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Federal judge finds Rudy Giuliani liable for defaming Georgia election workers

On Wednesday, a federal judge awarded a default judgment to two Georgia election workers as part of their civil defamation suit against former Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani.  U.S. Judge Beryl Howell found Giuliani liable for his defamatory remarks, leveling harsh sanctions against him (including the default judgment), and ordering a trial to determine the complete scope of damages.

The election workers, mother-daughter Ruby Freeman and Wandrea “Shaye” Moss, sued the former New York City mayor for defamation over erroneous remarks he made accusing the pair of fraudulently manipulating ballots on Election Day 2020 in Georgia. Freeman and Moss became the subjects of a Trump-backed conspiracy theory that was later found to be “false and unsubstantiated,” according to an investigation by the Georgia Elections Board. In an appearance before a committee of the Georgia state legislature, Giuliani told lawmakers that a video circulating online showed “Ruby Freeman and Shaye Freeman Moss … quite obviously surreptitiously passing around USB ports, as if they’re vials of heroin or cocaine.”

U.S. Judge Beryl Howell said in a 57-page opinion in the case: “The bottom line is that Giuliani has refused to comply with his discovery obligations and thwarted plaintiffs Ruby Freeman and Wandrea’ ArShaye Moss’ procedural rights to obtain any meaningful discovery in this case … Rather than simply play by the rules designed to promote a discovery process necessary to reach a fair decision on the merits of plaintiffs’ claims, Giuliani has bemoaned plaintiffs’ efforts to secure his compliance as ‘punishment by process’ … Donning a cloak of victimization may play well on a public stage to certain audiences, but in a court of law, this performance has served only to subvert the normal process of discovery in a straightforward defamation case.”

In a statement, Freeman and Moss lauded the ruling: “Rudy Giuliani helped unleash a wave of hatred and threats we never could have imagined. It cost us our sense of security and our freedom to go about our lives. Nothing can restore all we lost, but today’s ruling is yet another neutral finding that has confirmed what we have known all along: that there was never any truth to any of the accusations about us and that we did nothing wrong. We were smeared for purely political reasons, and the people responsible can and should be held accountable.”

Judge Howell wrote that a trial to determine the full scope of damages will take place later this year or early next, adding that “the jury will be instructed that they must, when determining an appropriate sum of punitive damages, infer that Giuliani is intentionally trying to hide relevant discovery about his financial assets for the purpose of artificially deflating his net worth.”

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell appears to have another medical episode during public event

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell appeared to freeze again during an exchange with reporters on Wednesday during an event in his home state of Kentucky.

Video footage showed McConnell, 81, trailing off and remaining silent after he was asked if he would seek re-election in 2026. While the Republican leader acknowledged the question, he froze and began to stare ahead; after roughly 10 seconds, an aide stepped in and asked whether he heard the question. McConnell replied, “yes,” but continued to look off into the distance, prompting the aide to say, “we’re going to need a minute.” The aide then asked for assistance from what appeared to be a member of McConnell’s security detail. The senator appeared to regain his composure after roughly 30 seconds of silence, clearing his throat and stating, “OK.” McConnell answered two more questions from reporters, though his aide relayed the topics to him. He then left the gathering.

A spokesperson for McConnell said he felt “momentarily lightheaded and paused” during the press conference, adding that while he said he feels fine, “as a prudential measure, the leader will be consulting a physician prior to his next event.” President Biden told reporters after delivering remarks on the federal response to Hurricane Idalia and the wildfires on Maui that McConnell is a “good friend,” and said he is going to try to get in contact with him.

The incident marked the second time McConnell appeared to have a medical episode at a public event. The first instance of McConnell freezing occurred during a press conference in the U.S. Capitol on July 26, when he stopped speaking mid-sentence while delivering opening comments and appeared unable to continue with his remarks for roughly 15 seconds. An aide to McConnell later said he “felt lightheaded and stepped away for a moment.”

The freezing incidents come after McConnell tripped at a dinner event in the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Washington in March, suffering a concussion. He was hospitalized for several days and received additional treatment at an inpatient rehabilitation facility. McConnell returned to the Senate more than a month after the fall.

McConnell has served as the top Senate Republican since 2007, and he became the longest-serving Senate leader in history when the new Congress began in January. The lawmaker is among the oldest politicians in office and is the 13th longest-serving senator in history with 38 years in office.

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Sports Daypop

Coco Gauff defeats Mirra Andreeva to advance to third round of U.S. Open

19-year-old Coco Gauff dominated fellow teenager Mirra Andreeva, 16, in straight sets 6-3, 6-2 on Wednesday to advance into the third round of the US Open. Gauff has now advanced to the third round for the second consecutive year at the U.S. Open.

