The charges include a provision that could result in a mandatory five years in prison because the offense was committed with a gun.
Actor Alec Baldwin and a weapons specialist will be charged with involuntary manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a cinematographer on a New Mexico movie set, prosecutors announced Thursday, citing a “criminal disregard for safety.
Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies issued a statement announcing the charges against Baldwin and Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, who supervised weapons on the set of the Western “Rust.
Halyna Hutchins died shortly after being wounded during rehearsals at a ranch on the outskirts of Santa Fe on Oct. 21, 2021. Baldwin was pointing a pistol at Hutchins when the gun went off, killing her and wounding the director, Joel Souza.
Assistant director David Halls, who handed Baldwin the gun, has signed an agreement to plead guilty to negligent use of a deadly weapon, the district attorney’s office said.
Involuntary manslaughter can involve a killing that happens while a defendant is doing something that is lawful but dangerous and is acting negligently or without caution.
The charge is a fourth-degree felony, punishable by up to 18 months in jail and a $5,000 fine under New Mexico law. The charges also include a provision that could result in a mandatory five years in prison because the offense was committed with a gun.
Carmack-Altwies said charges will be filed by the end of January, and that Baldwin and Gutierrez-Reed will be issued a summons to appear in court. She said prosecutors will forgo a grand jury and rely on a judge to determine if there is probable cause to move toward trial.
Andrea Reeb, a special prosecutor on the case, cited a “pattern of criminal disregard for safety” on the set.
“If any one of these three people — Alec Baldwin, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed or David Halls — had done their job, Halyna Hutchins would be alive today. It’s that simple,” said Reeb, also a newly sworn Republican state legislator.
Baldwin’s attorney said the charges represented “a terrible miscarriage of justice.
The actor “had no reason to believe there was a live bullet in the gun — or anywhere on the movie set. He relied on the professionals with whom he worked, who assured him the gun did not have live rounds. We will fight these charges, and we will win,” Luke Nikas said in a statement.
An attorney for Gutierrez-Reed said the charges were “the result of a very flawed investigation and an inaccurate understanding of the full facts.
“We intend to bring the full truth to light and believe Hannah will be exonerated of wrongdoing by a jury,” Jason Bowles said.
It was unclear when Baldwin and Gutierrez-Reed might be required to appear in state court in Santa Fe once charges are filed. Defendants can participate remotely in some initial court proceedings or ask to have their first appearance waived.
Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza, who led the initial investigation into Hutchins’ death, has described “a degree of neglect” on the film set. But he left decisions about potential criminal charges to prosecutors after delivering the results of a yearlong investigation in October. That report did not specify how live ammunition wound up on the film set.
Baldwin — known for his roles in “30 Rock” and “The Hunt for Red October” and his impression of former President Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live” — has described the killing as a “tragic accident.
He sought to clear his name by suing people involved in handling and supplying the loaded gun. Baldwin, also a co-producer on “Rust,” said he was told the gun was safe.
In his lawsuit, Baldwin said that while working on camera angles with Hutchins, he pointed the gun in her direction and pulled back and released the hammer of the weapon, which discharged.
New Mexico’s Office of the Medical Investigator determined the shooting was an accident following the completion of an autopsy and a review of law enforcement reports.
New Mexico’s Occupational Health and Safety Bureau levied the maximum fine against Rust Movie Productions, based on a scathing narrative of safety failures, including testimony that production managers took limited or no action to address two misfires of blank ammunition on the set prior to the fatal shooting.
Rust Movie Productions continues to challenge the basis of a $137,000 fine by regulators who say production managers on the set failed to follow standard industry protocols for gun safety.
The armorer who oversaw firearms on the set, Gutierrez-Reed, has been the subject of much of the scrutiny in the case, along with an independent ammunition supplier. An attorney for Gutierrez-Reed has said she did not put a live round in the gun that killed Hutchins, and she believes she was the victim of sabotage. Authorities said they found no evidence of that.
Investigators initially found 500 rounds of ammunition at the movie set on the outskirts of Santa Fe — a mix of blanks, dummy rounds and what appeared to be live rounds. Industry experts have said live rounds should never be on set.
The family of Hutchins — widower Matthew Hutchins and son Andros — settled a lawsuit against producers under an agreement that aims to restart filming with Matthew Hutchin’s involvement as executive producer.
“Rust” was beset by disputes from the start in early October 2021. Seven crew members walked off the set just hours before the shooting amid discord over working conditions.
Criminal charges have rarely been filed in connection with deaths on film sets.
A district attorney in North Carolina cited negligence as a factor but decided against charges in the 1993 death of Brandon Lee while filming a scene in the movie “The Crow. The son of martial-arts legend Bruce Lee was hit by a .44-caliber slug from a gun that was supposed to have fired a blank.
More recently, film director Randall Miller pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing in the death of assistant camera operator Sarah Jones, who was hit by a train in the 2014 filming of “Midnight Rider” in rural Georgia. The production did not have permission to be on the train tracks, and Miller served half of a two-year sentence.
Hutchins’ death already has influenced negotiations over safety provisions in union film crew contracts with Hollywood producers. The shooting also spurred other filmmakers to minimize risks by using computer-generated imagery of gunfire rather than real weapons with blank ammunition.
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US federal holiday honouring slain civil rights leader comes amid rising fears over hate crimes, curbs to voting access.
The United States is marking what would have been Martin Luther King Jr‘s 94th birthday, with advocates urging the country to commemorate the assassinated civil rights leader’s legacy by truly tackling racial injustice.
Monday’s federal holiday – Martin Luther King Jr Day – comes nearly 55 years after the April 1968 killing of King, who led a non-violent movement pushing for equality for Black Americans throughout the 1950s and 1960s.
The US civil rights movement, buoyed by King and other leaders, led to the end of blatantly discriminatory Jim Crow laws in the country’s south, while spurring several landmark pieces of legislation.
These included the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that ended segregation and banned workplace discrimination, as well as 1965’s Voting Rights Act, which sought to end discrimination at the polls.
Reverend William Barber, a prominent social justice activist who gave the sermon at the 2021 inauguration of President Joe Biden, said Monday’s holiday should not be marked solely by commemorations, however.
“We don’t need museums, but movements,” Barber tweeted. “Not commemorations, but consecrations to dedicate our lives to the unfinished business of MLK & so many others who loved justice.
If you’re going to quote & authentically honor my father on #MLKDay, commit to embracing a ‘World House’ perspective.
Determine how you’ll disrupt unjust systems & thinking with nonviolent strategy.
