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Trump hits Bob Woodward with $50 million lawsuit for releasing audio of interviews

Former President Donald Trump has found a new foe in court -- the same journalist that broke the Richard Nixon Watergate scandal and who Trump talked to nearly two dozen times over eight months.

Trump is suing Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bob Woodward, who he collaborated on a book with, stating that he allowed Woodward to record their conversations for the sole purpose of being used only for the book, "Rage."

The lawsuit alleges that Woodward along with publishing company Simon & Schuster and parent company Paramount Global did not have the legal rights to use recordings from the interview for an audiobook, "The Trump Tapes," that was released in October 2022.

Trump's lawsuit states that Simon & Schuster and Paramount Global illegally profited from the tapes, and he is seeking nearly $50 in damages. The figure comes from a future sales projection of 2 million audiobook copies being sold at $24.99.

According to Bloomberg, Trump's interviews with Woodward began in 2016 when he was still a candidate for president. The two spoke in 19 designated interviews between December 2019 and August 2020. Trump claims that he never gave a verbal or written agreement to any of the recordings being shared with the public in any format or platform.

In the legal filings Trump's attorneys stated, "This case centers on Mr. Woodward's systematic usurpation, manipulation and exploitation of audio of President Trump."

Paramount Global or Simon & Schuster have not supplied public comment on the case.

Steve Bannon accuses Mike 'Judas Pence' of trying to 'provide cover' for President Joe Biden

As Republican party loyalists are enjoying the afterglow of classified documents being found belonging to President Joe Biden, while minimizing the classified documents that have been found at the Indiana home of former Vice President Mike Pence, Steve Bannon longtime adviser, supporter and confidant of former President Donald Trump, has used the opportunity to knock Pence off his GOP platform for a possible 2024 presidential campaign.

On Bannon's Gettr social media account, he reacted to the news of Pence's classified documents.

"Judas Pence attempts to provide cover for Biden," Bannon posted.

Bannon's comments come with no basis on Pence trying to minimize the findings of Biden's classified documents, and before a major media response has been provided by Pence. Most political insiders believe Bannon is just acting as a de facto Trump spokesperson on the issue.

Another possibility is that Bannon is trying to deflect attention from his current case and the charges that he fraudulently obtained donations for the Build the Wall Campaign and misappropriated those funds for the unfinished project. Bannon is facing charges of conspiracy, money laundering and scheming to defraud investors.

Kansas man says God told him to threaten GOP lawmaker for ignoring dangers of wizards and sorcery

A Kansas man on trial for a death threat to a U.S. representative has said he was inspired by God for his actions and that the charges need to be dismissed.

According to FOX News, Chase Neill from Lawrence, Kansas became obsessed with State Rep. Jake LaTurner and was angered that he ignored his pleas to fight against the dangers posed by alien life forms, sorcery and wizards.

After disclosing to the jury that he sees his official job as combatting "high sorcery," Neill attempted to put his faith on display.

"I am really trying to explain how I interact with God, and it is a difficult explanation," he told the jury. "I apologize. I am held to an obligation by our Creator."

That obligation included Neill leaving a voicemail in June for LaTurner at his Topeka office after office hours that included him saying, "I will kill you."

Neill, who is representing himself in court as his own lawyer, said his actions were responses to hearing God's "trumpet."

Neill has described himself solely as a messenger and told LaTurner that he and other politicians are facing death by an act of God as a punishment for their actions.

"I am not going to try to pursue him for some sort of violent crime," Neill said during trial testimony.

North Dakota Republican floats fining state-funded groups $1,500 if they use 'wrong' pronouns

The North Dakota House of Representatives has introduced a bill that would prohibit expanded use of pronouns outside of the gender that the person was born.

House Bill 2199 restricts the definition of gender to the person's natural gender at birth and then requires that all pronoun use be reflective of that same gender. Any violation by an institution that receives state funding, including public schools, would be subject to a $1,500 fine.

If gender is challenged, the bill puts the responsibility on the individual to prove their gender.

“Say, they’re a boy, but they come to school and say they’re a girl. As far as that school is concerned in this bill, that person is still a boy. If it becomes contested, the burden will be on the girl, the so-called girl, or the boy, to prove that he is a girl,” said North Dakota State Senator David Clemens while speaking in favor of the bill.

The bill's sponsor was the only testimony given in support of the bill, as nearly 100 separate forms of testimony was provided against the bill. Even the state's Senate Judiciary Committee voted to not pass the proposed bill.

"I see no way this law would pass any sort of legal challenge based on basic legal construction principles," North Dakota Human Rights' Christina Sambor said in an interview with KFYR-TV of Bismarck. "It is vague, fails to advance any legitimate state interests, and not only would cause impermissible, gender-based discrimination, its very purpose is gender-based discrimination."

The bill now moves to the Senate floor.

'The history is very clear': James Clyburn warns Democrats against primarying Joe Biden in 2024

While there are still more questions than answers for both political parties regarding the 2024 presidential nomination process, Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC), who is a longtime ally of President Joe Biden, has specifically warned the Democratic Party about the possibility of running against Biden in a party presidential primary election.

In an interview with CBS News, Clyburn not only predicted that Biden will run for re-election, but also made it clear where he stands about any other Democrat, such as California Governor Gavin Newsom, who is thinking about running against Biden in a party primary race.

"I don't think he will [have a Democratic challenger for President], and I don't think he should," Clyburn said. "The history is very clear on what happens when you challenge a sitting president like this."

It is an unquestionable trend that whenever a sitting U.S. President gets a challenge within its own party for a primary race, that sitting President usually wins, but then is defeated in the general election in November.

The Democratic Party always points to the tough challenge Ted Kennedy gave President Jimmy Carter in 1980, exposing campaign and messaging weaknesses that were further exploited by Ronald Reagan in the 1980 election. This repeated itself in 1992 when a primary challenge from Pat Buchanan helped paved the way for incumbent President George H.W. Bush's defeat.

House Republicans remove metal detectors from the Capitol

According to Axios, one of the first actions of the new Republican-controlled House of Representatives was to remove metal detectors outside of the House chambers.

The move comes just days before the upcoming second anniversary of the Jan. 6 attacks.

The removal of the metal detectors has been widely seen as a political move to unite the Republican party, as they grapple with internal infighting from voting for Speaker of the House to the nomination process for the 2024 Presidential election.

The designated spokesperson for the Republican party members on the House of Representatives Rules Committee has not responded to media inquires requesting a further explanation.

Colorado Republican Lauren Boebert, a noted pro-gun enthusiast, said the move to remove the metal detectors helped turn the House back "into the peoples House."

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