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Ukrainian President Zelenskyy to join virtual G7 summit

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will join President Biden and G7 leaders Sunday morning for a virtual summit amid Russia’s months-long war against Ukraine, the White House announced Friday.White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the virtual summit will be chaired by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.The G7 includes the United States, France, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom.BIDEN REQUESTS $33B FROM CONGRESS FOR UKRAINE EMERGENCY SUPPLEMENTAL FUNDINGThe group was once considered the G8 and included Russia, which was ousted from the group of leading nations following its annexation of Crimea in 2014.Biden, Zelenskyy and G7 leaders are expected to discuss “the latest developments in Russia’s war against Ukraine,” and it’s “global impact.”Psaki said the leaders will show “support for Ukraine and Ukraine’s future,” and will demonstrate “continued G7 unity.”Psaki also said the leaders will discuss building on “our unprecedented sanctions to impose severe costs” for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war on Ukraine, and discuss options to sanction additional individuals and companies, while ensuring there are steps in place to “prevent companies or others from evading the sanctions we put in place.”RUSSIA SAYS IT WON’T USE NUCLEAR WEAPONS IN UKRAINE, DESPITE THREATENING RHETORICThe United States, along with European allies and partners, have imposed “severe” sanctions on Russia since its invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24. In February, the United States, Canada and other European allies imposed sanctions on Russia, and removed Russian banks from the SWIFT messaging system. The U.S. and allies said the move would “ensure that these banks are disconnected from the international financial system and harm their ability to operate globally.”The move came from leaders of the European Commission, France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States.
President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the debt ceiling during an event in the State Dining Room of the White House, Monday, Oct. 4 in Washington.
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)SWIFT provides messaging services to banks in over 200 countries, and is controlled by the central banks of the G-10, including Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, the United States, Switzerland and Sweden.The United States also banned all imports of Russian oil, gas and energy to the United States, targeting the “main artery” of Russia’s economy amid Putin’s war on Ukraine.Meanwhile, Psaki said “it should not be lost the significance of… when this G7 meeting is happening.” READ THE LATEST UPDATES ON THE WAR IN UKRAINEThe virtual G7 summit is taking place “the day before Russia’s Victory Day, which President Putin has certainly projected his desire to mark that day as a day where he is victorious over Ukraine.””Of course, he is not,” Psaki said. “While he expected to be marching through the streets of Kiev, that’s obviously not what is going to happen.”Psaki added that “having this meeting and conversation on Sunday is an opportunity to not only show how unified the West is in confronting the aggression and the invasion by President Putin, but also to show that unity requires work, requires effort, requires blood, sweat, tears sometimes.””And the president is committed to continuing to engage, to make sure people are unified with these leaders and unified and moving forward,” Psaki said.The president, last month, requested $33 billion from Congress for additional security, military and humanitarian assistance for Ukraine and for U.S. efforts to strengthen European security in cooperation with NATO allies and partners.
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks with Roscosmos space agency employees at a rocket assembly factory during his visit to the Vostochny cosmodrome outside the city of Tsiolkovsky, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) from the city of Blagoveshchensk in the far eastern Amur region Tsiolkovsky , Russia, Tuesday, April 12, 2022. 
(Evgeny Biyatov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)The Biden administration is calling for $20.4 billion in additional security assistance for Ukraine, including $5 billion in additional drawdown authority, $6 billion for the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, and $4 billion for the State Department’s Foreign Military Financing program.That funding would provide additional artillery, armored vehicles, anti-armor and anti-air capabilities; accelerated cyber capabilities and advanced air defense systems; assistance to clear landmines, improvised explosive devices and other explosive remnants of war in order to address threats related to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear materials; and put NATO at a “stronger” security posture.With regard to economic aid, the administration is calling for $8.5 billion in assistance for Ukraine to address and respond to the “immediate crisis” and help to provide “basic citizen services,” including funds to ensure Ukraine’s democratic government continues functioning, to ensure they can provide food, energy and health care to the Ukrainian people, to counter Russian disinformation and propaganda narratives, and to support businesses during the fall harvest and for “natural gas purchases” by the Ukrainian state energy company in order to address needs in Ukraine.The emergency supplemental funding request came after the Biden administration last month announced another $800 million in military aid for Ukraine, including heavy artillery and ammunition, as the country continues to fight to defend itself against Russia’s multi-front war. That funding was in addition to an authorization of $800 million in weapons, ammunition and other security assistance earlier this month. The $1.6 billion the president approved this month for Ukraine came in addition to the more than $1 billion the Biden administration already sent to Ukraine. 

