Michael Avenatti's cross examination of Stormy Daniels hilariously blows up in his face

Former Trump legal nemesis Michael Avenatti cross-examined his former star client on Friday -- and things went quickly off the rails.

Reuters reports that Avenatti spent significant time questioning Daniels about her beliefs in the paranormal, including her claimed ability to communicate with the dead.

"How do you speak with the dead?" Avenatti asked Daniels at one point.

"I don't know, it just happens sometimes," she replied, and then elaborated that "cards" and "meditation" sometimes help her talk with the deceased.

Reuters writes that Avenatti's questioning about Daniels's unorthodox beliefs in the occult were part of an effort to discredit her as a witness, although it's not clear what her purported paranormal abilities have to do with her allegations that he stole $300,000 from her.

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According to ABC News legal analyst Dan Abrams, Avenatti also tried to corner undermine Daniels's complaints about his legal representation by citing past positive statements she'd made about his work.

"Didn't you tell the New York Times that watching me work was like watching the Sistine Chapel painted?" Avenatti asked her.

Daniels, however, was quick with a reply.

"That's that you told me to say," she shot back.

Avenatti became briefly famous during the Trump era when he represented Daniels after she claimed that Trump had paid her money just ahead of the 2016 presidential election to cover up their affair.

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'Cuss-word angry' Wisconsin Republican mulls quitting party after rejecting Trump's election lies

Wisconsin State Sen. Kathleen Bernier is paying a price within her own party for rejecting former President Donald Trump's election lies.

Vice News reports that the backlash Bernier has received from saying that Trump lost Wisconsin has been so fierce that she's considering leaving the party she's belonged to for decades.

"I am extraordinarily angry, I mean, cuss-word angry, with Donald Trump and the people who seem to think that we’re not conservatives, that we don’t support our state and our country," she told Vice News. "Donald Trump is not the United States of America. I loved his policies. I loved his work ethic. But his lying to support his position that he's the legitimate president is not factual. He has not proven it."

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While Bernier voted for Trump in the 2020 election, she now says she wouldn't do so if he became the nominee in 2024.

"I would leave it blank," she said of the prospect of voting for Trump again. "I would never vote for Biden, ever. I just won't vote for him again, and I just hope that the Republicans come out with [Florida Republican Gov.] Ron DeSantis, actually. I am not ever going to be a Democrat. But I’m really revisiting independent."

Read the whole interview here.

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Dan Bongino booted from yet another major platform for pushing 'demonstrably false' COVID-19 claims

Trump-loving talk radio host Dan Bongino got permanently banned from YouTube earlier this week, and now he's found himself kicked off yet another major tech platform.

The Daily Beast reports that Bongino has now been booted off Google Ads for repeatedly spreading "demonstrably false" information about COVID-19, which is in violation of its terms of service.

"We have strict publisher policies in place that explicitly prohibit misleading and harmful content around the COVID-19 pandemic and demonstrably false claims about our elections," a Google spokesperson explained. "When publishers persistently breach our policies, we stop serving Google ads on their sites."

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Bongino had previously been temporarily suspended by YouTube for falsely claiming masks do nothing to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Despite that, he attempted to upload a new video onto the platform, which led YouTube to shut him down completely.

Last year, Bongino spent time feuding with employer Cumulus Media over its vaccination mandate for employees, and even threatened to quit his show there.

So far he has not followed through on that threat, however, and last month he told the Washington Post he was in an "ongoing fight" with the company.

Donald Trump Jr. says intel officials are 'lying' about potential for Russian cyberattack in bizarre Hannity rant

Donald Trump Jr. cast doubt on intelligence warning that Russia could launch a cyberattack on American assets during an animated appearance on Sean Hannity's show on Thursday.

Trump Jr. said that talk of Russian retaliation for America's assistance to Ukraine was part of an effort by Democrats to distract from domestic problems.

"I get to read reports saying that intelligence is saying that Russians may be launching a cyber attack on America," Trump Jr. said. "I don’t think so! I imagine that’s our people lying to us to try to instigate getting us into another war to distract from the incompetence!"

