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Democrat admits party needs to have conversation about replacing Biden as ’24 nominee

Democrats are growing increasingly worried about the state of President Biden’s mental acuity after the release of the special counsel report stemming from his handling of classified documents. 

Special Counsel Robert Hur released the report on Thursday, and although the president won’t face criminal charges, the report alleged the president forgot key details of his life, including information surrounding his time as vice president and his son’s death, during pertinent interviews while the probe was being conducted. 

Biden called an unusual press conference after the release where he sparred with reporters, defending his record and state of mind while the media pressed him on his ability to lead the country. 

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“I think these questions now are going to come more to the fore,” Harold Ford, Jr., “The Five” co-host, told Brian Kilmeade on Friday. “This was a tough night for the president, and I think many in the Democratic Party, which is my party, are going to have serious questions going forward about what this means.”

“This last night will be the closing ad in a campaign against President Biden as we get to November,” the former Tennessee congressman continued. 

“The question is, are Democrats willing to go forward between now and November, with a candidate, that many in the country may not think is up to the job for four more.”

Biden repeatedly claimed he did not share classified information, which many called a direct contradiction to Hur’s report. 

He also sparred directly with Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy, Washington Post reporter Tyler Pager and CNN correspondent MJ Lee as they questioned him on age-related concerns. 

Later on during the press conference, as Biden vehemently defended his mental abilities, he mistakenly referred to Egyptian President el-Sisi as the Mexican president when addressing humanitarian aid to Gaza. 

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“The president’s lost his fastball,” Ford, Jr. said. “President Biden last night, I think even in that interview, even in the press conference there, demonstrated to a lot of Americans what Mr. Hur wrote.”

Ford said before Thursday’s developments, he would have considered it “very unlikely” that Biden could end his re-election campaign.

“But as of right now, I think Democrats are going to have to grapple with this over the next several weeks and few months,” he continued. “And there are a few elders in the party that can perhaps have this conversation, and we’ll see if they do.”

Even as some Democrats panic over the fallout from the bombshell report, some far-left media outlets were quick to come to the president’s rescue. 

“Do you want to get into the age thing? Let’s call it what it is. This is ageism snuck into a report clearing the person of any wrongdoing,” MSNBC host Ari Melber said during a panel discussion. “If you want to get the ageism, young people are told all the time by their lawyers, ‘Hey, you’re way better off leaning into I don’t recall than possibly misstating something to a federal officer or under oath in this case.’ So it’s a lot of derogatory stuff.” 

“And I do think, and I want to be clear, a credit to the president that he chose to do fast cooperation. I think that’s good for the system. Politically, though, it’s now being used against him,” he later added. 

His MSNBC colleague Chris Hayes insisted Hur was “frustrated and angry” that he “didn’t get more” from his probe into Biden, pivoting to how age is the “central narrative question here that this all revolves around.” 

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“In terms of its political repercussions, the way the news happened today, the questions being asked [of] him by multiple figures there. And in the end, what makes it such a useful political tool for people that want Donald Trump to be elected or want [Biden] not to be re-elected is that the fact that his age is not something you can rebut,” Hayes said. “If someone says you’re too far left, you can tack to the center. The man is 80 years old!”

“He rides a bike!” host Rachel Maddow interjected. 

Fox News contributor Joe Concha joined “Fox & Friends First” to discuss his take on left-wing outlets defending the president after the release of the report. 

“The fact they’re defending Joe Biden’s mental state when 76% of the American people by NBC news polls’ own standard, don’t think he has the mental fitness to be president now, let alone five years from now, when he would still be president if he won re-election,” he said Friday. 

Fox News’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report. 

First lawmaker calls on Biden’s Cabinet to remove him from office after ‘alarming’ report

EXCLUSIVE: Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney is calling for the Cabinet to “explore” the use of the Constitution’s 25th Amendment to remove President Biden from office, following Special Counsel Robert Hur’s “alarming” report.

