men like Matt Damon ‘cannot understand what abuse is like’ – Trending Stuff

Actor calls former co-stars remarks about spectrum of behaviour in sexual misconduct Orwellian and questions defence of disgraced comedian Louis CK

The actor Minnie Driver has told the Guardian that men simply cannot understand what abuse is like on a daily level and should not therefore attempt to differentiate or explain sexual misconduct against women.

Driver was discussing comments by Matt Damon, whom she once dated and with whom she starred in the Oscar-winning 1997 film Good Will Hunting. In an interview with ABC News this week, Damon said alleged sexual misconduct by powerful men involved a spectrum of behaviour.

Damon said there was a difference between patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation. Both of those behaviours need to be confronted and eradicated without question, but they shouldnt be conflated.

He added that society was in a watershed moment and said it was wonderful that women are feeling empowered to tell their stories and its totally necessary. But he said: We live in this culture of outrage and injury, that were going to have to correct enough to kind of go, Wait a minute. None of us came here perfect.

In her first response to Damon, Driver wrote on Twitter: God God, seriously?

Gosh its so interesting (profoundly unsurprising) how men with all these opinions about womens differentiation between sexual misconduct, assault and rape reveal themselves to be utterly tone deaf and as a result, systemically part of the problem.

Drivers response to Damon was shared widely on social media, alongside that of the actor Alyssa Milano, who said: There are different stages of cancer. Some more treatable than others. But its still cancer.

On Saturday, Driver told the Guardian: I felt I desperately needed to say something. Ive realised that most men, good men, the men that I love, there is a cut-off in their ability to understand. They simply cannot understand what abuse is like on a daily level.

I honestly think that until we get on the same page, you cant tell a woman about their abuse. A man cannot do that. No one can. It is so individual and so personal, its galling when a powerful man steps up and starts dictating the terms, whether he intends it or not.

Drivers comments come more than two months into a radical national reappraisal of gender relations begun by accusations against Harvey Weinstein, an executive producer of Good Will Hunting who denies allegations including sexual assault and rape.

Speaking to ABC, Damon compared allegations against Weinstein, Al Franken, Kevin Spacey and the comedian Louis CK, whom he commended for his remorseful response.

Thats the sign of somebody who well, we can work with that, Damon said, adding: I dont know Louis CK. Ive never met him. Im a fan of his, but I dont imagine hes going to do those things again. You know what I mean? I imagine the price that hes paid at this point is so beyond anything …

Driver said that as accusations, suspensions and firings first swept through Hollywood, she initially refrained from comment. She was now moved to expand her initial response to Damon.

I dont understand why Matt would defend Louis CK, she said. It seems to me that he thinks that because he didnt rape somebody so far as we know that what he did do wasnt as bad.

The comedian was accused of misconduct including masturbating in front of a number of women. In response, he said these stories are true but did not specifically apologise.

Matt Damon attends a screening in New York. Photograph: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

Thats a problem, Driver continued. If good men like Matt Damon are thinking like that then were in a lot of fucking trouble. We need good intelligent men to say this is all bad across the board, condemn it all and start again.

Driver argued that men should not be granted the power to interpret abuse inflicted on women without the risk of redoubling an injustice they can scarcely understand.

I felt that what Matt Damon was saying was an Orwellian idea, we are all equal except that some us are more equal than others, she said. Put abuse in there that all abuse is equal but some is worse.

She added: There is no hierarchy of abuse that if a woman is raped [it] is much worse than if woman has a penis exposed to her that she didnt want or ask for you cannot tell those women that one is supposed to feel worse than the other.

And it certainly cant be prescribed by a man. The idea of tone deafness is the idea there [is] no equivalency.

How about: its all fucking wrong and its all bad, and until you start seeing it under one umbrella its not your job to compartmentalise or judge what is worse and what is not. Let women do the speaking up right now. The time right now is for men just to listen and not have an opinion about it for once.

Since the first publication of allegations against Weinstein, a number of women have come forward to detail abuse they have suffered. This week, the actor Salma Hayek wrote a long essay for the New York Times about her treatment by Weinstein.

There is not a woman I know, Driver said, myself included, who has not experienced verbal abuse and sexual epithets their whole fucking life, right up to being manhandled and having my career threatened several times by men I wouldnt sleep with.

Driver did not elaborate on the persons or circumstances involved. But she expressed optimism that as the culture of harassment and abuse that has existed is exposed, men will find a way to support women.

In the same stereotypical way that we see women being supportive of men in their endeavors, she said, I feel thats what women need of men in this moment. They need men to lean on and not question.

