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Biden to go to UN to force temporary cease-fire on Israel, halt Rafah offensive

JERUSALEM — The Biden administration is reportedly taking its goal of a temporary cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas war to the U.N. Security Council as early as Tuesday. 

The administration is said to have proposed a draft U.N. Security Council resolution which in part would call for a temporary cease-fire and call on Israel not to go into Rafah in the Gaza Strip. 

According to Reuters, the U.S. text states in part that it “determines that under current circumstances a major ground offensive into Rafah would result in further harm to civilians and their further displacement including potentially into neighboring countries.”

Richard Goldberg, a former NSC official during the Trump administration, told Fox News Digital, “The United States should be vetoing pro-Hamas resolutions, not proposing them. By putting forward a resolution calling for a ceasefire and opposing Israeli military action in Rafah, the White House is effectively pushing for Hamas to survive to massacre another day. This is a complete betrayal of U.S. interests and values.”

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A senior administration official speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity said, “We don’t believe a rush to a vote is necessary or constructive and intend on allowing time for negotiations.”

The Jewish state has hitherto opposed President Biden’s attempts to torpedo its slated seizure of Rafah where one of the last bastions of Hamas terrorists and hostages, including Americans, are believed to be located.

On Friday, President Biden made clear his feelings about Israel going into Rafah, telling reporters, “I’m hoping that the Israelis will not make a massive land invasion.”

Biden added during the same press conference that he had engaged with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the situation and that he had made the case in calling for a temporary cease-fire so that hostage negotiations can continue.

“The world must know and Hamas leaders must know if our hostages are not home by Ramadan, the fighting will continue and expand to Rafah,” said Benny Gantz, an Israeli security cabinet member and leader of the opposition party. Ramadan starts on March 11.

On Sunday, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said the decision was one Israel would take on its own: “Hamas is left with marginal [forces] in the central camps and with the Rafah Brigade, and what stands between them and a complete collapse as a military system is a decision by the IDF.”

Commentators have noted that the hostage release talks in Cairo are stagnate and Israeli forces have managed to free two hostages via limited incursions into Rafah last week.

Gallant fired back at the international voices opposed to an invasion into Rafah: “There is no one here to come to their aid, no Iranians, no international aid.”

He continued, “There were 24 regional battalions in Gaza – we have dismantled 18 of them,” Gallant said during a media briefing last week. “Now, Rafah is the next Hamas center of gravity.”

A U.S. State Department spokesperson told Fox News Digital, “We have also been clear that a full-scale Israel military operation in Rafah should not proceed until there is a credible and executable plan for ensuring the safety of and support for the more than 1 million people sheltering there.”

According to the State Department spokesperson, “The best way to achieve an enduring end to the crisis in Gaza that provides lasting peace and security for Israelis and Palestinians alike, is our strong commitment to the creation of a Palestinian state. As such, the United States continues to support the two-state solution and to oppose policies that endanger its viability or contradict our mutual interests and values.”

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Yigal Carmon, who was a colonel in Israel’s military intelligence service, told Fox News Digital, “The Rafah crossing was the major area through which the worst smuggling operation went on for years when it was in the hands of the Egyptian government. If this is not stopped, there will be no end to the war and no end to war, particularly heavy missiles on Tel Aviv and its surroundings. The seizure of Rafah will limit the war significantly.”

He added, “If the U.S. administration has a miraculous way to convince Egypt to fulfill its commitment, then there would be no need for an operation. Unfortunately, the United States does not pressure Egypt even though it has all the capabilities to do that. But what remains is to pressure Israel, but this will not work because what is at stake is missiles on Tel Aviv, and Netanyahu cannot afford to end the war with [a] continued flow of missiles on Tel Aviv.”

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Carmon, the founder and president of the Middle East Media Research Institute, on Aug. 31 predicted an Iran-backed Hamas terrorist attack on Israel, which became reality on Oct. 7.

