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Neighbors of Lakewood Church shooter detail years of ‘hell,’ police inaction

The neighbors of the shooter who opened fire at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church before being fatally shot by police detailed years of harassment and threats their small, two-street community faced from her – claiming law enforcement and elected officials failed to adequately respond to their near constant outcry. 

Five women who lived near Genesse Ivonne Moreno in Conroe, Texas, a city more than 50 miles north of the Houston megachurch, described to FOX 26 Houston how Moreno tormented the usually close-knit neighborhood over the past four years. 

A next door neighbor, Jill, said Moreno repeatedly made false police reports that she and others were stalking Moreno and the seven-year-old boy said to be Moreno’s son. 

Moreno – who was originally from El Salvador, had a lengthy criminal record and previously used the name Jeffrey Escalante Moreno – brought the 7-year-old into the megachurch before opening fire, and the boy remains hospitalized in critical condition. 

“Four years I’ve been through hell. I have reported this, reported this, reported this, and it’s gone on deaf ears,” Jill told the outlet. “I’ve had psychological officers up here – Since they won’t answer their door, they won’t do anything. ‘Until she hurts you, there’s nothing we can do.’ So everybody keeps saying on all these big news stations ‘if you see something, say something.’ That’s bulls—. Because I’ve been through it. I’ve talked to everybody. I’ve probably called every one of your news stations trying to get someone to take this on.”

“No one would do anything. Nobody would call me back. And yet everyone’s still on these stations saying see something, say something. Nobody should have died. Nobody should have been hurt. This should have been handled years ago. And here we are again,” Jill added. 

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“I knew it was only a matter of time before she did something,” another neighbor, Linda Giutta, said. “We did something, we said something.”

“We cannot do anything more than what we did. We tried to stop this. We tried to help her, we tried to help us, and we tried to help the public. Something needs to get done. I don’t know what needs to get done, but it needs to get done. This was a big church. By the grace of God, Jesus alone, the only person that died was the one who brought the weapon in.”

Several neighbors remembered the same trench coat authorities said Moreno wore in Lakewood Church before opening fire. 

They said they frequently spotted Moreno wearing a trench coat while carrying gun cases and a long rifle in and out of the house. 

Jill recalled that the day of the shooting she saw Moreno pull a sedan into the driveway and cover the vehicle with a blue tarp so that cameras could not pick up what Moreno placed inside. 

“It looked really odd, and I thought it was weird, but I thought she’s weird anyway, so you never know what this girl is up to, so I just watched my back and just left it at that,” Jill said. 

“Her way of intimidation was to bring the gun cases in and out, cross bows, you know she’d come out and she’d have her gun cases out there, and she’d do a ‘Hail Hitler’ sign or flip you off or b—-. You know, it was something every day,” Jill said. “There’s just so many things, and it just seemed to keep escalating. And then when she started targeting other women in the neighborhood, that’s when we all really started getting concerned because we didn’t know how far it was going to go. I wasn’t the only one being targeted.” 

Authorities said antisemitic writings were found during a search of Moreno’s home and indicated that Moreno’s former in-laws are Jewish, and the rifle used in the megachurch attack had a “Palestine” sticker on it. 

In the wake of the shooting, the child’s grandmother released a statement saying in part, “Although my former daughter-in-law raged against Israel and Jews in a pro-Palestinian rant yesterday this has nothing to do with Judaism or Islam. Nothing! But this is what happens when reckless and irresponsible reporting lets people with severe mental illness have an excuse for violence,” she said. 

The statement also charged that “[t]he fault lies in child protective services of Montgomery County and Harris County that refused to remove custody from a woman with known mental illness that was not being treated and with the state of Texas for not having strong red flag laws that would have prevented her from owning or possessing a gun.” 

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Another neighbor described walking with her grandchildren to the park where Moreno would speed by, sometimes swerve toward them and laugh after nearly striking them. 

