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University president put on leave after caving to anti-Israel agitators’ demands

The president of Sonoma State University has been placed on leave for agreeing to meet anti-Israel student protesters’ demands “without the appropriate approvals.”

California State University Chancellor Mildred García placed Sonoma State University President Mike Lee on leave after he published an official email in which he agreed to include students in efforts to divest the university from Israel, among other concessions.

“For now, because of this insubordination and the consequences it has brought upon the system, President Lee has been placed on administrative l​eave,” García wrote in a statement published Wednesday.

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In the email, Lee approved a variety of concessions to protesters, including: the creation of a Students for Justice in Palestine advisory council, an academic boycott of Israeli universities, expansion of Palestinian Studies programs at the school, and a demand for a ceasefire in Gaza.

The Sonoma State chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine published screenshots from the email in celebration with the caption “Brick by brick, wall by wall!”

The chancellor announced that she was working with the university board on “reviewing the matter” and that leadership “will provide additional details in the near future.”

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Lee later published a statement affirming that the email acquiescing to protesters’ demands was sent by his unilateral decision and did not represent the wider California University system.

Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Nathan Evans will immediately replace Lee as Sonoma State University’s acting president.

“​Our role as educators is to support and uplift all members of the California State University,” García said in her Wednesday statement. “I want to acknowledge how deeply concerned I am about the impact the statement has had on the Sonoma State community, and how challenging and painful it will be​ for many of our students and community members to see and read.”

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She concluded, “The heart and mission of the CSU is to create an inclusive and welcoming place for everyone we serve​, not to marginalize one community over another.”​

Sonoma State is one of the smallest members of the California State University system, with a student body of approximately 6,500 students.

Court rules on whether district can let parents opt out of LGBTQ curriculum for kids

Maryland’s largest school district does not have to allow parents to opt their K-5 children out of classes and books that discuss LGBTQ topics like sexuality and gender, at least for now, a federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday.

The 2-1 ruling by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court decision denying a preliminary injunction on the basis that the parents had not shown how the policy – initiated by the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) board – would violate their children’s First Amendment right to free exercise of religion.

The parents had argued that refusal to provide an opt-out from their children’s exposure to LGBT-themed books and related discussions violates federal and state law.

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Some of the book titles include “The Pride Puppy,” “Uncle Bobby’s Wedding,” and “Born Ready: The True Story of a Boy Named Penelope.” 

The parents argued that the books contradict their religious duty to train their children in accordance with their faith on “what it means to be male and female; the institution of marriage; human sexuality; and related themes.”

The litigants – three sets of parents who are Muslim, Jewish and Christian, along with a parental rights organization — argue that the responsibility for what their children learn should fall to them, instead of the schools.

However, the court ruled that the mere exposure to ideas contrary to one’s faith is not enough of a burden to implicate the First Amendment and that exposure to issues that one disagrees with, even for religious reasons, is “part of the compromise parents make when choosing to send their children to public schools,” the ruling states.

“We take no view on whether the Parents will be able to present evidence sufficient to support any of their various theories once they have the opportunity to develop a record as to the circumstances surrounding the Board’s decision and how the challenged texts are actually being used in schools,” U.S. Circuit Judge G. Steven Agee, President George W. Bush appointee, wrote for the majority in the opinion.

“At this early stage, however, given the Parents’ broad claims, the very high burden required to obtain a preliminary injunction, and the scant record before us, we are constrained to affirm the district court’s order denying a preliminary injunction.”

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U.S. Circuit Judge A. Marvin Quattlebaum, Jr., who was appointed by former President Trump, dissented, writing that he disagreed with the district court motion finding the parents failed to establish that the board burdened their First Amendment rights. 

“The parents have shown the board’s decision to deny religious opt-outs burdened these parents’ right to exercise their religion and direct the religious upbringing of their children by putting them to the choice of either compromising their religious beliefs or foregoing a public education for their children,” Quattlebaum wrote.

“I also find that the board’s actions, at least under this record, were neither neutral nor generally applicable. Finally, I find the parents have established the other requirements for a preliminary injunction. So, I would reverse the district court and enjoin the Montgomery County School Board of Education from denying religious opt-outs for instruction to K-5 children involving the texts.”

