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Texas lawyers argue for end of ObamaCare in case that could decide fate of health plan

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One of the nation’s most conservative federal appeals courts heard opening arguments Tuesday in a case that could determine the future of the Affordable Care Act and seemed destined to make its way to the Supreme Court.

The three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans heard arguments in Texas vs. the United States, which seeks to determine whether Congress effectively invalidated former President Barack Obama’s entire signature health care law when it zeroed out the tax imposed on those who chose not to buy insurance.

Speaking on behalf of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and the 18 other states involved in the case, the state’s Solicitor General Kyle Hawkins urged the panel to rule that ObamaCare is unconstitutional in its entirety, arguing that when Congress enacted President Trump’s tax overhaul, it rendered ObamaCare unconstitutional by doing away with the tax penalty for violating the plan’s individual mandate.

It was unclear when the court would issue a ruling or if it will actually make it to the Supreme Court, but the ultimate outcome will affect protections for people with pre-existing conditions, Medicaid expansions covering roughly 12 million people, and subsidies that help about 10 million others afford health insurance.

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Tuesday’s arguments are the latest in a lawsuit filed by Republican officials in 18 states, led by the Texas Attorney General’s Office. It was filed after Congress — which didn’t repeal the law, despite pressure from President Donald Trump — reduced to zero the unpopular tax imposed on those without insurance.

In challenging the law anew, ObamaCare opponents noted the 2012 ruling of a divided Supreme Court that upheld the law. Conservative justices had rejected the argument that Congress could require everyone to buy insurance under the Constitution’s interstate commerce clause. But Chief Justice John Roberts, joining four liberal justices, said Congress did have the power to impose a tax on those without insurance.

With no tax penalty now in effect, the Texas lawsuit argues, the individual mandate is unconstitutional and the entire law must fall without it. Texas-based U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor agreed in a December ruling. The law’s supporters appealed.

In addition to the 18 states, two individual taxpayers are part of the lawsuit. The Trump administration is not defending the law and has filed arguments in favor of O’Connor’s ruling.

California’s attorney general represents a coalition of mostly Democratic-led states and the District of Columbia seeking to overturn O’Connor’s ruling and uphold the law. The House of Representatives has joined them. 

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Among the arguments by the law’s supporters: Those who filed suit have no case because they aren’t harmed by a penalty that doesn’t exist; the reduction of the tax penalty to zero could be read as a suspension of the tax, but the tax’s legal structure still exists; and even if the individual mandate is now unconstitutional, that does not affect the rest of the law known as the Affordable Care Act.

When the law was proposed, friends and foes of ObamaCare agreed that the tax was essential to persuade healthy people to get insured, thereby keeping premiums in check. But this year — the first time no fines will be collected — the number of people signing up for subsidized private insurance through the Affordable Care Act slipped only slightly.

The government said in March that a total of 11.4 million people signed up during open enrollment season, a dip of about 300,000 from last year.

The judges hearing the arguments were 5th Circuit Judges Carolyn Dineen King, Jennifer Walker Elrod and Kurt Engelhardt. King was nominated to the appeals court by President Jimmy Carter in 1979. Elrod was nominated by President George W. Bush in 2007. Engelhardt was nominated by President Donald Trump last year.

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Democratic leaders in both the Senate and the House on Tuesday warned their Republican colleagues of the costs – both political and financial – the loss of the popular ObamaCare would incur.

“These are faces of Americans, millions who will suffer if Republicans succeed in dismantling health care law,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said during a press conference Tuesday alongside House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calf. “If the right win lawsuits, families will lose their healthcare.”

Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer and Ellen Smith and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Aziz Ansari addresses sexual misconduct allegations in new comedy special

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Aziz Ansari started his new comedy special by addressing the sexual misconduct allegations made against him in early 2018.

The Netflix project, titled “Aziz Ansari Right Now” and directed by Spike Jonze, dropped on Tuesday morning and the actor-comedian walked out to a cheering New York crowd before getting serious.

