During an interview aired on Tuesday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” former Hunter Biden business associate Tony Bobulinski stated that he had a “five-plus hour interview” with the FBI on October 23, 2020, after which his]]>
Velma, one of the key characters in the widely-beloved world of “Scooby-Doo” kids shows and movies, is clearly portrayed as a lesbian in the new movie “Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo!”
Movie clips circulating online show Velma smitten with female character Coco Diablo.
In one clip, after setting eyes on Coco, Velma’s glasses fog up, her cheeks turn red, and she says, “Jinkies.”
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In another clip, Velma visibly reacts after Coco Diablo says, “The cute one’s right,” and then grabs Velma’s shoulder.
And in another clip, Velma exclaims to Daphne, “OK, who am I kidding? I’m crushing big-time Daphne. What do I do? What do I say?”
The move to make Velma explicitly gay in the new animated movie does not come completely out of the blue, as individuals associated with earlier “Scooby-Doo” content have previously indicated that they viewed Velma as a gay character. But the on-screen evidence of Velma’s homosexuality in this new movie will likely disturb many parents who do not want their children exposed to such content.
James Gunn of the 2002 “Scooby-Doo” movie, and its sequel “Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed,” had wanted to make Velma’s character a homosexual, but was blocked from doing so.
“I tried! In 2001 Velma was explicitly gay in my initial script. But the studio just kept watering it down & watering it down, becoming ambiguous (the version shot), then nothing (the released version) & finally having a boyfriend (the sequel),” Gunn wrote in a tweet in July of 2020 that has apparently been deleted.
Also Tony Cervone, who according to IMDB was a supervising producer with the television series “Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated,” had said that Velma was meant to be gay in that show.
According to screenshots of an Instagram comment, Cervone noted, “I’ve said this before, but Velma in Mystery Incorporated is not bi. She’s gay. We always planned on Velma acting a little off and out of character while she was dating Shaggy because that relationship was wrong for her and she had unspoken difficulty with the why. There are hints about the why in that episode with the mermaid, and if you follow the entire Marcie arc it seems as clear as we could make it 10 years ago. I don’t think Marcie and Velma had time to act on their feelings during the main timeline, but post reset, they are a couple. You can not like it, but this was our intention.”
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Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke (D) shared a photo of him posing with British pop star and actor Harry Styles after the singer gave the politician a shoutout at his concert in Austin.
The politician shared the picture of the two posing backstage at Styles’s show.
“Thanks, Harry!,” O’Rourke wrote in his tweet.
During his show, Styles, who also starred in the hit film “Don’t Worry Darling,” was performing his set as a close-up of a “Beto for Texas” sticker appeared on the singer’s guitar. The camera then panned to O’Rourke, who was in attendance at the concert.
Those in attendance then quickly erupted in applause for the former One Direction member’s endorsement of the gubernatorial candidate.
O’Rourke was also seen at the concert walking around the venue and greeting concertgoers as well.
Styles has been active in politics, using his platform to endorse President Biden in the 2020 election and help voters register for this year’s midterm elections.
O’Rourke was shown to be trailing Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) by eight points in a recent poll as the November general election approaches.]]>
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President Biden on Tuesday congratulated New York Yankees star outfielder Aaron Judge on breaking the American League season home run record.
“Congrats @TheJudge44 on home run 62,” Biden wrote in a tweet on Tuesday. “History made, more history to make.”
Judge, a four-time All-Star, broke the single-season American League home run record Tuesday night, belting his sixty-second dinger to left field off Texas Rangers’ pitcher Jesus Tinoco in the bottom of the first inning.
The 30-year-old star outfielder passed fellow Yankee great Roger Maris to move up the all-time leaderboard. Maris, who spent seven of his twelve seasons in the Major League donning the Pinstripes, famously went toe to toe with fellow Yankee great and teammate Mickey Mantle to break former Yankee and baseball legend Babe Ruth’s record during the 1961 season.
Ruth set the AL home run record with 60 homers in 1927.
Judge’s achievement comes as Maris’s son, Roger Maris Jr., said in a tweet on Sunday after Judge tied his late father’s record that the MLB should consider having separate Home Run records, with one being a clean home run record and the other home run record being for those who used performance-enhancing drugs (PED).
The current regular season Home Run record holder is former San Francisco Giant Barry Bonds, who belted 73 dingers during the 2001 season, breaking former St.Louis Cardinal Mark McGwire’s 1998 record by three homers.
Both Bonds and McGwire, along with countless other star players, have been criticized in recent years for their use of PEDs during their playing careers, resulting in them not being inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame despite their achievements on the field.
Former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, who allegedly tested positive for PED use in 2003, was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame this year.
“Congratulations to Aaron Judge and his family on Aaron’s historic home run number 62! It has definitely been a baseball season to remember. You are all class and someone who should be revered,” Maris Jr. wrote in a tweet on Tuesday after Judge hit the HR milestone. “For the MAJORITY of the fans, we can now celebrate a new CLEAN HOME RUN KING!!”]]>
A star wide receiver on the Miami Dolphins football team said that state taxes kept him in Florida when the New York Jets sought to sign him to their roster.
