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Warning signals flashing for Biden, Trump ahead of first presidential debate

As they prepare for their face-off on the debate stage next month, warning signals are flashing for President Biden and former President Donald Trump in their 2024 election rematch – as they both appear to struggle to lock up their base voters.

More than two months after she dropped out of the Republican presidential nomination race, zombie candidate Nikki Haley is still grabbing sizable support in the GOP primaries at the expense of Trump.

And Biden is continuing to deal with a persistent “uncommitted” vote protesting the president’s support for Israel in its war with Hamas in Gaza.

“You going to see most Democrats and most Republicans come home. But there are so many warning signs flashing in these primaries,” David Kochel, a longtime Republican consultant and veteran of numerous GOP presidential campaigns, told Fox News Digital.

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One week after Haley won 22% of the vote in Indiana’s GOP presidential primary, where independents and Democrats could vote, it was supposed to be a different story on Tuesday as Maryland, Nebraska, and West Virginia held mostly closed Republican contests.

But according to unofficial results, Haley grabbed 21% support in Maryland and 18% in Nebraska.

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And Haley performed strongest in suburban areas in both states, as she also did in earlier primaries held after she suspended her presidential bid. It’s another potential general election problem for Trump, who is currently making history as the first former or current president to stand trial in a criminal case.

“It might just be that Republicans want one last chance to express their dissatisfaction with the nominee and they’ll come home,” Kochel, who remained neutral in the 2024 GOP nomination race, said. 

“But if I’m running the Trump campaign, particularly as I look towards the vice presidential nomination, I would be trying to figure out anyway I could to reassure the Haley voters that we’re going to listen to them and not just run a base only strategy,” he suggested.

Biden also saw a red flag in Tuesday’s primaries, as 10% of votes in the Democratic presidential contest in Maryland were “uncommitted,” according to unofficial and incomplete tabulations. It’s the latest example of far left voters expressing their dissatisfaction with the president’s Mideast policies.

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The primaries were held on the eve of a proposal by Biden and his re-election campaign to hold presidential debates with Trump in June and early September – with a vice presidential debate over the summer – to which Trump quickly agreed.

Mark Penn, the longtime Democratic pollster, former top political adviser to former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Fox News contributor, pointed to Biden’s anemic poll numbers in the key battleground states as he argued the president’s debate proposal came out of weakness.

“You don’t want to debate when you’re ahead. You want to avoid debates at all costs,” Penn said in an interview on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom.” “Obviously it’s uphill for President Biden, or he wouldn’t be debating in the first place.”

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National surveys for months have indicated that many Americans are anything but thrilled with the rematch between the 81-year-old Democratic incumbent and his 77-year-old predecessor in the White House.

“You’re going to put the most unpopular politicians we’ve ever seen run against each other in front of 80 million people on a debate stage. One of them is famously bombastic and toxic and loose with the facts. The other one is barely able to get out a sentence. He had six jump cuts in a 13-second video they put out today,” Kochel said as he pointed to Trump and specifically to Biden’s video proposing the debates. 

And Kochel predicted that the debates may “reinforce to the country how dissatisfied they are with these choices.”

Get the latest updates from the 2024 campaign trail, exclusive interviews and more at our Fox News Digital election hub.

Celebrities unleash on ‘Diddy’ after disturbing hotel surveillance video surfaces

Celebrities like 50 Cent, Emily Ratajkowski and Aubrey O’Day slammed Sean “Diddy” Combs on Friday after a video alllegedly showing the rapper beating his former girlfriend Cassie Ventura in a hotel hallway emerged. 

“Now I’m sure puffy didn’t do it, he is innocent this proves nothing !” 50 Cent, who has had a long term feud with the rapper, wrote on his social media sarcastically. “This is what his lawyers are gonna say, God help us all.”

In a second post, 50 Cent reposted Combs’ “Enough is Enough” statement from last December in which he claimed his innocence from all the allegations against him. 

“The lie detector test has determined this was a lie…. Maury vibes,” 50 Cent wrote alongside Combs’ statement.  