“You know, I haven’t said much about that whole thing, but I’ve talked about it on this tour, ’cause you’re here and it means a lot to me,” Ansari, 36, said. “I’m sure there are some of you that are curious how I feel about that whole situation.”

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The “Parks and Recreation” star was accused by an unidentified woman who claimed that she felt pressured to perform oral sex after they went on a date. The woman adds in the Babe.net article, that she texted Ansari the next day to express how upset and uncomfortable she was about the encounter.

The comic responded to the allegations in a statement:

“In September of [2017], I met a woman at a party. We exchanged numbers. We texted back and forth and eventually went on a date. We went out to dinner, and afterwards we ended up engaging in sexual activity, which by all indications was completely consensual.

“The next day, I got a text from her saying that although ‘it may have seemed okay,’ upon further reflection, she felt uncomfortable. It was true that everything did seem okay to me, so when I heard that it was not the case for her, I was surprised and concerned. I took her words to heart and responded privately after taking the time to process what she had said.

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I continue to support the movement that is happening in our culture. It is necessary and long overdue.”

The woman’s accusations and Ansari’s response sparked debate about behavior and consent during the #MeToo era and if this encounter was at the same level as other alleged abusers such as Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, and Louis C.K.

Ansari told the audience that during that period in his life, he felt “scared.”

“There’s times I felt humiliated, there’s times I felt embarrassed, and ultimately I just felt terrible that this person felt this way,” he added. “After a year or so, I just hope it was a step forward. It moved things forward for me, made me think about a lot. I hope I’ve become a better person.”

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He explained the experience made him have some serious conversations with friends about their dating practices and hoped those talks have made “other people be more thoughtful” about their conduct.

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Judge asks whether Flynn should be penalized after prosecutors drop him as witness against ex-partner

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The federal judge overseeing the still-pending sentencing of former national security adviser Michael Flynn has set a Wednesday afternoon deadline for the government to explain whether new developments in a related case should result in prison time for Flynn.

D.C. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan ordered Flynn’s lawyers, in turn, to file a response to the government’s arguments no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, adding, “the Court will not extend these filing deadlines.”

The order comes shortly after prosecutors revealed they won’t call Flynn to testify at the upcoming trial of his one-time business partner and now consider him to be an unindicted co-conspirator.

WHY DID FLYNN FIRE HIS LAWYERS?

Court documents unsealed Tuesday in federal court in Alexandria show prosecutors changed their minds about putting Flynn on the stand at next week’s trial of Bijan Kian.

Flynn’s lawyers have objected to the about-face, and say prosecutors wanted him to take the stand and admit things that weren’t true. Flynn’s sentencing had been postponed so Sullivan could take into account Flynn’s level of cooperation at the Kian trial.

“On June 24, 2019, defense counsel represented to the Court that Mr. Flynn was scheduled to testify at the trial in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia before the Honorable Anthony J. Trenga,” the order from Sullivan read. “On July 9, 2019, Judge Trenga issued an order unsealing certain court records … the government is ORDERED to file a submission to this Court no later than 5:00 PM on July 10, 2019 explaining how the unsealed records in United States v. Rafiekian will impact the proceedings before this Court.”

Flynn has been cooperating for months with federal prosecutors in a bid to avoid any prison time, but abruptly fired his law firm last week — in a move that suggested he might contest the terms of his plea deal. Flynn, who attended a fireworks-filled sentencing hearing in December 2018, has consistently asked that Sullivan delay his sentencing while he continued his government cooperation.

“I’m not hiding my disgust, my disdain for this criminal offense,” Sullivan said during that hearing, during which he briefly suggested Flynn could be guilty of treason before walking the idea back.

One of Flynn’s new lawyers, Jesse Binnall, pointed out that prosecutors said explicitly at a June 13 hearing that they did not consider Flynn to be a co-conspirator in the case. Binnall said it’s wrong for the government to reverse that assessment simply because they don’t find his testimony to be useful.

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“The government’s reversal also sounds an alarm of potential retaliation and may have ramifications for Mr. Flynn beyond this trial,” Binnall wrote in a court document.

