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Ousted ex-Rep. George Santos spotted in Congress ahead of Biden’s State of the Union

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Ousted ex-Rep. George Santos spotted in Congress ahead of Biden’s State of the Union

Expelled former Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y., was seen back in the U.S. Capitol on Thursday night to attend the State of the Union address.

“Why not? It’s a privilege,” Santos told reporters after revealing he’s attending President Biden’s speech.

He said it was “great to be back” and a “humbling experience” to return to the House of Representatives after his colleagues voted to boot him in December, shrinking the House GOP’s already perilously slim majority.

Asked whether he’d run for office again, Santos did not rule it out.

“I don’t put anything past my desire to run for office at this point but at this point… I’m just watching,” he said.

Santos was kicked out after a push by his fellow New York Republicans last year. It came in the wake of a damning House Ethics Committee report that found he misused campaign funds. He’s also under federal indictment over similar accusations.

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House Republican says Americans will be ‘taking notes’ on Biden’s border plans in SOTU address

Republican Mississippi Congressman Michael Guest released a statement calling out President Joe Biden’s handling of crime and illegal crossings at the southern border, just hours before the State of the Union.

The GOP representative who serves as the Vice Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, highlighted the mass number of illegal migrants that have poured into the country under Biden’s presidency.

“Since President Biden took office, there have been nearly 9 million illegal crossings into the United States, which is three times the number of people who live in Mississippi,” the Congressman pointed out.

Citing a Monmouth University Poll, 6 out of 10 Americans view illegal immigration as the most important issue that the nation currently faces.

“Tonight, as the President addresses the nation, Americans are watching and taking notes to see if the President will offer solutions to address the border crisis or if he will continue to ignore the problem that he created,” Rep. Guest said.

President Biden will address Congress tonight at 9 p.m. ET.

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Is Biden expected to address the border crisis during the SOTU?

President Biden is expected to talk about the ongoing crisis at the southern border, as it becomes a top political issue in 2024.

The crisis, now into its third year, has seen record numbers encountered at the border and polling suggests it has become a top issue of concern for voters.

Both President Biden and former President Donald Trump visited the border in Texas last week.

President Biden and his administration have sought to shift the blame for the crisis onto the shoulders of Republicans. The administration says that it is working with a broken system that needs significantly more funding and comprehensive immigration reform. Republicans say it is the fault of the administration and its policies.

Biden is likely to promote a bipartisan bill negotiated in the Senate which is yet to drum up enough support. 

The deal includes additional staffing at the border and in asylum offices, an increased $1.4 billion in funding to cities and NGOs receiving migrants, took action to tackle fentanyl smuggling and would limit asylum claims. It would also increase detention beds to 50,000 and provide additional immigration judges.

However, it has failed to gain enough support in the Senate, as conservative lawmakers have warned that a limiting mechanism that only comes into place after an average of 5,000 encounters a day would normalize already-high levels of illegal immigration.

Biden however has said it is “the toughest set of border security reforms we’ve ever seen.”

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How to watch Biden’s State of the Union address on Fox News

Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum will co-anchor Fox News Channel’s special programming surrounding President Biden’s 2024 State of the Union address and the Republican response by Alabama Sen. Katie Britt on Thursday at 9 p.m. ET. 

Dana Perino, John Roberts and Harold Ford Jr. will join Baier and MacCallum, while chief political analyst Brit Hume, Fox Business Network host Larry Kudlow and senior strategic analyst General Jack Keane will provide additional commentary. 

White House correspondent Peter Doocy and congressional correspondent Aishah Hasnie will provide live reports from the White House and the Capitol.

Fox Business Network will simulcast Fox News Channel’s special coverage of the address, starting at 9 p.m. ET, and FOX Nation subscribers will also be able to stream the special programming coverage on the platform. 

Fox News Digital will offer up-to-the-minute updates on its live blog throughout the night, along with original reporting and political analysis. 

This is an excerpt from an article by Fox News’ Brian Flood

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House Republicans sharpen knives ahead of Biden’s SOTU, say they expect ‘more gaslighting’

House Republicans are sharpening their attacks against President Biden ahead of his primetime State of the Union address. 

House GOP leaders arranged a counter-programming offensive for Biden’s big speech on Thursday, lining up rank-and-file lawmakers at a “media row” event where they promoted a message of Republican unity against the Democratic White House. 

Members wore buttons that said “Stop the Biden border crisis” while speaking to outlets, including Fox News Digital, in a cavernous meeting room dotted with posters that pointed out “over 8.7 million illegal crossings nationwide” occurred since Biden became president. Others accused Biden of not being “mentally fit” to be commander-in-chief.

When asked about their expectations for the speech, one phrase escaped lawmakers’ lips more than the rest — “gaslighting.”

“I think it’s going to be ‘Gaslighting of the Union.’ He’s going to tell America how rosy everything is, that the economy is great, the border’s secure, as if Americans are idiots. And I find that quite insulting,” Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, R-N.Y., told Fox News Digital.

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Snapshot of Biden’s 2023 State of the Union address

“Some of my Republican friends want to take the economy hostage. I get it,” President Joe Biden said during his 2023 State of the Union address. “Unless I agree to their economic plans. All of you at home should know what those plans are. Instead of making the wealthy pay their fair share, some Republicans, some Republicans want medicare and social security to sunset.”

Behind him sat Vice President Kamala Harris and former Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy. McCarthy was seen shaking his head and mouthing “no” to Biden’s words.

The crowd verbally disagreed with Biden as he continued, “Anybody who doubts it, contact my office, I’ll give you a copy of the proposal.”

As the crowd continued to heckle Biden, he went on, “I enjoy conversion.”

The cameras panned to Marjorie Taylor Greene who is seen shouting “liar” at Biden.

“I’m not saying it’s a majority of you,” Biden says before being cut off again. “But it’s being proposed by individuals. I’m politely not naming them, but it’s being proposed by some of you.”

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Rep. Jim Banks wrote to Biden to acknowledge Laken Riley in SOTU address

Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., penned a letter to President Joe Biden on Monday, calling on him to acknowledge the death of Georgia college student Laken Riley during his State of the Union address tonight. 

