Actress Jennifer Aniston told her social media followers Friday that “it’s not funny” to cast their vote for long-shot presidential candidate Kanye West on Election Day, urging them to “please be responsible.”
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Aniston wrote a lengthy Instagram post declaring that she voted for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (Calif.), saying, “I voted for them because right now this country is more divided than ever. Right now, a few men in power are deciding what women can and can’t do with their own bodies.”
She continued, “Our current President has decided that racism is a non-issue. He has repeatedly and publicly ignored science…too many people have died.”
The “Friends” star went on to argue that “this whole thing isn’t about one candidate or one single issue, it’s about the future of this country and of the world. Vote for human rights, for love, and for decency.”
But in closing her post, she took a parting shot at West, who is running a long-shot, largely write-in campaign under the banner of the Birthday Party while insisting that he is a serious candidate.
“PS – It’s not funny to vote for Kanye,” Aniston wrote, adding, “I don’t know how else to say it. Please be responsible.”
West is on the ballot in 12 states, including Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah and Vermont. West made it clear that he is not AIP candidate Rocky LaFuente’s vice presidential running mate, as some California sample ballots indicated, and that his name appeared “without my knowledge.”
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci said Friday that it might be time for a nationwide mandate ordering Americans to wear masks in public, in an apparent reversal after he has repeatedly voiced opposition to such a move by the federal government.
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Fauci joined CNN’s Erin Burnett for an interview, where she played a clip from earlier in the day of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden explaining how he would “make mask-wearing mandatory” across the U.S.
“First, I’ll go to every governor and urge them to mandate mask-wearing in their states, and if they refuse, I’ll go to the mayors and county executives and get local masking requirements in place nationwide,” Biden said.
Burnett noted that Biden also wants masks to be worn in all federal buildings and during interstate travel, before asking Fauci if he thinks “this is a good idea.”
“Well, you know, one of the issues that people that talk about mandating not being a good idea because then they’ll say they have to enforce it, and there’s going to be a difficulty enforcing it,” Fauci replied. “But, if everyone agrees that this is something that’s important, and they mandate it and everybody pulls together and say, ‘Ya know, we’re gonna mandate it, but let’s just do it,’ I think that would be a great idea to have everybody do it uniformly.”
He reiterated, “One of the issues, though, I get the argument saying ‘Well, if you mandate a mask, then you’re going to have to enforce it and that’ll create more of a problem.’ Well, if people are not wearing masks, then maybe we should be mandating it.”
You can view the entire interview below. The portion on mask mandates begins at the 3:50 mark:
Dr. Fauci responds to President Trump’s latest attack
CNN pointed out that “Fauci has been reluctant to support a federal mask mandate” and cited several instances to back up its reporting.
In July, Fauci told Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.), “I don’t like to be authoritarian from the federal government, but at the local level, if governors and others essentially mandate the use of masks when you have an outbreak, I think that would be very important.”
Just last month, Fauci said during a news conference that “a national mandate probably would not work.”
Biden earlier this year promised to impose a federal mask mandate if he wins the White House, but then backtracked, admitting that such a move would likely be unconstitutional and impossible to enforce, regardless. He has since clarified that he would pressure each state to issue such dictates.
Democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said Friday she believes the coronavirus pandemic would not have been as bad in the U.S. if her Green New Deal ideas had been in place ahead of it reaching America.
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Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez joined climate change activist and actress Jane Fonda for a Zoom interview apparently backed by Greenpeace, as part of Fonda’s “Fire Drill Fridays” demonstrations demanding “action to transition our economy off of fossil fuels.”
“Do you think that had there been a Green New Deal in place in January 2020, COVID-19 would have been much easier to contain and our health care system would have been much more resilient?” the actress asked Ocasio-Cortez.
“I absolutely think so,” the New York Democrat replied.
“If we had passed a Green New Deal by January of this year, that would mean that we had a political establishment that respects science, that is willing to mobilize and make major investments to protect the American people and frankly our global population.”
According to The Hill, she added later, “With those mechanisms in place, then I do believe we would have been better off. We would have respected the science early; we would have listened to scientists.”
“At the beginning when we had a shortage on PPE, we didn’t have to have that shortage,” Ocasio-Cortez said, arguing that “we could’ve used — literally the Defense Production Act is designed for the government to mass mobilize industries to produce for the security of the American public.”
You can watch the discussion in its entirety below. Fonda’s question about COVID-19 is at the 25:30 mark:
AOC and Jane Fonda speak out on Green New Deal, support Joe Biden
Fonda acknowledges during her introduction in the segment that “the Green New Deal is not a policy document; it’s a 14-page resolution laying out a vision for a ten-year mobilization to save the planet,” noting that she herself was skeptical at first over the fact that the vague plan also includes sweeping social justice initiatives.
Experts have guessed that if implemented, the Green New Deal could cost as much as $93 trillion over a decade. Fonda did not state the estimated price tag, but urged her viewers to “imagine a government that was willing to mobilize trillions of dollars, putting people back to work in good union jobs, building a resilient green economy.”
Republican National Committee spokeswoman Elizabeth Harrington turned the tables on CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour in epic fashion this week, after the host suggested recently-released information from a laptop owned by Hunter Biden could be part of a Russian disinformation plot.
The CNN and PBS anchor then asked the GOP spokeswoman, “Are you comfortable with the president of the United States being close to a person like Rudy Giuliani, who says also that he is not bothered whether any of the information comes from Russian hacking?”
Harrington fired back, “Are you comfortable that CNN used Russian disinformation from a Russian asset to leak it to subvert the peaceful transfer of power? That reporting on the [Steele] dossier — which was complete verified Russian disinformation — is it not? Is it not?”
Amanpour shook her head, began to interrupt and tried to coax Harrington back on the topic at hand, asking, “Can we get back to the current story?” as Harrington pressed, “Was the dossier real? Was the dossier real? Oh, it’s very relevant because everything the Democrats accused us of doing is what they themselves did.”
