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The full transcript from Devon Archer’s sworn testimony before the House Judiciary Committee from Monday, July 31, has been released. During that testimony, Archer told Rep. Dan Goldman that Hunter Biden had been placed on the board of directors for Ukrainian energy company Burisma in order to “legally” intimidate people.

During that question period, Goldman asked Archer “So based on everything you saw, heard, and observed, did you have any knowledge of Joe Biden having any involvement with Burisma?”

Archer said that while he did not have “direct” knowledge, it was his view that Burisma would not last were in not for Joe Biden’s involvement. “My only thought is that I think Burisma would have gone out of business if it didn’t have the brand attached to it. That’s my, like, only honest opinion,” Archer said. He went on to say that the company was able to survive for as long as it did because Hunter was on the board.

“Just because of the brand,” Archer said. The “brand” refers to the Biden name. Speaking with The Post Millennial, Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene said that the brand was not only Biden, but the vice presidency during Biden’s tenure.

“How does that have an impact?” Goldman asked.

“Well, the capabilities to navigate D.C.,” Archer said, “that they were able to, you know, basically be in the news cycle. And I think that preserved them from a, you know, from a longevity standpoint. That’s like my honest—that’s what I—tht’s like how I think holistically.”

“But how would that work?” Goldman asked.

“Because people would be intimidated to mess with them,” Archer replied.

“In what way?” Goldman pressed.

“Legally,” Archer said.

Archer also spoke about the meetings during which Joe Biden would call in, or be called. “He put him on speakerphone, again, occassionally. Specifics, like, you know, dinner—you know, dinners occassionally.” Archer was asked to describe the dinners, and said “I emember a dinner in Paris with a French energy company that
was—we were speaking to an advisor, and then—we were speaking to. And it was really a Rosemont Seneca Advisors type of—a Rosemont Seneca Advisors kind of a pitch, at the end of the day. And there was a talk, and he said that we’re at this—you know, we’re at this restaurant in Paris, and he put him on the speaker. So that did happen. There were other people there.”

That dinner, specifically, was attended by “myself; Hunter; Eric Schwerin; and then the executives from the French energy company,” Archer said.

Another was in “Beijing, at, you know, some restaurant,” Archer said, “—or Chengdu or something like I don’t remember the—I don’t remember specifics. This was just—it was not—t was like a, you know—especially with the time zone difference, there was—you know, there were meetings where his dad would call and he would be talking to him or put him on speaker. I’m not going to—you know, that’s—that happened.”

Archer said that the conversation at that dinner, with Jonathan Li, was primarily niceties. But it was his contention that getting the vice president on the phone, showing off that kind of access, was what those calls were all about. Archer testified that Hunter Biden would say things like “Hey, guys, my dad’s on the phone.”

Another call, which Archer revealed during questioning by Rep. Jim Jordan, took place in Dubai. During this impromptu meeting, Hunter Biden was contacted by Burisma’s CEO Zlochevsky, who said “We’re under pressure. We need to go—we want to talk to Hunter.” Hunter called DC, and Archer was “not in the earshot” of that call.

It was only 5 days after that call that Joe Biden “has a trip to the Ukraine, and he makes a statement: ‘It’s not enough to set up a new anti-corruption bureau and establish a special prosecutor fighting corruption. The Office of the General Prosecutor desperately needs reform.” That was in 2015, and Biden withheld $1 billion in loan guarantees from Ukraine until such time as the prosecutor Viktor Shokin was fired.

After leaving the deposition on Tuesday, however, Goldman had downplayed Archer’s statements, saying:

“The witness, Mr. Archer, was very clear that Hunter spoke to his father every day. He indicated that he approximated about 20 times over the course of his 10-year business relationship that he had with Mr. Biden, with Hunter Biden, which would be about twice per year, that Hunter would put his father on speakerphone with whomever was at dinner, and there was no indication that he had any idea who was at dinner with them. It was just a ‘say hello, I’m a dinner here’, and there was nothing related to his business dealings.”

Archer revealed that Joe Biden had been at dinners with Hunter’s business associates, as well as with Russian oligarchs. Those foreign business associates wired funds to Biden’s associated businesses.

Archer had confirmed that Joe Biden, as Vice President, had participated via speakerphone in more than 20 of his son Hunter’s business meetings. He also noted, separately, that Joe Biden had personally sent him a letter in 2011 after a dinner with Chinese President Hu, stating that he wished he had spent more time talking to Archer.

This despite Biden having repeatedly said that he had no involvement in his son’s business dealings.

Archer gave an interview to Tucker Carlson this week, detailing what he knew about the Biden family dealings.

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JD Vance Dominates VP Poll at Turning Point Convention

Sen. J.D. Vance cemented his status as frontrunner to become Donald Trump’s running mate on Sunday, coming top in a poll of attendees at Turning Point Action’s People’s Convention in Detroit.

Trump’s pick is the subject of feverish speculation and the grassroots had its say with a poll run over the three day gathering of activists.

When 1,986 people at the Detroit event were asked who they favored out of Vance, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and Sens. Marco Rubio and Tim Scott, some 43 percent said they favored senator from Ohio.

Scott was a distant second on 15.4 percent, Rubio took third with 7.7 percent, and Burgum, who in particular has been talked up by Trump in recent weeks, took seven percent.

The poll was conducted by Big Data Poll for Turning Point Action, the grassroots movement founded by Charlie Kirk.

Kirk said Vance was the clear winner.

‘He has consistently been one of President Trump’s most capable and articulate defenders and surrogates and he speaks right to the Midwest Americans who attended our Detroit conference,’ he told DailyMail.com.

‘These are precisely the blue wall voters we need to win in November to reclaim the White House. His message and appeal clearly resonates with this critical voting bloc.’

Insiders say Trump has narrowed his choice down to Vance, Scott, Rubio or Burgum, although he is notorious for changing his mind or throwing in curve balls to keep people guessing.

Vance has become one of Trump’s most visible cheerleaders since being elected to the Senate and can count on his friendship with the former president’s eldest son, Don Jr. to help his case.

He rose to prominence with his 2016 memoir ‘Hillbilly Elegy.’ Its story of living with poverty and observations of addiction in Appalachia became a ‘Rosetta Stone’ for understanding life in forgotten parts of America and the corresponding popularity of Trump.

However, he was an outspoken critic of Trump before becoming one of his closest allies, endorsing the former president early in the 2024 nominating race.

Vance closed Turning Point Action’s gathering in Detroit on Sunday afternoon. He was asked by an audience member what a vice president should do to drive forward Trump’s agenda.

Show loyalty, he answered, without being drawn on his own chances.

‘There are a lot of smart good people that Trump is looking at, but it also applies to our senators. It applies to our congressmen and women too,’ he said.

‘We need to have people who are supporting Trump not trying to stab him in the back. It’s very very simple.’

Last time around, Trump picked Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as a figure who could help win over evangelical Christians who were wary of voting for a thrice-married, trash talking businessman from New York.

This time, however, Trump has let it be known that he believes voters will only look at the top of the ticket, freeing him up to pick a loyalist who will defend him in a crisis.

Turning Point has emerged as a major force in the MAGA movement and has become increasingly influential in GOP politics under Trump.

Attendees were also asked about the Republican Party’s congressional leadership and for their attitudes on policy issues.

Overall they said they disapproved of the performance of Rep Mike Johnson as House speaker. Some 35.4 percent said they ‘strongly disapproved’ and 23.2 percent said they ‘somewhat disapproved.’

