Former President Donald Trump rallied voters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, during a "Commit to Caucus" campaign event Saturday, focusing on his agenda and calling out "the worst, most corrupt president in the history of the United States of America." "We don't like corrupt politicians like Joe Biden. Without question, this is the worst president, most corrupt president in the history of the United States of America without question," Trump exclaimed, in anticipation of next month's Iowa GOP presidential caucuses. "And I promise you this, if you put me back in the White House there, rain will be over and America will be a free nation once again." When speaking about keeping America safe, Trump said he would immediately implement travel restrictions on terror-plagued countries."I will immediately restore and expand the Trump travel ban on entry from terror-plagued countries and I will implement strong ideological screening on all immigrants as we have no choice," he said. "If you hate America, if you want to abolish Israel, if you sympathize with jihad[ists], then we don't want you in our country, and you're not going to come into our country."TRUMP CAMPAIGN CALLS DESANTIS 'THIRSTY ONLYFANS WANNABE' FOR DEBATING NEWSOM: 'KISS OF DEATH' Former President Donald Trump speaks during a rally Wednesday in Dubuque, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall/File)Adding to his remarks on a travel ban and current unrest in the Middle East, Trump pointed to the historic Abraham Accords, and described how he would make sure there was worldwide peace once again if elected."So for four straight years, I kept America safe. I kept Ukraine safe. None of this stuff would have happened. And I kept the entire world safe," Trump said. DESANTIS STOPS IN ALL 99 IOWA COUNTIES, BUT WILL IT HELP HIM CLOSE THE GAP WITH TRUMP, STAY AHEAD OF HALEY? Former President Trump gestures onstage during a rally in Alabama. (Julie Bennett/Getty Images/File)Trump added he would do everything in his power to keep the United States out of a war. "I will prevent World War III. I will prevent it. On my first day back in the White House, I will terminate every open-border policy of the Biden administration, stop the invasion on our southern border, and begin the largest domestic deportation operation in American history," Trump said. RAPPER SAYS HE 'WISHES' TRUMP WERE STILL PRESIDENT, 'BIDEN GOT TO GO' BECAUSE OF HIGH GAS AND FOOD PRICES Former President Trump gestures to the crowd at a campaign event in South Carolina. (Sean Rayford/Getty Images/File)CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP"We are a nation that has lost its way, but we are not going to allow this horror to continue. Three years ago, we were a great nation, and we will soon be a great nation again," he said. 
Published33 minutes agoShareclose panelShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingImage source, Getty ImagesBy Rachelle Krygier & Vanessa BuschschlüterBBC Monitoring & BBC NewsVenezuelans are voting in a referendum on Sunday which has ratcheted up the tension between the South American country and its neighbour, Guyana.The Venezuelan government has called the referendum to measure popular support for its historical claim to a contested oil-rich swathe of jungle currently administered by Guyana. The 159,500-sq-km (61,600-square-mile) region is known as Essequibo and makes up two thirds of the total of the land currently controlled by Guyana. It is home to 125,000 of Guyana's 800,000 citizens. The dispute over the area has been rumbling on for more than a century.In 1899, an international arbitral tribunal awarded the area to Britain, which at the time was the colonial power ruling over Guyana, or British Guiana, as it was then known.Guyana: Key factsCapital: GeorgetownArea: 214,970 sq kmPopulation: 795,400Languages: English, Guyanese Creole, plus others)President: Irfaan AliRead more about Guyana: Guyana country profile But this ruling has been dismissed as unfair by successive Venezuelan governments over the past 60 years.In 1966, Britain and Venezuela reached an agreement - known as the Geneva Agreement - to establish a commission made up of representatives of Guyana, which became independent from Britain that same year, and Venezuela to revisit the territorial dispute. But even though almost six decades have passed since, there still has been no resolution.The dispute flared up in 2015, after US giant ExxonMobil discovered oil in Essequibo's offshore waters.Guyana scrambles to make the most of oil wealthIn 2018, Guyana took the case to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), after being given the green light by the Secretary-General of the United Nations. The ICJ, based in The Hague, in the Netherlands, is the principal judicial body of the United Nations, with one of its primary roles being the resolution of legal disputes between states.It can take years for the ICJ to issue rulings and the first step in most cases is for it to decide whether it has jurisdiction, that is whether it has the legal authority to rule on a particular dispute. In 2020, the ICJ ruled that it had jurisdiction to hear the dispute but it has yet to decide on the merits of the case, meaning whether the 1899 arbitral award giving the Essequibo to Guyana stands.Venezuela has not accepted that the ICJ has jurisdiction but has so far continued to attend the court's hearings.Tension rose further, when the government of Guyana held an auction in September of this year at which oil companies bid for exploration licences in Essequibo waters.This move and a further "significant" new oil discovery made in those waters just over a month ago has increased the pressure on the Venezuelan government.Venezuela has the world's largest proven oil reserves but the US imposed sweeping sanctions on the South American country's oil sector in 2019.The Venezuelan government, which has been led by President Nicolás Maduro since 2013, is also under international pressure to allow free and fair elections in 2024.The US recently eased the sanctions it had imposed on Venezuela's oil industry in exchange for the government lifting a ban on the main opposition candidate, María Corina Machado.Image source, EPAHowever, the ban on Ms Machado running for office remains in place even though a deadline set by the US expired on 30 November. Many analysts see the Essequibo referendum as a tactical response by President Maduro to whip up nationalist fervour and distract from the calls for free and fair elections.While the referendum is only consultative in nature - that is, it will not have any legal weight outside of Venezuela - Guyana has condemned it as an aggressive attempt at "annexation".Venezuelan voters are being asked to provide a "Yes" or "No" answer to five questions.The first two basically ask whether Venezuelans support the country's claim over the Essequibo region based on the Venezuelan arguments - the alleged invalidity of the 1899 arbitral award and the validity of the 1966 Geneva Agreement. The third question asks voters if they agree with the Maduro government's refusal to accept that the ICJ has jurisdiction in the case. This is a controversial question, since many Venezuelan opposition leaders and observers say snubbing the ICJ undermines Venezuela's position.Question four asks if Venezuelans "agree to oppose by all means in accordance with the law" Guyana's "unilateral" use of the sea waters off Essequibo - a reference to Guyana issuing oil licencing for this offshore area.Image source, Getty ImagesCritics have questioned the use of "by all means" in this question, wondering if this could include military force.The fifth question asks for approval for "the creation of the Guayana Esequiba state" and its "incorporation into the map of Venezuelan territory", language particularly objected to by Guyana which says this amounts to the effective "annexation" of territory it currently administers.Some observers are concerned about what the Maduro government plans to do if - as is widely expected - the result of the referendum shows ample backing for the five questions. They point to plans announced by Venezuela's armed forces for the construction of an airstrip close to the current demarcation boundary with Guyana. Pro-opposition security expert Rocío San Miguel warned the government was "using" the Essequibo issue following the success of the primary held by opposition parties in October, which saw more than 2.4m people turn out.Venezuelan opposition unites behind María Corina Machado"Nothing is more potent to divert attention than to bring up a powerful, attractive issue that appeals to patriotic sentiment," Ms San Miguel said.Image source, EPAShe warned that some of the Essequibo referendum questions, if endorsed in the referendum, could give the Maduro government "ridiculous power" to potentially even initiate an armed conflict.Guyana's Vice-President Bharrat Jagdeo has publicly warned Venezuela that any "aggressive acts" would "not go unpunished", adding that his government had "secured" widespread international support.Guyanese President Irfaan Ali visited the Essequibo with military commanders in late November to reassure local inhabitants and declared he was committed to solving the border dispute "peacefully".The ICJ also ordered Venezuela on Friday to refrain from any concrete action that may alter the status quo in the Essequibo.More on this storyGuyana scrambles to make the most of oil wealthPublished11 September