Men can rally and they can support, but I dont think its appropriate, per se, for men to have an opinion about how women should be metabolising abuse. Ever.

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David Cassidy, ‘Partridge Family’ star, dead at 67 – Trending Stuff

“Partridge Family” star David Cassidy died Tuesday after suffering liver and kidney failure, his publicist confirmed. He was 67.

“David died surrounded by those he loved, with joy in his heart and free from the pain that had gripped him for so long,” JoAnn Geffen said. “Thank you for the abundance of love and support you have shown him these many years.”

Cassidy was admitted to a Fort Lauderdale, Fla. hospital Wednesday, though his condition was not reported until this past Saturday. Geffen told multiple news outlets over the weekend that Cassidy was suffering from multiple organ failure.

Born into a show business family, Cassidy rocketed to stardom on ABC’s “The Partridge Family,” a sitcom about a widow (played by Cassidy’s real-life stepmother Shirley Jones) and her five children who form a rock band and tour the country. The cast also featured Susan Dey, later of “L.A. Law” fame, as sibling Laurie Partridge and Danny Bonaduce as sibling Danny Partridge.

As eldest son Keith Partridge, Cassidy became a global heartthrob as the face — and voice — of the Partridge Family’s biggest hit, “I Think I Love You.” The song spent three weeks on top of the Billboard chart at a time when other hit singles included James Taylor’s “Fire and Rain” and Smokey Robinson and the Miracles’ “The Tears of a Clown.”

“In two years, David Cassidy has swept hurricane-like into the pre-pubescent lives of millions of American girls,” Rolling Stone magazine noted in 1972. “Leaving: six and a half million long-playing albums and singles; 44 television programs; David Cassidy lunch boxes; David Cassidy bubble gum; David Cassidy coloring books and David Cassidy pens; not to mention several millions of teen magazines, wall stickers, love beads, posters and photo albums.”

After “The Partridge Family” ended in 1974, Cassidy devoted himself to recording and songwriting, but struggled to match the success of his early-20s, with none of his subsequent albums — including the awkwardly titled “Didn’t You Used To Be?” — making a significant dent in the U.S. charts.

Cassidy did score a minor hit with “I Write the Songs” before Barry Manilow’s chart-topping version and found success overseas with “The Last Kiss,” featuring backing vocals from Cassidy admirer George Michael. He made occasional stage and television appearances, including an Emmy-nominated performance on “Police Story.”

Meanwhile, “The Partridge Family” remained popular in re-runs and Cassidy, who kept his dark bangs and boyish appearance well into middle age, frequently turned up for reunions and spoke often about his early success.

“So many people come up to me and talk to me about the impact it (the show) had,” he told Arsenio Hall in 1990.

Even while “The Partridge Family” was still in primetime, Cassidy worried that he was mistaken for the wholesome character he played. He posed naked for Rolling Stone in 1972, when he confided that he had dropped acid as a teenager and smoked pot in front of the magazine’s reporter as he watched an episode of “The Partridge Family” and mocked his own acting. Cassidy maintained an exhausting schedule during the show’s run, filming during the week and performing live shows over the weekend, but had plenty of time to indulge himself. In the memoir “Could It Be Forever,” he wrote of his prolific sex life and of rejecting Dey’s advances because she lacked the “slutty aspect of a female that I always found so attractive.”

Late in life, Cassidy struggled with numerous personal problems. He was charged with driving under the influence on three separate occasions between November 2010 and January 2014. After the third incident, he entered rehab and a California judge sentenced him to five years’ probation. Cassidy’s third wife, Sue Shifrin, filed for divorce in February of 2014 after 23 years of marriage.

In February 2015, Cassidy filed for bankruptcy, listing assets and debts of up to $10 million. That September, he was cited for leaving the scene of an accident in Florida.

This past February, Cassidy revealed to PEOPLE Magazine that he was battling dementia after he struggled to remember song lyrics and fell off the stage at a show in California. His mother, Broadway actress Evelyn Ward, died in 2012 after suffering from the same illness.

At the same concert, Cassidy announced he was retiring after 50 years in the entertainment industry, saying the grind of touring combined with arthritis had taken its toll.

Cassidy is survived by two children, musician Beau Cassidy and actress Katie Cassidy, with whom he acknowledged having a distant relationship.

“I wasn’t her father. I was her biological father but I didn’t raise her,” he told PEOPLE earlier this year. “She has a completely different life.”

