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The Buffalo Bills released a statement Tuesday afternoon on safety Damar Hamlin’s health status after the 24-year-old suffered cardiac arrest during a game this week.

Hamlin collapsed with about six minutes left in the first quarter of the Monday Night Football game after he tackled Cincinnati Bengals receiver Tee Higgins, who had just pulled in a 13-yard catch. After the tackle, Hamlin got up, took a step backward, and fell to the ground.

“Damar Hamlin spent last night in the intensive care unit and remains there today in critical condition at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center,” the team said. “We are grateful and thankful for the outpouring of support we have received thus far.”

The team said in a statement several hours after the game that Hamlin’s heartbeat “was restored on the field and he was transferred to the UC Medical Center for further testing and treatment.”

The New York Times reported that medical professionals administered CPR while Hamlin lay on the field.

Hamlin’s family released a statement Tuesday afternoon expressing their gratitude for the outpouring of support that fans have shown following the incident.

“On behalf of our family, we want to express our sincere gratitude for the love and support shown to Damar during this challenging time,” the statement said. “We are deeply moved by the prayers, kind words, and donations from fans around the country.”

“We also want to acknowledge the dedicated first responders and healthcare professionals at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center who have provided exceptional care to Damar,” the statement continued. “We feel so blessed to be part of the Buffalo Bills organization and to have their support. We also want to thank Coach Taylor and the Bengals for everything they’ve done. Your generosity and compassion mean the world to us. Please keep Damar in your prayers. We will release updates as soon as we have them.”

Troy Vincent, the executive vice president of the NFL’s football operations, shot down rumors that the league had sought to continue playing the game after the incident.

“Neither coach was talking about resuming play, the players were not thinking of resuming play,” said Vincent. “How do you resume play after seeing such a traumatic event?”

“It wasn’t about proceeding with the game,” Vincent added. “The competitive aspect never crossed my mind, never crossed our minds.”

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  • Jim says:

    It looks like they are praying on their knees on the football field, I thought that was a big No, NO.

  • Karen Thomas says:

    Heard this morning that he suffered two more heart stoppages, but they were able to bring him back. Praying strength for his family during this most difficult time.

  • 1stAand2ndA says:

    I have not watched an NFL game since that African-American took a knee on the American flag and anthem. However, since Monday’s heart attack, drop dead play, I will be watching the Super Bowl to see who drops dead on the field next. I think the Sportsbook should run a bet line, and take odds on who’s gonna drop dead next.
    New sport. The average death rate went from 1% to 13% in the USA due to 75% being vaxxed. I’m pure blood and look forward to you fools dropping dead off my planet. I told you 2 years ago not to inject that poison but 3 of 4 did it.
    “It is easier to fool someone then to prove to them they have been fooled“ – Samuel Clemens/Mark twain.
    3 out of 4 of you morons are walking dead and will not accept or admit it.

  • 1stAand2ndA says:

    Clot shots, clot shots.. get your clot shots… well 75% of you morons already have and you are walking dead like Hamlin.
    The normal annual death rate in the USA has jumped from one percent to 13%. That means that 12% of you 75% that got the clot shot are dying. I think it is cool. I knew better two years ago and some of you morons Threaten to have me forcibly injected or arrested and imprisoned. I hope you all die.

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    “We miss her with a pain that defies words,” Zonia said. “I implore you to hear my words, to feel my anguish. I implore you to take immediate action.”

    The daughter also addressed her mother’s kidnappers directly, appealing to their humanity.

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    Maria del Carmen Lopez had lived for some time in Southern California before retiring in Colima state, Mexico, where she has family, about 10 years ago.

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    With the help of Roberts and Kavanaugh, the decision tells Alabama it should have created a second black-majority district, upholding a three-judge panel that threw out the previous map that included only one district with a majority of black voters despite African Americans comprising more than a quarter of the state’s population.

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    House Oversight Chairman James Comer (R-KY) announced late Wednesday that the FBI agreed to allow every member of his committee to see a document containing bribery allegations against President Joe Biden.