Hur did not recommend criminal charges against the president for mishandling classified documents. Those records included classified documents about military and foreign policy in Afghanistan, among other records related to national security and foreign policy which Hur said implicated “sensitive intelligence sources and methods.” 

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Hur, though, described Biden as a “sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory.” Hur, throughout the more than 300-page report, said “it would be difficult to convince a jury that they should convict him” of a serious felony “that requires a mental state of willfulness,” and said he would be “well into his eighties.”

Fox News Digital obtained a letter Tenney, R-N.Y., sent to Attorney General Garland Thursday night, sharing her “grave concerns” following the report.

“After concluding that President Biden knowingly and willfully removed, mishandled, and disclosed classified documents repeatedly over a period of decades, Mr. Hur nevertheless recommended that charges not be brought against him,” Tenney wrote. “Special Counsel’s reasoning was alarming.”

Tenney added: “He recited numerous instances in which President Biden exhibited dramatically compromised mental faculties and concluded that a jury would be likely to perceive President Biden as a sympathetic and forgetful old man.”

Tenney said she “need not tell you that selective prosecution is morally, ethically, and legally prohibited.”

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“We don’t prosecute or decline to prosecute people based on their personalities, or on the public’s anticipated perception of them,” Tenney wrote. “If Special Counsel finds that the evidence forms a reasonable basis to bring charges, he must do so.”

Tenney said the DOJ “cannot ethically bring charges against former President Trump because he has mental acuity and a forceful personality, and decline to bring charges against President Biden because of his cognitive decline.”

Tenney said Biden “needs to be charged, unless he is not mentally competent to stand trial.”

“Candidly, Special Counsel’s report makes a reasonable case that he is not,” Tenney said. 

“Being unable to remember what position he held, and when, is exceptionally concerning. Being unable to remember when one’s child died – even within a time frame of several years – is perhaps more a more damning reflection of his mental impairment.”

Tenney went on to say that Biden “most seemingly lacks the ability to execute his presidential responsibilities.”

“So it is incumbent upon you to explore proceedings to remove the President pursuant to the 25th Amendment to the United States Constitution,” Tenney wrote. “President Biden needs to be charged, or he needs to be removed.”

She added: “There is no middle ground.”

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The 25th Amendment can be invoked by the Cabinet if the president becomes disabled to such a degree that he cannot fulfill his responsibilities.

Biden, on Thursday night, though, addressed the nation saying his memory is “fine” and defended his re-election campaign, saying he is the “most qualified person in this country to be president.”

“I’m well-meaning, and I’m an elderly man and I know what the hell I’m doing,” Biden said. “I’ve been president. I put this country back on its feet. I don’t need his recommendation.”

Biden added: “My memory is fine.”

During his address, Biden also fired back at Special Counsel Robert Hur for suggesting he did not remember when his son Beau died.

“How dare he raise that?” Biden said. “Frankly, when I was asked a question, I thought to myself, what’s that any of your damn business?”

“Let me tell you something…I swear, since the day he died, every single day…I wear the rosary he got from Our Lady—” Biden stopped, seemingly forgetting where the rosary was from.

Biden became visibly emotional, and declared: “I don’t need anyone—I don’t need anyone to remind me when he passed away or passed away.” 

Moments later, though, Biden transitioned to discuss the conflict in the Middle East. Biden referred to Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, the president of Egypt, as “the president of Mexico.”

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But the president took a barrage of questions from the White House press corps, with some shouting and pressing him on whether he is fit to run for re-election. 

“I’m the most qualified person in this country to be President of the United States,” Biden said, adding that he has to “finish the job I started.” 

Meanwhile, Hur, in the report, said Biden, during his interview with the special counsel’s team, could not remember key details, such as when he was vice president. 

