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Former Seahawk Sentenced to 8 Years

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 08:28

Former Seattle
Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner has been sentenced to 8 years in a plea
bargain in his attempted murder case.

Browner
allegedly broke into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment and dragged her across the
floor and attempted to smother her in her own carpet in July.

In exchange for
the plea, charges of robbery, false imprisonment and burglary were dropped, and
the attempted murder and willful endangerment of a child charges stuck and
received the 8-year sentence.

Browner has
been in custody since July and will get credit for the 300 days served in
detention.

The 34-year-old
Browner spent five season with Seahawks, Patriots and Saints from 2011-2016
after coming to the NFL from the CFL. He won a Super Bowl with the Seahawks
after the 2012 season then won another against the Seahawks with the Patriots
after the 2014 season. He was released by the Saints before playing in one game
and then returned to the Seahawks in 2016.

Following
the end of his playing career Browner was arrested in 2017 for cocaine
possession and the again later that same year for making criminal threats
against a woman.

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Buzzfeed Blames Paris Riots on Facebook, Not Climate Change Taxes

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 20:53

Buzzfeed is mischaracterizing the recent riots that tore Paris apart. They are the result of Facebook! the left-leaning website proclaimed, blaming the outpouring of violence and vandalism on recent changes Facebook made that allowed so-called “Anger Groups” to spread their message more easily. That ignores the real cause of the riots, which was a proposal by French President Emmanuel Macron to jack up the country’s carbon and gas taxes to pay for his fight against global warming. A petition protesting the taxes garnered more than a million signatures, a clear sign that while Facebook might’ve made the protests easier to organize, the root cause is the French president’s Ahab-like global warming quest.

—QUOTABLE: “Due to the way algorithm changes made earlier this year interacted with the fierce devotion in France to local and regional identity, the country is now facing some of the worst riots in many years — and in Paris, the worst in half a century.” -Buzzfeed writer Ryan Broderick.

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Fox Legal Expert Expects Trump Junior to Face Indictment

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 20:52

Andrew Napolitano said Wednesday he expects President Trump’s son to be indicted by Robert Mueller. In an interview on SiriusXM, the senior judicial analyst for Fox News told host Dan Abrams that he expects the “substantial assistance” Mueller got from former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn likely means Donald Trump Jr. will be facing an indictment for comments he made to the FBI and Congress about a June 2016 meeting he took part in at Trump Tower involving several Russians. Trump Jr. has been telling friends he expects to be indicted, too, Napolitano said.

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Trump Plans Rollback of Obama-era Coal Regulations

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 20:51

President Trump is continuing his efforts to save coal country. The administration is reportedly getting ready to give the flagging coal industry a big boost by rolling back another Obama-era environmental regulation requiring all new coal plants to be outfitted with carbon capture technology, according to The New York Times. The 2015 Obama mandate sets a limit on how much carbon dioxide a new coal plant can emit per megawatt hour of energy produced—Trump’s EPA plans to raise that limit. Saying it makes building new coal plants more difficult, the coal industry hates the rule. Instead of the strict Obama rule, Team Trump plans to allow new coal plants to open if they install more efficient boilers and other technology.

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Bush 43 Joins World Leaders Mourning His Late Father

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 20:51

George W. Bush eulogized his late father on Wednesday in a speech filled with tears and laughter. Family, friends, and world leaders from around the globe gathered at the National Cathedral on Wednesday to mourn President George H.W. Bush, the nation’s 41st president, who died on Friday at age 94. In his eulogy, the younger Bush shared memories of his father’s sense of humor and about how his dad and mom, Barbara liked to hold hands. She died earlier this year. He ended by tearfully saying his father is back with daughter Robin, who died at age 3 from leukemia, and Barbara—and that the two are holding hands again.

—QUOTABLE: “After mom died, dad was strong, but all he really wanted to do was hold mom’s hand again…We’re going to miss you. Your decency, sincerity, and kind soul will stay with us forever…So through our tears, let us enjoy the blessings of knowing and loving you, a great noble man. The best man a son or father could have,” Bush continued, choking up. “And in our grief, let us smile knowing that dad is hugging Robin and holding mom’s hand again.” -George W. Bush

ALSO—President Trump and First Lady Melania also attended the Bush memorial service. They sat in the pew next to former President Barack Obama and Michelle. In a showing that the moment goes far beyond petty politics, Trump shook both their hands. He also tweeted before the service a tribute to Bush, which was praised by Trump nemesis Sen. Jeff Flake—“Well said, Mr. President,” Flake replied.