Cassidy himself was estranged from his father, actor Jack Cassidy, and he would long express regret about Jack being mostly absent from his life after David’s parents split up when he was 5. David Cassidy stayed with his mother and by the early 1960s had moved to Los Angeles.

Kicked out of high school for truancy, David Cassidy dreamed of becoming an actor and had made appearances on “Bonanza,” “Ironside” and other programs before producers at ABC television asked him to audition for “The Partridge Family,” unaware that he could sing and intending at first to have him mime songs to someone else’s voice. Cassidy, who only learned during tryouts that Jones would play his mother, worried that Keith Partridge would be a “real comedown” from his previous roles.

“I mean, how much could an actor do with a line like, ‘Hi, Mom, I’m home from school,’ or ‘Please pass the milk?”‘ he wrote in his memoir. “I didn’t see how it could do much for me. After all, I wasn’t the star of it. Shirley had top billing; I was just one of the kids.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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online conspiracy theorists harass Vegas victims – Trending Stuff

Abusive comments have attacked Matejka on Facebook. Photograph: Facebook/Screengrab

There are all these families dealing with likely the most horrific thing theyll ever experience, and they are also met with hate and anger and are being attacked online about being a part of some conspiracy, said Taylor Matejka, Bradens brother, who shared with the Guardian dozens of screenshots of the abuse. Its madness. I cant imagine the thought process of these people. Do they know that we are actual people?

Conspiracy theorists some of whom claim that the government staged the shooting on 1 October or that the tragedy was a hoax have targeted survivors and victims loved ones, spamming every social media platform with misinformation and abuse. On Facebook and YouTube in particular, users have published viral posts and videos calling people like Braden crisis actors, alleging they were hired to pose as victims.

While fringe conspiracies have often emerged after national tragedies and major historical events, social media has dramatically expanded the scope and scale of the problem, making it easy for false claims to reach massive audiences and giving trolls easy access to targets online.

It makes you angry, said Rob McIntosh, 52, who was shot in the chest and arm in Las Vegas and has since been accused of being an actor who faked his injuries. Youve already been through something thats traumatic and terrible, and you have someone who is attacking your honesty. You dont even have the opportunity to respond.

I hope someone comes after you

Braden Matejka, from British Columbia, Canada, traveled to Las Vegas with his girlfriend, Amanda Homulos, to celebrate his 30th birthday at a country music festival. Police say the gunman, Stephen Paddock, whose motives remain unknown, fired into the crowd of people at the outdoor concert from a 32nd-floor room of the Mandalay Bay hotel.

As the couple was fleeing, Braden was knocked down by a bullet in the back of his head, landing on his face. He was covered in blood, but remained responsive, and he and his girlfriend, who was not hit, quickly made it inside the car of another concertgoer, who drove them to a hospital.

The wound to his skull was not life-threatening, and days later, the couple gave an emotional interview on camera to the Associated Press about their escape.

Im just so grateful that were still here, and I cant even express how sorry I am for people that didnt make it out, Homulos said through sobs. In another video interview, published by the Guardian and other news organizations, Braden explained that the bullet was very close to killing him: If it was an inch over it wouldve been in my brain, and I wouldve been gone.

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His brother Taylor and others began promoting on Facebook a GoFundMe campaign to help raise money for Braden, who was suffering from bleeding and swelling in his brain and blurred vision. The heavy-duty mechanic and welder also had to take time off work.

Friends and relatives posted messages of love and support in response. But soon, the nasty messages began to arrive, with strangers sending comments at such a rapid rate that it was hard for the family to keep up.

Obviously a TERRIBLE CRISIS ACTOR, wrote a Facebook user named Samantha. HES SCAMMING THE PUBLIC This was a government set up.


Youll pay on the other side, said a user named Mach. Others called Braden a LYING BASTARD, scumbag govt actor and fuckin FRAUD, while one user named Josh wrote: I hope someone comes after you and literally beats the living fuck outa you.

Taylor, 28, recalled: I was just blown away by what these people were saying.

One woman posted 26 consecutive messages under Taylors request for donations for his brother, saying she had been a nurse for more than two decades and that she was certain Braden was a liar and con artist.

Chased off the internet

Brothers Taylor (left) and Braden Matejka. Photograph: Courtesy of Taylor Matejka

Braden tried to defend himself, but eventually gave up and deleted his Facebook and Instagram accounts. Some said the decision was further evidence that he was part of a government-organized hoax a staged fake shooting meant to help push gun control policies.

Taylor said he tried to respond to the conspiracy theorists, but nothing seemed to work: Id be happy to talk to these people, but it seems theres no reasoning. A really sad part of this is that a lot of these people think theyre fighting the good fight and exposing truth.

