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    The moment I learned of the “Great Maha Rushie’s” passing, I was sitting down at a microphone in the middle of my first segment of a daily three-hour nationally syndicated radio show that airs from 12 to 2 p.m. Eastern — just like Rush. There aren’t too many people who are going to have that particular memory. For that I owe Rush Limbaugh a debt that I will try, but never succeed, to repay fully for the remainder of my life. My debt to Rush is much greater than simply having him be responsible for creating the entire industry of talk radio, an industry into which I entered into late in 2020 with my own show.  Before The Charlie Kirk Show, there was Turning Point USA (TPUSA). Before there was TPUSA, there were the ideas in the mind of a rebellious and out-of-place teenager in the north Chicago suburbs. Rush Limbaugh...
    Taylor Swift credited her boyfriend, Joe Alwyn, with inspiring her to start dabbling in political activism in recent years.  After staying notoriously apolitical for most of her career, Swift broke her silence in 2018 ahead of the midterm elections. At the time, she released a lengthy Instagram post encouraging her millions of followers to vote for Democratic candidate Phil Bredesen, who was running for Senate against Republican candidate Marsha Blackburn in Tennessee. Speaking to Vanity Fair in a recent interview, Swift says it was having the ability to talk about her political views out with her boyfriend as well as other friends and family that gave her the courage to finally speak out publicly.  TAYLOR SWIFT ON NOT WANTING TO GET POLITICAL FOLLOWING DIXIE CHICKS CONTROVERSY: 'IT TERRIFIED ME' Taylor Swift has been getting political in recent years. (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) "As a country musician, I was always told it’s better...
    Former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany remembered Rush Limbaugh, who passed away Wednesday, as someone who "exhibited unrelenting boldness to share the truth," saying the United States is "better because of him." "America has lost the giant of conservatism, a man who inspired tens of thousands of Rush Babies like me to enter politics and media," McEnany said. "I can say without hesitation I would not have entered this field if it were not for those rides in my Dad’s pickup truck listening to Rush." RNC CHAIRWOMAN RONNA MCDANIEL SAYS LIMBAUGH INSPIRED 'MILLIONS OF CONSERVATIVES' "He exhibited unrelenting boldness to share the truth, and our country is better because of him," she said. "We lost our giant, but the movement he inspired will continue for generations to come." During an exclusive interview with Fox News last year, McEnany said she had a passion for politics from a very young...
    EXCLUSIVE: Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel touted Rush Limbaugh as a "true patriot" just hours after his death, saying the late conservative talk radio icon inspired "millions of conservatives." "The conservative cause has lost an icon today," McDaniel said in a statement to Fox News Wednesday. "Rush Limbaugh was a true patriot who made immeasurable contributions to our national politics, inspiring millions of conservatives to join our movement."  She added: "Please keep his wife Kathryn and his family in your prayers."  Limbaugh, the influential media icon who transformed talk radio and helped shape the modern-day Republican Party, died Wednesday morning at the age of 70 after a battle with lung cancer, his family announced. RUSH LIMBAUGH, CONSERVATIVE TALK RADIO PIONEER, DEAD AT 70 Limbaugh's wife, Kathryn, made the announcement on his radio show. "Losing a loved one is terribly difficult, even more so when that loved one is larger than life,"...
    Rioters charged with insurrection and their attorneys agree: This is all Donald Trump’s fault. As the former president’s attorneys take to the Senate floor to absolve their client of inciting an insurrection, some of the most damning witnesses against him are the MAGA fanatics who say they were only following the commander-in-chief’s orders when they rampaged into the Capitol on Jan. 6. In court filings and in interviews, attorneys for alleged rioters have argued that their clients’ culpability for the riot comes at a discount because they were inspired by Trump’s words to march down to the Capitol. It’s a novel defense but one that Trump’s former impeachment attorney, Alan Dershowitz, thinks is “frivolous” and doomed to failure. So what are the accused saying about how Trump inspired and directed the Capitol insurrection? Welcome to Rabbit Hole, where we dive deep on the biggest story. It’s for Beast Inside members...
    With former President Trump’s impeachment trial beginning this week, New York lawmakers intend to pass the “No Citizen is Above the Law” legislation aimed at making it harder for Trump or any future president to avoid state prosecution if accused of criminal wrongdoing. The bill introduced by Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Queens) and Assemblyman Nick Perry (D-Brooklyn) will “toll” the statute of limitations in order to bring a case — meaning freezing or stopping the clock on the limitations period for the years a president is in office. It’s four years in Trump’s case. A sitting president is immune from arrest or prosecution while in office, according to a pair of Justice Department memos — one from 1973 and another from 2000 — which interpret the US Constitution. But the US Supreme Court has never made a determination on the issue. Gianaris and Perry say a president shouldn’t use the...
    More On: donald trump Biden is using the Obama-Trump playbook, not seeking unity Biden doesn’t have final word on refusing Trump intelligence briefings: WH Republicans blast Dems for Senate impeachment trial: ‘Zero chance of conviction’ Rep. Liz Cheney won’t resign following censure by Wyoming GOP With former President Trump’s impeachment trial beginning this week, New York lawmakers intend to pass the “No Citizen is Above the Law” legislation aimed at making it harder for Trump or any future president to avoid state prosecution if accused of criminal wrongdoing. The bill introduced by Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Queens) and Assemblyman Nick Perry (D-Brooklyn) will “toll” the statute of limitations in order to bring a case — meaning freezing or stopping the clock on the limitations period for the years a president is in office. It’s four years in Trump’s case. A sitting president is immune from arrest or prosecution while in...
