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    Around three dozen former Trump officials, including chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE, recently held a conference call to discuss how to oppose the former president's next potential run for office in 2024, according to CNN  CNN reported the call ended without any definitive decision from the group of former staffers, which included former communications directors Anthony ScaramucciAnthony ScaramucciGrisham says former Trump officials meeting next week 'to try and stop him' Yarmuth slams Massie for gun-filled family Christmas photo Anti-Trump Republicans endorsing vulnerable Democrats to prevent GOP takeover MORE and Alyssa Farah Griffin, as well as an aide for former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonEquilibrium/Sustainability — Fire calls infrastructural integrity into question Will Biden's 2021 foreign policy failures reverberate in 2022? Biden is losing contest of wills with Iran over nukes MORE. But they remain opposed to the re-election of former President TrumpDonald TrumpSanders calls out Manchin, Sinema ahead of filibuster showdown Laura Ingraham 'not saying' if she'd support Trump in 2024 The Hill's 12:30 Report: Djokovic may not compete in French Open over vaccine requirement MORE and could...
    According to a report from the Daily Beast, the Trump Organization -- and by extension Don Jr., Ivanka and Eric Trump -- may have created another legal headache for themselves due to their history of not paying their bills. As reported by the Beast's Jose Pagliery, Washington D.C, District Attorney Karl Racine is incorporating a dispute between the family's business and a D.C. hotel over an unpaid $49,358 bill into his investigation over the misuse of inauguration funds dating back to 2017. At the center of the dispute was the Trump Org's refusal to pay for the block of rooms they booked at the Loews Madison Hotel after 13 people didn't show up -- which then led to the bill being sent to a collection agency. According to Pagliery, that financial dispute put Trump and family back in the "crosshairs in an ongoing investigation into how the Trump kids used the Presidential Inauguration Committee to throw lavish parties of their own." Lending credence to the charges is Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, who help coordinate the inaugural festivities and now is working...
    A manhunt was underway Friday for a Chicago-area jail inmate who never returned to the lockup after being permitted to temporarily leave so he could attend his brother’s funeral, officials said. Authorities in DuPage County have issued an arrest warrant for Bruce Berrier, 23, after he attended the funeral for his brother, Rocky Berrier, before allegedly cutting off his ankle monitor and vanishing, FOX 32 of Chicago reported. CHICAGO STUDENTS WALK OUT OF CLASS, DEMAND VIRTUAL SCHOOLING FOR TWO WEEKS AND COVID 'STIPENDS' The ankle monitor was reportedly found in Arlington Cemetery in Elmhurst, Illinois — about 20 miles west of Chicago. Bruce Berrier's booking photo at the Stateville Correctional Center (Illinois Department of Corrections) Judge Michael Reidy, an elected official, initially permitted Berrier to attend the memorial service and a related family gathering, despite objections from prosecutors, according to court documents. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Berrier was in jail serving a 10-year sentence he received in July 2021, after he pleaded guilty to a gun-running charge, FOX 32 reported.  The offense initially took place...
    Washington (CNN)President Joe Biden has the lowest Senate confirmation rate of first-year nominations among the last three presidents, according to a new report from a group that studies presidential transitions. "In Biden's first year, the Senate confirmed only 41% of his nominations. While a small number were withdrawn by the president, 118 were 'returned' at the end of the Senate's session -- meaning the president would either have to nominate that person again in the next session or nominate someone else," according to the report from the Center for Presidential Transition, a nonpartisan group based in Washington, DC. The group, which said its data represents "nominations for all civilian positions including ambassadors, judges, marshals and US attorneys," reported that as of last week, 171 of the nominations Biden made in 2021 are still awaiting a vote. Dozens confirmed to ambassador posts after Ted Cruz refused for months to consider themBiden's 41% continues a downward confirmation rate trend among recent presidents, the group said, noting that 75% of George Bush's first-year nominees were confirmed, while 69% of Barack Obama's were...
    Third-party payment processors, including Venmo, PayPal, and Cash App, will be required to report business transactions of users exceeding $600 a year to the Internal Revenue Service, according to a new tax law going into effect in January. Previously, third-party payment apps were only mandated to notify the gross income of users who had over 200 distinct transactions or exceeded $20,000, according to a report. The new change is the product of the American Rescue Plan, which passed in March 2021. HILLARY CLINTON TWEET DOESN'T MAKE 'CENTS' The form to report the information is Form 1099-K, which records services transactions and goods acquired in a calendar year to the IRS. The new tax law, the $600 rule, will apply to all payments received for service payments and goods, according to the report. It will not apply to individuals who use a third-party system to send a gift to an individual or for acts like paying someone back for buying dinner, the report noted. "You may notice that in the coming months we...
    Reality television star Stephanie Matto reportedly went to the hospital due to a diet that led her to believe she was “having a stroke.” Matto, now famous for allegedly selling her farts, complained of gastrointestinal distress and was rushed to an emergency room, also citing symptoms such as chest pain, the New York Post reported Tuesday. Doctors indicated that her steady diet of beans and eggs, foods that contribute to gas, might have triggered her symptoms, according to the outlet. “I thought I was having a stroke and that these were my final moments,” she reportedly said. “I was overdoing it.” This picture shows a “Bandeja Paisa” at a restaurant in Medellin, Antioquia department, on January 22, 2018.The “Bandeja Paisa” is a traditional Colombian dish from Antioquia region made out of beans, rice, sausage (Chorizo), blood sausage (morcilla),ground beef (carne molida), fried pork skin (chicharron),sweet plantains (platano maduro), fried eggs and avocado. / AFP PHOTO / JOAQUIN SARMIENTO (Photo credit should read JOAQUIN SARMIENTO/AFP via Getty Images) After appearing on the fourth season of “90 Day Fiancé,” Matto shifted her focus...
