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AOC loses it on pro-Palestinian protesters confronting her at movie theater: ‘It’s f—ed up’

A group of pro-Palestinian protesters on Monday accosted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and her fiancé outside a movie theater in Brooklyn and demanded that she call Israel’s offensive in Gaza a “genocide.”

Video obtained by Fox News Digital shows the protesters, phones in hand, approaching the congresswoman outside the Alamo Drafthouse. 

“You refuse to call it a genocide,” one of the protesters can be heard saying, to which Ocasio-Cortez fires back: “I need you to understand that this is not okay.” 

“It’s not okay that there’s a genocide happening and you’re not actively against it,” the protester says. 

“You’re lying!” Ocasio-Cortez shouts back. 

The video shows the protesters following her down the escalator, continually berating her for not labeling the war a “genocide.” 

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“If you can’t say it, just say it. Literally. We’re just talking to you like normal people. Just say it’s a genocide. Just say it. Over 30,000 people are dead AOC, you can’t just say it for once?” another protester shouts, citing figures from the Hamas-run Health Ministry in Gaza. “Just say the word, that’s it. That’s all we want you to say.” 

The protesters chase her and her fiancé, Riley Roberts, outside the building. At one point, Roberts pleads with the protesters to stop as they continue following the couple down the sidewalk. 

One of the protesters asks whether Ocasio-Cortez is concerned her comments would “go viral.” 

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A visibly angry Ocasio-Cortez tells the protesters that they’re going to clip the video so that her comments are “completely out of context.” 

She then appears to concede that Israel’s actions constitute a genocide. 

“I already said that it was. And y’all are just gonna pretend that it wasn’t. Over and over again. It’s f—ed up man. And you’re not helping these people. You’re not helping them,” Ocasio-Cortez says. 

The protesters, clearly unassuaged and dissatisfied with her answer, continue chasing the couple down the sidewalk. One of them mentions her past comments, condemning the Armenian genocide. 

“Why won’t you say it in front of everybody, why us?” 

Fox News Digital has reached out to Ocasio-Cortez’s office for comment. 

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Ocasio-Cortez has repeatedly condemned Israel’s retaliation after the Oct. 7 massacre, in which Hamas militants killed 1,200 civilians, injured hundreds more, and took around 250 hostages. 

She has called for a ceasefire and suggested the U.S. “conditioning aid, if not cutting aid to the Netanyahu government.”  

Just weeks after the Oct. 7 attack, Ocasio-Cortez accused Israel of committing war crimes, while qualifying that she was not defending Hamas. 

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 off 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.  

Dem who called border wall ‘racist’ faces major roadblock 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.

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Couple’s ‘unique one-of-a-kind wedding venue choice’ sparks major debate online

Some people may go to a church or chapel to get married — but one couple decided to head to a local gas station bathroom for their nuptials.

Logen Abney and Tiana Alistock said “I do” inside the men’s bathroom at a local HOP Shops location in Verona, Kentucky, on Valentine’s Day.

Alistock is an employee at the location. 

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“I wanted something a little different,” she told FOX Carolina.

“Didn’t want to just get married in a typical chapel, or you know, go to the church. I wanted something fun to tell my kids. Something fun. A good experience.”

Alistock started brainstorming and decided the perfect place to get married was the disco-centric bathroom after sharing the idea with her boss, the news organization reported.

HOP Shops are known for their out-of-the-ordinary bathrooms that include a colorful light display at the press of a button.

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“We decided to get married in the disco bathroom unexpectedly. It started off as a joke between me and one of my bosses, kind of a, ‘Well, why not?’ situation that took off in ways I couldn’t even explain,” Alistock told Fox News Digital.

“Once it was set in stone, I was more than excited to finally marry him and have such a unique one-of-a-kind wedding venue choice!”

HOP Shops produced a media release about the festive nuptials at one of its locations. 

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“The ambiance was nothing short of magical. Vibrant colors adorned the venue, complemented by the mesmerizing reflections from glittering disco balls hanging from the ceiling,” HOP Shops said in a recent press release.

