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Family of fallen officer Brian Sicknick snubs McConnell, McCarthy at January 6 event

Family of fallen officer Brian Sicknick snubs McConnell, McCarthy at January 6 event

The mother of fallen Capitol Hill Police Officer Brian Sicknick snubbed Republican leadership during an event Tuesday honoring police for their actions Jan. 6, 2021.Gladys Sicknick and the rest of the officer’s family declined to shake hands with both Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. The family did shake hands with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.The Congressional Gold Medal ceremony was held to honor members of the CHP who responded to the pro-Trump storming of the U.S. Capitol that day.”They’re just two-faced,” Sicknick’s mother told CNN. “I’m just tired of them standing there and saying how wonderful the Capitol Police is, and then they turn around and go down to Mar-a-Lago and kiss [Donald Trump’s] ring and come back and stand here and sit with – it just, it just hurts.”NEW YORK TIMES CORRECTS REPORT ON CAPITOL OFFICER’S DEATH CITED IN TRUMP IMPEACHMENT TRIAL
Gladys Sicknick, left, mother of slain U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, is greeted by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentuckey. The members of the Sicknick family declined to shake hands with McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California. 
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A still is taken from video footage of Julian Khater, 32, of State College, left, who prosecutors have accused of assaulting Capitol Officer Brian Sicknick, center, during the Jan. 6 riot in Washington.  
(Reuters/Capitol Police/Department of Justice)While McCarthy has visited Trump at Mar-a-Lago multiple times since the attack on the Capitol, McConnell has not seen or spoken to the former president since December 2020, according to Washington Post reporter Josh Dawsey.SICKNICK CASE STILL OPEN BUT PROSECUTORS STYMIED IN FILING HOMICIDE CHARGES SO FARSicknick died just one day after being assaulted by two protesters during the riot, though coroners would later confirm he died of natural causes after suffering two strokes.Law enforcement officials initially said Sicknick was struck by a fire extinguisher, an idea perpetuated by The New York Times in a February report that was quietly updated one month later. U.S. Capitol Police later said Sicknick had “succumbed to his injuries” after defending the building, although questions lingered about the cause of death.
Craig Sicknick, left, brother of slain U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, is greeted by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Gladys Sicknick, right, the mother of the Sicknicks. The members of the Sicknick family declined to shake hands with McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif.
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)Sicknick, who joined the force in 2008, “was injured while physically engaging with protesters,” Capitol Police said. “He returned to his division office and collapsed. He was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.”CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPSicknick was one of five people who died in the aftermath of Jan. 6. The only person to die during the riot, however, was Ashli Babbitt, a protester who was shot while attempting to climb over a hastily-erected barricade inside the Capitol.