At the point, Amandpour put her head in her hand and appeared to chuckle as she argued that the United States government was making the claim that Giuliani met with someone who could be a foreign asset.
“OK, you know what also the United States government says?” Harrington replied, “The FBI says this laptop is not Russian disinformation. So what are you talking about here? This laptop is real.”
As Amanpour continued to try to return to the alleged links of Guiliani, Harrington asked, “Why don’t you want to report this? This is one of the most powerful families in Washington, the Biden family. And you’re OK with our interests being [sold] out to profit [Democratic presidential nominee] Joe Biden and his family?”
Amanpour went on to tout her own credentials before insisting that CNN would not look into verifying the source of Hunter Biden’s emails, to Harrington’s dismay.
The RNC spokeswoman shared a clip of the exchange on social media, tweeting, “Pretty audacious of CNN — who spread actual Russian disinformation w/the leak of the dossier set up briefing in Trump tower to subvert the peaceful transition of power — to accuse anyone else of spreading Russian disinformation And the emails about the ‘big guy’ are real, btw”
Pretty audacious of CNN — who spread actual Russian disinformation w/the leak of the dossier set up briefing in Tr… https://t.co/WBAobdtpw1
NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker received rave reviews from Democrats, Republicans, and folks in between for her performance in moderating Thursday night’s final debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.
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After President Trump warned ahead of the debate that Welker has “always been terrible and unfair,” midway through the debate he tipped his hat to the journalist for how she was conducting the bout.
The Hill reported that “as he accused former Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday night of wanting to ban fracking, Trump threw out a compliment to Welker, saying that he respected her handling of the debate.”
“By the way so far I respect very much the way you’re handling this, I have to say,” Trump told the moderator, before returning to his back-and-forth with Biden.
Toward the end of the debate, conservative writer Carmine Sabia tweeted, “There is time left but Kristen Welker has given a master class on how to moderate a debate fairly. Is Chris Wallace watching?”
When the debate was over, pundits, politicians, and journalists of all stripes declared Welker as the person who came out on top in the evening’s performances.
Conservative Wayne Dupree tweeted, “#KristenWelker did one of the best moderator jobs we’ve seen in years. She didn’t give Biden snowball questions and that was huge!”
#KristenWelker did one of the best moderator jobs we’ve seen in years. She didn’t give Biden snowball questions and… https://t.co/bjcG6P9khC
The audience appeared happy, too. Bloomberg’s Jennifer Jacobs reported from the debate in Tennessee, “‘Home run,’ one person in Nashville debate audience said loudly of moderator @kwelkernbc, and dozens who heard that comment voiced agreement.”
“Home run,” one person in Nashville debate audience said loudly of moderator @kwelkernbc, and dozens who heard that… https://t.co/YluvXgE3ne
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) showed she would not tolerate a reporter asking about new revelations involving Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden during a press briefing on Thursday, when the California Democrat scolded the journalist for bringing up the topic and refused to provide an answer.
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“Madam Speaker, the serious allegations of corruption involving Joe Biden have been raised in recent days,” a reporter began during Pelosi’s news conference, but the journalist was cut off before she could finish her question.
“I’m sorry, I’m not answering your questions, OK,” Pelosi replied, attempting to call on another reporter before waving a hand in the air, and adding, “we’re talking about the coronavirus. I don’t have all day for questions—that’s what we’re taking now.”
Pelosi snaps at a reporter asking about the Hunter Biden revelations:
“I’m not answering those questions… we’re… https://t.co/2vvI8uRE8N
The journalist was inquiring about revelations that have emerged stemming from multiple New York Post reports published last week on emails purportedly found an a laptop that was allegedly owned by Hunter, suggesting that Joe Biden may have been involved with his son’s foreign business deals despite his denials of having any knowledge of them.
Also on Thursday, it was revealed that a man named Tony Bobulinski, who claims he is a former business partner of Hunter Biden’s, told the Post in a statement that the emails are legitimate, and that Hunter and Joe Biden were both set to profit from an agreement with a Chinese company called China Energy Co (CEFC).
“I’ve seen Vice President Biden saying he never talked to Hunter about his business,” Bobulinksi wrote. “I’ve seen firsthand that that’s not true, because it wasn’t just Hunter’s business, they said they were putting the Biden family name and its legacy on the line.”
Meanwhile, further investigations have confirmed that the FBI is in possession of the laptop in question that was owned by Hunter Biden, and Fox News reports that the FBI in 2019 reportedly subpoenaed the very same laptop in connection with a money laundering probe.
Thursday night also happens to be the third and final debate between Joe Biden and President Donald Trump, who has reportedly invited Bobulinski as his guest to the event in Nashville, Tennessee.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson has unveiled a letter addressed to CNN host Chris Cuomo from the building superintendent of his New York City residence, scolding the brother of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and threatening to turn him in for repeatedly flouting the governor’s mask mandate.
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“Dear Mr. Cuomo,” the letter begins. “As I am sure you know, because of the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, on April 15, 2020 Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order 202.17, which requires anyone over the age [of] two to wear a face mask or cloth that covers their mouth and nose while in a public space.”
It continues, “You have been observed entering and exiting the building and riding the elevator without the required face coverings. Even though staff members have asked you to comply with this requirement, you have refused to do so. This is a violation of the Executive Order, building policy, and places other residents and our staff at risk. There are no exceptions to this rule, and you are required to comply.”
The letter reportedly goes on to threaten Cuomo with a $500 fine if he continues to violate the mask policy.
According to Carlson, his show, “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” was able to speak with Cuomo’s building manager and verified the letter’s authenticity. The Fox News host joked that the letter itself belongs “in the museum of hypocrisy.”
Carlson goes on to play several clips of Chris Cuomo urging others to wear masks, and shows footage of Gov. Andrew Cuomo telling New Yorkers that they “could literally kill someone” by refusing to wear a mask in public spaces.
