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BAZ BAMIGBOYE: Julian Fellowes’ gilded new series? It’s New York’s answer to Downton Abbey 

The former model, 29, who studied drama at Yale and is known professionally by her middle name, plays heroine Marion Brook

For those on the hunt for a good old costume drama to get your teeth into, there is good news on the horizon.

Filming resumes imminently on The Gilded Age, the lavish new nine-part drama created by Downton Abbey writer Julian Fellowes.

It stars Christine Baranski and Cynthia Nixon as aristocratic siblings who take in their orphaned niece, played by Louisa Jacobson, youngest daughter of Meryl Streep and her husband Don Gummer.

The former model, 29, who studied drama at Yale and is known professionally by her middle name, plays heroine Marion Brook who, in 1882, moves from Pennsylvania to be with her aunts in New York after her father, a Civil War general in the Union army, dies.

Shooting was to have started last spring. I remember Fellowes telling me about the sets that had been created; all the fancy costumes, and locations in Newport, Rhode Island, where the wealthy tycoons of New York and Philadelphia built their spectacular mansions (though they always referred to them as ‘cottages’).

But then the pandemic delayed filming. It resumed briefly last autumn, but will start up again later this month. I’m told there’s several months shooting left to do, so we aren’t likely to see the HBO series on our TV screens for a while. 

Following the tradition of Downton and Belgravia, the new series explores the lives of the fabulously privileged, and those less so, at a time, during the late 19th century, when America became more prosperous and saw unprecedented growth, thanks to the rise of transcontinental railways and huge advances in industrial technology.

The Gilded Age also stars Harry Richardson (Drake Carne in Poldark) as the Harvard-educated son of wealthy upstart neighbours (Morgan Spector and Carrie Coon)

The Gilded Age also stars Harry Richardson (Drake Carne in Poldark) as the Harvard-educated son of wealthy upstart neighbours (Morgan Spector and Carrie Coon)

Fellowes once told me: ‘I like my film stars to look like film stars.’ And as the creator, writer and executive producer — with Gareth Neame, his longtime Downton partner — he has chosen wisely here.

The Gilded Age also stars Harry Richardson (Drake Carne in Poldark) as the Harvard-educated son of wealthy upstart neighbours (Morgan Spector and Carrie Coon). The show has been a boon, too, to Broadway names who, like theatrical colleagues over here, have seen their livelihoods eroded.

The line-up includes Denee Benton, Kelli O’Hara, Donna Murphy, Debra Monk, Katie Finneran and Simon Jones.

Christine Baransk

Cynthia Nixon

It stars Christine Baranski (left) and Cynthia Nixon (right) as aristocratic siblings who take in their orphaned niece, played by Louisa Jacobson, youngest daughter of Meryl Streep and her husband Don Gummer

Shooting was to have started last spring. I remember Julian Fellowes (above) telling me about the sets that had been created; all the fancy costumes, and locations in Newport, Rhode Island, where the wealthy tycoons of New York and Philadelphia built their spectacular mansions (though they always referred to them as ‘cottages’)

Shooting was to have started last spring. I remember Julian Fellowes (above) telling me about the sets that had been created; all the fancy costumes, and locations in Newport, Rhode Island, where the wealthy tycoons of New York and Philadelphia built their spectacular mansions (though they always referred to them as ‘cottages’)

I want to be like Judi, says Nicole

Nicole Kidman said that Judi Dench is her heroine. ‘She’s like the Queen, right? She’s so soothing.’

The Oscar-winning actresses worked together on the movie musical Nine. ‘It was just the once, but I’ve spent time with her; and I love how she’s the centre of her family… but she’s so mischievous!’ Kidman told me.

In fact, she’s been trying to follow Dench’s example, and bring a bit more mischief into her life — ‘like Judi’ — though professionally rather than personally. She likes the way Dench takes on ‘deep and difficult roles’, followed by something where a few more larks can be had.

Kidman was chatting after seeing the success of her roller-coaster thriller The Undoing on Sky and HBO, which she followed up with The Prom on Netflix.

She’ll next be on the small screen in the mini-series Nine Perfect Strangers, based on fellow Australian Liane Moriarty’s novel. Moriarty also wrote Big Little Lies, which was another TV winner for Kidman.

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‘I knew the answer right away’: UAE residents embrace 2021 with bold steps

A view of Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai. Many UAE residents have turned a new leaf in their lives for the New Year.
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Dubai: Beyond the fear of what the future may hold in 2021, after a year overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic, many UAE residents have turned a new leaf in their lives for the New Year.

