Day: November 13, 2020

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Trump Falsely Claims Credit For Pfizer Vaccine, Though Company Did Not Take Government Funds

Updated Nov 13, 2020, 05:04pm EST

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President Donald Trump on Friday once again took credit for Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine by touting Operation Warp Speed despite the company not taking government funds to develop its vaccine.

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“Pfizer said that it was not part of Warp Speed, but that turned out to be an unfortunate misrepresentation,” Trump said, claiming the company took $1.95 billion in funds despite fact-checkers already debunking that claim.

The comments come after several Trump allies, including Vice President Mike Pence and White House adviser Ivanka Trump, both tried to give the administration credit.

The company did, indeed,

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Martin Fox, youth coach ensnared in college admissions scandal, sentenced to three months in prison

BOSTON, MA - MARCH 25: Martin Fox, president of a private tennis academy in Houston, leaves following his arraignment at Boston Federal Court on March 25, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. A dozen coaches, athletic directors and test proctors are being arraigned in relation to the college admissions scandal on Monday. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images) ** OUTS - ELSENT, FPG, CM - OUTS * NM, PH, VA if sourced by CT, LA or MoD **
Martin Fox leaves a courtroom in Boston after his arraignment on March 25, 2019. He was sentenced Friday to three months in prison and three months of home confinement. (Scott Eisen / Getty Images)

Martin Fox, a Texas youth sports coach who paid off university coaches and a test proctor in a cash-for-admissions scheme that defrauded some of the country’s most elite schools, was sentenced Friday to three months in prison and three months of home detention.

Fox was also ordered to pay a $95,000 fine, complete 250 hours of community service and remain on supervised release for 15 months after serving his prison term.

Fox, a resident of Houston, had pleaded guilty last November to racketeering conspiracy. He admitted serving as a middleman between William “Rick” Singer, the Newport Beach college consultant at the heart of the scheme, and several university coaches and a teaching assistant whom Singer sought

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Trump ‘did bully his way into movie’

Chris Columbus revealed he was only allowed to shoot at The Plaza Hotel, then owned by Trump, if the current POTUS could have screen time in ‘Home Alone 2’

One of outgoing President Donald Trump’s most famous movie cameos was made on his own terms.

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During an interview with Insider, director Chris Columbus opened up about how POTUS made his way on-screen in the Christmas classic Home Alone 2. He revealed that in order to use The Plaza Hotel, then owned by Trump, the MAGA leader had to be a part of the film. The franchise approaches its 30-year-anniversary this month.

“Like most locations in New York City, you just pay a fee and you are allowed to shoot in that location. We approached The Plaza Hotel, which Trump owned at the time because we wanted to shoot in

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John Kelly: Trump delaying transition for Biden hurts national security

  • President Donald Trump’s former chief of staff said the delay in the transition process for President-election Joe Biden hurts US national security.
  • “It’s about the nation. It hurts our national security,” John Kelly told Politico of the delay in the transition process.
  • Trump has refused to concede to Biden, and the federal agency responsible for the transition process has not yet formally recognized the former vice president as the winner of the election.
  • When Trump won in 2016, the acting General Services Administration administrator gave the go-ahead to begin the transition process the day after Election Day.
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Former White House chief of staff John Kelly said the delay in moving forward with the transition process for President-elect Joe Biden was hurting US national security. 

“You lose a lot if the transition is delayed because the new people are not allowed to get their

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50 Cent Thinks Pop Smoke Will Get Snubbed At The Grammys

50 Cent thinks that there’s a chance that Pop Smoke could get snubbed at the 2021 Grammys. 

Speaking to Spotify’s Rap Caviar, 50 Cent revealed that he believes that the late rapper’s Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon album potentially won’t get the respect that it deserves. 

RELATED: 50 Cent Celebrates Pop Smoke ‘Best New Artist’ Win At BET Hip Hop Awards

“If it’s recognized, it’ll only get recognized because he’s gone,” he explained. “The content is similar to what I would do. They didn’t recognize mine. They gave me Grammys when I was with Em when I’m on records with Eminem.”

50 Cent kept going, explaining what he believed the message would be if Pop Smoke won the award. “They’re afraid to give him Grammys because they think it’s teaching the audience to want to be like Pop,” he said.