When asked why Biden is imposing pressure on Israel, Goldberg, a senior advisor at The Foundation for Defense of Democracies said, “There are lines being pushed that it’s all about Dearborn, or that it’s all about securing Saudi-Israel peace, but the polling out of Michigan and the strategic priorities in Riyadh don’t back up these arguments. It looks more like left-wing ideologues using the pretext of political necessity and the potential of a Saudi-Israel normalization deal to jam through all the bad ideas that never made it into policy for years.”

Fox News Digital reported that Biden is putting Israel in a vice in order to win over the large American-Muslim vote in Dearborn, Michigan, which is a critical swing state in his 2024 reelection campaign.

On Sunday, Netanyahu told the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, “The release of hostages can be achieved through strong military action and tough negotiations, very tough negotiations. That tough position has to involve the exertion of pressure. And the exertion of pressure is not merely on Hamas itself but on those who can exert pressure on Hamas, beginning with Qatar.”

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Netanyahu added, “Qatar can press Hamas as no one else can. They host Hamas leaders. Hamas is dependent on them financially. I urge you to press Qatar to press Hamas because we want our hostages released. I hope that we can achieve a deal soon, to release more of our hostages. But deal or no deal, we have to finish the job to get total victory.”

The U.S. Mission to the U.N. didn’t immediately respond to Fox News Digital for comment.

Reuters contributed to this report.

Another state asks residents to help resettle illegal immigrants into society as crisis rages

Michigan is asking residents to help house migrants in their homes and help resettle them into society as the crisis at the southern border continues. 

The state Department of Labor and Economic Development said volunteers who wish to participate must commit for at least 90 days as part of the refugee support program. 

“Programs like the Welcome Corps advance the Office of Global Michigan’s mission to make Michigan the home for opportunity for our immigrant, refugee and ethnic communities,” said Poppy Hernandez, Global Michigan Director and Michigan’s Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer. “Expanded refugee resettlement pathways empower more Michiganders to support our state’s growing refugee population and build a more welcoming and inclusive Michigan for all.” 

Sponsors would be expected to support newly arrived refugees by greeting them at the airport, securing and preparing initial housing, enrolling children in school and helping adults find employment. 

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The migrants will come from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela, all points of origin where many have been hoping to apply for asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border. 

Fox News Digital has reached out to the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Development for more information.

The request comes as multiple cities are grappling with how to house and provide services to newly arrived migrants from the southern border. 

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Cities like New York and Chicago have also dealt with issues related to migrants committing crimes, as well as pushback from residents who have voiced anger and concern over the influx. Migrant shelters in those cities have largely been full, forcing officials to come up with ways to safely house the migrants. 

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Last year, Massachusetts officials asked residents to open their doors as migrant shelters were full at the time.

“Most importantly, if you have an extra room or suite in your home, please consider hosting a family. Housing and shelter is our most pressing need and become a sponsor family,” said Lt. Governor Kim Driscoll. 

Madonna awkwardly falls off a chair on stage in the middle of her performance

Madonna took a tumble during her Seattle show on Sunday night.

During a performance of “Open Your Heart,” the pop icon, 65, awkwardly fell off a chair onstage. After beginning to sing the song, one of Madonna’s back-up dancers began to drag the chair.

The dancer only made it a few feet before losing their footing and falling to the floor with Madonna. In the video of the accident, Madonna is seen laughing off the fall before rolling off the chair with a smile.

Following the fall, Madonna got back up and approached the chair. She sat down, and was still seemingly discombobulated from the fall because she was facing the wrong way, then appeared to forget the lyrics.

Once she realized, she said, “S—, I forgot the words” and got up.

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She turned around, and a back-up dancer approached her with another chair, and the performance got right back into routine.

The “Material Girl” singer is currently on her “The Celebration Tour.” This is not the first time there has been an on-set mishap at one of Madonna’s shows since the tour’s debut in October.