British expatriate Jenna Stirland was walking one day with her sister, who suddenly asked her: “In a worst-case scenario, what if we go into movement restrictions again? Where would you want to be? An apartment or a villa?”

Stirland said she knew the answer right away.

Stirland, 30, had been living in skyscraper-studded Dubai Marina for almost five years now and her lease was about to come to an end. Her sister came from the United Kingdom to join her in Dubai in November and after that conversation during their walk, they both decided to look for a villa. They then moved to Arabian Ranches in Dubai.

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Jenna Stirland

“This year has taught me so many lessons, one being how important outdoor space and nature are to me. Lockdown in a 14th-floor apartment with no balcony taught me that! The Ranches has so much greenery and nature and is so relaxing, I am so grateful every day to live here,” said Stirland, who is a senior account manager at Plus 1 Communications in Dubai.

“There is obviously some element of uncertainty signing a new lease when nothing is certain anymore, but then, was it certain even before? Who knows. I like to stay positive and think everything works out in the end. COVID-19 has affected every single person in one way or the other. It has taught me what really matters in life, which I believe to be good health and being around good people. Living in Dubai and being surrounded by people with a can-do attitude who believe in themselves and business ideas, and that anything you work hard at will succeed, is contagious and fills me with hope for the future. I’ve never felt luckier to live in Dubai.”

‘Right place, right time’

Radhika Sil

Meanwhile, Radhika Sil, an Indian chef in Dubai, is in the process of launching ‘Thrriv’ her own “healthy, keto diabetic-safe” food manufacturing brand, which she hopes to make “all official” by January 2021. Sil, 45, said “the time has never been better” to start something like this in the UAE, despite the ongoing pandemic. “This is going to be locally sourced, locally made. You don’t need to wait for it for 60-90 days because of the [international] supply chain … for products ranging from clean-label pasta to keto ice creams. In fact, I think I would be the first keto ice cream manufacturer in the country,” said Sil.

“This is the right place and the right time. I can’t think of any better customer base than the UAE because it’s such a melting pot of people from so many different nationalities. People are hungry for good products.”

Sil is not only feeling confident about her new venture, but she is full of positivity in general. “I always say I’m very optimistic, I’m always very hopeful. When someone asks me how am I doing, I always tell them I’m always good. So that’s my standard response and my feeling for 2021. I’m actually feeling very positive. I think all of us have come out a lot stronger from 2020.”

‘Cautiously optimistic’

Theo Adamson

For Theo Adamson, a British expat in Dubai, 2021 is about being “cautiously optimistic”. The 38-year-old former freelancer said the pandemic gave him “time to reflect”, leading to his decision to start a business, called Formulate Creative, together with another partner, Dan Brown. “As a freelancer, I was working long hours and all the pressure was on myself to deliver. It’s always been an ambition of mine to start my own business. So it was sort of a natural transition from a freelancer to a small branding and design agency … It might be the worst time to do it, or it might be the best time to do it. But if I never do it, I’ll never know,” added Adamson.

“Everyone’s talking about being freelancers nowadays, but there’s another side to it, where you start as a freelancer and hopefully you develop and grow into a company and as this happens, you can obviously support the bounce-back of the economy.”

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Keane doesn’t believe McTominay’s post-match interview answer after Man Utd win

Manchester United demolished Leeds United at Old Trafford to banish any home form demons they had coming into the fixture.

Braces for Bruno Fernandes and Scott McTominay were accompanied by goals from Daniel James and Victor Lindelof in the Old Trafford rout.

It’s rare for the Scot to get on the scoresheet let alone score twice inside the opening three minutes. And he set up James in the second half to round off a terrific game.

The result puts United third in the table, with a game in hand and five points behind leaders Liverpool.

McTominay was asked if he looks at the table but the midfielder claims he pays no attention to it.

Roy Keane doesn’t believe Scott McTominay’s answer.

Roy Keane, though, was not having any of it.

“I don’t believe what McTominay said at the end about not looking at league tables,” Keane said on Sky Sports.

“Everyone looks at league tables. Players and staff.”

Scott McTominay isn't getting carried away.
Scott McTominay isn’t getting carried away.

Presenter David Jones then asked the former United midfielder if they should be looking, Keane responded: “Of course they should be. That’s what they’re playing the game for.

“You want to know where you are, where you’re heading to. It’s been a nice few days for United.”

Despite the result, McTominay said United won’t be looking too far ahead.

“You don’t want to be getting too carried away. It’s nice to score two goals and the team do a really good job.

