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Former president slams ‘Bidenomics’ before trial, says he could win liberal stronghold

Former President Donald Trump slammed the state of the economy under President Biden’s administration, while touting campaign events in the heart of the Big Apple, before he entered the Manhattan courtroom for his seventh day on trial.

“Some very big things have happened, but the biggest seems to be that the GDP just announced us all the way down to 1.6% and it’s heading south. It’s going to get worse. Gas prices in California were just also announced at $7.60. Gasoline is going way up. Energy costs are going way up and the stock market is, in a sense, crashing,” Trump said Thursday morning before heading into the courtroom. 

“This is Bidenomics. It’s catching up with them,” he said. 

His comments followed the Bureau of Economic Analysis estimating the economy grew at an annualized pace of 1.6% during the first quarter, meaning the U.S. economy grew at a slower pace than anticipated. 

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“The big news today, I think, is the 1.6%. When you look at 1.6 GDP, that’s a number that nobody thought was possible. That’s a real bad number. And it looks like the projections are it’s heading in the wrong direction. And that’s why the stock market’s down so big today,” Trump said.

Trump also touted a handful of rallies he’s planning to hold in New York City, and suggested that he may even be competitive in the liberal state in the November presidential election. 

“I think we have a good chance of winning New York. We’re going to give it a big play. We’re going to the South Bronx to do a rally. We’re going to be doing a rally at Madison Square Garden, we believe.… We’re gonna have a big rally honoring the police and honoring the firemen and everybody. Honoring a lot of people, including teachers,” he said.  

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Trump is facing his second week in Manhattan court this week, as part of an ongoing trial where he is facing 34 charges of falsifying business records in the first degree. He has pleaded not guilty to all counts. 

The case focuses on Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen paying forme pornographic actress Stormy Daniels $130,000 ahead of the 2016 election to allegedly quiet her claims of an affair with Trump in the early 2000s. Trump has repeatedly denied having an affair with Daniels. 

Prosecutors allege that the Trump Organization reimbursed Cohen, and fraudulently logged the payments as legal expenses. Prosecutors are working to prove that Trump falsified records with an intent to commit or conceal a second crime. Prosecutors identified the second cri this week as “conspiracy to promote or prevent election.” 

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The trial Thursday is expected to continue with testimony from former American Media Inc. CEO David Pecker, who oversaw outlets such as the National Enquirer. Judge Juan Merchan may also issue a ruling on Trump’s alleged gag order violations, which could result in Trump paying a $1,000 fine for each of the at least 10 alleged violations. 

Trump continued in his comments Thursday that Biden is a “diaster” of a president, while pointing to issues such as the ongoing anti-Israel protests on college campuses and the Biden administration’s border policies. 

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“This is the worst run country right now, probably anywhere, just about. You don’t get much worse,” he said. “We have a president who is the worst president in the history of our country.”

Early Thursday morning, Trump stopped by a construction site in the city to thank construction workers for their support.

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“We have a big case today — this judge wouldn’t allow me to go, but we have a big case today at the Supreme Court on presidential immunity,” Trump said to the press, referring to the Supreme Court weighing whether Trump is immune from prosecution in Special Counsel Jack Smith’s election interference case. 

“A president has to have immunity,” he added. “If you don’t have immunity, you just have a ceremonial president.”

Major carrier exits multiple airports as Boeing troubles trigger financial fallout

Southwest Airlines announced Thursday that the carrier is pulling out of several airports as it contends with financial fallout from Boeing delays. 

Chief Executive Bob Jordan warned in its latest earnings report that the carrier has intensified its network optimization efforts to address underperforming markets. 

As a result of these efforts, the Texas-based carrier is closing operations at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, the Bellingham International Airport in Washington, the Cozumel International Airport in Mexico and the Syracuse Hancock International Airport in New York. 

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Jordan placed some of the blame on Boeing’s manufacturing delays, stating that “the recent news from Boeing regarding further aircraft delivery delays presents significant challenges for both 2024 and 2025.” 

