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Bodycam video shows Oklahoma governor's son admitting to drinking with gun case in vehicle

Bodycam video shows Oklahoma governor's son admitting to drinking with gun case in vehicle

John Andrew Stitt, son of Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, was seen in bodycam video interacting with deputies who found a case containing guns belonging to his father that had been in the back of an unlocked vehicle.Now, the sheriff in Logan County, Oklahoma, is insisting that the younger Stitt, who goes by Drew, may have been treated more harshly than most.Stitt, 20, was questioned by police officers in the parking lot of a local haunted house he was visiting with friends on Halloween, bodycam footage shows. Police said the gun case had been dragged out of the vehicle.OKLAHOMA GOV. KEVIN STITT SAYS HE WON’T ALLOW MINORS TO UNDERGO ‘LIFE-CHANGING’ GENDER SURGERIES IN HIS STATE
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas, Texas, on July 10, 2021.
(Dylan Hollingsworth/Bloomberg via Getty Images)”To be honest, my dad’s the governor,” Stitt said. Gov. Stitt was re-elected earlier this month.”I don’t care,” an officer replied.”No, I know,” Stitt said. “I just like to clarify.”Stitt, who admitted to having drunk alcohol, told the officers the truck and the gun case were his but that he had a designated driver and was not operating the vehicle. The police questioned Stitt about whether he had been smoking marijuana, which he denied. Bodycam footage shows the police requesting Stitt to call his parents. He was escorted home by an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper, who also picked up the guns.OKLAHOMA TO EXECUTE MAN CONVICTED OF KILLING HIS GIRLFRIEND’S 3-YEAR-OLD SON IN 1993A deputy who responded recommended a charge of minor in possession of alcohol for Stitt to the Logan County District Attorney’s Office.Fox News Digital reached out to the DA’s office for comment Friday but did not receive a response.Local outlet KOCO 5 asked local law enforcement about the incident, and Logan County Sheriff Damon Devereaux said it wouldn’t be inaccurate to say Stitt was treated “worse” because of his relation to the governor.
The 20-year-old son of Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt interacted with deputies who found his father’s gun case in a car on Halloween. John Andrew Stitt said he had been drinking but was not driving.
(Logan County Sheriff’s Office)”Sheriff. Really quick. It almost seems then that this young man, the governor’s son, was definitely treated differently in some ways, but not in a positive way because of who he was. Is that fair to say?” KOCO 5’s Evan Onstot asked in an interview with Devereaux.”That is fair to say,” Devereaux replied.”Is that OK on the other end? Because I know you’re being accused of treating him better because he’s the governor’s son. But, did you treat him worse?” Onstot followed up.”Well, in some factors, you could look at it that way,” Devereaux said.Fox News Digital also reached out to the office of Gov. Stitt for comment but did not receive a response.
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt delivers his State of the State address in Oklahoma City.
(AP Photo/Alonzo Adams, File)CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPDevereaux defended his officers’ handling of the situation, however, rebuffing public criticism that the younger Stitt got off easy.”Minor in possession was the only charge we had on this deal because he wasn’t carrying the weapons. He wasn’t using the weapons. He wasn’t driving. He wasn’t causing a disturbance. So, he couldn’t have been arrested for public intoxication,” Devereaux said in a statement to KOCO 5. “And when you watch the bodycam footage, when I watched it, he’s not drunk, you know, like we think of a drunk stumbling, can’t walk, has to hang on to stuff. He appears he may be under the influence, but I don’t think he’s drunk.”

NM Gov. Lujan Grisham positive for COVID, skipped Thanksgiving festivities

NM Gov. Lujan Grisham positive for COVID, skipped Thanksgiving festivities

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has tested positive for COVID-19, marking the second time she has gotten the virus.In a statement, the governor said she was experiencing mild symptoms and was isolating. The governor said she was fully vaccinated and had received the latest COVID-19 booster.She wasn’t taking part in Thanksgiving celebrations with family.NEW MEXICO DEMOCRATIC GOV. MICHELLE LUJAN GRISHAM WINS SECOND TERM
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham removes her face mask at the start of an update on the COVID-19 outbreak in New Mexico. The governor recently tested positive for the virus for the second time.
(Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)”While testing positive just before the Thanksgiving holiday is disappointing, I know that I am protecting my loved ones by isolating and not joining them for holiday festivities,” Lujan Grisham said.NEW MEXICO GOVERNOR TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19The governor, who tested positive on Wednesday afternoon, had returned on Tuesday from a United Nations climate change conference in Egypt.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPLujan Grisham first tested positive for the virus about three months ago.