“As the pulsating beat filled the air, anticipation mounted for the arrival of the bride and groom.”

The bride made her own aisle in the gas station leading to the ceremony space, notably reserved with a sign saying, “Disco bathroom wedding in session. Sorry if any inconvenience. Free fountain pop on us!!”

Alistock and Abney entered into the men’s restroom in their wedding attire, surrounded by friends and family who were overflowing into the hallway.

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While the bathroom might seem like an unconventional location, the Kentucky bride-to-be and her fiancé were not afraid to do something unique.

“I was like, well, it’s definitely going to be kind of different, but kind of cool, too, because like I said, ‘I ain’t never been in a gas station bathroom where you can push a button and disco lights come on,'” Logen told FOX Carolina after discussing the idea with Alistock.

“By embracing the unconventional, they set an example for couples everywhere to celebrate love in their own unique way, free from societal norms and expectations,” HOP Shops shared online.

Instead of ending vows with “You may kiss the bride,” the two pressed the big red button that initiated the disco scene and played “Forever and Ever, Amen” by Randy Travis, FOX Carolina also reported.

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The unusual location of the wedding led to mixed reviews from outsiders — but the happy couple does not have any regrets and are enjoying the beginning of their married life.

“Married life has been amazing. We absolutely love each other and nothing can ever change that,” Alistock told Fox News Digital.

“When you know, you just know — and we knew instantly that we were each other’s person.”

Fox News Digital reached out to the HOP Shops location for further comment.

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Baseball legend Steve Garvey’s astonishing rise in California Senate race

Rep. Adam Schiff’s Republican primary challenger in California’s Senate race warned voters in the Golden State have been “suppressed” by the Democrats as he remains in a “statistical tie” to fill the late Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s seat. 

Steve Garvey, a former 10-time MLB All-Star, joined “Fox & Friends” to discuss his candidacy and why he believes Californians are “mad” about the state’s Democratic leadership. 

“The people of California, who have been suppressed by one party, are saying they’re mad,” Garvey told Brian Kilmeade on Monday. 

“They’re not going to take it anymore,” said the longtime Dodgers first baseman, adding that voters in the state know “his heart” and believe that he’ll represent their best interests. 

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“These are career politicians who have failed the people, and it’s time for change, a fresh young face, with new ideas… Somebody that knows that he can make a difference, and I think people believe that I can.”

Garvey is in a “statistical tie” against opponent Adam Schiff, according to a poll from the UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies. The data indicates 27% of voters would back Garvey compared to Schiff’s 25%, which is a steep increase from data back in January. 

Garvey emphasized the importance of the border crisis, arguing the issue is top of mind for voters as cartels continue to wage “war against America.”

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) sources told Fox that in just the last 72 hours, there have been more than 21,000 migrant encounters and 3,600 in the San Diego border sector alone. 

“Once I started running, they started listening to my common sense, compassionate, consensus-building plea to them,” Garvey said. “And I said, ‘Well, let me fight crime in the streets for you. Let me try to get the homeless off the streets and get care for them. Let me help fight the border.’ By the way, the cartels are the true terrorists. They’re the ones that infiltrate. They organize. … It’s the true war against America.”

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On March 5, California voters will head to the ballot box to fill the late senator’s seat, which is currently being filled temporarily by Laphonza Butler. Four candidates are in the running for her seat – Adam Schiff, Katie Porter and Barbara Lee alongside Garvey, who is the only Republican in the race.

Whichever two of the four candidates receives the highest number of votes in the March primary will advance to the November general election, no matter which party each candidate represents. 

“I’ll meet with all 99 senators. I’ll stick out my hand, and I’ll tell them I want to work with them,” Garvey said. 

“But it’s the people that I serve, people of California, people of this country. They know where my heart is. It’s a campaign of grace and civility, and people are standing up and answering with their votes.”

Trump takes ND, inches closer to nomination ahead of Super Tuesday contests

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.

JK Rowling blasts trans activists after man records in women’s bathroom

The sentencing of a man who told police he identified as a woman when caught filming women in a U.K. public restroom caught the attention of J.K. Rowling over the weekend.