Biden doesn't have a view on whether protesters should pressure Supreme Court justices: Psaki

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White House press secretary Jen Psaki reiterated Friday that President Biden does not have an opinion on the use of protests to influence Supreme Court opinions.Speaking in a press gaggle Friday, Psaki said that Biden believes in “peaceful protests,” but stopped short of endorsing attempts to pressure Supreme Court rulings. Citing his belief in the separation of powers in government, Psaki clarified the president is cautious of overstepping his position.”The president believes in peaceful protests. He believes that is part of our democracy and part of the history of the United States in this country,” Psaki said. “But he also respects and understands the independence of the third branch of government – and obviously the Justice Department. But also the role of the Supreme Court and what they play.”JOHN ROBERTS: SUPREME COURT DRAFT LEAK ‘ABSOLUTELY APPALLING'”So I wouldn’t say he has a view on that. He believes in peaceful protests, but they’re gonna make decisions they make, and we’re not gonna pre-judge a final opinion,” she added.Later, Psaki said it is “our preference” that the final opinion not “look like the leaked opinion.”
A crowd of people gather outside the Supreme Court, Monday night, May 2, 2022 in Washington following reports of a leaked draft opinion by the court overturning Roe v. Wade. 
(AP Photo/Anna Johnson)The Supreme Court is poised to strike down Roe v. Wade, according to an unprecedented leak of a draft opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito. The draft leak obtained by Politico was written in early February. It was not immediately clear if it has been rewritten or revised. The Court has declined to verify or disavow the document. Analysts have suggested the leak may represent an attempt to pressure a Supreme Court justice to change his or her vote on the pivotal case.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPChief Justice John Roberts called the leak of a drafted court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade “absolutely appalling” in a talk Thursday. The justice went on to dismiss any question that the leak would affect the Supreme Court’s final decision.
Official portrait of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts.

Florida ICE offices see massive lines, processing delays as hundreds of migrants wait for check-ins

