Fox News 2024-02-18 16:33:45


Lincoln Project adviser demands Democrats start calling Biden a ‘great president’

Stuart Stevens, an adviser for the Lincoln Project, recently claimed Democrats need to start calling President Biden a “great president,” and not just a “better choice” than former President Trump.

“A plea to my Democratic friends: It’s time to start calling Joe Biden a great president. Not a good one. Not a better choice than Donald Trump. Joe Biden is a historically great president. Say it with passion backed by the conviction that it’s true,” he wrote in an op-ed for the New Republic. 

Stevens called on Democrats to frame the election as more than a choice between a “normal, stable president” and an “erratic thug.” 

“Don’t go into 2024 with the game plan to win because Donald Trump is an existential threat to democracy. That’s true, he is, but that’s only making the case that Donald Trump shouldn’t be president. It’s not the reason Joe Biden should be reelected,” Stevens continued.

TRUMP CALLS CLAIMS HE’S A THREAT TO DEMOCRACY A ‘HOAX,’ SAYS BIDEN IS THE REAL THREAT: ‘I WILL SAVE DEMOCRACY’

The president’s message has largely focused on Trump and making the election a choice between Biden and the former president, who they deem is a threat to democracy.

“Stop the nonsense that only a weak opponent gives Joe Biden a chance to win. It’s more than wrong—it’s dangerous, completely misjudging Donald Trump’s strength,” Stevens wrote. 

He cited strong unemployment numbers and the stock market hitting record highs, as well as student loan forgiveness for three million borrowers. 

Stevens argued Biden “met the moment,” and told Democrats to “wake up and show some gratitude.” 

Lincoln Project co-founder Steve Schmidt recently offered a stern warning about Biden’s re-election chances, suggesting his campaign is currently in a “death spiral” with less than nine months until the 2024 election.

“The reality is that the Biden campaign is entering this week in a death spiral. This is as serious a moment an incumbent president has faced this far from an election since Lyndon Johnson in 1968, who announced his intention to withdraw from the race in March of 1968,” Schmidt wrote in a Substack post. 

FLASHBACK: DEMS RAN DEFENSE ON BIDEN’S AGE BEFORE SPECIAL COUNSEL PUT DAMNING SPOTLIGHT ON HIS ‘POOR MEMORY’

Biden elected not to sit down for a Super Bowl media interview on Feb. 11.

Democratic strategists wondered if it was a “sign” Biden’s staff had little confidence in him. CNN’s Jake Tapper wondered why he was skipping the opportunity and asked, “what’s he afraid of?” 

He’s also faced mounting questions about his age and memory after Special Counsel Robert Hur released his report on Biden’s handling of classified documents. 

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP 

Fox News’ Nikolas Lanum contributed to this report.

Russia’s nuclear space weapon poses peril for all mankind, space commander warns

The commander of German Space Command, Maj. Gen. Michael Traut, said a Russian nuclear weapon detonating in orbit could permanently destroy “global commons.” 

Speaking at an event Friday night on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference, Traut said he was left with “more questions than answers” regarding U.S. intelligence reportedly indicating that Russia is developing an anti-satellite weapon in space with a nuclear component. Traut spelled out the consequences of a worst-case scenario. 

“If somebody dares to explode a nuclear weapon in high atmosphere or even space, this would be more or less the end of the usability of that global commons [of orbit],” Traut said, according to Politico, describing the devastating effects of an indiscriminate nuclear blast in space radiating out a satellite-frying electromagnetic pulse across low earth orbit. 

“Nobody would survive an action like that – no satellite, either Chinese or Russian and American or European,” Traut added. “If somebody calculates rationally, nobody would employ such a weapon in space.”

US LAUNCHES MISSILE-DETECTING SATELLITES INTO ORBIT AS CONCERNS ABOUT RUSSIA IN SPACE GROW

Ludwig Möller, the director of the European Space Policy Institute, predicted an economic fallout of trillions of dollars in the banking and energy sectors if Russia were to successfully knock out commercial satellites. While China and India are also fast developing their space technologies, Russia has been conducting military aerospace deals with the sanctioned states of Iran and North Korea while the war continues in Ukraine, according to Politico. 

Germany, France and the United Kingdom opened their prospective space commands over the past several years to build credible defense of government and commercial infrastructure in orbit. In signing the National Defense Authorization Act in law in December 2019, former President Trump created the U.S. Space Force, the first new armed service since 1947.

Despite the new U.S. intelligence about Russia developing some sort of anti-satellite nuclear weapon, White House adviser John Kirby denied there was an imminent threat. 

WHITE HOUSE SAYS RUSSIAN TECH IS NOT SOMETHING USED TO ATTACK HUMANS OR CAUSE PHYSICAL DESTRUCTION ON EARTH

“Though Russia’s pursuit of this particular capability is troubling, there is no immediate threat to anyone’s safety,” Kirby said Thursday.  “We are not talking about a weapon that can be used to attack human beings or cause physical destruction here on Earth.”

