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    A judge in Florida told Donald Trump on Thursday that he has until 3pm on Friday to decide whether or not he will oppose a move to unseal the warrant that led FBI agents to search his Mar-a-Lago home at the start of the week. Trump and his allies have used the fact that the warrant was kept under wraps to claim a conspiracy to persecute him. But on Thursday Attorney General Merrick Garland defended the search and said he wanted it to be made public.  Legal experts said Trump had been outmaneuvered. Andrew Weissmann, a former Department of Justice prosecutor, wrote on Twitter: 'Brilliant move by Garland: make motion to unseal everything including material Trump has already (warrant and return); so now the ball is in his court to object or consent! Called Trump's bluff.' The political world was rocked on Monday when Trump himself revealed that FBI agents had spent the day coming his Florida headquarters. Allies have blasted the Department of Justice ever since, accusing it of trying to prevent Trump running in 2024 and demanding that...
    Washington (CNN)Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia refused to say Sunday whether he thinks President Joe Biden deserves a second term in office. "I'm not getting involved in any election right now. 2022, 2024, I'm not speculating on it. President Biden is my president right now. I'm going to work with him and his administration to the best of my ability to help the people in my state of West Virginia and this country," Manchin told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union" when asked whether he thinks Biden deserves to be reelected in two years. Biden lost Manchin's home state of West Virginia by 39 points in 2020. Manchin says Republicans in normal times would be supporting energy, health care billAsked by NBC on Sunday if he hopes Democrats keep control of the US House and the Senate in the upcoming midterm elections, Manchin again appeared reticent, saying: "You know, I'm not making those choices or decisions on that." "I'm going to work with whatever I have. I've always said that. I think the Democrats have...
    Joe Manchin went to bat for his reconciliation bill Sunday by doing something called the 'full Ginsburg' – meaning he went on all five major networks' morning shows over the weekend. The moderate Democratic senator from West Virginia appeared on CNN's State of the Union, Fox News Sunday, ABC's This Week program, CBS News' Face the Nation and NBC's Meet the Press. He is only the 31st major newsmaker to complete this feat. The message was similar across the board – that the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 will decrease inflation and not raise taxes on the average American household. But the nonpartisan congressional Joint Committee on Taxation released a report estimating that taxes will increase on Americans. In addition, the report found that more than half of the tax increases are on those making less than $400,000 per year – rather than the top earners. 'I'm just going to fight like the dickens to make sure this piece of legislation gives us relief and fights inflation and is great for America,' Manchin said in his appearance on Fox.  The...
    Andrew Benintendi wouldn't say whether he will get vaccinated for COVID-19 now that he's with the first-place New York Yankees rather than the last-place Kansas City Royals. A day after New York acquired the 28-year-old All-Star from the Royals for three minor league pitchers, Benintendi went 0 for 4 with a strikeout in his Yankees debut, a 1-0 win over his former team on Thursday night. Benintendi hit leadoff and played left field. He was among 10 Royals who missed a four-game series at Toronto from July 14-17 because he was not vaccinated and could not enter Canada. He lost $186,813 of the $8.5 million salary. Andrew Benintendi wouldn't say whether he will get vaccinated for COVID-19 at the Yankees Previously, Benintendi missed Kansas City Royals games in Canada because he isn't jabbed The Yankees have a three-game series at Toronto from Sept. 26-28. 'Right now, you know, I'm still positioned in the same spot. I'm open-minded about it,' Benintendi said. 'I'm not against it, but time will tell as we get closer, but for now I'm just focused on...
    Some of Mike Lindell’s closest allies alleging fraud in the 2020 election, including pro-Trump lawyer Lin Wood and former professor turned self-fashioned election expert David Clements, believe the MyPillow CEO has been duped. The infighting couldn’t come at a worse time for the pillow magnate as he continues to attempt to bring his complaint to the Supreme Court to quixotically attempt to overturn the 2020 election. Both Wood and Clements shared a Telegram posting Thursday night on their respective channels claiming that right-wing journalist Mary Fanning, an associate of Lindell’s and an individual who was a producer of his initial voter fraud documentary Absolute Proof, had a hand in subverting the pillow tycoon’s mission to overturn the 2020 election by being secretly aligned with Dominion Voting Systems. Subsequently, Clements suggested “spooks” might have been “deployed to surround and infiltrate” the orbit of the pillow salesman, while Wood told his over half-million followers: “Like many, I believe Mike [Lindell] has been played at times by the enemy,” adding that “The enemy is the master of deceit and...
    Joe Raedle/Getty Images Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) refused to say on Friday during a press conference whether or not he had received a Covid-19 booster shot. The booster shot has become a political football of sorts for Republicans after former President Donald Trump called politicians who don’t disclose publicly whether or not they have had the shot, “gutless.” “That’s something that I think people should just make their own decisions on,” DeSantis said at a news conference. “I’m not gonna let that be a weapon for people to be able to use. I think it’s a private matter.” DeSantis also dodged the question in December, weeks before Trump’s comments. “I’ve done whatever I did,” DeSantis told Fox Business Network. “The normal shot.” Trump then told far-right One America News Network in January: Well, I’ve taken it. I’ve had the booster. Many politicians–I watched a couple of politicians be interviewed and one of the questions was, ‘Did you get the booster?’ – because they had the vaccine – and they’re answering like–in other words, the answer is ‘yes’ but they don’t...
