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Donald Trump has scrapped a surprise visit to the demilitarised zone (DMZ) near the North Korea border, it has been revealed.

President Trump was minutes from landing in a helicopter near the heavily fortified area but the plan had to be scrapped due to “poor weather”, according to the White House.

The visit would have marked a historic step closer by Trump to Kim Jong-un with whom the Republican has been engaged in an escalating war of words since he took office earlier this year.

The move comes amid fears North Korea could launch a deadly nuclear weapon during Trump’s South Korea visit.

Air Force One landed in South Korea yesterday as part of his 12-day Asia tour with his wife Melania.

The President and Melania were welcomed with a red carpet and a ceremonial military guard of honour arrayed on the airport tarmac.

The firebrand Republican then flew by helicopter to Camp Humphreys, a US base south of Seoul, where he is currently meeting with American and South Korean service members.

The visit marks the closest he has come to the frontline of the nuclear standoff with North Korea.

Addressing the 8th US Army in Korea – which brandished the motto Pacific Victors! – about the situation with the hermit kingdom, he added: “Ultimately, it will all work out. It always works out.

“It has to work out.”

Tweeting before he boarded Air Force One, the US President said: “Getting ready to leave for South Korea and meetings with President Moon, a fine gentleman. We will figure it all out!

And after a meeting with South Korean president Moon Jae-in, Trump said: “We cannot allow North Korea to threaten all that we have built.

“It really makes sense for North Korea to come to the table and make a deal.”

More to follow…

  • Phyllis White says:

    President Trump and South Korea will, I’m sure, have a good meeting.

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    Rep. Victoria Spartz Announces Retirement



    Republican Indiana Rep. Victoria Spartz will not seek reelection in 2024, she announced Friday.

    “It’s been my honor representing Hoosiers in the Indiana State Senate and U.S. Congress and I appreciate the strong support on the ground. 2024 will mark seven years of holding elected office and over a decade in Republican politics. I won a lot of tough battles for the people and will work hard to win a few more in the next two years. However, being a working mom is tough and I need to spend more time with my two high school girls back home, so I will not run for any office in 2024,” Spartz said in a statement.

    First elected in 2020, Spartz represents Indiana’s Fifth District. She won reelection in 2022 by 22 points, and the seat will likely remain Republican. Spartz is the second member of Indiana’s House delegation not to seek reelection in 2024, joining Senate candidate Jim Banks.

    Born in northern Ukraine, Spartz became a naturalized U.S. citizen after marrying her husband. She played a leading role in GOP messaging after Russia invaded the country in early 2022. Spartz visited Bucha and Kyiv in April 2022, and she and Montana Sen. Steve Daines were the first U.S. officials to visit the country after the invasion began.

    Spartz was harshly critical of President Joe Biden’s response to the Russian invasion, arguing that the U.S. has not armed Ukraine quickly enough.

    “This president needs to get his act together and exercise some leadership,” she said in March 2022. “What’s happening under his watch is [an] atrocity. What he’s doing to this country and to the world is unforgivable … he must act decisively fast or this blood of many millions of Ukrainians will be on his hands too.”

    Spartz has also been critical of Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy. She urged the U.S. to conduct oversight of military aid to Ukraine, citing corruption concerns, and pushed back against calls to institute a no-fly zone over eastern Europe.

    Spartz is the first member of the 118th Congress to announce their retirement.

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    8 Republicans Who Could Challenge Trump in 2024



    The possibility of a crowded GOP presidential primary in 2024 has grown likelier in recent days following reports that former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley is gearing up to officially announce a White House bid later this month.

    Former President Trump is the only high-profile Republican who has formally announced a presidential campaign, but he’s ramped up rhetoric in recent days against several widely floated 2024 contenders, including Haley and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) — both of whom who could be formidable challengers to the former president.

    Here’s a look at eight Republicans likely to challenge Trump in 2024:

    Nikki Haley

    Haley, a former two-term South Carolina governor and former U.S. ambassador to the U.N., is expected to formally announce on Feb. 15 that she’ll be running for president, The Hill confirmed this week.

    Haley has long teased speculation that she might throw her hat in the ring, including during an interview with Fox News last month in which she said that “when you are looking at the future of America, I think it’s time for new generational change.”

    Trump responded to the news by taunting his former administration official.

    “Nikki has to follow her heart, not her honor. She should definitely run!” he wrote on Truth Social, including an older clip of her saying she would not run in 2024 if Trump did.

    Ron DeSantis

    The Florida governor has been coy about his possible 2024 presidential plans, though he notably refused to commit to serving out a full four-year term as governor when asked about it during a debate in the lead-up to the Florida gubernatorial race.

    Behind the scenes, though, advisers for DeSantis are reportedly in the process of contacting possible staff picks should he go forward with a bid of his own.

    While DeSantis has avoided trading barbs with Trump, who has stepped up his attacks on the governor, he made a point to emphasize his resounding reelection when asked by a reporter about the former president’s recent criticism of him.

    “I’m happy to say, you know, in my case, not only did we win reelection. We won with the highest percentage of the vote that any Republican governor candidate has in the history of the state of Florida,” the Florida Republican said. “We won by the largest raw vote margin — over 1.5 million votes — than any governor candidate has ever had in Florida history.”

    Mike Pence

    Trump’s former vice president is also weighing a possible presidential run, telling The Hill in an exclusive interview last month that he would continue traveling across the country and make a decision “in the months ahead.”

    Pence has been traveling around the U.S. to promote his memoir, “So Help Me God,” and book tours often serve as a prelude to announcing larger political aspirations. He also noticeably waded into the November midterms, backing more centrist and establishment-leaning Republicans like Arizona gubernatorial candidate Karrin Taylor Robson and Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Rebecca Kleefisch, though both lost to Trump’s picks.

    More recently, Pence has been embroiled in recent news that the FBI is reportedly searching his residence in Indiana again in addition to his Washington, D.C., office after his team alerted federal officials previously that they had found some classified documents at his home.

    Mike Pompeo

    The former secretary of State said in December that he’ll announce his possible presidential plans in the spring, but he’s already made moves suggesting he’s signaling a White House bid.

    In recent months, Pompeo has spoken at the presidential campaign mainstay “Politics & Eggs” series in New Hampshire; released his own memoir, “Never Give an Inch”; and taken a few shots at the former president.