Published1 hour agoShareclose panelShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingImage source, Getty ImagesBy James ClaytonNorth America technology reporterElon Musk's profane attack on advertisers boycotting X, formally known as Twitter, has baffled experts. If advertisers keep leaving and don't come back, can X survive?In April, I sat down with Musk for the first of his many chaotic interviews about his acquisition of X. He said something that, in hindsight, was rather revealing, but which passed me by at the time. Talking about advertising, he said: "If Disney feels comfortable advertising children's movies [on Twitter], and Apple feels comfortable advertising iPhones, those are good indicators that Twitter is a good place to advertise."Seven months later, Disney and Apple are no longer advertising on X - and Musk is telling companies that have left to "Go [expletive] yourself."In a fiery interview on Wednesday he also used the "b" word - bankruptcy, in a sign of just how much the ad boycott is damaging the company's bottom line.For a company he bought for $44bn (£35bn) last year, bankruptcy might sound unthinkable. But it is possible. To understand why, you have to look at how reliant X is on advertising revenue - and why advertisers are not coming back. Although we don't have the latest figures, last year around 90% of X's revenue was from advertising. It is the heart of the business.On Wednesday Musk more than hinted at this. "If the company fails… it will fail because of an advertiser boycott. And that will be what bankrupts the company." he said. Image source, Getty ImagesMark Gay, chief client officer at marketing consultancy at Ebiquity, which works with hundreds of companies, says there is no sign anyone is returning."The money has come out and nobody is putting a strategy in place for reinvesting there," he says.To make matters worse, on Friday retail giant Walmart announced it was no longer advertising on X.After Musk had told advertisers who quit X where to go in Wednesday's interview at the New York Times DealBook Summit, he said something that made advertisers wince even harder."Hi Bob", he said - a reference to the chief executive of Disney, Bob Iger. When Musk puts chief executives "in his crosshairs" like this they will be even more reticent to be involved with X, says Lou Paskalis, of marketing consultancy AJL Advisory.Jasmine Enberg, principal analyst at Insider Intelligence, adds: "It doesn't take a social media expert to understand and to know that publicly and personally attacking advertisers and companies that pay X's bills is not going to be good for business."So could X really go bankrupt? If advertisers are gone for good, what does Musk have?When I interviewed him in April, it was clear he understood that subscriptions on X were not going to replace advertising money."If you have a million people that are subscribed for, let's say, $100 a year-ish, that's $100m. That's a fairly small revenue stream relative to advertising," he told me.In 2022, Twitter's advertising revenue was around $4bn. Insider Intelligence estimates this year it will drop to $1.9bn. Elon Musk launches profane attack on X advertisersElon Musk visits Israel after antisemitism rowThe company has two major outlays. The first is its staffing bill. Musk has cut X to the bone already, laying off thousands. The second is servicing the loans Musk took out to buy Twitter, totalling about $13bn. Reuters has reported that the company now has to pay $1.2bn or so in interest payments every year. If the company cannot service the interest on its loans or afford to pay staff then, yes, X really could go bankrupt. But that would be an extreme scenario that Musk would surely want to avoid. Image source, ReutersHe has options. By far the simplest thing for Musk would be to put more of his money in - but it sounds like he doesn't want to do that. Musk could try to renegotiate with the banks for less onerous interest payments. He could ask, for example, for "payment in kind" interest - where payments are delayed. But if renegotiation does not work and the banks don't get their money, then bankruptcy could be the only option, and at that point the banks could try to push for a change in management. "It would be very messy and complex," says Jared Ellias, a professor of law at Harvard Law School. "And it would be extremely challenging. It would create a lot of news because he would constantly get deposed and have to testify in court."It could be terrible for Musk's business reputation, and would also impact how Musk could borrow money in the future. And in a bankruptcy scenario, would X simply stop working? "I find that to be very hard to believe," says Ellias. "If that happened, it'd be because Elon decided to pull the rug out. But even then, if he were to do that, the creditors would have the option of pushing the company into bankruptcy, getting a trustee appointed and turning the lights back on," he says.What next for Musk?The obvious solution to all these problems for X is to simply find another revenue stream - and fast. Musk is certainly trying.He has launched a new audio and video calls service. Last month he streamed himself playing video games - he hopes X can compete with apps like Twitch.He wants X to become the "everything app", covering everything from chat to online payments.According to the New York Times, which got hold of the pitch deck Musk was giving to investors last year, X was supposed to bring in $15m from a payments business in 2023, growing to about $1.3bn by 2028. X is also sitting on a huge treasure trove of data, and its vast archive of conversations can be used to train chatbots. Musk believes this data is vastly valuable. So X does have potential.But in the short term, none of these options plug the hole advertisers have left. It's why Musk's profane outburst was so baffling to many. "I don't have any theories that make sense," Paskalis says. "There is a revenue model in his head that eludes me."This video can not be playedTo play this video you need to enable JavaScript in your browser.More on this storyElon Musk launches profane attack on X advertisersPublished2 days agoWhat is WeChat and why does Elon Musk want to copy it?Published29 JulyElon Musk visits Israel after antisemitism rowPublished5 days agoX sues pressure group over antisemitism claimsPublished21 NovemberX ad boycott gathers pace amid antisemitism stormPublished18 November
Jason Witten was named a Pro Bowler 11 times and is likely a Hall of Famer.The Dallas Cowboys legend led Liberty Christian High School in Argyle, Texas, to the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) Division II state championship Friday with a 52-10 victory over Regents.Witten retired in 2021 after playing 17 seasons, 16 with the Cowboys and the final one with the Las Vegas Raiders. He was named the head coach at Liberty Christian just days after he announced his retirement.CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Jason Witten watches from the sideline during the TSSAA Class 4A Blue Cross Bowl football game between Tullahoma and Elizabethton at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. (Brianna Paciorka/News Sentinel/USA Today Network.)LBHS went 2-8 in Witten's first season and finished 10-2 in 2022. This season, the team finished 14-0."Football's changed my life. It's given me so much over the years. This is what you play for and coach for," Witten told CBS News Texas after the game."These kids have taught me so much. This is why I fell in love with the game as a kid, the life lessons we learn. And these kids will take this with them for the rest of their life." Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten (82) during a game against the Los Angeles Rams Dec. 15, 2019, Arlington, Texas. (Tom Hauck/Getty Images)GEORGIA CONGRESSMAN TROLLS DEADSPIN WITH PHOTOSHOPPED FACEPAINT AHEAD OF SEC TITLE GAMEWitten's program dominated just about every team it faced. Its closest margin of victory all season was 28 points, and it outscored opponents 716-96.Witten has two sons on the team, junior CJ and freshman Cooper, both of whom are top performers on defense. The junior had 84 tackles this season, while the younger Witten had 58.It was the school's first title since 2007. Jason Witten of the Dallas Cowboys prior to a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia Dec. 22, 2019. (Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPDuring his career, Witten caught 1,228 passes (fourth-most all time) for 13,046 yards and 74 touchdowns, cementing himself as one of the best tight ends ever.
