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Biden admin reportedly set to defy Supreme Court in bid to win over voters before election

The Biden administration is reportedly preparing to take a second crack at broad student loan forgiveness for millions of Americans after the Supreme Court struck down its first attempt.

Citing people familiar, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that the administration will roll out proposed regulations offering sweeping bailouts as early as next week, and “the president’s advisers hope to use the rules to begin canceling waves of student debt in the run-up to the November election.”

The White House did not immediately respond to FOX Business’ request for comment on the report.

President Biden’s initial student loan handout plan, which would have provided up to $20,000 in debt relief to borrowers who make less than $125,000, was rejected last year by the Supreme Court, which found the administration did not have the authority to cancel the debt. That program was expected to cost the government more than $400 billion.

BIDEN ‘CANCELS’ NEARLY $6B IN STUDENT LOANS FOR PUBLIC SECTOR WORKERS

After his first plan was rejected, Biden vowed that he would “stop at nothing to find other ways to deliver relief to hard-working middle-class families,” and has since wiped away nearly $138 billion in federal student loans for almost 3.9 million borrowers through other actions while circumventing Congress, which holds the power of the purse.

The president’s forthcoming attempt at sweeping debt cancellation comes as polling shows he is struggling with younger voters compared to his first White House run, and another controversial student loan handout is expected to be challenged in court.

KANSAS AG SUES TO BLOCK BIDEN’S STUDENT LOAN FORGIVENESS PLAN

Also on Friday, a U.S. appeals court blocked the Biden administration from enforcing a rule that would make it easier for people defrauded by their colleges or universities to have their student loans forgiven, saying key provisions were “almost certainly unlawful.”

U.S. Circuit Judge Edith Jones, writing for the three-judge panel, said Career Colleges and Schools of Texas (CCST) was likely to succeed in proving the U.S. Department of Education overreached and lacked authority under the Higher Education Act to adopt the regulation.

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Jones said the regulation “seems to be of a piece” with the Biden administration’s efforts to sidestep the Supreme Court‘s ruling barring it from canceling $430 billion in student loan debt for 43 million borrowers.

FOX Business’ Chris Pandolfo and Reuters contributed to this report.

Family of famed zookeeper gives devastating update on his struggle with Alzheimer’s

Jack Hanna’s family shared a heartbreaking update amid the famed zookeeper and TV host’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

The 77-year-old former director of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s family released a statement in which they said Hanna’s condition has worsened as the degenerative brain disease progressed.

“We wish we had good news to share, but Jack continues to decline and has all the symptoms one would anticipate with advanced Alzheimer’s,” Hanna’s family said in their statement to People magazine. 

JACK HANNA, FORMER COLUMBUS ZOO DIRECTOR EMERITUS AND TV HOST, DIAGNOSED WITH DEMENTIA, FAMILY SAYS

“Each day, we do our best to find joy – even when things are challenging,” they continued.

“We hope that sharing Jack’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s brings awareness to the disease that affects almost 7 million Americans and their families.”

Alzheimer’s disease, which is the most common type of dementia, is a progressive brain disorder that affects memory, thinking and behavior. Over time, symptoms become severe enough to interfere with daily tasks, per the Altzheimer’s Association.

The disease usually progresses through three stages – early, middle and late. Late-stage Altzheimer’s is sometimes referred to as “severe” or “advanced” in the medical community. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, people in the late stage of the disease lose the ability to respond to their environment, communicate and, eventually, control movement. 

In April 2021, Hanna’s daughters Kathaleen, Suzanne and Julie, whom he shares with his wife Suzi, revealed their father’s diagnosis for the first time.

“Today we reach out to share some personal Hanna Family news. Doctors have diagnosed our dad, Jack Hanna, with dementia, now believed to be Alzheimer’s disease. His condition has progressed much faster in the last few months than any of us could have anticipated. Sadly, Dad is no longer able to participate in public life as he used to, where people all over the world watched, learned and laughed alongside him,” Kathaleen, Suzanne and Julie Hanna said in a joint statement shared on their father’s X page, formerly Twitter.

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Hanna, who is also known as “Jungle Jack,” served as director of the Columbus Zoo from 1978 to 1992. He then took over the role as its spokesperson, a role he retired from in 2020.

