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The biennial Presidents Cup which is held since 1994 is a real delight for golf fans. This cup selects a team of U.S. best golfers against a group of players from abroad, without European players, which are part of U.S. in the Ryder Cup.

This year’s Presidents Cup that will take place in Jersey City at Liberty National Golf Club happens in the middle of national’s anthem protests at sporting events.

The protests had various of manifestations, starting from kneeling at the national anthem to staying in the locker room. Everything started when Colin Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem, and the protest spread to the WNBA, MLB, women’s pro soccer and even youth sports.

President Trump stated on Friday that team owners should outset all the players who don’t honor the American anthem. After all the reactions against his comments, many wondered how the golf team will respond.

Steve Stricker, the U.S. captain, during a press conference, was asked about the possibility of national anthem protest of a Team USA.

He stated that he believes none of the team players will do that:

“We’ve had that discussion already,” Stricker stated. “None of my players want to do that.”

“We are going to do what we always do, and that’s take off our hat and put our hands across our chest and over our heart and respect the flag. So that’s what we’re planning on doing,” he added.

The assistant captain of Team USA, David Love III, stated on the Golf Channel: “I think President Trump is right. There is a time for protest, and it probably isn’t during the national anthem.”

He thinks that the protests can move to other phase and manifestations “with our votes” and “letters to our congressmen.”

Rickie Fowler on Sunday made a statement concerning this issue: “I don’t think there’s ever going to be a situation where I don’t recognize the national anthem,” he said for ESPN. “There’s a lot that went into giving us the freedom.”

“For me, personally, being around [instructor] Butch [Harmon], someone who fought in Vietnam, the flag represents a lot. I’m going to pay respect to the people who gave us rights and our freedom,” he continued.

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  • bluewren says:

    Well I think it shows Golf has a higher need for intelligence than just the brute strength of football.

  • gino says:

    This is my country and I will always respect our beautiful flag and national anthem and will always stand and be proud to live in this great country and thank you Ricky Fowler and the PGA for their wonderful comments. God Bless America and our President.

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    Rep. George Santos Steps Down from Committee Assignments



    After facing weeks of allegations that he fabricated key details of his past and defrauded individuals, Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.) has announced his decision to step down—at least temporarily—from his congressional committee assignments.

    Santos informed his Republican House colleagues of his decision to temporarily recuse himself from his committee assignments during a closed-door meeting today. Santos told his colleagues he wanted to step down for the time being while he works to clear up a series of allegations that have arisen in recent weeks.

    House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said he felt Santos had made the “appropriate decision.”

    The freshman congressman has been accused of fabricating numerous details about his family background, education, and work history. Santos had claimed on his biography that he had obtained “degrees in finance and economics” from Baruch College and New York University, and had worked for Citigroup and Goldman Sachs.

    In December, Santos admitted to some “resume embellishments,” confessing he hadn’t graduated from Baruch College or any college for that matter. Santos said he also overstated that he worked for two Wall Street firms and said he instead worked for a company called Link Bridge, which did business with both firms. Santos also admitted to lying about owning 13 different properties.

    Santos faced other allegations including that he had falsely said he was Jewish. In an interview with the New York Post Santos said he had “never claimed to be Jewish.”

    Santos was also recently accused of defrauding a veteran who was trying to raise money for a surgical procedure for his dog. The veteran claimed he came into contact with Santos, who was going by the alias Anthony Devolder. The U.S. Navy veteran, Richard Osthoff, said Devolder set up a GoFundMe crowdfunding page for the medical procedure for the dog, but ultimately kept the money and cut off contact with the veteran, allowing the dog to die without the necessary medical treatment. Santos has entirely denied Osthoff’s claims, tweeting that “the reports that I would let a dog die is [sic] shocking & insane.”

    Santos was assigned to the House Committee on Small Business and to the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee. McCarthy had given Santos those relatively low-profile assignments amid criticisms and calls for Santos to resign from Congress altogether.

    Santos has repeatedly rejected calls for his resignation over his fabrications, including from members of his own party.

    “George Santos’s campaign last year was a campaign of deceit, lies, and fabrication,” Joseph Cairo, chairman of the Nassau County GOP, said in a recent press conference.

    New York GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy also said that “it would be in the best interest of the taxpayers to have new leadership” representing the district in Congress.

    “I was hired by the voters and I will be fired by the voters, not by the Democrat Party or the Republican Party or the media,” Santos said in a recent interview.

    Though he stepped down from his committee assignments on Tuesday, Santos remains committed to serving out his term.

    McCarthy and some other Republicans reiterated that Santos could eventually return.

    “The voters have elected him,” McCarthy told reporters after the Republican meeting on Tuesday. “He’ll have a voice here in Congress. And until he answers all those [ethics] questions, then at that time, he’ll be able to be seated on committees.”

    Santos has argued that he is being held to a different standard than the one applied to Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), who made false claims that he served in the military in Vietnam during the war, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who embellished her Native American heritage.

    Some Democrats have also vocally criticized Santos.

    “I’m just struck by the chaos, confusion, dysfunction of the Republican Conference. They defended putting him on committees and now they’re announcing that he’s not going to serve on committees,” Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-Calif.) said on Tuesday.

    Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) said, “I also urge George Santos to listen to his Republican and Democratic constituents and also resign from Congress as well.”

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    DeSantis Responds to Trump over Ongoing Series of Criticisms



    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis responded Tuesday to an ongoing series of criticisms leveled at him by former President Donald Trump.

    Trump took his latest swing at DeSantis on Saturday, claiming that the governor — whom he has previously nicknamed “Ron DeSanctimonious” — was misguided in COVID-19 pandemic policies in Florida.

    “There are Republican governors that did not close their states. Florida was closed for a long period of time.” Trump said to reporters. “They’re trying to rewrite history.”

    Trump went further during his Saturday events in New Hampshire and South Carolina, claiming that DeSantis owes his success to the Trump administration and that a hypothetical presidential bid would be insulting.

    Trump said, “Ron would have not been governor if it wasn’t for me. So, when I hear he might run, I consider that very disloyal.”

    Speaking at a press conference, DeSantis was asked about Trump’s comments.

    “Trump has criticized you a number of times in the past couple of days on a number of different issues, one of them being COVID in the state,” said Daily Caller reporter Henry Rodgers.

