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When even a liberal federal judge appointed by former President Barack Obama rules that diversity, equity, and inclusion practices can be illegal, it is time to recognize that most DEI regimes by design are invidiously discriminatory.

In a case that received too little attention, Judge Wendy Beetlestone of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ruled this month that former Pennsylvania State University professor Zack De Piero had reasonable grounds to keep alive a lawsuit against the school based on its DEI practices. De Piero said DEI policies at the college essentially forced his resignation, and Beetlestone agreed the professor “plausibly alleged that he was subjected to a race-based hostile work environment.”

On the record as presented in De Piero v. Penn State, Beetlestone wrote, De Piero at least has a reasonable case, the full merits of which remain to be adjudicated, that he suffered “harassment that is ‘sufficiently severe or pervasive to alter the conditions of [the plaintiff’s] employment and create an abusive working environment.’”

Those conditions were created explicitly by the university’s DEI policies and practices. For example, on five different occasions, the university required De Piero “to attend conferences or trainings that discussed racial issues in essentialist and deterministic terms — ascribing negative traits to white people or white teachers without exception and flowing inevitably from their race.” In one exercise after the Minnesota police killing of counterfeiter George Floyd, the instructor forced “White and non-Black people of color to hold [their breath] just a little longer [than black people] — to feel the pain.”

If literally being forced to feel pain because one is white isn’t racially discriminatory, nothing is. But that was only one example. In another instance, De Piero said the facilitator “condemn[ed] white people for no other reason than they spoke or were simply present while being white.” Meanwhile, he said, university officials specifically told him “to incorporate race into his grading” in a way that would “penalize [white] students academically on the basis of their race.” And it is incontrovertible that Penn State’s DEI director “sent an email to all employees ‘calling on white people’ to ‘feel terrible,’ about their ‘own internalized white supremacy.”

That’s just a sample of the race-based indignities or flat-out discriminatory abuse that De Piero “plausibly” accuses Penn State of meting out.

These practices are facially abusive, and the judge was right to rule they create ample grounds for the lawsuit to proceed. And this, mind you, is not a judge who in theory opposes leftward notions of what “equity” or “inclusion” means. Beetlestone made sure to write that “training on concepts such as ‘white privilege,’ ‘white fragility,’ implicit bias, or critical race theory can contribute positively to nuanced, important conversations about how to form a healthy and inclusive working environment.”

“But,” she wrote, “the way these conversations are carried out in the workplace matters.” And upon the weight of evidence so far, Penn State’s way of enforcing DEI looks legally problematic, to say the least.

Beetlestone is right to keep De Piero’s case alive. What she misses, though, is that almost none of today’s DEI regimes are “nuanced” or remotely “healthy.” By their very nature and design, DEI bureaucracies promote outright hostility to white people, ascribe character traits and attitudes based explicitly on race in a way that is, to use the judge’s word, “deterministic,” and promote disparate treatment to people of different ethnicities or sexual “identities.”

DEI policies do this in colleges and universities across the land. They do it in elementary and secondary schools while also teaching bilge such as that “it is important to disrupt the Western nuclear family dynamics as the best/proper way to have a family.” They do it in museums where the alleged evils of “whiteness” include adherence to the “scientific method,” using “objective, rational linear thinking,” and assuming that “hard work is the key to success.” They do it, too, in government bureaucracies and in office suites of big corporations.

It is all a big racket that, rather than ameliorating racial tension, instead exacerbates it.

Enough is too much. Courts across the land should recognize that DEI is nothing more than illegally institutionalized racism — and, accordingly, kill it.

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  • Mountain Mark says:

    Overall this is a good article, showing the extreme discrimination against whites at Penn.

    However, CF makes a very serious error when he states that police killed Floyd. Intelligent people knew right away that Floyd died from a drug overdose and not from an authorized restraint. If you have any doubt, see The Fall of Minneapolis, where you will see a mountain of evidence.

    I am disappointed at CFs ignorance on this matter.

