Today is Tuesday, December 7, 2021
It is the 341st day of the year
24 days remain

Trending

#mondaythoughts was trending yesterday. Tweets included “Never compare your journey with someone else’s,” “You better watch out, you better not cry…,” “too much Monday, not enough coffee.”

#BTSonInstagram landed in Twitter’s Top 10 trends yesterday. Fans of the K-Pop group were ecstatic about each of the band members opening up their own Instagram accounts.

Medina Spirit was trending yesterday after news broke of the horse’s passing. More details in Deaths.

President of the World was trending last night after QAnon conspiracy theorist Johnny Enlow stated that former President Trump has actually been President of the World. He added that the proof behind his statement “will be forthcoming.”

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Charts

Top 5 Songs on iTunes:

  1. Rich Rowe, “Santa’s Gotta Dirty Job”
  2. Ed Sheehan & Elton John, “Merry Christmas”
  3. Adele, “Easy On Me”
  4. Elton John & Dua Lipa, “Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)”
  5. GAYLE, “abcdefu”

Top 5 Songs on Spotify:

  1. The Kid LAROI, “STAY (with Justin Bieber)”
  2. Adele, “Easy On Me” 
  3. Mariah Carey, “All I Want for Christmas Is You”
  4. Lil Nas X, “INDUSTRY BABY (ft. Jack Harlow)”
  5. GAYLE, “abcdefu”

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Hit List

There’s more heat to oust the Milwaukee District Attorney whose department approved an inappropriately low bail amount for Darrell Brooks, just days before Brooks ran over marchers in an area Christmas parade, killing six and injuring dozens more.

Republican legislators who represent the Milwaukee area have filed a formal call to remove District Attorney John Chisolm with the office of Governor Tony Evers.

Both Evers and Chisolm are Democrats.

IF YOU’RE KEEPING SCORE AT HOME: Chisholm oversaw the widely criticized and overly broad “John Doe” investigation into staff and allies of former Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

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The United States has officially announced a diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics in Beijing, in protest of China’s human rights abuses.

For its part, China has promised “resolute countermeasures” if the U.S. commits.

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More than 900 employees of online mortgage broker Better.com were laid off over a Zoom call last week — news of which is just breaking this week after CNN watched a recording of the call.

CEO Vishal Garg whined on the call, “This is the second time in my career I’m doing this and I do not want to do this. The last time I did it, I cried,” he said — perhaps expecting sympathy from the hundreds out of work just before Christmas.

BY THE WAY: Garg is worth $4 billion.

IN HIS DEFENSE: Insiders say the hundreds laid off were mostly underperforming, doing only a couple hours of work while clocking in for a full day.

BUT WAIT: Garg is a prolific Democrat donor. Based on federal reporting, he maxed out his contribution to Kamala Harris in the summer of 2019 and also gave a contribution to President Joe Biden on the same day.

WORTH ASKING: How’s that building back better going, Garg?

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has instituted a vaccine mandate for all private employers, effective December 27, just days before he leaves office on January 1.

WHY? Good question. New data out of South Africa shows that the Omicron variant has been around for at least a month there, and the number of deaths per day remains unchanged, at about 20 a day in a population of roughly 60 million.

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The United Nations estimated a million children in Afghanistan could die this winter from starvation.

Worse yet, it’s estimated 22.8 million people in the country will face food insecurity, more than a third of whom are up against a famine.

The New York Times blames the dire situation on the Taliban’s swift return to the country, which has impeded humanitarian workers and relief organizations.

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A couple days ago on Twitter, Elon Musk started touting the Cyberwhistle — a metal whistle in the shape of Tesla’s Cybertruck — for sale through the company. “Blow the whistle on Tesla!” he captioned the tweet, with a link to buy.

Now the weird flex makes more sense: The Securities and Exchange Commission has announced a probe into Tesla over a whistleblower’s complaint that the company’s solar panels are defective.

Musk wasn’t just being cheeky: By putting out the Cyberwhistle, he was also gaming search algorithms, so that when people look up a search like “tesla whistleblower,” they get directed to stories about the whistle for sale, and not the complaint.

