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GOP Sen. Josh Hawley takes aim at Big Tech’s legal protection with new bill

Sen. Josh Hawley has announced legislation that would remove tech titans’ protection from liability for third-party content on their platforms.

The Missouri senator’s bill specifically targets Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

The Act, which became law in 1996, provides key legal protection to big tech. Section 230 states that “no provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.”

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Hawley, however, says that the Communications Decency Act was passed when the Internet was still in its infancy, whereas big tech firms are now among the world’s most powerful companies. His legislation, the Ending Support for Internet Censorship Act, would remove the protection that big tech receives under Section 230 unless the firms submit to an external audit that proves their algorithms and content moderation are politically neutral.

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File photo – U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) speaks during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee March 12, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

“With Section 230, tech companies get a sweetheart deal that no other industry enjoys: complete exemption from traditional publisher liability in exchange for providing a forum free of political censorship,” said Sen. Hawley, in a statement. “Unfortunately, and unsurprisingly, big tech has failed to hold up its end of the bargain.”

Big tech firms such as Facebook and Google have repeatedly been accused of political bias, allegations that the companies deny.

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“There’s a growing list of evidence that shows big tech companies making editorial decisions to censor viewpoints they disagree with,” Hawley added. “Even worse, the entire process is shrouded in secrecy because these companies refuse to make their protocols public. This legislation simply states that if the tech giants want to keep their government-granted immunity, they must bring transparency and accountability to their editorial processes and prove that they don’t discriminate.”

The Republican senator’s legislation does not apply to small and medium-sized tech firms.

Under Hawley’s bill, big tech firms would have to provide evidence to the FTC proving that their algorithms and content-removal practices are neutral. Tech titans would also be responsible for the costs of performing audits, and would also have to re-apply for immunity every two years.

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Other politicians have also eyed Section 230. Earlier this year, for example, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, hinted that Silicon Valley could lose the protection it receives under the current legislation.

Supporters of Section 230, however, says that it is a cornerstone of the Internet that must be protected. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, for example, describes Section 230 as “one of the most valuable tools for protecting freedom of expression and innovation on the Internet.”

“Though there are important exceptions for certain criminal and intellectual property-based claims, CDA 230 creates a broad protection that has allowed innovation and free speech online to flourish,” the Electronic Frontier Foundation adds, on its website. “This legal and policy framework has allowed for YouTube and Vimeo users to upload their own videos, Amazon and Yelp to offer countless user reviews, craigslist to host classified ads, and Facebook and Twitter to offer social networking to hundreds of millions of Internet users.”

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation is a nonprofit organization that describes its role as defending civil liberties in the digital world.

Fox News’ Christopher Carbone contributed to this article.

Follow James Rogers on Twitter @jamesjrogers

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Kelly Ripa can’t wait to sit naked on all her furniture: ‘Be warned’

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Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos can’t wait to be empty nesters.

Their 18-year-old daughter, Lola, just graduated high school and will be moving out of their New York City home to attend college in the fall. Their eldest son, Michael, 22 is also out of the house and away at college, which only leaves their 16-year-old son Joaquin at home.

Ripa joked to Entertainment Tonight at the TrevorLIVE Gala in New York City on Monday that the couple is “this close.”

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As for what the Emmy-winner will do once her kids are gone, she insisted it involves a lack of clothing.

“I’m truly going to be running through the house naked,” she said. “I just want everybody to know that. I’m going to be sitting on every piece of furniture naked. Be warned before you come over. That’s what I’ll be doing in my spare time.”

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The couple, 48, apparently likes to be naked often. They joked on Monday’s “Live with Kelly and Ryan,” where Consuelos is temporarily filling in, that Lola accidentally walked in on them having sex over the weekend.

“We started [Lola’s] day off pretty bad yesterday,” Consuelos said. Ripa added, “It was the worst.”

“She shuts the door and you hear, ‘You just ruined my birthday and my life and I used to see in color and now everything is gray,’” Ripa described. Later on, during a family brunch which included Ripa’s in-laws, Lola told her parents they were “disgusting” and had “no chill.”