Arizona certifies 2022 election results, cementing Democrat statewide wins

Arizona certifies 2022 election results, cementing Democrat statewide wins

Arizona’s top officials on Monday certified the results of the 2022 midterm election, cementing Democratic wins in key statewide races, including the gubernatorial contest and race for U.S. Senate.Democratic Gov.-elect Katie Hobbs, who currently serves as secretary of state, was present with Republican Gov. Doug Ducey to certify her win. Republican Kari Lake, who lost to Hobbs by a little more than 17,000 votes, has condemned the electoral process in Arizona and is expected to file a lawsuit challenging the results.”Arizona had a successful election,” Hobbs said, with Ducey beside her. “But too often throughout the process, powerful voices proliferated misinformation that threatened to disenfranchise voters.”The statewide certification, known as a canvass, was signed by Hobbs, Ducey, Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich and Chief Justice Robert Brutinel, a Ducey appointee.BIDEN WON’T VISIT BORDER DURING ARIZONA TRIP; REPUBLICANS PULLING ‘POLITICAL STUNTS,’ WHITE HOUSE SAYS
Kari Lake, left, and Katie Hobbs
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Objections from Arizona Republicans nearly threatened to delay the certification and potentially discount thousands of ballots cast. Local officials in GOP-controlled Cochise County claimed the machines used to tabulate ballots were not certified, but federal and state elections officials said they were. Two Cochise County supervisors refused to certify the results of the election, provoking a lawsuit threat from Hobbs’ office. Hobbs said that she was legally required to certify the election results on Dec. 5 and that failure by Cochise County officials to turn in their results would mean the votes from Cochise County, a GOP-majority county, would not be counted.ARIZONA SECRETARY OF STATE CALLS TO INVESTIGATE COCHISE COUNTY SUPERVISORS WHO REFUSED TO CERTIFY ELECTION
Katie Hobbs, the Democratic governor-elect and current secretary of state, left, signs the official certification for the Arizona general election canvass as Republican Gov. Doug Ducey looks on during a ceremony at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix, Dec. 5, 2022.
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool)A judge ruled that the GOP officials had violated the law and ordered them to certify the election.The Arizona Secretary of State’s office has since called for an investigation into and enforcement actions against the Cochise County officials for potential violations of state law.”Had a court not intervened, the failure of these two supervisors to uphold their duty would have disenfranchised thousands of Cochise County voters. This blatant act of defying Arizona’s election laws risks establishing a dangerous precedent that we must discourage,” State Elections Director Kori Lorick wrote to Brnovich on Dec. 3.The Republican Party of Arizona on Tuesday turned around and demanded that Brnovich investigate Hobbs over allegations that she violated state law by pressuring Twitter to remove certain posts during the campaign.ARIZONA COUNTY CERTIFIES ELECTION RESULTS FOLLOWING ORDER FROM JUDGE
Katie Hobbs, the Democratic governor-elect and current secretary of state, left, shakes hands with Republican Gov. Doug Ducey after she signed the official certification for the Arizona general election canvass during a ceremony at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix, Dec. 5, 2022.
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool)Republicans have complained for weeks about Hobbs’ role in certifying her own victory, though it is typical for election officials to maintain their position while running for higher office. Lake and her allies have focused on problems with ballot printers that produced about 17,000 ballots that could not be tabulated on site and had to be counted at the elections department headquarters.Lines backed up in some polling places, fueling Republican suspicions that some supporters were unable to cast a ballot, though there’s no evidence it affected the outcome. County officials say everyone was able to vote and that all legal ballots were counted.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP The statewide elections in Arizona were close, but Democrats defeated several GOP candidates endorsed by former President Donald Trump. In addition to Hobbs beating Lake, Sen. Mark Kelly, D-Ariz., defeated Blake Masters to win re-election and Democrat Kris Mayes beat Republican Abe Hamadeh by just 510 votes.Fox News’ Julia Musto and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

Eco activists Prince Harry, Meghan pictured leaving private jet on way to gala giving sustainability award

Eco activists Prince Harry, Meghan pictured leaving private jet on way to gala giving sustainability award