Support policies that reflect higher consciousness.
King’s youngest daughter, Bernice King, also urged Americans to be proactive in how they honoured her father on Monday.
“Determine how you’ll disrupt unjust systems & thinking with nonviolent strategy. Support policies that reflect higher consciousness. Make no excuses for hate,” she wrote on Twitter.
This year’s Martin Luther King Jr Day comes amid growing concerns in the US over white nationalist rhetoric and violence targeting Black people as well as members of the LGBTQ community.
A flurry of US state laws restricting access to voting also has prompted calls for action in recent months, with advocates saying the measures most adversely affect racial minorities and marginalised communities.
The efforts have been fuelled by former President Donald Trump’s unfounded claims that the 2020 presidential election was marred by widespread fraud.
The issue of voting rights has been a dominant theme of Martin Luther King Jr Day events on Monday, Al Jazeera’s Mike Hanna reported from Washington, DC, as Biden held a prayer brunch with members of the King family and met with political figures and civil rights activists.
“Discussion there will be on the issue of voting rights and there will be pressure on President Biden to introduce or push through new voting rights legislation to ensure that the maximum amount of people within the US get a vote,” Hanna said.
“This is an occasion of which [King’s] legacy is remembered,” he added. “But importantly, it’s also an occasion on which it is remembered what work still needs to be done.
Meanwhile, Biden became the first sitting president to deliver a Sunday morning sermon at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, where King served as co-pastor from 1960 until his killing in 1968.
“He said, ‘Where do we go from here?'” Biden said on Sunday from the church pulpit, referring to King.
“Well, my message to this nation on this day is we go forward, we go together, when we choose democracy over autocracy, a beloved community over chaos, when we choose believers and the dreams, to be doers, to be unafraid, always keeping the faith.
Biden also delivered an address on Monday at a National Action Network (NAN) breakfast in the US capital, where he focused on his efforts to boost the economy.
The speeches come at a politically delicate time for the president, whose 2020 election victory relied heavily on Black voters, particularly in the swing state of Georgia.
Biden also spoke days after US Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the appointment of a special counsel to investigate classified documents found at his former office and home.
Biden, who is expected to announce his run for re-election in the coming weeks, on Monday touted an array of efforts taken by his administration in support of racial justice, including supporting police reform and promoting more equality in housing and public works projects.
He also showcased his administration’s push to diversify the federal judiciary, including through the appointment of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson as the first Black woman to serve on the US Supreme Court.
The president also called for the passage of new federal voting right protections, something he failed to achieve during his first two years in office. Similar legislation now faces an uphill battle in the US House of Representatives, where Republicans hold a majority.
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Her death in Los Angeles on Thursday, after a life tinged with tragedy, came after a medical emergency and brief hospitalization.
By Eduardo Medina, April Rubin and Neil Genzlinger
Lisa Marie Presley, the singer-songwriter and only child of Elvis Presley, died on Thursday in Los Angeles after a medical emergency and a brief hospitalization. She was 54.
Sam Mast, a representative of Priscilla Presley, her mother, announced the death in a statement. Earlier in the day, Ms. Presley said her daughter had been receiving medical attention but did not provide more information. Ms. Presley lived in Calabasas, Calif., west of Los Angeles.
The daughter of one of the most celebrated performers in music history, Ms. Presley followed her father’s career path. She released three rock albums, on which she set out to establish a sound of her own while also paying homage to the man who forever changed the American soundscape with his blend of blues, gospel, country and other genres.
Hers was a life tinged with tragedy. She was 9 when her father died in 1977, and she lost others who had been close to her along the way, including her former husband, Michael Jackson. The suicide of her only son, Benjamin Keough, at age 27 in 2020 hit her especially hard, an episode she wrote about movingly last year in an essay for People magazine to mark National Grief Awareness Day.
“My and my three daughters’ lives as we knew it were completely detonated and destroyed by his death,” she wrote. “We live in this every. Single. Day.”
The enormous legacy of her father was a constant presence in her life. On Tuesday, she was again celebrating him at the Golden Globe awards ceremony, telling Extra TV that Austin Butler, who won the award for lead actor in a drama for his performance in the title role of Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis,” had perfectly captured the essence of her father.
“I was mind-blown, truly,” Ms. Presley said. “I actually had to take, like, five days to process it because it was so spot on and authentic.”
In his speech accepting his award during the televised ceremony, Mr. Butler singled out the Presley family for its friendship and support as the camera panned to a visibly moved Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley seated at his table.
On Sunday, Ms. Presley was at Graceland, her father’s estate in Memphis, to commemorate what would have been his 88th birthday.
Father and daughter were extremely close. Elvis once flew Lisa Marie to Idaho after she said she had never seen snow. He named his 1958 Convair 880 private jet the Lisa Marie.
Ms. Presley owned Graceland and her father’s artifacts, as well as 15 percent of Elvis Presley Enterprises, the corporate entity created by a Presley trust to manage its assets.
Though Ms. Presley’s music career never reached the heights her father’s had achieved, his influence was evident in her music and lyrics. “Someone turned the lights out there in Memphis,” she sang in “Lights Out,” a song from “To Whom It May Concern,” her debut album, released in 2003. “That’s where my family’s buried and gone.”
In 2018, she co-produced an album celebrating Elvis’s love of gospel music and sang along with a recording of him on one of the songs. “I got moved by it as I was singing,” she said in an interview.
If her albums produced no signature hits, her last name enshrined her as a celebrity. And her star-studded relationships only deepened that perception. Foremost among those was her marriage, from 1994 to 1996, to Mr. Jackson. Together, the pair — one the daughter of the king of rock ’n’ roll, the other regarded as the king of pop — attracted the glare of cameras and bountiful attention. In August 1994, The New York Times reported on the couple’s revelation that they had married.
“After announcing a union that might have been conceived in supermarket-tabloid heaven and proclaiming a need for privacy, the world’s most famous newlyweds were holed up last night in a place not known for its isolation: Trump Tower,” The Times wrote. “At 5:40 p.m., a few hours after the statement was released in Los Angeles, the developer Donald J. Trump emerged from Trump Tower to the kind of reportorial throng normally reserved for the likes of, well, Michael Jackson or Donald Trump, and confirmed that, yes, the couple were ensconced on the top floor of the Fifth Avenue tower.”
There was speculation that the marriage was an effort to deflect attention from investigations into allegations by a 13-year-old boy that Mr. Jackson had molested him. For a time the couple portrayed a happy marriage — Ms. Presley said she wanted to be known as “Mrs. Lisa Marie Presley-Jackson.” But by the end of 1995 they had separated, and they divorced the next year.
