Jussie Smollett Insisted Brett Kavanaugh Did Not Deserve Presumption of Innocence

With the arrest Thursday morning of Empire star Jussie Smollett, the actor’s defense team put out a statement celebrating the fact that he was afforded the “presumption of innocence” like any other citizen. But last, year Smollett himself insisted that Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was guilty until proven innocent. Jussie Smollett turned himself in … Continue reading Jussie Smollett Insisted Brett Kavanaugh Did Not Deserve Presumption of Innocence

8 Days to Tariffs: U.S.-China Trade Talks Kick Off in D.C.

United States trade officials lined up opposite Chinese counterparts at a Washington, DC, negotiating table Thursday morning to begin two days of time-sensitive trade negotiations. Approximately a dozen negotiators from each the U.S. and Chinese sides sat across from one another in the White House Indian Treaty Room just after 9 a.m. United States officials … Continue reading 8 Days to Tariffs: U.S.-China Trade Talks Kick Off in D.C.

Report: Jussie Smollett ‘Dissatisfied’ with over $1,000,000 Annual ‘Empire’ Salary

Empire actor Jussie Smollett staged an attack on himself last month because he was dissatisfied with his salary from the hit drama, a salary that was over $1 million per year, according to new reports. Jussie Smollett was arrested Thursday morning for once charge of “felony disorderly conduct for filing a false police report.” According to … Continue reading Report: Jussie Smollett ‘Dissatisfied’ with over $1,000,000 Annual ‘Empire’ Salary

Police: Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim Involved in Fatal Car Accident

Police say that Syracuse men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim was involved in a tragic accident Wednesday morning that ended in the death of a man walking on Interstate 690. According to the Syracuse Police, a motorist exited his vehicle after hitting a guardrail on the highway, Syracuse.com reported. “[T]he victim was an occupant in a … Continue reading Police: Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim Involved in Fatal Car Accident

Trump on Jussie Smollett Arrest: ‘What About MAGA?’

President Donald Trump challenged Empire actor Jussie Smollett for allegedly setting up a hate crime hoax after the performer was arrested. “Jussie Smollett – what about MAGA and the tens of millions of people you insulted with your racist and dangerous comments!?” Trump wrote on Twitter after the actor turned himself in on Thursday. Smollett … Continue reading Trump on Jussie Smollett Arrest: ‘What About MAGA?’

Donald Trump Challenges Jussie Smollett for ‘Racist and Dangerous Comments’

President Donald Trump challenged Empire actor Jussie Smollett for allegedly setting up a hate crime hoax after the performer was arrested. “Jussie Smollett – what about MAGA and the tens of millions of people you insulted with your racist and dangerous comments!?” Trump wrote on Twitter after the actor turned himself in on Thursday. Smollett … Continue reading Donald Trump Challenges Jussie Smollett for ‘Racist and Dangerous Comments’

Chicago Police Chief: Jussie Smollett’s Motive ‘Pissed Everybody Off’

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Thursday that law enforcement was “pissed” upon learning Empire actor Jussie Smollett staged a hate crime against himself because he was unhappy with his FOX salary. “When we discovered the actual motive, quite frankly, it pissed everybody off because we have to invest valuable resources,” explained Johnson. “When we discovered … Continue reading Chicago Police Chief: Jussie Smollett’s Motive ‘Pissed Everybody Off’

Two Migrants Rescued from California Border Canal — One Found Dead

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents rescued two migrants from drowning in a canal that runs along the California-Mexico border. The rescues occurred as separate incidents. Agents found a third person who drowned in the canal. Agents assigned to the Calexico Station patrolling near the All-American Canal on Wednesday morning heard a call for help … Continue reading Two Migrants Rescued from California Border Canal — One Found Dead

VIDEO: Immigration Authorities in Southern Mexico Attacked by Migrant Caravan

Mexican immigration authorities were attacked by members of a new Central American caravan which illegally crossed from Guatemala on Monday. The group of at least 500 pelted officials with rocks, causing damage to vehicles and minor injuries at a roadblock. Mexican immigration officials (INAMI) in Chiapas attempted to turn back a caravan which arrived approximately … Continue reading VIDEO: Immigration Authorities in Southern Mexico Attacked by Migrant Caravan

Jussie Smollett May Have to Pay Costs of Chicago P.D. Investigation into Hate Crime Hoax