    “We were told we’d get tired of winning. But I’m tired of losing. And so are most Republicans,” Pompeo tweeted in November, mocking Trump’s “tired of winning” phrase after the GOP performed worse than expected during the November midterms.

    Tim Scott

    Scott, a senator from South Carolina, is rolling out a “Faith in America” listening tour, which will include stops and speaking arrangements in South Carolina and Iowa — both early presidential primary and caucus states. The tour will only add to rising speculation that he’s considering launching a bid of his own.

    The chamber’s only Black GOP senator, Scott often points to his personal story as someone who was raised by a single parent living in poverty who now serves in the halls of Congress. Among the issues that Scott has worked on, he’s most notably been the negotiator of police reform legislation from the Senate GOP side; a possible police reform bill being negotiated between him, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and former Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), however, fell through last year.

    Larry Hogan

    Hogan, the former Republican governor of Maryland, told Fox News in an interview this week that he’s giving “very serious consideration” to the thought of jumping into the 2024 White House race. He has previously said that he’s considering a bid of his own and has been one of Trump’s most fervent critics.

    Hogan taunted Trump during an interview following the November midterms, telling CBS News “My side of the party had a really good night. Trump’s side did not” — a reference to centrist Republicans who performed better than more far-right candidates during the elections.

    During an interview on conservative radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt’s show this week, he initially said he would support whoever the presidential nominee turned out to be on the Republican side, suggesting he would support Trump if he ended up in that position but later clarified those comments to say he wouldn’t back the former president.

    Glenn Youngkin

    Republicans saw Youngkin’s upset victory over former Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) in the 2021 Virginia gubernatorial race as a bright spot for the party in a state that has trended blue in recent years. Youngkin made education — including concerns over critical race theory and parent’s rights in school — a key component of his campaign and one that some candidates like Nevada Gov. Joe Lombardo (R) sought to replicate during their own campaigns.

    Youngkin campaigned with GOP gubernatorial candidates like Lombardo, former Oregon state Sen. Christine Drazan in the Beaver State’s governor’s race and Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, raising speculation that the Virginia governor might have higher aspirations past the governor’s mansion.

    Asa Hutchinson

    The former Arkansas governor said in November that he was looking “very seriously” at a possible White House bid during an interview with “CNN This Morning” host Kaitlan Collins and told her that he was aiming to make his decision in January.

    A Trump critic, he said in December that it would be the GOP’s “worst scenario” if the former president ran again and said last month that “Jan. 6 really disqualifies him for the future.” Last year, he delivered remarks at the presidential campaign mainstay “Politics & Eggs” New Hampshire Event.

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    Graphic Warning: Outrage as Video of Girl, 9, Being Beaten on School Bus Goes Viral



    A stomach-turning video showing a 9-year-old girl and her 10-year-old brother being brutally beaten by teenagers on a Florida school bus has gone viral, prompting online outrage and the arrest of one of the assailants.

    The video of the girl being beaten on Wednesday had amassed over 6.6 million views as of Friday morning. The girl and her brother attend Coconut Palm Academy in Homestead, Florida.

    “Emotionally, I couldn’t even last two minutes,” said the young girl’s mother, identified as Jenni. “I couldn’t look at the video. Like any mother, I am destroyed. I fell to my knees and at that moment I said I have to do something. … Another kid came out of nowhere and hit my son and he fell to his knees, and they started to hit him.”

    “This needs to be taken care of right away,” Jenni added. “Our children are in danger at school where we are trusting other people to do their jobs. That’s not justifiable. It doesn’t matter what was said. Our kids need to learn that through violence nothing is resolved.”

    The teenage boy who ruthlessly assaulted the young girl reportedly received a civil citation, according to NBC South Florida.

    According to the parents of the children who were beaten, their children started at the school in January and had been bullied repeatedly before the incident, the River City Post reported. The parents have removed their children from the school and said they may take legal action.

    Another mother who has a third-grader at the school told CBS News, “My son was bullied at that school, since the beginning of the school year.” She said when she alerted teachers and administrators they were unresponsive. “There was an incident during P.E. and she said that what happens in P.E. stays in P.E. and that to me was just bewildering. … I had to pull my kid out of the school, cause that school doesn’t care about their children,” she said.

    Miami-Dade County Public Schools officials issued a statement regarding the incident.

    “Additionally, those involved will be disciplined according to the Code of Student Conduct,” the statement read. “The safety and wellbeing of our students is of the utmost importance. This school district goes to great lengths to promote the values of restraint and respect as well as using social media responsibly. We ask that parents reinforce these principles at home.”

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    WEF Showcases Technology That Would Allow the Government and Big Business to Spy on Your Brains



    At the World Economic Forum, the annual gathering of globalist elites in Davos, Switzerland, a presentation hyped brain wave monitoring technology to allow employers to detect how hard their employees are working, whether they get distracted, and even if they have “amorous feelings” for coworkers.

    “You can not only tell whether a person is paying attention or their mind is wandering, but you can discriminate between the kinds of things they are paying attention to,” gushed the presenter. “Whether they’re doing something like central tasks, like programming, peripheral tasks like writing documentation, or unrelated tasks like surfing social media or online browsing.

    “When you combine brain-wave activity together with other forms of software and surveillance technology, the power becomes quite precise.”

    A short video imagined a workplace of the future, in which an employee worries about her employer detecting “amorous feelings” for a coworker by reading her brain-wave data, but is pleasantly surprised when she gets a performance bonus for good “brain metrics” showing her productivity.

    In the next scene, the government subpoenas employees’ brainwave data to find co-conspirators in a wire fraud scheme in the office.

    “You discover they are looking for synchronized brain activity between your coworker and the people he has been working with. While you know you’re innocent of any crime, you’ve been secretly working with him on a new start-up venture. Shaking, you remove your earbuds.”

    The presentation also examined various other uses of the technology, including waking people up, highlighting a haptic scarf developed by MIT that gives people “a little buzz” if their mind starts to wander, or they doze off.

    The presenter said the purpose of showcasing this dystopian mind-reading future was to highlight the “positive use cases” of brain monitoring technology because “what I don’t want the reaction to be is, let’s ban this.”

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    George R. Robertson, ‘Police Academy’ Star, Dead at 89



    George R. Robertson, who played police-chief-turned-commissioner Henry Hurst in the first six “Police Academy” films, died Sunday at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. He was 89.

    Born April 20, 1933, in Brampton, Ontario, Robertson boasts 80 acting credits, including portraying former Vice President Dick Cheney in “The Path To 9/11” and the late US Sen. Barry Goldwater in “The Reagans.”