    The judge in Prince Andrew's sex abuse case is weighing up whether to throw out a sex assault lawsuit against Queen Elizabeth's second son and is giving the royal's lawyer a particularly hard time.   Judge Lewis Kaplan heard arguments Tuesday morning in Virginia Roberts Giuffre's case against the Duke of York. The judge will rule on whether to dismiss Giuffre's case against Andrew 'pretty soon.'  Andrew's lawyers are arguing that a $500,000 deal between Giuffre and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein shields the duke from liability, as she sues him for alleged sexual assault when she was a teenager.   Giuffre's legal team claims that the agreement is irrelevant to her complaint against Andrew  and that the case must proceed - but the duke's legal team has now made its argument to dismiss the case. On Monday, the lawyer for Giuffre described the royal as 'somebody to whom the girls were trafficked' as a hearing in the bombshell case took place in New York.  Judge Lewis Kaplan is holding the case by video call a day after a document was made...
    Former MI6 operative Christopher Steele's wife and business partner pushed him to keep the most salacious details about Donald Trump's time in Moscow out of the memos he was writing for clients.  Steele was interviewed by ABC News' George Stephanopoulos for a new special, Out of the Shadows, the Man Behind the Steele Dossier, which came out on Hulu Monday.  'My view has always been we have to stay true to the intelligence. I've seen situations in the past where things have been smoothed off on the edges, where things that might seem a bit outlandish have been left out, so on and so forth, and to me that's wrong,' Steele told Stephanopoulos explaining why he believed it was important for the 'golden showers' allegations to appear in his report.   Christopher Steele said in a new documentary that his wife didn't think he should include the infamous 'golden showers' story in his memos to clients as he looked into Russian relations with Donald Trump  Steele put into what would eventually be dubbed the 'Steele dossier' claims he heard from sources...
    The White House refused to say whether Hunter Biden divested his 10% stake in a Chinese equity firm. The president's son goes out in Los Angeles on August 8, 2021 The White House wouldn't say Monday whether Hunter Biden has sold his 10 per cent stake in a Chinese private equity firm despite President Joe Biden's campaign promise that his family would steer clear of foreign business dealings. In a tense briefing room exchange, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told a reporter for Newsmax to not yell when asking about the president's son's involvement with Bohai Harvest RST Equity Investment Fund Management Co. 'I'd point you to his representatives on that. He doesn't work in the administration,' Psaki said. When pressed on the matter, she dismissed the question by saying: 'Again, I conveyed to you, and then I think I'm going to have to move on, that you should talk to his representatives – there's no reason to yell, I'm certainly not yelling.' 'He's been working to wind that down, beyond that, I would talk to his representatives,' Psaki...
    The nation's top infectious disease expert says he will be spending Christmas with his family and encouraged vaccinated people to celebrate the holiday with their loved ones. Over the weekend, Dr Anthony Fauci had said it was 'too soon' to say whether Americans can gather for Christmas. But just one day later, in an appearance on CNN on Monday, the director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases said his comments were 'misinterpreted' and that he was not telling people to forego family get-togethers.   'The best way to assure that we'll be in good shape as we get into the winter would be to get more and more people vaccinated,' Fauci said.  'That was misinterpreted as my saying we can't spend Christmas with our families, which was absolutely not the case.  'I will be spending Christmas with my family, I encourage people, particularly the vaccinated people who are protected, to have a good, normal Christmas with your family.' In an interview on CNN on Monday, Dr Anthony Fauci (above) said his comments on Sunday about how it was...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki declined to say whether any military official advised President Biden that some 2,500 troops should be left in Afghanistan in a briefing Tuesday. She said the president was presented with a 'range of options,' but 'ultimately,  regardless of the advice, it’s his decision.'  'He’s the commander in chief. He’s the president. He makes decisions about that what’s in the national interest, and he believed we should end the war.' Both Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Mark Milley and head of US Central Command Frank McKenzie said that they had voiced an opinion to keep a small number of troops in Afghanistan to stave off Taliban control.  Psaki had tried to defend the president against the admissions even before her daily briefing.    'As @POTUS told ABC, ending the war in Afghanistan was in our national interest. He said advice was split, but consensus of top military advisors was 2500 troops staying meant escalation due to deal by the previous admin., the Chairman, and GEN McKenzie all reiterated,' she wrote on Twitter.  Pressed on what she meant by...
    Secretary of State Antony Blinken faced at least one question he was not expecting when he appeared before Congress on Monday to discuss Afghanistan: Had he handed over documents about Hunter Biden and his dealings in Ukraine to the FBI? Republican Rep. Scott Perry used his five minutes of time to quiz the nation's top diplomat on what he knew about an investigation into the president's wayward son. The result was a witness who struggled to find the words to respond. Perry had begun by asking about the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan - the subject of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee hearing - before changing tack.  'A little off-topic here, but I think it is interesting,' he said. 'How long was your recent interview with the FBI? Was it a deposition?' Blinken responded: 'I'm sorry I don't know to what you're referring.'  'I'm sorry I don't know to what you're referring,' said Secretary of State Antony Blinken during a congressional hearing on Afghanistan when asked about whether he'd been interviewed by the FBI Rep. Scott Perry used...