Kian is charged with illegally acting as a foreign agent. Prosecutors say Kian was acting at the Turkish government’s behest when he persuaded Flynn to write a November 2016 op-ed piece critical of Fethullah Gulen, a cleric living in the U.S. who is a nemesis of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The legal advice Flynn and Kian received about whether they were required to register as foreign agents — and its admissibility at trial — has been a major issue in pretrial proceedings.

After the op-ed piece ran, government lawyers contacted Flynn and Kian’s joint business, Flynn Intel Group, and questioned whether they needed to register as foreign agents. Flynn Intel Group ultimately registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. But the indictment alleges that Kian knowingly made false statements to his lawyers and on the FARA registration form.

Binnall says that when Flynn made the FARA application, he thought at the time he was providing accurate information. Binnall said prosecutors wanted Flynn to admit that he knew the statements were false at the time he made them.

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“Mr. Flynn cannot give that testimony because it is not true,” Binnall said.

Flynn pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying about his contacts with Russians in the months between Trump’s election and his inauguration in a separate case brought by then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Flynn had been an outspoken foreign policy adviser to Trump during the 2016 campaign and served briefly in the administration as national security adviser before questions about his dealings with Russia forced him to resign.

WAS MICHAEL FLYNN TARGETED?

Ahead of the December 2018 hearing, Mueller’s team recommended that Flynn be spared jail time, citing his cooperation with the special counsel’s probe of Russian activities during the 2016 election campaign.

Kian’s lawyers, for their part, say the case against their client is built largely on information provided by Flynn and the case is weak because Flynn can’t be trusted to tell the truth.

“The government has belatedly realized what should have been clear all along — Flynn is not to be believed,” Kian’s lawyers wrote.

Fox News’ Bill Mears, Ronn Blitzer, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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France sends top diplomat to Iran as Europe urges uranium enrichment cutback

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France dispatched a top diplomat to Iran Tuesday while joining Germany and Britain in calling for the Tehran regime to scale back its recent uranium enrichment activities “without delay.”

Emmanuel Bonne, a diplomatic adviser to French President Emmanuel Macron, was expected to meet Wednesday with Iran’s senior security official, Ali Shamkhani, according to the semi-official Tasnim news agency. Bonne hopes to try to “obtain gestures” from Iran to show they’re serious about staying in the 2015 nuclear deal, a French official told The Associated Press.

The European nations, who remain part of the accord along with Russia and China, said they planned to organize a meeting among the signatories over “deep concern that Iran is not meeting several of its commitments.” They added that the meeting needed to be “convened urgently,” but did not say when it would take place.

“Iran has stated that it wants to remain within the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the formal term for the 2015 agreement],” the three nations said. “It must act accordingly by reversing these activities and returning to full JCPOA compliance without delay.”

PUTIN SAYS US MILITARY ACTION AGAINST IRAN WOULD BE A ‘CATASTROPHE FOR THE REGION’

Europe has been under pressure from the U.S. to withdraw from the accord as President Trump did last year, and is also being urged by Iran to offset the crippling effects of American economic sanctions. The tensions have thus strained Europe’s soft-power approach to its limits at a time of increasing tensions in the Middle East.

“For the Europeans, it’s going to be difficult not to lose credibility in their position with Iran and also with Washington, by not being too soft, but at the same time acknowledging that there is some truth to what Iran is saying,” Adnan Tabatabai, a political scientist with the Bonn-based CARPO think tank on Middle Eastern affairs, told the Associated Press.

Researcher Sanam Vakil of the London-based Chatham House think tank said that Europe will be forced to tread lightly with Macron leading the three European countries, known as the E3, trying not to escalate the situation while seeking a resolution between Tehran and Washington.

“What the E3 can do is kick-start diplomacy and diplomatic conversations,” she said. “They can potentially convince Iran to freeze its breach and prevent any further breaches while shepherding a process back and forth between Washington and Iran – worst case scenario is that nothing happens, but at least they’ve bought themselves time.”