Environmental activists Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duch and Duchess of Sussex, were seen this week disembarking from a private jet at a New York City-area airport.The couple was photographed exiting the aircraft at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City before greeting several people awaiting their arrival and entering a nearby SUV. Prince Harry and Markle are outspoken climate activists and have implored people to alter their lifestyle choices to account for potential environmental impacts.”There is a ticking clock to protect our planet — with climate change, the deterioration of our natural resources, endangerment of sacred wildlife, the impact of plastics and microplastics, and fossil fuel emissions, we are jeopardizing this beautiful place we call home — for ourselves and for future generations,” the pair said in joint social media post in 2019. “Let’s save it. Let’s do our part.”In a separate statement at the time, Prince Harry lamented that environmental destruction has been treated as “a necessary by-product of economic growth.”ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVIST MEGHAN MARKLE SEEN BOARDING PRIVATE JET FOLLOWING FEMALE EMPOWERMENT EVENT
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are pictured departing a private jet in New York City on Monday.
(Backgrid)”So deeply ingrained is this thinking that it has been considered part of the natural order that humankind’s development comes at the expense of our planet,” the Duke of Sussex added. “Only now are we starting to notice and understand the damage that we’ve been causing. With nearly 7.7 billion people inhabiting this Earth, every choice, every footprint, every action makes a difference.”Prince Harry and Markle also announced in the same social media post that they would use their platform to highlight climate change as a key social issue.LEONARDO DICAPRIO TRAVELED ON GAS-GUZZLING PRIVATE JETS, YACHTS WHILE FUNDING CLIMATE NUISANCE LAWSUITSIn addition, the couple’s California-based organization Archewell pledged to achieve net-zero emissions by the end of the decade ahead of a United Nations climate summit in late 2021.”As global leaders convene for COP26 to commit to solutions for our climate crisis, all of us at Archewell, led by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, share our pledge towards a more sustainable future by becoming net zero by 2030,” the organization said in a statement on Nov. 2, 2021.
Meghan Markle greets a person awaiting her arrival at the New York City airport Monday.
(Backgrid)”Our co-founders, Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have a long-standing commitment to the planet, both together and prior to their union, with global projects and partnerships dating back over a decade,” it continued.The announcement also said people must make drastic decisions to cut their personal carbon footprint.PIC OF MEGHAN MARKLE, PRINCE HARRY BEING HOUNDED BY PAPARAZZI IN NETFLIX DOC IS FROM ‘HARRY POTTER’ PREMIEREPrince Harry also recently founded a group that researches sustainable travel methods as well as an investment platform that focuses on an environmentally-friendly portfolio.And the couple pledged in 2019 to have just two children in an effort to minimize their family’s impact on climate change, a decision applauded by London-based population control group Population Matters.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are photographed in New York City on Monday.
(Backgrid)”It’s a fantastically responsible and effective choice that Harry and Meghan have made, because choosing to have one less child — particularly in a rich developed economy like the U.K. —  is the most effective eco-action you can take,” Population Matters director Robin Maynard said in July 2019.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPPrince Harry and Markle traveled to New York this week to attend the Ripple of Hope Awards ceremony hosted by the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization on Tuesday. They are slated to receive an award for the Archewell Foundation’s work on human rights and social issues.The ceremony will also highlight leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to social change and worked to protect and advance equity, justice and human rights. It will also give awards to individuals who prioritized sustainability.”At the helm of major corporations, this year’s laureates have prioritized equity, inclusivity, and sustainability in the workplace and the world,” Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights said in a statement.

‘What am I doing in the Democratic Party?’: NY Councilman announces exit from Democratic Party to join GOP

‘What am I doing in the Democratic Party?’: NY Councilman announces exit from Democratic Party to join GOP

Ari Kagan, a council member from Brooklyn, officially announced his exit from the Democratic Party for the GOP.”Every month I found myself, like, ‘What am I doing in the Democratic Party?’” Kagan said during a Monday news conference announcing his switch. “It’s not about numbers or an election. It’s about [sending] a message.””The Democratic Party in New York was moving to [the] left at such a speed I couldn’t keep up,” Kagan urged. “It’s not me leaving the Democratic Party, the Democratic Party very quickly started to leave me.”WEST VIRGINIA STATE SENATOR LEAVES DEMOCRATIC PARTY FOR THE GOPKagan cited surging New York crime as one of the primary reasons he decided to make the party switch.
Councilman Ari Kagan left the Democratic Party to become a Republican on Monday.
(Ari Kagan)”I believe right now, the Democratic Party is doing everything possible in New York City to make everybody less safe,” the councilman said. Kagan currently represents parts of Coney Island, Gravesend and Sea Gate.TULSI GABBARD LEAVES DEMOCRATIC PARTY, DENOUNCES IT AS ‘ELITIST CABAL’Along with the party switch, Kagan is also planning to compete in the 2023 general for Democrat Council Member Justin Brannan’s seat in the newly redrawn 47th council district, according to the New York Daily News, which first reported on the change in affiliation.Brannan posted a photo of the two council members together in an apparent dig after the reports of Kagan leaving the Democratic Party emerged. Brannan previously endorsed Kagan before the 2021 election, but now the two will reportedly go head-to-head next fall.Kagan did not respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment regarding the switch.
Former Representative Tulsi Gabbard recently left the Democratic Party.
(Stefani Reynolds/CNP/Sipa USA)The councilman’s exit comes just days after West Virginia State Senator Glenn Jeffries decided to leave the Democratic Party for the GOP.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPFormer Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard also made a sudden departure from the party, claiming in a Twitter post the Democratic Party “is now under the complete control of an elitist cabal of warmongers driven by cowardly wokeness, who divide us by racializing every issue & stoke anti-white racism.”

