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WH Official Stephen Miller Broke The Law By Launching Into Anti-Biden Rant On Fox & Friends


White House official Stephen Miller appears to have broken the law during a Friday appearance on Donald Trump’s favorite morning program, Fox & Friends.

According to a new complaint filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), Miller violated the Hatch Act by using his official government position for partisan purposes.

The complaint notes that Miller, from the grounds of the White House, “impermissibly mixed official government business with political views about former Vice President Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president.”

Just in case Miller’s violation of the Hatch Act wasn’t clear enough, the Trump campaign’s official Twitter account even posted a clip of the interview.

A portion of Miller’s comments:

Well as you know Joe Biden is stuck in a basement somewhere and he just emerges every now and again and somebody hands him a notecard and he says whatever his 23 year old staffer tells him to say and then, he dutifully disappears to be seen a week later. As for former President Obama the reality is that for eight years he delivered nothing but failure and betrayal to the people of this country.

As CREW notes in its filing, “This Hatch Act prohibits any executive branch employee from ‘us[ing] his official authority or influence for the purpose of interfering with or affecting the result of an election.’”

Business as usual for this lawless administration

The news that a White House official broke the law on live television might have meant something in previous presidencies, but it’s business as usual for the most lawless administration in history.

In 2019, the Office of Special Counsel found that Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway repeatedly violated the Hatch Act and recommended that she be removed from federal service.

Trump quickly stood by Conway, saying that he wouldn’t fire her for exercising her “free speech.”

In November, the American people will have the opportunity to remove Donald Trump and his band of criminals once and for all.

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Ali Velshi Tears Bill Barr Apart For Playing Dumb While Protecting Trump’s Criminal Friends


MSNBC’s Ali Velshi tore Attorney General William Barr to shreds on Tuesday for playing dumb during his House testimony, particular on questions surrounding Donald Trump’s criminal friends.

Barr repeatedly denied having any knowledge about cases involving Trump’s corrupt allies, from Michael Flynn to Roger Stone to Michael Cohen.

“With respect to the Stone case, the attorney general said he stepped in and recommended a more lenient sentence entirely of his own accord, denying that he had any knowledge about the president’s thoughts about the matter, even though the president made his feelings clear in a tweet hours earlier,” Velshi pointed out.

“[Barr] needs to get some more feeds on his phone or something,” he added.

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No legitimate reason to investigate [Michael Flynn], even though FBI intercepts clearly showed that Flynn lied to FBI agents when he said he did not discuss sanctions with the Russian ambassador after Russia interfered in the election to help Donald Trump win the election. The attorney general has made no bones about the fact that he explicitly intervened in the case of Flynn as well as that of Trump’s longtime friend and one-time campaign adviser Roger Stone. Now, with respect to the Stone case, the attorney general said he stepped in and recommended a more lenient sentence entirely of his own accord, denying that he had any knowledge about the president’s thoughts about the matter, even though the president made his feelings clear in a tweet hours earlier. Everybody knew what president Trump was thinking about Roger Stone’s conviction. On the other issue of the president’s longtime lawyer Michael Cohen being sent back to federal prison in what a federal judge later called an overt act of retaliation, Mr. Barr denied any knowledge. He told Democrats on the committee, ‘I didn’t even know of the decision to send him back.’ This guy needs to get some more feeds on his phone or something.

Barr’s DOJ is just an extension of Trump’s reelection campaign

With William Barr as his attorney general, Donald Trump has certainly gotten his money’s worth.

Not only has Barr let this president abuse his power and trample over the rule of law, but he has repeatedly meddled in cases that involve Trump.

And, as PoliticusUSA’s Jason Easley pointed out on Tuesday, Barr has most recently been actively helping Trump play up the myth that American cities are under siege, all to create mass fear ahead of the November election.

William Barr has never been the American people’s lawyer. He’s always been Donald Trump’s personal defender, and now he’s essentially a member of the president’s reelection campaign.

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Friends and families share deadly consequences of hoaxes and misinformation


“I think I made a mistake. I thought this was a hoax, but it’s not,” a 30-year-old patient who died this week in a Texas hospital told his nurse, ABC News reported. While the hospital could not disclose the individual’s name due to HIPAA laws, Dr. Jane Appleby, chief medical officer for Methodist Hospital and Methodist Children’s Hospital, confirmed the unidentified patient’s death and told ABC News that the man told nurses he had previously attended a “COVID party.”  

