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Hunter Biden laptop denialists double down on debunked ‘Russian disinformation’ claim

Dozens of former intelligence officials who signed a letter warning Hunter Biden’s infamous laptop “has all the classic earmarks” of Russian disinformation are either declining to retract or doubling down despite the device being entered as evidence in his ongoing criminal trial.

Fox News Digital reached out to all 51 individuals who signed the heavily scrutinized October 2020 letter, published just before the 2020 presidential election, asking if they regretted signing it now that the laptop is being used by the prosecution arguing Hunter committed a federal gun crime.

“No,” former Obama Director of National Intelligence James Clapper simply said, also declining to publicly remove his name from the letter or concede that those signing onto it should have waited longer for more information to develop.

Mark S. Zaid, an attorney representing signatories Ronald Marks, Marc Polymeropoulos, Douglas Wise, Paul Kolbe, John Sipher, Emile Nakhleh and Gerald O’Shea, sent Fox News Digital a statement on behalf of his clients that doubled down on the importance of the letter and claimed it was “patriotic” to sign it.

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“There continues to be by many a calculated or woefully ignorant interpretation of the October 2020 letter signed by fifty-one former intelligence officials concerning Hunter Biden’s laptop,” Zaid, who once posted online that Trump’s election was “very scary,” said in the statement.

“A careful and objective reading of the document reflects that even today its content is accurate. It served as nothing more than a warning letter of what we have known for decades: certain foreign governments – including Russia – continue to try and actively interfere in our domestic affairs and our guard must remain vigilant. Every patriotic American should have signed that letter.”

Greg Treverton, a signatory who previously served as chair of the National Intelligence Council, defended the letter in a statement to Fox News Digital. 

“This is very old news,” Treverton said. “What we said was true, we were inferring from our experience, and it did look like a Russian operation. We didn’t, and couldn’t of course say it a Russian operation. Enough said.”

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Former CIA Director Michael Hayden hung up the phone when contacted by Fox News Digital and did not respond to a follow-up text and email.

Former CIA chief of staff Larry Pfeiffer declined to comment, and former National Counterterrorism Center National Director Russ Travers said, “These issues were addressed… several years ago.”

Two of the signatories – Patty Brandmaier and Brett Davis – passed away in 2023.

“We want to emphasize that we do not know if the emails, provided to the New York Post by President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, are genuine or not and that we do not have evidence of Russian involvement – just that our experience makes us deeply suspicious that the Russian government played a significant role in this case,” the letter stated, before explaining several reasons why the laptop is “consistent” with Russian disinformation.

“Our view that the Russians are involved in the Hunter Biden email issue is consistent with two other significant data points as well. According to the Washington Post, citing four sources, ‘U.S. intelligence agencies warned the White House last year that Giuliani was the target of an influence operation by Russian intelligence.’”

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“In addition, media reports say that the FBI has now opened an investigation into Russian involvement in this case. According to USA Today, ‘…federal authorities are investigating whether the material supplied to the New York Post by Rudy Giuliani… is part of a smoke bomb of disinformation pushed by Russia.’”

“Hunter Biden story is Russian disinfo, dozens of former intel officials say,” the original headline from Politico story on the letter from the 51 former officials said. 

When asked about Politico’s characterization of the letter in the headline compared to his statement on behalf of his clients and why his clients did not publicly push back on it after publication, Zaid told Fox News Digital that in journalism “sometimes not even the writer of the story chooses the headline content” and that “pretty much two people wrote the letter, and everyone else just signed.”

“These are not people who often would pay attention to the media details. I couldn’t even tell you if they saw the Politico story. Many of them have since spoken out and very clearly clarified what they meant.”

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Hunter Biden’s laptop, the contents of which were first published by the New York Post in 2020, has long been dismissed by Democrats as Russian disinformation and news outlets across the country seized on the letter from former intel officials as definitive proof the laptop was not legitimate.

