In the past two days, the National Review has run pieces declaring Barack Obama both Barack W. Bush and Barack McGovern Clinton. Add that to McCain's propensity to compare Obama to William Jennings Bryan and Jimmy Carter, and I can't help but think that the GOP has ceased all attempts to find a coherent line of attack against Obama and are pretty much just going to tag him as a guy whose name you can put in front of other names. It's an odd, risky gambit, but one I think could pay off once Barack Danza Degeneres wilts under the constant storm of tangentially related surnames.
Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein denied a raft of charges when he appeared in a Los Angeles court on Monday.
The former movie power player pleaded not guilty to counts involving alleged abuse of five women.
Weinstein, the producer of smash hits including "Pulp Fiction" and "Shakespeare in Love", is already serving a lengthy jail term in New York for rape.
The Los Angeles charges include sexual battery by restraint, forcible rape and forcible oral copulation against women in Beverly Hills between 2004 and 2010.
The 69-year-old faces an additional 140 years behind bars if convicted on all counts.
Widespread sexual abuse and harassment allegations against Weinstein exploded in 2017, triggering the global #MeToo movement.
In total, nearly 90 women including Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Salma Hayek have accused Weinstein of harassment or assault.
Weinstein has said all his sexual encounters were consensual
Weinstein, who is in custody, is due back in court on October 25.
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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Monday fielded questions about Covid vaccinations at the U.S. border from Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy.
During a White House press briefing, Doocy demanded to know whether migrants who were crossing into the country illegally were being asked "for proof of Covid vaccination or negative Covid test."
"That's the policy for people who fly into the country," Doocy interrupted as Psaki tried to answer. "So why if somebody walks into the country right across the river, does somebody ask them to see their vaccination card?"
"Let me explain to you again, Peter, how our process works," Psaki replied. "As individuals come across the border and they are both assessed for whether they have any symptoms. If they have symptoms, the intention is for them to be quarantined. That is our process."
"But they're here," Doocy pleaded. "What's the difference?"
"It's not the same thing," Psaki explained. "These are individuals -- as we've noted and has been discussed -- we are expelling individuals based on Title 42 because of Covid, because we want to prevent a scenario where large numbers of people are gathering, posing a threat to the community and also to the migrants themselves."
"So those are the policies that we've put in place," she added, "because the CDC continues to recommend Title 42 be in place, given we're facing a global pandemic."
Watch the video below from Fox News.
Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the St. Louis couple who infamously waved guns at Black Lives Matter protesters in their gated subdivision last June, could soon have their law licenses suspended as a result of the incident.
The McCloskeys pleaded guilty to misdemeanors but were later pardoned by GOP Gov. Michael Parson, and an unrepentant Mark McCloskey is now running for U.S. Senate as a Republican.
However, in a petition asking the state Supreme Court to suspend the couple's law licenses, Missouri's chief disciplinary counsel, Alan D. Pratzel, argued that while a pardon erases a person's conviction, "the person's guilt remains," according to a report from NPR.
"Pratzel said both crimes showed 'indifference to public safety' and involved 'moral turpitude,' warranting discipline of the pair," NPR reported. "Pratzel cited a host of other Missouri cases in which lawyers were disciplined for crimes involving moral turpitude. He recommended that the Supreme Court indefinitely suspend the McCloskeys' licenses with no leave to reapply for reinstatement for six months. ... The couple practice together as the McCloskey Law Center and focus on personal injury, medical malpractice and defective products cases."
Pratzel's motion also notes that even after his guilty plea, Mark McCloskey defended the couple's actions. "The prosecutor dropped every charge except for alleging that I purposely placed other people in imminent risk of physical injury; right, and I sure as heck did," Mark McCloskey has said. "That's what the guns were there for and I'd do it again any time the mob approaches me, I'll do what I can to place them in imminent threat of physical injury because that's what kept them from destroying my house and my family."
In related news, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported last week that Patricia McCloskey is suing the state to recover the $2,122.50 in fines and court costs she paid after pleading guilty, arguing that Parson's pardon absolved her of "of all wrongdoing."
She is represented in the lawsuit by her husband.
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