In contrast, only 7.9 percent said they ‘strongly approved’ and 23.6 said they ‘somewhat approved.’

Attendees’ Trumpist instincts were clearly on display when they were asked about Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader who has repeatedly clashed with the former president.

Almost 80 percent said they ‘strongly disapproved’ of his performance.

And a whopping 93.7 percent said they were opposed to sending more aid to Ukraine.

But it is the VP results that will dominate headlines. For his part, Kirk has made no secret that he believes Vance would be the best pick for VP.

‘He is young,’ he told DailyMail.com before the results were released. ‘He has an amazing family and is the only veteran that is being considered of the finalists.

‘But most importantly, he’s a incredibly popular, successful politician from the region of the world where Donald Trump needs to win, which is the Rust Belt.’

There could still be surprises ahead.

On Saturday afternoon, Trump was introduced by Florida Rep. Byron Donalds at a Black church in a marginalized corner of Detroit.

‘He is on the list by the way and I don’t know if he’s gonna make it but he’s, … he’s on a list of a few people right?’ Trump told the crowd before turning to Donalds.

‘Would you like to be VP?’

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WATCH: Biden Appears to Freeze Up, Has to Be Led Off Stage by Obama at Mega-Bucks LA Fundraiser

President Biden appeared to freeze up on stage and had to be led off by Barack Obama at the conclusion of a star-studded campaign fundraiser in Los Angeles Saturday night.

The awkward moment took place after Biden and his predecessor sat for a 45-minute interview with late-night host Jimmy Kimmel at the Peacock Theater.

As the men stood for applause, Biden’s gaze seemed to become fixed on the crowd for a full 10 seconds until former President Barack Obama took his wrist and led him offstage.

The incident follows a spate of caught-on-camera moments where Biden appeared dazed or confused about where he was, including when he appeared to wander off at the G7 summit in Apulia, Italy, during parachute exhibition.

In that instance, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni stepped in to gently take Biden’s hand and lead him back in time for a group photo with other world leaders.

The Biden campaign raised more than $30 million at the event, which was attended by Hollywood luminaries like George Clooney, Julia Roberts and Barbra Streisand.

The event was also swarmed by hundreds of anti-Israel protesters, who attempted to block entry to the ritzy gala — tickets for which ranged from $250 to $500,000.

Dozens of police clad in riot gear formed a line outside the theater to prevent the protesters’ advance, who shouted jeers at the President including “Biden, Biden you’re a liar, we demand a ceasefire.”

The group also waved Palestinian flags and chanted “From the river to the sea, Palestine will live forever,” a slight variation on a slogan the Antidefamation League says calls for the eradication of Israel.

No arrests were made, according to the LAPD.

The $30 million haul — reportedly the most a Democratic candidate has ever raised in a single night — comes at a time when the Biden campaign is trying desperately to blunt the fundraising momentum of former President Donald Trump.

Trump raised more than $50 million during an April fundraiser in Florida, and took in tens of millions more after he was found guilty last month in his historic “hush money” trial.

Biden and Obama, as well as First Lady Jill Biden, stirred up the crowd with a collection of common talking points.

The trip hit Trump on everything from the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, to moving the Supreme Court to the right, to threatening retaliation against his political adversaries.

Troubling polling for the Biden administration in recent weeks shows the incumbent lagging Trump in key states such as Arizona, Nevada and Florida.

A particularly ominous survey from Marist College earlier this week even shows Trump has carved out a small lead even in Biden’s boyhood state of Pennsylvania, with a majority of registered voters saying they were better off under the former president.

In an email, the White House hit back at critics who were troubled by the Biden footage, claiming they were, “once again by pretending the President taking in an applauding crowd for a few seconds is somehow wrong.”

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Texas Juneteenth Shooting Update: What We Know About Suspect So Far

Police are searching for a suspect who opened fire during a Juneteenth celebration in Texas over the weekend, killing two people and injuring over a dozen more.

The shooting began shortly before 11 p.m. on Saturday in Old Settlers Park in Round Rock, about 20 miles north of Austin.

Two people were pronounced dead at the scene and 14 more were transported to area hospitals with gunshot wounds, police said.

On Saturday night, the Round Rock Police Department released a description of a suspect they were searching for in connection with the shooting.

The suspect is described as a Black male with a thin build, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, with short dreadlocks.

He was wearing a white hoodie at the time of the incident, police said.

“Turn yourself in,” Round Rock Police Chief Allen Banks said in a message to the suspect during a press conference on Sunday night, according to CBS Austin.

“Turn yourself in. You’re man enough to carry a gun, pull the trigger. Be man enough to step up and turn yourself in.”

The shooting began after an altercation between two groups during a concert at the Juneteenth celebration in the park, Banks said during a news conference at the scene early on Sunday.

The shooting victims were not involved in the argument, Banks said.

Police officers and fire department personnel at the event immediately responded and began providing medical aid to the injured, Banks said. They were then taken to hospitals, he said.

“It is unfortunate that we were here celebrating a wonderful event and we have a tragedy that happens,” he said. “My thoughts and my prayers go out to the victims. My condolences go out to the families of the deceased.”

Juneteenth marks the day in 1865 when the last enslaved people in the United States learned they were free. Black Americans have celebrated the day with joy for generations, with parades, festivals and cookouts. In 2021, President Joe Biden signed a bill passed by Congress that made Juneteenth, or June 19, a federal holiday.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the suspect or who may have witnessed the incident is urged to contact Detective Maio at 512-341-3135 or email [email protected].

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect or suspects involved in the shooting.

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Chuck Schumer Deletes Father’s Day Photo Tweet in Front of Grill After Critics Slam His Spatula Skills

US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer was ready to man the grill on Father’s Day – but couldn’t handle the heat when a slew of food critics on social media questioned his skills with a spatula and a patty.

The Brooklyn-born senator initially posted a photo to X of himself in front of a grill with burger patties and hot dogs – and an ear-to-ear smile.

“Our family has lived in an apartment building for all our years, but my daughter and her wife just bought a house with a backyard and for the first time we’re having a barbeque with hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill!” Schumer tweeted. “Father’s Day Heaven!”

But commenters were quick to grill the New York legislator and wondered if a piece of cheese on a patty was placed there prematurely.

“Chuck. I love you man, but you put the cheese on AFTER the burger is cooked,” one saucy user said.

“Might want to cook that burger longer, Chuck,” another commented.

Ex-National Republican Senatorial Committee Matt Whitlock tweeted, “Seeing that piece of cheese on a raw patty,” with a gif of a concerned Steve Carell slinking away.

But some came to the defense of the 73-year-old married father of two, with one user insisting, “Calm down people, it is not raw/cold, it is a veggie burger patty underneath a slice of tofu.”

“Chuck Schumer is actually doing better than me,” another user tweeted. “Today, my grill had a grease fire and destroyed my Father’s Day ribeye. Yay!”

Schumer deleted the tweet and photo following the onslaught of criticism, though his initial Father’s Day message from Sunday morning remained.

“Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!” he had tweeted.

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538 Projects Trump to Win, for First Time

Trump is now favored to win the election in November, with 538’s simulations using polling, economic, and demographic data show a four-point lead over Biden.

In the early afternoon, 538 projected Trump winning 50 out of 100 times with Biden winning 49 out of 100 times in their simulations.

