GOP groups throw support behind Georgia, Iowa election reform laws amid Dem lawsuits


Two national Republican groups have intervened in state-level lawsuits that Democrats have brought against new election integrity laws in Georgia and Iowa.

The Republican National Committee and National Republican Senatorial Committee have stepped in to defend new GOP-backed laws in both states, which Democrats have painted as voter suppression and racist.

“The Democrats have grossly mischaracterized the provisions and impact of Georgia’s and Iowa’s recent election reforms,” RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and NRSC Chairman Senator Rick Scott said in a joint statement announcing the interventions. “Unfortunately, but unsurprisingly, many in the mainstream media have bought the Democrat narrative hook, line, and sinker in these dishonest attacks. But we are confident the courts will see through this partisan rhetoric and uphold both of the laws that reasonably balance access and integrity.”

Voters wearing protective masks cast ballots at a polling location for the 2020 Presidential election in Ankeny, Iowa, U.S., on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. (Rachel Mummey/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Voters wearing protective masks cast ballots at a polling location for the 2020 Presidential election in Ankeny, Iowa, U.S., on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. (Rachel Mummey/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

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They called Democrats’ lawsuit over Georgia Senate Bill 202 a “public relations stunt” and the challenge to Iowa SF 413 “baseless.”

The Georgia election reform bill expands the number of early voting days, allows the observation of ballot counting, prohibits ballot harvesting and continues to allow voters to cast absentee ballots without an excuse, but requires proof of identification, among other measures.

A number of Hollywood stars have said they planned to boycott working in the state, an industry hotspot, in protest of the new law.

But Gov. Brian Kemp wrote in a Fox News op-ed Wednesday that Democrats have falsely characterized the bill he signed.

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“These reforms have nothing to do with ‘voter suppression’ or ‘Jim Crow,’” he argued. “The Election Integrity Act makes it easy to vote by expanding access to the polls and harder to cheat by ensuring the security of the ballot box.”

In Iowa, SF 413 aims to establish uniform voting protocols across the state’s 99 counties, hold local officials accountable for flouting state rules, allows tabulation to begin before Election Day and regulates absentee ballot drop boxes.

The lawsuit there comes as GOP Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, who is the certified winner of her election race by a razor-thin six votes, is battling House Democrats for the right to keep her seat.

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They are claiming that 22 ballots were improperly left out of the count and would have swung the election toward Democratic candidate Rita Hart.

Miller-Meeks win was certified by state officials after a recount, but the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives may have final say.

“Democrats are crusading to put Washington in charge of elections, even if it means cancelling out the voters’ voices in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District in the name of partisan gains,” McDaniel and Scott said. “We know the American people are with us.”

Fox News’ Cameron Cawthorne and Maris Schultz contributed to this report.



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Jen Shah’s house—the infamous ‘Shah Ski Chalet’—is an alleged fraud, too


Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” star Jennifer Shah, was arrested on Tuesday for alleged money laundering and defrauding hundreds of elderly people in a telemarketing scam. But her alleged victims weren’t the only ones getting faked out — so were Bravo fans.

The 47-year-old breakout star quickly became notorious for her flamboyant fashions and her friendship faux pas — both equally loud — on Season 1 of the latest entry in the “Real Housewives” franchise.

However, the $3.9 million Salt Lake City rental she grandly passed off as the “SHAH SKI CHALET” actually never belonged to Shah, The Post has learned. 

Instead the 9,420-square-foot home featured on the show is owned by the Texas-based real-estate rental company, Univesco Inc., which is under the limited liability company RJW Capital Investors. 

Yes, it was (GASP!) a rental: Property records discovered by The Post reveal Univesco Inc. has owned the home since 2014.

And as any true fan knows, in the “Real Housewives” universe, few things are more shameful than renting your own home. After all, Bravo daddy Andy Cohen once famously shaded those who choose to rent.

“I don’t understand the concept of renting at all,” the “Real Housewives” executive producer, 52, told Forbes in 2019. “It’s just throwing money away. Especially a huge home. I don’t get it.”

Steven Frey of Univesco told The Post she had no idea that Shah had been hyping the property as her own on the show. A separate spokesperson handling their Utah properties exclusively is expected to provide more details at a later time.

Bravo itself may have also been deceived, considering they did not shy away from promoting the chalet on the show, including a featured article. (Reps for the network declined to comment to The Post, but insiders told The Post they were well aware of the rental status.)