Earlier this month, Daily Kos reported on students allegedly hosting parties in which one individual was confirmed to be positive for COVID-19. While many states have been unable to confirm the reality of these parties, warnings have been issued on the deadly consequences of hosting such affairs. Appleby said that in this case the people allegedly got together to see if the virus was real. She added that she shared the story not to induce fear among individuals, but to emphasize that the virus can affect anyone. According to Appleby, her hospital has been seeing an increase in cases for those in their 20s and 30s.

In Ohio, a 37-year-old veteran died from COVID-19 complications on Independence Day weekend. According to his family members, the man tested positive for COVID-19 on July 1 and died three days later despite having no known preexisting health conditions. The man, identified as Richard Rose, served in the U.S. Army for nine years. He was described by those who knew him to local news as caring and active in helping the homeless.

“We were blown away, you know? You hear about this virus and you don’t expect it to affect people, younger people like ourselves,” Nick Conley, Rose’s friend, told Cleveland 19 News. Conley added that he was not only hurt to have lost his friend to the virus but by something Rose had shared on social media in April. In a post that has now been shared more than 10,000 times, Rose said that he would not be buying a mask adding that: “I’ve made it this far by not buying into that damn hype,” Cleveland 19 News reported. “It’s horrible that we lost Rick but the even more tragic part of that is who else became infected because of the actions that he chose,” Conley said.

While Conley believes that people should not be attacking Rose due to his beliefs he said he hopes Rose’s death serves as a warning of the reality of the virus. “I know a lot of people that haven’t met someone that they know of that has been diagnosed with the virus and I wanted people to see it was real and my hope is that people will see that this does happen and people will be more cautious,” he said.

Rose isn’t the only one to have posted on social media dismissing the severity of the virus prior to being infected. A 60-year-old Ohio man identified as John W. McDaniel died in April after doing the same.

“Does anybody have the guts to say this COVID-19 is a political ploy? Asking for a friend. Prove me wrong,” he wrote on Facebook on March 13. McDaniel was the first to die as a result of the novel coronavirus in his county, according to his obit. He had previously called stay-at-home orders “bullshit” adding that Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine had no “authority” to close the state and limit business operations, The New York Post reported. “He doesn’t have that authority. If you are paranoid about getting sick just don’t go out. It shouldn’t keep those of us from living our lives,” McDaniel wrote. “The madness has to stop.”

According to The New York Post, while McDaniel’s Facebook comments have since been deleted, screenshots are still circulating online. NPR noted that public backlash on both Facebook and Twitter caused the family to cancel plans to share his funeral service online. Family members told NPR that in addition to mourning his loss, they are mourning the fact that he was unable to change his stance against the pandemic.”We know if John was still here with us he would acknowledge the national crisis we are in, abide by the stay-at-home order, and encourage family and friends to do the same,” Lisa McDaniel wrote in a Facebook post. “But sadly he is not with us and we will forever have to live and cope with how his life ended far too soon.” In another post, Lisa McDaniel shared the importance of stay-at-home orders to stop the spread referring to McDaniel’s death.

In states like Arizona, where there is no statewide mandate to wear a mask, individuals grieving the loss of family members are calling out officials on “terrible leadership.” In an obituary that has gone viral on social media, Kristin Urquiza, who is grieving her late father, Mark Urquiza, slammed politicians for her father’s death as a result of COVID-19. As my colleague, Marissa Higgins said: “Though the obituary includes heartwarming memories of her dad, perhaps the most breathtaking sentence is as follows: ‘His death is due to the carelessness of the politicians who continued to jeopardize the health of brown bodies through a clear lack of leadership, refusal to acknowledge the severity of this crisis and the inability and unwillingness to give clear and decisive direction on how to minimize risk.’”

As the Trump administration continues to dismiss the severity of the coronavirus pandemic, health officials nationwide are urging individuals to social distance and abide by safety measures in place. For states in which strict safety measures and stay-at-home orders are not in place, health officials still continue to warn residents to minimize gathering and to make use of face coverings. State officials and leaders need to step up and enforce safety measures to both to stop further spread of the virus and ensure the safety of their residents.





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Robert Durst found his friend’s body and ran, attorney says, but he didn’t pull the trigger


The concession came during defense attorney Dick DeGuerin’s opening statement in Durst’s murder trial, which got underway last week.

Co-counsel Chip Lewis confirmed to CNN that his client, Durst, will take the witness stand during the trial.