“For us the next game, every game, is a cup final and manager’s firmly reiterated that to us.

“Last season we were far too inconsistent approaching games not in the right frame of mind but I feel like this year we have to be so dialled in, so focused in every way that we’re approaching games.”

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Nurse is recorded when he dropped a newborn for wanting to answer his cell phone | The State

Terrible accident that occurred in a hospital in Bolivia, which was starred by a nurse, who had a terrible oversight with a newborn baby and for this reason, the little one is now torn between life and death.

In a video shared by different media and television programs, you can see the recording made by people who were inside the hospital and where you can see a woman on a stretcher and around her, her relatives arguing strongly with staff of the hospital.

According to some witnesses, a nurse who was helping the woman who has just given birth He was holding the newborn when suddenly, he held him with only one hand because his cell phone rang and he wanted to answer it.

Unfortunately, the baby slipped and fell to the ground, hitting himself hard.

People who go to said hospital have raised their voices against the doctors and nurses who work there, since they claim that patients are neglected because they spend their time chatting on their phone.

It also emerged that the baby remains in intensive care and due to the strong blow, is torn between life and death.

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Alex Trebek’s name left off Grammy nomination for his audiobook The Answer Is…


Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek left out of Grammy nomination for his audiobook… despite him narrating part of the memoir

Alex Trebek was not included in the Grammy nomination for his audiobook The Answer Is…: Reflections On My Life, even though he narrated part of the project and was submitted in consideration for the award. 

The audiobook is in contention for Best Spoken Word Album at the 2021 Grammy Awards, but Trebek’s name is noticeably missing from the list of nominees. 

Instead, Jeopardy! record-holder Ken Jennings, who narrated the audiobook with the late Trebek, is the sole person nominated for the award. 

Not named: Alex Trebek’s name was left out of a Grammy nomination for his audiobook The Answer Is…: Reflections On My Life, despite narrating part of it 

Jennings pointed out the slight on his Twitter account, where he posted a screenshot of the list of nominees.

‘This should 100% be Alex’s Grammy nomination. He wrote the book and reads much of the audiobook! Who do I speak to about this,’ he tweeted.

Simon & Schuster, the publisher behind the memoir, submitted both Trebek and Jennings for the award, and are unsure why Trebek’s name has been left off, TMZ reports.

The publishing company will be contacting the Grammys to find out why his name was left out, sources told the site.

For their consideration: Simon & Schuster, the publisher behind the memoir, submitted both Trebek and Jennings for the award, and are unsure why Trebek's name has been left off, TMZ reports

For their consideration: Simon & Schuster, the publisher behind the memoir, submitted both Trebek and Jennings for the award, and are unsure why Trebek’s name has been left off, TMZ reports

'Who do I speak to about this': Instead, Ken Jennings, who narrated part of the audiobook, is the sole person nominated

‘Who do I speak to about this’: Instead, Ken Jennings, who narrated part of the audiobook, is the sole person nominated 

Speaking up: Jennings was not happy to find out his colleague had been snubbed for the nomination

Speaking up: Jennings was not happy to find out his colleague had been snubbed for the nomination 

The Answer Is… is competing for the honor against Acid for the Children: A Memoir by Flea, Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Destructive Industry on Earth by Rachel Maddow, Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow, and Charlotte’s Web (E.B.) by Meryl Streep and cast.

Trebek published The Answer Is…: Reflections on my Life in July 2020, less than four months before his passing at age 80 following a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Trebek spent his final day with his wife Jean Currivan Trebek and their family, Jeopardy! executive producer Mike Richards recently said on the Today Show

‘He had a swing in his backyard that he loved. He actually rebuilt it earlier this year… Even in his book he described that he wanted his final day to be sitting on his swing next to his wife Jean and watching the horizon and he got to do that,’ he said. 

Trebek’s widow recently broke her silence on his passing on Instagram. 

‘My family and I sincerely thank you all for your compassionate messages and generosity. Your expressions have truly touched our hearts. Thank you so very, very much,’ she posted.

Trebek first revealed his cancer diagnosis in 2019, and had been open about his battle several times, including admitting this year he would stop his cancer treatments if his last course failed to work.

Loss of an icon: Trebek published The Answer Is...: Reflections on my Life in July 2020, less than four months before his passing at age 80 following a battle with pancreatic cancer

Loss of an icon: Trebek published The Answer Is…: Reflections on my Life in July 2020, less than four months before his passing at age 80 following a battle with pancreatic cancer





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Kayleigh McEnany refuses to answer when Donald Trump will concede election


White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany refused to say on Friday when President Donald Trump will concede the election to Joe Biden, arguing there is ongoing litigation the campaign is pursuing first.