In addition to being a notable figure in the state, Hanna also appeared on several television programs as a wildlife correspondent, bringing people and animals together. 

He starred in “Animal Adventures,” “Into the Wild” and “Wild Countdown” and was known for his several appearances over the years on morning talk shows and late-night TV, including “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “Larry King Live,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “Hollywood Squares” and “The Maury Show.”

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In June 2023, Suzi, Kathaleen, Suzanne and Julie told the Columbus Dispatch that Hanna’s condition had worsened to the point where he was unable to remember huge chunks of his life, or even his family. They said that Hanna can only remember Suzi, his dog Brassy, and, occasionally, Kathaleen.

“My husband is still in there somewhere,” Suzi told the newspaper at the time. “There are still those sweet, tender moments – you know, pieces of him that made me and the rest of the world fall in love with him. It’s hard. Real hard some days. But he took care of me all those years, and so it’s my turn to take care of him.”

Suzi remains his main caretaker, with help from their children when they can make it to their parents’ home in Montana. Their daughters said they have begged Suzi to get professional help to aid in Hanna’s care, but she refuses, saying, “I just want it to be your dad and I for as long as I can.”

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“The river, the sun, Brassy, our walks… That’s what we have left. The Jack people knew isn’t here anymore, but pieces of my husband are. And I’m going to hang onto them for as long as I can.”

Fox News Digital’s Emily Trainham and Melissa Roberto contributed to this report.

Walmart shoppers could get cash payment up to $500 as part of lawsuit

Some grocery shoppers could be entitled to cash payments from Walmart as part of its recent $45 million settlement. 

In some cases, customers could get as much as $500 back. 

A lawsuit filed in October 2022 alleged that customers were charged more for certain sold-by-weight products and bagged fruit than the “lowest advertised per pound/ounce price,” according to a copy of the suit obtained by FOX Business.

This includes certain sold-by-weight meat, poultry, pork and seafood products and certain organic oranges, grapefruit, tangerines and navel oranges sold in bulk in mesh or plastic bags. 

WALMART CEO SAYS CUSTOMERS WILLING TO PAY MORE FOR CONVENIENCE

The lawsuit alleged that Walmart conducted this “deceptive” business practice at stores nationwide. 

While Walmart has denied these allegations, it agreed to tens of millions of dollars to settle the litigation. 

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“We will continue providing our customers everyday low prices to help them save money on the products they want and need. We still deny the allegations, however we believe a settlement is in the best interest of both parties,” Walmart told FOX Business in a statement.

As part of the settlement, customers who were impacted can file a claim for cash payments. 

Customers are eligible if they purchase certain weighted products and bagged fruit at a Walmart retail store, supercenter, or neighborhood market in the U.S. or Puerto Rico between Oct. 19, 2018, and Jan. 19, 2024, according to court documents. 

The amount received will depend on a variety of factors, including whether a customer has proof of purchase. 

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Consumers who no longer have receipts can receive between $10 and $25, while those that still have them could get 2% of the total cost for each product that was purchased, for up to $500. 

Customers can find out if they can submit a claim online. The deadline to do so is June 5. 

Billionaire titans of industry are about to shake up former president’s 2024 bid

Big-money donors are beginning to coalesce around former President Donald Trump after he has become the presumptive GOP nominee as he attempts to close the cash-on-hand gap with President Biden, who recently set a high-dollar fundraising record.

This weekend in Palm Beach, Florida, Trump will take part in what is being billed as an “Inaugural Leadership Dinner” that includes several Republican high-profile donors and signals the beginning of a major push to cut into Biden’s cash-on-hand lead.  

The event will be led by hedge-fund billionaire John Paulson and will be co-chaired by hedge fund tycoon Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah, oil tycoon Harold Hamm, hotelier Robert Bigelow and casino mogul Steve Wynn.

Bigelow and Hamm had previously funneled money to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in his ill-fated presidential run against Trump in the primary. Hamm previously donated to former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley’s presidential campaign as well. 

