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Woke Biden official who tried to ban World War II kissing photo has controversial history

A Veterans Department official who sent a since-rescinded memo calling for the removal of an iconic photo of a Navy sailor kissing a woman in Times Square has been at the center of previous controversies in the past.

Assistant Under Secretary for Health Operations RimaAnn Nelson sparked a firestorm, including calls for her to be fired, last week when she sent a memo to VA employees calling for the historic photo of a Navy sailor kissing a woman in Times Square on V-J Day in 1945 to be removed from all VA medical buildings because it does not fit with the department’s “no-tolerance policy towards sexual harassment and assault.

The incident is not the first time Nelson has faced scrutiny during her tenure at the VA.

Nelson was appointed to be head of the Phoenix VA in 2016, which prompted outrage from then Democratic Rep. and now Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, along with former Republican Rep. Matt Salmon, who wrote a letter to then-President Obama calling for a reconsideration of Nelson’s appointment due to her previous tenure at the St. Louis VA hospital.

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“When I first heard of the VA’s latest appointment in Phoenix, I immediately felt it must be some sort of a cruel joke,” Salmon wrote at the time. “After working with the Phoenix veteran community for years, I know they deserve better.” 

“To think that Ms. Nelson, with her less-than-impressive past, is the best possible candidate to provide crucial leadership for the facility equated to ‘ground zero’ of the VA scandal is unequivocally offensive to us and each of the veterans we represent.”

Nelson served as the director of the St. Louis VA hospital from 2009 to 2013, during a time when veterans were reportedly exposed to HIV and hepatitis. CNN reported that an investigation found that “staff in St. Louis had not been trained to sterilize equipment, and according to a whistleblower, the poor sanitation contributed to infections.”

According to a report from AZ Central, investigators followed up to see if the problem had been addressed at the facility, and they had not. The Daily Caller reported that conditions were so bad that veterans were left sitting in feces for “days.”

Despite the documented problems at the hospital, Nelson reportedly received more than $25,000 in bonuses.

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Nelson’s time only ended in St. Louis after she transferred to a facility in the Philippines, a decision made by her, where she earned $160,000 per year living in a country known for a low cost of living.

Nelson’s tenure leading the Phoenix VA was controversial as well. 

Fox News reported that the Phoenix facility was “ranked as one of the worst in the country in 2017” after Nelson was hired in 2016.

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A VA spokesperson confirmed to Fox News Digital Nelson’s memo was sent out but should not have been, and it has been rescinded. 

VA Secretary Denis McDonough overrode the memo in a statement Tuesday.

“Let me be clear: This image is not banned from VA facilities, and we will keep it in VA facilities,” McDonough said. 

Still, two Republicans, Montana Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Ryan Zinke, wrote a letter to McDonough calling for Nelson’s firing.

“Not only was this proposed policy ill-conceived, but it was also somehow deemed a VHA operational priority during a time when there are significant issues with recruitment and retention, hiring freezes, and budgetary constraints. It raises the question of VHA’s organizational structure and the qualifications of some of its core management,” the letter states. 

In a statement to Fox News Digital, McDonough responded to the letter, saying, “Rima has dedicated her career to serving Veterans. We are fortunate to have her at VA, and she will remain at VA.”

A VA spokesperson told Fox News Digital that Nelson is serving as Assistant Under Secretary for Health for Operations during a time when the department is “delivering more health care to more veterans than ever before,” and nearly 70% of VA hospitals are outperforming non-VA hospitals.

Fox News Digital’s Brianna Herlihy and Chris Pandolfo contributed to this report

Dems quietly ‘nervous’ about Biden’s performance at State of the Union

Democrats are quietly expressing concerns about President Biden’s upcoming State of the Union speech on Thursday evening, with others remaining hopeful that the president will use the opportunity to beat worries and attacks over his age. 

“We are all nervous,” one House Democrat told Axios, citing concerns about the 81-year-old Biden’s “ability to speak without blowing things.”

Another House Democrat told the outlet that Biden was likely to make mistakes during his speech. 

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“Listen, Trump has made rhetorical slips,” the lawmaker said. “Biden is going to make rhetoric slips, I think the key is his energy level.”

“There’s no doubt that he has the vigor [for a second term], but that’s being questioned,” former House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said. “He’s quick, and he needs to show that.”

