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Left-leaning outlet mocked for surprise over who is bankrolling anti-Israel agitators on campus

Anti-Israel protesters on college campuses are reportedly getting funding from several big-name Democrat donors that have backed President Biden’s re-election efforts, according to a report.

Democrat donors such as George Soros, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, David Rockefeller Jr., who sits on the board of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and Susan and Nick Pritzker, who own the Hyatt Hotel corporation, have funded pro-Palestinian efforts to protest the Israel-Hamas war, Politico reported.

Jewish Voice for Peace and IfNotNow are the main organizations behind the anti-Israel protests at Columbia University as well as other campuses, according to the outlet. They are backed by the Tides Foundation, which receives a substantial amount of funding from Soros as well as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and distributes money to left-wing causes.

The Rockefeller Fund donated $300,000 to the Tides Foundation in 2022, according to Politico. The Tides Foundation has given $500,000 to Jewish Voice for Peace, a far-left, anti-Zionist organization that blamed the Oct. 7 attacks on Israel and the U.S. rather than Hamas. 

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The Politico report, headlined “Pro-Palestinian protesters are backed by a surprising source: Biden’s biggest donors,” was panned online Sunday for finally acknowledging what others had reported months ago.

“This is actually the least ‘surprising’ thing I have heard all year,” Chaya Raichik, Libs of TikTok creator, wrote on X.

“Glad you guys could make it,” Washington Free Beacon reporter Joe Gabriel Simonso quipped.

Republican Alabama Sen. Katie Britt commented, “*A completely unsurprising source.”

“Surprising to who?” Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., responded.

“The journalists at Politico apparently the only people on the planet ‘surprised’ by this,” Spectator contributing editor Stephen L. Miller wrote.

“This is only “surprising” if you’re brand new to following Democrat money in politics,” GOP communicator Matt Whitlock replied.

Gabe Kaminsky, investigative reporter for the Washington Examiner, posted several previous reports indicating that Soros and other liberal dark money groups were funding anti-Israel causes.

“Just so much surprisingness!” Washington Examiner columnist Ian Haworth mocked.

In addition to the anti-Israel protests happening across college campuses, protesters have also repeatedly interrupted President Biden’s and other prominent Democrat leaders’ speeches and events. They call Biden “Genocide Joe” and continue to protest the U.S. involvement in Israel’s war with Hamas.

The Pritzkers also backed groups that are involved in the pro-Palestinian demonstrations. They have also resoundingly supported the president and donated $300,000 to his 2020 campaign.

“Why [is the Rockefeller Fund] giving significant grants to Jewish Voice for Peace, [which] blamed the horrific Oct. 7 attacks on Israel and the United States rather than Hamas?” Elisha Wiesel, a Democrat donor who chairs the Elie Wiesel Foundation, told Politico.

The president spoke out against antisemitism and violent protests on Thursday in a quick speech but reaffirmed his support for the right to peacefully protest.

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“We are not an authoritarian nation where we silence people or squash dissent. The American people are heard. In fact, peaceful protest is in the best tradition of how Americans respond to consequential issues. But neither are we a lawless country. We’re a civil society and order must prevail,” Biden said at the White House.

“So, let me be clear. … Violent protest is not protected. Peaceful protest is. It’s against the law when violence occurs. Destroying property is not a peaceful protest. It’s against the law. Vandalism. Trespassing. Breaking windows. Shutting down campuses. Forcing the cancellation of classes and graduations. None of this is a peaceful protest,” Biden continued. “Threatening people. Intimidating people. Instilling fear in people is not peaceful protest. It’s against the law,” he said.

Fox News Digital reported in April that a left-wing dark money group funded by Soros would provide bail and legal support for anti-Israel activists who were arrested after blocking major roads and highways nationwide.

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The demonstrations were largely organized by A15 Action, a recently created group that said it would “coordinate a multi-city economic blockade on April 15 in solidarity with Palestine.”

Under the group’s “resources” section on its website, users are pointed to a “bail and legal defense fund” hosted by ActBlue, the leading fundraising platform for Democrat campaigns and groups nationwide.

Fox News’ Kyle Morris contributed to this report.

Reporter left stunned after speaking with Dem voters about the Trump economy

President Biden is facing an uphill battle to convince voters the November election is a “referendum” on Donald Trump because even Democratic voters have “nostalgia” for the Trump years, a reporter argued on ABC’s “This Week.”

Host Jonathan Karl asked his political panel on Sunday to comment on the lack of enthusiasm over Biden’s re-election from key demographics who backed his 2020 campaign.

NPR White House correspondent Asma Khalid confessed that the Biden campaign would have trouble selling its message on Trump because “many voters are looking at this election as a referendum on [Biden].”

Khalid said she has been surprised by Democratic voters telling her on the campaign trail that they have “nostalgia” for the Trump years.