Published17 minutes agoShareclose panelShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingImage source, AFPOne person has died and another has been injured in an attack on a street in central Paris.France's Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said an attacker had targeted passers-by around the Quai de Grenelle, which is close to the Eiffel Tower.He added that the assailant had been arrested and the injured person was being treated by emergency services. Citing a police source, AFP news agency described the incident as a stabbing attack.A police operation is ongoing around the Bir-Hakeim metro station, and authorities have urged people to avoid the area.
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Another blow to Ron DeSantis' presidential campaign as another top official of his main political action committee (PAC) has left his campaign, the second to step down in the last two weeks, according to the Associated Press.Former Nevada attorney general and Never Back Down Chairman Adam Laxalt submitted his resignation letter last Sunday, according to a spokesperson from the campaign, which was first reported by The New York Times.According to the report, Laxalt turned in his resignation to the group’s board on Nov. 26, just four days after Jankowski’s exit, explaining that he needed to shift his focus. "Effective immediately, I am resigning from the Board of Directors of Never Back Down. After nearly 26 straight months of being in a full scale campaign, I need to return my time and attention to my family and law practice," Laxalt wrote to the super PAC board. "I will continue to support Governor DeSantis in whatever ways I can, and I hope and pray that his campaign will be successful."TOP DESANTIS BACKER RESIGNS FROM SUPER PAC AMID INTERNAL TURMOIL: 'UNTENABLE' ENVIRONMENT Adam Laxalt speaks at a 2022 Republican midterm election night party at Red Rock Casino in Las Vegas. (Mario Tama/Getty Images/File)Last week, the super PAC’s chief executive, Chris Jankowski, was the first top official to resign from DeSantis' campaign. Both departures come as DeSantis struggles to energize his presidential campaign, which officials say has fallen short of expectations.According to reports, the departures mark a dark chapter for the super PAC, which launched earlier this year with more than $80 million in seed money.HALEY CELEBRATES MOMENTUM AS GOP RIVALS RAMP UP ATTACKS: 'THESE GUYS KNOW WE'RE SURGING' Adam Laxalt, right, with a supporter in 2022. (Ashley Soriano/Fox News/File)Despite losing Laxalt and Jankowski, Never Back Down remains fueled by DeSantis supporters as another super PAC led by DeSantis loyalists has just launched, Fight Right, which is focused on leading the charge for television advertising for DeSantis. In a note sent to donors Monday, DeSantis campaign manager James Uthmeier outlined his vision for the roles the super PACs would play. DESANTIS STOPS IN ALL 99 IOWA COUNTIES, BUT WILL IT HELP HIM CLOSE THE GAP WITH TRUMP, STAY AHEAD OF HALEY? Adam Laxalt (Laxalt for U.S. Senate)CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP"In the final push for the Iowa Caucus victory, this campaign will proudly fight alongside NBD’s impressive ground game, and Fight Right’s television team, to show the people of Iowa that this is a time for choosing, and Ron DeSantis is the candidate that can WIN!" Uthmeier wrote. "We are blessed to have both an NBD-army and Fight Right-air force out there fighting for us."
Former New York Republican Rep. George Santos vowed to file a handful of ethics complaints next week against several of his former colleagues just hours after he was expelled from Congress in a vote by the House of Representatives.In a series of social media posts Friday night, Santos said he would be filing ethics complaints Monday against four different members of the House — Nicole Malliotakis, R-N.Y., Mike Lawler, R-N.Y., Nick LaLota R-N.Y., and Rob Menendez, D-N.J. — over alleged campaign finance violations and stock trading habits, among other alleged ethics violations.Santos, expelled Friday by his House colleagues in a 311-114 vote, has not been convicted of a crime, but he has been indicted on 23 counts related to wire fraud, identity theft, falsification of records, credit card fraud and other charges. Santos has been accused of using campaign funds on a number of luxury goods and treatments such as botox. He has pleaded not guilty.EMBATTLED GOP REP GEORGE SANTOS EXPELLED FROM HOUSE In a series of social media posts Friday night, Santos said he would be filing ethics complaints Monday against four different members of the House. (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc)As for the complaint against Malliotakis, Santos said it will prioritize "her questionable stock trading since joining the Ways and Means committee this Congress.""Let’s talk about hypocrisy. Can someone ask Nicole MalioStockTips when did she become a savant in stock trading?" Santos wondered in a post to X."The signature bank trades she did REEKS of insider trading much like Paul Pelosi’s every trade!" he added, referring to the husband of Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif."Before joining the committee the congresswoman didn’t have an active trading habit or a high volume stake," Santos continued in remarks about Malliotakis. "The question is, what set of information is she trading with?"The complaint against Lawler, according to Santos, deals with the congressman "engaging in laundering money" by funneling campaign funds through a company he owns stake in."The concerning questions are; is Mr Lawler engaging in laundering money from his campaign to his firm then into his own pocket?" Santos wrote in one post. "I will let the Office of Congressional Ethics be the judge of that."As for LaLota, Santos questioned whether the Empire State lawmaker was a "no-show" at his local board of elections position during his tenure in law school."Did Rep Lalota no-show to his tax pay funded job while going to school and if so he can potential have stolen public funds form the tax payers of NY," Santos wrote in another post. "I will let the Office of Congressional Ethics determine the validity of this grave allegation raised in his local media."Will Kiley, a LoLota spokesperson, told The Hill that Santos "is just mad the congressman has three actual degrees, while he lied about one."FETTERMAN DEMANDS SEN. MENENDEZ TO BE EXPELLED FROM SENATE ON ‘THE VIEW’: ‘SENATOR FOR EGYPT NOT NEW JERSEY’Santos also called into question Rob Menendez's relationship with his father, Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., who has been federally charged for allegedly participating in a bribery scheme. Santos specifically raised concerns over what Menendez may have known about his father's crimes, asking "what did he know and when did he know it.""I think it’s a fair point to make sure we weed out the doubt surrounding Rep Menendez and his business associations with his father," Santos added.In a statement to The Hill, Menendez spokesman Michael Zhadanovsky dismissed Santos' threat."George Santos is neither Rep. Menendez’s colleague nor a constituent, so we will not expend any energy responding to his Botox-fueled fits of rage," said Zhadanovsky.Aside from those he's seeking to file ethics complaints against, Santos also signaled he's looking forward to seeing "who will be the Republican that will have the testicular fortitude to pick up my privileged motion to expel Bowman and reintroduce it!"Fox News did not receive an immediate response from the four lawmakers' offices about Santos' comments.The House's vote against Santos made him the first House lawmaker to be expelled in more than 20 years. Expelling a member of Congress takes a two-thirds majority vote. The last time a House lawmaker was expelled was more than two decades ago, when late former Rep. Jim Traficant, D-Ohio, was voted out of Congress in 2002. Santos said he expected to be expelled from Congress during a Friday morning interview on "FOX & Friends." (Annabelle Gordon/Bloomberg via Getty Images)CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPSantos said he expected to be expelled from Congress during a Friday morning interview on "FOX & Friends."Fox News' Elizabeth Elkind contributed to this report.