    The University of Memphis created a grant program that offers select professors $3,000 to infuse curricula with the tenets of “diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice,” according to a report from the Washington Free Beacon. The grant will be given to 15 to 20 faculty members who work on the program from the spring of 2022 to the spring semester of 2023, according to an email obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. Staff members who are chosen will be asked to attend “extensive pedagogical and theoretical training and workshop experiences” alongside their curricula redesign, according to the email. “The Eradicating Systemic Racism and Promoting Social Justice Initiative at the University of Memphis is offering an opportunity for interested faculty to critically consider methods and approaches to redesign existing courses housed within their departments to better advance the tenets and charge of the University’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice,” the email reads. Staff will give presentations throughout the year-long program and a “university-wide post-conference presentation” to share “strategies, foci and best practices and approaches to focused course redesign.”...
    Donald Trump, Jr. and Ivanka Trump are refusing to comply with legal subpoenas issued by the New York State Attorney General. AG Letitia James subpoenaed the Trump siblings last month, but according to ABC News court documents say a “dispute has arisen between the OAG and the Individual Trump Parties regarding the Subpoenas.” Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump “will file motions to quash the subpoenas as soon as Monday, the filing indicated.” The subpoenas demand testimony from the adult Trump children in a civil suit filed by James into how the Trump Organization and Donald Trump valued assets. The former president, according to his former attorney Michael Cohen, inflated the value of his real estate holdings when applying for loans or credit, then deflated their value for tax purposes.From Your Site Articles
    A California man who supported Hillary Clinton for president received a maximum sentence of 35 years to life in prison this week after being convicted of killing his bandmate’s wife in an argument over the 2016 election, according to a report. The slain woman was holding the couple’s 2-year-old child at the time of the Jan. 10, 2017, incident, the Press-Enterprise of Southern California reported. After revealing he had supported Clinton, defendant John Kevin McVoy Jr., 40, was told by the bandmate, "Get the f--- out of my house," according to prosecutors. HILLARY CLINTON IS BEGGING DEMOCRATS TO CONSIDER HER AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO BIDEN: DEVINE McVoy then fired a shot at the bandmate, identified as Victor Garcia, striking him in the head, the Press-Enterprise reported. Garcia spent months in a coma afterward and required two brain surgeries plus physical therapy to relearn basic life skills, the report said. A second shot struck Garcia’s wife, Susan Garcia, killing her, while one of the other bandmates was trying to disarm McVoy, the report said. The child was not hurt. Two other...
    Celebrity Doctor Mehmet Oz, a Republican Senate candidate in Pennsylvania, recently stated, “we have to have compassion” for transgender adults when asked about transgender collegiate swimmer Lia Thomas, according to a report. Thomas, a biological male who swims for the University of Pennsylvania, has been smashing women’s records this season. Oz was hosting a private lunch in New York City on December 16, when he was asked about his position on transgender rights by an attendee who referenced Thomas, according to gossip website Radar Online. The outlet reports to have obtained audio of Oz’s response: “The transgender issue is kind of diluted a little bit,” Oz replied. “The suicide rate amongst transgender adults has grown [inaudible]. This is critical to understand. We have to have compassion on this problem. It is a devastating one. And transgender folks who are adults, when they are processing this, have to figure out if they wanna keep living the lie – they don’t think they’re who they are – or be who they truly are and are [inaudible] because of it. So that’s like...
    Hospitals across the country are facing “financial ruin” due to ongoing nursing shortages, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday. According to the report: The U.S. health-care profession is suffering its own Great Resignation, pushing more hospitals into financial distress just as a winter surge of the coronavirus hits. Across the country, hospitals are buckling under the strain of nursing shortfalls and the spiraling cost of hiring replacements. A person familiar with the matter told the publication that Watsonville Community Hospital in California is going through bankruptcy because “those costs became too much to bear.” According to the report, shortages are worst at hospitals like Watsonville because they count on government funding to treat less financially stable patients and have fewer resources to keep up with the rising cost of keeping staff.  “This is like survival stakes,” Steven Shill, head of the health-care practice at advisory firm BDO USA told Bloomberg. Shill added that  “whoever’s highest on the food chain and who has the biggest checkbook”  are the companies that come first and that staffing companies are “really, really, really gouging hospitals.” Maureen...
    Appearing on Fox News on Sunday, December 19, Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia declared that he remains a “no” vote on the Build Back Better Act of 2021 — a declaration that has infuriated many of his fellow Democrats. The centrist senator cited the cost of the bill and worries about inflation as reasons why he isn’t supporting the bill, but according to HuffPost reporters Tara Golshan and Arthur Delaney, he has privately said that he doesn’t trust poor people to use money wisely. “In recent months,” Golshan and Delaney report, “Manchin has told several of his fellow Democrats that he thought parents would waste monthly child tax credit payments on drugs instead of providing for their children, according to two sources familiar with the senator’s comments. Continuing the child tax credit for another year is a core part of the Build Back Better legislation that Democrats had hoped to pass by the end of the year. The policy has already cut child poverty by nearly 30%.” The reporters add, “Manchin’s private comments shocked several senators, who saw it...
