Coco Gauff named Team USA’s female flag bearer for Paris Olympics opening ceremonies

U.S. Olympic tennis star Coco Gauff on Wednesday was named the female flag bearer for the opening ceremonies at the Paris Games and will join LeBron James with the honor.

Gauff, 20, is making her second Olympics appearance. In the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, she was 17 when she was named to the roster – becoming the second-youngest American tennis player. 

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She did not end up making it to the Far East as she tested positive for coronavirus and was forced to withdraw right before she was supposed to leave.

With much of the pandemic behind her, Gauff will seek the first American Olympic medal in women’s singles tennis since Serena Williams in 2012.

“What an honor! Thank you,” she wrote in one of her Instagram Stories.

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“Am I dreaming?” she wrote in another.

A medal would bolster an already impressive resume.

She won the U.S. Open final last year, defeating Aryna Sabalenka for her first Grand Slam singles title. She then added a doubles Grand Slam title with Katerina Siniakova at the French Open in June.

Roland Garros will be the host of the Olympic tennis matches. The draw to set the brackets will be held on Thursday, and play will begin on Friday. She enters the Olympics as one of the favorites to at least receive a medal along with Poland’s Iga Swiatek.

Gauff is paired with Jessica Pegula in the women’s doubles event. She may also enter mixed doubles, but those pairings have yet to be announced.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Former MLB slugger seeks to be moderator in possible Trump-Harris presidential debate

Former Major League Baseball slugger Jose Canseco threw his hat into the ring as a potential moderator for a presidential debate between former President Trump and Vice President Kamala Harris.

Canseco made the assertion on Tuesday in a post on X as Trump said he “would be willing to do more than one debate” with Harris as the election looms.

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“I should moderate the debate between Donald Trump and Kamala Harris,” he wrote.

Canseco might have to battle it out with David Muir and Lindsey Davis as they were named as the moderators for the next debate. Initially, it was supposed to be Trump going up against President Biden, but the latter’s shocking announcement Sunday changed everything.

Biden dropped out of his campaign for re-election and endorsed Harris as the Democratic Party’s nominee for president.

Trump said he would be willing to debate Harris multiple times.

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“Absolutely. I’d want to. I think it’s important,” Trump said Tuesday when asked by Fox News’ Bill Melugin on a conference call with reporters if he would commit to debating Harris at least once.

“I would be willing to do more than one debate, actually,” Trump said.

Harris on Monday night announced that she had locked up the nomination by landing commitments of backing from a majority of the nearly 4,000 delegates to next month’s Democratic National Convention, which kicks off Aug. 19 in Chicago.

Trump told reporters that debating Harris instead of Biden “will be no different because they have the same policies.”

Trump’s debate with Biden on June 27 ultimately marked the downfall of Biden’s re-election bid.

Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser and Bill Melguin contributed to this report.

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Kamala Harris’ husband Doug Emhoff responds to Trump’s attacks on her: ‘That’s all he’s got?’

Second gentleman Doug Emhoff clapped back at former President Trump, who criticized his wife, Vice President Kamala Harris, after she launched her presidential campaign.

Trump, who often coins nicknames for his political opponents, dubbed Harris “Laughin’ Kamala” and “Lyin’ Kamala” on his social media platform Truth Social.

“That’s all he’s got?” Emhoff said Tuesday when asked by reporters about the former president’s comments about his wife.

“You heard the Vice President yesterday making the case against Donald Trump,” Emhoff said. “Very clearly laid out the case, directly and in a compelling fashion. But she also laid out a vision for the future. A vision where there’s freedom. Where we’re not having to talk about these issues of today in this post Dobbs Hellscape that Donald Trump created.”

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Harris launched her presidential campaign Sunday night after President Biden announced he was suspending his re-election campaign. Harris secured enough delegates Monday night to secure the Democratic Party’s nomination, although the party’s nominee will not formally be selected until next month’s convention in Chicago.

“We’re gonna prosecute the case against Donald Trump and his lies, his gaslighting, during COVID, the dereliction of duty, inciting an insurrection and all those other things,” Emhoff said.