Durst, 76, was arrested and charged in March 2015 with killing Berman. He is accused of shooting her in the head at her Beverly Hills home two days before Christmas in 2000.

Only a few months ago, he admitted writing a note that led police to find her body, but he has repeatedly denied killing her and has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.

The day she died, Berman was scheduled to talk to police about Durst’s first wife, Kathleen McCormack Durst, who disappeared in 1982. Prosecutors allege Durst killed Berman to keep her from incriminating him.

Berman had been Durst’s confidant since their days at UCLA, prosecutor John Lewin said last week. The daughter of a notorious mobster, Berman would “go to almost any length to protect” Durst, he told the jury.

Lewin also laid out his case for how he believed Kathie Durst disappeared while she was apparently en route to medical school in New York. She was declared legally dead in 2017.

Kathie Durst’s body was never found, and Robert Durst has not been charged in her death. Still, Lewin spent a lot of time last week talking about their troubled marriage, at times drawing objections from the defense.

Real estate tycoon Robert Durst admits writing note giving location of body, lawyer says

In the late 1980s, Berman had fallen on hard times financially, and Durst gave Berman large amounts of money in exchange for guarding his secret, Lewin said. Berman was killed hours before she was due to speak with police about the disappearance of Durst’s first wife, he said.

“Susan knew her killer and … she freely and voluntarily let the killer into her house,” Lewin said.

The now-frail Durst is confined to a cell in a prison medical unit, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The trial could last several months. The case centers largely on circumstantial evidence, including Durst’s infamous muttering on the 2015 HBO documentary “The Jinx” that he had “killed them all.” There are also potentially incriminating statements he made during a three-hour interview with Lewin after his arrest in New Orleans.

There are no eyewitnesses and no murder weapon.

A key piece of evidence is the so-called “cadaver” note, a cryptic letter sent to police with Berman’s address and the word “cadaver” in caps that led detectives to her body.

In “The Jinx,” Durst said the letter could have been sent only by Berman’s killer.

Defense lawyers previously denied Durst wrote it but later reversed course and acknowledged that Durst penned the anonymous note.

“This does not change the fact that Bob Durst did not kill Susan Berman,” DeGuerin said at the time.

Immediately after the last shot of “The Jinx” finale, Durst went into the bathroom, apparently not realizing his microphone was still on. After a rambling series of seemingly unrelated sentences, he muttered, “What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course.”

The defense has said it will show Durst’s statements were heavily edited and not uttered in the order in which they appear in the documentary.

CNN’s Paul Vercammen reported from Los Angeles and Ray Sanchez reported and wrote from New York. CNN’s Eliott C. McLaughlin contributed to this report.



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How Much the ‘Friends’ Cast Is Getting Paid for the Reunion Special


Bringing home the bacon. The cast of Friends will be netting quite a hefty sum for their appearance on HBO Max’s upcoming reunion special.

Jennifer AnistonCourteney CoxLisa KudrowMatthew PerryDavid Schwimmer and Matt LeBlanc will reportedly be making at least $2.5 million each for the program, Variety reported on Friday, February 21. The cast was originally offered $1 million (the same amount they were making per episode for the final two seasons of Friends)  but all six actors turned it down, according to the Wall Street Journal

HBO Max announced the untitled unscripted special, which will be filmed on the original 24 soundstage on the Warner Bros. Studio lot, in a statement on Friday.

“Guess you could call this the one where they all got back together — we are reuniting with David, Jennifer, Courteney, Matt, Lisa, and Matthew for an HBO Max special that will be programmed alongside the entire Friends library,” Kevin Reilly, chief content officer, HBO Max and president, TBS, TNT, and truTV, said. “I became aware of Friends when it was in the very early stages of development and then had the opportunity to work on the series many years later and have delighted in seeing it catch on with viewers generation after generation.”

Fix of the six cast members took to Instagram to share the exciting news with their followers and fans. “It’s happening,” the actors wrote alongside a photo of themselves in retro ensembles from a throwback photo shoot.

The cast’s celebrity friends also chimed in on the announcement, singing their praises in the actors’ Instagram comments.

“I feel like the whole world just had a collective orgasm,” Kate Hudson commented on Aniston’s post on Friday. “EXCUSE ME?! 😭😭😭😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍,”  Sarah Hyland wrote via Instagram.

The reunion special, which will be executive produced by Friends creators Kevin BrightMarta Kauffman and David Crane, will be the first time all six actors have appeared on screen together since the May 2004 finale.

