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Trump maintains grip on GOP nod with victory in North Dakota caucuses

Former President Donald Trump inched closer to becoming the Republican nominee for president with another primary victory Monday, this time with a win in the North Dakota caucuses.

Trump won North Dakota’s caucuses, finishing first in voting conducted at 12 caucus sites, according to an Associated Press call of the race shortly after polls closed Sunday, earning the former president 29 delegates. 

The win continues Trump’s dominant streak in this year’s GOP primary races, marking the 9th win in 10 tries for the former president as he closes in on representing the Republican Party for a third time. 

The only contest Trump has lost so far was last weekend’s primary in Washington D.C.

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The win comes as Trump’s campaign has largely shifted its attention to the general election and an all-but-certain rematch of 2020’s matchup against President Biden, with the Trump campaign telling Fox News Digital before this week’s slate of contests that the primary race is “over.”

“Republican voters have delivered resounding wins for President Trump in every single primary contest and this race is over,” a spokesperson for the campaign said. “Our focus is now on Joe Biden and the general election.”

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The former president already had a commanding lead heading into this week, holding ten times as many delegates as Haley before earning 29 in Monday’s North Dakota win.

The loss marked another blow to Haley’s campaign, though the former South Carolina governor has vowed to stay in the race as long as there is a path to victory.

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That path will likely have to start appearing on Super Tuesday, where voters in 15 more states will head to the polls to determine who gets a share of 865 total delegates. While neither candidate can reach the needed 1,215 delegates to secure the nomination this week, continued dominance by Trump would give Haley a near impossible uphill climb. 

For its part, the Haley Campaign has invested heavily in a Super Tuesday turnaround, announcing a seven-figure ad buy earlier this month meant to target many of the states on the Tuesday slate.

Speaker Johnson slams Dems over report they’ll act after SCOTUS hands Trump a victory

House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., slammed reports that Democrats are ginning up legislation in reaction to the Supreme Court’s decision Monday to keep former President Donald Trump off the 2024 ballot. 

“We conclude that States may disqualify persons holding or attempting to hold state office. But States have no power under the Constitution to enforce Section 3 with respect to federal offices, especially the Presidency,” the Court wrote, adding that “the Constitution makes Congress, rather than the States, responsible for enforcing Section 3 against federal officeholders and candidates.

According to a report published in Axios Monday, Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., a former member of the Jan. 6 select committee, said he is already crafting federal legislation that would force Trump of the ballot. 

But a spokesperson for Speaker Johnson told Fox News Digital on Monday night that his Democrat colleagues should “get a grip.” 

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“Democrats need to get a grip. In this country, the American people decide the next president—not the courts and not the Congress,” the spokesperson said. 

According to the Axios report, Raskin referenced legislation he introduced in 2022 with Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla. that would allow the Justice Department to sue to keep candidates off the ballot under the 14th Amendment.

“We are going to revise it in light of the Supreme Court’s decision,” Raskin told the outlet. He suggested that the bill would be paired with a resolution declaring Jan. 6 an “insurrection” and that those involved “engaged in insurrection.” 

Trump is facing a number of federal charges related to the 2020 election, but he has not been charged with insurrection.  

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In the Supreme Court’s ruling Monday, the nine justices unanimously agreed that states don’t have Section 3 enforcement authority. But Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Ketanji Brown Jackson said that the majority went too far when it said Congress has sole enforcement authority.

“The majority announces that a disqualification for insurrection can occur only when Congress enacts a particular kind of legislation pursuant to Section 5 of the Fourteenth Amendment. In doing so, the majority shuts the door on other potential means of federal enforcement,” the trio said. 

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“The Court today needed to resolve only a single question: whether an individual State may keep a Presidential candidate found to have engaged in insurrection off its ballot. The majority resolves much more than the case before us. Although federal enforcement of Section 3 is in no way at issue, the majority announces novel rules for how that enforcement must operate,” the three wrote.

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“It reaches out to decide Section 3 questions not before us, and to foreclose future efforts to disqualify a Presidential candidate under that provision,” the three said. 

Rep. Raskin’s office did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.  

Kacey Musgraves didn’t notice her ‘SNL’ blunder until it was too late

Country music star Kacey Musgraves almost left 30 Rockefeller Plaza unscathed, following her two-song performance on “Saturday Night Live.”

