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‘A complete rip-off’: Campaign-finance experts puzzled and stunned by Trump camp’s reported ‘money-bomb’ ploy

Older donors who gave a few hundred dollars to former President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign said they were shocked to see thousands drained from their accounts. Refund requests jumped in the final months of the campaign. The ensuing surges in credit-card-fraud claims associated with Trump got on the radar of the US’s biggest banks.

That’s all according to a New York Times investigation published Saturday that detailed a recurring-donation scheme it said was referred to as “the money bomb,” which the Trump campaign used to pad its coffers in the final months of the campaign through the GOP fundraising platform WinRed.

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Being a wealthy movie star protects famous folks in many ways but they pay a price in having embarrassing personal business exposed. Johnny Depp and ex Amber Heard could write a book on just how bad that gets at this point–both have likely lost potential work, Depp has left a major production altogether, and now more than 1.5 million people have signed a petition calling for Heard to drop out of Aquaman 2.

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‘Donald’s hair dye has conceded!’ Trump sends social media into meltdown as he debuts GRAY HAIR at White House press conference

President Trump has held his first press conference since his election loss to Joe Biden, providing the public with an update on a COVID-19 vaccine.

And while Americans were eager to hear news about the potentially life-changing treatment, it was the Commander-in-Chief’s drastically different appearance that caused the most commotion on social media.

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‘The perfect target’: Russia cultivated Trump as asset for 40 years – ex-KGB spy

Donald Trump was cultivated as a Russian asset over 40 years and proved so willing to parrot anti-western propaganda that there were celebrations in Moscow, a former KGB spy has told the Guardian.

Yuri Shvets, posted to Washington by the Soviet Union in the 1980s, compares the former US president to “the Cambridge five”, the British spy ring that passed secrets to Moscow during the second world war and early cold war.

Now 67, Shvets is a key source for American Kompromat, a new book by journalist Craig Unger, whose previous works include House of Trump, House of Putin. The book also explores the former president’s relationship with the disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.

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‘This is how I’m going to die’: Officers describe horrors of Jan. 6 riot

Four police officers who defended the Capitol from a Jan. 6 riot by Donald Trump supporters spoke out Tuesday during the first hearing of the select committee investigating the attack, sharing harrowing details of their physical and mental trauma.

As the riot fades from public memory amid a new wave of Republican revisionism, select panel members aimed to cast the hearing — the first time Congress has heard publicly from law enforcement on the front lines of the response to Jan. 6 — as a vivid reminder of what happened.

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1. Ty Johnson, Maryland

Ty Marquise Johnson is an American football running back for the New York Jets of the National Football League. He played college football at Maryland. Highlights
Born: September 17, 1997 (age 23 years), Cumberland, MD
Height: 5′ 10″
Weight: 216 lbs

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10 Best Golf Courses in Scottsdale

Scottsdale and the Phoenix area offer amazing dining options and amazing places to stay — and some of the best golf in the world. We put together a list of the most highly recommended golf courses in the area, according to

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10 Best Mattresses For A Good Night’s Sleep

It is recommended that you replace your mattress every 10 years. However new technology is creating superior mattresses that help improve sleeping conditions, which is helping convince people to replace their mattresses even if they aren’t due for an upgrade.

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10 Breakthrough Technologies 2021

This list marks 20 years since we began compiling an annual selection of the year’s most important technologies. Some, such as mRNA vaccines, are already changing our lives, while others are still a few years off. Below, you’ll find a brief description along with a link to a feature article that probes each technology in detail. We hope you’ll enjoy and explore—taken together, we believe this list represents a glimpse into our collective future.

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10 Excellent Oscar–Winning Movies You Can Watch On Netflix

Few nights in Hollywood’s calendar year come close to the glitz and glamour of the Academy Awards. An Oscar statuette is a crowning achievement for anyone involved in the production of film, and those that garner one or more of the little gold boys win the right to label themselves an Academy Award–winning “insert title here” for the rest of history, not to mention the career-boosting potential that comes with it.

