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Carson King controversy leads Des Moines Register-organized charity staffers to resign

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Staffers for an annual charity bike ride run by Iowa’s largest newspaper, the Des Moines Register, submitted resignations over the paper’s handling of a story about sudden philanthropist Carson King, according to an announcement Tuesday.

Last month, the Register faced major backlash over a profile of King, the 24-year-old Iowa man who ended up raising over $3 million for a children’s hospital after he became a viral sensation for holding a sign asking people to donate money to his Venmo account so he could buy beer. That profile, however, included information about offensive tweets he had written in high school. Busch Light, which had announced a fundraising partnership with King, later severed its ties to him.

The paper denied its reporting was responsible for the beer company’s decision, as critics said scouring King’s social media presence for offensive old tweets was inappropriate in this case.

In a now-deleted post on the Facebook page for the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI), then-director TJ Juskiewicz alleged that the paper “refused to offer me the opportunity to openly speak to the RAGBRAI Nation, and answer the hundreds of passionate questions asked about the future of RAGBRAI following the Des Moines Register’s handling of the Carson King story.”

He also claimed he could not reach out to riders because “it did not mesh with the company’s PR narrative to spin the Carson King embarrassment,” adding that leadership at the Register didn’t want to “issue any more public statements on this matter” and that RAGBRAI was offered “talking points” to use on the subject of the King story.

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He wrote in response, “I can no longer be an effective leader when my principles are compromised by the leadership of Gannett/Des Moines Register.”

Juskiewicz vowed to lead his own event called “Iowa’s Ride,” which has been scheduled for the same time as next year’s RAGBRAI event, KTIV reported.

The Register reported Tuesday that RAGBRAI will still happen next year, specifying that “the marketing team” behind the event had resigned.

“We’ll continue RAGBRAI’s longstanding tradition in 2020 with another great bicycle ride and strong partnerships with Iowa communities to raise money for good causes. Our commitment remains to donate $50,000 to the University of Iowa’s Stead Family Children’s Hospital,” an official from the Register’s parent company, Gannett, said. “We’re proud of the good RAGBRAI has done for the state since 1973.”

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RAGBRAI was founded by two Register columnists and has grown to gather 10,000 riders from across the country.

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The Register did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

The controversy surrounding the King piece grew bigger after Aaron Calvin, the journalist who reported on the tweets, was blasted for his own social-media posts deemed offensive. The Register ultimately fired him.

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Kamala Harris: Impeaching Trump ‘shouldn’t take very long’ because ‘we have a confession’

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Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., on Sunday said the impeachment of President Trump “shouldn’t take very long” because she claimed he’s already confessed that he pressured Ukrainian leaders to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a 2020 presidential rival.

While taking questions at a United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) candidate forum in Altoona, Iowa, the White House contender was asked by UFCW President Marc Perrone if she would prosecute Trump for impeachment.

“I’ve been calling for the impeachment of this president for a long time,” replied Harris, a former prosecutor in San Francisco. “And, based on everything I know, yes.”

She claimed Trump already has confessed to trying to using the power of his office to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Biden and his son Hunter, who previously was on the board of Ukrainian gas company Burisma Holdings.

“We have a confession. We have a coverup,” Harris said, referring to reports alleging that White House lawyers moved the transcript of Trump’s phone call with Zelensky from the computer system where they’re normally kept to a more secure system.

Trump, on the contrary, repeatedly has denied doing anything wrong. He called his phone call with Zelensky “perfect.”

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Harris continued, “When people say, ‘how long do you think this impeachment process is going to be?’ It shouldn’t take very long, because, I mean, he did it out in the open.”

Support among congressional Democrats for Trump’s impeachment has grown since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced the start of a formal impeachment inquiry against Trump last month.

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GOP senator confronted at town hall over her ‘silence’ on Trump’s behavior: ‘Where is the line?’

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Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, was confronted at a town hall event Thursday by a constituent who repeatedly pressed her on when she and other Senate Republicans would draw a “line” on President Trump requesting help from Ukraine and China in investigating Joe Biden.

The Iowa resident, Amy Haskins, specifically asked Ernst about Trump’s comments earlier that day that he would like China to look into the business dealings of the former vice president’s son, Hunter Biden.

“How is that helping anybody?” Haskins challenged Ernst at the event in Templeton, Iowa, drawing a round of applause.

“Where is the line? When are you guys going to say, ‘Enough’ and stand up and say, ‘You know what, I’m not backing any of this’? … You still stand there, silent, and your silence is supporting him,” said Haskins.