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Combs has vehemently denied the charges against him, saying in the December statement in part” ‘LET ME BE ABSOLUTELY CLEAR: I DID NOT DO ANY OF THE AWFUL THINGS BEING ALLEGED. I WILL FIGHT FOR MY NAME, FOR MY FAMILY AND FOR THE TRUTH.” 

Supermodel Emily Ratajkowski simply commented “monster” on an X post of the video. 

Singer Aubrey O’Day, who has previously supported Cassie and who was once fired from a girl group by Combs, took to her social media with the video to say: “the picture is getting a lot more clear for you all I can imagine.. abuse survivors or anyone that triggers easily might not want to watch (images are disturbing). #Cassie #diddy #kimporter prayers up for all his victims.”

Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy wrote on X: “Throw Diddy in jail. Throw away the key. Throw away the key to whoever had this video and kept their mouth shut. I mean holy f—.”

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 Comedian and former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Jay Pharoah also commented: “Mmm.. ‘won’t Diddy do it?’ He definitely will.”

“Real Housewives of Atlanta” alum Marlo Hampton commented with three praying emojis. 

In the shocking surveillance video taken from a Los Angeles hotel, Combs allegedly brutally beats his former girlfriend, Ventura, in a hallway in 2016 while wearing just socks and a towel around his waist.

Ventura sued Combs in November, accusing him of physical and sexual abuse. But she dropped the case after the parties reached an out-of-court settlement a day later.

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The shocking video, exclusively obtained by CNN, appears to corroborate a line in Ventura’s lawsuit accusing Combs of punching her in the face in the hotel.

Ventura’s lawyer Douglas Wigdor told Fox News Digital: “The gut-wrenching video has only further confirmed the disturbing and predatory behavior of Mr. Combs.  Words cannot express the courage and fortitude that Ms. Ventura has shown in coming forward to bring this to light.”

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Fox News Digital has reached out to reps for Combs for comment. 

Federal agents from Homeland Security Investigations raided Combs’ mansions in Los Angeles and Miami earlier this year as part of an ongoing investigation.

“This video is very damaging to his case,” said Derrick Parker, the New York Police Department’s former “hip-hop cop” who investigated Combs’ role in a 1999 nightclub shooting. “This is gonna hurt him badly, because it adds credence to what Ms. Ventura has been alleging about the abuse from him.”

He said he expects the feds to speed up their case against Combs as a result. 

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“Everybody’s gonna see this, and they’re gonna see what a real dirtbag he is,” he said. “The public itself is gonna see him in a different light. The government now is likely gonna accelerate his case.”

Fox News’ Michael Ruiz contributed to this report. 

Expert suggests simple and healthy way to stop feeling so hungry all the time

If you’ve been feeling hungrier than usual, it could be due to your sleeping habits.

Human hunger is tied to circadian rhythm, according to experts, which means not sleeping enough can cause a greater appetite.

Dr. Christopher Rhodes, a nutritional biologist in California, explained in a conversation with Fox News Digital that a body deprived of sleep “seeks out energy by way of food.”

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“Sleep and eating are intimately linked due to their shared involvement in both metabolic signaling and your body’s circadian rhythms,” he said. 

“Just as we train our body on when to expect sleep, we also train it on when to expect food based on our typical mealtimes and dietary patterns throughout the day, which becomes part of our daily circadian cycles.”

Poor sleep disrupts hormonal signaling — particularly cortisol, which impacts “metabolic rate and the crucial hormones leptin and ghrelin,” according to Rhodes. 

These hormones are responsible for controlling hunger and the use of energy, he noted.

Extreme disruptions in circadian rhythm — like insomnia or “all-nighters” — can cause a “ripple effect” throughout the body, according to Rhodes.

“Sleep and eating are intimately linked.”

“[This] can throw our natural rhythms out of whack and cause issues with our biological signaling, changes in hormone levels, chemical signaling and neuronal function,” he said.