House Intelligence Committee Chair Rep. Mike Turner, R-Ohio, released a cryptic but alarming statement on Feb. 14, regarding information about the Russians’ activities, which he framed as a “serious national security threat,” and urged President Biden to declassify it. 

Some sources suggested it was a nuclear weapon. Others suspect a weapon that is nuclear-powered but not a nuclear warhead.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

The White House confirmed the following day that the Russian system under development is a space-based anti-satellite weapon, and that if it were deployed it would violate the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, which bans weapons of mass destruction in space. The Kremlin responded by dismissing the reports as a “malicious fabrication.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Top doctor claims world not prepared for looming pandemic worse than COVID

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus has issued a new warning about the likelihood of Disease X breaking out, telling global world leaders it is “a matter of when, not if” a new pathogen and pandemic will strike.

Tedros, who goes by his first name, told attendees at the World Government Summit in Dubai earlier his week he gave a similar warning in 2018 that a pandemic was likely to hit, and he was proven right with the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus. 

Complaining that the world is still ill-prepared for a new pandemic, Tedros once again touted the urgent need for a global treaty to be agreed upon by May and dismissed suspicions of it being a WHO power grab as outlandish.

He called the treaty “mission critical for humanity.”

WHO DIRECTOR CALLS FOR WORLD PANDEMIC TREATY TO PREPARE FOR DISEASE X

“Today I stand before you in the aftermath of COVID-19 with millions of people dead, with social, economic and political shocks that reverberate to this day,” Tedros said.

“Although some progress has been made, like improvements in surveillance, the Pandemic Fund, building capacities in vaccine production … the world is not prepared for a pandemic.

“The painful lessons we learned are in danger of being forgotten as attention turns to the many other crises confronting our world.”

Tedros said that if the world fails to learn those lessons, “we will pay dearly next time, and there will be a next time.”

“History teaches us that the next pandemic is a matter of when, not if,” Tedros added. 

“It may be caused by an influenza virus, or a new coronavirus or a new pathogen we don’t even know about yet — what we call Disease X.”

Disease X is a hypothetical “placeholder” virus that has not yet formed, but scientists say it could be 20 times deadlier than COVID-19. About eight years ago, it was added to the WHO’s short list of pathogens for research that could cause a “serious international epidemic,” according to a 2022 WHO press release.

“As things stand, the world remains unprepared for the next Disease X, and the next pandemic,” he said. 

Tedros said there has been a lot of attention on Disease X lately but insisted it’s not a new thing. 

“We first used the term Disease X in 2018, the same time as I spoke here at this World Governments Summit, as a placeholder for a disease we don’t even know about yet, but for which we can nonetheless prepare.”

“COVID-19 was a Disease X, a new pathogen causing a new disease. But there will be another Disease X, or a Disease Y or a Disease Z.”

WHO DIRECTOR CALLS FOR WORLD PANDEMIC TREATY TO PREPARE FOR DISEASE X

In preparation for the next outbreak, he said the clock is ticking on nations to come together and sign an international agreement on pandemic preparedness, with just 15 weeks left on the timeline agreed upon in 2021. Tedros said the treaty, which the Biden administration has been involved in negotiating, is a set of commitments by countries to strengthen the world’s defense with a “one health” approach.

While ‘Disease X’ is a hypothetical placeholder virus that has not yet been formed, scientists say it could be 20 times deadlier than COVID. 

It would involve cooperation in research and development, access to vaccines and other products and sharing of information, technology and biological samples.

He cited two reasons why a consensus has not been reached. The first is nations have some differences, but he was confident they would be worked through.

The second major barrier, he said, is the “litany of lies and conspiracy theories about the agreement.”

“That it’s a power grab by the World Health Organization. That it will cede sovereignty to WHO. That it will give WHO power to impose lockdowns or vaccine mandates on countries. That it’s an ‘attack on freedom.’ That WHO will not allow people to travel, and that WHO wants to control people’s lives.

“These are some of the lies that are being spread. If they weren’t so dangerous, these lies would be funny. But they put the health of the world’s people at risk. And that is no laughing matter.

WHO DROPS INVESTIGATION INTO WHETHER COVID-19 VIRUS LEAKED FROM WUHAN LAB, CALLING THEORY UNLIKELY

“These claims are utterly, completely, categorically false. … Anyone who says it will is either uninformed or lying.”

Critics, including Advancing American Freedom (AAF), argue the legally binding treaty would cede sovereignty to a global organization and that it amounts to a power grab. The AAF is a nonprofit advocacy group founded by former Vice President Mike Pence.

Tedros said there is a draft copy of the agreement on the WHO website and urged people to read it for themselves. 

In pitching the treaty, he absolved the WHO of imposing lockdowns and vaccine mandates during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“We cannot allow this historic agreement, this milestone in global health, to be sabotaged by those who spread lies, either deliberately or unknowingly.