    He excelled in football and hockey growing up in Canada and eventually moved to NYC, where he earned his MBA at Columbia University in 1959, according to his online obituary. It was there that he met Adele Probst, who became his wife of 61 years.

    His career began on the stage, and he landed small roles in three films nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: “Airport” (1970); “Norma Rae” (1979); and “JFK” (1991).

    His family also noted his humanitarian efforts. He walked the length of southwest France, about 330 miles, to raise money for an orphanage in Chiang Mai, Thailand, the obituary stated.

    As Police Chief Hurst, Robertson traveled across Canada speaking to youth in high schools — earning the Danny Kaye UNICEF Canada award in 1990.

    His last on-screen role was in the TV movie “Cradle to Grave” in 2017. His later life was devoted to painting and writing, his family said.

    He is survived by his daughters, Sarah Robertson (wife of Steve Pulver) and Ellen Robertson (Mitch Aidelman); grandchildren, Julia and William; and step-grandchildren, Ariel, Gabe, Maddie and Josh.

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    Arctic Blast Freezes the Northeast: The Lowest Temperature Ever Recorded in the US



    This cold is out of this world.

    New Hampshire’s Mount Washington felt more like Mars than planet Earth on Friday as wind chills dipped below an unfathomable minus 110 degrees, a new record for the coldest wind chill ever recorded in the US.

    Known for having some of the world’s worst weather, Mount Washington saw air temperatures plummet to minus 46 degrees with wind speeds averaging over 100 miles per hour with gusts over 125 miles per hour as the artic air mass wreaked havoc Friday, according to the Mount Washington observatory.

    Visibility atop the mountain was less than one-sixteenth of a mile — or just over 100 yards.

    Meanwhile on Mars, temperatures on the surface this week reached a balmy high of 16 degrees with a low of minus 105, according to NASA. The space agency said temperatures of the red planet can fluctuate between minus 225 and 70 degrees.

    Video taken from the observatory on Mount Washington’s summit Friday afternoon shows raging gusts of wind whipping up snow in a scene that looks more like planet Hoth from Star Wars.

    The coldest air temperature ever recorded at the observatory was -47 degrees in 1934, according to the National Weather Service.

    The observatory is staffed year-round, but staffers have warned others about the deadly conditions.

    “I want to emphasize the danger of this cold,” wrote Mount Washington weather observer Alexis George. “In these brutally cold conditions, the risk of hypothermia and frostbite will be exponential.

    “These frigid cold conditions will quickly rob you of body heat, with the possibility that frostbite could develop on exposed skin in under a minute,” she continued. “Even small mistakes can prove deadly, with a simple slip or fogged goggles leading to a potentially life-threatening situation. In this type of weather, rescue services will have a difficult time responding to any emergency effectively.”

    The wind gusts caused dangerous conditions for the weather observers even while they were hunkered down inside.

    “The metal latch that was holding the door on broke, so the door swung open when we had that 127 mph gust earlier today,” Francis Tarasiewicz told WGME. “So it took about three people to prop themselves up against it and someone from the state park helped to secure the door again.”

    “There is half of me that loves what is going on right now, and the other half of me is pretty terrified, especially when the door fails,” Tarasiewcz told NECN.

    Nimbus the cat, who lives in the observatory with staffers, was reportedly cozied up and unbothered by the deadly storm, despite being a bit grumpy from taking his flea medication.

    “He is actually sleeping through most of this event,” Tarasiewciz said.

    Mount Washington sits 6,288 feet above sea level and is notorious for its capricious weather, blustering winds and heavy snow. The average wind speed there in February is 45 miles per hour, according to the observatory.

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    Jury Announces Verdict in Elon Musk Fraud Case



    A jury has cleared Tesla CEO Elon Musk of claims made by investors that he defrauded them several years ago when he tweeted that he was considering taking the company private.

    “Am considering taking Tesla private at $420,” Musk tweeted on August 7, 2018. “Funding secured.”

    A federal jury in San Francisco rejected demands that the 51-year-old billionaire should have to pay billions of dollars in damages over the tweet.

    Musk was present during the trial and took to the witness stand where he said that he had come to a handshake agreement at the time with Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund to take the company private. He said that the Saudis later backed out of the deal.

    “I had no ill motive,” Musk said. “My intent was to do the right thing for all shareholders.”

    Adam Pritchard, a professor at University of Michigan Law School, said that the case is not likely to become precedent that changes how other executives exercise free speech online.

    “Nobody does this — only Elon does this,” Pritchard said while complaining about Musk’s online speech. “He’s incorrigible. I don’t think his behavior can be reformed. There’s just too long of a track record of too much mischief.”

    Following the verdict, Musk tweeted his appreciation for the jury: “Thank goodness, the wisdom of the people has prevailed! I am deeply appreciative of the jury’s unanimous finding of innocence in the Tesla 420 take-private case.”

    Musk has taken a public company private before. When the billionaire purchased Twitter in late 2022, he took the company private, removing it from the stock exchange. Erik Gordon, Professor of Business at the University of Michigan, noted in a piece for The Conversation that public companies don’t frequently go private, but it does happen.

    Some benefits of going private — from the standpoint of someone like Musk — might be that Twitter would no longer have to file reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and would have “few shareholders — sometimes just one,” among other pluses.

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    Chinese Spy Balloon Is ‘Maneuverable,’ Has Changed Direction at 60,000 Feet — UPDATE: Second Balloon Spotted



    The U.S. Department of Defense revealed Friday that the suspected Chinese spy balloon that is flying over the United States has the ability to maneuver and has changed direction at 60,000 feet.

    Pentagon Press Secretary Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder would not say how the balloon could be maneuvered and refused to state if the communist Chinese government was in control of the balloon.

    Ryder also refused to state if President Joe Biden is even considering shooting down the balloon as it flies over U.S. soil.

    Ryder said that the balloon was “maneuverable” and that it the Pentagon assesses that “it will probably be over the United States for a few days.”

    “We know that balloon has violated US airspace and international law — which is unacceptable. And we’ve conveyed this directly to the PRC on multiple levels,” he told reporters Friday. “The fact is, we know that it’s a surveillance balloon, and I’m not going to be able to be more specific than that.”

    The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs claimed in a statement that the balloon was a “civilian airship used for research, mainly meteorological purposes.”

    The statement claimed that the balloon “deviated far from its planned course.” The distance from China to Montana is approximately 5,000 miles.

