAN KEMP: COVID RELIEF – PELOSI-SCHUMER PLAN FAVORS DEMOCRAT STATES. The relief package also includes an additional $400 a week in unemployment benefits, on top of existing benefits. These policies don’t belong in a COVID relief package, and should be fully offset if retained." The coronavirus pandemic has exacted a terrible toll on America, and another relief package may be appropriate.
Biden won't deliver speech to Congress until after vote on coronavirus bill, Psaki says
       
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said President Biden will wait to address a joint session of Congress until after Congress decides on the American Rescue Plan, his coronavirus relief package. Meanwhile, as for his first address to Congress, past presidents have traditionally given a speech to Congress during their first year in office, often in February. An address to a joint session of Congress is like a State of the Union, though it technically is not called that until the president's second year in office. Bush delivered one of the earliest addresses to a joint session, taking place on Feb. 9, 1989. Former President Barack Obama delivered his address on Feb. 24, 2009; former President George W. Bush delivered his on Feb. 27, 2001; and former President Bill Clinton delivered his on Feb. 17.
Biden still hasn’t held a press conference after 43 days in office
       
President Biden has been in office for 43 days without holding an official press conference and critics have taken notice. President Trump took 28 days to take questions from the press, while President Obama did it after only 21 days in office and President George W. Bush took 34 days. White House press secretary Jen Psaki recently said, "Not yet," when asked when Biden would hold his first press conference. CNN’s Jake Tapper tweeted that "Biden’s 15 most recent predecessors all held a formal solo press conference within 33 days of taking office." Whenever Biden’s address occurs, it would be the latest Joint Session address in decades.
Xi Jinping calls US ‘biggest threat’ to China’s security
       
?Communist Party leader Xi Jinping warned that the United States is the “biggest threat” to China’s security ?while touting the country’s economic ?outlook, proclaiming that “the East is rising and the West is declining,” according to a report on Wednesday. “The biggest source of chaos in the present-day world is the United States,” Xi said, ?the New York Times reported. ?“The United States is the biggest threat to our country’s development and security.”?The report cited Xi’s remarks to a county official in northwest China, published on a government website. Xi is expected to present a plan this week for how he will shepherd China’s continued ascent to the National People’s Congress, the Communist Party-backed legislature. The Chinese Communist Party is facing backlash from the Biden administration, which has said it will crack down on Beijing’s human rights abuses.
Michael Moore says Texans don’t deserve vaccine
       
So u don’t need our precious vaccine. “Yes, we must and will find a way to vaccinate the poor and people of color in Texas. Michael Moore was ripped on social media for saying that people who live in Texas don’t deserve the COVID-19 vaccine. “The rest of us must find a way to protect ourselves from the policies and politicians of Texas,” Moore wrote. Many criticized the “Bowling for Columbine” director for saying Texans don’t deserve the vaccine, regardless of who they voted for.
NY AG settles with New York Sports Club after COVID membership scandal
       
“A public health crisis did not give these gyms license to lift up their finances through unlawful charges,” James said in a prepared statement. NYSC and Lucille Roberts facilities are now being run by a different company, and the new owners are not involved in the case, James’ office said. New York Attorney General Letitia James takes a question at a news conference in New York on Aug. 6, 2020. Kathy Willens/AP,FileStill, the judgment “is not intended to be, and should not be construed as, an admission of liability by TSI,” the court filing reads. TSI lawyer Donald Derrico told The Post, “We do not comment on litigation matters and/or resolutions.”Victims can file complaints to recoup their losses through James’ office.
Biden faces steep challenges to reach renewable energy goals
       
Disruption from the pandemic has cost the renewable energy industry, which relies heavily on labor, about 450,000 jobs. To reach Biden’s 100 percent renewable energy goal will require a massive buildout of grid infrastructure to get energy from the windy plains or offshore wind farms over long distances to cities where electricity is needed. The wind power industry and clean energy advocates say the new administration can make the country an offshore wind power leader. Estimates of employment in the US clean energy sector range from about 700,000 to 3 million jobs. “Justice for disadvantaged communities and welcoming legacy energy workers into the clean power workforce are vital aspects of the success of the clean energy transition,” said Heather Zichal, chief executive officer of the American Clean Power Association.
Thai activist arrested for burning king’s portrait
       
BANGKOK – An anti-government activist accused of burning a portrait of Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn was arrested on Wednesday police said, the latest among dozens of people charged in recent months for insulting the monarchy. “The burning of the royal portrait was done by me and I am solely responsible, the movement is not involved,” Chaiamorn wrote on his band’s Facebook page, a post his lawyer confirmed was authentic. At least 61 people have subsequently been charged with lese majeste, according to legal aid group Thai Lawyers for Human Rights. The portrait burning took place hours before protesters marched on a military base to urge the king to give up direct control over army units transferred to him in 2019 by the government of Prayuth, a former military chief. Police used rubber bullets against the protesters for the first time on Sunday, as well as tear gas and water cannon.
Andrew Cuomo says ‘I feel awful’ but ‘never touched anyone inappropriately’
       
Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that “I feel awful” about the sexual harassment allegations against him but insisted, “I never touched anyone inappropriately.”Cuomo also said he was acting against legal advice to tell New Yorkers, “I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable.”“It was unintentional and I truly and deeply apologize for it,” he said as his voice choked up. “I feel awful about it and frankly I am embarrassed by it and that’s not easy to say –but that’s the truth.”Cuomo’s remarks were the first he’s made in person since a spiraling sexual harassment scandal erupted last week, leading to calls for his resignation — despite his having agreed to an independent investigation by state Attorney General Letitia James. The controversy was sparked by former aide Lindsey Boylan, 36, who accused Cuomo, 63, of kissing her “on the lips” without warning in his Manhattan office in 2018. Boylan, now a Democratic candidate for Manhattan borough president, also alleged in an online essay that Cuomo told her, “Let’s play strip poker,” during an October 2017 flight on his official state jet. Boylan’s claims led another former Cuomo aide, Charlotte Bennett, 25, to allege in a report published Saturday that he asked her inappropriate personal questions, told her he was open to relationships with women in their 20s and left her feeling that he “wanted to sleep with me.”And in a report on Monday, Anna Ruch, a 33-year-old former White House staffer under then-President Barack Obama, accused Cuomo of coming on to her, grabbing her face and kissing her after he officiated at the 2019 wedding of an administration aide, Gareth Rhodes, to another former Obama staffer, Alexa Kissinger.
Rubio slams $1.9T COVID relief bill: Bailout for 'predator' Cuomo, 'irresponsible' Newsom
       
The coronavirus relief package is a "fraud" because it includes measures that go beyond the scope of providing aid to Americans that struggled during the pandemic, Sen. Marco Rubio said on Wednesday. You put out a bill, you call it COVID relief, and people that are on their way to work, what they hear on the news is $1.9 trillion in COVID relief. And people are like, OK, that's good because we need relief and $1.9 trillion is a lot of money and so forth. The problem is that's not what the bill is," Rubio, R-Fla., told "Fox & Friends." Rubio said that he "is prepared to vote for more coronavirus relief."
'Scary, insidious' where cancel culture is heading: 'Madness of Crowds' author
       
British journalist and author of "Madness of Crowds" Douglas Murray ripped the cancel culture movement and argued its' been going too far for a "very long time." The "Madness of Crowds" author went on to say the cancel culture movement "limits" Americans on what they’re allowed to enjoy and people should be "scared." "The left has a very confused attitude towards cancel culture," Murray said. The British author argued the left doesn’t think cancel culture "exists" and the idea has been "invented by crazy right-wingers." The "Madness of Crowds" author predicted the left will stop the cancel culture movement when the tables turn on their party.
Majority of House Democrats vote in favor of lowering voting age to 16
       
Progressive Democrats in the House of Representatives unsuccessfully pushed an amendment lowering the federal voting age to 16 as part of the H.R. The vote was 125-302 in the House with the majority of Democrats voting in favor, 125-93, according to C-SPAN. Pressley said in February she was "shocked" that lowering the legal voting age to 16 is a "polarizing" subject of debate. ‘SQUAD’ MEMBER PRESSLEY SAYS SHE'S ‘SHOCKED’ THAT LOWERING VOTING AGE TO 16 IS POLARIZING ISSUEThe idea isn't brand new. Hawaiian lawmakers introduced a bill in January that would lower the voting age from 18 to 16.
Can police search your house without a warrant?
       
The court has previously said that an officer in "hot pursuit" of a suspect believed to have committed a felony crime can enter the person’s home without a warrant if the person goes inside. But, as Justice Stephen Breyer said during the Feb. 24 arguments, there is "a bright-line rule that says hot pursuit is automatically exigent circumstances," meaning circumstances that are exceptions to the typical warrant requirements until the Fourth Amendment. Several justices, both liberal and conservative, suggested that making a distinction between felony and misdemeanor cases would be difficult and problematic. Lange’s lawyer, Jeffrey Fisher, told the justices that it is "not too much to ask for officers to procure a warrant before breaching the Fourth Amendment's most sacrosanct space." "The argument very simply is that hot pursuit has to be hot and it has to be a pursuit ... it has to involve a chase," he suggested.
Capitol Police Chief Pittman says threats to Congress members up by 93.5% in first 2 months of 2021
       
Capitol Police acting Chief Yogananda Pittman testified before a House Appropriations subcommittee Wednesday that threats to members of Congress have increased by 93.5% within the first two months of 2021, compared to the same time period last year. "This was abundantly clear on January 6, 2021, when insurrectionists attempted to prevent the Congress from certifying the 2020 Electoral College results by storming the U.S. U.S. Capitol Police was forced to reevaluate its budget justification for the 2022 fiscal year following the events of Jan. 6, Pittman said. Meanwhile, U.S. Capitol Police said Wednesday it "obtained intelligence that shows a possible plot to breach the Capitol by an identified militia group on Thursday, March 4." The department "is aware of and prepared for any potential threats towards members of Congress or towards the Capitol complex," the statement said.
Ronny Jackson made sexual comments about subordinate, drank alcohol on trips as WH physician: IG
       
U.S. Rep. Ronny Jackson made "sexual and denigrating" comments about a female subordinate and engaged in inappropriate use of alcohol while on two presidential trips during his time as the White House physician, according to a Pentagon inspector general report. Investigators interviewed 78 witnesses and reviewed White House documents to reach the conclusion that Jackson, R-Texas, failed to treat his subordinates on the White House Medical Unit staff with dignity and respect, the report said. "Three years ago I was the subject of a political hit job because I stood with President Trump," Jackson said. CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APPAllegations of misconduct first arose after Trump nominated Jackson to be Veteran's Affairs secretary in April 2018. The doctor withdrew from the running after the Pentagon inspector general began investigating allegations of workplace misconduct, such as alcohol abuse and mishandling prescription drugs.
Support for Cuomo's coronavirus response collapses as media pays attention to nursing home deaths: Study
       
Andrew Cuomo now that the mainstream media is spending time on his ongoing nursing home scandal, according to a new study. Sixty-five percent of those who were previously uninformed of Cuomo's nursing home policies had an unfavorable opinion of his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a study commissioned by the Media Research Center. MAINSTREAM MEDIA BLASTED FOR ‘BLATANT HYPOCRISY’ AFTER IGNORING SEXUAL HARASSMENT ALLEGATIONS AGAINST CUOMOCuomo was a darling of the liberal media and the nursing home scandals were largely ignored before recent sexual harassment allegations were made against him. As Cuomo takes heat over multiple sexual harassment allegations, news organizations that spent a portion of 2020 fawning over him are covering the nursing home tragedy. MRC president Brent Bozell feels the mainstream media is "complicit" in Cuomo’s nursing home scandal.
Michael Goodwin: Will Andrew Cuomo resign? Don't bet on it. Here's how governor plans to stay in office
       
Andrew Cuomo’s fellow Democrats demand he resign following three allegations of sexual harassment, there is widespread expectation he’ll quit any day now. ANDREW CUOMO ACCUSED BY THIRD WOMAN OF UNWANTED SEXUAL ADVANCESCuomo, of course, has never been confused with a shrinking violet. CUOMO SHOULD RESIGN: 'PATTERN OF ABUSE OF POWER'That strategy is rooted in a fundamental fact: Nobody can force him to quit. In effect, Cuomo and Jacobs aim to use the investigation to buy time for a cooling-off period. That’s the federal investigation into whether his office illegally withheld an accurate count of nursing home deaths from the Justice Department.
Las Vegas Sands to sell Venetian casino resort, Sands Expo for $6.25B
       
Las Vegas Sands is selling the iconic Venetian casino resort and its Sands Expo and Convention Center for $6.25 billion, withdrawing from gambling operations on the Las Vegas Strip after changing the nature of the casino business there and just about everywhere else. Under the two-part deal announced Wednesday, VICI Properties will buy the casino and resort and all assets associated with the Venetian Resort Las Vegas and the Sands Expo for $4 billion. The global pandemic broadsided Las Vegas, shuttering the Strip where Las Vegas Sands has been the biggest operator for years. “As we announce the sale of The Venetian Resort, we pay tribute to Mr. Adelson’s legacy while starting a new chapter in this company’s history. The Venetian, located on the Las Vegas Strip, has three luxury hotel towers with gaming, entertainment, shopping and dining.
Comptroller Stringer calls on de Blasio to give up COVID-19 emergency powers
       
Mayor Bill de Blasio should practice what he preaches by scrapping the coronavirus emergency powers he invoked last year to fast-track billions of dollars in spending that “circumvented” oversight, city Comptroller Scott Stringer said Wednesday. Andrew Cuomo’s emergency pandemic powers and restoring local control over decision-making. The state Legislature has agreed to strip some of Cuomo’s emergency powers amid sexual harassment and nursing home scandals engulfing the governor. Stringer claimed de Blasio will look like a hypocrite if he doesn’t restore the comptroller’s review over spending projects. Andrew Cuomo’s emergency pandemic powers and restoring local control over decision-making — but wants his powers gone too.
Michael Cohen — disbarred former Trump fixer — gets COVID-19 vaccine
       
Michael Cohen, the now-disbarred attorney who served as former President Donald Trump’s go-to lawyer before turning state’s evidence, received his coronavirus vaccine on Wednesday. But Cohen said that by Wednesday, the process was smooth as silk. “It was flawless,” Cohen told The Post by phone. Michael Cohen said he qualified due to unspecified “health morbidities.”Once seen as Trump’s legal fixer, the pair’s relationship soured after Cohen implicated Trump while separately pleading guilty to lying during special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation on Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election. Michael Cohen, the now-disbarred attorney who served as former President Donald Trump’s lawyer.
BBC duped by man claiming to be Cory Booker, bluffs way into Khashoggi interview
       
A trickster claiming to be New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker bluffed his way into a BBC radio interview on the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to a red-faced apology from the British outlet and tweets from confused listeners. “In our Newshour radio programme on Friday, a man claiming to be Senator Cory Booker was interviewed in what appears to be a deliberate hoax,” the BBC said in a statement. “@CoryBooker did you do an interview today with the BBC discussing the Khashoggi killing?” tweeted one user on Feb. 26. “Someone sounding nothing like you and without your speech pattern was claiming to be you today.”The homepage of BBC “Newshour” features an apology for the broadcast interview. The real Booker did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Andrew Cuomo aide leaves COVID-19 task force amid gov’s sex-harass scandal
       
The governor’s aide whose wedding reception is at the center of the latest sexual-harassment allegation against Gov. Andrew Cuomo is leaving his COVID-19 task force. The move came just days after Anna Ruch, 33, became the third woman to accuse Cuomo, 63, of sexual harassment. It also came shortly before Cuomo was expected to hold his first news conference since the scandal erupted last week. The move came just days after Anna Ruch, 33, became the third woman to accuse Gov.
Andrew Cuomo aide leaves COVID-19 task force amid sex-harass scandal
       
The aide whose wedding reception was the venue that led to a sexual-harassment allegation against Gov. Andrew Cuomo is leaving the state’s COVID-19 task force, he said Wednesday. CUOMO SPEAKS AS NY LAWMAKERS CALL FOR RESIGNATION, IMPEACHMENT OVER SCANDALSThe move came just days after Anna Ruch, 33, became the third woman to accuse Cuomo, 63, of sexual harassment. It also came shortly before Cuomo was expected to hold his first news conference since the scandal erupted last week. Rhodes has regularly been among the Cuomo administration officials to join the governor at his briefings.
CNN called out for tone shift on Biden reopening schools, compared to Trump coverage
       
CNN's tone on school reopening appears to have taken a different tone with President Biden leading the call for it, instead of former President Trump. Drew Holden, a conservative commentator, noted Biden was quoted in September by the CNN Politics account demanding Trump negotiate a deal for emergency school funding. CNN's Chris Cillizza wrote the same month on the "very clear dangers" of Trump trying to reopen schools. "'Normally, people don't play with kids' lives': Trump's push to reopen schools becomes another partisan fight," CNN wrote in another July news story. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said last summer it would work with every school district to create safe environments for school reopening.
Pence rails against HR 1, laments Capitol riot prevented 'substantive discussion' on election integrity
       
Former Vice President Mike Pence offered harsh criticism for a Democrat-proposed voting reform legislation while condemning the Capitol protest on Jan. 6 that, he said, interrupted what would have been a worthwhile discussion of election integrity. In an op-ed for the Daily Signal published Wednesday, Pence said that H.R. Pence claimed that H.R. Meanwhile, he said lawmakers should be focused on improving election security and public confidence in the voting process. Pence cautioned that H.R.
Shalanda Young pushed by House Dem leaders for Biden budget director after Tanden defeat
       
House Democratic leaders on Wednesday are pushing President Biden to tap Shalanda Young – his current pick for deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget – for director, after he withdrew the nomination of Neera Tanden for the post amid controversy over her past statements. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., and Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., issued a joint statement on Wednesday, recommending Biden tap Young to serve as director of the Office of Management and Budget. BIDEN’S FAILURE TO GET TANDEN CONFIRMED FOLLOWS OTHER ABORTED PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATIONS IN HISTORY"As longtime members of the Appropriations Committee, we take great pride in recommending Shalanda Young as director of the Office of Management and Budget," the Democratic leaders wrote. Young previously served as a staff director for the House Appropriations Committee. A statement from Biden released Tuesday night read: "I have accepted Neera Tanden’s request to withdraw her name from nomination for director of the Office of Management and Budget."
Republicans want briefing from Mayorkas after DHS chief claims 'no' border crisis
       
EXCLUSIVE: House Republicans on the Border Security Caucus are requesting a briefing by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas about the escalating crisis at the southern border, and warning that Biden administration policies are fueling it -- days after Mayorkas denied that there was a crisis at all. Reps. Andy Biggs and Brian Babin, who are the heads of the Congressional Border Security Caucus, wrote to Mayorkas requesting a briefing on the administration’s plans to address what they see as a crisis. Meanwhile, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have been releasing migrants into the interior -- a practice ended by the Trump administration. REP. BIGGS, CO-CHAIR OF BORDER SECURITY CAUCUS, SAYS ISSUE IS UNITING CONSERVATIVESBut Mayorkas on Monday denied there was a crisis at all, instead describing it as a "challenge for the government, non-governmental organizations and border communities. The lawmakers request a meeting in-person with Mayorkas "as soon as possible to discuss the growing crisis at the southern border."
Biden’s post-inauguration honeymoon appears to be over, new poll suggests
       
A new national poll indicates that President Joe Biden’s approval rating has slipped during his first month in the White House. "It’s probably not a surprise that Biden’s honeymoon period has closed quickly," Monmouth University Polling Institute Director Patrick Murray highlighted. An average of all of the latest national polls that measured Biden’s approval rating – compiled by Real Clear Politics – put’s the president’s numbers at 55% approval and 40% disapproval. Ninety-one percent of Democrats questioned in the Monmouth survey approve of Biden’s performance – basically unchanged since January. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe Monmouth poll used live telephone operators to question 802 adults nationwide.
Cuomo speaks as NY lawmakers call for resignation, impeachment over scandals
       
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that he will be holding a coronavirus briefing and making an "announcement" Wednesday afternoon, as he faces pressure from members of both parties to step down or face impeachment. At this point, nearly 30 Democratic and Republican New York lawmakers have stated that Cuomo should either resign or face impeachment. CUOMO 'FAILED' TO HOLD HIMSELF TO HIGH STANDARD IF ALLEGATIONS TRUE, NY ASSEMBLY'S DEM LEADER SAYSDemocratic New York State Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" on Wednesday that Cuomo should resign "for the good of the state." Lawmakers are also pushing towards stripping Cuomo of emergency powers he has had throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Myanmar security forces kill at least 33 protesters
       
YANGON, Myanmar — At least 33 protesters were killed by Myanmar security forces on Wednesday, the highest number since a Feb. 1 military coup, according to a compilation of local reports, as authorities extended their lethal crackdown. Videos from various locations showed security forces on Wednesday firing slingshots at demonstrators, chasing them down and even brutally beating an ambulance crew. Security forces have also arrested hundreds of people at protests, including journalists. Videos from various locations showed security forces on Wednesday firing slingshots at demonstrators, chasing them down and even brutally beating an ambulance crew. Ignoring that appeal, Myanmar’s security forces on Wednesday continued to attack peaceful protesters.
Crafts retailer Michaels to be acquired by Apollo for $3.3 billion
       
Arts-and-crafts retailer Michaels said it has agreed to be acquired by private equity giant Apollo Global Management in a deal that values the company at $3.3 billion. The going-private transaction values Michaels’ outstanding stock at $22 a share, a 47 percent premium to the closing price on Feb. 26, the last trading day before the media reported that Michaels was in play, the companies said. The deal with Apollo — controlled by billionaire Leon Black, who has been weathering a scandal over his ties to dead pedophile Jeffrey Epstein — is valued at a total of $5 billion including debt. The arts-and-crafts retailer has more than 1,200 stores in North America and it had been a go-to stop for consumers looking for something to do during quarantine. “As a private company, we will have financial flexibility to invest in, expand, and improve our retail and digital platforms.”
Alamo Drafthouse cinema chain files for bankruptcy
       
Dine-in cinema chain Alamo Drafthouse filed for bankruptcy Wednesday after taking a beating from the COVID-19 pandemic. The chain also has 23 franchised cinemas in addition to its company-owned sites. Alamo’s bankruptcy is just the latest sign of the damage the COVID-19 crisis has inflicted on movie exhibitors around the world. AMC, the world’s largest cinema operator, narrowly avoided bankruptcy this year after weathering heavy losses alongside rival Cinemark. Alamo is known for enforcing a “zero-tolerance” policy against talking and cellphone use during screenings at its eat-and-watch cinemas.
NY state Sen. James Skoufis calls on Andrew Cuomo to resign
       
Andrew Cuomo’s refusal to publicly address sexual harassment allegations “lends further credibility” to his accusers and should lead him to resign in disgrace, a Democratic state senator said Wednesday. State Sen. James Skoufis joined a handful of Democrats — including US Rep. Kathleen Rice of Long Island — demanding that Cuomo quit amid the widening scandal. Governor Cuomo must resign,” he said. Skoufis added that Cuomo’s “refusal to appear before the public over this past week lends further credibility to the allegations brought forward by the three women — and counting.”Gov. Cuomo has been accused by three women of sexually inappropriate behavior.
108 illegal immigrants in Texas who tested positive for COVID reportedly released
       
?More than 100 illegal immigrants who tested positive for the coronavirus — after their arrival in Texas ??since late January — have been released by the Border Patrol into the Lone Star State ?and are free to travel to other parts of the US, according to reports. “Right now we were tested for COVID and they separated us … because we were positive,” Izaguirre told news site. ??Other migrants, who tested positive, said they plan to travel to North Carolina, Maryland and New Jersey. Felipe Romero said migrants who tested for COVID-19 are being told to quarantine and remain socially distanced. “Really, I don’t feel anything.”?The immigrants said they didn’t receive any documentation that they had tested positive.
Andrew Cuomo to hold first news conference since sexual harassment scandal broke
       
Andrew Cuomo is expected to hold a news conference on Wednesday that will mark his first public appearance since becoming engulfed in a widening sexual harassment scandal, sources familiar with his plans told The Post. Cuomo is in the state Capitol in Albany preparing for the briefing, the sources said. The Post also spotted Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, who has joined Cuomo at his briefings since the COVID-19 pandemic struck last year. Cuomo last took questions from reporters during an audio-only phone conference call on Feb. 22, two days before a series of women — including two former aides — publicly accused him of sexual harassment. And, obviously, part of that is responding to the concerns of the public expressed through the media,” he said.
Biden agrees to new cap on stimulus checks, axing funds for earners over $80K
       
President Biden has agreed to lower the income cap for stimulus checks as part of his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, The Post has confirmed. Adults who earn less than $75,000 per year will still get the full $1,400. But rather than a sliding scale for earners between $75,000 and $100,000, smaller checks will only go to people earning up to $80,000. People who earn more than $80,000 will get nothing under the Biden-approved plan, the source said. Those funds also are phased out for earners over $75,000 or joint filers above $150,000.
Democrat assemblyman says Gov. Cuomo should resign: 'Pattern of abuse of power'
       
New York State Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara is calling on Gov. REP. ANGELO SANTABARBARA: [On revoking emergency powers] "This is something we need to do. This is about much more than just emergency powers at this point. This is a governor that has a pattern of abuse of power, and it’s clear that it’s going to continue. DEMOCRATIC NEW YORK LAWMAKER CALLS ON CUOMO TO RESIGN 'FOR THE GOOD OF THE STATE'We just see a pattern here.
Ralph Lauren 'first' luxury brand to start a clothing rental business
       
Ralph Lauren has announced a new clothing rental service hailed as a first for a luxury brand. The New York fashion house is peddling a program called "The Lauren Look," offering frugal fashionistas the chance to rent an "ever-evolving" selection of womenswear apparel from its Lauren Ralph Lauren brand for $125 a month. GOODWILL DONOR IN TEXAS ACCIDENTALLY LEAVES $5,000 IN JACKET, GETS IT BACK WEEKS LATERMuch like Rent the Runway, chosen selections are shipped out to the shopper to rent, try or buy. "The Lauren Look allows us to explore an entirely new model tapping into the growing focus on the sharing economy and revolutionizing how we look at fashion consumption," said David Lauren, Chief Innovation and Branding Officer. Like many luxury brands, Ralph Lauren has struggled during the coronavirus pandemic with continued store closures and diminished global demand, Reuters reports.
'Squad' member Rep. Bowman claims standardized testing is racist
       
Freshman Rep. Jamaal Bowman, D-N.Y., attacked standardized testing as racist on Tuesday. Bowman, a new member of the progressive "Squad," claimed in a tweet that standardized testing is "a pillar of systemic racism." Bowman also shared a link to the National Education Association (NEA) website about the "racist beginnings of standardized testing." Standardized testing is not uniquely American by any means. "Standardized testing is actually horrible for a number of reasons but this isn't one of them," conservative columnist Matt Walsh wrote.
Honoré's ‘offensive’ comments should disqualify him from Capitol security review, Republicans tell Pelosi
       
Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee are telling House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that "offensive" comments made by her choice to lead the investigation into the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol should disqualify him. Pelosi appointed retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré to lead the investigation into the security infrastructure, interagency processes and command and control during the riot. But a number of Republicans have raised alarm about past comments he has made. These statements are deeply offensive and should be disqualifying for anyone to lead a serious and objective review of the Capitol’s security," the Congress members say. "This is somebody who has no business, no business, leading a security review," he told Carlson.
Biden’s failure to get Tanden confirmed follows other aborted presidential nominations in history
       
BIDEN WHITE HOUSE PULLS TANDEN'S EMBATTLED NOMINATION AS BUDGET DIRECTORThe long history of nominations that crashed and burned dates back to the earliest years of the republic. And failed nominations at the beginning of a presidency ended up having sometimes serious implications. "The personal behavior of nominees became a new standard for nominees," Troy noted. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPFast-forward to this week and Tanden’s nomination sank due in part to her long history of biting tweets about both Republicans and Democrats, which made her a polarizing figure to many in the Senate. Troy predicted that "Tanden's failed nomination will definitely create the 'Twitter test’ for nominees, but it may also have other implications that we cannot yet predict."
Senate Finance Committee split on HHS nominee Becerra in tie vote
       
The Senate Finance Committee did not make a determination on the nomination of President Biden's pick for Health Human Services Secretary, Xavier Becerra, after a vote on the nomination resulted in a tie, split along party lines. The vote took place at an executive session of the finance committee Wednesday morning. Committee Chairman Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. announced that the tie vote will be reported to the secretary of the Senate. He noted that it is up to the Senate majority or minority leader to bring a motion to discharge the nomination for a vote by the full Senate. This was in stark contrast to concerns from some Republicans over the California attorney general's lack of relevant health care experience.
Capitol Police increase security amid 'possible' militia group plot to breach Capitol
       
U.S. Capitol Police are increasing security after obtaining intelligence to suggest a "possible plot" by a militia group to breach the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, March 4. "The United States Capitol Police Department is aware of and prepared for any potential threats towards members of Congress or towards the Capitol complex," they said in a statement Wednesday. "We have obtained intelligence that shows a possible plot to breach the Capitol by an identified militia group on Thursday, March 4." Capitol Police said it is working with "local, state and federal partners to stop any threats to the Capitol." The Jan. 6 Capitol riot left five people dead, including a U.S. Capitol Police officer.
US infrastructure gets C- from engineers as roads stagnate
       
But it was not able to push Congress to pass any broad plan to update the nation’s roads and bridges, rails and airports. Four areas got Cs: bridges, which dropped from a C+ to a C in 2021, energy, drinking water and solid waste. “This report card is a warning and a call to action,” Buttigieg told The Associated Press. APIn its report card, the group said years of inaction has had consequences. According to the report card, the nation is only paying about half of what it needs to lift overall US infrastructure to an acceptable “B” level.
Dr. Fauci donates his personal 3D model of COVID to Smithsonian museum
       
Sign up for our special edition newsletter to get a daily update on the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Anthony Fauci has donated his personal 3-D model of the coronavirus to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, which honored him with its Great Americans Medal. Fauci has helped save millions of lives and advanced the treatment and our understanding of infectious and immunologic diseases across more than five decades of public service,” museum Director Anthea Hartig said. Fauci, 80, who has led the nationwide COVID-19 response and is President Joe Biden’s science adviser, was asked by the museum to donate a personal item to mark the pandemic. He chose the lumpy blue and orange ball that he has used to explain the complexities of the virus in myriad interviews.
Federal probe into Hunter Biden’s ‘tax affairs’ reportedly moving ahead
       
?The federal probe into Hunter Biden’s “tax affairs” is plowing ahead without any interference from President Biden’s White House, according to a report on Wednesday. Garland told the Senate Judiciary Committee during a confirmation hearing last week that he hadn’t discussed the Hunter Biden investigation with the president. Hunter Biden confirmed in December that his “tax affairs” stemming from his overseas business dealings were under investigation by the feds. The investigation, which began in 2018, is seeking to determine if Hunter Biden and his business associates violated tax and money laundering laws. The Post last October revealed the existence of emails found on Hunter Biden’s laptop’s hard drive detailing his business interests in China and Ukraine.
Migrants wear Biden T-shirts at US-Mexico border, demand clearer policies
       
Migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border on Tuesday were photographed wearing T-shirts in support of President Biden at the San Ysidro crossing port in Tijuana, Baja California state. One apparent migrant held up a poster that read, "Biden, please let us in!" Prospective U.S. residents and progressive Democrats are hoping the new president will implement more lenient immigration policies than former President Trump, though some politicians like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., have expressed concern with Biden's use of migrant holding facilities at the border. 108 MIGRANTS RELEASED BY BORDER PATROL IN TEXAS TEST POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS, OFFICIALS SAYThere has been a recent surge in the number of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S. border from Mexico, according to The Wall Street Journal, though the Biden administration has rejected the term "crisis" to describe the situation. The president is working to process as many as 25,000 asylum seekers who were forced to wait in Mexico under the Trump administration's "Remain-in-Mexico" policy under the Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP) program.
Axios founders: Hypocritical Democrats should call for Andrew Cuomo's resignation
       
The co-founders of Axios say Democrats should all be calling for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D., to resign if they want to meet their own standards for Republicans facing accusations of sexual harassment. Andrew Cuomo should be facing explicit calls to resign from President Biden on down, if you apply the standard that Democrats set for similar allegations against Republicans. VandeHei and Allen said the only defense Democrats had was to argue the three women were exaggerating or forgetting things. ANDREW CUOMO AMID SEXUAL HARASSMENT, NURSING HOME SCANDALSIn a conditional apology, Cuomo portrayed some of his past behavior as misinterpreted jokes, which angered one of his accusers, Charlotte Bennett.
Rep. Crenshaw slams Biden's border policy: 'Prioritizing illegal immigrants over US citizens’
       
Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, says he believes the Biden administration’s immigration policies are "prioritizing illegal immigrants over U.S. The comments come amid an Axios report citing DHS projections that 117,000 unaccompanied children are expected to cross the border in 2021. This administration is prioritizing illegal immigrants over U.S. citizens. What immediately needs to happen is they need to reinstitute the migrant protection protocols, which is the ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPIt creates a disincentive to just cross, because they know they’re going to be sent right back to Mexico.
Will Smith says he’s never met a racist person who is also smart
       
Will Smith is speaking candidly about the racism he’s experienced. “I’ve been called [N-word] to my face probably five or six times,” the 52-year-old actor recently said on the “Pod Save America” podcast. “And fortunately for my psyche, I’ve never been called [N-word] by a smart person,” Smith continued. “Now they’re twins, for sure, but ignorance can be educated and evil is a much more difficult problem. And fortunately, ignorance is more prevalent than blatant evil.
National security officials to testify at Senate hearing about Capitol riot
       
Officials from Homeland Security, the Justice Department, the Pentagon and the National Guard are scheduled to testify Wednesday about missteps involved in preparing for and responding to the Capitol riot, as the Senate continues its investigation into the events on Jan. 6. He testified that former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund pleaded with DC and Pentagon officials to send the Guard. Former U.S. Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund testifies during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs & Senate Rules and Administration joint hearing on February 23, 2021 in Washington, DC. ?Robert J. Contee III, Acting D.C. Metropolitan Police Chief, giving testimony during the Capitol hearings on Feb. 23, 2021. ??Capitol police attempting to hold off protestors storming the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
Keith Olbermann roasted for asking why we’re ‘wasting vaccinations on Texas’ after state lifts mask mandate
       
Liberal pundit Keith Olbermann was roasted from both sides of the aisle on Tuesday for declaring that Texans don’t deserve access to the coronavirus vaccines because "Texas has decided to join the side of the virus" by lifting its mask mandate. Olbermann, who walked away from ESPN to start an anti-Trump show on YouTube, responded to a tweet from Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott outlining plans to open the state back up and revoke mask mandates. ABBOTT ANNOUNCES PLAN TO FULLY REOPEN BUSINESSES, END STATE MASK MANDATE"Why are we wasting vaccinations on Texas if Texas has decided to join the side of the virus?" He once claimed that Trump and his family had done more damage to the U.S. than 9/11 mastermind Usama bin Laden.
Biden still hasn’t briefed top senators on Syria airstrike as Dems fume
       
The Biden administration has still not briefed senators directly on last week’s airstrike of a facility in Syria allegedly used by an Iran-allied militia group, as Democratic lawmakers continue to express anger over the move. “I didn’t hear anything today that convinced me that there was justification that I’d apply to any administration,” he continued. Democratic lawmakers including Sen. Chris Murphy are unsatisfied with the Biden administration’s answers surrounding the bombing. US airstrikes ordered by President Biden destroyed buildings at the Iraq-Syria border crossing. The Biden administration has still not briefed senators directly on last week’s airstrike of a facility in Syria allegedly used by an Iran-allied militia group.
Russian sanctions are a 'good start' but not enough: Alexei Navalny ally
       
US TO SANCTION 7 SENIOR RUSSIAN OFFICIALS OVER NAVALNY POISONINGThe Biden administration also announced sanctions under the U.S. Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act for Russian entities. "The U.S. government has exercised its authorities to send a clear signal that Russia’s use of chemical weapons and abuse of human rights have severe consequences. Any use of chemical weapons is unacceptable and contravenes international norms," Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement. The Russian Foreign Ministry warned it would respond to the "punishment," however minister Sergei Lavrov has not specified how. PUTIN CRITIC NAVALNY REPORTEDLY TRANSFERRED TO 'COMPLETELY LAWLESS' PENAL COLONY OUTSIDE MOSCOWNavalny survived poisoning by the nerve agent "Novichok" last summer -- a charge the Russian government denies.
Capitol riot hearing: FBI, National Guard and Homeland Security officials to testify before Senate
       
Congress will seek more answers Wednesday about the Jan. 6 Capitol riot as national security officials from the FBI, National Guard and Homeland Security are expected to testify before a Senate hearing. A second joint hearing between the committees on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and Rules and Administration will convene Wednesday at 10 a.m. to examine the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. At a previous Senate hearing last week, officials who had been in charge of security at the Capitol -- namely former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund and former House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul Irving -- gave conflicting accounts regarding when a request for National Guard support was submitted on Jan. 6. The hearing comes as thousands of National Guard troops are still patrolling the fenced-in Capitol building and as multiple committees across Congress are launching investigations into the actions on Jan. 6. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPWray also revealed that the FBI has some 2,000 investigations open nationwide in connection to the riot.
After Neera Tanden's defeat, Republicans set sights on HHS nominee Becerra
       
Fresh off President Biden withdrawing Neera Tanden's nomination for head of the Office of Management and Budget, Republicans are now looking to prevent the confirmation of Health and Human Services nominee Xavier Becerra. A number of Republicans have already voiced concern over Becerra's professional background, believing the California attorney general is not qualified to lead HHS. Heritage Action for America's West Virginia ad calls Becerra’s nomination "a big test for Joe Manchin," claiming that the HHS pick "wants to ban" guns. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPWhen asked if the senators have reached decisions on Becerra's nomination, Sinema's office said she does not preview votes and Manchin's did not respond. Heritage Action is working to expose the radical personnel and policies being advanced by this administration, and we are urging every Senator to reject Becerra's nomination."
Gov. Larry Hogan: Open the damn schools – Biden must send this message loud and clear
       
This went beyond just keeping local public schools closed. Threatened by declining enrollments as parents frantically pulled their children out of public schools, Montgomery County ordered nonpublic schools to shut down as well. I called on every county school system to reopen by March 1. Yet, within hours, three large county school systems – Baltimore, Harford and Howard – announced that they would comply with the March 1 deadline and others soon followed. Mr. President, send the message loud and clear: Open the damn schools.
Reps. Roy, Budd, Hice: HR1 is Pelosi, Schumer's dangerous ploy to cancel Republicans at the ballot box
       
Second, they want to fund political campaigns with taxpayer dollars in order to bolster their candidates' campaign coffers. On the campaign finance front, Pelosi and Schumer want to use your tax dollars to fund political campaigns. The bill wipes out states Voter ID laws, opening the door for voter fraud. Republican Ted Budd represents North Carolina's 13th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives. Republican Jody Hice represents Georgia's 10th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives.
Edsel Ford II is selling his 1958 Edsel Bermuda station wagon
       
Edsel is selling his Edsel. Edsel B. Ford II is a member of the automaker's board of directors and grandson of Edsel Ford, after whom the short-lived car brand was named. His 1958 Edsel Bermuda Wagon is one of just about 800 like it that were built and features two bench seats and a rear-facing third-row that can accommodate nine passengers total. The wood-paneled V8-powered wagon went through a restoration and update handled by Roush Performance in 2016 that included being converted from a column-mounted manual transmission to an automatic. I hope the next owners of these two beautiful Ford cars will also enjoy great adventures in them."
Michigan National Guard members complain of undercooked, contaminated meals while serving in DC: report
       
Members of Michigan’s National Guard have complained of receiving undercooked meals or food containing metal shavings during their stay in Washington, D.C., to protect the U.S. Capitol, according to reports. Tuesday’s disclosures were the latest reports of alleged mistreatment of National Guard personnel in the nation’s capital, where Guard members from several states were deployed both before and after the Jan. 6 riot. Guard members have increasingly been spending their own money for meals because they don’t trust the food that is being supplied to them, the report said. SMALL CONTINGENT OF NATIONAL GUARD EXPECTED TO REMAIN AT US CAPITOL INDEFINITELY"Morale is very bad," the message said. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPIt was unclear if the meal problems affected Guard members from states other than Michigan.
The Battle Over Voting And Fair Elections
       
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday regarding Arizona election laws and if they violate Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act that prohibits discrimination against minorities in voting. Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, argued before the Supreme Court yesterday regarding the case and he joined the Rundown to explain why Arizona is not discriminating against any voters. While often overlooked, women play a central role in many of the Bibles' stories. The "Livin' The Bream" podcast host also opens up about her own faith and why she loves talking about it with others. Plus, commentary by Fox News Contributor and former Governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee.
Lightning In A Bottle: GT Dave’s Journey To Becoming Kombucha King
       
This week, Liz is joined by the Founder and CEO of GT's Living Foods, GT Dave (George Thomas Dave), to discuss how he started his premier kombucha brand at just 15-years-old. GT Dave shares how he has been able to remain confident about his product during challenging times, his philosophy for company growth, and his advice to his younger self. Follow Liz on Twitter: @LizClaman
Burmese security forces kill at least 9 protesters in new clashes: report
       
At least nine protesters were killed by Burmese security forces Wednesday as the military cracks down on demonstrations against last month's military coup, according to a report. Protesters have taken to the streets across the country since the military ousted elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Feb.1. The United Nations Security Council is expected to hold a closed meeting on the situation on Friday, council diplomats said, speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of an official announcement. But any kind of coordinated action at the United Nations would be difficult since two permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, China and Russia, would almost certainly veto it. The government fired its ambassador to the United Nations on Saturday night for condemning the coup -- or as the military called it, "betraying" the country.
Biden camp fumed over Cuomo’s self-serving DNC speech, book claims
       
Andrew Cuomo made a self-serving video for the 2020 Democratic National Convention and asked his camp to redo it — but they refused, a new book says. DE BLASIO POUNCES ON CUOMO SCANDALS: 'HE CANNOT GOVERN' IF CLAIMS ARE TRUECuomo’s team had sent over the video the day of the convention, the tome says. "The convention’s speechwriting squad watched in disbelief,’’ the authors write. The answer came back: No.’’A source involved in the convention’s production said of Cuomo’s camp, "They put the speech on our doorstep, lit it on fire, rang the doorbell, and then ran away." Cuomo is now in the fight of his political life amid sex-harassment allegations.
Iraq rocket fire targets base hosting US, coalition forces: report
       
An air base in Iraq that hosts U.S., Iraqi and coalition troops was targeted Wednesday as multiple rockets struck the facility, according to a report. At least 10 rockets struck the Ain al-Asad base, located in western Anbar province, at 7:20 a.m., The Associated Press reported. The U.S. strikes were in response to rocket fire that targeted American presence in the region. That rocket fire killed a coalition contractor from the Philippines outside an airport in Irbil, in northern Iraq, the AP reported. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPU.S. officials described the Biden-ordered response as "proportionate" to the preceding rocket fire.
White House pulls embattled Neera Tanden's nomination as budget chief
       
President Biden Tuesday said he is withdrawing the nomination of Neera Tanden to be director of the Office of Management and Budget. "I have accepted Neera Tanden’s request to withdraw her name from nomination for Director of the Office of Management and Budget," Biden said in a statement released Tuesday. NEERA TANDEN: WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT BIDEN'S OMB DIRECTOR PICKTanden's nomination was ripe for controversy at the outset. Even this week, however, the White House expressed confidence in Tanden's nomination. "We remain committed to fighting our hearts out for Neera Tanden," White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told "Fox News Sunday."
US Capitol Police announce increased security, citing ‘concerning information’
       
US Capitol Police announced Tuesday that they were enhancing security measures this week around the Capitol building due to “concerning information” they have received. Capitol Police are also increasing security at three local airports and DC’s train stations in order to ensure safe travel for members of congress, according to a report in The Hill. The increased threat appears to stem from a Qanon-related conspiracy theory that former President Donald Trump will be re-inaugurated on March 4 — the day all presidential inaugurations were held on until 1933. Rumors about another attack on March 4 were also discussed at a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee last week. The cheapest rooms at the hotel are currently going for $1,331 those nights — nearly three times its average March rate.
Investigators retrieve ‘black box’ data from Tiger Woods’ SUV
       
Investigators working to determine the cause of Tiger Woods’ rollover crash have obtained data stored in the “black box” of the luxury SUV he was driving, a report said. “If somebody is involved in a traffic collision, we’ve got to reconstruct the traffic collision. If there was any reckless driving, if somebody was on their cell phone or something like that. A forensic car expert had told USA Today that it appeared Woods was not paying attention in the moments before the devastating crash. Felix Lee, an accident reconstruction expert, told the outlet: “My feeling is that speed wasn’t that much of an issue.
Who is Dan McKee, Rhode Island's new governor?
       
Dan McKee was sworn in Tuesday as the 76th governor of Rhode Island. Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea administered the oath of office to McKee, 69, a Democrat who was in his second term as lieutenant governor in the nation’s smallest state. You will serve our state honorably as its 76th governor," Raimondo wrote in a letter of resignation that was delivered to McKee. "You’re going to see a little more moderate administration than the Raimondo administration," WPRI-TV political analyst Joe Fleming said. McKee will also be tasked with nominating the next lieutenant governor, who must be approved by the state Senate.
Laura Ingraham blasts Biden administration for treating 'citizens as foreigners and foreigners as citizens'
       
Fox News host Laura Ingraham opened Tuesday’s edition of "The Ingraham Angle" by blasting the Biden White House for what she described as the lies Democrats and members of the administration are conveying. The host then accused the administration of "lies of concealment" for not allowing journalists to visit a Texas border facility housing unaccompanied immigrant minors. "What is happening," Ingraham went on, "is a purposeful repopulation of America and the exploitation of migrants for cheap labor. TEXAS GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES PLAN TO FULLY REOPEN BUSINESSESThe final lie Ingraham accused the Democrats of perpetrating is that of "defamation." A government that treats its citizens as foreigners and foreigners as citizens, and a government where the man who sits behind the big desk is incapable of making the big decisions."
Tucker Carlson: Lockdowns are killing our children, and everyone knows it -- including teachers' unions
       
At this point, it's hard to imagine that Andrew Cuomo will be governor of New York for much longer. No one who knows Andrew Cuomo could be shocked by any of this. But the truth is, Matt Meyer doesn't want his daughter near the likes of Cecily Myart-Cruz, either. MATT MEYER: Real-life children do not keep their masks on, they do not keep distance from each other or their teachers. That's why, when he doesn't think you're watching, Matt Meyer makes certain his own child gets the in-person instruction she needs.
De Blasio pounces on Cuomo scandals: 'He cannot govern' if claims are true
       
In an interview Tuesday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that if the nursing-home and sexual harassment allegations against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo are true, "he cannot govern." De Blasio and Cuomo, both Democrats, have long had a bad relationship. But the recent scandals that have ensnared Cuomo put the one-time possible presidential frontrunner in a desperate situation to try to steady his administration. Cuomo now faces allegations of sexual harassment from three former aides, accusations that prompted an inquiry by James’ office and calls for Cuomo to resign.
Tara Reade's lawyer requests NY Times correction, 'compensation' for publishing Social Security number
       
A lawyer for Joe Biden accuser Tara Reade has sent a lengthy letter to The New York Times, requesting a correction over its reporting of her story last year as well as "compensation" after the paper accidentally published her Social Security number. "Your publication was unprivileged, and it caused Tara’s life irreparable damage. — Tara Reade's attorney, in letter to The New York TimesAdmon then addressed the Times' mistake of accidentally publishing Reade's unredacted Social Security number (SSN) from a document that was left on its website for hours. And I hope that the New York Times sets it right, you know, and looks at it and corrects the record." — Tara ReadeCLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPA spokesperson for the Times told Fox News, "We believe our story is accurate."
Dems push bill to erect Ruth Bader Ginsburg monument
       
Democrats in the House and Senate have introduced legislation calling for the erection of a monument dedicated to the late Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, at the U.S. Capitol. "Justice Ginsburg’s dedication to our country’s values and ideals is an example for every American," Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Tuesday. Klobuchar was joined by 15 other Senate Democrats requesting the Joint Committee of Congress on the Library select an artist to construct the memorial. Ginsburg’s death six weeks prior to the election contributed to a contentious election season after Republicans pushed through a new Supreme Court Justice confirmation. Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Clinton as the second female to serve on the high court.
North Carolina students aren’t doing well amid pandemic, falling behind in math and science
       
End-of-course exam results in North Carolina show that high schoolers across the state have declined rapidly in math and science amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to the News & Observer. A majority of high schoolers failed Math 1, Math 3, and Biology exams, according to the newspaper, with large declines from the fall of 2019. It's not just a decline in learning that is worrisome, but some students have dropped off the map altogether since the pandemic began. For instance, North Carolina education officials said in December that they couldn't account for about 10,000 to 15,000 public school students last school year. CHICAGO TEACHERS UNION AGREES TO REOPENING DEAL FOR IN-PERSON LEARNINGThe decline in learning comes amid a nationwide debate over reopening schools.
Amazon still lists Cuomo book touting COVID response as 'Editors' pick' amid nursing home scandal
       
Andrew Cuomo's book "American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic", despite the scandals plaguing the embattled Democrat. While Cuomo's book became a New York Times best seller, Amazon also gave the governor the honor of making the book an "Editors' pick" in its nonfiction section. "In case anyone is wondering, Andrew Cuomo's book is still listed as 'Editor's pick' by @amazon," political strategist Tim Cameron tweeted Monday. "This helps Cuomo sell more books than it would without the 'Editor's pick' designation, which results in more money paid to Cuomo from his book deal." CUOMO SAYS HE WAS 'BEING PLAYFUL,' BUT ADMITS HE 'MAY HAVE BEEN INSENSITIVE' AMID SEXUAL HARASSMENT CLAIMSAmazon did not respond to Fox News' inquiry as to whether or not the company stands by its "Editors' pick" selection.
Cuomo popularity plunges amid sex harass, nursing home scandals: poll
       
Andrew Cuomo’s popularity is sinking amid sexual harassment and nursing home scandals, a new survey released Tuesday reveals. By comparison, an Emerson poll conducted in April found a sky-high 71 percent of voters approved of Cuomo’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. The poll found 37 percent of voters think that the claims of sexual harassment are grounds for resignation, while 34 percent do not believe he should step down. The poll queried 700 registered voters on Monday and Tuesday and has a 3.6 percentage point margin of error. Cuomo is facing growing calls to resign over the bombshell sex harassment accusations, which are being probed by state Attorney General Letitia James.
‘Fiscally conservative’ war hawks are trying to defraud GOP voters — again
       
But what would a candidate or President Haley stand for? Fact is, pork-barrel projects are a drop in the feds’ sea of red ink. While tens of millions of dollars may seem like a lot of money, projects in that range shouldn’t be the focus of true budget hawks. If the price of an indoor rainforest is $50 million, then the Afghan War has cost taxpayers 40,000 times as much. War hawks can’t honestly claim the mantle of fiscal conservatism while only attacking relatively minuscule pork-barrel projects.
Stephen Starr exporting NYC hotspots to Miami
       
“It is nice to go somewhere where people are going out and so many people are outside,” Starr tells us. McNally will be designing the space, which includes 3,000 square feet of outdoor space and is slated to open next August. The iconic French eatery isn’t the only restaurant Starr is planning in Miami. “Our company is making a strategic decision to shift a lot of our openings to Miami,” he tells us. French eatery La Goulue, Sant Ambroeus, Almond and Roberta’s Pizza have signed leases for Miami outposts, sources told the NY Post.
Cindy Adams: Andrew Cuomo’s enemies will not stop
       
The point’s made because no way can my opinion now be explained with: “Oh, she’s a buddy of the governor …” No. So I just want to say you don’t like Andrew? Some vices nicer than othersOn their own vices, there’s Naomi Campbell’s “I don’t care if they call me a bitch. Or I just don’t relate to them as vices” … There’s delicious Queen Latifah to InStyle magazine on her virtues: “There should be an award for best breasts in a movie. … You never know if you’re going to wreck the [tour] bus, you never know if you’re going to be somewhere in a hotel and there’s going to be a fire.”Pay attentionDonald once paid $2.75 mil for more than 400 upstate acres.
Powerful Hotel Trades Council backs Eric Adams for NYC mayor
       
New York’s potent 31,000-member hotel workers union endorsed Eric Adams for mayor on Tuesday. “I am thrilled to announce the Hotel Trades Council’s endorsement of Eric Adams for Mayor of New York City,” HTC president Rich Maroko said in a statement. Maroko said his members “are eager, trained, and ready to spend the next 16 weeks conducting extensive voter outreach” for Adams. Over 22,000 of the union’s members are registered to vote in the Big Apple. “As mayor, I will fight every day for everyday New Yorkers who need more help than ever right now.”
Democratic New York lawmaker calls on Cuomo to resign 'for the good of the state'
       
Democrat New York State Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign Tuesday after three women accused him of sexual harassment and making inappropriate advances. And I think that for the good of the state, to allow us to move forward, he should resign." "Certainly with everything that's happened, these new sexual harassment allegations, just add to the distraction in Albany right now. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPSantabarbara, along with other New York State lawmakers, are calling for a speedy investigation into both the nursing home data cover-up and sexual harassment claims.
Emotional Lawrence Jones discusses impact of remote learning on minority kids: 'I see myself in those stats'
       
"Our kids are struggling in silence, while the unions scream to keep the schools closed," Jones said on "Fox News Primetime." Jones pointed to a study conducted by a group of Ohio students which found that Black children were chronically absent 60% more in 2020 than in 2019. — Lawrence Jones, Fox Nation host"If I seem angry or upset by this, please understand why. Our kids will go back to school and maybe, just maybe, we'll forget about this last year. Never forget," Jones concluded.
Schumer says Cuomo sexual harassment allegations are 'serious, very troubling'
       
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday called the growing sexual harassment allegations against New York Andrew Cuomo "serious [and] very troubling" but stopped short of calling for the embattled Democrat's resignation. WOMEN'S MARCH BREAKS SILENCE ON CUOMO ALLEGATIONS AFTER THIRD ACCUSER STEPS FORWARDSchumer, D-N.Y., said the allegations made by two former Cuomo employees Lindsey Boylan and Charlotte Bennett and a third woman, Anna Ruch, "are serious, very troubling. "I've always believed that sexual harassment is not acceptable, must not be tolerated." Schumer said he supports the sexual harassment probe that James is launching. Pressed on whether Schumer is setting a double standard since he called for Sen. Al Franken's resignation when the former Minnesota Democrat faced sexual misconduct allegations, Schumer declined to address any apparent discrepancy.
Red states abandon mask mandates, Biden says: 'Now is not the time to let up'
       
President Biden warned against the continued threat of the coronavirus Tuesday, just hours after Republican-controlled states announced a reversal on COVID safety policies. Tate Reeves, announcing that all state imposed coronavirus regulations will be lifted Wednesday, including mask mandates. BIDEN SAYS COVID-19 VACCINES WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR ALL US ADULTS BY END OF MAY"Starting tomorrow, we are lifting all of our county mask mandates and businesses will be able to operate at full capacity without any state-imposed rules. "At this level of cases, with variants spreading, we stand to completely lose the hard-earned ground we have gained," she said during a White House briefing Monday. "Now's not the time to let our guard down," he said from the White House.
Trump endorses South Carolina's Tim Scott
       
Former President Trump endorsed Sen. Tim Scott’s, R-S.C., bid for reelection Wednesday. "It is my great honor to give Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina my complete and total endorsement," Trump said in a statement. TRUMP ENDORSES MAX MILLER IN PRIMARY AGAINST GONZALEZThe South Carolina Republican has said his second term will be his last. President Trump will be a major factor in this critical effort." If he doesn't correct it, I guess he didn't misspeak," Scott told reporters.
Biden won White House with ‘put your dumb uncle in the basement’ strategy, new book says
       
President Biden won the White House because the coronavirus let him stay hidden in his basement, protecting his campaign from its biggest liability — the candidate himself, a new book says. Trump laughed, say the book’s authors, who also wrote "Shattered’’ about Hillary Clinton’s failed presidential bid in 2016. "They used coronavirus as an excuse to keep him in the basement, and it was smart,’’ a Trump adviser told the authors. But Biden’s broadcast the night of the March 17 primaries was just bizarre, the book says. One Biden aide told the authors, "I cringed the entire time.
Kathryn Limbaugh gives update after late husband Rush Limbaugh laid to rest
       
Kathryn Limbaugh, the widow of conservative talk radio icon Rush Limbaugh, is speaking out about the funeral that was held in her husband's honor and her future plans. Rush Limbaugh was laid to rest on Feb. 24 in St. Louis, where a small private ceremony was held. Appearing on his namesake radio show on Tuesday, Kathryn Limbaugh updated listeners about how she's been coping with her husband's passing. RUSH LIMBAUGH, CONSERVATIVE TALK RADIO PIONEER, DEAD AT 70"I will continue the Rush Revere books and audio," Limbaugh said. "Rush Limbaugh: Thank you for your decades of tireless devotion to our country," President Trump said during the address.
Goldman Sachs executive exodus gains steam as top lawyer exits
       
The megabank’s head lawyer, Karen Seymour, is reportedly on her way out — marking the third high-profile departure this week. As CEO, Solomon has been focusing less on Goldman’s traditional bread-and-butter of trading and more on consumer banking and deal-making. Goldman’s trading desk has thinned considerably under Solomon. Even veteran trading superstar Ram Sundaram split from the bank in February. “Trading at Goldman isn’t what it used to be,” mused one hedge fund manager.
Biden camp fumed over Cuomo’s self-serving DNC speech, book claims
       
Andrew Cuomo made a self-serving video for the 2020 Democratic National Convention and asked his camp to redo it — but they refused, a new book says. Cuomo’s team had sent over the video the day of the convention, the tome says. Andrew Cuomo “recorded something of a tribute to himself,” instead of praising then-Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. James MesserschmidtHe didn’t utter Biden’s name until 4 minutes and 50 seconds into the video — which was 5 minutes long, the book notes. “The convention’s speechwriting squad watched in disbelief,’’ the authors write.
Biden administration argues migrant surge is a 'challenge,' not a 'crisis'
       
President Biden is declining to call the situation at the southern border a crisis – even amid reports that his administration needs another 20,000 beds at migrant facilities to deal with a surge of unaccompanied minors. When asked during an appearance Tuesday if there was a crisis at the border, Biden declined to use the term. TEXAS DEMOCRAT LAWMAKER WARNS BORDER SITUATION WILL 'BECOME A CRISIS' WITHOUT BIDEN ADMINISTRATION ACTIONLater, at a White House briefing, Fox News’ Kristin Fisher asked Press Secretary Jen Psaki, "at what point does it become a crisis?" BIDEN DHS SECRETARY MAYORKAS CLAIMS THERE'S 'NO' CRISIS AT SOUTHERN BORDER"The numbers have been increasing," he told "America’s Newsroom" Tuesday afternoon. "All the good we did in the last four years to stop illegal immigration is gonna be damaged within months," he told Fox News’ John Roberts on "America Reports."
Clyburn says Senate filibuster denies civil rights: 'People of color will not be quiet on this issue'
       
Clyburn, who has a long history of civil rights activism, said the Senate standard that requires 60 votes for most legislation to advance needs to be changed. He harkened back to segregationists using the filibuster to block civil rights legislation decades ago and said he won't stand by and let Republicans today block progress to giving people a living wage. Former President Barack Obama previously called the filibuster a "Jim Crow relic" that should be eliminated to pass civil rights and voting rights legislation. GET THE FOX NEWS APPBut even if Senate Democrats wanted to change the filibuster they currently don't have the votes. Moderate Democrats Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona have opposed eliminating the filibuster, denying Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer the votes needed.
Maryland restaurant pays employees almost $500G in back wages for withholding tips
       
A restaurant in the Baltimore area has paid more than $500,000 in back wages, liquidated damages and civil penalties after a Department of Labor (DOL) investigation found that the eatery was withholding tips and violating wage requirements. In 2017, the DOL filed a civil complaint against the restaurant and the restaurant’s owner for those violations. During the litigation process, the court ruled that the restaurant and owner made the violations "willfully," the release said. According to the DOL, the restaurant and owner have made their full payments. "Tips remain the property of those who rightfully earned them, and must never be kept by employers.
NYC dodges a bullet that could’ve killed development — and stalled recovery
       
Sanity has prevailed in a case that could’ve brought Gotham development to a dead halt, just as the city tries to claw its way back from its economic slump. Indeed, the developers properly obtained a city building permit, and the Board of Standards and Appeals upheld it twice. Had Perry’s order stood, opponents could’ve sought to force similarly built towers, constructed decades ago, to similarly tear off upper floors. After all, who would put up a building based on a permit that could be rescinded years after the fact? If they get away with it, far more than city real estate will suffer.
Arizona State settles with student reporter who was fired for Jacob Blake tweet
       
Arizona State University has reached a settlement with a student who sued the school after she was fired from a radio job over a fallout from a tweet she posted. “Always more to the story, folks,” Klein said in the August tweet. “Please read this article to get the background of Jacob Blake’s warrant. ASU noted that Blaze Radio is a student club, operated by students and governed by student organization rules. Police opened fire, shooting Blake seven times and leaving him paralyzed from the waist down, according to his family members and lawyer.
$140 million ‘Pelosi subway’ axed from Senate COVID bill: parliamentarian
       
Funding for a rail project near House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s California district that Republicans denounced as wasteful was removed Tuesday from President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus bill. The Senate parliamentarian ruled the $140 million appropriation wasn’t allowed under the so-called Byrd rule that polices unrelated items in budget reconciliation bills. “The Senate Parliamentarian has now ruled that the BART extension from San Jose to Santa Clara does not meet the requirements of the Byrd rule because it is part of a pilot project. A separate $1.5 million allocation for the Seaway International Bridge between Massena, New York, and Canada also will be removed, he said. The Senate parliamentarian previously blocked Democrats from including a federal minimum wage hike to $15 per hour in the bill.
Portland’s people have finally had enough of the rolling lefty riots
       
Portland citizens are finally fed up with the lefty goons engaged in a rolling riot across the city for most of the last year. Will the city’s leaders who’ve enabled the violence take note? Other cities have calmed since the riots after the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, but Portland has seen endless outbursts. Hundreds of Antifa marked Inauguration Day by vandalizing the city’s ICE building and the local Democratic Party headquarters. Keep doing the same thing?”Probably — unless the city finally starts treating them as the criminals they are.
New York parents are desperate for more school choice: Lift the charter cap!
       
