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Four comedians canceled from comedy club after complaints from progressives

Four comedians were canceled and prevented from performing at a Seattle comedy club after the organization said that local community members complained. 

Dave Smith, Luis J. Gomez, Jim Florentine, and Kurt Metzger were canceled by the Capitol Hill Comedy Bar in Seattle, Washington, as flagged by 770 KTTH.

Florentine shared an email that he claimed he received from the comedy club’s management. 

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“After careful consideration and discussions with our team, investors, local comedians, and neighborhood advocacy groups, we’ve encountered a challenging situation that requires us to revisit the planned shows,” the email reportedly read. “Capitol Hill is known for its progressive values, and we’ve received significant feedback expressing concerns about the alignment of these upcoming shows with the neighborhood’s ethos. This feedback includes concerns from local advocacy groups that are deeply embedded in our community and work towards upholding its values.” 

“This decision was not made lightly, and we want to ensure it does not reflect on your talent and the quality of your work but is instead a reflection of our commitment to our community’s values,” the club wrote. 

The club also promised that it would refund guests who already purchased tickets and wrote that it believes in the “art of comedy and the diverse perspectives it brings.” 

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The comedians spoke out on social media and in interviews after their gigs being cancelled. 

I guess I need to clean up my act,” Florentine wrote on X. “My comedy shows in Seattle are canceled.” 

“I’m sorry, but this is too funny not to immediately put on blast!” Metzger wrote on X. “Also, am I mistaken that this club is in Seattle’s historic “CHAZ” district? (Kurt looks up toward heaven.) THANK U GEORGE FLOYD! For the fun Im about to have with this on Twitter after I take a quick s—! BRB!”

The Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, also known as CHAZ, was a six-block area that activists seized in the wake of George Floyd’s death in 2020. 

Gomez responded to his cancelation on his podcast, as flagged by 770KTTH.

“Are they idiots for booking us and then unbooking us?” he said. “Yes, it’s a dumb move. Is my former agent an idiot for booking me at a super woke progressive venue that like the entire lineup is like… blue haired… freaks?”

Gomez said that the cause of their cancelation might also be jealous local comics. 

“That’s what happens when comics don’t have anything going on,” he continued. “They just look for drama.” 

The Capitol Hill Comedy Bar didn’t respond to a request for comment.

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2016 Republican rival comes to Trump’s defense after $355M fraud judgment

Former Republican Florida Gov. Jeb Bush came to the defense of former President Trump in a Wall Street Journal op-ed slamming the recent New York civil fraud court case that ordered the 45th president to pay a $354.8 million fine plus interest. 

“Every American has a right to be critical of Mr. Trump’s politics—one of us ran against him in 2016,” reads Bush’s op-ed, titled, “Elon Musk and Donald Trump Cases Imperil the Rule of Law.” 

“…But equality before the law is precious, and these rulings represent a crisis not only for the soundness of our courts, but for the business environment that has allowed the U.S. to prosper,” the opinion piece continued. “If these rulings stand, the damage could cascade through the economy, creating fear of arbitrary enforcement against entrepreneurs who seek public office or raise their voices as citizens in a way that politicians dislike.”

The column, which was co-authored by Palantir co-founder Joe Lonsdale, railed against the recent monthslong civil fraud trial against Trump, which resulted in a nearly $355 million fine and bars Trump from operating his business in New York for three years. The opinion piece also spoke out against how a Delaware judge recently rescinded tech billionaire Elon Musk’s $56 billion compensation from Tesla. 

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Bush ran against Trump in the 2016 presidential election, when the two exchanged repeated barbs, including personal jabs such as Trump claiming Bush is an “embarrassment to his family.” In 2018, Bush said Trump is “Republican in basically name only” and took another apparent stab at the then-president, saying after he bowed out of the primary that he returned home where his children “actually love me.” 

Following Jan. 6, 2021, when supporters of Trump breached the U.S. Capitol, the former Florida governor said Trump “provoked the disgusting events at the Capitol today.”

“He has gone from creating chaos to inciting insurrection,” Bush said in a post at the time. “Mr. President, accept your defeat, go home to Florida and let our elected officials do their jobs and rebuild confidence in our democracy.”

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The op-ed marks a defense of Bush’s former 2016 rival, albeit not for Trump’s political stances. Instead, Lonsdale and Bush are calling for a “dispassionate” legal system that will not throttle businesses and lead to a weakened economy. 