WATCH: Madonna has an awkward fall onstage while performing ‘Open Your Heart’

During a stop in December in Washington, D.C., one of Madonna’s dancers approached Santa Claus to perform a lap dance when things took a turn. Once the female dancer got on top of him, both Santa and the dancer took a fall forward.

Madonna was nearby when the fall occurred, and she checked in on the jolly man, handing him back his red hat. In the video, it seems Santa was judging the backup dancer’s performances and was holding judging cards during Madonna’s set.

The dancer involved in the fall didn’t miss a beat. She got right back up and continued her performance while Santa gathered his belongings scattered across the stage.

During the singer’s stop at Barclay’s Center that same month, Madonna revealed she was put into a medically induced coma while hospitalized over the summer.

“I was in an induced coma for 48 hours,” Madonna told the crowd in a video captured by a fan. The musician revealed her Kabbalah teacher was by her side throughout the coma. 

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“The only voice I heard was his. I heard him say, ‘Squeeze my hand,'” she said.

“When I first became conscious, and I saw my six incredible children sitting around me — by the way, I had to almost die to get all my kids in one room.”

Madonna said her friend Shavawn “saved [her] life” after the “Material Girl” singer passed out in her bathroom. 

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“There are some very important people in the room tonight that were with me at the hospital. There’s one very important woman who dragged me to the hospital,” Madonna said. “I don’t even remember. I passed out on my bathroom floor and woke up in the ICU.”

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Before her current tour, Madonna was hospitalized June 24 for a “serious infection.”

“My first thought when I woke up in the hospital was my children,” Madonna wrote on Instagram while recovering from home. “My second thought was that I did not want to disappoint anyone who bought tickets for my tour. I also didn’t want to let down the people who worked tirelessly with me over the last few months to create my show.”

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Madonna’s ICU stay was first announced by her longtime manager, Guy Oseary.


 

 
 

 

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“On Saturday June 24, Madonna developed a serious bacterial infection which led [sic] to a several day stay in the ICU,” Oseary wrote on Instagram at the time. “Her health is improving, however she is still under medical care. A full recovery is expected.”

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The “Vogue” singer had planned to launch her Celebration Tour in July, which also marked her 40-year anniversary in the entertainment industry.

Largest-ever COVID vaccine study identifies associated risks

The largest COVID vaccine study to date has identified some risks associated with the shot.

Researchers from the Global Vaccine Data Network (GVDN) in New Zealand analyzed 99 million people who received COVID vaccinations across eight countries.

They monitored for increases in 13 different medical conditions in the period after people received a COVID vaccine.

The study, which was published in the journal Vaccine last week, found that the vaccine was linked to a slight increase in neurological, blood and heart-related medical conditions, according to a press release from GVDN.

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People who received certain types of mRNA vaccines were found to have a higher risk of myocarditis, which is inflammation of the heart muscle.

Some viral-vector vaccines were linked to a higher risk of blood clots in the brain, as well as an increased likelihood of Guillain-Barre syndrome, a neurological disorder in which the immune system attacks the nerves.

Other potential risks included inflammation of part of the spinal cord after viral vector vaccines, and inflammation and swelling in the brain and spinal cord after viral vector and mRNA vaccines, the press release stated.

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“The size of the population in this study increased the possibility of identifying rare potential vaccine safety signals,” lead author Kristýna Faksová of the Department of Epidemiology Research, Statens Serum Institut, Copenhagen, Denmark, said in the release.

“Single sites or regions are unlikely to have a large enough population to detect very rare signals.”

Doctors react to the findings

Dr. Marc Siegel, clinical professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center and a Fox News medical contributor, was not involved in the research but commented on the findings.

“The massive study and review of the data reveals some rare association of the MRNA vaccines and myocarditis, especially after the second shot, as well as an association between the Oxford Astra Zeneca adenovirus vector vaccines and Guillain Barre syndrome,” he told Fox News Digital.

