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Fetterman knocks anti-Israel agitators, says they are ‘working against peace’ in Gaza

Sen. John Fetterman, D-Pa., called on anti-Israel demonstrators to protest against Hamas and demand that the terror group agree to a cease-fire deal as the war enters its seventh month. 

Fetterman sat down Tuesday for an interview with Fox News anchor Bret Baier on “Special Report,” where he addressed the anti-Israel protests continuing to rock college campuses nationwide.

“I’m not even sure what they’re really, you know, protesting about. If you ask them, they’re not really sure,” he said. “They can’t… and now they’re not talking about cease-fires anymore, and now they’re talking about divesting and harming Israel and that. It’s crazy.”

Several students have come out in recent weeks saying they want their colleges to divest from Israel. The University of Southern California’s Divest from Death Coalition demanded a complete academic boycott of Israel, amnesty for students, staff and faculty involved in anti-Israel protests and an end to “war-profiteering.” 

Students involved with the University of Chicago’s anti-Israel encampment demanded the defunding of campus police as well as a reduction in emissions by 2030. 

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Fetterman highlighted a group of anti-Israel protesters demonstrating outside an Auschwitz Holocaust Remembrance Day event, saying it was “tasteless” and “disgusting.”

“It’s actually working against peace in Gaza, and Hamas is convinced that they’ve won the PR war and they keep seeing all these kinds of protests across the nation on these campuses. And it’s not helpful, but it’s actually… it works against peace, I think,” he said on “Special Report.”

The Pennsylvania senator said it is “very much” an American value to protest and have free speech, but what has happened on college campuses “is not that.”

Chants of “From the river to the sea” and “Long live the intifada” have been heard on a number of college campuses, leading some Jewish students to say they are afraid to go to class.

NYPD officers arrested more than 100 people last week at Columbia University’s Hamilton Hall after anti-Israel protesters broke into the building and occupied it for several hours.

Fetterman said he “doesn’t really care” who’s funding anti-Israel protests after reports emerged that some organizations backing pro-Palestinian groups are also some of President Biden’s biggest donors. 

“I don’t care if you’re a protester, paid or not. You know, if you’re going to protest anything, you should be protesting against Hamas and demanding that they take the cease-fire, or they can just send all these hostages back home,” he added. 

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Fetterman said he’s had anti-Israel protesters show up at his office in Philadelphia and believes it’s just “paid kinds of agitation.”

The former Braddock mayor said he believes the Biden administration shouldn’t withhold munitions from Israel and that he can’t imagine setting any kind of conditions for aid to be sent to the United States’ closest ally in the Middle East as it continues its war against Hamas.

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“I have no conditions,” he said. “I never have, and I can’t imagine I ever will.” 

Federal judge postpones Trump’s classified documents case

Former President Trump’s classified records trial stemming from Special Counsel Jack Smith’s investigation has been postponed with no new date, Fox News has learned.

The trial was set to begin on May 20, but Judge Aileen Cannon of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida postponed that date to Tuesday.

In a filing Tuesday, Cannon said that due to the “myriad and interconnected pre-trial” issues “remaining and forthcoming,” it would be “imprudent and inconsistent with the Court’s duty to fully and fairly consider the various pending pre-trial motions.”

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“The Court therefore vacates the current May 20, 2024, trial date (and associated calendar call), to be reset by separate order following resolution of the matters before the Court, consistent with Defendants’ right to due process and the public’s interest in the fair and efficient administration of justice,” Cannon wrote.

In the filing, Cannon listed the dates of pre-trial deadlines to manage “pending discovery and disclosure matters” and to “adjudicate pre-trial motions before the Court.”

Cannon scheduled a hearing on May 8, a hearing on May 20 and a nonevidentiary hearing for defendant Waltine Nauta’s motion to dismiss on May 22.

Cannon also scheduled deadlines for reports on May 31, June 10, June 17 and another nonevidentiary hearing on a motion to dismiss on June 21, “based on unlawful appointment and funding of special counsel.” 

The judge also said an additional hearing would take place from June 24 to June 26 and set deadlines for disclosures from the special counsel for early July and the defendants’ speedy trial report for July 19 – the final day of the Republican National Convention.

Cannon scheduled a status conference for July 22 and another hearing for later that day.

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Cannon did not schedule a new trial date.