The majority of the Friends cast reunited in 2016 for an NBC special that honored TV director James Burrows, but Perry, 50, had a previous commitment and could not make it.

The special and all 236 episodes of the series will be available to subscribers at the launch of HBO Max in May.

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‘Friends’ Reunion Special With Original Cast Set for May: Details


Could we BE more excited? It’s been nearly 16 years since Friends came to an end on NBC, but in May, the main cast will be reuniting for an untitled unscripted special on HBO Max, the streaming service announced on Friday, February 21.

Jennifer AnistonCourteney CoxLisa KudrowMatthew PerryDavid Schwimmer and Matt LeBlanc will return to the original soundstage, Stage 24, on the Warner Bros. Studio lot for the special celebration.

“Guess you could call this the one where they all got back together — we are reuniting with David, Jennifer, Courteney, Matt, Lisa, and Matthew for an HBO Max special that will be programmed alongside the entire Friends library,” Kevin Reilly, chief content officer, HBO Max and president, TBS, TNT, and truTV, said in a statement on Friday. “I became aware of Friends when it was in the very early stages of development and then had the opportunity to work on the series many years later and have delighted in seeing it catch on with viewers generation after generation.”

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The cast of ‘Friends.’ Photo courtesy of TV Land

He continued: “It taps into an era when friends – and audiences – gathered together in real time and we think this reunion special will capture that spirit, uniting original and new fans.”

Ben Winston is set to direct the special. Friends creators Kevin Bright, Marta Kauffman and David Crane will serve as executive producers, as will the six main cast members.

The Friends cast, minus Perry, last reunited in 2016 for an NBC special that honored legendary TV director James Burrows. However, Perry had a prior engagement and could not make it. The last time all six actors appeared on screen together was in May 2004 following the finale.

In October, Aniston, 51, shared a new selfie with her sitting with her five castmates at a dinner. The photo caused such a commotion that it temporarily broke Instagram. She also added a tidbit about her character when Bachelor alum Kaitlyn Bristowe asked, “ARE YOU AND ROSS STILL TOGETHER!!???” The Morning Show star quickly replied, “Well we’re on a break.”

The special and all 236 episodes of the series will be available to subscribers at the launch of HBO Max.



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Jennifer Aniston Scares ‘Friends’ Fans at Central Perk


Rachel in the flesh! Jennifer Aniston gave some lucky Friends fans the shock of a lifetime when she surprised them on the Central Perk set.

The Morning Show star, 50, served as the guest host on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which aired the hilarious segment on Friday, January 24. Aniston told the studio audience that Ellen and Friends were both filmed at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California. The Horrible Bosses star decided to pay a visit to her old stomping grounds and shock fans who were receiving a tour of the Central Perk coffee house set.

As the fans settled on the couch to snap a photo, Aniston popped up and surprised them. One person couldn’t stop screaming after she saw the actress in person. Two other fans, meanwhile, couldn’t believe their eyes when Aniston came from behind the couch. “Is it real? Am I dreaming? Is it really, really you? Is there a mask on? Are you real?” they asked in unison.

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A few fans also revealed their favorite Friends character — but none of them mentioned Aniston’s character, Rachel Green. Later, Aniston invited the unsuspecting fans to attend the show. “Now that you guys are here, you get to watch your third favorite Friend,” she joked.

Aniston recently enjoyed another walk down memory lane with Friends on the 2020 SAG Awards red carpet on Sunday, January 21. The star, who won the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama later that night, played an Instagram game to see which Friends character she would land on.

“Come on, come on, Lisa [Kudrow]!” Aniston said in reference to the character Phoebe Buffay, who was portrayed by Kudrow.”Muah, I love you!” the We’re the Millers star said once she saw her result was Phoebe.

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Aniston has gotten accustomed to Instagram after joining the social media platform in October 2019. She received 1 million Instagram followers within her first day of joining, breaking the Guinness World Record for the fastest time to reach 1 million followers.

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Jennifer Aniston hosts “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” at the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, California. Michael Rozman/Warner Bros.

She told Us Weekly and other reporters on Sunday that she joined Instagram because of “peer pressure.”

“I’m not gonna say it was peer pressure, but it was peer pressure,” she explained. “If you can’t beat them, join them, right? It’s fun.”



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‘Friends’ Creator on Matthew Perry’s Struggles During Filming


Showing support. Matthew Perry has been very open and honest through the years about suffering with his sobriety during the ten seasons of Friends. Luckily, he had the support of the team behind the scenes.

