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Marco Rubio stuns news host when asked if he would serve as Trump’s VP

ABC News host Jonathan Karl pressed Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Sunday on why he said it would be an “honor” to serve as presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump’s vice president, bluntly asking, “really?”

“There was some reporting this week, that you are possibly under consideration to be Donald Trump’s running mate. I don’t put a lot of stock in this reporting right now, we’re early, but you said it would be an honor to be offered a spot on this ticket. Really?” Karl asked. 

Rubio, R-Fla., said anybody who was given the opportunity to serve as Vice President should be honored to do it “if you’re in public service.”

“I’m in the Senate because I want to serve the country. Being vice president is an important way to serve the country. I’ve also been clear. I’ve never talked to Donald Trump or talked to anybody on his team or family or inner circle about vice president. That’s the decision he’s going to make. He’s got plenty of really good people to pick from,” Rubio added.

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Karl said the reason he was asking was because of what happened to former Vice President Mike Pence. 

“Look what happened to the last guy. I mean, a mob stormed the Capitol, literally calling to hang Mike Pence. Trump defended those chants of ‘Hang Mike Pence,’” Karl said.

Rubio said the U.S. was a better place when Trump was president before the two went back and forth over who was to blame for the Russian-Ukraine war. 

“Can we take a trip down memory lane for a second?” Karl asked, before playing a clip of Rubio arguing that Trump was a “con artist” in 2016, when he was running against Trump for that year’s nomination.

Rubio pushed back as Karl told him he could have played more clips of Rubio criticizing the former president, which could have also included him saying Trump was dangerous and not trustworthy with the nuclear codes. The feeling was mutual; Trump lambasted Rubio as “Little Marco” and wound up pushing out the establishment favorite by routing him in the primary in his home state of Florida.

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“Why didn’t you play the clip of Kamala Harris basically insinuating that Joe Biden was a segregationist?” Rubio asked, noting the memorable attack by her before she came Biden’s running mate.

Rubio said again, that at the time, he was campaigning for president against Trump.

Trump noted about half a dozen potential running mate choices during a Fox News town hall in February. The list included Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, tech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, Rep. Byron Donalds of Florida, and former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, a Democrat turned independent.

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Rubio said Thursday that being offered the chance to be a presidential running mate would be “an incredible opportunity to serve our country.”

“If anybody has been offered the chance to be vice president, they should consider that an honor and an incredible opportunity to serve our country,” Rubio said Thursday, according to Politico. “But that hasn’t happened, I haven’t spoken to anybody on his campaign about it. Never once have I talked to [Trump] about vice presidency.”

“We’ve had a great working relationship — we ran against each other, so at one point we were competitors — but since 2016, especially when he was president, we worked really well together,” the senator continued, according to Politico.

Fox News’ Timothy Nerozzi contributed to this report. 

Governor’s wife drops out of race for embattled Democrat’s seat, blasts Trump on way out

Tammy Murphy, the wife of New Jersey governor Phil Murphy, suspended her bid for U.S. Senate on Sunday, after running a campaign that critics claimed was nepotistic.  

The first lady of the Garden State had been vying to win the Democratic primary for the upcoming U.S. Senate election, in light of Sen. Bob Menendez’s federal corruption charges. On Thursday, Menendez indicated that he would not run as a Democrat and entertained the idea of running as an independent.

Murphy’s main contender in the race was Rep. Andy Kim, D-N.J., who has been in office since 2019. In a video posted on X, she explained the “enormous challenges” that face the state of New Jersey. 

“After many busy, invigorating, and yes, challenging months. I am suspending my Senate campaign today,” Murphy said.

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The New Jersey Democrat claimed that her main reason for leaving the race involved her desire to not “wag[e] a very divisive and negative campaign.”

“With Donald Trump on the ballot and so much at stake for our nation, I will not in good conscience waste resources tearing down a fellow Democrat instead of talking about process and politics,” Murphy said. “My campaign has been about solutions for families and a vision for the next generation.”

The first lady also criticized former President Donald Trump in her speech, calling him a “dangerous threat” and encouraging Democrats to unify the country.  