Hollywood actor Jussie Smollet may have to reimburse the Chicago Police Department (CPD) for costs it incurred while investigating the alleged racist and homophobic attack on him last month that has turned out to be a hoax. In addition to paying fines and serving up to three years in prison, Smollett could be compelled “to … Continue reading Jussie Smollett May Have to Pay Costs of Chicago P.D. Investigation into Hate Crime Hoax

‘Empire’ Star Gabby Sidibe Still Believes Jussie Smollett: Victim of ‘Irresponsible Media’

Jussie Smollett’s Empire co-star Gabby Sidibe expressed her support for the disgraced actor on Wednesday, declaring her belief that he was the victim of a hate crime despite mounting evidence that he orchestrated it himself. On Thursday morning, Jussie Smollett surrendered himself to Chicago Police to face charges of filing a false police report, after he allegedly … Continue reading ‘Empire’ Star Gabby Sidibe Still Believes Jussie Smollett: Victim of ‘Irresponsible Media’

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson: ‘Mr. Smollett Orchestrated This Crime’

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson confirmed in a press conference Thursday that Empire actor Jussie Smollett orchestrated an alleged assault on himself last month. “Mr. Smollett is the one that orchestrated this crime,” Johnson told reporters, adding that “he has to be accountable for what he did.” “Mr. Smollett is the one that orchestrated this crime,” … Continue reading Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson: ‘Mr. Smollett Orchestrated This Crime’

Police: Jussie Smollett Sent Himself Hate Letter Because He Was Dissatisfied with ‘Empire’ Salary

Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Thursday that Empire actor Jussie Smollett sent himself a threatening letter because he was dissatisfied with his salary on the hit FOX drama. JUST IN: Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson: Jussie Smollett “paid $3,500 to stage this attack…The stunt was orchestrated by Smollett because he was dissatisfied with his … Continue reading Police: Jussie Smollett Sent Himself Hate Letter Because He Was Dissatisfied with ‘Empire’ Salary

University of Florida Official: ‘We All’ Contribute to ‘Rape Culture’

An official at the University of Florida argued this week that all Americans contribute to “rape culture.” According to a report from Campus Reform, an official at the University of Florida is making bizarre claims about the root causes of “rape culture.” On Valentine’s Day, the University of Florida hosted an event entitled “Cupid’s Consent … Continue reading University of Florida Official: ‘We All’ Contribute to ‘Rape Culture’

Donald Trump Calls for American Dominance in 5G Wireless Technology

President Donald Trump utilized Twitter on Thursday to urge American companies to move forward in the race for 5G wireless technology. “I want 5G, and even 6G, technology in the United States as soon as possible,” Trump wrote. “It is far more powerful, faster, and smarter than the current standard. American companies must step up … Continue reading Donald Trump Calls for American Dominance in 5G Wireless Technology

Jeremy Corbyn Backs UK Return of Islamic State Bride Shamima Begum

Islamic State bride Shamima Begum should be allowed back into Britain and given all the “support that she needs,” UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said Thursday. The teenager, who gave birth to a baby boy in a Syria refugee camp on Sunday, had “a right to return” after fleeing the country to support Islamic … Continue reading Jeremy Corbyn Backs UK Return of Islamic State Bride Shamima Begum

CNN’s Don Lemon on Jussie Smollett: Trump is ‘Going to Eat His Lunch’

CNN host Don Lemon worried about how conservatives would react to Jussie Smollett’s alleged hate hoax Wednesday night, saying that President Donald Trump and conservative media are going to “eat his lunch.” “This is playing out every single moment in cable news,” Don Lemon said. “Sean Hannity’s going to eat Jussie Smollett’s lunch, every single … Continue reading CNN’s Don Lemon on Jussie Smollett: Trump is ‘Going to Eat His Lunch’

Nolte: ‘Empire’ Producers Float Trial Balloon About Suspending Jussie Smollett

Producers of the hit show Empire are now considering suspending Jussie Smollett after his felony indictment Wednesday for staging a hate crime, reports Variety. “Sources close to the production told Variety that producers are weighing whether to suspend the actor after he was charged Wednesday in Chicago with filing a false police report,” Variety adds. Most telling … Continue reading Nolte: ‘Empire’ Producers Float Trial Balloon About Suspending Jussie Smollett

