A Virginia judge has granted Johnny Depp permission to proceed with his $50 million libel lawsuit against Amber Heard, marking a major legal victory in the actor’s ongoing battle with his ex-wife. The “Pirates of the Caribbean” star is suing Heard over a 2018 Washington Post op-ed in which she opened up about being a survivor of domestic violence. While she never specifically named Depp, the “Aquaman” actress did accuse him of abuse back when they split in 2016. “I became a public figure representing domestic abuse, and I felt the full force of our culture’s wrath for women who speak out,” she...
The failed Arizona audit would have 'deflated the enthusiasm' of any sane politician -- except Trump: election law expert
CNN.com reported that former President Donald Trump seems obsessed with proving over and over again how badly he lost the 2020 presidential election.
The ex-president was humiliated at the ballot box but then proceeded to be humiliated in court over 60 times. Trump then held a partisan audit funded by his donors and run by his supporters, and he still ended up losing over 360 votes from his original total.
Despite this, he appears to want to do it again.
"The lesson they're taking from Arizona's Maricopa County ballot review is not that they failed and should stop, but rather that they should try to avoid the negative scrutiny that hounded the Cyber Ninjas' review and 'do it better' in states like Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, even if there's no evidence of fraud," the report said, citing conservative Sarah Longwell, who runs the group Defending Democracy Together.
"It has nothing to do with auditing votes," Longwell explained to CNN.com. "It has to do with creating a cloud of suspicion around the elections and keeping their fraud narrative front and center."
Elections law expert Richard Hasen noted that the polling proves Republicans believe Trump over any possible proof or logic and that there's little chance of ever being able to pull them away.
"One would think in a real world, that even this fake audit, that was stacked in favor of helping Trump, that a finding in favor of Biden would have deflated the enthusiasm. And maybe it has among some," he added. "But facts don't matter when you're incessantly lying about election integrity."
He also explained that trying to destroy elections is Trump's point.
"No. 1, it will further undermine people's confidence in the process," Hasen said. "And No. 2, someone who believes or purports to believe that the last election was stolen is more likely to act in a way to not conduct a fair election as a kind of payback for the supposed rigging the last time."
Wife of Brazil's Trump-loving leader gets vaxxed in NYC -- and leaves Brazilians fuming about 'disrespect': report
On Monday, The New York Times reported that the wife of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro stirred outrage in her home country following reports that she got vaccinated in New York City during the United Nations conference.
"Mrs. Bolsonaro's vaccination, disclosed by Mr. Bolsonaro on Thursday after their return home, generated more adverse publicity, apparently revealing the couple's lack of solidarity on that subject and — to some Brazilians — a disrespect by the Brazilian first lady for her country's own health system," reported Rick Gladstone.
This comes as four members of the Brazilian U.N. delegation tested positive for COVID-19.
He has also boosted unproven treatments for the virus including the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine and the livestock deworming medication ivermectin, both of which have become popular among Trump supporters in the U.S. where they are often prescribed through a right-wing telemedicine scheme.
Brazil has been hit particularly hard by COVID-19, as the pandemic has cost the lives of nearly 600,000 Brazilians over the last two years.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Monday displayed a graph on his show that seemed to show the number of Americans identifying as Christian had collapsed over the last decade.
However, the actual percentage only showed a modest decline from 77 percent to 65 percent, even though Carlson's graph made the decline appear far steeper than it was, as seen below.
lol this bar graph makes it look like the number is 1/3 what it used to be but its not https://t.co/736kR5nSDA— Andrew Lawrence (@Andrew Lawrence) 1632787324.0
Columbia Journalism School professor Bill Grueskin responded to this by thanking Carlson for giving him yet another bad Fox News graph that he could show his students as an example of what not to do when presenting data.
He then went through a series of terrible Fox News graphs, including one that tried to show the top marginal tax rate exploding under former President Barack Obama, even though the actual increase was from 35 percent to 39.6 percent.
Their bar charts are always awesome 2/ https://t.co/ZTeVM8k4p1— Bill Grueskin (@Bill Grueskin) 1632789428.0
Another highlight included a pie chart whose percentages added up to over 160 percent.
When you get 193% of the pie 4/ https://t.co/XYvzbdcuTE— Bill Grueskin (@Bill Grueskin) 1632790023.0
The most bizarre and macabre graph, however, was a Fox Business graph that showed how the S&P 500 performed the week after a high-profile act of violence against a Black American.
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