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Charlize Theron: My child I thought was a boy is... a girl!

Daily Mail - 19 hours 50 min ago
No one could accuse actress Charlize Theron of following the crowd. Take, for example, the case of her elder child, seven-year-old Jackson, who was adopted as a baby and introduced as a boy.

James Clapper: Mueller Report 'Devastating,' 'Road Map' for Impeachment

Breitbart - 19 hours 51 min ago
Appearing Thursday on CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," former Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper said special counsel Robert Mueller's report is "devastating" and provides a "road map" for impeachment of President Donald Trump despite exonerating him of criminal conspiracy with Russia.  

Herman Cain's alleged former mistress can describe his 'private body parts'

Daily Mail - 19 hours 51 min ago
Ginger White, who first revealed the alleged affair in 2011, has spoken out after President Trump said he wanted to nominate Herman Cain for a seat on the seven-member board.

Sears Estate Sues Ex-CEO, Mnuchin For Allegedly Stealing Billions

Newsy - 20 hours 3 min ago

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Sears Holdings Corp has sued its former CEO and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, alleging they stole billions of dollars of company assets prior to the retailer's bankruptcy.

Sears filed for bankruptcy in October. A hedge fund owned by former CEO Eddie Lampert managed to save the company from total liquidation after winning a bankruptcy auction earlier this year. But a group of creditors weren't too happy with that, arguing the company's liquidation was the best way for them to get back the money they're owed. Now, Sears Holdings has filed suit on behalf of those creditors.

The lawsuit, which was made public Thursday, alleges "Lampert caused more than $2 billion of assets to be transferred to himself and Sears' other shareholders and beyond the reach of Sears' creditors." The complaint names about two dozen defendants, including Mnuchin, who was an investor and board member at Lampert's hedge fund before he became the Treasury secretary.

The suit also says if the defendants hadn't "taken these improper and illegal actions, Sears would have had billions of dollars more to pay its third-party creditors today and would not have endured the amount of disruption, expense, and job losses resulting from its recent bankruptcy filing." As such, Sears Holdings is asking that the transfers be ruled "fraudulent" and that the creditors be compensated.

A spokesperson for Lampert's hedge fund called the allegations "baseless," saying "the debtors' allegations are misleading or just flat wrong."

White House’s fightback on Mueller report begins

Daily Mail - 20 hours 7 min ago
The White House joined the president's legal team in pushing back on aspects of the special counsel report - including a claim that Trump exploded when he found out about Robert Mueller's appointment and declared: 'I'm f***ed.'

Mueller's damning portrait of the president who reacted to his appointment by saying: ‘I’m f***ed’

Daily Mail - 20 hours 7 min ago
Robert Mueller did not accuse President Trump of crimes  - but he did paint an unflattering portrait of a foul-mouthed executive who believed the Russia probe would lead to his demise.

Hoyer: Let’s face it, impeachment is “not worthwhile” after Mueller report

Hot Air - 20 hours 10 min ago

Very true — and very inflammatory, at least with the Democratic activist base. After Robert Mueller’s special counsel report made it very clear that the Russia-collusion hypothesis about the 2016 election had no basis in fact, #2 House Democrat Steny Hoyer told CNN it’s time to look to 2020 instead of impeachment. Trying to eject Donald Trump “is not worthwhile at this point,” Hoyer told Dana Bash:

“Based on what we have seen to date, going forward on impeachment is not worthwhile at this point. Very frankly, there is an election in 18 months and the American people will make a judgement,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told @DanaBashCNN .

— Manu Raju (@mkraju) April 18, 2019

Bash added this significant context to Hoyer’s remarks, emphasis mine:

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, a Democrat from Maryland, told CNN there is nothing he has seen so far in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report that would change the House leadership strategy to avoid impeachment proceedings.

Remember that House Democratic leadership had tried steering away from impeachment almost since the start of the congressional session. Pelosi discounted the idea almost immediately after taking back the gavel so often that The Hill noted “plenty of signalsin February of Pelosi’s opposition to the idea. A couple of weeks after that, Pelosi used almost exactly the same language as Hoyer did today, five weeks ago, again emphasis mine:

Post: There have been increasing calls, including from some of your members, for impeachment of the president.

Pelosi: I’m not for impeachment. This is news. I’m going to give you some news right now because I haven’t said this to any press person before. But since you asked, and I’ve been thinking about this: Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country. And he’s just not worth it.

Following that, other members of her caucus publicly supported that position, including — surprisingly — Adam Schiff. That was mainly on the basis that the Senate wouldn’t remove Trump so it made no sense to push impeachment rather than any principled stand about negating an election. Hoyer pointedly noted that the impeach-at-any-cost caucus was surpassingly small, and by the end of last month Democrats were trying to pretend that they’d never backed impeachment in the first place.

So one might think that reinforcing last month’s strategy message would be a no-brainer on the day that Robert Mueller’s report emphasized that no collusion took place and refused to make a stand on obstruction. Speaking of no-brainers, however …

NADLER on impeachment: "That's one possibility… it's too early to reach those conclusions." pic.twitter.com/f2GhqrheqM

— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 18, 2019

Nadler was never quite on board with the no-impeachment strategy, of course. At the same time that House Democratic leadership was pulling its Orwellian “who us?” act, Nadler was reminding everyone that impeachment covered a “broader picture” than just crimes. Even here, though, Nadler’s just paying lip service to impeachment, telling reporter it is “one possibility, there are others.”