A neighbor, who wanted to give just her first name, Heather, said Moreno pulled a gun on her on July 4, 2022 after apparently taking issue with her watering her own lawn after dark. 

Another longtime resident, Farrah, said Moreno began recording her when she came to her mailbox or was outside playing with her granddaughter. She said Moreno began driving past her home after learning she worked as a teaching aide in Moreno’s child’s classroom. The woman claimed Moreno also filed a false police report that she was stalking Moreno’s son. 

“She called the school saying I was stalking her house when I’ve lived here since 2014,” Farrah said. 

“I mean he’s a good kid,” she said of the boy. “He was pretty good. He was nonverbal, so he didn’t really talk a whole bunch. Kids get upset when they can’t express their emotions, so they’re going to have good days, have bad days. But other than that, he was OK.” She said Moreno pulled the boy out of school in October. 

From the view of her bedroom window, Jill said she could see swastikas and gang signs Moreno had put on display. 

Moreno also put baby monitors on their shared fence, Jill said. The next door neighbor claimed Moreno also made her Wi-Fi address “Kill Jill,” honked her horn for hours on end when she was outside trying to garden and blasted rap music with threatening lyrics. 

“One of the songs had the lyrics ‘somebody’s gonna get f—ed up tonight,’ Jill recalled. “She’d back it up and replay it for hours on end.” 

“This was a weekly occurrence. She was after me,” Jill said. “At first it was always like, ‘Oh it’s because I’m transgender.’ Then it was ‘because we’re Mexican.’ Then it was because ‘we’re Black.’ And then every time depending on what her narrative was for that day, she’d change the reason you were picking on her. You know?”

Jill said Moreno filed a false report with the post office that mail was not being delivered because Moreno was transgender. However, in fact, according to Jill, Moreno had a vehicle parked blocking the mailbox. The mailman, the same man who had been delivering Jill’s mail for about five to six years, has a transgender son and came to Moreno’s door to clear the air after that report. 

However, according to Jill, Moreno went off on him. The mailman afterward, “came to my house and said ‘Jill, this woman next door is after you.’ He quit the next day,” the woman said. 

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“My daughter even called Conroe PD and raised cane with them and said, ‘Aren’t you guys going to do anything? Are you going to wait until I get the phone call that my mom is dead?” Jill told FOX 26. “It’s gotten very scary.” Two Thanksgivings ago, Jill said, her grandchildren were visiting from Minnesota and did not want to play in the backyard because Moreno has a very aggressive dog who rocked even their heavily plated fence, so they opted to do crafts on the driveway. That’s when Jill said Moreno took out a rifle to intimidate the children. 

“She wanted to scare my grandkids, so she went out and got the long rifle – ok, they’re from Minnesota, they shoot, they know what’s going on. Well, she went to the backyard, opened a blind that had never been opened before in four years, and was putting the rifle out of it. Like she was going to gun down on somebody,” Jill said. 

The neighborhood situation grew so bad, Giutta said, that she and a group of women once took a day off work and went to the courthouse. “There’s five of us, five families that are going through this. We decided we have to do something about it,” she said. “We talked to commissioners, we talked to elected officials, we waited. Some of the ladies talked to police. We waited for a police officer to call his headquarters, and he got somebody over from his headquarters that was talking about mental health. He stayed with us for a while. From there, he suggested we go to legal. From there, we went to the legal department. We got some information from them. We went into their conference room.” 

They also went to the property association and spoke with the manager and his attorney and sent letters, yet no significant action was taken, the women claimed. 

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Though law enforcement have not disclosed a motive, police described Moreno as a “lone wolf” who was not associated with any groups. 

Court documents show Moreno’s ex-mother-in-law said she had sought advice from pastoral staff at Lakewood during a bitter child custody battle in 2022. 

Deadline set for Jack Smith to respond to Trump’s attempt to delay trial until after election

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday gave Special Counsel Jack Smith a one-week deadline to respond to former President Trump’s request to delay his 2020 election interference trial.

