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Ted Cruz and Katie Britt propose ‘IVF Protection Act’

Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Katie Britt of Alabama are pushing a measure that would make it so that as a condition of receiving Medicaid funding, states may not bar the practice of in vitro fertilization.

The text of the measure defines in vitro fertilization as “the practice whereby eggs are collected from ovaries and manually fertilized by sperm, for later placement inside of a uterus.”

‘Dystopian nightmare.’

“The legislation would require, as a condition of receiving federal Medicaid funding, that states don’t prohibit IVF,” Cruz and Britt noted in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece. “IVF is profoundly pro-family. Some 2% of live births in the U.S. result from IVF, representing tens of thousands of families fulfilling dreams of parenthood.”

“Our bill doesn’t impede states from setting up health and safety standards to govern IVF, nor does it compel any individual or organization to provide IVF against its wishes or beliefs. It simply ensures that access to IVF is fully protected by federal law, as there is currently no such federal law in place,” the GOP lawmakers wrote. “This is an opportunity to unite on a shared bipartisan commitment to life, family, and personal liberty by protecting access to IVF treatments in every corner of America.”

But BlazeTV host Allie Beth Stuckey has offered a starkly different take.

“Included in the ‘right to IVF’ is the right to create, select, discard, buy, and sell living human beings. Dystopian nightmare,” she tweeted in response to a post about the senators’ proposal.

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Crockett to sell ‘bleach blonde bad built butch body’ shirts; Greene shares workout video: ‘Yes my body is built and strong’

Democratic Rep. Jasmine Crockett of Texas has announced that she plans to sell “swag” emblazoned with comments she’s made, including the phrase “bleach blonde bad built butch body.”

Crockett deployed the alliterative barb last week during House Committee on Oversight and Accountability proceedings. Earlier during the proceedings, Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia had made a crack to Crockett about “fake eyelashes.”

‘B6 will drop first.’

“So we are going to drop ‘A Crockett Clapback Collection.’ This collection will feature various swag that includes random things I’ve said. The money will go to ensuring that we have a Democratic House!” Crockett said in a post on X.

“Give me a little time to really get the swag online etc., but B6 will drop first. If you have things you want to see come to life let me know. Post graphics or just phrases that you want to see. #bleachblondbadbuiltbutchbody,” she added.

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The post featured what appeared to be a mockup of a T-shirt featuring Crockett’s “BLEACH BLONDE BAD BUILT BUTCH BODY” quote. The mockup also appeared to include a typo, as text below the quote read, “A Crockrtt Clapback.”

Greene shared a video of herself working out.

“Yes my body is built and strong,” she wrote. “NOT with nips, tucks, plastic, or silicone, but through a healthy lifestyle. Soon turning 50 years old, God willing, I will continue to lift, run, swim, play sports, surf, ski, climb and LIVE this life to the fullest and enjoy every single moment!”

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Former Boston Red Sox pitcher among 27 men caught in undercover child sex sting operation, Florida police say

Florida police said that an undercover sting operation caught 27 men who were allegedly seeking to have sex with children.

Among the suspects arrested was a former pitcher for the Boston Red Sox.

Jacksonville Sheriff T.K. Waters released details about the five-day “Operation Valiant Knight” at a media briefing on Monday.

‘The internet provides new and frightening opportunities for predators to victimize our children.’

“Undercover detectives posing as children, chatted online with these adults,” said Waters. “These adults solicited sexual activity and committed to engaging in sex acts with purported minors and pre-arranged locations.”

The men were made to believe they were talking to a 14-year-old girl on the internet in most cases.

Police said they were immediately arrested after they arrived to have sex with minors. Waters said 24 men were arrested initially and three others were arrested during a follow-up investigation.

Video released by police showed the moment that Austin Maddox, a former major league baseball player, was tackled by police as he walked to a home allegedly expecting to engage with sex with a child.

Maddox had played for the University of Florida and was drafted in 2012 by the Boston Red Sox. He played with the team in 2017 before he was released in 2019. He was charged with four felony counts and held in jail on a $300,000 bond.

The other men arrested ranged from 19 to 69 years old, according to police.

“As you can see from these photographs, these men run the gamut of ages, backgrounds, and races,” said Waters at the media briefing.

One man, Matthew Moses, believed he was talking to a stepmother that was going to allow him to have sex with her stepdaughter. Another man, 69-year-old Christopher Brand, was arrested after he allegedly tried to solicit sex from a 14-year-old.

Others arrested were a respiratory therapist at the Mayo Clinic and a former janitor with the Duval County Public Schools District.

A defense attorney for Maddox said that the man intends to fight the charges and plead not guilty.