Trump was charged out of Smith’s investigation into his retention of classified materials. Trump pleaded not guilty to all 37 felony charges from Smith’s probe, including willful retention of national defense information, conspiracy to obstruct justice, and false statements.

Trump was also charged with an additional three counts as part of a superseding indictment out of the investigation: an additional count of willful retention of national defense information and two additional obstruction counts.

Trump pleaded not guilty.

The move to indefinitely postpone the trial comes after Cannon unsealed a slew of documents related to the FBI’s investigation into the former president and the FBI’s raid on his Mar-a-Lago, Florida, estate in 2022.

The documents provided a detailed look into the personnel involved in the raid on Mar-a-Lago and a play-by-play timeline of the raid. One of the documents is an FBI file that suggests the agency’s investigation into Trump’s alleged mishandling of classified documents was dubbed “Plasmic Echo.”

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Another unsealed FBI memo memorialized the role of Attorney General Merrick Garland in the investigation.

In a document dated March 30, 2022, Garland provided his approval to allow the investigation into Trump’s alleged mishandling of classified documents to upgrade to a “full investigation.”

“This email conveys Department of Justice (DOJ) Attorney General (AG) [Merrick Garland] approval for conversion to a full investigation,” a synopsis of the restricted document reads.

Also, last week, Smith and federal prosecutors admitted in a court filing that documents seized during the raid on Mar-a-Lago are no longer in their original order and sequence.

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“There are some boxes where the order of items within that box is not the same as in the associated scans,” Smith’s filing states.  

The prosecutors had previously told the court that the documents were “in their original, intact form as seized.” 

House Judiciary Committee Chair Jim Jordan is investigating whether that evidence was “altered or manipulated.”

Smith also charged Trump in a separate jurisdiction – in Washington, D.C. – out of his investigation into election interference and Jan. 6. Trump pleaded not guilty to those charges as well.

That trial is also postponed indefinitely. The Supreme Court is considering arguments on presidential immunity and whether Trump is immune from prosecution in Smith’s case.

The high court is expected to rule on the matter by mid-June.

Fox News’ Jake Gibson contributed to this report.

Ben Affleck ditches Met Gala after ‘unhinged’ Tom Brady roast rant goes viral

Ben Affleck was a no-show at Monday’s Met Gala after his “unhinged” rant at Tom Brady’s roast the night before.

His wife Jennifer Lopez hit the carpet solo, showing off her slim figure at the Anna Wintour-led event. Lopez worked as a co-chair of the event, which is held on the first Monday in May every year.

For her part, Lopez dazzled in a sheer Schiaparelli gown encrusted with gems. The “Let’s Get Loud” singer has attended the gala 14 times but has only been a co-chair once.

Affleck’s filming schedule forced him to skip the star-studded charity event celebrating the opening of the 2024 Costume Institute exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Affleck is filming “The Accountant 2” in Los Angeles, a representative for the actor told Fox News Digital.

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The “Fargo” actor’s roast of Brady got him slammed online Sunday.

Affleck spent nearly six minutes of his time at the mic criticizing the retired football quarterback’s fans during Netflix’s three-hour live special. Brady was also roasted by Kim Kardashian, who did make it to the Met Gala Monday.

“Ben Affleck going on an unhinged rant about fans on social media at the Tom Brady roast was not on my bingo card,” a social media user wrote.

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The “Gone Girl” star spoke about the mean comments the sports star and other players have to read online from “fans” instead of mocking Brady.

“Fans have your back,” Affleck said. “You guys out there talking s—, all right, behind your f—ing keyboard, that doesn’t make you a fan. That makes you a b—-.

“I can’t think of a more f—ed up, dysfunctional, horrible working system designed to perpetually make people feel awful.”

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Users on X, formerly Twitter, described Affleck’s rant as “the worst performance of the night.”

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“Ben Affleck is a walking example that fame and wealth sometimes really – really – don’t make you happy,” one user added.

“Ben Affleck is killing this roast like he killed the Batman franchise,” someone else joked.

Liberal comedian bashes Biden’s old age, says he ‘shouldn’t be president’

“Daily Show” host Jon Stewart lambasted President Biden, saying he shouldn’t be in the White House while addressing his age during a recent comedy set. 

“Why are we allowing this?” Stewart asked a Los Angeles crowd at Netflix’s comedy festival on Friday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “And now we’re going to have a president that’s [one of] the two oldest people that have ever run for the office of the presidency.”

