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    Ghislaine Maxwell will launch her second attempt to get bail on Tuesday, but the judge in the case was noncommittal on whether she would even give her a hearing. Federal court judge Alison Nathan said the alleged madam for Jeffrey Epstein had until Tuesday to file her documents. But the judge warned that only ‘after reviewing these submissions the court will decide whether a hearing on the renewed bail motion is necessary’.  Judge Nathan wrote in bold that Maxwell must limit her response to 40 pages, apparently concerned her lawyers will file reams of documents to argue her case. Maxwell's lawyers are requesting a bail hearing on December 21st with the aim of having the 58-year-old out in time for Christmas. It comes on the heels of the Federal Bureau of Prisons submitting a letter to Judge Nathan that insists Maxwell is being treated like all inmates at the Metropolitan Detention...
    The star witness in Trump’s ‘voter fraud’ case in Michigan was recently released from probation after being accused of sending her fiance’s ex-wife pornographic videos and then attempting to frame her of stealing them, according to reports. Mellissa Carone, 33, was sentenced to 12 months probation for the offense in Wayne County, Michigan, in September 2019. The mother-of-two, then Mellissa Wright, reportedly harassed the 42-year-old victim for a period of two years, stalking her and sending her explicit videos from an anonymous account of herself having sex with her partner, the victim’s ex-husband. Investigators managed to trace the emails’ IP address back to Carone and she later admitted to investigators that she was the person responsible for sending them, according to documents obtained by Deadline Detroit. As exclusively reported by DailyMail.com last week, Carone was initially charged with obscenity and computer crimes, but the charges were later reduced to a...
    New York (CNN Business)In its first episode since the 2020 presidential election, "Saturday Night Live" returned with Kate McKinnon playing Rudy Giuliani as he tried to overturn the election results.The opening sketch of the NBC variety show had McKinnon's Giuliani at a hearing in Michigan, presenting witnesses with testimony regarding allegations of voter fraud."This election was stolen from the American people with a level of trickery not seen since Houdini," McKinnon's Giuliani said while farting. "That wasn't me. That was you guys."McKinnon's Giuliani said that he and President Trump would overturn the results first in Michigan, then in "Georgiavania" and "North-a-Canada.""You want evidence? Okay, well, today I brought before you a dozen highly intelligent, barely intoxicated individuals who are all eye witnesses," McKinnon's Giuliani said.Read MoreThe first witness was Cecily Strong playing Melissa Carone, an IT contractor for Dominion Voting Systems, who spoke with Giuliani at a hearing in Michigan...
              Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s General Counsel Ryan Germany confirmed during the Georgia State Senate hearing that the state’s voting machines received a system update before the election. Germany shared that the updates had occurred weeks prior to Election Day. Vice Chairman Senator Marty Harbin (R-GA-Tyrone) asked Germany whether Dominion’s voting machines were updated. He said, “Number one question I need to ask is that I understand that in one of the precincts that represents my district that on the day before the election there were updates being done to the machines because of the senate race with 24 candidates, the machine was having problems in printing that – is that a true statement?” At first, Germany responded that there hadn’t been updates. The senator pressed for further clarification. “I understand there were people coming in with USB drives to update machines the...
    Monday, the Supreme Court heard the oral argument in the case of Trump v. New York, concerning President Trump’s July 2020 executive memorandum that ordered the Commerce Department to exclude illegal aliens from the census numbers to be used for congressional apportionment. As I have written previously, the wording of Section 2 of the Fourteenth Amendment makes clear that only “inhabitants” of the country are supposed to be counted when apportioning congressional seats among the states.  However, illegal aliens have been included in apportionment in recent decades. Including illegal aliens makes no sense.  A person who has no legal right to remain in the country has no right to be represented in Congress.  And it makes no sense to count in apportionment someone who can be deported at any moment.   Moreover, including illegal aliens has had the consequence of unfairly rewarding sanctuary states like California with additional seats in...
    Attorneys for President Donald Trump's reelection campaign told a Nevada judge in the first election fraud hearing on Thursday that more than 85,000 votes were illegally cast 'by dead people and non-residents'. One of the lawyers, Jesse Binnall, had previously said he intends to prove that fraudulent votes were cast and that Trump won the state, not President-elect Joe Biden.  During a hearing before state Judge James Russell in Carson City, Binnall claimed that more than 85,000 votes in Nevada were cast illegally. Attorneys for President Donald Trump 's reelection campaign told a Nevada judge (pictured) in the first election fraud hearing on Thursday that more than 85,000 votes were illegally cast 'by dead people and non-residents' One of the lawyers, Jesse Binnall (pictured), had previously said he intends to prove that fraudulent votes were cast and that Trump won the state, not President-elect Joe Biden . During...
    At least two discernable fart-like sounds were caught on video as President Donald Trump’s campaign attorney and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani spoke to Michigan’s House Oversight Committee on Wednesday. Trump campaign attorneys, including Giuliani and Constitutional Law attorney Jenna Ellis, were in Michigan this week to address voter fraud claims in the state. The first sound came while Giuliani was asking that committee chairman and Michigan State Rep. Matt Hall discipline Democratic Michigan State Rep. Darrin Camilleri for accusing the former New York City mayor of “attempting to seek a pardon” from Trump. “I would ask that he be disciplined for that,” Giuliani said, at which point the sound can be heard on video. While Ellis did throw a look in Giuliani’s direction, it could be argued that it was because of the questioning from Camilleri. A second clip of Giuliani speaking, presumably later, revealed another sound...
    Yesterday, at a hearing, President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani testified before lawmakers in Michigan with supposed evidence of voter fraud. Hide
    Bill Cosby 'never had a fair shot' in a trial that 'laid waste to the presumption of innocence,' by allowing five prior 'victims' to testify and using the actor's own words – given on the promise of immunity – against him. These were the opening claims in the disgraced actor's appeal against his 2018 sexual assault conviction, heard this morning in Pennsylvania State's Supreme Court. Speaking on Cosby's behalf, attorney Jennifer Bonjean claimed that Montgomery County District Attorney's office made a mockery of justice by 'seeking to indict Mr Cosby's entire life' and telling the jury, 'that he could not be believed' because 'he had done this so many times before.' According to Bonjean the jury were 'bombarded' by irrelevant testimony that amounted to five 'mini trials' and admissions made by Cosby in two-decade old depositions given as part of a civil suit brought by accuser Andrea Constand and settled...
    President Trump’s supporters gathered outside of the Hyatt Regency in downtown Phoenix on Monday for a “Stop the Steal” rally, which coincides with the election integrity hearing between members of the Arizona State Legislature and the Trump campaign. State lawmakers hope “to hear testimony and view evidence related to allegations of electoral compromise related to the 2020 election,” according to Republican State Rep. Mark Finchem (R). Trump campaign attorneys Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis are also participating in the hearing on Monday. Meanwhile, Trump supporters have gathered outside the hotel as a show of support for the president. Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) is among those who have encouraged supporters to gather outside the venue. “Bring your flags and let’s fight for our country and expose the fraudulent vote,” he said: Looking forward to seeing a great turnout in the morning. 9:00 am. Hyatt Regency. Downtown Phoenix. Bring your flags and...
    President Donald Trump’s team is in Arizona to continue his legal battle against the 2020 election results, though it appears all for naught since the state has now certified the victories of President-elect Joe Biden and Senate candidate Mark Kelly. Arizona was one of several battleground states that came into contention after switching from Trump to Biden, but on Monday, officials announced that Biden defeated Trump by more than 10,000 votes, so his victory will be certified along with Kelly’s. Governor Doug Ducey also issued a statement that “I will be signing official documentation today. That will be hand delivered to the Secretary of the United States Senate, so that Arizona’s newest senator can be sworn into office as swiftly as possible.” Breaking: Arizona election results certified. Biden wins state by 10,500 votes. AZs GOP governor, AG & chief justice in attendance for certification — Ari Berman (@AriBerman)...
    A STUDENT who was told by a doctor that her ear pain could be caused by her shampoo has revealed how she's been left completely deaf. Lauryn Schutte, 21, had suffered pain in her ears for months and knew something was wrong - but she was constantly dismissed by doctors. 8Lauryn Schutte, 21, lost her hearing after doctors dismissed her ear pain as being caused by her shampooCredit: SWNS:South West News Service 8Lauryn is deaf in her left ear and has to wear a hearing aid on her right ear (pictured)Credit: SWNS:South West News Service One even blamed her excruciating earache on shampoo which was irritating her ears and suggested she change brands. But in October 2019, after waking up in agony, Lauryn was rushed to hospital. She was told she had lost most of her hearing overnight - her "worst nightmare" after months of feeling ignored. Lauryn has...