Ms. Presley was married three other times; those marriages ended in divorce as well. She married the singer and songwriter Danny Keough in 1988, the actor Nicolas Cage in 2002 and, most recently, in 2006, Michael Lockwood, a guitarist who was music director of her 2005 album, “Now What.” They divorced in 2021.
Her survivors include her daughter with Mr. Keough, the actress Riley Keough, and twin daughters with Mr. Lockwood, Harper and Finley.
In a foreword to the 2019 book “The United States of Opioids: A Prescription for Liberating a Nation in Pain” by Harry Nelson, Ms. Presley wrote about her struggle with addiction, which she said began when she was given a prescription for pain medication after the birth of the twins in 2008. She quoted her own response to a point-blank question about her problem posed to her on the “Today” show in 2018.
“I’m not perfect,” she recalled saying. “My father wasn’t perfect, no one’s perfect. It’s what you do with it after you learn and then you try to help others with it.”
Lisa Marie Presley was born in Memphis on Feb. 1, 1968. “I’m a shaky man,” her famous father told reporters when his wife was admitted to Baptist Memorial Hospital for the birth, an occasion that made international news.
In “Elvis by the Presleys,” a 2005 book of recollections by Lisa Marie and Priscilla Presley and others, Lisa Marie wrote of her childhood memories of her father.
“The thing about my father is that he never hid anything,” she wrote. “He didn’t have a facade. Never put on airs. If he was crabby, you knew it. If he was angry, he’d let you know. His temper could give Darth Vader a run for his money. But if he was happy, everyone was happy.”
Home life had its odd moments.
“One time in the middle of the night I’m awoken by this incredibly loud noise coming from my father’s bedroom, which was right next to mine,” she related. “I get out of bed and see the guys buzz-sawing down his door so they can move in a grand piano. He felt like playing piano and singing gospel songs.”
In the same book, Priscilla Presley wrote of Elvis’s tenderness toward his daughter in her early years.
“Twice he spanked her on her bottom,” she remembered. “Once she colored a velvet couch with crayons, and once she ignored his warnings and got too close to the edge of the pool. The spankings were restrained and also warranted. But poor Elvis was a mess afterwards. You would have thought he had committed murder.”
As a performer, Ms. Presley, whose most recent album was “Storm & Grace” (2012), knew her name would always be impossible to escape. But she was eager to be taken on her own terms.
“It’s my own thing,” she said of her career in a 2003 interview with The Times. “I’m just trying to be an artist. I’m not trying to be Elvis Presley’s child. And I’m not trying to run from it either.”
Kirsten Noyes contributed research.
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A video of Hakeem Jeffries handing over the Speaker of the House role to Kevin McCarthy has gone viral on social media and has been viewed more than 2.4 million times.
On Friday, Republican McCarthy was elected speaker on the 15th ballot, after four days of deadlock in the House.
In the end, 216 Republicans voted for McCarthy to 212 Democrats for Jeffries, while six Republicans voted "present."
Previously, McCarthy had been blocked by a group of about 20 right-wing Republicans, making this the longest election for president since 1859, when 44 votes were required.Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries speaks after the US House of Representatives Kevin McCarthy was elected Speaker of the US House of Representatives on the 15th ballot at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on January 7, 2023. Excerpts from Jeffries's speech went viral on social media. . OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP/GETTY
In conceding the election, Jeffries extended "our hand of partnership" to McCarthy, adding: "We reach out, and it is our intention, to try to find common ground, whenever and wherever possible on behalf of the American people."
However, Jeffries warned that Democrats will "never compromise our principles" and proceeded to list those principles with one offered for each of the 26 letters of the alphabet.
He began: "We will always put American values over autocracy, benevolence over bigotry, the constitution over cult, democracy over demagogues, economic opportunity over extremism, liberty over fascism."
Continuing in this style to the letter z, he said: "Reason over racism, substance over slander, triumph over tyranny, understanding over ugliness, voting rights over voter suppression, working families over the well-connected, xenial on xenophobia, yes we can on you can't, and rousing representation on zero-sum confrontation."
A clip of the speech was posted to Twitter by user 'BrooklynDad_Defiant', a self-described Democratic supporter.
He wrote: "HOLY SHIT my man Rep. Hakeem Jeffries actually educated these suckers alphabetically!"
The video received more than 1.7 million views, along with 19,500 retweets and 86,000 likes.
Another snippet of the speech was tweeted by Huffington Post journalist Philip Lewis, who wrote: "Hakeem Jeffries went from A to Z in his speech."
This clip was viewed more than 500,000 times and received more than 23,000 likes.
Reacting to his election on Friday, Chairman McCarthy quipped: "That was easy, huh?"
He continued: "My father always told me, it's not how you start, it's how you finish. Now, the hard work begins."
Speaking to reporters, McCarthy praised former President Donald Trump, who endorsed him in the race.
He said: “But I want to especially thank President Trump.
"I don't think you should doubt, no one should doubt his influence. He was with me from the beginning... And he did it all. He would call me and he would call the others."
Speaking to Newsweek professor Sarah Binder, who teaches at the George Washington University College of Arts and Sciences in Columbia, she predicted that McCarthy will have a difficult time as a speaker.
She said: "This was going to be a tough Congress for McCarthy, even if he had been elected on the first ballot. It's a thin, fractured Republican majority that will have a hard time when 'must pass' measures go to the floor."Credit: https://www.newsweek.com/hakeem-jeffries-z-speaker-concession-speech-viewed-2-4-million-times-1772070
After four chaotic days and 15 rounds of voting to choose a House speaker, California Republican Kevin McCarthy finally emerged victorious early Saturday to call a new Congress.
Here's a glimpse of what the tense and protracted negotiations looked like on the last day, on and around the chamber floor.
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The Washington Post/Fake ImagesRepresentative Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) shakes hands with former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
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fake imagesHouse Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) (L) speaks with Rep.-elect Matt Gaetz (R-FL) in the House Chamber after Gaetz voted present during the fourth day of voting for the House President.
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CQ-Roll Call, Inc./Getty ImagesReps. Beth Van Duyne, R-Texas, and Byron Donalds, R-Fla., are seen on the House floor during a vote in which Republican leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., did not receive enough votes for president House on Friday, January 6, 2023. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., speaks with Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., after Gaetz voted "present" in the House of Representatives.
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The Washington Post/Fake ImagesRep. Mike Rogers (R-AL) is restrained after arguing with Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) during the 14th round of voting for speaker.