    A U.S. official told The New York Times that the spy balloon traveled from China to Alaska’s Aleutian Islands then to Canada before ending up over Montana.

    An official told CNN that the spy balloon has flown over “a number of sensitive sites” in the U.S. but claimed that it did not present a serious intelligence gathering risk.

    “Clearly they’re trying to fly this — this balloon over sensitive sites … to collect information,” a U.S. official said on Thursday.

    Biden administration officials claimed that they looked at whether there were options to shoot down the balloon but claimed that they did not feel comfortable doing so because it could cause damage to civilians when it hits the ground.

    Professor Steve Tsang, the director of the China Institute at the SOAS University of London, said that China’s motive in sending the balloon to the U.S. is more “symbolic value, showing that the Chinese are able to send something in the air to survey U.S. military installations.”


    The U.S. Department of Defense confirmed late Friday that it has identified a second Chinese spy balloon that is operating over the Americas right now.

    “We are seeing reports of a balloon transiting Latin America,” Pentagon spokesperson Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder said in a statement. “We now assess it is another Chinese surveillance balloon.”

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    Canada Liberals Withdraw Controversial Amendment to Guns Bill



    The Canada Liberal government has withdrawn a series of controversial amendments to pending firearms legislation, Bill C-21, that some firearms owners say would have unfairly targeted hunters and farmers.

    Faced with fierce opposition from Conservative, NDP and Bloc MPs and firearms rights groups, Liberal MP Taleeb Noormohamed said Friday the government is withdrawing a long list of guns that would have been classified as “prohibited” as part of a push to ban “assault-style” weapons.

    The amendments, which were quietly tabled by a Liberal backbench MP in November, would have banned these weapons under the Criminal Code, rather than through regulation. That change would have made the prohibition much more difficult for future governments to reverse.

    The government is scrapping clauses that effectively would have banned any rifle or shotgun that could accept a magazine with more than five rounds — whether it actually has such a magazine or not.

    The government also intended to ban long guns that generate more than 10,000 joules of energy, or any gun with a muzzle wider than 20 millimetres — two rules that would have rendered many firearms illegal.

    These amendments would have had the effect of banning a number of long guns in wide use by hunters.

    C-21, as originally drafted, was designed to ban handguns. The amendments expanded its scope.

    Because the amendments strayed so dramatically from how the bill was initially written, opposition parties questioned whether the changes were even admissible under parliamentary rules. Those concerns are moot now that the government has backed down.

    The government will still push ahead with C-21, which enacts a handgun sales ban, cracks down on gun smuggling and automatically revokes firearms licences held by domestic abusers.

    While backtracking on some of the more contentious elements, Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino said Friday the government would try to revive some parts of the now-defunct amendments package.

    Among other changes, the withdrawn amendments would have defined “assault-style firearm” — a term often used by the government that has no definition in law.

    In an interview with CBC’s Power & Politics, Mendicino said the government will pursue some sort of ban on firearms “designed for the battlefield that have no place in our communities.”

    What’s needed in this minority Parliament, Mendicino said, is support from either the NDP or Bloc — parties that withheld support in the face of backlash from rural dwellers and some Indigenous peoples.

    Mendicino conceded the government bungled the process.

    “We’ve got to accept responsibility from where we’re at. The step we’ve taken today is about resetting the narrative,” he said, promising the Liberal government still intends to ban firearms used in mass casualty events, like the semi-automatic weapon used in the Quebec City mosque massacre.

    Mendicino had defended the amendments before Friday, saying the changes were necessary to reduce gun violence in Canada.

    Critics said a ban on popular hunting rifles would do little to make Canadians safer when many crime guns are handguns illegally smuggled over the U.S. border.

    Mendicino said the proposed amendments prompted “considerable discussion about the best way to move forward” and “legitimate concerns” were raised by critics “about the need for more consultation and debate.”

    “We hear those concerns loud and clear, regret the confusion that this process has caused and are committed to a thoughtful and respectful conversation that is based on facts, not fear,” he said.

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    ‘White Privilege’ Slurs Shouted as Suspect Ran Over ER Doctor Riding His Bike — Then Stabbed Him to Death



    A California accountant is in custody on a murder charge after he allegedly ran over a doctor in a crosswalk and then stabbed the man to death.

    Around 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Michael Mammone, a 58-year-old emergency medicine physician, was riding his bike through the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Crown Valley Parkway in Dana Point along the southern coast of California between Laguna Beach and San Clemente. As Mammone headed north through the crosswalk on his bike, a driver in a white Lexus suddenly careened into him, sending him soaring into the air and then crashing into the middle of the intersection.

    At that point, the suspect, identified later as 39-year-old Vanroy Evan Smith, exited his vehicle and then approached the victim, who was severely injured. According to a press release from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Smith then “assaulted Mammone with a knife.”

    Surveillance footage captured by a camera at a nearby home shows the incident unfold. Though Mammone and his bike are difficult to see in the crosswalk, the collision itself and much of the aftermath is clear.

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    The homeowner whose camera captured that footage reported that the initial crash sounded like a “gunshot.” When she went outside to investigate, she claimed she heard the suspect yell racial slurs about “white privilege” as he attacked the victim. Other witnesses claimed that Smith had also been wielding a BB gun, though those reports have not been confirmed. The knife used in the attack was recovered at the scene, police said.

    While brave bystanders detained the suspect until police could arrest him, EMTs quickly rushed Mammone to the hospital where he later died from his injuries. Of his 30 years as an ER physician, Mammone spent nearly 12 of them at Providence Mission Hospital in Laguna Beach, often riding his bike to and from work.

    “We are stunned by this devastating tragedy,” said a hospital statement. “The entire Mission Hospital family is grieving over the loss of an incredible physician and friend. We will honor Dr. Mammone’s dedication to our community and passion for medicine by continuing to provide exceptional care.”

    Mammone, a cyclist and a married father of two children, was beloved by his colleagues. He “had a warm personality” and “was the kind of person you wanted to be your doctor,” said a hospital spokesman.

    Smith reportedly owned a book-keeping and tax firm in Laguna Beach, though jail records list his occupation as “unemployed.” His race has been listed as “black.” He has been charged with murder and is scheduled to appear in court on Friday.

    Police have not confirmed the accusations of racial slurs and have not determined a motive for the crime. According to the press release from the sheriff’s office, investigators have not found any “connection between the suspect and the victim.”