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“As we face grave, dangerous threats on the national level, thanks to Donald Trump and far-right extremists, it’s time to unify, not divide,” she added. “I will now focus entirely on reelecting President Biden and ensuring Democratic victories up and down the ballot all across New Jersey.”

“I look forward to partnering with you to ensure our communities are affordable, our rights and freedoms protected, and our futures safe and secure.”

Murphy’s critics have given her flack for running a campaign that appeared nepotistic, considering her husband’s position as New Jersey governor. Days after the first-time candidate announced her Senate bid, she was endorsed by four New Jersey congressmen. 

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Fox News Digital reached out to the Kim and Murphy campaigns for comment.

Fox News Digital’s Bradford Betz contributed to this report.

‘Yellowstone’ star ‘kicked off’ flight for refusing to sit next to masked passenger

Forrie J. Smith claimed he was kicked off a flight after refusing to be seated next to a passenger wearing a face mask.

The “Yellowstone” actor was stranded in a Houston, Texas airport when he shared his story on an Instagram video for his half-a-million followers.

“You need to hear this story,” he captioned the short clip alongside the hashtags #cowboy #country #western #yellowstone #yellowstonetv.

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“You know my social media people tell me that you like me face to face, but you know what I can’t say face to face what I want,” Smith started.

“I just got kicked off a plane, and … where the hell am I at – Houston, Texas – because I told them I didn’t feel comfortable sitting next to somebody with a mask on.”

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Smith continued, “Ya, I’ve been drinking. I’ve been sitting in an airport for three hours. Ya I’m drinking. I ain’t drunk, but they throw me off the plane because I’m drunk, because you people won’t stand up and tell everybody what bulls–t this is. 

“I just told them I didn’t feel comfortable about sitting next to somebody that had to wear a mask, and I’m off the plane.”

It’s not clear what airline Smith was traveling on and why he was removed from the flight.

Smith’s representatives did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment. 

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In 2022, Smith was forced to miss the Screen Actor’s Guild awards due to strict protocols requiring guests to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Organizers required attendees to not only be vaccinated, but to also have a booster shot and provide a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of the show. Attendees were also required to wear a mask.

“I want to apologize to y’all for not being at the Screen Actors Guild Awards,” Smith told his Instagram followers in a since-deleted video. “I mean no offense to anyone. I’m not vaccinated, and it’s a requirement to be vaccinated.”

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He added, I will not get vaccinated. I haven’t been vaccinated since I was a little kid. I don’t vaccinate my dogs, I don’t vaccinate my horses. I’ve never had a flu shot. Never will. I believe they compromise your immunities.”

Smith, who plays the role of Lloyd Pierce on the series, said he had planned on walking the red carpet at the awards show but just doesn’t “believe in that stuff.”

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Woman rejects ‘worst name ever’ for child, pleads with others for ‘sanity’ check

In a post that’s gone viral — with over 6,300 reactions and nearly 4,000 comments in a matter of hours on Sunday — a woman on Reddit asked other people for their help in solving a personal dilemma.

She titled her post, “AITA for rejecting the worst name ever for our offspring?”

“So, my husband (38M) and I (36F) are expecting our first child, a bouncing baby girl due in a few months,” she wrote this weekend on Reddit’s “AITA” page (“Am I the a–hole”). 

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“We were both over the moon when we found out the gender, but now things have gotten … complicated, to say the least,” she said.

She said that when “we first started talking about names, the ‘boy name’ was immediately decided: Stuart Jr., after my husband. No problem there — it’s a classic name and carries family meaning. But, for a girl, things got murky.”

She added, “My husband suggested Stuarta.”

The user named “Beginning_Date1924” went on, “Apparently, his logic is that since Stuart ends in ‘t,’ we can just add an ‘a’ to make it feminine.”

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The mom-to-be continued, “I tried explaining why that doesn’t quite work, how it sounds more like a furniture brand than a human name, how she’d be endlessly correcting people and explaining its origin.”

 “It sounds more like a furniture brand than a human name.”