    Donald Trump's impeachment defense lawyer, South Carolina Air National Guard Colonel Karl S. "Butch" Bowers, Jr., said he dedicated his life to defending public figures after he felt his father was wrongfully jailed for defrauding the government The lawyer who will defend Donald Trump in the Senate impeachment trial next month said Wednesday he didn't hesitate to take up the case because he dedicated his life to defending public figures he felt were wronged after his father was jailed for defrauding the government. 'It's who I am. It's what I do. It's all about the rule of law in the Constitution,' Karl 'Butch' Bowers Jr. told the Washington Post of taking up the former president's impeachment case. Bowers was recommended to Trump by South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, a longtime ally in Congress, after lawyers at more high-profile firms refused to take the case. The South Carolina Air National Guard...
    (CNN)"Frontline" closes out its stellar work during the Trump presidency with "Trump's American Carnage," a documentary charting the chaos and discord that characterized Donald Trump's time in the White House, methodically charting crises from his first days in office through the violent insurrection at the Capitol.Even now, as new stories come out, there's a temptation to think about how those "scenes" will play in the movie. But the real future for dramatizing the Trump years likely resides in the former President's preferred medium, TV.For those who have been paying close attention -- and a lot of people were -- there does seem to have been a certain inevitability to Trump's tenure ending as tumultuously as it began. As New York Times reporter Peter Baker says in "American Carnage," the events that unfolded in January were "mind-boggling ... and yet, wholly predictable."The well-documented arc of those years -- already presented in...
    A man from Ohio who is accused of entering the U.S. Capitol and stealing a coat rack from the Senate during the January 6 siege of the building, claims he was 'inspired to do so by former President Donald Trump's lies about election fraud.' Dustin Byron Thompson, 36, from Columbus was accompanied by his layer Sam Shamansky on Monday morning at the U.S. District Courthouse in the Ohio state capital.   'How else do you explain otherwise rational, law-abiding citizens traveling to D.C. and doing what they did?' Shamansky asked as he made the point to a federal judge in the hearing which saw his client released on own recognizance.   Dustin Byron Thompson, 36, is charged with stealing a coat rack during Capitol riots. He is pictured carrying the aforementioned coat rack Thompson could be seen clearly on surveillance footage entering the Capitol building  In what could signal a defense...
    (CNN)The formal dress and matching coat worn by first lady Jill Biden Wednesday night for inaugural festivities were designed with inspiration from new administration's message of unity, says the designer Gabriela Hearst. "Unity makes strength, and it is needed for the road ahead," Hearst said in a statement. In his inaugural address, President Joe Biden repeatedly emphasized his commitment to bringing the country together in the wake of Donald Trump's divisive presidency."I've never been more optimistic about America than I am this very day. There isn't anything we can't do if we do it together," Biden said.Jill Biden's cashmere coat featured embroidered flowers representing every state and territory, each flower taking approximately two hours to apply. The coat also has an embroidered quote from Benjamin Franklin on the lining, an homage to Biden's career as a teacher: "Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and...
    A year ago, I made a bold and, as it transpired, horrendously wrong prediction about the 2020 US Election. It wasn't quite as bad as the Decca Recording Company turning down the Beatles in 1961 because 'we don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out', but it wasn't far off. Last January, Donald Trump had just been feted at Davos for the purring US economy, his Impeachment trial over alleged Russian collusion was collapsing in his favour, he'd taken out the world's top two terror leaders in just four months (ISIS chief, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Iran's military commander, General Suleimani), and the Democrats were eating themselves alive. 'The President's laughing all the way back to the White House,' I wrote. 'The Democrats need a Hail Mary pass in November.' Well, they got one a lot earlier than that in the form of the coronavirus pandemic...
    Government officials say last week's Capitol riot will likely encourage domestic extremists to carry out more violent attacks, according to a new intelligence bulletin. Officials warn domestic extremists 'very likely pose the greatest domestic terrorism threats in 2021' in a Joint Intelligence Bulletin published Wednesday, produced by the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and the National Counterterrorism Center. Federal authorities said in the bulletin the Capitol protest will 'likely serve as a significant driver of violence for a diverse set of [domestic violent extremists]'. They say the attacks are fueled by racial division, QAnon conspiracies and other fringe views. Officials explain that extremists see violence 'as a step toward achieving their initiatives' and they 'consider the death of a perceived like-minded individual as an act of martyrdom.'  A Joint Intelligence Bulletin published Wednesday by the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and the National Counterterrorism Center warns that last...
    Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellPelosi names 9 impeachment managers House Judiciary Democrats ask Pence to invoke 25th Amendment to remove Trump GOP lawmaker denounces protesters charging Capitol steps: 'This is not who we are' MORE (D-Calif.) compared President TrumpDonald TrumpGrowing number of GOP lawmakers say they support impeachment YouTube temporarily bars uploading of new content on Trump's channel House passes measure calling on Pence to remove Trump MORE to Osama bin Laden in a recent interview, saying both men "inspired and radicalized" their supporters to commit acts of violence.  “Osama bin Laden did not enter U.S. soil on Sept. 11, but it was widely acknowledged that he was responsible for inspiring the attack on our country,” Swalwell told PBS late Tuesday as the House prepared to impeach Trump for a second time over his role in the deadly rioting at the U.S. Capitol. “And the president ... with his words, using the...
    Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) compared President Donald Trump to the late Taliban terrorist leader Osama bin Laden in a Tuesday interview, saying they had both “radicalized” their supporters. “Osama bin Laden did not enter U.S. soil on September 11, but it was widely acknowledged he was responsible for inspiring the attack on our country,” Swalwell said in the interview with PBS News host Judy Woodruff. “But the president, with his words, using the words ‘Fight,’ with the speakers that he assembled that day, who called for ‘trial by combat’ and said we have to take names and kick ass, that is hate speech that inspired and radicalized people to storm the Capitol.” Swalwell was referencing a comment Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) made during a speech prior to the Jan. 6 unrest in Washington, D.C. about “taking down names and kicking ass,” as well as a speech by the president’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, in which Giuliani alluded to “trial...
    Pop star Demi Lovato has revealed that Wednesday’s clashes on Capitol Hill have inspired her to return to the studio to work on a new project, though she hasn’t revealed the nature of the endeavor. In a recent tweet, Lovato called the clashes “an assault on democracy” and said that she is “angry, embarrassed and ashamed.” She also posted the hashtag #impeachtrumptonight. “THIS IS WHY I POST AS MUCH AS I DO. THIS IS WHY I CARE. THIS CANNOT HAPPEN ANY FUCKING MORE. I’m angry, embarrassed and ashamed,” she wrote. “I’m in the studio working on something special after today’s assault on democracy.” THIS IS WHY I POST AS MUCH AS I DO. THIS IS WHY I CARE. THIS CANNOT HAPPEN ANY FUCKING MORE. I’m angry, embarrassed and ashamed. I’m in the studio working on something special after today’s assault on democracy.#impeachtrumptonight — Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) January 7, 2021...
    At least six Republican state legislators from across the nation participated in events surrounding the attempted insurrection at the United States Capitol on Wednesday. News reports and social media posts showed at least one of the legislators, West Virginia Del. Derrick Evans (R), was among the violent mob that broke into the Capitol building. Evans, who was only recently sworn into office, posted a video of himself entering the building. “We’re gong in,” he says in the video, in which he is wearing a helmet. He later deleted the post. Other Republicans who participated in an earlier rally, in which President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump acknowledges end of presidency after Congress certifies Biden win Congress affirms Biden win after rioters terrorize Capitol Third House lawmaker tests positive for COVID-19 this week MORE incited his supporters to violence, said they had not entered the Capitol building. Several condemned the violence wrought by the...
    An angry mob’s attack on the U.S. Capitol left European allies aghast at the furor over President Trump’s electoral defeat and the blow delivered by the rioters to American prestige. “Disgraceful scenes in U.S. Congress,” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted Wednesday. “The United States stands for democracy around the world and it is now vital that there should be a peaceful and orderly transfer of power.” The violence interrupted the regular certification of the Electoral College, whose votes are dictated by the outcome of each state’s presidential election. Trump vowed that he would “never concede” during a speech at a rally before the uproar, which President-elect Joe Biden declared “insurrection” after the lawmakers evacuated the Capitol under duress. “The US Republic has inspired millions. Not today,” British lawmaker Tom Tugendhat, who chairs Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, tweeted as the chaos unfolded. “Today many will watch the...
    President Donald Trump’s Twitter rant about a “dangerous moment” that will “escalate dramatically” was inspired by fans at a rally in Georgia — and video shows their actual comments were even more threatening than what Trump quoted. In his Twitter rant Thursday morning, Trump wrote “People are upset, and they have a right to be. Georgia not only supported Trump in 2016, but now. This is the only State in the Deep South that went for Biden? Have they lost their minds? This is going to escalate dramatically. This is a very dangerous moment in our history.” He was quoting a Trump supporter from an OAN package filmed at this past weekend’s rally in Valdosta, Georgia, where correspondent Jenn Pellegrino interviewed a number of Trump fans. Video of that package shows that Trump slightly — but meaningfully — misquoted the man, who actually said “This has gotta escalate dramatically.”...
    The star witness in Trump's 'voter fraud' case in Michigan used to work as a stripper at a now closed gentlemen's club called the Bada Bing, sources have told DailyMail.com. Mellissa Carone, 33, used to dance at the venue in 2010, which has the same name as the infamous strip club featured in HBO's hit show The Sopranos.  The seedy joint even takes after the mobster strip club, having its own history of violence. It finally shuttered following a string of incidents, including an attack in 2010 where four men, including the manager, were arrested and charged with torturing a man in the basement, drilling through his hand with an electric drill.  Carone, 33, became a viral sensation during a hearing with Rudy Giuliani last week where she gave a belligerent, bizarre and widely discredited testimony detailing her claims of election fraud. Last week, DailyMail.com revealed she had recently finished 12...
    Barack and Michelle Obama are officially moving forward on their planned comedy series for Netflix that is loosely based on Michael Lewis’ anti-Trump book The Fifth Risk, which attempts to portray the early days of the Trump presidency as chaotic and disorganized. The G Word with Adam Conover will be a comedy series about the federal government, the comedian announced Thursday on Twitter. The series will be co-executive produced by the Obama’s Higher Ground Productions, which has a deal with Netflix, and Conover’s outfit Fair Point. The Obama’s acquired the rights to the Lewis book in 2018 with plans to adapt it into a series for the streamer. Very happy to finally be able to share this news: Im creating a new comedy series for Netflix about the federal government. Its called The G Word, and I cant wait to share it with you. https://t.co/cLppFdfoWS — Adam Conover (@adamconover) November...
