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Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen seem to be heading for the end zone: Both have retained divorce lawyers, multiple sources tell Page Six exclusively.

As previously revealed, the couple have been living separately for the past couple months following an epic fight — and they’re now apparently looking at dividing up their multimillion-dollar empire.

“I never actually thought this argument would be the end of them, but it looks like it is,” one source in the know tells Page Six.

“I don’t think there will be any coming back now. They both have lawyers and are looking at what a split will entail, who gets what and what the finances will be.”

Insiders close to the seven-time Super Bowl champ, 45, and the supermodel, 42 — who have been married since 2009 — say both are very involved in their children’s lives and would share joint custody in any separation.

They share son Benjamin, 12, and daughter Vivian, 9, and Brady is also the father of son Jack, 15, with ex Bridget Moynahan.

The couple would likely file for divorce in Florida, as that’s where they are primarily based, legal experts say. Another source who knows the couple confirm they are looking at dividing their assets, which includes a $26 million property portfolio.

Brady is the highest paid NFL player at $250 million, with endorsement deals including FTX, Hertz, BRADY brand, Autograph and TB12.

As Page Six first reported in December 2020, their most recent property purchase was a $17 million home on Indian Creek Island in Miami, nicknamed “Billionaires Bunker.” They planned to knock down the 5,172-square-foot, five-bedroom mansion on the two-acre lot and build a new one.

But work has recently stalled on the property amid the marital fallout.

The couple also own a condo at 70 Vestry St. in Tribeca, valued at $3.6 million, as well as a $5.7 million property at developer Mike Meldman’s Yellowstone Club in Montana.

Bündchen’s favorite property is believed to be their remote home on the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica, where the family often vacations.

Ahead of Hurricane Ian, the pair both fled Tampa, where Brady is playing for the Buccaneers, and went to Miami, where they have been staying apart. Bündchen has been spotted there over the past few days.

A source told us that Bündchen has been staying in the Miami home that she and Brady rented in 2020; it’s not clear where the quarterback was holed up.

Although sources close to Bündchen have stressed that it is “sexist” to say the split is over the model’s issues with Brady reneging on his NFL retirement, the source in the know says, “As with many marriages, it’s not just one thing. Gisele has made it clear that she worried about Tom playing football and that they had had many talks about it.

“But they have had a series of blowups over the past few years, and this time it looks like there’s no going back.”

  • Stacy says:

    Sad that married people don’t try harder. Family should be more important than everything else but it’s not. They aren’t getting any younger, they both have major baggage they created together. They will only find people who want to take advantage of their wealth going forward. The kids are always harmed with every divorce and nit necessarily about the divorce but the fact that their futures will be chaotic with dealing with whoever mommy and daddy drags home and whatever baggage they have. The weddings, funerals, grandkids will all be affected

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    ‘Twitter Files 2’ Reveal Secret Suppression of Conservatives — Elon Musk Announces Big Change Coming to Twitter



    The second installment of the so-called “Twitter Files” was released Thursday evening after the company turned over documents to a journalist who then started to publish the findings on the platform.

    Musk released internal company communications through journalist Matt Taibbi on Friday about the company’s censorship of the New York Post’s Hunter Biden laptop story during the 2020 presidential election and about how the platform removed content at the behest of the Democrat Party.

    However, Taibbi’s release of the documents was somewhat muddled because one of the people that he was reporting on, former Twitter Deputy General Counsel Jim Baker — the same Jim Baker at the center of Trump-era drama at the FBI — was the person who was vetting the content that was being sent to Taibbi. Baker was subsequently fired by the company after this was revealed earlier this week.

    The second installment of the Twitter files was released by Bari Weiss in a similar manner that Taibbi released his installment of the files, slowly tweeting out content, making people wait several minutes before the next tweet was published, which annoyed many users.

    “A new Twitter Files investigation reveals that teams of Twitter employees build blacklists, prevent disfavored tweets from trending, and actively limit the visibility of entire accounts or even trending topics—all in secret, without informing users,” Weiss tweeted. “Take, for example, Stanford’s Dr. Jay Bhattacharya (@DrJBhattacharya) who argued that Covid lockdowns would harm children. Twitter secretly placed him on a ‘Trends Blacklist,’ which prevented his tweets from trending.”

    “Or consider the popular right-wing talk show host, Dan Bongino (@dbongino), who at one point was slapped with a ‘Search Blacklist,’” Weiss continued.

    Weiss further noted that another major conservative account was hit with a “Do Not Amplify” restriction.

    Weiss highlighted how executives at the company, including leftist Vijaya Gadde, then-Head of Legal Policy and Trust, had previously denied that the company took these actions.

    “The group that decided whether to limit the reach of certain users was the Strategic Response Team – Global Escalation Team, or SRT-GET. It often handled up to 200 ‘cases’ a day,” Weiss said. “But there existed a level beyond official ticketing, beyond the rank-and-file moderators following the company’s policy on paper. That is the ‘Site Integrity Policy, Policy Escalation Support,’ known as ‘SIP-PES.’”

    Weiss then documented how the popular conservative account Libs of TikTok was censored by the platform.

    Elon Musk’s Response

    Following tonight’s release of the Twitter Files Pt. 2, Twitter owner Elon Musk went online to comment on the findings.

    Elon took a veiled shot at his former head of censorship, Yoel Roth.

    And he also fired a tweet out on his former top censor Vijaya Gadde who openly lied to the public while she was censoring conservatives.

    And Elon announced a BIG change to the Twitter platform.

    Elon and his engineers are working on a software update that will notify users of their true status so you will be able to see if you are shadowbanned, and the reason why and how to appeal.

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    Same-Sex Marriage Bill Heads to Biden’s Desk: Here Are the 39 Republicans Who Voted for It



    The House of Representatives gave final approval to the Respect for Marriage Act Thursday. The bill, which passed 258-169, is now headed to President Joe Biden’s desk.

    Every single Democrat voted for the legislation, as did 39 Republicans. Most Republicans (169) voted against the measure, while 1 voted “present” and four did not vote.

    The Senate passed the bill, 61-36, last week.

    The bill seeks to codify the Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. Biden is expected to sign it into law.

    The House previously voted to pass the Respect for Marriage Act in July. All Democrats voted in favor (220), while 157 Republicans voted against. Forty-seven Republicans joined their Democrat colleagues in voting for the bill.

