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Today — 25 July 2024Main stream

Joe Biden Says He Dropped Out of the Election to ‘Unite My Party’ Against Donald Trump

By: Gmaddaus
25 July 2024 at 00:42
President Joe Biden said Wednesday that while he believes his record merits a second term in office, he dropped his reelection bid to “unite my party” to confront a threat to American democracy. “Nothing can come in the way of saving our democracy. That includes personal ambition,” Biden said, before invoking a line from President […]

Two Alec Baldwin Jurors Were Leaning Toward Guilty Verdict When Case Was Dismissed

By: Gmaddaus
24 July 2024 at 23:37
Two jurors in the Alec Baldwin trial told Variety they were leaning toward a guilty verdict when the involuntary manslaughter case was abruptly dismissed. Their views are at odds with those of three other jurors who told the New York Times and People that they had serious doubts about Baldwin’s guilt. Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer […]

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Kamala Harris Takes Reins of Biden Campaign: ‘We Have an Election to Win’

By: Gmaddaus
22 July 2024 at 23:22
Kamala Harris is looking for a smooth transition to the top of the Democratic ticket, as she announced Monday that President Joe Biden’s campaign chair, Jen O’Malley Dillon, will run her campaign. Taking the reins of the Biden operation in Wilmington, Del., the vice president vowed to work over the next 106 days to defeat […]

Kamala Harris Launches Presidential Bid: ‘My Intention Is to Earn and Win This Nomination’

By: Gmaddaus
21 July 2024 at 20:08
Kamala Harris has launched her campaign for the White House, after President Joe Biden stepped aside Sunday under pressure from party leaders. The vice president has Biden’s endorsement, and is unchallenged as yet for the Democratic nomination, which will be formally decided at the Aug. 19 convention in Chicago. “I am honored to have the […]

Biden Drops Out of Presidential Race

By: Gmaddaus
21 July 2024 at 17:57
President Joe Biden has decided not to seek re-election, having failed to salvage his campaign after a disastrous debate performance on June 27 and a series of televised gaffes. “It has been the greatest honor of my life to serve as your President,” Biden said in a statement released on Sunday. “And while it has […]

Alec Baldwin Could Sue ‘Rust’ Investigators: ‘This Is Open and Shut’

By: Gmaddaus
19 July 2024 at 01:54
Alec Baldwin could file a civil rights lawsuit against the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, after a judge dismissed his manslaughter case due to withheld evidence. Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer found the state “highly culpable” for failing to disclose a batch of bullets to the defense. Baldwin could sue under the New Mexico Civil Rights […]

L.A.’s Post-Strike Recovery Stalls, as Reality TV Production Plummets

By: Gmaddaus
17 July 2024 at 19:00
Film and TV production declined in Los Angeles over the last three months, as the recovery from last year’s strikes has stalled. FilmLA, which tracks production levels using location permit data, reported that overall production was down 12.4% compared to the same quarter last year. That decline was largely driven by a 57% drop in […]

‘Rust’ Armorer Wants Conviction Overturned After Alec Baldwin Case Collapses

By: Gmaddaus
17 July 2024 at 01:27
“Rust” armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed is asking a judge to overturn her conviction, alleging she was subject to the same sort of prosecutorial misconduct that torpedoed the Alec Baldwin trial last week. Gutierrez Reed was convicted in March of manslaughter in the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. In a motion filed Tuesday, attorney Jason Bowles […]

Santa Fe D.A. Affirms Support for ‘Rust’ Prosecutor Kari Morrissey After Alec Baldwin Case Thrown Out

By: Gmaddaus
15 July 2024 at 22:48
The district attorney in Santa Fe, N.M., has affirmed her support for “Rust” prosecutor Kari Morrissey, after the manslaughter case against Alec Baldwin was dismissed Friday due to withheld evidence. Morrissey remains in her role as the special prosecutor handling two cases against Hannah Gutierrez Reed, the “Rust” armorer who was convicted of manslaughter in […]

Alec Baldwin Thanks Supporters, but Still Faces Lawsuits in ‘Rust’ Shooting

By: Gmaddaus
13 July 2024 at 17:53
SANTA FE, N.M. — Alec Baldwin no longer faces the risk of prison in the accidental death of “Rust” cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, after a judge threw out his manslaughter case on Friday. “There are too many people who have supported me to thank just now,” Baldwin said on Instagram on Saturday morning. “To all of […]