Los Angles police announced an arrest has been made in the killing of at least three homeless people and one additional individual.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP The Los Angeles Police Department released this surveillance image of a potential serial killing suspect targeting homeless people in the city. (LAPD)Police announced during a press conference on Saturday that Jerrid Powell, 33, was arrested in relation to the murders.This is a developing story.
Since Gerry Turner proposed and became the first engaged "Golden Bachelor," there’s been quite a buzz about whether his new relationship will last. As former "Bachelor" and "Bachelorette" stars kicked off the holidays at iHeartRadio 102.7 KIIS FM’S Jingle Ball 2023 event, many offered advice to Turner. "I think in terms of advice … I do think it's going to last. I'm a hopeless romantic … or a hopeful romantic, maybe I'll say," former "Bachelorette" star Trista Sutter told Fox News Digital. ‘GOLDEN BACHELOR' GERRY TURNER IS ENGAGED AFTER FINDING LOVE AGAIN: ‘YOU’RE THE PERSON I CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT' Trista Sutter predicts whether "Golden Bachelor" star Gerry Turner’s relationship will last. (Getty Images)"I did give him advice that he used even in his proposal, and that was to find somebody that he can't live without."Former "Bachelor" star Bob Guiney joined Sutter on the red carpet and added that her advice worked for her relationship as the first-ever "Bachelorette." The reality star continues to have a strong relationship with her husband, Ryan Sutter. WATCH: TRISTA SUTTER GIVES ‘GOLDEN BACHELOR’ STAR GERRY TURNER’S RELATIONSHIP ADVICE The two met on the reality show and share two children, son Maxwell Alston and daughter Blakesley Grace.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP"Bachelor" alum Rachel Recchia spoke of a moment during the "Golden Bachelor’s" season finale. Gerry Turner gave his final rose to Theresa Nist. (John Fleenor/Disney via Getty Images)"It was so emotional but so heartwarming. … I'm really happy for Gary and Theresa," Recchia told Fox News Digital. "And hope Leslie was able to get the closure she needed last night too."‘GOLDEN BACHELOR’ FINALE: 5 BOMBSHELL CLAIMS ABOUT GERRY TURNERWATCH: ‘THE BACHELOR’ ALUM RACHEL RECCHIA WISHES ‘GOLDEN BACHELOR’ ‘ALL THE HAPPINESS’Although Turner told the final two "Golden Bachelor" contestants he was in love with both of them, he said goodbye to Leslie and chose Theresa Nist to spend forever with. After the "Golden Bachelor" turned out to be a hit, program alumni are rooting for potential future seasons of "The Golden Bachelorette" and even "The Golden Bachelor in Paradise.""The ‘Golden Bachelorette’ has to happen," former "Bachelor" star Ben Higgins and his wife told Fox News Digital.  ‘GOLDEN BACHELOR’ STAR DETAILS ‘FIRST-EVER’ STD TEST TO QUALIFY FOR SHOW: ‘A LITTLE BIT OF A TENDER MOMENT’WATCH: ‘BACHELOR’ STAR BEN HIGGINS ROOTS FOR POTENTIAL ‘GOLDEN BACHELORETTE’LIKE WHAT YOU’RE READING? CLICK HERE FOR MORE ENTERTAINMENT NEWS"We were with a lot of the women last night. … They're beautiful … gorgeous, they're funny, they're smart, they're charismatic. There [are] so many people there who not only deserve love but could really be good on television. So, yes, they have to do it. … I will publicly be very upset if ‘The Golden Bachelorette’ doesn’t happen," he laughed.During iHeartRadio’s Jingle Ball 2023 event at the Kia Forum in Inglewood, California, Friday, many of the "Bachelor" and "Bachelorette" stars expressed they were most excited to see Miguel and Olivia Rodrigo perform for the evening. Olivia Rodrigo attends KIIS FM's iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2023 presented by Capital One at The Kia Forum. (Getty Images)CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR THE ENTERTAINMENT NEWSLETTERWedding bells are in order for the "Golden Bachelor" Turner and his new fiancé, Theresa. After the engagement, the couple announced they’ll be married in a live wedding ceremony scheduled to air in January 2024. 
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Saturday said that California Gov. Gavin Newsom, with whom he engaged in a feisty debate on "Hannity" this week, is "obviously preparing" to run for president — despite denials from his Democrat rival.DeSantis was in Sioux City, Iowa and took aim at what he said were the "failed" policies in the liberal California state, as he had done at the televised debate between him and Newsom on Thursday night."It's the policies. It's the policies that are driving people out. This is ultimately the choice for the country: Are we going to embrace freedom like Florida has or are we going to embrace failure? The same policies that have failed in Illinois and California and New York aren't all of a sudden going to work well nationally," he said.NEWSOM, DESANTIS DEBATE GETS HEATED OVER COVID, TAX POLICIES  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (Fox News Digital)"What they've done in California is the petri dish for what I think the Democrats would want to do nationally," he said, before speculating as to which potential president that would be under."Maybe that's a [President] Biden second term. Maybe that's [Vice-President] Harris, Maybe it's Newsom," he said. "He's obviously preparing to potentially go in. I think America saw, though, that what he's selling is not something that is very appetizing."LIBERAL COLUMNIST PRAISES 'PATRIOTIC' NEWSOM FOR 'SHADOW CAMPAIGN,' SLAMS DEMOCRATS FOR BACKING BIDENNewsom has been the subject of significant speculation about a potential presidential run, but has repeatedly denied that he is gearing up for a White House run. DeSantis, meanwhile, is running for the Republican nomination in 2024, although polls show him significantly behind former President Donald Trump. California Gov. Gavin Newsom (Fox News Digital)Newsom took a jab at DeSantis over his standing in the polls in the debate on Thursday night.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP"There are profound differences tonight, and I look forward to engaging them. But there's one thing…that we have in common, is neither of us will be the nominee for our party in 2024," he said.DeSantis later accused Newsom of wanting to run for president: "You just won't admit it," he said.