    These included Reps. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., chairwoman of the House Republican Conference; Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.; Scott Perry, R-Pa.; Liz Cheney, R-Wyo.; and Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y.

    Rep. Perry appears to have walked back on his decision to vote for the bill. Perry said in a November interview with Family Research Council President Tony Perkins that he did not have much information on the bill before it went up for a vote in July. “This bill did not come through committee in the House—it came directly to the floor,” said Perry. “We were given a choice, as we understood it… to vote either against traditional marriage or against interracial marriage.”

    Perry explained he had to vote on the bill almost immediately. “I calculated incorrectly … that my long-standing support of traditional marriage would be understood, and I didn’t want to vote against interracial marriage.”

    Remarking on the upcoming Senate vote, Perry said: “Now they’re going to offer some kind of amendment… but this literally destroys religious freedom.”

    Twelve Senate Republicans who previously supported the bill joined all 50 Senate Democrats in voting for its final passage last week. Among these Republican senators were Roy Blunt of Missouri, Richard Burr of North Carolina, Susan Collins of Maine, and Mitt Romney of Utah.

    Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, introduced a religious liberty amendment to the Senate version of the bill. “The [Respect for Marriage Act’s] leading proponents amended the bill by adding protections for religious service attendance and the solemnization of marriage,” Lee wrote in a November op-ed. “But those protections are inadequate to address many of the gravest risks posed by this bill, particularly those threatening the tax-exempt status of religious non-profits.”

    Lee’s amendment, which garnered 48-49 votes, failed to meet the 60-vote requirement to pass the Senate.

    Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, introduced his own amendment in the House Rules Committee last week. The House Rules Committee ruled his amendment—which would have offered protections for those who believe out of religious or moral conviction that marriage is a union between one man and one woman—out of order on Monday.

    “The House Rules Committee blocked my common-sense amendment to the so-called Respect for Marriage Act. In doing so, Rules Committee Democrats silenced the American people’s voice in the House chamber and put our fundamental rights in the crosshairs,” Roy said in a statement provided to The Daily Signal.

    Roy said that “not a single committee held a hearing, heard from witnesses, or deliberated the details of this legislation” before the vote, so members of Congress “will be forced to vote up or down on a bill that they were not allowed to amend or even seriously debate.”

    “No free American should have to live in constant threat of having their life upended and ruined in court for holding millennia-old religious beliefs,” Roy added. “Further, every Americans deserves to know whether their representative wants the federal government to target people of faith.”

    Here are the Republicans who voted for the bill, according to preliminary reports. Most also voted for it in July, but some did not:

    Kelly Armstrong (N.D.)

    Don Bacon (Neb.)

    Ken Calvert (Calif.)

    Kat Cammack (Fla.)

    Mike Carey (Ohio)

    Liz Cheney (Wyo.)

    John Curtis (Utah)

    Rodney Davis (Ill.)

    Tom Emmer (Minn.)

    Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.)

    Mike Gallagher (Wisc.)

    Andrew Garbarino (N.Y.)

    Mike Garcia (Calif.)

    Carlos Gimenez (Fla.)

    Tony Gonzales (Texas)

    Anthony Gonzalez (Ohio)

    Jamie Herrera Beutler (Wash.)

    Ashley Hinson (Iowa)

    Darrell Issa (Calif.)

    Chris Jacobs (N.Y.)

    David Joyce (Ohio)

    John Katko (N.Y.)

    Nancy Mace (S.C.)

    Nicole Malliotakis (N.Y.)

    Peter Meijer (Mich.)

    Mariannette Miller-Meeks (Iowa)

    Blake Moore (Utah)

    Dan Newhouse (Wash.)

    Jay Obernolte (Calif.)

    Tom Rice (S.C.)

    Mike Simpson (Idaho)

    Elise Stefanik (N.Y.)

    Bryan Steil (Wis.)

    Chris Stewart (Utah)

    Mike Turner (Ohio)

    Fred Upton (Mich.)

    David Valadao (Calif.)

    Ann Wagner (Mo.)

    Michael Waltz (Fla.)

    Here’s a list of House Republicans who previously voted for the bill but voted against it on Thursday:

    Cliff Bentz (Ore.)

    Mario Diaz-Balart (Fla.)

    Brian Mast (Fla.)

    Dan Meuser (Pa.)

    Scott Perry (Pa.)

    Maria Elvira Salazar (Fla.)

    Jefferson Van Drew (N.J.)

    Finally, two Republicans who supported the bill in July did not vote Thursday (Illinois’ Adam Kinzinger and New York’s Lee Zeldin), while Burgess Owens (Utah) voted “present” on Thursday after voting “yes” in July.

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    House Passes $858 Billion Defense Bill That Reverses Military Vaccine Mandate



    The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation Thursday authorizing $858 billion in national defense funding, including reversing the U.S. military’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

    Lawmakers approved a final version to repeal the mandate through the passage of the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the annual defense bill.

    The 4,000-page legislation advanced with a solid bipartisan majority, 350-80, which requires the Pentagon to rescind the Covid vaccine mandate for active duty service members within 30 days of its enactment.

    The bill also includes several policy provisions, including a 4.6% pay raise for military service members, strengthening defense strategies using air force, land warfare, cybersecurity, and increasing U.S. support for Ukraine and NATO, as reported by CNN.

    While the bill would remove the vaccine mandate for U.S. troops, it would not reinstate service members who were discharged or had their benefits slashed for refusing to be immunized against COVID.

    On Monday, National Security Council spokesman John Kirby asserted that President Joe Biden and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin opposed repealing the Defense Department’s vaccine mandate.

    “Secretary Austin’s been very clear that he opposes the repeal of the vaccine mandate, and the president actually concurs with the secretary of defense,” Kirby stated, adding that Biden “continues to believe that all Americans, including those in the armed forces, should be vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19 … Vaccines are saving lives, including our men and women in uniform.”

    Part of the language in the new NDAA will order the Pentagon to find a means of compensating service members punished for refusing to be vaccinated.

    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said Tuesday night that the Biden administration’s COVID vaccine mandate for the U.S. military would end.

    “The end of President Biden’s military COVID vaccine mandate is a victory for our military and for common sense,” McCarthy said in a statement. “Last week, I told the president directly: it’s time to end the COVID vaccine mandate and rehire our service members.”

    White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters Wednesday that President Biden would “look at the NDAA in its entirety, and make his judgment on that” on wether he would sign the bill.

