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Biden wins Michigan despite anger from Arab American voters over Israel support

President Biden secured another Democratic Primary victory in Michigan despite late pushback from Arab-American voters upset over the president’s support for Israel’s war in Gaza.

Biden won Michigan easily Tuesday, according to a projection from the Associated Press, claiming his fourth primary victory as he inches closer to securing the Democratic nomination. There were 117 pledged delegates up for grabs in the battleground state.

The landslide victory comes despite a movement among the state’s Arab-American population to “Abandon Biden” and vote “uncommitted” on primary ballots in protest of Biden’s support of Israel’s war in Gaza.

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The protest was supported by Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., who said Tuesday that she was “proud” to vote against the president in the primary election while calling for a “ceasefire” of hostilities in Gaza.

“Hi everyone, it’s Rashida. I was proud today to walk in and pull a Democratic ballot and vote uncommitted. We must protect our democracy, we must make sure that our government is about us, about the people,” Tlaib said in a video message shared by Listen To Michigan, a group supporting the protests against Biden in the primary. “When 74% of Democrats in Michigan support a ceasefire yet President Biden is not hearing us, this is the way we can use our democracy to say listen.”

Nevertheless, Biden emerged victorious again in his bid to represent the Democratic Party for another presidential election, setting up a potential rematch with former President Donald Trump.

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Michigan promises to be a key swing state in that potential rematch, having voted for Trump in 2016 by under one percentage point before flipping to Biden in 2020 by less than three percent.

The president, who has yet to lose a state in this year’s primary, will now shift his focus to “Super Tuesday,” when voters in 14 states and American Samoa will head to the polls to vote for their preferred presidential candidate.

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The results continue to lead to an all-but-certain rematch in 2024, with Biden expected to easily win the Democratic nomination and faceoff with Trump, who has a commanding lead in the GOP primary.

‘Forrest Gump’ star Gary Sinise announces his son has died at 33

Gary Sinise’s son, McCanna “Mac” Sinise, has died from a rare form of cancer. He was 33.

The Gary Sinise Foundation shared the news on Instagram of Sinise’s death on Tuesday, with the caption, “In Honor & Memory of McCanna ‘Mac’ Sinise 1990-2024.” In a statement, the foundation said that on August 8, 2018, Mac was diagnosed with a very rare cancer called chordoma. The foundation said chordoma is cancer that originates in the spine and only affects an average of 300 people in the U.S. per year.

In a lengthy tribute to Mac that Sinise shared on his website, the 68-year-old actor revealed that his son died on Jan. 5, 2024, at 3:25 p.m. and was laid to rest on Jan. 23.

“Like any family experiencing such a loss, we are heartbroken and have been managing as best we can. As parents, it is so difficult losing a child,” Sinise wrote.

He continued, “My heart goes out to all who have suffered a similar loss, and to anyone who has lost a loved one. We’ve all experienced it in some way. Over the years I have met so many families of our fallen heroes. It’s heartbreaking, and it’s just damn hard.”

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“Our family’s cancer fight lasted for 5 ½ years, and it became more and more challenging as time went on,” Sinise added. “While our hearts ache at missing him, we are comforted in knowing that Mac is no longer struggling, and inspired and moved by how he managed it.”

“He fought an uphill battle against a cancer that has no cure, but he never quit trying. Mac loved movies, and we always told him he reminded us of the soldier at the end of the extraordinary film ‘1917,’ running through the battlefield, bombs going off all around him, knocking him down one after the other, yet he keeps getting back up, refusing to quit and keeps running forward.”

“I am so blessed, fortunate, and proud to be his dad,” Sinise shared. 

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In his post, Sinise explained that the summer of 2018 was a “particularly challenging time” for his family. The “Forrest Gump” star said his wife, Moira, was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in June of that year. She underwent surgery to remove lymph nodes and began chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

Two months later, Mac was diagnosed with chordoma. Sinise said he was bewildered at the time since he had never heard of the very rare cancer.