Trump’s attorneys on Monday filed an emergency appeal with the Supreme Court contesting a decision by the DC Court of Appeals that found the former president and 2024 GOP frontrunner is not immune from prosecution in Smith’s case. The request is for temporary relief, to stay, or block, the appeals court mandate from taking effect.

If granted, the Trump legal team would have more time to file an appeal to the Supreme Court on the merits of whether a former president deserves immunity from criminal prosecution for actions while in office. Chief Justice John Roberts instructed Smith to reply to Trump’s request no later than 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024 though a filing could come sooner.

Smith is prosecuting Trump for his alleged efforts to incite the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol and overturn the 2020 presidential election results. Federal Judge Tanya Chutkan, who is presiding over the case in Washington, D.C., delayed the March 4 trial earlier this month pending resolution of Trump’s immunity claim.

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The Justice Department may ask for expedited consideration of Trump’s initial emergency appeal in response to the Supreme Court’s order. The high court could then issue an order on whether to grant the state, until Trump files an appeal on the merits.

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Alternatively, the court could grant Trump the stay and agree to hear the case on the merits without waiting for Trump to appeal. Were that to happen, the court is likely to expedite the matter, with oral arguments and a ruling coming within weeks or months.

Should the court reject Trump’s request for a stay, the case would be thrown back to Judge Chutkan, who would then restart the pre-trial process and set a new trial date.

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Smith previously asked the Supreme Court to take up the immunity question in late 2023, arguing that the justices were the only ones who could fully settle the immunity question.

“It is of imperative public importance that respondent’s claims of immunity be resolved by this Court and that respondent’s trial proceed as promptly as possible if his claim of immunity is rejected,” Smith wrote in a December filing. “Respondent’s claims are profoundly mistaken, as the district court held.  But only this Court can definitively resolve them. The Court should grant a writ of certiorari before judgment to ensure that it can provide the expeditious resolution that this case warrants, just as it did in United States v. Nixon.” 

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Fox News’ David Spunt contributed to this report.

Jillian Michaels gets candid about why she ditched California for life in Florida

Fitness guru and former “Biggest Loser” trainer Jillian Michaels sparred with Bill Maher over his support for California Governor, Gavin Newsom, arguing Newsom’s leadership was what drove her to leave her home state.

During an interview on Maher’s Club Random Podcast, the host spoke about how he has “been trying to get Gavin to run for president for a very long time,” sparking a loud groan of disgust from Michaels.

“Are you serious? Are we living in Gavin Newsom’s California? Why?” Michaels asked. “I left because of him, moved to Miami. Lived [in California] my whole life.”

After noting that he shares some frustration with Michaels about the state of California, Maher asked, “Are you happier in Florida?”

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“Yeah,” Michaels answered, later explaining with relief, “It feels less crazy than it does here.”

“Florida is less crazy?” Maher asked while laughing. “Really? The place where the people are on bath salts?”

Michaels recounted an incident where somebody asked her “’What was the moment when you felt like California had lost its mind?” and tried to recall a past piece of legislation she thought was beyond the pale.

When Maher asked in disbelief whether this legislation actually effected her life, Michaels replied, “Is the crime effecting our lives? Is the homelessness effecting our lives?” When Maher asked in disbelief again whether crime effects her life, Michaels said her California home had been broken into.

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“Guess who let the guy out during Covid, because I got the letter. Newsom!” Michaels said, later saying in the interview, “It was the guy’s third offense, he broke into our house, he had duct tape and a video camera. Anyway, long story, third strike, guy goes to jail, gets let out during COVID. I mean give me a f—–g break.”

She went on to slam Newsom, arguing, “You’re going to decriminalize everything, but regulate nothing. You’re prioritizing the craziest s— I’ve ever seen in my life. C’mon, really?”

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As Maher defended Newsom, Michaels declared, “I can’t stand him,” arguing he “does all of these insane things” and railed against a California bill that she said would allow “puberty blockers for 12-year-olds.”