“On the November 11 series premiere … Jen Shah hosted a lavish fete at her house, but even before she transformed the abode (which she calls the “Shah Ski Chalet”) for her castmate Meredith Marks’ birthday, our jaws dropped over her insanely gorgeous home,” the article gushed.

Although it went largely unnoticed at the time, speculation that one of the housewives from the show was renting a property to film spread like wildfire last year on fan blogs and podcasts.

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But there was even gossip in the housewives’ inner circle: On a Feb. 12, 2020 episode of “Weekly Dose of B.S.,” hosted by “Real Housewives of Dallas” star Brandi Redmond and Stephanie Hollman, Redmond revealed that she knew someone from the “RHOSLC” was renting.

“I do know that one of those ladies is renting a house,” ginger-maned Redmond teased ominously. “I don’t know [who it is] because I don’t know the cast but I do know that one of them is a renter because they’re renting some friends of mine’s home.”

Shah reacted in her signature over-the-top style to Redmond’s comments on Instagram — after a helpful fan page shared an audio clip of her comments.

“Is this what everyone is getting their g-string up their a** about bcuz [sic] their irrelevant? Or is it bcuz they wish they could afford to pay the rent plus own 4 other homes and have an apt in NYC?” Shah wrote in the comment section of a now-deleted Instagram post at the time.

In a later post she continued to wax poetic: “You want to come for me with your red hair and bulls–t, come harder honey. You’re about to get a taste of SHAH SQUAD and I don’t mess around. PERIODT.”

Note: The Post could find no documentation to substantiate Shah’s claims of owning four other properties and an apartment in NYC.

However, the sprawling chalet home featured on Bravo was up for sale in 2019, until the five-bedroom, six-bathroom spread was taken off-market — apparently during the time Shah began filming for the show, according to documents.

According to the listing, the timber frame home is equipped with “three substantial master suites, each with its own fireplace and sitting area, and two additional bedroom suites.”

However, off of reality TV, and in actual reality, Shah’s longtime home is located in Sandy, Utah, which she owned with her husband, Sharrieff Shah, from 2004 until she sold it at a loss in June 2020. They initially purchased the home for only $302,069. It sold for $213,000.  

Currently, records indicate that Shah and her husband are renting an approximately $8,000/month Park City space — which sorta resembles a mini-me of her TV home — that they moved into shortly after selling their 16-year home. 

Shah and her he would “literally do anything” for me assistant Stuart Smith, 43, were arrested by the feds on charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. If convicted, they face up to 30 years in prison. 

'Real Housewives of Salt Lake City' star Jennifer Shah was hit with federal charges stemming from allegations she conspired to commit wire fraud and laundered money connected to a purported telemarketing scam.  (Gutman/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

‘Real Housewives of Salt Lake City’ star Jennifer Shah was hit with federal charges stemming from allegations she conspired to commit wire fraud and laundered money connected to a purported telemarketing scam.  (Gutman/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

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“Shah and Smith flaunted their lavish lifestyle to the public as a symbol of their ‘success,’” said Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent Peter Fitzhugh in a statement.

“In reality, they allegedly built their opulent lifestyle at the expense of vulnerable, often elderly, working-class people.”

The indictment out of the Southern District of New York claims Shah and Smith executed a telemarketing scheme with co-conspirators that operated in five states — New York, New Jersey, Arizona, Nevada and Utah.

A rep for Shah declined to comment on her arrest.

According to the indictment, hundreds of victims, many of whom were over 55, were tricked into investing in shady projects and business services which included coaching sessions, tax preparation and website design services. 

What’s worse, many of the individuals targeted did not own a computer. 
The alleged scheme took place from 2012 up until as recently as this month. 

“At no point did the defendants intend that the victims would actually earn any of the promised return on their intended investment, nor did the victims actually earn any such returns,” the indictment states.

Her on-set debacle is a far cry from January, when Shah gushed about her company, announcing she was launching a program dubbed “Social Commerce,” to assist women in need amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“We’re helping women pivot and shift their business through the quarantine and COVID,” she explained at the time. “To helping them still stabilize their business through online sales because their brick and mortar stores are closed… We’ve been working with some ladies, so you’ll see some of that coming out and hearing their stories and seeing how we help their businesses grow.”

Federal prosecutors allege Jen Shah ran a telemarketing scheme that defrauded hundreds of victims for almost a decade. (Photo by: Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Federal prosecutors allege Jen Shah ran a telemarketing scheme that defrauded hundreds of victims for almost a decade. (Photo by: Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

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Perhaps she should have taken her own advice.