    Chinese authorities are hiring fake social media accounts to manage public opinion and conduct overseas surveillance on Chinese citizens, according to an investigation by The New York Times. While China’s manipulation of foreign social media platforms is well known, recent documents reveal how authorities often contract out propaganda campaigns to private actors, the Times reported. Shanghai police posted notices in May 2021 for tech firms to bid on a contract for “public opinion management,” according to the Times, in which they would provide fake social media profiles and post content on multiple different platforms. (RELATED: Disney+ Pulls ‘Simpsons’ Episode Mocking China From Hong Kong Platform) “Suppliers should provide accounts on overseas social platforms to purchasers at any time,” one of the notices read, according to a translation by the Times. “The platforms include Twitter, Facebook, etc., and the supplier should provide about 300 accounts per month on each platform.” A picture of Chinese President Xi Jinping is seen on a large screen during a Cultural Performance as part of the celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Founding of the...
    DC Public Schools tells Fox News on Monday it has launched an investigation after elementary students reportedly were instructed to re-enact the Holocaust, including portraying Adolf Hitler and "digging ditches to serve as mass graves."  The lesson apparently given to third graders at the Watkins Elementary School library on Friday left the students "traumatized," according to one parent who spoke to Fox5 DC.  "Last week, we received a report of a classroom of students receiving a lesson that included portraying different perspectives of the Holocaust. Students should never be tasked with acting out any atrocity, especially genocide and war," DC Public Schools told Fox News in a statement Monday. "Additionally, there were allegations of a staff member using hate speech during the lesson, which is unacceptable and not tolerated at any of our schools."  The school where the lesson was taught, according to Fox5 DC. CALIFORNIA INCLUSION STUDENT SENATOR BLASTED FOR ‘KILL’ ZIONISTS TWEET  The district also said the staff member involved in the incident has been placed on leave pending an investigation.  "This was not an approved lesson plan, and we...
    Guests of a holiday party thrown at Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s home were urged to be vaccinated in order to attend, according to a report by Politico. Kennedy, the nephew of late President John F. Kennedy, is a longtime, prominent anti-vaccine advocate. Because of his history speaking against vaccination, guests were surprised when they received an invitation for a party at his California home that asked those attending to be vaccinated against the coronavirus and to take COVID-19 tests beforehand, Politico reported.  Kennedy, however, told Politico that it was the doing of his wife, Curb Your Enthusiasm actress Cheryl Hines, as he said the party was held for Hines's friends in the entertainment industry. Kennedy stated that he had not been aware of the contents of the e-vite prior to the day of the party.  Kennedy said to Politico, “I guess I’m not always the boss at my own house,” speaking of the encouragement of vaccination before the party. He said that guests' test results and vaccination status were not verified upon arrival to the party at his home, per Politico. This news comes after Kennedy was the focus of an article published by The...
    Several ethical conflicts that concerned former President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse Democrats pass bill to combat Islamophobia in support of Omar House votes to hold defiant Meadows in criminal contempt Hannity, Ingraham knock Jan. 6 panel after revelation of texts to Meadows MORE’s decision not to financially divest from Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. were not investigated by the General Services Administration, which manages the hotel’s government lease, a House committee report found, according to NBC News. The network, which obtained a report by the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, reported that the committee’s investigation found that “multiple conflicts of interested during his presidency that both he and GSA refused to properly address” had been created by the former president’s decision not to divest from his Washington, D.C. hotel. The report found, for example, found that the GSA did not examine over $350,000 that the hotel received between 2017 and 2019 from officials of foreign governments.  The report said that the agency “washed its hands of any responsibility” to make sure that Constitutional emoluments clauses were honored - clauses that...
                 A Washington, D.C.-based group said in a new report that Georgia is one of only six states that do a good job disclosing how they spend COVID-19 relief money. Members of this organization, Good Jobs First, in a report they released Monday, ranked how states spend federal CARES Act money. Georgia’s Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) landing page on the Governor’s Office of Budget and Planning website links to pages that detail local government and state agency spending, according to Good Jobs First’s report. “Georgia is another model of CRF accessibility and transparency,” Good Jobs First said. “It’s one of only a few states that provide detailed descriptions of their purchases in addition to the CARES Act’s required expenditure categories.” Georgia provides a pie chart showing how much governments spent in various expense categories. Peach State officials also include columns for recipients, expense categories, subcategories, and a brief description for each entry. “The description column in which recipients list exactly what was purchased is what separates Georgia from most of the other states,” the report said. “Georgia’s dashboards provide...
    (CNN)As climate change increases sea level, fuels more extreme rainfall and supercharges hurricanes, American businesses are set to collectively lose millions of days of operation in coming years due to flood-related damages, according to a new report. Damage from flooding in the US costs billions of dollars each year, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. And a new analysis by First Street Foundation, a nonprofit research and technology group that assesses flood risks, and Arup, a commercial engineering firm, found that retail, office and multi-unit residential properties stand to lose more than $13.5 billion in 2022 from flood damage.These lawmakers districts are at highest risk of flooding. Heres where they stand on the climate crisis.In addition to the direct damage, these businesses would collectively lose 3.1 million days of operation in 2022 as they recover from flood events. The days lost would affect companies' financial stability as well as their employees' income, according to the report. As the climate crisis accelerates and flooding becomes more frequent and more severe, the annual cost to business will increase as well....