New poll shows how Americans really feel about the outcome of Biden’s classified docs probe

More than half of Americans believe President Biden got “special treatment” in the special counsel investigation into his mishandling of classified documents, according to a new poll.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll found that 53% of Americans believe Biden got off easy because he is president. Roughly 29% of Democrats also agreed Biden got special treatment.

The results come after Special Counsel Robert Hur chose not to recommend charges against Biden for mishandling classified documents, in part because Biden could present himself to the jury as “a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory.”

Hur’s report went on to describe significant memory issues for Biden, saying the president could not remember when his son, Beau, died. He also failed to remember what years he served as vice president under President Obama.

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Biden’s age and mental capacity have long been top issues for voters. Polls have found that large majorities of Americans believe he is too old to run for office, and Tuesday’s Reuters poll is no different. Roughly 78% of respondents said he is too old to serve a second term, and 71% of Democrats agreed.

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Ipsos conducted the poll from Feb. 9 through Feb. 12, surveying 1,237 U.S. adults. The poll used the probability-based Knowledge Panel to ensure respondents represented the U.S. population. The poll advertised a margin of error of 2.91%.

Biden and the White House have dismissed concerns about his fitness for office. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre stated on Monday that the president’s upcoming physical exam will not include a cognitive test.

Jean-Pierre stated that Biden’s physician, Dr. Kevin O’Connor, believes Biden proves his cognitive ability “every day [in] how he operates and how he thinks.”

Biden himself attempted to laugh off his memory issues on Monday. Delivering remarks at the National Association of Counties Legislative Conference, Biden spoke about his bipartisan infrastructure law.

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“After devastating floods, tornadoes, wildfires and hurricane, we’re going to keep working together to respond, to rebuild and boost resilience to extreme weather. My administration is also helping install rooftop solar to build a national network of electric vehicle charging stations for revitalizing fenceline communities smothered by the legacy of pollution like where I lived in Claymont,” Biden said, referring to where his family moved in Delaware during the early 1950s. 

“What I didn’t realize, and I’ve been around, I know it don’t look like it, but I’ve been around a while. I do remember that,” Biden said, garnering laughter and applause. 

Father of CVS pharmacist who died at work tears into company memo sent to employees

The father of a CVS pharmacist who died after suffering a heart attack at work in 2021 says the industry is not doing enough to change conditions that he says are putting workers and customers’ “lives at risk.” 

Larry Anderson told FOX Business that a CVS memo sent to staff last week acknowledging the USA Today report that exposed his daughter’s death was “corporate garbage” and nothing but “damage control.” 

Ashleigh Anderson suffered a heart attack while working a shift at a CVS store in Seymour, Indiana, in September 2021. Anderson was the only pharmacist on duty the day she collapsed. First responders could not resuscitate her, and she was later pronounced dead at a local hospital. 

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“Maybe circumstances have given me a jaded view, but I think this ‘internal’ memo was created by CVS’ public relations team to be viewed by the public,” Anderson told FOX Business.  

In the memo, CVS Chief Pharmacy Officer Prem Shah said the company was saddened by the 41-year-old’s death, and the company had been making investments to create a “positive work environment” ever since, including enhancing technology to support patient safety, introducing digital innovations to help balance workload, and increasing wages. 

However, Larry Anderson noted that the memo came almost two and a half years after his daughter’s death, underscoring how it was “nothing more than its attempt at damage control given the bad press that they have gotten.”

While he hopes the company does “regret the death of Ashleigh on a human level,” he reiterated that the “statement of regret comes only after the negative scrutiny.”

“As for the rest of the statement, I don’t, and I doubt if very many CVS employees, believe they are taking meaningful steps to improve the working environment that their employees endure,” he said. 

For years, Larry Anderson has been fighting to keep his daughter’s story alive, from talking to reporters to putting up billboards along the highway in their state of Indiana, in hopes that there will be a monumental change in an industry that has placed tremendous stress on its workers. 

