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Todd Chrisley, wife Julie surrender to authorities on tax evasion charges

Chrisley Knows Best”  stars Julie and Todd Chrisley surrendered to authorities on Wednesday, a rep for the U.S. attorney’s office confirmed to Fox News.

The couple was indicted the day before on 12 counts of conspiracy to commit bank and wire fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy to defraud the United States and tax evasion.

If convicted of all counts, the reality personalities face up to 30 years each behind bars.

TODD CHRISLEY’S SON CHASE HIT WITH $16G TAX LIEN

Todd Chrisley’s attorneys, Bruce H. Morris and Stephen Friedberg, told us in a statement Tuesday: “The allegations contained in the indictment are based on complete falsehoods. The Chrisleys are innocent of all charges.”

On Monday night, Todd, 50, posted a lengthy Instagram note telling fans that an upcoming indictment was due to a disgruntled former employee stealing from his family and trying to retaliate against them after he was fired in 2012.

TODD CHRISLEY: GOD IS GIVING ME A VOICE

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Julie and Todd Chrisley of “Chrisley Knows Best” and “Growing Up Chrisley” were indicted on federal charges of bank fraud and tax evasion. The couple denied the allegations. (Getty)

The star wrote that he wouldn’t go into detail, but said the former employee’s alleged crimes included “all kinds of really bad stuff like creating phony documents, forging our signatures, and threatening other employees with violence if they said anything.”

Todd explained that the unidentified man spied on them and went as far as to take forged documents to the U.S. attorney’s office to get him and his wife in legal trouble.

‘CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST’ STAR TODD CHRISLEY’S SON KYLE ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES, ALLEGED DEATH THREATS

“[We] even discovered that he illegally bugged our home,” he wrote. “Needless to say, we fired the guy and took him to court — and that’s when the real trouble started. To get revenge, he took a bunch of his phony documents to the U.S. Attorney’s office and told them we had committed all kinds of financial crimes, like tax evasion and bank fraud. That got their attention all right, but once we had a chance to explain who he was and what he’d done to us, they realized it was all a bunch of nonsense and they sent him on his way.”

TODD CHRISLEY: DISGRUNTLED EX-EMPLOYEE BEHIND UPCOMING TAX EVASION, FRAUD INDICTMENTS

On Tuesday, right around the time news broke of the Chrisleys’ indictment, Todd posted a promo for “Growing Up Chrisley.”

A week earlier, Todd posted a series of cryptic Instagram messages, including one that reads, “The older I got, the more I realize the value of privacy, of cultivating your inner circle and only letting certain people in.” He captioned the textual image, “No one is promised tomorrow so make the days you have with the ones you love and trust matter.”

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Another post admonished big spending on designer labels. Todd captioned that snap, “If only we knew this in our youth we could’ve saved so many tears and heartaches, but once realized everything else in life makes more sense.”

Fox News’ Tyler McCarthy contributed to this report.

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Stock Markets Slide as Bonds Signal Rising Concern About Growth

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Stocks dropped on Wednesday as the bond market signaled rising concern about the economy and data from Germany and China suggested that the global industrial economy was slumping further.

On Wall Street, the S&P 500 fell more than 2 percent, led by a steep drop in the energy sector. Retail shares also fell sharply, after Macy’s posted lower quarterly results. Shares of large technology companies, sensitive to the outlook for the trade war, also fell.

Amid an increasingly volatile environment for investors, the market drop reflected a rapid shift in sentiment, erasing Tuesday’s gain in the S&P 500, which had been driven by the White House decision to narrow the scope of the next round of tariffs on China.

Any optimism quickly dissipated on Wednesday as investors appeared intensely attuned to downbeat economic signals being sent by the bond market. Yields on long-term United States securities continue to plumb lows not seen in recent years. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note fell below 1.60 percent, a level it last reached in late 2016. The yield on the 30-year bond fell below 2.05 percent, putting it on pace to close at the lowest level on record.

[Read more about the intensifying recession warning in the bond market.]

Bond yields are typically determined by investors’ expectations for economic growth and inflation. The drop in long-term yields also briefly pushed the yield on the 10-year note below that of the two-year Treasury note, an unusual situation known as an inversion of the yield curve. Yield-curve inversions are considered one of the most reliable leading indicators of recession in the United States, having preceded every economic decline in the past 60 years.

That phenomenon, when yields on long-term bonds fall below those on short-term bonds, had already occurred with some Treasury securities this year. But the inversion between two-year and 10-year notes on Wednesday, something that last occurred in 2007 as the American economy began to sputter into a severe recession, seemed to worry investors anew.

