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Students flame Ivy League president after she lets anti-Israel agitators off the hook

A Harvard graduate student is suing the university over its handling of anti-Israel agitators and the rise in antisemitism on campus, which he describes as a “feature” of the Ivy League school.

Harvard Divinity School student Shabbos Kestenbaum addressed the university’s “out-of-control” antisemitism in a scathing op-ed, where he accused the university of dismissing safety concerns of Jewish students while caving to an anti-Israel mob that has expressed anti-democratic, anti-American, anti-capitalist and antisemitic views.

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“It’s a damning condemnation, and it’s also a damning indictment that for a Jewish American in 2024 to receive equity, equality or justice, they have to go to Congress, and they have to file lawsuits because we are not able to get that at our own university,” Kestenbaum said Wednesday on “America Reports.”

The Orthodox-Jewish student made the comment moments before testifying in front of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Limited Government about his allegations against the school. 

He told Fox News that interim President Alan Garber has failed to meaningfully enforce any policy or hold people accountable for antisemitism and has repeatedly looked the other way as hundreds of students violated an unprecedented number of school policies in the past several weeks.

“If Harvard wanted to change, if they wanted to combat antisemitism, they would’ve done it already,” Kestenbaum said. “There is nothing preventing them today from implementing policies that will combat antisemitism and discipline antisemitic students and professors, but time and time again, they’ve shown they are either unable or unwilling to do anything to help their Jewish students.”

Kestenbaum accused the school of having a double standard when it comes to protecting its Jewish students. On Tuesday, Harvard announced that it had agreed to some concessions for anti-Israel agitators in return for them dismantling the protest encampment ahead of the upcoming commencement ceremony. 

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Garber said that in keeping with his “commitment to ongoing and reasoned dialogue,” he planned to meet with students to hear their perspectives on “academic matters related to longstanding conflicts in the Middle East.” 

Kestenbaum said he finds it “absurd” that the school is “rewarding bad behavior” while the voices of Jewish students continue to be ignored by school faculty. He previously told Fox News Digital that administrators have not responded to a single one of his several dozen emails and have refused to meet with Jewish students.

“We had these Harvard Hamas homeless shelters on campus for the past three weeks where students violated school policy chanting calls of ethnic genocide against Jewish people, vandalizing school property,” he said. “And Alan Garber, the president of Harvard University, just yesterday said that he’s going to negotiate with them and he’s going to give them a seat at the table so that they can talk about divesting from Israel, they can talk about having a Palestinian study center at Harvard.”

“As a Jewish student, I’ve been wanting for months to talk with the president, to talk with my dean, Marla Frederick. So I guess the only way that I can be heard, and I can be seen is if I violate school policy… “

“They are rewarding antisemitism,” Kestenbaum continued. “It is so unacceptable.”

In his op-ed, Kestenbaum wrote how he never expected to be taking legal action against the same Ivy League university he was once eager to attend.

“Never would I have imagined that I’d need to fight for my right to exist on campus. Never would I have thought that I’d have to sue Harvard to be treated as an equal,” he wrote.

He told Fox News co-anchor John Roberts that his experience and that of Jewish students on campuses across the United States has made him fearful about the future of the country.

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“Harvard purports to train the next generation of American leaders: presidents, politicians, thought leaders,” Kestenbaum said. “If my classmates, if my professors are those next-generation leaders, we are at a very, very scary point in our country, because it’s not just antisemitism — they’re anti-American.” 

Harvard filed a motion in April to dismiss the suit. Harvard spokesperson Jason A. Newton told the Harvard Crimson at the time that “Harvard is committed to combatting antisemitism and ensuring that our Jewish students, faculty, staff, and alumni know they are safe, valued, and embraced in our community.” 

Columbia student goes on anti-Israel commencement rant — then her mic cuts out

A Columbia University student’s anti-Israel remarks during her commencement address were disrupted after an apparent glitch repeatedly cut off her microphone.

Saham David Ahmed Ali was addressing graduates of the Mailman School of Public Health, when her speech turned to bashing the Ivy League school and Israel’s war in Gaza, which has resulted in a high civilian death toll.

“The silence on this campus and the pressure to say nothing while the administration and professors assert that ‘we’re here for you’ while we’re actively witnessing the most televised genocide of our lives made me lose hope,” she can be heard saying.

Video of her speech then shows her mic abruptly cutting off as she continued about the Gaza war. Students in the crowd immediately joined in a chant, repeatedly saying “let her speak.”