“In his interview with our office, Mr. Biden’s memory was worse,” the report states. “He did not remember when he was vice president, forgetting on the first day of the interview when his term ended (‘if it was 2013 — when did I stop being Vice President?’), and forgetting on the second day of the interview when his term began (‘in 2009, am I still Vice President?’).”

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“He did not remember, even within several years, when his son Beau died,” the report continued. “And his memory appeared hazy when describing the Afghanistan debate that was once so important to him. Among other things, he mistakenly said he ‘had a real difference’ of opinion with General Karl Eikenberry, when, in fact, Eikenberry was an ally whom Mr. Biden cited approvingly in his Thanksgiving memo to President Obama.”

“In a case where the government must prove that Mr. Biden knew he had possession of the classified Afghanistan documents after the vice presidency and chose to keep those documents, knowing he was violating the law, we expect that at trial, his attorneys would emphasize these limitations in his recall,” the report said.

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As for Biden’s memory, prior to the release of the report, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Thursday defended Biden when asked about a gaffe in which the president said he spoke in 2021 with German Chancellor Helmut Kohl — who actually died four years earlier — arguing that misspeaking “happens to all of us, and it is common.” 

That gaffe was similar to the one Biden made on Sunday when he claimed he spoke with François Mitterrand, a French president who died in 1996, at the same G7 meeting.

Biden confuses two world leaders during attempt to defend age and mental state

President Biden drew immediate online reaction after once again confusing the names of foreign political leaders, this time while trying to emphasize his mental fitness.

The president gave a brief address to the nation from the White House Thursday night where he took a barrage of questions from reporters regarding concerns over his age and memory stemming from Special Counsel Robert Hur’s report on Biden’s handling of classified documents. Shortly after insisting that his memory was “fine,” Biden proceeded to refer to Egyptian President Abdel Fatah El-Sisi as the “president of Mexico.”

“As you know, initially, the president of Mexico Sisi [sic] did not want to open up the gate to allow humanitarian material to get in [to Gaza]. I talked to him. I convinced him to open the gate,” the president said.

The irony of this mix-up coming right after Biden defended his memory struck many social media users.

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“He got the president of Mexico to open the gate for refugees from Gaza? Dear God. Whoever thought this was a good idea should be fired,” America First Policy Institute communications officer Marc Lotter wrote.

New Yorker staff writer Susan Glasser exclaimed, “Yeesh. ‘President of Mexico’ Sisi. Bad for Biden in an appearance meant to dispel concerns about his age. What a year this day has been.”

“So Sisi is the president of Mexico,” New York Post columnist John Podhertz joked.

North Carolina Rep. Dan Bishop summarized, “If this speech was meant to assuage voters’ concerns about his age and mental state, it failed miserably. It was hard to watch.”

“Yeah, he really nailed the bit when he called el-Sisi the president of Mexico,” Washington Free Beacon investigative reporter Chuck Ross said in response to New York magazine’s Jonathan Chait saying, “That is a pretty effective performance by Biden.”

“This is the danger of a live press conference denying problems with mental acuity. Pres. Biden just referred to the Egyptian President Abdel Fatah El-Sisi as the president of Mexico,” RealClearPolitics correspondent Susan Crabtree explained.

Conservative commentator Viva Frei wrote, “It seems @POTUS thinks he’s been negotiating with the President of Mexico to allow aid in to Gaza. What a way to show Putin and the world that he is not a demented and incompetent old man.”

“Disaster presser for Joe Biden just now. He said his memory is fine then confused the leaders of Mexico and Egypt. He’s lost it. This is hard to watch. Legit 25th amendment time. Not sure he can make it 11 more months to finish his term,” Outkick founder Clay Travis declared.

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When reached for a comment, White House deputy press secretary Andrew Bates referred Fox News Digital to a post from The Atlantic staff writer Yair Rosenberg.

“Biden has gaffed names his entire career. In 2008, he introduced his running mate as ‘the next president of the United States, Barack America.’ He was clearly talking about Egypt, named Sisi, and laid out his policy and the broader issues in detail. Twitter just isn’t interested,” Rosenberg wrote, along with a video of House Speaker Mike Johnson mixing up Israel and Iran on Sunday.

