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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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So You Think You Can TikTok? 5 Things to Learn From Allison Holker and Stephen “tWitch” Boss


Who doesn’t want to TikTok with the stars?!

If you’re like us, chances are you have come across Allison Holker and Stephen ‘tWitch” BossInstagram and TikTok feeds over quarantine. The odds are also high that you’ve been more than impressed with their workouts, smooth moves and candid family moments.

But before you assume every post is thought out and planned well in advance, you may just want to hear from the stars themselves.

“My husband and I are professional dancers and we’ve been together for 10 years. We don’t plan anything,” Allison shared with E! News exclusively when celebrating Banana Boat’s #ProtectTheFun initiative. “We know each other so well. We know each other’s patterns and movements. It’s what brought us together and connected us as a couple.”

The So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing With the Stars pro added, “We just vibe with each other as if—this is going to sound crazy—we’re in the club dancing together.”





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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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Why HBO’s ‘The Outsider’ will stray from Stephen King’s book


Fans of Stephen King’s novel “The Outsider” will immediately notice that liberties have been taken with the story when HBO’s limited series based on the 2018 book debuts Sunday night.

That’s because screenwriter Richard Price (“The Night Of”), ran out of plot.

“I followed the events of the book but the issue was 10 hours [of TV time],” Price tells The Post. “By the third hour, I was halfway through the book. I had seven hours to go.”

Before you freak out, Price — who is also the author of nine novels, including 2008’s “Lush Life” — reminds viewers that “a book is not a movie. There’s the introduction of characters and situations that did not exist in the book. I had to fill it with minor events. There’s so much in a book but there’s no thinking in a screenplay. You see and you hear. I had to visualize and physicalize a lot. If you take out all the narrative observations, a novel gets reduced greatly.”

“The Outsider” stars Ben Mendelsohn (“Bloodline”) as Ralph Anderson, a Chicago-based detective tasked with investigating the grisly murder of an 11-year-old boy. Anderson’s arrest of prime suspect Terry Maitland (Jason Bateman), a popular baseball coach at the local school with a great alibi, seems to wrap up the case neatly — too neatly, it turns out.

A horrifying turn of events results in Anderson being putting on administrative leave and a community feeling torn apart. Yet the sidelined detective can’t let the case go, and he is eventually paired with unorthodox private investigator Holly Gibney (Cynthia Erivo), who carries religious statuettes with her and has knowledge of a similar crime that took place in Pennsylvania.

The casting of Gibney represents another departure from the King novel. In the book, the character is white (and is played by Caucasian actress Justine Lupe on the series “Mr. Mercedes”). In “The Outsider,” the character is African American.

“HBO wanted Cynthia,” Price explains.

During the investigation, Gibney meets with another investigator, Andy Katcavage (Derek Cecil, “House of Cards”). “I had the characters comparing notes about growing up in a coal town in a Lithuanian community,” Price says. “Cynthia has a couple of Lithuanian phrases about how a West Indian girl might wind up in a coal patch in Pennsylvania.”

Ben Mendelsohn and Yul Vazquez in "The Outsider."
Ben Mendelsohn and Yul Vazquez in “The Outsider.”Bob Mahoney/HBO

“The Outsider” weaves supernatural elements into the story and presented a challenge for Price to go beyond the familiar urban crime beat seen in works like “Clockers.” Not surprisingly, he embraced it. “I’ve always wanted to write a scary story since I was a kid,” he says. “I was very happy with this project because it had both elements. There was a chance to do my spooky thing.”

Although Price wrote all 10 hours of “The Outsider,” he had not seen any of the episodes before flying from New York to LA for Wednesday’s red-carpet premiere. He says HBO kept him on a tight leash. “I had to write so many episodes so fast and I didn’t want to get sidetracked,” he says. “I didn’t want anything to take away from what I had to do on the page. Each episode was an 11-day shoot. It was like being chased by a plane.”

Fans of “The Night Of” may notice a lack of sarcasm among the dour characters of “The Outsider.” Price counters that’s because “Harvey Keitel isn’t in it.” (He wasn’t in “The Night Of” either, but you get the idea.) His next project includes two novels that he has signed to write. One is a followup to “The Whites,” a 2015 mystery he wrote under the pen name Harry Brandt. The other is based in Harlem, where he lives with his wife, novelist Lorraine Adams.

“I was going to do a panoramic thing like ‘Lush Life,’ but I don’t want to do panorama anymore,” he says. “I’m too lazy.”



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Stephen Sondheim ‘incapacitated’ after fall


Legendary “West Side Story” songwriter Stephen Sondheim suffered a fall that left him unable to attend the opening of his namesake theater in London.

Sondheim, 89, won’t be well enough to attend the opening of the newly refurbished Sondheim Theatre in the West End, which was recently renamed after him, producer Cameron Mackintosh announced Tuesday.

The opening event on Jan. 14 was postponed indefinitely. Mackintosh said the composer fell several days ago at his Connecticut home, tearing a ligament.

“Though temporarily incapacitated,” Mackintosh told Broadway World, “Steve is very much still here in feisty frustrated spirit.”

If Sondheim’s own statement is any indication, the fall did nothing to diminish his wit.