“Let me be clear: WHO did not impose anything on anyone during the COVID-19 pandemic. Not lockdowns, not mask mandates, not vaccine mandates.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

“We don’t have the power to do that, we don’t want it and we’re not trying to get it.”

The WHO faced strong criticism from around the world over its slow response to investigating China for the COVID outbreak. A WHO team investigating the origins of the coronavirus pandemic also downplayed the possibility that the virus leaked from a lab near Wuhan, China.  

Most popular priest on social media reacts to viral interpretations of the Bible

Though he all but gave up social media for Lent – or, at least, made a valiant effort to limit his usage by deleting the app on his phone – social media sensation Father Mike Schmitz wants people to know he sees tremendous value in it.

“How incredible is it that we live in an age where we have this this tool… in that sense of just being able to say, ‘oh my gosh, I can help people that never would meet me [in person],” the Catholic priest and Ascension Press’ ‘Bible in a Year’ podcast host, who got his start in the digital space back in 2007 recording homilies, told Fox News Digital.

“That’s a big piece of the impetus behind this. There’s something to be said, and there’s good news to be shared,” he added, Thursday, following the beginning of this Lenten season.

The priest, who serves as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries in the Diocese of Duluth, Minnesota, went on to tell the story of a young woman who, as a high-schooler in the height of the pandemic, rediscovered the Bible.

No, not in church; on TikTok of all places.

“What came across her TikTok’s For You Page was scripture, and people praying, and she just… started praying and started reading the Bible, because it came up on her TikTok. And [her faith] just got strengthened and deepened,” he explained. “She was raised Catholic and kind of sort of prayed, kind of sort of did the thing, sure… But it was when TikTok started saying, ‘okay, you can pray like this, you can read the Bible like this, here’s a message for you from the Lord in this TikTok…it gave her this strength, and it gave her this faith that she never had in the midst of COVID.”

“I started praying, because TikTok told me to,” was the young woman’s message to Father Mike Schmitz. 

WHAT’S THE WEIRDEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED THAT MADE YOU THINK GOD WAS REAL?

As faith-driven content continues to flood “For You” pages everywhere, she certainly isn’t the only person to be inspired by social media.

‘Gen Z Bible Stories,’ for example, has been going viral for its unique interpretations of sacred scripture that many would say “slaps.”

The TikTok page, which cleverly uses popular Gen Z phrases to make age-old text more palatable for the youth, is turning the heads of people everywhere with its viral videos – and even its favorable reaction videos. 

In explaining “The Annunciation,” for instance – a momentous occasion that Christians universally recognize as being the announcement that Mary would be conceiving and birthing the son of God – Gen Z Bible Stories’ most viewed TikTok video describes it by saying, “Mary was a pick-me girl for God and was ‘simping’ for him in prayer when the angel Gabriel appeared to her and said, ‘you’ve passed God’s vibe check, and he wants you to be the mother of the main character, the son of the top G.'”

The video garnered 4.4 million views and over half a million “likes” as many commenters praised the creator’s take, which continues to interpret Luke 1:26-38 by saying, “She [Mary] said, ‘how can this be when I promised him my body count will always be 0?’ He said, ‘this ain’t about cuffing season, for the Holy Spirit will live rent-free in you. So, she said ‘bet,’ and Gabriel left her to read. And she let the Holy Spirit cook.”

TIKTOK BIBLE STORIES MAKEOVER SPARKS GENERATIONAL DEBATE: ‘YOU’VE PASSED GOD’S VIBE CHECK’

“This has made me return to church,” one comment read.

And there are many more like it.

In speaking with Fox News Digital, Father Mike Schmitz acknowledged how validating social media can be for many – and though, equally, it can be destructive, it has the potential to send a unifying message. “[For someone] to be able to hear that I’m not alone… there’s something about that, about having the opportunity to hear from people who maybe are like you – but maybe very, very different from you, too – and yet, they’re saying ‘I think this is true as well.’”

“You don’t want to have an echo chamber, but at the same time, it’s good to know you’re not the only one,” the priest said of social media.

His own social media presence knows no bounds, as his “Bible in a Year” podcast has topped Apple Podcasts charts since its 2021 debut. And with millions of views – and thousands sharing and re-sharing his words on social media platforms of all kinds – the pervasiveness of the priest’s influence seems limitless.

The popular podcast host even offered his comment on a page like “Gen Z Bible Stories,” referring to the videos as “hilarious.”

“I have come across it a number of times and laughed every time I shared it,” he said. “There’s something about being able to laugh. I mean, we’ve always had Bible translations. We’ve always had translations that are accurate, and translations that are inaccurate. I don’t think anyone takes the translation of the Gen Z Bible Stories seriously, in the sense of listening to that as sole authority for the Bible, as opposed to saying, ‘this is an interesting retelling of a Bible story.’ And I think that’s great.”