But she said her husband is adamant, however — insisting the name would “honor” him “while giving our daughter a unique name.”

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The Reddit poster said she’s already tried suggesting some alternatives.

She said she’s tried including “feminine names that maybe share a similar sound or meaning to Stuart, names he’s mentioned liking in the past, [or] even just going back to the drawing board entirely.”

Still no luck. 

“He’s fixated,” she wrote, about the name he likes. 

“Is there any compromise I haven’t considered? Help a soon-to-be mama out!”

The woman added in her post, “I love my husband dearly, and I understand wanting to honor family. But I can’t imagine subjecting our daughter to a lifetime of awkward stares and endless questions about her ‘unusual’ name.”

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She said as well, “I also worry about potential bullying and the impact it could have on her self-esteem.”

She asked others on the platform, “Am I the jerk for refusing to budge on Stuarta? Is there any compromise I haven’t considered? Help a soon-to-be mama out!”

She added in a summary for others, “Husband wants to name our daughter after himself in a really, really bad way. I think it’s terrible and will set up [our daughter] for a lifetime of awkwardness.”

She also said she was “looking forward” to other people’s thoughts — and hoping for “some sanity checks” as well.

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Fox News Digital reached out to a psychologist for thoughts on the couple’s challenge.

Said Dr. Kathy Nickerson, a licensed clinical psychologist based in California, “[The woman’s] feelings are valid and [the husband’s] feelings are valid. She is completely entitled to not want to name her daughter Stuarta and he is entitled to feel like that would be a lovely name that honors him.”

“This is a name that they will all have to live with for a long time.”

Nickerson added, “The critical thing in situations like this is to honor the other person’s feelings by validating what you hear that makes sense and offer some type of compromise.”

She also said in emailed comments to Fox News Digital, “Perhaps they could name the baby Arta and the inside family story could be that this is a derivation of Stuart. They could also bring in Stuart as the middle name.”

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Either way, she said, “I’d encourage both of them to compromise without agreeing to something they feel strongly against. This is a name that they will all have to live with for a long time and it’s important for the relationship, as well as for the baby, that is a name that doesn’t rub either one of them the wrong way.”

Comments, meanwhile, continued to come in from others on the online site.

The mom-to-be is not wrong for the way she feels, wrote “pollythepony1993” in the top-upvoted post on the site.

“Naming a child is a ‘two yes’ and ‘one no’ situation,” this poster wrote. “Means you need two times yes for a name to be it and one no to make sure that name is not the name you choose. Works both ways, if you ask me.”

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Added this individual, “Also, I am not a fan of naming the first name of a child after a parent. Because then the child will always be compared to their parents and need to fight harder to be their own person.”

The user also said, “I have less problems with the middle name being connected to someone else (parents, grandparents) because that is only a formal name and not used in everyday business.”

“Whose last name will the baby get? His as well?”

The user further asked, “Why is he dead set on Stuarta? I mean, there are so many beautiful names but he only wants to name his daughter after him? Why not after the mother? … It is a bit misogynistic to only want to name the baby after the father. Whose last name will the baby get? His as well?”

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Said this same person, “Maybe you could find a way, like name the baby with the same first letter as your husband (Stella, Sally, etc). Make sure the baby has a middle name (if she shares the same last name as her father). Because it will be annoying for simple things like mail and stuff.”

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VP Harris’ ‘shameful’ warning for Israel against offensive in Rafah crashes and burns online

Vice President Kamala Harris appeared to suggest that Israel could face consequences for invading Rafah, which didn’t go over well on social media Sunday.

In an interview with ABC News, correspondent Rachel Scott asked the vice president whether Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned invasion was considered a “red line” for the administration.

“We have been clear in multiple conversations and in every way that any major military operation in Rafah would be a huge mistake,” Harris answered. “Let me tell you something: I have studied the maps. There’s nowhere for those folks to go.”

“A mistake, but would there be consequences if [Netanyahu] does move forward?” Scott pressed.

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“We’re going to take it one step at a time, but we’ve been very clear in terms of our perspective on whether or not [an invasion] should happen,” Harris responded.

