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    Welcome to this week’s edition of Royalist, The Daily Beast’s newsletter for all things royal and Royal Family. Subscribe here to get it in your inbox every Sunday. Meghan, the “narcissistic sociopath” Things got so bad between Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and their royal staff that they called her a “narcissistic sociopath.” They also reportedly said on repeated occasions: “We were played.” The fresh revelations are contained in the second extract from the London Times royal correspondent Valentine Low’s new book, Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind the Crown, in today’s Sunday Times. The group of former staff even came up with a name for themselves, the “Sussex Survivors’ Club”; their key members were private secretary Sam Cohen, communications chief Sara Latham, and assistant press secretary Marnie Gaffney. In the first extract published Friday, Low detailed the alleged bullying of staff undertaken by Meghan (and Harry)—denied emphatically by them—which reportedly left their staff “broken” and “shaking with fear.” Part of the problem of dealing with Meghan’s alleged bullying, according to one source, was the supposed gentility and civility of palace...
    Mourners were suprised today by an extraordinarily tall man in the procession ahead of the Queen's coffin.  Royal watchers were quick to spot Matthew Magee, who is 7"2 and was private secretary to Her Majesty for four years. Well-wishers online even dubbed the Northern Irish aide the 'Royal Slenderman' as cameras panned to Mr Magee who would have dwarfed the monarch who was only 5ft 3in. People were surprised at the height of Matthew Magee, who is 7"2 and was private secretary to Her Majesty for four years Mr Magee joined the Queen's team after Samantha Cohen left as assistant private secretary in 2018 Social media users dubbed him the 'royal Slenderman'. Slenderman is a horror video game character (pictured) who is tall with thin arms and legs (File image) One person said: 'Who is this insanely tall man? Is this the royal Slenderman?' Slenderman is a horror video game character who is tall with thin arms and legs.  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next 'They did their country proud': Eight young pallbearers are... Finally at rest:...
    BORIS Johnson WILL resign after he suffered the highest number of government resignations of any Prime Minister in 90 years. In a brutal three day period, more than 50 government members stood down from their post. 2Boris Johnson vowed to keep going at PMQs on Wednesday It's the highest number of any government since 1932. The tidal wave of resignations has been described as a Westminster bloodbath. And it has prompted the PM to step down with an announcement expected today. Sajid Javid kicked off the coup at 6.02pm on Tuesday night. In a bombshell letter, the former Health Secretary told the PM he no longer believes government is competent or acting in the public’s best interest. READ MORE POLITICSNOW OR NEVER Major backbench MPs meeting TONIGHT to oust the PM - but he may quit firstBORIS CLINGS ON Defiant Boris Johnson vows to 'keep going' as Sajid Javid blasts: 'Enough' He said: "The country needs a strong and principled Conservative Party, and the Party is bigger than any one individual. "I served you loyally and as a friend, but...
    President Joe Biden on Thursday announced sanctions on seven more Russian oligarchs, their family members, and Vladimir Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. Additionally the administration willl also impose visa restrictions on 19 oligarchs and 47 of their family members and close associates as the White House continues its crackdown on Putin's wealthy inner circle after Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Alisher Burhanovich Usmanov, one of the wealthiest men in Russia and a close confident of Putin's, was a top target of the latest round of sanctions. As was Igor Shuvalov, the former Russian deputy prime minister who flies his wife's corgis on their private jet. 'These oligarchs are known to direct, authorize, fund, significantly support, or carry out malign activities in support of Russia's destabilizing foreign policy,' the White House said in a statement.  'These individuals and their family members will be cut off from the U.S. financial system; their assets in the United States will be frozen and their property will be blocked from use,' the White House noted. The administration also said more sanctions on Russian billionaires could come. 'Today I'm...
    A conservative group in Michigan is duking it out in court with Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D) claiming that the elected official allowed money from Silicon Valley titan Facebook to have a partisan impact on the state’s 2020 elections. “This is what happened in 2020,” co-founder of the Michigan Conservative Coalition Marian Sheridan said in a press release. “Zuck Bucks, which is private money, was used by elected officials through public entities to promote voting, but only promoted among selected potential voter groups. Not to all citizens. Every voter should have received the benefit of a fair portion of the funds unfairly used by elected officials. They cannot selectively promote anything.” The term “Zuck Bucks” refers to spending by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who donated $420 million to left-wing nonprofits during the 2020 election cycle, helping those nonprofits achieve their goals of getting Democrats elected. According to the lawsuit, which Benson is seeking to have dismissed, the secretary of state accepted $17 million from the Center for Tech and Civic Life, a private organization, to help administer Michigan’s elections....
    Damaging winds are once again buffeting the Monarchy. Gales of mockery and criticism threaten to topple the Queen’s two eldest sons like shaky palace chimney pots. Meanwhile, far to the west lurks Hurricane Harry, whipping up a storm with lawsuits and memoirs. Calm amid the tempest, the frail Queen with her trusty walking stick stands resolute and unbowed. Yet, despite her fortitude, the cold light of day reveals a ravaged Royal landscape. Prince Andrew’s abject settlement with his accuser Virginia Giuffre reminds us that absolution first requires contrition. Now, hostile speculation turns to which pocket the publicly subsidised Royal Family will dig into to make Ms Giuffre go away. Calm amid the tempest, the frail Queen with her trusty walking stick stands resolute and unbowed Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Police are to probe the fundraising practices of the heir to the throne’s flagship charity the Prince’s Foundation, including an alleged cash-for-honours and citizenship deal with a Saudi billionaire. Clarence House insists that Charles knew nothing of these and similar methods. But surely, at the very least the Prince, as president of...