To give low-income New Yorkers the same opportunity, state lawmakers have a clear duty to lift the cap on public charter schools. A major exodus from public schools is inevitable — unless the state allows for more high-quality, well-managed charters. The 2015 law that raised the state charter cap to 460 allowed only a few dozen more for the city — all which have now been used. Public charters can lead the way in bringing thousands back up to speed via a quality, rigorous instruction. Save public education and increase basic equity: Raise the cap!
How Andrew Cuomo plans to buck calls to resign: Goodwin
       
Andrew Cuomo’s fellow Democrats demand he resign following three allegations of sexual harassment, there is widespread expectation he’ll quit any day now. In fact, it’s possible the situation could go unresolved until the 2022 election, when Cuomo was expected to seek a fourth term. Even if it calls on him to resign, he could thumb his nose at it. That’s the federal investigation into whether his office illegally withheld an accurate count of nursing home deaths from the Justice Department. McNeil was forced to resign for using the N-word in a conversation with high school students on a Times-sponsored Peru trip in 2019.
White House pulls Neera Tanden nomination to lead OMB after storm over tweets
       
President Biden on Tuesday said he was withdrawing Neera Tanden’s nomination to be White House budget director. Biden presented the white flag as Tanden’s idea and the White House released a letter from her saying she wanted to drop out. Tanden faced increasingly long odds at confirmation due to her past mean tweets about senators, including swing-voting Republicans and even some Democrats. Tanden’s insult-laden tweets clashed with Biden’s promotion of civility. As of Tuesday, Murkowski and Sanders told reporters they did not have a public position on Tanden’s nomination.
Biden won White House with ‘put your dumb uncle in the basement’ strategy, new book says
       
President Biden won the White House because the coronavirus let him stay hidden in his basement, protecting his campaign from its biggest liability — the candidate himself, a new book says. President Joe Biden attends a virtual meeting with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. “They used coronavirus as an excuse to keep him in the basement, and it was smart,’’ a Trump adviser told the authors. This was the guy who would send Donald Trump to Mar-a-Lago for good?”One Biden aide told the authors, “I cringed the entire time. “He couldn’t see he was hurting himself.’’Within a month, Biden would have won the presidency with “a bland message and a blank agenda,’’ the authors say.
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) Slams Xavier Becerra As ‘Hyper Partisan Hack’ & The ‘Most Dangerous’ Biden Nominee
       
Listen To The Full Interview Below:Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) joined Fox News Radio's Guy Benson Show to discuss the fight over President Biden's HHS nominee Xavier Becerra. And the Biden administration has decided to nominate a total partisan hack for HHS secretary, which is actually the largest agency in the federal government. And the guy has absolutely no public health or health experience. He's a hyper partisan hack. But Xavier Becerra is by far the most dangerous Biden administration nominee."
Psaki won't call flood of children at border a 'crisis' — but here's what she has called a 'crisis'
       
White House press secretary Jen Psaki has refused to describe the surge of unaccompanied migrant children at the US-Mexico border as a "crisis," but she repeatedly used that label when talking about issues during former President Donald Trump's administration. As arrests of migrant children illegally crossing the border have steadily climbed under President Biden's administration, Psaki has repeatedly declined to address the situation as a "crisis." The White House press secretary referred to climate change as a "crisis" in a past tweet criticizing former Trump on the subject. A couple of weeks later, the White House press secretary called gun violence a "crisis" again and asked former Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke in a tweet to "take guns," saying "no one needs an assault weapon" in 2019. She said the Biden administration’s policy is "not to expel unaccompanied children who arrive at the border."
New York Times columnist blasted for claim Biden accuser Tara Reade's statements 'full of inconsistencies'
       
New York Times columnist Michelle Goldberg attempted to summarize Monday why Democrats are not overwhelmingly calling for the resignation of Democratic New York Gov. "Tara Reade made allegations against Joe Biden which got national attention but turned out to be full of inconsistencies. Critics slammed the Times columnist, with some on social media accusing her of throwing Reade "under the bus." "In her latest column, @michellebklyn blames Tara Reade for the end of the MeToo movement (!! Me & Tara Reade are a movement.
Psaki pressed on whether Biden admin taking credit for Trump accomplishments on vaccine partnership
       
White House press secretary Jen Psaki was pressed Tuesday about the Biden administration's taking credit for a partnership between Johnson & Johnson and Merck to scale up production of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine received emergency use authorization in late February after taking part in the Trump administration's Operation Warp Speed. Psaki announced Tuesday that the federal government would invoke the Defense Production Act to assist Johnson & Johnson and Merck. "Of course, there are conversations between companies, but in terms of getting it to a point, and obviously the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was only approved last weekend, right?" All U.S. adults will be able to receive a coronavirus vaccine by the end of May, President Biden said on Tuesday.
Senate GOP vows to fight Biden’s ‘wasteful’ $1.9T COVID aid bill, Pelosi ‘tunnel of love’
       
Senate Republican leaders on Tuesday vowed to fight President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus bill, calling it “wasteful” and pointing specifically to a $140 million rail project near House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s San Fransisco district. Less than 1 percent of it deals with vaccinations,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said at a press conference. But Republicans note that many of the funds in the bill won’t be spent until long after the pandemic ends. During the most recent votes, two Senate Democrats voted to reverse Biden’s decision to kill the Keystone XL oil pipeline before later voting to undo their votes. The House version of the bill includes a $15 minimum wage proposal that won’t be allowed in the Senate bill according to the upper chamber’s parliamentarian.
The GOP is still Trump’s and other commentary
       
Conservative: The GOP Is Still Trump’sFormer President Donald Trump’s appearance at last weekend’s Conservative Political Action Conference showed that “this is still Trump’s party,” notes The Federalist’s David Marcus. And this means proving that the administration “understands, values and supports” parents who enroll their children in the 7,500 public charter schools across the United States. But his “circumstances this time were very different” than during previous political battles, including over his nursing-home scandal. For starters, his conduct included asking “creepy questions about the sex life” of a 25-year-old sex-assault survivor (Bennett), and he doesn’t deny making the comments. Leftist: The Bogus ‘Perils’ of Independent NewsAt his TK News blog on Substack, Matt Taibbi rises in defense of .
Biden’s outrageous giveaway to federal bureaucrats should enrage you
       
If you were to design a legislative provision outrageous enough to inspire another Tea Party-style political uprising, you would be hard-pressed to do better than Section 5111 of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. But nothing quite compares to its “Emergency Federal Employee Leave Fund” for the righteous indignation it should arouse in most Americans. After all, there is no time like a pandemic to encourage federal workers to take a holiday. In many ways, the Emergency Federal Employee Leave Fund is perfectly representative of the American Rescue Plan as a whole. If the American Rescue Plan Act passes with this provision included, though, it may be evidence we’re not nearly angry enough.
LI Rep. Lee Zeldin exploring run for governor amid Cuomo scandals
       
Andrew Cuomo for the state’s top office in 2022, he announced Tuesday amid the multiple scandals engulfing the three-term Democratic incumbent. Lee Zeldin speaks to members of the media at the US Capitol in January 2020. Zeldin, 41, would have issues of his own to address should he take on Cuomo. Cuomo is facing growing calls to resign after three women — including two who were in his employ — accused him of sexual harassment. Cuomo and state Health Commissioner Howard Zucker defended their actions.
Kennedy Saves Your Vaccination Situation
       
The COVID-19 vaccine rollout has been a major focus the past few months and Kennedy is breaking down her thoughts and opinions on the process and how it could be improved. Kennedy discusses a creative solution to bringing the vaccine to communities without easy access to pharmacies and she urges listeners to be proactive in making sure extra vaccine doses do not go to waste. Follow Kennedy on Twitter: @KennedyNation
Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs considering Senate run against Democrat Mark Kelly
       
Arizona Republican Rep. Andy Biggs is mulling a Senate run against newly appointed Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly. ARIZONA SENATE PANEL APPROVES DOWN SYNDROME ABORTION BAN, OTHER ANTI-ABORTION MEASURESThen-Sen. Martha McSally was bested by Kelly, losing the race with a margin of just over 2 percentage points. "I think [Trump still] has a lot of supporters in Arizona, for sure. "And, I think that's extremely popular with Arizonans." You can get to the general, you've got to win a primary, and I think I could win a primary," Biggs remarked.
Steak ‘n Shake won’t have servers, will use self-service kiosks when dining rooms reopen
       
The next time you sit down to eat in a Steak ‘n Shake, it may not be like what you remember from before the pandemic. In the past, preparing food has taken too long and paying wait staff for table service was too expensive, according to Biglari’s letter. "Simply put, the operation of dining rooms with table service was a money loser," he wrote. Early in the pandemic, Steak ‘n Shake was forced to close 57 of its restaurants because of "an adverse effect" caused by COVID-19, Fox News previously reported. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR LIFESTYLE NEWSLETTERDining rooms at Steak ‘n Shake locations have remained shuttered even as the restaurants have reopened for drive-through, delivery and takeout orders.
Michigan Gov. Whitmer threatened with subpoena over secret payout to health director
       
Gretchen Whitmer with a subpoena Tuesday amid news that Whitmer's former health department director is set to receive a $155,506 payout after his unexplained resignation in January. MICHIGAN GOV. WHITMER'S HEALTH DIRECTOR RECEIVED PAYOUT AMID ABRUPT RESIGNATION: REPORT"We want to know if what happened in New York, did that happen here? "Now, last night we find out that our governor has bought the silence of former Director Gordon with $150,000 of taxpayer money." It came to light that it's not just Director Gordon but his aide as well has one of these agreements.
Trump ally Rep. Lee Zeldin exploring NY governor bid amid Cuomo controversies
       
Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin of New York says he’s "actively exploring" a run for governor next year as embattled Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo faces multiple allegations of sexual harassment as well as a federal probe into the state’s handling of COVID deaths at nursing homes amid the coronavirus pandemic. He was a staunch ally and defender of President Trump during his four years in the White House. On Monday, Democratic Rep. Kathleen Rice of New York called on the governor to resign. GOP REP. REED SAYS HE'S 'DEFINITELY LOOKING' AT NY GUBERNATORIAL RUNZeldin isn’t the only Republican member of Congress from New York who’s mulling a gubernatorial bid.
Biden directs states to prioritize educators in vaccine rollouts as he aims to reopen schools
       
President Biden on Tuesday announced a new effort to vaccinate educators and childcare workers as a means to accelerate the safe reopening of schools. The president is directing all U.S. states to prioritize educators in their vaccination efforts, a decision that some have already made on their own. To assist that effort, starting next week the federal pharmacy program will prioritize the vaccination of pre-K through grade 12 educators and staff. He reiterated on Tuesday that he believes schools can be reopened without a vaccinated workforce, but acknowledged anxieties among parents and educators. The president also pushed for senators to approve the American Rescue Plan, which contains about $130 billion to help reopen schools safely.
California state auditor reveals embarrassing Newsom admin failures
       
A report from the California State Auditor released last week accuses the California Air Resources Board (CARB) of not doing enough to measure reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. "As a result, CARB has overstated the GHG emissions reductions its inventive programs have achieved, although it is unclear by how much." Gavin Newsom signed in September aims to ban the sale of new internal combustion engine cars in California by 2035. Contrary to the State Audit report, CARB said it was confident that it would meet its 2030 goal of reducing GHG emissions by 40% below 1990 levels. The report from California State Auditor Elaine Howle is the latest to highlight alleged inefficiencies among California’s various departments.
Number of migrant children crossing the border on pace to shatter all-time record
       
Members of the Domestic Policy Council were set to tell President Biden Tuesday that the number of migrant children who cross the southern border this year is on pace to exceed an all-time record — by 45 percent — citing unreleased data from the Department of Homeland Security. A Central American woman and her son at the border near Texas on February 8, 2021. A crying Honduran boy traveling to the Guatemalan border with other migrants on January 15, 2021. “Let me explain to you why [fixing the broken immigration system] is hard and why it is going take time. Pressed by the Daily Caller, the Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families (ACF) affirmed, “The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) is not hosting media tours of unaccompanied children (UC) facilities currently due to the COVID-19 pandemic,.
'Ned Ryerson' of 'Groundhog Day' lands a historic townhouse in Brooklyn
       
A Brooklyn Heights landmarked townhouse at 109 State St. first went on the market last June for $5.75 million. It just closed for $4.25 million, according to city property records. The true buyer it turns out is none other than Ricky Van Veen, co-founder of CollegeHumor.com. He is currently the head of global creative strategy at Facebook — and the ex-husband of actress Allison Williams. The home features oak floors, original marble decorative mantels, woodburning fireplaces and plastered recessed doorways.
Mitch McConnell laughs off Trump taking credit for his reelection
       
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday laughed off former President Donald Trump’s claim of credit for his 2020 re-election. Jonathan Ernst/REUTERS“I said, ‘I wonder if I’m doing the right thing here?’ But you know what, I did, I did what I did,” Trump said. Former President Trump attacked McConnell on Feb. 28, 2021 in his first speech as an ex-president and wondered aloud if he made a mistake supporting the former majority leader’s campaign for a seventh term. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty ImagesMcConnell voted last month to acquit Trump of inciting the riot, but slammed in him a speech as “practically and morally responsible” for the rampage. His wife, former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, was the first member of Trump’s Cabinet to resign over the clashes.
Grindr founder buys Gramercy Park penthouse asking $30M
       
There will be plenty of room to entertain at this newly sold Gramercy Park penthouse, which graces the top of The Tower, at 215 E. 19th St.We hear the buyer is Grindr founder Joel Simkhai, who sold his hook-up app in 2018 for around $245 million. The unit was asking $29.5 million — and had been on the market a mere 30 days. Inside, the home features a great room with 18-foot ceilings and glass windows, and an open chef’s kitchen. Building amenities include the Gramercy Club, which features a gym, spa, pool, residents’ lounge, dining room, children’s playroom and a “tween” room. The dating app tech-entrepreneur then bought a bigger home for $13 million in the Hollywood Hills, according to Variety.
Biden, Harris remain silent on Andrew Cuomo sexual harass scandal
       
President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris remained silent Tuesday as a third woman accused New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo — a fellow Democrat and administration ally — of sexual harassment. But Psaki was pressed that while she speaks for Biden and Harris, the two have not personally addressed the growing scandal. Along with Boylan, Charlotte Bennett and Anne Ruch have publicly accused Cuomo of sexual harassment in the past week. And Boylan, like Bennett, a former Cuomo staffer, said the governor kissed her on the lips and tried to engage her in a game of strip poker.
Biden: US will have enough COVID vaccines for every adult by the ‘end of May’
       
President Biden on Tuesday said that the US will now have enough COVID-19 vaccines for every adult “by the end of May” — and that the feds will start a new program aimed at vaccinating all teachers by the end of March. “We’re now on track to have enough vaccine supply for every adult in America by the end of May,” Biden said at the White House, noting that he had previously said the end of July. President Joe Biden speaking in the White House on March 2, 2021. You can ask millions of parents, they understand,” Biden said at the White House. The Johnson & Johnson shot was found to be 66 percent effective overall in preventing moderate to severe illness 28 days after vaccination, and 85 percent effective in preventing severe disease.
US efforts to force Google, Facebook to pay for news gain steam
       
Australia’s bold move to force tech giants to start paying for the news appears to be reigniting US efforts to hold Google and Facebook to account for the gloomy state of the local news industry. Google and Facebook have long been criticized for linking to content created by third-party publishers, including news organization, while keeping the lion’s share of the ad revenue generated by that content for themselves. This year, more than 50 percent of all digital ad revenue in the US will flow to the two social media giants, eMarketer projects. If local news publishers and the tech giants fail to reach a collective bargaining agreement, the new Australian law calls for both sides to submit to binding arbitration. Facebook and Google have been trying to head off legislative efforts to govern how they compensate publishers.
Cuomo to be stripped of pandemic powers amid sex harass, nursing home scandals
       
Andrew Cuomo of his pandemic emergency powers — possibly as early as Friday — as the administration is embroiled in dueling scandals over the handling of nursing home deaths and allegations of sexual harassment against the governor. The agreement on a bill stripping Cuomo of the powers was forged between state Sen. Once passed by both houses of the Legislature it would immediately repeal the powers granted to Cuomo last March to largely control state response to the coronavirus, presently set to sunset on April 30. Hans Pennink/AP“These temporary emergency powers were granted as New York was devastated by a virus we knew nothing about. Governor Andrew Cuomo was granted emergency powers in March 2020 at the beginning of the pandemic.
Texas Democrat lawmaker warns border situation will ‘become a crisis’ without Biden administration action
       
Rep. Henry Cuellar, , D-Texas, whose district borders Mexico, says he believes the situation at the border will "become a crisis" if President Joe Biden’s administration does not take a stronger stance against illegal immigration. Yes," Cuellar told "America’s Newsroom" on Tuesday. "In my district, just a couple of days ago, 166 people [crossed the border], and it just goes on and just different numbers are going up. "You got organizations, criminal organizations that make billions of dollars, and every time they bring somebody over here, they make a lot of money. Cuellar has represented Texas’ 28th congressional district, an area located south of San Antonio, since 2005.
Democrats hate filibuster now but used it to block GOP legislation under Trump
       
Congressional Democrats are pushing to eliminate the Senate filibuster, which progressives paint as a tool of racism, after making liberal use of the filibuster in 2020. For generations, racist senators used the filibuster to block anti-lynching laws and civil rights bills. Senate Democrats blocked a vote on then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's $500 billion coronavirus relief bill in October as well. Senate Democrats also blocked debate on a Republican-authored police reform bill they said did not go far enough in June. "It was the tool used by segregationists to uphold segregation.
New York's leading Democrats reach deal to strip Cuomo's emergency coronavirus powers
       
Andrew Cuomo's emergency powers would be limited by state legislators under new legislation, the leaders of the state's Democratic legislative majorities announced Tuesday. They said they had finalized a deal to strip Cuomo of his emergency coronavirus powers. It comes amid growing uproar surrounding his alleged treatment of women and his handling of the deadly coronavirus outbreak in the state’s nursing homes. The bill seeks to repeal Cuomo's emergency powers, but it will keep certain health-related executive orders in place, with additional legislative oversights. A growing number of Democratic lawmakers have called on Cuomo to resign following the sexual harassment allegations, including U.S. Rep. Kathleen Rice.
New York UPS workers slashed on subway after argument turns violent
       
A 22-year-old man attacked two UPS workers with a knife early Tuesday morning on a subway train as New York City continues to grapple with violence on its transit system. Officers responded to the assault on a downtown N train around 4:45 a.m., where they determined that the suspect started arguing with the two UPS workers, who are both 42. Both UPS workers were transported to a local hospital in stable condition. A UPS spokesperson told Fox News the company is still working to confirm that the victims are employees and get in touch with them. NYPD ADDS MORE COPS TO SUBWAY PATROL AMID TRANSIT VIOLENCE AS CUOMO URGES BIG APPLE TO 'FIGURE IT OUT'Ridership on New York City's subway system has plummeted during the coronavirus pandemic, but that hasn't stopped a string of senseless crime on the transit system recently.
'The View' host: Maybe Democrats should 'ignore everything' about Andrew Cuomo harassment allegations
       
"The View" co-host Joy Behar gave a confused response to the sexual harassment allegations against Democrat New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Tuesday, saying that Democrats should "ignore everything" and hope the scandal goes away while also calling for an investigation into the claims. "The Republican playbook is, let’s hope that this goes away, and let’s not really go into it. "We should use the Republican playbook because the Democrats do the opposite. "Now she’s taking the Republican playbook to heart.
Newsom blasts Abbott for reopening Texas: 'Absolutely reckless'
       
Gavin Newsom immediately blasted Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s "absolutely reckless" reversal of coronavirus restrictions Tuesday. After eight months, Abbott announced Tuesday that beginning next Wednesday, March 10, Texans will not be required to wear masks. In a bid to reopen Texas "100 percent" Abbott said he will rescind the state’s previous executive orders and allow all businesses to reopen at maximum capacity. TEXAS GOV ABBOTT ANNOUNCES PLAN TO FULLY REOPEN BUSINESSESThe decision comes as governors across the U.S. have been easing coronavirus restrictions, though Texas is one of the largest states to do away with a mask mandate.
Inside the multimillion-dollar homes of NYC’s top mayoral candidates
       
There are no shortage of candidates vying for New York City’s most thankless job and a Gracie Mansion mailing address. So here is a look at the homes of our top-poling mayoral wannabes. His two-bedroom, two-bath, 1,300-square-foot luxury apartment is valued at $1.3 million, according to Zillow. Candidate: Ray McGuireNeighborhood: Upper West SideRay McGuire lives in the iconic Sam Remo tower on the Upper West Side. The mayoral hopeful rests his head in a duplex apartment at the ultra-luxurious Sam Remo tower on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
Merck to help Johnson & Johnson produce COVID vaccine
       
Merck will help rival drugmaker Johnson & Johnson produce its single-dose coronavirus vaccine, the White House said Tuesday. The Biden administration will support the initiative by invoking the Defense Production Act to outfit two Merck facilities so they meet the standards needed to safely produce J&J’s vaccine, Psaki told reporters during a briefing. The Pentagon will also provide “logistical support” to strengthen J&J’s vaccine efforts, she said. The deal came as Johnson & Johnson faced struggles with its vaccine production. Boxes of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
Three female media workers killed on way home from work in eastern Afghanistan
       
JALALABAD, Afghanistan — Three female media workers were shot dead in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Tuesday, government officials said, amid a wave of killings that is spreading fear among professional workers in urban centers. Government sources said the women were killed on their way home from work and witnesses said gunmen shot the women in the head before fleeing. A wave of shootings and small bombs attached to vehicles in have targeted journalists, civil society workers and mid-level government employees in recent months. The Islamic State group also has a presence in the eastern Afghan province of Nangahar, of which Jalalabad is the capital. “The targeted killing of journalists could cause a state of fear in the journalistic community, and this could lead to self-censorship, abandonment of media activities, and even leaving the country,” said Mujib Khalwatgar, head of Afghan media advocacy group Nai.
Energy-related emissions up in December despite pandemic
       
PARIS — Global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions rose slightly in December compared with the same month of 2019, indicating the sharp drop seen due to the pandemic was short-lived. Figures released Tuesday by the International Energy Agency show emissions from the production and use of oil, gas and coal were 2% higher in December 2020 than a year earlier. The Paris-based intergovernmental agency said a resurgence in economic activity coupled with a lack of clean energy policies mean many countries are now seeing higher emissions than before the coronavirus outbreak. IEA figures show that China was the only major economy whose emissions grew in 2020, while those in the United States fell by 10% compared to 2019. By December, U.S. energy emissions were close to the levels seen in the same month of 2019, the agency said, attributing this to economic recovery and greater coal use due to higher gas prices and colder weather.
CDC launches COVID-19 vaccine location tool to help Americans find shots
       
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched a new tool to help Americans find COVID-19 vaccines as counterfeits and tight supplies continue to plague the distribution process. To combat the counterfeit operations — and to help stem the scramble for what doses remain available — the CDC launched a new tool to allow Americans to search for vaccine providers with stocks of the vaccine in their local area. Launched in partnership with Boston Children’s Hospital and Castlight Health, the tool builds on the current VaccineFinder.org platform, according to NPR. Alaska, Indiana, Iowa and Tennessee will provide locations for all vaccine providers, including private distributors. The new tool provides limited help, though, as states will continue to iron out the problems of their individual — and varied — approaches to distributing the vaccines.
Georgia House passes GOP bill designed to bring ‘confidence’ to our voters
       
Demonstrators gather as they protest HB 531 on day 25 of the legislative session outside of the Georgia State Capitol Building in Atlanta, Monday, March 1, 2021. Demonstrators chained together protest HB 531 outside of the Georgia State Capitol Building on day 25 of the legislative session in Atlanta, Monday, March 1, 2021. Georgia State Troopers stand guard on the South Wing steps of the Georgia State Capitol building on day 25 of the legislative session in Atlanta, Monday, March 1, 2021. House Bill 531 passed the lower legislative chamber by a vote of 97-72. “House Bill 531 is designed to begin to bring back the confidence of our voters back into our election system,” said Republican Rep. Barry Fleming, the measure’s chief sponsor.
10 percent of American families at risk of foreclosure, eviction during pandemic
       
More than 11 million families are behind on rent and mortgage payments due to financial hardships stemming from the pandemic, a new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau revealed. Evictions and foreclosures are looming, the CFPB urged in its report, putting 10% of American families at risk for losing housing. The CFPB analyzed the housing market during the COVID-19 crisis and found nearly 2.1 million families are at least three months behind on mortgage payments while 8.8 million Americans are late on paying rent. “We have very little time to prevent millions of families from losing their homes to eviction and foreclosure,” CFPB Acting Director Dave Uejio said of the findings. The report also highlighted families who were most at risk of losing their housing, noting that Black and Hispanic families are more than twice as likely to report being late on housing payments compared to their white counterparts.
Ioan Gruffudd files for divorce from Alice Evans
       
It’s unclear if Evans is requesting child or spousal support or if there is a prenuptial agreement in place, as only Gruffudd’s financial information has been filed with the court so far. A rep for Gruffudd didn’t immediately return Page Six’s request for comment. Evans tweeted in January that the “Fantastic Four” star had left her because he “no longer” loved her. A week later, 49-year-old Evans expressed her heartbreak over the dissolution of her marriage in a follow-up post, describing the pain as “excruciating.”After Evans’ breakup announcement was removed, she claimed the “Titanic” actor deleted it. “I didn’t delete the tweet from a few hours ago about him leaving,” she wrote.
Psaki punts question about Dr. Seuss being left out of reading proclamation
       
White House press secretary Jen Psaki punted a question about why President Biden removed mention of Dr. Seuss in a Read Across America Day proclamation to the Department of Education. She was asked at Tuesday’s briefing why Biden had not noted Dr. Seuss even though former Presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama did. She was then asked if the omission was because of the controversy surrounding a study on Dr. Seuss’ work that showed it lacked diversity in the characters. Psaki expanded on the reason for Read Across America Day, which was started in 1989 to encourage children to pick up a book. White House press secretary Jen Psaki deferred to the Department of Education on questions regarding the removal of Dr. Seuss in a Read Across America Day proclamation.
Andrew Cuomo was quick to tell others to resign over sex harass claims
       
“Not so long ago, Governor Cuomo demanded that two Assembly members ‘immediately deny’ allegation of sexual harassment or resign. Andrew Cuomo has previously called for harassers in the state government to resign. Seth Wenig, Pool, file/APIn 2012, Cuomo demanded that Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez resign from his post after two female aides accused him of groping, kissing and verbally abusing them. The group was formed by ex-legislative staffers in Albany who filed their own claims of sexual harassment against their bosses. Micah Kellner did not seek re-election in 2014 after being sanctioned by the state Assembly.
Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-TX): Biden’s Immigration Message Is “The American People Are Not The Priority”
       
On Fox Across America with Jimmy Failla, Rep. Jodey Arrnington (R-TX) talks about what the Biden administration's immigration policy means to not just the American people, but to those trying to become citizens the legal way. "The message to the American people is you're not the priority. In fact, the immigrants who go through the process and respect our laws and sovereignty by the millions and wait for years, they're not a priority. And the message is also loud and clear to folks who would cross illegally and be aided and abetted by the drug cartels, we're open for business. They're rewarding them with a pathway to citizenship for people who have broken the law."
Portland sports bar owner forced to shut down after business vandalized blasts city response to riots
       
A Portland, Ore., sports bar owner told "America’s Newsroom" Tuesday that he is "totally frustrated" with the city's response to riots that have damaged businesses and government buildings for nearly a year. Field Bar and Grill owner Jim Rice said he was forced to shut down his restaurant over the weekend after it was vandalized, despite his plea for help from city officials -- who he said failed to step up. "When we called the city, we had a lot of challenges just trying to get somebody's attention," Rice explained. Portland has faced months of anti-police protests and rioting following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody last May. Rice told "America’s Newsroom" that his business has been shut down for six out of 11 months due to the coronavirus pandemic and the riots in the city.
New Jersey pizzeria donates thousands of meals to jobless families
       
A New Jersey pizzeria has donated thousands of meals to feed families in need during the pandemic despite having its own financial challenges during COVID-19 related shutdowns. Livingston-based Calabria Restaurant and Pizzeria, a family-owned Italian eatery that’s been in business for 40 years, is helping feed community members in need. DC PIZZERIA FEEDS NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS AT CAPITOL BUILDING"Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to send me a private message. During that time, the restaurant claims to have provided nearly 168,000 meals for those in need. "[Dave Portnoy] came to give us a great review it was the best thing we could have asked for.
William McGurn: Will West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin sink Xavier Becerra's HHS nomination?
       
Will Sen. Joe Manchin nix President Biden’s choice to head the Department of Health and Human Services? Mr. Manchin’s opposition to a $15-an-hour minimum wage likewise helped force it off the COVID-19 relief bill. CLICK HERE FOR THE OPINION NEWSLETTERAs usual Mr. Manchin isn’t saying much, beyond a simple statement a week ago that he hasn’t yet made up his mind. Without his support, Democrats can’t force the tie needed to allow Vice President Kamala Harris to cast the deciding vote. What cabinet secretaries most need isn’t a particular expertise—they have many experts at their disposal—but leadership and judgment.
Channing Phillips to be DC acting US attorney, but Michael Sherwin will supervise Capitol riot probe
       
EXCLUSIVE: Channing Phillips will become acting United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, effective Wednesday, with current acting U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin transitioning to continue the "overall supervision" of the Capitol riot investigation "at the request of" the Justice Department, Fox News has learned. Fox News obtained a memo Sherwin sent to staff at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for D.C., notifying them that, "Effective tomorrow, Channing Phillips will take the reins as the Acting United States Attorney for the District of Columbia." BIDEN DOJ WANTS DC'S ACTING US ATTORNEY TO TRANSITION TO SPECIAL ROLE FOR CAPITOL BREACH PROBEPhillips was the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia under the Obama administration and stayed in the post until September 2017. Fox News reported last month that President Biden’s Justice Department signaled it wanted Sherwin to stay on in some type of special prosecutor capacity to continue overseeing the Capitol breach investigation. Special Counsel John Durham, who was the U.S. Attorney for Connecticut, resigned from his post as U.S. attorney last week but will continue his investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe.
LA teachers' union refuses to budge on school reopenings: 'Structural racism'
       
The president of a Los Angeles teachers' union said Monday that the state's plan to return to in-person learning is "propagating structural racism." The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have found that there are disparities between the percent of minority communities contracting and dying from COVID-19 and the percent of minority communities among the total U.S. population. Among COVID-19 deaths in LA between December 2020 and January 2021, 46% were Latino residents, 29% were White residents, 16% were Asian residents and 8% were Black residents, according to LA County Public Health. Parents from more than 100 California school districts sent a letter to Newsom and dozens of state assembly members demanding schools reopen. "Since the height of the winter surge, we have successfully shifted the conversation from whether to reopen schools to when," Newsom said in a Monday statement.
Pennsylvania ranks first in Capitol riot-related arrests: report
       
That’s just under a tenth of the more than 300 individuals acting Deputy Attorney General John Carlin said Friday have been charged in connection to the riot. According the analysis by Philadelphia Magazine, Pennsylvania is followed by Texas and Florida who tied for second in Capitol-related arrests. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPAs recently as Monday, a married couple and their neighbor all from Mifflin County in Pennsylvania were charged in connection to the Capitol riot. The complaint included photos Christy Clark shared to social media from both inside the Capitol and outside on the National Mall earlier in the day. Surveillance video allegedly captured the trio standing together amongst a crowd inside the Capitol building.
Wray pleads ignorance on domestic surveillance used by FBI after Capitol riot
       
FBI Director Christopher Wray said Tuesday he wasn’t aware of whether his subordinates are pursuing controversial domestic surveillance steps to track down participants in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. pressed Wray for information on cellphone geolocation data, which raises legal concerns especially because members of Congress and journalists were in the Capitol at the same time as rioters. I’d have to look into that.”When Hawley asked if similar records were taken from other banks, Wray again said he didn’t know. But exactly the specifics of what may or may not have happened here, that I don’t know,” Wray said. At the hearing, Wray admitted he had not read until after the riot a Jan. 5 report from the FBI Norfolk Field Office describing online chatter about “war” on the Capitol building.
Volvo plans to make only electric vehicles by 2030
       
Volvo says it will make only electric vehicles by 2030. Volvo said its goal is to have half of its global sales to be fully electric cars by 2025, with the remaining half made up of hybrids. Automakers around the world are ramping up production of electric vehicles as charging technology improves and governments impose stricter pollution regulations. About 2.5 million electric vehicles were sold worldwide last year and industry analyst IHS Markit forecasts that to increase by 70 percent in 2021. Founded in 1927, Volvo Cars has been owned by China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group since 2010.
Donald Trump Jr. to testify in Michael Cohen’s suit against Trump Organization
       
Donald Trump Jr. is expected to testify in Michael Cohen’s lawsuit seeking over $750,000 in legal fees from the Trump Organization, according to Cohen’s attorney. REUTERSWinstead said they will be asking the former president’s son questions about why the Trump Organization chose not to pay certain legal bills that Cohen incurred. Cohen is also seeking for former President Donald Trump to testify in his case now that he’s out of office. Donald Trump Jr. waves to the crowd after speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida, on Feb. 26, 2021. REUTERS/Octavio JonesAt Tuesday’s hearing, Trump Organization lawyer Kenneth Caruso argued that the judge can’t force the former commander-in-chief’s deposition because Trump still hasn’t returned to helm his namesake organization.
Republican Study Committee hits back at Democrats' HR 1 election bill
       
EXCLUSIVE: A group of conservative House Republicans members are slamming Democrats' sweeping election reform bill, calling it "dangerous" and saying it will "further undermine faith" in elections. Republican Study Committee Chair Jim Banks, R-Ind., is circulating a memo to GOP lawmakers Tuesday, which contrasts Democrats' H.R. The Democratic legislation also increases oversight of election system vendors and requires the "development of a national strategy to protect U.S. democratic institutions." CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPAll House Democrats last week signed onto the bill, which is expected to be considered on the House floor this week. Republican opposition was also fierce during the last session, when House Democrats first introduced the legislation.
Squad amendment to restore voting rights to felons, incarcerated individuals fails in House
       
The House Tuesday rejected an amendment authored by the progressive Squad to restore voting rights not only to felons but to individuals who are currently incarcerated. ... Our democracy will remain broken and sick and unhealthy until we heal and restore the right to vote for incarcerated individuals." EVERY HOUSE DEMOCRAT SIGNS ONTO SWEEPING ELECTION REFORM BILL BLASTED BY GOPThe amendment was offered to House Democrats' sweeping voting rights and campaign finance reform legislation, known as the For The People Act. House Democrats passed similar legislation last Congress, but it died in the GOP-led Senate at the time. The voting reform legislation, numbered H.R.
Senate confirms Gina Raimondo for commerce secretary
       
Gina Raimondo as President Biden's commerce secretary. In her position, Raimondo will oversee agencies such as the National Weather Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Census Bureau, and the Patent and Trademark Office. MERRICK GARLAND AG NOMINATION ADVANCES TO SENATE FLOORHe was given 30 minutes to speak at 12:15 p.m. EST ahead of the vote. "Governor Raimondo’s refusal to commit to keeping Huawei on this list speaks volumes as to how she would act if confirmed as Commerce Secretary." Raimondo responded in a written response that she has "no reason to believe that entities on those lists should not be there.
Boy Scouts reportedly offer abuse victims $6K each in bankruptcy plan
       
The Boy Scouts of America has put forward a plan in its bankruptcy case that would only pay each victim of sexual abuse an average of $6,000, according to the victims’ lawyers. The victims’ lawyers say the plan would bar their clients from bringing any future lawsuits against the organization, and it leaves them in the dark about how much each local council is pitching in toward the settlement. “This plan would be a cruel injustice to tens of thousands of abuse survivors who have suffered through decades of trauma due to horrific abuse at the hands of Boy Scout leaders,” said Michael Pfau, a lawyer who represents over a thousand victims. “It’s so obvious that none of the local councils are putting in enough money,” Merson charged. “The Boy Scouts are still hiding their files on thousands of alleged perpetrators, and now they are trying to hide these basic details that people need to know to make sure they are getting a fair deal,” Morse said.
FBI Director Christopher Wray didn’t read memo warning of attack before Capitol riot
       
FBI Director Christopher Wray on Tuesday said he didn’t read an FBI report that said there was the threat of an attack on Congress until “days” after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. “Well, senator, I think the intelligence or the information you’re asking about is the much discussed Norfolk SIR or situational information report,” Wray said at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. FBI Director Christopher Wray has repeatedly defended the FBI’s handling of the intelligence. It was unvetted, uncorroborated information but it was — and it was somewhat aspirational in nature — but it was concerning. “The email [from the FBI] itself, went to, I think there may be as many as five Capitol Police Task Force officers on the Joint Terrorism Task Force.
SEC nominee Gary Gensler says he would probe Robinhood over ‘Reddit rally’
       
The next Sheriff of Wall Street has just fired a shot across the bow of popular fee trading app Robinhood. Gensler added that his SEC would “ensure that customers still get best execution in the face of payment for order flow.”Gary Gensler made the comment when asked about the popular no-fee trading app’s role in January’s GameStop rally. SOPA Images/LightRocket via GettThe 63-year nominee— a former Goldman Sachs executive-turned-financial regulator — is widely expected to be confirmed to the role and stands to be an aggressive enforcer. He also told the committee his SEC would push public firms to share their activity on environmental, social, and corporate governance issues. Gensler, who currently teaches a class on cryptocurrencies at MIT, also backed more use of Blockchain technology in financial regulation, telling the committee that he sees the digital ledger as “a catalyst for change in many areas.”
Biden, 41 days into term, still hasn’t held solo press conference
       
It’s 41 days and counting since President Biden entered the White House, but he has yet to hold a solo news conference. ??Biden has talked to reporters briefly before boarding the presidential aircraft and has taken questions from some reporters when he made statements about the coronavirus and other matters. But Biden has yet to face reporters alone.?The lack of a press conference ??is in stark contrast to his predecessors — former President Barack Obama held one 20 days after he was inaugurated and former President Donald Trump took questions 27 days in. President Biden has talked to reporters briefly before boarding the presidential aircraft. President Biden will “definitely” have an initial presser, according to press secretary Jen Psaki.
AOC’s Democratic Socialists call on Cuomo to resign over sexual harassment claims
       
“In light of the multiple allegations of sexual harassment by Governor Cuomo, the NYC Chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America is calling for the immediate resignation and impeachment of Governor Andrew Cuomo. Getty Images“Someone so comfortable with abusing his power should not be in leadership of our state,” the statement continued. A billboard urging New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign is seen near downtown on March 2, 2021 in Albany, New York. Should Cuomo resign, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul would become governor under state law, becoming the first woman to lead the Empire State.
Sen. Bill Hagerty: Protect voters, elections – this bill will restore trust in our Electoral College process
       
They did so often by ignoring the role of state legislatures, in direct violation of the U.S. Constitution. We must protect the Electoral College, which cannot function properly if the constitutional process for setting election rules is trampled on. Let me be clear: My purpose is not to put Congress in charge of state elections. But we must protect the Electoral College, which cannot function properly if the constitutional process for setting election rules is trampled on, as it was in the 2020 election. And doing nothing opens the door to radical, federal seizures of state election authority like H.R.
MSNBC's Joy Reid says Tim Scott only present at GOP press conference for 'diversity'
       
Far-left MSNBC anchor Joy Reid continued her habit of smearing Black conservatives on Monday, suggesting Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., was only at a press conference opposing a minimum wage increase to create a "patina of diversity." Reid played a clip of Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., explaining Republican opposition to a $15 minimum wage as part of the $1.9-trillion COVID stimulus passed in the House. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated hiking the minimum wage to $15 would cost the economy about 1.4 million jobs and lift 900,000 Americans out of poverty. CANNOT COVER' HARASSMENT CLAIMS"There's no worse response to a pandemic than to eliminate jobs," Scott said. In 2012, Reid penned an "open letter" to Scott upon his appointment to the U.S. Senate to not be a "token."
Senate GOP slams COVID relief bill's 'pricey partisan pet projects'
       
Senate Republicans are slamming what they call the "pricey partisan pet projects" and "Democratic wish list items" embedded in the coronavirus relief package, saying that "most of the $1.9 trillion" within the legislation has "absolutely nothing to do" with the pandemic. Senate Republican Conference Vice Chair Joni Ernst is leading a number of Senate GOP members who are expected to present the areas they've taken issue with on the Senate floor Tuesday afternoon. But Fox News obtained a GOP memo listing some of the items Senate Republicans have taken issue with, saying they are "non-COVID related." Senate Republicans slammed what they call House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's "Subway to Nowhere" — a $100 million allocation for a Silicon Valley underground rail project. McConnell said Senate Republicans went to the White House after President Biden took office to propose to "continue the streak of overwhelming bipartisanship that has defined the COVID-19 response all this time."
De Blasio: If Cuomo accusations are true, 'he can't govern'
       
Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday in the wake of multiple scandals, calling into question Cuomo's ability to do his job. Three women have come forward with allegations that Cuomo acted inappropriately toward them, including two former staffers who accused him of sexual harassment. "If these allegations are true, he can not govern, he would not be able to govern. "You have to have trust from the people, and if you can't maintain that trust you can't govern." State lawmakers have also called for Cuomo to be stripped of those powers in the wake of the nursing home scandal.
Third Woman Criticizes Cuomo, Governor’s Brother Explains Himself on CNN
       
Howie Kurtz on a third woman accusing Governor Cuomo of unwanted advances, the ever changing timeline for vaccinating all Americans and some continuing fallout from Trump's CPAC speech. Follow Howie on Twitter: @HowardKurtzFor more #MediaBuzz click here
The 2022 Volvo C40 Recharge is a chop-top electric SUV
       
The first model that fits both of those billings is the 2022 C40 Recharge coupe-style SUV that goes on sale late this year. Essentially a chop-top version of the XC40 Recharge compact SUV that's currently on sale, the C40 Recharge features an elevated ride height and raked rear roofline. The C40 Recharge shares its electric drivetrain with both the XC40 Recharge and the Polestar 2 from Volvo's recently-launched sister brand, which already follows the online sale model. It provides 402 hp with all-wheel-drive and an EPA-rated range of 208 miles per charge in the XC40 Recharge. Pricing for the C40 Recharge hasn't been announced, but the XC40 Recharge starts at $55,085.
Bergdahl appeals court-martial over Trump, McCain comments
       
Bowe Bergdahl filed the complaint in federal court in Washington, D.C. last month, asking a judge to overturn his court martial conviction. Bergdahl says Trump's statements and actions by the late U.S. Sen. John McCain and his military judge violated his Fifth Amendment right to a fair trial. In his appeal, Bergdahl said McCain intensely pressured the Army to charge him, calling Bergdahl a "deserter" and threatening to hold a hearing in the Senate Armed Services Committee if Bergdahl went unpunished. But around that same time, Nance was appointed by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions — a member of Trump's Cabinet — to the immigration judge post, effective the following year. He wants a federal judge to overturn his conviction and sentence and expunge it from his record, restoring his military rights.
10% of American families at risk of foreclosure, eviction during pandemic
       
More than 11 million families are behind on rent and mortgage payments due to financial hardships stemming from the pandemic, a new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau revealed. Evictions and foreclosures are looming, the CFPB urged in its report, putting 10% of American families at risk for losing housing. The CFPB analyzed the housing market during the COVID-19 crisis and found nearly 2.1 million families are at least three months behind on mortgage payments while 8.8 million Americans are late on paying rent. ‘ZOMBIE FORECLOSURES’ JUMP IN NEARLY EVERY STATE"We have very little time to prevent millions of families from losing their homes to eviction and foreclosure," CFPB Acting Director Dave Uejio said of the findings. We know small landlords are struggling, too, with many dipping into savings or using credit cards to make it through the pandemic.
New York College Democrats demand Cuomo resign over 'unacceptable behavior'
       
On Monday night, the New York College Democrats became the latest to join the chorus calling for Cuomo’s resignation. "Abuse of power in any form or context is unacceptable, especially when wielded by a public servant who has taken an oath to work for the people they represent," the New York College Democrats wrote in a lengthy statement posted to Twitter. The New York College Democrats went on in the thread to call on the New York State Assembly to "immediately revoke" Cuomo’s "emergency powers," deeming him "unfit" to "hold" such powers. In a move of bipartisanship, the New York College Republicans joined the College Democrats in calling for Cuomo’s resignation. Cuomo's office, the New York College Democrats and the New York College Republicans did not respond immediately to Fox News' request for further comment.
Warren, Pressley among Dems pushing to strip police of 'qualified immunity'
       
Democrats in the House and Senate reintroduced legislation this week to end qualified immunity for law enforcement officers to pave the way for alleged victims of police brutality to file lawsuits. Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren, are among the co-sponsors of the "Ending Qualified Immunity Act" that aims to abolish the legal protections for law enforcement officers from civil lawsuits. "There will not be true racial justice until we end qualified immunity," Markey said in a statement. POLICING THE UNIONS: AFTER YEARS OF UNION OBJECTIONS, POLICE REFORM LEGISLATION ADVANCESPressley, a member of the so-called progressive Squad, offered the legislation as the House is set to consider police reform legislation this month. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP"There can be no justice without healing and accountability, and there can be no true accountability with qualified immunity," she said.
Women's March breaks silence on Cuomo allegations after third accuser steps forward
       
Women’s March, a feminist group that supports Black Lives Matter’s call to defund the police and other progressive initiatives, broke its silence regarding sexual harassment allegations against New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo after a third woman came forward this week. "In the past week, two former employees, Lindsey Boylan and Charlotte Bennett, have accused Governor Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment on the job. Tonight, a third woman, Anna Ruch, accused him of making unwanted advances at a wedding," Women’s March executive director Rachel O’Leary Carmona tweeted on Monday. ANDREW CUOMO ACCUSED BY THIRD WOMAN OF UNWANTED SEXUAL ADVANCESAfter more accusations surfaced, Democratic politicians within the state have already started calling for Cuomo's resignation.
NJ judge Esther Salas calls return to bench ‘bittersweet’ after son’s murder
       
Speaking to “Good Morning America,” Judge Esther Salas called her return “bittersweet.”“I’m returning to a job that I love so much, but also because of this job I lost my only son,” she said in the interview. “It’s hard to reconcile those emotions.”However, the judge said her slain son would ultimately want her to get back to work. Her son, Daniel Anderl, was shot and killed on July 19 by a misogynist, racist Manhattan lawyer Roy Den Hollander — who had disguised himself as a FedEx driver during the murder. In addition to fatally blasting 20-year-old Daniel, Hollander also shot Salas’ husband, Mark Anderl, who survived his injuries. “Because of my son’s bravery, because of my husband’s bravery, a lot of people, I think, were spared,” she said.
FBI Director Wray won’t share Officer Brian Sicknick’s cause of death with senators
       
FBI Director Christopher Wray on Tuesday refused to tell senators the cause of death for Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, whose death heavily influenced coverage of the Capitol riot. Wray cited an “ongoing” investigation into Sicknick’s death. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) asked if that meant the FBI “have not determined” the cause of Sicknick’s death. Grassley pressed on, asking Wray to confirm the FBI has determined a cause of death. We’re not at a point where we can disclose or confirm the cause of death,” Wray said.
‘Deepfake’ Tom Cruise goes viral on TikTok with over 11 million views
       
Tom Cruise has become a real phony — and he’s going viral for it. The videos of “Cruise” emerged on TikTok last week, starting with one claiming to be the 58-year-old actor practicing his golf swing. “I’m gonna show you some magic … It’s the real thing, he said while holding up the coin that he soon makes disappear. Together, the three videos had been viewed more than 11 million times on TikTok by Tuesday, with many millions more seeing the clips shared on other social media. The magic TikTok even mimics Cruise’s famous maniacal laugh.
Hertz to exit bankruptcy in $4.2 billion deal
       
Two investment firms will buy a majority stake in Hertz Global Holdings Inc for $4.2 billion under a restructuring plan expected to help it out of bankruptcy by early- to mid-summer, the car rental company said in a filing on Tuesday. Under the proposed investment, Knighthead Capital Management LLC and Certares Opportunities LLC will buy up to 100% of Hertz’s shares, with the funds expected to finance its US vehicle fleet and slash corporate debt. “We’ve been…repositioning our business as we prepare for increased travel demand as the pandemic subsides,” Chief Executive Paul Stone said. Hertz filed for bankruptcy protection in May after its business was decimated by the COVID-19 pandemic and talks with creditors failed to result in much-needed relief. The company said on Tuesday it filed a proposed plan of reorganization with the U bankruptcy court for the district of Delaware, which is expected to approve the terms of the proposed investment at a hearing on April 16.
Controversial Upper West Side tower isn’t too tall, appeals court says
       
The controversial, “too-tall” new apartment tower at 200 Amsterdam Ave. won’t have to take a haircut after all — because it isn’t really too tall. A state appeals court Tuesday unanimously upheld the right of developers SJP Properties and Mitsui Fudosan to keep the nearly-completed building at its 52-story height. The unanimous Appellate Division ruling makes it all but impossible for the plaintiffs, a coalition of West Side activists, to take the case to the Court of Appeals, the state’s highest judicial body. The city gambled that Perry would be overturned and allowed construction on the tower to continue. The appellate judges said that while the zoning rules were “ambiguous,” the city’s Bureau of Standards and Appeals “rationally” interpreted them.
Prices of scrapped Dr. Seuss books skyrocket on eBay
       
The prices of six Dr. Seuss titles exploded on eBay after the beloved author’s publisher said it would stop selling them because they contained racist images. Prospective buyers placed bids in the hundreds of dollars Tuesday for vintage copies of the books that were listed for as little as $4.44 over the past week. Dr Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel, 1904 – 1991) sits at his drafting table in his home office with a copy of his book, ‘The Cat in the Hat’, La Jolla, California, April 25, 1957. A copy of “The Cat’s Quizzer” from 1976 similarly saw its top offer skyrocket to $510 after it was listed for $9.99 on Monday. All six books were also in short supply on Amazon, where third-party sellers are selling collectible editions for thousands of dollars.
More Democrats will address the mounting sexual harassment allegations against Cuomo: Zeldin
       
More Democrats will speak up about the sexual harassment allegations against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo , Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y. said on Tuesday. "I think what Governor Cuomo has is, one, a lack of goodwill in his reservoir. And just how much tolerance do you have or are you going to wait for the six former staffers to speak up?" "How many more state legislators, members of the media, others need to talk about the way that they have become victimized by that approach of intimidation and abuse that Governor Cuomo has followed?"
Capitol security scrutinized in wake of riot as lawmakers question who watches the watchers
       
FBI DIRECTOR WRAY TESTIFIES ON CAPITOL RIOTAnd better yet, who makes sure the Capitol Police are up to the job? Why did the Secret Service think it was safe enough to bring Vice President Pence to the Capitol that day? "I think there are a lot more questions that need to be answered," said Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., after a Senate-wide briefing on Capitol security last week. Then again, Capitol security officials didn’t see January 6th coming, either. "We think that it’s prudent that Capitol Police maintain its enhanced and robust security posture until we address those vulnerabilities going forward."
Supreme Court hears Arizona voting rights cases as far left compares justices to segregationists
       
