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Senate Democrats Call For Delaying The Hearings For Judge Kavanaugh’s Nomination To Supreme Court

A number of Democrats are calling for the Senate to delay the hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, this coming after former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was found guilty on charges including tax fraud. Additionally, former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to eight counts, including two campaign finance violations involving payments to silence women who allegedly had an affair with President Trump before the 2016 election. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said on the Senate floor Wednesday that he believed the hearings should be delayed, in large part because Kavanaugh has previously shown support for the idea that a president cannot be indicted.  ...Read more

Actor Ben Affleck To Enter Rehab For Alcohol Addiction

Ben Affleck is heading back to rehab for the third time. The actor, 46, is seeking treatment for alcohol addiction. The move to enter a treatment facility came after his ex-wife, Jennifer Garner, was photographed arriving at his home on Wednesday. The two were later seen leaving the house together. On Monday, the Justice League star was photographed receiving an alcohol delivery outside of his Brentwood, Calif. home. Affleck was seen outside of his house as he picked up a Pacifico beer-branded box filled with what appeared to be scotch whisky in a blue case and some other unidentifiable bottles. Affleck’s first time in rehab was in 2001, and then in March 2017, he announced that he had again completed treatment for alcohol addiction. ...Read more

Former Trump Attorney Michael Cohen Pleads Guilty To Campaign Finance Violations

Former longtime Trump attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty Tuesday to eight counts, including two campaign finance violations involving payments to silence women he believed could be detrimental to the 2016 presidential campaign. Cohen testified in federal court that Donald Trump himself directed Cohen to commit a crime.  Cohen’s sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 12, with bail set at $500,0000. The government calculates he should spend between 51 and 63 months in prison. Federal prosecutors claimed Cohen concealed more than $4 million from the IRS and, in 2016, made $280,000 in payments to two women who planned to speak publicly about their affairs with a “presidential candidate.”  In all, Cohen pleaded guilty to five counts of tax evasion; one count of making false statements to a financial institution; one count of willfully causing an unlawful corporation contribution; and one count of making an excessive campaign contribution at the request of a candidate. ...Read more

Current Miss America And Former Winners Demand Chairwoman Gretchen Carlson Resign Amid Bullying Accusations

Nineteen former Misses America are calling on leaders of the Miss America organization to step down amid allegations from reigning Miss America, Cara Mund, that she was subject to bullying. Mund claimed in a letter to former pageant winners she had been bullied, manipulated and silenced by leaders within the organization since receiving the crown, which top officials have vehemently denied. Miss America chairwoman Gretchen Carlson said she was “surprised” and “saddened beyond words” by Mund’s accusations. She added that she has since reached out to Mund to discuss her concerns. Carlson previously hosted “The Real Story” and co-hosted “Fox and Friends.” She left Fox News in 2016, the same year she filed a sexual harassment suit against late Fox News CEO Roger Ailes. On Jan. 1 of this year, Carlson, a former Miss America winner herself, announced her new role as chairwoman after crude emails from the organization’s executives, some involving vulgar comments about the pageant’s previous winners, surfaced. The scandal led to the resignation of CEO Sam Haskell, COO and President Josh Randle and board chair Lynn Weidner. ...Read more

Tiffany Haddish Will Headline All-New Netflix Stand-Up Comedy Special In 2019

Tiffany Haddish will bring her comedic talent to Netflix in an original hour-long stand-up comedy special. Haddish will tape the special in early 2019 and it will premiere globally later in the year. Haddish can currently be seen opposite Tracy Morgan on The Last O.G., and will soon star in Night School, The Oath, and Nobody’s Fool. She will also voice the character Tuca in the upcoming Netflix adult animated series Tuca & Bertie. Lisa Nishimura, VP of Original Documentary and Comedy for Netflix said:  “Tiffany Haddish is a force. Hilariously funny, brash and self-effacing, she’s an incredible artist who is winning over audiences while breaking barriers, and we are tremendously proud that she will showcase her formidable talent on Netflix.” ...Read more