“But these risks are rare,” he added, “and other studies show that the vaccine decreases the risk of myocarditis from COVID itself dramatically.”

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Siegel noted that all vaccines have side effects.

“It always comes down to a risk/benefit analysis of what you are more afraid of — the vaccine’s side effects or the virus itself, which can have long-term side effects in terms of brain fog, fatigue, cough and also heart issues,” he said.

“Denying or exaggerating a vaccine’s side effects is not good science — nor is underestimating the risks of the virus, especially in high-risk groups,” Siegel added.

“It comes down to a risk/benefit analysis of what you are more afraid of — the vaccine’s side effects or the virus itself.”

The key is for doctors and their patients to carefully weigh the risks and benefits, the doctor emphasized.

“This study does not really change anything; it just provides much further evidence of what we already know,” he said.

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Dr. Jacob Glanville, CEO of Centivax, a San Francisco biotechnology company, also reacted to the study’s findings. 

“This study is confirming in a much larger cohort what has been previously identified in the original studies during the pandemic — myocarditis and pericarditis as a rare side effect of mRNA vaccines and clots as a rare side effect of the viral vectored vaccines,” he told Fox News Digital.

“The odds of all of these adverse events are still much, much higher when infected with SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), so getting vaccinated is still by far the safer choice.”

This study was part of a more widespread research initiative, the Global COVID Vaccine Safety (GCoVS) Project.

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The project is supported by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

More than 80% of the U.S. population has received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine, per the CDC.

Fox News Digital reached out to Pfizer and Moderna, makers of mRNA COVID vaccines, for comment.

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Dems join heavily funded effort to oust progressive city council member in crime-ridden city

Democratic operatives have joined an effort to recall a progressive Washington, D.C. councilmember over his criminal justice reform policies, raising tens of thousands of dollars since the campaign launched in December.

Capitol Hill resident Jennifer Squires began the effort to oust Councilmember Charles Allen amid an escalating crime surge in the nation’s capital. By February, the campaign had already raised over $56,000 and garnered support from Democratic political fundraisers and congressional staffers, including former President Obama superdelegate and Democrat lobbyist Moses Mercado, according to campaign filings

“Crime has become a real issue in the District with lasting consequences,” Squires said in a statement in January. “As a mother whose children used to walk to school daily across Capitol Hill, it’s really frightening.”

“A growing group of us watched as our Councilman, someone I voted for, systematically did the exact opposite things he should be doing to keep us safe,” she said. 

In response to the recall effort, Allen pointed to his efforts to recruit more police officers with a $25,000 dollar signing bonus for new hires and helping pass anti-gun laws, such as increasing penalties for dangerous automatic weapons.

“This recall effort is misleading and misinformed,” Allen said in a statement to WUSA9. “I’ve worked to hold criminals accountable with strong laws and bring a whole of government approach to reducing crime long-term.”

Democrats supporting the recall effort include former House aide and TikTok lobbyist Michael Hacker, fundraiser Tonya Fulkerson and the chief of staff for Rep. Dan Kildee, Mitchell Rivard, Bloomberg reported. Around 100 people attended the first volunteer event on Thursday and at least a dozen hands raised after recall organizers asked who had been carjacked, the campaign wrote on X.

“I did national politics, not local politics,” Mercado said during the event, The Washington Post reported. “But I realized — I had a conversation with my wife about what if something happens, God forbid, somebody carjacks her?”

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Allen supporters have criticized the effort, including former councilmember and longtime D.C. resident Tommy Wells, who filed for an anti-recall committee and fundraising effort in support of Allen on Thursday, Axios reported. Wells argued that Allen has widespread support after three consecutive election victories and criticized the recall effort for also attracting significant Republican support. 