Eric Baxter, a senior counsel and vice president at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty which is representing the parents, tells Fox 5 DC that the group is disappointed with the decision and says the themes are inappropriate for students.  

“They involve issues around sexuality that are simply too mature for such young children,” Baxter said. 

Baxter tells The Hill they plan to appeal the ruling.

“The court just told thousands of Maryland parents they have no say in what their children are taught in public schools,” Baxter tells the publication. “That runs contrary to the First Amendment, Maryland law, the School Board’s own policies, and basic human decency.”

MCPS, which is the wealthiest district in Maryland, announced in 2022 efforts to include an LGBTQ-inclusive reading list as part of its English language arts curriculum. The decision sparked several rallies pushing for the school district to put the opt-out policy back in place.

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Bethany Mandel, a mother and contributing writer for Deseret News, told “Fox & Friends First” last year that she believed it’s a parent’s right to tackle controversial topics, including sexuality and gender ideology, with their children on their own terms.

“Some of the books were first, second, third-grade read-aloud books about transgender ideology, about sexuality,” Mandel told Carley Shimkus. “Some of the parents who spoke in favor of banning the opt-out said… ‘I’m gay, and a book didn’t make me gay and… There’s no way that your child, if you shield them in this manner, can sort of operate in the outside world,’ and that’s not what anyone is asserting.”

“No one thinks that our kids can turn gay by reading a book. What we’re asserting is that children are best learning about these sort of tricky, sticky subjects from their parents, and their parents should have a right to determine how their kids are first introduced to this,” she continued. 

Fox News’ Bailee Hill, Bradford Betz and Lindsay Kornick contributed to this report.

NFL condemns Chiefs kicker’s faith-based speech at Christian college after backlash

The NFL is distancing itself from the speech Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker gave during a commencement address at a private college in Kansas over the weekend, when he encouraged women graduates to embrace their “vocation” as a “homemaker,” and criticized the LGBTQ community and President Biden for his stance on abortion. 

Butker, a three-time Super Bowl champion, has received overwhelming backlash on social media for his comments made during a roughly 20-minute address he gave at Benedictine College over the weekend. 

In a statement to People magazine, the NFL clarified that Butker spoke from a “personal capacity” and reiterated the league’s stance on inclusion. 

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“Harrison Butker gave a speech in his personal capacity,” Jonathan Beane, the NFL’s senior vice president and chief diversity and inclusion officer, told the outlet. “His views are not those of the NFL as an organization. The NFL is steadfast in our commitment to inclusion, which only makes our league stronger.”

During his speech, Butker encouraged women to embrace what he called the “most important titles of all” as a Catholic. 

“For the ladies present today, congratulations on an amazing accomplishment. You should be proud of all that you have achieved to this point in your young lives,” he said. “I want to speak directly to you briefly, because I think it is you, the women, who have had the most diabolical lies told to you. How many of you are sitting here now, about to cross this stage, and are thinking about all the promotions and titles you are going to get in your career? Some of you may go on to lead successful careers in the world, but I would venture to guess that the majority of you are most excited about your marriage and the children you will bring into this world.

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“I can tell you that my beautiful wife, Isabelle, would be the first to say her life truly started when she began living her vocation as a wife and as a mother. I’m on this stage today and able to be the man that I am because I have a wife who leans into her vocation. I’m beyond blessed with the many talents God has given me, but it cannot be overstated that all of my success is made possible because a girl I met in band class back in middle school would convert to the faith, become my wife and embrace one of the most important titles of all: homemaker.”

Butker also referenced Pride month in his speech, calling it a “deadly sin sort of pride that has a month dedicated to it,” and specifically pointed to Biden’s “delusional” stance on abortion. 

“He has been so vocal in his support for the murder of innocent babies that I’m sure to many people it appears that you can be both Catholic and pro-choice,” he said, via OutKick.

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“He is not alone. From the man behind the COVID lockdowns, to the people pushing dangerous gender ideologies onto the youth of America, they all have a glaring thing in common — they are Catholic. This is an important reminder that being Catholic alone doesn’t cut it.”

