Amir El-Masry talks about his character "Omar".
Amir El-Masry talks about his character "Omar".
"She has their relationship down to a science," a source says of the former first lady's marriage
The Colonial Pipeline, which transports 45% of the East Coast's supply of diesel, gasoline and jet fuel, shut on May 7 because of a ransomware attack.
Live from Newsmax, it's ... a call-out! David Litt, former speechwriter for former President Barack Obama, called out Newsmax on Monday for pushing false claims about the 2020 presidential election — while live on Newsmax. He unexpectedly got his dig in during a segment where he was asked to talk about Elon Musk hosting Saturday Night Live over the weekend. "What happened on SNL this weekend was that people made stuff up and then said it on television like it's true," Litt said. "And that actually happens pretty frequently in American TV. For example, in 2020, Dominion Voting Systems sued Newsmax over its false claims about election fraud. Newsmax was lying to its own viewers, and Newsmax had to settle that lawsuit." In April, Newsmax apologized to an employee of Dominion Voting Systems about its false claims about the 2020 presidential election and reportedly settled a defamation lawsuit. "So actually, I just need to check in," Litt said on Newsmax. "Are you still telling that lie, or are you telling new lies?" Newsmax host Rob Finnerty was clearly caught off-guard, asking Litt, "Do you want to talk about something completely non-related and try to catch me on a Monday morning totally off topic, or do you want to talk about Elon Musk?" The answer was evidently the former, as Litt continuously pivoted away from SNL to instead slam Newsmax, eventually getting dropped from the air after asking, "Did Dominion Voting Systems have any impact on the 2020 election?" It's not often you see what's essentially a prank call via a live cable news guest, but check out the moment below. Newsmax anchor: What happened on SNL?@davidlitt: "People made stuff up, then said it on television like it's true, and that actually happens pretty frequently on American TV. For example, in 2020 Dominion voting system sued Newsmax over its false claims about election fraud..." pic.twitter.com/ealyHGdGlM — Andrew Feinberg (@AndrewFeinberg) May 10, 2021 More stories from theweek.comDoomsday for bad bosses5 scathingly funny cartoons about anti-vaxxers jeopardizing herd immunityThe war on the unemployed
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AMMAN (Reuters) -Jordan urged Israel on Sunday to stop what it described as "barbaric" attacks on worshippers in Jerusalem's al Aqsa mosque and said it would step up international pressure. Jordan, which has custodianship of Muslim and Christian sites in Jerusalem, said Israel should respect worshippers and international law safeguarding Arab rights.
“California’s going to come roaring back,” said Governor Gavin Newsom on Monday as he announced his $100 billion California Comeback Plan. He called it the biggest economic recovery package in state history – including unprecedented investments to address the region’s most persistent challenges, starting with nearly $12 billion in direct cash payments to Californians hit […]
Fox News analyst Juan Williams believes the best way for Republican Sen. Tim Scott to prove that America isn’t a racist country is to become a Democrat. Scott offered the rebuttal to President Joe Biden’s joint address to Congress last month and asserted that America is not inherently racist. Williams penned an op-ed for The Hill in which he declared that Scott—who is the lone Black Republican— must rebuke white supremacists inspired by former President Donald Trump “or we risk becoming a racist country.”
A road and rail bridge linking Botswana and Zambia was inaugurated on Monday, marking the completion of a multi-million-dollar project aimed at easing congestion at border crossings throughout the southern African region.