White House fires back at Biden critics, says border visit would be a ‘political stunt’

White House fires back at Biden critics, says border visit would be a ‘political stunt’

The White House fired back at critics attacking President Joe Biden for saying he had “more important things” to do in Arizona than visit the U.S.-Mexico border on Tuesday.Biden is in Arizona to visit a Taiwanese-owned chip manufacturing facility and celebrate efforts to fix the supply chain for the key resource. He faced heavy criticism from Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, and others for his comment, but the White House now argues Biden was only reflecting the views of a majority of Americans.”The President was clear that his top priority is investing in the American economy and in American communities, out-competing China, and bringing back American jobs from overseas. In fact, as Fox News’ own analysis showed, the economy is the top issue for most Americans. If anyone believes that shouldn’t be the President’s top priority too, they should say that out loud,” a White House spokesman told Fox News Digital in a statement. “Of course, the President is also taking action to secure our border and build a fair, orderly, and humane immigration system,” the statement continued, adding that Biden has secured increased funding for the Department of Homeland Security. “President Biden is focused on real solutions, not political stunts. And if border security is such a top priority for Republican officials, voting against President Biden’s request for record funding for the Department of Homeland Security, as Representative Roy did, is an odd way to show it.”ERNST SAYS HUMAN SMUGGLERS ‘TAUNTING’ LAW ENFORCEMENT BY ‘BRUTALLY’ RAPING YOUNG GIRLS AT BORDER, URGES ACTION
President Joe Biden delivers remarks in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia on Sept. 1, 2022.
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Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, speaks with reporters as he arrives for a House Republican Caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol on Nov. 14, 2022, in Washington.
(Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)Both Roy and the top Border Patrol union lambasted Biden for his comments, saying he is burying “his head in the sand” rather than “doing his job.” The crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border has only grown more severe under Biden’s administration, with border crossings breaking new records each month.TEXAS OFFICIALS STOP AIRPLANE HUMAN SMUGGLING ATTEMPT; ONE MIGRANT ALLEGEDLY PAID $11,000″How the hell would he know? He’s never been to the border,” Roy told Fox News’ Caroline McKee on Tuesday. “It sure is something that’s pretty critically important to the people of Texas and frankly to the immigrants that are getting abused and dying. Fifty-three in a tractor-trailer in San Antonio, getting raped in stash houses in South Texas.”Roy went on to reference the flow of fentanyl across the border and the tens of thousands of lives it took in the U.S. last year.”Poking his head in the sand isn’t going to actually be enough because he’s going to have to do something about it,” he said of Biden.
A Border Patrol agent speaks with immigrants before transporting some of them to a processing center on Dec. 9, 2021, in Yuma, Arizona.
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Immigrants wait to be processed by U.S. Border Patrol after crossing the border from Mexico, Aug. 6, 2022, in Yuma, Arizona.
(Qian Weizhong/VCG via Getty Images)National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd echoed Roy’s tone, saying Biden “cares more about politics than our children.””Nothing is more important than the safety and security of the American people, but to President Biden, it is an afterthought,” Judd told Fox News’ Bill Melugin. “With a record number of people and drugs, including deadly fentanyl, crossing our border illegally and evading apprehension, it is apparent Biden cares more about politics than our children, friends and neighbors. Biden’s record clearly proves he cares about politics, not about doing his job of protecting American lives.”White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre also defended Biden’s comments later Tuesday, stating that the president is focused on confronting China.”When the president first walked into the administration, the first thing he did was put forth a comprehensive immigration reform legislation,” Jean-Pierre told reporters. “So, that showed his commitment to dealing with that issue. Look, the president was clear that his top priority is investing in the American economy and in American communities. And he’s focused on out-competing China and bringing back American jobs from overseas.”
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre speaks during the daily briefing at the White House on Dec. 5, 2022.
(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)The U.S. has seen record levels of illegal immigration throughout the Biden administration. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported 230,000 border encounters in October alone, an all-time monthly record that broke the previous record set in September.September data revealed that fiscal year 2022 ended with 2,378,944​ migrant encounters, the highest ever recorded in a fiscal year. That figure does not include the 599,000 ​known “gotaways” that CBP sources told Fox News evaded capture over the same period.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe Biden administration has repeatedly sought to dismiss border surges as a yearly pattern. While the southern border has seen a pattern of increases in migration each spring, the surges in both 2021 and 2022 far outpaced previous years, and that pace only escalated throughout the year.