    DeSantis cited his recent landslide victory with Florida voters.

    “Well, look, what I would just say is this. I roll out of bed, I have people attacking me from all angles,” the Florida governor said. “It’s been happening for many, many years. And if you look at the good thing about it, though, is if you take a crisis situation like COVID, you know — the good thing about it is when you’re an elected executive, you have to make all kinds of decisions. You got to steer that ship.”

    DeSantis continued, “And the good thing is that the people are able to render a judgment on that, whether they reelect you or not. And 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.”

    Until recently, Trump was the clear and overwhelming front-runner in the early 2024 GOP presidential nomination polls. However, in a handful of national surveys released last month, Trump trailed DeSantis, whose standing with conservatives across the country has soared over the past three years.

    DeSantis was overwhelmingly reelected in November for a second term leading Florida, a one-time battleground state that has turned increasingly red the past two cycles.

    “We won by the largest raw vote margin over 1.5 million votes than any governor candidate has ever had in Florida history,” DeSantis said Tuesday. “And in fact, we almost doubled the previous record, which I think was like [a] 780,000-vote margin. And so what I would just say is that verdict has been rendered by the people of the state of Florida.”

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    Hunter Biden Threatened an Assistant: Video-Sex or No Pay



    Hunter Biden threatened one of his cash-strapped young female staffers with withholding her pay if she didn’t FaceTime him for sex.

    Shocking texts between the President’s son, 52, and his young assistant, who was 29 at the time, show Hunter asking for video sex sessions and sending her cash via Apple Pay after she pleaded that she was struggling to make rent.

    The woman, who DailyMail.com has chosen not to identify, worked as an assistant at Hunter’s law firm, Owasco, in 2018 and 2019. She is the fourth employee he is known to have had a sexual relationship with.

    Documents on his abandoned laptop show Hunter put his lover and brother’s widow Hallie Biden on his company payroll, as well as her sister Liz Secundy, with whom he also had an affair, texts reveal.

    He also hired his daughter’s basketball coach, reportedly former stripper Lunden Roberts, but ended her employment and stopped responding to her messages after she told him she was pregnant with his child. Roberts eventually had to sue him for child support.

    Messages and emails involving his now 33-year-old assistant first appear on Hunter’s laptop in June 2018, when he flew her from Los Angeles to Washington DC.

    Hunter filmed and photographed her having sex with him around that time and saved the images on his laptop.

    The part-time model and fitness instructor was given important administrative tasks at his company, such as receiving Burisma board documents for Hunter to sign.

    In January 2019, she emailed Hunter’s secretary asking why she had not received her December paycheck of $837.06 and why her company health insurance was not active.

    Two months later he sent her $500 by Apple Pay and complained he had ‘really no money’ due to ‘alimony tuitions and other s**t like girls insurance etc’.

    He told her: ‘youre as beautiful to me inside as you so obviously are on the outside. Miss you very much and feel horrible for having treated you so poorly.’

    He invited her to New Hampshire but she told him: ‘I can’t afford the plane ticket and I barely can even make my rent this month.’

    Days later he texted her saying he would pay her but that she had to video chat with him.

    ‘I will [m]ake up for back pay. You have to make up for back work. By FTiming me and/or going to our next-club party,’ Hunter wrote to his young employee.

    ‘When can you face time? If we FT the rule has to be no talk of anything but sex and we must be naked and we have to do whatever the other person asks within reason.’

    ‘When can you talk? I can later tonight,’ she replied.

    In between the messages Hunter sent his assistant a total of $2,750 via Apple Pay.

    The First Son asked his assistant to ‘Set phone up [so] I can spy on you showering’ and ‘Show me how you play with yourself’.

    In June 2018 Hunter photographed her holding his penis and lying naked on his bed, and saved the photos on his abandoned laptop.

    Texts show Hunter made sexual comments to his employee. After she texted him a photo in October 2018 he wrote back: ‘Well you’ve now proven to everyone that you have the greatest A** in the whole world ever and… I’m hiding in the cabana.’

    The woman is named in Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) filed by JP Morgan Chase bank to the Treasury, flagging transactions by Hunter and his company.

    The confidential reports, obtained by right wing transparency nonprofit Marco Polo, list wire payments from Hunter or his company to the woman in 2018 totaling $44,500.08.

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    FBI Searched Biden’s Private Office At Penn Biden Center Months Ago



    Federal law enforcement officials reportedly searched President Joe Biden’s private office at the Penn Biden Center months ago after Biden’s legal team reported finding classified material there.

    CBS News reported that the search was conducted with the cooperation of Biden’s team and that a search warrant was not needed.

    The White House, Biden’s lawyers, and Biden’s Justice Department have not previously disclosed the fact that the FBI was at the building searching the office.

    Classified documents connected with Biden were first found in his private office at the Penn Biden Center, a think tank in Washington, D.C., on November 2, less than a week before the 2022 midterm elections. Since then, Biden’s attorneys have located more classified documents at Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, on several separate occasions: an unspecified number found in the garage on December 20, one document found in Biden’s study on January 11, and five more found in the study on January 12.

    Federal officials confirmed two weeks ago that they found more classified material during a 13-hour FBI search of Biden’s home on January 20.

    CNN reported last week that while Biden’s team claimed they were cooperative in dealing with the Department of Justice, federal investigators were prepared to get a search warrant if Biden did not consent to being searched.

    U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed former U.S. Attorney Robert Hur — who served during the Trump administration — to serve as special counsel in the investigation after the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois John Lausch, who was assigned to do an initial review of the case, recommended to Garland that a special counsel be appointed.

    CNN described the special counsel investigation by Hur as a “full-blown criminal investigation.”

    Biden made his first remarks about the investigation two weeks ago, telling reporters that it “quite frankly bugs” him that he was being asked questions about the matter.

    “We’re fully cooperating, looking forward to getting this resolved quickly,” Biden claimed. “I think you’re gonna find there’s nothing there. I have no regrets. I’m following what the lawyers have told me they want me to do — that’s exactly what we’re doing. There’s no there, there.”

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    Google Fired Exec For Not Being ‘Inclusive’ By Favoring High Performers, Lawsuit Alleges



    A former high-ranking Google executive, who was allegedly sexually harassed by his boss, was later fired by the tech giant for failing to be “inclusive” simply because he favored high-performing employees, according to a lawsuit filed in New York federal court.