    The Pennsylvania State Senate held a hearing before a Republican committee Wednesday about the election and voter fraud allegations. “Each state shall appoint in such manner as the legislature thereof may direct,” Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal attorney, said, “a number of electors.” “It’s the state legislature that controls this process,” he said. “It’s your power.” (RELATED: Trump Says Giuliani’s Election Efforts Will Be His ‘Crowning Achievement’ During Surprise Phone Call Into Pennsylvania Senate Hearing) President Donald Trump also called into the hearing from the Oval Office. “This was an election that we won easily,” Trump said. “The election was rigged and we can’t let that happen. We can’t let it happen for our country and this election has to be turned around.” The hearing also included witnesses from throughout Pennsylvania who alleged voter fraud and election irregularities. (RELATED: ‘Enough To Overturn Any Election’ – Trump Campaign Holds Press Conference Laying...
    A Pennsylvania appeals court judge has ordered state officials to halt any further steps toward certifying election results. The ruling on Wednesday comes a day after Governor Tom Wolf said the Pennsylvania Department of State had certified Democrat Joe Biden as the state's winner of the presidential election.  It wasn't immediately clear if the order from Commonwealth Court Judge Patricia McCullough could hold up the certification of state and local contests on the ballot or interrupt the scheduled December 14 meeting of the state's 20 electors. 'To the extent that there remains any further action to perfect the certification of the results of the 2020 General Election for the offices of President and Vice President of the United States of America, Respondents are preliminarily enjoined from doing so,' pending an evidentiary hearing, according to the judge's order. Governor Tom Wolf said the Pennsylvania Department of State had certified Democrat...
    Donald Trump is expected to join Rudy Giuliani in Gettysburg Wednesday for a hearing on allegations of fraud in the 2020 election.  The president is said to have insisted on making the trip to join his personal attorney at the event set to be held in a local hotel, sources told CNN.   It will be the first time he has left the Washington DC area since Election Day. Since then he has continued to insist he is not giving up his fight to overturn the results.   The Gettysburg battlefield is the site of one of the bloodiest conflicts of the Civil War. It marked a turning point in the war where the Union army pushed back advancing Confederate soldiers in 1863.   The historic Pennsylvania town is also where President Abraham Lincoln delivered his historic Gettysburg Address, citing the U.S. Declaration of Independence that proclaimed all people are created equal.  Trump's visit was not...
    Rudy Giuliani was on Monday still insisting 'this will turn all around' hours before Donald Trump gave the green light for the transition to Joe Biden to begin.  The president's personal attorney, 76, told Fox Business: 'One fair decision, one good hearing, and this will turn all around.' Trump, who had refused to concede the election, later tweeted to say he is directing his team to cooperate on the transition but is vowing to keep up the fight.  Michigan certified Biden's victory Monday, and a federal judge in Pennsylvania tossed a Trump campaign lawsuit on Saturday seeking to prevent certification in that state. Giuliani had told Lou Dobbs: 'Deadlines are urgent, no question about it.  'There isn’t a lot of time, but there’s time. And the fact is that the facts are there, we just need to get them before a trier of fact or before a court that’ll be fair and...
    ABC Season 25 of the Bachelor premieres in January. On a season of The Bachelor that will make strides for racial equality with the show’s first ever Black lead in Matt James, another contestant will be knocking down a different barrier for equality. Abigail Heringer will be the first deaf person to ever compete on the show. Heringer, 25, lives in Portland, Oregon and works for an advertising agency. According to her mother, who spoke to the Salem Statesman Journal, both Abigail and her sister, Rachel, were born with congenital hearing loss. They each underwent surgery to receive cochlear implants at age 2. “I was surprised she was willing to share her story about her hearing loss,” Abigail’s mother, Suzie Heringer, said. “It’s something she usually doesn’t talk much about… With her disability, if that can impact one other person, it’s worth sharing the story.” Representation has long...
    YOU probably think it’s just a normal part of getting older. And you would be right . . . to a point. Hearing loss can gradually get worse over time. You might notice you need to turn up the TV or struggle to hear on the phone. 5Hearing loss can gradually get worse over timeCredit: Getty Images - Getty 5Dr Zoe Williams shares the signs your hearing loss could be something to worry aboutCredit: Olivia West - The Sun But you don’t just have to lump it. There are things we GPs can do to help. Too many of my patients ignore the signs, partly because they can creep up. But there’s also a real stigma around wearing hearing aids. They’re seen as a sign of old age, so I understand why people can be hesitant. But acting quickly and getting assistance could help more than just your hearing. These problems can affect your...
    A FEMALE bodybuilder and prison guard admitted sleeping with an inmate during a seven-month relationship before swearing at the judge. Melissa Goodwin, 25, from Sydney, Australia, was reportedly heard saying, "What the fuck?", after being told that a sentencing hearing would not take place until next summer. 6Melissa Goodwin admitted to having a relationship with an inmate at the prison where she worked as a guardCredit: news.com.au 6The 25-year-old also moonlights as a bodybuilderCredit: news.com.au 6Goodwin was a guard at the Metropolitan Remand and Reception Centre in SilverwaterCredit: news.com.au Goodwin is a former guard at the Metropolitan Remand and Reception Centre in the Sydney suburb of Silverwater. She also moonlights as a bodybuilder. She was arrested in May after it emerged that she had been having a sexual relationship with 21-year-old prison inmate Corey London. The pair reportedly had sex on at least five occasions...
    Jack Dorsey, Chief Executive Officer of Twitter, testifies remotely as Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., looks on during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on "Breaking the News: Censorship, Suppression, and the 2020 Election", in Washington, U.S., November 17, 2020.Bill Clark | Reuters Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey wrapped up their second Senate testimony in a month mostly unscathed and with little indication of imminent changes for their businesses. The Facebook and Twitter CEOs appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday at a hearing entitled "Breaking the News: Censorship, Suppression, and the 2020 Election." The event was first proposed in the wake of a controversy around how the platforms handled an unverified New York Post article about President-elect Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. However, that topic came up only a handful of times. This hearing took a more measured tone than the last in the Commerce Committee, where several Democrats noted...
    General Hospital spoilers for the episode airing on Wednesday, November 18 indicate that there will be a couple of emotional discussions taking place due to truth bombshells finally dropping. After months of being kept in the dark, Michael and Willow have finally learned that Chase and Sasha didn’t cheat on them. Both of them were left stunned by the revelations and they’ll be demanding answers. Sasha’s overdose and subsequent cardiac arrest left those who had previously been close to her feeling completely stunned. Chase admitted he’d known something seemed off, but he had no idea she’d been doing drugs. Willow and Michael had no awareness of this at all. Michael was allowed to sit by Sasha’s bedside at General Hospital, and his mother Carly stood near the door behind him. As he talked to an unconscious Sasha and mourned all that had happened, Carly finally found herself unable to keep...
    ABC Updated: 11/16/2020 5:25 PM Save Related News The Constitutional Court of Peru, in charge of reviewing whether the removal of the former president of the country Martin Vizcarra whether or not he respected the law, he has suspended the session that he planned to hold today for later, to a date not yet specified, as reported in an official statement. ???? Statement from the Constitutional Court on the remote public hearing of the First Chamber. pic.twitter.com/OLfvwRBcRj – Constitutional Court of Peru (@TC_Peru) November 15, 2020 After Vizcarra’s removal, Peru is mired in a serious political crisis, which has set the streets on fire. Precisely, this weekend two young protesters died in clashes with the Police, an incident that caused Vizcarra’s successor, the controversial Manuel Merino, to resign. See them Comments Topics
    (CNN)The bond hearing for two men facing charges related to the February 23 shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery will resume Friday. Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, was jogging outside Brunswick, Georgia, when Gregory McMichael and his son, Travis, chased him in their truck and then shot him, authorities said. Both men have been indicted by a grand jury on malice and felony murder charges in Arbery's death. The charges also include aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment. The father and son appeared in the Glynn County, Georgia, court via video conference.At the start of the hearing Thursday, prosecutors read out racial messages allegedly written by Travis McMichael. Read MoreGregory McMichael and Travis McMichaelThe McMichaels' defense teams called multiple witnesses, including Gregory McMichael's wife, Allison McMichael, and other friends willing to contribute to the bond.But, Wanda Cooper-Jones, Arbery's mother, read an emotional impact statement in court....