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“The voters of Ward 6 overwhelmingly reelected, Charles Allen, one year ago,” Wells told Fox News in an emailed statement. “The people who launched this recall are upset about actions that Allen took long before his reelection, and now they are diverting his time and energy from doing his job, including fighting crime. They should be working with him and his team instead of devoting time and money to overturning the will of the voters.” 

“The recall effort is playing into the hands of right wing Republicans, who claim that Democrats are mismanaging US cities, and that DC in particular does not deserve home rule,” Wells said. “These are the same Republicans who prevent sensible gun controls that would go far in reducing violent crime in a city awash in guns.”

But Squires, a fellow longtime Washington resident, said the neighborhood has worsened under Allen’s watch. She defended Republican support for the recall campaign and said they were welcome during a Thursday event, according to The Washington Post.

It’s “not about politics,” Squires said Thursday, reiterating that the campaign is focused on tackling the city’s crime crisis

“This is basically a campaign about ideas and trying to convince this man he’s got the wrong ideas,” Squires said about Allen’s criminal justice reform policies. “I don’t care if you’re Republican, I don’t care who you are — especially if you live in Ward 6. That’s his constituency.”

As crime has dipped in some major cities across the country, the nation’s capital has faced skyrocketing crime, ending 2023 with 274 murders — the most in over two decades, according to Metropolitan Police Department data. Robberies and thefts spiked 67% and 23%, respectively, while motor vehicle thefts almost doubled.

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The recall campaign condemned Allen, who served as the Judiciary and Public Safety Committee’s chair from 2017 to 2022, for shepherding a criminal code reform last year that would have lowered penalties for certain offenses like burglaries and carjackings had Congress and President Biden not blocked the legislation. The councilmember was also criticized for his proposal that slashed millions from the police budget in 2020 and was accused of supporting progressive legislation enabling criminals. 

Allen’s actions “to open the jail doors for violent offenders while slashing the police department budget is having real consequences,” Squires told Fox News in her statement. “We are now seeing the results of his failed leadership and misguided policies.”

But Wells said Allen strengthened the community’s parks, retail shops and libraries, The Washington Post reported. 

“They’ve moved to a fabulous place, and they’re upset and angry, and that’s understandable,” Wells said about residents fed up over crime. “Their focus is on Charles. But they also have to remember: Why did they move there to begin with? This is a great place that Charles helped create.”

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On Tuesday, the Washington, D.C. Board of Elections issued an official petition for the recall, The Washington Post reported. Recall organizers have 180 days to collect around 6,000 signatures in order to move forward with a recall election. 

Allen did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment. 

John Oliver tries to bribe Supreme Court Justice with millions

HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver offered to pay Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas $1 million annually in exchange for his departure from America’s highest court.

On Sunday, the eleventh season of Oliver’s talk show premiered as he voiced his allegedly serious bribe to the Supreme Court Justice. 

“One million dollars a year for the rest of your life, if you simply agree to leave the Supreme Court immediately and never come back,” Oliver said about his “special offer.” 

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Oliver stated that he believed the nation’s Supreme Court is at “a breaking point.” The liberal talk host suggested a variety of proposals, from an enforceable ethics code to term limits to expanding the number of justices, to fix the court. 

“Clarence Thomas is arguably the most consequential justice on the court right now, and he’s never really seemed to like the job. He said, ‘It’s not worth doing for the grief.’ So, what if he can keep the luxury perks he clearly enjoys without having to endure all of that grief,” Oliver continued.

The late night host held up a contract to assure audience members that his offer to Thomas was, in fact, real. 

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“If you watch our show, you know jokes aren’t really our thing. This is real. A million dollars a year until you or I die,” Oliver said.

The comedian said that he had conversations with legal experts who assured him that he wasn’t breaking any laws by offering to pay Thomas. 

“Which seems crazy to me because it really feels like it shouldn’t be. But as they keep pointing out, there are no rules in place to stop me from doing this. And let me be clear: HBO is not putting up the money for this. I am personally on the hook,” he said. “You can make me really regret this. I could be doing standup tours to pay for your retirement for years.”