How much money do you think it will cost to save the world from a climate catastrophe?According to King Charles III, it's about $5 trillion. Every year.That’s what the British royal told a packed conference of green advocates and state leaders on Friday who flew from all around the world – many on private jets – to meet up at the plush United Nations climate summit in Dubai, known as COP 28. King Charles III in Dubai for the COP 28 summit. (Andrew Matthews/PA Images via Getty Images)US COMMITS TO SHUTTING DOWN ITS COAL PLANTS DURING COP28Warning that the world is "hurdling into dangerous, uncharted territory," Charles, 75, said he was praying for "transformational action" to come out of the gathering.  "How can we bring together our public, private, philanthropic and NGO [non-governmental organization] sectors ever more effectively, so that they all play their part in delivering climate action?" Charles asked the crowd, which included former Vice President Al Gore and Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres.Public finance alone won’t cut it, he added. "But with the private sector firmly at the table… we could mobilize the trillions of dollars we need, in the order of four-and-a-half to five trillion a year, to drive the transformation we need." U.S. Special Envoy for Climate John Kerry, speaking at COP 28, left, and the Brandon Shores Power Plant, in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Sean Gallup and Mark Wilson via Getty)To put that figure into perspective, it is about 20% of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product in 2022 which was $25.46 trillion, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.Charles did not give a breakdown of who should pay what, or where exactly the money would go, although he did say that the funds should flow to projects driving sustainable changes and away from practices that "make our world more dangerous."Part of the funds, at least, would likely be placed in the Green Climate Fund, a United Nations fund tasked with helping developing countries mitigate and combat climate change. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP COP28 logo on the opening day of the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP28 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on November 30, 2023. (Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images)On Saturday, the U.S. pledged $3 billion to the fund, on top of an additional $2 billion previously delivered by the United States. U.S. Special Envoy for Climate John Kerry announced at the summit that the United States will not build any new coal plants and will phase out existing plants to limit global warming to 1.5 Celsius.In his speech, Charles also called on different types of organizations to come together to fight climate change and asked for the world to ramp up investment in green, renewable energy."Some important progress has been made, but it worries me greatly that we remain so dreadfully far off track," Charles said.It is unclear if Charles will be donating to the fund. The Royal family is worth $28 billion, according to Forbes.
We all have photos that capture our precious moments in life. Whether it’s a family vacation, a graduation ceremony or a birthday party, we want to preserve these memories and share them with others.But sometimes our photos are not perfect. They might be blurry, overexposed or have unwanted objects in the background. That’s where photo editing tools come in handy. With a few clicks, we can crop, rotate, adjust and enhance our photos to make them look more appealing. But what if we could do more than that? What if we could use artificial intelligence (AI) to change the content of our photos and make them look even better?CLICK TO GET KURT’S FREE CYBERGUY NEWSLETTER WITH SECURITY ALERTS, QUICK VIDEO TIPS, TECH REVIEWS, AND EASY HOW-TO’S TO MAKE YOU SMARTERHow AI-powered photo editing tools make photos look betterAI-powered photo editing tools are becoming more advanced and accessible. These tools use generative AI, a branch of AI that can create new content from scratch or modify existing content based on some input. Here are some mobile apps where you can use generative AI to enhance your photos.Adobe Firefly Adobe Firefly photo editing tool. (Adobe Firefly)Adobe, renowned for Photoshop, introduces Adobe Firefly, a generative AI engine that revolutionizes photo editing. With Firefly, you can edit photos and insert new content through simple text-based prompts.For instance, you can type commands like "add some clouds" or "change the season to winter," and Firefly will generate realistic images that match your request. Firefly's Generative Fill can also miraculously repair old and or heavily damaged photos while removing unwanted elements. You can use Adobe Firefly to make those photos look like new again.Try Adobe FireflyWHAT IS ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI)?Canva Canva photo editing tool. (Canva)Canva is an AI-powered design app that lets you create stunning graphics, logos, flyers, posters and more. You can use its auto-enhancement features and Magic Edit tool to improve your photos with one click. You can also choose from millions of templates, fonts, icons and images to customize your designs.Try CanvaMORE: HOW TO TAKE GREAT FAMILY PHOTOS AND INCLUDE YOURSELF IN THEMFacetune Facetune photo editing tool. (Facetune)Facetune is the world’s most popular selfie editor, powered by AI. You can edit, enhance and retouch your photos and videos with just a few taps. You can also try on different makeup, hair colors and clothes and even transform your selfies into stunning versions of yourself.Try FacetuneMORE:5 SURPRISING THINGS YOU CAN DO WITH YOUR PHOTOS IN IOS 17Lensa Lensa photo editing tool. (Lensa)Lensa is a mobile AI photo editor that specializes in portrait editing. You can use it to smooth your skin, whiten your teeth, change your eye color and apply makeup effects. You can also adjust the lighting, contrast and saturation of your photos to make them more flattering.Try LensaMORE: SAY IT WITH PHOTOS: THE BEST DIGITAL PHOTO photo editing tool. ( is an AI photo editor that automatically optimizes your photos for different purposes. You can use it to enhance your photos for social media, e-commerce, real estate and more. It also provides sky replacement, perspective correction and image relighting features to make your photos look more professional.Try Autoenhance.aiMORE: BEST PHOTOBOOK GIFTSGoogle’s Magic Editor Google’s Magic Editor tool. (Google)Google's Magic Editor is an AI-powered photo editing tool that lets users make professional-level edits on their smartphone. Users can remove unwanted parts of photos, such as backgrounds, objects, or people, to create stunning images. Magic Editor also allows users to edit videos and audio with just a few taps, using AI to adjust the quality and effects.Try Google's Magic EditorMORE: THE MISTAKE THAT DELETED AN ENTIRE FAMILY'S PHOTO ALBUMPhoto Scan by Photomyne Photomyne photo editing tool. (Photomyne)This unique technology not only fixes discolored or unfocused images but also performs something exceptional. It uses AI to bring together individuals from different images and seamlessly merge them into a single picture. Imagine reuniting grandparents with grandchildren they've never met or rectifying a family photo when a family member couldn't be present.You can also use Photomyne to scan and digitize your old photos and slides and create beautiful albums and slideshows to share with your loved ones. Photomyne preserves your precious memories and makes them easy to access and enjoy anytime, anywhere.Try PhotomyneMORE: HOW TO DIGITIZE OLD PHOTOS AND SLIDESThe impact of AI photo editing on our memoriesWhile AI-powered photo editing tools can offer us many benefits, they also raise some ethical and psychological questions. How do these tools affect our perception of reality and our sense of self? How do they influence our memory and our emotions? And how do they affect our relationships and our trust in others?One of the main concerns is that AI can photoshop our memories and make them look different from what they really were. When we edit our photos with AI, we might alter our memories as well. We might remember things that did not happen, forget things that did happen or mix up things that happened at different times or places. We might also change our emotional attachment to our memories, making them more positive or negative than they actually were.Kurt's key takeawaysAI-powered photo editing tools are here to stay, and they will likely become more sophisticated and widespread in the future. While they have the potential to enhance our photos and our memories, they also pose some risks and challenges.