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Wednesday backed a Michigan ballot drive to let students attend private schools and pay other educational expenses with accounts funded by tax-free corporate and individual donations. Critics liken the proposed scholarship funds to vouchers and say they would be unconstitutional due to the state’s ban against providing public assistance to private schools. READ MORE: Live Winter Storm Tracker: Snowfall Has Started Around Metro DetroitDeVos, a longtime school choice advocate whose family has given $400,000 to the Let MI Kids Learn ballot committee, encouraged residents to support the effort. She contended it would withstand court challenges because the contributions — for which donors would get a tax credit — would go to scholarship-granting organizations and “never become state money.” The group needs about 340,000 valid voter signatures to send each of two initiatives to the Republican-led Legislature. Lawmakers then could enact the measures into law despite Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s veto of identical bills in November. “Parents don’t have to send their kids to schools that don’t care what mom and...
    Maine Democrat Secretary of State Shenna Bellows’ communications director allegedly belonged to a private communications channel comprised of leftist organizations that attempted to smear West Virginia Republican Secretary of State Mac Warner over his opposition to federalized elections. According to part of a lengthy public records request filed by the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) and exclusively provided to Breitbart News, Bellows’ Communications Director Emily Cook was reportedly a member of a Slack channel including leftist activists from League of Women Voters, Protect Democracy, Organizing for Action, Greenpeace, Southern Poverty Law Center Action, Code Pink, Oxfam, and many more. Slack is a non-public messaging app often used by businesses and can require two-factor authentication to access. Tucked within the 590-page request, PILF, a law firm wholly dedicated to election integrity, discovered an email to Cook’s state email address received from Slack, updating her on new messages to conversations of which she is a part within the Slack workspace allegedly run by Declaration for American Democracy. The organization describes itself as “an anti-oppression coalition working together to make the promise of democracy real for all...
    (CNN)Gen. Colin Powell, the late former secretary of state and Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, will be honored Friday at a private funeral service at the Washington National Cathedral.Powell died on October 18 from complications from Covid-19. He was 84.Though he was fully vaccinated against Covid-19, Powell, who had multiple myeloma and Parkinson's, was immunocompromised, putting him at greater risk to the virus.Family, friends and numerous military and congressional leaders are expected to attend Powell's funeral scheduled for 12 noon ET. President Joe Biden, who recently returned from an international trip, and first lady Jill Biden plan to attend the funeral service, according to the White House. Read MoreFormer President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama, as well as former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush, will also be attendance, as will former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The ceremony, which will be closed to the public, will include tributes from Richard Armitage, who served for a time as Powell's deputy secretary of state, Madeleine Albright, who served as secretary of state in the...
    United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres blasted private space flights as indicative of global wealth inequality in a grim opening speech to the General Assembly on Tuesday. “Billionaires joyride to space while millions go hungry on Earth,” Guterres said . BIDEN APPEALS TO UN TO TEAM UP ON PANDEMIC AND CLIMATE RESPONSES AFTER DIPLOMATIC FLAPS Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, and English billionaire Richard Branson took short rocket trips in July, and on Saturday billionaire businessman Jared Isaacman returned from three days in orbit with the first all-private space crew, completing a mission operated by Elon Musk's SpaceX and financed by Isaacman. Guterres chided these billionaires as he warned of a “great cascade” of crises that face the world, such as the coronavirus pandemic, unrest in the Middle East, climate change, and healthcare disparities. "I am here to sound the alarm: The world must wake up. We are on the edge of an abyss — and moving in the wrong direction,” he said. “Our world has never been more threatened. Or more...
    Kate Middleton's 'down-to-earth background' balances perfectly with Prince William's 'experience in The Firm' as they prepare to 'lead modern monarchy', their former private secretary has claimed.  The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, both 38, are currently living in their London home of Kensington Palace as their children Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, six, and Prince Louis, three, return to school and nursery in the capital.  Insiders have now revealed how the the couple's 'magic' comes from their different backgrounds, and said the pair plan to 'mix the traditional duty with being thoroughly modern parents'.  Speaking to People magazine, the Cambridge's former private secretary Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton said: 'He has the experience of knowing where the institution sits and seeing it evolve. The Duchess brings this pragmatic awareness of what it's like to be from a decent, down-to-earth family.'  It comes as royal author Andrew Lownie claimed the couple have been given a 'higher role' in the royal family due to their popularity.  Prince William and Kate Middleton, both 38, are ready to lead the modern monarchy, royal experts have claimed...
    The Queen was addressing a large and distinguished audience of guests as she unveiled a handsome, expensive and controversial memorial to Princess Diana. ‘For some exceptional people there is a need for something more, a permanent and more public recognition…’ she said. The audience nodded. Diana did indeed deserve ‘something more’. But this was not last week’s ceremony in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace. Instead, it was 17 years ago, at a much grander affair in neighbouring Hyde Park: the opening of the Diana Memorial Fountain – a circular creation of water and granite whose artistic mix of smooth shallows and turbulent rapids was a fair attempt at representing the Princess’s complex and contradictory character. The memorial, said the Queen, managed to ‘capture her spirit’. The Queen and Earl Spencer pictured attending the unveiling of the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain 17 years ago in London's Hyde Park And so it has. See it on a summer’s day while children splash and laugh in the sunshine and you’ll know what the designers Kathryn Gustafson and Neil Porter...