So far, neither Iran’s announcement last week that it had exceeded the amount of low-enriched uranium allowed under the deal, nor Monday’s revelation it had begun enriching uranium past the 3.67 percent purity allowed, to 4.5 percent, are seen as such gross violations that they are likely to prompt Europe to invoke the deal’s dispute resolution mechanism. Both of Iran’s actions have been verified by the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Experts warn that higher enrichment and a growing stockpile narrow the one-year window Iran would need to have the necessary material for an atomic weapon, something that Tehran denies it wants but the deal prevented.

This is the second trip to Tehran by Bonne in as many months. He was in the Iranian capital in mid-June for one day.

“The idea [of Bonne’s visit] is to privilege dialogue [over] escalation that can become explosive,” and “not reach a situation of war,” the French official told AP.

“This is very much an E3 process, but Macron is leading it because obviously, the U.K. is in a period of leadership transition and Germany is taking a slightly less-visible role, but I think there is great unity here,” Vakil said.

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Britain, France and Germany urged all signatories in the accord to act responsibly toward deescalating ongoing tensions regarding Iran’s nuclear activities while proposing dialogue. They did not mention any country by name other than Iran itself.

The U.S. has deployed thousands of troops, an aircraft carrier, nuclear-capable B-52 bombers and advanced fighter jets to the Middle East amid fears of increasing tensions that followed the downing of an American drone by surface-to-air missiles and a disputed attack on a pair of oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman – these were a series of events most recent to Iranian provocation in the region.

Fox News’ Morgan Cheung and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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CBP official supports pentagon troop surge at southern border, calls for criminal loopholes to be closed

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Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Deputy Commissioner Robert Perez said he supports sending 1,000 more National Guard troops to the U.S. southern border and advocated for closing immigration loopholes to discourage criminal activity.

Perez said the request was based on a humanitarian need to stem overcrowding and will provide relief for overworked border patrol officers, who are currently guarding the nation’s ports of entry.

“Our partners in the Department of Defense have been critical partners of ours in collaborating to help deal with the border crisis we’ve had and augmenting our border patrol agents, our CBP officers — all of our operations on the front line to get our agents and officers back to their law enforcement duties,” he said on “America’s Newsroom” Tuesday.

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“This latest request is specifically to help support our ongoing humanitarian crisis and deploy some of those National Guard folks both to additional soft sided facilities that we will be putting up later this month — in addition to the ones we’ve already put up, to deal with the overcrowding in our border patrol stations,” he continued.

“And also [to] deploy some of that National Guard back to the ports of entry to support the CBP officers, many of which have been redeployed into our border patrol stations — again to help deal with the front line of this ongoing crisis.”

Perez’s comments come after the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requested the troop surge from the Pentagon on Monday, to help bolster border security efforts in Texas.

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He also said the criminal element is thriving on the border and requires reinforcements to help turn the tide and shut down their operations, which include human trafficking and gang-related activity.

“Our agents deal with the criminal element that we are still having to manage, all the while dealing with this ongoing humanitarian challenge,” Perez said.

“There are alien smuggling organizations that continue to exploit these loopholes by way of moving these incredibly vulnerable populations, particularly children, through our borders. They’re using children as virtual passports, and at times, even recycling them. But there is also other criminal elements. Gang members, drug smugglers, that we absolutely need to pay attention to, and do on a daily basis. Having more of our military partners alongside us will help us perform that mission.”

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Perez said border officials have been shining a light on the current crisis for a year and a half and called the chaos “unprecedented.”

“I think it’s really important to note that for the better part of 18 months, we’ve been sounding the alarms. Letting people know that there was an unprecedented number and volume and different types of demographic that was arriving at our border,” he said.

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“I think universally people understand that we do have a crisis. It took us nearly two months to convince folks on Capitol Hill that we needed more resources by virtue of a supplemental bill to the tune of $4.5 billion, which we finally have received, to deal with some of the resourcing needs in the immediate term, to deal with this crisis. Now, we need people to focus on the legal loopholes and fix those.