Iran’s Zarif: Cannot Rule Out Possibility of War with Israel

The Times of Israel reports: Iran’s foreign minister accused Israel of “adventurism” with its campaign of airstrikes against Iranian targets in Syria, and said he could not rule out the possibility that they could lead to a war between the Mideast arch-foes. Speaking to the German Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper, Mohammad Javad Zarif said Israel constantly violated … Continue reading Iran’s Zarif: Cannot Rule Out Possibility of War with Israel

Jobless Claims Fall by More Than Expected as Labor Market Rebounds

The labor market has now joined the housing market and the stock market in snapping back into shape after briefly wavering. The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell by 23,0000 to a seasonally adjusted 216,000 for the week ended February 15, the Labor Department said on Thursday. Economists had expected a decline to … Continue reading Jobless Claims Fall by More Than Expected as Labor Market Rebounds

Report: Huge Cost of Monitoring Returned Jihadists Means Majority Roam Free in Britain

British government security orders that can be placed on known extremists are so expensive to enforce they are hardly ever used, leaving the majority of returning jihadists to “roam free”. The arrangements made for Islamist extremists living in the United Kingdom has come under intense scrutiny in the wake of the rediscovery of a former … Continue reading Report: Huge Cost of Monitoring Returned Jihadists Means Majority Roam Free in Britain

‘Empire’ Star Jussie Smollett Went from Victim to Accused Felon in 3 Weeks

CHICAGO (AP) — “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett turned himself in early Thursday to face accusations that he filed a false police report when he told authorities he was attacked in Chicago by two men who hurled racist and anti-gay slurs and looped a rope around his neck, police said. Smollett turned himself in at central … Continue reading ‘Empire’ Star Jussie Smollett Went from Victim to Accused Felon in 3 Weeks

WATCH: Duke Star Williamson Sprains Knee After Nike Shoe Blows Out

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Freshman sensation Zion Williamson was knocked out of the North Carolina-Duke rivalry game with a knee sprain after his Nike shoe blew out during the top-ranked Blue Devils’ opening possession Wednesday night. While describing the sprain as mild and the knee as stable, coach Mike Krzyzewski said he doesn’t know how much time … Continue reading WATCH: Duke Star Williamson Sprains Knee After Nike Shoe Blows Out

McClatchy: Jared Kushner Asks Business for Immigration Plan

Jared Kushner is working with business groups to develop a pro-business immigration policy for approval by President Donald Trump in coming months, according to the McClatchy news service. The news service reports: President Donald Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law is operating on at least two tracks — the first is working with a small group studying specific ways to redistribute … Continue reading McClatchy: Jared Kushner Asks Business for Immigration Plan

Jussie Smollett Under Arrest After Surrendering to Police

Empire star Jussie Smollett surrendered to police at 5:00 a.m. and is now in custody, reports ABC 7 Chicago. “Smollett surrendered to authorities Thursday morning after he was charged with one count of felony disorderly conduct for filing a false police report,” the report says. “Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said that Smollett is in … Continue reading Jussie Smollett Under Arrest After Surrendering to Police

Gantz, Lapid Merge Parties In Significant Challenge to Netanyahu

The Times of Israel reports: After marathon, all-night talks, the leaders of the two top-polling centrist parties, Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid, announced Thursday that they had agreed to merge their party lists to challenge Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s frontrunning Likud in the upcoming elections. The announcement, just after dawn, said that Gantz’s Israel Resilience party … Continue reading Gantz, Lapid Merge Parties In Significant Challenge to Netanyahu

Pope Decries ‘Scourge of Sexual Abuse Perpetrated by Ecclesiastics’

Pope Francis opened the landmark Vatican summit on clerical sex abuse Thursday morning by urging his fellow bishops to “hear the cry of the little ones who plead for justice.” The pope told the 190 heads of bishops’ conferences and religious superiors that he had called them to the Vatican in light of “the scourge … Continue reading Pope Decries ‘Scourge of Sexual Abuse Perpetrated by Ecclesiastics’

Watch: Jeremy Corbyn Tries to Stem Defections over Labour Anti-Semitism

UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn released a video on Thursday in which he claimed he was “utterly determined to root out anti-Semitism from our party and our society.” The veteran left-winger went on: “I say again to the Jewish people, both in our party and across the country, we are your allies in the … Continue reading Watch: Jeremy Corbyn Tries to Stem Defections over Labour Anti-Semitism