    The United States' energy grid is vulnerable to an enemy attack, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said on Sunday. CNN's Jake Tapper asked Granholm point blank on 'State of the Union' if the nation's adversaries have the capability of shutting the energy grid down.  'Yeah, they do,' she said in ghastly warning to the country.  'There are thousands of attacks on all aspects of the energy sector and the private sector generally. It's happening all the time. This is why the private sector and the public sector have to work together.'  Granholm's statement comes at a time when cyberattacks are on the rise.  Late last week, the U.S. Department of Justice elevated the priority of ransomware attack investigations to a similar priority as terrorism in the wake of the Colonial Pipeline hack, a senior department official told Reuters. Scroll down for video.  Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm (right) on CNN's 'State of the Union' on Sunday said the nation's enemies have the capabilities to shut down the energy grid  Aerial view of Colonial Pipeline fuel tanks. On May 7th, cyber-criminal group,...
    More On: cybersecurity Cyberattacks bigger threat than Capitol riot 2.0, Senate security boss warns Amazon changing policy for police requests of Ring doorbell videos amid privacy outcry Ransomware attack targets Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket ferries Hackers with suspected China ties breached MTA servers in April Adversaries to the US are capable of shutting down the nation’s electrical grid, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm admitted Sunday, saying that such cybersecurity attacks are “happening all the time.” Granholm warned of the system’s vulnerabilities — amid an uptick of ransomware sieges — on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “Yeah, they do,” Granholm told host Jake Tapper when asked if foreign actors have the ability to make the power grid go dark. “There are very malign actors who are trying, even as we speak,” she explained. “There are thousands of attacks on all aspects of the energy sector and the private sector generally.” Granholm added, “It’s happening all the time. This is why the private sector and the public sector have to work together.” Granholm, the former Michigan governor, touted the Biden administration’s efforts...
    Energy Secretary Jennifer GranholmJennifer Granholm Sunday shows preview: Infrastructure expected to dominate as talks continue to drag Hydrogen may be the 'fuel of the future' — but geopolitics could look a lot like gas Overnight Energy:  Senate climate advocates start digging in on infrastructure goals | Judge rebuffs Noem's bid for July 4th fireworks at Mount Rushmore | Climate advocate wins third seat on Exxon board MORE (D)  said on Sunday that adversaries of the U.S. have the capability of shutting down the country’s power grid.  "Yes, they do," she said on CNN's "State of the Union" when asked if U.S. adversaries had such a capability.  “I think that there are very malign actors who are trying. Even as we speak, there are thousands of attacks on all aspects of the energy sector and the private sector, generally,” Granholm added. “It's happening all the time. And this is why the private sector and the public sector have to work together.”  Granholm also told host Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Citizens' Climate Lobby - Biden, Capito...
    Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm warned that United States's adversaries have the potential to tamper with the country's power grid. Granholm confirmed the threat after being asked if adversaries have the capabilities to shut down the power grid, during an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper on Sunday. "Yeah, they do. I think that there are very malign actors who are trying. Even as we speak, there are thousands of attacks on all aspects of the energy sector and the private sector generally," the secretary said. UPTICK IN RANSOMWARE ATTACKS SHARES 'A LOT OF PARALLELS' WITH 9/11: WRAY Granholm's comments follow two major cyberattacks, including the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline, the largest U.S. oil pipeline, which went dark for six days in May after suffering a ransomware attack. Earlier this month, JBS USA, the world's largest meat supplier, also shut down all of its U.S. beef plants after being hit with a cyberattack. The Biden administration has been working toward solutions as to how to shore up vulnerabilities in cyberware, following a rise in such attacks, many of which have been...
    (CNN)Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm on Sunday warned in stark terms that the US power grid is vulnerable to attacks.Asked By CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union" whether the nation's adversaries have the capability of shutting it down, Granholm said: "Yeah, they do.""There are thousands of attacks on all aspects of the energy sector and the private sector generally," she said, adding, "It's happening all the time. This is why the private sector and the public sector have to work together."The secretary's warning comes amid a rise in ransomware attacks in America's public and private sectors in the recent weeks, creating a sense of urgency in the Biden administration on how to confront cyber vulnerabilities. The issue will take an outsized role during President Joe Biden's first foreign trip this week, during which he is set to talk with European leaders and meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva, Switzerland.This is a breaking story and it will be updated.
    Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Friday that the Biden Administration is closely examining vaccine passports as a measure to try to ensure safer travel. He made the comment at the start of a nation-wide travel spike for the Memorial Day Weekend, after the White House has provided repeated assurances the administration will not impose such a system. Asked if the nation could see vaccine passports either for people coming into the country or flying out, he told ABC's 'Good Morning America': 'We're taking a very close look at that.' Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said the administration was taking a 'very close' at vaccine passports for people flying in and out of the country 'You know, one of our principles that has guided us throughout this pandemic is the value of diversity, equity and inclusion and making sure that any passport that we provide for vaccinations is accessible to all and that no one is disenfranchised,' he responded.  'And so we're taking a very close look at that,' he added. HIs language about equity and inclusion reflects controversy...
    The Texas House of Representatives is currently considering a comprehensive election integrity bill that would, among other things, place executive and legislative checks and balances on the private funding of the administration of the state’s electoral procedures. The 2020 general election in Texas saw $36 million worth of unfettered private funding of election administration in a number of counties in the state from non-profit organizations who were, in turn, financed by Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan. SB 7 was passed by the Texas State Senate earlier this month and has been under consideration in the Elections Committee of the Texas House of Representatives since April 12. The 38-page SB 7 addresses a number of election integrity issues, among them the problems associated with the private funding of election administration. The bill addresses private funding of election administration as follows: Sec.A81.032. ACCEPTANCE OF DONATIONS AND BEQUESTS. (a) The commissioners court may accept a donation of labor or services, gift, grant, donation, bequest, or devise of money or other property on behalf of the county, including a...