  • River says:

    Disgusting apes.

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    A man has set himself on fire outside of the Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC.

    Authorities responded to the embassy around 1 p.m. on Sunday and found the man with burn injuries, the Metropolitan Police Department told DailyMail.com.

    He is in critical condition and was taken to the hospital by DC Fire and EMS with critical and life-threatening injuries.’

    A spokesperson from the Secret Service told DailyMail.com, ‘The U.S. Secret Service, Uniformed Division responded to the 3400 Block of International Drive, NW, DC regarding an individual that was experiencing a possible medical / mental health emergency.’

    ‘DC Fire & EMS responded to the scene and treated the individual prior to transport to an area hospital.’

    The Metropolitan Police Department’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal was called to the scene in reference to a suspicious vehicle that may be connected to the person.

    Video posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, showed first responders on the scene outside of the embassy.

    The investigation is ongoing.

    The Israeli embassy released a statement after the incident, reading: ‘On Sunday, 2/25, at around 1 PM, a man set himself on fire outside the Israeli Embassy in Washington and was taken to the hospital by ambulance. The man is unknown. No Embassy staff were injured and are safe.’

    A similar incident occurred in December when a pro-Palestine protestor set themselves ablaze outside the Israeli consulate in Atlanta.

    The city’s police chief, Darin Schierbaum, described the incident as an ‘extreme act of political protest,’ and said a Palestinian flag was recovered from the scene.

    At least two people were injured in the act of self-immolation, including a security guard who attempted to intervene.

    UPDATE:

    An airman who had set himself on fire outside the Israeli Embassy in Washington in protest of civilian deaths in Gaza died of his injuries on Sunday night, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Air Force, Rose M. Riley, said on Monday.

    The Metropolitan Police Department in Washington identified the man as Aaron Bushnell, 25, of San Antonio. A U.S. Air Force spokeswoman, Ann Stefanek, had confirmed on Sunday night that he was an active-duty airman.

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    WATCH: Lindsey Graham Gets Booed During Trump Victory Speech in South Carolina

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    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) was met with boos from the audience during former President Trump’s victory speech in South Carolina on Saturday night.

    The senator, a longtime Trump ally, was met with the hostile reception after Trump introduced him on stage following his easy victory over rival Nikki Haley in the GOP presidential primary.

    Trump, in introducing the senator, said he calls Graham when he’s in “trouble on the left.”

    “He doesn’t do too much television,” Trump joked. “He happens to be a little bit further left than some of the people on this stage. But I always say when I’m in trouble on the left, I call up Lindsey Graham, and he straightens it out.”

    Graham then took to the mic, at which point he was booed loudly during his brief remarks.

    “This is the most qualified man to be president [of the] United States,” Graham said. “And let it be said that South Carolina created the biggest political comeback in American history.”

    With his South Carolina victory confirmed, Trump has now beaten Haley three times in a row.

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    Trump Receives Endorsement from No. 2 Senate Republican John Thune

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    Senate Minority Whip John Thune (R-SD) announced he is endorsing former President Donald Trump after the former president’s win in the South Carolina Republican presidential primary on Saturday.

    Thune’s office confirmed to the Washington Examiner he is endorsing the former president on Sunday, making Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) the remaining holdouts in Senate GOP leadership.

    “The primary results in South Carolina make clear that Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee for president in this year’s pivotal presidential election. The choice before the American people is crystal clear: It’s Donald Trump or Joe Biden,” Thune said in a statement.

    “I support former President Trump’s campaign to win the presidency, and I intend to do everything I can to see that he has a Republican majority in the Senate working with him to restore American strength at home and abroad,” the statement continued.

    Thune also said that the “disastrous Biden-Schumer agenda” must be put to an end and said the country cannot handle “another four years of Bidenomics,” along with problems at the southern border and on the world stage.

    The endorsement from the Senate GOP’s no. 2 adds to Trump’s significant number of endorsements from Republican senators, representatives, and other elected officials.