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPWe need to be aware of the impact of these tools on our psychology and our society, and we need to use them responsibly and ethically. We also need to balance our desire for perfection and creativity with our respect for reality and authenticity. Remember, our photos are not just images, but representations of our lives and ourselves.How do you feel about using AI to edit your photos? Do you think it enhances or diminishes your memories? Should people tell you when they doctor their photos? 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The Biden administration finalized environmental regulations targeting methane and other air pollutants generated by the U.S. oil and gas industry across hundreds of thousands of existing sources nationwide.Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan — alongside White House climate czar Ali Zaidi, Democratic New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and climate advocates — announced the rulemaking during a press conference at the COP28 United Nations climate summit in Dubai on Saturday morning. The Biden administration said the action was among the "most critical" it could take to "slow the rate of climate change.""On day one, President Biden restored America’s critical role as the global leader in confronting climate change, and today we’ve backed up that commitment with strong action, significantly slashing methane emissions and other air pollutants that endanger communities," Regan said in a statement, adding that the rule will "reduce climate pollution, protecting people and the planet.""Under President Biden and Vice President Harris’s leadership, the U.S is turbocharging the speed and scale of climate action, at home and abroad, including our collective efforts to tackle super-pollutants like methane," added Zaidi. "Over just the last year, the Administration has taken over 100 actions to implement the U.S. Methane Emissions Reduction Action Plan — steps that cut pollution, promote public health, create thousands of jobs, and lower energy costs for Americans."JOE MANCHIN GOES SCORCHED-EARTH ON BIDEN ADMIN OVER EV ACTIONS BOOSTING CHINA President Biden talks to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan during a White House event on environmental justice earlier this year.  (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)Grisham, whose state drilled the second-highest amount of crude oil in the U.S. last year, boasted that the regulations closely mirror rules New Mexico put forth, saying they will reduce emissions and spur innovation across the country.Overall, under the regulations, an estimated 58 million tons of methane emissions would be prevented between 2024 and 2038, according to the EPA. That is the equivalent of 1.5 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide and roughly the same amount emitted by the power sector in 2021.For years, environmentalists and Democrats have called for stricter regulations targeting methane, which activists refer to as a "super pollutant" and which is far more potent than carbon dioxide.The regulations include rigorous new standards that force the energy industry to slash methane emissions, mainly by incorporating advanced technology like pollution-control equipment and aerial screening, sensor networks and satellites. It further phases in a requirement to eliminate routine flaring of natural gas, the release of gas produced during oil drilling operations that lack capture technology.The finalized regulations introduce a so-called Super Emitter Program, which will use third parties to detect large methane releases. A natural gas flare burns near an oil pump jack at the New Harmony Oil Field in Grayville, Illinois, on June 19, 2022. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images)"As the world gathers to tackle the climate crisis, the U.S. now has the most protective methane pollution limits on the books," Fred Krupp, the president of the left-wing Environmental Defense Fund, said in a statement. "EPA’s limits on oil and gas methane pollution are a vital win for the climate and public health, dramatically reducing warming pollution and providing vital clean air protections to millions of Americans." "With other countries also zeroing in on methane as a key climate risk, it’s a signal to operators worldwide that clean-up time is here," Krupp continued. "EPA has shown tremendous leadership in establishing these leading clean air standards, and we look forward to working with states and EPA to move quickly on implementation. The communities who fought long and hard for these protections now need to begin to reap their benefits."In a statement Saturday morning, the American Petroleum Institute, the largest U.S. oil and gas lobby group, said it was reviewing the rules, but also that it was committed to reducing methane emissions."We share the administration’s goal of reducing methane emissions and smart federal regulation can help build on industry’s progress to date," said API senior vice president of policy, economics and regulatory affairs Dustin Meyer. "To be truly effective, this rule must balance emissions reductions with the need to continue meeting rising energy demand. We are reviewing the complex rule to ensure it meets that dual objective."US GRID OPERATORS WARN BIDEN'S POWER PLANT CRACKDOWN COULD TRIGGER 'SIGNIFICANT POWER SHORTAGES'EPA's rules come as other nations are expected to issue similar pledges to reduce methane emissions during COP28 which kicked off on Thursday. They come also as world leaders and U.S. lawmakers have called for aggressive actions.International Energy Agency executive director Fatih Birol said in November that curbing methane emissions "is one of the best – and most affordable – opportunities to limit global warming in the near term." Additionally, in a letter to Regan on Thursday, Democratic Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse and Tom Carper, and House Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone called for the EPA to finalize the rules. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., said the methane regulations would lead to higher prices for Americans. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)EPA first proposed the regulations last year during COP27, the 2022 UN climate summit in Egypt. That proposal strengthened a 2021 proposal.However, Republican lawmakers and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., have joined calls in opposition to the methane rules, saying they will force lower oil and gas production while increasing costs for U.S. consumers."Within the next year, the EPA is planning to finalize multiple connected regulatory actions that will increase costs and reduce the production of American energy. Energy prices are projected to rise for American families because of new methane regulations, expanded emissions monitoring and reporting requirements, and a new tax on methane," House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., and Environment Subcommittee Chair Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, wrote to Regan on November 7."The EPA’s expanded regulatory burden creates substantial legal and regulatory uncertainty, and the Congressional Budget Office determined that a tax on methane emissions will increase operational costs, reduce energy production, and increase the price of natural gas," they added.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPManchin wrote separately to Regan in October, saying that the rule showed the Biden administration was determined to "target our flourishing oil and gas sector" and would put "energy and national security at risk."
