Comedian Andy Dick was arrested again early Friday in Southern California. The troubled 57-year-old showbiz veteran was charged with failing to register as a sex offender and public intoxication, the Riverside County sheriff’s office said in a news release. Police picked up the comedian at O’Haras Tavern in Lake Elsinore, California, about 55 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles, according to online jail records. Officers responded to a call about “an intoxicated subject, possibly under the influence of narcotics,” the press release said. “During a routine records check it was determined, D...
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'People have moved on': Grim number of potential 2024 Trump endorsements suggests nightmare scenario for GOP
The New York Times recently conducted a poll of the Republican National Committee's 168 asking whether or not they'd be willing to endorse former President Donald Trump for president.
According to the news outlet, only four members of that 168 expressed interest in backing Trump — an analysis that appears to be a grim foreshadowing of how the former president could fair in the upcoming 2024 presidential election.
RNC members' refusal to support Trump's presidential campaign is a distinct about-face from their support of him in 2020, an era Mediaite describes as one "in which his stranglehold on the GOP could be reasonably described as a personality cult."
The Times reports:
"The New York Times called, emailed or texted all 168 R.N.C. members. Just four offered an unabashed endorsement of Mr. Trump’s 2024 campaign. Twenty said the former president should not be the party’s nominee."
The report added, "An additional 35 said they would like to see a big primary field or declined to state their position on Mr. Trump. The remainder did not respond to messages. In interviews, some R.N.C. members estimated that between 120 and 140 of them preferred someone besides Mr. Trump to be their party’s presidential nominee."
Speaking to the Times, Kentucky national committee member Mac Brown made it clear that times have changed, saying, “This isn’t 2016. People have moved on.”
Others also echoed similar sentiments.
“I’ve been a supporter of Donald Trump in the past,” said Arkansas RNC member Jonathan Barnett. “I just think that we need choices this time. We’ve got to look at all of our options.”
The Times reports, “Trump’s subsequent refusal to accept the results and his endorsements of G.O.P. candidates in 2022 who stressed their devotion to him — and then lost seats in key battleground states including Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin — have some saying they are ready for a divorce."
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'Would have been amazing': NYT reporter imagines Trump's reaction to Bill Barr opening criminal probe into him
The New York Times reported on Thursday that former Attorney General Bill Barr actually signed off on a criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump after he received a tip from Italian government officials that he believed was too credible to ignore.
Charlie Savage, one of the reporters who broke that story, appeared on Nicolle Wallace's MSNBC show to discuss his reporting and its significance to special counsel John Durham's years-long investigation into the government's investigation into the 2016 Trump campaign's multiple contacts with Russian agents.
Wallace asked Savage to provide more details about the evidence that Barr saw that prompted him to open up a probe into Trump, but he said that there was still a lot of "murk" about what had been found.
What's more, he noted that Durham didn't bring any charges based on the tip they received, which means that it's possible that the information given by the Italian officials simply didn't pan out.
Savage also imagined what Trump's reaction would have been had he known his own attorney general authorized an investigation into his prospective links to criminal activity.
"Imagine if it had become public, when Trump was still president, that Durham and Barr had opened a new criminal investigation involving Trump?" he asked. "That would have been amazing. But that did not become public until now."
Even without that criminal probe, Trump was nonetheless impeached on two separate occasions: Once for trying to shake down the Ukrainian government for dirt on political rivals, and the second time for inciting a deadly riot at the United States Capitol building.
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The Charlotte Observer is reporting that a policy staffer from the House Speaker's office has resigned after appearing on a "pro-white" radio show called "The Political Cesspool."
An anonymous tip with records was sent to reporters about staffer Carlton Huffman, who was working for North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore.
The show's website boasts an "unapologetically pro-White viewpoint" that aims "to revive the White birthrate above replacement level fertility and beyond to grow the percentage of Whites in the world relative to other races."
He was a contributor author and guest, said the Observer and appeared throughout the 2010s. He has ranted about "over 150 years of attempted cultural genocide" that the South has managed to resist. He ranted against the integration of the University of Mississippi as "a very long fall from grace."
WRAL reported that Huffman was part of the Council of Conservative Citizens, which is a pro-segregation group labeled by the Southern Poverty Law Center as "a crudely white supremacist group" and "a modern reincarnation of the old White Citizens Councils, which were formed in the 1950s and 1960s to battle school desegregation in the South."
Speaking to WRAL, Huffman said he regretted the past actions.
"Those views that I expressed represent a time in my life that I am not proud of. Views that I have shifted from, that I disavow," he said.