    This concession by the bureau led the oversight panel to remove a business meeting to vote on holding FBI Director Christopher Wray in contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena from the schedule for Thursday, according to Comer’s team.

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    A statement from the bureau said the FBI “demonstrated” a commitment to accommodate the Oversight Committee’s request while also taking precautions “often employed in response to congressional requests and in court proceedings to protect important concerns, such as the physical safety of sources and the integrity of investigations.”

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    Trump to Be Indicted by DOJ This Week Under the Espionage Act



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    The Independent reported that prosecutors are ready to ask grand jurors to approve an indictment against Mr Trump for violating a portion of the US criminal code known as Section 793, which prohibits “gathering, transmitting or losing” any “information respecting the national defence”.

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    Another source familiar with the matter has said Mr Trump was recently informed that he is a “target” of the Justice Department probe, which began in early 2022 after National Archives and Records Administration officials discovered more than 100 documents bearing classification markings in a set of 15 boxes of Trump administration records retrieved from Mar-a-Lago.

    Over the course of the last year, grand jurors have heard testimony from numerous associates of the ex-president, including nearly every employee of Mar-a-Lago, former administration officials who worked in Mr Trump’s post-presidential office and for his political operation, and former high-ranking administration officials such as his final White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows.

    Mr Meadows has already given evidence before the grand jury and is said to be cooperating with the investigation into his former boss. It is understood that the former North Carolina congressman will plead guilty to several federal charges as part of a deal for which he has already received limited immunity in exchange for his testimony.

    Trump denied reports that the Department of Justice informed him that he would likely be indicted next week in the classified documents investigation.

    “No one has told me I’m being indicted, and I shouldn’t be because I’ve done NOTHING wrong, but I have assumed for years that I am a Target of the WEAPONIZED DOJ & FBI, starting with the Russia, Russia, Russia HOAK (sic), the ‘No Collusion’ Mueller Report, Impeachment HOAX #1, Impeachment HOAX #2, the PERFECT Ukraine phone call, and various other SCAMS & WITCH HUNTS. A TRAVESTY OF JUSTICE & ELECTION INTERFERENCE AT A LEVEL NEVER SEEN BEFORE. REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS MUST MAKE THIS THEIR # 1 ISSUE!!!” Trump wrote.

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    Steve Bannon Subpoenaed in January 6 Probe



    Former Trump White House official Steve Bannon has been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury in Washington, D.C., in connection with special counsel Jack Smith’s investigation into Jan. 6, NBC News reported Wednesday.

    Two sources familiar with the matter told the outlet that a grand jury subpoenaed Bannon for documents and testimony in late May. Bannon only officially served in the White House in 2017, but he remained a close ally to Trump throughout his presidency.

    Bannon, who now hosts a podcast, was previously charged with contempt of Congress for refusing to cooperate after he received congressional subpoenas from the House Jan. 6 committee, and he was convicted of two charges in July after a jury trial.

    In October, U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols sentenced Bannon to four months in federal prison but suspended the sentence while Bannon pursued appeals.

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    Fox News Says Tucker Carlson Breached His Contract



    Fox News Wednesday notified Tucker Carlson’s lawyers that the former prime-time anchor violated his contract with the network when he launched his own Twitter show on Tuesday, according to a copy of a letter obtained by Axios.

    A breach of contract claim sets Fox News up to explore potential legal action against Carlson, a move that would intensify the already thorny public battle between the two parties.

    Carlson’s lawyers told Axios that any legal action by Fox would violate his First Amendment rights.

    “Fox defends its very existence on freedom of speech grounds. Now they want to take Tucker Carlson’s right to speak freely away from him because he took to social media to share his thoughts on current events,” said Carlson’s lawyer, Bryan Freedman.

    Carlson has since accused Fox of fraud and has argued that Fox breached his contract when its senior executives reneged on promises made to Carlson “intentionally and with reckless disregard for the truth.”