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    Facebook and Instagram Threaten to Permanently Ban Project Veritas



    Facebook and Instagram threatened to permanently ban Project Veritas from the platforms after a journalist from the nonprofit confronted a YouTube executive on why one of their Pfizer sting videos had been removed.

    Jordon Trishton Walker, an official who leads research and development for mRNA projects, recently said to an undercover Project Veritas journalist that the company uses “directed evolution” to mutate coronaviruses and create more potent variants and vaccines. More footage captured by the journalist and released on Thursday evening shows the embattled official revealing that Pfizer is not entirely sure why the vaccines are impacting women’s menstrual cycles, postulating that the effects could be evidence of hormonal disruptions.

    “I hope we don’t discover something really bad down the line. I hope we don’t find out that somehow this mRNA lingers in the body,” he continued, “because it has to be affecting something hormonal to impact menstrual cycles.”

    Project Veritas published more footage on Friday afternoon showing one of their reporters appearing to confront YouTube Vice President of Global Trust and Safety Matt Halprin on why they banned the first video. The executive walked away from the reporter without responding, apart from telling the reporter to not touch him and threatening to call the police.

    Facebook and Instagram, both of which are owned by Meta, removed the footage of Halprin and warned that the content violates “Community Standards.”

    “We have these standards because we want everyone to feel safe, respected and welcome,” the warning said. “If your content goes against our Community Standards again, your account may be restricted or disabled. You can disagree with the decision if you think we got it wrong.”

    Project Veritas added on Friday afternoon that they had been “wrongfully locked out” of Twitter for nearly two hours. The social media company claimed that the Halprin video constituted “abuse and harassment.”

    Project Veritas has frequently been subjected to censorship from technology companies. Officials at Twitter had formerly restricted the organization for allegedly posting a video showing Facebook Vice President Guy Rosen admitting the social media platform built a system designed to freeze commenting where hate speech or violence is detected without confirming if the alleged speech was hateful or violent. The account on Twitter was restored after Elon Musk purchased the company last year.

    With respect to the abnormal menstrual cycles, Walker said in the video released on Thursday that the vaccine should not be interfering with the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis, but expressed concern “there is something happening, but we don’t always figure it out.”

    “There is something irregular about their menstrual cycles. So, people will have to investigate that down the line, because that is a little concerning,” he said. “The vaccine shouldn’t be interfering with that.”

    Researchers have previously found that COVID vaccines impacted menstruation; one international study from the Oregon Health and Science University concluded that “some people may experience a slight, temporary change in the length of their monthly menstrual cycle” after receiving the vaccine. Another study found that 42% of women with regular menstrual cycles reported heavier bleeding than usual after inoculation.

    Although Pfizer appears to have not yet responded to the second round of the Project Veritas sting, the company denied conducting gain-of-function research after the initial footage was released. “Working with collaborators, we have conducted research where the original SARS-CoV-2 virus has been used to express the spike protein from new variants of concern,” a statement read. “This work is undertaken once a new variant of concern has been identified by public health authorities. This research provides a way for us to rapidly assess the ability of an existing vaccine to induce antibodies that neutralize a newly identified variant of concern.”

    Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe confronted Walker in a subsequent video, leading the executive to call himself a “liar” who apparently fabricated the stories to impress the undercover journalist with whom he thought he was on a date. Pfizer did not respond to questions from The Daily Wire about Walker’s employment status.

    Walker insisted he is “not even a scientist by background,” adding that he “came from a consulting firm that does business.” Asked whether he works for Pfizer, Walker said, “No, I was a contractor!” When pressed for a second time, Walker replied, “No! What are you talking about here?”

    Despite his denials, Walker’s apparent LinkedIn profile, which appears to have been deleted, and images of internal Pfizer documents shared by O’Keefe suggest he did indeed work for the pharmaceutical firm. Walker is listed as a Pfizer “director of research and development, strategic operations, and mRNA scientific planning.”

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    The Most Disturbing ‘Me Too’ Hollywood Story of All Time



    There’s a movie scene in which the moral bankruptcy of 1970s Hollywood reaches its zenith. A heavily dolled-up 12-year-old girl is carried around a high-class brothel as drooling clients bid against each other to take her virginity.

    The child prostitute was played by actress Brooke Shields, who was just 11 during the filming of Pretty Baby and had to appear naked on screen as well as kiss a 29-year-old Keith Carradine.

    The studio that produced the film had reportedly preferred Jodie Foster, 14, for the role — but French director Louis Malle demanded it go to Shields.

    Shields herself would later defend the 1978 film — about the red-light district of New Orleans — but it provoked uproar and was condemned as little more than child pornography.

    In the UK, it received an X-rating and its release was delayed until cuts were made. In Canada, it was approved for viewing only in 1995.

    But for young Brooke, this was the start of a pattern of exploitation which, as she now claims in an explosive new documentary, culminated in her being raped in her early 20s at the hands of an industry insider.

    At 14, when other girls were still decorating their pencil cases, she had become the youngest model ever to make the cover of Vogue.

    That same year, she began filming the leering teen romance Blue Lagoon — in which her character frequently stripped off and had sex with her fellow shipwrecked sweetheart (played by Christopher Atkins, then 18).

    A body-double stood in for her sex scenes but, Shields says, the film-makers encouraged her to pursue a real romance with Atkins off-screen.

    There was more sex and nudity for her the following year in Franco Zeffirelli’s romantic drama Endless Love, about two high-school sweethearts who are forbidden to see each other.

    And at 15, she appeared — writhing around in figure-hugging denim — in the provocative adverts for Calvin Klein Jeans, which featured the suggestive tagline: ‘You want to know what comes between me and my Calvin’s? Nothing.’

    The films and that ad campaign helped propel her to international stardom.

    Known around the world simply as ‘Brooke’, she became the party-girl mascot of New York’s debauched nightclub Studio 54. With those iconic thick eyebrows and long lustrous hair that made her look older than her years, she was the teenager a top agent once described as ‘so beautiful that strong men forget to flick their cigar ash’.

    Despite her vampish image, Shields would later admit she didn’t have sex until she was 22 — and would have preferred to have waited even longer.

    It was a revelation that saw her cruelly dubbed ‘America’s most famous virgin’. Yet her abstinence had undoubtedly helped her escape the worst excesses of Hollywood’s sexual predators.

