- PoliticsThe Week
President Trump is known for going off script, but his premature presidential election victory declaration in the early hours of the morning on Nov. 4 wasn't a completely spur-of-the-moment decision, Axios' Jonathan Swan reports.In the first installment of a reported series on Trump's final two months in office, Swan writes that Trump began "choreographing election night in earnest" during the second week of October following a "toxic" debate with President-elect Joe Biden on Sept. 29 and a bout with COVID-19 that led to his hospitalization. At that point, Trump's internal poll numbers had reportedly taken a tumble, Swan notes.With that in mind, he reportedly called his first White House chief of staff, a stunned Reince Priebus, and "acted out his script, including walking up to a podium and prematurely declaring victory on election night if it looked like he was ahead." Indeed, in the lead up to Election Day, Trump reportedly kept his focus on the so-called "red mirage," the early vote counts that would show many swing states leaning red because mail-in ballots had yet to be counted. Trump, Swan reports, intended to "weaponize it for his vast base of followers," who would go to bed thinking he had secured a second-term, likely planting the seeds of a stolen election. Read more at Axios. > As I've been writing, the plan was to steal the election all along. Fantastic reporting here. https://t.co/k8C73o8vH7> > -- Jonah Goldberg (@JonahDispatch) January 16, 2021More stories from theweek.com Statehood for D.C. and Puerto Rico only needs 50 votes 5 more scathing cartoons about Trump's 2nd impeachment Trump's vaccine delay is getting suspicious
Actor Dave Bautista wants to find the "low life scummy MAGATS that did this."
- U.S.The Wrap
Alex Rodriguez has been accused of racketeering and civil theft, the latest step in a years-long legal battle with the younger brother of Rodriguez’ ex-wife, Cynthia. The former New York Yankees slugger — and fiance of Jennifer Lopez — has been locked in a legal dispute with Constantine Scurtis since 2014 around a joint real estate venture that was launched almost two decades ago. Among the 59 counts in a lengthy amended complaint filed in a Florida State court on Jan. 8, Scurtis accuses Rodriguez of racketeering and civil theft. While a 2015 New York Daily News report outlined accusations against Rodriguez of mortgage and insurance fraud, the new complaint lists evidence that supports those claims. “Mr. Rodriguez will face a jury on August 2, 2021, to answer claims that he and his co-conspirators engaged in a pattern of racketeering and embezzlement, gravely damaging a legitimate and successful family real estate business that Constantine Scurtis built through hard work and savvy investment decisions, as laid out in the complaint,” Scurtis’ attorney, Katherine Eskovitz, said in a statement. Also Read: Virtual Concert Innovator Wave Raises $30 Million in New Funding From Maveron, Scooter Braun and Alex Rodriguez In the complaint, Scurtis accuses Rodriguez of lying and cheating in their real estate partnership, including “breaches of fiduciary duty, breaches of contract, and illegal and fraudulent pattern of criminal activity–including embezzlement, obtaining property by fraud, insurance fraud, forgery, mail fraud, and wire fraud.” It goes on to say that “through their racketeering, Rodriguez and his co-conspirators have caused Scurtis many millions of dollars in damages.” Scurtis had filed a $50 million lawsuit against Rodriguez last July. Denying all allegations, A-Rod countersued. Scurtis is now demanding a jury trial on all counts and issues. Rodriguez’ attorney, John C. Lukacs of Coral Gables, Florida, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. This is not Rodriguez’ first brush with the law: While playing for the New York Yankees in 2014, he was suspended for using performance-enhancing drugs and violating the MLB’s anti-doping rules. Pamela Chelin contributed to this report. Read original story Alex Rodriguez Accused of Racketeering and Civil Theft in Ongoing Legal Battle At TheWrap
- PoliticsNational Review
Senator Rand Paul (R., Ky.) warned Friday that one-third of Republican voters could leave the party if GOP senators vote in impeachment proceedings to convict President Trump. Paul made the comments in an interview on Fox News’ The Ingraham Angle. The senator’s remarks come amid an increasing divide between congressional Republicans who oppose impeaching the president and a smaller number who support the measure following the riots at the Capitol on January 6. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) is reportedly hopeful that Republicans can use impeachment to purge Trump from the GOP, although he would need the support of at least 16 additional Republican senators to vote to convict. “Look, I didn’t agree with the [Capitol] fight that happened last week, and I voted against overturning the election, but at the same time, the impeachment is a wrongheaded, partisan notion, [and] if Republicans go along with it, it’ll destroy the party,” Paul said during the interview. “A third of the Republicans will leave the party,” Paul continued. “This isn’t about, anymore, the Electoral College, this is about the future of the party, and whether you’re going to ostracize and excommunicate President Trump from the party. Well, guess what? Millions of his fans will leave as well.” While a majority of Americans believe Trump should be removed from office immediately, just 17 percent of Republicans support expelling Trump from the presidency, according to an Axios–Ipsos poll released on Thursday. Support for Trump among Republicans has fallen since the Capitol riots; however, 60 percent believe the party should continue to follow Trump once he leaves office, an ABC News/Washington Post poll found.
- SportsYahoo Sports
Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers are flipping a middle finger after offseason of NFL preparing for life after them
They are vying for the head of the table when this season is over. If only to prove that the baton isn’t going to be a handoff as much as an alley fight.
- U.S.The Root
The many army veterans and law enforcement officers who participated in the insurrectionist attack at the U.S. Capitol confirmed that there are people in the forces who also identify as violent Trump supporters, as does the recent case of an Army veteran being accused of shooting at a Black teen girl during a Trump rally.
Friday morning, Trump’s former campaign lawyer Sidney Powell was hit with a lawsuit. The voting machine company Dominion Voting Systems Inc. is looking for $1.3 billion from Powell, accusing her...