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President Trump retweeted a meme on Sunday morning that showed him hitting Hillary Clinton in the back with a golf ball.

The animated GIF spliced together a clip of Trump swinging a golf club with footage of Clinton falling, apparently edited to appear as though a golf ball had struck her down.

The image was originally posted as a reply to the president by a Twitter user named @Fuctupmind, whose bio consists of pro-Trump, anti-Clinton hashtags.

“Donald Trump’s amazing golf swing #CrookedHillary,” the user wrote in the caption.

But this isn’t the first time Trump has trolled Democrats on Twitter. Just days ago, he retweeted what we were all thinking:

It’s refreshing to have a politician in the White House that isn’t afraid to crack a joke every once in a while.

  • Yes, we have a President who has a sense of humor; very refreshing!

  • Lavona Areno says:

    I love the humor from the President!! I detest political correctness!!! we all joke about things every now and then, just the way it is.

    I’m glad he is relaxing(if playing golf is relaxing and not frustrating) he deserves time off. Its congress that needs to get to work and DO SOMETHING!!!.

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    Republican Flips Northern California Congressional Seat



    Republican nominee John Duarte is projected to win the race in California’s 13th congressional district, beating his Democratic opponent, state Assemblyman Adam Gray.

    The Associated Press called the race at 10:06 p.m. Friday.

    Duarte, a farmer and businessman, will take over a seat long held by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) who was forced to run in the 12th district due to the state’s redistricting.

    The district has not elected a Republican since 1974 and Democratic voters outnumber Republicans 42 percent to 24 percent with more than 21 percent identifying with no party preference.

    Despite the political party makeup, the race was considered to be one of the more competitive in the country this year and Duarte’s win is one of several seats key to Republicans gaining control of the House.

    Duarte, who runs a family-owned nursery in a largely agricultural area of the state, became known in conservative circles for taking on the federal government over water regulations.

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    Georgia Early Voting Hits New Record in Senate Runoff



    Georgia topped its one-day record for early voting again on Friday, with more than 350,000 voters casting their vote in the runoff election between Sen. Raphael Warnock (D) and Republican Herschel Walker.

    Gabriel Sterling, one of the state’s top election officials in his capacity as chief operating officer of the Georgia secretary of state’s office, announced on Twitter that 350,574 people had voted Friday as of 8 p.m.

    “That’s just an amazing number. Great job by the counties’ elections officials and voters,” he wrote on Twitter.

    The total on Friday broke the previous record for the state that was set on Monday, when more than a quarter of a million early voters cast their ballots. Before that, the record was about 233,000 on the last day of early voting in the 2018 midterm elections.

    Warnock led Walker by about 1 percentage point in the first round of the Senate race last month, but he was unable to win the majority he needed to avoid a runoff. A Libertarian candidate won about 2 percent of the vote.

    Democrats have already won continued control of the Senate but will try to increase their narrow majority to 51 seats.

    Early voting for the runoff started last weekend, and a spokesperson for the Georgia secretary of state’s office told The Hill earlier this week that more people voted on Sunday than on any Sunday in the 2021 Senate runoff and the 2018, 2020 and 2022 general elections.

    Polls conducted since the midterms have shown Warnock with a slight lead over Walker. The incumbent senator led his Republican opponent by 4 points in a CNN poll released Friday.

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    Newt Gingrich Issues Wake-Up Call to Republicans



    Newt Gingrich has a message for Republicans: Like it or not, President Biden is winning, and it’s time to stop “underestimating” him.

    The former House speaker shared his thoughts on the 2022 midterm elections in a blog post on his website this week. Looking back at the disappointing GOP performance – Republicans failed to win the Senate and have a slim 222-seat majority in the House – Gingrich acknowledged that Biden “had one of the best first term off-year elections in history” and said the Democrats’ victories should provide “clarity” about what’s working and what isn’t for Republicans.

    “Like most Americans, I do not approve of the job he is doing. Like virtually all conservatives and Republicans, I deeply oppose his policies. They are clearly weakening America and strengthening our enemies. And, again, like most Americans, I oppose the woke policies which are undermining and threatening to destroy popular, unique, shared American culture,” Gingrich wrote.

    “However,” he added, “conservatives’ hostility to the Biden administration on our terms tends to blind us to just how effective Biden has been on his terms. He has only built upon and fortified the left-wing Big Government Socialist woke culture system.”

    Gingrich favorably compared Biden to Presidents Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan, two successful Republicans who he said “both preferred to be underestimated.”

    He observed that over five decades of public service, Biden was a “major force” in the Senate, went on to become a two-term vice president, and won the 2020 election while campaigning from his “basement” at the height of the coronavirus pandemic.

    “The Biden team took an amazingly narrow four-vote majority in the U.S. House and a 50-50 tie in the Senate and turned it into trillions of dollars in spending – and a series of radical bills,” Gingrich continued. “The latest bill on sexual rights overriding all other rights was bitterly opposed by virtually every conservative even as it passed with Republican support.”

    He also praised Biden for “carefully” supporting the Ukrainian war effort against Russia without involving U.S. troops.

    “Despite terrible problems with the economy, crime, and the border (which led many analysts, me included, to assume the GOP would make big gains in November) Biden and his team executed a strategy of polarizing Americans against Donald Trump supporters,” Gingrich wrote. “They turned Jan. 6 into a crisis which eclipsed the Left’s previous summer of fire, chaos, and destruction. They also grossly exaggerated the threat to abortion rights. And it all worked.”

    His conclusion was that too many Republicans have neglected to acknowledge or understand that the party’s approach to voters has failed.

    “We need to rethink from the ground up how we are going to Defeat Big Government Socialism – including almost inevitable second-time Democrat Presidential Nominee Biden,” Gingrich wrote.

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    Top 5 Revelations from Musk’s Hunter Laptop Twitter Thread



    Twitter was set ablaze Friday evening when CEO Elon Musk directed users to an information dump about the company’s behind-the-scenes musings on the suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop.

    Journalist Matt Taibbi spearheaded the disclosure of the “Twitter Files” in a lengthy thread of tweets, releasing internal communications highlighting how political groups prodded Twitter to take down tweets and officials at the company grappled with the politically fraught decision.

    In October 2020, the New York Post published an article with emails from Hunter Biden’s laptop about his business affairs overseas that appeared to indicate future President Joe Biden was involved in some of his dealings.

    Twitter quickly used tools typically “reserved for extreme cases” such as child pornography to block users from sharing the story and temporarily locked the news outlet’s account before later backtracking, per Taibbi. The incident became a rallying cry for conservatives who accused Big Tech of targeting them politically.

    Here are the top five bombshell revelations from the Twitter Files.

    Jack Dorsey was out of the loop

    Perhaps the most surprising reveal was Taibbi’s assertion that key decisions in the laptop saga were made at the “highest levels of the company, but without the knowledge of CEO Jack Dorsey.”

    The Twitter co-founder subsequently conceded the company made a “total mistake” in its suppression of the laptop story, and Taibbi explained there had been “multiple instances” of Dorsey intervening to “question suspensions and other moderation actions for accounts across the political spectrum.”

    He did not dwell on Dorsey’s role in the laptop article dust-up much in his thread and credited Vijaya Gadde, theformer legal affairs and policy chief, with the decision. Gadde departed the company after Musk’s takeover.

    At one point, Dorsey sent Gadde a copy of a Substack article Taibbi wrote ripping the suppression of the laptop story, per internal emails.

    Dorsey left the company in November 2021.

    Hacking justification flimsy

    Underlying the company’s decision to suppress the story were concerns that the Hunter Biden laptop story breached the company’s hacked materials policy. But as Twitter took steps to stomp down the spread of the story, many were unclear if the New York Post article even came from a hack.

    During internal deliberations, one executive pondered where Twitter could “truthfully claim that this is part of the policy.” Former Deputy General Counsel Jim Baker replied that he needed “more facts” to assess whether the material stemmed from a hacking but said Twitter should steer the course in the interim because “caution is warranted.”

    Taibbi noted that several sources told him throttling tweets for flouting the policy on hacking “normally required an official/law enforcement finding” and that he didn’t find one in the Twitter Files.

    Before the censorship took place, the FBI approached social media companies warning that Russia could embark on a misinformation dump to tilt the outcome of the election. Taibbi said several sources recalled such warnings, including about “possible foreign hacks,” but he emphasized he found no evidence of “any government involvement in the laptop story.”

    “Everyone knew this was f***ed”

    Shortly into the process, some at Twitter began to voice doubts about Twitter’s actions. Taibbi cited an exchange Yoel Roth, former trust and safety chief, had with a colleague in which he said the company was “continuing to err on the side of including a warning” to avoid a repeat of 2016.

    “By this point ‘everyone knew this was f***ed,’ said one former employee, but the response was essentially to err on the side of … continuing to err,” Taibbi explained.

    Roth has since publicly said the suppression was a “mistake.”

    “They just freelanced it,” one former employee told him. “Hacking was the excuse, but within a few hours, pretty much everyone realized that wasn’t going to hold. But no one had the guts to reverse it.”

    Ro Khanna raised First Amendment concerns

    Most Democrats that interacted with the company appeared unfazed by the suppression of the laptop story, but there was one exception, progressive Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA). He had an exchange with Gadde, and he underscored that in the “heat of a Presidential campaign,” he believed Twitter’s actions would “invite more backlash than it will do good.”

    His concern came around the time Twitter restricted then-White House press secretary Kaleigh McEnany’s account for sharing laptop story content. Internally, the company cited its policy on hacked content, and Gadde told Khanna that McEnany would have access back if she deleted material from her account as she was instructed.

    “Ro Khanna is great,” Musk tweeted.

    Biden’s team and DNC asked Twitter to nix tweets

    Taibbi shared screenshots in which members from the Biden team or the Democratic National Committee flagged tweets for Twitter. Most of those tweets were no longer available when checked by the Washington Examiner. Musk later took note of that on Twitter.


    Taibbi said both parties flagged content to the social media giant but postulated that the company was not even-handed and cited data from Open Secrets showing how most political donations from Twitter workers went to Democrats.

    Musk, who has crowed about how Twitter’s engagement has been strong under his stewardship, teased that there is more to come on Saturday, including the question-and-answer session he previously promised.

    As he seeks to chart out a more free speech-oriented policy, Twitter is planning to rely more on automation for content moderation, his new head of trust and safety told Reuters.

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    USPS Workers Destroyed Elise Stefanik’s Campaign Mail, Stole $20,000 Worth of Donations



    House Republican Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik alleged Friday that Post Office workers stole as much as $20,000 in donations to her campaign.

    In a letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, lawyers for Stefanik claimed that postal workers ripped open and stole the contents of multiple packages containing donations for Stefanik’s re-election campaign. The mailings were allegedly stolen on four separate occasions, and three of the incidents happened in the span of a week. Not only were thousands of dollars allegedly stolen, the lawyers allege that the thefts have exposed campaign donors to identity theft and fraud.

    “On four separate occasions between June 2022 and November 2022, packages sent by Elise for Congress containing campaign contributions were ripped open and the contents stolen while in the custody of USPS or its contractors,” the lawyers alleged in the letter. “Three of these incidents occurred in a single week.”

    The lawyers allege that the packages were damaged in transit by a USPS employee or contractor. “These repeated security failures by USPS have not only resulted in the loss of nearly $20,000 in campaign contributions, but also—and more alarmingly—have exposed hundreds of Congresswoman Stefanik’s campaign supporters to potential identity theft or financial fraud.”

    Stefanik’s campaign team provided photographic evidence of the thefts to the New York Post. One image showed a piece of mail torn completely in half, instead of peeled from the corner like the package instructs. A second photo shows two pieces of mail; one is torn open in the middle, and the other in the bottom left corner. Included with the two mails are a check torn in half, and two letters bearing U.S. Postal Inspection Service letterheads.

    The lawyers went on to complain that the U.S. Postal Inspection Service has not returned calls from Stefanik’s team. According to the lawyers, the USPIS is investigating, but claimed it would be hard to track down the postal workers who allegedly stole the mailings unless and until one or more of Stefanik’s donors became the victims of identity theft or financial fraud. Furthermore, the team has not received a report from the USPIS Inspector General, and recently learned that it has not even been finalized or sent.

    “It is unacceptable that USPS has repeatedly allowed these targeted thefts to occur and cannot identify who committed the thefts, let alone where or how the thefts occurred,” the lawyers wrote. They then demanded that DeJoy provide them with a list of concrete actions to investigate the thefts, and specific actions the USPS will take to protect against future mail theft, both for Stefanik and her campaign specifically, and for the American public at large.

    “We hope that you and USPS are taking these systemic issues as seriously as they deserve to be taken. Our clients look forward to receiving the information from USPS specified above and continuing to work with both you and the relevant investigative authorities to ensure the scourge of mail theft is adequately addressed.”

    Incidents of mail theft have spiked in recent months; the large blue mailboxes used at post offices have been especially targeted by identity thieves, so much so that the USPS has instructed the public to avoid depositing mail into those boxes after working hours or on Sundays or holidays when there is no mail collection.

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    WATCH: LeBron Gets Embarrassed During Lakers Game



    LeBron James found that out during the Los Angeles Lakers game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night.

    “King James” was driving to the hoop for a layup at a key stage in the fourth quarter of the game, when Milwaukee superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo flew in from behind and swatted his shot away.

    But it was LeBron who would get the last laugh, with his Lakers stunning the Bucks 133-129. James led the way for Los Angeles with 28 points, 11 assists, and 9 rebounds.

    LeBron also made history during the win, as he passed NBA legend Magic Johnson for the sixth most assists in NBA history.

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    TV Anchor’s Husband in Spotlight After Her Alleged Affair with Co-Host Exposed



    An alleged extramarital affair between newscasters Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes has thrust actor Andrew Shue back into the spotlight.

    Holmes and Robach, co-hosts on ABC’s “GMA3: What You Need to Know,” have been “locked in a passionate romance despite both being married to their respective spouses for the past 12 years,” the Daily Mail reported Wednesday in a story that included several intimate photos of the midday anchors taken throughout November.

    They are not going to be disciplined for their relationship despite tabloid fixation, Fox News Digital has learned.

    Robach has been married to Shue for the past 12 years. The two met at a book party in 2009 and married the following year, according to multiple reports.

    Before the bombshell photos outed the alleged relationship between Robach and Holmes, the news anchor put her home with Shue up for sale. The New York City apartment the two share was listed on Sept. 28 and went under contract on Nov. 18, according to city records.

    Meanwhile, Holmes has been married to Marilee Fiebig since 2010.

    Who is Andrew Shue?

    Here is everything to know about the actor:

    Successful acting career

    Andrew Shue built a successful acting career in the wake of the popular show “Beverly Hills, 90210.” He’s most known for his role as Billy Campbell on “Melrose Place,” which was created as a spinoff series to “90210.”

    He also landed roles in the films “Gracie” and “The Rainmaker” and appeared on “The Wonder Years.”

    His sister is actress Elisabeth Shue

    Andrew Shue’s acting career only blossomed at the push of his sister Elisabeth Shue. She’s known for her roles in “The Karate Kid,” “Adventures in Babysitting” and “Cocktail.”

    Following her early career success, she landed roles in “Leaving Las Vegas,” “The Saint,” “Deconstructing Harry” and “Hollow Man.”

    Professional soccer player

    During the 1990s, Andrew Shue played soccer professionally. Following his college sports career at Dartmouth, he went on to play professionally for the Bulawayo Highlanders in the Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League.

    Shue played for the Los Angeles Galaxy in 1996. He spent the next season on the injured reserve list and chose to retire from the sport the following year.

    Before his time playing for Galaxy, Shue served as an ambassador for the FIFA World Cup in 1994.

    Gives back to the community

    Andrew Shue has been involved in charity in many ways since launching his acting career. He co-founded DoSomething, a non-profit organization that motivates young people to get involved in social causes.

    Shue also helped launch Cafemom in 2006. The website, which has been described as the “MySpace for Moms,” gives advice and parenting news to moms and moms-to-be.

    An author

    Andrew Shue co-wrote a children’s book in 2021 alongside Amy Robach. The two based the book, titled “Better Together,” on their own blended family.

    “We felt that there was a story in our family’s story that could resonate with blended families, but also could just resonate with people in general in the country who are struggling a little bit to find the love and the common ground that we all share,” Shue told People magazine last year.

    “We used to actually tell [our kids] stories, and especially the little ones, about the animals in our yard and how they all became a family together,” Robach added. “And so we used to joke and say, ‘One day we should write a children’s book about how family isn’t just about who you’re related to by blood, but who you choose to love, who you choose to respect, and who you choose to find common ground with.'”

    He was married before his relationship with Amy Robach

    Andrew Shue was married once before his relationship with Amy Robach began. Shue was previously married to floral designer Jennifer Hageney. The two tied the knot in 1994 and divorced in 2008.

    Shue and Hageney share three kids together: Nathaniel, Aidan and Wyatt.

    Robach has two children from her previous marriage to Tim McIntosh. The former couple share daughters Ava and Annie.

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    Missing 7-Year-Old in Texas Found Dead, Delivery Driver Facing Multiple Charges



    A 7-year-old girl who was missing for several days in Wise County, Texas, has been found dead, officials said.

    Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin broke the news late Friday night that authorities located the body of 7-year-old Athena Strand during an afternoon search in Boyd after following a tip that led them to a delivery driver.

    The sheriff said investigators believe the suspect kidnapped the girl and killed her.

    The suspect, a 31-year-old FedEx driver named Tanner Lynn Horner, later confessed to abducting the girl, Akin said. Horner was a contract driver.

    “It’s one of the toughest investigations I have been involved in because it’s a child,” Akin said at a press conference late Friday night alongside Athena’s biological mother and other emergency response officials.

    He added: “Any time there’s a child that dies it just hits you in your heart.”

    Watch: Delivery driver suspect Tanner Lynn Horner has been charged with murder, kidnappings, Wise County sheriff says

    Akin also said they believe the girl was killed “within an hour or so” after she was taken from her home. “This community does not like losing its children,” Akin said Friday night.

    Athena went missing Wednesday afternoon after she left home following an argument with her stepmother, according to Fox 4. Athena got off the bus around 4:15 p.m. and left the home sometime before 5:15 p.m., when the stepmother noticed she was missing.

    The stepmother searched for an hour and then phoned the police, Fox 4 reported.

    Her biological father was out of town on a hunting trip and her biological mother lives in Oklahoma, per the report.

    Finding the body brings a heartbreaking end to more than two days of searching, which involved dozens of law enforcement officials, helicopters and dog rescue teams. More than 300 volunteers also joined in to help, the Wise County Office of Emergency Management said.

    Acting FBI Agent In Charge Jim Dwyer told Fox 4 that digital evidence helped lead investigators to the FedEx driver, but did not elaborate further.

    “Words cannot describe our shock and sorrow at the reports surrounding this tragic event,” a FedEx spokesperson told Fox News Digital. “First and foremost, our thoughts are with the family during this most difficult time, and we continue to cooperate fully with the investigating authorities. At this time, any further questions should be directed to law enforcement.”

    Horner, who is from Lake Worth, is in the Wise County Jail on capital murder and aggravated kidnappings charges, Fox 4 Dallas reported. He is being held on a $1.5 million bond.

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    Hunter Biden Laptop Bombshell: Elon Musk Releases Internal Documents



    Twitter CEO Elon Musk released information through journalist Matt Taibbi Friday afternoon showing that Twitter was working in conjunction with then-Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden’s team, removing tweets that team Biden wanted deleted.

    Musk said that he decided to release the information because it was “necessary to restore public trust” in the platform after it censored the New York Post’s bombshell report about Hunter Biden’s laptop just weeks before the 2020 presidential election.

    Musk quote retweeted Taibbi’s multi-tweet thread on Twitter, writing: “Here we go!!”

    Taibbi began by explaining that the company was “slowly forced to add … tools for controlling speech [that] were designed to combat the likes of spam and financial fraudsters.”

    “Slowly, over time, Twitter staff and executives began to find more and more uses for these tools. Outsiders began petitioning the company to manipulate speech as well: first a little, then more often, then constantly,” Taibbi said. “By 2020, requests from connected actors to delete tweets were routine. One executive would write to another: ‘More to review from the Biden team.’ The reply would come back: ‘Handled.’”

    “Celebrities and unknowns alike could be removed or reviewed at the behest of a political party,” Taibbi continued. “Both parties had access to these tools. For instance, in 2020, requests from both the Trump White House and the Biden campaign were received and honored. However: This system wasn’t balanced. It was based on contacts. Because Twitter was and is overwhelmingly staffed by people of one political orientation, there were more channels, more ways to complain, open to the left (well, Democrats) than the right.”

    The New York Post published “BIDEN SECERT EMAILS” on October 14, 2020, a report about the laptop belonging to Biden’s son.

    “Twitter took extraordinary steps to suppress the story, removing links and posting warnings that it may be ‘unsafe,’” Taibbi continued. “They even blocked its transmission via direct message, a tool hitherto reserved for extreme cases, e.g. child pornography.”

    “White House spokeswoman Kaleigh McEnany was locked out of her account for tweeting about the story, prompting a furious letter from Trump campaign staffer Mike Hahn, who seethed: ‘At least pretend to care for the next 20 days,’” Taibbi continued. “This led public policy executive Caroline Strom to send out a polite WTF query. Several employees noted that there was tension between the comms/policy teams, who had little/less control over moderation, and the safety/trust teams.”

    “Strom’s note returned the answer that the laptop story had been removed for violation of the company’s ‘hacked materials’ policy,” he continued. “Although several sources recalled hearing about a ‘general’ warning from federal law enforcement that summer about possible foreign hacks, there’s no evidence – that I’ve seen – of any government involvement in the laptop story. In fact, that might have been the problem…”

    “The decision was made at the highest levels of the company, but without the knowledge of CEO Jack Dorsey, with former head of legal, policy and trust Vijaya Gadde playing a key role,” he continued. “‘They just freelanced it,’ is how one former employee characterized the decision. ‘Hacking was the excuse, but within a few hours, pretty much everyone realized that wasn’t going to hold. But no one had the guts to reverse it.’”

    “You can see the confusion in the following lengthy exchange, which ends up including Gadde and former Trust and safety chief Yoel Roth. Comms official Trenton Kennedy writes, ‘I’m struggling to understand the policy basis for marking this as unsafe’,” Taibbi continued. “By this point ‘everyone knew this was f***ed,’ said one former employee, but the response was essentially to err on the side of… continuing to err.”

    “Former VP of Global Comms Brandon Borrman asks, ‘Can we truthfully claim that this is part of the policy?’” Taibbi continued. “To which former Deputy General Counsel Jim Baker again seems to advise staying the non-course, because ‘caution is warranted.’”

    “A fundamental problem with tech companies and content moderation: many people in charge of speech know/care little about speech, and have to be told the basics by outsiders,” Taibbi continued. “In one humorous exchange on day 1, Democratic congressman Ro Khanna reaches out to Gadde to gently suggest she hop on the phone to talk about the ‘backlash re speech.’ Khanna was the only Democratic official I could find in the files who expressed concern.”

    “Gadde replies quickly, immediately diving into the weeds of Twitter policy, unaware Khanna is more worried about the Bill of Rights,” Taibbi continued. “Khanna tries to reroute the conversation to the First Amendment, mention of which is generally hard to find in the files.”

    “Within a day, head of Public Policy Lauren Culbertson receives a ghastly letter/report from Carl Szabo of the research firm NetChoice, which had already polled 12 members of congress – 9 Rs and 3 Democrats, from ‘the House Judiciary Committee to Rep. Judy Chu’s office,’” the thread continued. “NetChoice lets Twitter know a ‘blood bath’ awaits in upcoming Hill hearings, with members saying it’s a ‘tipping point,’ complaining tech has ‘grown so big that they can’t even regulate themselves, so government may need to intervene.’”

    “Szabo reports to Twitter that some Hill figures are characterizing the laptop story as ‘tech’s Access Hollywood moment’,” the thread continued. “Twitter files continued: ‘THE FIRST AMENDMENT ISN’T ABSOLUTE’ Szabo’s letter contains chilling passages relaying Democratic lawmakers’ attitudes. They want ‘more’ moderation, and as for the Bill of Rights, it’s ‘not absolute.’”

    “An amazing subplot of the Twitter/Hunter Biden laptop affair was how much was done without the knowledge of CEO Jack Dorsey, and how long it took for the situation to get ‘unf***ed’ (as one ex-employee put it) even after Dorsey jumped in,” Taibbi continued. “While reviewing Gadde’s emails, I saw a familiar name – my own. Dorsey sent her a copy of my Substack article blasting the incident.”

    “There are multiple instances in the files of Dorsey intervening to question suspensions and other moderation actions, for accounts across the political spectrum,” Taibbi continued. “The problem with the ‘hacked materials’ ruling, several sources said, was that this normally required an official/law enforcement finding of a hack. But such a finding never appears throughout what one executive describes as a ‘whirlwind’ 24-hour, company-wide mess.”

    “It’s been a whirlwind 96 hours for me, too,” he continued. “There is much more to come, including answers to questions about issues like shadow-banning, boosting, follower counts, the fate of various individual accounts, and more. These issues are not limited to the political right.”

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    Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb Hospitalized with Pneumonia



    Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has been hospitalized for treatment of pneumonia but is “responding well,” his office said Friday.

    The 54-year-old Holcomb was diagnosed with pneumonia after going to a doctor on Thursday believing he was ill with the flu, according to his press secretary, Erin Murphy.

    “Out of an abundance of caution he was admitted to the hospital and he’s responding well to treatment,” Murphy said in a statement.

    Murphy didn’t immediately respond to questions about where Holcomb was hospitalized and how long he could remain there.

    Holcomb had been scheduled to travel to southern Indiana for an awards presentation on Friday, but the governor’s office announced Thursday morning without explanation that the event had been postponed for a week.

    Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch said she had been in contact with Holcomb’s staff on Friday.

    “It’s good to hear the Governor is resting well and responding to treatment,” Crouch said “I will be praying for a speedy recovery for him.”

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    New York AG Chief of Staff Resigns Amid Probe Into Sexual Harassment Allegations



    The chief of staff for New York Attorney General Letitia James, considered one of her most trusted advisers, has resigned and is being investigated in connection with separate sexual harassment allegations.

    The New York Times reported that Ibrahim Khan was accused of inappropriate touching and unwanted kissing by at least one woman. James has reportedly hired a law firm to investigate the allegations.

    One of the women who filed a complaint was told on Friday that her allegation of inappropriate touching and unwanted kissing had been substantiated, the Times report said.

    “The Office of Attorney General has protocols in place to thoroughly investigate any allegation of misconduct,” James’ office said in a statement without naming Khan. “The office takes these matters with the utmost seriousness, and this situation is no different. An independent, impartial investigation was conducted, and the employee has since resigned.”

    Khan worked as a spokesperson for James’ campaign for New York City public advocate in 2013 before becoming her chief of staff. Before that, he worked on Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign.

    Fox News Digital has reached out to Khan for comment.

    James was elected to a second term as attorney general in November. The resignation came about a year after her office issued a report on former Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s alleged misconduct with women. Cuomo resigned over the scandal and has accused James of politicizing the investigation.

    The inquiry concluded that Cuomo sexually harassed at least 11 women. Cuomo has denied any wrongdoing.

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    Here’s Why November’s Seemingly Positive Jobs Numbers Are Actually a Massive Red Flag



    A number of economists from across the political spectrum took Friday morning’s unexpectedly strong jobs report as a sign that inflation would stay high despite the Federal Reserve’s aggressive campaign of interest rate hikes this year.

    The U.S. added 263,000 jobs in November, shattering investor expectations and remaining stubbornly persistent despite high interest rates — pushed up by the Fed — that typically blunt demand for labor and ease inflation, according to CNBC Friday. Jason Furman, former chair of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Barack Obama, took to Twitter following the report, noting that wages grew at 6% over the past three months, a measure he estimated was consistent with 5% annual inflation — more than twice the Fed’s 2% target.

    “Strong nominal wage increases won’t make the Fed’s goal of reducing consumer price inflation any easier,” Bob Hughes, a senior researcher at the American Institute for Economic Research, told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “Continued payroll gains amidst a tight labor market are likely to sustain upward pressure on [average hourly earnings] and support elevated inflation.”

    Inflation came in below expectations in October, at 7.7% annually, and has been cooling slowly since peaking at 9.1% in June, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some economists have been concerned that if the Fed continues to push interest rates higher, the U.S. will be unable to achieve a “soft landing,” where inflation can be tamed without a recession, according to Yahoo Finance.

    “You can’t understate how huge this [wage data] is,” said Furman on Twitter. “I was allowing myself to get more hopeful about a soft landing … but this pretty much dashed that hope.”

    Hughes noted that job openings fell slightly in October, and willingness to cut jobs was increasing, both of which were signs that wage growth might ease.

    “I wouldn’t give up hope for a soft landing quite yet,” said Hughes. However, “if labor demand remains strong, wages continue to rise rapidly, and inflation stays elevated, then the Fed will need to stay aggressive, and hopes for a soft landing fade.”

    Another point of concern was the discrepancy between the “establishment” and “household” surveys conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Heritage Foundation economist E.J. Antoni told the DCNF. The former polls businesses’ payrolls and counts people multiple times if they have more than one, while the latter polls households and does not repeatedly count one person with multiple jobs, according to the BLS.

    “Since March, the two surveys have seen a massive and unprecedented divergence of 2.7 million people,” said Antoni. “One reason is double counting in the establishment survey, with over 900k of the jobs added in the last year being double counting, not additional people employed.”

    Antoni noted that the manufacturing sector in particular, which contracted significantly last month, was poised for layoffs. Antoni argued that weakness in manufacturing typically forecasted weakness for the rest of the economy.

    “When the data don’t tell you what you want to hear, you have to listen,” Paul Krugman, a Nobel Prize-winning economist and columnist for The New York Times, tweeted Friday in response to Furman. “I was a lot more optimistic about near-term inflation at 8:29 this morning than I am now.”

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    Biden Prepares to Kill Mine, Hobbling Green Agenda and Costing State Billions in Potential Revenues



    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommended prohibiting the operators of Southwestern Alaska’s Pebble Mine from disposing of waste material in the nearby Bristol Bay, a regulation that would prevent the mine from opening. However, the mine could generate billions in revenue by producing minerals that are crucial in supporting the Biden administration’s “clean energy transition.”

    The EPA said Pebble Mine’s potential waste discharges would threaten nearby sockeye salmon fisheries by polluting the water and preventing the fish from spawning and reproducing, according to an agency proposal released Thursday. Despite this, the mine would extract about 1.5 billion tons of copper, molybdenum as well as other critical minerals and could deliver more than $8 billion to Southwestern Alaska, according to a report published by Northern Dynasty Minerals, the mine’s owner.

    “This isn’t just about Pebble … the precedent this is setting is frightening and will be used going forward by those wanting to stop projects and will send an absolutely chilling message to the investment world about opportunities in the U.S.,” Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Jason Brune told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers found that Pebble Mine “would not be expected to have a measurable effect on fish numbers and result in long-term changes to the health of the commercial fisheries in Bristol Bay,” in its final environmental impact statement published in July 2020. However, the EPA stated that mining waste would result in the total loss of aquatic habitats important to the sockeye salmon’s survival.

    “EPA is not only taking significant tax and royalties from the citizens of Alaska but is also taking away contributions to the Permanent Fund and the dividends it provides to our people,” PLP CEO John Shively said in a statement provided to the DCNF. “In addition, EPA gives little to no consideration to the critical role copper will play in our nation’s transition to more renewable sources of power.”

    Pebble Mine is home to an estimated 80.6 billion lbs of copper deposits and 5.6 billion lbs of molybdenum, according to the Pebble Partnership’s website. Copper is highly conductive and is used to power solar panels, while molybdenum is used to construct geothermal energy facilities.

    The project could generate an estimated $1.7 billion in state tax revenue and $1.4 billion in federal taxes as the operator will pay both governments royalties in exchange for the rights to extract precious metals over a 20-year period, according to the report. The mine also sits on more than 107 million ounces of gold, which is worth $1,797.45 roughly per ounce, according to Business Insider.

    President Joe Biden wants to generate all of the country’s electricity from green energy by 2035, up from just 40% in 2020, according to a White House fact sheet. In March, Biden invoked The Defense Production Act, a Cold War Era law, in an attempt to shore up the domestic renewable energy technology supply chain which China and other hostile nations have dominated for years.

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    Dallas Cowboys QB Responds to LeBron’s Remarks About Photo of Dallas Team Owner From 1957



    Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott responded Thursday to recent remarks from LeBron James about a new revelation that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was present during a racially charged, historic 1957 confrontation between white students and black high school students.

    James, the Los Angeles Lakers forward and NBA superstar, chided reporters at a press conference for quizzing him about a recent anti-Semitic scandal involving a former teammate, but not seeking his opinion on Jones. The Washington Post last week revealed that Jones, as a 14-year-old Arkansas schoolboy 65 years ago, was present when a throng of white students tried to block black kids from integrating into their school.

    Asked about James’ remarks, Prescott gracefully declined to pile on the owner of the team for which he plays.

    “Obviously we can be more empathetic and give grace to one another, regardless of race, from the times we’ve come from to where we are now, thinking about the growth we’ve had,” said Prescott, who grew up in Louisiana and played college football at Mississippi State.

    Prescott noted that his mother, who died when Prescott was in college, was white and his father is black, giving him a unique perspective on race relations in America.

    “That’s who I am, how I think – optimistic,” he said. “I mean [as] a guy who is completely biracial, black and white, it’s easy for me to speak on race on one side or another,” Prescott said.

    The jarring photo unearthed by The Washington Post is “on Jerry to address,” Prescott said. But he said what Jones has done since the photo was taken more than half a century ago is important context.

    “In the same sense, it’s 65 years ago and how times have changed,” Prescott said. “I mean, look at the man’s resumé since then, right? As I said, I give grace.”

    “I’m here for growth and giving grace and trying to make this world a better place,” he continued. “That’s who I am at my core and what I believe in. Unfortunate things come up from the past, pictures, and they show har far we’ve come, but at the same sense, they’re a reminder of how short of a time that was ago.”

    Prescott said he prefers to focus on the progress made since the time of the black and white photo, and again declined to speak for or condemn Jones.

    “That wasn’t that long ago that we were all sitting on different sides, and we weren’t together,” Prescott said. “But as I said, I wouldn’t be here if it were still that way. So I believe in grace and change. Those are questions for Jerry, for y’all, honestly, that I don’t have quite the answers for.”

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    WATCH: Climate Alarmists Blockade European Avenue — Furious Frenchman Clears the Road



    In what has become a recurring event in France, a group of climate activists recently blocked traffic on a busy road outside of Paris for about an hour.

    The group, which calls itself Dernière Rénovation (which translates to Last Renovation), formed to demand that the French government renovate “all homes by 2040” to install better energy-saving systems.

    “We have tried political discourse, we have tried scientific discourse, we have tried petitions, we have tried marches – literally everything, and to literally no effect,” said Victor, who joined the climate activism group at the end of June, according to a report by the French news outlet RFI on Saturday.

    “It’s just heartbreaking that we have to do crazy actions and annoy people, because all we have left is to try and disturb the economy to put pressure on the government,” he added.

    The protesters also wear handmade shirts and hats with the slogan, “We have 879 days left” — the apocalyptic message referring to the three years the group believes are left to avoid a climate catastrophe.

    The group was performing its moral grandstanding when one French hero decided he’d had enough.

    With, presumably, a job to get to and a family to feed, the unknown Frenchman grabbed the closest protester by the collar of his vest and casually tossed him to the side of the road, as seen in a video shared on social media.

    The giant of a man disposed of the wayward protesters with all the grace and gentleness of a mother dog relocating her pups who had wandered too close to the street.

    While many can sympathize with wanting to take action to help reduce pollution and make the world a cleaner place, this can’t come about by ending the use of fossil fuels with no viable alternative.

    We’ve already gotten a taste of what passes for a viable solar-powered vehicle, and it doesn’t exactly impress.

    This also ignores the fact that when it comes to pollution and CO2 emissions, the French housing market is hardly a factor on the global stage.

    The entire nation’s CO2 emissions are hardly a drop in the bucket compared with the largest contributor, China.

    Contributing a whopping 29 percent of the world’s energy carbon dioxide emissions, China’s output dwarfs France’s, which contributes less than 1 percent globally, according to the Emission Database for Global Atmospheric Research.

    China is also the top contributor to polluting the world’s oceans, topping the list of the 10 greatest contributors to plastic pollution in our oceans, according to World Atlas.

    It’s doubtful any activists are able to press their concerns about this particularly dire issue in a nation where dissent is violently crushed.

    Instead of shutting down traffic and potentially putting lives at risk if emergency medical personnel can’t reach their destinations, maybe the Dernière Rénovation activists should volunteer to clean up trash in their local communities.

    Not only would that have a more immediate and visible impact, but it also would earn them the praise of their countrymen rather than getting them unceremoniously tossed to the side of the road.

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    Florida Doctor Accused of Raping Patients During Operations Found Dead in a Ditch with a Gunshot Wound to His Head



    A cosmetic doctor in Naples, Florida, was found dead in a ditch with a gunshot to his head after he was accused of raping patients while they were sedated during medical treatments.

    54-year-old Eric Andrew Salata was accused by two of his patients of rape while they were under sedation at his medical office.

    The Naples Police Department arrested the board-certified doctor at Pura Vida medical spa on November 21.

    Salata was out on bond for about a week when the police were called on Monday for a welfare check because his ankle monitor had not moved for over eight hours.

    Police said they found him in a ditch near his home — dead from a gunshot wound to his head and a pistol resting next to his leg. They also found that he had left two notes at his home.

    One victim told police that she had been given nitrous oxide by Salata for a cosmetic medical procedure, but when she regained consciousness, she was shocked to discover the doctor having sexual intercourse with her. She contacted police and underwent a sexual assault examination.

    Another victim contacted police and gave them a similar account. She also underwent a sexual assault examination.

    The first victim was 51 years old while the other was 73 years old. Police also believe that Salata gave one victim tequila during the procedure.

    A third victim came forward to police after he was arrested over the first two alleged incidents.

    Salata was charged with two counts of sexual battery to a physically helpless person.

    The medical spa was co-owned by Salata and his wife. The social media and web pages for the business have been scrubbed from the internet.

    Here’s a local news report about the incident:

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    California Reparations: $223,000 Checks for Every Slave Descendant



    A reparations committee in California has suggested that descendants of slaves in the state could be compensated $223,200 each for ‘housing discrimination’.

    The nine-member Reparations Task Force was formed by California Governor Gavin Newsom as part of the country’s largest ever effort to address reparations for slavery.

    A focus of the California task force has been ‘housing discrimination’ – it has been estimated that it would cost around $569billion to compensate the 2.5 million Black Californians for setbacks between 1933 and 1977, according to the New York Times.

    That is more than California’s $512.8billion expenditure in 2021 – which included funding for schools, hospitals, universities, highways, policing and corrections.

    However, discussions are still underway, and the panel is continuing to consider how payments should be made – some suggested tuition and housing grants while others proposed cash.

    The task force has also identified four other causes for reparations: Mass incarceration, unjust property seizures, devaluation of Black businesses and health care.

    It has until June 2023 to submit its final recommendations to the Legislature.

    Their estimations came after the task force hosted meetings across the state to meet with members of Black communities to better understand the economic impact of slavery.

    ‘We are looking at reparations on a scale that is the largest since Reconstruction,’ task force member Jovan Scott Lewis, a professor at Berkeley, told the Times.

    One example of housing discrimination the task force has considered is Russell City, a city that once existed near the San Francisco shoreline and provided refuge to Black families fleeing violence in the Deep South.

    The task force was told by people that lived in Russell City, which has since been bulldozed, that the area was replaced with an industrial park and residents were expelled.

    One former resident, Monique Henderson-Ford, told the Times she was paid out $2,200 for her home – less than a third of what she bought it for.

    ‘Imagine if the houses were still here,’ she said. ‘We would all be sitting on a fortune.’

    The median wealth of Black households in the US is $24,100, compared with $188,200 for white households, according to the most recent Federal Reserve Board Survey of Consumer Finances, the Times reported.

    After a task force meeting in September, Newsom vetoed a bill that would have extended its life.

    The bill, which was introduced by Assembly and task force member Reggie Jones-Sawyer, would have allowed them to deliberate for an extra year until 2024.

    Jones-Sawyer hoped that it would provide time to hear more testimony, but some disliked the idea.

    ‘[The bill which would extend] is a betrayal of Black Americans,’ said Tiffany Quarles, a member of the audience during one hearing, CalMatters reported. ‘We’ve been waiting for 400 years. We do not need an extension.’

    The task force met at the California Science Center in South Los Angeles in September.

    In that meeting it spoke about the time frame across which harms should be considered, and whether payments should be made exclusively to Californians.

    It also said that it had been consulting with historians on how reparations had been paid in previous circumstances, such as after World War II.

    Its next meetings, according to its government website, are scheduled for mid-December.

    Earlier this year the task force put together a 500-page document outlining why African Americans that are descendants of 19th century slaves were due ‘comprehensive reparations’.

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    ‘Not a Red Wave’: DeSantis Explains Disappointing GOP Performance in Midterms



    During a press conference that Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis had on Thursday in Key Biscayne, he not only addressed state issues but also commented on the results of the midterm elections and the overall state of the Republican Party throughout the nation. DeSantis noted that Republicans need to be producing positive results if they want to get votes.

    The press conference was held at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park as DeSantis announced an environmental protection investment for the Bay of Biscayne, WTVJ reported.

    But as the governor took questions from reporters and spoke about other state-related issues, he was also asked about his thoughts on national politics, particularly regarding the Republican Party.

    “You certainly have your pulse on national politics and given the rumors that are swirling, I’m curious, what is your take on Mr. Trump being back in the news every day? … You enjoy a healthy Republican Party in Florida, but nationally, the Republican Party is divided. So can you elaborate for us on those two specific items? National Republican politics and your take on Mr. Trump being on the news every day… he is your resident, by the way,” a reporter asked.

    DeSantis quickly passed over the question of former President Donald Trump, simply noting that even though Trump is indeed a Florida resident, “I’ve also got 22 million others and I got to look out for everybody.”

    But moving on to the bigger question about the Republican Party, DeSantis reflected on the midterm elections.

    He noted that in Florida the Republicans knew they were going to fare well in the midterms. But once the elections got underway, there was also a quick recognition that the rest of the country was a different story.

    The governor said that after his own race had been called and he made his victory speech, some notified him that nationally, “This is not a red wave.”

    “Florida is a big win. But the rest of the country we are not seeing really good performance from a lot of these Republicans,” DeSantis said he was told when he expressed disbelief that his staff wasn’t calling the 2022 midterms a “red wave.”

    DeSantis noted that many Republicans had assumed the party was going to flip Congress and get about 245 Republican House members.

    “We’re at 222, it looks like, which is a huge underperformance,” DeSantis noted.

    “The question is, ‘Why did that happen?’ Because the way these midterms work, someone gets elected to the White House, and then there’s a reaction the other way. That’s what happens almost every two years. And especially when people are pessimistic about the direction of the country, have a negative view on Biden, usually, those voters are going to want to vote for people that are offering an alternative,” DeSantis said.

    “And yet some of those voters, throughout the country, not in Florida … even though they disapproved of Biden, even though they disapproved of the direction of the country, they still didn’t want to vote some of our candidates,” DeSantis explained.