WORTH NOTING: Maybe he is a real-world evil genius.

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That stress you’ve been feeling throughout the pandemic is probably reflected in increased blood pressure.

A massive study from the Cleveland Clinic shows blood pressure readings spiked considerably during the pandemic. Incidences of high blood pressure were flat year over year for the first Quarter of 2019 and 2020. Then from April 2020 through December 2020, numbers skyrocketed versus the same period in 2019.

Researchers blame the spike on a lack of regular care, more drinking, and less sleep.

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Santa Claus is packing heat this Christmas.

The El Paso County (Colorado) Sheriff’s Office wanted to promote concealed carry registrations, so it tweeted a pic of a Santa-looking guy with the caption, “Guess who came in to receive his Concealed Handgun Permit today? Did you know the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office has issued 49,750 Concealed Handgun Permits with another 2,560 waiting to be issued?”

The internet of course went nuts, whining about the image of Santa with a gun. But the office clarified, saying they wanted to show just how hard their staff was working and not take a stance on gun ownership.

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NASA has announced a new class of astronauts, whose future missions could take them to the Moon and beyond.

The group of ten are part of what’s been dubbed the “Artemis Generation,” named for the Artemis program’s focus on getting humans back on the Moon.

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Corporate activism might be en vogue with woke-ista executives, but voters aren’t so hot on it.

While 74% of execs call their surrender to the perpetual outrage mob effective, only 39% of voters agree.

Meanwhile, 60% of voters say these companies aren’t sincere and are just trying to score points.

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Deaths

MEDINA SPIRIT has died. The Kentucky Derby winner passed away Monday morning of an apparent heart attack while training at Santa Anita. 

As many may remember, Medina failed a drug test after the race putting his win in question. His trainer, Bob Baffert, claimed the betamethasone in the post-race sample came from an ointment used to treat dermatitis. 

Last week, it was confirmed that the drug in the horse’s system came from a topical ointment, not an injection. 

He was 3.

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HERB JONES has died. 

The HOF basketball player for the University of Cincinnati passed away Monday morning after a battle with liver and lung cancer. Jones led the team to the Final Four during the 1992 NCAA tournament — the program’s last Final Four appearance. 

He was 51.

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Baby News

TRISTAN THOMPSON, 30, will soon be a father of three. 

The NBA star is expecting a baby boy with Texas personal trainer Maralee Nichols this month, according to legal docs obtained by PEOPLE magazine. 

Thompson is already dad to daughter True Thompson, 3, whom he shares with KHLOE KARDASHIAN and son Prince, 4, whom he shares with his ex JORDAN CRAIG.

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MORGAN and BODE MILLER have welcomed a baby girl. 

Their daughter was born at home with the help of a midwife on Friday, November 26. The couple are still deciding on a name for the newborn. 

She joins big siblings Asher and Aksel, 2, Easton, 3, Nash, 6. The Millers’ daughter Emeline passed away at 19 months old in June 2018 after a drowning accident.

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The Swamp

Amid turnover turmoil in Vice President KAMALA HARRIS’ office, word is she’s a nightmare to work for.

The Washington Post has an expose, with staffers saying that Harris is just a bully.

One staffer bemoans that she doesn’t read briefing materials then yells at staff when she’s unprepared. Insiders say the Veep is also wildly insecure: “You have to put up with a constant amount of soul-destroying criticism and also her own lack of confidence.”

JUST FOR DESSERT: PLAYBOOK reports that Harris has a specific phobia of bluetooth headphones and thinks they’re a security risk. They cite reports from staffers and a treasure trove of photos and video that show the Veep sticking with old school wired headphones. So there’s that.

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Congressional leaders announced Monday that former Senator BOB DOLE, who died over the weekend, will lie in state in the Rotunda on Thursday.

“Senator Dole was an extraordinary patriot, who devoted his entire life to serving our nation with dignity and integrity,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a joint statement.