    In August, Google fired Ryan Olohan as managing director of food, beverage, and restaurants, telling him it was because he was not “inclusive” enough, according to the lawsuit.

    “In response to Olohan’s request during the call for specifics as to why Google believed he was not inclusive, Google’s Employee Investigations team explained that he had shown favoritism towards high performers, which it considered ‘non-inclusive,’ and commented on employees’ walking pace and hustle, which it considered ‘ableist,’” the suit said.

    In February 2022, Adam Stewart, vice president of Google’s consumer, government & entertainment division, told Olohan that there were “obviously too many white guys” in the division and in July, Stewart and the company’s human resources department “encouraged Olohan to terminate the employment of a male member of his team and replace him with a female hire,” the suit said.

    The suit said that the vague references to “inclusion” seemed to simply fault Olohan for being a white male. “Defendants discriminated against Olohan because of his gender and race, in violation of his statutory rights,” the suit said.

    The allegations of non-inclusion against Olohan are notable because his online footprint suggests that he, in fact, had an unusually strong commitment to inclusion.

    Olohan has seven children who are racial minorities because his wife is Asian. In his spare time, the ex-tech exec runs an ice cream parlor whose goal is to foster inclusivity by employing people with Down syndrome, according to a 2020 article about his shop—which is called “Seven Scoops” and has the motto “Many Flavors One Community.”

    The New Jersey ice cream shop donated more than $70,000 to needy people in its first six months, and Olohan organized a camp-out in which dozens of children slept in tents outside the store to raise money and build empathy for the homeless, it said.

    “My life revolves around God, family, Google and Seven Scoops – in that order,” Olohan said in the article.

    The lawsuit says Google lavished praise on Olohan for being a high performer, promoting him rapidly and giving him its “Founders Award” every year, which comes with a $250,000 equity grant.

    The lawsuit says that Olohan himself was the victim of sexual harassment at work, which the company did not seem interested in policing. A female employee, Tiffany Miller, allegedly drunkenly “rubbed his stomach” at a work party and told him he had “such a nice body,” the lawsuit said. Olohan filed a human resources complaint, but the company did nothing—with an HR rep noting that if the situation was “reversed,” with a man coming onto a woman, it would have, the lawsuit said.

    Olohan sued Google as well as Miller, saying Miller repeatedly accused him of “microaggressions” in retaliation, but that human resources officials were present for his remarks and confirmed that he had not microaggressed, it said.

    Google said in a statement “This employee was terminated with cause after a thorough investigation of complaints by numerous employees. We firmly stand by our decision here and we will vigorously defend ourselves against these claims.”

    Olohan did not return a request for comment.

    A representative for Miller said in a statement that “This lawsuit is a fictional account of events filled with numerous falsehoods, fabricated by a disgruntled ex-employee, who was senior to Ms. Miller at Google. Ms. Miller never made any ‘advance’ toward Mr. Olohan, which witnesses can readily corroborate. Even more disturbing is the overt sexism and racism in Mr. Olohan‘s efforts to blame others for his termination.”

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    House Passes Bills Ending COVID Emergency, Health Care Worker Vaccine Mandate



    With Republicans back in the majority, the U.S. House of Representatives on Jan. 31 passed a series of bills related to the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccines.

    The GOP majority in the lower chamber took up two COVID-19 bills on Tuesday, with many others still on the docket for possible consideration later this year.

    The first bill would officially declare an end to the public health emergency of the COVID-19 pandemic. The second bill would end the vaccine mandate for health care workers at institutions that receive federal funding.

    During the 117th Congress, the Democrat majority in both chambers largely marched in lockstep with President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 policies, including vaccine mandates.

    Republicans, on the other hand, have pointed to the low risk the virus poses to younger people and those without pre-existing health conditions. Many Republicans opposed vaccine mandates as a violation of Americans’ rights to choose which drugs they put into their bodies.

    Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) said the two bills being considered will “restore our constitutional rights and freedoms after two long years of Democrats COVID-19 power grab policies.”

    In many places, Americans found themselves effectively barred from leaving their homes amid mandatory lockdowns, which in turn caused substantial mental health and socialization issues among young adults and children.

    “The extended COVID lockdowns like the ones we saw in my home state of New York caused irreparable damage to our children’s development, financial strain on our small businesses and unnecessary deaths among our most vulnerable seniors,” Stefanik said.

    The bill passed by Republicans, the first in a round of two expected votes, would end a federal vaccine mandate for health care workers at facilities that receive federal funding.

    The bill passed in a 227–203 vote, including 7 Democrats supporting the measure.

    Biden announced the health care mandate as part of a larger declaration announcing vaccine mandates for all federal civilian and military personnel. Many Americans, including those with significant reservations about the novel vaccine, which has not undergone long-term testing, were faced with the choice to take the jab or lose their jobs.

    In an interview with The Epoch Times, Lt. Col. Adam Conrad, who asked that his name be changed to protect him from retribution by the Department of Defense, described the effects of this mandate on servicemembers.

    “I’ve never seen morale so low,” he said.

    While federal employees were targeted most by Biden’s mandates, private institutions, hospitals, and clinics that received federal funding were also subject to the mandates. In this case, the mandates came not from the president but from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

    The CMS mandate, which doesn’t allow a testing opt-out, covers more than 17 million health care workers.

    Guidelines on the CMS website read: “[Health care] staff must be fully vaccinated (with the exception of those who have been granted exemptions from the COVID-19 vaccine or for those staff for whom the COVID-19 vaccination must be temporarily delayed, as recommended by CDC).”

    In January 2022, the Supreme Court declined to strike down the vaccine requirement for health care workers, while at the same time agreeing to strike down a business mandate.

    The Freedom for Health Care Workers Act would roll back this mandate on health care workers.

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    “Workers were forced to lose their jobs over that vaccine mandate that wasn’t even in law. It was a ruling that came out of [the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services]. Let’s get those health care workers back to work,” Scalise said. “Let’s continue as the heroes that they are not tried to shame them, or terminate their careers, because they didn’t get vaccinated from COVID.”