Tyreek Hill was traded to the Florida team in the off-season from the Kansas City Chiefs, but he was asked why he didn’t end up on the New York team in a media briefing on Monday.
“It was very close to happening,” Hill said to reporters. “Just those state taxes man. You know, I had to realize I had to make a grown-up decision. And now here I am in the great city of Miami. You know, great weather, great people. Beautiful people, I feel like. So here I am.”
Florida has no income taxes while New Jersey has a 10.75% personal income tax for individuals who make more than $5 million, which would apply to Hill. While the team self-identifies as a New York team, their stadium is based in East Rutherford in New Jersey.
Some estimates said it would have cost Hill as much as $3 million extra in income taxes.
Hill pleaded guilty to domestic assault and battery and was dismissed from the Oklahoma State football team in 2014 over the incident. He later escaped discipline from the NFL in after an audio recording surfaced from his then-fiancée accusing him of breaking the arm of his 3-year-old child.
“Local law enforcement authorities have publicly advised that the available evidence does not permit them to determine who caused the child’s injuries,” said the NFL at the time.
Florida is one of only four states with NFL teams that impose no state income taxes on players. The other states are Tennessee, Texas, and Washington. Players pay the highest state income tax in California, where the highest earners pay an extra 13.3% on their earnings. That applies to three teams: the Los Angeles Rams, Los Angeles Chargers, and the San Francisco 49ers.
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A Narcan vending machine, which dispenses life-saving naloxone to treat opioid overdoses, was emptied approximately one day after being installed in Vine Grove, Kentucky.]]>
Pennsylvania Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman pushed back against recent attacks from the GOP on his record on crime as well as his health amid polls indicating a tight race between him and Republican challenger Mehmet Oz.
During an appearance on MSNBC’s “The ReidOut” on Tuesday night, host Joy Reid referenced the fact that Republicans have been homing in on crime in the Pennsylvania race. She referenced some of the latest criticisms that have focused on Fetterman’s tattoos, which represent his time as mayor of Braddock, Pa.
Newt Gingrich was among the Republicans who raised questions about whether his tattoos had ties to gang activity and crime.
“It’s absurd and it’s the Oz rule. You know, when he’s on TV, he’s lying,” Fetterman told Reid, mentioning that the tattoos represent dates of in which people were killed in Braddock.
Fetterman, who is currently serving as Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor, also told Reid that his health isn’t a major concern, despite Republicans trying to raise scrutiny over the issue after Fetterman suffered a stroke in May. He noting that medical officials have told him that he’s fit and ready to serve and called out his opponent for the continuation of lies about his health. Fetterman suffered a stroke in May.
“Dr. Oz lies about my health again and again. It’s the Oz rule again. When he’s on TV, he’s going to be lying. And the truth is also is that in January, I’m going to be much better, but he’ll still be a fraud,” Fetterman said.
Fetterman’s remarks come after a USA Today-Suffolk University poll published Tuesday found that 46 percent of voters support Fetterman in the state’s Senate election, compared to 40 percent of respondents who support Oz.
A similar poll in June showed that Fetterman had a 9-point lead among likely voters over Oz.
The Fetterman-Oz showdown is one of the most closely-watched Senate races ahead of November’s midterm elections. The Cook Political Report on Tuesday shifted the race back to the “toss-up” category after initially moving it to “lean Democrat.”]]>
As concerns grow over Russian President Vladimir Putin’s nuclear saber rattling amid continued losses in Ukraine, what a U.S. response would look like has become an increasingly urgent question.
U.S. officials since the start of Russia’s attack on Ukraine have stressed there are plans being developed to counter a range of moves by Moscow, but have kept specifics under wraps.
While the administration says there are no signs that the Kremlin has made moves toward a nuclear strike – and that Washington has not changed its own nuclear position — experts say the potential U.S. options could turn into a very real scenario given Russia’s floundering military campaign and an increasingly frustrated Putin.
Mark Cancian, a former Pentagon official turned defense expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said a U.S. response to a major Russian attack would be two-fold — one military and one diplomatic.
“If the Ukrainians kept fighting, we would continue our flow of aid and we’d probably take the gloves off,” in terms of weapons provided to Kyiv, he told The Hill.
At the top of Ukraine’s wish list is the Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS), a surface-to-surface missile that can travel four times further than anything Kyiv has now in its fight against Russia. The embattled country has pressed the U.S. for the system for months, but Washington has been hesitant to provide it over fears it could escalate the conflict.
However, should Moscow use a tactical nuclear weapon on Ukrainian troops or civilians, or even detonate such a device away from populated areas, Cancian predicted the administration would finally allow Kyiv to have ATACMS or “anything else they wanted” to go after Russian targets.
On the diplomatic side of things, meanwhile, Russian use of nuclear weapons could very well prompt countries such as India, China and Turkey — the latter a NATO ally — to put pressure on Putin economically, according to Cancian.
“A nuclear strike would really, I think, put them under a lot of pressure to go along with the sanctions and take a tougher line towards Russia, so Russia would lose these lifelines that they’ve been clinging to and nurturing,” he said.
