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Prepare for your Fourth of July party early with these items

Independence Day is just around the corner! That means it’s time to prepare for your big BBQ or party. Preparing early helps make the week more relaxing and festive. Make sure you’re celebrating in style by going all out with the decorations. 

We’ve lined up 10 items that help keep your beer cold, show off your patriotic pride and make clean-up a breeze.

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The staple of any Fourth of July party is the American flag. You can find an American flag at most big box stores like Lowe's, but you can also get inside and outside American flags in a variety of sizes from

Make sure your table is set with all the right decorations. You can get tablecloths, cutlery, napkins and plates all in one kit, so you can easily deck out your table. Find festive party supplies at Amazon or Walmart.

Everyone’s favorite drink needs to stay cold during the party, so make sure you have enough koozies for everyone to go around. You can get funny president-related koozies from Oriental Trading or at Walmart.

Party favors are always appreciated, and beaded necklaces are the perfect, budget-friendly options all your guests will appreciate. Amazon has a variety pack of red, white and blue beaded necklaces. Oriental Trading also has a simpler, 48-piece pack of necklaces.

Kids and adults alike love sparklers. They’re the PC version of fireworks that are much safer and quieter. Walmart has both six packs of sparklers or a 72-pack for anyone throwing a huge get-together.

Since most Fourth of July parties happen outdoors, keeping the bugs away is a whole project. Citronella candles can get the job done, plus you can easily find candles that are still on-theme. Amazon has a two-pack of American flag citronella candles. Tiki also has a bucket-sized candle for long-term burning.

Show off your array of drinks with an inflatable American flag cooler. They’re like mini swimming pools, but for all your drinks. Just inflate and add ice, and you can throw water, beer and everything in between right in. Find a few different options at Amazon or Oriental Trading.

Adorn your door with a Fourth of July wreath. It’s an easy way to show off your love for our country during the entire summer. Amazon has a wreath made of white, red and blue flowers, or there’s a more classic wreath made of American flag bunting you can get from Lowe's.

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Aiming for a classic look for your party? Put up some American flag bunting on your porch, windows or along your table setting. Oriental Trading has vintage bunting that makes your party look like it’s straight out of the 50s. Walmart has more affordable, modern-day bunting.

Add some whimsy to your party with a giant inflatable Uncle Sam. You can find a 64-inch Uncle Sam for under $20 from Oriental Trading or get an Uncle Sam riding a firework for a bit more at Amazon.

US military seeks new alliances in West Africa after Niger ousting

The top U.S. general is making a rare trip to Africa to discuss ways to preserve some of the U.S. presence in West Africa after Niger decided to kick out the U.S. military in favor of partnering with Russia in a major setback for Washington.

Air Force General C.Q. Brown, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters before landing in Botswana on Monday for a gathering of African chiefs of defense that he was going to speak with several partners in the region.

"I do see some opportunities. And there's countries that we're already working with in West Africa," Brown told reporters traveling with him.


Building on those relationships may "provide opportunities for us to posture some of the capability we had in Niger in some other locations," he added.

Brown declined to say which countries were under consideration. But a U.S. official told Reuters that President Joe Biden's administration has had initial conversations with countries including Benin, Ivory Coast and Ghana.

Still, the U.S. military is not expected to be able to replicate its muscular counter-terrorism footprint in Niger anytime soon. In particular, its ejection means losing Air Base 201, which the U.S. built near Agadez in central Niger at a cost of more than $100 million.

Until Niger's military coup last year, the base had been key to the U.S. and Niger's shared fight against insurgents who have killed thousands of people and displaced millions more.


A second U.S. official, also speaking on condition of anonymity, said not to expect another big U.S. base or wholesale relocation of U.S. troops from Niger to somewhere else.

"We do not expect a large military construction announcement or a significant new base to appear anywhere," the second official said.

The changing political landscape in West and Central Africa presents a dilemma for the United States. The region has seen eight coups over four years, including in Niger and its neighbors Burkina Faso and Mali.

The juntas now ruling many of those countries are less willing to work with Western countries including the United States - whose military is legally barred from supporting governments that seized power through coup. They are increasingly looking to Russia, which faces no such constraints.

"The U.S. had solid partners in the region," said Catherine Nzuki at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies.