[The bond market is sending a clear signal that investors are pessimistic about the economy’s prospects.]

Economic data from other corners of the global economy added to the day’s ominous mood.

The German government reported that the country’s economy shrank in the three months that ended in June. The German economy, the eurozone’s largest, has been particularly vulnerable to the trade war between the United States and China because of Germany’s dependence on manufacturing and exports. A second consecutive quarter of decline would mean Germany was technically in a recession.

[Read more about how Germany is heading toward a recession.]

In China, a variety of macroeconomic indicators published overnight showed that the world’s second-largest economy continues to lose steam as the trade war drags on. Chinese industrial production slowed more than expected, falling to 4.8 percent in July, the lowest level since 2002.

The signs of economic weakness in those important industrial economies hit commodities markets. Futures prices for American crude oil fell 4 percent. Prices for copper, often tightly tied to the outlook for Chinese economic growth, fell more than 1 percent in New York trading.

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Dow Tumbles More Than 600 Points As Bond Markets Signal Recession

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Stocks are falling sharply Wednesday on deepening worries over a slowdown in the global economy.

The Dow has dropped more than 600 points, or 2.5%. Investors have been whipsawed in recent days from mixed signals emerging from the Trump administration about tariffs and the escalating trade war with China.

The jitters were exacerbated after worrisome economic data from two big countries. Germany posted negative growth in the latest quarter and China’s industrial output fell to a 17-year low.

An even bigger worry: The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note fell below 2-year Treasuries for the first time since 2007. In other words, you would get a higher interest rate for government debt that matures in two years than in 10 years.

Such an inversion in yields has a strong track record of predicting a recession, especially the longer it continues. Each of the last seven recessions, dating back to 1969 were preceded by the 10-year falling below the 2-year.

Chris Zaccarelli, chief investment officer for Independent Advisor Alliance commented on today’s bond market turmoil:”The periods when the yield curve inverts are when markets believe we are headed into a recession and either inflation will be lower and, or the Federal Reserve will be forced to lower short term interest rates.”

On Tuesday, the Trump administration said it was postponing some of its new tariffs on Chinese imports. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced that 10% tariffs on certain popular consumer items — including cellphones, laptop computers, video game consoles, computer monitors and some toys, shoes and clothing — will be postponed until Dec. 15.

“What we’ve done is we’ve delayed it, so they they won’t be relevant to the Christmas shopping season,” President Trump told reporters.

The delays affect about $160 billion worth of imports, according to calculations by the advocacy group Tariffs Hurt the Heartland. Tariffs on another $112 billion worth of Chinese imports are still set to take effect on Sept. 1 as scheduled.

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Stacey Abrams Says She’s Open to Being Vice President for Any Democratic Nominee

Stacey Abrams made it official this week that she would not seek the presidency after months of speculation among Democrats, becoming one of the most prominent party leaders to pass on the 2020 race. But in an interview Tuesday night, she said she was open to being considered for the No. 2 spot by “any nominee.”

Ms. Abrams, who drew national attention during her unsuccessful run for governor of Georgia last year, said that she would focus her next year on identifying and stemming voter suppression efforts throughout the country, a major priority for her for years, instead of running for president or the Senate.

But she has remained close to the presidential race, meeting privately with several candidates and topping lists of potential vice presidents.

On Tuesday, Ms. Abrams spoke to The New York Times about why she decided not to run for president, how she feels about the possibility of being on a 2020 ticket, and why Democrats should not shy away from the politics of identity.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

When did you come to the decision not to run for president?

I’ve been thinking about this for the last few weeks, and I’ve just come to the decision that my best value add, the strongest contribution I can give to this primary, would be to make sure our nominee is coming into an environment where there’s strong voter protections in place.

Was it always trending this way? Or were you close to getting into the race?

Of course, I would not have publicly raised the possibility if it was not a legitimate thought. But I don’t believe standing for office is something that you do simply because the office is available. I need to know that it’s the best choice and it’s the best role for me to play. And I’ve been pleased with the direction of the field.

I asked two things with all the presidential nominees I’ve met with. One is that they make voter suppression their number one issue. And two, that they make Georgia a top priority because it is a battleground state.

You also turned down the opportunity to run for Senate in Georgia. Is it just that you had your heart set on governor? Or is it that you are looking at being vice president?

I’m certainly open to other political opportunities.

