Brad Reed

'I am never a minute late': Trial unearths Elizabeth Holmes's bizarre written daily schedule

The fraud trial of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes has unearthed her written daily schedule in which she makes a series of bizarre proclamations about her diet and her communications style.

The schedule was admitted into evidence at Holmes's trial this week and it begins with her waking up at 4 a.m. with instructions to "rise and thank God."

A couple of hours later, Holmes would pray for ten minutes before having a breakfast consisting of a banana and whey.

Odder then the schedule itself, however, were Holmes's notes to herself to seemingly remind herself of how to behave throughout her day.

"I am never a minute late," she wrote. "I show no excitement calm, direct, pointed... ALL ABOUT BUSINESS."

Other Holmes notes made claims such as "I know the outcome of every encounter" and "I am fully present."

Holmes was indicted in 2018 on nine counts of wire fraud and two counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud for her role in allegedly promoting a false product as CEO of Theranos.

See the whole schedule below.

Mark Meadows may have inadvertently blown up his own executive privilege claims: legal expert

Former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows has a book coming out about his experiences in the Trump White House -- and members of the House Select Committee investigating the January 6th Capitol riots think that it blows up his claims of executive privilege.

Politico reports that members of the committee believe that Meadows's book will make it difficult for him to maintain his stance that all of his conversations with former President Donald Trump fall under executive privilege.

"It's… very possible that by discussing the events of Jan. 6 in his book, if he does that, he's waiving any claim of privilege," Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) told Politico. "So, it'd be very difficult for him to maintain ‘I can't speak about events to you, but I can speak about them in my book.'"

Mark Rozell, a George Mason University professor and expert on executive privilege, shared Schiff's assessment that Meadows's book could hinder his ability to claim blanket executive privilege.

"Executive privilege covers information vital to the national interest to protect, as well as the privacy of some internal White House deliberations," he said. "If the same information is made public, there can be no valid claim to a right to withhold it from Congress."

Rozell added that "it is hard to imagine a stronger measure of contempt for Congress' authority than to refuse to cooperate with an investigation but being willing to present the requested information in the public domain to sell books."

Trump DOJ official to plead the 5th — and Capitol riot committee will 'hang it around his neck': CNN analyst

CNN legal analyst Elie Honig on Wednesday told CNN's Erin Burnett that the House Select Committee investigating the January 6th Capitol riots was about to make things very uncomfortable for former Trump DOJ official Jeffrey Clark.

Even though the committee voted to move forward with criminal contempt charges against Clark on Wednesday, the former Trump official is nonetheless slated to appear before the committee soon, where he is expected to assert his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination.

Burnett pointed out that "it's going to sound damning" if Clark pleads the Fifth on every question at the hearing, and Honig replied that this is exactly why the Capitol riot committee wants to make him do it.

"The committee wants to make Jeffrey Clark own it," he explained. "The want to hang that Fifth Amendment [response] around his neck. Make him said it over and over, 'I take the Fifth, I take the Fifth, I take the Fifth.'"

Honig went on to explain that Clark is well within his rights to assert his Fifth Amendment rights -- but only if he believes that speaking truthfully could implicate him in a crime.

Burnett then played a supercut of all the times former President Donald Trump attacked aides of one-time Democratic rival Hillary Clinton for asserting their Fifth Amendment rights.

Watch the video below.

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'You will not live much longer': Rep. Omar plays threatening voicemail she received after call with Boebert

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) on Tuesday played a threatening voicemail that she received from an apparent supporter of Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO), whom she has been feuding with for the last several days.

At a press event, Omar again condemned Boebert for likening her to a suicide bomber, and then played audio of the voicemail that she received shortly after her ill-fated call with Boebert earlier this week.

"I would love the opportunity to take you off the face of the f*cking Earth, you Muslim piece of sh*t jihadist," the caller said. "We know what you are, you're a f*cking traitor. You will not live much longer, I can almost guarantee you that."

Last week, unearthed video showed Boebert likening Omar to a suicide bomber in front of cheering supporters, while also labeling Omar as a member of the "jihad squad."

