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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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Why Bode Miller Is Demanding Change for Olympic Athletes Ahead of 2021 Summer Games


Behind every Olympic win is an unforgettable journey filled with highs and lows.

With six medals under his belt, Team USA’s Bode Miller may look like the ultimate success story on paper. But according to the alpine ski racer, being an Olympic medalist isn’t all celebratory.

Bode, along with several other world-famous competitors including Michael Phelps, Lolo Jones, Shaun White, Gracie Gold and Apolo Ohno, agreed to participate in The Weight of Gold, HBO Sports’ new documentary that explores the mental health challenges that some Olympic athletes face.

According to Bode, it was important to speak up in hopes of bringing change to future athletes of all sports.

“We’re trying to destigmatize and really bring the conversation to a productive place,” Bode exclusively explained to E! News. “Starting with people who maybe the general public wouldn’t expect to deal with these things I think was a logical way to do it.”



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Chad Mizelle, Stephen Miller ally, tapped as top Homeland Security attorney



Mizelle, who was the acting chief of staff at the department, previously served at the Justice Department as counsel to the deputy attorney general and he completed a stint at the White House. He was appointed as acting general counsel by President Donald Trump, according to the department.

“I am confident that Chad will lead the Office of General Counsel with great honor and will continue to provide sound advice and counsel to Departmental leadership,” the announcement from acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf says.

Mizelle has less than 10 years’ experience as an attorney and will now run the DHS Office of the General Counsel, which oversees 2,500 attorneys and is ultimately responsible for all of the department’s legal determinations.

Mizelle, a 2013 graduate of Cornell Law School, was an associate with a law firm where he represented New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in challenging his “Deflategate” suspension, according to a resume obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by American Oversight, a non-partisan ethics watchdog that investigates what it says is misconduct in the Trump administration.

Mizelle also served as a law clerk at the DC circuit court and was an attorney volunteer for the Trump campaign in 2016, according to his resume.

“Mr. Mizelle’s resume reflects a smart, capable attorney, but never in my wildest dreams would I have looked at it and seen the future general counsel of DHS in 2020,” said American Oversight Executive Director Austin Evers, who pointed out that the department has a sprawling mission, from port security to immigration.

Evers said the qualities the Trump administration values the most are loyalty and an ability to push through its political agenda. “By putting a lawyer with little overall experience and no direct experience, it is reasonable to conclude that his qualifications are just those things — loyalty to the President and the ability to carry out Stephen Miller’s agenda.”

Homeland Security spokeswoman Heather Swift pushed back on the criticism, saying it “sounds like political opponents or activists grasping for straws trying to criticize the administration as we add up continued policy successes.”

“Chad is obviously experienced and anyone who has ever worked with him immediately recognizes his ability, patriotism, and focus on protecting the American people,” she added.

Mizelle will be replacing a career official, who filled the void left after the previous Senate-confirmed general counsel, John Mitnick, was fired in September — months after Miller wanted him out.

It is unclear if Mizelle will be nominated for the role, but the President has said he likes to have officials in acting capacities.

At the time Mitnick was ousted, there was a plan for Mizelle to fill the role, but the department needed someone to take over as chief of staff, a source said. Mizelle is viewed as “working Miller’s agenda” at the department, the source added.

Miller, the architect at the core of the administration’s immigration policies, had a hand in the purge within DHS last year, including the ousting of former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and a push to fire Mitnick, CNN previously reported.

A former administration official said that Mizelle was first installed at DHS in early 2019 at Miller’s direction. Another former official said that in one instance last year, Miller directed DHS staff to work with Mizelle on policy implementation when he was in the counsel’s office.

“The revolving door at the top legal position at DHS should be of serious concern to members of Congress. After firing the Senate-confirmed General Counsel last fall, the President seems determined to bend the legal advice of this department to fit political objectives,” CNN legal analyst and senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security Carrie Cordero said.

Wolf also announced Tuesday that John Gountanis, a former Immigration and Customs Enforcement attorney, will assume the duties of acting chief of staff.

Additionally, Tyler Q. Houlton, the former DHS press secretary, and Scott Erickson will serve as the department’s deputy chiefs of staff. Houlton, the former press secretary under Nielsen, returned to the department when Wolf took over in the top spot.
This was the first major staff change at headquarters since Wolf assumed the acting role in November.