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Scott Bessent, founder of the investment firm Key Square Group and former chief investment officer at George Soros’s Soros Fund Management, will also be co-hosting the event. Bessent has been rumored to be a potential cabinet nominee in a second Trump administration.  

The event will also be attended by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Strategas Jason Trennert, one of Wall Street’s top thought leaders.

Chicago Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts and New York Jets co-owner Woody Johnson are also expected to be involved along with Wilbur Ross, Trump’s former secretary of commerce. 

The event tops out at the “Chairman Level,” which costs $824,600 and includes seating at the former president’s table. 

“Now that President Trump won the primaries, defeating all 10 contenders by a landslide, I think it’s time for Republicans to unite behind him,” Paulsen recently told Bloomberg. “For that reason, I’m hosting this inaugural event to galvanize the broad support there is for the president.”

The event comes after President Biden raised at least $26 million in a star-studded event with former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. Many expect Trump’s fundraising haul to eclipse that record-setting figure and possibly raise around $43 million.

JOE BIDEN DOESN’T CARE IF HIS POLICIES HURT THE AVERAGE JOE

On April 10, Trump will hold a fundraising luncheon in the swing state of Georgia with former Georgia Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler. Top GOP donors are expected to attend, including Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus, poultry industry executive Tommy Bagwell, beverage sector executive Don Leebern III and Buckhead advocate Bill White.

On that same day, Trump will be holding a fundraiser in Orlando, Florida, with attorney Dan Newlin.

President Donald J. Trump has again created a fundraising juggernaut among Republicans. While he has been the presumptive nominee for the Republican Party for less than a month, the RNC and Trump campaign are one unified operation and focused on victory,” Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Whatley said in a statement this week.

We’re raising funds and making strategic investments to get out the vote and protect the ballot. We are going to win BIG in just 31 weeks,” Whatley predicted.

Fox News Digital confirmed Trump and the RNC brought in $65.6 million in March and ended the month with $93.1 million in cash on hand. The figures include money raised by a number of fundraising committees.

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The Biden campaign reported raising $53 million in February, ending the month with $155 million on hand. 

While Trump trails with cash on hand, The New York Times reported in February that Trump leads Biden when it comes to small-dollar donors who gave less than $200.

Desperate search for ‘Yellowstone’ star’s nephew comes to gruesome end

The body of Cole Brings Plenty, nephew of “Yellowstone” star Mo Brings Plenty, was discovered by Johnson County, Kansas, sheriffs Friday. He was 27.

“Deputies were dispatched to the area of 200th and Homestead Lane in reference to an unoccupied vehicle,” sheriffs said in a statement provided to Fox News Digital.

Upon checking the area, authorities discovered a “deceased male in the wooded area away from the vehicle,” who was identified as Cole.

Cole had been wanted by the Lawrence Police Department on allegations of domestic violence.

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“Investigations, crime scene investigators and the medical examiner are on scene,” sheriffs said in a statement.

His cause of death is still undetermined.

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Cole went missing on Easter Sunday. “Yellowstone” star Cole Hauser made a public plea to help find Mo Brings Plenty’s nephew, and shared a missing persons poster on social media Tuesday with photos of Cole.

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“My good friend @mobringsplenty nephew is missing,” he wrote. “He was last seen on Easter evening in Kansas City. If you have any information on his whereabouts please contact the below or your local police.”

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Mo, an Oglala Lakota, wrote that his nephew “went missing from Lawrence, Kansas on March 31, 2024,” in an Instagram post shared Tuesday.

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“Cole was last seen leaving out of Lawrence, Kansas South on highway U.S. 59 in his 2005 white Ford Explorer in the early morning hours of March 31,” the poster said. “Cole missed an appointment with his agent for a TV show, which is uncharacteristic for him.”

The note described Cole as 5’10” tall with “long black hair and brown eyes,” weighing between 145 and 150 pounds, and mentioned that Cole’s cellphone “is currently off.”

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Essential tips to experience the solar eclipse without losing sight of safety

Ahead of the Monday, April 8th solar eclipse, eye doctors are warning people not to look directly at the sun — which could lead to blindness and permanent eye damage.

“This can happen in less than a second from looking at the sun,” Dr. Matthew Gorski, M.D., an ophthalmologist with Northwell Health on Long Island, New York, told Fox News Digital in an interview.

