Sharon Stone said her infant nephew saved three lives through organ donations. The donations helped bring “some peace” to the actress and her family after 11-month-old River William Stone tragically died late last month, she told People. “The fact that my godson was able to save three lives, two infants and a 45-year-old man was sanctuary for our family,” Stone said Tuesday. “I can only say that you never, never know when a tragedy will happen in your life or in your family, but this opportunity be an organ donor, it saved us, saved our family.” Stone, 63, confirmed on Instagram on Aug. 30 tha...
WATCH: GOP lawmaker complains about being locked out of his office for refusing to show vaccination papers
On Wednesday, Republican Washington state Rep. Jim Walsh posted a video of himself complaining that he has been locked out of the state Capitol complex — because he has not followed rules about presenting proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
"Today I can't get in the John L. O'Brien Building," complained Walsh in the video. "Normally my key card will open this door. It doesn't open this door today. What's happened? Well, the House Executive Rules Committee has come up with what they call and 'interim policy' that prevents members from getting in the buildings on the Capitol campus if they don't present COVID vaccine papers. And I have not presented COVID vaccine papers. So I can't access my office, I can't access the floor, the main chambers over under the dome — I can't do work from the Capitol as a legislator in this state. This is unusual!"
Walsh is not alone among Republican state legislators in defying COVID-19 guidelines around the country.
Virginia GOP state Sen. Amanda Chase was required to sit behind plexiglass while the chamber was in session over her refusal to wear a face mask. And Alaska state Sen. Lora Reinbold, who ultimately got COVID-19 herself, was banned from Alaska Airlines for not following mask directions.
Laurence Tribe demolishes Trump's 'laughable' claim that his blockade of Jan 6 commission is to protect the Constitution
On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," former Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe weighed in on former President Donald Trump's lawsuit to block the House select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol attack from obtaining White House records.
"I want to ask you about the case President Trump is making in his lawsuit against the committee," said anchor Erin Burnett. "He does not want a subset of documents to come out from the National Archives. 45 of them, specifically. It's all scheduled to come out on November 12th. What do you make of the arguments that he is making in his lawsuit?"
"Well, I think they are too weak to deceive a judge as fair and smart as Judge Chutkan," said Tribe. "His claim that he is not trying to hide the truth, but just preserve the Constitution, is really quite laughable."
"His claim that it would be unconstitutional for the current president's view of executive privilege to trump his view, that is, the former president's view, is also mistaken," continued Tribe. "Although, the former president's view will be taken into account. His claim that the executive privilege, if it does apply and the attorney-client privilege, if it applies, are absolute has been rejected repeatedly by the courts. Those privileges sometimes have the crime-fraud exception for information that is part and parcel of a crime, like insurrection or an attempted coup."
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A Utah legislative committee on Wednesday shot down requests for an audit of the 2020 election from supporters of former president Donald Trump, who won the Republican-dominated state handily.
"A much-hyped hearing on 'election integrity' mostly fizzled out on Wednesday afternoon, as Utahns who want lawmakers to approve an audit of the 2020 election in Utah packed a hearing room in the Utah State Capitol, but walked away wanting," the Salt Lake Tribune reports. "Any hopes of an audit springing from the hearing were dashed early as Rep. Karianne Lisonbee, R-Layton, the House chair of the committee, threw cold water on the idea."
"We cannot call for an audit. We're here to discuss safe and secure elections and legislative ideas for that," Lisonbee said, adding that some Utah lawmakers are working on legislation related to an audit, but it's unlikely to be considered before the 2022 general session.
About 200 pro-Trump protesters gathered outside with flags and homemade signs — chatting among themselves and trading conspiracy theories, the Tribune reports. The committee heard more than an hour of public comment — "much of it focused on distrust of election results and calls for an independent audit."
"Some commenters referenced conspiracy theories about election results being altered by outside entities including the Chinese Communist Party," the newspaper reports.
In addition to the protesters, those pushing for an audit include GOP state Reps. Steve Christiansen and Phil Lyman. Christiansen visited the partisan Cyber Ninjas audit in Arizona in June, and both he and Lyman later attended a symposium put on by MyPIllow CEO MIke Lindell.
The Tribune reports that Christiansen and Lyman are using their political offices in an effort to obtain the personal information of thousands of voters, including those who've specifically asked to keep their addresses, phone numbers and email addresses private.
"Christiansen said several times on Wednesday that his request was denied by the elections office, suggesting the data was being withheld from him illegally, but he refused to elaborate," the Tribune reports. "In his request, Christiansen cited a state law that gives access to that private voter data to government officials or employees who are acting in an official capacity. But, he said the purpose of his request was 'to analyze for political purposes.' A state official cannot mix their official duties with political activities, which is the reason why his request was denied, a fact Christiansen conveniently omitted from his answers. ... In the end, the committee took no action on any audit-related issues. When it became clear the event would not lead to the conclusion they were hoping for, Christiansen and Lyman quickly left." '
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