    Channeling Donald Trump, California gubernatorial recall candidate and right wing radio host Larry Elder refused to say whether he’d accept the results of Tuesday’s election if he loses. Question 1 on the ballot asks if Gov. Gavin Newsom should be recalled. If a simple majority votes “Yes,” then the candidate who receives the most votes on Question 2, which lists dozens of candidates, would be the next governor. Polls indicate that Newsom is unlikely to be recalled. The frontrunner among Republicans, Elder has been casting doubt on the legitimacy of the upcoming election in recent weeks. Last week he told reporters that “there might very well be shenanigans.” Monday was no different. “Whether or not you win or lose, will you accept the results of the election tomorrow?” asked NBC’s Jacob Soboroff.” This was the ensuing exchange. ELDER: I think we all ought to be looking at election integrity, no matter whether you are a Democrat, an independent or Republican. SOBOROFF: Is that a commitment to accepting the results of the election tomorrow? ELDER: Let’s all do that together. Let’s...
                        Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has not publicly stated whether he wants the state to take in Afghan refugees, but two of the state’s other top Republicans on Friday made their opinions known. Members of Lee’s staff did not return two requests for comment Friday. Tennessee Speaker of the House Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville) and Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) emailed separate statements to The Tennessee Star. Sexton said he doubted whether taking in Afghan refugees is wise. “I do not have confidence in the Biden Administration’s vetting process concerning the refugee issue, much less his ability to work with law enforcement and immigration officials,” Sexton said. “His administration has been a failure on both immigration and foreign policy. Therefore, I do not think it is a good idea for Tennessee to accept Afghan refugees.” McNally, meanwhile, said it’s important that the government “halt illegal immigration, protect our borders and limit those entering our nation.” “Afghanistan is a unique situation. For nearly 20 years, we have had a significant...
                        Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and members of his staff would not say Thursday whether they will dispatch resources to Texas and Arizona to help guard the U.S.-Mexican border. The Tennessee Star made repeated attempts Thursday to contact Lee’s Communications Director Laine Arnold — by email, phone, and text. Arnold did not return our messages before Thursday’s stated deadline. This week Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced he will answer the call of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and send resources to the U.S.-Mexico border to “secure the border and protect Americans.” “There was a letter that was recently sent by the governors of Texas and Arizona seeking mutual aid, which we do all of the time in instances of emergency. These states have sent Florida support when we’ve responded to emergencies here in our state, and they wanted support so that they could do what the federal government is either unwilling or unable to do. Secure the border and protect the people,” DeSantis said. “Not...
    LeBron James has made a habit of speaking on social issues that move the national conversation in recent years, particularly ones impacting the Black community. But regarding the decision on whether or not to take the Covid-19 vaccine, LeBron has evaded the topic. According to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, the NBA superstar can’t have it both ways. “You either want to be out front and center, bringing a voice to issues. Or you don’t!” Last week, LeBron broke NBA health and safety protocols by attending a celebrity-filled promotional event, a violation that could have seen the league force the four-time Finals champion to quarantine. The NBA chose not to suspend or publicly penalize their star player. When asked about the incident and whether or not he was vaccinated against Covid, LeBron said “it’s not a big deal.” “He should be ashamed of himself, LeBron James should be ashamed of himself,” Smith said on ESPN’s First Take regarding James’ response to reporters. “It was weak, his response to it was leaderless, it was inexcusable for him not to provide a better...
    Secretary of State Antony Blinken could not definitively answer Sunday if Iran is funding Hamas, saying instead that the would-be nuclear state “is engaged in a number of activities.” Hamas’s leader thanked Iran Friday for supplying military support, according to numerous reports. Blinken appeared Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” where he addressed both the recent move by Congress Democrats to stall a $735 million arms sale to Israel and Iran’s alleged funding of Hamas. After a mere hours following the Friday announcement of ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, a senior leader in Hamas thanked “the Islamic Republic of Iran; who did not hold back with money, weapons and technical support,” according to Jerusalem Post. WATCH: “The president reiterated strong support for Israel on Friday, but he’s coming under increased pressure from progressives,” George Stephanopoulos, the show’s anchor, said, referring to pro-Palestinian statements and resolutions by Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Mark Pocan and Sen. Bernie Sanders. “What’s your response to that?” Stephanopoulos asked Blinken. The secretary of state said that he prefers focusing on the policies...
    Jesse Williams Opens Up About His ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Departure: “It Felt Organic” Aerion Supersonic shuts down, ending plans to build silent high speed business jets Although he has often talked about the importance of maximizing his safety by following the NBA’s health and safety protocols related to the coronavirus pandemic, Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James has declined to say whether he has or plans to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Can the Suns put up a fight against the Lakers? USA TODAY SPORTS See more videos SHARE SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL What to watch next What will it take to stop Joel Embiid? USA TODAY SPORTS Wow, Im here: Rookie Kysre Gondrezick discusses her future in WNBA USA TODAY SPORTS Elena Delle Donne on Leading with Love USA TODAY SPORTS Kareem Abdul-Jabbar talks about the NBAs relationship with social justice USA TODAY SPORTS What will it take for the Lakers to do well in the postseason? USA TODAY SPORTS Why we cant assume the Nets will win...