My decision not to run for the Senate was because I do not want to serve in the Senate. I think that there are people who are running who are the right people for that job. And I’m going to do my best to ensure that they can become the senator from Georgia. And that means fighting voter suppression. That means making sure that we are learning things from our 2018 campaign.

But as I think about my next step, my first responsibility is to ensure that when the primary is done — when the nominee decides to choose their running mate — that they are choosing based on knowing that we are in a country where we have built the infrastructure in those battleground states. And that I’ve done my part.

So in saying you’re open to other opportunities, that includes any potential selection for vice president?

I would be honored to be considered by any nominee.

But my responsibility is to focus on the primary. And that means using the primary as an opportunity to build the apparatus to fight voter suppression. Because in the end, no matter where I fit, no matter which ones of our nominees win, if we haven’t fought this scourge, if we haven’t pushed back against Moscow Mitch and his determination to block any legislation that would cure our voting machines, then we are all in a world of trouble.

Wouldn’t the best way to fight Mitch McConnell be to run for Senate?

I appreciate the importance of that role. But I am not so arrogant as to believe I’m the only one who can win that.

So does this decision mean that there won’t be a Stacey Abrams endorsement during the primaries?

I do not foresee making any decisions about the candidates in the primaries right now.

One of the conversations dominating the primary is about electability, and obviously that has had connotations with race and gender. As you’ve seen that play out, what goes through your mind?

Different is always uncomfortable, but it’s always necessary. And what I’ve seen happen is, as the top 10 nominees shake out, we have a remarkable diversity among those who are viable standard-bearers for the Democratic Party.

But the guy at the top is still an older white guy, the establishment. Does that disprove your point?

The phenotype of our candidates is going to continue to expand. Who we have to stand for office, those people are going to look more and more like America. That’s one of the reasons we’re not only focusing on the battleground places for the presidency, but the battleground states for the Senate.

We want to change the overarching conversation about who is electable. And we do that by electing people who look like America.

One of the things I think is really interesting is the way you talk about identity politics. How have you seen that conversation develop in 2020?

We must understand the challenges that we face — whether it’s a white suburban mom, who has to deal with not having access to public transit to get to your child’s school and then get to their job, or an African-American farmer who’s isolated from the internet and can’t figure out how to get his produce to market.

Our responsibility is to know that those identities are real, and the barriers to their success are real. And that we should see those identities and embrace the politics of fixing the barriers, of removing the structural obstacles.

I do push back against any politician, Democrat or Republican, who would offer this notion that talking about identity is somehow dangerous. It is the only way we are successful. This is how people see themselves in our politics.

Last question: How often do you think about how close you were to winning the governorship, and are there any regrets from your run of last year?

What I regret every day is that we could not stop [Brian Kemp] from bastardizing this whole process, from denying the franchise to those who had earned it by being Americans and tried to use their right to vote to set the course of their futures.

And I will always be deeply, deeply hurt that we live in a nation that permitted that to happen.

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I’m Morgan Harper. I’m 36 years old and I’m running to represent Ohio’s 3rd District in the US House of Representatives. AMA!

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Hello Reddit!

I am Morgan Harper, running for Congress for the third district of Ohio, covering much of the great city of Columbus. I do not accept any corporate PAC money, money from employees of Pay Day lenders or firearm manufacturers. I am un-bought and un-bossed.

I was born at The Ohio State University Hospital and spent the first nine months of my life in a foster home before being adopted and raised on the east side of Columbus by a Columbus Public Schools teacher. My mother, an immigrant from Trinidad, supported me and my brother while facing constant financial stress throughout our childhood. However, I count myself as one of the lucky ones. Despite my mother’s hard work, and my own, I know that I would not be where I am today without significant support from the Columbus community and programs such as the Ron Brown Scholar Program, which enabled me to attend and earn a BA from Tufts, an MA from Princeton, and a JD from Stanford.

I cut my teeth at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) protecting consumers against predatory lenders and more recently at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), which invests in systematically under-resourced communities.

I am running to represent the working people of Columbus, because 36 years ago, Central Ohio gave me—a newborn with an uncertain future—a chance to succeed.

My platform (in no particular order) includes:

  • Universal Child Care and Early Learning

  • A Federal Jobs Guarantee

  • Tuition-Free Public College

  • Universal Income

  • A Federal Minimum Living Wage

  • Medicare for All

  • Systemic reparations

  • Stable and affordable housing

  • The Green New Deal

You can catch more of my story and the policies that I stand for at my campaign website: morganharper.org

Follow our campaign on social media: @mh4oh

I am excited to be on Reddit to get the chance to speak with all of you about the future you want to see in Ohio and our country.