    REPUBLICANS have argued that former Secretary of State John Kerry is allegedly secretly abetting Iranian officials. Several members of the party have called for the politician's resignation. 3Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John KerryCredit: Reuters What is the John Kerry-Iran controversy? Republicans have purported that John Kerry violated the Logan Act by speaking with Iran. The Logan Act is a "federal law that criminalizes negotiation by unauthorized American citizens with foreign governments." On a leaked tape that features Iran's foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Iranian official claims Kerry shared secrets with him about the military actions of Israel writes the Washington Post. London-based news channel Iran International obtained audio of a private conversation that Zarif had with an economist. 3John Kerry arrives at the 'Before the Flood' premiere at the United Nations in New York City, NY, USACredit: Splash News "John Kerry informed him that Israel had attacked Iranian interests in Syria at least 200 times, to his astonishment, Mr. Zarif said," wrote the New York Times. As a result, Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) claimed that Kerry had...
    MEGHAN Markle issued a press release ahead of Prince Philip's funeral to announce she would be watching the ceremony from home. The Duchess of Sussex confirmed she was observing the historical burial stateside in a press release delivered by her and Harry's 'Global Press Secretary'. 5Meghan released a statement confirming she was watching Philip's funeral from the USCredit: AFP It also touched on the reasons for her notable absence, and read: "I can confirm that The Duchess will be watching from home as she was hopeful to be able to attend, but was not cleared for travel by her physician at this stage in her pregnancy." The heavily pregnant Duchess of Sussex, 39, stayed in the US on doctor's orders while Prince Harry made the 5,400-mile trip ahead of the event. The statement went on to describe Harry and his late grandfathers relationship, and their "unique connection in their shared active service – including in combat – as part of the British Armed Forces." It continued by listing Harry's achievement throughout his ten-year military career, touching on his two tours of Afghanistan. But...
    BRIGADIER Archie Miller-Bakewell is one of the few people understood they will be able to attend Prince Philip’s funeral. Only 30 people are allowed to attend the service at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, due to the coronavirus restrictions. * Read our Prince Philip live blog for the latest updates 4Archie Miller-Bakewell was Prince Philip's right-hand manCredit: Camera Press Who is Archie Miller-Bakewell? Archie Miller-Bakewell was the Duke of Edinburgh’s loyal private secretary, working for the senior royal for more than a decade. Little is known about the man who seemingly kept himself out of the spotlight. The Daily Mail’s Rebecca English in January 2019 said that an unnamed source had described him as “charming, old school, Establishment – and completely wet”. The Duke’s apparent fascination with UFOs and aliens appears to have been confirmed in a letter written by Miller-Bakewell. Prince Philip reportedly spent the summer of 2019 reading The Halt Perspective. 4The plans for Prince Philip's funeral The book examined the events in December 1980 when US servicemen stationed at RAF Woodbridge went to investigate strange lights in a nearby...
    Declassified satellite images of Al Khadim airbase in Libya, showing regular Russian military equipment being used by the Wagner Group Britain should confront Russian “mercenary groups”, the Defence Secretary has said, as intelligence images show Vladimir Putin is supplying tanks and planes to his “private army”. The Russian Wagner Group mercenary force, run by a man known as “Putin’s chef”, showed “how modern warfare is rapidly changing,” Ben Wallace told The Telegraph. The Defence Secretary’s comments come as recently declassified intelligence photos, below, show the Wagner Group using regular Russian military equipment in Libya, suggesting it is, in effect, a deniable part of the Kremlin’s army. Russian Vagner Mercenary Embed 1 Military Ember Security experts believe the Wagner Group is used deniably to flex Moscow’s military power by supporting weak or illegitimate regimes, often with direct military support from the Russian army. The group is particularly active in Syria, Libya and across sub-Saharan Africa, where armed assistance is rewarded with access to energy reserves and gold and other precious metals. British security officials warn the use of such unregulated forces...
    PRINCE Harry's tourism project has suffered a huge blow after his former private secretary has quit. Heather Wong, 39, who was Duke of Sussex's assistant private secretary and worked with the couple during Megxit has left her role in Harry's sustainable tourism company - Travalyst. 3Heather Wong, 39 attended Harry and Meghan's wedding and worked with the pair as they left the royal familyCredit: Getty - Contributor 3According to online profiles, she is now chief of staff at a London-based private equity firm, AtomicoCredit: Getty Images - Getty Ms Wong has an impressive CV, she first joined the royal household after working at Paddy Harverson's PR firm Milltown Partners - which is so exclusive that it doesn't reveal the names of its clients. She also worked in the Obama administration as deputy assistant of public affairs at the Department of Homeland Security. According to her LinkedIn profile, she first toko the job at Travalyst in September 2019, where she worked as senior advisor to Prince Harry. A filing at the UK registry Companies House stated that the...
    On Wednesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “The Lead,” V.A. Secretary Denis McDonough stated that there isn’t “an immediate decision” to make on whether the department will impose greater restrictions on the ability of veterans to see private doctors. Host Jake Tapper asked, “President Trump signed the V.A. Mission Act in 2018, that expanded the V.A. Choice Act that President Obama signed, it allows more veterans to see private doctors instead of going through the V.A. health system. A big question facing you right now, do you plan to keep the standards implemented under President Trump, or are you going to impose more restrictions?” McDonough responded, “That’s a good question, Jake. There’s not an immediate decision to make about the standards question. The thing I’m focused on is, the law dictates that best medical outcome for the veteran dictate whether and where that veteran be allowed to get care. So, we’re going to make sure that we are driven by that, best medical outcome for our vets, first and foremost. And then we’re going to make sure that we make decisions such that...
