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Hunter’s business partner Devon Archer in ‘hiding’ ahead of bombshell testimony: report

Devon Archer, Hunter Biden’s longtime friend and fellow Burisma board member, is reportedly in “hiding” ahead of his expected testimony on President Biden’s involvement with Hunter Biden’s business deals before becoming president. Archer is expected to testify next week to the House Oversight Committee that he witnessed Biden sitting in on at least two dozen calls with Hunter. The New York Post first reported the scheduled hearing late Sunday. Since then, Archer told friends he has fled his Long Island and Brooklyn homes, but he still plans to testify, the Daily Mail reported Wednesday. BIDEN’S NARRATIVE ON NEVER DISCUSSING BUSINESS DEALS WITH HUNTER CONTINUES TO CRUMBLE A source told the Daily Mail that Archer had received threats and was “concerned” for his and his family’s safety. Another source said Archer had received threats but denied he was “in hiding.” Archer’s wife, Krista, confirmed that he wasn’t in Washington, D.C., or at either of their homes in New York. “He’s not here. He’s not at our other home. He’s not in D.C.,” she said. Fox News Digital reached the office of Archer’s lawyer, Matthew Schwartz, of Boies, Schiller and Flexner, but was told he was not in. He did not respond by publication. According to the New York Post’s reporting, Archer is expected to testify next week that Hunter would specifically introduce his father to foreign business partners or prospective investors during meetings and would often put him on speakerphone to impress them. The House Oversight Committee invited Archer to testify as he was sentenced last year to one year in prison for his role in a $60 million bond fraud involving various clients. At least three previously planned depositions were canceled by Archer for personal reasons. Archer’s lawyer released a statement on Monday afternoon saying, “There have been many leaks and much speculation about Mr. Archer’s potential statement to the Oversight Committee, but next week, Mr. Archer will get to speak for himself.” Meanwhile, Hunter Biden’s plea deal fell apart during his first court appearance Wednesday morning. The president’s son was expected to plead guilty to two misdemeanor tax counts of willful failure to pay federal income tax, as part of plea deal to avoid jail time on a felony gun charge. Instead, he pleaded “not guilty” as federal prosecutors confirmed the president’s son is still under federal investigation.  Fox News Digital’s Lawrence Richard and Brooke Singman contributed to this report.
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Allowing trans activists to intervene in driver’s license suit a legal ‘morass,’ Kansas AG Kobach says

Allowing transgender Kansas residents to intervene in a lawsuit that seeks to force the state to list the sex they were assigned at birth on their driver’s licenses would create a legal “morass,” the state’s Republican attorney general argued in a new court filing. Attorney General Kris Kobach also contends in a filing made public Wednesday that the five transgender people trying to intervene do not have a substantial interest in the lawsuit’s outcome. Kobach wants to keep the focus of the case on his argument that a new state law that rolled back transgender rights as of July 1 bars the state from changing transgender people’s driver’s licenses to reflect their gender identities. Kobach filed the lawsuit last month against two top officials in the Kansas Department of Revenue, which issues driver’s licenses. The lawsuit came after Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly announced that people could continue to have their driver’s licenses changed despite the new law, which defines male and female under any state law as the sex assigned to a person at birth. The Republican-controlled Legislature overrode Kelly’s veto and enacted it. KANSAS AG KOBACH PUSHES FORWARD IN TRANSGENDER DRIVER’S LICENSE SUIT District Judge Theresa Watson has an Aug. 16 hearing set in Shawnee County, home to the state capital of Topeka, on the transgender people’s request to intervene. Watson already has directed the department not to change transgender people’s licenses while the lawsuit moves forward, and that order is to remain in place until at least Nov. 1. Kansas is among a few states that don’t allow such changes, along with Montana, Oklahoma and Tennessee. The five transgender individuals are represented by the American Civil Liberties Union and argue that barring changes in the sex listings on driver’s licenses violates their rights under the Kansas Constitution. Kobach argued in his filing, dated Tuesday, “That is not the issue in this case.” Instead, he said, the question is only whether the Department of Revenue is complying with the new law. “Thus, whatever grievances third parties may have … such matters are simply not relevant,” Kobach wrote. Kobach also argued that if the transgender people intervene and raise constitutional issues, he would be obligated as the