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Meghan Markle, Prince Harry Threaten Legal Action Over New Pics: Reports

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are already looking into legal action against paparazzi, according to multiple reports. The news comes just after photos surfaced of Meghan walking with her young son, Archie, and two dogs in a public park in Canada.

Lawyers for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex sent a cease-and-desist letter to the British press claiming the photos of the duchess were taken without her consent and warning against using them, according to a Sky News report. 

The legal team also said paparazzi are camped outside the couple’s Canadian home, using long-focus lenses to capture images of them, both BBC and ITV reported. HuffPost reached out for further comment. 

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POOL New / Reuters Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Northern Ireland on March 23, 2018.

The prince has repeatedly condemned the media’s treatment of his wife over the past few years. In October, he announced that Meghan was suing Associated Newspapers and issued a scathing rebuke of the tabloids, accusing them of lying.

“My deepest fear is history repeating itself. I’ve seen what happens when someone I love is commoditised to the point that they are no longer treated or seen as a real person,” the prince said, invoking his late mother, Princess Diana, who died after being chased by paparazzi.

“I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces,” he said, before thanking the couple’s supporters. “We thank you, the public, for your continued support. It is hugely appreciated. Although it may not seem like it, we really need it.”

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Samir Hussein via Getty Images The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visit the Andalusian Gardens to hear about youth empowerment in Morocco on Feb. 25, 2019 in Rabat, Morocco.

Harry landed back in Canada to join Meghan and baby Archie on Monday after negotiating their exit from royal life. 

In a statement released by both the queen and Buckingham Palace over the weekend, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will no longer receive public funding as of spring 2020, will also drop the use of His and Her Royal Highness titles, and will no longer carry out any royal duties.  

They will also repay British taxpayers the $3.06 million spent on renovating their U.K. home, Frogmore Cottage at Windsor Castle. Despite all the changes, the queen said in the statement that “Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family.” 

“I recognise the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life,” she added. “It is my whole family’s hope that today’s agreement allows them to start building a happy and peaceful new life.” 

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There Were No ‘Moderate Republicans’ in the Senate on Tuesday. Only Collaborators.

His “church” attempted to form a theocratic dictatorship in the land now known as Utah. No one should be surprised that he doesn’t lift a finger to stop what he grew up being told was what God wanted.

Also, his “church” teaches that it’s wrong to question leadership, even if they’re wrong. That’s what got Lucifer turned into Satan, blah blah. (Source, grew up in Mitten’s Cult.) I’d be surprised if he ever actually stood up to someone.

And another thing, Mitten’s cult teaches that the darker your skin, the less ‘valiant’ they were in the war between God and Satan. (Also heard this growing up during Mitten’s 3rd-ish cousin’s stint as “prophet”.) He doesn’t mind Trump’s white supremacy because it lines up with what his God believes.

Don’t even get me started on the Mormon church The Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-Day Saints’ shit views on women and how they contribute to Mittens again internally approving of Trump’s bullshit.

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Taylor Swift on not wanting to get political following Dixie Chicks controversy: ‘It terrified me’

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Taylor Swift is known for generally keeping her political views silent, and for good reason.

Other than for just a few instances — one being her 2018 endorsement of Democrat Phil Bredesen in Tennessee’s Senate race — Swift has stayed relatively mum out of fear it’ll hurt her career.

Specifically, Swift didn’t want to replicate what happened to the Dixie Chicks‘ Natalie Maines in 2003, when she said she and the band were “ashamed” that then-President George W. Bush was from Texas, which ultimately resulted in the band being banned from some radio stations and a drop in record sales.

DIRECTOR PASSED ON TAYLOR SWIFT FOR ‘LES MISERABLES’ ROLE FOR THIS REASON

“I saw how one comment ended such a powerful reign, and it terrified me,” Swift, 30, told Variety. “These days, with social media, people can be so mad about something one day and then forget what they were mad about a couple weeks later. That’s fake outrage. But what happened to the Dixie Chicks was real outrage. I registered it — that you’re always one comment away from being done being able to make music.”