Another expert echoed those potential dangers. 

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“It is very possible that you can wind up with a permanent blind spot from viewing the eclipse without the appropriate protection,” Dr. Avnish Deobhakta, M.D., a vitreoretinal surgeon at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai in New York City, told Fox News Digital. 

“The eclipse is a wondrous but also dangerous event,” he said. “And everyone must be vigilant during it.”

“The sun’s rays are extremely powerful, and can damage the part of the eye that takes up the light.”

In that case, the damage may be irreversible, Deobhakta warned.

Looking directly at the sun could lead to a rare type of retinal injury called solar retinopathy, experts say.

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One case involved a young woman in her 20s who was viewing the solar eclipse in August 2017, according to a case study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

“The woman viewed the solar rim several times for approximately six seconds without protective glasses and then again for approximately 15 to 20 seconds with a pair of eclipse glasses (unknown manufacturer). The peak obscuration of the sun’s area by the moon was approximately 70%,” the report stated.

The woman began experiencing blurred and distorted vision and color distortion four hours later. 

At the time, doctors at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary in New York City diagnosed her with solar retinopathy.

“It can happen in an instant,” Gorski told Fox News Digital during an interview. 

“Solar retinopathy is a disease process that occurs when the super strong UV light rays from the sun damage the delicate structures of the retina inside the eye.”

Symptoms include blurry vision, blind spots, distortion, light sensitivity and headaches. 

“It is very possible that you can wind up with a permanent blind spot from viewing the eclipse without the appropriate protection.”

In some cases, the symptoms may improve, the ophthalmologist noted.

“The bad news, however, is that oftentimes, the same symptoms can be permanent, including blindness,” Gorski said.

Anyone who develops symptoms should immediately see an eye doctor, he advised.

Gorski stressed the importance of following best safety practices when viewing a solar eclipse, and to never look directly at the sun without wearing the proper eye protection.

“The only way to look at the sun is with those special solar eclipse glasses, or viewers, that carry the designation ISO12312-2,” he said.

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It is also important to buy solar eclipse glasses from a reputable vendor and to inspect the glasses for any scratches, damage or holes.

Children require special attention, Gorski cautioned. 

“You have to know your child,” he said. “You have to make sure they are going to be responsible enough to properly wear the solar eclipse glasses … and that the glasses properly fit their faces.”

In general, whether or not there’s an eclipse, it’s never a good idea to look directly at the sun, Gorski told Fox News Digital. 

Deobhakta reiterated the importance of purchasing the special ISO 12312-2 standard glasses from a verified vendor.

“Sunglasses that you might get at a store to wear on a regular day do not protect the eyes from the eclipse,” he said. 

“The ones you need are much stronger.” 

There are other ways to safely view the eclipse, Deobhakta mentioned.

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“One way is to use a method that indirectly looks at the rays via a projection, such as with a pinhole camera,” he said.

Ophthalmologists at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary issued an advisory that offered several safety tips, as included below.

7 safety tips to know ahead of the solar eclipse

1. Do not look directly at the sun or the sun’s rays during the eclipse without proper eye protection.

2. Only special-purpose solar filter sunglasses will protect your eyes.

3. Glasses filters must be up to international safety standards and labeled as “ISO 12312-2” compliant.

4. Be careful of counterfeits often sold online — seek out approved vendors listed by the American Astronomical Society.

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5. Do not use binoculars or special lenses that magnify the eclipse — these can focus the sun’s rays into the retina and cause damage.

6. It is safe to properly use a pinhole camera to view the eclipse.

7. If you record the eclipse on your phone, do not look at the screen while it’s recording and watch the video later.

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Judge dismisses squatters’ ‘Shake Shack’ home takeover lawsuit

A pair of alleged squatters, who used a Shake Shack receipt to prove their residency to occupy a $930,000 home in Queens, New York, have abandoned suing the lawful owners after refusing to leave the property for months.

“It was discontinued. Discontinued by them,” attorney Rizpah Morrow said following the hearing in New York on Friday. “And it seemed to be that they did that because, apparently, their case was not very good. Their evidence was not very good.”