“Those are the loopholes that are being exploited by criminal alien smuggling organizations. Those are the loopholes that — the most vulnerable populations are being preyed upon by virtue of them — specifically children, as I just mentioned. And we absolutely need to fix those loopholes to put these criminals out of business.”

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Rock band Confederate Railroad fires back at Illinois state fair after being removed from performance lineup

A Southern rock band called Confederate Railroad is firing back after it was barred from performing at an upcoming state fair in Illinois over its name and use of the Confederate flag.

Formed in 1987 in Atlanta, Ga., Confederate Railroad was tapped to play the Du Quoin State Fair on Aug. 27 in Du Quoin, Ill. as part of “90s Country ReLoaded Day,” the New York Post first reported, citing local media.

In a statement to Fox News, the band confirmed they have been removed from the show by the Illinois Department of Agriculture because of the name of the band.

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“This was very disappointing as we have played this fair before and enjoyed it very much,” read the lengthy statement by lead singer Danny Shirley. “The outpouring of support from Confederate Railroad fans, fans of other acts, and the public in general, has been both overwhelming and very much appreciated. I would also like to thank the actors, athletes and fellow country music artists who have spoken out in support.”

The statement continued: “Live concerts are how we pay our bills and feed our families. I would never want to see another act lose a payday because of this. Please go out to hear these two great bands. As I have said many times onstage, I am by no means a saint but, I am a man of faith and I have faith that God will see us through this as well as whatever comes next!” Shirley wrote.

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The band’s response came after their performance cancelation was first addressed by the fair’s manager, Josh Gross, in a statement provided to the Du Quoin Weekly, the Southern Illinoisan reported.

“The Illinois Department of Agriculture has removed Confederate Railroad from our 2019 Du Quoin State Fair Grandstand lineup,” Gross said. “While every artist has a right to expression, we believe this decision is in the best interest of serving all of the people in our state.”

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When reached for comment by the Southern Illinoisan, the state Department of Agriculture declined to iterate when the band was initially booked, whose decision it was to pull the act or why Confederate Railroad was removed from the lineup, according to The New York Post.

Fellow musician and country music legend Charlie Daniels was one of many to voice their displeasure with the State Fair’s decision to ax the rock group, writing in a tweet on July 5, “This political correctness thing is totally out of control.”

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“When a fair cancels the Confederate Railroad band because of their name its giving in to facism [sic], plain and simple and our freedom disappears piece by piece. Sick of it,” read the tweet.

A Facebook group has since been created over the band’s treatment and had garnered nearly 2,800 members as of Tuesday.

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Among others irate over Confederate Railroad’s cancelation is Oak Ridge Boys member Joe Bonsall, who summoned the man upstairs to help with his disbelief.

“I have played the @DuQuoinFair many times over the decades … however, I must say that canceling @ConfederateRR JUST because their name is CONFEDERATE RAILROAD is a crock of crap!!! These are good men singing good songs… God please help us all …” wrote the singer and banjo player who provided a local newspaper clipping detailing the banishment.

However, all is not lost for fans of Confederate Railroad, as the Southern Illinoisan reported that other venues in the region are working to book the rock and country band for a makeup show.

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“To me, this isn’t about getting people to our business. If whoever else in Southern Illinois ends up bringing them in, I won’t be mad. This is about Southern Illinois proving a point,” Joe McKinney, the manager of entertainment at the local Field of Dreams event venue, told the news outlet.

“This choice was made by a select few up north who are offended, instead of what the majority want, and the band was completely disrespected.”

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James Patterson: Epstein case worse than Weinstein, Cosby, others during #MeToo era

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Jeffrey Epstein alleged crimes are worse than Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and comedian Bill Cosby, and arguably the worst of the #MeToo era, according to best-selling author James Patterson.

Patterson, who wrote the book on Epstein — Filthy Rich: The Billionaire’s Sex Scandal–The Shocking True Story of Jeffrey Epstein, discussed the disgraced financiers accused acts during an interview on “The Daily Briefing” on Tuesday.