Democratic strategist Doug Sosnik told Axios that Biden’s “delivery” — not just the words of his speech itself — will be critical. “Given concerns about Biden’s age, his delivery will be as important as his substance,” Sosnik said. 

Other Democrats said they were confident about Biden’s performance at one of the most important political events of a president’s term, pointing to his spry showing at last year’s address.

“He owned the Republicans when they tried to heckle him,” Rep. Ted Lieu D-Calif., said, adding that Biden will do an “outstanding job.”  

Last year, chaos erupted briefly in the House chamber when Biden claimed “some Republicans want Medicare and Social Security to sunset.”

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“It’s going to be one of the biggest audiences that the president will have this year, so it’s a huge opportunity to make the case,” Rep. Greg Landsman, D-Ohio., told Axios. 

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Tuesday that Biden was “looking forward to… talking about the accomplishments that he’s made the last three years and also the vision that he has for this country.”

The president’s speech to the nation also comes just weeks after special counsel Robert Hur released his highly anticipated report following his months-long investigation into Biden’s improper retention of classified records. 

Hur, in his report, described the president as a “sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory,” and did not bring charges against him. 

Biden’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital. 

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report. 

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Trump has suggested a workable and novel way to help Ukraine

A president faces congressional recalcitrance to fund a faltering ally in a war against an adversary with designs on Europe. Such was the situation in 1941 when President Roosevelt faced isolationists in the U.S. Senate over backing the British against Nazi Germany. 

As the Russian-Ukrainian war enters a pivotal year, supporters of Ukraine face similar political opposition in the House of Representatives where the Speaker has declared a Senate-passed funding bill dead on arrival. Like the UK in 1941, Ukraine is in a precarious position. Without more military assistance, Ukraine will increasingly lose more territory like the recent fall of Adviivka.

How to resolve the impasse and help Ukraine? Of all people, former President Donald Trump has suggested a workaround — convert the cost of the weapons transfers into a loan. Trump even specified that the loan would bear no interest and would only be paid “if Ukraine ever strikes it rich.” 

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This has a historical precedent. During a Caribbean cruise after his reelection in 1940, President Roosevelt conceived of a mechanism whereby the U.S. could lend or lease military equipment and ammunition to countries considered vital to the defense of the U.S. FDR likened Lend Lease to loaning a garden hose to a neighbor whose house was on fire. By not styling the assistance as a grant to the UK, FDR assuaged concerns about “foreign aid.”  

FDR had previously wrong-footed his political opponents. Instead of giving the British 50 naval destroyers, FDR insisted they be paired with a transfer to the U.S. of British bases in the Caribbean and western Atlantic. How’s that for the art of the deal?

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It’s in the vital national interest of the U.S. to continue to enable Ukraine’s military to stop a regenerated Putin from threatening NATO and drawing us into war. Considering these stakes, insisting on loans seems harsh given that Ukraine is fighting for its existence. 

Churchill likened Lend Lease to “a sheriff collecting the last assets of a helpless debtor.” But without new military assistance, Ukraine’s prospects will sink. 

FDR’s maneuvering to help the British provide a guide. 

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We should employ such creativity, seize on Trump’s idea and take yes for an answer. 

Take the win.

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Matthew McConaughey loves the ‘lack of drama’ since fleeing California for southern state

Matthew McConaughey and wife Camila Alves have lived a drama-free life since leaving California for Texas a decade ago.

In an interview with Southern Living magazine, the couple explained that their pace of life has slowed down and their overall happiness has picked up.

“Time slowed down,” McConaughey told the outlet. “The clock was right, the body clock. And part of that is ritual; part of that is just the distance between places and the way people move. But it’s also the hospitality, the courtesy, the common sense, the lack of drama.”

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Alves believes that “the gravity” in Texas has made all the difference. “The gravity is right,” she explained.

The Pantalones Tequila partners, who tied the knot in 2012, moved to Austin in 2014. They share sons Levi, 15, and Livingston, 11, and daughter Vida, 14.

Alves, who is a Brazil native, explained to the outlet that she was happy, planting roots with her young family in California, when McConaughey sprang the idea of a move to her.

“We were living a happy life in Malibu,” she explained. “We had a beautiful house that we’d built together and put a lot of love and care into. We were raising our kids there. I was growing everything in the yard. I had bees making honey.”

