In 2010, stand-up comic and radio host Jim Norton told me that he was nicer than people thought but admitted he was “a sex addict with anger problems.” In 2014, he said he was still a “complete dirtbag.” Now at age 53, he says he has mellowed considerably. “I’m not nearly as angry anymore,” said Norton in a recent phone interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Anger is mostly depression. The sex addiction never goes away, but I haven’t been acting out much at all in years. You get older. You look for change. You want change. I’m just not as depressed as I used to be.” He said he has s...
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The Conservative Partnership Institute says on its website that it exists to help conservatives uphold principles and values that have made America the greatest nation in history” and stay strong in the face of “cultural Marxism”.
“It’s not easy to stick to your principles when you come to Washington,” the website says.
But as the world now knows, it wasn’t easy for Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) to stick to her stated conservative principles when she attended a recent performance in Denver of “Beetlejuice.” Boebert is accused of vaping despite a pregnant woman asking her to stop; singing; taking photos; and, as security video showed, mutually groping a man who is not her estranged husband, Jayson Boebert.
Boebert’s episode in Denver, for which the combative congresswoman has apologized, represents a significant departure from her appearance at a CPI event earlier this year in Orlando, Fla.
A schedule showed that the congresswoman spoke on a panel titled “Communicating with Constituents, the Media, and the Public.”
A description of the talk states: “Communications experts share practices for effectively communicating with your constituents, the media, and others, including lessons that can be learned from previous conservative policy victories.”
CPI paid $3,025 for the Boeberts to attend, covering their travel, lodging and meals. Other conservative lawmakers, including Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Paul Gosar (R-AZ) and Scott Perry (R-PA), also appeared on the invite list.
In a video called “CPI Staff Testimonial” about how people are vetted by the organization, a man says, “I want to know, what are your views on trade, what are your views on life, on marriage ...”
Neither CPI nor Boebert responded to Raw Story’s requests for comment.
“Whether you’re a member of Congress, a congressional staffer, or an activist working with a conservative policy organization, you will not be rewarded for being a patriot,” CPI says on its website. “Odds are, you’ll be isolated, ostracized, and made to feel alone.”
Boebert might qualify as an example of the last sentence. But it wasn’t for being a patriot.
Boebert filed for divorce from her husband in May. The couple remains married, with Insider reporting that a divorce could be finalized next month.
Former President Donald Trump is now vulnerable to a third charge of obstruction of justice in the Mar-a-Lago classified documents case, argued former FBI general counsel and senior prosecutor to special counsel Robert Mueller, Andrew Weissmann on Monday's edition of MSNBC's "Deadline: White House."
This comes amid new reporting that Molly Michael, a longtime assistant to Trump, alleges she was given a "to-do list" written on the back of classified material.
"On the intelligence side, [former CIA Director] John Brennan thinks this represents a grave threat to U.S. national security and thinks is one so clear in the facts and the criminality it's pretty open-and-shut," said anchor Nicolle Wallace. "This seems like this is another reason this is the case."
"Absolutely," said Weissman, a key investigator in the Robert Mueller probe of Trump's ties to Russia. "We didn't need this piece of proof, but this is an aide to Donald Trump who is saying she knows firsthand that Donald Trump knew that he had classified information that he should not have had at Mar-a-Lago. That she told him that his claims to the government that he had returned everything would be, 'easily disproven,' and when Donald Trump learned she was going to be spoken with by the investigators, she said that Donald Trump told her 'You don't know anything about the boxes.'"
In other words, Weissman continued, "You have not only a firsthand witness to the illegal retention of the national defense information, but you have yet another instance of alleged obstruction of justice, which is lying to investigators."
"I would point out this would make the third instance of obstruction, because two are already charged in the indictment," added Weissman. "And this is somebody who, again, could be just yet another — I will say not even a piece of the puzzle, because the puzzle has been complete for so long. This is just an overwhelming rock-crusher of a case if this reporting is accurate from Ms. Michael, who many people think is Employee 2 in the indictment. It certainly has the ring of truth, but, obviously, we will wait and see what she has to say at trial, and she will be subject to cross-examination, like every witness in the case."
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Mark Meadows is still fighting his effort to move his case from Georgia state court to federal court. But he handed prosecutors a gift when he testified under oath in the attempt to get his case out of the state court. Then, the effort failed.
What has developed this week is that Donald Trump is sending messages to Mark Meadows on social media about being "loyal." The problem is that Meadows' only options are to capitulate to what he revealed under oath in the hearing and accept his sentence, or throw Trump under the bus.
"What's interesting about the Meadows' conversation is it's always shielded in the mystique," pointed out MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace on Monday. "He has a real lawyer he's going to be fine. I think maybe he overplayed that hand, and he may be in, I know it's not a legal term, deep do-do."
"The lesson is you can't out-lawyer crime," said Figliuzzi. "I mean, it's — you know, trying to say you're acting in your official capacity, for example, when you're committing crimes that have to do with the campaign is laughable. He's got the best argument more than anyone, I think, on this attempt to go to federal court, but it's not going to win. It would be a shocker to win."
he confessed he empathized with Meadows' lawyer and the predicament that they were in, but it's what he signed onto when he agreed to be Meadows' lawyer.
"For all we know, his lawyer might be counseling Mark Meadows to cooperate, and Mark, as we said earlier, is thinking: I'm in this. I'm going to go against the organized crime group, how do I survive? Should I hang in for a pardon? I think time is on the side of Jack Smith in that over time, it's been my experience, as prison becomes more and more a possibility, particularly in the state of Georgia, not pleasant, been there, done that, in terms of my work there in the FBI. Yeah, he might go, 'I'm not going down for this guy.' It's a tough long road."
See the discussion in the video below or at the link here.
Former FBI official issues a warning for Mark Meadows: 'You can't out-lawyer crime'youtu.be
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