“I don’t think that it’s blasphemous at its heart, or even in its actions. Because it knows what it’s doing in the sense that it’s not trying to pull itself off,” he added.

CATHOLIC PRIEST WHO TURNED FROM DRUGS TO GOD TAKES TO TIKTOK TO SHARE VITAL MESSAGE WITH GROWING FOLLOWING

Father Mike Schmitz further spoke to Fox News Digital about Lent, including his own Lenten sacrifice:

“Lent, historically, is a season of purification and enlightenment. That’s the technical term. So it’s for those who are preparing to be baptized, preparing to be received in the church. And we get to go on that journey… to a purification, enlightenment. [It’s asking] God, where in my heart, in my life, do I need to be changed? And also, where do I need to be enlightened? Where do I need to get closer to you?” he began explaining.

“And so then prayer, fasting, almsgiving, are all about that. It should be about ‘okay, what in my life is keeping me from you, God? What needs to be changed, and how can I grow in my relationship with you? How can I have that enlightenment and know you more closely?’” the priest posited.

He went on to explain that a Lenten sacrifice should ultimately help minimize or even weed out a daily distraction in an effort to give ourselves the time and space to get closer to God.

And for Father Mike Schmitz this Lenten season, that distraction seems to be social media.

“A lot of times, in Lent, I will try to choose something that needs to be pruned from my life because it’s become an obstacle. For example, the distraction of social media on my phone… If that’s become an obstacle, then I want to prune that, because it’s keeping me distracted. If I know that this is going to help me grow closer to the Lord, I want to start doing that. So it’s not extrinsic, but I see it as like an intrinsic thing coming from inside.”

FATHER MIKE SCHMITZ ON DECLINE OF FAITH IN THE US

It isn’t just about offering ourselves more time for God, though; according to the priest, it’s just as much about offering God a piece of ourselves.

“I might be doing it because I realized that… there’s a sense that I need that myself. But I’m also saying with this action, ‘I’m hoping that you see this God, and I trust that this actually matters to you,’ which is a huge act of faith.” 

He continued, explaining that the elusive “mystery of faith” is perhaps found in the realization that God cares about all of our nuances, equally and wholly:

“That’s why it’s an act of faith to say, ‘this small little silly thing I’m doing. I hope that God sees it and I have faith that it matters to him.’ And, ultimately, love is there, too. Because it’s like, I’m only doing this because I’ve been asked to. I’ve been doing some prayer, fasting, almsgiving, during Lent, because I’ve been asked to. And so it’s an act of love. So you have all three [faith, hope, and love] there. And I think that if it’s just like that self-improvement stuff, hey, I hope we improve – that’s awesome – but it also could be more. And I think that it’s not one or the other. I think it’s both.”

Father Mike Schmitz has teamed up with actors Mark Wahlberg and Jonathan Roumie for “Pray 40,” a daily Lenten challenge that invites all Hallow app users to participate. His inspiring homilies will be released each Sunday throughout Lent.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

Israel responds to Biden admin’s wish list to gift Hamas terrorists a ‘prize’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government unanimously approved a measure declaring that the country “outright rejects” any attempts by foreign powers to create a Palestinian state.

Netanyahu announced the move at the start of a cabinet meeting Sunday morning. It comes as various forces at the U.N. and even President Biden’s administration have pushed Israel to accept a two-state solution after the war against Hamas in Gaza.

“In light of the talk recently heard in the international community about an attempt to unilaterally impose a Palestinian state on Israel, I am bringing today a declarative decision on this issue for the approval of the government. I am sure it will be widely accepted,” Netanyahu told the cabinet in Hebrew.

“Israel outright rejects international dictates regarding the permanent settlement with the Palestinians,” the declaration said. “Such an arrangement will be reached only through direct negotiations between the parties, without preconditions. Israel will continue to oppose the unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state. Such a recognition, following the massacre of October 7, will reward the terrorism, a reward like no other, and will prevent any future peace settlement.”

HAMAS TERRORISTS USE ISRAELI HOSTAGE RELEASE IN GAME OF PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE

The statement echoes a message Netanyahu personally delivered to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken last week, telling the top Biden administration official that direct or even indirect recognition “would be a prize for those who planned and orchestrated the Oct. 7 massacre.”

CRUZ DEMANDS DOJ LAUNCH CRIMINAL PROBE OF US NONPROFIT ALLEGEDLY HELPING TERRORISTS

Biden and other U.S. officials have repeatedly said that Israel’s war against Hamas should end with a two-state solution, implying that the U.S. would recognize a Palestinian state.

Israel has made repeated efforts to negotiate a peace deal and two-state solution with Palestinian and Arab leaders over the past 75 years, but each offer has been rejected, including the initial 1947 UN partition plan that led to Israel’s establishment, and Israeli offers in 2000 and 2008 that would have recognized a Palestinian state.