    He has also received the endorsement of former opponents in the GOP primary, including Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) and Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL).

    While Ernst has not endorsed Trump, she said in January she was not ruling out an endorsement for the former president.

    McConnell and Trump have had bad blood in recent years, with both taking swipes at each other in public comments. McConnell has called Trump “diminished” after a poor showing among his candidates in the 2022 elections, while Trump has regularly attacked the Senate GOP leader and his wife.

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    Mercedes Ditches Plan to Only Sell Electric Vehicles

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    Mercedes-Benz is scrapping its plans to only sell electric vehicles after 2030 as consumer demand for EVs remains lower than what automakers projected.

    The Verge said that the report showed a stunning turnaround for the German automaker from its pledge three years ago to completely phase out selling gas-powered vehicles by 2030 and to only sell EVs.

    “Customers and market conditions will set the pace of the transformation,” Mercedes said in its fourth quarter earnings statement.

    “The company plans to be in a position to cater to different customer needs, whether it’s an all-electric drivetrain or an electrified combustion engine, until well into the 2030s.”

    The report said that the company only expects EV sales to reach “up to 50%” of their total sales by that point, indicating that it could be even less than half.

    Tesla CEO Elon Musk, whose company is the world’s second largest EV manufacturer, said that Tesla expects to see significantly slower sales numbers this upcoming year.

    The news comes after The New York Times reported earlier this month that the Biden administration was preparing to ease its push to force EVs onto American consumers as consumer demand for the vehicles remains low, dealerships have expressed serious concerns, and automakers have had to cut production and revamp production of gas vehicles.

    The report said the move was a “concession to automakers and labor unions” from the administration as it was forcing “limits on tailpipe emissions” to force Americans to switch from gas-powered cars to more expensive electric vehicles — which often have performance issues in adverse weather conditions. The serious lack of charging stations, and the time it takes to recharge electric vehicles, are among other top complaints from consumers.

    Ford announced last month that it was making significant cuts — around 1,400 employees — to the number of workers who produce its once-touted F-150 Lightning truck at the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center due to low customer demand.

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    Sylvester Stallone Announces He’s “Permanently” Leaving California and Moving to Florida

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    Sylvester Stallone is “permanently” leaving California and is being welcomed with open arms in Florida.

    The “Rocky” icon made the announcement on the season two premiere of the reality show, “The Family Stallone.”

    “After long, hard consideration, your mother and I have decided, time to move on and leave the state of California permanently, and we’re going to go to Florida,” Sylvester told his three daughters: Scarlet, 21, Sistine, 25, and Sophia, 27 – referring to his wife of 26 years, Jennifer Flavin.

    He added, “We’re gonna sell this house. We already have the place, it’s a done deal.”

    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ wife, Casey DeSantis, welcomed the Stallone family to Florida in a message on X, formerly known as Twitter, on Friday.

    “Welcome to the Free State of Florida!” Casey wrote alongside a clip of Stallone’s conversation with his daughters.

    “In addition to respecting and protecting your God-given, constitutional right to be free, you can also buy toothpaste without having an armed guard in CVS unlock it for you,” she added.

    In 2021, the Rambo actor purchased a sprawling $35.4 million home in Palm Beach, according to the Palm Beach Daily News.

    Sly’s new Palm Beach home sits on approximately 1.5 lakefront acres, facing over 250 feet of beach with a dock, per the outlet.

    The total living space — including a main house, a guest house, and a pool pavilion near the keyhole-shaped pool in the backyard — is over 13,000 square feet. Between the main and guest spaces, the property counts seven bedrooms and 12 baths, per its Realtor.com listing.

    Since purchasing their home in Florida three years ago, Stallone and his wife Jennifer Flavin have been spending time in both Florida and California.

    Flavin spoke with Fox News Digital at the inaugural “Rocky Day” celebration in December about the couple’s relocation, saying, “It’s an incredible move, I have to say I’m really happy with our move and our change.”