CNN’s Priscilla Alvarez contributed to this report.



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Mac Miller ‘Circles’ Album Review: Late Rapper Is ‘Self-Aware’


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Mac Miller’s album ‘Circles.’

Mac Miller had one final gift for his fans when he left Earth in 2018: a companion album to his Grammy-nominated Swimming.

Circles (out now) is a heartbreaking and expertly produced portrait of the late rapper, pieced together and fine-tuned by producer Jon Brion as the artist’s first — and possibly only — posthumous release. A surprise start to the decade, his family announced the existence of the project only nine days before it hit streaming services.

The album starts off with the serene title track, featuring just an acoustic guitar over a simple yet heavenly rhythm. “I cannot be changed, no / Trust me, I’ve tried,” Miller croons. The lead single, “Good News,” is sonically similar, centered around sleepy guitar plucks and the rapper’s one-of-a-kind mumble as he laments about the pressure to put on a happy face in the public eye. “Haven’t seen the sun in a while / But I heard that the sky’s still blue,” he sings.

At times, the subject matter on the 12-track record is eerie given the tragic fate of its tortured creator, who died at age 26 from an accidental overdose. On “Good News,” he asks himself, “Why can’t it just be easy? / Why does everybody need me to stay?” And later on, he comes to a bittersweet realization: “There’s a whole lot more for me waitin’ on the other side.”

Miller is self-aware and reflective throughout Circles. On the funky standout “Complicated,” he admits to having a “cluttered” mind, at one point singing, “Some people say they want to live forever / That’s way too long, I’ll just get through today / Without any complications.”

Still, a quiet optimism creeps among many of the songs. Miller digs deep to find glimmers of confidence on “Blue World,” which is punctuated by electronic soundbites almost reminiscent of video game chiptunes. “S–t, I always shine / Even when the light dim / No, I ain’t God / But I’m feeling just like Him,” he boasts. The album’s beautifully written closer, “Once a Day,” meanwhile, serves as an important reminder to not rush through life. “Every now and again, why can’t we just be fine?” Miller wonders aloud.

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“Everybody” and “Surf” are the biggest departures from the musician’s previous work, particularly his early mixtapes. The former opens with a melancholy Miller humming over a soft piano melody (“Everybody’s gotta live / And everybody’s gonna die / Everybody just wanna have a good, good time / I think you know the reason why”), while the latter includes elements of a synthesized electric guitar over an otherwise bare-bones foundation. “Woods,” though, is where Miller especially shines, thanks in part to Brion’s puzzle-completing production. It practically begs for a second, a third and even a fourth listen. Surely Mac is proud.

3.5 stars (out of 4)

If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).



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Sienna Miller Discusses Her First Leading Role in Years


Sienna Miller Opens Up About Her First Leading Role in Nearly 15 Years
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Sienna Miller is ready for her close-up! In her new movie, American Woman, she plays Debra, a Pennsylvania mom who spirals when her daughter goes missing. The last time the actress, 37, had a lead role was nearly 15 years ago, when she played Edie Sedgwick in 2006’s Factory Girl. Now with a daughter of her own (Marlowe, 7, with ex Tom Sturridge), the star can understand her character’s pain. In the new issue of Us Weekly, Miller exclusively revealed more about her game-changing part and her life as a mom.

I fell in love with her; she matures and changes,” Miller told Us after the screening of American Woman at NeueHouse Hollywood on November 5. “It’s rare to find those kinds of roles, and [she] had everything. I found [her] funny, triumphant and courageous — all the things I’m drawn to in a woman. She’s flawed and real.”

The American Sniper star welcomed her daughter in July 2012 and she and Sturridge, 33, continue to successfully coparent since splitting in July 2015. Miller admitted that being a mother is what led her to empathize with her character.

Sienna Miller Opens Up About Her First Leading Role in Nearly 15 Years
Sienna Miller as Debra in ‘American Woman.’ Romulus/Sony/Kobal/Shutterstock

“You read stories about children going missing — it’s every parent’s nightmare,” she explained. “It’s sickening, and once you have a child, that feeling inevitably becomes more prevalent … I’m so filled with empathy and sadness for people who’ve had [Deb’s] experience. A lot of the emotion really came from that place.”

American Woman is currently playing in theaters.

For more on Miller’s new role, pick up the new issue of Us Weekly, on newsstands now!

With reporting by Carly Sloane



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