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) offices in Florida are seeing massive lines and lengthy delays as scores of migrants look to check in with officials — just as the U.S. is releasing tens of thousands of illegal immigrants into the country each month amid an historic and overwhelming border crisis.The ICE facility in Orlando has seen hundreds lined up outside in the Florida heat as they wait for their mandated check-in with ICE officials. Florida is one of the most popular destinations for migrants given the high number of immigrants, both legal and illegal, already there. But media outlets have reported how they are lined up around the block, sleeping in cars, setting up tents as they wait for their appointments. The Associated Press reported that in the last week as many as 250 people have been waiting outside the facility.ICE PREPARING FOR ‘HISTORIC BORDER SURGE,’ SAYS MIGRANT ARRIVALS COULD TRIPLEMigrants who are not being expelled via Title 42 or expedited removal are being released into the U.S. either via humanitarian parole or with a notice to report to their local ICE facility when they get to wherever it is they choose to live. The lines include both recent arrivals and illegal immigrants who are checking in, including those being taken off Alternatives to Detention (ATD).Similarly, the office in Miramar has seen massive lines and issues with garbage and traffic being blocked. The Miramar Police Department confirmed to Fox News last month that it has met with ICE officials “in regards to sporadic traffic concerns and has worked with them to address the issue.”
May 2, 2022: People wait outside the Orlando Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in order to get appointments with federal immigration officials in Orlando, Fla.
( AP Photo/John Raoux)In a statement to Fox News Digital this week, an ICE spokesperson said that the agency “is working to address current processing delays at some ICE offices.””Noncitizens who were recently apprehended by U.S Customs and Border Protection (CBP) along the southwest border and given a notice to report (NTR) or parole must check-in with ICE after arriving at their destination.”The agency has urged immigrants to make appointments using the ICE appointment scheduler, launched in September, that it says may help them avoid traveling to an ICE office to make an appointment on a walk-in basis.LEAKED ICE DOC SHOWS ‘ALTERNATIVES TO DETENTION’ PROGRAM HAS ‘LITTLE VALUE’ BUT ‘SIGNIFICANT EXPENSE’ ICE says the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated delays in processing and that it is making improvements to staffing and processing in order to limit the delays.But it is the latest sign of the pressure that ICE and CBP have been under due to the massive migrant surge at the border. More than 221,000 migrants were encountered in March, and that number is expected to rise in the months ahead — particularly with the end of the Title 42 public health order later this month. That order has been used to quickly expel migrants since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.ICE said in August 2020 that there were approximately 3.3 million people on the “non-detained docket,” meaning those who are in immigration proceedings but are not being detained. Last month, in a report delivered to Congress, ICE said that number was now 3.7 million. CBP statistics, meanwhile, indicate that more than one million people have been released into the U.S. since February 2021. More than 65,000 migrants were released in March alone.ICE has warned recently that it expects its number of new arrivals to triple in the months ahead as it warns of an “historic border surge.”In a statement to Fox News Digital, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office had a warning for those who had entered the U.S. illegally: “Do not come to Florida.”
May 2, 2022: People wait outside the Orlando Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in order to get appointments with federal immigration official in Orlando, Fla.  
(AP Photo/John Raoux)”Life will not be easy for you, because we are obligated to uphold the immigration laws of this country, even if our federal government and other states won’t,” the statement said. “Florida is not a sanctuary state, and our social programs are designed to serve the citizens of our state. The governor will protect the sovereignty of the state of Florida.”The governor’s office said that those migrants “have been done a great disservice by the Biden administration.””They have encouraged you to make dangerous treks, oftentimes at great physical distress to you and your family,” the statement said. “Sometimes, this has even meant putting your fate into the hands of dangerous coyotes and human traffickers.””There is a legal process to obtain full American citizenship, which is an essential part of the promise of America. In Florida, we will uphold the law,” DeSantis’ office said.The Florida legislature has included $12 million in its budget to fund efforts to relocate illegal immigrants to more elsewhere in the country, including President Biden’s home state of Delaware and Martha’s Vineyard.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPMeanwhile, the lines outside of the offices have also upset Democrats in the state. Reps. Darren Soto, D-Fla., and Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., have written to both Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and acting ICE Director Tae Johnson urging them to deal with the delays.”Addressing the current backlog at the Orlando ICE facility is vital to ensuring the safety of immigrants seeking refuge,” they wrote. “We ask that you work swiftly and diligently to investigate and address these delays.” The Associated Press contributed to this report.

DeSantis signs $1.2B tax-break package targeting gas, diapers, kids' clothing

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a hefty tax relief bill into law, hoping the parade of seasonal reductions will save Floridians’ bank accounts from surging prices.DeSantis signed the wide-ranging relief package Thursday in Ocala, Florida. The bill is expected to save state citizens approximately $1.1 billion on purchases, including diapers, clothing, gas and more. The governor blamed the inflation on President Biden’s administration, boasting that new tax breaks would be the latest step in combating the increased costs.”I think we’ve done more than any other state to step up against the Biden-flation headwinds to give relief to our citizens,” DeSantis said.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis appears with Republican Senate candidate from Nevada Adam Laxalt at a campaign event on April 27, 2022, in Las Vegas.
(Ronda Churchill/Getty Images)US ADDS JOBS AS INFLATION CONTINUES TO RISE”This is actually the largest tax relief in the history of the state of Florida – $1.2 billion tax relief package,” DeSantis added.The exemptions will be rolled out piecemeal over the coming fiscal year with specific dates allotted for different commodities. Breaks include a back-to-school sales tax holiday from July 25 to Aug. 7, when school supplies and children’s clothing will be marked tax-free. A similar window is slotted for the state’s motor fuel tax holiday in October and a special “tool time” week in September focused on home improvement purchases.
Gas prices in San Diego, California, Nov. 9, 2021. 
(Reuters/Mike Blake/File Photo/File Photo)”The 2022 Florida Legislature passed, and Gov. DeSantis signed into law, nine sales tax holidays or temporary exemptions and a motor fuel tax exemption,” Florida’s Department of Revenue announced in a calendar for upcoming tax breaks.CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FOX NEWS APPOther tax holidays include: children’s books, disaster preparedness, freedom week, diapers and clothing, appliances, and home hardening.The tax breaks for baby and toddler clothes, diapers, and Energy Star appliances will last a full year. Home hardening, a tax break on home reinforcement and safety updates, will run a full two years.”During this sales tax exemption period, tax is not due on the retail sales of impact-resistant doors, impact-resistant garage doors, and impact-resistant windows for commercial or noncommercial use,” the Department of Revenue announced. Fox News’ Micah Maidenberg and Alison Sider contributed to this report.