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The Washington Post/Fake ImagesReps-elect Dan Bishop (R-NC), Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) and Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) watch the proceedings as the search for a speaker continues for a fourth day. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Illinois, interrupts Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., while nominating Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, in the House chamber as the House meets for the fourth day to choose a speaker. Republican members leave the chamber as Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., speaks as the House meets for the fourth day to choose a speaker.
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fake imagesRep.-elect Dan Bishop (R-NC), right, tells his peers, including Rep.-elect Anna Luna (R-FL) and Rep.-elect Mary Miller (R-IL), that he will support Republican leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) in that round of voting for Speaker of the House.
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CQ-Roll Call, Inc./Getty ImagesRepresentatives Mary Miller, R-Ill., right, and Victoria Spartz, R-Ind., are seen on the House floor.
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fake imagesVote tallies record the ballot for Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) after he was elected Speaker of the House.
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Los Angeles Times/fake imagesRep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) casts his vote on a motion to adjourn the House of Representatives in the US Capitol. Incoming House Speaker Kevin McCarthy of California hugs Minority Leader of the House, Hakeem Jeffries, of New York, receiving the gavel on the floor of the Chamber.
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CQ-Roll Call, Inc./Getty ImagesRep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, (R-Ga.), takes up a personal life with Republican leader Kevin McCarthy, (R-CA) at the end of the 15th ballot after he received enough votes to become Speaker of the House.
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fake imagesRepresentative-elect Chip Roy (R-TX) speaks to reporters in Statuary Hall after switching his endorsement for House Speaker to Republican leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).
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fake imagesRepresentative-elect Byron Donalds (R-FL) (left to right), Representative-elect Dan Bishop (R-NC), Representative-elect Andy Ogles (R-TN) and Representative-elect Chip Roy (R-TX) speak with the media after voting for Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) as Speaker of the House. Credit: https://news.wjct.org/2023-01-07/photos-the-drama-filled-process-to-elect-kevin-mccarthy-as-house-speaker
The long-running intraparty dispute over the House speaker pick came to a head Friday night when Alabama Rep. Mike Rogers pounced on his fellow Republican, Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida.
A video of the tense exchange quickly went viral on social media, reaching more than 2.1 million views as of Saturday morning.
The gathering was emblematic of a House in turmoil, as Republican members of Congress, who hold only a narrow majority in the House, did not seem to agree on who would take over as president.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from California, finally emerged victorious in the 15th round of voting. He also agreed to various concessions to appease his party's ultra-conservative gang, chief among them Gaetz.Rep. Mike Rogers, Republican of Alabama, launches against Rep. Matt Gaetz, Republican of Florida, in Washington, DC, on Friday. A video of the tense exchange between the two Republican lawmakers quickly went viral on social media. Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images
Alejandra Caraballo, a clinical instructor at Harvard Law School's Cyber Law Clinic who has written for Wired and Slate, tweeted a C-SPAN video of the moment.
"Rep. [Richard] Hudson grabbed Rep. Mike Rogers by the face after he confronted Matt Gaetz," Caraballo tweeted early Saturday morning. “This happened right after Kevin McCarty Kevin McCarthy [sic] he also faced Matt Gaetz. First physical altercation on the floor of the sknce house [sic] 1985. Complete collapse".
Rep. Hudson grabbed Rep. Mike Rogers by the face after confronting Matt Gaetz. This happened right after Kevin McCarty Kevin McCarthy also confronted Matt Gaetz. First physical altercation on the Chamber floor since 1985.
complete fusion. pic.twitter.com/gS5WkWeknK— Alejandra Caraballo January 7, 2023
Erik Wasson, a Bloomberg congressional reporter, tweeted the video clip along with the caption: "Most extraordinary CSpan floor video I've ever seen."
Former congressional candidate Dr. Dena Grayson also posted C-SPAN video of the fight.
"As McCarthy walks away, Mike Rogers immediately approaches Gaetz and lunges at him, only to be physically manhandled by Richard Hudson," he wrote in part. "January 6, no less. [woman facepalming emoji]."
Full clip of Kevin #McCarthy's heated confrontation with Matt Gaetz.
As McCarthy walks away, Mike Rogers immediately approaches Gaetz and lunges at him, only to be physically manhandled by Richard Hudson.
On January 6, no less.#SpeakerVotepic.twitter.com/hYGE8C340j— Dena Grayson, MD, PhD January 7, 2023
Exactly two years ago, on January 6, 2021, supporters of then-President Donald Trump invaded the US Capitol building in an attempt to subvert the results of the 2020 presidential election. For many, the day goes on. being a plague in the nation's history and served to expose the fragility of the country's democracy.
On Saturday, the Associated Press reported details of the moments leading up to the confrontation in the House of Representatives between the Republican congressmen. McCarthy had implored Gaetz to vote for him instead of "present," but the Florida lawmaker refused.
At that moment, the would-be Speaker of the House walked down the aisle alone, his eyes downcast. However, he changed course after hearing a commotion behind him.
Rogers, who is one of McCarthy's allies, had reached out to Gaetz to warn him that he would regret the move, the AP reported. Rep. Richard Hudson, a North Carolina Republican, tried to stop Rogers after he made a move toward his stubborn colleague.
Hudson put his hand over Rogers' face and pushed the congressman back. The heated moments led lawmakers to gasp in amazement.
McCarthy lost again during the 14th round vote, but not long afterward he eked out a victory. "I hope one thing is clear," he said early Saturday morning. "I never give up."
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New House Speaker-elect Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) praised Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and former President Donald Trump for helping him secure the speaker's gavel in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Gaetz, whose "present" vote helped lower the vote threshold to give McCarthy the presidency, helped get his other five detractors to vote "present" during the speaker's final vote instead of voting for someone else, McCarthy said.
SPEAKER SAGA: WINNERS AND LOSERS OF THE 15 ROUND VOTING
“It turned into a draw and…Matt really wanted everyone to be there. Through all of this, people's emotions rise and fall. By the end of the night, Matt had everyone there to the point that no one voted against it. In fact, it helped unite,” said the speaker.Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., speaks with Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., right, after Gaetz voted "present" on the House floor as the House meets for the fourth day to choose a speaker and convene the 118th Congress in Washington, Friday, January 6, 2023.
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Gaetz said the switch from voting for another candidate to voting "in-place" came because he ran out of things to ask McCarthy on House rules legislation expected to be voted on Monday. McCarthy made concessions to the group of 20 Republican lawmakers who initially opposed him in order to get the votes needed to become president. However, some details about what final concessions were made have not been released.
