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Federal Reserve leaves key interest rate steady and unchanged

On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve announced in a statement that was keeping its key interest rates steady, stating that it projects just one interest rate cut is possible before year’s end. The central bank said economic activity “has continued to expand at a solid pace,” while job gains “have remained strong, and the unemployment rate has remained low.”

The central bank kept the federal funds rate in a range of 5.25% to 5.5%; it has remained at that level, the highest in 23 years, since July of 2023. Though inflation has eased over the past year, it remains elevated — even as there has been “modest further progress toward the Committee’s 2% inflation objective.”

Fed Chairman Jerome Powell told reporters that the Consumer Price Index report released earlier Wednesday is encouraging, but noted that the central bank wants to see more evidence in coming months that inflation is on a path to return to about 2% before moving to cut the benchmark rate. Powell said that inflation has eased from a high of 7% to 2.7%, but is “still too high,” adding: “we see today’s report as progress and building confidence, but we don’t see ourselves as having the confidence that would warrant beginning to loosen policy at this time. My colleagues and I remain squarely focused on achieving our dual mandate goals of maximum employment and stable prices for the benefit of the American people. Our economy has made considerable progress toward both goals.” Powell said the Fed’s “restrictive stance on monetary policy” is to “keep demand in line with supply and reduce inflationary pressures,” and that economic activity has continued to “expand at a solid pace,” while growth of consumer spending has slowed from “last year’s robust pace but remains solid .. Committee participants generally expect GDP growth to slow from last year’s pace with a median projection of 2.1% this year and 2.0% over the next two year.”

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House Republicans vote to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt of Congress

On Wednesday afternoon, House Republicans on voted on a resolution to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over audio of President Joe Biden’s interview with special counsel Robert Hur on his handling of classified documents.

The final vote along party lines was 216 to 207, with Rep. David Joyce of Ohio the only Republican who voted against the contempt resolution. In a statement after the vote, Joyce said, “As a former prosecutor, I cannot in good conscience support a resolution that would further politicize our judicial system to score political points.” Joyce also suggested the vote was a partisan act: “as a former prosecutor, I cannot in good conscience support a resolution that would further politicize our judicial system to score political points. The American people expect Congress to work for them, solve policy problems, and prioritize good governance. Enough is enough.”

The lower chamber’s vote to hold Garland in contempt now makes him the third attorney general in U.S. history to be held in contempt of Congress. The resolution includes a referral to the U.S. attorney of the District of Columbia for criminal prosecution, however, GOP investigators are expected to enter into a legal fight with the Justice Department to obtain the recordings.

Speaker Mike Johnson called the outcome “a significant step in maintaining the integrity of our oversight processes and responsibilities .. It is up to Congress – not the Executive Branch – to determine what materials it needs to conduct its own investigations, and there are consequences for refusing to comply with lawful Congressional subpoenas.” Johnson added: “The Committees need the audio tapes to verify the accuracy of the written transcripts given this White House has been known to heavily edit the President’s statements. This is a simple matter — we have the transcript, and we need the audio.”

Garland stated that it was “deeply disappointing that this House of Representatives has turned a serious congressional authority into a partisan weapon. Today’s vote disregards the constitutional separation of powers, the Justice Department’s need to protect its investigations, and the substantial amount of information we have provided to the Committees. I will always stand up for this Department, its employees, and its vital mission to defend our democracy.”

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Celtics take 3-0 lead in NBA Finals after win against Mavericks 106-99

The Boston Celtics have taken a 3-0 series lead after defeating the Dallas Mavericks 106-99 in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night. No NBA team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit.

The Celtics held off an attempted comeback from the Mavericks to win Game 3, doing so without center Kristaps Porzingis, who was ruled out with a left leg injury he suffered in Game 2. However, Boston’s duo of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown combined to score 61 points in the game, with Tatum finishing with a team-high 31, and Brown scoring 30.

The Celtics are now just one game from winning a record 18th NBA championship, with Game 4 set to take place in Dallas on Friday at 8:30 pm.

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Legendary Lakers player, NBA Hall of Famer Jerry West dies at age 86

Los Angeles Lakers legend and Basketball Hall of Famer Jerry West has died at the age of 86. The Los Angeles Clippers, whom West had been a board member and consultant since 2017, announced Wednesday that he “passed away peacefully” with his wife, Karen, by his side.

Per EPSN, West’s silhouette is considered to be the basis of the NBA logo. West spent his entire 14-year playing career with the Lakers, winning the 1972 NBA championship with the Lakers as a player and eight additional titles as an executive with the Lakers and Golden State Warriors. He became the third player in NBA history to reach 25,000 points, and was also an All-Star every year of his career, leading the Los Angeles Lakers to the NBA Finals nine times and winning one title in 1971-72. He was also a 12-time All-NBA selection, an NBA Finals MVP as part of a losing team in 1969 — the first year that award was given out and still the only time it went to a player on the losing team — and part of the NBA’s 75th anniversary team.