In a 2 pm update, Trump’s lead grew, with the former president winning 52 out of 100 times and Biden winning 48 out of 100 times the simulation was run.

Of 1,000 simulations run, Trump came out on top in 509 of them, while Biden won in 487 of the runs. There was no winner in 4 of the simulations.

538 states that its forecast “is based on a combination of polls and campaign ‘fundamentals,’ such as economic conditions, state partisanship and incumbency. It’s not meant to ‘call’ a winner, but rather to give you a sense of how likely each candidate is to win.”

As Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk noted, this is the first time Trump has, in any of his three campaigns, led a 538 forecast.

538’s simulations also found that Trump is more probable as of Friday to win the Electoral College, while Biden is more likely to with the national popular vote. Trump was found to win the Electoral College with less than 350 electoral votes 38 out of 100 times, while Biden won 28 out of 100 times. Biden was found to win the national popular vote 59 out of 100 times while Trump won 41 out of 100 times.

The simulations also found that Trump has a far higher chance of winning at least one state that he did not win in 2020. Trump won one of these states 80 out of 100 times, while Biden won one of these states 48 out of 100 times.

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Washington Post Reporters Probe Their Own Bosses Amid Newsroom Uproar

A 3,000-word Washington Post investigative story about new publisher and CEO William Lewis, plus an incoming top editor, had this surprising sentence: Lewis “declined to comment through a Post spokesperson in response to a list of detailed questions” — from his own reporters.

The storied Post newsroom is in an uproar over Lewis’ handling of several internal controversies over the past two weeks.

The fracas includes increased scrutiny over Lewis’ role in a phone-hacking scandal that rocked Britain’s Fleet Street in the 2000s.

Lewis has denied wrongdoing.

The front pages of Monday’s Post and New York Times both feature articles delving into Lewis’ U.K. past.

The Post’s story, with four bylines, was added to the front page between editions late at night. It explores journalistic ethics questions about Robert Winnett, a London editor who has been named to become the Post’s top editor after November’s election.

Lewis, who worked with Winnett at two British papers, has called him a “brilliant investigative journalist.”

The Times story asserts that in London two decades ago, Lewis “used fraudulently obtained phone and company records in newspaper articles.”

When Axios asked about the Post and Times stories, a Post spokesperson said both times that Lewis declined to comment.

During a series of “Say It” employee listening sessions Lewis held last week, he “said that his role as publisher is to create the environment for great journalism and to encourage and support it, that he will never interfere in the journalism, and that he is very clear about the lines that should not be crossed,” a Post source told us, requesting anonymity.

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James O’Keefe Teases New Undercover Report: ‘The Disney Tapes’

Independent journalist James O’Keefe teased a upcoming report on Sunday, warning that he had undercover video exposing Disney.

O’Keefe made the announcement at a Turning Point USA event, warning people everywhere that they should be careful lest they find themselves the subject of one of his undercover videos and promising to release what he referred to as “The Disney Tapes” sometime in the next week.

“The Disney Tapes,” he captioned the video clip. “6.20.24. Stay tuned.”

“The next time someone is stealing, scamming, defrauding, or simply lying, they might be sitting across from someone that works for me,” O’Keefe warned. “And stay tuned, because next week, we’re going after Disney.”

The crowd cheered and got to their feet, and after a few seconds, began to chant, “USA! USA!”

“That’s right, USA,” O’Keefe replied.

Disney previously landed in the hot seat after Christopher Rufo went public with internal videos exposing the company’s “not at all secret gay agenda” and intentional efforts to infuse young children’s content with LGBTQ themes and characters.

“Our leadership over there has been so welcoming to like, my like, not-at-all secret gay agenda,” Disney executive producer Latoya Raveanu said in reference to the team that worked on “The Proud Family” animated children’s series.

“I felt like … maybe it was that way in the past, but I guess, like, something must have happened,” she added, in response to critics who allege the company was not-so-LGBT-friendly. “They’re turning it around, and then all that momentum that I felt, that sense of ‘I don’t have to be afraid, let’s have these two characters kiss in the background … wherever I could, I was basically adding queerness to the show, if you see anything queer in the show, ‘The Proud Family,’ nobody would stop me and nobody was trying to stop me.”

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Judge Rules Students Who Protested Trans Athlete’s Participation Cannot Be Punished

On Thursday, a West Virginia judge ruled in favor of four middle school girls who refused to compete against a transgender athlete during the Harrison County District track and field championships.

The teen girls protested by purposefully scratching during the shot put competition, which resulted in school officials allegedly banning them from competing in future competitions.

However, Harrison County Judge Thomas Bedell ruled that the girls could not be banned for protesting and granted them a temporary injunction, per WBOY-TV.

The four Lincoln Middle School girls said they were prohibited from competing and were subjected to punishments after participating in a silent protest on April 18 against Becky Pepper-Jackson, a transgender biological male student-athlete from Bridgeport Middle School.

Pepper-Jackson won the competition in a landslide defeat.

“Even though there was no malice found on either part of the defendants, the plaintiffs have met their burden and the temporary injunction has been granted,” said Judge Bedell.

The board of education denied that the girls were subjected to retaliation, arguing that an official school policy forbids any player who “scratches” in an event from competing at the next competition.

“This neutral, school-specific rule was in place before the students’ protests and has nothing to do with those protests in any way,” the board wrote in a statement following the ruling, the Washington Times reported. “Other than not being permitted to participate in the same event in which they scratched at the next track meet, the students have competed in track meets and events following their protests without restriction.”

The scratch rule was unknown to two of the girls, according to their testimony. Additionally, they testified that they were subjected to “Indian runs,” which are also referred to as interval sprints, during the next practice as a means of retaliation.

Their protest occurred two days after the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals declared the state’s 2021 law, which mandated that school athletes participated in competition based on biological sex rather than gender identity, unconstitutional. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a challenge on behalf of Becky Pepper-Jackson.

The outcome of the lawsuit against the Harrison County Board of Education was perceived as a victory for safeguarding women’s sports, although a final injunction decision will be rendered at a later hearing.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, who filed an amicus brief in support of the middle school girls, said he has these students’ backs.

“You saw unfairness and you expressed your disappointment and sacrificed your personal performances in a sport that you love; exercised your constitutionally protected freedom of speech and expression. These girls didn’t disrupt anything when they protested. They should be commended, not punished,” wrote Morrisey in a statement.

Morrisey also vowed to take the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals decision to the Supreme Court.

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Texas Juneteenth Shooting: 2 Killed, 6 Injured

Two people died and at least six others — including two children — were injured during a shooting at a Juneteenth festival in Texas Saturday night, officials said.

A fight between two groups broke out at around 10:50 p.m. during the Round Rock Juneteenth Celebration.

“During that altercation, someone produced a gun and began to fire,” Round Rock Police Chief Allen Banks said. “Multiple victims were hit.”

Two people, who police said were not part of the altercation, were pronounced dead at the scene.

“We do not have a suspect in custody,” Banks added, saying the suspects fled the area.

A description of the suspect was not provided.

Four adults and two children were rushed to area hospitals with “potentially serious injuries,” according to Austin-Travis County EMS.

“I would like to thank the police officers and fire department for their quick response. I have no doubt that their actions of rendering aid to the victims saved lives,” Banks said.

“It is unfortunate that we are here celebrating a wonderful event and we have a tragedy that happens.”

Banks blasted the senseless actions of the suspect saying it ruined a family’s lives forever.

