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Republicans Hope To Confirm Kavanaugh This Weekend After Review Of FBI Report

Republicans gained confidence on Thursday that U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh would win Senate confirmation, this after two wavering lawmakers responded positively to an FBI report on accusations of sexual misconduct against the judge. The report was sent by the White House to the Senate Judiciary Committee in the middle of the night. Democrats have denounced it as a “whitewash” that was “too narrow in scope” and claimed it ignored critical witnesses. Thousands of anti-Kavanaugh protesters rallied outside the Supreme Court and entered a Senate office building, holding signs such as “Believe Survivors” and “Kava-Nope.” Depiste this, Republicans moved forward with plans for a key procedural vote on Friday and a final vote on Saturday on confirming Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. ...Read more

Kaley Cuoco To Voice Harley Quinn For Upcoming DC Universe Animated Series

The Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco has a new job, and will voice the title role in the upcoming Harley Quinn animated series. CBS announced in August that The Big Bang Theory will end with its current 12th season. The actress announced the news about Harley Quinn on Wednesday, October 3, during a surprise appearance at New York Comic-Con, where DC Universe also unveiled a teaser for the show. Cuoco told the audience, “I’ve always loved animation. I did it years ago, and I haven’t been in the animation world in a while. [Harley] is so edgy. It’s obviously a very adult comedy, and with such a world-renowned character, it’s been a blast to record.” Cuoco revealed that the series will begin with her character breaking up with The Joker as she becomes the “best badass super villain that there is.” The Harley Quinn voice cast also includes Lake Bell, Alan Tudyk, Ron Funches, JB Smoove, Jason Alexander, Wanda Sykes, Tony Hale and Chris Meloni, and is expected to premiere in 2019.   ...Read more

Tina Turner Musical Is Headed To Broadway

A musical depicting the life and career of the legendary Tina Turner will be opening on Broadway this fall. The show made its debut in London’s West End, and now will be coming to Broadway in the fall of 2019. Turner shared in a statement, “bringing this musical to life on stage and working with this team has meant so much to me, I feel that it is in many ways a culmination of my career.” Tony Award nominee Adrienne Warren, who plays the titular part in the production’s London cast, is expected to reprise her role in the New York show, but official casting information has not been released. An exact date for the show’s opening has yet to be announced. ...Read more

Baltimore Orioles Fire Manager Buck Showalter, Executive VP Dan Duquette After Worst Season In Team History

Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter, and executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette, will not return in 2019, the team announced Wednesday night. Showalter took the helm during the 2010 season, while Duquette was hired as general manager after the 2011 campaign. Showalter and Duquette both had contracts that expire at the end of October. The Orioles said in a statement, “we thank Dan and Buck for their many contributions over the past several years. Under their leadership, prior to the 2018 season and for six consecutive years, the club delivered competitive teams playing meaningful baseball into September, achieved three postseason appearances and came within four games of a World Series appearance, and won more games than any other American League club during a period spanning five of those six enjoyable seasons.”  This past season was the worst in Orioles history; Baltimore became just the fifth major league team since 1900 to lose 115 games or more in a season. ...Read more

Cristiano Ronaldo Left Off Portugal Squad For Next Few Matches Amid Rape Allegation

Cristiano Ronaldo has been left off Portugal’s national team squad for a pair of upcoming matches, the decision coming as Ronaldo deals with rape allegations against him. Ronaldo has been accused of rape by Kathryn Mayorga, who says the player assaulted her in Las Vegas in 2009. He has denied the accusation. Ronaldo was left off the squad for Portugal’s second game in the UEFA Nations League at Poland on Oct. 11, as well as a match in Glasgow against Scotland three days later. Ronaldo also missed Portugal’s first two post-World Cup matches last month, with coach Fernando Santos saying Ronaldo had only just moved to the Italian club and was still settling down there. ...Read more

NY Yankees Beat The Oakland Athletics 7-2 In Wild-Card Win; Advance To ALDS Against Boston