“And two cancer patients, mother and son, within two months of each other? A real punch in the gut,” he wrote. “I went online to see what I could find. Chordoma is a one in a million cancer. Originating in the spine, Chordoma affects, on average, only 300 people in the U.S. per year. In 70% of the cases the initial tumor can be removed, and it is cured. But in 30% of the cases, perhaps about 90 people per year, the cancer returns.”

Moira went into remission after receiving treatment for months and has since remained cancer-free. In September 2018, Mac underwent surgery to remove the initial tumor, but his cancer returned by May 2019 and was spreading. 

“This began a long battle that disabled him more and more as time went on,” Sinise wrote.

Mac went on to have four additional spinal surgeries and continued to receive chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Sinise wrote that eventually the cancer caused Mac to become paralyzed from the chest down, though he “still had limited use of his right arm, and fingers on his left hand.”

Sinise recalled that in 2020, Mac stepped down from his position as the assistant manager of education and outreach at the Gary Sinise Foundation to focus on his rehabilitation and recovery as he prepared for his fifth spinal surgery.

A graduate of USC Thorton School of Music, Mac had a passion for drumming, composition and songwriting. However, his disability rendered him unable to continue playing the drums or piano.

Though Sinise wrote that Mac initially assumed “music was a thing of the past,” he said his son became inspired in 2023 to finish a track titled “Arctic Circles” that he had started working on in college.

“Being right-handed, he would strap a stylus to his right hand, and he could punch letters and notes into his phone or iPad. He also had a small keyboard he laid on his hospital bed table that he used to work on his music,” Sinise recalled.

Since he could no longer play the piano and the drums, Moira suggested that Mac try playing the harmonica. Mac taught himself to play the instrument and eventually recording himself performing the traditional folk song “Shenandoah” backed up by a string arrangement.

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After working on the two songs, Sinise wrote that Mac envisioned completing a full album titled “Resurrection & Revival,” with a “theme of bringing something that was old or unfinished back to life.”

In collaboration with his college friend, composer and arranger Oliver Schnee, Mac finished three additional original songs. In November, he held two sessions with Sinise’s Lt. Dan Band to record his original tracks and other songs that had special significance to him.

“The week the album went to press, Mac lost his battle with cancer,” Sinise wrote.

“Our story is not unique,” Sinise noted. “No one escapes cancer. It affects us all, as every one of us in this life knows someone, personally or otherwise, who has faced this awful disease. And that summer of 2018, being hit with two different cancers at the same time, was not easy.” 

He continued, “But over the years, through my mission to support our troops and families, I have met the most extraordinary people who have persevered and overcome the most difficult heartbreaking circumstances, and I have learned from them and been inspired by them. Knowing them gave me strength. Perhaps it was God’s way of preparing me to meet our own difficult fight, having met and watched so many courageous families confronting what life had thrown at them.”

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“In sharing our story, we hope to shine a little bit of light on what has been a difficult time for us as Mac was truly a light for all of us,” Sinise wrote “An incredible inspiration to those who knew and loved him, he faced his battle with grace, courage, and love. Even with one setback after another, he never stopped living and learning, creating, and giving, and loving. He loved all our family.”

“There are so many friends he loved and who loved him,” he added.

The Emmy Award winner went on to express his family’s “gratitude [to] all those who have helped us, loved us, and supported us in this fight.”

He said Mac had leaned on his faith during his long and grueling battle with cancer.

“Mac was a man who loved his Catholic faith, and there is no doubt that his strong faith sustained him through the awful 5 ½ year battle with this crippling Chordoma cancer,” he said.

Sinise shared his son’s favorite quote from St. Augustine: “You have made us for yourself oh Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”

“He gave his family and friends so much during his 33 years, and he accomplished great things in those final months,” Sinise continued. “With a glorious teaming of two old pals from college, his vision for this beautiful music was realized.”

“Mac’s inspiring parting gift to us.”

