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I have mentioned my love/hate relationship several times with media coverage of Dylan Byers and Eric Gardner, brilliant media columnist for the prestigious bouthemoth (boutique+behemoth) Puck News newsletter. It’s all leveraged buyouts and acquisitions, high-profile gossip, and nothing much about journalism or journalism laws. But I thought that if they ever agree with me, it will be the story of Carlson and Fox. So I checked that they had a lot of anticipation.

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Donald Trump could use court of evidence to burn witnesses, DA says



NEW YORK. The New York prosecutor’s office has asked a judge to stop Donald Trump from using evidence from his criminal case to attack witnesses, citing what they say the former president has made “insulting, embarrassing and threatening statements” about the people with whom he involved in legal disputes.

On Monday, the Manhattan District Attorney’s office filed court papers asking Judge Juan Manuel Mercan to issue a protection order that would impose severe restrictions on Trump’s access to and use of pre-trial evidence released by prosecutors. This type of exchange of evidence, called disclosure, is commonplace in criminal cases and is intended to help ensure a fair trial.

Prosecutors want to stop Trump from posting evidence on social media or making it available to third parties. They also want to limit his viewing of certain sensitive material, requiring that he only do so in the presence of his lawyers and that he cannot copy, photograph or transcribe these recordings.

Trump “has a long and possibly exceptional history of attacks on witnesses, investigators, prosecutors, jurors, jurors, judges and others involved in legal proceedings against him,” Assistant District Attorney Katherine McCaw wrote.

This behavior has put “these individuals and their families at significant security risk,” she said.

Merchan did not immediately rule on the prosecution’s request. McCaw, in her statement, asked him to schedule a hearing on the matter next week.

Email messages asking for comment were left with Trump’s lawyers.

Prosecutors first raised concerns that Trump could use the discovery process as a weapon during his April 4 indictment on charges of falsifying records at his company as part of a wider 2016 covert silence payment scheme to cover up accusations of extramarital sexual contacts. Trump denied wrongdoing or extramarital affairs and pleaded not guilty.

As Trump sat at the defense table a few feet away, McCaw told Merchan that a protection order was needed to “ensure the integrity of the trial as well as the integrity of the investigation file.”

At the time, McCaw said Trump’s prosecutors and lawyers were close to a joint agreement with many of the restrictions that prosecutors are now asking Merchan to impose. Negotiations later broke down, causing the prosecutor’s office to demand the intervention of a judge.

Copyright © 2023 The Washington Times, LLC.

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Dr. Fauci admits masks didn’t really do much good –



As we noted today, Dr. Anthony Fauci was interviewed by the New York Times and denied any responsibility for the COVID lockdown. We also took a look at Alyssa Farah Griffin’s attempt to support him. This attempt to rewrite history is annoying enough. However, Ian Miles Cheong found something else unpleasant in this interview:

Now he says it.

Now he’s saying this after people were censored on social media for questioning his claim that masks were some sort of miracle cure.

Now he’s saying this after deaf lip readers ruined their lives.

Yes, she won the trial, but only anus To lose a job.

Now he says they didn’t work very well after Shannon Eru brought herself to tears:

Now he says this after the child abuse happened:

Now he says this after this parent told us how it hurt her children’s health:

Now he tells us.

And he knew masks weren’t important. His behavior told you that he knew:

They Alles knew:

Everyone knew, but they still imposed these mandates. We are not saying that no one benefits from disguise. Some people are more vulnerable to COVID than others. But there has never been evidence that the benefits of mandatory mask-wearing outweigh the harms. We had to give up freedom and individual choice.

Listen to these children when they are told that they will no longer be forced to wear a mask, listen to their joy:

Their joy is an accusation against every politician who forced them to wear masks, especially if they could not live by the rules they imposed on us.

Of course, there were some reactions:

That would be sarcasm on 11.

It’s okay to laugh guys. But also never forget the lessons we have learned.

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2024 GOP primaries: we’re already in the food fight phase



A version of this story appeared in the CNN newsletter What Matters. To receive it in your mailbox, register for free Here.


