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Fairfax Accuser Comes Forward via Statement

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 19:18

The woman accusing Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexually assaulting her at a Democratic National Convention more than ten years ago is speaking out. In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, Dr. Vanessa Tyson describes the incident in 2004 in which Fairfax used the pretense of getting some paperwork in a hotel room to lure her into the room. One of Tyson’s colleagues says she described the incident last fall. Fairfax says the encounter was consensual.

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Turmoil Deepens at Top of Virginia Government

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 19:17

More trouble at the top of Virginia government: Attorney General Mark Herring admitted on Wednesday to wearing blackface to a college party back in 1980. In a statement, as a 19 year old college undergraduate, he and friends decided to dress up as rappers at a party. He blamed “ignorance and glib attitudes” and a lack of appreciation for others’ perspectives and apologized for contributing “to the pain Virginians have felt this week.” Herring is third in line for the governorship, as the Governor and Lt. Gov. are both dealing with scandals of their own.

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Schiff Announces Sprawling New Probe Into Trump Finances

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 19:17

House Intel Committee Chairman Adam Schiff announced a broad new investigation his committee would undertake that goes “beyond Russia” and into whether President Trump’s financial interests are influencing his actions. As Robert Mueller prepares to wrap up his 21-month probe, Schiff said the new investigation would carry on the investigation into the Russia connection but also examine whether foreign agents have financial leverage over the president.

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Mueller Probe: More Charges Coming, Or Almost Through?

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 19:17

Despite public statements by top officials indicating Robert Mueller’s probe is nearing completion, recent court filings indicate there could be more indictments coming soon. Language used in the filings referring to “uncharged individuals” point to possible charges related to the case against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and in the case of a Russian “troll farm” that convicted 13 Russians and 3 Russian firms. New convictions would seemingly require new evidence, and it’s unclear whether such evidence has been found yet.

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Joe and Teresa Forever

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 17:44

A family attorney for Teresa Giudice says she’s not pursuing divorce from husband Joe. Joe Giudice faces deportation upon the completion of his prison sentence for fraud. But reps say the only lawyers she’s meeting with are immigration ones, who want to keep Joe at home with the family.

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Kry No More

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 17:42

Kendall Jenner tells Allure magazine that online trolls have made her cry “endlessly for days” for the things they say.

The 23 y ear old model says despite the hardship she’s become stronger through it.

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Dear Dad…

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 17:41

Friends say Meghan Markle wrote a letter to her father imploring him to stop talking to the media after her marriage to Prince Harry. She said he was “victimizing” her and needed to stop airing the dirty family laundry under the media eye.

Five female friends corroborated the story to The Daily Mail. They also say in response, father Thomas Markle begged her for a photo shoot together — likely so he could sell the snaps.

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Simpson’s Is Back!

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 17:37

The Simpsons has been renewed for two more seasons, bringing its total run to 32. It’s the longest running scripted series on TV, edging out Gunsmoke and Law & Order each by 10 seasons.

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Hit List: February 7, 2019

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 17:19
  1. Nick Sandmann, the “smirking” kid staring down a protestor who was vindicated by social media earlier this year, might media outlets who portrayed him as a racist. He has power attorney L. Lin Wood, who specializes in defamation suits. He has famously represented the family of JonBenét Ramsey and Richard Jewell.
  2. Miami is seeing a real estate boom, at least for one property owner. An estate on Indian Creek Island recently went for $50 million. That’s $3 million more than it sold for 6 years ago. No word on the owner, but speculation’s rife it belonged to a Russian billionaire.
  3. The Army is doubling down to make new recruits fitter than ever. As leadership has complained recently that soldiers aren’t as fit as they should be, officials are revisiting the fitness exam to include dead lifts, power throws, and other exercises, Associated Press reports. Another change will be the end of the sliding scale; rather than having different requirements for different ages and genders, these requirements will be universally applied.
  4. A Philly non-profit is being sued by the US government to stop the opening of a supervised injection site for opioid users. Philadelphia has the highest death rate from opioids in the nation. US Attorney William McSwain says his office isn’t actively prosecuting drug users, but also doesn’t want to make taking drugs any easier. There were an estimated 1,200 opioid overdose deaths in Philadelphia last year.
  5. Getting caught up on Game of Thrones before the series finale could give you ass cancer. A UK study showed a 70% increase in the likelihood of getting bowel cancer when spending at least 2 hours a day in front of the TV. The increase was independent of exercise or the person’s weight.
  6. United Airlines is looking to attract more premium, higher-paying customers. During the 2000s, airlines lost billions across the board as fuel prices surged and customers came to expect fewer and fewer accommodations. But as premium fliers have become increasingly willing to shell out more and more money, airlines are trying harder than ever to find a place for them. United is adding 1600 premium seats on 250 jets, and developing luxury aircraft that would hold as few as 50 passengers on popular business class routes.
  7. The New York Police Department wants Google to remove police checkpoints from its Waze navigation app. The NYPD sent a cease-and-desist letter that argued giving drivers a heads-up could amount to “criminal conduct” and “intentional attempts to prevent and/or impair the administration of the DWI laws and other relevant traffic laws.” No comment from Google.
  8. Music streamer Spotify is busting big into the podcast market. It’s acquired Gimlet Media and Anchor, which it claims accounts for 40% of the world’s new podcasts. The combined deals are worth an estimated $350 million.
  9. Facebook has enabled functionality to delete sent messages for up to 10 minutes. It was selectively rolled out previously and is now available to all users.