“Having an event where we are celebrating such an occasion as Juneteenth, and to come together as a community is a terrific monumental event for us, but then when you have it marred by senseless tragedy, it just breaks your heart,” Banks said.

“It breaks your heart for a family who was coming out to enjoy your evening, and now their life is forever changed as a result of somebody who couldn’t care less about somebody else’s life.:

“And that’s so disappointing. Our goal is to put those folks behind bars. And our goal is to get them put away for life.”

Banks vowed to find the gunmen responsible for the deadly shooting, leaving “no stones unturned.”

People had gathered in the 640-acre park outside of Austin for the Juneteenth festival, hosted by a local nonprofit and the city government that included the free concert

DJ Hella Yella, whose real name is Leon O’Neal, and rapper Paul Wall had been booked to perform at the concert.

O’Neal shared a video to X of him on stage, which was recorded “a few minutes before the shooting.”

“Couldn’t even tell anything was going on by the stage,” the DJ said.

The shooting occurred near the vendors’ area away from the concert stage shortly after Wall and his band performed.

“Round Rock, we are praying for everybody,” Wall said in a post on X.

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Obama, Clooney Help Biden Raise $30 Million-Plus at Star-Studded Hollywood Gala

Some of Hollywood’s brightest stars headlined a glitzy fundraiser for President Joe Biden, helping raise what his reelection campaign said was $28 million and hoping to energize would-be supporters for a November election that they argued was among the most important in the nation’s history.

George Clooney, Julia Roberts and Barbra Streisand were among those who took the stage at the 7,100-seat Peacock Theater in Los Angeles on Saturday night. Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel interviewed Biden and former President Barack Obama, who both stressed the need to defeat former President Donald Trump in a race that’s expected to be exceedingly close.

During more than half an hour of discussion, Kimmel asked if the country was suffering from amnesia about the presumptive Republican nominee, to which Biden responded, “all we gotta do is remember what it was like” when Trump was in the White House.

Luminaries from the entertainment world have increasingly lined up to help Biden’s campaign, and just how important the event was to his reelection bid could be seen in the Democratic president’s decision to fly through the night across nine time zones, from the G7 summit in southern Italy to Southern California, to attend.

He also missed a summit in Switzerland about ways to end Russia’s war in Ukraine, instead dispatching Vice President Kamala Harris who made a whirlwind trip of her own to represent the United States there, a stark reminder of the delicate balance between geopolitics and Biden’s bid to win a second term.

Further laying bare the political implications were police in riot gear outside the theater, ready for protests from pro-Palestinian activists angry about his administration’s handling of Israel’s war against Hamas in Gaza.

The event featured singing by Jack Black and Sheryl Lee Ralph, and actors Kathryn Hahn and Jason Bateman introduced Kimmel, who introduced Biden and Obama. The comedian deadpanned, “I was told I was getting introduced by Batman, not Bateman.”

But he quickly pivoted to far more serious topics, saying that “so much is at stake in this election” and listing women’s rights, health care and noting that “even the ballot is on the ballot” in a reference to the Biden administration’s calls to expand voting rights.

Kimmel asked the president what he was most proud of accomplishing, and Biden said he thought the administration’s approach to the economy “is working.”

“We have the strongest economy in the world today,” Biden said, adding “we try to give ordinary people an even chance.”

Trump spent Saturday campaigning in Detroit and criticized Biden’s handling of the economy and inflation. The president was fundraising “with out-of-touch elitist Hollywood celebrities,” Trump campaign spokeswoman Karoline Leavitt said.

But Biden told the crowd in California that “we passed every major piece of legislation we attempted to get done.” And Obama expressed admiration for sweeping legislation on health care, public works, the environment, technology manufacturing, gun safety and other major initiatives that the administration of his former vice president has overseen.

“What we’re seeing now is a byproduct of in 2016. There were a whole bunch of folks who, for whatever reason, sat out,” said Obama, who, like Biden wore a dark suit and a white shirt open at the collar.

Obama, speaking about the Supreme Court, added that “hopefully we have learned our lesson, because these elections matter in very concrete ways.”

Trump nominated three justices who helped overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision guaranteeing a constitutional right to an abortion. The audience expressed its displeasure at the mention of Roe, to which Obama responded, “don’t hiss, vote.” That was a play on his common refrain prioritizing voting over booing.

Biden said the person elected president in November could get the chance to nominate two new justices, though a second Biden term probably wouldn’t drastically overhaul a court that currently features a 6-3 conservative majority.

He also suggested if Trump wins back the White House, “one of the scariest parts” was the Supreme Court and how the high court has “never been this far out of step.”

Biden also referenced reports that an upside-down flag, a symbol associated with Trump’s false claims of election fraud, was flown outside the home of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito in January 2021. He worried Saturday that, if Trump is reelected, “He’s going to appoint two more who fly their flags upside down.”

Kimmel brought his special brand of humor to the event. At one point he asked how can a president get back at a talk-show host who makes fun of him on TV every night.

“Ever hear of Delta Force?” Biden responded, referring to the Army special operations unit.

Earlier in the program, Kimmel noted Biden’s campaign promise to restore the soul of America and said “lately it seems we might need an exorcism.” Then he asked Biden, “Is that why you visited the pope?” Biden and Pope Francis met in Italy on Friday.

Biden’s campaign said it was still counting, but Saturday night’s gathering had taken in at least $28 million, more money than any event for a Democratic candidate in history.

That meant outpacing the president’s fundraiser in March at Radio City Music Hall in New York, which raised $26 million and featured late-night host Stephen Colbert interviewing Biden, Obama and former President Bill Clinton.

Biden held an early lead in the campaign money race against Trump, but the former president has gained ground since he formally locked up the Republican nomination.

Trump outpaced Biden’s New York event by raking in $50.5 million at an April gathering of major donors at the Florida home of billionaire investor John Paulson. The former president’s campaign and the Republican National Committee announced they raised a whopping $141 million in May, padded by tens of millions of dollars in contributions that flowed in after Trump’s guilty verdict in his criminal hush money trial.

That post-conviction bump came after Trump and the Republican Party announced collecting $76 million in April, far exceeding Biden and the Democrats’ $51 million for the month.

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UPDATE: Michigan Splash Pad Shooter Identified

The gunman who opened fire at a Michigan splash pad, wounding nine people — including two little kids , lived with his mother and suffered from mental health issues, authorities said.

Cops also revealed that the gunman, identified Sunday as 42-year-old Michael William Nash, he may have planned additional attacks before killing himself during a police standoff on Saturday.

Police say Nash lived with his mother and had no criminal history, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said there’s reason to believe that the Brooklands Plaza Splash Pad in Rochester Hills may not have been the gunman’s only target — and that the horrifying shooting in which an 8-year-old boy was critically wounded could have been dramatically worse.

Police quickly tracked the Nash down to the mobile home he shared with his mother.

When they stormed the trailer, they discovered an AR-style rifle on the kitchen table and the gunman was lying dead next to a third gun, a pistol, which he used to take his own life, Fox 2 Detroit reported.

“Because we had quick containment on him, that if he had planned to do anything else, it wouldn’t surprise me. Because having that on the kitchen table isn’t an everyday activity,” Bouchard said.

The handgun used during the shooting was a registered 9mm Glock pistol, recovered at the shooting with three empty magazines — which would have held 30 rounds of ammunition.

Police say Nash emptied one magazine, reloaded, then emptied a second clip — then fled the scene.