“In turn, these imbalances can cause excess hunger and cravings as our body, deprived of the energizing effects of sleep, seeks to compensate by taking in more energy from food,”

Low-quality sleep can also contribute to poor cognition and reduced brain function, which reduces impulse control, the expert noted.

When these effects are combined with added cravings, and as the body “desperately seek[s] ways to fuel itself,” that can lead to excess food consumption, Rhodes warned.

Curbing cravings

While it may be difficult to ignore cravings, Rhodes suggested some healthy ways to break the cycle of increased hunger and poor sleep.

It’s best to avoid snacking at bedtime, he said, as energy from snacks can keep you awake.

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“By and large, the best bedtime snack is none at all,” Rhodes said. “Food intake immediately before bed will cause a rush of nutrients and energy into your system, which can disrupt the natural circadian signaling that helps govern your sleep cycles.”

“Moreover, food before bed can often set off cravings for more food, which can further disrupt your sleep,” he continued. “Small snacks are typically not enough to meet our body’s satiety thresholds and can lead to more hunger throughout the night.”

It’s best to eat at least four to six hours before falling asleep, according to Rhodes, to allow the body to fully metabolize food and store excess energy that could disrupt sleep.

“Focus on foods that have a low glycemic impact and are slow digesting — like lean proteins, healthy nuts or fibrous veggies — to avoid blood sugar spikes,” he said.

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It’s also best to avoid the traditional “midnight munchie” foods like junk food, cookies, ice cream and pizza, he advised — “especially alcohol, as it has been shown to have particularly adverse effects on sleep quality.”

Despite the preconceived idea that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, Rhodes suggested following your body’s natural hunger cues. 

“Breakfast is just another meal like any other, and not the end all be all of your daily well-being,” he said.

“If you don’t feel hungry in the morning, it’s best to just follow your body’s natural cues than to force yourself to eat a meal out of obligation.”

There may be health benefits for some people who cut breakfast out of their diet, Rhodes mentioned, as studies have shown that intermittent fasting can have positive effects on blood glucose control, cognition and cholesterol levels.

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One easy way to boost energy and satiety throughout the day is to drink hot green tea or other balanced energy drinks that contain caffeine and L-theanine, to “provide sustained energy without jitters or a crash,” Rhodes said.

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The food you choose to eat can determine the quality of your sleep, according to experts.

“Quality of sleep can be altered by a number of nutritional factors, including blood glucose spikes, total caloric intake, vitamin and nutrient deficiencies, supplements, meal timing and more,” Rhodes said. 

“Insomnia and poor sleep quality have been linked with a higher risk of obesity in many studies.” 

It’s also important to avoid deficiencies in vitamins A, C, D, E, K, calcium and magnesium, which can affect sleep quality.

“Of these, magnesium supplementation may be the most beneficial, as it’s estimated that 75% of Americans are currently deficient, and magnesium supplementation is well-known to promote calm and support sleep quality,” Rhodes added.

“Insomnia and poor sleep quality have been linked with a higher risk of obesity.”

The most important aspect of maintaining good sleep and eating habits, regardless of lifestyle, is staying as consistent as possible in your day-to-day schedule, according to Rhodes.

“Stabilizing your circadian rhythms will help to improve cognition, mood, hunger signaling and sleep quality by avoiding the hormonal, chemical and neuronal disruptions that can be caused by inconsistent circadian signaling,” Rhodes said.

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“Eating the same meals in the same amounts at the same time every day and maintaining a consistent sleeping schedule will help retrain your body’s circadian rhythms and signaling, so that your atypical work and eating hours will become normal to your body.”

The expert suggested large batch meal prepping as a way to cut down on time spent cooking while also ensuring a “healthy, consistent meal” on hand when needed.

For even better sleep, Rhodes recommended buying tools such as earplugs, night masks or blackout curtains to avoid distractions.

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“If needed, a melatonin supplement can help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer, and helps to accelerate adaptations to new sleeping schedules by normalizing sleep hormone production and circadian signaling,” he added.