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Birthdays: February 7, 2019

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 17:09

Ashton Kutcher – actor – 41

Chris Rock – comedian – 54

Garth Brooks – country singer – 57

James Spader – actor – 59

BORN ON THIS DATE

Eddie Bracken – character actor – 1920

Larry Crabbe – actor, played Tarzan and Flash Gordon – 1908

Laura Ingalls Wilder – author, LIttle House on the Prairie – 1867

Charles Dickens – author, A Christmas Carol – 1812

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On This Date: February 7, 2019

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 17:08

1812
Earthquakes in Missouri cause a fluvial tsunami near Mississippi — that’s when a river starts to run backward!
The tremor was one of a series of quakes that had begun in December the previous year. The February 7th one happened to be the strongest, registering an 8.8 magnitude.
By some estimates, it was the strongest quake in human history.
It made church bells in Boston ring, unprovoked. In Cincinnati, brick walls crumbled. More than 30 boats were hurdled over waterfalls that had formed along the river immediately, killing hundreds.
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1904
A small fire in Baltimore begun by a poorly discarded lit cigarette ends up igniting the city.
The blaze burned for 31 hours, razing 80 blocks of the downtown area.
It took down 1500 buildings and damaged 1,000 more. Property damage was estimated at nearly $100 million in 1904-dollars.
Fortunately, the fire was contained to the business district, and did not claim any lives or homes.
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1964
Beatlemania arrives in the United States when the fab four land in America for the first time.
Their hit “I Want to Hold Your Hand” had just landed the number one spot on American music charts six days earlier.
More than 3,000 screaming, rioting fans were on hand to greet the singers.
Two days later they would appear on the Ed Sullivan Show. Their first public show was February 11 at the Coliseum in Washington D.C.
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1984
The first astronaut flies untethered in space.
Captain Bruce McCandless maneuvered freely outside the Challenger shuttle. He controlled a rocket pack that he designed himself.
He safely re-entered the shuttle 90 minutes later.
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1990
The Communist Party eases its totalitarian control across the Soviet Union.
At the behest of President Mikhail Gorbachev, the Central Committee reversed policies that make it the only legal party in the country.
Gorbachev would resign by the end of 1991, and the Soviet Union dissolved January 31 that year.
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Alice Marie Johnson Stole the Show

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 14:02

Alice Marie Johnson, the woman who Kim Kardashian-West helped get released from prison, stole the show during President Trump’s State of Union speech; and that is only the beginning. The 63-year-old grandmother to TMZ that she has a book deal, movie deal and big plans for her future in the works.

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Vanna White Makes Bank

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 10:22

Vanna White is loaded. The ageless letter turner of “Wheel of Fortune” makes between $5 and $10 million annually for her work on the show, which she only films four days a month. FOUR DAYS.

In 1993, Vanna sued Samsung for violating her “personality rights” when they featured a robot turning letters on a game show in one of their commercials. She won and walked away with $403k in damages.

She listed her 8-bedroom mansion for $47 million in 2017, had profitable real estate investments, does endorsements for SugarBear hair and has her own line of yarn.