Said Gauff during her on-court interview: “I think that I’m capable of winning when I’m not playing my best, even in the first round I wasn’t playing my best and I was able to get through that one and today I played much cleaner tennis.” Gauff added: “I have to enjoy this if I want to maintain a long career, I have to really have fun on the court and I think I’m having fun with the wins and losses.”

The second-round match at Arthur Ashe Stadium and Gauff on Wednesday was played under sweltering sun and heat, and Gauff said she was comfortable in the weather, due to her home being in South Florida: “I’m just used to the heat; I’m used to sweating. I’m soaked, I had to go to the towel a lot to just wipe my hands off.”

Gauff will face No. 32 seed Elise Mertens in the third round. Mertens saved two match points en route to winning in three sets 3-6, 7-6 (7), 6-1 over American Danielle Collins.

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Philadelphia Phillies slugger Bryce Harper notches 300th career home run

Philadelphia Phillies slugger Bryce Harper hit his 300th career home run on Wednesday against the Los Angeles Angels to become the 12th active player to reach 300 home runs. Harper joins Nolan Arenado, Manny Machado, J.D. Martinez and Freddie Freeman as hitters to reach the mark this season.

The 30-year-old Harper hit the milestone homer against Matt Moore in the eighth inning, marking his 15th homer this season. The two-run drive put Philadelphia ahead by a run, however, the Phillies would go on to lose the game vs. the Angels with a score of 10-8. Bryce said of his accomplishment: “There are bigger numbers in my head, but 300 is pretty good. I wanted to do it at home because I love being a Phillie. It’s something I’ve dreamed about. This city… I love them. I’m part of their family and they’re part of mine as well. There’s just nothing like it.”

Harper hit 184 homers in seven years with the Washington Nationals and won the 2015 NL MVP before he joined the Phillies as a free agent ahead of the 2019 season. Harper, who signed a $330 million, 13-year contract, has 116 homers with the Phillies, won his second MVP award in 2021 and was NL Championship Series MVP last season. He said of his time with the Phillies: “There’ve been a lot of great people who have come in and out of this clubhouse who have helped me in my career. I value playing every day. I value going out there and working and grinding each day. I love this game. I love playing with ‘Phillies’ across my chest and I love playing this game every day. It’s all I want to do.”

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Riley Green announces new album ‘Ain’t My Last Rodeo’

Riley Green announced that his new album, ‘Ain’t My Last Rodeo,’ will be released October 13th.

The music and lyrics from the 12-track project are heavily influenced by the rural, small town and slower way of living that Green experiences when he’s off the road. The title Ain’t My Last Rodeo takes its name from a track on the LP, “My Last Rodeo,” which Green wrote following one of the final conversations he had with his late Grandaddy in the hospital.  Said Green: “I was fortunate enough to grow up within about three miles of my grandparents, so they were a huge part of my growing up and who I am—and this album is a lot of who I am. This is really the first time I was able to really take my time, write and record songs that really felt like a cohesive album—I’m really proud of it and want to thank the fans for all of their encouragement—I hope y’all enjoy it.”

The tracklist includes a song with Jelly Roll, and also features several familiar tunes including a cover of Tim McGraw’s “Damn Country Music,” which will be available this Friday, September 1st. Ain’t My Last Rodeo also includes Green’s current single, “Different ‘Round Here” featuring Luke Combs,

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Alana Springsteen to launch first headlining tour

Alana Springsteen will launch her first headlining tour dubbed the ‘Twenty Something Tour’, in support of her three-part debut album, TWENTY SOMETHING.

The trek kicks off on October 25 in Nashville, making stops in Dallas, Knoxville, Chicago, New York, Philadelphi and Boston before wrapping in Pittsburgh on December 10.

Shares Springsteen: “The most fulfilling part of releasing this music is the connection I feel with people of all ages and backgrounds all over the world when they reach out because they feel less alone after hearing these songs. Being able to see them face-to-face on my own headline tour is everything I’ve ever dreamt of. Each of these shows are going to be special in their own way. I can’t wait to give them everything I have.”

Ticktes for the ‘Twenty Something Tour’ are on sale now; head here for more information.

Alana Springsteen announces The Twenty Something Tour

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Entertainment Daypop

Apple TV+ shares Season 3 trailer for ‘The Morning Show’

Apple TV+ dropped the trailer for Season 3 of The Morning Show. 