‘There is ongoing litigation, what we know 74 million Americans have voted for this president and more votes than any president has gotten in history,’ she said at her first press briefing since October 1.

‘There are very real claims that the campaign are pursuing,’ she said of the campaign’s ongoing litigation in battleground states Biden won.

‘We are taking it day by day and we will wait for that litigation as it plays out,’ she noted. 

Biden received nearly 80 million votes and leads in the electoral college with 290 votes to Trump’s 232. States are in the process of certifying their results and the electoral college meets December 14 to certify the election.

McEnany argued the large number of mail-in ballots – more than 65 million Americans used that system of voting – raised questions about the results. 

‘This is a system that has never been tried in American history – mass mail-out voting – it’s one we have identified as being prone to fraud,’ she said.

Multiple studies have shown that there is very little voter fraud in mail-in voting and there have been no reports of major fraud this year. 

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany refused to say when President Donald Trump will concede the election to Joe Biden

President Trump and his legal team are trying to overturn the election results

President Trump and his legal team are trying to overturn the election results

Trump’s legal team – led by Rudy Giuliani – has shown no evidence of mass voter fraud and most of their lawsuits have failed. Giuliani held a bizarre press conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters on Thursday where he repeatedly argued he had proof of voter fraud but refused to show it. 

The president, meanwhile, continues to pursue every avenue available to try and stay in the White House.

He is meeting with Michigan Republicans – Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and House Speaker Lee Chatfield – at the White House on Friday afternoon as part of his frantic, long shot attempt to overturn the results. 

The meeting isn’t on the president’s public schedule, which is not reflective of all his daily activities, but comes as Trump is said to be obsessed with figuring out a way to stay in the White House.  

McEnany declined to say what the president would speak to them about but did say it was not an ‘advocacy’ meeting.

‘They will be meeting later on. This is not an advocacy meeting. There will be no one from the campaign there. He routinely meets with lawmakers from all across the country,’ she said.

The president and his allies appear to be pursing the questionable legal theory that if the states don’t certify the election results, the Republican-controlled state legislatures can intervene and appoint pro-Trump electors in states Biden won. Those electors would cast their ballot for Trump when the Electoral College meets on Dec. 14 – thereby handing him the presidency.

Election experts say there is no scenario in which this could happen and even some Republican lawmakers in those states have dismissed the idea.  

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, in her first press briefing since October 1, took few questions

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, in her first press briefing since October 1, took few questions

Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives Lee Chatfield has been called to the White House Friday by President Donald Trump

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, also a Republican, also will be at the White House

Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives Lee Chatfield and Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, both Republicans, and visit Trump in the White House Friday

Rudy Giuliani, Trump's lawyer, held a press conference on Thursday where he claimed evidence of voter fraud but refused to provide proof

Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s lawyer, held a press conference on Thursday where he claimed evidence of voter fraud but refused to provide proof 

McEnany also refused to address when the transition process may begin. The head of the General Services Administration has not signed off on the ascertainment process, which formally lets the Biden team contact the federal agencies.

‘GSA will make the determination at the right moment. Right now, there’s a constitutional process being played out there are questions being asked in court but the GSA will determine when ascertainment is reached,’ she said.

She claimed the White House was following all the legal requirements when it came to the transition process.

‘There was a presidential transition act that determines exactly what an administration needs to do in advance of an election and we have done everything statutorily required and we will continue to do that,’ she said.

McEnany ended her 15-minute briefing, her first in two months and in which she only took a few questions, with the false claim President Trump was not given an easy, early transition to power. 

‘I would note just as we talk about transfer of power in the election and its worth remembering, this president was never given an early transition of power. His presidency was never accepted,’ she said.

Then-President Barack Obama hosted Trump in the Oval Office on November 10 – two days after the 2016 presidential election – to congratulate him on his win and let the transition process begin.

Hillary Clinton also conceded the election to Trump.

But McEnany used her podium in the White House briefing room to relive a litany of complaints from this administration about their treatment.

She brought up the fact several Democrats skipped Trump’s inauguration ceremony; the counter intelligence investigation into President Trump’s 2016 campaign, when the FBI was probing Russia’s actions in that election; special counsel Robert Muller’s probe; and the impeachment process. 

‘Many sought to undermine him, discredit him, delegitimize him, and deny him his victory,’ she said. ‘There were no calls for unity or calls for healing.’

