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Rep.-Elect George Santos Admits Fabricating Key Details of His Bio
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Long Island Rep.-elect George Santos came clean to The Post on Monday, admitting that he lied on the campaign trail about his education and work experience — but insisting that the controversy won’t deter him from serving out his two-year term in Congress.

“I am not a criminal,” Santos said at one point during his exclusive interview. “This [controversy] will not deter me from having good legislative success. I will be effective. I will be good.”

Santos’s professional biography was called into question earlier this month after the New York Times reported that he misrepresented a number of claims, including where he attended college and his alleged employment history with high-profile Wall Street firms.

“My sins here are embellishing my resume. I’m sorry,” Santos said on Monday.

Santos confessed he had “never worked directly” for Goldman Sachs and Citigroup, chalking that fib up to a “poor choice of words.”

The 34-year-old now claims instead that a company called Link Bridge, where he worked as a vice president, did business with both of the financial giants.

“I will be clearer about that. It was stated poorly,” Santos said of the lie.

At Link Bridge, Santos said, he helped make “capital introductions” between clients and investors, and Goldman Sachs and Citigroup were “LPS, Limited Partnerships” that his company dealt with.

He also admitted that he never graduated from any college, despite previously claiming to have received a degree from Baruch in 2010.

“I didn’t graduate from any institution of higher learning. I’m embarrassed and sorry for having embellished my resume,” he said. “I own up to that … We do stupid things in life.”

Santos, elected to Congress in Nov. 8 to represent the Long Island- and Queens-based 3rd District, was also accused of lying about his family history, saying on his campaign website that his mother was Jewish and his grandparents escaped the Nazis during World War II.

Santos now says that he’s “clearly Catholic,” but claimed his grandmother told stories about being Jewish and later converting to Catholicism.

“I never claimed to be Jewish,” Santos said. “I am Catholic. Because I learned my maternal family had a Jewish background I said I was `Jew-ish.’”

Santos, the first openly gay non-incumbent Republican elected to the House, also faced accusations that he lied about his sexual orientation, with the Daily Beast reporting last week that he was previously married to a woman until shortly before he launched his unsuccessful 2020 campaign against Democrat Tom Suozzi.

The soon-to-be lawmaker confirmed to the Post on Monday that he was indeed married to a woman for about five years, from 2012 until his divorce in 2017, but insisted that he is now a happily married gay man.

“I dated women in the past. I married a woman. It’s personal stuff,” Santos said, adding that the relationship “got a little toxic.”

“I’m very much gay,” he says now. “I’m OK with my sexuality. People change. I’m one of those people who change.”

Santos also acknowledged being a deadbeat tenant in Sunnyside, Queens, where The Times reported he was ordered by a judge to pay more than $12,000 to a former landlord who claimed non-payment of several months of rent — as well as that Santos had tried to pass a check that bounced.

On Monday, Santos claimed that at the time of the lawsuit, his family was deep in medical debt from his mother’s cancer battle.

“We were engulfed in debt,” he said. “We had issues paying rent at the time. It’s the vulnerability of being human. I am not embarrassed by it.”

Santos said his mother died of cancer on Dec. 23, 2016, after living with him at the Queens apartment and acknowledged the judgement against him.

Asked if he ever actually paid the arrears, Santos admitted: “We didn’t pay it off. I completely forgot about it.”

Santos also admitted to lying when he claimed that he owned 13 different properties, saying he now resides at his sister’s place in Huntington but is looking to purchase his own place.

“George Santos does not own any properties,” he said.

Santos was defiant on one point — denying an allegation raised by The Times that he had an unspecified criminal charge filed against him in Brazil.

“I am not a criminal here – not here or in Brazil or any jurisdiction in the world,” Santos said. “Absolutely not. That didn’t happen.”

The incoming congressman dismissed concerns that his lies will impact his effectiveness representing New Yorkers in the lower chamber in the new year.

“I campaigned talking about the people’s concerns, not my resume,” Santos told The Post.

“I intend to deliver on the promises I made during the campaign — fighting crime, fighting to lower inflation, improving education,” he added, saying that “The people elected me to fight for them.”

“I came to DC to bring results on those issues and that’s what I’m going to do.”

Meanwhile, Santos said the $11 million in assets reported in his financial disclosure report filed in September are tied to his Devolder consulting firm.

“All of my finances come from the firm. The assets are the contracts with the firm,” he told The Post.

His campaign committee, Devolder-Santos for Congress, also reported that he personally loaned his campaign more than $600,000 to his victorious campaign.

Senior House Republicans were apparently aware of the inaccuracies and embellishments in the Rep.-elect’s resume, and the topic became a “running joke,” multiple insiders close to House GOP leadership told The Post over the weekend.

“As far as questions about George in general, that was always something that was brought up whenever we talked about this race,” said one senior GOP leadership aide. “It was a running joke at a certain point. This is the second time he’s run and these issues we assumed would be worked out by the voters.”

Last week, the top Republican in Nassau County demanded that Santos explain himself after his web of lies began to unravel.