Several members of the Biden campaign vigorously denied the legitimacy of the laptop leading up to the November election while appearing to be coordinating the release of the Politico story. The article was published days before a debate between Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and President Trump, where Biden claimed, “There are 50 former national intelligence folks who said that what he’s accusing me of is a Russian plant.”

Despite claims from former officials that the laptop had the hallmarks of Russian disinformation, Fox News Digital reported that federal investigators with the Department of Justice knew in December 2019 that Hunter Biden’s laptop was “not manipulated in any way” and contained “reliable evidence,” but were “obstructed” from seeing all available information, according to an IRS whistleblower involved in the probe – nearly a year before the former intelligence officials and Joe Biden declared it was part of a Russian disinformation campaign.

The laptop was introduced into evidence in a Delaware courtroom last week by prosecutor Derek Hines and handed to FBI agent Erika Jensen, who had earlier explained how the FBI authenticated the laptop and extracted data. In the gun trial, she testified about dozens of text messages, metadata, photos and short videos found on phones and iCloud accounts belonging to Biden. 

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The full list of signatories is as follows: Former CIA Director and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, former CIA Director Michael Hayden, former Director of National Intelligence Jim Clapper, former National Intelligence Council Chair Thomas Fingar, former National Security Agency Deputy Director Rick Legett, former CIA acting Director John McLaughlin, former CIA acting Director Michael Morell, former Defense Undersecretary for Intelligence Mike Vickers, former Defense Intelligence Agency Deputy Director Doug Wise, former National Counterterrorism Center Director Nick Rasmussen, former National Counterterrorism Center acting Director Russ Travers, former National Counterterrorism Center Deputy Director Andy Liepman, former CIA chief of staff John Moseman, former CIA chief of staff Larry Pfeiffer, former CIA chief of staff Jeremy Bash, former National Security Agency general counsel Glenn Gerstell, former CIA chief of staff Rodney Snyder, former CIA analyst and manager David Priess, former CIA Deputy Director of Analysis Pam Purcilly, former CIA senior operations officer Marc Polymeropoulos, former CIA senior intelligence officer Chris Savos, former CIA senior intelligence officer John Tullius, former CIA senior intelligence officer David A. Vanell, former CIA senior operations officer Kristin Wood, former CIA inspector general David Buckley, former CIA analyst and targeting officer Nada Bakos, former CIA senior intelligence officer Patty Brandmaier, former CIA senior intelligence officer James B. Bruce, former CIA intelligence analyst David Cariens, former CIA operational support officer Janice Cariens, former CIA senior operations officer Paul Kolbe, former CIA analyst Peter Corsell, former CIA senior intelligence officer Brett Davis, former national intelligence officer Roger Zane George, former CIA senior intelligence officer Steven L. Hall, former national intelligence officer Kent Harrington, former national security executive Don Hepburn, former dean of CIA’s Kent School of Intelligence Analysis Timothy D. Kilbourn, former CIA officer Ron Marks, former CIA technical operations officer Jonna Hiestand Mendez, former director of CIA’s Political Islam Strategic Analysis Program Emile Nakhleh, former CIA senior operations officer Gerald A. O’Shea, former CIA deputy chief of staff Nick Shapiro, former CIA senior operations officer John Sipher, former National Security Council senior director for intelligence programs Stephen Slick, former CIA deputy assistant director for global issues Cynthia Strand, former CIA Deputy Executive Director Greg Tarbell, former National Intelligence Collection Board Chairman David Terry, former National Intelligence Council Chair Greg Treverton, and former CIA director of analysis Winston Wiley.

Democrats ‘fear’ possible Trump VP pick insiders say ‘could spell the end for Biden’

The race to determine who will be Donald Trump’s running mate this November took a major step forward last week with the acceleration of vetting multiple potential candidates, but political insiders with deep knowledge of presidential campaigns say there is one possible name on the former president’s shortlist Democrats “fear” the most.