Morrow said that the conclusion of the Shake Shack squatter incident seemed like a “real abuse” of the court system.

“And it seems like a real abuse of this court process when there were so many tenants out there who need court intervention,” Morrow said. “And I think we would have preferred to have a little bit more court intervention than we got because the judge just let them discontinue the case without any terms or conditions.”

ALLEGED SQUATTERS PULL SHAKE SHACK RECEIPT AS PROOF THEY LEGALLY OCCUPY WOMAN’S $930,000 HOME

Top Nest Properties broker Ejona Bardhi Shyti first discovered two squatters, identified as Lance Hunt Jr. and Rondie L. Francis, in March residing in a Queens property that she manages for owners, Juliya Fulman, and her husband, Denis Kurlyand.

Seeking ‘full justice’

Fulman bought the Queens property several years ago through an LLC, Lakewood Queens Property, and invested $530,000 in it.

She said Friday that she does not feel like she has the “full justice in this case.”

“I still don’t feel like I have the full justice in this case, because these are people that broke into my house, and they claim to have some property there,” Fulman said.

The homeowner said that squatting rights goes against the American dream of owning a home.

“And lawmakers at the forefront have to have a really strong voice on this and not let these squatters win,” Fulman said. “That’s not the American dream.”

That’s not the American dream.

— Juliya Fulman, homeowner

BROKER WHO FOUND ALLEGED SHAKE SHACK SQUATTERS IN $930K HOME SAYS CITY IS ALLOWING ‘CULTURE OF LAWLESSNESS’

“We work hard, and we purchased a home,” she said. “We want our families to live in safety and peace and all these loose loopholes that the squatters are finding, and the laws. This does not align with the so-called American dream.”

“There needs to be stringent laws attached to this,” she added. “What kind of example are we setting?”

Fulman said homeowners must “advocate” for themselves to protect themselves from the ongoing squatter crisis in New York despite the law allowing loopholes.

“These criminals are trying to drive people out of New York, and that’s not going to happen,” Fulman said. “We cannot just fall down onto every beck and call of theirs because the law technically protects certain situations.” 

‘Squatter situations’

“As we can see, over the past few months, there have been awful terrible situations, as you all know, the squatter situations,” she added. “And we need to advocate for ourselves as honest homeowners and not allow the squatters to take over.”

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Fulman said that despite the lawsuit against her and her husband reaching an end, she does not feel like they accomplished much.

“I want justice, I want these people to come forward. I want them to say how they got into the house, how their belongings got there,” Fulman said. “And yeah, it would be very good for them to reimburse us for all of our time and legal fees.” 

“So today, just coming here again, I don’t know if we really accomplished much,” she said.

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The two alleged squatters, Hunt and Francis, staked their claim on the Queens duplex on March 14.

The pair allegedly brought mattresses and luxury items, including a massage table and a flat screen television, according to the Daily Mail. 

Legal battle

In a legal filing, Hunt and Francis alleged that they had legal residency in the home, promptly hiring legal counsel and began the process of suing Fulman and Kurlyand.

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They submitted a residential lease agreement, utility bills and mail addressed to them at the duplex, along with a $25.27 Shake Shack receipt delivered through Uber Eats to the Queens address on Jan. 15, 2024.

They also claimed that they had paid $4,000 for the security deposit and $2,000 for the first month’s rent, according to a legal filing. 

The alleged squatters in the suit also claimed that, with the help of the police, they were “illegally and unlawfully forced” out of the premises and found the front door locks were changed.

But Kurlyand told the New York Post on Sunday that the alleged squatters provided counterfeit documents. 

‘Fraudulent’ documents

“Everything they’re presenting is fraudulent,” Kurlyand told the Post. Fulman said the documents were “clearly photoshopped.”

Squatters and tenants’ rights laws vary across the country.

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In some states where laws make it difficult for police to intervene, including New York, homeowners and landlords are left with few options to reclaim their property. 

Many victims are forced to submit to costly and lengthy civil processes. 

Fox News’ Megan Myers contributed to this report.