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    Paul Whelan Speaks Out After Brittney Griner Released from Russian Prison



    The former Marine still detained in Russia begged the Biden Administration to secure his release Thursday, saying not enough has been done to free him while speaking on CNN.

    Whelan spoke exclusively to CNN following news that WNBA star Brittney Griner had been released from a Russian penal colony in exchange for notorious arms dealer Viktor Bout.

    “I have to say I’m greatly disappointed that more has not been done to secure my release,” Whelan told CNN. “Especially as the four-year-anniversary of my arrest is coming up. I was arrested for a crime that never occurred.”

    “I would say that if a message could go to President Biden, that, you know, this is a precarious situation that needs to be resolved quickly. And I would hope that he and his administration would do everything they could to get me home regardless of the price they may have to pay at this point.”

    Whelan also said he was shocked to learn he was not being freed.

    “I was led to believe that things were moving in the right direction, and that the governments were negotiating and that something would happen fairly soon.”

    Whelan was detained in December of 2018 by Russian authorities who alleged he was part of an intelligence operation. Whelan was convicted and sentenced in June of 2020 to 16 years in prison.

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    Here’s How the CDC Used a Backchannel with Twitter to Control the COVID Narrative



    Twitter set up a portal for government officials and “stakeholders” to submit posts that allegedly contained COVID-19 misinformation for Twitter to review, according to documents released by America First Legal (AFL) on Tuesday.

    Twitter officials used the portal to track online posts for review, and invited Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials to enroll, according to documents AFL obtained through its litigation against the CDC. Twitter’s Todd O’Boyle enrolled the CDC’s Carol Crawford in the portal in May 2021 after she sent an email labeled “COVID Misinformation” with links to several Twitter posts who wrote about microchips and “vaccine shedding.” O’Boyle described the channel as “the best way to get a spreadsheet like this reviewed.”

    O’Boyle wrote in his response that he agreed that her submissions were “important trends to note” and assured her Twitter would review them.

    On Sept. 2, Crawford emailed O’Boyle that a CDC “Lab alert” regarding PCR testing was allegedly “misinterpreted and was shared via social media.” Crawford then flagged the hashtag “pcrtest” to be monitored.

    Crawford also asked for Census Department officials to be able to use the Twitter portal to flag COVID-19 misinformation, according to the documents.

    “Also, would there be any issues or complications stemming from flagging COVID misinformation on the portal using the existing census.gov accounts that have access?” Crawford wrote May 24.

    “In recent months, millions of Americans have witnessed the peeling of the ‘misinformation’ onion. Beneath each layer of shocking details about a partnership between the federal government and Big Tech is yet another layer of connections, conspiracy, and collaboration between power centers that seek to suppress information from the American people,” Gene Hamilton, America First Legal vice-president and general counsel, said in Tuesday’s press release. “We are proud to play a leading role in fighting for the rights of all Americans and revealing this vital information to the American people.”

    Tuesday’s announcement was the fourth set of documents AFL released about COVID-19 censorship. The other sets released by AFL revealed additional information about how the government censored information about the COVID-19 pandemic, “built the evidentiary record showing that CDC specifically sent Facebook and Twitter-specific posts to take down, throttle, censor, or flag,” and linked the CDC’s guidelines on in-school mask mandates to “political polling by liberal dark money group The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF),” according to the press release.

    KFF “is a nonprofit organization focusing on national health issues, as well as the U.S. role in global health policy,” according to it website.

    KFF received funding from platforms including Google and Twitter and its officials have served in both the Biden and Obama administrations, a November AFL press release claimed. Drew Altman, KFF president and CEO, claimed in an August 2021 email to Biden officials that mask mandates in school were popular and those who opposed the policy ” is “made up of the usual suspects” who are “large enough to make some trouble,” AFL revealed.

    O’Boyle, Crawford, the CDC, the WHO, Facebook, Google, KFF and Twitter did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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    Celine Dion Reveals Heartbreaking News About Her Health



    Iconic singer Celine Dion revealed Thursday that she is suffering from an incredibly rare disease that prevents her from currently performing.

    The singer, who shot to international stardom after her duet with Peabo Bryson for “Beauty and the Beast” in 1991, stated she has been diagnosed with stiff-person syndrome (SPS), a progressive disease that leaves its victims as “human statues” who cannot walk or talk, according to the Daily Mail.

    SPS currently has no cure, although treatments can slow its progression. Last spring, Dion canceled the North American dates of her Courage World Tour, three months after she canceled her Las Vegas comeback.

    “Hello, everyone,” Dion said softly. “I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to reach out to you. I miss you all so much and can’t wait to be on stage talking to you in person. As you know I’ve always been an open book and I wasn’t ready to say anything before but I’m ready now.”

    She then revealed ongoing health problems, including the rare neurological disorder.

    “I’ve been dealing with problems with my health for a long time and it’s been really difficult for me to face my challenges and to talk about everything that I’ve been going through,” she said. “Recently I’ve been diagnosed with a very rare neurological disorder called the stiff-person syndrome which affects one in a million people.”

    She said that the condition had caused spasms that made it difficult to sing.

    “While we’re still learning about this rare condition, we now know this is what’s been causing all of the spasms I’ve been having,” she acknowledged. “Unfortunately, these spasms affect every aspect of my daily life sometimes causing difficulties when I walk and not allowing me to use my vocal chords to sing the way I’m used to.”

    Tearing up, Dion, who has three sons from her marriage to her late husband René Angélil, said her family was giving her hope.

    “It hurts me to tell you today that this means I won’t be ready to restart my tour in Europe in February. I have a great team of doctors working alongside me to help me get better and my precious children who are supporting me and giving me hope,” she said. “I’m working hard with my sports medicine therapist every day to build back my strength and my ability to perform again but I have to admit it’s been a struggle.”

    “All I know is singing,” said Dion, who became a singing sensation in Canada barely in her teens. “It’s what I’ve done all my life and it’s what I love to do the most. I miss you so much. I miss seeing all of you, being on the stage, performing for you. I always give 100 percent when I do my shows but my condition is not allowing me to give you that right now.”

    “For me to reach you again I have no choice but to concentrate on my health at this moment and I have hope that I’m on the road to recovery. This is my focus and I’m doing everything that I can to recuperate. I want to thank you so much for your wishes and love and support on my social media. This means a lot to me. Take care of yourselves. Be well. I love you guys so much and I really hope I can see you again real soon,” she concluded.