While he said it was disappointing to incur a loss in the quarter, the chief executive added that the company is “focused on controlling what we can control and have already taken swift action to address our financial underperformance and adjust for revised aircraft delivery expectations.”

Southwest reported a loss of $231 million, or 39 cents a share, for the quarter.

Southwest is the latest carrier to face setbacks due to Boeing. In early March, United Airlines announced it was temporarily pausing pilot hiring due to new aircraft certification and manufacturing delays at Boeing. It also recently asked pilots to take unpaid time off as delays persist. 

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ramped up oversight of Boeing and its supplier Spirit AeroSystems in recent months, which included halting production expansion of the Max after a door plug blew out mid-flight on one of Alaska Airlines’ Max 9 jets in early January.

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Jordan said Southwest is re-planning quickly in order “to mitigate the operational and financial impacts while maintaining dependable and reliable flight schedules” for customers.

The company is also implementing other cost control initiatives, such as limiting hiring and offering voluntary time off programs, according to Jordan.

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The company expects to end the year with 2,000 fewer employees compared with the end of 2023. 

Music icon shares how the happiest day of her life had an unceremonious ending

Celine Dion is looking back on the happiest day of her life, which ended in a not so glamorous way.

During a recent video interview with Vogue, the multi-Grammy Award-winning singer recalled how the alleged seven-pound headpiece she wore on her wedding day, reportedly adorned with over 2,000 Swarovski crystals, landed her in the hospital.

“I had an immediate facelift,” she said in the video. “I start to walk, and I go like, ‘Am I gonna make it? Am I going to make it to my future husband?’ But like I said, I’m going to run to you. I did. So all night, all great, people happy, but when we removed the tiara, I had a cut, because the pressure was too much.”

She explained the headpiece had to be sewn into her head on the day, with her believing “I can manage the weight,” adding “when you’re so happy, there is no weight, there’s no problem, there’s no pain.” 

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The morning after the big day, Dion described waking up to find “a [bump] the size of an egg in the middle of [her] forehead,” which was making her go cross-eyed. Upon seeing it, she remembers turning to her husband and joking he had no choice but to deal with her shenanigans now, telling him, “It’s too late now. We’re married.”

“I’m like, ‘Okay, let’s go to the doctor,'” she explained. “So I had to be on antibiotics for about three weeks.”

Dion was married to René Angélil for 22 years, from 1994 until his death in 2016. 

Looking back on her wedding day, Dion has zero regrets, saying she would have gone even bigger if she could, due to the immense love she felt, and still feels, for her husband.

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“This is a moment that will be with me for the rest of my life,” she said. “The dress couldn’t have been big enough. I could’ve had three times the size on my head. I could’ve had six different dresses that night, because he was, and he still is such a wonderful human being. He brought [out] the best of me. He really did.”

The couple first met when Dion was 12, and he was 38, when he helped her record her first single. They began dating seven years later, in 1987, when she was 19, and they were engaged in 1991. However, they did not go public with their relationship until 1993, just one year before they tied the knot in December 1994.

After getting married, the couple welcomed three children together, René-Charles, now 23, and 13-year-old twins Eddy and Nelson. 

She continues to honor Angélil following his death in 2016 from throat cancer, commemorating the fifth anniversary of his death in January 2021 on Instagram, writing, “you are in our hearts and in our lives forever. We love you,” and signing her and her children’s names.

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“René, it’s been 5 years already… There’s not one day that we don’t think about you,” she wrote in the caption. “We’re reaching out to you now more than ever, to guide us, protect us, and continue to watch over us. And we pray that you’ll shine your love on the entire world, to all those at this very moment, who are facing incredibly difficult times.”

NY’s highest court overturns Harvey Weinstein’s sex crimes conviction

A New York appeals court overturned Harvey Weinstein’s 2020 rape conviction Thursday, ordering a new trial in a stunning reversal of a landmark #MeToo case.