Trump’s campaign recently entered the next phase of the running mate search by requesting documents from several prospective contenders, including Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who has grown to be a staunch ally of the former president since running against him in the 2016 Republican presidential primaries.

“Rubio is a familiar face who has become one of the strongest voices in the Senate for the America First agenda, is excellent on TV, and can blast Biden effectively for his failed policies,” one top GOP strategist told Fox News Digital. 

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“Trump is doing very well with Latino voters and the addition of Rubio would only strengthen that, which could spell the end for Biden,” they said, adding that “Rubio would be a solid, safe pick, with a lot of upside.”

GOP strategist Matt Wolking, who served as deputy communications director for Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign, described Rubio as “an effective, disciplined communicator who rarely makes mistakes.”

He noted that Rubio was the only person under consideration who speaks another language, and that his ability to speak Spanish would help the Trump campaign reach Hispanic voters in many states where it could boost their competitiveness, including Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, Virginia, New York, and Florida.

“While demonstrating his ability to win a slightly higher percentage of White voters in 2022 than Trump did in Florida in 2020, he also appeals to the suburban and independent voters that will be key to Trump’s success, and is the only contender from a true battleground state,” Wolking said. 

“Trump would balance out his ticket by picking Rubio for VP, which cannot be said for some of the other options. These reasons are why many Democrats fear the selection of Rubio the most,” he said, citing a May Vanity Fair article specifically noting some of those worries.

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Wolking added that Rubio’s experience as a leader on the Senate Intelligence Committee would be “valuable” for Trump to “reign in rogue agencies.”

A source close to Trump’s campaign echoed what the other two said of Rubio’s Latino heritage boosting the campaign’s ability to connect with Hispanic voters, but also pointed to what they said were a few downsides to Rubio’s potential selection.

“I’m not sure he’s a 100% Trump guy. That’s the one thing I would say, that he has not always been enthusiastic about Trump. I think that’s the one area I would find could be a little troubling to the Trump faithful. That might be an issue,” the source said. 

They were noting Rubio’s past criticism of Trump, including when he called him “reckless and dangerous” while running against him in 2016, and when he said the former president was responsible “for some of what happened” during the Jan. 6 protests at the U.S. Capitol. 

“The other thing is the question of whether Rubio is the right person to carry the Republican colors in 2028 and beyond,” the source said. “I think he’s a good man. Don’t get me wrong. I think he’s been a great senator, and been very effective. I think he would be a more than adequate vice president, but it just gives me pause to think about him as a potential candidate, and whether he’s a Trump-faithful follower.”

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Wolking, however, said none of the downsides to Rubio’s selection were “particularly big ones,” but noted he tends “to be more hawkish than Trump when it comes to foreign policy.”

He also mentioned concerns over the Constitution’s 12th Amendment, which prohibits electors voting for a president and vice president if they are inhabitants of the same state. Rubio and Trump are both residents of Florida. 

“That would likely prove to be more a speedbump than a real obstacle to putting him on the ticket,” Wolking said.

A source familiar with Rubio pointed Fox to the senator’s positive performance in states like Virginia and Minnesota during his 2016 primary campaign, suggesting his selection could boost Trump in states now being viewed as potential targets for Republicans.

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The source also pointed to Rubio’s legislative track-record, his debate performances during his two subsequent Senate re-elections since running for president, his ability to communicate, as well as his ability to “fire up a crowd” as all things that would make him a good addition to the Republican ticket.

A number of other big names have also been floated to join Trump on the Republican ticket, including House GOP Conference Chair Elise Stefanik, Arkansas Gov. Sarah Sanders, Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, Ohio Sen. JD Vance and South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott.

Trump has suggested he will likely wait until July’s Republican National Convention in Milwaukee to name his pick.

NFL superstar, 31, announces shocking decision to retire ahead of 2024 season

Darren Waller made a decision on his NFL future and revealed Sunday he’s choosing to step away from the game.

The New York Giants tight end announced on social media that he’s retiring from the league after nine seasons, which included one Pro Bowl appearance.