By some measures, YouTube seems to be making the problem worse. This week, a search for Braden Matejka on the Google-owned video platform suggested a video titled How To Spot Crisis Actors & Fakest News Ever as one of the top results. Thats despite the fact that YouTube said it was immediately changing its algorithm to better promote legitimate sources after Las Vegas victims criticized the site for spreading conspiracies.

Mike Cronk, another Las Vegas survivor, was also widely targeted by conspiracy theorists after he did interviews with ABC and NBC news stations. So many users on YouTube have published videos calling him a fake that a search for his name autocompleted to Mike Cronk crisis actor and Mike Cronk fake. The top three search results for Mike Cronk Las Vegas were conspiracy videos, promoted higher than the ABC News segment.

YouTube search results for Mike Cronk primarily suggest conspiracy theories. Photograph: YouTube/Screengrab

McIntosh, Cronks friend who is slowly recovering from his bullet wounds, said the websites bore some responsibility. If theyre putting it online and promoting it, they should be accountable for that. They are providing a service they need to police it.

Taylor said he recognized that it was difficult for social media sites to monitor and censor content, but that at the least, they should should prioritize verified news sources above false content: People should be able to discover the truth first.

After the Guardian inquired about specific videos attacking survivors, YouTube took down one of them targeting Braden Matejka for violating its harassment and bullying policy, but did not remove the others.

We work to quickly remove videos violating our policies when they are flagged, a spokesperson said in an email.

Taylor Matejka said he tried to laugh off the conspiracy theorists targeting his family, but given the killings in Las Vegas, it was hard to ignore the death threats.

If you want to spend your whole life searching conspiracies on the internet, youre free to do that, he said, but it shouldnt come at a cost to the victims wellbeing.

Ryan Seacrest talks drag after Katy Perry deal – Trending Stuff

Nearly 3 weeks after ABC validated that it would bring American Idol back to tv, the singing competitors has a prominent anchor for its judges table, however no other verified skill on board.

ABC and manufacturers FremantleMedia and Core Media secured pop star Katy Perry as a judge for the upcoming season in the nick of time for a statement at the networks in advance discussion. Perrys services were protected at a rate of $25 million for the upcoming season which sources inform Variety represents 65% of the budget plan allocated for skill. No extra judges have actually considering that signed on to the program.


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Nor have manufacturers and the network had the ability to seal a handle Ryan Seacrest to return as host. Seacrest had actually remained in speak with rejoin the series which he appeared on for all its 15 seasons on Fox given that previously ABC even made the revival authorities. Continuous talks have actually stopped working to produce an offer. A return toIdol would provide substantial logistical obstacles, as Seacrest has actually transferred to New York for his brand-new gig as host of ABCs syndicated daytime program Live With Kelly and Ryan. Idol has actually typically shot in Los Angeles, and a relocate to New York to accommodate Seacrest is not likely offered the increased production expenses included.

The new first family: what you need to know about the Trumps

Here are the essential things to know about the Trumps, with notes on the roles each family member may play in the administration

As soon as Donald Trump takes the oath of office, the Obama family is scheduled to board a helicopter for the airport and a California holiday. A new first family will have taken their place. Heres a bit about the Trumps, with notes on the roles each family member may play in the administration.

Melania Trump at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. Photograph: Timothy A Clary/AFP/Getty Images

Melania Trump, 46

Wife of Donald. Born Melanija Knavs in Slovenia in eastern Europe, she was sufficiently successful enough as a model that she sometimes worked under only her first name, and toiled as an undocumented immigrant in the United States before landing a work visa in 1997, according to an Associated Press investigation. She met her future husband at a Fashion Week party in New York City. The couple will celebrate their 12th anniversary on 22 January, two days after he becomes president. She has said that as first lady she would like to be very traditional like Betty Ford or Jackie Kennedy. She also plans to combat online bullying and harassment. She is remaining in New York City through the end of the school year with her son with Trump, Barron, 10, and is expected to play a minimal role in the administration.

Donald Trump Jr arrives at Trump Tower in New York Wednesday. Photograph: Albin Lohr-Jones/EPA

Donald Trump Jr, 39

Donald Trumps eldest son, he is himself a father of five, with wife Vanessa Kay Haydon, a former model. Like his father, a reality TV star (The Apprentice), he has been tapped to head the Trump Organization the family business empire with his brother, Eric, aided by a longtime company executive. Trump Jr is not expected to have a role in his fathers administration; indeed, his new position as co-head of the Trump Organization would seem to preclude, under ethics rules and traditions, his speaking with his father about the business, or his hearing from his father about government. Trump Jr drew ire during the campaign for agreeing to an interview with a prominent white nationalist and for comparing Syrian refugees to Skittles. He is a big-game hunter and self-described boob guy.