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Ripa added she said, “You act like you’re 20 but you’re no.”

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Paul Simon, Alice Quinn honored by Poetry Society of America

Paul Simon doesn’t care much for requests, but he might ask you to sing along.

The singer-songwriter’s latest honor came from the Poetry Society of America, which celebrated him Tuesday during a dinner benefit at the New York Botanical Garden.

Simon and longtime poetry editor Alice Quinn were the guests of honor, their careers both lasting for decades and making them revered names among lovers of words.

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Quinn has championed Sharon Olds, Edward Hirsch and countless other poets as an adjunct professor at Columbia University, the poetry editor at The New Yorker (from 1987 to 2007) and an editor at Alfred A. Knopf. She is stepping down as executive editor of the poetry society, where she has served since 2001. She was introduced by Pulitzer Prize winner and U.S. poet laureate Tracy K. Smith, who praised her contributions to “the inner life across this country and beyond.”

Quinn noted that Simon had been a supporter of the poetry society and remembered seeing him in the offices of Knopf, which published a book of his lyrics. Simon was then introduced by former U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins, who noted that Simon was among the first rock songwriters to use the word “poetry” in a song (“I Am a Rock”) and to name poets, reading lines about Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson from Simon’s “A Dangling Conversation.”

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Paul Simon was honored by the Poetry Society of America and celebrated by reading a couple of poems and singing a few songs. During a dinner benefit Tuesday night, June 18, 2019, at the New York Botanical Garden, Simon and poetry editor Alice Quinn were praised for their love for language. Quinn is the former poetry editor for The New Yorker and is stepping down as the poetry society’s executive editor. Simon is regarded as among the first composers to bring a consciously literary sensibility to rock music. (AP)

Simon, meanwhile, was alternately playful and contrarian. He chastised Collins for misremembering a discussion they had about writing and wondered about the meaning of awards when the planet was “disintegrating.” He joked about making room for his poetry society award among his “shelves and shelves” of prizes, right next to a special trophy for being the “best-dressed dad.”

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His acceptance came in three parts: He read work by two poets who died this year, Les Murray and W.S. Merwin; chatted briefly on stage with Collins about writing; and, to everyone’s obvious pleasure, performed a few songs.

Simon, 77, has retired from touring and his voice sounded strained at first. But he grew stronger, and even danced a little, as he ran through such favorites as “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard” and “The Boxer,” asking the audience to join in on the chorus of “Lie-La-Lie” as a small backing group added touches of jazz and Cajun music.

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Be careful, though, about requests. Simon explained that during one show he saw a woman come close to the stage, sobbing, begging him to perform a certain song. But Simon couldn’t understand what she was asking for. What song, he wondered, had made such a “deep connection” that she couldn’t stop crying? Perhaps he had reminded her of a “loved one or a parent.”

Please, the woman finally asked, would you play “The Lion King”?

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The 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 is the most powerful Ford ever

Ford promised the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 would be its most powerful car ever, and it wasn’t kidding.

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The automaker has revealed that the upcoming coupe’s supercharged 5.2-liter V8 will send 760 hp and 625 lb-ft of torque through its 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

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That blows away the last GT500’s 662 hp engine, not to mention the $450,000 Ford GT’s 647 hp turbocharged V6.

It’s also 5 hp more than the soon-to-be-replaced Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 can muster, but falls short of the Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye’s 797 hp for the American muscle car crown.

Ford says the GT500 isn’t all about power, though. It should be significantly lighter than the Challenger and features an advanced suspension and aerodynamics package designed to improve its handling on a twisty road racing track. That said, Ford is promising a quarter-mile time of under 11 seconds.

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Pricing for the GT500 has not been announced, but it will slot into the Mustang lineup above the $60,235 GT350 when it goes on sale this fall.

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Serbia-Montenegro church row fuels Balkan tensions

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A Serb official has branded Montenegro a “criminal” state and threatened a “fierce” response over the neighboring country’s plans to introduce a church law.