“I know liberals say, ‘Don’t say Joe Biden is old’ — don’t say what people see with their own eyes! You can say it, he can’t hear us,” Stewart jokingly told the crowd. “I know you know how f—ing old he is, and I know you don’t want to say it because Trump is so scary, but he’s so f—ing old. When you watch him on television, you’re nervous, aren’t ya?”

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“I’m not saying that Biden can’t contribute to society, he just shouldn’t be president,” Stewart added before saying that Trump is able to lie his way out of things and that his supporters don’t live in reality despite being nearly the same age as Biden, according to THR. 

This isn’t the first time Stewart has opined on Biden’s age. In February, during his return to “The Daily Show” desk, Stewart mocked Biden’s defenders for insisting in various media appearances that the president is “sharp” and “focused” in closed-door meetings they’ve been in with him.

“If you’re telling us behind the scenes he’s sharp and full of energy and on top of it… you should film that,” Stewart told Democrats.

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Expressing similar concerns about Biden’s age is fellow comedian Bill Maher, who has repeatedly called the president “Ruth Bader Biden,” comparing him to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who famously chose not to step down under President Obama which allowed President Trump to appoint her replacement following her passing in 2020. 

“Someone has to convince President Biden that if he runs again, he’s going to turn the country back over to Trump and go down in history as Ruth Bader Biden, the person who doesn’t know when to quit, and so does great damage to their party and their country,” Maher said last fall. 

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Biden, who will turn 82 in November, has raised eyebrows because of his various gaffes as well as his falls and missteps throughout the course of his presidency. 

The issue of his age was renewed in February following the bombshell report released by Special Counsel Robert Hur, who concluded he would not press charges against Biden in the classified documents probe, in part because a jury would view him as a “sympathetic, well-meaning elderly man with a poor memory.” The report also revealed that the president couldn’t remember key details about his biography, such as when he was vice president and what year his son Beau died.

Mayor donates $5K of own money to catch agitators who defaced World War I memorial

New York Mayor Eric Adams reacted with anger and disgust on Tuesday, after anti-Israel protesters vandalized a World War I memorial in New York City on Monday.

The 107th United States Infantry monument, located along Central Park on the Upper East Side, depicts seven U.S. Army soldiers in the throes of battle in September 1918, as they burst through the Hindenburg Line — the last and strongest of the German army’s defense. 

On Monday, as anti-Israel protests were underway in the area near Hunter College and the star-studded Met Gala, demonstrators placed pro-Palestinian stickers on the memorial, spray-painted “Free Gaza” and burned the American flag at the site. 

Adams, whose uncle died while serving in Vietnam at age 19, offered $5,000 of his own money to catch the vandals. NYPD Crime Stoppers is offering another $10,000 as a reward.

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“We’re going to treat this crime with the seriousness that it deserves,” Adams said Tuesday in front of the monument. “I will not stand by while people desecrate memorials for those who fought for democracy and human rights. The right rights that they (pro-Palestinian groups) are calling for.”

Video footage posted online shows a group of anti-Israel supporters placing a flag on the statue and using spray paint to advocate for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. 

Fox News Digital has reached out to multiple veterans’ groups for comment on the matter. 

Officials noted that the memorial is different from most others, which generally honor high-ranking military officials. 

“This is a [monument] to the Doughboys,” said Zachary Iscol, commissioner of the city’s Department of Emergency Management, who was referring to the nickname for troops under Army Gen. John Pershing’s American Expeditionary Forces.

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In an online post, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., who served in Iraq and Afghanistan as a U.S. Army infantry officer, said the “terrorist sympathizers committed felony violations of the Veterans’ Memorial Preservation and Recognition Act by defacing this memorial to the 107th Infantry.”

New York City Councilor Vickie Paladino, who represents a portion of Queens, said a friend cleared the site of “Hamas propaganda” and planted American flags. 

“He and another Veteran went into action as soon as images emerged of what had happened here. Sadly this is far from over,” she wrote online.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars, an advocacy group with chapters across the country, pointed Fox News Digital to a May 1 statement on the anti-Israel protests.

“The first amendment of the Constitution grants the rights of freedom of speech and of the people peacefully to assemble, the same rights members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) swore an oath to support and defend, said VFW Commander-in-Chief Duane Sarmiento. “We also support the rule of law in our country and those working to uphold it. Without them, segments of our population would have their rights infringed upon.”