“​​New York and Delaware have played an outsize role in business in the U.S.” the pair wrote. “Many major companies are incorporated in Delaware owing to the state’s body of corporate legal precedents; and a significant number of banks operate in New York, the world financial capital. The appellate courts in those states now have a chance to review these dangerous judicial rulings and try to stop further damage to the reputations of their respective judiciaries.”

“If they don’t, blue-state politicians may have the satisfaction of ‘sticking it’ to Messrs. Trump and Musk, but the loss to those states will be significant,” they continued. “The damage to the legal fabric of the country will be even worse. A dispassionate justice system is at the heart of American exceptionalism, and the country will be poorer if we lose it.”

Trump has since appealed the ruling and repeatedly argued that the presiding judge, Arthur Engoron, and New York Attorney General Letitia James were politically motivated in the case. 

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“A crooked New York judge working with the very corrupt attorney general of New York State, who ran on the basis of ‘I will get trump’ before knowing me — before even knowing anything about me — just ruled that I have to pay a fine of $355 million based on absolutely nothing,” Trump told Fox News Digital after the fine was announced. “No victims. No damages. Great financial statements, with full disclaimer clauses, only success.” 

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The op-ed noted that when James was on the campaign trail for the attorney general position, she ran on a campaign “promise to target the man she called ‘an illegitimate president.’”

“The unusual New York law Ms. James used to investigate and sue Mr. Trump didn’t require her to prove that he had intended to defraud anyone, or even that anyone lost money. The Associated Press found that of the 12 cases brought under that law since its adoption in 1956 in which significant penalties were imposed, the case against Mr. Trump was the only instance without an alleged victim or financial loss,” the pair wrote. 

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Trump attorneys had asked Engoron to delay enforcement of the payment by 30 days to allow time for an “orderly post-judgement process,” which was denied Thursday afternoon. 

NYC mayor doubles down on call for ‘sanctuary’ status changes as migrant crisis rages

New York City Mayor Eric Adams on Monday doubled down while speaking to a group at a town hall meeting in Canarsie, Brooklyn, saying the sanctuary city law needs to be modified so that any migrant who commits a felony can be turned over to ICE and deported.

Adams commended his administration for doing an excellent job during a challenging time, but stated his hands are tied by federal and local law.

The mayor spoke about some migrants participating in robberies and using mopeds to commit snatch and grab stick-ups.

The issue, Adams said, became a real problem, so the police chief and his team focused on the illegal mopeds and found many of the people committing the crimes had drugs and guns.

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But he said not all the migrants and asylum seekers were committing crimes and many of them were there and want to work.

The mayor blamed migrants not being able to work on federal lawmakers, adding the migrants need to have the right to work like everyone else.

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“But those small numbers that are committing crimes? We need to modify the sanctuary city law, so that if you commit a felony… we should be able to turn you over to ICE and have you deported,” Adams said. “It is a right to live in this city… and you should not be committing crimes in our city.”

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Adams has said before that migrants committing crimes should be handed over to ICE and deported.

Former Duke star explains how to shut down court stormers for good: ‘Will stop the next day’

Jay Bilas, a former Duke star who is a college basketball analyst for ESPN, blasted fans for court storming after a Blue Devils was injured on Saturday amid an incident with Wake Forest supporters.

Bilas appeared on ESPN’s “First Take” and suggested one idea to clamp down on court-storming.

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“The truth is nothing’s going to change now,” he said. “We’re going to talk about it. It’s going to go away, and nothing’s going to change. And if they wanted to stop it, they could stop it tomorrow. The administrations will tell you the security experts tell them that it’s not a good idea to try stop the court-storming, because that could cause more problems than it would solve.

“But you don’t have to stop the court storming. One time, all you have to do is, once they’re on the court, don’t let them off. Just say, ‘You’re all detained,’ and give them all citations, or arrest them if you want to. And then court stormings will stop the next day.”

Bilas then suggested the media was complicit in the court-storming.

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“Years ago, when fans would run out on the field or the court during a game, it was network policy not to show that because we didn’t want to encourage it. So what does that say about the way we in the media use these images now? We can’t deny that we encourage it or at least tacitly approve of it.

“Everyone has to accept some responsibility for this. I don’t think it’s the right thing to allow this, but I know that it’s gonna continue. This is not going to stop.”

Duke star Kyle Filipowski had to be helped off the court after Saturday’s incident. It appeared a fan made contact with him running from the left side of the court. The fan who appeared to hit Filipowski fell to the court, and Filipowski somehow ended up in the arms of Duke staff.

Duke coach Jon Scheyer said Filipowski sprained his ankle, and the coach called for court storming to end.

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“When are we going to ban court storming? When are we going to ban that? How many times does a player have to get into something where they get punched, or they get pushed, or they get taunted right in their face? It’s a dangerous thing.”

Fox News’ Ryan Morik contributed to this report.

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Biden goes on ice cream outing with ‘Late Night’ host, casually talks hopes for Gaza ceasefire

President Biden said Monday a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip is close and hoped to see one materialize by “the end of the weekend.”   

The seemingly casual comments, carrying massive geopolitical significance, came during the president’s stop at an ice cream parlor near Peacock Network’s headquarters, where he had just wrapped up an interview with Seth Meyers on the “Late Night” show. 

Asked by a reporter when he expected the ceasefire to begin, Biden, with a mint ice cream cone in hand, said he hoped by at least “the end of the weekend.” 

“At least, my national security advisor tells me that we’re close. We’re close. It’s not done yet,” Biden said. “And my hope is by next Monday, we’ll have a ceasefire.” 

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Biden also spoke about his planned trip to the southern border this Thursday where he will meet with border agents and discuss the need for bipartisan legislation. 

Biden joked that “my good friend” would be making a border stop as well, a subtle nod to GOP rival, former President Trump, who is traveling to the border as well. 

Biden’s visit comes after the murder of Augusta University student Laken Riley on the University of Georgia campus in Athens last week allegedly at the hands of an illegal immigrant. Her murder has reinvigorated calls for Biden to take more stringent border measures. 

The stop in Van Leeuwen came after a taped interview with Meyers, where dozens of pro-Palestinian activists were arrested for demonstrating in the lobby. 

Negotiations are underway for a weekslong cease-fire between Israel and Hamas to allow for the release of hostages being held in Gaza by the Iranian-backed terrorist group in return for Israel releasing hundreds of Palestinian prisoners. The proposed six-week pause in fighting would also include allowing hundreds of trucks to deliver desperately needed aid into Gaza every day.

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Negotiators face an unofficial deadline of the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan around March 10, a period that often sees heightened Israeli-Palestinian tensions.

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‘The View’ gets brutal reality check from Dr. Phil on fate of children at border

Talk show host Dr. Phil told “The View” on Monday that some children arriving at the border were being sent into “prostitution and sweatshops,” citing a conversation he had with the head of the border patrol union. 

“The View” co-host Sunny Hostin asked Dr. Phil about his recent trip to the southern border and asked about the biggest thing he took away from the experience.

“I talked to the head of all the border guards down there, the head of the union. I ask him straight-up, kids are coming over the border with numbers written on them, phone numbers and addresses. Do we check those out? He said, well, we call them. 

“Is it possible that we’re sending them into known prostitution rings or sweatshops? He said, ‘It’s not possible, it is absolute.’ We are using American tax dollars to ship children into known prostitution and sweatshops,” he said.

Co-host Ana Navarro asked him what kind of checking they do at the border and Dr. Phil explained that they call the numbers and ask about the children. 

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“They call the number and say, do you know about this child? They say, yes. Will you receive them when they come? Yes. I said is it possible that’s a prostitution ring? He said, we know enough to know that it – in a number of cases, it has turned out to be absolute sex ring. It has turned out to be an absolute sweatshop. I said, how is this possible?” he said.  

Hostin asked where the U.S. attorney’s office was if they were aware this is happening at the border. 

“You mentioned that there are children crossing the border with numbers and names. Many of them are – those names belong to their family members, but you’re saying – and that’s true, but some of them are sex trafficked. Some of them are sweatshop trafficked. Why do you think the federal government is not involved? Why isn’t the U.S. attorney involved? Is it a resource issue?” she asked. “Have they reached out to the Biden administration about it?”

Dr. Phil said it had to do with resources and said it was “hard to know” if they reached out to the Biden administration. 

