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Brexit: Parliament Members Vote To Block Johnson’s No-Deal Exit

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The U.K.’s House of Commons has voted to block a no-deal Brexit, prompting Prime Minister Boris Johnson to call for a general election next month. In this photo provided by the House of Commons, Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson, center right, gestures during his first Prime Minister’s Questions in London Wednesday. Jessica Taylor/AP hide caption

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The U.K.’s House of Commons has voted to block a no-deal Brexit, prompting Prime Minister Boris Johnson to call for a general election next month. In this photo provided by the House of Commons, Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson, center right, gestures during his first Prime Minister’s Questions in London Wednesday.

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The U.K.’s House Of Commons has approved a bill that requires the legislature to approve a no-deal Brexit from the European Union. The legislation, called the Benn Bill, would also compel Prime Minister Boris Johnson to seek an extension if Parliament doesn’t OK a no-deal exit.

The bill is a rebuke to Johnson, who has vowed to fulfill referendum voters’ wish for a Brexit by Oct. 31 whether there’s a deal or not.

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Explaining his bill, Member of Parliament Hilary Benn says, “The Bill gives the Government time either to reach a new agreement with the European Union at the European Council meeting next month or to seek Parliament’s specific consent to leave the EU without a deal.”

If neither of those conditions are met by Oct. 19, Benn says, Johnson must ask the European Council to add another Brexit extension, setting the new date of Jan. 31, 2020. The Brexit deadline is currently Oct. 31.

The bill was approved by a vote of 327 to 299. After the result was announced, Johnson slammed the legislation, saying it could extend the already delayed process for “many more years to come.” Johnson also criticized the bill by saying it seeks to “force the prime minister, with a predrafted letter, to surrender in international negotiations” with the European Union.

“I refuse to do this,” Johnson said of that requirement. He then said there is only one way forward: to hold a general election on Oct. 15.

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Low-Polling Democrats Soldier On

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Dozens of reporters and photographers descended on the Hawkeye Downs speedway, all waiting for one man to appear at a local Labor Day picnic.

That man was not Michael Bennet.

“We’re having a great Labor Day in Iowa,” said Mr. Bennet, the Colorado senator and still a presidential candidate, showing up suddenly to address the scrum that gathered 20 minutes earlier for the arrival of Joseph R. Biden Jr. “And here comes the vice president! So let me get out of his way.”

Life isn’t easy these days for bottom-tier Democratic presidential candidates. Not many people know who they are. Fewer come to their events. No reporters cover them regularly.

The indignities don’t stop there. On Saturday, an Iowa Democrat approached a Wall Street Journal reporter and asked if he was Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana. “I don’t even have cowboy boots on,” the reporter, John McCormick, wrote on Twitter about the encounter. Mr. Bullock’s campaign didn’t have yard signs for a house party on Sunday, so it borrowed signs used by Andy McGuire in Iowa’s 2018 primary for governor and taped “Bullock” placards on them. (Ms. McGuire, who placed fourth in the primary, has endorsed Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota for president.)

The real problem with obscurity, though, is not securing enough donors, or high enough poll numbers, to make the debates. And it becomes something of a vicious cycle: Democratic voters and activists tend to see debate qualification as a litmus test of viability, but candidates can’t increase their viability unless they make the debate in the first place.

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Steve Bullock’s jury-rigged yard sign was displayed in Manchester, Iowa, on Sunday.CreditJordan Gale for The New York Times

It’s a political hamster wheel that for half the field of White House-seeking Democrats has proved nearly impossible to escape.

“It’s not helpful in the sense that it can become a proxy for not having a successful campaign,” said Mr. Bennet, who won’t be one of the 10 onstage for the debate next week. “I’m committed to fight through that.”

Four candidates last month chose to jump off the wheel, bowing to the reality that their campaigns hadn’t caught fire and most likely wouldn’t without the oxygen of a national audience. None had qualified for the debate in Houston on Sept. 12.