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President Trump said Thursday that China should investigate Hunter Biden’s business dealings, as he doubled down on his prior call for Ukraine to do the same. Trump struck a characteristically defiant tone while speaking to reporters on the White House South Lawn, en route to Florida.

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In the controversial Juy 25 telephone call, President Trump requested his Ukrainian counterpart for help with a probe into Hunter Biden’s dealings with gas company Burisma Holdings, where Hunter served on the board, and the elder Biden’s role in ousting a prosecutor who had been looking into that company.

The phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky prompted a whistleblower complaint and Democrats have deemed the request an impeachable offense.

“Whistleblowers should be protected,” Sen. Ernst said, agreeing with her Iowa Republican colleague, Sen. Chuck Grassley, who said this week that the whistleblower “ought to be heard out and protected.”

Ernst told Haskins that Trump is “going to say whatever the president is going to do” and that she cannot “speak for him.”

“I know you can’t speak for him, but you can speak for yourself,” Haskins fired back.

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“And I do,” Ernst replied.

Haskins asked Ernst whether Trump should be “encouraging other countries to investigate his political rivals.”

Ernst answered that “corruption, no matter where it is, should be ferreted out.”

Fox News’ Tyler Olson contributed to this report.

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Iowa boy, 14, is accused of posting ‘school shooter’ ad on job website

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Iowa police have accused a 14-year-old boy of posting an advertisement for a “school shooter” on a job search website.

Fort Dodge police said Monday the boy was taken into custody and charged as a juvenile with threat of terrorism. His name was not released because he is a minor.

Police said those who saw the post Friday afternoon on the online job board Indeed.com alerted them and the Fort Dodge Community School District (FDCSD).

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“With student safety being of utmost importance, we always are working in collaboration with the FDCSD anytime a potential threat or concern is raised,” police said. “This incident was no different. Once information was gathered, we worked closely with the school staff to identify the individual involved and hold them accountable.”

Police said it wasn’t readily apparent who had posted the ad because the post provided only minimal content.

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Investigators tried to apply for the job through Indeed.com but were directed to another page with little content before finding themselves unable to proceed, police said.

They found out who posted it after contacting the website.

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Monday morning, police posted on Facebook that the job solicitation had been removed and that there was no credible threat against Fort Dodge schools.

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University officials held ‘personally liable’ for discrimination against Christian student group

A federal court ruled University of Iowa officials must pay out of their own pockets for discriminating against a prominent Christian student group, calling the university’s conduct “ludicrous” and “incredibly baffling” during a hearing last week.

Judge Stephanie M. Rose of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa ruled Friday that the University of Iowa and its officers violated constitutional law when they kicked InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and other religious groups, off the campus in June 2018 for requiring leaders to uphold Christian beliefs — but giving a pass to secular student groups that also have leadership requirements.

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The university limited the Christian group’s access to campus after being there for over 25 years, froze its bank account, shut down its website and advertised that it was “defunct” for lack of student interest, according to court documents. This violated the Christian group’s free speech and free exercise rights, the court ruled.

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“It’s rare for a federal judge to call out a public university for ‘ludicrous’ and ‘incredibly baffling’ violations of the First Amendment,” Daniel Blomberg, senior counsel at Becket, who represented InterVarsity and BLinC, told Fox News. “But it was necessary here. The court already told the University of Iowa to stop picking on one Christian student group. The University responded by doubling down and kicking out Christian, Muslim and Sikh groups. That was obviously wrong. And it’s even more clearly wrong once you consider, as the court did, that it was also unfair.”

He explains the university makes room for Greek groups and sports clubs, for the College Democrats and Republicans, for the environmental groups and the pro-life groups, but singled out religious groups.

“We must have leaders who share our faith,” Greg Jao, director of external relations at InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA, said in a statement. “No group — religious or secular — could survive with leaders who reject its values. We’re grateful the court has stopped the University’s religious discrimination, and we look forward to continuing our ministry on campus for years to come.”

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This was the second lawsuit brought against the university after Business Leaders in Christ (BLinC) won their case earlier this year. A BLinC member claimed he was denied a leadership position for being openly gay. The group argued the member was rejected because “he expressly stated that he rejected BLinC’s religious beliefs and would not follow them.”

The court stated it “would never have expected the university to respond to that order by homing in on religious groups” like InterVarsity, while “carving out explicit exemptions for other groups. But here we are.” The court did “not know how a reasonable person could have concluded this was acceptable,” since it “plainly” doubled down on the exact same conduct the court had already held unlawful.

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“It’s too bad it took twice for the University to learn its lesson,” Blomberg added. “There was no excuse the first time for squashing students’ First Amendment rights. University officials nationwide should now take note that religious discrimination will hit them in the pocketbook.”