Riley, a 22-year-old nursing student at Augusta University, was killed last month and the suspect charged in relation to her death is Jose Ibarra, who was found to have illegally immigrated into the U.S. in 2022. 

“At just six years old, Laken knew she wanted to be a nurse so she could help people. She was living her dream until it was shattered by Joe Biden’s wide open border,” Banks told Fox News Digital in a statement. “This was a totally avoidable tragedy. President Biden owes it to her family and the American people to say her name.”

Banks implored Biden in the letter to “publicly acknowledge the Riley family’s tragedy” by speaking about their daughter Laken’s death during the annual address to Congress. 

This is an excerpt from an article by Fox News’ Julia Johnson

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A clip from George W. Bush’s 2002 State of the Union address

“Iran aggressively pursues these weapons and exports terror while an unelected few repress the Iranian people’s hope for freedom,” said former President George W. Bush during his 2002 State of the Union address. 

“Iraq continues to flaunt its hostility toward America and to support terror. The Iraqi regime
has plotted to develop anthrax, and nerve gas, and nuclear weapons for over a decade. This is a regime that has already used poison gas to murder thousands of its own citizens, leaving the bodies of mothers huddled over their dead children. This is a regime that agreed to international inspections, then kicked out the inspectors. This is a regime that has something to hide from the civilized world. States like these, and their terrorist allies, constitute an axis of evil, arming to threaten the peace of the world by seeking weapons of mass destruction.”

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Speaker Johnson to honor angel families, NYPD cops attacked by migrant mob at State of the Union

Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., is offering lawmakers white ribbons to wear to President Biden’s State of the Union speech tonight in honor of “angel families” who lost loved ones to crimes perpetuated by illegal immigrants.

The speaker’s office told Fox News Digital that the ribbons were optional but available to both Republicans and Democrats.

Johnson has made the border crisis and illegal immigration his top priority since taking the speaker’s gavel in October. He led a delegation of more than 60 House Republicans to the U.S.-Mexico border earlier this year.

To shine a light on the crisis at Thursday’s speech, Johnson also invited as guests two NYPD officers who were seen on a now-viral video being attacked by a group of migrants in Times Square, the heart of New York City’s tourism.

Johnson is inviting the officers alongside New York Republican Reps. Nicole Malliotakis, and Anthony D’Esposito.

Another House Republican, Rep. Mike Collins, R-Ga., is leaving his guest seat open in honor of Laken Riley, a 22-year-old nursing student who was allegedly killed by an illegal immigrant.

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Excerpts from Katie Britt’s GOP response target Biden’s border, crime failures: ‘Bless his heart’

Republican Alabama Sen. Katie Britt’s response to President Biden’s State of the Union address is expected to pull no punches on his border and crime policy failures, excerpts from the speech shared with Fox News Digital show.

“The true, unvarnished State of our Union begins and ends with this: Our families are hurting. Our country can do better,” Britt is expected to say.

“President Biden’s border crisis is a disgrace. It’s despicable. And it’s almost entirely preventable,” she will add.

The excerpts show Britt will then address the rising cost of living across the country, specifically “soaring” soaring mortgage rates and “sky-high” childcare costs.

“The American people are scraping by while the President proudly proclaims Bidenomics is working! Bless his heart. We know better,” she is expected to say.

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Jill Biden invited Texas woman who sought illegal abortion to State of the Union address

Kate Cox, a Texas mother, left the state to obtain an abortion after her baby was diagnosed with trisomy 18, a sometimes fatal condition.

President Biden and the first lady
spoke to Kate Cox on the phone
in late January as Biden sought to make abortion rights a signature issue of his re-election effort. Cox, a 31-year-old mother of two, made national headlines after she asked the Texas Supreme Court for permission to obtain an abortion when her unborn child was diagnosed with a fatal condition. She was denied and later left the state to abort her baby elsewhere.

The Bidens “thanked [Cox] for her courage in sharing her story and speaking out about the impact of the extreme abortion ban in Texas,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters on Wednesday.

“The first lady invited Kate to join her as a guest at the State of the Union and Kate accepted,” she said.


This is an excerpt from an article by Fox News’ Chris Pandolfo

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Ukrainian first lady declined Biden’s invitation to SOTU address

Ukrainian first lady Olena Zelenska has declined an invitation to attend President Biden’s State of the Union address, according to reports. 

Zelenska was intended to be seated next to U.S. first lady Jill Biden at the event on Thursday, according to The Washington Post. 

The two first ladies would also have been arranged next to activist Yuliya Navalnaya, the widow of deceased Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

No reason has been given for Zelenska declining to appear at the address, but the decision to seat her near Navalnaya struck many intelligence experts as bizarre.

The late Alexei Navalny is not popular among the citizens of Ukraine due to past statements supporting Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014.

“The fact that Team Biden wanted to host Yuliya Navalnaya and Olena Zelenskaya in the same room is screaming evidence that they have no clue about the cultural, ethnic, and political dynamics between the Russians and Ukrainians, Moscow and Kiev, etc,” Russian-born U.S. military intelligence analyst Rebekah Koffler told Fox News Digital.

This is an excerpt from an article by Fox News’ Timothy H.J. Nerozzi 

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Who gave the shortest State of the Union address in history and what did it entail?

The shortest State of the Union address, in minutes, was delivered by former President Richard Nixon in 1972. The Republican spoke for less than a half hour to a joint session of Congress, clocking in at 28 minutes and 55 seconds.

During his remarks in front of the majority Democratic House and Senate, Nixon applauded their accomplishments in foreign policy. He touted the government’s ability to avoid “a world war for over 25 years.”

Nixon additionally recognized there was still work to be done, and encouraged increased defense spending, telling Congress, “Strong military defenses are not the enemy of peace; they are the guardians of peace.”

He noted that the U.S. should not intervene in foreign conflicts, but “use our influence to prevent war.”

A large portion of Nixon’s speech addressed America’s foreign policy, with the president remarking on the “encouraging progress” in U.S. negotiations with the Soviet Union regarding the “limitation of strategic arms.” He emphasized the need to focus on research, innovation, and technological advancement to “meet the growing technological challenge from abroad” and also create more jobs domestically.