The influence of the former president must also be taken into account, McCarthy said. Trump was a strong supporter of McCarthy as the next Speaker of the House all week as Republican infighting delayed the start of the 118th Congress. He helped McCarthy secure the gavel when Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) got on the phone with Trump to try to speak with Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-MT).
The California Republican said of Trump: “I don't think anyone should doubt his influence. He was with me from the beginning”, and he also pointed out that the former president was “helping get those final votes”.
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Members of the House of Representatives were expected to be sworn in along with the Senate on Tuesday. However, after four days and 15 rounds of voting, the ceremony did not take place until McCarthy was confirmed as the speaker on Saturday morning.
The Democratic-controlled Senate was sworn in as scheduled Tuesday after Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) was confirmed as the first female president pro tempore.Credit: https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/house/mccarthy-praises-gaetz-help-speaker-win
Harry Kane edged ever closer to Jimmy Greaves’ scoring record for Tottenham with the only goal of the game to down Portsmouth in the third round of the FA Cup.
Kane’s 50th-minute curler moved him onto 265 goals for his boyhood club, one away from Greaves’ tally which has stood for more than half a century, and saw Antonio Conte’s side edge past a dogged Pompey outfit.
With Dejan Kulusevski, Lucas Moura and Richarlison all injured, Spurs were once again reliant on this season’s top scorer Kane, who grabbed his 17th goal in all competitions after a lacklustre first half.
Sky Bet League One opponents Portsmouth more than held their own but rarely threatened the hosts’ goal and bowed out against a youthful Tottenham team containing six players aged 23 or under.
This was a first meeting between the teams since the 2010 FA Cup semi-final at Wembley, which saw Pompey win 2-0 after extra time.
The two clubs have embarked on different journeys since, with the visitors languishing in the third tier while Spurs, largely in part due to Kane, have regularly challenged for the biggest trophies and made the Champions League final three years ago.
Kane started this match only two away from equalling Greaves’ club record of 266 goals and had his first sight of goal in the 14th minute but saw a scuffed effort at the back post blocked by Denver Hume.
Portsmouth, who sacked Danny Cowley on Monday after a nine-match winless league run, started brightly in the capital backed by a large away following, with Reeco Hackett-Fairchild testing Fraser Forster with an acrobatic effort early on.
The travelling support were olaying every pass by the half-hour mark with Tottenham struggling to break down the back five of the away side.
Conte’s men improved towards the end of the first 45 but Davinson Sanchez headed over before full debutant Pape Sarr and Son Heung-min sent speculative efforts well wide to ensure it was 0-0 at the break.
Spurs were able to maintain their momentum after the interval with Emerson Royal heading against the inside of a post from a tight angle following excellent wing play by Son.
It meant Josh Griffiths in the Portsmouth goal had still not been tested, but with 50 minutes on the clock he was picking the ball out of his net and predictably after another Kane goal.
Kane, fresh from a midweek brace at Crystal Palace, exchanged passes with Ryan Sessegnon on the edge of the area before he opened his body and curled the ball into the corner.
It put the stand-in Tottenham captain one away from Greaves’ record, but regular partner in crime Son was in the thick of the action immediately afterwards with one blazed effort followed up by a free-kick being fired over the crossbar.
Another Spurs academy graduate should have put the match to bed with 22 minutes left but Oliver Skipp, a late call-up after Yves Bissouma was injured in the warm-up, smashed over after fine work by Bryan Gil.
Pompey remained in the tie and Sanchez had to block an Owen Dale effort in the 70th minute with the visiting support louder than ever despite the wet weather in London.
There would be no late drama though, with Tottenham comfortably holding on and Conte able to introduce Djed Spence and Alfie Devine late on for some rare minutes.Tottenham vs Portsmouth latest news
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Harry Kane’s goal moved him to the brink of Tottenham history and his side into the FA Cup fourth-round following a 1-0 win over Portsmouth.
The game was not a classic but a much-changed Spurs XI deserved to win against the dogged League One side, with Emerson Royal hitting the post at 0-0 and Oliver Skipp blazing over a chance to make the game safe.
The performance of Antonio Conte’s side displayed some of the frustrating hallmarks of their season so far -- a below-par first half and difficulty in breaking down an opponent who were happy to sit back -- but more importantly, the result ensures Spurs maintain confidence and momentum ahead of next weekend’s north London derby.
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(Getty Images)Tottenham player ratings: Gil lively as Kane moves closer to history
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Harry Kane moved to within two goals of surpassing Jimmy Greaves as Tottenham’s record scorer with the winner as they edged past Portsmouth in the FA Cup third-round.
Kane fired Spurs ahead at the start of the second half with his 265th goal for the club, breaking the deadlock after another below par opening 45 minutes from Antonio Conte’s side.
Dan Kilpatrick was at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to rate the Spurs players...
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Harry Kane moved within one goal of Jimmy Greaves’ long-standing record of 266 at Tottenham with the decisive strike against Portsmouth in the FA Cup third round.
Pompey forward Reeco Hackett-Fairchild had the best chance of the first-half following a clever flick-on from strike partner Colby Bishop. With the ball dipping, the 24-year-old hit a volley on the turn, forcing Fraser Forster into a good save.
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(AFP via Getty Images)FT: Tottenham 1-0 Portsmouth
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Kane’s goal sends Spurs into the next round!Spurs in control
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83:00 - Pompey can hardly get a touch at the moment.Dan Kilpatrick at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
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A loud cheer for the introduction of Djed Spence, who will play the final 15 minutes or so. It’s his second longest stint after a 25-minute cameo against Nottingham Forest in the League Cup.CHANCE FOR TOTTENHAM!
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67:00 - Skipp somehow blazes over from close range.Quiet afternoon for Forster
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65:00 - Hackett-Fairchild’s chance in the first-half aside, the Tottenham ‘keeper has not had much to do.Much more difficult for Pompey now
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60:00 - Spurs have their tails up now. Going to be a long final 30 minutes for Pompey.Dan Kilpatrick at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
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Kane moves to within a goal of Jimmy Greaves’ Spurs record, and with another 40 minutes to play here and Arsenal up next. In a development which should surprise absolutely no-one, Spurs look much better in the second half already.GOAL! Tottenham 1-0 Portsmouth | Harry Kane ‘50
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50:00 - Harry Kane gives Spurs the lead with a brilliant finish from outside the box.CHANCE FOR TOTTENHAM!