Former NFL Player Richie Incognito In Police Custody For Disorderly Conduct And Threats

Former NFL offensive lineman Richie Incognito is in police custody on misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and making threats, a spokesperson for the Scottsdale, Arizona, police department said Tuesday. According to the police, they were called to Messinger Pinnacle Peak Mortuary, where Incognito was making arrangements for his father’s funeral. According to the police, “Incognito reportedly was upset with staff and began to damage property inside the business and shout at employees. At several points during his contact with staff, Incognito threatened to retrieve guns from his vehicle and return to shoot the employees.” Incognito announced Sunday on Twitter that his father had died Saturday. This is the second time Incognito has been in police custody since being released from the Buffalo Bills’ retired list in May. Two days after being released by the Bills, Incognito was taken into custody after a disturbance at a Boca Raton, Florida, gym, during which police believed Incognito to be in an “altered, paranoid state.” Incognito threw items at gym employees and patrons, and “believed ordinary citizens were government officials that were tracking and recording him.” ...Read more

Washington Nationals Trade Second Baseman Daniel Murphy To Cubs And First Baseman Matt Adams To Cardinals

The Washington Nationals on Tuesday began the sell-off that they opted not to do ahead of the trade deadline, by sending second baseman Daniel Murphy to the Chicago Cubs and first baseman Matt Adams to the St. Louis Cardinals in separate waiver deals. Murphy was owed $17.5 million this season on his expiring three-year, $37.5 million contract. Meanwhile, Adams is playing on a one-year, $4 million deal. The Nationals received infielder Andrew Monasterio and a player to be named later or cash considerations from the Cubs for Murphy. Adams was sent to the Cardinals in exchange for cash considerations. ...Read more

Body Found In Search For Missing Iowa Student Mollie Tibbetts; Suspect Arrested

An undocumented immigrant has been charged with first-degree murder in the presumed death of Mollie Tibbetts, an Iowa college student who went missing on July 18, officials said Tuesday. The body that officials believe is that of Tibbetts, 20, was found Tuesday. Authorities said surveillance video helped them determine a suspec, who led them to a cornfield where the woman’s remains were found. The suspect, Christian Rivera, 24, is an undocumented immigrant who authorities believe has been in the area for four to seven years. Authorities say the suspect followed Tibbetts on July 18 and then abducted her. An autopsy will be performed on Wednesday to determine when Tibbetts died and how. Tibbetts, a University of Iowa student, was last seen jogging on July 18 in the small community of Brooklyn, Iowa, about an hour east of Des Moines, according to the Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office. ...Read more

Former Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort Found Guilty On Eight Counts In Tax Fraud Trial

Paul Manafort was found guilty Tuesday on eight of 18 counts in his financial fraud trial, with a mistrial declared on ten other counts. Manafort, former manager of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, was convicted on one count of failure to disclose a foreign bank account, two counts of bank fraud, and five counts of tax fraud. He faced a 32-count indictment stemming from a probe by special counsel Robert Mueller. The charges are not related to his work with Donald Trump, but rather focused on accusations of financial crimes stretching back to his time as a political consultant in Ukraine more than a decade ago. ...Read more

Woman Killed In Apparent Alligator Attack In Hilton Head, South Carolina

A woman was killed Monday morning in an apparent alligator attack on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office. Witnesses told investigators the woman was walking her dog near a lagoon about 9:30 a.m. when she was attacked and pulled underwater by the animal. Emergency responders found the woman’s body in the lagoon; she as identified her as Cassandra Cline, 45, of Hilton Head Island. An alligator believed responsible for the attack was found and killed at the scene, the sheriff’s office said. The attack happened off Wood Duck Road in Sea Pines Plantation. While alligator attacks on humans are rare, they are not unheard of in the Deep South. In June, a Florida woman walking her dogs was pulled into the water and killed by an alligator.  An autopsy is being conducted at the Medical University of South Carolina to determine the cause of the death. ...Read more