The self-inflicted gunshot wound happened at some point during a five-hour-long standoff with police.

Nash lived at home with his mother and reportedly suffered from mental health issues, police said. His mother was not home but was notified of the shooting Saturday night.

The suspect had unloaded 28 shots at the splash pad around 5 p.m. during the first full week of summer vacation for public school students, injuring nine people total. Among those injured was an 8-year-old with a gunshot wound to the head in critical condition and a 4-year-old with a wound to his thigh in stable condition.

One other victim, a 39-year-old woman with wounds to the abdomen, was said to be in critical condition.

The other victims, men and women ranging in age from 30 to 78, were all in stable condition Sunday morning. Authorities said some of the victims were said to be part of the same family, according to WXYZ.

Bouchard said authorities were combing through evidence from the scene, including video that captured the chaotic shooting.

“It appears based on the evidence that I saw that he started firing once he was out of his car,” he said, noting the gunman was about 20 feet away from his victims. “(And) from the base of the steps, climbing the steps, reloading and then was firing from the top of the steps in the splash pad area before he left – and appeared to leave in no rush.

“He just calmly walked back to his car. So, a bizarre situation,” Bouchard added.

Authorities have not determined why the splash pad was the gunman’s target, but say it appeared to be random.

A motive has not yet been determined.

Rochester Hills is located about 28 miles from downtown Detroit.

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Kwame Kilpatrick, the Ex-Dem Mayor of Detroit, Endorses Trump for President

Kwame Kilpatrick, former Detroit Democratic Mayor and close friend of Barack Obama, endorsed President Donald Trump on Saturday.

Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced in federal court to 28 years in prison for public corruption back in 2013. This was the longest corruption sentence ever handed down to a public official.

Kilpatrick was previously endorsed by Barack Obama and was once mentioned as a possible candidate for president. Kilpatrick named himself Detroit’s “hip hop mayor” during his time in office.

Kilpatrick was allegedly running a criminal enterprise stealing millions from the city of Detroit; his convictions included tax crimes, racketeering, bribery, and extortion.

President Trump commuted Kwame Kilpatrick’s prison sentence before he left office in January 2021. He had served seven years of his 28-year sentence.

On Saturday, Kwame endorsed Donald Trump for president in the upcoming election.

The Detroit News reported:

Trump’s visit to 180 Church in Detroit was preceded by his campaign’s announcement of an endorsement of Trump by former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick as well as the formation of a Black Americans for Trump coalition.

Kilpatrick, whose sentence was commuted by Trump before he left office in January 2021, was listed among Trump’s endorsements and was briefly quoted in the announcement as a former mayor and state representative.

“I can never thank President Trump enough for what he’s done for me and my family by giving me freedom,” Kilpatrick said. “But I believe this election and the issues involved are personal to every family and every person in America.”

Kwame was pardoned in 2021.

 

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Election Integrity Advocates Score Wins in Majority of Lawsuits Ahead of November

Several election lawsuits filed recently with significant impact on the 2024 presidential election have been decided in favor of election integrity proponents, ensuring laws remain enforced ahead of the November election.

The lawsuits filed focused on candidate eligibility, different changes in law, and alleged violations of election laws. Most of them have resulted in wins for election integrity, while two are ongoing.

In 2020, there were as many as 400 lawsuits brought by both Republicans and Democrats regarding election procedures and laws as election administration was quickly changed during the COVID-19 lockdowns leading up to the presidential election. All of the lawsuits this year greatly impact how the 2024 presidential election will be conducted.

Marshall Trigg, junior counsel for Restoring Integrity and Trust in Elections (RITE), wrote for The Daily Caller last month regarding recent election integrity legal wins, “Legislation has been tightened, highly skilled lawyers have taken over cases, COVID hysteria is gone and there are far fewer legal justifications for evading the core issues in the courtroom.”

Donald Trump v. Norma Anderson

In March, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that former President Donald Trump could remain on the 2024 presidential ballot in a decision that came one day before the Colorado Republican primary after the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that the top Republican contender was ineligible.

In the case of Donald Trump v. Norma Anderson, the Colorado respondents argued that the former president should be taken off the primary ballot because he allegedly “incited an insurrection on Jan. 6, 2021.”

Republican and unaffiliated voters in Colorado brought the lawsuit. The Colorado Supreme Court overturned a ruling of a lower court, deciding that under the Section 3 of the 14th Amendment’s “insurrection clause” Trump was disqualified from holding the office of president. Trump appealed the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court, which reversed the Colorado Supreme Court’s ruling on the basis that “Because the Constitution makes Congress, rather than the States, responsible for enforcing Section 3 against federal officeholders and candidates.”

Pennsylvania State Conference of the NAACP v. Chapman

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled in March that Pennsylvania may enforce state law requiring envelopes for mail-in ballots to be dated and include the voter’s signature.

In that case, the plaintiff sued the then-acting secretary of the commonwealth in 2022 regarding Pennsylvania’s decision to void mail-in ballots that are either missing a date on the outer return envelopes or have an incorrect date.

Pennsylvania counties were ordered by a lower court following a Republican lawsuit in 2022 to reject undated or incorrectly dated mail-in ballots. The issue was then appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

After a three-judge panel of the circuit court fuled in favor of the law, the Pennsylvania NAACP requested a rehearing en banc but was denied by the court.

Libertarian Party of MS v Wetzel et. al

In February, Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Mississippi Libertarian Party, challenging a state law that allows absentee ballots to be received and counted after Election Day. In Mississippi, absentee ballots could be received as long as five days following the election.

Judicial Watch argues that under a recently enacted federal law, there cannot be an extension of Election Day barring any catastrophic events.

The Republican National Committee and the Mississippi Republican Party also filed a lawsuit challenging this election law, and the court consolidated the two cases. The case is ongoing.

Strong Communities Foundation of Arizona and Eric Lovelis v. Maricopa County

In February, America First Legal (AFL) filed a lawsuit on behalf of Strong Communities Foundation of Arizona and a voter against Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and the Maricopa County recorder.

The lawsuit alleged that Maricopa County has violated multiple state election laws, such as refusing to maintain chain of custody for ballots and requiring in-person ballot curing for voters, as well as using artificial intelligence for signature verification on ballots instead of only humans.

AFL withdrew the lawsuit and filed a new complaint against the counties of Maricopa, Coconino, and Yavapai in a court in Yavapai County.

The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled last month in favor of Maricopa County’s motion that the lawsuit against the county should not take place in Yavapai County but instead in Maricopa County.

Susan Liebert et. al v. Don Millis et. al

Last month, a Wisconsin federal judge dismissed a lawsuit that sought to toss out the witness requirement for absentee voting.

U.S. District Judge James Peterson on Thursday granted summary judgment against a lawsuit brought by Democratic-aligned election lawyer Marc Elias’ law firm that attempted to cancel the witness requirement for voters who cast absentee ballots. Elias Law Group argued that the witness requirement violated the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure allow a losing party 30 days to file a notice of appeal, but as of yet no such notice has been filed.

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Dem Candidate Charged for Allegedly Faking Racist Attacks Against Himself

A Democrat running for local office in Texas was arrested and charged with a felony for allegedly creating social media accounts to post fake racist attacks against himself, local outlets reported.