    The 14-year-old boy charged with murdering a 13-year-old cheerleader Tristyn Bailey in Florida was held in custody on Tuesday morning for another three weeks while prosecutors decide whether to charge him as an adult and police revealed more of their case against him.  Aiden Fucci, 14, was been named by police as the suspect in the killing of 13-year-old Tristyn Bailey.  On Sunday night, he took a selfie in the back of a cop car which he then posted on Snapchat with the caption 'Hey guys has inybody (sic) seen Tristyn lately'. It was before her body was found in woods.   Now, police say they will use that 'egregious' selfie as evidence against him and that it proves he was 'proud of what he did'.  'I know it looks egregious with him making those statements in that car, but that is now evidence that we gather and use against him. So that just makes our case a better case to present to the State Attorney’s office and to present to a jury down the road saying this was his mindset.  'This is...
    MESQUITE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The family of Ashton Pinke huddled together Tuesday, May 4, comforting a relative who’d collapsed with loud sobs outside the Audobon Park Apartments in Mesquite. News of his death following an encounter with police was spreading quickly. READ MORE: Some Say Dallas Efforts To Clean Up After Homeless Not Enough “There was a lady screaming and there was a guy laying on the ground and the paramedics looked like they were trying to resuscitate him,” recalled Rico Bell, a neighbor who witnessed the immediate aftermath of the shooting. One neighbor captured video of the loud, repeated screams uttered by Pinke’s girlfriend. Ashton Pinke (credit: Pinke family) Several neighbors reported hearing the gunshots and seeing Pinke, who was living at the complex with his girlfriend and their young daughter, on a paved path where hours later his clothes still lay. Nearby was what they described as a cane or stick he often carried while walking. “I don’t know if he lunged at him. From my understanding, he walked around the corner and the officer was saying, ‘Don’t...
    DUBLIN — Two city residents, a man and a woman, have been arrested in the killing of Alexander Mark Antonyyo Jr., the popular Bay Area rapper known as Lil Yase, authorities said. Jovante Williams and Angel Butler, both 28, were arrested Tuesday on a murder warrant, and Alameda County prosecutors will decide whether to charge one or both of them on Thursday, police said. The suspected motive is apparently personal, not something related to Antonyyo’s public persona; police say he was romantically involved with Butler, who was also dating Williams. Antonyyo was gunned down in the early morning of last Nov. 28, on the 5100 block of Iron Horse Parkway in Dublin. He left his San Francisco home hours earlier, allegedly to rendezvous with Butler, who lived with Williams within one block of the homicide scene. Police say they’re still investigating whether the planned meet-up was a setup. Butler and Williams were identified as suspects based on unusual evidence, according to Dublin police Cpt. Nate Schmidt: as officers arrived, Antonyyo allegedly made a “dying declaration” that eventually led police to...
    President Biden is not ready to say whether he supports legislation introduced by House and Senate Democrats that would expand the Supreme Court and is waiting for the findings of a bipartisan commission he impaneled last week that will be reviewing a range of proposed potential reforms to the high court, the White House said Thursday. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., and Rep. Mondaire Jones, D-N.Y., proposed legislation Thursday that would expand the Supreme Court to 13 seats. There are currently nine seats on the court — a number that has remained the same since 1869. SEN. MARKEY SAYS DEM COURT-PACKING PROPOSAL WOULD REQUIRE FILIBUSTER BEING REPEALED The White House, however, is not weighing in on the legislation, pointing to President Biden’s move last week in signing an executive order to form a commission to study potential reforms the Supreme Court. "Just last week, the president signed an executive order creating the bipartisan commission on the Supreme Court," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday. "This is a bipartisan group...
    Bradley Cortright April 11, 2021 0 Comments Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), the No. 3 Republican in the House, says allegations of sexual misconduct against Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) are “sickening.” Gaetz, who traveled to Wyoming to blast Cheney for voting to impeach former President Donald Trump, is reportedly under federal investigation for alleged sexual misconduct. On Sunday, CBS’ “Face The Nation” host Margaret Brennan asked Cheney if she is “ready” to call for Gaetz’s resignation. “As the mother of daughters, the charges certainly are sickening. And as the speaker noted, there’s an ethics investigation underway, there are also criminal investigations underway, and I’m not going to comment on that further publicly right now,” she responded. When asked if she was “surprised” by the allegations, Cheney said, “I’m not going to comment further.” Brennan said, “Well, he is one of your chief critics, so I needed to offer you that opportunity.” Watch the video below: Republican @RepLizCheney on allegations against colleague Rep. Matt Gaetz that he violated sex trafficking laws: “As the mother of daughters, the charges are...
    Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R- WY) did not directly answer when questioned on if her Republican congressional colleague, Matt Gaetz (FL), should resign over the “sickening” sexual allegations against him. Cheney spoke to CBS’s Margaret Brennan on Face The Nation, where she criticized the Biden administration’s infrastructure plan while denouncing the continued, bombastic rhetoric from former President Donald Trump. Eventually, Brennan asked Cheney if she was going to call on Gaetz to resign as he remains under investigation for alleged solicitation, sex trafficking and other scandalous behaviors. “As the mother of daughters, the charges certainly are sickening,” said Cheney. “As the Speaker noted, there’s an ethics investigation underway, there are also criminal investigations underway, and I’m not going to comment on it further publicly right now.” Brennan continued to ask if Cheney was “surprised” by the allegations, though the congresswoman once again declined to comment further. “Well, he is one of your chief critics, so I needed to offer you that opportunity,” Brennan concluded, and Cheney. As Brennan alluded to, there’s probably no love lost between Gaetz and Cheney,...