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    Tim Allen Fires Back at Pamela Anderson Over Allegation of Impropriety Before TV Show Filming



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    According to Allen, executives at ABC/Disney are “disappointed” in her, suggesting that she has a poor memory.

    “She was a great co-worker, I’ll tell you that. She’s a fun girl. Everybody loved her, but everybody at ABC is a little disappointed in her … memory, put it that way,” he told the Daily Mail last week. “All of us at Disney/ABC, really.”

    By contrast, when Allen was asked if his memory is good, he responded, “Yeah.” In effect, then, Allen is accusing Anderson of misremembering something that he says never happened.

    The alleged incident, which Anderson revealed in her memoir that was released on Tuesday, would have taken place in 1991 before the taping of the “Home Improvement” pilot episode.

    Prior to taping, Anderson alleged that Allen flashed her. She wrote in her book, according to Variety:

    On the first day of filming, I walked out of my dressing room, and Tim was in the hallway in his robe. He opened his robe and flashed me quickly — completely naked underneath. He said it was only fair, because he had seen me naked. Now we’re even. I laughed uncomfortably.

    After the allegation surfaced last week, Allen denied that it ever happened.

    “No, it never happened. I would never do such a thing,” he told Variety.

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    “This true story is just one of many surreal and uncomfortable situations I learned to navigate,” Anderson later said in a statement. “My book goes into how it made me feel over the course of my life and, in this case, my career. I have no ill will toward Tim. But like the rest, it should never have happened.”

    In yet another interview, this time with Variety, Anderson appeared to defend Allen, though she did not retract her allegations.

    “Tim is a comedian, it’s his job to cross the line. I’m sure he had no bad intentions,” she said. “Times have changed, though. I doubt anyone would try that post-#MeToo. It’s a new world.”

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    Wrestling Legend Hulk Hogan ‘Can’t Feel His Lower Body’ After Latest Surgery



    Wrestling legend Hulk Hogan reportedly has been left without feeling in his lower body after his latest surgery.

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    “Hogan had his back surgery again. He had the nerves cut from his lower body. He can’t feel his lower body,” Angle stated, according to the Toronto Sun. “So let’s use his cane to walk around. I thought he was using the cane because he had pain in his back. He doesn’t have any pain. He has nothing at all. He can’t feel anything.

    “So now he can’t feel his legs,” Angle continued. “So he has to walk with a cane which is, you know, that’s pretty serious, man. … I mean, I really feel for Hogan. He put his heart and soul into the business and it ate him up.”

    “He’s the guy that revolutionized pro wrestling. I have so much respect for him,” Angle concluded.

    In 2021, Brooke Hogan, Hogan’s daughter, spoke of the ordeal he had gone through over the previous ten years, saying, “We counted how many surgeries he’s had in the last 10 years and I think we’re at 25. He’s had both shoulders scoped and he had his whole bicep and his bursa sac and everything tied up in his shoulder last year. That was a disaster. He got MRSA and it was like a big thing. So we had to go back and undo tons of physical therapy. He’s had both of his knees replaced multiple times, I think twice on both. He’s had his hips done. He’s had his elbow scope.”

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    ‘Targeted’ Mass Shooting Rocks Lakeland, Florida: Suspects at Large



    A mass shooting rocked Lakeland, Florida, on Monday afternoon — leaving at least ten people injured, two of them critically so.

    According to a report from CNN, there may have been as many as four shooters in a dark-blue four-door Nissan that pulled up to the scene prior to the shooting and drove away immediately after it was over.

    “The vehicle slowed, did not stop, and the four windows went down. It appeared to be occupied by four shooters in the vehicle,” Lakeland Police Department Chief Sam Taylor explained. “They started firing from all four windows of the vehicle and shooting males on both sides.”

    Taylor said that the police believe the shooting was targeted, and noted that the blue Nissan had temporary tags and was the subject of an ongoing active search.

    “We will be out most of the night trying to figure out who these individuals are in the vehicle,” Taylor added.

    Authorities found an undisclosed amount of marijuana at the scene, and Taylor said police have theorized that there may have been sales going on at the time of the shooting. “Whether that is significant or related to this is unknown.”

    According to a Monday afternoon press conference, four officers were on the scene just one minute after the calls came in reporting the shooting — and they were able to locate three victims and have them transported to local hospitals. The remaining victims were transported to the hospital in personal vehicles after reportedly suffering non-life-threatening injuries.


    Surveillance video from a nearby location caught audio of the shots as they rang out on Monday afternoon.

    Gun control advocates quickly attempted to tie the shooting — which police believe was related to the drug dealing that was allegedly happening at the scene — to efforts by Republicans in the Florida legislature allow residents to carry concealed weapons without a permit.

    Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) tweeted, “My heart aches for the victims, families and whole community. America, esp. FLA, endures too many mass shootings. But don’t miss this sick reality: as Lakeland copes w/ this tragedy, @GovRonDeSantis and @TheFLGOP announced plans to put more guns in hands of untrained residents.”

    “Gun violence is the leading cause of death for children in America. In #Lakeland, children had just exited their school bus nearby before this shooting. Turning #Florida into the Wild West will lead to more death and tragedy. Tell state lawmakers we want safer communities!” Congresswoman Kathy Castor (D-FL) added.

    Congressman Ritchie Torres (D-NY) weighed in as well, saying, “JUST NOW: A mass shooting in Lakeland, Florida has left 10 people injured. Yet Ron DeSantis wants people to freely carry firearms without a permit, which will cause even more guns to fall into the hands of even more mass shooters.”

    House Bill 543 was introduced in the Florida House on Monday, and would allow legal owners to carry a concealed firearm without applying for a specific concealed-carry permit.

    “The background checks, the requirements all the same. It’ll be the same honest people and the other states that have done this have had no problems. So that’s why we’re all excited about seeing this happen,” AW Peterson Gun Shop owner Carey Baker said.

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    Thieves Are Stealing Millions in California Food Stamp Dollars Every Month. Here’s How



    Millions of dollars are stolen from Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards every month in California due to a lack of basic security features, leaving low-income recipients without funds and unable to pay for their groceries, CalMatters reported Monday.

    California offers food aid to 2.8 million families a year through the service, according to CalMatters. The cards are vulnerable to theft due to a lack of security chips, which prevent thieves from utilizing “skimming” devices to copy card numbers and illegally withdraw funds.