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    WaPo Claims ‘Shark Week’ Has Too Many ‘Men Named Mike’ And ‘Lacks Diversity’ – Mike Rowe Responds



    Former “Shark Week” host Mike Rowe had a few thoughts about a recent Washington Post article claiming that the Discovery Channel’s regular summer event “lacks diversity” and “overrepresents men named Mike.”

    Rowe, who hosted the annual week-long event in both 2006 and 2008, responded to the Post’s assertion by crowd-sourcing a response via social media. Having not yet had his coffee, he explained, he needed a little outside help.

    “Good Morning. As a white male named Mike who hosted Shark Week more than once, this headline caught my eye in The Washington Post,” Rowe began, explaining that he had come across the article while in New York City to promote another new season of the show that made him a household name: “Dirty Jobs.” The new season, he noted, is set to premiere on Discovery on Sunday at 8 p.m.

    “I have not yet had my coffee, or time to formulate a cogent response, but in the course of promoting a new season of ‘Dirty Jobs,’ (Sunday at 8pm on Discovery,) I suspect I might be asked to respond specifically to this headline,” Rowe continued, calling on his fans to make suggestions as to how he should respond.

    “If you have any thoughts or suggestions, please leave them in the comments below,” Rowe added, warning, “Unless of course, you’re a white guy named Mike. I think we’ve all heard quite enough from you …”

    Rowe concluded the message with a postscript reminding fans once again about the upcoming Sunday premiere of the new season of “Dirty Jobs” — and then added a second postscript, musing, “Gotta wonder how former Shark Week host, Mike Tyson, is taking the news …”

    During 2020’s Shark Week, Tyson participated in a stunt labeled “Rumble on the Reef,” during which he placed a shark into tonic immobility by grabbing it by the nose. “I am champion of the shark!” Tyson shouted upon his success.


    Yet another “Mike” — history’s most decorated Olympian of all-time Michael Phelps — has also appeared as a part of Shark Week programming in 2017, “racing” against a great white shark.


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    Jennifer Lawrence Claims She Was First Ever Woman to Lead an Action Film – There’s Just One Problem



    Jennifer Lawrence said that before “Hunger Games,” no one “had ever put a woman in the lead of an action movie.” But there’s just one problem with that. It’s not true.

    During Variety’s Actors on Actors interview, the 32-year-old actress claimed she was the first woman ever to be cast in the lead role of an action film when she landed the part of Katniss Everdeen in the 2012 hit dystopian movie.

    “I remember when I was doing ‘Hunger Games,’ nobody had ever put a woman in the lead of an action movie because it wouldn’t work — because we were told girls and boys can both identify with a male lead, but boys cannot identify with a female lead,” Lawrence claimed.

    Lawrence spoke with fellow actress Viola Davis, who did not push back against the claim.

    “It just makes me so happy every single time I see a movie come out that just blows through every one of those beliefs, and proves that it is just a lie to keep certain people out of the movies,” Lawrence added. “To keep certain people in the same positions that they’ve always been in.”

    For as far back as the 1980s, many women have landed action hero lead roles, such as sci-fi action heroes like Linda Hamilton in the monster 1984 hit “The Terminator,” and Sigourney Weaver in “Aliens” in 1986.

    There were also female action stars like Bridget Fonda in 1993’s “Point of No Return,” and Geena Davis in “The Long Kiss Goodnight” in 1996. Not to mention actresses such as Angelina Jolie in 2001’s “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,” Uma Thurman in “Kill Bill: Volume 1” in 2003, and Milla Jovovich in “Resident Evil” that same year.

    At one point in the interview, Lawrence also discussed how her career has changed since becoming a mother while making her new movie “Causeway.”

    “I made the movie right before I got married,” the actress shared. “And then we had the pandemic. Two years later, I’m pregnant, we go back, and we make the rest of it. It was the scariest thing in the entire world to think about making a family. What if I f*** up? What if I can’t do it? And I was so scared that I would f*** it up. And it was so interesting to make a movie where I’m feeling so scared and feeling this mirrored in Lynsey.”

    “Every day of being a mom, I feel awful. I feel guilty,” she added. “I’m playing with him and I’m like, ‘Is this what he wants to be doing? Should we be outside? We’re outside. What if he’s cold? What if he’s going to get sick? Should we be inside? Is this enough? Is this developing your brain enough?”

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    Florida GOP State Representative Indicted in Fraud Involving COVID Relief Funds



    The Republican Florida lawmaker was indicted on fraud charges Tuesday for allegedly participating in a scheme to defraud the government of COVID-19 relief funds.

    State Rep. Joe Harding is facing two counts of wire fraud, two counts of engaging in monetary transactions with funds derived from unlawful activity, and two counts of making false statements to the Small Business Administration related to the scheme, according to the federal grand jury indictment against him.

    The maximum punishment for each sentence is 20 years in prison for wire fraud, 10 years for money laundering, and five years for making false statements. He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges and is set to go to trial on Jan. 11.

    Prosecutors accuse Harding of using dormant companies to apply for more than $150,000 in pandemic-related relief loans from the Small Business Administration between Dec. 1, 2020 and March 1, 2021 and using fake bank statements as supporting documentation on his loan applications.

    The 35-year-old state representative from Ocala was elected to the Florida House in 2020 and sponsored legislation banning discussions related to gender identity and sexual orientation in public schools up until the third grade.

    The legislation, derided as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill by liberals, sparked protests and was opposed by Disney, Central Florida’s largest employer. The bill was signed into law by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) in March of 2022.

    Harding, who is free on bond, will be tried at a federal courthouse in Gainesville, Florida, before District Judge Allen Winsor in a trial scheduled to begin early next year.

    The charges against Harding carry a maximum penalty of 70 years in prison.

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    Ocasio-Cortez Responds to Being Under Congressional Investigation



    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) responded Wednesday evening to the news that she is under congressional investigation by claiming that she takes ethics “incredibly seriously.”

    “The Congresswoman has always taken ethics incredibly seriously, refusing any donations from lobbyists, corporations, or other special interests,” Ocasio-Cortez’s office claimed in a statement. “We are confident that this matter will be dismissed.”

    The House Ethics Committee announced in a statement Wednesday afternoon that Ocasio-Cortez was under investigation over a complaint that they received over the summer.