    Eleven Senate Republicans wrote to President Joe Biden Monday, urging the 46th president to withdraw California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s nomination to serve as the next secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Republican senators wrote that Becerra’s embrace of Medicare for All, open borders policies on immigration, and abortion, render him unfit to serve as the next HHS secretary. Sens. Bill Hagerty (R-TN), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Steve Daines (R-MT), John Kennedy (R-LA), James Lankford (R-OK), Mike Lee (R-UT), Jim Risch (R-ID), Mike Rounds (R-SD), and Roger Wicker (R-MS) wrote to Biden: We write to express our grave concerns regarding the nomination of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to serve as the next Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). Mr. Becerra’s lack of healthcare experience, enthusiasm for replacing private health insurance with government-run Medicare-for-all, and embrace of radical policies on immigration, abortion, and religious liberty, render him unfit for any position of public trust, and especially for HHS Secretary. The GOP senators also noted that Becerra lacks experience in the healthcare field...
    The estate of Jeffrey Epstein paid $190 million in taxes to the United States government, according to a report. Epstein’s estate was initially estimated to be worth $577 million by attorneys. It has grown to $636 million in the year and a half since his death, the Miami Herald reported. The estate was settled in the US Virgin Islands, where Epstein owned a private island and did his banking. Epstein committed suicide in 2019 while awaiting trial in a Manhattan jail. (RELATED: Jeffrey Epstein Signed His Will Two Days Before His Death) Epstein’s estate is the defendant in a civil suit brought by nine women in August 2020 who allege sexual abuse by Epstein dating back to 1978. One woman in that suit alleges that Epstein raped her when she was eleven years old, according to Business Insider. Although the lawsuit was filed in Manhattan Supreme Court in New York, the accusers allege that Epstein abused and trafficked them across multiple jurisdictions. Epstein’s lone conviction was in 2008 for soliciting an underage prostitute. He served only 13 months in a county...
    Madison Summers January 29, 2021 0 Comments White House press secretary Jen Psaki is weighing in on if President Joe Biden has spoken to former President Donald Trump. During a press briefing on Friday, Psaki was questioned on if the two leaders have spoken, to which she said, “There are no calls to report on, and I don’t have any update on the letter.” Speaking on the letter Trump left for Biden, Psaki said, “The president of course thought the letter was gracious and generous but, he plans to keep it private.” Watch the video below: "There are no calls to report on, and I dont have any update on the letter… The President of course thought the letter was gracious and generous but, he plans to keep it private, " Press Sec. Jen Psaki says when asked if President Biden has spoken to former President Trump. pic.twitter.com/FS66YrM1jk— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) January 29, 2021 Biden previously noted that his predecessor left him a “generous letter,” as IJR reported. “The president wrote a very generous letter. Because it is...
    KATE Middleton and Prince William have reportedly lost a key aide, who has quit working for the royals to join an £18billion private equity company. Christian Jones, 31, has been working as the communications secretary to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge since April 2019. ⚠️ Read our Meghan Markle and Prince Harry live blog for the latest news on the Royal couple 6Kate Middleton and Prince William's key aide Christian Jones is reportedly leaving the royals to join private equity group Bridgepoint as a partnerCredit: Getty Images - Getty Former Brexit spin doctor Christian was previously head of news at the Department for Exiting the European Union, and is to reportedly join private equity group Bridgepoint as a partner. Christian had replaced Simon Case as William’s private secretary, after Simon was poached by Downing street as head of the civil service. A source told the Telegraph: “Whereas Simon was credited with making the Duke a statesman - Christian has really helped them to steer them through their public-facing role during the pandemic. "He’s helped them to grow in confidence by gently...
    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's brand will 'fail' unless they move too far from the royal model of 'personal sacrifice and public service', Princess Diana's former chief of staff has warned. The Duke, 36, and Duchess of Sussex, 39, are currently residing in their $14million mansion in Santa Barbara with eighteen-month-old son Archie, having stepped back from duty in March last year.  According to the Express, royal expert Patrick Jephson has said the couple face an 'evolving brand issue' with their new foundation Archewell.  Speaking during a virtual conference promoting and protecting personal brands, which was organised by a US-based public affairs agency, he said: 'If it departs very much from that great tradition of personal sacrifice and public service that defines the monarchy brand then I don’t believe it will succeed.' Prince Harry, 36, and Meghan Markle's, 39, brand will 'fail' unless they maintain a focus on a 'life of sacrifice and service', Princess Diana's former chief of staff has warned He added: 'One could argue that, at it's best, membership of the Royal Family gives you access...
              Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger called President Trump’s remarks a “threat” during a 60 Minutes interview that aired Monday. The interview also included previous Voting System Implementation Manager Gabriel Sterling, currently the Secretary of State’s Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Raffensperger was referring to a secretly-recorded, leaked call in which the President questioned the merits of Georgia’s elections systems, voter fraud allegations, and election irregularities. At several points, Trump criticized Raffensperger for stating that there wasn’t any evidence of criminality within the 2020 general election. The President also likened Raffensperger’s unwillingness to assign credibility to election fraud claims with criminal activity. “Well, I think it was obviously a veiled threat, maybe a direct threat. But there was no substance to what he was saying,” stated Raffensperger. “I heard the threat. I don’t know what that meant, exactly, but it wasn’t gonna move me off center.” A spokesperson with the Secretary of State’s office informed The Georgia Star that Raffensperger likely perceived the conversation as a “threat” because President Trump all but accused Raffensperger and...