Crew of squatters wreaking havoc on ‘hardworking families’ end reign of terror in blaze of fury

New York City politicians are pushing for revised laws after a crew of squatters punctuated a months-long terror campaign against their neighbors by burning a house to the ground last November. 

“It was a very quiet neighborhood before and then suddenly when it happened, those people break into the house,” Ming Zhu, who lives two houses down from the razed Brooklyn home, said at a Thursday press conference.

Residents say the cadre of squatters took up residence in the Dyker Heights neighborhood over the summer and quickly made themselves known by stealing security cameras and other goods from surrounding houses – and directly threatening neighbors.

Cheng Chen, 46, was charged with arson and criminal mischief after the Nov. 29 fire at 1237 67th Street last year – he was saddled with a six-month prison sentence after pleading guilty, according to court records. 

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“The fire was caused by candles,” Chen told police, according to a criminal complaint. “I was smoking a cigarette, lit a candle. While I had the stove on to heat up the water and to keep myself warm, [I] went downstairs to take a shower. When I came back, I saw flames and smoke everywhere.”

But the New York City Police Department told Fox News Digital that Chen started the fire “intentionally” and “recklessly.” 

The inferno caused $900,000 in damage, the New York Post reported, and took dozens of firefighters an hour to extinguish, according to ABC 7. 

A spokesperson for NYC Councilwoman Susan Zhuang’s office told Fox News Digital that the rest of those squatters are living in the home’s backyard to this day. 

In light of the arson and a spate of similar incidents, Zhuang called for revisions to the squatter’s rights laws at a Thursday press conference as fed-up residents held up photos of the burning Brooklyn home. 

“In our neighborhood, we don’t have the Hamptons houses,” she told reporters in Gravesend. “We the people have the small houses. We work hard, check by check.

“They are hardworking families that pay their mortgages from paycheck to paycheck. Meanwhile, squatters enter their home while they are on vacation. People’s lives are turned upside down.” 

Zhuang said she has heard an increasing number of stories of homes and businesses being taken over by squatters in the last several months.

Neighbor Zhu called upon politicians to clarify tenancy laws at the Thursday event: 

“This is New York City, the greatest city in the world – we have to make the city better,” he said. “Why does the city and the state make laws to make those people… to make an easier life for them?… We pay for everything. Those people don’t do nothing and they get it better than us… this is completely out of control.”

Zhu said the squatters at the home broke his $5,000 security camera. Another person living on the block said the squatters regularly stole water from surrounding houses using barrels. 

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The incident is just one of the latest squatter nightmares to plague New Yorkers – last month, eight Venezuelan migrants were hauled out of a Bronx home filled with guns and drugs. Many were previously arrested at the southern border and released back into the U.S. and one had a previous rap on a murder charge. 

Also last month, a Manhattan woman was murdered after she surprised two squatters who had taken up residence in her new apartment, police said – her family members found her stuffed inside a duffel bag. 

Lawmakers also called for police and courts to report and track squatting incidents so that it’s possible to know how often they are happening, ABC 7 reported. 

The outlet reported that Thursday’s press conference was one of several rallies centered on the squatting problem, with several held in Queens.

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Council members on both sides of the aisle have advocated for closing loopholes that favor occupants refusing to leave residences over landlords, the outlet reported. 

Under New York City law, anyone who beds down in a home or apartment for at least 30 days can claim squatter’s rights, even if they broke into the property – it would be up to state legislators to change that.

Assemblyman Jake Blumencranz has written a bill that would make it easier for police to intervene, clarifying the definition of tenant to exclude squatters. 

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“We have an affordability crisis, a migrant crisis and a cost of living crisis in New York,” Blumencranz told Fox 5. “People know they can come to New York as a safe harbor, they can receive all kinds of free benefits, and now they know they can use our laws against the residents of New York to their advantage.”

Blumencranz’s proposed bill would allow police to intervene when residents don’t have a lease or proof that they’ve paid rent to live in a home, he said. “All we’re trying to do… is provide the people of New York reassurances that if someone moves into your home and they don’t have proper documentation, they cannot stay there.”

11 ways Biden and his handlers are hell-bent on destroying America

Why are those controlling President Biden using him to advance so much of a destructive agenda that it will likely end America as we know it?

If someone wished to destroy America, could he do anything more catastrophic than what we currently see and hear each day?

What would an existential enemy do that we have not already done to ourselves? 

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Here are 11 now familiar steps to civilizational destruction:

1. Wipe out a 2,000-mile border. 

Allow 10 million foreign nationals to enter unlawfully. Have no audit of any; nullify all federal immigration laws. Let in toxic drugs that kill 100,000 Americans a year. Give free support to those millions who broke the law. Smear any objectors as racists and xenophobes.

2. Run up $35 trillion in national debt. 

Keep adding $1 trillion to it each 100 days. Defame anyone wishing to cut wild spending as cruel and inhumane.

3. Appease or subsidize enemies like Iran and China. 

Demonize allies like Israel. Allow terrorists to attack Americans without adequate response. See Islam as either similar or superior to Christianity. Make amends to leftist governments for supposedly past toxic American international behavior. Follow the lead of international agencies like the U.N., ICC and WHO to atone for past American neocolonial and imperialist behavior. Recede to second-tier international status, befitting American decline.

4. In a multiracial democracy, redefine identity only as one’s tribal affiliation. 

Ensure each identity group rivals the other for victimhood and the state spoils it confers. Reboot all political issues by race and sex oppressors and oppressed. Destroy all meritocratic standards of admission, retention, promotion and commendation.

5. Recalibrate violent crime as understandable, cry-of-the-heart expressions of social justice. 

Ensure no bail and same-day release for arrested, repeat violent felons. Empathize with the violent killer and rapist; ignore their victims, especially if they are slain police officers.

6. Emasculate the military by using non-meritocratic standards of race, gender, and sexual orientation to determine promotion and commendation.

Deliberately impugn as racists and insurrectionists the largest demographic in the military who in recent wars died at twice their numbers in the population — so that they leave or never join the military. Encourage retired high officers to slander their commander-in-chief. Cut the defense budget. Stop producing sufficient weapons, but leave billions of dollars’ worth of arms to terrorists.

7. Reinvent the justice system to indict, bankrupt, convict, jail and eliminate political opponents. 

Use ballot removal, impeachment, civil suits, and state and federal indictments rather than elections to defeat an opponent. Mob the homes of non-compliant Supreme Court justices, and attack them personally by name.

8. Encourage the fusion of the bureaucratic state with the electronic media to form a powerful force for political audit, surveillance, censorship and coercion. 

Marry the FBI to Silicon Valley and hire its contractors to warp the news and hound supposed enemies of the people.

9. Make war on affordable gasoline and natural gas. 

Substitute inefficient, unreliable and expensive wind and solar power, even as energy prices nearly bankrupt the middle class.

10. Marry late, but preferably not at all. 

Consider males toxic, especially boys. Have no children, or as few as possible. Otherwise, assure children they are entitled, and must be sheltered.  Raise them to have grievances against past generations and current norms.

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11. Turn world-class universities into indoctrination centers. 

Suspend the Bill of Rights on campuses. Train youth to graduate despising their own culture and civilization. Recruit foreign students from hostile nations to subsidize campus commissar bloat. Replace the curriculum with therapeutic propaganda. Ban the SAT/ACT and do not evaluate comparative high school GPAs. Ensure merit does not select the student body. Charge tuition higher than the rate of inflation. Bill the government when students default on their loans.

Why could those controlling the president be doing all of the above? 

1. They are delusional and think their socialist and globalist agendas are working and will save us.

2. They are raging nihilists who do not like the U.S. and deliberately want it destroyed as a service to the world. A ruined U.S. is preferable to a strong America.

3. They are Jacobin revolutionaries who are intentionally erasing the old United States as a prerequisite for creating an entirely new America that will arise from the ashes with no trace or even memory of its past.

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4. They have no agenda. They are aimless fools and utter incompetents. These bunglers just wing it day-to-day, in response to what their radical media, academic and political masters dictate is necessary for them to retain power. They have no idea of the damage they are doing.

5. A bit of 1-3, but probably not 4.

There is cause for hope among this nihilist remaking of America: the people are fed up and will demand an accounting in the fall.

Editor’s note: This op-ed is adapted from a tweet by the author.

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