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‘Horror show’: Trump blasts Biden’s border policies ahead of State of the Union

Former President Trump blasted President Biden ahead of his State of the Union address
Thursday night, posting a video to X, formerly known as Twitter. 

“Joe Biden is on the run from his record and lying like crazy to try to escape accountability for the horrific devastation he and his party have created– all the while, they continue the very policies that are causing this horror show to go,” Trump said in the video. “We cannot take it any longer as a country.” 

Trump said Biden’s speech Thursday night will be a “sad excuse for a State of the Union address.”

The 2024 GOP frontrunner and presumptive nominee said that when he left office, he left Biden with most secure border in United States history.

“We gave him Remain in Mexico, very tough to get but I got it….an asylum ban, title 42, 571 miles of border wall, rapid deportations and much more,” Trump said. “Safest border in the history of our country. As soon as he got in, Crooked Joe, and his radical left lunatics deliberately dismantled each and every one of those polices that were so good.”

“What’s happened now is a horror show—the country, our country, is being laughed at all over the world,” Trump said. “Biden has actively aided and abetted the importation of millions and millions of illegal alien migrants and resettled them into your communities.”

Trump blasted “Crooked” as the “most incompetent president we’ve ever had.”

“He is keeping the hoards of illegal migrants and illegal aliens pouring into the country,” he said, adding that many illegal migrants come from “mental institutions and prisons.”

“The very first bill Joe Biden sent to Congress was a plan to turn illegal aliens into voting citizens,” Trump said, adding sarcastically: “that’s just what we need.”

Trump also blasted Biden’s economic policies, and declared:

“It is time to tell Crooked Joe Biden: You’re fired.”

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Biden will tout economy as ‘greatest comeback story never told’ in SOTU address

President Biden is expected to tout his economic policies in Thursday night’s State of the Union address and refer to the country’s progress over the last few years as the “greatest comeback story never told.”

“I came to office determined to get us through one of the toughest periods in our nation’s history. And we have,” Biden is expected to say in his speech to Congress. “It doesn’t make the news, but in thousands of cities and towns the American people are writing the greatest comeback story never told.”

“So let’s tell that story here and now. America’s comeback is building a future of American possibilities, building an economy from the middle out and the bottom up – not the top down, investing in all of America – in all Americans – to make sure everyone has a fair shot and we leave no one behind.”

Fox News Digital’s Jacqui Heinrich contributed to this report

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What are the seating arrangements during the SOTU address?

President Biden will address Congress on Thursday night for his State of the Union address in the House Chamber of the United States Capitol where members of Congress will be seated on a first come first serve basis. 

Members of Biden’s cabinet, Supreme Court justices, and military leaders will have reserved seating.

Two seats behind President Biden will be reserved for Republican House Speaker Mike Johnson and Vice-President Kamala Harris.

According to the Congressional Research Service, House gallery seating is for ticket holders only and is coordinated by the Sergeant at Arms of the House.

The Chief Executive typically invites special guests to the speech which was a tradition started by President Ronald Reagan in 1982.

So far the White House has disclosed only one guest, Kate Cox, a Texas woman who says she was unable to get an abortion in her home state even though her health was in danger and her fetus had a fatal condition. 

Associated Press contributed to this report

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How is Biden performing in polls vs Trump?

Former President Donald Trump has maintained a slight edge over President Biden in a number of recent polls on the 2024 presidential election.

A Fox News poll released earlier this week found Trump with a two-point edge over Biden, 49%-47%.

Trump’s advantage in the poll comes from record or near-record support among key Democratic groups, while maintaining strong support among his own constituencies.

For instance, 28% of Black voters support Trump in the head-to-head against Biden, 7 times as many as supported him four years ago (4% in February 2020). In addition, Trump has significant support among voters under age 30 (51%) and Democrats (8%), with near-record support among Hispanics (48%) and suburban women (43%).

Some of Trump’s strongest groups are White evangelical Christians (68%), White men without a college degree (64%), and rural voters (60%), while for Biden it’s Black voters (66%), urban voters (59%), and college graduates (57%).

Fox News’ Victoria Balara contributed to this report.

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Bill Clinton warned about immigration overwhelming ‘every place’ in America back in 1995

Former President Bill Clinton specifically addressed two major issues during his State of the Union address back in 1995: the economy and immigration.

While his remarks on the economy — namely encouraging lawmakers to “cut more spending” and to “empower the American people to succeed in the global economy” — have been regularly repeated by his modern Democrats, his remarks on immigration and securing the border are a stunning contrast.

“All Americans, not only in the States most heavily affected but in every place in this country, are rightly disturbed by the large numbers of illegal aliens entering our country,” then-President Clinton said from the floor of the House of Representatives.

He added: “The jobs they hold might otherwise be held by citizens or legal immigrants. The public service they use impose burdens on our taxpayers. That’s why our administration has moved aggressively to secure our borders more by hiring a record number of new border guards, by deporting twice as many criminal aliens as ever before, by cracking down on illegal hiring, by barring welfare benefits to illegal aliens.”

This is an excerpt from an article by Fox News’ Lawrence Richard 

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What does the designated survivor do during the SOTU address?

In 1947, President Harry Truman signed the Presidential Succession Act, which reestablished the line of succession in the event the president died in office. Shortly after, and given the rising threat of nuclear war with the Soviet Union, the Office of the President implemented the concept of a “designated survivor.”

The designated survivor is a member of the president’s cabinet who, during important events like inaugurations or the State of the Union address, is squirreled away to a secret and secure location for the duration of the event. The purpose of this is to ensure that, if a terror or nuclear attack wiped out most top-tiered officials, there would always be someone in the presidential line of succession who could take command.

Notably, the designated survivor does not automatically inherit the role of the president unless someone of a higher rank survives whatever incident occurred. They are usually a last resort. 

During George W. Bush’s presidential address to Congress following the September 11th terrorist attacks, Vice President Dick Cheney was named the designated survivor, and during President Joe Biden’s 2023 State of the Union address, then-Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh was the designee. While the selection is sometimes random due to the nature of these important events, designated survivors tend to be lower on the presidential succession list, such as the Secretaries of Labor, Energy, and the Interior, etc.

