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Biden finally convinces voters to change their minds, but now they’re backing Trump

A group of what’s been described as “Never Trump” voters are suddenly backing the former president following last week’s historic conviction

The Free Press spoke with several voters from across the country whose opinions were significantly impacted by the guilty verdict in the New York trial against former President Trump.

Shaun Maguire, a Los Angeles-based venture capitalist and a former Hillary Clinton campaign donor, declared on social media that he donated $300,000 to the Trump campaign within an hour of the verdict, and wrote in an essay that “the double standards and lawfare that Trump has faced” “boiled my blood.”

He told The Free Press, “We were told that Donald Trump would be the end of democracy, but it turns out that lawfare tactics have been escalated by the Democrats and not by the Republicans. And so it’s from that backdrop that I believe the Republican Party is less of a danger to democracy than the Democratic Party right now.” 

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University of Chicago Law School lecturer Adam Mortara similarly donated $3,300 to the Trump campaign after not voting in 2020 and opposing him during the 2016 GOP primary, hoping a Trump victory would have a “deterrent effect” on weaponizing the legal system against political foes. 

“What’s gotten me off the sidelines is that if he does not win, and by a rather sizable margin, that will validate this type of weaponization of the judicial system in the future,” Mortara told The Free Press. “Before, I would’ve said it’s not a danger to America if Joe Biden wins the election. Now, I kind of think it is.” 

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New Jersey marketing consultant Kate Nitti was described as a “lifelong Democrat” who began turning against her party when living in New York City following the COVID lockdowns, voting Republican for the first time in the 2021 mayoral race, followed by support for GOP hopeful Lee Zeldin in the 2022 gubernatorial race.

While previously supporting Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s candidacy, the recent conviction may lead to her pulling the lever for Trump.

“I’m no fan of Trump. That said, I have a huge problem with contorting the law or using prosecutorial authority in the name of ‘saving democracy,’ which has been the Democrats’ message for the past four years,” Nitti said. “I still consider myself a liberal. I just don’t think Biden Democrats reflect what that used to mean.”

Jack MacGuire, a Texas-based travel consultant who voted for Clinton in the 2016 election and supported neither Trump nor Biden in 2020, says the trial “galvanized” him. 

“What happened has every level of corruption and deceit and a willingness to use whatever means necessary to stay in power. It just absolutely galvanized me to say enough is enough. I’m all in with the MAGA people, because this has to end,” MacGuire told The Free Press. 

California-based guitar instructor and recording engineer Emery Barter was another “lifelong Democrat” who canvassed for Clinton in 2016 and voted for Biden in 2020, but “hyper-progressive policies” implemented in his hometown of Oakland has made him second-guess his support for Democrats and question the media’s coverage of the political landscape. 

“I used to trust the media, but now I feel the media has drifted away from reporting the truth. I just feel everything is completely made up,” Barter said.

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Barter went on to say that Trump doesn’t “scare” him and, “The narrative is just worn out.”

“The idea that this threat to democracy is so great that we must sacrifice democracy to stop this threat through lawfare—it’s an all-consuming idea that can’t be rewarded,” Barter said, adding, “If you don’t pay attention and you just check the bluest box, you end up voting for people that aren’t actually interested in carrying out their core function anymore.”

Daniel Kotzin, a stay-at-home dad and husband of former Levi Strauss executive Jennifer Sey, had voted for Obama twice and Clinton in 2016. He previously considered voting for Trump in 2020 as a critic of the COVID lockdowns but ultimately backed the Libertarian Party candidate due to the then-president’s vaccine push. But now he thinks Trump is the “best option.”

“The persecution of Trump is what decided for me because it made me think that perhaps he is different. He is going to put some dirt in the gears. They hate him too much. It really literally is because they’re pursuing him so aggressively and relentlessly that I want to support him. And I can’t be the only one. It’s too much,” Kotzin told The Free Press. 

“I don’t want a Democrat right now. I don’t want to be ruled by experts. I don’t want better experts. I want no experts. Trump is just going to try and break stuff, and not listen to anything that anyone tells him to do. And I don’t think that’s necessarily a long-term solution. That’s just what we need right now,” he added.

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Maine state senator and self-identified “Ron Paul Republican” Eric Brakey backed the Libertarian candidate in the past two election cycles, but after “flirting” with RFK Jr., he decided to back Trump, supporting the “principle” that “the people get to choose our president” and donated to his campaign after the conviction.

“Democrats don’t preserve democracy,” Brakey said. “They’re afraid that the people, when presented a democratic choice, will not vote for them. Democracy is when the people decide.”

Washington Post exec delivers blunt message to reporters: ‘I can’t sugarcoat it anymore’

Washington Post publisher and CEO William Lewis had a blunt message for his staff during a tense meeting following the sudden ouster of executive editor Sally Buzbee, according to the paper’s own reporting. 