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Former PRESIDENT TRUMP has issued a statement about the covid situation: “Biden said that he was going to ‘beat the virus,’ but instead, the virus has beaten him — and badly. Far more people died this year than last, despite tremendous help from vaccines and therapeutics developed under “Trump.” He said anybody with his results should leave office. Well Joe, what are you waiting for!”

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Lottery

No winner for Friday night’s Mega Millions drawing. Tonight’s drawing will be for a $122 million jackpot or a $89.2 million cash payout.

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Showbiz News

The nominations for the Critics Choice Awards were announced yesterday.

HBO drama “Succession” nabbed eight noms, with “Mare of Eastown” and “Evil” getting five apiece.

HBO edged out Netflix for the most nominations with 20 to the streamer’s 18.

The winners will be announced January 9 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. The award show will air live on TBS and The CW.

Whole list here

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CHARLIE COX will reprise his role as Daredevil in future projects for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Marvel boss Kevin Feige confirmed the casting in an interview with CinemaBlend.

Cox, 38, portrayed Matt Murdock/Daredevil in Marvel’s “Daredevil” TV series.

There are no projects currently in the works.

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JOHN MULANEY is going on tour.

The comedian announced yesterday that his country-wide tour, titled “From Scratch,” will hit 33 cities beginning in March 2022.

This will be his first tour since his rehab stint in February.

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“Fear the Walking Dead” has been picked up for an eighth season by AMC.

Former cast member KIM DICKENS, who played Madison Clark in Seasons 1 through 4, is set to return for the upcoming new season as well as some episodes in the second half of Season 7.

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MICHAEL BUBLE is heading to Vegas.

The 46-year-old singer will headline a six-date limited engagement at the all-new Resorts World Theatre at Resorts World Las Vegas.

The shows are set for April and May of next year.

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JOHN LEGEND is also heading to Sin City.

The 42-year-old will headline a residency called Love in Las Vegas at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino starting in April.

He will play 24 dates between April 22 and October 29.

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TOM HOLLAND will play Fred Astaire in a new biopic from Sony.

According to inside sources, deals for the project are still being finalized, but the English actor is a sure thing.

Astaire’s dancing career spanned 76 years. He most famously starred in 1933’s “Dancing Lady” alongside Joan Crawford and 1957’s “Funny Face” with Audrey Hepburn.

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WILLIAM SHATNER’s trip to space will be documented in a new Amazon special, titled “Shatner in Space.”

The doc will give viewers an inside look at the before, during and after of the actor’s historic trip.

It will premiere on December 15.

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CHRIS CUOMO is going to sue CNN if they don’t pay out his $18 million contract, insiders tell the New York Post.

He reportedly earns $6 million a year, and Cuomo could be pursuing damages too. But it’s not likely CNN is going to fork over the cash easily — and that a morality clause is pretty standard in all its agreements.

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No love has been lost between Netflix and DAVE CHAPPELLE.

Netflix announced yesterday that Chappelle will be part of the comedy festival next spring, even though some jokes in his recent special drew the ire of fringe activists and superwoke Netflix staffers.

Delayed from 2020 due to the pandemic, the Netflix Is A Joke festival will take over 25 of Los Angeles’ best venues with some of the biggest names in comedy from April 29 to May 8 next year.

Joining Chappelle will be Amy Schumer, Tina Fey, Wanda Sykes, Jerry Seinfeld, David Letterman, Chris Rock, Ali Wong and more.

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ALEC BALDWIN has deleted his Twitter account.

The account @AlecBaldwin shows a “this account does not exist” message. He used the account to post his first statement about the fatal shooting on the set of “Rust.”

The move comes just days after his first sit-down interview about the tragedy with George Stephanopoulos.

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TRAVIS SCOTT has asked a judge to cancel one of the lawsuits filed against him over the tragedy that happened at Astroworld.

The rapper filed legal docs denying claims made against him by JESSIE GARCIA, who alleges he was in the crowd when the melee took place.

Scott has issued a “general denial,” which basically means that he gave a blanket response to all the allegations made against him.

Last week a motion was filed to combine all 275 cases that have been filed so far into one “multi-district litigation.”

