Ann Coulter cancels Berkeley event amid protests, says decision ‘a dark day for free speech in America’

The hecklers used their veto. Conservative commentator Ann Coulter told Fox News on Wednesday she would no longer give a planned speech at UC Berkeley after Young America’s Foundation pulled its support for the event amid threats of violence, calling her decision “a dark day for free speech in America.” Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.comThe speech was originally scheduled to take place Thursday – but Berkeley asked to postpone it until next month after protests over the planned speech grew into a nationally-watched firestorm. “I looked over my shoulder and my allies had joined the other team.” – Ann Coulter Coulter, YAF — which had helped organize and finance the event — and the Berkeley College Republicans initially fought the school’s decision, with YAF and the college Republicans filing a civil rights lawsuit on Monday. But by Wednesday YAF had “actively” opposed Coulter’s speech, she said, and “ordered the

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Audit: University of California hid $175M in budget reserves from state

The administration of the University of California (UC) system hid $175 million in budget reserve funds from state officials, a new review found, prompting the state’s auditor to call for “significant change” at the top to strengthen public trust in the system. In the audit, released Tuesday, State Auditor Elaine Howle urged California Gov. Jerry Brown and other lawmakers to increase oversight of the office of President Janet Napolitano. In a letter accompanying the audit, Napolitano, a former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, said the report “fundamentally and unfairly mischaracterizes” her office’s budget “in a way that does not accurately capture our current operations nor our efforts and plans for continued improvement.” “In fact,” Napolitano wrote, her budget and financial approaches “reflect strategic, deliberate, and transparent spending and investment” in the system’s priorities. She said, for instance, that nearly half of the amount cited, $83 million, supports “groundbreaking research” in healthcare, as

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JUDGE BLOCKS TRUMP ORDER ON SANCTUARY CITY FUNDING

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday blocked any attempt by the Trump administration to withhold funding from “sanctuary cities” that do not cooperate with U.S. immigration authorities, saying the president has no authority to attach new conditions to federal spending. U.S. District Judge William Orrick issued the preliminary injunction in two lawsuits – one brought by the city of San Francisco, the other by Santa Clara County – against an executive order targeting communities that protect immigrants from deportation. The injunction will stay in place while the lawsuits work their way through court. The judge said that President Donald Trump cannot set new conditions for the federal grants at stake. And even if he could, the conditions would have to be clearly related to the funds at issue and not coercive, Orrick said. “Federal funding that bears no meaningful relationship to immigration enforcement cannot be threatened merely

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Nasdaq breaches 6,000 mark for first time ever

The Nasdaq breached the 6,000 mark for the first time ever on Tuesday, spurred by a raft of strong corporate earnings and President Donald Trump’s promise of a major tax reform plan. The tech-heavy Nasdaq rose as much as 0.4 percent to hit a record level of 6,007.72 helped by gains in Biogen (BIIB.O) and Apple (AAPL.O). The index first breached the 5,000 mark on March 7, 2000 and closed above that level two days later during the height of the tech boom. Biogen’s shares jumped more than 4 percent after the biotech company reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue on Tuesday. At 9:36 a.m. ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI was up 184.02 points, or 0.89 percent, at 20,947.91, the S&P 500 .SPX was up 9.71 points, or 0.41 percent, at 2,383.86 and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC was up 22.27 points, or 0.37 percent, at 6,006.09. Trump promised

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Obama Raking it in With Wall Street Speech Deal

Barack Obama will earn the equivalent of his annual presidential salary to speak at a Wall Street lunch conference later this year. Fox Business Network reports that Obama will earn $400,000 to speak at a healthcare conference for investment banking firm Cantor Fitzgerald in September. “We understand that he is going to be the keynote speaker for the lunch, and he’s going to receive a fee of $400,000,” reported Fox Business Network’s Charlie Gasparino. That hefty payout, which is roughly seven times the median household income in the U.S., puts Obama in the same league as Bill Clinton on the lucrative presidential speaking circuit. But unlike Clinton, Obama was a vocal critic of Wall Street as president. As Fox Business notes, Obama derided “fat cat bankers on Wall Street” during a 2009 TV interview and regularly blamed big banks for the 2008 recession. Gasparino says that Obama has signed a