The address came just hours after Special Counsel Robert Hur released his report, which did not recommend criminal charges against the president for mishandling classified documents. Those records included classified documents about military and foreign policy in Afghanistan, among other records related to national security and foreign policy which Hur said implicated “sensitive intelligence sources and methods.”

Hur, though, described Biden as a “sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory.” Hur, throughout the more than 300-page report, said “it would be difficult to convince a jury that they should convict him” of a serious felony “that requires a mental state of willfulness,” and said Biden would be “well into his eighties” by then.

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The gaffe was also the third time this week that Biden had publicly confused the names of world leaders. On Sunday, he claimed to have met with François Mitterrand, a French president who died in 1996, at his first Group of Seven (G7) meeting in 2021. On Wednesday, Biden recalled speaking with the late German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, despite Kohl dying in 2017, at that same G7 meeting.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

My middle school silenced my free speech T-shirts about ‘two genders.’ I’m fighting back

My parents have always taught me to think for myself. My dad often makes comments and then questions me to see if I think they are true. He’ll ask, “Is that right?” or “Do you think that’s true?” He has done this since I was very little. He likes for me to come to my own conclusions.

It’s natural for our family to have those conversations where we share our different thoughts and views. Shouldn’t that be natural and encouraged at school, too?

But at my school, it’s very clear what the staff and administration want us to believe, even about controversial political issues. They don’t seem to want to hear different opinions. Shouldn’t they encourage us to have conversations and teach us how to discuss these ideas while respecting each other’s views? Instead, they just want us to think a certain way and go along with their point of view.

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I’m not sure why they act as though speaking up causes any trouble. Everyone seems worried that if somebody says what they think, somebody else is going to get upset.

I didn’t go around pushing my opinion on anyone. All I did was wear a shirt. But even that was enough to upset school officials.

There is a lot of talk about sex and gender at my school. The administration, teachers, and other students all talk about it. They put up pride flags and posters. The main idea the school promotes is that feelings, not biology, are what make someone a “boy” or “girl.” They also say there are an unlimited number of possible “gender identities,” and that whole idea can’t be questioned.

We’ve had lots of conversations about this stuff at home. I’ve given it some thought on my own, too. I don’t think it makes any sense at all. I think it is confusing to a lot of kids.

I didn’t go around pushing my opinion on anyone. All I did was wear a shirt. But even that was enough to upset school officials.

I was talking to my dad about it one night, and he said it would be OK to share my opinion on the topic. We looked online and found a shirt that said exactly what I was thinking.

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People wear shirts that say all kinds of things at school. One kid wore a shirt that said, “He, she, they, it’s all okay” The one I wore said, “There are only two genders.” 

That’s it. 

I see lots of messages at school that I don’t agree with. But I don’t try to silence others. We should all have a right to share our opinions.

It wasn’t mean or rude. It didn’t say anything bad about people who disagree. I just expressed my opinion. And from what I could tell, the whole time I wore it, the shirt didn’t bother anybody.

But I was pulled out of first-period class by the acting principal. She took me into an office and told me I would have to change my shirt before I could go back to class.

I didn’t want to miss any classes, but I didn’t think I should have to change my shirt. She called my dad, and he agreed with me, so he came and picked me up. When he talked with administrators, they said what I did was against school rules. The rules say we can’t wear anything “that the administration determines to be unacceptable to our community standards.”

So, I changed the message on my shirt to read, “There are censored genders.”

They made me take that one off, too.

Now, my family is suing the school for violating my right to speak freely. Our Constitution says they can’t do that. Students have free speech rights, too.

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I spoke at a school committee meeting a couple of weeks after wearing the first shirt. I asked how a shirt could make someone feel “unsafe.” I asked what made a chance of hurt feelings more important than anyone’s right to share their point of view. If that’s the rule, then anyone could silence anyone else just by saying, “I’m offended.”