But in 2018, Swift felt she had no choice but to make her endorsement.

“This was a situation where, from a humanity perspective, and from what my moral compass was telling me I needed to do, I knew I was right, and I really didn’t care about repercussions,” the “Lover” singer said. “My dad is terrified of threats against my safety and my life, and he has to see how many stalkers we deal with on a daily basis, and know that this is his kid. It’s where he comes from.”

TAYLOR SWIFT REVEALS HER MOTHER ANDREA, 62, WAS DIAGNOSED WITH BRAIN TUMOR

Another instance of Swift showing her political side came with her video for “You Need to Calm Down,” which presented pro-LGBTQ themes and won her the Vanguard Award from GLAAD.

“To celebrate but not advocate felt wrong for me,” she said of her LGBTQ fan base. “Using my voice to try to advocate was the only choice to make. Because I’ve talked about equality and sung about it in songs like ‘Welcome to New York,’ but we are at a point where human rights are being violated. When you’re saying that certain people can be kicked out of a restaurant because of who they love or how they identify, and these are actual policies that certain politicians vocally stand behind, and they disguise them as family values, that is sinister. So, so dark.”

Swift also revealed to the outlet that her mother, Andrea, 62, has been diagnosed with a brain tumor.

“She was going through chemo, and that’s a hard enough thing for a person to go through,” said the Grammy winner. “While she was going through treatment, they found a brain tumor.”

Taylor Swift said that dealing with the diagnosis has been “a really hard time” for her family.

TAYLOR SWIFT, AMY POEHLER END FEUD BY PRESENTING TOGETHER AT GOLDEN GLOBES

“I mean, we don’t know what is going to happen,” she explained. “We don’t know what treatment we’re going to choose. It just was the decision to make at the time, for right now, for what’s going on.”

One song titled “Soon You’ll Get Better” on Taylor Swift’s new album is dedicated to her mom’s recovery.

“That was really, really hard to write, and it was just a family decision whether to even put it on the album,” she admitted. “We as a family decided to put this on the album, and it’s something I’m so proud of, but it’s just really hard. I can’t sing it. It’s hard to just emotionally deal with that song.”

Andrea Swift was first diagnosed with cancer in 2015 and then went into remission. Taylor Swift revealed in Elle magazine last year that her mom was battling the terrible disease again.

“I’ve had to learn how to handle serious illness in my family. Both of my parents have had cancer, and my mom is now fighting her battle with it again,” Taylor Swift wrote in a personal essay for the publication.

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“It’s taught me that there are real problems and then there’s everything else,” she added. “My mom’s cancer is a real problem. I used to be so anxious about daily ups and downs. I give all of my worry, stress and prayers to real problems now.”

Fox News’ Jessica Napoli contributed to this report.

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Kansas, KSU game ends in massive brawl after late block

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A violent brawl broke out between in-state rivals Kansas and Kansas State toward the end of their game Tuesday — a fight seemingly sparked by a late block.

Players from both teams threw punches as onlookers at Allen Fieldhouse looked in amazement following the Jayhawks 81-59 win.

The chaos started when Kansas State guard DaJuan Gordon was blocked and Kansas forward Silvio DeSousa stood over him barking. Players from both benches ran onto the floor as the clock ran out.

Seconds earlier, DeSousa was stripped by Gordon near midcourt and Gordon tried to go in for a layup when his shot was rejected.

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Both coaching staffs and arena security separated the teams. In a bizarre finish, the players were summoned back from the locker rooms by the officials and one-tenth of a second was put on the clock as Kansas State shot free throws to a chorus of boos from the few thousand fans who were still in the arena.

This is a developing story; check back for updates.

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There Were No ‘Moderate Republicans’ in the Senate on Tuesday. Only Collaborators.

His “church” attempted to form a theocratic dictatorship in the land now known as Utah. No one should be surprised that he doesn’t lift a finger to stop what he grew up being told was what God wanted.