Unfortunately for Democrats, their own hyperbole undermined any real momentum toward impeachment among voters, almost certainly fatally so. Having promised collusion would be proven, the Mueller report is a massive letdown. Without collusion, the 2016 is legitimate, and if the 2016 election was legitimate, then there’s no reason to remove Trump, especially 18 months before an election.

Even before Mueller’s report went public, Democrats were behind the public-opinion curve, Philip Klein noted earlier today. Now that it’s out, they can’t possibly move opinion in favor of an overwhelming consensus for impeachment:

Impeaching Trump, whether or not it’s favored by the Democratic base, is not particularly popular with the general public. A CNN poll taken last month found support for impeachment was down to 36%. The ideal scenario for Democrats was that Mueller found some shocking bombshell that was unequivocal about Trump engaging in crimes. In that case, it would be easier to move public opinion, and they’d be able to rally their party around impeachment while forcing Republicans to choose between loyalty to Trump and disregarding the will of the voters. Now, that isn’t the case at all.

Knowing this, Democrats now are much more likely to try keep up the specter of investigation as long as possible rather than go for impeachment. This was already signaled in Democrats’ early reaction to the Mueller report and their focus on the redactions rather than arguing out of the gate that it makes a strong case for impeachment, which no doubt would have been the immediate message had the report been more obviously damning. …

So, right now, it appears that Democrats are going to use every opportunity, through testimony, hearings, document requests, and follow up requests, to keep alive the story without going through the process of impeachment.

Even that strategy has an exhaustion point. Voters had begun tiring of the investigation when the relatively trusty and non-partisan Robert Mueller was running it. Once Nadler, Schiff, and others (Elijah Cummings) start becoming the face of it, it will transform very quickly into nothing more than yet another partisan scab-picking exercise of the kind that most voters outside of activist bases intensely dislike. That might end up poisoning the presidential-primary well; it will certainly play into Trump’s complaints about “the swamp” and “witch hunts.”

Democrats and the media will keep the story alive for a few more weeks. After that, if they’re smart, they’ll let the start of the 2020 primary debates eclipse Russiagate for good.

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Michelle Obama salutes 'Queen' Beyoncé for Netflix documentary and 'living in her truth'

Daily Mail - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 23:55
The supportive gesture comes just a day after Beyoncé released 'Homecoming' on the popular streaming site and after the trailblazer honored Obama in this week's Time 100 issue.

When there is not an underlying crime with regard to Collusion (in fact, the whole thing was a made up fraud), it is difficult to say that someone is obstructing something. There was no underlying crime.” @marthamaccallum @FoxNews

Trump Twitter - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 23:46

When there is not an underlying crime with regard to Collusion (in fact, the whole thing was a made up fraud), it is difficult to say that someone is obstructing something. There was no underlying crime.”

Watch: 'Game of Thrones' Actor Jason Momoa Shaves Beard to Promote Using 'Infinitely Recyclable Aluminum'

Breitbart - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 23:40
Actor Jason Momoa, known for his characteristic beard, made an environmental statement, shaving his face to promote switching to drinking water out of "infinitely recyclable aluminum."

Perez: This 'Was a Sad Day' for 'The Institution of the Presidency,' and the DOJ

Breitbart - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 23:39
On Thursday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Special Report,” DNC Chair Tom Perez stated that the day was “a sad day for the institution of the presidency, a sad day for the institution of the Department of Justice,” and

Chinese Media Tell India to Adopt Brutal 996 Work Schedule to ‘Catch Up’

Breitbart - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 23:39
China’s state-run Global Times on Wednesday pushed back against India’s informal boycott of Chinese products by telling Indians to adopt the brutal “996” work schedule to “catch up” with China’s tech industry instead of resorting to protectionism.

Watch: Kellyanne Conway Shreds Fake News After Mueller Report Exonerates Trump

Info Wars - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 23:36
White House counselor dismantles media talking points after report vindicates President.

Ocasio-Cortez Backs Trump Impeachment Resolution After Mueller Report Release

Breitbart - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 23:35
Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) declared Thursday that she will support a resolution demanding a new probe into whether President Trump should face impeachment following the release of special counsel Robert Mueller's report.

Taking notes, Wendy? Resilient TV host clutches romance novel Every Thug Needs a Lady

Daily Mail - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 23:33
Wendy Williams was spotted holding romance novel 'Every Thug Needs a Lady' by author Wahida Clark Tuesday in New York City. The book's theme can be likened to Wendy's current marital issues.

NASA releases stunning Hubble images and immersive video of Southern Crab Nebula

Daily Mail - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 23:33
The images document in stunning detail how a red giant star continuously expels material that's absorbed by a white dwarf star, in what NASA described as a 'gravitational waltz.'

Eight-year-old Guatemalan girl in Arizona Border Patrol custody diagnosed with MEASLES

Daily Mail - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 23:29
A Guatemalan girl who was part of a group of 39 migrants travelling illegally across the border in Arizona has been diagnosed with measles. She was quarantined along with her father.

Anything the Russians did concerning the 2016 Election was done while Obama was President. He was told about it and did nothing! Most importantly, the vote was not affected.

Trump Twitter - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 23:28

Anything the Russians did concerning the 2016 Election was done while Obama was President. He was told about it and did nothing! Most importantly, the vote was not affected.

Border agents capture 1,800 illegal immigrants in one day

Daily Mail - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 23:24
Migrants were spotted walking along a highway in the Mexican town of Villa Comaltitlan on Thursday as they made their way to the U.S. border.

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