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in high-profile voting rights cases Tuesday morning, while an ad campaign compared the justices to segregationists who opposed the civil rights movement. SUPREME COURT COULD PUT NEW LIMITS ON VOTING RIGHTS LAWSUITS"In 1965, opponents of voting rights swung clubs on a bridge in Selma," a voice-over says. "John Lewis marched and bled so the Voting Rights Act could become law," the voice-over says at the beginning, "but now John Roberts and his Supreme Court are set to destroy his legacy." CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPFallon said that Demand Justice's other aim is to urge Congress to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. The Supreme Court began hearing oral arguments in the Arizona cases, Brnovich v. DNC and Arizona Republican Party v. DNC, at 10 a.m. via teleconference, which has been the court's practice throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
Arizona State settles with student who sued school after being fired from job following social media post
       
Arizona State University has reached a settlement with a student who sued the school after she was fired from a radio job over a fallout from a tweet she posted. ARIZONA STATE STUDENT SUING AFTER BEING FIRED OVER HER REPORT ON JACOB BLAKE'S CRIMINAL RECORDDespite initially offering to settle for $500,000, Klein agreed to accept $7,040 as a reimbursement for school costs, according to ASU. He added that Klein fell victim to "new McCarthyism," but she "stood her ground, she fought back, and she won." ASU noted that Blaze Radio is a student club, operated by students and governed by student organization rules. Police opened fire, shooting Blake seven times and leaving him paralyzed from the waist down, according to his family members and lawyer.
Who is Cuomo's lieutenant governor? Kathy Hochul thrust into spotlight amid governor's mounting scandals
       
If embattled three-term New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigns or is removed through impeachment, Lt. Gov Kathy Hochul would make history. According to Article 4 of the New York State Constitution, Hochul would take over as governor – becoming the Empire State’s 57th chief executive and first female governor in the state’s nearly 250-year history. As the highest-ranking female elected official in New York State, she continues to be a champion for women and families across the state." CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPHochul could become the second New York lieutenant governor in 13 years to take over as governor.
Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany joins Fox News family
       
Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has joined the Fox News family. KAYLEIGH MCENANY TELLS HARRIS FAULKNER OF 'SHOCK' AND 'DISBELIEF' AT DEADLY CAPITOL RIOTIn her first interview since leaving the White House, McEnany also discussed her emotions during the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. McEnany added that her feelings were shared by many other White House staffers. McEnany and Faulker then discussed former President Trump’s weekend address to the Conservative Political Action Conference, and McEnany's final days as White House press secretary. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPMcEnany quickly emerged as a hero to conservatives when she replaced Stephanie Grisham as White House press secretary in April 2020.
FBI director Wray: Capitol riot could have inspired international terrorists
       
FBI Director Christopher Wray expressed concern Tuesday that the Capitol riot on Jan. 6 could have inspired international terrorists. During a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., asked Wray whether he believes "international terrorists groups may have found a way to get closer to the Capitol by integrating themselves into domestic political movements." "Well, certainly we think the events on January 6th have been at a minimum an inspiration to a number of terrorist extremists out there and may even have been worse than that," the FBI director said. FBI DIRECTOR WRAY TESTIFIES ON CAPITOL RIOTWray’s appearance Tuesday before the committee was his first testimony since Jan 6. "So it would've been very easy for some international terrorists to infiltrate this crowd.
Chris Cuomo blasted by journalists for refusing to cover brother’s scandals
       
CNN anchor Chris Cuomo is being slammed by fellow members of the media for refusing to cover Gov. The younger Cuomo’s comments Monday evening — as well as his coverage of his brother more broadly — came under considerable scrutiny from journalists and correspondents from across the political spectrum. The younger Cuomo had the governor on his show last spring for a now-criticized interview. CNNThe New York governor made regular appearances on his younger brother’s show at the height of the coronavirus pandemic last year. CNN recently reinstated a ban on Chris covering his sibling after an exclusive Post report found his administration covered up thousands of nursing home COVID-19 deaths.
Democratic Texas lawmaker warns of Biden's 'catastrophic' immigration policy
       
The Biden administration’s immigration policies are leading the country toward a "catastrophic" situation, Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-Texas, told CNN on Monday. BIDEN MEETING WITH MEXICO PRESIDENT AMID EFFORTS TO ROLL BACK TRUMP IMMIGRATION POLICIESThe Biden administration has already taken a number of steps to establish its own immigration policy, separating itself from the tough rhetoric of the previous administration. Critics of Biden’s immigration plans are worried they could lead to a surge in illegal border crossings. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPGonzalez insisted that the Biden administration make a "better plan" for asylum seekers and immigrants. Furthermore, he said asylum seekers should get processed in their home or a neighboring country.
Trump Jr.: Media ‘went to great lengths’ to ignore Biden and Harris' radical agenda
       
Donald Trump Jr. said the media has chosen to ignore President Joe Biden’s "radicalism" in order to advance their "ultimate goal of putting Democrats in charge." "Everyone knew what this radical administration would do, but no one would say it," Trump told "Fox & Friends" on Tuesday. "The media went to great lengths to try to cover [up] Joe Biden’s radicalism [and] the radicalism of the people within his agenda." When you give them everything they could possibly want, they are going to come, and that’s going to create the crisis." CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP"I called all of these things last summer in ‘Liberal Privilege,’" Trump said.
'No social media accounts for terrorists': House GOP pushes to block sanctioned foreign leaders from platforms
       
The Republicans argued that the Berman Amendments were passed before the modern age of the internet and before social media existed, and said they have been used by Big Tech and others to argue that social media companies can provide services to terrorists. The social media platforms include Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. "He has used his accounts on social media to whitewash and promote his regime, and promote hatred against the United States and Israel." "If this was enacted, 230 would not be a shield for the activity of social media companies." The aide said that the protections social media companies have from the Berman Amendments "are even worse than 230."
Florida pediatrician is a 'danger' to community, must remain in jail until trial, judge says
       
A South Florida pediatrician who was recently charged in federal court with possessing child pornography is a "danger" to the community and must await his trial behind bars, a judge ruled Monday. He was originally arrested in January, when he was hit with the identical state charges and then freed on a $30,000 bond. Investigators using search warrants also found photographs of young children and teens in their underwear, taken without their knowledge, on the doctor’s iPhone and computer. During a hearing on Monday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Alicia O. Valle refused to grant bond for Mizrachy. She said that, after his arrest, Mizrachy had been "unacceptably seeking the ability to see child patients via telemedicine."
Michigan GOP demands state AG probe Whitmer's 'secret deal' with former top health official
       
The Michigan Republican Party has called on the state’s attorney general to investigate a reported separation deal between Gov. Republicans want Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel's office to "immediately open up an investigation" into the deal. Whitmer buying the silence of a former government employee, the state’s top public health official, in the middle of a global pandemic?" Ted Goodman, communications director for the Michigan Republican Party, told Fox News that the deal "doesn’t pass the smell test and Michiganders deserve answers." The demands for an investigation into the governor’s undisclosed deal isn’t the only one being called for.
Families of crime victims push to recall LA DA Gascon, calling his policies a 'slap in the face'
       
Families of crime victims in Los Angeles County spoke out against liberal L.A. County District Attorney George Gascón, who is facing a recall effort similar to the one faced by California Gov. One of those families, that of murdered Los Angeles County Sgt. Tania Owen shared her message for other families of crime victims in Los Angeles County. Desiree Andrade told Fox 11 Los Angeles that the death of her son, Julian Andrade, left her devastated. L.A. County Deputy District Attorney Jon Hatami told Jones that criminals "actually love the D.A."
Kayleigh McEnany discusses Capitol riot in first post-White House interview
       
?Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany says she was left in “shock” when she saw the violence unfold in the Capitol riot in January, during what she expected to be a peaceful protest. “I think at the beginning of the day, before everyone went to the rally, everyone was expecting peace,” McEnany ?said in her first interview since leaving the White House on Fox News?. ?“It was a, I should say, widespread feeling, synonymous feeling, completely,” she said. “A feeling that everyone felt, the — just completely condemning the actions of that day. Horrified and very somber.”The full interview will air at 11 a.m.?
YouTube suspends Rudy Giuliani again for two weeks over election fraud claims
       
YouTube has suspended Rudy Giuliani — former President Donald Trump’s personal attorney — for the second time in two months for falsely claiming the 2020 election was stolen. The former Big Apple mayor, who led Trump’s efforts to overturn November’s results, will not be allowed to upload new videos for two weeks, Bloomberg News reported. “Additionally, in accordance with our long standing strikes system, we issued a strike against the Rudy W. Giuliani channel, which temporarily restricts uploading or live-streaming,” the spokesperson added. He was also blocked from uploading videos for one week. YouTube accused Giuliani at the time of repeatedly violating its policies by pushing claims of voter fraud in the election.
Ex-CIA chief John Brennan ‘increasingly embarrassed’ to be a white man
       
?Former CIA Director John Brennan says he is “increasingly embarrassed” to be a white man. ?“I’m increasingly embarrassed to be a white male these days with what I see other white males say,” Brennan said. Referring to Democrats, he said, “I may even decide to beat them for a third time,” drawing deafening cheers from attendees. “I have never seen so many whiny white men calling themselves victims as I saw over the weekend at CPAC. The Times reported Brennan saying at the time that “enhanced interrogation techniques” “had value,” despite it being “unknowable” whether useful information had been gleaned from it.
White House set to impose sanctions on Russia for poisoning Alexei Navalny
       
The Biden administration will slap sanctions on Russian officials and businesses on Tuesday after the US intelligence community concluded that opposition leader Alexei Navalny had been nearly killed by a nerve-agent poisoning attack carried out by a Russian spy agency, according to a report. The sanctions will be imposed under the US Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act for 14 businesses, the Associated Press reported. Administration officials did not identify the Russian officials who would be targeted by the sanctions. The US intelligence community found with a high degree of confidence that Russia’s Federal Security Service poisoned Navalny last August using the Russian nerve agent Novichok. The sanctions are the first of several steps the administration will take to “respond to a number of destabilizing actions?,” the AP reported.
Stocks muted after S&P's best day since June
       
U.S. equity markets ticked higher Tuesday, a day after posting their strongest gains in months. Ticker Security Last Change Change % TGT TARGET CORP. 189.49 +3.18 +1.71%Meanwhile, Target Corp. reported revenue rose 21% from a year ago as the pandemic continued to fuel a surge in demand for same-day services. Ticker Security Last Change Change % ZM ZOOM VIDEO COMMUNICATIONS, INC. 413.31 +3.65 +0.89%In other earnings news, Zoom shares were sharply higher after video-conferencing provider said sales soared 369% year over year as the pandemic caused more people to work from home. Ticker Security Last Change Change % SQ SQUARE INC COM 255.52 +14.71 +6.11%Elsewhere, Square Inc. announced its commercial bank, Square Financial Services, has begun operations. In Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 fell 0.86% while China’s Shanghai Composite index and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index both lost 1.21%.
Rosanna Arquette, Alyssa Milano slam Hyatt in CPAC aftermath: 'Grave error in judgment'
       
Rosanna Arquette and Alyssa Milano shared similar rebukes of the 2021 CPAC event and Hyatt, the hotel chain that hosted it, amid a wave of controversy over the design of the stage. Both actresses pushed a conspiracy theory in claiming the CPAC stage design resembled a hate symbol known as a Norse Rune, which was featured on Nazi uniforms. ROSANNA ARQUETTE SAYS TIGER WOODS' CRASH IS 'TERRIBLE,' BUT 'DEMOCRACY' IS NEAR 'CRITICAL CONDITION'Left-wing activist Milano, 48, shared a comparison photo of the CPAC stage below a Nazi uniform. On Monday, representatives from the American Conservative Union had choice words for Hyatt Hotels' leadership after the hotel chain claimed the ACU had "disparaged and defamed" it. However, it said it "allowed the event to continue" after CPAC organizers assured them that any resemblance was entirely unintentional.
Homan fires back after Biden DHS secretary slams Trump immigration policies: ‘Don't tell me about compassion’
       
The Biden administration's immigration policies are not as compassionate and humane as they are claiming, former Acting ICE Director Tom Homan said on Tuesday. "Look, it's inhumane to put your children in the arms of criminal cartels," Homan told "Fox & Friends," referring to migrants making the dangerous journey to the southern border using human smugglers. I was in the back of a tractor-trailer with a five-year-old boy who suffocated to death in his father's arms," Homan said. When asked during a press briefing at the White House about whether there is a "crisis" at the border, amid a surge of unaccompanied child migrants, Mayorkas said "no." This is a win-win for Mexico, bad for the United States, bad for the American worker."
US to sanction 7 senior Russian officials over Navalny poisoning
       
The Biden administration on Tuesday announced sanctions on several Russian officials and businesses in response to the poisoning and imprisonment of opposition leader Alexei Navalny. "We're exercising our authorities to send a clear signal that Russia's use of chemical weapons and violation of its international human rights commitments have severe consequences," a senior administration official said. PUTIN CRITIC NAVALNY REPORTEDLY TRANSFERRED TO 'COMPLETELY LAWLESS' PENAL COLONY OUTSIDE MOSCOWOfficials did not immediately identify the seven senior members of the Russian government named in the sanctions. "We will surely respond," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday of any U.S. sanctions imposed over the jailing of Navalny. The announcement comes as the European Union also imposed sanctions against a small number of Russian officials and is expected to announce more.
FBI Director Christopher Wray to testify for first time since Capitol riot
       
FBI Director Christopher Wray, one of the most high-profile Trump-era officials to be asked to stay under President Biden, will appear before the Senate Tuesday for his first public testimony since the Capitol riot. Lawmakers are currently in the midst of weeks of hearings into the Capitol siege. The FBI chief will also likely be asked about the security around the Capitol complex nearly two months after the siege. In a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray last week, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) asked what Wray and top brass were doing to counter domestic terrorism. The FBI chief will also likely be asked about the security around the Capitol complex nearly two months after the siege.
Nike exec Ann Hebert departs after ties to son’s sneaker business revealed
       
A top Nike executive has stepped down after she was linked to her son’s lucrative sneaker-flipping business. Ann Hebert, the sportswear giant’s vice president and general manager for North America, left her job Monday after more than 25 years at Nike, the company said in a brief statement. Ann Hebert left her job Monday after more than 25 years at Nike. But that didn’t stop Joe Hebert from being inspired by his mom’s former employer — or using its shoes as a linchpin of his business. Hebert reportedly paid more than $200,000 for about 2,000 pairs of shoes.
Merck, Johnson & Johnson partner on COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing
       
Merck & Co. is teaming up with rival Johnson & Johnson to help manufacture its recently-approved COVID-19 vaccine as the nation seeks to eliminate the virus in part through a mass inoculation effort. Two White House officials confirmed the partnership to Fox News. Johnson & Johnson previously agreed to supply the U.S. with 100 million doses of its one-shot vaccine by June, but White House officials said the company had struggled with supply and material issues. Last week, ahead of the FDA's emergency use authorization, Jeff Zients, White House COVID-19 coordinator, had said the Biden administration was working to further "accelerate the pace and timeframe" for which the company delivered the agreed-upon supply after learning that Johnson & Johnson had fallen behind in their production schedule. CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE CORONAVIRUS COVERAGEPresident Joe Biden is expected to formally announce the partnership between rivals Merck and Johnson & Johnson later Tuesday.
Trumps received COVID-19 vaccines at White House in January
       
Former President Donald Trump and former first lady Melania Trump received their COVID-19 vaccines in January at the White House, Fox News confirmed. It is unclear which vaccine the Trumps received, but a Trump official told Fox News they are both fully vaccinated with two doses. Former Vice President Mike Pence and former second lady Karen Pence also received their coronavirus vaccines in December, along with former Surgeon General Jerome Adams. Biden received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Vice President Kamala Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff also received their vaccines in December.
Police in Burma fire tear gas, rubber bullets at protesters
       
Police in Burma repeatedly used tear gas and rubber bullets Tuesday against crowds protesting last month's coup, but the demonstrators regrouped after each volley and tried to defend themselves with barricades as standoffs between protesters and security forces intensified. The United Nations said it believed at least 18 people were killed on Sunday by security forces. Despite the crackdown, demonstrators have continued to flood the streets — and are beginning to more rigorously resist attempts to disperse them. BURMA PROTESTERS TAKE TO THE STREETS AFTER DEADLY CRACKDOWNThe mainly young demonstrators fled in panic each time tear gas canisters were fired but soon returned to their barricades. Yangon, Dawei and Mandalay were among the cities where security forces reportedly fired live ammunition into crowds Sunday, according to the U.N. Human Rights Office.
Biden's release of report on Khashoggi killing shows difference from Trump's approach, experts say
       
The U.S. will continue its diplomatic alliance with Saudi Arabia, but this relationship will be different. "For too long, the United States failed to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for the brutal murder of journalist, dissident, and Virginia resident Jamal Khashoggi. Saudi Arabia, after all, is an important and reliable ally in the Middle East to protect U.S. interests. Steven Cook, senior fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, describes Saudi Arabia as "a problematic ally" and says their value to the U.S. is how Saudi Arabia gets away with murder. So far, the U.S. government did not imply any consequences for the Saudi crown prince.
Chuck DeVore: Texas' blackouts – here's the truth about why they happened and what we have to do next
       
That Texas’ grid has become increasingly dependent on unreliable wind and solar is largely to blame for this critical shortfall. This inexpensive but unreliable power has acted as a powerful disincentive to build needed natural gas power plants. Over the course of 2019, Texas wind produced about 34% of its capacity – from hour-to-hour and season-to-season, sometimes more than 70%, sometimes close to zero. Since electricity must be produced the moment it is needed, that meant that natural gas power plants had to make up the shortfall. An Obama-era environmental rule that forced oilfield compressors to switch from natural gas to electric likely made things worse.
FBI Director Wray to testify on Capitol riot
       
FBI Director Chris Wray is set to deliver his first testimony since the Jan. 6 Capitol riot during an appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday. Lawmakers will likely press him on whether the bureau adequately communicated with other law enforcement agencies about the potential for violence that day. "I think domestic terrorism, religious and racial-based hate groups have become a major threat in America," Durbin told reporters on Capitol Hill on Monday. The chairman also told reporters Monday that he has questions for Wray regarding intelligence leading up to the insurrection, NPR reported. Capitol police also produced its own intelligence memo indicating a similar coordinated attack on Congress as early as Jan. 3.
NJ law prevents cops from telling parents about kids' first-time weed bust
       
New Jersey minors caught with weed or booze won’t have to worry about getting grounded by Mom and Dad — as a new law legalizing marijuana bars police from telling parents if their kids were caught, and apparently extends to alcohol. "Reviewing the new policy, what presents itself as most problematic is the inability to freely communicate with parents." The highest-ranking Republican in the New Jersey Assembly, Jon Bramnick, said last week the move was "[a]lmost impossible to believe." AND THE POLICE FACE CHARGES IF THEY TELL THE PARENTS," he wrote. "An honest mistake in ascertaining someone’s age, intentions or degree of impairment subjects the officer to prosecution for a crime."
Jason Snead: Supreme Court voting rights case could change rules across the country. Here's how
       
And on Tuesday the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case out of Arizona that will help set the rules of the road as states consider reforms. For both provisions, the Democratic Party claims that the laws cause racial disparities in voting. Arizona has a voting system that any reasonable observer would think makes it extraordinarily easy to vote. The state offers online voter registration and allows anyone to vote by early ballot for any reason. For the 27 days before Election Day, Arizona voters can vote in-person at any early voting center or return an early ballot by postage-free mail or hand delivery.
Blackburn urges Biden to ensure WHO's China COVID probe is free from conflict of interest
       
"I urge you to use your leadership to ensure investigations by the World Health Organization are free from conflict of interest," Blackburn said in a letter to Biden, obtained by Fox News. The World Health Organization recently sent a team of investigators to Wuhan, where the outbreak was believed to have originated. Some of those concerns are shared by the Biden administration, which has stopped the former Trump administration’s withdrawal from the U.N. body. However, the Biden administration has so far not addressed the concerns about a conflict of interest. Blackburn urges Biden to "use your leadership to ensure the ongoing investigation of the COVID-19 pandemic origin be free from conflict of interest."
Former Virginia House Speaker Kirk Cox says he's only Republican who can beat McAuliffe in governor race
       
Former Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Kirk Cox told Fox News he's the only Republican candidate who can beat former Gov. Meanwhile, the Democratic field appears to be led by McAuliffe, although many Virginia voters of both parties remain undecided. Cox also touts his more than 400 endorsements, including from former Virginia governors Bob McDonnell and George Allen. VIRGINIA GOP GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE PETE SNYDER LEADING #OPENOURSCHOOLS CAMPAIGNMeanwhile, Cox's Republican rival Pete Snyder is branding himself as the "school reopening" candidate. "I'm glad any candidate is talking about reopening, but I would make the point before I thought about running for governor, I was focusing on this issue with very specific proposals," Cox said.
Gov. Cuomo’s Political Crisis Now A Legal Crisis Too
       
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is facing bipartisan pressure to resign following sexual harassment allegations from two of his former aides. On Sunday, Governor Cuomo responded to the accusations in a statement saying, "I never intended to offend anyone or cause any harm," the Governor did go on to acknowledge and apologize for his behavior. New York Attorney General Letitia James is now launching an investigation into the claims, with the Governor authorizing the probe. The third approved Covid-19 vaccine may begin being distributed as early as today. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine was shown in trials to be slightly less effective than the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.
Janice Dean: 'Make Your Own Sunshine' -- what I've learned about kindness and goodwill in a tough time
       
Even during the darkest days, one small gesture of goodness can lighten up any mood or atmosphere. And sometimes it only takes a few seconds to make sunshine and pass it on. However, as we look back at these months of pain, there are also moments of incredible kindness and sunshine that helped us get through it. Even during the darkest days, one small gesture of goodness can lighten up any mood or atmosphere. Because one thing I’ve learned, as long as we have love and kindness, there will be sunshine too.
Burma protesters take to streets day after deadly crackdown
       
YANGON, Burma — Demonstrators in Burma took to the streets again on Tuesday to protest last month’s seizure of power by the military, as foreign ministers from Southeast Asian countries prepared to meet to discuss the political crisis. The planned special meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations comes in the wake of worsening violence in Burma. BURMA MILITARY CLASH WITH PROTESTERS LEAVES 18 DEAD, ABOUT 1,000 DETAINED INCLUDING JOURNALISTThe authorities also detained more than 1,000 people over the weekend, according to the independent Assistance Association for Political Prisoners. Hundreds of protesters gathered on Tuesday in the Hledan area of Yangon, where a day earlier police had fired repeated rounds of tear gas canisters. BURMA MILITARY CRACKDOWN ON ANTI-COUP PROTESTS LEAVES AT LEAST 2 DEADSome of them also carried metal shields, an apparent response to the possible use of tear gas canisters and rubber bullets by police.
Democrats may consider minimum wage compromise as opportunity narrows
       
That may be the question some Senate Democrats are asking themselves as they try to pass a $15-an-hour minimum wage hike inside the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package that seems to be almost impossible. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona have voiced opposition to the minimum wage hike in the relief bill, and other moderates have expressed concerns, too. The number is impossible with the minimum wage addition the way it is currently written. Tom Cotton and Mitt Romney wrote on FoxNews.com on Monday that it is time for an increase to the minimum wage. GET THE FOX NEWS APPBut they wrote, "Many Democrats are hung up on an unserious scheme to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
Gov. Brian Kemp: COVID relief – Pelosi-Schumer plan favors Democrat states. Here's how we fight back
       
My top priority as governor during the COVID-19 pandemic has been to protect both the lives and livelihoods of all Georgians. Over the last year, our state has remained open for business, while also effectively combating this unprecedented health crisis. Over the past year, Georgia was named the top state for business for the eighth year in a row. And, by allowing Georgia businesses to remain open, our unemployment rate continues to be below the national average. The Peach State would be the worst-hit under this new plan, receiving nearly $1.3 billion less than if the previous formula were applied.
Secretary Jeh Johnson: Finding Satisfaction In Serving The Public
       
This week, Trey Gowdy is joined by former United States Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson. Jeh shares how he discovered his passion for public service, the value of compromise to get stuff done in Washington and they discuss former Secretary Johnson's involvement investigating foreign interferences in the 2016 election. Follow Trey on Twitter: @TGowdySC
NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo accused by third woman of unwanted sexual advances
       
Andrew Cuomo accused by third woman of unwanted sexual advancesA third woman has accused New York Gov. According to The New York Times, 33-year-old Anna Ruch has claimed that Cuomo asked to kiss her at a wedding in 2019. A spokesperson for Cuomo reportedly referred the Times to a more general statement in which Cuomo apologized for things that "have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation." Over the past week, two of Cuomo's former aides have accused him of sexual harassment -- something he has denied. While Biden followed presidential tradition in proclaiming Tuesday "Read Across America Day," he bucked his predecessors by leaving out any mention of Dr. Seuss from the proclamation.
Romney jokes about recent fall, 'I went to CPAC'
       
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Mitt Romney said Monday that he was knocked unconscious in a fall over the weekend, but he was "doing better." "I had kind of a tough, tough weekend," Romney joked. "I went to CPAC — that was a problem." Romney did not attend the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida, over the weekend. Romney was one of just seven Republicans who voted to convict Trump in his Senate impeachment trial last month.
Some journalists aggressively pursue Cuomo, Biden; others face backlash from Left
       
And a moment of truth for journalists who have achieved fame and sometimes fortune during a state of virtual war against Donald Trump. And there have been some encouraging signs that journalists don’t just plan to roll over for President Biden. When a former top aide to Andrew Cuomo accused him of sexual harassment, much of the media did their best to look away. No one cared when reporters tried to show or read Trump tweets to Republican lawmakers, who often just kept walking. And if they look the other way, as many initially did on the Cuomo mess, they deserve to be called out.
Biden removes mention of Dr. Seuss from ‘Read Across America Day’
       
President Biden apparently removed mentions of Dr. Seuss from “Read Across America Day” amid scrutiny about the alleged “racial undertones” in the whimsical tales for children. “Read Across America Day,” founded by the National Educational Association in 1998 as a way to promote children’s reading, is even celebrated on the author’s March 2 birthday. But unlike his two predecessors, former Presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama, Biden did not mention Dr. Seuss. The move comes as Dr. Seuss’ work has generated controversy following a study highlighting a lack of diversity among the author’s characters. Last week, a Virginia school district ordered its teachers to avoid “connecting Read Across America Day with Dr. Seuss,” because of recent research that have “revealed strong racial undertones” in many of the author’s books.
Manchin insists he won't vote 'down the line' on COVID relief unless bill 'makes sense'
       
"My friends on the other side are going to have input, and we are going to do something we agree on," the senator added. — Sen. Joe Manchin, 'Special Report'Although Manchin's vote is critical for Biden's proposal to pass without support from Republicans, the West Virginia senator told Baier that he is "not going to do ... just a party-line vote." MANCHIN PRESSURED AHEAD OF COVID-19 STIMULUS VOTEHarris "made a mistake, and It shouldn't have been done," Manchin said. Manchin believes Democrats won't get enough votes to pass the stimulus package "down the line" without Republican support. As for his vote earlier Tuesday, Manchin said he told his colleagues, " fine, we'll start this process, but I want you to know, I will vote in a bipartisan way."
Manchin says he’ll never change mind on filibuster
       
Earlier this year, Manchin told the Washington Post, "I will not vote to bust the filibuster under any condition, on anything that you can think of." He was joined by Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., who has said that she is not open to "changing her mind." Manchin’s opinion on the filibuster is important because the Senate is evenly split 50-50, with the deciding vote going to Vice President Harris. In most legislation, there needs to be a 60-vote threshold to advance most legislation to President Biden’s desk. GET THE FOX NEWS APP"Today two Democratic Senators publicly confirmed they will not vote to end the legislative filibuster," McConnell said at the time.
U.S. sanctions against Russia for Navalny poisoning may come on Tuesday
       
WASHINGTON – The United States is expected to impose sanctions to punish Russia for the poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny as early as Tuesday, two sources familiar with the matter said. President Joe Biden’s decision to impose sanctions for Navalny’s poisoning reflects a harder stance than taken by his predecessor, Donald Trump, who let the incident last August pass without punitive U.S. action. Both orders let the United States freeze the U.S. assets of those targeted and effectively bar U.S. companies and individuals from dealing with them. EU foreign ministers agreed on Feb. 22 to impose sanctions on four senior Russian officials close to President Vladimir Putin in a mainly symbolic response to Navalny’s jailing. In the case of Navalny, Trump, whose term ended in January, did nothing to punish Russia.
Ingraham: Conservatives will thrive because of DC establishment’s destructive policies
       
Fox News host Laura Ingraham opened "The Ingraham Angle" Monday slamming the failed policies of the Washington political establishment and offering hope to the conservative movement. Ingraham railed against Democrats who she said are revealing themselves daily as "anti-freedom, anti-science, anti-religion, anti-family, anti-gun, anti-law enforcement, and anti-history." NIKKI HALEY PRAISES TRUMP'S 'STRONG' CPAC SPEECH"After we coalesced around Donald Trump," Ingraham continued, "We had a leader who took our ideas into the White House. Ingraham pointed out the political gains made by Republicans in Congress, in state legislatures and among minority voters. This generation of conservatives now has the organization and policies that could do the same again.
Sean Hannity: Biden’s cognitive problems are 'becoming worrisome to me'
       
Fox News host Sean Hannity questioned the extent of President Biden's cognitive struggles Monday and whether they had affected his ability to run his administration. "It's getting a little scary," Hannity told "Fox News Primetime" host Lawrence Jones. "It's funny because the media was attacking me for saying that Joe looks weak and he looks frail and he's struggling cognitively. Jones then cited a Politico report published last week that revealed Vice President Kamala Harris has held calls with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron, as well as World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus. Hannity described the story as "underreported," arguing that a vice president holding solo calls with foreign leaders is unusual in a new administration.
Tucker Carlson: Biden's Syria strike shows the folly of Establishment 'counter-terrorism'
       
Don't worry, this is nothing that's going to improve your life or the life of the United States. It's nothing that's going to make you freer or happier, help you drop 20 pounds or bring you closer to your family. No, the promise Joe Biden remembered wasn't made to you in the first place. With Joe Biden in charge, buildings in Syria don't collapse into rubble, crushing the people inside. What this is really about, Joe Biden once explained in public, is helping our Kurdish partners.
Huawei executive's lawyer disputes what HSBC knew as US extradition case resumes
       
VANCOUVER - Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou’s U.S. extradition hearing resumed in a Canadian court on Monday with defence countering prosecutors’ claims that Meng misled HSBC about the Chinese telecom company’s relationship with its affiliate while doing business in Iran. As five days of hearings in the British Columbia Supreme Court started, the defence drilled into the alleged sanction violations that led to Meng’s arrest. The daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei is accused by the United States of misleading HSBC about her company’s business arrangements in Iran, causing the bank to break U.S. sanctions. U.S. prosecutors allege Skycom operated as a Huawei affiliate in Iran and that Meng misrepresented this relationship. Addario countered that HSBC employee emails show that information about Huawei's control of Skycom was shared freely before and after this relationship was first reported by Reuters.
Texas Utility Commission chief resigns after blackouts
       
The head of the Texas Public Utility Commission resigned as fallout mounted from the energy crisis that swept the state during a severe winter storm last month. TEXAS ELECTRIC BILLS WERE $28B HIGHER UNDER DEREGULATIONA spokeswoman for Texas Gov. Lawmakers have also called for leaders of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the state’s grid operator, to resign. The financial implications of the crisis continued to unfold Monday as electricity providers grapple with enormous electricity and natural-gas bills from the storm. The Brazos Electric Power Cooperative Inc., the state’s largest power cooperative, filed for bankruptcy protection overnight Monday.
San Francisco DA under fire after citing ‘temper tantrum’ for murder of 84-year-old Asian man
       
ABC7's Dion Lim spoke with Ratanapakdee's family, who said that a temper tantrum is "no excuse" for murdering someone. However, his comment to the Times has sparked the hashtags #JusticeForVicha and #StopAsianHate on social media, which come amid a startling increase in hate incidents against Asian Americans across the United States. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPCalifornia lawmakers have approved $1.4 million in state funds to help Asian Americans report hate incidents following the recent uptick. "The rise in hate incidents against Asian Americans during the pandemic is alarming. Activists have argued the rise in hate incidents shows a pattern of abuse related to blame placed on the Asian American community for the coronavirus pandemic.
Rep. Kathleen Rice leads calls for Cuomo to resign after third accuser comes forward: ‘The time has come’
       
Andrew Cuomo to resign late Monday after a third woman accused him of unwanted sexual advances. "The time has come," tweeted Rice, a former district attorney who represents part of Nassau County on Long Island. New York State Assemblywoman Jessica González-Rojas tweeted, "It’s time for Governor Cuomo to resign." Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called those accusations "painful," tweeting Sunday: "Lindsey Boylan and Charlotte Bennett’s detailed accounts of sexual harassment by Gov. And now he's facing multiple allegations of sexual harassment.
‘The Governor must resign’: Democratic congresswoman joins calls for Cuomo to step down
       
Rep. Kathleen Rice has become the first Democratic member of Congress to call on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign after a third woman came forward with accusations of inappropriate behavior. The Governor must resign,” Rice, who represents parts of Long Island, wrote on Twitter in response to a new accusation that he made unwanted advances toward a woman at a 2019 wedding. Other state Democratic lawmakers — including state Sens. He allegedly noted that Ruch seemed “aggressive” — and then placed his hands on her cheeks and asked if he could kiss her.
Bernie Sanders fights, but $15 minimum wage is knocked out of COVID-19 relief bill
       
The overall relief bill is Biden’s biggest early legislative priority. Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said he wanted Democrats to ignore the parliamentarian’s ruling blocking the minimum wage increase. But Sanders, the Senate’s lead sponsor of the hike to $15, said he’d force a vote on an amendment restoring the minimum wage increase anyway. Democrats are employing a seldom-used procedure for the COVID-19 relief bill that will shield the measure from filibusters. The House-approved minimum wage language would gradually raise the federal floor to $15 an hour by 2025, more than double the $7.25 in place since 2009.
Florida officials call for antiquated unemployment processing system to be replaced
       
The department, which oversees the state's unemployment system, is asking lawmakers for $73 million over the next two years to modernize the system that left hundreds of thousands of jobless Floridians without unemployment checks for weeks and sometimes months. UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS DROP AS LABOR MARKET CONTINUES TO RECOVER FROM PANDEMICThe director of the agency, Dane Eagle, told lawmakers Monday that Florida was not alone in its struggles. The inspector general’s findings are current being reviewed by economic opportunity officials. Since the start of the pandemic, more than 3.1 million people have filed unemployment claims in Florida. Meanwhile, the state’s Unemployment Benefit Trust Fund has been dramatically depleted.
Texas power crisis deepens as more companies skip payments due to grid operator
       
HOUSTON - Texas energy companies failed to pay another $345 million for electricity and other services incurred during last month’s cold snap, the operator of the state’s grid said on Monday. In all, electricity providers skipped out on $2.46 billion in power and service charges, grid operator Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) said. ERCOT did not disclose which companies failed to pay the bills, but said it will begin naming firms and the amounts they have failed to pay in the future. Texas could cut about $2 billion off the burden facing municipal utilities, marketers and generators by reducing some fees, said Bivens. On Monday, electricity provider Brazos Electric Power Cooperative Inc., the state’s largest and oldest power wholesale firm, filed for bankruptcy citing an $1.8 billion debt due to ERCOT.
Newsom says school COVID data is updated regularly, but website shows January information
       
Gavin Newsom on Monday said his administration has been providing data on COVID-19 cases in public schools "on a regular basis," but the state’s health department has not released new case data for schools since mid-January. As of March 1, updated data has not been posted online. "We have been providing that data on an updated basis," Newsom said, adding that the $2 billion deal sets aside money for better enforcement, oversight, and data collection requirements. The reporter reiterated his point that updated data on COVID-19 cases at schools has not been released. The governor said the new deal changes the framework of how data is collected and reported to the CDPH.
Janice Dean compares Cuomo sex harassment controversy to Al Capone being jailed for tax evasion
       
Andrew Cuomo to resign over allegations of sexual harassment and other inappropriate behavior are like the federal government going after mobster Al Capone for tax evasion, Fox News senior meteorologist Janice Dean told "Tucker Carlson Tonight" Monday. "They got him [Capone] on tax evasion, they’ll probably get this governor on #MeToo and sexual harassment," Dean told host Tucker Carlson. The policy is believed to be responsible for hundreds, if not thousands, of preventable deaths in the state. However, that controversy has been knocked out of the headlines by three women --including two former aides -- accusing the governor of sexual harassment and making inappropriate advances. "The media was complicit," Dean agreed.
CNN's Chris Cuomo breaks silence on brother Andrew, says he 'obviously ... cannot cover' harassment claims
       
CNN's Chris Cuomo acknowledged the elephant in the room at the top of his prime-time show Monday, saying he knows "what is going on" with his older brother, Democrat New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, but could not cover it due to his conflict of interest. Last week, two former aides accused Cuomo of sexual harassment during their time in his administration. Chris Cuomo's statement was especially jarring after he was allowed to conduct chummy interviews of his older brother last year at the outset of the coronavirus pandemic. Only in recent weeks have mainstream outlets criticized CNN for allowing Cuomo to joke with his brother during a crisis.
Lindsey Boylan says she feels 'sick’ as third woman details harassment claims against Cuomo
       
Andrew Cuomo who has accused him of sexual harassment, said she felt "sick" after another woman came forward claiming that Cuomo made unwanted advances toward her as well. In a Twitter post, Boylan said she felt nauseated thinking about 33-year-old Anna Ruch’s experience, as reported by The New York Times on Monday night. Former aide Charlotte Bennett has also come forward with sexual harassment allegations. ANDREW CUOMO ACCUSED BY THIRD WOMAN OF UNWANTED SEXUAL ADVANCESOver the weekend, Cuomo said that his actions were intended to be playful and that he never meant to be insensitive or too personal. "He seemed to be saying ‘oh I was just kidding around,’ sexual harassment is not funny," de Blasio said.
Barry Avrich on ‘Made You Look,’ his new doc about art fraud
       
Rich showoffs often show off their walls with: “Look, that’s a Rothko.” Patrons of the arts have become patrons of the smarts. Comes now director Barry Avrich’s “Made You Look: A True Story About Fake Art.” The $80 million swindle of Mad Ave’s then classiest 165-year-old Knoedler Gallery — a saga Alec Baldwin himself wanted to film — is America’s largest art fraud in history. The crime doc includes alleged cannibal wanna-be movie star Armie Hammer’s art dealer father Michael Hammer. Avrich: “The gallery’s president Ann Freedman, who’d lost her reputation, said no to everyone wanting to interview her. Let it flow … let it flow … let it flow … The Globe’s pre-program was high school.
Andrew Cuomo accused of making unwanted advances at wedding
       
Andrew Cuomo on Monday was accused of making unwanted advances toward a woman and planting an unsolicited kiss on her cheek at a 2019 wedding. “He said, ‘Can I kiss you?’” Anna Ruch, 33, recalled to The New York Times. Unlike the other two women, Ruch has never been employed by the governor or the state, according to the Times. A former member of the Obama administration and the 2020 Biden campaign, Ruch and Cuomo met at a crowded New York City wedding reception in September 2019, she told the newspaper. The pal captured the encounter in a series of photographs, including one provided to the Times that shows Cuomo holding Ruch’s face.
Cuomo’s just ‘joking’ sex harass defense falls flat as accuser, mayor trash ‘non-apology’
       
“It took the governor 24 hours and significant backlash to allow for a truly independent investigation,’’ continued Bennett. People from local activist groups gathered in front of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Manhattan office on March 1, 2021 to address their concerns about current policies. “The governor issued a total non-apology earlier and in effect treated sexual harassment as some kind of laughing matter,” Hizzoner told CNN’s Jake Tapper. “This is not a responsibility we take lightly as allegations of sexual harassment should always be taken seriously,” said James. Charlotte Bennett became the second former staffer in a matter of days to accuse the governor of sexual harassment on the job.
Michigan Gov. Whitmer's health director received payout before abrupt resignation: report
       
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's health department director received a $155,506 payout before his sudden resignation in January, and his departure still has not been explained, The Detroit News first reported on Monday. A source close to Republican leadership in the state told Fox News an investigation could be announced as early as tomorrow. "Michigan taxpayers deserve to know the circumstances surrounding the resignation of Mr. Gordon in the middle of a public health crisis. Dennis Muchmore, former Michigan Gov.
CBP sends reinforcements to US-Mexico border amid surge in migrants
       
US Customs and Border Protection is sending additional agents to the Mexican border in response to a mounting migration crisis. “Due to fluctuations along the Southwest Border, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is deploying additional Border Patrol agents to the Rio Grande Valley Sector area of operation,” the agency said in a statement. About 2,200 unaccompanied children crossed the border each week in February. The Biden administration recently opened two overflow detention facilities for minors who arrive at the border without parents. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas speaking in the White House on March 1, 2021.
Cardona confirmed as Biden Education secretary amid school reopening delays
       
President Biden’s pick to lead the Department of Education, Miguel Cardona, was confirmed on Monday, amid mounting pressure on the administration to stand up to the teachers unions and get kids back in class. The Senate voted 64-33 to confirm Cardona, a former public school teacher and principal who went on to become Connecticut’s education chief. Cardona will also be tasked with helping school address the damage that remote instruction has done on student learning. The administration has sought to downplay Biden’s role in both establishing federal guidelines for school reopening and in pressuring the teachers’ unions to get their members back into classrooms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week released a guide for the phased reopening of schools.
Mitt Romney knocked unconscious, suffers black eye during fall
       
Sen. Mitt Romney was knocked unconscious when he fell in Boston over the weekend, leaving him with “a lot of stitches” and a black eye. Knocked me unconscious. Romney was not invited to the marquee event after receiving backlash over his vote to impeach ex-President Donald Trump. I don’t know how many. I asked the doctor how many stitches and she said, I don’t know, but it’s all through my eyebrow and my lip.”
A society that can’t debate trans ideology’s effects on kids isn’t a democracy
       
Should children be given life-altering treatments to help them transition from one gender to another, including puberty blockers and body-mutilating surgeries? These are weighty medical and ethical questions that a responsible and compassionate society would vigorously debate. That’s something that’s compatible with the basically libertarian instincts of most Americans. At least, not without parental consent; at a confirmation hearing, Levine notably refused to answer whether parents should be permitted to refuse their kids’ gender transition. That’s not only unethical and harmful to our kids — but incompatible with democracy and American ideals.
Ellen DeGeneres lists mansion bought from Maroon 5’s Adam Levine
       
If it sells for its ask, or close to, it would mark a sizable windfall for Ms. DeGeneres, 63, and her wife, actress Portia de Rossi, 48. The pair bought the home using a trust in May 2019 for $42.5 million from Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine. The pop star had owned the five-bedroom home for a little over a year before handing over the keys to Ms. DeGeneres. The pair bought the home in May 2019 for $42.5 million from Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine. Realtor.comThe estate was completely renovated last year “with incredible quality, style and taste.” Realtor.comThe five-bedroom home spans more than 10,000 square feet.
Biden says Mexico an 'equal' as he dismantles Trump immigration policies
       
President Biden assured Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador that he considers the country "an equal" during a virtual meeting on Monday, as his administration works to unravel some of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. You are equal," Biden said. López Obrador thanked Biden for communicating his desire to base their relationship on respect and equality. BIDEN MEETING WITH MEXICO PRESIDENT AMID EFFORTS TO ROLL BACK TRUMP IMMIGRATION POLICIESThe Biden administration has already taken a number of steps to establish its own immigration policy, separating itself from the tough line rhetoric of the previous administration. López Obrador also received Biden’s second call to a foreign leader on his third day in the White House.
Ex-Clinton aide blasts Dems for #MeToo 'double standard' on Cuomo and Biden accusations
       
"If you're tweeting about Cuomo but gave Biden a free pass, it's not about the principles, it's about the politics," Daou tweeted on Saturday. "#MeToo isn't there for your political convenience," he added, alluding to allegations against Biden. DEMOCRATIC CALLS FOR CUOMO TO RESIGN GROW LOUDER AMID DUELING SCANDALS"If #AndrewCuomo should resign over #MeToo, #JoeBiden should resign over #MeToo," Daou tweeted on Saturday. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPDuring the 2020 presidential campaign, eight women reportedly accused Biden of inappropriate conduct. "There are at least EIGHT women who accused Biden of inappropriate sexual behavior," Daou tweeted.
DeSantis, Noem are breakout stars at CPAC, but Trump maintains grip on party
       
Trump, as expected, easily won the straw poll of CPAC attendees, with 55% support in the hypothetical 2024 Republican primary matchup. His straw poll results appear to be resonating in presidential primary and caucus early voting states. She said that Florida is a model to follow and the CPAC straw poll reflects support for Governor DeSantis' "bold leadership." The CPAC straw poll also seemed to cement Noem’s status as a rising star of the right. The CPAC straw polls may not be the best barometer of things to come.
Rethinking Trump’s performance and other commentary
       
Pandemic journal: Rethinking Don’s PerformanceThe Washington Examiner’s Byron York sees “the beginning of a sense of perspective about the way the Trump administration battled the virus. The bottom line is: Of course, the crisis was awful, but on balance, overall, the United States handled it as well or better than many of the world’s most advanced countries.” Exhibit A is Nate Silver noting that “with some exceptions . In short, “the frenzied, hysterical and hostile media coverage of the Trump administration during the virus’ worst days . And the spike has extended into 2021. Union workers in Des Moines voted to not be considered essential workers to avoid returning to the classroom.
Letters to the Editor — March 2, 2021
       
The Issue: The resignation of New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza last week. Parents and teachers across New York City are relieved to hear Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza is finally leaving his position (“Ditching city schools,” Feb. 27). Bill CalvoBrooklynAfter the thankful resignation of the woefully terrible former schools chancellor, what does de Blasio do? Alan BrooksBrooklynNo need to worry about the future of our soon-to-be-ex chan­cellor, Richard Carranza. The person assuming Carranza’s mantle, Meisha Ross Porter, may very well be worse.
China drops the hammer on Hong Kong democracy — but activists aren’t backing down
       
On Sunday, 47 pro-democracy lawmakers and activists in Hong Kong were charged with subversion under China’s new national-security law — a law designed to snuff out personal liberties. Organizing and participating in a primary election for pro-democracy candidates last summer. I’d call it a democratic middle finger to Lam and Chinese strongman Xi Jinping, except Hong Kongers are studiously polite. All three are “extremely vile anti-China elements” who deserve to be severely punished, according to China’s top official on Hong Kong affairs, Xia Baolong. “The CCP and Hong Kong authorities are much more scared of Hong Kongers” than the other way round.
Cuomo’s blame-the-victim ‘apology’ for his off-color comments
       
Cuomo on Sunday issued what he hoped folks would see as an “apology” following sexual-harassment charges against him: He’s “sorry” his accusers “misinterpreted” his comments. The other accuser, Lindsey Boylan, a former deputy secretary for economic development, similarly says Cuomo came on to her. That mandate likely led to hundreds of deaths — and later to a Team Cuomo effort to cover up the toll. Yes, the Justice Department has been looking into whether Cuomo’s aides intentionally juiced the numbers. On Monday, The Post reported Cuomo’s executive chamber hired an outside attorney to defend it.
Moving ahead with Rikers closure is NYC elites’ latest harebrained, pro-crime plan
       
Last month, the council reaffirmed that it would move to close the Rikers jail and create a “renewable-energy hub” on the island. In April 2019, Rikers Island held about 7,500 inmates, and the city continued to enjoy a years-long decline in crime. Early release would avoid the unseemly spectacle of thousands of career criminals walking out of city jails on Jan. 1. By March 30, the population of city jails had fallen to just 4,637, a reduction of almost 3,000 inmates from a year earlier. Mayor de Blasio bragged about the reduced jail population, but he said nothing about the rising crime rate.
Team Biden’s utter bull on its disastrous border policies
       
Oooh, boy: Team Biden on Monday wheeled out its line on the border crisis, and it’s a doozy. Mayorkas claims it’s all on Trump, because he “dismantled our nation’s immigration system in its entirety.” Bull: Trump boosted border resources while using diplomacy to stem the tide. All he dismantled were the Obama policies that triggered the mess in the first place. And it’s President Biden who has dismantled Trump’s solutions. How much suffering will have to occur before Team Biden drops the clueless ideology and starts facing facts about this horrific self-imposed “challenge”?
De Blasio resumes construction spending amid dig out from COVID-19 downturn
       
“New York City is unpausing capital projects,” de Blasio said. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city will allow $17 billion in spending on construction and renovation projects. So, we got to get back to work building more school capacity in the communities that need it most. The future of New York City depends on working New Yorkers, having someplace to live that they can afford. The city’s COVID-19 recovery czar, Lorraine Grillo, said resuming capital construction spending will especially help minority contractors struggling for work during the pandemic.
LeBron James lists massive LA home for $20.5M
       
LeBron James is saying goodbye to his massive colonial-style Los Angeles pad and is willing to take a slight loss to sell it. Scroll through to see inside the home where King James spent his days when he first arrived at Lakers City. The family room. Realtor.comThe family room leads to an outdoor dining area perfect for dinner parties. In December, James signed on to a two-year extended $85 million contract to play for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Brit Hume: Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Future Political Prospects Are ‘Gravely Damaged’
       
Listen To The Full Interview Below:Brit Hume, Senior political analyst for Fox News Channel joined the Guy Benson Show to discuses former President Trump's CPAC speech and the multiple scandals roiling New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Brit Hume said,Hume added,"He'll probably try to keep his options open in the hopes that he can make some kind of a comeback. He is, and in my view, very seriously damaged. And, you know, the things about him that people don't like and maybe were afraid to talk about really are now bubbling to the surface. You know, an idea that the idea of his being a bully, which, you know, a lot of people thought, I think for a long time, that's all that's all out on the table now."
Miguel Cardona confirmed to serve as Biden’s education secretary
       
President Joe Biden’s choice to serve as education secretary, Connecticut Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona, was confirmed to the post by the Senate on Monday. Cardona, 45, has experience as both a public school educator and an administrator, and has supported Biden’s goal of reopening schools safely as many parents remain concerned about students and the challenges dealt by the pandemic. MIGUEL CARDONA: WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT BIDEN'S EDUCATION SECRETARY PICKBiden’s plan to reopen schools has been a source of debate, as the president pledged to return most children to schools for in-person learning by the end of first 100 days in office. Initially, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said it may consider a school reopened if there was in-person instruction at least one day per week. But the president later said he hoped to have the majority of K-8 schools open five days per week.
CPAC organizer says Hyatt ‘buckled’ to cancel culture over ‘absurd’ stage design claims
       
EXCLUSIVE: Representatives from the American Conservative Union had scathing words for Hyatt Hotels’ leadership on Monday, after the company that hosted the 2021 CPAC event issued statements that the ACU claimed "disparaged and defamed" it. The disagreement comes after critics say the CPAC stage design looked like a hate symbol known as a Norse Rune, which was featured on Nazi uniforms. In response to an outcry on social media, Hyatt said in one statement that the American Conservative Union, which hosts and manages the event, "manages all aspects of event logistics, including the stage design and aesthetics." However, it said it "allowed the event to continue" after CPAC organizers assured them that any resemblance was entirely unintentional. When asked by Fox News whether the American Conservative Union planned to cut ties with Hyatt Hotels for future events, Schlapp said the group is "reviewing all of its options."
Cuomo backers pause fundraising amid sexual harassment claims: report
       
Andrew Cuomo could lose crucial financial backing as he faces an independent investigation into sexual harassment allegations from two former aides. “f this blows over, they don’t want to have gotten on the wrong side of the governor,” the source added. New York businessman Bernard Schwartz, who has given $70,000 to Cuomo’s campaign since 2019, said the governor may not deserve another term. “Cuomo has explaining to do but we should give him a chance to prove his innocence,” Catsimatidis said. “I doubt contributors have had an opportunity to digest the situation,” Wylde told The Post.
Minneapolis scraps plan to hire influencers to spin George Floyd murder trial
       
Minneapolis city officials said Monday they’ve ditched plans to hire social media influencers to spin news from the upcoming murder trial of ex-cop Derek Chauvin in George Floyd’s death. Lawmakers, who approved a plan last week to hire six social media wizzes for $2,000 each to report developments from the potentially volatile trial, said community backlash over being targeted by city-funded “influencers” made the city council rethink the idea. Chauvin was charged with murder after viral video showed him kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes despite Floyd’s pleas for air. Hennepin County Sheriff's Office via AP, FileThe council’s social media plan was meant to reach out to members of the Minneapolis community who don’t rely on traditional media or information channels to get news. “We acknowledge that we have caused a harm and we will work to repair the harm that was caused by this strategy,” Rubedor said.
Kingmaker Or Candidate: Trump Continues To Lead GOP
       
This week, Bret sits down with Political Editor of National Journal Josh Kraushaar, Washington Post Columnist and AEI Resident Fellow Marc Thiessen, and Democratic Strategist and Syndicated Talk Radio Host Leslie Marshall weigh in on former President Trump's keynote CPAC speech and what it suggests about the leadership role he will play for the GOP in the future. The panel discusses how President Biden's COVID-19 stimulus package faces a tough negotiation in the Senate, how Republicans have delivered a rebuke of the Biden administration's immigration policies and the uncertain future of bipartisanship under a Biden presidency. Follow Bret on Twitter: @BretBaier
MacCallum presses Buttigieg: 'As a responsible person,' how could you support Biden COVID relief plan?
       
