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At this point in history, some 19 months after the 2020 election and 17 months after the January 6 attack on the Capitol, it’s difficult to imagine yet further evidence coming out incriminating Donald Trump in his plot to steal a second term. And yet, somehow, it does! That’s largely thanks the work of the House’s January 6 committee, whose public hearings may not change the minds of die-hard Trump supporters—who would believe Trump if he said Joe Biden stole a pair of triplets from a Scranton-area hospital in 1977 who were later seen changing Trump ballots to Biden ones—but it may help the work of the Justice Department. Which many are hoping will prosecute the ex-president over his attempt to burn democracy to the ground because he’s incapable of uttering the words “I lost.”

On Thursday, during the committee’s fifth public hearing, that evidence came from former DOJ officials who relayed first-person accounts of Trump‘s relentless attempt to use them to overturn the results of the election. For instance, former acting deputy attorney general Richard Donoghue told the panel that Trump begged him to investigate numerous baseless voter-fraud claims. Informed by acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen that the “DOJ can’t and won’t snap its fingers and change the outcome of the election,” Trump, according to Donoghue, responded: “Just say it was corrupt, and leave the rest to me and the Republican congressmen.”

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Just say it, and I’ll take care of the rest, wink, wink! It would be funny that the president of the United States was doing such a spot-on parody of a mafia boss if not for the whole “democracy at stake” bit.

Also on Thursday, Rosen testified that not only was Trump completely transparent about his illegal plot, he wouldn‘t shut up about it for one single, solitary day, except for a couple exceptions, including on Christmas, when he was presumably annoying other people with it.

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Thanks to Donoghue’s contemporaneous notes, we also know that even after Trump was informed that the most batshit crazy conspiracy theory he dug up on the internet and wanted to use to overturn the election—the one about Italian satellites changing Trump votes to Biden ones—was patently false, he still wouldn’t let it go.

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In other January 6 committee revelations, it turns out some of Trump’s most ardent supporters in his plot to stay in power seemingly had a small inkling that what they were up to may not have been entirely legal in, like, the criminal definition of the word.

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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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Exclusive: TikToker Ophelia Nichols' Son Killed in Shooting One Day Before His 19th Birthday – TalkOfNews.com

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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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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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