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Gregory Yetman, the Jan. 6 suspect who was the subject of a manhunt in New Jersey, has turned himself in to authorities without incident, according to the FBI.

Yetman turned himself in to Monroe Township police Friday morning, officials said.

“We’re thankful this ended without incident,” the FBI said in a statement while thanking the public for assistance in the search.

Yetman, 47, is charged with several offenses, some felonies, stemming from the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol, including assaulting officers; obstruction of law enforcement during civil disorder; entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds; engaging in physical violence in a restricted building or grounds; and act of physical violence in the Capitol grounds or buildings.

He will be in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service over the weekend and is scheduled to make an initial court appearance in Newark, New Jersey, on Monday.

A federal arrest warrant was issued for Yetman on Nov. 6, and officials were looking for him in the area of Helmetta, a borough in Middlesex County, law enforcement officials said Wednesday.

At the time of the Capitol attack, Yetman was a military police sergeant in the New Jersey Army National Guard, a spokesperson for the New Jersey National Guard confirmed to ABC News.

He served in the New Jersey Army National Guard for approximately 12 years and was honorably discharged in March 2022, according to the spokesperson.

Authorities announced a $10,000 reward was being offered for his capture on Thursday.

More than 1,202 people have been charged in connection with the Jan. 6 attack in the 34 months since it took place, according to the Department of Justice.

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    Meanwhile Antifa and BLM act with impunity.

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    Biden Admin to Announce ‘Path to Citizenship’ for Illegals Immigrants

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    The Biden administration is making plans to announce one of the largest immigration relief programs in recent history, developing a policy that would offer legal status to hundreds of thousands of immigrants living in the country without proper documents, four people familiar with the plans told CBS News.

    A program being developed by White House officials would offer work permits and deportation protections to unauthorized immigrants married to U.S. citizens, as long as they have lived in the U.S. for at least 10 years, the sources said, requesting anonymity to talk about internal government plans.

    The proposal, known as “Parole in Place,” would also open up a pathway to permanent legal status and U.S. citizenship for some beneficiaries by removing an obstacle in U.S. law that prevents those who entered the U.S. illegally from obtaining green cards without leaving the country.

    Another plan being prepared by the Biden administration would streamline the process for so-called DREAMers and other undocumented immigrants to request waivers that would make it easier for them to obtain temporary visas, such as H-1B visas for high-skilled workers, the sources said.

    The measures, the sources added, could be announced as early as Tuesday, but a plan has not been finalized by the administration. White House officials are preparing to host an event Tuesday to celebrate the 12th anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which shields roughly 530,000 undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children from deportation.

    Some Democratic lawmakers have already been invited to Tuesday’s immigration event at the White House, three congressional officials told CBS News, requesting anonymity to share private invitations.

    A White House official said no final decisions had been made. White House spokesperson Angelo Fernandez Hernandez previously said the administration is “committed to taking action to address our broken immigration system.”

    The “Parole in Place” plan would be the largest immigration program for unauthorized immigrants since DACA, a policy that former President Barack Obama announced in 2012 as a “stopgap” measure to protect DREAMers in light of congressional inaction on immigration.

    The policy would benefit a subset of the estimated 1.1 million unauthorized immigrants with American citizen spouses, as long as they meet the residency requirement and other rules. Overall, there are approximately 11 million immigrants living in the U.S. unlawfully, according to the most recent government estimate.

    The move would further underscore an increased willingness by President Biden to take executive actions on immigration ahead of the presidential election in November. Just last week, Mr. Biden invoked his executive authority to enact a partial ban on asylum claims at the southern border, a move that has already been challenged in federal court by the American Civil Liberties Union.

    Just like the border executive action, the “Parole in Place” program will likely face legal challenges, possibly from Republican-led states, which have filed multiple lawsuits against Mr. Biden’s more generous immigration policies.

    The program would almost certainly garner vocal opposition from Republican lawmakers, who have increasingly taken strong stances against “amnesty” for those living in the U.S. illegally.

    “Biden’s border is still in crisis and his latest idea is amnesty. This will invite more chaos,” said Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma, the lead Republican negotiator of a border security deal brokered by the White House and a group of senators earlier this year.

    Still, Mr. Biden has been arguing that he’s acting unilaterally on immigration because Congress failed to pass that agreement, which was rejected by most Republican lawmakers. Political analysts also believe the “Parole in Place” policy could help Mr. Biden’s chances of earning more support from Latino voters, especially those in mixed-status families that would benefit from the move.

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the federal agency that oversees the legal immigration system, has administered a more limited “Parole in Place” program for military families for over a decade. The policy allows some undocumented immigrants who are immediate relatives of U.S. service members or veterans to obtain green cards, without having to leave the country.

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    CNN Announces Rules for First Presidential Debate – Muted Mics and No Notes

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    CNN announced the rules and additional details for its June 27 presidential debate, setting the stage for the event less than two weeks away.

    Notable details include the absence of a studio audience, muted microphones except when a candidate is given time to speak, and each candidate’s presence at a uniform podium. No props or pre-written notes will be allowed on the stage, though candidates will be given a pen, a pad of paper, and a bottle of water.

    The moderators, Jake Tapper and Dana Bash, “will use all tools at their disposal to enforce timing and ensure a civilized discussion,” according to the network.

    The network also mused about who will qualify for the debates, saying it is unlikely for Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., the independent presidential candidate, to qualify for the debate, saying “Though not impossible in Kennedy’s case, it is less likely that candidates other than Biden and Trump will meet those requirements.”

    The network says RFK Jr. has three of the four required qualifying polls and has ballot access equivalent to 89 of the 270 electoral votes requirement.

    He has until June 20 to add another poll showing him at 15% or higher and an additional 181 electoral votes through ballot access in those states.

    The most notable requirement is the absence of a studio audience, which is unusual for presidential debates in the general or party primaries.

    The detail was the Biden camp’s idea, with campaign chair Jen O’Malley Dillon saying they wanted to avoid raucous crowds for viewers’ benefit.

    “The debates should be conducted for the benefit of the American voters, watching on television and at home — not as entertainment for an in-person audience with raucous or disruptive partisans and donors, who consume valuable debate time with noisy spectacles of approval or jeering,” Dillon wrote in a May letter.

    President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump have already agreed to the 90-minute debate rules, and will be allowed two breaks amid their likely verbal combat. As for the other details, muted mics was a stipulation included in a 2020 debate, and Trump has pushed for the candidates to stand at podiums, in a likely assumption Biden will be more uncomfortable, against the Biden campaign’s suggestion to sit.

    There will be at least one more presidential debate as ABC is hosting a debate on Sept. 10, not long before early voting begins in the general election. Trump leads by 1.1% in 538’s national polling average.

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    Michael Cohen Is Planning a Run for Congress

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    Former Trump lawyer and perennial grifter Michael Cohen claims he’s going to run for Congress in 2026. Specifically, Cohen is targeting New York’s 12th Congressional district, currently occupied by the porcine Jerry Nadler (D), who responded churlishly when quizzed about Cohen’s plan.

    “We thank him for his service, but it’s enough already,” Cohen told New York Magazine‘s Olivia Nuzzi and Andrew Rice. The authors claim Cohen “would have run this year, but the protracted mental breakdown that came with the trial made it hard to plan the launch of a new career as a politician.”