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The microphone appeared to cut off a few times before Ali was able to complete her remarks to the health school’s new graduates.

“In today’s speech, I want to talk to you all about hope. It is far too easy to lose sight of hope,” she started her remarks. “We live in a world that seems to strip away our humanity. It feels dystopian walking through Mailman’s halls everyday, scrolling through social media while I witness the genocide of the Palestinian people.”

She continued for approximately 15 minutes in total.

Fox News Digital reached out to Columbia University for additional information but a response was not immediately received.

According to the New York Post, a university spokesperson denied her speech was intentionally impeded.

“The momentary loss of audio during the speech was an unintentional technical glitch,” the spokesperson told The Post.

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On Wednesday, Columbia was scheduled to have its main commencement address, but it was canceled amid massive anti-Israel demonstrations on the campus that disrupted the facilities in recent months.

Instead of a formal commencement, President Minouche Shafik wrote an op-ed in the Columbia Spectator student newspaper congratulating the newest generation of Columbia grads.

“In any other year, I would be speaking to you today from the steps of Low Library. You, a glorious sea of blue regalia, would be surrounded by your loved ones and by the faculty and deans who guided you through your Columbia journey. We would be celebrating you and sending you off as graduates of a great university about to turn 270 years old,” wrote Shafik, who has faced calls to resign amid a turbulent last few months.

She added: “Canceling the traditional commencement ceremony was one of the toughest calls in a year of many tough calls.”

“There is no overstating the strain the past seven months have placed on our community. An extraordinary and tragic set of events is unfolding in the Middle East, and as a great university, we must engage with these issues,” the president wrote. “We must also confront the reality that polarization can develop among any group of people — even members of a university community who otherwise cherish their right to express their thoughts and opinions freely. The conflict between the rights of pro-Palestinian protesters and the impact that their protests have had on some members of our Jewish community is what makes this moment singularly fraught.”

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“For all of you, my wish is that the challenges you faced during this difficult era will inspire you and make you stronger, just as previous generations of Columbians were shaped by the events of their time. I will look back on the class of 2024 with admiration and special fondness,” Shafik continued. “Your university experience was bookended by COVID-19 and conflict, which no doubt made you acutely aware of how events in the world affect our lives. You are the future leaders of a world that has never needed you more.”

She concluded: “I offer my heartfelt congratulations to you and to your friends and family who are rightly proud of you. Good luck.”

King Charles issues bombshell threat to royal family members over Princess Kate: expert

King Charles is fiercely protective of his “beloved” daughter-in-law as she battles cancer alongside him.

Christopher Andersen, author of “The King,” claimed to Fox News Digital that the British monarch has been devoted to providing support for the Princess of Wales behind palace doors.

Middleton, who announced she was diagnosed with an undisclosed form of cancer, has been keeping a low profile as she undergoes chemotherapy. A spokesperson for Kensington Palace previously confirmed to Fox News Digital that the mother of three will return to official duties when “she is cleared to do so by her medical team.”

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“There are those inside and outside the palace who have criticized Kate over the years [before her diagnosis] for supposedly not shouldering her share of the royal burden, for not going to as many ribbon cuttings, hospital openings and plaque unveilings as the late Queen Elizabeth II, the king or Princess Anne, for instance,” Andersen explained.

“It has always been Kate’s choice to prioritize her children’s well-being over royal duties,” he shared. “In the past, Charles has remained silent about this and allowed the sniping from the sidelines to continue. But no more. Now the king brooks no criticism of Kate, period.”

“Other royal family members and courtiers alike know that they risk being read the Riot Act by the king if they dare utter a negative syllable about Kate,” Andersen alleged. “Charles has also made it clear that everyone should stand down in terms of when and how she returns to a full public schedule.”

In February, Buckingham Palace announced Charles had been diagnosed with a form of cancer and was undergoing treatment. A “separate issue of concern” was identified during the monarch’s “benign prostate enlargement” procedure at the London Clinic.

“Subsequent diagnostic tests have identified a form of cancer,” the palace said in a statement at the time.

In a video shared in March, the Princess of Wales, 42, revealed that she, too, is battling a form of cancer. Her announcement followed weeks of speculation about her health and whereabouts.

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Middleton asked for “time, space and privacy” while being treated for an unspecified type of cancer that was discovered after what she described as “major” surgery.

Charles said he is “so proud of Catherine for her courage in speaking as she did,” according to a statement released by Buckingham Palace. The king, who received prostate treatment in the same hospital and at the same time Kate had her surgery, remained in the “closest contact with his beloved daughter-in-law.”