While a previous teaser trailer established that Alex (Jennifer Aniston) is the sole anchor of the morning broadcast and Bradley (Reese Witherspoon) is now on the evening news, the newly released footage establishes new series regular Jon Hamm as “an Elon Musk-type business titan with more money than God”, and a first glimpse of fellow newbie Nicole Beharie.  In addition, Mark Duplass, Néstor Carbonell, Karen Pittman, Greta Lee and Julianna Margulies all reprise their roles in Season 3.

The Apple TV+ drama will return with two episodes on Wednesday, Sept. 13. Single episodes will follow weekly through the finale on Nov. 8, for a total of 10 episodes. It was already revealed that the show has been renewed for Season 4.

Take a look at the Season 3 trailer for The Morning Show – here.

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Rock Daypop

Sexual misconduct investigation against Rammstein’s Till Lindemann is dropped

The investigation against Rammstein‘s frontman Till Lindemann following allegations of sexual assault has been dropped by German prosecutors. The Washington Post reported that Berlin’s prosecution office shared a statement which read: “The evaluation of the available evidence — above all the press reports that refer to anonymous whistleblowers, as well as the additional questioning of witnesses — has not produced any indications that the accused has carried out sexual acts on women against their will, administered disabling substances or exploited a power imbalance towards underage sexual partners in order to persuade them to have sex.”

The investigation was launched back in June after several women came forward claiming that the singer drugged and recruited them to engage in sexual activity. Lindenmann had previously denied the allegations with his attorneys adding that the claims were “without exception untrue”. Lindemann’s lawyers said that they would “immediately pursue legal action in response to all such accusations”.

Universal Music halted all marketing and promotion for the band amid the investigation, with the label saying: “The accusations against Till Lindemann have shocked us and we have the greatest respect for the women who have spoken out so courageously in public in this case.”

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Duran Duran announce new album ‘Danse Macabre’

Duran Duran have announced their 16th studio album, Danse Macabre, due out on October 27th. The album, which features a ‘Halloween Theme’, is comprised of new songs and several covers, including those by Billie Eilish, Talking Heads, The Rolling Stones, and more. The band has also shared the record’s title track, “Danse Macabre,” which you can listen to – here.

The covers included on the Danse Macabre are renditions of Billie Eilish’s “Bury a Friend,” Talking Heads’ “Psycho Killer,” The Rolling Stones’ “Paint It Black,” Siouxsie and the Banshees’ “Spellbound,” Cerrone’s “Supernature,” and The Specials’ “Ghost Town.”

According to a press release, Danse Macabre and its Halloween theme were inspired by Duran Duran’s 2022 Halloween show. The band’s Nick Rhodes explained: “That evening inspired us to explore further and to make an album, using Halloween as the key theme. The record metamorphosed through a pure, organic process, and not only was it made faster than anything since our debut album, it has also resulted in something none of us could have ever predicted.” Said Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon:“It’s about a crazy Halloween party. It’s supposed to be fun!”

Duran Duran are also still on the road for their “Future Past Tour” with Nile Rodgers and Chic, which will run through the end of September.

To pre-order the Danse Macabre album, head here.

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Adele says sciatica attack caused her to collapse backstage at Las Vegas residency

Adele revealed that she recently collapsed backstage during her Las Vegas residency due to an ongoing health issue that caused a flare-up of her spinal condition. The 35-year-old singer told fans during one of her recent concerts (part of her “Weekends with Adele” residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace) that she fell and was unable to move because of a sciatica attack. Sciatia is a condition is caused by pain radiating from the sciatic nerve, causing extreme discomfort and pain in the legs and lower back. Adele told the audience that a member of her production team found her, unable to move: “They picked my whole body up off the floor. I am going to sit down and rest my sciatica.”

Adele first revealed her condition in 2021, saying she’s been dealing with it since the age of 15. “I slipped my first disc when I was 15 from sneezing. I was in bed, and I sneezed, and my fifth one flew out. In January, I slipped my sixth one, my L6. And then where I had a C‑section, my core was useless … I’ve been in pain with my back for like, half of my life, really. It flares up, normally due to stress or from a stupid bit of posture. But where I got my tummy strong, down at the bottom, which I never had before, my back don’t play up as much. It means I can do more. I can run around with my kid a little bit more.”

Adele also shared with fans how the chronic pain she lives with has impacted her ability to move on stage. During a New Year’s Eve 2022 show, Adele had difficulty walking across the stage after throwing shooting merchandise out of a T-shirt cannon into the crowd: “I have to waddle these days as I have really bad sciatica.”

Adele’s Vegas residency was extended this year with additional dates through November 4, 2023, after her initial successful run from November 2022-March 2023.

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