With Biden what you see is what you get, says the Pulitzer prize winner, who has advised the president, but FDR informs his approach to democracy in peril At a recent White House meeting with historians, Meacham says: ‘FDR came up less because of the FDR legend but more in 1933 it was an open question about whether democracy would survive the 30s.’ Photograph: Oliver Contreras/EPA He has been described as Joe Biden’s “historical muse”, an occasional informal adviser to the US president and contributor to some of his major speeches including the inaugural address. In March, Jon Meacham put together a meeting between Biden and a group of fellow historians at the White House that lasted more than two hours. What did he learn about the 46th president? “He’s like an upside down iceberg,” the Pulitzer prize-winning historian says by phone. “You see most of it and that’s not spin: there’s just not a lot of mystery to Joe Biden. The last four or five minutes of his press conference in the East Room [on 25 March] when he talked about democracy and autocracy, that was pretty much it.” Media reports of the meeting told how Biden took notes in a black book and at one point turned to historian Doris Kearns Goodwin and said, “I’m no FDR, but …” Meacham does not recall that remark, a reference to former president Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and does not see Biden as self-aggrandizing. “It was not about, how do I shape my legacy? It was how have previous presidents dealt with fundamental crises. FDR came up less because of the FDR legend but more in 1933 it was an open question about whether democracy would survive the 30s. So it was how do you articulate a case for democracy with all its inherent messiness?” This existential struggle between democracy and autocracy, highlighted by Biden repeatedly during his first 100 days as he contemplates the rising threat of China, is the president’s own formulation and predates his meeting with the historians, Meacham says. But to go back to that upside down iceberg metaphor, the 51-year-old author, who gave a speech at last year’s Democratic national convention, suggests that what you see with Biden is what you get. Future biographers will struggle to uncover a “real Joe Biden” that we all missed at the time. (In that sense, perhaps, we have finally found something he shares with Donald Trump.) Jon Meacham was one of a group of historians who met Biden in March at the White House. Photograph: HBO “I suspect 90% of what I’ve heard Joe Biden say in private for years, he says in public, and the other 10%, it’s not like there’s some secret dark side of Biden,” Meacham says. “I’m puzzled by it, honestly. I think part of it is being 78, thinking that everything was done – he had no expectation [of becoming president] in 2017. “So I think people should take him at his word. My experience with him – and we are friends – is that he’s very straightforward. There’s not a lot of machiavellian behind-the-scenes stuff going on. That might not have been true when he was 40 but he’s now almost 80 and it is true.” Barack Obama also hosted Goodwin and other historians at the White House, apparently more focused on lessons from Abraham Lincoln than Roosevelt. Trump nurtured Mount Rushmore ambitions but had little time for presidential scholars and, at roughly his 100-day mark, hosted the rightwing rockers Ted Nugent and Kid Rock along with the former Alaska governor Sarah Palin. Meacham – whose new podcast, Fate of Fact, features historians Michael Beschloss and Eddie Glaude Jr, both of whom attended the Biden summit – recalls the story of how Bill Clinton once drew up a list of truly consequential presidents and wondered how he could get on it. “That’s not Biden and I’m not saying that somewhere in his brain that’s not unfolding; I don’t know,” he says. “But I think I have a pretty good sense of this and I think he genuinely sees this as an existential moment for democracy. He sees clearly definable problems that have to be solved and, in so far as case studies of past successes and past failures can be an arrow in his quiver, I think that’s what he wants.” The Roosevelt parallel, manifest in a giant portrait in Biden’s Oval Office, persists not only because the 32nd president helped defeat fascism in the second world war but because his New Deal in 1933 steered America out of the Great Depression. Faced with multiple crises including the coronavirus pandemic, Biden has sought to rebuild trust in both government and democracy with an audacious $6tn spending project that also echoes Lyndon B Johnson’s “Great Society”. Meacham speaks by video feed during at the 2020 Democratic national convention. Photograph: Reuters Some have hailed it as a death blow to four decades of Ronald Reagan’s trickle-down economics. But Meacham, a biographer of Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson and George HW Bush, would not go so far: “One way to think about 1933 to 2017 was as a figurative conversation between FDR and LBJ on one side and Reagan and George W Bush on the other. Every president was somewhere in that conversation. “Trump was not a sequential chapter to that. I think Biden is back in that conversation. He’s clearly in the FDR/LBJ mode but I see that as a resumption of a conversation about the means to commonly agreed upon ends. Biden is not creating new government agencies. Is it a pendulum swing? Certainly from George W Bush, yeah, but it’s not outside the American mainstream.” Trump’s break from the mainstream, and the willingness of the Republican party to follow him off the cliff edge, is the starting point for Meacham’s podcast to explore polarisation and “how and why facts became a casualty of war