    People in Tennessee found themselves in a "very hazardous situation" Saturday after an estimated 15 to 18 tornadoes struck the state between Friday night and Saturday morning, according to a report. While avoiding the dozens of fatalities feared in neighboring Kentucky, Tennessee still saw at least four deaths across Lake, Obion and Shelby counties, FOX 17 of Nashville reported. Hundreds of Tennessee homes were affected by the severe weather, a spokesman for the Cheatham County Sheriff’s Office told the station. "It’s shocking. … It’s a testament of faith," Lt. Ken Miller said as crews were working nearby to clear debris in a Cheatham County town. He described the condition of local communities as a "very hazardous situation." TORNADOES SLAM MIDWEST, SOUTH; DOZENS FEARED DEAD: LIVE UPDATES At least one tornado that hit the state appeared to travel along state Highway 70, east of Knoxville, Miller said. Aerial view of tornado damage in western Tennessee, Dec. 11, 2021. (Gov. Bill Lee via Twitter) One elderly woman suffered serious injuries after being pinned under her mobile home when it fell...
    A publicist for rapper Ye, formerly Kanye West, tried to convince a Georgia election worker to confess to committing fraud in January in the 2020 presidential election, according to a new report. Trevian Kutti, the publicist, met with election worker Ruby Freeman on Jan. 4 inside the Cobb County police station, where she told her either to confess to former President Donald Trump's voter-fraud allegations or go to jail within 48 hours, according to Reuters . “If you don't tell everything, you're going to jail,” Freeman recalled Kutti saying. TRUMP CALLS PENCE 'GOOD MAN' WHO MADE 'BIG MISTAKE' Kutti did not reveal she worked for Ye, only saying she worked for a billionaire friend of Trump and was sent by a "high-profile individual," according to the report. Freeman said she refused to confess and left the station. The next day, an agent from the FBI called Freeman and told her to leave her home and that it was not safe, and Trump supporters surrounded her home on Jan. 6, just two days after...
    Chicago police are considering closing streets in the city's downtown area, along with other potential strategies, to avoid a repeat of weekend mayhem that resulted in the arrests of more than 20 people last Saturday, ABC Chicago reported on Tuesday. Citing an internal police memo that was given to police commanders on Tuesday and obtained by the ABC affiliate's investigative team, the affiliate reported that downtown streets near Michigan Ave. and lakefront parks could be closed. Police sources told the affiliate, however, that no plans had been announced and that such closures were meant to be used in a worst-case scenario. The police plan for avoiding a repeat of last Saturday's chaotic downtown activity, which was detailed in the memo, also provides guidance on overlapping shifts and cancelling officers' days off, among a list of suggestions for how weekend security presence can be beefed up for commanders, according to ABC Chicago. The details of the police plan come days after the downtown area became a scene of chaos when a group of young people engaged in fights, according to local Chicago outlet WGN-TV. ABC Chicago reported that 21 juveniles were arrested and several people...
    A Pennsylvania man who coated his girlfriend in lighter fluid and threatened to set her on fire is facing charges, CBS21 reports citing a criminal complaint filed by the State College Police Department. Todd Badeau, 35, of State College, was apprehended by police after a serious and potentially deadly domestic incident, according to police. Police were called to South Pugh Street for a health and safety check on where they found Badeau and his girlfriend in a home filled with destroyed items on Monday, CBS21 says. The woman told police Badeau punched and shoved her in the bathroom, where she hit her head on the toilet and tub before he sprayed her with lighter fluid and began "flicking his lighter at her saying he was going to set her on fire," police said in the criminal complaint according to the outlet. He has been charged with one count of felony aggravated assault - attempts to cause serious bodily Injury or causes injury with extreme indifference, according to his court docket. He was released on $10,000 in unsecured bail, according to his docket....
    New York (CNN Business)A staggering 293 journalists were imprisoned in 2021, according to an annual census by nonprofit group Committee to Protect Journalists. That tally is up from 280 journalists in 2020 and is the highest number CPJ has ever reported since it started keeping track of the data in 1992.For the sixth straight year, the number of journalists imprisoned exceeded 250, according to CPJ. "This is a stark reminder of a continuing trend of creeping authoritarianism around the world," CPJ's Deputy Executive Director Robert Mahoney told CNN Business. "Governments are becoming more and more intolerant of independent reporting, criticism, journalists unearthing dirty little secrets like corruption, and are using a variety of means to stop that and one of them is imprisonment."With 50 journalists behind bars, China topped the list for the third consecutive year. Among them is Haze Fan, a Chinese national working in Bloomberg's Beijing bureau who was detained last December. Bloomberg reported this week that there have been no updates to her case a year later. CPJ said this year's census includes Hong Kong for the...