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Ivanka Trump heads to Berlin for women’s conference

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ivanka Trump’s advocacy for women and girls will take her to a conference in Berlin Tuesday, an attention-getting first international outing aimed at building support for investment in women’s economic empowerment programs. Back home, the first daughter’s plan to push for policies that benefit working mothers is getting less of the spotlight. Trump, an unpaid White House adviser, has not yet offered specific legislation or publicly revealed how she plans to move forward with the child care and family leave policies she promoted during her father’s campaign. But a senior administration official says she and others have been working quietly behind the scenes to revise her campaign proposals and build momentum. The official, who requested anonymity to discuss internal policy talks, stressed that child care is a part of the White House tax policy conversation. The president is set to roll out tax reform priorities Wednesday, but

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The number of millennials living with their parents is on a shocking rise

The number of millennials who live with their parents has seen a steep rise, according to a Census Bureau report by demographer Jonathan Vespa. The report shows that in just a number of years, the number of millennials living independently from their mother and father is down a whole ten percent. From The Hill: In 2005, only 25 percent of those between the ages of 18 and 34 lived with their parents; today, that number is 34 percent. The number of young Americans living independently of their parents stands at 40.7 percent, down more than 10 percentage points from a decade ago. Today, more people between the ages of 18 and 34 live with their parents, 22.9 million, than live with a spouse, 19.9 million. In 1975, more than twice as many people in the same age group lived with a spouse (31.9 million) than with their parents (14.7 million).

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Top U.S. general in Afghanistan sees Russia sending weapons to Taliban

The head of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan said on Monday he was “not refuting” reports that Russia was providing support, including weapons, to the Taliban. General John Nicholson was speaking in Kabul during a visit by U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. For some time, American officials have complained of what Nicholson once called “malign influence” by Russia in Afghanistan, but Monday’s comments are among the strongest suggestions yet that Moscow is providing arms to the Taliban. Asked about reports that Russia was providing a range of help, including weapons, to the Taliban, who control large areas of Afghanistan, Nicholson replied: “Oh no, I am not refuting that.” Moscow has been critical of the United States over its handling of the war in Afghanistan, where the Soviet Union fought a bloody and disastrous war of its own in the 1980s. Russia has previously denied providing any material or financial

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Taxpayer-funded public college selects Sharia law advocate to give commencement address

The City University of New York’s Graduate School of Public Health has announced its commencement speaker will be a controversial supporter of Sharia law and Palestine. According to a report by WCBS-TV, CUNY’s public health graduate school has chosen Linda Sarsour to give its commencement speech on June 1. Democratic Party state Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who represents Brooklyn, says “it’s nuts” a taxpayer-funded college would feature the radical Sarsour. “I mean, it’s just nuts. It makes no sense. It’s crazy to have this woman be the person who’s going to speak to the students,” Hikind said to WCBS. Hikind also said Sarsour supports “radical Islamists.” “She is someone who associates with radical Islamists; supports them; shows support for them. She is someone who has said, clearly, she thinks throwing rocks at cars in Israel is a good thing,” Hikind said. Sarsour has frequently criticized Israel and has called Shariah law

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Blinded by Science, Thousands March for “Science”

March for Science rallies are being help across the country Saturday in response to what organizers and attendees see as increasing attacks on science. Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com “When scientists were told on January 25 to be silent, this rally was conceived,” poet Jane Hirshfield told a rain-soaked crowd at a rally near the Washington Monument, footsteps from the White House that President Trump took over on January 20. Hirshfield was preceded on stage by New Wave star Thomas Dolby, who sang his 1982, techo-influenced hit “She Blinded Me with Science.” Trump critics see the president’s proposed cutbacks at the Environmental Protection Agency and his administration’s skepticism about what is causing climate change and related issues as threats to science. However, organizers say the march is political but not partisan — promoting the understanding of science and defending it from attacks, including a proposed 20 percent cutback at

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