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I'm Georgia Howe with Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief John Bickley. It's Monday, March fourth, and this is your Morning WIRE afternoon update.


The US Supreme Court rules in favor of Trump in a historic case challenging his ballot eligibility. Daily Wire reporter Megan Basham breaks down the decision.


The unanimous ruling reversed Colorado's decision to boot former President Trump from the state's ballot due to his alleged actions around January 6, 2021. Colorado claimed Trump's actions violated Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, which specifically bars insurrectionists from holding office. In the Supreme Court opinion, the justices say, and I'm quoting, For the reasons given, responsibility for enforcing Section 3 against federal office holders and candidates rests with Congress and not the states. The judgment of the Colorado Supreme Court, therefore, cannot stand. The justices then went on to clarify that states can disqualify someone from holding or attempting to hold state office but cannot enforce Section 3 with respect to federal officials. Colorado Secretary of State, Jenna Griswold, called the decision disappointing and said her state should be able to decide who qualifies when it comes to presidential candidates. Trump called the decision a big win on truth social, and later gave remarks at Mar-a-Lago.


Essentially, you cannot take somebody out of a race because an opponent would like to have it that way. It has nothing to do with the fact that it's the leading candidate, whether it was the leading candidate or a candidate that was well down on the totem pole. You cannot take somebody out of a race. The voters can take the person out of the race very quickly, but a court shouldn't be doing that, and the Supreme Court saw that very well. I really do believe that will be a unifying factor because while most states were thrilled to have me, there were some that didn't, and they didn't want that for political reasons.


In a 60 Minutes interview that aired Sunday, former US Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz said that politicians on both sides of the aisle have neglected hundreds of miles of open borders. But he voiced particular frustration with the President and Vice President.


I've never had one conversation with the President or the vice President, for that matter. I was the chief of the Border Patrol. I commanded 21,000 people. That's a problem.


Ortiz also said that the White House needs to stop sending mixed messages to migrants.


We need to make sure that Central America, South America, Mexico, that those regions understand that if you pay a smuggler and you cross in between the ports of entry and you do not to have a legitimate claim to some asylum benefit, they're going to be sent back.


Do you believe that the White House has sent mixed messages to migrants?


Yeah, most definitely.


Ortiz oversaw border patrol during some of the most high-profile incidents, including agents being falsely accused of whipping, the end of Title 42 expulsions, and record-setting illegal crossings. Ortiz testified under oath in March 2023 during a house field hearing in McAllen, Texas, that the border is not secure. He then retired two months later.


A US appeals court has given the go ahead to a Texas law allowing state officials to arrest, prosecute, and remove illegal immigrants. The Court of Appeals order means the law known as SB4 can take effect even as the Biden administration claims it interferes with its enforcement of US immigration laws. The court did, however, say it would stay its decision for a week to give the administration a chance to appeal to the US Supreme Court.


Jack Teixeira, the Air National Guardsman who leaked highly classified military documents, pleaded guilty today after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors. Daily Wire reporter Zack Juhl has the latest.


The agreement calls for an 11 to 17-year prison sentence, though prosecutors reportedly planned to seek the high end of that range. Tashira pleaded guilty to several charges under the Espionage Act, including six counts of willful retention and transmission of national defense information. The presiding judge scheduled sentencing for September and said she would decide then whether to formally accept Tashira's plea deal. Tashira worked as a cyber transport system specialist at Otis Air National Guard Base in Massachusetts, where authorities say he first typed out classified documents he accessed and then began sharing photographs of files that bore secret and top secret markings. Us attorney Josh Levy says the government is recommending 17 years behind bars.


He violated his duty to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and he abused his position of trust given to him by the American government.


Alan Weiselberg pleaded guilty to two counts of perjury on Monday. The former Trump Organization CFO admitted that he perjured himself in his 2020 deposition with New York prosecutors. Weiselberg has already served a five-month sentence for tax fraud. Trump's spokesman Steve Cheung issued a statement accusing Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg of, repeated prosecutorial misconduct, saying he has not charged Michael Cohen for his, admitted and repeated perjury. Weiselberg will be sentenced on April 10th.


Nikki Haley won her first primary on Sunday in the district of Columbia. Haley won 63% of just over 2,000 votes cast and comes away with 19 delegates. Donald Trump won 33% of the votes. Haley's campaign responded to the win by stating that this makes her the first woman to win a Republican primary in US history. The Trump campaign responded by saying Haley was just crowned Queen of the Swamp by lobbyists and DC insiders. Sixteen states will vote in the presidential primary tomorrow on Super Tuesday. Thus far, Haley has 53 delegates, while Trump has gained 247.


The biggest snowstorm of the season just ended in California's Sierra Nevada Mountains, but more snow is on the way. Some of the highest snowfall totals so far are more than seven feet. Interstate 80 remained closed most of today due to the massive blizzard and the need for cleanup. Another snowstorm is forecasted further north in the state over the Cascade Mountain Range.


The $3.8 billion merger between Jet Blue Airways and Spirit Airlines has been called off. This comes weeks after a federal judge blocked the deal, saying it would have a negative impact on consumers who depend on spirits lower prices. Jet Blue said today that while both companies still believe in the deal, they were unlikely to meet the closing conditions required by the July deadline.


All right, those are your drive home updates this afternoon. To learn more about these stories, go to dailywire. Com. For more in-depth discussion of the biggest stories of the day, listen to our latest full episode of MorningWire every morning.