    August 31, 1946: last hearing at the Nuremberg tribunal. The Nazi leaders accused in this historic trial try to minimize their involvement during the latest allegations. Here are some excerpts from the chronicle made at that time by the . journalist: NUREMBERG, August 31, 1946 (.) – (…) It seems, upon hearing them, that each of the 21 defendants had the mission of sketching, each at their own level, the fragment of a painting that, once reconstituted , allow the German nation to believe itself innocent of so many crimes against humanity, since those who orchestrated them do not admit guilty either. The overwhelming accumulation of evidence against them was felt to undermine their impassive demeanor. All this blood literally suffocates them. On this day it stands out, and this is something fundamental, that these defendants whom history points out as guilty no longer deny the...
    Celebrities have taken to social media to praise Joe Biden's rousing speech to the nation Friday night where he all but declared White House victory and vowed to bring Americans back together, as his lead over Donald Trump continues to grow in critical swing states.  Biden made a brief appearance inside the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware, late Friday night and spoke for seven minutes with running mate Kamala Harris at his side. It had been expected to be a victory speech but more than 72 hours on from election night the presidential race still wasn't called as ballots are still being counted in the key states of Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arizona, Nevada and North Carolina.  Biden currently leads with 253 of the 270 electoral college votes needed to claim the White House and is ahead in Pennsylvania, Nevada, Georgia and Arizona where counting continues Saturday.  Pennsylvania alone would take him to 273...
    Hong Kong (CNN Business)TikTok censored videos related to incidents in Xinjiang to avoid promoting conflict, an executive at the short-form video app told UK lawmakers this week.The statement came during a hearing held Thursday by the United Kingdom's Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, which grilled Elizabeth Kanter, the company's director of government relations and public policy for UK, Ireland and Israel, over TikTok's links to China. TikTok is owned by Beijing-based ByteDance, and has faced accusations from Western lawmakers that its ownership puts it at risk of being influenced by the Chinese government. TikTok has said in the past that it doesn't remove content based on sensitivities related to China. In a statement to CNN Business on Friday, Kanter said she misspoke during the hearing. "TikTok has previously acknowledged that in our very early days, we took a blunt approach to moderating content that promoted conflict, but we've also...
    A mother is fighting for her life in an Indiana hospital after she was accidentally shot by her two-year-old son, local authorities shared.  The unidentified woman, 40, was shot by her young son after he found a pistol inside their home on the 6000 block of US 36 in Hendricks County.  Officials with the Hendricks County Sheriff's Office said that the shooting happened around 9.20am, CBS 4 reports.  The unidentified woman, 40, was shot by her young son after he found a pistol inside their home on the 6000 block of US 36 in Hendricks County, Indiana CBS 4 Indy Privacy Policy The authorities said that the boy's five-year-old sibling was home at the time for the shooting and called for help.  Neither child was injured in the shooting and the mother is said to be in stable condition.  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next ...
    This week on The News Brig’s flagship podcast, The News Brigcast: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) yells at Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, gadget makers are going to QVC, and it is weird phone season once again. Hosts Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn talk to News Brig senior reporter Adi Robertson about the latest congressional hearing with the big tech CEOs — this time about Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and Dorsey attended the hearing over video in front of the Senate Commerce Committee, and Adi explains what everyone had to say. In the second half of the show, Ashley Carman stops by to talk about the newest episode of her video series In the Making, which is about how live shopping channels like QVC and HSN are now a new frontier for gadget companies marketing and selling their products....
    CHICAGO — Following a summer of protests against police brutality and waves of looting that rocked the city, Chicago aldermen offered up contrasting visions for the future role of the Chicago Police during a marathon budget hearing Thursday. Proclaiming “police officers are not our enemies,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot rejected calls to “defund the police” in her $12.8 billion pandemic budget, but it does eliminate 614 vacancies from the department, angering aldermen who want more police officers in districts serving their wards. Her decision goes against the wishes of more than 85 percent of respondents to a citywide survey of 37,000 residents that called for money to be reallocated from the department to fund public health, infrastructure and other social services. Progressive aldermen cited that figure when pressing Police Supt. David Brown to help them reimagine the role of the police department Thursday. The differing opinions on police are evident...
    MARTINEZ — Contra Costa prosecutors have filed charged a Bethel Island man in connection with a December 2019 car crash that killed a Discovery Bay woman, in a case where authorities say the suspected driver and the victim knew one another. Michael Allen Stuart, 56, was charged with vehicular manslaughter and hit and run, both felonies. Police say the victim, 42-year-old Danielle Keller, was a walking on Gateway Road, just west of Piper Road, when Stuart’s 1994 Honda Accord struck her. The collision occurred a little after 6 p.m. Stuart pleaded not guilty to both counts at his arraignment hearing Oct. 23. His preliminary hearing — where a judge will review evidence and determine if there is enough to order Stuart to stand trial — has been set for Nov. 3, prosecutors said. The driver didn’t stick around at the scene of the crash, but four hours later, Stuart called...
    Thomas Valva was 8 years old when he died after allegedly spending a night in a cold garage An NYPD transit cop charged with murder of his eight-year-old son has quit the force so that he can keep a portion of his pension.   Michael Valva, 41, has been charged in the murder of his 8-year-old son, Thomas, who was allegedly starved, beaten and locked outside their Long Island home. He died of hypoterhmia after sleeping in an unheated garage on a freezing night on January 17. Valva and his fiancée, 42-year-old Angela Pollina, have been charged with second-degree murder in Thomas' death.   Valva was given custoday of Thomas and his brother in September 2017 despite desperate pleas from Thomas' biological mother, Justyna Zubko-Valva, and concerns from school officials that they were being abused.     While Valva is awaiting his trial next year, he has made the decision to resign from the...
    A judge has agreed to combine the cases against 'cult mom' Lori Vallow and her husband Chad Daybell so they can face trial together on charges related to the deaths of her children.   Judge Steven Boyce of Idaho's 7th Judicial District issued the ruling on the joinder motion, filed last month by Madison County Special Prosecutor Rob Wood, at a hearing on Thursday.  During the hearing Wood argued that Chad and Lori should be tried together because they are both facing charges for conspiracy to hide the remains of Lori's children, Joshua 'JJ' Vallow and Tylee Ryan, who disappeared in September 2019 and were found buried on Chad's property in June.  Chad and his attorney John Prior joined the hearing via Zoom from Fremont County Jail. Prior opposed Wood's motion, arguing that combining the cases would create unfair prejudice for his client by heightening media attention.  Lori did not appear...
    When Amanda Cooper found out her 8-year-old son Cason, who is Deaf, wasn't returning to in-person school in March she said she immediately felt afraid.  "That is the best way that I know how to describe it," Cooper, who is hearing, told CBS News. Her family moved to St. Augustine, Florida, so Cason would be able to attend Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind and be immersed in ASL and Deaf culture. "It was just extremely frightening. I know within my heart that I could not provide Cason with what he needed, as much as the teachers at his school could," she added.  And she likely wasn't the only parent who felt this way.  Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox This spring, millions of children across the country went from seeing their peers and teachers each day in-person, to largely interacting behind a computer screen. For...
    Well, we had another hearing with the platform CEOs. The dream with this sort of thing is that Congress shows up with a full command of the issues, and asks the CEOs good-faith questions about matters of policy and law. And then I’d come along at the end of the day to walk you through the more provocative questions and productive answers, and gesture at what likely policy outcomes we could expect from this exercise in representative democracy. But “Does Section 230’s Sweeping Immunity Enable Big Tech Bad Behavior?,” a hearing of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, was not that kind of exercise. The word “sham” got kicked around a lot, especially by the participants. “Stunt,” too. Some of the Democrats declined to ask any questions at all. It was not the first of these. In April 2018, House Republicans organized a hearing to investigate why the...
    (CNN Business)In 1994, Congress dragged the CEOs of the nation's largest tobacco companies to Capitol Hill, where they testified — under oath — that cigarettes are not addictive, contrary to evidence otherwise. It was a watershed moment for the tobacco industry and marked the beginning of the end of Big Tobacco's dominance in America. For many, the testimony of Big Tech CEOs may evoke a similar feeling. US lawmakers have repeatedly summoned the top executives of Amazon (AMZN), Apple (AAPL), Facebook (FB), Google and Twitter (TWTR), peppering them on a range of subjects in a bid to hold the companies accountable for their perceived excesses. Each event has been a high-profile clash filled with breathless media coverage and a looming sense that something momentous was about to happen that could shake up Silicon Valley. But after more than two years of these hearings, it's time to conclude that many of...
