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Gabby Petito told Utah police she struck Laundrie first, new bodycam video shows
Gabby Petito told a Utah police officer that Brian Laundrie hit her on Aug. 12, according to newly released bodycam video from a second Moab officer who arrived at the scene – but she quickly backtracked and claimed she struck first.

Meanwhile, Laundrie said he “didn’t have time” to defend himself from allegations he’d struck his fiancée.

“I pushed her away,” he tells the officer. “She gets really worked up, and when she does she swings and she had her cell phone in her hand. So I was just trying to push her away.” 

A 911 call from Aug. 12 – first reported by Fox News Digital earlier this month – illustrated what experts have flagged as a potentially abusive relationship between Petito and Laundrie. Fox News previously obtained a different officer’s bodycam video, but it appears that the police conducted separate interviews.

“Did he hit you though?” the officer asks Petito.

“I guess,” she replies – although she still appears to downplay the incident to the second officer and tries and assume blame herself.

“I guess, yea,” Petito continues, with tears in her eyes. “But I hit him first.” CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON OUR TOP STORY.

In other developments:
– LIVE UPDATES: Gabby Petito tells cop fiancé Brian Laundrie grabbed her face in new bodycam footage
– Former FBI agent Maureen O’Connell predicts Brian Laundrie will be found alive
– Brian Laundrie’s conflicting stories about cellphone
– Gabbie Petito homicide: Timeline of disappearance with Brian Laundrie
– Brian Laundrie family attorney does not know what happened to client’s old cellphone, he says

Dems call off infrastructure vote after negotiations stall on reconciliation bill, exposing Dems’ slim margins
Congressional Democrats Thursday night called off an effort to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill through the House after negotiations on their reconciliation bill stalled, leaving the two major pieces of President Biden’s economic agenda in limbo. 

The failure to pass the infrastructure bill so far this week – and the failure to come to an agreement on what the reconciliation bill should look like – were major blows to congressional Democrats and the president. And they underscore both Democrats’ razor-thin majorities in Congress and their internal divisions. 

But the two bills were not necessarily dead yet, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., continued to express optimism as she left the Capitol early Friday morning.

“We’re not trillions apart,” she said at 12:01 a.m. “There’ll be a vote today.”

House progressives have for months said that they would not vote for the infrastructure bill unless the reconciliation bill is passed first through both chambers of Congress. But meanwhile, House moderates extracted a promise from Pelosi to bring up the infrastructure bill before the end of September in exchange for their votes for the budget resolution in August. CLICK HERE FOR MORE.

In other developments:
– LIVE UPDATES: Infrastructure bill: Negotiations drag into night as Pelosi, Biden scramble for deal
– AOC laughs at Manchin’s $1.5 trillion spending bill top line
– Sinema reiterates she won’t back $3.5T spending bill, says Biden and Schumer ‘fully aware’ of her stance
– Brian Brenberg: Biden’s $3.5T spending plan is really about the addiction that follows

Politico reporter scolds Gold Star family of Marine killed from Kabul attack for not wearing masks in Capitol
Politico co-congressional bureau chief Heather Caygle is facing intense backlash for scolding the Gold Star family of one of the U.S. service members killed in the Kabul terrorist attack last month for not wearing masks during a tour of the U.S. Capitol. 

Caygle took to Twitter on Thursday and shared a photo featuring Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif, with a mostly maskless group of people in a mostly empty Statuary Hall. 

“Masks requirement in the House. Tours not allowed. Yet here we are — group of 9, only 2 in masks,” Caygle swiped the group.

The journalist doubled down even after she was told McClintock was leading a tour for the family of Marine Sgt. Nicole Gee, who was among the 13 Americans who died from the suicide bombing at the Kabul airport amid the chaotic military withdrawal from Afghanistan.

“How does that exempt them from wearing a mask?” Caygle asked. CLICK HERE FOR MORE.

In other developments:
– Virginia student takes on school board over mask mandate: ‘You’re making people go nuts’
– Karol Markowicz: Parents fight school mask mandates for kids – just follow the science, they plead
– Washington state students speak out after high school moves them to ‘portable classroom’ for not wearing masks

Jacob claimed reporter Taylor Lorenz, who has been repeatedly called out for dishonest journalism, wrote a “scathing” article about Jacob’s business, influences.com.

“It was devastating when Taylor Lorenz came along with the megaphone of The New York Times and decided to write a scathing article full of lies about us,” she said. “And she had to know it was lies because we answered all her questions factually before she published the story.”

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