CNN, which is hosting a seven-hour climate town hall event Wednesday, had time only for candidates who met the Democratic National Committee’s debate standard. The gun control organization founded by former Representative Gabrielle Giffords invited only the onstage debaters to a forum it is hosting in October.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York discovered this summer just how unforgiving the bottom tier can be, after trying an array of strategies to boost the amount of attention she received from cable news and voters.

She held a town hall event on reproductive rights in St. Louis on the eve of a Missouri state ban on abortions after the eighth week of pregnancy, but no national reporters attended. Last month she held the first 2020 event with former Senator Tom Harkin, a beloved figure among Iowa progressives. It drew two national reporters, both of whom came to speak with Mr. Harkin, not Ms. Gillibrand. She spent more than $1 million on early-state TV ads. But she couldn’t meet the debate thresholds, and so she dropped out of the race last week.

Gov. Steve Bullock speaking to a group in Manchester, Iowa, on Sunday. On Saturday, an Iowa Democrat approached a Wall Street Journal reporter and asked if he was Mr. Bullock.CreditJordan Gale for The New York Times

“It was harder to get booked on cable shows that months before were asking us to be on,” said Glen Caplin, a senior adviser to Ms. Gillibrand. “The last month was considerably harder to drive national coverage than it was before.”

[Read more about how Kirsten Gillibrand’s presidential aspirations unraveled.]

Locked out of the September debate, and with little evidence that they will qualify for the debates in October and beyond, the low-pollers find themselves campaigning like it’s 1992 or 2004. They even invoke the 1976 run by Jimmy Carter, the patron saint of Democratic presidential long shots, whose retail politicking across Iowa propelled him on the way to the White House.

Yet there are a few disclaimers to this kind of wishcasting. Bill Clinton skipped Iowa in 1992 and focused all his attention on New Hampshire. In 1976 Mr. Carter actually placed second in Iowa to “no preference.” Just 38,000 Democrats participated in the caucuses that year, about one-eighth of the expected turnout next February. And the modern political and social media ecosystem, so reliant on cable news exposure, means voters in Dubuque are getting the same message as those in Dallas.

Take Mr. Bullock, who has built his political identity around being the only Democrat in the 2020 race who won a state President Trump carried in 2016. Outside his house party Sunday night in Manchester, Iowa, he sought to justify his decision to press on.

“Look, I mean, John Kerry was at 4 percent 31 days out,” Mr. Bullock told the assembled press corps, which amounted to three reporters, only one of whom was old enough to vote when Mr. Kerry won the 2004 Iowa caucuses and swept to the nomination. “Al Sharpton was beating John Kerry.”

But Governor, came the response, you haven’t been at 4 percent in any poll. “We still have a long way to go from that perspective,” Mr. Bullock replied.

Neither Mr. Bullock nor Mr. Bennet has reached even 2 percent in any D.N.C. qualifying poll this year. Of the seven qualifying polls in August, Mr. Bennet reached 1 percent in one of them, and Mr. Bullock in three.

They are hardly the only ones locked out of the debates who continue to campaign, arguing that there are valid reasons for staying in the race through at least the February caucuses.

Tom Steyer, a California billionaire who with one more 2 percent poll showing could make the October debate, held his own climate town hall event Tuesday in Oakland, Calif. Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, who could make the October forum with two more qualifying polls, also stumped across Iowa at Labor Day weekend picnics and parades. Representative Tim Ryan of Ohio campaigned in South Carolina.

Raygun, a store, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, sells shirts making references to the campaigns. CreditJordan Gale for The New York Times

“We might not have qualified for September’s debate, but we won’t sit by and twiddle our thumbs,” Mr. Ryan wrote in a fund-raising appeal Tuesday.

Despite pleas to run for the Senate, Mr. Bullock dismisses chatter about switching races and hasn’t had any conversations about it with Democrats in Washington. He now has 30 Iowa staff members and last week announced a new slate of policy advisers and four new endorsements in the state.