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A family crisis required that they fly to Austin to be with the actor’s mother, Kay McConaughey.

One night after visiting Kay, Alves recalled being stopped at a traffic light in the passenger seat next to her husband. She told the outlet that McConaughey had “a peaceful but confident, energetic look” on his face in the idling car.

Alves recalled randomly asking her husband, “You want to move here, don’t you?”

“It was like one… two… three…,” she said, eyeing McConaughey, “and you went, ‘Yep.'”

He quipped, “And you went –” to which Alves answered, “‘You son of a b….'”

The light turned green shortly after their conversation and she recalled telling him, “Let’s do it,” so they did.

The “Dazed and Confused” actor recalled the transition from California to Texas being harder for his wife, but Alves shared that she was used to the Southern way of life since she was born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

“We grew up saying ‘Yes, ma’am’ and ‘No, sir’ or – as I should say – ‘Yes, ma’am’ and ‘Yes, sir,’” she told the outlet. “It takes me right back to how I was raised.” 

She has since adjusted and is enjoying life in the Lone Star State.

“In Texas, we were going to the church that we like to attend every Sunday. Sports became a stronger tradition for the kids,” she began. 

“Ritual!” McConaughey chimed in. “Ritual came back, whether that was Sunday church, sports, dinner together as a family every night, or staying up after that telling stories in the kitchen, sitting at the island pouring drinks and nibbling while retelling them all in different ways than we told them before.”

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The transition from Los Angeles to Austin was easier for McConaughey, since he is a Uvalde, Texas, native.

During his interview with Southern Living, the actor told the outlet that he believes everyone should return to where they were conceived – like “full-blown shaking hands with where you were conceived.”

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“Wouldn’t it be interesting to take people back to where they were conceived and have them spend a month?” he told the outlet, two miles away from Fort Davis, where he was conceived in early 1969. “And then you could ask: How is your life? How are your thoughts? How is your creativity? How do you feel?”

Police tell pastor he can’t discuss religion on the streets — he has perfect response

A Christian preacher brought a legal battle against the police in the United Kingdom after he was told by authorities that he could no longer comment on other religions while he gave street sermons. 

Police conceded that they acted “disproportionately” when they forbade Dia Moodley from commenting on other religions, like atheism or Islam, while he preached in the streets of Bristol, England, according to Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) International. The Christian leader received a settlement from the Avon & Somerset Police after lawyers from ADF UK and the Free Speech Union argued the authorities wrongfully tried to ban him from criticizing alternative worldviews by discriminating against him on religious grounds and for breaching his European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) rights to freedom of thought, conscience, religion, expression, assembly and association.

Moodley, a Bristol-based pastor and father of four, is known for preaching in the streets using a Q&A style where he allows passersby to ask him questions and challenge his beliefs, which often leads to references to other religions or beliefs and asking those who engage with him questions in return. 

“There would be a signboard that said ‘Stop and ask any question’ and so whatever I’d be speaking on, I’d literally stop and take questions from people,” Moodley told Fox News Digital. “But part of my agreement in taking questions from people was that I could ask the question back. That question and answer discourse … gathered a crowd very quickly … It could grow from two people to 100 people in a matter of minutes.” 

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Moodley said his congregation laid ground rules when they decided to preach in the public square with the aim of not preaching to breach the peace or cause problems. If they felt the crowd was getting out of control, Moodley would step down from the ladder and stop preaching so that the crowds could disperse. 

While Moodley said some people would come to listen and learn, others were “merely troublemakers” who came to be offended or upset at what was being said. Then, they would often call the police and complain that certain topics were being discussed. In one example, he said Muslims would get upset if he referenced the Quran, complaining to the police that he was being Islamophobic by reading the Muslim religious text in the public square.

Moodley has been fighting back in an effort to protect his right to have a conversation without the authorities weighing in, simply because they disagree with what he was saying. Freedom of speech – and its limits in the UK – have been in the spotlight recently.

“Over the last number of years, increasingly restrictive laws have been passed, introducing a new public order act that seeks to restrict even more the right to speak freely on controversial matters in the public square,” Lorcan Price, legal counsel for ADF International told Fox News Digital. “I’m afraid we’re going to see more of it in the future, because the underlying problem of this instinct towards censorship, particularly of Christians, is still there in police forces, it’s still there in government ministries.”