After retiring at the conclusion of the 1973-74 season, West served as head coach of the Lakers for three seasons from 1976 to 1979, going 145-101 with three playoff appearances and one trip to the Western Conference Finals. He transitioned into a front-office role with the Lakers after that, and by 1982, he was named the organization’s general manager. West left the Lakers after the 1999-00 season after winning six championships as a member of the Lakers’ front office, and he was responsible for franchise-defining personnel moves such as trading for Kobe Bryant and signing Shaquille O’Neal in free agency. He served as the Memphis Grizzlies’ GM from 2002 to 2007 and then joined the Warriors’ front office in 2011 as an executive board member. West returned to L.A. in 2017, but as a member of the Clippers’ front office, serving on their board as they reached the playoffs five times in seven seasons.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver released the statement: “Jerry West was a basketball genius and a defining figure in our league for more than 60 years. He distinguished himself not only as an NBA champion and an All-Star in all 14 of his playing seasons, but also as a consummate competitor who embraced the biggest moments… I valued my friendship with Jerry and the knowledge he shared with me over many years about basketball and life. On behalf of the NBA, we send our deepest condolences to Jerry’s wife, Karen, his family and his many friends in the NBA community.”

The NBA paid tribute to West before Game 3 of the NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night.

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Billy Ray Cyrus seeking annulment from estranged wife Firerose after 7 months of marriage

As first reported by TMZ, Billy Ray Cyrus has filed for divorce and is seeking an annulment from his third wife Firerose after seven months of marriage.

PEOPLE reported that the 62-year-old Cyrus filed for divorce from the 37-year-old Firerose (legal name Johanna Rose Hodges) in a Tennessee court on May 22, citing irreconcilable differences and “inappropriate marital conduct.” Cyrus is also seeking an annulment due to fraud on Hodges’ part, saying in the filing that he would not have married Hodges “had he known” about the alleged fraud. TMZ stated that Cyrus gave Firerose a deadline of May 24 to vacate their house and agreed to pay her $5,000 per month to obtain suitable housing for the following 90 days, or until the divorce is finalized. The filing gives no further details on the alleged inappropriate conduct of fraud, but says each should be able to keep property that they own separately.

Cyrus has been married twice previously, including ex-wife Tish Cyrus whom were divorced in 2022 after nearly three decades together.  Billy Ray and Tish shares five children, including musicians Miley Cyrus and Noah Cyrus, Braison Cyrus, and he legally adopted Tish Cyrus’s two children, Brandi and Trace. Cyrus also has a son, Christopher, with a previous partner.

Neither Hodges nor Cyrus has commented on the divorce via their social media accounts, while representatives for Cyrus and Hodges did not immediately return requests for comment.

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Billy Ray Cyrus seeking annulment from estranged wife Firerose after 7 months of marriage

As first reported by TMZ, Billy Ray Cyrus has filed for divorce and is seeking an annulment from his third wife Firerose after seven months of marriage.

PEOPLE reported that the 62-year-old Cyrus filed for divorce from the 37-year-old Firerose (legal name Johanna Rose Hodges) in a Tennessee court on May 22, citing irreconcilable differences and “inappropriate marital conduct.” Cyrus is also seeking an annulment due to fraud on Hodges’ part, saying in the filing that he would not have married Hodges “had he known” about the alleged fraud. TMZ stated that Cyrus gave Firerose a deadline of May 24 to vacate their house and agreed to pay her $5,000 per month to obtain suitable housing for the following 90 days, or until the divorce is finalized. The filing gives no further details on the alleged inappropriate conduct of fraud, but says each should be able to keep property that they own separately.

Cyrus has been married twice previously, including ex-wife Tish Cyrus whom were divorced in 2022 after nearly three decades together.  Billy Ray and Tish shares five children, including musicians Miley Cyrus and Noah Cyrus, Braison Cyrus, and he legally adopted Tish Cyrus’s two children, Brandi and Trace. Cyrus also has a son, Christopher, with a previous partner.

Neither Hodges nor Cyrus has commented on the divorce via their social media accounts, while representatives for Cyrus and Hodges did not immediately return requests for comment.

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See the music video for Post Malone & Morgan Wallen’s collab “I Had Some Help”

Post Malone and Morgan Wallen are sharing the official video for their hit collaboration, “I Had Some Help.” The song was produced by Louis Bell, Charlie Handsome and Hoskins, and written by Post Malone and Morgan Wallen alongside Louis Bell, Ryan Vojtesak, Ashley Gorley, ERNEST and Hoskins.

The duo’s music video for I Had Some Help, directed by Chris Villa and filmed at the Joshua Tree Saloon in California, finds Post in a phone booth arguing with a girl on the phone; he gets over it pretty quickly, however, and has some fun with the locals, drinking beer and partying with Morgan. The clip also features footage of Post Malone and Morgan Wallen singing the tune in the back of a flatbed truck beneath a massive American flag in Joshua Tree, California, dispersed throughout the storyline of the video.