“Are you ruling out that there would be consequences from the United States?” Scott pressed again.

“I am ruling out nothing,” Harris said.

Harris’ comments were criticized as not only terrible war strategy but a shameful abandonment of Israel.

“My husband is Jewish so I am expert at making bad military decisions for Israel,” international security professor Max Abrahms joked.

Fox News contributor Guy Benson wrote, “VP warns Israel not to finish off Hamas.”

“Hamas still has American hostages. This administration should be on television every single day demanding hostages be released. Not threatening consequences against Israel. Release the d*mn hostages. It’s very simple. Negotiations happen after,” veteran Sean Parnell said.

Conservative commentator Steve Guest joked, “Don’t kid yourself. Kamala Harris THINKS this was a good answer.” 

“One of the world’s great orators AND cartographers. We are so blessed,” GOP Rapid Research Director Jake Schneider similarly mocked.

“The Ultimate Guide to the Biden Administration’s Betrayal of Israel,” RealClear Investigations editor at large Benjamin Weingarten explained.

In a lengthy post, conservative commentator AG Hamilton wrote, “’Studied the maps.’ Kamala Harris is now openly stating that this administration’s position is that Israel cannot win the war. They must ensure Hamas’ survival. This not only is wrong and unacceptable from a military standpoint, but takes away any incentive Hamas has to negotiate their surrender.”

“Why would Hamas release the hostages or agree to surrender if they know the US is telling Israel that they can’t go in and take them out where everyone knows the remaining battalions exist and likely all the hostages are being held? Hamas can hold out in Rafah forever. They certainly aren’t short on supplies as they steal or get a cut of much of the aid and the US plan is basically just to give them more,” he continued. “This is the opposite of seeking a deal to end the war, it’s undermining the possibility of one. It’s terrible military and negotiation strategy from an incompetent administration more concerned with appeasing an extremists element in their base for an upcoming election than doing what is in the best interest of the country, our ally, and the Americans being held hostage. Shameful.”

“Kick rocks, Kamala,” columnist David Marcus posted. 

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Harris’ comments came days after Netanyahu vowed Israel would move forward with an invasion in Rafa with or without U.S. support on Friday.

Israel says Rafah is the last remaining stronghold of Hamas and the terrorist group’s forces there must be defeated for Israel to meet its war objectives. Israel vowed to destroy Hamas following the group’s Oct. 7 attack, which killed some 1,200 people, took 250 others hostage and triggered the fierce Israeli air and ground offensive in Gaza.

Netanyahu said he told Secretary of State Antony Blinken that Israel is working on ways to evacuate civilians from combat zones and to address the humanitarian needs of Gaza. Nevertheless, he said an invasion of Rafah is imminent.

“I also said that we have no way to defeat Hamas without entering Rafah,” Netanyahu said. “I told him that I hoped we would do this with U.S. support, but, if necessary, we will do it alone.”

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Influential pollster says NY AG seizing Trump’s property would have pivotal impact on election

Pollster Frank Luntz recently warned that New York Attorney General Letitia James’ efforts to seize former President Donald Trump’s properties could devastate Democrats in the upcoming election.

The ex-president recently failed to secure the $464 million appeal bond he needed in the recent New York civil fraud judgment against him. In a Monday court filing, Trump’s legal team said getting the amount of money needed was a “practical impossibility under the circumstances presented.”

James has threatened to seize Trump’s assets and suggested that the former president should secure the entire value by selling off his real estate holdings – which his attorney Clifford S. Robert called “unconstitutional.”

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“It would be completely illogical — and the definition of an unconstitutional Excessive Fine and a Taking — to require Defendants to sell properties at all, and especially in a ‘fire sale,’ in order to be able to appeal the lawless Supreme Court judgment, as that would cause harm that cannot be repaired once the Defendants do win, as is overwhelmingly likely, on appeal,” Robert wrote. 

During a Friday night appearance on CNN, Luntz asserted that any efforts to seize Trump’s assets will destroy Biden’s chances of being reelected in November.