    You won’t find any malarkey in this burger — only plenty of mushrooms and potato chips. Tsunami, a burger joint located in Japan’s Kanagawa Prefecture, has debuted a burger inspired by President-elect Joe Biden and his home state of Pennsylvania. The same restaurant, located only blocks away from the U.S. naval base in Yokosuka, had previously debuted the “Obama Burger,” the “Trump Burger,” the “GW Burger” in honor of George Washington, and the “Double R Burger” inspired by Ronald Reagan, all of which are still on the menu. Tsunami’s chef and owner, Shigeru Iida, had developed the recipe with his wife and originally debuted the burger on Friday before Biden was projected as the winner of the 2020 presidential election, Kyodo News reported. He added that he had planned to leave it on the menu even if Trump was reelected. TOKYO BURGER JOINT ONCE SOLD OUT OF ITS 'TRUMP BURGERS' AFTER 2016...
    Loading the player... Former President Barack Obama posted a video on Twitter of him shooting his shot, literally. The now viral video shows him making a 3-point shot and walking off, saying, “That’s what I do!” The 19-second clip has garnered 2 million views and in the tweet he includes a link to IWillVote.com to encourage people to get to the polls as the presidential election on Nov. 3 draws closer. Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden can be seen walking behind, impressed, saying, “Whoa! All net!” Shoot your shot. https://t.co/XdZz4dh82T pic.twitter.com/elpBmzu6hV— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) October 31, 2020 The video comes as many people speculate about Biden’s ability to capture the Black male vote. Many question whether or not President Donald Trump can sway enough Black male voters to hurt Biden in key battleground states. Read More: Harris appeals directly to Black men: ‘Honor the ancestors’ According...
    For the past 20 years, the Serranos of Lakewood have kept a family pact based on equal parts patriotism and vengeance: Become an American citizen. Register to vote. And go with the Democrats to stick it to the Republicans. Rafael and Carmela Serrano came to Southern California in 1991 from Guadalajara, Mexico, with six of their eight children after their general store went under. They had wonderful memories of the Southland from visits to Disneyland, and figured life here would be peaceful and welcoming. It wasn’t. California was about to embark on a decade of legislative xenophobia led by the GOP. First came Proposition 187, the landmark 1994 ballot initiative that sought to make life miserable for undocumented immigrants. Similar laws spread in cities across the state that decade and eventually metastasized into a national anti-immigrant movement that helped plop Donald J. Trump in the White House in the 2016...
    Black voters aged 24-18 are beginning to question their traditional support for Democrats, it has been claimed, amid anger at the slow pace of change in their cities. Black voters from Generation Z - born between 1996 and 2015 - are being encouraged by Trump supporters such as Candace Owens - whose Twitter biography states: 'Black people don’t have to be Democrats— still' - and 18-year-old CJ Pearson to reassess their expected Democrat backing. Black Americans overwhelmingly support Democrats, casting more than 90 per cent of their votes for the party's candidates in the past three presidential elections.  But black pro-Trump activists were given a huge boost by Joe Biden's July interview with radio personality Charlamagne Tha God, in which Biden clumsily claimed that not supporting his campaign means 'you ain't black'. A video of Trump responding to Biden's labeling Trump a racist, at a virtual town hall on July...
    In reaction to an alleged plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) and overthrow the state’s government, MSNBC “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough on Friday argued President Donald Trump was an “autocrat” who is inspiring “domestic terrorism.” Scarborough outlined his argument by noting that Vice President Mike Pence during this week’s vice presidential debate failed to guarantee a peaceful transfer of power if Trump loses his reelection bid, Trump has ordered Attorney General William Barr to arrest his 2020 opponent Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his 2016 opponent Hillary Clinton, and the president “inspired a group of terrorists” to kidnap Whitmer and overthrow the state’s government. “That is not something that suggests the wishes of an autocratic leader — that’s just what an autocratic leader does. That’s what a tyrant does, and it’s happening here in America,” Scarborough said of Trump demanding Barr to arrest his political opponents. “[W]e...
    This must really bug the Pence campaign. Following Wednesday night’s vice presidential debate between Sen. Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence, a slew of online retailers, largely on Amazon and Etsy, began selling shirts emblazoned with the phrase “I’m speaking” or “Mr. Vice President, I’m speaking” — remarks Harris directed at Pence when he attempted to interject and speak over Harris during the debate. Shortly after the debate, sellers on Amazon and Etsy began marketing shirts with the phrase “I’m speaking” or “Mr. Vice President, I’m speaking” (Etsy) In addition, some of the sites’ sellers were also pushing merchandise referencing the now-viral moment in which a fly landed on the vice president’s head, including shirts reading, “The Fly Doesn’t Lie” or “Truth Over Flies,” as well as face masks reading “Flies for Biden,” among other items. Sellers also capitalized on the now-viral fly that briefly landed on Vice...
    Lisa Rinna and Jenna Dewan are inspiring folks to vote in November’s presidential election by any means necessary. On Tuesday, Rinna took to social media to share a bikini pic all while encouraging her followers to pound the polls on Nov. 3. “So a lot of you have been asking about my diet and exercise routine: I start by voting as early as possible for #joebiden and #kamalaharris and all of the other democratic candidates,” the“Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star, 57, wrote alongside the image showcasing her svelte physique while donning a multi-colored swimsuit aboard a boat. Rinna then suggested her social media followers take a Torch’d workout class, before she slammed President Trump. LISA RINNA DETAILS HUSBAND HARRY HAMLIN’S PAST ROMANCE WITH URSULA ANDRESS: ‘SHE GOT PREGNANT THAT NIGHT' The three-time author added her post was inspired by Zoë Kravitz who took a similar approach to hyping up her followers to exercise their right to...
    A towering, Hollywood-esque Trump sign briefly appeared above California’s 405 Freeway near Sepulveda Pass, just to the west of Los Angeles, before workers took it down Tuesday. Pictures and videos show the sign, in separate white block letters, appeared styled after the landmark Hollywood sign above its namesake LA community. “Someone put up this Trump sign overnight along the 405 freeway, near the Getty,” KTLA reporter Christina Pascucci tweeted, along with a video taken from the other side of the freeway. “This is right in the middle of what’s largely considered one of the most liberal cities in America.” TRUMP'S HOLLYWOOD STAR DESTROYED BY MAN IN HULK COSTUME: REPORT Authorities viewed it as a “traffic hazard” and ordered its removal, even though it was erected on private land, KTLA reported. Due to its placement amid dry brush, someone also reportedly complained that it might be a wildfire risk. Eric Menjivar,...
    (CNN) — One in every five Americans recently polled say they’re more likely to wear a mask now that President Donald Trump has tested positive for Covid-19. About 21% of respondents in a new poll by Axios-Ipsos said they are now more likely to wear a face covering and maintain a physical distance of at least six feet from others. For the rest, however, the news hasn’t changed their behaviors and views. These latest poll findings come from a survey of 405 adults in the United States, conducted between Friday and Monday in the wake of President Trump’s diagnosis. Survey responses show that 77% of adults said there has been “no change” in their likelihood to wear a mask or physically distance following news about the President testing positive, and 2% said they are less likely. The survey also found that 12% of respondents said they are more likely to...
    (CNN)One in every five Americans recently polled say they're more likely to wear a mask now that President Donald Trump has tested positive for Covid-19.About 21% of respondents in a new poll by Axios-Ipsos said they are now more likely to wear a face covering and maintain a physical distance of at least six feet from others. For the rest, however, the news hasn't changed their behaviors and views.These latest poll findings come from a survey of 405 adults in the United States, conducted between Friday and Monday in the wake of President Trump's diagnosis. Survey responses show that 77% of adults said there has been "no change" in their likelihood to wear a mask or physically distance following news about the President testing positive, and 2% said they are less likely. The survey also found that 12% of respondents said they are more likely to wear gloves now, compared...
    In a series of local TV interviews, former Vice President Joe Biden hammered President Donald Trump over his debate remarks telling the extremist Proud Boys to “Stand back and stand by,” even displaying a Trump-inspired logo the group has adopted. On Wednesday, Biden gave a raft of interviews to local stations in Pennsylvania and Ohio, and was repeatedly asked about Trump’s comments, which set off widespread outrage, as well as celebration from white supremacist and right-wing extremist groups. Biden went after Trump hard. In an interview with WPXI, Biden even showed a logo inspired by Trump’s remarks that was quickly adopted by the Proud Boys, and said “The pride boys didn’t think that. Go online, this is, it says the proud boys, that’s their symbol, right? It says ‘Stand back and stand by.'” Biden added that Trump’s comments show “that he’s race baiting,” adding that “it’s just not who...
    President Trump’s selection of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to be the next associate justice of the Supreme Court comes as no surprise. Nor should it. She is an inspired choice, one who combines impeccable character with exceptional qualifications. Judge Barrett graduated magna cum laude from Rhodes College and summa cum laude from Notre Dame Law School, which foretold a brilliant career as a legal scholar. After graduating, she clerked for judges on the two most prestigious courts in the nation—Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the D.C. Circuit and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Her fellow clerks have been quick to call her Scalia’s favorite. VideoJudge Barrett’s pre-judicial career included tenure in private law practice—Miller, Cassidy, Larroca & Lewin, which merged with Baker Botts during her years there—but most conspicuously included her time as a scholar. For 15 years, she was a law professor at Notre Dame, where she taught courses...
    House Democrats introduced a package of reforms on Wednesday that they say will "prevent future presidential abuses." The legislation, dubbed the Protecting Our Democracy Act, seeks to counter the sort of issues put on display by President Trump and members of his administration with a variety of proposals introduced by seven House committee leaders at the behest of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. To "prevent presidential abuses," the Democrats proposed prohibiting the president from pardoning himself or herself, suspending the statute of limitations for a federal offense committed by a president or vice president while in office, and strengthening the foreign and domestic emoluments clause of the Constitution. The Democrats, which include House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff and Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, also expressed their desire to "restore our system of checks and balances, strengthen accountability, and transparency." They proposed accomplishing this by expediting the judicial process for congressional...
    Igor Derysh September 22, 2020 9:00AM (UTC) Democrats sounded the alarm about the potential Supreme Court nomination of federal appeals court Judge Amy Coney Barrett over her ties to the Federalist Society and criticism of Roe v. Wade. Despite opposing former President Barack Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland 11 months ahead of the 2016 election, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has already announced that the upper chamber will vote on President Donald Trump's nominee to replace late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg despite her "fervent wish" to "not be replaced until a new president is installed." : Trump vowed to choose a woman to replace Ginsburg, and Barrett has emerged as the apparent front-runner. "I'm saving her for Ginsburg," Trump said of Barrett when he tapped Brett Kavanaugh to replace former Justice Anthony Kennedy in 2018, according to Axios. Barrett, 48, has been a cause of concern for Democrats since she her confirmation to the...
    It's not figurative anymore. The Federalist Society's list of approved Supreme Court nominees, from which the nominee will be drawn, has a handful of youngish women wingnuts, two of whom seem to top the list for the vacancy created by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The two sucking up most of the oxygen in the speculation, and whom power-addled Donald Trump seems to be able to keep in his head, are over-the-top extremist and extremist: Amy Coney Barrett, representing The Handmaid's Tale as societal model wing, and Barbara Lagoa, the quid pro quo choice. Starting with Barrett: She does indeed belong to an extreme, charismatic wing of the Catholic Church called People of Praise, which actually did serve as the inspiration for Margaret Atwood in her dystopian novel, The Handmaid's Tale. The book was published in 1985 after Atwood "delayed writing it for about three years after I got...
    Two conservative women emerged as the front runners to become President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Saturday as the president confirmed that he would pick a woman. On Saturday afternoon, Trump named Amy Coney Barrett, 48, of the Chicago-based 7th Circuit and Barbara Lagoa, 52, of the Atlanta-based 11th Circuit as possible nominees. Emerging as the favorite is Barrett, 48, a mother of seven children, who has adopted two kids from Haiti and has a biological child with special needs.  However, her involvement in a cult-like Christian group where members are assigned a 'handmaiden' would come under fierce review if she is Trump's pick. The group helped inspire 'The Handmaids Tale', book's author Margaret Atwood has said.  Lagoa is a Cuban American from Florida whose parents fled Castro five decades ago. She has previously spoken about how her father longed to be a lawyer but was forced to abandon his dream...
    First lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - You might want to download TikTok now Warning label added to Trump tweet over potential mail-in voting disinformation New Melania Trump statue replaces one that burned to the ground in Slovenia MORE on Saturday paid homage to the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgObama calls on Senate not to fill Ginsburg's vacancy until after election Planned Parenthood: 'The fate of our rights' depends on Ginsburg replacement Progressive group to spend M in ad campaign on Supreme Court vacancy MORE, calling her death an “immense loss.” “Her tenacity & strength were matched by her intellect & compassion, & her spirit will live on in all she has inspired. My prayers are with her family & all who loved her,” Trump wrote, adding the hashtag “RIPRBG.” Justice's Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing is a immense loss....
    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death on Friday prompted an outpouring of bipartisan support as politicians from both parties heaped praise on the legendary jurist. Former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush both offered their condolences, with the former how Ginsburg "inspired more than one generation of women and girls." "Laura and I join our fellow Americans in mourning the loss of Ruth Bader Ginsburg," the former president said. "She dedicated many of her 87 remarkable years to the pursuit of justice and equality, and she inspired more than one generation of women and girls." Democratic Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, N.Y., Dick Durbin, Ill., and Mazie Hirono, Hawaii, all commemorated Ginsburg in tweets after her death. Those close in President Trump's orbit heaped praise on the former justice as well. President Trump's son Eric Trump tweeted: "Justice Ginsburg was a remarkable woman with an astonishing work ethic....
    Undecided voters at Donald Trump's town hall on Tuesday night gave him a thumbs down after his responses to their questions, with one voter saying she was now going to vote for Joe Biden and another accusing the president of 'lying through his teeth.' In the 90-minute town hall meeting in Philadelphia, Trump dismissed his own quotes in Bob Woodward's book that he downplayed the threat of the coronavirus, claiming instead he 'up-played' and told a black voter he hoped there wasn't a race problem in the country. Paul Tubiana of Bethlehem, Penn., who asked the first question to the president about his COVID response, told CNN after the town hall: 'He didn't answer anything. He was lying through his teeth.'  Tubiana described himself as a conservative and said he voted for Trump in 2016. The president, in his response to Tubiania's question, claimed he 'worked very hard on the pandemic' and...
    Ashley Benson cuddles up with beau G-Eazy on coffee run BP’s $1.1 Billion Deal Marks First Step Into Offshore Wind Lewis inspired by tennis-playing mums at Flushing Meadows (Reuters) - Stacy Lewis begins her bid for a second victory at the LPGA Tour's ANA Inspiration on Thursday and the former world number one says she has taken inspiration from the performances of tennis-playing mothers at the U.S. Open Grand Slam in New York. © Reuters/Gunnar Rathbun LPGA: Walmart NW Arkansas Championship - Second Round The women's singles draw at Flushing Meadows featured nine mothers, with two -- Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka -- advancing to the semi-finals. ESPN+ Fantasy Tools: Play Like an Expert, Even If You Aren’t SIGN UP NOW Ad ESPN+ Lewis, who won the Scottish Open last month for her first title since becoming a mother in 2018, said she knows exactly how much of...
    Ashlie D. Stevens August 26, 2020 11:26PM (UTC) In the new-to-Netflix film "Lingua Franca," viewers follow the story of Olivia  — played by the film's director and producer Isabel Sandoval — a trans woman who recently immigrated from the Philippines and is now working as a caregiver for Olga (Lynn Cohen), an eldery Russian woman in Brooklyn's Brighton Beach neighborhood.  Initially, Olivia's main motivation is to secure a green card to stay in America, but she unexpectedly falls for Olga's adult grandson, Alex (Eamon Farren), who doesn't know that she is trans. However, she is eventually outed, and her safety, sense of self and immigration status are threatened.  : "Lingua Franca" originally debuted as part of the 2019 Venice International Film Festival Venice Days program, where it made history as the first film directed and starring an openly trans woman of color to screen in competition. It is now...
    The villain in the upcoming comic book movie "Wonder Woman 1984" is partly inspired by President Donald Trump, but the film's director insists, "It's not about being political." Patty Jenkins directed the 2017 blockbuster "Wonder Woman" that made over $821 million at the international box office, and returns to direct the sequel, "Wonder Woman 1984." While discussing the upcoming DC Comics sequel about the superhero from the island nation of Themyscira, Jenkins gave some insight into one of the movie's villains, Maxwell Lord, played by Pedro Pascal of "Narcos" and "Game of Thrones" fame. Jenkins was asked by Screen Rant if President Trump was an inspiration for Maxwell Lord. "He's one of them," Jenkins said. "I mean honestly, the funny thing is he is [an influence], but I'm not trying to make...We even have the president in this movie, and I've gone out of my...
    The director of “Wonder Woman 1984” revealed President Donald Trump was the inspiration for the villain in the sequel. Patty Jenkins talked about the inspiration behind the villain businessman Maxwell Lord for the movie during an interview published Wednesday by Screen Rant. Wonder Woman 1984: Pedro Pascal’s Villainous Maxwell Lord Inspired By Donald Trump?@DCComics #WonderWoman1984 #PedroPascal @realDonaldTrump #Koimoihttps://t.co/4XsZcm9aRL — Koimoi.com (@Koimoi) August 21, 2020 “He’s one of them,” she admitted. “I mean honestly, the funny thing is he is [an influence], but I’m not trying to make…We even have the president in this movie, and I’ve gone out of my way not to make it look like Ronald Reagan.” (RELATED: ‘Tenet’ Release Date Pushed To July 31, ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Pushed To October 2) “I don’t want to get political, it’s not about being political,” she added. “Actually, a huge influence of this movie was also Madoff. Those young...
    The villain in the upcoming Warner Bros. superhero film Wonder Woman 1984 is partly inspired by Donald Trump, director Patty Jenkins revealed in an interview with ScreenRant. “He’s one of them,” Jenkins said when asked if Trump was an influence on the character of antagonist Maxwell Lord, who is played by Pedro Pascal. “I mean honestly, the funny thing is he is, but I’m not trying to make… We even have the president in this movie, and I’ve gone out of my way not to make it look like Ronald Reagan.” Watch below:  Jenkins insisted that the film is not political and the character is more inspired by Trump the business mogul. “I don’t want to get political, it’s not about being political,” Jenkins said. “Trump’s definitely one of the people we looked at, but it’s any of those kind of mavericks of business success that was big in the 80s. Who went...
    The upcoming “Wonder Woman 1984” – a sequel to the 2017 smash hit – will be having a villain whose conception was apparently influenced by Orange Man Bad, though that was not meant as a political statement, the director claimed. According to Patty Jenkins, the film’s director, the villain Maxwell Lord, played by Pedro Pascal (“The Mandalorian”), was partially inspired by President Donald Trump. “He’s one of them,” Jenkins told Screen Rant of the character’s many influences. The director, however, clarified that she is not in any way trying to wade into politics. “I mean honestly, the funny thing is he is, but I’m not trying to make … We even have the president in this movie, and I’ve gone out of my way not to make it look like Ronald Reagan,” Jenkins said. “I don’t want to get political; it’s not about being political.” “I don’t have an agenda...
    The villain in the upcoming DC superhero movie "Wonder Woman 1984" might look slightly familiar, according to director Patty Jenkins. The 49-year-old filmmaker admitted she used President Donald Trump as inspiration for Pedro Pascal's Maxwell Lord. Jenkins told Screen Rant, "He's one of them," when asked if Trump influenced the development of the character. "I mean honestly, the funny thing is he is, but I'm not trying to make ... We even have the president in this movie, and I've gone out of my way not to make it look like Ronald Reagan," she added. GAL GADOT RETURNS IN FIRST 'WONDER WOMAN 1984' TRAILER But Jenkins isn't using Lord to make a political statement in the "WW" comic book movie sequel. "I don't want to get political, it's not about being political," she explained. Pedro Pascal as Maxwell Lord in 'Wonder Woman 1984.' (WB/YouTube) "I don't have an agenda to have a political...
    The upcoming Presidential for America is sure to be an interesting one but if you weren’t already gearing up for all the drama that its going to unfold, Stephen Colbert’s Late Show decided to make it even more happening by releasing an all-new trailer of American Endgame. We bet you guessed what it with the word ‘Endgame’ in it. Yes, Colbert’s team put together an amazing Avengers: Endgame inspired video of the elections. The video features Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden as Captain America facing off against President Donald Trump as Thanos. Did You Know Mallika Sherawat Played Vice Presidential Candidate Kamla Harris In A Hollywood Movie? Sharing the amazing video, The Late Show handle wrote, “Joe Biden says this year’s election is “The Battle for the Soul of the Nation,” but we’re calling it something else.” Biden’s ‘Democratic’ Avengers in the video include Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as Mantis, Bernie Sanders...
    Hollywood star Eva Longoria kicked off the first night of the Democratic National Convention on Monday with a stab at President Donald Trump, claiming that the last four years “have left us as a nation diminished and divided.” The Desperate Housewives star also used the occasion to remind viewers of the Chinese coronavirus pandemic and the damage it has caused. “We always hear that line about this being the most important election of our lifetime. But this year, it really is,” Longoria said in her opening speech. “The past few months have tested us all. We’ve lost more than 170,000 family members and friends to COVID. This tragedy is compounded by the loss of jobs and income.” And while Longoria didn’t mention President Trump by name, she criticized the current administration for its impact on the nation. Here we go! Check it out tonight to learn and be inspired for the...