"And now that the U.S. has been pushed out of Niger, the political question that I think the Department of State is asking, the Department of Defense is asking, is: Are we losing allies in the region? Are things changing too rapidly for us to keep up?"

The second U.S. official acknowledged that the U.S. military was taking stock of the rapid changes.

"We are doing some introspection right now and thinking about what our modified goals should be," the official said.

The extent to which America's modified goals will allow it to address the threat from Islamist groups expanding across the arid, impoverished Sahel region remains unclear.

"The terrorist threat is alarming," the second official said.

So far, the U.S. withdrawal from Niger is being completed on schedule ahead of a Sept. 15 deadline, U.S. officials say, with only about 600 troops remaining at Air Base 101, which is next to Diori Hamani International Airport in the capital Niamey.

As the U.S. exits, Russia has deployed a number of military forces to the same base, where they are carrying out training activities. U.S. officials say U.S. and Russian troops have no contact with each other.

Brown held out hope that even after the U.S. withdraws there might be a way to maintain some kind of future security relationship with Niger, given the years-long investment in military ties.

"We have an embassy there, so we still have relationships. And so I don't know if the door is completely closed," Brown said. "And so if in the future, if the opportunity presents itself to rebuilt, re-strengthen the relationship, we'll work with the rest of the USG (U.S. government) to figure out how best to do that."

Netanyahu ready to make partial cease-fire deal, vows war will continue until Hamas is eliminated

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he will only accept a partial cease-fire deal that would not end the 8-month-long war in Gaza, casting doubt on the viability of a U.S. backed cease-fire proposal.

Netanyahu made the comments late Sunday in an interview with Israeli Channel 14, a conservative, pro-Netanyahu station. He was he was ready to make a partial deal to bring back some of the 120 hostages still held in the Gaza Strip, but "we are committed to continuing the war after a pause, in order to complete the goal of eliminating Hamas."

The comments come at a sensitive time as Israel and Hamas appear to be moving further apart over the U.S.-backed cease-fire proposal, and could represent another setback for mediators trying to end the war.


The three-phased plan would bring about the release of the remaining hostages in exchange for hundreds of Palestinians imprisoned by Israel. But disputes and mistrust persist between Israel and Hamas over how the deal plays out.

Hamas has insisted it will not release the remaining hostages unless there’s a permanent cease-fire and a full withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza.

Israeli ground offensives and bombardments have killed more than 37,400 people in Gaza, according to the territory's Health Ministry, which does not distinguish between combatants and civilians in its count.

Israel launched the war after Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack, in which militants stormed into southern Israel, killed some 1,200 people — mostly civilians — and abducted about 250.

MSNBC host scolds co-host for saying 'illegal immigrant' on program: We say 'undocumented'

MSNBC host Symone Sanders-Townsend corrected her co-host Michael Steele on Saturday when he used the term "illegal immigrant" during an on-air debate with Heritage Foundation President Kevin Roberts. 

Steele began asking their guest to clarify his position on "illegal immigrants" in the country before being interrupted by Sanders-Townsend.

"I want to be clear," Sanders-Townsend told Steele. "We don’t use the term ‘illegal.’ Undocumented individuals."

"That’s sweet," Roberts responded. "They’re illegal aliens."


"Undocumented individuals," Steele said after the correction by Sanders-Townsend. 

"What you're saying is because you have this instance of individuals behaving badly then that's a reflection of every individual in that community," Steele told Roberts after he pointed to recent murders by illegal immigrants

"In Texas," Sanders-Townsend also told Roberts, "undocumented immigrants were 37.1% less likely to be convicted of a crime." 

"Tell that to the survivors of these people," Roberts responded, referring to the murder of 22-year-old nursing student Laken Riley by a 26-year-old illegal immigrant from Venezuela. 

"Tell that to the survivors of the young lady killed in Georgia," he added. "What do you tell the parents of those people, those young girls who were killed?" 

"You are weaponizing a horrific murder to smear 11 million people," Sanders-Townsend later told Roberts.

"That is a laughable assertion," Roberts said. "What Joe Biden is doing is weaponizing the entire government against every American." 


Roberts was also asked how a conservative administration could successfully deport illegal immigrants. 

"Well, first of all, we need to close the border," Roberts said. "And secondly, we need to have the biggest mass deportation system ever in the history of America because it is unjust and illegal and evil that more than 10 million illegal aliens have come to this country. It’s imperative that we send those people back, invite them back to come through the legal system. We love immigrants and heritage, but we also love the rule of law."