“Designated Survivor,” a 2016 TV series starring Kiefer Sutherland, aired on ABC in 2016 and followed the fictional story of Thomas Kirkman, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development who, after a terror attack that wipes out most of the government, assumes the presidency. 

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Why is one cabinet member required to skip the State of the Union address?

During major political events, like the State of the Union address, an official within the presidential line of succession is given the role of “designated survivor” and has to stay away from the event.

This precaution is taken to assure continuity in the presidency.

If a catastrophic event were to strike the Capitol and result in the death or disablement of the president, vice president, speaker of the House or other White House officials, then the “designated survivor” could step in to be the acting commander-in-chief.

Only Senate-confirmed secretaries (and natural-born citizens) in the line of succession to the presidency can assume control in order to ensure the continuance of government.

The tradition dates back to the 1960s amid concerns of a potential nuclear attack during the Cold War.

During the 2023 State of the Union, Labor Secretary Marty Walsh was the designated survivor; during the 2022 State of the Union, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo was the designated survivor.

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Lawmakers hand out buttons in memory of Laken Riley ahead of SOTU

Members of Congress are handing out buttons ahead of the State of the Union in honor of murder victim Laken Riley, who was allegedly killed by a man illegally living in the U.S.

“[West Virginia Rep. Alex Mooney] is keeping the memory of this fine young woman alive, after the President and Democrats turned their backs,” Craig Shirley, chairman of conservative PAC Citizens for the Republic, said in comment provided to Fox News Digital.

“Poll after poll identifies illegal immigration as the Number 1 issue of concern to Americans. How many more tragedies will we have to endure before the Biden administration takes these concerns seriously?”

Georgia Republican Rep. Marjoire Taylor Greene was also spotted wearing and handing out buttons showing a photo of Riley, and another that says, “Say Her Name Laken Riley,” social media posts show.

Riley, a 22-year-old nursing student, was discovered beaten to death last month after going for a run on the University of Georgia’s campus. The Augusta University student crossed paths with illegal immigrant Jose Antonio Ibarra, according to authorities, and died from blunt force trauma to the head.

Ibarra, a Venezuelan national, entered the U.S. illegally in 2022 and was granted border “parole,” authorities have said.

The buttons were handed out ahead of President Biden’s annual address Thursday evening to a joint session of Congress. Earlier Thursday, the U.S. House passed the Laken Riley Act, which would require federal authorities to detain illegal immigrants charged with local theft or burglary.

Fox News’ Emma Colton contributed to this report.

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Who is invited to the SOTU address?

At the State of the Union, both the White House and lawmakers will invite guests to the address, sometimes to draw attention to a certain issue or policy.

So far the White House has said it has invited Kate Cox, a Texas woman who was unable to procure an abortion in Texas. President Biden will likely acknowledge her when talking about expanding rights to the controversial procedure.

Republicans are bringing police officers who brawled with migrants in Time Square and New York, as part of an effort to draw attention to the ongoing crisis at the southern border.

Fox News Digital reported this week that Speaker Mike Johnson’s guests will include include a mother who lost her son to a pill laced with fentanyl and the mother of a Maryland woman who was raped and murdered in 2022, allegedly by an MS-13 gang member.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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What to know about tonight’s State of the Union address

The State of the Union address is set to kick off at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday evening. It is President Biden’s third address to a joint session of Congress since taking over the White House in January 2021.

Virtually all of the top national officials in Washington, D.C., are slated to attend, from Supreme Court justices, to members of Congress, to Biden’s cabinet, save for one notable exception – one member of the Biden administration will sit out the event as the “designated survivor” to ensure continuity of government in a worst-case scenario.

Lawmakers have also invited guests to attend, ranging from the NYPD officers caught on video being attacked by a migrant mob in Times Square, to families of hostages being held captive by Hamas in Gaza.

There will be fanfare before and after the event when the officials and commander-in-chief finally arrive, but the speech itself is likely to last slightly over an hour. Biden’s longest address to Congress was last year, about an hour and 13 minutes, while his shortest was just shy of an hour and two minutes in 2022.

Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network will carry live coverage of the event on Thursday evening. It can also be viewed on YouTube and various streaming services.

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Biden won’t announce immigration executive action during State of the Union: official

President Biden will not announce any executive orders
on immigration or border security ahead of or during his State of the Union address Thursday, a White House official told Fox News. 

A White House official said that the administration’s “preference” remained that Congress legislates this issue.

Regarding a CNN report claiming Biden told Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte, a Republican, during a recent White House event that he would announce action on the border at the State of the Union, the White House official told Fox News on Thursday that the report was false and such interaction “never happened.” 

The White House official claimed to be double-checking with people who were in the room, but the administration denied the accuracy of the report. 

The CNN report stated, “The Democrats told Biden
that he needed to show more of the fire that was on display in a closed-door meeting with governors when Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte handed him a letter demanding more action on the southern border. Biden flashed a smile, according to two of the governors standing there.”

“‘State of the Union,’ Biden said, teasingly.”

This is an excerpt from an article by Fox News’ Jacqui Heinrich and Danielle Wallace

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Why should Americans care about the president’s SOTU address?

The State of the Union speech is one of the biggest pieces of political theater every year and rooted in a simple requirement in the U.S. Constitution that directs the president to “give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” 

But in modern times, it’s a televised extravaganza where every detail is carefully scrutinized.

In the speech, President Biden will tout his achievements over the past year and since he took office. Historically, members of the president’s party loudly applaud during the speech while the opposition party remains seated or even voices displeasure with certain talking points.

President Biden’s age is expected to be under the spotlight on Thursday night as the 81-year-old tries to dissuade public perception from some that his mental acuity has declined to the point where he is unfit for office.

Television cameras will pan across the chamber during the State of the Union, so you’ll have a clear view of everyone in the audience too. This is a chance for lawmakers and guests to send a message of their own with their clothing or facial expressions.

Democratic women wore white, the color of the women’s suffrage movement, during Trump’s State of the Union in 2019. In 2022, some lawmakers wore blue and yellow ribbons to show their support for Ukraine.

After Biden’s speech, Alabama Sen. Katie Britt will give the Republican rebuttal to his comments.