    For years she credited her fiercely defensive mother Teri, who was also her manager. ‘If anybody looked at me sideways, she was like: “I will cut off your b***s and make you eat them,” ’ Shields said in 2019.

    But now, little more than a year since giving an interview in which she claimed she’d been ‘kind of untouchable… I was not easy prey’ — and had never had a ‘#MeToo moment’ of her own — she is singing a very different tune.

    In the documentary — also called Pretty Baby and premiered last month in the U.S. — the actress, 57, reveals she was raped in her early 20s in a hotel room by an unnamed man in the film industry.

    She had met him to discuss possible film projects following her graduation from the prestigious Princeton University in 1987.

    After dinner, the man — whom she says was a friend — invited her to call a taxi from his hotel room, which he then left. But in a sordid echo of the convicted rapist producer Harvey Weinstein, Shields says her ‘friend’ later returned naked and suddenly attacked her.

    ‘He was right on me. It was just like wrestling,’ she adds.

    Shields says she ‘froze’ and didn’t fight back for fear of being killed: ‘God knows I knew how to be disassociated from my body. I’d practised that.’

    She claims she left the hotel after the attack, got in a taxi and ‘cried all the way’ to the apartment of another friend.

    For years, Shields says she refused to accept what had happened to her: ‘I drank wine at dinner. I went up to the room. I just was so trusting…’ Of her meteoric rise to fame at such a young age, she says: ‘Sometimes, I’m amazed I survived any of it.’

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    ‘Close Encounters,’ ‘A Christmas Story’ Star, Dead at 83



    Melinda Dillon, the Oscar-nominated actress who starred in “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and played Ralphie’s high-strung mother in “A Christmas Story,” died last month. She was 83.

    The “Absence of Malice” star’s family confirmed Friday that Dillon died in California on Jan. 9. A cause of death was not revealed.

    The Post could not immediately reach a family member for comment.

    Born in Arkansas on Oct. 13, 1939, Dillon spent her childhood in Alabama, Germany and Chicago before joining the famed Second City troupe as the comedy club’s first coat check girl.

    She later moved to New York City, where she received a Tony nomination and Theatre World award in 1963 for her Broadway debut as Honey in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

    However, she claimed the intense play made her “go crazy,” admitting she spent time in a psychiatric hospital.

    “I think it was the way I was living; the play was so long, and the actors’ union wouldn’t let us play the matinee,” she explained to the New York Times in 1976.

    “We had to have a whole different cast for that, but I was called in to do it many, many times because the gal would get sick. I would do it three hours in the afternoon, then study with Lee Strasberg for two hours, and do the play three hours at night. Then, George Grizzard left to do ‘Hamlet,’ and a strange thing happened. I had learned to lean on George hard, and I just crumbled inside. I don’t know why.”

    Dillon was twice nominated for supporting actress Academy Awards: for Steven Spielberg’s “Close Encounters” in 1978 and Sydney Pollack’s “Absence of Malice” in 1982.

    She portrayed Mother Parker in the 1983 holiday classic “A Christmas Story,” delivering the famous line as Ralphie wages his BB gun campaign: “You’ll shoot your eye out!”

    Dillon was married to fellow actor Richard Libertini for more than a dozen years until they divorced in 1978. They have one son, Richard Libertini Jr.

    Libertini died from cancer in 2016 at the age of 82.

    Dillon retired from acting 15 years ago. Her final film credit came in 2007 as Ginger Timpleman in “Reign Over Me.” She also appeared in three episodes of TNT’s medical drama “Heartland” that same year.

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    Florida Teacher Arrested After Raping 12-Year-Old Girl in Classroom



    David Augustine Hodge Jr, a 30-year-old teacher in the Florida’s Miami-Dade County Public School district, has been charged with four counts of engaging in sexual acts with a child after confessing that he had sex with his 12-year-old student multiple times in his classroom.

    Local 10 News reported that police arrested the science teacher and chess club mentor at West Homestead K-8 Center after the girl’s parents found out about and reported the alleged abuse on Jan 6.

    The investigators who responded to the report and spoke with the girl, now 13, said that she told them Hodge was her “boyfriend” and they were in a “romantic sexual relationship.”

    Police also discovered that the teacher and alleged victim began to communicate via text messaging and Instagram direct messages last October when he taught her science class and mentored her in the school’s chess club. The conversations allegedly escalated to “sexual talk,” including the exchange of nude photos, in November, police said.

    They also revealed that Hodge allegedly groomed the girl to lie to her parents and tell them that she was getting after-school tutoring after a chess club meeting, when in reality the two were together in his classroom.

    Hodge is accused of having sex with the girl on two occasions, and engaging in other sexual activity with her multiple times between November and January. Hodge confessed to police when questioned on Wednesday, reported the local outlet.

    The public school district released a statement saying that Hodge was fired and will be prevented from teaching in the school system again.

    “Miami-Dade County Public Schools is deeply troubled by the disturbing allegations made against this individual,” a statement from the district said, reported the New York Post.

    “As soon as the claims surfaced, the employee was immediately removed from the school setting. After a thorough investigation by the Miami-Dade Schools Police Department, this individual was subsequently arrested. Conduct such as the one he is accused of will not be tolerated,” the district continued.

    Hodge has been held without bond since Wednesday night at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center after a judge denied him bail.

    “As such, the District has initiated employment termination proceedings, and will ensure the individual is precluded from seeking future employment with the District.”

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    Blinken Nixes Beijing Trip After Furor Over Chinese Balloon



    Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday abruptly postponed a long-planned weekend fence-mending trip to China after the Pentagon announced it was tracking a suspected Chinese surveillance balloon in airspace over sensitive sites in the Western U.S.

    The postponement was the latest blow to efforts by both sides to ease tension following a meeting by President Biden with Chinese President Xi Jinping at a summit in Indonesia in November.

    The two-day meeting was slated to begin Sunday but never was officially confirmed on Mr. Blinken’s schedule.

    The two sides have clashed repeatedly over economic, human rights and security issues in recent months, with the U.S. imposing new restrictions on high-tech computer chip sales to China and the Chinese increasing military activity targeting Taiwan.

    A Pentagon briefing Thursday evening about the surveillance balloon ignited a firestorm of concern on Capitol Hill. U.S. officials said they discussed deploying F-22s to shoot down the balloon, but decided against it in part because of the danger that debris might pose for those on the ground.

    China’s Foreign Ministry, in a relatively conciliatory message, on Friday confirmed the craft was from China, but said the balloon was not engaged in espionage and was collecting meteorological data and had been blown off course by “westerly winds.”