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Waller, 31, said in a video on his YouTube channel that “the passion has slowly been fading.”

“I’ve decided to retire from the game of football,” he wrote separately on Instagram. “To God: what a journey, and thank you. We took it way farther than I ever could have imagined! So grateful for all the ppl I’ve been able to connect and create memories with along the way. We still got plenty more life left to live. Love you all. Peace.”

The NFL Network first reported on Waller informing the Giants he was going to retire.

“We have great respect for Darren as a person and player. We wish him nothing but the best,” the team said.

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It’s been a wild 18 months for Waller.

He was traded from the Las Vegas Raiders to the Giants in March 2023 – right after getting married to WNBA star Kelsey Plum.

He played 12 games for the Giants in 2023 but fell short of expectations with 52 catches for 552 yards and a touchdown.

Rumors began after the season that he was planning to retire from the NFL. Then the news broke he was divorcing Plum after barely a year of marriage. He then released music, appearing to tout the new lane he is set to take.

Waller said in his video he was doing fine and was excited about the next steps in his life.

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The Giants will save $11.6 million in cap money and take a $2.5 million hit in dead money due to Waller’s retirement. The team apparently prepared for this day by drafting tight end Theo Johnson out of Penn State in April.

High school ‘assassin’ game ends with girl’s father allegedly shooting teen

A group of Kansas high schoolers’ “senior assassin” prank involving gel bead guns erupted into chaos last month when it ended in a teenager being shot with a real gun and paralyzed from the waist down, a recently filed affidavit shows.

Sedgwick Sheriff’s Office deputies initially responded to a shooting outside a Goddard Walmart just before 5 p.m. May 11 and found 18-year-old Anakin Zehring suffering from a gunshot wound to his back, which hit his liver, kidney and spinal cord, paralyzing him, according to police and a GoFundMe organized by Zehring’s parents.

“On May 11th, our lives changed forever when my son was involved in the tragic incident at the Goddard Walmart shooting,” his parents wrote on the GoFundMe page. “He sustained severe injuries, including a bullet wound that punctured his duodenum (upper part of the small intestine) and damaged his spinal cord, causing loss of sensation from the waist down. Despite undergoing four surgeries and intense medical care, his recovery journey is just beginning, and we need your help.”

A 16-year-old and 17-year-old boy were with Zehring in the vehicle when he was struck but ran from the scene. Authorities ultimately caught up with the two teenage witnesses and questioned them, an affidavit states.

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The three friends had been playing “senior assassin” – a social media-based game usually involving high school seniors targeting others with water guns and gel-bead guns. Participants often record the “attacks” and post them to social media. The game resulted in two Long Island schools going into lockdown on Monday, according to News 12.

In Zehring’s case, he and his friends allegedly shot at two other juveniles – a 17-year-old female identified as S.C. and her 17-year-old boyfriend identified as G.B. – outside the Goddard Walmart with a gel-bead gun. Zehring told police his friend shot the gel blaster while his friend told police it was Zehring who fired at the two teenagers.

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The female teenager called her father, Ruben Marcus Contreras, and told him what had happened.

Contreras then drove to the Walmart and later found Zehring and his friends in their Chevrolet Spark, took a handgun out of his waistband and allegedly shot into the vehicle, striking the 18-year-old victim, authorities said in the affidavit.

Contreras has since been charged with first-degree attempted murder and has been released from the Sedgwick County Jail on bond. His attorney could not be reached for comment.

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A Walmart employee overheard the teenagers in the Spark shout, “I’m your senior assassin,” before shooting the gel blaster and contacted his manager. S.C. heard them shout the same thing.

The three teenagers tried to enter the Walmart shortly after targeting S.C. and G.B., but a manager escorted them outside the store, according to the affidavit.