—QUOTABLE: “Looking forward to being with the Bush family. This is not a funeral, this is a day of celebration for a great man who has led a long and distinguished life. He will be missed!” -Trump on Twitter

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Trump, China Tout Trade Agreements to Quell Markets

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 20:50

President Trump’s rhetoric on trade with China may have caused a major stock market tumble on Tuesday, and now he’s trying to smooth things over. In a series of tweets on Wednesday, Trump expressed his optimism that the U.S. and China will in fact be able to work out a slate of trade disputes. And China also took aim at clearing up any confusion, stating it is “confident” a trade deal can be reached and that it will be working on an agreement over the next 90 days. The tumult came after days of silence by China following a summit of economic leaders in Argentina over the weekend. Trump announced afterwards that China had agreed to start buying more American products and ease the trade war.

—QUOTABLE: “Very strong signals being sent by China once they returned home from their long trip, including stops, from Argentina,” Mr. Trump tweeted. “Not to sound naive or anything, but I believe President Xi meant every word of what he said at our long and hopefully historic meeting. ALL subjects discussed!”

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Cohen Likely Giving Mueller Dirt on Trump Business Dealings

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 20:49

Former lawyer and top confidante to President Trump, Michael Cohen, is probably providing information to special counsel Robert Mueller…but it likely has nothing to do with Russian collusion in the 2016 election. Although that’s what Mueller is supposed to be confined to investigating, Cohen is on the record time after time denying any involvement in such a scheme. And Cohen was indicted for lying to Congress, but not for when he made those denials. Which means Cohen—who has worked for the Trump Organization since long before he became president—could be telling Mueller where the bodies are, figuratively speaking, buried.

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Bloomberg Probably Running for President

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 20:49

It looks like Michael Bloomberg is serious about running for president. The New York billionaire is advising Democrats to “do something” now that they’ve won control of the House, not just rest on their laurels. In a CNN interview during a day trip to Iowa—an important early presidential primary state—Bloomberg talked about his green energy objectives and his hypothetical approach to campaigning. The media mogul, prominent gun rights foe, and former New York City mayor recently registered as a Democrat after years as an independent. He spent some $110 million getting Democrats elected in November.

—QUOTABLE: “I do think that after 12 years in City Hall, dealing with international problems and security problems and economic problems and creating jobs and the environment and guns and women’s rights and tobacco and these things, that I have a lot of experience which would be useful if I was President of the United States.” -Bloomberg

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Drug Dealer Released from Prison, Immediately Hijacks Woman’s Car

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 20:49

A drug dealer let out of a Pennsylvania prison was in a big hurry to go back to the slammer. 36 year old Thomas Lee Williams was let out of jail Tuesday, but minutes later he decided it’d be a great next move to hijack a woman’s SUV. He threw her out and peeled out with the woman’s one year old grandson still in the back seat—and crashed 15 minutes later. After fleeing on foot, the hapless criminal fled on foot into the woods, but was apprehended shortly afterwards and put back behind bars. 

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Sir Howie the Forgetful

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 18:02

Howie Mandell tells Dr. Oz he doesn’t remember Meghan Markle from her days as a suitcase model on his gameshow Deal or No Deal. The host says he was “shocked” when photos emerged of the royal-to-be as a model on set, following Markle’s engagement to Prince Harry. But he says he wishes her nothing but the best.

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Chloe & Kate, Sittin in a Tree

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 18:00

Actress Chloe Moretz and Playboy model Kate Harrison may be an item. The pair were spotted smooching outside popular celeb hangout Nobu in Malibu. Chloe hasn’t been seen with a significant other since her split with Brooklyn Beckham earlier this year.

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Former Top Model Has Died

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 13:33

Former “America’s Next Top Model” contestant Jael Strauss has lost her battle with cancer. Jael announced this past October that she had been diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. She passed away in hospice on Tuesday, just 2 months after being diagnosed. She was 34 years old.

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Jess vs Nat

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 13:28

Jessica Simpson fired back at Natalie Portman for slut shaming her over a magazine cover from way back in the day.

In an interview with USA Today, Natalie said, that as a teenager she felt very confused about seeing Jessica on the cover of a magazine saying, “I’m a virgin,” while wearing a bikini. She added that she wasn’t sure what the mag was trying to tell her as “a woman, as a girl.”