The Chiefs did not comment on Butker’s speech.

The Carolina Panthers selected Butker with the No. 233 overall pick in the 2017 draft. However, he never played in the regular season for them. He joined the Chiefs that year and has played in 107 games for them since then.

Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos and The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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See Fallon’s joke about CNN audience after Trump-Biden debate news

Late-night host Jimmy Fallon mocked CNN on Wednesday for the network’s grim ratings while discussing the upcoming debate between President Biden and former President Trump. 

During his “Tonight Show” monologue, Fallon announced that Biden and Trump had agreed to participate in two debates, the first of which CNN will host on June 27. It will mark the earliest a presidential debate has ever occurred in an election cycle, a point that Fallon used to joke about the two candidates’ ages. 

“If we’re being honest, an early bird debate feels right for these guys,” Fallon said. 

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Biden’s team demanded several critical restrictions for the match-up, one of which calls for a debate inside a televised studio without a live audience. 

“The debates should be conducted for the benefit of the American voters, watching on television and at home — not as entertainment for an in-person audience with raucous or disruptive partisans and donors, who consume valuable debate time with noisy spectacles of approval or jeering,” Biden’s campaign wrote in a letter to the Commission on Presidential Debates.

Fallon, discussing the restriction, received raucous applause from the audience when he poked fun at CNN. 

“Biden and Trump will meet on June 27 on CNN, and one of Biden’s debate conditions was not having an audience, so that explains why it’s on CNN,” Fallon joked. 

When it comes to the advertiser-coveted demographic of adults age 25-54, Fox News averaged 156,000 total day viewers in April compared to 88,000 apiece for CNN and MSNBC. During primetime, Fox News averaged 219,000 viewers from the critical category while MSNBC had 114,000 and CNN finished with 113,000.

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Fox News averaged 1.3 million total day viewers, finishing April as the only network on basic cable to surpass the one-million viewer mark. MSNBC finished second with 864,000 average viewers and ESPN finished third with 784,000.

CNN did not crack the top 3. 

The network is expected to impose several other debate restrictions that the Biden campaign pushed. The campaign said the debate must be one versus one, with no third-party candidates allowed.

This is a critical demand since would exclude Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a long-shot independent candidate who has nevertheless made his presence known in polls. Kennedy has been shown to be more effective at leaching Democratic voters than Republican ones, making him a greater threat to Biden.

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The Biden campaign also demanded that both candidates’ microphones be muted once their allotted speaking time expires.

“There should be firm time limits for answers, and alternate turns to speak — so that the time is evenly divided and we have an exchange of views, not a spectacle of mutual interruption. A candidate’s microphone should only be active when it is his turn to speak, to promote adherence to the rules and orderly proceedings,” the campaign wrote.

Fox News’ Brian Flood contributed to this report. 

Unlikely duo rocks country music world thanks to song written in the ’80s

Tracy Chapman and Luke Combs continue driving “Fast Car” through the record books with two more nominations at the 2024 Academy of Country Music awards.

Combs topped the ACM awards nominations with eight nods, including entertainer of the year, album of the year and male artist of the year.

He’s also nominated for single of the year and song of the year for “Fast Car,” a nomination he shares with Chapman, who wrote the song in the late ’80s.

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Combs’ cover of Chapman’s Grammy-winning song went platinum in July 2023, and by September was a bona fide No. 1 country hit. Chapman became the first Black woman with a sole songwriting credit to top the country charts.

“I never expected to find myself on the country charts, but I’m honored to be there,” Chapman said in a statement to Billboard in July 2023. 

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“I’m happy for Luke and his success and grateful that new fans have found and embraced ‘Fast Car.'”

More than 35 years after the release of the original song, Chapman earned the CMA Award for song of the year in November 2023.

“I want to thank Tracy Chapman for writing one of the greatest songs of all time,” Combs said while accepting the award.

“I’m sorry I couldn’t join you all tonight,” Chapman said in a statement read when she won the award. “It’s truly an honor for my song to be newly recognized after 35 years of its debut. Thank you to the CMAs, and a special thanks to Luke and all of the fans of ‘Fast Car.’”