"How do you plan to carry that out?" Sanders-Townsend asked. "Are you talking about going door-to-door?"

"There’s going to be a lot of self-deportation," Roberts said, explaining that the "Department of Homeland Security" would help "return these people back to south of the border."

Anna Paulina Luna to force vote on Garland's arrest this week after DOJ refuses criminal referral

FIRST ON FOX: Rep. Anna Paulina Luna, R-Fla., is planning to force a vote on directing the House Sergeant-at-Arms to arrest Attorney General Merrick Garland sometime this week.

Luna is sending a letter around to fellow House Republicans on Monday arguing that the Department of Justice (DOJ) undermined Congress by refusing to act on the contempt resolution passed by the GOP majority earlier this month.

"The only option to ensure compliance with our subpoena is to use our constitutional authority of inherent contempt," Luna said. "In the next few days, I will call up my resolution holding Attorney General Merrick Garland in inherent contempt of Congress, and I look forward to each of you voting in favor of it."

"Our ability to legislate effectively and fulfill our constitutional duties is at stake. We must act now to protect the integrity and independence of the legislative branch."


Inherent contempt differs from the criminal contempt resolution passed on June 12. The latter referred Garland to his own department for criminal charges. However, inherent contempt, if passed, could force Garland to stand trial before the House of Representatives and, if found guilty, would lead to his detention by the House Sergeant-at-Arms.

"This is a broad power that courts have recognized as necessary for Congress to fulfill its legislative functions. Under inherent contempt, the individual is brought before the bar of the House by the Sergeant at Arms, tried by the body, and can then be detained either in the Capitol or in D.C.," Luna wrote. 

She said it "demonstrates the seriousness with which Congress views non-compliance and the potential consequences for those who refuse to cooperate."

House Republican leaders moved to hold Garland in contempt for refusing to turn over audio recordings of special counsel Robert Hur's interviews with President Biden, despite a congressional subpoena.


Republicans seeking the audio recording argued it would provide critical context about Biden’s state of mind. Democrats, meanwhile, have dismissed the request as a partisan attempt to politicize the DOJ.

The DOJ said it would not prosecute Garland because he was acting on Biden's own executive privilege claims over the interview tapes.

"The Department of Justice and the attorney general cannot be the ultimate deciders of whether or not a congressional subpoena is enforced. If Congress allows this to happen, we risk being subordinated to the attorney general and being completely neutered in our ability to legislate," Luna argued. "Why would anyone from the executive branch comply with our demands for information if the enforcement of those demands relies on the actions of another department in its own branch?"

Congress has not invoked its inherent contempt power since 1934, when it resulted in Washington lawyer William MacCracken getting a 10-day jail sentence for not sufficiently complying with a Senate subpoena. The case went all the way to the Supreme Court, which backed Congress' right to exercise its inherent contempt powers in its February 1935 decision in Jurney v. MacCracken.


To force a vote on her resolution, Luna will have to deem it "privileged" – meaning House leaders will have two legislative days to act on it. 

It is not immediately clear if the effort will succeed, however. The resolution will likely get no support from Democrats, and only a few Republicans would need to vote to table the measure, which would kill it before a House-wide vote. 

The House-wide vote on holding Garland in contempt got support from every Republican save Rep. David Joyce, R-Ohio, who opposed it over concerns it would politicize the justice system.

Fox News Digital reached out to the DOJ for comment on Luna's letter.

Jets' Tae Hayes arrested in Alabama on marijuana possession charge

New York Jets cornerback Tae Hayes was arrested in Alabama early Sunday morning on a marijuana possession charge, officials said.

Hayes was booked into the Morgan County Jail and was released on $300 bond just after 5 a.m. local time. He was charged with second-degree marijuana possession, according to


"We are aware of the situation, and we will refrain from further comment as it is a pending legal matter," the Jets said in a statement to the New York Post.

Hayes was a standout defensive back at Appalachian State after playing high school football for Decatur in Alabama. He went undrafted in 2019 and started his NFL career with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He has bounced around on several rosters since then.

Hayes has been with the Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals, Carolina Panthers, New England Patriots, Detroit Lions and Baltimore Ravens before signing with the Jets during the 2023 season.


He has appeared in 14 total NFL games. He had 18 total tackles and one fumble recovery in that span.