I don’t want that to be the rule. I see lots of messages at school that I don’t agree with. But I don’t try to silence others. We should all have a right to share our opinions.

Since we filed a lawsuit through our attorneys with Alliance Defending Freedom—a case the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit heard on Feb. 8—I’ve done a lot of interviews. I’ve even been on TV a few times. 

I’ve received letters from people around the country, thanking me and encouraging me to continue to speak up. It’s nice, but what’s even better is the kids at school who have come up to me to say they agree with me. Some kids have even worn their own shirts—but they’ve been silenced, too.

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I know a lot of people are afraid to speak up. We shouldn’t be afraid—not to think or speak our opinions. Saying something different from what others might say shouldn’t be treated as wrong.

That’s what makes America great. We are free to have a mind of our own.

Economist issues stark warning over Chinese EVs in America: ‘Keep them out’

Some U.S. automakers are pulling back on electric vehicle production despite the Biden administration’s green energy push. 

The void leaves room for cheaper Chinese electric vehicles to potentially enter U.S. markets, which could present a new kind of “security risk” for Americans.

Should a wave of CCP vehicles arrive, one economist emphasized the U.S. should “keep [the EVs] out.” 

“I think we should try and keep them out,” Heritage Foundation economist Diana Furchtgott-Roth said.

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“If people are worried about a Chinese spy balloon going overhead, they would be worried about these Chinese EVs sending telematics back to China,” she continued on “Varney & Co” Thursday. 

“Plus, car manufacturers now can disable cars from remote. What if we were in some foreign entanglement with China? And then China decided to stop all the EVs in the United States? It’s a security risk.”

China has already grown its electric vehicle market, with Chinese electric car company BYD surpassing Tesla as the top-selling EV company last quarter.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Chinese automakers were the “most competitive” and “will have significant success outside of China, depending on what kind of tariffs or trade barriers are established.

“If there are no trade barriers established, they will pretty much demolish most other car companies in the world,” he told investors on a post-earnings call last month. “They’re extremely good.”

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Furchtgott-Roth identified other issues related to the failing EV market, particularly in light of the recent challenges with electric cars and frigid temperatures. 

“Consumers don’t want to buy these EVs,” she said. “And the recent debacle in Chicago where the chargers froze, the cars froze. There were blocks-long lines of Teslas waiting to charge that went down. It just proves it.”

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EV owners in Chicago faced issues including decline in performance, weaker battery life, increased charge times and even long lines when wintry conditions gripped the Midwest last month. 

Even prior to the winter weather performance issues, U.S. consumers’ interest in electric vehicles has lost some charge over the past year.

Car insurance app company Jerry’s 2024 State of the American Driver report released this week found that 41% of respondents said they were interested in buying or leasing an EV as their next vehicle, down from 49% from a year earlier.

“Only about 7% of new vehicle sales are EVs, but the government wants to get it to 60% in 2030 and two thirds by 2032, with rules that are at the White House right now waiting to go out,” the economist explained.

Furchtgott-Roth noted automakers are not likely to meet the target set by the administration given the cost concerns, lack of infrastructure and waning enthusiasm. 

“If they don’t, then the car companies are going to get fined, and they have to buy credit, and they’ll pay for that by raising the price on the cars that we like to buy, like the Ford F-150 pickup truck and SUVs. But this is what the White House is still planning on doing.”

While the U.S. is struggling to develop and ramp up the electric vehicle market, Furchtgott-Roth identified how China’s advancements could pose a severe threat not only to the economy but also to national security.

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FOX Business’ Breck Dumas and Chris Pandolfo contributed to this report.

‘The View’ host says she ‘deserves’ reparations despite enslaver background

Despite her family coming from slaveholders, “The View” host Sunny Hostin declared “I still believe in reparations!” 