    Carlson’s lawyers also argued Fox broke its promise to Carlson not to settle with Dominion Voting Systems “in a way which would indicate wrongdoing” on the part of the former host.

    Carlson was told by a member of the Fox board that he was taken off the air as part of the Dominion settlement, two sources briefed on the conversation told Axios.

    Shortly after Carlson posted the first episode of his new show on Twitter Tuesday evening, Fox News general counsel Bernard Gugar sent a letter to Carlson’s lawyers saying Carlson “is in breach” of his contract agreement.

    “In connection with such breach and pursuant to the Agreement, Fox expressly reserves all rights and remedies which are available to it at law or equity.”

    The letter refers to Carlson’s contract, which was originally signed on November 8, 2019 and amended on February 16, 2021.

    “This evening we were made aware of Mr. Tucker Carlson’s appearance on Twitter in a video that lasted over 10 minutes,” the letter read.

    “Pursuant to the terms of the Agreement, Mr. Carlson’s ‘services shall be completely exclusive to Fox,'” it continues, quoting Carlson’s contract.

    It adds that Carlson’s contract says he is “prohibited from rendering services of any type whatsoever, whether ‘over the internet via streaming or similar distribution, or other digital distribution whether now known or hereafter devised.'”

    Carlson’s legal team, according to a source familiar with its thinking, objects to the network’s effort to block Carlson’s Twitter appearances because, they believe, Twitter is not directly competitive with Fox News.

    A source told Axios that Carlson was told by a senior Fox executive that the network’s goal is to keep him sidelined until 2025.

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    NASA Warns of ‘Internet Apocalypse’ That Leaves People Offline for Months



    A groundbreaking mission by NASA’s Parker Solar Probe (PSP) has successfully ventured through solar wind for the first time aiming to prevent people on earth being unable to get on the internet.

    Scientists have issued warnings about the potential impact of a solar storm, commonly referred to as an “internet apocalypse,” which could strike within the next decade.

    The spacecraft, which was launched five years ago, went on a remarkable journey which took it close to the sun’s surface, where solar wind is generated.

    Solar wind consists of a continuous stream of charged particles emanating from the sun’s outermost atmosphere, known as the corona.

    Despite the extreme conditions of intense heat and radiation, the Parker Solar Probe persevered to gather crucial insights into the workings of the sun.

    Professor Stuart Bale, the lead author of the study and affiliated with California University in the United States, explained the significance of understanding solar wind.

    He said: “Winds carry lots of information from the sun to Earth. So understanding the mechanism behind the sun’s wind is important for practical reasons on Earth.

    “That’s going to affect our ability to understand how the sun releases energy and drives geomagnetic storms – which are a threat to our communication networks.”

    Such an event could leave people without internet access for months or even years, rendering satellites and power lines useless.

    The Parker Solar Probe, with its advanced instrumentation, detected solar wind with unparalleled detail, uncovering crucial information that is lost as the wind exits the corona in the form of photons and electrons.

    The team of U.S. researchers likened the experience to “seeing jets of water emanating from a showerhead through the blast of water hitting you in the face.”

    These findings helped identify a phenomenon known as “supergranulation flows” within coronal holes, where magnetic fields emerge.

    The team suggests that these regions serve as the origin points for the high-speed solar wind.

    Typically found at the sun’s poles during quiet periods, the holes do not directly impact Earth.

    However, during the sun’s active phase every 11 years, when its magnetic field flips, these holes appear across the sun’s surface, generating bursts of solar wind aimed directly at our planet.

    The insights gained from the Parker Solar Probe’s mission, published in the journal Nature, will significantly aid in predicting solar storms that can produce stunning auroras but also wreak havoc on satellites and electrical grids.

    The study revealed that coronal holes act as showerheads, with jets emerging from bright spots where magnetic field lines funnel in and out of the sun’s surface.

    When oppositely directed magnetic fields pass through these funnels, which can span 18,000 miles, they often break and reconnect, propelling charged particles away from the sun.

    Professor Bale further explained the significance: “The photosphere is covered by convection cells, like in a boiling pot of water, and the larger scale convection flow is called supergranulation.

