'This is really serious': Legal expert says Trump ally Barrack is in more trouble than we've been led to believe

Longtime Trump ally Tom Barrack was arrested earlier this week and charged with illegally acting as an agent for the government of the United Arab Emirates.

But Dave Aronberg, the state attorney for Palm Beach County, Florida, told CNN on Friday that Barrack might be in even bigger trouble than the initial charging documents filed against him have led us to believe.

While talking with host Jim Acosta, Aronberg broke down the massive $250 million bond deal that prosecutors struck with Barrack on Friday was an indicator of how serious this case really is.

"Remember, this is not a FARA case -- that's for failure to register as a lobbyist for a foreign entity," he explained. "When you are talking about what Barrack is charged with, it is far more serious. It is a crime of working directly with a foreign government."

He noted that this is the same charge that Russian spy Maria Butina faced in 2018, which would carry a much bigger penalty for Barrack than simply failing to register as a lobbyist.

"This is really serious for Barrack," he emphasized. "And the UAE used him as their own pseudo ambassador because he was so well connected. They asked him to develop a special 100-day policy proposal. That goes beyond just lobbying."

Watch the video below.

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Dallas Cowboys QB roasted after he echoes Marjorie Taylor Greene and bungles basic medical privacy laws

Dallas Cowboys starting quarterback Dak Prescott is being ridiculed by legal experts -- as well as anyone with a basic knowledge of medical privacy laws.

During a press conference on Friday, Prescott was asked whether he had been vaccinated against the novel coronavirus.

""I don't necessarily think that's exactly important," Prescott replied. "I think that's HIPAA."

In fact, it does not violate someone's HIPAA rights to ask them to voluntarily disclose their personal medical information. In reality, HIPPA only prohibits a doctor or insurer from disclosing your private medical information to third parties.

Prescott's claim echoed an argument made by QAnon-loving Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), who earlier this week accused a reporter of violating her HIPAA rights by asking about her vaccination status.

Check out some reactions to Prescott's claims below.

GOP polling expert finds a policy that could be surprisingly effective with vaccine resisters

Public health experts across the country are trying to figure out how to get Americans who are resistant to getting vaccinated against the novel coronavirus to take the shot.

GOP polling expert Frank Luntz recently conducted a focus group among vaccine resisters and found that they might reluctantly get the vaccine if institutions implemented a vaccine passport system.

To be clear, says Luntz, they would absolutely despise such a policy and would find it oppressive to their personal freedoms -- but could nonetheless comply if their hands were forced.

"Vaccine-hesitant Americans hate vaccine mandates," Luntz writes on Twitter. "But many would reluctantly abide by them and get the shot if their state required it to go watch live sports, concerts, eat at restaurants, or board a flight."

One participant in the focus group told Luntz that he "may end up having to take the vaccine, but it's not because anybody convinced me." Rather, he says, it's because one of his children is joining the Air Force, which is requiring parents of recruits to be vaccinated as a precondition of attending graduation.

"If I get vaccinated... that will be the only reason," he said.

Watch the video below.

Trump-backed prospective Senate candidate repeatedly threatened to murder his ex-wife: divorce papers

Former President Donald Trump has been pushing for supporter Hershcel Walker to run for Senate in Georgia -- but a new investigation by the Associated Press shows he has major red flags about his past that include allegations of threatening repeatedly to murder his ex-wife.

The AP has combed through Walker's divorce papers and has found his ex-wife, Cindy Grossman, in the past leveled several allegations of violent and abusive behavior against him.

"Grossman has said she was long a victim of Walker's impulses," writes the AP. "She told ABC News that at one point during their marriage, her husband pointed a pistol at her head and said, 'I'm going to blow your f'ing brains out.' She filed for divorce in 2001, citing 'physically abusive and extremely threatening behavior.'"

Walker allegedly continued his threatening behavior even after separating from Grossman, and Grossman's family members said Walker contacted them and told them that he would murder her and a man whom she had started dating after leaving Walker.