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48:00 - BRILLIANT header from Emerson Royal afer a cross from Son, but the Brazilian hits the post!Back underway!
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No changes at the break.Dan Kilpatrick’s half-time verdict
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Spurs have moved the ball around well at times but have failed to make inroads into a penalty box packed full of blue shirts. A few players, including Sessegnon and Skipp, look rusty. Pompey are playing well & will be much the happier.Tottenham 0-0 Portsmouth
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Not the most exciting match in FA Cup history....Half chance for Tottenham
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40:00 - Sanchez heads over after a cross from Sessegnon. Should really have done better.Really tough for Tottenham
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31:00 - Harry Kane has barely had a sniff, while Son has been fairly blunt going forward.Dan Kilpatrick at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
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Pape Matar Sarr is a tidy player, nice to watch, and he is helping Spurs move the ball from side to side quickly. But the hosts are making no inroads into a penalty area constantly packed with blue shirts.Pompey will be much happier
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23:00 - Swanson doing so well to stop Son in the box when the Spurs star was running at him.
Looking dangerous on the counter, the away side are proving a very difficult opponent for Spurs.Spurs not quite at the races
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18:00 - As is their custom, Spurs haven’t started particularly well here.
Very passive.Dan Kilpatrick at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
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Pompey should be delighted at the way they’ve started here. The League One side are holding Spurs at arm’s length and forcing them to find a way through a packed defence, while also committing players forward on the counter.Forster forced into save
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11:00 - Hackett hits a dipping ball on the turn after Bishop’s knock-on but Forster gets down well.Nice counter from Portsmouth
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09:00 - Sarr loses the ball and Pompey counter through Hume, though his cross is too close to Forster.Royal wins a foul
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08:00 - Royal wins a foul on the right-hand side after the Brazilian’s quick feet managed to leave Hume scrambling.
Son’s cross, however, is well cleared.Bryan Gil looking dangerous
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04:00 - Probably the Tottenham player seeing the most of the ball in the early minutes, looking to run directly at his markers.
With Pompey likely to sit deep, that directness could be a positive outlet.Tottenham under some early pressure
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01:00 - Positive start from the away side, who are seeing a lot of the ball in Tottenham’s defensive third.KICK-OFF
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And away we go!A late change to the Tottenham team!
12:23 , Jonathan GorrieDan Kilpatrick’s pre-match verdict
12:20 , Jonathan GorrieHow many goals does Harry Kane need to break Jimmy Greaves’ Tottenham record?
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Harry Kane’s double at Crystal Palace earlier this week put him on 264 Tottenham goals, only two behind Jimmy Greaves’ all-time record.When did Tottenham last win the FA Cup?
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Tottenham remain the only non-league side to win the FA Cup, way back in 1901.
A trophy they have lifted 8 times, Spurs last won the competition in 1991.Confirmed Portsmouth lineup
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11:30 , Jonathan GorrieWhen is FA Cup draw? Start time, TV channel, live stream and ball numbers for fourth round
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One of the signature weekends on the English football calendar is upon us as the FA Cup reaches the third-round stage.
The Premier League and Championship heavyweights enter the fray looking to crush the hopes of the lower and non-league teams that have made it this far as they eye a run to Wembley.
Manchester United got the round underway on Friday night with a convincing win over Everton.
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(The FA via Getty Images)FA Cup underdogs: More chance of Cristiano Ronaldo retiring from football before end of 2023 than Portsmouth beating Spurs
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Steven Gerrard to manage Liverpool this year and Donald Trump winning the 2024 US Presidential Election also more likely to happen than Pompey, Stevenage, Oxford and Gillingham triumphing this weekend
• Portsmouth are biggest underdogs this weekend at odds of 22/1 to beat Tottenham away from home according to latest odds via SafeBettingSitesLatest odds
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Draw: 15/2Son: I can’t see the ball while wearing a mask but my parents are concerned
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Tottenham’s Heung-min Son has revealed he loses sight of the ball while playing in a protective mask, but says he is still wearing it due to concern from his parents.
Son scored in just a second League game of the season as Spurs thrashed Crystal Palace 4-0 on Wednesday night, and he is expected to start again when Antonio Conte rings the changes for today’s FA Cup third-round visit of Portsmouth.
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(Getty Images)Harry Kane ‘stalling on new Tottenham contract'
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According to Football Insider, Harry Kane is no rush to extend his stay at Tottenham.
The England captain will be out of contract in 18 months and reportedly wants to wait to see how things progress before signing a contract extension.
(Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty I)Tottenham likely to keep Bryan Gil despite loan interest
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Tottenham assistant manager Cristian Stellini has appeared to rule out an exit for Bryan Gil this month.
The 21-year-old has attracted loan interest from Spain after failing to convince in north London following a move from Sevilla in 2021.
Gil spent six months on loan at Valencia last year and the LaLiga giants were understood to have been keen on bringing him back for another temporary stint.
Still, the winger has been called upon in recent weeks due to injuries to both Dejan Kulusevski and Richarlison.
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(Getty Images)Antonio Conte’s assistant confident Tottenham boss wants ‘long’ stay at club amid contract wrangling
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Antonio Conte‘s assistant, Cristian Stellini, has veered off script by insisting they are confident of staying at Tottenham for a “long time” and dismissing the importance of the head coach’s contract.
Conte has repeatedly refused to commit to Spurs beyond the end of his current deal, which expires at the end of the season, and has issued a series of threats to walk away from the club if he is not completely convinced by the board’s ambition and “vision” - including after the New Year’s Day defeat to Aston Villa.
But with Conte too upset to take Friday’s press conference following the death of his former Juventus and Italy teammate Gianluca Vialli, Stellini deputised and insisted they are confident of being at Spurs long-term.
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(PA)No FA Cup rest for Kane as Kulusevski and more aim to face Arsenal
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Harry Kane and Heung-min Son will not be rested for Tottenham‘s FA Cup third-round tie against Portsmouth today, Spurs’ assistant coach Cristian Stellini has said.
Kane has started every game this season while Son has only been rested once when fit.
But with Dejan Kulusevski and Richarlison both set to remain on the sidelines this weekend, Stellini says Spurs have no choice but to stick with the front three who started the 4-0 thrashing of Crystal Palace on Wednesday, also including Bryan Gil.
Asked about Kane’s chances of a rest, Stellini said: “It could be an opportunity to give him a rest but we don’t have many players and the choice is compulsory. So we have to choose the players we have in the front line.
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(Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty I)Prediction: 3-0 Tottenham win
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Spurs may be a little vulnerable to a banana skin in north London but an underperforming Pompey will likely find themselves outgunned.