Epstein was charged this week with sex trafficking and conspiracy during the early 2000s. He pleaded not guilty on Monday in New York City federal court.

“It’s horrifying… these are girls, allegedly hundreds of girls,” Patterson told host Dana Perino while discussing the charges against Epstein. The veteran author then told Perino he had been told personally that President Trump kicked Epstein out of his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida after learning of an alleged incident with a staff member.

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“There were some complaints about Epstein at Mar-a-Lago,” he said. “I spoke to the head of the sap there. I said, ‘did you ever meet Epstein?’ She said, ‘oh yes… he was inappropriate with some of the younger women there.’

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“She said she went to Trump and he threw him out of the club.”

Patterson told Perino that hundreds of people have come up to him and thanked him for writing his book “Filthy Rich” on Epstein. The author also speculated that Epstein would get significant time behind bars, saying: I would be surprised if Epstein didn’t spend a fair amount of time in jail.”

Epstein’s case has created a flurry of media coverage and prompted questions about the president and others’ relationships with the accused sex offender.

Earlier on Tuesday, Trump said he was “not a fan” of Epstein, despite making comments in the past praising the wealthy hedge fund manager.

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During a meeting in the Oval Office with the emir of Qatar, the president was asked about his relationship with the 66-year-old.

“I know him, just like everybody in Palm Beach knew him,” Trump said. “People in Palm Beach knew him. He was a fixture in Palm Beach.”

“I had a falling out with him a long time ago,” Trump continued. “I don’t think I’ve spoken to him in 15 years. I was not a fan. I was not a fan of his. That I can tell you. I was not a fan.”

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Back in 2002, when New York Magazine was profiling Epstein, Trump touted their relationship.

“I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with,” Trump reportedly said. “It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.”

Epstein and Trump were said to have been friends—something the president’s legal team has denied.

Epstein was also once friends with former President Bill Clinton and Britain’s Prince Andrew.

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Clinton, on Monday, released a statement acknowledging that he had taken a total of four trips on Epstein’s private jet, but said he “knows nothing” about the “terrible crimes” linked to Epstein.

Separately, claims in court showed that Trump may have flown on the jet at least once as well.

On “Daily Briefing,” Patterson said nobody knew of Epstein’s alleged crimes, despite him being a well-known figure.

“Nobody knew. You can’t do something like that. If anybody knows — I have friends in town right now. They live on the street. They didn’t know. They lived two houses away,” he said.

The best-selling author then said he believes Clinton did not know, and he “knows Trump didn’t know.”

Epstein was charged this week with sex trafficking and conspiracy during the early 2000s. Epstein pleaded not guilty on Monday in New York City federal court.

“The victims described herein were as young as 14 years old at the time they were abused…and were, for various reasons, often particularly vulnerable to exploitation,” prosecutors wrote in court documents. “Epstein intentionally sought out minors and knew that many of his victims were in fact under the age of 18.”

Epstein allegedly created and maintained a “vast network” and operation from 2002 “up to and including” at least 2005 that enabled him to “sexually exploit and abuse dozens of underage girls” in addition to paying victims to recruit other underage girls.

Prosecutors also allege Epstein “worked and conspired with others, including employees and associates” who helped facilitate his conduct by contacting victims and scheduling their sexual encounters with the 66-year-old at his mansion in New York City and Palm, Beach, Fla.

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Victims would be paid hundreds of dollars in cash by either Epstein or one of his associates or employees, according to prosecutors. The 66-year-old also allegedly “incentivized his victims” to become recruiters by paying the victim-recruiters hundreds of dollars for each girl brought to him.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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Majority of conservatives don’t trust Facebook to treat everyone equally, study says

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A whopping 76.7 of conservatives don’t trust that Facebook treats all of its user equally, regardless of political beliefs, according to a new poll.

The Media Research Center’s TechWatch published findings of the poll, conducted by McLaughlin and Associates, on Tuesday.

“More than three-fourths of conservatives don’t trust Facebook,” TechWatch’s Corinne Weaver wrote.

