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Dem bribing landlords to open doors for illegal immigrants even after brutal murder

Michigan Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is facing intensified heat from critics over her state’s “newcomer rental subsidy” giving up to $500 to landlords that rent to migrants following the alleged murder of a woman by an illegal immigrant in Michigan.

“Many refugees and other newcomers face critical housing challenges, and this program will increase access to better and more affordable housing opportunities while supporting a more rapid social integration to refugees and other newcomer populations to Michigan,” Michigan’s state website states regarding the program that was reported on this week by The Midwesterner.

The website explains that the Newcomer Rental Subsidy program “provides Refugees and other Newcomer population-eligible households with rental assistance up to $500 per month for up to 12 months, with eligibility based on immigration status and household income.”

In order to be a beneficiary of the program, applicants must have an “eligible immigration status” that includes refugees, asylees, special immigration visa holders, victims of human trafficking, Cuban and Haitian entrants, Afghan nationals, or Ukrainian humanitarian parolees. 

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Guidance from the state says that an individual or household can be a part of the program for up to 12 months and that single individual or households with two individuals can receive a credit of $300 per month that rises to up to $500 per month in households of up to six individuals.

Landlords are issued payments through a system known as SIGMA and they have a choice to receive payments electronically or by check. 

“Payments will be made in three-month installments; first payment will be issued upon the application being approved,” the guidance explains. “Additional payments will be made thereafter.”

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Whitmer’s critics blasted the program and raised safety concerns in light of several high profile instances of crimes being committed by illegal immigrants including a recent murder in Michigan believed to have been carried out by a man in the United States unlawfully.

“Gretchen Whitmer is enabling Joe Biden’s open border policies by handing out cash to anyone who will take in unvetted illegal immigrants, undoubtedly risking the safety of our neighborhoods and communities,” Tudor Dixon, who ran as a Republican for governor against Whitmer in 2022, told Fox News Digital. 

“After the murder of Ruby Garcia less than a week ago, Whitmer should immediately cancel this program and demand Biden secure the border for the good of Michigan citizens.”

Brandon Ortiz-Vite, an illegal immigrant who was deported to Mexico in 2020, was recently charged with felony murder, open murder, carjacking, carrying a concealed weapon and felony use of a firearm after the body of 25-year-old Ruby Garcia was discovered on U.S. 131 in downtown Grand Rapids earlier this month.

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“Rather than focus on border security and safe communities, the Whitmer administration appears to be focused on covering up our state’s population loss by subsidizing housing for not only refugees but anyone who has filed an application for asylum, over half of which are routinely rejected,” Michigan GOP State Representative Andrew Fink, who recently sponsored a bill that essentially bans sanctuary cities, told Fox News Digital. 

Fox News Digital reached out to Whitmer’s office multiple times for comment but did not receive a response.

Fox News Digital’s Kyle Morris contributed to this report

Trump’s game-changing strategy set to put ‘meat’ on campaign tactic

FIRST ON FOX: Over the next month and a half, former President Trump’s campaign will be opening dozens of new offices in seven pivotal swing states, complete with hundreds of newly hired staffers, Fox News has learned. 

As President Biden and Trump appear headed for a rematch in November, the two will likely put a lot of energy into the seven swing states — Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona, Georgia, Nevada and North Carolina — that could decide the election. 

In the latest Fox News Poll, the two were in a virtual dead heat in Pennsylvania, with Trump leading Biden 49% to 47%. The difference is within the margin of error. 

In Arizona, Trump won in a five-way matchup with Biden, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Jill Stein and Cornel West, posting 43% to Biden’s 39%.

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Trump’s forthcoming changes to swing state campaign infrastructure comes as Biden criticizes Trump over his infrequent presence in key locations. Trump spent time in Iowa, South Carolina and New Hampshire during the Republican primaries as Biden began ramping up his campaign for the general election. 

With several criminal cases pending against Trump, time spent on the road campaigning could be limited, and critics have said Trump is slow to ramp up his ground game.

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Michigan Republican Party Chairman Pete Hoekstra told The Associated Press this week the RNC and Trump campaign had yet to invest in building up the election effort in what promises to be a critical state come November. 