    The real issue — as little as it was actually discussed — was section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. The clause, dating back to 1996, essentially provides companies immunity from what users post on their sites. It allows users to speak freely — even distastefully — without platforms like YouTube or 8chan having to take legal responsibility outside of certain criminal offenses. Without the clause, there would likely be more restrictions on what users could say online as it would be near-impossible for a social media site to vet the legality every piece of third-party content. Both political parties feel that the law should be reformed. Neither can agree on how. Republicans have argued that social media platforms are moderating speech too much (such as President Donald Trump’s tweets) while Democrats have said platforms aren’t moderating enough (such as conspiracy theories and disinformation). The clause has been targeted by...
    Jack Dorsey's beard quickly became the star during Wednesday's virtual hearing on Capitol Hill.  Twitter buzzed with hilarious memes and gifs reacting to the Big Tech CEO's long and shaggy quarantine beard, comparing him to notable figures while cracking jokes about how wild his facial hair looked.  'Footage of today's Congressional testimony from @jack,' said one user, showing a photo of Tom Hanks in Castaway.  Several people made Rasputin jokes, claiming Dorsey looked like the infamous Russian mystic.  Twitter buzzed with hilarious memes and gifs reacting to the Big Tech CEO's long and shaggy quarantine beard as he spoke during Wednesday virtual Capitol Hill hearing 'Footage of today's Congressional testimony from @jack,' said one user, showing a photo of Tom Hanks in Castaway Several people made Rasputin jokes, claiming Dorsey looked like the infamous Russian mystic 'Jack Dorsey will not stop until the young Anastasia and the...
    Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey appeared before the Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday via Skype, but it was his unusually long beard that quickly made waves on his own social network. Senate Republicans subpoenaed Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to respond to the censorship of articles from the New York Post about Hunter Biden using information obtained from the laptop of former vice president Joe Biden’s son. Although Dorsey later backtracked on some of the censorship, which saw several high profile accounts locked for attempting to share the articles, the New York Post’s account is still inactive. Tuesday’s proceedings included several newsworthy moments, including Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz blasting Dorsey for saying that such censorship impacts elections and for the Twitter CEO insisting that holocaust denial is not misinformation. Nevertheless, a host of Twitter users of all political persuasions saw fit to draw attention to Dorsey’s massive, unkempt “lockdown”...
    Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzIn partisan slugfest, can Chip Roy overcome Trump troubles? Cruz: Hunter Biden attacks don't move 'a single voter' GOP clears key hurdle on Barrett's Supreme Court nomination, setting up Monday confirmation MORE during a hearing on Wednesday accused Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey of censoring content with an anti-conservative bias, with the Texas Republican focusing his argument around a policy the tech company has since changed.  Cruz slammed Dorsey during the Senate Commerce Committee hearing over the company's decision earlier this month to limit the spread of a New York Post report that included allegations about Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenGiuliani goes off on Fox Business host after she compares him to Christopher Steele Trump looks to shore up support in Nebraska Jeff Daniels narrates new Biden campaign ad for Michigan MORE’s son, Hunter Biden, that have been disputed by the former vice president's campaign.  The company initially...
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) erupted on Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey during a Senate hearing over media censorship on the social media platform — specifically targeting him for banning the New York Post following their controversial reporting on Hunter Biden. In a Senate Commerce Committee hearing regarding media censorship amid the 2020 election, Cruz asked Dorsey about Twitter’s decision to ban the Post — noting that they are still banned, weeks later. “They have to log into their account, which they can do at this minute, delete the original tweet, which fell under our original enforcement actions, and they can tweet the exact same material, tweet the exact same article, and it would go through,” Dorsey explained in response. “The New York Post isn’t just some random guy tweeting,” Cruz responded. “The New York Post has the fourth-highest circulation of any newspaper in America. The New York Post is 200 years older. The New York Post was founded by Alexander Hamilton....
    The Duchess of Sussex is bringing a bid to postpone the trial of her High Court privacy action against the Mail On Sunday over the publication of a letter to her estranged father. Meghan is suing Associated Newspapers Ltd (ANL), publisher of the Mail On Sunday and MailOnline, over an article in August 2018 which reproduced parts of the handwritten letter sent to 76-year-old Thomas Markle. There have been a number of preliminary hearings in the case so far, and a hearing to consider costs and case management issues was due to take place tomorrow, ahead of a 10-day trial due to start in January. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex leave the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in London on March 9 this year, on their final royal engagement before they quit royal life Meghan is suing Associated Newspapers Limited over an article which reproduced parts of...
    Savannah Rychcik October 27, 2020 0 Comments President Donald Trump is reassuring his supporters they will only have to hear about the COVID-19 pandemic a little longer. “It’s ‘COVID, COVID, COVID,’ you can’t watch anything else. On November 4th you won’t be hearing so much about it,” Trump said during a rally in Michigan Tuesday. He added, “Did you ever notice, they don’t use the word death. They use the word cases, cases. Like Barron Trump is a case. He has sniffles. He was sniffling, one Kleenex, that’s all he needed… and he was better. But he’s a case. Trump argued the reason the United States has so many COVID-19 cases is because “we test more.” Watch his comments below: TRUMP: "You see this crowd right here? I could jump right in. I could give every woman and every man a kiss and I wouldnt...
    Don McLean didn’t hold back when asked about his ex-wife Patricia McLean. “I can truly say that my ex-wife is the worst person I ever knew,” the singer/songwriter told The Irish Times on Monday. “There’s nobody that compares. “All these love letters that she sent me every month for 30 years -- they immediately turned to salt,” added the 75-year-old. The former couple tied the knot in 1987 but divorced after a domestic incident in their Camden, Maine, home in 2016.  'AMERICAN PIE' SINGER DON MCLEAN SAYS MUSIC NO LONGER EXISTS BECAUSE OF 'NIHILISTIC SOCIETY' McLean pleaded guilty to domestic violence assault, which was dismissed after he met the terms of a plea agreement. He also pleaded guilty to three other charges. According to McLean’s attorney, he paid the fine “not because he was in fact guilty of anything, but to provide closure for his family and keep the whole...
    How California turned the corner on COVID-19 American foods the whole world adores Ex-Texas WR is done hearing about ‘The Eyes of Texas’ Former Texas Longhorns wide receiver Quan Cosby has had enough of “The Eyes of Texas” issue. © Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports After the Longhorns' 27-16 win over Baylor on Saturday, the players stayed for the song. “The Eyes of Texas” is a school song that is often sung at football events and part of tradition for the University of Texas. However, the song has been under scrutiny this year since a group of Longhorns players sought its elimination as part of a list of social justice demands. The school elected to keep the song, but there was some controversy when players left the field before the song’s playing after their first two home games this year. Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte later said he...
    Facebook said at the time that it was reducing the story’s distribution until it had been reviewed by the company’s fact checking partners. A spokesperson explained that it’s “part of [the company’s] standard process to reduce the spread of misinformation.” Meanwhile, Twitter completely blocked the story’s URL from being shared via tweets and direct messages, citing its existing policies around hacked materials. The steps the platforms took reignited accusations that they have an anti—conservative political bias. As a result of the backlash, Twitter had to update its hacked materials policy and had to unblock the New York Post link. In addition to discussing the companies’ response to the Post’s story, the committee will also take the chance to “review [their] handling of the 2020 election,” since the hearing is happening a couple of weeks after Election Day. Before the executives face the Senate to testify about news suppression, though, they...
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    Phil Collins' 'trespasser' ex-wife Orianne Cevey will get to remain in his Miami Beach mansion with her new toyboy husband as their bitter legal fight got underway at a Florida courtroom Tuesday. During the proceedings, the court also heard that Cevey has allegedly demanded a payment of $20m from Collins - with whom she had an on-off relationship for more than 20 years.  Collins and Cevey, 46, were married from 1999 until 2008.  However, they reconciled eight years later, after their record $47m divorce.  The pair remained together until earlier this year, before Collins was left blindsided when Cevey secretly married struggling musician Thomas Bates, 30, in August. Banks moved into Collins and Cevey's $33m home while Collins was out of town.  In Tuesday's hearing, which sometimes turned sometimes turned fiery, the rocker's attorney angrily accused Cevey of using 'gamesmanship' to take over the home and stalling the legal process by changing...