“And to be like him is

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Trump and Fox News loved each other for four years. What happens now?

At least, he needs them for now. Eventually, he will leave office. Which means that within a few months, Trump could be a full-time creature of the right-wing media ecosystem, rather than the apex predator of the conservative media world that he’s been as president. Four years ago, observers wondered whether Trump might start (or take over) a cable news network if he lost to Hillary Clinton. Instead, as president, he reshuffled right-wing media, bashing the existing powers — Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, National Review — in an effort to bend them to his will. The organizations that came around to support him enthusiastically (like Fox) kept thriving. The ones that didn’t (like the Weekly Standard) flailed.

Now the prospect of Trump trying to keep his brand going by merging it with conservative media — or just popping up on TV frequently, freed entirely from the need even

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16-year-old Millie Bobby Brown has yet another movie in the works

Millie Bobby Brown at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in January 2020

Millie Bobby Brown at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in January 2020
Photo: Rich Fury (Getty Images)

Millie Bobby Brown just turned 16 this year, but she’s already got a work ethic that makes most of us sluggish, disillusioned adults resemble true waste-of-space slackers. She’ll likely next appear in Godzilla Vs. Kong; the release date has been postponed until May. Netflix appears committed to keeping its Stranger Things star busy/happy, though, so the tireless MBB is following up her starring/producing role as Sherlock’s sister Enola Holmes for the streamer with a few new projects from her own PCMA Productions.

Her new Netflix/PCMA thriller The Girls I’ve Been was previously announced, in which Brown portrays a con artist who must use her savvy skills to save her girlfriend and ex-boyfriend from a hostage situation at a bank. Now The Wrap reports that she’s following that

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Did Trump acknowledge a ‘next’ administration? Almost.

USA TODAY’S coverage of the 2020 election continues this week after former Vice President Joe Biden won a bitterly fought election against President Donald Trump and states work to finish counting their remaining ballots. Nearly all states have been called at this point as the Trump campaign challenges the outcomes in many states. Biden meanwhile is continuing with his transition, meeting with advisers and world leaders, and possibly naming staff in the days and weeks to come. 

Trump: No COVID-19 lockdown for this administration, ‘time will tell’ about the future

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a man wearing a suit and tie: President Donald Trump speaks about Operation Warp Speed in the Rose Garden at the White House on Nov. 13, 2020, in Washington, D.C. It's the first time Trump has spoken to the public since election night.


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President Donald Trump speaks about Operation Warp Speed in the Rose Garden at the White House on Nov. 13, 2020, in Washington, D.C. It’s the first time Trump has spoken to the public since election night.

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Robin Pecknold Says Post Malone Almost Collaborated With Fleet Foxes

While most of Post Malone’s material runs in hip-hop and pop circles, he has long been public about his love for indie and folk music. So, it’s only kind of surprising to learn that he and Fleet Foxes leader Robin Pecknold are friends and that Posty almost appeared on the band’s latest album, Shore.

Speaking to Bryce Segall on Radio.com’s New Arrivals show, Pecknold revealed that bit of trivia, saying that the timing didn’t work out for Malone to guest on the album: “He came by the studio for one day while we were working in LA and listened to stuff and was super supportive. We didn’t get together in time because I wanted to get the album out quickly, but I did ask him to be on it. He was down but we just didn’t end up having time.”

Pecknold also spoke about about his relationship with Malone,

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Warner Bros. film marketing president Blair Rich to exit

Blair Rich, the top Warner Bros. film marketing executive who led campaigns for movies including “Wonder Woman,” “Joker” and “Tenet,” is leaving the studio at the end of the year.

AT&T-owned Warner Bros., which announced Rich’s exit Friday, did not name a replacement for for the longtime executive, who has held the lead marketing position since 2018 and has been with the Burbank-based studio for more than two decades. The company said it was Rich’s decision to leave.

Rich, a highly respected film marketer, did not say why she was leaving.

“It’s been my greatest honor to spend the first chapter of my career at Warner Bros., but after 23 years it’s time for something new,” she said in a statement.

Rich’s departure comes amid a tumultuous period for the studio, which has been hobbled by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on film releases.

Parent company WarnerMedia on Tuesday

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