New York man smuggling 4 illegal immigrants leads Texas officers on high-speed chase, flees on foot

New York man smuggling 4 illegal immigrants leads Texas officers on high-speed chase, flees on foot

A New York man was charged with human smuggling and evading arrest in Texas after he attempted to transport four illegal immigrants from Eagle Pass to San Antonio before leading a Texas DPS trooper in a high-speed chase.On November 18, a Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) trooper attempted to stop a Honda SUV on a state highway in Kinney County, Texas – just outside the Texas-Mexican border. The driver, Carols Adiel Guzman, is a New York resident who was attempting to smuggle four illegal immigrants from Eagle Pass to San Antonio, Texas.
Carlos Adiel Guzman
(Texas Department of Public Safety)TEXAS DPS TROOPERS STOP HUMAN SMUGGLING OPERATIONS IN 2 SEPARATE TRAFFIC STOPS LAST WEEKENDGuzman led the trooper on a high-speech chase to avoid arrest before driving off the roadway and crashing into a ranch fence. According to DPS, Guzman and four illegal immigrants fled from the vehicle and into the brush. The Texas trooper chased the driver on foot and eventually apprehended him. Guzman was charged with human smuggling, evading arrest and criminal mischief for damaging arrest. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe four illegal immigrants were located and turned over to U.S. Border Patrol. Earlier this month, Texas DPS announced the apprehension of 19 illegal immigrants located in human smuggling attempts and a stash house near the Southern Border.
Texas DPS agents stopped three vehicles resulting in the apprehension of 19 undocumented immigrants.
(Texas DPS)TEXAS DPS APPREHENDS 19 ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS FROM HUMAN SMUGGLING ATTEMPTS, STASH HOUSEThe DPS Criminal Investigations Division received assistance from the Texas Highway Patrol and U.S. Border Patrol to pull over three vehicles containing 15 illegal immigrants on Thursday, Nov. 10. Four more illegal immigrants were later discovered in a stash house. TEXAS CBP OFFICERS SEIZES OVER $1.5M WORTH OF COCAINE STASHED IN TRACTOR TRAILERJason D. Owens, Chief U.S. Border Patrol Agent of the Del Rio Sector in Texas, announced on Friday that in less than 24 hours Eagle Pass agents arrested two child sex offenders, one of whom had an outstanding arrest warrant. Fox News’ Landon Mion contributed to this report.

Herschel Walker received tax break for permanent residences on Dallas home

Herschel Walker received tax break for permanent residences on Dallas home

Republican Herschel Walker is getting a $1,500 tax exemption from his home in Texas, meant only for primary residents, while running for Senate in Georgia, according to reports. According to publicly available tax records first reported by CNN, Walker is listed to receive a homestead tax exemption from his home in Dallas, saving him approximately $1,500. An official in the Tarrant County tax assessor’s office told CNN Walker applied for the tax break in 2021 and 2022, even after launch his bid for Senate in the Peach State.
Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker and Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock will face each other again in a runoff election scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 6, after neither garnered 50% of the vote on Election Day.
(Getty Images)SELF-PROCLAIMED ‘PRO-CHOICE PASTOR’ DEMOCRAT SEN. WARNOCK WON’T SAY IF HE SUPPORTS ANY LIMITS ON ABORTIONWalker is set to face off against incumbent Democrat Raphael Warnock in a runoff election on Dec. 6, after both candidates failed to get at least 50% of the vote in the midterm race earlier this month. 
Former college football star and current senatorial candidate Herschel Walker speaks at a rally, as former President Trump applauds, in Perry, Georgia, Sept. 25, 2021.
(REUTERS/Dustin Chambers)GEORGIA SUPREME COURT REINSTATES LAW ALLOWING ABORTIONS UP TO SIX WEEKSAccording to the Texas Comptroller’s website, Texas residents are allowed to receive the homestead exemption even if you move away for less than two years – as long as you do not establish permanent residency somewhere else. According to the site, only a homeowner’s principal residents qualify for the tax break.
Republican Senate nominee Herschel Walker talks with supporters during a rally on Nov. 21, 2022, in Milton, Georgia. 
(Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)THE 2024 SENATE BATTLE HAS BEGUN AND THE ELECTORAL MAP DOES NOT FAVOR DEMOCRATSThe U.S. Constitution requires that that candidates in habit the state in which they will represent. The state of Georgia has about 15 rules that determine residency for candidates and includes that where a candidate claims a homestead exemption, that home will be considered their permanent residence.CLICK TO GET FOX NEWS APPWalker’s campaign did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment. 