The university did not immediately respond to a Fox News request for comment.

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Axed Des Moines Register reporter blames ‘right-wing ideologues’ for firing, suggests he’s oppressed

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A Des Moines Register reporter who was let go this week over a piece that received heavy backlash has blamed “right-wing ideologues” for his firing and suggested he’d experienced oppression like “women and journalists of color” face in the industry.

Aaron Calvin’s profile on 24-year-old Iowan and impromptu philanthropist Carson King, who raised over $1 million for a children’s hospital, sparked an uproar because it had referred to a pair of racist tweets King had written as a 16-year-old high school student — tweets for which King expressed remorse.

Calvin himself said he was caught off-guard after his critics delved into his own social media history and found racist and other offensive tweets. The Register announced on Thursday that Calvin was “no longer with the paper,” as his tweets went against their employee policy.

In an interview with Buzzfeed published Friday, Calvin declared that “this event basically set my entire life on fire.”

“I was reminded by an editor to background Carson … and I found a few tweets that he published in high school that were racist jokes,” the 27-year-old reporter said. “I knew if I found them, other people would find them as well.”

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Calvin insisted that “throughout this entire process,” the editors, the editorial board and Register Executive Editor Carol Hunter “knew” and “approved” the inclusion of King’s tweets in the profile.

When asked about his own tweets from 2010-2013, which included the use of the n-word, hate speech against cops and a demeaning tweet about gay marriage, Calvin called them “frankly embarrassing” and said he would not have written them today. He also insisted they were “taken out of context.”

Calvin issued an apology on Tuesday night for his own tweets but told Buzzfeed he regretted the mea culpa moment.

“I regret publishing that tweet now,” Calvin explained. “Because I was never trying to hold Carson to any kind of ‘higher standard’ or any kind of standard at all. I was trying to do my job as a reporter, and I think I did so to the best of my ability.”

Calvin went on to suggest that a campaign fueled by “right-wing ideologues” was responsible for his firing. Though he is a white male, he went so far as to compare his experience to that of women and people of color.

“I recognize that I’m not the first person to be doxxed like this — this whole campaign was taken up by right-wing ideologues and largely driven by that force,” he continued. “It was just a taste of what I assume that women and journalists of color suffer all the time, but the kind of locality and regional virality of the story made it so intense.”

The reporter drew widespread mockery on social media for playing “the victim.”

“He dares to compare himself to receiving the vitriol women or people of color get on here?” tweeted Fox Nation host Britt McHenry. “Is he not aware that he did this very thing to a college kid?! That’s why his own hypocrisy was brought up.”

King became a TV and viral sensation after he held up a sign during ESPN’s popular “College Gameday” program asking people to donate money for beer. He requested that they donate the funds through Venmo so he could replenish his “supply” of Busch Light. He went on to raise more than $1 million — money he ultimately chose to donate to the University of Iowa’s Stead Children’s Hospital.

Anheuser-Busch and Venmo pledged to match King’s fundraising efforts. However, after the story was published, the beer company withdrew from its partnership with King while promising to honor its donation pledge.

Register Executive Editor Carol Hunter published an op-ed attempting to address the controversy and defending the paper’s decision to include King’s tweets as part of its profile.

“Our initial stories drew so much interest that we decided to write a profile of King, to help readers understand the young man behind the handmade sign and the outpouring of donations to the children’s hospital. The Register had no intention to disparage or otherwise cast a negative light on King,” Hunter wrote. “In doing backgrounding for such a story, reporters talk to family, friends, colleagues or professors. We check court and arrest records as well as other pertinent public records, including social media activity. The process helps us to understand the whole person.”

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“As journalists, we have the obligation to look into matters completely, to aid the public in understanding the people we write about and in some cases to whom money is donated.”

Calvin told Buzzfeed that he felt abandoned by the paper. “I still in a lot of ways support The Register,” Calvin said. “I just wish they had believed in me.”

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Des Moines Register reportedly faces threats, adds police presence after story backlash

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The Des Moines Register has reportedly been faced with serious threats and said it is taking extra precautions to secure its staff after a story published on Tuesday drew backlash on social media.

KWWL reported on Wednesday that the Des Moines Police Department will have the presence outside of the Register’s office “around the clock” and that they have hired an off-duty police officer to secure inside.

“We are certainly aware of some of the threats they`ve had. They made a report to the police department so that goes on our radar as a place we are going to want to give a little extra attention to,” Des Moines Police Sergeant Paul Parizek said to KWWL.