“As G.B. and S.C. walked out of the Walmart, G.B. went to confront the males as they were walking into the Walmart and one of the males called him b—- and later told him to meet him out back of the Walmart. G.B. and S.C. walked over to where they parked and moved their vehicle to the pickup area for online orders and waited for CONTRERAS to show up,” the affidavit states.

When Contreras arrived, his daughter and her boyfriend pointed out the three teenage “assassins” getting into their Chevrolet Spark in the parking lot. A witness told investigators that he saw Contreras approach them and try to open the car’s door handle to stop them from leaving. The witness “stated he observed the vehicle move forward and then heard pop.” 

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The same witness “observed the vehicle pull forward and turn west and take off at high rate of speed and hit metal shipping container.”

The witness walked over to Contreras and asked what happened. Contreras allegedly said, “They shot my daughter,” multiple times, according to the affidavit.

The witness then walked over to the victim vehicle and apparently saw the driver, later identified as Zehring, suffering from a gunshot wound. Zehring told the witness he could not feel his legs.

Shocking video captures moment rodeo spirals out of control

Four people were injured during a rodeo in Oregon on Saturday evening after a bull jumped over a fence during the final event and struck spectators in the crowd, Sisters Rodeo confirmed. 

The incident happened just before 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 8.

A spectator in the crowd captured the harrowing event on video.

“I capture him completely going over the gate and disappearing,” Danielle Smithers, who witnessed and recorded the ordeal, told KOIN 6. “Then there’s this huge pause in the zone he came out of. It seems like people go right back to waving their lights, almost like they’re not really sure what to do.”

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Rodeo officials said the bull ran out through the rodeo grounds and back to the livestock holding pens. 

“It’s the first time we’ve ever had this happen in Sisters Rodeo history. I talked to our Scott contractors that have that bull, and they said it’s just highly unusual, very rare, they have seen very little of this in their entire career. They’ll see it on their own farm once in a while, just in their own pens, but never had this happen at a rodeo, it’s just very, very rare,” Brian Witt, vice president of Sisters Rodeo, told Fox News Digital.  

The radio announcer immediately activated the emergency response plan, according to Sisters Rodeo officials. 

Witt said rodeo livestock professionals quickly responded and safely contained the bull and secured it in a livestock holding pen.

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Witt added that the bull was not after anyone in the crowd and was just spooked and trying to get back to the pen with the other livestock.

“He was just a little scared. He wasn’t out to try and hit anybody. He was just trying to make it back to the herd and back in the chutes, just getting back with all the rest of the bulls. He was outside the arena, so it was a different situation for him,” Witt explained.

Witt confirmed that four people suffered minor injuries as a direct result of the bull. He added that two of the victims were taken to a local hospital for further treatment but have since been released and are back home. 

“It was remarkably fortunate that there were no additional problems. Our first responders were just remarkable in terms of being able to give immediate care. And the cowboys were just so quick to be right on top of, you know, a pretty volatile situation,” Witt said.

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Sisters Rodeo released an official statement, saying, “We wish the best to all affected. The safety of our fans is our highest priority, and we appreciate their support.”

In spite of the incident, Smithers told KOIN 6 she would “definitely go back” to Sisters Rodeo if given the opportunity.

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“I know this is one of those circumstances where you step into a situation like that, whether it be an amusement park or a rodeo or a zoo, for that matter, you’re always accepting the risk,” Smithers said.

The final performance of the 2024 Sisters Rodeo took place on Sunday, June 9.

AOC tells her supporters she is worried she might get thrown in jail

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., recently revealed she’s worried former President Trump would throw her in jail if he wins the November election.

Ocasio-Cortez spoke with podcast host Kara Swisher for her show, “On with Kara Swisher,” which published the interview Thursday. They touched on the power of technology corporations — including Ocasio-Cortez’s “tangle” with Amazon and tech moguls’ conservative fundraising — Israel, artificial intelligence and the upcoming presidential election.

“I mean, it sounds nuts, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this guy threw me in jail,” she said. “He’s out of his mind. I mean, he did his whole first campaign around ‘lock her up.’ This is his motto.”