Hours before Trump’s PA rally with Oz, Pompeo questions about Senate candidate’s Turkish election vote

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Former President Donald Trump teams up Friday evening in Pennsylvania with Mehmet Oz, the GOP Senate candidate he recently endorsed in the key battleground state’s crowded, combative and extremely expensive Republican Senate contest with a week and a half to go until primary day in the Keystone State.Trump’s visit comes with the latest public opinion poll indicating Oz holding a razor-thin edge over two of his top primary rivals in the GOP battle to succeed retiring Republican Sen. Pat Toomey in a race that could ultimately decide if Republicans win back the Senate majority in November’s midterm elections.ABORTION TAKES CENTER STAGE IN HIGH PROFILE PENNSYLVANIA GOP SENATE CLASHBut hours before the rally at the Westmoreland County Fairgrounds in the small city of Greensburg, southeast of Pittsburgh, the issue of Oz’s ties to Turkey were firmly back in the political spotlight. 
Mehmet Oz speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida, on Feb. 27, 2022. 
(Tristan Wheelock/Bloomberg via Getty Images)The rally comes after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo – a Trump ally who served as CIA director and America’s top diplomat during the former president’s administration, but who’s endorsed and campaigned for fellow West Point graduate David McCormick, Oz’s top rival for the nomination – raised national security clearance questions over Oz’s multiple Turkish connections.Pompeo, a Fox News contributor, repeatedly emphasized on a call with reporters that there are “things that we don’t know about his connection to the Turkish government,” and that Oz “owes the people of Pennsylvania an explanation,” because voters “need to understand the scope and depth of his relationship with the Turkish government.”CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST FOX NEWS POWER RANKINGS IN THE MIDTERMSOz, the cardiac surgeon, author and well-known celebrity physician who until the launch of his Senate campaign late last year was host of TV’s popular “Dr. Oz Show,” has faced questions over his dual citizenship with Turkey since declaring his candidacy. He’s repeatedly explained that he’s maintained his dual citizenship in order to take care of his mother, who lives in Istanbul and suffers from Alzheimer’s.He’s also noted numerous times during his Senate campaign that his service in the Turkish military – for 60 days during the 1980s – was done in order to maintain his dual citizenship.Oz, who also has an endorsement deal with Turkey’s half-government owned national airline, came under attack by McCormick at a debate on Wednesday, which is likely the last showdown between the two top contenders for the GOP nomination ahead of the May 17 primary.McCormick, a former hedge fund executive, Gulf War combat veteran and Treasury Department official in former President George W. Bush’s administration, asserted that Oz was “compromised” for serving in the Turkish military.MAY MADNESS: PRIMARY SEASON IGNITES IN EARNEST The latest flashpoint is a photograph of Oz voting in Turkey’s 2018 presidential election. The photo, first reported by ABC News, comes from Turkey’s New York City consulate’s Facebook page, where the Oz campaign confirms their candidate voted. But Oz’s team denied that his casting of a ballot amounted to “political involvement” with Turkey.Pompeo noted that American politicians are often criticized for failing to vote, but that Oz “chose to vote in a Turkish presidential election, but not in an American election… That raises in my mind lots of judgments about his priorities. And we need to get him and his team to explain why he had time and energy and focus to vote in a Turkish election, but not in an American election.”In response, Oz spokesperson Brittany Yannick stated that “these are pathetic and xenophobic attacks on Dr. Oz by David McCormick, who should be ashamed of himself. Now that he lost President Trump’s endorsement, he’s resorted to sad and desperate attacks that are no different than the tropes used against Catholics and Jews.”FIRST ON FOX NEWS: OZ TO RENOUNCE TURKISH CITIZENSHIP IF ELECTED Pointing to comments Oz first made to Fox News in March, Yannick noted that “Dr. Oz has already said when elected to the Senate he would renounce his citizenship. There is no security issue whatsoever, and David McCormick knows that Dr. Oz has maintained his dual citizenship to make it easier to help care for his mother who has Alzheimer’s and lives there.”But Pompeo told Fox News on Friday, “I don’t view this as political. This is separate and apart from politics. This is about making sure that the voters have the opportunity to know all of the things, the good characteristics and the shortcomings, of candidates who are running. And the questions, in my judgment, have not been answered satisfactorily… I want to make sure that I do everything I can to get the information in the hands of the voters that they can use to make a truly informed judgment about the people that they’re voting for. That’s the reason for me jumping on this call this morning.”Pompeo also noted that “elected officials get clearances as a result of them having been elected.””It’s why this matter needs to be clarified, brought to a conclusion so that Pennsylvania voters can know what it is that they’re doing and so that the American people can have confidence that every one of their leaders…. [is] fit for duty as a member of the House of Representatives, in this case, the United States Senate from Pennsylvania,” he emphasized.The Oz campaign provided a quote from national security expert William Jr. Parker III, who noted that Oz “is a first generation American who was born on U.S. soil.”Parker, a retired senior U.S. Navy officer and former president and CEO of the East West Institute, stressed, “I have watched him [Oz] protect the health and welfare of countless Americans and others in need. Dr. Oz is an America-First candidate and we would be fortunate to have him representing us in the U.S. Senate.”TRUMP A BIG WINNER IN VANCE’S OHIP PRIMARY VICTORY, BUT HIS GOP CLOUT FACES MORE TESTS AHEADMore than 15 months removed from the White House, Trump remains the most popular and influential politician in the GOP, as he continues to endorse Republican candidates up and down the ballot and hold rallies across the country for some of the top contenders he’s backed.Trump took plenty of credit earlier this week when another candidate he recently backed in another jam-packed and divisive GOP Senate primary – former hedge fund executive and best-selling author J.D. Vance – won the Senate nomination in neighboring Ohio.
Senate candidate J.D. Vance greets former President Donald Trump at a rally at the Delaware County Fairground, April 23, 2022, in Delaware, Ohio.
(AP Photo/Joe Maiorana, File)Vance will also speak at Friday night’s rally in Pennsylvania.Trump has also invited Rep. Alex Mooney of West Virginia, from another neighboring state, to speak at the rally.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPMooney, who’s being backed by Trump, is facing off on Tuesday in a GOP congressional primary with Republican Rep. David McKinley.The state lost a congressional seat during the once-in-a-decade congressional reapportionment and both Republican incumbents were drawn into the same district. The showdown, as with the Ohio and Pennsylvania GOP Senate primaries, has partially turned into a test of the former president’s clout.Fox News’ Courtney De George contributed to this story