However, before the show concluded, Musgraves suffered a slight wardrobe malfunction. 

She hilariously pointed out the fashion faux pas on X, not missing the opportunity to roast herself.

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“The clip. I forgot to remove the clip,” she wrote with a displeased emoji in response to a fan that adored the way host Sydney Sweeney looked at Musgraves.

As is customary at the end of the show, the host of “SNL” thanks the cast and crew. Sweeney acknowledged everyone, turning to thank Musgraves on her right. In turn, Musgraves pivoted, so the camera had a view of her side profile, and the clip that remained in her hair. 

The hair clip Musgraves was rocking is typically used to avoid creasing the hair and is often used during makeup prep.

She was not wearing it during her performance of her newly released single “Too Good To Be True,” so she was likely doing some touch-ups backstage when the show concluded.

She also performed “Deeper Well,” the title track off her upcoming sixth studio album, which will be released on Mar. 15.

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Fans did not seem to notice the clip – and if they did – they were supportive.

“Stars, they’re just like us,” one person wrote. “With or without the clip, you’re incredible,” another user stated on X. “It looks like it’s there on purpose don’t worry about it!” another assured the country star.

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A mishap like this is probably par for the course for Musgraves, who has experienced other malfunctions in the past. In 2014, she famously told reporters that she had to ditch her underwear before performing with the late Loretta Lynn on the CMA stage.

“And just so ya’ll know, right before I sang, my panties came off,” Musgraves told the press, per Us Weekly. “They were the stick-on kind, I mean, just look at this dress…They were stuck on, and then they weren’t stuck on, so I literally had to rip ’em off and throw them somewhere.”

“In case you see them somewhere around here, they’re mine,” she joked.

Dem who called border wall ‘racist’ hit with reality check in run against Ted Cruz

The likely Democrat nominee in Texas’ upcoming Senate race has taken a number of positions on illegal immigration that could complicate his aim of unseating incumbent Republican Sen. Ted Cruz as the border crisis sits front and center on voters’ minds.

Although Democrat Rep. Collin Allred, who represents Texas’ 32nd Congressional District, wants to “surge resources” to help Border Patrol, he has consistently opposed efforts to ban sanctuary cities, supported a pathway to citizenship for the millions of illegal immigrants residing in the U.S., referred to the border wall as “racist,” and opposed multiple pieces of legislation aimed at cracking down on illegal immigration.

Allred launched his campaign for the Senate last May, and has so far vastly outraised his Democrat primary opponents. Recent polls also show him as the favorite to win the nomination in a possible runoff against Texas state Sen. Roland Gutierrez.

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However, a possible general election matchup against Cruz will likely pose a tougher challenge considering the border and illegal immigration are among the top issues that concern voters in the Lone Star state, which continues bearing the brunt of the migrant crisis that’s worsened under the Biden administration’s watch.

During his first run for Congress in the 2018 midterm elections, Allred was a leading crusader against S.B. 4, a bill passed by the Texas legislature that effectively banned sanctuary cities by requiring local law enforcement “to comply with federal immigration laws and detainer requests,” as well as creating criminal penalties for not enforcing the law.

“Following this national trend trying to act tough on immigration is not the Texas way,” Allred said in a 2017 interview with Medium, adding that the bill was “misguided and discriminatory,” and that it would “be a stain” on Texas history.

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A few days after the interview was published, Allred continued raling against the bill in a lengthy Facebook post, calling it “cruel” and “inhumane.”

“It is an insult to the generations of Latinos and others who built this state. I condemn this law, and call for its immediate repeal,” he wrote.

Allred has also been a vocal proponent of providing a pathway to citizenship for the millions of illegal immigrants residing in the U.S. illegally, a view he expressed in an Aug. 2018 interview with the then-left-wing podcast Millennial Politics

In the interview, Allred said the country needed “to have comprehensive immigration reform that will provide a pathway to citizenship,” described such a policy as “humane,” and didn’t deny supporting a potential decriminalization of illegal immigration when asked specifically by the host.

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“I think it’s all going to come down to a comprehensive reform that will set forward the pathway that we’re going to have to follow and that includes what that pathway to citizenship will be and how we will carry that out,” Allred said.