Also, his “church” teaches that it’s wrong to question leadership, even if they’re wrong. That’s what got Lucifer turned into Satan, blah blah. (Source, grew up in Mitten’s Cult.) I’d be surprised if he ever actually stood up to someone.

And another thing, Mitten’s cult teaches that the darker your skin, the less ‘valiant’ they were in the war between God and Satan. (Also heard this growing up during Mitten’s 3rd-ish cousin’s stint as “prophet”.) He doesn’t mind Trump’s white supremacy because it lines up with what his God believes.

Don’t even get me started on the Mormon church The Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-Day Saints’ shit views on women and how they contribute to Mittens again internally approving of Trump’s bullshit.

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Tucker Carlson: Bernie Sanders shouldn’t have apologized to Biden for surrogate’s op-ed

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While the Senate spent much of the day Tuesday sparring over the rules governing the impeachment trial of President Trump, Tucker Carlson focused on the man at the heart of the investigation, former Vice President Joe Biden, and his simmering feud with Sen. Bernie Sanders l-Vt.

“Somehow Bernie Sanders is apologizing for the crime of telling the truth about Joe Biden,” Carlson said on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

SANDERS APOLOGIZES TO BIDEN OVER UNOFFICIAL SURROGATE’S BLISTERING OP-ED

Late Monday, Sanders apologized to Biden over a blistering op-ed written by an unofficial campaign surrogate, who blasted the former vice president as a weak candidate with a serious corruption problem.

“The entire Democratic establishment landed on Bernie Sanders with both feet. Sanders got the message: Apologize or we will destroy your candidacy,” Carlson said, adding that in response, Sanders “promptly groveled for mercy.”

Fordham University School of Law professor Zephyr Teachout wrote in a column published by The Guardian that while Biden was happy to be called “Middle-Class Joe,” he has a long history of supporting “finance over working-class Americans.”

BIDEN, SANDERS TRADE FIRE OVER SOCIAL SECURITY

Teachout wrote that nominating a candidate like Biden would make it more difficult for Democrats to defeat Trump in November, since it would allow the president to “muddy the water, to once again pretend he is the one ‘draining the swamp.'” She also wrote that Biden’s record illustrates the “grossly corrupt culture in Washington that long precedes Trump.”

Sanders distanced himself from the op-ed, telling CBS News Monday: “It is absolutely not my view that Joe is corrupt in any way. And I’m sorry that that op-ed appeared.”

Carlson said Sanders’ apology reminded him of a “hostage tape filmed under duress.”

“What’s happening here? Simple,” he added.”The self-sustaining organism that is the Democratic establishment is dumping antibodies into the system to protect itself. Bernie Sanders, like Donald Trump, is a threat to their power. Joe Biden is not a threat to their power.”

SANDERS-WARREN SEXISM CLASH PAYS OFF FOR BOTH CAMPAIGNS

“It’s like they care about Joe Biden as a person,” Carlson continued. “If they cared about Joe Biden, they would’ve convinced him not to run. Biden is in no condition to be president or even to run, as you’ve noticed. He is humiliating himself and his family. For now, Biden is all they’ve got.”

Carlson said that if Hillary Clinton or former first lady Michelle Obama were to belatedly jump into the race, “Biden will be tossed aside and forgotten.”

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“They [candidates] are vessels for temporary use. What the left cares about is regaining control of the country,” he concluded. “That’s why they will do whatever’s necessary to protect Joe Biden for now as long as it’s necessary.”

Biden accepted Sanders’ apology via Twitter Monday and urged the remaining candidates to keep their focus on making Trump a one-term president.

Fox News’ Edmund DeMarche contributed to this report.

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Senate continues to debate Dems’ impeachment amendments as GOP knocks them down, one by one

The Senate continued to debate Democrats’ proposed amendments concerning document and subpoena requests as the proceedings dragged on Tuesday night, as Republicans methodically continued voting them down one by one in a series of party-line votes — an early win for the White House, even as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made some tweaks that were likely to assuage Democrats’ concerns over scheduling.