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Journalist Michael Moss says people have been conditioned to consume processed foods like a drug addiction


Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and food science author Michael Moss joined Tucker Carlson for the second installment of “Tucker Carlson Today” on Fox Nation to discuss the dangers of processed foods, particularly their adictive nature.

“I’m starting to call a lot of these products fast groceries, like fast foods from restaurants,” said Moss. “And one of the defining characteristics is that they’re so highly engineered and processed, you really can’t tell what original food stuff from the farm went into them.”

“Much of the grocery store now is populated by these products. It’s not just cookies, sodas and ice cream treats, we’re talking the freezer aisle and the pasta sauce aisle and on and on and on.”

Moss claimed that those involved in the production of heavily-processed foods seen at chain restaurants and certain grocery aisles don’t actually eat what they produce. He argued they either understand the health risks associated with these foods, or are concerned about “losing control” to the proclivity to become addicted to sugar and sodium.

He went on to say, “We’re designed to be drawn toward food, addicted if you will, because it’s the last thing we wanted to do was not eat. And so our entire sort of system, so when you look at the comparison to food to drugs, it’s not so much that heroin is the same as or more addictive than sugar. It’s using kind of the same channels to get us hooked on drugs and alcohol.”

Moss drew a connection between emotions and food, and noted that companies often use this connection in their marketing. “Combining food and emotion is something that the companies are really effective on, in terms of their formulation and marketing of the products,” he said.

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It was not all doom and gloom, though. Moss acknowledged that adopting healthy eating habits is possible. “Our habits that we form, even for eating good food, we can change, we can create good eating habits through repetition.” 

Change though, moss noted, may take time. “You know, we have had decades..of bad eating habits imposed, thrown at us by the food industry. It’s not easy to switch around.” 

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ACLU vaccine passport concerns suggest unusual common ground with GOP


The American Civil Liberties Union and some members of the GOP find themselves in rare agreement over the idea of vaccine passports, both expressing privacy concerns and potential government overreach. 

“We also worry that a vaccine passport will encourage over-use. The issues around passport design are separate from the question of where and when people can be required to furnish proof of vaccinations,” Jay Stanley, senior policy analyst with the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, wrote in a blog post on the ACLU’s website Wednesday. 

Stanley wrote that it’s likely the vaccine passport system “will become over-used as people get asked for credentials at every turn.”

“While there are legitimate circumstances in which people can be asked for proof of vaccination, we don’t want to turn into a checkpoint society that outlasts the danger of COVID and that casually excludes people without credentials from facilities where vaccine mandates are not highly justified,” Stanley continued. 

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The Washington Post reported on Sunday that the Biden administration has been looking at ways to roll out a vaccine passport program nationwide as more businesses are gearing up to require proof of vaccination to use their services.

White House coronavirus coordinator Jeff Zients said that the White House’s role is “to help ensure that any solutions in this area should be simple, free, open source, accessible to people both digitally and on paper, and designed from the start to protect people’s privacy.”

Stanley said in a statement to Fox News the ACLU didn’t oppose requiring proof of vaccination “in certain contexts,” but that proof must not be exclusively digital and must not allow for tracking other personal medical information. 

“There is also real concern that the creation of vaccine credentials could lead to overuse, or have a chilling effect on immigrant communities and communities of color who are already subject to over-policing and surveillance,” Stanley said. “There are legitimate circumstances in which people can be asked for proof of vaccination, but right now not everyone can get vaccinated. That’s precisely what herd immunity attempts to protect against: community spread to people whose medical conditions contraindicate a vaccine or don’t have access. We don’t want a vaccine passport that leads to our most vulnerable people getting further shut out of full participation in our society.”

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Some Republicans have said they find the idea unconstitutional, while others tied the proposal to voter ID laws.

“Considering that Democrats want to require vaccine IDs for people to conduct their basic daily activities, they now have zero grounds to object to voter ID laws,” House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., told Fox News. “If under Democrat logic, you should need an ID to enter even a grocery store, surely there wouldn’t be an objection to showing an ID to legally vote.”

Freshman Rep. Madison Cawthorn, R-N.C., strongly condemned the idea of vaccine passports.

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“Proposals like these smack of 1940s Nazi Germany. We must make every effort to keep America from becoming a ‘show your papers society,'” Cawthorn told Fox News. “The Constitution and our founding principles decry this type of totalitarianism.”