Ashleigh Anderson’s death occurred around that time when the pharmacy industry was under immense pressure from the vaccines and pandemic, causing many to burn out. Pharmacists continue to plead for support, arguing that while staffing levels have fallen, the demands of the job have increased. 

Late last year, many pharmacists across the industry even held walkouts demanding better working conditions.

A Walgreens pharmacist, who was organizing one of the walkouts and spoke to FOX Business last fall on the condition of anonymity, stressed that being this overworked can lead to mistakes and that it can put patient lives at risk.

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At one point, Larry Anderson recalled his daughter expressing a similar concern. She told him she was worried that either her or one of her coworkers would fill out the wrong prescription. 

“When you are that tired, and you’re that short-handed, and you’re that far behind, that is a recipe for disaster,” Larry Anderson said. 

Since his daughter’s death, Larry Anderson argued that not much has changed despite the industry claiming it is making improvements. 

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“The only change of some significance that CVS has made since the time of Ashleigh’s death is that they now close the pharmacy for one half hour each day, so the pharmacy team can have a quick lunch, though no provision has been made of the night shift at 24-hour pharmacies,” he continued. 

He is taking it in his own hands to try to make a difference so that other pharmacists do not suffer the same fate. However, he stressed that it is going to take more than just him and the thousands of pharmacists pressuring the industry to make changes. 

“It is our hope that a strong public reaction will help the thousands of hardworking pharmacists and techs force CVS and Walgreens to make changes that no longer put customer’s and employee’s lives at risk,” he said. 

In a statement to FOX Business last week, CVS said it does not want anyone to stay at work if they become ill or experience a health emergency. It also said that the company encourages colleagues to report workplace issues “anonymously if they choose – without fear of retaliation, so we can promptly investigate and take action as needed.” 

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Recognizing that the industry is facing a labor shortage, Walgreens chief pharmacy officer said in a recent LinkedIn post the company is creating an advisory council with the deans of 17 colleges of pharmacy around the nation “to share ideas about how to get students interested in a career in community pharmacy.” 

“The pharmacy operating model needs to evolve, and pharmacy school deans are critical partners in helping Walgreens and the industry overall solve for the current workplace challenges that are also impacting pharmacy school enrollment,” Walgreens Boost Alliance said in a release. 

Representatives for Rite Aid have not immediately responded to FOX Business’ request for comment. 

Pop star Katy Perry is quitting ‘American Idol’ after controversial season

Katy Perry is calling it quits with “American Idol.”

After being a judge for seven years, the pop singer revealed she’s exiting the popular competition show. 

“I think this probably will be my last show, my last season for ‘Idol,’” Perry announced on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” last night.

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“I mean, I love ‘Idol’ so much… It’s connected me with the heart of America, but I feel like I need to go out and feel that pulse to my own beat,” she added as she winked at the host. 

When asked how her fellow “American Idol” judges Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie reacted to the news, Perry responded, “Well, they’ll find out tonight!”

“They know that I have some things planned for this year,” she teased. “So it’s going to be a very, very exciting year… for all popstar girlies!”

Perry additionally confirmed her announcement on social media.

“Let’s play two truths and a lie: 1. I beat @usher at Monopoly Deal. 2. I’m headlining Rock in Rio this September. 3. This is my last season on @americanidol,” she wrote on her Instagram caption.

The “Roar” singer’s exit comes after she faced criticism over a controversial “American Idol” season.

Perry had previously been accused of “mom-shaming” and being “condescending,” during season 21 of the hit show.

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Fellow judge Bryan came to the defense of Perry when asked if fans had been too harsh in their criticism of her.

“Katy Perry’s been dealing with stuff like that her whole career,” Bryan explained during an interview at Country Music Association (CMA) Fest in June. “We all get it.… I mean we’re judging kids that people at home fall in love with.… We’re not going to bat 1,000 as judges.”

