Alec Baldwin fatally shot a movie crewmember with a “prop firearm" during a film shoot in New Mexico, authorities said Thursday. The shooting also injured the film's director, a county sheriff's office spokesman said late Thursday, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican. Baldwin was filming a scene for the movie “Rust" when the prop gun went off, said authorities. “There was an accident today on the New Mexico set of 'Rust' involving the misfire of a prop gun with blanks," a spokesperson for Baldwin told told People. At around 1:50 p.m. local time, authorities responded to the Bonanza Creek Ran...
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The United States Department of Justice earlier this year authorized a search on former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort to get back top-secret government documents he had stashed away there.
Despite all this, the DOJ reportedly believes Trump has still not returned all of the classified documents it has demanded.
According to a new report from CNN, "Trump attorneys... received word in early November from Justice officials who said they believed the former president still had documents in his possession" even after he had defied a lawful subpoena and found himself subjected to a raid.
The attorneys feared that the DOJ could soon get authorization for additional raids, and so they hired an outside group to conduct searches on additional Trump properties to find any other documents.
The DOJ, however, is not satisfied with this situation and it is trying to force Trump's legal team to designate an official custodian who can swear under penalty of perjury that all documents requested by the DOJ have been returned.
However, no one on Trump's legal team has been willing to come forward to serve as a custodian because "anyone selected would almost certainly face legal jeopardy," CNN reports.
A former Fox News regular dubbed the "Liberal Sherpa" was arrested in Miami this Friday after an arrest warrant was issued over charges that she allegedly kidnapped and financially extorted her own mother, the Miami Herald reports.
Investigators says Cathy Areu stole more than $224,000 from her elderly mother and opened credit cards in her name.
Authorities think she may have been hiding out in Mexico after the arrest warrant was issued in June.
A press release from a Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office says Areu is also accused of involuntarily placing her mother in an assisted living facility “in an attempt to gain control over her mother’s financial assets."
In 2020, she sued Fox News over harassment claims, which a judge later dismissed.
Read the full report over at the Miami Herald.
'Stealth missionaries': Former anti-abortion lobbyist gives bombshell testimony on Supreme Court campaign
The Rev. Rob Schenck was once deeply involved in the Christian right movement and white evangelical efforts to persuade the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade. But the evangelical Protestant minister has grown increasingly critical of the Christian right and the anti-abortion movement that he was once a part of.
Moreover, he is speaking out against the Christian right’s campaign to lobby Supreme Court justices in the 2014 case Burwell v. Hobby Lobby.
Schenck alleges that evangelical Christian fundamentalists knew what the High Court’s decision in Hobby Lobby would be before that decision was publicly announced, and that the leak came from either Justice Samuel Alito or his wife — an allegation that Justice Alito has vehemently denied. And Schenck discussed that allegation when he testified before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, December 8.
The Independent’s Alex Woodward, reporting on Schenck’s testimony, explains, “An evangelical minister and former longtime anti-abortion activist told members of Congress that he helped recruit wealthy conservative donors to serve as ‘stealth missionaries’ at the U.S. Supreme Court, where they developed friendships with conservative justices that aligned with the group’s ‘social and religious’ views. The ‘overarching’ goal of Robert Schenck’s ‘Operation Higher Court’ sought to ‘gain insight into the conservative justices’ thinking and to shore up their resolve to render solid, unapologetic opinions,’ he told the House Judiciary Committee in sworn testimony on 8 December.”
Operation Higher Court was the lobbying campaign of Faith and Action, the Christian right group that Schenck was a part of for many years.
Woodward notes that Schenck “testified to the Committee that his group suggested tactics like meeting with justices for meals at their homes and at private clubs to build relationships and advance their perceived common objectives.”
Schenck told House Judiciary Committee members, “I believe we pushed the boundaries of Christian ethics and compromised the High Court’s promise to administer equal justice. I humbly apologize to all I failed in this regard. Most of all, I beg the pardon of the folks I enlisted to do work that was not always transparently honest.… I’m here today in the interest of truth telling.”
The December 8 hearing wasn’t strictly about Burwell v. Hobby Lobby or Operation Higher Court’s campaign to influence Supreme Court justices. It was about Supreme Court ethics in general, and Schenck now believes that it was unethical for Supreme Court justices to be interacting with Christian right lobbyists.