CHICAGO — Lawyers for indicted singer R. Kelly have hit back on a request by federal prosecutors to admit new evidence of sexual abuse at his upcoming trial in New York, saying in a court filing over the weekend they were “blindsided” and have no time to prepare an adequate defense. The motion asked U.S. District Court Judge Ann Donnelly to deny prosecutors’ attempt to add 15 new alleged victims to the case, which alleges a conspiracy by Kelly to use his music career to serve his own illegal sexual appetites. “Given the nearness of trial, the defense is not given ample amount of time to ensure...
Kevin McCarthy called out Trump for leaking news of his groveling pilgrimage to Mar-a-Lago: Woodward
In the new book Peril, by Robert Costa and Bob Woodward, Donald Trump was so desperate for media attention that he leaked that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was crawling back to him.
When McCarthy arrived at Mar-a-Lago in late January, Trump met him with the question, "Hey, did you leak this lunch?"
McCarthy said he didn't, noting that Trump's staff must have because he never even told his staffers.
"You think my staff did it?" asked Trump.
"No. I don't think your staff did it," McCarthy replied.
"Well, who do you think did it?" Trump asked.
"You," McCarthy said
The book notes that "Trump seemed very eager to be back in the headlines" and that he bragged that Melania told him, "this has more press than when I met Putin."
In the wake of Trump's time in the White House, he has struggled for attention, sending out, at times, three-word or one-sentence press releases that he normally would have tweeted were he not banned from the website. His comments are filled with flame-throwing language, occasionally curse words and perpetuate his election fraud conspiracies. News networks have largely ignored it.
Political analysts have questioned if Trump is losing his influence, particularly after the Sept. 18 rally had only a few hundred attendees.
While he hosted a rally in Alabama and pledged to have one in Iowa, 2021 hasn't been flooded with Trump events the way it was during his political campaigns.
Al Franken targets 'political roadkill' Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham in comedy tour recalling Senate years: report
Comedian and former Democratic Minnesota Sen. Al Franken is taking aim at his erstwhile colleagues from both sides of the aisle — but especially Texas Republican Ted Cruz — as part of a new 15-city standup tour.
"I like Ted Cruz more than most of my colleagues like Ted Cruz. And I really hate Ted Cruz," Franken told a nearly sold-out crowd in Northampton, Mass., on Saturday, according to a report from the Washington Post.
"Franken's finest Cruz bit, his chef's kiss, involves fellow Minnesota Democrat Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a luxury ocean liner and an unprintable bodily function. It rarely fails to kill," the Post reported.
Franken launched his "The Only Former U.S. Senator Currently on Tour Tour" more than three years after resigning from the Senate in the wake of allegations that he groped and inappropriately kissed several women. Franken has adamantly denied the allegations, and fans attending his show said they believe he was "railroaded."
"For more than eight years in the Senate, Al Franken largely stifled the funny, as though he coexisted with a powerful alter ego in desperate need of submission: Senator Franken and 'Saturday Night Live' Al," the Post reports. "He had to watch everything he said. He dared to be dull. No longer. Now, everything is political roadkill for his new comedy tour. ... He can swear like a sailor — or, more precisely, a comic — and call Cruz any invective he wishes."
In addition to Cruz, Franken mocks and "occasionally drubs" Republicans Mitch McConnell, Chuck Grassley, Lindsey Graham and former Sen. Tom Coburn — as well as Democrats Bernie Sanders, Dianne Feinstein and Charles Schumer. His act even includes a bit about Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger that features Franken impersonating McConnell by "slowing his speech to the velocity of an impaired turtle."
"Did he slam former president Donald Trump? Indeed, but not nearly as much as Cruz or the minority leader," the Post reports."Mitch McConnell has systematically ruined the Senate," Franken said.
Fox News co-host Kacie McDonnel suggested that President Joe Biden was to blame for a scuffle that occurred at a New York City restaurant.
According to reports, a tourist from Texas began punching a hostess on Thursday after she asked for proof of vaccination.
McDonnel reacted to the incident on Tuesday by faulting Biden.
"Are we in college again with fake IDs and fake vax cards and you create this almost demand for it," she opined. "So you have the hostess or the manager at the restaurant policing the patrons. They're at work. They're trying to make a living. They're trying to make up for this last year of loss. And in turn, you have patrons who want to have a little sense of normalcy."
"Where is Joe Biden's unity?" McDonnel asked. "What has humanity come to? I mean, it's hard to watch this."
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