Fox News’ Houston Keene contributed to this report. 



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Mets' Pete Alonso speaks out on Francisco Lindor's contract situation: 'Pay him $400 million'


First baseman Pete Alonso is a huge fan of Francisco Lindor, the All-Star shortstop the New York Mets acquired this past offseason in a megadeal with the Cleveland Indians. And since Lindor is looking for a new long-term contract with the new franchise he calls home, Alonso decided to speak out on behalf of his new teammate.

On Tuesday, Alonso was asked by a reporter if he believes Lindor is a $400 million baseball player.

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“Absolutely,” Alonso responded. “He’s worth every penny.”

Alonso continued: “I hope they pay him $400 million.”

Earlier in the week, there were multiple reports that Lindor was offered a 10-year, $325 million contract extension, but Lindor and his camp were reportedly looking for a 12-year, $385 million deal.

If he ends up getting what he is asking for, it would be the second-largest contract in MLB history behind Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout’s $426 million extension back in 2019.

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Lindor, who is 27 years old, would be 39 at the end of the sought-after 12-year deal. He has a career slash line of .285/.346/.488 and he hit at least 30 homers in each of the last three full 162-game seasons. Last year, in the shortened season due to COVID-19, Lindor batted .258 and he had eight homers with 27 RBI in only 60 games played.

On Sunday, Lindor had dinner with Mets owner Steve Cohen. Two days later, Cohen tweeted out that he hopes Lindor signs a new deal with the team.

“Lindor is a heckuva player and a great guy. I hope he decides to sign,” Cohen wrote.

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Lindor set an Opening Day deadline to get a deal done with the Mets. But if it doesn’t happen, New York will look to work on a contract extension in the offseason. However, if Lindor has an MVP-level worthy season, the Mets would be allowing him to test free agency in the open market.

Lindor is a four-time All-Star, two-time Gold Glove winner, and two-time Silver Slugger winner.



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Beyoncé shares rare snaps of her and her children during family beach outing


It’s a rare occurrence when Beyoncé shares photos of her children.

The record-holder for most-ever Grammys by a female with 28 wins did so on Wednesday when she posted a series of snaps from a lunch outing with her eldest daughter, Blue Ivy, and twins daughter Rumi and son Sir, whom she shares with business mogul and rapper Jay-Z.

The snaps posted to Instagram appear to have been taken during a sunny outing in Malibu, Calif. as Beyoncé, 39, posted one image that showed the mother and daughter sharing a sweet selfie moment and another image of the Grammy-winning pair at the famed Nobu restaurant.

Other images appear to show a barefoot Rumi walking on a beach towards the water with her colorful dress flowing in the ocean breeze, while in a fourth image, the “Black Parade” songstress –also barefoot and rocking blue jeans and a white t-shirt – extends her hand to Sir, who looks out over the water.

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FILE - Beyonce, right, and her daughter Blue Ivy Carter arrive at the world premiere of "The Lion King" in Los Angeles on July 9, 2019. Blue Ivy's name was added to the nominee list for best music video for her mother's "Brown Skin Girl." (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

FILE – Beyonce, right, and her daughter Blue Ivy Carter arrive at the world premiere of “The Lion King” in Los Angeles on July 9, 2019. Blue Ivy’s name was added to the nominee list for best music video for her mother’s “Brown Skin Girl.” (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
(AP)

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Beyoncé most recently shared pictures of Blue Ivy, 9, after the young protégé took home her first Grammy for best music video for “Brown Skin Girl.” Blue Ivy penned a verse and also lent her vocals to the record while starring in the music video alongside her mother. Beyoncé has been nominated a total of 79 times.

The cute snap, taken after Blue Ivy’s win, shows her donning a golden crown while sipping from the coveted Grammy through a blue and white straw – akin to the signature move her father has been known for after winning many of his 23 Grammys to 80 nominations.

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Blue Ivy is the second youngest Grammy winner in history, only behind Leah Peasall, who was 8 in 2002 when The Peasall Sisters won album of the year for their appearance on the T Bone Burnett-produced “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” soundtrack.



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Lahren blasts San Diego for teaching illegal immigrant students in-person ahead of US students


In her latest “Final Thoughts” monologue, Fox Nation host Tomi Lahren ripped San Diego County, Calif., officials who plan to educate illegal immigrant children in-person while American students are stuck in virtual learning. She also criticized Democrats for sending and housing migrants inside an convention center that is otherwise closed to the public.

