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Putin tells the West: Russia is ready for nuclear war Fox News' Lucas Tomlinson shares details on Vladimir Putin's latest comment on the country's nuclear capability as some NATO nations refuse to rule out sending troops to Ukraine. Rep. Cory Mills weighs in on 'Fox & Friends.'A South Korean held in Russia on an espionage allegation is a missionary dispatched there to support the needy and spread the gospel, a South Korean Christian aid group said Wednesday, calling the spying suspicion "preposterous."Russia’s state news agency Tass said Monday that the South Korean was detained "at the start of the year" in the eastern city of Vladivostok on suspicions that he passed state secrets to foreign intelligence services. Tass said he was the first South Korean arrested in Russia on alleged espionage.South Korea’s Foreign Ministry said it has been providing necessary consular services to him and communicating with Russian authorities to secure his early release. But the ministry refused to provide further details.THE TOP STRATEGIST OF LATE RUSSIAN OPPOSITION LEADER NAVALNY IS ATTACKED IN LITHUANIA'S CAPITALOver the past year, Russia has detained several foreign nationals and accused them of committing various offenses, including Evan Gershkovich, a Wall Street Journal reporter.On Wednesday, the Global Love Rice Sharing Foundation, a Christian relief agency near Seoul, said the man is its sole missionary in Vladivostok. It said his job was providing clothes, medicines and daily necessities to underprivileged people there, including poor foreign workers, while working to evangelize them."The espionage allegation totally doesn’t make sense … and is preposterous," the Rev. Lee SeonKu, leader of the aid foundation, said. South Korean Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lim Soo-suk speaks during a briefing on a South Korean citizen arrested in Russia at the Foreign Ministry in Seoul, South Korea, on March 12, 2024. (Hwang Gwang-mo/Yonhap via AP)Lee identified the man only by his family name Baek, saying he has used an alias in Vladivostok. He said Baek had been doing missionary work in the Russian city for four years starting after he was deported from China. Lee said he last communicated with Baek in late December.South Korean media reported that Baek gave assistance to North Korean workers and defectors in Vladivostok and helped some of them resettle in other countries, activities that are sensitive to both Russia and North Korea. Lee said he couldn’t confirm the reports.Russia had previously overlooked South Korean missionaries assisting North Korean workers on its territory. But since its invasion of Ukraine in early 2022, Russia has applied strong pressure on South Korean missionaries involved in such activities and deported some of them, analyst Cho Han Bum at Seoul’s Korea Institute for National Unification said.South Korea, a key U.S. ally in Asia, joined international sanctions against Russia and has been providing Ukraine with humanitarian and financial support, though it hasn’t supplied weapons to Ukraine. Russia has reportedly designated South Korea as an "unfriendly" nation.Cho said Russia’s disclosure of the missionary’s arrest was likely meant to use the case as leverage in dealings with South Korea. He said there is "a fifty-fifty chance for missionary Baek’s release as Russia won’t give up relations with South Korea completely."According to the Tass report, Baek was taken to Moscow from Vladivostok at the end of February. He was being held in Lefortovo Prison, where a court on Monday ordered his detention extended until June 15, Tass said.In March 2023, Russia detained Evan Gershkovich, a Wall Street Journal reporter who was on a business trip to Russia, on espionage charges. In October, Russian-U.S. journalist Alsu Kurmasheva was detained for failing to register as a foreign agent and later charged with spreading "false information" about the Russian military.Last month, Tass reported a German man had been detained and accused of smuggling drugs. Also in February, Russian state news agencies reported a dual U.S.-Russian woman identified as Ksenia Khavana was arrested on charges of committing treason.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPRussia has previously been accused of targeting foreign citizens to use them as bargaining chips to secure the release of Russian prisoners abroad. The Russian government has denied the accusations.In a recent interview, Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared to suggest that in exchange for Gershkovich, Russia is seeking the return of Vadim Krasikov, who is serving a life sentence in Germany after being convicted of the 2019 killing of Zelimkhan "Tornike" Khangoshvili, a 40-year-old Georgian citizen of Chechen ethnicity.Gershkovich is also held in Lefortovo Prison, notorious for its harsh conditions. The prison dates from the czarist era and has been a terrifying symbol of repression since Soviet times.