“While I have indicated that the congressman-elect deserves a reasonable amount of time to respond to the media, voters deserve a sincere accounting from Mr. Santos,” said Nassau County Republican Committee Chairman Joseph Cairo. “I will be listening attentively, and I want to hear meaningful remarks from George Santos.”

That same day, Santos, broke his three-day silence since reports of his fibbing emerged, tweeting: “To the people of #NY03 I have my story to tell and it will be told next week. I want to assure everyone that I will address your questions and that I remain committed to deliver the results I campaigned on; Public safety, Inflation, Education & more.”

He then added: “Happy Holidays to all!”

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  • Maris says:

    How can anyone ignore this? He didn’t just lie once, but multiple times. Then he tried to imply it is no big deal and sweep them away. Lies hurt. Lies hurt the voters. Lies hurt the country. How can he be expected to do any kind of good work when he has such a history of lying about everything? This man’s character is deformed. The whole point of voting is to remove those not fit for office and replace them with honorable people who keep their word. Obviously he has no idea how to keep his words. Nor does it sound like he really intends to. Just another swamp creature.

  • Patriot says:

    The thing I get from this is.. He like all politicians ( most recently the Biden administration) have the balls to stand up right in front of everybody when caught in an out right lie (in this case I even question his morals to himself and others )and look you right the face and say its okay that I did this and the fact that I am telling you is reason enough for you to not do anything about it and let me continue to be one of the law making representatives of this country. Yep! That right there is a real “leader” there folks. It will be interesting to see how rich he is in two years.. however with this information hanging on him, he will be nothing more than a puppet vote by the hierarchy of democratic royalty to use as needed .. believe me he will be graveling for recognition and do what ever they tell him.
    MY LAST POINT..THIS LYING POLIICIAN SPENT 600,000 DOLLARS OF HIS OWN MONEY TO GET A JOB THAT ONLY PAYS 174,000 A YEAR…. IS THIS SOME OF THAT CORE MATH THEY TALK ABOUT..
    This guy is going to rob, lie, cheat and steal to get his money back and more

  • Crash says:

    I stopped reading at the “first openly gay non-incumbent Republican elected to the House”…all I needed to know about this character….and I am unimpressed. Why is that SO important? Apparently he doesn’t have any real merit if he can tell such whoppers, but I daresay he’ll fit right in with the other liars! Which we need less of, not more…

  • American Soldier says:

    I’m a Republican! Throw his sorry butt to the curb immediately! We don’t need any more filthy liars in Congress! Have we no more honor in this country?

  • kweenie says:

    Funny, if you or I did that on a job application, it would be grounds for immediate dismissal without unemployment benefits. And this man admits to being a liar and wants the people to let him keep working and to believe that as a confessed liar, he will be good at his job????? To my way of thinking, he’s not even good at lying, so what makes him think that I will think he could be good at anything else. Think about it people. This is what we have allowed to happen far too much for far too long. My vote is You’re fired.

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    “We won by the largest raw vote margin, over 1.5 million votes, than any governor candidate has ever had in Florida history. And in fact, we almost doubled the previous record, which I think was like 780,000 vote margin,” DeSantis added. “And so what I would just say is, that verdict has been rendered by the people of the state of Florida.”

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    Outbursts, Shushing and a Surprise Kiss: The Top 5 Moments from Biden’s SOTU

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    President Biden gave his second State of the Union address that acted as a soft launch for his 2024 presidential bid Tuesday night, earning cheers from Democrats for his calls to ban “assault weapons” and codify Roe v. Wade and jeers from Republicans on the border and Social Security.

    Here are the top five moments from the speech.

    1. ‘Liar!’

    Chaos briefly erupted in the House chamber after Biden repeated an old Democratic talking point that has long been debunked by fact-checkers.

    “Some Republicans want Medicare and Social Security to sunset,” Biden claimed.

    “I’m not saying it’s a majority,” he continued as Republican congressional members began to protest. “Anybody who doubts it, contact my office, I’ll give you a copy. I’ll give you a copy of the proposal.”

    “Liar!” Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., shouted.

    Biden backtracked saying, “I’m not saying it’s a majority of you. I don’t even think it’s even a significant — but it’s being proposed by individuals. I’m politely not naming them, but it’s being proposed by some of you.”

    Some Republicans have supported designating all federal programs under the stricter scrutiny of discretionary spending, so that Congress must approve each program on an annual basis. While the designation would mean Medicare and Social Security could face cuts, Republicans have repeatedly said they don’t want to eliminate the programs.

    Even left-leaning outlets have said Biden’s characterizations of the GOP’s plans for Social Security and Medicare are misleading.

    2. ’12 million new jobs’

    Biden repeated the misleading claim about the number of total jobs he’s “created” since he took office in 2021.

    “Two years ago, our economy was reeling,” the president said. “As I stand here tonight, we have created a record 12 million new jobs, more jobs created in two years than any president has ever created in four years.”

