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Martin Scorsese says Marvel movies are like ‘theme parks,’ director James Gunn responds

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Marvel Cinematic Universe fans aren’t happy with iconic film director Martin Scorsese.

In a recent interview with Empire magazine, the Oscar-winning moviemaker — he’s currently out promoting his new Netflix movie, “The Irishman” — said the popular superhero flicks are more like “theme parks” than true cinema.

“I don’t see them,” Scorsese, 76, responded when asked if he’s watched the likes of “Iron Man” or “Black Panther.” “I tried, you know? But that’s not cinema. Honestly, the closest I can think of them, as well-made as they are, with actors doing the best they can under the circumstances, is theme parks.”

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“It isn’t the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being,” he added.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn responded on Twitter to the comment.

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“Martin Scorsese is one of my 5 favorite living filmmakers. I was outraged when people picketed ‘The Last Temptation of Christ’ without having seen the film. I’m saddened that he’s now judging mine in the same way,” he said on Friday.

The president of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, previously responded to critics who pointed out that the fantasy films don’t get much award-season love.

“Maybe it’s easy to dismiss VFX or flying people or spaceships or billion-dollar grosses,” Feige said (via The Guardian). “I think it is easy to say that you have already been awarded in a certain way. Hitchcock never won best director, so it’s very nice, but it doesn’t mean everything.

“I would much rather be in a room full of engaged fans.”

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Fans offered their own defense of the MCU on social media.

“Why do people care what Martin #Scorsese thinks about Iron Man? If you like the MCU movies, then like the MCU movies,” one user wrote.

Another said, “I honestly wonder how many of Scorsese’s films you’ve actually seen.”

“Someone needs to tell Marty Scorsese that the MCU is the only reason theaters are still in business,” came still another response.

“He’s being an elitist gatekeeper a–hole (which is ironic because comic book nerds often are too) but he’s entitled to his opinion. he’s not jealous, he’s just wrong, and even the most genius and enlightened among us are wrong sometimes,” someone else declared.

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Avengers: Endgame” became the highest-grossing film in history this past summer, taking in more than $2.8 billion at the global box office.

Scorsese is known for such films as “The Departed,” “Taxi Driver,” “Casino” and “Goodfellas.”

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Varney: Ignore the elitists. Everyday Americans will stick with Trump.

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Fox Business host Stuart Varney praised President Trump’s accomplishments on his latest episode of Fox Nation’s “My Take,” and slammed “elitists” for “looking down” on Trump supporters while they attempt to “get rid of the president.”

“I think Trump supporters feel the same way now. They are looked down on, written off, ignored, and they don’t like it, — and that’s why the Trump base remains solidly behind the president.”

— Stuart Varney, Fox Business Host

“Growing up in class-conscious England, I know what it was like to be looked down on, I really didn’t like it,” Varney recalled.

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“I think Trump supporters feel the same way now. They are looked down on, written off, ignored, and they don’t like it — and that’s why the Trump base remains solidly behind the president despite impeachment and a barrage of hatred from the media,” he continued.

Some four in 10 voters have stuck with the president throughout his time in office, explained Varney, challenging the elites to “peer out from their ivory towers” to understand the issues that have faced everyday Americans in the last decade — and he took aim at many of the Obama-era policies.

“Well paid jobs went overseas, especially to China, ObamaCare helped create an army of part-time workers, opioids devastated communities — which the elites will never visit, [and] millions of illegals challenged the native-born in the workplace.”

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“And if anybody objected, well, you’re just a racist bigot … or as Hillary put it, a deplorable,” said Varney — referring to the term used by Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign as a derogatory label for Trump supporters.

Contrasting Trump’s successes to what he deemed President Barack Obama’s failed policies, Varney praised the incumbent for producing a “flood of jobs.”

“The lowest-paid workers are making the biggest wage gains, our economy is the top performer in the industrial world, and the open border is gradually, being closed. Middle America, working America, is doing well and gets the respect and attention of this president,” Varney said.

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Despite Trump’s accomplishments, explained Varney, the elites are pushing to remove Trump from office and support his impeachment, because he doesn’t “conform to presidential norms.”