Lahren said Wednesday her outrage is twofold: Taxpayer-funded teachers from the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) are prioritizing illegal immigrants over American families, and Democrats’ onerous lockdown measures that have put an end to live entertainment in the name of public health are suddenly moot to when it comes to illegal immigrants.

The school district, she said, educates 130,000 citizen children who will now be considered second-class to people who came across the U.S. border illegally.

“How does this happen? In Biden’s America, that’s how. Where Americans come last in our own dang country,” she said, adding that the county defended the move in a statement saying all children regardless of legal status have a right to education. “We also have a moral obligation to ensure a bright future for our children,” the statement read. 

A SDUSD spokeswoman confirmed to Fox News the district has shared information about the opportunity for teachers to volunteer teaching migrant children in person during their spring break this week.

“We have 130,000 kids who haven’t been allowed in a classroom for over a year in the San Diego Unified School District. It’s great that there’s in-person learning for those unaccompanied minors from Central America, but I wish every child in San Diego County was allowed the same opportunity for in-person teaching,” San Diego County Supervisor Jim Desmond told Fox News. 

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Lahren noted that means taxpayers not only must “house, feed, and care for people who have no legal right to be here — but now we have a moral and constitutional obligation to educate them, too.”

“Let’s look at the checkerboard for a moment,” she continued, pointing to the second point of contention: “Pay a coyote or criminal organization thousands of dollars to be traipsed over here illegally–thus funding said coyotes and criminal organizations by the way. Then, be taken to a convention center which is apparently unsafe to hold concerts or actual conventions but perfectly safe to house illegals.”

She remarked that, at this point with how the Biden administration and Democrats are handling the illegal immigration crisis, it may actually be more beneficial for Americans to themselves find a way to becom illegal aliens so they can collect free government monies, health care and immunity from certain criminal prosecutions.

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“Heck, if I were a struggling American I might go to Mexico, become a citizen, lose my American citizenship then sneak back in and get taken care of for the rest of my life on the golden pedestal the Democrats place illegal immigrants on,” she said.

“This is pure insanity.”

Lahren went on to suggest that, instead of making illegal immigrants wards of convention centers and taxpayer-funded education, they should instead be relocated in every household that voted for Joe Biden and by extension supports his platform:

“Let’s see how loving and generous the liberals are then, what do you say?”

Fox News’ Peter Hasson and Jordan Early contributed to this report.

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Chris Watts still in touch with girlfriend he murdered his family to be with, fellow inmate says: report


Chris Watts, who is serving life in prison for murdering his wife and two daughters, is reportedly still in contact with the girlfriend that he killed his family to start a new life with in 2018. 

A fellow inmate of Watts told the Daily Mail that Nichol Kessinger, who changed her identity and disappeared following Watts’ arrest and conviction, still writes to him under a new name. 

“He told me she said that she needed to speak to him to clear some things up,” David Carter, who was released from prison in February, told the news outlet. “He wouldn’t tell me exactly what she had said.”

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Watts, who used to work in oil fields, strangled his wife inside their Colorado home in August 2018, then drove to an oil site, where he smothered his two daughters with blankets. His daughter’s bodies were found in an oil tank and his wife’s body was found buried at the worksite. 

FILE: Christopher Watts is escorted into the courtroom before his bond hearing at the Weld County Courthouse in Greeley, Colo. 

FILE: Christopher Watts is escorted into the courtroom before his bond hearing at the Weld County Courthouse in Greeley, Colo. 
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Watts was having an affair at the time of the murders, telling investigators months after he was arrested and convicted that his girlfriend “never asked him to get rid of his family” but their relationship may have “contributed” to his decision to kill his wife and daughters. 

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Carter told the Daily Mail that Watts said he murdered his family because he didn’t want to pay child support and feared his wife would take their Colorado house in a divorce. 

“I don’t buy any of that though,” Carter told the news outlet. “I have a lot of things going on in my life, but I have never wanted to stop and kill my entire family because I wanted certain things to go my way.”

Nichol Kessinger said Chris Watts told her he was finishing up divorce proceedings with his wife and that a month into their relationship he told her the divorce was final. 

Nichol Kessinger said Chris Watts told her he was finishing up divorce proceedings with his wife and that a month into their relationship he told her the divorce was final. 
(The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Watts originally met Kessinger at work in June 2018 and almost immediately started having an affair, staying at her house frequently and going on vacation with her. 