“JSO and our partners put the highest priority on the safety and security of our children,” said Waters.

“As the internet provides new and frightening opportunities for predators to victimize our children, our investigators, along with those with our partner agencies will continue to proactively identify and apprehend child predators before they have the opportunity to act upon their perversions,” he added.

Here’s more about the sting operation:

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‘What a disgrace’: Netanyahu blasts ICC prosecutor for seeking arrest warrants against him and another Israeli official

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed International Criminal Court prosecutor Karim A. A. Khan for filing applications for arrest warrants against Netanyahu and Israeli Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant.

Khan has alleged that there are “reasonable grounds to believe” the two Israeli officials “bear criminal responsibility for … war crimes and crimes against humanity.”

‘What a travesty of justice. What a disgrace.’

Khan is also seeking arrest warrants for several Hamas figures, alleging that there are “reasonable grounds to believe” those individuals “bear criminal responsibility for … war crimes and crimes against humanity.”

Israel has been striving to wipe out Hamas in response to the heinous October 7 attack last year when terrorists perpetrated slaughter, rapes, and kidnappings.

“Israel, like all States, has a right to take action to defend its population. That right, however, does not absolve Israel or any State of its obligation to comply with international humanitarian law. Notwithstanding any military goals they may have, the means Israel chose to achieve them in Gaza – namely, intentionally causing death, starvation, great suffering, and serious injury to body or health of the civilian population – are criminal,” Khan said in a statement.

“The outrageous decision by the ICC prosecutor Karim Khan to seek arrest warrants against the democratically elected leaders of Israel, is a moral outrage of historic proportions. It will cast an everlasting mark of shame on the International Court,” Netanyahu declared. “Israel is waging a just war against Hamas, a genocidal terrorist organization that perpetrated the worst attack on the Jewish people since the Holocaust.”

He accused Khan of making a “false moral equivalence between the leaders of Israel and the henchman of Hamas. This is like creating a moral equivalence after September 11th between President Bush and Osama Bin Laden, or during World War II between FDR and Hitler. What a travesty of justice. What a disgrace,” Netanyahu said.

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President Joe Biden also characterized Khan’s move as “outrageous.”

“The ICC prosecutor’s application for arrest warrants against Israeli leaders is outrageous. And let me be clear: whatever this prosecutor might imply, there is no equivalence — none — between Israel and Hamas. We will always stand with Israel against threats to its security,” Biden said in a statement.

Democratic Sen. John Fetterman of Pennsylvania, who has been an unabashed supporter of Israel’s right to wage war in response to last year’s attack, also criticized the ICC.

“Requesting arrest warrants for both Israel and Hamas leaders suggests there is a moral equivalence between them—there is none and it’s disgusting to suggest otherwise. The ICC’s credibility is now in shambles and they have only themselves to thank,” Fetterman declared in a tweet.

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Disney’s ‘Dr. Who’ goes LGBTQ with cast of gender bending characters

It only took around four minutes for the first transgender character to show up in Disney’s new “Dr. Who” series — and viewers are overwhelmingly not pleased.

“Not only were we very quickly presented as viewers with a trans singer, but for some reason, the show’s writers also thought it would be appropriate and fun to portray this iteration of the Doctor as someone who, you know, likes to get down at gay dance clubs,” Lauren Chen comments.

The Doctor is also wearing a skirt in the opening scene.

“Him and the costume director have been very clear that he actually wanted to gender-bend the Doctor’s wardrobe in this series for some reason,” Chen says.

While the gayification of the series is undeniably a massive reason for the negative feedback, the show itself isn’t written well enough to make up for it.

“This shows attempt at providing fantastical yet sciency-seeming premises for these outrageous events to occur,” Chen explains is “failing awfully.”

The show predictably has a whopping 97% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes — but only a 36% audience rating.

“Because of course, it’s new, it’s gay, it’s black. That must make it wonderful,” Chen says, noting that one of the show’s main villains is also a drag queen who used to be on “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”

“I get that Russell T. Davies wants to be inclusive and affirming of LGBT people, but really I think it’s gotten to the point now where ‘Dr. Who’ just exists as a platform for him to expose the audience to diverse elements,” she adds.

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Man who raped 61-year-old woman had been previously arrested for being a ‘peeping Tom,’ Florida police say

Tampa police said a man arrested for raping a 61-year-old woman had been previously arrested for being a “peeping Tom” in the same community.

An arrest affidavit said that 28-year-old Jordan Davis broke into the woman’s home on Nebraska Avenue and Ellicott Street on May 10 at about 11 p.m.

‘He’s despicable.’