David Mixner, a longtime LGBTQ+ activist who was an adviser to Bill Clinton during his presidential campaign and later called him out over the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy regarding gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or queer personnel in the military, has died. He was 77.Mixner died Monday at his home in New York City, according to Annise Parker, president and CEO of the LGBTQ+ Victory Fund. Mixner had been in hospice for some time, Parker said. In 1991, Mixner was one of the founding members of the organization that recruits and supports LGBTQ+ political candidates."David was a courageous, resilient and unyielding force for social change at a time when our community faced widespread discrimination and an HIV/AIDS crisis ignored by the political class in Washington, DC," the Victory Fund said in a statement Monday. "In 1987, David joined one of the first HIV/AIDS protests outside the Reagan White House, where police wore latex gloves because of the stigma and misinformation around HIV/AIDS," and was arrested.Mixner believed that the LGBTQ+ community needed to be visibly and consistently involved in the political process and "dragged people along with him," said Parker, the former mayor of Houston, Texas. He was social and witty and had a big personality, she said, but added that it was his moral compass that people should remember the most: He was willing to speak up and stand up.PAUL ALEXANDER, POLIO SURVIVOR WHO SPENT OVER 70 YEARS IN IRON LUNG, DEAD AT 78"He got other people to be involved but he also held people accountable," Parker said. "When politicians didn’t make their commitments, he was willing to call them out on it."Mixner grew up in Elmer, New Jersey, according to the New Jersey Hall of Fame, which he was inducted into in 2021.Mixner’s father, Benjamin, was a farmer and his mother, Mary, was a homemaker and notary and later a bookkeeper for the local John Deere dealership, according to his niece, Lizzy Yates. His sister, Patsy Annison, died in 2018 and he is survived by his brother, Melvin Mixner, Yates said.He attended Arizona State University and the University of Maryland and later helped organize efforts to end the war in Vietnam and worked for political campaigns. He also wrote several books, including a memoir "Stranger Among Friends."In a statement, Mixner’s family said they were grieving the loss of a much loved brother and uncle, who at age 6 was convinced by his brother that he could fly and if he ran fast enough, he wouldn’t fall from the hayloft and break an arm. David Mixner is pictured at the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund’s (now LGBTQ+ Victory Fund’s) Oates-Shrum Leadership Awards in Washington. Mixner died Monday at his New York City home. (LGBTQ+ Victory Fund via AP)"He taught us to open our arms and our hearts. He taught us to stand up for those things and people who we hold dear," the statement read. "He taught us to try to at least try to fly because bones heal."Mixner, who was credited with raising millions of dollars for Clinton from gay and lesbian voters, angered the White House in 1993 by attacking then-U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn, D-Ga. In a speech, Mixner called Nunn, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, an "old-fashioned bigot" for opposing Clinton’s plan to lift the ban on gays in the military.When Clinton began to compromise with Congress and the Pentagon on the issue later that year, Mixner accused the White House of misleading gay leaders. He said Clinton "sacrificed the freedom of millions for your own political expediency." Days later, Mixner was among more than two dozen people arrested in front of the White House in a protest of Clinton’s retreat from his campaign pledge to lift the ban by executive order.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPNeil Giuliano, the former mayor of Tempe, Arizona, traveled to New York last month to visit with Mixner, whom he had known for decades, and they talked about politics and life and the afterlife."Facing death compels one to be totally bare and totally honest," he said.Giuliano described Mixner as an "activist with grace" who was influential with people at all levels."It’s not like he wasn’t angry, but he came forward with a way of talking about issues and with such grace and he presented in such a way that brought people in and didn’t keep people out," said Giuliano, who now serves on the LGBTQ+ Victory Fund’s board. "I think that’s why so many people were drawn to him."
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, sparred with CNN anchor Laura Coates on Tuesday over whether there was a "double standard" for President Biden after former Special Counsel Robert Hur's testimony before Congress that day.Hur testified that he chose not to bring charges against Biden after he "willfully retained classified materials" from when he was vice president because he "had to consider" the president’s "memory and overall mental state."Democrats painted Hur as partisan and accused him of trying to help former President Trump in the November election by targeting Biden's memory. CNN's Coates said she found Republicans' "fixation" on Biden's memory lapses "striking," as Democrats showed how Trump had also displayed memory lapses. She asked Jordan to "concede" that both Biden and Trump "have a similar issue."HUR HEARING DREW BIDEN AS ‘ENTITLED CAREER POLITICIAN’ AS REPORT SHOWED HIS MEMOIR WAS A ‘MOTIVE’: GOP REPS Congressman Jim Jordan pushed back against CNN anchor Laura Coates suggestions Biden faced a double standard on memory issues. (CNN/Screenshot)"Oh, come on. Come on. I mean, everyone makes mistakes in life," Jordan scoffed. He argued Biden's memory concerns were "obvious" to the public. "President Trump – he’s as sharp as they come, his memory is as strong – I was just with him over the weekend. I know – and the American people can see it for themselves. They’ve seen these examples of President Biden forgetting things," he argued."Look, I take no satisfaction in saying that. President Biden’s the president of our country. You want our president to have his full faculties, but he obviously doesn’t, and the country knows it, and it doesn’t matter how many times Democrats say something different, the country can see for themselves and they understand it, and that is something that Mr. Hur pointed out," Jordan continued. CNN HOST GETS IN HEATED EXCHANGE WITH GOP REP OVER TRUMP'S INDICTMENT: ‘JUST DOESN’T MAKE SENSE' Special Counsel Robert Hur testified to Congress about his investigation into President Joe Biden's classified documents scandal on Tuesday. (Getty Images)Coates again pushed back on Jordan's defense of Trump by referring to a montage Democrats played during the hearing of verbal gaffes and memory lapses from the former president."I wonder why, if the notion is that there is a double standard being placed on Donald Trump, isn‘t it true that there‘s also a double-standard then for President Biden with respect to his mistakes? Why should the American people credit one versus the other if both make similar mistakes that had been played in that actual hearing?" she asked.Jordan again laughed off the question."Laura, come on!" he retorted. "I mean, there were three people who have run for president the last three cycles – Secretary Clinton, President Biden, and President Trump – all three have been accused of mishandling classified information. Only one is getting prosecuted!" "Hillary Clinton took a hammer to cell phones, took BleachBit, to laptops and computers. I mean, you gotta be kidding me! The idea that there’s not a double standard and the Justice Department isn’t going after President Trump, I think is laughable to disagree with that. Anybody can see it," he continued.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP New poll found just over half of Americans feel President Biden received special treatment in his probe over mishandling classified documents. (Getty Images)The Republican argued that Democrats had spent years and millions of dollars targeting Trump in probes and impeachments. "Of course, there‘s a double standard and anybody with common sense can see it. And I think that‘s one of the key reasons why President Trump is ahead in every single poll and Joe Biden‘s approval numbers are at what, 35%," he said.More than half of Americans believe Biden received special treatment in the investigation, according to a new poll by Reuters and Ipsos