The chamber handed President Trump a win by voting 53-47 four times to effectively kill a series of proposals from Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to subpoena White House, State Department and Office of Management and Budget documents, as well as acting White House Chief of Staff Mike Mulvaney, respectively. Fox News was told to expect three or four more amendments — including potentially similar amendments to subpoena officials such as former National Security Adviser John Bolton.

Eventually, once Democrats’ amendments are all defeated, the Senate is expected to vote sometime Tuesday night or Wednesday morning on McConnell’s underlying rules resolution in order to set the ground rules for the trial.

“It’s getting late,” White House counsel Pat Cipollone said late Thursday night, adding that he “would ask respectfully” that the chamber get on with oral arguments

OOPS? BIDEN TEAM TOUTS UKRAINE ACTIVIST WHO CALLED HUNTER BIDEN’S ACTIONS ‘VERY BAD’

As Democrats’ amendments were summarily shot down, reports emerged that some Democrats were privately considering something of a compromise: calling for the testimony of Hunter Biden in exchange for the appearance of some key administration officials. Biden obtained a lucrative board role with a Ukrainian company while his father, Joe Biden, was overseeing Ukrainian policy as vice president. Trump had asked in his now-infamous July 25 call with Ukraine’s president for a look into Joe Biden’s admitted pressure campaign to have Ukraine’s top prosecutor fired.

Republicans have sought to portray Trump’s push for a probe as a legitimate request given the Bidens’ dealings in Ukraine, while Democrats have alleged that senior administration officials would testify that the administration withheld military aid to Ukraine in order to secure a politically motivated probe.

Meanwhile, the barrage of amendments Tuesday night put into doubt whether the senators would have time to meet in a closed session to converse — which would be a valuable opportunity, given that the senators were legally barred from having any sustenance other than water or milk at their desk all day, and could not communicate verbally with one another during the proceedings.

The restriction on cellphone possession and oral interaction led some members to pass and flash written notes to each other like students in a classroom, as Democratic House impeachment managers and the president’s legal team traded lengthy legalistic arguments.

At one point during the proceedings, former Bill Clinton press secretary and CNN political analyst Joe Lockhart wrote on Twitter that Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz could go to “prison,” noting that Cruz’s Twitter account was posting tweets during the trial. Lockhart was quickly mocked by social media users pointing out that it’s common for senators’ Twitter accounts to be run by staff, and Cruz’s representatives confirmed to Fox News that Cruz had not sneaked his phone into the chamber.

Indeed, even Cruz’s couldn’t resist poking some fun at Lockhart, writing “COME AND TAKE IT,” with an image of a cellphone.

It was a moment of levity in an otherwise emotionally charged day, with Democrats accusing the president of “high crimes and misdemeanors” and Republicans calling out what they see as a transparent partisan stunt.

“It’s a partisan impeachment they’ve delivered to your doorstep in an election year,” Cipollone thundered early in the day, pointing out that Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, and others, were being pulled off the campaign trail. “Some of you should be in Iowa.”

“They’re not here to steal one election, they’re here to steal two elections,” Cipollone added.

JIM JORDAN: THE FOUR FACTS DEMS CAN’T CHANGE

Trump attorney Patrick Philbin said Democrats’ document requests were a “stunning admission” that House prosecutors, who had full rein to conduct their own impeachment inquiry, were now essentially asking the Senate “to do their job for them.”

California Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren, one of the House Democrats’ impeachment managers, countered in her remarks on the Senate floor that additional documents were needed to provide “clarity.”

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Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts arrives at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial quickly burst into a partisan fight Tuesday as proceedings began unfolding at the Capitol. Democrats objected strongly to rules proposed by the Republican leader for compressed arguments and a speedy trial. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

“As powerful as our evidence is,” Lofgren said, “we did not receive a single document from an executive branch agency including the White House itself.”

Lofgren specifically sought, among other materials, summary notes from an Aug. 30, 2019 meeting between Trump, Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in which they apparently tried to convince the president that freeing up aid money for Ukraine would be “the right thing to do.”