“We’ve got the skeleton right now,” Hoekstra told The Associated Press. “We’re going to have to put more meat on it.”

His observation coincided with news President Biden’s re-election effort had opened 100 new offices and enlisted over 350 new staff members in Arizona, Georgia and Pennsylvania, adding to the already established swing state staffers working on the ground. 

“Donald Trump claiming he has a plan to build a battleground state operation while they don’t have money, lay off state staff and close community centers feels eerily similar to some other imminent Trump plans that never came to fruition, like the long promised infrastructure week or his Obamacare replacement. We’ll believe it when we see it,” Biden campaign spokesperson Seth Schuster said in a statement to Fox News Digital. 

But the RNC and Trump’s campaign pushed back on the idea that they’re behind schedule.

“We don’t feel the need to talk about the tactics because we lead with our candidate — he’s a winning candidate,” Republican National Committee spokeswoman Danielle Alvarez said in an interview with Fox News Digital. 

“We are doing all the tactics,” Alvarez emphasized. “We are raising the money. We are deploying the assets. It all is happening.”

She explained that Trump and the RNC aren’t always going to publicize the steps being taken to ensure victory. 

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“We win when we lead with our candidate. They lose when they lead with their candidate,” she added. 

Alvarez claimed the Democratic Party “cannot put their guy out there” and is forced to lead “with their tactics.”

Trump’s campaign noted that the infrastructure it expects to roll out in critical states over the next 30 to 45 days is early compared to past cycles. Usually, a non-incumbent presidential nominee is not definite until the RNC convention in the summer, and the committee and campaign do not merge until then. 

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Earlier this year, it was revealed that, in 2023, the RNC posted its worst fundraising since 2013, only pulling $87.2 million and reporting roughly $8 million in available cash on hand.

In the month of January, Trump saw his cash on hand dwindle to $30 million, while his spending outpaced his fundraising. Biden’s campaign brought in $42 million in the same period and boasted a $130 million war chest for the general election. 

However, last month, both the committee and Trump’s campaign saw improvement. The RNC pulled in $10.6 million, while making gains in cash on hand in February. Trump’s campaign managed to rake in over $20 million last month, boosted by primary victories, while also upping his cash on hand to $42 million.

While fundraising appeared to bounce back as Trump’s campaign merges with the committee, concerns over Trump’s financial situation still remain. The former president has been ordered to make various payments in his criminal cases. 

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The RNC and campaign further pushed back at suggestions action hasn’t taken place sooner in the key states due to legal fees for the former president and poor fundraising hauls. Both the committee and campaign expressed confidence, noting that all assets are in line to cover all costs. 

They conceded that the Democrats are expected to enjoy a monetary advantage but claimed Trump doesn’t need as much money to win. 

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

Woman rushed to hospital for life-saving procedure after eating popular crunchy snack

A South American woman was rushed to a hospital after a nefarious object made its way into her bag of pork rinds.

Peru resident Celia Tello, 68, was enjoying a snack in February when she felt something sharp hit her throat, according to Reuters.

The woman soon fell ill and began vomiting blood. After being taken to an emergency room, doctors discovered that the nail was piercing one of her carotid arteries – which help supply oxygen and blood to the brain. 

Tello thought the mysterious object was a bone, but it turned out to be even more unusual: a nail.

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“It never crossed my mind I had this nail or piece of wire,” Tello told Reuters in Spanish.

Surgeon Diego Cuipal explained that a “careful dissection” was done to safely remove the nail from her body. There was a risk of “detaching a clot that could reach the brain,” but doctors conducted the surgery successfully.

“We were able to isolate the affected artery and we repaired it by sectioning it and we joined a healthy artery with another healthy artery,” Cuipal said in Spanish.

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Tello’s x-ray images showed the nail protruding into her throat. The woman, who now has a neck scar, has healed since then.

It is rare for dangerous objects to make their way into food, but similar incidents have occurred. In 2018, a Burger King customer found a fingernail in his burger – and accidentally ate it.

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“It was crunchy man,” Anek said to FOX 8. “I threw up three times.”

A year later, a Chipotle customer in Massachusetts bit into his burrito and allegedly hit a nail, which he said chipped his tooth.