MacCallum observed that only 10% of the relief legislation addresses coronavirus vaccine distribution nationwide. What is that doing in a COVID relief bill?" COVID RELIEF BILL CREATES RIFT BETWEEN MAINSTREAM DEMOCRATS AND PARTY'S LEFT FLANKButtigieg argued that reopening schools remains a critical part of COVID relief, to which MacCallum responded: "We have $100 billion kicking around in most of our cities that hasn’t been spent yet. As a responsible person that I know cares about fiscal matters, wouldn’t you say 'Let’s spend the money that’s already been designated?' "We have only spent a sliver of it at this point," she added, referring to billions of unspent dollars left over from the December COVID relief bill.
Russia's Boris Nemtsov – 'the best president Russia never had'
       
The opposition political figure, who has twice survived near-fatal poisonings and continues to live in Russia, calls Nemtsov "the best president Russia never had". Vladimir Kara-Murza: Thousands of people came to the Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge, where Boris Nemtsov was killed on Feb. 27, 2015, to pay their respects. Fox News: I know you two were close, but for those who didn’t know Boris Nemtsov, tell us, what has Russia lost with his murder? Kara-Murza: To put it very simply, Boris Nemtsov was the best president Russia never had. Is it more remote to the Russia Boris Nemtsov was dreaming about, or is it still where Nemtsov left it?
Pope Francis' planned Iraq trip sparks security, health fears
       
So many hopes are pinned on his historic trip to Iraq. On Friday, the pontiff heads to a country where ISIS tried to eliminate Christians not so long ago. next Image 1 of 3prev next Image 2 of 3prev Image 3 of 3Pope Francis will be the first pope to visit Iraq. For health risks, as well as security concerns, the pope’s visit to Iraq was in the balance for some time. As Al-Oraibi pointed out, relatively few dignitaries visit Iraq and when they do, it is often kept secret until they are on the ground.
Kayleigh McEnany tells Harris Faulkner of 'shock' and 'disbelief' at deadly Capitol riot
       
Former Trump press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has described her emotions during the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol in her first interview since leaving the White House. ET on "The Faulkner Focus," McEnany told host Harris Faulkner that she expected a peaceful protest to take place as Congress met in a joint session to tally the Electoral College votes. "I think at the beginning of the day, before everyone went to the rally, everyone was expecting peace," McEnany recalled. TRUMP USES CPAC ADDRESS TO RIP INTO BIDEN'S POLICIESMcEnany, added that her feelings were shared by many other White House staffers. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPMcEnany and Faulker also discussed former President Trump’s weekend address to the Conservative Political Action Conference, and McEnany's final days as White House press secretary.
Democratic calls for Cuomo to resign grow louder amid dueling scandals
       
Andrew Cuomo is facing increasing pressure from fellow Democrats to resign from office as he battles dueling scandals. The Empire State governor has been under fire over his handling of nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cuomo has also been accused by two of his former staffers — Lindsey Boylan and Charlotte Bennett — of sexual harassment. CUOMO HARASSMENT ALLEGATIONS ‘SICKENED ME,’ DE BLASIO SAYSSeveral Democratic state legislators have called on the governor to resign. Democratic Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou called on Cuomo to resign on Saturday following the harassment allegations.
Major Cuomo donors won't stand up for governor amid sexual harassment scandal
       
Andrew Cuomo aren't standing up for the governor amid sexual harassment allegations from former aides. BIDEN SUPPORTS 'INDEPENDENT REVIEW' OF CUOMO SEXUAL HARASSMENT CLAIMS ? SOMETHING TARA READE NEVER GOTTwo other major Cuomo donors declined to offer their support for Cuomo. Catsimatidis stopped short of standing up for Cuomo on Monday when asked about Lindsey Boylan's and Charlotte Bennett's sexual harassment allegations against the governor. Together, those groups have given Cuomo more than $1 million since 2015, according to Politico. CUOMO BATTLES GROWING BIPARTISAN FIRESTORM OVER SEXUAL HARASSMENT ALLEGATIONS AMID LOOMING PROBEFox News also reached out to businessmen Scott Rechler and Mayer Hirsch.
United orders more of Boeing’s controversial 737 MAX planes
       
United Airlines is buying another 25 of Boeing’s controversial 737 MAX jet, the carrier said Monday — increasing its order to 180 planes, according to a report. The 737 MAX returned to American skies on Dec. 29 after a nearly two-year grounding following two deadly crashes in a five-month span in 2018 and 2019. United lost over $7 billion in 2020, as the pandemic depleted air travel across the globe, the Journal said. Hundreds of 737 MAX orders were cancelled in 2020, according to CNN. A total of 346 people were killed in two separate 737 MAX crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia.
Hyatt hotel chain faces boycott over Nazi symbolism
       
Hyatt is facing a firestorm of criticism for hosting the Conservative Political Action Conference because of a stage design that resembled Nazi symbolism. Critics have threatened to boycott the hotel chain for allowing the CPAC organizers to build a stage that resembled a Nordic othala rune, which the Nazis reportedly adopted as a symbol of their belief in a superior Aryan race. Actress Rosanna Arquette tweeted, “Hey Hyatt hotels …hosting a fascist Nazi convention is the antithesis of inclusiveness. The chain defended its decision to host the conference and said it raised concerns about the stage design to organizers to no avail. Hyatt also used the statement to knock CPAC attendees for “hostility” toward staffers who sought to enforce COVD-19 protocols like mask-wearing and social distancing.
Black Amazon manager alleges discrimination, says she was compared to ‘gorilla’
       
A black manager at Amazon alleges a coworker once said she “looked like a gorilla” in a new lawsuit accusing the company of “systemic” racial and gender discrimination. “Like so many other Black and female employees at Amazon, Charlotte Newman was confronted with a systemic pattern of insurmountable discrimination based upon the color of her skin and her gender,” the suit charges. Later that night, the man asked Newman to “go home with him to have sex,” the court papers charge. Newman is suing Amazon, Amazon Web Services, Inc. and other employees for unspecified damages. Prior to that case, Amazon sued the AG’s office, claiming its probe — which was prompted after Staten Island worker Chris Smalls protested working conditions during the pandemic — was an overstep of power.
Father and son charged in Ghosn escape are handed over to Japan
       
An American father and son accused of helping former Nissan Motor Chairman Carlos Ghosn flee Japan were handed over on Monday to Japanese authorities for extradition from the United States, their lawyer told the Associated Press. The US Supreme Court last month cleared the way for the extradition of US Army Special Forces veteran Michael Taylor and his son, Peter Taylor, who are accused of helping Ghosn flee Japan while he was awaiting trial on financial charges. They were charged last year with helping Ghosn flee Japan on Dec. 29, 2019, hidden in a box and on a private jet before reaching his childhood home, Lebanon, which has no extradition treaty with Japan. Carlos Ghosn APGhosn was awaiting trial on charges that he had engaged in financial wrongdoing, including by understating his compensation in Nissan’s financial statements. Prosecutors said the elder Taylor, a 60-year-old private security specialist, and Peter Taylor, 27, received $1.3 million for their services.
Dow adds 600 points as bond jitters ease, vaccinations rise
       
The Dow surged more than 600 points on Monday and the S&P 500 had its best day since June as last week’s jitters over the bond market cooled and investors grew increasingly optimistic about fiscal stimulus and coronavirus vaccinations. The S&P jumped 90 points, or 2.4 percent, to 3,901.82, erasing nearly all of last week’s losses. The Dow Jones industrial average popped more than 700 points, or 2.3 percent, before settling to close at 31,535.51, up 603.14 points or 2 percent. The Nasdaq, which had an especially rough end to February as tech shares got hammered, soared 396 points, or 3 percent. Shares of Johnson & Johnson jumped almost 2 percent in early trading after the company received approval for emergency use of its one-shot COVID vaccine on Sunday.
Trump, Melania got COVID-19 vaccine before leaving White House
       
Former President Donald Trump and Melania make their way to board Marine One before departing from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC on January 20, 2021. Former President Donald Trump and Melania make their way to board Marine One before departing from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC on January 20, 2021. Former President Donald Trump and former first lady Melania Trump were vaccinated for COVID-19 in January, The Post has confirmed. The shots were administered privately at the White House before President Biden took office, a person with knowledge of the inoculations said. Stefani Reynolds/UPIThe first COVID-19 vaccine, developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, was approved in December by the Food and Drug Administration.
It’s a high bar to impeach Cuomo — but his political ambitions have been destroyed
       
Governor Cuomo has suffered a rapid fall from grace. As at the federal level, impeachment in New York state would require a majority vote from the Assembly, followed by a trial in the state Senate. Andrew Cuomo in Manhattan on March 1, 2021. New York vests enormous power in its executive, and for now at least Andrew Cuomo remains the skipper. And New Yorkers will have to confront, again, a failed political culture that is destroying a once-great state.
Karl Rove: A Republican Civil War Is Not Going To Benefit Their Side
       
"I recognize that America is open to giving people a second chance, but they only give a second chance to the happy warrior. And a civil war is not going to benefit anybody on the Republican side. Now we have two relatively credible staffers who stepped forward and sort of mutually reinforce the picture we're developing of Andrew Cuomo. And I think he's unfortunately now going to be the subject of an independent investigation that's going to be tough and perhaps conclusive. And I think it's unlikely that Andrew Cuomo is going to win a fourth term as the governor of the state of New York."
Ari Fleischer: It’s Inevitable Gov. Andrew Cuomo Resigns
       
On Fox Across America with Jimmy Failla, Fox News Contributor and former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer explains why he thinks Gov. Andrew Cuomo will resign as more accusations of sexual harassment have become public. I think you're going to see Cuomo resigns. "And once you're gone, you're gone. Maybe Cuomo will go and get one of those Trump style speeches and say, let's see if I'll run again.
NY lawmaker calls on Cuomo to 'immediately resign' after second sex harassment allegation
       
Andrew Cuomo "is no longer able to govern" the state and "should immediately resign from office," Assemblyman Mike Lawler told "America Reports" Monday. "It's not just the sexual harassment allegations, it is what they did with the nursing homes," said Lawler, a Republican who represents the southern part of Rockland County. "That is why, together, he must resign immediately, and if he chooses not to, the legislature must impeach him." Lawler added that the harassment allegations made against Cuomo by former aides Lindsey Boylan and Charlotte Bennett reveal "predatory sexual behavior" by the Democrat. "And so I think what is clear is not only should the governor resign and he should resign immediately, but that there needs to be a full investigation into these allegations."
Peter Navarro: Trumpism and the GOP's future – how will the deeply split Republican Party come together?
       
Yet the larger question of how to square the circle of unity in a now deeply split Republican Party remains unanswered. Flagbearers here are Globalist Senators like Mitt Romney, Ben Sasse, and Pat Toomey called out by POTUS 45 yesterday. As POTUS 45 said yesterday, Trumpism "means low taxes and eliminating job-killing regulations. It is precisely these Populists who are at the front lines in the war against guardians of The Traditional Republican Flame like Mitch McConnell, Liz Cheney, and Kevin McCarthy. Yet both of these principles are far outside the circle of Traditional Republican Elitist Economic Globalism, which enthusiastically embraces the counter- and Kool-Aid policies of free trade and open borders.
Laid-off pipeline worker: The Biden administration ‘has taken my livelihood from me’
       
Jason Jernigan, a laid-off Keystone XL Pipeline worker, told "America’s Newsroom" on Monday that he doesn’t know how he is going to make a living now, saying, "This is all I know how to do." Jernigan, a third-generation oil and gas worker, said the Biden administration took his livelihood away from him. "The recent administration has taken my livelihood from me and expecting me to get a job somewhere else. Jernigan was hired to work on the Keystone pipeline last year when then-President Trump signed off on the project, and he was supposed to start next month. AFL-CIO PRESIDENT'S REACTION TO KEYSTONE XL SHUTDOWN SHOWS DIVIDE BETWEEN UNION LEADERSHIP, MEMBERS: EXPERTS"I was actually hired on the Keystone when President Obama was in office and it got canceled that time," he pointed out.
45 law enforcement officers shot, 11 fatally, in first two months of 2021: national police group
       
At least 45 law enforcement officers have been shot in the line of duty, with nearly a dozen being fatally wounded, in the first two months of 2021, according to recently released national police union statistics. The National Fraternal Order of Police announced the startling figures on Monday, also noting that 13 law enforcement officers were injured in 10 "ambush attacks." GEORGE FLOYD CASE: MINNEAPOLIS WON'T PAY SOCIAL MEDIA INFLUENCERS DURING DEREK CHAUVIN TRIAL AFTER BACKLASHThe statistics are likely to change. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPAccording to a GoFundMe page created for his family, he had 20 years on the job. "He paid the ultimate sacrifice," the Georgia Bureau of Investigation wrote on Twitter, "and we thank him for his service."
Reporter Charlie LeDuff to sue Michigan Gov. Whitmer over nursing home coronavirus data
       
Gretchen Whitmer for the release of nursing home coronavirus data. Whitmer has come under fire recently for her handling of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities during the coronavirus pandemic. WHITMER FACES CALLS FOR INVESTIGATION INTO CORONAVIRUS NURSING HOME DEATHSThe lawmakers pointed to "discrepancies" in the data surrounding deaths and cases "in the state’s long-term care facilities." CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe increasing attention on Michigan's handling of nursing homes during the pandemic comes as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has faced calls for his impeachment over his administration's withholding of data on nursing home resident deaths.
Jordan calls on Nadler to hold House Judiciary hearing on 'dangerous trend' of 'cancel culture'
       
JORDAN SAYS 'IT'S GONNA BE TOUGH' TO WORK WITH 'RADICAL 'DEMOCRATS"From newsrooms to college campuses to social media giants, we have seen a dangerous trend toward silencing and censoring certain political speech," Jordan wrote. "As the committee entrusted with upholding the Constitution and our fundamental liberties, our first full committee hearing for the 117th Congress must examine this cancel culture sweeping America." "Cancel culture is a dangerous phenomenon whether you agree or disagree with the views being censored," Jordan said. Jordan warned that "if cancel culture continues unchallenged, it is not just the unpopular or controversial viewpoints that are at risk." Nadler did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment on whether the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing focused on cancel culture.
Cuomo hires criminal defense lawyer after sexual harassment allegations, nursing home scandal
       
Andrew Cuomo has retained a prominent white-collar defense attorney as it grapples with allegations of sexual harassment and Justice Department inquiries into COVID-19 deaths in the state’s nursing homes. Rich Azzopardi, a senior adviser to Mr. Cuomo, deferred comment to Mr. Abramowitz. Mr. Cuomo acknowledged he had sometimes been overly personal while interacting with staff and said he was sorry if anyone mistook it for unwanted flirtation. GET THE FOX NEWS APPBrooklyn federal prosecutors requested data on the number of people who died in New York’s long-term-care facilities as a result of the coronavirus, The Wall Street Journal has reported. To read more from The Wall Street Journal, click here.
Putin critic Alexei Navalny transferred to ‘extremely strict’ penal colony
       
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent critic has been transferred to a “completely lawless” penal colony outside Moscow, it was revealed Monday. He was transferred to penal colony IK-2 in Pokrov, 60 miles East of Moscow, according to state news reports. Officers of the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service stand guard near the gate of the penal colony N2, where Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has been transferred. An Orthodox church on the grounds of the penal colony N2 is seen in the distance. Officers of the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service walk near the gate of the penal colony N2.
Jen Psaki won’t directly say where Biden’s ‘red line’ is on sexual misconduct claims
       
White House press secretary Jen Psaki reiterated President Biden’s support for an independent investigation into sexual harassment allegations against Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday, but wouldn’t directly say at what point the president views such allegations as warranting the governor’s ousting. Psaki was asked about Charlotte Bennett’s accusations that Cuomo made sexual advances toward her — one of two former staffers, including Lindsey Boylan, going public with their claims. But she was pressed on the discrepancy between the actions the White House took against former White House spokesman TJ Ducklo after he was accused of telling Politico reporter Tara Palmeri that he would “destroy” her for investigating his relationship with a journalist and the situation with Cuomo. The White House initially suspended him for a week but after criticism mounted amid the Biden administration’s pledge to fire staffers who were disrespectful of others, Ducklo resigned.
Inside Tiger Woods’ ex Elin Nordegren’s new $10M Palm Beach mansion
       
Elin Nordegren has swapped her longtime $50 million North Palm Beach oceanfront estate for a more modest, $10 million Palm Beach Gardens home. Scroll through to see inside Nordegren’s new pad she and her family have been living in for the past five months. Realtor.comThe kitchen with a wine-cellar attached. realtor.comAlso on the property are 4½ garages and a separate, private-entry one-bedroom apartment complete with a full kitchen, living room, den and bathroom. Realtor.comThe living area teases the outdoors with floor-to-ceiling windows.
Ex-Trump administration HHS official Brian Harrison announces run for Texas House seat
       
The former chief of staff of the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) during the Trump administration is running to succeed the late Republican Rep. Ron Wright of Texas. Brian Harrison, a Texas native who served as deputy chief of staff and then chief of staff at HHS and who helped coordinate Operation Warp Speed ? the plan to develop a COVID-19 vaccine ? announced his candidacy on Monday. And in an interview with the Fort Worth Star Telegram, Harrison said, "I want to keep the Trump movement alive." CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPCandidates seeking to enter the race have until Wednesday to formally file the paperwork. Greg Abbott last week formally declared Wright’s seat vacant, setting up a May 1 primary.
Judith Miller: Biden's actions on Syria, Saudi Arabia, signal a new day in the Middle East in 2 major ways
       
It’s a new day in the Middle East and in Washington. The four-page, highly redacted report whose key conclusions were leaked two years ago asserts that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved an operation that led to Khashoggi’s murder. This was the first official U.S. statement blaming Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler for Khashoggi’s brutal killing. Such an assertion is precisely what Blinken must have been hoping for in deciding to fulfill Biden’s campaign pledge to release the report while avoiding any sanction of the crown prince personally. While left-wing Democrats, libertarians, and conservative Republicans criticized the strikes in Syria, Biden would not back down.
Giroir says states causing 'irreparable harm' to kids with ongoing school closures
       
Former Assistant Secretary for Health Brett Giroir asserted Monday that states are causing "irreparable harm" to kids by keeping schools closed. Students need to return to school "immediately", Gioir told "America’s Newsroom" and jurisdictions like California, Washington D.C., and Oregon are negatively impacting children by sticking with virtual learning. "One thing I want to make sure that everybody knows is we should have our children back in school now no matter what," he said. Giroir added that once individuals have gotten both doses of a vaccine, they should be able to meet with extended family and gather for upcoming holidays such as Easter. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said that schools can open for in-person learning without vaccinating teachers "even in areas of the highest community spread" with proper safety precautions.
George Floyd case: Minneapolis won't pay social media influencers during Derek Chauvin trial after backlash
       
Minneapolis City Council said Monday it’s no longer continuing with plans to contract social media influencers to spread city-approved messages during the murder trial against Derek Chauvin, an ex-cop charged in George Floyd’s death, after activists accused the city of buying the narrative about the case. GEORGE FLOYD: MINNEAPOLIS TO PAY SOCIAL MEDIA INFLUENCERS TO SPREAD MESSAGES DURING DEREK CHAUVIN TRIAL"While I believe in and support the intention of this recommendation, we have seen that the impact has caused harm in our communities and for that I am sorry," Rubedor said. "We acknowledge that we have caused a harm and we will work to repair the harm that was caused by this strategy. The $12,000 set out to employ the social media influencers was only part of an over $1 million communications and de-escalation plan approved by City Council Friday to partner with community leaders and local media to fight against misinformation during the trial. Last week, the mayor declared that Minneapolis remains "open for business," and said people should go about their lives as usual.
Top Biden adviser pushes reparations commission, predicts progress 'breaking down systemic racism'
       
Richmond, during an interview with Axios, said "we have to start breaking down systemic racism and barriers that have held people of color back and especially African Americans." During the 2020 presidential campaign, Biden said he supported the creation of a commission to study proposals for reparations. "I think that [creation of a commission] will pass," Richmond told Axios, adding that the timeline for the commission is not yet known. Biden backs the idea of studying the issue, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday, though she stopped short of saying he would sign the bill if it clears Congress. "He certainly would support a study of reparations," Psaki said at the White House briefing.
Gavin Newsom is the 'poster child' for not following his own mandates: Mike Huckabee
       
Mike Huckabee blasted California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday, calling him the "poster child" for not following his own mandates. Newsom was recently spotted indoors at a restaurant in a county where indoor dining is not allowed, but the governor's office has said he did not dine at the restaurant. Last November, Newsom was caught dining at the posh French Laundry in Napa for the birthday of a longtime adviser. Indoor dining was not open to the public in Napa at the time.
Cuomo administration grants New York attorney general authority to investigate sexual harassment claims
       
Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment. "This is not a responsibility we take lightly as allegations of sexual harassment should always be taken seriously." WHITE HOUSE SAYS BIDEN BACKS PROBE OF CUOMO SEXUAL HARASSMENT ALLEGATIONS, ACCUSERS DESERVE RESPECTJames added: "As the letter states, at the close of the review, the findings will be disclosed in a public report." Garvey added, per New York law, "that private attorney or private attorneys, may be designated as Special Deputy Attorney General or Assistant Deputy Attorney General, to conduct the review." CUOMO BATTLES GROWING BIPARTISAN FIRESTORM OVER SEXUAL HARASSMENT ALLEGATIONS AMID LOOMING PROBEBut the investigation into sexual harassment comes after former Cuomo aide Lindsey Boylan last week published a blog post accusing the governor of unwanted kissing and touching and inappropriate comments.
Hillary Clinton says Cuomo's accusers deserve answers
       
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Monday backed an investigation into allegations New York Gov. "These stories are difficult to read, and the allegations brought forth raise serious questions that the women who have come forward and all New Yorkers deserve answers to," she said in a statement. Clinton's comments came two days after an accusation surfaced from Charlotte Bennett, a 25-year-old staffer who claimed Cuomo talked about his willingness to have relationships with women in their 20s. Prior to that, Cuomo aide Lindsey Boylan published a blog post accusing the governor of unwanted touching and kissing. Cuomo's office has denied Boylan's harassment claims and claimed he never made inappropriate advances towards Bennett.
Alejandro Mayorkas blames border crisis, migrant surge on Trump
       
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas blamed the Trump administration for the current crisis at the southern border Monday– despite new data showing migrants flooding the border because they believe President Biden will welcome them with open arms. Speaking to reporters at a White House press briefing, Mayorkas referenced President Trump by name and targeted his policies to kick off his remarks. Alejandro Mayorkas referenced Donald Trump and targeted his policies during the press briefing. Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesIn January a Honduran migrant traveling with a caravan to the United States said then-President-elect Joe Biden is giving them “100 days to get” to the country. The migrant was one of thousands traveling in a caravan from Honduras to the United States, a group that was ultimately stalled by border authorities in Guatemala.
Thousands flee rebel violence in Central African Republic
       
The streets of Bangassou, Central African Republic, remain empty on February 13, 2021, as most residents fled when rebels attacked with heavy weapons on January 3. Displaced people who fled Bangassou wait for food distribution in the village where they found refuge, Siwa, Central African Republic February 13, 2021. BANGASSOU, Central African Republic — Monique Moukidje fled her home in Central African Republic’s town of Bangassou in January when rebels attacked with heavy weapons, the fighting killing more than a dozen people. Hundreds of thousands of people are also left without basic food or health care and with the main roads between Central African Republic and Cameroon closed for almost two months, prices have skyrocketed leaving families unable to afford food. Residents of Central African Republic are discouraged by the country’s years of violence and insecurity.
How a 10-second video clip sold for $6.6 million
       
LONDON – In October 2020, Miami-based art collector Pablo Rodriguez-Fraile spent almost $67,000 on a 10-second video artwork that he could have watched for free online. Last week, he sold it for $6.6 million. Five months after its launch, the platform says it has over 100,000 buyers and nearly $250 million in sales. The volume is rapidly rising: February has seen sales totalling $198 million as of Friday, heading for a fivefold increase from January’s $44 million, Top Shot said. Pranksy said he has now spent more than $1 million on Top Shot and made about $4.7 million by reselling purchases.
Thai marchers link their democracy cause to Myanmar protests
       
BANGKOK — A new faction of Thailand’s pro-democracy movement staged a protest march Sunday, linking their cause with that of demonstrators in Myanmar battling that neighboring country’s coup-installed military government. Marchers sought but failed to go to Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha’s house, which is on an army base in Bangkok. Shipping containers were situated to block them and police using water cannons, rubber bullets and tear gas barred the way. Thai pro-democracy demonstrations have recently become marred by increasing violence. Much of it has been initiated by particularly confrontational protesters using tactics including throwing small homemade “ping-pong” bombs with the power of big firecrackers at police, who sometimes react with disproportionate force.
DHS Sec. Mayorkas says ‘loving parents’ send kids alone to US-Mexico border
       
President Biden’s Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Monday said that “loving parents” are sending nine-year-old children alone to the US-Mexico border. Mayorkas made the remark while describing how minors without parents are detained by US authorities before possible placement with foster parents. About 2,200 children crossed the border each week in February as Republicans accused Biden of creating “pull” factors by changing former President Donald Trump’s border policies. And we are not expelling young children,” Mayorkas said at a White House press briefing. AP/Cedar AttanasioThe Biden administration recently opened two overflow detention facilities for minors who arrive at the border without parents.
Lawyer for T.I., wife Tiny accusers calls on law enforcement to investigate alleged sexual assaults
       
A lawyer is hoping to convince two states to bring criminal charges against rapper T.I. and his wife, Tiny, over alleged sexual abuse and assault against several women. However, for their safety and privacy, he would not share their identities with the media, only law enforcement. my primary focus is to get these women justice, that's it. "But at this point and time, my only focus is getting these women justice and making sure that T.I., Tiny and their associates are held accountable for the reign of terror that they visited upon these women.
Jane Timken, ex-Ohio GOP chair running for Senate, calls on Gonzalez to resign for voting to impeach Trump
       
EXCLUSIVE: Former Ohio GOP chair and U.S. Senate candidate Jane Timken on Monday called on the state's Republican Rep. Anthony Gonzalez to resign for voting to impeach former President Trump last month. "Gonzalez should immediately resign so the Republican Party can unify behind new, conservative leadership for the 16th district." EX-OHIO REPUBLICAN PARTY CHAIR JANE TIMKEN LAUNCHES 2022 SENATE RUNGonzalez represents Timken’s district. Timken’s call comes after former Trump endorsed his former aide, Max Miller, who recently announced a primary challenge against Gonzalez in Ohio’s 16th district. Meanwhile, Timken last month announced her candidacy for U.S. Senate Ohio in 2022, calling herself a "conservative disruptor" who will advance former President Trump’s "America First" agenda for Ohio workers and families.
Amid COVID-19 vaccine rollout, White House vows to ‘intervene, correct’ any inequities
       
Federal officials overseeing the country’s vaccination effort are placing a strong emphasis on an equitable and even distribution of jabs across all communities. During a White House briefing Monday, officials warned of intervening amid any inequities in the rollout. CLICK HERE FOR FULL CORONAVIRUS COVERAGEJeff Zients, COVID-19 response coordinator, said actions would include communicating and insisting standards, followed by technical assistance. GET THE FOX NEWS APP"We’re absolutely 100 percent committed to equitable vaccine access," Nunez-Smith said during the briefing. Officials expect an even distribution for all three COVID-19 vaccines, including the vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson that saw emergency approval and a final nod from the CDC over the weekend.
Biden focused on COVID vaccines for 'every American' before aiding other nations, Psaki says
       
White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Monday said President Biden's focus is making sure "every American" is vaccinated before discussing helping other nations with their COVID-19 vaccination process. President Biden on Monday is set to have a virtual meeting with Mexican President Manuel López Obrador, who is reportedly is expected to ask about sharing U.S. COVID-19 vaccine supply with Mexico. JOHNSON & JOHNSON COVID-19 VACCINE BEGINS SHIPPING, THIRD JAB IN US ARSENALWhen asked Monday whether the president would support that proposal, Psaki gave an emphatic "no." "The president has made clear that he is focused on ensuring vaccines are accessible to every American. "But our focus, his focus, the administration’s focus, is making sure every American is vaccinated, and when we accomplish that objective, we're happy to discuss further steps beyond that," Psaki said.
Nikki Haley praises Trump’s ‘strong’ CPAC speech after rebuking him weeks earlier
       
WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT NIKKI HALEY"Strong speech by President Trump about the winning policies of his administration and what the party needs to unite behind moving forward. The liberal media wants a GOP civil war. "He went down a path he shouldn’t have, and we shouldn’t have followed him, and we shouldn’t have listened to him. Haley wrote that the "liberal media… wants to stoke a nonstop Republican civil war. And a source close to Haley’s orbit told Fox News that Haley wasn’t able to attend the conference this year due to a prior personal engagement.
Merrick Garland AG nomination advances to Senate floor
       
The Senate Judiciary Committee gave its approval of President Biden's attorney general nominee Judge Merrick Garland on Monday, following a vote of 15 to 7. Garland’s nomination will now advance to a vote by the full Senate, which will ultimately decide whether he becomes the next U.S. attorney general. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, agreed that Garland was qualified, but noted that he does harbor some reservations. "I agree that Judge Garland has the temperament and the qualifications for the job of attorney general. Still, Grassley voted for Garland, as did several other Republicans and every Democrat on the committee.
Biden supports 'independent review' of Cuomo sexual harassment claims ? something Tara Reade never got
       
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Sunday that President Biden supports an "independent review" of sexual misconduct claims against New York Gov. "First, President Biden has been consistent that he believes every woman should be heard," Psaki said on Sunday. TARA READE BACKS LINDSEY BOYLAN, RIPS MEDIA'S 'COLLECTIVE COLLUSION' WITH DEMOCRATSIn March 2020, Reade alleged that she was sexually assaulted by Biden in 1993. Far from calling for a review, Biden and his campaign have repeatedly denied her claims. Cuomo is facing sexual harassment allegations from former aides Charlotte Bennett and Lindsey Boylan.
Biden meeting with Mexican president amid border crisis, Trump policy rollback
       
President Biden will meet virtually with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Monday amid a migrant crisis on the southern border. The Biden administration recently opened two overflow detention facilities for minors who arrive at the border without parents, as critics accuse Biden of creating “pull” factors for potential migrants in dismantling former President Donald Trump’s policies. In his first month as president, Biden issued wide-ranging repeals of the prior administration’s immigration policies. Biden administration officials pleaded with potential migrants not to rush the border, citing the COVID-19 pandemic and a lack of preparation for an influx. In December, then-President-elect Biden said that he was concerned about abruptly relaxing Trump’s immigration policies because he feared that if he acted too quickly, he would trigger “2 million people on our border.”
Fauci tells South Dakota governor to ‘look at the numbers’ after CPAC insult
       
Instead, Noem touted her personal liberties approach to the pandemic, including forgoing recommendations to require the use of face masks. “South Dakota is the only state in America that never ordered a single business or church to close,” she said. South Dakota has not surpassed more than 600 hospitalized at one time, according to the COVID Tracking Project. Overall, a total of 6,626 South Dakotans have been admitted to the hospital since the start of the pandemic. Because sometimes you think things are going well, and just take a look at the numbers.
US, EU still open to have nuke deal talks after Iran rejects meeting
       
T?he US said it would talk about how to move ahead with those still participating in the 2015 deal. Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency via Getty ImagesPresident Biden has said the US would return to the accord only if Iran fully complies with its requirements. “Time isn’t ripe for the proposed informal meeting,” Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said. M?eanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ?accused Iran of attacking an Israeli-owned ship in the Gulf of Oman. Iran denied any involvement.?Khatibzadeh said the Israeli leader was “suffering from an obsession with Iran.”With Post wires?
Queens man who allegedly threatened to kill AOC, Pelosi staying in jail
       
The Queens man who allegedly threatened to kill Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Sen. Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in unhinged online rants was ordered to remain in jail Monday, as he pleaded not guilty to the federal charges. Prosecutors alleged he used the alias “X-ray Ultra” to post threats calling for firing squads of top elected Democrats after the 2020 election. Meaning, we want you to hold a public execution of pelosi aoc schumer etc,” Hunt wrote, according to court documents. Start up the firing squads, mow down these commies, and lets take america back!” he added. After the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, Hunt allegedly posted a video on another social media site that showed him calling on Americans to assassinate senators and ranting about a “Zionist occupied government,” according to court papers.
In oil-rich Iraq, a few women buck norms, take rig site jobs
       
BASRA, Iraq — It’s nearly dawn and Zainab Amjad has been up all night working on an oil rig in southern Iraq. The women, both 24, are among just a handful who have eschewed the dreary office jobs typically handed to female petroleum engineers in Iraq. “They tell me the field environment only men can withstand,” said Amjad, who spends six weeks at a time living at the rig site. Zainab Amjad, a petrochemical engineer, poses for a photo near an oil field outside Basra, Iraq, Monday, Feb. 18, 2021. Workers walk in the Nihran Bin Omar field north near Basra, Iraq.
My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell cut off during CPAC interview over COVID comments
       
My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell was cut off during an interview at the Conservative Political Action Conference Sunday after he hurled wild conspiracy theories about COVID-19 and the vaccines for the virus. Let’s pile on, you know,” Lindell told Willis — who then interrupted him to quickly shut the conversation down. The comment was the final straw after Lindell spent much of the 17-minute interview railing about the jabs. Mike Lindell, CEO of My Pillow, was cut off during an interview at the CPAC. Mike Lindell greets fans at the CPAC on Feb. 28, 2021.
Trump Blasts Biden, Media Belatedly Jump on Cuomo Scandal
       
Howie Kurtz on Donald Trump attacking President Biden at CPAC, Gov. Cuomo being accused of sexual harassment by a second former aide and Tina Fey and Amy Poehler calling out the Hollywood Foreign Press for lack of diversity. Follow Howie on Twitter: @HowardKurtzFor more #MediaBuzz click here
Biden DHS secretary says Trump admin ‘gutted’ immigration system, claims 'no' crisis at border
       
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Monday urged migrants thinking of coming to the United States to "wait" as the Biden administration rebuilds a "gutted" immigration system -- and claimed there is no crisis at the U.S. southern border. "The prior administration dismantled our immigration system in its entirety," Mayorkas said. When asked about whether there is a "crisis" at the border, though, Mayorkas said no. The border wall was a paramount 2016 campaign promise for Trump, who vowed Mexico would pay for its construction. Psaki said Biden would look to Mexico and Canada, so that "we can open our borders and build back better."
Reporter who says Cuomo intimidated, bullied her broke down when others came forward: ‘I just started crying’
       
Andrew Cuomo’s administration but is hopeful that her story will stop the Democratic governor from using the same tactics on anyone else. That was the last time I allowed someone connected to Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration to harass and manipulate me," Nielsen wrote in a statement. She told Fox News that "one of the reasons" she left was because of abusive conduct from the Cuomo administration. Nielsen said that Cuomo’s administration has multiple "tactics" used to intimidate her. Nielsen was also regularly promised exclusive stories related to the Cuomo administration that often turned out to be a nonstory.
Khashoggi's fiancée calls for Saudi crown prince to be punished 'without delay'
       
The fiancée of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi has called for Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to face immediate punishment following revelations from a U.S. intelligence report that he likely approved the journalist’s murder. The team, which consisted of individuals who worked directly for the crown prince’s office, allegedly killed and dismembered Khashoggi inside the consulate. "It is essential that the crown prince ... should be punished without delay," Hatice Cengiz said on Twitter. "If the crown prince is not punished, it will forever signal that the main culprit can get away with murder which will endanger us all and be a stain on our humanity." Crown Prince Mohammed, who is effectively the kingdom's ruler, has denied any role in the murder, and Saudi Arabia has rejected the report.
Trudeau gives up on Keystone XL pipeline, says Biden made his decision
       
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’s given up on the Keystone XL oil pipeline as President Biden has made clear his decision to nix the project. Trudeau recently held a virtual meeting with Biden and gushed over their potential collaboration on climate change, but in the past has also promoted the oil conduit between his country and the US. At last month’s meeting, the two leaders did not mention their disagreement on Biden’s post-inaugural executive action ending construction of the pipeline. REUTERS/Todd KorolThe pipeline project was slowed by landowner resistance and was targeted for years by US activists opposed to fossil fuels, which Biden says he wants to phase out of use. REUTERS/Todd KorolTrudeau raised “Canada’s disappointment” over the pipeline when he and Biden spoke in January in Biden’s first call with a foreign leader, according to a readout from Trudeau’s press office.
Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman took home $610.5 million in 2020
       
Schwarzman, 74, received $86.4 million in compensation and $524.1 million in dividends from his Blackstone shares, a regulatory filing showed on Friday. 2, took home at least $216.1 million in 2020, consisting of $123.2 million in compensation and $92.8 million in dividends from the company’s shares he owns, the filing showed. Marc Rowan, Apollo’s incoming CEO, pocketed at least $92.6 million, comprising $72.3 million in dividends and $20.3 million in distributions from his fund investments. Kravis, 77, received $42 million in compensation and $39.3 million in dividends from his KKR shares, while Roberts, also 77, took home $42 million in compensation and $85.4 million in dividends from his KKR shares. Kravis is worth $7.2 billion and his cousin, Roberts, is worth $7.4 billion, according to Forbes.
NJ law prevents cops from telling parents about kids’ first-time weed bust
       
New Jersey minors caught with weed or booze won’t have to worry about getting grounded by mom and dad — as a new law legalizing marijuana bars police from telling parents if their kids were caught, and apparently extends to alcohol. That three-step process for dealing with anyone under 18, which stops cops alerting parents of their kids’ pot bust until their second offense, has faced criticism in recent days from a few police chiefs and lawmakers. Alamy Stock Photo“We see these laws as not only counterproductive but also as a detriment to the safety of our children,” he wrote. AND THE POLICE FACE CHARGES IF THEY TELL THE PARENTS,” he wrote. “An honest mistake in ascertaining someone’s age, intentions or degree of impairment subjects the officer to prosecution for a crime.”
GOP senators offer compromise on minimum wage as Dems ram bill through House
       
Some Senate Republicans say they agree that Americans working for minimum wage need a raise, offering a compromise proposal as Democrats say they’re “united” in pushing a federal $15 minimum wage through both houses of Congress. Only one Senate Republican backs the Democratic-led effort to raise the minimum wage to $15: Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.). While the bill will move forward without the $15 minimum wage provision, Democrats are not giving up on their effort for a federal wage hike. said that Democrats still intended to deliver on their $15 minimum wage campaign promise. “How many months do we have left, 20-something months?” he asked, “I guarantee you there’ll be a raise in the minimum wage before the election.
Seth Jahn eviscerates US Soccer's decision to remove him from council, reveals death threats
       
Jahn, 38, posted an apology after the U.S. Soccer Federation chose to remove from the council. He was against U.S. Soccer’s decision to repeal the rule for players barring kneeling during the national anthem. The U.S. women’s soccer team said last month that it was past the protest phase. He started training with the U.S. Paralympics National Soccer Team in 2014 and competed for Team SOCOM in the 2013 Warriors Games. The athlete’s council does not tolerate this type of language and finds it incompatible with membership on the council.
Connecticut ambulance worker busted in string of Molotov cocktail attacks at EMS facilities, firehouse: police
       
Richard White, 37, was arrested late Saturday in Pennsylvania just hours after Molotov cocktail attacks at Hunter's Ambulance facilities, a firehouse and a residence located in three Connecticut municipalities, police officials confirmed Sunday. Spera and a spokesperson for Hunter’s Ambulance and did not immediately respond to Fox News’ requests seeking comment. John Mennone, White went to Hunter’s Ambulance base in Old Saybrook shortly after 4:15 p.m. "and ignited a makeshift Molotov cocktail inside of the employee room." He then fled in a gray 2004 Ford Taurus and made his way to a Hunter’s Ambulance facility in Meriden, Mennone said. "The molotov cocktail strikes the building and the vehicle is seen accelerating from the scene," the press release states.
Biden White House not releasing virtual visitor logs as watchdogs call for transparency
       
The Biden administration will not release White House virtual visitor logs, Fox News has confirmed, as watchdog organizations call on President Biden to do so in the name of transparency. A White House official told Fox News that the administration does not plan to share the names of attendees of virtual White House meetings — which have become the norm amid the coronavirus pandemic. FLASHBACK: PSAKI PROMISES 'TRANSPARENCY'A White House official also told Politico on Monday it would not release virtual logs. The White House has come under scrutiny for a lack of transparency -- and has been criticized for not posting the schedules of President Biden and Vice President Harris online and for shutting down the White House comment line. White House press secretary Jen Psaki has held press briefings every day during the week, except on the weekends and holidays, since Biden took office.
Trader Joe's employee claims he was fired for requesting safer COVID policies
       
Some customers are boycotting Trader Joe’s after a former worker claims he was fired for requesting the company do more to uphold health and safety measures for workers during the pandemic — but Trader Joe's is saying he was let go for an entirely different reason. Ben Bonnema, a former employee of Trader Joe’s Upper West Side location in Manhattan, claimed on Twitter last week he was fired for asking for safer workplace conditions. "During his short tenure with Trader Joe's, this Crew Member's suggestions were listened to, and appropriately addressed," Trader Joe's spokesperson Kenya Friend-Daniel told Newsweek. Another former customer vowed to "never shop" at Trader Joe's again. Another supporter of Bonnema on Twitter said his firing was simply "bad business" on Trader Joe's part.
Israel’s Netanyahu blames Iran for cargo ship attack
       
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday accused Iran of attacking an Israeli-owned ship in the Gulf of Oman last week, a mysterious explosion that further spiked security concerns in the region. Without offering any evidence to his claim, Netanyahu told Israeli public broadcaster Kan that "it was indeed an act by Iran, that’s clear." Israeli media reports said the alleged airstrikes were on Iranian targets in response to the ship attack. Israel has struck hundreds of Iranian targets in neighboring Syria in recent years, and Netanyahu has repeatedly said Israel will not accept a permanent Iranian military presence there. The Israeli military declined comment.
DOJ charges Texas man with dousing 15 officers with chemical spray at Capitol riot
       
Daniel Ray Caldwell, 49, of The Colony, Texas, was arrested on Feb. 10 in Richardson, Texas, Melinda Urbina, a spokeswoman for FBI-Dallas Division, told Fox News. The Justice Department announced Friday that more than 300 individuals have been charged in connection to the Capitol insurrection. Slain Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick's death remains under investigation. U.S. Capitol Police said Friday that the medical examiner’s report on Sicknick's death following the Jan. 6 attack is "not yet complete." "Officer Sicknick's family has asked for privacy during this difficult time and that the spreading of misinformation stop regarding the cause of his death," the statement said.
Hundreds in Hong Kong protest arrests of pro-democracy activists
       
Hundreds rallied outside a Hong Kong court on Monday after 47 pro-democracy activists were charged under a national security crackdown — arrests that prompted condemnation from Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the European Union. Pro-democracy demonstrators protest outside the West Kowloon Magistrates Courts in Hong Kong during a hearing for 47 opposition activists charged with violating the city’s national security law on March 1, 2021. Paul Yeung/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesBlinken called for the release of the 47 Hong Kong protesters. The U.S. stands with the people of Hong Kong,” he said in a Twitter post on Sunday. Pro-democracy supporters protesting outside West Kowloon court in Hong Kong on March 1, 2021.
Putin critic Navalny reportedly transferred to 'completely lawless' penal colony outside Moscow
       
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been transferred to a penal colony outside Moscow to serve out his prison sentence, according to reports. Navalny was transferred Thursday, a public commission said on Sunday. The penal colony, located in the town of Pokrov in the Vladimir region, is roughly three hours outside Moscow. "Inmates who have spent time in different prisons across Russia told me this was the toughest one they have been in," Konstantin Kotov, who has spent two years at the prison, told The Moscow Times. IRAN REJECTS OFFER OF DIRECT US NUCLEAR TALKS, SENIOR DIPLOMATS SAY"It’s completely lawless there," Pyotr Kuryanov, a lawyer at the Defense of Prisoners’ Rights Foundation NGO, told TMT.
Cuomo harassment allegations 'sickened me,' de Blasio says
       
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio did not mince words when talking about the sexual harassment allegations surrounding embattled Gov. During a Monday interview with New York City radio station Hot 97, de Blasio was asked about the recent allegations surrounding his state’s governor. The New York City mayor said the allegations "sickened" him. CUOMO BATTLES GROWING BIPARTISAN FIRESTORM OVER SEXUAL HARASSMENT ALLEGATIONS AMID LOOMING PROBEDe Blasio went on to criticize Cuomo’s Sunday statement regarding the sexual harassment allegations, in which the governor claimed he "sometimes" believed he was "being playful" at work and "made jokes" he considered "funny." "Sexual harassment is not funny," the New York City mayor said, asking, "Who the hell tries to explain that by saying I was just joking around?"
Mexican president should call out Biden for creating new border 'crisis': Mark Morgan
       
Former Acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan said former President Donald Trump’s criticisms of President Joe Biden’s immigration policies at CPAC were "spot on," arguing that Biden’s "radical, open border policies" have created a "crisis" at the southern border. "And now, they’re shocked that we see a crisis on our southern border that’s already here. You’ve turned the spigot back on and you are driving another crisis that’s impacting every country, you know, that’s involved in this,’" Morgan said. "If I was the Mexican president, I would be calling Biden out on it." SURGE OF 13,000 CENTRAL AMERICAN MINORS TO US BORDER EXPECTED IN MAYMorgan argued that Biden’s policies are driving the increased border crossings.
Second Cuomo accuser indicates ‘dam finally broken’ as media acknowledges scandal after largely ignoring first
       
Andrew Cuomo came forward with allegations of sexual harassment against the embattled Democrat, prompting the mainstream media to far more aggressively cover the scandal that previously received scant attention. The bombshell accusations were covered by most mainstream outlets after claims by Cuomo’s previous accuser were largely ignored. CUOMO ACCUSED OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT FOR 2ND TIMEAfter the liberal networks essentially shielded viewers from Boylan’s claims, Fondacaro pointed out that Bennett’s allegations "shocked and disgusted" personalities on ABC and NBC. ABC, CBS, NBC AVOID EXPLOSIVE SEXUAL HARASSMENT CLAIMS AGAINST ANDREW CUOMO ON EVENING NEWS BROADCASTSWhile Bennett alleges that Cuomo never tried touching her, the governor's "message" during that exchange was "unmistakable to her." Cuomo's office denied Boylan's harassment claims, calling them "simply false" and insisting the strip poker comment "did not happen."
Katrina Pierson, Trump presidential campaign veteran, moves toward congressional bid in Texas
       
The field of Republicans running to succeed the late GOP Rep. Ron Wright of Texas is growing. Katrina Pierson, who served as a top adviser on former President Trump’s 2016 and 2020 campaigns, is gearing up to launch a campaign, two sources with knowledge of her planning confirmed to Fox News. Pierson, a onetime Tea Party activist, served as spokesperson on Trump’s 2016 campaign and as a top adviser on the president’s 2020 reelection bid. Pierson and other candidates seeking to enter the race have until Wednesday to formally file their paperwork. Greg Abbott last week formally declared Wright’s seat vacant, setting up a May 1 primary.
Washington Post fact-checker forgets Biden's been president for the last month
       
The Washington Post's Glenn Kessler fact-checks politicians for a living, but on Sunday he got a fact-check of his own after a clumsy attempt to rip former President Donald Trump. As Trump blasted President Biden for continued school closings during his speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference on Sunday, Kessler tried to hold Trump responsible for the closures. Who was president a month ago?" Twitter users helpfully pointed out to him that a month before the speech was Jan. 28, eight days after Biden took office. "Joe Biden has shamefully betrayed America's youth and he is cruelly keeping our children locked in their homes, no reason for it whatsoever," Trump said.
Syria reports Israeli missile attack near capital, Damascus
       
DAMASCUS, Syria — Syrian air defenses were activated in the capital Damascus and its southern suburbs Sunday night to repel an Israeli missile attack, state media reported. State TV quoted an unnamed military official as saying that most of the Israeli missiles were shot down before reaching their targets near Damascus. Israel has launched hundreds of strikes against Iran-linked military targets in Syria over the years, but rarely acknowledges or discusses such operations. Israel views Iranian entrenchment on its northern frontier as a red line and it has repeatedly struck Iran-linked facilities and weapons convoys destined for Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group. The attack comes after the United States launched airstrikes in Syria on Thursday, targeting facilities near the Iraqi border used by Iranian-backed militia groups.
France’s Sarkozy convicted of corruption, sentenced to jail
       
PARIS — A Paris court on Monday found French former President Nicolas Sarkozy guilty of corruption and influence-peddling and sentenced him to one year in prison and a two-year suspended sentence. The court said Sarkozy is entitled to request to be detained at home with an electronic bracelet. This is the first time in France’s modern history that a former president has been convicted of corruption. The court found that Sarkozy and his co-defendants sealed a “pact of corruption,” based on “consistent and serious evidence”. This is the first time in France’s modern history that a former president has been convicted of corruption.
Pompeo slams Biden administration for release of Jamal Khashoggi report
       
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is slamming the Biden administration over it’s “reckless” and “political” release of an intelligence report tying Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to the 2018 murder of Virginia-based Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi. We held accountable lots of folks in Saudi Arabia who did this,” Pompeo began before knocking the Biden administration’s handling of the report. A recently released intelligence report tied Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. The intelligence report put the blame for Khashoggi’s death squarely on bin Salman, the de facto ruler of the Kingdom. “We assess that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince approved an operation in Istanbul, Turkey, to capture or kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi,” the report said.
Tom Cotton rips $1.9T stimulus package: It's the 'swamp' looking after itself
       
On "Fox & Friends," Cotton said that the appropriation of individual stimulus checks favors federal bureaucrats over hard-working middle-class Americans. Under the bill mandate, many Americans would receive a direct one-time $1,400 check. However, federal employees, as long as their children's schools remain closed, would receive that same $1,400 check every single week. They are also going to get $1,400 a week, every single week if their kids aren't in school. If you're a federal bureaucrat in Washington where your schools are still closed, you get it every single week.
Biden meeting with Mexico president amid efforts to roll back Trump immigration policies
       
President Biden is set to meet with Mexican President Manuel López Obrador Monday afternoon amid the migrant crisis and as the new administration has taken steps to roll back Trump-era immigration policies. And last week, Biden lifted a Trump administration ban on green cards during the coronavirus pandemic that was blocking most legal immigration to the United States. "To the contrary, it harms the United States, including by preventing certain family members of United States citizens and lawful permanent residents from joining their families here," he said. "It also harms industries in the United States that utilize talent from around the world." "This is not the time to come to the United States," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said at a February briefing.
Cuomo battles growing bipartisan firestorm over sexual harassment allegations amid looming probe
       
Andrew Cuomo is facing pressure from both sides of the aisle in the wake of sexual harassment allegations leveled against him by two former aides. CUOMO SAYS HE WAS 'BEING PLAYFUL,' BUT ADMITS HE 'MAY HAVE BEEN INSENSITIVE' AMID SEXUAL HARASSMENT CLAIMS"Gov. Cuomo is a criminal sexual predator and he must immediately resign," Stefanik said in a statement in response to a New York Times report recounting allegations from former Cuomo adviser Charlotte Bennett. In response to the allegations, Cuomo told the Times that he "never made advances toward Ms. Bennett nor did I ever intend to act in any way that was inappropriate." Democratic New York State Assemblyman Ron Kim shared de Blasio’s statement on Twitter, suggesting that the governor step down instead.
Jamal Khashoggi’s fiancée wants Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman punished
       
Jamal Khashoggi’s fiancée on Monday called on Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to be punished after a US intelligence report found he had approved the murder of the Saudi dissident. “It is essential that the crown prince… should be punished without delay,” Hatice Cengiz said on Twitter. “We assess that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince approved an operation in Istanbul, Turkey to capture or kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi,” according to the newly declassified CIA report, which was released Friday. A US report found that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. Jamal Khashoggi died in October 2018.
Biden offers support to Amazon workers attempting to unionize in Alabama
       
Amazon workers in Alabama who are in the midst of a historic union vote got a subtle shoutout from President Biden on Sunday. Without naming Amazon, Biden offered his support in a video posted on Twitter. “The choice to join a union is up to the workers — full stop.”Members of the Workers Assembly Against Racism gathered in Union Square for a nation-wide solidarity event with the unionizing Amazon workers in Bessemer, Alabama. Michael Foster of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union holds a sign outside an Amazon facility where labor is trying to organize workers. AP/Jay ReevesIn an attempt to sway workers, Amazon set up a website doitwithoutdues.com claiming they’d have to pay $500 to the union for benefits they are already receiving from e-tail giant.
Biden’s White House has reportedly yet to release visitors logs
       
?Five weeks into his administration, the Biden White House has yet to make good on its commitment to release visitor logs, according to a report. Daily schedules for the President and Vice President Kamala Harris are also not posted online, the White House comment line is shut down and the White House’s website doesn’t list citizen petitions, the report published Monday by Politico adds. The White House wouldn’t comment on certain policies like the citizens’ petition but reiterated Biden’s pledge for “ethics and transparency” in a statement to Politico. “We have now learned the system was too weak,” Walter Shaub, a fellow at the Project on Government Oversight, told Politico. “For the COVID era when so much is being done remotely, there should be an accommodation for that,” Eisen said.
NY restaurants and bars win court victory against Gov. Cuomo's 11pm curfew
       
An upstate New York restaurant owner, along with his legal representatives, discussed new developments in their case against Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s restaurant curfew on Monday. The 90 bars and restaurants suing New York state over the coronavirus-related closing curfew were allowed to stay open until their normal 4 a.m. closing time this weekend after a ruling Saturday night by a state Supreme Court justice. Walker’s ruling applies only to the bars and restaurants participating in the lawsuit, according to the outlet. Swartz's attorney Steve Cohen and media relations liaison James Minner, with HoganWillig PLLC, argued that the curfew was not supported by science.
France's Sarkozy convicted of corruption, sentenced to jail
       
A Paris court on Monday found French former President Nicolas Sarkozy guilty of corruption and influence peddling and sentenced him to one year in prison and a two-year suspended sentence. The court said Sarkozy will be entitled to request to be detained at home with an electronic bracelet. In addition, as a former lawyer, he was "perfectly informed" about committing an illegal action, the court said. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPSarkozy's two co-defendants were also found guilty and given the same sentence as Sarkozy. Sarkozy will face another trial later this month along with 13 other people on charges of illegal financing of his 2012 presidential campaign.
Biden senior adviser says White House will start acting on reparations ‘now’
       
The White House is “going to start acting now” to address reparations to African Americans, a White House senior adviser said in a new interview, as Congress debates forming a commission to study how the policy could be implemented. Speaking to “Axios on HBO” in an interview set to air Monday, White House senior adviser Cedric Richmond discussed efforts targeted to helping minority communities. White House senior adviser Cedric Richmond discussed efforts targeted to helping minority communities in an “Axios on HBO” interview. In early February, the White House said Biden is open to naming a group to study the issue. “He certainly would support a study of reparations,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said at a briefing in early February.
Burma military clash with protesters leaves 18 dead, about 1,000 detained including journalist
       
The protesters in Yangon were chased as they tried to gather at their usual meeting spot at the Hledan Center intersection. In the capital, Naypyitaw, the country’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi made a court appearance Monday via videoconference, the independent Myanmar Now online news agency reported. The protesters' civil disobedience movement has adhered so far to the tenets of nonviolence despite provocation from the security forces and pro-military counter-demonstrators. The coup reversed years of slow progress toward democracy in Burma after five decades of military rule. Counts made by other sources, such the Democratic Voice of Burma, an independent television and online news outlet, put the death toll in the 20s.
Former Trump campaign communications director Murtaugh joining Heritage Foundation
       
EXCLUSIVE: Former Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh is joining the Heritage Foundation and launching his own public affairs firm, Fox News has learned. Murtaugh, one of the more visible political operatives during the 2020 campaign cycle, will join the Heritage Foundation as a visiting fellow for communications and as a contributor for the foundation's publication, The Daily Signal. As a former reporter, state capitol bureau chief, and presidential campaign communications director, he is one of the best communicators in the business," Heritage Foundation President Kay C. James told Fox News. "The Heritage Foundation has been driving conservative policymaking and steadfastly defending our principles for generations and it is a high honor to join such a respected group of thought leaders," Murtaugh told Fox News. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPMeanwhile, Murtaugh launched a public affairs company, Line Drive Public Affairs LLC.
Pro-GOP group takes aim at House Democrats over massive election HR 1 reform bill
       
EXCLUSIVE: An outside group that backs Republican causes is going up in 15 congressional districts controlled by House Democrats with ads spotlighting H.R. 1 – the Democrats' massive election reform and campaign finance bill. The American Action Network (AAN) on Monday is unveiling a new issue advocacy campaign targeting "the corrupt liberal campaign finance bill." EVERY HOUSE DEMOCRAT SIGNS ONTO SWEEPING ELECTION REFORM BILL BLASTED BY GOPThe Democracy Reform Task Force announced last week that all House Democrats co-sponsored the legislation, which is formally known as the For the People Act of 2021. Democrats say their sweeping election reform bill, which is scheduled for a vote on Wednesday, will expand voting rights and "clean up corruption" in politics.
Sens. Cotton & Romney: Raise minimum wage, but not to $15 – our compromise bill protects workers, businesses
       
Second, Congress hasn’t increased the federal minimum wage in more than 10 years, when it was raised to $7.25 an hour. Our bill would also gradually raise the federal minimum wage to $10 an hour, starting one year after the official end of the pandemic. It also would preserve the special minimum wages for people with disabilities employed by sheltered workshops. Adjusting the minimum wage for inflation would protect the purchasing power of our country’s poorest workers. It also would eliminate congressional debates every few years about whether and how to increase the minimum wage, which creates paralyzing uncertainty for workers and businesses alike.
3 Kansas police officers injured by modified shotgun inside vacant home: cops
       
Authorities in Wichita, Kan., said Sunday that they are investigating a shooting that injured three police officers this weekend and working to determine if the shotgun was rigged to the door. A "modified, loaded shotgun" discharged as the officers entered a home in the city on Saturday, according to a release by Wichita Police Department spokesman Officer Trevor Macy. Officers surrounded the home for several hours Saturday before determining that no one was inside. Two officers remained hospitalized Sunday, according to the release. A third officer was treated at a hospital on Saturday and has since been released, police said.
Dr. Nicole Saphier: Reaching immunity from coronavirus – here are things to watch as country moves forward
       
Following a devastating winter, the country is now witnessing the effects of growing immunity. As we head into March, a third COVID-19 vaccine has received an EUA and more than 40% of Americans over 65 years of age are vaccinated with at least one dose. Now is certainly the time to begin acknowledging our country is becoming less vulnerable to this pathogen. In combination with fast-growing vaccinated immunity, the data suggest we’ll hit herd immunity by late spring, a conclusion echoed by former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb last week. Questions remain as to how long immunity will last and if once immune if those are still able to infect others.
AutoZone offering $100 for employees who receive COVID-19 vaccine
       
AutoZone announced Wednesday that employees who complete their COVID-19 vaccinations will receive $100 from the company. AutoZoners’ response to COVID-19, throughout the entire organization, has been tremendous," said AutoZone Chairman Bill Rhodes in a statement. "As a company, we are removing any potential work-related barriers, strongly encouraging, and incentivizing AutoZoners to get a COVID-19 vaccine when they are eligible," he continued. THESE COMPANIES INCENTIVIZE COVID-19 VACCINE FOR EMPLOYEES WITH BONUSES AND MOREAutoZone has roughly 100,000 employees, according to the Tennessee-based company's most recent annual report. According to its annual report, AutoZone achieved "significant growth" in both U.S. Retail and Commercial businesses during the 2020 fiscal year.
Texas' Brazos Electric Power Cooperative Inc files for bankruptcy: report
       
HOUSTON - Texas’s largest and oldest electric power cooperative on Monday filed for bankruptcy protection in federal court in Houston, citing a disputed $1.8 billion bill from the state’s grid operator. Brazos Electric Power Cooperative Inc is one of dozens of electricity providers facing enormous charges stemming from a severe cold snap last month. TEXAS POWER MARKET IS SHORT $2.1 BILLION IN PAYMENTS AFTER FREEZEThe state’s grid operator, Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), on Friday said $2.1 billion in initial bills went unpaid, underscoring the financial stress on utilities and power marketers. Debt analyst Fitch Ratings last week also warned of potential downgrades to all Texas municipal power firms that use the state’s grid. Brazos Electric coop executive Clifton Karnei, who sat on ERCOT’s board of directors until last week, signed the Brazos coop’s bankruptcy submissions.
Liz Peek: CPAC blasts cancel culture – could the attacks on Dr. Seuss be the tipping point?
       