    “Where these supergranulation cells meet and go downward, they drag the magnetic field in their path into this downward kind of funnel. The magnetic field becomes very intensified there because it’s just jammed.

    ” It’s kind of a scoop of magnetic field going down into a drain. And the spatial separation of those little drains, those funnels, is what we’re seeing now with solar probe data.”

    The Parker Solar Probe’s instruments also detected the presence of extremely high-energy particles moving up to 100 times faster than the solar wind.

    Researchers concluded that this unique wind could only be formed through a process known as magnetic reconnection.

    Launched five years ago, the Parker Solar Probe continues to make repeated and progressively closer passes of the sun.

    Traveling at an astonishing speed of over 320,000 mph, the spacecraft rapidly gathers measurements of the solar environment from behind a thick heat shield, following a strategy of swift entry and exit.

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    Biden Vetoes Measure Overturning Student Loan Forgiveness Plan



    President Biden has vetoed a measure that would have overturned his student debt relief plan, leaving the fate of the program in the hands of the Supreme Court.

    “Congressional Republicans led an effort to pass a bill blocking my Administration’s plan to provide up to $20,000 in student debt relief to working and middle class Americans,” Biden said in a tweet Wednesday. “I won’t back down on helping hardworking folks.”

    “Let me make something really clear, I’m never going to apologize for helping working- and middle-class Americans as they recover from this pandemic, never,” Biden said.

    The president’s proposal, which has been a target of Republicans since he first unveiled it, would impact 40 million borrowers, providing $10,000 in loan forgiveness to those making less than $125,000 annually and $20,000 in forgiveness for Pell Grants recipients.

    A two-thirds majority vote in both the House and the Senate would be required to overturn Biden’s veto, a threshold opponents of Biden’s effort cannot reach.

    In a statement Wednesday, Biden said he vetoed the solution because he is “committed to continuing to make college affordable and providing this critical relief to borrowers as they work to recover from a once-in-a-century pandemic.”

    The measure to block the plan passed the Senate this month in a 52-46 vote and cleared the GOP-majority House in a party-line vote, with two Democrats joining Republicans.

    In the Senate, Democratic Sens. Jon Tester (Mont.) and Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Independent Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.) joined Republicans in voting to nix Biden’s proposal.

    The measure was brought up as a joint resolution under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), which allows Congress to nullify newly-placed rules and regulations. Such measures are not subject to the filibuster, so Democrats in the Senate could not block the measure, and a supermajority of 60 votes was not required to advance it.

    The Supreme Court is still considering the plan, but the conservative majority is expected to strike it down. Justices displayed skepticism during February oral arguments that the Biden administration has the power to forgive up to $20,000 in student loans.

    Biden officially announced the plan in August, after making forgiving student debt a campaign promise and feeling pressure from progressives to act.

    While progressives hailed the plan as a good first step toward forgiveness, moderate Democrats and Republicans voiced concerns over the cost to taxpayers, which is expected to be about $400 billion.

    When the president announced his plan, he also announced the upcoming end to the pandemic-era student loan payment pause that was put in place in March 2020 under former President Trump and has since been extended several times.

    The resumption of payments was locked in with the passage of the bipartisan debt ceiling agreement, which included a hard cutoff date of 60 days after June 30.

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    WWE Legend ‘The Iron Sheik’ Dead at 81



    Pro wrestling legend ”The Iron Sheik,” whose rivalry with fellow legend Hulk Hogan made him one of the most famous personalities in the sport, has died at the age of 81.

    Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri became the only Iranian champion in WWE history after winning the WWF Heavyweight Championship in 1983, which he held for barely a month until Hulk Hogan grabbed it from him, prompting a years-long rivalry.

    As recently as Monday, The Iron Sheik, whose Twitter feed was laced with profanity, tweeted, “F*** Hogan.”

    His last tweet read, “F*** the wildfires.”