Tensions in Congress have been running high all year, starting with the January 6th riots by Trump supporters at the United States Capitol and continuing through to Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) earlier this month posting a cartoon on social media that depicted him murdering Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-MN).

Watch the video below.

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Right-wing media outlets get called out out for pushing an invented anti-Pelosi story

Conservative writer Jim Swift, a alum of the Weekly Standard who now writes at The Bulwark, has written a comprehensive takedown of right-wing media outlets straight-up inventing a story about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

Over the last week, conservative outlets ranging from the Trump-aligned Big League Media to the more respectable Washington Examiner have pushed a story about Pelosi buying a $25 million mansion in Florida, despite the fact that there's no evidence she's done so.

"The lib-owning idea went something like this: Nancy Pelosi and her ilk have overreacted to COVID-19 at every turn," writes Swift. "Ron DeSantis is a freedom loving governor of the greatest state in America. And now Pelosi was all but admitting that DeSantis was right by spending $25 million on Florida real estate. What an elitist hypocrite!"

Swift looked into the sourcing of the Pelosi house story, however, and found it to be tissue-thin, including one report that relied on "several south Florida Twitter users" who claimed that they had "sources confirming that Pelosi is in fact buying the house."

Swift noted that a reporter at Realtor.com did the hard work of actually making phone calls and looking up records -- instead of relying on "South Florida Twitter users" -- and they discovered there was no truth to the story at all.

"I’m sure the corrections and apologies will be flooding in now that Realtor.com has done the shoeleather journalism to debunk this wildly false claim," Swift commented sarcastically.

Capitol riot defendant who talked of desire to commit 'assassination' hit with conspiracy charges

A Capitol rioter who is already facing serious charges for Tasering Capitol Police Officer Michael Fanone was hit with new conspiracy charges on Monday.

As reported by NBC 4 Washington's Scott MacFarlane, federal prosecutors alleged in a superseding indictment unsealed Monday that an unidentified witness has told a grand jury that MAGA rioter Daniel Rodriguez told them that he would "assassinate Joe Biden" if he had the opportunity and would "rather die than live under a Biden administration."

Federal prosecutors go on to accuse Rodriguez and other defendants of engaging in a conspiracy whose goal was to "stop, delay, and hinder Congress's Certification of the Electoral College vote" and then to "corruptly alter, destroy, mutilate, and conceal a record, document, or other object to prevent evidence of their unlawful acts on January 6, 2021 from being used in an official proceeding, that is, the grand jury investigation into the attack of the Capitol on January 6, 2021."

Rodriguez was arrested this past spring after being identified as the Capitol rioter who Tasered Michael Fanone.

In an interview with the FBI, Rodriguez claimed that he Tasered Fanone in order to "protect" him from other Capitol rioters whom he claimed would have hurt him even worse.

Read the full indictment here (PDF).

Jen Psaki turns the tables on Peter Doocy after he asks if Biden will apologize to Kyle Rittenhouse

Fox News' Peter Doocy asked White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki if President Joe Biden would apologize to acquitted Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse -- and she didn't hesitate to turn the tables on him.

During Tuesday's press briefing, Doocy pointed out that Biden linked Rittenhouse to white supremacists in remarks he made during the 2020 presidential campaign and he asked if Biden would apologize to Rittenhouse.

"This is about a campaign video released last year that used President Trump's own words during a debate as he refused to condemn white supremacists and militia groups," she replied. "And President Trump, as you know... didn't just refuse to condemn militia groups on the debate stage, he actively encouraged them throughout his presidency."

Psaki then linked Rittenhouse's decision to travel to Kenosha armed with an AR-15 to Trump's encouragement of militias and vigilantes.

"What we've seen are the tragic consequences of that, when people think it's OK to take the law into their own hands," she said.

During the first debate between Biden and Trump in 2020, Trump told the Proud Boys to "stand back and stand by," which they took to mean an explicit statement of support.

Watch the video below.

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Jen Psaki turns the tables on Peter Doocy after he asks if Biden will apologize to Kyle Rittenhouse

Fox News' Peter Doocy asked White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki if President Joe Biden would apologize to acquitted Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse -- and she didn't hesitate to turn the tables on him.