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Months later, Chapman returned to the stage for the first time in years at the 2024 Grammy Awards for an emotional rendition of her hit song in support of Combs’ best country solo performance nomination.

“Fast Car” was originally released by Chapman in 1988, and it reached No. 1 on iTunes after their performance.

“This is crazy,” she wrote on X, formerly Twitter, after the news broke.

In addition to Combs’ nominations on ACMs night, the “Hurricane” singer and Lainey Wilson both have their eyes on the prize with the biggest title on the line: the ACMs Triple Crown. 

The Academy of Country Music coined its “triple crown” for winners who clinch a trophy in one of each three sections: new artist category; male, female duo or group category; and entertainer of the year.

Combs and Wilson are both nominated for entertainer of the year, and a win for either in the category would earn their spot on the coveted list.

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“Last Night” singer Morgan Wallen and Megan Moroney each received six nominations. Moroney’s ACM nods make the country crooner the most-nominated woman at this year’s awards show. 

First-time nominee Jelly Roll earned four nominations at the ACM awards, including entertainer of the year. Billy Ray Cyrus was the last first-time honoree to be nominated for entertainer of the year in 1992 with his megahit “Achy Breaky Heart.”

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Debate moderator’s history of Trump bashing comes back to haunt him

CNN anchor Jake Tapper, who in recent years has become one of the most prominent anti-Trump voices in the liberal media, was selected to moderate CNN’s Presidential Debate between the former president and President Biden.

It was announced Wednesday that Tapper will co-moderate the debate with CNN colleague Dana Bash on June 27 in Atlanta after both candidates agreed to the terms.

But Tapper’s hostile coverage of Trump and Republicans will perhaps offer a preview of what Trump should expect going into the key political showdown.

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Tapper spearheaded CNN’s Russiagate coverage that dominated the early years of Trump’s presidency. On January 10, 2017, just ten days before Trump’s inauguration, Tapper co-authored a blockbuster report about the existence of the now-infamous Steele dossier and spent several months legitimizing its claims. 

Even after the release of the Mueller report that failed to find evidence of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, Tapper suggested Trump sounded like “the spokesman for the Kremlin” over comments Trump made about his May 2019 conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin. 

Throughout the 2020 presidential election, Tapper became more vocal about his animus towards the then-president. In March 2020, in the early weeks of the coronavirus pandemic, he said Trump “continues to lie to the American people” about COVID testing at the time. The following month, Tapper retweeted a post from anti-Trump critic George Conway calling Trump “100% insane.”

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In October 2020, Tapper shamed Trump after he was diagnosed and hospitalized for COVID. 

“Make no mistake, this was not just reckless behavior, this was a demonstration of a wanton disregard for human life. President Trump, now in quarantine, has become a symbol of his own failures,” Tapper told CNN viewers. 

Weeks later, after Trump’s defeat in the 2020 election, Tapper declared “for tens of millions of our fellow Americans: their long national nightmare is over.”

“It’s been a time of extreme divisions, many of the divisions caused and exacerbated by President Trump himself,” Tapper said in an impassioned monologue

“It’s been a time of several significant and utterly avoidable failures, most tragically, of course, the unwillingness to respect facts and science and do everything that could be done to save lives during a pandemic. It has been a time where truth and fact where truth and fact were treated with distain,” he continued. “It was a time of cruelty where official inhumanities such as child separation became the official shameful policy of the United States. But now the Trump presidency is coming to an end.”

Tapper maintained his animosity towards Trump and his supporters long after the 45th president left office. For several months, Tapper banned GOP lawmakers who challenged the results of the 2020 election who he deemed “election liars” from appearing on his programs despite having written a book titled “Down and Dirty: The Plot to Steal the Presidency” about George W. Bush’s election victory in 2000 and routinely inviting Democrats who didn’t accept Trump’s 2016 victory and other prominent election deniers like former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams onto his shows. 

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He even questioned the patriotism of Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., an army veteran who lost both legs in 2010 after stepping on an IED in Afghanistan, after Mast voted against Trump’s 2021 impeachment.

“Congressman Brian Mast, a Republican from Florida — who lost his legs, by the way, fighting for democracy abroad, although I don’t know … about his commitment to it here in the United States,” Tapper told a panel.  

