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#10 Veteran Female Boxer Rips 'Deadly' USA Boxing Move Allowing Transgenders to Fight Women: 'There's Just No Way' - Andrew Mark Miller for Fox News
Cary Williams has been in boxing for 25 years as a fighter, gym owner, coach, trainer, and promoter. She is slamming one of the sport’s top governing bodies over a decision to allow biological males to fight against women in the ring, warning that it will result in women getting hurt and opportunities being taken away from female boxers."When I heard that they were allowing transgender people to box women, I could not believe it," Cary Williams, a former female competitive boxer and Olympic-level boxing coach, told Fox News Digital this week. "I know it's been going on in a lot of sports, which is not right on any level. But when you're talking about people punching each other in the face, in the body, in the head, I really was surprised."
#9 Origins of COVID: New Documents Strongly Suggest Lab Leak - Tracy Beanz and Michelle Edwards for The HighWire
As evidence mounts, will the U.S. government ever fully admit that, instead of coming from an infected colony of bats, SARS-CoV-2 resulted from a lab leak in Wuhan, China? Documents recently obtained by the health research group U.S. Right to Know (USRTK) through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) reveal new and unknown details about the intended research involved in the already-known DEFUSE grant proposal for a $14 million funding to enhance SARS-like bat viruses. Specifically, under the leadership of EcoHealth Alliance President Peter Daszak, USRTK reporter Emily Kopp explained: “The scientists sought to insert furin cleavage sites at the S1/S2 junction of the spike protein; to assemble synthetic viruses in six segments; to identify coronaviruses up to 25 percent different from SARS; and to select for receptor binding domains adept at infecting human receptors.”
#8 Residents in Maine Thought There Was a House Fire, it Ended Up Being a Massive Drug Bust - Paul Sacca for Blaze Media
An odd event happened in Maine last week when residents believed a fire had broken out, but it ended up being a massive drug bust. At 11:24 a.m. on Jan. 31, a concerned resident of the town of Turner contacted emergency services to report a possible structure fire and smoke coming from a home's garage, according to the Androscoggin County Sheriff's Office. When firefighters from the Turner Fire-Rescue Department arrived, they determined that the smoke was actually steam being generated by thousands of marijuana plants.
#7 The Media Aren't Joking — and Don’t Call Them Shirley - Chris Bray for Blaze MediaThe MSNBC talking head Stephanie Ruhle explained this week why Republicans are pretending to care about the border: “This is a strong economy. That’s one of the reasons you see them pivoting so hard to immigration. It’s all fake, you see. The mean Republicans have been trying to pretend that the economy is bad, but they can’t go on doing that because the American economy is so ridiculously strong and successful that no one will listen to them. So right-wing politicians are “pivoting” to another made-up issue, dishonestly play acting like illegal immigration is a problem so they can have something to run on in an election year.
#6 Sinema Outlines Details of Border Deal Negotiations - Lauren Sforza for The Hill
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.) outlined the details of what bipartisan lawmakers are discussing as part of a border security agreement being negotiated by senators. Sinema, a top negotiator in the discussions, detailed some of what is being hashed out on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” She said proposals include ending the practice of “catch and release,” which allows migrants without proper documents to be released in the United States as their cases play out in court.
#5 Ex-Trump Official Mike Gill Dies: Casualty of D.C. Carjacking Spree - Simon Kent Breitbart
Former Trump administration official Mike Gill, who was shot during a carjacking spree on the 900 block of K Street Northwest in Washington, DC, has died. He was 56. The father of three previously worked at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission under former President Donald Trump and was gunned down after his assailant entered his Jeep in an attempt to steal it.
#4 WSJ Opinion Piece Calls Dearborn 'Jihad Capital,' Biden Condemns Anti-Arab Hate - Kanishka Singh for Wall Street JourneyPresident Joe Biden on Sunday denounced anti-Arab rhetoric in response to a Wall Street Journal opinion piece targeting Dearborn, Michigan, that the mayor called "bigoted" and "Islamophobic."
The WSJ published the piece on Friday headlined "Welcome to Dearborn, America's Jihad Capital, opens a new tab," suggesting the city's residents, including religious leaders and politicians, supported Palestinian Islamist group Hamas and extremism. The column drew outrage from Dearborn Mayor Abdullah Hammoud, as well as several U.S. lawmakers and rights advocates from the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee.
#3 Trump Reveals Criteria For Running Mate; Name-Drops 2 Top Republicans - Anders Hagstrom for Fox News
Former President Trump revealed his criteria for a running mate on Sunday, but he told Fox News host Maria Bartiromo that he won't announce a vice presidential pick "for a little while." Trump made the comments in an interview with Bartiromo that aired on "Sunday Morning Futures." He said the most important factor is to ensure his running mate would be able to step up and handle the presidency in the case of an emergency. "What criteria are you using to identify who your running mate is?" Bartiromo asked.
#2 Biden Camp Reportedly Fears Photos From Special Counsel Classified Docs Probe Could Devastate Reelection Bid - Danielle Wallace for Fox News
President Biden's team reportedly is fearing that photos included in Special Counsel Robert Hur's imminent report on the handling of classified documents could impact his 2024 reelection bid. Axios reported that Biden's aides do not expect criminal charges as a result of the investigation, but they are concerned about potentially embarrassing photos included in Hur's expected report that could be released as soon as this week. The images could show how Biden stored classified materials, which were discovered in late 2022 in the garage of Biden's Delaware home as well as in a private office. The classified documents were carried over from Biden's time as former President Obama's vice president.
#1 Senators Unveil Long-Awaited Border Deal - Politico
Senators in both parties have finalized a deal on stricter border and immigration policies that is headed toward an uncertain floor vote in the coming days. The $118 billion agreement, which was released Sunday afternoon and negotiated for months, would tighten the standard for migrants to receive asylum, automatically shut down the southern border to illegal crossings if migrant encounters hit certain daily benchmarks, and send billions of dollars to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan as well as the border.
And Now for Something Special
They Met on a Dating App and Realized They Were Born on Same Day at Same Hospital. - Caitlin O'Kane for CBS News
Millions of people turn to dating apps to look for love. But what one Minnesota couple found was more like an against-all-odds match. Elizabeth Christensen, a mom of two young kids who was recently divorced, matched with a man named Joshua Colbert on the Hinge dating app in April 2023, and they immediately started talking, she told CBS News. The first day they matched on the app, Elizabeth started asking the typical get-to-know questions — like where he grew up – but as Joshua gave her answers, she became more and more shocked.
"She asked where I had grown up, and I said I grew up in Andover and went to Northside Christian School," Joshua told CBS News. "And she's like, 'No kidding, I went there too in kindergarten.' And then we put it together we graduated , so we're like, 'Maybe we were in the same kindergarten class.'"