    Matthew Rozsa October 20, 2020 11:54PM (UTC) We live in an era of unprecedented political polarization, to the point where it seems unimaginable that liberals and conservatives could unite around any issue. Yet as a House Judiciary Committee hearing last Thursday illustrated, there are many conservatives who join liberals in arguing that we should strengthen antitrust laws against Big Tech companies like Google, Facebook, Twitter and Amazon — although they sometimes have very different reasons for wanting to do so. The House Judiciary Committee hearing was chaired by Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., who is in charge of the Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law. The hearing, dubbed "Proposals to Strengthen the Antitrust Laws and Restore Competition Online," was a rare display of bipartisanship even though the two sides on some occasions still talked past each other. The hearing was also unusual because antitrust action is rare nowadays, a testament perhaps to how big...
    (CNN)The Trump administration has taken a step to weaken the Affordable Care Act in a key battleground state, with only weeks to go until Election Day as well as Supreme Court arguments that could determine the landmark law's future.The administration this week approved Georgia's waiver request to provide Medicaid coverage to certain low-income residents if they work or participate in other qualifying activities for at least 80 hours a month. It's the latest state to receive permission to require work as a condition of coverage, though implementation elsewhere has been halted by federal courts or state officials.The future of Obamacare is at risk again. Heres whats at stakeAlso, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced it had completed its review of Georgia's more controversial request to make fundamental changes to the state's Affordable Care Act exchange. The agency, which opened the door for states to create alternatives to Obamacare...
              Live from Music Row Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed Nashville attorney Jim Roberts to the newsmakers line to give updates about scheduled hearings in order to proceed with getting the Taxpayer Protection Act referendum on the December ballot. Leahy: We are joined on the newsmaker line by our good friend Nashville attorney Jim Roberts who has an update for us about the Nashville Taxpayer Protection Act referendum. There was a court hearing scheduled yesterday. Did it happen? And what happened there, Jim? Welcome. Roberts: Well, it did not happen yesterday. Good morning to you. Funny things have happened since we last spoke. After we filed suit last Thursday, Metro I guess got off their tail in and filed a...
    Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinKey moments from Barrett's marathon question-and-answer session Senators dial down rhetoric at Barrett hearing after 2018 Kavanaugh brawl Barrett says she didn't mean to offend LGBTQ community with term 'sexual preference' MORE’s (D-Calif.) praise of her Republican colleague, Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamKey moments from Barrett's marathon question-and-answer session Overnight Health Care: Barrett signals ObamaCare could survive mandate being struck down | CDC warns small gatherings fueling COVID spread | Judge blocks Wisconsin capacity limits The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump makes last-minute plea to suburban voters MORE (S.C.), which she followed with a friendly hug, is stirring outrage on the left and prompting calls by prominent liberals for her to step down as the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Democrats, liberal activists and left-leaning pundits, many of whom were dismayed that Democratic senators didn’t put a tougher fight against President TrumpDonald John TrumpTwitter CEO...
    Madison Summers October 15, 2020 0 Comments Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is claiming that Democrats have a “good chance” to win the White House in the upcoming election. The South Carolina lawmaker’s remarks came on the fourth day of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearings, where senators are hearing from legal experts on the last day. During Thursday’s hearing, Graham responded to criticism from Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) on Republicans moving forward with Barrett’s hearings and a panel vote scheduled for next week. “Democrats generally look at people of a disposition like Justice [Sonia] Sotomayor and [Elena] Kagan,” Graham said. “Now, y’all have a good chance of winning the White House. I don’t know where the polls are going to be.” Klobuchar quickly resonded, “Thank you for acknowledging that.” The Republican senator then said, “Yeah, I think it’s true.” Watch the video below: Lindsey Graham: "Yall...
    Loading the player... Republican Senator Lindsey Graham referred to segregation as “the good old days” during Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing on Wednesday. Graham, who is up for re-election this year, later told reporters that the comment was nothing more than “deep sarcasm,” but he’s still catching heat over it. His Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison, who is Black, added his voice to the chorus of critics who were quick to call out the South Carolina lawmaker on social media, New York Times reports.  “The good old days for who, Senator?” Harrison tweeted, along with a video clip of Graham’s comment. “It’s 2020, not 1920. Act like it.” Read More: Lindsey Graham photographed with leader of white nationalist group Proud Boys Guy King, a spokesperson for Harrison’s campaign, said Graham’s comments confirm that he’s “out of touch.” “Yet again, Lindsey Graham has proven that he’s completely...
    Merriam-Webster dictionary has updated its definition of 'sexual preference' to an 'offensive' term one day after Amy Coney Barrett's use of the phrase was slammed during her SCOTUS hearing.  The reputable dictionary's fifth definition of the word 'preference' cites 'orientation' and uses the example of 'sexual preference'. On Wednesday, this definition was updated to explain that the use of preference in relation to sexuality is 'offensive'. The change came hours after Democratic Senator Mazie Hirono said Barrett's appointment to the Supreme Court would pose a threat to LGBTQ rights and used the judge's use of the term 'sexual preference' as evidence of this concern. Hirono said the phrase is highly offensive to the LGBTQ community and is used by 'anti-LGBTQ activists' to suggest sexuality is a choice rather than an unchangeable part of an individual's identity.   Democrats have voiced concerns that Barrett - a devout Christian who is part of  a conservative religious...
    (CNN)Early on in Tuesday's confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill, Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett used a term that alarmed many LGBTQ+ people and advocates:Sexual preference.Barrett referenced the term when asked about the Supreme Court's 2015 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which granted the right to same-sex marriage -- a choice of words that Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono condemned in a lengthy statement. Justices Thomas and Alito lash out at the decision that cleared way for same-sex marriage"Even though you didn't give a direct answer I think your response did speak volumes," Hirono said. "Not once, but twice, you used the term sexual preference to describe those in the LGBTQ community. And let me make clear, sexual preference is an offensive and outdated term."Hirono continued, "It is used by anti-LGBTQ activists to suggest that sexual orientation is a choice. It is not." Read MoreShe added that if Barrett believed "that...
    The Houston Astros are just one game away from being swept in the ALCS but the Senate Judiciary committee spared them no kind words on Wednesday during Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation hearing. Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., was attempting to draw a comparison between the Astros and Senate Democrats about having “two sets of rules” in moments of desperation.  RAYS BEAT ASTROS 5-2, MOVE WITHIN 1 VICTORY OF WORLD SERIES  "I'd like to talk about the Houston Astros, who are miserable cheaters," Sasse said plainly. "I think all baseball fans know that the Astros cheat. They steal signs. They bang on cans. They've done a whole bunch of miserable things, historically."  “Tonight is Game 4 in the American League Championship Series and if Houston loses to Tampa they will be done. That leads people to feel kinda desperate at times,” he said.  “There are times where you have...
    Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Lindsey Graham referred to segregation as the 'good ol' days' during Wednesday's confirmation for Judge Amy Coney Barrett.  'Do you think Brown v. Board of Education is a super-precedent? As in, you're not aware of any effort to go back to the good ol' days of segregation by a legislative body, is that correct?' Graham had asked President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick.   He quickly got pummeled by his Democratic opponent for the quip.  'Lindsey Graham just called segregation "the good old days." The good old days for who, Senator? It’s 2020, not 1920. Act like it,' tweeted Jaime Harrison, South Carolina's Democratic Senate candidate, who is Black.   Graham bristled that his remark - 'made with dripping sarcasm' - had become controversial when he talked to reporters in Capitol Hill's corridors afterward.  Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Lindsey Graham got pummeled by his Democratic opponent Jaime Harrison after...
    Sen. Lindsey Graham expressed his frustration at the technical difficulties the Senate Judiciary Committee experienced throughout the confirmation hearing of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. "I think it happened again," the South Carolina Republican said after the microphones cut out for the second time during Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal's questioning. "Are we not paying the bills anymore?" he asked. While the microphones were down, Blumenthal discussed Barrett's use of what is often called the "Ginsburg rule," referring to Ginsburg's statement from 27 years ago that said, "A judge sworn to decide impartially can offer no forecasts, no hints, for that would show not only disregard for the specifics of the particular case, it would display disdain for the entire judicial process.” "Justice Ginsburg, with her characteristic pithiness, used this to describe how a nominee should comport herself at a hearing: no hints, no previews, no...