    Still, the news has rankled Nadler, who told POLITICO on Saturday morning: “What a great country America is… Anyone can run for Congress — even con men.”

    Despite being lauded by Democrats during the Trump trial, Cohen looks like he’ll face significant opposition for his aspirant political career.

    In reality, Cohen has no real friends and no real allies, having simply been used as a tool for most of his legal career.

    He was even refused “surrogate” status by the Trump campaign in 2016, when he was at the height of his influence.

    Still, the disgraced, perjury-happy lawyer has made millions from his podcasts and media appearances discussing Donald Trump, and appears to have the backing of the increasingly influential Meidas Touch Network – a far-left blog run by Epstein and Diddy-linked brothers who have recently been granted exclusive access by Joe Biden’s White House.

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    House Passes Defense Bill Automatically Registering Men 18-26 for Draft

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    The House of Representatives passed a measure on Friday automatically registering men aged 18 to 26 for selective service.

    It was part of the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which sets out the U.S. government’s military and national security priorities over the next fiscal year.

    This year’s NDAA authorizes $895.2 billion in military spending, a $9 billion increase from fiscal 2024.

    While it hasn’t been invoked in over half a century, it’s mandatory for all male U.S. citizens to register for the selective service, also known as the military draft, when they turn 18. Failure to register is classified as a felony and comes with a host of legal challenges.

    Supporters of the amendment argue that it would cut down on bureaucratic red tape and help U.S. citizens avoid unnecessary legal issues, as well as cutting down on the taxpayer dollars going toward prosecuting those cases.

    It was led by Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, D-Pa., and passed in the House Armed Services Committee’s version of the NDAA in May. The NDAA advanced through the committee in an overwhelming 57 to 1 vote.

    “By using available federal databases, the [Selective Service] agency will be able to register all of the individuals required and thus help ensure that any future military draft is fair and equitable,” Houlahan said during debate last month, according to Defense News.

    “This will also allow us to rededicate resources — basically that means money — towards reading readiness and towards mobilization … rather than towards education and advertising campaigns driven to register people.”

    The NDAA also included the largest-ever military pay raise in history, with a 19.5% increase for junior enlisted troops and a 4.5% increase for others.

    It also included funding for two new Virginia-class submarines and the establishment of a drone force within the U.S. Army, among other provisions.

    The NDAA passed the House in a 217 to 199 vote, but it’s unlikely to be taken up by the Senate.

    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., blasted the bill on Friday afternoon over the inclusion of amendments curbing funding for abortion, transgender medical care, and diversity efforts.

    “Unsurprisingly, the legislation coming out of the House today is loaded with anti-LGBTQ, anti-choice, anti-environment, and other divisive amendments guaranteed not to pass the Senate,” Schumer said. “As we move forward with this year’s NDAA process, both sides will have to work together to pass bipartisan legislation that honors and respects all who serve in defense of our nation.”

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    Russian Nuke Sub Spotted Near Scotland; PM Rishi Sunak Pulled Into Emergency Meeting…

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    It comes as President Vladimir Putin vowed to “punish” the West for giving Ukraine long-term missiles and ­a £40billion loan using frozen Russian assets.

    Kazan, a state-of the art Yasen-class submarine, was detected on June 5 after an RAF Poseidon P8 anti-submarine aircraft dropped sonar buoys used to detect subsurface activity at depth.

    An RAF maritime surveillance plane tracked the sub as it headed up the west coast of Ireland to Scotland, passing close to Britain’s nuclear naval base at Faslane. Military commanders feared the loitering 13,800-tonne vessel was probing for weaknesses on NATO’s extreme flank.

    News of the Russian vessel’s location was passed to the Permanent Joint Headquarters in Northwood, with both the Prime Minister and Defence Secretary informed, the Express can exclusively reveal.

    Kazan was expected to go to Venezuela before landing in Commonwealth nation Guyana where Royal Navy patrol ship HMS Trent was recently deployed as a show of support against increasing border belligerence by Russia-supporting Venezuela.

    The Russian president has reacted with fury at the provision of American Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) rockets to Ukraine and a loan.

    In a briefing last week, Julianne Smith, the US NATO Ambassador, said Washington DC may review its policy of not allowing the ATACMS to target mainland Russia, adding: “We will continue to assess and adapt to Ukraine’s ever-evolving needs.”

    On Friday members of the G7 agreed to the £40billion loan, to be financed by interest accruing from frozen Russian assets in the West.

    Around £240billion in assets from Russia’s central bank was frozen as part of Western sanctions shortly after the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.

    Sources say the deal was struck so Ukraine could be assured of enough funds in the event the US Congress once again held up aid under a Donald Trump presidency.

    US President Joe Biden also signed a 10-year security pact with Ukraine leader Volodymyr Zelensky.

    Justin Crump, from Sibylline strategic risk group, said: “It is important to note that it isn’t Russian funds, but rather the interest accrued from them, which will guarantee the £40billion loan to Ukraine.”

    “The UK’s position is that all ­the money belongs to Russia and, as such, cannot be touched.

    “However, it may prove useful ­leverage when it comes to peace talks,” he said.

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    Kate Middleton Makes First Appearance in Months for Trooping the Colour

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    On a typical rainy morning in London, Kate Middleton was a ray of sunshine on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, all smiles, and waving at the crowd of onlookers during the annual Trooping the Colour — her first public appearance since revealing her cancer battle.

    The band fittingly played “Over the Rainbow” just before Middleton stepped out with her family.

    She stood in between her husband, Prince William, and King Charles, as they watched the traditional military flyover, with Princess Charlotte in front of her and sons Prince George, 10, and Prince Louis, 6, close by.

    The positioning seemed intentional, and touching, since last year Prince William was standing next to his father.

    Having King Charles and Middleton stand next to one another was a “gesture of solidarity and support,” royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams told The Sun.

    “Let’s be frank. It would have been very stressful to go through with all of the ceremony,” he said. “King Charles and the Princess of Wales knew very well every movement would be photographed that was public.”

    Charles announced his own fight against cancer in February. Neither royal has publicly revealed the type of cancer they’re battling.

    Middleton appeared stoic, which a body language expert told The Sun was an intentional choice made by the Princess to avoid pity from onlookers and ensure King Charles was the main focus, rather than her illness.

    “Kate’s body language here showed the world what being a royal is all about: elegant, calm and stoic with not one smallest jot of self-pity or drama,” said expert Judi James. “Kate’s non-verbal messages seem to signal a smiling determination to reassure the public and her own children and to get on with the job.”

    James also said Middleton’s outfit choice also spoke to her desire to downplay her highly anticipated appearance. “There was a hint of discretion or maybe a desire to not upstage in the way Kate’s hat brim was tilted to partially hide her face in the carriage but there were some turning to smile and some smiling conversations with her three children,” she added.

    After the Red Arrows shot past the palace, spraying the colors of the Union Jack flag behind them, Middleton and her family waved to the crowd below.

    The Princess of Wales attended the splashy military ceremony in honor of King Charles’ birthday after announcing Friday that she was currently well enough to attend.

    Middletown, 42, rode in a car alongside her children and husband entering Buckingham Palace before the parade.

    She wore a white Jenny Packham dress with a black-striped belt decorated with a black-and-white bow at the collar, topped with a white-brimmed Philip Treacy hat and pearl cluster earrings.