The draft law calls for all religious communities in Montenegro to provide proof that they owned their property before 1918 when the small Adriatic state lost its independence and became part of the Serb-dominated Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. If they don’t, the property becomes state owned.

The Serbian Orthodox Church and Serbian officials reacted with fury, saying Montenegro wants to “steal” hundreds of Serb churches and monasteries. Montenegro, which split from Serbia in 2006, denies the claims.

Serbian government minister Nenad Popovic said Wednesday the draft law is a “hostile act” against Serbia.

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Follow the money: Salary cap could spawn NHL trade frenzy

Matt Niskanen wasn’t totally shocked when the Washington Capitals traded him to Philadelphia last week.

One look at their salary cap picture explained it.

“I know what kind of situation Washington was in, so I knew there was a possibility,” he said.

General managers say there is more trade chatter now than at any time in recent years, and much of it has to do with a wide gap between the haves and have nots across the NHL. Only it’s not about contenders and rebuilders; a handful of teams know they will be up against the salary cap ceiling and many others have plenty of room and can use it to take on bad contracts to get better.

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“One thing I think is really apparent is that there’s a commodity out there called the cap,” Winnipeg general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said. “I think that a lot of people are talking around those things as well. It’s an interesting dynamic this summer, so we’ll kind of see.”

Cheveldayoff’s Jets are on the selling side because they need to get new contracts done for budding star forwards Patrik Laine and Kyle Connor, and already have an established core signed to big-ticket deals. They traded defenseman Jacob Trouba to the New York Rangers on Monday and aren’t done dealing.

“There’s realities in a hard cap world,” Cheveldayoff said. “There’s no question we have a challenging summer still ahead of us.”

The rebuilding Rangers are closer to the other end of the spectrum with almost $19 million in cap space to play with. They might be able to accelerate the climb back to the playoffs with some shrewd moves at the draft this weekend and beyond because they can spend to the cap and don’t need to win this year.

“What we’ve learned over the last few years since we started on this rebuild is having cap space affords you conversations you couldn’t have before,” New York GM Jeff Gorton said. “Now I think we’re in conversations and we’re talking to teams about things that maybe three or four years ago we weren’t able to do. There’s a lot of different avenues to do this, and there’s a lot of conversations that go into it as far as eating money or spending money or what you have to do. But definitely having cap space is a big thing … it’s a big weapon to have as we move forward in our rebuild.”

The New Jersey Devils are in a similar spot. They are expected to take American center Jack Hughes with the first overall pick Friday — leaving Finnish winger Kaapo Kakko for the Rangers second — and might be a No. 1 defenseman and a few other additions from being playoff contenders again.

Might a trade for Nashville‘s P.K. Subban fit for New Jersey? The Devils not only have over $30 million in cap space but a surplus of young forwards and prospects that could make for an intriguing offer to the Predators, who look poised to shake things up after back-to-back early playoff exits.

Pittsburgh is among the contending teams that need to shed salary to be under the cap. The Penguins began that process by sending defenseman Olli Maatta to Chicago for young forward Dominik Kahun and a draft pick , and winger Phil Kessel would have been on the move to Minnesota had he not vetoed the trade.

GM Jim Rutherford said he’s “trying to retool” on the fly and won’t rule out trading someone like center Evgeni Malkin or defenseman Kris Letang.

“There’s been great players traded in this league, and if somebody comes along with a package that makes sense for the Penguins, we have to look at it,” Rutherford told 93.7-FM in Pittsburgh. “We’re not finished making changes. I would expect that there will be a couple more before training camp starts.”

The same goes for San Jose, which re-signed two-time Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Erik Karlsson to a $92 million, 11-year contract and already cleared some room by dealing veteran blue liner Justin Braun to Philadelphia. The Sharks still have to re-sign impressive young forward Timo Meier and would love to bring back Joe Thornton and captain Joe Pavelski.

Of course, there’s only so much money to go around, which may force the Sharks to deal.