    As we enter this winter, we face alarming trends in the spread of COVID-19 around the country, but even in this challenging time, we have so much reason for hope. On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration authorized the first COVID-19 vaccine in the United States, and Operation Warp Speed (OWS) and its private sector partners immediately began shipping vaccines to sites designated by states and other public health jurisdictions. VideoWith about 3 million doses on the way, this means that health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities across America will begin receiving vaccines in the coming days. Americans who may fall into these categories—the exact allocations are done by states and public health jurisdictions—can find out more about where they will receive a vaccine from their state or local governments, such as through the state’s COVID-19 webpage. FDA APPROVES PFIZER'S CORONAVIRUS VACCINE FOR EUA This spring, experts predicted that a vaccine was at least a year or year and a half away. Yet, within a year, we have one vaccine authorized, millions of doses being shipped, and...
    Reuters December 8, 2020 0 Comments Ask anyone who knows retired Army General Lloyd Austin, President-elect Joe Biden’s pick for defense secretary, and two descriptions come up again and again – intensely private and razor-sharp. But Austin, who studiously avoided the spotlight during his long military career, even as he led troops in war, is about to be thrust into perhaps the most personal, public battle of his life over his eligibility as a candidate to lead the Pentagon. The selection of Austin, 67, was announced on Tuesday by Biden, who takes office on Jan. 20. But to become defense secretary, Austin will have to help secure votes from Congress to waive a law – designed to ensure civilian oversight of the uniformed military – that requires retired top brass to have hung up their uniforms for at least seven years. Austin only retired in 2016. Congress waived the requirement four years ago for Jim Mattis, a retired Marine general, who became President Donald Trump’s first defense secretary. Many U.S. officials believe the House of Representatives and Senate will...
    By TODD RICHMOND, Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's tourism secretary plans to resign to take a job in the private sector, Gov. Tony Evers' office announced Wednesday. Evers' office said in a news release that Sara Meaney will leave her position later this month “to take a career opportunity outside of state government." It didn't say what job she will take. Meaney's last day will actually be Dec. 11, said Department of Tourism spokesman Craig Trost, who declined to say what Meaney plans to do next. Deputy Tourism Secretary Anne Sayers will serve as interim secretary after Meaney leaves, Evers' office said. Meaney was among Evers' first cabinet picks in December 2018, weeks after he won election. The state Senate never confirmed her, though, after she ran afoul of Republicans who control the chamber. Then-Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said in November 2019 that Meaney had politicized the tourism department and there was “a storm brewing” around her. He didn't elaborate, but a month earlier, Sen. Andre Jacque sent Meaney a letter alleging that the Governor's Council on...
    Mayor Marty Walsh Speculation is flying and some aspirants are campaigning hard for the position of labor secretary. Names being mentioned frequently include Boston Mayor Mary Walsh, Rep. Andy Levin, AFL-CIO economist Bill Spriggs, and Julie Su, secretary of the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency. Levin, a former AFL-CIO staffer, has endorsements from the Communications Workers of America, the United Auto Workers, the Utility Workers Union of America, and National Nurses United. Walsh, a former head of the Boston Building and Construction Trades Council, has the support of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, who is lobbying other labor leaders to back him. American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten also praised Walsh. Sen. Bernie Sanders is actively running for the role, but President-elect Biden is reportedly trying to avoid appointing senators. More news: ● How an Oregon measure for universal preschool could be a national model. The measure, to be paid for by a large tax on high earners, will provide free preschool for all children ages 3 and 4, in public schools and in existing and new private preschools and home-based child care centers. It will also...
    The Princess of Wales's sitting room in Kensington Palace was a comfortable, welcoming place mostly decorated in pastel blues and pinks. That mild autumn morning 25 years ago it was bright with sunlight. Two large windows faced you and, between them, under an eye-catching portrait of a very supple ballerina, was Princess Diana's desk. There was a fireplace to the right, a TV to the left, and a general impression of happy feminine clutter everywhere. As Diana's private secretary and former equerry I had been coming here most days for almost eight years, usually with a bundle of papers in my hand, a smile on my face and — I hoped — my wits about me. I often felt that I needed those wits more than some others in my line of business. Close: Patrick Jephson next to Diana. He says: 'It was my job to protect Diana from anybody who might undermine her ability to do her duty as a senior member of the Royal Family' As the head of the Princess's small household, and as her most...