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“What I’ve already heard in so many of my interviews with people is a lackluster sense of enthusiasm, whether it’s Black voters — you would call them sort of disaffected Republicans,” she began. 

She argued a host of factors helped unify the Democratic base to support Biden ahead of the 2020 election, but the current political climate is not as friendly to Biden as it was then.

“To make this a referendum [on Trump], sure, is what the Biden campaign wants, but it is really challenging because many voters are looking at this election as a referendum on [Biden],” she said.

“I was just up in Pennsylvania. Nonstop, I heard about the economy, and people don’t feel great about the economy now. This nostalgia for the Trump years is something — it’s the economy nostalgia I heard from Democrats even, which was really shocking to me — lay Democrats, remembering how good they thought their 401K was. They would say in their next breath they’re not going to vote for Trump for a variety of reasons, but that is what Joe Biden is up against,” she continued.

Polls and reports have indicated the Biden campaign has lost support from younger voters, Black voters and Latino voters who voted for him in 2020 but now blame the president for the state of the economy.

The Biden administration is trying to court these voters in the battleground states of Georgia and Michigan through a tour selling his “Bidenomics” message.

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Fellow “This Week” panelist Rep. Jasmine Crockett, D-Texas, argued that people were trying to glamorize the Trump years and were “forgetting” how former President Trump affected abortion access through his Supreme Court picks.

“Right now, everybody wants the president to fix every single thing in their lives, but the president can’t fix every single thing,” she began.

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“If we lean in and we talk about the fact that the president is the one that gets the Supreme Court pick, we know that these three justices that Donald Trump got to pick under his presidency — they are the ones that took away [reproductive] access. They are the ones that are attacking diversity, equity and inclusion, affirmative action. They are the ones saying, ‘You know what? Biden wants to help you on your student loans, but we refuse to allow him to give you the help that he wants to give you,’” she continued.

While Biden enjoyed a polling bump following his State of the Union address in March, he is now trailing Trump again, this time by 6 points, according to a CNN poll released last week. 

MLB umpire sparks outrage with brutal game-ending call after 3-hour rain delay

MLB umpire C.B. Bucknor, who has been the subject of blown calls early in the 2024 season, took heat yet again after a blown call to end a game came after a three-hour rain delay.

Saturday’s contest between the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago White Sox ended after Bucknor called strike three on Cardinals’ Ivan Herrera, which was clearly outside the strike zone. 

The White Sox escaped with a 6-5 win in 10 innings despite the Cardinals having the bases loaded with no outs. After two strikeouts, the rain delay began.

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Three hours later, Herrera was pinch hitting for the lefty Nolan Gorman as the White Sox had their own lefty, Tanner Banks, on the mound.

With a 1-2 count, Banks delivered a low-and-outside fastball that was clearly seen off the plate. But Bucknor was quick to call out Herrera, who crouched in the batter’s box stunned that the umpire even made the call.

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“You’ve got to be kidding me,” the Cardinals TV announcers said when the call was made. “After all of that, he’s going to call a pitch off the plate.”

Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol discussed the call after the game. He didn’t name Bucknor but referred to his awful call. 

“You wait three hours, and you want it to be determined between the pitcher and the hitter. That wasn’t the case,” Marmol said, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Bucknor’s call was just the latest controversy for him in less than a week. He was ripped for a strike three call on Baltimore Orioles young star Gunnar Henderson when New York Yankees pitcher Nestor Cortes clearly threw a low pitch. 

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MLB umpires have drawn the ire of players and fans alike since the start of the season. And while it is a hard job, calls like this from Bucknor, especially in critical situations of the game, are not what teams want to see.

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Wild video shows US sailing team flying overboard as boat capsizes

A wild scene unfolded during the third fleet race of a practice day at the Apex Group Bermuda Sail Grand Prix this past Friday as members of Team USA went flying out of their boat after it capsized. 

As the boat reached Mark 1, the top wing of the U.S. boat was inverted, which caused it to suddenly flip over. 

Five of the six crew members on the boat for the U.S. team were sent overboard, though no serious injuries were sustained.  

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It was determined that there was “user error” that caused the boat to capsize, according to data from the United States’ F50 boat. Wing trimmer Victor Diaz de Leon had pressed a button, which inverted the wing by accident. 

Diaz de Leon was attempting to flatten the wing, but he simply pushed the wrong button to do so. The button had been pressed a total of seven times, SailGP’s data team found. 

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“While operating the wing, I chose the wrong function on my control panel, which caused our boat to flip. It was very scary, and I’m thankful all my teammates are safe,” Diaz de Leon said, per SailGP.com. 

While no serious injuries occurred for the team, the United States was unable to race in Bermuda due to the significant damage their F50 took from the capsizing. 