    New Hampshire governor won't say whether he'll take relief funds he opposed
    Arkansas senator Tom Cotton has led condemnation of the confirmation of Joe Biden's attorney general, insisting that Merrick Garland is soft on migration and backs an 'extreme open-border amnesty agenda'. Garland, 68, was confirmed on Wednesday by the Senate 70 to 30, with 20 Republicans joining all 50 Democrats in supporting him. He is expected to be sworn in at the Justice Department on Thursday. Tom Cotton, the senator for Arkansas, spoke on Wednesday (pictured) about his concerns Garland was confirmed on Wednesday and is expected to be sworn in on Thursday Mitch McConnell, the most senior Republican in the Senate, who in 2016 audaciously blocked Garland's appointment by Barack Obama to the Supreme Court, was among the Republicans who voted in Garland's favor. 'I'm voting to confirm Judge Garland because of his long reputation as a straight shooter and legal expert,' he said on the Senate floor before he cast his vote. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Senate confirms Merrick Garland as Attorney General: GOP... Federal probe of Rudy Giuliani's Ukraine...
    Xavier Becerra, President Biden’s nominee to head the Department of Health and Human Services, declined to name any restriction on abortion that he would support when rigorously pressed on the issue during testimony before Senators on Wednesday. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., asked Becerra point-blank if he would name an abortion restriction that he might support, which the California Attorney General declined to answer. "Is there any line you would draw?" Daines asked. "Is there just one, just one restriction as it relates to abortion that you might support?" GOP SENATORS QUESTION BECERRA QUALIFICATIONS TO LEAD HHS, PAST VOTE AGAINST PARTIAL-BIRTH ABORTION BAN Becerra repeatedly acknowledged that there are many different viewpoints on the important issue – and he respects all of them. But when it comes to his specific duties as Attorney General or HHS Secretary, it is his job to uphold the law. "I have tried to make sure that I am abiding by the law because, whether it is a particular restriction or whether it’s the whole idea of abortion, whether we agree or not, we have to...
    Former President Donald Trump avoided saying whether he will run for president again in 2024. The 45th president, nearly a month removed from office, dodged the question during an interview Wednesday evening on Newsmax. When pressed on the issue, Trump responded, "I won't say yet, but we have tremendous support. I'm looking at poll numbers that are through the roof." Throughout the course of the interview, the former president also repeated the claim that he won the November election, which he lost to President Biden. "We did win the election as far as I'm concerned," he said. Trump, who again raised concerns about the "tabulation" in the election, and his allies brought forth claims of widespread that have been widely rejected by election officials, voting machines companies, and the courts. After being acquitted by the Senate on an article of impeachment tied to the Capitol riot over the weekend, Trump emerged publicly for the first time since leaving office to do multiple interviews on Wednesday, first to react to the death of conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh. When...
    Bradley Cortright February 11, 2021 0 Comments Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) says he is holding off on making a judgment call as to whether former President Donald Trump incited the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Cassidy was asked if he has a doubt that Trump bears responsibility for the violence. He said, “Ask me after I hear the defense arguments.” “You don’t make a decision as a juror until you hear both sides. Period, end of story,” he added. He stressed that he would not make a decision on how he plans to vote until he hears arguments from Trump’s legal team to refute the charge that he incited the riot. Cassidy said the House impeachment managers have done “very well” in the arguments. He noted that they laid out a timeline “in which you see the events unfold” and “the president’s inaction in calling out support for the police officers.” Watch the video below: REPORTER: Is there any question in your mind that Donald Trump was responsible for the...
    The White House continued to try to disassociate President Joe Biden from the impeachment trial of his predecessor, saying Biden't won't weigh in on whether the procedure is even legitimate and won't tune in for much of it. 'He will not spend too much time watching the proceedings at any time over the course of this week,' White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Monday when asked whether Biden would tune in.   'He will remain closely in touch with Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi, Leader [Charles] Schumer – a range of officials on the Hill about his plan, and that's exactly what they want to do is to remain focused on that,' she said. On a day when House Democratic impeachment managers and Trump's legal team were trading accusations in filings – with Trump's team calling the process 'political theater' – Psaki repeatedly steered questions about impeachment to the coronavirus at her Monday press briefing. President Joe Biden 'will not spend too much time watching the proceedings,' White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said of the upcoming impeachment trial set to...
    The White House has said Joe Biden will not have the final say on whether Donald Trump can receive intelligence briefings after the president said his predecessor's 'erratic behavior' means 'he might slip and say something'. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki poured cold water on what had appeared to be Biden taking the unprecedented step to deny Trump access to classified information now he has left office.  Psaki said in a statement Saturday the president was merely 'expressing his concern' and will leave the final decision to his intelligence team.  'The president was expressing his concern about former president Trump receiving access to sensitive intelligence, but he also has deep trust in his own intelligence team to make a determination about how to provide intelligence information if at any point the former president Trump requests a briefing,' Psaki said, according to the Washington Post.  It is not clear when a final decision on the matter will be reached.    The Office of the Director of National Intelligence has not commented on the decision and did not immediately return DailyMail.com's...