Taral Patel, the Democratic nominee for Fort Bend County Precinct 3 commissioner, in September 2023 made a post to his Facebook account claiming that his “Republican opponents supporters’ decide[d] to hurl #racist, #anti-immigrant, #Hinduphobic, or otherwise disgusting insults,” attaching screenshots allegedly showing prejudiced statements made by residents of the county.

The racist messages were eventually traced back to Patel following an investigation conducted by the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s office and the Texas Rangers, the Houston Chronicle reported.

“We don’t need more sand negroid subhumans who smell like curry and filth in our country,” one comment flagged by Patel reads. “If I see you wearing that dot on your head, I’ll wipe it off myself,” another reads.

Patel’s campaign has garnered endorsements from high-profile elected Democrats like Colorado Gov. Jared Polis and Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro, according to his campaign website.

The website also states that President Joe Biden appointed Patel to serve in the Office of White House Liaison during which time he says he was “a key member” of the White House Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Committee.

Republican Commissioner Andy Meyers, who Patel is running against, initially suspected foul play when Patel made his post alleging the racist attacks, according to Houston Public Media. Meyers recognized one of the accounts as having attacked him before and, suspicious of its motivations, hired a private investigator to figure out who was behind it.

When his private investigator came up short, Meyers asked the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s office to look into the accounts posting the messages, Houston Public Media reported.

The district attorney’s office issued a subpoena to Facebook and Google and obtained account data that matched Patel’s address, phone number, Texas driver’s license number and bank card number, according to ABC 13.

Patel allegedly used a picture of a real man living in Fort Bend County for a fake account, according to Houston Public Media. The man told the district attorney’s office that Patel did not have permission to use his likeness.

Texas Rangers arrested Patel on Wednesday for online impersonation, a third-degree felony, and misrepresentation of identity, a misdemeanor, ABC 13 reported. Patel’s total bond was $22,250, which he paid Thursday morning.

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America Has a Fatherhood Crisis, Statistics Show

Several reports indicate that America has a fatherhood crisis, which has created a culture of “floundering” young men.

Young men from non-intact families are more likely to end up in prison or jail, drop out of high school or not graduate from college compared to young men raised by their married biological parents with their father living in the home, a new Institute for Family Studies report argues.

“What we see for young men today is a family-to-prison-or-college pipeline that is more likely to deliver boys from intact families towards college graduation and boys from non-intact families towards prison or jail,” the report states. “Young men raised by their two married, biological parents are almost 20 percentage points more likely to graduate college than end up in prison/jail.”

It points to research conducted by an economics professor and research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research who found that declining marriage rates are “driving many of the country’s biggest economic problems.” The research found that young men who grew up in a married household with their two biological parents are more likely to graduate college, among other outcomes.

The IFS report also points to a Journal of Research on Adolescence report that found that adolescent boys are more likely to be incarcerated if they grew up in father-absent households.

It also analyzes federal data that shows that “young men raised by their two married, biological parents … are almost 20 percentage points more likely to graduate college than end up in prison/jail. Strikingly, this is the only group where graduating college is more likely than prison/jail. Meanwhile, the statistic flips for young men from non-intact families.”

According to the National Fatherhood Initiative, nearly 20 million American children live in homes where their biological fathers do not live.

“Fathers influence their children’s development in unique and meaningful ways. Positive father involvement is associated with better outcomes on nearly every measure of child well-being, including being less likely to abuse drugs or alcohol and more likely to graduate high school,” the organization says.

Another IFS report points to data showing that fatherless families are more likely to be poor and “boys raised without their father are much more likely to use drugs, engage in violent or criminal behavior, go to jail, and drop out of school,” citing state and federal data.

The National Fatherhood Initiative first began raising awareness about the benefits of father involvement in 1994, working to equip communities through a range of training programs and resources. Over the last 30 years, it’s distributed more than 11 million fatherhood skill-building resources and trained more than 45,000 individuals working with dads.

It’s also collaborated with more than 10,000 organizations in communities and created a comprehensive reference manual about the impact of fathers in “Father Facts.” Its evidence-based 24:7 Dad and InsideOut Dad programs are also used by organizations nationwide, including those receiving federal “responsible fatherhood” grants.

On the state level, Florida has taken the lead in addressing the issue. In 2020, its state legislature unanimously passed a bill to allocate $70 million to fund a range of support programs for fathers.

Children not having a father in their home “has a severe impact on children, and often leads to dropping out of school, crime and substance abuse,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said when signing the bill into law. “Incredibly, there are those who diminish the importance of fatherhood and the nuclear family,” but in Florida, “we are doing everything we can to support involved fatherhood.”

Former House Speaker Chris Sprowls said at the time that while Florida “cannot legislate fatherhood, accountability or character,” it could “provide support for fathers to equip and encourage them to take an active role in the lives of their children.”

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Archeologists Find Evidence for Bible Story About Angel Killing 185,000 Soldiers in One Night

Researchers have discovered an ancient military base that may corroborate a Bible story about God’s angels fending off an attack on Jerusalem.

The tale says that around 2,700 years ago, the Lord sent a messenger angel to fight an army of Assyrian soldiers who came to conquer the Holy Land.

The Angel of the Lord is then said to have descended on the invading military and killed 185,000 soldiers in a single night.

There has not been any archaeological evidence that the supernatural event – or even the battle – actually happened.

Now, using modern mapping techniques, archaeologist Stephen Compton claims he has found more evidence the epic battle took place.

The Assyrian Empire operated from 1365 to 609 BC, hundreds of years before the time of Christ.

The invasion of Jerusalem was driven by the empire’s king Sennacherib who wanted to assert his political and economic dominance over all routes across the Syrian Desert that led to the Mediterranean Sea.

Researchers had previously discovered a scene carved into the stone walls of the King Sennacherib’s palace, which celebrated his conquest of Lachish, a city 42 miles south of Jerusalem.

The carvings showed how the military base was laid out, allowing Compton to compare it to photos taken of the area in the 1910s.

He noticed an area that was the same size and shape as the drawings on the palace wall which led to ruins containing the remains of a perimeter wall and pottery shards.

After conducting an archaeological survey of the site, Compton determined that it was abandoned after Sennacherib’s invasion and that humans hadn’t inhabited the area for at least 2,600 years.

The finding has paved the way for researchers to locate other similar military sites in the area and they hope it will lead to uncovering ancient cities that were destroyed by the Assyrian Empire.

In 2021, Compton wrote in a post on X, then-Twitter, that he had discovered the location of Sennacherib’s military camps.

‘Each was a round site a little over a mile north of the respective old city walls and each bore the same Arabic name on at least one early map, ‘Mudawwara,’ he wrote.

The location also signified that it was the site where Sennacherib’s forces planned their attack because it was called Khirbet al Mudawwara in Arabic, meaning ‘The ruins of the camp of the invading ruler.’

Before Compton discovered the Assyrian site, researchers had only encountered one other ancient military campsite in the area.

The secondary site was occupied during the Roman siege of Jerusalem and its layout gave researchers a way to compare the layout of its military camp to the Assyrians.

‘Roman military camps were always rectangular, whereas this was oval, the characteristic shape of Assyrian camps,’ Compton wrote in a press release.

The methods Compton used to find Sennacherib’s camp site has led to the discovery of other Assyrian military camps.

‘In some cases, it has also been possible to use the newly discovered camps to locate the sites of ancient cities that were known to have been besieged by the Assyrians but whose locations were unknown or uncertain,’ Compton wrote.