UN, HUMAN RIGHTS, MEDIA GROUPS RELY ON HAMAS DEATH TOLL IN ‘SYSTEMATIC DECEPTION’: EXPERT

“I do not think a two-state solution is possible, and, even if possible, it is not advisable. For more than 50 years, hundreds of self-proclaimed ‘peacemakers,’ led by the United States, have attempted to coerce Israel and the Palestinians into a two-state solution,” former U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman told Fox News Digital last month.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

Friedman, who served as the U.S. ambassador under former President Trump, said, “The efforts repeatedly fail regardless of who’s in charge and the reasons are profound and immutable: 1) the Palestinians are not willing to accept a Jewish State; 2) the likelihood of a Palestinian state becoming a terror state is extremely high, presenting an existential threat to Israel; and 3) the West Bank (referred to by Biblical adherents as Judea and Samaria) is biblical Israel and, absent Israeli control, hundreds of Jewish and Christian holy sites will be destroyed.”

Fox News’ Yael Rotem-Kuriel, Yonat Friling and Benjamin Weinthal contributed to this report.

Night takes a bizarre turn as armed homeowner puts a stop to residential rampage

A Florida man accused of disrupting a Hooters restaurant before trying to break into a home in Lee County was arrested after the homeowner opened fire on the man, police say.

Hugh McMenamin, 44, was arrested last week after he tried to break into a home in Cape Coral, leaving a path of destruction in his wake, according to local outlets. A police report states that earlier in the evening last Friday, McMenamin allegedly refused to leave a Hooters restaurant location, causing a ruckus before allegedly targeting a local home for a break-in, Wink News reported. 

McMenamin reportedly approached the residential Cape Coral home, and knocked down portions of the house’s 6-foot fence surrounding the property before kicking in the front door. 

FLORIDA SHERIFF RELEASES VIDEO OF ARMED HOME INTRUDERS FLEEING WHEN INTENDED VICTIM FIRES BACK WITH RIFLE

Amid the attempted home break-in, McMenamin allegedly dropped his mother’s debit card on the property’s driveway. 

FLORIDA MAN SENTENCED TO 55 YEARS IN PRISON FOR STABBING FELLOW TRUCKER

McMenamin also tried to break in through a home’s window. 

The homeowner, however, was armed and fired shots at the suspect, Wink News reported. McMenamin was arrested shortly after and charged with criminal mischief, property damage, and burglary of an occupied structure, his booking records for Lee County show. 

ARMED FLORIDA MAN CONFRONTS SQUATTER WHO TOOK OVER HOUSE WHILE HE WAS OVERSEAS: POLICE

McMenamin is accused of causing roughly $3,000 in damage to the home, Wink News reported. 

Records show McMenamin has been arrested a handful of times before this year, including in June 2023 for violating his parole, and in 2021 for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. 

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

He remains in police custody as of Sunday. Fox News Digital reached out to the Cape Coral Police Department Sunday for additional comment on the arrest. 

7 things you should never buy at Costco — you’re overpaying if you do, expert shopper warns

Costco’s shoppers are familiar with the big box stores’ low prices, but one shopping expert warns there are some groceries that shoppers may be better off buying at a local supermarket.

While $5 rotisserie chicken and $1.50 hot dogs are among the famed bargains offered by Costco, food writer Su-Jit Lin, who is a self-professed fan of the wholesale club, writes in an article for Eating Well that the warehouses have some food items that aren’t the best deals if you don’t have to buy in bulk.

Lin writes that shoppers can “shave nearly half a dollar on a gallon of milk” at other stores. While Costco offers milk at $4 a gallon, she says the dairy product can typically be purchased for less than $3 at Lidl, Aldi or Target.

Sandwich bread is another item that can often be found with better deals at a local supermarket, according to Lin. Instead of buying Costco’s double-packs of sandwich bread loaves, Lin suggests checking a local Publix or Krogers for their “buy one, get one” specials on premium bread brands.

DEADLY LISTERIA OUTBREAK PROMPTS DAIRY PRODUCT RECALL AT COSTCO, WALMART AND OTHERS

“And you don’t actually need to buy two loaves to get the half-off deal, saving you money and the stress of trying to find space in your freezer before any mold appears,” Lin writes.

Super-sized bagged salad kits at Costco can run between $7 to $9, according to Lin, while kits in smaller sizes can be found on sale at Kroger, Publix, Sprouts and Lidl for between $2.75 to $3.50.

Raw chicken is another item that Lin says can be found for slightly cheaper at other supermarkets. At $3 a pound for breast or thighs at Costco, Lin says she has found family packs of chicken breasts for as low as $1.79 a pound at other major supermarkets.

Depending on how often they’re used, herbs and spices might be a better buy in sizes smaller than the larger tubs from Costco, according to Lin. The Eating Well Test Kitchen says ground spices are best used within a year to avoid losing their color, aroma and flavor.

Stocking up on canned soup can be better for your wallet at local supermarkets, where the product can go on sale for three for $5, and sometimes less, and allow shoppers to get a mix of flavors, Lin says.