What appears to be Allred’s relaxed approach to the border has continued into the more recent past despite the historic numbers of migrants crossing into the U.S. as well as the increase in chaos surrounding human and drug trafficking.

Last year, he opposed H.R. 2494, a bill that would have made assaulting law enforcement officers, firefighters or other first responders a deportable offense, and H.R. 3941, a bill that would have prohibited school facilities that receive federal funding from housing any illegal immigrants.

Both bills passed the Republican-controlled House, but currently sit stalled in the Democrat-controlled Senate.

Additionally, Allred referred to the border wall as “racist,” and called for it to be torn down, according to a report published last year by the Daily Caller citing video footage of Allred from 2018.

“I’ll tell you what, if they build that racist wall, my generation is the one that will tear it down. We are not going to have a wall in this country,” Allred said. 

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In another video cited by the outlet, Allred said, “I wanna briefly talk about this racist wall. The symbol of this country cannot be a fence with barbed wire on top of it. It has to remain the Statute of Liberty. I’ll tell you what. If they build that wall, my generation will be the one that tears it down. We will not have this in this country. We will not have this wall in our country.” 

“We are not going to waste billions of dollars on a racist campaign promise, and we are not going to turn the symbol of this country into a wall with barbed wire on top of it,” he added.

When reached for comment, Allred told Fox News Digital, “Our immigration system is broken, and to fix it we need real solutions that secure our border, surge resources to Border Patrol and our border communities, create a pathway to earned citizenship for Dreamers and reform our system to better meet the needs of our economy.”

“When given the opportunity to actually do something, Ted Cruz put politics over a bipartisan border security bill backed by the Border Patrol Union,” he added.

Fox News Digital has also reached out to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee for comment.

Get the latest updates from the 2024 campaign trail, exclusive interviews and more at our Fox News Digital election hub.

Iconic MLB player, known for playing with toothpick in mouth, dead at 70

U.L. Washington, a former MLB shortstop who was known for playing with a toothpick in his mouth during his 11-year career, reportedly died on Sunday after a battle with cancer. He was 70.

The Canadian Baseball Network first reported Washington’s passing, and his former teammates expressed their condolences on social media. George Brett was among them.

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“So sorry to hear my friend my team mate UL Washington has died of cancer he was a great player I will always be thankful of our time together with the Royals,” Brett wrote on X.

Washington played for the Kansas City Royals, Montreal Expos and Pittsburgh Pirates from 1977 to 1987. He hit .251 with 27 home runs and 255 RBI in 907 career games. He helped the Royals to an American League pennant in 1980 when he hit .364 with an RBI and a double against the New York Yankees.

Kansas City lost the World Series in six games to the Philadelphia Phillies.

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Washington was a fan favorite for what he had in his mouth as he played — a toothpick. He explained to The Kansas City Star he chose to keep the toothpick in his mouth because tobacco burned his mouth. The toothpick reached a fever pitch in 1980 sparking talk about potentially banning it in MLB. But it never came to fruition.

“I’d much rather be remembered as a pretty good player, but I realize most people will remember me as the guy with the toothpick,” the told the Oklahoman in 1988.

“I feel I’ve had a pretty good career, especially looking back at how I got into professional baseball.”

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The Oklahoma native was a manager in several minor league systems after his playing career was over. He was also credited with helping Los Angeles Dodgers star Mookie Betts turn into a power hitter.

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SCOTUS weighs in on Texas law that allows police to arrest, detain illegal migrants

The Supreme Court issued a stay against the Texas law that expands police officers’ powers to detain migrants, temporarily halting enforcement. 

The order, which was decided on Monday, was signed by Associate Justice Samuel Alito. The stay prevents the Texas law, which is called SB 4, from going into effect until 5 p.m. on Mar. 12, at the earliest.

The move from the Supreme Court came after the Department of Justice (DOJ) asked the court to temporarily block enforcement of the state law. The agency had filed an emergency appeal.

SB 4 gives Texas authorities the ability to arrest anyone they believe has crossed into the U.S. illegally. It was signed by Gov. Greg Abbott in December.

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Last week, Abbott said that he will refuse to “back down in our fight to protect our state” after a federal judge had temporarily blocked the law through a preliminary injunction.