state’s top lawyer to defend the Department of Revenue against those claims — in his own lawsuit. “Allowing intervention will create a procedural morass,” he wrote. KANSAS TRANS RESIDENTS WHO RUSHED TO HAVE THEIR DRIVER’S LICENSES CHANGED CAUSED ‘SAFETY CONCERN,’ JUDGE SAYS Attorneys representing the Department of Revenue against Kobach’s lawsuit support the transgender people’s request and argued in their own filing Tuesday that allowing them to intervene would promote “judicial economy.” The lawyers said the transgender residents are likely to file a separate lawsuit if their request is denied. Sharon Brett, legal director for the ACLU of Kansas, said in a statement that because Kobach’s interpretation of the new law conflicts with transgender people’s rights, “Their voices must be heard.” “It is telling that Mr. Kobach is going to great lengths to prevent the voices of transgender Kansans from being heard in this case,” she added. Kobach also is trying to stop Kansas from changing the sex listing on transgender people’s birth certificates in a separate federal lawsuit.
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Ohio abortion vote this November considered 2024 presidential bellwether by Democrats, Republicans

Democrats and Republicans alike reportedly consider an Ohio abortion vote scheduled this November a bellwether issue ahead of the 2024 presidential election.  Ohio voters will decide this fall whether the right to an abortion should be added to the state constitution, after officials said Tuesday that enough signatures were gathered to get the proposal on the ballot. However, it’s an open question how much support the amendment will need to pass, as Republican lawmakers have set a special election next month on whether to raise the threshold from a simple majority to 60%.  The state vote a year after Roe v Wade was overturned will likely be viewed on the national level as a litmus test on the abortion issue ahead of the 2024 election. “Seeing this level of enthusiasm in Ohio shows that this is going to be a salient issue and is an issue that is top of mind for voters no matter where they live,” Ryan Stitzlein, vice president of political and government relations at NARAL-Pro Choice America, told The Hill.  IOWA SUPREME COURT SAYS GOV. REYNOLDS CAN APPEAL BLOCK ON STRICT ABORTION LAW Stitzlein pointed to a new USA Today Network/Suffolk University poll of 500 likely voters in Ohio that found the amendment guaranteeing access to reproductive services backed by a double-digit margin, 58%-32%.  “It’s another data point in what we have seen since the Dobbs ruling last June, is that the decision by the Supreme Court and the subsequent actions that Republican, anti-abortion lawmakers have been making are totally out of step with the American people,” Stitzlein said. Pro-life activists in Ohio argued the survey does not tell the full story of what’s happening on the ground in the Buckeye State.  “In November, voters will look more closely at the proposed amendment and see that it covers more than just abortion by its own language,” Mark Weaver, an Ohio-based GOP strategist, told The Hill. “The poll doesn’t ask them that.” REPUBLICANS WANT CHILD TAX CREDIT FOR UNBORN BABIES IN MASSIVE FEDERAL FAMILY CARE OVERHAUL The Ohio measure would establish “a fundamental right to reproductive freedom” with “reasonable limits.”  In language similar to a constitutional amendment that Michigan voters approved last November, it would require restrictions imposed past a fetus’ viability outside the womb – which was the standard under Roe v. Wade – to be based on evidence of patient health and safety benefits, according to The Associated Press. The proposed amendment states that “every individual has a right to make and carry out one’s own reproductive decisions, including but not limited to decisions on contraception, fertility treatment, continuing one’s own pregnancy, miscarriage care, and abortion.”  “Nowhere in the entire amendment does the word ‘woman’ appear,” Amy Natoce, press secretary at Protect Women Ohio, a pro-life coalition, told The Hill. “The word ‘adult’ is not used anywhere. There is no mention whatsoever of age restrictions. Instead, the ACLU and its attorneys who wrote the amendment intentionally chose the very broad word ‘individuals.’” Protect Women Ohio has committed $25 million in ads in opposition of the amendment. One of the advertisements released in May includes video of President Biden stating, “There’s no such thing as someone else’s child” and ends with the slogan, “They’re coming for your parental rights.” The group has argued that the broad language of the amendment could eliminate parental consent for abortions and transgender surgeries for minors.  