The team couldn’t repair the boat in time for official racing.

Taylor Canfield’s United States squad currently ranks seventh out of 10 squads in season 4 of SailGP this season. 

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They own 49 points, while the leaders, Peter Burling’s New Zealand squad, have 77 points on the year.

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Popular snack recalled after discovery of potentially fatal contamination

Minnesota-based Hormel Foods Sales LLC issued a recall for two Planters products produced at one of its facilities and distributed to five states in the southeast portion of the U.S. because they could cause fatal infections.

Hormel produced the contaminated Honey Roasted Peanuts and Deluxe Lightly Salted Mixed Nuts for Planters at one of its facilities before distributing them to Publix warehouses in Florida, Georgia, Alabama and North Carolina as well as Dollar Tree warehouses in South Carolina and Georgia.

After producing and distributing the products in April, Hormel discovered the packaged contents could be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes.

The organism listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, elderly people and others who have weakened immune systems.

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Healthy individuals who consume the organism could suffer short-term symptoms like high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, according to the voluntarily issued recall.

Additionally, listeria infections can cause pregnant women to have miscarriages or stillbirths.

The product being recalled is limited to 4-ounce packages of Planters Honey Roasted Peanuts and 8.75-ounce cans of Planters Deluxe Lightly Salted Mixed Nuts.

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Cans of Deluxe Lightly Salted Mixed Nuts have a “Best if Used By Date” on the bottom as well as a UPC code on the side.

The UPC code for Honey Roasted Peanuts in question is 2900002097 with a best-by date of April 11, 2025. For deluxe Lightly Salted Mixed Nuts, the UPC code in question is 2900001621 and the best-by date is April 5, 2026.

Hormel said these are the only products in the recall.

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The company also said there have not been any reports of anyone getting sick from the recalled products and all retailers affected have been notified.

Anyone in possession of the affected products is urged not to consume the nuts, but instead either discard them or return them to the store where they were purchased for a replacement or full refund.

“Our commitment to food safety remains our utmost priority,” Hormel said. “A full investigation is currently underway to determine the potential source of the contamination.”

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For questions or concerns about the recall, consumers can contact Hormel Foods Customer Relations at 800-523-4635.

Dem-run city scraps Cinco de Mayo parade as gang violence wreaks havoc

Families in Democrat-run Chicago hoping to enjoy a Cinco de Mayo parade will have to wait until next year after the city canceled the festivities due to “gang violence.”

The Chicago Police Department (CPD) announced Sunday that the Cinco de Mayo parade was canceled “out of an abundance of caution … to protect the safety of all in attendance, including families and children.”

Families were forced to pack up and head home after reports of large-scale fights in the area.

“This decision was made in agreement between CPD’s 10th District, elected officials, and parade organizers, following gang violence in the area,” CPD said in a statement. 

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The department said it arrested multiple people on unspecified gun charges.

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The CPD was clearing the parade route on Sunday afternoon and asking parade-goers to “return home safely.”

Fisherman hooks monster-sized prehistoric creature, then reels in a potential world record

A Kentucky angler has found himself back in Texas to reel in some massive monsters.

Art Weston, state and world record fisherman, returned to Sam Rayburn Lake in the hope of setting another International Game and Fishing Association record.

Last year, with the help of professional fishing guide Captain Kirk Kirkland, Weston set the all-tackle world record after reeling in a 293-pound alligator gar on a six-pound line, as Fox News Digital reported.

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Ready to find another beast, the duo ended up reeling in something truly unexpected.

Weston and Kirkland came close on three different occasions to catching another world record-sized alligator gar, but couldn’t hold on after spending nearly an hour-and-a-half battling with one, Weston told Fox News Digital.

The massive fish pulled the two into a “stumpy area” of Sam Rayburn Lake, which ended up being the perfect spot to fight off another monster.

“The only consolation was a very unusual and unplanned catch: a 200-plus-pound alligator snapping turtle,” Weston said.

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“When the turtle took the bait, Kirk had a good idea it was a turtle based on the way it was fighting, and he was right, as it came to the surface quickly. What we didn’t expect was how big it was,” Weston added.

The two men had to be careful to protect themselves and to make sure the reptile was safely placed back into the water.

“We had to remove the hook from his foot and [this reptile’s] bite can remove fingers — so you have to be extra careful with them. They also have to be released unharmed since they are a protected species,” Kirkland told Fox News Digital.

Weston and Kirkland were able to skillfully remove the hook and avoid getting bitten by the large reptile before releasing it back into the lake.

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“The entire time, the turtle was tracking my movements and had its mouth open ready to strike if I made the wrong move,” Weston said.

“We were able to get it back in the water after just a few minutes,” Weston said.

A catch of this size is rare and remarkable because of the reclusive nature of the protected reptile.