Before Moodley began street preaching, he decided to meet with local police and give them a clear explanation of his church, what he planned to do and discuss and the potential problems he and police might encounter, so they could “help each other” and be prepared. While he said they were “very reluctant” to engage in such a relationship, Moodley said one officer eventually got on board. 

After he sought help, police began to regularly attend Moodley’s public preaching. 

“I went into the constabulary every month, and I met with them to say, ‘Okay, what complaints are you receiving? How do we deal with this? These are how the officers have responded. How can we help them get better trained at how to respond?’ And we’d have these meetings continuously. There came a time, a few years later, where there was a change in management and a new officer came in and immediately [we] began to encounter some problems, and we found that the police were sending people almost undercover to investigate what was being said and there were times when, the crowd would actually come and tell us the police had asked them to complain against us.”

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But at the meeting, he was served with a warning notice that forbid him from criticizing any religions other than Christianity, banning him from “delivering a sermon or religious address at a time or place that has not had prior consent and approval of Avon & Somerset Constabulary” and from using “any words or language that could be considered to negatively affect public health and morals, or have the effect of inciting crime and disorder.”

“I was greatly disturbed and saddened, obviously,” he said. “I did not sign the document, [but] they said if I continued preaching … they would build a case against me, it would lead to criminal proceedings against me.”

“What is the argument from an atheistic approach? What is the argument from an evolutionist that we should not tackle? When did evolutionism and atheism become such a protected group of people that we can’t contend with them or have a debate with them, about what they believe?” he asked. 

As an immigrant to the United Kingdom from South Africa who has been in the country for 26 years, Moodley said he is trying to champion freedom of speech as an immigrant to the country because “what’s also being questioned is not just the fact that we’re not able to speak these things, but it came down to officers now questioning whether we have the proper interpretation of the Bible … We felt we couldn’t let it go, we had to take it to court to make sure this doesn’t happen to us or to anyone else.” 

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“Our freedom of speech is under threat, our freedom of religion is under threat, and we’re thankful for this case going in our favor,” Moodley said. Now, he plans to keep preaching as he always has. 

“I’m going to be out this Saturday preaching,” Moodley said. “I’m not going with any intention to be beaten up or have things thrown at me. But during summertime, it’s slushies and milkshakes. During wintertime, it’s hot chocolate and coffees … We’ve been told a number of times by people, we’re going to find something more dangerous to throw at you.”

Unfortunately, Price said Moodley’s case is part of a pattern in the UK where increasingly Christians in the public square are being arrested, harassed or subject to legal restrictions by the authorities simply for saying things that other people find challenging, upsetting or controversial. 

“That’s a real problem for freedom of expression in this country, which is the country in the world that really introduced the concept of civil rights with the Magna Carta all the way through to the unwritten constitution that we’ve lived by for so many centuries,” he said. 

“The legal framework here is public order law … if you’re engaged in conduct that could cause alarm or be grossly offensive in public, the police have the power to give a caution or a warning notice, which is what happened in Dia’s case, to move you on from a public place,” Price said. “If you refuse to comply, then they can arrest you. This law though generally, for most of its existence, was associated with people who were engaged in kind of harassment or any kind of threatening behavior.”

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“We’ve only seen in recent years, sadly, that it has started to be applied to the totally legitimate activities of Christians in the public square and Dia’s case is a very good example of this, where simply because of what he’s saying, some people find it challenging or upsetting, that they’re very quick to call the police.”

Price explained that the UK doesn’t have the strong protections laid out in First Amendment for freedom of speech, expression and religion, which gives UK citizens a much weaker protection in law that is heavily balanced against things like public order and discrimination. 

“This case is just one example of the systematic problem we’re seeing in this country when it comes to an instinct towards censorship on the part of the authorities, particularly where Christians are concerned. And it’s a very troubling pattern, that we’re seeing,” Price said. 

In addition, at the official policymaking level, even though the UK left the European Union, it’s still a member of the Council of Europe so it still subscribes to the European Convention on Human Rights. Because of this, many people don’t realize the UK is still under the authority of the European Court of Human Rights and “those institutions have what I call a systematic hostility to free speech, where the speech is seen to be interfering with I suppose the best way to put it is social stability,” Price said. 

“In the view of the European Court of Human Rights, countries are entitled to place restrictions on speech where it interferes with social order and public order and stability in society,” he said. “As our societies became less Christian and more religiously diverse, countries responded, and the authorities responded, by passing more and more restrictions on what you could say because they feared things like race riots or religious riots or inter-community conflict.