Secretary of State Frank LaRose determined Tuesday that Ohioans United for Reproductive Rights submitted nearly 496,000 valid signatures, comfortably enough to put the amendment before voters on Nov. 7. The coalition had submitted more than 700,000 signatures. The Aug. 8 special election called by Statehouse Republicans would also eliminate the 10-day curing period when citizen-led campaigns may submit additional signatures if they fall short the first time, and increase the number of counties where signatures must be collected from 44 to all 88. But those provisions would come too late to impact the abortion issue, which has already faced both legal and administrative hurdles to now be poised for a vote. “They want to prevent Ohioans from being able to vote on reproductive freedom because they are seeing what we are seeing, which is a majority of Ohioans are saying they will vote yes on reproductive freedom in November,” Lauren Blauvelt, vice president of government affairs and public advocacy at Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio, told The Hill.  Abortion remains legal in the state up to 20 weeks’ gestation, under a judge’s order issued in a lawsuit challenging legislation that would restrict abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, or around six weeks into pregnancy. Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, a Republican, has asked the state Supreme Court to overturn the stay. The Associated Press contributed to this report. 
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McConnell freezes up during press conference, later says ‘I’m fine’

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell appeared to freeze up during a news conference with other Republican leaders following their weekly party luncheon Wednesday afternoon.  “Good afternoon, everyone. We’re on a path to finishing the NDAA this week, there’s been good bipartisan cooperation and a string of…” McConnell said, before trailing off and staring blankly for nearly a minute before colleagues intervened. “You OK, Mitch?” Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wy., asked. “Is there anything else you want to say or should we just go back to your office?” McConnell then stepped to the side as Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and others addressed the press on the one-year anniversary of the Democrat-led Inflation Reduction Act passage. He reappeared about 10 minutes later to finish the press conference. “I’m fine,” he told reporters.  Earlier this year, McConnell, 81, suffered a concussion and fractured rib from a fall in a Washington hotel.  A McConnell aide told Fox News that the senator “felt light headed and stepped away for a moment. He came back to handle Q and A, which as everyone observed was sharp.” This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
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President Biden, first lady express Hunter Biden ‘support’ after not guilty pleas, White House says

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre says President Biden and first lady Jill Biden are in “support” of Hunter Biden following a federal court appearance Wednesday in which he pleaded “not guilty.”  The president’s son was expected to plead guilty to two misdemeanor tax counts of willful failure to pay federal income tax, as part of plea deal to avoid jail time on a felony gun charge.  But Judge Maryellen Noreika in Delaware did not accept the plea agreement, questioning the constitutionality – specifically the diversion clause and the immunity Hunter Biden would receive.  “Hunter Biden is a private citizen, and this was a personal matter for him. As we have said, the president, the first lady, they love their son and they support him as he continues to rebuild his life,” Jean-Pierre later said during Wednesday’s White House press briefing.  HUNTER BIDEN PLEADS ‘NOT GUILTY’ AS PLEA DEAL FALLS APART DURING DELAWARE COURT APPEARANCE  “This case was handled independently, as all of you know, by the Justice Department under the leadership of a prosecutor appointed by the former president, President Trump,” she added. “So for anything further, as you know, and we’ve been very consistent from here, I’d refer you to the Department of Justice and to Hunter’s representatives, who is his legal team, obviously, who can address any of your questions.”  BIDEN DONOR, APPOINTEE PURCHASING HUNTER’S ART PRESENTS ‘CONFLICT OF INTEREST’ AND ‘RAISES RED FLAGS,’ EXPERTS SAY  Judge Noreika pressed federal prosecutors on the investigation Wednesday and questioned whether there was the possibility for future charges, and asked prosecutors if Hunter Biden was currently under active investigation. Prosecutors said he was, but would not answer specifically what the president’s son is under investigation for. Prosecutors on Wednesday said Hunter Biden pleading guilty to the two misdemeanor tax offenses would not immunize him from future charges. The judge asked whether a potential violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act was under consideration, but prosecutors were tight-lipped on the matter. The judge put the court in recess and asked that federal prosecutors and Biden’s legal team discuss the plea deal, telling the court that they did not appear to be in agreement on the terms. Fox News’ Griff Jenkins, Alexandra Rego and Jake Gibson contributed to this report. 