"In an affidavit, [Grossman sister Maria Tsettos] claimed Walker once called looking for his ex-wife while she was out with her boyfriend," reports the AP. "Tsettos took the call and said Walker became "very threatening" when told of Grossman's whereabouts. In Tsettos' recollection, Walker 'stated unequivocally that he was going to shoot my sister Cindy and her boyfriend in the head.'"

Read more about the investigation here.

'Goodbye tradition!' Conservatives melt down after Cleveland baseball team ditches its racist name and logo

Cleveland's baseball team on Friday announced that it would start calling itself the Guardians in 2022, while ditching the racist Indians name and logo that has long drawn criticism from Native American activists.

The team decided to name itself the Guardians after the famous "Guardians of Traffic" statues located on the Hope Memorial Bridge near the team's home stadium of Progressive Field.

While many Cleveland residents said they liked -- or at least accepted -- the name change, many conservative commentators freaked out that the change was another sign of "woke" cancel culture coming for their precious icons.

Check out some angry reactions below.

Proud Boys ally posts purported letter from jailed leader who whines about 'soy-based' prison food making him 'weak'

An ally of Proud Boys leader Joe Biggs has posted a letter that he purportedly sent from jail in which he complained about being fed "soy-based" food that he claimed was "weakening" his body.

Biggs, who is currently in prison awaiting trial for his role in the January 6th Capitol riots, purportedly sent the letter to right-winger Darrin McBreen, who claimed on Facebook that Biggs was being treated like he lives in "a third-world country."

Biggs begins his letter by complaining about how his physical condition has grown worse because he's not allowed to exercise.

"Today is my 3 month anniversary being locked up," he wrote. "Not allowed to work out. My body feels as of it's aged so much. Can hardly move."

He then complained about the diet he's receiving in prison.

"The food here is all soy based," he wrote. "So its weakening our bodies. Hardly any protein. Mostly processed foods and some kind of gelatin dog food looking stuff."

Biggs also complained that there is "no privacy allowed when sh*tting allowed."

Read the whole letter below.

Journalist toyed with Trump fans by posting 'preposterous' election lies -- and they bought every one

Is there a lie about the 2020 election so ridiculous that even diehard Trump fans would see through it?

The Intercept's Jon Schwarz says that he recently took to Twitter and posted "preposterous" conspiracy theories about the election to see if the twice-impeached former president's supporters would reject them.

It started off when Schwarz made a joking tweet about personally destroying Trump ballots during the 2020 election with the help of other journalists.

This drew an outraged reaction from several right-wingers who actually took his joke seriously, including a brother of disgraced former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn.

He decided to take things farther to see if his conservative critics would ever catch on to the fact that he was trolling them.

"This didn't work," he writes. "Instead, it seemed to just draw more and more outraged responses. So I started claiming that the right to destroy Trump ballots had been written into the Constitution by the Founding Fathers and that people didn't realize this because we've stopped teaching civics in public schools."

He then took it up another notch by claiming that the FBI had been in on the conspiracy, and then took it a step further by saying God had commanded the journalists to destroy Trump voters' ballots.

And the Trump supporters kept believing he was serious every time.

"I don't have words to describe the happiness and psychological relief this brought me," he reveals. "Only around tweet No. 50 did I comprehend how mentally oppressive I've come to find it to live in a country in which about a quarter of the other people are, for all intents and purposes, members of a cult."

Read Schwarz's full experience here.

'That is frightening': CNN host disturbed after author tells her how Trump's coup could have succeeded

CNN's Pamela Brown found herself disturbed after Washington Post reporter Carol Leonnig told her that former President Donald Trump's attempt to overturn the 2020 election could have succeeded if he'd been more organized.

While interviewing Leonnig about her new book, entitled I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump's Catastrophic Final Year, Brown asked her why she believed American democracy ultimately held up under Trump's attempts to overturn the election and remain in power.

First, Leonnig credited certain Trump officials who worked to thwart him after coming to believe he was too dangerous to keep in power.

"A ton of people who supported Donald Trump, worked for him, ultimately believed his impulses were super dangerous and tried to be a bulwark against what he was trying to do," she explained.

The second part of the equation, however, was Trump's own ineptitude.