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), however, the economy under Biden has only added 2.7 million overall jobs, because the rest had been lost during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    3. ‘Ban assault weapons now’

    Biden renewed his call to ban so-called “assault weapons” during his address, garnering a standing ovation from his party and head shaking from the other side.

    “Ban assault weapons now. Ban them now, once and for all,” he said.

    The president made the declaration after talking about the gunman who allegedly used a handgun to kill 11 people celebrating the Lunar New Year at a ballroom near Los Angeles.

    The gun was reportedly a semi-automatic pistol with a magazine larger than 10 rounds.

    Biden did not elaborate on what type of firearm classified as an “assault weapon.”

    4. The kiss

    First lady Jill Biden and second gentleman Doug Emhoff shared a kiss ahead of Biden’s speech.

    The moment immediately went viral on Twitter.

    5. Biden gaffe:

    Biden opened his speech with a gaffe, incorrectly calling Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer the “minority leader.”

    Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and Vice President Kamala Harris were spotted chatting and laughing in a friendly exchange before the president’s speech.

    Four Supreme Court justices — Clarence Thomas, Sam Alito, Sonia Sotomayor and Neil Gorsuch — opted against attending the speech.

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    ‘Nonsensical And Random Yelling’: Biden Criticized For Fumbles, Repeated ‘Lies’ In SOTU Speech

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    President Joe Biden, during his State of the Union address Tuesday night, sparked some criticism online — both for the content of the speech and his shoddy delivery.

    Biden fumbled his words early on in the address, and often raised his voice, as POTUS typically does when speaking to the public. The president was also called out for apparent “lies” during the speech.

    “I know the lies are coming so fast and so furiously and so incoherently that it’s hard to keep track, but did he just claim his wife is a full-time teacher?” author and commentator Mollie Hemingway tweeted.

    “Is anyone else having trouble understanding exactly what he’s trying to say?” she tweeted. “It’s a weird combo of mumbling and speed-reading. I can’t quite make it out. Also now he’s yelling.”

    The politico added, “I don’t have any strong feelings about this speech because thus far I have been unable to understand much of it. This whole spectacle is really sad and it makes me feel very uncomfortable.”

    “I have no idea what this means on China. It’s totally nonsensical and random yelling by an old man,” radio host Clay Travis said, captioning video of Biden fumbling over his words.

    “MAKE NO MISTAKE! If you try anything to raise the cost of frisizhnjubs I will veto it,” posted Jorge Bonilla, making a similar criticism.

    Columnist Mark Hemingway commented on Biden’s energy, writing, “How many pep pills did they give him?”

    “Biden keeps [saying] ‘let’s finish the job’ as one of the major themes of his speech. I think he’s referring to the continuing controlled demolition of America,” criticized journalist Jordan Schachtel.

    “Joe Biden and the Democrats pretending to be anti- Big Pharma is a stunning and historic example of a government gaslighting its own citizens,” author and host Candace Owens criticized the Left.

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    Sarah Huckabee Sanders Delivers Scathing SOTU Rebuttal

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    Republican Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders delivered a scathing rebuke of “the radical left’s America” during the GOP rebuttal to President Biden’s State of the Union address on Tuesday.

    Sanders, who served as White House press secretary under former President Donald Trump, attacked what she called the Biden administration’s “woke fantasies” and what she called its worship of “false idols” in her blistering remarks.

    “In the radical left’s America, Washington taxes you and lights your hard-earned money on fire, but you get crushed with high gas prices, empty grocery shelves, and our children are taught to hate one another on account of their race, but not to love one another or our great country,” Sanders said Tuesday night.

    “The Biden administration seems more interested in woke fantasies than the hard reality Americans face every day,” Sanders said.

    “Most Americans simply want to live their lives in freedom and peace, but we are under attack in a left-wing culture war we didn’t start and never wanted to fight.”

    “Every day, we are told that we must partake in their rituals, salute their flags and worship their false idols – all while big government colludes with Big Tech to strip away the most American thing there is: your freedom of speech,” she added, an apparent reference to the bombshell Twitter Files reports late last year that detailed the FBI’s successful bid to influence Twitter to censor The Post’s explosive 2020 report on the Hunter Biden laptop.

    She went on to offer a GOP vision of the country with “strong families” and “safe communities.”

    “Republicans believe in an America where strong families thrive is safe communities; where jobs are abundant and paychecks are rising; where the freedom our veterans shed their blood to defend is the birthright of every man, woman and child,” she said.

    Sanders became the youngest governor in the country, at 40, after her November victory over Chris Jones in Arkansas, which offered a youthful contrast to the 80-year-old president who delivered the State of the Union.

    “At 40, I’m the youngest governor in the country. At 80, he’s the oldest president in American history,” Sanders said in her rebuttal.

    Sanders, the daughter of former Arkansas governor and failed presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, said that a “new generation” of Republican leaders is “stepping up” to be “changemakers for the American people.”

    She has so far declined to say whether she will back former President Donald Trump’s 2024 White House bid.