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Alaskan mayor proposes sending the homeless on a one-way ticket to warmer climate ahead of winter

An unfunded proposal by Anchorage’s mayor to pay for plane tickets to warmer climates for homeless people who would otherwise be forced to winter outside in the bitter cold has caused a stir in Alaska’s biggest city. Last year, eight people — a record for the city — died of exposure in Anchorage and the closure of a large arena earlier this year that served as a makeshift city shelter is sure to exacerbate the crisis in a place where winter temperatures regularly dip below zero. “When people approach us and want to go to someplace warm or they want to go to some town where they have family or friends that can take care of them, if they choose to go there, we’ll support that,” Mayor Dave Bronson said at a Tuesday news conference. If the program moves forward, people can choose to relocate to the Lower 48 or somewhere else in Alaska where it might be warmer or where they have relatives. With the pandemic, officials configured the roughly 6,000-seat Sullivan Arena to be a mass-care facility. It has served more than 500 homeless people in the winters until city officials decided to return it to its original purpose hosting concerts and hockey games. HUGE MOOSE KICKS ALASKA WOMAN IN THE HEAD AFTER SNEAKING UP ON HER While some smaller shelters have opened, there is no large care facility in the city and homeless services are limited. Nine other smaller shelters provide 614 beds for the homeless. Bronson’s sudden proclamation comes at a time of political tension over the homelessness crisis between the Republican mayor and the liberal-leaning Anchorage Assembly. Bronson in 2021 had proposed building a shelter and navigation center on the city’s east side, but the Anchorage Assembly whittled the capacity to only 150 beds. Construction was then put on hold when the Bronson administration awarded the contract without approval from the Assembly, which is scheduled to decide next month if it will proceed. The lack of shelter space this winter could leave an estimated 750 unhoused residents in the cold. ONE OF ALASKA’S LARGEST PRIVATE COVID-19 TESTING PROVIDERS TO CLOSE IN JUNE  “I have a moral imperative here, and that’s to save lives,” Bronson said. “And if that means giving them a few hundred dollars for an airline ticket to go where they want to go, I’m going to do that.” Anchorage Assembly Chair Christopher Constant did not immediately return a email from The Associated Press on Tuesday. However, he told the Anchorage Daily News there have been no formal discussions with the Bronson administration to fund the relocation program. “A good portion of our individuals experiencing homelessness are Alaska’s first people. This is their place. There is no other place,” he said. Bronson said a funding source has not been identified, and he’s put Alexis Johnson, the city’s homeless director, in charge of coming up with a plan for the program. She didn’t immediately return an email seeking comment. Bronson said it won’t be difficult to administer the program. “Someone says, ‘I want to go to Los Angeles or San Diego or Seattle or Kansas,’ it’s not our business,” he said of their intended destination. “My job is to make sure they don’t die on Anchorage streets.” A one-way ticket to Los Angeles cost $289 on Tuesday, which Bronson said was much cheaper than the $100 or so it costs to house someone every day. When asked if he was simply pushing Anchorage’s problems onto someone else, Bronson said Alaska’s largest city has 40% of the state’s population but 65% of the homeless population. “The taxpayers to whom I’m responsible to can’t keep footing the entire bill,” he said. “We need a statewide solution to a statewide problem.” The Alaska Legislature did not fund a $25 million request from Anchorage to purchase and operate a shelter. A number of cities through the U.S., including San Francisco, Seattle and Portland, Oregon, have also offered bus or plane tickets to homeless residents.
