US District Judge Virginia Kendall said the case could continue on to the discovery phase.
The city is suing for $130,000, the amount they say it took to investigate the false claims Smollett made of a racist attack that he tried to blame on men wearing "Make America Great Again" hats. He said that they made homophobic and racial comments during the attack, but police accused him of a race hoax when they discovered the men were friends of Smollett.
Smollet's attorneys argued that he could not have known what the police investigation would cost, but Judge Kendall denied the argument.
"Mr. Smollett has always maintained his innocence and is eager to have the complete facts of the case come out. He looks forward to taking depositions and otherwise bringing to light many of the facts that have been overlooked in the court of public opinion to date," Quinlan said.
"Mr. Smollett is confident that once the full story is available he will be vindicated," he concluded.
Judge: Case Against Smollett To Continue www.youtube.com
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) took to the Senate floor on Tuesday to announce his introduction of a resolution urging President Donald Trump to "rethink" his strategy regarding northern Syria, saying it's even stronger than the House resolution of the same vein passed last week.
Sen. McConnell made it clear that he had the support of other top Republican Senators, saying in his speech that the measure was backed by Armed Services Committee Chairman James Inhofe (Okla.), Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (N.C.), Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Sen. Jim Risch (Idaho).
Acknowledging the lower chamber's passage of a resolution last week, that condemned the "abrupt withdrawal of United States military personnel from certain parts of Northeast Syrian," Sen. McConnell said his resolution goes further.
"I'm introducing a stronger resolution that acknowledges hard truths, and focuses on our strategic interests in the Middle East," the Senate Majority Leader said on the Senate floor. "Our resolution acknowledges the vital role that our Kurdish and Arab Syrian partners have played in rooting out and destroying the ISIS caliphate.
"It condemns Turkey's decision to escalate hostilities in Syria, warns against the abandonment of our allies and partners in Syria and urges President Trump to rethink his invitation for President Erdogan to visit the White House. It also acknowledges Turkey's legitimate national security concerns emanating from the conflict in Syria and the significant risk to the United States if such a strategically consequential ally were to fall further into Moscow's orbit."
Sen. McConnell continued, "It recognizes the grave consequences of U.S. withdrawal, the rising influence of Russia, Iran, and the Assad regime. And the escape of more than 100 ISIS-affiliated fighters detained in the region," adding, with emphasis, "We specifically urge the president to end — end — the draw-down."
Sen. McConnell also appeared to contradict President Trump on Tuesday, Politico reported, when he denied the president's claim that McConnell told him the much-disputed content of his phone with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was "the most innocent phone call I've ever heard."
During a press conference, when McConnell was asked to corroborate the president's claims, the Kentucky Republican replied, "I don't recall any conversations with the president about that phone call."
Retired NBA superstar Shaquille O'Neal offered his opinion on the controversy over a manager's comments against China, and he appeared to slight LeBron James in his statement.
"We, as American people, do a lot of business in China. And they know and understand our values. And we understand their values," O'Neil said.
"And one of our best values here in America is free speech. We're allowed to say what we want to say, and we're allowed to speak up about injustices, and that's just how it goes. If people don't understand that, that's something they have to deal with," he added.
O'Neil made an oblique reference to people who "don't know what they're talking about," which mirrored James' criticism against NFL general manager Daryl Morey. James criticized Morey as not being "educated" about the situation in Hong Kong.
"It was unfortunate for both parties, and then you got people speaking when they don't know what they're talking about. But Daryl Morey was right. Whenever you see something wrong going on anywhere in the world, you should have the right to say, 'That's not right.' And that's what he did," O'Neil continued.
"But again, when it comes to business, sometimes you have to tiptoe around things. But again, they understand our values, and we understand our values here. We have the right to speak," he added.
"Especially with social media, " he concluded. "We can say whatever we want to say, when we want to say it."
