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    Variety

    Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston Reunite in ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’ Fundraiser

    The 1982 world of "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" came to life Thursday night in a fundraising table read that included Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, Jimmy Kimmel, John Legend, Ray Liotta, Julia Roberts, Shia LaBeouf, Morgan Freeman and Henry Golding. The hour-long streaming event took place on the Facebook page for Penn's nonprofit CORE (Community […]

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    The Telegraph

    Tensions build as 18 Chinese fighter jets buzz Taiwan during landmark US visit

    Taiwan scrambled fighter jets on Friday after a fleet of Chinese military aircraft buzzed the island, stepping up tensions as a senior US official began holding meetings in Taipei. Beijing had earlier announced the start of combat drills in the Taiwan strait aimed at asserting its claim that the island remained "an inalienable part of China". The Chinese government has long considered Taiwan a renegade province, although the democratically-governed island has its own president, currency, foreign policy, passport and military. China has engaged in a bitter war of words and staged multiple drills around Taiwan over recent months to protest growing engagement between the self-ruled island and the US government. Stronger ties between Taiwan and the US have further weakened Washington’s diplomatic relations with Beijing, which are already at historic lows as the two nations spar over trade, technology, human rights, coronavirus and espionage.

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  • Entertainment
    Deadline

    Melissa McCarthy, Warner Bros, Gersh, Brett Ratner & Ben Falcone Sued For More Than $10M In ‘Life Of The Party’ Ripoff Suit

    The more than $10 million breach of contract lawsuit just filed over the 2018 Melissa McCarthy starrer Life of the Party may prove a party pooper for the Ghostbusters actress, Warner Bros, director Ben Falcone, the Gersh Agency, agent Sean Barclay, and Brett Ratner and his RatPac banner. “Plaintiff formally pitched the Concepts to the […]

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  • Sports
    MMA Weekly

    Tyron Woodley espouses Black Lives Matter; Colby Covington calls him racist | UFC Vegas 11

    * * *Former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley used his platform at the UFC Vegas 11 press conference to espouse Black Lives Matter, repeatedly responding to questions with some form of "because Black Lives Matter" in his answer.Woodley's UFC Vegas 11 opponent, Colby Covington, who is know for his fiery tone, took a measured approach into getting his digs in during the press conference, saying, "Yeah, I would think that Tyron asked not to engage with me in person, doing his little thing. He's trying to copy what I do... He's the only one that's racist. And the only race there is in this fight is the race to get him out of the UFC."* * *TRENDING > Glover Teixeira vs. Thiago Santos scrapped after both fighters test positive for COVID-19* * * UFC Vegas 11 Face-Offs(Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)

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  • Politics
    The Daily Beast

    U.S. Admits That Congressman Offered Pardon to Assange If He Covered Up Russia Links

    LONDON—Lawyers representing the United States at Julian Assange’s extradition trial in Britain have accepted the claim that the WikiLeaks founder was offered a presidential pardon by a Congressman on the condition that he would help cover up Russia’s involvement in hacking emails from the Democratic National Committee.Jennifer Robinson, a lawyer, told the court that she had attended a meeting between Assange, then Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, and pro-Trump troll Charles Johnson at Assange’s hide-out, the Ecuadorian embassy in London, on August 15, 2017.Robinson said the two Americans claimed to be emissaries from Washington and “wanted us to believe they were acting on behalf of the president.” The pair allegedly told Assange that they could help grant him a pardon in exchange for him revealing information about the source of the WikiLeaks information that proved it was not the Russians who hacked Democratic emails.“They stated that President Trump was aware of and had approved of them coming to meet with Mr. Assange to discuss a proposal—and that they would have an audience with the president to discuss the matter on their return to Washington, D.C.,” Robinson said.The White House has denied that Trump took part in any such plan. The claim itself is not new—Assange’s lawyers previewed the allegation in a pre-trial hearing in February—but this is the first time Robinson’s testimony has been heard in full. The WikiLeaks lawyer said Rohrabacher offered Assange the deal a year after emails that damaged Hillary Clinton in the presidential race had been published, when the Russia investigation was gathering pace. The stolen DNC emails posted by WikiLeaks were hacked by Russian operatives.After Robinson read her testimony in a London courtroom on Friday, lawyers representing the U.S. accepted the witness statement as accurate and confirmed they had no intention of cross-examining the claim. They did dispute, however, that President Donald Trump gave his blessing for the pardon offer.James Lewis, who was representing the U.S. government, said: “The position of the government is we don't contest these things were said. We obviously do not accept the truth of what was said by others.”Rohrabacher, who was known as Putin’s favorite congressman, partially corroborated the claim back in February, saying at the time: “I spoke to Julian Assange and told him if he would provide evidence about who gave WikiLeaks the emails I would petition the president to give him a pardon... He knew I could get to the president.”Rohrabacher said he followed up the meeting by calling then White House chief of staff John Kelly to discuss the pardon. However, the ex congressman said he never spoke to Trump about it.Regardless, Assange turned the offer down, his lawyers said.Assange has argued that he should not be extradited to the U.S. because the American case against him is politically motivated. He spent almost seven years hiding in the Ecuadorian embassy in Central London, claiming that he would be jailed in the U.S. if he wasn’t granted asylum. He was kicked out of the embassy last year.If Assange fails in his fight against extradition to the U.S., he will face 18 charges including conspiracy to commit computer intrusion, which, his defense argues, could total a prison sentence of 175 years.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

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