    “The Acting Chairwoman and Acting Ranking Member of the Committee on Ethics have jointly decided to extend the matter regarding Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, which was transmitted to the Committee by the Office of Congressional Ethics on June 23, 2022,” the committee said in a statement.

    The statement said that the “mere fact of a referral or an extension, and the mandatory disclosure of such an extension and the name of the subject of the matter, does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred, or reflect any judgment on behalf of the Committee.”

    No information was released on why the committee was investigating Ocasio-Cortez.

    Ocasio-Cortez was the subject of two complaints submitted to the committee last year over her attendance at the Met Gala, the New York Post reported.

    One complaint alleged that Ocasio-Cortez violated rules because she accepted free tickets to the event, which would normally be allowed if it was a charity event and the tickets were provided by the organizers, the report said. However, the Post noted that the group that filed the complaint alleged Ocasio-Cortez should not have been allowed to accept the ticket because “invitations are controlled by a for-profit company” and “tables at the event are similarly sponsored by corporate entities.”

    The second complaint alleged that the dress Ocasio-Cortez wore to the event, which featured giant red letters stating, “Tax The Rich,” constituted accepting a gift that she was not allowed to accept because it was “directly related to AOC’s ‘position with the House’ as a highly visible and controversial Member.”

    Despite borrowing the dress for the event, The Washington Free Beacon reported that Ocasio-Cortez did not report receiving any gifts in 2021 aside from a $3,000 engagement ring from her then-boyfriend, Riley Roberts.

    The report added that the committee was also investigating outgoing Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) for allegedly violating ethics rules by soliciting an invitation for the event.

    “If they’re going after Representative Carolyn Maloney for her soliciting a free ticket to the gala, worth $30,000, surely AOC is a target for more scrutiny,” National Legal and Policy Center attorney Paul Kamenar said.

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    Brittney Griner Released in Prisoner Swap for Convicted Russian Arms Dealer



    WNBA star Brittney Griner has been released from Russian prison in a prisoner exchange for convicted Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, according to multiple media reports Thursday morning.

    President Joe Biden said Griner is safe and on her way home during an address Thursday with Griner’s wife, Cherelle Griner, and Vice President Kamala Harris. He thanked the United Arab Emirates for helping facilitate Brittney Griner’s return home.

    “She’s lost months of her life,” he said.

    “We’ve not forgotten about Paul Whelan, who has been unjustly detained in Russia for four years,” Biden said. The United States offered a deal to Russia over the summer to repatriate both Griner and former Marine Whelan, who is serving a hard labor sentence after being arrested in 2018 and convicted of espionage.

    “This was not a choice about which American to bring home,” Biden said. “Sadly, for totally illegitimate reasons, Russia is treating Paul’s case different than Britney’s, and while we have not yet succeeded in securing Paul’s release, we are not giving up.”

    Griner pleaded guilty in July to drug charges after she was arrested in February in a Moscow-area airport for having a cannabis vape in her luggage. She was sentenced to nine years in prison and sent to a forced-labor camp.

    Biden did not mention the reported prisoner swap during his address Thursday morning.

    Bout, a former Soviet Army lieutenant colonel, was convicted in 2011 of conspiring to kill Americans and provide material support to terrorists, including the Colombian FARC guerilla army. Then-Attorney General Eric Holder called Bout “one of the world’s most prolific arms dealers” and said his “arms trafficking activity and support of armed conflicts have been a source of concern around the globe for decades.”

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    Federal Prosecutors Open Criminal Investigation Into Disgraced FTX Founder Sam Bankman-Fried: Report



    U.S. prosecutors have reportedly opened a criminal investigation into whether disgraced FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried, a prolific Democrat, committed financial crimes that led to the collapse of the company last month.

    The New York Times reported that the investigation is centered around examining if Bankman-Fried “steered the prices of two interlinked currencies, TerraUSD and Luna, to benefit the entities he controlled, including FTX and Alameda Research, a hedge fund he co-founded and owned.”

    Federal prosecutors and officials at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) are also investigating if Bankman-Fried broke the law by transferring FTX’s customer funds to Alameda, the report said.

    The same entities were already investigating whether the company broke money laundering laws long before the company’s public collapse, Bloomberg News reported.

    FTX, which is headquartered in the Bahamas, was launched in 2019 and had accrued more than one million users by 2022. Users suddenly demanded $6 billion in withdrawals after an article published by CoinDesk revealed last month that the two arms of Bankman-Fried’s cryptocurrency empire, FTX and Alameda Research, had significant overlap on their balance sheets in the form of the cryptocurrency FTT, which FTX invented.

    The disheveled 30-year-old went from boasting a $15.6 billion net worth to having “no material wealth” over the span of approximately two days.

    When asked late last month during an interview with CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin at the Dealbook Summit whether he had ever lied during his time at FTX, Bankman-Fried responded, “I don’t know of times when I lied, I think, look, there are certainly times when I was acting as a, um, as a representative, as a marketer for FTX.”

    “I didn’t ever try to commit fraud on anyone,” Bankman-Fried claimed. “I saw it as a thriving business and I was shocked by what happened this month.”

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    Elon Musk Hits San Fran Mayor with Reality Check Over City Investigation in Twitter HQ



    The city of San Francisco is reportedly investigating Elon Musk for converting some office space inside Twitter’s headquarters into sleeping quarters for employees.

    When Twitter employees returned to work on Monday, they discovered that several conference rooms inside the company’s headquarters had been made over as bedrooms.

    Forbes reported:

    A photo of one converted bedroom shared with Forbes showed bright orange carpeting, a wooden bedside table and what appears to be a queen bed, replete with a table lamp and two office armchairs just begging for convivial workplace collaboration.

    One source said that no announcement or context was provided to employees, and presumed that the beds are for remaining “hardcore” staffers to be able to stay overnight at the office.

    San Francisco’s Department of Building Inspection is investigating Musk and Twitter for potentially violating city building codes by using space designated for work as living areas, according to Forbes.

    The investigation was initiated after someone filed an official complaint with the city.

    “We need to make sure the building is being used as intended,” Patrick Hannan, a spokesman for the department, said in a statement. “There are different building code requirements for residential buildings, including those being used for short-term stays. These codes make sure people are using spaces safely.”

    “No one is above the law,” he declared.