    Incoming Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas wouldn't say if he had plans to tear down portions of President Donald Trump's border wall.  'I haven't looked at that specific question,' Mayorkas told members of the Senate Homeland Security Committee during his Tuesday confirmation hearing.    Mayorkas was asked by Nebraska Republican Sen. James Lankford if he recommended 'any of the physical barriers along our southern border be dismantled or removed.'  President-elect Joe Biden's pick for Homeland Security Secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas, told members of the Senate Homeland Security Committee Tuesday that he hadn't 'looked into the specific question' of tearing down portions of President Donald Trump's border wall  DHS Secretary nominee Alejandro Mayorkas said he prescribed to the same thinking on the border as the late Sen. John McCain, explaining that he believed it was a 'varied and diverse challenge' and didn't need a 'monolithic answer' such as a wall everywhere  President Donald Trump's last official trip was last Tuesday to a section of the border wall in Alamo, Texas. Trump had more than 450 miles of wall constructed...
    Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar twice refused to say if he believed President Donald Trump is fit for office during an interview Tuesday.  He also wouldn't divulge whether he's discussed the 25th Amendment with Vice President Mike Pence or the rest of the remaining members of Trump's cabinet.   Azar was pressed by 'Good Morning America' host George Stephanopoulos on whether the president was able to 'discharge the powers and duties of his office.'  Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar twice refused to say whether he believed President Donald Trump is fit for office - and wouldn't say if he's discussed the 25th Amendment with Vice President Mike Pence or fellow cabinet members  On Tuesday's 'Good Morning America,' George Stephanopoulos (left) asked Azar (right) whether the president was able to 'discharge the powers and duties of his office,' and Azar never gave a yes or no answer   Azar has typically tried not to say anything that would damage President Donald Trump, pictured at Joint Base Andrews Tuesday, but cabinet members are being pressured by mostly Democratic...
    Democratic Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinSunday shows preview: Riots roil Washington as calls for Trump's removal grow Hillicon Valley: Twitter permanently suspends Michael Flynn, Sidney Powell and others | Laptop stolen from Pelosi's office during Capitol riots | Reddit bans r/DonaldTrump forum Biden previews COVID-19 proposal 'in the trillions of dollars' MORE (W.V.) dodged a question from CNN's Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperJohn Kelly says Trump Cabinet should discuss 25th Amendment GOP senators face criticism in wake of challenges to Electoral College vote Tapper spars with DeWine over GOP effort to overturn election results MORE on Sunday over whether he would support a second round of stimulus checks for Americans totaling $2,000, but indicated his opposition to providing relief to Americans already receiving aid. The West Virginia senator, who is expected to be one of the Senate's most pivotal swing votes in the upcoming Congress, was asked by Tapper whether he would support a number of Democratic legislative priorities that could seemingly be passable given the party's newfound control over the chamber. “That’s not a yes or no question," Manchin...
    Neighbors have described how the 'Nashville bomber' was an 'oddball' as the FBI probes whether he had a paranoia about 5G technology.  Neighbors had reported seeing the RV used in the Christmas morning explosion parked outside of Anthony Quinn Warner's Antioch home. Tony Rodriguez, who lives within the duplex that agents raided on Saturday, told the Washington Post that he never spoke to his neighbor, 63, and did not know his name. He alleged that Warner kept 'No Trespassing' signs around the home, especially around the RV, and was often seen tinkering with antenna above the house. Rodriguez also claimed that investigators had taken a computer motherboard from Warner's house during the search. Scroll down for video  Investigators remove items from the basement of the home in Nashville, Tennessee, which had belonged to Anthony Quinn Warner on Saturday afternoon Warner - the man identified as a person of interest in the Nashville Christmas Day bombing-  gave his $160,000 house away for nothing a month before the blast, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal. The property is pictured with a white RV...
    By STEVE MEGARGEE, AP Sports Writer MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo praised the “amazing” moves the Milwaukee Bucks have made to improve the team, but the two-time reigning MVP stopped short Wednesday of saying he would sign a supermax contract extension offer. “Right now I’m not focusing on that,” Antetokounmpo said during his first preseason discussion with reporters. “I know my agent, Alex (Saratsis), and (general manager) Jon Horst and the Bucks ownership are focusing on those discussions. I’m just trying to focus on myself and how I can get better, how I can help my teammates be better, how I can be ready Saturday to play our first preseason game.” Antetokounmpo, who turned 26 last week, would be able to receive up to 35% of the salary cap with an 8% escalation each year of the deal under a supermax extension. The Bucks were able to offer a five-year deal worth over $220 million. He has until Dec. 21 to sign the extension, or else he will be eligible to become a free agent after the 2020-21 season. Antetokounmpo...
    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo praised the “amazing” moves the Milwaukee Bucks have made to improve the team, but the two-time reigning MVP stopped short Wednesday of saying he would sign a supermax contract extension offer. “Right now I’m not focusing on that,” Antetokounmpo said during his first preseason discussion with reporters. “I know my agent, Alex (Saratsis), and (general manager) Jon Horst and the Bucks ownership are focusing on those discussions. I’m just trying to focus on myself and how I can get better, how I can help my teammates be better, how I can be ready Saturday to play our first preseason game.” Antetokounmpo, who turned 26 last week, would be able to receive up to 35% of the salary cap with an 8% escalation each year of the deal under a supermax extension. The Bucks were able to offer a five-year deal worth over $220 million. He has until Dec. 21 to sign the extension, or else he will be eligible to become a free agent after the 2020-21 season. Antetokounmpo said he is letting his agent...