CONCORD, N.H. – With the start of the Republican presidential nominating calendar just a month and a half away, Chris Christie is picking up the pace. As he sharpens his jabs at his 2024 White House rivals and vows he will qualify for next week's fourth GOP presidential primary debate, the former two-term New Jersey governor making his second White House run is upping his sales pitch to voters."I’ve enjoyed the dating period. Now it’s time for us to get married," Christie told the crowd Friday at Politics and Pies, hosted by the GOP committee in Concord, New Hampshire. It was a line he had used at a town hall the previous night.Asked in an interview with Fox News Digital if he was getting marriage proposals from voters in the state that holds the first primary and second overall contest in the GOP nominating calendar, Christie said, "I got a bunch last night after the town hall meeting."WHAT CHRIS CHRISTIE TOLD FOX NEWS ABOUT HIS 2024 CHANCES  Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a 2024 Republican presidential candidate, takes questions from the audience at Politics and Pies in Concord, N.H., Dec. 1, 2023 (Fox News/Paul Steinhauser)"The biggest difference between now and eight years ago is people that are coming to town halls are committing," he said.As Christie runs a second time for national office, he faces a steep uphill climb against former President Donald Trump, who's the commanding frontrunner in the race as he makes his third straight White House bid. And he's once again concentrating his time and resources in New Hampshire.POPULAR GOP GOVERNOR IN A CRUCIAL PRIMARY STATE TEAMS UP WITH CHRISTIE, HALEY AND DESANTISChristie has shifted his lean campaign into a higher gear, increasing the number of events he's hosting with Granite State voters. This week's quick swing included two town halls, including one organized by the New Hampshire State Employees Association. The union said Christie was the first GOP candidate to meet with the membership in three decades. Christie returns to New Hampshire next week for a two-day tour of college campuses.On Friday, Christie unveiled what his campaign touted was a "strong" and "influential" New Hampshire steering committee, which included former state GOP chair Wayne McDonald, former Rep. Charlie Bass, and two former Republican state Senate presidents. Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a 2024 Republican presidential candidate, takes questions in Concord, N.H., Dec. 1, 2023 (Fox News/Paul Steinhauser)Christie told Fox News he's stepping up his game "because people here are starting to focus too in a way that was much different than, let’s say, the last four or five months. You can tell by the attendance at the town halls. You can tell by the kind of questions that you get. And you can tell by the way that they’re reacting. They’re getting ready to make their decisions too, and so, you gotta be up here and make sure that you’re making the case."The former governor, a one-time Trump ally turned vocal Republican critical of the former president, has been turning up the heat in recent weeks on two other rivals for the nomination.HALEY'S HAVING A MOMENT ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAILChristie's amplifying criticism of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former U.N. Ambassador and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley for not vigorously targeting Trump. DeSantis and Haley are battling for a distant second place behind Trump in Iowa, the state whose Jan. 15 caucuses kick off the GOP nominating calendar. In New Hampshire, Christie's in third place, behind Trump and Haley.With Christie and Haley both aiming to win the votes of Republicans and independents who seek a Trump alternative, Christie's been targeting his rival. Nikki Haley, a former ambassador to the United Nations, former South Carolina governor and a 2024 Republican presidential candidate, speaks at a town hall in Derry, N.H. Nov. 28, 2023 (Fox News/Paul Steinhauser)"My point that I’ve been trying to make about Nikki is just pretty simple. You can’t be running against Donald Trump and then say he was the right president for the right time," Christie told Fox News. "You can’t be trying to cuddle up to Trump at the same time you’re running against him."Christie emphasized that Trump's "well ahead. So, let’s stop pretending that he’s not, and let’s go after him because there’s a big case made against him."CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Haley, who's been sharpening her jabs at Trump on the campaign trail and who's made the case that she's more electable than Trump in next year's general election, has seen her standing in the race rise this autumn.  Earlier this week, she landed the backing of Americans for Prosperity Action, the political wing of the influential and deep-pocketed fiscally conservative network founded by the billionaire Koch Brothers. The group pledged to spend tens of millions of dollars and mobilize its formidable grassroots operation to help push the Republican Party past Trump and support Haley.Christie made the stage at the first three Republican presidential primary debates and pushed back at speculation he'll fail to reach the higher qualifying thresholds for next week's fourth debate.In August, ahead of the first debate, Christie said Republican presidential candidates who didn't qualify for the showdown should drop out of the race. Asked on Friday if his blunt suggestion would come back to haunt him, Christie quickly answered, "I’ll be on the debate stage next week, so we won’t have to worry about it."And he reiterated that he's 100% confident he'll qualify.Get the latest updates from the 2024 campaign trail, exclusive interviews and more at our Fox News Digital election hub.
The House of Representatives voted to remove New York Republican Rep. George Santos from his post on Friday due to federal indictment charges. Here's what happens to Santos's seat now:New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced a special election on Friday, just hours after she wrote a post on X claiming she was "prepared to undertake the solemn responsibility of filling the vacancy in New York’s 3rd District," leading people to believe she would pick someone herself instead holding an election.In her later statement, Hochul clarified she was "prepared to undertake the solemn responsibility of filling the vacancy in New York’s 3rd District by scheduling a special election. The people of Long Island and Queens deserve nothing less."Hochul had 10 days from the time of Santos's expulsion to call a special election. EMBATTLED GOP REP GEORGE SANTOS EXPELLED FROM HOUSE Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y., arrives for a meeting of the House Republican Conference in the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, November 7, 2023.  (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)Joe Burns, a New York Republican Election Attorney and former state board of elections official, told Fox News Digital in an interview Friday that the date of a special election should be within 70 to 80 days from the date of the governor's proclamation, which places the approximate date to early next year. "The other point of significance is how the candidates get on the ballot, because it's a special election," Burns said. "There's no ability for a primary."As such, Burns said nominations for the election are made according to the rules of four recognized parties: Democrat, Republican, Conservative, and the minority party in the state called Working Families. The nominations are determined differently for each party; for instance, for the Republican nomination in a multi-county district, county chairs cast weighted votes based on previous votes for that office. Similar nomination processes apply to the other parties, and nominations must be made and filed within 10 days of the official proclamation for a special election.HOUSE ETHICS COMMITTEE HEAD TO MOVE TO EXPEL GEORGE SANTOS AFTER RELEASE OF DAMNING REPORT"The parties don't really have a lot of time to dilly-dally on making a choice," Burns said. "There is an option for an independent candidate to run, but they have to go and circulate petitions…  I can't think in all my time of being involved between being an attorney in private practice or working with the board of an instance where an independent candidate has gotten on the ballot for Congress for a special election — so, I think that's highly unlikely."How is a House member expelled? Ousting a member of Congress takes a two-thirds majority vote. The last time a House lawmaker was expelled was more than two decades ago, when late former Rep. Jim Traficant, D-Ohio, was voted out of Congress in 2002.Prior to his ousting, Traficant had been convicted of 10 felony counts, including racketeering and taking bribes. THIRD TIME THE CHARM: WILL GEORGE SANTOS SURVIVE THE LATEST MOVE TO OUST HIM FROM THE HOUSE? Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y., watches on the House floor at the Capitol in Washington, Oct. 25, 2023. Santos is set to be arraigned on a revised indictment accusing him of  several frauds, including making tens of thousands of dollars in unauthorized charges on credit cards belonging to his campaign donors.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)Santos has not been convicted of a crime, but he has been indicted on 23 counts related to wire fraud, identity theft, falsification of records, credit card fraud and other charges. He has pleaded not guilty. Santos has been accused of using campaign funds to purchase luxury goods, treatments such as Botox, and a subscription to porn site OnlyFans. The 311 to 114 vote was strongly bipartisan, although slightly more Republicans voted to keep Santos than to oust him.Santos defeated Democrat Robert Zimmerman in the 2022 election for New York's 3rd Congressional District.Fox News' Elizabeth Elkind contributed to this report.