On Thursday’s episode of the ABC daytime talk show, Hostin addressed her recent appearance on the PBS documentary show “Finding Your Roots.” The show’s host Henry Louis Gates Jr. revealed to Hostin that one of her ancestors on her maternal side was likely involved in the slave trade in colonial Spain and “owned at least one human being.”

Though she acknowledged the news with the panel, she insisted that she still “deserved” reparations.

“I still believe in reparations, by the way. So, y’all can stop texting me and emailing me and saying that I’m a White girl and I don’t deserve reparations!” Hostin said.

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She added, “I still believe in reparations. I still believe this country has a lot to do in terms of racial justice.”

Despite initially feeling “deeply disappointed” at the revelations, Hostin remarked that she now feels “enriched” knowing her family’s history. 

“I’m enriched by knowing that my family has come so far from being enslavers to my mother marrying my father in 1968,” Hostin said.

“You’re not responsible for what they did,” Behar responded.

During the show, Hostin also described her mother’s reaction.

“She was deeply disappointed. She actually cried about it. And then she said maybe that’s why I have been so connected to Black culture because it’s an atonement in my spirit. And I received that. I also found out – and there were slaves on both sides of our family, mother’s and father’s. But we are seven percent indigenous Puerto Rican!” Hostin said. 

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She added that her mother “really identified as Puerto Rican” prior to the news, but now Hostin argues the findings proved she was “White.”

“It’s deeply disappointing because my mother really identified as Puerto Rican. She was part of the civil rights movement, and she was deeply ingrained in Black culture, and identified herself as Black race, but Hispanic for ethnicity… but her race is White. She’s European. I know,” she said.

“It’s weird because when you look at her, my mother is blond, and she has light eyes and my whole family looks like that. So, I think inside I sort of knew this was my history and that’s probably why I didn’t want to do it,” Hostin said.

Hostin also discovered that her third great-grandfather registered to vote in Georgia back in 1867 despite being born into slavery in 1835.

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Jurors speak out about Alex Murdaugh case twist, reveal new details

South Carolina’s “Trial of the Century” saw a new twist unfold after the jury found disgraced lawyer Alex Murdaugh guilty in the June 2021 murders of his wife, Maggie, and son, Paul.

Murdaugh’s defense claimed Colleton County Court Clerk Becky Hill tampered with the jury and demanded a new trial. He was back in court Monday for a hearing on the allegations.

Justice Jean Toal denied Alex Murdaugh’s request for a new murder trial last week. 

Since Murdaugh’s defense made the claims, the jurors – as well as Hill – have been heavily scrutinized. In their first interview since the bid failed, two jurors revealed details about how they came to a verdict.

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One said during the jury’s deliberation, there was “no pressure whatsoever.”

“Judge Newman stated that we had until 10:00 to make a verdict. That was a time that we were given. But if we didn’t, it was fine. She found a hotel. We would have to be sequestered, which made sense. We were in deliberations. We didn’t know we would be deliberating that day, but it made sense,” she told Fox News’ Matha MacCallum in Fox Nation’s “The Fall of the House of Murdaugh.

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As part of the process, the jurors were questioned about Hill’s conduct and whether her actions had any sway in their decision-making.

One juror, referred to as Juror Z, said Hill told them to watch Murdaugh’s actions “closely,” adding that she reached a guilty verdict because of the clerk’s comments.

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Ultimately, of 12 total jurors who found Murdaugh guilty last spring, 11 said Hill did not influence their decisions. One said he heard the clerk make comments about watching Murdaugh’s body language, but said her words did not influence his verdict. 

“[Hill] even told us when we were in there alone and the door was locked, she told us, we don’t have to do this tonight. If you’re too tired, you don’t have to do this tonight. We don’t have to do it,” another juror shared with MacCallum. 

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“Even after we came to our verdict, she said, if you don’t feel comfortable with your decision, we don’t have to go out there. We can stay here, or we can come back in the morning until you are comfortable.”