Lewis informed his staff Sunday night that Buzbee, who joined the Post in 2021, was parting ways with the paper “effective immediately.” He announced her temporary replacement would be former Wall Street Journal editor-in-chief Matt Murray, who is expected to hold the position through the 2024 election cycle, and that the paper was being restructured into “three newsrooms,” in hopes of turning things around for the beleaguered “Democracy Dies in Darkness” publication. 

The Washington Post reported Monday that “Buzbee was uncomfortable with the structure and did not believe she could be effective in the role” offered to her in a new division of the company. She also reportedly had urged Lewis to hold off on implementing such changes until after the election, which Lewis refused.

The dramatic changes “left the newsroom reeling,” according to the Post. 

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Lewis, the British media executive who joined the Post earlier this year, addressed the restructuring in a tense newsroom meeting Monday, where he offered a grim assessment of the current state of the paper in what was described as a “heated exchange” with a staffer. 

“Lewis warned that the newsroom cannot afford to be resistant to change, saying that ‘decisive, urgent’ actions are needed for the company to survive upheaval within the media industry and a recent loss of subscribers and revenue,” the Post reported.

“We are going to turn this thing around, but let’s not sugarcoat it. It needs turning around,” Lewis said. “We are losing large amounts of money. Your audience has halved in recent years. People are not reading your stuff. Right. I can’t sugarcoat it anymore.”

Another staffer accused Lewis of choosing two of his “buddies” to run the Post, referring to Murray, who worked alongside Lewis at the Journal, and Robert Winnett, a former colleague from Lewis’ stint at The Daily Telegraph.

“The most cynical interpretation sort of feels like you chose two of your buddies to come in and help run The Post,” the staffer said. “And we now have four White men running three newsrooms.”

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As Lewis alluded to, The Washington Post has had a rough few years, especially financially. The Jeff Bezos-owned paper lost more than $70 million in 2023 and lost 50% of its audience in the same period, according to The New York Times.

In the final quarter of 2023, the Post implemented staff buyouts in order to prevent mass layoffs. Among those who took the buyouts were media reporter Paul Farhi, columnist Greg Sargent and senior editor Marc Fisher, who recently returned as an associate editor and columnist.

Last year, Fox News Digital spoke with several current and former Post staffers who put a spotlight on the sour mood that has plagued the newsroom, many of them suggesting it began when Buzbee took over as the top editor. 

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Lewis’ restructuring plan will involve dividing the paper’s staff into three newsroom; the “core,” which is essentially its reporting team, opinion, and “service/social,” meant to focus on audience building.

“By creating three, strong, journalism functions – Core, Service/Social and Opinions – we are taking a definitive step away from the ‘one size fits all’ approach and moving towards meeting our audiences where they are,” Lewis said in a statement Sunday.

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Scenic Southern city is the most popular place to move to in 2024

A recently-published report named a popular Southern beach destination as the most moved-to city in 2024.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, took the crown of most moved-to city in an analysis published by PODS, a moving and storage company. Wilmington, North Carolina, shared the same spot.

PODS found that more and more Americans are opting to move to Southern states, which has become a trend in recent years.

“We’re seeing more people move to the Southern Appalachian region, which includes states like North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama,” PODS explained. 

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“People are also continuing to move to select Florida cities and long-standing retirement favorites such as Boise, Portland (ME), and Phoenix.”

PODS credited the Carolinas’ popularity to its “low cost of living, access to the outdoors, and a solid quality of life.”

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Interested in seeing which other locales made the cut? Here are the ten U.S. cities with the most move-ins in 2024:

1. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (spot shared with Wilmington, North Carolina)

2. Ocala, Florida

3. Houston, Texas

4. Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina

5. Charlotte, North Carolina

6. Raleigh, North Carolina

7. Phoenix, Arizona

8. Knoxville, Tennessee

9. Jacksonville, Florida

10. Asheville, North Carolina

Knoxville and Jacksonville were both knocked down one spot relative to their 2023 numbers, but still remain popular moving destinations.

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The survey also analyzed which cities had the most move-outs in 2024 – and predictably, some of them are the most expensive places to live in the U.S.

1. Los Angeles, California

2. San Francisco Bay Area, California

3. South Florida (including Miami)

4. Long Island, New York

5. Austin, Texas

6. Central New Jersey

7. Chicago, Illinois

8. San Diego, California

9. Stockton-Modesto, California

10. Hudson Valley, New York

PODs says that the main reason people move out of these locations is money-related. 