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Fox News Digital reached out to Tello for a statement.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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Biden forges ahead to protect workers in Mexico despite claims he’s breaking the law

The White House is escalating a labor dispute at a major mine in central Mexico, an action backed by powerful labor unions, but it could have a devastating effect on workers and the economy.

The United States Trade Representative (USTR), which is housed in the White House, is pursuing the case by leveraging a little-used tool in the 2020 United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

The Rapid Response Labor Mechanism (RRM), is a provision that allows the government to take enforcement action against factories if they fail to comply with domestic freedom of association and collective bargaining laws. As part of its effort, the USTR successfully convened the first-ever RRM tribunal to review concerns brought by labor officials in the U.S. and Mexico.

“This announcement upholds the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to creating a more level playing field for workers to feel empowered and using every enforcement tool at our disposal to safeguard workers’ rights,” U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai said after her office filed its initial motion to convene the RRM tribunal.

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However, the process has faced considerable pushback from the Mexican government, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the owner of the mine, Grupo Mexico, which has argued the U.S. government doesn’t have jurisdiction in the dispute. Critics have also warned the process, which is expected to conclude with a ruling as early as Friday, has lacked transparency.

The case dates back more than a decade and a half when, in 2007, the powerful Mexican miners’ union Los Mineros went on strike at Grupo Mexico’s San Martin mine in Sombrerete, Zacatecas, which produces a high quantity of Mexico’s lead, zinc and copper supplies. The strike was related, in part, to safety conditions at the site.

According to legal filings reviewed by Fox News Digital, the San Martin mine reopened 11 years later, in 2018, when the mine’s operator struck a deal with Los Trabajadores Coaligados, a coalition of workers that voted to return to work and end the strike. In June 2023, the Mexican Conciliation and Arbitration Board, a government panel, confirmed in a ruling that the strike was over and San Martin could operate as normal.

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Still, that same month, USTR invoked the USMCA’s RRM and requested the Mexican government review whether workers at the mine were being denied their rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining. The request was in response to a petition filed by Los Mineros alongside the AFL-CIO and the United Steel Workers (USW).

On Aug. 22, 2023, despite Mexico’s assertion that the case was outside the scope of the USMCA, USTR formally requested the first-ever RRM tribunal.

“USTR should have never brought this RRLM case because it is jurisdictionally defective, and there has been no denial of rights at the mine,” said Jonathan Stoel, a partner at the law firm Hogan Lovells, which represents the San Martin mine. “The RRLM process since the June 2023 petition has been conducted unfairly by the U.S. government and has been rife with procedural violations.

“The U.S. government’s own documents that were made public as a result of our FOIA request revealed that USTR rejected a similar petition containing the same facts in 2020 and confirmed that this petition is more about politics than alleged labor violations.” 

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Those documents, reviewed by Fox News Digital, show USTR officials in the Trump administration expressed skepticism about invoking the RRM in the case. The revelation came in an October 2020 memo sent to then-U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.

In filings submitted to the RRM tribunal convened by the U.S. last year, the San Martin mine has echoed some of those same concerns, arguing its facility falls outside the USMCA’s jurisdiction since its products are not exported to the U.S. and that the labor dispute predates the signing of the trade agreement.

Rep. Carol Miller, R-W. Va., a member of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade, penned a letter to Tai in late January, saying the RRM process has a limited scope and warning against abusing the provision.

“Once again, Joe Biden is failing to promote fair trade or prioritize U.S. trade interests,” Miller told Fox News Digital in a written statement. “The Biden administration’s choice to use RRM to reopen already settled labor disputes that have no impact on American industry demonstrates a lack of seriousness in their trade agenda.”

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And the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world’s largest business federation, filed a brief in the case, saying it was concerned about the broader implications of a North American nation invoking the RRM in the future. 

“The U.S. government’s pursuit of this case violates a central principal upon which the U.S. legal system was built. The principle is that laws do not have retroactive effect unless the lawmakers expressly specify otherwise,” the chamber’s November brief stated. 

“The facts upon which the U.S. government relies to support its case involving the San Martín mine occurred before the USMCA was negotiated, prior to the USMCA’s passage by the U.S. Congress, and prior to its entry into force.”