Varney also slammed the media for “writing the impeachment playbook,” focusing on “Trump and how bad he is,” instead of the “problems and concerns of everyday Americans.”

“They are indeed ignored and dismissed,” he said.

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Trump told U.S. envoy that Ukraine was full of ‘terrible people’ who ‘tried to take me down’

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An interview with diplomat Kurt Volker left Republicans and Democrats disagreeing over events in Ukraine Thursday before congressional investigators released text messages from diplomats. (Oct. 4) AP, AP

WASHINGTON – On May 23, Kurt Volker, the U.S. special envoy for Ukraine, met with President Donald Trump to deliver what he thought was great news: the new Ukrainian government was serious about fighting corruption and deserved robust U.S. support.

He urged Trump to invite Ukraine’s new president, Volodymyr Zelensky, to the White House as a demonstration of America’s backing for the fledgling democracy as it battled Russian aggression.

“The president was very skeptical,” Volker told lawmakers and congressional staff on Thursday in a statement delivered behind closed doors as part of the House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry.

“He said that Ukraine was a corrupt country, full of ‘terrible people,'” Volker recalled. “He said they ‘tried to take me down’.”

The opening statement – first published by Buzzfeed News and confirmed by Volker to USA TODAY – offers a remarkable account of the tightrope that Volker walked as he tried to navigate demands from Trump and his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, while ensuring Ukrainian officials did not become ensnared in America’s messy domestic politics.

He was also, of course, trying to protect his own reputation, as well as U.S.-Ukraine relations. Volker’s testimony came as House Democrats probe allegations that Trump used the power of his office to solicit foreign interference in the 2020 election.

Here are three takeaways from Volker’s opening remarks to the trio of House committees leading the impeachment inquiry: 

Biden’s name never came up?

Volker told lawmakers that he had no idea Trump or Giuliani were specifically seeking an investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden and Biden’s son Hunter. He said the president never mentioned Biden’s name in their conversations, nor did Giuliani specifically talk about the former vice president.

“As you will see from the extensive text messages I am providing, which convey a sense of real-time dialogue with several different actors, Vice President Biden was never a topic of discussion,” Volker told the lawmakers.

That may be true, but Giuliani had made it clear to Volker that he wanted the new Ukrainian government to state publicly that it would investigate Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company that had ties to Hunter Biden. And Volker acknowledged he was aware of “public accusations” against the vice president.

That’s because Giuliani had spoken publicly about his campaign to get the Ukrainian government to provide damaging information on the Bidens as early as May 9, when the New York Times published a story detailing the former New York mayor’s efforts.

Biden a ‘man of integrity’

Volker flatly contradicted Trump and Giuliani’s assertions that Joe Biden engaged in unethical or illegal activity. 

Trump and Giuliani have repeatedly argued that Biden strong-armed the Ukrainian government to fire its top prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, in order to thwart an investigation into Burisma, the Ukrainian company linked to his son Hunter Biden. 

Giuliani has said Shokin’s ouster benefited Hunter Biden, who served on Burisma’s board of directors – a post for which he was paid $50,000 a month. 

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Volker told lawmakers that Giuliani appeared to be getting information from unreliable sources about Shokin, Biden and Burisma, and Volker never believed there was any wrongdoing. 

“I have known former Vice President Biden for 24 years, and the suggestion that he would be influenced in his duties as vice president by money for his son simply has no credibility to me,” he said. “I know him as a man of integrity and dedication to our country.”

Volker’s choice: ‘do nothing, and allow this situation to fester; or try to fix it’

Volker said he realized that U.S.-Ukraine relations were in jeopardy because of Trump’s negative perception of the country, which he believed Giuliani was fueling. Trump was refusing to schedule a meeting with Zelensky, and he’d ordered a freeze on U.S. aid to Ukraine.

“It was clear to me that we had a growing problem in the negative narrative about Ukraine … that was impeding the development of our bilateral relationship,” he told the impeachment investigators on Thursday. “I therefore faced a choice: do nothing, and allow this situation to fester; or try to fix it. I tried to fix it.”