Eric Trump arrives at Trump Tower Wednesday. Photograph: Albin Lohr-Jones/EPA

Eric Trump, 33

Trumps second eldest son, he has also appeared on The Apprentice and is married to Lara Trump, ne Yunaska, a fitness trainer and TV producer. With brother Don Jr, Eric is to lead the Trump organization, and is due to have no role in the Trump administration. He runs a charitable foundation to fight childhood cancer, but claims he has made about his father personally donating large sums to the foundation, like many Trump family claims about charitable giving, could not be verified. Like his brother he is a big-game hunter.

Ivanka Trump on the last day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Ivanka Trump, 35

Trumps eldest daughter, and like Don Jr and Eric the daughter of her fathers first wife Ivana, a Czech-born former fashion model. Ivanka converted to Orthodox Judaism to marry businessman Jared Kushner, with whom she has three children. She is a fashion executive and like her brothers has appeared on The Apprentice. As an executive with the Trump organization, she managed projects including the recently opened Trump hotel in the Old Post Office building in downtown Washington DC, but she has said she will divest from the family company, owing to her husbands role in the Trump administration. The nature of her divestment is not clear; it has been described by Trump transition officials as converting her equity into fixed payments. Ivanka Trump has rebutted speculation that she would act as a de facto first lady. I think its an inappropriate observation, she told ABC News. There is one first lady, and shell do remarkable things.

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Bush library releases presidential notes of encouragement

Washington (CNN)On the eve of President Barack Obama handing off the reins of power to his follower, Donald Trump, the George W. Bush Presidential Library has actually launched the letters that previous President Bill Clinton and Bush penned to their followers.

The library on Thursday launched the notes the 42nd and 43rd presidents composed on the last day of their presidencies, a routine that Obama will meet on Friday.

      “You lead a happy, good, great individuals. And from this day you are President of everybody,” Clinton composed on January 20, 2001. “The problems you now take on are frequently overstated however terrific. The large happiness of doing exactly what you think is best is inexpressible.”
      The letters’ release was previously reported by ABC News.
      In October, Clinton’s spouse, previous First Lady Hillary Clinton, shared on social networks a message previous President George H.W. Bush composed to Clinton on Inauguration Day in 1993. In sharing the note, Hillary Clinton composed, “This is exactly what management appears like.”

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    What will go through John Roberts’ head as he swears in Donald Trump?

    Washington (CNN)As Donald Trump puts his hand on the bible Friday and testifies “consistently carry out the Office of President” couple of individuals will concentrate on the male in the judicial bathrobe providing the oath.

    But, oh, to have an idea bubble over Chief Justice John Roberts’ head.
    Roberts will swear in a President-elect who has actually called the chief justice a “headache for conservatives” and berated his ballot record. At the very same time, a Trump presidency assurances something crucial to Roberts’ own tradition: a conservative bulk.

      Those ideas may be swirling around in the chief’s head as he stands throughout from President-elect Donald Trump and concentrates on the words he has to recite.
      “There have actually definitely been more uncomfortable conflicts in between a primary justice and the President he was swearing in,” stated Steve Vladeck, CNN Supreme Court expert and teacher of law at the University of Texas School of Law. “But I’m sure there will be a lot going through the chief justice’s mind Friday– about his tradition, the function of the Supreme Court throughout President Trump’s period, and, honestly, the particular function he’ll be carrying out on phase.”

      Regardless, Friday’s swearing-in will not be as controversial as when John Marshall swore in his cousin and political opponent Thomas Jefferson, and even when Roberts swore in Barack Obama, who, as a senator, voted versus his verification to the Supreme Court, Vladeck kept in mind.

      Administered oath 4 times to Obama

      By now, Roberts is an old pro at providing the oath. That wasn’t constantly the case. He’s now administered the governmental oath 4 times– all to one male.
      Back in 2009, Roberts garbled the words throughout Obama’s very first inauguration. Cams caught 2 baffled constitutional scholars reciting the words from series.
      The next day, they reunited in the White House for a do-over. Simply to be safe.
      Flash forward to 2013. When again collected on the dais for Obama’s 2nd inauguration on January 21, the justices. On that day, Michele Obama’s intense fashion design was eclipsed by the sophisticated hat used by Justice Antonin Scalia. It was a customizeded reproduction of the hat illustrated in Hans Holbein’s popular picture of St. Thomas More. The twitterverse weighed in calling it #Scaliaweirdhat.
      This time the oath– with Roberts reading from a card– went flawlessly. In truth the 2 had actually fulfilled the day before to carry out the oath at the White House since the Constitution needs it to be carried out on January 20– which fell on a Sunday in 2013.