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    “I was born and raised there, two of our kids were born there, but now everyone’s out, our daughters moved to the East Coast … so there wasn’t really anything left for me in California,” she continued. “A few of our best friends also moved, so I think it’s [a] good change, just making new friends, living a totally different lifestyle, I love it, I’m really happy.”

    She wasn’t alone in her desire for a fresh start.

    In the opening scenes of his Netflix documentary, “Sly,” Stallone spoke about the decision to move, saying it was beneficial to his creativity.

    “I wasn’t moving because, ‘Oh, wow, I wanted another beautiful view.’ Any time changing that paradigm which you become used to, it’s literally to jump-start that process again,” he explained.

    Flavin also made it clear in her interview that change was the primary factor, not any concern over crime rates expressed by some celebrities.

    “There’s crime everywhere, there’s crime in Florida, too, so I didn’t move because of crime. You can find it anywhere you look, even in small towns,” the mother of three said.

    “I think California is probably the most beautiful state in the United States, I absolutely love it, but I just needed a change,” she added. “I felt like I’ve been there long enough, and life is short, so I wanted to make a change and not just be sitting in one house the rest of my life.”

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    BLM Co-Founder Brands Taylor Swift Fans as “Racists” and Chiefs Winning as “Right-Wing, White-Supremacist Conspiracy”

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    The co-founder of a Black Lives Matter chapter has slammed Taylor Swift fans as ‘racists’ and referred to Kansas City’s Super Bowl victory as a ‘right-wing, white-supremacist conspiracy’ in a series of posts on social media.

    Melina Abdullah, 51, a professor of Pan-African Studies at Cal State University Los Angeles, took to X, formerly Twitter, to unload her opinions on the pop singer and her athlete boyfriend over the course of two weeks.

    ‘Why do I feel like it’s slightly racist to be a Taylor Swift fan?’ Abdullah wrote on February 11, the day of the Super Bowl.

    ‘I said FEEL, not think,’ she continued when another user asked her to elaborate. ‘Kind of like that feeling I get when there are too many American flags.’

    Hours later, after the Kansas City Chiefs were declared the winners, Abdullah wrote: ‘Why do I feel like this was some right-wing, white-supremacist conspiracy?!?! Booooooo!!!!’

    As her posts drummed up attention from other users, Abdullah doubled down on her stance. ‘Folks think they’re attacking me by asking why I think everything is racist…I’m not offended,’ she wrote. ‘Virtually everything is racist.’

    In response to one commenter, the advocate clarified: ‘And I’ve also decided to work with all my might and in a community of committed people to upend racism and oppression.’

    On February 23, Abdullah returned to social media to post a voice message sent by a man who blasted her as ‘a joke,’ ‘ignorant,’ and ‘what’s wrong with this country.’

    ‘How dare you throw out the racist ideas you throw out on a daily basis?’ shouted the man, who identified himself as Ethan George from Texas, before proclaiming that he wished she would ‘die.’

    ‘If this is what a tweet about Taylor Swift fans being “slightly racist” brings, I’ll edit myself…Y’all are full-fledged violent white-delusionists,’ Abdullah wrote.

    The 51-year-old is also a co-director of BLM’s advocacy wing, Black Lives Matter Grassroots.

    She sued the Los Angeles Police Department in 2020 after they descended on her home during a reported swatting incident.

    On August 19, 2020, the LAPD received a 911 call from someone who claimed he had taken people hostage in Abdullah’s Crenshaw home.

    In court documents filed with California Superior Court, the mother of three said she feared LAPD SWAT officers would fire their weapons into her home and hurt her children.

    She accused the LAPD of failing to contact her beforehand despite having her that contact information and claimed the department staged the incident in ‘retaliation’ for her activism.

    She added that police did not actually believe the claims of an ongoing hostage situation.

    As proof, Abdullah cited an instance where police allowed her security guard, whom officers did not know, to pass through a perimeter and enter the home as they staged around it.