That meant connecting Giuliani with Ukrainian officials. Volker said he introduced them only after a top adviser to President Zelensky, Andrey Yermak, asked him to do so.

He said he “made clear to the Ukrainians, on a number of occasions, that Mayor Giuliani is a private citizen and the president’s personal lawyer, and that he does not represent the United States government.”

But that initial connection grew into a broader effort by Volker and other diplomats to get the Ukrainians to make a public statement about Zelensky’s willingness to probe Burisma and the 2016 presidential election. Text messages that Volker shared with the House committees show State Department officials believed Trump would only agree to a meeting with Zelensky if he made those commitments publicly.

Yermak, Zelensky’s aide, eventually told Volker that demand was untenable. 

“I agreed – and further said that I believe it is essential that Ukraine do nothing that could be seen as interfering in 2020 elections,” Volker said. “It is bad enough that accusations have been made about 2016 – it is essential that Ukraine not be involved in anything relating to 2020.”

The plans for a Zelensky statement were shelved. And Volker’s efforts to repair U.S.-Ukraine relations did not work out as he’d hoped. 

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Florida woman obsessed with Columbine arrested with pipe bombs, pistols in her bedroom, police say

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Acting on a tip from her parents, Tampa Bay area authorities said Friday they arrested a 27-year-old woman obsessed with the Columbine and Oklahoma City mass killings and discovered pipe bombs, weapons and bomb making materials in her bedroom.

Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister told reporters that Michelle Louise Kolts, of Wimauma, Florida, was arrested shortly after midnight. She was charged with 24 counts of making a destructive device with the intent to do bodily harm or property damage, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

“If used, these bombs could have caused catastrophic damage to hundreds, if not thousands of people,” Chronister said. “Something tremendous was prevented.”

Deputies were first alerted to Kolts last year after they learned she had ordered a large quantity of disturbing material, including bomb-making manuals, from an online printer.

“She became consumed with the Columbine and Oklahoma killings,” the sheriff said. “She wasn’t diagnosed with any type of mental health diagnosis at the time. She stated, at that time, her intentions were not to harm anyone.”

In 1999, two students killed 12 classmates and a teacher in a massacre at Columbine high school in Colorado. The killers died in the melee. In 1995, 168 people were killed and hundreds injured when an ex-Army soldier and security guard detonated explosives in front of a federal building in downtown Oklahoma City. The perpetrator was later arrested, tried and executed for the killings. 

The sheriff said Kolts’ parents contacted authorities Thursday evening, when Kolts was away, after finding the pipe bombs and other dangerous items in her bedroom.

Deputies discovered two dozen pipe bombs, smokeless pistol powder, fused material, 23 knives, two hatchets, nunchucks, two BB pellet type rifles, six BB pellet type handguns, and dozens of books and DVDs about murder, mass killings, bomb-making and domestic terrorism.

Authorities said officers were so alarmed by the trove of weapons that they evacuated the home and summoned the agency’s bomb squad.

Kolts, whose occupation on her arrest warrant is described as “laborer,” was taken into custody at her job. Authorities described her as cooperative.

“Both parents were in the military, and they couldn’t have been more cooperative,” the sheriff said. “It’s because of these parents, who knows what type of catastrophic event was prevented in the Tampa Bay area?”

He said the case underscored the importance of citizens speaking up “when you see something that isn’t right.”

Contributing: Associated Press

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Uprising grips Iraq, 60 killed

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Police snipers fired at demonstrators in Baghdad on Friday, as the death toll rose to 60 people in three days of violent national protests against government corruption.

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Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi called for calm but protesters scorned his promises of political reform.

The country’s most influential cleric pinned the blame for the violence on politicians who had failed to improve the lives of the public, and ordered them to meet the protesters’ demands.

Another politically powerful cleric pulled his opposition faction’s lawmakers out of parliament, a gesture likely to fuel the passions behind the unrest.

On the streets of Baghdad, police appeared to be targeting individual protesters. Reuters reporters saw one fall to the ground after being shot in the head. He was pronounced dead in hospital.