    In her remarks Tuesday night, Sanders made no reference to her ex-boss by name, but she did tell an anecdote about traveling with Trump, 76, and former first lady Melania Trump to Iraq in 2018.

    Sanders recalled troops who had “absolutely no idea that the President and First Lady were about to walk into that room” being excited to see the Trumps visit their US military base in western Iraq the day after Christmas.

    “One of the young soldiers yelled from the back, ‘Mr. President, I reenlisted in the military because of you.’ The President said, ‘and son, I am here because of you,’” Sanders recalled.

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    Former Top Twitter Exec: We’ve Used ‘Visibility Filtering’ to Suppress Certain Political Content

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    Former Twitter executives who worked for the company when the Hunter Biden laptop story was censored on the platform were in the hot seat on Wednesday at a marathon House Oversight and Accountability Committee hearing on “Protecting Speech from Government Interference and Social Media Bias.”

    The committee’s chairman, James Comer, alleged that Big Tech giants such as Twitter are “under the control of people who are hostile to the fundamental American principles of free speech” and have colluded with federal agencies to censor stories embarrassing to President Joe Biden and his family.

    “We owe it to the American people to provide answers about this collusion to censor information about Joe Biden’s involvement in his family’s business schemes,” Comer said at a committee hearing on censorship in America with former executives from Twitter.

    Comer said his investigators had substantiated that there was “coordination between the federal government and Big Tech to restrict protected speech and interfere in the democratic process” that began even before Twitter famously censored New York Post stories in October 2020 about the contents of Hunter Biden’s now infamous laptop.

    “In the months leading up to the laptop story, the FBI advised senior Twitter executives to question the validity of any Hunter Biden story,” he said. “We also know that one of the witnesses before us today participated in an Aspen Institute exercise in September 2020 on a potential ‘hack and dump’ operation relating to Hunter Biden. Other Big Tech companies and reporters attended as well.

    “This exercise prepared them for their future collusion to suppress and delegitimize information contained in Hunter Biden’s laptop about the Biden family’s business schemes.”

    Censorship of such stories in the midst of a presidential election might in earlier generations have been unthinkable but Comer said it was made possible by troubling biases in the leadership of Big Tech companies.

    “Many social media platforms are under the control of people who are hostile to the fundamental American principles of free speech and expression protected in the U.S. Constitution,” he said. “We’ve witnessed Big Tech autocrats wield their unchecked power to suppress the speech of Americans to promote their preferred political opinions. Twitter was once one of these platforms — until Elon Musk purchased the company a few months ago …

    “In the past, Twitter’s employees made censorship decisions on the fly, often not following the company’s own publicly stated policies. It worked hand-in-hand with the FBI to monitor the protected speech of Americans — receiving millions of dollars to do so.”

    James Baker, former deputy general counsel at Twitter, argued that Twitter was not working as a state actor.

    “I think the best reading of the law is that as a private entity, the First Amendment protects Twitter and its content moderation decisions,” he said.

    Baker said he wasn’t aware of unlawful collusion.

    “Moreover, I’m aware of no unlawful collusion with or direction from any government agency or political campaign on how Twitter should have handled the Hunter Biden laptop situation,” he said.

    Ohio GOP Rep. Jim Jordan asked Baker if he ever talked to the FBI about the Hunter Biden laptop.

    “I don’t recall speaking to the FBI at all about the Hunter Biden matter, laptop,” Baker said.

    Vijaya Gadde, former chief legal officer at Twitter, said the company had received inquiries from federal agencies to remove certain content from the platform. She didn’t specify if the laptop story was one of them.

    She acknowledged that Twitter uses labels such as “do not amplify” to ensure the platform does not recommend certain tweets to users for engagement. She elaborated on ways that Twitter filtered content during her time with the company, describing it as visibility filtering.

    “There was an ability of preventing something from appearing in one of the tabs of search results,” she said.

    Tennessee GOP Rep. Tim Burchett wrote on Twitter after his questioning that the labels like “do not amplify” equated to censorship.

    Jordan was able to confirm with Yoel Roth, former head of trust and safety at Twitter, that accounts that have been tagged for content filtering are not informed about it.

    Comer said it was troubling that Twitter was “a private company the federal government used to accomplish what it constitutionally cannot: limit the free exercise of speech.”

    The committee’s ranking member, Maryland Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin said Twitter had the right as a private company to censor stories like the Hunter Biden laptop New York Post report.

    Roth said that he personally had advocated against taking the Hunter Biden laptop story off of Twitter.

    “Twitter made a mistake,” he said. “I’ll be the first to admit that we didn’t always get it right. Individual content moderation decisions will always be contentious, and reasonable minds can differ about whether a specific choice was right or wrong.”

    Democrats on the panel such as New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez argued that the hearing was a distraction.

    “We could be talking about the cost of prescription drugs, abortion rights, civil rights, voting rights, but instead we’re talking about Hunter Biden’s half fake laptop story. I mean, this is an embarrassment, but I’ll go into it,” she said at the hearing.