James was roundly criticized for his comments, with many people pointing out that he has been very vocal about social justice issues in the United States. Hong Kong residents who protested against Chinese aggression burned his jersey in order to show their displeasure about his comments.
Inside the NBA Guys Discuss the Recent China and NBA News | NBA on TNT www.youtube.com
A transgender woman who made headlines earlier this year for filing more than a dozen complaints against biologically female aestheticians for refusing to wax her male genitalia was hit with a devastating loss from British Columbia's Human Rights Tribunal on Tuesday.
Not only did the panel determine Jessica Yaniv's complaints were racially motivated and "divorced from reality," the activist has been ordered to pay $2,000 each to three of the respondents in the case as condemnation for her conduct.
Over the past year, Yaniv has filed more than 15 human right complaints against female salon workers who refused to perform waxing services — including the incredibly intimate Brazilian wax — for her, after disclosing that she does, in fact, have male genitalia.
Many of the women Yaniv complained about are immigrants with language barriers. Nonetheless, each allegedly cited reasons such as religious beliefs for declining to provide services. At least two of the salons have since gone out of business because of the uproar.
Yaniv argued in her complaint to the tribunal that she was discriminated against, likening her situation to U.S. cases where bakers have been punished by the courts for refusing to provide a cake for a gay wedding due to their Christian beliefs.
The human rights panel disagreed, writing in their decision that "there is no material difference in a cake which is baked for a straight wedding, and one that is baked for a gay wedding. Nor does baking a cake for a gay wedding require you to have intimate contact with the client."
The tribunal found Yaniv's initial order to be racially motivated for her targeting of immigrant women, and called her initial request for $500,000 in damages to be "divorced from reality," the Vancouver Courier reported.
According to The Washington Examiner, Jay Cameron, whose firm represented five of the aestheticians, praised the decision, saying, "No woman should be compelled to touch male genitals against her will, irrespective of how the owner of the genitals identifies."
Joe Biden expressed great outrage and disgust that President Donald Trump compared lynching to the impeachment push by Democrats, but he should have checked his own history on exaggerated statements.
"Impeachment is not "lynching," it is part of our Constitution," tweeted Biden.
"Our country has a dark, shameful history with lynching, and to even think about making this comparison is abhorrent," he added. "It's despicable."
In comments from 1998 on CNN, Biden similarly compared impeachment with lynching.
"Even if the President should be impeached, history is going to question whether or not this was just a partisan lynching or whether or not it was something that in fact met the standard, the very high bar, that was set by the founders as to what constituted an impeachable offense," Biden said.
The comments were resurfaced by CNN's Andrew Kaczynski.
Video of the comments were circulated on social media to ridicule Biden.
Ironically, Biden presided over the hearing where then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas called accusations against him a "travesty" and "disgusting," adding that the claims were akin to "a high-tech lynching."
Flashback: Clarence Thomas responds to Anita Hill www.youtube.com
Susan Rice, who served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and as national security advisor during the Obama administration, said during an interview (hosted by two other former Obama officials) that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is a "piece of sh*t."
The trio was discussing the politics in the aftermath of the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which left four Americans dead, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
Rice was speaking on the podcast, "Pod Save America," to hosts Ben Rhodes and Tommy Vietor — who are also Obama administration alums.
In a clip of the sit-down released on Tuesday, Rhodes says, "You have to understand Benghazi to understand Trump."
"Right," Vietor responds, adding, "Because Lindsey Graham isn't just a piece of sh*t now."
"He's been a piece of shit," Rice interrupted, laughing. "I said it. I said it. Damn it, finally," she continued before repeating herself," He's a piece of sh*t."
The Week's Catherine Garcia pointed out that "Rice and Graham went toe to toe in the wake of the Benghazi attack, as Republicans accused Rice of intentionally misleading the public, with Graham among the loudest voices."
Rice has been on a media blitz in an effort to promote her recently released book, "Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For."