in the United States”, culminating in the deadly insurrection at the US Capitol on 6 January. Republicans made campaign promises in election after election but failed to follow through, he argues, resulting in a buildup of frustration among their voters. “We haven’t had a major political party of ours lose its bearings so profoundly perhaps in American history. I wanted to try to give a historically informed understanding of why this has happened now on the grounds that if you have a diagnosis, then at least you can think about treatments. “I don’t think Trump emerged out of the ether. This was a long time coming because the base itself has been disenchanted and aggrieved by the paucity of the fruits of victory going back to world war two. It’s not just that Trump himself has superpowers; it’s a matter of context. The podcast is basically my understanding of why so many otherwise sensible Republicans signed on to a cult of personality.” President Franklin D Roosevelt delivers his first radio ‘fireside chat’ in 1933. Biden sees parallels today with the situation facing Roosevelt, whose New Deal was instrumental in pulling the US out of the Great Depression. Photograph: AP Biden’s first 100 days have certainly been less noisy and melodramatic than his predecessor’s, a palate cleanser devoid of puerile insults or late-night tweet storms. But he has made little headway with his promise of bipartisanship as Republicans dig in for a long fight against his ambitious legislative goals. “Boring, but radical,” is the Texas senator Ted Cruz’s analysis. However, Meacham – whose 2018 bestseller, The Soul of America, foreshadowed the central theme of Biden’s election campaign – notes that his approach polls strongly with the general public while Republicans veer off into “culture wars” issues such as the rights of transgender student athletes or the withdrawal of six Dr Seuss books due to racially insensitive imagery. “My sense is that he has argued for an American as opposed to a partisan reaction to a series of crises that he has defined and articulated. He is not repeating the mistake that was made in the Obama years of seeking Republican buy-in because they can’t deliver; in foreign policy terms, he doesn’t really have a partner for peace. “He’s basically decided he’s got to get everything done that he can because he genuinely believes that it’s an emergency situation and he does it in a temperamental way that is more congenial than divisive, which forces the Republicans into an even smaller corner where, because what he’s doing is broadly popular, you end up fighting about Dr Seuss. The Republicans are in this perpetual bar fight, so they’re grabbing for anything they can. I don’t think it’s a durable governing strategy.”
Close allies to Donald Trump told the Washington Post they wish he was working to protect policies from his term as opposed to holding grudges.
Paul Boyer voted in favor of the election audit in Maricopa County. He told The New York Times on Friday that he now considers it an embarrassment.
The U.S. Navy announced Sunday it seized an arms shipment of thousands of assault weapons, machines guns and sniper rifles hidden aboard a ship in the Arabian Sea, apparently bound for Yemen to support the country's Houthi rebels. An American defense official told The Associated Press that the Navy's initial investigation found the vessel came from Iran, again tying the Islamic Republic to arming the Houthis despite a United Nations arms embargo.
Fox NewsAmerican Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten turned an already testy Fox News interview into an extremely heated affair on Monday when she pressed anchor Martha MacCallum about conservative “misinformation” on the last presidential election.In recent months, there has been a sustained backlash among conservatives over the issue of racial equity in the classroom. GOP legislators across the country have proposed bills to ban the teaching of “critical race theory” in K-12 schools, all while demanding that students be taught that 1776 represents the true founding of America. (Much of this is in response to the New York Times’ 1619 Project, which has sparked criticism among some historians.)MacCallum, who has been obsessed lately with the topic of critical race theory, wanted to know whether Weingarten believes the 1619 Project is factual and whether she endorses it being part of American history lesson plans. After Weingarten said it’s a “point in history” that’s worth teaching because it represents the first slave ships arriving in America, MacCallum criticized her for having a “very simplistic take.”Going back and forth over the merits of the project with Weingarten, MacCallum complained that it “is not factual” as it teaches students that the “country was founded on the basis of wanting to preserve slavery.” The union head, meanwhile, said she’s “not arrived at the same conclusion” about the project’s findings.At that point, Weingarten decided to change the subject to something a bit more touchy for the Fox News anchor.“I would hope that Fox would be just as focused on let’s get rid of the misinformation about what happened in this election. This election was free and fair,” Weingarten flatly stated, prompting an incensed MacCallum to interject.“Oh, come on, Randi,” she exclaimed. “This is not the topic we’re here to talk about! I’m not going to talk about that. We’ve talked about that before… That’s a dodge, OK?!”MacCallum then tried to swing the discussion back to critical race theory in the classroom, only for Weingarten to eventually return to the issue of the past election—which former President Donald Trump and his allies have falsely claimed was “stolen” due to widespread voter fraud.