Hayes also spent time with the Birmingham Stallions, now of the United Football League. He was on the Stallions’ 2022 USFL championship team.

He signed a reserve/future contract with the Jets back in January and was expected to vie for a roster spot.

New York was third in yards allowed and 12th in points allowed in 2023. The team finished 7-10 for the second consecutive season.

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NY Dem slams 'Squad' member's profanity-laced rant at rally with AOC: 'Unhinged'

Rep. Ritchie Torres, D-N.Y., slammed "Squad" member Rep. Jamaal Bowman's profanity-laced rant at a rally he hosted with fellow progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., as "unhinged." 

"The level of profanity here is so shocking as to be unbecoming of a Member of Congress," Torres, who departed the Congressional Progressive Caucus earlier this year over differences on Israel, wrote on X. "There is nothing in Jamaal Bowman’s unhinged tirade that remotely resembles the decency of the people I know and represent in the South Bronx." 

During a speech in the Bronx riddled with expletives, Bowman lashed out against the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Political Action Committee (AIPAC), the pro-Israel advocacy group supporting his Democratic primary challenger, Westchester County Executive George Latimer.

"We are going to show f---ing AIPAC, the power of the motherf---ing South Bronx!" Bowman said at Saturday's rally held in St. Mary’s Park in Mott Haven. "People ask me why I got a foul mouth. What am I supposed to do? You’re coming after me! You’re coming after my family! You’re coming after my children! I’m not supposed to fight back?"


"We’re going to show them who the f--- we are!" he added, jumping around the stage.

Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., rallied for Bowman in a show of progressive support, as the incumbent Democrat lags behind Latimer by double digits ahead of Tuesday's primary to represent New York's 16th congressional district, which includes Westchester County and portions of the Bronx. Viral clips also showed fellow "Squad" member Ocasio-Cortez forcefully letting her hair down as she emphatically banged the podium, knocking over her microphones at one point. The congresswoman shouted over sexually explicit lyrics from the Cardi B song "Enough" that sounded over a speaker system during her remarks. 


At another point, Bowman, wearing a yellow T-shirt with his sleeves rolled up, waved a wooden stool up and down on the Bronx stage, before leading the crowd in a chant of, "Cease-fire now, cease-fire now." 

Bowman risks losing his seat amid divisions between progressives and moderates in the Democratic Party over the Israel-Hamas war. 

Latimer's more high-profile supporters include former Rep. Mondaire Jones, D-N.Y., and Hillary Clinton

Torres has not officially made an endorsement in the race, telling Axios last week he had a "general rule of not weighing in against a Congressional Democrat who has not weighed in against me."

"But Bowman's gratuitous attack on my character might cause me to rethink that rule. Stay tuned," Torres said. 

Fever's game plan comes under scrutiny over lack of Caitlin Clark shots as team squanders 15-point lead to Sky

Indiana Fever head coach Christie Sides’ game plan as the team squandered a 15-point lead against the Chicago Sky on Sunday came under fire as the team lost a pivotal matchup.

Clark had 17 points on 5-of-11 shooting – all of her made shots were from beyond the 3-point line. She also had a franchise-record 13 assists. However, the Fever lost 88-87.


The sharpshooting rookie did not attempt a shot in the final 2:19 of the game. Instead, second-year star Aliyah Boston attempted two long shots, making one of them. Kristy Wallace also got a shot off in the closing moments of the game.

Indiana only scored five points in the final 6:38 of the game and were outscored 24-15 in the fourth quarter.

Sides expected Clark to be more aggressive in the closing moments of the game. Sky guard Marina Mabrey missed clutch free throws, and a loose ball got into the hands of Clark.

Clark moved it up the floor quickly and passed it to Wallace, who made a valiant effort at a tough lay-up but missed the shot.

"I never want her to not be aggressive and take shots," Sides told reporters, via the Indy Star. "I really thought when she went out in transition after that missed free throw I thought she was gonna take it to the rim or pull up right there. That would’ve been a great shot for her, a great shot for our team. But we were up 15 at the end of the third quarter, we've gotta do a better job at closing out games."

Former NFL players Robert Griffin III and Emmanuel Acho were among those who criticized the game plan in the final moments.

"There is no way on God’s green earth that Caitlin Clark shouldn’t have taken the last shot or even a shot in the last 30 secs of the game," Griffin wrote on X.


"Caitlin Clark should have taken the last shot. That’s why you have her. For moments like that. Period," he added.

Acho added, "Caitlin Clark has to start being a lot more selfish. Clark has to realize that her shooting a contested shot is more productive than her teammate shooting an uncontested shot. The ‘right basketball play’ on paper, ain’t always the right one in real life."

More fans added to the conversation on social media.

Sky rookie Angel Reese stole the show with another double-double. She had 25 points and 16 rebounds in the win. Chennedy Carter added 23.

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Princess Anne, sister of King Charles, suffers concussion, palace says

Princess Anne has suffered minor injuries and a concussion following an incident at her country home, Buckingham Palace announced Monday.

Anne, who is the 73-year-old sister of King Charles III, was hospitalized but is expected to make a full recovery. The incident at the Gatcombe Park estate happened on Sunday evening.

"Her Royal Highness remains in Southmead Hospital, Bristol, as a precautionary measure for observation," Buckingham Palace said in a statement, adding that "The King has been kept closely informed and joins the whole royal family in sending his fondest love and well-wishes to The Princess for a speedy recovery." 

The princess was walking within the protected perimeter of the estate when the incident occurred, Britain's Press Association said. Her medical team added that her head injuries were consistent with a potential impact from a horse’s head or legs, according to The Associated Press.


However, the exact cause of the injuries and concussion has not yet been confirmed.

In the wake of the incident, Anne's engagements for the days ahead will be postponed and she will not attend the state dinner being held in the honor of the emperor of Japan. 

The country home is located in western England, northeast of Bristol.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

CNN host cuts off Trump spokeswoman for criticizing network debate moderators: 'I'm going to stop this'

A visibly miffed CNN host Kasie Hunt abruptly ended her interview with a Trump campaign spokeswoman on Monday after she criticized her colleagues Dana Bash and Jake Tapper as being biased against her boss.

"That’s why President Trump is knowingly going into a hostile environment on this very network, on CNN, with debate moderators who have made their opinions about him very well known over the past eight years. And their biased coverage of him," campaign press secretary Karoline Leavitt said, previewing the debate on Thursday between Trump and President Biden.

Bash and Tapper will co-moderate the highly anticipated debate, and Hunt wasn't pleased to hear them get criticized.

"So I‘ll just say my colleagues, Jake Tapper and Dana Bash, have acquitted themselves as professionals as they have covered campaigns and interviewed candidates from all sides of the aisle. I‘ll also say that if you talk to analysts of previous debates, that if you’re attacking the moderators, you’re usually losing," Hunt responded.


After Hunt tried to steer the conversation back to the debate, Leavitt told Hunt that it would take just five minutes to research Tapper and his commentary on the former president. 

"Ma'am, I'm going to stop this interview if you're going to continue to attack my colleagues," Hunt said. 

After Leavitt argued she was stating facts about Bash and Tapper, Hunt cut the interview off, her voice rising as she went back to the panel.

"I would like to talk about Joe Biden and Donald Trump, whom you work for," Hunt said. When Leavitt continued, Hunt signaled to cut her off.

"I'm sorry, guys, we're going to come back out to the panel," Hunt said. "Karoline, thank you very much for your time. You are welcome to come back at any point. She is welcome to come back and speak about Donald Trump, and Donald Trump will have equal time to Joe Biden when they both join us later this week in Atlanta for this debate."


Hunt turned to her CNN panel after the clash and said they would continue to see attacks from Trump supporters "on how this debate is conducted."

"As you know, our colleagues Jake and Dana have played a role in our conversations throughout, they have interviewed candidates on both sides," Hunt said.

CNN's John King agreed it was part of the Trump team's strategy. 

Afterward, Hunt posted on X about the exchange, saying "you respect my colleagues" when appearing on her sho.

Both Biden and Trump agreed to the rules of the debate, which include muted microphones outside their speaking time, no live audience, no pre-written notes and no consulting with campaign aides during breaks. 


CNN's Van Jones warned on Thursday that any slip-up in the debate would mean "game over" for Biden. 

"Because if Biden goes out there and messes up, it’s game over. If he walks out there and a week later he’s lower in the polls, it’s panic in the party," he said. "But if he goes in there and he can handle himself against Donald Trump — a runaway train, a locomotive, a raging bull — then this guy deserves another shot to be president, because that is tough."