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Although President Joe Biden has provided military assistance to Ukraine to defend itself against Russian aggression, he has repeatedly ruled out sending American troops into the country to fight against Russia.

Trump Jr. then went on to claim that Ukraine is "calling in favors" from Biden to cover up his son's alleged corruption, despite the fact that multiple European countries are also sending military assistance to the nation.

Watch the video below.


White House reporter shows how Mike Pence 'actively sabotaged' Trump's phony electors scheme

Huffington Post reporter S.V. Dáte doesn't think former Vice President Mike Pence has gotten enough credit for his actions on January 6th, 2021.

Writing on Twitter, Dáte examines how Pence changed the traditional script during the roll call of electors on January 6th to specifically rule out accepting the "alternate" electors that Trump allies had lined up to support his bid for a second term.

"Not only did he not go along with Trump's scheme to use 'alternate' slates of electors to give Trump a second term, he actively sabotaged it," Dáte observes.

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He then compares a key difference between the instructions that then-Vice President Joe Biden gave to electoral vote counters back in 2017 and the instructions that Pence gave to vote counters last year.

In particular, Pence told the counters to "announce the votes cast by the electors for each state, beginning with Alabama, which the parliamentarian has advised me is the only certificate of vote from that state and purports to be a return from that state that has annexed to it a certificate from an authority of that state purporting to appoint or ascertain electors."

Dáte goes on to say that Pence "didn't just make that up on the fly" but rather "crafted it in advance to specifically reject any fake set of electors that Trump's agents in Congress would try to push."

Read the whole thread here.

'Get tested' for COVID if you run into potential super spreader Sarah Palin: NYC mayor's spokesman

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has been spotted dining out on the town in Manhattan despite the fact that she recently tested positive for COVID-19 and should be in isolation.

The New York Daily News reports that a spokesman for New York Mayor Eric Adams has now put out an advisory warning New Yorkers about the danger of coming in contact with Palin.

"We encourage any New Yorker who came into contact with Sarah Palin to get tested, just as we encourage all New Yorkers to get tested regularly, especially those who believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19,” Adams spokesman Jonah Allon said.

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The Daily News notes that Palin, who has steadfastly refused to get vaccinated, was spotted on Wednesday at an Upper East Side Italian eatery just days after she revealed her infection.

Luca Guaitolini, the manager of the restaurant, tells the Daily News that Palin's visit was "unfortunate" but that "we’ve moved on" from talking about it.

Fox News panelists rush to cut off Jesse Watters after he says Kamala Harris may be having 'a typical female problem'

Panelists on Fox News' "The Five" rushed to cut off Jesse Watters on Thursday after he pondered whether Vice President Kamala Harris was having a "typical female problem.

The remark came during a discussion about Harris claiming that she felt she was in a "bubble" in Washington D.C., which prompted Watters to accuse her of not feeling grateful enough for the position she's in.

"She has her jet, she has a chef, she can move mountains if she wants to affect policy," he said. "I like that bubble! It's a cozy bubble! I wouldn't try to get out of that bubble."

Things got more dicey from there, however, as Watters started musing about whether Harris's sex was playing a role in her dissatisfaction.

"I’m sorry to say this, but many people are saying this -- I am not saying this, but many are saying! -- this sounds like a typical female problem," he said.

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This prompted audible groans of protest from fellow panelists Jeanine Pirro and Dana Perino, who both tried to get Watters to stop talking about "typical female problems."

"Jesse, stop it!" Pirro pleaded with him, even as he kept saying that Harris was too concerned about her "feelings."

Watch the video below.

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Slur-spewing Florida man arrested after shattering Black teens' car windows with a pipe

A slur-spewing Florida man has been arrested after he confronted two Black teenagers and then attacked their car using a pipe.

Local news station WESH reports that Volusia County sheriff's deputies say that 58-year-old Richard Burnham over the weekend approached two Black teens while they were filling up their car at a local gas station.