    Several days into Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings, we know one thing for certain: Barrett has an impressive, seemingly relentless, ability to dodge perfectly reasonable questions. She could not bring herself to express support for the peaceful transition of power, say whether a president can unilaterally delay an election, and refused to explicitly state Donald Trump can’t pardon himself for his crimes. She managed to describe sexual orientation as a “sexual preference,” and apologized after much backlash.  What has Barrett offered up an opinion on in the past? Well, as covered by the Associated Press, in 2019 as a judge in the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, she wrote a mind-boggling opinion on a workplace harassment lawsuit that came after an employee was terminated. Barrett wrote on behalf of three judges on the panel who all agreed on the ruling. In this case, Terry Smith, a Black Illinois transportation employee, claimed he...
     Sponsored by Facebook  To receive The Hill's 12:30 Report in your inbox, please sign up here: http://bit.ly/1Tt4hqN  --> A midday take on what's happening in politics and how to have a sense of humor about it.* *Ha. Haha. Hahah. Sniff. Haha. Sniff. Ha--breaks down crying hysterically.   The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Day 3 of Amy Coney Barrett’s questioning | Graham sets up first Barrett vote tomorrow | Confirmation schedule and timing | Reporter asks Graham to wear mask | Biden strategy to run out the clock | Avoids questioning and scrutiny | Trump campaign schedule reveals weaknesses | To hold evening rally in Iowa | Harris to appear on MSNBC tonight | CDC warns against small gatherings | Prime Day deals   HAPPENING ON CAPITOL HILL Day 3: Same room, same seats, roughly the same debates, basically the same quips … slightly different outfits:     Senators on the Judiciary Committee are questioning Judge Amy Coney Barrett again today for her confirmation to the...
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) clashed during Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing after Cruz pointed out that many Democratic senators were absent from the room and thus no longer have “substantive criticism” of Barrett’s appointment. “Let me say, first of all, the last three days of hearings have revealed very good news. They have revealed the news that Judge Barrett is going to be confirmed by this committee and by the full Senate,” declared Cruz, explaining, “With two full days of questioning, we’ve seen that our Democratic colleagues have very few questions actually to raise about Judge Barrett’s qualifications.” “Very little of the time we’ve spent in here has concerned her record as a judge, her 20 years as a respected scholar. Instead, much of this hearing has focused on political attacks directed at President Trump,” he continued, before claiming,...
    Who's given the most ridiculous performance at the Amy Coney Barrett confirmation hearing so far?” — TheBlaze (@TheBlaze)1602685238.0
    Hearing dates set for the 4 Rangers players who filed for salary arbitration By: Frank Curto October 14, 2020 ShareTweetFlipRedditThe next step for the New York Rangers battle against the salary cap was announced on Tuesday with the announcement of dates for salary arbitration hearings. With four Blueshirts filing for arbitration, Anthony DeAngelo, Alexandar Georgiev, Ryan Strome, and Brendan Lemieux, Jeff Gorton will look to sign all of these players before the hearings are conducted. Salary arbitration hearings will be held from Oct. 20 through Nov. 8. A player can sign a contract with his current team any time before an arbitrator’s ruling. More times than not a player and the respected team will settle on a  new deal prior to the hearings. Last year, 40 players filled for arbitration with only six going to an arbitration hearing. The Ranger’s biggest...
    President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett said during her Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday that she 'wept' with her children over the death of George Floyd.  Barrett claimed that the death of Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis in May, was 'very, very personal' as she has two adopted black children from Haiti, Vivian and John Peter.  She added that she believes racism is a problem in America but would not say whether she thinks it is systemic or not, claiming that was a decision for Congress and not her role as a judge.  Scroll down for video President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett gave an emotional response when she was questioned about the death of George Floyd on Tuesday The Supreme Court nominee has two black children she adopted from Haiti. Her children are pictured here  as they...
    Senate Democrats are trying to turn the confirmation hearing on Amy Coney Barrett into a political victory for their party, but so far they’ve failed miserably. Barrett is the poster-woman the GOP needs to attract college-educated female voters and help close the gender gap come November. Though they don’t have the votes to block Barrett’s confirmation, liberals are exploiting the televised hearings in pursuit of two goals. One is to fearmonger. They warn that in a case already before the high court, Barrett would provide the fifth vote to overturn ObamaCare. The message: Blame Trump. Democrats are also trying to undermine public confidence in any Supreme Court ruling on the outcome of the 2020 election. The message here is that unless Barrett recuses herself from any case involving ballot disputes, the outcome is illegitimate. The demagoguery was turned up to 11. Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee put up poster-size...
    Tuesday, during an appearance on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) criticized the tack taken by Senate Democrats during the opening portion of Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing. Cotton said that given the focus on the Affordable Care Act by Democrats, one might mistake it for a Senate Health Committee hearing. “You know, as I saw in the hearings yesterday, though, I’ve got to say, Ainsley, I thought I’d stumbled into a hearing of the Senate Health Committee, not the Senate Judiciary Committee,” he said. “The Democrats kept talking about Obamacare and pre-existing conditions as if the Supreme Court’s job is to make health care policy. It’s not their job. It’s the job of Congress and the president. One reason that they’re focusing on that is they want to cover up the continued failures of Obamacare and higher premiums or what the individual mandate did...
     Sponsored by FacebookTo view past editions of The Hill's 12:30 Report, click here: http://bit.ly/1M1mIfw To receive The Hill's 12:30 Report in your inbox, please sign up here: http://bit.ly/1Tt4hqN --> A midday take on what's happening in politics and how to have a sense of humor about it.* *Ha. Haha. Hahah. Sniff. Haha. Sniff. Ha--breaks down crying hysterically.    The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Senators question Amy Coney Barrett | Barrett asked whether a president can delay election |  Won’t answer hypothetical question |  Feinstein asks about Roe v. Wade |  Barrett isn’t using notes |  Johnson & Johnson delays COVID-19 vaccine trials after ‘unexplained illness’ |  Alarm grows over Trump’s poll watchers |  Trump campaigns in Pa. while Biden visits Fla. |  Romney urges leaders to ‘lower the heat’ |  20-year-old’s cooking adventure goes viral     HAPPENING ON CAPITOL HILL We’ve moved onto the questioning part of the program:     Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President TrumpDonald John TrumpTwo ethics groups call on House to...
    Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceSasse accuses Democrats of 'suicide bombing of two branches of government' GOP sees falling Trump stock as growing threat to Senate majority Bob Dole claims no Republicans on debate commission support Trump MORE said he believes Democrats are not focused on trying to derail Judge Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation to the Supreme Court, with the Fox News anchor arguing instead that their strategy is designed to "make Republicans pay at the ballot box" next month. "I think the push on the Affordable Care Act is less about trying to derail this nomination, because I think Democrats basically realize they're going to be unable to do so. It's trying to make Republicans pay at the ballot box," Wallace said on Tuesday. "Remember, the Affordable Care Act, protecting people with pre-existing conditions, was the best issue for Democrats in the 2018 midterm election." "I think this is more about politics and...
    The second day of hearings for the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court resume today at 9 a.m. ET. Monday's hearing was full of opening statements from committee members and Judge Barrett. Some fo the more notable statements came from Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R), who noted that Democrats spent very little time discussing Barrett and her qualifications and a lot of time discussing ObamaCare, and Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, who went after the Democrats' and media's past attacks on Barrett's Catholic faith. You can watch today's hearings live here: Confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett (Day 2) www.youtube.com
    Washington (CNN)Democratic and Republican lawmakers will have an opportunity on Tuesday to question President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett during the second day of Senate hearings on her nomination, a highly anticipated moment that will mark the next stage in a contentious confirmation fight. Partisan battle lines were quickly drawn on Monday during the first day of hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee as Democrats and Republicans offered up sharply divergent narratives of the high court fight to fill the vacancy created by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In opening statements delivered on Monday, Republican senators praised Barrett's judicial qualifications in glowing terms and emphasized her capability as a working mom, while Democrats warned that health care protections and the Affordable Care Act are at stake, and under threat, in the nomination fight. Tuesday and Wednesday's hearing sessions in the committee will now allow for...
    (CNN)Listening to Republican Sen. Josh Hawley during one of the most heated moments of Monday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, a bystander might have thought Democrats had spent the day attacking Judge Amy Coney Barrett's Catholic faith. "When you tell somebody that they're too Catholic to be on the bench, when you tell them they're going to be a Catholic judge, not an American judge, that's bigotry," the Missouri Republican said. "The pattern and practice of bigotry from members of this committee must be stopped, and I would expect that it be renounced."But the only members who spent significant time on Barrett's faith during the hearings on Monday were the Republicans. Hawley at one point even suggested that a key court precedent related to Roe v. Wade should be off-limits, deeming it a veiled attempt to discuss her religion. Democrats argue Barrett threatens Obamacare at confirmation hearing while GOP touts...