    “The Chinese side regrets the unintended entry of the airship into U.S. airspace due to force majeure,” the statement said, citing a legal term used to refer to events beyond one’s control.

    China’s nationalistic press said the Biden administration was engaged in “another stunt” designed to exacerbate tension as anti-Beijing sentiment soars in Washington.

    Major questions remain about the incident. The Pentagon said a major concern was that the balloon was spotted at one point over parts of Montana, which is home to one of America’s three nuclear missile silo fields at Malmstrom Air Force Base.

    A Pentagon statement also said the balloon mission was not the first of its kind and U.S. officials had assessed it had “limited” intelligence value compared with more sophisticated satellites in orbit.

    Canadian defense officials also scrambled after detecting the Chinese balloon this week, officials in Ottawa said, and were monitoring a “potential second incident as well.”

    China’s ambassador to Canada was summoned to explain the intrusions, Canada’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

    “Canada’s intelligence agencies are working with American partners and continue to take all necessary measures to safeguard Canada’s sensitive information from foreign intelligence threats,” the statement read in part.

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    Trump Responds to Pentagon Identifying Suspected Chinese Balloon Flying Over US



    Former President Donald Trump weighed in Friday on the Chinese surveillance balloon flying over Montana in a Truth on Truth Social.

    “SHOOT DOWN THE BALLOON!” the former president posted.

    The Department of Defense (DoD) is tracking a suspected high-altitude Chinese surveillance balloon that appears to be collecting data on sensitive U.S. sites over Montana. Montana is home to the Malmstrom Air Force Base where U.S. Minuteman III nuclear missiles are stored.

    The DoD released a statement Thursday night saying the balloon “is currently traveling at an altitude well above commercial air traffic and does not present a military or physical threat to people on the ground.”

    “Instances of this kind of balloon activity have been observed previously over the past several years,” the statement continued, though it did not specify when the alleged other incidents took place. “Once the balloon was detected, the U.S. government acted immediately to protect against the collection of sensitive information.”

    China responded, saying a weather balloon blew off course over the continental U.S.

    China initially tried to avoid responsibility but later claimed ownership of a “civilian airship used for research, mainly meteorological, purposes,” that accidentally “deviated far from its planned course.”

    “The Chinese side regrets the unintended entry of the airship into U.S. airspace due to force majeure.”

    Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said Friday at a briefing that “China is a responsible country and we always act in accordance with international law.”

    “We hope both side can handle the matter together in a cool-headed and prudent manner.”

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    ‘Fame’ and ‘Flashdance’ Singer Irene Cara’s Cause of Death Revealed



    “Fame” star Irene Cara’s cause of death reportedly resulted from hypertension and high cholesterol.

    According to TMZ, which claimed to review the 63-year-old’s medical documents from the medical examiner in Florida’s Pinellas County, the singer’s official cause of death is arteriosclerotic and hypertensive cardiovascular disease.

    The documents also allegedly state Cara was diabetic.

    The Post has contacted the medical examiner’s office, as well as a rep for Cara.

    Cara died on Nov. 26 inside her Largo, Florida, home. She is best known for massive soundtrack hits for the films “Flashdance” and “Fame.”

    Her top hits included “Fame” in 1980 and 1983’s “Flashdance … What a Feeling,” the latter of which she won an Academy Award for Best Original Song and a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance.

    Although she once sang that she wanted people to remember her name, the ’80s icon allegedly became a “recluse” in recent years.

    “She didn’t talk to anyone,” Roseann Nolan, who lived across the street from Cara, told The Post in December. “I didn’t even know it was her living there until a few years ago. It was the best-kept secret ever.”

    Her next-door neighbor, Maria Contreras, 59, also told The Post that Cara would never take her up on offers to take walks on the beach or socialize. Contreras claimed she tried to befriend Cara even before knowing about her glitzy past but no one, even the man who mowed her star’s yard, ever went inside her house.

    “She greeted you outside by the garage,” Contreras recalled.

    “She got very angry with me when I took down a fence between our houses because I wanted to put a new one up. She sent me such crazy messages that I saved them on my phone. She was worried that she wouldn’t be safe with the fence down, even for a day,” she added.

    However, Cara’s representative, Judith Moose, and her Los Angelles manager of nearly two decades, Betty McCormick, had a different version of Cara in recent years. McCormick told The Post that she disagreed with neighbors’ assessment of Cara’s last years, but she did admit that the COVID-19 pandemic was tough on the singer.

    “She was very afraid of getting the [COVID] virus,” McCormick said. “She really struggled during that period.”

    Her reps also told The Post that Cara left Hollywood and the music industry on her own terms, for the most part, and had been trying to revive her career in the months prior to her death.

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    Federal Court Strikes Down Decades-Old Gun Law Targeting Domestic Violence



    A federal appeals court struck down a decades-old gun law Thursday that blocked people under domestic violence protection orders from possessing firearms, saying the law is unconstitutional after a new precedent for gun laws was set in a landmark Supreme Court decision.

    The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth District ruled that the federal criminal statute did not fit “within our Nation’s historical tradition of firearm regulation,” a requirement for all gun laws set forth in the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Bruen (NYSRPA v. Bruen) case in June, according to the ruling. The law, established in 1994, blocked the transfer of a firearm to anyone who was placed under a court protective order for “harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner or child of such intimate partner,” further saying that the aforementioned individual cannot possess a firearm or ammunition.

    “The question presented in this case is not whether prohibiting the possession of firearms by someone subject to a domestic violence restraining order is a laudable policy goal. The question is whether 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(8), a specific statute that does so, is constitutional under the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. In the light of N.Y. State Rifle & Pistol Ass’n, Inc. v. Bruen, 142 S. Ct. 2111 (2022), it is not,” U.S. District Judge Cory Wilson wrote in the ruling.

    The court’s decision came after an appeal was submitted in the United States of America v. Zackey Rahimi case, where Rahimi was charged for possessing a firearm while being under a domestic violence protective order, according to the ruling. Rahimi’s appeal claimed that his charges were unconstitutional in light of the precedent set by the NYSRPA v. Bruen case.

    “We conclude that Bruen requires us to re-evaluate our Second Amendment jurisprudence and that under Bruen, § 922(g)(8) fails to pass constitutional muster. We therefore reverse the district court’s ruling to the contrary and vacate Rahimi’s conviction,” Wilson wrote in the ruling.