Overall, the case, which may ultimately lead to the forcible closure of the San Martin mine, could have a major impact on the local economy in Sombrerete and Mexico’s economy at large. The mine employs about 1,000 workers and, last year, the mine produced more than 1.4 million tons of lead, zinc, copper and silver, key minerals for a wide variety of technologies and products, according to financial filings.

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And it could further benefit Los Mineros General-Secretary Napoleon Gomez Urrutia, who is facing criminal charges and was ordered by a Mexican court to pay $54 million in an alleged embezzlement scheme, Mexico Business News previously reported. One of Los Mineros’ demands to end the San Martin strike was for the Mexican federal government to drop its charges against Urrutia.

The USTR, AFL-CIO, USW and Los Mineros didn’t respond to requests for comment for this story. 

Experts address biggest question of deadly Baltimore bridge collapse

The collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore on Tuesday has raised serious questions about what safety or protective mechanisms might have prevented the disaster and the loss of six lives.  

It is still unclear what caused a massive 985-foot long cargo vessel to apparently lose control and strike a pier, also known as a pylon, a critical part of the structure that keeps the deck of the bridge in place.

But could the bridge have been better protected to safeguard against a large vessel striking a key part of its infrastructure?

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From 1960 to 2015, there were 35 major bridge collapses worldwide due to ship or barge collisions, with a total of 342 people killed, according to a 2018 report from the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure. 

Eighteen of those collapses happened in the U.S., including in 1980 when a 609-foot freighter slammed into the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in the Tampa Bay area of Florida.

The freighter, Summit Venture, was navigating through the narrow, winding shipping channel when a sudden, blinding squall knocked out the ship’s radar. The ship sheared off one of the bridge’s supports, dropping a 1,400-foot section of concrete roadway into the water during the morning rush hour. 

Seven vehicles, including a bus with 26 aboard, fell 150 feet into the water. At least 35 people died.

Following the tragedy, a replacement bridge was constructed, and its piers were protected by several circular sheet pile cells known as dolphins. The protective infrastructure is also known as a fendering system. The area around the larger piers was also buffered with concrete and rocks for added protection, while the shipping lanes for vessels to pass through were widened. 

On April 29, 1987, the day before the new bridge was scheduled to open, the new bridge’s protective bumpers were hit head-on by a 74-foot-long shrimp boat. The bumper sustained minor damage – but the bridge was not affected and was opened at a later date. The shrimp boat took on water and was towed out of the channel into shallow waters, where it sank.

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The Francis Scott Key Bridge, which was built in 1977, does not appear to have any protective barriers in place, and the pier that was struck was not surrounded by any barrier or buffer-like structures, according to photos and videos from the scene. There are some small circular-shaped structures in the water, but it is unclear if they are barriers that serve another purpose. A spokesperson for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) did not respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment about whether the Baltimore bridge had a bumper system or protective barriers in place.

Ron Harichandran, Ph.D., dean of the Tagliatela College of Engineering in Connecticut, told Fox News Digital that protective barriers – if they were there – may not have been enough to stop the Dali, given its sheer size and weight. The Singapore-flagged container has dead weight tonnage, or total tonnage, of nearly 117,000 tons. 

“Most of those protections systems that they have directly around the pier would probably not have been able to protect this particular incident because of the size of the cargo ship and the weight,” Harichandran said. “It was just too big.”

“The only thing that might have worked is if they had sort of an island around the piers and that’s not done often,” Harichandran added. “It basically involves filling up an area of the river and building an island, so the ship would hit the island and not the pier. That’s what you would have to do if you wanted that level of protection, but obviously, that’s quite expensive.”

“It should really have been done at the time the bridge is built and not retrofitting it,” he added. 

Jennifer Homendy, the chair of the National Transportation Safety Board, said at a Tuesday press briefing that protective structures would be a part of the investigation into the collapse of the Maryland bridge

“There’s some questions about the structure of the bridge – protective structure around the bridge or around the piers to make sure there isn’t a collapse,” she said, responding to a reporter’s question. “We are aware of what a structure should have. Part of our investigation will be how was this bridge constructed? It will look at the structure itself. Should there be any sort of safety improvements? All of that will be part of our investigation.”