Three Bible stories in the book of ‘Isaiah, 37:36-38’ ‘2 Kings, 19:35’ and ‘2 Chronicles, 32:21’ detailed how the Assyrian soldiers were slain the night before they attacked Jerusalem.

In all stories, the Israelite deity Yahweh, sent an angel who passed through the camp while the soldiers slept, slaying them all for threatening his followers.

Bible passage 19:35 from the book ‘2 Kings’ says: ‘And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the Lord went out and smote in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred fourscore and five thousand; and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.’

The angel of the Lord – written in Hebrew as malak Yahweh – translates to messenger of the Lord and was sent to protect Jerusalem after its ruler, Hezekiah, prayed to God for safety.

In another retelling of the attack, a plague took the Assyrian soldier’s lives, while a Greek version claimed the soldiers were left defenseless in battle after mice invaded their camp during the night and chewed through all their bowstrings and shield straps.

After the Assyrian army was vanquished, the hill sat undisturbed until the 1930s, when the British turned a portion into an ammunition storage depot for its defensibility and renamed Ammunition Hill.

In 1948, the Jordanian army captured the hill from the British and built defensive trenches around the perimeter.

The site changed hands again two decades later when when Israeli paratroopers fought to take possession of the hill during what later became known as the Six-Day War.

Today, the site is a memorial and museum dedicated to that bloody battle that killed 15,000 Arabs and roughly 1,000 Israelis.

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8 Shot — Including 8-Year-Old Boy – At Michigan Water Park in Random Attack, Suspect Dead

An eight-year-old boy is fighting for his life after being shot in the head by a rampaging gunman at a family splash pad as seven others were also gunned down.

The violent attack took place in Rochester Hills, Michigan, around 5pm Saturday after the shooter fired 28 rounds from a handgun in a seemingly random attack, peppering women and children at the Brooklands Plaza Splash Pad outside Detroit.

The gunman fled the scene to a nearby home within half a mile of the splash pad, leading to a tense hours-long standoff that ended when the shooter – described as a 42-year-old white male who lived with his mother – died by suicide.

At a press conference Saturday evening, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said the scenes were his ‘worst nightmare’ after previously working on the 2021 Oxford School Shooting.

He said of the eight victims, only the eight-year-old boy was left in critical condition after he was shot in the head, while two of his family members were also shot in the leg, including a four-year-old boy.

Bouchard said at an earlier press conference that the shooting ‘appears very random with no connectivity between the victims.’

The gunman, who has not been named, drove to the splash pad, ‘pulled up, exited a vehicle, approached the splash pad, opened fire, reloaded, opened fire, reloaded. And then left’, Bouchard said.

Police were using a new kind of 911 response system that allows them to listen to 911 calls live instead of waiting for a dispatcher, which allowed one cop to arrive on the scene in under two minutes.

The shooter had already fled by the time police arrived, but Bouchard said quick-acting officers were able to ascertain the suspect’s vehicle.

Police found the vehicle at the property where the gunman had fled, and a heavy law enforcement presence – including SWAT teams and helicopters – quickly encircled the home.

Bouchard said they established early contact with the gunman, but communication ceased and after hours of standoff police decided to breach the home.

Cops sent a drone into the home, where they found the gunman dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Investigators also discovered an assault rifle on the kitchen table of the home, which Bouchard feared would have been used for the ‘next chapter’ of the shooting spree, but the speed at which police surrounded him prevented further chaos.

‘It’s a gut-punch,’ Bouchard said at the earlier press conference. ‘We’re not fully comprehending what happened at Oxford and now we have another complete tragedy that we’re dealing with.’

By the time he fled the scene, the gunman had fired 28 rounds with a 9mm pistol, and three empty magazines were recovered by investigators, Fox 2 Detroit reported.

Aerial images from the scene showed a large number of evidence markers placed around the waterpark, where dozens of bullets were shot in quick succession.

A witness to the standoff told Fox6Now that he was in a home nearby when the situation escalated, and heard police ordering the gunman to exit the property.

Some local residents were seen being cautiously led away from the street as the standoff stretched into the evening.

Corewell Health said in a statement that it was confirming several victims were being treated in its hospital.

The city-run splash pad faces Auburn Road and is located between a T-Mobile cell phone store and Mozzarella’s, a pizzeria, west of the plaza.

Streets close to the splash pad park were closed by police and emergency personnel Saturday evening.

Michigan Congressman John James said he was downtown at Huntington Place for former President Donald Trump’s address to Turning Point USA when he heard news of the shooting, and raced to the scene to lend support.

‘Under no circumstances in this country, particularly in Rochester Hills, should fathers be spending Father’s Day in a hospital,’ he said.

‘We’re doing everything we possibly can to help the families in need. And (I want to) give a shout-out to first responders who mitigated further damage and who are still in harm’s way to bring resolution to this crisis.’

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer added in a tweet: ‘I am heartbroken to learn about the shooting in Rochester Hills. We are monitoring the situation as updates continue to come in, and are in touch with local officials.’

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WATCH: Trump Speaks at TPUSA Conference

Donald J. Trump took the stage at Turning Point Action’s People’s Convention on Saturday night to thunderous applause accompanied by his trademark track “Proud to Be an American.”

The deep blue city of Detroit turned out in numbers to hear the 45th president and to support his campaign for reelection in November.

“I’ve never seen such enthusiasm,” he said of the support for his campaign in 2024.

As he thanked high-profile supporters, he addressed Steve Bannon, who is facing jail time when he’s forced to turn himself in on July 1 to serve 4 months on contempt of Congress charges. Bannon spoke a few hours before Trump took the stage, saying that he predicted that the GOP nominee will also face jail time when he’s sentenced in a New York courtroom on July 11, only days before the Republican National Convention where he will receive the party’s official nomination.

Trump leaned into his policy talking points on the collapsed border, economic disaster, and incumbent President Joe Biden being “the worst,” but he also addressed the car industry, a key thing in Motor City Detroit and the state of Michigan and encouraged voters to make a plan to vote.

“For decades before I took office, Joe Biden and his cronies in Washington got rich by selling off Michigan jobs, and selling-out Detroit,” Trump said. He spoke about the plans for car makers to put their factories in Mexico, pointing out that “Crooked Joe is doing a hit job on Michigan manufacturing, and on Detroit.” These factories, he said, would be run by China.

“Joe Biden’s insane Electric Vehicle Mandate will totally obliterate the U.S. auto industry. Crooked Joe is also set to rubber stamp California’s plan to completely abolish gas-powered cars and trucks. Civilization will grind to a halt,” he said in his speech.

“Upon my inauguration,” Trump promised, “we will throw out Bidenomics and replace it with MAGAnomics.” And then he laid out his plan.

“In less than 4 years, Crooked Joe’s inflation nightmare and energy price hikes have cost the typical American household $28,000. The monthly cost of a typical mortgage has doubled. Yet Joe Biden has no plan to stop inflation.

“My plan is simple. First, I will stop Joe Biden’s inflation-causing spending spree and impose an immediate moratorium on all of Crooked Joe’s hundreds of billions of dollars in waste. I will not approve one more penny for the Green New Scam. Second, to lower energy costs, we will drill, baby, drill!

“Third, to fight Joe Biden’s inflation, I will stop the Biden Migrant invasion. An estimated 50% of inflation has been caused by the soaring cost of housing, which is skyrocketing due to Joe Biden’s tidal wave of illegal immigration and high interest rates. I will send the illegally entering Biden Migrants back to THEIR countries, so that you can take back your country—and soon.