      Roberts’ Obamacare vote

      By then, a much grayer Obama had a history with Roberts. The chief had actually cast the choosing vote in June 2012 to conserve the President’s signature legal accomplishment: Obamacare. Critics of the law had actually challenged everything the method to the Supreme Court, arguing that it broke the commerce provision of the Constitution.
      In a cliffhanger, Roberts composed a viewpoint concurring that the law breached the Commerce Clause however notoriously agreed the court’s 4 liberals to maintain it under a secondary argument advanced by the federal government: that it remained in essence a tax.
      That vote conserved the day for Obama and irritated Roberts’ critics– an animosity held by the GOP base, Trump and other Republican governmental competitors like Ted Cruz– regardless of his crucial conservative votes on concerns worrying gay marital relationship, affirmative action, project financing, ballot and abortion rights.
      “John Roberts ended up being an outright catastrophe, he ended up being an outright catastrophe since he offered us Obamacare,” Trump stated last January on ABC.
      Roberts made clear in his viewpoint that he was no fan of the Affordable Care Act.
      “Members of this Court are vested with the authority to analyze the law; we have neither the authority nor the proficiency to make policy judgments. Those choices are turned over to our Nation’s chosen leaders, who can be thrown away of workplace if individuals disagree with them,” he composed. “It is not our task to safeguard individuals from the effects of their political options.”
      By 2015 the law was prior to the justices once again in a various difficulty and, when again, Roberts enacted its favor.
      There’s a paradox to the vote.
      On Friday, Roberts will swear in a male who now is working actively to rescind the law that Roberts conserved.
      That indicates that the numerous hours and countless legal briefs– submitted by state federal governments, conservative groups and others behind the obstacles– not truly matter in a political sense.
      Will the replacement law be challenged too prior to the Supreme Court?

      Replacing Scalia

      The political world was jolted in the middle of the project when Justice Antonin Scalia unexpectedly passed away.
      All at as soon as, Roberts discovered himself needing to grieve the abrupt death of a cherished associate, prepare the courts’ elaborate funeral, and handle the problems of an eight-member court.
      Ironically, it was the political branches who were all of a sudden thrust into a constitutional dispute concerning whether Senate Republicans were forced to hold hearings for Obama’s choice: Merrick Garland.
      Meanwhile, with Hillary Clinton leading in the surveys, progressives discovered themselves on the precipice of something brand name brand-new– and not seen considering that the 1960s: a liberal bulk. They started to dream huge.
      For the many part the Supreme Court justices kept their heads down, attempted to get their work done and prevent 4-4 divides.
      And then, whiplash once again, Trump won the White House.
      By the time of the swearing in is over, Trump might take a look at Roberts though a various lens. He may one day require his vote.
      And among Trump’s very first function as President will be to call Scalia’s replacement.
      That male or female will seal the conservative bulk. Trump might likewise get the opportunity to change a 2nd justice due to the fact that 3 existing members are in their late 70’s and early 80’s.
      That individual might suggest that the Court will stay ideal leaning throughout Roberts’ period.
      “It’s a typical presumption that the most crucial vote on the Supreme Court is that of Justice Kennedy,” stated Vladeck, describing the Justice whose vote frequently supplies either the more conservative or progressive bloc with a bulk. “But specifically if President Trump has the ability to put more than one justice on the Court, the genuine swing vote might end up being Chief Justice Roberts– most likely the very first time a chief justice has actually been such an essential vote in specific cases given that the 1930s.
      “By the end of a Trump presidency, this truly might be the Roberts Court not simply in name.”

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      Judge advises $14m in damages to Jewish woman targeted by neo-Nazi troll storm

      Daily Stormer publisher incited his readers to contact Tanya Gersh, who received threatening emails, texts and voicemails

      The publisher of a neo-Nazi website, who organized a troll storm to target a Jewish woman and her family with months of abusive messages, should have to pay more than $14m in damages and remove all posts that encouraged his readers to contact her, a US judge has recommended.

      The US magistrate judge called the harassment campaign, launched by the Daily Stormer publisher Andrew Anglin a month before Donald Trumps inauguration, egregious and reprehensible. Anglin targeted Tanya Gersh, a Jewish real estate agent in Whitefish, Montana, a town where the prominent white nationalist Richard Spencer and his family have sometimes lived.

