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Judge shuts down attempt to block Trump from New Mexico ballot

A recent ruling by a federal judge has dismissed a legal challenge aimed at preventing 45th President Donald Trump from appearing on the ballot in New Mexico. The case, brought forward by John Anthony Castro, was rejected due to Castro’s lack of standing. Notably, Castro, who is also a presidential candidate and was recently indicted on charges related to false tax returns, is appealing the decision.

Castro’s legal action against Trump and New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver was part of a broader effort to derail Trump’s potential 2024 presidential run. He based his argument on the Insurrection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. However, Judge Matthew Garcia dismissed the case, stating that Castro lacked “political competitor standing” to Trump.

In his ruling, Judge Garcia elaborated on the concept of “political competitor standing,” which suggests a candidate has the standing to challenge an allegedly ineligible rival’s inclusion on the ballot if it harms their chances of winning. Garcia concluded that Castro’s campaign activities, which included small campaign donations and an online video show, did not establish him as a legitimate political competitor to Trump.

Garcia further noted that Castro had not shown he was genuinely competing with Trump for votes or contributions, nor that Trump’s presence on the ballot would impact his chances of securing the nomination in New Mexico. He pointed out Castro’s absence in national polls and lack of concrete evidence of campaign activities or support within New Mexico.

The judge deemed the complaint futile and dismissed the case without prejudice, citing a lack of subject matter jurisdiction. Consequently, related motions by Castro were also rendered moot.

Following the dismissal, Trump’s campaign spokesman Steven Cheung released a statement highlighting Trump’s undefeated record against 14th Amendment claims in federal court. Cheung criticized Democrats for attempting to “steal the election” by legally trying to remove Trump from ballots, alleging these efforts were driven by desperation due to Joe Biden’s perceived failures. He expressed confidence in Trump’s chances in a fair election.

The case, Castro v. Toulouse Oliver, No.1:23-cv-00766-MLG-GJF, was filed in the United States District Court for the District of Mexico.

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein Dead at 90

Senator Dianne Feinstein has passed away at the age of 90, marking the end of a long political career and leaving open a hotly contested 2024 U.S. Senate race in the process. Born Dianne Goldman in San Francisco in 1933, she served as the first woman president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, the first woman mayor of San Francisco, and one of the first women elected to the U.S. Senate from California.

She began her political journey in 1960 when then-Gov. Pat Brown appointed her to the California Women’s Parole Board. In 1969, at the age of 35, she won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, marking the beginning of a long and impactful career in politics.

As mayor of San Francisco, Feinstein faced numerous challenges, including the tragic assassination of Mayor George Moscone in 1978. 

In 1992, she was elected to the U.S. Senate from California. During her time in Congress, she chaired the Senate Rules Committee and the Senate Intelligence Committee. 

While Feinstein received praise for her accomplishments from the far left, she faced criticism at times, particularly from within her own party. In 2020, some Democrats criticized her for appearing too cooperative with Republicans during the confirmation hearings for Justice Amy Coney Barrett.

In her later years, concerns were raised about Feinstein’s mental fitness, given her status as the oldest sitting member of Congress. In February 2023, at age 89, she was hospitalized with shingles, and shortly after, she announced her decision to retire from the U.S. Senate when her term concluded in 2024.

Feinstein’s retirement was met with an emotional response from her colleagues, with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer noting the standing ovation she received, highlighting the widespread respect and admiration for her contributions to American politics.

Democrat U.S. Reps. Barbara Lee, Adam Schiff, and Katie Porter are all running for the seat, and many had previously demanded Feinstein resign months ago, but the senator refused. California Gov. Gavin Newsom only pledged to nominate a black woman if Feinstein vacated the seat. Lee would be the only current congressional representative that fits that bill.

This article originally appeared on Patriot Vibe.

Fox News announces shocking split with Tucker Carlson

On Monday, it was revealed in a news release that Fox News’ Tucker Carlson of the high-rated hit show Tucker Carlson Tonight is leaving the network.

It read, “FOX News Media and Tucker Carlson have agreed to part ways. We thank him for his service to the network as a host and prior to that as a contributor.” 

“Mr. Carlson’s last program was Friday April 21st. Fox News Tonight will air live at 8 PM/ET starting this evening as an interim show helmed by rotating FOX News personalities until a new host is named.” 

Last week, Fox News settled its lawsuit with Dominion for $787.5 million. It is immediately unclear if Carlson’s departure is related to the multi-million-dollar settlement. 