“Fourth—I will cancel every unnecessary and costly Biden regulation that is driving up prices. And Fifth—we will make the Trump Tax Cuts permanent and cut taxes even more for working families and small businesses,” he said in his remarks.

The People’s Conference is touted by Turning Point Action as a convention for the people, in opposition to the uniparty. And the message of the conference is for people to take responsibility themselves for getting out the vote. Workshops and discussions on how to do that filled the weekend schedule. Trump spoke on that topic as well.

“If you took the ten worst presidents in the history of the United States, and added them up, they would not have done near the destruction to our country as Joe Biden and the Biden administration have done,” he said.

“So, if you want to Save America, I’m asking everybody to go to ‘SwamptheVoteUSA.com’ to make a plan to vote—either by mail, early in person, or on Election Day,” Trump continued.

“And if you want to volunteer to help us turn out voters in your neighborhood, sign up to get trained at ‘TrumpForce47.com!'” Trump said. “With the right leadership, every disaster Joe Biden has created can be fixed. Every problem can be solved. And every wrong can be rectified—and we will do it quickly.”

“By this time next year, America’s borders will be shut, sealed, and secure. Inflation will be in full retreat. Our economy will be roaring back. Optimism will be surging. American Pride will be soaring. The American Dream will be thriving again for citizens of every race, religion, color, and creed. Law and Justice will reign all throughout our land. Freedom will be restored. The flame of liberty will be burning bright. Joe Biden, the worst president in the history of our country, will be a fading memory of the past,” he said.

“Because we are all Americans—and together, we will show November 5th to be the most important day in the history of America,” he said in conclusion.

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Lara Trump Says RNC Will Launch Massive Election Integrity Effort

Republican National Committee (RNC) co-chair Lara Trump revealed Friday at a Turning Point USA (TPUSA) event, that the RNC is planning to have over 100,000 poll watchers along with over 500 lawyers in preparation for the 2024 presidential election.

Lara Trump appeared on the TPUSA Detroit stage Friday evening to discuss the top priorities for the RNC as many voters are preparing to head to the polls this November.

The co-chair stated that prior to appearing on stage she had been with RNC chairman Michael Whatley to discuss the launch of their “election integrity program,” which will involve the mass training of thousands of volunteers and onboarding attorneys.

“Our other top priority is election integrity. Charlie let’s face it, if we don’t have free, fair, and transparent elections nothing else matters. That is our goal at the RNC. And by the way every single person in this country, regardless of how you vote, should want free and fair elections. So right before I came here, I was about 30 minutes away with the chairman of the RNC Michael Whatley. He and I started here in the state of Michigan, launching our election integrity program. What we want to do is train 100,000 people all across this country to be part of that team,” Lara Trump said.

The RNC co-chair continued to explain that due to a lift in a “consent decree” previously placed on the RNC for the “past 40 years,” the committee will now have the opportunity to “train people as poll workers.” Additionally, Lara Trump discussed the importance of wanting attorneys present at the polls, emphasizing that there’d be “war rooms” set up across the U.S. to deal with issues in real time.

“We also want attorneys to work in every major polling location so we are not reactive, we are proactive. The second you see an issue, we address it. We’re going to have war rooms set up all across this country in every state as well to deal with things as they happen, not days, weeks, or months later,” Lara Trump said.

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“It will take a herculean effort to fight back against all the nonsense and all the nefarious activities that we know happen out there. But this year is the year we do it. We are also sending a loud and clear message out there to anyone who thinks about cheating in an election. If you cheat in an election we will find you, we will track you down, and we will prosecute you to the full extent of the law.”

Prior to Lara Trump’s appearance on the TPUSA stage, she and Whatley attended a Detroit suburb meeting where they discussed the plan of wanting “over 100,000 poll watchers and over 500 lawyers” for the election sites, according to the New York Post. While the media was not granted access to the breakdown of the training for poll watchers and attorneys, Whatley stated that the workers will be “taught to be respectful and non-threatening, but to also follow the law,” the outlet reported.

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Illegal Immigrant Charged in Rape, Killing of Maryland Mom-of-5 Rachel Morin

More than 10 months after Rachel Morin was found dead near a hiking trail in Maryland, law enforcement announced the arrest of an illegal immigrant believed to be the murder suspect of the mother of five.

Authorities in Maryland held a press conference on Saturday announcing that the suspect in Morin’s murder was Victor Antonio Martinez-Hernandez – an illegal migrant from El Salvador.

“Five hours after meeting with Rachel’s family and just before midnight, police in Tulsa, Oklahoma, assisted by our federal partners, located and arrested her murderer: Victor Antonio Martinez-Hernandez,” said Harford County Sheriff Jeffery Gahler.

Gahler noted that Morin was “likely not his first victim.”

“This suspect fled to the United States after murdering a young woman in El Salvador in January 2023,” Gahler said. “Once here, he brutally attacked a nine-year-old girl and her mother during a home invasion in Los Angeles in March 2023.”

DNA evidence collected from the March 2023 crime scene of the Los Angeles attack linked Martinez-Hernandez to the murder of Rachel Morin.

“Once in our country, and likely emboldened by his aminity, he brutally attacked a nine-year-old girl and her mother during a home invasion in March of 2023 in Los Angeles,” Gahler stated, according to Fox News. “And as everyone I believe is aware, that was our first DNA match linking Rachel’s case to the one in Los Angeles.”

Martinez-Hernandez – a 23-year-old national from El Salvador – reportedly illegally crossed into the United States through the southern border in February 2023.

FBI Baltimore field office special agent in charge William DelBagno explained that investigators were able to trace the suspect’s DNA to family members in El Salvador.

Sheriff Gahler noted that the ongoing border crisis was a cause for the 37-year-old mother of five to be murdered.

“We are 1800 miles of the southern border. And American citizens are not safe because of their failed immigration policies,” Gahler stated.

“This is the second time in two years that an innocent Harford County woman has lost her life to a criminal in our country illegally,” he continued. “In both cases, they are suspects from El Salvador with ties to criminal gangs. This should not be happening.”

Gahler declared, “Victor Hernandez did not come to this country to make a better life for him or his family, he came here to escape the crimes he committed in El Salvador. He came here to murder Rachel and God-willing, no one else. But that should have never been allowed to happen.”

Gahler added, “It is my hope and the hope of all involved, working this case that the arrest of this suspect brings her [Mornin’s] family and our Harford County community some peace.”

DelBagno said, “It is our hope that this arrest brings peace to Rachel Morin’s family and the Harford County community.”

State’s Attorney for Harford County Alison Healey proclaimed that she would personally lead the prosecution for the case.

“Harford County and our neighboring communities can rest assured that my office will take all steps necessary to ensure that justice is served for Rachel Morin and her family,” Healey stated.

Rachel’s mother, Patricia Morin, said, “I’m going to make this short because I’m very emotional. just want to take this time to thank all the law enforcement for all their hard work. They just really cared for our family and for our daughter. They were going to diligently work and find the person who murdered her.”

Martinez-Hernandez was charged with first-degree murder and first-degree rape. He will be extradited back to Maryland.

Morin was reported missing on Aug. 5 by her boyfriend when she never returned home after going out for a run on the Ma & Pa Trail in Bel Air, Maryland. A day later, Morin was found dead on the trail.

There were earlier reports that Morin had suffered serious head trauma, and the injuries were so severe that there would not be an open-casket funeral.

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