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The Bible has some very strong things to say about how people should live their lives and because some people find that upsetting, offensive or troubling, there is an instinct by authorities and policymakers to censor those views because they don’t want to provoke inter-community conflict, Price said. Society’s ability “to ventilate the truth in an open way without fear of legal consequences” and human rights like the entitlement to freedom of expression suffer as a result, he said. 

“This was the impetus, really, behind the censorship that we see in the European sphere and that includes, in this case, sadly, the United Kingdom,” he added. “I don’t see any immediate solutions to it, unfortunately and Christians are at the receiving end of this because what Christians have to say is a radically challenging message.”

Gabby Petito-inspired crime bill inches closer to becoming a law in Florida

A crime bill to benefit children and victims of domestic violence is headed to Gov. Ron DeSantis after passing both houses of the Florida legislature with support from the family of slain travel blogger Gabby Petito and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

The Protection of Children and Victims of Crime bill passed unanimously in the state House and Senate on Wednesday.

“We are thrilled to see the child welfare and lethality assessment Bill 1224 pass in the state of Florida,” Petito’s father, Joe Petito, told Fox News Digital. “It’s a significant milestone in the fight against domestic violence.”

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After his daughter’s murder in 2021, he and other family members and supporters started the Gabby Petito Foundation to battle domestic violence and raise awareness of missing person cases. They have lobbied for bills at the state and federal level, supporting the bipartisan Help Find the Missing Act, as well as measures in Utah.

The Florida bill aims to establish a lethality assessment protocol (LAP) in the state, a procedure for law enforcement to quickly evaluate whether a domestic violence victim faces imminent danger, serious injury or even death.

In its Florida form, the LAP consists of 12 questions police must ask the victim when responding to a domestic violence call.

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Two weeks before her murder, police in Moab, Utah, responded to a domestic violence call in which a witness reported seeing her fiance and travel companion Brian Laundrie hitting her in public and trying to drive off without her.

Although she was clearly overwhelmed and upset, police made no arrests and instead split the couple up for the night. A LAP evaluation could have saved her life, according to her parents.

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  5. Does the aggressor have a gun or could the aggressor easily obtain a gun?
  6. Is the aggressor violently or constantly jealous, or does the aggressor control most of your daily activities?
  7. Did you leave or separate from the aggressor after you were living together or married?
  8. Is the aggressor unemployed?
  9. To the best of your knowledge, has the aggressor ever attempted suicide?
  10. Do you have a child whom the aggressor believes is not the aggressor’s biological child?
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If the victim answers yes to questions 1-4, or yes to at least four of the remaining questions, law enforcement is required to refer them to a certified domestic violence center. The officer must also create a written report indicating the results of the LAP.

Andrea Mitchell dismisses own network’s polling, makes bold claim about Biden

MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell appeared to doubt the accuracy of her own network’s Super Tuesday exit polling, speculating that voters might support President Biden more than polls show. 

Mitchell said “enthusiasm” for Biden could be “bigger than we think” during an on-air discussion with NBC News senior political editor Mark Murray on Wednesday, in a clip flagged by Mediaite.

Murray argued a significant number of Nikki Haley voters could be more open to voting for Biden over former President Trump given the fact that 51% of Haley voters in Virginia said they approve of Biden’s job as president.

“That result [leads] me to think that maybe that five point spread in the New York Times poll and our poll on the head-to-head matchup is not quite accurate,” Mitchell said. “Maybe the enthusiasm for Joe Biden is, as their campaign has been claiming, bigger than we think once it’s a binary choice.”

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Mitchell was referring to a New York Times/Siena College poll that showed Trump leading Biden 48% to 43% as well as an NBC News poll also showing Trump with a five point lead over Biden in a head-to-head matchup.

Murray argued it will be a “competitive race,” but, because Biden is the incumbent, he has the advantage. 

“President Biden is underperforming some of his benchmarks, not only with base Democratic voters, but also voters in the middle of the electorate and now is the time for him to actually start trying to bring those people back into the fold,” he said.

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MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow was also critical of her network  on Super Tuesday, claiming it was “irresponsible to broadcast” Donald Trump’s victory speech.

