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Trump calls out George Clooney for turning on Biden in bombshell op-ed

Former President Trump lashed out at actor George Clooney on Wednesday night, calling the Democratic Party ally a “rat” for calling on the president to cease reelection efforts.

Clooney published an op-ed in The New York Times earlier in the day, expressing his belief that President Biden “saved our democracy” by beating Trump in 2020 but acknowledging that Democrats “are not going to win in November with this president.”

Trump responded to the op-ed later that night via Truth Social, his proprietary social media platform, saying, “So now fake movie actor George Clooney, who never came close to making a great movie, is getting into the act. He’s turned on Crooked Joe like the rats they both are.”

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“What does Clooney know about anything? He uses the Democrat ‘talking point’ that Biden, the WORST President in the history of the United States, has ‘saved our Democracy,'” Trump stated.

Clooney did take an apologetic tone in his op-ed — outright stating “I love Joe Biden” and that he believes in his “character” and “morals” — but claimed to have witnessed his decline firsthand at a fundraiser last month.

“It’s devastating to say it, but the Joe Biden I was with three weeks ago at the fund-raiser was not the Joe ‘big F-ing deal’ Biden of 2010. He wasn’t even the Joe Biden of 2020. He was the same man we all witnessed at the debate,” Clooney wrote. 

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The actor joined a growing list of Hollywood elites and megadonors who’ve turned on Biden following the debate, where his halting, frail and at-times confused performance alarmed supporters. 

“Crooked Joe Biden didn’t save our Democracy, he brought our Democracy to its knees. Clooney should get out of politics and go back to television. Movies never really worked for him!!!” Trump concluded.

Dave Portnoy, the founder of Barstool Sports, mocked Clooney for waiting until three weeks after his star-studded fundraiser for Biden in which he raised millions of dollars to acknowledge the president is “a vegetable.”

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“George Clooney, what a f—— hero this guy is, huh? Comes forward today — now, this guy threw a fundraiser, raised tens of millions, co-chair for Biden, three weeks ago. Today comes out, he’s like, ‘Guess what? The guy you saw in the debate, that vegetable, that’s f—— Biden, he’s a vegetable. He was a vegetable three weeks ago.’ Acting like he’s doing some heroic thing,” Portnoy said in a video posted on X.

Besides Clooney, members of Biden’s party, political allies and liberal media figures have also pressured the president to drop out of the race, warning he cannot beat former President Trump.

Despite mounting pressure to step aside, Biden has insisted to supporters and media outlets this week that he will stay in the race and remains the best candidate to beat his GOP rival. 

CNN’s Jake Tapper stunned by Biden campaign’s response to Clooney’s damaging op-ed

CNN’s Jake Tapper questioned the Biden campaign’s claim that the president has better stamina than actor George Clooney after a critical op-ed. 

President Biden received extra scrutiny on Wednesday after Clooney’s New York Times guest essay said that Biden has significantly declined and should step down.

“It’s devastating to say it, but the Joe Biden I was with three weeks ago at the fund-raiser was not the Joe ‘big F-ing deal’ Biden of 2010. He wasn’t even the Joe Biden of 2020. He was the same man we all witnessed at the debate,” Clooney wrote about a recent Hollywood fundraiser for the president.

CNN White House correspondent Kayla Tausche reported that, according to a Biden campaign official, it was Clooney who apparently lacked stamina.

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“Biden aides point to an aggressive travel schedule in the coming weeks. He’s set to go to Michigan on Friday, Nevada next week, as well as an aggressive fundraising schedule with events planned in Texas and Colorado and two in California as proof that he is not going anywhere,” Tausche said.

She added, “And in response to those comments from George Cooney, Jake, a campaign official who attended that Los Angeles fundraiser tells me that George Clooney left three hours before the president. So clearly the gloves are off.”

After a pause, Tapper asked, “What does that mean, George Clooney left three hours earlier? What‘s the point?”

Tausche responded, “The point of that is to suggest that Biden’s stamina is better than Clooney‘s and Clooney didn‘t have eyes on the entire event. That‘s the response to the Clooney op-ed.”

“Okay,” Tapper responded with raised eyebrows and what sounded like a chuckle.