    Two neighbors were also permitted to enter the home to check on her and walk alongside her as she walked out to speak with officers, the lawsuit claimed.

    Abdullah deemed the response ‘an attempt to put down protest, to target me as someone who’s been very visible and vocal in protesting LAPD.’

    She was swatted twice more after the lawsuit was announced.

    In a separate legal battle, Abdullah and BLM Grassroots accused Black Lives Matters Global Network Foundation Inc. of raising donations off the work of city-based chapters and subsequently leaving activists out of decision-making.

    BLM Grassroots is comprised of two dozen BLM chapters across the country, who argued that they were entitled to tens of millions of dollars from the national foundation.

    However, the case was thrown out by a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge last year after the activists failed to prove they were entitled to the funds among other unsubstantiated claims.

    Abdullah said the group was ‘stunned and dismayed’ by the court’s dismissal order.

    ‘As always, the work of Black Lives Matter continues, regardless of the court ruling,’ she vowed in a statement.

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    Zelensky: 31,000 Ukrainian Soldiers Killed Since Russia Invaded

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    President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Sunday that 31,000 Ukrainian soldiers had been killed since Russia’s full-scale invasion two years ago, giving the first official figure for more than a year.

    Zelensky told a news conference in Kyiv that he could not disclose the number of wounded because it would help Russian military planning.

    “31,000 Ukrainian troops have been killed in this war. Not 300,000, not 150,000 … (Russian President Vladimir) Putin is lying there … But nevertheless, this is a big loss for us.”

    Ukraine has not put a number to its military losses since the end of 2022, when presidential aide Mykhailo Podolyak said 13,000 Ukrainian soldiers had been killed since the invasion on Feb. 24.

    Battlefield casualties are a highly sensitive subject in a country trying to reform how it mobilises civilians into the army to regenerate its forces after last year’s counteroffensive proved unable to break through Russian lines.

    A New York Times report in August cited U.S. officials as putting the Ukrainian death toll at close to 70,000. The same report said as many as 120,000 Russian troops had died during the war.

    Zelensky told reporters that 180,000 Russians had been killed in the fighting.

    Russia does not disclose military losses, which it regards as secret. Both sides regularly describe the other’s military losses as vast.

    The Ukrainian leader also said that tens of thousands of civilians had been killed in the occupied areas of the country during the war. Kyiv says it cannot accurately assess the scale of such losses because it does not have access.

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    Homeless Man Busted Excavating for Gold in Park Returns to Build Cabin with Fireplace, Washing Machine

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    A Seattle homeless man built a “ticking timebomb” cabin — featuring a washing machine and a treadmill — at a public park months after he allegedly stole an excavator to tear up part of the site in his pursuit of gold.

    Steven Irwin, 41, claimed he had permission to build the structure in Dr. Jose Rizal Park, despite the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department recently paying $15,000 to repair the damage Irwin had done when he illegally dug up the land in Oct. 2023, according to KOMO News.

    Irwin was arrested for the rogue construction and charged with theft of a motor vehicle only to reclaim the space with some interesting upgrades.

    The illegal cabin now features fireplaces, propane heaters, a washing machine, multiple generators, and a treadmill.

    “He is digging into the slopes, building structures, tearing down trees, undoing thousands of dollars in repairs,” Andrea Suarez of We Heart Seattle, a homeless outreach group that has offered assistance to Irwin, told the outlet Friday.

    “There’s also a risk for him being in that environment. There are smells of kerosene, propane, and gasoline – there are three different forms of fuel down here, wires everywhere,” Suarez shared — adding the spot is “a ticking timebomb.”

    Irwin’s cabin goes beyond wanting just a cozy place in the park, Suarez explained.

    “He’s dreaming up that this is a gold mine, that he’s mining for diamonds, and that he is going to find gold and strike it rich,” Suarez said.

    In October, Irwin was busted after multiple 911 calls flooded in from concerned neighbors about destruction at Dr. Jose Rizal Park — which is about 3 miles away from the iconic Seattle Space Needle.