Ocasio-Cortez said she takes Trump “at his word.” 

“I take him at his word when he says that he’s going to round up people. I take him at his word when he threatens journalists. I take him at his word,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “I feel like what we saw in his first presidency was an amuse-bouche to what his intentions are. He has learned from his mistakes of appointing professionals, and he will not make that mistake next time.”

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Trump said during a recent interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity that critics saying he would seek retribution were wrong. 

“Number one, they’re wrong,” Trump said. “It has to stop, because otherwise, we’re not going to have a country. Look, when this election is over, based on what they’ve done, I would have every right to go after them, and it’s easy, because it’s Joe Biden and you see all the criminality, all of the money that’s going into the family and him, all of this money from China, from Russia, from Ukraine.”

Swisher asked the New York Democratic lawmaker if she thought Trump really had a chance at winning the election now that he’s a convicted felon. 

“Trump does absolutely have a chance to win. That is why I have thrown my support behind Biden early and I support it vociferously,” she said. “It is unequivocal that if Donald Trump wins, we are looking at the potential dissolution of democracy in the United States of America and the question about what would happen to me or the Democratic Party is a joke compared to the question of what is going to happen to our country.”

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Ocasio-Cortez also said she understands why there was a lack of excitement around President Biden. 

“I think when it comes to presidential elections, and especially to young people, I understand the lack of support for President Biden. And I think the demoralization around the president has caused folks to sometimes tune out on down-ballot candidates that will actually advance more alignment with their interests. And so the answer here is to get into the game, not to get out of it,” she continued.

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Trump responded to a question during a “FOX & Friends Weekend” interview earlier in June when asked if “revenge” will be his “success.”

“These are bad people. These people are sick, and they do things that are so destructive… If it weren’t me, they’d be going after somebody else, and I know a lot of the competition,” he said. “They wouldn’t do so well.” 

Rock icon shares what he would have done for work if he didn’t become a musician

Bret Michaels loves the open road. 

As a world-famous rock star, he’s spent a lot of time seeing the country. 

“I love traveling,” he told Fox News Digital. “I’ve said, ‘In my other life, if I had not continued to succeed in music, I would have still been in a cover band. I’m not making that up. Like I always play music. It’s therapeutic to me, but also, I could be either a DJ or a long-haul trucker.”

“I love driving,” he added. “I like the open road.”

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Michaels, who founded the band Poison in 1983, said that “being on the road so much, it was never a down moment in the sense of having a bad day.” 

But he admitted balancing work and family time could be difficult. 

“What was tough is I became a father,” he explained, “which is sometimes when your kids are having a special event, right? And you’re not going to be able to be back, because you’re in South America or something. Those are the tough, bittersweet moments, you know, as a dad.”

He added, “But being on the road, I know everyone wants it. I’m grateful. Like it’s in the words of the movie ‘The Godfather,’ ‘This is the life we’ve chosen.’”

Michaels shares daughters Raine, 24, and Jorja, 19, with partner Kristi Gibson.

A new biography of the legendary rocker, coming out later this month, has given the 61-year-old time to reflect on his successful career. 

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A&E’s “Biography: Bret Michaels” will premiere on June 16 – Father’s Day – which Michaels thought was fitting because “I love being a dad.” 

Michaels said it was the “first time my daughters really jumped in and did some great live” interviews despite being “nervous.”

“I like to think that I’m a really good father, and we have fun,” he said. “And I say, ‘Girls, if you want to do this, [the producers] would love it. They went in, and [the producers] said they did really good stuff.” 

Michaels said he wanted to do a “deep-dive biography. The producers and A&E were incredible. We went everywhere

The rocker is also planning a podcast with his daughter Raine and Fox Sports producer Jay Glazer called “The Rock, The Jock & The Talk” 

“We’re going to get on there and talk [about] the funniest topics. It’s evergreen funny topics, and we’ll just kind of wing it,” he said of the show. 