Mr. Bennet dismissed Mr. Biden and Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts as “soft” front-runners.

“My own polling tells me that the front-runners’ support in this race, front-runners with an apostrophe at the end of the ‘s,’ and not just Joe Biden but others as well, is very, very soft except for Bernie,” Mr. Bennet said in an interview at Raygun, an Iowa T-shirt shop, referring to Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. “Joe and Elizabeth, they’ve got softer support than I would have expected.”

And the campaign manager for the self-help author Marianne Williamson was defiant in a weekend fund-raising appeal. “Marianne is not exiting this race, not now,” Patricia Ewing wrote. “Why would she step off a train that’s accelerating?”

But none of the nondebaters gathered a speck of the attention paid to the race’s higher-polling candidates in the state last weekend: Mr. Biden, Ms. Klobuchar and Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind. CNN sent more reporters, four, to watch Mr. Buttigieg walk across a Cedar Rapids bridge Monday than the entire press corps who went to see Mr. Bullock the day before.

The Iowa Democrats who showed up to see Mr. Bennet and Mr. Bullock last weekend said they appreciated the candidates’ ideas, but also conveyed a sense of empathy for a beleaguered campaign.

“I just want to help out,” said John Hernandez, a retiree who brought sound equipment to Mr. Bennet’s appearance in case it was needed. There was already a sound system in place, but Mr. Bennet stopped using it when it was clear the three dozen people in the room could hear him just fine without it.

David Hennessy, a retired college professor from Ryan, Iowa, said he was impressed with Mr. Bullock’s candor but didn’t think it was likely he would still be in the race come caucus time.

“If you’re not engaging more than 5 percent of the public, you have a snowball’s chance in hell of getting anywhere,” Mr. Hennessy said.

Despite pleas to run for the Senate in Montana, Mr. Bullock dismisses chatter about switching races and hasn’t had any conversations about it with Democrats in Washington.CreditJordan Gale for The New York Times

Deb Lechtenberg, a retired postmaster from Dundee, Iowa, said the three candidates she was considering were Ms. Warren, Mr. Bullock and “Mark Bennet.”

While offering the usual platitudes that it’s up to the voters to decide, the leading candidates are becoming more willing to give a shove to the those in their rearview mirror.

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“We see the field winnowing for a reason,” Mr. Buttigieg told a clutch of reporters after speaking to 800 people in an Iowa City park Monday. “We’re entering a whole different stage of the campaign, where people are beginning to decide where they’re going to commit.”

Asked if she would be doing better if candidates who didn’t make the debate dropped out, Ms. Klobuchar replied with one word: “Sure.”

Mr. Biden said he would rather have a debate stage with fewer than 10 candidates.

“I’m looking forward when you get to the place, assuming I’m there, that we have a real debate, like I had with the vice-presidential candidate, or like we had when we tried to get the nomination in ’08,” he said.

For the low-pollers, there’s always hope around the next bend in Iowa that a new wave of support might propel them into the next debate. “Sure, I hope I will be,” Mr. Bullock said when asked about the possibility. “Yeah.”

To many Iowa political veterans, though, the winnowing is a natural stage of the nomination process.

“This has been going on since the day after the 2018 election,” said Bret Nilles, the party chairman in Linn County, which includes Cedar Rapids. “Every day it’s going to get harder for the candidates at the bottom. People are starting to figure out who they support.”

Mr. Bennet speaking in Cedar Rapids last month. He says not making the debate stage is “not helpful” because it can be viewed as a “proxy” for not being successful.CreditRachel Mummey for The New York Times

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Trump appears to show Sharpie-altered hurricane map

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Worse. He made someone do it, then made them display the map, and everyone knew how obvious it was and how stupid it made them all look, and they did it anyways.

It’s not Uncle Joe in his bathrobe scribbling on his conspiracy board.