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“I think we get set up. As judges, you know, we kinda fall on the sword a lot of times. And get set up to where people can get very vocal on socials and stuff,” he explained, addressing the influx of negative comments Perry has received about her commentary.

“My thing is, I think when me and Lionel [Richie] and Katy sit down at the desk, in our hearts, we’re doing the best we can.”

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Once the 2023 season was over and fan favorite Iam Tongi was announced the winner, finalist and top 8 contestant Oliver Steele debunked rumors that Perry was a bully.

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“I’ve seen a lot of rumors going around the internet about Katy Perry possibly leaving idol and I don’t necessarily know what’s true and what’s not. Here is what I know about [her]. Katy is not a bully, nor does she shame people,” he wrote on his Instagram, along with photos of him and Perry.

A representative for Perry did not immediately return Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

Bill Maher slams Hollywood liberals who vowed to leave US under Trump but are ‘still here’

“Real Time” host Bill Maher called out fellow Hollywood liberals for their previous vow to leave the country under President Trump but are “still here.”

In his closing monologue on Friday, Maher bashed Americans who complain about living in the U.S., beginning with politicians like a progressive state representative candidate in New Hampshire who posted on social media saying “I need to get the f— out of this country” and former President Trump who said he “could’ve been relaxing in… the south of France” instead of running for president. 

“Again, I’m confused by this political message: Vote for me because I hate it here,” Maher quipped. “Now, does America have big problems? Yes. I’ve often cited the ‘America sucks’ list. Things like being 54th in the world in infant mortality behind Cuba, 19th and literacy behind Russia, 72nd in female representation in government behind Iraq, a lot of work to do here. And is it possible for a country to lose itself so much that leaving it is justified? Yes, but we’re not there yet. Not by a long shot. And we don’t need quitters. We need people who will stay and fix it.” 

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“Maybe the problem isn’t that America isn’t worth defending. Maybe the problem is that lots of people today are entitled whiners who have no perspective and no idea how good they have it,” Maher continued, sparking cheers from his audience. 

The HBO host shamed the “59% of liberals” who said in a poll they considered leaving America for good, telling them “You want so badly for every immigrant to come to this country and experience the good life but somehow it’s so terrible you want to leave?”  He also bashed the conservative movement in Texas pushing for a secession, joking, “They have two bumper stickers in that state, ‘America: love it or leave it!’ and ‘We’re leaving it!'”

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He then listed “liberal celebrities” like Lena Dunham, Cher, Snoop Dogg, Bryan Cranston, Susan Sarandon, Al Sharpton, Whoopi Goldberg, Chelsea Handler and Barbra Streisand among others who “swear they’ll go if a Republican is elected and no one ever does.” 

“Miley Cyrus once said ‘I am moving if Trump is my president. I don’t say things I don’t mean.’ Here she is looking miserable having to endure America at the Grammys last Sunday. I guess she flew back from Tajkisistan,” Maher said. “In 2016, Eddie Griffin said, ‘If Trump wins I’m moving to Africa’ – apparently very slowly because in Trump’s four years, he only got as far as Van Nuys. George Lopez once said that if Trump won, he ‘won’t have to worry about immigration. We’ll all go back.’  George Lopez, still here. And it doesn’t look like the migrant traffic is going back.” 

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“The New Republic just ran a story about the vulnerable minorities who want to flee America, including the author- a gay man trapped in the dystopian homophobic hellscape that is New York City. I wonder if he knows that there are 66 countries where just being gay is a crime,” Maher continued. 

“Cute story in the news last month. Burundi’s president called on his citizens to stone gay people and not in the good way. Wow. suddenly the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law doesn’t sound all that bad. And Uganda, oh, they don’t just give you a ticket for parking in the rear, you can get the death penalty for it! In China, they have the death penalty for almost 50 crimes and in 13 countries, atheism is punishable by death and 61 impose restrictions on women’s clothing so bring a scarf.” 