Police said Davis found the woman in bed and placed a pillow over her face to sexually assault her.

Davis didn’t get very far after the assault, according to police who said the victim called 911 and gave such a good description of the suspect they found him very quickly.

Tampa Police spokesman Jonee Lewis praised the woman for helping police catch the alleged assailant.

“She displayed extreme courage in, after this traumatic ordeal, being able to call us, give us such a good description that we could immediately find this person and get them off of the streets,” Lewis said.

Davis was arrested and charged with sexual battery as well as burglary.

Previously ‘peeping Tom’

Police said that the man had been previously arrested in Feb. 2023 after a woman caught him staring at her through her window for about 20 minutes.

The victim in that incident pretty much predicted what would happen if the man had not been put away.

“He needs help and he needs to be in a facility where he is not going to do this to somebody else,” said Rachel Cronin.

She says that the video appears to show him trying to gain entrance by turning the doorknob, which was locked.

“If it was unlocked, what would he have done next after watching a woman by herself in her home?”

She provided security footage to WTVT-TV showing Davis on her porch looking at her through her window. Later in the video, she can be heard yelling and cursing at him to get away from her home and never return.

Davis had been released from jail over a burglary charge just six days before the peeping Tom incident in 2013.

Neighbors were horrified to hear about the alleged rape.

“I think he’s despicable. No doubt,” said Manuel Fernandez. “My deepest heartfelt sympathies and I am so sorry that this happened to her, it’s a serious tragedy.”

“We don’t want anything like this to happen to another person in our community,” said Lewis.

Here’s more about the horrendous incident:

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Texas woman fired 8 gunshots at McDonald’s employees after complaining about missing hash browns and biscuits, police say

Texas police say a woman fired at least eight times at employees working the drive-thru at a McDonald’s restaurant in San Antonio over missing hash browns and biscuits.

San Antonio police said that no one was injured in the incident that occurred in December at the fast food location on South Laredo Street, according to an affidavit.

A woman went to the restaurant at about 5 a.m. and picked up an order before driving away. An employee involved in the shooting spoke to KENS-TV but didn’t want to be identified publicly.

‘All of us in the front started ducking and sliding.’

A half hour later, the woman returned and said she was missing parts of her order.

“When I was talking to her, I noticed that she had the wrappers on her lap. I was just like, ‘Can I see the bag?’ Because I noticed the bag,” the employee said to KENS.

The employee said the woman responded, “You didn’t give me a bag either,” even though the employee said it the bag was visible on the woman’s lap.

The employee said that the manager checked the surveillance video to see if they had handed her food, and he said they had. The employee said this lasted for another 30 minutes before the woman’s boyfriend went to the store as well.

“She was hopping from the first drive-thru window to the second window, banging, talking, yelling,” an employee recalled. She said the woman challenged them to come out and fight her.

Then the shots rang out.

“I heard the first shot, I kind of like had a late reaction,” said the employee. “Whenever the other shot started ringing out, that’s when all of us in the front started ducking and sliding.”

The employee said she had a panic attack over the shooting and was crying and scared.

The woman drove away in a gold 2011 Cadillac SUV, according to police. They said they identified the woman as 32-year-old Samantha Anthony with the help of the surveillance video and photos. They said her tattoos and stickers on the car matched with those seen on videos.

KENS was able to obtain video from a former employee showing the aftermath of the shooting as police investigated. Numerous bullet holes could be seen

Anthony was booked into the Bexar County jail on a second-degree felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. She was given a bond of $75,000.

Here’s the interview with the worker:

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In Orwellian commencement address, Fauci calls for pushback against ‘untruth’ while ignoring his own lies

Dr. Anthony Fauci came out of hiding to give the commencement speech for this year’s Columbia University graduates, and it was so dystopian, it sounded as if it were ripped straight from the pages of Orwell’s “1984.”

“Differences of opinion or ideology have in certain circumstances been reflected by egregious distortions of reality,” Fauci told the students.

“Sadly, elements of our society are driven by a cacophony of falsehoods, lies, and conspiracy theories that get repeated often enough that after a while, they stand largely unchallenged, ominously leading to an insidious acceptance of what I call ‘the normalization of untruth,’” he continued.

“Wouldn’t that sort of be like if you get the vaccine you will not get nor transmit COVID? Would it be a lie to say that six-foot social distancing was a complete lie? It was. There was no evidence that masks worked — like everything this man has pushed,” Dave Rubin, host of “The Rubin Report,” says.

Fauci went on to blame news organizations and social media and claimed that it’s relevant to those in science and medical professions because “our very identity is anchored in data, evidence, and critical thinking.”