“I will say that it is a decision that we revisit constantly in terms of the balance between allowing somebody to knowingly lie on your air about things they’ve lied about before, and you can predict they are going to lie about,” Maddow said Tuesday night. “And so, therefore, it is irresponsible to allow them to do that. It’s a balance between knowing that that’s irresponsible to broadcast and also knowing that as the de facto, soon to be de facto nominee of the Republican Party, this is not only the man who is likely to be the Republican candidate for president, but this is the way he’s running.”

Fellow host Stephanie Ruhle suggested they “fact-check the hell out of him” in an attempt to mitigate the tension, but Maddow doubled-down. 

“Yes, and we do that after the fact and that is the best remedy that we’ve got. It does not fix the fact that we broadcast it, honestly,” she said. 

In January, MSNBC cut away from a Trump speech following his victory in the Iowa caucuses. 

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Dems urge Biden to open his eyes after voters abandon him: ‘Something needs to change’

Democratic donors are urging President Biden to see recent presidential primary results, like in Michigan where more than 100,000 voters abandoned him and marked “uncommitted” on their ballots, as a “warning sign” and a “wake-up call.”

“Regardless of how you dissect the specific math and historical comparisons (2012, 2016) of what happened in Michigan, 100,000 uncommitted Democratic voters must be seen as a wake-up call,” wrote Way to Win, a national hub of progressive donors, in a memo to its members and supporters. “We can tell you that the energy behind ‘uncommitted’ is not something that should be ignored, taken lightly, or dismissed.”

It added: “We should not try to argue ourselves out of the fact that Michigan is a major warning signal that something needs to change.”

In the Democratic presidential primary in Michigan, the state’s Arab American population urged voters to “Abandon Biden” and vote “uncommitted” on primary ballots in protest of Biden’s support of Israel’s war in Gaza. Biden won 81% of the state, losing approximately 101,000 to the protest vote.

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In the memo, Way to Win cautioned that 2024 was lining up to be a repeat of 2016, when then-candidate Hillary Clinton lost the Democratic primary to Bernie Sanders but felt the state would still vote blue in the general election. It didn’t and Trump went on to win Michigan by just under 11,000 votes.

“Michigan 2024 is not an anomaly, just as Michigan 2016 was not,” the group wrote, adding that potential voters are hesitant to support Biden because they feel “disenchanted, disaffected and demobilized.”

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The protest extended to Super Tuesday as well.

Despite nearly sweeping every contest on Super Tuesday, Biden again saw a chunk of Democratic voters refuse to put his name down in states like Alabama, Colorado, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina and Tennessee.

In North Carolina, the Biden campaign saw a whopping 88,000 voters, or nearly 13% of the total, back “No Preference.”

In Massachusetts, a sizable 54,000 voters, or just under 10%, marked “No Preference.”

In Colorado, just over 43,000 voters, or roughly 8% of the vote, marked “Noncommitted Delegate” on the ballot, instead of putting down the president’s name.

In Tennessee, Alabama and Iowa, Biden lost approximately 8%, 6% and 4%, respectively, to “uncommitted.”

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In these states, the non-declared option was usually the second most chosen.

Way to Win added: “And beyond our volunteers and activists, there is a real and present danger that too many voters in close swing states who are fed up with the system will choose to either not vote at all, vote but skip the presidential ballot, or vote for third-party presidential candidates. We are seeing this everywhere in the data.”

The memo suggests Biden should directly address the concerns of those protesting him and “change course on Gaza,” elevate Vice President Kamala Harris on the campaign trail, and emphasize the need for Democrats to go out and vote.

Breakdown of Miley Cyrus’ family drama after mom weds daughter’s rumored fling

Tish Cyrus has been making headlines with reports her husband, Dominic Purcell, dated her youngest daughter, Noah Cyrus, before Tish and Purcell got together.

A source told Fox News Digital Purcell, 54, and Noah, 24, had a casual relationship before Tish, 56, began dating him in 2022. 

They’d ended things by the time Tish got involved with Purcell, but Tish knew he’d been with her daughter.

Fox News Digital takes a look at the key players in the family drama and what we know so far.

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Tish became single when she divorced country superstar Billy Ray Cyrus in 2022. The couple had been married since 1993, and they had three children together – Miley, Braison and Noah. Tish also has two older children, Brandi and Trace, from a previous relationship. Billy Ray adopted both of them.