Hawley slams abortion activists for 'terrorizing' justices, says Biden is complicit: 'Pathetic thugs'

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EXCLUSIVE: Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., is slamming abortion activists protesting outside of conservative Supreme Court justices homes as “pathetic thugs,” and is putting President Biden on the spot for “encouraging” their behavior.A draft opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito that would overturn Roe v. Wade and return the issue of abortion to individual states was leaked on Monday. Following the leak, pro-abortion activists have called for protests at the homes of the justices who will supposedly vote to overturn Roe, and even published their addresses online.”People who would try to terrorize the justices and their families at their homes are scumbags,” Hawley, whose own family was targeted by protesters last year, told Fox News Digital in an exclusive statement.WHITE HOUSE ENCOURAGES ‘PEACEFUL PROTESTS,’ WON’T TELL ABORTION ACTIVISTS TO AVOID SCOTUS JUSTICES’ HOMES”The left tried that tactic on me and my family, terrorizing my wife and baby. It failed. The real story here is that Joe Biden is encouraging it. That makes him no better than the pathetic thugs who engage in this behavior”
Sen. Josh Hawley speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Texas’ abortion law on Capitol Hill on Sept. 29, 2021.
(Tom Williams-Pool/Getty Images)Last year after Hawley announced his plan to raise objections during Congress’ joint session to certify Biden’s win, his family home in Washington, D.C., was targeted by left-wing activists.The senator blamed “Antifa scumbags” for screaming threats and vandalizing his home while he was away in his home state of Missouri and his wife and newborn daughter were inside.The White House on Thursday declined to encourage abortion activists to avoid protesting at justices’ private residences. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Biden “shares” the “concern” and “horror” of those who “feel outraged” or “scared” over the leaked draft opinion.
Demonstrators protest outside the U.S. Supreme Court, Wednesday, May 4, 2022, in Washington.
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)When Fox News’ Peter Doocy asked Psaki if abortion protests outside justices’ houses might be considered extreme, she said, “Peaceful protest, no. Peaceful protest is not extreme. We certainly encourage people to keep it peaceful and not resort to any level of violence.”In addition, activists are targeting Catholic churches for protests on Mother’s Day, with some citing the Roman Catholic faith of multiple justices who reportedly supported the leaked draft opinion striking down Roe v. Wade.The organization Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights has organized a “week of action” beginning on May 8, Mother’s Day, with “Actions Outside of Churches.”
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said President Biden “shares” the “concern” and “horror” of those who “feel outraged” or “scared” over the leaked draft opinion.
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPPro-abortion vandals targeted a church in Boulder, Colorado, Wednesday, spray-painting “bans off our bodies” and “my body my choice” on the building.Fox News’ Tyler O’Neil contributed to this report.