    Yet his pinned tweet read, “TAKE A MINUTE OF YOUR DAY TO BE NICE TO SOMEONE YOU DUMB SON OF A B****.”

    The Sheik’s death was announced on his Twitter feed, which stated:

    It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of The Iron Sheik, but we also take solace in knowing that he departed this world peacefully, leaving behind a legacy that will endure for generations to come. Beyond the wrestling persona that the world knew so well, The Iron Sheik was a devoted family man. He cherished the love and support of his wife of 47 years Caryl, who stood by his side through thick and thin, offering unwavering encouragement throughout his life.

    Their bond was an anchor, providing him with the strength to face the challenges that life presented. To his children, Tanya, Nikki, Marissa and son in law Eddie, he was not just a wrestling icon. He was a loving and dedicated father. He instilled in them the values of perseverance, determination, and the importance of following their dreams.

    Vaziri was born on March 15, 1943, in Iran. As a boy, he idolized Iranian Olympic Gold-Medalist wrestler Gholamreza Takhti, who later worked as a bodyguard for the Shah of Iran. He tried for a spot on Iran’s Greco-Roman wrestling team for the 1968 Olympics, then immigrated to the U.S., where he became the assistant coach of two U.S. Olympic squads in the 1970s. He served as the assistant coach to the USA team for the 1972 Olympic Games.

    That same year, Vaziri was invited to become a professional wrestler by promoter Verne Gagne. He made his debut with the WWF in 1979.

    In his initial match with Hogan, Vaziri locked Hogan in the “Camel Clutch,” but Hogan rose to his feet with Vaziri still on his back and rammed him backward into the turnbuckles, then used a leg drop for the pin and the championship, a moment that triggered “Hulkamania.”

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    Trans-Identifying Man to Compete in Miss California Pageant



    A man who was crowned “Miss San Francisco” will compete in the 2023 Miss California Pageant in July.

    Monroe Lace, a man who identifies as a woman, won the Miss San Francisco pageant in March, qualifying the “beauty queen” to compete for the Miss California title next month. Lace is the first trans-identifying man to be crowned Miss San Francisco in the competition’s 99-year history.

    “Every time I put on the sash, the weight of it reminds me of the weight of my job; of the responsibility I have to make a difference for young children,” Lace told CBS Bay Area.

    Lace, 25, visits a different elementary school almost every day. In a video shown by the local CBS affiliate, Lace can be seen reading “Sparkle Boy,” a picture book about a boy who wants to wear women’s clothing, to a 4th-grade class at Tenderloin Community School.

    The trans-identifying man told KRON 4 in March that he was “dreaming about this since I was 12 years old” and ran away from home.

    In 2021, Kataluna Enriquez, another man identifying as a woman, competed in the Miss USA pageant as Miss Nevada. Lace seeks to be the second trans-identifying man to compete at the national competition. Another man competed in the Miss New Hampshire competition after being crowned “Miss Greater Derry” last November.

    The Miss San Francisco winner claims to have received death threats and “mean comments about my appearance or the way I look.” Despite this, Lace is undeterred from his child-focused mission, saying that he “know[s] that there’s a trans kid out there … who is reading [Lace’s] story as well.” CBS interviewed one 4th grader, who described Lace’s appearance as “beautiful” and “normal.”

    The push for men to compete in women’s competitions has become an intense cultural and political question, prompting GOP presidential hopeful Nikki Haley to label the issue “the women’s issue of our time.”

    Female athletes like Riley Gaines and Paula Scanlon have spoken out against men in women’s sports, particularly concerning male swimmer Lia Thomas. Recently, ESPN commentator Samantha Ponder broke with her company’s orthodoxy to speak out against men competing in women’s sports.

    Last year, a federal court ruled that Miss USA, whose winner competes for the Miss Universe title and is a separate organization from Miss America, could keep its “natural born female” policy under the First Amendment’s Free Speech clause.

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    UPDATE: Virginia HS Graduation Shooting Suspect Identified; 2 Killed, 5 Injured



    Two people were killed and five others were injured Tuesday after a suspect opened gunfire near Virginia Commonwealth University following a high school graduation ceremony.