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House Republican demands Mayorkas answer on DHS collusion with social media: ‘Who determines what’s false?’

Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., demanded Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas answer for the July 4 federal court ruling that there was substantial evidence that the Biden administration agencies, including DHS, the FBI and others, may have violated the First Amendment by colluding with social media platforms to deter the protected free speech of Americans.  Johnson opened his line of questioning during the House Judiciary Committee hearing by citing the 155-page order issued on Independence Day in Louisiana by U.S. District Judge Terry A. Doughty restricting the communications of certain Biden administration officials with social media companies for the intended purpose of “urging, encouraging, pressuring, or inducing in any manner the removal, deletion, suppression, or reduction of content containing protected free speech posted on social-media platforms.” “Secretary Mayorkas, we have the frustrating responsibility on this committee of providing oversight of your agency. But I have to be honest and tell you I’m not sure exactly what you do at the Department of Homeland Security other than great harm. On your watch, the data is pretty clear. We’ve had record levels of illegal immigration, a rapid decline in deportations, skyrocketing fentanyl deaths across our country, and the Secret Service, which is a DHS component, can’t determine who left cocaine at the White House,” Johnson said.  “In the middle of all this, you created the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency, CISA, which is a division of DHS, and it’s one of the Biden administration agencies that colluded with and coerced the social media companies to censor Americans’ protected free speech online. That’s specifically detailed in a 155-page court opinion that came out of the federal court in Louisiana, the landmark litigation of Missouri v. Biden,” Johnson continued. “Have you read that court opinion?”  NY TIMES ROASTED FOR COMPLAINING BIDEN CAN’T FIGHT ‘DISINFORMATION’ AFTER JUDGE’S RULING “Congressman no, I have not. And the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency does not censor speech,” Mayorkas responded.  “The court found otherwise. And it’s really curious to me – actually, it’s quite alarming – that you haven’t read the opinion, because your agency is listed in this opinion,” Johnson said, adding that the court found that the allegations in the case involve “the most massive attack against free speech in United States history.” “And you’re telling me this opinion issued July 4th has not reached your desk? No one’s briefed you on it?” Johnson pressed.  “Oh, I have been briefed on the Missouri litigation,” Mayorkas responded, clarifying that he had taken time to read parts of the court order himself.  “Did you read the parts where it said that this is Orwellian, dystopian and that your agency is involved in a massive cover-up of specifically conservatives free speech online?” Johnson asked.  To that, Mayorkas insisted, “Congressman, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is not involved in such conduct.”  The Republican grew testy with Mayorkas when he could not answer whether a subcommittee of CISA, known as the “misinformation and disinformation subcommittee” or MDM, still exists. “I would have to get back to you on that,” Mayorkas said.  JUDICIARY CHAIR JORDAN TELLS MAYORKAS TO ‘BE PREPARED’ AHEAD OF KEY HEARING ON BORDER CRISIS “Kind of a big deal in your agency. I’m kind of shocked that you don’t know the answer to that. Can you define what misinformation is?” Johnson asked.  “Misinformation is false information that is disseminated to…” Mayorkas began answering before Johnson interjected. “Excellent. Who determines what is false?” he asked. “Who determines is false in your agency? If you’re going to pull something off the Internet and collude with a social media platform to make sure Americans don’t see it, who determines what’s false?” Johnson pressed. To that, Mayorkas answered flatly, “Congressman, we don’t do that.”  “That’s not true. That is not true. That is not what the court has found. This is not a Republican talking point. This is what the documents show. We’ve had people testify under oath that say and you just defined the term. You’re telling me that you don’t know who determines what is false?” Johnson asked.  