    Hannan explained that city inspectors will “conduct a site inspection as part of our investigation,” and if Twitter is found to be in violation of building codes, then the city will “issue a notice of violation.”

    Musk responded on Tuesday by highlighting the irony of San Francisco wasting time inspecting Twitter’s headquarters when the city overall remains in disarray. He directed his response at Mayor London Breed (D).

    “So city of SF attacks companies providing beds for tired employees instead of making sure kids are safe from fentanyl,” Musk responded. “Where are your priorities @LondonBreed!?”

    Musk linked to a horrific story detailing how a 10-month-old baby died last week after having “suffered an accidental fentanyl overdose” while playing at a San Francisco park.

    The baby’s tragic death remains under investigation.

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    New York Times Journalists on 24-Hour Strike After Contract Negotiations Fail



    Hundreds of journalists at the New York Times went on strike Thursday, their union announced, after bargaining over their contract fell through Wednesday.

    The historic 24-hour walkout, which reportedly began at midnight Thursday, represents the first strike of its kind at the newspaper in more than 40 years.

    “Today we were ready to work for as long as it took to reach a fair deal, but management walked away from the table with five hours to go,” the NYT Guild tweeted Wednesday night. “It’s official: @NYTimesGuild members are walking out for 24 hours on Thursday. We know what we’re worth,” the union said.

    The New York Times said representatives were in the midst of negotiations when they were told the strike was confirmed.

    “It is disappointing that they are taking such an extreme action when we are not at an impasse,” Times spokesperson Danielle Rhoades Ha said.

    The union last week announced tentative plans for the Thursday strike and revealed that over 1,000 members committed to the walkout if demands were not met.

    Negotiations took place Tuesday and Wednesday, but the sides remained far apart on issues including wage increases and remote-work policies.

    The mega-news corporation conceded to several of the union’s requests, including agreeing to expand fertility benefits and rescinding attempts to kill pension plans, the union said.

    The guild is pushing through with the strike after accusing management of rejecting several of the union’s “most important priorities,” such as attractive pay increases, keeping pay minimums for new highs and contributing more to employee’s healthcare funds.

    The Times offered to raise wages by 5.5% upon contract ratification, followed by 3% hikes in the next two years, Deputy Managing Editor Cliff Levy said.

    The Guild is fighting for 10% pay raises at ratification, however, which it believes would make up for the raises not received during the last two years when the contract lapsed.

    “Their wage proposal still fails to meet the economic moment, lagging far behind both inflation and the average rate of wage gains in the US,” the union said.

    The union is also seeking the option to work in a hybrid setting, while the company requires employees to be in the office three days a week.

    Striking journalists will protest outside The New York Times’ Midtown headquarters Thursday afternoon, while their non-union coworkers will be left to pick up the slack. Ha said the newspaper will rely on international reporters and other journalists to churn out stories.

    “We will produce a robust report on Thursday,” Joe Kahn, the executive editor of The Times, wrote in a note to the newsroom. “But it will be harder than usual.”

    Union workers are asking supporters not to cross the digital picket line by abstaining from all New York Times platforms on Thursday.

    “Read local news. Make something from a cookbook. Break your Wordle streak,” the union members are sharing on Twitter.

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    WATCH: Transgender Activists Attack Feminists Protesting Men in Women’s Prisons



    Women protesting the possible transfer of convicted killer Dana Rivers—a biological man who identifies as female—to a women’s prison were attacked outside of the Alameda County Superior Courthouse in Oakland, Calif., on Dec. 5.

    The women, representing mainly feminist and lesbian groups, said they are opposed to a California law that allows male inmates who self-identify as women to request to be housed in women’s prisons.

    One hooded assailant was caught on video, obtained by The Epoch Times, throwing an egg into the group of women and also seen striking one with an umbrella, while another attacker in all black garb with red armbands on a bicycle plowed into the women from the opposite direction.

    The women, who wore sashes reading “Woman Adult Human Female,” and carried signs saying “No Men In Women’s Prisons” and “Dana Rivers Is A Man,” were also pelted with pies in the video.

    Rivers, born David Warfield, was convicted last month on three counts of first-degree murder and felony arson. He was found guilty in the 2016 slayings of lesbian couple Charlotte Reed and Patricia Wright, and their teenage son, Benny Diambu-Wright, as well as setting their home in Oakland on fire.

    According to multiple news reports, Rivers shot Reed multiple times and stabbed and bludgeoned her. He also shot Wright twice and the teen in the heart.

    A hearing to determine Rivers’ mental competency at the time of the murders began Dec. 5. If found “insane,” Rivers is expected to be sent to a mental hospital for part of or all of his impending sentence.

    Rivers waived his right to a jury for the insanity plea phase of the trial.

    If the judge overseeing the trial determines Rivers was sane when he committed the murders, it is unclear if he will be sent to a women’s or men’s prison.

    Several sources told The Epoch Times he is currently being held in protective custody in the women’s section of the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, Calif., in Alameda County.

    “We are firmly opposed to housing any men in women’s prisons under any circumstances, including Dana Rivers,” Kara Dansky, president of Women’s Declaration International, told The Epoch Times preceding the protest. “All men are male, regardless of any administration of hormones and/or surgeries, and our view is that women’s prisons ought to be for female inmates only, which is in alignment with the principles of international law.”

    Dansky said the women had planned the peaceful protest to demand justice and stand in solidarity with lesbians and incarcerated women.

    In 2020, the California State Legislature passed Senate Bill 132, The Transgender Respect, Agency and Dignity Act, authored by State Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

    The law, which was enacted on Jan. 1, 2021, allows prisoners who identify as transgender, non-binary, and intersex “to request to be housed and searched in a manner consistent with their gender identity,” according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

    There are currently 1,657 incarcerated people in California prisons who identify as transgender, non-binary and intersex,” according to the corrections and rehabilitation department. The agency additionally reports 342 men requested transfers to women’s jails since the end of November. Of those, 47 have been approved for transfer, 19 were denied, and 31 changed their minds. The remaining requests remain under review.

    Women protest the possible transfer of convicted killer Dana Rivers—a biological man who identifies as female—to a women’s prison outside of the Alameda County Superior Courthouse in Oakland, Calif., on Dec. 5, 2022. (Courtesy of Women’s Declaration International, U.S.A.)

