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Let’s cut through the legal jargon: the Supreme Court yesterday did the only thing it could do, and did it unanimously.
The justices rejected the notion that a Colorado court – all-Democratic appointees – could simply kick Donald Trump off the ballot. Just on the face of it, the idea was ludicrous, absurd and anti-democratic, and the court explicitly banned any other state from trying such a stunt.
On Sunday’s "Media Buzz," I was griping about the fact that the justices were taking so long, and said they must be honing their opinions and concurring opinions. That turned out to be the case.
In the unsigned opinion, all nine justices declared that "nothing in the Constitution requires that we endure such chaos – arriving at any time or different times, up to and perhaps beyond the inauguration."
While legal observers say the court moved at rocket speed, the ruling came on the last day before voters in Colorado head to the polls, along with those in the other Super Tuesday states.
Much of the back and forth had to do with the 14th Amendment, but put that aside for a moment.
When Colorado’s court first made its ruling, a veritable army of anchors, correspondents and legal analysts, especially on MSNBC, cheered the move, saying Trump was finally being held accountable for fomenting the Capitol riot.
Many of the anti-Trumpers wanted more states to remove the former president from their ballots – as Maine’s Democratic secretary of state did, followed by an Illinois judge late in the game.
That means they were all taking a hard-line stance that has now been rejected Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor and Ketanji Brown Jackson. That should tell us something: Who’s more out of step with the country?
Trump, stepping before the cameras at Mar-a-Lago, calling the ruling a step toward national unity:
"They worked long. They worked hard. And frankly, they worked very quickly on something that will be spoken about a hundred years from now and 200 years from now. Extremely important."
Trump then pivoted to the other case the Supreme Court just took, his claims of total unity for actions taken while president. The legal pundits say SCOTUS may well rule against him on that one, though no one knows for sure, which would amount to a split decision on the two high-stakes cases.
Trump was soon doing the greatest hits, attacking such prosecutors as Jack Smith, Letitia James and Fani Willis, and slamming the judges hearing several of his cases.
A New York Times reporter said that Mario Nicolais, attorney for the Colorado side, said the Supremes had "abrogated their responsibility to our democracy….I hope that the cowardice of the court today doesn’t lead to bloodshed tomorrow." Pretty gracious, huh?
Remember, Kagan, Sotomayor and Jackson found common ground with Sam Alito, Brett Kavanaugh and Clarence Thomas, but the critics are still carping.
Jim Acosta, the anti-Trump CNN anchor, said his antagonist "has sort of played the legal system like a fiddle over the last couple of years. He’s thrown the kitchen sink into the gears of America’s judicial system."
Maine GOP director Jason Savage told the Times that his goal is replacing Secretary of State Shenna Bellows, the Democrat who ruled in December that Trump was ineligible for the Maine ballot: "One bureaucrat was trying to alter the presidential election based on her opinion."
What triggered the entire battle was Colorado dusting off an obscure, little-used legal provision passed after the Civil War: Section 3 of the 14th Amendment. It was aimed at former Confederate officials and soldiers who had rebelled against the country.
Where some of the justices parted company was over the scope of the unsigned opinion, with the court’s three liberal members saying in concurring opinions that the conservative majority went too far in attempting "to insulate the court" and Trump from "future controversy….
"In a sensitive case crying out for judicial restraint, it abandons that course."
Some of the conflicting views involve whether only Congress has the power to utilize Section 3 and whether the president is considered an officer of the United States.
Justice Amy Coney Barrett agreed with the liberals, saying the majority should not have raised "the complicated question whether federal legislation is the exclusive vehicle through which Section 3 can be enforced…
"This is not the time to amplify disagreement with stridency … Particularly in this circumstance, writings on the court should turn the national temperature down, not up."
However you slice and dice it, it was a big win for Donald Trump, and for those who believe the voters, not partisan state officials, should get to pick the president.
Earlier this year, I traveled to Tokyo and Okinawa with a bipartisan delegation to meet with government officials, industry leaders and academics to discuss a number of issues including elections, trade, defense and the economy. Yet one specific issue was raised by our hosts in nearly every meeting — the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and whether the U.S. will abandon our allies when they need us most.
The world is watching how America responds. In Europe, the Indo-Pacific, the Middle East and elsewhere, our allies are uncertain of our reliability as leaders of the free world. At the same time, our adversaries and their enablers are watching just as closely to evaluate our resolve.
As Ukraine fights for freedom, Israel fights against terrorism and Taiwan faces threats to their democracy and independence, we cannot abdicate our responsibility.