    “He was driving a little crazy with this heavy piece of machinery,” said park steward and volunteer Genevieve Courtney last year, who just happened to come across Irwin while he dug up the land.

    He would later admit to police that he cleared the space for his cabin with the excavator, still holding strong to his belief he had permission to change the face of the land for his cabin.

    Since his release and return to his encampment, Irwin has been using power and hand tools to clear away areas in the park, according to the outlet.

    The danger of the situation has also dawned on neighbors living near the park, who have tried tirelessly to get the city’s attention on the issue.

    “This guy is just getting away with it, and I don’t understand that. We are absolutely frustrated. We need some civility here, we need police action,” Brian Hartman told the outlet.

    Suarez, who wants the situation resolved due to the potential danger Irwin may unintentionally inflict on himself and others, says the homeless man has no plans to stop his building.

    However, she said that could only be achieved if the city steps up to the plate and enforces the law.

    “This is a call to action by law enforcement and Seattle Parks and Recreation to do something,” Suarez told the outlet.

    “I’ve even offered to pay for his first six months of housing, and he said, ‘That’s great. I’m still going to keep my cabin in the woods.”

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    Trump Wins South Carolina, Beating Nikki Haley in Her Home State

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    Former President Trump won an emphatic victory in the South Carolina primary Saturday, vanquishing rival Nikki Haley in her home state.

    The race was called for Trump within moments of polls closing at 7 p.m. EST. With 83 percent of returns in just before 10 p.m., the GOP front-runner’s margin of victory stood at 21 points

    The Michigan primary is next up Tuesday — and then March 5 brings Super Tuesday, when more than a dozen states vote.

    Trump’s landslide puts him on a glide path to nomination.

    Trump will be the 2024 Republican nominee

    The former president is 4-for-4 in primary contests so far. Here, in South Carolina, he hammered Haley in the state where she twice won election as governor.

    At Trump’s victory speech in Columbia, the degree to which the state’s GOP establishment had rowed in behind him was clear. Sens. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) both spoke briefly on his behalf, as did Gov. Henry McMaster (R).

    Haley spoke to a smaller crowd in Charleston, alone on the stage.

    She continues to press the case that Trump is unelectable in November. But there is no real reason to believe her argument will gain traction with GOP voters elsewhere when it has failed to do so here.

    That’s not necessarily a failing of the former governor’s, but simply reflects that the GOP base remains enamored of Trump.

    In every state so far, the former president’s margin of victory has been in double digits.

    The battle for the nomination is all over, bar the shouting.

    Haley isn’t quitting

    Speaking at her election night party in Charleston, Haley reiterated that she is fighting on, saying, “I’m grateful that today is not the end of our story.” Though she congratulated Trump on his victory, she said she does not believe he can defeat Biden.

    “Today, in South Carolina, we’re getting around 40% of the vote,” she said, adding, “I’m an accountant. I know 40% is not 50%. But I also know 40% is not some tiny group. There are huge numbers of voters in our Republican primaries who are saying they want an alternative.”

    “I said earlier this week that no matter what happens in South Carolina, I would continue to run for president,” she continued. “I’m a woman of my word.”

    In a speech on Tuesday outlining why she planned to stay in the race regardless of results in the Palmetto State, Haley called Trump “a disaster” for the GOP who is “more unstable and unhinged” than when he first ran, adding she feels “no need to kiss the ring.”

    “And I have no fear of Trump’s retribution,” she said. “I’m not looking for anything from him.”

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    CPAC Straw Poll Results: Who Should Be Trump’s VP Pick?

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    South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) and biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy were tied for first place as Republican grassroot activists’ preference for former President Trump’s vice presidential pick.

    Attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) gave Noem and Ramaswamy 15 percent each when asked whom they believed Trump should pick as his running mate for 2024.

    Both have been floated as potential picks for Trump.

    The former president, the front-runner in the GOP race, confirmed earlier this week that all of those on a rumored shortlist of candidates were “all solid.”