Associated Press contributed to this report

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Americans can place prop bets on gaffes, mix-ups and even a ‘brain freeze’ in Biden’s SOTU address

American voters looking to profit from President Biden’s State of the Union address on Thursday can wager on whether the president has a “brain freeze,” or if he confuses Nikki Haley with anyone else, as well as more traditional wagers such as the over/under of the speech’s length. 

Biden has faced questions from critics over his cognitive abilities for some time, and recently referred to Egyptian President Abdel Fatah El-Sisi as the “president of Mexico” and mixed up “red state and blue state” with “red state and green state” while speaking at the House Democratic Caucus Issues Conference.

Instead of worrying, some Americans may hope to benefit by predicting Biden’s next gaffe. BetOnline has created a plethora of money-making opportunities around Thursday’s important speech, as the 81-year-old president hopes to quell national concerns about his cognitive abilities and mental fitness.

This is an excerpt of a story by Fox News’ Brian Flood


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March 7: The latest date a SOTU address has ever been delivered

President Biden will give his second State of the Union address today, when he’s expected to tout his administration’s accomplishments and set goals for the future in front of a Congress that is one of the most politically fractured in modern history.

Biden is making his case to a Democrat-dominated Senate that’s largely followed his lead on major legislation and a House Republican majority that’s actively investigating him for impeachable crimes.

The date of the speech, March 7, is the latest a State of the Union address has ever been delivered.

It’s just the second time a president’s in-person address to a joint session of Congress was not delivered in January or February. Biden delivered his first address to Congress on March 1, 2022.

Alabama Sen. Katie Britt will deliver the Republican response to President Biden’s State of the Union address, saying in a statement she was “truly honored and grateful for the opportunity.”

This is an excerpt from an article by Fox News’ Elizabeth Elkind

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What is the State of the Union address?

The State of the Union is an annual address given by the President of the United States to a joint session of Congress about the current condition of the nation. 

The speech typically takes place near the beginning of the calendar year and is considered an opportunity for the president to share the successes, policy goals, achievements and failures of their administration. Interestingly enough, this address has not emerged out of some esoteric tradition but is a literal constitutional responsibility of the Office of the President.

Article II, Section 3, Clause 1 of the Constitution reads, “The president must give the Congress information on the ‘State of the Union’ ‘from time to time.’” While “from time to time” allows some personal discretion, since the 1930s, the address has been given annually.

The president’s update to Congress on the state of the union hasn’t always been a speech to a joint session of Congress. Before the modern American history, some presidents sent a letter. But for nearly a century, presidents have opted to give a live address to Congress.

The State of the Union has been the origin of some of the most famous speeches in American history. Abraham Lincoln’s 1862 speech codified the sentiment of America as the “last best hope of earth.” Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s 1942 speech advanced his “four freedoms” wartime goals for the U.S. while fighting the Axis powers, and in 2003, George W. Bush advanced his claim that Iran, North Korea, and Iraq formed an “Axis of Evil” who were pursuing “weapons of mass destruction.”

President Joe Biden’s
State of the Union address will be given Thursday, March 7 at 9 p.m. EST.

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Tom and Gisele’s kids get very different treatment at mom’s house compared to dad’s

Gisele Bündchen is speaking candidly about the challenges of co-parenting with ex-husband and retired NFL quarterback Tom Brady. 

“I think, you know, there’s easier days than other[s], but I think, you know, it’s amazing that the kids — they’re super smart children,” she joked, referencing the couple’s two kids, Benjamin, 14, and Vivian, 11, on ABC’S “Impact x Nightline” with Robin Roberts.

“They know what they can get away with. So I think it’s natural that [they have] different rules and then kids just adapt. And they’re gonna try to do what they want, and I can only control what I do,” she explained. “I think, for me, now it’s really about the balance.”

GISELE BÜNDCHEN CHOKES UP ABOUT TOM BRADY DIVORCE IN NEW INTERVIEW: ‘CAN I HAVE A LITTLE MOMENT?’

Tom has time with them and I have time with them, which I think is amazing,” she said of their custody agreement. Bündchen believes that the split time has been “more enriching” for the children. “They get to learn from two different worlds and that’s wonderful for them.”

In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar earlier this year, the Brazilian-born beauty alluded to her and Brady’s different parenting styles. Speaking about the starkly different circumstances in which she and her children were raised, Bündchen wants to ensure they have skills to thrive on their own. 

“‘The way you make your room, the way you organize and make your bed is the way you’re going to do your life,’” she admitted she’s told her children. “‘If you’re not learning here and now, then when and with who?’ 

“Sometimes, I get pushback, especially because now they’re in two different homes and there are two different ways. But I feel like I owe it to my kids, because of what my mom taught me,” she said of her children, who go back and forth between their parents.

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In October 2022, the couple announced they had gone their separate ways after 13 years of marriage. Bündchen still gets choked up speaking about it.

“You didn’t think the marriage would end,” Roberts said. “No one goes into a marriage thinking it’s going to end, but it does.”

“And it’s heartbreaking, you know, to go through that,” Bündchen responded.

“You said it was, I think the phrase you used, the ‘death of a dream,'” Roberts said, referencing public remarks Bündchen made after the divorce was finalized. “How are you?”

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“Well, when you say…” she began before turning her head away from the camera. “Sorry, guys, I didn’t know, can I have a little moment?” she asked, trying to collect herself. 

After doing some breathing exercises, Bündchen got introspective, telling Roberts that the divorce was “a transition that had to take place.”

“I don’t think you wish for that, you know. But I think sometimes in life things happen… I feel so blessed because, like, I wouldn’t change anything in my life. I had incredible experiences, I learned so much, I have my children, which are the biggest blessings in my life,” she told Roberts. “I get to learn new things… I’m grateful for all of it. I’m grateful for every lesson.”

The seven-time Super Bowl champion is also father to 16-year-old Jack Moynahan, whom he shares with actress Bridget Moynahan. Bündchen has known Jack since he was an infant, and referenced him in conversation with Roberts. 

“I raised him… I love him,” she said of Brady’s eldest son.

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In June, Brady spoke about co-parenting with Bündchen, admitting he thought they’d “done an amazing job.”