“It would be wrong for you senators … to be deprived of the relevant evidence,” Lofgren said.

After the 53-47 vote to table his first subpoena request for White House documents, Schumer, D-N.Y., introduced a second amendment seeking a slew of State Department documents and records. McConnell, R-Ky., quickly moved to table that amendment after two hours of debate were concluded, and it was also rejected by a 53-47 vote.

Then, Schumer tried once more, this time with an amendment to seek documents from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) that were related to the suspension of Ukrainian aid. That, too, failed with a 53-47 vote and was quickly followed by the debate on the Mulvaney amendment.

The votes to table the proposed amendments were not technically an up-or-down roll call on the merits of the amendments, but instead a vote to ignore them entirely.

However, McConnell abruptly backed off some of his proposed rules for the proceedings earlier Tuesday, easing plans for a tight two-day schedule and agreeing that House evidence will be included. He acted after protests from senators, including fellow Republicans who made their concerns known in private at a GOP lunch.

TRUMP’S LEGAL TEAM GOES ON THE OFFENSIVE

Without comment, the Republican leader submitted an amended proposal after meeting behind closed doors with his fellow senators as the trial opened. The handwritten changes would add an extra day for each side’s opening arguments, instead of just two days, and stipulate that evidence from the Democratic House’s impeachment hearings would be included in the record.

A spokeswoman for Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins, a moderate, said that she and others had raised concerns. Collins sees the changes as significant improvements, the spokeswoman said.

Additionally, Ohio GOP Sen. Rob Portman and a substantial number of other Republicans from across the party’s ideological spectrum reportedly wanted to make the changes. Some argued that the two-day limitation would have helped Democrats cast Republicans as squeezing testimony through in the dead of night.

IMPEACHMENT TRIAL RULES SEEM WRITTEN IN THE WHITE HOUSE, NOT THE SENATE, SCHUMER SAYS

The turnaround was a swift lesson as the White House’s wishes run into the reality of the Senate.

The White House wanted a session crammed into a shorter period to both expedite the trial and shift more of the proceedings into the late-night hours, according to a person familiar with the matter but unauthorized to discuss it in public.

For his part, though, President Trump appeared undeterred by the proceedings.

“READ THE TRANSCRIPTS!” the president tweeted from overseas, as he returned to his hotel at a global leaders economic conference in Davos, Switzerland.

Fox News’ Chad Pergram, Mike Emanuel and Adam Shaw contributed to this report, as well as The Associated Press.

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Grammys CEO Deborah Dugan claims she was ousted after reporting harassment

The ousted Grammys CEO fired back at the Recording Academy on Tuesday, alleging that she was removed after complaining about sexual harassment and pay disparities and for calling out conflicts of interest in the nomination process for music’s most prestigious awards.

Lawyers for Deborah Dugan, who was placed on administrative leave last week after six months in the job, filed the discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission just five days before the Grammy Awards. She alleged she was sexually harassed by the academy’s general counsel, Joel Katz.

Dugan detailed the harassment and other issues in an email to an academy human resources executive on Dec. 22, 2019, according to the complaint.

MEGHAN MARKLE’S OBJECTIVE IS ‘FAME AND FORTUNE’: ‘SHE AND HARRY WILL NEVER FIND HAPPINESS,’ SISTER SAYS

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Recording Academy President/CEO Deborah Dugan at the 62nd Grammy Awards nominations news conference. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

The complaint also states that Dugan was paid less than former academy CEO Neil Portnow, who left the post last year, and that she was also subject to retaliation for refusing to hire Portnow as a consultant for nearly half his former salary.

Portnow had been criticized for saying women need to “step up” when he was asked backstage at the 2018 show why only two female acts won awards during the live telecast. Portnow called his comments a “poor choice of words” and later said he chose not to seek an extension on his contract.

A filing with the Internal Revenue Service shows that Portnow was paid $1.74 million in 2016. Dugan said she was pressured to hire him as a consultant for $750,000 annually. Dugan’s compensation was not revealed in Tuesday’s filing.