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Couple walking dog in New York turns tables on would-be mugger, sends him to hospital

A New York City couple who took their dog for a walk Wednesday afternoon turned the tables on a would-be mugger who had to be treated for stab wounds at the hospital, video shows.

The 37-year-old suspect snuck up behind the couple in the Woodside neighborhood of Queens around 2:40 p.m. 

The apparent targets were a woman holding a dog leash and a man who was riding a scooter and had his foot in a medical boot. Police had not identified them as of Thursday.

Surveillance video obtained by Fox News Digital shows the attacker stalking behind them as they make their way down a sidewalk.

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As he closes in, he throws his jacket on the ground and rushes the man from behind.

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The male victim fought back, slamming his attacker onto the pavement and starting to pound him with punches.

The woman joined in, kicking the attacker in the back as the beatdown continued.

They tussled until the mugger managed to get back to his feet and back away.

“While the dispute was happening, one of the unknown individuals stabbed him multiple times about the body,” police told Fox News Digital.

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The man with the injured foot, who had the upper hand throughout the entire scuffle, is seen limping on his injured foot and appears ready for more.

Video shows a large spot of what appears to be blood on the back of the aggressor’s bleached blonde head.

Two men eventually stepped in between the brawlers, and the attacker finally walked out of view, leaving his hat and jacket on the ground.

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Police said the 37-year-old was taken to NYC Health and Hospitals/Elmhurst in critical but stable condition.

There were no arrests as of Thursday morning, but the investigation was ongoing.

Fox News’ Emmett Jones contributed to this report.

World’s top golfer shares unconventional message about police after arrest

Scottie Scheffler was in unfamiliar territory early Friday morning, as he was arrested en route to the PGA Championship at Valhalla.

The ordeal had Scheffler feeling “pretty rattled, to say the least,” and he admitted it took him a “few holes” to feel somewhat normal again.

But in a somewhat ironic twist (he is facing a felony charge of second-degree assault on a police officer), the officers who were involved in placing Scheffler in custody wound up playing a role in calming him down.

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“The officer that took me to the jail was very kind, he was great. We had a nice chat in the car, that kind of helped calm me down. I was sitting there waiting to go in, and I asked him, I was like ‘Can you just come hang out with me for a few minutes so I can calm down?…’” Scheffler said after his round. (He even joked that he had been stretching in a jail cell.)

“The officers inside the jail were tremendous.”

Scheffler even said he was the butt of some jokes made inside the jail “when they figured out who I was and what happened and how I ended up there.”

“This one older officer looked at me when I was doing my fingerprints and looks at me and goes ‘Do you want full experience today?’ I looked at him and go, ‘I don’t know how to answer that.’ He was like ‘Come on man, do you want a sandwich?’ I was like ‘sure, I’ll take a sandwich. I didn’t eat breakfast yet.’ They were really kind.

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“I’m thankful that we have such strong police. They’re our protectors out there. We just got into a chaotic situation this morning. That’s really all it was.”

Scheffler was detained at 6:01 a.m. ET and released just over two-and-a-half hours later, and arrived at Valhalla another half hour after that, 56 minutes before his tee time.

Starting on the back nine, the reigning Masters champion naturally birdied 10 to start the day. He followed with a bogey on 11 but responded with a birdie on 12.

After five-straight pars, he then ripped off four birdies in his next eight holes.

He finished the round two shots back of the lead, as Collin Morikawa rattled off five straight birdies at a point to head into the clubhouse at -11; Scheffler was -4 after the first round.

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Scheffler was booked into the Louisville Department of Corrections later Friday. He was also charged with criminal mischief, reckless driving and disregarding signals from an officer directing traffic.

Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.

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Trump predicts Biden will be ‘jacked up’ at debates, blasts Bidenomics

It’s been more than 50 years since a Republican won Minnesota in a presidential election, but former President Trump says he’s got “a really good shot” of breaking the losing streak this November in his 2024 rematch with President Biden.