“I think, for me, when you decide to have children, that’s a big undertaking, and I don’t think you take it lightly. And I think these kids that come up under your roof, you want to provide them with values, so that when they move forward in their life, they have a real solid base and foundation,” Brady told “Entertainment Tonight.” “And I think myself and their mom have done an amazing job of providing that.

“We’re never a finished product. The kids aren’t finished products. At the end of the day, we’re learning along with them. And all you can do is the best you can do with the opportunities that you have, and the challenges you have, and we all have unique challenges to our life that we deal with.”

Governor addresses possibility of overturning blown call that ended boys basketball game

A controversial ending in a New Jersey high school boys’ basketball playoff game has made its way to the top of government in the Garden State, as Gov. Phil Murphy gave his thoughts on it Thursday. 

The game between Manasquan High School and Camden High School has made its rounds on social media, as video shows the former hit a buzzer beater that should’ve won them the game. However, after referees reviewed it together on the court, it was ruled that the basket didn’t count and Camden moved on to the New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) Group 2 final, which will be played this Saturday at Rutgers University. 

Manasquan immediately put in an appeal to the NJSIAA to have the result overturned, but they were denied. Manasquan school district is even looking for legal action to protest the result of the game, which the NJSIAA admitted the officials got wrong. 

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Murphy feels for everyone in Manasquan, though he revealed he can’t do anything on his end about the result. 

“Based on all the objective observations, the last-second shot by that kid… left his hand before the buzzer,” he said at an event in Asbury Park, via NJ.com. “I feel very badly, particularly for the players and coaches and their families that had one snatched from them. But apparently, NJSIAA is not gonna review it, and the result is the result.”

As Murphy said his piece, the Manasquan school district is exploring legal action to overturn the game, with Superintendent Dr. Frank Kasyan hoping to get an injunction in to stop games moving forward. 

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“I don’t know what can happen, that is why I turned it over to Michael Gross, our school board attorney,” Kasyan told the Asbury Park Press. “I would like to see him get an injunction from the court to stop the games until our protest is heard, because a lot of time what happens is you’ll protest, it drags on, and then it becomes a moot point. So the game is Saturday. This has to happen quickly, and he’s on it.

“I just want to see a just and ethical decision being made by the NJSIAA, and that is what those officials are there for. This is something different. There is physical evidence that shows the game wasn’t over, and the ball went through, so there you have it.”

Murphy added that he has “no insight” on a potential lawsuit being filed, adding, “It’s a crushing way to lose the game.”

The NJSIAA issued an apology to Manasquan on Wednesday in a lengthy statement, admitting after reviewing video evidence circulating online that officials got the call wrong. 

But, due to its rules, it can’t overturn games based on that evidence as well as the officials leaving the court with Camden deemed victorious. 

“Here, all of the events happened within the final second of the game,” the statement read. “One of the three officials counted the basket as beating the buzzer. The three officials then met at half-court to confer. A second official saw the ball in the shooter’s hands when the buzzer sounded. The officials then waived off the basket. Later, after being shown video clips, the second official agreed the basket should have counted.

“That said, the rules are clear – once game officials leave the ‘visual confines of the playing court,’ the game is concluded, and the score is official. So, while the officiating crews’ reports indicate that a post-game review of footage of the play in question convinced them that the basket should have counted, the results could not then and cannot now be changed.”

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The NJSIAA also pointed to its regulations, including “no video or audio recording may be used to review or challenge the decision of a sports official.” Instant replay is not used in New Jersey high school games.

Manasquan school district released a statement after reading what the NJSIAA had to say. 

“We appreciate the NJSIAA’s transparency in admitting the error in the calling of last night’s Group 2 Semifinal Boys Basketball game and appreciate their apology,” it read. “It is indeed ‘frustrating,’ however, that the NJSIAA refuses to exercise its discretion to remedy a situation that was so obvious and well documented. 

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“In our unwavering support of our players, coaches and families, the District will continue to pursue any available appeals we can to vindicate the values of fair play and integrity that should be the hallmarks of interscholastic athletics.”

Mom appeared healthy before suddenly dying on flight back home, family says

An Indiana mother who suddenly fell and died aboard a flight home from the Dominican Republic last week had no pre-existing conditions, kept herself in good shape and even trained while on vacation in the Caribbean nation, her family and friends told ABC News.

Stefanie Smith, 41, was on American Airlines Flight 2790 from Punta Cana to Charlotte, North Carolina, on Feb. 28 when her health took a sudden turn, police said. 

She was given CPR on the plane and then the aircraft was diverted to the Turks and Caicos Islands, where she was taken to a local hospital but could not be saved.

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Her cause of death has yet to be determined and those close to her say they are shocked by her unexplained death.

Smith’s boyfriend was sitting next to her on the flight and said her eyes rolled back and she started convulsing, her friend Maria Yannotti, told ABC. Yannotti was also on the trip and traveled separately.

Yannotti said Smith’s boyfriend initially thought she was joking around but soon realized she was in distress.

Then a doctor and nurses on board the plane helped administer CPR before the plane made an emergency landing in the Turks and Caicos Islands, a British Overseas Territory located in the southeast of the Bahamas.

Smith was vacationing with her boyfriend for five days and seemed healthy right before the flight, Yannotti said. 

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“She loves going to the gym every day, even while we were in the Dominican. She made it a point to get up every morning to go to the gym and run on the beach.”

Her brother, Chris Volz, told ABC he was not aware of his sister having any pre-existing health conditions.

Smith was the mother of two children, an 18-year-old son named Coen and 16-year-old daughter, Macee.

“She was a special person… Her kids really… love her a lot, and I know she loved them,” Volz said. “And so it’s tough.”

A GoFundMe created for Smith’s children expressed the devotion Smith had for them.

“The love she shared with Coen and Macee cannot be measured or described in words.”

“Also, her endless love for her family, friends, and community will leave a lasting impact on all who had the privilege of knowing her.”

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A woman who said she was Smith’s sister-in-law, also remembered her fondly.

“We are in disbelief and our hearts are broken,” wrote Stephanie Quinn last week in response to a police statement about the incident.