“Under a cap system, choices and decisions need to be made,” GM Doug Wilson said.

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AOC attack group targets top Dem — who voted with her 96% of the time but criticized Omar

A far-left group backed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is supporting a political newcomer to unseat a 30-year Democratic New York congressman who called out Rep. Ilhan Omar over anti-Semitism.

Justice Democrats, a group that initially recruited Ocasio-Cortez to run against former Rep. Joe Crowley, is targeting Rep. Eliot Engel.

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The candidacy of Jamaal Bowman, a 43-year-old public middle school teacher, was put forward by Justice Democrats in a continued effort to elect more progressive Democrats to Congress, the New York Times reported.

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House Foreign Affairs Chairman Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., listens during a committee hearing on Kosovo’s wartime victims, Tuesday April 30, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Associated Press)

Yet Engel isn’t the moderate Democrat that his critics claim to be. He co-sponsored a Medicare-for-all plan and even joined Ocasio-Cortez and other progressive colleagues in introducing the Green New Deal, a radical overhaul of the economy in a bid to combat climate change. He has also voted with Ocasio-Cortez 96 percent of the time so far.

The source of frustration for the progressive is likely due to Engel’s rather hawkish views on foreign policy, including voting for the Iraq War in 2002, though he criticized the war in later years.

Engel, who is Jewish, has also angered far-left block of the party after he openly criticized Omar after the Minnesota Democrat said that “the political influence in this country that says it is OK to push for allegiance to a foreign country,” referring to Israel, which many perceived as anti-Semitic comments.

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In a fiery statement back in March, Engel said that though he welcomes debate about policy, “it’s unacceptable and deeply offensive to call into question the loyalty of fellow American citizens because of their political views, including support for the U.S.-Israel relationship.”

“We all take the same oath. Worse, Representative Omar’s comments leveled that charge by invoking a vile anti-Semitic slur,” he added.

“We all take the same oath. Worse, Representative Omar’s comments leveled that charge by invoking a vile anti-Semitic slur.”

— Rep. Eliot Engel

Yet Engel challenger’s campaign appears to be taking off, already racking up prominent support from progressives.

“An education warrior, looks promising!” Cynthia Nixon, the former “Sex and the City” star and failed New York gubernatorial candidate, wrote in a tweet Tuesday.

“I’m supporting Jamaal Bowman for Congress in New York’s 16th Congressional District. He’s a lifelong educator and school principal in the Bronx. His experience, his values, and his policy ideas are what we need,” activist Shaun King tweeted.

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Bowman released his first video Monday, where he speaks about his background and the news to build “new America.”

“It’s time to build a new America ― a new America that taps into its unlimited potential, a new America that leverages the brilliance of children and people from diverse backgrounds,” he said. “That’s the America I want to be a part of, the America I want for my children and grandchildren.”

Ocasio-Cortez has been on the board of Justice Democrats before she was de-listed back in March following legal and ethical questions about her affiliation with the group. Her Financial Disclosure form submitted last month still lists her as a director of the organization.

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Body of Florida woman, 22, found in ‘suspicious circumstances,’ police say

A 22-year-old woman was found dead along a Florida highway early Sunday with signs of “minor trauma” and “an apparent broken” leg, police said.

Officers found the body of a woman laying on her back in the grass median of U.S. Highway 92 in Lakeland – about 60 miles southwest of Orlando – around 6:40 a.m. Sunday, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.

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Kara Fay Hanvey was found dead along a Florida highway on Sunday, according to police.  (Polk County Sheriff’s Office)

The woman was identified as 22-year-old Kara Fay Hanvey of Sebring. The sheriff’s office said there were signs of “minor trauma to her body and an apparent broken leg.”

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An autopsy determined Hanvey had been struck by a vehicle. The sheriff’s office said there were “other suspicious circumstances surrounding her death,” including her belongs found nearby along the westbound shoulder. No witnesses were located.

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Authorities are asking anyone who was in the area between 5:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. or is acquainted with the victim to call the sheriff’s office at 863-298-6200.