UNC professor slams board as journalism school loses accreditation after Nikole Hannah-Jones controversy

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A professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is speaking out against the school’s Board of Trustees over their treatment of controversial writer Nikole Hannah-Jones “It wasn’t the journalism department that didn’t want to tenure Nikole Hannah-Jones,” Mimi Chapman, professor and Faculty Council Chair Mimi Chapman said this week, according to Inside Higher Ed. “That was a problem at the Board of Trustees level, which has been widely reported. The delay in the vote and the whole maneuvering behind the scenes is what produced this problem.”
FILE – In this May 21, 2016, file photo, Nikole Hannah-Jones attends the 75th Annual Peabody Awards Ceremony 
(Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)UNC EMAILS SHOW LONG DEBATE OVER TENURE FOR NIKOLE HANNAH-JONES, WHO TOOK JOB AT HOWARD UNIVERSITY INSTEAD”The faculty and students bear the brunt for a situation that they didn’t create, and that’s a shame,” Chapman added.Chapman did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News.Chapman’s comments come days after UNC’s journalism school received a downgrade of its accreditation over concerns of lack of diversity in the department following on the controversy over hiring Hannah-Jones.1619 PROJECT’S NIKOLE HANNAH-JONES CLAIMS AMERICANS ARE TAUGHT ‘THE HISTORY OF A COUNTRY THAT DOES NOT EXIST’
Nikole Hannah-Jones signs books for her supporters before taking the stage to discuss her book, “The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story” at a 2021  L.A. Times book club event. 
(Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)”[T]he UNC Hussman School is dealing with an existential crisis both internally and externally,” the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications determined. “The [Hannah-Jones] controversy… exposed long-standing problems. Many stem from inconsistencies in executing the goals in the 2016 Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan.”Hannah-Jones, author of the 1619 Project, was initially offered a multi-year position to become the school’s next Knight Chair in Journalism – an endowed position that has previously included tenure. Once that was revealed, public outcry and threats to walk from Hannah-Jones prompted the school’s board of trustees to vote in favor of granting her tenure. The Pulitzer-winning alumna then chose to go teach at another school.”In an interview with CBS This Morning on July 6, Jones explained her decision and said that she did not want to accept the position at UNC after her tenure vote became a “national scandal.””Because look what it took to get tenure,” she said. “This was a position that since the 1980s came with tenure. The Knight chairs are designed for professional journalists when working in the field, to come into academia. Every other chair before me, who also happened to be White, received that position with tenure.”
1619 Project founder Nikole Hannah-Jones is seen as a hero to liberal media organizations and Hollywood alike despite widespread backlash to the award-winning project.
((Photo by: Jeff Scheart/MSNBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images))CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPEmails obtained by Fox News last year show school officials debating whether to grant Hannah-Jones tenure while expressing concerns about her writings which claim Americans are taught ‘the history of a country that does not exist’ and have been debunked as inaccurate by critics.Several states, including Florida and Missouri, have included prohibitions on the 1619 Project with bans they’ve implemented on promoting critical race theory in public schools.Fox News’ Michael Ruiz and Adam Sabes contributed to this report