“I want you to remember this moment, and don’t forget it,” the pollster began. “If the New York attorney general starts to take his homes away, starts to seize his assets, it’s all going to be on camera….You’re going to create the greatest victimhood of 2024, and you’re going to elect Donald Trump.”

The campaign expert said that such efforts would boost Trump’s ratings and help him secure the presidency.

“If they take his stuff, he’s going to say that this is proof that the federal government and the establishment and the swamp in Washington…that this is a conspiracy to deny him the presidency,” he continued. “He’s going to go up in the polls just like he went up every single time they indicted him.”

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Luntz, who has worked as a Republican political strategist, went so far as to call the 45th president’s critics “stupid.”

“In the seven swing states, Trump is up by the margin of error in five out of seven. Why is that happening? Because his critics are stupid and they’re running a horrible campaign,” he argued.

“And for those people who do not want Donald Trump back, they should be thankful that the people who are orchestrating his loss are as pathetic and they don’t understand the American people.”

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A Fox News Poll released on Mar. 3 found that Trump currently has a 2-point advantage over Biden. The presidential election will take place on Nov. 5.

Fox News Digital’s Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

What type of diagnosis did Kate Middleton receive? Top oncologists weigh in

Kate Middleton’s Friday video announcement of her cancer diagnosis may have shed some light on why she’s been out of the public eye lately — and there has been an outpouring of support for her and the royal family ever since — but it left another looming question in its wake.

What kind of cancer does the Princess of Wales have?

While experts agree that Middleton is entitled to medical privacy and is under no obligation to reveal the details of her condition — and that few people know her specific medical details — some doctors have shared ideas and theories about the potential origins of the disease based on their own expertise.

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Dr. Marc Siegel, clinical professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center and a Fox News medical contributor, said he’s spoken with multiple cancer doctors about the possible origins of the princess’ cancer diagnosis based on earlier available information. 

“According to several top oncologists I spoke to, she likely has either an early colon cancer that was removed and cured surgically, or early ovarian, uterine or cervical cancer that was found incidentally.”

It has been reported in previous years that Middleton has Crohn’s disease, which is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease affecting the lining of the digestive tract.

“Inflammatory bowel disease greatly increases the risk for colon or bowel cancer,” Siegel added.

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It’s been widely reported that Middleton had major abdominal surgery in January.

A large share of Crohn’s patients — up to half — will need surgery at some point to alleviate symptoms, according to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.

“She could have been having bowel surgery for the Crohn’s and they later found it on pathology,” Siegel hypothesized, once again stressing a professional guess based on years of experience. 

That kind of surgery would also explain the more extensive recovery time, he added.

Chemotherapy for colon or bowel cancer would include Oxiplatin (intravenous) and Xeloda (oral) for several weeks, according to Siegel.

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It is also possible that gynecological cancer could have been detected, experts say.

“[The surgery] could have been a hysterectomy, and she may have been found to have ovarian, uterine or cancer of the cervix, which was local and removed,” Siegel surmised. 

“But going against this [idea] is that there is no sign of hair loss, which is caused by Taxol, the predominant intravenous treatment for these gynecological cancers.”

Ovarian cysts may be seen on routine imaging and can be removed laparoscopically — and the diagnosis of cancer is often found later, the doctor said.

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The chemo that is administered for early-stage colon cancer doesn’t routinely cause hair loss, Siegel noted.

In her video message, Middleton said she has begun a treatment regimen of “preventative chemotherapy.” 

Whatever type of cancer the princess has or had — Siegel said he has hope that her prognosis could be good.

“I have diagnosed a lot of cancer [cases], unfortunately, but more and more, it’s early enough to be cured,” he said.

“Whatever type of cancer it is, they appear to have gotten it out.”

In her video message, Middleton said she has begun a treatment regimen of “preventative chemotherapy.”

“We need to respect her privacy and show compassion and empathy.”

“The good news is that the word ‘preventative’ was used, which would mean that the cancer was removed in its entirety, presumably by bowel resection, and that the chemo is being given to increase the chances of no recurrence,” Siegel said.

The chances of a recurrence are much lower with chemotherapy, the doctor added.