The king and Queen Camilla “will continue to offer their love and support to the whole family through this difficult time,” the palace said.

Andersen alleged that Charles was privately impacted by Middleton’s illness.

“Charles was moved to tears by Kate’s stunning video announcement that she has cancer,” Andersen alleged. “The king sees her as, in a word, brave. He also knows better than anyone that the future of the monarchy is to a considerable extent in her hands. She is not only the wife of a future king but the mother of a future monarch. Kate has also shown herself to be unswervingly loyal to the royal family and above reproach – things he can’t always say about other Windsors.”

“The king showed his appreciation several weeks ago by bestowing on Kate the highest accolade he could, making her the first royal ever appointed to the Order of the Companions of Honour,” Andersen said. “Nobody understands more fully than King Charles just how difficult fighting cancer can be – the toll it takes emotionally and physically. The king has made it clear that whatever Kate feels she needs, she gets.”

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In her speech, Middleton assured the public that she looks forward to returning to royal duties – when she is ready.

“My work has always brought me a deep sense of joy, and I look forward to being back when I am able. But for now, I must focus on making a full recovery,” the princess said at the time.

Charles has since returned to public-facing duties. He and Camilla will be hosting the emperor and empress of Japan for a state visit in June.

“He may be chomping at the bit to resume his duties, but the king understands that Kate may take a little more time or a lot,” Andersen added.

Kinsey Schofield, host of the “To Di For Daily” podcast, alleged to Fox News Digital that the king is protective of both of “his girls” – the Princess of Wales and his wife.

“Catherine, the Princess of Wales, is what he considers the daughter he never had,” said Schofield. “Catherine has been such an important part of the family for decades now. She is hard-working, focused, loving, and respected for her contributions all over the world.”

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“One blatant example of the king going to great lengths to protect the Princess of Wales is the timing of the announcement of his surgery for an enlarged prostate,” Schofield explained. “The palace wanted to take the heat off the Princess of Wales who had just announced a planned abdominal surgery. After Catherine revealed her cancer scare … the king was the first to publicly support her. … When King Charles gave Catherine, Princess of Wales, the title ‘Royal Companion of The Order of the Companions of Honour,’ that marked a first in British royal family history.”

Charles is known to be very fond of Middleton. During his state visit to Kenya in 2023, the monarch recalled how Prince William proposed to Middleton in the country in 2010. He called her “my beloved daughter-in-law” at his address.

Middleton is also known for showing affection towards the king. During public engagements, the pair exchange hugs and kisses on the cheek.

The king “has always had a very good bond with her,” author Sally Bedell Smith previously told People magazine. 

“She’s interested in artistic things, and she appreciates art and culture, so [she] has an affinity with the king over that.”

Smith, who penned “George VI and Elizabeth: The Marriage That Saved the Monarchy,” said the king and princess now have another shared bond over their cancer diagnosis.

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“Obviously, they have this in common and can only bring them closer,” she noted. “It is a source of reassurance and consolation for both of them.”

In her announcement, Middleton assured the public that “I am well and getting stronger every day by focusing on the things that will help me heal in my mind, body and spirit.”

“Having William by my side is a great source of comfort and reassurance, too, as is the love, support and kindness that has been shown by so many of you,” Middleton added.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Biden’s snub of America’s ally could trigger new reality check and empower Israel

The House of Representatives is set to vote on a bill to stop President Biden from blocking offensive weapons aid to Israel on Thursday.

Biden has faced bipartisan backlash for withholding a bomb shipment from Israel over fears it could be used in Rafah, as well as for warning Israel that the U.S. would not send offensive weapons if they were used on population centers in the southern Gaza Strip. 

The Israel Security Assistance Support Act would condemn the president’s posture on Israel’s Gaza invasion while compelling the Biden administration to expeditiously send any weapons shipments already approved by Congress.

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It would also withhold funding from the secretary of defense, secretary of state and the National Security Council if there was any delay in weapons aid. 

Democrat leaders in the House and White House are actively opposing the bill, but it’s expected to have at least a few supporters on the left.

One House Democrat aide told Fox News Digital they anticipate roughly 10 left-wing lawmakers to join Republicans in supporting the bill.

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A second House Democrat aide put the number at under 20, noting that the White House was “pushing hard” against the bill.

At least two Democrat lawmakers – Reps. Ritchie Torres, D-N.Y., and Greg Landsman, D-Ohio – have told Axios that they are voting for the bill.