This comes after Iowa’s largest paper was slammed over a piece profiling 24-year-old Iowan native, Carson King, who became a TV sensation last weekend after he held up a sign at a football game asking people to donate money to him. He requested that they donate the funds through Venmo so he could buy his “supply” of Busch Light.

King went on to raise more than $1 million and donated the money to the University of Iowa’s Stead Children’s Hospital. Busch Light and Venmo pledged to match King’s fundraising efforts.

The newspaper report, however, included a “routine background check” of King’s social media history. Register reporter Aaron Calvin came across two racist jokes that dated back to 2012 when King was a 16-year-old high school student, “one comparing black mothers to gorillas and another making light of black people killed in the Holocaust.”

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King was asked about the tweets and immediately expressed remorse.

“That’s not something that I’m proud of at all,” King told the Register on Tuesday.

He appeared on local TV stations to apologize and said, “I am embarrassed and stunned to reflect on what I thought was funny when I was 16 years old.”

In light of the tweets, Busch Light’s parent company, Anheuser-Busch InBev, announced that it was severing ties with King but promised to honor its pledge.

After the piece was published Tuesday evening, critics slammed the Register for digging up the tweets.

The Register’s Executive Editor Carol Hunter issued a statement responding to the backlash and shed some light on the internal discussion about whether to include details about King’s social media posts.

“Should that material be included in the profile at all? The jokes were highly inappropriate and were public posts. Shouldn’t that be acknowledged to all the people who had donated money to King’s cause or were planning to do so?” Hunter wrote.

Hunter went on to defend the paper’s decision to include such information, noting that it was toward the bottom of the profile and not placed prominently at the top.

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Despite the uproar, King defended the paper and its reporter.

“The Des Moines Register has been nothing but kind in all of their coverage, and I appreciate the reporter pointing out the post to me,” King tweeted. “I want everyone to understand that this was my decision to publicly address the posts and apologize. I believe that is the right thing to do.”

In a statement to Fox News, King expressed that he didn’t want “any of this negativity to hinder with the amazing work everyone has done for the hospital.”

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Des Moines Register hit after report digs up old, offensive tweets of local man who raised $1M for charity

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Iowa’s largest newspaper is in the middle of a firestorm after publishing a report that dug up old, offensive tweets from a local man who raised over $1 million for charity.

A piece published by the Des Moines Register profiled a 24-year-old Iowan native, Carson King, who became a TV sensation last weekend after he held up a sign at a football game asking people to donate money to him.  He requested that they donate the funds through Venmo so he could buy his “supply” of Busch Light.

King went on to raise more than $1 million and donated the money to the University of Iowa’s Stead Children’s Hospital. Busch Light and Venmo pledged to match King’s fundraising efforts.

The newspaper report,  however, included a “routine background check” of King’s social media history. Register reporter Aaron Calvin came across two racist jokes that dated back to 2012 when King was a 16-year-old high school student, “one comparing black mothers to gorillas and another making light of black people killed in the Holocaust.”

King was asked about the tweets and immediately expressed remorse.

“That’s not something that I’m proud of at all,” King told the Register on Tuesday.

He appeared on local TV stations to apologize and said, “I am embarrassed and stunned to reflect on what I thought was funny when I was 16-year-old.”

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In light of the tweets, Busch Light’s parent company Anheuser-Busch InBev announced that it was severing ties with King but promised to honor its pledge.

After the piece was published Tuesday evening, critics slammed the Register for digging up the tweets.

The Register’s Executive Editor Carol Hunter issued a statement responding to the backlash and shed some light on the internal discussion about whether to include details about King’s social media posts.

“Should that material be included in the profile at all? The jokes were highly inappropriate and were public posts. Shouldn’t that be acknowledged to all the people who had donated money to King’s cause or were planning to do so?” Hunter wrote.

Hunter went on to defend the paper’s decision to include such information, noting that it was towards the bottom of the profile and not placed prominently at the top.

“The news conference was covered by local television stations, which first reported on the racist posts and King’s remorse. After those stories aired, Busch Light’s parent company announced it would honor its pledge to the children’s hospital but would sever future ties with King,” Hunter continued. “That happened before the Register published its profile of King, which was still in the editing process.”

WHO-TV’s Keith Murphy reported late Tuesday night that King found out at 2:16 p.m. local time that Busch Light was severing ties with him and that the press conference he held wasn’t until 7 p.m., which appears to differ from Hunter’s claim that local television stations were the “first” to report about the tweets.

This also suggests that the tweets were brought to the beer company’s attention before King made public statements about them. And fingers were being pointed at the Register by critics.