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The fundraiser Clooney referenced was the site of the infamous viral video that showed former President Obama grabbing Biden by the wrist to help guide the president off a stage.

At the time, several media outlets, along with the White House, suggested the clip and others like it were “cheap fakes.”

“It’s also very insulting to the folks, the viewers who are watching it. And so we believe we have to call that out. We’ve been calling it ‘cheap fakes.’ That is something that came directly from the media outlets in calling it that, the fact-checkers and calling it that. And so we’re certainly going to be really, really clear about that as well. And calling it out from where we are, from where we stand,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace in June.

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Clooney joins a growing list of Hollywood elites and megadonors who’ve turned on Biden following the debate, where his halting, frail and at times confused performance alarmed supporters. Members of Biden’s party, political allies and liberal media figures have also pressured the president to drop out of the race, warning he cannot beat former President Trump.

Liberals seethe after Dems reportedly make admission on ‘existential’ Trump rhetoric

Liberals on social media seethed in reaction to Democratic lawmakers reportedly admitting behind the scenes that former President Trump isn’t a “threat to democracy” as their party loudly claims. 

New York Times columnist Ezra Klein appeared on The Bulwark Podcast Tuesday and revealed what “top Democrats” have told him off the record as they panic over whether they should support or abandon President Biden on their ticket. 

“People are weighing this set of things. Like, ‘It would be quite unpleasant for me personally to come out against the president as an elected official in the Democratic Party,’ and weighing what will happen if Donald Trump wins, and saying, in a revealed preference way, ‘I can live with Donald Trump winning,’” Klein said. “And I’ve heard people say that to me off the record, to be fair-“

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“Really?” podcast host Tim Miller reacted. 

“I’ve had top Democrats say to me, basically, say something like, ‘I don’t know why all these Democrats who think Donald Trump is an existential threat to democracy are acting the way they are. But the reason I’m acting the way I am is because I don’t think that,'” Klein continued. 

“Who the f— is this?” an angered Miller exclaimed. “Out your sources, Ezra!” 

“I find it maddening, but I do find it consistent,” Klein responded. 

Klein later told Miller, “I think you have to at some point say, whatever these Democrats are saying in public, they’re more resigned and more willing to just be the resistance to a Trump presidency than a lot of their public-facing rhetoric would suggest.”

“You have a calm voice, but you’re skyrocketing my f—ing blood pressure right now,” Miller said. “Ezra, I’m just, like, so f—ing mad.”

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Miller shared the “GALLING exchange” on X, sparking anger among other anti-Trump voices.

“Absolutely f—ing enraging,” former Obama speechwriter and Pod Save America co-host Jon Favreau reacted.

“Correction: I was not being much too easy on the Democrats. I was being much, much, much too easy on them,” New York Magazine writer Jonathan Chait said. 

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Progressive activist Aaron Regunberg posted, “This is a story with actual, legitimate villains. Here they are. May they rot in hell.” 

“If a party is filled with this many useless people, there is no reason for it to exist,” Vox writer Sean Illing said.

Washington Post assignment editor Damir Marusic remarked, “It’s so quaint, the idealism. It’s as if people living in a city devoted to politics don’t understand politics at all.” 

Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine, offered a similar sentiment publicly in an op-ed published in the Bangor Daily News with the headline “Donald Trump is going to win the election and democracy will be just fine.”

Biden is facing mounting pressure to withdraw from the presidential race despite vowing to remain on the ballot til November following his disastrous debate performance. 

Democrats on Capitol Hill have been facing turmoil in recent weeks, with many publicly supporting Biden but reportedly expressing otherwise in private. 

Wednesday night Vermont Sen. Peter Welch joined eight House Democrats in calling for Biden to step aside. Several members of the media have also been vocal in calling for his removal from the ticket. 

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Hollywood A-lister and Democratic megadonor George Clooney, who co-hosted Biden’s star-studded fundraiser in Los Angeles just weeks before the debate, penned a scathing essay in The New York Times calling for a new nominee. 

“It’s devastating to say it, but the Joe Biden I was with three weeks ago at the fund-raiser was not the Joe “big F-ing deal” Biden of 2010. He wasn’t even the Joe Biden of 2020. He was the same man we all witnessed at the debate,” Clooney wrote. 