“And we as much or more than anyone else need to push back on these distortions of truth and reality,” Fauci concluded, echoing the Orwellian idea that only the official line of “truth” should be allowed in the public sphere.

“Everything he just accused all of us of is the stuff that he and his cadre of lunatics have been doing,” Rubin concluded.

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Michael Cohen’s former lawyer testifies for defense, clashes with judge in Trump’s New York trial

Michael Cohen’s former lawyer, Robert Costello, testified for the defense on Monday in the New York criminal case against former President Donald Trump, according to live updates from the courthouse.

Trump’s lawyer, Todd Blanche, called the defense team’s first witness, Daniel Sitko, a paralegal at Blanche’s law firm.

Sitko explained that he created a summary chart of the calls between Cohen and Costello, who briefly acted as Cohen’s attorney in 2018. Cohen has argued that he never had a formal agreement with Costello to represent him.

‘You don’t give me a side eye and you don’t roll your eyes.’

Last week, Costello told lawmakers during a Weaponization of the Federal Government hearing that Cohen had repeatedly lied while testifying on the stand in the New York criminal trial against Trump, Blaze News previously reported. Costello smeared Cohen’s reputation, calling him an “inveterate liar.”

According to Costello, Cohen told him he paid the $130,000 settlement agreement to porn actress Stormy Daniels by himself and without consulting Trump. Costello argued that Cohen was desperate to regain favor with Trump and receive a position at the White House.

While testifying Monday, Sitko explained that despite Cohen’s claims, he never formally hired Costello. The two exchanged 75 calls in April, May, and June 2018. One of the phone calls lasted 96 minutes, he stated.

Costello testified for the defense on Monday afternoon. He told jurors about his first meeting with Cohen on April 17, 2018. Costello noted that one of his partners, Jeffrey Citron, also attended the meeting.

According to Costello, Cohen was “absolutely manic” throughout the two-hour meeting at the Regency Hotel in Manhattan. At the time of the meeting, the Federal Bureau of Investigation had recently raided Cohen’s hotel and office.

“He kept on pacing back and forth, left and right,” Costello testified.

He told jurors that Cohen had repeatedly said to him that Trump was not involved in the settlement agreement with Daniels.

According to Costello, Cohen said, “‘I really want you to explain to me what my options are: What’s my escape route?’ That’s the phrase he used.”

Cohen reportedly told Costello, “I swear to God, Bob, I don’t have anything on Donald Trump.” Costello said he repeated the sentence 10 to 12 times during the April meeting.

“Michael Cohen said numerous times that President Trump knew nothing about those payments, that he did this on his own. He repeated that numerous times,” Costello testified.

While on the stand, Costello became frustrated when Judge Juan Merchan sustained multiple objections from the prosecution in response to his testimony. Costello rolled his eyes, audibly sighed, and remarked, “Ridiculous.”

Merchan told Costello, “You don’t give me a side eye and you don’t roll your eyes. … When there’s a witness on the stand, if you don’t like my ruling, you don’t say ‘jeez.’ You don’t say ‘strike it.'”

At one point, Costello gave Merchan a long glare, prompting the judge to tell people to temporarily “clear the courtroom.” After a few minutes, the defense was able to proceed with its direct examination of its second witness.

During cross-examination, Costello explained that Cohen had told him he had considered suicide “because he couldn’t handle the pressure of the ongoing criminal case coming his way.”

Anything else?

Emil Bove, Trump’s attorney, stated that he does not expect to call any additional witnesses after Costello.

Blanche requested that the judge dismiss the charges against Trump, arguing that the prosecution failed to prove its case.

“There’s no evidence that there’s any idea or any intent to mislead or to hide or to falsify the business records,” Blanche told the judge. “There’s no evidence, zero, that anyone was thinking about a campaign finance charge in 2016 when this payment was made to Ms. Daniels.”

Blanche also contended that there was no evidence that any of the “purported co-conspirators had any criminal intent at the time they were engaging in this conduct.” He requested that Merchan find Cohen “not credible as a matter of law.”

“We didn’t just catch him in a lie, your honor, he came in here with a history of lying,” Blanche argued. “He testified and he lied under oath in this courtroom. … The consequences of that lie, if accepted, by the jury is a conviction.”

“There is no way the court should let this case go to the jury relying on Mr. Cohen’s testimony,” Blanche declared.

Merchan stated that he would respond to the defense’s dismissal argument at a later time.

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Lawrence O’Donnell justifies Michael Cohen embezzling money from Trump

MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell came up with a shoddy defense for Michael Cohen after he admitted during former President Donald Trump’s trial he stole money from the Trump Organization.