This is the President, who made his staff print up that chart, made someone add the black bubble — or someone felt they had to add it so Trump wouldn’t fly off the handle — and they all had to stand there and pretend that that was totally a legit map, yep, no problems.

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VDOE: Virginia Schools Rank 3rd in Nation for K-12 Achievement

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“This is exciting news as our students begin a new school year,” Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane said. “I look forward to visiting as many schools as I can during the coming weeks and months and personally congratulating teachers, principals, administrators and support professionals for all they do as we strive to make the commonwealth’s schools the best in the nation.”

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DC Lawyer Greg Craig Acquitted In Foreign Lobbying Case Stemmed From Mueller Probe

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A prominent Washington lawyer was found not guilty Wednesday of lying to the Justice Department about work he did for the government of Ukraine in a case that arose from the special counsel’s Russia investigation and focus on the lucrative world of foreign lobbying.

The jury in the case of Greg Craig, a former White House counsel in the Obama administration, deliberated for about four hours before reaching its verdict.

Craig hugged his attorneys after the verdict was read.

The prosecution, an offshoot of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, was part of a broader Justice Department crackdown on lobbyists who do unregistered advocacy in the U.S. for foreign governments.

The trial focused on the multi-million-dollar project Craig and his then-law firm did for Ukraine in 2012 and featured testimony about his professional connections with some of the same figures who years later became entangled in Mueller’s investigation, including former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates.

Prosecutors charged Craig with giving Justice Department lawyers false information about his work in order to avoid having to register with the government as a foreign agent.

The Justice Department alleged that Craig did not want to register in part because he feared harming his future employment chances with the federal government. But Craig, who testified in his own defense, was adamant that he never lied to anyone and that he did not register for the simple reason that he was not required to.

At issue was a report that Craig and his then-law firm were hired to produce for the government of Ukraine on the prosecution of opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko. The purpose of the project was to evaluate the fairness of Tymoshenko’s trial and to produce a report that Ukraine hoped could burnish its standing in the international community.

Craig testified that the sole purpose of conversations he had with reporters was to correct mischaracterizations of the report and spin coming from Ukraine about its conclusions.

Craig, who is now retired, has represented a litany of powerful political figures in his decades-long legal career. He worked on President Bill Clinton’s defense during impeachment proceedings, and also represented former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards and James Cartwright, a retired general and former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Craig also served as an adviser to the late Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

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U.K. Lawmakers Pass Bill Blocking No-Deal Brexit, Defying Johnson

LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson was battered again on Wednesday as lawmakers from his own party and the opposition pressed ahead to stop his plan for leaving the European Union without an agreement.

Having won control of the legislative agenda on Tuesday night, lawmakers moved quickly on a bill that would rule out Mr. Johnson’s plan for a withdrawal by the end of next month even if there is no deal, which many say would cause chaos. On Wednesday afternoon, by a vote of 327 to 299, they pushed the bill through a second stage in the two-step process.

The bill now goes to the House of Lords, which must give its assent.

After a night of extraordinary theater in Parliament, Mr. Johnson confronted on Wednesday a bleak scene scattered with the remnants of his Brexit policy, raising the possibility that the issue could destroy his premiership just as it had the two previous Conservative prime ministers, but more rapidly.

In the course of Tuesday evening, the prime minister lost control of Parliament, and with it his oft-made promise to carry out Brexit, “do or die.” He also possibly fractured his Conservative Party by carrying out a purge of 21 rebel Tory lawmakers who voted against the government. And he saw his plan for a swift general election being resisted by his opponents.

Even if lawmakers ultimately decide to proceed with a quick election, there are urgent questions about whether that will settle anything, given the divisions in the traditional political parties, the Conservatives and Labour, engendered by the Brexit issue.

Wednesday’s events unfolded against a developing consensus among Mr. Johnson’s opponents that he may have overplayed his hand through hardball tactics, devised by his adviser Dominic Cummings, a leading strategist in the main pro-Brexit campaign during the 2016 referendum.