NBC News host lifts the lid on what ‘senior’ Biden Cabinet secretary told him in 2022

NBC News chief political analyst Chuck Todd claimed on Wednesday a senior cabinet secretary told him in 2022 that Biden couldn’t run again.

The former “Meet the Press” host discussed dwindling confidence in Biden’s campaign on his podcast “The Chuck Toddcast” with Politico columnist Jonathan Martin. While floating potential exit paths for Biden to step down, both criticized Democratic Party members for refusing to publicly voice their concerns.

“The politicians of the Democratic Party in the last few days have shown that a lot of them don’t have the courage of their convictions. They simply aren’t going to stand up and say in public what they’ve been telling folks like us in private for years. This is not a new story,” Martin said.

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Todd recounted, “I had a cabinet secretary two years ago, two years ago, out of the blue asked me, ‘Do you really think he’s gonna? He can’t run again like this.’ And I said, ‘Well, you have more action with him than I do.’ And they said, ‘I don’t have a lot of interaction with him.’ This is a pretty senior cabinet secretary. This was two years ago.” 

He added, “It’s the classic open secret, the nonversation. It’s the story everybody knows, and that everybody was afraid to talk about.”

Fox News Digital reached out to the White House for a response.

Todd was also critical of Biden’s insistence on staying in the race, arguing that this could change history’s view of the 46th president. 

“Everything I’ve learned, it has made me rethink a lot of the Biden biography. I still can’t believe he ran for president in the first place, given that his family was in crisis in 2018. You look at what has happened, I can’t believe he has put his family through this. And now, looking at his behavior now, in clinging to this, I think the entire narrative on Joe Biden is gonna change. Everything’s always been about his ambition and his ambition comes first,” he said.

“There is no evidence he can serve four years,” he added, a sentiment expressed by ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos on Tuesday.

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Todd also called out the Biden administration for failing to understand why some Democrats are frustrated with the president.

“The issue you have is there’s been no self-reflection. There’s been no grace, if you will. He’s attacked his own party members without simply acknowledging, ‘I get it. I understand why you’re concerned,’” Todd said.

“The reason people are angry at him is not because they don’t like him. They’re angry at him because they’re afraid of Donald Trump. And the fact that he doesn’t acknowledge that feeling I think is why he’s not getting the benefit of the doubt from elected officials as he should,” he added.

Todd didn’t immediately respond for comment. 

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Since Biden’s first presidential debate against Trump back in June, House Reps. Angie Craig, D-Minn.; Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas; Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz.; Seth Moulton, D-Mass.; Mike Quigley, D-Ill.; Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J.; and Adam Smith, D-Wash., have called for Biden to withdraw from the race.

On Tuesday, Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., became the first Senate Democrat to remark that he did not believe Biden could win re-election in November.

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GOP lawmaker fumes after only 5 House Dems support bill requiring citizenship to vote

FIRST ON FOX: Republican Congresswoman Claudia Tenney of New York is reacting to the House passage of the SAVE Act that she co-sponsored, which aims to prevent illegal immigrants from voting in U.S. elections.

I think what it does is it just puts an exclamation point on the fact that the states are the ones that have been in power to control the laws and that the states need to ensure that we have citizens only voting in elections so that we’re we’re solidifying the concept of one citizen, one vote,” Tenney told Fox News Digital after the House passed the SAVE Act by a final vote of 221-198.

Only five Democrats voted in favor of the measure, including Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas; Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-Texas; Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine; Rep. Don Davis, D-N.C.; and Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, D-Wash.

There’s nothing more sacred and more profound than the right to vote and especially to preserve our self-governing constitutional republic and to preserve our democracy. And the Democrats can keep talking about democracy, but nothing undermines the values of the right of each individual to have their vote cast and allowing non-citizens to vote Tenney, the chair of the House Election Integrity Caucus, told Fox News Digital.

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Under the legislation, voters would be required to provide proof of citizenship via IDs and documentation such as a passport, a government-issued photo ID showing proof the individual was born in the U.S., military IDs, or a valid photo ID as well as documentation showing proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate, the legislation states. 