The issue of Israel has proven to be a potent political cudgel for the GOP as Democrats wrestle with a growing chorus of voices who are increasingly critical of the U.S.’s traditionally unconditional support for Israel.

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House Minority Whip Katherine Clark, D-Mass., said Wednesday morning, “We know this is a political sham bill. And really, when you look at this bill, they are looking to [the Pentagon], State Department, the NSC, in this time of global conflict. It’s shameful.”

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The White House called the bill a “misguided reaction to a deliberate distortion of the administration’s approach to Israel” in its veto threat.

The vote comes days after Biden announced he was moving forward with a $1 billion weapons shipment to Israel, according to reports.

MORNING GLORY: Trump sees Biden debate bid and raises the political ante

First the good news: The Commission on Presidential Debates is dead, dead, dead. It ran a game rigged for Democrats for many cycles and deserved to die long ago. It is done for now. Good. 

More good news: President Joe Biden issued a two-debate challenge Wednesday to former President Donald Trump which Trump instantly accepted via Truth Social. The former president immediately elaborated on his acceptance in a previously scheduled interview with me Wednesday morning. (The complete audio and transcript of the wide-ranging conversation is here.)

On the first subject of accepting the Biden invitation, the key exchange with me is:

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DJT: I think we should go two hours, yeah. I think we should go two.

HH: Okay.

DJT: And a stand-up podium is important. If he wants to sit down, you know, he wants to do things like he wants to sit down, I think a debate should be standing up. Don’t you agree with that?

HH: Well, I’ve done them both ways. The best debate in modern history was Lieberman and Cheney when they were sitting down, but that was a good moderator, and it went a long time, and I don’t think you’re going to find a good moderator very easily. I really don’t. I think you should have a liberal…

DJT: Did you think my debates with Hillary were better? Didn’t you think my debates with Hillary were…

HH: Yes, I did. Yes, I did, and I…I don’t want Chris Wallace. I don’t want Candy Crowley. I want someone who’s fair, Mr. President. I just don’t want…

DJT: But let me ask you this. I’d like that, too, but I’d be willing to take anybody. You know, what difference does it make? I’d be willing to take anybody. But you know, the Commission got caught cheating with me. You know that?

Also, of great interest for those following the campaign was this exchange:

HH: You know, when you ran in 2016, you surprised me. You surprised everyone when you won. I think one of the keys was you put out a list of possible Supreme Court justices. Would you consider putting out a list of your national security team possibles – I mean, people like Ric Grenell and Robert O’Brien and Mike Pompeo and John Ratcliffe? I mean, they’re all going to be there somewhere. You don’t have to name where they’re going – Tom Cotton, Michael Waltz…

DJT: Yeah, that’s an interesting, that’s an interesting question. And the answer is yes, I think it’s a great idea. Nobody’s suggested that but you. See, you’re a step above. Nobody has suggested that but you. It’s a very good idea. I will be putting out a Supreme Court list.

HH: Oh, good.

DJT: That’s a very interesting idea. Yeah.

HH: Well, if you just listed a half dozen people, and I know Grenell, and I know O’Brien. These are my friends. And I know Waltz is on your list. And I’ve seen the vice president list. By the way, does Doug Burgum have this locked up?

DJT: No, but he’s very good. I’ll tell you, he’s really good. He’s an expert. You know, he made his money, made a lot of money in technology, and yet he’s, to me, I think he’s more of an expert on energy. He’s an very talented guy. He has a great wife and family.

Read or listen to the whole thing. Trump is energized and raring to go. Of course, President Biden is physically infirm and the video of his “debate challenge” had eight “jump cuts” as Fox News media analyst Joe Concha noted. How many “takes” did that require one wonders? 

Team Biden stipulated that only certain networks could host the debates and that there be no audience. This telegraphs Biden’s frailty and uncertainty. CNN got in the first bid and so it will be put on in June in the CNN Atlanta studios. This guarantees a better bottom line for the network with much lower production costs, but how will their production values and biases be displayed?

Most Republicans believe CNN’s anchors and production staff are left-of-center or way-left-of-center, but I’ve worked with the CNN talent and production teams extensively in 2016 and again in 2023, and they have it within them to do a balanced debate if they let some air in the usually closed rooms. Dana Bash and Jake Tapper are professionals — I moderated four GOP debates with CNN in 2015-16, all with Dana and two with Jake — but there needs to be balance in the debate prep rooms and on stage and I don’t think there is even one pro-Life, pro-originalist person within the organization. There are many, many liberals. It will be very hard for CNN not to reflexively end up favoring Biden, and in a significant way, but especially in the question set. 