    For The Daily Beast's membership drive, we're asking our reporters and editors to tell the stories behind some of their biggest stories. Barely a year into this administration, when the two of us—Daily Beast investigative reporter Lachlan Markay and White House correspondent Asawin Suebsaeng—were first approached to write a book on the era of President and racist game-show host Donald J. Trump, we were asked if we wanted to co-author something on the “adults in the room.” This meant: the president’s lieutenants who encouraged stability and maintained a respectable moral code against the backdrop and foreground of Trump’s tumult, vulgarity, and omnishambles. (Think: your Rex Tillersons, your John Kellys, your James Mattises… I guess.) We politely turned down the assignment given that, 1) we, as a reporting duo, didn’t believe the “adults in the room” in the age of Trump actually existed and, 2) even if they did, they don’t...
    Last week, Congress grilled Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook. Microsoft, wasn't invited to the party. I thought Microsoft's boss would be relieved that his company was safely out of the firing line. It appears I was wrong. What I didn't know at the time was that Satya Nadella was in fact looking to expand deeper into social media. Microsoft already owns LinkedIn. Acquiring video-based social-media platform TikTok, though, would make it responsible for its controversial content. In short, it would open itself up to all the criticisms and accusations that the other big social-media companies have faced in recent years. TikTok doesn't allow political ads. It wants to encourage fun, creative, sharable content. But TikTok - almost unwittingly - has become political. For example, videos using the #BLM hashtag - referencing Black Lives Matter - have been viewed more than 12 billion times;...
    Daniel Smith, now 88, is just one generation removed from slavery. His father, Abram Smith, was born on a plantation in Massies Mill, Virginia, in 1862 during the Civil War The 88-year-old son of a slave born on a Virginia plantation 157 years ago says he's inspired by the current Black Lives Matter movement but fears slavery could possibly happen again under Donald Trump's presidency. Daniel Smith, while it seems unlikely, is just one generation removed from slavery. His father, Abram Smith, was born on a plantation in Massies Mill, Virginia, in 1862 during the Civil War.  After leaving the plantation, Abram married Clara Wheeler, who was decades younger than him, and they settled in Connecticut in the 1920s to raise a family. They had six children together and Smith, who was their fifth child, was born in 1932. Abram was 70 years old when Smith was born.  Smith and his 92-year-old...
    On Fox Nation's latest episode of "Isaiah Washington: Kitchen Talk," the "Grey's Anatomy" star caught up with Instagram personality and community activist Larry Henry, known to his followers as KingFace, to discuss his tumultuous past and how it led to his support of President Trump. " I mean, he comes from the same surroundings as me," Henry told Washington. "I think he's like the people. I think he is the people... I think he understands the people." 'I'VE MADE MISTAKES, CHASED WOMEN AND DONE WRONG: NFL PLAYER OPENS UP ABOUT FINDING GOD' Henry said Trump's past, which forced him to navigate everyday "human being situations," makes him relatable to the public, and inspires citizens of all backgrounds to dream big. "Obama made Black people feel like they could become president. When Donald Trump became president, it made the whole world feel like they could become president."— KingFace, "Isaiah Washington: Kitchen Talk,""He comes from Queens, New York. He made...
    (CNN)One-fifth of the way through the 21st Century, Donald Trump is seemingly running to be the last President of the Confederacy.Trump's behavior in recent days has been marked by calls to preserve statues of Confederate generals who took up arms against the United States and defending their memory, even threatening to veto a must-pass defense spending bill to do so. It's all in character for a politician whose career began with a racist conspiracy against former President Barack Obama and who ran his 2016 campaign as a counter-cultural reaction to the country's first Black president. Trump has also retreated to racial equivocation when his turbulent presidency ran into trouble.Were the rest of his term not such a riot of outrage and impropriety and had he not spent his life exploiting racial fault lines for personal gain, Trump's solidifying reelection strategy -- rooted in unhealed wounds of the Civil War that...
    Protesters in Washington, DC, have tried to establish an autonomous zone, the "Black House Autonomous Zone," or BHAZ, in the past several days.  But DC police are clearing the BHAZ, calling it a public-safety issue.  Protesters also unsuccessfully tried to topple a statue of Andrew Jackson. President Donald Trump has slammed the protesters' efforts, calling for people in the BHAZ to be met with "serious force" and threatening to arrest anyone who vandalizes or topples statues.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Over the past few days, protesters have attempted to erect an autonomous zone in Washington, DC, which they called the "Black House Autonomous Zone," or BHAZ. But that effort has been dashed by DC police, who are sweeping through the BHAZ to clear it out.  The BHAZ took its inspiration from a similar autonomous zone in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood, initially known as the CHAZ, and...
    President Donald Trump smeared a 75-year-old Buffalo activist seriously injured by police, in a tweet based on a conspiracy theory spread by a Kremlin-linked broadcaster. The president identified the protester, Martin Gugino, as an “ANTIFA provocateur,” a claim that has bounced around right-wing media circles and then broadcast on the rabidly pro-Trump One America News Network by Russian propagandist Kristian Rouz. “A new report finds the latest tensions in the Buffalo Police Department could be the result of a false-flag provocation by far-left group Antifa,” Rouz reported for OANN. The San Diego-based Rouz has been simultaneously working for OANN and the Kremlin-owned Sputnik news aggregator that played a role in Russia’s 2016 election interference, cited a report by The Conservative Treehouse. “Gugino was attempting to capture the radio communications signature of Buffalo police officers,” claimed the right-wing news blog. “CTH noted what he was attempting on Thursday night as soon as the now viral video...
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