“This will be one of the most important votes that members of this chamber will ever take in their entire careers,” House Speaker Mike Johnson said in a press release before the vote. 

“And it’s an issue we never thought we would have to actually address, but that moment has come to us now. Should Americans and Americans alone determine the outcome of American elections? Or should we allow foreigners and illegal aliens to decide who sits in the White House and in the People’s House and in the Senate?”

Democratic leadership urged its members to vote against the bill arguing that it would place “an extreme burden [on] countless Americans.”

It’s pretty incredible to me that this is what they [Democrats] continue to do is to really undermine our sacred right to vote, undermine the right of citizens and no one feels more aggrieved by this than people who are new citizens, people who are excited about their ability to vote in an election that’s private and free and that’s fair,” Tenney told Fox News Digital. “And so I think that that really sends a terrible message, if that’s what the Democrats plan on running on, as they remain in disarray and chaos over their leading nominee right now for president.”

Tenney told Fox News Digital she does not know what the future holds for the legislation in the Senate but is fairly confident Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer will “reject it.”

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It really is a shame on Schumer and a real disgrace that Schumer as a lawyer and a person that takes an oath to uphold the Constitution of New York and the Constitution of the United States if he would blatantly just undermine our own constitutional principles and not bringing something like this to the floor and recognizing that only citizens should be voting in elections,” Tenney said.

Schumer’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital.

The passage of the SAVE Act drew praise from conservatives across the nation including Heritage Action for America Executive Vice President Ryan Walker who told Fox News Digital in a statement that the vote is a “victory for the integrity of our elections and every single American.” 

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“Heritage Action was proud to include today’s vote on our legislative scorecard because all voters deserve to see which lawmakers sat idly by and let Joe Biden’s illegal alien invasion dilute the power of our votes,” Walker said. “Speaker Johnson was right to ask earlier today in a floor speech if Democrats will support any measure to prevent voter fraud. Unfortunately, the answer is no. The Left wants open borders and open ballot boxes for illegal aliens, while conservatives want security for our communities and elections.”

Woman swept away from beach and rescued 37 hours later — 50 miles offshore

A woman who was swept more than 50 miles out to sea while swimming at a Japanese beach has miraculously survived after spending 37 hours in the water, officials say. 

A cargo ship spotted the woman, identified only as a Chinese national in her 20s, drifting in a swimming ring early Wednesday off the southern tip of the Boso Peninsula, according to Japan’s Coast Guard. 

She vanished while swimming at Shirahama Ohama beach in Shimoda, about 125 miles southwest of Tokyo, the AFP reports. 

“It was around 7.55pm on July 8 when we received the information after the woman’s friend reported to a nearby convenience store that she was missing,” a local Coast Guard official told the news agency. 

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The cargo ship that spotted the woman asked a passing LPG tanker, the Kakuwa Maru No. 8, to help. Two of its crew members jumped into the sea and rescued the woman, officials said. She was airlifted by a coast guard helicopter to land, they said. 

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The woman was slightly dehydrated but was in good health and walked away after being examined at a nearby hospital, the officials said. 

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The coast guard said she had drifted more than 50 miles and was lucky to have survived despite the dangers of heat stroke under the sun, hypothermia at night or being hit by a ship in the dark. 

Illegal immigrant suspect charged with tour guide’s murder in tourist hotspot

At least one of the three suspects arrested in connection with the shooting death of a French Quarter tour guide in New Orleans is an illegal immigrant with a criminal history on American soil, according to immigration authorities. 

The immigration status of the other two suspects was not immediately clear.

New Orleans police arrested Joshua Bonifacio-Avila, 19, Jerben Albarec, 17, and Kevin Nunez, 15, the day after the slaying of 43-year-old Kristie Thibodeaux in her car on St. Peter Street, the morning of June 30.

Nunez is accused of pulling the trigger. And Aviala-Bonifacio, a Honduras national, is accused of entering the country illegally, Immigration and Customs Enforcement told Fox News Digital.