Carlson ended his Fox News career with a staggering 2.99 million viewers of his Thursday night show, trouncing all other networks by millions. Fox News is likely to lose many viewers if Carlson is picked up by another network, and it is unclear who will fill his shoes with his abrupt departure.

Matt Walsh of the Daily Wire wrote following the split, “Wow. Disastrous moment for Fox News. Tucker was by far the most important and relevant figure at the network, and in all of cable news.” 

The Fox Corp Class A and B stocks appeared to have lost around five percent following the news:

“An interim program, ‘Fox News Tonight,’ will air at 8 p.m. ET until a permanent replacement for Carlson is named. ‘Fox News Tonight’ will be hosted by a rotation of various Fox News personalities,” according to a Fox News report

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Timeline revealed for Biden’s 2024 announcement

Joe Biden’s 2024 announcement for the presidency is expected as early as Tuesday, according to a report from the New York Times

“Biden is nearing a final decision to formally enter the 2024 presidential race as early as Tuesday, with a video to announce his run already in production, according to four people with knowledge of the plans,” the outlet wrote.

Biden said during his trip to Ireland last week that his announcement for the White House would come “relatively soon.”

However, Biden “has not yet given final approval to the announcement plan, according to one person with knowledge of the discussions,” the Times notes. 

At 80, Biden is the oldest person ever to occupy the White House, and if elected in 2024, he would finish that term at the age of 86. 

“Mr. Biden has already summoned donors to Washington next week, inviting those who have given at least $1 million to a two-day gathering starting on Friday. The event, which is not a fund-raiser, is intended to rally his army of bundlers and donors ahead of a 2024 campaign that is likely to top more than $1 billion, including super PAC spending,” the report concluded.

Biden faces two opponents so far in the Democrat primary, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., the nephew of President John F. Kennedy, and author Marianne Williamson, who ran unsuccessfully in 2020 for the White House. 

Prominent leftist news site is shutting down, laying off 180 staffers

On Thursday, it was revealed that far-left news website BuzzFeed News is shutting down “because it is not able to turn a profit,” according to CEO Jonah Peretti in an internal memo. 

The news site’s parent company BuzzFeed is laying off the news team and other staffers from across the company, resulting in 180 people being let go.

The company says it is focusing on its other news property, the Huffington Post, instead of carrying on with BuzzFeed News. 

“We will concentrate our news efforts in HuffPost, a brand that is profitable with a highly engaged, loyal audience that is less dependent on social platforms,” wrote Peretti.  

“We will empower our editorial teams at all of our brands to do the very best creative work and build an interface where that work can be packaged and brought to advertisers more effectively. And we will bring more innovation to clients in the form of creators, AI, and cultural moments that can only happen across BuzzFeed, Complex, HuffPost, Tasty and First We Feast.”

“It might not feel this way today, but I am confident the future of digital media is ours for the taking. Our industry is hurting and ready to be reborn. We are taking great pains today, and will begin to fight our way to a bright future,” he concluded.

Variety reported, “Alongside the shutdown of BuzzFeed News, chief revenue officer Edgar Hernandez and COO Christian Baesler are leaving the company. BuzzFeed president Marcela Martin will assume responsibility for all revenue functions effective immediately.”

An SEC filing revealed that BuzzFeed will incur between $7 million to $11 million in charges related to the layoffs.

WATCH: World’s most powerful rocket explodes midair

On Thursday, the world’s most powerful rocket, the 500-foot-tall SpaceX Starship, exploded in midair just minutes into its first flight from Brownsville, Texas.

The SpaceX live stream hosts characterized the failure as a “rapid unscheduled disassembly.”


“SpaceX plans to use the Starship – and its 16.7 million pounds of thrust – to send people and cargo to the moon and Mars. This test flight is not carrying people or satellites,” reported Fox Business.

Following the launch, Elon Musk tweeted, “Congrats @SpaceX team on an exciting test launch of Starship! Learned a lot for next test launch in a few months.”

“With a test like this, success comes from what we learn, and today’s test will help us improve Starship’s reliability as SpaceX seeks to make life multi-planetary,” SpaceX said.

Here is another view of the explosion: 

Leftists rip Dominion for settling with Fox News, ‘go shopping for yachts’

On Tuesday, it was announced that Fox News had settled a multi-billion-dollar lawsuit filed by Dominion Voting Systems, which is responsible for voting machines in many states. Following the 2020 election, many charged that these systems could be tampered with to skew votes, with these perspectives being featured on Fox News.