In a 4-3 decision, the appeals court found that Weinstein’s trial judge allowed prosecutors to call women who said Weinstein had assaulted them to testify, even though their accusations did not specifically relate to the entertainment mogul’s charges.

Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison after being convicted in February 2020 of forcing oral sex on TV and film production assistant Mimi Haley in 2006 and third-degree rape of hairstylist Jessica Mann in 2013.

He was acquitted of first-degree rape and two counts of predatory sexual assault from actor Annabella Sciorra’s allegations of rape in the 1990s. He has denied ever engaging in non-consensual sex.

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Fox News Digital has reached out to a representative for Weinstein.

Weinstein, a former film producer, was known for his influential career in Hollywood before his widely publicized fall from grace. He is the co-founder of Miramax and later The Weinstein Company, both of which have produced many commercially successful films and won accolades from the Academy Awards. 

Weinstein was one of the biggest first figures in the #MeToo movement after being accused of sexual assault and rape by more than 80 women.

Even though the New York appeals court overturned Weinstein’s conviction, that does not mean he is getting out of prison.  

After Weinstein’s sentencing in New York in 2020, he was extradited to California in July 2021 to face sexual assault allegations made by four women in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills between 2004 and 2013.

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In December 2022, he was found guilty of rape, forced oral copulation and another sexual misconduct count involving a woman known as Jane Doe 1. He was sentenced to 16 years in prison in February 2023. Weinstein’s legal team has vowed to appeal that conviction as well.

Weinstein also faces charges in London for two alleged offenses in 1996.

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In January 2023, Weinstein’s lawyer, Arthur Aidala, filed an appeal for a new trial, arguing Weinstein did not receive a “fair trial” in New York due to “legally insufficient charges.”

“Harvey is innocent and never should have been convicted or even tried for these allegations,” Weinstein’s rep, Juda Engelmayer, told Fox News Digital at the time. “The trial failed at objectivity from the minute former Judge Burke berated Harvey, asking him if he wanted to spend the rest of his life in prison over the use of a cellphone that occurred before the judge ever entered the courtroom or began the day’s proceedings.  

“Burke was rejected from the bench as a result, and the case should have been too. From the lies a juror told to private lawyers representing non-case-related complainants acting as prosecutorial surrogates, as we were often gagged, the jury was steered in a direction they never would have gone in if it were honest.” 

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Fox News Digital’s Tracy Wright contributed to this report.

MSNBC host deletes ‘terrible and dangerous idea’ he shared about Columbia mobs online

As anti-Israel demonstrators continue to protest on campuses across the country, MSNBC host Chris Hayes sent out a social media post mocking calls for the National Guard to restore order at schools. 

“I deleted a tweet because it was angrily glib, but the earnest point is that sending armed national guard troops to break up peaceful student protests is a terrible and dangerous idea,” Hayes wrote Wednesday. 

“I’m sure the National Guard shooting a few college kids will settle things down and shut everyone up,” Hayes wrote on X, according to a purported screenshot of the since-deleted post.

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Hayes, who has called for a cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas war, has made other posts in reference to the arrest of protesters at universities. 

“As a sheer tactical matter, mass arrests of the protesters seems to be having the opposite of its intended effect,” he wrote Wednesday. 

Hayes has also shared posts about the lack of “credible reporting” about “antisemitic incidents” at a protest at UT Austin. 

A debate over how to stop the massive demonstrations at Columbia and other elite universities continues despite multiple visits from members of Congress. 

Speaker Mike Johnson suggested Wednesday that the National Guard should be called in to quell the Gaza cease-fire protests at Columbia University if they don’t peter out themselves.

Johnson and several House Republicans visited the New York City Ivy League school on Wednesday as tensions there escalate over demonstrations that have had several Jewish students speak out publicly about fear for their safety. Columbia University students and those attending its sister school, Barnard College, have set up a tent city on campus in protest of Columbia’s investments in companies linked to Israel

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Tensions over the issue almost reached a boiling point several times during Johnson’s speech as pro-cease-fire student activists repeatedly heckled and tried to interrupt the Louisiana Republican with coordinated chants which included “We can’t hear you” and “Mike, you s—.”