Elsewhere, a Reuters television crew saw a man critically wounded by a gunshot to the neck after snipers on rooftops opened fire at a crowd.

The violence is the worst since Iraq put down an insurgency by Islamic State two years ago. The protests arose in the south, heartland of the Shi’ite majority, but quickly spread, with no formal leadership.

Security and medical sources gave a death toll on Friday of 60 killed across Iraq in three days of unrest, the vast majority of the deaths in the last 24 hours as the violence accelerated.

“It is sorrowful that there have been so many deaths, casualties and destruction,” Iraq’s most influential cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, said in a letter read out by his representative during a sermon.

“The government and political sides have not answered the demands of the people to fight corruption or achieved anything on the ground,” said Sistani, who stays out of day-to-day politics but whose word is law for Iraq’s Shi’ites. “Parliament holds the biggest responsibility for what is happening.”

Populist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, who leads the largest opposition bloc in parliament, ordered his lawmakers to suspend participation in the legislature until the government introduces a program that would serve all Iraqis.

Many government officials and lawmakers are widely accused of siphoning off public money, unfairly awarding contracts in state institutions and other forms of corruption.

‘WE WALK AMONG YOU’

The violence is an unprecedented test for Adel Abdul Mahdi, a mild-mannered veteran politician who came to power last year as a compromise candidate backed by powerful Shi’ite groups that have dominated Iraq since the downfall of Saddam Hussein in 2003.

In his overnight address, Abdul Mahdi pledged reforms but said there was no “magic solution” to Iraq’s problems. He insisted politicians were aware of the suffering of the masses: “We do not live in ivory towers – we walk among you in the streets of Baghdad,” he said.

A young man in a crowd fleeing sniper shots at a central Baghdad square was scornful. “The promises by Adel Abdul Mahdi are to fool the people, and today they are firing live gunshots at us,” he said.

“Today this was a peaceful protest. They set up these barricades, and the sniper is sitting right there since last night.”

Police and medical sources told Reuters the death toll so far included 18 people killed in the southern city of Nassiriya, 16 in Baghdad, four in the southern city of Amara and four in Baquba as unrest spread north of the capital. Deaths were also reported in the southern cities of Hilla and Najaf.

Curfews were imposed in a number of cities. Authorities shut roads into the capital from the north and northeast and were sending reinforcements to Baghdad’s densely populated east. Military convoys were being sent to Nassiriya.

Late on Thursday protesters in Baghdad gathered in darkness by a bonfire set among the flaming wreckage of an armored vehicle, across the Tigris River from the government compound.

“They are shooting live fire at the Iraqi people and the revolutionaries. We can cross the bridge and take them out of the Green Zone!” a man shouted to Reuters TV.

“Abdul Mahdi, they will cross the bridge. You better resign. Resign.” he shouted as the crowd behind him took up a chant that swept the Middle East during popular uprisings across the region in 2011: “The people demand the fall of the regime!”

‘REVOLUTION OF HUNGER’

The unrest occurs on the eve of Arbaeen, a Shi’ite pilgrimage which in recent years has drawn 20 million worshippers, trekking for days on foot across southern Iraq in the world’s biggest annual gathering, 10 times the size of the Mecca Hajj.

Some pilgrims were already taking to the roads on Friday, although in smaller numbers than in recent years. Iran has closed one of the border crossings used by millions of pilgrims. Qatar has told its citizens to stay away.

A senior Iranian cleric blamed the unrest on the United States and Israel, saying they aimed to thwart the pilgrimage.

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The protests could grow if they receive formal backing from Sadr, who has long denounced corruption and the political elite. Parliament was set to hold a session dedicated to finding a solution, but Sadr’s faction was staying away.

Sadr has not called on his followers to join the protests, but his faction has expressed sympathy with their aims. One senior Sadrist politician, Awad Awadi, described the protests to Reuters as “a revolution of hunger”.