No, if I wanted to defeat a Democrat, I’d talk about Dr. Seuss. If you haven’t heard, Dr. Seuss is being canceled. Dr. Seuss could bring us to that point. Theodor Seuss Geisel, who wrote under the pen name Dr. Seuss, was an ardent liberal who supported FDR and passionately spoke out against fascism. It is not surprising that Loudon County Schools has cratered to the mob.
Cuomo claims he was being 'playful,' admits might have been 'insensitive' amid sexual harassment
       
Here's what you need to know as you start your dayCuomo says he was 'being playful,' admits he 'may have been insensitive' amid sexual harassment claimsNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo attempted to explain his past interactions with staffers as the embattled Democrat is facing multiple accusations of sexual harassment. "Questions have been raised about some of my past interactions with people in the office," Cuomo began in a press release on Sunday. "At work sometimes I think I am being playful and make jokes that I think are funny. "I never intended to make anyone feel uncomfortable, but these are allegations that New Yorkers deserve answers to," Cuomo stated.
Gillibrand calls for investigation into allegations against Cuomo
       
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., told Fox News in an email Sunday that there should be an independent investigation into the sexual harassment allegations that have been leveled against New York Gov. Gillibrand, who received some criticism for remaining silent on the allegations, called them "serious and deeply concerning." GILLIBRAND CONFIRMS CUOMO NURSING HOME PROBE, BUT DOESN'T BACK IMPEACHMENT OR RESIGNATIONCuomo acknowledged for the first time Sunday that some of his behavior with women "may have been insensitive or too personal," and said he would cooperate with a sexual harassment investigation led by the state’s attorney general. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, the other New York Democrat, said Sunday that he supported state Attorney General Letitia James’ call to lead the probe, according to the Huff Post. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPJames said that there "must be a truly independent investigation to thoroughly review these troubling allegations against the governor, and I stand ready to oversee that investigation and make any appointments necessary."
Plastic surgeon appears in court video call while performing surgery
       
The Medical Board of California said it would investigate a plastic surgeon who appeared in a videoconference for his traffic violation trial while operating. The Sacramento Bee reports Dr. Scott Green appeared Thursday for his Sacramento Superior Court trial, held virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic, from an operating room. "It kind of looks like you’re in an operating room right now?" "Yes, I’m in an operating room right now. "I have another surgeon right here who’s doing the surgery with me, so I can stand here and allow them to do the surgery also," Green said.
Rep. Banks warns GOP ‘destined’ to lose elections if it rejects Trump and his voters
       
Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., said on Saturday that Republicans are "destined" to lose in 2022 and 2024 if it rejects former President Donald Trump, his voters and an agenda he said makes the GOP the "party of the working class." Banks, the head of the Republican Study Committee, spoke to Fox News at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) and praised Trump for setting an agenda that appealed to working class Americans. TRUMP USES CPAC SPEECH TO TEAR INTO BIDEN ON BORDER CRISIS, SAYS HE WON'T CREATE NEW PARTY"President Trump has taught us a lot about appealing to working class voters, he made our party the working class party again," he said. Banks didn’t mention anyone by name, but expressed concern that sidelining Trump and his voters would lead to defeat for Republicans. It comes at a time when the party and the conservative movement are discussing how to adapt to the Biden-era.
CPAC: 5 biggest moments from the weekend
       
The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) wrapped on Sunday following an anticipated speech from former President Trump. Trump rips into Biden during CPAC speechTrump spoke at CPAC on Sunday, marking his first major speech since leaving office. "We have the Republican Party. "I am not starting a new party," Trump said. "The Republican Party is not the party just of the country clubs.
LIVE UPDATES: Joe Biden administration vows to keep fighting for Tanden
       
The Biden administration remains staunchly supportive of Budget Director pick Neera Tanden as well as working towards raising the federal minimum wage, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Sunday. "We remain committed to fighting our hearts out for Neera Tanden," Psaki told "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace. "We believe she is the right person — she is qualified, she is experienced — to lead the budget department. FAST FACTS Psaki also addressed a setback in Demcrats' push to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. Follow below for more updates on the Biden White House.
Trump says he requested 10K National Guard troops at Capitol on day of riot
       
Former President Trump told Fox News late Sunday that he expressed concern over the crowd size near the Capitol days before last month's deadly riots and personally requested 10,000 National Guard troops be deployed in response. Trump told Steve Hilton, the show’s host, that he "hated" to see what unfolded on Jan. 6 at the U.S. Capitol. Sund and House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul Irving also could not agree on when National Guard assistance was requested. But Irving insisted he did not receive the request for National Guard support until after 2 p.m. while in former Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Michael Stenger’s office. Sund and Irving disagreed on when the National Guard was called and on requests for the guard beforehand.
Council Speaker Corey Johnson running for city comptroller
       
Council Speaker Corey Johnson is throwing his hat in the ring to run for city comptroller, The Post has learned. “We are privileged to be the first organization in the city to host Council Speaker Johnson, a prospective candidate, along with Senator Benjamin, Council Member Lander, and Assembly Member Weprin,” Jim Owles club president Allen Roskoff said in a statement announcing the forum. Roskoff told The Post Sunday night, “If Corey is appearing, he is a candidate.”While mulling his bid for comptroller, Johnson has been taking on-line classes with Columbia University to earn his college degree. He also has more than $500,000 in his campaign treasury for the comptroller’s race, according to the Campaign Finance Board. Johnson was elected by council members to serve as speaker in 2018, with backing from the Bronx and Queens Democratic organizations.
Trump says he was not watching live TV coverage of Capitol Hill riot
       
Former President Donald Trump on Sunday night denied that he was watching live television coverage of the deadly Capitol Hill riot. “That’s incorrect reporting,” Trump told Fox News’ Steve Hilton. “First of all, I wasn’t watching TV. Because it was live TV,” the ex-adviser told the newspaper. As for the rally preceding the death and destruction in the Capitol building, Trump said it was something to be celebrated.
Burma descends into chaos after military coup, at least 18 protesters killed
       
Military forces in Burma killed 18 protesters on Sunday in what outside observers called the bloodiest day since the Feb. 1 coup as protests continue to break out across the country of 54 million. PRO-MILITARY MARCHERS IN BURMA ATTACK ANTI-COUP PROTESTERSReuters reported that security forces in the country opened fire on protesters in the city of Yangon, where hundreds of thousands took to the streets in recent weeks to protest the coup. "It has been one month since the coup," Ei Thinzar Maung, a protest leader, told the news agency. PROTESTS SWELL AFTER BURMA JUNTA RAISES SPECTOR OF FORCEThe independent Assistance Association of Political Prisoners reported it was aware that about 1,000 people were detained Sunday, of whom they were able to identify 270. That brought to 1,132 the total number of people the group has confirmed being arrested, charged or sentenced since the coup.
CAE Nears Deal to Buy L3Harris’s Military-Training Business: WSJ
       
CAE Inc. is nearing a deal to buy L3Harris Technologies Inc.’s military-training division for $1.05 billion, according to people familiar with the matter, in a move that would expand the Canadian aerospace company’s defense business. Ticker Security Last Change Change % CAE CAE 26.47 -0.50 -1.85% LHX L3HARRIS TECHNOLOGIES, INC. 181.62 -5.46 -2.92% BA THE BOEING CO. 212.01 -4.44 -2.05% RTX RAYTHEON TECHNOLOGIES CORP. 72.05 -1.21 -1.65% LDOS LEIDOS HOLDINGS INC 88.45 -0.68 -0.76%An agreement is expected Monday, assuming talks don’t fall apart, the people said. The unit includes three main businesses: Link, which provides military training in the U.S.; Doss Aviation, which provides flight training to the U.S. Air Force; and AMI, which designs and makes simulator hardware. CAE, which also produces health equipment such as ventilators, has looked to expand and improve margins at its defense business, hiring two senior executives from L3Harris. L3Harris also has a division that trains jetliner pilots and builds flight simulators for the 737 MAX and other jets.
Juul trying to recoup millions from brazen entrepreneurs
       
But just 10 months later, Juul was sounding the alarm on all kinds of alleged shenanigans — including millions of corporate dollars that were blown on personal expenses and millions more that were quietly moved offshore. LAWMAKERS URGE FDA TO TEMPORARILY BAN E-CIGARETTE SALES AMID CORONAVIRUS PANDEMICGrishayev and Tolmach were riding high in October 2018 when Juul filed its lawsuit. The FDA sent Eonsmoke a warning letter in 2019 saying its products were illegal because they didn’t have the proper federal marketing authorization. !,” Eonsmoke wrote of its devices in an Instagram post cited by the city of Denver, which also sued last year. But less than a year after shuttering, Juul was complaining to the court that the company’s funds had also gone up in smoke.
NY AG expects to receive 'referral with subpoena power' to investigate Cuomo sexual harassment allegations
       
New York Attorney General Leticia James said Sunday evening that her office expects to receive a "referral with subpoena power" to investigate allegations of sexual harassment against Gov. "The referral would be made solely to the attorney general's office," James added. NANCY PELOSI CALLS CUOMO SEXUAL HARASSMENT ALLEGATIONS 'CREDIBLE'The announcement comes after James called for a "truly independent investigation" on Sunday to "thoroughly review these troubling allegations against the governor." "Allegations of sexual harassment should always be taken seriously," she said. The attorney general again called on Cuomo to make a referral with subpoena power as needed to begin an independent probe.
Rep. Biggs, co-chair of border security caucus, says issue is uniting conservatives
       
TRUMP USES CPAC SPEECH TO TEAR INTO BIDEN ON BORDER CRISIS, SAYS HE WON'T CREATE NEW PARTY"They’re getting slammed right now," he said of Border Patrol agents, who he said were encountering as many as 3,500 migrants a day. But for conservatives, Biggs said the issue of illegal immigration and border security are proving to be unifying at the base level. He said that recent polling his office took of Republicans in Arizona, it was the top issue. But he also saw polling that nationwide it was the top issue across the country for conservatives. However, that unity and the base level is not necessarily shared by what he described as "elites" in the capital.
Jim Acosta won't address Cuomo sexual harassment claims
       
CNN reporter Jim Acosta on Friday appeared unwilling to address sexual harassment claims against New York Gov. A video shared on Twitter shows Marcus barging into an interview Acosta was conducting at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). The pair have a back-and-forth, with Acosta insisting that they are covered those stories, with Marcus repeatedly telling Acosta: "No you’re not." When Marcus asks what he thinks about Cuomo, Acosta appears to pivot, saying vaguely: "I’m here to do a job right now." When Marcus asks, "What do you have to say about Cuomo," Acosta appears hesitant to speak.
Dead ‘Shark Tank’ contestant owes me $6.1M: suit
       
An appearance on “Shark Tank” was just what the Philadelphia entrepreneur needed. The appearance was a “game changer,” he told Philadelphia Business Journal, saying interest peaked in Emergensee with hundreds of thousands of downloads afterward. Now, a Long Island woman who loaned him more than $6.1 million is suing Reitnour’s four kids to recoup her cash. Maureen Mitchell claims Reitnour hid his debt from her so he could get another source of financing. She also helped pay his tax bill and stave off foreclosure, she claims in a newly filed Brooklyn Federal Court lawsuit.
Trump shows signs of being king-maker rather than king: Devine
       
When Donald Trump took the stage to a standing ovation at CPAC in Orlando Sunday, it quickly became clear why so much effort has been poured into discrediting the event. Secure borders, more jobs and higher wages, vs Biden’s immigration disaster on the southern border. Historic peace deals in the middle east “with not a drop of blood shed” vs Biden’s immediate lifting of sanctions against Iran. Donald Trump harnessed the America First, Make America Great Again, populist, economic nationalist movement we now call Trumpism, but he did not invent it. But he gave promising signs that he would prefer to play the role of king-maker rather than king.
Nancy Pelosi calls sexual harassment claims against Cuomo ‘credible’
       
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday said the sexual harassment allegations against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo are “credible.”The California representative joined a chorus of Democrats calling for a truly independent probe into the accusations of misconduct lodged against Cuomo by two of his former staffers. “The women who have come forward with serious and credible charges against Governor Cuomo deserve to be heard and to be treated with dignity,” Pelosi said in a statement. As backlash mounted Sunday morning, James requested that the Cuomo administration let her office appoint an independent investigator, as state law prescribes. The concession from Cuomo came after several New York lawmakers, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-Bronx/Queens), had stressed the importance of an unbiased investigation.
Trump urges ouster of ‘RINOs,’ ‘warmonger’ Liz Cheney
       
He also questioned aloud whether he did the right thing in endorsing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for re-election last year. McConnell voted to acquit Trump but attacked him in a subsequent speech. 3 House Republican and daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney. Sen. Mitch McConnell arriving at the Capitol building on February 25, 2021. He added: “But the Republican Party is united.
The $1.9T COVID-19 stimulus bill is a progressive’s wish list
       
Do you remember when the Republican resistance to President Barack Obama’s partisan slush-fund “stimulus” bill sunk them in the 2010 midterms? Although polls told us that a majority of Americans supported Obama’s efforts, not a single House Republican voted for the 2009 stimulus bill. By 2014, the Republicans, after remaining equally intractable on other bogus stimulus efforts, would run both the Senate and House. “Critics say that my plan is too big, that it costs $1.9 trillion,” was Biden’s Obama-esque reply to questions regarding his $2 trillion plan. The Biden plan provides $852 million for lefty-approved civic-volunteer agencies that have zero to do with COVID-19 relief or stimulus.
Court-packing would destroy our system of impartial justice
       
Supreme Court justices stay for generations.”As our society becomes ­increasingly polarized along partisan lines, the Supreme Court should be kept free from politics. Democrats like Biden weren’t open to the idea of court-packing until they decided it was their golden ticket to winning ­unchecked power. The same concerns about judicial independence that doomed FDR’s efforts apply today. Former Sen. Orrin Hatch eloquently articulated the opposition to court-packing, writing, “Historically, opposition to court-packing has been bipartisan because both parties have recognized the importance of ­judicial independence to a healthy democracy. in this country, the ­Supreme Court of the United States of America.”President Biden would do well to abandon his flirtations with court-packing.
How architect of Brooklyn’s One Willoughby Square became anchor tenant
       
FXCollaborative, previously known as FXFowle, is the anchor tenant at JEMB Realty’s nearly-finished One Willoughby Square in Downtown Brooklyn. We decided we’d go full-office catering to the same people, this large-scale talent pool, living nearby,” he said.”FXCollaborative will have three full floors totaling 40,000 square feet. Murals now being painted on lower levels will overlook the new Willoughby Square park that’s under construction by the city’s Economic Development Corp. According to CBRE’s fourth-quarter survey, Brooklyn’s total office inventory is 48 million square feet, of which about one-third are downtown. Lactalis American Group, the US subsidiary of French-based dairy giant Lactalis Group, is taking 14,752 square feet on the entire 35th floor.
Trump bashes Biden for rejoining WHO, Paris Climate Accord
       
Former President Donald Trump slammed President Joe Biden Sunday for rejoining the World Health Organization and Paris Climate accord — and overpaying to do so. “It is so sad,” Trump said about the US rejoining both organizations during remarks at the Conservative Political Action Conference — after he pulled out during his term in the White House. “I said, ‘How much are we paying?’ ‘Approximately $500 million.’ ‘How much is China paying — a much larger, in terms of population, country?’ ‘Sir, they’re paying $39 million. Because the people that made the deal are stupid.”Trump also chided Biden for rejoining the Paris Climate Accord, calling the pact “very unfair and costly” to the US — and “without negotiating a better deal.”“They wanted us back so badly,” he said. ‘You must come back into the Paris Accord.’ I said, ‘Tell me why?
Trump pays tribute to Rush Limbaugh at CPAC speech: 'Irreplaceable'
       
Trump made his comments during his address to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). "I also want to pay my love and respect to the great Rush Limbaugh, who is watching closely and smiling down on us," Trump said at the opening of his speech. HERE'S WHAT CPAC ATTENDEES THINKAfter Limbaugh died, Trump called into Fox News' "America Reports" to discuss his relationship with Limbaugh. But Trump's address to CPAC is his first in-person speech since leaving the White House. CPAC began on Thursday and concludes Sunday with Trump's speech.
Trump slams 'establishment' Republicans McConnell, Cheney and others in CPAC speech as some deny GOP civil war
       
SEN. RICK SCOTT SAYS GOP WILL FLIP AT LEAST FOUR DEM SENATE SEATS IN 2022"The civil war is canceled. The Republican civil war is canceled," Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., said in an interview with Fox News at CPAC. You can come here to see there isn't a civil war. Trump made similar comments during his Sunday speech – essentially saying that there is not a GOP civil war because the pro-Trump wing of the party has already won it. TRUMP WINS CPAC STRAW POLL BY WIDE MARGIN"The Republican party is united," Trump said.
Equality act guts religious liberty and other commentary
       
Faith beat: Equality Act Guts Religious LibertyIf the Equality Act, passed by the House last week, becomes law, it would “cause incalculable damage to our society — with a particular ­assault on . religious believers,” warns Kenneth Craycraft at First Things. “Alaska, North and South Dakota and Utah” top the list of the states with the most shots administered. to race the discipline.’ Martin Luther King Jr., taught that what matters is not the color of your skin but the content of your character. Padilla joins with the Black Lives Matter crowd in reversing that dictum.” — Compiled by The Post Editorial Board
Albany has to move fast to prevent a housing disaster
       
Yet the state government is sitting on over $1 billion in emergency relief that the feds sent to alleviate the crisis. Yet Albany has dithered, raising the possibility that it’ll fail to hand out the funds by the federal deadline — again. If not for a last-minute extension by the feds, the state would’ve had to return an unused $59 million. Cuomo and the Legislature need to move fast to OK release of the funds. Hoarding emergency money that’s needed to prevent a housing-market collapse: Can New York’s leaders sink any lower?
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie is doing his best to cover for old pal Andrew Cuomo
       
Cuomo, but his buddy Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie still has the gov’s back. But the gov has loyalists in the Assembly, too: Kim told Gothamist that two Assembly colleagues in a Zoom conference accused him of being the bully rather than Cuomo. Even on nursing-home reforms that his members see as urgent, he has the Assembly advancing its own package rather than working with what the Senate already passed. It’s a safe bet Heastie will stall all efforts to remove the governor’s emergency powers, too. Say this for the speaker: He’s loyal to his friends — even when they don’t deserve it.
Albany progressives are trying to drive away job-creators with a massive tax hike
       
The Invest in Our New York Act is a package of six bills hiking state taxes by $50 billion a year. But in the context of the New York state budget, $50 billion is an ­unprecedented hike. A single filer with $1 million in income would see a 23 percent state tax hike, to 8.41 percent, up from 6.85. “This is similar to the small sales tax consumers pay when buying candy bars at the ­supermarket,” goes the argument for the bond-transfer tax, for example. “New York already has a wealth tax in New York: It’s called the property tax,” argue the Busytown essayists, in favor of levying the same annual tax on stock portfolios.
NYC lobbyists still make bank despite COVID-19 pandemic
       
The Big Apple’s lobbying industry proved to be nearly pandemic-proof last year despite the COVID-19 outbreak that ravaged New York City, new records show. For months in 2020, most of the city was in lock down, with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration and the City Council holding virtual meetings and hearings during the pandemic instead. But well-connected, high powered lobbyists still found a way to rake in bundles of cash from wooing City Hall and the Council for their clients. From a client’s perspective lobbyists are more important than ever,” said Blair Horner of the New York Public Interest Research Group. Real estate and development remain the bread and butter of the lobbying industry accounting for 40 percent of lobbying activity by industry, by far the most.
Who is Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, first in line to succeed Gov. Cuomo?
       
Under state law, Hochul, 62, would succeed Cuomo as governor should he resign or be impeached. When Swarts resigned the position in 2007, Hochul was elected to finish out his term, and clinched re-election in 2010. As Cuomo sought re-election in 2018, concerns again swirled that her ideals could scare off progressive voters, but they proved unfounded as Hochul and Cuomo breezed to primary wins and re-election. Now in her second term, Hochul has remained relatively anonymous in the often thankless job, not even earning a mention in Cuomo’s memoir on the handling of the coronavirus pandemic. As calls mounted, however, for an independent probe into the sexual harassment allegations against Cuomo, Hochul spoke out to echo her fellow lawmakers in the sentiment.
Pelosi calls Cuomo sexual harassment allegations 'credible' in Fox News exclusive
       
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi broke her silence Sunday almost 24 hours after a second woman brought sexual harassment allegations against New York Gov. "The women who have come forward with serious and credible charges against Governor Cuomo deserve to be heard and to be treated with dignity," Pelosi said in a statement provided exclusively to Fox News. The statement comes after a second former aide to Cuomo came forward with sexual harassment allegations just days after his first accuser made her claims public. Pelosi, who was very outspoken in her opposition of Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court over accusations of sexual assault, has not spoken publicly on Cuomo until reached by Fox News. The pair of harassment allegations represent a deepening crisis for Cuomo, who just months ago was at the height of his popularity for his leadership during the coronavirus pandemic.
Trump slams Democrats' war on women's sports in CPAC speech
       
"Lot of new records are being broken in women’s sports," Trump said. It’s not good for women’s sports, which worked so long and so hard to get to where they are. TRUMP DECLARES HE WON'T START A NEW PARTY AT CPAC, SAYS SPECULATION OTHERWISE WAS 'FAKE NEWS'"Not too many of those coaches around, right? Trump's speech was the final address of CPAC, which began on Thursday. On Sunday, Trump hugged an American flag when he walked out to deliver his address, reliving the viral moment from a previous CPAC appearance.
Prince Charles reportedly wants face-to-face meeting with President Biden
       
Britain’s Prince Charles is pushing for an urgent face-to-face meeting with President Biden on climate change, according to a report. Charles, 72, is due to meet Biden in June at a Buckingham Palace reception ahead of the G7 Summit — but has told his aides he wants to meet with him well before that, sources told the Mail on Sunday. The prince wrote to Biden in January to congratulate him on his inauguration and is “hugely encouraged” that the president rejoined the Paris Climate Accord on tackling global warming, sources told the paper. The pair have met before, with Charles and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, visiting the White House in March 2015 when Biden was vice president, the paper noted. The prince also reportedly has a good relationship with John Kerry, Biden’s controversial private-jet-loving pick for climate czar.
CPAC 2021: Trump says he won’t start a new political party
       
But Trump on Sunday called for unity within the GOP. “We’re not starting new parties,” he told a cheering in-person crowd, during his first public speech since leaving office. “We have the Republican Party. Fake news,” continued Trump, sarcastically mocking what would have been a dubious strategy. Let’s start a new party and let’s divide our vote, so that you can never win.
Trump declares he won't start a new party at CPAC, says speculation otherwise was 'fake news'
       
You know -- they kept saying, 'He's going to start a brand new party,'" Trump said. As the GOP began to fully embrace Trump again, the speculation that he would start a new party largely died down. TRUMP WINS CPAC STRAW POLL BY WIDE MARGIN"I am not starting a new party," Trump continued. And 68% of people at CPAC in the straw poll said that Trump should run for president again. But scientific polls generally show that Trump dominates with the GOP base, even if not to the same extent as the CPAC straw poll.
Clinton, Harris, Warren all silent on Cuomo after second woman brings sexual misconduct allegations
       
Multiple high-profile Democratic women have yet to publicly comment on sexual harassment allegations against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo despite having fervently objected to the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court over decades-old allegations of sexual harassment. As of Sunday afternoon, Vice President Kamala Harris, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and two-time presidential candidate Hillary Clinton have released no statement on the claims made by two women who worked closely with Cuomo. "Republicans are playing politics with the Supreme Court, and they are willing to step on anyone –including the victim of a vicious sexual assault – in order to advance their agenda." Fox News has reached out to Harris, Warren and Clinton for comment.
Straw poll: Trump is top pick for 2024, DeSantis runner up
       
Former President Donald Trump on Sunday won the straw poll for Republican 2024 presidential candidate at the Conservative Political Action Conference, with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis coming in second place. Kristi Noem was a distant third in the straw poll of possible GOP candidates, with 4 percent support, followed by former UN ambassador and ex-South Carolina Gov. If Trump chooses not to run in 2024, DeSantis becomes the clear front-runner with 43 percent support among conservatives who attended the event. The straw poll also revealed political priorities of attendees. When asked to identify the most pressing political issues, 62 percent said “election integrity” in an echo of Trump’s claim the election was stolen by fraud.
Juul trying to recoup millions from brazen entrepreneurs
       
But just 10 months later, Juul was sounding the alarm on all kinds of alleged shenanigans — including millions of corporate dollars that were blown on personal expenses and millions more that were quietly moved offshore. Juul’s lawsuit says Eonsmoke illegally marketed its vaping pods as ‘Juul compatible.’Grishayev and Tolmach were riding high in October 2018 when Juul filed its lawsuit. Revenues exploded from $2.3 million in 2017 to $30 million in 2018, court papers show. !,” Eonsmoke wrote of its devices in an Instagram post cited by the city of Denver, which also sued last year. But less than a year after shuttering, Juul was complaining to the court that the company’s funds had also gone up in smoke.
Virginia school district refuses to tout Dr. Seuss’ birthday on Read Across America Day
       
A Virginia school district refuses to tout Dr. Seuss’s birthday on Read Across America Day on Tuesday — claiming the famed children author’s work contains “racial undertones” that are not suitable for “culturally responsive” learning, according to the Daily Wire. Seuss books have not been banned in Loudoun County Public Schools” — although it did add, “Research in recent years has revealed strong racial undertones in many books written/illustrated by Dr. Seuss. “Given this research, and LCPS’ focus on equity and culturally responsive instruction, LCPS provided this guidance to schools during the past couple of years to not connect Read Across America Day exclusively with Dr. Seuss’ birthday. “We continue to encourage our young readers to read all types of books that are inclusive, diverse and reflective of our student community, not simply celebrate Dr. Seuss,” the school district said. Read Across America Day, founded by the National Educational Association in 1998, is celebrated on the March 2 birthday of the late author, whose 60 children’s books have sold more than 600 million copies.
Trump wins CPAC straw poll by wide margin
       
Shortly before pollster Jim McLaughlin announced the straw poll results, the ballroom erupted in cheers approving of the decision to hold CPAC in Florida. And 68% of people at CPAC in the straw poll said that Trump should run for president again. The straw poll is not a scientific poll. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPRepublicans who have been highly critical of the former president performed very poorly in the CPAC straw poll. Notably, 95% of those who responded to the CPAC straw poll said that the GOP should continue with the Trump agenda.
McCarthy warns Democrat-backed HR 1 is Pelosi power grab meant to erode election confidence
       
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Sunday that the Democrat-backed H.B. 1 will destroy election confidence and serves as a power grab for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, effectively destroying America if the sweeping election reform bill passes next month. 1, so this is most important for Nancy Pelosi to hold on to her power." EVERY HOUSE DEMOCRAT SIGNS ON SWEEPING HR 1, GOP ARGUES IT WOULD 'UNDERMINE' ELECTION INTEGRITYEvery House Democrat last week signed onto the sweeping election reform bill H.R. I can also show an ID to vote because in California, it's just like what they're doing in the COVID bill.
Iran rejects offer of direct US nuclear talks, senior diplomats say
       
Iran rejected a European Union offer to arrange direct nuclear talks with the U.S., senior diplomats say, risking fresh tension between Tehran and Western capitals. The U.S. had said it would attend the talks, which the EU had hoped to host in the coming days. POMPEO SAYS BIDEN MOVES ON IRAN, HOUTHIS PRECURSORS TO RE-ENTERING 'CRAZY, CRAPPY' NUCLEAR DEALStill, Iran’s move is likely to exacerbate tensions in the coming days. If Iran follows through on that threat, it would greatly reduce international oversight of Iran’s nuclear work, a situation that Mr. Grossi has said would gut the agency’s ability to keep Iran’s nuclear program in check. One senior European diplomat said that Iran was however fearful of going home empty-handed from a meeting with the U.S., which could have sparked a major backlash in Iran.
CNN's Brian Stelter forced to address Cuomo sex scandal after network delayed coverage of first accuser
       
CNN's left-wing media guru Brian Stelter was forced to address the sexual harassment allegations plaguing his colleague Chris Cuomo's brother after his network was called out for delaying coverage of the New York governor's first accuser. On Sunday's installment of "Reliable Sources," Stelter drew much of the focus on the bombshell report from The New York Times that outlined claims against Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo from former aide Charlotte Bennett, which CNN covered on-air earlier in the day after the story was published Saturday evening. But Stelter himself did not mention how his own network also provided Cuomo glowing attention. CNN, the home network of Cuomo's kid brother Chris Cuomo, has given the governor unprecedented cover in downplaying his various scandals.
Trump delivers much-anticipated speech at CPAC, after winning 2024 straw poll
       
Former President Trump is delivering his keynote address at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Sunday -- a finale to the annual conference which sees Trump make his first major speech since leaving office. TRUMP TO SPEAK AT CPAC IN FIRST MAJOR ADDRESS SINCE LEAVING OFFICE, AS GOP SEARCHES FOR PATH FORWARDHis speech was preceded by the CPAC straw poll, which polled attendees about who they would see on the ballot. Trump is not expected to announce a 2024 run in the speech and instead will focus on the the immediate future of the Republican Party. Instead, we will be united and strong like never before," Trump will say, in an excerpt of the speech obtained by Fox News. Meanwhile, many of those who opposed Trump, including Cheney and Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, were not in attendance.
Lindsey Boylan calls on Cuomo to resign or be removed from office: He can't choose his judge and jury, 'we do'
       
Andrew Cuomo who first came forward with sexual harassment allegations against the Democrat, is now calling for his resignation or removal from office. AOC CALLS ON NY AG TO APPOINT INVESTIGATOR IN CUOMO SEXUAL HARASSMENT SCANDAL"Like a true abuser, @NYGovCuomo continues to work behind the scenes to undermine the truth and to harm his many victims," Boylan tweeted on Sunday. Cuomo's office denied Boylan's harassment claims, calling them "simply false" and insisting the strip poker comment "did not happen." "I understood that the governor wanted to sleep with me, and felt horribly uncomfortable and scared," Bennett told the Times. I never made advances toward Ms. Bennett nor did I ever intend to act in any way that was inappropriate.
Minneapolis courthouse turned into fortress for George Floyd murder trial
       
The Minneapolis courthouse where ex-cop Derek Chauvin will stand trial for murder in the death of George Floyd is being turned into a veritable fortress. Hennepin County District Court, where jury selection is due to begin March 8, is being ringed with concrete barriers, security fencing, and barbed wire — and a beefed-up security presence that will include the National Guard. “There’s going to be very high emotion on all sides of this, and we’ll be prepared,” Minnesota Gov. Chauvin is charged with killing Floyd be pressing his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes despite his repeated pleas that he couldn’t breathe. APAnd it’s not just the courthouse that’s being prepared for any unrest — the city jail and nearby City Hall are also being reinforced with fencing, barbed wire and barriers.
COVID relief bill creates rift between mainstream Democrats and party's left flank
       
She ruled recently that the Democrats’ gambit to include a $15-an-hour minimum wage increase in the COVID relief bill violated special budget reconciliation rules. Just days ago, President Biden doubted that the minimum wage increase would survive MacDonough’s vetting for this COVID bill. Progressive Caucus Co-chair Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., argued that Senate Democrats should go over the head of MacDonough. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is one Democrat who opposes including the minimum wage increase in the COVID bill. Democrats included the $15 minimum wage increase in their $1.9 trillion COVID bill passed early Saturday morning.
Pompeo says Biden moves on Iran, Houthis precursors to re-entering 'crazy, crappy' nuclear deal
       
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Saturday that the Biden administration's moves to drop a sanctions push on Iran and revoke a terrorist declaration on Iran-backed Houthis were precursors to re-entering what he described as the "crazy, crappy" 2015 nuclear deal. The Biden administration recently said it was abandoning that push. He then referenced the decision by the administration to revoke the terrorist designation placed by the Trump administration on the Iran-backed Houthis, who are fighting Saudi-backed forces in Yemen. Biden has indicated his administration will seek to rejoin the deal, and believes the prior moves fit into that plan. "I think these are all precursors to them going back to this crazy, crappy nuclear deal that they engaged in that presented Iran with a very clear pathway to a nuclear program," he said.
COVID-19 vaccine production ramps up as US hits daily high
       
The one-day record is a steep increase from the week’s daily average of 1.65 million doses per day. Drug executives told Congress last week that dose production is expected to double and possibly triple in March. “We are on track to make 120 million doses available for shipment by the end of March and an additional 80 million doses by the end of May,” Young indicated. Johnson & Johnson, which was granted emergency approval Saturday, has around 4 million doses of its single dose vaccine ready to roll out. However, ramped up vaccine production and expanded phases of distribution are expected to speed up that benchmark.
Armie Hammer quietly moves out of LA home in dead of night, source claims
       
As we revealed this month, Hammer, 34, and his estranged wife, Elizabeth Chambers, finally found a buyer for their $5 million home in the swanky Hancock Park neighborhood. The offer came in nearly two months after the former couple slashed the price of their three-story English Tudor home by $800,000. The seven-bedroom, six-bathroom property first hit the market in September for $5.8 million. Hammer and his estranged wife, Elizabeth Chambers, have since found a buyer for their $5 million home. Realtor.comAmid the allegations over his behavior, Hammer has been dropped by his talent agency, WME, and has left a slew of upcoming projects.
Rep. Andy Biggs: Fight for election integrity – here's how Americans can defeat Democrats' HR1
       
The first bill Democrats sponsored in 2019, after gaining control of the House of Representatives, was HR 1. The first bill Democrats introduced in 2021 was similar, with the same intent – power and control. Americans must raise their voices and contact their members of Congress and urge them to defeat HR 1. While most of the country has some doubt as to the integrity of our elections, the Democrats want to ensure that we never have an honest election again. Americans must raise their voices and contact their members of Congress and urge them to defeat HR 1.
Ohio Rep. Davidson considering run for Senate or governor, urges GOP to 'pick a side' on internal divide
       
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Rep. Warren Davidson said on Saturday that he is considering running for either Ohio governor or U.S. senator from Ohio in 2022, as he harshly criticized incumbent Republican Gov. "I have considered the Ohio Senate, you know, senator for the state of Ohio. And, look, it's flattering to have my name come up in that race and frankly, in the governor's race," Davidson said in an interview with Fox News during the 2021 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). "I think, you know, as Donald Trump shows, there's going to be a lot of energy," Davidson said. If you run somebody that doesn't resonate with the core part of the party, they're not going to be energized.
RNC's McDaniel denounces QAnon, White supremacy; calls on Democrats to do same for Antifa
       
Cheney was one of just 10 Republican House members to vote to impeach Trump a second time following the Capitol riot. JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES MORE THAN 300 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN CHARGED IN CAPITOL RIOT"Will you make that clear now?" "We passed a resolution unanimously from the RNC members three years ago saying we condemn White supremacy, antisemitism, KKK and I’m going to add QAnon to that. "I will denounce extreme elements that pretend to be Republican and say that we do not want you in our party," McDaneil said. "As you see Joe Biden strip away energy independence and cancel the Keystone Pipeline, as you see Joe Biden say I’m going to prioritize opening our borders over opening our schools, opening our economies.
Cuomo should lose emergency powers amid sexual harassment claims: de Blasio
       
Andrew Cuomo’s emergency authority over local governments — and two independent probes following a second "disturbing" allegation of sexual harassment lodged by a one-time staffer. De Blasio additionally called for truly independent probes of all allegations against the governor, with whom he has frequently traded barbs for years. "Two fully independent investigations must be held immediately into the deaths at nursing homes and the disturbing personal misconduct allegations," the mayor said. "The investigation into nursing home deaths must be free to examine campaign contributions from the nursing home industry," he continued. Cuomo has denied both sexual harassment allegations, and adamantly defended his administration’s work to stem the coronavirus in nursing homes.
How to watch Donald Trump’s speech at CPAC 2021
       
?Former President Donald Trump will close out the ?Conservative Political Action Conference on Sunday with his first public address since leaving the White House on Jan. 20.?Here’s how to watch:When will he speak? The main cable news networks — Fox News, CNN, MSNBC — are all expected to air live coverage of Trump’s speech. The annual get-together for Republicans is being held in Orlando, Fla.What is Trump expected to say??According to early reports, Trump will look ahead to the midterm elections in 2022 and the presidential election in 2024. “I stand before you today to declare that the incredible journey we began together four years ago is far from over. The former president is also expected to lay the groundwork for how Republicans could regain majorities in the House and Senate.
Fauci warns against comparing Johnson & Johnson vaccine to others
       
Comparing the J&J vaccine to the other two authorized is complicated since their trials had important differences, Fauci has said. The J&J trial was also conducted later and in regions where highly-contagious new variants were circulating. “I think we need to pull away from this comparing and parsing numbers until you compare them head to head. Just be really grateful that we have three really efficacious vaccines,” Fauci said. Dr. Anthony Fauci APIn a separate interview on NBC”s “Meet the Press,” Fauci said that he would have no hesitation taking the J&J vaccine if it was the option available to him.
NY AG Letitia James seeks to probe ‘troubling’ Cuomo sexual harassment allegations
       
State Attorney General Letitia James on Sunday called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to let her office oversee a probe into the “troubling” sexual harassment allegations lodged against him, and make any necessary appointments of investigators. “Allegations of sexual harassment should always be taken seriously,” said James in a statement. On Sunday, the governor fired back a counter-proposal giving James’ office partial control. The bombshell came less than a week after another former Cuomo staffer, Lindsey Boylan, expanded on her own sexual harassment allegations against the governor, including an accusation that he kissed her without warning.
NY Gov. Cuomo fundraised off #MeToo movement in 2018
       
Andrew Cuomo fundraised off of the #MeToo movement in 2018, the same year his former adviser Lindsey Boylan resigned from her position, a decision she now chalks up to sexual harassment and unwanted touching by the governor starting in 2016. NEW YORK GOV CUOMO ACCUSED OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT BY SECOND WOMANIn 2018, Cuomo faced criticism for fundraising off of the #MeToo movement after knowingly hiring senior aide Sam Hoyt following Hoyt's extramarital affair with a 19-year-old intern. AOC CALLS ON NY AG TO APPOINT INVESTIGATOR IN CUOMO SEXUAL HARASSMENT SCANDALMonths later, liberal-leaning outlet Slate called out Cuomo for capitalizing on support for the #MeToo movement in a fundraising email in early 2018. Cuomo praised "women across the country" who "courageously speak out about facing sexual assault and harassment" in an email with the subject line "NY Stands with #MeToo," Slate reported. In addition, a second former aide to Cuomo has come forward with allegations of sexual harassment.
Biden's $1.9T coronavirus relief bill is 'Trojan horse,' will use as 'slush fund' to buy votes: Rep. Nunes
       
President Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill is a Trojan horse that the Democrat will use as a slush fund to buy votes over the next four years, U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes said Sunday. DEMOCRATS RELEASE PLAN TO BRING BACK EARMARKS"This is a slush fund in order to buy votes that Biden can use over the next four years," Nunes said. "I think the American people know that doesn't have anything to do with COVID relief," Nunes said. The House passed its version of the relief proposal with a vote of 219-212 around 2 a.m. Saturday. Tucked into the House bill was also the Democrat’s plan to gradually increase the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025 – an effort many Republicans rejected.
CNN's Dana Bash flubs Cuomo question to Psaki, refers to NY governor as 'Chris'
       
Andrew Cuomo by his brother Chris Cuomo's name when asking White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki about sexual harassment allegations against Andrew Cuomo. "The New York Times is reporting that last night that a second allegation of sexual harassment against New York Gov. Chris Cuomo, this is a report from a former aide," Bash said during Sunday's "State of the Union." CNN'S CHRIS CUOMO ONCE TEASED BROTHER FOR BEING 'SINGLE AND READY TO MINGLE'"First, President Biden has been consistent that he believes every woman should be heard. Chris Cuomo once invited his brother on-air and teased him about being "single and ready to mingle."
Fauci advises relaxed gatherings in homes for vaccinated individuals, but not 'out in the community'
       
FDA PANEL ENDORSES JOHNSON & JOHNSON'S COVID-19 VACCINE"The CDC will be coming out within the next few weeks, maybe even sooner, with some guidelines," Fauci told "State of the Union" host Dana Bash. "So you can start doing things essentially in the home setting where you are not out in the community." The guidance follows the approval of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for emergency use. Some people have voiced concern over the vaccine, which is 72% effective compared to the much higher efficacy of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, although the Johnson & Johnson vaccine only requires one shot, as opposed to two for the others. "We have some preliminary data for some Israeli studies that the level of virus in the nasal pharynx of vaccinated people is extremely low," Fauci told "This Week" host George Stephanopoulous.
Psaki skirts questions about punishing MBS for death of Jamal Khashoggi
       
White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Sunday wouldn’t directly say whether President Biden would take action to sanction Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman personally for the death of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi — saying only that there are “more effective” means. “So isn’t punishing them like punishing the hitman and not the mob boss who actually put out the hit?” Bash asked Psaki. Facing criticism from bipartisan congressional lawmakers for not taking direct action against bin Salman, Biden told reporters on Saturday more will be coming Monday. The Biden administration released an intelligence report last Friday that put the blame for Khashoggi’s death squarely on bin Salman, the de facto ruler of the kingdom. “We assess that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince approved an operation in Istanbul, Turkey, to capture or kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi,” the report said.
18 killed, 30 wounded in Myanmar crackdown, UN official says
       
YANGON, Myanmar — Security forces in Myanmar opened fire and made mass arrests Sunday as they sought to break up protests against the military’s seizure of power, and a U.N. human rights official said it had “credible information” that 18 people were killed and 30 were wounded. An Associated Press journalist was taken into police custody on Saturday morning while providing news coverage of the protests. DVB counted five deaths in Yangon and two in Mandalay, the largest and second-largest cities. In Dawei, local media reported at least three people were killed during a protest march, supported by photos and video. Videos and photos showed protesters running as police charged at them, and residents setting up makeshift roadblocks to slow their advance.
Cuomo should lose emergency powers amid sexual harassment claims: de Blasio
       
Andrew Cuomo’s emergency authority over local governments following a second “disturbing” allegation of sexual harassment lodged by a one-time staffer. “New Yorkers have seen detailed, documented accounts of sexual harassment, multiple instances of intimidation, and the admitted withholding of information on the deaths of over 15,000 people,” said de Blasio. “Two fully independent investigations must be held immediately into the deaths at nursing homes and the disturbing personal misconduct allegations,” the mayor said. “The investigation into nursing home deaths must be free to examine campaign contributions from the nursing home industry,” he continued. Cuomo has denied both sexual harassment allegations, and adamantly defended his administration’s work to stem the coronavirus in nursing homes.
Virginia officer fatally shot during traffic stop in Stanley
       
A police officer in a Virginia town was shot and killed by a driver during a traffic stop before he could get out of his patrol vehicle, authorities said. Officer Dominic "Nick" J. Winum, 48, was fatally shot in the town Friday afternoon, Stanley Police Chief Ryan Dean said in a statement. Virginia State Police told news outlets Richards ran away but was later found hiding in a barn. KANSAS OFFICERS HURT IN 'POSSIBLE EXPLOSION' IN DOWNTOWN WICHITAThe suspect reportedly made a "threatening movement" and was shot and killed by officers. Before that, Virginia State Police said he had been a state trooper.
Sen. Hagerty says GOP must push back on Dems' 'wish list of socialist programs' in stimulus bill
       
Sen. Bill Hagerty, R-Tenn., on Saturday told Fox News that Republicans must push back against a "Democrat wish list of socialist programs" in the $1.9 trillion stimulus package making its way through Congress -- and predicted it wouldn't get a single GOP vote. GOP SEN. HAGERTY PRESSES BIDEN ON 'REMAIN IN MEXICO' ROLLBACK, WARNS IT WILL 'ENDANGER' COMMUNITIESThe enormous stimulus package passed the House early Saturday in a 219-212 vote. He said his own threshold for a stimulus package is "whether or not, on a targeted basis, it is doing something to get our people innoculated, our kids back in school and our families back to work." Hagerty spoke to Fox News a day before former President Donald Trump was scheduled to address CPAC. "We’ve got to continue to stand strong to maintain the great momentum we had under President Trump," he said.
Biden backs ‘independent review’ of Cuomo sexual harassment claims: White House
       
President Biden backs an “independent review” of sexual harassment claims against Gov. Andrew Cuomo after allegations from two female former staffers?, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said. “There should be an independent review looking into these allegations, and that’s certainly something he supports, and we believe should move forward as quickly as possible,?” Psaki told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. Former Federal Judge Barbara Jones will lead the review.”Psaki was asked by CNN anchor Dana Bash whether the president believed the allegations from Charlotte Bennett and Lindsey Boylan about Cuomo. Bennett?, 25,? alleged? on Saturday that the governor asked her inappropriate questions and told her he was open to relationships with women in their 20s, comments that left her feeling that he “wanted to sleep with me.”Cuomo has denied the allegations.
Dana Bash mixes up Cuomo brothers while covering governor’s latest scandal
       
CNN anchor Dana Bash confused her colleague Chris Cuomo with his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, on-air Sunday while discussing the latest sexual harassment allegations against the politician. Bash then launched into an interview with White House press secretary Jen Psaki before correcting herself for accidentally naming the “Cuomo Prime Time” host. “Governor Andrew Cuomo I should say, obviously,” she said. The latest revelations involving the elder Cuomo, 63, come after another former aide, Lindsey Boylan, accused him of sexual harassment.
Rick Perry: Texas' weather crisis – here's how states, nation should prepare for the unexpected
       
We need to focus on our recovery and then act to ensure we’re properly prepared for future events. REBECCA GRANT: BIDEN, KERRY AND CLIMATE – 5 DIRTY SECRETS BEHIND THEIR DECARBONIZATION PLANSTexas is a leader in renewable energy, especially wind. In fact, Texas produces more energy from wind turbines than all but five countries. Greg Abbott and the Texas legislature are in the process of addressing the issues Texas has just faced. It is through technology – not regulation – that we as a nation can weather this storm and be prepared for future extreme weather events.
Secure the retirement of your dreams with these easy moves
       
When you're used to collecting a steady paycheck, the idea of losing it and relying on savings and Social Security can be overwhelming. A few simple moves on your part could set the stage for the retirement you've always imagined -- one that's fulfilling and devoid of financial stress. Stay out of debtRacking up debt can wreck your retirement, even if you accrue that debt years before your career ends. First of all, the more debt you accumulate, the more money you'll throw away paying interest, and the less money you'll have the option to save. Additionally, if you carry debt into retirement, it'll be one more monthly expense you'll need to grapple with, straining your Social Security benefits and retirement plan withdrawals.
Rioters try breaking down door of Portland Police Association
       
Rioters are attempting to break down the door of the Portland Police Association, law enforcement said on Wednesday evening. "A protest has developed near North Lombard Street and North Campbell Avenue, where participants have tried to break down the door the Portland Police Association," the Portland police tweeted. If you do you're subject to arrest and/or use of force including less lethal weapons." Journalist Andy Ngo, who frequently tracks these types of demonstrations, posted purported footage of recent demonstrations online. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPLeft-wing protests in Portland have caused roughly $2.3 million in damage to federal buildings since they broke out over the summer, according to local media.
Portland riots caused at least $2.3M in damage to federal buildings in city, state's US attorney says
       
Left-wing protests in Portland have caused roughly $2.3 million in damage to federal buildings since they broke out over the summer, according to local media. Oregon’s largest city saw more than two months of near-nightly unrest centered on a federal courthouse downtown. Activists even harassed the city’s liberal Mayor Ted Wheeler, who had opposed the Trump administration’s decision to send federal officers to help his beleaguered department amid the unrest. Courthouse in the city almost every night for weeks, feuding with police and counterprotesters and prompting the Trump administration to send federal officers to fortify the building after repeated vandalism. The other damaged buildings were the Edith Green-Wendall Wyatt Federal Building, the Gus J. Solomon U.S.
AOC calls on NY AG to appoint investigator in Cuomo sexual harassment scandal
       
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. is calling on New York's attorney general to select an investigator to look into the growing sexual harassment allegations against the state's Democratic Gov. "Lindsey Boylan and Charlotte Bennett's detailed accounts of sexual harassment by Gov. Cuomo are extremely serious and painful to read," Ocasio-Cortez reacted to the latest claims made against the governor on Sunday. NY DEMS CONDEMN NEW CUOMO SEXUAL HARASSMENT CLAIMS, CALL FOR HIS OUSTING, INDEPENDENT PROBEHowever, critics have slammed Cuomo's appointment. Cuomo's office denied Boylan's harassment claims, calling them "simply false" and insisting the strip poker comment "did not happen."
What Time Is Donald Trump Speaking Today at CPAC: How To Watch and Livestream
       
What time is Donald Trump speaking at CPAC 2021 today? Former President Donald J. Trump will speak at CPAC 2021 today, Sunday February 28, at 3:40 p.m. WHERE CAN I WATCH DONALD TRUMP’S CPAC 2021 SPEECH LIVE TODAY? WHERE CAN I WATCH DONALD TRUMP’S CPAC 2021 SPEECH LIVE ONLINE? CPAC 2021: FOX NATION STREAMING INFORMATIONWhile Fox Nation typically costs $5.99/month (or $64.99/year), the streamer is offering a free, 30-day trial for CPAC 2021 viewers.
Ex-CIA director urges Biden to hold MBS ‘accountable’ in Khashoggi’s death
       
?Former CIA Director John Brennan called for President Biden to ban Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman from the US following the release of an intelligence report last week that blamed the Saudi royal ruler for the death of ?dissident ?Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. The report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence concluded that the crown prince “approved an operation in Istanbul, Turkey, to capture or kill” Khashoggi?, a journalist who was deeply critical of the Saudi royal family.?It said the assessment was “the Crown Prince’s control of decision making in the Kingdom.”Brennan, who led the CIA from March 2013 to January 2017?,? said Biden must hold ?bin ?Salman accountable? despite the strategic alliance between the two countries.??He said the president should be able to “distinguish” ?between ?that partnership “and the actions of one man?.”?“That’s why I’m really hoping that the Biden administration is going to hold him accountable, saying that he is not going to come to the United States for any official or personal visits?,” Brennan said Saturday on MSNBC.??He also said Biden administration officials should not attend any high-level meetings with bin Salman, Saudi’s de facto ruler, to send a direct message to other ?leaders? in the Middle East and around the world. “That has to be made very clear, not just to M?u?hammed bin Salman and the rest of the Saudi government, but also to other governments throughout the region,?”? Brennan said. “?They cannot get away with this because the Biden administration is going to hold them to certain standards in terms of human rights and values?,” he added.?The intelligence report said a 15-member Saudi team arrived in Istanbul on Oct. 2, 2018, the day of the killing under the supervision of Saud al-Wahtani, a close adviser to bin Salman, “who claimed publicly in mid-2018 that he did not make decisions without the Crown Prince’s approval.”Seven members of bin Salman’s elite personal protective detail, a unit that an
Newt Gingrich: Defeating polio and coronavirus – this is how we kill viruses
       
TUCKER CARLSON: AMERICANS HAVE BEEN LIED TO BY COVID RESPONSE LEADERSLike polio, COVID-19 is a highly contagious virus that can be deadly. The first major polio epidemic in the United States hit Vermont in 1894 with 132 cases. A few decades later, polio had become one of the most serious communicable diseases among children in the United States. By 1979, the United States reported its last case of the paralyzing virus. In many ways, Salk provided an early model for nationwide vaccine deployment that has shaped our epidemic responses – and saved countless lives.
Sen. Scott says he will support incumbent GOP senators over Trump-backed primary challengers
       
Trump has discussed backing Republican primary challengers against incumbents at various levels, including against Sen. John Thune, R-S.D. SEN. RICK SCOTT SAYS GOP WILL FLIP AT LEAST FOUR DEM SENATE SEATS IN 2022"I am supporting every Republican incumbent in all the Senate races," Scott said. We have some open Republican seats, open Democrat seats. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP"It's the voters' party. It's always been the voters' party," Scott said.
George Floyd: Minneapolis to pay social media influencers to spread messages during Derek Chauvin trial
       
Minneapolis is set to pay six social media influencers to help disseminate city-approved messaging throughout the upcoming murder trial of Derek Chauvin, the ex-cop charged in George Floyd's death. DOJ CALLS NEW WITNESSES, REVIVES INVESTIGATION INTO GEORGE FLOYD DEATHThe social media influencers, whose contracts have yet to be finalized, will be paid $2,000 each to share "city-generated and approved messages" targeting Black, Native American, Somali, Hmong and Latinx communities. The effort is meant to dispel misinformation and avoid the unrest sparked by Floyd's death last year, inclouding violence and looting. NY PROTESTER, 75, SHOVED BY BUFFALO POLICE FILES LAWSUIT AFTER COPS' CHARGES DROPPEDRegarding social media influencers, the program approved by City Council involves the city entering "paid partnerships with community members who are considered trusted messengers and have large social media presence to share City generated and approved messages." City officials are expected to provide a public briefing at 10 a.m. Monday about "plans and preparations being made to ensure community safety" during the Chauvin trial.
Psaki: Biden admin 'committed to fighting our hearts out' for Tanden, raising minimum wage
       
The Biden administration remains staunchly supportive of Budget Director pick Neera Tanden as well as working towards raising the federal minimum wage, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Sunday. "We remain committed to fighting our hearts out for Neera Tanden," Psaki told "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace. SANDERS PROPOSES WAY TO ADDRESS MINIMUM WAGE IN COVID-19 BILLPsaki made similar comments during an appearance on "The View" on Thursday. Psaki also addressed a setback in Demcrats' push to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. But the President supports exactly what Sen. Sanders does, which is increasing the minimum wage for the American people, for workers who are just trying to make ends meet, and he thinks that’s long overdue," Psaki said.
Trump to call for GOP unity in CPAC speech: ‘We will not be dividing our power’
       
Former President Donald Trump, in his first public address since departing the White House in January, will call on Republicans gathered at a conservative conference in Florida Sunday to unite for the party. “We are not starting new parties, and we will not be dividing our power and our strength. Instead, we will be united and strong like never before,” Trump ?will say at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, according to an excerpt obtained by Fox News.?Trump supporters hold signs and wave to motorists outside the convention center at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)The former president will also set out a “pathway” for Republicans to regain control of the House and Senate, the report said.?H?e is also expected to take a shot at Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo. ), one of the House Republicans who voted to impeach him last month for his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.?
Justice Department to appeal judge's order on eviction moratorium
       
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department said Saturday it will appeal a judge's ruling that found the federal government's eviction moratorium was unconstitutional. "The CDC's eviction moratorium, which Congress extended last December, protects many renters who cannot make their monthly payments due to job loss or health care expenses," he said. "By preventing people from becoming homeless or having to move into more-crowded housing, the moratorium helps to slow the spread of COVID-19." The CDC eviction moratorium was signed in September by President Donald Trump and extended by President Joe Biden until March 31. "The federal government cannot say that it has ever before invoked its power over interstate commerce to impose a residential eviction moratorium," Barker wrote.
Trump to tell CPAC crowd: 'We will be united and strong like never before'
       
In his first major public appearance since leaving office, former President Donald Trump is expected to call for unity in the Republican Party when he addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference on Sunday. Instead, we will be united and strong like never before," Trump is expected to say. JOIN CPAC 2021 FROM HOME: HOW TO WATCH STREAMING COVERAGE, EXCLUSIVE CONTENT ON FOX NATIONDespite the overall theme of Republican unity, however, Trump may take a shot at House Republican Conference Chair Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., who supported his impeachment. Cheney was censured by the Wyoming GOP following her decision, although she received overwhelming support when House Republicans voted to keep her as chair. It remains to be seen whether Trump will fire back at any other Republicans who opposed him before, during, or after his impeachment.
Trump to speak at CPAC in first major address since leaving office, as GOP searches for path forward
       
"I think without question" the Republican Party is still the Trump party, Donald Trump Jr., told Fox News shortly after his address. During his Friday speech, Trump Jr., referred to CPAC as TPAC, likely meaning "Trump Political Action Conference." "I imagine it will not be what we call a low energy speech," Trump Jr., said of his father's address. "I think President Trump is the leader of the Republican Party. Added Scott: "President Trump did something that has never been done in our lifetime.
Sen. James Lankford: Our American experiment of religious liberty – you can have your faith and live it, too
       
Five months later, the Pilgrims settled Plymouth Colony in present-day Massachusetts with the hope that they could live their faith free from government imposition. As many people know, Massachusetts Colony allowed people to live the accepted faith, but not any faith. Our nation respects the right of everyone to have a faith, live that faith, change their faith, or have no faith at all. Elected officials have the same right as every other American: to have a faith and live their faith. I cannot and should not impose my faith on others, but neither can others impose their faith or lack of faith on me.
DeSantis: 'Flawed assumptions' led some states to send COVID-positive patients to nursing homes
       