      The trolls claimed that Gersh had unfairly targeted Sherry Spencer, Richard Spencers mother, over the actions of her white nationalist son, who had recently been greeted with Nazi salutes when he shouted Hail Trump! Hail our people! Hail victory! at a conference in Washington.

      The neo-Nazi website posted Gershs name, address, and contact information, along with photographs of her and her 12-year-old son, photoshopped against an image of the Auschwitz concentration camp, and encouraged followers to contact her. The website claimed that the comments were protected by freedom of speech.

      Gersh said she received threatening emails, text and voicemails, including promises to drive her to suicide and endless references to being thrown in the oven, being gassed.

      Ive been told: You really should have died in the Holocaust with the rest of your people, Gersh said in a 2017 interview with the Guardian. Sometimes, when I answered the phone, all I heard were gunshots.

      She said she had to stop working, because she was afraid to expose her real estate clients to harassment, and afraid of being targeted by someone posing as a potential buyer.

      US magistrate judge Jeremiah Lynch said that Gersh deserves $10m in punitive damages, the maximum amount in punitive damages allowed under Montana law, because of the particularly egregious and reprehensible nature of Anglins conduct. The judge also said she should be awarded $4m more for lost earnings and pain and suffering.

      The magistrate judge does not have the final word in the case. His findings and recommendations must be approved by US district judge Dana Christensen to take effect. Even if Christensen approves Lynchs recommendations, it is questionable whether Gersh will see a dime if Anglin remains outside the reach of US authorities.

      Anglin, who claims to live outside the US, was found in default when he did not show up for a deposition scheduled in April. His attorneys withdrew from the case when he failed to appear.

      Anglin did not immediately return an email seeking comment.

      He had argued unsuccessfully through his attorneys that his writings were protected by the first amendment.

      This lawsuit has always been about stopping others from enduring the terror I continue to live through at the hands of a neo-Nazi and his followers, and I wanted to make sure that this never happens to anyone else, Gersh said in a statement.

      Anglin faces default judgments in at least three other federal cases, including lawsuits filed by two other alleged targets of his online trolling campaigns. In one, a federal judge in Ohio last month awarded the Muslim-American radio host Dean Obeidallah $4.1m after Anglin falsely accused him of terrorism.

      ABC News quoted Anglin on Monday as defending Donald Trumps racist attacks against four Democratic congresswomen.

      This is the kind of WHITE NATIONALISM we elected him for, Anglin was quoted as saying.

      The Associated Press contributed reporting

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      Chicago police want to talk to Jussie Smollett, but they don’t know when that’ll happen

      Chicago (CNN)Chicago detectives want to speak to actor Jussie Smollett — but it’s not clear when, or if, that will happen.

      Two brothers, who were arrested and released in connection with the attack, met with police and prosecutors at a Chicago courthouse on Tuesday, Chicago police spokesman Tom Ahern said. The county’s top prosecutor, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, has recused herself from the investigation, according to a spokeswoman from her office.
      “Out of an abundance of caution, the decision to recuse herself was made to address potential questions of impartiality based upon familiarity with potential witnesses in the case,” said the spokeswoman, Tandra Simonton.
        The men — who attorney Gloria Schmidt identified as Olabinjo Osundairo and Abimbola Osundairo — were arrested February 13 but released without charges Friday after Chicago police cited the discovery of “new evidence.” The two are no longer suspects at this time, Chicago police have said.
        In a joint statement issued to CNN affiliate WBBM, the men said: “We are not racist. We are not homophobic, and we are not anti-Trump. We were born and raised in Chicago and are American citizens.”
        On Monday, Anne Kavanaugh with Media Pros 24/7, a firm representing Smollett, released a statement saying in part, “Smollett’s attorneys will keep an active dialogue going with Chicago police on his behalf.”

        Smollett charged with providing false information to law enforcement in 2007 misdemeanor case

        More than a decade ago, Smollett pleaded no contest to providing false information to law enforcement in a 2007 misdemeanor case, according to Frank Mateljan, a spokesman for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office.
        The case stems from a DUI stop in which Smollett gave police the wrong name.
        Smollett also pleaded no contest to driving with a blood alcohol level over the legal limit and driving without a valid driver license.
        He was sentenced to two years of probation and paid a fine, according to Mateljan.