“Rising rent prices, a housing struggle, high tax rates, and overcrowding are common issues in many of the cities that top this year’s move-out list,” the report explained. “Los Angeles returns in the number one spot, followed by major metropolitan cities (and repeat offenders) like San Francisco, Miami, and Long Island, NY (part of the greater NYC area that PODS services).”

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“Unsurprisingly, these cities are also some of the most expensive metro areas in the country.”

Surprising ‘turn’ in favor of man seen driving during virtual suspended license hearing

A Michigan man who went viral last week in a video clip of a judge noticing him driving while calling into a virtual court hearing for his supposed suspended driver’s license was the victim of a clerical error, according to reports. 

Corey Harris, 44, attended the virtual May 15 hearing for an October traffic stop in Pittsfield Township, Michigan, USA Today reported. 

In the clip, Judge Cedric Simpson appeared to be in disbelief as Harris was driving while attending the hearing for a suspended driver’s license. 

“Mr. Harris, are you driving?” Simpson asked, to which Harris replied that he was behind the wheel. 

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“OK, so maybe I don’t understand something. This is a driving-while-license-suspended [case],” Simpson told Harris’ public defender. “And he was just driving, and he doesn’t have a license.”

He then ordered Harris’ bail revoked and ordered him to surrender to authorities at the Washtenaw County Jail by 6 p.m. that day, to Harris’ disbelief. The video clip made the rounds on the internet and quickly spread like wildfire. 

“With the type of ties that I have with the church and the community, it’s very embarrassing,” Harris told WXYZ-TV about the widely viewed incident. 

His driver’s license was suspended in 2010 for unpaid child support, but a judge rescinded the suspension in January 2022, the TV station said.

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However, the Michigan Secretary of State’s Office never received a clearance from the Saginaw Friend of the Court, reported WXYZ, which tracked down the clerical error. That means that the lifting of the suspension never went into effect. 

In the video clip, Harris told Simpson he was pulling into a parking lot at a doctor’s office for an appointment.

“What was I thinking? I was thinking about getting my wife medical help,” Harris told the news station. “That’s what I was thinking. I wasn’t thinking about the fact that I got a suspended license. I don’t care about all that.”

“Always double-check behind these workers because they will say that they will do something, and they don’t do it,” he added.

Harris said he spent two days in jail following the hearing after turning himself in. 

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Khyla Craine, deputy legal director for the Michigan secretary of state, told the station that the process to get a driver’s license reinstated can be a complicated process. 

“Sometimes it is simple as we at the secretary of state’s office did not get a clearance from the court that everything was done, but something happened in the wires, and we needed to talk to the court to get the clearance and clean it up for the resident,” Craine said.

Meghan Markle may not like her new stage name if stripped of royal title

Meghan Markle would be known as “Princess Henry” if she lost her title – but it’s unlikely to happen, one royal expert told Fox News Digital.

Kinsey Schofield, host of the To Di for Daily podcast, said that stripping the Sussexes of their royal titles would take more than a decision from the House of Windsor.

“A lot of us feel like Harry and Meghan take advantage of their titles and would like to see them stripped of them, but that’s not a conversation that has happened between King Charles and Prince William in years,” Schofield claimed.

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“Technically, and Charles and William know this, if you strip Harry and Meghan of the Duke and Duchess title… they would revert to being Prince and Princess Henry. The prince title cannot be removed. That is Harry’s birthright. It would take an act of Parliament and that is simply not a priority for them at this time.”

“You will still see Harry and Meghan utilizing the prince and princess titles, which are almost more marketable in the United States,” Schofield added.

Schofield’s comments came shortly after Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine, told The Royal Beat that it’s unlikely the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be stripped of their royal titles.

“I don’t think anything will happen to the titles because, if they lose their titles, Harry is still a prince of the blood, and Meghan instead of being the Duchess of Sussex, [would] be Princess Henry,” said Seward, as quoted by U.K.’s Mirror.

“That really would [confuse the Americans],” said Seward. “I think [it’s] probably best just to leave it because it looks unkind, it looks unnecessary.”

Meghan, 42, a former American actress, became the Duchess of Sussex when she married the British prince in 2018.

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Harry was born Prince Henry Charles Albert David. If Meghan lost her title as Duchess of Sussex, she would be called Princess Henry, Seward explained. She noted it’s royal tradition for a princess to take an official title with her husband’s name.

The same rule applies to Kate Middleton, the New York Post reported. She was technically known as Princess William when she married the prince in 2011. She is referred to as the Princess of Wales.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s occupations on their son Prince Archie’s U.K. birth certificate were listed as “Prince” and “Princess of the United Kingdom,” although Meghan does not have a princess title, People magazine previously reported. The couple’s occupations weren’t listed on their daughter Princess Lilibet’s California birth certificate, the outlet reported.