    VCU police said the shooting occurred around 5:13 p.m. in the area of Monroe Park, near the campus’ Altria Theater after a recently-concluded graduation ceremony for Huguenot High School.

    One of the victims killed was an 18-year-old male who had just graduated, and the other was a 36-year-old male, police said.

    Their names were not released, but police believe the suspect knew at least one of the victims.

    Richmond police said five others were injured with various degrees of injuries. Two people were treated for falls; one juvenile was struck by a car and sustained injuries that were not life-threatening; and 9 people were treated at the scene for minor injuries or anxiety.

    Police also said a 19-year-old who was in custody will be charged with two counts of second-degree murder.

    Police recovered multiple handguns.

    No further details were given about the victims’ ages or the identity of the suspects.

    Richmond Public Schools said Thomas Jefferson High School canceled a planned graduation ceremony planned for Tuesday evening. The ceremony will be rescheduled.

    School board member Jonathan Young told Richmond TV station WWBT that graduates and other attendees were exiting the theater when they heard about 20 gunshots in rapid succession.

    “That prompted, as you would expect, hundreds of persons in an effort to flee the gunfire to return to the building,” Young said.

    “It materialized in a stampede,” he said.

    Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney called the shooting “traumatic” for everyone, especially the youth involved.

    “Is nothing sacred any longer? We’re going to do everything we can to bring the individuals who are involved in this to justice. Not just for the families involved, but also the city,” Stoney said.

    Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin said his administration was monitoring the “terrible” shooting and that state law enforcement is providing support to the Richmond Police Department.

    Police said there is no ongoing threat to the community, but a heavy police presence remains at Monroe Park. Richmond police are leading the investigation.


    Virginia graduation shooting suspect identieied as Amari Pollard.

    Cops said Amari Pollard gunned down Shawn Jackson, 18, and his father, Renzo Smith, 36, after a yearlong feud with his teenage target.

    Pollard, of Enrico County, was arraigned on two charges of second-degree murder Wednesday morning and held without bail.

    Amari Pollard

    The victims have been identified as 18-year-old Shawn Jackson and his 36-year-old stepfather Renzo Smith:

    18-year-old Shawn Jackson and his 36-year-old stepfather Renzo Smith

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    CNN CEO Chris Licht Fired



    CNN CEO Chris Licht has been ousted from the network after just 16 months in the job, parent company Warner Bros Discovery announced Wednesday morning.

    While Warner Bros. Discovery seeks a replacement for Licht, executives Amy Entelis, Virginia Moseley, Eric Sherling and David Leavy will lead CNN, the company said.

    “We have great confidence in this group and will fully support them until a new CEO is named,” Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav said in a memo to staff on Wednesday, adding the company would be conducting a search internally and externally for CNN’s next leader. “We are in good hands, allowing us to take the time we need to run a thoughtful and thorough search for a new leader.”

    “I have known Chris for many years and have enormous respect for him, personally and professionally. This job was never going to be easy, especially at a time of great disruption and transformation, and Chris poured his heart and soul into it,” Zaslav said in his memo. “Unfortunately, things did not work out the way we had hoped – and ultimately that’s on me. I take responsibility.”

    Licht’s announcement comes days after a scathing 15,000-word profile of him earned him widespread condemnation from CNN staffers and fueled internal speculation about his job security.

    In the profile, Licht was quoted criticizing the network’s coverage of the coronavirus pandemic before his arrival last May and pushing back on assertions from the employees underneath him that he had lost touch with the outlet’s newsroom.

    Licht apologized to staffers Monday for the negative attention the piece had sparked.

    “As I read that article, I found myself thinking, CNN is not about me,” Licht said. “I should not be in the news unless it’s taking arrows for you. Your work is what should be written about.”

    Licht took over at CNN last May after former president Jeff Zucker was forced out following an internal investigation from Warner Bros. Discovery that found he did not disclose a romantic relationship with a top female deputy.

