A federal judge on Monday dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed by porn star Stormy Daniels against President Donald Trump and ordered the woman to pay the president’s legal fees. https://t.co/9Is7mHBFda — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2018Avenatti on Monday said the ruling did not affect his client’s other claims against Trump or the president’s former lawyer Michael Cohen and said he would appeal the dismissal. Daniels is also suing Trump in Los Angeles Superior Court over a nondisclosure agreement, which was meant to prevent her from discussing her claim of a 2006 affair with Trump, saying it’s invalid because the president never signed it. “Daniels’ other claims against Trump and Cohen proceed unaffected. — Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) October 15, 2018
October 15, 2018 23:37 UTC
(MURAD SEZER/Reuters)A string of high-profile finance executives followed technology and media leaders in pulling out of a Saudi investment conference scheduled for late this month, potentially risking a lucrative role in the kingdom’s plans for a historic opening of its economy. A spokesman for JPMorgan confirmed chief executive Jamie Dimon will no longer attend, but declined to say why. Diane Greene, the head of Google’s cloud computing business, will no longer attend the conference, a spokeswoman said. Two more Washington lobbying firms also dropped their representation of Saudi Arabia on Monday. The bank is also among the advisers Saudi Arabia hired to help sell pieces of the kingdom’s state-owned oil business.
October 15, 2018 23:37 UTC
“If this court were to prevent Mr. Trump from engaging in this type of ‘rhetorical hyperbole’ against a political adversary, it would significantly hamper the office of the president,” Judge S. James Otero of the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles wrote in a 14-page ruling. “Any strongly-worded response by a president to another politician or public figure could constitute an action for defamation. This would deprive the country of the ‘discourse’ common to the political process.”
October 15, 2018 23:34 UTC
“Trump can say whatever he wants about me, but mocking Native Americans or any group in order to try to get at me, that’s not what America stands for,” Warren says in the video, which includes footage of Trump calling her “Pocahontas” — a moniker that tribal groups have said is racist — and of a Trump surrogate at a rally patting his hand against his mouth in a mock American Indian war whoop.
October 15, 2018 23:28 UTC
Any doubt that Elizabeth Warren plans to run for President ended Monday when the Massachusetts Senator released a DNA analysis indicating that she probably does have some trace of distant Native American ancestry. As Americans are learning as the costs of genetic testing fall, nearly all of us have multiple ethnic and racial backgrounds. Ms. Warren tried to make an identity politics virtue of a genetic banality. Ms. Warren now says Mr. Trump should make good on his boast to write a $1 million check to charity if Ms. Warren proved she had Native American blood. You’ll look gracious, and you’ll have an amusing talking point and photograph that will last the entire 2020 campaign.
Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court has sparked a firestorm of outrage and recrimination on the left. Some attacks seem aimed at intimidating the justices into supporting progressive causes. “The Court must now prove—through its work—that it is worthy of the nation’s trust,” Eric Holder, President Obama’s attorney general, tweeted Oct. 6. Yet the attacks go beyond ideology. Detractors of Justice Kavanaugh and President Trump are denouncing the Constitution itself and the core elements of America’s governmental...
Have we reached peak alarmism on climate change? The question occurs after the muted reaction last week to the latest forecast from the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In case you hadn’t heard we’re all doomed, yet the world mostly yawned. This is less complacency than creeping scientific and political realism. According to its calculations, global carbon emissions must fall 45% by 2030—twice as much as its earlier forecasts—and the world must...
The murder (if that’s what it was) of Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, was a horror in itself, and a greater horror still in what it threatens to unleash. The Muslim Brotherhood, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the ayatollahs of Iran are huddled over the corpse, hoping to turn a political profit from the death of an innocent man. Mr. Khashoggi was a thorn in the flesh of the hyperactive crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammad Bin Salman, a man who faces a concatenation of problems the...
On Monday in federal court, Harvard denied charges that it discriminates against Asian-Americans in the same way it once discriminated against Jews. Race, its lawyer insisted, was just one of many factors considered, and it could only help an applicant’s chances of admission, not hurt them. On the substance, this is a dubious proposition. Students for Fair Admissions, which brought the lawsuit, has produced considerable evidence that Harvard uses various means to exclude Asian-Americans even when they are more qualified academically...
“Not surprisingly,” Nguyen wrote, “ given the way in which they are selected, targets of stash house stings and their co-conspirators sometimes have modest criminal résumés.” She said that 90% of those convicted nationwide in stash house stings have been black and Latino.
October 15, 2018 23:15 UTC
Atwood described today’s perilous times at length, but then said, “That’s enough ominous preaching from me.” She closed on a hopeful note. “We are not living in a totalitarian dictatorship now — or yet, and my guess is that this country will not easily roll over for a while. The programs of a museum, such as this one, are a reminder that we need not go down a divisive path of suspicion and hatred. We can instead identify as fellow human beings and try to understand and face our common human problems together.”
October 15, 2018 23:15 UTC
Stormy Daniels, the adult film star who claims to have had an affair with President Trump, talks with a journalist during an interview at the Berlin erotic fair “Venus” on Thursday. (Ralf Hirschberger/AFP/Getty Images)A federal judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit from adult film actress Stormy Daniels that claimed President Trump defamed her when he suggested she had lied about being threatened to keep quiet about their alleged relationship. Trump attorney Charles Harder cheered Otero’s decision and said the amount of legal fees owed would be determined later. “No amount of spin or commentary by Stormy Daniels or her lawyer, Mr. Avenatti, can truthfully characterize today’s ruling in any way other than total victory for President Trump and total defeat for Stormy Daniels,” Harder said in an emailed statement. “Daniels’ other claims against Trump and Cohen proceed unaffected,” Avenatti tweeted.
October 15, 2018 22:56 UTC
(CNN) A federal judge has dismissed adult film star Stormy Daniels' defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump. Daniels sued Trump after he said in a tweet that her story of a man threatening her not to come forward with her story of her alleged affair with Trump was "a total con job." A total con job, playing the Fake News Media for Fools (but they know it)! Trump had asked Otero to dismiss the lawsuit. The First Amendment protects this type of rhetorical statement," Otero wrote.
October 15, 2018 22:55 UTC
Brompton Bicycle, the London-based manufacturer of the world’s most iconic folding bike, has announced a “strategic partnership” with Halfords, a British chain-store group that sells bikes and automotive parts. The move has been slammed by bike shop stockists of the brand who fear being sidelined. The group also owns two Tredz stores, which were formerly independent bicycle dealers (IBDs) with strong internet sales. Brompton bikes will be first available in Cycle Republic stores, with a broader roll-out in a select number of Halfords stores in April next year. 33% of Halfords Group sales are cycling related.
October 15, 2018 22:52 UTC
A man in Toronto made a big splash Friday night when he dived naked into an aquarium shark tank. Toronto police officers first heard about the naked man swimming with sharks when they got a call from Ripley’s Aquarium around 10:30 p.m., according to spokeswoman Katrina Arrogante. “There were no injuries to the man, animals or patrons.”Video shows a bald man swimming in the shark tank while a security guard yells at him to get out of the water, according to the CBC. At one point, the man got out of the pool, only to dive back in again to a cheering crowd. Visitor Erinn Acland told CBC Toronto that the accused shark swimmer seemed “totally relaxed,” even laughing during his dip.
October 15, 2018 22:52 UTC