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    The California Department of Social Services estimates $8 million in monthly EBT card theft for the next fiscal year, up from $6 million, as reported by CalMatters. Without proper security features, scammers can easily install hidden cameras to retrieve PIN numbers, according to the department.

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    Alec Baldwin to Be Formally Charged Tuesday in Shooting Death of Cinematographer



    Alec Baldwin will reportedly be charged with involuntary manslaughter on Tuesday in the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

    In October 2021, Baldwin fired a prop gun that contained live ammunition on the set of the film “Rust” which killed Hutchins, 42, and injured director Joel Souza, 49.

    Earlier this month, criminal charges against Baldwin, along with the film’s armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, were announced but not officially filed.

    If convicted, Baldwin and Gutierrez-Reed face up to five years in prison.

    David Halls, the film’s assistant director took a misdemeanor plea deal for handing the loaded gun to Baldwin.

    According to the New York Post, prosecutors will make the charging documents, the probable cause statement, and Halls’ plea agreement public on Tuesday.

    A spokesperson for First Judicial District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies’ office in Santa Fe, New Mexico said, “The District Attorney and the special prosecutor are fully focused on securing justice for Halyna Hutchins. The evidence and the facts speak for themselves.”

    Special prosecutor Andrea Reeb said earlier this month, “If any one of these three people; Alec Baldwin, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, or David Halls had done their job, Halyna Hutchins would be alive today. It’s that simple.”

    New Mexico’s Occupational Health and Safety Bureau fined Rust Movie Productions $136,793, the maximum possible fine in April 2022 and issued a “scathing narrative of safety failures in violation of standard industry protocols,” which included testimony that the production’s managers took little to no action to address two previous misfires leading up to the fatal shooting.

    The agency also documented numerous gun safety complaints from crew members that they say went unnoticed and said that weapons specialists were not allowed to make decisions regarding additional safety training.

    Gutierrez-Reed previously had a number of complaints lodged against her in regard to concerns over her careless handling of weapons. She and her assistants had been allegedly irresponsible with weapons on the set of Rust and Hutchins had reportedly been advocating for safer conditions for her team.

    Baldwin had said in a 2021 interview with George Stephanopoulos that he “didn’t pull the trigger,” but an FBI analysis concluded that he did and in 2022 settled with Hutchins’ family in a wrongful death suit.

    The “30 Rock” star sued several crew members of the film for recklessness and dereliction of duty in November 2022 and named Gutierrez-Reed, Halls, Prop Master Sarah Zachry, and gun supplier Seth Kenney.

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    Democrats Vow to Audit Durham Based on New York Times’ Anonymous Sources



    A Democrat-led U.S. Senate committee is alleging that former President Donald Trump weaponized the Department of Justice—based on a New York Times report citing anonymous sources—and is vowing to examine former special counsel John Durham’s inquiry for misconduct.

    Durham had been evaluating the alleged mismanagement by law enforcement and intelligence agencies of the Trump-Russia investigation after being appointed by former Attorney General Bill Barr.

    “These reports about abuses in Special Counsel Durham’s investigation—so outrageous that even his longtime colleagues quit in protest—are but one of many instances where former President Trump and his allies weaponized the Justice Department,” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) alleged in an online statement.

    Durbin was reacting to a Jan. 26 New York Times report accusing Durham of failing to bring charges against Trump based on information from Italian officers that alleged suspicious financial dealings.

    “As we wait for the results of ongoing internal reviews, the Senate Judiciary Committee will do its part and take a hard look at these repeated episodes, and the regulations and policies that enabled them, to ensure such abuses of power cannot happen again,” Durbin added.

    The New York Times, however, admits that allegations in the report lack sources who are willing to talk on the record.

    “The current and former officials who discussed the investigation all spoke on the condition of anonymity,” the report states.

    The report was released after the U.S. House of Representatives approved the formation of the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government, in which Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) has already launched an investigation into the use of federal law enforcement and national security agencies against conservatives.

    The New York Times report further accused Durham of using Russian intelligence documents to delve into the emails of a George Soros assistant and alleges that Durham’s aide, Nora Dannehy, resigned in 2020 over questions about prosecutorial ethics concerning Michael Sussmann who was the lawyer representing Democrats during the probe into Trump’s alleged link to Russia.

    “Mr. Durham used grand jury powers to keep pursuing the emails even after a judge twice rejected his request for access to them,” the report alleges. “The emails yielded no evidence that Mr. Durham has cited in any case he pursued.”

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    Gov. Abbott Announces Texas’ First-Ever Border Czar to Counter Biden Admin’s Failings



    Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday announced the state’s first-ever border czar to address the influx of migrants coming through the U.S.-Mexico border.

    Abbott tapped veteran Border Patrol agent Mike Banks to serve as “special adviser on border matters to the governor,” in response to the Biden administration’s handling of the border crisis.

    “For nearly two years, the state of Texas has taken unprecedented, historic action under Operation Lone Star in response to the Biden administration’s refusal to secure the border,” Abbott said at a news conference on a border wall construction site in San Benito, Texas. “To continue doing what no other state in the history of our country has done to secure the border, I hired Mike Banks as the state of Texas’ first-ever border czar.”

    “As an award-winning Border Patrol agent, with decades of federal law enforcement and border security experience, Mike is the perfect choice to oversee Texas’ fight against the surge of illegal immigration, lethal drugs, and deadly weapons flowing into our state and nation,” the governor continued. “I have no doubt that Mike’s strong record of leadership and wealth of experience will provide Texans — and Americans — the level of border security expertise they deserve from a proper border czar.”

    Banks, Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steve McCraw and Texas Military Department (TMD) Maj. Gen. Thomas Suelzer were present for Abbott’s announcement.

    “I am humbled to be selected by Governor Abbott for this opportunity,” Banks said. “Protecting our nation’s border is something I have dedicated the last 23 years of my life to, and I am very passionate about it. I look forward to strengthening our relationships with law enforcement partners and the community, leveraging all that we can to further protect our great state of Texas and the United States.”

    The new Texas border czar is expected to collaborate daily with DPS, TMD and other state agencies, local officials and Texas landowners to deter and prevent migrants from entering Texas illegally through the Mexico border. He also is expected to advise Abbott on situations and strategies at the border, including plans to address migrant surges. He will be based out of Weslaco and travel along the border when necessary.