“We were certainly aware of some of it and we certainly had some conversations about it,” cocreator Marta Kauffman told Us Weekly and other reporters at the Producer Guild Awards on Saturday, January 18. “[We were] protective and, hopefully, supportive.”

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Marta Kauffman at 31st Annual Producers Guild Awards at Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, CA on January 18, 2020. Matt Baron/Shutterstock

Perry, 50, went to rehab twice during his time on the NBC sitcom, which ran from 1994 to 2004. He first got treatment in 1997 and again in 2001.

Unlike many celebrities in treatment at the time, Perry never hid his addiction from the public.

“I’ve had a lot of ups and downs in my life and a lot of wonderful accolades, but the best thing about me is that if an alcoholic comes up to me and says, ‘Will you help me stop drinking?’ I will say, ‘Yes. I know how to do that,’” he told The Hollywood Reporter in 2015. “When I was in big trouble, it was so public because I was on a TV show that 30 million people were watching. The fact that I [am] on TV makes people listen a little bit more, so I take advantage of that from time to time.”

During an interview in 2016, he was asked what his least favorite episode of the show was. “I ​don’t remember three years of it so none of those,” he told BBC at the time. “I was a little out of it at the time — somewhere between seasons 3 and 6.”

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Matthew Perry arrives at a special screening of “The Kennedys – After Camelot” at The Paley Center for Media, in Beverly Hills, Ca on March 15, 2017. Invision/AP/Shutterstock

After his second stint in rehab, the actor opened the Perry House, a sober living home that was run out of his former Malibu home.

Despite his struggles, Perry has remained close to many of his former cast members. In November 2019, Courteney Cox, shared a selfie with her onscreen husband. “Guess who I had lunch with today,” Cox, 55, captioned the pic. “I KNOW!! Could I BE any happier? #realfriends.”

Jennifer Aniston, Lisa KudrowDavid SchwimmerMatt LeBlanc, Cox and Perry are all on board for a reunion special at HBO Max. However, nothing is set in stone yet.

“There is interest all around and yet we can’t get the interests all alighted to push the button on it,” HBO Max’s CCO Kevin Reilly said about the reunion special while at the Television Critics’ Association’s winter press tour on January 15. “Today it’s just maybe.”

With reporting by Carita Rizzo



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‘Friends’ Actress Who Played Emma Responds to Chandler’s 2020 Joke


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Biding her time for the perfect comeback! Noelle Sheldon, who portrayed Emma on Friends, made light of a joke Chandler delivered during a 2003 episode as she ushered in 2020.

“Just woke up from the best nap of all time, happy 2020!! (ft. my poorly done photoshop),” the actress, 17, captioned an Instagram photo of herself posing alongside a Central Perk backdrop on Wednesday, January 1. “Hope everyone has an excellent year full of family, friends, and laughter!!”

Her post references a quip Chandler (Matthew Perry) made in “The One With the Cake,” a season 10 episode that aired in October 2003. Emma’s parents, Ross (David Schwimmer) and Rachel (Jennifer Aniston), forced guests at her 1st birthday party to wait for their daughter to wake up from her nap before kicking off the festivities. In the meantime, Ross asked his loved ones to record video messages that Emma would watch on her 18th birthday.

“Hi, Emma,” Chandler said. “It’s the year 2020. Are you still enjoying your nap?”

Monica (Courteney Cox) and Chandler were particularly annoyed by the delay since they were trying to go out of town on a trip. “We’re Aunt Monica and Uncle Chandler, by the way,” Monica chimed in. “You may not recognize us because we haven’t spoken to your parents in 17 years!”

Chandler added: “We used to be married, but then we missed a weekend away together and things kind of unraveled. Because of you!”

Sheldon and her twin sister, Cali Sheldon, played Emma during seasons 9 and 10 of Friends.

The NBC sitcom starred Aniston, Cox, Perry, Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe Buffay) and Matt LeBlanc (Joey Tribbiani). The show ran from 1994 to 2004 and celebrated its 25th anniversary in September 2019.

The Morning Show star, 50, shared a selfie from the cast’s reunion dinner upon her Instagram debut in October 2019. “And now we’re Instagram FRIENDS too,” she wrote.

Series co-creator Marta Kauffman revealed exclusively to Us Weekly in September 2019 where the beloved characters would be today. “I think Ross and Rachel are still together, and Emma’s in therapy!” she noted.

As for the most surprising potential outcome, the producer, 63, predicted that Joey is “married and has six kids.”





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