On Monday, People magazine reported that the couple kicked off a pre-birthday bash for Lilibet in California. The princess turns three on June 4.

King Charles and Prince William have reportedly been considering stripping Prince Harry and Meghan Markle of their titles – but several royal experts also told Fox News Digital they weren’t buying that claim.

Royal author Tom Quinn recently claimed to the U.K.’s Mirror that the monarch and his heir “have had lengthy discussions” about the move, but the pair are said to be “terrified this would backfire and make the situation worse.”

“The last thing they want is to give the renegade royals something else to complain about,” Quinn claimed.

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Christopher Andersen, author of “The King,” told Fox News Digital that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex won’t be losing their titles anytime soon, despite stepping back in 2020 and moving to California.

“Long ago Queen Elizabeth made it clear that Harry and Meghan would keep their titles but not be addressed using the HRH honorific – the same punishment that was meted out to Princess Diana after her divorce from Charles,” Andersen explained. “There is no earthly reason why the king and Prince William would now consider stripping Harry and Meghan of their titles entirely.”

“The Sussexes simply are not on their radar – they are an issue that King Charles and Prince William think is pretty much resolved,” he shared. “Think of what they have on their plate – principally dealing with the cancer battles now being waged by both the king and Princess Kate. With the monarch’s official birthday coming up, everyone is focusing on that right now – not on what’s going on in Montecito.”

“If the King were to do anything right now that smacked of punishing his younger son, it would just seem so petty and vindictive,” Andersen continued. “What could be the point at this juncture? King Charles and Prince William have made it crystal clear what they think of Harry and any potential rapprochement – they are not interested.”

Harry, who has a strained relationship with his family, rushed to London in February for a very brief visit after the king, 75, was diagnosed with an undisclosed type of cancer.

Harry, 39, has seen his father infrequently since the prince quit royal duties and headed to the West Coast with Meghan, citing what they said were unbearable intrusions and racist attitudes of the British media. He has since detailed his rocky relationship with his family in TV interviews, a documentary and a memoir, “Spare.”

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William and Harry, who were once close, have been estranged since the Sussexes made their royal exit. During the king’s coronation in May, the brothers were never seen speaking or even acknowledging each other.

In “Spare,” Harry alleges that his older brother, 41, attacked him. He also singles out his stepmother, Queen Camilla, accusing her of leaking private conversations to the media as she sought to rehabilitate her image after marrying Charles.

Shortly after his last quick trip to London, Harry told “Good Morning America” that he thought his father’s illness could help bring his family closer.

British broadcaster and photographer Helena Chard told Fox News Digital that the king and Prince of Wales reportedly “feel indifferent” towards the couple.

“No doubt the king and Prince William have had quiet discussions about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle behind closed doors, but their current drive is keeping well and positive for their families and their life of service,” Chard explained.

“They don’t want to enter into any unnecessary drama and are aware that removing Harry and Meghan’s Duke and Duchess of Sussex titles – titles given to them by the late Queen Elizabeth II… will look petty. Prince Harry will always be a prince. If their titles are removed, they will be known as Prince and Princess Henry. Funny enough, this would give them more credence. However, as Prince Harry and Meghan are no longer working members of the royal family, it would be considerate if they exhibited magnanimity and dropped their titles.”

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Like Schofield, royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams told Fox News Digital that the decision to remove the couple’s titles would go to Parliament, not the king.

“There is no chance of this,” he insisted. “This would allow Harry and Meghan to cast themselves as wronged victims… It would make ending the royal rift, which is desirable however long it takes, impossible. The king would never begin such a process. If Harry were to decide to become an American citizen, the matter of whether he could keep his title, which he already has, might become something of a cause célèbre. American citizens cannot have titles conferred on them, but what if they already have them, as he does? It could go to the Supreme Court.”

Royal expert Ian Pelham Turner also told Fox News Digital it wouldn’t make sense for the king to consider stripping his son’s royal title now.

“At a time when the King and his daughter-in-law Kate are battling cancer, I would have thought creating dangerous precedents like this which heap petrol on the fire would be seen to be petty, vindictive and petulant,” he said. “They should be focused purely on their recovery. What has caused this anyway? What other royal secrets could come out? What are the royal family so concerned about? Only time will know.”

Why Caitlin Clark has found haters at every turn during first year in the WNBA

Caitlin Clark is at the center of the sports world as the calendar nears summertime and the heat is only getting turned up on the WNBA rookie.

The Indiana Fever sharpshooter was on the receiving end of a hard foul from Chicago Sky guard Chennedy Carter during Saturday’s matchup, which sparked a ton of drama and hot takes on social media and on the airwaves in the aftermath.