    Banks has more than 30 years of federal law enforcement leadership experience, including 23 years in border security operations and administration along the U.S.-Mexico border.

    Abbott has been highly critical of the Biden administration for its handling of the border, which has seen record numbers of illegal crossings since the president took office in January 2021.

    In response to what he’s described as the federal government’s inaction on border security, the governor has launched several initiatives aimed at addressing the border crisis, including sending buses of migrants to sanctuary cities like Washington, D.C., and New York City, allocating $4 billion in funding for Texas’ border security efforts and deploying thousands of Texas National Guard soldiers and Texas Department of Public Safety troopers.

    “No governor has dedicated more time, energy, and effort in terms of public safety, homeland security, and border security than Governor Abbott,” McCraw said at Monday’s news conference.

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    Illegal Migrants Refuse to Leave NYC Hotel After City Attempts to Relocate Them



    A group of illegal migrants, who entered into the U.S. through the southern border, are refusing to leave their free NYC hotel rooms for a migrant shelter in Brooklyn, New York, sleeping in the street to protest.

    The migrants were initially placed at the Watson Hotel in Midtown Manhattan, but their schedule for relocation to a new migrant relief center, the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, caused uproar late Sunday night.

    While some migrants left for the new shelter, many refused to vacate the Hell’s Kitchen hotel and rallied outside the building alongside migrant activists. The migrants who were noncompliant in the city’s relocation spent the night outside the hotel and were seen holding their ground into Monday morning.

    Democrat Mayor Eric Adams responded to the situation, affirming that the new facilities were hospitable accommodations and noting the dire need of state and government support amid the ongoing migrant crisis that is impacting the Big Apple.

    “This weekend, we began the process of moving single adult men from the Watson Hotel to Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, as we transition the hotel to meet the large number of asylum-seeking families with children,” Adams said in a statement.

    “More than 42,000 asylum seekers have arrived in New York City since last spring, and we continue to surpass our moral obligations as we provide asylum seekers with shelter, food, health care, education, and a host of other services,” the mayor continued.

    Several migrants who went to the new center immediately turned around and went back to the Watson Hotel, claiming there was a lack of heat and bathroom space at the facility.

    Despite these claims, the city assured that the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal provided the same services for the migrants seeking asylum, including heat and space.

    “The facilities at Brooklyn Cruise Terminal will provide the same services as every other humanitarian relief center in the city, and the scheduled relocations to Brooklyn Cruise Terminal this weekend took place as planned. We remain in serious need of support from both our state and federal governments.”

    The Brooklyn Cruise Terminal Humanitarian Emergency Response and Relief Center was scheduled to open after Adams said NYC had reached “its breaking point.” The center, which will close this spring ahead of cruise season, will “provide adult men with a place to stay, access support, and get to their final destination.”

    Illegal migrants are continuing to flood into New York City on a weekly basis, with Adams reporting an average of 400 people each day during one week in January, with 835 asylum seekers arriving on one single day alone earlier this month.

    Adams recently proclaimed the migrant surge at the border a “national crisis” during a visit to El Paso, Texas.

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    Joe Biden to End National Covid Emergency on May 11



    The Biden administration quietly admitted its plan to end the COVID-19 emergency declarations Monday, three years after the start of the pandemic.

    In a statement of policy from the White House Office of Management and Budget, the White House admitted that it would file one last extension of the national and public health emergency declarations on April 11, then would end both one month later, on May 11. The memo comes in response to two bills in Congress that would force the end of these declarations.

    “The COVID-19 national emergency and public health emergency (PHE) were declared by the Trump Administration in 2020,” OMB said in its statement. “They are currently set to expire on March 1 and April 11, respectively. At present, the Administration’s plan is to extend the emergency declarations to May 11, and then end both emergencies on that date. This wind-down would align with the Administration’s previous commitments to give at least 60 days’ notice prior to termination of the PHE.”

    “To be clear, continuation of these emergency declarations until May 11 does not impose any restriction at all on individual conduct with regard to COVID-19.,” OMB continued. “They do not impose mask mandates or vaccine mandates. They do not restrict school or business operations. They do not require the use of any medicines or tests in response to cases of COVID-19.”

    But the policy was announced in a statement intended to criticize two bills in the House of Representatives that would end the emergency declarations by force. The first, H.R. 382, a.k.a. the ‘‘Pandemic is Over Act,” was introduced by Kentucky Republican Rep. Brett Guthrie; it would terminate the public health emergency. The second, House Joint Resolution 7, was authored by Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar; it would terminate the national emergency.

    In its statement, the White House railed against the two bills. First, the White House claimed that terminating the Declaration would create chaos in the health care system. Ending the public health emergency would jeopardize Medicaid funding given to states by abruptly ending provisions passed by Congress, the OMB memo argued.

    Furthermore, the OMB argued that ending the emergency would create chaos in hospitals and nursing homes by doing away with the flexibilities from the pandemic, disrupting care, delaying payments, and costing facilities money. Ending the emergency would also jeopardize telehealth services, the office claimed.

    Second, the end of the public health emergency will end Title 42. The administration is still trying to end the policy that allows border agents to turn migrants away on an expedited basis, but it was stopped by the Supreme Court. “[I]f H.R. 382
    becomes law and the Title 42 restrictions end precipitously, Congress will effectively be requiring the Administration to allow thousands of migrants per day into the country immediately without the necessary policies in place,” the policy memo argued.

    “The Administration strongly opposes enactment of H.R. 382 and H.J. Res. 7, which would be a grave disservice to the American people,” the OMB concluded.

    The Biden administration has struggled to put forth a consistent message since President Joe Biden declared that “the pandemic is over” in a 60 Minutes interview in September. Last week, Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre repeated that the pandemic is not yet over. “COVID isn’t over. We’ve been very clear about that,” Jean-Pierre said at a briefing Tuesday. “Hundreds of Americans are dying every day and cases are increasing right now today. That’s why we take common sense measures like COVID testing ahead of large indoor gatherings at the White House.”

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    Woke Makeup Brand Shares Photo of Bearded Man Wearing Bright Pink Lip Cream



    NYX Professional Makeup, a L’Oréal brand, shared photos on social media of what appeared to be a bearded man wearing bright pink lip cream.

