Former far-right Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was duped by a deep-fake video of President Joe Biden appearing to fall asleep.
During a Facebook live session, Netanyahu mocked it by doing his own imitation of him falling asleep. It's a rare move by someone who just months ago was the prime minister and is trying to regain power, Axios noted. They explained that a Likud Party member posted an edited video of Biden meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett making it seem like Biden fell asleep.
The false story went viral in Israel, the report said, particularly among supporters of the former prime minister. Twitter designated the tweet "manipulated content." Still, Netanyahu continued to promote the lie, appearing Sunday saying, "I heard Biden was very attentive to what Bennett had to say… He dropped his head in agreement."
After Netanyahu was called out for the lie, he blamed the media for showing "a manipulative picture" and swore he never said anything about Biden. It's unclear if he was saying that his Facebook Live video was manipulated or if the Biden video was.
"Former Prime Minister Netanyahu knows and cherishes president Biden as a friend of Israel for 40 years. His criticism was directed only at Naftali Bennett who spoke at length about nothing during his visit to the White House,'' the Likud Party said in a statement, according to Axios.
Police announced at a Sunday briefing that the body they discovered in Grand Teton National Park matches the description of Gabby Petito.
The police officials said that they have contacted her family but that they have not fully confirmed that the remains are Petito.
A manhunt is underway in Florida for her boyfriend who was identified as a person of interest in her disappearance and possible death. He claimed to be going hiking and hasn't been seen since. Police are now searching for him in the area where he was last seen.
Legal analyst Joey Jackson told CNN reporters that he will now move from a "person of interest" to a suspect in the case.
The FBI and local police are still asking for anyone in the area who saw the couple, saw her van or anyone who may have videos or photos of the couple.
@NatlParkService @GrandTetonNPS The live update has concluded and we will share a recording soon. Our statement is… https://t.co/LGG4F33ov9— FBI Denver (@FBI Denver) 1632090827.0
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Former Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke is planning a bid to unseat Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in 2022, according to a report.
The news comes on the heels of new polling that shows increasing support among likely voters for an O'Rourke run — with numbers from a Dallas Morning News survey showing that Abbott's hard-right turn in recent months has turned off voters in the state. O'Rourke has narrowed the polling gap to 37%-42%, up from 33%-45% in the same poll earlier this summer.
Political operatives in Texas told Axios that the onetime challenger to Sen. Ted Cruz plans to announce his gubernatorial run later this year. The outlet also reported that O'Rourke has been calling around to high-profile Democrats both locally and nationally for advice — leaving many with the impression that he's made up his mind to challenge Abbott.
But O'Rourke denied the news in a statement to Axios through a spokesperson.
"No decision has been made," David Wysong, the three-term Congressman's former chief of staff and a longtime adviser, told the outlet. "He has been making and receiving calls with people from all over the state."
Democrats in Texas see Abbott as vulnerable after a barnburner of a legislative year in which Republicans have passed hundreds of laws that will fundamentally change Texans' lives in ways both big and small. The most high-profile of these is a controversial ban on abortions after six weeks, before the vast majority of women know they're pregnant. Abbott also signed into law a series of restrictive voting rights measures that critics say will disproportionately disenfranchise poor and minority populations, as well as a vaguely worded bill that bars teachers from creating lessons on concepts related to systemic racism or sexism.
Abbott's virulent pushback against COVID-19 safety measures has also emboldened Democrats, according to Gilberto Hinojosa, the state chair of the Democratic Party.
"We hope that he's going to run," Hinojosab told Axios. "We think he'll be our strongest candidate. We think he can beat Abbott, because he's vulnerable."
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