Would you consider putting out a list of your national security team possibles – I mean, people like Ric Grenell and Robert O’Brien and Mike Pompeo and John Ratcliffe? I mean, they’re all going to be there somewhere. You don’t have to name where they’re going – Tom Cotton, Michael Waltz…

Trump’s counter for two more debates should be immediately accepted by Biden just as Trump accepted Biden’s challenge. Not to do so will show more weakness from Biden beyond the stringent conditions Team Biden laid out. 

I also noted to Trump that because of the Alvin Bragg prosecution and a wildly partisan judge, Trump “can’t go out four days a week” to campaign. 

He responded:

DJT: But thank goodness, I can speak to you. Thank goodness, I can speak to you by telephone, unlike Joe Biden. Would he ever take your call? I don’t think so.

HH: No. (laughing) He doesn’t do any interviews. 

DJT: You think he’d, can you imagine him doing an interview like this?

HH: You think Joe Biden could…no. 

DJT: Can you imagine him doing an interview with you like this?

Trump and I spoke for 35 minutes about breaking news — the April inflation number was released just before he came on as well as the debate challenge — and he had no idea where I was going except that I would be bringing up Israel’s war in Gaza as I had in our last interview. All told, I asked him more than 30 questions or made statements eliciting a response in just over a half hour. It was fast-paced. He wasn’t fazed by anything. Can you imagine Joe Biden doing anything remotely like that?

Notice the ease with which President Trump changes direction, answers questions, makes his points and is ready to move on. Save for the interview with Howard Stern, President Biden hasn’t done a 35-minute interview with anyone in at least a year. He declined the softball Super Bowl interview. I believe his CNN interview was 14 minutes. His Yahoo interview Tuesday was much shorter. His speeches are a mess. The Teleprompter is Biden’s mortal enemy. He’s fixed a lie in his head — that inflation was 9% when he was sworn in, when it really was 1.4% — and repeats it endlessly. Every appearance brings a new faceplant. 

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Biden should agree to all four debates and would if he had a prayer of getting through them. And he should not tremble at the fear of them. If he does, what do you think Xi, Putin and Khamenei think of Biden!

Team Biden doesn’t want fair and balanced; it wants a big home field advantage and Biden’s campaign team is counting on CNN and another big broadcast network to shape the questions to fit the left’s narrative and not tax the president with hard questions. 

What Trump displayed to me, and with his see-and-raise, is the supreme confidence of someone who feels momentum. Biden even proposing debates signaled alarm within the White House, an alarm more than justified by recent poll results. 

One more pull from my interview:

HH: Do you think if [President Biden’s] infirmity increases, they will dump him, Mr. President, at the convention, replace him with Kamala or Gavin or someone like that?

DJT: I do. I do.

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So perhaps the June debate is a test the Democrats want to see? Can the president limp through a climate-controlled home field advantage debate with the former president? 

If he can’t, start looking for the hook. 

Democrats aren’t leaving the levers of power willingly and if a fading Biden can’t keep the party competitive, mutiny may be in the offing. 

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Haunting final words from slain exec’s ex-wife written on check to alleged hit man

Shanna Gardner, the ex-wife of slain Microsoft manager Jared Bridegan, wrote “good luck!” on a check written to the hit man she allegedly hired to carry out Bridegan’s murder in 2022, a witness testified during a Wednesday bond hearing.

A Duval County, Florida courtroom heard testimony from several witnesses on Wednesday during a hearing to determine whether Gardner — a mother of two charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, solicitation to commit a capital felony and child endangerment — should be allowed bond in the murder case.

Gardner and her second husband, Mario Fernandez Saldana, allegedly offered $150,000 to Henry Tenon, Fernandez-Saldana’s former tenant, to carry out the murder. A $5,000 check to Tenon dated April 4, 2022, from Gardner’s and Saldana’s LLC, First Choice Home Rentals, reads, “Kickstarter” and “Good luck!,” according to Jacksonville Beach Police Department Det. Chris Johns.

“Mr. Tenon stated that this was the first of many payments that were supposed to be an investment into his pallet company which was actually payment for the homicide,” Johns, the lead detective assigned to the Bridegan murder case, testified Tuesday.

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Prosecutors described the arrangement between Gardner, Saldana and Tenon as a “contract killing of Jared Bridegan,” who shared two children with Gardner and two with his wife, Kirsten Bridegan. Saldana is facing the same charges as Gardner in connection to Bridegan’s murder.