    Some people responded positively to an Instagram post featuring the abnormal sight, but others were repulsed by the post and NYX’s promotion of left-wing ideology.

    “Men always trying to take the spotlight away from us women. Stay in your own lane,” one person commented.

    “Feminist: Women are just as good as men Also Feminist: Men are women too,” someone else wrote.

    “PLEASE STOP CRAMMING this need to be WOKE down our THROATS!!!!” another comment declared.

    “Stop using men to advertise for women products,” someone declared, adding, “This is disgusting.”

    “Stop canceling women and girls!!!! I’m throwing away all your products. Disgusting!” another comment said.

    “Barf! I’m sorry, but seeing this ruins, any kind of desire for this make up line,” someone noted.

    “So sick of this woke garbage,” another person said.

    “Abhorrent! Stop trying to erase women!” another comment declared.

    “That is disgusting! These ads don’t help you. you are catering to 1% of the population. We don’t like it and will not purchase your product! I am women, hear me roar. This is a man with a beard. Nasty!” another comment read.

    The NYX brand is openly pro-LGBT, noting on its website that it “is a proud ally of the Los Angeles LGBT Center. In 2022, we are dedicated to supporting the center’s services with a $135k+ donation, celebrating the community with colorful products along with the voluntary time and expertise of our makeup artists.”

    The brand has also pushed the leftist gender-bending movement by posting a video that conveys the message, “Makeup has no gender.”

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    Pro-Life Father Arrested by FBI Acquitted on Federal Charges



    A Catholic pro-life activist facing 11 years in prison for allegedly violating a federal law prohibiting people from blocking others from entering an abortion clinic was acquitted on Monday following a week-long trial.

    Mark Houck leads a nonprofit group that counsels women outside of abortion clinics in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was providing sidewalk counseling when, the Department of Justice says, he assaulted an abortion escort twice “because he was a volunteer reproductive health care clinic escort.”

    “Assault is always a serious offense, and under the [Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances] FACE Act, if the victim is targeted because of their association with a reproductive healthcare clinic, it is a federal crime,” U.S. Attorney Jacqueline Romero said in a DOJ press release. “Our Office and the Department of Justice are committed to prosecuting crimes which threaten the safety and rights of all individuals.”

    The FACE Act makes it a federal crime to injure, intimidate, or interfere with anyone due to their status as a provider of reproductive health care.

    Houck and his attorneys at the Thomas More Society argued, however, that this was “a political prosecution” meant to “send a message” to pro-life Americans.

    “And what’s clear from the Department of Justice at its highest levels, which is directing this case, [is] that they are trying to send a message to pro-life and people of faith: ‘Don’t mess with us,’” Thomas More Society vice president Peter Breen told Fox News. “They want to intimidate — they want to cause good people like Mark to stop praying and counseling at the abortion clinics of our country. And that’s not going to happen.”

    Breen told the outlet that the case was thrown out of state court but revived by the Biden administration nearly a year after the incident. Further, Breen said, some 20 FBI agents raided Houck’s home when they arrested him, treating him “as if he was a drug lord or a mafia boss.”

    “If he was truly a danger to the community, they wouldn’t have waited a year to prosecute,” Breen said. “Serious questions need to be asked of the attorney general. What was he thinking? Why did they do this obscene show of force against a peaceful pillar of the community?”

    Houck’s lawyers also argued that the DOJ’s claim that the FACE Act protects anyone associated with an abortion clinic is inaccurate.

    “The FACE Act was never intended to cover disputes between advocates on the public sidewalks outside of our nation’s abortion clinics,” Breen said in a statement earlier this month. “This new evidence shows clearly that Congress intended to limit the FACE Act to patients and staff working in the clinic, and not to take sides between pro-life and pro-choice counselors and escorts on the sidewalk. The Biden Department of Justice’s prosecution of Mark Houck is pure harassment, meant solely to intimidate our nation’s pro-life sidewalk counselors who provide vital resources to help pregnant women at risk for abortion.”

    Houck pleaded not guilty to the charges against him and testified at trial that he and the clinic escort, Bruce Love, had two altercations on the day in question. The first occurred while Houck was counseling two women crossing the street who left Planned Parenthood, Catholic News Agency reported. Love allegedly chased Houck about 100 feet in an attempt to stop him from counseling the women, Life News reported. Houck claimed that Love surprised and made contact with him, causing him to ask, “What are you doing?” and reflexively elbow the escort in the hip to move him out of the way. The prosecution argued that Houck elbowed Love unprovoked because of his status as a clinic escort.

    After this, Houck said Love left the clinic and stood near Houck’s 12-year-old son while taunting Houck Sr., saying, “You’re hurting women. You don’t care about women.”

    Houck said Love also repeatedly disparaged him to his son, who testified on Friday that Love stood about an arm’s length away from him near the clinic.

    “I moved away… because I was scared,” the younger Houck testified, adding that Love told him, “Your dad’s a bad person. Your dad’s harassing women.”

    It was after Houck repeatedly told Love to stop harassing his son that Houck said he pushed Love away.

    The jury deadlocked on Friday after two-and-a-half hours of deliberation, telling U.S. District Judge Gerald Pappert that they didn’t think they could come to a conclusion given more time. Pappert sent the jury home but instructed them to return Monday morning and continue deliberations anyway.

    On Monday, the jury acquitted Houck. Following the verdict, Breen released a statement condemning the Biden administration for pursuing his client.

    “We are, of course, thrilled with the outcome,” Breen said. “Mark and his family are now free of the cloud that the Biden administration threw upon them. We took on Goliath – the full might of the United States government – and won. The jury saw through and rejected the prosecution’s discriminatory case, which was harassment from day one. This is a win for Mark and the entire pro-life movement. The Biden Department of Justice’s intimidation against pro-life people and people of faith has been put in its place.”

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    DOJ Responds To Jim Jordan’s Demands In Biden Docs Probe



    The Justice Department rejected the House Judiciary Committee’s demand for records about the investigation into President Joe Biden‘s handling of classified materials.

    Assistant Attorney General Carlos Felipe Uriarte issued the agency’s response to a January 13 letter sent by Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA), who sought documents and communications underlying the inquiry, including the appointment of a special counsel the lawmakers said had raised “fundamental oversight questions” that are “routinely” examined by their panel.