Tucker calls out CNN’s Chris Cuomo’s blatant mask hypocrisy
This is not the first time Carlson has exposed Chris Cuomo’s hypocrisy on mask-wearing.
Earlier this month, the Fox News host shared photos purportedly showing Cuomo maskless in public while smoking a cigar outside a restaurant believed to be on Long Island.
The Daily Mail noted that “Cuomo scrutinized Trump for flouting face masks after numerous members of his inner circle, White House staffers, journalists and workers at the Cleveland presidential debate contracted COVID-19 after his diagnosis.”
Cuomo contracted the coronavirus in the spring, and was roundly criticized after he was busted fibbing about remaining in quarantine as required.
The “Cuomo Prime Time” host went viral in April for videotaping his “official reentry” from quarantine into the rest of society following his own COVID-19 diagnosis. During his dramatic reentry, Cuomo insisted that he’d been stuck in the family’s basement for weeks during his convalescence.
Washington Examiner Chief Congressional Correspondent Susan Ferrechio called “BS” on CNN’s Brian Stelter this week, slamming the “Reliable Sources” host for dismissing recent reports on Hunter Biden while defending mainstream media’s pushing of now-debunked claims of “collusion” between President Donald Trump and Russia.
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During a fiery exchange on BBC Radio 4’s “The Media Show” shared by Mediaite, Ferrechio argued that the New York Post‘s recent exposé on photos, texts, and emails purportedly found on a laptop owned by Hunter Biden “deserves scrutiny by all media outlets,” arguing “everyone should look at this and give [Democratic presidential nominee Joe] Biden” the same scrutiny given to stories about his opponent, President Donald Trump.
“This is serious. This is not last year’s news,” Ferrechio said of the recent Biden revelations. “It’s whether or not his son was coordinating to get him to talk to these Ukrainian oligarchs and he was benefitting from it. I mean, it’s really dirty.”
Stelter, who was also a guest on the show, responded, “I said it was last season, you’re saying it’s new. I think the bottom line is we don’t know what is real and what is fake in these emails if there is anything real in them.”
Ferrechio argued, “Yeah, but that didn’t stop anyone from reporting the Mueller [investigation] and the dossier and all that stuff.”
Then Stelter condescendingly asserted, “I know you’re bitter. I understand that you have a lot of resentment about that.”
“Oh, now we have ethics,” Ferrechio said, repeating sarcastically, “now we have ethics, OK.”
That triggered Stelter, who told Ferrechio, “Don’t you dare—don’t you dare act like newsrooms didn’t have ethics in 2017 and 2018.”
“You can ‘don’t dare’ me all you want, Brian,” she fired back. “I’ve been doing this for 30 years, so say whatever you want. It’s my view, and I have a right to say it.”
Stelter later conceded, “I agree with you (that) [the Hunter Biden story] should not be ignored, but I think there’s a difference between reporters looking into it in their newsrooms versus going on the air with it when it’s unvetted.”
“Oh sure, give me a break,” Ferrechio interrupted. “You never did that with Trump stuff, that’s just BS.”
The host then intervened, allowing Stelter to argue, “It’s grievance politics that comes from the right, it happens every day. Newsrooms in America are very careful about this stuff. I know viewers and readers don’t see it, but it happens every day — slow, cautious vetting happens every day.”
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and the Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee announced they will boycott Thursday’s markup of Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, in protest of Republicans’ decision to move forward with President Donald Trump’s high court pick so close to Election Day.
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“This has been a sham process from the beginning,” reads the statement release by Schumer and fellow Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), Patrick Leahy (Vt.), Dick Durbin (Ill.), Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Chris Coons (Del.), Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), Mazie Hirono (Hawaii), Cory Booker (N.J.) and vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris (Calif.).
The Democrats complain:
“Republicans broke the promises they made and rules they created when they blocked Merrick Garland’s nomination for eight months under President Obama. Then, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that ‘the American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice.’ Now, Republicans have moved at breakneck speed to jam through this nominee, ignoring her troubling record and unprecedented evasions, and breaking longstanding committee rules to set tomorrow’s vote.”
“Throughout the hearings last week, committee Democrats demonstrated the damage a Justice Barrett would do — to health care, reproductive freedoms, the ability to vote, and other core rights that Americans cherish,” the statement continues, concluding, “We will not grant this process any further legitimacy by participating in a committee markup of this nomination just twelve days before the culmination of an election that is already underway.”
NBC News reporter Sahil Kapur noted on Twitter that use of the words “‘further legitimacy’ is the tell here.” He asked rhetorically, “If Democrats see this process as a sham, why legitimize the hearings but not the vote? The boycott comes after blowback for their ranking member lavishing praise on Lindsey Graham and his leadership in the ACB hearings.”
“further legitimacy” is the tell here.
If Democrats see this process as a sham, why legitimize the hearings but no… https://t.co/9nu1kHg5TJ
Senate Judiciary Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein has faced calls from Democratic operatives and far-left groups to have her ousted from leadership on the committee ever since she thanked Graham, the committee chairman, for conducting what she called “the best set of hearings that I’ve participated in.”
In reaction to questions about whether the 87-year-old senator from California will remain in her leadership position on the panel, Schumer told the press Tuesday, “I’ve had a long talk with Senator Feinstein. That’s all I’m going to say about it right now.”
Prior to the Democrats’ official announcement of their boycott, the HuffPost reported that the plan had not yet been finalized according to one aide, but that “Democrats are preparing to fill their empty seats with poster-sized photos of people who would be hurt by Barrett potentially casting a deciding vote against the Affordable Care Act.”