Quinn described her sister-in-law as the only girl out of five siblings and the mother of two “beautiful children with big hearts and straight As.”

Unexpected or, “excess,” deaths, claimed 158,000 more Americans in the first nine months of 2023 than in the same period in 2019, according to a report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

New York AG scolds crowd as Trump chants drown her out at FDNY ceremony

New York Attorney General Letitia James was booed at a firefighters’ ceremony on Thursday, drowned out by a crowd who shouted, “Trump! Trump! Trump!” 

The booing erupted as James walked up to the podium to honor the swearing-in of the first African-American woman chaplain of the FDNY, the Rev. Pamela Holmes, as well as other first responders. 

“Oh, c’mon, we’re in a house of God. Simmer down,” James told the rowdy crowd. “Thank you for getting it out of your system.” 

James pressed away with her remarks, paying homage to first responders, but some in the crowd continued booing. 

The crowd began to repeatedly chant “Trump!” Later in her speech, James said she prayed even for those firefighters in the audience booing her. 

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Chief of Department John Hodgens later admonished the rowdy behavior of the firefighters. 

“Today’s ceremony was about one thing: the accomplishments of the members being promoted,” he said. “The members whose behavior distracted from that celebration were an embarrassment and not befitting of the world’s best fire department.” 

Fox News Digital has reached out to the attorney general’s office for a response. 

Late last year, James filed a lawsuit against the former president, alleging that he inflated his assets and committed fraud. 

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The ruling came down last month, mandating that Trump, the presumptive GOP nominee in the 2024 presidential race, is barred from operating his business in New York for three years and must pay a more than $350 million fine

Pamela Anderson opens up about why she left ‘wild’ Los Angeles life to live on farm

Pamela Anderson always “planned on coming home” to farm life while living “wild” in Los Angeles.

Anderson, 56, bought a farm in Ladysmith, a town in British Columbia, Canada, over 30 years ago and has spent time renovating the space over the last few years.

“I bought this place over thirty years ago from my grandmother, and she lived out her life here, so she could distribute her wealth amongst her kids,” Anderson explained in an interview with CR Fashion Book. “And then I was just living my wild life out there in LA and all over the place. I finally came back during COVID and thought, ‘Oh, this is the time.'”

“I always planned on coming home to renovate this place. And it’s fun,” she added. “There’s a lot of memories. . . . It’s very much like a homecoming. I was very close with my grandfather, and his energy is all around me. He taught me how the trees spoke to him. And so, it’s very mythological, very primitive.”

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Anderson recalled growing up believing in “fairies and tree spirits,” which contributed to her more natural way of living.

“My grandfather convinced me that there are gnome villages and elves and fairies and tree spirits, and I was really wrapped up into my imagination, so I’ve always had this fantastical mind, and he encouraged that in me,” Anderson told the outlet. 

“I remember the ‘nature bible’ that we always referred to, and DIY creams and things like that have always been around. So it’s not new. But it’s fun, because it’s kind of in fashion where before, like thirty years ago when I was trying to make sustainable products or talk about simplification of skincare, people looked at me like I was crazy.”

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Anderson gained fame as a Playboy model in the ‘90s. She appeared on the cover of the men’s magazine in 1989 and went on to be selected as the Playboy Playmate of the Month in February 1990.

The model would appear on the cover a total of 14 times, sealing her record as the Playmate with the most cover appearances. Anderson would eventually transition from modeling into acting and landed the role of “Tool Time Girl” on “Home Improvement” in 1991.

The role helped her land a spot on “Baywatch,” which further catapulted her to stardom.

Now, Anderson has worked to peel back the layers of her model persona.

“It never ends,” she told the outlet. “You keep on feeling the feelings and letting them go. It just keeps unraveling.”

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Anderson was spotted at Paris Fashion Week wearing no makeup, a move that surprised fans.

“When I was at Paris Fashion Week, people asked me about that a lot,” she explained. “And I think, well, I was doing it for me. Can I walk out the door like this? Like, I’m fine the way I am. And I just didn’t want to get into the whole glam thing and play the game. I just want to flip the script; I want to challenge beauty.”

“But my agents and even my kids were like, ‘Mom, you can’t, you need the glam team!’ And I said, ‘no, what are you talking about? The fact that you guys are saying that to me makes me want to do it more! I’m going to do a fresh face, no makeup, not pretend no-makeup.’ And I just felt free. No one looked at me and went, ‘Aggghhhh!'”

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State Department issues dire warning to Americans in Russia amid ‘imminent’ attack reports

The U.S. State Department’s embassy in Moscow told American citizens to avoid large gatherings in Russia’s capital city amid reports of “imminent plans” of attack by extremists.

In a security alert on Thursday, the State Department said that they are monitoring reports that extremists may target large gatherings, including concerts, in the next 48 hours.

“The Embassy is monitoring reports that extremists have imminent plans to target large gatherings in Moscow, to include concerts, and U.S. citizens should be advised to avoid large gatherings over the next 48 hours,” the agency said in the alert.

The embassy told residents to avoid crowds, monitor local media for updates and to be aware of their surroundings amid the heightened threat. 

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Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022, the U.S. Embassy in Moscow has routinely advised Americans living in Russia to take safety precautions.

In February 2023, the State Department ordered all U.S. citizens in Russia to leave immediately.

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“U.S. citizens residing or traveling in Russia should depart immediately,” the U.S. embassy in Moscow warned. “Exercise increased caution due to the risk of wrongful detentions.”

In a stark message, the department also said, “Do not travel to Russia.”

All Americans have been warned to find a way out of the country immediately and reminded that U.S. debit or credit cards do not work in Russia, and the electronic transfer of funds has become increasingly difficult due to sanctions. 

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“Russian security services have arrested U.S. citizens on spurious charges, singled out U.S. citizens in Russia for detention and harassment, denied them fair and transparent treatment, and convicted them in secret trials or without presenting credible evidence,” the embassy added. 

Second Red state in 48 hours signs constitutional carry into law

FIRST ON FOX: South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster on Thursday signed permitless carry into law, marking the second Republican-led state in two days to adopt constitutional carry gun laws. 

“This new law will provide strict increased penalties for illegal gun use and possession by criminals. Now, law enforcement, prosecutors and judges can keep career violent criminals behind bars where they belong, where they can no longer hurt innocent South Carolinians,” McMaster said this week of the legislation. 

The National Rifle Association (NRA)-backed bill allows eligible citizens 18 and older to carry a firearm in public without gaining approval and a permit from the government. The state Senate passed the bill Wednesday in a 28-18 vote, while the state House passed the legislation the day prior, with lawmakers voting 86-33.

The bill’s primary sponsor, Republican state Rep. Bobby J. Cox, told Fox News Digital that the signing of the legislation marks “a long and hard-fought victory for South Carolina.”

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“Gov. McMaster and my colleagues across both chambers of the Legislature have sent a resounding message: South Carolinians should never require government permission to defend themselves, their families, and their communities. Our God-given right to self-defense, as enshrined in the Second Amendment to the Constitution, is unequivocally affirmed, just as our founding fathers intended. Thank you to my fellow NRA members, gun owners, and patriots throughout South Carolina who have tirelessly worked to make this day a reality,” he said. 

McMaster is the second Republican governor this week to sign such legislation into law, following Louisiana Gov. Jeff Landry approving his state’s version on Tuesday. 

NRA interim Executive Vice President and CEO Andrew Arulanandam applauded the NRA and its supporters securing constitutional carry in a second state in a matter of roughly 48 hours. 

“Thanks to the unwavering support of our members, in about 48 hours, the NRA has secured Constitutional Carry victories in two states, Louisiana and South Carolina, bringing the total to 29 states that have enacted this critical legislation — 13 since Joe Biden took office,” Arulanandam said in an exclusive comment to Fox News Digital. 

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“The NRA is here to stay, relentlessly fighting across this entire nation. Make no mistake, doubting the NRA and our members is a sure path to defeat, as history has consistently shown that challenging the NRA’s resolve results in a loss every time.”

South Carolina is the 29th state in the nation to enact constitutional carry into law. Florida had the honor last year to tip the U.S. as a permitless carry-majority nation, when Gov. Ron DeSantis signed his state’s legislation in April. 

Under South Carolina’s law, carrying a firearm is still banned in certain locations, such as schools, courthouses and polling places on election days. Residents can still obtain a permit if they wish to do so. The bill also increases penalties against those who are barred from carrying a firearm, such as convicted felons, if they are found with a gun, and establishes penalties against those who repeatedly carry a firearm in restricted areas. 

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“The NRA celebrates another significant milestone as South Carolina becomes the 29th state to enact the landmark NRA-backed Constitutional Carry legislation. This pivotal move ensures South Carolinians are no longer required to obtain permission to defend themselves and their families, reinforcing the fundamental right to self-defense,” NRA-ILA Executive Director Randy Kozuch told Fox News Digital in an exclusive comment. 

“Governor McMaster honored his commitment by swiftly signing this vital legislation into law, doing so less than 24 hours after its passage by the South Carolina Legislature. This prompt action has garnered widespread praise from the NRA’s millions of members,” Kozuch continued. 

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He thanked Cox for advocating for the bill as its primary sponsor, alongside state lawmakers such as Speaker G. Murrell Smith Jr., Sens. Shane Martin and Wes Climer, and Reps. Jason Elliot and Micah Caskey, for their “collective dedication” which “has been instrumental in advancing the right to self-defense in South Carolina.”

“Most importantly, thank you, NRA members, because without you, none of this would be possible.”

Critics of the bill argued it could drive crime and gun-related deaths as more people will likely carry firearms. 

“With all of the killings, in South Carolina and in America, why do we want to promote, what we consider to be the Second Amendment right, why won’t we put restrictions on it, why are we going to allow people to carry more guns and this time without a CWP,” Democratic state Sen. Margie Bright Matthews argued this week.

“This is something I’m deeply troubled we’re doing,” Democratic state Rep. Seth Rose told House members this week. “I have friends and citizens from both political parties… come up to me and say ‘What are y’all doing? What are you thinking?’” 

Republican state Sen. Shane Martin, who supported the legislation, told Fox News Digital that the law is “about nothing more and nothing less than our God-given Constitutional rights.”

“I have sponsored Constitutional Carry legislation for more than a decade. I am proud and pleased that my perseverance on this fundamental question now means that law-abiding South Carolinians no longer must ask the government to exercise their freedoms,” he said. 

“I appreciate Senate Majority Leader Shane Massey for working with me to prioritize this bill in 2024, and I thank Senator Brad Hutto for his work on our conference committee. I was proud to lead this successful fight for our rights, and we need them now more than ever.”

Robin Evans, founder and operator of a ​​boutique self-defense training company catering to women called Chicks with Triggers, told Fox News Digital that the new law will further empower citizens, especially women, who are taking their safety into their own hands. 

“As a dedicated firearms instructor in South Carolina, I have the honor of empowering thousands of women, many of whom have survived rape, domestic violence, stalking, and other unspeakable acts of violence. My mission is to equip these resilient women with firearms training and self-defense skills, ensuring they can protect themselves and their loved ones,” Evans, an NRA instructor, told Fox News Digital. 

Evans launched Chicks with Triggers during the pandemic. She told Fox News Digital in an interview late last year that she started the business thinking it would be her “little side hobby” to help equip women to fight threats through gun safety and self-defense lessons. The business quickly boomed, with Evans holding classes of between 25 and 30 women each weekend in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. 

Evans said McMaster’s signature on the bill is a “monumental victory for South Carolina” and the women she trains to defend themselves from criminals. 

“Criminals don’t wait for permission to arm themselves illegally, and neither should the courageous women I stand with. We demand the right to self-defense without barriers. Today, we celebrate a monumental victory for South Carolina, making it the 29th state to recognize this essential freedom. On behalf of Chicks With Triggers and the fearless women we stand for, we thank Gov. McMaster, Rep. Cox, and the NRA for their unwavering dedication to securing this life-affirming law,” she said.

“Together, we are rewriting the narrative, from victims to victors,” Evans added. 

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The law took effect upon the governor’s signature Thursday. 

The full list of states with constitutional carry laws now includes Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming.