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  • FBI warned Twitter of Hunter Biden ‘hack-and-leak operation’ before 2020 expose was censoredFBI warned Twitter of Hunter Biden ‘hack-and-leak operation’ before 2020 expose was censored
    The FBI warned Twitter during weekly meetings prior to the 2020 election that the social media giant could expect "hack-and-leak operations" by "state actors" involving Hunter Biden, according to a declaration by Twitter’s former head of site integrity. These warnings came ahead of Twitter censoring the New York Post's bombshell October 2020 report on Hunter Biden's business dealings found on his laptop, citing its "hacked materials" policy. At the time, the FBI had been in possession of his laptop for nearly a year. "I was told in these meetings that the intelligence community expected that individuals associated with political campaigns would be subject to hacking attacks and that material obtained through those hacking attacks would likely be disseminated over social media platforms, including Twitter," Twitter’s former head of site integrity Yoel Roth said in a Dec. 21, 2020, declaration to the Federal Election Commission, according to the New York Post. "I also learned in these meetings that there were rumors that a hack-and-leak operation would involve Hunter Biden," Roth continued. HUNTER BIDEN LAPTOP REPAIRMAN TOUTS VINDICATION AFTER MUSK'S BOMBSHELL TWITTER REPORT: ‘I KNEW THE WHOLE TIME’ Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told podcast host Joe Rogan in August that the FBI had also warned his social media platform to be on "high alert" for "Russian propaganda" ahead of the 2020 election, and that the agency included language specific enough to "fit the pattern" of the Hunter Biden story. The Hunter Biden story was also censored by Facebook in the weeks leading up to the 2020 election. FBI Supervisory Special Agent Elvis Chan organized the meetings with the platforms. Chan testified Tuesday in a lawsuit against the Biden administration that he organized the meetings with Twitter in San Francisco for as many as seven DC-based FBI agents ahead of the 2020 presidential election. He also organized weekly meetings with Facebook.  The lawsuit was filed by the GOP attorneys general of Missouri and Louisiana, and alleges that the federal government coordinated with technology giants to censor "disfavored speakers, viewpoints and content on social-media platforms." Chan said in his testimony that the FBI warned Twitter to be prepared for a "hack and leak" operation, although he could not recall if Hunter Biden's name was mentioned.  The latest revelations about FBI warnings to social media companies come after new Twitter CEO Elon Musk suggested Twitter engaged in "election interference" by censoring the Hunter Biden story. "If Twitter is doing one team’s bidding before an election, shutting down dissenting voices on a pivotal election, that is the very definition of election interference … Frankly Twitter was acting like an arm of the Democratic National Committee. It was absurd," Musk said during a live Q&A session on Twitter Spaces on Saturday. MUSK TEASES ‘ROUND 2’ OF TWITTER FILES SHOWING COMPANY SUPPRESSED HUNTER BIDEN LAPTOP Musk had shared files with Substack journalist Matt Taibbi, who made a Twitter thread Friday revealing screenshots of emails showing that Twitter employees suspended, banned or censored users who commented on Hunter Biden's laptop. And law firm Covington & Burling previously told the FEC that Twitter "had been warned throughout 2020 by federal law enforcement agencies to be on the alert for expected ‘hack-and-leak operations’ undertaken by malign state actors, in which those state actors might hack electronic communications of individuals associated with political campaigns and seek to disseminate the leaked materials." "Reports from the law enforcement agencies even suggested there were rumors that such a hack-and-leak operation would be related to Hunter Biden," the law firm added.
  • NYC crime crisis: Suspect strikes man in head with baseball bat, police still searching for suspectNYC crime crisis: Suspect strikes man in head with baseball bat, police still searching for suspect
    WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO BELOW A suspect in New York attacked a man with a baseball bat in Upper Manhattan, according to the New York City Police Department. The attack happened on November 29 on Amsterdam Avenue in Hamilton Heights, police said. The brazen attack was caught on surveillance camera, and police are still searching for the suspect. The footage shows the suspect pulling a baseball bat out of his pants and hitting a 47-year-old man in the back of the head.  NYC SUBWAY ATTACK: WOMAN IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER FACE IS BURNED BY ‘UNKNOWN CHEMICAL SUBSTANCE’ NEW YORK CITY HIRING NEW ‘RAT CZAR’ TO HELP WITH CITY'S LONG-RUNNING BATTLE AGAINST RODENTS The suspect was wearing a black hoodie at the time of the attack. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment. He is in stable condition.
  • Bible verse of the day: God offers us 'refuge and shelter' in this Old Testament scriptureBible verse of the day: God offers us 'refuge and shelter' in this Old Testament scripture
    "Then the Lord will create over the whole site of Mount Zion and over its places of assembly a cloud by day and smoke and the shining of a flaming fire by night. Indeed, over all the glory there will be a canopy. It will serve as a pavilion, a shade by day from the heat, and a refuge and a shelter from the storm and rain" (Isaiah 4:5-6). In this Bible verse from the Old Testament, God promises shelter and refuge for his people.  Can the faithful feel this sense of protection today, in a fast-paced, complex world? BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY: KEY QUESTION IS, DO WE TRUST IN OURSELVES OR IN GOD? First, it's vital to understand what these verses really mean. The verses center around the promise "that God would take his people into his holy care and protection," according to "Barnes’ Notes on the Whole Bible," as shared by Studylight.org. Albert Barnes was an American theologian born in New York in 1798, notes Studylight — and over a million volumes of his book had been issued by 1870. BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY: OLD TESTAMENT SCRIPTURE PROMISES VICTORY AND A ‘HIDING PLACE’ WITH GOD "The idea is expressed by images drawn, in this verse, from the protection which he afforded to the Israelites in their journeying from Egypt," said Barnes, the same source noted.  "The word ‘create’ means here [that] he will afford, or furnish, such a defense," he continued. All the habitations of his people "shall be secure, and regarded as under his protection," Barnes continued.  BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY: GOD WILL WIPE AWAY EVERY TEAR, SCRIPTURE PROMISES One South Carolina faith leader told Fox News Digital that these verses stand the test of time — and that today, the faithful can still count on God’s protection and blessing of rest and renewal. "The prophet Isaiah reveals the glory of God as a place of rest and refreshment," said Fr. Jeffrey Kirby, pastor of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Indian Land, South Carolina. "He promises that God will build such a shelter and that all people will be welcomed to refuge and relief under its shade." CHRISTIAN LEADER SAYS ENOUGH WITH ‘MY TRUTH’: SOCIETY MUST RETURN TO ‘THE’ TRUTH Fr. Kirby then offered the following prayer for believers today. "Oh God, Ancient of Days, you know all things. You call us from the burdens and anxieties of life and summon us to rest in you. You bless us and care for us with a cloud by day and a flaming fire by night." He added, "You are a shelter and a refuge for us. Rejuvenate us by your grace. Grant us your peace and strength. Amen." CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR LIFESTYLE NEWSLETTER Stay tuned for more Bible verses of the day during the Advent season. To see yesterday's Bible verse, click here. 
  • Elon Musk's 'hot take' on First Amendment reveals 'profound ignorance,' MSNBC anchor declaresElon Musk's 'hot take' on First Amendment reveals 'profound ignorance,' MSNBC anchor declares
    MSNBC’s Ali Velshi blasted tech mogul Elon Musk for his "hot take" on free speech and the First Amendment after the Twitter CEO spearheaded the release of the "Twitter Files." At Musk’s request, Substack journalist Matt Taibbi published a series of tweets and images that revealed collaborations between Twitter employees and members of both political parties to flag and delete tweets deemed problematic. Most notably, this included emergency moderation efforts to suppress the New York Post story on Hunter Biden’s laptop, despite internal concerns that there was little to justify the censorship. "If this isn’t a violation of the Constitution’s First Amendment, what is?" Musk wrote in reference to emails indicating Twitter staff responded "handled" to requests for tweets to be reviewed for removal by the Biden campaign in 2020.  According to the "Velshi" host, this claim revealed how little Musk understood about the Constitution. MARK RUFFALO’S CALL FOR TWITTER TO BE ‘HEAVILY REGULATED’ RIPPED BY CRITICS: ‘HULK SMASH FREE SPEECH’  "This is what we in the cable business like to call a hot take. It reveals Elon Musk’s profound ignorance of the First Amendment. The First Amendment regulates government contact. It does not regulate public actors like Twitter. And in Musk’s example, not only was the Biden campaign not part of the government, but the ultimate decision to actually agree to honor the request to came from a fundamentally was a private decision taken by private company. The Biden campaign is not the government," Velshi said. He continued, "As it stands, social media platforms like Twitter are free to limit as much or as little free speech as they want, barring a few exceptions. Ultimately, any limits imposed will be defined by the company’s own values and the sudden deluge of dangerous hate speech on Twitter arguably reflects the values of a new owner. A toxic atmosphere he’s unleashed has already led numerous high-profile figures to quit to the site in protest." Velshi also attacked Musk for reinstating banned accounts, suggesting that they led to a massive increase of hate speech. "For Musk, who calls himself a free speech absolutist, the restoring of previously restricted accounts is some kind of crusade to free Big Tech from imaginary control by the political left," Velshi said. MEDIA’S HUNTER BIDEN COLLUSION: ‘TWITTER FILES’ DUMP HAS THEM ON DEFENSE, ATTACKING THE MESSENGER  Several reporters criticized Taibbi's tweets as "PR work for the world's richest man."  Fellow MSNBC host Mehdi Hasan tweeted, "Imagine volunteering to do online PR work for the world's richest man on a Friday night, in service of nakedly and cynically right-wing narratives, and then pretending you're speaking truth to power." CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP When the New York Post story on Hunter Biden's laptop broke in October 2020, several media outlets dismissed and downplayed it. It was only after President Biden’s election that some began verifying the report.
  • North Korea reportedly fires 130 artillery rounds, violating inter-Korean agreementNorth Korea reportedly fires 130 artillery rounds, violating inter-Korean agreement
    According to the South Korean military, North Korea has violated a 2018 inter-Korean agreement that was intended to curtail tensions by firing 130 artillery rounds into the sea off both its east and west coasts Monday morning.  North Korea allegedly detected military drills being conducted by the South. Verbal warning communications were sent to the North Korean side, according to a statement from South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff. The latest demonstration of military might from leader Kim Jong-un saw shells land in a buffer zone near the sea border, according to a report. SOUTH KOREA SCRAMBLES JETS AS CHINA, RUSSIA WARPLANES ENTER AIR DEFENSE ZONE KIM JONG UN'S DAUGHTER MAKES 2ND PUBLIC APPEARANCE IN DAYS, SPARKING SUCCESSION RUMORS In the middle of November, the hermit kingdom fired a ballistic missile that splashed down in waters due east of the Korean Peninsula. South Korea is no stranger to this sort of behavior from hostile actors. Even more recent, South Korea was forced to scramble jets without warning after multiple Chinese warplanes (and six Russian) were found entering its air defense identification zone (KADIZ). Reuters contributed to this report
  • Wall Street CEOs funding China’s military and human rights abuses. Here's whyWall Street CEOs funding China’s military and human rights abuses. Here's why
    Wall Street wants everyone to think they care about socially and morally responsible investing. They hope the latest "ESG" craze – which stands for Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) – will fool lawmakers and the American people into believing that they care more about responsible investing than greedily making a profit. There’s just one problem: It’s a farce. If Wall Street really cared about "ESG," they wouldn’t turn a blind eye to China’s human rights abuses, genocide, and military aggression – just to make a profit. Two of the biggest culprits are BlackRock CEO Larry Fink and JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon. Their two Wall Street firms publicly advertise "sustainable investing" efforts. And in recent years, they’ve revamped billions of dollars in investments into ESG funds. According to Morningstar, the value of these ESG funds has increased to nearly $300 billion since 2017. CHINA PUTS THE WORLD AT MORE RISK THAN EVER BEFORE In complete contrast to their public ESG rhetoric, however, BlackRock recommended last year that investors triple their investment in China because it "represents a significant opportunity to help meet the long-term goals of investors in China." In other words, BlackRock is willing to help the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) meet its goals in exchange for profit. It’s time for Congress and the American people to see this charade for what it really is – funneling money to the CCP. That enables China to build a more modern, lethal military to threaten Taiwan, undermine U.S. national security, and subvert efforts for America to reduce its dependence on Chinese supply chains. BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, has invested billions in China. And JPMorgan alone holds an estimated $20 billion worth of investments in China. However, the American people would certainly be disturbed to learn that many of these investment products are actually funneling U.S. investment to companies helping Beijing modernize its military. For example, CSSC Holdings Ltd. (CSSC) – China’s largest builder of naval vessels – is listed in several major investment indices that contain literally trillions of dollars of assets. In fact, Beijing’s efforts to raise funds through capital markets has greatly benefited CSSC. The shipbuilding giant was able to raise $8.63 billion from debt markets by 2015, and has now launched China’s new warship – the "Fujian" aircraft carrier – intended to rival America’s largest and most advanced aircraft carrier. CHINA'S ‘ZERO-COVID’POLICY COULD BE XI'S UNDOING Much of this came to light during a recent congressional hearing. Dimon was specifically asked about his firm’s ties to China and what JPMorgan would do if China invaded Taiwan. Dimon and other CEOs eventually acknowledged that their companies would do as the U.S. government instructed if China attacked Taiwan – even if that meant halting business with Beijing. The question, however, is why these firms would even want to do business with an authoritarian regime that has expressed an intention to invade Taiwan. And if that’s not troubling enough, China also continues to use slave labor in the Xinjiang region of Western China. In fact, it’s estimated that more than 80,000 ethnic Uyghurs were transferred out of Xinjiang to forced labor in factories across China between 2017 and 2019 alone. Despite pressure from the Chinese government not to publish it, the United Nations recently released a report on China’s well-documented human rights abuses, including physical and mental torture, slave labor, rape, and forced sterilization. These crimes against humanity were a key focus of the recent congressional hearing with Wall Street CEOs. However, when pressed to condemn China’s human rights abuses, Jane Fraser, CEO of Citigroup, simply admitted to being "distressed" by China’s actions, saying that condemn "is a very strong word." The bottom line here is profit. Wall Street’s pursuit of short-term gain comes at the expense of America’s future security. Congress should immediately require transparency and disclosure from index providers and fund managers – and prohibit sanctioned and bad-actor Chinese companies from being included in investment products such as Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) and mutual funds. CLICK HERE TO GET THE OPINION NEWSLETTER Tens of millions of American retail investors hold the stocks and bonds of thousands of Chinese companies, primarily in ETFs and mutual funds. These include companies that have been sanctioned by the U.S. government for egregious human rights abuses and national security concerns, as well as companies that are aiding and abetting genocide, trafficking in slave labor, equipping concentration camps in Xinjiang, militarizing illegal islands in the South China Sea, constructing aircraft carriers, developing hypersonic glide vehicles, and manufacturing other advanced weapons systems for…
  • Minnesota teacher gives students survey about pronouns, asks whether to conceal gender changes from parentsMinnesota teacher gives students survey about pronouns, asks whether to conceal gender changes from parents
    FIRST ON FOX – An anti-capitalist science teacher from Minneapolis, Minnesota, revealed that she used a survey that allows students to conceal a gender identity change in her classroom, Fox News Digital found.  The teacher at Highland Park Middle School, Mandi Jung, shares curriculum materials on her website, including a survey of students which is provided at the beginning of the school year.  "These are all resources that I use or have used at the beginning of the school year. Please enjoy," the middle school teacher said. The questions asked students about their preferred pronouns and names, and whether those can be used when speaking directly with a student's parents.  NEW JERSEY TEACHER INTERVIEWS 4TH GRADERS ON 'THEY/THEM' PRONOUNS ON TIKTOK: 'INDOCTRINATING MY STUDENTS' Some of the questions included:  Fox News Digital reached out to the district for comment, and a spokesperson referred to existing policy which said, "Respect all students’ gender identity and gender expression by honoring the right of students to be identified and addressed by their preferred name and pronoun." "That we live in a country where schools are actively pushing kids to change their gender and hide it from their parents is something I never thought I would face as a parent," Kimberly S. Hermann from the Southeastern Legal Foundation told Fox News.  She added that surveys administered without parental consent may violate federal law.  "Surveys like this one not only violate the law, but they are aimed at separating children from their parents. Parents must know that when schools ask children about their emotional health, sexual identity, and family relationships without parental consent they violate federal law." Hiding gender transitions from parents has become an increasingly potent topic for schools across the country. CALIFORNIA TEACHER SPEAKS OUT AFTER 'QUEER LIBRARY' WITH BDSM/KINK EXPOSED: ‘I BELIEVE... IN WHAT I’M DOING'  Fox News Digital previously reported Randi Weingarten's American Federation of Teachers union promotes its own method – "pronoun card" – to help teachers conceal students' gender changes.  Additionally, the defunct Biden Foundation partnered with an organization called Gender Spectrum, which supported teachers hiding a students' transgender status from parents.  Some districts have attempted to put into policy keeping parents in the dark on gender transitions.  CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP For example, Mentor Public Schools sent an email in August to teachers in grades 6-12 saying they don’t have to notify parents of a name or pronoun change if the student only requests it informally and does not ask for it to be changed in Google or the Infinite Campus parent portal. Fox News' Jessica Chasmar contributed to this report.
  • Julia Roberts, husband Daniel Moder seen together enjoying Kennedy Center HonorsJulia Roberts, husband Daniel Moder seen together enjoying Kennedy Center Honors
    Actress Julia Roberts and her husband, cinematographer Daniel Moder, were seen smiling and enjoying a reception for an event in Washington, D.C. on Sunday. The couple were in attendance for the 2022 Kennedy Center Honors, hosted at the White House by President Biden.  The honorees for the 45th annual event include actor and filmmaker George Clooney, singer-songwriter Amy Grant, singer Gladys Knight, composer Tania León, and Irish rock band U2.  These honorees received lifetime achievement awards. Other stars like actor Matt Damon and journalist Katie Couric were also in attendance. AMY GRANT TALKS ‘HEALING JOURNEY’ AFTER HEAD INJURY FROM BIKE ACCIDENT: ‘I FORGOT LYRICS TO SONGS I WROTE’ Roberts was wearing a black jacket over a dress covered in framed photographs of Clooney, a close friend of hers.  Roberts and Clooney have worked together several times in the past, including in the "Ocean's Eleven" trilogy and the movie "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind." Their new movie, "Ticket to Paradise," premiered in October. GEORGE CLOONEY SAYS TWINS ‘DON’T REALLY CARE' HE'S A STAR AT KENNEDY CENTER HONORS WITH WIFE AMAL CLOONEY Moder was seen wearing a simple black suit, as he and Roberts were spotted smiling and clapping at the event. Roberts and Moder first met in 2000 on the set of her film "The Mexican," during which time Roberts was dating actor Benjamin Bratt and Moder was married to make-up artist Vera Steimberg. Moder filed for divorce from Steimberg about a year later. He then began dating Roberts after the divorce was finalized.  Roberts and Moder got married in July 2002 at her ranch in New Mexico. The couple shares three children: two boys and one girl.
  • Bill Clinton's former pollster warns Democrats about 2024: Forget Biden, focus on working classBill Clinton's former pollster warns Democrats about 2024: Forget Biden, focus on working class
    Democrats defied expectations in the midterm elections and successfully fended off a red wave, but a veteran Democratic pollster warns that party will need to address and prioritize the economy and crime with "new leaders" at the helm in order to mount a successful challenge in 2024. Stan Greenberg, previously the senior pollster to President Bill Clinton, Vice President Al Gore and U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair, among others, says that Democrats should not feel vindicated coming out of election night. The party pulled off a better-than-expected midterms performance, maintaining a narrow Senate majority and losing the House by only a handful of seats. But Democrats owe their unexpected success to voters setting aside economic concerns and voting instead on abortion, Social Security, and threats to democracy, according to Greenberg. "They voted for Democrats despite the fact that this was an economy that was failing working people. But voters are desperate for real help," Greenberg said, pointing to the party's failure to prioritize key working class issues - the cost of living and rising crime. DESANTIS EXPLAINS WHAT GOP MISSED IN ‘HUGE UNDERPERFORMANCE’ FOR ELECTION Though Republican messaging centered heavily on inflation, crime and the border, the party failed to properly reassure voters on these set of concerns as well, according to Greenberg.  Looking ahead to the 2024 presidential election, the veteran Democratic pollster believes the country is in desperate need of "new leaders" and "bold change," telling Fox he's "not worried" about any of the rumored Republicans floated as potential candidates.  Despite his enthusiasm for a fresh crop of presidential contenders, Greenberg warns in his midterms report that Democrats should be weary of the "continuing risk of a Republican challenge centered on borders and crime." "Trump may have been weakened in this election, but another leader with that message poises an accelerated risk," Greenberg writes.  OBAMA TAKES AIM AT WALKER AS HE RALLIES WITH WARNOCK AHEAD OF GEORGIA SENATE RUNOFF As a number of high-profile Republicans continue to tease potential 2024 runs, Donald Trump has already launched his presidential campaign, while Democrats wait for a final determination from Biden on his re-election ambitions, likely to come "early next year," according to the President. "I wouldn't have thought that Joe Biden would have been the candidate that the Democrats nominated. They went for him because they thought he was the one who would defeat Donald Trump," Greenberg told Fox. "I don't think that'll be the case this time." Though he hesitated to name any specific potential Democratic candidates, Greenberg believes there's a chance to have an "election like we had in 1992 when Bill Clinton ran to modernize the party."
  • Progressives grumble as Respect for Marriage Act advances: ‘I hate the Senate bill’Progressives grumble as Respect for Marriage Act advances: ‘I hate the Senate bill’
    Complaints from some progressive Democrats about the much-heralded Respect for Marriage Act are on the rise, as they realize that the legislation often labeled in the press as the "same-sex marriage" bill would not actually require states to recognize same-sex marriages. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer lauded the legislation as a "momentous step forward for greater justice for LGBTQ Americans." But complaints from the far left started surfacing as the Senate passed the bill last week. Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart, who is gay, said in a column that he supports the bill but admitted that the more closely he looks at it, "the more my joy diminishes." "What the act does not do is require states to issue marriage licenses in contravention of state law," he wrote. SENATE PASSES SAME-SEX MARRIAGE BILL WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT Charlotte Clymer, former press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign and LGBTQ activist, put it more sharply in a blog post. "I hate the Senate bill and we need it to pass it," she said, adding that "it sucks" and "it's our only real option." Democrats in Congress whipped up the bill after Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas issued a concurring opinion in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, which overturned Roe v. Wade. There, he said that in light of the decision to let states decide abortion, the court should also "reconsider all of this Court’s substantive due process precedents," including the Obergefell v. Hodges case that took same-sex marriage out of the hands of states and said it is a right guaranteed by the Constitution. RICK SCOTT DEFENDS RELEASING 'RESCUE AMERICA' PLAN AHEAD OF MIDTERMS: 'I DON'T REGRET IT ONE BIT' No other justices joined Thomas. But that opinion became a major campaign issue for Democrats and spurred lawmakers of both parties to write legislation aimed at requiring states to recognize same-sex marriage, in case the Obergefell precedent fell. But if the Respect for Marriage Act (RMA) passes, it would not go so far as to require states to permit same-sex marriages, which is what has some progressives disappointed. Instead, it would require the federal government to recognize same-sex marriages performed in states where they are legal. The act would also require states to recognize same-sex marriages in other states for the purpose of distributing benefits, and wouldn't let them interfere with the federal recognition of those marriages. But otherwise, each state would still be able to define marriage as they see fit, and would not be required to issue licenses or permits for same-sex marriages that take place in their state. Tim Schultz, president of the 1st Amendment Partnership, told Fox News Digital that the passage of RMA is about "political realism," and that both sides had to cede some ground in order to turn the language into law. Schultz noted that the bill doesn’t go as far as banning states from making gay-marriage illegal, and includes an amendment by Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., aimed at protecting religious liberty. GOP SENATORS DEMAND ANSWERS OVER SPIKE IN MIGRANT CASES DISMISSED BY COURTS AS DOCS NOT FILED IN TIME "The interest groups on the left I think are begrudgingly admitting that these religious protections had to be in the bill to pass," Schultz said. "Some of them are saying that’s an affirmative good. Others are saying are saying, ‘Well, I guess this is what you have to do to attract Republicans.’ I’m not saying they feel religious liberty in their soul." "I think that this is actually a big political deal," Schultz added. "I think that legally the RMA is not a huge deal. And I think that's why people are hyperventilating for no good reason." "But I think like politically it's a very big deal. Because I think it shows that there is a kind of center that wants to get things done on this issue." Shultz says the overturning of Obergefell is a "very unlikely scenario."

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  • NYC crime crisis: Suspect strikes man in head with baseball bat, police still searching for suspectNYC crime crisis: Suspect strikes man in head with baseball bat, police still searching for suspect
    WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO BELOW A suspect in New York attacked a man with a baseball bat in Upper Manhattan, according to the New York City Police Department. The attack happened on November 29 on Amsterdam Avenue in Hamilton Heights, police said. The brazen attack was caught on surveillance camera, and police are still searching for the suspect. The footage shows the suspect pulling a baseball bat out of his pants and hitting a 47-year-old man in the back of the head.  NYC SUBWAY ATTACK: WOMAN IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER FACE IS BURNED BY ‘UNKNOWN CHEMICAL SUBSTANCE’ NEW YORK CITY HIRING NEW ‘RAT CZAR’ TO HELP WITH CITY'S LONG-RUNNING BATTLE AGAINST RODENTS The suspect was wearing a black hoodie at the time of the attack. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment. He is in stable condition.
  • Firearm sales explode as Oregon awaits judge's decision on gun control lawFirearm sales explode as Oregon awaits judge's decision on gun control law
    Firearm enthusiasts in Oregon are flocking to gun stores as they wait to find out whether a federal judge will delay the start of a strict permit-to-purchase law before Thursday's deadline. "The parking lot has been a disaster," Northwest Armory owner Karl Durkheimer told Fox News. "The side streets around our place have been a disaster." 'BLATANTLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL': STRICT GUN CONTROL LAW FACES NEW NRA-BACKED LEGAL CHALLENGE Measure 114 passed with 50.65% of the vote last month. It bans ammunition magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds and mandates the creation of a permit-to-purchase system that includes fingerprinting and hands-on firearm training from an instructor who has been certified by law enforcement. The permits can cost up to $65 under the measure and last for five years with a new background check required for each gun purchase. Judge Karin J. Immergut heard more than two hours of arguments Friday relating to the first lawsuit filed against the measure by the Oregon Firearms Federation, Sherman County Sheriff Brad Lohrey and a gun store owner. The suit alleges that both the magazine capacity limit and permit-to-purchase requirement violate the Second Amendment. The measure's sponsors hope it will reduce violent crime, accidental deaths and suicides. Senior Assistant Attorney General Brian Simmonds Marshall argued in court documents that delaying the bill's start date would "likely result in unnecessary deaths" and hinder Oregon's efforts to "reduce the risk of a massacre within its borders." Immergut expects to make a decision early this week on whether the law should be delayed, according to Oregonian reporter Maxine Bernstein. OREGON SHERIFFS WON'T ENFORCE NEW GUN LAW: ‘INFRINGES ON SECOND AMENDMENT’ There is much confusion over what will happen when the law takes effect Dec. 8. Gun store owners and local police have said the permit system will not be ready in time, but Oregon State Police tried to assuage those fears Friday afternoon in a press release that stated there would be a "manual paper process until new technical systems can be designed and implemented." "If there is not an injunction before the morning of the eighth, that will mean there will be no gun sales on the eighth to Oregonians," Durkheimer said prior to OSP's release. He expected it could take a full year for sales to resume because OSP initially predicted the permit-to-purchase system wouldn't begin until around January 2024, according to a fiscal estimate prepared earlier this year by a state committee. WATCH MORE FOX NEWS DIGITAL ORIGINALS HERE "Oregon has not yet even provided the necessary funding for, let alone set up the systems required to administer its new and onerous permitting scheme," alleges an NRA-backed lawsuit filed late last week. "As of right now, there is no firearms training course that has been certified by the state, which means that no one can lawfully obtain a permit-to-purchase." Durkheimer believes the law is unconstitutional and will only impact law-abiding gun owners and not violent criminals. "Controlling the tool is not going to change the human behavior of an evil person or a mentally deranged person," Durkheimer told Fox News, adding that he'd rather see the money Oregon expects to spend on the permitting system directed toward mental health services. ELECTION DAY VOTERS TALK CRIME, FIRST-TIME GUN BUYER SURGE The family-run Northwest Armory has two Portland-area locations and has been in business since 1992. Firearm sales to Oregonians make up between 50%-60% of their business, Durkheimer said. "We're trying to do a business plan for, how do we maintain our employees and their health insurance and our 401(K) for one year with very limited retail sales?" Durkheimer said. Fortunately for Northwest Armory, gross sales since Nov. 8 are the largest they've had in three decades of business as customers rush to buy guns and magazines before the ban takes effect, Durkheimer said. OSP's background check unit has seen "unprecedented volumes of firearms transactions" in the past month. State police received about 849 background check requests a day prior to the election, but that average skyrocketed to 4,092 requests per day immediately after voters approved Measure 114. Last Thursday, Durkheimer said there were more than 30,000 pending background checks. Anyone whose background check has not cleared by Dec. 8 will have to wait to obtain a permit, according to OSP. No matter what Immergut decides, Durkheimer said his stores will be closed Dec. 8. "We’ve been working seven days a week, 12 hours a day for a month," he said. "We're going to be closed…
  • As crime creeps closer to colleges, expert says banning guns from campus would leave people more vulnerableAs crime creeps closer to colleges, expert says banning guns from campus would leave people more vulnerable
    College campuses have come under the threat of violent crimes or are reeling from violence that played out near or on campus in recent weeks. Fox News Digital examined how many college campuses allow for concealed carry and if it's a viable option to help protect students from potential tragedy.  "College campuses generally have low crime rates, but safety is always important, and police can’t always be there. A little over 60 percent of colleges with more than 2,500 students have armed officers, and they average just 2.4 officers per 1,000 students, and only a fraction of those officers are on duty at any point in time," Crime Prevention Research Center Founder and President John Lott told Fox News Digital.  "Just like with police off campus, campus security can’t protect everyone." College campuses have historically and primarily dealt with crimes such as burglary and sexual assault, data from the National Center for Education Statistics show. But in the last few weeks alone, there have been shootings and murders on campuses, threats of rape, dorm intruders and armed robberies creeping closer to campus. IOWA SCHOOL DISTRICT TO ALLOW SOME TEACHERS TO CARRY GUNS ON CAMPUS The U.S. overall is no stranger to violent crimes over the last few years. Murders spiked by nearly 30% in 2020 compared to the year prior, according to FBI data, which marked the largest single-year increase in killings since the agency began tracking the crimes. The crime rate exploded at a time when society was upended by lockdown orders stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, calls to defund police departments echoed across the country, and repeated nights of protests and riots following the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Crimes creeping closer to campuses this year has left some schools devastated and others trying to defend themselves in the event of tragedy and violence. MISSISSIPPI PARENTS CALL FOR ALLOWING TEACHERS TO CARRY GUNS IN SCHOOL: 'THIS IS THE WORLD WE LIVE IN NOW' The University of Idaho is grieving after four students were found fatally stabbed in a house off campus. The University of Virginia campus is coping with a shooting that left three school football players dead, another player injured and yet another student injured. While students at NYU have voiced concerns over intruders getting into their dorms, University of Washington students are arming themselves with pepper spray as they discover that a handful of registered sex offenders live near campus and students at Temple University deal with home invasions at off-campus housing. Lott pointed Fox News Digital to a report published by the Crime Prevention Research Center last year, which found 12 states mandate that public universities allow permitted concealed handguns on campus, including states such as Texas, Utah and Mississippi. Another 23 states leave the decision to permit or ban concealed carry firearms up to the individual college or university. The Crime Prevention Research Center complied data from 2012 to May 2021 examining instances of guns being fired on college campuses, and found that many such instances involved accidental discharges -— but none involved a legally permitted gun owner carrying out a crime. MORE AMERICANS LEGALLY CARRYING GUNS DESPITE SLOWEST INCREASE IN CCW PERMITS ON RECORD, EXPERT SAYS "With all the states that colleges that allow campus carry, we don’t need to guess how it will work out. There is not one instance of a gun fired by someone legally carrying a gun on campus threatening another person or trying to commit a crime," Lott said.  The study did note one possible instance of a man with a concealed-carry permit on the Michigan State University campus in 2015 who reportedly brandished his firearm at another driver, but the charges were dropped and his record was cleared that same year. College campuses aren’t the only types of schools that allow concealed carry. Following the tragic mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, other school districts worked to "harden" their schools against such tragedies. For some, this meant arming teachers. More than 1,300 school staff members in Florida across 45 school districts are armed, while more than 400 school districts in Texas allow some designated school employees to arm themselves, the New York Times reported in July. Gun control groups, such as Everytown, have published data and reports arguing that if more college campuses allow guns, it will increase the number of shootings, homicides and suicides. Everytown said in a 2020 report titled, "The Danger of Guns on Campus," that "mental illness is a…
  • Atlanta police confirm fatal shooting near Georgia State UniversityAtlanta police confirm fatal shooting near Georgia State University
    Atlanta, Georgia, police said a man was fatally shot near Georgia State University on Sunday afternoon and later succumbed to his injuries. Officers from the Atlanta Police Department, at about 4:15 p.m. on Sunday, responded to reports of a person who was shot on Piedmont Avenue, blocks away from Georgia State University in Downtown Atlanta. Police said when they arrived, they found a man suffering from gunshot wounds. MAN ARRESTED AFTER PURSUING, DETAINING HIT-AND-RUN DRIVER IN ATLANTA, POLICE SAY EMS crews also responded and transported the man to a hospital, where he later died from his injuries. According to the press release, homicide detectives were notified of the incident and are working to determine the circumstances surrounding the fatal shooting. No other information was available about the incident, and the investigation is ongoing.
  • North Carolina Home Depot worker, 83, dies weeks after being shoved during theft; police searching for suspectNorth Carolina Home Depot worker, 83, dies weeks after being shoved during theft; police searching for suspect
    WARNING: THIS VIDEO CONTAINS GRAPHIC CONTENT An elderly Home Depot employee died on Thursday from injuries he sustained in October when a theft suspect shoved him while allegedly stealing three pressure washers.  The suspect was leaving the store’s garden area on the morning of Oct. 18 with a shopping cart full of stolen goods when the employee approached him.  Surveillance video released by the Hillsborough Police Department appears to show the suspect shoving the elderly employee to the ground and hurrying out of the store.  The victim died on Dec. 1 due to complications from injuries he sustained during the incident. A medical examiner ruled that his death was a homicide.  The Hillsborough Police Department is now searching for the suspect, described as a Black male about 6 feet tall who fled in a white Hyundai Sonata. A temporary North Carolina tag on the vehicle was obscured.  MISSING SOUTH CAROLINA WOMAN'S FAMILY MAKES RENEWED CALL FOR ANSWERS TWO YEARS LATER Gary Rasor, the employee, celebrated his 83rd birthday while hospitalized for his injuries.  "We are heartbroken by the loss of our associate Gary. He was part of our team for more than 9 years. He was an amazing friend, husband, father and grandfather, always willing to help anyone," a spokesperson for Home Depot told Fox News Digital in a statement.  "Right now, our top concern is supporting his family and our associates during this difficult time."  His wife previously told WNCN that her husband recognized the suspect.  "He knows the guy is a thief. He’s been there, he’s seen him in the store before," she told the local news outlet. "And what he told me was that sometimes the guy will buy one or two items so he has a receipt, and then he’ll add more stuff to his cart and flash the receipt." Anyone with information about the suspect can email tips to andrew.jones@hillsboroughnc.gov or call at 919-296-9562. 
  • Florida police announce murder indictment in 43-year-old cold caseFlorida police announce murder indictment in 43-year-old cold case
    The Miramar Police Department announced an arrest this week in a four-decade old cold case murder, crediting advancements in DNA technology for cracking the case.  Ronald E. Richards, who is currently in prison in Ohio for separate crimes, was indicted by a grand jury on charges of sexual battery and murder for allegedly killing Evelyn Marie Fisher-Bamforth on Jan. 22, 1980.  Richards, 75, lived just 12 houses away from Fisher-Bamforth in a mobile home park. He was previously a person of interest in the case, but there was never enough evidence to make an arrest. That changed thanks to technological advancements, according to police.  UTAH INVESTIGATORS ID SUSPECT IN 1972 UNSOLVED MURDER OF ARMY VETERAN, RAPE OF WOMAN "Due to advancements in DNA technology and the diligence and hard work of Detective Johnathan Zeller, Ronald Eugène Richards has been indicted for sexual battery and murder," Miramar Police Department spokesperson Tania Rues said in a statement, according to WSVN. "We are one step closer to [obtaining] justice for Evelyn." Richards was convicted in 1982 and sentenced to 50 years for a separate murder and sexual assault out of Volusia County that took place in March 1980, according to Florida Department of Corrections records. He is currently imprisoned in Ohio for separate crimes.  Fisher-Bamforth's murder was the oldest cold case in the Miramar Police Department's history. 
  • Virginia elementary school to host 'After School Satan Club'Virginia elementary school to host 'After School Satan Club'
    A Chesapeake, Virginia, elementary school, later this month, will have a new offering for students called the After School Satan Club.  According to a flyer on The Satanic Temple’s Facebook page, the After School Satan Club is scheduled to convene in the library at B.M. Williams Primary School in Chesapeake, Virginia on Dec. 15, where students can learn about benevolence and empathy, critical thinking, problem-solving, creative expression, personal sovereignty, and compassion. "The Satanic Temple is a non-theistic religion that views Satan as a literary figure who represents a metaphorical construct of rejecting tyranny and championing the human mind and spirit," the flyer reads. "After School Satan Club does not attempt to convert children to any religious ideology. Instead, the Satanic Temple supports children to think for themselves." SATANIC TEMPLE HOSTS ‘AFTER SCHOOL SATAN CLUB’ AT PENNSYLVANIA SCHOOL CBS station WTKR in Norfolk, Virginia, reported that some parents in the school district argue the club does not need to be in the elementary school, where children are so young. Lawyers, though, say the school must make room for the club because of its affiliation with religion, which ties it back to the first amendment and freedom of religion. According to WTKR, the director of the club, June Everett, said "the club isn’t about fire and brimstone," but instead is about brainstorming. CALIFORNIA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TO ALLOW ‘AFTER SCHOOL SATAN CLUB’ Chesapeake Public Schools Superintendent Jared Cotton said in a statement to parents that the district has policies and procedures in place that allow community groups to use publicly funded facilities outside of the school day. "This is common practice among school districts around the state and nation," the statement read. "Over the years, different religious groups have requested and been allowed to rent our facilities after hours. By law, CPS cannot discriminate based on beliefs among groups wishing to rent our facilities." Cotton added that the district approved a building-use request from the After School Satan Club to host gatherings after school hours at B.M. Williams Primary School. All students are required to have a parent-signed permissions slip to attend any after school program hosted by an outside organization. A public hearing on the matter is scheduled for the school board’s next meeting on Dec. 12, just three days before the inaugural meeting of the After School Satan Club.
  • Idaho murders: Students 'fearful' as quadruple homicide remains unsolved with no suspectIdaho murders: Students 'fearful' as quadruple homicide remains unsolved with no suspect
    Students at the University of Idaho say that they are still on edge while a police don't have a suspect in custody after four people were killed in the tightly-knit college town. The four victims, Ethan Chapin, 20; Xana Kernodle, 20; Madison Mogen, 21; and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, were all students at the University of Idaho and died on Nov. 13 between 3 and 4 a.m. at a King Road house in Moscow, Idaho. Police say that an autopsy revealed that each person had multiple stab wounds and some had "defensive" wounds as well. As of Saturday, police say that there's no suspect in custody as the investigation enters its third week. Speaking with Fox News Digital outside the Grub Wandering Kitchen's food truck, students told Fox News Digital that while police say the murders were targeted, they still feel uneasy being outside at night. IDAHO MURDERS: KAYLEE GONCALVES' FATHER BELIEVES SUSPECT 'CHOSE TO GO' UPSTAIRS TO POTENTIALLY TARGET VICTIMS One student who requested to remain anonymous said that students, as well as members of the overall Moscow community, are still "very fearful" after the murders. Additionally, the student said that the incident is causing people to rethink where and when they go out in public, which includes taking more steps to stay safe. Another student outside the food truck said that the increased police presence in the community is making more people feel safe. The student said that overall, most people are "still scared," but things in the community are beginning to resemble what it was like before the murders. Both of the students said they were "shocked" when they heard the four students were killed, and added that an incident like this has an impact on a community like this because the community is closely tied. UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO MURDERS TIMELINE: WHAT WE KNOW Goncalves and Mogen went to the Corner Club in Moscow on the night of Nov. 12 and were there between 10 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. before going to the Grub Wandering Kitchen's food truck nearby at 1:40 a.m., where the two can be seen on a Twitch stream hosted by the business, police say. The pair used a "private party" to get back to the King Road home, where they arrived at 1:56 a.m. Police don't consider the "private party" a suspect in the case. Chapin and Kernodle were at the Sigma Chi fraternity house on the University of Idaho campus before returning to the King Road home at 1:45 a.m., police say. Two other roomates at the King Road home returned to the house by 1 a.m. on Nov. 13 and were unharmed in the attack, and didn't wake up until later in the morning. Officials say that the two surviving roommates "summoned" friends to the King Road home "because they believed one of the second-floor victims had passed out and was not waking up." A 911 call was then placed from one of the surviving roomates' phone at 11:58 a.m., police said, stating that "multiple" people talked with the 911 dispatcher before police officers arrived.  MOSCOW, IDAHO, POLICE CHIEF DISMISSES QUADRUPLE MURDERS TURNING TO COLD CASE: ‘WE’RE GOING TO SOLVE THIS' When police arrived to the house, they found "two victims on the second floor and two victims on the third floor." Officials say that a sixth person is listed on a lease to the King Road house, but moved out "prior to the start of the school year" and wasn't present when the attack happened. While police haven't identified a suspect, authorities remain confident that the attack was targeted. "Our clarification last night directly addressed comments made by Latah County Prosecutor Thompson, who said the suspect(s) specifically looked at this residence, and that one or more of the occupants were undoubtedly targeted. We remain consistent in our belief that this was indeed a targeted attack but have not concluded if the target was the residence or its occupants," a statement from the Moscow Police Department to Fox News on Thursday read. Anyone with information about the incident is being asked to call Moscow police at 208-883-7054 or email tipline@ci.moscow.id.us. Fox News' Cristina Coleman and Alexandria Hernandez contributed to this report.
  • North Carolina power substations taken out by gunfire: sheriffNorth Carolina power substations taken out by gunfire: sheriff
    Over 40,000 Moore County, North Carolina residents were powerless on Sunday afternoon after two substations were taken out by gunfire on Saturday night, according to police. Moore County Sheriff Ronnie Fields said in a Facebook post on Saturday that just after 7 p.m. on that night, several communities across the county began to experience power outages. Duke Energy, which operates the power grid in the county, responded to at least two different substations and there was evidence of intentional vandalism at both, Fields said. NORTH CAROLINA SHERIFF SAYS ‘INTENTIONAL VANDALISM’ AT SUBSTATIONS CAUSED POWER OUTAGES FOR 40K CUSTOMERS "We faced something last night here in Moore County we have never faced before," Fields said during a Facebook Live press conference on Sunday afternoon. The sheriff gave a few more details about the situation, saying there was extensive damage found at two substations caused by multiple gunshots, which caused power outages primarily in the central and northern portions of the county. As of Sunday afternoon, PowerOutage.us said 40,679 customers were without power. TWO DOGS IN NORTH CAROLINA NEED ADOPTING AMID POTENTIAL EUTHANASIA AT OVERWHELMED SHELTER Because of the power outage, a curfew will go into effect on Sunday at 9 p.m. until Monday morning at 5 a.m. An investigation into the vandalism at the substations is underway by the FBI, State Bureau of Investigations, and local law enforcement agencies, around the clock. Moore County Directory of Public Safety said during the press conference that the Moore County Sportsplex was being opened as a shelter at 4 p.m. on Sunday for those without power. The facility can hold from 225-250 citizens and will remain open until the county feels it is unnecessary. Jeff Brooks from Duke Energy said a full power restoration may not occur until Thursday. ENTIRE NORTH CAROLINA POLICE DEPARTMENT RESIGNS AFTER NEW TOWN MANAGER IS HIRED He explained that unlike a storm where power can be rerouted, there is equipment at the substations that needs to be replaced or repaired because of the gunfire.The power company is pursuing multiple paths of restoration, Brooks said, and its number one priority is to get the power back on for customers. As a result of the power outage, Moore County Schools Superintendent Tim Locklair announced schools would be closed on Monday and the situation would be evaluated on a day-by-day case. "Folks, this was a terrible act," State Senator Tom McInnis said, adding that the perpetrator who did the "terrible" act would be brought to justice. Sheriff Fields would not go into the specifics of the investigation because he did not want to jeopardize it in any way. But he did reaffirm the FBI and SBI were working every avenue they can to find the individual or individuals responsible. No group has accepted responsibility for what Fields called at targeted attack – not calling it domestic terrorism. "We have no motivation," he said. "I call them cowards."
  • Mississippi man charged with burning cross to intimidate Black neighbors, pleads guilty to hate crimeMississippi man charged with burning cross to intimidate Black neighbors, pleads guilty to hate crime
    A Mississippi man has pleaded to a federal hate crime for burning a cross to intimidate his Black neighbors, according to the Department of Justice.  Axel C. Cox, 24, of Gulfport, Miss., admitted to violating the Fair Housing Act when he used threatening and racially derogatory remarks to a Black family and burned a cross to intimidate them in December 2020, court documents say.  Cox admitted that he assembled the wooden cross in his front yard with materials from his house and put it in his front yard where his neighbors could see, according to court documents. He also addressed the family with racially derogatory language, records say.  Cox then doused the cross in motor oil and lit it on fire. Per the DOJ, Cox admitted that he burned the cross because of the race of his next-door neighbors.  3 FLORIDA TEENS ARRESTED FOR RACIST, ANTISEMITIC GRAFFITI IN PARK, GOLF COURSE BATHROOMS A grand jury indicted him in September. Cox's attorney, Jim Davis, filed a notice of intent for him to plead guilty to the cross burning on Nov. 22, 2022. Davis could not be reached for comment on Sunday.  Davis told the Biloxi Sun Herald that Cox was reacting to his neighbors allegedly shooting and killing his dog. He added that his client acted "totally inappropriately." The Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacist groups have long practiced cross-burnings to intimidate Black and Jewish people. "Burning a cross invokes the long and painful history, particularly in Mississippi, of intimidation and impending physical violence against Black people," Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke said in a statement. "The Department of Justice will continue to prosecute those who use racially-motivated violence to drive people away from their homes or communities." Cox’s sentencing is scheduled for March 2, 2023. He faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.  The Gulfport Police Department and the FBI Jackson Field Office investigated the case.

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  • Georgia child sex offender apprehended in Mexico after 5 years on the looseGeorgia child sex offender apprehended in Mexico after 5 years on the loose
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  • South African worshippers killed in flash flood during religious service along riverSouth African worshippers killed in flash flood during religious service along river
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  • Indonesian volcano erupts, releasing river of lavaIndonesian volcano erupts, releasing river of lava
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    Iran's attorney general has announced that the country is abolishing its morality police, a potential concession after months of protests against the regime. The morality police "was abolished by the same authorities who installed it," Attorney General Mohammad Javad Montazeri said Saturday, according to a report from the The New York Times.  The decision would be a major victory for protesters in the country, who have demonstrated across the country for months in response to the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who died in police custody after being arrested for not wearing a head covering in public. The unrest that followed the death became one of the largest challenges to the Iranian regime in decades, spreading across the country and showing few signs of slowing down despite attempts by police to crack down on the demonstrations.  IRANIAN CLIMBER REKABI PUT UNDER HOUSE ARREST AFTER COMPETING WITHOUT HIJAB: REPORT The crackdowns have resulted in about 400 deaths, according to international rights groups, including 50 minors. Another 30 members of Iran's security forces have been killed during the demonstrations. Meanwhile, the government issues threats of harsh punishments and executions for public dissent against the regime. The morality police in Iran have been mainly responsible for enforcing the country's strict Islamic dress code, which requires women to cover their bodies in long, loose clothing and their head with a headscarf or hijab. Abolishing the morality police would not change the rules that the police were tasked with enforcing, with Montazeri making clear that the courts would still have the ability to restrict "social behavior."  Iran has also announced that it is reviewing the country’s head scarf regulations, promising to come to a decision on the matter within 15 days. That push has been led by women's rights activists in the country, who have openly defied the law in public and on social media as a form of protest.
  • Top Church of England clerics silent on 'trans' Jesus sermon that stoked international backlash: 'No comment'Top Church of England clerics silent on 'trans' Jesus sermon that stoked international backlash: 'No comment'
    Leading clerics in the Church of England declined to comment on the recent sermon at Trinity College, Cambridge, that stoked international backlash for speaking of the "trans body" of Jesus Christ. Rev. Dr. Michael Banner, who serves as the dean of Trinity College, recently came to the defense of Joshua Heath, a junior research fellow at the University of Cambridge who proclaimed from the pulpit of Trinity College chapel during an Evensong service that non-erotic portrayals of Jesus' penis in historical art "urge a welcoming rather than hostile response toward the raised voices of trans people." "In Christ's simultaneously masculine and feminine body in these works, if the body of Christ as these works suggest [is] the body of all bodies, then his body is also the trans body," Heath said on Nov. 20, according to the Daily Telegraph. Neither the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, who is the ceremonial head of the worldwide Anglican Communion nor the Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell, its second-ranking cleric, condemned or otherwise commented to Fox News Digital on the controversial sermon that also likened the wound in Jesus' side to a vagina. CAMBRIDGE DEAN DEFENDS SERMON ABOUT JESUS' ‘TRANS BODY,’ ‘VAGINAL’ SIDE WOUND BLASTED AS ‘HERESY’ "I’m afraid the Archbishop is traveling at the moment and is not available for comment," a spokesperson for Welby told Fox News Digital. Welby's office directed Fox News Digital to reach out to the Church of England's press office, which did not respond to a request for comment. A spokesperson for Cottrell told Fox News Digital that "Archbishop Stephen has no comment to offer on this." Heath, whose doctorate in theology was supervised by former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, claimed in his sermon that in one of the medieval paintings he displayed to the congregation, the spear wound in Jesus' side "takes on a decidedly vaginal appearance." In another, he pointed out how the blood from his side flows to his groin. QUEEN'S FORMER CHAPLAIN, OTHERS SLAM ‘PERVERSE’ CAMBRIDGE SERMON ABOUT ‘TRANS’ JESUS: ‘REPULSIVE AND SHAMEFUL’ Williams, who served as the highest-ranking Anglican cleric from 2002 until Welby took over in 2012, also did not respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital. The University of Cambridge did not respond to multiple requests for comment. GERMANY BIBLE MUSEUM PUTS ON PLAY PRESENTING JESUS AS TRANSGENDER WEEKS BEFORE CHRISTMAS The sermon reportedly reduced outraged congregants to tears, and shouts of "Heresy!" rang out in the chapel as some incensed worshipers left in disgust. Banner later responded to a complaint letter from an offended churchgoer by claiming that Heath's sermon raised "legitimate" speculation. Heath's sermon drew condemnation from figures such as Gavin Ashenden, who served as the chaplain to Queen Elizabeth II from 2008 until he resigned in 2017. CHRISTIANITY DWINDLES TO MINORITY RELIGION IN ENGLAND, WALES FOR FIRST TIME ON RECORD: ‘NO GREAT SURPRISE’ "What Christianity teaches us is that Jesus gets to make us more like him, that's the deal," said Ashenden, who left the Church of England to join the Roman Catholic Church. "And whenever you find somebody making Jesus more like them, that's not the deal." "So what happened in Cambridge was an inverse process and a perverse process, and we shouldn't be surprised, because the academy is like that sometimes," Ashenden continued. "They don't know when to stop." Evangelist Franklin Graham also blasted Trinity College for hosting the sermon, which he called "repulsive and shameful." Rates of Christianity in England and Wales have dwindled within the past decade to the lowest number on record, according to government statistics released last Tuesday.
  • Mexican police seize over 600 pounds of fentanyl stuffed coconuts from truck near borderMexican police seize over 600 pounds of fentanyl stuffed coconuts from truck near border
    A traffic stop by Mexico police led to the discovery of 660 pounds of fentanyl stuffed into coconuts. The drug-filled coconuts were located Thursday in a truck traveling on a highway in the northern border state of Sonora. Authorities believe the truck was heading to the U.S. Prosecutors said the vehicle was detected on a road that runs along the Gulf of California, also known as the Sea of Cortez. The road eventually leads to the Mexican town of Sonoyta, which is located across the border from Lukeville, Ariz. LA COUNTY FENTANYL DEATHS SPIKE OVER 1000% IN FIVE YEARS Mexico’s attorney general released photographs showing a white box truck with a pile of coconuts sitting next to it. DOG CARRYING SEVERED HAND LEADS TO MORE THAN 50 BAGS OF HUMAN REMAINS FOUND IN MEXICAN STATE Agents wearing gloves were seen in a video opening the coconuts to reveal plastic bags filled with fentanyl. Two people were arrested in connection with the drug bust, according to authorities. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Most of the fentanyl that makes it to the U.S. is produced in Mexico, using chemical precursors imported from China and elsewhere.