"Flawed assumptions" about overcrowded hospitals led states like New York to order coronavirus-postive patients into nursing homes during the early days of the pandemic, Florida Gov. "One of the things we did, I think, before any other state was protect nursing homes. DESANTIS: 'CORPORATE MEDIA' WAS PROVEN WRONG ON FLORIDA'S REOPENING"But then, I think more importantly, we barred hospitals from discharging sick nursing home residents back into the nursing homes," he added. Andrew Cuomo is under investigation for his handling of the pandemic after thousands of COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes across the state. Last year, Cuomo directed New York nursing home to accept patients who had or were suspected of having COVID-19.
Portland anti-ICE rioters smash windows, spray-paint businesses; downtown merchants frustrated
       
Rioters vandalized several buildings in downtown Portland, Ore., on Saturday night in one of the largest protests in weeks, according to reports. One vandal wrote "banks suck" on Umpqua Bank’s façade, a Portland Tribune reporter tweeted. Ahead of Saturday's unrest, several Portland business owners had boarded up their storefronts in anticipation of the planned protest, FOX 12 in Portland reported. Windows were also broken at a grocery store, restaurant, shipping business, and several coffee shops, police said. Police noted in a news release that while tear gas was restricted it could be used following an ignored warning.
Reps. Reschenthaler & Waltz: US should boycott China's Winter Olympics – don't reward genocide, rights abuses
       
Last month, the U.S. Department of State determined that the CCP is committing genocide and human rights abuses against Muslim Uyghurs and other ethnic and religious minority groups in Xinjiang. CLICK HERE TO GET THE OPINION NEWSLETTERChina’s human rights violations do not end there. The world cannot stand by and allow China to continue these egregious human rights violations. This is why we have introduced a resolution in Congress urging the IOC to move the 2022 Winter Olympic Games. When the United States participated in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, it emboldened Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Cynthia Nixon, others scoff after Cuomo team names judge to ‘review’ gov’s sex scandal
       
NY DEMS CONDEMN NEW CUOMO SEXUAL HARASSMENT CLAIMS, CALL FOR HIS OUSTING, INDEPENDENT PROBE"Who asked the judge to review the new allegations?" Cohen’s remarks came after the sexual harassment allegations from Cuomo’s first accuser, Lindsey Boylan. At least two former aides to Cuomo have accused the governor of sexual harassment in the past week. In a news release Saturday, Cuomo called Bennett a "hardworking and valued member of our team during COVID" who has "every right to speak out." The sexual harassment allegations followed a torrent of criticism against Cuomo over his handling of the coronavirus among patients in the state’s nursing homes.
California duplex with mannequins in every room is listed for $650G: 'To be sold as-is'
       
There’s a house in California that comes with some unusual occupants. The five-bedroom, three-bathroom multifamily home at 3695 Primrose Road in South Lake Tahoe has been listed for $650,000, and comes with several mannequins and statues. The unassuming property is being represented by realtor Jesse Yohnka of the Deb Howard & Company, a premiere Lake Tahoe real estate agency. Although the listing doesn’t expressly say the fashionable mannequins and statues are included, the listing does note: "Property to be sold as-is.'' MAN BUYS HOARDER'S OLD HOUSE, DISCOVERING CASH, SILVER DOLLARS AND VALUABLESAside from the strange décor, the duplex comes with one-car garage and large driveway.
Burma military crackdown on anti-coup protests leaves at least 2 dead
       
Burma police made mass arrests at anti-coup demonstrations Sunday and reportedly killed at least two protesters in the fourth week of unrest since a military takeover on Feb. 1. The bloodshed came as the military has started to crack down on the protests that have continued the entire month after elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi was arrested along with President Win Myint and most members of Suu Kyi’s administration in a military coup. Some reports said two protesters were killed in Yangon and Dawei after police fired on demonstrators while other accounts said at least three people were killed in Yangon. Confirming reports of protesters’ deaths has been difficult amid the chaos and general lack of official news. The government also fired its ambassador to the United Nations on Saturday night for condemning the coup -- or as the military called it, "betraying" the country.
Vanessa Bryant reacts to LAPD request to redact deputies names
       
Kobe Bryant’s widow Vanessa Bryant said Saturday that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department wants to redact the names of deputies who allegedly took photos at the helicopter crash site that killed her husband, daughter, and seven others. “The Sheriff’s Department wants to redact the names of the deputies that took and/or shared photos of my husband, daughter, and other victims,” she wrote in an Instagram story Saturday afternoon. Her lawyers filed an amended complaint this week against four L.A. County sheriff’s deputies, alleging they took photos of the helicopter crash site and the remains of Kobe Bryant and 13-year-old Gianna Bryant, the Los Angeles Times reports. The DHS report said the agency has “medium confidence that cyber actors will possibly continue to target law enforcement officers.”Forty-three law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty last year, and 43 more were killed the year before that. Vanessa Bryant argued Saturday that “anyone else facing allegations would be unprotected, named and released to the public.”“Not all law enforcement is bad,” she wrote.
LIVE UPDATES: White House plans to charge reporters for coronavirus test for entry: report
       
The White House plans to begin charging reporters $170 for coronavirus tests for access to the grounds, according to a report. News organizations will now be required to foot the bill each time a reporter enters the White House – a policy that has prompted a backlash on social media, and has been interpreted as an "admission fee" that could burden smaller, cash-strapped outlets. The policy, set to begin Monday, is a shift that could cost the news industry tens of thousands of dollars, on top of the costs it already incurs when paying for reporters to travel with the president. Follow below for the latest updates on the White House. Fox News' Caitlin McFall contributed to this report.
Texas mom dies in freak accident after truck wheel flies into her windshield
       
A Texas mother of two was killed in a freak accident Thursday night, when the wheel of a nearby truck separated and flew into her windshield, authorities said. Hardy, 52, was driving a white GMC pickup on the southbound lanes when a wheel from a Dodge pickup truck that was heading north flew off and smashed into the mother’s windshield, killing her instantly. He went to a local hospital to be treated for injuries but was later released, according to KTRK. Hardy’s pickup hit a nearby Buick that was carrying a family of four; they too were taken to a hospital and were in stable condition, KRIV reported. The 16-year-old driver of the pickup truck wasn’t injured.
New York bars, restaurants suing state over coronavirus curfew get temporary OK to stay open later: report
       
Ninety bars and restaurants suing New York state over a coronavirus-related 11 p.m. closing curfew were allowed to stay open until their normal 4 a.m. closing time this weekend after a ruling Saturday night by a state Supreme Court justice. They were all hanging by a thread," Cohen said, "and Judge Walker gave them a lifeline." They were all hanging by a thread and Judge Walker gave them a lifeline." — Steve Cohen, attorney representing New York businessesWalker’s ruling applies only to the bars and restaurants participating in the lawsuit, WIVB reported. Andrew Cuomo, calling for a judge to make the state comply with its December request for access to state data on transmission of the coronavirus.
Crowd protests ‘SNL’ vaccine joke as anti-Semitism
       
“Saturday Night Live” wasn’t getting any laughs on West 49th Street, as dozens turned out with bullhorns and signs to protest a joke from the week before about vaccinations in Israel. The crowd, led hours before the show aired by former state Assemblyman Dov Hikind, chanted “Shame on NBC!” and “Anti-Semitism is not funny!” outside NBC’s West 49th Street entrance. I’m going to guess it’s the Jewish half.”“It’s amazing that they have not apologized yet,” Hikind told The Post. “They did something so egregious, so horrible, I’m personally sick and tired of a major network like NBC indulging in spreading hate. “I’m not going to be silent about this stuff that really endangers the Jewish people,” he said.
CPAC 2021 in photos
       
Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union, which hosts CPAC, makes his way through the hall during the first day of the conservative political convention. David Butow for NY Post
Aries Horoscope Today: Free Daily Horoscope
       
You rarely lack for confidence but you need to remember that confidence by itself can only take you so far. At some stage over the next few days you will be expected to deliver on what you have promised. Hopefully your promises were not too outrageous.
Trump’s CPAC speech will double down on ‘Trumpism’ and America First
       
Former President Trump returns to the spotlight Sunday with a fiery speech capping the Conservative Political Action Conference — and he’ll be doubling down on “Trumpism” and his America First policy while charting a GOP course for the midterm elections and beyond. Trump very much plans to set and guide that course, sources close to the ex-president told The Post on Saturday night. “He wants to go into a deeper definition of what Trumpism is and what makes up the America First movement,” one source said. “And not only will this represent the framework for which he will endorse candidates heading into the midterms, but this also provides the broader framework to give the Republican party direction as we move into the midterms and beyond.”Trump is also expected to continue to take swipes at the GOP dissidents who voted to impeach him — as he did on Friday, when he endorsed Max Miller, 32, a former White House aide who plans to primary two-term GOP Rep. Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio. Gonzalez was one of 10 GOP representatives who crossed party lines vote with Democrats for Trump’s impeachment.
Pompeo says Biden administration sending ‘mixed signals’ on China's human rights abuses
       
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Saturday that the Biden administration has sent "mixed signals" on the Chinese persecution of religious minorities in Xinjiang -- and called for the administration to impose "real costs" on Beijing. Pompeo made the remarks in an interview with Fox News on the sidelines of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) about whether the Biden administration would follow through on his declaration that China had committed genocide against the Uyghurs. POMPEO SAYS BIDEN ECHOING 'CHINESE PROPAGANDA' ON UYGHUR PERSECUTION"The administration to date has sent mixed signals," Pompeo said. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, in her confirmation hearing, said that designation was being reviewed amid concerns that procedures were not followed. POMPEO: SANCTIONS FROM CHINA ARE A 'MESSAGE' TO BIDEN ADMINISTRATIONThe Trump administration, with Pompeo leading the State Department, took a muscular approach to Beijing, imposing sanctions for its human rights violations and pushing back on its privacy violations and geopolitical maneuverings.
CPAC 2021 speakers: Rush Limbaugh honored: 'Singlehandedly saved radio'
       
The late talk radio legend Rush Limbaugh was honored Saturday at the 2021 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Ronald Reagan Dinner. American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp, who organized the CPAC conference, remarked in the tribute that Limbaugh -- who died Feb. 17 after a battle with cancer -- "singlehandedly saved radio." CPAC is sponsored by Fox Nation. Follow below for updates on CPAC. Fox News' Charles Creitz contributed to this report.
Vanessa Bryant reacts after LA Sheriff's Dept. seeks to redact deputies' names for security reasons
       
Kobe Bryant's widow Vanessa Bryant said Saturday that the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department wants to redact the names of deputies who allegedly took photos at the helicopter crash site that killed her husband, daughter, and seven others. "The Sheriff’s Department wants to redact the names of the deputies that took and/or shared photos of my husband, daughter, and other victims," she wrote in an Instagram story Saturday afternoon. Her lawyers filed an amended complaint this week against four L.A. County sheriff's deputies, alleging they took photos of the helicopter crash site and the remains of Kobe Bryant and 13-year-old Gianna Bryant, the Los Angeles Times reports. The DHS report said the agency has "medium confidence that cyber actors will possibly continue to target law enforcement officers." Forty three law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty last year, and 43 more were killed the year before that.
NY Dems condemn new Cuomo sexual harassment claims, call for his ousting, independent probe
       
New York Democrats are offering blistering responses to the new sexual harassment allegations that have emerged from the state's embattled governor, Andrew Cuomo. Andrew Yang, the former presidential candidate-turned-New York City mayoral candidate, issued a statement calling for an "aggressive independent investigation" into the claims against Cuomo. "Anyone who has experienced sexual harassment in any situation should feel empowered to step forward and know they can share the truth of their experiences without fear or retaliation," Yang said. That starts with an aggressive independent investigation and an acknowledgement that harassment has no place in public service." Cuomo's office denied Boylan's harassment claims, calling them "simply false" and insisting the strip poker comment "did not happen."
LA District Attorney George Gascon faces new recall as Newsom effort nears threshold
       
After not yet three months in the office, Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón is facing a recall effort similar to the one faced by California Gov. Organizers of the Newsom recall effort said they've garnered 1.825 million signatures as of Thursday. Other members of the Gascón recall effort include victims’ rights advocates, former law enforcement officials, current and former prosecutors such as former LA Dist. Former L.A. Councilman Dennis Zine is chairman of the effort and former county Supervisor Michael Antonovich is an honorary chairman. During the unrest in LA following George Floyd’s death last summer, Blacknell posted a tweet referring to the LAPD as "barbarians" and "an occupying army."
Four key moments at CPAC Saturday
       
The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) wrapped its third day after addresses from a number of political heavyweights. "Since I last saw you the Chinese have sanctioned me," former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the crowd. "This is the smallest majority Democrats have had in 100 years," McCarthy said. Kristi Noem, a star attraction at Saturday’s event, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, is "wrong a lot." NOEM BLASTS FAUCI, CONTRASTS HER COVID HANDLING WITH CUOMO'S"I don't know if you agree with me, but Dr. Fauci is wrong a lot."
NY Gov. Cuomo, so-called 'Love Gov,' joked with CNN host bro 2 months before 2nd alleged sex harassment
       
Andrew Cuomo’s CNN host brother Chris was teasing him as the "Love Gov" and questioning why he was going "soft" on former President Trump. And just a couple of months later, the so-called "Love Gov" allegedly sexually harassed a 25-year-old female aide, according to a bombshell New York Times report published Saturday. "I’ve seen you referred to a little bit recently as the ‘Love Gov,’" CNN host Chris Cuomo told his brother in an April televised interview. CNN'S CHRIS CUOMO ONCE TEASED BROTHER FOR BEING 'SINGLE AND READY TO MINGLE' AS SEXUAL MISCONDUCT CLAIMS MOUNT"I’m the ‘Love Gov," the governor replied. CUOMO ALLEGATIONS: WHAT DO DEMOCRATS WHO BELIEVED KAVANAUGH ACCUSATIONS THINK?
Republican trolls trillion dollar COVID package, asks for $10,000 stimulus checks instead
       
In a last ditch effort to counter the $1.9 trillion coronavirus package passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in the early hours Saturday morning, frustrated Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar submitted an amendment that slashed non relief spending and offered $10,000 stimulus checks instead. “I offered an amendment to prioritize $10,000 stimulus checks to Americans most affected by COVID-19 and lockdowns,” Gosar said in a statement to Fox News Saturday. The people, not corporations or billionaires, need this money to survive,” he added, saying a $10,000 stimulus check should considered “a down payment.”The amendment was a nonstarter with House Democrats. Golden said his decision to vote against the mammouth fiscal package was due to the amount of spending not related to the coronavirus pandemic. This bill addresses urgent needs, and then buries them under a mountain of unnecessary or untimely spending,” Golden said in a statement Saturday.
‘Share-plunge’ GameStop traders serve valuable function
       
Without short sellers, the investing public is truly doomed. And for proof, look no further than a one-time penny stock that’s headed back to nosebleed levels. Short sellers borrow shares of stock, sell them and repay the loan at a later date, betting shares will fall. But they can lose a lot of money when stocks they short rise, which is what happened with GameStop. Chanos, a friend of President Biden, has reached out to economic aides in the White House to convince them short sellers are needed now more than ever.
For Andrew Cuomo, third time’s the harm: Goodwin
       
Andrew Cuomo, then New York’s attorney general, was a lock to be elected governor in 2010 and was already gaming the hurdles and opportunities. The irony is beyond rich now that Andrew Cuomo is hitting major turbulence midway through his own third term. Calls for impeachment, a rare sound in Albany, are growing louder over the horrific 15,000 nursing-home deaths and Cuomo’s effort to hide them from the public and the FBI. The twin crises share common roots: Cuomo centralized power like no governor in modern times and came to see himself as untouchable. In quick order, a report by Attorney General Letitia James concluded that the state undercounted nursing-home deaths by about 50 percent.
New York pols speak out against Gov. Andrew Cuomo as second accuser emerges
       
Cuomo Saturday as news spread that a second former aide has accused him of sexual harassment. A truly independent investigation is warranted,” Heastie said. Andrew Cuomo’s sexual allegations are “deeply disturbing and concerning.” AP Photo/Hans PenninkCuomo has not denied the allegations, noted New York City Mayoral candidate Maya Wiley. New York City mayoral candidate Maya Wiley said in a statement she is “disgusted” by the allegations against Cuomo. Today, it’s time for other New York State leaders to grow a spine.
Virginia hit-and-run kills off-duty police officer
       
A 33 year veteran of the Henrico Police Department was killed in a hit-and-run crash while off duty in Virginia Saturday, authorities said. Donald Lambert, Jr., who served as the department's captain of special operations, was pronounced dead at the scene. KANSAS OFFICERS HURT IN 'POSSIBLE EXPLOSION' IN DOWNTOWN WICHITA"We are deeply saddened at the tragic and untimely loss of Capt. Lambert," Henrico Police Chief Eric English said Saturday. Anyone with any information should call the Henrico Police Department at 804-501-5000 or Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.
'Trump Unity' trailer towed from outside CPAC at Hyatt in Florida
       
The Michigan-based Trump Unity Bridge, a traveling pro-Trump trailer bed, was towed outside the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Fla., Saturday. An image posted by David Weigel, a reporter for the Washington Post, on twitter shows the trailer being taken away near the Orange County Convention Center. LIVE UPDATES: MARCO RUBIO PULLS OUT OF CPAC 2021, CITING 'UNEXPECTED FAMILY ISSUE'The shrine to Trump, which features a Statue of Liberty, lights, loud speakers and giant T-R-U-M-P letters, has become synonymous with conservative political events. The trailer was stolen and crashed during a tour in Oklahoma last August, prompting Cortis to set up a Go-Fund-Me account to help with the repairs he then needed. In a statement on the Trump Unity Bridge website, Cortis said his mission is to "unite our country" -- adding that he wants to share his story and listen to others "who peacefully care to share."
Letters to the Editor — Feb. 28, 2021
       
The city has failed spectacularly in providing even a trace of a basic education to the vast majority of its students. Anthony ParksGarden CityCop attack pleaOur new and enlightened federal administration has offered Urooj Rahman and Colinford Mattis a plea deal (“Van-bombing plea offer,” Feb. 23). Asked why it took so long, Mayor de Blasio cited emergency issues that had to be dealt with first. All small businesses need to be helped, not just the ones he deems more important. Catherine AdagoManhattanFauci’s folliesDr. Anthony Fauci says we now need to wear two masks (“Masking may go into 2022,” Feb. 23).
NY City Council is pushing for a school-safety disaster
       
Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, meanwhile, claims the safety agents are an unaccountable force that has committed verbal, physical and sexual abuse of schoolchildren. Switching to a force of social workers would see crime soar — though maybe not be reported. When the DOE was last responsible for school safety, many school buildings had devolved into war zones. At hearing, Greg Floyd, head of Teamsters Local 237, which represents the safety agents, noted, “School Safety Agents have been both hero and victim” in their work. Johnson, Williams and others support a “restorative justice” model for school safety that focuses on social and emotional support.
America is getting closer to normalcy — it’s absurd to paint it any other way
       
It’s time for the country to start moving rapidly to normalcy — restoring jobs and restoring lives. Yet he’s also telling Americans they’ll need to wear masks (maybe two at a time) at least through 2022 — even if they get vaccinated. This is absurd: Our leaders should be nonstop pushing reluctant Americans to get jabbed so we can all get on with our lives. Hospitalizations and deaths keep dropping, even as variants have gained ground: Deaths dropped 20 percent these last two weeks. At least 38,000 New York City teachers have been vaccinated, according to City Hall and the United Federation of Teachers.
CPAC honors Rush Limbaugh at Ronald Reagan Dinner
       
At the 2021 CPAC Ronald Reagan Dinner, sponsored by Fox Nation, the Conservative Political Action Conference honored the life of late radio titan Rush Limbaugh. American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp, who organized the CPAC conference, remarked in the tribute that Limbaugh "singlehandedly saved radio." "Rush Limbaugh does not need a producer-- when Rush is there, Rush is the show -- he is the most incredible broadcaster of this and the last century," said Snerdley. "Rush Limbaugh took the moribund AM dial and now it's a flourishing relam where countless people from Michael Medved to Dennis Prager to Sean Hannity are granting people the alternative reality from the mainstream media." In closing, the tribute to Limbaugh played clips of him offering advice, and paying his own tribute to his audience in his final days.
Biden teases announcement on Saudi Arabia after Khashoggi report
       
President Biden on Saturday teased a Monday announcement regarding Saudi Arabia following the release of an official report that accuses Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of ordering the operation that killed Jamal Khashoggi. On Friday, the Biden administration announced sanctions against dozens of Saudis identified as involved in Khashoggi’s murder, but none against the crown prince. A U.S. intelligence report accuses Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of ordering the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Saudi courts sentenced to death five people who allegedly were involved in Khashoggi’s death, but those sentences later were converted to 20 years in prison. Saudi Arabia’s legal system has not prosecuted the crown prince.
Lauren Boebert blasts Washington DC security as ‘Fort Pelosi’ at CPAC
       
ORLANDO, Fla. — Freshman firebrand Congresswoman Lauren Boebert drew cheers at CPAC Saturday after saying she was no fan of the continued security around Washington, D.C. — and “Fort Pelosi.”“I wouldn’t be surprised if we start quartering soldiers in the committee hearing rooms,” Boebert said during a gun-rights panel at the annual GOP confab. “There’s plenty in the parking garages at Fort Pelosi. A growing number of lawmakers have begun to question the optics of the continued security measures. Just before Boebert, CPACers heard from former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who was introduced by his son Nick. “They’re going to trade army green for AOC green,” he said.
Roger Stone, at CPAC, says he'd back Trump in 2024 but warns Dems, media will try to 'bury' accomplishments
       
Political operative Roger Stone told Fox News on Saturday that he would support former President Donald Trump if he decided to run for the White House in 2024 -- but warned that anti-Trump forces would seek to "bury" his accomplishments. What will happen now based on history is the Democrats and academia and the media will seek to bury his great accomplishments," he said. Stone told Fox that it was necessary for conservatives to remind the American people of Trump’s accomplishments in office, and suggested a legacy project to do exactly that. Trump pardoned Stone at the end of his time in office. Conservative are gathered at the annual CPAC conference, sponsored by Fox Nation, to discuss the future of the conservative movement and Republican Party.
White House to charge reporters for COVID test, sparks outrage
       
The White House will reportedly begin charging reporters $170 for coronavirus tests upon entry into "The People’s House," first reported the Washington Post. The White House Correspondents Association, which represents journalists working in the presidential press corp, has taken issue with the new fees, reported the Post. "It sets up a means test for White House coverage," a member of the Correspondents Association reportedly said on the condition of anonymity. The White House Correspondents Association did not immediately respond to Fox News regarding the changes. "If this goes into effect, it would effectively ban multiple entire outlets," Anders Hagstrom, White House correspondent for the Daily Caller added.
These are the states reopening, rolling back mask mandates amid coronavirus pandemic
       
States are rolling back more and more coronavirus restrictions as vaccines become available and positive cases trend downward nationwide. Abbott has issued several executive orders, in addition to the mask mandate, that restricts some business operations if businesses are based in areas with high hospitalization rates. Positive COVID-19 cases spiked in the state in January and have been on a steady decline ever since. Kim Reynolds on Feb. 5 lifted all coronavirus restrictions -- including a mask mandate -- in the state that had been in place since before Thanksgiving, according to an emergency proclamation. Other states that never implemented or have lifted mask mandates include Alaska, Georgia, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota and Tennessee.
South Dakota Gov. Noem blasts Fauci, contrasts her COVID measures with Cuomo
       
Kristi Noem, a Republican who notably never shut down her state's economy or aspects of her citizens' social lives, ripped New York Gov. "Some even claimed that South Dakota is 'as bad as it gets anywhere in the world' when it comes to COVID-19—that is a lie," she said. She noted how in March, Cuomo and Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker ordered COVID patients into nursing homes before pushing legislation prohibiting nursing home lawsuits over COVID deaths. Now, Dr. Fauci, he told me that on my worst day I'd have ten thousand patients in the hospital on our worst day, we had a little over six hundred." "I don't I don't if you agree with me, but Dr. Fauci is wrong a lot."
Trump could target Kevin McCarthy in CPAC speech: report
       
Former President Trump is fighting mad at House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., over his support of Rep. Liz Cheney’s number three leadership spot in the House GOP, according to a report. McCarthy could even be in for a public rebuke in Trump’s speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Sunday. Meanwhile, McCarthy praised Trump in his CPAC address. McCarthy and Cheney had an uncomfortable exchange with reporters last week over whether Trump should be speaking at CPAC. "That’s up to CPAC," Cheney said in response to the same question.
City Council candidate wants NYPD Commish Shea ‘hung by his cajones’
       
“Should the NYPD Vice Squad be eliminated?” the survey asked, one of several questions on police and jail issues. “Should Dermot Shea be fired immediately?”“Hung by his cahones,” Schwartz wrote, misspelling cajones, the Spanish word for testicles. Schwartz, 68, a longtime progressive activist, has been endorsed by Black Lives Matter of Greater New York and the Transportation Workers Union, among others. “Shea is never, ever critical of anything his officers do,” he told The Post. “I think he has only exacerbated tensions between the police and both the minority community and white activists… and I think that’s disgraceful.”
CPAC speaker Kristi Noem: What to know about the Governor of South Dakota
       
South Dakota Gov. She served as the U.S. congresswoman from South Dakota until 2019, when she became the first female Governor of the state. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP"The Republican Party exists to fight for America, and for every American," she continued. Noem has been floated by some pundits as a potential presidential candidate in 2024, but she has consistently denied any interest in running. Fox Nation is a sponsor of CPAC 2021.
Democrats release plan to bring back earmarks
       
The House Appropriation Committee unveiled a plan to bring back earmarks Friday, rebranding them as "community project funding." Earmarks are avenues for lawmakers to direct funding to pet projects in their home districts in spending bills. Meanwhile, the Senate is drawing up its own bill to bring back earmarks. "I'm not against earmarks," said Sen. Richard Shelby, Ala., top Republican on the Senate Appropriations Committee, "I'm against bad, frivolous earmarks." Republicans banned the practice in the House in 2011, and Democrats did the same in the Senate under President Obama shortly after.
Trump targets pro-impeachment Republican in first primary endorsement
       
Former President Donald Trump has taken his first swipe at one of the Republican dissidents who voted to impeach him. Trump issued a warm endorsement Friday for Max Miller, 32, a former White House aide and campaign official who plans to primary two-term GOP Rep. Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio. “Current Rep. Anthony Gonzalez should not be representing the people of the 16th district because he does not represent their interest or their heart,” Trump wrote in an email blast to followers. “We want brilliant, strong, thoughtful, and compassionate leadership,” Trump wrote in that scathing attack on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and other GOP contrarians. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH) attends a House Financial Services Committee hearing on Dec. 2, 2020.
San Francisco to move $120 million from police to Black community
       
San Francisco Mayor London Breed released a fiscal plan this week that would divert $120 million from the city’s law enforcement funding to an initiative to help Black communities. SAN FRANCISCO SCHOOL BOARD REACHES AGREEMENT ON REOPENING, BUT NO DATE IN SIGHT"To make these decisions, we've listened to the African-American community about what's worked and what hasn't and we are committed to actually delivering on the promises that are made but all too often aren't kept," she added. Breed first announced her plan to divert law enforcement funds in June 2020 as part of the nationwide push to re-examine law enforcement funding, following the death of George Floyd, a Black man killed by a police officer in Minneapolis. The San Francisco Human Rights Commission then reviewed funding needs in the city's Black community by conducting surveys, community meeting and "listening sessions." We must listen to Black voices, commit the resources, and create the programs that will actually right past wrongs and get people resources and services so they can build their futures here in San Francisco and know that their City has their back," Breed said.
TV actor at Capitol riot facing assault, interference charges for using crutch as a weapon
       
A television actor has been charged with multiple counts, including assault of a federal law enforcement officer, during the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol building. At one point, the agent continues, Coffee is seen in videos holding the crutch over his head. Another video viewed by the agent "shows Coffee come into physical contact with an MPD officer to the left of one [of] the MPD officers equipped with the aforementioned body cam. The video also shows Coffee holding the crutch in a more aggressive manner and position toward the police officers." The former actor, however, denied engaging "in any type of physical confrontations with the police while at the Capitol Building," the agent said.
Nicole Malliotakis spearheads GOP objections to $1.9 trillion COVID bill
       
Staten Island Rep. Nicole Malliotakis took the lead as a group of GOP freshmen blasted the Democrats’ $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill. “This bill is significantly bloated,” the first-term Republican said late Friday, shortly before the wee-hours vote on the massive spending bill. “And we still have $1 trillion unspent from previous packages,” she added. The American Rescue Plan Act passed early Saturday on a party-line 219-212 vote that saw two Democrats joining the Republican minority in the “nay” column. “Instead of working together to fix horrifically bad policies, they blocked debate,” Reed complained.
White House imposes COVID-19 testing fee on reporters in latest step limiting press access
       
WASHINGTON — The White House is imposing a new $170 COVID-19 testing fee on reporters who want to access the West Wing, in what critics say is the latest step that constrains press coverage of President Biden. “The White House has informed us that it has determined that budgetary constraints limit the government’s ability to provide the daily COVID-19 testing that the White House has required for journalists on campus,” Miller wrote. Some outside tests will be allowed if it’s determined they meet White House standards. For the Trump White House, COVID-19 tests were only required for pool reporters likely to come into close contact with the president or reporters headed to the Oval Office for interviews. Reporters who attended Trump’s lengthy White House briefing room events generally were not tested for the virus.
Indians among the most overworked, lowest paid in the world: study
       
Indians are among the most overworked people on earth, earning among the lowest minimum wages, according to a new study from the International Labor Organization. Working hours in India can extend by as many as 48 hours per week, according to the ILO study. Qatar, Mongolia, Gambia and Maldives had average working hours that were longer than India’s. Workers in China found that average workers in China put in 46 hours a week. Workers in the US work an average of 37 hours per week, according to the study.
Paul Manafort can keep millions in real estate after pardon, judge rules
       
Paul Manafort, ex-campaign manager for former President Trump, will keep nearly $20 million worth of New York and Hamptons real estate, a federal judge ruled Friday. In addition to the real estate, Manafort will hold on to a savings account with an undisclosed balance, according to court filings. In his $22 million plea deal with Mueller, Manafort had agreed to forfeit a total of five properties, his life insurance and savings account. US Marshals had also put a SoHo loft Manafort owned at 29 Howard St on the market for $3.66 million. Manafort had transferred his 4,000-square foot Palm Beach mansion to his wife Kathleen for $10 following his plea deal with Mueller in 2018.
GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert on combating cancel culture, online censorship: 'We're not going away'
       
Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., says she refuses to "bow" to cancel culture, which is a dominant theme at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). In an interview with Fox News at the event, Boebert sounded the alarm on the rise of cancel culture, something she insisted dates back much earlier than the digital age. JOIN CPAC 2021 FROM HOME: HOW TO WATCH STREAMING COVERAGE, EXCLUSIVE CONTENT ON FOX NATION"Cancel culture has always been an issue," she said. REP. LAUREN BOEBERT HAD THIS RESPONSE TO MSNBC HOST COMPARING HER GUN DISPLAY TO OSAMA BIN LADEN'S"I refuse to bow to the cancel mob," she continued. We are not going to be singed by the radical flames of this cancel culture."
Gold Trump statue on sale at CPAC for $100,000
       
ORLANDO, Fla. — A bizarre gold statue of former President Trump clad in sandals and waving a magic wand is currently on sale at CPAC — for anyone with a cool $100,000 to spend. “He’s wearing a business suit because he’s a business man. Zegan, 61, named the piece “Trump and his Magic Wand” and said it took him a year to create. The wand, he added, refers to an obscure Obama crack about Trump needing a “magic wand” to bring back US-based jobs. The statue is currently on display with other Trumpy merchandise at the annual GOP confab.
NYC finally releases East River Park report, with heavy redactions
       
New York City finally made public a report — which it first claimed did not exist — on the East River Park reconstruction plan, but redacted dozens of pages of key details. The city finally released the 2018 report after East River Park Action appealed the FOIL decision. These redactions are just a pattern of disdain that the city has shown toward our community,” said Tommy Loeb, a member of East River Park Action. The city finally released the 2018 report after East River Park Action appealed the FOIL decision. The report says the plan to raise the level of the park would save $319 million.
‘Impeach’ billboard vents fury over Gov. Cuomo nursing home scandal
       
An Albany gun-store owner is venting his fury over Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s nursing home scandal with a giant highway sign calling for his impeachment. “The purpose is to demand that he be held accountable for the mass deaths at the nursing homes,” Brian Olesen told The Post. “Combined with these sexual allegations, I think people in this state have had it,” Olesen said. “And people are going to take the initiative now to seek this guy’s removal.”Cars driving past the Gov.
Ric Grenell won't rule out run for California governor amid Newsom recall, says GOP can win
       
Former Acting Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell didn't rule out running for California governor after teasing a potential challenge to Gov. A source familiar confirmed to Fox News that Grenell will discuss a potential run for California governor with former President Donald Trump on Saturday night. Grenell in his CPAC speech appeared to hint that he may run for governor of California if the effort to get a recall election against Newsom is successful. The California recall petition has surpassed the number of signatures necessary to trigger a recall of Newsom, but those signatures still have to be verified. "Out of 50 states, there's one state that still doesn't have churches open, gyms open or eating inside, and that's California," Grenell continued.
Rep. Lauren Boebert had this response to MSNBC host comparing her gun display to Osama bin Laden's
       
Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., was quick to dismiss remarks made by MSNBC host Chris Hayes, who compared her on-camera gun display to Osama bin Laden's. "Osama bin Laden, for one, liked to pose in front of a bookshelf with a gun prominently displayed. It's going to be all Republicans in there anyway and they certainly don't care," Boebert said. "I'm not bowing down to this cancel mob," Boebert told Fox News. When asked if she had a message for Hayes, Boebert replied: "Well, I'd have to know who he is first."
Georgia Senate advances bill to teach drivers how to respond to police
       
The Georgia state Senate on Friday backed legislation that would require drivers in the state to learn how to interact with cops. The bill was inspired by the police shooting of Rayshard Brooks, 27, last June. Brooks fell asleep behind the wheel in a Wendy’s drive-thru and was shot twice in the back when he tried to run away after cops were called. “I think if everything was equal, if everybody was treated across the board the same way, we wouldn’t be thinking about instructions for how to interact with the police. Black people get treated different than white folk.
Police brutality against black people happens way less than public thinks
       
Such was the case in 2020 in the wake of several high-profile cases of alleged police brutality involving black victims. Participants across the political spectrum in the nationally representative survey were asked how many unarmed black men were killed by police in 2019. Overall, nearly half of surveyed liberals (44 percent) estimated roughly between 1,000 and 10,000 unarmed black men were killed whereas 20 percent of conservatives estimated the same. Most notably, the majority of respondents in each political category believed that police killed unarmed black men at an exponentially higher rate than in reality. Over 80 percent of liberals guessed at least 100 unarmed black men were killed compared to 66 percent of moderates and 54 percent of conservatives.
Biden pleads for fast passage of his $1.9T COVID-19 stimulus bill
       
President Biden urged the Senate Saturday to quickly pass his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus bill, saying “We have no time to waste.”“If we act now we can finally get ahead of this virus,” he said at a White House podium in remarks that lasted less than two minutes. House Democrats narrowly approved the American Rescue Plan Act early Saturday morning on a 219 to 212 vote — with no support from Republicans. “We need to relieve that suffering.”The bill includes $1,400 stimulus checks for adults earning up to $75,000 per year, with smaller checks for higher earners. But Republicans have complained that the bill is loaded with pork — and stuffed with money for programs that have nothing to do with the pandemic that has taken 500,000 lives. “Less than 9 percent of the bill will be used to fund public health,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Friday.
Warren Buffett admits ‘mistake’ cost Berkshire Hathaway $11 billion
       
Berkshire Hathaway earned $42.5 billion in 2020, but on Saturday, CEO Warren Buffett admitted the conglomerate’s results for the year included a rare “mistake” — that cost the company $11 billion. The Oracle of Omaha said in his annual letter to shareholders that his 2016 purchase of the company Precision Castparts went bad, forcing Berkshire to “write down,” or deduct, nearly $11 billion from its bottom line last year. “I paid too much for the company,” Buffett, 90, wrote. “No one misled me in any way – I was simply too optimistic about PCC’s normalized profit potential.”Berkshire Hathaway Chairman and CEO Warren Buffett, center, looks at products produced by Precision Castparts. Attendees pass the Precision Castparts Corp. booth during the Berkshire Hathaway Inc. annual shareholders meeting in Omaha, Nebraska on April 30, 2016.
Hawley suggests Biden elevate Trump-era judges, but warns president is 'in thrall to radical left wing'
       
Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., on Friday suggested that President Biden, in a show of bipartisanship, pick Trump-appointed district court judges for seats on appeals courts when his administration begins to make judicial nominations. But he said that if the president wants to show that he is truly committed to bipartisanship, then Biden could elevate trial court judges nominated by former President Donald Trump to appeals courts. "I would hope that if President Biden truly wants to be bipartisan, he should nominate some Trump-appointed district court judges who've got a strong track record," Hawley said. Hawley also addressed the potential battle over a Supreme Court vacancy that may open under Biden. "My concern is what we've seen so far from President Biden is he's totally in thrall to the radical left wing of his party."
Yale student Kevin Jiang's murder: Connecticut police obtain warrant for arrest, suspect at large
       
New Haven police have obtained an arrest warrant related to the fatal shooting of Yale University graduate student Kevin Jiang, police confirmed to Fox News on Saturday. Jiang, 26, was shot multiple times and found lying outside his car on a New Haven street on Feb. 7. The New Haven Police Department has now obtained an arrest warrant charging Qinxuan Pan, 29, with Jiang’s murder, Capt. Additional warrants for his arrest in Connecticut and Massachusetts charged Pan with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution and interstate theft of a vehicle. SLAIN YALE STUDENT LAID TO REST BY CONNECTICUT NATIONAL GUARD IN CEREMONY HONORING HIS MILITARY SERVICEFamily told authorities that Pan was acting strange at the time.
Trump prepares to reassert dominance over Republicans at CPAC
       
Former President Trump will take centerstage at the influential Conservative Political Action Conference Sunday afternoon in what is expected to be nothing less than a naked show of force. “I think he’s going to talk about the future of the Republican party as he sees it and everyone in the room sees it there,” Donald Trump Jr. told The Post. “I think he will denounce a lot of the establishment policies that created the rise of Trump. Results of the annual CPAC straw poll, an early predictor of party enthusiasm, will be announced on Sunday. Capitol Hill insurrection, in which a least five people died in violence sparked by President Trump’s baseless claims of voter fraud, has gone largely undiscussed here.
Food critics who rip NYC indoor dining are sabotaging their own industry
       
Among all the curious responses to the COVID-19 crisis, the weirdest might be the reaction of most New York City restaurant critics and reporters to the return of low-capacity indoor dining. During last autumn’s short-lived restoration of indoor dining, through the winter months when only outdoor service was allowed and, most especially, since the indoor resumption approved by Gov. Only New York magazine’s Adam Platt allowed any wiggle room: “I wouldn’t condemn [indoor dining] for the record although I personally wouldn’t do it in NYC,” he told The Post by e-mail. They are hungry and anxious and more than willing to take on some risk, don a mask and work indoors.”New York magazine’s Adam Platt Clint Spaulding/PMcWhy are critics so hostile to indoor dining? Journalists united against indoor dining might be genuinely motivated by health fears.
Allen West: If we are going to celebrate Black History Month, then we must honor all Black stories
       
So, I thought it fitting to share my perspective on Black History Month. And, just so you know, I refer to myself as an American Black man, not hyphenated. JEREMY HUNT: BLACK HISTORY VS. Attucks was a free Black man who was the first to be killed in the Boston Massacre on Mar. If these stories, real Black history, are not told, then progressives retain control of the narrative and we are all worse off for it.
Surge of 13,000 Central American minors to US border expected in May
       
Customs and Border Protection officials are bracing for as many as 13,000 unaccompanied children crossing into the U.S. in May, according to a report. The record surge of migrant kids will require a continued expansion of the country’s network of migrant-child shelters, where capacity has already been reduced due to coronavirus social-distancing protocols, the report said. There was no talk of reinstating the Trump administration’s use of emergency health orders to quickly deport migrant minors. The Biden administration came under fire this week for reopening some of the same border facilities that President Donald Trump had been criticized for using by many Democrats, including President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. The Texas facility will hold up to 700 kids ages 13 to 17 while their immigration claims are processed.
US Army crowdsources ideas to combat sexual assault crisis
       
Taylor Knueven always knew sexual assault and harassment plagued the U.S. Army. But the combat medic’s own assault early last year opened her eyes to the broken system surrounding one of the military’s most infamous problems. Earlier this week, Knueven and six other soldiers went before a panel in the 18th Airborne Corps headquarters at Fort Bragg, N.C., to present ideas on how the Army can revamp the way it deals with sexual assault and harassment. Last week, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said at his first Pentagon news conference that reducing sexual assault is one of his top priorities and that he would introduce stronger efforts to fight it. Dudley says soldiers who have experienced sexual trauma can opt out of the training as it may serve as a trigger.
Myanmar police deploy early to crank up pressure on anti-coup protests
       
YANGON, Myanmar — Police in Myanmar escalated their crackdown on demonstrators against this month’s military takeover, deploying early and in force on Saturday as protesters sought to assemble in the country’s two biggest cities and elsewhere. Photos posted on social media showed that residents of at least two cities, Yangon and Monywa, resisted by erecting makeshift street barricades to try to hinder the advance of the police. Police in Dawei, in the southeast, and Monywa, 135 kilometers (85 miles) northwest of Mandalay, used force against protesters. Police arresting protesters in Yangon, Myanmar, on Feb. 27, 2021. Police officers cracking down on protests in the streets of Yangon, Myanmar, on Feb. 27, 2021.
Rudy Crew abruptly quits as Medgar Evers College president
       
Rudy Crew is making a hasty departure as president of Medgar Evers College, announcing just days ago that he was leaving this weekend instead of at the end of the academic year in June. Crew, 70, was set to quit last year after he was named the front runner to head the DeKalb County Schools in Georgia. But the district went with another candidate, prompting Crew to stay on at the Brooklyn college, part of the public City University of New York. Myrlie Evers, the widow of the slain civil rights leader for whom the school is named, slammed the CUNY board for allowing him to stay, saying the college had become a national “embarrassment” and needed new leadership. CUNY Chancellor Felix Matos Rodriguez said in a letter sent Friday to the college community that he was “more committed than ever to build on the indelible legacy of civil rights icon Medgar Evers, whose name the college proudly carries, and do all we can to fortify and strengthen MEC for the college’s next 50 years.”Crew did not return a request for comment.
Iran claims US bombing in Syria will strengthen ISIS
       
Iran’s top security official said that the US is encouraging ISIS by dropping bombs on paramilitary fighters along the Iraqi border. “The attack on anti-terrorist resistance forces is the beginning of a new round of organized terrorism,” Hussein said, Reuters reported. Shamkhani said, “we will confront the US plan to revive terrorism in the region,” but did not elaborate. A satellite image of the Iraq-Syria border crossing before the US airstrike this week. 2021 Maxar Technologies/Handout via ReutersShamkhani also pressed Hussein for Iran to tell the US to withdraw the rest of its troops in the country, according to reports.
CPAC debuts 2024 presidential contenders, but divisions remain
       
Ron DeSantis and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, are trying to prove their conservative bona fides for 2024 to the nation’s top right-wing leaders this weekend. “2022 is going to be a fantastic election year and so is 2024, as we stand together and defend liberty, defend the Constitution, defend the Bill of Rights of every American. In the modern GOP, however, none can appear too eager for the top job until Former President Trump himself rules it out. He is almost certain to win CPAC’s Sunday straw poll, an early indicator of 2024 grassroots enthusiasm for a candidate. Former Vice President Pence declined an offer to speak this year after regularly attending during Trump’s presidency.
Von Spakovsky & Cuccinelli: Biden's immigration order – this is how policy will hide crimes, ignore victims
       
The vast majority of illegal aliens (a forbidden term, according to the guidance – they must be called "non-citizens") will now be given a free pass. With Biden’s cancellation of Trump’s executive order and the new guidance, removing dangerous criminal aliens is apparently no longer a priority. The third priority, criminal illegal aliens, can be removed only if they have been convicted of "aggravated felonies," as opposed to felonies the administration evidently considers more ordinary. Biden’s order dissolved the authority for the continuation of this office, thus people who are victimized by illegal aliens are now on their own. The only "health and safety" he seems to want to protect is that of dangerous, criminal aliens who prey on Americans.
Hannity urges GOP to stop 'infighting,' unite as conservatives: 'Enough enemies in your life'
       
Sean Hannity on Friday urged Republican lawmakers to stop fighting with each other and focus on the conservative principles that unite them. "The Republican Party, like the Democratic Party, is made up of a broad coalition," the "Hannity" host said, acknowledging that not all Republicans are as conservative as him. "If Republicans are to succeed and win elections moving forward it’s really not that complicated. They have to stop the infighting, focus on a basic few American First, Make America Great Again, Reagan conservative principles." He advised lawmakers, "If you promise it, go and fight for it," adding "the smears, the attacks from Democrats, the media mob – there are enough enemies in your life."
FOX News Rundown Extra: Karl Rove On What Trump Should And Should Not Say At CPAC
       
The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) has kicked off. On the FOX News Rundown this week, Former Deputy Chief of Staff for President George W. Bush and Fox News Contributor Karl Rove previews the speech and what he thinks former President Trump should focus on to help unify the deeply divided GOP. Rove also explained why the stakes of Trump's speech are so high for both his potential future political ambitions and the future of the Republican party. The conversation with Karl Rove was too long and we could not include all of it in our original segment. On the FOX News Rundown Extra, you will hear Karl Rove's take on the so-called Republican civil war and why Trump's CPAC appearance could have major implications for the 2022 and 2024 elections.
Bill Maher sounds off ahead of Trumps CPAC speech
       
“Real Time” host Bill Maher sounded the alarm ahead of former President Trump’s highly anticipated speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), where he is expected to tease another presidential run in 2024. “After he lost, people kept coming up to me and [saying], ‘Are you gonna?’ and I say, ‘He’s gone. '” Maher began. “But knowing what’s going to happen this weekend at CPAC, I must bring this up. They want to be the next nominee but they’re not about to get rid of his voters.
Cuomo escaping media scrutiny represents a 'dereliction of duty,' Joe Concha says
       
Major news outlets were guilty of a "dereliction of duty" in failing to substantially cover New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s growing scandals, Joe Concha argued Friday night. "And that is a dereliction of duty, Sean, because this is absolutely a huge national story," Concha added. CNN CONTINUES TO TAKE HEAT OVER SCANT COVERAGE OF CUOMO SEXUAL HARASSMENT ALLEGATIONSConcha -- a media columnist and Fox News contributor -- said the media's relative silence on allegations of sexual harassment and bullying against Cuomo, along with his coronavirus nursing home scandal, wasn’t "surprising." On Thursday, Cuomo’s office denied sexual harassment allegations from former aide Lindsey Boylan that included making inappropriate comments and an unwanted kiss.
California cannot enforce indoor church ban amid pandemic: Supreme Court
       
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is telling California’s Santa Clara County that it can’t enforce a ban on indoor religious worship services put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic. The justices, in early February, told the state of California that it can’t bar indoor church services because of the pandemic. The justices said at the time that the state could cap indoor services at 25% of a building’s capacity and continue to bar singing and chanting. But Santa Clara had argued that its temporary ban on indoor gatherings of any kind including worship services should be allowed to stand. If the data continued the positive trend, the letter said, the county expected to allow all indoor gatherings, subject to restrictions, as soon as next Wednesday.
Ilhan Omar, other progressives question Biden's 'legal rationale' for Syria airstrikes
       
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., said Friday she was concerned about the White House’s "legal rationale" for launching airstrikes in Syria a day earlier without congressional approval. "We in Congress have congressional oversight in engaging in war and we haven’t been briefed yet and we have not authorized war in Syria," Omar told CNN. US AIRSTRIKE IN SYRIA UNDER BIDEN AND 2017 TOMAHAWK STRIKES ORDERED BY TRUMP: THE DIFFERENCE"Great question," Omar responded to the four-year-old tweet in light of the Biden administration’s military action announced Thursday. "Her question was important when it was a different administration and that question still remains with this administration," Omar told CNN's John King. BIDEN'S SYRIA AIRSTRIKE EARNS APPLAUSE FROM PROMINENT REPUBLICANSLawmakers on both sides of the aisle criticized the strike, including Republican Reps. Nancy Mace, R-S.C.; Jim Banks, R-Ind.
House passes $1.9T Biden COVID-19 bill decried by some as bloated
       
House Democrats on Friday night narrowly approved President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus bill, overcoming Republican opposition and accusations of waste in the “emergency” package. A family of four earning less than $150,000 could bank more than $14,000 from the bill, according to an analysis from CNBC. New York City is expected to receive about $5.6 billion if the bill passes. The bill also has a minimum wage hike to $15 per hour, which won’t be allowed in the Senate version of the bill — meaning the House must ratify the bill twice before it reaches Biden’s desk. The White House and Democrats in Congress argued that the bill could be considered bipartisan, even without much Republican support on Capitol Hill.
Ingraham: Dems justify Capitol lockdown with ‘vague warnings’ about ‘terrible people’
       
Laura Ingraham began her show, "The Ingraham Angle," railing against the "obscene and ongoing lockdown" of Capitol Hill, saying that Americans who want to visit the seat of our nation’s government are being treated as terrorists. COMMISSION PLAN HAS 'PARTISAN SLANT'Ingraham warned that conservatives could be in for more Capitol Hill-style lockdowns in the near future. "You’ll be the next suspect in their domestic terror drama." Ingraham wants to know, "Is it the CCP or the GOP and its supporters that we should be worried about?" CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPPelosi says there is a "domestic terror challenge in this country" and that "domestic violence [is] taking more lives than international violence in this country."
House OKs $1.9T coronavirus bill -- with 2 Democrats voting against it
       
The U.S. House of Representatives approved a massive $1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus package early Saturday -- the sixth COVID bill since the pandemic began a year ago. Both lawmakers also opposed a $3 trillion bill last May that ultimately failed. About two hours before the vote, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy derided the proposal as "Pelosi’s Payoff Bill." HOUSE TO VOTE ON BIDEN'S $1.9T CORONAVIRUS RELIEF PACKAGE THAT INCLUDES $1,400 STIMULUS CHECKS"Congress won’t actually vote on this bill until 2 a.m. Saturday," McCarthy said. Many Republicans particularly objected to Democrats’ efforts to include a $15 minimum wage requirement as part of the package.
LIVE UPDATES: Biden opening new migrant facility in Texas
       
The Biden administration is set to open a new tented immigration facility in Texas amid a surge of migrants coming to the border. The soft-sided facility is being set up in addition to a similar 185,000-square-foot site in Donna, Texas, that was opened at the beginning of the month. Customs and Border Protection said it was building the facility to "help accommodate migrants in our custody." The number of migrants reaching the U.S. border from Latin America has increased since President Biden's inauguration as some Trump administration border policies have been changed and eased. Follow below for updates on the White House.
Tucker Carlson: Americans have been lied to by COVID response leaders
       
// In other words we are all talking about this curve, flatten the curve. // We reduce the rate, we so called flatten the curve, flatten the curve. Flatten the curve, flatten the curve, we did, we’ve flattened the curve, boy that’s a great slogan but what does it mean exactly? But Andrew Cuomo himself still has not acknowledged that he did this or any wrongdoing whatsoever. Their lives must be ruined so that Andrew Cuomo can keep his job and his Emmy award.
Leo Horoscope Today: Free Daily Horoscope
       
Question what you are told by friends and family members today, even if there is no clear reason why you should not trust them. The full moon makes it difficult to work out what is true and what is false, which could have financial repercussions. Yesterday's HoroscopeBecause Leo is one of the zodiac’s “fixed” signs you find it hard to break the habits of a lifetime, but recent events have left you in no doubt that a new direction is needed in your affairs. Don’t just let go of the old – shove it away from you!
Richard Holzer sentenced to nearly 20 years in plot to bomb Colorado synagogue
       
An avowed white supremacist was sentenced on Friday to 19-1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty months ago to a federal hate-crimes case stemming from a botched plot to bomb a historic Colorado synagogue in 2019. Richard Holzer, 28, appeared in a federal courtroom in Denver for a sentencing that capped an undercover FBI investigation of a plan to blow up Temple Emanuel in Pueblo, Colorado, the second-oldest synagogue in the state. Although the plot was thwarted, U.S. District Judge Raymond Moore said Holzer had sought “to terrorize the Jewish community” of Pueblo, a city of 112,000 residents about 100 miles south of Denver. “It is one of the most vulgar … evil crimes that can be committed against an entire group of people,” Moore said while imposing the sentence sought by prosecutors. Holzer declined to speak at the hearing.
Capitol security review to recommend additional officers, fencing: report
       
A series of substantial changes will be recommended to bolster security at the U.S. Capitol following a review, including adding additional fencing, according to a report. The price tag for the additional officers would be close to $100 million, the network reported. Long-term, the review may suggest building a wall around the Capitol – although one of the sources cautioned it would likely not be permanent. HOUSE REPUBLICANS TELL PELOSI CAPITOL FENCING ERECTED AFTER RIOT NEEDS TO COME DOWNBoth Democratic and Republican lawmakers have been wary of turning the Capitol into something that resembles a "fortress." The Capitol fencing is under the jurisdiction of the Capitol Police Board, which consists of the House sergeant at arms, the Senate sergeant at arms, the architect of the Capitol and the acting chief of the U.S. Capitol Police.
‘Kids in cages’ being taught in class, WH says, as schools remain closed
       
And our focus is on approaching this from the view of humanity and with safety in mind," she told reporters at a White House briefing Thursday. There’s educational services there. While the Biden administration continues to make sure those educational facilities are up and operational, Psaki and other officials continue to evolve their stance on in-person schooling. "We had to have educational services, so we could have legal services and medical and health services and have those kids there treated humanely until we can find proper homes, family placements for these kids," she told the program. The White House did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment.
Hannity asks 'who's really in charge' after report on Kamala Harris' foreign policy responsibilities
       
Is Vice President Kamala Harris starting to do President Biden's job for him? That's the question Fox News host Sean Hannity asked while reviewing a report on Harris taking on foreign policy responsibilities, like solo meetings with foreign leaders. According to Politico, Harris is trying to carve out a specialty in in foreign policy. Biden reportedly didn't do the same as vice president in the Obama administration. "According to a new shocking Politico report, Vice President Harris is quickly being prepped to take the foreign policy reins from the Biden administration," Hannity said.
Justice Department announces more than 300 people have been charged in Capitol riot
       
The U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) has charged over 300 people in connection with the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot by pro-Trump supporters, acting Deputy Attorney General John Carlin told reporters Friday. The DOJ official said the investigations into those who attacked the Capitol were moving "at a speed and scale that’s unprecedented, and rightly so." "The violent reaction to a mixture of events that took place around the country is unlike anything we have seen in decades," the FBI official said. "I will just say, we have processes in place for sharing information," the senior FBI official said. "We continue to grow our partnerships and the sharing of our information beyond state and local and federal partners."
Manhattan GOP endorses Fernando Mateo for NYC mayor
       
The Manhattan Republican Party has endorsed taxi drivers and bodegas advocate Fernando Mateo for mayor. The New York County GOP Committee selected Mateo over Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa during a meeting Thursday night. “The city is in desperate need of new leadership bringing the city back to the days of Republican leadership when there was economic prosperity, safe streets and common-sense government in City Hall,” said Manhattan GOP chairwoman Andrea Catsimatidis. Catsimatidis, the owner of the Gristedes supermarket chain and 77 WABC talk radio, had said he was mulling a run. The Manhattan GOP endorsement put us over the top— without her, I wouldn’t be the presumptive nominee,” Mateo said in a statement.
Sen. Rick Scott says GOP will flip at least four Dem Senate seats in 2022
       
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Sen. Rick Scott predicted on Friday that the Republican Party will flip blue Senate seats to red in at least four states in the 2022 midterms, after earlier this week declaring that the civil war within the GOP is "canceled." "Some of you voted for President Trump enthusiastically, some with reservations, and some with great reluctance," Scott wrote. DONALD TRUMP JR. SLAMS 'BLINDLY' SUPPORTING GOP INCUMBENTS, SAYS 'THERE'S PLENTY' OF GOP SENATORS TO PRIMARY"The civil war is canceled. The Republican civil war is canceled," he said. "Those who are -- seem fairly invested in this whole concept of a Republican civil war -- which I think is a D.C. thing.
Supreme Court blocks a California ban on indoor church services
       