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VALERIE BERTINELLI is staying on the Food Network.

The actress, who stars in “Kids Baking Championship” and “Valerie’s Home Cooking,” closed a new deal with the network this week.

In addition to extending her role on the two series, she will bring new projects to the network and Discovery+.

The news comes as Bertinelli is getting ready to release her latest book, “Enough Already: Learning to Love the Way I Am Today.” It will hit shelves in January.

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MELISSA GORGA physically pulled her husband JOE GORGA off the stage as he bombed during a stand-up set earlier this month.

Joe, who rose to fame on the “Real Housewives of New Jersey,” spent the last month traveling across the country on his first stand-up comedy tour. During his show at Governor’s Comedy Club in Long Island, he started to stumble over his words and mix up his punchlines. Sensing his struggle, his wife took the stage and ushered him off; thus ending the crowd’s misery.

A rep for Joe later told TMZ that he had taken Sudafed prior to the show and followed that up with multiple scotches.

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Court Cases

A second woman who says GHISLAINE MAXWELL “groomed” her for sex with JEFFREY EPSTEIN testified in court yesterday. 

The woman, identified in court as Kate, told jurors that she “didn’t know how to say no,” making her an easy target for the madam and pedophile. 

Kate, who was 17 at the time she was recruited by Maxwell, said she was forced to give Epstein massages that soon turned into sexual encounters. 

Unlike the first accuser, Jane, who testified last week, Kate said she never flew on Epstein’s private planes and never met former President DONALD TRUMP or PRINCE ANDREW.

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JUSSIE SMOLLETT took the stand in his trial yesterday. 

The actor, who is accused of lying about a 2019 homophobic attack, told jurors that “there was no hoax.” 

When recounting the attack, Smollett said he assumed the attackers were white because they yelled “MAGA Country,” making reference to former President Donald Trump. He also testified that he was upset when his friend reported the attack to police because being a “Black man in America,” he does not “trust the police.” 

His testimony contradicts what the Osundairo brothers, who were the alleged hired attackers, said on the stand last week. 

ON THAT NOTE: Smollett claims to have “hooked up” with Bola Osundairo, who he called “Bon,” on multiple occasions. This is something Bola has denied. 

The trial resumes this morning with the prosecution continuing their cross-examination of Smollett.

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A close friend of JOSH DUGGAR made a bombshell claim while on the stand for the prosecution Monday. 

BOBYE HOLT, who has known the Duggar clan for years, claimed that Josh confessed to molesting multiple young girls during a conversation back in 2003. At the time of his confession, Josh, who was 15-years-old, was “courting” Bobye and Jim Holt’s 14-year-old daughter. 

During cross-examination, Bobye stated that she has no knowledge of the alleged child pornography activities he is currently on trial for.

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The Daily Kardashopus

KYLIE JENNER and TRAVIS SCOTT are together despite a leaked story from W Magazine saying otherwise.

Inside sources told TMZ that the pair are “very happy” and “looking forward to welcoming their second child.” The magazine on the other hand says the pair haven’t been romantically together for two years — except for apparently when Kylie got pregnant.

The publication also states that Kylie appears to be following in her sisters’ footsteps — having kids with men without marrying them.

As previously reported, the magazine — featuring a cover story about Kylie and Travis — was pulled after the Astroworld tragedy.

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KHLOE KARDASHIAN is “upset” to find out that her ex, TRISTAN THOMPSON is fathering a child with another woman.

An insider told PEOPLE magazine that Khloe, 37, and Thompson, 30, were together at the time the other woman, a personal trainer from Texas named Maralee Nichols, got pregnant.

Thompson and Kardashian share three-year-old daughter TRUE THOMPSON.

WORTH NOTING: Nichols is suing Thompson for child support and other pregnancy-related fees.

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We'll Never Be Royals

PRINCE HARRY says if your job doesn’t make you happy, then just quit!

During a recent interview with Fast Company magazine, Harry said that job resignations during the pandemic “aren’t all bad.” In fact, he said the self-awareness of knowing it’s time for a change is “extremely healthy.”