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“They say that they’re so overwhelmed with processing that that’s all they can do. They’ve become social workers and processors, and not investigators and border guards, because they’re just processing, processing, processing,” he responded. 

Dr. Phil shared his thoughts on his border visit in a video posted to social media in early February. 

In a video posted to X, the former “Dr. Phil” host cited Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott’s claim that President Biden wouldn’t enforce protection laws and “enticed” thousands of migrants to avoid legal points of entry into the U.S.

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“Texas law enforcement has seized over 454 million lethal doses of fentanyl during this mission. Governor Abbott has said that the federal government has broken the pact between the United States federal government and the states,” McGraw said. “Governor Abbott says President Biden has refused to enforce those laws and has even violated them.”

“The result is a humanitarian crisis, unlike anything we’ve seen before, smashing records for illegal immigration by wasting taxpayer dollars to tear open Texas border security infrastructure,” he continued. “Governor Abbott says President Biden has enticed tens of thousands of illegal immigrants away from 28 legal entry points along the Texas border and into the dangerous deadly waters of the Rio Grande.”

Popular fast food chain looking to switch to Uber-style surge pricing

Wendy’s is expected to roll out a dynamic pricing model similar to Uber’s surge-pricing as soon as next year.

“Beginning as early as 2025, we will begin testing a variety of enhanced features on these digital menu boards like dynamic pricing, different offerings in certain parts of the day, AI-enabled menu changes and suggestive selling based on factors such as weather,” a spokesperson confirmed to Fox News Digital after Wendy’s CEO Kirk Tanner announced it on an earnings call earlier this month.

The spokesperson said this pricing overhaul is part of a “number of features” that will be tested by the fast food giant.

“At Wendy’s, we’re focused on providing great tasting, fresh, high-quality food and doing it in a way that brings value to our customers. As we’ve previously shared, we are making a significant investment to accelerate our digital business. In addition to evolving our loyalty program, we are leveraging technology even more with the roll out of digital menu boards in some U.S. restaurants,” the spokesperson said. 

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Dynamic pricing, also known as surge pricing, is when the price of a product or service fluctuates according to demand or other factors, such as calling for an Uber ride during rush hour or bad weather.

The Wendy’s spokesperson went on to tell Fox News Digital that dynamic pricing can “allow Wendy’s to be competitive and flexible with pricing, motivate customers to visit and provide them with the food they love at a great value. We will test a number of features that we think will provide an enhanced customer and crew experience.”

However, associate professor of economics at George Washington University Steven Suranovic told The Daily Mail, “They could shoot themselves in the foot by introducing something customers aren’t ready for.” 

He went on to argue, “Dynamic pricing enables them to take that surplus away from consumers and put it into the firm’s pocket. Ultimately, the biggest losers would be lunchtime customers. If people feel like they’re getting gouged, they’re not going to take kindly to this dynamic pricing strategy.”

Wendy’s will reportedly spend $20 million to implement this along with digital menu boards that would reflect fluctuating prices in real time.

The New York Post reported, “Data from consumer transparency platform PriceListo has already determined that Wendy’s is the most expensive fast-food chain in the US after menu costs rose 35% due to inflation between 2022 and 2023.”

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Meanwhile, rival fast food chain McDonald’s has taken heavy criticism over its Big Mac combo, priced at nearly $18, among other menu hikes. Backlash caused the company to promise to focus on affordability.

The New York Post reported, “In particular, low income customers making less than $45,000 per year have largely stopped ordering from McDonald’s. Pummeled by inflation, they’re eating at home more frequently as grocery prices come down, [CEO Chris] Kempczinski admitted.”

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Fox Business’ Louis Casiano contributed to this report.

Chilling footage video shows moment cops rush to action when church shooter opens fire

The Houston Police Department released body camera footage on Monday, of the response to an active shooter who opened fire at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church earlier this month.

At 1:53 p.m. on Feb. 11, Genesse Ivonne Moreno, originally from El Salvador, began shooting a gun at the mega church before ultimately being shot and killed by off-duty police officers on the scene.

Moreno also had her 7-year-old son in tow, who was shot in the head and continues to fight for his life.

In a social media post, the Houston Police Department released video captured from the moment gunfire rang out in the western halls of the church, until the shooter was down.