According to reports, Fox News settled the lawsuit for less than half the $1.6 billion in damages sought by Dominion, with the company getting a whopping $787.5 million from the Rupert Murdoch-owned news company.

Fox released a statement following the settlement news, writing that it is “pleased to have reached a settlement of our dispute with Dominion Voting Systems. We acknowledge the Court’s rulings finding certain claims about Dominion to be false. This settlement reflects FOX’s continued commitment to the highest journalistic standards.”

In its response to the original case, Fox News charged Dominion with taking “an extreme view of defamation law that would stop the media in its tracks,” hampering First Amendment-protected speech.

Leftist media outlets were salivating at the thought of the case going to trial but were noticeably down with the news that there wouldn’t be wall-to-wall coverage of the spectacle.

Late-night hosts Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert were angered by the settlement, with Kimmel saying, “We naively thought this was about making Fox News take responsibility for destroying their reputation because that’s what they told us it was about.” 

He added, But no, they took the money instead — which means the liars who knowingly misled their oatmeal-brained viewers and seriously damaged our democracy don’t have to say anything about it at all … while Dominion and their lawyers go shopping for yachts.”

Colbert said, “I guess it’s satisfying. I mean, for Dominion, that Rupee had to fork over a pile of cash, but that does nothing for our democracy.”

The View‘s hosts, including Whoopi Goldberg and Sunny Hostin attacked Dominion, claiming the results of the suit failed because Fox News does not have to publicly state it was in the wrong via television.

“I understand there’s a lot coming down the pike,” cohost Whoopi Goldberg said. “But I don’t like the idea that they don’t have to say it out loud. I don’t like that you’re hoping people will read the deposition. I wanted them to have to say, ‘We lied. And we knew we were lying, but we lied anyway.’”


Before the settlement was reached, journalist James O’Keeffe, regarding his own defamation lawsuit against the New York Times, “Whatever the outcome of Dominion, the double standards between that and my libel lawsuit against the NYT – is just insane. Both come down to ‘actual Malice’ Rosenberg at NYT said they ‘f*cked up’ in my case.” 

This post originally appeared on the Piñon Post’s sister publication, Patriot Vibe.

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Leftists lose it over Elon Musk’s new Twitter policy change

Before the days of Elon Musk at Twitter, one could have their account suspended and shut down if they “misgendered” someone over the social media platform.

The previous policy read, “We prohibit targeting others with repeated slurs, tropes or other content that intends to dehumanise, degrade or reinforce negative or harmful stereotypes about a protected category. This includes targeted misgendering or deadnaming of transgender individuals.”

But Musk has now rolled back the policy, making leftists’ heads collectively explode. 

The radical LGBTQ+ group GLAAD wrote that the rollback is “the latest example of just how unsafe the company is for users and advertisers alike.” 

The group’s president and CEO, Sarah Kate Ellis, told Pink News, “This decision to roll back LGBTQ+ safety pulls Twitter even more out of step with TikTok, Pinterest and Meta, which all maintain similar policies to protect their transgender users at a time when anti-transgender rhetoric online is leading to real world discrimination and violence.”

The outlet claimed, “The move means that Twitter is falling behind other social media companies including TikTok and Pinterest, which have both explicitly banned misgendering, deadnaming, misogyny and the promotion of ‘conversion therapy’ practices.”

In response to the news, other leftists wrote responses such as, “I can’t in good faith use Twitter anymore. It’s been like that for a while. Follow me on Mastodon,” referring to the leftist Twitter alternative that rarely anyone uses.

Another wrote, “This site, despite Space Karen claiming to want ‘balance,’ continues to veer towards becoming a right-wing pandering hell hole. And I’m over it. If you haven’t added me on other sites yet, please do. I’ll be phasing out Twitter now. I’m done.”

The freakout has resulted in complete pandemonium among the far-left, with Pink News adding in anger, “Musk himself has posted several anti-LGBTQ+ tweets in the past, including claims that a “woke mind virus” needs to be defeated, blaming “communist” universities for his trans daughter’s fraught relationship with him, and making false claims about gender-affirming surgery. His historically anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric caused several queer pundits to predict that Twitter’s hateful conduct policy would be changed in future.” 

This post originally appeared on the Piñon Post’s sister publication, Patriot Vibe.

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