Lori Loughlin, Mossimo Giannulli’s college admissions scandal defense gets a boost from newly released emails

Actress Lori Loughlin and her daughters Isabella and Olivia Jade were swept up in the college admissions scandal. (AP) Giannulli responded by saying that they were “squared away.” A follow-up email from the official added: “On another note, would you be interested in connecting to discuss your own involvement with USC? So much has changed since you were a student. I’d love to be able to update you on the amazing stuff that’s happening. How about meeting in your area on Oct 3rd, 4th or 5th?” Giannulli politely rebuffed the offer, noting that he had people that kept him up-to-date. The official responded again with another potentially solicitous offer. WENDY WILLIAMS SLAMS ‘ENTITLED,’ ‘STUPID’ OLIVIA JADE AND LORI LOUGHLIN: ‘GO AWAY’ …

Elizabeth Warren’s confrontation with Bernie Sanders caps testy debate night

Warren appears to reject Sanders offer of handshake after all six Democratic contenders spar on foreign policy, healthcare and who can beat Trump A post-debate confrontation between progressive senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders capped the final Democratic debate before the Iowa caucuses after an evening of infighting on foreign policy, healthcare and what makes a candidate most fit to defeat Donald Trump. In a sign of the depth of the tension between Sanders and Warren, at the end of the debate, as candidates were shaking hands, the Massachusetts senator walked over to the Vermont senator. Sanders outstretched his hand; Warren did not. It was not immediately clear what the two said but after a few short, apparently stern words …

How the pro-Trump echo chamber has changed impeachment

New York (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter. You can sign up for free right here. “I’m struck by the media feedback loop in these messages from Lev Parnas,” the LAT’s Chris Meregian tweeted Wednesday. “Everyone is sharing tweets by Charlie Kirk, clips of Sean Hannity, articles in The Hill.” Meregian is right. The documents from Parnas — one of Giuliani’s indicted associates — revealed more about how Trumpworld “sought to meet with the Ukrainian President and members of his government as they sought dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden, worked to oust US Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch from her post and even apparently conducted surveillance of her in Kiev,” as CNN’s Manu …

Soil at heart of farm grant revolution

That is fuelling climate change and compromising attempts to feed the world. Radical shift Until recently soil has been a Cinderella subject, even though human life depends on the thin few inches above the rock. In its bill the government will promise to reward British farmers who protect the soil. ‘Send in the drones’ to protect soil To keep carbon emissions down, look underfoot Five ways farmers are tackling climate change Farmers seek food standards law after Brexit It is part of a radical shift in the grant system – previously announced – to move subsidies away from EU Common Agricultural Policy which basically pays farmers for owning land. Instead in post-Brexit Britain they will be rewarded for providing services …

Putin critics ask how his PM choice acquired expensive properties

Russian presidents supporters praise Mikhail Mishustin as technocrat and self-made man Russian opposition figures have raised questions about how Vladimir Putins surprise choice for new prime minister has acquired properties worth millions of dollars. Meanwhile, the Russian presidents allies have rushed to support replacement for y Medvedev. Supporters have praised Mishustins credentials as a technocrat and a self-made man. Mishustin was confirmed in the post by Russias parliament on Thursday and is the countrys first new prime minister since 2012. Mishustins appointment is part of a sweeping reorganisation of Russian government that will help enable Putin to maintain power after his expected exit from the presidency in 2024 under term limits. Analysts said Mishustin may play a role as a …

Biden slams Trump on Iran policy, says he hurt US interests

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a community event, Saturday, Dec. 21 in Ottumwa, Iowa. (Associated Press) Nevada’s Feb. 22 caucuses follow only the New Hampshire primary and Iowa caucuses in the presidential pecking order. Biden said Friday night the crisis in the Middle East “just reinforces the stakes in this election.” CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP “The single biggest requirement in my view will be whether or not we have someone who can be the commander in chief,” he said. “There’s not going to be a lot of time for on-the-job-training.” “I”ve spent a lot of my life dealing with foreign policy. I’ve met every major world leader in the last 35 …

Twitter Thread Shows Theres 20 Types Of Movie Posters And Now We Cant Unsee Them

People on Twitter can’t stop talking about these collages put together by French film blogger Christophe Courtois, whose lineups of film posters show color schemes and design trends that have become emblematic of certain genres, storylines and time periods. At the end of 2019, art and design news site Creative Bloq posited that a major contender for “movie poster trend of the decade” was text over a central character’s face, usually in low or desaturated lighting. Here are some more major trends and traditions that the internet has noticed. Image credits: leesteffen Image credits: leesteffen Image credits: leesteffen Image credits: leesteffen Image credits: leesteffen Image credits: leesteffen Image credits: Christophe_Co Alternatively, these tropes can be used to subvert our expectations for …

