The co-creator of the animated Adult Swim program “Rick and Morty” reportedly faces domestic violence charges in Orange County, California. Justin Roiland was in court Thursday, according to NBC News, which says the 42-year-old maker of the animated comedy is accused of domestic battery with corporal injury and false imprisonment by menace, violence, fraud and/or deceit. Both are felonies. The alleged victim is not named in the incident, which occurred in January 2020. Roiland was arraigned in October 2020. NBC reports that a protective order against him was filed at that time. All evidence li...
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The problem, Sherman notes, is that "none of them are good, and they all come with medium term and long term problems."
McCarthy's "best" option, writes Sherman, is to cave to every single conservative demand about the continuing resolution and just hope he has enough votes to pass it to the Senate, where it will inevitably be torn to pieces.
The second option would be to work with House Democrats on a bipartisan deal, although this would mean that "his speakership may be over" because right-wing rebels would then oust him as leader.
The third option, which Sherman believes is the most likely to occur, is that McCarthy simply fails to do anything and the government shuts down.
"A senior figure in the leadership said to me last night that this is as bad as its been for House Republicans -- and they were right," Sherman writes. "By the end of [October], it's feasible we'll have a govt shutdown, a vote to boot McCarthy and expiring key programs like the FAA and farm bill."
US Attorney General Merrick Garland strongly denied Wednesday that politics steered his investigative decisions, pushing back on Republican allegations that he has "weaponized" the Justice Department against President Joe Biden's top rival Donald Trump.
With a Garland-appointed special counsel, Jack Smith, now pursuing two criminal prosecutions of Trump, the justice chief said in prepared testimony for a House hearing that he was neither Biden's attorney nor Congress's prosecutor.
"Our job is not to take orders from the president, from Congress, or from anyone else, about who or what to criminally investigate," he said.
"Our job is to follow the facts and the law, wherever they lead. And that is what we do."
The Justice Department released excerpts from Garland's planned testimony before the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday morning.
Garland was expected to come under scathing criticism from Republicans for prosecuting Trump while allegedly soft-pedaling an investigation of Biden's son Hunter.
Committee Chairman Jim Jordan has accused Garland of doing Democratic President Biden's bidding by going after his likely opponent in next year's White House race.
The committee has "serious concern that Mr. Smith is not running an impartial and unprejudiced investigation and prosecution," Jordan said in a letter to Garland in August.
Garland named Smith as independent special counsel to investigate the former president last November.
Since then Smith has brought two criminal cases against Trump: one in Florida for illegally concealing top secret documents, and the second in Washington over his effort to upend the results of the 2020 US election, which led to the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol.
Trump and his supporters call the cases a political "witch hunt," and some Republicans have threatened to impeach Garland.
Republicans also accuse Garland of stalling the prosecution of Hunter Biden, who they allege, without evidence, improperly parlayed business schemes in Ukraine, China and elsewhere to earn millions of dollars for himself and his father.
They say a second Justice Department special counsel, David Weiss, has gone easy on the president's son, charging him earlier this month with an illegal firearm charge and probing him for tax evasion.
Jordan says Weiss was not serious about the investigation, and that the gun charge was "largely an attempt to save face."
"It's the one thing that has nothing to do with the whole business operation and the links... to the president," he said in an interview posted on his social media account Saturday.
He said witnesses have told his committee that there were many things "outside the norm for an investigation of this nature," referring to Weiss's probe.
"We must put a stop to this weaponization of government," Republican committee member Ben Cline said Monday.
In his prepared comments, Garland also took aim at political attacks and threats against Justice Department officials like Smith and Weiss, as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
"Singling out individual career public servants who are just doing their jobs is dangerous -- particularly at a time of increased threats to the safety of public servants and their families," Garland said.
"We will not be intimidated. We will do our jobs free from outside interference," he said.
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Fox News boss Rupert Murdoch frequently wishes that Donald Trump would just drop dead, according to a new book.
The right-wing media mogul is the subject of author Michael Wolff's new book, The Fall: The End of Fox News and the Murdoch Dynasty, which is based on recent interviews and conversations over many years, and excerpts published by The Guardian reveal Murdoch has turned on Trump and muses frequently about his death.
“Of all Trump’s implacable enemies, Murdoch had become a frothing-at-the-mouth one," Wolff writes, according to the excerpts. "His relatively calm demeanor from the early Trump presidency where, with a sigh, he could dismiss him merely as a ‘f*cking idiot’ had now become a churning stew of rage and recrimination."
“Trump’s death became a Murdoch theme: 'We would all be better off …? This would all be solved if … How could he still be alive, how could he? Have you seen him? Have you seen what he looks like? What he eats?'" Wolff adds, quoting Murdoch.
Wolff has written three tell-all books about Trump -- Fire and Fury, Siege and Landslide -- and one previous title on Murdoch, The Man Who Owns The News, and his latest on the media mogul will be published Sept. 26.
“Like much of the Republican establishment … [Murdoch] had convinced himself that Trump was, finally, vulnerable [after he left office]," Wolff wrote. "That his hold on the base and on Republican politicians had weakened enough that now was the time to kill him off, finally.”
However, the 77-year-old Trump remains the overwhelming favorite to win the 2024 Republican nomination despite four indictments totaling 91 charges charges and a host of other legal problems, including numerous allegations of fraud.
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