The former national security advisor has also been a sharp critic — as has Sen. Graham — of President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria.
The Hill reported that President Trump fired back at Rice last week, slamming "the Obama adminstration's refusal to take military action against the Syrian government after it used chemical weapons in the Syrian civil war."
"Susan Rice, who was a disaster to President Obama as National Security Advisor, is now telling us her opinion on what to do in Syria," the president tweeted. "Remember RED LINE IN THE SAND? That was Obama. Millions killed! No thanks Susan, you were a disaster."
On Tuesday's episode of "Dear America with Graham Allen," the lead singer of Christian rock band Skillet, John L. Cooper, joined Graham to discuss the challenges faced by many modern-day Christians and why Christian leaders have recently abandoned their faith.
Graham talked about some of the difficulties in dealing with the mob mentality on social media, where people tend to equate agreement with acceptance and love. "Loving someone is not agreeing with someone," he said, adding that he believes many people "tiptoe" around the "hard issues" because they fear the scathing criticism so common in today's culture.
"People don't know what to do [because] we don't have relationships," John said. "I think what we're missing is the relationship aspect because of social media ... in relationships you can start to have those conversations," he added.
Watch the video below to catch more of the conversation:
Watch the full interview here
To enjoy more of Graham's rants, high-profile interviews, skits and journeys into "Dear America," subscribe to BlazeTV — the largest multi-platform network of voices who love America, defend the Constitution and live the American dream.
Use code GRAHAM to save $10 on one year of BlazeTV.
Nike's CEO Mark Parker, who oversaw the controversial ad campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick, is stepping down from the company regarded as the world's largest sportswear company.
Parker has overseen Nike as CEO for more than a decade, and will step down in January, but will continue as executive chairman.
Parker made several statements in support of the ad campaign that many saw as tacit approval of the former NFL quarterback's kneeling protest during the national anthem before football games.
"We feel very good and are very proud of the work we're doing, we've seen record engagement with the brand," he said in September 2018.
"We know its resonated actually quite strongly with consumers," he added, "obviously here in North America but also around the world."
Parker was also associated with other scandals at Nike, including one where he appeared to be approve of a Nike-backed coach seeking to develop performance enhancing drugs that wouldn't trigger doping tests, according to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. Former female employees of the company also claimed that there was a culture of gender discrimination and sexual harassment.
Parker denied that his departure had anything to do with the various scandals plaguing the company under his leadership.
Nike CEO Mark Parker to step down in 2020 www.youtube.com
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham confirmed Tuesday that The New York Times and The Washington Post will soon not be available for reading at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, after President Trump suggested his administration was considering ending its subscriptions to the newspapers.
On Monday, President Trump told Fox News' Sean Hannity, "The New York Times — which is a fake newspaper — we don't even want it in the White House anymore, we're going to probably terminate that and The Washington Post," reiterating, "They're fake."
Politico reached out to the White House for clarification on the president's comments, and Ms. Grisham confirmed to the outlet that President Trump was referring to the termination of the subscriptions, "which we won't be renewing."
Both The Times and The Post declined to comment to Politico.
President Trump has railed against fake news since before taking office, and is a frequent critic of the coverage by many mainstream outlets — often pointing out misreporting. In his interview with Hannity, the president said, "They gave Pulitzer Prizes to people that got it wrong," speaking of New York Times reporters.
Earlier this year, President Trump tweeted, "So funny that The New York Times & The Washington Post got a Pulitzer Prize for their coverage (100 percent NEGATIVE and FAKE!) of Collusion with Russia — And there was No Collusion! So, they were either duped or corrupt? In any event, their prizes should be taken away by the Committee!
See President Trump's interview with Sean Hannity in its entirety, below. The president's remarks on the media begin around the 17:50 mark:
Trump talks impeachment fallout on 'Hannity' | FULL INTERVIEW www.youtube.com
Business Insider pointed out that in an Oval Office interview with The New York Times earlier this year, President Trump told the newspaper's top editors, "Everybody thinks The New York Times treats me terribly. Washington Post also, but The New York Times even more so treats me unbelievably terribly. And I think, I honestly believe you lose credibility by that. I don't think I've had a good story in The New York Times."