Reporting by John Davison, Ahmed Rasheed, Reuters Television staff in Baghdad, Aref Mohammed in Basra and Ali Hafthi in Hilla; Writing by Peter Graff and Giles Elgood; Editing by William Maclean and Howard Goller

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Washington Post awards Adam Schiff ‘Four Pinocchios’ for false comments about whistleblower

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The Washington Post awarded “Four Pinocchios” to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff on Friday, claiming he hadn’t told the truth about his knowledge of the whistleblower.

Schiff has played a leading role in investigating the Trump-Ukraine scandal but hasn’t been truthful in the process, according to Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler.

Kessler laid out a compelling, fact-based argument that Schiff wasn’t honest when asked if he had advanced knowledge about the whistleblower’s concerns regarding the now-infamous phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a series of interviews.

“Schiff’s answers are especially interesting in the wake of reports in The New York Times and The Washington Post that the whistleblower approached a House Intelligence Committee staff member for guidance before filing a complaint with the Intelligence Community inspector general,” Kessler wrote.

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Last month, Schiff sat down with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, who asked if he was in contact with the whistleblower, or even if he simply knew their identity.

“I don’t know the identity of the whistleblower … I don’t want to get into any particulars. I want to make sure that there’s nothing that I do that jeopardizes the whistleblower in any way,” Schiff told CNN when asked if the whistleblower has contacted him.

The Post called this answer a “classic dodge” and noted that the CNN host didn’t bother with a follow-up question – which helped Schiff avoid giving a potentially damaging answer.

“He managed not to mislead; he just simply did not answer the question,” Kessler wrote of Schiff.

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“Schiff earns Four Pinocchios.”

— Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler

The very next day, Schiff appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” where he seemingly graduated from dodging to lying, the Post says.

“We have not spoken directly with the whistleblower,” Schiff said on MSNBC.

Kessler noted that this is “flat-out false” given information that has since become available.

“Unlike the quick two-step dance he performed with Anderson Cooper, Schiff simply says the committee had not spoken to the whistleblower. Now we know that’s not true,” the Post’s fact-checker wrote.

A committee spokesman attempted to defend Schiff in a statement to the Post: “He intended to answer the question of whether the Committee had heard testimony from the whistleblower, which they had not… the whistleblower was then awaiting instructions from the Acting DNI as to how the whistleblower could contact the Committee. Nonetheless, he acknowledges that his statement should have been more carefully phrased to make that distinction clear.”

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On Sept. 19, Schiff was at it again, according to the Post, when speaking with reporters at the Capitol.

“In the absence of the actions, and I want to thank the inspector general, in the absence of his actions in coming to our committee, we might not have even known there was a whistleblower complaint alleging an urgent concern,” Schiff said.

The Post’s fact-checker called this “misleading” comment “more dissembling” and noted that “his committee knew that something explosive was going to be filed with the IG.”

Kessler wrote there “are right ways and wrong ways to answer reporters’ questions if a politician wants to maintain his or her credibility” and there is “nothing wrong with dodging a question, as long as you don’t try to mislead.”

But Schiff “clearly made a statement that was false” on MSNBC and “compounded his falsehood” when speaking with reporters at the Capitol, Kessler wrote.

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“The explanation that Schiff was not sure it was the same whistleblower especially strains credulity,” Kessler wrote. “Schiff earns Four Pinocchios.”

The Post’s Fact Checker team considered Four Pinocchios to be “whoppers” and most egregious offense outside of the rare “Bottomless Pinocchio.”

Republicans have also decried how Schiff, during a hearing last week, read a “parody” version of Trump’s phone call with Ukraine’s president.

Fox News’ Alex Pappas contributed to this report.

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Second man found guilty in the murder of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee in Chicago

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CHICAGO — A second man was found guilty Friday in the killing of Tyshawn Lee, a 9-year-old boy who was executed in a 2015 Chicago gang hit that shocked the nation for its brutality.

Jurors found Corey Morgan, 31, guilty of murder in the first degree.

Late Thursday night, another jury found Dwright Boone-Doty, 25, guilty of murder in the first degree for shooting the boy in the head after promising to buy him a treat and luring him into an alley. Boone-Doty faces up to life in prison.

Several members of the boy’s family held hands as the court read Boone-Doty’s verdict on Friday, then began crying.

