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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 The opinion piece also spoke out against how a Delaware judge recently rescinded tech billionaire Elon Musk’s $56 billion compensation from Tesla.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. 

‘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.”

Biden asked about age concerns on ‘Late Night,’ immediately talks about Trump

President Biden dismissed concerns about his age during a friendly sit-down with “Late Night” host Seth Meyers on Monday – and took a few swipes at former President Trump. 

Meyers began the Q&A by cracking a joke about Special Counsel Robert Hur’s report, telling Biden it “says you’re currently 81 years old.”

“According to recent polling, this is a real concern for American voters. How do you address that concern going forward as you come up to the 2024 election?” Meyers asked. 

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“Well, a couple of things. Number one, you gotta take a look at the other guy. He’s about as old as I am but he can’t remember his wife’s name,” Biden responded, sparking cheers from the crowd. 

“Number two, it’s about how old your ideas are,” Biden continued. “Look, this is a guy who wants to take us back. He wants to take us [back] on Roe v. Wade. He wants to take us back on a whole range of issues that are 50, 60 years they’ve been solid American positions.” 

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The president went on to tout how his administration has gotten some “good things” done and warned about what would happen if Trump was back in the White House.

“And I really think his views on where to take America are older than – anyway, I don’t want to get going,” Biden said before Meyers moved on from the topic.

Biden’s age and mental acuity have been a major issue for him ahead of his re-election bid as polls show that an overwhelming majority of Americans, including Democrats, believe he’s too old to seek another term.

However, concerns reached a new level earlier this month following the release of Hur’s report, which revealed that the president couldn’t remember key details about his biography, such as when he was vice president and the year his son Beau died. The report also made the stunning conclusion that Hur could not bring charges against Biden despite his “willful” possession of classified documents, in part because a jury would view him as a “sympathetic, well-meaning elderly man with a poor memory.”

The political fallout began quickly at Biden’s last-minute primetime news conference where he snapped at several reporters, including from CNN and The Washington Post, who asked questions about his age. Biden himself poured gasoline on the fire during his speech when he mixed up the presidents of Mexico and Egypt while discussing the Israel-Hamas war, adding to his list of recent gaffes pertaining to world leaders.

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While many of Biden’s Democratic allies continue to insist he is capable of serving another four years in office, some top veteran strategists like David Axelrod, Paul Begala and James Carville appeared alarmed by the latest developments. 

Even some in the media, including The New York Times, have called on Biden to step aside and for Democrats to choose a different nominee at the DNC convention this summer.

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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Supermodel’s secret to keeping youthful appearance includes sleeping with ‘no clothes’

Elle Macpherson is sharing her nighttime routine. 

During a conversation with Amanda Wakeley while on the “Amanda Wakeley: StyleDNA” podcast, Macpherson shared her bedtime musts.

“I go to bed with a smile. I go to bed with a happy heart. And an eye mask, and no clothes. [Just] my skin,” she explained on Feb. 21.

In addition to revealing her nighttime routine, the supermodel discussed how she maintains her youthful appearance. She told the podcast host, your outer beauty is a reflection of your inner health, explaining “topical beauty only goes so far.”

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She went on to say, to stay healthy it is important to “feed…[the] mitochondria of yourselves,” which she referred to as “your heartbeat.” A few of the ways she achieves this are limiting her caffeine intake and not eating too close to bedtime, saying, “I weaned myself off of coffee and I eat earlier in the day, so I eat at 5:00.”

She previously opened up to Body + Soul in November 2023 about the connection between her appearance and her health.

“Wellness is physical, emotional, spiritual and mental wellbeing and that they’re all integrated. That was the biggest revelation — that you can’t compartmentalize them, and they’re not separate,” she told the outlet. “If anything is out of kilter it affects the others, so the secret to a happy, healthy life is really keeping in balance with all those aspects. It took me a long time to get that.”

Health and wellness have been an important part of Macpherson’s life since she turned 50 in 2014, telling ITV’s “This Morning” in July 2023, “I was in a terrible state.”

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“I was putting on weight. My skin was dry. My hair was brittle. I was sugar addicted. I wasn’t sleeping well. And I would go to doctors, and they would just say, ‘Listen, you’re turning 50. This is what happens,'” she said on the show.

When speaking with Body + Soul, Macpherson revealed one of the biggest changes she made in her life was her decision to quit drinking in 2003, recently celebrating the 20th anniversary of her sobriety.

She told the outlet she has never looked back with regrets, saying, “It was a wonderful springboard of getting to know [her]self on a deeper level.”  

“Although it required discipline and persistence, the bottom line is you can’t be well and present in your life if you’re not present and well, and alcohol doesn’t really support that. It’s very difficult to get to know yourself if you’re numbing yourself,” Macpherson said.

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When it comes to aging, Macpherson told the outlet she is more concerned with “the quality of the life that you’re living and how you’re living life to the fullest.”

Judge rules lawyer for Trump prosecutor Nathan Wade, Fani Willis’ paramour, must tell all

The judge presiding over Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’s case has announced that the former law partner of Nathan Wade, who she is alleged to have had an intimate relationship with, will have to testify in court on his knowledge of the timeline of their relationship.  

Bradley is the former law partner of Nathan Wade and his former divorce lawyer, who defense counsel claim has direct knowledge that DA Willis and special prosecutor Nathan Wade’s relationship started before he was hired in the Trump election interference case.

The judge’s decision comes after an in-camera hearing Monday, which will be kept under seal, with Bradley and his lawyer, after the judge had previously said it appeared Bradley may have been misusing his attorney-client privilege. 

Fox News was also told that as for the data from Nathan Wade’s cell phone that the Trump lawyers are trying to get entered into evidence – the Judge has said he will take that issue up during Friday’s already scheduled hearing. 

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Fulton County DA Willis and Special Prosecutor Wade were responsible for bringing the Georgia 2020 election interference case against former President Donald Trump and 18 others last year.

Trump’s team filed a response with the Fulton County Superior Court on Monday to Willis’ denial following their original filing connected to the cellphone records. 

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A Friday filing from the attorney of former President Trump claims to show at least 35 visits by Wade to the Hapeville neighborhood before he was hired.

Wade testified last week that he did not visit Willis’ condo more than 10 times before being hired in November 2021. Willis and Wade maintain that their relationship began in early 2022.

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The date when the two lawyers’ relationship began is key to the ongoing dispute brought by Trump’s attorneys, who argue that their romantic fling compromised the integrity of the case.

The defense is trying to prove the existence and extent of any financial benefit to Willis from Wade in their relationship, which is the heart of their argument that Willis should be disqualified. 

Fox News’ Timothy H.J. Nerozzi contributed to this report. 

Father of son killed by illegal immigrant has message for Biden after UGA murder

A father whose 25-year-old son was killed by an illegal immigrant called the murder of Georgia nursing student Laken Riley a consequence of Democrats’ border policies.

Drew Rosenberg, whose son was killed in a car accident in 2010, told “Fox & Friends” Monday that Riley’s death on the University of Georgia campus was “clearly preventable” after the arrest of an illegal immigrant who lived nearby.

“I see it every day. And it’s going to continue no matter who is elected president. The Democrats have created a situation that literally will last for decades. And that’s even if everybody cooperates to get these people out of the country,” Rosenberg said.

Twenty-six-year-old Jose Antonio Ibarra, an illegal immigrant from Venezuela living in an apartment building that sits on the edge of the park where the Augusta University student was running, allegedly murdered the aspiring nurse in what police described as a “crime of opportunity.”

According to UGA Police Chief Jeffrey Clark, Riley died from blunt force trauma.

ICE and DHS sources told Fox News that Ibarra crossed the border into El Paso, Texas in September 2022 and was then released into the U.S. via parole. Newsnation reported that Ibarra was released because there was no space in the El Paso detention center. Additionally, New York police sources confirmed a man with the same name was arrested months prior for child endangerment. 

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Rosenberg called out Biden’s DHS for giving “excuses” as to why Riley’s murder suspect was allowed to walk free.

“DHS said, oh, we don’t have any detention beds. We have to release them. Out here in California, we have a prison called Adelanto. It has 2,000 beds. Eight of them are occupied. So there were more than enough detention space to put this guy in, even though we shouldn’t even have allowed him in the country to begin with. So none of this surprises me.”

Rosenberg described the killing of his son, who was in law school at the time.

“He was just coming home one night, and an illegal alien tried to make a last second left-hand turn, and they collided,” he said.  

Rosenberg said if the suspect had stopped and called for help, his son would still be alive.

“Instead, he accelerated, drove over his body, got stuck, backed up, drove over him a second time, and then went forward. Somebody jumped in front of his car and he stopped with his with a tire on my son’s abdomen.”

Rosenberg said that unfortunately, time does not heal all wounds and that Riley’s family will feel this pain for the rest of their lives. 

“It never ends. I feel so horrible for Laken’s family. They will suffer with this until the day they go to their graves,” he told host Ainsley Earhardt. 

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

“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.”

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.

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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.

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.