If we fail to support our allies, the message will be clear: the United States no longer stands for democracy across the globe. Democracies that have free and fair elections, strive for equality, protect freedom of speech and a free press, and support freedom of religion.
We risk emboldening our adversaries, starting with Eastern Europe. The most recent example is Alexei Navalny, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s most ardent and vocal critic, who recently died while in the state’s custody. Regardless of the exact circumstances of his death, Putin is responsible.
This is why Congress must act now.
As Democrats fight to support our allies, Republican lawmakers have cynically used the issue of border security as cover for abandoning our duty to support our allies. In doing so, they put our national security at risk. This hypocrisy is driven by their fear of former President Donald Trump’s wrath.
When President Joe Biden and Democrats brought forward legislation to support Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan last fall, Republicans demanded border security as a condition for aid. Taking them at their word, a bipartisan group of lawmakers wrote a bill to both fund our allies and address border security.
Here is where it becomes bizarre. Before they even read the new bill, Republicans reject it out of hand. Why? Because it includes provisions to address the border, it would have bipartisan support in the House, and the last thing Trump wants is progress with this issue before the November election.
It gets worse. The Senate then passes a bipartisan foreign aid bill that removes border provisions, and Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., refuses to bring it to the House floor because it doesn’t address the border. All this flip-flopping is enough to make your head spin.
House Republicans are making it clear that they are not serious about governing and have no interest in pairing border security with assistance for our allies. Instead, they’d rather use the border as a political bludgeon.
But our allies can’t wait – they’re depending on American leadership. We must send a message to the world that the U.S. stands for freedom and democracy and against tyranny and terror. It’s time for House Republicans to join us. Without further delay, we must work together to pass a critical aid package for our allies that includes humanitarian assistance for those affected by war.
For too long, Republicans have dominated the conversation around immigration and the border, but it’s a new day. The New Democrat Coalition, a group of 100 center-left lawmakers dedicated to making tangible progress for our nation, has unveiled a 10-point framework for practical bipartisan immigration reform, and call on Republicans to join us at the negotiating table.
We are dedicated to protecting our national security, both by restoring order at the border and by supporting our allies. But the ideal path forward is a bi-partisan one. At this critical moment, both sides of the aisle must come together so Americans can trust their government to deliver, and so the world can trust us to stand firm by our commitments.
We call on Speaker Johnson and House Republican leadership to honor their oath of office and put the American people and our allies above politics.
A small plane crashed after it was forced to make an emergency landing near Interstate 40 in Tennessee on Monday night, leaving several people dead, according to the Metro Nashville Police Department.
The single-engine plane crashed near I-40 East at Mile Marker 203 in West Nashville, a neighborhood about three miles from John C. Tune Airport.
Police spokesperson Don Aaron said at a news briefing that the control tower at John C. Tune Airport received a message at about 7:40 p.m. from an aircraft reporting that it was experiencing engine and power failure and needed emergency approval to land.
The airport gave approval for the aircraft to land on a runway, but the pilot radioed that it was not going to make it, Aaron said.
The aircraft then crashed behind the Costco store just off the eastbound lanes of I-40, and the crash was called into dispatch at 7:44 p.m.
Aaron said no vehicles or buildings were hit when the plane crashed and that everyone who died was on the plane.
Nashville Fire Department spokesperson Kendra Loney said several witnesses observed the plane go down and that witnesses said the aircraft imploded on impact.
"That impact was catastrophic and did not leave any survivors," Loney said at the news briefing.
When fire crews arrived at the scene, there were heavy flames and smoke, Loney said. Firefighters extinguished the flames and preserved the evidence from the scene so the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board could investigate the crash.
"We are saddened by the loss of souls that were on board, but we are proud of the work that everyone is doing to stabilize this incident and to make sure that there were no additional casualties that came from that," Loney said.
The interstate was shut down Monday night, and though lanes are expected to open Tuesday morning, drivers should still expect slow traffic and delays in the area.
The FAA said in a statement to FOX 17 Nashville that "it is not yet known how many people were on board."
The investigation is being led by the NTSB, which will provide any updates going forward.
Speaker slams House Dems after report they’ll act after SCOTUS allows Trump to stay on CO ballot: 'get a grip'
House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., slammed reports that Democrats are ginning up legislation in reaction to the Supreme Court’s decision Monday to keep former President Donald Trump off the 2024 ballot.
"We conclude that States may disqualify persons holding or attempting to hold state office. But States have no power under the Constitution to enforce Section 3 with respect to federal offices, especially the Presidency," the Court wrote, adding that "the Constitution makes Congress, rather than the States, responsible for enforcing Section 3 against federal officeholders and candidates.