‘Let us not forget the unexcusable transition or lack thereof that President Trump had to endure in 2016 and for years into his presidency,’ she said closing out her briefing. 

Trump’s efforts are increasingly being seen as grasping at straws in his unlikely attempt to overturn Biden’s victory.

In Pennsylvania, his legal team suggested in a filing Wednesday that the judge order the Republican-led state legislature to pick delegates to the Electoral College in a bid to toss the state’s 20 electoral votes to Trump. A judge canceled an evidentiary hearing in the case.

In Arizona, the Republican Party is pressuring county officials to delay certifying results. The GOP lost a bid on Thursday to postpone certification in Maricopa County, the state’s biggest county. Biden won Arizona by more than 10,000 votes, and Maricopa County put him over the top – making him the second Democrat in seven decades to carry the state. 



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ITV’s doctors joining forces to answer viewer’s health questions during lockdown


Dr Hilary Jones is joining ITV’s doctors including Dr Amir Khan to team up for the first time to answer people’s medical questions during lockdown.

Dr Hilary and Dr Amir from the Lorraine show will join their counterparts from This Morning – Dr Ranj Singh and Dr Zoe Williams – to host the clinic.

On Thursday they will all appear on both the programmes for the first time.

The event will kick off with Lorraine between 9am and 10am, when the doctors will host the virtual waiting room to give viewers advice.

Then the quartet will be running an open surgery on This Morning, which is co-presented by Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield.

Dr Hilary Jones

Dr Hilary, 67, said: “With everything that’s going on, people are rightly concerned about health matters.

“It’s a topic very much at the forefront of people’s minds. But we mustn’t forget about other conditions as well as Covid, and I’ll be looking forward to hearing from viewers.”

Dr Ranj, 41, said: “Health is at the forefront of everyone’s minds right now, so it’s hugely important that we as doctors in the public eye help in any way we can, alongside our daytime colleagues.

Dr Ranj

Dr Amir Khan

“Dr Zoe and I are both part of the This Morning team, but we also work on the NHS front line, so we know exactly what is worrying people right now.”

The former Strictly Come Dancing contestant added: “It’s a great privilege to be able to help the public in this way as part of a daytime special.”

There have been bumper viewing figures this week for Lorraine which has been beating the new Morning Live show on the BBC.

Dr Zoe Williams

Wednesday’s episode of the ITV programme recorded its highest ever share of viewing.

*All Doctors on Deck on Lorraine and This Morning, Thursday, ITV from 9am.

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Joe Biden’s brother Jim REFUSED to answer whether Joe was involved in the family’s dealings in China


January 2009: Hunter Biden (right) quits lobbying because his father has become vice president, and sets up investment and advisory firm firm Rosemont Seneca with friends Christopher Heinz – John Kerry’s stepson – and Devon Archer (left), a former Kerry aide

July 2010: Ukrainian oligarch Mykola Zlochevsky, who owns its biggest natural gas company Burisma joins the government of its president Viktor Yanukovych

February 2014: Yanukovych is deposed in a revolution which claims scores of lives and Burisma Zlochevsky is thrown out of government too

April 16: Burisma is secretly accused of money-laundering by Britain’s Serious Fraud Office. On the same day Archer meets Joe Biden at the White House. Six days later Archer joins the board of Burisma 

April 28: Britain’s Serious Fraud Office freeze $23 million of Burisma’s cash, every dollar which exists in the UK’s banking system 

May 12: Hunter joins the board of Burisma to improve ‘corporate governance.’ Hunter’s salary is later revealed to be $50,000-a-month. Burisma board advisor Vadym Pozharskyi who had met Hunter in Lake Como, Italy, days earlier, emails him asking to ‘use his influence’ to stop prosecutions. During the summer, the new prosecutor-general of Ukraine opens an investigation into Burisma

February 2015: Senior diplomat George Kent, on temporary assignment to Kyiv, learns of Hunter’s role. He phones a staffer at Biden’s office to it could ‘create perception of a conflict of interest.’ That month Viktor Shokin takes office as Ukraine’s prosecutor general, despite already being the subject of questions about his own links to corruption

April 17: Email from Hunter’s laptop shows Pozharskyi writing Hunter: ‘thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent some together.’ 