“We’re gonna make that very clear,” Emhoff continued. “She’s gonna be able to make that case. We’re also gonna move on from this type of environment, this Dobbs, where freedoms are taken away, where autonomy is taken away. Where they’re telling you, you can’t read this book. They’re telling you, you can’t learn these facts. They’re telling you, you can’t vote. All that is gonna change, and it must change.”

Harris has been raking in the cash since the launch of her campaign. She raised $81 million in the first 24 hours of her campaign, the most in history that a presidential candidate has raised in 24 hours, and $100 million from when Biden dropped out Sunday afternoon through Monday night.

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The campaign said more than 888,000 grassroots donors made contributions during the 24 hours, with 60% of them making their first contribution of the 2024 election cycle. The campaign also said it signed up 43,000 of those donors to make recurring donations.

The money Harris raised easily bests the nearly $53 million the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee raised back in May through their online digital fundraising platform in the first 24 hours after the former president was convicted on 34 felony counts in his criminal trial in New York City.

“You see the enthusiasm, you see the excitement,” Emhoff said. “You saw the money raised, you saw the party coalesce. You saw the broad base of support that she had in just one or two days because she’s talking about an America that we all have a place in … Kamala Harris has united the party. She’s gonna unite the country … You see that happening, and she’s gonna win this election.”

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Paige Spiranac on hypothetical Trump-Biden golf match: ‘I would 100% tune in for that’

Former President Trump and President Biden raised the possibility of a golf match between the two during their debate last month.

Trump went further in a subsequent campaign rally in Florida, challenging Biden to a $1 million match at his course in Doral.

Though unlikely, U.S. Open champion Bryson DeChambeau offered to settle the debate by hosting a match between Trump and Biden on his YouTube channel. DeChambeau went a step further by golfing with Trump for an episode of “Breaking 50.”

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When asked about the possibility of a presidential faceoff by Fox News Digital, golf influencer Paige Spiranac said she would like to caddie.

“I haven’t seen either of them play. I would love to caddie,” Spiranac said. “I think that would be really interesting to hear the banter back and forth. … But I think that would be amazing for the game of golf and quite interesting.

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“I would 100% tune in for that.”

Many would, at least for the sake of settling their handicap debate.

Biden said he was able to get his handicap down to six when he was vice president under Barack Obama. Trump pushed back on that, and Biden later clarified he was an eight.

Biden also said during the debate he would be open to a “driving contest,” but only if Trump could carry his own bag.

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Netanyahu to address Congress, meet Biden as Israelis ponder relationship: ‘American people are with us’

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Washington, D.C., on Monday evening in preparation for his address to Congress on Wednesday. He will hold his first meeting with President Biden on U.S. soil since the Iran-backed terrorist movement Hamas slaughtered nearly 1,200 people on Oct. 7, including some 30 Americans, and took about 250 hostages.

The two leaders have had sharp disagreements over Israel’s prosecution of the war in the Gaza Strip, where Hamas is based. A telling example was Israel’s decision to defy Biden and seek military control over the southern Gaza City of Rafah, the last main stronghold of Hamas battalions and hostages held by the U.S.-designated terrorist entity.

Caroline Glick, an American-Israeli commentator and former adviser to Netanyahu, told Fox News Digital, “Biden’s meeting with Netanyahu finds the two leaders on opposite ends of the spectrum. Like the vast majority of Israelis, Netanyahu remains committed to achieving Israel’s war goals of destroying Hamas as a military and political entity, returning all the hostages, preventing Gaza from ever threatening Israel in the future, and changing the strategic balance in northern Israel completely in Israel’s favor to permit the 80,000 Israeli residents of the border towns with Lebanon to return to their homes safely after living in hotels since they were evacuated in October.”

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According to Glick, who lives in Jerusalem, “Biden seeks a cease-fire that achieves none of these goals. In their meeting, Biden will pressure Netanyahu to abandon Israel’s war goals and accept a cease-fire. Netanyahu will seek to secure weapons supplies to ensure Israel has what it requires to win.”

The incursion into Rafah in May prompted Hamas to soften its negotiating position in talks this month about a cease-fire and the release of the hostages, according to Netanyahu. 