Mayorkas pushed back, claiming that CISA identifies “tactics that adverse nation states use to weaponize disinformation,” which he then defined as information that is “inaccurate.” Johnson then argued that there is a problem with the government getting involved in such affairs. “The reason the framers of our Constitution did not create an exception for, quote unquote ‘false information’ from the First Amendment is because they didn’t trust the government to determine what it is. And you have whole committees of people in your agency trying to determine what they determine, they define as false or misinformation.”  Johnson also disputed Mayorkas’ claim that CISA only deals with tactics of adverse nation states. “The court found specifically – it’s a finding of fact that is not disputed by the government defendants, the Biden administration, your agency, the FBI or DHS,” Johnson said. “They determined you made – you and all of your cohorts made – no distinction between, domestic speech and foreign speech. So don’t stand there and tell me under oath that you only focused adverse you know, adversaries around the world, foreign actors. That’s not true.”  Mayorkas replied that the case is still a matter of ongoing litigation.  The July 4 order specifically notes government efforts to curb the free speech of Americans.  The preliminary injunction does not restrict Biden administration officials from communicating with social media companies on postings involving criminal activity, national security threats, or criminal efforts to suppress voting, provide illegal campaign contributions, cyber-attacks against election infrastructure, or foreign attempts to influence elections. 
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Ramaswamy clarifies voting history, says he voted libertarian for president in 2004

Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy clarified a discrepancy about his voting history, admitting on Wednesday that his claims about voting for the first time for President Trump in 2020 were not true. Confronted with state records, Ramsaswamy acknowledged to The Washington Examiner that nearly two decades ago, he voted for Libertarian presidential candidate Michael Badnarik in the 2004 election. The admission comes after Ramaswamy had claimed in two separate interviews this year that he did not vote before 2020, when he supported Trump over President Biden. “It was a throwaway vote,” Ramaswamy told the Examiner. He said he “was disgusted” at the time with both Republican President George W. Bush and his Democratic challenger then-Senator John Kerry and voted third party in protest. “A throwaway vote in that I knew it was a candidate who was not going to win” he said. Ramaswamy, a former pharmaceutical executive and political newcomer, previously told Scripps News in a July 12 interview that he had not voted before the 2020 election.  DESANTIS CAMPAIGN CUTS MORE STAFF AS PART OF PUSH TO ‘STREAMLINE’ PRESIDENTIAL BID “I mean the reality is, most young people in this country don’t vote because they’re not excited by the candidates that they see. And in my twenties, I was much the same way,” he told Scripps. “Something changed for me when I became a father in 2020. That’s when my first son was born. It just changed my perspective, to say that I’m not just going to passively sit aside just because I’m not excited by other candidates.” In an earlier interview in June, Ramaswamy, 37, told the Breakfast Club radio program he voted for the first time in 2020 and claimed his 2021 book, “Woke, Inc.: Inside Corporate America’s Social Justice System,” was partly a reflection on why he was politically inactive for decades.  However, The Washington Examiner confronted Ramaswamy with copies of Ohio database records in Butler and Franklin counties, which showed he had voted in 2004. Though he later admitted to voting for Badnarik, his campaign initially claimed Ramaswamy did not remember who he voted for and asserted he “must have voted Republican.”  DESANTIS, SCOTT, HALEY, PENCE, REST OF 2024 FIELD OTHER THAN TRUMP TO JOIN REYNOLDS AT IOWA STATE FAIR The 2024 GOP hopeful corrected the record, calling himself “very cynical and jaded” when he voted Libertarian in 2004, having just graduated from high school. He claimed he forgot about the vote because “it wasn’t meaningful to me.”  “I remember being, as I was, very disaffected. John Kerry versus George Bush left me deeply uninspired. And, you know, I didn’t think my vote was going to make a difference,” he said.  