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Nicole Curtis gets candid about returning to her Hooters roots and her new HGTV show

Nicole Curtis didn’t always renovate homes for a living.

Speaking to Fox News, the “Rehab Addict” star took a look back at one of her very first jobs — a Hooters waitress — and revealed why she’s returning to her roots, judging the 23rd annual Miss Hooters International Pageant in Lake Tahoe, Nevada on Thursday.

“Hooters was a really great experience for me,” the 42-year-old told us of the upcoming competition. “I worked there when I was 18. It was one of my first jobs and it really allowed me to 1. Pay for school and 2. I was able to buy my first house with the money I made there.”

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Curtis also developed lifelong friendships while working at the restaurant.

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“The girls that I worked with 20 years ago are still some of my best friends in the entire world,” the HGTV and DIY Network starlet shared. “It wasn’t just a restaurant job. It was for someone like me — which most of the girls were who worked and put themselves through school — you know that was kind of like our sorority.

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“Those girls really were with me from 18 to 20, which were some really great years to have,” she continued. “So I think it’s really cool to go back and be a judge… I think it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

As for if she’d ever slip her bright orange shorts and white tank top back on again? Curtis revealed she still has her two-piece outfit.

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“I still have the orange shorts and they still fit,” she beamed. “I don’t know anyone who didn’t keep their Hooters uniform.”

When Curtis eventually chose to leave the eatery, it wasn’t a decision that was easy to make.

“It was a hard job to give up because I was making great money but I wanted to move on to other things,” she recalled. “I eventually became a house investor and a real estate agent and everything else, so one day I just had to decide: ‘I’m done with this and I need to move on with the next chapter of my life.'”

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Still, the home renovation and design expert noted that it’s one of those things where she “wouldn’t trade it for the world.”

“It really did teach me a sense of responsibility — that’s really where I got my start in sales and to this day it’s the same hustle. I have the same hustle and drive that I had at 18.”

Curtis went on to dabble in other jobs before pursuing her true passion: real estate. Fast-forward to today she’s built an empire, successfully producing and starring in her DIY series “Rehab Addict” for 8 seasons until she parted ways with the network at the beginning of 2018.

“We actually parted with DIY about a year and a half ago. I just decided that I was done with the show. I needed to take a break,” Curtis explained. “We worked hard for 10 years. I’m the executive producer of my show so I produce the show, shoot the show, work on the show and we only work with my construction guys and one cameraman so it’s not like we got this huge production.

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“So I was literally doing a bit of everything all of the time while juggling a family and during that time I lost both my grandparents. We lost my main contractor’s 9-year-old daughter to cancer, so we just decided last year as a team that we had enough and we needed to take a step back and regroup and it was the best decision.

“I don’t know too many people that walk away from a TV career, but for us, it was definitely the right move at the right time,” Curtis acknowledged.

Now that her team has regrouped and she has had a chance to “catch her breath and catch up on laundry,” Curtis is set to return to HGTV.

“It’s a really cool moment to be ready this time because when we started the show I definitely wasn’t prepared for what was about to be around the corner… I was not ready,” Curtis admitted. “10 years to stay on TV — it was unimaginable and it was a fabulous opportunity — but I’m so thankful now that we took the time to just not be doing anything and most importantly, that was a big decision for me as a mom.”

“So we’re coming back which is really cool,” Curtis gushed. “We’re ready, but it’s always at our pace and that’s the cool thing. Again, I’m very lucky to be able to do that. We’re excited. My fans have been asking every single day: ‘When are you coming back? When are you coming back?’

“And now we finally have an answer: soon,'” Curtis revealed before clarifying it won’t be “too soon though.” “It’s summer and we like to be home with our kids,” the mom of two said.

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When asked if her new show would resemble her beloved “Rehab Addict” series, Curtis explained that in some ways it’ll be the same.