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Jorja is in school, he said, “and she wants to open up incredible hair salons and [make] cosmetology … products. That’s what she wants to do. She’s amazing … She’s an entrepreneur.”

The proud dad added, “And hopefully they both, again, live out the lives that they want to live. And I’m going to support it.” 

Giving a hint of some of what might be in the biography special, Michaels remembers while working as a busboy in Pennsylvania he heard that a guy named Rikki (fellow founding Poison member Rikki Rockett) had a house with a basement that could be used to start a band. 

“I’m like, ‘That’s all I need he explained. “So I took a loan out, and got my first PA system, right, and carried it down in his basement in the middle of the winter. I’m not making this up. It was snowing, you know, and I got the work boots on and bellbottoms for some reason, and carried this stuff down the basement. And we just as friends hit it off. We started playing music. And then, eventually, we met Bobby [Dall], who was as driven as we are.

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He added,We had each other’s back, and continue to have each other’s back, through so many great things, but such amazing times of us just coming out and playing small venues – you have to move the pool table to the side to fit the drum kit in at the Paradise Bar and Grill – and just never lose that. Yeah, and ‘never give up’ spirit.”

Michaels said one time he realized they had really “hit” as a band was when they were opening for Aerosmith and Boston and Kiss’ Paul Stanley started rocking with them on stage at a Texas stadium in front of 83,000 fans. 

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“When you say you get chill bumps on your arm, it was an insanely awesome day in my life,” Michaels said, adding that he was also humbled a few hours later when they all went out to a truck stop diner for food and “there wasn’t a person in there that knew who we were or cared. It was the best leveling lesson of my life to say, ‘Make it about the music, make it about your friends, and don’t chase it.’ That’s it. It was the best bittersweet day in my life.” 

Despite his many successes, Michaels has dealt with his share of adversity, starting in his childhood. 

The “Every Rose Has its Thorn” singer said he credits his parents with giving him the right attitude to deal with his diabetes and, later, other health struggles, including a brain hemorrhage, surgery to repair a hole in his heart and kidney surgery.

I knew I was going to face a wall of adversity, but I want to thank my parents for teaching me ‘victory over victim,’” he said. “They’re like, ‘Look, it’s the cards you’ve dealt. You’re going to have to work a lot harder at things, but if you do that, you’re going to be able to do the stuff that you want to do.’”

Michaels has had Type 1 diabetes since childhood, and in 2010 he suffered a brain hemorrhage and “warning stroke” that left him in intensive care for nearly two weeks. 

“I knew I was slurring my words, and I was like ‘OK, this isn’t a headache. There’s something really bad happening,'” he told People magazine after it happened. 

At the time, he had been recovering from an emergency appendectomy. He made a full recovery, but a year later he underwent surgery for a hole in his heart that he had had since childhood that had been discovered following his brain hemorrhage.

In 2014, after being hospitalized six times in two weeks, Michaels underwent kidney surgery, which his guitarist Pete Evick said at the time stemmed from several medical issues. 

Amid it all, he said he’s grateful for the “great medical [care he’s received], for me, grace of God, and truthfully, great family, friends and fans.” 

He also tries to stay in great shape. 

“I live for endorphins,” Michaels told Fox News Digital. “They make me feel good. They put me in a good mood. They don’t allow me to get bummed out or depressed.”

He said when he first wakes up he checks his blood sugar, takes insulin, has a little bite to eat, then he works out. 

“And when I say workout, there’s no exact routine,” he explained. “Because when I’m on the road, my workout might be one of those rubberband workout things wrapped around a – I’m not making this up – a desk leg or a door doing back exercises, using it for like whatever method it takes.”

He said he also likes to mountain bike and run around the lake near his home. 

“So, exercise is huge for me.” 

He joked that he’s so focused on fitness that he’s done an interview while mountain biking. 