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The latest installment of Fox Nation’s gripping deep-dive into the case that shocked the nation is now streaming and features other noteworthy insight. Attorney Eric Bland, who represents multiple victims of Murdaugh’s financial crimes, also appeared in the new episode.

In a case full of surprises, the jurors in the Alex Murdaugh trial have their chance to speak and set the record straight about the verdict on Fox Nation’s “The Fall of the House of Murdaugh.”

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Israeli flight forced to land after passenger reportedly attempts to break into cockpit

A flight operated by Israel’s national airline had to make an emergency landing in Greece after a passenger onboard tried to gain entry to the cockpit, reports say. 

El Al Airlines said in a statement that the traveler had been removed from the flight originating in Prague, Czech Republic on Thursday after receiving help from local authorities in Thessaloniki, according to The Jerusalem Post. 

“El Al has a zero-tolerance policy for violence, and we shall continue to ensure the safety of our passengers,” the airline reportedly said. 

The Jerusalem Post, citing Channel 12 News, reported that the passenger had tried to infiltrate the cockpit of the plane during the flight and later had been escorted from the aircraft in handcuffs. 

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The identity of the passenger wasn’t immediately clear. 

Data from the website FlightAware shows that El Al flight 2522 made an emergency landing in Greece about two hours into its journey to Tel Aviv. 

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The plane then stayed at that airport for nearly two hours before taking off again and eventually landing at Ben Gurion Airport on Thursday evening. 

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Last March, an El Al Flight from Rome, Italy made an emergency landing in Cyprus after smoke was reported coming from the cockpit, according to The Jerusalem Post. 

The chicken wing trends that will dominate on Super Bowl Sunday

The NFL televises a big football game on Sunday to celebrate America’s intense love of chicken wings

At least that’s how it appears to many people.

“Every guy on the Chiefs and the 49ers will wish he were home watching football eating Buffalo wings on Super Bowl Sunday,” Drew Cerza, dubbed the “Wing King,” decreed to Fox News Digital — the edict issued from his royal palace of poultry in Buffalo, New York

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His Royal Highness of Hot Sauce may be right. 

Americans will consume 1.45 billion chicken wings during the great American pageant of pigskin and poultry, according to the National Chicken Council.

That’s the equivalent of 693 wings on every seat in all 30 NFL stadiums, the council claimed, adding that all but one state counts wings as its favorite Super Bowl food. 

(Maine prefers lobster.) 

MEET THE AMERICAN WHO INVENTED BUFFALO WINGS, DISRUPTED ENTIRE CHICKEN INDUSTRY

Cerza founded the National Buffalo Wing Festival in 2002. It’s held each September at Highmark Stadium, home of the Buffalo Bills. 

America’s best wing makers serve 300,000 wings to 25,000 connoisseurs of the chicken arts in just two days.  

Double Dub’s of Laramie, Wyoming, was crowned Festival Favorite in 2023. 

Cerza’s reign over the nation’s largest chicken wing festival puts him at the forefront of industry trends heading into Super Bowl Sunday. 

POULTRY PEDDLER DOUBLE DUBS OF WYOMING SELLS 48,083 CHICKEN WINGS IN 24 HOURS FOR WORLD RECORD

The pressure of the big day means most Americans opt for a conservative game plan. 

About 75% of wings eaten will be traditional medium to hot Buffalo wings, he said. 

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Barbecue wings will be the top target for fans winging it downfield. 

Expect a big performance, Cerza said, by Rookie of the Year Cajun lemon pepper wings. 

His pre-game analysis indicates that 70% of Americans will go deep with their wings into the ranch dressing. 

The rest will blitz their wings with blue cheese. 

Cerza laments that his beloved Buffalo Bills have never won the Super Bowl. 

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But his city has served a higher calling.

“Buffalo wings have been to every Super Bowl,” said Cerza. 

“And they’ve won every year.”

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