The White House has largely remained silent over whether President Biden intends to deploy the National Guard to break up anti-Israel protests at Columbia University.

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Columbia University did not respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital

Fox News’ Elizabeth Elkind contributed to this report. 

WATCH: Clueless anti-Israel agitator admits she doesn’t know why she’s at riot

A viral video purports to show an anti-Israel demonstrator at New York University confessing she doesn’t know why she’s protesting.

In a video clip posted to X by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a young woman at Monday night’s NYU protest struggles to answer when asked what the “goal” of the demonstration was.

“I think the goal is just showing our support for Palestine and demanding that NYU stops — I honestly don’t know all of what NYU is doing,” she tells the interviewer.

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The protester then turns to another protester and asks if she knew why they were there.

“I really don’t know. I’m pretty sure they are — do you know what NYU is doing?” she asks.

The second protester also admits she doesn’t know why they’re protesting at NYU.

“I wish I was more educated,” she confesses. 

The video encounter was posted Wednesday morning and racked up over three million views in less than 24 hours.

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The interview was an excerpt from Giuliani’s livestream show, “America’s Mayor Live,” political strategist Ted Goodman told Fox News Digital.

Goodman, who produces the former NYC mayor’s show, said his team captured the video while interviewing protesters outside NYU’s campus in lower Manhattan on Monday evening.

In a longer version of the clip shared with Fox News Digital, the protester identifies herself as a Fordham University student who traveled to Columbia and NYU to support the protests. 

“The young woman in this video is the perfect example of the modern American Left and their indoctrination of young people. They don’t know what they’re doing and are serving as tools to something much more sinister,” Giuliani told Fox News Digital in a statement. “She’s just one of many examples of the deterioration of our education system here in America.”

Protests were still being held on the NYU campus on Wednesday after students staged a walkout the day before. On Monday night, over 100 protesters were arrested after a night of violence.

On Wednesday, anti-Israel agitators at the school demanded an “intifada revolution” and held up pictures of Islamic Jihad terrorist Yacoub Qadri, Fox News Digital reported from the scene.

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Driver forced to resign from his job after being held at gunpoint after car dealership’s mistake

A car dealership’s clerical error led California police to arrest an innocent man at gunpoint in a terrifying mix-up. 

Driver Jamie Rodgers can be seen with his hands in the air on side of the highway just before a cadre of officers armed with rifles and pistols approach him on dash cam footage provided to Fox 11 by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. 

The agency told the outlet they had received reports that he had stolen the vehicle from Car Pros Kia Huntington Beach and was considered “armed and dangerous,” KTLA reported. 

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Rodgers said he was “terrified [he] was going to die” in the ordeal. 

“I’ve never had assault rifles just lined up, pointed at me,” he told Fox 11. “My every move is essentially my last.” 

“My every move is essentially my last.” 

— Jamie Rodgers

The dealership had loaned Rodgers the vehicle while his was under repair – but after they lost track of the paperwork, per Fox 11, they reported the SUV as stolen. 

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The sheet of paper had apparently fallen behind a filing cabinet, the Orange County Register reported. 

When the dealership received a bill for unpaid tolls, they concluded that the car must have been stolen

“I don’t know what’s going on,” he recalled of the arrest on the 73 freeway in June 2021. “My heart is pounding. My palms are just, like, dripping sweat. I wanted to see my family again – that’s what’s going through my mind.” 

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After about 10 minutes, deputies realized that the car wasn’t stolen, according to KTLA. By that point, Rodgers had been handcuffed. 

Rodgers said he has since filed a lawsuit against the car dealership. 

“This shouldn’t have happened. So it was reckless,” Rodgers told Fox 11. “There was negligence. They are saying that they just misplaced a sheet of paper when they were moving files around.” 