    Wednesday’s hearing was only part one of the committee’s investigation into political bias at social media platforms.

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    China’s Spy Balloon Reportedly Part Of Global Surveillance System — Photos From Wreckage Released

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    The U.S. intelligence community has reportedly linked the Chinese spy balloon that was shot down late last week to a vast surveillance program being conducted by the Chinese military against numerous foreign nations.

    The Washington Post reported that the balloon surveillance program operates out of the Hainan province in southern China and has targeted military assets in countries that are in Beijing’s crosshairs, including Japan, India, Vietnam, Taiwan, and the Philippines.

    The Chinese military has operated the spy balloon over five continents, the report said. U.S. officials are now alerting military officials in other countries that they have been targeted by Chinese surveillance.

    The Chinese military identified the opportunity to conduct surveillance from balloons that fly above commercial jetliners at an altitude of 60,000 to 80,000 feet. It’s unclear why China conducts the program since they can reportedly collect the same intelligence from their military satellite system, the report said.

    The news comes after the U.S. military used an F-22 Raptor on Saturday to shoot down the spy balloon over the Atlantic Ocean using a single air-to-air AIM-9X Sidewinder missile that was fired at an altitude of approximately 58,000 feet. The decision to shoot down the spy balloon came after President Joe Biden allowed it to fly thousands of miles over the continental U.S. last week.

    The U.S. Navy released photographs Tuesday of the spy balloon as naval forces recovered it off the coast of South Carolina.

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    The New York Times reported that the Chinese are most interested in gathering intelligence about U.S. military bases in foreign countries but also wants information about the militaries of said nations.

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    Alex Murdaugh Murder Trial Paused After Bomb Threat, Courthouse Evacuated

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    The murder trial of disgraced South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh resumed Wednesday afternoon after a bomb threat forced the court to be evacuated.

    The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) said the menacing message was “received by Colleton County courthouse personnel,” immediately halting proceedings.

    The trial restarted around 2:30 p.m. when police gave the all-clear.

    It is not clear what the message said. An unnamed court official told The Post and Courier that the bomb threat was made to Judge Clifton Newman’s chambers.

    SLED said that it was investigating the threat alongside the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office, but has yet to provide more details.

    Upon learning of the threat, Judge Newman addressed the court, saying: “Ladies and gentlemen, we have to evacuate the building at this time so we’ll be in recess until we discover what’s going on.

    Police escorted Murdaugh out of the building and into a car, which drove away, likely to a secure location.

    A unnamed court official told The Post and Courier that bomb threat was made to Judge Newman’s chambers.

    Prosecutors walked back into the courtroom around 2:20 p.m., suggesting police told them it was safe do so, the paper reported.

    Video from the scene showed scores of people evacuating the packed Walterboro courthouse just before 1 p.m.

    Law enforcement put a perimeter around the building as they looked into the threat, Fox News reported.

    Murdaugh, 54, is on trial for the double murder of his wife, Maggie, 52, and son Paul, 22, who were found shot to death near the dog kennel at the family’s hunting lodge on June 7, 2021.

    The fallen lawyer, who is separately accused of 99 financial crimes, has repeatedly insisted he is innocent.

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    NASCAR Driver Kyle Busch Arrested In Mexico On Gun Charges, Sentenced To 42 Months In Prison

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    NASCAR driver Kyle Busch was recently arrested on weapons charges in Mexico and has since been convicted and sentenced to 3.5 years in prison and a fine.

    Busch made the revelation in a statement posted to social media on Monday, saying that the incident happened back in late January when he was traveling out of the country after being on vacation and forgot that his gun was in his bag.

    “In late January, Samantha and I enjoyed a several day vacation in Mexico. When departing the country, my handgun was flagged during routine screening at the airport,” he said. “I have a valid concealed carry permit from my local authority and adhere to all handgun laws, but I made a mistake by forgetting it was in my bag.”

    “Discovery of the handgun led to my detainment while the situation was resolved,” he continued. “I was not aware of Mexican law and had no intention of bringing a handgun into Mexico. When it was discovered, I fully cooperated with the authorities, accepted the penalties, and returned to North Carolina. I apologize for my mistake and appreciate the respect shown by all parties as we resolved the matter. My family and I consider this issue closed.”

    The Mexico Prosecutor General’s Office issued a statement last week on the issue, saying that it had charged and convicted “Kyle Thomas B” in connection with the incident. Busch’s middle name is Thomas.

    However, shortly after Busch released his statement, the Mexico Prosecutor General’s Office changed the name of the individual charged and convicted to “Kyle ‘N.’”

    “The Public Ministry of the Attorney General of the Republic (FGR) in Quintana Roo, obtained a conviction of three years six months in prison and a fine of 200 units of measurement and update equivalent to the amount of 20 thousand 748 pesos, against a person of foreign nationality,” the statement said. “The sentenced today, Kyle ‘N’, was credited with his full responsibility in the commission of the crime of carrying a firearm without a license and possession of cartridges for the exclusive use of the Armed Forces.”