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Bridgewater, T. – Den (QB)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Denver Broncos (6/23) Advice: Bridgewater flashed back-end QB1 Fantasy upside during his five-game stint with the Saints in 2019 and it looked like he was ready to expand on that during the first half of the 2020 season in his debut with Carolina. His early success didn’t carry over to the second half after teams got more game film on Bridgewater in OC Joe Brady’s offense and the rushing numbers came down as well. Entering 2021, he will compete with Drew Lock to start for Denver. While OC Pat Shurmur runs a very QB-friendly offense, and Bridgewater will also inherit a better supporting cast, it seems likely the hand-picked Lock will get the first chance to start. If pressed into action, Bridgewater will remain nothing more than a QB2 for Fantasy purposes. (

Mims, D. – NYJ (WR)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Denzel Mims, WR, New York Jets (6/23) Advice: Denzel Mims has the chance to improve in his sophomore campaign, but he’s only worth drafting with a late-round pick in most Fantasy leagues. The Jets have a new quarterback in Zach Wilson to replace Sam Darnold, and hopefully that helps Mims. But he will compete with Corey Davis, Elijah Moore, Keelan Cole and, for now, Jamison Crowder for targets, and Mims has a lot to prove to Fantasy managers after averaging just 6.4 PPR points per game as a rookie in 2020. There’s plenty of upside with Mims, and we’re hoping he steps up and can become a quality Fantasy receiver this year. (
ADP: 11.08 — 15.12
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Born: October 10, 1997, Daingerfield, TX


I second all the excellent reviews Salsamor has received so far. My friend was in town visiting and we planned many things that took us both out of our comfort zone. We came to Salsamor to participate in the salsa (actually salsa, bachata, and merengue) lessons and stayed to dance until after midnight. We had the best time!

Arizona ER Doctor Visibly Stunned By Video Of Trump Rally: ‘Dangerous And Stupid’

An emergency room doctor described the behavior of the people who attended a crowded, indoor rally for former President Donald Trump as extremely dangerous and stupid amid soaring COVID-19 case rates in the area.
“If you make a dumb decision about your own health, on one level you could say, ‘Well, it’s your life,’” said Dr. Murtaza Akhter, who works on the COVID-19 frontline with Valleywise Health in Phoenix. “But when it’s infectious disease that’s this contagious and affects so many people, you’re not just affecting yourself, you’re affecting everybody around you.”

Miami Launches ‘MiamiCoin’ to Make Millions and Fund the Police

Thousands of Bitcoiners in June descended on Miami for Bitcoin 2021, a semi-religious event that celebrated all things related to the world’s biggest cryptocurrency. Speakers included Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey, boxing champion Floyd Mayweather and ex-presidential candidate and firebrand libertarian Ron Paul.

Cook, J. – LAC (TE)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Jared Cook, TE, Los Angeles Chargers (6/23) Advice: Jared Cook was selected in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft, and 11 years later he’s still putting up TE1 Fantasy numbers. While Cook’s production was touchdown heavy (7), that’s usually enough alone to get you into the TE1 tier. The Chargers signed Cook to replace Hunter Henry. Justin Herbert targeted the TE position on 21.4% of his pass attempts in 2020, so even given Cook’s age and injury history, he should be streamable and startable in plus matchups in 2021. (

Hopkins, D. – Ari (WR)

2021 fantasy player outlook for DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Arizona Cardinals (6/23) Advice: You won’t need much convincing to take DeAndre Hopkins as a No. 1 Fantasy receiver. After all, he blew away expectations last year by keeping up with the high target pace he had in Houston while improving his metrics in catch rate, yards per catch and broken tackles. He got off to an especially hot start in his first 10 games (18.2 PPR per game) before an injury to Kyler Murray took Hopkins’ stats down a notch (16.5 PPR per game). The real hidden value in Hopkins’ 2021 outlook is his schedule — aside from two dates with Jalen Ramsey, there truly isn’t a specific matchup that would make you flinch. Hopkins remains one of Fantasy’s top receivers worthy of a pick in Round 2. (
ADP: 1.04 — 2.10
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Robinhood offers loans to buy stock — they were 14 times more likely to default

Online brokerage Robinhood touts its willingness to lend money to customers so they can multiply their returns just like Wall Street pros, even likening investing with borrowed money to the thrill of riding a motorcycle. What the company doesn’t say is that its lending strategy has put clients — who tend to be younger and less experienced at playing the market — in financial peril even before many piled into the shares of struggling video game retailer GameStop in January.

The DOJ Won’t Defend Rep. Mo Brooks In Court Against Claims He Incited The Jan. 6 Riot

The Justice Department rejected a request by Alabama Republican Rep. Mo Brooks for legal protection in court against a lawsuit linking him to the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Brooks, former President Donald Trump and others were sued by Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., earlier this year. Swalwell alleges that Brooks and others named in the lawsuit helped incite a mob of Trump supporters on Jan. 6 during a pro-Trump rally.