Badnarik, the 2004 Libertarian presidential candidate who Ramaswamy voted for, had campaigned on support for abortion rights and vowed to “veto any legislation restricting a woman’s right to choose,” according to his archived campaign website. He supported ending “immigration restrictions for peaceful individuals who come to America to work, study adan live” and promoted conspiracy theories about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.  GOP CANDIDATE VIVEK RAMASWAMY DEFENDS RIVAL DONALD TRUMP: ‘BAD JUDGEMENT IS NOT THE SAME THING AS A CRIME’ In a Sept. 11, 2011 blog post, Badnarik wrote, “We should assiduously follow the evidence until we uncover the cold, unvarnished truth, even if we discover that certain members of our own government were [knowledgeable], or even complicit in planning the attack.” When reached for comment, the Ramaswamy campaign told Fox News that Ramaswamy had forgotten about his 2004 vote and could not even remember the name of the Libertarian candidate until it was brought up to him by the Examiner. The campaign pointed to statements Ramaswamy has made endorsing conservative positions on abortion and immigration, noting that he has shifted ideologically in the 20 years since he left high school.  A campaign spokesperson also said Ramaswamy intends to win the Republican nomination and defeat Biden, but if he does not, he will honor the party pledge to support the eventual Republican nominee. 
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Progressive ‘Squad’ member mocked after ‘thirst strike’ lasts just 8 hours: ‘What a hero’

Progressive Congressman Greg Casar, a new member of the “The Squad,” faced mockery on social media after pledging to go on a “thirst strike” in solidarity with federal workers that ended up lasting only eight hours. “Just took my last drink of water before my thirst strike with the one and only, Dolores Huerta. #WorkersCanWait,” Casar, D-Texas, whose district represents parts of Austin and San Antonio, Texas, posted on Tuesday morning. He pledged to abstain from liquids as he called for a federal heat rule to protect workers as they faced high temperatures across the country. “Today I’m on a thirst strike on the steps of the U.S. Capitol – not drinking water or taking breaks, through rain or shine, in solidarity with our nation’s workers,” Casar wrote in another post. “Currently there are NO federal protections for workers exposed to heat.” Casar’s thirst strike ended eight hours later, prompting criticism from conservatives on Twitter. AOC LASHES OUT AT TWITTER, CLAIMS SHE’S ‘NEVER EXPERIENCED MORE HARASSMENT’ BEFORE “Congrats on… existing between early lunch and late dinner,” CNN commentator Scott Jennings tweeted. “eight whole hours what a hero,” Washington Free Beacon reporter Andrew Kerr tweeted. “Libs get participation trophies for literally skipping breakfast,” The Spectator reporter Matthew Foldi tweeted. AUSTIN MAYOR BLOCKS STATE POLICE HELP FOR UNDERSTAFFED PD IN MOVE THAT CAVES TO ‘DEFUND’ ACTIVISTS: CRITICS Casar’s thirst strike on the steps of the Capitol on Tuesday drew a crowd that included progressive Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and reporters who tweeted photos of Casar being monitored by medical professionals. Casar’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Fox News Digital’s Louis Casiano contributed to this report.
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Hunter Biden plea deal falls apart during first court appearance

Hunter Biden’s plea deal appeared to fall apart during his first court appearance Wednesday morning, amid questions about federal prosecutors’ plans for the ongoing investigation. The president’s son was expected to plead guilty to two misdemeanor tax counts of willful failure to pay federal income tax, as part of plea deal to avoid jail time on a felony gun charge. But Judge Maryellen Noreika pressed federal prosecutors on the investigation and questioned whether there was the possibility for future charges. Hunter Biden was also expected to enter into a pretrial diversion agreement regarding a separate felony charge of possession of a firearm by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance. His plea deal, which has faced ire from Republicans and opponents of the president, was likely to keep Hunter Biden out of jail. 
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