    Pinned to her dress was an Irish Guards Regimental Brooch, a nod to her honorary role as a Colonel of the Irish Guards.

    Middleton wore her hair in an elegant low braided bun and accessorized with a black Mulberry clutch and white Jimmy Choo heels, completing the outfit with the same $7,100 Cassandra Goad earrings she donned for Prince Louis’ 2018 baptism, and again to Wimbledon in 2023.

    Eagle-eyed fashionistas are speculating that Middleton’s outfit is an upcycled version of the look she wore on the eve of King Charles’ coronation last year.

    Middleton’s choice of hat this year also spoke to her desire to downplay her highly anticipated appearance, James told The Sun.

    “There was a hint of discretion or maybe a desire to not upstage in the way Kate’s hat brim was tilted to partially hide her face in the carriage but there were some turning to smile and some smiling conversations with her three children,” she said.

    She and her daughter, Princess Charlotte, coordinated their outfits, as the 9-year-old donned a black pinafore with ivory trim and tie. Prince George and Prince Louis also wore navy, sporting matching double-breasted suits, Louis in shorts, while George was in slacks.

    Prince Louis, who is known for his expressive looks during royal events, was spotted yawning and scrunching up his face during the event.

    During the procession, Prince George told Middleton, “Look over there ma,” a lip reader told The Sun.

    As the Trooping the Colour kicked off, Middleton received a boisterous ovation from thousands of royal fans who lined the Mall route, as she and her three children traveled in a carriage.

    King Charles and Queen Camilla led the procession while William rode on horseback.

    King Charles, 75, has been undergoing outpatient cancer treatment.

    Last weekend, his wife, Queen Camilla, said he is “doing fine except he won’t slow down and won’t do what he’s told,” according to Sky News.

    Before her appearance on the balcony with the rest of the royals, Middleton and her children were seen peeking from a window to watch the ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, where she stood for roughly five minutes — at times bending down to speak to the kids — before she was brought a chair.

    While they were at the window, Princess Charlotte could be seen asking her younger brother, Prince Louis, to “stop dancing.”

    The playful command from his older sister had little effect on Louis, who continued on with his revelry and apparently replied, “Nope!” according to The Mirror.

    Charlotte, always a proper little lady, acted like her mom’s “wing-woman,” “protecting and supporting” her, James told The Sun. “Sitting opposite her mother she performed the kind of body language rituals that Kate would normally have done, smiling over her shoulder at the crowds and waving with enthusiasm. Like Kate, her smile was almost constant.”

    The official X page of the Prince and Princess of Wales, @KensingtonRoyal, marked the historic event by posting a video of clips taken today of Middleton and her children, including a loving moment where the Princess of Wales is smoothing out Charlotte’s hair.

    The post was captioned, “All set for The King’s Birthday Parade!”

    Royal supporters — equipped with cardboard cutouts of Middleton — camped overnight to secure their prized spot to see the family appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony.

    In an emotional letter, Middleton admitted she has “good days and bad days” and is “not out of the woods” with the illness.

    “On those bad days you feel weak, tired and you have to give in to your body resting,” the princess wrote. “But on the good days, when you feel stronger, you want to make the most of feeling well.

    The last time the mother of three appeared in public was on Christmas Day — shortly before a doctor discovered cancer during a planned abdominal surgery in January.

    Middleton first revealed she was undergoing chemotherapy for an unspecified form of cancer in March as speculation swirled about her recent lack of public appearances.

    On Saturday, the time-honored parade featured 1,400 officers and soldiers, 200 horses, along with a Royal Air Force flyover and music from 400 musicians from 10 bands.

    Trooping the Colour, where “regimental flags of the British Army, historically described as ‘Colours’, are consecrated,” happens each June regardless of King Charles’ birthday, which falls on November 14.

    The ceremony, which was broadcast live on BBC, is thought to have been first performed during the reign of King Charles II, who ruled from 1660 to 1685, and it became an annual event in 1760, after George III became King.

    At the 2023 parade, Middleton rode in a horse-drawn carriage and appeared on the Buckingham Palace balcony with King Charles and other royals.

    Middleton did not attend the traditional rehearsal for the parade, called the Colonel’s Review, which took place on June 8.

    The Princess, who had been named honorary Colonel of the Irish Guards last year, apologized for her absence from the practice.

    “Please pass my apologies to the whole Regiment, however I do hope that I am able to represent you all once again very soon,” she wrote in an apology letter to the Irish guards who are presenting their colors to the King.

    For the second straight year, Middleton’s in-laws, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, were not invited to the festivities.

    In a case of curious timing, Meghan Markle’s pal unveiled a new flavor of the royal’s jam just hours before Middleton’s triumphant return to the spotlight.

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    8 Israeli Soldiers Killed in Southern Gaza in Deadliest Attack on Israeli Forces in Months

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    An explosion in southern Gaza killed eight Israeli soldiers, the military said Saturday, making it the deadliest attack on Israeli forces in months.

    The attack, coming more than eight months into a grinding war that shows few signs of ending soon, was likely to fuel new calls for a cease-fire by Israeli protesters. It also came as the government confronts widespread anger over exemptions from military service for young ultra-Orthodox men.

    Israel launched an air and ground invasion of Gaza in response to an Oct. 7 cross-border attack by Hamas and other militants that killed some 1,200 people and took 250 others hostage. The Israeli offensive has killed over 37,000 Palestinians, according to local health officials, who do not differentiate between civilians and combatants. It also has unleashed a humanitarian disaster in Gaza, where over 80% of the population has been displaced and Israeli restrictions and ongoing fighting have hindered efforts to bring in humanitarian aid, fueling widespread hunger.

    Saturday’s explosion took place in Rafah, a southern city that Israel has identified as Hamas’ last major stronghold. It sent in ground troops to the city in early May and has given no indication when the operation will end.

    “They knew they might have to sacrifice their lives, but they did it so we could live in this country. I salute them and hug their families,” said Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz in a post on X, formerly Twitter.

    The military said the explosion happened just after 5 a.m. in the Tal al-Sultan area of Rafah. Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari, an Israeli military spokesman, said it was caused either by an explosive placed by Hamas or by an anti-tank missile.

    “We need to defeat the Rafah Brigade of Hamas and we are doing this with determination,” he said.

    In January, 21 Israeli troops were killed in a single attack by Palestinian militants in Gaza.

    President Joe Biden earlier this month unveiled a new cease-fire proposal that seeks the release of the roughly 120 hostages who remain in Gaza and an end to the fighting. While the international community has broadly embraced the plan, both Israel and Hamas have expressed misgivings. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he will not halt the war until he achieves the twin goals of destroying Hamas’ military and governing capabilities.

    “Today we paid another heartbreaking price in our just war for the defense of the homeland,” Netanyahu said Saturday. “With deep sorrow, in heavy mourning, I bow my head together with all the citizens of Israel and mourn the fall of our heroic warriors.”

    The inconclusive war has divided the Israeli public, with tens of thousands of people taking to the streets each Saturday night to call on the government to reach a deal that would bring the hostages home. The Israeli government has already pronounced over 40 of the hostages held by Hamas to be dead, and officials fear that number could grow the longer they remain in captivity.

    At a rally Saturday evening, participants watched a video message from Andrey Kozlov, who was rescued from Hamas captivity a week ago.