The New York Post remains in “Twitter jail” one week after its account was locked down by the platform for sharing an explosive story about findings on a laptop purportedly owned by Hunter Biden, the son of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
The newspaper says Twitter has refused to restore access to their account until the outlet deletes multiple posts sharing their reporting of the topic, despite the social media company apologizing for censoring the story after it was first published.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey then apologized for how the situation was handled, and the company reversed its decision, allowing the Hunter Biden story to be shared again. But, the outlet that broke the story still remains locked out.
The Post’s deputy politics editor, Emma-Jo Morris, tweeted Wednesday, “7 days have passed since the Post published the first story in our Hunter Biden laptop exposé. We still cannot access @nypost Twitter account, despite @jack‘s apology.”
7 days have passed since the Post published the first story in our Hunter Biden laptop exposé. We still cannot acce… https://t.co/f6OJogxTaX
As of this writing, the last tweet sent out from the Post’s account is from Oct. 14 — the day they were shut down by the platform.
The Washington Examiner reported that “when asked on Wednesday, Twitter declined to comment or provide updates on the status of the New York Post’s account.” Twitter told Fox Business earlier this week that the Post “has been informed what is necessary to unlock their account.” According to the Post, they have been told by Twitter to delete multiple messages, but the newspaper refuses “to self-censor.”
Meanwhile, Fox News asserted Wednesday that Alexander Hamilton, who founded the Post, “must be rolling over in his grave” due to Twitter’s censorship of one of the nation’s oldest newspapers while the platform still allows several highly controversial figures to tweet freely.
Fox noted that Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, white nationalist Richard Spencer, Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khameni, OJ Simpson, and Venezuelan socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro still enjoy active Twitter accounts — while the Post’s remains shut down roughly two weeks before Election Day for covering stories pertaining to one of the two major U.S. presidential candidates.
Hollywood actress Kirstie Alley went on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show Monday to stand firm on her decision to vote for President Donald Trump, despite the torrent of backlash she received from announcing her decision over the weekend.
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On Saturday, Alley tweeted, “I’m voting for @realDonaldTrump because he’s NOT a politician. I voted for him 4 years ago for this reason and shall vote for him again for this reason. He gets things done quickly and he will turn the economy around quickly. There you have it folks there you have it.”
I’m voting for @realDonaldTrump because he’s NOT a politician. I voted for him 4 years ago for this reason and shal… https://t.co/a3iMdb0CRt
Hannity called her on his show to hear more about her reasoning, and began by pointing out some of the abuse the actress received for bucking the Hollywood trend of voting for Democrats.
“First of all, you’re brave to come on this show. I give you a lot of credit,” Hannity told Alley, before listing off messages where people told her she “should rot in hell,” and that she doesn’t “have a brain.” He noted that her “deeply held and personal religious beliefs” were also attacked.
“You know, they always attack the same three things,” Alley told the host. “That I’m a fat, irrelevant scientologist.” But, she noted, “this has been going on for 40 years.”
In defending her vote for Trump, Alley explained that in America’s past, politicians left their respective professions — such as Trump, who had not been a politician before running for the presidency — to serve the country and then returned to their trades in the private sector.
Regarding Democratic nominee Joe Biden, Alley hit out against his statements on race, noting, “What did he say, ‘you ain’t black if you’re not voting for me?’ and then these constant gaffes of these actual racist overtones, and I’m like ‘no, maybe you get one where you accidently said something inappropriate, but it’s pretty constant.”
Kirstie Alley joins ‘Hannity’ after receiving backlash over Trump support
Conservative talk radio icon Rush Limbaugh gave a somber update on his fight against lung cancer on Monday, but also spoke of the “immense value, strength,” and confidence he has received from his faith throughout his treatment.
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Limbaugh began his show by saying that he and his staff have been inundated with emails from listeners asking for an update on his condition, and noted that has tried not to make his personal experiences the focus of his show — either before or since announcing his diagnosis of stage 4 lung cancer in February.
He pointed out his awareness that his listeners have hardships of their own, and that many of them are battling cancer themselves.
But the host reluctantly gave an update nonetheless, saying that “it’s tough to realize that the days where I do not think I’m under a death sentence are over.”
He stated that scans in recent weeks “did show some progression of cancer,” although previous scans indicated that the cancer had been “rendered dormant.”
“It is cancer,” he said. “It eventually outsmarts pretty much everything you throw at it.”
Limbaugh said that his most recent news “is not dramatic, but it is the wrong direction.”
“All in all, I feel very blessed to be here speaking with you today,” the host shared. “Some days are harder than others. I do get fatigued now. I do get very, very tired now.
“But I am extremely grateful to be able to come here to the studio and to maintain as much normalcy as possible. And it’s still true — I wake up every day, thank God that I did. I go to bed every night praying I’m going to wake up,” he continued.
“I have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ,” the host reminded his audience. “It is of immense value, strength, confidence. And that’s why I’m able to remain fully committed to the idea that what is supposed to happen will happen when it’s meant to.
“There’s some comfort in knowing that some things are not in our hands,” Limbaugh added. “There’s a lot of fear associated with that, too. But there is some comfort. It’s helpful to be able to trust and to believe in a higher plan.”
The first 15 minutes of Limbaugh’s Monday show can be heard on this link from WSB-FM.
Not surprising, there were many hateful comments online from people celebrating the news of Limbaugh’s possibly deteriorating condition, and wishing unspeakable things upon the radio legend.
But what was unexpected was for fellow conservative radio host Michael (Weiner) “Savage” to use the opportunity to attack Limbaugh, accusing the trailblazer of delivering a poor introduction to his show by sharing his health update.
“Limbaugh’s crying about his cancer on air! Worst 15 minutes in radio history!” Savage tweeted. “Spilled a large coffee all over counter and floor. I PROMISE MY AUDIENCE THIS- I WILL NOT DRAG YOU DOWN WITH ME! Best wishes RUSH, but stop and leave the stage with dignity.”