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Oliver went on to say that his offer will only be available to Thomas for 30 days. To provide additional incentive, Oliver tacked on a $2.4 million tour bus to his cash-loaded offer.

“A million dollars a year and a brand-new condo on wheels and all you have to do in return is sign the contract and get the f— off the Supreme Court,” Oliver said. “Thirty days, Clarence. Let’s do this… Your move, Clarence. Your f—–g move.”

‘Chicago Ray’ walks back trucker boycott of NYC after video goes viral

After calling on truckers to boycott driving to New York City in response to the civil fraud judgment that fined Trump more than $350 million last week, “Chicago Ray” has taken back his call to action. 

“I took that video down from Friday bc it went viral and my Grandson seen it on Tik Tok… I stand with Trump 100% Truckers for Trump,” a trucker known as “Chicago Ray” wrote on X, formerly Twitter on Monday morning. 

Chicago Ray continued writing that drivers can make their own decisions based on their families and their careers.

“I worked for a place for 18 years and I quit em in one day and had this job b4 I got to my car… I ain’t the leader of any movement… I’m my own man period…. God Bless America, God Bless Trump and God bless every Truck driver in this country,” Ray concluded. 

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This all comes in response to Trump being barred from operating his business in New York for three years and being found liable for more than $350 million in damages in the civil fraud case brought against him, his family and the Trump Organization by New York Attorney General Letitia James.

New York Judge Arthur Engoron handed down his ruling Friday after a months-long trial that began in October and stemmed from James’ lawsuit that accused the former president of inflating his assets and committing fraud.

As a result, many pro-Trump truck drivers across the country have not taken the ruling lightly.

“My advice for New Yorkers is start stocking up… there’s millions of Truckers for Trump millions of us… leave Trump TF alone,” Chicago Ray’s original post read. 

Many users commented on Chicago Ray’s original post calling for a boycott, showing support for the former president and truck drivers not taking shipments to New York City. 

“From the bottom of our hearts we’d like to thank evry trucker that is participating in the refusal to deliver to New York city. We also appreciate those ones that have no choice because they have families and they really can’t afford to do it. I think all Americans want to say we appreciate our truckers one way or the other you’re appreciated. And to the drivers staying out of New York Trump 24,” one user wrote. 

“God bless each of the Truck Drivers taking a stand against corruption,” another user wrote. 

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Elena Cardone, the wife of wealthy real estate investor Grant Cardone, created a GoFundMe page called “Stand with Trump; Fund the $355M Unjust Judgment.” Her husband explained on X that “100% of funds will be forwarded to the Trump organization for his defense of this “ridiculous judgment.”

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Cardone wrote, “I stand unwaveringly with President Donald Trump in the face of what I see as unprecedented and unfair treatment by certain judicial elements in New York.”

“The recent legal battles he faces are not just an attack on him, but an attack on the very ideals of fairness and due process that every American deserves,” he continued.

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Since launching the fundraiser, it has taken in more than $500,000.

Fox News Digital’s Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

Chemical found in popular breakfasts linked to potential health issues, study says

A pesticide linked to reproductive and developmental issues in animals was found in oat-based foods sold in the U.S., including under major brand names like Cheerios and Quaker Oats, according to a recent peer-reviewed study. 

Chlormequat was detected in 80% of people tested in three geographical regions of the U.S. between 2017 and 2023, according to the study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and published in the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology.

Researchers also found that “the concentrations detected in 2023 samples were significantly higher than previous years’ samples.”

While some studies published in the National Library of Medicine linked the chemical to reproductive or development issues in animals, it raises “questions about whether it could also harm humans,” EWG researchers noted.

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EWG is a nonprofit American activist group specializing in research and advocacy in areas such as agricultural subsidies, toxic chemicals, drinking water pollutants and corporate accountability. 