According to a report published in Axios Monday, Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., a former member of the Jan. 6 select committee, said he is already crafting federal legislation that would force Trump off the ballot.
But a spokesperson for Speaker Johnson told Fox News Digital on Monday night that his Democrat colleagues should "get a grip."
"Democrats need to get a grip. In this country, the American people decide the next president—not the courts and not the Congress," the spokesperson said.
According to the Axios report, Raskin referenced legislation he introduced in 2022 with Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla. that would allow the Justice Department to sue to keep candidates off the ballot under the 14th Amendment.
"We are going to revise it in light of the Supreme Court's decision," Raskin told the outlet. He suggested that the bill would be paired with a resolution declaring Jan. 6 an "insurrection" and that those involved "engaged in insurrection."
Trump is facing a number of federal charges related to the 2020 election, but he has not been charged with insurrection.
In the Supreme Court’s ruling Monday, the nine justices unanimously agreed that states don’t have Section 3 enforcement authority. But Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Ketanji Brown Jackson said that the majority went too far when it said Congress has sole enforcement authority.
"The majority announces that a disqualification for insurrection can occur only when Congress enacts a particular kind of legislation pursuant to Section 5 of the Fourteenth Amendment. In doing so, the majority shuts the door on other potential means of federal enforcement," the trio said.
"The Court today needed to resolve only a single question: whether an individual State may keep a Presidential candidate found to have engaged in insurrection off its ballot. The majority resolves much more than the case before us. Although federal enforcement of Section 3 is in no way at issue, the majority announces novel rules for how that enforcement must operate," the three wrote.
"It reaches out to decide Section 3 questions not before us, and to foreclose future efforts to disqualify a Presidential candidate under that provision," the three said.
Rep. Raskin's office did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital's request for comment.
Even NBA players are guilty of showing up late to work.
Minnesota Timberwolves star Anthony Edwards did not start for the team Monday against the Portland Trail Blazers.
To keep it plain and simple, Edwards was not there, so he could not start. However, right as the opening tip dropped, Edwards appeared at the scoring table, ready to check in.
Nickeil Alexander-Walker started in place of Edwards – reminding us of the importance of "availability."
As for Edwards' absence … no one knows why the team's top player couldn't start. Perhaps the former No. 1 overall pick had to go No. 2 right before tip-off (just a guess).
Edwards had a choppy start to Monday's game in more ways than one.
Through 15 minutes of action, Edwards recorded two whopping points. He needs to get off to a faster start against the second-worst team in the West (17-42).
That is, if he's looking to be the "next man up" as the face of the NBA (and there's potential, on a skill level).
"Did he get lost?" one X commenter asked.
Another user chimed in, "Put [Edwards] in before the tip there was plenty of time, or leave the other guy in for a while instead of making him play for seconds."
Happy Monday, everyone. Let's get started. March is women's history month. Yeah, where we all remember the contributions of women in history as if they'd ever let us forget. A Harvard University poll shows Donald Trump with a six-point lead over Joe Biden. Meanwhile, a Yale University poll shows Joe Biden with a six-point lead over hemorrhoids. The CDC is no longer recommending that Americans stay home after testing positive for Covid 19. Anthony Fauci could not be reached for comment as he is busy looking for his lost ring.
Academics at the University of Kent have just released a groundbreaking study that debunks a woman's preferred penis size. Turns out the optimal length is just enough to tuck into a speedo. They didn't say men or women, you know. Disgusting. A retired prison guard from Wisconsin has set a world record by eating a lifetime total of 34,000 Big Macs or, as some people call it, lunch. Marianne Williamson has unsuspended her presidential campaign, claiming she could win if more people heard her message. To help get the word out, she's added a second Ouija board. Police in Pennsylvania caught an Elvis impersonator in a hotel room with a 16-year-old girl. Wow, talk about staying in character. Elvis!
An expert said more women might be psychopaths than we previously thought. Remarkably, he claims to have reached his conclusion after watching just one hour of television. A California software engineer went viral for wearing an AI headset on his wedding day. Then the bride went viral on the honeymoon by dumping him and banging the best man. He deserved it. All right, let's do the monologue. Do you feel it America? Something's building. And it's not just the sexual tension between me and the 3 million people at home. It's that feeling you get waiting for a parent to finally smack that obnoxious kid in the restaurant who's screaming and whining for attention. I feel it every night.