“If you’re talking about misinformation now, Martha, and I hope you are, I really would hope that Fox would really look at what happened in this election and how we can—because every social studies teacher is wrestling with this—to discern fact from fiction. We have to do that,” Weingarten said as MacCallum loudly sighed.“Yeah, we have a president, President Biden, was elected in 2020. I think that all of that is quite clear,” MacCallum replied. “So I’m not sure why you are so concerned with that part, with that particular moment in history. Every election is significant. Nobody is hiding anything under any rocks here.”Even though MacCallum insists it’s “quite clear” that Biden is the president, and she doesn’t know why anyone would be “concerned with that part,” recent polls still show as many as 70 percent of Republicans believe Biden didn’t legitimately win. In fact, House Republicans are currently set to oust Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) from leadership solely because she has pushed back on the “Big Lie” that the election was stolen from Trump.Fox News, of course, has played a big part in helping sow those seeds of doubt among conservatives, which is largely why they are currently facing billion-dollar defamation lawsuits from voting software firms Dominion and Smartmatic.Finally, Weingarten wasn’t the only person Monday to use her appearance on a conservative news channel to turn the tables and make the segment about right-wing election lies. Former Obama aide David Litt trolled a Newsmax anchor about the network recently retracting a slew of baseless claims to settle a lawsuit with a Dominion employee.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.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is showing signs that he's willing to compromise — at least a little bit — on President Biden's infrastructure proposal. During an interview that aired Sunday on Kentucky Educational Television, McConnell said most Republican senators think the "proper price tag" for an infrastructure bill is somewhere between $600 billion and $800 billion. That's still nowhere near Biden's $2.3 trillion plan, which McConnell maintains isn't focused on actual infrastructure development, but it is higher than the known $568 billion counteroffer from a group of GOP senators sent to the White House last month. And just last week McConnell suggested the $600 billion was the ceiling, rather than the floor, CBS News notes. So while the two sides remain far apart, the debate is still alive. McConnell ups the cost of a package that the GOP is willing to consider, but does not budge on tax increases on high-earners https://t.co/p2U0HTXIM2 — Joseph Zeballos-Roig (@josephzeballos) May 10, 2021 More stories from theweek.comDoomsday for bad bosses5 scathingly funny cartoons about anti-vaxxers jeopardizing herd immunityNewsmax guest calls out network for 'lying to its own viewers' live on Newsmax
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Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via GettyThe Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) is the top national organization for securing GOP wins in state attorney general races. But the group came under scrutiny for its role in the events of Jan. 6 after it was revealed that RAGA’s fundraising arm had made robocalls encouraging people to march on the Capitol at 1 p.m. “to stop the steal.”Now longtime RAGA staff are leaving the organization, while those connected to the robocall—and the broader movement to challenge the 2020 election results—are on the ascent. The latest appointment, RAGA’s new chair, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, is in the latter group.Schmitt, who is running for U.S. Senate in addition to his role as Missouri AG and was the RAGA vice chairman, was tapped as the group’s new chair two weeks ago, the Kansas City Star reported last week. He’s filling one of multiple high-profile posts that was vacated after Jan. 6.State attorneys general have never been immune from politics. But in recent years, AGs have become more involved in party politics on a national level, according to Paul Nolette, the chair of Marquette University political science department.“What’s changed is not so much that there’s politics in AGs’ offices but that it’s become so much more polarized and nationalized,” Nolette, who monitors filings by state-level AGs, told The Daily Beast. “You have AGs who are increasingly unwilling to work with AGs across party lines... These AGs are increasingly engaged in national politics and policy, and are focused on often very highly partisan disputes.”Some of RAGA’s woes began before the Capitol attack. On Jan. 5, RAGA’s fundraising arm, the group Rule of Law Defense Fund, sent out invitations for a conference call on the following day’s rally. Pete Bisbee, the RLDF’s then-leader, sent one of those invites to Schmitt’s office, the Star previously reported.It’s unclear whether Schmitt or anyone from his office took part in the call, and a spokesperson declined to comment.Somehow, that wasn’t even the RLDF’s most controversial call that day.Also on Jan. 5, the group sent out robocalls that appeared to foreshadow the Capitol attack. “At 1 p.m., we will march to the Capitol building and call on Congress to stop the steal,” the recorded message said, according to Documented. “We are hoping patriots like you will join us to continue to fight.” (RLDF was also listed as a participating organization on a website that advertised the march.)RAGA leaders later denied involvement with the call. “No Republican AG authorized the staff’s decision to amplify a colleague speaking at the rally,” the group’s then-executive director Adam Piper said in a statement, condemning the violence at the Capitol.The Hill reported that Piper had been involved in Jan. 5 planning meetings with Trump administration officials. Piper did not return a request for comment.He resigned days after the call was made public. But others were soon to follow, and on April 16, RAGA’s then-chair, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, quit the organization with a letter hinting at deep divides.