WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Chief executives of Alphabet Inc's Google and Facebook were aware of a deal to carve up part of the online advertising market, according to an amended antitrust complaint filed by Texas and 15 other states against Google. The deal with Facebook, which Google dubbed "Jedi Blue," was "signed off" by Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai while Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was on an email thread discussing it, they said in their third amended complaint. Google said the complaint's assertion "isn't accurate," and that the complaint itself is "full of inaccuracies." "We intend t...
Rudy Giuliani should be 'very worried' as evidence exposes him as coup 'mastermind': Former prosecutor
On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," former federal prosecutor Shan Wu broke down the jeopardy facing Rudy Giuliani for his involvement in the plan to submit fake electors to Congress for former President Donald Trump.
"He should be very worried legally," said Wu. "He says that, quote, he wouldn't associate himself with anything false, and there he is doing exactly that. And these evidences coming out that he was in charge of this, his own representations of his role sounds like he is a mastermind, a key player. That's going to be a big problem for him here."
Wu then tried to play devil's advocate and imagine some defenses Giuliani could muster to defend himself against charges -- but he said charges may be coming nonetheless.
"I mean, there may be some defenses down the road, claiming that some of these documents have some disclaimers on them," added Wu. "But overall, if the Department is looking at this and they charge, they are going to charge the whole kit and caboodle. And I would be very surprised if he is not charged, frankly, if this continues."
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If an effort to disqualify Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) from the ballot is successful, it could lead to similar challenges against other lawmakers accused of fueling the Capitol insurrection — including former president Donald Trump.
The case against Cawthorn — who cheered on the Jan. 6 rioters — seeks to force him to prove that he's not in "insurrectionist," based on a little-known section of the 14th Amendment that was adopted to punish members of the Confederacy after they reclaimed their elected offices in Washington.
"If Mr. Cawthorn is labeled an 'insurrectionist,' that could have broader ramifications," the New York Times reported Tuesday. "Other Republican House members, such as Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, Mo Brooks of Alabama, Paul Gosar of Arizona, and Lauren Boebert of Colorado, face similar accusations, but their state’s election laws present higher hurdles for challenges to their candidate qualifications. If one of their colleagues is disqualified for his role in encouraging the rioters, those hurdles might become easier to clear. ... Ultimately, those involved in the case could use Mr. Cawthorn’s example to try to keep Mr. Trump off the ballot in North Carolina, a key swing state, should he try for a presidential comeback in 2024."
Even Cawthorn's attorney, James Bopp Jr., acknowledged that the case "could pose a real threat to Mr. Cawthorn — and by extension, to others labeled 'insurrectionists' by liberal lawyers," according to the NYT.
“They have multiple targets,” Bopp said. “It just so happens that Madison Cawthorn is the tip of the spear.”
Bopp nevertheless dismissed the case as "frivolous," but Michael J. Gerhardt, a constitutional law professor at the University of North Carolina, disagreed.
“There’s an old saying in law school, ‘Does it pass the straight-face test?’” Gerhardt said. “And I think (this case) pass(es) the straight-face test.”
Ron Fein, one of the attorneys involved in challenging Cawthorn's eligibility, confirmed that his group is "definitely going to file other challenges."
“We have no specific names or dates to divulge just yet," Fein said.
Mississippi mayor withholds funds to county libraries unless they remove all 'homosexual materials': report
Gene McGee, the mayor of Ridgeland, Mississippi, is reportedly threatening to withhold funding from the local county library system unless it removes LGBTQ-related materials from its premises.
Mississippi Free Press reports that McGee is withholding $110,000 in funds for the libraries because he's upset that they're carrying books with LGBTQ characters and themes.
Tonja Johnson, executive director for the Madison County Library System, tells Mississippi Free Press that she questioned McGee about why he was withholding money after she noticed that Ridgeland did not make its first quarterly payment this year.
"He explained his opposition to what he called ‘homosexual materials’ in the library, that it went against his Christian beliefs, and that he would not release the money as the long as the materials were there," Johnson explains.
Johnson says that she tried to tell McGee that libraries are not religious institutions, and thus a person's religious beliefs should have no impact on the books it decides to carry.
However, it seems he was unpersuaded.
"He told me that the library can serve whoever we wanted, but that he only serves the great Lord above," she claims.
McGee's office did not respond to Mississippi Free Press's requests for comment.