Killing Iran general delivered ‘American justice’, Trump tells rally

US president calls Qassem Suleimani a blood-thirsty terror to cheers from crowd in first campaign rally of the year President Donald Trump made the killing of Iranian general Qassem Suleimani a theme of his re-election campaign on Thursday, drawing cheers from thousands at a rally when he said the death saved lives and delivered American justice. At the campaign rally in Toledo, Ohio, Trump spent a lengthy part of his stump speech defending his order to kill Suleimani and rejecting criticism from Democrats who say he overstepped his authority with the US militarys drone strike against the commander of Irans military al-Quds force at Baghdad airport a week ago. He accused Suleimani of organising violent protests by Iran-backed groups at …

The Rain Finally Pours Down In Australia Putting Out Over 30 Deadly Bushfires

Finally, the moment that the whole world was waiting for came around – Australia received heavy rain, severe thunderstorms and flash floods. The downpours have already helped to extinguish 32 bushfires in New South Wales alone, as the number of fires fell from 120 to 88 on Thursday. The Bureau of Meteorology are expecting 30 and 80mm worth of rain in the east of New South Wales, between Thursday and Sunday. People are speculating that it might finally bring relief to the exhausted firefighters who have battled the deadly flames for over three months now. Finally, rain fell across parts of Australia ravaged by the bushfires Image credits: RebeccaH2020 The local meteorology bureau reports that there were some “good falls” …

Tim Kaine’s War Powers Resolution has the votes to pass in Senate, Dems say

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., center, joined from left by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., meets with reporters as the House prepares to send the articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. Kaine also discussed his War Powers Resolution that the Senate is expected to vote on soon. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Kaine’s resolution, which is co-sponsored by Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., was introduced Thursday just as similar resolution in the House, spearheaded by Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich., passed with a majority vote. The Senate version will likely come up for a vote next week, but lawmakers anticipate the timing may …

The Iraq War haunts the 2020 vote

(CNN)Incredibly, Americans will vote this year in the fifth straight presidential election haunted by the Iraq war proof of the trauma seared on the nation’s psyche. Iraq also ruined John Kerry’s bid to unseat Bush in 2004, when Republicans mercilessly blasted him as weak on national security. In 2012, Republican Mitt Romney had a point in criticizing Obama’s Iraq withdrawal, but put himself on the wrong side of a driving political issue. Wariness towards new foreign military operations is rife among voters in both parties. Understanding the power of such promises, Trump — like Sanders — frequently vows to bring all US troops home. But like Obama, Trump has found it’s easy as a candidate to vow to end foreign …

‘Freedom’ or ‘petulance’? World’s media split on royal move

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The “Fab Four” at Sandringham on Christmas Day, 2017 Across the Atlantic, “Megxit” dominates the front page of the New York Post, which says Harry and Meghan are choosing “commoner” lifestyles. The New York Times says the duchess faced “lacerating criticism” from Britons who “like their royals to be dutiful and traditional”. She was criticised for being “too bold, too outspoken, too difficult, too American, too multicultural”, it writes, adding that the couple’s desire to “renounce the usual menu of royal obligations speaks directly to the challenges facing the monarchy”. Back at the Toronto Star, columnist Vinay Menon writes that the move will mean the couple are “finally free” and adds: “Stepping back from your …

Joe Biden is overwhelming favourite among black voters, poll finds

Former vice-president holds wide lead over Democratic rival Bernie Sanders Joe Biden received some good news ahead of what promises to be a challenging Iowa caucus: a poll released on Saturday that shows him the overwhelming favourite for the Democratic presidential nomination among black Americans. The former vice-president and senator from Delaware leads nationally but has seen his advantage in Iowa dwindle, with Washington Post/IPSO poll gives Biden a seemingly unassailable lead with black voters, 48% to 20% for Sanders. No other candidate, including Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren (9%), former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and New Jersey senator Cory Booker (both 4%), returned better than single-digit support. Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana who has performed …

4,000-pound gold bar found decades ago identified as stolen Aztec treasure

The 4,255 pound bar gold bar. (Credit: Digital archive, MNA-INAH-CANNON) DISCOVERY OF GRISLY AZTEC WAR SACRIFICES COULD LEAD TO LONG-LOST EMPEROR’S TOMB: REPORT At present spot gold prices, the bar would be worth approximately $105.5 million. The composition of the bar matched the other gold pieces that were discovered by an INAH excavation of the main temple in Tenochtitlán, making it likely the giant gold bar also belonged to the Aztecs, the statement added. The gold that was found at Templo Mayor also matched gold pieces around the monolith of the goddess Tlatecgutli that were discovered at the temple, LiveScience reports. “If these values ​​are compared with those recorded in the graph of Mesoamerican geographical areas of use, we will realize …