    “More than 120 hostages are still there, and I can’t feel all the happiness from this situation because I was rescued and they were not,” he said, according to The Hostages Families Forum Headquarters. “I ask to bring them home as soon as possible. Israel, world, Hamas, I ask you to make a deal as soon as possible.”

    The deadly explosion also comes days after Netanyahu’s coalition voted in favor of extending the controversial exemptions from the military draft given to ultra-Orthodox men.

    Although the vote was only procedural, it caused an uproar at a time when Israel continues to fight Hamas militants in Gaza and Hezbollah militants along the country’s northern border with Lebanon and the death toll continues to climb. Over 600 soldiers have been killed in fighting since Oct. 7, according to the military.

    Last month, Israel’s Supreme Court ordered an end to government subsidies for ultra-Orthodox men who don’t serve in the army. But Netanyahu’s government, which includes politically powerful ultra-Orthodox parties, has found ways to keep money flowing to religious institutions.

    The government is still under orders to pass a new draft law.

    Most Jewish men and women are required to serve in the military from the age of 18. The exemptions granted to religious men have long been a source of contention among the broader public.

    Israel’s defense minister, Yoav Gallant, was the only member of Netanyahu’s coalition to vote against this week’s legislation. Gallant, a member of the country’s War Cabinet, has insisted that all sectors of Israeli society contribute equally during its war against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip.

    If Netanyahu’s ultra-Orthodox partners leave the government, the country would be forced into new elections at a time when Netanyahu’s popularity is low and his re-election prospects are questionable.

    Months of cease-fire negotiations have failed to find common ground between Israeli and Hamas. On Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that Hamas proposed changes to a U.S.-backed plan, some of which he said were “workable” and some not.

    Hamas has continually called for a permanent cease-fire and complete Israeli troop withdrawal from Gaza as part of any deal that would see the hostages released. While the proposal announced by U.S. President Joe Biden includes these two provisions, Hamas has expressed concern about whether Israel will commit to them.

    Meanwhile, violence has flared in the West Bank since the Israel-Hamas war erupted. On Saturday, a 16-year-old Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli forces near the northern city of Nablus, the Ramallah-based Health Ministry said. An Israeli security official confirmed Israeli forces opened fire at Palestinians who were throwing rocks at troops during a counterterrorism operation in the area. He spoke on condition of anonymity, pending a formal announcement by the army.

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    Former CDC Director Predicts Bird Flu Pandemic

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    Former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield said he predicts a bird flu pandemic will happen, it’s just a matter of when that will be.

    Redfield joined NewsNation Friday to discuss the growing concern for bird flu, as the virus has been detected in dozens of cattle across the country and the World Health Organization identified the first human death in Mexico.

    “I really do think it’s very likely that we will, at some time, it’s not a question of if, it’s more of a question of when we will have a bird flu pandemic,” Redfield said.

    He also noted that bird flu has a “significant mortality” when it enters humans compared to COVID-19. Redfield predicts the mortality is “probably somewhere between 25 and 50 percent mortality.” NewsNation noted that the death rate for COVID was 0.6 percent.

    At the end of May, the CDC identified the third human case of someone diagnosed with the virus since March. None of the three cases among farmworkers were associated with one another. Symptoms have included a cough without fever and pink eye.

    There is no evidence yet that the virus is spreading between humans. Redfield said he knows exactly what has to happen for the virus to get to that point because he’s done lab research on it.

    Scientists have found that five amino acids must change in the key receptor in order for bird flu to gain a propensity to bind to a human receptor “and then be able to go human to human” like COVID-19 did, Redfield said.

    “Once the virus gains the ability to attach to the human receptor and then go human to human, that’s when you’re going to have the pandemic,” he said. “And as I said, I think it’s just a matter of time.”

    Redfield noted that he doesn’t know how long it will take for the five amino acids to change, but since it is being detected in cattle herds across the country, he is a bit concerned.

    More than 40 cattle herds nationwide have confirmed cases of the virus. The CDC is tracking wastewater treatment sites to pinpoint where the virus is but the agency said the general public’s current risk of contracting the virus is low.

    Since cattle live close to pigs and the virus is able to evolve from pigs to humans, there is cause for concern. Still, he argued, there is greater risk for the disease to be lab-grown.

    “I know exactly what amino acids I have to change because in 2012, against my recommendation, the scientists that did these experiments actually published them,” he said. “So, the recipe for how to make bird flu highly infection for humans is already out there.”

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    Alex Jones Makes First Statements After Infowars Victory in Bankruptcy Court

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    A Houston bankruptcy judge on Friday ordered the personal assets of  Alex Jones to be liquidated and sold, with the proceeds distributed among the Sandy Hook families. But the judge spared Mr. Jones from having to shutter his Infowars media business.

    The ruling will allow Mr. Jones to continue broadcasting on Infowars, while the families continue to pursue payment of the enormous defamation damages awarded them.

    The outcome sharply divided the Sandy Hook families. Families who sued Mr. Jones in Texas favored Friday’s decision, which will keep Mr. Jones on the air but allow them to potentially receive more in damages from the Infowars income. Families who sued Mr. Jones in Connecticut favored settling for less money and shutting Mr. Jones down, although they acknowledged he would not be silenced entirely.

    Mr. Jones is appealing the judgments against him, a fight that is expected to take years.

    Estimates in court filings place the value of Mr. Jones’s personal assets at less than $5 million, nowhere near the $1.4 billion that juries in Texas and Connecticut awarded the families in late 2022.

    Dividing $5 million by the plaintiffs who are entitled to damages comes to less than $250,000 each, but that does not include substantial bankruptcy-related legal and administrative costs, which are paid first.

    The judge’s decision came nearly a dozen years after 20 first graders and six educators died in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in December 2012.

    Mr. Jones spent years spreading lies that the massacre was a hoax aimed at confiscating Americans’ firearms, and that the victims’ families were actors complicit in the plot. The families suffered online abuse, personal confrontations and death threats from people who believed the conspiracy theory.

    “The right call is to dismiss this case,” Judge Christopher Lopez said in court on Friday afternoon, referring to his decision to dismiss the bankruptcy and keep Infowars in business. “This case is one of the more difficult cases I’ve had, but when you look at it, I think creditors are better served.”

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    Putin Proposes Peace Deal with Lots of Conditions; Zelensky Declines

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    Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday he is ready to make a ceasefire deal with Ukraine, but gave a list of demands for a deal Kyiv was unsatisfied with.

    Russia has had the upper hand in its two-year war against Ukraine, making gains along eastern Europe and exhausting Ukrainian force’s manpower and armaments. Putin would order a ceasefire in Ukraine and start peace negotiations, so long as Kyiv withdraws all of its forces from four major regions in Eastern Ukraine and surrenders them to Russia, according to Russian state media.

    “Today we are making another concrete, real peace proposal,” Putin said, according to Russian-state media. “If Kyiv and Western capitals refuse it … this is their business, their political and moral responsibility to continue the bloodshed. Obviously, the realities on the ground, on the line of engagement will continue to change, and not in favor of the Kiev regime. The conditions for the start of negotiations will change.”

    Putin also made other demands, including that Kyiv recognize Crimea — a region of Ukraine annexed by Russia in 2014 — as Russian territory.

    He said Ukraine must remain a non-nuclear country, limit its military forces and abandon its goal of joining the NATO alliance; Western nations also must lift their sanctions against Russia, according to The Associated Press.