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“On May 11, 2019, U.S. Border Patrol encountered Bonifacio near Hidalgo, Texas, and determined him to be inadmissible into the U.S. pursuant to the Immigration and Nationality Act,” an ICE spokesperson said. “On multiple occasions, Bonifacio has been arrested for theft and contributing to the delinquency of juveniles. Since February 2024, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office has booked Bonifacio for five local violations.”

ICE does not have purview over juveniles, so the immigration status of the other two suspects was not immediately clear.

The agency’s Enforcement and Removal Operations division, ERO, has lodged a detainer request for the suspect.

The slaying took place around 4:30 a.m. on June 30 as part of an armed robbery, New Orleans police said. They arrested all three suspects on July 1. The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office identified Thibodeaux as the victim on July 2.

Police were asking anyone with information on the case to contact homicide detectives at 504-658-5300.

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Nunez had an active arrest warrant at the time and was wearing an ankle monitor, according to the New Orleans-based FOX 8.

Aviala-Bonifacio also had a criminal history, including arrests for alleged theft and contributing to the delinquency of juveniles, according to ICE. He also used the alias Joshua Avila.

“This man should have never been in Louisiana,” Gov. Jeff Landry wrote on X. “Enough is enough. We must close our borders and keep our communities safe.”

Nunez’s criminal record on American soil included seven counts of aggravated assault, illegal possession of a handgun and domestic battery, WVUE-TV reported. Nevertheless, Chief Juvenile Court Judge Candice Bates-Anderson sentenced him to house arrest.

He allegedly violated the terms in May but was walking free, without real-time digital monitoring, because his ankle monitor had been deactivated, according to the outlet.

The Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office could not immediately be reached for comment before business hours Thursday. 

“With no guardrails from OJJ and OPJC, we as a city have to seriously consider shutting down electronic monitoring until we can be confident in the competence of the administrators to conduct real monitoring and the commitment of judges to ensure actual accountability for young defendants for violations and noncompliance,” prosecutors said in a statement to local media.

The incident reportedly attracted intense scrutiny upon the city’s juvenile justice system and the company that provides ankle monitoring services.

Jill Dennis, of the Assured Supervision Accountability Program, a competing contractor, told FOX 8 the failure to properly monitor violent offenders like Nunez “is chaotic and insane.”

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement did not immediately respond to a request for more information on the suspects.

Thibodeaux would have turned 44 next month. She is survived by her husband, her parents, four siblings and eight nieces and nephews, according to an online obituary.

Thibodeaux loved dogs, motorcycling, her Jeep, her old Mustang convertible and watching the sunset over Lake Pontchartrain with her husband, Jase.

A memorial service was held Wednesday.

Major SCOTUS decision praised by Republicans strips power of ‘unelected bureaucrats’

The Supreme Court this term took a hammer to decades-old legal doctrine that largely saved executive branch agencies in legal disputes. Now, experts say Congress and the next president will have no choice but to work more closely together and stop relying on the “faceless leviathan” of federal agencies.

In a David vs. Goliath dispute, a group of fishermen sued a government agency that mandated the fishermen pay $700 for “at sea monitors,” arguing that the rule is out of the bounds Congress set for the federal agency.

The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the fishermen in a 6-3 decision last month, and, in doing so, overruled what is known as the Chevron doctrine — a legal theory established in the 1980s that says if a federal regulation is challenged, the courts should defer to the agency’s interpretation of whether Congress had granted it authority to issue the rule, as long as the agency’s interpretation is reasonable and Congress had not addressed the question directly.

Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor dissented from the majority, warning that eliminating Chevron could give judges without expertise authority in legal disputes regarding regulation of food, medicine, the environment, etc. 

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But conservatives and Republicans, who argued Chevron gave the government too much power to rule through bureaucratic red tape, praised the decision. 

“The Supreme Court’s decision in Looper Bright v. Raimondo is a big win for the little guy and a big blow to big government. Power ought to reside with Americans and those they elect and not the faceless leviathan of 3 letter agencies that has thrived under Joe Biden,” said Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Mo.

“I think what this decision should mean is that our elected leaders in Congress should be the ones who are making the laws that impact Americans’ everyday lives, and not unelected bureaucrats in cubicles in Washington, D.C.,” Casey Mattox, vice president of legal strategy at Stand Together, told Fox News Digital. 