Summer: The Burisma investigation appears to become dormant 

January 2016: Biden travels to Ukraine amid mounting international disgust at Shokin failing to tackle corruption. One of the concerns raised by the European Union and IMF is that he has failed to investigate Burisma. Biden tells Poroshenko he needs to go. He later boasts: ‘I looked at them and said: I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money. Well, son of a bitch. He got fired.’ Shokin in fact is finally removed from office in March after internal turmoil in Kyiv

2018: Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani starts ‘investigating’ the Bidens’ links to Ukraine, enlisting the help of Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, who are now indicted on fraud charges. Ukraine’s latest prosecutor general announces he will investigate Burisma early the next year 

April 12, 2019: Hunter – or a man saying he is Hunter – takes three damaged Macs to John Paul MacIsaac’s Apple repair shop in Wilmington, Delaware. MacIsaac puts data from one on a new hard drive

April 25: Joe Biden announces presidential run

July 11: The laptops have not been picked up and are now considered ‘abandoned’ according to MacIsaac’s terms and conditions

Summer: MacIsaac claims he becomes worried about what he has seen on the laptop whose contents he put on a disk, and thinks he might be killed by a Biden associate for having it in his shop

Fall: MacIsaac either contacts the FBI or is contacted by them; he has said both

December 9 or 19: The FBI pick up the laptop, but MacIsaac has made a copy for himself. Giuliani later says the shopowner has made four. They give him a grand jury subpoena to hand it over, even though he was going to anyway

Early January 2020: The FBI tell MacIsaac not to talk to anyone and to stall if a Biden representative comes to get the laptop back 

 

February: Trump is acquitted at end of his impeachment trial

May: On Giuliani’s account, MacIsaac hands over the hard drive to Robert Costello, Giuliani’s attorney, by this month at the latest as well as trying to give it to other Republicans 

September: Steve Bannon, Trump’s ex-aide and now indicted on fraud charges, tells New York Post about existence of laptop

September 28: Bannon boasts to a Dutch TV interviewer ‘I have Hunter’s hard drive’

October 11: Giuliani gives Post the hard drive

October 14: Post publishes emails and partially-clothed pictures of Hunter from the laptop – one of them with an apparent crack pipe – and says it has an 11-minute sex-and-drugs video. Giuliani promises there is ‘more to come,’ Republican senators promise to investigate but Democrats say the former New York mayor has ‘paraded with Russian agents’



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Will Biden raise everyone’s taxes? The answer is no, only the richest | The NY Journal


Joe Biden’s tax bill would not affect the lower and middle classes.

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It is true that Joe biden he will raise taxes, but his plan includes only those with incomes greater than $ 400,000 a year, which is less than 10 percent of the population in the United States.

According to Census data, most of the households (44.3%) have incomes between $ 50,000 and $ 149,000 dollars annually; 8.3% earn up to $ 199,000 a year.

The Democrat’s plan does not contemplate increases for those with incomes less than $ 400,000 a year. Statistics make them one of the 10% of those who manage to earn more than $ 200,000.

The increase in taxes and the economy, according to various surveys, including the Pew Research Centerare central concerns of voters, including Latinos, who have a median annual income of $ 56,000.

This question is a constant for the Democratic candidate, largely because of the campaign of Republicans who say it will cancel tax benefits for the middle class, but in the ABC News forum, one voter went directly to the former vice president.

The citizen Anthony Argirakis mentioned that although families earning less than $ 400,000 annually would not have increases, there was concern about taking benefits from the president’s reform Donald trump.

“You declare that you are going to eliminate Trump’s tax cuts… What is your plan to extend the tax cuts for the middle class or create a new plan that reduces those taxes even more?”, Argirakis asked.

The former vice president insisted that his plan is not against the middle or lower classes, but for those with higher incomes, in addition to maintaining any tax benefits for those who earn less than $ 400,000 annually.

“When I said the tax thing, Trump’s tax cuts, about $ 1.3 trillion of the $ 2 trillion in his tax cuts [que beneficiaron] to the top tenth of 1 percent. That’s what I’m talking about eliminating, not all the tax cuts that exist. “, the democrat specified.

The top Democratic individual income tax rate would rise from 37 percent to 39.6 percent, for those with incomes above $ 400,000 annually.

Another proposal is to increase taxes on investment income for high-income people, that is, millionaires or billionaires with incomes greater than $ 1 million.

The Democrat has proposed increasing taxes paid by US corporations on their earnings abroad, in addition to tax proposals aimed at preventing companies from moving jobs and headquarters abroad.

In the ABC News debate, the journalist George Stephanopoulos pressed Biden on the issue.

“Is corporate tax going to increase. Will you raise taxes on the rich? Is it wise to do even that when the economy is as weak as it is now? “, he questioned.