Tallied up, her total net worth—per Celebrity Net Worth—is about $50 million, plus the almost $50 million she will get when her mansion sells.

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Susan Lucci’s Heart Scare

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 10:08

Susan Lucci is lucky to be alive. The legendary soap star went public this week with a terrifying story about how close she was to suffering a potentially fatal heart attack. The “All My Children” actress revealed that last October she had two stents placed after a CT scan showed she had 90% blockage in her aorta and 70% blockage in an artery.

Susan told People that she had chest pain that got so bad she met her cardiologist at an ER, got a CT scan and rushed into surgery. Her doc told her that she barely avoided a heart attack by coming in when she did.

The 72-year-old is now teaming up with the American Heart Association to spread awareness of heart disease.

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Trump Urges Lawmakers to Strive for “Greatness” in Second State of the Union

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 22:31

Railing against the “politics of revenge” and presenting a bipartisan agenda, President Trump’s State of the Union speech on Tuesday night amounted to a dare to Democrats to oppose it. Trump began and ended the speech by appealing to American greatness. He discussed the upcoming 75th anniversary of the Normandy invasion during World War II—he invited a war veteran and a Holocaust survivor to attend the speech.

He challenged an often stone-faced Democratic Congress to join in supporting objectives like ending HIV, enacting a federal ban on late-term abortions, fighting childhood cancer, requiring paid family leave, ending wars in Asia, and—of course—funding a border wall.

Above all he sought to inspire unity and closed with a call for greatness; anyone who may have gone to bed early would be remorse not to spend the 90 minutes to rewatch the whole speech in its entirety:

“We do the incredible.
We defy the impossible.
We conquer the unknown.

This is the time to reignite the American imagination.
This is the time to search for the tallest summit and set our sites on the brightest star. This is the time to rekindle the bonds of love and loyalty and memory that link us together as citizens, as neighbors, as patriots.

This is our future. Our fate. And our choice to make.

I am asking you to choose greatness. No matter the trials we face. No matter the challenges to come.

We must go forward together.

We must keep America first in our hearts.
We must keep freedom alive in our souls.
And we must always keep faith in America’s destiny that one nation under God must be the hope and the promise and the light and the glory among all the nations of the world.”

MEANWHILE, former speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives and failed candidate for governor Stacey Abrams delivered the Democratic response. While Trump was a tough act to follow, Abrams faithfully cracked open the can of liberal talking points, focusing on the plight of federal workers during the government shutdown.

ALSO, at least six House Dems boycotted the State of the Union, most of them the loudest pushers of impeachment. Rep. Maxine Waters attended, but before the speech she called for Americans to turn off their TVs.

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Modern Family, Season 11

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 20:58

Modern Family will return for an 11th season before calling it quits in spring of 2020. The 10th season is currently in production. The core cast has astoundingly remain unchanged over the last decade.

MEANWHILE — one ABC exec said a concept for a spinoff series is in the works, but was very mum on details.

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R Kelly Down Under

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 20:49

R Kelly is going to try to escape the controversy surrounding sexual assault accusations Down Under. He announced Tuesday he’ll be touring in Australia and New Zealand.

Maybe he thinks they don’t have the internet there to know what a horrible human being he is.

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Pratt Reminsices

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 20:47

Chris Pratt got nostalgic while visiting a Bubba Gump Shrimp Company restaurant in New York. Posting a pic to social media, he said he used to be a waiter at the chain’s Hawaii location before he was discovered. He encouraged everyone to tip at least 20% and to leave a few shrimps on their plates for waiters to scrounge up when they clear the table.

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Jen & Cooke Forever?

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 20:44

Jennifer Lawrence and art curator Cooke Maroney MIGHT be engaged. The pair were out to dinner in New York, where Jen was spotted with a huge rock on her finger. It’s only speculation though — there’s been no photos of the ring yet, and the news only comes from insiders who saw the couple out to dinner.

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Priyanka and Nick and Who?

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 20:41

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas are loving married life. She shared a post of the pair hanging out cuddled up on the couch — leaving her followers wondering who was there to take the candid snap. But it was all a bunch of noise — the couple was at a Super Bowl party and someone must have snapped the candid moment and sent it to her to post later.

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