It has felt like since Clark was on the verge of breaking the NCAA all-time scoring record toward the end of her collegiate career at Iowa, all she has faced is negativity. The highest of highs have come with chainsaws to chop her down even before she took the floor for the Fever.

Here’s some of the tribulations Clark has faced over the last few months.

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First ‘reality check’

While Clark was lighting up the stat sheet, WNBA legend Sheryl Swoopes said there was no way the Iowa standout would come into the league and perform the way she has.

“So, will Caitlin Clark be a good pro? Absolutely. Will Caitlin Clark come into the WNBA and do what she’s doing right now, immediately? Absolutely not. Not going to happen,” Swoopes said in part in January.

Swoopes later praised Clark’s accomplishments. But months later, Clark joined Sabrina Ionescu as the only players in league history to reach at least 100 points, 50 rebounds and 50 assists in their first 10 games as a pro.

Didn’t break the scoring record

It was as clear as day. Clark broke Kelsey Plum’s mark for most points scored in a NCAA Division 1 women’s basketball career and then surpassed Lynnette Woodward’s mark, if you include the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) which predated the NCAA. She also tallied more points than Pete Maravich.

For whatever reason, Woodard said in April that she was the one who still held the record with 3,649 points in four seasons with the Kansas Jayhawks. Clark ended up finishing with 3,951 points.

“I am the hidden figure, but no longer now,” Woodard said before the national title game. “My record was hidden from everyone for 43 years. … I don’t think my record has been broken because you can’t duplicate what you’re not duplicating. So, unless you come with a men’s basketball and a 2-point shot, you know … but just for you, so you can understand, so you can help me spread that word.”

Two days later, Woodard acknowledged Clark as the record holder after backlash.

“Reality is coming”

Diana Taurasi, a legend in the WNBA, warned the game wasn’t going to come as easy to Clark as it did in college.

“Reality is coming,” she said on ESPN after the Hawkeyes’ tournament win over the Huskies. “You look superhuman playing against some 18-year-olds, but you’re going to come play with some grown women that have been playing professional basketball for a long time.

“There is going to be a transition period where you’re going to have to give yourself some grace as a rookie.”

The reality is, Clark was the WNBA Rookie of the Month in her first month as a pro. Clark’s first regular-season game garnered 2.1 million viewers. It was the most watched WNBA game on ESPN platforms ever.

Doyel drama

Clark was the No. 1 overall pick in the WNBA Draft, but as soon as she met with the Indianapolis media, there was awkwardness.

Indy Star columnist Gregg Doyel made a heart with his hands before asking Clark a question. He asked whether she “liked that” and the weirdness ensued.

The strange interaction led to an apology from the columnist and the newspaper taking him off of the Fever beat for the season.

Race factor

Clark joined Breanna Stewart and Ionescu as the active WNBA players with signature shoe deals. The deal sparked a debate over why Clark, who didn’t play a game at that point, received the deal, with race becoming a main talking point.

Las Vegas Aces star A’ja Wilson lent her voice to the Clark discussion. She denied in April that she was jealous of Clark. But she did end up saying that race played a part in her popularity.

“It really is because you can be top-notch at what you are as a Black woman, but yet maybe that’s something that people don’t want to see,” Wilson said at the time. “They don’t see it as marketable, so it doesn’t matter how hard I work. It doesn’t matter what we all do as Black women, we’re still going to be swept underneath the rug. That’s why it boils my blood when people say it’s not about race because it is.”

But Wilson ended up changing her tune.

“She’s learning and growing like everyone else. I feel like people don’t give her a chance,” she said. “We tell our rookies every single day, this is new. You’re coming into a whole other new world and starting over. So, these questions are only annoying because she’s young. She’s a rookie. You keep asking us these questions as if she’s a grown-ass woman that’s been in this league for years. No, she’s doing her job. We’re doing ours and at the end of the day, that’s how we grow, is when we get better and do things like that.”

“I’m just exhausted over the conversation because I know she’s exhausted. I can only imagine.”

‘Pretty privilege’

As the season has worn on, the Clark discussion reached the desk of “The View.” Co-host Sunny Hostin argued that “White privilege” and “pretty privilege” played a role in her popularity.

“I do think that there is a thing called pretty privilege. There is a thing called White privilege. There is a thing called tall privilege, and we have to acknowledge that, and so part of it is about race, because if you think about the Brittney Griners of the world, why did she have to go to play in Russia? Because they wouldn’t pay her,” Hostin said

Co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin said she’d become a fan of the WNBA because Clark was “so fun to watch,” adding that it had nothing to do with her skin color. Co-host Whoopi Goldberg argued that Hostin and herself have been trying to bring attention to the WNBA for years.

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Chennedy Carter foul

Everything came to a head on Saturday when Carter hip-checked Clark to the ground during the Sky’s 71-70 loss. The foul was later upgraded to a flagrant-1 violation.