    Giannis Antetokounmpo praised the “amazing” moves the Milwaukee Bucks have made to improve the team, but the two-time reigning MVP stopped short Wednesday of saying he would sign a supermax contract extension offer. “Right now I’m not focusing on that,” Antetokounmpo said during his first preseason discussion with reporters. “I know my agent, Alex (Saratsis), and (general manager) Jon Horst and the Bucks ownership are focusing on those discussions. I’m just trying to focus on myself and how I can get better, how I can help my teammates be better, how I can be ready Saturday to play our first preseason game.” CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Antetokounmpo, who turned 26 last week, would be able to receive up to 35% of the salary cap with an 8% escalation each year of the deal under a supermax extension. The Bucks were able to offer a five-year deal worth over $220 million. He has until Dec. 21 to sign the extension, or else he will be eligible to become a free agent after the 2020-21 season. Antetokounmpo said...
            by Chuck Ross  Democratic senate candidate Raphael Warnock refused to say during a debate Sunday whether he supports “court packing,” or adding seats to the Supreme Court. “As I move all across the state … people aren’t asking me about the courts and whether we should expand the courts,” Warnock said at the debate against Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler, a Republican. “I know that’s an interesting question for people inside the beltway to discuss, but they are wondering when in the world they are going to get some COVID-19 relief,” added Warnock, a pastor at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church. Asked again by a debate moderator whether he supports adding seats to the court, he replied: “I’m really not focused on it.” Georgia senate candidate Raphael Warnock refuses to answer whether he supports packing the court: "Im really not focused on it." pic.twitter.com/YQTCjeAW6W — Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) December 7, 2020 Majority control of the Senate next year depends on the outcome of the Loeffler-Warnock race, as well as another race in Georgia between incumbent Republican Sen....
    Democratic senate candidate Raphael Warnock refused to say during a debate Sunday whether he supports “court packing,” or adding seats to the Supreme Court. “As I move all across the state … people aren’t asking me about the courts and whether we should expand the courts,” Warnock said at the debate against Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler, a Republican. “I know that’s an interesting question for people inside the beltway to discuss, but they are wondering when in the world they are going to get some COVID-19 relief,” added Warnock, a pastor at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church. Asked again by a debate moderator whether he supports adding seats to the court, he replied: “I’m really not focused on it.” Georgia senate candidate Raphael Warnock refuses to answer whether he supports packing the court: “I’m really not focused on it.” pic.twitter.com/YQTCjeAW6W — Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) December 7, 2020 Majority control of the Senate next year depends on the outcome of the Loeffler-Warnock race, as well as another race in Georgia between incumbent Republican Sen. David Perdue and Democrat Jon Ossoff. (RELATED:...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci declined to say whether he's been in contact with presumptive President-elect Joe Biden. The head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases declined to answer the question posed to him by CNN's Wolf Blitzer during an interview on Monday. "I would prefer not to talk about any of that, because right now, I want to focus on what I'm doing now with regard to getting a vaccine and getting this country well towards normality, which I think we're going to be able to get there with this vaccine," Fauci said. When asked if he would stay in his current role, he replied, "Certainly that's what I want to do." Blitzer also asked Fauci about the last time he had spoken to President Trump. Fauci said it was after Trump got COVID-19 and was being treated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at the beginning of October. Fauci and Trump have occasionally been at odds over the response to he coronavirus pandemic, and the president has even flirted with the idea...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpTwitter CEO calls blocking New York Post article without explanation 'unacceptable' Michael Cohen writing second book on Trump administration's Justice Department As Trump downplayed the virus publicly, memo based on private briefings sparked stock sell-offs: NYT MORE on Thursday could not definitively say whether he took a COVID-19 test on the day of the first presidential debate, despite a stipulation that both candidates were expected to arrive having tested negative for the virus. Trump, who tested positive two days after the Sept. 29 debate, insisted during an NBC town hall that he felt physically well during the showdown with Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenTwitter CEO calls blocking New York Post article without explanation 'unacceptable' Cheers erupt as Trump puts on MAGA hat, takes off tie at Iowa rally Hillicon Valley: Twitter lacked adequate cybersecurity protection ahead of July hacks, regulator says | Twitter, Facebook clamp down on New York Post article about Hunter Biden | YouTube bans COVID-19 vaccine misinformation MORE. But he repeatedly hedged when asked whether he had taken a test on the day of...