The Israeli prime minister issued boilerplate diplomatic language about his government’s relations with the Biden administration that has at times pandered to anti-Israel elements within its far-left base, according to veteran observers of the relationship.

Netanyahu is expected to meet Biden on Thursday to discuss the goals of the war. The Times of Israel reported that the prime minister said upon leaving Israel for D.C. on Monday that the meeting was “an opportunity to discuss with him how to advance in the critical months ahead the goals that are important for both our countries: achieving the release of all our hostages, defeating Hamas, confronting the terror axis of Iran, and ensuring that all of Israel’s citizens can return safely to their homes in the north and the south.”

Biden continues to push for a cease-fire to stop the war and that Netanyahu provide a concrete plan for a post-Hamas Gaza.

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Fox News Digital interviewed Israelis across the Jewish state – roughly the size of New Jersey – about the complex dynamics of Israel-American relations and what Netanyahu’s trip means for both democracies, especially as Netanyahu gets ready to address Congress on Wednesday.

“Right now I think it is extremely important for Bibi (the nickname for Netanyahu) to go to Congress to tell those who are pro-Israel that we need help. My fear and my disgust is with the Democrats, especially the current President Biden, who does not like Israel,” said Dov Yitzchak Neal, who lives in Gush Etzion, which is located in the Judean mountains. The international community refers to the biblical region of Judea and Samaria as the West Bank. 

Neal said that because Israel is the sole democracy in the Middle East, “America must support this country because this country has American values.”

Dalia, who lives in Israel’s second-largest city, Tel Aviv, echoed Neal’s point.

“Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East. It is an ally of the United States. And the relationship and the friendship between the two is critical, and I will hope it will remain forever. Biden has been relatively supportive, relatively being the operative word.” She also lambasted the hard left-wing Democrat “Squad” members of Congress because of their anti-Israel views.

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David Binet, who also lives in Tel Aviv, said “America needs to acknowledge that Israel is its greatest ally in the region and at the forefront of the fight against militant Islamic terrorism.”

Tzvia, who was in the heart of the famous Jerusalem market, said, “I don’t think Biden does enough for Israel. I think he needs to do more for us. Be united with us against Iran, Lebanon and Gaza because, in the end, Iran will attack the United States as well, not only us. The American people are with us, most of them. … I don’t know about the government.”

On the eve of Netanyahu’s address to Congress, a bipartisan group of former Israeli national security officials, former diplomats and academics sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Speaker Mike Johnson, and Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries stating their “grave concerns” over Netanyahu’s visit. 

The letter noted in part that, “This visit prioritizes his personal political survivability over our shared interests. Netanyahu has lost the support of the Israeli people and is trying to shore up his domestic coalition through a show of force in the United States.” The letter went onto claim that “He remains unwilling to conceptualize a post-war plan, and continues destabilizing the national security of both Israel and the U.S.”

Biden’s press conference earlier this month left several pro-Israel voices angered by the president’s reaction when asked about Israel’s war with Hamas.

“In his press conference, Biden turned the Israel-Hamas conflict upside down. He didn’t have a single word of condemnation for Hamas or its enablers nor did he mention that upwards of 100 hostages, including eight Americans, continue to be held by Hamas in deplorable conditions. Instead, he criticized Israel and pushed a two-state solution which, for Israel, would lead to its destruction,” David Friedman, who served as Trump’s ambassador to Israel told Fox News Digital.

Retired Israeli Brig. Gen. Amir Avivi told Fox News Digital, “When President Biden doesn’t make it clear that Hamas has attacked viciously in the massacre in Israel and that Israel has the right to defend itself and destroy Hamas completely, this empowers Hamas. The whole existence of Israel is dependent on a decisive win in Gaza. Without a decisive win, Israel will be under huge danger from all fronts. We expect President Biden to stand completely with Israel. We cannot end the war without ensuring never again there will be a terror army in Gaza.” He noted that Israel needs U.S. support to defeat Hamas and secure the release of the hostages.

The U.S. State Department referred Fox News Digital to the National Security Council, which did not immediately respond to a press query.

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