Last week, the academy said Dugan was put on leave following an allegation of misconduct by a senior leader at the organization. In the complaint, Dugan’s attorneys called that accusation false, saying there was no mistreatment and the senior leader was the executive assistant she inherited from Portnow.

In her Dec. 22 email, Dugan called the academy “a boys’ club.”

While trying to resolve a lawsuit against the academy, Dugan said one of the claimants characterized the organization’s leadership as “a boys’ club” that “put their financial interest above the mission.”

“At the time, I didn’t want to believe it,” said Dugan, the former CEO of Bono’s (RED) charity organization. “But now after 5 months of being exposed to the behavior and circumstances outlined here, I have come to suspect she is right.”

The academy said in a statement that it “immediately launched independent investigations to review both Ms. Dugan’s potential misconduct and her subsequent allegations.” Both of those investigations are ongoing.

Dugan, according to the statement, was placed on administrative leave after offering to step down and demanding $22 million from the Academy, which is a not-for-profit organization.

RAPPER QUAVO GETS AGGRESSIVE AT PARIS FASHION WEEK PARTY

“Our loyalty will always be to the 21,000 members of the Recording Academy. We regret that music’s biggest night is being stolen from them by Ms. Dugan’s actions, and we are working to resolve the matter as quickly as possible.”

An email from Katz said the attorney was out sick. Katz’s firm said it had not yet seen the complaint and could not comment on its allegations.

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Deborah Dugan, the ousted Grammys CEO, claims she was retaliated against after reporting she was subjected to sexual harassment and gender discrimination during her six-month tenure. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP, File)

In the complaint, Dugan alleges that in May 2019, when she had accepted the CEO position but had not begun her work, she had dinner with Katz, the academy’s general counsel, alone at his request in Laguna Niguel, California, on the eve of a meeting of the academy board.

There, Katz acted “extremely inappropriately,” according to the complaint, calling Dugan “baby,” and making “an obvious and unwelcome attempt to ‘woo’ Ms. Dugan into a romantic relationship.”

The complaint states Dugan made it clear she wasn’t interested and was in a relationship, but he still attempted to kiss her at the end of the night. Dugan “quickly turned away, repulsed.” Katz continued the harassment in subsequent interactions, the complaint alleges.

It also contends Katz and his firm were paid inappropriately by the academy, and that his role representing both the academy and artists who are up for Grammys was a conflict of interest.

The complaint is also critical of the Grammys voting process, specifically its use of nomination committees to select the final list of nominees, which can range from five to eight depending on the category.

“Rather than promoting a transparent nomination process, the Board has decided to shroud the process in secrecy and ultimately controls, in large part, who is nominated for Grammy Awards,” the complaint read.

For the top four awards, committees select the final nominees from the top 20 contenders, based off ballots from its voting members. But the complaint said the committee members sometimes include artists who did not make it in the top 20 because of their personal or business relationships with those artists.

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“This year, 30 artists that were not selected by the membership were added to the possible nomination list,” the complaint read.

The complaint also claimed that one of the song-of-the-year nominees — who placed 18th in the top 20 — sat on the committee deciding the song-of-the-year nominees and is represented by a member of the academy board.

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Netflix Reports a Subscriber Bump as Disney Poses a New Threat

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Reed Hastings, the chief executive of Netflix, has grown used to going up against Amazon, Hulu and YouTube. But the Walt Disney Company’s entry into the streaming industry, with Disney Plus, caught his attention.

After Netflix released its earnings figures for the fourth quarter of 2019 on Tuesday, Mr. Hastings noted his new rival’s “great” content lineup, including “The Mandalorian,” a “Star Wars” series featuring the character known as Baby Yoda. And in a rare acknowledgment of a competitor’s strength, he added that the emergence of Disney in streaming “takes away a little from us.”

Disney Plus started strong in November, signing up 10 million customers on its first day, and industry insiders wondered how much Disney might have dinged Netflix.

Turns out, a little bit, according to Netflix’s latest results.