She managed both Miley and Noah when they were children. She still manages Miley, but she’s no longer listed as a manager for Noah.

Last month, on the “Call Her Daddy” podcast, Tish revealed she’d had a crush on Purcell long before they met. She watched him on “Prison Break” and enjoyed his performance so much she named him her “hall pass” in her marriage, the one person who she could sleep with if the opportunity arose, with no objection from Billy Ray.

She also said then that Purcell had tried to contact her on Instagram in 2016, but she didn’t see it until years later. A friend told her that since he was her celebrity crush, she should reach out to him after becoming single in 2022. She did, and he told her he’d had a crush on her.

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Soon after, they went on a lunch date where they “made out for like three hours,” she recalled. The very next day, they told each other “I love you.” That November, Purcell proposed.

“Dom, along with Miley, planned the entire thing,” Tish told Vogue of the proposal. “They knew we would all be together as a family and thought it would be the perfect time.” 

They publicly announced their engagement in April 2023, and they were married in the backyard of Miley’s Malibu home in August.

Noah Cyrus

Noah got her start in Hollywood very early in life, landing her first acting gig when she was just 2 years old. She appeared in two episodes of father Billy Ray’s show “Doc.” A few years later, she got involved with Disney like big sister Miley, taking small roles on “Hannah Montana.” In 2008, she starred in Studio Ghibli’s animated classic “Ponyo.”

In 2016, she followed in Miley’s footsteps again by releasing her first single, “Make Me (Cry).” While she seemingly gave up acting as she got older, with her only adult credit being in a 2021 episode of “American Horror Stories,” she has been steadily releasing music and performing since then.

When Tish filed for divorce from Billy Ray in 2022, there didn’t seem to be any bad blood in the family. Noah did collaborate with her father for a song on her album “The Hardest Part,” but that same year she also mentioned her mother in a July interview with Rolling Stone, naming her as someone she loved.

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Rumors only began swirling about possible issues when Tish married Purcell in August. Miley, Trace and Brandy attended the small wedding, but Noah and brother Braison weren’t there. Instead, Noah took to her Instagram stories that day to share a picture of herself with Braison. She was wearing a Billy Ray Cyrus T-shirt, which some took as a slight toward her mother.

A source told Fox News Digital this week that, behind the scenes, Tish hired security to make sure Noah wouldn’t make a surprise appearance.

The controversy continued when Miley failed to name both Noah and Billy Ray in her acceptance speech at the Grammy Awards. When she won the award for record of the year for her song “Flowers,” she thanked Tish and Brandi, who had both attended the show as her guests. After naming people on her professional team, she asked “Anyone else?” She answerered herself with, “I don’t think I forgot anyone.”

Tish did mention Noah during her February “Call Her Daddy” appearance. She’d filed for divorce from Billy Ray in 2010 and 2013 but ultimately got back together with him. She explained on the podcast that she’d stayed to protect Noah, the former couple’s youngest child.

“Looking back on it, it would have been better for her had I left. It would have been much better,” Tish acknowledged.

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Dominic Purcell

Purcell is an actor, and he’s been working steadily since the ’90s. He’s best known for his role on the show “Prison Break,” which is where Tish first noticed him. He played the role of Lincoln Burrows.

He was married to film producer Rebecca Williamson from 1998 to 2008, and they share four children: Joseph, Audrey, Augustus and Lily-Rose. They range in ages from 19 to 23.

While Purcell hasn’t spoken at length about Tish in interviews, he frequently sings her praises on social media. His Instagram account features several photos of the two of them together, including one from the Grammys, which he also attended.

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“A knew experience for me for sure….Sharing the moment with the wife. @tishcyruspurcell and her beautiful daughter Miles @mileycyrus who’s up for a ‘thousand awards’ such an extraordinary talent,” he wrote in his caption.

“To the hottest woman on earth my stunningly beautiful wife. What would we all do without you. Humbled to be around you both. … love u.”

His most recent post about her was on Feb 24, days before reports about his former relationship with Noah began circulating. He shared a photo from their wedding and wrote, “@tishcyruspurcell the beautiful boss. The matriarch. Settled me right down. Love you. Couldn’t be more proud of you. Your killing it!”

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He applauded her for her work with her production company, Hopetown Entertainment, and finished his message with “Just bragging on my woman that’s all.”