At least six construction workers who were on the bridge at the time of its collapse are presumed dead at the time of this report.

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Harichandran said other more cost-effective systems can be used to alert bridge users.

“You could have trip wires and have more sophisticated warning sensors that would warn of approaching the bridge much earlier,” Harichandran said.

“For those kinds of remote sensing approaches, you could potentially have given an earlier warning of a disaster that could have gotten people out of the way. I know there was a warning because of the radio call, and it helped stop traffic and so on but an earlier warning might have warned the authorities sooner,” Harichandran added. “Think of a trip wire that is set up a mile before the bridge and if a ship is not to going the way it is supposed to it would set it off and warn people that something is amiss, and you could close the bridge.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

SEE IT: Diddy’s exclusive mansion on Star Island is elite enclave for A-listers

Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Miami home in the exclusive Star Island sector of South Florida was one of the targets raided Monday in an ongoing Homeland Security investigation.

Known for its prestigious real estate across 86 acres of land, the gated community is a haven for celebrities seeking extreme privacy and is only accessible by boat or across a single bridge that connects the island to MacArthur Causeway.

The elite island was also where HSI officials descended earlier this week as part of their bicoastal raids on Diddy’s homes. A U.S. official confirmed to Fox News the raids on his homes were connected to a federal human trafficking investigation. It is unclear if the rapper is the target of the federal agents’ investigation.

“Star Island is aptly named,” Realtor Ivan Chorney of the Ivan and Mike Team at Compass told FOX Business. “It is comprised of the most beautiful homes, and the surrounding area is manicured to perfection. It is not only exclusive but filled with mega-mansions all on the water with incredible private docks.

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“This private gated community boasts private security, is accessible via bridge and is close to downtown, where all the best restaurants are. It is also minutes away from the airport, which is ideal for these Fortune 500, celebrity and tycoon owners

“If you want to be near the action, yet have privacy and exclusivity, it does not get any better than Star Island,” he noted. “From a real estate perspective, it is very rare for one of these homes to come to market; they always trade off-market. This only adds to the allure of Star Island.”

Diddy’s a longtime resident of the man-made island near the heart of Miami. The Bad Boy Records founder first moved into the neighborhood in 2003 when he purchased Tommy Mottola’s sprawling nine-bedroom, 12-bathroom estate for $14.5 million.

“Star Island is aptly named. It is comprised of the most beautiful homes and the surrounding area is manicured to perfection.”

–  Ivan Chorney

Nearly 20 years later, he shelled out $35 million to purchase the home next door, 1 Star Island, which was previously owned by Gloria and Emilio Estefan. The 1.3-acre property boasts an 8,000-square-foot mansion with six bedrooms and 10 bathrooms, in addition to an immaculate outdoor oasis.

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Diddy was known to host hundreds of people at an annual New Year’s Eve bash on the island, which also drew his celebrity pals, including DJ Khaled, The Weeknd, Travis Scott, Future, Scottie Pippen, Jermaine Dupri and others.

He led the welcoming committee in July when Rick Ross moved in down the street and purchased a $37 million mansion, a rare occurrence on the island in South Florida, which boasts fewer than 40 homes.

“This your housewarming gift,” Diddy said while giving Ross his own golf cart. “You not moving in ’cause you just got approved by the community board. … This is an intimate space. This is really private. He doesn’t let nobody in here. This is Star Island. But this right here is my housewarming gift because around Star Island – you could walk around Star Island, but it’s better to drive.”

“I’m not playing with you, Rozay. No f—ing parties. No pool parties. I’m the head of the [committee], I don’t do none of that s—. You hear me? Rozay, we not doing none of that.”

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Lourdes Alatriste of Douglas Elliman told FOX Business, “Star Island has always lived up to its name and been somewhat of a ‘playground’ for celebrities.’ Don Johnson lived there during the ‘Miami Vice’ days. Vanilla Ice lived there. Lisa and Donald Pliner lived at 29 Star Island. They sold to Trudy and Paul Cejas.