    U.S. consumer spending this holiday season is expected to soar despite growing concerns over inflation and supply chain backlogs that may delay shipping, according to a CNBC survey. Americans, on average, expect to spend $1,004 on gifts this holiday season, up 13% from the previous year and the highest figure since 2018, according to CNBC’s All-America Economic Survey. Roughly 15% of the 800 individuals surveyed think they will spend more this season, an 11% jump from 2020, meanwhile 35% plan to spend less. Americans plan robust spending this holiday season, but worry about inflation, supply bottlenecks https://t.co/z41U2PSeh1 — CNBC (@CNBC) December 8, 2021 “I think it will be a good Christmas,” Jay Campbell, a partner at Hart Research Associates, the Democratic pollster for the survey, told CNBC. “People will be spending and consumers are willing, eager and mostly able to get out of their houses and back into stores to spend those dollars.” Meanwhile, consumers are growing increasingly more concerned over inflation and supply chain bottlenecks. (RELATED: FedEx Predicts Record Holiday Delivery Season Amid Continuing Labor And Supply...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Maryland received the 4th largest amount of money from the Department of Defense in fiscal year 2020, according to a recently published report from the department’s Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation. A total of $30.4 billion was spent in the state on defense contracts and the salaries of military personnel, according to the report. The Maryland Department of Commerce said Tuesday the state received $4 billion more than the previous fiscal year and moved up one spot in the rankings of total spending. READ MORE: Ravens WR Bateman Celebrates Birthday By Giving His Mom A Mercedes Benz“This report confirms Maryland’s status as a powerhouse of the defense industry. Our leading military installations and thriving community of innovative defense contractors attracted this increased federal funding and continue to fuel economic growth across the state,” said Maryland Commerce Secretary Kelly M. Schulz. “Commerce is proud to support Maryland’s important contributions to cybersecurity, aerospace, and other cutting-edge defense research & development areas.” Nationwide, Texas ranked first in total defense spending at $83 billion, followed by Virginia ($64.3 billion) and...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Sondheim, groundbreaking composer who won 6 Tony awards and reshaped musicals, dies at 91, according to report. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Las Vegas police arrested a woman at McCarran International Airport Sunday who shouted “Let’s Go, Brandon” as she was removed from a flight for refusing to wear a mask. Katrina Alspaugh of Las Vegas was arrested for one charge of violating airport rules, according to a police report via KLAS news in Las Vegas. The trouble reportedly started before Asplaugh even boarded the plane. According to police, Asplaugh attempted to punch another passenger who commented on the fact she was not wearing a mask. However, the passenger declined to press charges and Asplaugh boarded her flight. According to KLAS: When officers arrived at the Allegiant flight gate, Alspaugh was standing on the jet bridge, they said. An airline representative had removed her from the flight and issued her a trespass notice from the company. According to police, as Alspaugh was being taken off the jet bridge in a wheelchair, she yelled obscenities and ‘Let’s go Brandon.’ Police said this only added to the disturbance and they arrested her. “Let’s Go, Brandon” became a popular chant at sporting events and a form of...
    A family fun cookout took a terrible turn when a Pennsylvania woman allegedly joked that young children should perform a sex act, the Times Leader reports. Shaylene Reynolds, 18, of McAlpine Street in Avoca, Luzerne County, has been charged with encouraging a pair of six-year-old children to commit a sex act, court documents show. While families were preparing food, Reynolds was with the young boy and girl in the living when their mother walked in and discovered the children about to perform a lewd sex act, the outlet reports citing the criminal complaint. The boy told the mother it was Reynolds' idea "as a joke,” the outlet reports citing the complaint. Reynolds allegedly tried to convince the boy to deny her involvement, the outlet said police stated in the complaint. The incident happened on June 17 and she was charged on Nov. 19, according to court documents. Reynolds was charged with the following, according to court documents: F2 Sexual Exploitation Of Children Offense Defined M1 Corruption of Minors (2 Counts) She was released on $5,000 unsecured bail, according...
    Jeffrey Epstein's last hours were spent in part on a call to his girlfriend in Belarus, made under the ruse that the billionaire pedophile was calling his long-deceased mother, according to newly revealed records. More than 2,000 pages of Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) records recently obtained by The New York Times - just days before Epstein's alleged co-conspirator Ghislaine Maxwell is set to start trial - have revealed Epstein was a con artist up until his last day.  On the evening of August 10, 2019, Epstein was assisted by a unit manager at the Manhattan Detention Center in making a 'social' phone call, The Times reported. The call was not properly logged and the unit manager said that when he asked Epstein who he was calling, the prisoner said it was his mother. Epstein's mother has been dead since 2004.  The call was actually to his Belarusian girlfriend Katyna Shuliak, 30, and lasted about 15 minutes, records show. Jeffrey Epstein's final phone call before taking his own life was to his Belarusian girlfriend Katyna Shuliak, 30, and lasted about 15 minutes Epstein...
    Jeffrey Epstein reportedly developed an aversion to noise and compared himself to a character in the film “Rain Man” during his final days in prison, according to The New York Times (NYT). Epstein complained several times about the running toilet in his cell, and a psychologist wrote that “He said he sat in the corner and held his ears” after listening to it for hours. Epstein theorized that he was autistic and pointed out that Dustin Hoffman’s character in “Rain Man,” who was autistic, also had an aversion to noise, reported the NYT. Exclusive: Newly obtained jail records do not support the conspiracy theory that Jeffrey Epstein’s death was not a suicide. They provide the most detailed look yet at his final days — and show mistake after mistake made by jail officials. https://t.co/8xyaUnnEQQ pic.twitter.com/HNi0z3ABiZ — The New York Times (@nytimes) November 23, 2021 Epstein also complained about his difficulty sleeping and his inability to deal with the noise of prison in general, according to the NYT. “Epstein adamantly denied any suicidal ideation, intention or plan,” said a psychologist...