    “It’s happening in numerous other states. We just rarely hear about it because the media doesn’t like to talk about it,” Dansky said. “We know that the state of Washington also houses male prisoners in the women’s prison on the basis of their so-called female gender identity. We know that it’s happening in New Jersey on the basis of a settlement that was entered into between the state and the ACLU.”

    Danksy, who is also the author of “The Abolition of Sex: How the ‘Transgender Agenda Harms Women and Girls,” said her chapter of the organization has more than 5,000 U.S. signatories supporting its declaration, “ to advance women’s sex-based rates in law and throughout society all over the world.”
    Lierre Keith, of the Women’s Liberation Front, a group that is suing the state over the issue of biological males in women’s prisons, said female inmates are “living in terror” of violent male prisoners entering women’s facilities.

    “Right now, in California, any man can simply declare he is a woman and get transferred to a women’s prison—even if he’s murdered two women, even if he stabbed a woman 28 times in the face,” she said.

    Jesika Gonzalez of TERF Collective, a group “working to end the international campaign of female erasure that is transgender ideology,” also spoke at the protest.

    “In California … even the most dangerous men are moved to women’s prisons upon request. Dana Rivers is the kind of man that proves the need for single-sex prisons,” Gonzalez said.

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    Peru’s Socialist President Kicked Out of Office and Arrested for Staging Attempted Coup



    Pedro Castillo, the left-wing president of Peru, tried to dissolve Congress and was instead impeached and arrested by police.

    Vice President Dina Boluarte was sworn into the presidency on Wednesday and became the first female president of the Latin American nation.

    Castillo announced in an address to his nation that he was dissolving the Congress ahead of a potential vote to remove him from office. He was reportedly under investigation for alleged corruption over accusations that he was personally profiting from public works. Castillo denied the allegations and said he would rule by decree until another Congress could be elected and another constitution drawn up.

    Instead, the members of the Peruvian Congress voted to impeach Castillo and remove him from office.

    Boluarte criticized his attempt to dissolve Congress in a statement on Twitter, saying, “A coup that aggravates the political and institutional crisis that Peruvian society will have to overcome with strict adherence to the law.”

    Boluarte was sworn in as the sixth Peruvian president in five years.

    The U.S. government opposed Castillo’s order and called for the democratic process to continue in Peru under the current constitution.

    “We will continue to stand against and to categorically reject any acts that contradict Peru’s constitution, any act that undermines democracy in that country,” said spokesperson for the U.S. State Department Ned Price.

    The left-wing leader had narrowly risen to power in a presidential vote. He previously worked as a schoolteacher and a union leader and ran under the platform of rewriting the constitution and the redistribution of wealth through state power.

    Castillo’s status is unknown.

    Here’s more about Peru’s political turmoil:

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    Congressional Committee Announces Investigation Into Ocasio-Cortez



    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is under congressional investigation, the House Ethics Committee announced in a statement Wednesday afternoon.

    “The Acting Chairwoman and Acting Ranking Member of the Committee on Ethics have jointly decided to extend the matter regarding Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, which was transmitted to the Committee by the Office of Congressional Ethics on June 23, 2022,” the committee said in a statement.

    The statement said that the “mere fact of a referral or an extension, and the mandatory disclosure of such an extension and the name of the subject of the matter, does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred, or reflect any judgment on behalf of the Committee.”

    No information was released on why the committee was investigating Ocasio-Cortez.

    Ocasio-Cortez was the subject of two complaints submitted to the committee last year over her attendance at the Met Gala, the New York Post reported.

    One complaint alleged that Ocasio-Cortez violated rules because she accepted free tickets to the event, which would normally be allowed if it was a charity event and the tickets were provided by the organizers, the report said. However, the Post noted that the group that filed the complaint alleged Ocasio-Cortez should not have been allowed to accept the ticket because “invitations are controlled by a for-profit company” and “tables at the event are similarly sponsored by corporate entities.”

    The second complaint alleged that the dress Ocasio-Cortez wore to the event, which featured giant red letters stating, “Tax The Rich,” constituted accepting a gift that she was not allowed to accept because it was “directly related to AOC’s ‘position with the House’ as a highly visible and controversial Member.”

    “If AOC had not been a Member, she would not have been invited to the Gala and even if she would have been invited as a private citizen, the designer would not have made a special dress for her to wear at the event,” the complaint said.

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    Police Seek Occupants of Newly Identified Vehicle in Case of 4 Murdered Idaho Students



    The Moscow (Idaho) Police Department said Wednesday that detectives want to speak with occupants of a white 2011-2013 Hyundai Elantra that was near the off-campus home where four college students were brutally murdered on Nov. 13.

    a”Tips and leads have led investigators to look for additional information about a vehicle being in the immediate area of the King Street residence during the early morning hours of November 13th. Investigators believe the occupant(s) of this vehicle may have critical information to share regarding this case,” police said in a news release.

    “If you know of or own a vehicle matching this description, or know of anyone who may have been driving this vehicle on the days preceding or the day of the murders, please forward that information to the Tip Line.”

    The car’s license plate is unknown.

    Authorities have received 2,645 emailed tips, 2,770 phone tips and 1,084 digital media submissions during the investigation thus far, but still have not identified a suspect or located a murder weapon.

    Xana Kernodle, 20; Ethan Chapin, 20; Madison Mogen, 21; and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, were stabbed to death at the off-campus residence in the early morning hours of Nov. 13.

    Moscow Police Department Chief James Fry and other law enforcement officers were at the home on Wednesday packing up some of the personal belongings of the victims.

    “It’s time for us to get those things back that really mean something to those families and hopefully help with some of their healing,” he said.

    Five vehicles that were previously parked outside of the home were removed last week and taken to a city-owned lot for further evidence gathering.

    Investigators have appealed to the college town of about 25,000 to report anything out of the ordinary that could be related to the murders.

    “Your information, whether you believe it is significant or not, might be the piece of the puzzle that helps investigators solve these murders,” the Moscow Police Department said in a statement.

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    McCarthy’s Mission: 6 Changes that Could Be Coming Once Republicans Take Over the House



    Though Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is facing opposition from within his party as he vies for the speaker’s gavel, he has laid out his priorities for a Republican majority next year as he looks to appeal to all corners of the Republican conference.

    He is specifically catering to the conservative House Freedom Caucus, to which most of his detractors belong. Here are six of McCarthy’s campaign promises that will likely soon be enacted in the House.