“He was the U.S. Ambassador to Belgium, appointed by President Clinton. Rosie O’Donnell lived at 43 Star; she sold to David and Linda Frankel. Shaquille O’Neal lived at 26 Star Island when he played for the Miami Heat. His property was comprised of two lots totaling 106,888 square feet. He sold it in 2009 to Naomi Campbell’s billionaire boyfriend, Vladislav Doronin, for $16 million.”

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Alatriste added, “In 2020, Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez purchased 14 Star Island for $24 million from Ken Griffin. They later sold it back to Griffin, who also owns 13 Star.”

Santiago Arana of The Agency told FOX Business, “I believe Star Island is a perfect place for someone that obviously has the money to choose where to be and wants to be in an exclusive pocket in the middle of all the action.”

A neighbor who lives across the street from the island told the Miami Herald Monday that parties were “frequent” at Diddy’s mansion, with people “coming and going at all hours, their cars parked along the exclusive island’s single palm-lined road.”

“Star Island has always lived up to its name and been somewhat of a ‘playground’ for celebrities.”

– Lourdes Alatriste

The following morning, the outlet reported that a white Range Rover with a realty company sign was parked outside the home, a possible indicator Diddy could be selling the mansion raided for nearly eight hours by HSI authorities.

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Diddy denied the “meritless accusations” waged against him as he spoke out for the first time Tuesday following the raids. 

“Yesterday, there was a gross overuse of military-level force as search warrants were executed at Mr. Combs’ residences,” his attorney, Aaron Dyer, said in a statement provided to Fox News Digital.

“There is no excuse for the excessive show of force and hostility exhibited by authorities or the way his children and employees were treated. Mr. Combs was never detained but spoke to and cooperated with authorities. Despite media speculation, neither Mr. Combs nor any of his family members have been arrested nor has their ability to travel been restricted in any way.

“This unprecedented ambush — paired with an advanced, coordinated media presence — leads to a premature rush to judgment of Mr. Combs and is nothing more than a witch hunt based on meritless accusations made in civil lawsuits,” he added. “There has been no finding of criminal or civil liability with any of these allegations. Mr. Combs is innocent and will continue to fight every single day to clear his name.”

‘The View’ co-host accuses Black author of being ‘used as a pawn by the right’

Co-host Sunny Hostin accused author and podcast host Coleman Hughes of being “used as a pawn by the right” during “The View” on Wednesday while discussing his new book and argument for “colorblindness” in the U.S.

Hughes, the author of “The End of Race Politics: Arguments for a Colorblind America,” joined the co-hosts of “The View” to discuss the book, which he said argues that everyone should try their very best to “treat people without regard to race.” 

“Your argument for colorblindness, I think it’s something that the right has co-opted, and so many in the Black community, if I’m being honest with you, because I want to be, believed that you are being used as a pawn by the right and that you are charlatan of sorts,” Hostin said. 

Co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin interrupted and said Hughes was not a Republican, as Hostin said Hughes claimed to be a conservative on a podcast, which he denied. The liberal co-host asked Hughes to respond to the critics. 

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Hughs told the hosts he’s never voted Republican and said he’s an Independent. 

“I don’t think I’ve been co-opted by anyone. I’ve only voted twice — both for Democrats. I’m an independent,” Coleman said. “I would vote for a Republican — probably a non-Trump Republican if they were compelling. I don’t think there’s any evidence I’ve been co-opted by anyone and I think that’s an ad-hominem tactic people use to not address, really, the important conversations we’re having here.”

Hughes writes for The Free Press and is an analyst on CNN. He told Hostin, “No one is paying me to say what I’m saying.”

“The reason I wrote this book is because, in the past 10 years, it has become to, in the name of anti-racism, teach a kind of philosophy to our children, in general, that says your race is everything,” he said at the beginning of the segment. “And I think that is the wrong way to fight racism and that’s why I wrote this book at this time.” 

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Hostin told him his argument, that class socio-economics was a better proxy in determining who is at a disadvantage, was flawed. 

“When you say that socio-economics picks out people in a better way than race, when you do look at the socio-economics, you see the huge disparity between White households and Black households. You see the huge disparity between White households and Hispanic households,” Hostin said. “I’ve read your book twice, because I wanted to give it a chance. Your argument that race has no place in that equation is really fundamentally flawed.”