  • Musk says Twitter personnel may have interfered with Brazil's election to help left wing candidatesMusk says Twitter personnel may have interfered with Brazil's election to help left wing candidates
    Twitter CEO Elon Musk suggested Saturday morning that Twitter possibly interfered in Brazil’s recent contentious presidential election.  "I’ve seen a lot of concerning tweets about the recent Brazil election," Musk wrote on the platform he took control of in October just days before the election. "If those tweets are accurate, it’s possible that Twitter personnel gave preference to left wing candidates." The post suggests that Twitter employees may have been involved in influencing the recent election that was declared by the Brazilian Supreme Court as a narrow victory for socialist Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva over the right wing incumbent Jair Bolsonaro. Lula won the election with 50.9% of the vote to Bolsonaro’s 49.1% in a result that triggered massive protests across the country by Bolsonaro supporters who alleged widespread fraud.  MUSK DECLARES NEW YORK TIMES ‘LOBBYING FIRM FOR FAR LEFT’ AFTER REPORTEDLY IGNORING ‘TWITTER FILES’ STORY In late November, after previously acknowledging defeat, Bolsonaro claimed that an audit performed by his coalition showed signs of "malfunction" that his team believes affected some 280,000 voting machines. The result would swing to 51.05% for Bolsonaro and 48.95% for Lula if the affected votes were invalidated. MUSK’S REVELATIONS ON TWITTER CENSORING HUNTER BIDEN LAPTOP STORY PROMPT LIBERAL RAGE: ‘HACK STUFF' Gleisi Hoffmann, president of Lula’s party, called Bolsonaro’s complaint little more than "chicanery."  "No more procrastination, irresponsibility, insults to institutions and democracy," she wrote on Twitter. "The election was decided in the vote and Brazil needs peace to build a better future." Bolsonaro earlier this year hosted Musk at a meeting in the Brazilian state of São Paulo, when he called the U.S. billionaire's takeover of Twitter a "breath of hope" and dubbed him a "legend of liberty". MUSK ANNOUNCES NEW FEATURE WILL ALLOW USERS TO SEE HOW MANY PEOPLE READ THEIR TWEETS Both Lula and Bolsonaro widely used Twitter during their campaigns. Some Bolsonaro allies - including the most-voted-for candidate for the lower house of Congress, Nikolas Ferreira - had their accounts suspended by court orders after the second round for questioning the election results. Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital. Musk's comment on Brazil comes days after his acknowledgment that prior to his takeover, the "obvious reality" was that Twitter "has interfered in elections" through its content moderation policies. On Friday, Musk released internal Twitter documents showing how Twitter employees suppressed details about Hunter Biden's laptop leading up to the 2020 election. Fox News’ Peter Aitken and Reuters contributed to this report
  • Putin ally's $200 million superyacht to be auctioned to benefit UkrainePutin ally's $200 million superyacht to be auctioned to benefit Ukraine
    Since the beginning of the Ukraine war in February, sanctions against oligarchs close to Russian President Vladimir Putin have been used as a tool to put pressure on Russia. Assets affected thus far have included yachts, luxury planes and lavish residences throughout the world. According to a Wednesday press release from the Ukrainian government, the latest development saw a Croatian court clear the way for a $200 million superyacht to be sold to benefit Ukraine. Royal Romance, as the yacht is called, is a 300-foot long Dutch-designed custom creation that can entertain 14 guests and is served by some 21 crew members. The yacht belonged to Viktor Medvedchuk, a Ukrainian oil and media baron who has led a pro-Russian party in Ukraine for years, even after the 2014 annexation of Crimea and the beginning of the war in the Donbas. Medvedchuk is a Putin ally who has vacationed with the Russian leader. Putin himself is godfather to Medvedchuk's daughter, Daria.  The Ukrainian Asset Recovery and Management Agency (Arma) said that it would "preserve the economic value [of the yacht] by selling it at auction." According to The Guardian, it is the first such sale on behalf of the Ukrainian people since Western governments began to impose restrictions on the assets of hundreds of oligarchs. UKRAINE REVEALS STAGGERING COST OF RUSSIAN WAR: UP TO 13,000 SOLDIERS DEAD Medvedchuk was recently part of an unexpected September prisoner swap between Russia and Ukraine. Some 300 people were exchanged, including the commanders who led a prolonged Ukrainian defense of Mariupol earlier this year. The oligarch was first detained in April in a special operation carried out by Ukraine’s state security service, or the SBU. Though he was charged with treason last year, Medvedchuk escaped from house arrest within days of hostilities breaking out on Feb. 24 in Ukraine.  This year, many assets that made up Medvedchuk's 2021 net worth of $620 million have been seized by the Ukrainian government: palatial villas across Ukraine, cars and shares of capital in various companies. However, the superyacht is a particular gem among Medvedchuk's holdings, boasting a nearly 40-foot swimming pool alongside a waterfall that flows over Royal Romance's stern.  Croatian newspaper Jutarnji list reported Tuesday that the FBI raided the yacht last month. After a court in Split, Croatia, granted a search warrant request from the U.S. Justice Department (DOJ), FBI agents boarded the yacht, which is docked in the town of Trogir. Judge Dinko Mešin confirmed that Medvedchuk and his wife, Oksana Marchenko, were named in the search warrant.  Superyachts belonging to other oligarchs have been seized in the months since the war began.  Dilbar, the world's sixth-longest yacht, which features two helipads, was seized by German authorities while it was docked in the port of Hamburg. The yacht was determined to have been indirectly transferred from oligarch Alisher Usmanov to his sister, both of whom are under Western sanctions. It is reportedly worth around half a billion dollars.  UKRAINE BEGINS NEW EVACUATIONS IN KHERSON AS INCREASED HOSTILITIES EXPECTED Another yacht, Amadea, worth north of $300 million and belonging to Suleiman Kerimov, was seized by authorities in Fiji in May, according to a DOJ press release.  The United States now has its sights set on the $156 million yacht named Madame Gu, the New York Times reported. The craft, linked to Russian oligarch Andrei Skoch, has been named a blocked property by the U.S., but its seizure will prove diplomatically complicated. Madame Gu is currently docked in Dubai, with the U.A.E. balking at cooperation. The seizure of these crafts has been an important strategy pursued by the Biden administration. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP "We are joining with our European allies to find and seize your yachts, your luxury apartments, your private jets," explained President Biden in his State of the Union address on March 1.  "We are coming for your ill-begotten gains." The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report. 
  • Defense Secretary Austin says US 'will not let' China reshape Indo-Pacific regionDefense Secretary Austin says US 'will not let' China reshape Indo-Pacific region
    Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin delivered a strong warning to China at a Saturday event saying that its efforts to reshape the region will not be allowed by the United States. "The PRC is the only country with both the will and increasingly the power to reshape its region and the international order to suit its authoritarian preferences," Austin said during a speech at the Reagan National Defense Forum. "So let me be clear: We will not let that happen." Austin added that the United States is "aligning our budget as never before to the China challenge." "The department is putting its focus, its time and its money, where its mouth is, and so we're matching our investments with new operational concepts suited to 21st century deterrence in the Indo-Pacific," Austin said. PROTESTERS IN WUHAN, CHINA SEEN PUSHING THROUGH BARRIER AS US SENATORS WARN AGAINST VIOLENT CRACKDOWN In a recent meeting with his Chinese counterpart, Austin says he "underscored" the "serious concerns" the United States has with the "increasingly dangerous behavior" exhibited by Chinese aircraft flying over disputed territory in the region. "I made clear that the United States will continue to fly, to sail and operate wherever international law allows," Austin said. US SPACE FORCE DATA REVEALS CHINESE MYSTERY PLANE RELEASED OBJECT IN ORBIT On Monday, the Pentagon released an annual China security report that warned Beijing would likely have 1,500 nuclear warheads by 2035, with no clarity on how China would seek to use them. "These next few years will set the terms of our competition with the People’s Republic of China. They will shape the future of security in Europe," Austin said. "And they will determine whether our children and grandchildren inherit an open world of rules and rights — or whether they face emboldened autocrats who seek to dominate by force and fear." TAIWAN READIES MISSILE DEFENSES AFTER CHINESE MILITARY VESSELS CROSS ADIZ: REPORT Austin’s stern words toward the communist Chinese government follows criticism of President Biden for statements that seemingly contradict the U.S. government’s official stance that it respects the traditional "One China" policy that acknowledges Beijing as the sole government of China and relegates Taiwan to only an informal diplomatic status. The White House was forced to walk back a comment from the president in September when he stated that the U.S. would defend Taiwan in any attack by China. Biden objected to China's "coercive and increasingly aggressive" actions toward Taiwan in a recent conversation with Xi, according to a summary provided by the White House. China has repeatedly threatened to take Taiwan by force and has conducted extensive military drills surrounding the island in recent months. Taiwan split from mainland China in 1949 after Democratic forces lost a civil war to the Chinese Communist Party and fled to the island. Fox News' Anders Hagstrom and The Associated Press contributed to this report

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