    Investigate DHS Secretary Mayorkas over the border crisis

    McCarthy said last month that a GOP-led House would investigate Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and threatened that he could face impeachment if he does not resign over his handling of the border crisis.

    “He cannot, and must not, remain in that position,” McCarthy said at a border press conference in November. “If Secretary Mayorkas does not resign, House Republicans will investigate every order, every action, and every failure to determine whether we can begin an impeachment inquiry.”

    Kick certain Democrats off committees

    McCarthy has said he will remove Reps. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) and Adam Schiff (D-CA) from the House Intelligence Committee and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) from the Foreign Affairs Committee.

    The move would address Swalwell’s past relationship with an alleged Chinese spy and Omar’s comments about Israel. McCarthy has said Schiff, the current chairman of the Intelligence Committee, lied about the investigation into former President Donald Trump’s relationship with Russia during the 2016 election. All three have publicly decried their possible ousting.

    This would also retaliate against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi kicking Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Paul Gosar (R-AZ) off of their committees due to past conspiratorial social media posts in Greene’s case and alleged incitement of political violence in Gosar’s, as well as the Democrats’ rejection of McCarthy’s picks for the Jan. 6 select committee.

    Investigate Hunter Biden and COVID-19 origins

    McCarthy has promised to use the oversight power of the House majority to investigate President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, and the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “Hunter Biden’s laptop connects President Joe Biden to his son’s corrupt foreign business dealings, and House Republicans will investigate to what extent this connection impacts our national security — including whether President Biden has acted in our nation’s best interest or his own family’s self-interest,” an outline of McCarthy’s oversight priorities says.

    The COVID-19 investigation will look into the “CCP’s role in the spread of COVID and withholding information from the world,” “to what extent the American taxpayers have funded gain of function research in China,” and “the collusion within NIH to discredit the ‘lab leak’ theory and push natural occurrence against gathered data and evidence.”

    Create a select committee on China

    The Republican majority will also establish a new committee to evaluate the U.S.-China relationship on issues including the Chinese Communist Party’s role in fentanyl production and export, deceptive trade and business practices, and lobbying in America.

    End proxy voting

    The House instituted a rule change toward the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic that allows members to cast votes on behalf of colleagues. Some Republicans hold that the rule is unconstitutional, and McCarthy tried to end it with a lawsuit that the Supreme Court ultimately rejected. With the new Congress, the Republicans are likely to get rid of proxy voting immediately and return to in-person votes only, though members on both sides of the aisle made heavy use of the practice.

    Roll back IRS changes

    Republicans railed against a provision of the Inflation Reduction Act passed in August that they said allowed for the hiring of 87,000 new Internal Revenue Service employees, and McCarthy will try to roll back the funding boost. However, any bill aimed at eliminating this funding wouldn’t pass the Democrat-controlled Senate.

    Other promises include the full reopening of the Capitol to the public, investigating why law enforcement wasn’t prepared for the Jan. 6 riot, and passing bills relating to culture war battles.

    If these promises are enticing enough for his Republican naysayers on Jan. 3, when the House will hold its speakership vote, remains to be seen. McCarthy’s majority stands at 222 seats to the Democrats’ 213 seats. He needs the support of at least half the House to claim the gavel, but a handful of hard-line Republicans are threatening his bid.

    Though another one of his oversight goals involves a more transparent budget, Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC) said he wouldn’t be swayed after McCarthy rejected the Republican Study Committee’s plan to address the national debt.

    “Economic security is national security. I was not happy with the answer Kevin gave me about balancing the budget,” he said last month. “I don’t care who the speaker is. It could be Mickey Mouse, but if we have our way, we’re gonna have some firm economic mandates.”

    Reps. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Matt Rosendale (R-MT), and Bob Good (R-VA) have also either said or strongly indicated they will not vote for McCarthy. Biggs has put himself forward as an alternate candidate for a second time after losing the party nomination to McCarthy.

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    LISTEN: Barstool Star – And Fox News Guest – Caught on Hot Mic Bashing Hosts, Mocking Audience



    Barstool Sports personality Francis Ellis bashed Fox News hosts Jesse Watters and Tucker Carlson — and mocked the network’s audience as stupid — on a hot mic just days after making an appearance on Watters’ show.

    Ellis, who hosts Barstool’s “Oops the Podcast,” may have created new fodder for his own show with the comments that aired on Tuesday’s episode of “Barstool Rundown,” accusing the network that has invited him on as a guest — multiple times — of “trafficking in hate.”

    Mediaite obtained the unedited audio, which can be heard below.


    Co-host Adam Ferrone, after signaling the end of the show, asked Ellis about his most recent hit on Watters’ show, “Jesse Watters Primetime,” on Monday.

    “He wanted me to talk about how Democrats in Massachusetts want to lower the voting age to 16,” Ellis answered, explaining that he had weighed in with a Q-Anon joke and one referencing “To Catch a Predator,” but that overall, he didn’t feel great about the segment. “I just couldn’t get my feet under me. And I was like, I’m trying too hard.”

    The hosts then asked what Ellis would do if Fox News offered him a “man-on-the-street” gig — mirroring how Watters had started out on the air with former network host Bill O’Reilly — and Ellis claimed they had offered that and he had turned them down.

    “But what if they offered you not just a segment, but what if they’re like, ‘Francis, we want you to do the eight o’clock to nine o’clock hour!’” Ferrone upped the ante, and Ellis said he would consider that.

    But then Ellis pivoted to attack Fox News — and the hosts who have given him airtime — saying, “Look, I got home. I talked my wife about it ’cause I was disappointed in myself and she was like, ‘Let’s be honest, like, do you want to be working with these f***ing people?’ She was like, ‘I watched the rest of his show — he’s a f***ing joke.’”

    “This is still part of the ‘Rundown,’” Ferrone said, and another voice confirmed, “Still rolling, baby!”

    “And then like, Tucker comes on and just screams,” Ellis continued. “It’s so weird. … They’re just trafficking in hate.”

    Ellis did not stop the attack, instead redirecting it toward the Fox News audience — which he suggested was comprised of people too stupid to realize that he was intentionally screwing with them.

    “I think last night I went into a place that I shouldn’t have gone to,” he admitted before adding, “No, because last night I was like, yes, the Democrats are like eating children beneath pizza shops. There are people watching that, who don’t know that I’m f***ing with them. They’re like, ‘Finally a young, handsome person is saying it!’”

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