Hughes quoted Martin Luther King Jr., and said he also argued for a class-based socio-economic approach to addressing racism. 

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Hostin pushed back and argued that King pushed for racial equality and reparations for the Black community. 

Legendary college football coach Nick Saban unveils major lifestyle changes since retiring

Nick Saban has maintained a busy schedule for the past few decades. But earlier this year, the seven-time college football national champion decided to step away from the sidelines.

Shortly after Saban’s retirement, Alabama announced that Kalen DeBoer would leave the Washington Huskies and take the head coaching role in Tusccaloossa. Saban is expected to remain involved in Alabama’s football program in a “supportive” capacity. But, his schedule will certainly no longer be completely filled with the responsibilities that come with being a head coach.

“I want to bring the least amount of attention to me being around here as possible,” Saban told ESPN. “So I want to be supportive. I want to be helpful, but I don’t want to be looking over anybody’s shoulder.”

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Saban will also step into his new role as a panelist on ESPN’s “College GameDay” later this year. But for now, he appears to be enjoying his more laid back lifestyle.

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He recently opened up about the biggest adjustments he’s faced since he stopped coaching.

“The biggest change for me as a person is that I lived my whole life for the last 50 years being in a hurry,” Saban told ESPN’s Chris Low. “It was, ‘Hurry up to go here. Hurry up to go there. Don’t be late for this meeting. You’ve got another meeting in an hour. What are you going to say to the staff? What are you going to say to the team?’”

Saban added that when he was leading football programs, it was difficult for him to relax even when he was on vacation.

“I mean, it was just deadline after deadline after deadline. Even when I was driving to the lake to go on vacation, I’d be in a hurry, and for what? But that’s just how you were built.”

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But, Saban seems to be finding ways to unplug during his newfound downtime.

“He’s actually texting and reading his own emails and sent his first-ever email,” Saban’s wife Terry told ESPN. “He even took his first trip to the pharmacy to pick up his first prescription. He’s actually quite proud of himself.”

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Florida woman captures alligator’s grisly meal in shocking photos

A Florida resident was on a two-mile run when she encountered not just one alligator, but two, and one was in the other’s mouth.

Sue Edwards, who lives in Charlotte County, was making her way around a lake in Babock Ranch on Sunday, when she first saw the reptile, Fox 35 Orlando reported.

It wasn’t until she got a little closer that she realized how bizarre the sight was.

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“When I got closer, I saw something in his mouth and initially I thought it was a snake, but when I got closer I noticed it was a smaller gator,” Edwards told the station. 

Edwards stopped to grab a few photos of the odd encounter, before she continued on with her run.

She also gave a warning to people who she crossed paths with, letting them know what to expect up ahead. She specifically gave a heads-up to those who were walking their dogs, Fox 35 reported.

Edwards decided to run around the loop again, expecting to once again run into the alligator.

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“This time he looked at me, and it creeped me out,” Edwards told Fox 35. 

“He sank back into the water with the smaller gator in his mouth and I kept running. Love Florida wildlife,” she said.

Alligators are known for being “opportunistic feeders,” the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) states on its website.

“Their diets include prey species that are abundant and easily accessible. Juvenile alligators eat primarily insects, amphibians, small fish, and other invertebrates. Adult alligators eat rough fish, snakes, turtles, small mammals, and birds,” the website says.

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An FWC spokesperson previously told Fox 13 in Tampa that alligators can be cannibalistic at times. 

This isn’t the first time a Florida alligator was seen eating another of its kind.

In 2023, Barbara D’Angelo was visiting the Orlando Wetland Parks and snapped photographs of a large alligator seemingly devouring a much smaller alligator, Fox News Digital reported.

In 2022, a Florida resident, Tammy Shaw, was paddling along Silver Springs in Marion County when she captured a video of an 11-foot alligator eating a smaller alligator that was nearly half its size, Fox Weather shared.

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Floridians can expect more alligator sightings as the beginning courtship stage can start as early as April until June, according to the FWC.

Fox News Digital reached out to Sue Edwards for a comment.

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