Biden considered that his plan is for four years, citing a study by Moody’s, so it would prevent having an economic impact during the current crisis due to the pandemic of coronavirus.

He stressed that it focuses on the working classes, so that they have jobs and better wages.

“And the reason is, when you allow people to come back to the game and have a job, everything moves. Everything moves. Right now you have the opposite, “he said. “During this pandemic… the world’s richest billionaires… made another $ 700 billion. Seven hundred billion dollars ”.

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Piers Morgan: Joe Biden must answer questions about Hunter’s deals


Four days ago, the New York Post published a bombshell report raising serious new questions about presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter’s relationship with Ukranian energy company Burisma.

The story, which made startling and apparently damning reading was based on a cache of emails and photos allegedly retrieved from Hunter Biden’s laptop that he had left at a Delaware computer store.

I have no idea if the report is entirely true, partly true, or completely untrue.

But with my old newspaper editor hat on, I do know that the response from Joe Biden so far has done nothing to make me think it’s false.

Crucially, there has been no denial of the fact that these emails are genuine.

And if they are, then they raise important questions.

The potentially most explosive part of the story is a 2015 email supposedly sent by a top Burisma adviser, Vadym Pozharskyi, thanking Hunter for giving him the chance to meet his dad Joe while he was Vice-President.

‘Dear Hunter,’ the alleged email reads, ‘thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent [sic] some time together. It’s realty [sic] an honor and pleasure.’

Four days ago, the New York Post published a bombshell report raising serious new questions about presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter’s relationship with Ukranian energy company Burisma

The story, which made startling and apparently damning reading was based on a cache of emails and photos allegedly retrieved from Hunter Biden’s laptop that he had left at a Delaware computer store

The potentially most explosive part of the story is a 2015 email (pictured) supposedly sent by a top Burisma adviser, Vadym Pozharskyi, thanking Hunter for giving him the chance to meet his dad Joe while he was Vice-President

The potentially most explosive part of the story is a 2015 email (pictured) supposedly sent by a top Burisma adviser, Vadym Pozharskyi, thanking Hunter for giving him the chance to meet his dad Joe while he was Vice-President

This is significant because Joe Biden has always vehemently denied ever even speaking to his son about ‘his overseas business dealings.’

Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates responded to the Post allegation by saying: ‘We have reviewed Joe Biden’s official schedules from the time and no meeting, as alleged by the New York Post, ever took place.’

I’m not a lawyer, but this sounds to me like a very narrow form of wording designed to allow some wriggle room should proof of such a meeting emerge.

In another email to Hunter Biden sent by a business consultant in 2017, reference is made to ‘the big guy’ who would receive 10% of equity from a deal with a Chinese equity firm.

Others on the email chain have told Fox News that ‘the big guy’ is Joe Biden.

Again, I don’t know if this is true.

But the Biden’s camp statement was also very revealing for what it didn’t say: i.e. that the emails are fake, or that ‘the big guy’ isn’t Joe Biden.

Without any such denials, we’re inevitably led to the conclusion that they may be real, and if they’re real, then how does Joe Biden explain them without confirming he has misled the American people about his involvement with Hunter’s inarguably dodgy dealings with foreign national firms in Ukraine and China?

How the New York Post came to acquire this dynamite material from Hunter Biden’s hard drive is a typically ugly pre-election October Surprise hot mess involving those perennial Trump rogues Rudy Giuliani and Steve Bannon.

Their motivation is obvious: to damage Joe Biden in the same way the Hillary Clinton email scandal damaged her in October 2016.

But their dirty tricks op doesn’t mean there is no merit to the story.

A tainted source doesn’t mean the allegation shouldn’t be properly investigated.

Yet the response to it from liberal-dominated mainstream and social media firms has been staggering, terrifying and disgraceful.

Just hours after the Post story appeared, Facebook announced it would be limiting its spread on the social media platform while it used independent fact-checkers to verify the paper’s allegations.

Even more extraordinarily, Twitter than summarily banned anyone from posting a link to the story, including the New York Post itself.

By taking these unprecedented actions, the tech firms were effectively abandoning any pretence at protecting free speech or the First Amendment.

When Trump, as he surely will, starts beating Biden over the head with the allegations in the final debate on Thursday, will the NBC moderator hold the former Vice President to an answer or will she let him off the hook?

When Trump, as he surely will, starts beating Biden over the head with the allegations in the final debate on Thursday, will the NBC moderator hold the former Vice President to an answer or will she let him off the hook?