The former president is in the historically reliable blue state Friday evening to headline the Minnesota GOP’s annual Lincoln Reagan fundraising dinner. He began his speech with the usual jabs at Biden’s cognitive ability, but also referenced the recently agreed to debates between the two.

“He’s going to be so jacked up for those, you watch,” Trump joked, later saying he was going to “demand a drug test” for Biden before the debate.

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He went on to promise a rollback of Biden’s environmental mandates relating to automakers, railed against the sour economic statistics under Biden, and vowed to fix the ongoing border crisis.

Trump also blasted Biden’s habit of repeating false stories concerning his life experiences. “He’s so full of s–t,” Trump said as the crowd laughed.

Trump lost Minnesota by just 1½ points in his 2016 presidential election victory over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Four years ago, he lost the state to President Biden by more than seven points in his unsuccessful re-election campaign.

Ahead of the 2020 election, Trump promised a victory in Minnesota, saying that if he lost, “I’m never coming back.”

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Fast-forward four years and Trump is back and once again predicting a victory.

“We think we have a really good shot at Minnesota,” Trump emphasized in an interview Wednesday with KSTP, a local TV station in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. “We have great friendships up there.”

Trump added that he’s “worked hard on Minnesota” and that “Tom Emmer is very much involved,” pointing to the House majority whip.

Emmer, who is joining Trump at the state GOP gala, is chairing the Trump campaign in Minnesota even though the former president and his allies helped sink Emmer’s bid last autumn to become House speaker.

As the Trump and Biden campaigns prepare for battle in seven crucial swing states that decided the 2020 election (Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, which were narrowly won by Biden, and North Carolina, which Trump carried by a razor-thin margin) and will likely once again in the 2024 rematch, both campaigns see opportunities to expand the map.

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Two weekends ago at a closed-door Republican National Committee retreat for top-dollar donors  at a resort in Palm Beach, Florida, senior Trump campaign advisers Susie Wiles and Chris LaCivita and veteran pollster Tony Fabrizio spotlighted internal surveys that suggested both “Minnesota and Virginia are clearly in play.”

“In both states, Trump finds himself in positions to flip key electoral votes in his favor,” the survey, which was shared with Fox News, emphasizes. 

And both states have sizable populations of rural white voters without college degrees who disproportionately support the former president.

Biden’s campaign disagrees that either Minnesota or Virginia are up for grabs.

While noting they are “not taking any state or any vote for granted,” Biden campaign battleground states director Dan Kanninen told reporters last week “we don’t see polls that are six or seven months out from a general election, head-to-head numbers certainly, as any more predictive than a weather report is six or seven months out.”

Kanninen highlighted that the campaign has teams on the ground in both states engaging voters.

“We feel strongly the Biden-Harris coalition in both Minnesota and Virginia, which has been strong in the midterms and off-year elections, will continue to be strong for us in the fall of 2024,” he added.

And Biden campaign spokesperson Lauren Hitt, pointing to the president’s current fundraising dominance and ground-game advantage in the key battlegrounds, argued “Trump’s team has so little campaign or infrastructure to speak of they’re resorting to leaking memos that say ‘the polls we paid for show us winning.'” 

But Democratic Rep. Dean Phillips of Minnesota, who launched a long-shot and unsuccessful primary challenge against the president, insists “Minnesota’s in play.”

Phillips, in an interview this week on Fox News’ “Special Edition,” argued Minnesota’s “like a lot of states that I think a lot of my fellow Democrats don’t want to confess is the reality. … I’m telling my Democratic colleagues who are supporting President Biden, myself included, that there’s a lot of work to do.”

While Trump’s campaign looks for opportunities to expand the map in Minnesota and Virginia, Biden’s campaign appears to be eyeing swing state North Carolina and Florida. 

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Trump carried the Sunshine State by less than four points in 2020, but two years ago, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and GOP Sen. Marco Rubio each won re-election by nearly 20 points.

LaCivita argued the Biden campaign was playing “a faux game” in both states but insisted Trump has a “real opportunity in expanding the map in Virginia and Minnesota.”