On Tuesday's episode of "Pat Gray Unleashed," Pat discussed Rev. Al Sharpton's interview with Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke on Sunday on MSNBC. During the interview, O'Rourke was asked about President Donald Trump's decision to reverse his plan to hold the G-7 summit at a Trump hotel in Florida, as well as the current situation in northern Syria.
O'Rourke had this to say:
"President Trump, perhaps inspired by [Joseph] Goebbels and the propagandists of the Third Reich, seems to employ this tactic that the bigger the lie, the more obscene the injustice, the more dizzying the pace of this bizarre behavior, the less likely we are to be able to do something about it."
"Did I hear you correctly say that perhaps [Trump] was influenced by Goebbels and the Third Reich in terms of telling a big lie? I just want to make sure that's what I heard you say," Sharpton asked.
O'Rourke went on to criticize Trump with a wide range of disconnected attacks related to immigration, religion, and foreign policy.
Pat asserted that based on O'Rourke's attacks on the president, O'Rourke needs to be on medication.
Watch the video below for the full story.
Use code PAT to save $10 on one year of BlazeTV.
To enjoy more of Pat's biting analysis and signature wit as he restores common sense to a senseless world, subscribe to BlazeTV — the largest multi-platform network of voices who love America, defend the Constitution and live the American dream.
A Pennsylvania school district is set to drop a hefty sum on a brand-new gender-neutral changing facility for students, according WTXF-TV.
The station reported that Garden Spot High School in New Holland will eliminate traditional boys and girls locker rooms with the $2.4 million project. Renovations are expected to be completed by December 2020.
Board members unanimously voted yes on the project Monday night.
The renovation project will include four "zones" that will make up a total of 48 private changing rooms and 76 private showers, according to Lancaster Online. The showers will also double as changing rooms when not in use.
District Superintendent Bob Hollister told the outlet that the four zones will not be designated by gender, but pointed out that he believes there will be a "natural selection."
In a statement, the board addressed the newly approved measure.
“This District policy states that multi-user locker rooms and restrooms will be separated based on biological sex. But the idea behind the policy is much deeper," the board at Eastern Lancaster County School District wrote in a statement on the matter. “We've worked hard to arrive at a solution that balances varied interests — which is why we're systematically converting multi-user facilities into a series of single-user facilities."
WTXF added, "Starting at the beginning of the school year, there will be 13 single-user restrooms, which will be available to all students for any reason — no special permission required."
The board insisted that they are intent on going above and beyond providing "reasonable accommodations" and striving to provide students with "extraordinary accommodations."
According to the station, the board is working diligently to implement the new project, which will also feature "entry points in public areas of schools so that any student, regardless of assigned sex and gender identity, can access them."
The board added that while the project "involves a significant investment," it is a "worthwhile one that will serve the students, coaches, and the school for many years to come."
A new book by famed feminist author Naomi Wolf — which incorrectly claimed that England executed men and boys for being gay during the Victorian era — is being pulled, the Telegraph reported.
The book — "Outrages: Sex, Censorship, and the Criminalization of Love" — is based on a Ph.D. thesis she wrote in 2015, the Telegraph added. Turns out Wolf began but never completed her thesis as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, The Guardian said, adding that she reapplied to the school to finish it.
Here's what Wolf told The Guardian earlier this year about what her research uncovered:
"I could not get over what I found," she says. "People widely believe that the last executions for sodomy were in 1830. But I read every Old Bailey record throughout the 19th century, so I know that not only did they continue; they got worse. In the beginning, there were relatively few executions, and it was relatively difficult to get arrested. If you were, it was usually for rape or the molestation of children. But then there's a transition, and you see adult consensual men being brought in as couples, and it begins to be more likely they'll be convicted and given a sentence of penal servitude or worse." Her voice rises. "Those kids … I cannot get them out of my mind … executed or sent to Australia for the attempt at sodomy." To take just one example, in 1859, a 14-year old-boy named Thomas Silver was found guilty of having committed an "unnatural offense" and hanged.