POLARIZING COSTCO SHOPPERS’ HABIT DEEMED ‘ANNOYING’ BY WORKERS SPARKS ONLINE DEBATE

Large bags of cereal at Costco can sell between $7 to $14, whereas supermarkets rotate which major cereal brands go on sale and also offer coupons for an even steeper discount, according to Lin.

“I’ve used this multi-savings method to get name-brand cereals for $1.50 a box with the purchase of six boxes,” Lin writes.

Despite the potential savings, Lin encouraged shoppers not to fret over planning their shopping trips.

GET FOX BUSINESS ON THE GO BY CLICKING HERE

“If you’re already at Costco and need one of the things on this list but don’t want to go to another store, of course you should just buy it while you’re there – no need to make a special trip,” the expert says.

John Travolta turns 70: ‘Grease’ star’s loves, losses and moment he ‘thought it was over’

John Travolta is celebrating a milestone birthday.

The actor, who turned 70 Sunday, has stayed busy over the past year filming a series of upcoming projects. Travolta also recently made headlines when he honored Prince Harry at the 21st Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards last month.

The “Grease” star later shared a photo in which he posed with the 39-year-old Duke of Sussex, who was inducted as a living legend of aviation, as well as honoree Lauren Sánchez and past honoree Jeff Bezos at the event in Beverly Hills.

“I was so proud to host Prince Harry, Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sánchez at Living Legends of Aviation awards event Friday night. Congrats to both Prince Harry and Lauren on their awards!!” Travolta wrote in the caption of an Instagram post.

PRINCE HARRY CALLS OUT JOHN TRAVOLTA FOR ‘DINING OUT’ ON DANCE FLOOR WITH MOTHER PRINCESS DIANA

Harry was recognized for his years as a helicopter pilot while serving in the British Army. During his decade of military service, Harry trained on missions in the U.S., U.K. and Australia. The younger son of King Charles III also flew combat missions during his two tours in Afghanistan.

A source told the U.K.’s Mirror Travolta was the “driving force” behind Harry’s selection as an honoree. Travolta reportedly maintains a “strong emotional link and connection” to Harry through his friendship with his late mother, Princess Diana, per the outlet.

At the awards ceremony, Travolta presented Harry with the award before the two hugged and posed for a photo on stage.

“This is nice,” said Harry, who was not accompanied to the event by his wife Meghan Markle. 

“Thanks very much, Captain John,” he added.

“I was 1 year old when you danced with my mum. As you’ve told everybody here and continue to dine out on that probably every single night,” Harry joked. 

“But look at us now. It’s great. So, if we’re not going to dance together, we’ll fly together.”

Travolta, who has been a licensed pilot since he was 22, was previously named a Living Legend of Aviation and received the Ambassador of Aviation Award in 2007. Travolta owns several planes, including a Boeing 707-138 he parks in the backyard of his Florida home, per Business Insider. 

“That’s how crazy I am about it. If I can look out the bedroom and see the planes, I am happy,” he told CBS in 2008. “I rest easy.”

The “Saturday Night Fever” star also shared how his love of flying has helped him cope with difficult times in his life.

“Aviation has always bailed me out of anything in my mind that is blue,” Travolta said. “I can look through an airline schedule and brochure and cheer up.”

There was one plane incident, however, Travolta thought he was “going to die.”

“I actually experienced a total electrical failure, not in a Vampire, but in a corporate jet over Washington D.C.,” Travolta said at the London premiere for the Disney+ short “The Shepherd” in November, according to Variety. 

“So, when I read [Frederick Forsyth’s book of the same name], it resonated even more because of this experience I had personally had.

“I knew what it felt like to absolutely think you’re going to die,” he added. “I had two good jet engines, but I had no instruments, no electric, nothing. And I thought it was over.”

Since skyrocketing to fame in the 1970s, Travolta has cemented his status as one of Hollywood’s top actors. However, the New Jersey native has also experienced a number of personal heartbreaks over the years.

As Travolta marks his 70th birthday, here’s a look at his loves, losses and storied career.

‘The Boy in the Plastic Bubble’

Prior to meeting his late wife Kelly Preston, Travolta was in a serious relationship with actress Diana Hyland.

The actor’s romance with Hyland ended in tragedy after the “Eight Is Enough” star died of breast cancer in 1977. The same disease would claim the life of Preston 43 years later.

Travolta and Hyland had dated for a year before her death. The two met in 1976 on the set of the TV movie “The Boy in the Plastic Bubble,” when she was 41 and he was 23. Though Hyland played the mother of Travolta’s character in the film, the pair immediately felt a romantic connection.

“I have never been more in love with anyone in my life,” Travolta told People magazine in 1977. “I thought I was in love before, but I wasn’t. From the moment I met her, I was attracted. We were like two maniacs talking all the time on the set of ‘Bubble.’ After a month, it became romantic.”