Carter refused to take Clark questions but offered critical takes about her on social media.

“… that’s that on that cause beside three point shooting what does she bring to the table man,” Carter wrote.

Carter spoke to reporters on Monday and expressed that she has no regrets over anything that happened.

School district DEI trainer says why American flag is becoming ‘hate’ symbol

FIRST ON FOX – A diversity, equity and inclusion trainer spreading critical race theory in the public education system – affecting thousands of teachers and administrators – said that “resistant” employees who disagree with the concepts should be fired, according to her published work. 

Epoch Education CEO Dr. Nancy Dome called employees who don’t accept notions included in CRT, such as the existence of “White privilege,” a “poison to culture and climate,” and criticized equality in favor of equity. The DEI firm’s YouTube videos, meanwhile, espouse CRT’s tenets and indicate that color blindness isn’t sufficient.

“So what happens when you face someone who’s actually resistant, doesn’t believe White privilege or inequity exists?” Dome wrote in her 2022 book, “Let’s Talk About Race.” She proposed engaging in “compassionate dialogue,” calling it a “cleaner way of interacting.”

“If someone continues to resist that culture or climate after multiple interruptions, then you know they do not belong,” Dome added.

“If you continue showing up compassionately to conversations but the other person refuses to give as much as they get, then sometimes that relationship is simply not a worthwhile use of your energy. Divorce can be a form of repair if you’ve made every attempt but simply cannot find a way for the relationship to move forward. If a team member isn’t willing to adjust … then the repair may be to remove them from the team or organization,” she said. 

Epoch calls itself a “national leader” in DEI and indicates that at least five public school districts, ranging from nearly 40,000 students to over 70,000 each, have hired the firm to bring in an equity agenda. It lists the U.S. Department of Education, which did not respond to a comment request, as a client. 

The firm doesn’t shy away from CRT’s inclusion in its programming: its YouTube channel has numerous videos explaining the tenets of CRT and the relevance of this concept to diversity training.

“Racist hierarchical structures influence all political, economic and social domains, including schools,” a September 2020 video states.

In a video posted on Epoch’s Vimeo account, Dome said she believed the American flag was becoming a symbol of “hate” and “extremism.” The video became publicly unavailable after Fox News sent a request for comment.

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One of the practices Dome uses in her diversity training to bring in the desired culture is a “color line” exercise. Employees are scored, with a 0 being the most oppressed and a 125 for the most privileged. 

During the exercise, participants are asked a variety of prompts relating to their race and then provide them with scores accordingly. 

“I can, if I wish, arrange to be in the company of people with my race most of the time” and “I can be sure that my children will be given curricular materials that testify to the existence of their race,” the prompts said, as examples. 

White women typically score around 100 because they are benefactors of “White privilege” but are simultaneously oppressed by the patriarchy, according to Dome. White men are in the top category of privilege

“Once the scores are calculated, participants line up in the room according to their numbers, creating a powerful representation of the color line. It’s called the color line because almost without exception, the darkest people in the room will be closest to zero,” Dome said. 

The exercise helps “people heal through perspective and understanding,” she said. 

The concept behind the “color line,” Dome said, was derived from an article called “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack,” which argued that White women are “justly seen as oppressive” and “enjoy unearned skin privilege.” 

“Many, perhaps most, of our White students in the U.S. think that racism doesn’t affect them because they are not people of color, they do not see ‘Whiteness’ as a racial identity,” the article added. 

A California teacher who underwent the Epoch training at the Elk Grove Unified School District, Isaac Newman, told Fox News Digital he found the messaging “insane.”

“I got to a point where I’m like, ‘this is insane. I’m not taking any more of these trainings,'” he said. “I actually asked the district, ‘What happens if I don’t take the trainings?’ and they refused to tell me. So they actually won’t tell me the consequences, just that they’re mandated.” 

“What’s shocking is in these DEI trainings, they actually call out colorblindness and meritocracy,” Newman said. “And of course, if you’re dedicated to that, well, then you’re going to have division, and you’re going to have mediocrity.”

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Similarly, Epoch Education’s September 2020 CRT video explained that “many liberal ideologies, like color blindedness and incremental change” are “insufficient to redress the deleterious effects of racism.” 

Fundamentally, Dome does not strive for equality in the short-term, she explained, rather the goal was to give people different advantages based on the group they belong in, according to an article she posted on LinkedIn in June 2023.

She called equality “one of those lofty ideals we’ve been hearing about since elementary school.” She preferred equity, “the idea that everyone should get what they need, even if that’s different from what someone else gets.”

People who may feel they are not being treated fairly in the name of equity, Dome explained, “they are right. But—and this is key—that’s not the point. The point is that equity is there to give everyone what they need to thrive.”

She added that what someone else is given shouldn’t bother others because “we are all connected,” “my success is your success.” She said an absence of equity will lead to theft.

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“If you feel like an equitable system will create lack for you, remember that we are all connected. If you understand that my success is your success, and vice versa, you are much more likely to give me what I need,” she said.

“Look, if you live in my community and you’re starving, there’s a good chance that one day you’re going to end up stealing from me (or someone else in the community) just to survive. On the other hand, if I have food and everything else I need, I make sure you have everything you need, too, then I never have to worry about you coming in and harming me or stealing from me. Ultimately, the better off you are, and the better off I am, the better off we all are,” she wrote. 

Moreover, she encourages people to constantly scan environments to determine if they are oppressive, which she believes builds “equity intelligence,” according to another LinkedIn article from 2019. 

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“In our Implicit Bias courses, we support participants in understanding that we are all always scanning our environments to see if we are safe and if we belong,” she said. “Our ability to pause and recognize the reactions we have to the people and situations around us, points us in the direction of our specific anti-bias work and the building of our Equity Intelligence.” 

Fox News Digital reached out to Epoch Education, Nancy Dome and the Elk Grove Unified School District for comment and did not receive a response. 

Britney Spears gets support from former NSYNC star after ‘crazy’ social media posts

Britney Spears has an old friend ready and willing to lend support if she ever needs it.

Chris Kirkpatrick, a former member of smash hit boy band *NSYNC, knew Spears 25 years ago when they were both ruling the pop music charts, and now he tells Fox News Digital that even though they’re no longer close, he’s still here for her.

“I haven’t been close to her,” he admitted before saying, “If she ever needed to talk to anyone or anything, you know, I’m here.”

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He continued, “Other than that, it is what it is. Everybody deals with things in their own way. And, you know, I just hope that she’s OK and everything’s all right because for a while, it was like, ‘Hey, free Britney, get her out of this conservatorship.’ And she gets out of it. And then, you know, she posts some crazy stuff, but it is what it is. And it’s her life. And it’s not my business to get involved in it.”

Kirkpatrick, who spoke to Fox News Digital with Brian McFayden, co-host of his “Name Drop” podcast, also recalled sharing a special moment with Spears back in the day.

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“I filmed something for one of her tours that she did,” he said. “I dressed in drag and acted like her hairstylist or something … or no, I think I pretended to be her. And when I turned around, and it was me, I’m sure [I] got a lot of gasps on that one because I’m not a very attractive woman.”

Spears hit the scene in 1999 with her debut single, “… Baby One More Time.” *NSYNC had released their debut self-titled album two years before, and with hits like “I Want You Back” and “(God Must Have Spent) A Little More Time on You,” they had already firmly cemented their place in pop music history.

At the time, many pop stars ran in the same circles, and the same was true for Spears and *NSYNC. Spears had previous ties to two members of the boy band, Justin Timberlake and JC Chasez – years before, all three had appeared together on Disney’s “The All-New Mickey Mouse Club” along with other stars like Ryan Gosling and Christina Aguilera.

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The pop star and the boy band had the same record label, Jive Records, and in 1998, Spears was reunited with her former friends when she opened for *NSYNC on a series of tour dates. The “Toxic” singer has said that it was around this time that Timberlake first began showing romantic interest in her, though they didn’t confirm their relationship to the public until 2000.

“He definitely asked me out,” Spears recalled in an interview with Andi Peters ahead of the 2001 Teen Choice Awards. “We were doing a radio show, and this was before ‘… Baby One More Time’ came out. … He knocks on the door, and he was like, ‘Can I see Britney?’ And [my assistant] Felicia didn’t know who he was, and she was like, ‘No. … Who are you?’ And I was like, ‘No! It’s Justin!'”

In 2002, rumors began swirling of a breakup between the two, and while they originally denied it, by spring they both confirmed that the relationship was done.

At the time, Timberlake told People magazine, “I honestly know what it’s like to have a broken heart,” adding, “I love Britney, and I’ll always love her.”

Meanwhile, Spears said the breakup was a mutual decision that came from both of them having hectic schedules, explaining to the outlet, “We’re climbing two different mountains. Of course, it’s going to kind of hurt sometimes, and you wonder things. But you learn from it and grow. I’m trying to get to that point.”

That same year, *NSYNC split up. Spears went on to record more albums, though her professional career was somewhat eclipsed by her personal life – in 2007, the same year her album “Blackout” was released, she had a series of concerning public outbursts. It was this year in which she shaved her head in front of paparazzi and went after another photographer with an umbrella.

The singer was placed under a conservatorship, which lasted until 2021.