“It should mean the president having to work with Congress instead of just simply major swings from one direction to the other every four to eight years. That has not served America well,” he said. 

“Congress should not be passing the buck to unelected people to make the decisions,” Mattox added. “And so, I think essentially what the decision to overturn Chevron means is that when Congress is passing laws, it needs to actually get the expertise it needs and then be politically accountable for the decisions it’s making.”

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With Chevron eliminated, Congress will now be forced to write laws with more clear language and less ambiguity. 

John Vecchion, counsel for New Civil Liberties Alliance, who represented some of the fishermen in the case, said that one of the damages of the Chevron doctrine was that it incentivized Congress, both Republicans and Democrats, not to compromise on clear language when writing bills that become law. 

“Because they would make a bet that when their friend was in executive office, either the Republican or the Democrat, the regulation would be made in such a way that helped them, and they could then say ‘this is the law’ but not take the blowback if there were bad results from that,” he explained.

Republicans in Congress have already shifted focus to legislation that would eliminate more executive red tape. 

Reps. Kat Cammack, R-Fla., and Derrick Van Orden, R-Wisc. and Sens. Schmitt, Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Mike Lee, R-Utah, held a press conference Wednesday to press forward on regulatory reforms.

“It should infuriate Americans that for decades some of the most important policy questions have been decided by unelected bureaucrats and not their elected representatives,” Cammack said. 

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She added that the Supreme Court’s decision “cracked open the door” and that lawmakers need to “ensure that Congress is the chief lawmaking body, not bureaucrats.”

That assurance could come in the form of the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act, or REINS Act.

The bill would broaden the scope of the Congressional Review Act to require every new “major rule” proposed by federal agencies to be approved by Congress before going into effect.

Specifically, the House and Senate would be required to pass a joint resolution in order for a major rule to be approved by Congress.

The bill defines a “major rule” as any federal rule or regulation that may result in an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more; a major increase in costs or prices for consumers, individual industries, government agencies or geographic regions; or significant adverse effects on competition, employment, investment, productivity, innovation or the ability of U.S.-based enterprises to compete with foreign-based enterprises.

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“The REINS Act would… reverse the problem that we’ve got now today, where you can be deprived of life, liberty and property… simply by violating something that’s never even darkened the door of either chamber of Congress, let alone passed in the manner required,” Lee said. 

Additionally, House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, R-La., on Tuesday sent letters to federal agencies to “demand the review of various overreaching regulations” in an effort to “free the American people from the power-hungry administrative state.”

“With their ruling in this case, the Supreme Court restored proper constitutional separation of powers as our Founding Fathers intended by overturning Chevron deference and requiring the courts to decide disputes over interpretation of statutory text,” he said Wednesday.

“Agencies can’t be allowed to run free without any checks on their power — we’ve already seen how frequently federal agencies will abuse their authority,” Scalise said.

Alec Baldwin’s lawyers focus on ‘destroyed’ gun in fatal ‘Rust’ shooting

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Alec Baldwin had live round in gun belt on ‘Rust’ set, evidence shows

While filming on the set of “Rust,”
Alec Baldwin had a live round inside his gun belt, according to evidence shown during the involuntary manslaughter trial.

Attorney Alex Spiro showed the jury a photo of the gun belt.

“This is a close up of the gun holster that was belonging to Mr. Baldwin that has a live round in it,” crime scene technician Marissa Poppell testified.

Spiro then showed a second close-up photo of a different gun belt.

“Mr. Echols, another actor on the set, turns out that he — as he acted, as he performed — had a live bullet in his bandolier,” Spiro claimed.

“Correct,” Poppell responded.

“And you have no reason to think Mr. Echols had any idea that was there, right?” Spiro continued.

“Correct,” the technician replied on the stand.

During the “Rust” armorer’s involuntary manslaughter trial, prosecutors argued Hannah Gutierrez Reed unknowingly brought live rounds onto the set and failed in her duty to safety check.

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Alec Baldwin’s lawyers kick off day 2, focus on ‘destroyed’ firearm

Alec Baldwin’s team began day two of the “Rust” involuntary manslaughter trial by cross-examining SFCSO crime scene technician Marissa Poppell.