PRINCE HARRY’S HONOR AT JOHN TRAVOLTA EVENT LABELED ‘BIZARRE’ BY EXPERTS

According to the outlet, the couple became inseparable while filming.

“I had more fun with Diana than I ever had in my life,” said Travolta at the time. “And the odd thing is, just before we met, I thought I would never have a successful relationship. She told me that she too had thought the same thing. Then, bam.”

Travolta admitted that before Hyland’s death, the pair had planned on taking their relationship to the next level, and the future seemed bright.

“I picked out a house, and Diana and I were planning on moving in right after this movie,” said Travolta, referring to “Saturday Night Fever,” which premiered months after Hyland’s death.

“If she was alive, it is very possible I would have married her,” he added.

While Hyland had a mastectomy two years prior, Travolta said “she didn’t know she was going to die for sure until two weeks before.”

During the production of “Saturday Night Fever,” Hyland died in Travolta’s arms, the outlet shared.

“I felt the breath go out of her,” he recalled.

After Hyland’s death, Travolta was romantically linked to Brooke Shields, Marilu Henner and Catherine Deneuve before meeting Preston.

Love and loss 

Travolta found true love again with Preston, to whom he was married 28 years until her death in 2020.

In 1987, the pair met while filming the 1989 comedy “The Experts,” and both later admitted they were instantly attracted to each other, though Preston was married to actor Kevin Gage at the time.

KELLY PRESTON’S DEATH IS LATEST HEARTBREAK FOR JOHN TRAVOLTA, FAMILY

“I see, no lie, coming across the hall with his two dogs, this really hot guy,” Preston told Us Weekly in 2018 of meeting Travolta for the first time. “Then, he stops and says hello. And I was like, ‘Oh s—. Kill me now.’ You know, like, ‘Oh, my God.’”

“She came in this, this gorgeous woman,” Travolta recalled of meeting Preston during a 2018 interview with Us Weekly. 

“We had an immediate chemistry.”

After Preston and Gage divorced in 1987, the “Jerry Maguire” star dated George Clooney, and she was engaged to Charlie Sheen for a short time in 1990.

After the end of her engagement to Sheen, Preston began dating Travolta, who proposed to her on New Year’s Eve in 1991. The two tied the knot during two ceremonies later that year and remained married until the actress died at the age of 57 after a two-year battle with breast cancer in July 2020.

Travolta announced the news of his wife’s death in an Instagram post.

LIKE WHAT YOU’RE READING? CLICK HERE FOR MORE ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

“It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you that my beautiful wife Kelly has lost her two-year battle with breast cancer,” he wrote.

“She fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many,” he added. “My family and I will forever be grateful to her doctors and nurses at MD Anderson Cancer Center, all the medical centers that have helped, as well as her many friends and loved ones who have been by her side.

“Kelly’s love and life will always be remembered. I will be taking some time to be there for my children who have lost their mother, so forgive me in advance if you don’t hear from us for a while. But please know that I will feel your outpouring of love in the weeks and months ahead as we heal. All my love, JT.”

APP USERS CLICK HERE TO VIEW POST


 

 
 

 

View this post on Instagram
 

 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 

A post shared by John Travolta (@johntravolta)

Travolta and Preston shared daughter Ella, 23, and son Ben, 13, as well as son Jett, who died at the age of 16 in 2009 after having a seizure during a family vacation to Grand Bahama Island.

Since Preston and Jett’s deaths, Travolta has honored their memories on special occasions.

On Preston’s birthday in October, Travolta shared a photo of his late wife on Instagram with the caption, “Happy Birthday Kelly! We love you!”

SUPER BOWL AD SEES JOHN TRAVOLTA SHOWING OFF HIS ‘GREASE’ DANCE MOVES ALONGSIDE DAUGHTER ELLA

In April 2022, Travolta marked what would have been Jett’s 30th birthday with an Instagram tribute to his son. 

“My dearest Jetty, I miss you more than words can say,” he wrote alongside a photo of himself with Jett.

“I think about you everyday. Happy Birthday. Love, your Dad.”

‘Grease’ and beyond

Travolta has enjoyed a successful career in Hollywood since landing his breakthrough role on the 1970s television sitcom “Welcome Back, Kotter.” He went on to star in a string of hit movies, including “Carrie,” “Grease” and “Urban Cowboy.” 

At the age of 24, Travolta earned his first best actor Academy Award nomination for his performance in the 1977 hit movie “Saturday Night Fever.”

Though Travolta’s career stalled in the 1980s after he appeared in a series of box office disappointments, it was revived in the next decade. He starred opposite Kirstie Alley in 1989’s “Look Who’s Talking,” which was a commercial success and spawned two sequels.

Travolta received his second best actor Oscar nomination for his performance in Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 film “Pulp Fiction,”  

He later took on leading roles in a number of successful movies, including “Get Shorty,” “Broken Arrow,” “Hairspray,” “A Civil Action,” “Phenomenon,” “Face/Off” and “Primary Colors.” 