The Harry Potter series author posted about Kurtis Mawson being convicted on X, formerly known as Twitter, on Saturday, writing, “That thing only evil, nasty bigots claim happens, and that never, ever happens, has happened. Again.”

The actions of Mawson prompted Rowling to publish a series of tweets addressing her broader concern at hand. 

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In the first paragraph of a three-tweet thread, Rowling wrote, “It is possible to want trans people to be safe and happy while recognising that there are risks to women and girls in eradicating single sex spaces. Women and girls are being pressured to surrender their hard-won rights to a group that poses a proven danger to them.”

“The statistics don’t lie. Some – not all – trans-identified males have committed sexual and violent offences against women and girls. Some male predators have capitalised on gender identity activism to claim a trans identity they never espoused pre-conviction or assault,” she continued. 

She concluded the thread by saying, “Telling women and girls they must accept increased risk to themselves to appease male feelings is the very definition of the patriarchy you claim to stand against. Vulnerable women are paying the price for a fashionable fallacy that has serious, real world consequences.”

The story Rowling linked to reported that Mawson was “spotted inside female toilets” in the city of Durham and was “inside a closed cubicle, standing on the toilet looking into the next cubicle” on May 5, 2022.

When police arrived on the scene asking if there was anybody inside, Mawson was reported to have answered in a high-pitched voice, “Yeah.”

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According to The Chronicle Live, the prosecutor stated that as officers on the scene continued asking why he was in a women’s restroom, Mawson replied, “Just chilling,” before proceeding to claim that he identified as a woman. 

Police officers seized his phone and a camera, finding footage of women in bathroom stalls. 

When the Durham court found that Mawson’s home had been previously searched, they initiated an additional investigation which seized several devices containing indecent images of children in “category A images – the most serious – as well as category B and C images” alongside an “extreme pornographic image of a person engaging in an act with a dog,” The Chronicle Live reported.

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Mawson was also accused of sexually assaulting a tourist who was taking a photo of the Durham Cathedral in June.

Mawson confessed to failing to register as a sexual offender, and has pleaded guilty to sexual assault, “voyeurism, three counts of making indecent photographs of a child and possessing an extreme pornographic image,” according to the report. 

He was sentenced to 25 months.

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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.

Investors getting jitters ahead of Super Tuesday as uncertainty looms

Uncertainty leading up to a presidential election can often give investors jitters, and some are wringing their hands over the expected rematch between President Biden and former President Trump this fall.

Financial services giant TIAA told FOX Business that as Super Tuesday has drawn near, many clients have been asking the firm’s wealth management team if they should change their portfolios.

“Clients are generally very concerned about the political climate that we are in,” Niladri “Neel” Mukherjee, the chief investment officer of TIAA’s Wealth Management team, said in an interview. “And typically this concern is never a surprise because it comes every four years. There’s always political uncertainty, but this year, it seems to be a little bit more heightened than I’ve ever seen it in my career.”

To answer the clients’ question, Mukherjee, conducted research going back to 1928, and the data might provide investors some peace of mind.

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Mukherjee found that in the past 24 presidential elections, returns for standard 60/40 portfolios – holding 60% invested in stocks and 40% in bonds – did not move much, with returns of 8.7% total return in election years and 8.5% in non-election years.

In fact, he found there have been only four presidential years with negative returns since 1928, and all of them occurred amid significant, disruptive events: the Great Depression, World War II, the tech bubble burst and the Great Recession.

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Another encouraging finding from Mukherjee’s research is that in each of the 11 presidential years that the month of January was positive in terms of returns – which we have seen in 2024 – the markets were up for the rest of those years.

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He says that statistics aside, averages are what they are, and every cycle is different. But generally speaking, the idea is that the markets are more volatile during election years, but they tend to push through and produce decent returns on average. 

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“What we are telling our clients is to focus not so much on the elections and the political noise,” Mukherjee said. “Focus on other fundamental factors, which will drive the markets as they always do, which is interest rates, corporate earnings, monetary policy, the Fed’s actions and obviously economic growth.” 

He added, “That’s the big message that we are giving investors.”