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How the New York Post came to acquire this dynamite material from Hunter Biden’s hard drive is a typically ugly pre-election October Surprise hot mess involving those perennial Trump rogues Rudy Giuliani (right) and Steve Bannon (left). Their motivation is obvious: to damage Joe Biden in the same way the Hillary Clinton email scandal damaged her in October 2016

It’s hard to imagine a more clear, direct confirmation of the Republicans’ ongoing suspicions that liberal-run social media firms deliberately operate a pro-Democrat agenda.

They were soon joined by the mainstream media who seem way more interested in knocking down the story and unmasking a conspiracy to smear Biden than investigating whether it’s true.

As President Trump was being torched by Savanna Guthrie on NBC about everything from white supremacy to his coronavirus testing record, Biden appeared in an ABC townhall hosted by George Stephanopoulos, ex-aide to Democratic President Bill Clinton, and wasn’t asked a single question about the biggest current story surrounding his candidacy.

Isn’t that quite extraordinary?

Can you imagine if the Post report had been about Donald Trump Jr?

Do you think his father might just have been asked about it, probably repeatedly?

But ABC’s refusal to even mention it in the townhall is indicative of a strange reluctance by most of America’s mainstream media to ‘go there’.

They believe Joe Biden’s denials of any wrongdoing by him or his son, simply because he’s told them there was no wrongdoing.

They’ve even bought into the narrative that even if Hunter did do something wrong, it’s explained by his drug problems – as if that makes any difference.

The Washington Post’s David Ignatius wrote: ‘The story of Hunter Biden’s involvement with the Ukrainian gas company Burisma isn’t a scandal about his father, as the Trump campaign claims, but part of a personal tragedy for the vice president’s son, compounded by this week’s dissemination of what looks like disinformation about Joe Biden’s role.’

To which my response is: how do you know? What steps has your paper taken to establish if what the Post reported is actually true?

CNN’s Brian Stelter called it a ‘manufactured scandal’ intended to feed ‘whataboutism’ to distract attention from Trump’s catastrophic campaign.

But I very much doubt he’d be saying that if this was Donald Trump Jr at the centre of the Burisma story.

The New York Times today focuses not on the allegations but on apparent unrest among New York Post staffers about the decision to publish it.

Again, I don’t know if this is true, but even it is, shouldn’t a supposed ‘paper of record’ like the Times at least put some of its army of reporters onto the actual allegations published in the Post and see if they stand up?

The real scandal here may well turn out to be how these allegations, published on the front page of a major US newspaper, have been censored and suppressed by a media intent on getting Trump out of office.

Joe Biden wants to be President of the United States and the polls suggest he is now in a very commanding position to achieve that ambition.

He has positioned himself as the good-guy candidate to repair America from the Trump presidency, a man who will restore trust, truth and transparency to the White House.

But his behavior over this Burisma business continues to be anything but transparent.

Joe Biden wants to be President of the United States and the polls suggest he is now in a very commanding position to achieve that ambition. But his behavior over this Burisma business continues to be anything but transparent

Joe Biden wants to be President of the United States and the polls suggest he is now in a very commanding position to achieve that ambition. But his behavior over this Burisma business continues to be anything but transparent

When he was directly, and politely, asked about the Post story by CBS News reporter Bo Erickson, Biden snapped back in a nasty and personal way, saying: ‘I knew you’d ask it. I have no response. It’s another smear campaign. Right up your alley, those are the kinds of questions you always ask.’

It seemed an oddly angry and defensive response for someone who insists he has nothing to hide.

Like I said at the start of this column, I don’t know if the Post story is true.

But I do know there has been no denial that the emails are genuine, and they raise legitimate questions of probity and honesty that anyone who wants to be President should answer.

The longer Biden doesn’t answer them properly, the more people will think there may a fire raging beneath all the smoke.

US mainstream and social media companies have reacted to this story in an outrageously partisan and deeply sinister manner that is diametrically opposed to how they would have reacted if the name ‘Biden’ was swapped for ‘Trump.’

Shame on all of them.

And when Trump, as he surely will, starts beating Biden over the head with the allegations in the final debate on Thursday, will the NBC moderator hold the former Vice President to an answer or will she let him off the hook?

Because so far the way Joe Biden’s reacted to it smacks of someone with something to hide.

And this issue is not going to just disappear if he wins the presidency.

The Republicans will use it as a stick to constantly beat him with just as they used Whitewater against the Clintons, and just as the Democrats themselves used alleged Russian collusion against Trump.

Sooner or later, the truth will out.

Time to stop throwing tantrums Joe – and start talking.

And time, America’s media, to start doing your job. 



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