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During the fourth public hearing held by the January 6 committee, the American people heard, once again, the elaborate lengths to which Donald Trump and his allies went to overturn the results of the 2020 election. That effort included pressure campaigns on people like Arizona state representative Rusty Bowers, whom Trump attorney John Eastman urged to “decertify” his state’s electors, and the infamous phone call to Georgia secretary of state Brad Raffensperger, in which the then president of the United States suggested Raffensperger would face criminal consequences unless the secretary magically came up with the 11,780 votes Trump needed to beat Joe Biden. Even more disturbingly, it also included vile abuse and harassment directed at various individuals who were simply doing their jobs, and in the process provoked the wrath of Donald Trump, a repugnant little man who doesn’t care whose lives he has to ruin in the service of his own ego.

One of those people was Wandrea “Shaye” Moss, a former Georgia election worker, who told the January 6 panel that after Trump and Rudy Giuliani claimed video footage showed her and her mother passing a USB drive to each other—in reality, it was a ginger mint—she received a torrent of “hateful” and “racist” threats over Facebook. “A lot of threats, wishing death upon me. Telling me that, you know, I’ll be in jail with my mother, and saying things like, ‘be glad it’s 2020 and not 1920,’” Moss said Tuesday.

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In a taped deposition, Moss’s mother, Ruby Freeman, said that she, too, became the target of terrifying abuse, so much so that she‘s now afraid to utter her name in public. “For my entire professional life, I was Lady Ruby,” Freeman told the select committee. “My community in Georgia, where I was born and lived my whole life, knew me as Lady Ruby.… Now, I won’t even introduce myself by my name anymore. I get nervous when I bump into someone I know in the grocery store who says my name. I’m worried about who is listening. I get nervous when I have to give my name for food orders. I’m always concerned of who is around me. I’ve lost my name, and I’ve lost my reputation. I’ve lost my sense of security all because a group of people, starting with number 45 and his ally Rudy Giuliani, decided to scapegoat me and my daughter, Shaye. To push their own lies about how the presidential election was stolen.” Noting that the FBI had advised her to leave her home at least through the 2021 inauguration, Freeman said: “There is no where I feel safe. Nowhere. Do you know how it feels to have the president of the United States target you? The president of the United States is supposed to represent every American. Not to target one. But he targeted me, Lady Ruby, a small-business owner, a mother, a proud American citizen, who stood up to help Fulton County run an election in the middle of the pandemic.”

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According to Moss, the harassment got so bad that Trump supporters visited her grandmother’s house and threatened to make a “citizen’s arrest.” She told the panel, “I received a call from my grandmother. This woman is my everything. I’ve never even heard her or seen her cry ever in my life. And she called me screaming at the top of her lungs like, ‘Shaye! Oh, my God, Shaye!’ Just freaking me out, saying that people were at her home and they—you know, they knocked on the door and, of course, she opened it and seeing who was there, who it was. And they just started pushing their way through claiming that they were coming in to make a citizens arrest, they needed to find me and my mom, they knew we were there. And she was just screaming and didn’t know what do. And I wasn’t there, so, you know, I just felt so helpless and so horrible for her. And she was just screaming. I told her to close the door, don’t open the door for anyone.’”

Moss, who said in her testimony that her favorite part of her job, which she has since left, was helping people who “couldn’t navigate [the] voter page” or were elderly or disabled and needed absentee ballots, said she was racked with immense guilt over the idea that she was the cause of the stress her family went through. “I felt like it was my fault for putting my family in this situation,” she said. She concluded by telling the panel that her life has been profoundly changed as a result of the lies Trump and his allies spread with absolutely no regard for the people they were putting in danger. “I no longer give out my business card. I don’t transfer calls. I don’t want anyone knowing my name. I don’t want to go anywhere with my mom because she might yell my name out in the grocery aisle or something. I don’t go to the grocery store at all; I haven’t been anywhere at all,” Moss said. “I’ve gained about 60 pounds. I just don’t do nothing anymore. I don’t want to go anywhere. I second-guess everything that I do. It’s affected my life in a major way, in every way—all because of lies. For me doing my job, same thing I’ve been doing forever,” she continued.

Meanwhile, Moss and Freeman weren‘t the only witnesses who detailed outrageous acts of harassment against them and their families thanks to Donald Trump. Raffensperger told the committee that Trump supporters broke into the home of his daughter-in-law, a widow with two children. Bowers told the panel that he was regularly visited at home by people accusing him of being “a pedophile and a pervert and a corrupt politician” and “arguing and threatening with neighbors and with myself.” He added that one of these people was armed, and that the presence of the Trump supporters was upsetting to his “gravely ill” daughter. That daughter, Kacey Rae Bowers, later died.

As for Trump? He spent Tuesday morning trying to discredit today’s witnesses with, you guessed it, yet more lies.

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Video posted to social media shows former Full House star Jodie Sweetin being forcefully shoved to the ground by a Los Angeles Police Department officer on Saturday while the actor was taking part in a protest of the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade.

In the footage (see it below), the actor appears to be attempting to lead a group of marchers onto an embankment away from the highway when one of the officers shoves her down the incline and onto the pavement.