He immediately became hostile with them and started yelling racial slurs, according to police. He then walked to his own truck, where he pulled out a large pipe that he used to bash the teens' car windows and doors.

As they tried driving away, Burnham then followed them for two miles before deciding to turn back.

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When confronted by police about his actions, Burnham claimed that the teens had shot him with an airsoft gun and threatened to kill him.

However, police found no such gun on the victims, and also found other discrepancies in Burnham's claims.

Burnham was released from jail on $40,000 bond on Wednesday, and he faces three counts of aggravated assault and one count of criminal mischief.

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​Texas GOP candidate falsely claims school cafeterias are lowering tables to accommodate student 'furries'

Michelle Evans, a Republican candidate for the Texas State House of Representatives, is bizarrely accusing local schools of lowering cafeteria seats to accommodate student "furries."

Texas Monthly reports that Evans made the claim in response to a separate false right-wing claim about schools accommodating furries by placing litter boxes in school bathrooms.

"Cafeteria tables are being lowered in certain Round Rock Independent School District middle and high schools to allow 'furries' to more easily eat without utensils or their hands (ie, like a dog eats from a bowl)," she wrote on Twitter this week.

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However, Texas Monthly reached out to Round Rock ISD, and a spokesperson told them that they are not altering their cafeterias to accommodate children who identify as animals.

"This is not happening," the spokesperson explained. "Our tables don’t even have the option of lowering."

Evans nonetheless defended her decision to post false information about the school district and she said she was "merely relaying information" she'd heard from another parent.

Read full story here: https://www.texasmonthly.com/news-politics/texas-gop-candidate-furries-schools/

A 'cooperating witness' can now confirm Matt Gaetz was informed he'd had sex with a minor: report

The Daily Beast is reported that a witness who is cooperating with prosecutors can confirm that Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) was told by former "wingman" Joel Greenberg that he'd had sex with an underage girl.

According to the Daily Beast's sources, the witness was in the same room with Greenberg when he called Gaetz and informed him that a woman they had paid for sex was under the age of 18.

The witness in question is talk radio host “Big Joe” Ellicott, who earlier this week pleaded guilty to charges of paying bribes and kickbacks, as well as illegally selling Adderall.

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"While the sources did not know whether Ellicott had discussed the call with investigators, his account would likely be of critical interest, since it would match a key claim Greenberg made separately in a confession letter," The Daily Beast writes.

Ellicott is not the only potentially incriminating witness Gaetz has to worry about, as a grand jury earlier this month heard sworn testimony from one of Gaetz's former girlfriends, who was granted immunity in exchange for testifying.

Russian TV hosts love Tucker Carlson's pro-Putin rants -- but fear he's hurting his credibility: report

Fox News host Tucker Carlson over the last week has gone all-in for supporting Russia in the current dispute with neighboring country Ukraine.

However, as The Daily Beast's Julia Davis reports, even some Russian media personalities are worried that Carlson is too flawed of a messenger to be effective at swaying Americans to take the Kremlin's side.

One writer at RT cited by Davis, for instance, lamented that "the sole anti-war voice on prime-time cable happens to belong to a man whom liberals believe is a 'white supremacist,'" which they said naturally limited his influence with the broader public.

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Ekaterina Kotrikadze, a host at the Russian independent television channel Dozhd, gushed that Carlson is "is one of the brightest personalities of the American conservative television channel Fox News," but then added that "sometimes it seems that he attends advanced training courses at the Russian Foreign Ministry."

And state-run Channel One reporter Ivan Blagoy praised Carlson's rants about America helping the Ukrainian government, but noted that the Fox News host "is predictably being accused of playing along with Moscow."

Read the full report at this link.

Dan Bongino tried to sneak around YouTube suspension -- and now he's been permanently banned

Trump-loving talk radio host Dan Bongino thought he'd found a way around his temporary suspension -- but now he's wound up getting totally banned after getting caught.

