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    L.A. mayoral candidate Rick Caruso has vowed to create a designated office within city hall with the sole purpose of protecting Hollywood if he is elected, bringing music to the ears of the stars who have endorsed him.  Caruso, a billionaire former Republican real estate tycoon, made the promise in an interview with The Ankler this week. He is running against Democrat Karen Bass in the November election on a platform of tackling crime, homelessness and bringing an end to a steady stream of 'career politicians' who he says have ruined the city.  Part of his plan if elected is to create an office within his office that is dedicated to protecting Hollywood.  'I'm going to have a separate office within the mayor's office that's just going to focus on the entertainment industry.  'We have to have the cost of doing business for the entertainment industry, frankly, all businesses, but the entertainment industry to be lower in the city of Los Angeles,' he said.  Rick Caruso with Gwyneth Paltrow, one of the many stars to have endorsed him in his...
    A group of conservatives in the House of Representatives claimed on Wednesday that both the unannounced FBI search of Donald Trump's home and seizure of GOP Rep. Scott Perry's phone 'expose' the Biden administration's weaponization of the Justice Department. Republicans have been reacting with outrage after the former president announced his Mar-a-Lago retreat in Florida was raided by federal agents on Monday, in an operation that appears to be related to documents sought by the National Archives. Trump's party was further incensed on Tuesday when one of his top allies in Congress, House Freedom Caucus Chair Perry, revealed his phone was taken by three FBI agents who confronted him while Perry was traveling with family. 'The FBI raid on President Trump's private residence - coupled with its seizure of the private cell phone and communications of House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) - exposes how the Biden administration has dangerously weaponized the US Justice Department against Democrat political opponents,' the House Freedom Caucus said on Wednesday. 'Republicans must match this unprecedented action with an equally historic and powerful...
    A former Black Lives Matter leader admitted the charity was not prepared to handle the influx of 'white guilt money' donated after the murder of George Floyd and argues mistakes made with the funds are now being 'weaponized against her.'  Patrisse Cullors, who co-founded the charity in 2013, said BLM saw an unexpected 'tsunami of funding' - to the tune of $90 million - after Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police in 2020 and argued the charity did not have the infrastructure to support the donations. 'It was a major shock,' she told MSNBC's Into America podcast Monday. 'You know, contrary to what, you know, has been reported, much of the funding that came in was from individual donors. That was a lot of white guilt money. There's a lot of white folks being like, 'We just got to put the money.'' Cullors, who resigned from BLM last year after it was revealed she amassed a $3.2 million property portfolio, argues that her biggest mistake in regard to her financials was not drawing a salary from the foundation.  'I should have...
    Republican lawmakers will be under 'enormous pressure' to impeach President Joe Biden if they take back the House of Representatives in this year's midterm elections, Texas Senator Ted Cruz said on the latest episode of his podcast. On The Verdict With Ted Cruz, the southern Republican accused Democrats of 'weaponizing' impeachment against twice-impeached former President Donald Trump. Asked about whether his colleagues in the House will respond in kind, Cruz said: 'I do think theres a chance of that. Whether it's justified or not, Democrats weaponized impeachment.' 'They used it for partisan purposes to go after Trump because they disagreed with him,' Cruz claimed.  He said there are 'multiple grounds' on which to impeach Biden, singling out the southern border crisis and record number of migrants crossing into the US and straining American immigration infrastructure. 'The most compelling [reason] is the utter lawlessness of President Biden’s refusal to enforce the border, his decision to just defy federal immigration laws,' the senator said.  He added that the president's rollback of Trump-era border restrictions amounted to a dereliction of duty under Article II...
    The co-founder of New York's Black Lives Matter chapter said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio 's citywide vaccine mandate is targeting the black community and creating conditions akin to segregation. “Seventy-two percent of black people in this city from ages 18 to 44 are unvaccinated ," Chivona Newsome said during a Monday protest in New York City. "So what is going to stop the Gestapo, I mean the NYPD, from rounding up black people, from snatching them off the train, off the bus?” LAWMAKERS WON’T BE ANYWHERE NEAR SATURDAY’S ‘JAN. 6’ RALLY OUTSIDE THE CAPITOL Newsome warned that her group could respond with an "uprising" similar to the ones that followed the death of George Floyd in the summer of 2020. “We’re putting this city on notice that your mandate will not be another racist social distance practice. Black people are not going to stand by, or you will see another uprising . And that is not a threat. That is a promise,” she said. “The vaccination passport is not a free passport...
    Migrants expelled from the United States under Title 42 wait in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.Herika Martinez/AFP/Getty Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.The US government has summarily expelled migrants and asylum seekers at the Southern border almost 1 million times since March 2020. At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, the Trump administration invoked an obscure public health authority to implement a sweeping order, known as Title 42, that effectively sealed the border for vulnerable migrants while still allowing most other categories of travelers deemed essential to enter. Public health experts have long opposed the “xenophobic, cruel, and unlawful” policy pointing to a lack of epidemiological justification, and President Biden has carved out exceptions for unaccompanied minors and families based on humanitarian reasons. But six months into his administration, the policy remains largely in place, and thousands of migrants continue to be turned back to danger in Mexico or to countries from where they fled persecution.   Several reports show the widespread harm inflicted on adults and families who had...