But I sense that America has finally had enough of the left using identity as a weapon to settle old scores. The adults have finally come home. Last week, the University of Florida eliminated all diversity, equity and inclusion positions. The former employees were said to be shocked, believing that they were the ones who were supposed to be getting other people fired. And so, that rustling sound you hear is thousands of woke acts filling out applications at Starbucks. Now students will have to prepare for the world the old fashioned way - by selling pictures of their feet on social media. Florida's decision followed a recent state ban on not just DEI but all activities used for political or social activism in the public college system. In other words, Florida just recognized the US Constitution, which bans discrimination based on race, any race. And we can thank Governor DeSantis for putting his foot down, even if that foot's a size five patent leather boot. I love them.
Apparently, schools are going to concentrate on teaching instead. How radical? What's next? Airlines returning to bolting doors to their planes? Disney returning to making family friendly movies? Women's sports returning to women's sports? Except when it comes to driving. Florida's decision follows the recent mess at Google, where their Gemini artificial intelligence turned out to be about as intelligent as The View's live audience. Gemini reflected all the prejudices of its creators, who had a slightly less positive view of white people than Joy Reid. Gemini got so much blowback it had to can it, which shows if you choose an ideology that openly competes against your profitability, your product dies. Just ask Bud Light.
Now these outcomes were inevitable because to the left, settling scores of the past is their only employment. So they push their bizarre pathologies into every aspect of our lives. They want to tell us who can work, what can be taught in schools, what pronouns to use and who can use which bathrooms. I wish I could enforce that last one here. Cavuto is on this broccoli smoothie kick. Oh, and he's making the place smell like a monkey cage. And for a long time being too busy, working Americans just put up with it. But then came George Floyd. Suddenly it was turbocharged. No amount of pandering was enough. We were no longer USA. We were BLM. There were signs in every big city window until mostly peaceful rioters smashed them. But of course, this quietly went away once we learned that BLM's leaders were as legit as Rachel Dolezal after a spray tan.
Then came the new acronym: DEI, a magical term intended to replace equal opportunity with mandated outcomes. It didn't take long for this one to go south, either. Could there have been a more fitting metaphor for DEI's death than the firing of the president of Harvard for being a fraud? And there's irony there. The broad with the giant glasses didn't even see it coming. Thank you. It means something. If Claudine Gay weren't proof enough, I've got two words for you. Kamala Harris. And she has 30 words for you, none of which make any sense.
Next came the business world and the newest acronym, ESG-- environmental, social and governance. It should stand for endless s*** and giggles because you're going to put this one down on as life support too, because even its leading proponent, Larry Fink, over at BlackRock, admits ESG is a bigger loser than me at an Ugliest Man contest. The world's biggest investment fund just stated that ESG has caused negative publicity for BlackRock and may continue to do so in the future.
Yeah, negative publicity. And this is BlackRock, a company so insidious it serves stir fry Panda in the corporate cafeteria. It's not over yet. For every DEI that dies, a new one comes to life just under a different name. Because they hate meritocracy even if it works. Especially if it works. But no matter your race, gender, or color, if you're good at what you do, you should move up in the world. Doesn't matter if you're Black, White, Brown, or purple. Though if you're purple, get to an emergency room because it means you can't breathe. And then pray to God that your doctor wasn't a diversity hire.
Former President Donald Trump inched closer to becoming the Republican nominee for president with another primary victory Monday, this time with a win in the North Dakota caucuses.
Trump won North Dakota's caucuses, finishing first in voting conducted at 12 caucus sites, according to an Associated Press call of the race shortly after polls closed Sunday, earning the former president 29 delegates.
The win continues Trump's dominant streak in this year's GOP primary races, marking the 9th win in 10 tries for the former president as he closes in on representing the Republican Party for a third time.
The only contest Trump has lost so far was last weekend's primary in Washington D.C.
The win comes as Trump's campaign has largely shifted its attention to the general election and an all-but-certain rematch of 2020's matchup against President Biden, with the Trump campaign telling Fox News Digital before this week's slate of contests that the primary race is "over."
"Republican voters have delivered resounding wins for President Trump in every single primary contest and this race is over," a spokesperson for the campaign said. "Our focus is now on Joe Biden and the general election."
The former president already had a commanding lead heading into this week, holding ten times as many delegates as Haley before earning 29 in Monday's North Dakota win.
The loss marked another blow to Haley's campaign, though the former South Carolina governor has vowed to stay in the race as long as there is a path to victory.
That path will likely have to start appearing on Super Tuesday, where voters in 15 more states will head to the polls to determine who gets a share of 865 total delegates. While neither candidate can reach the needed 1,215 delegates to secure the nomination this week, continued dominance by Trump would give Haley a near impossible uphill climb.
For its part, the Haley Campaign has invested heavily in a Super Tuesday turnaround, announcing a seven-figure ad buy earlier this month meant to target many of the states on the Tuesday slate.