“During the last several months, it has become clear that there is a significant difference of opinion among members of the RAGA’s executive committee as to the direction this organization should take going forward,” he wrote.“This fundamental difference of opinion began with vastly opposite views of the significance of the events of January 6 and the resistance by some to accepting the resignation of the executive director,” he added. “The differences have continued as we have tried to restore RAGA’s reputation internally and externally and were reflected once again during the process of choosing our next executive director.”That executive director turned out to be Bisbee, whose fundraising group was responsible for the robocalls. On April 22, RAGA promoted him to Piper’s vacated role—a move that touched off a new wave of resignations.RAGA’s finance director, Ashley Trenzeluk, later quit the organization, citing that appointment.“As RLDF Executive Director, Pete Bisbee approved the robocall expenditure, and was the only other person accountable for RLDF involvement in the January 6 events,” she wrote in a departing email, first reported by the Alabama Political Reporter. “Over the last few months, I have fielded, reassured, and assuaged concerns from our core donor base on the future direction of our organization. The result of the executive committee vote to nominate Pete as RAGA’s Executive Director is a decision I cannot defend.”Jason Heath, RAGA’s director of operations, was next out the door. “I respect your votes but the direction is not one I can honestly stand behind,” he wrote in an April 25 email obtained by the Center for Media and Democracy.Bisbee did not directly return The Daily Beast’s request for comment on the robocall or the wave of departures. Instead, a RAGA spokesperson replied with an email stating that “RAGA and the Republican AGs have publicly condemned and disavowed the violence that took place on January 6” and that the group planned on taking aggressive action against President Joe Biden’s legislative agenda.With high-level staff headed for the exits, RAGA tapped a new chair with closer ties to the Stop the Steal movement: Schmitt, who has aligned himself with two lawsuits attempting to challenge Biden’s victory.In the months between Biden’s victory and the Jan. 6 riot, Schmitt signed onto two efforts to invalidate the 2020 election. The first, a Pennsylvania lawsuit, sought to throw away certain mail-in ballots in Biden’s close-won state of Pennsylvania. The second, a lawsuit led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, sought to challenge Biden’s victories in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.Paxton, for his part, is facing his own legal woes. Since 2015, he has been indicted on securities fraud charges, which he claims are politically motivated. Last year, the FBI opened an unrelated investigation into allegations that Paxton broke the law to aid a wealthy donor. Paxton has denied the allegations, which are reportedly based on testimonies from seven senior lawyers in Paxton’s office.He’s not even the only Republican AG under criminal investigation while supporting the broader effort to challenge Biden’s win. South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg, who signed onto Paxton’s lawsuit, is facing three criminal charges after he allegedly struck and killed a man with his car while looking at his phone. A minute before the fatal crash, Ravnsborg had been reading an article about Biden and China on a conspiracy news site, according to investigators. Ravnsborg initially left the scene of the crash, telling investigators he thought he hit a deer. (Paxton spoke at the Jan. 6 rally that preceded the riot, although Ravnsborg did not.)Criminal investigations aside, the faction of attorneys general whose own conduct has raised eyebrows appears to be gaining traction in the fight to drag RAGA off the deep end. After all, as Nolette, the Marquette political science chair, noted, modern Republican AGs are likely to feel sustained pressure to add their names to absurd lawsuits like Paxton’s.“On the one hand, I was surprised to see how many Republican AGs signed on to support that lawsuit,” he said.“On the other hand,” Nolette added, “I wasn't.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet 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.
Buddy Hall has updated his Trump 2020 tour bus for 2024. His last appearance was at a Florida rally staged by GOP Reps. Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene.
Ethiopia said Monday the "great majority" of those killed in a massacre in the war-hit Tigray region were fighters and not civilians, contradicting multiple independent accounts.
Rep. Jim Banks says Liz Cheney needs replaced in Republican House leadership. Rep. Adam Kinzinger says the effort isn't good for the party's future.
Symone Sanders, a senior adviser to Vice President Harris, put her reputation and her life on the line trying to propel then-candidate Joe Biden into the White House, so the least he could’ve done was throw her the White House press secretary job. But that job ended up going to a white woman, Jen Psaki, with no affiliation to the Dora Milaje, which Sanders has been a member of since birth.