    Under Zucker, CNN had developed a reputation for its at times combative coverage of former President Trump and sensational coverage of major news events.

    Vowing to change the culture and tone of CNN, Licht told staffers and media observers during his early days on the job his vision for the network was one where more sober news reports would be prioritized over partisan analysis and punditry across much of cable news.

    He fired polarizing figures within the network like media correspondent Brian Stelter and White House reporter John Harwood before conducting mass staff layoffs late last year as part of budgetary belt tightening.

    Licht revamped the network’s flagship morning program and moved star anchor Don Lemon away from prime time to host it.

    But CNN’s ratings have been in free fall for months, and Lemon was eventually fired after he clashed with talent on the morning program, making offensive comments about women that sparked embarrassing headlines for the network.

    Licht drew heated criticism in recent weeks after the network hosted a town hall with Donald Trump that was packed with scores of the former president’s cheering fans. While the event drew 3.3 million viewers, CNN’s ratings plummeted afterward. Two days after the town hall, CNN’s prime-time viewership came in below Newsmax.

    Leaders at Warner Bros. Discovery have said they view CNN as a reputational asset, despite the company failing to post $1 billion in profit for the first time in years and the slew of negative press the network has received since Licht took over.

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    Hunter Biden Ordered to Appear in Court or Face Jail in Child Support Battle



    Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden, has been ordered to appear in person before an Arkansas judge in July to explain why he shouldn’t be held in contempt of court and, if the proceedings don’t go his way, he could face time behind bars.

    The president’s son is facing a child support case in Arkansas in which he was ordered by the presiding judge in May to hand over information on his finances.

    Attorneys representing Lunden Alexis Roberts, the mother of Hunter Biden’s child, filed a motion on May 18 to hold the president’s son in contempt of court after alleging he had failed to fully answer questions relating to his ability to pay child support.

    Judge Holly Lodge Meyer issued an order on June 5 (pdf) saying Hunter Biden must appear on July 10 at the Independence County Courthouse in Batesville to explain “why he should not be held in contempt.”

    In Arkansas, contempt of court is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by fines and prison time.

    In her order, Meyer said that she would consider “punishment or sanctions” against Hunter Biden, including “incarceration for civil contempt until such time as the defendant fully answers discovery for a period of up to six months” and “incarceration for criminal contempt for a period of up to six months.”

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    Roberts sued Biden for child support in 2019.

    Initially, Biden denied that the child was his, but a DNA test confirmed he is the father.

    In 2020, the two agreed to an undisclosed amount. Terms of the agreement are sealed because they contain sensitive personal information, including the amount of monthly support and each party’s source of income.

    However, Biden later asked the court to review the child support arrangements because his financial situation had changed, leading to the case now being considered before the court.

    He appeared before Independence County Circuit Court in Batesville on May 1.

    During that hearing, his attorney said during proceedings that Biden had been paying $20,000 per month in child support, for a total of up to $750,000 since the support order was signed.

    At that hearing, the judge ordered Biden to provide information on his income from his artwork, investments, employment, gifts from friends, and other sources.

    The judge also said she couldn’t rule on the amount of child support because neither side had provided enough information in the discovery process to move forward.

    Roberts’s attorneys have complained that the Biden team was dragging its feet in the discovery process and filed a motion on May 18 for Biden to be held in contempt.

    Clinton Lancaster, a lawyer for Roberts, argued in the motion for contempt that Biden had been ordered to do something but didn’t and that this “is a habit and a game for Mr. Biden.”

    Lancaster continued that Biden doesn’t want to disclose his income and “says that he is somewhat financially destitute” despite living in an oceanfront home in Malibu and going on foreign trips.

    During the hearing in early May, the judge said she would press Biden’s legal team to fulfill their commitments in the discovery process.

    In the June 5 order, she wrote that she was hereby giving Biden notice to appear in person at the Independence County Circuit Court on July 10 and “show cause, if any exists, why he should not be held in contempt.”

    Meanwhile, rumors have swirled that Biden could face federal charges on allegations of tax- and gun-related violations.