From suspending Parliament for five weeks to kicking out rebel Tories for voting against the government, Mr. Johnson has united disparate elements in the opposition and his own party against him.

Another product of his take-no-prisoners approach has been an erosion of trust. While he needs the Labour Party’s votes to reach the two-thirds threshold required in Parliament to call an election, its leaders are deeply suspicious of his motives.

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After he lost a vote on Brexit in Parliament, Boris Johnson, the British prime minister, warned that he might call a new general election.CreditCreditRoger Harris/U.K. Parliament

The prime minister has said an election would take place on Oct. 15, but they worry that he will invent an excuse to move the date closer to the Oct. 31 deadline for leaving the European Union — or even after that — at the very least leaving no time for legislating after the balloting.

Determined not to “walk into a trap,” as the Labour spokesman on Brexit, Keir Starmer, said on Wednesday, the party is refusing to back Mr. Johnson’s call for an election until legislation ruling out a no-deal Brexit becomes the law of the land.

Mr. Starmer said Labour would not vote for an election on a promise from Mr. Johnson “that it will be 15 October — which we don’t believe.”

Tory rebels who voted against the government on Tuesday were told immediately afterward that they no longer represented the party, depriving the government of a working majority and prompting a fierce backlash from internal critics, who pointed out that most of the current government ministers had broken with the party in previous Brexit votes without retribution.

For Mr. Johnson’s opponents, the question now is whether to allow an election to take place in October or to delay it into November, once the current Brexit deadline has been put back beyond Oct. 31.

Many Labour lawmakers favor November, fearing that if Mr. Johnson were to win an October election with a clear majority, he could reverse any law they make this week preventing a no-deal Brexit, and pull Britain out of the European Union on Oct. 31 without an agreement.

Other opposition politicians are willing to take that risk, including Nicola Sturgeon, the leader of the Scottish National Party, who wrote on Twitter that she would support an election once the new legislation was in place.

Her support could be important if, later this week, Mr. Johnson tries to force through an October general election by legislating to set aside the requirement for a two-thirds majority of lawmakers. Under that maneuver, he would require only a simple majority.

However the wrangling in Parliament comes out in the coming days, most analysts believe that an election is inevitable in the near future after years of stalemate over Brexit, and is probably the only way to break the cycle of endless and fruitless debate.

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Jeremy Corbyn, the opposition Labour leader, has said for two years that he wants an election, but is now preparing to block one.CreditHenry Nicholls/Reuters

There is also widespread agreement that the events of recent weeks have underscored a toxic lack of trust in Parliament, leaving British politics in an ever more bizarre state.

Mr. Johnson insisted that he did not want an election but was being forced into one and intended to seek it. Jeremy Corbyn, the opposition Labour leader, has been saying for two years that he wants an election, but is now preparing to block one.

They clashed in Parliament on Wednesday in an exchange that gave every impression that a general election is looming. But Mr. Johnson also faced an uncomfortable attack from an opposition lawmaker who was applauded when he accused the prime minister of voicing racist sentiments in an article he wrote before last year.

On Brexit, the government has been tripping over another paradox in recent weeks. On one hand, it argues that it needs the threat of a no-deal Brexit as leverage in negotiations with the European Union, presumably because the bloc wants to avoid the economic repercussions.

But ministers like Michael Gove, who is in charge of Brexit preparations, are trying to reassure the British public, dismissing warnings of economic chaos from a cliff-edge departure as “Project Fear” and insisting that they have the situation under control.

The European Commission does seem to view a no-deal Brexit with trepidation, saying on Wednesday that it wanted to make available 780 million euros, about $860 million, normally used for natural disasters and the effects of globalization to member states that would suffer financially from Britain’s abrupt departure.

In an updated document published on Wednesday, it set out additional urgent measures that it proposes to mitigate a no-deal Brexit, signaling that Brussels considers that scenario likely despite the political gyrations in London.