    Kyiv immediately rejected the deal on Friday, citing that the terms of the deal were “manipulative” and “absurd” and meant to “mislead the international community, undermine diplomatic efforts aimed at achieving a just peace, and split the unity of the world majority,” according to the AP.

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy noted the deal at the Group of Seven (G7) summit in Italy on Friday, per Reuters.

    “These are ultimatum messages that are no different from messages from the past,” Zelenskyy said on the sidelines of the summit, claiming that Russia would not abide by the agreement even if Kyiv accepted it, according to Reuters.

    “He will not stop. It is the same thing that Hitler used to do … This is why we should not trust these messages.”

    The U.S. and West have rallied behind Ukraine since Russia invaded the country in 2022, providing political, economic and military support; the U.S. alone has provided roughly $175 billion in aid for Ukrainian and European security.

    Even with Western aid, however, Ukraine has struggled to repel Russian forces, which have largely recovered their losses initially sustained in the war.

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    Judge Blocks Biden’s Title IX Changes

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    A federal judge has blocked President Biden’s expansion of Title IX in four states, calling the mandatory gender identity protections an “abuse of power.”

    U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty granted a preliminary injunction on Thursday, and referred to the Biden administration’s unilateral Title IX changes as a “threat to democracy.”

    “This case demonstrates the abuse of power by executive federal agencies in the rulemaking process,” Doughty said in his ruling. “The separation of powers and system of checks and balances exist in this country for a reason.”

    Doughty ruled that the changes were inadmissible because the term “gender discrimination” as used in the establishment of Title IX “only included discrimination against biological males and females at the time of enactment.”

    Doughty ruled that the changes were inadmissible because the term “gender discrimination” as used in the establishment of Title IX “only included discrimination against biological males and females at the time of enactment.”

    The ruling blocks implementation of the changes in Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana and Idaho.

    Title IX is a longstanding civil rights law prohibiting sex-based discrimination in schools and other education centers that receive federal funding.

    Under the administration’s new rules, sex discrimination would include discrimination based on gender identity as well as sexual orientation.

    Read the Judge’s Ruling.

    The latest update, from April, expands the definition of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity — a move that critics say would undermine hard-won protections for women and girls.

    A school would not be able to separate or treat people differently based on sex, except in limited circumstances, under the provisions.

    Critics say that the change will allow locker rooms and bathrooms to be based on gender identity.

    LGBTQ+ students who face discrimination would be entitled to a response from their school under Title IX, and those failed by their schools can seek recourse from the federal government.

    Advocates have hailed the change as necessary to protect transgender students. The rule is set to take effect Aug. 1.

    Lawsuits against the Biden administration’s changes — similar to the Louisiana case — are underway in states across the country.

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    DOJ Won’t Prosecute Garland for Contempt of Congress

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    The Justice Department will not prosecute U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland for contempt, according to a letter sent from the agency to House Speaker Mike Johnson Friday.

    The House voted Wednesday to hold Garland in contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over audio of President Biden’s interview with special counsel Robert Hur.

    “Consistent with this longstanding position and uniform practice, the Department has determined that the responses by Attorney General Garland to the subpoenas issued by the Committees did not constitute a crime, and accordingly the Department will not bring the congressional contempt citation before a grand jury or take any other action to prosecute the Attorney General,” Assistant Attorney General Carlos Felipe Uriarte told Johnson in a letter.

    In 2019 the DOJ also declined to bring charges against then Attorney General Bill Barr after a House vote to hold him in contempt for failing to comply with congressional subpoenas.

    Uriarte noted that the DOJ provided lawmakers with Hur’s report without any additional redactions and facilitated his congressional testimony. It also produced transcripts of Hur’s interview with Biden and other materials.

    “Notwithstanding the Department’s efforts to accommodate the Committees’ requests and the Committees’ lack of a sufficient need for the audio files that would further a legitimate congressional purpose, and despite the President’s directive, on May 16, 2024, the Committees adopted resolutions recommending that the House of Representatives (House) cite the Attorney General for contempt,” he wrote.

    The 216-207 vote, with Republican Rep. Dave Joyce of Ohio voting against, came after months of digging by House Republicans to try to bring into public view as much material from the special counsel interview as possible. They argued the audio could provide critical context about Biden’s state of mind.

    Democrats, meanwhile, have dismissed the request as a partisan attempt to politicize the Department of Justice.

    Hur concluded that no criminal charges were warranted in Biden’s handling of classified documents but also said the 81-year-old president presented himself “as a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory,” and that “it would be difficult to convince a jury that they should convict him — by then a former president well into his eighties — of a serious felony that requires a mental state of willfulness.”

    After Wednesday’s vote, Garland said he was disappointed the House used its authority as a “partisan weapon.”

    “Today’s vote disregards the constitutional separation of powers, the Justice Department’s need to protect its investigations and the substantial amount of information we have provided to the Committees,” he said. “I will always stand up for this Department, its employees, and its vital mission to defend our democracy.”

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    Trump Celebrates 78th Birthday in Florida

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    Donald Trump marked his 78th birthday on Friday night by addressing a fawning crowd in Florida, promising to crack down hard on the U.S.-Mexico border and repeatedly dismissing his opponent in November’s election, President Joe Biden, as too frail to handle a second term.

    The former president elicited strong cheers by listing his now-familiar campaign plans, including discussing immigration in menacing terms, pledging to protect gun rights and reduce regulations, scrap environmental protections to stimulate domestic energy production and cutting taxes — which he argued could further tame inflation.

    “Our country is being destroyed by incompetent people,” Trump said. And, as he officially moved to age 78 compared to the 81-year-old Biden, he laced into the president as being confused: “All presidents should have aptitude tests.”

    Trump addressed “Club 47” fan club members at a convention center in West Palm Beach, a short drive from the former president’s Mar-a-Lago residence. As part of the festivities, organizers brought out a towering, multi-layered cake as audience members tossed red and blue balloons.

    Setting on a gold-colored base, the cake featured separate tiers that included a “Make America Great Again” baseball cap and the Club 47 logo, an American flag, the phrase “Born in the USA on Flag Day,” a depiction of Trump golfing and the Oval Office fitted gold frames common in many Trump properties as well as Trump and Republican logos.

    When Trump took the stage, the crowd sang “Happy Birthday” and chanted “USA! USA!” The event in Trump’s adopted home state is sold out of 5,000 tickets at about $35 apiece, with closer spots to the stage costing $60, according to Club 47 President Larry Snowden.

    “This is the biggest birthday party I’ve ever had,” Trump said.

    Before Trump took the stage, Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Byron Donalds, both Florida Republicans, helped warm up the crowd, gushing about Trump and his prospects for winning back the White House.

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    Kate Middleton Gives Update on Cancer Treatment

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    Kate Middleton will attend the time-honored Trooping the Colour parade this weekend, in what will be her first public appearance since she announced she’s battling cancer, she said in an emotional statement Friday.

    The 42-year-old mother of three, who revealed she was undergoing chemotherapy for an unspecified form of cancer in March, said there are “good days and bad days” in her recovery — but that she’s well enough to attend the annual ceremony Saturday.

    “I am making good progress, but as anyone going through chemotherapy will know, there are
    good days and bad days,” she said in a statement.

    “On those bad days you feel weak, tired and you have to give in to your body resting. But on the good days, when you feel stronger, you want to make the most of feeling well.”

