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CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

The Hollywood Reporter reports: The first full trailer for the upcoming Tom Hanks sci-fi movie Finch has been released by Apple TV+. Finch — formerly titled Bios — is about the lone survivor of a global apocalypse who embarks on a dangerous journey to find a new home for his unlikely family — his dog and a newly created robot. …

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Memo Reveals Trump Lawyer John Eastman’s Six Point Plan To Have Pence Overturn The 2020 Election Results

CNN reports: A conservative lawyer working with then-President Donald Trump’s legal team tried to convince then-Vice President Mike Pence that he could overturn the election results on January 6 when Congress counted the Electoral College votes by throwing out electors from seven states, according to the new book “Peril” from Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa. The scheme …

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DOJ Indicts Two GOP Operatives For Funneling Cash From Russian National To RNC For Meeting With Trump

Via press release from the Justice Department: An indictment was unsealed today in the District of Columbia charging a Kentucky man and a Florida man both with conspiracy to solicit and cause an illegal campaign contribution by a foreign national, effect a conduit contribution and cause false records to be filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and related substantive …

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Hundreds Of Covidiots Rally At Oregon State Capitol

The Salem Statesman Journal reports: An estimated 1,000 people rallied at the Oregon Capitol Saturday to protest COVID-19 vaccine and mask mandates. Protesters identified themselves as health care workers, teachers, emergency services workers and state employees. Gov. Kate Brown has ordered those groups to be vaccinated by Oct. 18. Rally-goers lined both sides of Court Street in front of the …

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Arkansas Felon Sues TX Doc For Violating Abortion Law

San Antonio’s ABC News affiliate reports: After admitting to violating Texas’ new abortion restrictions in a Washington Post column published this weekend, a San Antonio doctor has fielded his first lawsuit over the medical procedure, according to court records obtained by KSAT. The lawsuit, which actually seeks to nullify the restrictive abortion law, appears to be the first so far …

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Lender Downgrades $100 Million Trump Tower Debt

Bloomberg News reports: A $100 million loan on Donald Trump’s Fifth Avenue tower was moved to a watch list Monday because of “lower average occupancy,” according to information compiled by Wells Fargo & Co. The debt, sponsored by the former president himself, is secured by the 244,482 square feet (22,700 square meters) of office and retail space in Trump Tower. …

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SCOTUS To Hear Mississippi Abortion Case On Dec 1st

CNN reports: The Supreme Court will hear a case concerning a Mississippi abortion law on December 1, the court announced on Monday, teeing up one of the most substantial cases of the term in which the justices are being asked to overturn Roe v. Wade. Mississippi’s Gestational Age Act, passed in 2018 but blocked by two federal courts, allows abortion …

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Anti-Smoking Drug Chantix Recalled Over Cancer Risk

USA Today reports: Pfizer is voluntarily recalling all lots of its popular anti-smoking drug Chantix for high levels of nitrosamine, which can increase the risk of cancer. According to the notice posted on the Food and Drug Administration website, the recall is for all lots of 0.5 mg and 1 mg varenicline tablets. The recall notice says that long-term ingestion …

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Biden Marks The 10th Anniversary Of DADT Repeal

Via press release from the White House: Ten years ago today, a great injustice was remedied and a tremendous weight was finally lifted off the shoulders of tens of thousands of dedicated American service members. The repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, which formally barred gay, lesbian, and bisexual service members from openly serving, helped move our nation closer to …

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BOOK: Mark Zuckerberg Made Secret Deal With Trump

The Daily Beast reports: During a meeting in Washington, D.C. in 2019, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg agreed to not fact-check political posts if the Trump administration would steer clear of any “heavy-handed regulations,” venture capitalist Peter Thiel told an associate, according to a new book. The associate alleged that at the meeting—which was also attended by Thiel, former President Trump, …

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