The group later charged the U.S. Capitol building. Five people died that day.

Travel trouble Tuesday: American, Spirit cancel hundreds of flights for third consecutive day

American Airlines and Spirit Airlines have canceled nearly 600 Tuesday flights, the third consecutive day of major travel trouble for the airlines’ passengers.
American, which is still struggling to recover from Sunday storms at its mammoth Dallas hub, canceled 284 Tuesday flights, or 9% percent of its schedule, according to flight tracker FlightAware. The airline canceled 563 Monday flights and nearly 300 Sunday flights. Flight delays have been sizable, too.

The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics

Every week political cartoonists throughout the country and across the political spectrum apply their ink-stained skills to capture the foibles, memes, hypocrisies and other head-slapping events in the world of politics. The fruits of these labors are hundreds of cartoons that entertain and enrage readers of all political stripes. Here’s an offering of the best of this week’s crop, picked fresh off the Toonosphere. Edited by Matt Wuerker.

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Netflix: The 10 Best Shows To Watch Right Now

With thousands of movies to choose from, and a navigation system and algorithm that don’t always make the right choice easy to find, it can be difficult to know what to watch on Netflix. That’s why we’re here.

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The 10 Best Movies and Shows Streaming on Hulu Right Now

It can be tough to keep an account of everything running on a multitude of platforms these days: from traditional broadcast and cable to premium networks to a multitude of streaming options, knowing where to find the best TV and movies can be a nearly impossible task. But we are here to help!

Karens Sing Christmas Carols

Karen-mania has been sweeping the country for the last year and a half, and here in Hollywood there is a new musical review across the street called “A Christmas Karen,” so we invited the cast over to give a sample of what they do best.


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Gronkowski, R. – TB (TE)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Rob Gronkowski, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6/23) Advice: In his return to the NFL, Rob Gronkowski certainly wasn’t his old self, but he was also better than the version we last saw in New England. Ultimately, in Bruce Arians’ not-so-friendly TE offense, the ceiling is limited for Gronkowski. He is a better option in standard leagues, but most weeks he is a TD-or-bust play. Given the state of the TE position, he makes for fair value in the mid-to-late rounds if you choose to wait on the position. (

Mike Lindell’s Patriotic Crap, Jim Jordan’s Relentless Stupidity & Matt Gaetz’s Shady Venmo

Vaccinations are available to anyone over the age of 16 in California, Dr. Fauci appeared in front of a Congressional subcommittee on COVID-19 and forced to endure relentless stupidity from Jim Jordan, Ivanka got a the shot and the comments on her post are really something, there are new details in the sordid saga of future former Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz, a member of Parliament in Canada accidently exposed himself on an official government Zoom, and Jimmy checks in with Mike Lindell (James Adomian) about his new online shop “MyStore.”

Uncle Bo’s Haleiwa

I am so glad that Uncle Bo’s in Haleiwa reopened!! They are opened during COVID from 4 to 8 and the food, drinks, and customer service remain A++! I love the food but the ambience and feel of real Aloha really make this place super special!

Drake, K. – LV (RB)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Kenyan Drake, RB, Las Vegas Raiders (6/23) Advice: Don’t rule out drafting Kenyan Drake if you can pluck him at a very good value. How will he fit in behind Josh Jacobs in Las Vegas? Well, Drake was actually more effective in goal-to-go carries with the Cardinals (8 of 19) than Jacobs was last year (5 of 16). The Raiders have also made mention of Drake’s receiving experience — he caught 50-plus passes in 2018 and 2019 while Jacobs averaged 1.9 catches per game in his time with the Raiders. Those could be two of several specialty roles Drake gets with Las Vegas, giving him some mild Fantasy potential. It won’t result in as many touches as he had with Arizona (15.9 carries per game in 2020) unless Jacobs gets hurt or benched for being ineffective, which would then open up Drake to more work. Ultimately, expect no more than 10 touches per game from Drake in a given week, but some of those touches could be catches and touchdowns. Round 8 or 9 feels like the right time to draft Drake as either a top-notch backup or as a starter on a Zero-RB roster. (
ADP: 5.03 — 9.02
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Born: January 26, 1994, Powder Springs, GA

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