This is astonishing.
Not because former UFC and current Bellator heavyweight Frank Mir was mixed up in today’s huge weigh-in rumpus, alongside veteran MMA referee Herb Dean, but rather because there were 86 ACB events prior to this one.
Who the hell are these people?
A quick Google search tells me the promotion is Absolute Championship Berkut, and suddenly I remember its that Russian group who aligned with Mir to start promoting fights in the United States.
And Mir will be competing for them this August across the pond, per Jim Edwards, before rejoining the ranks of Bellator MMA.
“I would like to get a fight in with the ACB before that, so I can just get more time in clocked under me so I can get my timing back on for fighting,” Mir said.
During an interview with President Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani on Friday’s New Day, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo feared that the administration may throw him and other journalists in jail for reporting on leaks about the Russia investigation. Giuliani dismissed the melodramatic fretting and even jokingly offered to serve as Cuomo’s legal counsel.
After Giuliani condemned former FBI Director James Comey for leaking memos about his private meetings with the President to the press, Cuomo jumped in to praise the leaks: “Look, people leak. No, I’m not anti-leak, because I’m a journalist. I like leaks. I like to get the information so I can test power and get transparency....You’ve got whistle blowers all over the place that make a difference for the American people.”
Jehmu Greene: To your first question that the outrage that I guess is coming from the left, I think what is outrageous here is that no one would be surprised if President Trump himself hadn’t personally funded multiple abortions.
Pete Hegseth: Do you have any proof of that? You’re just tossing that out?
Jehmu Greene: No. I have no evidence. I’m saying would you be surprised?
Kristin Tate: You just can’t say that without any evidence. That is so irresponsible!
Jehmu Greene: Would you be surprised, Pete?
Hip-hop mogul P. Diddy has been revealed as the buyer of Chicago artist Kerry James Marshall’s “Past Times,” the work that sold at auction this week for $21 million, a price believed to be near the maximum paid for a living artist.
Marshall’s New York dealer, Jack Shainman, told the New York Times that P. Diddy, whose real name is Sean Combs, is the work’s buyer.
“I know that this work has found a home in a collection with purpose and an eye toward preserving legacy — that of Sean Combs, and that means a lot,” Shainman said in the Times report.
Celebrity art collectors, and rapper art collectors in particular, are nothing new. P. Diddy went public in a significant way with his predilections in 2011 when he splashed for a pair of works at Art Basel in Miami Beach, where he has become something of a fixture. Jay-Z is rumored to be the rap music world’s biggest collector of works, with a hoard estimated in value at something around a half-billion dollars. Producer Swizz Beatz acquired an Ansel Adams photograph when still a teenager, and has a substantial collection. The megasale to P. Diddy, however, lays down a significant marker. Given the new attention being paid to African-American artists in the market, other eye-opening auction prices could follow.
Like Jay-Z, who enlisted art adviser Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn in the late oughts, P. Diddy hired art adviser Maria Brito when he began collecting, to help him fine-tune his eye and expand his collection.
In a 2014 Daily Beast profile, Brito said, “I don’t want to take credit for bringing him into the art world, but before me, he didn’t really have any art. … He never had a chance for someone to explain things to him in a way that would engage his mind, like how to look at contemporary and conceptual art.”
A former pro wrestler was brutally beaten and kicked by a group of young men in California earlier this week, police said.
The victim has been identified as Tom Magee, a retired strongman competitor and contender in the World Wrestling Federation. Magee, who’s more than 6 feet tall, was a force to be reckoned with in his heyday, having once set a world record with a 1,180-pound deadlift.
Despite his impressive past, police say Magee, who will turn 60 in July, didn’t stand a chance against an onslaught of fists and feet delivered by six young men Tuesday morning.
The beating, which occurred outside Magee’s Mar Vista home, was so severe, according to police, that it left him with a broken jaw, broken eye socket and concussion.
Officer Christopher No with the Los Angeles Police Department told HuffPost a “neighborhood dispute” led to the incident.
“There was an altercation and Magee got assaulted and beaten,” No said.
Neighbors in the Northwest part of the Valley said a group of teens have been terrorizing their community near Elkhorn and Fort Apache.
On April 27, the group of teens were recorded on cell phone video attacking a woman. Neighbors said the woman was attacked three times and suffered a sprained ankle and broken finger.
"Sixty kids came out of no where and just rushed everyone," Jon Harris said of his wife's attack. "I don't know how it started but we turned around and my wife was getting jumped by a bunch of kids."