    “According to the investigation folder, the arrest took place on January 27 of this year, when the man sentenced today was detained by elements of the Quintana Roo National Guard, derived from the direct signaling of private security personnel from the Airport. Cancun International, who are assigned to guard the platform of the FBO terminal for private flights,” the statement continued. “The detainee, who is originally from the State of Nevada, intended to travel to the United States of America, but when passing his luggage through the RX of the platform, a caliber pistol-type firearm was detected inside. 380 with magazine stocked with six useful hollow point cartridges.”

    “Due to the foregoing, the agent of the Federal Public Ministry presented it before the Control Judge, on January 29 of this year, who described the detention as legal, a link to the process and through an abbreviated procedure issued a sentence,” the statement concluded.

    There is no word on how or if Busch will be required to serve any time in prison.

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    Hunter’s Business Partner Moved 1,850 Boxes of Sensitive Documents From Biden’s WH Office

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    The recent reports reveal the involvement of Hunter Biden’s business partner in transferring sensitive papers from Joe Biden’s vice presidential office to the University of Delaware.

    The papers are said to include Obama-Biden presidential transition team papers and White House lawyers raised concerns about their handling.

    Senator Ted Cruz has called for the FBI to examine the 1,850 boxes of Senate records to check for any classified documents.

    Meanwhile, Senator Ron Johnson has requested information about access to these sensitive records, but so far neither the White House nor the National Archives have responded.

    Daily Mail reported:

    Hunter Biden’s business partner was tasked with transferring sensitive papers from Joe Biden’s vice presidential office to the University of Delaware – papers that were sensitive enough to require the involvement of White House lawyers, DailyMail.com can reveal.

    The revelation is the latest piece of evidence tying Hunter to the president’s potential mishandling of classified documents.

    Eric Schwerin, Hunter’s Rosemont Seneca partner who handled Joe’s taxes and personal affairs, was in charge of moving an archive of 1,850 boxes of files from the vice president’s DC office that were being donated to the University of Delaware in 2010.

    Those documents, mainly from Biden’s time as a Delaware senator, also included Obama-Biden presidential transition team papers and raised the hackles of White House lawyers.

    In a March 2010 email from Hunter’s laptop, Joe’s deputy counsel Katherine Oyama wrote to Schwerin warning that the ‘Deed of Gift’ document to the university ‘appears to include Obama-Biden transition papers, which the vice president likely does not own.’

    She recommended the inclusion of language about ‘the University’s duty to comply with … classified information procedures’.

    Schwerin forwarded the correspondence to Hunter, saying: ‘FYI – if you want to be in the loop. I sent to Mel who is going to talk to your Dad about this and decide who should work on it between him and Jamie.’

    ‘Mel’ likely refers to attorney Melvyn Monzack, who handled Hunter and Joe’s brother Jim’s taxes and other Biden family affairs.

    Monzack also sent Hunter emails directly about Joe’s gift of sensitive papers to the University of Delaware in October 2010.

    According to the University of Delaware website, ‘more than 1,850 boxes of archival records from the President’s Senate career arrived at the Library on June 6, 2012.’

    A Newark Post report from the time said the records arrived on 33 pallets carried by two trucks, and also included 415 gigabytes of electronic records.

    It is still unclear whether the thousands of papers given to UDel ended up including any classified documents.

    Republican senator Ted Cruz called this week for the FBI to examine the boxes.

    ‘I am right now calling for the Department of Justice, for the FBI, to examine all 1,850 boxes of those Senate records to see how many additional classified documents are in those records,’ Cruz said on his podcast, Verdict with Ted Cruz.

    ‘The answer should be none. But given Biden’s pattern, we should have zero reason to have any confidence that there are not multiple classified documents within those 1,850 boxes of Senate records,’ the senator claimed.

    The revelation follows the growing scandal over several classified files found at Joe’s home, where Hunter lived in 2018 and 2019, at a Washington DC private office which Hunter helped set up, and a search at the president’s Rohobeth Beach home.

    Republican Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson, who led a four-year investigation into Hunter with fellow Senator Chuck Grassley, told DailyMail.com government officials had failed to answer his questions about who had access to the classified files.

    ‘Because we now know President Biden has a history of improperly handling classified material, it is incumbent upon him to be transparent about who had access to those documents,’ Johnson said.

    ‘So far, neither the White House or the National Archives have responded to my requests for this information. The American people deserve to know whether Hunter Biden or his business partners had access to these sensitive records.’

    The scandal over Joe’s alleged mishandling of classified documents first broke on January 9, when CBS revealed that the president’s lawyers had found 10 files at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement in DC on November 2 – six days before the mid-terms.

    Biden’s attorneys notified the Department of Justice, which launched an investigation but kept it secret until after the election.

    Since then, six more files have been found in a garage at Joe’s lakeside mansion in Wilmington, Delaware.