Maher continued with his list of countries with lack of individual liberties: “According to Amnesty International, paramilitary groups kill the government’s critics in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela and arbitrary detentions are widespread in Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Nicaragua. If you’re wondering how that’s just like no cash bail, it’s not. In Russia, just referring to the war in Ukraine as a war can get you 15 years in the fabulous prisons made famous by some of the world’s most famous novels. You think America’s evil because we didn’t nominate Margot Robbie for an Oscar, just wait till you get thrown out the window of your very own dream house.”

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He also mentioned how thieves have their hands cut off in countries like Saudi Arabia, Nigeria and Sudan, joking “if you’re coming from San Francisco, do your shoplifting at home” and how protesters are “shot” in many countries. 

“It almost seems like the world is full of suffering, intolerance and oppression on a scale we can’t imagine. But that can’t be true because if it was, we’d be protesting it. It must only happen in Israel,” Maher quipped. 

The host concluded, “And for your exile, if you do wind up in some comparatively luxurious place like Canada or Japan or the UK, not that they want you, at best you’ll be trading a bunch of stuff you hate about this country for a bunch of stuff you’ll soon hate about your new home. It took me only four days in Amsterdam to learn that while I admire Amsterdam, I don’t want to live there! The buildings are cramped and shaped like needles, the food is awful, the TV is in a different language, it’s wet and cold, the people are polite but cold, and they do a bunch of weird s—, the explanation for, according to my friend, was ‘Just remember, they’re high.'”

49ers’ star lashes out at fan over criticism for critical error in Super Bowl loss

San Francisco 49ers return specialist Ray-Ray McCloud III sounded off on a fan over mounting criticism online after a failed punt return resulted in a Kansas City Chiefs’ touchdown and the team’s first lead of Super Bowl LVIII. 

The incident came late in the third quarter after the Chiefs’ struggling offense suffered another three and out with the Niners already leading by four points. 

However, on the ensuing punt return, the punt from Chiefs’ Tommy Townsend ricocheted off the foot of cornerback Darrell Luter Jr., forcing McCloud to have to play the ball off an awkward bounce. 

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Initially, reaction to the play was a misplay by McCloud, but the replay showed that the ball was live after the accidental contact with Luter’s foot. 

McCloud responded to a fan on X Monday after the social media user credited the critical error for the Niners loss. 

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“If you don’t know football don’t speak about the play! Cuz that’s not a muff goofy boy,” McCloud wrote. 

The Chiefs recovered the loose ball in the red zone, and wideout Marquez Valdes-Scantling would score a 16-yard touchdown to give Kansas City their first lead of the game – ultimately shifting the momentum of the game in their favor. 

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The Chiefs won in overtime to repeat as Super Bowl champions, becoming just the eighth team in league history to do so. 

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Here’s how Trump wins the 2024 race

Former President Donald Trump can ride Special Counsel Robert Hur’s report on Joe Biden’s “diminished faculties” all the way to the White House if he does these three things:

1. Leans into voters’ concerns about the disastrous border crisis – and tells them how he’ll fix it.

2. Talks up his plan to keep the economy humming through deregulation, keeping taxes low and also by pushing his “Drill Baby Drill” plan to expand America’s energy stockpile and independence, and…       

3. Shuts up about everything else. Don’t feed Democrat narratives with threats to abandon NATO or impose 60% tariffs on China. Stop whining about the 2020 election, stop denigrating rival and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s husband and wardrobe, and lay off President Joe Biden. The president is destroying his reelection hopes all by himself; he doesn’t need any help. 

Also, talk less about what a great job you did before and more about how you’ll do it again, even better. Voters want to know and they want optimism.

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There’s been a lot of chatter about what Joe Biden should do to confront the terrible blow delivered by Special Counsel Hur. There has been less commentary about how the presumed GOP nominee should navigate this gift from the blue. My view – don’t interrupt Biden’s decline and fall. 