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In 2018, researchers noted that the Environmental Protection Agency published acceptable food tolerance levels for chlormequat chloride in imported oat, wheat, barley, as well as some animal products. In 2020, allowable levels were then increased for oats, the study said.

The use of chlormequat on food crops like wheat, oats and barley, decreases the stem height of the plants, making them less likely to bend over and easier to harvest, according to EWG.

Along with testing the pesticide in humans, researchers simultaneously studied the levels of chlormequat in oat and wheat-based products purchased in the U.S. in 2022 and 2023 and identified “detectable levels of chlormequat in all but two of 25 conventional oat-based products.” 

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In certain cases, the concentration was non-detectable while other products showed a “high prevalence of chlormequat in oats.”

In May 2023, EWG said it detected the chemical in 92% of oat-based foods, including Quaker Oats and Cheerios.

Quaker Oats, which is owned by PepsiCo, told FOX Business that the company stands “by the safety and quality” of its products. 

“We have a comprehensive food safety management system in place. We adhere to all regulatory guidelines to ensure the safest, highest quality products for our consumers,” the company said in a statement.

General Mills, which owns the Cheerios brand, said that all of its products “adhere to all regulatory requirements.” 

“Food safety is always our top priority at General Mills, and we take care to ensure our food is prepared and packaged in the safest way possible,” the company added.

2024 Daytona 500 ends with a bang as William Byron catches the white flag

William Byron was declared the winner of the 2024 Daytona 500 on Monday night as a wreck occurred just as the No. 24 received the white flag.

It’s the first Daytona 500 win for Byron. He made it across the line as Austin Cindric got into Ross Chastain at the start-finish line. The two drivers slid across the grass and up into traffic. NASCAR determined that Byron was in front when the yellow flag came out on the final lap.

“It sounds really damn good,” he said when asked by FOX Sports’ Jamie Little how Daytona 500 champion sounded to him. “… Just extremely blessed and thankful for all the opportunities. We just want to keep it going. We have a lot of prove this year. And this is a good start.

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“And Daytona 500 … it’s frickin’ awesome!”

The drivers were racing particularly hard with a few laps remaining and Chastain out in front. Somehow, Byron avoided the massive wreck.

The energy was high and Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer in the FOX booth feared “the big one” was coming. And it happened.

Alex Bowman, who ended up finishing in second place, got into the back of Byron who then caught Brad Keselowski as he got loose. Keselowski caught pole-sitter Joey Logano, and it started a chain reaction that also caught defending NASCAR champion Ryan Blaney.

“Obviously, I hate what happened on the backstretch. I got pushed and got sideways,” Byron told Little.

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Blaney said he was OK after the wreck as a replay showed he may have hurt his wrist when grabbing his steering wheel.

Bowman made it through the pile-up unscathed and moved into second place behind Chastain. Byron, somehow, avoided the wreckage after he spun out Keselowski.

Additionally, Kyle Larson, Noah Gragson, Denny Hamlin, Chase Briscoe, Chris Buescher, Martin Truex Jr., Todd Gilliland, Ryan Preece, Erik Jones, Tyler Reddick, Ty Gibbs, Anthony Alfredo, Daniel Suarez and last year’s Daytona 500 winner Rickey Stenhouse Jr. were among those involved in the wreck.

Keselowski said he was happy to just be in contention for the lead.

“It just didn’t work out,” he said.

Luckily, not everyone was out for good as some were able to make it back to pit road to possibly compete for a win.

The race restarted with five laps to go and Chastain in first with Byron, Bowman, Cindric and Chase Elliott behind him. Elliott picked up a Stage 1 victory and Blaney won Stage 2 earlier in the race.

Christopher Bell finished in third place, Corey LaJoie in fourth and A.J. Allmendinger in fifth.

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The NASCAR Cup Series heads to Georgia next week for the Ambetter Health 400 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.