“They are a very old, slow-growing species that are rare to see outside of the zoo, much less catch,” Kirkland added.

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The next day, the Kentucky angler and his fishing guide went back to the lake in hopes of getting their hands on another record-shattering alligator gar.

After an hour of fighting a large alligator gar on a four-pound line, Weston and Kirkland landed another record.

“We knew it was a record right away due to its size, and quickly navigated to the shore to weigh and record the catch, so that we could quickly release it alive and well,” Weston said.

The anglers ended up securing the gar, which weighed 188 pounds, on a four-pound line — shattering the previous record of a 117-pound gar on the same small line.

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Weston and Kirkland brought a sling with them, which they used as a cradle for the gar while weighing it on the shoreline before releasing it back into the water.

Weston and Kirkland have submitted the world-record application for their latest alligator gar catch.

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Trans runner dominates women’s events with times that would place last among men

Transgender college runner Sadie Schreiner won three women’s events at the Liberty League championship meet (Division III) on Saturday.

Schreiner, of the Rochester Institute of Technology, won the 400 meter with a 55.07, and the 200 meter at 24.14.

Both times would have been last in the men’s races at the meet, yet were school records in the women’s category, according to the site that lists the results of the meet.

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The 200-meter time also is now a Liberty League conference women’s record (beating Schreiner’s own previous record of 24.50 set earlier this season). 

Schreiner was also the anchor leg of the 4×400 that won by nearly three seconds – they were in fourth place when Schreiner received the baton, but she ran the fastest anchor leg of the race.

Schreiner’s leg was clocked in at 54.91 seconds, by far the fastest anchor leg of the race.

Schreiner, who was born a male named Camden and attended Hillsborough High School in New Jersey, has the 20th-best 100-meter time (11.72) for boys in school history (it would be the fastest for girls).

Earlier this season, Schreiner also set a women’s school record in the 300-meter at the Nazareth Alumni Opener Invitational, running a 41.80.

Schreiner’s 4×100 team finished in fourth.

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Schreiner recently posted on Instagram that she feels she does not have an “automatic advantage” as a biological male.

“Out of all the hate that’s been shared of me ‘cheater’ is the most common word used… In my eyes, the discussion of trans inclusion in athletics shouldn’t even be a debate…” Schreiner wrote. “As more research is done the more evident this becomes. There’s a reason I’m only as fast as I was in middle school, and the only variable that’s changed over my 9 years of running is my medication… 

“Even as Olympic studies prove the disadvantages of trans athletes it’s not enough. Policies are being changed before research is done and the only way to stay educated in this process is to talk to the few trans athletes that are competing and hear their stories, bring them in to the conversation. The only way to make an educated decision on a small handful of athletes is to hear their voice, not speak for them.”

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Six states sued the Department of Education this week over the overhaul of Title IX, which is intended to give transgender athletes more protection.

In April, five middle school students forfeited a shot-put event due to the inclusion of a trans athlete, and were suspended for another meet because of it.

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SNL brutally mocks celebrities for wearing ‘teeny tiny’ statement pins on red carpet

“Saturday Night Live” mocked celebrities for wearing tiny political pins on the red carpet to display their activism on controversial issues ahead of Monday’s celebrity-packed Met Gala.

The comedy show tackled this trend with its own mock ad for a new “red carpet accessory” called the Teeny Tiny Statement Pin that would send a message without offending anyone. The pin is so small you need special glasses to be able to see it.

“This way, not everyone has to be bombarded with my opinions, but if they want them, they can just zoom in — way, way, way, way in,” SNL cast member Bowen Yang touts in the skit.

“With Teeny Tiny Statement Pin, I can say whatever I want and no one has to know,” show host Dua Lipa added.

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The show parodied political messages worn by celebrities like “Love is love,” “Cease-fire now” and “Protect Democracy,” with new ones reading “Free Ellen” and “We have the meats.”

Celebrities who don’t have a specific message in mind but still want to show they care about something can buy a pin from the company’s “Vague Collection.”

“If you don’t know what to say, but you want something that sounds like it could be important, then you’ll love our new Vague Collection,” the ad touts.

Examples include “a random flag that belongs to no country,” “a cat and baby together that just says, ‘No,'” “It has to stop,” and, “It has to start.”

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The skit showed actual images of celebrities on the red carpet wearing pins that read, “Time’s Up,” and a red hand pin worn by celebrities at this year’s Oscars.

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Several Hollywood stars, including pop singer Billie Eilish, her brother Finneas and actor Mark Ruffalo wore the controversial red hand pins as part of a group of artists calling for a cease-fire in the Middle East. 

However, critics told Fox News Digital that the pins trace back to the gruesome murder of two IDF reservists in 2000, who were lynched by an Islamic mob.