Odds makers have Donald Trump in the lead, with one site giving him a 52% chance of winning in November, against 27% for Biden. Shockingly, Michelle Obama is next most likely to become president, with a 15% chance. That says everything. 

Democrats are in disarray, with many turning on their standard-bearer for letting them down. But really, it is the Democratic universe – the leadership, Dem donors in Hollywood and Silicon Valley, White House aides, the liberal media, Jill Biden and the whole dishonest crew – that has nurtured this cancer in their midst. They knew the president was in decline but have lied repeatedly about his vigor and his sharpness – even to themselves — and conspired to hide it from the public. 

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If you receive your news from MSNBC, you might have no idea Joe Biden can barely finish a sentence without stumbling. You don’t know that the White House has been shielding his decline by limiting his interactions with the press, using more easily-managed stairs to deplane and stage-managing his appearances to prevent him looking befuddled and lost.  

On social media, clips of Biden’s deterioration are everywhere. His miscues are no longer “gaffes”; believing you just sat down with France’s former President Francois Mitterand, who died in 1996, is senility mixing up the channels.

There’s been a lot of chatter about what Joe Biden should do to confront the terrible blow delivered by Special Counsel Hur. There has been less commentary about how the presumed GOP nominee should navigate this gift from the blue. 

Reliable lefties like Ross Douthat at the New York Times are openly calling for Biden to step aside at the convention, allowing delegates to choose another candidate. Maureen Dowd, also at the awakened (panicked) Times, says Biden’s denial of his infirmities isn’t going to beat Trump, though she fails to provide a better plan. 

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Trump can capitalize on Biden’s slide. But he must stop stepping in the middle of the story, such as he recently did when he recalled telling NATO members that if they didn’t pay their share of the alliance’s defense budget he would not protect them from Russia aggression. That, of course, made headlines of just the sort Democrats savor – Trump is reckless! Trump cannot be trusted!

Trump must keep the spotlight on the president’s age and on the horrors perpetrated by Biden – the millions of illegals swarming across the border, the soft-on-crime approach of this White House, the resulting mayhem in places like Chicago and New York and the hugely inflated prices of everything. These issues are shipping voters into the “R” column. They remember these problems didn’t exist under Trump.

Meanwhile, wars in Ukraine and the Middle East demolish Biden’s absurd claims of diplomatic know-how. Rather, those conflicts showcase the extreme cost to the world of a weak man sitting in the Oval Office. Biden touts his “experience”; what good is experience if you can’t remember?

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Donald Trump is not a weak man. He is powerful – as a speaker and as a leader – ready to use the might of the U.S. presidency to close our borders. He has done it before and can do it again. Joe Biden has the same tools at his disposal, but refuses to take them out of the tool box. Trump should lay out how he will convince Mexico to host asylum-seekers on their side of the border, how he would deport criminals in the country illegally, and how he would team with Greg Abbott to prevent crossings instead of taking the Texas governor to court as Biden is doing.

Similarly, Trump should push for a reasoned America-first approach to energy. Rather than chasing oil supplies from enemies in Iran and Venezuela, the United States should exploit our abundant natural resources here at home. Open up new federal lands to drilling, accelerate permits and back off Biden’s costly new fees and regulations which are making it more costly to drill.

Greenlight LNG exports which help the U.S. reduce our trade deficits with China and Japan, are critical for our European allies, and which actually help the climate as natural gas backs out coal. Ease Joe’s fuel efficiency mandates which are costing taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars and which may well kill U.S. automakers. When Ford is losing $60,000 on every EV it is forced to make, something is very wrong.

Finally, tell voters about Joe Biden’s plan to hike taxes, which will slow growth and cost jobs. The next president needs to extend the Trump tax cuts; the former president should make that happen.

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Trump right now has the wind at his back. Jamie Dimon, one of the world’s financial leaders, told the shocked elites at Davos that Trump had been right on a lot of issues; he was correct. 

If former President Trump can focus on those issues that worked for our country – the border, the economy and energy specifically – he can win in November. 

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