The Daily Beast reports that Bongino had previously been suspended by YouTube for falsely claiming masks do nothing to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Despite that, he attempted to upload a new video onto the platform, which led YouTube to shut him down completely.

“We terminated Dan Bongino’s channels for circumventing our Terms of Service by posting a video while there was an active strike and suspension associated with the account,” a YouTube spokesperson tells The Daily Beast. “When a channel receives a strike, it is against our Terms of Service to post content or use another channel to circumvent the suspension. If a channel is terminated, the uploader is unable to use, own or create any other YouTube channels.”

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Last year, Bongino spent time feuding with employer Cumulus Media over its vaccination mandate for employees, and even threatened to quit his show there.

So far he has not followed through on that threat, however, and last month he told the Washington Post he was in an "ongoing fight" with the company.

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Black law enforcement officer sues Walmart for profiling after being mistaken for serial shoplifter

A prison corrections officer in Clayton County, Georgia is suing a local Walmart after he was detained and handcuffed after being mistaken for a serial shoplifter.

Local news station WSB-TV 2 reports that Walmart security officials mistook David Conners for a man whom they'd caught on camera shoplifting at the store, and continued to detain Conners even after he showed them proof that they'd gotten the wrong person by pointing out that he has multiple tattoos on his arms, while the person in the footage did not.

"I ain’t never shoplift a day in my life," Conners told the officers repeatedly. "You got the wrong man."

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In addition to pointing out the tattoos, Conners presented officers with two forms of identification, including one that revealed his job as a corrections officer.

Conners tells WSB-TV 2 that the incident made him reconsider things he believed about police officers racially profiling Black men.

"I really start thinking about a lot of things more -- I never racially profiled," he explained.

Conners also said that he could have potentially lost his job if he'd had to face criminal charges for shoplifting.

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Mississippi mayor withholds funds to county libraries unless they remove all 'homosexual materials': report

Gene McGee, the mayor of Ridgeland, Mississippi, is reportedly threatening to withhold funding from the local county library system unless it removes LGBTQ-related materials from its premises.

Mississippi Free Press reports that McGee is withholding $110,000 in funds for the libraries because he's upset that they're carrying books with LGBTQ characters and themes.

Tonja Johnson, executive director for the Madison County Library System, tells Mississippi Free Press that she questioned McGee about why he was withholding money after she noticed that Ridgeland did not make its first quarterly payment this year.

"He explained his opposition to what he called ‘homosexual materials’ in the library, that it went against his Christian beliefs, and that he would not release the money as the long as the materials were there," Johnson explains.

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Johnson says that she tried to tell McGee that libraries are not religious institutions, and thus a person's religious beliefs should have no impact on the books it decides to carry.

However, it seems he was unpersuaded.

"He told me that the library can serve whoever we wanted, but that he only serves the great Lord above," she claims.

McGee's office did not respond to Mississippi Free Press's requests for comment.

Pranksters flood Glenn Youngkin's anti-CRT tip line with complaints about kids learning Arabic numbers

Virginia Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin this week announced his office was opening a "tip line" for parents who want to report their local schools teaching "divisive" topics such as critical race theory.

Unfortunately for Youngkin, however, it has not taken long for pranksters to flood the email address he promoted with bogus tips.

As documented by Virginia-based attorney Qasim Rashid, several Virginians have sent in parody tips that mock right-wing panic over purported leftist indoctrination in schools.

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"I have heard reports that schools in Virginia are teaching ARABIC NUMERALS!" read one fake complaint. "I fear we've become so focused on exposing Critical Race Theory in public education that we've forgotten all about creeping Sharia Law."

"Albus Dumbeldor was teaching that full blooded wizards discriminated against mudbloods!" wrote one prankster who identified themselves as "Tom Riddle," the alias of Harry Potter villain Voldemort. "Fire him immediately!"

Another prankster informed the tip line that they were outraged that their son's teachers "are attempting to teach him" because "I don't need these teachers to educate the next generation."

See some more prank emails below.