The U.S. Supreme Court handed California churches a victory Friday, granting injunctive relief to a group that had sued over coronavirus lockdown rules that banned indoor services. "This outcome is clearly dictated by this Court’s decision in South Bay United Pentecostal Church v. The churches sued Santa Clara County earlier this month after the county continued to ban indoor services despite an earlier Supreme Court ruling that Gov. But the Supreme Court’s order will prevent the county from enforcing the ban until the 9th Circuit case concludes. The court orders California to weaken its restrictions on public gatherings by making a special exception for worship services."
Biden warns COVID-19 cases 'could go back up' as variants emerge, despite vaccination progress
       
President Biden warned Friday that the rise of COVID-19 variants could lead to a surge in cases in the coming weeks, even as his administration makes progress on its goal of administering 100 million vaccine doses in its first 100 days in office. Biden said the vaccination drive is "weeks ahead of schedule" despite "setbacks from the winter storm," during his remarks at a mass vaccination center at NRG Stadium in Houston. "It’s also true that while COVID-19 vaccinations are up, COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are down," Biden said. He noted that his administration has earmarked $3.8 billion in funds to help states create vaccination centers and ramp up existing facilities. I’m a Democratic president," Biden said.
NYC woman sues landlord for negligence after stranger raped her in apartment
       
A woman who was raped after opening her Manhattan apartment door to a stranger posing as a delivery man is suing the owners of the building, saying there should have been a locked door between the complex and an adjacent parking garage, new court papers allege. The building let their tenants believe “that the building was secure when in fact it was unsecure” the court documents claim adding that the area has high crime. The woman is suing for unspecified damages. Her lawyer, Steven Beldock, told The Post, “A horrendous crime occurred as a result of the absolute utter negligence of the building owner and managing agent. “He should never have been in that building.”“They represent to the world that this is a secure building,” Beldock said.
New York prison gives coronavirus vaccine to Democratic San Francisco DA's convicted murderer father
       
San Francisco’s Democratic district attorney announced Friday that his convicted murderer father received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in a New York prison. "My incarcerated father just got his first vaccine shot! Andrew Cuomo last week asking for clemency for his father, in part because of his vulnerability to the coronavirus. When both of his parents were arrested, then-14-month-old Boudin was adopted by former Weather Underground leaders Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. Before serving as an elected official in San Diego, he worked for the late socialist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
California's liberal Ninth Circuit to tackle gun rights, mull reinstating high-capacity magazine ban
       
California’s overturned ban on high-capacity magazines could be reinstated on appeal after a federal court’s split-decision found it unconstitutional last year. Circuit Court of Appeals in California announced Thursday that an 11-member panel will rehear the case. "That’s why today’s decision by the Ninth Circuit to rehear this case is critical; it is the next step in the defense of our state’s commonsense gun laws." The Ninth Circuit has had a left-leaning reputation for decades, but President Donald Trump appointed a number of conservative judges. One of the two judges who found the ban unconstitutional last August had been appointed by Trump a year prior.
AOC pressures NY state legislature to launch investigation into Cuomo sexual harassment allegations
       
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., called on the state legislature to investigate "extraordinarily serious" sexual harassment allegations leveled against New York Gov. At the same time, New York attorney general Letitia James is reviewing a letter from state Republicans to investigate the allegations against Cuomo. AOC CALLS FOR 'FULL INVESTIGATION' INTO CUOMO'S NURSING HOME POLICIES DURING COVID"Let's play strip poker," Boylan said Cuomo remarked on a flight from an event in October 2017. Another Democratic New York lawmaker, Sen. Kristen Gillibrand, said she’d not read the allegations against Cuomo. This is the second time in a week Ocasio-Cortez has called for an investigation into the governor.
Burma’s UN ambassador takes brave stand at the United Nations against recent military coup
       
Burma's United Nations ambassador warned diplomats at a meeting of the General Assembly Friday that his country's military had become, "an existential threat," and called upon the world community to take action against the military who led the coup on Feb. 1. She said the U.S. stood in solidarity with the protesters and reiterated the U.S. position: "The United States continues to strongly condemn the military coup in Myanmar. She continued, "We urge every member state here today to use any channel available to tell the Myanmar military that violence against the people of Myanmar will not be tolerated. He noted that "the voice of, and measures taken by the international community should help Myanmar [Burma] parties bridge their differences and solve problems." CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPLast weekend one protester told Fox News that, the strong words coming from foreign governments were not enough.
Surge of 13,000 Central American minors to US border expected in May
       
Customs and Border Protection officials are bracing for as many as 13,000 unaccompanied children crossing into the U.S. in May, according to a report. The record surge of migrant kids will require a continued expansion of the country’s network of migrant-child shelters, where capacity has already been reduced due to coronavirus social-distancing protocols, the report said. A father and son from Honduras are taken into custody by U.S. Border Patrol agents near the U.S.-Mexico border in 2018. There was no talk of reinstating the Trump administration’s use of emergency health orders to quickly deport migrant minors. The Texas facility will hold up to 700 kids ages 13 to 17 while their immigration claims are processed.
Biden tours Houston after devastating winter storm in Texas
       
President Biden praised relief workers for doing “God’s work” while visiting Houston on Friday in the wake of the deadly winter storm over Valentine’s Day weekend that still has tens of thousands of locals without safe water. At the Harris County Emergency Operations Center, the president was briefed by acting FEMA Administrator Bob Fenton and state and local emergency management officials. Greg Abbott and Sen. John Cornyn, both Republicans, four Democratic Houston-area members of Congress and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo. Biden also toured the giant Houston Food Bank, where First Lady Jill Biden helped pack boxes with instant oats and canned peaches. President Joe Biden applauded relief workers for “saving people’s lives,” during his visit to Houston, Texas.
Democrats’ sneak attack on the free press
       
Democrats’ hot new idea for responsible dialogue is to muscle cable and satellite providers to drop Fox News and other outlets they dislike. In the runup to a House hearing this week, Reps. Anna Eshoo and Jerry McNerney (both D-Calif.) sent out letters to a dozen providers to silence conservative channels, demanding to know the “ethical or moral principles” behind “disseminating misinformation to millions.”Federal Communications Commissioner Brendan Carr called out the “concerted effort by Democrats to drive political dissent from the political square.”Indeed: At the actual hearing, the subcommittee chief, Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) gave the real agenda away: “More free speech just isn’t winning the day over the kind of speech that we’re concerned about.”Sadly, this kind of intimidation works. As lefty Matt Taibbi notes, the last Democratic push for censorship got Facebook and Twitter to go along, with results like their blackout of The Post’s pre-election Hunter Biden scoops. The government doesn’t have to actually ban speech by law (in violation of the First Amendment) when politicians simply can threaten the private sector into doing their will. Too bad Taibbi was one of only a few lonely voices on the left to call out this concerted assault on basic democratic freedoms.
Biden’s getting exactly the border crisis he asked for
       
A new year, a new president, a return of an old problem: unaccompanied children crossing the border in droves. Thousands of children — usually older teens, 16 or 17, but Border Patrol agents report increasing numbers of kids younger than 13 — are arriving each month from Central America. On Thursday, a Customs and Border Protection staffer reportedly told top Biden administration officials to expect a peak of 13,000 unaccompanied minors to cross the border in May — the highest level ever. That’s right: a crisis worse than the one that brought the “kids in cages” backlash under President Donald Trump, and the earlier crises that prompted the building of those “cages” under President Barack Obama. Now Biden’s having to reopen shelters to house the kids until the feds can figure out what to do with them — shelters that his usual allies denounced as horrors in the Trump years.
Explainer: Why rising rates are unsettling Wall Street
       
When interest rates are low and bonds are paying little, investors are willing to pay more for that second part. The Federal Reserve has direct control over short-term interest rates, and Chair Jerome Powell told Congress this week it’s in no hurry to raise them. Financial companies, particularly banks, have gained recently because rising rates can mean bigger profits made on a variety of consumer loans, including mortgages. And if rates are rising on inflation worries, energy companies could benefit if prices are also rising for oil and other commodities. Overall, though, rising interest rates are a drag on companies because they make borrowing more expensive.
Letters to the Editor — Feb. 27, 2021
       
Cuomo has no interest in protecting the residents of New York, as his criminal-justice reforms and handpicked Parole Board members are causing violent criminals to be released onto our streets. Nicholas MaffeiYonkersSome 20 cop-killers have been released by Cuomo’s moronic and irresponsible Parole Board since 2017, including one who murdered two cops in one incident. Meanwhile, Cuomo, who appointed them, wrote a book on leadership, which in retrospect is a total joke, even aside from the parole board. When will they disband this Parole Board? Niles WeliksonWilliston ParkThe Parole Board members lack reason and common sense.
New York Assembly releases package of nursing home reform bills
       
The Democratic-led New York state Assembly released a package of nearly 20 nursing home accountability bills Friday, aimed at tightening restrictions on the hundreds of for-profit facilities. “Lots of people have been discovering that there are enormous problems in our nursing homes. “We’re not going to license any more for-profit nursing homes or for-profit beds,” he said. The New York state Assembly released a package of 19 nursing home accountability bills. “The Speaker and our members are focused on improving the lives of all New Yorkers and that includes making sure nursing homes are safe.
Law firm’s alleged conflict in environmental case sparks student boycott
       
Nearly 300 students from 52 law schools around the country including Harvard and NYU are boycotting working for a law firm they claim has a conflict of interest handling the case of environmental lawyer Steven Donziger, according to a report. NYU Law students are among those boycotting working for the law firm Seward & Kissel. In seeking money damages from Donziger, Chevron in 2018 requested that he turn over his electronics — which Donziger refused citing attorney-client privilege and prompting his criminal contempt case. Donziger has unsuccessfully argued in his criminal case that Seward has a conflict and that judges in both his civil and criminal case also have conflicts of interest, according to the report. James Cofer, Seward’s managing partner, told the Law Journal: “The attorneys working on the Donziger criminal case have acted ethically and they have no conflict that would impair their independence and judgment in performing their role as court-appointed special prosecutors.
Lily Collins sells $13.5M Beverly Hills house amid engagement
       
Lily Collins must be plotting a gorgeous new home with her fiancé Charlie McDowell if she’s willing to give up this sprawling Beverly Hills estate. A sunken backyard has a lighted tennis court with audience seating for six. The tennis court and a greenhouse were added in 1985, replacing a grotto of banana trees. It was commissioned by Beverly Hills dentist Alva James Vance, who could afford Beverly Hills glamour because he patented the two-part denture in 1937, according to the landmark assessment. The anonymous buyer was represented by Branden Williams of The Beverly Hills Estates Inc.
Chris Wallace Breaks Down Biden’s COVID Relief Package
       
Listen To The Full Interview Below:Chris Wallace, Host of Fox News Sunday joined FOX News Radio's Guy Benson Show and detailed President Biden's COVID relief package that is making it's way through Congress. Chris Wallace said,"In Congress, it all comes down to the math. I think that between now and March, when they want to get this thing passed, they're going to take some hits. But I think that figure is 95 percent of it doesn't even go out. But if 95 percent of this money isn't going to go out until 2022, is it, as you say, is really covid relief at all?"
Biden administration to open new tent facility in Texas amid surge in migrants at border
       
The Biden administration is preparing to open a new tent facility in Texas to hold migrants crossing the border, as officials scramble to deal with the combination of a surge in numbers and the challenges of COVID-19. The facility is being opened in Eagle Pass, Texas, in the Del Rio sector, a source familiar with the matter told Fox News. The soft-sided facility is being set up in addition to a similar 185,000-square-foot site in Donna, Texas, that was opened at the beginning of the month. There has been an increase in the number of migrants moving to the border in recent weeks, coming amid a number of sweeping changes to Trump-era immigration and border security policies by the Biden administration. US BEGINS ADMITTING MIGRANTS FROM MEXICO, AS BIDEN ADMINISTRATION WINDS DOWN TRUMP-ERA POLICYRecently, CBP has started to release migrant families into the U.S., restoring the "catch and release" practice that was ended by the Trump administration.
Tom Cotton says Trump has 'big role' in GOP's future, Joe Biden trying to 'unravel' Trump accomplishments
       
Sen. Tom Cotton on Friday said that former President Donald Trump has a "big role" in the future of the Republican Party and warned that President Biden is trying to "unravel" Trump's accomplishments. "I'll focus on stopping Joe Biden's agenda and winning back the House and the Senate for now," Cotton said. President Trump doesn't want it. "We're much stronger coming out of the Trump presidency than we were out of either of the Bush presidencies," Cotton said. So we have a lot of leverage to try to stop Joe Biden's agenda.
AOC initiates fundraising campaign in response Biden migrant camps
       
New York Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez condemned the Biden administration’s decision to temporarily reopen a Texas migrant facility this week, launching a fundraising campaign Friday to ask constituents to fight for immigration reform. AOC TEARS INTO BIDEN ADMIN FOR REOPENING CHILD MIGRANT FACILITY: 'THIS IS NOT OKAY'The Roadmap to Freedom Resolution calls for an end to migrant family detention centers and provides a pathway to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants. "It’s only 2 [months] into this admin and our fraught, unjust immigration system will not transform in that time. Ocasio Cortez claimed the U.S. immigration system has been "broken for decades" and noted that it needed repairing long before the Trump administration. She has asked her supporters to chip in $3 to help fund "resources to organize and win" progressive immigration reform.
Stream It Or Skip It: ‘The Vigil’ on VOD, a Freaky Horror Story About a Jewish Man and the Demons of His Faith
       
New on VOD, The Vigil freshens a familiar premise by taking the familiar tropes of haunted house and/or exorcism thrillers and transplanting them into Jewish mythology. THE VIGIL: STREAM IT OR SKIP IT? : The Vigil skulks somewhere in the ether between The Exorcist and The Babadook, skewing a little more towards the latter. He keenly concentrates Yacov’s trauma into a memorable portrayal of a man in the grip of raw fear while confronting a demon, and maybe his own demon, too. Where to stream The Vigil
Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak wants to build crypto-run private cities in the desert
       
Nevada, the state of legalized gambling, prostitution and marijuana, is about to add another layer to its Wild West reputation: Desert cities formed by companies and run entirely on blockchain technology. Nevada Gov. It was Sisolak’s most detailed discussion of the plan, which has not yet been introduced to the legislature. One big winner would be Jeffrey Berns, the founder and CEO Blockchains LLC, who purchased almost 70,000 acres of Nevada desert east of Reno in 2018 and said he wants to found a blockchain-based community. “Companies can collaborate on a future together that would make Nevada not just a national but global leader in Blockchain technology.
Supreme Court now has a chance to end the real ‘systemic racism’
       
A divided court in 2016 upheld race-conscious university admissions policies in Fisher v. University of Texas, but the court’s composition has changed since then. What’s more, affirmative action is perhaps the single issue upon which infamous Republican-nominated disappointment Chief Justice John Roberts is the most reliable. Poor refugees from Communist China and impoverished white students from Appalachia are thus placed at a “systemic” racial disadvantage relative to well-off Hispanics and blacks. Legal conservatives usually have myriad reasons for pessimism, but affirmative action could prove an exception. The justices have a real chance to deliver a grievous blow to the systemic racism that blights one of the nation’s leading institutions.
Daughter of NYPD cop says letter implicating police in Malcolm X’s death is fake
       
The daughter of a deceased city police officer claims a letter said to be written by her father — stating the NYPD and FBI were behind the assassination of Malcolm X — is a fraud. Daughters of the civil rights leader teamed up with Reggie Wood, the cousin of former undercover NYPD officer Raymond Wood, last weekend at the scene of the Harlem murder to make the letter public. “I know that my father did not write this letter,” Wood told the cable news station. A copy of the letter attributed to a former undercover NYPD officer, Raymond Wood on February 16, 2001. In the wake of the letter, Vance’s office released a statement saying its “review of this matter is active and ongoing.”After the letter was released Saturday, the NYPD told the Post it is cooperating with prosecutors.
Michigan Gov. Whitmer faces calls for investigation into coronavirus nursing home deaths
       
Gretchen Whitmer in their sights as they call for investigations into the governor’s handling of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities during the coronavirus pandemic. Michigan State Sen. Jim Runestad spearheaded the letters, which were signed by seven other Republican state senators. MICHIGAN GOV. CUOMO AS 'WOES PILE UP' FOR EMBATTLED DEMOCRATOther Michigan Republicans have tried to figure out the details behind Whitmer’s COVID-19 nursing home policies. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe calls to investigate Whitmer come as embattled New York Gov.
Dan Bongino calls conservatives to action at CPAC: Get 'off the mat and back in the fight'
       
Radio host and Fox News contributor Dan Bongino called conservatives to action in a rousing speech to close out the first full day of the 2021 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Fla., on Friday. "What matters more than anything is the fight right now," he said. Right now the fight is all that matters," said Bongino, who himself previously ran for Congress in the Maryland panhandle. In that regard, Bongino called on conservatives to peacefully engage in politicking for the conservative movement to strengthen their chances in 2022 and 2024. "If you cancel Parler ill start Parler 2... if you dump the server farm I'll buy a server farm," he said.
Eric Swalwell’s white male privilege and other commentary
       
Conservative: Swalwell’s White Male PrivilegeRep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) is upset about Neera Tanden’s faltering nomination, tweeting that he’ll no longer be able to “tell little girls of South Asian descent that they’ll have the same opportunities in life as white men,” reports National Review’s David Harsanyi. With unemployment well above pre-COVID levels and small businesses struggling, “now is perhaps the worst time” for a steep wage hike. Alas, the “tactic” of “weaponizing false claims of racism” is spreading. Musk’s retort was appropriate for dealing with a hostile reporter, especially in a profession where it’s now “noble” to “take photographs of children to get just one more scoop on the already known story of Sen. Ted Cruz going to Mexico” — while a story about Gov. Cuomo “killing thousands of your parents in your own state is ignored.”— Compiled by The Post Editorial Board
Gov. Cuomo dropped from LGBT gala set to honor him
       
Andrew Cuomo was set to be the primary honoree at the LGBT Bar of New York’s 2021 gala but when news broke of allegations he sexually harassed a former aide, he was scrubbed from the event. Early Wednesday, a few hours before a Medium post on the alleged harassment was published, the LGBT Bar of New York sent an email announcing Cuomo as this year’s “Community Vision Award Recipient,” the email, obtained by The Post, shows. But when it came time for the virtual gala Thursday evening, Cuomo wasn’t mentioned by the hosts once, a video of the event on YouTube shows. The gala went on to celebrate five others honorees for the group’s “Community Excellence Award,” naming them and congratulating them on their success without any mention of Cuomo. The LGBT Bar of New York didn’t return multiple requests for comment, nor did Cuomo’s office.
Casino gambling: How NYC can squeeze the rich — and have them enjoy it
       
Let’s change the debate about casino gambling in New York City. Hotels that lack their own casinos can become casino members, so someone from the concierge desk can escort a hotel guest to a casino. London casinos pay 15 percent in taxes. Let’s look at private-club casino gambling as a way to increase revenue and job opportunities, with little or none of the social downside normally linked to gambling, such as how it risks addicting and further impoverishing those who can least afford it. Pat Smith is a former journalist and public relations exec with no interest in casino gambling.
Richard Carranza leaves in the middle of a crisis — and NYC is better off without him
       
(Well, that and dumping on the charter schools that actually deliver for the minority kids he claims to care about.) He’ll be leaving almost a year to the day after city public schools shut down, pushing students into a system utterly unprepared for remote learning. But not the regular system Carranza “leads.” (Indeed, top charters such as Success Academy and KIPP couldn’t reopen because the DOE made it impossible.) Carranza touts rises in state test scores and historic HS graduation rates as his accomplishments, but both are the utterly predictable result of lower standards. She carries problematic baggage of her own, but the city can at least hope she’ll prove less of a disaster: Carranza set the bar that low.
Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Safer at Home’ on VOD, a COVID Thriller That Invokes the Horror of Quarantine Zoom Chats
       
VOD release Safer at Home is a COVID thriller tha- no, wait wait, come back! — but her live-in BF, Evan (Evan J. Johnson), doesn’t know yet. Our Take: So the novelty of making a movie set entirely over quarantine group chat wore off about two minutes before the first movie set entirely over quarantine group chat was released. We’re all tired of quarantine group chat. One character ventures outside after curfew to invoke a half-assed political assertion that police states are bad, and so are policefolk who do bad things.
Biden hits Saudis with sanctions in Khashoggi murder — but not crown prince
       
The White House on Friday announced tough new visa restrictions and asset-freeze sanctions after a newly-declassified CIA report confirming that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved the murder of Jamal Khashoggi — but none of the penalties strike at the prince himself. “The aim is a recalibration (of ties) — not a rupture,” one senior Biden official said. “That’s because of the important interests that we do share.”Instead, both the Treasury and State departments announced sanctions against dozens of other Saudis identified as involved in Khashoggi’s murder and dismemberment inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince and Minister of Defense Muhammad bin Salman during the G-20 Summit in 2016. Those Saudis and their family members face the possible future denial of visas, Blinken said.
Donald Trump Jr. slams Liz Cheney, says Gov. Cuomo ‘would be in jail’ if GOP
       
Donald Trump Jr. on Friday trashed Rep. Liz Cheney and said New York Gov. Trump Jr. nicknamed Cheney (R-Wyo. “Liz Cheney, she hates Donald Trump and his policies because her family has a long history of friendly fire. Credible accusations of harassment swept under the rug, verbal harassment swept under the rug, hiding evidence from the DOJ swept under the rug. No problem, give him an Emmy,” Trump Jr. said.
Airstrikes In Syria, A COVID Bill In Waiting
       
This Week:With the help of budget reconciliation, Democrats hoped President Biden's $1.9 billion dollar COVID relief bill wouldn't receive any headwinds on the way to the president's desk. But on Thursday, Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough put an end to a key provision in the bill: a $15 minimum wage. Fox Business Correspondent, Edward Lawrence, speaks to FOX News Radio's Washington Correspondent Rachel Sutherland about where the parliamentarian's actions leave lawmakers. For weeks, speculation has grown around President Biden's Office of Management and Budget nominee, Neera Tanden's ability to be approved by the Senate. On Thursday evening, President Biden ordered airstrikes on Syria, a decision White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said was made "with coalition partners."
Evening Edition: Airstrikes In Syria Are Message To Iran
       
President Biden ordered airstrikes to attack Iranian-backed militias in an ungoverned part of Syria. The Pentagon says this was in response to weeks of rocket attacks on the United States Embassy in Baghdad blamed on such Iranian-backed forces. FOX's Trey Yingst speaks with FOX's Lucas Tomlinson, at the Pentagon, about the latest on the airstrike and the message it sends to Iran.
Donald Trump Jr. hits Biden, Cuomo, CNN, 'Lincoln Project Liz' Cheney in fiery CPAC speech
       
"This is a state that has open schools, open businesses, and open churches," Trump Jr. said. "Her politics are only slightly less popular than her father is at a quail hunt," Trump Jr. jabbed the GOP congresswoman. Potato Head so badly, they should just slap a picture of CNN's Brian Stelter on the cover of their next potato," Trump Jr. quipped. "Credible accusations of harassment swept under the rug, verbal harassment swept under the rug, hiding evidence from the DOJ swept under the rug, no problem. Trump Jr. closed his speech by teasing his father's address on Sunday, promising that it would not be a "low-energy" address.
Donald Trump Jr. slams 'blindly' supporting GOP incumbents, says 'there's plenty' of GOP senators to primary
       
Donald Trump Jr., said on Friday that there are "plenty" of Senate Republicans who he might support primary challenges against, while slamming the idea of "blindly" supporting incumbents. "I think without question" the Republican Party is still the Trump party, Trump Jr., told Fox News shortly after his address. "I think there's a couple that I would certainly get involved in," Trump Jr. said. Trump Jr.'s statement comes as many are trying to downplay the idea that there is a civil war within the Republican Party. You can come here to see there isn't a civil war.
Hawley scores raucous applause when he brings up objection to Electoral College certification
       
As Sen. Josh Hawley brought up his objection to the Electoral College certification, the crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) erupted in a standing ovation, cheers and a "USA" chant. The Missouri Republican said he’d brought forth an objection to Pennsylvania’s electoral votes to "have a debate over election integrity." Donald Trump lost the Electoral College vote to President Biden 306-232. I'm here today, I'm not going anywhere and I'm not backing down," Hawley said. They canceled a book," Hawley, a staunch ally of former President Trump, said.
Trump endorses Max Miller in primary against GOP Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, who voted for impeachment
       
Donald Trump on Friday endorsed his former aide, Max Miller, in his primary challenge of incumbent Republican Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzalez in the state’s 16th district. Trump previously indicated that he would play an active role on the campaign trail during the midterm elections. Miller, 32, served on Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016 before joining the White House. After a stint in the office of presidential personnel, Miller became White House director of advance. "Where necessary and appropriate, I will back primary rivals who espouse Making America Great Again and our policy of America First," Trump said in a statement.
Sen. Rick Scott at CPAC slams ‘establishment’ Republicans who want to ‘go backwards’
       
Sen. Rick Scott of Florida is taking aim at "establishment" Republicans who he charges are trying to take the GOP "backwards." CRUZ AT CPAC: 'TRUMP AIN'T GOIN' ANYWHERE'Scott, a potential 2024 GOP presidential contender, argued that "we can go backwards. We’re going to lose elections across the county and, ultimately, we’re going to lose our nation. The conference, known by its acronym CPAC, is the largest annual gathering of conservative activists and leaders. CLICK HERE FOR LIVE CPAC UPDATES FROM FOX NEWSThe former president's expected to tease a 2024 presidential bid as he gives the major address at CPAC on Sunday.
Scott Walker at CPAC says ‘America is under siege’
       
Scott Walker is charging that the nation is “under siege” from the political left. During a speech Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference, the former two-term Republican governor emphasized, “America is under siege. But in 2018 Walker was defeated in his bid for a third term. Walker announced in 2019 when he took the position as Young America’s Foundation president that he wouldn’t make a 2022 bid for Wisconsin governor. The conference, known by its acronym CPAC, is the largest and most influential annual gathering of conservative activists and leaders.
Gaetz at CPAC: Cuomo ‘offered to replace staff meetings with strip poker’
       
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Florida) said that “the fake news media and their allies in Silicon Valley made Gov. Cuomo out to be some iconic cross between King David and Tom Brady.”“What a lie that turned out to be,” he added. Gaetz then brought up the sexual harassment scandal sparked earlier this week by ex-Cuomo aide Lindsey Boylan, saying, “According to former aides, Gov. U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida on Feb. 26, 2021. Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi said of Gaetz, “The head of the Treason Caucus has no shame and less credibility.”Additional reporting by Bernadette Hogan
How to Watch CPAC 2021 Live
       
Where can I watch CPAC live? Ron DeSantis, who will officially declare CPAC 2021 “open for business.”CPAC 2021 TV SCHEDULE: FULL LIST OF CPAC SPEAKERSThe full CPAC 2021 schedule is available on the event’s website, but here are a few highlights:Friday, February 2610:50 a.m. CPAC 2021 will be live streamed on the event’s website under the “Watch Live” tab. WHERE TO WATCH CPAC 2021 LIVE ONLINEIn addition to streaming live on the event’s website, CPAC 2021 will air in its entirety on Fox Nation, Fox News’ on-demand streaming service. CPAC 2021: FOX NATION STREAMING INFORMATIONWhile Fox Nation typically costs $5.99/month (or $64.99/year), the streamer is offering a free, 30-day trial for CPAC 2021 viewers.
Hawaii considering ‘rescue fine’ if hikers don’t follow signs
       
Hikers who don’t follow trail signs in Hawaii could face more than just danger to their lives — they could also be required to pay for their own rescue. SB 363 would also give those hikers additional, criminal fines for petty misdemeanor charges. State lawmakers are also considering another bill, SB 700, which has been revised to allow local rescue teams to choose whether they have hikers reimburse them for any fees associated with their rescue. Meanwhile, the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Chairwoman Suzanne Case, previously supported an earlier version of SB 700 that required hikers to pay back their rescue costs in written testimony, according to the Star-Advertiser. According to the Star-Advertiser, hikers frequently get into trouble on the islands and rescuing them can be a dangerous and expensive task.
Trash tycoon busted for bribery has curious links to two Manhattan DAs
       
Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Page Six hears that a Queens trash tycoon facing 15 years for bribery has some curiously close ties to a number of vastly powerful Manhattan District Attorneys. George Kalergios pleaded guilty on Wednesday to paying kickbacks to a city college official to land a lucrative contract to collect the school’s trash. But after his appearance in court, we were told that Kalergios has ties to both legendary Manhattan DA Robert Morganthau and his successor, Cy Vance. Sources say that Kalergios was once an NYPD detective assigned to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Squad and was given the job of driving Morganthau. It certainly seems that he kept up his contacts in the DA’s office after Morganthau left in 2009.
Hawley calls for breakup of Big Tech ‘oligarchs,’ companies that ‘sold us out to China’
       
Break them up in the name of the rule of the people, for the good of the American people and our liberty. Twitter, these companies have more power than any companies in American history and they’re aligned with the radical left to try to impose their agenda on this country,” he said. “It’s time to reclaim that legacy and not just for Big Tech but for all of the huge multinational corporations that have sold us out to China, that have sold out our workers that have sold out our jobs. “If we can’t have free and open debate in this country, we’re not going to have a country left,” Hawley said. They canceled a book — a book I was writing called, ‘The Tyranny of Big Tech’.
AOC urges Albany to probe Cuomo over sex harass claims
       
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called on the state Legislature to investigate the “extraordinarily serious” sexual harassment accusations leveled against Gov. Cuomo personally denied Boylan’s initial harassment claims back in December, saying, “It’s not true.”Her essay on Wednesday for the first time spelled out alleged specific acts. Lindsey Boylan, now running for Manhattan borough president, leveled sexual harassment claims in an essay against Andrew Cuomo. “As we said before, Ms. Boylan’s claims of inappropriate behavior are quite simply false,” Girouard said. A growing chorus of elected officials and harassment survivors are calling an investigation into Boylan’s sex harassment claims against Cuomo.
Threat level raised for US troops in Iraq; American contractors put on high alert
       
EXCLUSIVE — The Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve has raised the threat level for US service members in Iraq, while US contractors at Balad Air Base were put on high alert fearing a response to US airstrikes in Syria, two sources familiar with the move tell Fox News. At Balad Air Base, a separate decision was made by Sallyport Global, a company that fulfills US government contracts, to put American contractors on high alert, a person familiar said. Balad Air Base was hit with a Katyusha rocket attack last weekend and one person was injured. This month, three major attacks by suspected Iranian-backed Shia militia have occurred against US citizens. We’re confident that target was being used by the same Shia militia that conducted the strikes," Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said.
Gaetz blasts Cuomo at CPAC: Establishment considers him 'a cross between King David and Tom Brady'
       
Gaetz slammed what he called "lockdown governors" in Democrat-run states who, in contrast to the Sunshine State, continue to keep their individuals and businesses under strict social and economic restrictions. "How about freedom for young and healthy people," he said at the conference, which is streaming live on Fox Nation. "Now, the fake news media and their allies in Silicon Valley made Governor Cuomo out to be some iconic cross between King David and Tom Brady -- What a big lie that turned out to be," Gaetz remarked. "It was awful the way the media treated Ted Cruz -- they were more worried about Ted Cruz going to Mexico to spend his own money than the caravans coming from Mexico to spend ours." "While the establishment owns the think tanks, we're the ones doing all the thinking in the conservative movement."
Feds eyeing potential threats to Biden’s first address to Congress
       
The FBI is keeping a close eye on potential domestic terror threats to President Biden’s first address to Congress, a senior FBI official said Friday. The increased scrutiny comes a day after Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said intelligence agencies had uncovered threats from far-right extremists to “blow up” the US Capitol when President Biden delivers his first joint address to both houses of Congress. An explosive device is shown outside of the Republican National Committee office on Jan. 6, 2021 in Washington. APA date for Biden’s first address to Congress has not been set. The DOJ’s goal is to disrupt domestic terrorism-driven violence before it occurs, while not infringing on civil liberties, Carlin said.
Defiant gym owner blasts NJ lockdown regulations as ‘unconstitutional’ at CPAC
       
The New Jersey gym owner who was fined $1.2 million for defying Gov. “First of all, the entire thing from start to finish has been trampling on numerous parts of the Constitution,” Smith told the CPAC crowd while speaking on a panel that discussed the role of local governments in shaping lockdown policy. RICHARD HARBUSFormer Republican US Senate candidate Rik Mehta made the gym a campaign headquarters in August, temporarily circumventing the lockdown orders. That month, the gym owners kicked down the boarded up door of Atilis Gym after being arrested for undermining the state’s rules. CPAC began Friday morning after being moved from Washington, DC, to Florida due to more lenient coronavirus restrictions.
Billionaire Bill Ackman tells investors to follow him on Twitter
       
Billionaire Bill Ackman appears to be taking a page from Elon Musk with plans to start announcing market-moving news on Twitter. The billionaire investor’s blank check company, Pershing Square Tontine Holdings, issued a press release on Friday highlighting Ackman’s Twitter feed and saying it may be used as a venue for official announcements. “Investors should follow this account for information about the company,” the release said. Ackman was up late Thursday night engaging with Twitter users who asked him about a second Pershing Square blank check company, aslo known as a SPAC. Despite Ackman appearing to have gained more than 1,000 new followers in a matter of hours, shares in Pershing Square Tontine were trading slightly down at midday after spiking in early trading.
Nursing home scandal continues: Post's week in photos
       
A sign advertises the availability of a retail space for rent at 55B Mott St. in Chinatown. New York City saw almost one in seven nationally recognized chain-store branches close their doors as the pandemic sent consumers scurrying for cover. James Keivom
Jeremy Lin says he has been called ‘coronavirus’ on the court
       
In an Instagram post about racism Asian-Americans are confronted with, former Knicks guard Jeremy Lin said he has been called “coronavirus” on the court, referring to the global pandemic that started in China. “Being an Asian American doesn’t mean we don’t experience poverty and racism,” Lin, who is currently playing in the G-League bubble with the Santa Cruz Warriors, wrote in the post. “Being a 9 year NBA veteran doesn’t protect me from being called ‘coronavirus’ on the court.”The 32-year-old Lin has been vocal about the rise in hate crimes against Asians. “Something is changing in this generation of Asian Americans,” Lin wrote. “We are tired of being told that we don’t experience racism, we are tired of being told to keep our heads down and not make trouble.
Italian mafia employs new strategies during COVID-19 lockdown: report
       
Italy’s mafia reportedly provided stimulus for some struggling small businesses in the country and there is concern that these establishments will become beholden to these mobsters going forward. The country is pinning its recovery hope on Mario Draghi, its new prime minister who has been credited with saving the euro. Reuters reported that the Italian economy shrank by 2.0% in Q4 2020, and 8.8% over the whole year. The report called it the “steepest annual GDP drop for Italy since WW2. The FT reported that there has been a drop in some crimes normally associated with organized crime like counterfeiting and robberies, but possible arsons—that could be tied to racketeering—were comparable to 2019.
NY Times insiders in new uproar over ‘appropriate’ use of N-word
       
Racial tensions continue to simmer inside the New York Times, with some current and former staffers outraged anew over a recent Facebook poll seeking to define an “appropriate” use of the N-word, The Post has learned. The poll asked that members choose one of three responses or add their own, according to screenshots. But members of the group soon began blasting it as “hurtful” and “misguided,” according to screenshots of the discussion provided to The Post. “The poll was extremely hurtful and unnecessary,” wrote Liz Robbins, a former metro reporter who teaches at Columbia Journalism School. But the Daily Beast, which broke the story that led to McNeil’s resignation, said parents and students complained about McNeil’s comments generally.
Tom Cotton responds to NYT controversy: I will never apologize for defending America
       
Sen. Tom Cotton denounced the controversy surrounding his New York Times op-ed last summer, which addressed how violence should be dealt with in the wake of riots emerging from racial justice protests. Speaking about the riots that erupted in cities nationwide at CPAC Friday, Cotton stood by his June 2020 piece, which caused fury among Times staffers. “I wrote an op-ed, it had a very simple message, very simple, very common sense message. Total meltdown with the little social justice warriors at The New York Times. So let me say again, I will never apologize for defending America.”After publishing Cotton’s op-ed, The Times initially defended its decision to run the piece.
Ben Domenech: Sen. Cruz’s Making A Cancun Joke At CPAC Was “The Right Choice”
       
"I think that Ted Cruz has certainly leaned into this situation in a way that politicians didn't used to. They used to kind of run away from these problems and try to avoid media coverage. But now the thing to do is to kind of just to own it and to lean into it. And frankly, I think that's clearly the right choice for him to make. And that's something that I think is now kind of a take away, regardless of your opinion of the President or his politics.
Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY): “Is Gov. Cuomo Willing To Submit To A Lie Detector Test?”
       
On Fox Across America with Jimmy Failla, Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY) explained why she thinks Gov. Andrew Cuomo should take a lie detector test to respond to allegations of sexual harassment and why New York State lawmakers need to take away Gov. "The Democrat women are going radio silent, the Republican women aren't. And now I say, OK, is Governor Cuomo himself willing to submit to a lie detector test with the allegations that are coming out?" Everything is being controlled virtually by a kingdom, and that's kingdom being run in Albany by Governor Cuomo?"
GOP rep blasts Navy for including book that argues America is fundamentally racist on reading list
       
EXCLUSIVE - Republican Indiana Rep. Jim Banks on Wednesday sent a letter to Adm. Michael M. Gilday after the Navy included Boston University Professor Ibram X. Kendi's "How to Be an Antiracist" on its 2021 reading list. According to Kendi, America is fundamentally racist, so anti-Americanism is a moral imperative," Branks wrote. "In Kendi’s own words, the defining idea behind the book is that: 'there is no such thing a not-racist idea,' there are only, 'racist ideas and antiracist ideas.'" Kendi, however, argues in his book that "if discrimination is creating equity, then it is antiracist. … The only remedy to racist discrimination is antiracist discrimination."
'Squad' members AOC, Omar suggest Senate parliamentarian could be removed over minimum wage decision
       
Ocasio-Cortez and Omar, both members of the progressive Squad, both indicated consideration should be given to removing her from her post over the decision. Biden’s original proposal called for the federal minimum wage to gradually increase to $15 per hour by the year 2025. Omar, a vocal supporter of the wage hike, suggested that Democrats should seek to abolish the Senate filibuster following the dispute. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPGOP lawmakers have adamantly opposed the federal minimum wage hike, arguing the measure would kill jobs and hurt small businesses already struggling during the coronavirus pandemic. Sen. Lindsey Graham, the ranking Republican member of the Senate Budget Committee, praised MacDonough for rejecting the wage proposal.
Associated Press slammed for declaring Biden’s ‘empathy will be on full display’ in story about Texas trip
       
The Associated Press was roasted on Friday for declaring President Biden’s "empathy will be on full display" during a trip to Texas and the news gathering service changed the widely mocked language while claiming it didn't edit the story as a result of backlash. ‘Empathy on full display’ is opinion, not fact," another reader chimed in. Journalist Mark Hemingway added, "’The president's empathy will be on full display...’ What?" While many criticized the AP’s prediction that Biden would show empathy, others slammed the president for taking so long to visit Texas in the first place. It will continue to be updated regularly now that President Biden is on the ground," an Associated Press spokesperson told Fox News.
Secretary of State Blinken leaves Mexicans baffled after displaying their flag upside down
       
Secretary of State Antony Blinken left some Mexicans baffled on Friday after displaying the Mexican flag upside down during a virtual meeting with Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard. The U.S.-Mexico relationship impacts the daily lives of citizens of both countries," the secretary of state wrote on Twitter. AMERICAN FLAG DISPLAY SET ON FIRE IN MASSACHUSETTS"With the flag of Mexico upside-down, Secretary of State [Blinken] began a virtual visit to the country," observed journalist Ariel Moutsatsos. "Biden's secretary of state appears before the Republic of Mexico with the Mexican flag upside down," wrote Leonardo Toledo. "But why is the Mexican flag upside down?"
Burmese police arrest Japanese journalist covering anti-coup protest: report
       
A Japanese journalist has been arrested by police in Burma in the first foreign press arrest since the country’s Feb. 1 military coup, according to a report. Yuki Kitazumi was arrested on Friday morning in Yangon, the largest city in the country, colleague Linn Nyan Htun said in a Facebook post. Kitazumi had been covering an anti-coup protest, Kyodo News in Japan reported. “I have contacted the embassy and haven’t heard much more information yet.” He said he didn’t know the reason Kitazumi had been arrested. He was an adviser to Aung San Suu Kyi, according to Reuters.
US airstrike in Syria under Biden and 2017 Tomahawk strikes ordered by Trump: The difference
       
U.S. Air Force F-15s dropped seven 500-pound, GPS-guided bombs on Iranian proxy fighters in eastern Syria on Thursday night. US FIREPOWER IN SYRIA STRIKE IS REVEALED AS OFFICIALS BRACE FOR IRAN'S NEXT MOVESyrian and Russian forces are not deployed where U.S. jets struck last night. In April 2017, then-President Donald Trump approved a Tomahawk cruise missile strike against Assad's regime after chemical weapons were used to kill Syrian civilians. Fifty-nine Tomahawk missiles were launched from two U.S. warships to destroy an airbase used the Syrian military. U.S. warships in the Red Sea and as far away as the Persian Gulf launched missiles into Syria.
Tom Cotton at CPAC tells conservatives ‘we will never retreat’
       
Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas repeatedly took aim at Democrats and liberals and vowed that conservatives "will never surrender" during a speech Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Cotton, an Army veteran who served in the Iraq War and who’s a potential 2024 Republican presidential contender, told the audience that "when America is under assault and conservatives are under attack, we will never retreat. Cotton said that Manuel pointed to his new pickup truck and noted that both of his boys had full time jobs. "Like so many Americans across the country he said ‘we have Donald Trump to thank for those things,’" the senator emphasized. The conference, known by its acronym CPAC, is the largest annual gathering of conservative activists and leaders.
United will pay $49 million to settle air mail fraud case
       
United Airlines will pay more than $49 million to avoid criminal prosecution and settle civil charges of defrauding the U.S. The Justice Department said Friday that former employees of United’s cargo division falsified parcel delivery information between 2012 and 2015. Prosecutors said that as a result, United collected millions of dollars in payments that it should not have received. BOEING RECEIVES FAA INSPECTION ORDER ON SOME 777 ENGINES AFTER UNITED FAILUREChicago-based United agreed to pay nearly $17.3 million in criminal penalties and forfeited revenue to end the criminal investigation, and separately United will pay $32.2 million in related civil penalties, according to the Justice Department. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ON FOX BUSINESSUnited and several other U.S. airlines trace their roots to air mail delivery contracts in the early part of the last century, and mail remains a source of revenue for them.
Florida city where Trayvon Martin died seeks racial injustice reform days before his ninth death anniversary
       
The 15-member "Race, Equality, Equity and Inclusion" group will be made up of residents, people who work in Sanford and business owners, the Orlando Sentinel reported. The 125-year-old city has a history of racial tensions, with weeks of protests erupting following Martin’s death. Today, two of the city’s commissioners, the police chief and city manager are Black. The city will provide the committee with up to $35,000 to pay for technical assistance, conducting surveys and other costs. The group will work with the National League of Cities’ Race, Equity and Leadership program, and the Peace and Justice Institute at Valencia College, the newspaper reported.
Psaki defends Biden's Syria airstrike decision as progressives push back, some Republicans applaud
       
White House press secretary Jen Psaki defended President Biden’s decision to issue an airstrike against Iranian-backed forces in Syria in retaliation for recent attacks on American service members, saying it was a "proportional military response." The Administration has been briefing the Hill at the Member- and staff-level today," Psaki said in an official statement. The airstrike was the first known major military move Biden made in his administration. The move came after American forces in the Green Zone were targeted with multiple attacks, including two rockets that fell near the American embassy in Baghdad. "Appreciate Biden Administration striking Iranian-backed militia groups in Syria who’ve been pushing attacks against American forces in Iraq and other locations," the South Carolina senator wrote on Twitter.
Steve Hilton: Kamala Harris silent on Cuomo allegations after ‘grandstanding’ at Kavanaugh hearings
       
"The focus should be on Vice President Kamala Harris" and her response to the sexual harassment allegations against N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, since the former senator was vocal during Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings, Fox News host Steve Hilton said on Friday. Hilton said that based on Harris’ track record, she has shown that her priorities are her "political prospects." I think we should all be focusing on the vice president. During Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings, Harris said she believed the allegations of sexual misconduct leveled by a former high school classmate of the judge.
CPAC speaker Josh Hawley: What to know about the Missouri senator
       
Hawley grew up in Springdale, Ark., before attending Stanford University for his undergraduate degree and Yale Law School. He worked as a religious liberty lawyer before becoming the Missouri attorney general. He’s closely aligned with TrumpEven in the face of fire, Hawley has staunchly defended Trump. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP"I've always said, Maria, that I'm not running for president," Hawley told "Fox News Primetime" host Maria Bartiromo in late January. There's a lot of work to do, and I look forward to continuing to fight for Missouri every day that I can."
Cawthorn at CPAC says Dems want to turn U.S. into ‘Communist ash heap’
       
Rep. Madison Cawthorn, R-N.C., didn’t mince words in his first appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), telling the crowd that "brutal and vicious" Democrats were trying to turn the U.S. into a "Communist ash heap." They are trying to turn this country into a Communist ash heap. SCOTT WALKER AT CPAC SAYS 'AMERICA IS UNDER SEIGE'"I’m not going to come up here and promise you free things. Cawthorn said many in government are trying to "buy votes" with promises like Medicare-for-All and student loan forgiveness. Cawthorn said that the number one principle should be personal responsibility, but Democrats "do not want us to be responsible."
Trump to go after Biden in highly anticipated CPAC speech
       
Former President Donald Trump will use his highly anticipated speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference this Sunday to slam the Biden administration and highlight areas of policy disagreement, according to Fox News. The speech will be the 45th president’s first since leaving the White House. A representative for the former president could not immediately be reached by The Post for comment on his speech. Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows revealed more details about the upcoming speech in a Thursday night interview with Fox News. And we see it.”Former President Donald Trump addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference annual meeting at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, on Feb. 29, 2020.
Suspect in stabbing of Asian man tells cops, ‘I don’t like the way he looked at me’
       
The suspect who allegedly stabbed an Asian man in Lower Manhattan Thursday night said he did it because he didn’t like the way the victim looked at him, according to police. While speaking to police, Muflihi confessed, “I don’t like the way he looked at me,” cops said. He was charged with attempted murder as a hate crime, assault as a hate crime, criminal possession of a weapon and forgery, cops said. Jenny Low, a City Council candidate the Democratic district leader in Chinatown, pushed earlier in the day for a hate crime investigation. “I hope this vicious attack will be investigated as a hate crime,” she tweeted Friday.
Who is Carranza’s successor, new NYC schools Chancellor Meisha Ross Porter?
       
Meisha Ross Porter is making history as New York City’s first-ever Black schools chancellor — but her selection comes despite a track record that includes self-congratulatory celebrations and charges of favoritism. Meisha Ross Porter at Mayor Bill de Blasio’s media availability on Feb. 26, 2021. Meisha Ross Porter getting her COVID-19 vaccine at Yankee Stadium on Feb. 5, 2021. Soon to be NYC Schools Chancellor Bronx Executive Superintendent Meisha Ross Porter, Mayor Bill de Blasio and current Chancellor Richard Carranza went on Feb. 25, 2021. Meisha Ross Porter attends Mayor Bill de Blasio visit of Bronx Mayor Bill de Blasio visit of Bronx Leaders of Tomorrow Richard R. Green Middle School.
Serial ‘seafood bandit’ targets Connecticut supermarkets, cops say
       
Connecticut cops are trying to hook a serial “seafood bandit” who allegedly snatched hundreds of dollars worth of pricey shrimp from several grocery stores, according to a report Friday. The ‘seafood bandit’ hit an Adams IGA supermarket in Plymouth, Connecticut. And cops quickly learned he’s wanted for a slew of similar thefts at grocery stores in Avon and Cheshire, Plymouth Police Capt. “The ‘Seafood Bandit’ I guess you could call him,” Benecchi told the paper. He said police on Thursday were preparing an arrest warrant charging the totally ‘shellfish’ guy with fourth-degree larceny.
Colorado bill would grant child sexual assault victims unlimited time to sue abusers
       
A legislative committee in Colorado has advanced a bill that would give recent and future victims of child sexual assault unlimited time to sue their abusers. Lawmakers on the Senate Health and Human Services Committee unanimously passed the bill on Wednesday, The Colorado Sun reported. Currently, victims of child sexual assault have six years after they turn 18 to sue. "Colorado is way behind on statute of limitation reform for survivors of child sexual abuse," said Democratic state Sen. Jessie Danielson, the prime sponsor of the proposals. "There was always an appetite to try to address the decades-old, well-documented history of child sexual abuse and institutional cover up in Colorado," said Raana Simmons, spokesperson for the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
Capitol Police say they aren’t investigating GOP Rep. Fulcher over metal detector incident, despite reports
       
It's amazing how this whole thing unfolded," Fulcher told Fox News of the HuffPost report. Fulcher said that when he passed through one such metal detector on Jan. 12, he "stutter-stepped around one of the police officers" and doesn't "believe there was any touching at all." Capitol Police told Fulcher in a meeting and in a letter obtained by Fox News that he was not under investigation. "...To the Department’s knowledge, there is no current investigation into an alleged or rumored incident occurring on or around the House Floor on January 12, 2021 involving Congressman Fulcher," Capitol Police Chief of Staff Salley Wood wrote in the letter to Fulcher. "He went through the metal detector, set it off, ran into a cop, and then pushed his way past her," Fuller tweeted.
Lincoln Project, Ossoff campaign staffer may have violated campaign finance laws: watchdog
       
A former communications staffer for the anti-Trump Lincoln Project may have run afoul of campaign finance laws meant to prevent chatter between super PACs and campaigns, according to an ethics watchdog group. That's Good Media received payments from the Lincoln Project from July 2020 to November 2020 before stopping in December, FEC records show. Kendra Arnold, president of conservative ethics watchdog group Foundation for Accountability & Civic Trust (FACT), told the Free Beacon that the payments could point towards illegal coordination between Ossoff’s campaign and the Lincoln Project. Federal campaign staffers must wait a cooling off period of 120 days before they are allowed to work for an outside group that is running ads supporting their candidate, such as the Lincoln Project. The Lincoln Project has also come under scrutiny for allegedly shady financial arrangements, as well a work envirornment that former staffers described as "toxic."
Gillibrand, #MeToo advocate, hasn't read ex-Cuomo aide's sexual harassment complaint
       
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., hasn't read the sexual harassment complaint made against New York Democratic Gov. "Governor Cuomo also has a right to be heard and he has come forward and has denied these allegations. Gillibrand has framed herself as a champion of sexual harassment victims and was one of the most prominent Democratic voices at the height of the #MeToo movement. Many Democrats later said they were too hasty in forcing Franken's resignation, but Gillibrand said she had no regrets. CUOMO SEXUAL HARASSMENT ALLEGATIONS: NY AG REVIEWING LETTER FROM REPUBLICAN STATE SENATORS ASKING FOR PROBEShe came under fire in 2019 for her handling of a sexual harassment claim in her Senate office.
Kanye West spent over $12M of his own money on 2020 presidential campaign
       
Those who believed Kanye West's 2020 presidential run was lofty may be even more surprised by how much he spent funding it. A final Federal Election Commission report of the costs associated with West's "Kanye 2020" campaign shows the 43-year-old rapper and fashion designer spent $13.2 million, with over $12 million coming from his own pocket. The report shows that West also spent hundreds of thousands related to "campaign video" costs. KANYE WEST BELIEVES PRESIDENTIAL RUN 'COST HIM HIS MARRIAGE' TO KIM KARDASHIAN: REPORTWest made the concession in a tweet after appearing on the ballot in 12 states in the presidential election between then-Democratic nominee Joe Biden and President Donald Trump. An insider recently told People magazine West believes it was his 2020 run for president that "cost him his marriage."
Chick-fil-A experiences US credit card system outage
       
Chick-fil-A experienced a nationwide outage of its credit card system, according to an update on its Facebook page. The issue stemmed from an outage at the fast-food restaurant's third-party vendor and lasted for about an hour before it was resolved. Chick-fil-A was unable to process any credit or debit card transactions during the outage, and the processing of mobile transactions through the company's app was also limited. This issue is affecting Chick-fil-A stores nationwide," the notice specified. Due to a nationwide outage at Chick-fil-A's third-party payment vendor, we are currently unable to process any credit or... Posted by Chick-fil-A on Friday, February 26, 2021This is a developing story.
Border Patrol deploying hundreds of agents from Canada, coastal areas to southern border
       
EXCLUSIVE: The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is deploying hundreds of northern and coastal Border Patrol agents to the southern border to help handle a surge in Latin American immigrants, Fox News has learned. He had served as head of the U.S. Border Patrol under the Obama administration. "Then-Secretary [of DHS] Jeh Johnson under President Obama and Vice President Biden said 1,000 a day was a bad day," Morgan said. Morgan said it was a "story within a story" that no one with Border Patrol could comment on the record about the deployment. The Biden administration has sought to halt all deportations for 100 days but has so far been blocked by a Texas lawsuit.
Army's first female infantry officer says lowering fitness standards for women would put 'mission at risk'
       
"To not require women to meet equal standards in combat arms will not only undermine their credibility, but also place those women, their teammates, and the mission at risk." "Lower female standards also reinforce the belief that women cannot perform the same job as men, therefore making it difficult for women to earn the trust and confidence of their teammates," she added. "As the Army’s first female infantry officer, I have long awaited the elimination of a gender-based fitness test," Griest wrote. In 2016, Griest -- one of two women who graduated from the Army’s Ranger School the year prior -- became the first woman named as an infantry officer. Fox News reached out to Griest, the Army’s Center for Initial Military Training and the U.S. Army for further comment.
TIME'S UP joins calls for Cuomo investigation over sexual harassment allegations
       
Andrew Cuomo faced increasing pressure following sexual-harassment allegations as star-studded TIME’S UP joined the growing calls for an investigation. "We call on the Cuomo administration to conduct a full and independent investigation into these claims immediately." Cuomo has until now counted TIME'S UP board members among his allies: The foundation includes Ashley Judd and Eva Longoria, who previously praised Cuomo for his anti-harassment laws or handling of the pandemic, respectively. CUOMO SEXUAL HARASSMENT ALLEGATIONS: NY AG REVIEWING LETTER FROM REPUBLICAN STATE SENATORS ASKING FOR PROBEBoylan made initial, non-specific allegations in December. Cuomo has yet to speak publicly in response to the fresh allegations, but his press secretary Caitlin Girouard provided a statement.
Critics accuse CNN of publishing Saudi 'propaganda' piece hyping nation's tourism
       
CNN has received intense backlash over an article published last week that critics described as a thinly-disguised promotional piece for tourism to Saudi Arabia. "Yet none of these has affected me as much as the moment I felt Saudi change," Robertson said in the piece. "A case-study in Saudi propaganda from CNN's 'International Diplomatic Editor,'" liberal journalist Karim Zidan similarly tweeted. This wouldn't be the first fime CNN was accused of publishing propaganda on behalf of a foreign nation. Back in April, CNN was accused of "literally publishing Chinese propaganda" after running a report that cited a media outlet controlled by the Chinese government.
NJ gym owner targeted by Murphy shutdown orders slams 'massive double standard' at CPAC
       
Philip Murphy indeed violated his constitutional rights as an American and business owner -- pointing specifically to the Taking Clause of the Fifth Amendment. Smith said small businesses across the country were compelled to shut down without due process of law. In January, Smith announced Murphy "and his cronies" had seized "100%" of their legal defense funds, an amount he said totaled $173,613.60. On July 27, Smith and Trumbetti were arrested after defying a court order allowing authorities to shut the gym down. Five days later, the pair posted video of themselves kicking down wooden barricades used to block the gym entrance.
Sen. Cotton slams ‘little social justice warriors’ at New York Times during fiery CPAC speech
       
Total meltdown with the little social justice warriors at The New York Times. COTTON'S NY TIMES OP-ED CONTROVERSY UPS SENATOR'S PROFILE, SPARKS MORE SPECULATIONAt the time, it was reported that Times staffers had an "open revolt" against the paper and employees tweeted that Cotton’s op-ed put Black staffers in danger. "Of course the New York Times editors, they caved and rolled over and apologized. That’s one time I actually agree with the New York Times, my work did not meet their standards, it far exceeded their normally lousy standards." "The New York Times is a laughingstock, obviously.
Valentino calls $207M lawsuit for breaking Fifth Avenue lease ‘baseless’
       