The 2024 Republican presidential primaries are not yet in full swing and we are already in the food fight phase.

A superteam backing former President Donald Trump tried to vilify the Florida governor. Ron DeSantis with pudding, seizing on a report, denied by the governor, of his eating habits to highlight the importance of welfare and medical care.

The ad itself is big. And it brought in a DeSantis-supporting supercomputer from the outside to air its own ad, in which he wondered why Trump was going after the Florida governor.

For the record, neither DeSantis nor Trump currently say they will touch social benefits, but both have suggested in the past that they might.

I spoke via email with CNN’s chief national affairs correspondent Jeff Zeleny about the Trump-DeSantis dynamic, the role of big-pocketed supercommanders, and what else is going on in this nascent primary campaign.

WOLF: There are nine months left before the first primaries, and not all the leading candidates have even put forward their candidacies. But there is also a slander against the super PAC. What is happening and what should we learn from all this?

GREEN: A new season of attack ads has begun, and allies of Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis have fired some of the first direct shots at the fledgling presidential campaign. Now is the time to identify your opponent—whether you are the announced candidate (Trump) or soon to be (DeSantis)—and start pointing out potential vulnerabilities. Unsurprisingly, the opening salvo was about Social Security and Medicare, and highlighting old comments about the promise to reform social programs.

WOLF: Technically Super PAC cannot coordinate with campaigns. Technically, DeSantis doesn’t have a campaign. How it works?

GREEN: The Florida governor does not plan to enter the presidential race until May or June – after the end of the legislative session – so until then he is protected by a group of wealthy allies. The “Never Back Down” super-PKK is actually a wait-and-see campaign involving sociologists and political strategists of all stripes. Federal election law forbids coordination with a campaign, but when there is no official campaign, this formality becomes much easier.

WOLF: Do other Republican candidates have deep-pocketed supercomputers? Who else to look at?

GREEN: Not that deep, no, but most mainstream Republican candidates have at least some sort of super PAC help. Former governor of South Carolina. Nikki Haley has some support and is looking for it, as are other potential candidates. One likely presidential candidate, Senator Tim Scott, has one financial advantage that sets him apart from the competition: he has more than $20 million left in his campaign account from last year’s Senate race to use in his presidential race. This is a handicap that most of his rivals can only dream of.

WOLF: Trump and DeSantis have been shadowboxing against each other for some time now. Can we assume that this is a prelude to a much more brutal battle? What does this say about the unity of the Republican Party heading into the primaries?

Green: Republican unity? It will come later – or so senior Republican officials hope – but the season of battles to determine your opponent is in full swing. The feud between Trump and DeSantis has been smoldering for a long time, but their spring exchange almost certainly looks bizarre compared to what could happen.

WOLF: What do we know about where these Super PAC ads are shown? Are they targeting certain types of voters or is it just an attempt to get media attention for us?

GREEN: At the moment, most of the advertising is shown on cable TV and in sports. The Make America Great Again group, which supports Trump, has been running ads for weeks seeking to portray DeSantis in a negative light. You’ve probably seen some of them that start with ominous words: “Think you know Ron DeSantis? Think again.”

WOLF: Are there any changes to how you think the Super Packs will work this year and how they will participate in the campaign?

GREEN: With each electoral cycle that has passed, supercoordinators have played an increasingly prominent role. Raising money is easier – with no federal restrictions placed on candidates. If the months at the start of the year are any indication, the 2024 campaign will push the boundaries even further as outside groups will matter much more than political parties or, in some cases, even the candidates themselves.

WOLF: Are there any preliminary findings we can draw about how Trump’s indictment by the Manhattan District Attorney on criminal charges affected his campaign? Did that affect his popularity with Republican voters? Influenced his fundraising?

GREEN: Early conclusions are often risky, but Trump’s campaign insists the accusation was a fundraising spur. It certainly rallied many Republicans around him – or at least united them against the indictment – but it may be too early to tell if this will last. He faces potential criminal prosecution in Georgia for his role in trying to overturn the election results, as well as at least two federal investigations.

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