    Central American migrants wait to be transported by the U.S. Border Patrol after crossing the Rio Grande river into the United States from Mexico in La Joya, Texas, U.S. April 27, 2021.Go Nakamura | Reuters The majority of Central Americans who want to migrate internationally are motivated by economic factors, a new report released Tuesday found.  About 92% of individuals surveyed from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras who expressed a desire to migrate internationally cited economic reasons such as unemployment, the lack of money for food and basic necessities, the desire to send remittances and the need for a better job, salary or working conditions, according to the report from bipartisan immigration research group Migration Policy Institute. "Economic factors are not new to the extent that other research has documented it before, but what was different with our survey was that the numbers citing those factors are bigger than any other conducted in the past," said Ariel Ruiz, the lead researcher of the report.  The report comes as migration from Central America has increased substantially over the past three decades,...
              moreby Thomas Catenacci   The Biden administration asked China, Japan, South Korea and India to tap into their emergency oil reserves as the president continues to grapple with rising gasoline prices, Reuters reported. The effort to simultaneously release oil reserves represents a rebuke of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), the cartel that controls oil production throughout the Middle East, several anonymous sources familiar with the request told Reuters on Wednesday. OPEC has repeatedly rejected requests from President Joe Biden and other top administration officials to increase oil production amid rising gasoline prices. The four Asian nations the president appealed to represent some of the largest energy consumers and greenhouse gas emitters, according to a University of Oxford database. “We’re talking about the symbolism of the largest consumers of the world sending a message to OPEC that ‘you’ve got to change your behavior,’” one of the sources told Reuters. China confirmed that it is “carrying out crude oil release work,” Bloomberg reported. However, a Chinese National Food and Strategic Reserves Administration spokesperson wouldn’t comment on whether the action was in response to a U.S. request. A...
    According to a report from the Atlantic's Peter Nicholas, a close adviser to former president Donald Trump admitted they are "rehearsing" arguments intended to convince the former president that another presidential run in 2024 could end in disaster and embarrassment. As Nicholas wrote, despite polls showing Trump to be the odds-on choice to be the Republican Party presidential nominee in 2024, there are signs that there is a building movement against him among conservatives who are being more vocal about moving on without him. Noting the election of Republican Glenn Youngkin as the new governor of Virginia who kept his distance from the twice-impeached former president as one key data point, Nicholas wrote that Trump's influence over GOP lawmakers is showing cracks. According to Nicholas, "If Donald Trump tries to run for president again, one of his former campaign advisers has a plan to dissuade him. Anticipating that Trump may not know who Adlai Stevenson was or that he lost two straight presidential elections in the 1950s, this ex-adviser figures he or someone else might need to explain the man's...
    According to a report from the Daily Beast's Roger Sollenberger, a dark money nonprofit with ties to the Koch family has been funneling millions of dollars into organizations promoting white supremacy as well as supporters of Donald Trump linked to the Jan 6th insurrection. Based upon an IRS filing from Donors Trust, reported upon by CNBC, the Beast explains that the nonprofit took in $360 million last year to disperse as it sees fit. According to the report, beneficiaries of donations have been linked to the organizers of the Jan 6th rally -- that turned into a riot at the U.S. Capitol -- as well private universities. Calling Donors Trust the "dark money ATM of the right," the report states the organization that does not have to reveal who gives it money, "... gave more than $2 million to groups linked to white supremacists, including the VDARE Foundation." Government ethics expert Norm Eisen claimed, after reviewing the IRS filing that it is "profoundly concerning for the future of our democracy." With the Beast reporting, "the group channeled major support for...
    (CNN)Two of the three men convicted of the 1965 assassination of Malcolm X are expected to be exonerated Thursday by Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, according to a report by The New York Times.A 22- month investigation conducted by the Manhattan District Attorney's office and lawyers for the two men, Muhammad A. Aziz and Khalil Islam, found that prosecutors and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New York Police Department withheld key evidence that would have likely led to their acquittal, according to The Times. The two men were known at the time of the killing as Norman 3X Butler and Thomas 15X Johnson.This is a developing story and will be updated.
    A Michigan woman's day care license was revoked after an investigation revealed a child staying there put another child in a clothes dryer then turned it on, and the child's parents were never told. The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs intervened after the August 4 incident, when Kathleen Mayhue-Radeback of Mini Me's Child Care Family Home, took a child to the hospital saying she was 'stressed out' because the child had placed another child into a clothes dryer and started it. While there, the child, whose age was not released, admitted the incident to a nurse and a social worker, according to LARA's report. Pictured: Kathleen Mayhue-Radeback's Mini Me's Child Care Family Home in Garden City, Michigan, where a child placed another child in a clothes dryer before turning it on An investigation, which concluded November 2, found violations including lack of appropriate care and supervision, household member's suitability and conduciveness to the welfare of children, as well as failure to provide truthful and accurate information to the department during an investigation.  'It was critical to take emergency action to...
    New York (CNN Business)"Information disorder is a crisis that exacerbates all other crises. When bad information becomes as prevalent, persuasive, and persistent as good information, it creates a chain reaction of harm."That's how the Aspen Institute's Commission on Information Disorder begins its sweeping new report on the subject.Sixteen commissioners spent the better part of a year studying disinformation and the broader impacts of "a world disordered by lies." They discussed all sorts of potential solutions. And on Monday they released the results, including fifteen specific recommendations for Big Tech, government regulators, newsrooms, civil society, and other stakeholders."To be clear, information disorder is a problem that cannot be completely solved," co-chairs Katie Couric, Chris Krebs and Rashad Robinson wrote in the report. "Its eradication is not the end goal. Instead, the Commission's goal is to mitigate misinformation's worst harms with prioritization for the most vulnerable segments of our society."Robinson, the president of Color of Change, discussed the subject on Sunday's "Reliable Sources." He made the point that a polluted information environment requires leaders to push for change.Read More"So much of what...