"Donald Trump was not that organized and effective," she said. "If he was better at this, at being an autocrat, at being a democracy splinterer, he might have been more effective. But he wasn't."

"That's pretty frightening," Brown replied.

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'Don't feel like my time has been successful': GOP's Ron Johnson explains why he may not run in 2022

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) said in an interview this week that he may not run for re-election in 2022, while also acknowledging that he has not achieved many of his goals in his two terms in the Senate.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports that Johnson said in an interview this week that he "may not be the best candidate" to help the GOP retake the Senate last year, and he blamed the media for purportedly damaging his public image.

"I wouldn't run if I don't think I could win, if I don't think I was the best person to be able to win," he said.

Johnson also admitted that his 11 years in the Senate have been largely unsuccessful.

"I feel really bad that I've been here now probably 11 years and we've doubled the debt," he said. "Obamacare's still in place, and we've doubled the debt. I don't feel like my time here has been particularly successful."

Wisconsin Democrats pounced on Johnson's admission that he has not been successful as a senator.

""We, like many Wisconsinites, agree with Ron Johnson that his 12 years in the Senate has not been successful for Wisconsin," Democratic Party of Wisconsin spokesperson Philip Shulman said. "Johnson's self-serving agenda attempted to strip protections for pre-existing conditions from Wisconsinites, encouraged people not to get vaccinated against COVID-19, and sowed dysfunction in DC."

Tennessee Lt. Governor defends legacy of notorious KKK leader -- and gets ripped to shreds

Republican Tennessee Lt. Gov. Randy McNally on Thursday sparked an uproar by defending the legacy of former Ku Klux Klan leader and Confederate Army general Nathan Bedford Forrest, whose bust is being removed from the Tennessee state capitol.

McNally's statement on Forrest's legacy came after Tennessee's State Building Commission voted to remove the former Klan leader's bust in a 5-to-2 vote.

The Tennessee Republican argued that he did not want to see Forrest removed even though he admittedly left a "problematic" legacy.

"His life eventually followed a redemptive arc which I hope is outlined in detail in our state museum," argued Forrest. "No figure honored on the capitol grounds or across the state could stand up to modern scrutiny."

While it's true that cultural norms have changed since the years following the American Civil War, the Klan has been treated by the United States federal government as a violent criminal organization.

The Enforcement Acts of the 1870s, for example, were passed as a way to prosecute Klan members who were using violence and intimidation to stop Black Americans from exercising their right to vote.

McNally continued by saying that the "woke mob's" goal was to cancel all Tennessee "heroes," starting with Forrest.

"Without historical context, we would have no Tennessee heroes, only villains," he wrote. "No Christian saints, only sinners. The left-wing activists who are pushing an anti-American, anti-history agenda here in Tennessee and across the nation will not stop with Nathan Bedford Forrest."

In fact, Tennessee is also the birthplace of American icons such as Davy Crockett and Dolly Parton, neither of whom has ever led a racist terrorist organization.

The reaction to McNally was brutal -- check out some replies below.

'Don't shove it down my throat!' Hospitalized patient says he'd rather get COVID again than get vaccinated

A man who has been hospitalized after coming down with the novel coronavirus told CBS News on Wednesday that he would rather suffer from the disease all over again rather than get vaccinated.

According to CBS News, Louisiana resident Scott Roe first got sick with COVID-19 and he subsequently developed severe pneumonia that landed him in the hospital until he was finally sent home this week.

When asked by CBS whether he'd do anything differently if given the chance again, Roe said he wouldn't.

"Don't shove it down my throat!" Roe said of the vaccine. "That's what local, state, and federal administration was trying to do."

"What are they shoving, the science?" asked the reporter.

"No, they're shoving the fact that it's their agenda!" he replied. "Their agenda is to get you vaccinated!"

Roe was then shown a statement by local Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) about the importance of getting the vaccine -- and he again replied that he didn't care.

Watch the video below.

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'Comrade Candace' Owens earns ironic praise from socialists -- here's why

Right-wing ideologue Candace Owens thought she was making a clever argument against getting vaccinated against the novel coronavirus -- but she ended up making a good case for Medicare for All.