But the Italian luxury retailer has fired back, calling 693 Fifth’s treatment of it “commercial harassment,” according to a new statement Valentino released late Thursday. The empty building space where Valentino used to house their store. “In fact, when Valentino attempted to coordinate its surrender to ensure a smooth transition, the landlord rebuffed its efforts to do so,” Valentino said in a statement. “Such acts constitute nothing less than commercial harassment in their purest form.”The Valentino store before the company allegedly broke its building lease. Courtesy of the building ownerA rep for 693 Fifth did not immediately return a request for comment.
Billionaire LVMH boss Bernard Arnault takes Birkenstock stake
       
French billionaire and LVMH boss Bernard Arnault is also taking part in the deal, as is his family investment fund Financiere Agache. The owner of Moet Hennessy this week said it scooped up a 50-percent stake in Jay Z’s Armand de Brignac champagne brand. Relatives of the founding family, brothers Alex and Christian Birkenstock, will remain with the company along with the Birkenstock management, the company said. “Birkenstock was founded nearly 250 years ago and has grown to become one of the few iconic brands in the footwear industry. “That has to be appealing to LVMH and the way they think about brands even it’s not strictly luxury as its generally defined.”
Monahan says de Blasio offered him City Hall senior advisor role
       
Outgoing NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan said Friday morning that Mayor Bill de Blasio “called me in” this week to offer him a new gig as a senior adviser at City Hall. “Listen, it’s a great opportunity for me,” Monahan said on FOX 5’s Good Day New York. “To me, it’s a great opportunity. (From left) NYPD Chief of Department Terrence Monahan, Commissioner Dermot Shea, Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Deputy Commissioner Benjamin Tucker hold a press conference on March 5, 2021. AP Photo/Craig RuttleDe Blasio said Thursday Monahan would still attend the interviews, even as he gets started at his new role.
GOP Sen. Josh Hawley endorses Democratic ‘Plan B’ to hike minimum wage
       
Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri on Friday endorsed a Democratic plan to work around a straight raise of the minimum wage after the Senate parliamentarian shot down an across the board hourly increase to $15. The idea, pitched by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), would use tax penalties to force large companies to raise their pay for workers. Hawley said that he supports penalties for corporations with revenue greater than $1 billion if they don’t pay a $15 minimum wage. Activists appeal for a $15 minimum wage near the Capitol in Washington on Feb. 25, 2021. This isn’t over.”The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the now-dead minimum wage proposal would cost 1.4 million jobs by adding financial pressure to companies.
John Boehner reportedly tells Ted Cruz ‘go f–k yourself’ in audiobook
       
Former House Speaker John Boehner reportedly rants that Sen. Ted Cruz should “go f–k” himself in the audiobook version of his memoir, a spokesman has revealed. “Oh, and Ted Cruz, go f–k yourself,” Boehner utters, sources told Axios. “You know, yesterday, John Boehner made some news. To which my response was: Who’s John Boehner?” Cruz said. The former House speaker dropped his opposition to marijuana and in 2018 joined a cannabis startup.
Biden Bummed As Wage Hike Booted from Bill
       
Howie Kurtz on the minimum wage increase being taken out of the relief bill, Mitch McConnell saying he will support Trump if he wins the 2024 nomination and President Biden ordering airstrikes against Iranian militias in Syria. Follow Howie on Twitter: @HowardKurtzFor more #MediaBuzz click here
Capitol police officer's family says riot 'trauma' prompted suicide; seeks 'line of duty' designation
       
Officer Howard Liebengood took his own life while off duty on Jan. 9 at the age of 51, officials confirmed at the time. "Howie Liebengood was a dedicated and beloved officer who served the public for 15 years," a family spokesperson said. His family hopes and expects the Capitol Police will give him the recognition he deserves, and designate him as an officer who died in the line of duty." DC CITY COUNCIL CALLS FOR CAPITOL SECURITY FENCING TO BE REMOVED"Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and colleagues," a USCP statement read. "We ask that his family, and other USCP officers’ and their families’ privacy be respected during this profoundly difficult time."
US firepower in Syria strike is revealed as officials brace for Iran's next move
       
The mission called for two separate compounds in Syria to be hit. However, U.S. officials tell Fox News the second target was aborted when a drone orbiting high overhead saw too many civilians on the target. US LAUNCHES AIRSTRIKE AGAINST IRANIAN-BACKED FORCES IN SYRIAFor perspective, Israel has launched over 200 airstrikes like this in Syria in recent years. Iraq's military on Friday also indicated it did not cooperate in any way with the U.S. airstrike in Syria, saying it only works with the U.S. against ISIS, according to local reports. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe strike was the first known military action by President Biden.
CPAC speaker Marsha Blackburn: What to know about Tennessee senator
       
Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., is one of the notable conservatives who will speak Friday at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) slated to run through Sunday. Fox Nation is a sponsor of CPAC 2021, where Blackburn is one of many high-profile conservatives who will take the stage to share ideas about the future of America with the crowd. Last summer, in an opinion piece for Fox News, the senator said it was time to show conservatives' strengths and values. But Tennesseans, and all Americans, know by now that past is prologue." Earlier this year, Swift took another swipe at Blackburn in her documentary "Miss Americana," attacking her stances on women's and LGBTQ issues.
Lawrence Jones says CPAC attendees 'united,' previews what Trump will say in speech
       
Conservatives appear energized and united at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Florida, Fox Nation host Lawrence Jones said on Friday, offering insight on what former President Donald Trump will say in his weekend address. I really don't think there is a civil war," Jones said. High-profile conservatives are now taking the stage at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Florida. CLICK HERE TO FOR A 30 DAY FREE TRIAL OF FOX NATION WITH CODE 'CPAC'In honor of the event, Fox Nation is running a special 30-day free trial with promo code 'CPAC.' CLICK HERE to stream CPAC 2021 and for exclusive access to "CPAC All Access Live" hosted exclusively by Fox Nation.
Vanita Gupta, Biden associate attorney general nominee, backed by city police chiefs
       
It comes as some conservative groups are mobilizing to block her confirmation to the Justice Department, saying she is too far left to be confirmed. Biden nominated Gupta last month to serve as the third-highest-ranking official at the Justice Department. Gupta served as acting assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department during the Obama administration, and, if confirmed, would be the first woman of color to serve in the role as associate attorney general. "It is this solutions-oriented approach that we believe will serve Ms. Gupta extraordinarily well as Associate Attorney General," they wrote, adding that they believe "local law enforcement always does well when there is a healthy partnership" with the Justice Department. The endorsements of Gupta come after Biden’s pick for attorney general, Judge Merrick Garland, completed his confirmation hearing.
MSNBC's Donny Deutsch predicts Trump will be in jail for 2024 election, blasts Republicans as 'lemmings'
       
MSNBC contributor Donny Deutsch doesn’t think former President Donald Trump will be an option to represent the GOP in the 2024 because he’ll be in jail. "Donald Trump is going to go to jail, I really believe that," Deutsch said on Friday, citing taxes, banking issues and insurance fraud as reasons why he could get locked up. Deutsch then said the state of the Republican Party is clear because the ongoing CPAC event is loaded with speakers who continue to support Trump. "It is the radical Republican Party right now and it is a Republican Party of cowards," Deutsch said. "They are right now just paying homage to this false god, false idol Donald Trump and just protecting their jobs.
Alex Berenson on 'censorship', free speech: 'Times have changed and the NY Times has changed'
       
"Times have changed and the New York Times, where I used to work, has changed." "I never would've imagined being on Fox, while the Times either ignored me or tried to bash me." Berenson made clear the threat of censorship from powerful entities comes both from public and private concerns: the government, Big Tech and media. "Squeezing the flow of information is extraordinarily dangerous for big companies to do this because they're quasi-monopolies. "It is sad that people who think they know best will not talk to you or debate to you."
Inside CPAC 2021: MAGA hats, coronavirus masks and temperature checks
       
The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) moved from Maryland to the Sunshine State this year due to coronavirus restrictions -- but it doesn’t mean that this year’s conference is free of them. All attendees at the major conservative gathering must fill out a health survey on their cellphones, and take a daily temperature check upon entering the conference. A small sticker is to be placed on their badge to confirm their temperature was in normal parameters. CPAC staff are standing by to hand out masks. Those in the conference hall had to be reminded to keep their masks on during the speeches -- a move that sparked some pushback.
NYC schools chancellor resigns, citing COVID-19 personal toll
       
New York City's Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza announced Friday he will step down, citing the coronavirus pandemic's personal toll on his family. He will be replaced by Bronx Executive Superintendent Meisha Ross Porter, who will become the first Black woman to lead the nation's largest public school district. Carranza, who has spent three years on the job, briefly choked back tears at a news conference as he announced his decision to step down. DESANTIS: 'CORPORATE MEDIA' WAS PROVEN WRONG ON FLORIDA'S REOPENING"I know the pandemic has not been easy for you or for any New Yorker," he said. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPHe said that he felt the city’s public school system, with around 1 million students, was stable enough to handle a leadership change.
Elizabeth Warren, progressive Dems demand filibuster get scrapped in $15 minimum wage fight
       
"It is time to get rid of the filibuster to raise the minimum wage to $15 and pass the other bold policies that Americans voted for us to deliver." Despite the calls from some lawmakers, Senate Democrats will almost certainly be unable to nix the filibuster. The federal minimum wage has not increased in more than a decade, although a growing number of states have voted to adopt their own wage increases. There are 29 states with wages above the federal minimum wage, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. At $14 an hour, California currently has the highest minimum wage in the nation.
Ted Cruz in CPAC speech says ‘Trump ain’t goin’ anywhere,’ jokes about Cancun controversy
       
Sen. Ted Cruz says the GOP is the party of the working class and vows that former President Trump will remain a power player in the Republican Party. CLICK HERE FOR LIVE CPAC UPDATES FROM FOX NEWS"The Republican Party is not the party just of the country clubs. "Let me tell you this right now: Donald J. Trump ain’t goin’ anywhere," Cruz said to a standing ovation. Cruz is one of nearly a dozen potential 2024 Republican White House hopefuls speaking at the conference, known by its acronym CPAC. He quipped at the top of his speech "what an amazing array of speakers here at CPAC.
Myanmar protesters injured as police escalate use of force
       
YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar security forces cracked down on anti-coup protesters in the country’s second-largest city on Friday, injuring at least three people, two of whom were shot in the chest by rubber bullets and another who suffered a wound on his leg. Paramedics tend to an injured protester during a demonstration against the military coup in Mandalay, Myanmar February 26, 2021. Earlier in the day, security forces in Yangon fired warning shots and beat truncheons against their shields while moving to disperse more than 1,000 anti-coup protesters. Security forces chased the protesters off the main road and continued to pursue them in the nearby lanes, as some ducked into houses to hide. A protester show bullets, shotgun shells and rubber bullets used by security forces during a demonstration against the military coup in Mandalay, Myanmar February 26, 2021.
School superintendent celebrated promotion with ‘extravagant’ gala
       
I am so deeply blessed, so highly favored, so honored and humbled to be celebrated by my birth and BRONX family! !” Porter gushed on Facebook (pictured top) a day after the Feb. 7 gala, which also celebrated her birthday. Early in her career, Porter was principal of the Bronx School for Law, Government and Justice, a middle school graded “F” in 2007, her fourth year at the helm, but she gained influence. Ex-Chancellor Carmen Fariña promoted her to District 11 superintendent in 2015. Cohen said the $111 ticket price and use of DOE e-mail to plan the party was not improper.
Cinemark ‘highly confident’ in box office rebound despite Q4 loss
       
In the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, Cinemark posted a loss of $239 million, or $2.03 a diluted share compared with a year-ago profit of $23 million, or 22 cents a share. Wall Street expected a loss of $1.46 a share on revenue of $80 million. “We remain highly confident in the rebound of our industry once the virus is more contained, as evidenced by recent box office results in China, Japan and Australia,” the CEO said. New York City, one of the most lucrative box office markets, will reopen movie theaters at limited capacity in March, after a yearlong hiatus. “While COVID-19 has caused significant distress to our industry and our company, Cinemark has maintained discipline and consistency, while demonstrating relentless perseverance and agility,” he added.
NYPD Chief Terence Monahan reveals why he took a knee with BLM protesters
       
The incidents during the summer — I took a knee with people who were willing to not fight police but to embrace change and come together.”“And that’s what this is all about,” he added. This is our home.”Outgoing NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan hugs a demonstrator during the protests against the death of George Floyd. Mayor Bill de Blasio praised Monahan for defusing “a very tense situation in Washington Square Park.”“I know him,” Hizzoner said at the time. (From left) NYPD Chief of Department Terrence Monahan, Commissioner Dermot Shea, Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Deputy Commissioner Benjamin Tucker hold a press conference. Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison will be the new chief of department.
Biden faces bipartisan backlash over Syria bombing
       
President Biden is facing bipartisan backlash after ordering the bombing on Thursday of a facility in Syria allegedly used by an Iran-allied militia group. We need to work to extricate from the Middle East, not escalate.”Rep. Ro Khanna condemned the Syria strike. “Today’s airstrike demonstrates President Biden’s resolve to prevent Iran from targeting America’s personnel and allies with impunity. Many critics of Biden’s Syria bombing were pleased by his decision earlier this month to end US involvement in Yemen’s long-running civil war. AP/Salar SalimBiden mandated last month that he be given “full visibility” into proposed airstrikes and drone attacks, the White House said this week.
California high court upholds ending adult trials for 14- and 15-year-old offenders
       
Five lower appellate courts previously found that there was no conflict, but a sixth appellate panel ruled in 2019 that SB1391 was superseded by the ballot measure and therefore was unconstitutional. Proponents including state Attorney General Xavier Becerra countered that the law furthers the intent of the ballot measure and therefore is valid. The ballot measure took decisions on whether to try youths as adults away from district attorneys and gave that power to judges. Offenders previously convicted as adults can now contend they are entitled to new trials in juvenile court, she said. It's the second time in two months that the high court has weighed in on the ballot measure championed by former Gov.
Cuomo's handling of nursing home COVID outbreak leaves health commissioner in the firing line
       
Andrew Cuomo for their handling of the pandemic and criticized them after the thousands of COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes across the state. Last year, Cuomo directed nursing homes in the state to accept patients who had or were suspected of having COVID-19. The latter drew scrutiny this month after she seemingly admitted the governor’s team withheld information related to COVID-19-related deaths at nursing homes. The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) asked 62 nursing homes to provide data about deaths in their facilities. Investigations into more than 20 nursing homes whose reported conduct during the first wave of the pandemic presented particular concern are still ongoing, James added.
Biden's Syria airstrike earns applause from prominent Republicans
       
President Biden's decision to order an airstrike in Syria in retaliation for recent attacks on American service members was met with praise from top Republicans. US LAUNCHES AIRSTRIKE AGAINST IRANIAN-BACKED FORCES IN SYRIA"Iranian leaders may have left their people behind but America has not," Hill wrote on Twitter. "Iranian-backed militia’s recent attacks on U.S.-led bases will not be tolerated, and @POTUS should continue to meet similar threats and actions with swift justice," the Arkansas Republican continued. The move came after American forces in the Green Zone were targeted with multiple attacks, including two rockets that fell near the American embassy in Baghdad. A previous rocket attack in Erbil had taken the life of a civilian contractor as well as injured several others and an American service member.
CNN commentator appears on scandal-ridden Lincoln Project's YouTube show
       
CNN political commentator Charlie Dent appeared on the scandal-ridden Lincoln Project's YouTube show Thursday night, showing the mainstream media isn't ready to divorce itself from the disgraced political action committee. CALLS FOR LINCOLN PROJECT TO DISSOLVE CONTINUE WITH POLITICO COLUMN 'SHUT DOWN FOR GOOD'CNN did not respond to a request for comment. THE LINCOLN PROJECT'S SPECTACULAR DOWNFALL: A TIMELINEWilson's appearances on The Daily Beast podcast "The New Abnormal" have been suspended pending an internal investigation of the Lincoln Project's handling of the Weaver scandal. LINCOLN PROJECT MUST ADDRESS CLAIM LEADERS KNEW OF HARASSMENT ALLEGATIONS EARLIER: EX-EMPLOYEESThe Lincoln Project has seen a rush to the exits in the meantime. Co-founder Jennifer Horn left the Lincoln Project in disgust over Weaver's conduct, but the group publicly accused her of shaking down the Lincoln Project for more money before her exit.
Judge stops South Dakota Gov. Noem from releasing more records in AG's fatal crash after bombshell discovery
       
Noem said she spent 10 hours going through details of the crash investigation on Monday, a day before she called for him to step down. House Speaker Spencer Gosch has proposed forming a special committee to investigate Ravnsborg's conduct in the fatal crash. Price, who led the crash investigation, previously said Ravnsborg was distracted before he drove onto the shoulder of a darkened stretch of highway but has not provided additional details. When Sheriff Mike Volek arrived, he, too, "surveyed the damage" to the crime scene and to Ravnsborg’s vehicle, the state AG said. Ravnsborg, whose car was too damaged to drive, borrowed Volek’s personal vehicle to get home, he said.
Cuomo accuser Lindsey Boylan says she is 'grateful for the support'
       
Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment said she is "grateful for the support" she has received this week since making the allegations, saying supporting victims makes it "easier for others to come forward." "Let's play strip poker," Boylan said Cuomo remarked on a flight from an event in October 2017. "I am grateful for the support I’ve received since telling my story – not just from people in New York but across the country," Boylan tweeted Friday. Boylan first accused Cuomo of sexual harassment last year but did not elaborate at the time. A source in James’ office told Fox News that they have received the letter and are reviewing it.
Trump's CPAC speech will rip Biden, map out retaking Congress in 2022
       
However, he is expected to talk about the 2022 midterms and what the Republican Party needs to do to take back control of the House and the Senate. Trump is expected to name names, sources said. Tables full of Trump merchandise were on display and attendees were wearing T-shirts, hats and masks featuring Trump slogans -- including "Trump 2024." Until then, attendees will see speeches by an array of conservatives, many of them Trump allies. Those who have opposed Trump, including Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., and Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, will not be in attendance.
Is Trump the GOP's future? Here's what CPAC attendees think
       
Ron DeSantis, who gave the first major address of CPAC Friday, could be the party's standard-bearer going forward. "I think President Trump is the leader of the Republican Party. "I'm looking forward to President Trump coming here and speaking on Sunday, seeing what he has to say. I think President Trump has a huge role in our party ... fundraising and helping candidates get elected. "If the theme of CPAC is 'America Uncancelled,' I think Ron DeSantis is really the face of that right now ...
Mark Meadows says Trump is ‘planning for the next administration’
       
And we see it.”Donald Trump speaking at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on Jan. 20, 2021, during his farewell address. Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty Images“What we will see on Sunday is we will see the start of planning for the next administration. Speaking to Axios, senior Trump adviser Jason Miller said the former president plans to remain a force in the Republican party. Mark Meadows and Donald Trump seen together in the White House on Oct. 9, 2019. When you attack President Trump, you’re attacking the Republican grassroots,” he said.
ISIS bride Shamima Begum loses bid to return to UK in citizenship fight
       
ISIS bride Shamima Begum — the British woman who fled to Syria to join the terror group in 2015 and quickly married one of its fighters – lost her bid Friday to return to the UK to fight for the restoration of her citizenship because she poses a security risk. Shamima Begum was 15 when she the UK to join ISIS. She married an ISIS fighter two weeks later and lived in Raqqa, the capital of the self-declared caliphate. This photo shows the families of Shamima Begum and Amira Abase, another girl who left her home to join the terror group. Amira Abase, Kadiza Sultana, and Shamima Begum walk through Gatwick airport, before they caught their flight to Turkey.
After leading charge vs. Al Franken, Sen. Gillibrand dodges Gov. Cuomo scandal
       
New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand appears to be giving Gov. Andrew Cuomo a long leash on the sexual harassment allegations leveled against him by a former aide — despite once leading the charge that led to then-Sen. Al Franken’s resignation over similar claims. And that’s true for her and that’s also true for Gov. Cuomo.”In 2017, Gillibrand, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, quickly led a full-throated condemnation of her colleague Franken as he faced mounting allegations of sexual harassment from multiple women. Lindsey Boylan accused Cuomo of sexual harassment and allegedly asking her to play strip poker with him.
Watch live: CPAC 2021 kicks off in Orlando
       
Top Republicans are speaking Friday at the first day of the 2021 Conservative Political Action Conference, with names like Donald Trump Jr., Sens. Ron DeSantis speaks at the opening of the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Hyatt Regency on Feb. 26, 2021, in Orlando, Florida. Other speakers scheduled to appear Friday include Sens. Other speakers scheduled to appear Friday include Sens. Mike Lee, James Lankford, Marsha Blackburn, Rick Scott and Tom Cotton, as well as Reps. Madison Cawthorn and Mo Brooks.
CPAC speaker Ted Cruz: What to know about the Texas senator
       
With his appearance at CPAC, Cruz will likely attempt to change the narrative. Cruz also spoke at last year’s CPAC, which took place in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. CPAC SCHEDULE: WHO IS SPEAKING AT THE CONSERVATIVE POLITICAL ACTION CONFERENCE IN FLORIDACruz has served in the Senate since 2013. "In the US Senate, Ted has led the fight to repeal Obamacare, to secure the border, and to confirm Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court," Cruz’s bio on the CPAC website says. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPPrior to his stint in Congress, Cruz served as solicitor general of Texas from 2003 to 2008.
Gov. DeSantis: 'Corporate media' was proven wrong on Florida's reopening
       
So, I’d take 65 with a whiff of freedom over 35 under the yoke of lockdown any day of the week and twice on Sunday," DeSantis told "Fox & Friends." CPAC SPEAKER RON DESANTIS: WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT FLORIDA GOVERNORFlorida received "a lot of opposition from the corporate media" for going "against the grain" on how states handled the coronavirus lockdown. I would rather be in Florida than just about any other state right now," DeSantis said. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP"It was a very intentional decision to go to Florida," American Conservative Union President Matt Schlapp told Fox News. Fittingly, DeSantis' CPAC welcome speech on Friday is titled "Florida Welcomes CPAC: Open for Business."
Utah teacher under investigation for tweet calling for killing of 'Republican senators'
       
A Utah high school teacher is under investigation for a tweet calling for the killing of "Republican senators" that was sent after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. One concerned parent shared a screenshot of the tweet from the account of Parowan High School humanities teacher Brian Townsend in an Iron County School District Facebook group, calling his tweet "not appropriate" and "unacceptable." The school district said in a statement that it is reviewing an "appropriate response" with legal counsel and "investigating the matter." "His statements do not represent a statement or the opinions of the Iron County School District. In fact, the school district ensures that where it may be a matter of free speech we are very serious about protecting free speech," the district said.
Cuomo sexual harassment allegations: NY AG reviewing letter from Republican state senators asking for probe
       
New York Attorney General Letitia James is reviewing a letter from state senators asking her office to investigate the sexual harassment allegations against New York Gov. The senators, in the letter, requested the "immediate appointment of a Special Prosecutor to conduct this investigation," and called the allegations "potentially criminal in nature." PSAKI RESPONDS TO CUOMO HARASSMENT CLAIM: 'ANY ALLEGATION SHOULD BE REVIEWED'A source from James’ office told Fox News that they are in receipt of the letter and are reviewing it. Boylan first accused Cuomo of sexual harassment last year but did not elaborate at the time. STEFANIK CALLS ON CUOMO TO RESIGN AMID SEXUAL HARASSMENT ALLEGATIONS"The Governor began calling me 'Lisa' in front of colleagues.
Gov. DeSantis kicks off CPAC with tribute to Rush Limbaugh, touts future of GOP
       
Ron DeSantis, R., kicked off the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) this year with a roaring speech that paid tribute to his "friend," the late conservative talk radio icon Rush Limbaugh. "Rush displayed the courage of his convictions time and time again," DeSantis said. Rush showed that fighting the left requires strength and that conservatism devoid of backbone is doomed to fail." "You may be attacked, you might be smeared, you may even be canceled by the major organs of the political left ... We reject military adventurism [and] instead support a strong defense solely for the purpose of protecting our nation and its people."
Scott Walker at CPAC says ‘America is under siege’ on campuses, in culture
       
Scott Walker is charging that the nation is "under siege" from the political left. During a speech Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference, the former two-term Republican governor emphasized, "America is under siege. But in 2018 Walker was defeated in his bid for a third term. Walker announced in 2019 when he took the position as Young America’s Foundation president that he wouldn’t make a 2022 bid for Wisconsin governor. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe conference, known by its acronym CPAC, is the largest and most influential annual gathering of conservative activists and leaders.
Corey Lewandowski likely to lead new Trump political action committee
       
Former President Trump is starting up a new political action committee and is eyeing longtime top political adviser and aide Corey Lewandowski to head up the new super PAC, multiple people with knowledge of the conversations confirmed to Fox News. "MAGA supporters and candidates supporting President Trump’s America First agenda are going to be impressed with the political operation being built out here," Miller said. The former president's expected to tease a 2024 presidential bid as he addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Sunday in Orlando, Fla. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPAnother name floated to serve as a possible chair of the new super PAC is Linda McMahon. The former professional wrestling executive steered the Small Business Administration during the first two years of the Trump presidency before chairing the pro-Trump America First Action super PAC during the 2020 election cycle.
House poised to approve Biden's $1.9T coronavirus relief bill in Friday vote
       
The House is poised to pass President Biden's coronavirus relief package on a party-line vote Friday and send the $1.9 trillion measure to the Senate as Congress races to provide a fresh round of aid to Americans still reeling from the pandemic. The House bill will keep the $15 wage provision, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters. "House Democrats believe that the minimum wage hike is necessary," she said. BIDEN'S COVID RELIEF PLAN COULD SEND MONEY TO WELL-OFF AMERICANS WHO WON'T SPEND ITThe federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour hasn't risen since 2009. "The House bill not only spends far more than is needed to achieve these goals, but also puts too many of these plentiful dollars in the wrong places.
Bitcoin heads for biggest weekly loss since March after steep rally
       
Bitcoin’s price tumbled Friday, putting it on pace for its deepest weekly loss in nearly a year — on the heels of its equally staggering rally. At that overnight low, bitcoin was down about 20 percent from its closing price on Sunday, the day it reached its all-time record above $58,000, the data show. If the losses hold through the weekend, the coin would post its worst weekly performance since the 33 percent plunge it suffered in March 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic roiled global markets, CoinDesk says. The price has risen as big companies such as Mastercard and BNY Mellon joined the likes of Tesla in embracing cryptocurrency. Digital payments firm Square and business intelligence company MicroStrategy also revealed this week that they had added more bitcoin to their balance sheets.
NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza stepping down
       
Polarizing Department of Education Chancellor Richard Carranza is abruptly stepping down effective March 15 after nearly three controversial years at the helm, city officials announced Friday. “It has been my greatest honor to serve as New York City Schools Chancellor and I can’t think of anyone who would be better to take the helm than Meisha Porter,” Carranza said in a statement. The native of Arizona drew especially fierce opposition from Asian community groups who objected to diversity initiatives that would drastically slash their numbers at top city schools. Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza served his position for nearly two years. Meisha Ross-Porter, center, speaks with Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor Richard Carranza during a visit to Leaders of Tomorrow Richard R. Green Middle School in the Bronx.
CPAC speaker Scott Walker: What to know about former Wisconsin governor
       
Scott Walker is set to speak at the 2021 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Friday morning. Walker was born in Colorado Springs, Colo., in November of 1967 to Patricia and Llewellyn Walker. In 1970, the Walker family moved to Plainfield, Iowa, before the family packed up again and headed to Delavan, Wis. On his website describing The Walker Group, the former governor wrote that he would help turn the country around state by state. CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APPIn 2019, Young America's Foundation announced that Walker would become their president in Feb. 2021.
China tracks Navy destroyer in Taiwan Strait, accuses US of undermining regional stability
       
The Chinese military accused the United States of undermining regional peace and stability after the U.S. Navy sailed a destroyer through the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday. "The move artificially creates risk factors in the Taiwan Strait, deliberately undermines regional peace and stability, we are firmly opposed to this," Chunhui said. "The United States military will continue to fly, sail, and operate anywhere international law allows," the 7th Fleet responded in a statement. This is the second transit by a U.S. Navy vessel through the Taiwan Strait in February, and the second of the Biden administration. The USS John S. McCain last passed through the strait on Feb. 4, which the 7th Fleet also called a "routine operation."
CPAC speaker Alex Berenson: What to know about former NY Times reporter, COVID-19 lockdown critic
       
More recently, he has focused his criticism on Big Tech’s censorship and cancel culture – which he has compared to the blacklisting of "Communist sympathizers in Hollywood in the 1950s." Berenson said his critique of lockdowns and cancel culture has begun to negatively impact his work as a writer. But he has "not received a single review aside from a couple of trade publications" for his upcoming novel, "The Power Couple." At CPAC, Berenson is expected to speak on what happens when you don’t toe the party line and how anyone can be a target of cancel culture – not just conservatives. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPCPAC kicked off Friday at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy: Dems' $1.9 trillion COVID bill is not rescue or relief plan, it's a Pelosi payoff
       
Thanks to a historic, heroic undertaking by the Trump administration's Operation Warp Speed, 1.45 million Americans are now receiving a vaccine shot every day. About 10 million Americans remain unemployed, and millions of children are struggling from an education and mental health crisis fueled by sustained school closures and perpetuated by special interest groups. Worst of all, the Democrats' bill fails to provide families and students any assurance their public schools will reopen full time. When you add it all up, the price tag of Democrats’ bill is jaw-dropping. But don’t call it a rescue or relief bill.
Some GameStop traders think stock will surge to $800 in one day
       
Some GameStop traders think the so-called meme stock will build on this week’s surprise surge — by skyrocketing to $800 in a single day. The most popular GameStop options contract on Thursday was a bet that the shares would climb to that price on Friday, Bloomberg data show. The odds of GameStop reaching the $800 mark on Friday are pretty slim even though Reddit’s army of retail traders has started pumping up the stock again. Keith Gill, a GameStop investor, also known in social media forums as Roaring Kitty, testifies during a virtual hearing on GameStop. House Financial Services Committee via APThe trades came as GameStop shares exploded for the second time in a month after about two weeks of muted trading.
Biden administration and Democrats 'do not care' about American jobs: Sen. Scott
       
Sen. Rick Scott R-Fla. said Friday that the Biden administration and Democrats "don't care about jobs" and that the attempted inclusion of a $15 minimum wage in the latest coronavirus stimulus bill is just "payback" to liberal Democrats. Scott, during an interview on "Fox & Friends," said that more jobs would be killed and unemployment rates would continue to climb during the pandemic by raising the minimum wage. The Senate's chief parliamentarian ruled Thursday that a federal minimum wage hike should not be included in the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package. RICK SCOTT: "First off, we shouldn't change the minimum wage. The Biden administration and the Democrats do not care about your jobs.
CPAC heavy hitters to highlight constitutional freedoms, allege 'left hates the Bill of Rights'
       
The Bill of Rights is one of the major themes of CPAC, American Conservative Union President Matt Schlapp told Fox News in an interview. His speech is titled "Why the Left Hates the Bill of Rights ... and We Love It." Lee will be one of the first speakers of CPAC, immediately following a welcome speech from Florida Gov. And Joe Biden has already talked about gun confiscations of people who they don't believe are worthy of the Second Amendment rights they're born with. " "We considered other states, Tennessee, Georgia Florida, Texas ... Florida just seems like the obvious place," he said.
Rep. Chris Stewart: Biden team's terrifying plan to spy on Americans – here's why we must stop this abuse
       
REPS. SMITH & COMER: DEMS' $1.9T COVID RELIEF BILL – WRONG PLAN, WRONG TIME, WRONG REASONS. That is what law enforcement – specifically the FBI and Department of Homeland Security – is for, to act as domestic law enforcement officers, including acting against potential domestic terrorism. Domestic extremist activities that lack any connection to a foreign power clearly fall outside Intelligence Community authorities, and are matters for domestic law enforcement agencies. This is why the National Security Act expressly defines "intelligence" as either foreign intelligence or counterintelligence, (those activities conducted on behalf of a foreign power). Passed in 1978, FISA was created to target "foreign powers, or agents of a foreign power."
Beto's back? O'Rourke jumps into spotlight in wake of Texas storm as he eyes another political campaign
       
O’Rourke acknowledged last month – well before the storm ravaged Texas – that he was considering a Democratic challenge next year against Texas Republican Gov. "It's something I'm going to think about," O’Rourke said in an interview on an El Paso radio program. Matt Angle, a veteran Texas-based Democratic strategist and campaign consultant, said O’Rourke’s relief effort on behalf of storm victims "helps a lot. As Abbott increasingly faces questions about his actions ahead of the storm, O’Rourke on Thursday tweeted "What did Gov. He certainly raised money from people out of state," Wilson said.
Dr. Robert Jeffress: Republican civil war – which side will evangelicals choose?
       
Nevertheless, like millions of evangelical and conservative Catholic believers, I tend to vote for Republican candidates because of the Republican party’s strong pro-life and pro-religious platform. JOE LIEBERMAN: MARYLAND'S LESSONS FOR DC – THIS IS WHAT WORKING FOR THE COMMON GOOD LOOKS LIKEI hope the GOP will remember this important principle as they look forward: while having evangelical support doesn’t guarantee victory (think 2020), NOT having evangelical support guarantees defeat (think 2008 and 2012). For evangelical Christians who submit to the authority of the Bible, there are a few political issues that clearly rise to the level of first principles. Compromising establishment Republican candidates made many evangelicals feel homeless. His agenda diverted in some places from the establishment Republican orthodoxy, but on the issues that mattered to social conservatives, it was a home run.
Sen. Marsha Blackburn's Big Idea: Review US-China sister city partnerships to protect against malign influence
       
Blackburn, R-Tenn., is set to introduce the Sister City Transparency Act in the coming weeks — legislation that she also rolled out during the last Congress. The bill would also require a review of best practices to ensure transparency regarding sister city partnerships’ agreements, activities and employees. Fox News spoke with the senator from Tennessee about her legislation and her views on the threat of letting U.S. sister city partnerships with China remain unchecked. There are 157 Sister City Partnerships with Chinese Communities in the United States. And then we realized they were doing the exact same thing through sister city partnerships.
CPAC heavy hitters to highlight constitutional freedoms, allege 'left hates the Bill of Rights'
       
The Bill of Rights is one of the major themes of CPAC, American Conservative Union President Matt Schlapp told Fox News in an interview. His speech is titled "Why the Left Hates the Bill of Rights ... and We Love It." Lee will be one of the first speakers of CPAC, immediately following a welcome speech from Florida Gov. And Joe Biden has already talked about gun confiscations of people who they don't believe are worthy of the Second Amendment rights they're born with. " "We considered other states, Tennessee, Georgia Florida, Texas ... Florida just seems like the obvious place," he said.
How Trump’s CPAC Speech Could Determine GOP’s Future
       
Many Republican 2024 presidential hopefuls will be attendance but will likely be overshadowed by the presence of Donald Trump. On Sunday, the former President will be delivering his first major speech since leaving the White House. Nearly a year into the Coronavirus pandemic and a majority of children are still participating in school remotely. While many public school districts have had difficulty reopening, many Catholic schools have been open for months. Plus, commentary by Guy Benson, host of the Guy Benson Show.
Trump in 2024? 'Absolutely,' Mitch McConnell says
       
'Absolutely,' Mitch McConnell saysSenate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Thursday he would "absolutely" support Donald Trump if the former president were to win the Republican nomination in 2024. However, McConnell told "Special Report" host Bret Baier that "there's a lot to happen between now and '24. McConnell was lambasted by the former president recently after the senator condemned Trump’s behavior during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. When asked by Baier to respond to Trump’s allegation that the Republican Party could never be respected if leaders such as McConnell remained in charge, he replied, "The Republican Party is actually in very good shape. "The Republican Party had a very good day on November 3," McConnell continued.
Washington state Senate approves open carry ban at Capitol, permitted rallies in party-line vote
       
Washington state senators voted along party lines Thursday to pass a bill that would ban the open carry of firearms and other weapons both at the Capitol building and grounds and within 250 feet of a permitted protest anywhere in the state. Republican state Sen. Lynda Wilson argued the bill could endanger women who carry a firearm for safety but who haven’t been able to get a concealed carry permit because of a backlog. "So you have to open carry in order to be able to go someplace," Wilson said, according to the Times. More than a dozen states ban open carry in government-owned buildings or state Capitol buildings, according to the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Just four other states plus the District of Columbia prohibit open carry at demonstrations or protests, according to the center.
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser’s sister dies of COVID-19 complications
       
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser’s sister died Wednesday from COVID-19 complications. Bowser announced in a statement that her only sister and oldest sibling, Mercia Bowser, died after battling COVID-19 related pneumonia at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. “My family and I are mourning the loss of my sister, Mercia Bowser, who passed away this morning due to complications related to COVID-19,” the mayor said in a statement. “Mercia was a loving daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. She worked tirelessly for children, the elderly, and those with behavioral disorders until her retirement and beyond,” the mayor said.
US warships in Persian Gulf have suffer COVID-19 outbreaks
       
Two U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf have suffered coronavirus outbreaks, the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet announced early Friday. NAVY ASSAULT SHIP BADLY DAMAGED IN FIRE SHOULD BE SUNK: LAWMAKERSThe amphibious transport ship USS San Diego was on a planned port visit to Bahrain when testing began. The guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea has been forced to make an unscheduled port call, also to Bahrain, home to the U.S. 5th Fleet, officials say. There are 600 sailors and marines aboard the USS San Diego and 380 sailors aboard USS Philippine Sea. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThere are other U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf and Arabian Sea such as the guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones and amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island, home to the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
Pelosi vows to keep minimum wage provision in House bill; Harris could act
       
In a statement obtained by Fox News, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough’s decision "disappointing." Vice President Harris, as president of the Senate, can override the parliamentarian's ruling, but the move is considered unlikely. Senate Democrats wanted to avoid having to deal with a Republican filibuster and employ a process called budget reconciliation. The Associated Press reported that Democrats have a 10-vote edge in the House and are tied in the Senate 50-50. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPJen Psaki, the White House press secretary, said the president was "disappointed" in the outcome but respected the parliamentarian’s ruling.
Leo Horoscope Today: Free Daily Horoscope
       
Because Leo is one of the zodiac’s “fixed” signs you find it hard to break the habits of a lifetime, but recent events have left you in no doubt that a new direction is needed in your affairs. Don’t just let go of the old – shove it away from you!
This Day in History: Feb. 26
       
On this day, Feb. 26 ...1993: A truck bomb built by Islamic extremists explodes in the parking garage of the North Tower of New York’s World Trade Center, killing six people and injuring more than 1,000 others. 1917: President Woodrow Wilson signs a congressional act establishing Mount McKinley National Park (now known as Denali National Park) in the Alaska Territory. President Woodrow Wilson signs a congressional act establishing Mount McKinley National Park (now known as Denali National Park) in the Alaska Territory. 1919: President Woodrow Wilson signs a congressional act establishing Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. President Woodrow Wilson signs a congressional act establishing Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.
Pompeo reacts to Syria airstrikes: 'I hope it wasn't just bombs in the desert'
       
A United States airstrike in eastern Syria late Thursday should have targeted "something that threatened the United States of America," former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told "The Ingraham Angle". "You've got to protect your force, you've got to establish deterrence," Pompeo told host Laura Ingraham. "I don't know what they struck or what targets they went after," Pompeo added. I hope it really went after something that threatened the United States of America. "You don't need to get bogged down there to take an air strike," Pompeo added.
LIVE UPDATES: CPAC 2021 speakers on Friday will include Trump Jr., Ted Cruz
       
Mike Lee, R-Utah, James Lankford, R-Okla, Ted Cruz R-Texas, and Rick Scott R-Fla. are among the many speakers on Friday. CPAC 2021 will take place in Orlando, Florida. CPAC 2021 will take place in Orlando, Florida. Former President Donald Trump is scheduled to speak on Sunday, his first public remarks since Inauguration Day. Fox Nation is a sponsor of CPAC 2021
LIVE UPDATES: Joe Biden revokes Trump order that called for review of funding for 'anarchist' cities
       
President Biden this week revoked several executive orders issued by Donald Trump, including one that called for a review of funding given to so-called "anarchist" cities. Biden issued an executive order on Wednesday night to undo the review, which was issued in response to violent and destructive riots that took place in multiple cities. FAST FACTS Biden this week revoked several executive ordersSeattle city attorney Pete Holmes welcomed the Biden revocation, saying he was "glad to have this nonsense cleared from the decks." Seattle city attorney Pete Holmes welcomed the Biden revocation, saying he was "glad to have this nonsense cleared from the decks." Cities that were designated by the Department of Justice as anarchist included New York City, Portland and Seattle.
Ingraham: Why America must boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics in China
       
America’s participation in the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing is not leading, "it’s giving in," Fox News host Laura Ingraham argued Thursday. "The following are indisputable facts," the host of "The Ingraham Angle" stated. Fact, China has imprisoned and tortured political dissidents, Christians and currently has more than one million Uyghur Muslims in reeducation camps." In addition, Ingraham said, China is seeking global supremacy, and world leaders -- including President Biden -- are all too willing to oblige. "Joe Biden claims that America's back and he wants to be a world leader," said Ingraham, "If that's really true, he should start by announcing a boycott of the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing, and then convince our allies in Europe and elsewhere to join the boycott.
Hannity torches Democrats’ coronavirus relief plan: ‘They want you to believe this is an emergency’
       
House Democrats have proposed a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill stuffed with items that are not related to the crisis at all, "Hannity" host Sean Hannity argued Thursday. "They want you to believe this is an emergency COVID relief package that’s going to help We the People. According to House Republicans, only 9% of the "Pelosi-Schumer payoff," as Hannity described the bill, would be going towards defeating the pandemic. "How is that in any way categorized as emergency COVID relief?" KEVIN MCCARTHY SLAMS COVID RELIEF BILL: ALMOST LIKE DEMOCRATS 'WANT SCHOOLS TO STAY CLOSED'To make matters worse, Hannity said, there is no clause in the bill that puts money directly into the hands of struggling Americans as promised by President Biden.
Past Biden, Psaki tweets criticizing Trump slammed after new Syria airstrikes
       
Past Twitter messages from President Biden and one of his top aides -- both criticizing former President Trump -- weren't appearing to age well Thursday after Biden ordered airstrikes against an Iranian-backed militia stronghold in Syria. In 2017, Jen Psaki, now White House press secretary, questioned what the Trump administration’s "legal authority for strikes" was in Syria following a Trump-ordered military action. In April 2017, the Trump administration launched airstrikes against Syria in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack the Assad regime carried out against its own people. RAND PAUL: LOTS OF 'HYPOCRISY' BY BIDEN ADMINISTRATION ON IMMIGRATION, MIGRANT FACILITIESIn October 2019, then-presidential candidate Joe Biden called then-President Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from Northern Syria "erratic" and "impulsive." In Thursday’s attack, the Biden administration targeted Iraqi border-based Shia militia groups, Kait’ib Hezbollah and Kait’ib Sayyid al Shuhada, which are suspected of having received funding and military support from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard.
Boehner tells Cruz to ‘go f—- yourself’ while recording audio book: report
       
John Boehner, the former Republican House speaker, reportedly blurted out, "Oh, and [Sen.] Ted Cruz, go f—k yourself," while recording the audio for his upcoming book titled, "On the House: A Washington Memoir." Axios, citing two sources familiar with the recording, reported that Boehner went off-script during an aside. The report pointed to a tweet from Boehner warning, "Poured myself a glass of something nice to read my audiobook. In 2016, Boehner reportedly called Cruz "Lucifer in the flesh" and a "miserable son of a bitch." "I have Democrat friends and Republican friends.
Biden revokes Trump order that cut funding for ‘anarchist’ cities after riots
       
President Biden this week revoked several executive orders issued by Donald Trump, including one that called for a review of funding given to so-called "anarchist" cities. Biden issued an executive order on Wednesday night to undo the review, which was issued in response to violent and destructive riots that took place in multiple cities. Cities that were designated by the Department of Justice as anarchist included New York City, Portland and Seattle. The affected municipalities filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration over its attempts to withhold federal funding. Seattle city attorney Pete Holmes welcomed the Biden revocation, saying he was "glad to have this nonsense cleared from the decks."
Donald Trump Jr.: Donald Trump is ‘still the future of the Republican Party’
       
Former President Donald Trump is the future of the Republican Party, his eldest son Donald Trump Jr. argued on Thursday. "If you're reading the room and you're intelligent, you realize that Donald Trump is still the future of the Republican Party," Trump Jr. told "Hannity" ahead of his father's weekend speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). "The Republican Party isn't going to be bound to those corporate interests anymore," he said. Sean, was it controversial for the leaders of a nation to put their people first," Trump Jr. added. However, McConnell told "Special Report" host Bret Baier that "there's a lot to happen between now and '24.
Italian mafia employs new strategies during COVID-19 lockdown: report
       
Italy's mafia reportedly provided stimulus for some struggling small businesses in the country and there is concern that these establishments will become beholden to these mobsters going forward. DOG STAYS IN FREEZING ALPINE FOOTHILLS WITH INJURED ITALIAN HIKER FOR 7 NIGHTSThere is fear that these businesses could become "an instrument for money laundering and recycling illicit capital." It has been widely reported that Italy’s economy has suffered a dramatic blow from the coronavirus outbreak. The country is pinning its recovery hope on Mario Draghi, its new prime minister who has been credited with saving the euro. Reuters reported that the Italian economy shrank by 2.0% in Q4 2020, and 8.8% over the whole year.
Curtis Sliwa accused of boosting mayoral campaign on his radio program
       
A Bronx lawyer has filed a complaint against Guardian Angels founder and Republican mayoral wannabe Curtis Sliwa, charging he’s violating campaign laws by promoting his candidacy on his own WABC talk radio show. Specifically, Curtis A Sliwa, candidate for mayor, has extended political activities to his podcast and radio show through station AM-WABC by openly discussing his run for the mayoralty and actively promoting his campaign,” Marricco said. Curtis Sliwa said he’s discussed campaign legal issues with 77 WABC Radio owner John Catsimatidis. Helayne SeidmanSliwa registered as a mayoral candidate on Feb. 17 and is seeking 8-to-1 public matching funds regulated by the CFB. Sliwa also admitted he occasionally discusses his mayoral bid on his radio show, which runs from noon to 3 p.m.
Toxic wokeness taints a campus and causes liberal staffer to resign
       
I graduated from Smith College in 1993. This only served to support the now prevailing narrative that the incident had been racially motivated and that Smith staff are racist. Former Smith College employee Jodi Shaw. This illustrates the deeply hostile and fearful culture that pervades Smith College. I make $45,000 a year; less than a year’s tuition for a Smith student.
As Congress eyes $1.9 trillion Covid package, $1 trillion from past bills unspent
       
Democrats in Congress hope to have a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill on President Biden’s desk by March 14, but about one-fourth of Covid relief money from previous bills has still not been spent. Much of the unspent funding is through loan programs offered by the Federal Reserve, Treasury or Small Business Administration. DEMS' COVID RELIEF BILL INCLUDES $100M FOR SCANDAL-PLAGUED GROUP ONCE DEEMED 'UNNECESSARY' BY THE CBOThe amount of state and local funding for coronavirus relief unspent is $54 billion. But the CRFB said “the question of how much relief money remains is a complicated one,” and some of the money will never be spent. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ON FOX BUSINESS“Ultimately, it may be the case that unspent funds mean that the next package should be smaller, but I don’t think that’s the first conclusion one should necessarily draw from any existence of unspent funds,” said Molly Reynolds, a senior fellow in governance studies at Brookings.
Ted Cruz won't travel with Biden on Texas trip following Cancun gaffe
       
Neither Sen. John Cornyn nor Cruz, who faced intense criticism for taking a family vacation to Cancun, Mexico, at the height of Texas’ power crisis, will travel with Biden. CRUZ ADMITS CANCUN TRIP 'OBVIOUSLY A MISTAKE'"Dr. Biden is traveling, of course, with us to Texas," Psaki said, referencing the First Lady. Psaki added that she would "double-check" on whether Cruz would join Biden at some point during the trip. Cruz later said the trip was "obviously a mistake" and noted that he had planned to work remotely. While Biden travels to Texas, Cruz is slated to deliver a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida, on Friday.
Asian man stabbed in Lower Manhattan, suspect on the loose
       
An Asian man was stabbed in Lower Manhattan on Thursday night, police said. The 36-year-old victim was stabbed in his torso at about 6:20 p.m. near the Manhattan federal courthouse on Worth Street, authorities said. Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou, whose district covers the area where the stabbing occurred, said on Twitter that, preliminarily, the attack does not appear to be a hate crime. The lawmaker said the Asian Hate Crimes Task Force will assist in the investigation. The task force was created last August as a result of an increase in hate crimes against Asians during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Minimum wage hike can’t be part of COVID relief bill, Senate official rules
       
Democrats can’t include a $15 minimum wage hike as part of the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, a key Senate official ruled on Thursday. Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough’s decision dealt a blow to progressives, who had been pushing to include such a provision in the bill. “I strongly disagree with tonight’s decision by the Senate Parliamentarian,” the Vermont lawmaker said in a statement. “The fight to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour continues,” he added. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, have voiced opposition to including the minimum wage boost in the relief bill.
Biden ignores question on stimulus check promise
       
President Biden on Thursday ignored a question about the timing of stimulus checks, after promising the American people earlier this year that they would receive $2,000 checks immediately if Democrats won the Senate. Fox News’ Peter Doocy asked Biden about this promise at the conclusion of an event where the president made remarks commemorating 50 million vaccine doses administered in the U.S. in 37 days. "Mr. President, whatever happened to your promise from seven weeks ago that if Democrats flipped the Senate the checks were going out the door?" KENNEDY: BIDEN CORONAVIRUS STIMULUS BILL IS 'CHOCK-FULL OF SPENDING PORN'The president told voters while campaigning in Atlanta in January that $2,000 checks would be imminent if the Democratic Senate candidates won their runoff races. "Their election will put an end to the block in Washington on that $2,000 stimulus check – that money will go out the door immediately to help people who are in real trouble," Biden told the crowd.
Rachel Levine, HHS assistant secretary nominee, quizzed on missing Pa. nursing home data
       
Former Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine faced tough questioning Thursday during a Senate confirmation hearing regarding reported discrepancies in state records on COVID-related nursing home deaths. Levine was nominated by President Biden to serve as assistant secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services. The problem originated after nursing homes were "self-reporting" their coronavirus cases and deaths to the state health department through separate online portals, not through the state’s EDRS, as Levine alleged Thursday. But Spotlight PA found that though facilities claimed they were submitting their coronavirus nursing home data through the state system, irregularities persisted. On Feb. 17, 139 facilities recorded "no data," followed by missing data for 145 facilities in the week following, on Feb. 23.
House passes Equality Act over GOP objections about transgender sports
       
House Democrats joined by three Republicans on Thursday approved the Equality Act, which aims to expand anti-discrimination laws to include gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people — but over conservative objections about the possible impact of trans athletes in student sports. But the treatment of transgender athletes garnered the most attention. EPA/JIM LO SCALZORep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) said the bill “destroys women’s sports” by requiring sports organizations and schools to accept transgender athletes as women. The Equality Act would extend anti-discrimination protection to housing, public accommodations and education. “The Equality Act would dramatically expand the definition of public accommodation to include any place of public gathering, any establishment that provides a service, such as food banks or homeless shelters,” he said.
Leading Democratic women silent on Gov. Cuomo’s sexual harassment scandal
       
Leading female Democratic pols largely stayed silent Thursday on the sexual harassment allegations against Gov. Andrew Cuomo — even though some have been outspoken on the subject in the past. Former New York senator and failed 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton didn’t respond to a similar request for comment, Fox News reported. The claims added detail to allegations she first made in a series of tweets in December. “We were on each of these October flights and this conversation did not happen,” the statement said.
Inside Lady Gaga’s houses and $28 million real estate portfolio
       
All of Lady Gaga’s homes are in California, with the exception of a New York pad where she only rented for a time. Eccentric Frank Zappa house$5.25 million | Hollywood HillsGaga bought the 6,700-square-foot home from the estate of the late musician Frank Zappa. Gaga bought the 6,700-square-foot home from the estate of the late musician Frank Zappa who, not unlike Gaga, was known for his eccentricities. realtor.comThe kitchen has two large marble islands. And the owner’s suite has black marble flooring, intricate designs, a walk-in wardrobe and a dressing room, according to the listing.
Mitch McConnell would ‘absolutely’ support Trump if he won GOP’s 2024 nomination
       
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says he would “absolutely” support former President Donald Trump if he won the GOP’s party nomination in 2024. “I’ve got at least four members that I think are planning on running for president, plus some governors and others. Should be a wide open race,” McConnell told host Bret Baier. Baier then asked McConnell if would support Trump if he were to win the party’s nomination for the next presidential election. Utah Sen. Mitt Romney — who has been an avid Trump critic — told the New York Times recently that if Trump plans to run in 2024, he believes he will be the party’s nominee.
Biden admin says no 'final decision' on boycotting Beijing Olympics as momentum grows in Congress
       
White House press secretary Jen Psaki left open the possibility of a boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing Thursday as pressure grows in Congress to punish China over its oppression of Uyghur Muslims in the country's Xinjiang region. "There hasn't been a final decision made on that," Psaki said Thursday when asked about the potential boycott during a press conference. A spokesperson for the U.S. Olympic Committee said they believe boycotts are an ineffective way to address global issues. A group of Republican Senators introduced a resolution earlier this month calling on the International Olympic Committee to move the 2022 Winter Olympics out of China. MCMASTER SAYSOn the last full day of the Trump administration, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared China's treatment of Uyghur Muslims a "genocide."
Pelosi mistakenly refers to Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson as 'Don Johnson'
       
During her weekly news briefing on Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi mistakenly referred to Sen. Ron Johnson as "Don Johnson", an actor best known for his role as James "Sonny" Crockett in the 1980s television series Miami Vice. "Don Johnson, was his first name Don? Not ‘Miami Vice’ or anything like that.? Don Johnson?"? Pelosi said. "Ron Johnson seems to be taking the lead on what the scope would be of how we look at protecting our country from domestic terrorism." Meanwhile, another commenter wrote: "In Pelosi's defense, I'd rather be thinking about Don Johnson too."
Rep. Scalise releases timeline of Cuomo's nursing home 'cover-up'
       
Andrew Cuomo as he faces investigations into his handling of nursing homes during the coronavirus pandemic. Scalise on Thursday put the governor on blast, saying Cuomo "lied about the death toll" after "sending thousands of contagious Covid-19 patients into nursing homes." "We need a full investigation into Governor Cuomo’s actions—anyone responsible must be prosecuted. House Republicans recently called on House Oversight Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., to subpoena Cuomo to testify regarding the nursing home deaths. Reade defended Boylan in an interview with Fox News on Thursday, calling on journalists to do "an investigation into Cuomo's [background]."
Mercedes Schlapp assesses 'what went wrong' for Trump 2020 campaign on 'CPAC All Access Live!'
       
Lawrence Jones and Tomi Lahren kicked off their coverage of this weekend's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) by welcoming former White House Director of Strategic Communications Mercedes Schlapp to "CPAC All Access Live!" Jones began the interview by asking the former White House official "what went wrong" for the Trump campaign in 2020. JOIN CPAC 2021 FROM HOME: HOW TO WATCH STREAMING CONTENT, EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE ON FOX NATION"We were out there every day. Fox Nation is also honoring the life of Limbaugh with a suite of exclusive specials available now. CLICK HERE to stream CPAC 2021 and for exclusive access to "CPAC All Access Live" hosted exclusively by Fox Nation.
Mitch McConnell ‘absolutely’ would support Trump if GOP nominee in 2024
       
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Thursday he would "absolutely" support Donald Trump if the former president won the Republican nomination in 2024. McConnell was lambasted by the former president recently after the senator condemned Trump’s behavior during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. MCCONNELL: PELOSI COMMISSION TO PROBE JAN. 6 HAS 'PARTISAN SLANT'"The Republican Party had a very good day on November 3," McConnell continued. Baier finished the interview by asking what McConnell's message is to Trump supporters who may be concerned about the future of the Republican Party. "I would say to everybody who's inclined to support our right-of-center Republican Party, let's focus on winning the house and the Senate in '22," McConnell said.
Letters to the Editor — Feb. 26, 2021
       
Already on the hot seat for hiding the true number of CO­VID-related deaths in nursing homes, now he is accused by a former aide of sexual harassment (“Cuomo’s a pig,” Feb. 25). Joseph V. Comperchio, BrooklynObviously, Cuomo did not heed the adage that you shouldn’t throw stones if you live in a glass house. Now it seems the chickens are coming home to roost for Cuomo, and not a moment too soon. His directive caused the deaths of thousands of people in nursing homes. But now a former aide has accused him of giving her an unwanted kiss on the lips — without warning.
De Blasio’s lame recovery plan is a boon to bureaucrats but won’t end NYC’s Ghost Town
       
Almost a year into Gotham’s devastating lockdown, Mayor de Blasio has announced the appointment of former school-construction chief Lorrain