The footage depicts an LAPD officer grabbing and pushing Sweetin before the actress falls forward to the ground. A group of fellow protestors quickly rushes to help Sweetin up, while other admonish the line of police officers. The incident appears to occur along a freeway exit that the protestors had blocked. Someone in the crowd yells to the police, “What the f*ck is wrong with you guys?”

Sweetin later released a statement to the press, saying, “I’m extremely proud of the hundreds of people who showed up yesterday to exercise their First Amendment rights and take immediate action to peacefully protest the giant injustices that have been delivered from our Supreme Court. Our activism will continue until our voices are heard and action is taken. This will not deter us, we will continue fighting for our rights. We are not free until ALL of us are free.”

Sweetin reposted the widely seen video on her own Instagram page, adding the comment, “Thank you for posting. Love everyone out there in the streets fighting for what’s right… #WeKeepUsSafe.”

The video was filmed and originally posted by freelance journalist Mike Ade, who wrote, “She was trying to lead a group of peaceful protesters away from the freeway,” Ade said on Instagram, adding, “Jodi is the definition of a real one and fortunately she’s okay! But for others who choose to protest today move with caution and keep your head on swivel. It’s going to be a very long summer.”

The LAPD also released a statement to press, saying, “The LAPD is aware of a video clip of a woman being pushed to the ground by officers not allowing the group to enter on foot and overtake the 101 freeway. The force used will be evaluated against the LAPD’s policy and procedure.”

 

 


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TikToker Ophelia Nichols is making an emotional plea for help.
 
Over the weekend, Nichols announced the tragic news that her youngest son was killed in a shooting and is asking the public for any assistance to help find the culprits. According to local Alabama outlet WKRN, Nichols’ family confirmed 18-year-old Randon Lee was the victim and law enforcement said the homicide remains under investigation.
 
“The word is already gotten out and I’m just being overloaded with messages,” Nichols said in a video shared on June 25. “And I need to let everybody know. But I’m doing this video for a reason. Because I need y’all’s help. I never asked y’all for anything, but I need your help with this. There’s almost 7 million people that follow me.  Somebody’s got to know something. Today would have been my baby child’s 19th birthday, but he was [taken] from me last night.”
 
Per WKRN, Nichols said her son was shot at a gas station in Prichard, Ala., before driving down the street to a different gas station, where he was later found deceased.

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Paramount and Skydance’s all-American blockbuster Top Gun: Maverick is still flying high at the box office, crossing the coveted US$1 billion (more than $1.4 billion) milestone over the weekend.

It’s the first movie of the year and only the second in COVID-19 times, following Sony’s Spider-Man: No Way Home with US$1.9 billion ($2.74 billion), to reach that benchmark.

It’s even more impressive that Maverick hit the US$1 billion mark without playing in China or Russia, two major markets.

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Top Gun: Maverick has made over $1.4 billion dollars at the box office, making it the highest-grossing movie for 2022 so far. (Paramount Pictures)

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After only 31 days on the big screen, Top Gun: Maverick has become Tom Cruise‘s first movie to surpass US$1 billion at the worldwide box office.

Previously, 2018’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout ranked as the actor’s most successful film with US$791.1 million ($1.14 billion) worldwide.

Prior to this weekend, the sequel to the 1986 action flick Top Gun was already the highest-grossing movie of the year at the domestic box office with US$521 million ($751.2 million).

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Now in its fifth weekend of release, Maverick added US$30.5 million ($43.9 million) and stands in a close race with newcomer Elvis for the number one spot on domestic box office charts.

With another US$484.7 million ($698.9 million) at the international box office, revenues for Maverick currently stand at a staggering US$1.006 billion ($1.45 billion) worldwide.

‘Whiplash’ actor Miles Teller also appears in Top Gun: Maverick. (Paramount Pictures)
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Those ticket sales were enough to overtake Disney’s Marvel adventure Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (US$943 million or $1.36 billion) as the highest-grossing movie of the year at the global box office.

Thanks to critical praise and stellar word-of-mouth, Top Gun: Maverick has been crushing box office records since opening in theatres over US Memorial Day weekend.

During the extended holiday, the film earned US$160.5 million ($231.5 million), marking the first movie in Cruise’s 40-year career to surpass US$100 million ($144 million) in a single weekend.

According to Paramount, repeat customers and Imax screens have been fueling momentum in the weeks since its theatrical debut.

By its fourth weekend in North American movie theatres, 16 per cent of the audience had returned more than once and 4 per cent had returned three times or more.

Directed by Joseph Kosinski, the US$170 million-budgeted ($245 million) Top Gun: Maverick centres on Cruise’s character, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell as he trains a new group of cocky aviators for a crucial assignment.

The cast includes Miles Teller, Glen Powell, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Connelly and Val Kilmer, who played Iceman in the first Top Gun.

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Paramount’s sequel to Sonic the Hedgehog has also been a hit at the box office this year. (Paramount Pictures)

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For Paramount, the movie extends a stellar 2022 box office streak.

After barely releasing any films during the pandemic, the studio has struck gold at the box office with Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (US$190 million in North America, which equates to AU$274 million), The Lost City (US$105 million in North America, which equates to $151.4 million), Scream ($81 million in North America, which equates to $116.8 million) and Jackass Forever ($57 million in North America, which equates to $82 million).

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Notably, there’s not a Spandex superhero in the bunch.

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