    CNN reported claims from an anonymous source close to the investigation that the documents contained intelligence material relating to Ukraine, Iran and the UK, and that Joe’s personal notebooks from his time as Vice President were also retrieved from the home in case they contained classified information.

    Hunter served on the board of allegedly corrupt Ukrainian gas company Burisma, worked with Russian oligarchs, and had a multi-million-dollar deal with a Chinese government-linked oil company, raising fears that he could have had access to restricted files while dealing with foreign adversaries of the United States.

    It is unclear whether Hunter viewed Joe’s files, but some appear to have been stored in the garage of the family home in Wilmington where Hunter lived for several months in 2018.

    A photo obtained by DailyMail.com shows a box labeled ‘Important Doc’s + Photos’, which appears to have been left unsealed on a table in Joe’s mansion.

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    Trump Promotes Claim That DeSantis Was ‘Grooming High School Girls With Alcohol as a Teacher’

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    Donald Trump reposted images of a young Ron DeSantis allegedly partying with high school teens and adding his own mocking commentary.

    ‘That’s not Ron, is it? He would never do such a thing!’ Trump wrote on his Truth Social platform.

    The post linked to a Truth Social Account that grabbed a digital image of a young man with a bowl haircut who appears to be DeSantis surrounded by three young women.

    One of them, who has her arm around the now-Florida governor, is smiling and appears to be holding a brown glass bottle.

    To drive home the point, Trump also re-posted a message by a user named Dong-Chan Lee, who wrote that ‘Ron DeSantis was having a “drink” party with his students when he was a high school teacher. Having drinks with underage girls and cuddling with them certainly look pretty gross and ephebophiliaesque,’ a term relating to attraction to adolescents.

    ‘No way?’ wrote Trump on Tuesday.

    Neither post contains evidence that the girls pictured were underage, or establishes that anyone photographed was illegally consuming alcohol.

    Lee describes himself as a ‘paleoconservative’ and Trump supporter.

    The image, which blurs the identity of the people surrounding DeSantis, appears to come from a 2021 blogpost by HILLREPORTER.com. The post cites a ‘whistleblower’ who said the girls pictured ‘are believed to have graduated in 2002, making them seniors at the time.’

    DeSantis, 44, taught history and government at the Darlington School in Rome, Georgia, during the 2001-2002 year.

    He was fresh out of Yale at the time, and students described him as smart, ‘smug,’ charismatic, and a ‘jock.’

    The New York Times made reference to the blog post in its own article about DeSantis’ time at the school, neither confirming nor knocking down the details of the incident.

    ‘Last year, Hill Reporter, a blog put out by a Democratic super PAC, published a photograph of Mr. DeSantis taken with several female students from Darlington in 2002, one of whom was holding what appeared to be a bottle of beer,’ according to the paper.

    ‘Two former students, both women, remembered him attending at least two parties where alcohol was served, but they said that the parties took place after graduation and that they were not bothered by his presence at the time, although they question it now.

    ‘It was his first job out of Yale, he was cute. We didn’t really think too much about it,’ one of the former students said, according to the Times.

    Trump’s attacks come as DeSantis has been rising in the 2024 polls for the Republican presidential nomination, and days after the Florida governor referenced attacks against him in a press conference.

    ‘I roll out of bed, I have people attacking me from all angles, it’s been happening for many, many years. When you’re an elected executive, you have to make all kinds of decisions. You got to steer that ship,’ he said.

    ‘And the good thing is, is that the people are able to render a judgment on that — whether they re-elect you or not,’ he said.

    ‘And I’m happy to say, you know, in my case, not only did we win re-election, we won with the highest percentage of the vote that any Republican governor candidate has in the history of the state of Florida,’ he said.

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    Here Are the Guests Invited to Biden’s State of the Union Address

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    President Biden is set to deliver his second State of the Union address after a year marked by both triumphs and challenges.

    The president has consistently struggled with poor approval ratings and high inflation numbers in the last year, but also saw a higher number of Democrat victories than expected in the 2022 midterm elections and a number of legislative wins in the past Congress.

    Biden is expected to address the war in Ukraine, as well as his economic agenda and the coronavirus pandemic.

    Here are the guests that lawmakers and the White House have invited to attend the State of the Union:

    • Tyre Nichols’s parents
    • Bono, the lead singer of the rock band U2
    • Paul Pelosi
    • Brandon Tsay, who disarmed suspected killer in Monterey Park shooting
    • Mr. Darrell Woodie, ‘Good Samaritan’ who helped Rep. Greg Steube (R-Fla.)
    • Jeffrey T. Smith, New York Montgomery County sheriff
    • Michael Brown Sr., father of teenager fatally shot by police
    • Massachusetts nursing student Eugénie Ouedraogo
    • Brett Cross, whose son Uziyah García was one of the 19 Uvalde victims
    • Abortion activist Kate Dineen
    • Former NBA star Enes Freedom
    • Air Force Colonel (Ret.) Mark A. Hurley
    • Deanna Branch, a Milwaukee woman who has advocated for awareness about toxic lead pipes
    • Roya Rahmani, Afghanistan’s first female ambassador to the U.S.
    • Michael Weinstock, 9/11 ground zero rescue worker
    • Sterling Brown, professional basketball player
    • Zeneta Everhart, whose son was injured in the mass shooting in Buffalo
    • Utah Gov. Spencer Cox
    • Family members of George Floyd, Eric Garner, Walter Scott, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Ronald Greene and others
    • Oksana Markarova, the Ukrainian ambassador to the U.S
    • Texas couple Amanda and Josh Zurawski, abortion advocades
    • Aquilino Gonell, former Capitol Police Sergeant