A 3-0 Tottenham win.
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Portsmouth hope to have Clark Robertson back after he was forced to miss the defeat to Charlton.
(Getty Images)Tottenham team news: No rest for Kane and Son
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Yves Bissouma is available for Spurs after serving a one-game ban for the win at Crystal Palace and should come in, likely to partnet Oliver Skipp in midfield. Pape Matar Sarr will be looking for more minutes. Bryan Gil will keep his place in attack.
Dejan Kulusevski is again ruled out, joining Lucas Moura, Richarlison and Rodrigo Bentancur on the sidelines.
Harry Kane and Heung-min Son will not be rested.
(REUTERS)Where to watch Tottenham vs Portsmouth
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TV channel: In the UK, the match will be televised live for free on the BBC Red Button.
Live stream: Fans can also catch the game live online via the BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport website.
Live blog: You can follow all the action on matchday via Standard Sport’s live blog, with expert analysis from Dan Kilpatrick at the ground.
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Good morning and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of Tottenham’s FA Cup clash with Portsmouth.
Kick-off from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is at 12.30pm GMT.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — It was the extraordinary moment that brought House Republicans to the brink and, ultimately, the moment they found their way back.
Just one vote away from becoming Speaker of the House, California Republican Kevin McCarthy rose from his chair and walked down the center aisle to the back of the chamber. It was close to midnight and he had already lost 13 speaking votes over four long days. The room fell almost silent as it became apparent that the GOP leader was now asking, actually begging, the bombastic, bullying and defiant Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz to change his vote from "present" to "McCarthy."
Gaetz, who had hurled personal insults at McCarthy just hours earlier on the House floor, said no.
McCarthy walked slowly down the hall, alone, head bowed to the floor. But she turned around when she heard a scuffle behind him. Alabama Rep. Mike Rogers, a McCarthy Republican ally, angrily confronted Gaetz and told him he would regret his decision. Lawmakers on the floor screamed in disbelief as a colleague stopped Rogers.
McCarthy stepped back to make sure the discussion was over, then returned to his chair in defeat.
He lost the fourteenth ballot. The allies moved to abruptly adjourn the House, their hoped-for unity seemingly falling apart.
Then tempers cooled. And within the hour, McCarthy and his allies had persuaded his other remaining opponents to vote "present" as well, reducing the vote total needed for McCarthy to win and awarding him the presidency early Saturday morning, after a historic, remarkable and somewhat surprising. Repeat voting week.
"I hope one thing is clear," McCarthy said when he finally picked up the deck after 1 a.m. "I never give up."
The chaos on the House floor came exactly two years after the Capitol insurrection of January 6, 2021. During a late-night session following the attack, McCarthy called it "the saddest day I've ever had" as a member of the Congress. In the days that followed, McCarthy blamed then-President Donald Trump for encouraging his supporters who attacked the building and disrupted President Joe Biden's certification. But just a few weeks later, McCarthy traveled to see Trump in Florida and made amends.
The scene on Friday was a different kind of chaos, but it was a full-circle moment for Republicans, who had ceded both houses of Congress and the presidency to Democrats after the violent insurrection. While many of them denounced Trump at the time, McCarthy's visit to Florida brought him back into the fold, and the former president was working on the phone Friday night, calling Gaetz and the other holdouts.
“He was with me from the beginning,” McCarthy said after the final vote, also pointing to Trump's phone calls.
While the US House of Representatives is often rowdy, the events of the week were almost surreal: vote after vote, loss after loss, and eventual success after defeating seemingly intransigent opponents.
McCarthy needed two more votes before the count Friday night, which didn't begin until 10 p.m., late enough for two of his supporters, one whose wife had given birth earlier that week and another who was ill, to have time. to return to Washington. McCarthy and his allies looked confident going in, but as the votes piled up, it became clear he would be one short.
Two of McCarthy's closest lieutenants, North Carolina Rep. Patrick McHenry and Louisiana Rep. Garrett Graves, sat on either side of Gaetz during the vote, with Graves at one point on his knees. But Gaetz could only be partially swayed, and he stood up to say "present" when the list came to his name. It wasn't enough, and McCarthy approached him just before the vote was called, C-SPAN cameras following his short journey.
Gaetz was angrily pointing at McCarthy during the conversation. But Colorado Rep. Ken Buck, a McCarthy supporter who was standing nearby, said the exchange between the two men was pleasant and McCarthy only asked him to switch his vote. Gaetz said his "present" vote was as far as he could go, Buck said.
McCarthy later said that Gaetz eventually "got everyone to the point where no one voted against me," persuading some of his colleagues to vote "present" as well. In the end, no Republican voted against McCarthy.
They wanted “to bring this conference together and work together,” McCarthy said.
Associated Press writers Kevin Freking, Farnoush Amiri and Lisa Mascaro contributed to this report.Credit: https://apnews.com/article/politics-kevin-mccarthy-matt-gaetz-florida-f2a4a42b4845f2413cca5c1b4c6100dd
The existence of narcissists permeates our society like secondhand smoke, poisoning community discourse. Anywhere you turned — newspapers, internet sites, podcasts, social media or cable Tv set — their actions dominated the headlines in 2022, becoming at any time far more normalized and even celebrated. While in considerably various fields, men like Ye (previously acknowledged as Kanye West), Elon Musk, Donald Trump, Johnny Depp and Sam Bankman-Fried will eternally be joined by this ignominious characteristic.
Accurate narcissists self-centeredly disregard the desires of some others and care small for pesky issues like effects.
Genuine narcissists self-centeredly disregard the requirements of many others and treatment tiny for pesky issues like penalties. They can also tend to be manipulative, arrogant, grandiose and hungry for admiration. Always fast paced concocting fantasies of unrestricted power or brilliance, narcissists delight in reeling other people in to participate in supporting roles in desire worlds, where by they are always the stars.
Why have they acquired so a lot power and affect? Why are so quite a few individuals in thrall every single time they open their mouths or fireplace off tweets? Are they the issue or a symptom of anything even larger than their own egos?
The fact is that our culture breeds narcissists. We put them on pedestals and get a robust hit of vicarious enjoyment when they act out.
And they most undoubtedly are performing out. More than the past 12 interminable months, The us has witnessed the rantings of Hitler-loving Ye Musk’s edgelord trolling on his new plaything, Twitter Depp and his harmful TikTok fanboys and Trump getting Trump on any given working day.