HE WOULD KNOW: Harry bailed on his job as a royal and his whole family early last year.

Harry referred to the horde of people who quit their jobs amid the pandemic as a “cultural shift” and a “mental health awakening.”

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Sports

Wisconsin native TJ WATT is joining an elite group of defensive players.

The Steelers linebacker currently has a career-high 16 sacks. He earned 3.5 of those Sunday against Baltimore Ravens QB LAMAR JACKSON.

Watt also has four straight seasons of 13 or more sacks, tying record holder REGGIE WHITE.

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Day of the Year

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
National Illinois Day
National Cotton Candy Day
World Trick Shot Day
International Civil Aviation Day
Letter Writing Day

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On This Date

1787 – The Delaware state legislature ratifies the US Constitution; the first State to do so.

By June of the following year, New Hampshire followed suit, becoming the ninth of 13 states to ratify the Constitution, rendering it binding.

The laws of the new government would go into effect March 4, 1789.

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1805 – Westward explorers Lewis and Clark build camp at what would become known as Fort Clatsop, near present-day Portland.

The Winter home was built after the crew laid eyes for the first time on the Pacific Ocean just a couple months earlier. The weather would be too brutal to continue an eastward crossing back across the newly-explored territory.

The area was full of elk and deer, providing plenty of food and resources for the winter. The nearby mountains provided protection from exceedingly inclement weather.

The crew departed Fort Clatsop in March the following year.

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1941 – At approximately 7:02 a.m., radar operators stationed at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii spot a fleet of aircraft on the radar headed toward the island. They were expecting American B-17s, so they found no reason to be alarmed.

They were wrong.

More than 360 Japanese fighter planes appeared less than an hour later, attacking the quiet Naval base.

Over 2,400 Americans were killed and 1,200 were wounded. Five of eight battleships were destroyed, three destroyers were sunk, and seven more were left severely damaged.

It was one of the worst foreign attacks on American-held land ever.

The next day the Senate voted 82-to-0 to go to war with Japan.

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1987 – Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev flies into the United States to meet with President Reagan.

During the visit, the two heads of state would approve the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Force Treaty, which would have each nation do away with stockpiles of ballistic missiles in Europe with ranges between 320 and 3400 miles.

This treaty was unique in that it called for eliminating weapons, not just getting limiting the number a country could have.

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1999 – The Recording Industry Association of America files a lawsuit against music service Napster for allowing free sharing of copyrighted tunes.

The case would define the new rules of file sharing on online networks.

It took almost eight years to tie up the case. Though Napster shutdown at first, it later returned as a paid service.

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2018 – Kevin Hart steps down as host of the 2019 Oscars after past homophobic statements he made resurface.

Hart was given an ultimatum to either apologize or be replaced. He chose to step down and later posted a video on Instagram where he didn’t apologize or admit any wrongdoing, but instead said he did not want to “contribute to feeding the internet trolls.”

The show would go on host-less for the first time since 1989.

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2020 – Bob Dylan sells his entire catalog of more than 600 songs to the Universal Music Publishing Group for over $300 million.

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Birthdays

Brady Tutton – actor, “Fresh Off the Boat” – 20

Jasmine Vilegas – R&B singer – 28

Yasiel Puig – baseball player – 31

Nicholas Hoult – actor, “About a Boy” & “The Favourite” – 32

Emily Browning – actress, “Sucker Punch” – 33

Aaron Carter – pop singer – 34

JB Gill – pop singer – 35

Jon Moxley – wrestler – 36

Eric Bauza – voice actor, “The Fairly OddParents” – 42

Sara Bareilles – pop singer – 42

Terrell Owens – football player – 48

C Thomas Howell – actor, “The Outsiders” – 55

Larry Bird – basketball player – 65

Ellen Burstyn – actress, “Exorcist” – 89

Born On This Date

Wolfgang Ludwig – composer – 1926 (d. 2017)

Ted Knight – actor, “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” – 1923 (d. 1986)

Clarence Nash – voice actor, Donald Duck – 1904 (d. 1985)

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