“Like I’m pedaling along, doing the interview while I’m talking,” he laughed. “There’s one mental thing I can say: Be grateful for the awesome things you’re dealt in life, and you don’t get to do this over. Like, I don’t get to go back and go, ‘Man, I wish I would’ Okay, so I just go do stuff, and I get comfortable with being uncomfortable sometimes.”

Bottom line: Michaels wants to put “good vibes” out into the world.

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“I love making people around me feel good,” he said. “It makes me feel good … I get nothing from putting somebody down. It’s not my style, I gain nothing. I’ve been asked to do roasts. I know they’re funny. I just don’t get anything out of it. So, I think having good friends around me and good family and trying to find a good time, meaning putting good vibes out there [has helped] me to overcome all the adversity.” 

“Biography: Bret Michaels” will premiere on A&E on June 16 at 9 p.m. 

NBA star’s comments go viral after he says how Caitlin Clark would be playing against men

The topic of Caitlin Clark reached the NBA world over the last week with Commissioner Adam Silver weighing in on her popularity and the hard foul she received from a Chicago Sky player.

Comments from Denver Nuggets star Michael Porter Jr. last month about which WNBA player could potentially get a bucket against the men in the WNBA also went viral.

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He named Clark.

“She’s cold, bro. I never watched her play until the tournament, and I was actually in shock how good she was,” Porter said on the “Full Send Podcast.” “The way she was and the range she has, she’s like the female Steph Curry.”

“Caitlin is cold. That is the one girl, if she was in an NBA game – on defense she would get cooked, but offensively, she’ll knock down some corner threes or like a swing, swing three. She can shoot from that far.”

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“Most women can’t compete with men, and I don’t think men should be able to transition and play with women. That whole conversation just irritates me.”

Porter laughed when he was asked whether Angel Reese could score on him.

The clip of Porter’s comments went viral as Clark was snubbed from the U.S. Olympic roster and while she was on the receiving end of a hard foul from Chennedy Carter.

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Clark has since tied the record for most 3-pointers in a single game with seven and became the fastest player to reach 200 points and 50 assists in a WNBA career.

Heavy cow that’s ‘closest to perfection’ fetches millions at auction, breaking world records

A Brazilian cow broke records after selling for more than $4 million at an auction, more than three times the last record holder’s price. 

Weighing 2,400 pounds, Viatina-19 FIV Mara Movéis is twice as heavy as an average adult of her breed. Viatina-19 is the result of Brazil’s years-long efforts to raise meatier cows so that more people will eat its beef.

Per the Guinness World Records, Viatina-19 sold for the equivalent of $4.38 million in Arandú, São Paulo, Brazil.

Prizewinners are sold at high-stakes auctions — so high that wealthy ranchers share ownership. They extract the eggs and semen from champion animals, create embryos and implant them in surrogate cows that they hope will produce the next magnificent specimens.

“We’re not slaughtering elite cattle. We’re breeding them. And at the end of the line, going to feed the whole world,” one of her owners, Ney Pereira, told The Associated Press after arriving by helicopter to his farm in Minas Gerais state. “I think Viatina will provide that.”

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Pereira’s daughter, Lorrany Martins, said the hefty price stems from how quickly the cow put on vast amounts of muscle, from her fertility and how often she has passed those characteristics to her offspring.

Breeders also value posture, hoof solidity, docility, maternal ability and beauty. Those eager to level up their livestock’s genetics pay around $250,000 for an opportunity to collect Viatina-19’s egg cells.

“She is the closest to perfection that has been attained so far,” Martins said. “She’s a complete cow, has all the characteristics that all the proprietors are looking for.”

Viatina-19’s owner, Pereira, said she gets special treatment to boost egg cell production, but would thrive were she put to pasture — where almost all his elite cattle feed.

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Viatina-19 is now pregnant and Pereira’s is eyeing expansion. The cow’s egg cells have sold to Bolivian buyers and Pereira wants to export to other countries like the United Arab Emirates, India and the US.