Proof: https://i.redd.it/30xjf7sby2g31.jpg

Ask me Anything.

Edit: grabbing food, but I’ll be back to answer more questions later!

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Britney Spears reportedly went to Target 80 times last year

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If you’re looking for Britney Spears, you can probably find her at her local Target.

According to financial documents filed in her conservatorship case that were obtained by The Blast, the pop star, 37, may be worth multiple millions — but she still loves a bargain.

In the paperwork, the “Toxic” singer’s total assets at the end of 2018 were valued at $59,079,755.76, thanks in large part to an impressive portfolio that includes investment accounts, mutual funds and trusts. Despite her annual expenditures, Spears came out $2.5 million ahead of where she was at the end of 2017.

And while she spent most of 2018 on her “Piece of Me” tour, which ran from July to October, she did find time to make over 80 different trips to her beloved big box store.

She also made a number of trips to Ralphs and Home Depot, spending just over $66,000 on household supplies.

By far the Grammy winner’s biggest expenditure, however, are the fees she’s required to pay to her conservators and case management advisers, which total over $1 million — including $128,000 which goes to her father, Jamie Spears.

This article originally appeared in Page Six.

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See Emilia Clarke In Her First Post-‘Game Of Thrones’ Movie, ‘Last Christmas’

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A trailer just dropped for her first project since the epic HBO series concluded in May, and she’s no queen. In “Last Christmas,” she’s a saleswoman at a London Christmas store who nearly died from a life-threatening illness. (Clarke in real life had two aneurysms during “Game of Thrones.”)

In a preview for the rom-com due out Nov. 8, her Kate meets hunky dude Tom (Henry Golding from “Crazy Rich Asians”), and she gets many chances to show her comedic chops in an elf costume. Michelle Yeoh (also from “Crazy Rich Asians”) co-stars.

Emma Thompson, who wrote the script, pops in as Clarke’s mother.

Kate drinks too much and gets a bird turd splattered in her eye.

The film looks likes sweet holiday candy ― and we’re craving some.

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Marine Who Warned Of Insider Threat Should Remain In The Corps, Military Board Says

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Jason Brezler, seated center, holds a meeting with local governors in Afghanistan in 2010. Brezler faced discharge after emailing classified documents over an insecure network. He challenged the Marine Corps’ decision.

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Seven years ago, Maj. Jason Brezler sent an urgent message to a fellow Marine in Afghanistan, warning him about an insider threat. The warning wasn’t heeded, and two weeks later, three U.S. troops were dead.

What did attract attention was that Brezler had sent classified information over an insecure network. The Marine Corps then embarked on what would be a multiyear effort to kick out Brezler — claiming it was for mishandling information. Brezler maintained it was retaliation for calling attention to deaths he thought might have been prevented.

The U.S. Navy Board of Inquiry decided to remove Brezler from service with an honorable discharge: Brezler wouldn’t lose any benefits or rank; he just wouldn’t be a Marine anymore.

“In light of my very strong desire to continue to serve and lead Marines, it didn’t feel honorable,” he told NPR in 2016.

So Brezler sued in federal court and won a new hearing. Earlier this month he sat before a board of inquiry again, and on Aug. 9, seven years after he sent the warning to Afghanistan, the panel of military officers ruled in his favor.

“The Board finds that none of the reasons listed above warrant Maj. Brezler’s separation from the naval service and recommends closing the case,” the decision read.

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LGBTQ YouTubers Hit Google With Lawsuit For Alleged Discrimination

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A group of LGBTQ YouTubers say they have been unfairly targeted with discrimination and suppression of their content because of their sexuality, a new federal lawsuit against the platform alleges.

Eight video creators made the allegations in a suit filed late Tuesday night against YouTube and its parent company, Google. The suit argues the platforms, which “wield unparalleled power,” have unfairly and routinely targeted channels with headlines or tags that that use words including “gay,” “lesbian,” “bisexual” or “transgender” through software algorithms and manual reviews conducted by YouTube employees.

One staffer told plaintiff Chris Knight that his video had been placed on restricted mode, thus limiting his viewership, because of “the gay thing,” audio recording obtained by HuffPost reveals.

As a result, the plaintiffs argue, content creators have lost advertising revenue because of YouTube’s decisions.

Married couple Bria Kam and Chrissy Chambers created a channel in 2012 to talk about LGBTQ issues and about navigating life as a lesbian couple. Their channel has more than 850,000 subscribers, but they say YouTube has unfairly targeted them by docking their subscriber count because of their LGBTQ content. In 2017, a music video by the couple promoting inclusivity was demonetized by the platform, meaning they can no longer make a profit off the video’s ads.