    The Florida governor noted that it was important to look at Florida in light of the disappointing midterms for Republicans since Florida was able to carry out a “red wave.”

    “So I don’t think it’s a question, necessarily, of being divided as a party, I think it’s like, ‘Ok, how do you run and win majorities?’ And I think what we’ve done in Florida is we’ve shown that we’ve exercised leadership, we’ve not kowtowed, we’ve been willing to take on big interests,” DeSantis noted.

    “But producing results and then that ends up attracting more people to want to be on your team. And so that was not something that was happening throughout the rest of the country. But I think that we really showed, I think, how it’s done in the state of Florida and if you look about how we performed … No governor, Republican, has ever gotten a higher percentage of the vote in Florida history than we got in 2022,” DeSantis added.

    But looking to the future of the Republican Party, DeSantis did not make any comments during the press conference about the possibility of him running a presidential campaign in 2024.

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    Kayleigh McEnany Reveals Son’s Name as She and Husband Welcome Him to the World



    Fox News “Outnumbered” co-host Kayleigh McEnany announced the birth of her and her husband Sean Gilmartin’s second child on Thursday.

    “[Sean] & I are thrilled to announce the birth of our son, Nash! What a truly joyful time. God has blessed us immensely!” she tweeted.

    Gilmartin is an 11-year veteran Major League Baseball pitcher, who played most recently for the Tampa Bay Rays.

    The couple’s first child, daughter Blake, was born in 2019.

    “Outnumbered” co-host Emily Compagno celebrated the news of McEnany’s new baby boy.

    “We are sending all of our love and well wishes and prayers and support to the now family of four,” she said.

    “Baby Nash was born on Tuesday, Mom and Dad are both doing great and Nash is already a hit with his big sister Blake,” Compagno added.

    Compagno recalled McEnany saying that Blake was looking forward to Nash’s birth the most in their family, so she could be a big sister.

    “The first thing that came to my mind was James 1:17, ‘Every good and perfect gift is from above coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights.’ None more so than that sweet baby boy Nash,” Compagno said, quoting from the Bible.

    Co-host Carley Shimkus pointed out that both Blake and Nash hit the “genetic lottery” with their parents, saying that McEnany is beautiful and smart and Gilmartin is handsome and a professional baseball player.

    “These kids are going to take over the world,” she said.

    Prior to joining Fox News in March 2021, McEnany was White House press secretary for President Donald Trump.

    At 31, she was one of the youngest ever to serve, but nonetheless was well prepared for the role.

    By that point in her life, she had interned in the White House press office when Dana Perino was press secretary for then-President George W. Bush.

    That opportunity was followed by stints as a producer for the Fox News program “Hannity & Colmes” and “The Mike Huckabee Show” on radio. In the latter gig, she crossed paths with Huckabee’s daughter, future White House press secretary and now Arkansas Governor-elect Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

    Add to those experiences the Floridian’s education background, which includes a bachelor’s degree in international politics from Georgetown University and a juris doctorate from Harvard Law School.

    While enrolled in Georgetown, McEnany spent a year abroad studying at Oxford University which, she recounted in her book, “For Such as Time as This,” proved a valuable training ground for future White House press briefings.

    At the school, students were required to write one or two 10-page papers a week and defend them in one-on-one “tutorials.” She recounted that during these sessions, a “highly credentialed and well-studied academic” would grill the students as they read their papers, challenging the ideas presented all along the way.

    “The tutorial far eclipsed the press briefing in terms of difficulty. Preparing for these tense encounters certainly shaped the way I prepared before I went to the podium,” McEnany wrote.

    She told The Western Journal last December she saw part of her role as press secretary was to counter those false media narratives about then-President Trump while staying true to her Christian faith.

    “But that doesn’t mean we don’t have to be tough and have accountability and be able to fight back,” McEnany said, “not with literal fighting, but fight back with facts and substance and footnotes and have accountability.”

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    WATCH: Apple CEO Hides Behind Staffers as He’s Grilled for Enabling Communist China’s Human Rights Abuses



    Apple CEO Tim Cook hid behind staffers Tuesday to avoid answering questions from a reporter who grilled him on Apple enabling the Chinese Communist Party’s human rights abuses.

    Cook hid from Fox News reporter Hillary Vaughn as he was leaving a meeting with U.S. lawmakers in the nation’s capital.

    “Do you support the Chinese people’s right to protest?” Vaughn asked.

    Cook did not respond.

    “Do you have any reaction to the factory workers that were beaten and detained for protesting COVID lockdowns?” Vaughn asked.

    Cook did not respond.

    “Do you regret restricting airdrop access that protesters used to evade surveillance from the Chinese government?” Vaughn asked.

    Cook did not respond.

    “Do you think it’s problematic to do business with the Communist Chinese Party when they suppress human rights?” Vaughn asked.

    Cook did not respond.


    Protests intensified over the weekend in major cities across China, including Beijing, Shanghai, and Wuhan. According to media reports, a demonstration in Shanghai eventually devolved into chaos, with police clashing with protesters and deploying pepper spray. The protests emerged as a response to the “zero COVID” policies imposed by the Chinese Communist Party government since the beginning of the pandemic.

    The protests reportedly began on Thursday after ten people were killed in a fire at a residential high-rise building in Urumqi, the capital city of Xinjiang Autonomous Region. Videos of the incident posted on social media spawned accusations that lockdowns contributed to the deaths, The New York Times and Reuters reported. Residents of the city have been locked down and prevented from leaving their homes for as long as 100 days at a time, Reuters added.

    According to the Associated Press and Reuters, protesters gathered at Wulumuqi Road in Shanghai on Saturday, which is named after Urumqi, to hold a candlelight vigil in memory of the victims of the fire. Around 100 police officers stood by to reportedly keep demonstrators from gathering.

    At some point during the night, police deployed pepper spray into a crowd of about 300 protesters. A witness told the AP that one of his friends was beaten, and two others were pepper sprayed. He added that police stepped on his feet while he tried to prevent them from taking his friend away; he also lost his shoes in the chaos and was left barefoot.

    Outside Shanghai, major cities and college campuses were also the scenes of major protests. Reuters reported that demonstrations broke out in the cities of Wuhan, Chengdu, Lanzhou, and Beijing on Sunday. Protests in Wuhan reportedly turned violent, with demonstrators smashing through metal barricades, overturning testing tents, and demanding an end to lockdowns. The New York Times reported another protest in the city of Korla in northern Xinjiang.

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