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Rodgers’ attorney told KTLA that his client was forced to resign as an athletic trainer at JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano due to PTSD from the incident. He has since shifted to a career in real estate, attorney Scott Harlan said: 

“He’s had to reinvent himself,” Harlan told KTLA. “The problem with these things is an unintentional body movement can lead to death.” 

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Car Pros Kia Huntington Beach and Rodger’s attorney could not immediately be reached for comment at press time. 

Pitcher forced to change his glove because of white in American flag patch

Chicago Cubs pitcher Luke Little was forced to change gloves during the team’s 4-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Wednesday night because of the white in his American flag patch.

Little was called into the game with one out in the seventh inning. The umpires performed their routine check of Little’s glove, and the pitcher was told he had to swap the glove out. Little had an American flag patch and a Cubs patch on the black piece of equipment.

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“The issue was the American flag was on his glove,” Cubs manager Craig Counsell said. “Pitchers’ gloves, they’re pretty strict about not having white on the pitchers’ gloves. Apparently, the flag had what could be a distraction to the hitter.”

A clubhouse attendant tried to find a replacement glove. The first glove the attendant picked also had an American flag patch on it. The next glove had not been broken in.

“I had to beat it a little bit, try and get it flexed out,” Little told reporters. “Of all the things to do is breaking in a glove during a game.”

Little appeared to react to the sequence on X.

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“Proud to be an American … Go Cubs Go,” he wrote along with an American flag emoji and a GIF of Hulk Hogan playing a guitar in front of an American flag.

The 25-year-old has had the glove since he was in Single-A in the minor leagues.

“The clubbies told me that they had got an email from MLB that I’m not allowed to wear it,” Little told The Associated Press. “But I just didn’t assume that they were just going to just cut me. It’s not like it has an advantage in the game. It’s not like it blinds the hitters. Just representing my country.

“Just a whole debacle. Got to get ready without it and throw through it.”

Little struck one batter out in 0.2 innings of work.

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He has gotten his first real chance to perform for Chicago this season. He has appeared in nine games so far this season and allowed two runs on five hits in 8.1 innings of work. He only made seven appearances last year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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‘Lucky’ golden retriever puppy born with lime green fur gains millions of internet fans

While Kermit the Frog once said it’s not easy being green, a Florida puppy born with green fur has experienced internet stardom due to her unique — albeit temporary — coloring. 

The puppy, appropriately named Shamrock, was born on March 3 — and was already dressed and ready for St. Patrick’s Day.

Carole DeBruler, owner of Golden Treasures Kennel in Pensacola, Florida, began posting pictures and videos of the puppies shortly after their birth. 

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But a March 26 video posted on TikTok explaining Shamrock’s unique coloring rocketed the puppy to viral fame.

In the video, which has been viewed more than 8 million times, DeBruler said Shamrock “was born lucky” and that her coloring is the result of being stained with biliverdin, likely caused by bile in the mother dog’s womb. 

While it may be somewhat alarming to see a green dog, the condition is harmless and will fade as Shamrock grows older.

And despite being somewhat smaller than her siblings, Shamrock is “happy and healthy,” said DeBruler in a follow-up video. 

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A few weeks after her birth, her green coloring was “starting to fade,” said DeBruler in a video posted on March 31 — but the little pup’s “feisty personality is just getting stronger.” 

Shamrock and her siblings are known as English cream golden retrievers, which means their fur is on the whiter end of the golden retriever color spectrum.

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Fox News Digital reached out to the dogs’ owner. 

The breed standard of the golden retriever states that the dog has a coat of “rich, lustrous golden of various shades,” says the Golden Retriever Club of America’s website. 

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Golden retrievers born in the same litter can even have a variety of colors, said the Golden Retriever Club of America, “with full siblings varying in color from very light cream to a rich gold,” the group said. 

Green, however, was not a listed color as a breed standard. 

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