    In Saturday’s straw poll, former Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard came in second at 9 percent, followed by House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) and Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) at 8 percent.

    Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.) notched 7 percent, Arizona Senate candidate Kari Lake received 6 percent, while former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) and Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders (R) each got 5 percent.

    Conservative pundit Tucker Carlson, independent presidential candidate Robert K. Kennedy Jr., Sen. JD Vance (R-Ohio) and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley each got less than 5 percent.

    Though the CPAC straw poll is likely to have little weight on which running mate Trump chooses, the poll’s results are likely to increase buzz around the first-place finishers.

    Noem, Stefanik and Vance have been among the most prominent Republican politicians who were at CPAC and have been floated as potential running mates for the former president.

    Scott is in South Carolina ahead of the state’s GOP primary, where Trump is expected to trounce Haley in her home state. The former president is 30 points ahead, according to the polling index from The Hill/Decision Desk HQ.

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    Wife of Migrant Who Murdered Nurse Student Speaks Out

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    The illegal immigrant arrested for killing a Georgia nursing student crossed the border in Texas Sept. 8 last year and was sent to a processing facility there, but was quickly released before being put on a bus to New York City, where he was later busted and set free again, his wife told The Post.

    Jose Antonio Ibarra and wife Layling Franco of Venezuela entered El Paso together with her 5-year-old son, she said.

    The family was then sent to the Big Apple Sept. 15, where Ibarra posted smiling, carefree pictures of himself on social media in Times Square and Rockefeller Center.

    Ibarra, 26, was working for DoorDash, Uber Eats and a local restaurant when he was arrested in August for endangering the welfare of a child, after he was caught in Queens riding a gas-powered moped with Franco’s son on the back, without any head protection or restraint for the child, according to police sources.

    The case was later sealed.

    By November, the couple split up. Jose then went to Georgia to live with his brother Diego, who social media shows once worked at the University of Georgia.

    The body of Laken Riley, an Augusta University student who once attended UGA, was found Thursday in a forested part of the UGA campus after she had gone for a run.

    Ibarra was arrested and charged Friday with malice and felony murder, aggravated battery, kidnapping, concealing the death of another and other charges in the killing of in the death of the 22-year-old.

    Police down south called the case a “crime of opportunity.”

    “Yesterday when [Jose] was arrested, my brother-in-law called me early to say he’d been arrested,” Franco, 23, told The Post, adding she’s now seeing the news of the crime “everywhere.”

    Jose, who was from the state of Miranda in their homeland, had briefly returned to New York in December for immigration court, a 32-year-old relative said.

    “Yesterday when we found out about what happened, and about Jose, it went over really badly, because it seemed like that girl was really ahead of things,” the relative said of the victim.

    He was a calm person, Franco claimed.

    “We got married so we could join our asylum cases,” she told The Post. “He was the person I thought I could see through. We’ve known each other our entire lives.

    “He wasn’t aggressive, none of that,” she said. “We had problems as a couple but our problems weren’t physical. We wouldn’t punch but we’d raise our voices.

    He left New York “because he wanted to get a better job in Georgia.”

    She said she and her son were in the El Paso facility for five days before they made the journey to New York.

    “I want to talk to [Jose],” she said. “I have a lot of faith that this wasn’t him, that there was a misunderstanding somewhere. But if he did, he has to pay for what he did, truly.”

    Ibarra’s brother, who was arrested for drunken driving in Georgia in September, was nabbed this week for presenting a fake green card to police as they questioned suspects in Riley’s death, according to federal prosecutors in the Peach State.

    He used the illicit green card two weeks ago to secure a temporary position as a dishwasher at the University of Georgia, the school told The Post in a statement.

    Diego Ibarra failed to provide further documentation and has since been fired, the school said.

    The brothers appeared to be prolific on TikTok and Facebook, where they had multiple accounts, some under different names.