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After the piece stirred up controversy on social media, critics then performed a “routine background check” on reporter Aaron Calvin’s social media footprint and found several insensitive tweets of his own.

In now-deleted tweets from 2010-2013, Calvin repeatedly used the N-word, and wrote posts attacking law enforcement like “f— all cops,” and in reaction to the legalization of gay marriage said he’s “totally going to marry a horse.”

Before locking his Twitter account, Calvin issued an apology for his own tweets.

“Hey just wanted to say that I have deleted previous tweets that have been inappropriate or insensitive. I apologize for not holding myself to the same standards as the Register holds others,” Calvin wrote.

The Register later tweeted that was “aware of reports of inappropriate social media posts” by Calvin and an “investigation has begun.”

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Calvin and the paper did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

Despite the uproar, King defended the paper and its reporter.

“The Des Moines Register has been nothing but kind in all of their coverage, and I appreciate the reporter pointing out the post to me,” King tweeted. “I want everyone to understand that this was my decision to publicly address the posts and apologize. I believe that is the right thing to do.”

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Biden criticized after snarking to female moderator: ‘Sexism with a smile’

Former Vice President Joe Biden is facing accusations of sexism this week after he pushed back on a female moderator’s question about his record.

The incident occurred at the “LGBTQ Presidential Forum” hosted by GLAAD and the Iowa Gazette on Friday. One of the Gazette’s writers, Lyz Lenz, seemed to question Biden’s progressive bona fides when she asked about his opposition to the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy and a compliment he paid to Vice President Mike Pence.

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“You have also praised Vice President Mike Pence as a decent guy,” Lenz said, drawing boos from the crowd. “You’re a lovely person,” Biden shot back with a smile on his face.

Lenz defended herself, saying that she was just “asking the questions that people want to know.” According to some, like Time Magazine editor Anand Giridharadas, Biden’s response was related to the moderator’s gender.

“Last week, Joe Biden gave us an occasion to talk about ‘racism with a smile.’ Now he’s doing ‘sexism with a smile.’ Watch him grow angry at @lyzl‘s solid question — and then try to slap her down in the most patronizing way,” Giridharadas tweeted on Saturday.

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Jamil Smith, a senior writer at Rolling Stone, similarly accused Biden of “Paleolithic behavior.” “I admire Lyz’s professionalism in this moment,” he tweeted.

“Sad that it was even necessary. Biden keeps exhibiting this kind of Paleolithic behavior, and too many folks will excuse it because they’re used to seeing their male elders act like way. There is no such thing as benevolent sexism.”

Others piled on with critical tweets on Saturday. After the exchange on Friday, Lenz hinted that Biden continued his sarcasm as she walked off the stage.

“As I was walking off the stage with @JoeBiden he said to me dryly, ‘You’re a real sweetheart,'” she tweeted.

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Biden’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The former vice president has also faced scrutiny for allegedly inappropriately touching women and his longtime support of the Hyde Amendment, a policy blocking taxpayer funding of most abortions. Biden announced he had changed his stance and opposed the Hyde Amendment earlier this year, shortly after his run for the presidency.

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Football fan who requested beer money on TV reveals he’s raised $820G for children’s charity

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A simple request for beer money on TV has ended up turning into a massive fundraising haul — reaching more than $800,000 for a children’s hospital in Iowa.

Football fan Carson King was at ESPN’s College Game Day when he held up a sign asking for enough money to cover a case of beer, and displaying his username on the payment app Venmo. After he received a flood of donations into his Venmo account, he decided to take that money — along with matching donations from Anheuser Busch and Venmo — and donate it to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

On Saturday, he told “Fox & Friends” he had accumulated more than $800,000 for charity. “So, right now, with matched contributions, we’re over $822,000,” he said.

Before receiving the influx of cash, King admitted his mother wasn’t too impressed about his stunt. King, on Saturday, said she was initially hesitant about him requesting beer money on national television.

“My mom heard the idea and she’s like, ‘Oh my gosh, my son’s going to be on national television asking for beer money’ — you know, proud mom moment,” King said sarcastically. “I think it turned into her being okay with it at this point,” he added.

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King went on to explain why he was donating the funds to the children’s hospital in Iowa.

“I mean, children’s hospitals, they do so much for everyone around the country — the Stead family, obviously they’re revolutionary in what they do,” he said, referring to the hospital’s namesake.

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“They do such great work with all the kids and all of their families … obviously, anything you can do to help the kids, you have to do.”

Anheuser Busch rewarded King’s good deed by creating a beer can with his face on it and sending him a year’s supply of Busch light packaged in those cans.

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