SACRAMENTO, Calif. — For the second year in a row, California is poised to avoid economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, leaving Gov. Gavin Newsom with a good problem: how to spend a projected $31 billion surplus. By Monday, Newsom must unveil his proposal for the 2022-23 fiscal year, which starts July 1. His proposal will kick off months of negotiations with lawmakers, who face a June 15 deadline to pass a budget. Analysts predict the state's highest earners will continue to prosper and pay high taxes, resulting in another big surplus. The budget Newsom signed last summer included a p...
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Comedian Jon Stewart discussed what the had learned from comedy legend George Carlin in an interview for a new two-part HBO documentary.
"What I always found amazing about Carlin was that he would treat farting with the same level of scrutiny and language and deconstruction as he would the Pope, the Catholic Church hierarchy, the war machine," Stewart said in a clip obtained by The Daily Beast.
“As a kid, I didn’t understand that in any way, but side-cheek lift-up fart?" he said, accenting it with a chef's kiss.
"Man," he said.
Filmakers Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio created the film, "George Carlin’s American Dream," which premieres Friday.
Also interviewed are Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Patton Oswalt, Stephen Colbert, Bill Burr, Bette Midler, W. Kamau Bell, Sam Jay, and Judy Gold.
Watch the official trailer:
George Carlin's American Dream | Official Trailer | HBO www.youtube.com
On Thursday, The New York Times reported that an FBI agent provided new evidence bolstering the claim of Trump-backed special counsel John Durham against a former lawyer who represented the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2016.
"A former F.B.I. official testified on Thursday that when he met in 2016 with Michael Sussmann, a lawyer with ties to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, Mr. Sussmann told him that he had come to the F.B.I. on his own," reported Katie Benner. "The testimony bolsters the case brought by the special counsel, John H. Durham, against Mr. Sussmann, who has been accused of lying about his reason for bringing his suspicions to the F.B.I. about a possible secret communications channel between the Trump Organization and Alfa Bank, a Russian financial firm with ties to the Kremlin."
"The case centers on whether Mr. Sussmann sought to conceal his ties to Mrs. Clinton in the meeting with the F.B.I., so as not to seem as if he were coming for partisan reasons on behalf of a political opponent of Donald J. Trump," said the report. "While the Sussmann case is a narrow false statement charge, Mr. Durham’s filings have broadly insinuated that the Clinton campaign tried to get the F.B.I. to investigate Mr. Trump over his ties with Russia, and to persuade reporters to write stories about the matter."
Durham made the indictment after a lengthy investigation at the request of former Trump Attorney General William Barr into the origins of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, which Trump has baselessly called a "witch hunt" against him.
The Sussman case not withstanding, Durham's probe has hit a number of roadblocks.
Earlier this month, a federal judge recently limited the types of evidence that can be brought against Sussman by federal prosecutors. Additionally, Durham himself has sought to debunk far-right interpretations of his court filings, including outlets that falsely claimed he was alleging Clinton's campaign paid to spy on Trump White House servers.
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Former President Donald Trump will not holding another one of his MAGA rallies prior to Georgia's GOP primaries.
"Even the man who recruited Perdue to run against Kemp — former President Donald Trump — seems to have given his campaign up for dead, according to three Republicans who have spoken to the former president," NBC reported Thursday. "Trump is not planning to make any more personal appearances in Georgia on Perdue’s behalf, having sunk enough of his own political capital in a race that is looking like a lost cause, a fourth source, a person close to the former president, said, speaking on condition of anonymity to talk more freely about Perdue’s prospects."
A Fox News poll released Thursday showed Kemp with 60% of the vote to Perdue's 28%. Since the network's March poll, Kemp gained 10 points while Perdue lost 11.
"It’s a bitter dynamic for Trump, who has made his nationwide endorsements a sign of his influence in the party and part of his implicit case to be the GOP’s presidential nominee in 2024," NBC News reported. "Trump has crusaded against Kemp after the governor refused to help him overturn the 2020 election results in Georgia that helped cost him reelection. Now voters there, many of whom have grown weary of Trump’s involvement in the state GOP, could reject Perdue as well as other statewide candidates he has endorsed."
At a March rally for Perdue, Trump threatened that his MAGA base would boycott the midterms if Kemp was the GOP. At a different rally for Perdue, in September, Trump said Democrat Stacey Abrams might be a better governor than Kemp.
Republican Lt. Gov Geoff Duncan offered his thoughts on the situation.
“At the end of the day, Donald Trump doesn’t care about David Perdue winning. He just cared about Brian Kemp losing,” Duncan said. “And that was a very shallow attempt at trying to unseat a perfectly fit conservative governor.”
Trump has openly voiced his fears he will be branded with a "humiliating experience" if Perdue fails to unseat Kemp.
Kemp, for his part, thinks he can beat Abrams even without Trump's support.
"I didn't get in the race not to win in November," Kemp told NBC News.
NBC:\u00a0\u201cCan you win in November without Trump's support?\u201d\n\u00a0\n@BrianKempGA:\u00a0\u201cAbsolutely. I didn't get in the race not to win in November. My mission for three and a half years now has been to be ready and have a record of beating Stacey Abrams again. We knew this day was coming.\u201d https://twitter.com/vaughnhillyard/status/1527267817409679362\u00a0\u2026pic.twitter.com/33rGQFbHjB— Vaughn Hillyard (@Vaughn Hillyard) 1652977580