    President Donald Trump's physician has said he is no longer at risk of transmitting the coronavirus -- but did not say explicitly whether Trump had tested negative for it.   In a memo released on Saturday night, White House physician Dr. Sean Conley said Trump met the CDC criteria for safely discontinuing isolation and that by 'currently recognized standards' he was no longer considered a transmission risk. The diagnosis came as the president prepared to resume campaign rallies and other activities.  The memo did not declare Trump had tested negative for the virus. But sensitive lab tests - like the PCR test - detect virus in swab samples taken from the nose and throat, and can detected even a minuscule viral load.  President Donald Trump's physician has said he is no longer at risk of transmitting the coronavirus -- but did not say explicitly whether Trump had tested negative for it In a memo released on Saturday night, White House physician Dr. Sean Conley said Trump met the CDC criteria for safely discontinuing isolation RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next...
            by Mary Margaret Olohan  Former Vice President Joe Biden again refused to say whether he will pack the Supreme Court Thursday, saying that media will find out where he stands on packing the court “when the election is over.” “You’ll know my opinion on court-packing when the election is over,” he told reporters Thursday. “It’s a great question, and I don’t blame you for asking,” he continued, “but you know the moment I answer that question, the headline in every one of your papers will be about that, other than focusing on what’s happening now. The election has begun. There has never been a court appointment once an election has begun.” The 2020 presidential candidate made these comments following the Wednesday night vice presidential debate where Vice President Mike Pence pushed Democratic California Sen. Kamala Harris to address whether the Biden administration would support adding justices to the Supreme Court if they win the election. Harris repeatedly dodged answering the question. Pence reminded Harris that Trump has nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme...
    Former Vice President Joe Biden again refused to say whether he will pack the Supreme Court Thursday, saying that media will find out where he stands on packing the court “when the election is over.” “You’ll know my opinion on court-packing when the election is over,” he told reporters Thursday. (RELATED: ‘Forcing Others To Give Birth’: Ilhan Omar, Ocasio-Cortez Defend Abortion After Mike Pence Says He ‘Won’t Apologize’ For Being Pro-Life) “It’s a great question, and I don’t blame you for asking,” he continued, “but you know the moment I answer that question, the headline in every one of your papers will be about that, other than focusing on what’s happening now. The election has begun. There has never been a court appointment once an election has begun.” Joe Biden: “You’ll know my opinion on court packing when the election is over.” pic.twitter.com/uYEXZHHAp1 — Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) October 8, 2020 The 2020 presidential candidate made these comments following the Wednesday night vice presidential debate where Vice President Mike Pence pushed Democratic California Sen. Kamala Harris to address whether the Biden...
    Donald Trump refused to say whether he would accept the results of the November election during the presidential debate on Tuesday night, The Daily Mail reported. “This is going to be a fraud like you’ve never seen,” he told viewers, as he cited mail-in ballots. “If I see tens of thousands of ballots being manipulated, I can’t go along with that.” According to the publication, more than 80 million Americans are expected to cast their vote by mail during the 2020 presidential elections due to the coronavirus pandemic. “I want an honest ballot count,” he said, as he warned that his supporters would “watch very carefully” for possible voter fraud at the polls. Trump also revealed he was “counting” on the Supreme Court to “look at the ballots” cast during the presidential election, according to the news source.   Morry Gash / Getty Images The president claimed that ballots with his name on them had been discovered in a creek and a wastebasket. According to the publication, the reference to the creek is unclear, but the wastebasket claim likely...
    Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says voters should choose who nominates Supreme Court justice Trump, Biden will not shake hands at first debate due to COVID-19 Joe Biden should enact critical government reforms if he wins MORE refused on Sunday to answer a question about whether he’d back expanding the Supreme Court to have more justices. A reporter asked the former vice president his thoughts on the plan supported by some Democrats to consider expanding the Supreme Court if Republicans move forward with confirming President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says voters should choose who nominates Supreme Court justice Trump, Biden will not shake hands at first debate due to COVID-19 Pelosi: Trump Supreme Court pick 'threatens' Affordable Care Act MORE’s nominee as Election Day looms.  “I know you’re gonna be upset with my answer, but what I’m not gonna do is play the Trump game, which is a good game he plays – take your eye off the issue before us,” Biden responded.  “If I were to say yes or no to that, that becomes a big issue,” he added. “That’s the...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Monday refused to say whether he supports growing calls from his party to add more members to the Supreme Court if Republicans fill a vacancy before the Nov. 3 election. “It’s a legitimate question. But let me tell you why I'm not going to answer that question: Because it will shift all the focus. That’s what he wants,” Biden told WBAY, a local TV station in Green Bay, Wis., referring to President Trump. “He never wants to talk about the issue at hand. He always tries to change the subject.” GINSBURG'S DEATH CASTS FRESH UNCERTAINTY ON FATE OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT The former vice president has long opposed the issue of court-packing, but Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death on Friday has revived the concept of expanding the number of Supreme Court justices in order to shift its ideological balance. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has pledged to move forward on Trump's nominee to fill the court's vacancy. It's unclear whether the vote could come before the November presidential election, or in the lame-duck session that takes place after the election but...
    Fox News host Tucker Carlson criticized Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers and Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul for declining to clarify whether Jacob Blake was armed or attempting to retrieve a weapon when he was shot by police. Blake was shot in the back seven times during a confrontation with police responding to a domestic disturbance call Sunday after fighting with officers and attempting to enter the driver’s side door of a vehicle. Authorities have so far refused to respond to key questions, particularly about whether or not Blake was armed. The shooting led to a night of violent riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin that the Fox News host argued could have been mitigated or even prevented if everyone knew the facts. “In the very first hours when decisions are made about how to respond, Democrats assured us that Blake was a completely innocent victim, just as they told us that George Floyd was a completely innocent victim,” Carlson said. “But now we know it was more complicated than that. It usually is.” WATCH: “Blake was wanted on a warrant...
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