    While she plans to attend the parade honoring the king’s birthday, she admitted she’s sometimes drained by the illness and still actively fighting it.

    “I’m looking forward to attending The King’s Birthday Parade this weekend with my family
    and hope to join a few public engagements over the summer, but equally knowing I am not
    out of the woods yet.”

    When gauging whether she’s up for her royal duties, Middleton said, she must tune in to what her body can handle.

    “I am learning how to be patient, especially with uncertainty. Taking each day as it comes,
    listening to my body, and allowing myself to take this much-needed time to heal,” she said.

    The Princess of Wales spoke to King Charles personally to share the news that she plans to attend the parade, a Buckingham Palace spokesperson told The Post.

    “His Majesty is delighted that The Princess is able to attend tomorrow’s events, and is much looking forward to all elements of the day,” the spokesperson said.

    Last week, the Princess of Wales apologized to the Irish Guards for missing a major rehearsal for the parade, which will feature over a thousand soldiers and horses along with a Royal Air Force flyover in London.

    Middleton had been named the honorary Colonel of the Irish Guards, a position Charles appointed her to last year, before the illness was discovered during abdominal surgery in January.

    Middleton has been largely out of the public eye since revealing her cancer diagnosis, and she “may never come back in the role that people saw her in before,” a source told Us Weekly earlier this month.

    She is “re-evaluating what she’s going to be able to take on when she comes back” after undergoing preventive chemotherapy treatment, the source said.

    Middleton shared her health woes with the world in a pre-recorded video on March 22 after speculation began swirling about why she had been noticeably absent from the public spotlight.

    At the time, she said she was in the early stages of undergoing “a course of preventative chemotherapy.”

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    Dr Oz Saves Another Passenger’s Life Mid-Flight

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    Airplane footage captured the moment Dr. Oz stepped in to help a passenger suffering a mid-flight medical emergency.

    The TV doctor and one-time Senate candidate Mehmet Oz, 64, was seen tending to his fellow passenger during the health scare, reports TMZ.

    Oz leapt into action on Friday around an hour into a flight from New York City to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

    It is not the first time Oz has saved members of the public while travelling, as he was seen in 2021 saving a someone’s life as he used a defibrillator to jump-start a man’s heart at Newark Airport.

    After Friday’s heroics, Oz told TMZ that he was on his way to a wedding when he heard flight attendants call through the plane asking if anyone on board was a medic.

    The unwell flyer was reportedly falling in and out of consciousness during the journey.

    Oz said he treated a ‘middle-aged healthy man’, and ‘did usual triage with physical exam and vital signs.’

    ‘After oxygen, OJ and time, he recovered and needs to have a detailed evaluation with his local physician,’ Oz added.

    He said the orange juice was in case the passenger was fainting due to low blood sugar, and explained that ‘oxygen is the best drug we ever use.’

    Witnesses told the outlet that Oz handed the passenger his phone number in case he needed it after they landed, but the doctor said the man appeared to be OK.

    The heroics come three years after Oz stunned witnesses at Newark Airport when he saved a man’s life when they collapsed at baggage claim.

    Oz sprung to the man’s safety after he reportedly flatlined inside the terminal.

    The doctor ‘shocked him back to life as a huge crowd watched’, reported TMZ at the time, after a witness said his daughter called out for him to help.

    In a statement to DailyMail.com at the time of the incident, Oz said he ‘performed CPR with the help of a Newark Port Authority police officer and cleared the man’s airway.’

    The doctor reported that the man ‘was turning a horrible color and had foam coming out of his mouth when he started doing CPR.’

    ‘Thankfully, Newark Airport had a defibrillator nearby that we were able to use to save his life,’ he said.

    ‘As a physician and a human being, it’s our responsibility to jump in when there’s a medical emergency.’

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    Iconic American Homeware Brand to Close Its Last Us Factory After 76 Years to Move Jobs to Mexico

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    Tupperware, the iconic American brand known the world over for its plastic food containers, is closing its last US factory.

    The 78-tear-old company, who intially sold its products at parties thrown by surburban housewives, plans to take advantage of cheaper wages in Mexico.

    The factory in the small town of Hemingway in South Carolina has produced billions of the kitchen-cabinet staples since it opened 48 years ago.

    The closure – which was announced Thursday and will take effect later this year – is a huge blow to the 148 workers at the Williamsburg County plant.

    Production will be moved to Lerma in Mexico, where the company says it already makes items for the US and Canada.

    Tupperware was founded in 1946 by chemist Earl Tupper – whose airtight pastic containers helped food last longer for families still struggling after the war and the Great Depression. It quickly became the go-to name for any plastic container.

    It opened the South Carolina factory in April 1976 to meet demand east of the Mississippi River as the company rapidly grew.

    After Tupperware threatened to relocate to Tennessee in 1993, the state offred tax breaks – and the company stayed.

    The company stayed, and the number of workers grew to 1,300.

    By then, the 900-000 square food plant was producing 173 million tubs and containers made of Tupperware’s trademark colorful plastic.

    As big box retailers offered their own versions, sales dipped and there were layoffs – 300 in 1996 and 250 in 2005, according to the local Post & Courier.

    The layoffs follow a tough year for the 80 year old company, which is headquartered in Orland, Florida.

    In April, Tupperware warned it had ‘substantial doubt’ it could sty in business due to waning demand for its plastic containers and mounting debt. In a US Securities and Exchange Commission filing, the firm said it was in a ‘challenging financial condition’.

    That announcement came just days after the New York Stock Exchange said that Tupperware’s stock was at risk of being delisted because the company had failed to file the mandatory annual report.

    Bosses say they will offer early retirement and a payoff to eligible staff, plus try to find them work at other local businesses.

    ‘It’s important to note this decision is not a reflection of the performance of the Hemingway team,’ the company said in a statement to DailyMail.com.

    ‘The compnay has always been a business focused on people, so we will take important steps to take care of our Hemingway team.’

    Tupperware had sold the Hemmingway plant last fall to a real estate investment company for $15 million, and then leased it back.

    After Earl Tupper founded the company in in 1946, its products soared in popularity throughout the 1950s.

    This was thanks in part to its iconic ‘Tupperware parties’, in which a salesperson would visit somebody’s home to demonstrate and sell the containers.

    Those parties have captured the popular imagination ever since.

    For example, Dixie Longate is a drag queen persona known as ‘Tupperware Lady’. She is played by the actor Kris Andersson and known for her comic skits in which she sells the plastic wares.

    The COVID-19 pandemic provided a boost in Tupperware sales as families stayed indoors and cooked more meals at home.

    Since then, the company has suffered from poor sales and accrued increasing debt, causing its share price to slide to its lowest-ever levels.

    It was trading at $1.50 on Friday, down from a high of almost $100 in 2013.

    The company first raised substantial doubt about its ability to continue as a going concern nearly a year ago.

    Since then, it appointed consumer goods industry veteran Laurie Ann Goldman as its CEO.

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    Hezbollah #2 Leader Is Killed in Israeli Strike

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    According to multiple social media posts, Hezbollah’s number two commander has been taken out in an airstrike in Lebanon.