“JUSTICE BABY,” Tyshawn’s mother, Karla Lee, said in a string of Facebook posts early Friday morning. Lee also posted a slideshow of photos of Tyshawn, calling him her “forever baby.”

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Murder of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee: Jury finds Chicago gang member guilty

Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx said she hoped the Boone-Doty verdict would bring some measure of closure and peace to Tyshawn’s family.

“Even at a time when we’ve become nearly numb to headlines about violence, this case shook us to our core. We grieve for 9-year-old Tyshawn as we continue to hold close those who are laboring in his wake,” Foxx said in a statement Thursday.

“As a mother and prosecutor, I think often about Tyshawn’s fourth grade classmates who returned to school and sat beside an empty desk following this egregious murder and will be graduating eighth grade without their friend on stage later this school year. The trauma is far-reaching and impacts us all, collectively,” she said.

While Boone-Doty’s jury took just over two hours to reach a verdict, Morgan’s jury deliberated for nearly 10 hours and was sequestered overnight.

Morgan’s jury appeared to have several questions throughout its deliberation process.

The jury seemed unsure of whether it could find Morgan legally responsible for murder with possession of a firearm, as it was Boone-Doty, not Morgan, who allegedly shot Tyshawn. The judge clarified language for the jury, saying that the term “defendant” means the defendant or one for whose conduct he is legally responsible.

The jury also requested a dictionary.

“No dictionaries go back, ever,” Judge Thaddeus Wilson said. “I’ve never sent a dictionary back.”

Over the past three weeks, Boone-Doty and Morgan were tried before separate juries, who shuffled in and out of the courtroom to hear evidence with respect to each case.

A third man involved in the murder, Kevin Edwards, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in exchange for a 25-year prison sentence.

After school on Nov. 2, 2015, Tyshawn was sitting on a swing at the park down the street from his grandmother’s house when Boone-Doty approached him, dribbled his basketball, offered to buy him anything he wanted and then led him to an alley, where he shot the child several times at close range, prosecutors say.

The execution-style shooting was an act of revenge, according to prosecutors. Boone-Doty and Morgan, members of the same gang, believed that a rival faction had killed Morgan’s 25-year-old brother and wounded his mother a month earlier.

Morgan and Boone-Doty were angered by the attack and wanted to get back at Tyshawn’s father, Pierre Stokes, who was also an alleged member of the rival gang, prosecutors say. So Boone-Doty struck up a conversation with Tyshawn and led him to the alley.

Shell casings at the scene of the crime and the associated gun would eventually be linked back to Morgan and his brother, Anthony Morgan, who purchased the gun from a man in New Mexico.

In 2015, violence was on the rise in Chicago, and the following year saw an even greater surge of violence.

But even at its peak, Chicago’s homicide rate (per capita) remained lower than that of cities like Detroit, New Orleans or St. Louis, a 2016 study by the University of Chicago’s Crime Lab found. The city, however, had the highest gun homicide rate of the five largest U.S. cities in 2016.

For the past two years, shootings in Chicago have declined year-over-year, and 2019 is on track to continue the trend. The CPD announced in September that August experienced its lowest number of murders and shootings since 2011.

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Washington Post awards Adam Schiff ‘Four Pinocchios’ for false comments about whistleblower

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The Washington Post awarded “Four Pinocchios” to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff on Friday, claiming he hadn’t told the truth about his knowledge of the whistleblower.

Schiff has played a leading role in investigating the Trump-Ukraine scandal but hasn’t been truthful in the process, according to Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler.

Kessler laid out a compelling, fact-based argument that Schiff wasn’t honest when asked if he had advanced knowledge about the whistleblower’s concerns regarding the now-infamous phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a series of interviews.

“Schiff’s answers are especially interesting in the wake of reports in The New York Times and The Washington Post that the whistleblower approached a House Intelligence Committee staff member for guidance before filing a complaint with the Intelligence Community inspector general,” Kessler wrote.

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Last month, Schiff sat down with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, who asked if he was in contact with the whistleblower, or even if he simply knew their identity.