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Above all, Siegel emphasized Middleton’s right to privacy.

“We need to respect her privacy and show compassion and empathy, especially given her young age and young children,” he told Fox News Digital.

“These records should be sacrosanct,” he also said about her personal medical details. 

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On Friday in her video message, Middleton revealed that after her abdominal surgery, doctors initially believed her “condition was non-cancerous,” but further testing proved otherwise.

“My medical team therefore advised that I should undergo a course of preventative chemotherapy and I am now in the early stages of that treatment,” she shared.

Angelica Stabile and Caroline Thayer, both of Fox News Digital, contributed reporting. 

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LSU star waves goodbye to Middle Tennessee State player who fouled out

LSU Tigers women’s basketball star Angel Reese waved goodbye to one of the Middle Tennessee State players during the round of 32 in the tournament as she fouled out in the third quarter.

Reese battled with Middle Tennessee State’s bigs all game long. And with 59 seconds left in the frame, Anastasiia Boldyreva fouled out of the game. 

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The ESPN broadcast spotted Reese waving goodbye as she went back to her bench. Boldyreva played 16 minutes in the game and had nine points. LSU was only up six points at that point, but it seemed to turn the game around.

LSU went on to win the game 83-56, but Reese’s action didn’t go unnoticed on social media.

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“Waving goodbye while you’re up 6 on an 11 seed isn’t the flex you think it is Angel. Not to mention the flop,” one fan wrote on X.

“Angel Reese waving bye bye as opponent fouls out. When people say she has no class, look no further. And her coach condones it,” another fan added on X with clown emojis.

But fans of Reese came to her defense.

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“I love that Angel Reese knows y’all are gonna talk trash about her and still does whatever she wants to do,” one Reese fan wrote. “She a real one and y’all can’t stand it.”

Another added that they wanted more trash talking in sports and had no problem with Reese’s energy.

Reese came under similar scrutiny in last year’s national championship against Iowa when she proceeded to give Caitlin Clark some of her own trash talk back at her. LSU topped Iowa to win the national title.

She finished the game with 20 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and two steals. Her point total was one shy of tying Flau’jae Johnson for the most in the game.

The Tigers will face off against the winner of UCLA and Creighton in the Sweet 16. Should Iowa get past West Virginia and then Colorado, the Hawkeyes and Tigers could potentially meet in the regional final.

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The Blue Raiders finished their season 30-5. The team upset Louisville to get to the round of 32.

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Blue state leads nation in unemployment after slower job growth than anticipated

California now has the highest unemployment in the nation, after new data revealed that job growth in the Golden State was much lower in 2023 than previously believed.

Data from the state Employment Development Department indicates California reached 5.3% unemployment last month. 

Meanwhile, federal data showed that California added just 50,000 jobs between September 2022 and September 2023, far less than the 300,000 initially shown. 

California lost 2.7 million jobs at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, thanks to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s draconian stay-at-home order that forced many businesses to close. Since then, the state has added 3 million jobs, per the EDD. 

The economic slowdown has affected that state’s budget. For the second year in a row, California is facing a multibillion-dollar deficit. The Newsom administration reported the deficit was $37.9 billion in January. But the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office believes it could be as high as $73 billion.

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FOX Business has reached out to the governor’s office for a response to these figures. 

“Who would have guessed that high taxes, expensive energy and rampant crime are bad for the economy? California workers are dealing with the consequences of Newsom’s far-left agenda,” California Assembly Leader James Gallagher told FOX Business in a statement. “If Democrats don’t stop punishing job creators and rewarding criminals, things are only going to get worse.” 

Meanwhile, in Florida and Texas – two conservative states often juxtaposed with California’s progressive policies – unemployment hovered under 4% in February. 

Between September 2022 and September 2023, Texas added nearly 340,000 new jobs while Florida added more than 235,000. 

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Last legislative session, Texas lawmakers had a record $32 billion surplus. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has said the state may go into the next legislative session with an estimated $20 billion budget surplus. This year’s budget for Florida includes a $14.6 billion surplus, according to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office.