“Thank you, Mac. You did it. Resurrection & Revival will live on. And so will you. In our hearts forever,” Sinise concluded.

Mac is survived by his father, mother and two sisters.

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Federal judge rules massive congressional spending bill is unconstitutional

A Lubbock, Texas, federal judge ruled Tuesday that lawmakers unconstitutionally passed the $1.7 trillion government funding bill in 2022 when they did so under a pandemic-era rule allowing members of the U.S. House of Representatives to vote on the matter by proxy instead of in person.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican, requested the courts block a provision of the funding bill that gave pregnant workers stronger legal protections.

U.S. District Judge Wesley Hendrix reviewed the request and issued a “limited” ruling on one of two provisions Paxton sought to have blocked.

Hendrix, appointed by former President Trump, ruled the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act was wrongfully passed, blocking the law from being enforced against the state as an employer.

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The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, enacted in December 2022, requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers.

In his ruling, Hendrix noted that his injunction is only applicable to state government employees.

Paxton filed a lawsuit last year, arguing the federal spending package was unconstitutionally passed because over half of the House of Representatives were not physically present to provide a quorum, yet they still voted by proxy.

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In May 2020, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, helped get a rule in place allowing lawmakers to vote by proxy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

When Republicans took control of the House in 2022, they ditched the proxy rule after challenging it in court unsuccessfully.

Hendrix said in a 120-page ruling that for over 200 years leading up to the voting proxy rule’s adoption, Congress understood that the majority of members of the House or Senate were required to be physically present to have a quorum to pass legislation, as stipulated under the Constitution’s quorum clause.

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Supreme Court precedent has long held that the Quorum Clause requires presence, and the Clause’s text distinguishes those absent members from the quorum and provides a mechanism for obtaining a physical quorum by compelling absent members to attend,” he wrote.

Paxton said Congress acted “egregiously” when it passed the $1.7 trillion funding bill.

“Congress acted egregiously by passing the largest spending bill in U.S. history with fewer than half the members of the House bothering to do their jobs, show up and vote in person,” Paxton said. “Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi abused proxy voting under the pretext of COVID-19 to pass this law, then Biden signed it, knowing they violated the Constitution. This was a stunning violation of the rule of law. I am relieved the court upheld the Constitution.”

The Department of Justice did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s requests for comment.

Reuters reported that Texas Public Policy Foundation lawyer Matthew Miller said the ruling “correctly” concluded a physical quorum was required to vote.

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Hendrix also found in his ruling that Texas did not have standing to challenge $20 million appropriated in the bill to fund a pilot program providing case management and other services to noncitizens during immigration removal proceedings.

Reuters contributed to this report.

Transgender senator storms out of chamber after being called ‘sir’

A transgender lawmaker stormed out of the Virginia Senate chamber in protest after Lt. Gov. Winsome Sears referred to the lawmaker as “sir” on Monday.

Sen. Danica Roem, a Democrat and the first transgender person to serve in the Virginia legislature, is biologically male but identifies as a woman. Roem asked a question about a piece of legislation during a general session on Monday afternoon.

“Madam President, how many votes would it take to pass this bill with the emergency clause?” Roem asked.

“That would be four-fifths, Senator,” Sears responded.

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“And what would be the exact number of that, Madam President?” Roem asked again.

“Yes, sir, that would be 32,” Sears said.

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Roem could then be heard putting down the microphone and leaving the chamber. The lawmaker did not cast a vote in the roll call vote moments later.

Sears offered an apology for the incident later in the session, though she did not specifically apologize for referring to Roem by the lawmaker’s biological gender.

“I upset Sen. Roem,” Sears said. “Let it be known I am not here to upset anyone. I am here to do the job the people of Virginia have called me to do, and that is to treat everyone with respect and dignity. I myself have at times not been afforded that same respect and dignity.”

“But in this body, as long as I am president of the Senate and by the grace of God, I will be treated with respect and dignity, and I will treat everyone else with respect and dignity,” she added. “It is never my intention to make anyone offended, and I hope that others would consider that they would try not to offend me as well,” she said. “We are all equal under the law. And so I apologize, I apologize, I apologize, and I would hope, I would hope, that everyone would understand there is no intent to offend but that we would also give each other the ability to forgive each other.”

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“I have seen us conduct ourselves in ways that we would not expect of our own children or nieces or nephews, and so I would hope that we would take this opportunity to be kind to each other, to be gracious to each other, to be about the people’s business,” she finished.

Fox News Digital reached out to Roem for comment on the incident and has not heard back.

House committee wants docs on illegal immigrant charged with nursing student’s murder

FIRST ON FOX: Republicans on the House Homeland Security Committee are demanding documents and information from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) related to a Venezuelan national who was paroled into the U.S. and was last week charged with the murder of a Georgia college student.

Chair Mark Green, in a letter obtained by Fox News Digital, wrote to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas seeking information on Jose Antonio Ibarra — who is charged with the murder of 22-year-old Laken Riley.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) confirmed Sunday that Ibarra had been encountered by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on Sept. 8, 2022, after entering the country near El Paso and was “paroled and released for further processing.”

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ICE also said that Ibarra had been arrested by the New York Police Department a year later, on Aug 31, 2023, and “charged with acting in a manner to injure a child less than 17 and a motor vehicle license violation.” He was released before ICE could issue a detainer, the agency said.

In its statement, ICE said its Enforcement and Removal Operations office in Atlanta “encountered Ibarra pursuant to his arrest by the University of Georgia Police Department and being charged with murder and other crimes. ERO Atlanta lodged a detainer.” 

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Police have charged Ibarra with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, kidnapping, hindering a 911 call and concealing the death of another, authorities said on Friday.

The case has renewed concerns about the mass release of migrants into the U.S. in recent years and the crimes that are being committed by those being released into the U.S. Republicans are also presenting the release of Ibarra into the interior as a consequence of Biden administration policies. Humanitarian parole, under which Ibarra was released, is supposed to be used on a case-by-case basis for urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit. Republicans have accused the Biden administration of abusing its authority with regard to mass releases, something the administration has repeatedly denied.

In the letter, Green says the death “further underscores the Committee’s serious concerns about the security of our nation, and the potential for criminal aliens to take advantage of the glaring vulnerabilities created by the Biden administration’s open-border policies.” 

His letter requests Ibarra’s Alien File, all information in the ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations’ database related to him, and all documents from Mayorkas’ office and CBP and ICE related to Ibarra.

Republicans in the House recently impeached Mayorkas over his handling of the crisis at the border, and Green — whose committee investigated Mayorkas — tied the murder to the administration’s policies.

“If Secretary Mayorkas had chosen to comply with the laws of the United States, kept his solemn oath to defend the Constitution, and done his statutory duty to secure our borders and our homeland, Laken Riley would almost certainly be alive today,” the Tennessee Republican said in a statement.

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“Instead, we know that under his policy of unlawful mass parole, this individual was released into the country and essentially allowed to roam free, from Texas to New York to Georgia. Congress and the American people have a right to these documents and to know why this man was released into the interior, and how DHS has responded to his murderous actions,” he said.

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A DHS spokesperson referred Fox to ICE’s statement issued over the weekend.

“The Department cannot publicly comment further on an ongoing criminal investigation and we respond to congressional correspondence directly via official channels,” they said. “This was a horrific and senseless crime, and the individual responsible must be prosecuted to the fullest extent under the law. Our hearts go out to Laken Riley’s family.”

Mayorkas and DHS have denied that the administration is abusing the parole authority, arguing that those allowed in are done so on a case-by-case basis and noting broad use of the authority in the past across multiple administrations. They have also denied claims of an “open-border” policy by pointing to more than 500,000 removals since May and record seizures of fentanyl at the border.

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The administration has also said it is working to deal with a hemisphere-wide crisis and is working within a “broken system” that requires additional funding and comprehensive immigration reform to fix it. Most recently, it has been urging the passage of a bipartisan border bill that would restrict asylum and provide additional personnel at the border, a bill that has so far failed to pass the Senate. Conservatives have said the bill would normalize already high levels of illegal immigration.

Fox News Digital has reached out to DHS for comment.

Iconic 82-year-old actress still rides her Harley-Davidson: ‘I love speed’

At age 82, Ann-Margret is living life in the fast lane.

The “Bye Bye Birdie” and “Viva Las Vegas” actress was recently at the Women’s Image Network’s 25th Women’s Image Awards in Beverly Hills, where she revealed one thing that keeps her young — a Harley-Davidson.

“It’s lavender, and it’s got white daisies all over it,” the star gushed to People magazine. “There [are] flowers on the back fender and the front fender. … I love speed. Not the drug.”

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The performer told the outlet that after a decades-long career in Hollywood, she has zero plans to slow down. Ann-Margret described how she took dance lessons early on in life to prove to her parents she was born to entertain.

She was born Ann-Margret Olsson in Sweden in 1941. She moved to the U.S. as a child. In her college years, Ann-Margret performed at nightclubs while she focused on her studies during the day.

“I remember wanting to be in show business all my life,” Ann-Margret told the outlet. “And I remember one day I said to mother and daddy, ‘I want to talk to you. It’s a very, very important thing for me and I want to get into show business.’”

She said she received her parents’ blessings. She was eventually discovered by comedian George Burns, who gave her a spot on his Las Vegas show. She soon skyrocketed her way to the top of the box office charts.

In May, Ann-Margret told Fox News Digital she still rides her Harley.

“It was my daddy who inspired me to ride,” she explained at the time. “Before he met my mother, he had a couple of motorcycles. One was an Indian and the other a BSA. And my uncle, my mother’s brother, had a big motorcycle. When I was 10 years old, I would ride on the back of his bike with him. … He would take me to the Norwegian border, and we would go into Norway. There’s no way I could forget that motorcycle.

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“The speed, being in the elements, the wind and the rain, the sleet and hail – oh gosh, I get very excited when I even talk about it. … Today, I’ve got this incredible Harley-Davidson motorcycle. It’s very funny when you see it parked next to all the other bikes. It’s lavender with daisies. It’s quite unique.”

During the ‘60s, Ann-Margret became a sought-after sex symbol, a title she never had any qualms about.

“I was flattered,” she chuckled. “The idea that some guy would come up to me and say, ‘Hey, I think you’re sexy.’ Oh man, what’s not to love?”

In 1964, Ann-Margret appeared opposite Elvis Presley in “Viva Las Vegas,” one of the most recognizable films from the singer’s career. For decades, even long after Presley died in 1977 at age 42, many have speculated about their relationship when cameras stopped rolling. For the actress, what happened in Vegas stays in Vegas. She has only spoken of their friendship and experience of bringing the beloved musical to life.

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“It was a joy working with E.P.,” she said. “We felt music the same way. We would listen to music, we would look at each other and woo! We would be moving the same way.”

But before sparks flew with the hip-swiveling icon, Ann-Margret appeared alongside Pat Boone in 1962’s “State Fair.” During one steamy scene, she sent hearts racing as she nibbled on the entertainer, known for his squeaky clean image.

“It was on his left shoulder!” she proudly said. “As a matter of fact, I saw him two days ago here in Los Angeles. And, of course, I reminded him of that. And I did it again! He said, ‘Thank you.’ He he loved it.”

Life continues to be an adventure for Ann-Margret,  and she wouldn’t have it any other way.

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“I’ve got a lot of energy. It doesn’t come in a bottle,” she boasted. “I am just blessed that my mother and father gave me such great energy. And there’s no negativity here. … They instilled in me all of these wonderful things that I still carry with me. You don’t whine about things. You just go out and do the things that you love. And I just feel blessed with the life that I’ve been given.”

Key witness in Fani Willis case says he may have lied in texts about timing of affair

Former law firm partner and divorce attorney Terrance Bradley testified under oath Tuesday regarding what he knew about Georgia prosecutor Fani Willis and special prosector Nathan Wade’s personal relationship. Bradley took the stand after Judge Scott McAfee determined Bradley couldn’t claim attorney-client privilege.

Bradley, when pressed under oath, said he couldn’t recall several details and timelines about conversations he had with former client Nathan Wade about Wade’s romantic relationship with Fani Willis.

Defense attorney Ashleigh Merchant at one point referenced text messages between her and Bradley in which she had asked Bradley if he thought the relationship started before Willis hired Wade in 2021. Bradley responded “absolutely” in the text exchange.

But in court Tuesday, Bradley said he was “speculating” in those comments.

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Attorney Richard Rice later asked Bradley if he makes a habit of passing on “lies about your friends.” 

“Do you tell lies about your friends? About a case of national importance?” Rice asked. 

“I could have had, I don’t know,” Bradley responded. 

Bradely said he couldn’t recall key details or specific information more than two dozen times in the roughly two-hour testimony in Fulton County Superior Court on Tuesday. He also said he had only ever discussed Wade’s relationship with Willis once with Wade.

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Bradley this month avoided answering certain questions, citing attorney-client privilege. McAfee said he would hold an “in-camera” meeting with Bradley to determine if his privilege assertions are accurate. He said it appeared that Bradley may have been misusing his attorney-client privilege.

Bradley is the former law firm partner of Nathan Wade, who is accused of having an affair that financially benefited Willis after she hired him to help prosecute the election interference case against former President Trump.

On Tuesday, Bradley said he hadn’t spoken to Wade in two years after having been friends for more than 10 years.

Bradley had refused to answer some of the questions asked by defense counsel about what he knew about Wade and Willis’ relationship and when he knew, citing attorney-client privilege. Bradley, for a brief time, was Wade’s lawyer during Wade’s divorce.

McAfee determined after the in-camera meeting that Bradley’s testimony was not covered by privilege, leading to Tuesday’s testimony, which is likely the last installment of evidentiary hearings before both sides present final arguments Friday.

Lawyers for Trump and his co-defendants who are accusing Willis of having had an “improper” affair with Wade will try to connect evidence that Willis and Wade lied about when their relationship began and should therefore be disqualified from the case. 

Earlier this month, Willis’ father, John C. Floyd III, took the stand and confirmed what Willis testified to — that her father taught her to keep large amounts of cash on hand at all times. She said it was from these funds that she reimbursed Wade for luxury trips, which is why she had no record of the payments.

He also said he did not meet Wade until 2023 and that he was unaware his daughter had a romantic relationship with Wade until about seven weeks ago, when allegations of Willis’ impropriety were first made in court filings.

During their romantic relationship, which ended last summer, Wade and Willis vacationed in wine country in California, the Caribbean and other destinations. 

Michael Roman, a GOP political operative and co-defendant in the Trump case, first alleged that Willis had a conflict of interest in the case because she benefited financially from hiring her lover. Four co-defendants have made similar accusations.

The crux of the defense’s case is whether it can prove with a money trail that Willis has a conflict of interest in the case against Trump and should thus be disqualified.

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Willis testified that she reimbursed Wade for her share of vacation expenses in cash, but she and Wade testified there were no receipts for those transactions.

The defense, led by Merchant, is also trying to prove Willis and Wade were romantically involved prior to Wade’s employment in the DA’s office.

Both Willis and Wade insisted that their relationship started in 2022, after Wade was hired. But they contradicted testimony from Robin Yeartie, a former “good friend” of Willis and past employee at the DA’s office.

Yeartie said she had “no doubt” Willis and Wade’s relationship started in 2019, after the two met at a conference. 