Alex Spiro immediately zeroed in on the “destroyed” firearm, which the attorney previously argued was grounds to dismiss the involuntary manslaughter charge.

“As to the firearm, I think where you left off yesterday is ultimately that firearm was destroyed in the testing, fair?” Spiro asked Poppell.

“Not destroyed, but, broken,” she replied.

“It’s fair to say that the firearm can’t be put back in the original condition that it was in at the time of the incident,” the lawyer continued. “Is that fair?”

“I believe it could be put back together with replaced parts. But as far as, in my terms, destroyed — meaning no longer in existence — It is not the case,” the crime scene technician explained.

“But as part of the investigation and entrusted with the evidence in this case ,the the gun will never be in exactly the same condition that it was in on October 21st?” Spiro further questioned.

“Yes,” Poppell conceded.

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Alec Baldwin gets continued support from wife, Hilaria, and family on day 2

Alec Baldwin received continued support from his family on the second day of the “Rust” movie shooting trial.

The 66-year-old actor entered the courtroom with his wife, Hilaria. Baldwin’s brother, actor Stephen Baldwin, and his sister, Beth Keuchler, also were spotted sitting in the courtroom for the second day in a row.

Hilaria and Stephen also attended the “30 Rock” star’s jury selection on July 9.

The benches inside the courtroom designated for press, attorneys and the public were half full for day two of the involuntary manslaughter trial. Baldwin could spend up to 18 months in prison, if convicted.

The jury will continue to hear witness testimony Thursday, July 11 as the prosecution continues arguments.

Former Santa Fe County Sheriffs Nicholas LeFleur and Timoteo Benavidez took the stand during the first day. Both recounted their arrivals on scene in the immediate aftermath of the October 2021 shooting that killed “Rust” cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

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What has Alec Baldwin said about the ‘Rust’ shooting?

As the years have passed since the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins in 2021, Alec Baldwin has had little to say about the accidental shooting that led to his day in court.

In the first year after a gun the actor was holding on set discharged, killing Hutchins, Baldwin sat down for a handful of interviews in which he attempted to give his defense. Baldwin maintained he did not pull the trigger of the gun in his very first sit down interview with George Stephanopolous.

“I didn’t pull the trigger,” he said. “I would never point a gun at anyone and pull the trigger at them. Never.”

Baldwin went on to tell Chris Cuomo that “every single person on the set of the film” knew what happened on the day of the shooting.

The 66-year-old actor even revealed he lost five jobs due to the on-set shooting during a 2022 interview with CNN.

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Alec Baldwin silent as he arrives at day 2 of ‘Rust’ movie shooting trial

Alec Baldwin arrived around 8 am local time for his second day of the “Rust” involuntary manslaughter trial.

The actor pulled up to the courthouse in a black SUV with attorneys Luke Nikas and Alex Spiro. His wife, Hilaria, was also with him as the group walked into the Santa Fe, New Mexico courthouse.

He passed by the press silently as people shouted questions.

“Do you want to hear from Hannah Gutierrez Reed?” a member of the press shouted, referencing the “Rust” armorer who was convicted in March of involuntary manslaughter.

Fox News Digital’s Rebecca Rosenberg contributed to this report.

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Who is expected to testify in the ‘Rust’ shooting trial?

Many key players are expected to testify in Alec Baldwin’s “Rust” involuntary manslaughter trial.

The prosecution’s final witness list included firearm experts, film industry experts along with members of the “Rust” cast and crew.

Director Joel Souza, who was hit in the shoulder by the bullet that struck cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, will be called by the state. Crew members Mamie Mitchell, Cherlyn Schaefer, Gabrielle Pickle and more are expected to be called. Prop master Sarah Zachry, who never faced criminal charges despite her role working with armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed, will also testify.

Gutierrez Reed, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for her role in the fatal shooting, will not take the stand.

Others who testified in Gutierrez Reed’s March trial will testify in Baldwin’s case, including medical examiner Dr. Heather Jarrell.

Gutierrez Reed was convicted of involuntary manslaughter on March 6 after nearly two weeks of testimony from some of the same witnesses Baldwin will see.

The armorer was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

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