“As a result of this unlawful conduct, Defendants caused this Plaintiff to lose its substantial viewer base and revenues derived from an audience that BriaAndChrissy LLC alone, had built up over the past seven years,” attorney Peter Obstler, of the firm Browne George Ross, wrote in the suit. 

Kam told HuffPost that as time went on, the couple felt YouTube was deliberately targeting them.

“Before that, we’ve always thought that it was a wonderful community, a place where minority voices could be represented, where we could help young people questioning their sexuality and have a place to feel accepted,” Kam said. “It has now turned into something that we’re unable to invest our same effort and focus into because we’ve been so systematically shut down.” 

The suit also alleges that YouTube hasn’t done enough to protect its content creators from violent threats. In 2015, plaintiff Lindsay Amer created the “Queer Kid Stuff” channel as a way to help LGBTQ children struggling with their identities to accept themselves. In 2016, HuffPost wrote a story promoting a video from the channel that discussed how to talk to children about LGBTQ themes. But when neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer saw the story, they started a harassment campaign that flooded Amer’s comments section. YouTube did nothing, the suit alleges, and Amer said she lost potential subscribers when she was forced to turn comments off. 

The lawsuit’s many allegations aren’t new for those who have kept track of YouTube’s policy practices. As The Verge pointed out in 2018, LGBTQ content creators have long claimed the platform has unfairly targeted them, leading to their videos and channels being demonetized.

During Pride Month this year, YouTube issued a rare public statement about a years-long campaign of homophobic harassment against one of its queer creators, Vox journalist Carlos Maza. Steven Crowder, an alt-right YouTuber who instigated the harassment campaign, later had his channel demonetized — but only after public outrage grew.

Google did not immediately respond to requests for comment about the suit. The suit is seeking class action status and a trial by jury.  

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Jeffrey Epstein Accuser Sues His Estate, Staff Over Alleged Sexual Assaults

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A lawsuit filed Wednesday in New York County Supreme Court alleged an associate of Jeffrey Epstein brought Jennifer Araoz to Epstein’s mansion in Manhattan, where Araoz was sexually abused.

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A woman in New York who said she was raped by Jeffrey Epstein, the wealthy financier accused of sex trafficking, is suing his estate, an associate and members of his staff for their alleged involvement in the scheme.

“Today I am starting to reclaim my power,” Jennifer Araoz, 32, told reporters.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday comes after Epstein’s apparent suicide left victims questioning how they would receive justice.

Epstein preyed on her when she was a 14- and 15-year-old high school student in New York City, court documents allege. The lawsuit filed in New York County Supreme Court said a recruiter allegedly brought Araoz to Epstein’s mansion in Manhattan, where the sexual abuse took place.

The lawsuit names Epstein’s longtime confidante and British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, saying she assisted and protected Epstein in a sophisticated sex trafficking ring.

“It is clear that Ms. Maxwell was a co-conspirator in the sex trafficking ring, it’s clear she played an administrative role,” whether or not she had contact with victims, attorney Dan Kaiser told reporters.

The suit also targets three unidentified women who worked for Epstein. They were labeled as a recruiter, a secretary and a maid.

Kaiser emphasized that Epstein had a network of enablers, including the wealthy and the powerful. “Without those enablers, it would not have gone on for as long as it did,” Kaiser said. He said additional enablers will be named.

Maxwell’s whereabouts are unknown. In a deposition in a separate case, Maxwell denied allegations that she helped Epstein acquire girls or young women, the Miami Herald reported.

Kaiser also said he did know the identity of the executor of Epstein’s estate.

Kimberly Lerner, a victims’ rights attorney for Araoz, praised her courage to come forward. “She has the resolve and the strength to help bring down the criminal enterprise and the conspiracy,” Lerner said. She added that Araoz gave up her anonymity while Epstein was alive because she wanted other victims to know that they are not alone. She said Araoz had also lived in fear of Epstein.

Early Saturday, he was found unresponsive in an apparent suicide in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan. He was arrested on July 6 and pleaded not guilty to charges of sex trafficking of dozens of young girls.

“I am angry Jeffrey Epstein won’t have to face his survivors of his abuse in court,” Araoz said in a statement after his death. “We have to live with the scars of his actions for the rest of our lives, while he will never face the consequences of the crimes he committed the pain and trauma he caused so many people.”

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