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The poll surveyed 1,000 likely voters – 359 of them were self-described conservatives — on June 18-24 and 63.4 percent of all participants expressed a lack of trust when it comes to Facebook. Only 23 percent said they trust the tech giant, while 13.2 percent don’t know either way.

But Facebook isn’t the only tech giant deemed untrustworthy, as 60.6 percent of conservative participants said they do not trust Google, either, along with 47.9 percent of all participants.

The surveyed also asked participants if they trusted Twitter and 63.2 percent of conservatives responded that they do not. But it appears voters on both sides of the aisle are skeptical of Twitter, as 53 percent of all participants said they don’t trust the social media giant.

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“Conservatives feared that Facebook, Google, YouTube, and Twitter had too much control over their users. 48.3 percent of them answered that Big Tech had ‘too much control over what information people see’,” Weaver wrote.

The study revealed that 40 percent of conservative feel tech companies have too much personal information, 48.3 percent feel they control too much information and 38.4 percent of conservatives feel tech companies censor certain political views.

The survey also revealed that roughly 38 percent of all participants feel “tech companies like Facebook, Google, and Amazon have become so big and powerful” they should be broken up, while 22.8 percent said they did not have an opinion.

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Nicki Minaj drops out of Saudi Arabia concert in support of women and LGBTQ rights

Nicki Minaj is pulling out of a concert in Saudi Arabia because she says she wants to show support for women’s rights, gay rights and freedom of expression.

“After careful reflection I have decided to no longer move forward with my scheduled concert at Jeddah World Fest. While I want nothing more than to bring my show to fans in Saudi Arabia, after better educating myself on the issues, I believe it is important for me to make clear my support for the rights of women, the LGBTQ community and freedom of expression,” Minaj said in a statement Tuesday to The Associated Press.

Minaj was originally scheduled to headline the concert on July 18.

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In Saudi Arabia, gender segregation between single men and women is still enforced in many restaurants, coffee shops, public schools and universities, but other rules have loosened with women now allowed to drive and attend events in sports stadiums.

Jeddah World Fest, which in line with Saudi laws is alcohol and drug-free, is open to people 16 and older and will take place at the King Abdullah Sports Stadium in the Red Sea city. Other performers include former One Direction member Liam Payne and DJ-producer Steve Aoki.

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The Human Rights Foundation issued a statement last week, calling for Minaj and other performers to pull out of the show. On Tuesday, the New York-based organization praised Minaj’s decision to not perform at the concert.

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“This is what leadership looks like. We are grateful to Nicki Minaj for her inspiring and thoughtful decision to reject the Saudi regime’s transparent attempt at using her for a public relations stunt,” said Thor Halvorssen, president of the Human Rights Foundation. “The July 18 festival in Saudi Arabia still shows Liam Payne as a performer. We hope that he follows Nicki Minaj’s lead. Minaj’s moral stance differs from celebrity performers like J-Lo and Mariah Carey who in the past have chosen to line their pockets with millions of dollars and stand with dictatorial governments as opposed to with oppressed communities and imprisoned human rights activists.”

Over the past several months, the kingdom has seen performances by Carey, Enrique Iglesias, the Black Eyed Peas, Sean Paul, David Guetta and Tiesto. That’s a stark change from when Saudi morality police would raid establishments that played loud music.

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Saudi organizers said the Jeddah World Fest will be broadcast globally. The kingdom is also promising quick electronic visas for international visitors who want to attend.

Saudi Arabia saw profound change last year as a result of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s top-down reform efforts, including the opening of the first movie theater and the lifting of the world’s only ban on women driving.

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In December 2018, women — some without headscarves — drove themselves to a Formula-E car race where thousands of young Saudis and hundreds of international visitors partied into the night at concerts. The spectacle would have been unthinkable until recently in the ultra-conservative kingdom where religious police used to enforce strict gender segregation and scolded women for not covering their hair.

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But there’s a hard limit to the reforms — as revealed by the brutal killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents close to the crown prince in October and the reported torture of several women’s rights activists in detention. While the arena for entertainment is widening, the space for political engagement and dissent has virtually disappeared.