From a worsening migrant crisis to an FBI probe into his campaign finances, New York City Mayor Eric Adams' political struggles have continued to build over the past year.The challenges are once again threatening to derail his administration in ways reminiscent of former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's downfall, one political expert told Fox News Digital.According to Nicholas Giordano, a political science professor at Suffolk Community College and a Leadership Institute Campus Reform Higher Education fellow, Adams' fate amid these brewing challenges will ultimately rest with those in his own party. How Democrats react to recent potential scandals could determine whether Adams' political career has reached "the beginning of the end," much like Cuomo two years ago.The latest blow to Adams came last week with an accusation of sexual assault, something Cuomo also faced, in the form of him being named as the defendant in a court summons filed in the state Supreme Court in Manhattan by a woman seeking a trial and at least $5 million in damages, according to a report by The Messenger.BILL MAHER CONFRONTS CUOMO ON NURSING HOME SCANDAL, EX-NY GOV CALLS QUESTIONS ‘MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACKING’ Former Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, left, and Democratic New York City Mayor Eric Adams. (Getty Images)According to the report, the summons said the "plaintiff was sexually assaulted by Defendant Eric Adams in New York, New York in 1993 while they both worked for the City of New York." "I think it is an accurate comparison to a certain degree," Giordano said when asked about the similarities between Adams and Cuomo. "When you look at Gov. Cuomo, it wasn't necessarily the nursing home situation that brought him down. I mean, it was the single worst decision in the coronavirus pandemic and the response. But that's not what brought him down. It was the sexual harassment claims that brought him down." Giordano was referring to the nursing home scandal that rocked Cuomo's administration amid the coronavirus pandemic, when thousands of nursing home residents died as a result of his requirement that the facilities accept patients testing positive for COVID-19."When you look at Mayor Adams, it's not his handling of the migrant situation that's going to be the thing that actually ultimately brings him down. It's how Democrats react to the potential campaign finance scandal that may exist and the sexual harassment claim that has come out [from] 1993," Giordano said.KEVIN MCCARTHY, MATT GAETZ TRADE JABS AS FIERCE RIVALRY CONTINUES: HE ‘BELONGS IN JAIL’The sexual assault allegation comes as Adams, who was elected mayor in 2021, remains the subject of an FBI probe for allegedly pressuring FDNY officials to open a Manhattan skyrise that now serves as the Turkish consulate despite safety concerns. The alleged pressure from Adams came ahead of a planned visit to New York City by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to attend the United Nations General Assembly. Nicholas Giordano, political science professor at Suffolk Community College and a Leadership Institute Campus Reform Higher Education fellow. (Fox News)Federal authorities have not publicly disclosed the nature of the probe, but Adams' electronic devices were seized by the FBI earlier this month as part of an investigation into whether his 2021 campaign received illegal donations from the Turkish government. Adams has maintained that he has "nothing to hide" pertaining to the investigation, and has insisted he will "fully cooperate."Adams faces the investigations as he continues to deal with the effects of the worsening migrant crisis on the city, an issue that came to a head earlier this year when Republican Govs. Greg Abbott of Texas and Ron DeSantis of Florida began sending migrants to New York City, among other Democrat-run cities, as a response to their opposition to GOP policies aimed at tightening the border.WATCH: KARINE JEAN-PIERRE STORMS OUT OF WHITE HOUSE PRESS BRIEFING WHEN PRESSED BY AFRICAN REPORTERTo Giordano, whether Adams will ultimately overcome these challenges depends largely on support, or lack thereof, from his fellow Democrats."I think that's what Mayor Adams has to worry about most. If Democrats start to turn on him, then it may be the beginning of the end of his administration, because when your own political party does it, your own political party throws you under the bus, then that spells the beginning of the end. It's like Brutus with Julius Caesar," he said.  New York City Mayor Eric Adams speaks to reporters on Oct. 12. (New York City )"The problem that Mayor Adams has is he hasn't made too many friends in the Democrat Party by criticizing Biden's handling of the open borders. He has gone hard after the Biden administration. The city is under an enormous amount of pressure. City budgets have to be cut in order to handle the migrants and put them up in residence," Giordano said.He added that Adams' attempts to distance himself from the Biden administration's handling of the migrant crisis may have "turned off" Democrats who might have otherwise come to his defense, and that they may now be more prone to "sit on the sidelines and let these scandals continue to brew."When asked if he thought there was any chance of Adams making a comeback from the piling on of issues or if he would suffer the same fate as Cuomo and be forced out of office, Giordano noted a major difference in the allegations of sexual misconduct between the two men.MORE AMERICANS THAN EVER THINK US HEADED IN WRONG DIRECTION AS CONGRESS' APPROVAL NEAR ROCK BOTTOM: SURVEY"I don't think he'll necessarily face the same fate because Cuomo's sexual harassment claims were recent. It's not like it was in the past. And even worse is the fact that Gov. Cuomo used his office to punish those that he sexually harassed. Whereas Mayor Adams' sexual harassment claim stems from a 1993 incident that Mayor Adams claims he doesn't recall," he said."If I was Mayor Adams, I would be much more concerned about the Turkish involvement in the campaign finances and the FBI investigation. To me, that's going to be the most serious of the scandals and that has the potential to have legs. If he was receiving foreign monies, well, it could be a Bob Menendez type of situation," he added, referring to the New Jersey senator facing corruption charges. Then-New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference at New York's Yankee Stadium on July 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)The three-page court summons contained in The Messenger's report did not reveal specific details of the assault Adams is alleged to have committed, but New York civil court permits a plaintiff to file a summons with legal notice to trigger a lawsuit which will be followed by a full complaint with details of the allegations.A spokesperson for Adams told Fox News Digital that Adams "does not know who this person is," and that he "doesn't recall" ever meeting her. "He would never do anything to physically harm another person and vigorously denies any such claim," they added.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPFox News' Chris Pandolfo contributed to this report.
Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom repeatedly said he was insulted and offended by Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ actions and policies during Thursday's landmark debate on "Hannity," including one tense moment when DeSantis mentioned Vice President Kamala Harris.The Fox News debate between Newsom and DeSantis, a 2024 presidential candidate, quickly got heated when the two attacked each other’s records on hot topics like crime, tax policy and the COVID-19 pandemic response."That's insulting," Newsom declared after DeSantis claimed Los Angeles had "collapsed" due to crime. Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom sparred on various topics during the debate Thursday evening. (Fox News) (FOX News)DESANTIS-NEWSOM DEBATE LEADS TO ONLINE FIRESTORM AS CONGRESSMAN CALLS CALI ‘A WARNING FOR THE NATION’"I mean, you're running for president of the United States," Newsom said. "You're talking down the great state of California, talking down one of the great American cities, Los Angeles."When the debate pivoted to the topic of parental rights in education, Newsom complained, "I don't like the way you demean people.""I don't like the way you demean the LGBTQ community," he said. "I don't like the way you demean and humiliate people you disagree with, Ron. I really find this fundamentally offensive, and this is a core value that distinguishes the values of my state and, frankly, the vast majority of Americans against the weaponization of education." Florida Governor and Republican presidential hopeful Ron DeSantis (L) and California Governor Gavin Newsom (R) appear on screen from the press room during a debate held by Fox News, in Alpharetta, Georgia, on November 30, 2023.  (CHRISTIAN MONTERROSA/AFP via Getty Images)"What I find but what I find offensive, Sean and Ron, what I find offensive is the very significant number of these books happen to be LGBTQ books," Newsom said later, referring to Florida school districts removing and restricting books containing sexual topics."These kids just want to survive," Newsom said on the topic of children undergoing sex-reassignment procedures and treatments. "Where’s your decency and humanity and grace when it comes to these things? Attacking minorities, attacking gay and lesbian communities, that’s all part of the Ron DeSantis brand.""Your attacks on the trans community, your attack on the gay and lesbian community, you attack vulnerable communities, you attack women," he said later. "Again, Ron, relax. I can handle it. I'm used to bullying. You're nothing but a bully. Intimidating and humiliating people — that’s your calling card." Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, left, and Democrat California Governor Gavin Newsom. (Fox News/Getty)CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPPerhaps the most notable moment was when Newsom chastised DeSantis for his pronunciation of Harris’ name when he declared, "Joe Biden is in the pocket of the teachers’ union and so is Kamala Harris.""Hey by the way," Newsom interjected, "it’s not Kamala Harris, shame on you. It’s Kamala Harris, Ron. It’s Kamala Harris, madame vice president to you, Kamala Harris. Stop insulting."