Project Veritas’ New CNN Bombshell: Jeff Zucker Thinks Rudy Giuliani Is ‘Crazy’

Project Veritas’ New CNN Bombshell: Jeff Zucker Thinks Rudy Giuliani Is ‘Crazy’

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Earlier this week, Project Veritas released the first of what it promised would be many shocking revelations from CNN’s internal editorial meetings, which founder James O’Keefe appears to have infiltrated and recorded over the course of several weeks.

First, the right-wing group tried to make hay out of the fact that one high-level CNN staffer considered Fox News host Tucker Carlson to be racist—while simultaneously misidentifying the staffer in question. Their latest bombshell? CNN President Jeff Zucker thinks Rudy Giuliani is “crazy.”

According to Project Veritas’ website, O’Keefe believes it will be “virtually impossible for the American public to take CNN’s reporting seriously after listening to these tapes.” And yet, once again, nothing that Zucker has said should surprise anyone who has been paying attention to Giuliani, especially in the weeks since Trump lost the presidential election to Joe Biden.

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Nebraska Drug Kingpin Hid Out for Over Three Decades Using Dead Baby’s Identity: Feds

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For over 35 years, Howard Farley has been on the lam.

The alleged “drug kingpin” of the Southern Line, a railroad line used as a distribution channel for narcotics throughout the United States, was indicted by a Nebraska federal grand jury in 1985 along with 73 others—but was never apprehended.

After searching for the 72-year-old for more than three decades, authorities now say he was hiding in plain sight all along, using the identity of a Florida infant who died in 1955.

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These Shirts Get me Through Summers In the Middle East and Winters In Chicago

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For the last 10 years I’ve spent my life split between the Midwest and the Middle East, two places with extreme climates––one very hot, one often very cold. Living out of a suitcase is difficult enough without trying to juggle different wardrobes. Luckily, I discovered Uniqlo’s HEATTECH line a few years ago.

I’m all about finding staples I love and buying them en masse, which is why I have the HEATTECH Scoop Neck Long-Sleeve T-Shirt in almost every color, as well as almost every iteration of the sleeveless top and Scoop Neck T-Shirt. The long-sleeve t-shirt is light enough that I don’t overheat in the desert of Dubai, where I used to live, and conservative enough that I can wear it with a light scarf in Iraq, where I used to work. The t-shirts have a silky feel and are cute enough for drinks in Chicago with friends, dressed up with jewelry, and the tank top is great as a base layer or for a beach day. Speaking of layering, these are so thin they can be worn on top of each other without looking bulky.

The line generates heat from your body, meaning the clothes feel warm when you’re cold, and normal when you’re not. The fibers absorb vapor from your body and convert it into heat, and micro acrylic air pockets keep air in for insulation. The fabric is silky on your skin, thanks to argon-oil infused innerwear, and the whole line is stretchy, which is great for comfort during travel or long days at work. Best of all, everything is extremely lightweight, folding into tiny stacks in my suitcase — it’s actually amazing how little room they take up.

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Trump Rewards His Cronies and Bundlers With Plum Posts on His Way Out the Door


With the clock running down his presidency, Donald Trump has rewarded some of his top fundraisers with plumb federal positions that will outlast his single term in office.

The White House announced on Thursday that Trump had appointed lobbyist Brian Ballard to the board of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Jeff Miller, also a prominent lobbyist, to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council.

Both men were high-dollar fundraisers for the president’s reelection. Miller reported “bundling” more than $3.5 million for Trump Victory, the joint fundraising account that housed the Trump campaign and Republican National Committee field operation. Ballard raised nearly $600,000 for Trump Victory.

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Newt Gingrich Upset at ‘Totally Destructive’ Pro-Trump Lawyers He Helped Embolden


Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich—who has peddled wild election fraud conspiracies for weeks— faced widespread mockery on Thursday when he suddenly railed against conspiratorial pro-Trump lawyers Lin Wood and Sidney Powell as “totally destructive.”

In an off-the-rails Georgia rally on Wednesday, Wood repeatedly called on Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp to call a special legislative session to investigate President Donald Trump’s election loss in the state, calling on Kemp to be “locked up” if he does not do so. At the same time, he and Powell also urged voters not to vote for Republicans Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue in the Senate runoffs if they also don’t back his demands.