Shannan told Watts she knew “there was someone else” on the day he murdered her. Watts denied it but said the marriage isn’t working, at which point Shannan told him he’d never see his kids again, Watts told investigators. 

Watts said it was after that conversation that he strangled his wife. 

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Kessinger told the Denver Post in November 2018 that Watts was a habitual liar and he misrepresented his relationship with his wife to her. 

“I don’t think there is a logical explanation for what he did,” she told the Denver Post. “It’s a senseless act, and it’s horrific.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 



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Migrants stream through gaps in border wall following Biden's order to halt construction


Thousands of tons of steel and heavy equipment stand idle along the country’s southern border as legions of migrants exploit holes in the fence left by President Biden’s decision to halt construction.

From Texas to California, unfinished sections of the wall have become convenient gateways for migrants to enter the U.S. Near the gaps, Border agents park their vehicles to monitor the access points.

Smugglers send groups of asylum seekers through the gaps to overwhelm the agents. When agents leave to intercept or apprehend one group, another group scampers across.

“It’s insane,” said an agent attending to a group of 13 Brazilian migrants apprehended Tuesday near a 100-foot gap in the fence in Otay Mesa, Ca. “The project is ¾ done. At least, they should be allowed to tie together the primary fence. Otherwise, we’re trying to catch these people in the worst possible place. It’s just sucking our manpower.”

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Biden issued his stop work order days after entering office in January. He gave Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas 60 days to report back – either continue, modify or terminate the contracts. So far Mayorkas is a week past his deadline.

Meanwhile, the tab footed by taxpayers keeps running up. No work is getting done and experts say canceling those valid contracts – while legal – costs a million dollars a month and the government could end up paying more to cancel the contracts than complete them.

“The contractor hasn’t stopped receiving money, even though they’re not working for two months. The contractors are being paid because they have resources, workers, equipment, materials that can’t be redeployed because they’re still on contract to build a project,” said Associated General Contractors of America’s Brian Turnmail.

“The government is paying contractors up to a million dollars a month to be on standby. That’s going to the total cost. So, if the government takes a long time to resolve the dispute, that will cost taxpayers more.”

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President Trump built 455 miles of new border wall. President Biden has enough cash left – about $3 billion – to finish another 200 miles. According to the Army Corp of Engineers about 39 fence projects across the border stand idle. Biden voted to build 700 miles of border protection in 2006. Today he calls them useless, inhumane, and unnecessary.

Critics also say the fence is harmful to wildlife and the environment and are urging the president to use the excess cash to restore habitat.

“It’s a good thing that the construction crews are not at work right now. It’s a good thing that the bulldozers aren’t destroying the borderlands today as we speak. But we can’t breathe a sigh of relief until these construction contracts are canceled for good,” says Laiken Jordahl with the Center for Biological Diversity.

“We need to not just stop building the border wall, but actually begin restoring the land, healing the wilderness areas that have been destroyed by wall construction.”

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Agents say it’s not just the wall that faces cancellation. Trump ordered a border wall ‘system’ which includes cameras, lights and underground sensors – which provide agents with “situational” awareness of the border environment. Those amenities are the last to go in, meaning taxpayers already paid for many miles of fence and materials they may never receive.



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Tom Brady shares 'tattoo' his own after Bucs' Bruce Arians reveals new ink: 'Looks great coach'


Several Tampa Bay Buccaneers players are celebrating their Super Bowl win with tattoos and Tom Brady is one of them — kinda. 

The legendary quarterback was so impressed with Bruce Arian’s new artwork that he tweeted out a photoshopped picture on Wednesday showing him with a tattoo depicting coach Arians holding a beer in his hand during the Bucs boat parade. 

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“Looks great coach…I decided to get one too,”  Brady wrote. 

On Tuesday Arians tweeted out a photo of a new tattoo that he got as a result of a wager. 

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“I’m a man of my word,” he wrote in a tweet. “‘When we win the Super Bowl, I will get a tattoo’ well I got mine and I love it!!”

A number of other Bucs have already gotten tattoos to celebrate the franchise’s second Super Bowl victory, including wide receiver Mike Evans, safety Antoine Winfield Jr. and outside linebacker Quinton Bell.

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Arians’ latest post also seemed to inspire Running back Ronald Jones II and cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting to do the same.



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