More recently, Spears has begun to receive attention and concern from fans. Besides posting nude videos on social media, there was also an incident last month at famed Hollywood hot spot Chateau Marmont, where the singer received medical aid from an ambulance after an alleged fight with her boyfriend, Paul Soliz.

Officials with the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a 911 call at approximately 12:42 a.m. “requesting aid for an injured adult female” at the Chateau Marmont Hotel, Capt. Erik Scott told Fox News Digital at the time.

“The caller did not offer specifics regarding the injury,” Scott said. “One LAFD Paramedic Ambulance responded to the location. At this time, it is not clear if the paramedic crew encountered the injured person, or offered any medical assistance. The paramedic ambulance departed the location at 1:17AM, without transporting anyone to the hospital. There was no law enforcement response to this call.”

Exact details surrounding the incident are still unclear, but a source told Fox News Digital that Spears “left on her own with security and is now home and safe.”

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Shortly after, Spears appeared to address the incident in an Instagram post saying “the news is fake.”

“I would like respect at this time for people to understand I am getting stronger everyday!!! Truth sucks so can someone teach me how to lie,” she wrote. “Goddesses out there, I’m reaching my higher power and furthermore, I hope you guys are too!!! I need a new toothbrush right now.”

She also wrote, “I also twisted my ankle last night and paramedics showed up at my door illegally. They never came in my room but I felt completely harassed. I’m moving to Boston!!! Peace.”

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Meanwhile, Kirkpatrick is living in Nashville with his wife and son, a place he told Fox News Digital is “beautiful.”

In addition to hosting the “Name Drop” podcast with McFayden, the singer is also working on opening a bar in the Tennessee capital with Jon Bon Jovi.

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New workplace trend has employees rethinking their office behavior

The latest workplace trend, “busy bragging,” is igniting conversations on social media, with users debating whether the trend should be considered appropriate office behavior or not.

Unlike other viral job trends such as “quiet quitting” and “bare minimum Mondays,” in which employees find ways to slack off at work, “busy bragging” focuses on verbally oversharing one’s workload.

“Busy braggers” apparently tout their career accomplishments and persistently share how busy they are with colleagues or managers. They continuously boast about their successes, whether big or small, to appear more professional.

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“It seems like this is something that people are doing to try and be valued and recognized at work. A lot of the workforce is not feeling valued [for] the work that they’re doing right now,” Chelsea Stokes, a career coach based in New York, told Fox News Digital.

She said it’s unclear where or when the term “busy bragging” originated.

Forty-nine percent of employed adults say they are not satisfied with their job overall, with 38% saying they feel contributions at work aren’t valued a great deal or a fair amount, according to a Pew Research Center study released in March 2023. 

“Progressively, especially over the last couple of years with COVID and the economy, I think people are just feeling devalued at work,” Stokes said.

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Still, “busy bragging” could have more negative than positive reactions in work settings, and it could negatively affect a person’s relationships with colleagues, Stokes said. 

Some social media users appear to agree.

“Watch out. It doesn’t impress people. It makes them think you’re incompetent and unlikeable — and the likelihood they’ll help you,” one user wrote on X.

“So ‘busy bragging’ is the latest toxic workplace trend, having a colleague who tells you how busy they are all the time, when in reality they are not as busy as they make [it] out to be. Every workplace has one of these, right?” another user posted.

“Busy bragging can cause burnout in co-workers,” one man wrote.

Another user chimed in on the debate, saying that he or she feels that at times, “busy bragging” is “fully justified.”

The user added, “But in many cases, folks see it as ‘stress bragging,’ or ‘busy bragging,’ signaling how important and needed the person is.”

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One woman said, “I find it’s usually a tactic of insecurity. Being busy makes you feel important. As I’ve gotten more confident, I’ve cared less about showing off how busy I am, because everyone else is too, and we should all support each other.”

“Are you openly complaining? Are you being negative at work?”

Stokes said some people may be unconscious “busy braggers,” and that it’s important for those people to look for signals and signs to cultivate self-awareness.

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“I would start to become aware of your speech … Are you openly complaining? Are you being negative at work? Are you feeling like you have a high workload, but you’ve done nothing to try and alleviate the problem?” she said.

Stokes said that instead of “bragging” about finished and unfinished projects, it could be more meaningful to show your managers and fellow team members that you’re making progress, meeting daily goals and seeing tasks to completion.

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If implemented appropriately, “busy bragging” could be beneficial to the so-called “bragger,” as it may increase the chances of a raise and or a promotion, Stokes added.

Make your work achievements notable by setting up weekly, bi-weekly and or monthly check-ins with your manager to share progress — which is “much better than busy bragging,” Stokes suggested. All workplaces operate on their own schedules, so be sure to follow appropriate guidelines set by your office teams.