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    Al Din had worked his way up the ranks of the political party/militant group:

    Hashim Safi Al Din (born 1964) is a Lebanese Shia cleric, senior Hezbollah official and a maternal cousin of the secretary general of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah. He is the head of Hezbollah’s Executive Council, a Lebanese political part that has a wide Lebanese support and big representation in the parliament. Hezbollah is affiliated by military action and activities known as the Islamic Resistance in Lebanon which was created in 1982 against the Israeli occupation of Lebanon. Hashim is generally considered the “number two” in Hezbollah.

    So far this is still Unconfirmed, but Egyptian Media Sources are beginning to report that tonight’s Israeli Strike on the Town of Janta in Southern Lebanon has resulted in the Elimination of Hashim Safi Al Din, the Head of Hezbollah’s Executive Council and the most Senior Official in Hezbollah besides Secretary-General, Hassan Nasrallah.

    Hezbollah has had repeated clashes with Israel as the Jewish state wars with Hamas. Israel has already responded before the latest news by taking another of their leaders, Taleb Sami Abdullah.

    Hezbollah had ratcheted up tensions Wednesday by firing over 200 rockets into Israel:

    Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement has fired multiple barrages of rockets into northern Israel in retaliation for an Israeli strike which killed one of its senior commanders.

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reportedly identified more than 200 projectiles that crossed the border on Wednesday. Some triggered fires, but no casualties were reported.

    It came as a top Hezbollah official vowed that the Iran-backed group would increase the intensity, force and quantity of its attacks.

    He was speaking at the funeral of Taleb Sami Abdullah, the field commander targeted in a strike in southern Lebanon on Tuesday night.

    After the Israeli airstrike that killed Hezbollah official Abdullah, leaders were scared they were next:

    “The powerful elimination worries Hezbollah members. They now understand that the IDF knows much more about them than we do. Additionally, the operation indicates that Hezbollah’s field security is not airtight and that the organization’s intelligence system has been penetrated to such an extent that we were able to eliminate such an important sector commander. The IDF managed to infiltrate their networks and systems and identify the right people for elimination,” says Professor Amatzia Baram, suggesting that this also impacts the leader of the terrorist organization.

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    Judge Orders Liquidation of Alex Jones’s Assets; Infowars Fate to Be Decided in Bankruptcy Hearing

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    Infowars radio host Alex Jones will have his personal assets liquidated to help pay a massive $1.5 billion debt he owes for making false claims about the victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook mass shooting.

    Infowars and its parent company, Free Speech Systems, could also be shuttered in a separate bankruptcy. “Watch Live! Will This Be The Final Day of Infowars Transmissions?” read the top headline on the Infowars website on Friday morning.

    In court on Friday, Judge Christopher Lopez approved converting Jones’ bankruptcy to a liquidation, according to the Associated Press. While Jones has initially filed for bankruptcy protection to reorganize, he recently requested permission to liquidate his assets instead.

    Jones personal assets are valued at about $9 million, while his company has about $4 million in cash on hand, according to the AP. He has already begun the process of selling his $2.8 million Texas ranch, a gun collection, and other assets, the AP reported.

    In court documents, lawyers for the Sandy Hook victims’ families have accused Jones of engaging in “apparent financial gymnastics” and a “Hail Mary attempt” to funnel money from his creditors to himself and his parents.

    The families are also calling for Jones’ X account to be included in the bankruptcy. Jones has 2.3 million followers on X, formerly Twitter.

    In a video rant filmed while he was driving to court on Friday morning, Jones said that taking away his X account is “totally ridiculous” and would violate the social-media site’s terms of service. “It is personal, and you can’t take it away from somebody in a lawsuit,” he said.

    Jones faces the massive judgement for falsely claiming that the shooting and killing of 20 young children and six adults at an elementary school in Sandy Hook, Connecticut was a hoax staged by crisis actors to gin up opposition to gun rights. Family members said they were subjected to harassment and death threats from Jones’ followers, some of whom claimed that the kids who were killed never existed.

    “Every single one of these families were drowning in grief, and Alex Jones put his foot right on top of them,” Christopher Mattei, a lawyer for the families, said in 2022.

    Jones has since acknowledged that the massacre occurred, though he now claims that the families are pawns in a globalist plan to silence him. During his Friday morning video, he claimed that the federal government “uses the Sandy Hook people as front people.”

    “I didn’t kill those kids, ladies and gentlemen,” he said of the Sandy Hook victims. “I barely ever talked about them. I covered the internet questioning the shooting.”

    He claimed that desperate globalists are trying to silence him because they are “planning something big” ahead of the 2024 election, mentioning civil unrest, World War III, “total economic collapse,” and even a possible assassination attempt on Donald Trump.

    “This is all war-gamed, all planned,” he said. “They don’t want me on the air during this, because I’ve got their number.”

    Speaking to the media on Friday, Jones said he’s a victim of “lawfare and the weaponization of the legal system.” While Judge Lopez has been “fair,” he said, lawyers for the Sandy Hook families are using the bankruptcy process to “torture me and harass me.”

    “This is probably the end of Infowars here, very, very, soon — if not today, the next few weeks or months,” Jones said. “But it’s just the beginning of my fight against tyranny.”

    If Jones loses ownership of his companies, it’s possible they could be purchased by supporters. According to the AP, Jones’ company, Free Speech Systems, has 44 employees and made nearly $3.2 million in April selling various items.

    In addition to his broadcast, Jones uses his Infowars website to hawk books, clothes, survival gear, and supplements, such as fish oil, concentrated beet extract, “1776 Testosterone Boost,” and “Brain Force Ultra” — described as “your daily energy supercharge.”

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    Supreme Court Overturns Trump-Era Ban on Bump Stocks

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    In a loss for the Biden administration, the Supreme Court ruled Friday that a federal ban on “bump stocks,” gun accessories that allow semiautomatic rifles to fire more quickly, is unlawful.

    In a 6-3 ruling on ideological lines, with the court’s conservatives in the majority, the court held that an almost 100-year-old law aimed at banning machine guns cannot legitimately be interpreted to include bump stocks.

    Writing for the majority, Justice Clarence Thomas said that a firearm equipped with the accessory does not meet the definition of “machinegun” under federal law.

    The ruling prompted a vigorous dissent from liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

    “When I see a bird that walks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, I call that bird a duck,” she wrote in reference to bump stocks enabling semiautomatic rifles to operate like machine guns. Sotomayor also took the rare step of reading a summary of her dissent in court.

    Even with the federal ban out of the picture, bump stocks will still not be readily available nationwide. Eighteen states have already banned them, according to Everytown for Gun Safety, a nonprofit gun-control group. Congress could also act.

    Nevertheless, gun control advocates decried the ruling.

    “We’ve seen bump stocks cause immense destruction and violence,” said Esther Sanchez-Gomez, litigation director at Giffords Law Center. “The majority of justices today sided with the gun lobby instead of the safety of the American people. This is a shameful decision.”

    The Trump administration imposed the prohibition after the Las Vegas mass shooting in 2017, in which Stephen Paddock used bump stock-equipped firearms to open fire on a country music festival, initially killing 58 people. Then-President Donald Trump personally called for the accessory to be banned.

    Sotomayor cited the Las Vegas shooting in her dissent.

    “All he had to do was pull the trigger and press the gun forward. The bump stock did the rest,” she wrote.

    The ruling, she added, “hamstrings the government’s efforts to keep machineguns from gunmen like the Las Vegas shooter.”

    In a concurring opinion, conservative Justice Samuel Alito, conceded that in practical terms, a weapon equipped with a bump stock is very similar to a machine gun and said Congress could act to ban the accessory.