Ye swipes Donald Trump in first 2024 presidential campaign video

Ye swipes Donald Trump in first 2024 presidential campaign video

Ye, the rap music artist formerly known as Kanye West, released his first campaign video Thursday for an unlikely presidential bid in 2024, taking a swipe at former President Donald Trump.In the video posted to Twitter, Ye shared that he previously offered Trump a position to be his vice presidential candidate, a comment Ye said confused and frustrated Trump.”I think the thing Trump was most perturbed about [was] me asking him to be my vice president,” Ye said in the video. “I think that was lower on the list of things that caught him off guard.”
Rapper Kanye West speaks during his meeting with US President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, on October 11, 2018.
(SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)The comments were made during a “debrief” session about Ye’s visit to the White House and meeting with then-President Trump in Oct. 2018.2024 WATCH: MEET THE POTENTIAL GOP PRESIDENTIAL CONTENDERSIn Thursday’s campaign video, Ye also challenged Trump on not acting to legally protect those who invaded the U.S. Capitol Building on Jan. 6, 2021, while he was in office.The “Yeezy” clothing brand owner said he “walked in with intelligence” during the meeting as “someone who loves Trump,” and urged him to listen more to his loyalists.  “He basically gives me this would-be mob-esque kind of story of all that he went through to get Alice Johnson out of jail and that he did not do it for Kim [Kardashian] but he did it for me,” Ye recalls in the video.
Rapper Kanye West, left, shakes hands with U.S. President Donald Trump during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. 
(Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images)Johnson was a 63-year-old who Trump pardoned in 2018.The music mogul also claimed the former president yelled at him and insulted his then-wife Kim Kardashian. The two split in March 2022.DEMOCRATIC PARTY RESPONDS TO TRUMP’S 2024 ANNOUNCEMENT: ‘HE WILL LOSE AGAIN’Ye then claimed Trump “started basically screaming at me at the table, telling me I am going to lose.””Has that worked for anyone in history?” Ye joked.He added: “That I am going to lose? Hold on, you’re talking to Ye.”Ye has not officially announced his intention to run, although he has previously commented that he would seek the presidency in 2024.DONALD TRUMP ANNOUNCES 2024 RE-ELECTION RUN FOR PRESIDENTTrump formally entered the 2024 presidential election one week after the midterm elections, promising to “make America great and glorious again.””I am running because I believe the world has not yet seen the true glory of what this nation can be. We have not reached that pinnacle, believe it or not,” Trump said on Nov. 15.
Former US President Donald Trump arrives to speak with former First Lady Melania Trump, left, at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, US, on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022. 
(Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg via Getty Images)CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPHe added: “Just as I promised in 2016, I am your voice. I am your voice. The Washington establishment wants to silence us, but we will not let them do that. What we have built together over the past six years is the greatest movement in history because it is not about politics. It’s about our love for this great country, America, and we’re not going to let it fail.”