Tapper continued to rail against Trump and Republicans during his brief 2022 stint in primetime, blasting his “unhinged lies” and his “refusal to accept reality… this anti-democracy insanity.” He plugged the Jan. 6 Committee’s final hearing as “one last chance to try to convince rational Americans about the dangers of the anti-democracy movement.”

In December, the liberal CNN anchor declared that “the dehumanizing rhetoric of Adolf Hitler is once again alive and well” while condemning Trump’s comments about illegal immigrants “poisoning the blood of our country.”

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Meanwhile, Tapper has been far gentler towards Biden and Democrats. In Oct. 2020, he joined the media chorus in avoiding the bombshell revelations from Hunter Biden’s laptop, saying “the rightwing is going crazy with all sorts of allegations about [then-candidate] Biden and his family, too disgusting to even repeat here.” In 2022, Tapper conducted a softball interview with Biden, which made so little news that it received virtually zero coverage on the five Sunday shows that weekend. 

He had one question pertaining to Hunter Biden’s legal woes amid reports that criminal charges against him by the DOJ were imminent, asking the president “Personally and politically, how do you react to that?” without any followups. 

Last year, Tapper chalked up the Biden family’s foreign money transactions uncovered by House Republicans as being “sleazy” but not criminal during a combative exchange with House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer, R-Ky.

Biden wasn’t the only Democrat that Tapper handled with kid gloves. In 2020, Tapper admitted he didn’t fact check Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., while she attacked Trump in an interview. In 2021, Tapper bizarrely would avoid covering the various scandals plaguing then New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on his CNN program but acknowledging them online by retweeting posts.

There was even an instance where Tapper tried to privately convince Republican Sean Parnell not to run against then incumbent Democrat Rep. Conor Lamb for his House seat during the 2020 election cycle.

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Tapper’s co-moderator Dana Bash has also been hostile towards Trump and conservatives. In 2022, Bash defended Biden’s “semi-fascism” jab against Republicans, insisting he was “specifically talking about Trump supporters,” which represents tens of millions of Americans. Earlier this year, she invoked Nazi Germany while condemning Trump’s comments slamming Jewish voters who back Democrats, calling what he said “antisemitic and incredibly dangerous.” 

CNN did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital‘s request for comment. 

Also announced on Wednesday was a second debate to be hosted by ABC on September 10, which will be moderated by anchors David Muir and Linsey Davis. 

Massive donation to Trump from Jewish org amid anti-Israel campus riots

EXCLUSIVE: A top grassroots group that represents Jewish Republicans across the country is showcasing what it calls its largest ever fundraising and expenditure effort in support of a GOP presidential nominee.

The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC), in an announcement shared first with Fox News on Thursday, highlighted that it is committed to raising a minimum of $5 million – from its donors and from its RJC Victory Fund super PAC – to help elect former President Trump in his November White House rematch with President Biden.

RJC national political director Sam Markstein highlighted that this “will be the RJC’s largest effort ever to mobilize support in the Jewish community for President Trump.”

Additionally, Markstein noted that the announcement is “in addition to our $15 million independent expenditure,” which he characterized as the largest independent expenditure in the organization’s history.

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The announcement comes amid weeks of anti-Israel protests that have erupted on college campuses across the country over Israel’s war with Hamas in Gaza.

The protests in support of Palestinians have grabbed plenty of attention on cable news and online coverage. Demonstrators have criticized President Biden’s support for Israel in its battle with Hamas and have called on colleges and universities to cut financial ties with the government in Jerusalem.

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Polls suggest that while many Democrats are divided over the demonstrations, Republicans are nearly entirely united in opposition.

Eight in ten Republicans questioned in a new Fox News national poll said they opposed the protests, compared to just 15% who said they supported the demonstrations.

Half of Democrats surveyed said they supported the demonstrations, with 41% opposed.

“As antisemitism spikes to record highs and America’s relationship with our ally Israel continues to reach new lows, the Jewish community is more energized than ever to turn the page from the failures, broken promises, and betrayals by Joe Biden. November 5 cannot come soon enough,” Markstein argued.