The 33-year-old crown prince, backed by his father King Salman, presides over a nation where he alone defines the pace and scope of change.

Associated Press writer Aya Batrawy in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, contributed to this report.

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GOP-led Virginia Legislature abruptly adjourns gun session

RICHMOND, Va. — Less than two hours after beginning a special session called in response to a mass shooting, Virginia lawmakers abruptly adjourned Tuesday without taking any action and postponed any movement on gun control until after the November election.

Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam called the Republican-led Legislature to the Capitol to address gun violence in the wake of the May 31 attack that killed a dozen people in Virginia Beach. The meeting got off to a chaotic start, with the Republican Senate majority leader averting a mutiny in the GOP caucus by publicly disavowing a gun-control bill he proposed only a day earlier.

Lawmakers were summoned to consider a package of eight gun-control measures put forward by Northam, who called for “votes and laws, not thoughts and prayers” in response to the Virginia Beach massacre.

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In this June 4, 2019, file photo, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, center, makes remarks during a news conference dealing with gun violence while Lt, Gov. Justin Fairfax, left, and Attorney General Mark Herring, right, look on inside the Patrick Henry Building in Richmond, Va. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP, File)

House Speaker Kirk Cox said the session was premature because the shooting is still being investigated.

“The whole thing is just an election-year stunt,” Cox said.

Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment shocked his fellow Republicans by filing surprise legislation Monday to broadly ban guns in any government building statewide. That prompted an immediate backlash in the GOP caucus, which controls the chamber by a slim 20-19 advantage. His top vote-counter, Sen. Bill Stanley, resigned as majority whip in protest.

“Sometimes you just got to stand for principle,” Stanley said.

But the departure did not last long. Stanley said Norment apologized during a Senate caucus meeting shortly before the session started and asked Stanley to reconsider his resignation. Stanley said he was the sole vote against himself when the caucus restored him as majority whip.

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Norment — who is married to a lobbyist for the city of Virginia Beach — then announced that he was spiking his own bill and would not support “any measure that restricts the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens.”

If Republicans had remained unified, Northam’s package of bills stood little chance of passage. The GOP holds a wider majority in the House, where Republicans have accused the governor of trying to exploit the tragedy for political gain. Rather than approve gun controls, they signaled a focus on increasing penalties for wrongdoers after gun crimes have been committed.

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Outside the Capitol, Northam led a group of gun-control supporters chanting “Enough is enough!” It has become a refrain against gun violence at rallies nationwide after repeated mass shootings.

Gun-control supporters began their demonstration on Capitol Square by reading out the names of the state’s recent gun violence victims, including those in Virginia Beach.

Others carried signs decrying the killings of children and shouted “You vote today, we vote in November.”

“Hopefully we’ll be heard and the Virginia Legislature will take action to enact sensible gun laws,” said Jeff Wells, 64, his voice hoarse from chanting.

A smaller group of gun-rights advocates rallied across the Capitol lawn. They said many others were inside meeting with lawmakers and that a larger rally was planned Tuesday afternoon.

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Some gun-rights advocates were walking around inside the Capitol with handguns in holsters openly visible, which is permitted. Visitors to the House gallery can keep their guns, and while they are not permitted on the Senate side, some lawmakers bring guns with them onto the floor.

Jim Snyder, a 69-year-old gun owner from northern Virginia, said the Virginia Beach shooting had not moved the needle on gun issues for him one bit.

“I haven’t done anything wrong, and they want to take guns away from me,” Snyder, vice president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League.

“A lot of people say, ’Well, we’ve got to find common ground,” which means, ‘We’ve got to find gun control that you’ll accept,’” he said.

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Snyder speculated that Northam called the special session to divert attention from the scandal over a racist yearbook photo, or perhaps to motivate Democrats hoping to retake control of the Legislature in November.

Some people carried poster-sized signs of the photo that appeared on Northam’s yearbook page decades ago, showing one person wearing blackface and another the robe and cap of the Ku Klux Klan.

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