“I don’t know the identity of the whistleblower … I don’t want to get into any particulars. I want to make sure that there’s nothing that I do that jeopardizes the whistleblower in any way,” Schiff told CNN when asked if the whistleblower has contacted him.

The Post called this answer a “classic dodge” and noted that the CNN host didn’t bother with a follow-up question – which helped Schiff avoid giving a potentially damaging answer.

“He managed not to mislead; he just simply did not answer the question,” Kessler wrote of Schiff.

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“Schiff earns Four Pinocchios.”

— Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler

The very next day, Schiff appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” where he seemingly graduated from dodging to lying, the Post says.

“We have not spoken directly with the whistleblower,” Schiff said on MSNBC.

Kessler noted that this is “flat-out false” given information that has since become available.

“Unlike the quick two-step dance he performed with Anderson Cooper, Schiff simply says the committee had not spoken to the whistleblower. Now we know that’s not true,” the Post’s fact-checker wrote.

A committee spokesman attempted to defend Schiff in a statement to the Post: “He intended to answer the question of whether the Committee had heard testimony from the whistleblower, which they had not… the whistleblower was then awaiting instructions from the Acting DNI as to how the whistleblower could contact the Committee. Nonetheless, he acknowledges that his statement should have been more carefully phrased to make that distinction clear.”

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On Sept. 19, Schiff was at it again, according to the Post, when speaking with reporters at the Capitol.

“In the absence of the actions, and I want to thank the inspector general, in the absence of his actions in coming to our committee, we might not have even known there was a whistleblower complaint alleging an urgent concern,” Schiff said.

The Post’s fact-checker called this “misleading” comment “more dissembling” and noted that “his committee knew that something explosive was going to be filed with the IG.”

Kessler wrote there “are right ways and wrong ways to answer reporters’ questions if a politician wants to maintain his or her credibility” and there is “nothing wrong with dodging a question, as long as you don’t try to mislead.”

But Schiff “clearly made a statement that was false” on MSNBC and “compounded his falsehood” when speaking with reporters at the Capitol, Kessler wrote.

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“The explanation that Schiff was not sure it was the same whistleblower especially strains credulity,” Kessler wrote. “Schiff earns Four Pinocchios.”

The Post’s Fact Checker team considered Four Pinocchios to be “whoppers” and most egregious offense outside of the rare “Bottomless Pinocchio.”

Republicans have also decried how Schiff, during a hearing last week, read a “parody” version of Trump’s phone call with Ukraine’s president.

Fox News’ Alex Pappas contributed to this report.

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Trump-friendly tech guru: Silicon Valley sees China as ‘the ultimate business opportunity, not the ultimate adversary’

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At the height of the 2016 presidential contest, then-Facebook executive Palmer Luckey was a Silicon Valley star when he donated $10,000 to an anti-Hillary Clinton group. Six months later, he was out – reportedly fired for his political positions.

Now, Luckey runs a new venture, backed by Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel, that is reportedly valued at more than $1 billion.

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In the new FOX Nation documentary “Artificial Intelligence: The Coming Revolution,” Fox Business Network anchor and ‘Mornings with Maria’ host Maria Bartiromo went inside Luckey’s Anduril Industries, which is at the forefront of America’s race to use artificial intelligence to protect national security.

“The thing about the United States is that we are at a strategic disadvantage because of the ethics that we have. We’re not willing to play dirty. … We’re not willing to let machines decide what targets to kill and not kill entirely on their own with no human supervision.  Russia and China don’t have a problem with any of those things,” Luckey told Fox Nation.

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The U.S. government’s investment in unclassified research and development for A.I.-related technologies is up 40 percent since 2015.  However, China is reportedly sending much more.  Worldwide investments in A.I. reached nearly $40 billion in 2017, with China accounting for 70 percent of that total.

Anduril Industries won a contract with Pentagon that Google walked away from after Google employees objected to the use of A.I. in military applications. 

However, Google does have an artificial intelligence lab in China, something that Luckey and others say could be dangerous.