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Elsewhere on Monday night, protesters also put a Palestinian flag on a statue honoring Union Army Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman near Central Park. NYPD officers arrived and blocked the crowd while an officer climbed on a ladder to remove it. 

The monument was also defaced with spray paint. Three suspects are being sought for that alleged act of vandalism. 

Super Bowl champ in more hot water after alleged nightclub assault

Super Bowl winner Rashee Rice could be in more hot water on the legal front. 

Law enforcement opened an investigation into the Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver after he allegedly struck a photographer at a nightclub, WFAA reported. 

The incident happened early Monday in Dallas.

Rice is already under the microscope after he surrendered to authorities last month for his role in a car crash that involved multiple vehicles. He was later released on bond but faces multiple serious charges in the case.

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Police said Rice was driving a Lamborghini that reached a top speed of 119 miles per hour, while SMU football player Theodore Knox was driving a Corvette on North Central Expressway in Dallas on March 30.

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Both drivers were speeding and lost control of their vehicles at some point. The cars then crashed into four other vehicles, leaving four people with injuries.

Lawsuits have been filed against Rice and Knox. 

The plaintiffs are suing due to several injuries that include “trauma to the brain, lacerations to the face requiring stiches, multiple contusions about the body, disfigurement, internal bleeding and other internal and external injuries that may only be fully revealed over the course of medical treatment,” according to court documents.

Once the legal process plays out, the NFL could punish Rice. 

If he is suspended, the Chiefs could rely on rookie Xavier Worthy in Rice’s absence. Kansas City drafted Worthy in the first round of last month’s draft, shortly after he set an NFL Scouting Combine record for the 40-yard dash.

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Rice finished his rookie season with 938 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns.

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Iconic pocket tool maker planning model without well-known feature

The manufacturer of the classic Swiss Army Knife is developing a new model that will be bladeless to address regulatory barriers hampering access to multitools with knives.

Victorinox CEO Carl Elsener, whose company owns the Swiss Army Knife brand, said in an interview with Swiss media outlet Blick, “We’re concerned about the increasing regulation of knives due to the violence in the world.”

“We’re actually working on pocket tools without blades,” Elsener explained. “For example, I have a cool tool for cyclists in mind.”

“We already have a tool specifically for golfers in our range. Cyclists probably need special tools, but not necessarily a blade. The blade creates a weapon image in some markets,” he said. The new versions of the tools are expected to complement, rather than replace, the classic Swiss Army Knives.

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Elsener explained that a number of countries have restricted members of the general public from carrying pocketknives or other blades unless they’re needed for work or outdoor activities. 

“In England or certain Asian countries, you are sometimes only allowed to carry a knife if you need to have it to do your job or operate outdoors,” he explained. “In the city, however, when you go to school, to the cinema, or to go shopping, carrying pocket knives is severely restricted.”

In the U.K., knives can only be carried if they have a folding blade less than three inches in length.

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Restrictions on knives rose in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the U.S., and Elsener said the company’s pocketknives sales plunged by more than 30% in its aftermath.

“9/11 painfully showed us that we must not become dependent on a single business area,” he told the outlet.

Victorinox did not immediately respond to FOX Business’ request for comment.

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The company was founded in 1884 by Karl Elsener and began making the original version of what became known as the Swiss Army Knife in 1897.

Victorinox acquired Wenger, which made a competing Swiss Army Knife, in 2005 and continues to operate the brand with a greater focus on its watches and travel gear.

Popular plant-based restaurant will start serving meat — and vegans are angry

A popular Los Angeles vegan restaurant recently announced it plans to add meat to its menu. 

Sage Plant Based Bistro will become Sage Regenerative Kitchen & Brewery and will add animal products, including beef, bison, cheese and eggs, to its menu starting on May 29.

Owner Mollie Engelhart announced the move in an Earth Day Instagram message, explaining the focus of the restaurant would shift to focus on regenerative agriculture, which is an approach to farming that prioritizes soil health, biodiversity and natural processes, according to the Regenerative Farmers of America. 

“To some, this may seem shocking or upsetting, but if you look at the last seven years of my life and as I moved into regenerative farming to serve the highest quality food to my customers, I started to learn so much about soil and nature and I realized that when I started Sage Plant Based Bistro, I thought a vegan diet was what was best,” she said. “After 7 years of regenerative farming … I’ve changed my mind.”