She testified to observing Willis and Wade “hugging” and “kissing” and showing “affection” prior to November 2021 and that she had no doubt that the two were in a “romantic” relationship starting in 2019 and lasting until she and Willis last spoke in 2022.

Willis dismissed Yeartie’s testimony and said she no longer considers Yeartie a friend.

The highlight of the two-day proceeding was Willis’ own — and unexpected — testimony, which was described by one expert as “belligerent.”

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She verbally sparred with lawyers for hours, at one point prompting the judge to threaten to strike her testimony. She also raised eyebrows for appearing to be wear her dress backward. She did not return to the witness stand the following day. 

McAfee said at the start of the proceedings this month that it’s “clear that disqualification can occur if evidence is produced demonstrating an actual conflict or the appearance of one.”

Comedian responds after club canceled his show because of the community’s values

One of the comedians who was canceled on by the Capitol Hill Comedy Bar in Seattle, Washington, is now predicting that the comedy club will fail. 

Kurt Metzger was one of four comedians, including Dave Smith, Luis J. Gomez, Jim Florentine, whose shows were canceled by the Capitol Hill Comedy Bar in Seattle, Washington, in a story that was first flagged by the “Jason Rantz Show.”

“They’re going to go out of business. They don’t have real comics coming in. I looked at the the lineup,” the comedian said in an interview with Rantz released Monday. “It’s kind of sad.” 

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“It just made me laugh out loud,” Metzger said of the response that he received from Capitol Hill Comedy Bar in Seattle. 

The alleged message, which Metzger posted online, explained the process behind the club deciding to uninvite Metzger and other comedians. 

“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.” 

Metzger said that while he did not hold anything against the owner, he did believe that it was important to “make fun” of her. 

“The people that caved to this nonsense, they don’t deserve anything except some mockery,” he said. “Some hilarious mockery.” 

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Metzger claimed that cancel culture was trending downwards and becoming less significant in society.

“All the stupid, woke nonsense is dying now,” he said. 

Metzger emphasized that the club did not deserve to be victims of violence or even his annoyance at the cancelation. What the comedian said was important about this incident was that the pushers of cancel culture need to be remembered. 

“It’s vital to metaphorically carve their mark in their forehead, so they can’t pretend they weren’t part of it,” he said of participants in cancel culture. 

“We just have to really point it out and ridicule the h— out of it,” Metzger said of incident with the Seattle comedy club. “It has to happen because, like I said, never again.” 

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

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How to score a dozen Krispy Kreme donuts for under $3 on February 29

Leap Day occurs every four years on Feb. 29. 

This year, the rare day falls on Thursday — and Krispy Kreme is going out of its way to ensure all the celebratory moves take place.

The brand announced that customers could snag a dozen original donuts for just $2.29 — a nod to the 2/29 calendar date.

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Krispy Kreme donut lovers can get a dozen for $2.29 with the purchase of any regularly priced dozen, according to the brand. 

If your birthday is on Leap Day, Krispy Kreme is offering a free original glazed dozen for visiting the shop with no purchase necessary.  

Krispy Kreme global chief brand officer Dave Skena said the brand is choosing to celebrate the rare occasion.

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“An extra day in the year is an irresistible opportunity for Krispy Kreme to be extra sweet to our guests,” he said in a media statement. 

He continued, “We’re sweetening Leap Day by the dozens, including for fans whose true birthday comes around every four years.”

The date of Feb. 29 is the rarest birthday to have, according to Lamaze International — which said moms have approximately a 1 in 1,461 chance of giving birth on that day.

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The Krispy Kreme brand has been known to take any exciting day as an excuse to discount its donuts for its fans. 

It announced a limited-edition Valentine’s Day collection, a “Day of the Dozen” collection celebrated on Dec. 12 — and more. 

The Charlotte, North Carolina, brand is also encouraging those who partake in the Leap Day deal to post about it on social media by tagging Krispy Kreme. 

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For more information on the Leap Day offerings, visit Krispykreme.com.

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