Teamsters Remain ‘Far Apart’ in Talks With Studios as July 31 Expiration Nears

By: Gmaddaus
13 July 2024 at 05:54
The Teamsters are sending a shot across the bow, warning that they remain “far apart” in talks with the studios with less than three weeks to go before their contract expires. Teamsters Local 399 and the other Basic Crafts unions have spent four weeks in negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, […]

How Alec Baldwin’s Defense Set the ‘Rust’ Actor Free: ‘It Was Incredible Lawyering’

By: Gmaddaus
13 July 2024 at 02:22
SANTA FE, N.M. — Alec Baldwin’s lawyers have been complaining for months that prosecutors were not sharing all the evidence against him in his manslaughter case. They complained about missing forensics reports. They complained about redacted emails. They complained about videos buried on servers. It got them nowhere. So when they learned, at some point […]

Alec Baldwin’s ‘Rust’ Case Dismissed After Surprise Bullets Revealed in Court

By: Gmaddaus
12 July 2024 at 21:47
SANTA FE, N.M. — The manslaughter case against Alec Baldwin has been dismissed, after the judge blasted prosecutors for failing to turn over a batch of bullets to the defense. Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer threw out the case, ruling that no other sanction was sufficient. “The state is highly culpable for its failure to provide […]

Alec Baldwin Files Surprise Motion to Dismiss Case Over Failure to Disclose Bullets

By: Gmaddaus
12 July 2024 at 16:03
SANTA FE, N.M. — Alec Baldwin’s lawyers have filed a surprise motion asking that his manslaughter case be thrown out because the state failed to turn over a batch of bullets to the defense. Attorney Luke Nikas argued that the failure was part of a broader pattern of disclosure violations by the prosecution, and said […]

Alec Baldwin Trial’s Second Day Delves Into Sources of Gun and Bullets

By: Gmaddaus
11 July 2024 at 23:12
The second day of Alec Baldwin’s trial went deep into the origins of a vintage Colt .45 revolver and the question of how live bullets got to the set of “Rust.” Baldwin is accused of involuntary manslaughter in the October 2021 shooting of Halyna Hutchins, the film’s cinematographer. Prosecutors maintain that he negligently fired the […]

Alec Baldwin’s Defense Concedes He May Have Pulled Trigger on ‘Rust’ Set: ‘That Doesn’t Make Him Guilty’

By: Gmaddaus
10 July 2024 at 21:04
Since shortly after the fatal shooting on the set of “Rust,” Alec Baldwin has been adamant that he did not pull the trigger. That claim has been a key element of Baldwin’s public defense and a way for him to disclaim all responsibility for the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. Prosecutors find the claim “absurd […]

Alec Baldwin Broke ‘Cardinal Rules’ of Gun Safety While Playing ‘Make Believe,’ Prosecutor Says

By: Gmaddaus
10 July 2024 at 17:31
SANTA FE, N.M. — A prosecutor told jurors Wednesday that Alec Baldwin violated the cardinal rules of gun safety while playing “make believe” on the set of “Rust,” resulting in the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. Erlinda Ocampo Johnson, one of two special prosecutors on the case, argued in her opening statement that Baldwin repeatedly […]

Alec Baldwin Gets His Day in Court: Trial Begins in Fatal Set Shooting

By: Gmaddaus
10 July 2024 at 13:29
Nearly three years after accidentally shooting cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, actor Alec Baldwin gets his day in court on Wednesday, as his involuntary manslaughter trial begins in Santa Fe, N.M. Erlinda Ocampo Johnson, a defense lawyer who was appointed by the Santa Fe D.A.’s office as one of two special prosecutors in the case, will deliver […]

Alec Baldwin Trial: Jury Selection Begins in Manslaughter Case

By: Gmaddaus
9 July 2024 at 17:52
Jury selection is underway in the Santa Fe, N.M., trial of Alec Baldwin, who faces up to 18 months in prison if convicted in the accidental death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer began by asking a group of 70 people if they had seen or heard anything about the case. Only two […]