Limbaugh’s crying about his cancer on air! Worst 15 minutes in radio history! Spilled a large coffee all over coun… https://t.co/IWANo3uJLS
Rapper 50 Cent called on his followers to vote for President Donald Trump on Monday after finding out what his tax rate would be under Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s plan, while throwing out some F-bombs to emphasize his feelings.
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“WHAT THE F***!” the music titan wrote on Instagram next to a graphic showing the “top tax rates by state” under Biden. “(VOTE FOR TRUMP) I’M OUT.”
The New York City native, whose given name is Curtis Jackson, then went after his hometown and one of its NBA teams, writing, “F*** NEW YORK The KNICKS never win anyway.”
He added, “I don’t care Trump doesn’t like black people 62% are you out of ya f***ing mind.”
50 Cent was apparently watching CNBC’s “Power Lunch” program, which posted a graphic showing that New York City taxes would hit 62% for earners making more than $400,000 annually. It indicated that rates for taxpayers earning more than $400,000 in New York state would be at 58%, and earners above that mark would pay a 60% rate in New Jersey under Biden’s plan. California’s high earners would be hit the hardest, at 62.6%.
The Daily Caller noted that just days ago, 50 Cent also shared a video of Trump dancing at one of his rallies to the Village People song “YMCA.”
“Still no f***s given,” the rapper captioned with a laughing emoji, adding that, “The Bots support TRUMP”
CNN chief legal analyst and staff writer for the New Yorker Jeffrey Toobin has been suspended by the magazine and taken some personal time off from the network after colleagues saw him expose himself while allegedly masturbating during a work Zoom call last week.
What are the details?
Vice reported Monday that Toobin had been suspended by the New Yorker for allegedly exposing himself on the call, and updated the piece shortly thereafter to clarify “that Toobin was masturbating” during an election simulation that involved other employees of the New Yorker and some from WNYC radio.
Vice described the purported incident as such:
Both people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to speak freely, noted that it was unclear how much each person saw, but both said that they saw Toobin jerking off. The two sources described a juncture in the election simulation when there was a strategy session, and the Democrats and Republicans went into their respective break out rooms for about 10 minutes. At this point, they said, it seemed like Toobin was on a second video call. The sources said that when the groups returned from their break out rooms, Toobin lowered the camera. The people on the call said they could see Toobin touching his penis. Toobin then left the call. Moments later, he called back in, seemingly unaware of what his colleagues had been able to see, and the simulation continued.
Prior to Vice making updates to the story, Toobin told the outlet, “I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera. I apologize to my wife, family, friends and co-workers.”
“I believed I was not visible on Zoom,” he added. “I thought no one on the Zoom call could see me. I thought I had muted the Zoom video.”
The New Yorker told The Washington Post, “Jeffrey Toobin has been suspended while we investigate the matter,” but did not elaborate further. A spokesperson for CNN issued a statement saying, “Jeff Toobin has asked for some time off while he deals with a personal issue, which we have granted.”
According to the Associated Press, Toobin has been a writer at the New Yorker for more than 20 years, and an analyst for CNN since 2002. He has written several books, and his most recent was titled, “True Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Investigation of Donald Trump.”
The phrase “Zoom dick” began trending on Twitter, in a nod to Vice’s original headline, which read, “New Yorker Suspends Jeffrey Toobin for Zoom Dick Incident.”
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden was asked by CBS News campaign reporter Bo Erickson Friday night for his response to the New York Post‘s recent story revealing emails that purportedly show Hunter Biden set up a meeting between his father and a top executive at Ukrainian energy firm, Burisma, when the younger Biden sat on its board.
Biden dismissed the Post’s story as a “smear campaign,” before castigating Erickson for daring to ask the question in the first place.
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Erickson posted a video of the exchange on Twitter, tweeting in his message, “I asked Joe Biden: What is your response to the NYPost story about your son, sir? He called it a ‘smear campaign’ and then went after me. ‘I know you’d ask it. I have no response, it’s another smear campaign, right up your alley, those are the questions you always ask.'”
I asked Joe Biden: What is your response to the NYPost story about your son, sir?
He called it a “smear campaign”… https://t.co/tFoft0DbVS
Erickson is not alone in wondering what Biden’s response is to the explosive story, which was amplified with a boost of intrigue after social media giants Facebook and Twitter censored the New York Post piece in an effort to stifle it.
Twitter later reversed its position and allowed users to share the article after the platform suspended several high profile accounts for doing so — including White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and Politico reporter Jake Sherman, who later said he wished he “had given the story a closer read before tweeting it.”
Biden was able to skate through his entire town hall on ABC Thursday night without a single question on the matter.
The Post, meanwhile, continues to release a trove of exchanges between Hunter Biden, his father, and others, which the newspaper says were extracted from a “computer [that] was dropped off at a repair shop in Biden’s home state of Delaware in April 2019, according to the store’s owner.”
The Associated Press reported that the FBI is now investigating “whether the emails are part of a foreign influence operation” allegedly involving Trump ally Rudy Giuliani, who says he received the photos and messages after the repair shop owner reached out to his attorney.
Former Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson allegedly drove drunk the night he fell asleep behind the wheel last year in a high-profile incident that led to his firing, and the woman he was with that evening has filed a lawsuit accusing him of sexual assault.
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Johnson was discovered passed out in his car one year ago by a passerby, and claimed he had pulled over as a precaution after becoming lightheaded due to prescription medication. Chicago police responded to the incident, but allowed him to drive home. The top cop was later fired by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who said she found out Johnson had not been forthright about what happened that evening.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported last year that the incident was “an embarrassing drinking-and-driving incident,” and cited sources who claimed Johnson “was actually drinking for hours with a member of his security detail, a woman, at a downtown restaurant.”
That woman was Officer Cynthia Donald, who filed a lawsuit against Johnson on Thursday, accusing him “of ‘shockingly violent, abusive, and harassing conduct’ that included multiple instances of forced oral and vaginal sex,” CBS News reported.
Donald says she served as Johnson’s personal driver.