The RJC is a four-decades-old group that describes itself as “the national grassroots organization of Jewish Republicans and represents tens of thousands of Jewish Republicans across this country.”

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Late Republican mega donor and casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who died at age 87 in 2021, for years played a key leadership role with the RJC and gave it generous financial support.

The group remained neutral during the 2024 GOP presidential nomination race and the RJC’s annual leadership meeting in Las Vegas last autumn attracted all the major Republican White House contenders. Former Vice President Mike Pence made major news at the October confab by announcing that he was suspending his campaign.

The RJC endorsed Trump in early March, immediately after former U.N. ambassador and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley – who was the former president’s last rival – dropped out of the race.

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Dow makes history after crossing 40K milestone for first time

The Dow Jones Industrial Average crossed 40,000 for the first time ever and is on pace for its 19th record close as investors celebrate solid earnings and a slight easing of consumer inflation last month. It will mark the third 1,000 point milestone of 2024.

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
I:DJI DOW JONES AVERAGES 40007.56 +99.56 +0.25%
WMT WALMART INC. 63.38 +3.54 +5.91%

The Dow has gained about 6% this year and a strong quarter from the nation’s largest retailer, Walmart, helped propel gains on Thursday. It closed above 30,000 on Nov. 24, 2020. 

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Dow Jones Industrial Average

Goldman Sachs has added the most points since 30,000, while 3M Co. has subtracted the most, as tracked by Dow Jones Market Data Group. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
GS THE GOLDMAN SACHS GROUP INC. 466.09 +7.62 +1.66%
MMM 3M CO. 104.48 +3.23 +3.20%

Other notable contributors include Microsoft, UnitedHealth and Caterpillar. 

Still, the 30-member index is trailing the S&P 500 and tech-heavy Nasdaq, which are also trading at new records. 

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Both indexes have risen about 11% this year as 77% of companies have exceeded profit estimates this season. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
SP500 S&P 500 5320.45 +12.30 +0.23%
I:COMP NASDAQ COMPOSITE INDEX 16778.02217 +35.63 +0.21%

Google and Nvidia are trading at record highs. The chipmaker’s highly anticipated earnings report is set for May 22. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
GOOGL ALPHABET INC. 172.51 +2.17 +1.27%
NVDA NVIDIA CORP. 946.30 +32.74 +3.58%

Cruise ship’s concerning conditions exposed after health inspection

A Jimmy Buffett-themed cruise ship promising customers “paradise” was given a failing grade by health officials earlier this month.

Margaritaville at Sea Paradise fell short during an unexpected health inspection from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) May 1. The examination was conducted by Vessel Sanitation Program (VSP) officials.

The incident report, available on the CDC’s website, shows the ship was given a failing score of 83. An 86 is needed to pass.

One of the complaints listed was the ship’s whirlpools, designed to hold a maximum of four people, had six bathers.

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The report also highlighted some sanitation concerns involving food and drink on the cruise. 

An investigator was also concerned about whether a crew member had washed his hands while working with food.

“The gloves worn by the crew member handling the ice making components of the ice machines were stored with tools,” the report said. “It was unclear if the crew member washed his hands before putting on gloves. There were glove boxes for food handlers on the bulkhead next to the ice machines that could be used instead.”

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Water bottles were also found “stored on soiled pallets,” the investigator found, while food preparation areas were also found to be soiled and/or poorly lit. Another crew member was unable to “demonstrate competency” about chemicals to clean lettuce.

“The crew member washing lettuce heads and immersing them in an antimicrobial solution for fruits and vegetables could not demonstrate competency in verifying the concentration of the chemical used,” the CDC said. “The crew member could not use a test strip correctly to verify the concentration of the solution and did not know what an acceptable test result would be.”

The CDC also noted that a freezer, several refrigerators and multiple deep fryers were all out of service. 

A spokesperson representing Margaritaville at Sea told Fox News Digital “immediate corrective actions” were taken after the inspection.

“Following internal policies, immediate corrective actions have been taken to address the issues identified in the inspection,” a statement said. “Many of these issues have already been resolved, and we will be working with USPH [United States Public Health] for a re-inspection as soon as possible.

“We expect this re-inspection will exceed USPH standards.”

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