    Washington (CNN)California Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell, whose data was seized by the Trump administration as part of a leak probe, on Friday said former President Donald Trump "weaponized" the Justice Department to dig into the private communications of his political opponents."This is about everyday Americans who don't want to see their government weaponize law enforcement against them because of their political beliefs," Swalwell told CNN's Jim Sciutto on "Newsroom."CNN reported Thursday that prosecutors in Trump's Justice Department, beginning in February 2018, subpoenaed Apple for data from the accounts of House Intelligence Committee Democrats, their staff and family members as part of a leak investigation, a committee official and a source familiar with the matter confirmed to CNN. The subpoena included a gag order, which was renewed three times before it expired this year and Apple notified the customers in May. JUST WATCHEDSchiff reacts to DOJ subpoena: Shocked ... but not surprisedReplayMore Videos ...MUST WATCHSchiff reacts to DOJ subpoena: Shocked ... but not surprised 02:32Prosecutors were reportedly hunting for the sources behind news stories about contacts between Russia and Trump associates.The...
    Mia Farrow has accused her former boyfriend Woody Allen of “weaponizing” her adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn against her following their explosive split. In the finale of HBO’s four-part docuseries “Allen v. Farrow,” the 76-year-old actress claimed that Allen tried to use his now-wife Previn and her adopted son, Moses, against her, People reported. “He’s weaponized two of my children that he’s turned against me,” she said. Farrow opened up about discovering that the filmmaker was having an affair with Previn, then a teenager — and allegations that he sexually assaulted her daughter Dylan in the family’s attic when she was 7 years old in 1992. Moses, who is Farrow’s oldest adopted son, sided with Allen and accused her of being an abusive mother in a lengthy essay in 2018. “They are all people I loved with all my heart. They are all people that I would’ve laid down my life for,” Farrow said in docuseries. Fletcher Farrow, Mia Farrow and Soon-Yi Previn seen outside Farrow’s NYC apartment on Nov. 12, 1981.Ron Galella Collection via Getty Farrow said that she held out...
    Mia Farrow said she still loves her estranged daughter Soon-Yi Previn. On Sunday night’s fourth and final episode of the HBO docuseries "Allen v. Farrow," the 76-year-old detailed how her 1992 split from the filmmaker forever impacted the family. In the series, the actress detailed the 85-year-old’s alleged affair with Previn, 50. Son Moses defended the director in 2014 and alleged that Farrow was an abusive mother. "He’s weaponized two of my children that he’s turned against me," said Farrow, as quoted by People magazine on Monday. MIA FARROW CLAIMS SHE’S ‘SCARED’ OF WOODY ALLEN IN UPCOMING HBO DOC DETAILING HIS ALLEGED CHILD ABUSE: REPORT American comedian, actor, and film director Woody Allen (left) and his partner, actress Mia Farrow pose under an awning with their children, from left, Misha, Dylan (in Farrow's arms), Fletcher, and Soon Yi, New York, New York, 1986. Soon-Yi later married Allen. The man in the background is unidentified.  (Photo by Ann Clifford/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images) According to the outlet, Allen adopted Moses, 43, and Dylan, 35, in December 1991. Farrow...
    More On: woody allen Inside the mysterious lives of Woody Allen and Soon Yi’s daughters Woody Allen responds to new HBO docuseries alleging sexual abuse Chelsea Handler recalls ‘weird,’ star-studded dinner at Jeffrey Epstein’s home Moses Farrow ‘happy’ to take Woody Allen’s name after ‘abusive’ childhood with Mia Farrow Mia Farrow has accused her former boyfriend Woody Allen of “weaponizing” her adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn against her following their explosive split. In the finale of HBO’s four-part docuseries “Allen v. Farrow,” the 76-year-old actress claimed that Allen tried to use his now-wife Previn and her adopted son, Moses, against her, People reported. “He’s weaponized two of my children that he’s turned against me,” she said. Farrow opened up about discovering that the filmmaker was having an affair with Previn, then a teenager — and allegations that he sexually assaulted her daughter Dylan in the family’s attic when she was 7 years old in 1992. Moses, who is Farrow’s oldest adopted son, sided with Allen and accused her of being an abusive mother in a lengthy essay in 2018. “They are...
    New Yorker staff writer Steve Coll suggested on Monday that the First Amendment right to freedom of speech was being "weaponized" by journalists in the era of online disinformation. During a discussion on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Coll was asked by network anchor and correspondent Kasie Hunt to weigh in on Big Tech having a "bigger responsibility" about what is shared on their platforms and what they should do.  Coll responded by pointing out that Facebook is "motivated, as all companies are, to make money" though at the same time is "acting like a public square." WASHINGTON POST MEDIA CRITIC MEDIA COLUMNIST CALLS ON BIDEN TO 'REPAIR THE DAMAGE' TRUMP HAS DONE TO 'PRESS FREEDOM' "It's a structure. It's not just something that can be changed except by changing the structure of it," Coll, who serves as dean of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, explained. "And yes, Facebook has moved somewhat. They've had a better election in 2020 than they did in 2016. They've learned to put some brakes on, you know, here and there, but you can't get away from the fact that...
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