    Ibarra appeared to share photos of himself with a handful of others — including a few romantic posts with an unidentified woman. His last TikTok post was a soundless selfie video just two days before his arrest — and one day before Riley vanished during her morning jog.

    “Killer parasite,” one person wrote before the accounts started being taken down Saturday. “Death penalty for you,” another commenter ranted.

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    WATCH: Taylor Lorenz Sits Down with LibsofTikTok

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    Washington Post technology and online culture columnist and chief woketeer Taylor Lorenz published a 53-minute interview with 2023 MRC Bulldog Award winner Chaya Raichik—A.K.A. Libs of TikTok—to her YouTube account on Saturday, where she compared a woman getting a nose job to getting her breasts cut off under the rationale that she’s really a boy and admitted she’s unfamiliar with the sexually explicit books Raichik is trying to “ban” from schools, among several other things.

    At the 3:30 mark, a mask-clad Lorenz asks Raichik if she is responsible for the hateful comments that get posted in response to her Twitter posts, “I know you have a very conservative fan base, and in your comments sometimes, you’ll see a lot of commentary about, sort of, the Great Replacement Theory. What are your thoughts—what are your thoughts on that?”

    Raichik answered Lorenz’s question with a question of her own, “What are your thoughts on the comments on your post telling me to kill myself?”

    Lorenz said such comments were horrible, but didn’t seem to get that Raichick was trying to get Lorenz to apply her own standard to herself, “So are you saying that, like, somebody posts something then attacks follow, that person should answer for those attacks?”

    Raichik replied, “No, that’s not what I’m saying. People like you tell me that all the time, so I’m just asking you if you think the same thing.

    About a minute later, the conversation shifted to how gender ideology affects minors and the physical procedures that are done in the name of affirming their identity. After Raichik asked “So a kid should be able to cut off their breasts if they think they’re boys,” Lorenz claimed, “My feeling is that I believe in personal liberty. I grew up in a town where a lot of people, for their middle school graduation, women got nose jobs. I know someone who got a boob job at age 14, and I guess I struggle to understand the criticism when there’s certainly no criticism of that sort of thing.”

    Correctly not seeing the two as the same, Raichik asked, “So, you’re comparing a boy being allowed to chop off his penis to a teenage girl getting a nose job?” Lorenz doubted such things actually happen, but Raichik claimed that she has been told directly by hospitals that they do perform hysterectomies for 16-year olds. As an aside, even PolitiFact was forced to admit that there have been cases of 14-year olds receiving so-called masculinizing chest surgery.

    Later, at 29:02, Lorenz returned to the idea, “I mean, women ascribe to certain gender things. You see women getting boob jobs to affirm their gender. I mean, we’re in Los Angeles, you see this kind of gender—” Raichik, again replied, “So, again, you’re comparing boob jobs and nose jobs to people buying into the lie that they could change their sex?”

    At 8:50 on the subject of books, Lorenz asked, “I was just curious, how many have you read?” Raichik replied that she’s read Gender Queer, This Book is Gay, Flamer, My Shadow is Pink, It Feels Good to be Yourself, and “so many more.”

    Several minutes later, at the 44:25 mark, Lorenz could not say the same, “I have not read those books, so I don’t know, but I do think that it’s important to educate kids about sexuality.”

    At one point, Raichik showed both Lorenz and the camera the oral sex cartoons in question, to which Lorenz claimed that context matters and Raichik countered that there is no context in which such images are appropriate to show children.

    Back at 26:25, Lorenz was wondering what Raichik has against transgenders. If transitioning makes people happy, what’s the big deal, she wondered. She also wondered, “What would happen to them?” if Raichik succeeded in her mission against transgender ideology.

    For Raichik, it is a matter of truth, “First of all, the whole trans—it’s based on a lie. You can’t change—you can’t change your gender.”

    As someone who writes for the paper that claims democracy dies in darkness, Lorenz should know that truth, for its own sake, matters. No matter how many times Lorenz claims that chopping off a young girl’s breasts is the same as a nose job is the same thing, it will never be true.

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