    FOR many it was the scoop of the century. For others it was a catastrophic mistake — a bombshell interview that saw the world’s most famous woman “seduced and betrayed”. 15Princess Diana's Panorama interview 'cut her off, fatally, from the protection of the royal institution,' according to her former private secretaryCredit: Rex Features 15Aide Patrick Jephson says she must have been 'seduced' into doing the bombshell interview with Martin BashirCredit: Getty It is 25 years since Princess Diana bared her soul on Panorama, resulting in the most spellbinding interview seen on British television. But Patrick Jephson, her private secretary between 1988 and 1996, said: “When Panorama came out, part of my visceral reaction was outrage that somebody should have exploited the princess in this way. “Knowing the princess as I did, making her perform like this was a combination of seduction and betrayal. “Panorama burnt her bridges with the rest of the Royal Family and cut her off, fatally, from the protection of the royal institution.” Watched by 23million viewers, Diana questioned the suitability of Prince Charles to be king,...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — California’s Secretary of State’s office issued a “cease and desist order” Monday demanding the Republican Party remove unofficial private ballot drop boxes they’ve placed throughout the state, labeled “official.” The Republican Party responded by announcing plans to defy the order, and by threatening to even add more across the state. “We’re going to continue our ballot harvesting programs,” California Republican Party spokesperson Hector Barajas said. CBS13’s Steve Large asked Barajas why the Republican Party labeled their private ballot drop boxes “official” in the first place. “Would the Republican Party agree that that’s an important distinction? The use of ‘official’ and not using the word ‘official,'” Large said. “I would contemplate there might be a distinction if we put a ballot box outside here, on the street in the corner but these are boxes that are inside places of businesses,” Barajas said. READ: Sacramento County Election Officials Warn Hand Sanitizer Can Ruin Voter Ballots Barajas said the Republican Party will now remove the word “official” from the ballot boxes, but they won’t remove the private ballot drop boxes themselves. He...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — California’s Secretary of State’s office issued a “cease and desist order” Monday demanding the Republican Party remove unofficial private ballot drop boxes they’ve placed throughout the state, labeled “official.” The Republican Party responded by announcing plans to defy the order, and by threatening to even add more across the state. “We’re going to continue our ballot harvesting programs,” California Republican Party spokesperson Hector Barajas said. CBS13’s Steve Large asked Barajas why the Republican Party labeled their private ballot drop boxes “official” in the first place. “Would the Republican Party agree that that’s an important distinction? The use of ‘official’ and not using the word ‘official,'” Large said. “I would contemplate there might be a distinction if we put a ballot box outside here, on the street in the corner but these are boxes that are inside places of businesses,” Barajas said. READ: Sacramento County Election Officials Warn Hand Sanitizer Can Ruin Voter Ballots Barajas said the Republican Party will now remove the word ‘official’ from the ballot boxes, but they won’t remove the private ballot drop boxes themselves. He...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — California’s Secretary of State’s office issued a “cease and desist order” Monday demanding the Republican Party remove unofficial private ballot drop boxes they’ve placed throughout the state, labeled “official.” The Republican Party responded by announcing plans to defy the order, and by threatening to even add more across the state. “We’re going to continue our ballot harvesting programs,” California Republican Party spokesperson Hector Barajas said. CBS13’s Steve Large asked Barajas why the Republican Party labeled their private ballot drop boxes “official” in the first place. “Would the Republican Party agree that that’s an important distinction? The use of ‘official’ and not using the word ‘official,'” Large said. “I would contemplate there might be a distinction if we put a ballot box outside here, on the street in the corner but these are boxes that are inside places of businesses,” Barajas said. READ: Sacramento County Election Officials Warn Hand Sanitizer Can Ruin Voter Ballots Barajas said the Republican Party will now remove the word ‘official’ from the ballot boxes, but they won’t remove the private ballot drop boxes themselves. He...
    In the first part of our serialisation of his new book on Saturday, Robert Lacey — a distinguished royal historian and adviser to TV's The Crown — told how Harry and Meghan's behaviour left the Royal Family 'hopping' mad.  Today, he reveals how William feared Harry was rushing into marriage and that the Queen suggested the couple move to Africa for a year or two to enjoy time together.  Producing the September issue of Vogue that Meghan guest edited in the first half of 2019 took seven months — months which, according to the magazine's editor Edward Enninful, were intensive, filled with meetings, phone calls, texts and emails. In addition, his guest editor also gave birth to her first child.  In the same seven months, January to July 2019, the Court Circular showed the Duchess of Sussex carrying out just 22 royal engagements, less than one per week — though this period did include Meghan's maternity leave, along with a three-day tour to Morocco with Harry. But why had this 'powerhouse' recruit to the highest echelons of the House of...
    Education Secretary Betsy DeVos called for Congress to pass coronavirus relief legislation with funding for school choice, warning that more private schools are on the brink of closing without federal help. "We need to have immediate relief for those schools," DeVos told Fox News in an interview. "Think about the impact of all of these kids who suddenly now are showing up at the traditional public school door because they no longer have this other option. That's a crisis in the making right there." Her comments come as at least 160 private schools have permanently closed so far this year as a result of economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, and a recent court ruling against DeVos has limited relief fund access to private schools. Meanwhile, public schools, which are largely funded by state and local governments, are facing financial hardships and teacher layoffs because tax revenue has dried up due to the economic crisis and Congress hasn't passed a comprehensive aid package to help replenish those funds. BETSY DEVOS' BIG IDEA: FUNDING STUDENTS, RATHER THAN SYSTEMS FOR SCHOOL CHOICE Senate Republicans...
    Making America Great Again means that everyone has to sacrifice. More specifically, it means everyone but the top 1% and Donald Trump needs to sacrifice. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, a man chosen by Donald Trump, has created a “cost-cutting review” of Pentagon. On Sunday Politico reported that one of Esper’s bright ideas is to cut their healthcare budget by $2.2 billion. This move would effectively hurt around 9.5 million active-duty personnel, military retirees, and their dependents who rely on the military health system. Also, there’s a pandemic happening right now. That’s a lot of health care being taken away from civil servants who are serving to defend our country. It’s rather interesting that for all of the talk about our troops and the jingoism relied upon by conservatives—and ballooning defense bills—that the one place they look to cut costs in our military is … health care. However, if you’re worried about what will happen to those military folks and their families, never fear: The private market will provide! Yes. According to Politico, Esper says that the healthcare losses in slashing $2.2 billion from the military health system can be made...
    Secretary of Defense Mark Esper. Making America Great Again means that everyone has to sacrifice. More specifically, it means everyone but the top 1% and Donald Trump needs to sacrifice. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, a man chosen by Donald Trump, has created a “cost-cutting review” of Pentagon. On Sunday Politico reported that one of Esper’s bright ideas is to cut their healthcare budget by $2.2 billion. This move would effectively hurt around 9.5 million active-duty personnel, military retirees, and their dependents who rely on the military health system. Also, there’s a pandemic happening right now. That’s a lot of health care being taken away from civil servants who are serving to defend our country. It’s rather interesting that for all of the talk about our troops and the jingoism relied upon by conservatives—and ballooning defense bills—that the one place they look to cut costs in our military is … health care. However, if you’re worried about what will happen to those military folks and their families, never fear: The private market will provide! Yes. According to Politico, Esper says that the healthcare losses in slashing $2.2 billion from the military...