Fox News host Sean Hannity reacts to the Supreme Court ruling that Donald Trump cannot be disqualified from the Colorado ballot on "Hannity."
SEAN HANNITY: Former President Donald Trump scored a major victory today when the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously reversed that ruling that barred him from appearing on the Colorado ballot ahead of tomorrow's primary, now saying in the majority opinion "states have no power under the Constitution to enforce section three with respect to federal offices, especially the presidency."
President Trump reacted to this decision on Truth Social, calling it a big win for America and he's right. Based on the oral arguments, the decision is not a surprise. This should have been and was a slam dunk case and while they issued a concurring opinion, even the three liberal justices, they sided with Trump. Now, today's decision has ramifications well beyond just Colorado. Remember, a judge in Cook County in Illinois ruled that Trump was ineligible for the state's primary ballot just last week and of course, in the state of Maine, they have a leftist secretary of state unilaterally decided to remove him from the ballot in that state without any legal proceedings, but today's decision from the Supreme Court, well "no pun intended" it trumps all those rulings as states had no business with this issue in the first place and even the court's liberal justices agreed.
Now, this would have created nothing but complete chaos if Colorado had done this and gotten away with this. Again, it was a slam dunk, but what's extremely alarming is the left's reaction. Let's take a look at their collective meltdown today following this 9-0 decision.
During his most recent court appearance, the California man accused of recording a murder and then posting the video on his Facebook page claims his confession was actually AI-generated.
Mark Stephen Mechikoff, 39, of Pacifica, is charged with stabbing Claribel Estrella to death inside her San Mateo apartment on July 26, 2023. Prosecutors said he recorded the entire murder with his cellphone camera, including Estrella’s last moments alive as she bled on her kitchen floor.
This video was then posted to his Facebook page, sparking widespread horror and disbelief.
Mechikoff has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.
KRON 4 reported that during a preliminary hearing inside a San Mateo County courtroom on Friday, prosecutors said that Mechikoff exclaimed to the court that he did kill the victim, but his confession was "generated by AI (artificial intelligence)."
On the day of the killing, some of Mechikoff’s Facebook friends watched the extremely gruesome video, including a Florida woman who called law enforcement authorities. The caller said she had just watched a video of a woman covered in blood and lying on the ground.
The stabbing was also first reported to the Nye County Sheriff's Office in Nevada when a caller said she saw the video on Facebook. The sheriff's office "pinged" the phone number associated with the Facebook page and traced it to a large San Mateo apartment complex.
Officers there went door-to-door and found Estrella nearly three hours later inside a unit, authorities said. Police said Mechikoff knew her but have not described how.
District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe told KRON 4 previously that the Facebook post was evidence that the accused killer "felt a certain pride" in the crime.
On Friday, Mechikoff's defense attorneys made a motion to postpone the hearing because they needed more time to prepare. The hearing was rescheduled for 9 a.m. on March 21.
Mechikoff remains locked up in jail with no bail.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Nevada U.S. Sen. Jacky Rosen announced Monday at a union hall in Las Vegas that she has officially filed for reelection in a presidential battleground state that is a top GOP target in a challenging 2024 Senate map.
The first-term moderate Democrat launched her campaign for a second term last year, and 10 Republican challengers have crowded the field to oppose her. Rosen has not drawn a top-name Democratic opponent.
Rosen was introduced by leaders of plumbers and pipefitters, firefighters, electrical workers and the powerful local hotel worker unions and told members their backing is going to be key to keeping Democratic control of the Senate "and stopping those MAGA Republicans from arguing every single bill."
She also put the abortion debate at the center of her remarks. Democrats nationally have tried to focus voters on the Supreme Court decision in June 2022 to overturn its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized the right to end a pregnancy.
"I am never going to back down when it comes to our reproductive rights, which are at risk," Rosen said.
GOP hopefuls in the Senate race include Sam Brown, a retired Army captain who ran for Senate in 2022 and has backing from party leaders in Washington, D.C.
His campaign manager, Faith Jones, tied Rosen to Biden in a statement critical of unemployment, housing, and food and grocery costs.
Other GOP challengers include Jim Marchant, who lost a run for Nevada secretary of state in 2022 after emerging as an outspoken denier of Democrat Joe Biden's 2020 presidential election win over former President Donald Trump.
A Marchant campaign aide did not respond to messages about Rosen’s announcement.
Trump lost Nevada in 2020 by more than 30,000 votes to Biden, despite legal challenges from Republicans and campaign aides who claimed but did not provide evidence of election irregularities.
Nevada's other U.S. senator, Catherine Cortez Masto, is a Democrat who was reelected in November 2022.