Liberal magazine writer 'thankful' for abortions on Thanksgiving

Liberal magazine writer 'thankful' for abortions on Thanksgiving

As Americans gathered around the dinner table with loved ones this Thanksgiving, one liberal magazine shared stories from women who say they are thankful for having had abortions. The Nation published the article Thursday morning titled “We’re Thankful for our Abortions.” In it, writer Nikiya Natale interviews women who say having had an abortion (in some cases more than one) has given them opportunities in life they wouldn’t have otherwise had. 
McKayla Wolff, left, and Karen Wolff, right, joined hands as they rallied for abortion rights at the capitol in St. Paul, Minn., on Sunday, July 17, 2022.  (Jerry Holt/Star Tribune via Getty Images)
(Jerry Holt/Star Tribune)The writer counters those who say they are pro-choice, but that abortions are not to be celebrating, insisting she is thankful “for both of my abortions.” She says her abortions have allowed her to plan for a pregnancy and have a child on her own terms. Another woman from New Jersey tells her that having multiple abortions has allowed her to finish college and start a small business. “I have deep gratitude that I was able to make a decision that was good for me,” she says. Another woman, from Virginia, says she was so grateful for the safe abortion care she received that she returned to the clinic two weeks later and applied for a job. She told the staff that she wanted to be “somebody’s person” to help patients conflicted about the “stigma against multiple abortions.” PRO-CHOICE ACTIVISTS SEE ABORTION AS ‘WINNING ISSUE’ IN GA SENATE RUNOFF DESPITE PRO-LIFE GOV’S LANDSLIDE WIN”From then on I realized I needed to celebrate my life, my abortions, and how thankful I was for each abortion I had,” she says, lamenting: “Why can’t there be an abortion narrative where people are happy, had choice, and created the life that they wanted?” Another woman from Los Angeles says she received two abortions – one from a toxic relationship and the other after her first child, when she realized the “full-time responsibilities and economic implications of raising a child.” 
A group of anti-abortion protesters crashes the Women’s March Action Rally for Reproductive Rights at Mariachi Plaza in Los Angeles, California, on Oct. 8, 2022.
(David McNew/AFP via Getty Images)A woman from Texas says she had her first abortion at 21 and her second after she became pregnant eight years later. She says that although her first abortion had given her opportunities she wouldn’t have had otherwise, she still didn’t want to be a parent. “I struggled through the morning sickness and the realization that some part of me still believed abortions had to be justified,” she says. The women shared advice on how to break the news to their loved ones who may be pro-life. One said it’s best to not be worried about “being gentle with others and focus more on trusting ourselves.” Abortion has loomed large over the national discourse since the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision in late June, overturning the landmark 1973 ruling, Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion at the federal level. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe Democratic Party lacks the power to codify abortion rights into federal law, having just lost the House of Representatives to Republicans. That puts the abortion debate squarely on the states to navigate and rework the patchwork of laws that have been in place since Roe. The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Particle politics revisited