“I Had Some Help” marks the first single from Post Malone’s forthcoming first-ever, full-length country album, expected to feature collaborations with Luke Combs, Brad Paisley, Jelly Roll and more.

Take a look at the video for “I Had Some Help” – here.

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See the music video for Post Malone & Morgan Wallen’s collab “I Had Some Help”

Post Malone and Morgan Wallen are sharing the official video for their hit collaboration, “I Had Some Help.” The song was produced by Louis Bell, Charlie Handsome and Hoskins, and written by Post Malone and Morgan Wallen alongside Louis Bell, Ryan Vojtesak, Ashley Gorley, ERNEST and Hoskins.

The duo’s music video for I Had Some Help, directed by Chris Villa and filmed at the Joshua Tree Saloon in California, finds Post in a phone booth arguing with a girl on the phone; he gets over it pretty quickly, however, and has some fun with the locals, drinking beer and partying with Morgan. The clip also features footage of Post Malone and Morgan Wallen singing the tune in the back of a flatbed truck beneath a massive American flag in Joshua Tree, California, dispersed throughout the storyline of the video.

“I Had Some Help” marks the first single from Post Malone’s forthcoming first-ever, full-length country album, expected to feature collaborations with Luke Combs, Brad Paisley, Jelly Roll and more.

Take a look at the video for “I Had Some Help” – here.

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Hulu reveals premiere date, shares ‘Only Murders in the Building’ Season 4 trailer

Hulu dropped the trailer for Season 4 of Only Murders in the Building, revealing that the show will return Aug. 27.

New York podcasters Charles (Steve Martin), Oliver (Martin Short), and Mabel (Selena Gomez) visit Los Angeles when a Hollywood studio wants to make a movie of their true crime podcast. Season 4 will pick up after the events of the Season 3 finale, which saw Charles-Hayden Savage’s stunt double, Sazz Pataki (Jane Lynch), murdered. Per an officially synopsis, “our trio’s investigation leads them all the way to Los Angeles where a Hollywood studio is readying a film about the Only Murders podcast. As our amateur sleuths race back to New York, they embark on an even more epic journey – traversing their building’s courtyard to delve into the twisted lives of the Arconia’s West Tower residents.”  New recurring star Molly Shannon plays a studio executive negotiating their deal.

Joining series leads Martin, Short, and Gomez will be returning cast members including Meryl Streep, set to reprise her role as Oliver’s love interest Loretta. Also returning are Lynch, Michael Cyril Creighton and Da’Vine Joy Randolpg. Season 4 is being dubbed by Hulu as the show’s “starriest season yet” thanks to a star-studded cast of newcomers, including Eva Longoria, Eugene Levy, Kumail Nanjiani, and Zach Galifianakis, Melissa McCarthy and Richard Kind.

Only Murders in the Building premiered on Hulu in 2021 from co-creators and writers Steve Martin and John Hoffman. Martin and Hoffman executive produce along with Martin Short, Selena Gomez, Dan Fogelman and Jess Rosenthal. The first three seasons of Only Murders in the Building are available to stream on Hulu; take a look at the Season 4 trailer: here.

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Metallica set for Fortnite festival concert: ‘Metallica: Fuel. Fire. Fury’

According to Billboard, Metallica will head to the popular game Fortnite later this month, becoming the first band to play appear across all Fortnite experiences.

Epic Games announced the news on June 12, sharing that Metallica-themed gameplay will launch on Thursday (June 13) in Fortnite Festival, Battle Royale, LEGO Fortnite and Rocket Racing; later, the band will play a series of in-game concerts for players only on June 22 and 23 entitled Metallica: Fuel. Fire. Fury.

Users will have six opportunities to catch the concerts at 2 p.m, 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. on the 22nd and 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on the 23rd. The company said the the concert was completely customized and built from the ground-up using the powerful Unreal Editor 3D computer graphic game engine, and is described as ‘an immersive experience with a brand-new playable concert that will journey through six of Metallica’s fan-favorite songs with themed gameplay that complements the intensity of a Metallica live show.’

Metallica’s James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo will be the icons for Fortnite Festival Season 4, and players will be able to play along to such Metallica classics as “Enter Sandman,” “Ride the Lightning” and “Master of Puppets.” The band will also be part of the new season of Fortnite Festival‘s Battle Stage, a new competitive way to play the rhythmic music game that will be available to play after the concerts take place. The Stage will welcome 16 players in each match, with all competitors playing the same four-song set until one comes out on top.

Season 4 beings on Thursday, June 13 and lasts through 12 a.m. ET on August 16.

Watch previews of the gameplay trailer – here; and
Battle Stage trailer: here.

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