According to a separate Sun-Times report on Friday, “taxpayers paid for 7 business trip taken by” Johnson and Donald. But Johnson denies Donald’s accusations, telling the outlet in a statement, “”the allegations of sexual assault and harassment made by Ms. Donald never happened.”
Johnson is married to Nakia Fenner, a lieutenant in the Chicago Police Department.
Also on Friday, USA Today reported that according to new findings published by Chicago’s Office of the Inspector General, before Johnson was found asleep in his SUV in a stop sign last October, “he had consumed ‘several large servings of rum…the equivalent of 10 alcoholic beverages.”
According to the outlet, seven Chicago police officers have been suspended for failing to hold then-Superintendent Johnson accountable on the night their top boss was found allegedly driving under the influence. The IG’s office recommended that one of them be terminated.
Abortion rights group NARAL has released a scathing statement calling for longtime Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.) to be ousted from her position as ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, criticizing her for giving “credibility” to the hearings considering U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.
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Several Democratic operatives made public cries for Feinstein, 87, to step down from her leadership position on Thursday, after the Barrett hearings ended with the Democrat from California complimenting her Republican colleague, Chairman Lindsey Graham (S.C.), for conducting what she called “the best set of hearings that I’ve participated in.”
Feinstein and Graham later embraced in a hug that was published in the media.
On Friday, NARAL jumped on the pile of progressives rallying for Feinstein to be gone, releasing a statement saying:
This nomination is illegitimate and this process is a sham. Tens of millions of Americans have already voted and majorities have said unequivocally that they want to choose the next President who should fill this seat. Amy Barrett and this power grab pose a grave threat to every freedom and right we hold dear and tears the very fabric of our democracy. Americans—whose lives hang in the balance—deserve leadership that underscores how unprecedented, shameful and wrong this process is. The Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Dianne Feinstein, failed to make this clear and in fact offered an appearance of credibility to the proceedings that is wildly out of step with the American people. As such, we believe the committee needs new leadership.”
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The Washington Post noted that “the statement was all the more remarkable because Feinstein has been a longtime advocate of abortion rights. That has been recognized by NARAL — every year since 2016, Feinstein had received a 100 percent on the abortion rights group’s congressional scorecard, meaning that she sided with NARAL on its legislative priorities when it comes to reproductive rights.”
Freshman congresswoman and fellow California Democrat Rep. Katie Porter — whom some progressives have suggested would make a good replacement for Feinstein or Democratic vice presidential nominee California Sen. Kamala Harris —also issued a condemnation of Feinstein on Friday, but stopped short of calling outright for the 87-year-old to pulled as Judiciary ranking member.
“I disagree strongly with Sen. Feinstein that that set of hearings was one of the best or was even acceptable,” Porter told HuffPost in an interview. “I think Amy Coney Barrett did not answer basic questions about her beliefs and stonewalled repeatedly. We got many fewer direct answers than we have out of most Supreme Court hearings.”
Porter added, “I thought it was a very poor set of hearings.”
Former Democratic Rep. Katie Hill (Calif.) has announced she will be launching a new podcast called “Naked Politics,” her latest venture since resigning from Congress amid affair allegations and the publication of photos showing her in the nude.
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The Hill reported Friday that Ms. Hill’s podcast promises to “expose the naked truth behind what goes on” in the beltway.
“This podcast is where we can get dirty,” the California Democrat told the outlet. “It’s where we can expose the naked truth behind what goes on. The backroom deals, the monied interests, the inability to break from the party. This podcast is here to expose what’s wrong in politics today, undressing the issues, and how we can fix them.”
Hill gave up her seat months into her freshman term last year after the Democrat-led House Committee on Ethics launched an investigation into allegations that she had an extramarital affair with her legislative director, which would be in violation of new House rules established in response to the #MeToo movement.
While Hill denied the affair, she admitted to having a “consensual” three-way relationship with a female campaign staffer and her now-ex husband prior to taking office. The former congresswoman later blamed “rampant biphobia” as a major reason for her stepping down.
The week before Hill announced her resignation, leaked nude photos of her were published by the Daily Mail and conservative outlet Red State. At the time, she was estranged from her then-husband, and blamed conservative media for “perpetuating” his “abuse by providing him a platform.”
“I will fight to ensure no one else has to live through what I just experience,” she said in a video message announcing her departure from office. “Some people call this electronic assault, digital exploitation, others call it revenge porn. As the victim of it, I call it one of the worst things we can do to our sisters and our daughters.”
Hill also recently released a memoir, titled “She Will Rise,” saying she wrote it “to empower women to lead despite many roadblocks and sexist standards.”
A show based on the book is in the works, and Hill will be played by actress Elizabeth Moss.
NBC’s Savannah Guthrie received gushing reviews from leftists and scorn from conservatives after being visibly combative toward President Donald Trump during the network’s town hall for the president Thursday night.
The moderator pushed back forcefully against the president’s responses, in stark contrast to the tone set by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos in his dueling town hall for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Critics accused Guthrie of having a clear agenda against Trump.
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Fox News reported that “Viewers who tuned into the Peacock Network expected to hear questions from voters, but similarly to the NBC town hall with Biden, questions for nearly the first 20 minutes of the program came from the moderator.” The outlet noted that, “Guthrie spent much of that time grilling Trump on masks and white supremacy,” and “that didn’t sit well with many.”
Former NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik tweeted, “The @DNC propaganda press, I cannot even fake it. @SavannahGuthrie Look like an unhinged as*, and it’s a shame. I thought she was better than that. The good thing for President @realDonaldTrump… Any reasonable viewer could see she was biased, obnoxious and on a mission.”
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Air Fleischer, former White House press secretary, wrote, “I just switched to NBC since ABC is in a commercial. Savanah Guthrie has interrupted Trump in these 60 seconds more than Stephanopulos has done to Biden in 40 mins. NBC is an interrogation. ABC is a picnic.”