Particle politics revisited

Republicans nominated House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., to become Speaker of the House when the GOP seizes control in January.But it’s far from clear that McCarthy can attain the votes to become Speaker. McCarthy has spent the past few days making not-so-subtle promises which may help him become Speaker. McCarthy demanded that Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas resign or face potential impeachment during a trip to the southern border. McCarthy also promised that “next year, Republicans will start every day of Congress with prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. No exceptions.”Republicans can adopt any rule they want as it pertains to House operations when the GOP claims control in January. But the House routinely begins each session with the prayer and pledge anyway. In fact, House rule XIV dictates “the daily order of business…shall be as follows: First. Prayer by the Chaplain. Second. Reading and Approval of the Journal, unless postponed under clause 8 of rule XX. Third: The pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.”Of course, Republicans could always alter the rule to ensure that the “Approval of the Journal” doesn’t interrupt the prayer and pledge. But that’s pretty minimal.MCCARTHY CALLS ON MAYORKAS TO RESIGN OR POTENTIALLY FACE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY: ‘ENOUGH IS ENOUGH’This underscores that McCarthy is doing all he can to command enough votes to become Speaker. Making promises to bounce Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., from committees. Hinting at impeachment to sate the appetite of the right over the border. Appealing to religious conservatives.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.
(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)It may work. But so far, the math isn’t in favor of McCarthy when the floor vote hits in January. Reps. Ralph Norman, R-S.C., Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., Matt Rosendale, R-Mont., Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., and Bob Good, R-Va., are unlikely to support McCarthy. That could be enough votes right there to sink McCarthy’s bid for the gavel.But if not McCarthy, who? House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La.? House Republican Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y.? Rep. and incoming House Majority Whip Tom Emmer, R-Minn.? Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio? Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C.?It wasn’t that long ago that McCarthy was supposed to succeed former House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio as Speaker. And then former Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., took the job – despite an adamant claim a few weeks before that he didn’t want the gig. There were times over the past 15 to 20 years that the next GOP leader or House Speaker was supposed to be former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va. Cantor lost his primary. Former Rep. Tom Reynolds, R-N.Y. was considered as a potential successor to former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill. Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Tex., tinkered with a leadership bid a few years ago.Other names who have gone by the wayside: Rep. Daniel Webster, R-Fla., and former Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah.This brings us to one of my most enduring theses about Congress. Who winds up in or out of Congressional leadership posts is contingent upon “particle” politics. In other words, infinitesimal, minute, sub-atomic political particles decide who emerge as Congressional leaders. It was hard to see how McCarthy wouldn’t become Speaker seven years ago. Yet he didn’t claim the gavel. It was hard to see how Ryan would become Speaker in 2015. Yet he did.Right now, McCarthy is the odds-on favorite to become House Speaker on January 3 next year. But McCarthy lacks the votes – so far. Thus, does someone else actually become Speaker through means which aren’t yet clear?Possible.ILHAN OMAR, ERIC SWALWELL HIT BACK AT MCCARTHY OVER PLEDGE TO BLOCK THEM FROM HOUSE COMMITTEESIt’s all because of “particle politics.” A similar phenomenon unfolded on the Democratic side of the aisle to succeed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., as the leader of the party.The ascension to succeed Pelosi is a Washington parlor game played for years. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., and House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., helped Pelosi form three legs of a stool representing all wings of the House Democratic Caucus. In other words, if you subtract one of the legs, the stool collapses. It was often thought that once Pelosi goes, all three go. That kind of happened with Pelosi and Hoyer stepping away from leadership roles. Clyburn remains – but with a lower-profile leadership post. But figuring out who was to succeed Pelosi was a mystery which went on for a decade-and-a-half.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” 
(CBS News/Screenshot)Pelosi and Hoyer have had a rivalry dating back to when they interned together in the office of late Sen. Daniel Brewster, D-Md., in the 1960s. Pelosi often blocked Hoyer’s leadership bids. Pelosi endorsed the late Rep. Jack Murtha, D-Penn., for Majority Leader in 2006. Yet Hoyer prevailed. And Hoyer would never directly challenge Pelosi for the Democrats’ top leadership post. Hoyer lacked the votes and would lose. However, over the years, Republicans privately conceded they feared Hoyer more as Pelosi as Speaker. That’s because of Hoyer’s stellar reputation of working across the aisle and not presenting the GOP with a liberal foil.But that opportunity never came for Hoyer. Or Clyburn, for that matter.There was even a time many years ago when some factions in the Democratic Caucus believed that former Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif., could pose a threat to Pelosi. The two had a chilly relationship for years. Harman never lodged a challenge to Pelosi. Nor was Harman around long enough to outlast Pelosi, should the opportunity avail itself.Meantime, speculation churned for years as Pelosi ushered in a series of other Democratic lieutenants who aspired to succeed her – but never got the chance because of the Speaker’s longevity.First in the queue was current Ambassador to Japan and former Chicago Mayor, White House Chief of Staff and Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill. But after helping Democrats win control of the House chairing the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) in 2006 and becoming Democratic Caucus Chairman, former President Obama drafted Emanuel to serve as Chief of Staff.Then came Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md. Van Hollen was in the House at the time, but eventually moved to the Senate.Focus turned to former Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., for a time. Then current Health and Human Services Secretary and former Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif. Rep. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., was in the mix. But Crowley – like Cantor – eventually lost his primary to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.Schiff may have been the latest potential Pelosi successor. In fact, Schiff began a not-so-stealthy campaign to possibly succeed Pelosi. Several House Democrats told Fox that Schiff wouldn’t have launched such an effort unless he had a either an implicit or explicit blessing from Pelosi. That’s partly because Pelosi and Schiff have always enjoyed a special relationship. That was on exhibit when Pelosi tasked Schiff to serve as the lead manager during former President Trump’s first impeachment trial. Schiff chairs the Intelligence Committee. The House Judiciary Committee chairman had customarily been the lead “prosecutor” in such impeachment proceedings. Not the chairman of the Intelligence Committee.However, Schiff ultimately lacked the votes to succeed Pelosi. And House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., has all but wrapped up the deal to succeed Pelosi by acclamation.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff does a TV interview at the Capitol on July 26, 2021.
(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)This is notable. Just two hours before Pelosi announced her retirement from the leadership, Jeffries didn’t respond to a question from yours truly as to if he had “a plan in a drawer somewhere” to campaign for the Democrats’ top leadership post. This is why it comes down to “particle politics.” No one could have foreseen circumstances years ago that Jeffries would be the one who might succeed Pelosi – back when all of the focus was on Emanuel or Van Hollen.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPWho gets into leadership positions boils down to hard work. A bit of magic. A bit of luck. And really good timing.Kevin McCarthy is now going for the gavel again. Rarely does anyone get a second chance at such a prime leadership post as Speaker. But that’s the opportunity which has now come in McCarthy’s direction.But McCarthy’s fate hinges on subatomic, political particles, now racing around the political supercollider.