Bridegan was fatally shot in front of his car after coming across a tire in the middle of a secluded road on Feb. 16, 2022, which prosecutors believe was a setup, in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. His then-2-and-a-half-year-old daughter was in the back seat at the time.

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When traffic eventually piled up behind Bridegan’s vehicle after he was shot, good Samaritans went up to his vehicle and were able to remove the toddler from his vehicle, put her in a different vehicle and give her a blanket, Johns said. 

The two-year-old later described hearing a “boom boom” and said her “daddy was sick” after the shooting, the detective testified.

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Johns questioned Gardner twice after the shooting and asked her if she had any theories regarding what may have happened to her ex-husband.  Gardner allegedly suggested it may have been a drug deal gone wrong or gang initiation, telling police she thought Sanctuary Blvd., where Bridegan was shot, is where people went to buy drugs in Jacksonville.

“I have never heard of that,” Johns testified.

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The detective also described Gardner’s and Saldana’s alleged efforts to kill Bridegan as a multi-year process of coming up with scenarios and plans for Saldana to kill Bridegan. Saldana allegedly got within “arm’s reach” of Bridegan multiple times but failed to carry out the murder, calling those instances “missed opportunities,” Johns said.

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The couple’s alleged plans to kill Bridegan apparently came up when Gardner  “would be upset about some type of custody issue” with Bridegan and their two children, and “Mario’s solution was always to take care of Jared,” Johns said, adding that “take care of” meant to “kill Jared Bridgen.”

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Both Gardner and Fernandez-Saldana have pleaded not guilty in connection with Bridegan’s murder. The pair are accused of hiring Fernandez-Saldana’s former tenant, Henry Tenon, as a hit man. Tenon pleaded guilty to pulling the trigger and agreed to testify against the other suspects.

Fox News Digital has reached out to Jose Baez, the attorney representing Gardner, and Jesse Dreicer, the attorney representing Fernandez-Saldana. 

Comedian refuses to edit jokes for those who ‘get bent out of shape’

Sebastian Maniscalco doesn’t edit himself.

The comic, who is heading out on his “It Ain’t Right” stand-up tour this summer, says comedy fans are just “dying to laugh.” 

“I don’t really edit myself,” he told Fox News Digital. “I would be lying to you if I said, ‘Oh, I don’t know, is it worth doing that joke because it might cause a, b and c?’ There’s a little of that, but I don’t know, I’ve been all over the country and I feel like the people who are coming to at least my shows are dying to laugh whether it be appropriate, inappropriate. I mean, I hate to use the word ‘inappropriate.’” 

Growing up, Maniscalco, 50, said in his world “you made fun of everything and anything around you.”

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“Including your own family and yourself, and it wasn’t done with a mean spirit,” he continued. “It was just kind of pointing out behaviors or idiosyncrasies or oddities that were going on in the neighborhood, and everybody kind of laughed at it.”

The “About My Father” star said he thinks there’s only a “small portion of the population that tends to get bent out of shape in regards to some of the material, and those people tend to have a loud voice.”

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He added, “But I’d say, for the most part, the majority are just looking for an outlet to laugh. And comedians are more popular than ever because I think that’s the only real form of entertainment now that’s going on that’s really unedited and real.” 

Maniscalco, whose tour starts in Norfolk, Virginia, on July 11 and finishes on Dec. 15 in Des Moines, Iowa, said he doesn’t look for material for his show as much as it “just finds me, and my antennas are kind of always up, you know, willing to receive it,” he said.

“So, my material tends to be experience-based … I’m out going to Universal Studios. I’m going to the kiddie party. I’m going to school drop-off. I’m doing all these things that just happen to be part of my life. And through those experiences, I tend to have a point of view on what I’m seeing at any particular time during the day.”

The comedian said that when you’re “searching” for stand-up material “it never comes.”

“But if you’re just kind of living your life and absorbing what’s happening to you, the humor will kind of almost write itself,” he added.

So what ain’t right?

I guess it’s just a general disgust with kind of what I see when I leave my house or the experiences that I have, whether it be, you know, whatever, going to Las Vegas or going to the doctor’s office or whatever.”

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He said he will often say things to his wife like, “’This isn’t right.’ You know, we just saw a guy naked walking across the street here in Las Vegas, just butt naked. No clothes there, right? So, you know, there’s just a variety of different things that happen in one’s day that you kind of shake your head and, just, you know, hopefully it becomes material.”