Back in February, over 40 politicians endorsed an amicus brief that supported the law. 

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Rep. Jodey Arrington, R-Texas, told Fox News Digital that the intention of the law is to “stop the chaos, secure the border, and protect Texans.”

“It is clear to any honest and objective person living in this country that President Biden has willfully disregarded the laws of the land, abdicated his constitutional duty to provide for a common defense, and unilaterally surrendered control of our border to terrorist drug cartels,” Arrington said.

The State of Texas has until Mar. 11 to file a response to the DOJ appeal for emergency action.

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Fox News Digital reached out to Abbott for comment.

Fox News Digital’s Michael Lee, Louis Casiano and Adam Shaw contributed to this report.

WATCH: Travis Kelce fights back tears during brother’s huge announcement

Waterworks were pouring out of eyes in Philadelphia on Monday, as Eagles veteran center Jason Kelce officially announced his retirement from the NFL after 13 seasons. 

It wasn’t just Kelce with streams of water down his face during his press conference either. His younger brother, Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, was in the front row getting emotional as well. 

Travis, wearing a pair of black sunglasses, couldn’t keep his emotions under the shades. Eliot Shorr-Parks of 94WIP.com caught video of him wiping his eyes as well as their mother, Donna, teary-eyed next to him. 

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Jason mentioned Travis during his speech, reflecting on the moment he heard the Chiefs drafted him. 

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“And my brother receiving the call and him being drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs,” Jason said as he and Travis both got emotional. “This time, the tears down both my father and I’s face as my brother realized his own [dream].”

Of course, their father, Ed Kelce, and Jason’s wife, Kylie, were also present with many others as the All-Pro center fought back his emotions while making a 45-minute speech at the podium. There were times Jason had to totally regroup, as he couldn’t help but cry in this bittersweet moment. 

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As brothers do, Jason and Travis continuously supported one another, even though they weren’t on the same team. That was even the case in Super Bowl LVII when the Eagles and Chiefs played against each other. 

When Jason finished his speech, he walked off the stage and immediately gave a huge bear hug to Travis before doing the same with each member of his family. 

It goes without saying the impact Jason has had on the Philadelphia community on and off the field. The accolades of seven Pro Bowls and six All-Pro nods to go along with a Super Bowl title during the 2017 campaign has him pegged for the Pro Football Hall of Fame one day. 

He’s also been giving back to his community since joining the Eagles as a sixth-round pick in the 2011 Draft, whether it’s through his work with the Eagles Autism Foundation or his (Be)Philly Foundation. 

“It is difficult to put into words how much Jason Kelce has meant to everyone in this organization, to the City of Philadelphia, and to our fans,” Eagles chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement. “He gave everything he had to all of us for 13 years, and he did it in a way that was truly authentic. Jason was an incredible football player; a future Hall of Famer who would have been successful anywhere. But has there ever been a more perfect marriage between a player, a city and a team?

“His grit and determination, from being a walk-on linebacker at Cincinnati to an undersized sixth-round pick in 2011, are unparalleled. His intelligence and versatility, from starting as a rookie center in a lockout season to thriving under multiple coaches and offensive schemes, set him apart from others at his position. The genuine love and care he showed his coaches, teammates and staff endeared him to all he worked alongside. The passion and intensity that he poured into everything he did, both on and off the field, made a city fall in love.”

As for Travis, there’s been no indication that he’s going to call it quits anytime soon, especially after the Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers to win back-to-back Super Bowls. He did admit that the thought of retirement had entered his mind in the past, but he isn’t dwelling on it quite like Jason. 

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Jason’s contributions to the Eagles and the game as a whole over the last 13 years will be remembered. 

Legal experts speak out after SCOTUS ruling keeps Trump on the ballot

Reactions from legal experts are pouring in after the Supreme Court voted unanimously in favor of former President Trump and against the effort to remove him from the Colorado ballot for allegedly taking part in an “insurrection.”

“The Court showed a divided nation that we remain bound by shared constitutional values,” George Washington Law professor Jonathan Turley said on Fox News immediately after the decision was read, adding that this was a “critical moment for this court in history.”