During his third day of testimony, Cohen
admitted he pocketed money from the Trump Organization that was supposed to go to Red Finch, a technology company. Trump’s attorney, Todd Blanche, asked Cohen about his claim he was shorted $100,000 on his yearly bonus from the Trump Organization in 2017. Cohen said he would normally get a bonus of $150,000.

“I was angered because of the reduction in the bonus, and so I just felt it was almost like self-help,” Cohen testified. “And again $130,000, to have my bonus cut by two-thirds was very upsetting to say the least.”

“You didn’t just steal the $30,000, because it was grossed up; it was $60,000,” Blanche responded.

O’Donnell said Cohen was not stealing money from Trump, but rather trying to “rebalance” the bonus he thought he deserved. O’Donnell also noted the money Cohen took was less than the normal amount he had received in the past.

‘Now, there’s an argument to be made that actually you’re just an opportunistic thief.’

“Later, when Cohen was asked about that on redirect by the prosecution, it didn’t really sound like stealing $30,000. It sounded a lot like Michael Cohen, doing the little that he could within that calculation to rebalance the bonus he thought he was deserved, and it still came out as less than the bonus he thought he deserved and the bonus he’d gotten a year before,” O’Donnell said.

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In contrast, attorney Danny Cevallos
told MSNBC Cohen admitting he stole money from Trump’s business undermines the excuse he has put on for years: that he did illegal things only out of loyalty to Trump.

“Now, there’s an argument to be made that actually you’re just an opportunistic thief. You literally pocketed money from your employer. And I — as a — as an attorney, the idea, first of all, of paying in bags of cash is — look, defense attorneys, I do not like to accept cash. I — I — frankly, I refuse to accept cash. It’s only asking for trouble,” Cevallos said.

“But dealing in these — these sandwich bags of cash, these brown paper bags of cash to pay people is already problematic. But the idea that he would just grab a wad of cash and stick it in his pocket, I think, has moved Michael Cohen from this figure where he’s part Tom Hagen from ‘The Godfather,’ but really more like Fredo Corleone, to now this guy is just a thief,” he added.

On CNN, attorney Elie Honig said the crime Cohen admitted to doing is more serious than the charges Trump is facing in the trial.

“And by the way, the fact that he was ever charged with larceny is important because stealing $60,000 through fraud, which would be larceny in New York State is more serious of a crime than falsifying business,” Honig explained.

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Teen rapper shoots himself to death while filming video

A teenager in Virginia has died after shooting himself in the head while filming a social media video.

Last week, 17-year-old Raleigh Freeman III, better known on the local rap scene as Rylo Huncho, was on an Instagram livestream when tragedy struck.

One video shows Huncho pretending to fire a gun and then slit his throat as he raps about the ‘homicide’ of another individual.

While talking to the camera, Huncho was flashing a handgun with a built-in laser. He then said, “F*** y’all, n***a,” pointed the gun at his head, and apparently accidentally pulled the trigger. The gun discharged with the livestream video still going.

Huncho was immediately raced to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Suffolk, Virginia, the Direct reported, and it appears he clung to life for some time. Hours later, Twin Porter, described as a close “associate” of Huncho, reported on Facebook that Huncho had died.

“And to get a text saying he passed away is heartbreaking and to hear the mean things y’all are saying about Railey [sic] is so wrong on every level please god give his mother the strength to deal with the devastating pain she’s in,” Porter posted to Facebook on Thursday morning.

Because of the shocking nature of the livestream, the video of it then went viral on social media. Out of respect for the young man and his family, Blaze News is not sharing the video.

A GoFundMe page initiated by Monica Savage, who is believed to be Huncho’s cousin, claimed that Huncho was his mother’s only child. “Suicide/accidental was the cause of his death we are still trying to figure out why,” Savage wrote. The account has since accrued nearly $2,700 of its $15,000 goal.

A brief glance at Huncho’s TikTok page reveals that he made a lot of references to violence in the content he created. One video shows Huncho pretending to fire a gun and then slit his throat as he raps about the “homicide” of another individual. “I tryin’ cut dat n***a neck and watch that n***a f***in’ [die],” Huncho says in the video.

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Im tryna cut that nicca neck n watch that nicca fuccin die 👨🏾‍🦯

In another TikTok video, Huncho raps about drinking heavily and carrying a weapon. “B***h, I walk up in this school sippin’ dirty lemonade. You know I feel just like a man cuz I walk off with a Glock,” he says.

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Hip Hop Vibe reported that Huncho’s death “has sparked conversations about the responsibilities of social media platforms and the influence they have on young users.” The Direct indicated that investigation into his death remains “ongoing.”

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