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The Hill’s Joe Concha tweeted during the event, “Trump denounces White Supremacy multiple times. Savannah Guthrie follows by accusing Trump of dodging. This is already an absolute joke. And does the audience get to ask questions?” Concha followed up, “Trump denounces white supremacy a good four times. Guthrie: “It sounds like your dodging.”
President Trump’s campaign declared victory after it was all over, with spokesman Tim Murtaugh saying in a statement, “Even though the commission canceled the in-person debate that could have happened tonight, one occurred anyway, and President Trump soundly defeated NBC’s Savannah Guthrie in her role as debate opponent and Joe Biden surrogate.”
NBC had received widespread criticism from Democrats and its own employees for even holding the event and giving air time to President Trump, after he refused to participate in the Commission on Presidential Debates’ proposed “virtual” match-up between him and Biden.
But, according to The Washington Post, Guthrie’s “grilling” of Trump took “the heat off NBC for its town hall.”
Three New York rabbis have filed suit against their state and Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) over his recent executive order mandating targeted coronavirus restrictions in Jewish communities, calling it “blatantly anti-Semitic.”
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Last week, Cuomo issued major new restrictions on schools, businesses, and houses of worship in 20 COVID-19 “hotspots” in New York, after a rise in cases that he referred to as mainly an “ultra-Orthodox” Jewish problem, according to the New York Post.
In a lawsuit filed in the Manhattan federal court on Wednesday, Rabbis Moshe Rosner, Samuel Teitelbaum, and Chaim Leibish Rottenberg — representing their respective congregations — claim that the governor’s new order was “blatantly anti-Semitic, creating religious-observance based color coded ‘hot-spot’ zones directed towards particular Jewish communities.”
The defendants went on to argue that Cuomo’s order “specifically singles out the Orthodox Jewish community in what has proven to be the latest extension of Governor Cuomo’s streak of anti-Semitic discrimination.”
The Center for American Liberty, the group representing the congregations, say that his move is unconstitutional on several grounds, writing that the governor’s actions “violate the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment, the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment, the Freedom of Assembly Clause of the First Amendment, Substantive and Procedural Due Process Rights under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment, and the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause.”
According to the Associated Press, “Cuomo, who has said he has ‘respect and love’ for the Orthodox community, told reporters Thursday that he was not targeting Orthodox Jewish communities. He said red zones are based on addresses of residences where more individuals are testing positive for Covid-19.”
In reaction to a similar lawsuit from separate Jewish group last week, a senior advisor to Cuomo told The Post, “We’ve been sued virtually every day for every action taken.” He added, “We’re concentrating on reducing the virus in these hot spots and saving lives, period.”
Republican Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse unleashed a litany of criticisms against President Donald Trump during a call to constituents earlier this week, saying the commander in chief mistreats women, “kisses dictators’ butts” and secretly “mocks evangelicals.”
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In audio released in an exclusive report by The Washington Examiner, a woman can be heard asking Sasse, “Like a lot of Nebraskans, I’m trying to understand your relationship with the president. Why do you have to criticize him so much?”
Sasse explained that he has built a working relationship with Trump and that “there are definitely places where we agree,” but that “there are obviously a lot of places where he and I differ, as well.”
“And these aren’t just mere policy issues,” the senator clarified, saying that he makes no apologies for pushing back against areas where he feels Trump’s values “are deficient, not just for a Republican, but for an American.”
The Nebraska Republican then began listing examples, saying, “The way he kisses dictators’ butts. I mean, the way he ignores that the Uighurs are in literal concentration camps in Xinjiang right now. He hasn’t lifted a finger on behalf of the Hong-Kongers.”
“The United States now regularly sells out our allies under his leadership, the way he treats women, spends like a drunken sailor,” Sasse continued. “The ways I criticize President Obama for that kind of spending; I’ve criticized President Trump for as well. He mocks evangelicals behind closed doors. His family has treated the presidency like a business opportunity. He’s flirted with white supremacists.”
Regarding the coronavirus, Sasse said, “In [Trump’s] partial defense here, I think that lots of the news media has pretended that COVID is literally the first public health crisis ever. And somehow, it’s Donald Trump’s fault. That’s not true. They just wanted to use it against him.”
But he said of the president’s handling of the crisis, “The reality is that he careened from curb to curb. First, he ignored COVID. And then he went into full economic shutdown mode. He was the one who said 10 to 14 days of shutdown would fix this. And that was always wrong. I mean, and so I don’t think the way he’s lead through COVID has been reasonable or responsible, or right.”
James Wegmann, a spokesman for Sasse, confirmed that the senator made the comments earlier this week, telling The Examiner:
“I don’t know how many more times we can shout this: Even though the Beltway is obsessing exclusively about the presidential race, control of the Senate is ten times more important. The fragile Senate seats that will determine whether Democrats nuke the Senate are the races Ben cares about, the races he’s working on, and the only races he’s talking about.”
The Washington Post reported on the up-and-down relationship between Sasse and the president, noting that the senator was critical of then-candidate Trump in 2016, but toned down his rhetoric ahead of receiving Trump’s endorsement earlier this year amid a primary challenge.
“But relations between them have frayed lately,” the outlet noted, pointing out, “Sasse began criticizing the president again after handily winning his GOP primary. In August, Trump reacted strongly to Sasse’s objection to the president approving coronavirus relief aid by executive order.”
The president tweeted, “RINO Ben Sasse, who needed my support and endorsement in order to get the Republican nomination for Senate from the GREAT State of Nebraska, has, now that he’s got it (Thank you President T), gone rogue, again. This foolishness plays right into the hands of the Radical Left Dems!”
Democratic California Sen. Dianne Feinstein is facing calls to step down as ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, after she enraged operatives from her own party with her performance on the panel — which ended with her praising Republican Chairman Lindsey Graham.