During Tuesday's press briefing, Doocy pointed out that Biden linked Rittenhouse to white supremacists in remarks he made during the 2020 presidential campaign and he asked if Biden would apologize to Rittenhouse.

"This is about a campaign video released last year that used President Trump's own words during a debate as he refused to condemn white supremacists and militia groups," she replied. "And President Trump, as you know... didn't just refuse to condemn militia groups on the debate stage, he actively encouraged them throughout his presidency.

Psaki said then linked Rittenhouse's decision to travel to Kenosha armed with an AR-15 to Trump's encouragement of militias and vigilantes.

"What we've seen are the tragic consequences of that, when people think it's OK to take the law into their own hands," she said.

During the first debate between Biden and Trump in 2020, Trump told the Proud Boys to "stand back and stand by," which they took to mean an explicit statement of support.

Watch the video below.

Jen Psaki turns the tables on Peter Doocy after he asks if Biden will apologize to Kyle Rittenhouse www.youtube.com

'Christianity is shrinking into a rump': Conservative pens scathing review of right-wing pro-Trump conference

Conservative New York Times columnist David Brooks has written an essay for The Atlantic in which he details his experiences at the recent National Conservatism Conference, which he found loaded with angry culture warriors delivering apocalyptic warnings about "wokeness" decimating American culture.

One speech at the conference that particularly struck Brooks came from activist Amanda Milius, who argued that Americans needed to start making movies like the 1950s John Wayne Western "The Searchers" again on the grounds that the film unapologetically showed "how Americans tamed the West and how Christian values got brought to 'savage, undeveloped land.'"

Brooks, however, has seen the movie in question and was not impressed with Milius's take on it.

"This is about as dumb a reading of The Searchers as it's possible to imagine," he writes. "The movie is actually the modern analogue to the Oresteia, by Aeschylus. The complex lead figure, played by John Wayne, is rendered barbaric and racist while fighting on behalf of westward pioneers. By the end, he is unfit to live in civilized society."

Brooks also found himself disturbed by some conservatives' embrace of authoritarian Hungarian leader Viktor Orbán, whom they believed had successfully used state power to enforce Christianity as the dominant religion of his country.

Brooks, however, said that even if such a thing were desirable in the United States, it would simply not be possible to enact.

"Evangelical Christianity has lost many millions of believers across recent decades," he writes. "Secularism is surging, and white Christianity is shrinking into a rump presence in American life. America is becoming more religiously diverse every day. Christians are in no position to impose their values—regarding same-sex marriage or anything else—on the public square. Self-aware Christians know this."

Brooks, however, said that even if such a thing were desirable in the United States, it would simply not be possible to enact.

"Evangelical Christianity has lost many millions of believers across recent decades," he writes. "Secularism is surging, and white Christianity is shrinking into a rump presence in American life. America is becoming more religiously diverse every day. Christians are in no position to impose their values—regarding same-sex marriage or anything else—on the public square. Self-aware Christians know this."

'A real man would be defending his wife': Liz Cheney mocks Ted Cruz after he says Trump 'broke' her

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) on Wednesday hit back at Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) after he accused her of suffering from "Trump Derangement Syndrome."

As reported by CNN's Melanie Zanona, Cheney was asked about Cruz's statements made during a Fox News interview in which Cruz alleged that former President Donald Trump "broke" her mentally.

Cheney wasted no time hitting back.

"Trump broke Ted Cruz," Cheney told Zanona. "A real man would be defending his wife, and his father, and the Constitution."

Trump in 2016 infamously went after Cruz's family by posting a meme that accused Cruz's wife of being ugly and then claiming that Cruz's father may have been involved in the assassination of President John Kennedy.

Despite this, Cruz would go on to endorse Trump for president and would become one of his staunchest defenders in the Senate, despite the fact that Trump never apologized for attacking his wife and father.

This is the second time recently that Cheney has come out swinging against Cruz, as last week she accused him of "posturing for the secessionist vote."

Cheney has come under fire from her own party for participating in the House Select Committee investigating the January 6th Capitol riots.

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