“I want to create a restaurant that honors these small farms, these regenerative farmers that are trying to do the right thing when our whole food system is being completely centralized into factory farming and monoculture vegetables,” she continued. 

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Engelhart faced backlash on social media following the announcement on Instagram. The post has garnered almost 4,500 comments with many users expressing disappointment or disgust at the decision. 

“I understand their passion and I understand their sadness and I understand their anger,” Engelhart told the Los Angeles Times. “I had the same views of the world that they did before I shifted my ideas based on my experience in farming, and I have compassion for what they’re feeling. I hope that the vegan community and the regenerative community can really come together because I think they’re both powerful, powerful pathways for change.

“It’s vulnerable to publicly say, ‘I believed one thing, and maybe I was wrong, and now I believe something else,’ but I hope that it inspires people in their own lives to be willing to be open-minded when something else makes more sense to you,” she added. 

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Engelhart told the outlet that she contemplated the decision for 18 months because she knew she would face “vitriol” for doing so. She also said her restaurants have struggled post-pandemic. In the past, the restaurants would bring in $7 million annually, but since 2020 they haven’t been profitable. 

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Other restaurants in the city, including Hot Tongue and Burgerlords, have made similar decisions based on financial viability, the L.A. Times reported. But, Engelhart said her decision goes beyond finances as she said it is a way to support ecologically sustainable practices through regenerative farming. 

“I’m not just saying I’m adding meat to the menu to try to get more customers,” Engelhart said. “I’m saying that I think the most important pathway forward for sequestering carbon is bovine on grass, and in order for us to have that at scale, we need people to support it.”

Engelhart told The Times that people are eating meat “everywhere” she looks. 

“If you want to eat meat … where can you go get high-quality meat that was raised in a way that is reversing climate change rather than causing climate change?” she asked. “It’s a numbers game. … I think that the next step forward is regenerative agriculture, and for that to move forward it needs to be in the zeitgeist, it needs to be in our everyday conversations. And this is my way to contribute to that, to give people options.”

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Sage Regenerative Kitchen & Brewery did not respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment. 

Breakfast staple recalled over fears it could send you to the hospital

A recall is underway for two types of Hy-Vee cream cheese the supermarket chain said could possibly be tainted with salmonella. Its bulk-packaged Cookies & Cream snack mix was also affected.

Hy-Vee decided to do the recall after receiving word of the possible salmonella contamination from the impacted products’ third-party manufacturers, according to an announcement published by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The two cream cheese spreads included eight-ounce Hy-Vee whipped cream cheese spread with Aug. 7 and Aug. 14 use-by dates and 12-ounce Hy-Vee cream cheese spread with a Sept. 1 use-by date, the supermarket chain said. 

Four-ounce packages of Hy-Vee to-go Cookies & Cream mix and 16-ounce packages of Hy-Vee Cookies & Cream Mix with certain use-by dates were recalled, too, according to the announcement.

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“These two recalls are being made after two suppliers issued larger recalls for their products around the country,” a spokesperson for Hy-Vee told FOX Business. “The candy item is related to the public Palmer Candy recall that occurred yesterday.” 

The Palmer Candy recall, which applied to confectionary products sold by various retailers, occurred after that company “was notified by its liquid coating supplier that there was a potential for contamination with salmonella from an ingredient that was potentially contaminated from one of their suppliers,” according to the FDA.

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Hy-Vee said the cream cheese spreads and snack mix it recalled have not caused any illnesses or adverse reactions and that it did so “out of an abundance of caution.”

Salmonella can bring about temporary stomach issues and fever in healthy people and “serious and sometimes fatal infections” in young children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems, according to the FDA. 

Hy-Vee’s recall announcement urged consumers who have the recalled products to toss them in the trash. Alternatively, they can be returned for a refund.

Hy-Vee, Hy-Vee Drugstore, Dollar Fresh Market and Hy-Vee Fast and Fresh convenience store locations in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin received the products prior to the recall, the FDA announcement said.

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The company “has voluntarily removed all affected items listed above from its shelves,” it said.

Hy-Vee also noted in the FDA announcement the recall didn’t impact any of the other cream cheese options it sells. The same went for other bulk-packaged items.

The company operates 280 stores in the Midwest.