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As the final hearing for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett wrapped up, Feinstein told Graham, “I just want to thank you. This has been one of the best set of hearings that I’ve participated in.” She added, “Thank you so much for your leadership.”
A mask-free embrace between Feinstein and Graham to cap things off.
And the Amy Coney Barrett hearings are over. https://t.co/3gJcpWpi5Z
Following the meeting, the two were seen embracing in a hug.
Feinstein, 87, was immediately attacked by high profile Democrats, many of whom declared it was time for her to pass the torch and give up her leadership position on the committee.
Former Hillary Clinton 2016 campaign press secretary Brian Fallon, who now leads the progressive group Demand Justice, issued a statement declaring, “It’s time for Sen. Feinstein to step down from her leadership position on the Senate Judiciary Committee. If she won’t, her colleagues need to intervene.”
“She has undercut Democrats’ position at every step of this process, from undermining calls for filibuster and Court reform straight through to thanking Republicans for the most egregious partisan power grab in the modern history of the Supreme Court,” he continued. “If Senate Democrats are going to get their act together on the courts going forward, they cannot be led by someone who treats Sunrise activists with contempt and the Republican theft of a Supreme Court seat with kid gloves.”
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Fallon’s message was echoed by former President Barack Obama’s deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes, who tweeted, “Someone like Feinstein who is so out of step with the rest of the party should not be the lead Democrat on the Judiciary Committee.”
Someone like Feinstein who is so out of step with the rest of the party should not be the lead Democrat on the Judiciary Committee.
Likewise, former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett tweeted in reaction to Feinstein’s praise of Graham, “That she can say this about this ongoing travesty is another sad statement about how poorly represented we are by Dianne Feinstein.”
Feinstein joined her fellow Democrats on the committee in avoiding attacks on Barrett’s Catholic faith during this week’s hearings, after facing criticism for their treatment of the nominee during the 2017 nomination hearings for her current position on the Seventh Circuit appellate court.
Fox News reported that “California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein receive bipartisan backlash when she told Barrett that the ‘dogma lives loudly within’ her during” the 2017 hearings.
Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D) warned U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett to choose her answers carefully during his line of questioning, telling the judge that there may be people watching who may “be deterred from using contraceptives or may feel fear that it may be banned” if she is appointed to the high court.
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On her third day of confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Blumenthal asked Barrett to share her views on high-profile cases decided by the Supreme Court in the past, namely Brown v. Board of Education, Loving v. Virginia, and Griswold v. Connecticut.
National Review noted that “the Court ruled in those cases that racial segregation in public schools was unconstitutional, laws banning interracial marriage were unconstitutional and that the right of married couples to buy and use contraceptives without government restriction was protected by the constitution, respectively.”
The Democrat from Connecticut pointed out that “Griswold involves a ban on contraception,” before pressing Barrett.
“I’m asking your legal position. I want you to keep in mind how many people are listening and watching because they may take a message from what you say,” he said.
“They may see what you say and be deterred from using contraceptives,” he continued, “or may feel fear that it may be banned.”
The judge answered, “Well, Senator Blumenthal, the position that I’ve taken is whether a question is easy or hard that I can’t offer an answer to it, and I would be surprised if people were afraid that birth control is about to be criminalized because I said to…”
“You might be surprised,” Blumenthal interrupted, before citing the answers given by previous justices who stated during their confirmation hearings that they agreed with the Griswold decision.
Blumenthal added, “I’m stunned that you’re not willing to say an unequivocal ‘yes, it was correctly decided, I would have been in the majority,'” before he asked her about another case.
How did Barrett respond?
“Every time you ask me a question about whether a case was correctly decided or not I cannot answer that question because I cannot suggest agreement or disagreement with precedents of the Supreme Court,” Barrett replied. “All of those precedents bind me now as a Seventh Circuit Judge and were I to be confirmed I would be responsible for applying the law of stare decisis to all of them.”
After the senator pushed her further, Barrett responded, “I’m not even expressing a view in disagreement.”
She told Blumenthal, “You’re pushing me to try to violate the judicial Canons of ethics and to offer advisory opinions and I won’t do that.”
You can watch Blumenthal’s entire line of questioning below. The section detailed in this story begins at the 6:40 mark:
WATCH: Sen. Richard Blumenthal questions Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett
Twitter locked the account of White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Wednesday, after she cited a New York Post story about Hunter Biden that the platform is working desperately to ban after it was published earlier in the day.
The Post reported on all of the censorship following its story, too, including the notification to Ms. McEnany’s account, which let her know her that she “violated our rules against distribution of hacked material.”
Twitter explained, “We don’t permit the use of our services to directly distribute content obtained through hacking that contains private information, may put people in physical harm or danger, or contains trade secrets.”
The tweet for which McEnany was purportedly locked out read, “**NEW** Email from Ukrainian executive to Hunter Biden asks Hunter to ‘use his influence’ on behalf of the firm paying him $50k/mo in email with subject ‘urgent issue’ obtained by @nypost Father @JoeBiden was in charge of Ukraine relations at time!!”
She allegedly included a link to The Post’s story.
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The Post story included a screenshot of what the paper said was a 2015 email from Burisma adviser Vadym Pozharskyi to Hunter Biden, thanking him for “the opportunity to meet your father.” But the email doesn’t indicate whether Pozharskyi was describing a meeting that had already occurred or one intended to occur in the future. Nevertheless, the Post reported that the existence of such a meeting undercut Biden’s long-held assertions that he had no involvement with his son’s business dealings.
Biden’s campaign said in a statement, “We have reviewed Joe Biden’s official schedules from the time and no meeting, as alleged by the New York Post, ever took place.”
However, Politico added that “Biden’s campaign would not rule out the possibility that the former VP had some kind of informal interaction with Pozharskyi, which wouldn’t appear on Biden’s official schedule. But they said any encounter would have been cursory. Pozharskyi did not respond to a request for comment.”