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    Wholesale Egg Prices Have ‘Collapsed.’ Why Consumers May Soon See Relief

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    Wholesale egg prices have cratered in recent weeks from record highs, meaning consumers may soon see relief at the grocery store.

    But the dynamics of egg pricing from the wholesale to retail market, in addition to other factors, means that’s not a sure thing in the short term.

    Prices fell to $2.61 per dozen eggs on Monday — a 52% decrease from the peak of around $5.43 on Dec. 19 and a 47% decrease from the beginning of 2023, according to Urner Barry, a market research firm that specializes in the wholesale food industry. Its Midwest Large White Egg price benchmark is a widely cited barometer in the egg industry.

    “Prices have collapsed,” said Angel Rubio, senior analyst at Urner Barry. “That’s a big, big adjustment downward.”

    Historic bird flu outbreak led to soaring egg prices

    In a year characterized by historically high inflation, egg prices were a standout in 2022, rising faster than almost all other consumer items.

    Average retail prices increased nearly 60% in 2022, according to the consumer price index.

    In December, a dozen large Grade A eggs cost consumers $4.25 on average, more than double the $1.79 a year earlier, according to monthly Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

    The deadliest outbreak of bird flu in history hit the U.S. in 2022, killing millions of birds and significantly disrupting egg supply, according to food economists.

    The disease, which is contagious and lethal, affects many types of birds, including egg-laying hens. Cases typically fade by summer, but that didn’t happen in 2022; new outbreaks coincided with peak demand around the winter holiday season.

    “Highly pathogenic avian influenza” ultimately killed about 58 million birds across 47 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The prior record was set in 2015, when 50.5 million birds died.

    Typically, when a case of bird flu is detected, farmers must cull their flocks as a precaution to contain spread of the disease, economists said. It can take months for that farm to start producing and selling eggs again. Meanwhile, buyers must find new suppliers so they can stock shelves — a dynamic that played out nationwide and raised prices.

    One group, Farm Action, asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the possibility that a “collusive scheme” among egg suppliers, rather than the bird flu, is what has kept prices elevated, a contention that is largely downplayed by food economists.

    Farmers get a reprieve and consumers show ‘resistance’

    There haven’t been any new bird-flu outbreaks among commercial table-egg laying birds since Dec. 20, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

    A prolonged period without setbacks in egg production has given suppliers a reprieve and the market time to recover, said Brian Moscogiuri, global trade strategist at Eggs Unlimited, one of the largest egg suppliers in the U.S.

    Consumer demand also typically wanes in January and February, further alleviating price pressures, Moscogiuri said.

    The USDA recently cited consumer “resistance to record high prices in grocery outlets across the country” as another reason for the declining and below-average egg demand.

    “Wholesale prices have been declining steadily from their late 2022 highs which has helped support retailer efforts to bring pricing down to a more consumer-acceptable level,” the USDA said Feb. 3.

    Weekly retail egg data from the USDA is spotty, and it’s difficult to see how cratering wholesale prices may be translating in the retail market.

    On average, it takes about four weeks for retail prices to reflect wholesale price trends, Rubio said. That means consumers may start to see some relief in February, he said.

    Retail prices tend to be less volatile than those at the wholesale level. For every 10% decrease or increase in wholesale egg price, consumers can expect retail prices to shift about 2%, on average, Rubio said.

    However, egg demand also generally increases in the weeks preceding Easter, which this year falls on April 9 — making it hard to determine how prices will respond, Rubio said.

    There are other factors that may keep retail egg prices elevated for longer, however.

    Supermarket chains and other egg retailers don’t all peg their shelf prices to movements in wholesale prices, economists said. They may buy eggs from suppliers according to different formulas; some are at least partially tied to the price of corn and soybeans, for example, which are a big cost in raising and feeding chickens, Moscogiuri said.

    While prices for those commodities are down from highs following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in early 2022, they remain historically elevated.

    Some supermarkets may have tried keeping egg prices down so as not to dissuade consumers from buying — and may now try to recoup some of their losses before lowering retail prices, Moscogiuri said.

    “It’s kind of up to the retailer as to how quickly they want to pass prices along,” he said.

    While bird flu hasn’t affected commercial egg-laying flocks since December, there have been confirmed cases among other types of birds — meaning it’s still “a major risk heading into the spring migration,” Moscogiuri said. The first case among egg layers last year was detected Feb. 22.

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