    Citing “longstanding policy,” Uriarte said the Justice Department is averse to sharing “non-public information” central to an ongoing investigation because doing so “could violate statutory requirements or court orders, reveal roadmaps for our investigations, and interfere with the Department’s ability to gather facts, interview witnesses and bring criminal prosecutions where warranted.”

    Disclosures from active investigations “risk jeopardizing those investigations and creating the appearance that Congress may be exerting improper political pressure or attempting to influence Department decisions in certain cases,” Uriarte added. “Judgments about whether and how to pursue a matter are, and must remain, the exclusive responsibility of the Department.”

    All that really was explained in detail in the new letter was an already-established timeline of events on steps taken after classified materials were first found in November at Biden’s think tank office in Washington, D.C., and later his Wilmington, Delaware, residence. That includes an initial review by U.S. Attorney John Lausch, and, at his recommendation, Attorney General Merrick Garland appointing former U.S. Attorney Robert Hur as special counsel to examine whether “any person or entity violated the law in connection with this matter.”

    The letter, published in full Monday by the Washington Examiner, refrained from directly addressing particular records about the run-up to the special counsel investigation or various records from the Justice Department, FBI, or the White House also sought by Jordan and Johnson. Uriarte said the Justice Department would abide by regulations he cited as reasons for the agency’s limited ability to report to Congress, but he encouraged the GOP lawmakers to contact his office for further assistance.

    “Our Members are rightly concerned about the Justice Department’s double standard here. After all, some of the Biden documents were found at a think tank that has received funds from communist China,” Jordan spokesman Russell Dye said in a statement. “It’s concerning, to say the least, that the Department is more interested in playing politics than cooperating.”

    It remains to be seen whether Republicans in control of the House will escalate the showdown as they gear up for multiple investigations into the Biden administration. Jordan told CNN last week lawmakers are “definitely looking at asking for documents via subpoena.” Among the concerns raised by Jordan and others are the prospect of unauthorized possession of classified materials dating back to Biden’s time as a senator and vice president.

    Frustrations have also been mounting on the Senate side even as Biden’s team insists they are cooperating with the National Archives and Justice Department. Democrats and Republicans on the Senate Intelligence Committee left a classified briefing last week in an uproar, with leaders of the panel arguing they were being prevented from performing their congressional oversight duties because the U.S intelligence community refused to show records at the center of the Biden documents scandal as well as records at the heart of a separate special counsel inquiry into former President Donald Trump’s handling of documents.

    Uriarte sent a response to Senate Intelligence Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA) and Vice Chairman Marco Rubio (R-FL) over the weekend. In that letter, reported by CBS News, Uriarte assured the senators the Justice Department was “working with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to support the provision of information that will satisfy the Committee’s responsibilities without harming the ongoing Special Counsel investigations.”

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    Trump Sues Bob Woodward for Nearly $50M over Release of Interview Recordings



    Former President Donald Trump is suing journalist Bob Woodward and his publisher for nearly $50 million over the inclusion of audio recordings of an interview the ex commander-in-chief did with the veteran reporter in an audiobook released last year.

    Trump, 76, alleges in the lawsuit filed on Monday that he never agreed for 19 taped interviews conducted for Woodward’s 2020 book “Rage” to be included in the audiobook “The Trump Tapes,” published by Simon & Schuster Inc. last year.

    “This case centers on Mr. Woodward’s systematic usurpation, manipulation, and exploitation of audio of President Trump gathered in connection with a series of interviews conducted by Mr. Woodward,” Trump’s lawyers argue in the 31-page filing.

    The lawsuit claims that Woodward’s “Rage” book flopped compared to his previous Trump book, “Fear,” released in 2018, and in an effort “to exploit, usurp, and capitalize” off of the taped Trump interviews, Woodward decided after the release of “Rage” to package them into a new audiobook.

    “In publishing Rage, Woodward clearly hoped to replicate the success of Fear, but he failed to do so. Faced with the reality that Rage was a complete and total failure, Woodward decided to exploit, usurp, and capitalize upon President Trump’s voice by releasing the Interview Sound Recordings of their interviews with President Trump in the form of an audiobook,” the suit claims.

    “The Defendants’ ongoing concerted efforts to profit off the protected audio recordings and the works they have distributed derived from the protected audio recordings have caused President Trump to sustain substantial damage,” the lawsuit alleges.

    The suit, filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of Florida, seeks more than $49 million in damages and names Simon & Schuster and its parent company Paramount Global as defendants along with Woodward.

    “The Trump Tapes,” sold more than two million copies at $24.99 apiece, according to CNBC.

    In October, Trump sued CNN for $475 million in punitive damages, alleging defamation and claiming that the network had carried out a “campaign of libel and slander” against him.

    Earlier this month, a Florida judge ordered Trump and his lawyer to pay nearly $1 million in sanctions to cover the legal costs for Hillary Clinton and dozens of other defendants involved in one of the ex-commander in chief’s failed lawsuits alleging a conspiracy to target him for criminal prosecution.

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    ‘B***h, You’re Not Gonna Talk to Me Like That’: 9th-Grade Female Student Viciously Assaults Her Teacher



    A Georgia school district and sheriff’s office are investigating a student assault on a teacher caught on video Thursday at Heritage High School in Conyers, the Rockdale Citizen reported.

    The attack was recorded from at least two angles and posted to social media. The first 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 teacher tells the student, “Get outta my face, baby.”

    The Citizen reported that the student knocked a cell phone out of the teacher’s hand while the teacher called for assistance.

    The student then 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.”

    Here are the videos. Content warning: Language:

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

    A sheriff’s office spokesman added to the paper that law enforcement is “actively investigating this incident. Once there is a decision to charge either party, RCSO will take the proper steps.”

    Rockdale County Public Schools issued the following statement Thursday evening, the paper said: “Rockdale County Public Schools is investigating an incident where a student allegedly attacked a teacher during class today. RCPS does not tolerate student violence towards any staff members. Students who harm other students or staff will be disciplined according to our Student Discipline Code of Conduct and will be appropriately charged by law enforcement. We will adhere to personnel and student privacy laws in this matter.”

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