Fox News Politics: Georgia the whole day through

Fox News Politics: Georgia the whole day through

Welcome to Fox News’ Politics newsletter with the latest political news and updates from the campaign trail. Subscribe now to get Fox News Politics newsletter in your inbox. NEVER MISS A MOMENT — Check out our latest race calls and balance of power updates at the Fox News’ live blog.TOP STORIESGEORGIA SHOWDOWN: The Senate majority has already been decided, but whether the Democrats grab some breathing room in their razor-thin control of the chamber is on the line Tuesday in the last ballot box showdown of the 2022 midterm elections. For a second straight cycle, the final fight is taking place in the crucial southeastern battleground state of Georgia, where Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock is facing off with Republican challenger Herschel Walker in a Senate runoff election. In the final hours before Election Day, both campaigns were trying to energize their base voters in a race where turnout will be the deciding factor in what public opinion polling indicates is a close contest. Read more from Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser: High stakes in Herschel Walker-Raphael Warnock Senate battle in Georgia’s runoff showdown
High stakes in Herschel Walker-Raphael Warnock Senate battle in Georgia’s runoff showdown. 

Fmr West Virginia delegate Derrick Evans, convicted in Jan 6 Capitol protest, considers run for Congress

Fmr West Virginia delegate Derrick Evans, convicted in Jan 6 Capitol protest, considers run for Congress

Former West Virginia Delegate Derrick Evans participated in the Capitol protest of Jan. 6, 2021, but now he is considering the possibility of going back to the Capitol as a member of Congress.Evans, who served a three-month prison sentence after pleading guilty to civil disorder for his actions nearly two years ago, announced Tuesday that he has formed a congressional exploratory committee.”Two months ago, I sat in federal prison thinking about the current state of politics in West Virginia and across America,” Evans said in a statement, adding that he “thought long and hard about all the variables” that he believes led to him going to prison, such as “[f]ailures by elected lawmakers and the media[.]”Evans said that what led to him considering a reentry into politics after he resigned from office on Jan. 9, 2021, was the combination of the Republican Party’s underwhelming performance in this year’s midterm elections and domestic concerns such as inflation, the spread of fentanyl, the toll flooding has taken on parts of the country, election integrity, border security, and what he called an “abuse” of power by the Justice Department.MASSACHUSETTS EX-TOWN OFFICIAL SENTENCED TO 15 DAYS IN PRISON FOR ROLE IN JAN. 6 PROTEST
In this Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 file photo, Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
(The Associated Press)”I can no longer remain silent about the impacts that these issues are having on our country,” Evans said. “After months of soul-searching, I am ready to step back into the political arena. Right now, my eyes are on Capitol Hill.”Fox News Digital reached out to a representative for Evans for further comment, but they did not immediately respond.JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SUBPOENAS FILMMAKER WHO DOCUMENTED  JAN. 6, INTERVIEWED TRUMPEvans took video of himself as he was among the crowd that entered the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, streaming it live on the internet. In court, he apologized for his actions and said he got “caught up in a moment,” but a day after his sentencing he did a radio interview where he was asked if he had any regrets.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP”I regret I’m gonna be away from my family,” he told host Tom Roten, according to Law&Crime. “But I’m never going to regret standing up to tyranny and standing up for the people who believe in me and standing up for the future of my children. I’m never going to have regrets when it comes to standing up and doing what’s right, at the end of the day.” 

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