Then, just when we believed we experienced arrived at Peak Narcissist, along arrives crypto bro Bankman-Fried, all of 30 a long time previous, seizing the phase with his alleged fraud fiesta. Feliz Navidad!
Young Bankman-Fried has been accused of operating a con that rerouted billions from his FTX cryptocurrency trade to his individual piggy bank and sister firm, Alameda Investigation. Quite a few people shed significant sums when FTX blew up — and some did not have that prosperity to spare. They include things like FTX staff members, who have been inspired to commit their earnings back into the enterprise.
A privileged son of two Stanford regulation professors, Bankman-Fried disarmed with his unruly mop and “schlubby” T-shirt-and-shorts uniform. Even though seemingly not vain like Ye or Depp or overtly thuggish like Trump and Musk, he even so displays characteristics that position to some thing sinister behind the “just-a-regular-dude” persona.
Bankman-Fried tactics the dim arts of narcissistic manipulation, styling himself as a person who shuns substance things. Nonetheless his most modern residence address (in advance of his detention in a Bahamian jail) was a marble-clad penthouse in one of the world’s most special resorts overlooking a marina for mega-yachts. Not specifically minimal-important.
If what Justice Section prosecutors say is correct, this is a dude who operates from accountability like the plague (“I obtained terrible authorized advice”) and resorts to minimizing (it was all just an accounting error), all the while participating in people’s heartstrings (“I am, and for most of my adult everyday living have been, sad).”
So are the men and women who misplaced their daily life price savings.
Bankman-Fried epitomizes the narcissistic altruist. He claimed all his actions were being created to assist other individuals. That aided divert consideration from his delinquent antics. Psychologists label this the “White Knight narcissist,” a man or woman who hides selfish agendas at the rear of florid shows of do-goodery. In this article is a gentleman who loses no possibility to proclaim the philosophy of “effective altruism,” which holds that he will have to make as a great deal money as achievable to save the potential of humanity — yet screwed in excess of the charities he promised dollars.
Effective altruism is what occurs when you acquire utilitarianism — the concept that actions are proper if they advantage the majority — and hand it off to pretentious tech bros. (Musk is also reportedly a lover.) Described as an “ideology of hubris,” it’s seriously just a vapid perception that rich guys know best and that income can magically translate into salvation.
Like all his narcissistic brethren, Bankman-Fried likes to gulp down his individual Kool-Aid, deluding himself that he’s one particular of the good fellas, but forgetting to really handle folks with primary regard. “The altruistic factor to do is to consider prospects,” Bankman-Fried at the time mentioned, leaving out the element about using them with other people’s dollars.
Self-serving statements like these will flood our ears as we ring in the new yr, alongside with such gems as “We received to stop dissing the Nazis all the time” (a great deal obliged, Ye) “Massive fraud of this style and magnitude permits for the termination of all policies, restrictions and content articles, even all those uncovered in the Constitution” (you don’t say, Donald) “My pronouns are Prosecute/Fauci” (way to go, Elon) and “I will f--- her burnt corpse” (thanks, Johnny).
This is narcissism at scale. But exactly where do we go from right here? To try out to remodel these vile statements into action — or persuade another person else to.
Which is what the Property Jan. 6 committee spent 18 months conveying Trump did with the insurrection. Just a number of days in the past, a person gentleman attacked one more in New York’s Central Park, shouting “Kanye 2024!” Police are investigating it as a prospective antisemitic detest crime. Encouraged by their narcissist-heroes, maybe a person hunts Dr. Anthony Fauci down in true existence rather of trolling him. Or kills their companion as a substitute of joking about it with a buddy. (A single out of 3 ladies in the U.S. encounters violence from a domestic companion.)
This is all insanely harmful — to say the least. But how did we get there?
This is all insanely dangerous — to say the least. But how did we get there?
For 1 thing, our society teaches boys how to be poisonous. From their earliest days in the nursery, working day care middle or preschool, boys see too number of men in nurturing roles. At faculty, they find out to interact with some others through opposition and domination. This product breeds “heroic soloists,” writer Margaret Heffernan warns, who suppress instincts for empathy and perspective everything by way of the lens of “what’s in it for me?"
Being the winner gets to be all-essential. In higher education, youthful gentlemen find fraternities that hyperlink manliness to degrading ladies, out-consuming peers and egging a single one more on. Social media reinforces the me-me-me intuition: my aspirations, my garments, my trip, my everyday living. See me! Emulate Me! The far more extreme you are, the additional notice you get.
Boys (and girls) mature up idolizing motion picture stars, rap gods and politicians who gleefully validate their worst instincts. They enter a workforce in which they routinely see the boss putting revenue above every human value. All the even though, the fear of becoming losers in a cutthroat capitalist program haunts them. If they regulate to attain power, some convert into guys who, as economist Robert Reich describes Trump and Musk, “wield sledgehammers to safeguard their fragile egos” and dwell to “exercise uncooked electrical power over individuals.” If not, they may get out their grievances on the females, groups and ethnicities considered to have stolen their ability.
At the quite minimum, they can bully vicariously. A single critical thing about narcissists — they function in the fantasy realm. It’s all a recreation to them, and they’re eager to just take others alongside for the journey.
But there are a handful of hopeful symptoms. When conspiracy enabler Alex Jones squirms at Ye’s antisemitic musings and shock jock Howard Stern phone calls Depp a “huge narcissist,” you have to ponder whether the narcissists in our midst have at last long gone also considerably, even for The us. At this second, Bankman-Fried is a disgraced man under home arrest at his parents’ spot. Trump would seem to be shedding ground, and Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee last but not least took down their “Kanye. Elon. Trump” tweet. Musk requested Twitter end users no matter whether he must step down as CEO, and they voted “yes.”
Regrettably, till we handle roots brings about, there will generally be a further blustering bully, a different Trump, one more Ye.
2022 ended with this rogues’ gallery (dishonorable point out goes to Fox News host Tucker Carlson, Silicon Valley swindler Elizabeth Holmes and, if we’re going international, Russian President Vladimir Putin). But as a new a single begins, perhaps it is time to consider how to advertise pride in qualities and values that are socially advantageous — like honesty, helping others and toughness by way of self-restraint. We can remind ourselves that democracy is dependent on the sharing of electricity and methods, on the feeling of a typical fate.
Remember, a society with more equality is a culture with much less narcissism. Maybe building one particular of those people is the ideal 2023 New Year’s resolution of all.Credit history: https://www.nbcnews.com/consider/view/pleased-new-year-2023-kick-trump-elon-musk-kanye-depp-rcna63557