    “In sum, our Founders envisioned a nation in which both citizen and sovereign alike play important roles in protecting the innocent against violent criminals. Our decision today is consistent with that vision. I concur,” Wilson wrote in the ruling.

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    Unemployment Falls, Biden Takes Credit Despite Lingering Economic Concerns



    Unemployment fell in January as the number of new jobs drastically exceeded analysts’ forecasts, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics released Friday.

    Total nonfarm employment increased by 517,000, far surpassing analysts’ expectations of 187,000 new positions. The unemployment rate declined from 3.5% in December to 3.4% in January, falling below estimates of 3.6% and marking the lowest joblessness rate since 1969.

    “The stronger than expected employment report stands in direct conflict with fears of an imminent recession, which has been weighing on the minds of economists and business leaders alike,” Bankrate Senior Economic Analyst Greg McBride said in comments provided to The Daily Wire. “The strength of the January employment report will raise eyebrows among Federal Reserve officials who’ve pledged to keep interest rates higher for longer.”

    The unemployment data came after the central bank announced a 0.25% increase in the target federal funds rate, marking a slowdown from previous 0.75% and 0.5% rate hikes meant to combat inflation. Members of the Federal Open Market Committee said in a statement that “ongoing increases in the target range will be appropriate in order to attain a stance of monetary policy that is sufficiently restrictive.”

    Average hourly earnings accordingly rose 4.4% year-over-year as of January, slightly exceeding the pace estimated by analysts and declining from the 4.6% year-over-year pace seen in December. Price levels have grown at a faster rate than nominal wages over the past two years, suggesting an erosion of purchasing power among households.

    The gains in employment were led by the leisure and hospitality sector, which added 128,000 positions; the professional and business services sector, which added 82,000 positions; and government agencies, which added 74,000 positions.

    Even as unemployment continues to decline, labor force participation has failed to recover in the wake of the lockdown-induced recession: the metric, which tracks the percentage of the working-age population currently employed or searching for a position, remained unchanged at 62.4% in January. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell has remarked that the workforce “participation gap” is largely the result of “excess retirements” that occurred beyond “what would have been expected from population aging alone.”

    Price levels for many products and services meanwhile remain elevated. Food prices and shelter costs have increased 10.4% and 7.5% year-over-year, respectively, even as headline inflation figures decrease due to a more recent decline in certain energy prices, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    Biden administration officials have nevertheless taken credit for the employment gains despite lingering inflationary pressures and supply chain bottlenecks emerging from the tight labor market. White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre recently deflected questions from journalists regarding layoffs in the technology sector and noted that dismissals “remain near record lows according to job openings data.”

    President Joe Biden responded to the newly released unemployment data on social media by proclaiming that “jobs are going up, inflation is going down, and my economic plan is working.”

    House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith (R-MO) said in a statement provided to The Daily Wire that the state of the economy does not reflect the “false advertising” from the administration. “Any job growth is good news, but labor force participation is still disappointingly below pre-pandemic levels,” he remarked. “Democrats’ war on work made sitting at home and collecting a check more profitable than getting a job. Better policies are needed for stronger job and wage growth.”

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    UPDATE: Teacher Who Was Brutally Attacked by 9th-Grade Girl Hospitalized and Unable to Walk, Student Charged



    A Georgia teacher who was brutally attacked by a 9th-grade girl last week was hospitalized and said to be unable to walk; the student who beat on her was charged with aggravated battery.

    The vicious beatdown was caught on video last Thursday at Heritage High School in Conyers, the Rockdale Citizen reported.

    One video shows a female student hollering in a female teacher’s face inside a classroom: “I don’t give a f*** if you’re an adult or not! You’re not gonna talk to me like that, you dumbass bitch!”

    The student is seen pushing or striking the teacher with both hands, and the teacher appears to put her hands up in order to protect herself. As the teacher walks away from the student and heads to the door, the student follows her and hollers, “Bitch, you’re not gonna talk to me like that! You’re not gonna talk to me like that!”

    While the teacher is in the hallway, the student attempts to close the door, but the teacher steps back into the doorway, and things escalate. “Do not put your hands on me!” the teacher tells the student.

    But the violence spirals out of control as the student repeatedly hits the teacher and grabs the teacher’s hair while the teacher appears to attempt to protect herself; students in the classroom react with hoots and hollers.

    A second video shot from an opposite angle across the hallway shows the teacher and student grappling and then tumbling upon the hallway floor. The student quickly gets on top of the teacher and repeatedly hits her until she’s pulled away.

    The paper said the teacher apparently didn’t strike the student.

    The second video appears to show the teacher’s right leg buckle before she falls; at the end of the second clip, the teacher is heard saying, “My leg’s broken.”

    The Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office told the paper the teacher was injured and is recovering, and the student was detained and taken to a juvenile facility.

    The sheriff’s office on Wednesday told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution the student was charged with aggravated battery. Rockdale County Public Schools told WSB-TV the student has been suspended.

    A GoFundMe campaign was launched on behalf of the teacher — identified as Tiwana Turner — to raise money as she recovers. The GoFundMe page says Turner is an English language arts teacher who’s “taught in public education for the past 27 years.”

    “When Ms. Turner attempted to redirect the off-task behavior of one of the students, the student proceeded to physically attack her,” the GoFundMe page adds. “During the attack, Ms. Turner was thrown to the ground and sustained multiple injuries. She is currently hospitalized with knee and leg injuries, and is unable to walk. She will not be returning to work anytime soon, and she will require extensive rehabilitation and therapy.”

    As of Thursday afternoon, just over $11,000 of the $50,000 goal has been raised.

    A separate WSB story published Wednesday reported that a Heritage High School teacher has been fired and arrested allegedly for body-slamming a student while trying to prevent a fight in December.

    Edward Senter — who also was athletic director — faces a simple assault charge, the station said.

    WSB said it reached out to Senter but didn’t hear back from him; the station added that a request to interview Rockdale County Public Schools Superintendent Terry Oatts was denied.

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    However, when Channel 2 asked a district spokesperson how can parents feel safe when their kids are at this school, they said they have a weapons detection system, plenty of surveillance cameras, clear backpacks for all students and more school police on campus than they did last year.

    WSB said parents are questioning what kind of parenting is going on at home.

    “The parents are being friends instead of being parents,” parent Cora Wilson told the station. “There’s a lot of fights here every day, and it’s ridiculous. It makes no sense.”

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