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“In China … there’s no difference between their civil sector and military sector. It’s all one thing.  That’s why when you help Chinese companies work on artificial intelligence you are almost directly helping the Chinese military work on artificial intelligence.  A lot of people in Silicon Valley don’t really understand this. A lot of people in Silicon Valley, a lot of companies in Silicon Valley, see China as the ultimate business opportunity, not the ultimate adversary,” he said.

Thiel made similar allegations against Google over its work with the Chinese government.  Fox Nation reached out to Google and a spokesman said the allegations are baseless.

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‘WTF? Shakira and JLo?!’: This musician has a problem with Super Bowl halftime lineup

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The NFL had big news when they announced that Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will be performing at the 2020 Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show, but not everyone is thrilled.

Weighing in on the issue, Fox Nation’s “UN-PC” hosts discussed a recent reaction from “Twisted Sister” heavy metal singer Dee Snider after he slammed the NFL for their choice in performers, and blamed them for ignoring “heavy music” in their considerations.

“Once again, the great heavy music that rocks the stadiums week after week, game after game, is completely ignored”

— Dee Snider

“WTF!? @shakira and @jlo for this year’s @nfl halftime show!? Once again the great heavy music that rocks the stadiums week after week, game after game is completely ignored. I guess we don’t shake our a** enough,” he wrote.

Host Tom Shillue said he largely agreed with Snider’s message and suggested a compromise for the highly anticipated show.

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“Maybe you can have one … but then we want to see some arena rock —  people love that, it goes with the NFL … it’s totally right,” he said.

Snider expressed frustration that while metal and hard rock bands are the “go-to” for football games, they have never been invited to perform at a halftime show.

The “I Wanna Rock” singer went on to clarify that he doesn’t take issue with Lopez or Shakira, per se, but that he finds that rock bands have long been underrepresented as Super Bowl headline performers.

“My point about this year’s @NFL halftime show isn’t a slight on @shakira or @JLo, it’s frustration that week after week rock is the go-to music during games but gets no respect when it comes to the Super Bowl,” he tweeted, suggesting the well-known rock band Metallica as an option.

This isn’t the first time Snider voiced his frustration with the lack of a heavy metal presence at halftime shows.

In February, during Maroon 5’s performance for the 2019 Super Bowl, Snider tweeted, “Hey @NFL! Your go-to songs at EVERY game are metal: Enter Sandman, Cum On Feel the Noise, Thunder, Crazy Train, We’re Not Gonna Take It, We Are the Champions, Final Countdown, I Wanna Rock, We Will Rock You, Welcome to Jungle. NONE of those bands have EVER played half-time show!”

While many on Twitter were quick to defend the current halftime lineup, some heavy metal fans came to Snider’s defense.

“Hey @deesinder Don’t need to explain yourself, we understood what you said and you are absolutely right, they play rock music during games, you’d expect the same on a bigger scale on the top show. No respect,” one user wrote.

Another user suggested an “amazing mashups with other metal artists,” and that “with the right pyrotechnics and choreography, it could be a halftime show to end all halftime shows,” she wrote.

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Echoing their support, Shillue reiterated his position.

“Wouldn’t it be great if they could book ‘We’re not gonna take it, Twister Sister’ for an NFL show…I think it’d be great,” he said.

Joining the latest episode, guest Stephanie Hamill said that while she thinks people watching the show live would enjoy a rock and heavy metal performance, she questioned whether viewers at home would have the same experience.

“I think the fans in the stands would like that,” she said, “but I think the people at home, especially the younger folks that are watching, might want to see JLO and Shakira…they’re very talented artists…but I think he has a point. Maybe they can mix it up.”

Host Britt McHenry said that while she thinks Snider has a point, she’s excited about Shakira and Jennifer Lopez bringing their music to the stage.

“He does have a point…but I like this pair, I think it’s fun,” she said.

The superstar performers, who have released music in Spanish and English since the 1990s, will perform on February 2, 2020, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Last year, Maroon 5 headlined the Super Bowl halftime show from the Mercedez-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, with Travis Scott and Outkast’s Big Boi also performing. In prior years Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, and Bruno Mars have taken the coveted stage.

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