The Guardian added that Wolf believed what she discovered encompassed the threads of modern homophobia.
Then in a May BBC interview with Wolf, the host pointed out her book's claim that the aforementioned 14-year-old boy was "actually executed for committing sodomy" and that his fate was noted as "GUILTY — Death recorded."
And therein lies a giant problem. The host, Matthew Sweet, told Wolf during his interview that she was wrong — that, in fact, "death recorded" actually meant Silver was spared capital punishment.
The term "death recorded," Sweet continued, "was a category that was created in 1823 that allowed judges to abstain from pronouncing a sentence of death on any capital convict whom they considered to be a fit subject for pardon. I don't think any of the executions you've identified here actually happened."
Ouch. Here's a clip of that interview:
With that, Wolf told Sweet: "Well, that's [a] really important thing to investigate."
Hot Air added that Sweet also discovered that all those in the book Wolf said were victims — like Silver — actually were found guilty of rape and, in some cases, pedophilia:
"When I found this I didn't really know what to do with it because I think it's quite a big problem with your argument," Sweet said. He continued, "Also, it's the nature of the offense here. Thomas Silver committed an indecent assault on a six-year-old boy. And he served two-and-a-half years for it in Portsmouth prison which doesn't seem too excessive really.
"And I wonder about all the others because all the others that I followed up, I can't find any evidence that any of these relationships that you've described were consensual. The other one you offer is James Spence, 60-year-old tutor. He committed what was described as felonious assault on schoolboys. One of these cases you offer is a bestiality case and not a buggery case. So, I think there's a problem here with this argument."
Wolf acknowledged some errors but said they were fixable and objected to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's postponement of the book in June, the Associated Press reported. She even promoted "Outrages" on her own in the U.S., with attendees offered the chance to buy the U.K. edition, the AP added.
More from the Telegraph on what happened next:
Her U.K. publisher, Virago, corrected the mistakes, and the book remains on sale in the U.K., but according to the New York Times, her U.S. publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has now cancelled the entire U.S. run.
Just days before it was due to be published they recalled copies from retailers at a significant cost, saying "new questions have arisen that require more time to explore."
Now, a spokesperson for the company said they had "mutually and amicably agreed to part company" with Wolf, who told the paper that she was still hoping for it to be released in the US "in due course."
The Telegraph also said Wolf's research errors "have thrown into doubt the merits of her doctorate awarded by Trinity College, Oxford, and it emerged in June, that the author had made contact with the university in order to correct mistakes made in her thesis."
Wolf and Oxford University "were approached for comment," the Telegraph added without noting if they responded.
The author has had her scholarship challenged before, the AP said, adding that Wolf's best-seller, "The Beauty Myth," says anorexia caused 150,000 deaths among women annually. But the AP noted that such a death count is generally regarded as inflated.
As for how the "Outrages" errors made it to print, the AP said publishers rarely fact-check books due to the time and expense.
On the radio program Tuesday, Glenn Beck lamented the notion that twice-failed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton might actually be considering another run in 2020.
According to The Associated Press, a top aide on Clinton's 2016 campaign has predicted that the former secretary of state "will be out on the trail in 2020," and the New York Times reported Monday that Clinton said she "would consider entering the primary," if she saw "an opening."
Glenn and producer Stu Burguiere discussed Clinton's recent streak of "double-stacked conspiracy theories," including suggesting 2020 presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) of being a "Russian asset" and claiming that "10-year-olds are hacking our voting systems."
"She is delusional," Glenn said. "And the Democrats know they're in trouble."