    Seven senators brought up Barrett's faith during the first day of her confirmation hearing — and all of them were Republicans. Senate Republicans have claimed for weeks that Democratic attacks on Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett's traditionalist Catholic faith are just around the corner — but the only people at her confirmation hearing talking about Barrett's faith were Republicans. Monday was the first day of Barrett's controversial confirmation hearing. During opening remarks, exactly seven senators mentioned her Catholic faith: Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA), and Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE). During the hearing, Grassley said that in 2017, when Barrett was confirmed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the Democrats suggested Barrett was "too faithful" or "too Catholic"...
    Welcome to The Hill’s Campaign Report, your daily rundown of all the latest news in the 2020 presidential, Senate and House races. Did someone forward this to you? Click here to subscribe. We’re Julia Manchester, Max Greenwood and Jonathan Easley. Here’s what we’re watching today on the campaign trail: LEADING THE DAY:  Happy Monday. It’s another busy day in Washington with the first day of Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing underway just weeks before the presidential election.  The Q&A portion of the hearings is slated to kick off on Tuesday, but the jabs began on Monday, setting the scene for what is likely to be a deeply partisan battle.  “Unfortunately, I expect the minority will try to rustle up baseless claims and scare tactics ... anything to derail the confirmation of a Republican nominee,” the committee’s former chairman, GOP Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyHirono commits to avoiding 'irrelevant'...
    Senate Democrats focused on the Affordable Care Act in their opening statements during Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing Monday, warning that the landmark health care law would be in jeopardy if she is confirmed. California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, was the first Democrat to speak Monday morning, saying that Barrett’s nomination could risk health coverage for enrolled under the ACA. “Health care coverage for millions of Americans is at stake with this nomination,” she said. “We will examine the consequences if, and that’s a big if, Republicans succeed in rushing this nomination through the Senate.” Feinstein also referred to Texas v. California, which will appear before the Supreme Court on Nov. 10. The case could decide the fate of Obamacare, which has allowed approximately 25 million Americans to obtain health care coverage, she said. (RELATED: Feinstein Invokes The ACA As Democrats Prepare To...
    CNN on Monday opted against airing most of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s first hearing with Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump’s nominee to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court. The network cut away from the hearing after opening statements from Committee Chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), interrupting Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) to hold a panel about the hearing, which was moderated by host Poppy Harlow. The network spent the balance of the morning covering topics that included the coronavirus pandemic, the state of the economy, and early voting in Georgia, among other topics. It did return to the hearing briefly in the 1:00 p.m. hour to hear an opening statement delivered by Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), the Democratic Party’s nominee for vice president, and in the 2:00 p.m. hour to hear remarks from Barrett. That programming decision ran contrary to the network’s competitors, Fox News and...
    Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, called out the "irony" of attacks Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett has faced based on her life choices, particularly her religion and family life. Before her confirmation hearing even began, Barrett, a mother of seven, faced scrutiny and criticism over her Catholic faith and large family. Media reports likened a religious organization with which she was affiliated to the dystopian television show "The Handmaid's Tale," and during her Seventh Circuit confirmation hearing, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., told Barrett that "the dogma lives loudly within you," which was "of concern." CRUZ TELLS DEMS AT BARRETT HEARING 'WE'VE HEARD A LOT OF ATTACKS ON TRUMP,' 'LITTLE ABOUT THE NOMINEE' "What your political opponents want to paint you as is a TV or cartoon version of a religious radical," Ernst said, "a so-called ‘handmaid’ that feeds into all of the ridiculous stereotypes they have set out to lambaste people...
    Adam Schultz/Zuma For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) just slammed Senate Republicans’ “reckless” decision to hold Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing “inside of a closed door room for hours while our nation is facing a deadly airborne virus.” Harris pointed out that Republicans in the Senate have failed to advance a second coronavirus relief bill to assist the millions who are facing economic devastation because of the pandemic, but nonetheless are attempting to push Coney Barrett’s confirmation in the final few weeks before the presidential election—all while endangering people’s health. “This committee has ignored common sense requests to keep people safe, including not requiring testing for all members, despite a coronavirus outbreak among senators of this very committee,” she said. “The decision to hold this hearing now is reckless...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett (all times local): 2:30 p.m. The Senate Judiciary Committee has wrapped up the first of four days of planned Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Amy Coney Barrett. Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Lindsey Graham told lawmakers at the conclusion of an approximately five-hour hearing Monday to get some rest because there are long days ahead. On Monday, Democratic and Republican members of the committee gave opening statements, as did Barrett. She will begin answering questions from lawmakers Tuesday. Graham acknowledged the obvious at one point: “This is going to be a long, contentious week.” ___ HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE SUPREME COURT CONFIRMATION HEARINGS: The Republican-controlled Senate is charging ahead on President Donald Trump’s pick to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and cement a conservative court...
    Republican Sen. Ted Cruz called out his Democrat peers on the Senate Judiciary Committee, wondering why they seemed more focused on President Donald Trump than on Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. The Texas senator gave his opening remarks on the first day of hearings via video conference, and he dedicated his time – as did other Republican senators – to speaking about the focus of the hearing. “We’ve heard a lot of attacks [on] Trump … we’ve heard a lot of political rhetoric … but we’ve heard very little about the nominee who is here,” Cruz said. “Part of the reason for that, is on any measure, Judge Barrett’s credentials are impeccable.” CRITICISM OF BARRETT FAITH IS 'ATTEMPT TO BRING BACK TO DAYS OF THE RELIGIOUS TEST': HAWLEY Democrat members of the committee focused on two main points: that they believed Trump aims to appoint Barrett in order...
    Senator Kamala Harris called out Republican leadership of the Senate Judiciary hearing during opening remarks of the nomination hearing for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, just 22 days from the 2020 general election in which the will of the American people will be clearly expressed. The Vice Presidential candidate and former prosecutor provided her statement remotely, and opened by blasting Republican leadership for delaying the passing of a Covid-related stimulus bill, while, in her words “rushing this process and jamming President Trump’s nominee through the senate while people are actually just 22 days before the election.” To make her point even more stark, Harris cited early voting, adding “More than nine million Americans have already voted and millions more will vote while this illegitimate committee process is underway.” The California Senator then cited recent polls on the Supreme Court nomination, saying “a clear majority of Americans want whoever wins this...
    Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), who tested positive for coronavirus 10 days ago, appeared in person at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing to confirm Supreme Court Justice nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett on Monday after he said Congress’s attending physician cleared him to appear. “I’ll be participating in person. I’ve gotten the sign-off from the office of the attending physician. I’ve gone through the appropriate number of days, and I’ve been keeping my temperature under control, and I’m no longer contagious,” he told Hugh Hewitt earlier that morning. Lee said his wife has tested negative and no one else in the family has any symptoms, and that senators participating in the hearing would be seated six feet apart. After his opening statement, Lee posted the letter he received from the attending physician, which said: Based upon current CDC guidelines, you have met criteria to end COVID-19 isolation for those with mild to...
    (CNN)Sen. Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice presidential nominee and a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, spoke at the Supreme Court confirmation hearing of Amy Coney Barrett Monday remotely from her Senate office.Read Harris' remarks as prepared for delivery: Mr. Chairman, this hearing has brought together more than 50 people to sit inside a room for hours while our nation faces a deadly airborne virus. This committee has ignored commonsense requests to keep people safe -- including not requiring testing for all members -- despite a coronavirus outbreak among senators of this very committee.Read More By contrast, in response to this recent Senate outbreak, the leader of Senate Republicans rightly postponed business on the Senate floor this week to protect the health and safety of senators and staff. For the same reasons, this hearing should have been postponed. The decision to hold this hearing now is reckless and places facilities...
    Law professor Jonathan Turley bashed Democrats for their conduct at Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing, saying it reminded him of the trial for one of the most notorious serial killers in American history. As Barrett appeared for her first hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, multiple Democrats scrutinized the judge by saying her nomination is all about Republicans pursuing an opportunity to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Multiple lawmakers invoked pictures of people whose health benefits would be impacted if the ACA is struck down. Democrats showing portraits of people who stand to lose health care if Obamacare is struck down pic.twitter.com/BKVMke5jxx — Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) October 12, 2020 After the hearing went to recess, Turley appeared on Fox News to offer his reaction, and he compared the spectacle to the trial held for mass murderer and rapist, John Wayne Gacy. I’ve never seen anything...