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“We realize the video of this shooting may be unsettling to members of the community. HPD is releasing it as part of our commitment to release critical incident videos within 30 days,” Houston Police Department Chief Troy Finner said in a statement on social media. 

The four videos released by the department show various aspects of the incident, including surveillance footage and body camera footage from three law enforcement officials.

In one video, a group of people, including law enforcement officials, are standing around talking when gunshots are heard down the hallway.

As soon as the first gunshot is heard, the group looks toward the direction it came from and begins walking that way.

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The officer with the body camera began running in the direction of the shot when more gunshots were fired, and people began to run in the opposite direction.

With several people taking cover, the officer pulled out a gun and began walking toward the shooter, though Moreno was not in sight.

More gunshot rang out as she and others moved toward the shooter, whispering and hiding behind any object possible.

“Come on. We need to approach,” one officer whispers to the other before praying. “Father God, just be with us. Forgive us for our sins. Come on.”

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The two move closer where they found the 7-year-old boy lying on the ground, nearly lifeless.

In another video taken from a body camera, the officer is seen hiding behind a wall and peeking out, when the shooter starts firing.

Moreno is later heard saying, “You killed my son. Stand down. I have a bomb. I have a f—–g bomb.”

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In between statements, Moreno continued to fire her gun.

“All I need is help,” she said. “I need help, that’s all.”

The gun fires off a few more times.

“There’s a bomb in this bag. Stop shooting,” she yelled, though officers shouted back to put the weapon down. “I won’t. The bomb is going to go off.”

More gunshots are fired when the officer with the camera notices the shooter is down before moving back with the other officers.

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Video surveillance from the church also captured the moment the shooter opened fire, as people quickly scrambled to get out of the way and to safety. The video also showed the moment Moreno fell to the ground because of gunfire.

“While we know there are unanswered questions, this is still an active investigation,” Finner said. “We will continue to work with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners to thoroughly examine all aspects of this incident. Our partnership with religious institutions remains a priority. We will continue to enhance safety so that all who gather can do so safely and without fear.”

Biden WH breaks silence on murder of GA student by suspected illegal immigrant

The White House on Monday shared a statement regarding the murder of Augusta University student Laken Riley on the University of Georgia campus in Athens.

“We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Laken Hope Riley,” a White House spokesperson told Fox News Digital. “People should be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law if they are found to be guilty. Given this is an active case, we would have to refer you to state law enforcement and ICE.”

UGA Police Chief Jeffrey Clark on Feb. 23 announced the arrest of Jose Antonio Ibarra, a 26-year-old illegal immigrant from Venezuela, who is accused of murdering Riley on UGA’s campus while she was out for a Thursday morning jog.

Clark said during a Friday evening press conference that Riley died of blunt force trauma.

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Earlier, President Biden said the country’s laws and resources “haven’t kept up with our immigration system.”

“It’s broken, and our politics has failed to fix it,” the president said. “To my Republican friends on the hill: Doing nothing is not an option. Compromise is part of the process.”

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Fox News Digital previously reported that Ibarra illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico in El Paso, Texas, in September 2022 and was paroled into the United States. 

He then traveled to New York City, where he temporarily lived with his wife, and then came to Athens, where he lived for about six months on the southern border of UGA’s campus, according to neighbors.

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Ibarra is now facing charges of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, kidnapping, hindering a 911 call and concealing the death of another.

His older brother, Diego Ibarra, who is charged with green card fraud, was briefly hired by UGA as a dishwasher in one of the school’s dining halls after he presented fake documentation. He has since been fired.

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In a statement to Fox News Digital, ICE confirmed Jose Antonio Ibarra had been encountered by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on Sept. 8, 2022. ICE also confirmed that he had been arrested by the New York Police Department a year later, on Sept. 14, 2023, and “charged with acting in a manner to injure a child less than 17 and a motor vehicle license violation.”

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Riley’s family posted a statement on Saturday, describing the 22-year-old as “an amazing daughter, sister, friend and overall person.”

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“Her love for the Lord was exemplified in every aspect of her life. She will be missed every day, but we promise to honor her life moving forward in a very big way,” the statement shared with WXIA read, in part. “During this most difficult time, we ask that you respect our privacy, and provide us the time and space necessary to grieve our daughter’s life that was tragically cut short.”

Fox News’ Adam Shaw, Michael Ruiz and Bill Melugin contributed to this report.