“Here’s the truth: I was never made for TV,” she admitted. “We did a show about my real life so what we’re doing now is still the same, but my life has changed. The show has evolved. I am no longer a struggling single mom and ready to lose all of my money if this house doesn’t go through and so we really kind of tweaked that.”

“It’s just another version of my life,” Curtis shared. “I’m very open and honest about my life, but there are some things that I keep close and private and my kids are one of those so nobody will definitely see family dinners on my show, but it’s the same. It just follows our life.”

Curtis also revealed that fans will continue to see her restore historic homes throughout different communities.

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“I think for us our sweet spot is we’ve really been fighting to bring awareness for childhood cancer because we lost Tessa and really just working with humans and being kind to one another so that’s really where we find it and that’s what the show is about,” she added. “Our work on these houses is so much more than flipping houses or anything else; what it has always been about is telling somebody’s story through a house.”

Not to mention Curtis will still be “the belligerent tiny blonde who says the ‘f’ word every five minutes.”

“That’s never going to go away,” she noted.

For now, fans can see Curtis judge the 23rd Annual International Hooters Pageant on June 20 alongside NASCAR star Chase Elliott, MMA fighter Yair Rodriguez, model Bonnie-Jill Laflin and the original Hooters Girl, Lynne Austin where the panel will select and crown the 2019 Miss Hooters International.

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When it comes to advice for the ladies competing, Curtis emphasized: “Just be yourself.”

“That’s all that matters. If I had faked my way the first time that we met about my television show, I wouldn’t have lasted more than one pilot episode.”

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Statehood push for DC, Puerto Rico part of Dems’ ‘full-bore socialism,’ McConnell says

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House Democrats’ attempts to grant statehood to the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico amount to “full-bore socialism” — which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he cannot abide.

In remarks during interviews and on social media, McConnell vowed to uphold his role as the “grim reaper” of the Democratic socialist agenda as long Republicans maintain their hold of the Senate.

McConnell, R-Ky., explained Monday on “Fox & Friends” why a Republican “hold on the Senate is really important.”

“What we’re seeing now on the Democratic side is a debate about whether socialism would be a good thing for America. I never thought in my lifetime that we would be debating the free enterprise system in this country, ” McConnell said.

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McConnell explained what he meant by calling himself the “grim reaper.” (The reference grew from McConnell’s reaction to a Nancy Pelosi poster depicting “McConnell’s Graveyard,” showing Democrats’ proposals dying in the GOP-led Senate.)

“What I meant was none of these socialist games, the Green New Deal, Medicare for all, are going to pass the Senate,” he said.

If President Trump is re-elected, then his vetoing power will add an extra wall of protection against socialist legislation passing Congress, but until then, McConnell vowed socialist bills “that would fundamentally change America into something it’s never ever been” will not pass his chamber.

Last week, McConnell said on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” that statehood for D.C. and Puerto Rico would threaten GOP control of the Senate, helping Democrats push their socialist agenda.

“I am the ‘grim reaper’ when it comes to the socialist agenda that they’ve been jetting up over in the House with overwhelming Democratic support and sending it over to America,” McConnell said.

“They plan to make the District of Columbia a state — that’d give them two new Democratic senators — Puerto Rico a state, that would give them two more new Democratic senators,” he continued. McConnell said rising support among House Democrats for the Green New Deal, Medicare-for-All — and possibly an expanded Supreme Court — signals a potential turn for the worse in the U.S. Congress.

“This is full-bore socialism on the march in the House. And yeah, as long as I’m the majority leader of the Senate, none of that stuff is going anywhere,” he said.

The House is set to hold a hearing on D.C. statehood on July 24 that could lead to a floor vote, the Washington Post reported. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., both have voiced support for D.C. becoming a state.

D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D), one of the district’s non-voting delegates, described the cause of D.C. statehood as a “civil rights issue” that “embodies our nation’s founding democratic principle: the right to vote,” her spokeswoman told the Post.

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“Our 700,000 residents, who pay taxes, fight in war, and have all the other obligations of citizenship, deserve and have earned representation in the House and Senate,” the spokesperson said.

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