Watch the video below to catch more of the conversation:
Watch the full episode here.
Use code GLENN to save $10 on one year of BlazeTV.
To enjoy more of Glenn's masterful storytelling, thought-provoking analysis and uncanny ability to make sense of the chaos, subscribe to BlazeTV — the largest multi-platform network of voices who love America, defend the Constitution and live the American dream.
Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard's YouTube videos were being suppressed in search results in the United States while she was trending, causing her videos and channel to show up below videos about her from other pages when her name is searched, according to comedian Steven Crowder.
Crowder posted tweets showing that on Oct. 18, as Gabbard was trending on Google and social media for her response to allegations by Hillary Clinton that she was a Russian asset, her search results on YouTube in the United States buried Gabbard's own content on the platform.
But, by Oct. 20, when the furor had died down some, her search results were back to normal, giving the appearance that they could have been deliberately suppressed by YouTube during the time when people were most likely to be searching for her name.
Both Crowder and Gabbard have significant histories of conflict with big tech companies.
Most recently, Crowder discovered that YouTube search results for his page and video in the U.S. were being treated unusually by YouTube algorithms, causing direct searches for his most popular videos to yield results that buried his actual page and videos below videos about him from other, less popular pages.
YouTube search results for a popular page typically list the actual page as the top result, followed by a selection of popular videos from that channel. For Crowder, his channel wasn't even the top result.
In other countries (Argentina, for example), Crowder's YouTube search results were showing normally — it was only for those searching in the U.S. that his videos were apparently being suppressed by the algorithm.
After Crowder publicized the problem on his Twitter page, website, and YouTube channel, something changed; his search results began showing up normally.
Gabbard has also had some issues with Google. In June, after the first Democratic presidential primary debate, the Gabbard campaign attempted to buy Google ads to make sure the campaign page was at the top of search results for her name. Gabbard had been the most searched for candidate after the debate.
But, Gabbard's Google advertising account was suspended for six hours, from 9:30 p.m. June 27 until 3:30 a.m. June 28. Google issued a statement claiming the suspension was due to "verify billing information and policy compliance," although a reason for the timing of that verification was never given.
Gabbard sued Google for $50 million in damages, alleging that Google infringed on her freedom of speech and obstructed the campaign's ability to fundraise.
Legendary performer Marie Osmond said that she suffered so greatly at the hands of men when she was a young child that, by the time she hit 8 years old, she believed she might be gay.
During a Tuesday appearance on "The Talk," the 60-year-old singer opened up about her own experience when the panel addressed entertainer Miley Cyrus' recent controversial remarks about homosexuality.
Cyrus, who recently split from her husband, actor Liam Hemsworth, offered up dating advice via social media. In a Sunday video, Cyrus said, "There are good men out there, guys, don't give up. You don't have to be gay. There are good people with d**ks out there. You just gotta find them."
She added, "I always thought I had to be gay because I thought all guys were evil, but it's not true."
Chiming in on Cyrus' remarks, which sparked controversy across the internet, Osmond admitted that she, too, "actually thought she was gay" when she was around 8 years old.
"The reason is because I had been sexually abused to the point that men, they made me sick," Osmond revealed. "I didn't trust them, I didn't like them. So when I hear [Cyrus] say that, there was a point in my life — I had so many body issues ... and I was looking at women and I thought, 'Why am I looking at women? I must be gay.'"
Osmond credited her "great brothers" and "amazing father" for changing her perspective on men.
"And then, I realized because I'm a thinker, why did God give me these great brothers and why did he give me this amazing father?" she asked. "Truly, they changed my opinion of men, which made me feel that it was something I was going through."
She added, "So I'm not saying anything about anybody, I'm saying that with [Cyrus'] statement and my life personally, that changed the way I looked at myself."
The Talk - Marie Osmond Thought 'I was gay' After Being Sexually Abused www.youtube.com