“[Y]ou got to give them a show. Not only the show that I am doing onstage, but what’s around me. It’s not like we’re going to have fireworks and this is Motley Crüe in the ‘80s, but there’s some definite production that’s involved in the show.”

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He added, “We’ve added some fabulous production to the tour. And there’s some things I really can’t divulge as far as what we have in store for the fans.

“But I’ve always been someone that likes to present themselves in a manner that it’s show business … you got to give them a show. Not only the show that I am doing onstage, but what’s around me. It’s not like we’re going to have fireworks and this is Motley Crüe in the ‘80s, but there’s some definite production that’s involved in the show.”

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While talking about his toughest critics, Maniscalco said he enjoys making his kids laugh more than anyone else.

But my toughest credit critic is definitely my father,” he said. “That’s always been, you know, someone who’s been my biggest fan, my biggest critic, my family, you know, in general.”

Maniscalco said his sister does editing for him, “and I gave her some tapes to watch from Las Vegas. And she called me up. She goes, ‘You look exhausted in this show.’ Like, there’s no getting a big head in my world.”

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“I have so many people around me that are so honest about what they’re seeing that it’s really hard to get any type of positive momentum in regards to my career. It’s never good enough,” he laughed. “It’s always like, ‘You look this’ or ‘That sucks there.’ Or this, that and the other. But it’s all good.”

The 50-year-old said the best advice he’s gotten from another comedian came early on in his career when Andrew Dice Clay told him not to compare himself with other comics. 

“‘The only thing you can concentrate on is your own material,’” Maniscalco said of his advice. “’So, if you see a comedian get a TV show, or you see a comedian selling out arenas or whatever, don’t let that bother you. Don’t let that consume you. The only thing you really have control on is writing your own stuff and being the best you could do at what you’re doing, and your time will come.’”

He said he really took Clay’s advice “to heart and just focused on being the best comedian I could possibly be, and hopefully by doing so, I will reap the benefits of that.”

Maniscalco called his recent show with Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Gaffigan, Nate Bargatze at the Hollywood Bowl for the Netflix is a Joke Festival “kind of a unicorn” because he doesn’t “do a lot of shows with other comedians.”

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“In these types of situations, I tend to be kind of a little more laid back when I’m around comedians because comedians are always kind of vying for the spotlight,” he explained.

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He said he was never the class clown in school who would think, “‘I need to talk because I need people to know that I’m funny.'”

With other comedians, he said he tends to be the “quiet” one, “the one who’s kind of observing what’s going on.”

He explained, “I like being alone onstage. I don’t really like sharing the stage with other people because I become the introvert. I’m the one where the people are going, ‘This guy is funny,’ and I’m not saying nothing. So … I might have to give some more than I normally give in those situations just because of the company I’m with.”

In addition to his upcoming tour and the Netflix is a Joke show, Maniscalco recently co-starred with Robert De Niro in the 2023 movie “About My Father.”

Maniscalco said the experience was intimidating for him “just because the history I’ve had throughout my life, watching him and all these iconic movies, and then the fact that he was playing my father in a movie that I co-wrote and I was starring in, for me, was a little bit overwhelming.”

He said working with De Niro taught him “a lot about acting.”

“I felt like it gave me the confidence moving forward on other projects to really be a better actor.”

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But he said De Niro wasn’t the chatty type.

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As far as, like, kind of commiserating off camera, there wasn’t a lot of that with De Niro,” he added. “Not that he was standoffish, but, you know, he didn’t really engage in a lot of conversation. He kind of – and which I could respect – you know, he was in his own world. He was doing his own thing.”

“If I had a question or a comment or, you know, he was very gracious in speaking with me. But other than that, it’s like people go, ‘Oh, did you guys go out?’ No, we were nine weeks in Alabama, and the only time I saw him was on set.”

Maniscalco’s “It Ain’t Right” tour starts on July 11 in Norfolk, Virginia.

Iconic actress isn’t bending the knee to triggered fans: Stay home ‘if you’re that sensitive’

Dame Judi Dench was asked about her opinion on trigger warnings in theater productions, to which she responded that audience members with sensitive natures might avoid the theater altogether.

She expressed skepticism toward the necessity of content advisories, asking what the point of going to the theater actually is. 

“I can see why they exist, and it is preparing people, I suppose, but if you’re that sensitive, don’t go to the theater, because you could be very shocked,” Dench said during an interview published this week in “Radio Times” magazine.