The New York Yankees defeated the Oakland A’s, 7-2, in the American League Wild Card Game at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night. Right fielder Aaron Judge went 2-for-3 with a walk, and his two-run home run in the first inning began the Yankees scoring streak. First baseman Luke Voit added with a two-RBI triple during a four-run sixth inning , and Giancarlo Stanton added a towering solo HR in the eighth inning. The Yankees advanced to play the Red Sox in the division series beginning Friday at Fenway Park. It will be the first time the rivals will meet in the playoffs since the  A.L. Championship Series in 2004. ...Read more

Trump Administration Asks Supreme Court To Intervene In Census Suit

The Justice Department asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to block a lower court order for Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to be questioned by lawyers for a group of states challenging a decision by President Donald Trump’s administration to ask people taking part in the 2020 census whether they are citizens. The Justice Department told the Supreme Court the states should not be allowed to probe Ross’s “mental state” in deciding to add the citizenship question to the census, saying that compelling testimony from high-ranking officials is rarely justified. The U.S. Constitution mandates a census every 10 years. It is used to determine the allocation of seats in Congress and at the state level, the drawing of political boundaries and the distribution of billions of dollars in federal funds to communities. ...Read more

New York Tax Officials Probing Trump Family Tax Practices

New York state officials are probing the tax practices of President Donald Trump and his family; this following a New York Times report on their use of tax avoidance schemes that they called “deceptive and potentially fraudulent.” The Department of Taxation and Finance has opened an investigation; it can collect fines and penalties and also refer criminal actions to the attorney general’s office. The alleged actions took place three decades ago, likely putting any criminal liability past the statute of limitations. “The Tax Department is reviewing the allegations in the NYT article and is vigorously pursuing all appropriate avenues of investigation,” said department spokesman James Gazzale in a statement. A spokeswoman for the attorney general’s office declined to comment. ...Read more

Johnny Depp Talks Backlash From Ex-Wife Amber Heard’s Abuse Allegations

Johnny Depp is opening up about the difficult year he’s had after his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard, accused him of physically abusing her. According to previous reports, Depp and Heard ended their marriage in early 2017 after she accused him of attacking her and throwing an iPhone in her face, which he denies. At the time, she phoned the police, who arrived and found no evidence of a crime. Depp  agreed to pay her $7 million to finally end the marriage, but still maintains her allegations are completely false. Speaking in an interview with GQ magazine for its November edition, Depp opened up about the backlash he’s received and being labeled an abuser of women. Depp said: “I could feel people look at me differently, because of the accusations towards you. And then people start putting things in magazines: ‘He’s insane. He needs to take a sanity test…’ You know, ludicrous stuff. But the only thing that I could do was know what I still know. Ultimately, the truth will come out in all of this and I will be standing on the right side of the roaring rapids. I hope other people will be too.” Depp confirmed that police found no evidence of wrongdoing on his part when they were called on the day in question, and alleged that Heard refused to let an EMT check her. “We probably shouldn’t be talking about this,” Depp said during his interview, “I am worried. I worry about the people that bought it and I worry about her. It’s just not right. I will never stop fighting. I’ll never stop. They’d have to f—ing shoot me. An episode like this takes time to get over.” ...Read more

Sylvester Stallone Offers First Look At The Fifth Installment Of ‘Rambo’

Sylvester Stallone shared a first look at the upcoming Rambo 5 on Instagram, with the caption, “Tonight we start filming.”  In this latest installment, when the daughter of one of his friends is kidnapped, Stallone’s Rambo, who has been working on a ranch, crosses the U.S.-Mexico border and quickly finds himself up against the full might of one of Mexico’s most violent cartels. The “Rambo” franchise launched in 1982 with First Blood, followed by Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985), Rambo III (1988) and Rambo (2008). There is no official word on a release date for Rambo 5, but you can view the photos of Stallone as Rambo in the link below. ...Read more