In a tweet posted earlier this week, Owens questioned whether the vaccines against COVID-19 are really safe and effective when they are being administered for free.

"So explain to me why insulin and inhalers cost so much money," Owens wrote. "If the vaccines are really about the government saving your life, why do life-saving medicines cost so much?"

In fact, Americans pay more money for insulin and other drugs under a for-profit health care system than people who live under single-payer systems such as Canada and the United Kingdom.

In fact, a study from the RAND Corporation, which is hardly a left-wing think tank, found that insulin costs in America are on average eight times higher than insulin costs in comparably wealthy countries.

Owens's accidentally sound argument in favor of socialized medicine earned her the nickname "Comrade Candace" from many socialists on Twitter -- check out some replies below.

Trump should be forced to testify before Capitol riot commission: Dem lawmaker

Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) on Wednesday said that the House Select Committee on the January 6th Capitol riots will not have done its job unless it compels former President Donald Trump to testify.

During an appearance on CNN, host Jim Acosta asked Khanna whether the committee should eventually haul Trump up to Capitol Hill to talk about his actions on January 6th.

"Yes, I don't see how you don't!" Khanna replied. "They should bring in every relevant person to the hearings... How can you say that President Trump, who was giving speeches encouraging people to go into the Capitol, isn't a material witness?"

During his presidency, Trump successfully dodged having to testify in person before special counsel Robert Mueller's probe on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential elections.

Now that he's out of the White House, however, Trump can't so easily avoid testifying if he's subpoenaed, as he can no longer invoke executive privilege.

Watch the video below.

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Rick Wilson: GOP's rapid pivot to pushing vaccines 'smells strongly of new polling' showing dangers to party

Several high-profile Republicans this week have started actively pushing for more Americans to get vaccinated against the novel coronavirus.

The push comes as cases are once again surging in the United States and are resulting in an increase in hospitalizations among unvaccinated Americans.

Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) took the lead by encouraging Americans to get vaccinated, and he's since been followed up by conservative Republicans including Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) and Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), neither of whom can be accused of being a squishy moderate.

Additionally, Fox News hosts ranging from Steve Doocy to Sean Hannity directly implored their viewers to get vaccinated, even though Fox host Tucker Carlson has continued pushing misinformation about the vaccines.

Rick Wilson, a one-time GOP strategist who knows the ins and outs of coordinated message campaigns, said that the abrupt shift looks like Republicans are concerned about the politics of being seen as the party that's resistant to vaccines.

"This wasn't out of some sudden wake-up on the health implications," Wilson wrote on Twitter. "It smells strongly of new polling."

Earlier, Wilson said that the shift in vaccinations was like a "bat signal" going up for Republicans, and he noted that "people are tripping over their own shells to get the word out."

Ohio 'incel' planned mass slaughter of sorority women 'out of hatred, jealousy and revenge': feds

A member of the "incel" movement has been arrested for stocking up on weapons and plotting the mass slaughter of sorority women at an Ohio college campus.

The United States Department of Justice announced on Wednesday that 21-year-old Hillsboro, Ohio resident Tres Genco was arrested by federal agents after they learned of his alleged plot to go on a shooting spree of women at the college.

The DOJ notes that the suspect left a long trail of self-incriminating evidence, including multiple posts he made to a website frequented by incels, a term for men who are involuntarily celibate.

"Genco also allegedly wrote a manifesto, stating he would 'slaughter' women 'out of hatred, jealousy and revenge…' and referring to death as the 'great equalizer,'" the DOJ claims. "As part of this investigation, law enforcement agents discovered a note of Genco's that indicated he hoped to 'aim big' for a kill count of 3,000 people and intended to attend military training. Searches of Genco's electronics revealed that the day he wrote his manifesto, he searched online for sororities and a university in Ohio."

Federal investigators also found that Genco in 2019 purchased "tactical gloves, a bulletproof vest... a bowie knife, a skull facemask, two Glock 17 magazines, a 9mm Glock 17 clip and a holster clip concealed carry for a Glock."

Genco also did internet searches in which he asked questions such as "how to plan a shooting crime" and "when does preparing for a crime become attempt?"

Read the DOJ's full press release at this link.

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