National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan last week said there would be “catastrophic consequences” should Moscow deploy nuclear weapons, and said a more specific ultimatum had been delivered to Moscow privately.
President Biden has said from the start of the war that U.S. troops will not be sent to Ukraine, and experts warn that a nuclear response to a nuclear attack could quickly escalate into a nuclear world war.
Retired Gen. David Petraeus offered a prediction of how the U.S. would respond to a Russian nuclear attack on Sunday, though he noted that he had deliberately avoided speaking with Sullivan about it.
“I mean, just to give you a hypothetical, we would respond by leading a NATO, a collective effort, that would take out every Russian conventional force that we can see and identify on the battlefield in Ukraine and also in Crimea and every ship in the Black Sea,” he said.
Laura Cooper, the deputy assistant secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, Eurasia, said Tuesday that U.S. officials “have continually consulted with allies about the Russia threat, and the nuclear threat that Russia poses is just one aspect of that, and certainly the NATO forum is our premier forum for consultation on these issues.”
One Austrian official told The Hill that it’s offered the country as a neutral ground for difficult negotiations and is ready to host de-escalation talks and maintain channels with Russia.
Though Putin’s national televised speech last month was not his first time raising the specter of nuclear war, current and former U.S. officials have raised new alarms over the Kremlin’s increasingly bellicose nuclear rhetoric as it moves to annex four regions of Ukraine.
Putin threatened on Aug. 21 that Moscow would deploy its massive nuclear arsenal to protect Russian territory or its people — which could now include the four Russian-occupied Ukrainian regions. However, both Kyiv and Washington have said they will not be deterred from continued fighting to take back those regions.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, in an interview with CNN aired Sunday, said that while he hasn’t seen intelligence to suggest the Russian leader has chosen to use nuclear weapons, “there are no checks on Mr. Putin.”
“To be clear, the guy who makes that decision, I mean, it’s one man,” Austin said.
National Security Council coordinator for strategic communications John Kirby said Monday that the U.S. is “closely” watching Russian activity at the Zaporizhzhia power plant – another location Putin could choose to attack to escalate the war.
And former national security adviser H.R. McMaster on Sunday said Putin is “under extreme pressure” due to battlefield failures and domestic outcry over a mobilization order that could send hundreds of thousands of reservists into the war.
“I think the message to [Putin] is: If you use a nuclear weapon, it’s a suicide weapon. And the response from NATO and the United States doesn’t have to be nuclear,” McMaster told “Face the Nation” host Margaret Brennan on CBS.
Fears were further stoked this week when an online video emerged of a train in Russia appearing to carry equipment from a Kremlin military unit that handles nuclear weapons. The video, which Pentagon officials could not confirm, shows military vehicles allegedly from the secretive 12th Main Directorate of the Russian Ministry of Defense being transported on the train, according to Konrad Muzyka, an aerospace and defense analyst focused on Russia and Belarus.
The Kremlin unit is responsible for nuclear munitions, their storage, maintenance, transport and issuance, Muzyka tweeted Sunday.
“I have seen these reports. I have nothing to corroborate,” Cooper told reporters Tuesday when asked about the video.
Pressed on whether the Pentagon has seen anything to indicate that Russia is contemplating the use of nuclear weapons, she said officials “have certainly heard the saber rattling from Putin,” but “see no signs that would cause us to alter our posture.”
Cooper also declined to answer questions on whether the U.S. has seen any movement of Russia’s nuclear forces, citing the protection of U.S. intelligence.
Some, including Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio), ranking member of the House Intelligence Commitee, have urged the administration to increase its nuclear readiness in Europe and move additional missile defense assets into the region.
“This administration needs to step up its game on missile defense,” Turner said on Fox News over the weekend. “We have assets in Europe and we need to engage them so that we can provide protection to our allies.”
Much speculation has also been given as to the exact kind of weapon Putin might potentially use, with fears he could resort to using tactical nuclear weapons — meant to be used in a battle or on a specific population center to try to bring an end to the conflict.
“We always have to try to take the threat of nuclear use seriously and so we do, and that’s why we are watching very closely, and that’s why we do consult closely with allies,” Cooper said.
“But at the same time, at this point, [Russia’s] rhetoric is only rhetoric and it’s irresponsible saber rattling that we see at this point.”
For now, the U.S. will respond to Russian aggression by continuing to pour weapons and other aid into Ukraine, including four more of the advanced rocket systems Kyiv has credited with greatly helping its offensive begun at the start of this month.
The soon-to-be delivered High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) – used by the Ukrainians to target bridges, roads and munition storage areas Russia uses to supply its forces — are part of a new $625 million lethal aid package announced Tuesday.
Asked later on Tuesday whether the United States will provide anything to help the Ukrainians protect themselves against a possible nuclear strike, Cooper said Washington has already provided “a considerable amount of protective equipment against chemical, biological and radiological threats.”
She pointed to a military aid package from earlier this year that included “a number of personal protective equipment items,” as well as “significant quantities” of such equipment given as part of the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program.
Laura Kelly contributed reporting]]>