Jessica felt “disappointed” by what Natalie said and posted her feelings to her Instagram. The 38-year-old wrote, “As public figures, we both know our image is not totally in our control at all times, and that the industry we work in often tries to define us and box us in.” The mom of 2 ended by throwing some shade at the actress writing, “I have made it my practice to not shame other women for their choices. I encourage you to do the same.”

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McCarthy, Rodgers Split Long Time in the Making

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 10:13

The rumors
of the relationship between star quarterback Aaron Rodgers and head coach Mike
McCarthy becoming frosty began some time ago according to a former player.

Former
Packer center Jeff Saturday who spent his final season in the league in 2012 with
Green Bay said on ESPN that there would be times in the huddle where Rodgers
would subtly express frustration with a play call through an eye roll or a
heavy sigh.

Saturday added that the disconnect really took place two years ago and that younger players picked up on it and that disdain spread like a virus throughout the roster.

It’s hard to
know what really happened in the relationship with Rodgers and McCarthy and anything
now is just gossip and speculation. It will remain that way until either party
gives an interview or writes a book about it.

This much is
now known. McCarthy is gone, and the full amount of pressure reverts to Rodgers.
It’s time for him to show what he can do after the divorce.

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Vick Offers Help to Hunt

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 10:11

Former NFL quarterback
Michael Vick knows a thing or two about scandal, suspension and redemption and
has offered help to former Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt.

Vick, who
sat out the 2007 and 2008 season while he served prison time for a dog fighting
conviction returned to the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles and was elected to
the Pro Bowl in 2010.

Kareem Hunt
was cut by the Chiefs and put on the Commissioners Exempt list following the release
of a video from February that showed him pushing and kicking a woman in a
Cleveland hotel. Other incidents involving Hunt’s off field behavior are also
being investigated by the league.

Vick was
quoted as saying that while he doesn’t condone Hunt’s behavior he urges him to get
help and to reach out to him for advice as to how to handle himself going forward.

Hunt, who
has cleared waivers has gone unclaimed by any other NFL team will likely have
to serve a suspension when he is reinstated by the league.

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Packers’ Assistant Fired Over Critical Rodgers, Organization Tweet?

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 10:09

Long time
Green Bay Packers assistant coach Winston Moss was fired on Tuesday hours after
a Tweet that was critical of Aaron Rodgers and the organization overall.

In his tweet
he asked that the Packers hire a head coach that will make #12 (Rodgers) and
the entire organization accountable to higher standards.

Moss’
dismissal came two days after head coach Mike McCarthy was fired following a
home loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

The 52-year-old
Moss was also an associate head coach and had been a member of the Packers’
staff since 2006 when he was hired as a linebacker coach.

Moss had previously
coached with the Seahawks and Saints following an 11-year playing career with
the Buccaneers, Raiders and Seahawks.

The Packers
are 4-7-1 and limping to the finish of the 2018 season and will miss the
playoffs for the second consecutive season for the first time since Rodgers’
tenure as the Packers’ starting quarterback began in 2008.

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Kate Has Upped Her Style Game

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 07:40

Kate Middleton was spotted—alongside the Queen—looking very festive in a glittering custom dress at the annual holiday reception at Buckingham Palace. Along with the modest white gown, Kate donned a diamond bracelet and the gorgeous Lover’s Knot tiara, which belonged to Princess Diana.

If the reports of Prince William’s wife trying to out-style her new royal sister-in-law—Megan Markle—are true, she is definitely headed in the right direction.

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Cardi B & Offset Are Done

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 07:32

Cardi B and Offset are calling it quits. Cardi took to Instagram to announce the two are no longer together, saying she has “been trying to work things out with my baby father for a hot minute now” and adding “I guess we grew out of love.”

The parents of 4-month-old Kulture were secretly married in September 2017 and didn’t confirm the marriage until June 2018.

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Another Loss for Miley

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 07:31

Still dealing with the loss of her home, Miley Cyrus is now dealing with a major theft that occurred at her storage unit.

Law enforcement officials told TMZ that someone got into the singer’s unit in San Fernando Valley and made off with some guitars—about $10k worth.

The heist went off so under the radar that initially the 26-year-old thought a family member had borrowed them. Only to later realize they were in fact missing.

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Sub Par Bedroom Performance

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 07:28

Ray J and Princess Love (yes that’s her name) appeared on the BET show “Raq Rants” to show off their now 7-month-old daughter, Melody. The couple shared with the show’s host Raquel Harper that they would like to get working on baby #2, but one of them is having issues…performing.

Princess shared that Ray is having some issues getting “up to bat in the bedroom” lately; Ray denied the claim.

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