The latest crisis was precipitated by Mr. Johnson’s decision last week to suspend the sittings of Parliament in September and October, a move that prompted claims that he was subverting the conventions of Britain’s unwritten constitution. It also prompted legal challenges, and on Wednesday a judge in Scotland ruled against a challenge seeking to invalidate Mr. Johnson’s decision to prorogue Parliament for five weeks.

His initial decision galvanized his critics in the Conservative Party who believed that Mr. Johnson’s intention was to unite Brexit supporters behind him ahead of an election, rather than to negotiate a new exit deal with the European Union.

The former chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, left, was among some of the Conservative Party’s most respected lawmakers to be ejected from their political home.CreditRoger Harris/UK Parliament, via Reuters

The rebellion, and the purge of those Conservative members of Parliament, was the culmination of an escalation by Downing Street using unusually aggressive tactics. Some of the party’s best-known and most respected lawmakers were ejected from their political home, in some cases after decades of service.

Those disciplined include two former chancellors of the Exchequer: Philip Hammond, who held the post only a few weeks ago; and Kenneth Clarke, the longest-serving lawmaker in Parliament.

Out, too, went Nicholas Soames, grandson of Winston Churchill and the grandest and most colorful of the Tory grandees.

Another victim was Rory Stewart, the maverick former cabinet minister who enlivened the Conservative leadership contest that was finally won by Mr. Johnson in July.

“It came by text, and it was a pretty astonishing moment,” Mr. Stewart said of his expulsion. “Remember that only a few weeks ago I was running for the leadership of the Conservative Party against Boris Johnson and I was in the cabinet.”

“It feels a little like something that one associates with other countries: One opposes the leader, and one loses the leadership — no longer in the cabinet and now apparently thrown out of the party and apparently out of one’s seat, too,” he told the BBC.

Michael Howard, a former party leader loyal to Mr. Johnson, defended the purge and told the BBC that in a general election, any Conservative candidate for the party should support the leadership’s hard line on Brexit, suggesting that the party is determined to scoop up voters from Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party.

“Everyone has to know with total clarity that if they vote Conservative and a Conservative government is elected, we will leave the E.U.,” Mr. Howard said.

But the immediate effect for the Conservatives has been traumatic, and has reduced the government’s working majority in Parliament to minus-43 from one.

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John Travolta’s latest movie, ‘The Fanatic,’ makes a mere $3,153

John Travolta‘s new movie, “The Fanatic,” premiered this past weekend to extremely low box office earnings.

The stalker thriller, directed by Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst, pulled in an anemic $3,153 in 52 theaters across the country on Friday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Some theaters reportedly sold $10 worth of tickets — or less.

“The Fanatic” is the worst opening of Travolta’s career and marks the actors’ fourth consecutive cinema bomb. His top-grossing movie, 2007’s “Hairspray,” made $203 million.

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(Travolta said of working with Durst, “I didn’t know Fred could write this well, I didn’t know he could direct as well, and he blew my mind.” (Reuters))

In his latest venture, the 65-year-old stars as Moose, an obsessive fan who begins to stalk a movie star. It was reportedly inspired by an experience of Durst’s.

The film has also been savaged by critics. Its Rotten Tomatoes rating, a far-from fresh 17 percent.

Brian Tallerico from RogerEbert.com wrote: “‘The Fanatic’ hates fans. It hates actors. It hates tourists, shop owners and servants. It really, really hates autistic people. And it hates you. It’s a movie that thinks you’re an idiot, someone who won’t see through its shallow provocations, illogical behavior and vile misanthropy.”

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Robert Abele of TheWrap described it in unkind terms as well, decrying an utter lack of characterization: “With no explanation for what the Moose’s condition is — and boy, is what Travolta doing a choice — Durst and his main star have, rather than giving us a character, merely offered up a hapless, carnival figure of laughable madness, alternately impossible and improbable.”