“They have not earned your vote,” Wood said, calling for a boycott. “Don’t you give it to them. Why would you go back and vote in another rigged election, for god’s sake! Fix it! You gotta fix it!”

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Top Anti-Trump Corruption Group Says It’s Not Done With Him

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For organizations that exist to root out official wrongdoing in government, the last four years have been a whirlwind. President Donald Trump blazed new trails in cronyism, corruption, and political opacity, and watchdog groups found a target-rich environment to expose malfeasance and conflicts of interest.

With a markedly more conventional president soon to take office, those groups are now trying to figure out how to maneuver and—in some cases—survive without the drama and content that Trump provided. Some of them have decided not to.

For some, the Trump wars—and investigations into his conduct—will not stop when he leaves office. The outgoing president’s misdeeds, in their view, remain more deserving of precious resources than the man who will soon occupy the Oval Office.

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Billionaire Bill Gross Blames Blaring Music on Manager in Ridiculous Legal Spat With Neighbor


The manager of Bill Gross’ oceanfront mansion was responsible for the “Spanish-language music” that blared from his California home in October—not the billionaire bond king, his lawyer argued in court Wednesday.

The argument is the latest twist in a ridiculously petty legal battle playing out in a Santa Ana courtroom between Gross, 76, and his Laguna Beach neighbor, tech entrepreneur Mark Towfiq. Towfiq, who moved to Gross’ neighborhood in 2015, sued the billionaire and his girlfriend, Amy Schwartz, for harassment, claiming the pair blared various tunes—including the theme to Gilligan’s Island—on repeat at all hours in an attempt to get Towfiq to drop a complaint about a glass sculpture.

In retaliation, Gross and 51-year-old Schwarz countersued for harassment, arguing the software company exec was the original harasser and a “peeping Tom” who installed a backyard camera to spy on them. Both sides have requested Judge Kimberly Knill grant restraining orders against one another.

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Mary Trump Explains Why Her Uncle Donald Will Never Concede

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“We’re seeing a very desperate man,” Mary Trump said of her uncle, President Donald Trump, during a Thursday morning appearance on The View.

The author of the best-selling book Too Much and Never Enough was talking about the deranged 46-minute speech the president delivered on Facebook the day before, but she could have been describing any of his behavior since he lost the 2020 presidential election to Joe Biden.

She described him as a “somebody who knows that his best option is to cling to power no matter who gets hurt in the process,” adding, “Obviously there really isn’t any way for him to do that legitimately. So he’s going to pursue whatever illegitimate means that he has at his disposal.”

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These Mini Gift Sets From Away Are the Perfect Thing to Gift Your Travel-Starved Loved Ones

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If you’re anything like us, you’re obsessive about finding the perfect gift. A Scouted Gift Pick is our stamp of approval for certified winners in the gifting department. You may not even need to get a gift receipt.


Away Mini Gift Sets: Away, purveyor of the high-tech luggage you’ve seen at airports and on trains for the last few years, has the perfect miniature holiday gift. The limited-edition Away Mini Gift Sets feature a travel case full of different goodies, depending on your giftee. Choose the Bliss Set for someone that needs some calm in their life, packed with hand sanitizer, a foot soak, and fancy creams. The Adventure Set comes with all the items you need to keep your skin safe while outdoors. Finally, the Boost Set comes with energizing facial sprays, sheet masks, and biodegradable glitter for some festive fun. There’s also the Travel Wellness Kit, which includes face masks, hand sanitizer, and more.

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Entertainment Weekly, Martha Stewart Living, and Other Meredith Publications Form Editorial Union

Cindy Ord

Several well-known publications at one of the largest publishers in the country are forming an editorial union.

Nearly 100 employees of Iowa-based publisher Meredith, including staff at magazines Entertainment Weekly, Martha Stewart Living, and Shape, along with streaming network PeopleTV, have announced their intention to form a joint editorial union, partially as a bulwark against cuts the company implemented during the coronavirus pandemic.

“This is the time, now more than ever we need to speak up, have a seat at the table, and be a part of decision making,” Maureen Lenker, a writer at Entertainment Weekly, said in a brief telephone call with The Daily Beast.

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