Trump’s stop in Minnesota comes a week after he held a large rally in Wildwood, New Jersey, a red bastion in an overwhelming blue state where no Republican has carried the state in a presidential election in over three decades. Trump lost the state to Biden by 16 points four years ago.

“We’re going to win New Jersey,” Trump vowed at the rally.

Get the latest updates from the 2024 campaign trail, exclusive interviews and more at our Fox News Digital election hub.

Legal experts say Biden’s reason for not releasing secret tapes is ‘extremely problematic’

President Biden’s assertion of executive privilege to avoid releasing audio recordings of his interviews with Special Counsel Robert Hur is raising eyebrows among some legal experts.

The White House on Thursday revealed that Biden asserted executive privilege over the audio recordings at the request of Attorney General Merrick Garland. During a media briefing, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said it was Garland’s suggestion that “law enforcement files like these need to be protected.” 

“And so the president made his determination at the request of the attorney general,” Jean-Pierre told reporters. She referred further questions to the White House counsel’s office.

But some experts say that the use of executive privilege to protect the recordings is “extremely problematic” and “strictly a political decision.” 

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“Executive privilege is designed to respect constitutional separation of powers and to enable a president to engage in candid conversations with his top advisers in order to form judgments and reach decisions,” John Malcolm of the Heritage Foundation and a former federal prosecutor told Fox News Digital. 

“[It] is not designed to hide information that may prove to be embarrassing to a president or some other government official or operation,” Malcolm said. He noted that the transcript of the entire interview has already been released.  

“Hence, there is no national security or deliberative process reason for not disclosing the recordings of the interview. The only conceivable reason why President Biden would want to prevent the recordings from being disclosed is because he is worried about the public will react to his demeanor and recall when answering Special Counsel Hur’s questions, especially since serious questions have already been raised about his mental acuity and his ability to serve effectively as our president,” he said. 

“If he has some other, legitimate reason for withholding that information — and it is hard to fathom what that might be — he needs to say what it is,” Malcolm added. 

Hur led the investigation into Biden’s handling of classified documents following his departure as vice president under the Obama administration. Hur announced in February that he would not recommend criminal charges against Biden for possessing classified materials after his vice presidency, saying Biden is “a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory.”

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Hur wrote in the report that “it would be difficult” to convince a jury to convict Biden of any willful crime, citing his advanced age. 

House Republicans have pushed Garland to release the tapes of the interviews and threatened to hold him in contempt of Congress if he didn’t.

The Department of Justice on Thursday informed House Republicans investigating Biden that the executive branch would not turn over subpoenaed materials from Hur’s investigation. 

“It is the longstanding position of the executive branch held by administrations of both parties that an official who asserts the President’s claim of executive privilege cannot be prosecuted for criminal contempt of Congress,” Associate Attorney General Carlos Uriarte wrote to Reps. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and James Comer, R-Ky., chairmen of the Committee on the Judiciary and Committee on Oversight and Accountability, respectively.

Garland on Thursday spoke to reporters on Capitol Hill, saying, “There have been a series of unprecedented, frankly unfounded attacks on the Justice Department. This request, this effort to use contempt as a method of obtaining our sensitive law enforcement files, is just the most recent effort to threaten, defund our investigations, and the way in which there are contributions to an atmosphere that puts our agents and our prosecutors at risk. These are wrong. Look, the only thing I can do is continue to do the right thing. I will protect this building and its people.”

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The House Judiciary and Oversight Committees on Thursday evening advanced a resolution that would hold Garland in contempt despite the president’s privilege assertions. House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., will decide whether to bring the resolution to the full House floor for a vote. 

John Shu, a former official in both Bush administrations, said, “It certainly looks like the Biden administration is trotting out Attorney General Garland to be the public face of this weak executive privilege claim, so that neither President Biden nor his senior White House staff have to be, and so that the White House press secretary can avoid answering questions about it and simply refer them to the Justice Department.”

Executive privilege, he said, “is not supposed to encompass a recording of a president’s voluntary, represented interview, especially where he waived privilege and released the transcript, which removes any national security issues.” 