    The “horrible shooting spree” in Las Vegas showed how “a semiautomatic rifle equipped with a bump stock can have the same lethal effect as a machinegun,” strengthening the case for legislative action, he added.

    The Supreme Court in 2019 declined to block the regulation. The already conservative court has tilted further to the right since then, with conservative Justice Amy Coney Barrett, a Trump appointee, replacing liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died in 2020.

    Conservatives now have a 6-3 majority that has backed gun rights in previous cases.

    The National Firearms Act was enacted in 1934 to regulate machine guns in response to Prohibition-era gangster violence.

    The lawsuit was brought by Texas-based gun owner Michael Cargill, a licensed dealer who owned two bump stocks before the ban went into effect and later surrendered them to the government.

    “Over five years ago I swore I would defend the Constitution of the United States, even if I was the only plaintiff in the case. I did just that,” he said in a statement responding to the ruling.

    Bump stocks use the recoil energy of a trigger pull to enable the user to fire up to hundreds of rounds with what the federal government calls “a single motion.”

    Cargill’s lawyers say it is a difficult skill to master.

    Some gun rights advocates, including the National Rifle Association, initially backed then-President Donald Trump’s move to regulate bump stocks after the Las Vegas shooting, but have since lined up in opposition to it.

    The case does not implicate the scope of the right to bear arms under the Constitution’s Second Amendment. The challengers argue that the government does not have the authority to ban bump stocks under the 1934 law.

    The 1968 Gun Control Act defined “machine gun” to include accessories “for use in converting a weapon” into a machine gun, and the ATF concluded that bump stocks meet that definition.

    Much of the legal fight hinged on the definition of machine gun as a weapon that can automatically fire more than one shot “by a single function of the trigger.”

    The government argued that the phrase refers to the actions of the shooter, with a single action required to fire multiple shots. Cargill’s lawyers argued that it refers to the action inside the firearm when the trigger is engaged. Because a bump stock still requires the trigger to be engaged for each shot, it is not a machine gun, they argued.

    The Supreme Court embraced Cargill’s argument, with Thomas writing that a firearm equipped with a bump stock does not become a machine gun because “it cannot fire more than one shot” with a single function of the trigger.

    “ATF therefore exceeded its statutory authority by issuing a rule that classifies bump stocks as machineguns,” he added.

    Lower courts were divided over the issue, with both the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the Cincinnati-based 6th Circuit ruling that the ban was unlawful.

    The Biden administration appealed in both cases, while gun rights advocates contested the ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that upheld the ban.

    The Supreme Court has backed gun rights in cases directly addressing the scope of the Second Amendment, including the 2022 ruling that found there is a right to carry a handgun outside the home.

    But in a case argued in November, the court indicated it might stop short of striking down some long-standing gun laws in a case involving a ban on possessing firearms by people accused of domestic violence.

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    Biden’s Condition Shocks Allies at G7 Summit, with One Saying It’s ‘Worst He Has Ever Been’: Report

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    President Biden has been “losing focus” during discussions at this week’s G7 summit in Italy, with one diplomatic insider saying the commander-in-chief is “the worst he has ever been.”

    Another attendee from a non-US delegation told the Sun Friday that the 81-year-old’s public missteps on the first day of the gathering were “embarrassing.”

    Biden has joined the leaders of the world’s wealthiest democracies — including Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni and British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak — for the annual meeting to discuss their nations’ economic and security priorities.

    However, the president has stolen the spotlight with a series of bizarre actions, including giving Meloni an awkward salute upon greeting her Thursday and wandering away from his fellow leaders during a skydiving demonstration, forcing the host prime minister to chaperone him back to the group.

    Biden apparently got off on the wrong foot with Meloni before the summit even began Thursday morning, keeping the Italian prime minister waiting 20 minutes before arriving, according to public broadcaster RAI.

    When the president did appear, Meloni reportedly chided him in an apparent attempt at humor, telling Biden: “You shouldn’t leave a woman waiting like this.”

    The Sun also reported that Biden had shown moments of clarity while discussing urgent matters with the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the European Union.

    That is in line with The Post’s understanding from White House staffers that Biden, who would be 86 years old if he completes a full second term in January 2029, has at points lost his focus in private conversations.

    White House senior deputy press secretary Andrew Bates described the Sun report as “lies” Friday and touted Biden’s “successful leadership overseas advancing our national security.”

    Bates also insisted that The Post and other outlets had reported on a distorted version of the video of Biden walking away from the skydiving demonstration, saying the president was giving “a thumbs up” and saying “congratulations” to another skydiver just out of the video’s frame.

    However, Sunak told reporters Friday that the choreography of the ceremony called for Biden to join his fellow leaders.

    “He just went over to kind of talk to all of them individually and Georgia [Meloni] was saying, ‘Don’t worry, they’re all coming to [us],’” the British prime minister said.

    “We were meant to line up so they could come and then shake all our hands.”

    Sunak also defended the American president, saying Biden was “all right” and was “being very polite” to the military members who took part in the demonstration.

    Biden also skipped a dinner held for the G7 leaders at a luxury hotel in southern Italy later Thursday evening.

    “There’s going to be a lot of meetings happening, a lot of sessions, as you know,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters Wednesday in excusing Biden’s absence. “And so, the President is certainly going to be engaged for the — the two days — or two — two — two and a half days that he is in Italy at the G7. So, I wouldn’t read too much into him not going to one dinner.”

    The summit has been marked by the US signing a 10-year security agreement with Ukraine and the alliance agreeing to lend another $50 billion to Kyiv in its war effort against Russia.

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had requested the assistance while attending the summit, and later joined Biden for a press conference to declare their joint opposition to Russian aggression.

    Biden’s mental fitness is increasingly worrying to Democratic lawmakers and aides, a bombshell report from the Wall Street Journal said last week, with the president frequently caught reading off cheat sheets and resting his eyes in meetings.

    “You couldn’t be there and not feel uncomfortable,” one source who was in discussions earlier this year over a $95 billion national security package with military aid for Ukraine told the outlet.

    A shocking 86% of voters — including 73% of Democrats — believe Biden is too old to finish a second term, an ABC News/Ipsos poll found in February.

    First lady Jill Biden in March scoffed at the notion — floated by then-Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley — of politicians over the age of 75 being forced to take mental competency tests, calling it “ridiculous.”

    Biden will square off with former President Donald Trump in their first presidential debate of the cycle June 27 on CNN.

    Half of US voters expect the incumbent to forget where he is at some point during the verbal battle, and a third anticipate he will wander away offstage, a JL Partners poll released Thursday shows.

    “From Italy to the United Kingdom to New York, millions of people around the world woke up to headlines about Crooked Joe Biden’s cognitive decline on full display at the G7 Summit,” Trump campaign spokesperson Karoline Leavitt said in a statement Friday. “Biden was seen staring off into the distance and wandering around like a brain-dead zombie, and even had to be ushered by Italy’s Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni.

    “Our adversaries like China, Russia, and Iran are no doubt watching Biden’s obvious decline and plotting how they can continue to take advantage of our weak and incompetent Commander-in-Chief,” Leavitt added. “America cannot afford another four years with Crooked Joe at the helm. We need a tough leader with a bold vision to demand peace through strength, and that leader is President Donald J. Trump.”

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