    In MAGA World, Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in South Florida is not only where the former president now lives — it is also where he conducts his political operation. But many Trump allies still have a strong presence in Washington, D.C. According to reporting in Politico's Playbook column on November 15, the Trump ally who has purchased the home of former Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel. Playbook reports, "In August, former Trump Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and his wife Hilary Geary Ross sold their 10,000-square-foot home in Woodland-Normanstone for $13 million, according to D.C. tax records. It is the most expensive D.C. home sale of the last 12 months." That deal, according to Politico Playbook, has been "shrouded in mystery." "The purchaser used an LLC called Salona Village Holdings that concealed their identity," Playbook explains. "The Rosses are barred by a confidentiality agreement from disclosing the real buyer's name, Geary Ross told Daniel Lippman. But the secret is out. According to multiple sources, the anonymous buyer behind the LLC is Peter Thiel, the German-born billionaire co-founder...
    NANTUCKET (CBS) — President Joe Biden and his family will resume a tradition of spending Thanksgiving on Nantucket, The Boston Globe reports. It’s not known yet when exactly the Bidens will travel to the island, or where they will stay. According to The Globe, the Bidens have been staying at different rental properties on Nantucket since 1975. READ MORE: Chick-fil-A Restaurants Will Be Closed Christmas WeekendBiden did not travel to Nantucket last Thanksgiving after winning the election due to the coronavirus pandemic. READ MORE: New Hampshire Driver's Car Impaled By Guardrail After Crash On Everett TurnpikeThe president will be in Woodstock, New Hampshire on Tuesday to promote his $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill. MORE NEWS: Massachusetts 15th Worst State For Drivers, According To New Study 
    In this article NCLH DIS CCL U.S. News & World Report on Tuesday published its ranking of the "best" cruise lines of 2022. The publication evaluated 17 cruise lines through a combination of expert evaluations (30%), traveler reviews (50%) and health ratings published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Vessel Sanitation Program (20%). Scores were then analyzed by category to determine winners, ranked highest to lowest, in six areas.Best cruise lines for the moneyThe 2022 rankings for best valued cruises are:   Celebrity Cruises — "Gold Award" Holland America Line — "Silver Award" Royal Caribbean International — "Silver Award" Norwegian Cruise Line Carnival Cruise Line Here, average daily rates accounted for 60% of scores, while expert, traveler and health ratings accounted for the other 40%. Cruise lines with average daily rates of $300 or more did not qualify for this category.The Celebrity Edge cruise ship, the first revenue-earning cruise to depart from the U.S. after a pandemic-induced hiatus, docks during a stop in Costa Maya, Mexico on Tuesday, June 29, 2021.Eva Marie Uzcategui | Bloomberg...
    BOSTON (CBS) — The Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers have engaged in some trade discussions regarding Ben Simmons, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. The 76ers, per the report, would demand Jaylen Brown as part of any trade. That’s likely why Charania reported these talks have had “no traction as of yet.” Simmons, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2016 draft, hasn’t played for the Sixers this season, taking $360,000 fines from the team for every game missed. In his career, he’s averaged 15.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and 7.7 assists per game. He’s a three-time All-Star, a two-time NBA All-Defensive Player, and he made the All-NBA Third Team in 2020. Brown, who was selected by the Celtics two picks after Simmons went to Philly, is coming off his first season as an All-Star. He’s averaging 25.6 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists this season. Though Brown and the Celtics are working through some clear chemistry issues in the first year with Ime Udoka as head coach and Brad Stevens as the president of basketball operations, trading him away...
    The cinematographer who was allegedly shot and killed by Alec Baldwin on the set of “Rust” reportedly had her final words revealed by crew members. Fourteen members of the “Rust” film were interviewed and nine of those were reportedly on the set the day of the shooting in Santa Fe, New Mexico, that killed Halyna Hutchins. According to the crew members, the cinematographer immediately started talking to the crew after the bullet went through her, the Los Angeles Times reported. The comments were noted by Fox News in a piece published Monday. (RELATED: ‘My Heart Is Broken’: Alec Baldwin Speaks Out After Killing Woman With Prop Gun On Set) This report is based on interviews with 14 “Rust” crew members, including nine who were at Bonanza Creek Ranch the day Hutchins was shot, records from Santa Fe County, Santa Fe film permits and emails, texts and internal communications from the production. https://t.co/zj8tLwGPLm — Los Angeles Times (@latimes) November 1, 2021 “Oh, that was no good,” a boom operator reportedly said to Hutchins after she fell to the ground. (RELATED: REPORT: Police Say...
                      by Kaylee Greenlee  The Biden administration is considering paying illegal immigrant families who were separated at the border under former President Donald Trump’s policies up to $450,000 per person, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. The illegal immigrants filed a lawsuit claiming the federal government detention resulted in major psychological trauma, according to the WSJ. Most of the families were made up of one parent and child who could receive around $1 million in payouts, though the amount could vary by family depending on the circumstances. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) represents some of the families involved in the lawsuit against the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security (DHS) and Health and Human Services, the WSJ reported. Around 940 families filed claims and the number of those who might qualify for the settlement is expected to be lower. “President Biden has agreed that the family separation policy is a historic moral stain on our nation that must be fully remedied,” ACLU lead negotiator Lee Gelernt said, according to the WSJ. “That remedy must...