The streaming giant signed up 420,000 new customers in the United States during the last three months of 2019, the company reported. That fell shy of the 600,000 it had expected.

Netflix misses its estimates about half the time, but the company suggested that, for this quarter, Disney Plus might have had a moderate impact. But in Mr. Hastings’s view, Disney is more of a threat to traditional television. “Most of their growth in the future is coming out of linear TV,” he said in a call with investors after the earnings announcement.

Netflix now has 61 million customers across the country. Its slowing growth in the United States is nothing new. The service is still the dominant streaming company in the nation and expects to top out at 90 million total domestic customers.

Internationally, the results were more impressive. Netflix added about 8.4 million subscribers outside the United States in the last quarter, exceeding the seven million it had anticipated. Record additions in Latin America, Asia and Europe have given the company a total of 167.1 million subscribers around the world, a 5.5 percent bump from the end of September.

Netflix’s stock rose more than 2 percent in after-hours trading following its fourth-quarter earnings report.

The new subscriptions abroad underscored Netflix’s status as a largely international business, putting it in a good position to counter the pending arrival of domestic streaming entrants like NBCUniversal’s Peacock (April) and AT&T’s HBO Max (May). About 90 percent of Netflix’s new business comes from outside the United States, and Mr. Hastings spends more of his time managing its overseas strategy than on domestic content.

The company on Tuesday also reported a significant change in how it counts viewership. Netflix used to tally accounts that watched at least 70 percent of a show or film to generate its version of a ratings figure. Now, it will consider a “view” to be any account that has watched at least two minutes of a series or a film.

Some Hollywood players have expressed frustration with the meager viewership data provided by Netflix. Nielsen, a third-party research firm, provides ratings but only to clients, such as producers and studios.

In its latest report, Netflix played up some of its new programming, including “The Witcher,” a fantasy epic starring Henry Cavill. The company said it had been viewed by 76 million households within four weeks of its release under the new measurement system.

But the new system inflates viewership data by as much as 35 percent, according to the company. Netflix said the new method was fair because it treated short and long pieces of content equally. The new count reveals a viewer’s “requests,” the company said, akin to the “most popular” section of a news site.

Netflix anticipates adding seven million total customers for the first three months of 2020, down from the 9.6 million it added in the same period last year. That has partly to do with the competitive landscape and a price increase Netflix instituted last year.

The company’s balance sheet is also improving. For the current year Netflix anticipates it will have to spend $2.5 billion more in cash than it takes in — a financial metric known as cash flow — which would be an improvement over last year, when it burned through more than $3 billion.

Netflix has been investing more on its own shows and films instead of renting them from other studios. Over time, it could stockpile a higher proportion of content that doesn’t require licensing payments.

The company, based in Los Gatos, Calif., reported income of $587 million on $5.5 billion in sales. Investors were looking for $335 million in profit and $5.4 billion in revenue. For the current quarter ending in March, the company expects to add $760 million in profit with $5.7 billion in revenue.

“We keep doing these amazing numbers,” Mr. Hastings said on the call. “The quality of our service two or three years from now will be so much higher than it is today — that’s the thing that’s not well understood.”

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For the first time, a majority of Americans want the Senate to remove President Trump from office

Westlake Legal Group o3OlqrEZmUwA9cZi0iypS_MIUsElK8oW-y9Affz9p_4 For the first time, a majority of Americans want the Senate to remove President Trump from office r/politics

No they know that the only way in 2020 is to lie, cheat, steal, suppress votes, rig vote counts using vulnerabilities, and other chicanery, and that regardless of how they vote, actual voters will vote to oust them. A fair trial is the first step toward crushing their ability to do so. This is their last, and only, chance of finally turning America into a fascist state under their absolute control.

A sham trial of an obvious criminal says “fuck you, we’re in charge”. It’s the ultimate power play. It is breaking the back of the rule of law, which previously stood in the way of their totalitarian dreams.

They will lose the majority to ANY fair and free election in 2020. The only way they don’t is if they can demonstrate that they don’t have to be fair, that they don’t have to let us be free.

They are already all in.

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