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR THE ENTERTAINMENT NEWSLETTER

The actor has received six Golden Globe Award nominations, winning in 1996 for his performance in “Get Shorty.”

After making his return to television, Travolta won an Emmy Award for his role as a producer on the 2016 anthology miniseries “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson.” 

In addition to producing, Travolta played Simpson’s lawyer Robert Shapiro in the miniseries and received Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for his performance. 

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

Travolta has continued working steadily and will next be seen in the upcoming action movie “Cash Out,” its sequel “Cash Out 2: High Rollers” and the romantic comedy musical “That’s Amore!” in which he is starring opposite Katherine Heigl.

Fox News Digital’s Stephanie Nolasco contributed to this report.

Social media hammers Chiefs stars as the worst ‘role models’ after boozy behavior goes viral

The supposed drunken antics of Super Bowl winners the Kansas City Chiefs during their victory parade this week attracted attention from social media users and multiple media outlets this week.

People who saw clips of Chiefs’ star Travis Kelce apparently intoxicated while addressing the crowd at the parade, or images of Brittany Mahomes ­– the wife of Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes – allegedly using an IV for hangover recovery, among other sights of apparent hard partying, expressed their shock on X this week. 

Users referred to Kelce and Swift, who was also shown pounding beers during the Super Bowl last week, as the “worst two role models in America,” while others claimed the players’ intense partying proved they are “children trapped in men’s bodies.”

TAYLOR SWIFT CHUGS HER DRINK DURING SUPER BOWL LVIII, SETS OFF SOCIAL MEDIA FRENZY

Scenes from the Chiefs’ victory parade in downtown Kansas City on Wednesday drew a lot of these reactions, particularly Kelce’s victory speech, during which the star athlete appeared intoxicated while he sang a rendition of Garth Brooks’ “Friends In Low Places.”

British outlet The Daily Mail reported on the spectacle Wednesday, with a headline that declared, “Travis Kelce is too drunk to SPEAK and has to be held up by his teammates on stage at Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl parade.”

The outlet reported, “But after a day of partying back in Kansas City, the celebrations appeared to take their toll on Kelce as he struggled to get his words out and finish the rest of the song. The likes of Patrick Mahomes and Chris Jones were even forced to step in and prevent him from falling over at one stage, before eventually taking the mic from their groggy teammate.”

Sports outlet “The Big Lead” reported on Kelce’s behavior at the parade, observing that the player was “Clearly Drunk,” adding, “The man had no idea what planet he was on.”

X users blasted Kelce for the alleged drunkenness. 

One wrote, “Travis Kelce is so wasted that Mahomes has to hold them up, and then he passes out into his players but the broadcast cuts to the crowd to try to protect his reputation.  We already know he’s a sloppy, massive drunk.”

Another user commented on video of Kelce’s singing, saying, “Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce might be the worst two role models in America.”

Sports betting analyst Kenny Ducey remarked on the clip, “there have been a lot of drunk athletes at championship parades but I honestly think Travis Kelce may be the drunkest I’ve ever seen.”

Former Rush Limbaugh guest host Ken Matthews described the scene, stating, “Children Trapped in Men’s Bodies as Our Country Crumbles.”

PATRICK MAHOMES, WIFE BRITTANY VISIT WOUNDED CHILDREN FROM SUPER BOWL PARADE SHOOTING IN HOSPITAL

Chiefs linebacker Willie Gay Jr. also caused a scene during the celebrations. 

“Gay set the bar high early on in the parade… going shirtless, running and dancing – even hopping on a car to give fans a better view of his vibe. Gay also dropped to the ground at one point – holding a bottle of Henny as he lay shoeless in the street, TMZ.com reported.

Images of the professional athlete lying down in the street turned heads on social media as well. The account for sports betting outlet “Pickswise” commented, “Drunkest person at the Chiefs parade. Willie Gay Jr. -10000.”

Brittany Mahomes also caught attention for her partying this week, posting a photo of herself receiving an IV, which people assumed she was using to rehydrate in preparation for the victory parade. Shortly before the Wednesday parade, Mahomes shared an image of a medical IV in her arm and wrote a caption for it, stating, “Saving me always.”

She also tagged the company where she got the treatment, which is named Gen 3 IV. Reporting on her post, People.com stated, “Although it’s unclear which treatment she received, the company offers several options, including a ‘Hangover Mix’ to help with dehydration and nausea after a night out.”

The outlet added, “IV therapy has become popular in the last few years for people who feel under the weather from illness, jet lag and yes, partying.”

After seeing Mahomes’ post, one X user wrote, “Just my opinion – if you have to get an IV drip maybe you have a problem?”

Another shared, “Not drinking seems a better idea than getting an IV.” 

“Omg know your limits for christ sake!” wrote another user.

The Kansas City Chiefs did not immediately reply to Fox News Digital’s request for comment. 

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP