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Biden quietly says he’s bailing on 2020 campaign promise in desperate attempt to win 2024

Surprise! Joe Biden is running away from his push for electric vehicles – arguably his most important climate program — as fast as his 81-year-old legs can carry him. Common sense and sinking polls in Michigan have broken through Biden’s climate panic; it’s about time.

You can also thank BYD, China’s leading manufacturer of electric vehicles, for Biden’s backpedaling. More on that shortly.

The New York Times, favored errand boy for the Biden White House, delivered the head-spinning turnaround on Sunday of a holiday weekend, under the radar. In essence, Biden has extended the timetable for lowering tailpipe emissions several years into the future, a backtracking sure to infuriate the climate lobby and especially climate-obsessed young voters. The president’s standing with that latter cohort is already shrinking; a recent poll showed Donald Trump running ahead of Biden with registered voters under the age of 35.

The Times reported that the president plans to “relax” the EPA’s proposed emissions limits, which aimed to eventually eliminate gas-powered cars. White House climate czar Ali Zaidi claims the goal of cutting U.S. emissions in half by 2030 will still be met. Not likely.

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Proposed last year, the EPA projected its new rules would mean that “EVs could account for 67% of new light-duty vehicle sales” by midyear 2032.” 

At the time, the EPA celebrated the tripling of EV sales during Biden’s presidency and the building of 130,000 charging stations. That sounds impressive except that electrics represented less than 8% of all new car sales last year and the U.S. will need an estimated two million charging ports by 2030. 

The shortage of charging stations and inconvenience of the whole charging process have slowed the growth of EVs; so has the high price. Last month, according to Cox Automotive, “the average price paid for a new EV was $50,789…” Even with the generous tax credits handed out by Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act, electrics are still more expensive than old-fashioned gas guzzlers, which on average retail for about $34,000. 

Consumers have balked, leaving dealers’ lots overflowing with unsold cars. Reports of cold weather hindering charging operations and battery lives being drained by sub-freezing temperatures have further squelched enthusiasm. Having spent billions to comply with Biden’s decree, Detroit automakers are losing buckets of money on the unpopular cars. Ford, for instance, lost $36,000 on each EV it produced late last year. 

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Those issues have not swayed a White House consumed by climate alarmism. What has gotten their attention is the political risk of losing Michigan, a critical swing state. A recent Fox News survey shows Trump leading Biden 47 percent to 45 percent in the Wolverine state.  The Real Clear Politics average of Michigan polls shows Trump ahead by 5 points. 

In 2016, Trump squeaked by Hillary Clinton, winning the state by about 10,000 votes. In 2020, Biden won Michigan with a margin of 154,000 votes. It is the ultimate toss-up state, good for 15 Electoral College votes and considered critical to both candidates. The latest Fox poll shows 6% of 2020 Biden voters have switched their preference to Trump; that’s enough to change the outcome. 

Biden faces two hurdles in Michigan. The state has a large Arab-American population, estimated to account for roughly 5% of voters, which is angry about Biden’s support for Israel in its battle against Hamas. Arab-Americans are threatening to vote “uncommitted” in the Democrat primary on February 27 to signal Biden that he has not earned their support. 

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Biden’s other problem is wavering backing from autoworkers in Michigan, who have historically supported Democrats. As many as one third of that group turned out for Trump in 2016 but then defected to Joe Biden four years later. The UAW leadership has officially endorsed President Biden for the upcoming election – after winning concessions on the EPA tailpipe rule — but Trump is again wooing the rank-and-file, apparently with some success.

Autoworkers are concerned that the switch to electric vehicles will cost them jobs, since it takes 40% more labor hours to produce a gasoline-powered car. Biden’s EV mandate was an underlying cause of the contentious UAW strike last year. Workers wanted higher pay, but they also wanted guarantees that the push to scuttle gas-powered cars would not put them out of work.

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That remains a hot topic and explains in part why the White House has rewritten the tailpipe emissions timetable. Not only does assembling an EV require fewer hours of labor, but the high-value batteries and some cars are largely being produced in plants located in right-to-work states. Some Detroit automakers had to guarantee unionization of those plants to settle the strike.

But our autoworkers and makers may soon face a much graver threat, one that President Biden has ignored. BYD, a Chinese company that last year topped Tesla as the global leader in EVs, is reportedly looking to set up shop in Mexico. Under NAFTA, our trade agreement with Mexico and Canada, the U.S. would be required to allow imports of BYD electrics free of tariffs. 

Chinese companies like BYD dominate the global EV industry, with about a 60% share of the market. Their cheap but attractive EVs have invaded Europe, taking a large share of the electric market almost overnight and causing alarm amongst rivals like BMW and Mercedes. Though Chinese imports would not qualify for tax credits like those available for cars made in the U.S., their significant cost advantage and lower prices would make them highly competitive.

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But, especially with Chinese makers looking to take over the industry, the EV push is a bust, threatening Detroit automakers and UAW members. It is also dangerous for the U.S. Bloomberg, an organization as fixated on climate change as the White House, recently warned that “at least” one million U.S. households are at risk of electric power surges as our electric grid “is struggling to maintain an even flow of electricity…” 

Why? Because our grid is not ready for the surge in EVs. Neither is the U.S.

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Transgender athlete at center of high school girls’ basketball game forfeit

A girls’ basketball game between two Massachusetts schools made waves earlier this month after one team forfeited against their opponent, which had a biological male who identifies as a female on the court, a source told Fox News Digital. 

The Collegiate Charter School of Lowell forfeited against KIPP Academy, which resides in Lynn, Massachusetts, at halftime. KIPP was leading the game 31-14, but the game goes into the record as a 10-0 win. 

A video circulated online on Monday showing one player for the Collegiate Charter wrestling for a rebound with the biological male athlete from KIPP Academy.

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Some have expressed concern after the girl for Collegiate Charter was injured on the play after hitting the court, grabbing her back in pain. 

A source told Fox News Digital that the biological male who identifies as a female is more than 6 feet tall and has facial hair. 

KIPP Academy did not immediately answer a request for clarification regarding the athlete’s gender identity.

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Prior to this injury, two others had been suffered by a Collegiate Charter team that was only carrying an eight-player bench due to injuries in previous games. It is unknown if these injuries occurred during plays involving the biological male athlete. 

Collegiate Charter spokesperson Casey Crane released a statement which indicated the school’s approval of coach Kevin Ortins’ decision to forfeit at halftime, especially considering the team’s playoff game was close.

“On February 8th, the coach of the Collegiate Charter School of Lowell Girls’ Basketball Team decided to end a game at halftime after watching a third player injured in the game with KIPP Academy,” the statement read. 

“The bench was already depleted going into the game with the 12-player roster having four players unable to play. When the coach saw three more go down in the first half leaving him with five players, he made the call to end the game early. The upcoming Charter School playoffs were looming, and he needed a healthy and robust bench in four days.”

However, the statement also alluded to the remaining healthy girls expressing “concern” to their coach about continuing to play. 

“Once the third was injured, the remaining five expressed concern to him about continuing to play. The players feared getting injured and not being able to compete in the playoffs.

“In an effort to maintain safety for his team, he decided to forfeit. The Charter School supports this decision and reiterates its values of both inclusivity and safety for all students. We take the standards set by the MIAA and our Board of Trustees seriously and strive to uphold them on and off the court. We also follow the guidance from the MIAA and state laws regarding equity and access for all student-athletes.”

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The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) handbook states in Section 43.3.1 that “a student shall not be excluded from participation on a gender-specific sports team that is consistent with the student’s bona fide gender identity.”

However, the handbook also states that the rule cannot be enacted if the roster move has the purpose of gaining a competitive advantage.

“When a school district submits a roster to the MIAA, it is verifying that it has determined that the students listed on a gender-specific sports team are eligible to participate either based on the gender listed on their official birth certificate or based on their bona fide gender identity and that no students are included on the roster solely for the purpose of gaining an unfair advantage in competitive athletics,” Section 43.3.2 reads. “The MIAA shall defer to the determination of the student and the student’s school regarding gender classification.”    

Section 43.3.4 says that “It is a recommended best practice that schools communicate with their opponents as necessary about the gender-specific needs of their team in order to promote inclusion – e.g. to ensure that appropriate locker room facilities are available, that announcer use athlete’s correct pronouns, etc.”

Furthermore, Massachusetts General Law states “no person shall be excluded from or discriminated against in admission to a public school of any town, or in obtaining the advantages, privileges, and courses of study of such public school on account of race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin or sexual orientation. 

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Collegiate Charter had played KIPP Academy earlier this season and was aware of the transgender athlete on the roster during that game. 

Joe Rogan predicts Democrats are going to push Biden aside for this politician

Podcast host Joe Rogan speculated the Democratic Party is preparing to swap out President Biden with California Gov. Gavin Newsom on the 2024 presidential ticket. 

Biden has been dogged by questions about his mental acuity since before his presidency, but those concerns reached a fever pitch when Special Counsel Robert Hur released his report, which described Biden as a “sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory.”

“Basically, you can’t prosecute this guy because he’s non compos mentis, but you can let him run for the President of the United States in November… so that’s the that’s the world that we’ve managed to get into,” Rogan’s guest, fellow podcast host Chris Williamson said. 

“Don’t you think that that’s a ruse, him running for president?” Rogan asked, later arguing, “I think they’re gonna get rid of him, I think they’re gonna move him out, they’re gonna force him to step down. That’s what I think.”

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Rogan continued, “If I had to guess, and it’s just speculation, I’d say they’re setting up Gavin Newsom for it.”

He went on to say that “more and more” of Biden’s controversies are gaining traction, ranging from the debate over Biden’s mental acuity to alleged involvement with Burisma, in addition to having the well-paid “honorary” title of Benjamin Franklin Presidential Practice Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. 

But even as an honorary position, Biden made about $900,000, despite only giving roughly a dozen lectures and talks but never having taught a full semester’s course. Biden also did not conduct any research or have any administrative responsibilities for the institution. 

Rogan also noted how the same university, which is also the home of Biden’s think tank, recently received money originating from CCP-linked sources.

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Rogan mocked the UPenn position as a “million dollar a year gig” where “he didn’t even have to show up,” joking it was “old school, that’s like mafia stuff.” He described this as like a “mob job” where somebody is given a no-work job as part of a major negotiation, particularly when organized crime groups would operate with sanitation or construction companies for funneling money.

Rogan went on to argue that the whole situation would be more humorous if Biden wasn’t actually the president, “he’s making stuff up, calls people the wrong name, he talks about someone that’s dead, it’s constant.”

Rogan and his guest mocked Biden’s extremely specific cue card notes, micromanaging what he says and does in public appearances. Rogan said, “It’s amazing… he just can’t keep a thought in his head when he starts talking about things, he forgets what he’s talking about all the time and goes ‘Well whatever,’ he just says, ‘Well, whatever,’ and just drifts off.”

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Williamson recalled Biden’s emergency press conference after the unveiling of the Hur report, which he argued wasn’t a “particularly good idea.”

“How did it go?” Rogan asked.

“I would say suboptimally,” Williamson answered, sparking laughter from Rogan.

Fox News’ Bradford Betz, Joe Schoffstall, and Cameron Cawthorne contributed to this report.

$370M judgment against Trump should be vacated immediately

This past week Judge Arthur Engoron of New York State Supreme Court, the lowest level of courts of general jurisdiction, levied a mammoth fine of some $370 million, including interest, against Donald Trump for purported fraud under a New York statute.  

The term fraud is used loosely since no one was defrauded, an element of a cause of action under common law fraud, and no one was harmed, also an element, and there was no proof of reliance, another element. This is fraud “in the air,” as the saying goes: no harm by no one against no one for no loss by anyone.  

No one testified that they lost a penny from the purported fraud, or that they would not have wanted to deal with Trump as a customer. No one came forward to complain, except Attorney General Letitia James. But more about this modern-day Torquemada later in this column.

Previously, the same judge ordered dissolution of Trump’s businesses in the state, under the supervision of a receiver. That order was stayed by the appellate court pending appeal.  

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Following the order of dissolution, The Associated Press reviewed nearly 150 reported cases under the statute used to punish Trump and stated “that nearly every previous time a company was taken away, victims and losses were key factors. Customers had lost money or brought defective products or never received services ordered, leaving them cheated and angry.”

Angry, although not a word to describe a single customer, is Trump, and he has every right to be. But it is also a word, along with outraged, that applies to a range of commentators, not all allied with the former president. 

Professor Jonathan Turley called the $370 million judgment confiscatory, extreme and abusive. Professor Steven Calabresi termed it a travesty and an unjust political act. The subhead for his online commentary employed the term “Stalinist.” Both law professors are right.

Because the judgment does not relate to any loss, the $370 million is not, properly understood, violative of the prohibition against grossly excessive punitive damages. It does fall, however, directly within the excessive fines clause of the Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution. 

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In an opinion especially illuminating to understand the wrongdoing by the attorney general and Judge Engoron, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Timbs v. Indiana (2019), that the excessive fines clause is an incorporated protection applicable to the states (all of them, even New York) under the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The Supreme Court stated that the clause “traces it venerable lineage back to at least 1215” and the Magna Carta. “Despite Magna Carta, imposition of excessive fines persisted. The 17th century Stuart kings, in particular, were criticized for using large fines to raise revenue, harass their political foes, and indefinitely detain those unable to pay.” These remain concerns.  

As the Supreme Court stated in Timbs: “For good reason, the protection against excessive fines has been a constant shield throughout Anglo-American history: Exorbitant tolls undermine other constitutional liberties. Excessive fines can be used, for example, to retaliate or chill the speech of political enemies, as the Stuarts’ critics learned several centuries ago.”  

And excessive fines are a cheap source of revenue, in the case of Trump being a lot of revenue, especially for a state that has been bleeding population and high-income taxpayers.

The virtue of an Eighth Amendment challenge is that it places the political prejudices of the attorney general and the supine Judge Engoron relevant and front and center. James made getting Trump a centerpiece of her campaign for the post she now holds. All of her statements attacking Trump  are now fodder for the inevitable appeal and attendant stay.

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With this Stalinist judgment, it is no longer Trump who is on trial, but the New York state (in)justice system. Judge Engoron, New York’s version of the infamous Judge Ito, has brought the New York courts into disrepute. 

The only way to restore even a modicum of confidence that New York will not destroy those with whom it disagrees is for the appellate tribunals to take immediate action to vacate the judgment in its entirety as bringing into disrepute the state’s courts. If the case survives even a day longer than tomorrow, Judge Engoron should be removed from the matter and replaced with a jurist who understands law and justice.

Finally, this is not the only case that New York prosecutors have levied against Trump. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has indicted Trump for what is almost universally condemned as a legally meritless alleged crime.  

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While it is beyond the brief of this column to discuss it in more detail here, it does seem that cooperation by Bragg and James relating to their respective actions against Trump could potentially support a lawsuit by the former president under 42 U.S.C. 1983 and 1985 for violations of his constitutional rights.  

Congress has the power to investigate the possibility of collusion by these two New York officials, and should do so promptly. They owe it to not only to Trump, but also to all of us, wherever we might live.

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Former WWE star reveals eye-popping amount one fan spent on her subscription website

Former WWE NXT champion Mandy Rose has been raking in the cash since the pro wrestling company released her in December 2022.

Rose, whose real name is Amanda Saccomanno, told the New York Post last year she surpassed $1 million from her subscription account on FanTime. 

However, during a recent episode on the “Power Alphas” podcast with her husband Tino Sabbatelli, she revealed just how much one fan spent on her account.

“I’ve had one person, and I won’t say any names. One person, and this was on FanTime, spend $55,000 on me,” she said. “… So, I’m like, ‘Wow, what does he do for a living that he’s able to spend this kind of money on one person?’

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“And it wasn’t even in like, I mean it was definitely over a little time period, but it was … yeah. Wild. So, thank you. So, it is kind of crazy.”

The former WWE NXT women’s champion has since moved on from FanTime to OnlyFans. She boasts more than 3.5 million followers on Instagram alone.

Rose was a contestant on “WWE Tough Enough” in 2015 and finished second overall in the competition behind joint winners Sara Lee and Josh Bredl. 

She made her NXT debut in 2016.

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Rose had a five-year run on the main roster and split time between “SmackDown” and “RAW.” She returned to NXT in July 2021, forming the Toxic Attraction alliance with Gigi Dolan and Jacy Jayne. 

She defeated Raquel Gonzalez at Halloween Havoc 2021 and defeated Meiko Satomura and Blair Davenport at Worlds Collide in September to unify the NXT Women’s Championship with the NXT UK Championship.

Pro Wrestling Illustrated ranked her No. 21 in the top 150 female singles competitors.

She held the NXT Women’s Championship for more than 400 days.

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Outside the ring, Rose was the winner of the 2013 World Bodybuilding Fitness & Fashion Boston competition and the 2014 World Bodybuilding Fitness & Fashion Pro World champion.

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AOC joins critics of NYPD dance team for very different reason, draws backlash

The progressive Squad’s Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., joined critics of the New York City Police Department’s dance team – but not over concerns about crime. 

“How many school music programs got defunded for this,” AOC, who notoriously has supported the defund the police movement, wrote on X. 

The NYPD’s dance team recently performed live for the local PIX 11 news station, sparking swift condemnation online that the department is not focusing on combating crime or enforcing the law. Other critics who spoke to Fox News Digital said they found the video offensive not only to taxpayers, but also to women who work in law enforcement. 

“If that’s what you need to do, do that on your own time. At a time when violent crime is off the roof in New York City, this is not appropriate,” Nicole Parker, a former FBI agent and Fox News Contributor, told Fox News Digital. “This is not keeping the community safe and is very concerning.” 

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Replying to Ocasio-Cortez’s reaction, some X users – while still condemning the seven-member police dance team’s performance – said the congresswoman missed the mark. 

“How many people in your district are getting screwed over by the migrant invasion?” one user said. 

“How many school music programs could we fund if we got rid of useless, harmful politicians like you?” another asked. 

“Isn’t this the type of police that you like, the ones who don’t actually enforce laws,” a third person wrote.

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Last April, Ocasio-Cortez notably criticized New York City Mayor Eric Adams for increasing police salaries – a move that came following years of law enforcement recruitment and retention woes in the wake of 2020 racial justice protests and riots, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent vaccine mandates. AOC took issue with how most officers “are paid more than a teacher with a master’s degree serving the same kids involved in the same incidents.” 

“We are defunding safety, defunding our public schools, defunding our public pools, defunding our parks, defunding our libraries, when we are taking all of those resources, and demanding that every single department, except the militarized one, be cut,” she said at the time. 

The viral police dance crew video comes at a time when New York City is strapped for resources in managing the influx of more than 170,000 migrants. 

On Jan. 27, a gang of migrants was accused of attacking two NYPD officers in Times Square. A week and a half later, on Feb. 8, a teenage migrant allegedly shot a woman at a Times Square clothing store before opening fire on NYPD officers.

The NYPD released the citywide January crime statistics showing that robbery increased by nearly 6% as well as a small increase in grand larceny. Authorities added that crimes in the subway and transit systems, which accounts for just 2% of all major crime committed in New York City, saw an increase of 70 index crimes (222 vs. 152) in January.

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Authorities claim that there are continued declines across most major crime categories, compared to the first month of last year, which included substantial drops in murder, rape, burglary, and felony assault – despite the most recent rise in violent crimes over the last month.  

Fox News’ Stepheny Price contributed to this report. 

Actor speaks out on weight loss drugs that are taking over Hollywood red carpets

Throughout his many decades as a Hollywood star, Rob Lowe has always been a proponent of a healthy lifestyle. Weeks away from turning 60, the actor is commenting on the recent weight-loss fad: prescribed injections.

Prescriptions like Ozempic, an approved injectable medication for Type 2 diabetes, are now being used as a method to curb hunger. Celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Sharon Osbourne and Rosie O’Donnell have admitted to using it, or similar medications.

Lowe is hesitant to fully endorse the trend. “I see people who are taking all the new weight-loss drugs and that’s great, and it’s really changed their lives. But my concern always is, okay, now what?” Lowe told People magazine.

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“What’s the plan for the longevity of everything?” 

“I never ever talk about diets, I talk about lifestyle,” he noted, although Lowe has actively promoted the Atkins diet, which focuses on consuming a low amount of carbohydrates and a high amount of protein. 

“I’m trying to be even more disciplined now as I’m older just because as you get older, you need to watch what you eat even more than when you were younger,” he added. “So I tried to cut sugar completely as my new year’s resolution. And now I’m figuring, okay, that’s not sustainable for me, but how do I really watch my sugar consumption?”

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Lowe is not the only celebrity speaking out on the popular trend. 

Mark Wahlberg recently shared similar sentiments with Fox News Digital. “To each his own,” he said. “I just suggest to people, especially I’m trying to encourage young people, prevention is better than cure. So we want to continue to encourage people to live a healthy lifestyle.”

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“Everything in moderation. Should you be able to enjoy foods and desserts? All of those things – enjoy. But eating right, exercise and finding a nice balance [is important]. But I don’t knock anybody for doing what they feel is the best thing for them.” 

Trans inmate who killed baby and identifies as Muslim woman sues chaplain over hijab

A transgender inmate serving a 55-year sentence for strangling his 11-month-old stepdaughter to death filed a civil lawsuit against the prison chaplain for allegedly prohibiting him from wearing a hijab outside his immediate bed quarters, despite identifying as a Muslim woman. 

Autumn Cordellionè, also known as Jonathan C. Richardson, is currently serving out his sentence at the Branchville Correctional Facility, an Indiana Department of Correction state prison for men. 

According to the lawsuit filed Nov. 30 and obtained by Fox News Digital, a prison chaplain told Richardson the hijab was not allowed to be worn outside his immediate bed area. Richardson is seeking $150,000 in damages and the ability to wear the hijab “anywhere I go within the facility.”

“I informed him that I wear the hajib [sic] in order to cover my head and ears for modesty purposes, as I am an Islamic practicing transwoman,” Richardson said in the lawsuit. 

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The chaplain then proceeded to inform Richardson that his listed religious preference is “Wiccan,” a pagan Earth-centered religion with a male god and moon goddess, “and I responded that I am an eclectic practitioner who is a member of the Theosophical Society in America,” Richardson alleged in the complaint. 

“I practice a diversity of faiths in order to custom tailor my spiritual beliefs to my spiritual needs,” Richardson said in the lawsuit. 

Richardson claimed his 14th amendment, or equal protection clause, was violated by the chaplain’s alleged refusal to let him wear the hijab. 

“Male Islamic practitioners are allowed to wear their kufis across the facility, and are not restricted to their bed areas only,” the complaint stated. 

He further alleged the chaplain violated his Eighth Amendment rights against cruel and unusual punishment and claimed he was subject to “harassment and ridicule” by other Muslim prisoners.

“He should be aware, as Chaplain, the stigma and shame that is attributed to Islamic women when they go uncovered and without a hijab [sic],” Richardson wrote in the complaint. “Women are viewed as whores, tempters of men, and adulterators; by Islamic society both in and out of prison. I have been shunned, made a social pariah, and amongst my own religious community.”

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Fox News Digital reached out to the Indiana Department of Corrections for comment from the chaplain, but the facility said they do not comment on pending litigation. The chaplain also could not be reached. 

Fox News Digital previously reported Richardson, who was convicted of reckless homicide after strangling his 11-month-old stepdaughter to death in 2001, was suing the Indiana Department of Corrections for not granting his wish to get sex reassignment surgery. 

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is representing Richardson in that lawsuit.

An Indiana law, adopted last summer, prohibits the Department of Corrections from using taxpayer dollars to fund sex reassignment surgeries for inmates. However, the ACLU argues in the lawsuit, filed on Aug. 28, 2023, that the law is a violation of the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition of “cruel and unusual punishment.”

The surgery for Richardson “is a medical necessity,” according to the ACLU lawsuit.

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita’s office told Fox News Digital in a statement on Monday: “The ACLU already gave this convicted murderer of an 11-month-old baby a voice when they tried to make taxpayers foot the bill for his ridiculous gender transition surgery request.”

“Our office didn’t let that happen because regular, law abiding Hoosiers want to see justice served — not a killer being catered to while serving time behind bars.”

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While incarcerated and awaiting trial, correctional officer Lt. James Spence reportedly asked Richardson what he was being charged with, to which Richardson responded, “murder.” 

“At that point, another officer checked Richardson’s booking sheet and advised Lieutenant Spence that Richardson was incarcerated for reckless homicide,” court records state. “When Lieutenant Spence relayed that information to Richardson, he stated ‘well all I know is I killed the little f—ing bitch.’”

Richardson’s wife subsequently filed for divorce and a restraining order in October 2001, public records indicate.

New study shows COVID vaccine linked to increase in heart and brain conditions

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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