“It’s not unreasonable for Congress to ask for these recordings because transcripts aren’t always accurate, and this White House previously has edited official transcripts when the President mistakenly read aloud his teleprompter cues,” Shu observed. “Transcripts also generally don’t reflect verbal intonations or emotive expressions such as anger, sarcasm, or humor,” he added.    

Former federal prosecutor Andy McCarthy told Fox News Digital in an interview that Biden’s privilege assertion is “crude politics.” 

“They are trying to manufacture a legal cover for something that’s strictly a political decision. The tape would be very embarrassing for Biden. So he’s stonewalling on it, and they’re trying to wrap a legal bow around it, but there’s no legal reason for withholding the recording,” McCarthy said, adding that, should Republicans take the matter to court, they likely wouldn’t succeed due to the privilege assertions. 

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“What Biden has obviously decided is that it would be a lot more damaging to release the tape than it would be to take the hit that he’s taking for withholding it,” McCarthy said. 

“It’s just crude politics. It’s nothing more than that,” he said.

Fox News Digital reached out to the White House and DOJ for comment.

Students stunned when graduation speaker gives them each $1,000 — but with a catch

A commencement speaker surprised graduates at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth this week by giving them each $1,000 cash in envelopes — but with a catch. 

Robert Hale, Jr., the founder of Quincy-based Granite Telecommunications, told students that “each graduate who crossed the stage” on Thursday “would receive one $500 envelope to keep as a gift” while the second $500 envelope is intended to be given to “someone in need or a charity or cause close to them,” the university said. 

“These trying times have heightened the need for sharing, caring, and giving,” Hale said. “Our community needs you and your generosity more than ever.” 

A UMass Dartmouth spokesperson told FOX Business on Friday that 1,200 graduates received the $1,000 gifts. 

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“Hale told the crowd about his career, including losing $1 billion nearly overnight, and urged them not to let failure define them, using his own life as an example of resilience and perseverance,” the university said in a press release. 

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“As the degree conferral was about to begin, Hale came forward and let the graduates know he had one more bit of advice for them. He told the eager crowd that for him and his wife Karen, ‘the greatest joys we’ve had in our life have been the gift of giving,’” UMass Dartmouth added. “Hale let the Class of 2024 know that the two large duffle bags being brought up on stage by security were packed with envelopes full of cash.” 

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Hale, who is also part of the Boston Celtics ownership group, has an estimated net worth of $5.4 billion, according to Forbes. 

Biden admin grilled on whether Chiefs star is welcome at White House after faith-based speech

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was grilled by a CNN reporter over whether Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker is still welcome at the White House as his recent speech has sparked uproar from the liberal media

Comments that Butker made in his commencement address this week at the private Catholic school Benedictine College ignited a firestorm on the political left, as he criticized President Biden and abortion as well as praised his wife for her role as a “homemaker.”

At Friday’s press briefing, Jean-Pierre was confronted by CNN senior White House correspondent MJ Lee about Butker’s invitation to the White House as the Chiefs are set to make an appearance following their Super Bowl win earlier this year. 

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“Can we still assume that the Kansas City Chiefs will be visiting the White House this year in celebration of their Super Bowl victory?” Lee began. 

Jean-Pierre responded by speaking broadly, saying the championship winner of any sports team is always welcomed to the White House, noting that “everyone on the team is invited.” 

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Lee then pressed the White House spokesperson if that specifically applies to Butker. 

“So can you confirm — you said everyone on the team is obviously invited. Is the Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker welcomed at this White House?” Lee asked. 

“What I can say is we invite the entire team and we do that always. I don’t have anything beyond that,” Jean-Pierre replied. 

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“Given his recent comments, is he specifically welcomed at this point in time?” the CNN reporter continued.

“We invite the team, we invite the team,” Jean-Pierre doubled down. “It’s an invitation that goes to the team, and so it’s up to the team who comes and doesn’t come. It’s the way it usually works.”