Stephen Sondheim.
Stephen Sondheim.Redferns

“As I recover from my tumble, I’m impatient to throw away my cane, grab my hat and head across the Pond as soon as I can to see on which cherub Cameron has tattooed my initials,” he wrote. “I am, to put it mildly, chuffed to have my name on a theatre in the West End I have loved visiting ever since my first trip to London almost seventy years ago.”

This is a banner year for Sondheim, though not without its hitches. “West Side Story,” for which he wrote the lyrics to Leonard Bernstein’s music at the ripe age of 26, is being revived both on Broadway and in film.

But Ivo van Hove’s stage revival recently moved back its opening from Feb. 6 to Feb. 20, while Isaac Powell, playing Tony, recovers from a knee injury he suffered onstage. The Steven Spielberg-directed movie remake is due out this December.

Most recently, three film awards contenders featured his music: “Knives Out,” “Joker” and “Marriage Story.” The latter included a poignant scene in which Adam Driver sings Sondheim’s “Being Alive,” from the 1970 show “Company.”



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Stephen Dorff’s ‘Deputy’ is a welcome, if not subtle, jolt


“Deputy” doesn’t waste time staking its claim in the turf of tough-guy cop dramas — an admirable attribute for a midseason series that needs to make an important first impression in a too-cluttered TV landscape.

The Fox series, premiering Jan. 2, stars Stephen Dorff as a Bill Hollister, a dedicated, gruff-voiced, toothpick-chompin’ LAPD deputy sheriff and fifth-generation LA lawman whose approach to crimefighting mirrors his Wild West ancestors (down to the white Stetson hat he wears on the job). He sometimes flouts the rules — but only in the name of justice — and has trouble with authority: in this case, his bosses, who resent what they consider his reckless style (he chases the bad guys through the streets of LA, tires squealing, like he’s riding a bucking bronco and leads his department in job-related lawsuits).

So imagine Hollister’s shock, right after one of those chaotic car chases, when he’s told that the LAPD sheriff has died suddenly — and that he’s now the acting sheriff until a new sheriff can be elected. It’s all down to some arcane county rule stretching back nearly 170 years, but it’s not news he welcomes warmly, though he quickly starts barking (non-conformist) orders and takes matters into his own hands. “This department has lost its way,” Hollister informs his new recruits — and he’s going to help right the ship, rules be damned.

Bex Taylor-Klaus, Brian Van Holt and Stephen Dorff in "Deputy."
Bex Taylor-Klaus, Brian Van Holt and Stephen Dorff in “Deputy.”Fox

Bill’s new job that gives the “Deputy” writers and creator/executive-producer David Ayer (“Training Day”) a chance to interweave the show’s supporting players and their subplots: Hollister’s wife, Dr. Paula Reyes (Yara Martinez), an ER doctor who Bill blames, in part, for his partner Rick’s death (he died in her ER); Bill’s new driver/bodyguard, Brianna Bishop (Bex Taylor-Klaus), whose youthful demeanor belies a steely toughness; Det. Cade Ward (Brian Van Holt), a former Marine sniper and Bill’s bestie/confidante; and newbie Deputy Joseph Harris (Shane Paul McGhie), Rick’s son (and Bill’s godson) who’s hellbent on following in his dead father’s footsteps despite a heaping of self-doubt.

There’s nothing in “Deputy” that you haven’t seen before, but the show works in that reassuring, cookie-cutter sort of way. It’s a bit preachy at times (depending on which side of the political fence you’re on), and the contrivance of Hollister’s wife treating him — and the perps that he’s dispatched to her ER — is a little too convenient. But those are minor quibbles. Dorff, who co-starred in Season 3 of HBO’s “True Detective” opposite Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali, is solid as the no-nonsense Hollister, whose belief system and integrity never wavers. There’s even room for some topical pop-culture references, including “The Brady Bunch,” “Game of Thrones” and the Kardashians (always an easy target, but still). Veteran actor Mark Moses (“Berlin Station,” “The Last Ship,” “Mad Men”) lends some heft to the role of Hollister’s frowning frenemy, Undersheriff Jerry London.

All in all, “Deputy” isn’t very subtle — but it provides a jolt of energy that should satisfy fans of the genre.



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Jason Bateman in Stephen King series



How many TV shows can this guy star in?

Taking a break from Emmy-winning run in Netflix’s “Ozark,” Jason Bateman is set to star in HBO’s “The Outsider.”

The official trailer for the adaptation of Stephen King’s best-selling novel dropped Friday and it features Bateman, 50, opposite Tony-winning “Harriet” star Cynthia Erivo, 32, and Ben Mendelsohn, 50.

King, 72, co-scripted the series with Richard Price, 70, who most recently worked on HBO’s “The Deuce.”

The 10-episode series revolves around police detective Ralph Anderson (Mendelsohn) hunt for the person — or thing — responsible for the mutilated body of 11-year-old Frankie Peterson found in a Georgia woods.

An against-type Bateman is featured as the prime suspect named Terry Maitland.

However, the mysterious circumstances surrounding this death lead Ralph, still grieving the recent death of his own son, to recruit unorthodox private investigator Holly Gibney (Erivo), hoping that her otherworldly abilities might help explain the unexplainable.

“The Outsider” premieres Jan. 12 on HBO. But don’t worry, “Ozark” fans — that series is also set to return to Netflix sometime in 2020.



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