    So that’s that. We can finally let go of the hope that Harry and Meghan will wake up one morning and decide to return to dear old Blighty to do any kind of actual Royal toil. Sure, Meghan has claimed that the Sussexes ‘will always be Royalty’ but her actions say something very different. By shelling out £11 million on a cosy little estate in Santa Barbara, by embracing US electoral politics and by implicitly sanctioning a book that shames her in-laws, Meghan has irreversibly deserted an institution that to her has no purpose or even existence beyond service to Queen and country. We probably shouldn’t blame her, or at least not her alone. Theoretically, and against the odds, the Sussexes’ novel plan for the future might just have worked, just. But, as so often with the drama that surrounds the modern Royal Family, when it comes to the big scenes, too few of the leading players can make the jump from good intentions to good, effective, real-life actions. Unwittingly, Meghan may have sent a message to the Windsors that...
    (CNN)Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton cannot be compelled to appear for a deposition in a lawsuit about State Department emails, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.Right-leaning group Judicial Watch has sought to question Clinton in the years-long pursuit of Clinton's emails about State Department business on a private server. A federal judge earlier this year said Clinton must appear for a deposition, but the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reversed that decision Friday.Clinton's emails were already investigated by Congress, the State Department inspector general and the FBI, and she previously gave written answers in another lawsuit, the appeals court noted."The District Court has impermissibly ballooned the scope of its inquiry into allegations of bad faith to encompass a continued probe of Secretary Clinton's state of mind surrounding actions taken years before the at-issue searches were conducted by the State Department," the appeals court wrote in an opinion issued Friday. "Secretary Clinton has already answered interrogatories from Judicial Watch on these very questions ... explaining the sole reason she used the private account was for...
    Maryland’s top health official has weighed in on a fight in Montgomery County over closing private schools because of the coronavirus pandemic, issuing a memo to all county health officers, saying, “it is the health policy of the state of Maryland that nonpublic schools not be closed in a blanket manner.” The memo from Maryland Secretary of Health Robert Neall underscores the executive order issued by Gov. Larry Hogan on Monday that stripped local health officers of the ability to close schools — public or private — on anything other than a case-by-case basis. The memo explains that it’s the state’s position that all schools be given the opportunity to come up with plans to comply with COVID-19 guidance from federal and state government officials. Though health officers in Maryland serve county governments and Baltimore City, they are state employees. The health secretary’s memo comes the morning after Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles, who’s also named in a lawsuit of private schools and parents, issued a new directive calling for private schools to remain closed until Oct. 1...
    A group of left-wing protesters marched to the private home of Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf on Sunday in Alexandria, Virginia, to demonstrate against the use of federal law enforcement in Portland, Oregon. The unusual demonstration, targeting the private residence of a Cabinet secretary, received favorable coverage in the Washington Post: At a triangular park in a tranquil Alexandria, Va., neighborhood, a group of about 30 gathered Sunday morning and awaited directions for a disruptive mission. They would protest the detaining and removal of demonstrators in Portland, Ore., by federal officers last week, and they would do it outside the home of acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf. … Together they went, in bicycle jerseys and tie-dyed shirts, chanting Black Lives Matter protest slogans as well as a specific message for their target. The group was mostly white people, young and old, walking uphill as the temperature climbed into the humid 90s. Some huffed and puffed behind face masks, which everyone wore to ward off the novel coronavirus. … “We are not an angry mob, are we?” shouted...
    The Duchess was surrounded by an ‘A-team’ of high-achieving women all wanting to promote their boss’s world vision There have been jibes about ‘The Vipers’ in the Palace – courtiers who undermined Meghan and Harry at every turn. But the truth was the Duchess was surrounded by an ‘A-team’ of high-achieving women all wanting to promote their boss’s world vision. Sadly, they all eventually lost their jobs, as they either quit or found their roles made redundant when the Sussexes dramatically left The Firm. Melissa Touabti The Duchess’s personal assistant quit in 2018 amid reports that she had been reduced to tears. The French assistant played a key role in the preparations for Harry and Meghan’s wedding in May 2018 but her departure just six months later was an early sign of tensions within the Sussex camp. Meghan was said to be deeply unhappy with how the departure of Touabti, who previously worked for Robbie Williams, was publicly depicted. Samantha Cohen Cohen, the Queen’s assistant private secretary, was planning to leave Buckingham Palace in 2018 but agreed to stay...
    California, Michigan and three other states – plus the District of Columbia – are suing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and her department, opposing what they say is a plan to take coronavirus relief funds away from K-12 public schools and divert the money to private schools. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced the lawsuit Tuesday. The three other states joining the suit are Maine, New Mexico and Wisconsin. “Today's announcement is about stopping the Trump administration's latest effort to steal from working families to give it to the very privileged," Becerra said, according to The Associated Press. DEVOS CALLS OUT 'ADULTS WHO ARE FEARMONGERING' OVER SCHOOL REOPENINGS: 'KIDS HAVE GOT TO CONTINUE LEARNING' “Unfortunately, this most recent action by Secretary DeVos is really just another example in a long history of an administration that uses any and every opportunity available to tip the scales in favor of private schools at the great expense of our public schools,” Nessel said at a separate news conference, MLive.com reported. “Instead of ignoring congressional intent and diverting funds...
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