“After all of the years we have spent in this Republic we came to a point where these states claimed that they could unilaterally bar the leading presidential candidate from ballots to prevent people from voting for Donald Trump,” Turley said. “The court here struck with a strong, and it appears unanimous, voice at least on the result that that’s not going to happen. Voters will vote. They’ll make their own verdict regardless of cases that happen involving President Trump. They will cast the most important verdict of all. They will vote for the next President of the United States.”

“So much for the long list of people who weighed in on this case to declare that Colorado’s position was the only constitutionally acceptable one and suggesting that any idiot could see that,” Judicial Network President Carrie Severino posted on X

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“Obviously, they were not making legal arguments, but political ones.”

Ilya Shapiro, director of constitutional studies at the Manhattan Institute, told Fox News Digital that the “unanimous Supreme Court got it right.”

“States can’t create a patchwork of ways for disqualifying candidates for federal office,” Shapiro added. “There’s disagreement among the justices about which federal actors can do so, and according to which procedures, so perhaps it would be a good idea for Congress to clarify these issues by enacting a new version of the Enforcement Act of 1870.”

“But regardless, in a polarized time of record-low societal trust in institutions, it’s a good thing that voters will decide whether Donald Trump can return to the White House, not Colorado’s supreme court, Maine’s secretary of state, or any other state or local officials.”

“The Supreme Court justices brought order to what could have become a chaotic election season by shutting down this partisan, anti-democratic, and unconstitutional effort in Colorado,” Heritage Foundation legal fellows Hans von Spakovsky and Charles Stimson wrote in a press release. “They found a ‘combination’ of constitutional grounds that ‘resolves this case,’ and that explains why the Colorado court got it wrong.”

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“Activist courts and partisan bureaucrats should not be able to take away American voters’ right to choose the president. This ruling, which came together with amazing speed for the Supreme Court, should serve as a stern warning that radicals cannot interfere in our election process and, as the justices say in the opinion, ‘nullify the votes of millions and change the election result.’”

All nine justices ruled in favor of Trump in the case, which will impact the status of efforts in several other states to remove the likely GOP nominee from their respective ballots. 

The court considered for the first time the meaning and reach of Article 3 of the 14th Amendment, which bars former officeholders who “engaged in insurrection” from holding public office again. Challenges have been filed to remove Trump from the 2024 ballot in over 30 states. 

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“We conclude that States may disqualify persons holding or attempting to hold state office. But States have no power under the Constitution to enforce Section 3 with respect to federal offices, especially the Presidency,” the Court wrote.

“A great win for America. Very, very important!” Trump told Fox News Digital in an exclusive interview Monday morning. 

“Equally important for our country will be the decision that they will soon make on immunity for a president — without which, the presidency would be relegated to nothing more than a ceremonial position, which is far from what the founders intended,” Trump told Fox News Digital. “No president would be able to properly and effectively function without complete and total immunity.” 

He added, “Our country would be put at great risk.” 

Fox News Digital’s Brooke Singman and Anders Hagstrom contributed to this report

Sex offender killed when ‘brave’ woman uses his own weapon against him, cops say

A twice-convicted sex offender was stabbed to death at a laundromat in Louisiana by a woman he was allegedly trying to assault, according to authorities. 

The incident happened around 3:30 p.m., on Sunday, March 3, after deputies were dispatched for a 911 call to a laundromat in the Lacombe-area. 

According to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, Nicholas Tranchant, 40, was found unresponsive with a visible stab wound and taken to a nearby hospital where he later died.

Deputies stated that an investigation into the incident revealed that Tranchant, a known convicted sex offender, had entered the laundromat armed with a sharp weapon and was attempting to sexually assault the woman when she fought back. 

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According to deputies, the woman was able to gain possession of the weapon, and used it to stab him before fleeing to safety, claiming it was self-defense. 

Deputies say the woman was also injured during the altercation and was transported to an area hospital, where she is being treated.

“I want to compliment this brave woman on the courage and strength she showed in fighting back against her attacker and ask for prayers for her continued recovery,” Sheriff Randy Smith said in a statement. 

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The sheriff’s office confirmed Tranchant was convicted in July 2003 for Indecent Behavior with Juveniles. He was then convicted again in May 2008 for Attempted Aggravated Rape and Aggravated Burglary.  

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Officials said Tranchant was released from jail on those charges on December 21, 2023, and was required to register as a sex offender.