        Police looking into whether Smollett paid the brothers

        Two law enforcement sources with knowledge of the investigation told CNN that Chicago Police believe Smollett paid the brothers to orchestrate an assault on him that he reported late last month.
        Smollett denies playing a role in his attack, according to a statement from his attorneys.
        The sources told CNN the two men are now cooperating fully with law enforcement and that there are records that show the two brothers purchased the rope found around Smollett’s neck at a hardware store in Chicago.
        Smollett’s attorneys, Todd S. Pugh and Victor P. Henderson, issued a statement to CNN Saturday night saying Smollett was angry about these latest developments.
        “As a victim of a hate crime who has cooperated with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with,” the statement read. “He has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack. Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying.”
        Smollett identifies as gay and since 2015 has played the gay character of Jamal on the Fox TV drama “Empire.”

        Letter addressed to Smollett before alleged attack included the word ‘MAGA”

        Seven days before the alleged attack, a letter containing white powder was sent to the Chicago set of “Empire,” Chicago police have said. Authorities determined the powder to be aspirin, according to Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.
        The image of the letter and envelope, shared with CNN by a person close to Smollett, includes a message apparently cut from magazine clippings, and a stick figure drawing. Smollett told ABC News the drawing was of a “stick figure hanging from a tree which had a gun pointing towards it.” The letter, addressed to Smollett, includes the word “MAGA” on the outside of the envelope in place of the return address.

        What happened

        According to to Guglielmi, the actor told detectives he was attacked by two men near the lower entrance of a Loews hotel in Chicago. Police were told the two men yelled “‘Empire’ fa***t” and “‘Empire’ n***er'” while striking him.
        In a supplemental interview with authorities, Smollett confirmed media reports that one of the attackers also shouted, “This is MAGA country,” a reference to President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan.
        The day after the incident, police released surveillance images that showed two silhouetted individuals walking down a sidewalk, and police said they were wanted for questioning.
        Police on Friday said the men were being viewed as “potential suspects” then. But by Friday night they had been released, Guglielmi said.
        One of the men has appeared on “Empire,” Guglielmi said. A police source also told CNN on Friday night that the men had a previous affiliation with Smollett, but did not provide additional details.

        Smollett has expressed frustration about not being believed

        Smollett gave his first detailed account last week of what he says was a hate crime against him, and the aftermath, in the interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
        “It feels like if I had said it was a Muslim or a Mexican or someone black I feel like the doubters would have supported me a lot much more,” Smollett said. “And that says a lot about the place where we are as a country right now.”
          Smollett stated that one of the attackers shouted “this is MAGA country” before punching him in the face. But he refuted reports that said he told police the attackers wore “Make America Great Again” hats.
          “I never said that,” he told ABC’s Robin Roberts. “I didn’t need to add anything like that. They called me a f****t, they called me a n****r. There’s no which way you cut it. I don’t need some MAGA hat as the cherry on some racist sundae.”

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          Bank of America ATM in Texas mistakenly spits out $100 bills, customers can keep it – Trending Stuff

          Bank of America ATM in Texas mistakenly spits out $100 bills, customers can keep it – Trending Stuff
          A faulty Bank of America ATM machine was mistakenly dispensing $100 bills instead of $10 overnight on Monday, reports said.  (U.S. Currency Education Program)

          Just in time for the holiday season, a malfunctioning Bank of America ATM in Texas early Monday dispensed $100 bills instead of $10 bills, causing several fights to break out and the bank eventually telling its lucky customers they can keep it.

          There was a line at the bank in north Harris County when word spread about the faulty machine, Houston’s ABC 13 reported. Authorities said when a customer attempted to withdraw $20 on Sunday at around 11 p.m., the machine spit out a $100 bill, Houston’s KPRC-TV reported. When the man posted about it on social media, a crowd rushed to the location, deputies said.

          A few fights ensued when people waited in line to make money from the ATM glitch, the station reported. The commotion occurred over a roughly two-hour period before authorities arrived, officials said. Deputies dispersed the crowd and shut down the transfer machine, ABC 13 reported.

          Bank of America issued a statement on Monday in response to the error.

          “This was an incident at a single ATM in Houston caused when a vendor incorrectly loaded $100 bills in place of $10 bills. We have resolved the matter. Customers will be able to keep the additional money dispensed,” the company said.

          It was not immediately clear how much extra money was dispensed or how many people benefited from it.

          Law enforcement said that if the bank called on the money to be returned, criminal charges could have been filed.

          “There’s no free lunch. If you receive money that you know it is not yours, and you refuse to give it back upon demand, you can, at the discretion of the district attorney, be charged with theft,” Sgt. Joshua Nowick of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office told the station.

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