    Rumors of Federal Charges

    The U.S. attorney’s office in Delaware has been investigating Hunter Biden’s tax affairs.

    The president’s son said in 2020 that he was taking the investigation “seriously” but was confident of a favorable outcome.

    “I take this matter very seriously, but I am confident that a professional and objective review of these matters will demonstrate that I handled my affairs legally and appropriately, including with the benefit of professional tax advisors,” Hunter Biden said in a statement issued by the Joe Biden-Kamala Harris transition team in December 2020.

    Hunter Biden has acknowledged in the past that he made mistakes, but he’s insisted that he did not commit any crimes.

    A report by The Washington Post in October that cited anonymous sources indicated that prosecutors believed there was enough evidence to charge Hunter Biden with tax crimes and allegations that the president’s son put false information on paperwork relating to his purchase of a handgun.

    President Joe Biden was asked in an interview on MSNBC in early May how his presidency would be impacted if his son were charged.

    “It impacts my presidency by making me feel proud of him,” the president said in the interview.

    The president also said he believes his “son has done nothing wrong.”

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    Modelo Especial Dethrones Bud Light as America’s Number One Selling Beer After 22 Years



    Modelo Especial has now dethroned Bud Light as the top-selling beer in America after 22 years of the longtime industry leader holding the top spot.

    In the four weeks ending May 28, Modelo Especial store sales soared past $333 million, a 15.6 percent rise on the same period last year.

    Modelo surpassed Bud Light’s $297 million – which was a 22.8 percent fall in sales compared to the same time last year.

    Anheuser-Busch, the parent company of Bud Light and Modelo Especial, has seen market cap value plummet $27 billion following a disastrous team-up with transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney.

    It is the first time since 2001 that Bud Light has not been in the top spot, dethroning its sister brand Budweiser for the ‘King of Beer’ title in 2001.

    Bill Newlands, the CEO of Modelo Especial’s owners Constellation Brands, said the increase in sales had happened ‘quicker than they anticipated.’

    ‘We thought that would take a little longer. We’ve been very fortunate that, that’s gone a little quicker than we had anticipated. But what a great position to be in on the beer side,’ he told Newsweek.

    US sales of Modelo are controlled by rival Constellation Brands and do not count as part of AB InBev’s global volumes as part of an anti-trust settlement.

    Anheuser-Busch and Constellation did not immediately respond to a request for comment from

    According to consultancy firm Bumps Williams Consulting, Modelo Especial sales were $341.9 million in the week ending May 27, compared with Bud Light sales of about $298.6 million.

    However, longer-term trends show that Bud Light remains the top-selling beer in the US this year so far, according to NielsenIQ.

    Bud Light sales count for 9.1 percent of the total market in 2023, while Modelo has 8 percent – a gap of several hundred million dollars.

    Experts previously warned that Modelo would topple Bud Light for the title, with sales week ending May 20 plunging 25.7 percent for Bud Light and soaring 9.2 percent for their rival.

    It comes after reports confirmed that sales of Bud Light dropped 23.9 percent for the week ending May 27 compared to the same time last year – though that was a slight improvement from the previous week when sales were down 25.7 percent.

    Bud Light also lost nearly 28 percent in year-on-year volume for the week ending May 27.

    Anheuser-Busch’s other flagship beer, Budweiser, also recorded a drop of 8.5 percent, while Natural Light and Stella Artois saw a 1.5 percent to three percent drop, according to Newsweek.

    Meanwhile, the company’s other top competitors saw an increase in sales as beer drinkers switched brands.

    Coors Light went up 26.3 percent, while Miller Lite went up 23.1 percent and Yuengling saw the biggest increase at 36.3 percent.

    There are signs the ‘bottom has been hit’ for Bud Light and the company could see a ‘turn-around in performance,’ according to Bumps Williams Consulting’s monthly industry report.

    Anheuser-Busch said earlier this month it would triple its marketing spending in the US this summer as it tries to boost ailing sales.

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