“Why go to the theater if you’re going to be warned about things that are in the play? Isn’t the whole business of going to the theater about seeing something that you can be excited, surprised, or stimulated by? It’s like being told they’re all dead at the end of ‘King Lear.’ I don’t want to be told,” the English actress continued. 

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Dench’s remarks echo the comments made by fellow thespians Matt Smith and Ralph Fiennes. 

When asked in February about trigger warnings on BBC One’s “Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg,” Fiennes said, “I think we didn’t use to have trigger warnings. I mean, they are very disturbing scenes in ‘Macbeth,’ terrible murders and things… the impact of theater should be that you’re shocked and you should be disturbed. I don’t think you should be prepared for these things and when I was young, [we] never had trigger warnings for shows.”

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“Shakespeare’s plays are full of murderers, full of horror. As a young student and lover of the theater, I never experienced trigger warnings telling me: ‘By the way, in ‘King Lear,’ Gloucester is going to have his eyes pulled out’… Theater has to be alive and connect in the present. It’s the shock, the unexpected, that’s what makes an actor [in] theater so exciting,” Fiennes continued.

“That’s why we go to the theater, isn’t it? To be shocked, to be arrested out of ourselves, to recognize ourselves in front and with an audience,” Smith said later in February on BBC One’s “Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg.”

“Radio Times” noted the practice of using trigger warnings on theater productions to Dench during a round of questions, to which she replied, “Do they do that? My God, it must be a pretty long trigger warning before ‘King Lear’ or ‘Titus Andronicus’!”

She added that while she can sympathize with the reasoning behind trigger warnings, she has concerns for how they can impact an audience’s viewing experience. 

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“Where is the surprise of seeing and understanding it in your own way?” Dench asked. 

Ian McKellan, known for his portrayal of Gandalf in “Lord of the Rings,” had a similar view.

“The audience is warned, ‘there is a loud noise and at one point, there are flashing lights,’ ‘there is reference to smoking,’ ‘there is reference to bereavement’… I like to be surprised by loud noises and outrageous behavior on stage,” he told Sky News

WATCH: Horrifying video shows beast attacking female tourist on popular beach

A wild and violent bull that was loose on a popular Mexican beach attacked a woman several times as panicked onlookers screamed in horror, a terrifying new video shows.

The heart-stopping video, which was shot Saturday at Cabo San Lucas, shows the black beast charging and ramming the woman more than six times after she tries to snatch her bags away from the animal. Cabo San Lucas is a resort city on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula and is popular among tourists.

The video first shows the black beast under a canopy with the woman who appears to be feeding the horned animal food from a bag and then from a silver bowl. 

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Dressed in a loose dress and beach hat, the woman appears unperturbed by the dangers the incredibly strong bovine possesses. Bulls can weigh well over 2,000 pounds depending on the breed and are well known to be aggressive.

In the next clip, the bull can be seen trotting away from the canopy after spotting several bags belonging to the woman.

She then goes face to face with the beast in an attempt to retrieve the bags as one man shouts, “You are really playing with it right now.”

“Please don’t do that, please,” the onlooker screams.

“Please get away,” he yells as the bull devours the contents of the bags. Another beachgoer can be heard calling the woman a “moron” as she refuses to get to safety.

As the crowd continues to warn the woman away from the bull, the unidentified woman drops her hands and turns her back on the predator as if she was giving up on her mission to recover the bags.

That’s when the bull sees red, lowering its head and charging at the woman, ramming its head into the side of her and causing her to fall onto the sand, the video shows

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She gets up, but the bull charges again and seemingly strikes her in the face with one of its horns, causing her to crumble to the sand again.

The woman then finds herself on her knees with her back to the bull, which plows into her again, pushing her forward as others on the beach look on with terror.

“We tried to f—ing tell you,” the man shouts as the bull continues its onslaught, ramming the woman several more times across the sand.

Another woman, who appears to be in the same party, then comes to her aid and tries to throw a bucket of water at the bull, who eventually moves away.

Despite the shocking attack, the woman quickly gets to her feet and walks away. It is unclear what injuries she suffered. 

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The beach is close to several ranches which makes close encounters with livestock a common occurrence in the area, Torres García, an official with the Federal Maritime Terrestrial Zone, told local outlet El Sudcaliforniano.

He said that it is also common to see donkeys wandering around the area and tourists are known to try and feed them.

“However, we make the recommendation that they do not do so in order to prevent a situation similar to that of the bull attack from happening because a donkey can bite a person,” García said. 

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