    The Biden administration is considering paying illegal immigrant families who were separated at the border under former President Donald Trump’s policies up to $450,000 each, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. The illegal immigrants filed a lawsuit claiming the federal government detention resulted in major psychological trauma, according to the WSJ. Most of the families were made up of one parent and child who could receive around $1 million in payouts, though the amount could vary by family depending on the circumstances. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) represents some of the families involved in the lawsuit against the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security (DHS) and Health and Human Services, the WSJ reported. Around 940 families filed claims and the number of those who might qualify for the settlement is expected to be lower. “President Biden has agreed that the family separation policy is a historic moral stain on our nation that must be fully remedied,” ACLU lead negotiator Lee Gelernt said, according to the WSJ. “That remedy must include not only meaningful monetary compensation, but a pathway to...
    A spooky new report has illuminated what New Yorkers' favorite Halloween candy may be. Candystore.com analyzed 14 years of data on bulk candy sales, in addition to information provided by candy manufacturers and distributors. New York's top Halloween candy is Sour Patch Kids, according to the report. The second most popular candy is Hot Tamales followed by Candy Corn. According to the website, these were the top kinds of candy across the United States: 1. Reese's Cups 2. Skittles 3. M&M's 4. Starburst 5. Hot Tamales 6. Sour Patch Kids 7. Hershey Kisses 8. Snickers 9. Tootsie Pops 10. Candy Corn Find the full report from Candystore.com here.
    A new report has revealed which Halloween candy is the most popular in Massachusetts.  Candystore.com used 14 years of data on candy sales and information provided by major candy manufacturers and distributors to determine the top three most popular kinds of Halloween candy in each state. Sour Patch Kids is the top most popular Halloween candy in Massachusetts, according to the website's report. Butterfinger took the second-place ranking in Massachusetts followed by Dubble Bubble Gum, Candystore.com said.  According to the website, these were the top kinds of Halloween candy nationally: 1. Reese's Cups 2. Skittles 3. M&M's 4. Starburst 5. Hot Tamales 6. Sour Patch Kids 7. Hershey Kisses 8. Snickers 9. Tootsie Pops 10. Candy Corn Learn more about the report here.
    For those who have wondered what the most popular candy is among trick-or-treaters in Connecticut, a new report may have found the answer.  Candystore.com created a report of the most popular kinds of Halloween candy in each state based on 14 years of bulk candy sales data and information provided by major candy manufacturers and distributors. According to the report, Connecticut's No. 1 Halloween candy is Almond Joy, followed by Milky Way and M&M's.  According to the website, these were the top kinds of Halloween candy overall across the United States: 1. Reese's Cups 2. Skittles 3. M&M's 4. Starburst 5. Hot Tamales 6. Sour Patch Kids 7. Hershey Kisses 8. Snickers 9. Tootsie Pops 10. Candy Corn Check out the full report here.
    In this article CMCSABrian Roberts, Chairman and CEO of ComcastDavid A. Grogan | CNBCComcast will report third-quarter earnings before the bell Thursday. Here's what analysts are expecting: Earnings: $0.75 per share adjusted, according to Refinitiv Revenue: $29.87 billion, according to Refinitiv High-speed internet customers: 296,000 net additions, according to StreetAccount Comcast added 354,000 new high-speed internet customers last quarter, a record gain for the second quarter. During the year-ago quarter, the company added 633,000 new customers. Comcast CFO Michael Cavanagh warned in September that the company expects lower broadband additions, a move that briefly sent the company's stock down. Analysts have adjusted their forecasts. Sign-ups for NBCUniversal's Peacock is another metric analysts are watching. During the year-ago quarter the platform had roughly 22 million sign-ups and 54 million as of July. The streaming service offers both paid and free options to customers. Analysts expect 17% year-over-year revenue growth, according to Refinitiv. Executives will discuss the results and issue guidance on a conference call starting at 8:30 a.m. ET. Disclosure: Comcast is the owner of NBCUniversal, the...
    North Korea is telling its hungry citizens to be prepared to eat less for a few years. Pyongyang, which closed its Sino-Korea border early last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, said there is only a slim chance of it reopening before 2025. This situation, which includes the restriction of trade, puts a significant pinch on the country of 25 million where people are already starving to death because of skyrocketing food prices, according to Radio Free Asia . “The food situation right now is already clearly an emergency, and the people are struggling with shortages. When the authorities tell them that they need to conserve and consume less food until 2025 … they can do nothing but feel great despair,” an unnamed resident of the northwestern border city of Sinuiju told the outlet this month. WHITE HOUSE: NORTH KOREA'S LATEST MISSILE LAUNCHES 'UNDERSCORE THE URGENT NEED' FOR DENUCLEARIZING KOREAN PENINSULA North Korea, led by Kim Jong Un, has blamed the pandemic, natural disasters, and U.S. and U.N. sanctions for its inability to provide for...
    In this article MSFTSatya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft Corp., speaks during a keynote session at the Microsoft Developers Build Conference in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Wednesday, March 30, 2016. Nadella said his company is committed to playing a key role in the emerging market for artificial intelligence-based chat software, one week after the company's first Internet chat bot in the U.S. was so manipulated by users that it had to be pulled down within a day of its introduction.David Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesMicrosoft will announce fiscal first-quarter earnings after market close Tuesday. Here's what analysts are expecting: Earnings: $2.07 per share adjusted, according to Refinitiv. Revenue: $43.97 billion, according to Refinitiv. Microsoft's Azure public cloud revenue growth is expected to be 47%, according to a CNBC survey of 12 analysts, while analysts polled by StreetAccount are looking for 48% Azure growth. The company said it expected stable growth in constant currency from last quarter, with customers increasingly signing up for long-term contracts. Microsoft does not disclose Azure revenue in dollars....