    Getty/Susan Walsh Senator Amy Klobuchar went after President Trump and Republicans at Day 1 of Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court confirmation hearing. Democratic Minnesota Senator and former 2020 presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar delivered a blistering opening statement during Day 1 of the Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Amy Coney Barrett on Monday. Klobuchar went after President Donald Trump for his decision to rush Barrett’s confirmation through while voting is already underway in 40 states, as well as his reported comments on veterans and refusal to say whether he will commit to a peaceful transition of power, should he lose the November 3 election. She also said that Coney Barrett’s confirmation would mark a step “backward” from trailblazing late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg‘s Supreme Court accomplishments, rulings and dissents. Klobuchar Said Voters Know ‘Just What Trump & Republicans Are Up To’ & That ‘In the Name of RBG,’ Coney...
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    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett (all times local): 12:25 p.m. Sen. Mike Lee has released a doctor’s letter saying he no longer needs to be in isolation for COVID-19, allowing him to join the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. The Utah Republican posted the letter from the Attending Physician of Congress, Dr. Brian Monahan, on Monday as he joined the Senate Judiciary Committee for hearings. The letter says, “Based on current CDC guidelines, you have met criteria to end COVID-19 isolation for those with mild to moderate disease.” The doctor says Lee reported “remaining but improving fatigue” but has had no fever for at least 24 hours. He says Lee reported on Sunday that “other symptoms have improved.” The letter notes it has been more than 10 days “since symptom onset.” Lee and Sen....
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett (all times local): 11:50 a.m. Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal says Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett must recuse herself from any cases involving President Donald Trump and the outcome of the Nov. 3 election. The Connecticut senator says Barrett’s participation in election cases would do “explosive, enduring harm to the court’s legitimacy” and to her credibility. Blumenthal told Trump’s nominee on Monday: “You must recuse yourself.” Democrats are warning Republicans that the American public is not on their side rushing Trump’s nominee to confirmation while early voting is underway. Democrats say the winner of the presidential election should choose the nominee for the seat made vacant by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Republicans want Barrett confirmed before the presidential election. ___ HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WHAT’S HAPPENING IN...
    Senate Democrats have decided to make the ongoing court battle over the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act the centerpiece of their argument against the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. In her opening statement, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat from California, pointed to repeated statements by President Trump promising to nominate judges who would overturn the law, popularly called Obamacare, during Senate confirmation hearings Monday morning. “Health-care coverage for millions of Americans is at stake with this nomination,” Feinstein said, noting that on Nov. 10 the Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case California v. Texas, wherein 20 Republican-led states have sued to have the law struck down. The Trump administration has declined to defend the law in court. “The president has promised any judge he nominates will overturn the ACA,” said Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, in his opening remarks. “Judge...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City By Lawrence Hurley, Andrew Chung and Patricia Zengerle The Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday opened its four-day confirmation hearing for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett in what the panel’s chairman predicted would be a “long contentious week,” as Democrats denounced a Republican drive to approve her before the Nov. 3 U.S. election. Democrats are firmly opposed to Barrett, whose confirmation would give the court a 6-3 conservative majority that could lead to rulings rolling back abortion rights, expanding religious and gun rights, and upholding Republican-backed voting restrictions, among other issues. The hearing for Barrett, a conservative appellate court judge picked by Trump to replace the late liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, started with senators making opening statements. Barrett herself will make her own opening statement after the...
    Getty Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump's nominee for the US Supreme Court. Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing begins today, but how long will it be until she is officially confirmed? When could the vote take place and when will she be sworn in if she gets enough votes? Here’s a look at the timeline.Four Days of Hearings Are Scheduled for BarrettFour days of hearings are scheduled for Barrett, starting with today. The hearing is scheduled to run Monday through Thursday, starting at 9 a.m. Eastern each day, according to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s schedule. Today’s hearing will start with opening statements from Sen. Lindsey Graham, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, and each of the other 20 senators, Fox News reported. Each senator will be able to speak for 10 minutes each during their opening statements. Graham, Senate Judiciary Chairman, is presiding over the hearing. Following the...
    CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin on Monday voiced his concern about the Senate Judiciary Committee holding Supreme Court justice nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Democrats have pushed back against President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee given he is in the final year of his first presidential term. Toobin said on CNN’s “New Day” ahead of the hearing that the confirmation process is “being held in the middle of a pandemic” in what he called a “hotspot” because Sens. Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Mike Lee (R-UT) have both tested positive. He argued it is “so surreal and so dangerous” that members of the committee, some of which he noted are in their 80s, are “exposing themselves to this virus.” “[T]his is a hearing being held in the middle of a pandemic in the middle of a hotspot. I mean, Tillis has COVID, Mike Lee...
    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Monday defended Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court while acknowledging the political firestorm surrounding the process. Ever since President Donald Trump nominated Barrett to succeed the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Democrats have staunchly opposed the effort to push Barrett through, and they’ve argued that the 2020 election should decide who will name Ginsburg’s replacement. As Graham got the hearing underway, he acknowledged the situation as he said “This is an election year. We’re confirming the judge in an election year after the voting has occurred.” What will happen is that my Democratic colleagues will say this has never been done, and they’re right in this regard: nobody has ever been confirmed in an election year past July. The bottom line is Justice Ginsburg, when asked about this several years ago, said that a president serves four years, not...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett (all times local): 9 a.m. Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing has begun. The hearing room was largely empty Monday and some senators tuned in virtually, citing the coronavirus. President Donald Trump nominated Barrett just two weeks ago to fill the seat of the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Sept. 18. Trump and Republicans want Barrett on the bench in time for Election Day, Nov. 3. The hearing comes as three GOP senators have tested positive for the coronavirus, including two on the Judiciary Committee who now say they are symptom-free. The positive tests came after Trump’s Sept. 26 Rose Garden event announcing Barrett's nomination. Trump fell ill with COVID-19 about 10 days ago. Barrett, a conservative, would shift the balance on the court significantly right, from 5-4 in favor of...
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    WASHINGTON – The Latest on the Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett (all times local): 9 a.m. Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing has begun. The hearing room was largely empty Monday and some senators tuned in virtually, citing the coronavirus. President Donald Trump nominated Barrett just two weeks ago to fill the seat of the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Sept. 18. Trump and Republicans want Barrett on the bench in time for Election Day, Nov. 3. The hearing comes as three GOP senators have tested positive for the coronavirus, including two on the Judiciary Committee who now say they are symptom-free. The positive tests came after Trump’s Sept. 26 Rose Garden event announcing Barrett's nomination. Trump fell ill with COVID-19 about 10 days ago. Barrett, a conservative, would shift the balance on the court significantly right, from 5-4 in...
    The Senate Judiciary Committee will conduct its first confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. The hearing is slated to begin Monday at 9:00 a.m. EDT. News Amy Coney Barrett Senate Judiciary Committee Supreme Court Senate
    Most of mainstream journalism, thankfully, has now come to understand that both-sides-ism—the conviction that both parties are equally to blame for today’s dysfunction—is a hoax, and that it’s the Republican Party that is the norm-buster. Except for one area, that is, where a lot of people do still say both sides are guilty: judicial nominations, especially for the Supreme Court. Here, people point to what the Democrats did to Robert Bork and to Harry Reid’s ending of the judicial filibuster in 2013 as evidence that Democrats’ hands are at least as dirty. It’s nonsense. And this week, with confirmation hearings beginning for a nominee who is apparently brilliant but in some ways barely qualified (a mere three years on the bench, no experience in courtrooms) in a rushed process of which the American people overwhelmingly disapprove, Republicans are walking us another step closer to the cliff edge. They’re building a...
    The confirmation process for President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, is set to begin Monday. It's part of an intense process where judicial nominees respond to both written and in-person questioning in hopes of being approved by the Senate. Here is how that process usually works. AMY CONEY BARRETT CONFIRMATION HEARING TO BEGIN OCT. 12 AS SENATE RAMPS UP COVID PRECAUTIONS Background investigation Prior to holding a hearing on a nominee, the Senate Judiciary Committee conducts an extensive investigation. According to the Congressional Research Service, this typically includes a questionnaire dealing with biographical, professional, and financial information. On top of this, the FBI conducts a background check and submits a confidential report to the committee. The American Bar Association also has a practice of rating federal judicial nominees with a mark of Well Qualified, Qualified, or Not Qualified, and notifying the committee of their determination. In addition...