Travolta said of working with Durst, “I didn’t know Fred could write this well, I didn’t know he could direct as well, and he blew my mind.”

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John Travolta’s “Gotti” filmed earned a disappointing $1.6 million at the box office in its opening weekend. (AP)

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Last year’s box office and critical disaster for Travolta was “Gotti,” which premiered at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. It made $1.6 million in its opening weekend, playing across some 500 screens.

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911 audio from Kevin Hart’s car crash released

The 911 call from the car crash that left Kevin Hart seriously injured on a mountainous Southern California roadway was released Wednesday.

Moments after Hart’s muscle car crashed over the weekend, a witness describes a man believed to be the comedian and telling a dispatcher that he “looked like he’s hurting.”

The eyewitness account is part of 911 audio recordings released by the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

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A California Highway Patrol collision report says the actor was a passenger in a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda that went off Mulholland Highway and rolled down an embankment early Sunday.

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Hart has been injured in a car crash in the hills above Malibu on Sunday, Sept. 1. (Getty)

The report says the crash also included passenger Rebecca Broxterman and Jared Black, who was driving. The witness also described Black as appearing to be seriously hurt.

The CHP says Hart and Black suffered “major back injuries.” The accident, which remains under investigation, occurred on a stretch of road in the hills above the city of Malibu.

KEVIN HART SUFFERS ‘MAJOR BACK INJURIES’ IN MALIBU HILLS CAR CRASH

Hart’s wife, Eniko, gave an update on the star’s condition earlier this week, telling TMZ, “He’s great…Yup, he’s going to be just fine.”

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Kevin Hart’s wife, Eniko Parrish, said the comedian is doing “great.” (Getty)

She explained that Hart is awake, but not lively and joking around just yet. However, he’s in good spirits.

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Sources tell the outlet that doctors completed a successful back surgery on Hart Sunday evening. He is reportedly expected to stay in the hospital for a few more days while he recovers so that doctors can keep an eye on him.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Chick-fil-A makes 500 sandwiches for first responders after Texas shooting spree

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When tragedy struck in Texas, the employees of one Chick-fil-A location stepped up to support law enforcement.

On Saturday, a man went on a shooting spree in Odessa that ultimately claimed seven lives and left around two dozen people hurt. That’s when workers at a nearby Chick-fil-A sprang into action.

A post on the restaurant’s Facebook page told the story: “Absolutely blown away by this amazing team of people. After heartbreaking events in our community today we planned to close early and send our team home to be with their families. As they were walking out of the restaurant an opportunity to feed local law enforcement presented its self and they were given the option to help…not one person said no.”

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Teaming up with another local Chick-fil-A, they made 500 sandwiches and packaged them up for first responders.

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The post continued: “Partnering with Chick-fil-A Odessa Town Center they cooked 500 sandwiches and packaged them with the most joyful hearts and a lot of love. Sometimes light in a dark world looks as simple as a hot chicken sandwich. We just couldn’t be prouder of these helpers and their hearts of gold. Grateful is not an adequate word to express how we feel about all of our brave First Responders, they are true heroes. We are praying for our community in the days ahead and for all of those impacted by this tragedy.”

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The restaurant also posted a video of the workers making the sandwiches, doing their small part to help in a crisis.

Fox News’ Melissa Leon contributed to this report.

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Man arrested for allegedly selling Mac Miller counterfeit drugs before death

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A man has been arrested in connection to the death of rapper Mac Miller.

Cameron James Pettit, 28, of Hollywood, was arrested Wednesday morning.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office Pettit was arrested on federal charges alleging he sold counterfeit pharmaceutical narcotics containing fentanyl to Miller.

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Pettit was arrested following a criminal complaint which was filed last Friday that charges him with one count of distribution of a controlled substance. According to officials, the narcotics were sold to Miller two days before his fatal overdose.

Miller was found dead in his Studio City home on September 7th.

This story is developing.

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