In the same video that captured the attack, the group of teens were seen picking up baseball size rocks and throwing them. Many of those rocks, neighbors said hit homes and cars.
"They hit my neighbors' wife with those rocks," Harris said. "He was also hit trying to protect his wife."
As shocking as the video was to watch, neighbors said this is the new normal in their area.
"I want people to know that video where my neighbor is getting beat, this isn't a one time thing," Eric Phillips said. Phillips is a middle school math teacher, and lives in the neighborhood.
Others there said the teens have been causing problems in the area for months.
"You can't drive down the street. They stop cars they try to get in the cars. They start banging on cars," Harris said. "We know there names, we have pictures we have videos we have spoke to their parents. I mean two to three times a day they are an issue and 2-3 times a day police come. Police handcuff them, then 10 minutes later you see them back walking around."
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Santa Fe school shooting suspect Dimitrios Pagourtzis obtained the two guns used in the murders from his father.
Abbott, a Republican, said the elder Pagourtzis legally owned the weapons and that "neither of the weapons was legally possessed" by Dimitrios.
The governor said the suspect intended to commit suicide after the shooting, according to his journal entries, but that the 17-year-old told arresting officers "he didn't have the courage" to kill himself.
Texas Lieutenant Gov. Dan Patrick said parents and students affected by the Santa Fe school shooting told him they would support arming teachers as a defense against a gunman.
Patrick said the Texas state government already allows teachers to be armed, leaving the ultimate decision up to each district's superintendent.
"They all said 'we want to arm our teachers,'" he said.
Thursday at the Education Writers Association’s Education Week forum, Parkland, FL Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivor and gun control activist Emma González urged those to “go join the Army” if they wanted to “have fun shooting off a weapon.” González said, “It’s just cheaper to take away the guns that aren’t imperative to living in America. You don’t need an AR-15 to protect yourself in bed from a robber at night. You don’t need an AR-15 to have fun at a shooting range.” She added. “Go join the Army if you want to have fun shooting off a weapon. And serve your fucking country. Excuse my language.”
A Vancouver teenager shot a 56-year-old Oregon man she met through a “sugar daddy” website last week, authorities said. Raelyn Domingo, 15, was arrested Wednesday in connection to last Friday’s shooting, The Oregonian reported. She also may face armed robbery charges in a separate case, police said. Police were called to a home in Washington County on May 11 following a report of a shooting. The man, Thomas Licata, 56, told authorities a woman he believed was named “Samantha” came over to his home that day. The victim met “Samantha” on SeekingArrangement.com and thought she was between the ages of 19 and 20 years old and was employed as a certified nursing assistant. The teenager’s username was “asainperssuasion” [sic]. The website advertises itself as “Sugar Babies and Sugar Daddies … both get what they want, when they want it.” Licata told authorities he gave “Samantha” $260 and seltzer before “sharing his vape pen.” He said she left to use the bathroom and came back with a gun before shooting him in the stomach. She demanded more money from him and he told her he did not have any more. She fled the scene leaving the victim with a gunshot wound “that went into his stomach and through his buttocks,” KATU reported. Witnesses told authorities they saw the suspect fleeing the scene in a gray sedan. On Saturday, Domingo and three men in masks allegedly robbed residents at gunpoint in their houses, The Oregonian reported. Washington State Police have opened an investigation into the robbery. Domingo was arrested in Vancouver and was being held at the Clark County Juvenile Justice Center. She faced a “first-degree robbery charge” and was expected to be extradited from Oregon to Washington.
The Santa Fe High School shooter who killed between eight and ten people has been named as student Dimitrios ‘Dimitri’ Pagourtzis.
A high school shooter was wearing a T-shirt bearing the slogan 'born to kill' when he massacred his fellow classmates and teachers.
Dimitrios Pagourtzis was allegedly armed with his father's shotgun and pistol when he burst into an art class and yelled 'surprise' before going on a deadly rampage at Santa Fe High School in Texas yesterday.
The 17-year-old, who is now in custody, was also dressed in a dark trench coat and black boots when he killed ten people and wounded ten others, it was claimed.
A 46-year-old former Playboy centerfold model and her seven-year-old son were found dead Friday morning after jumping out of a window of a 25th floor penthouse suite at a hotel in Manhattan.
The victims have been identified as Stephanie Adams and her son Vincent. The incident happened at the Gotham Hotel, located at 16 46th Street, near Fifth Avenue.
The mother and son checked into the Gotham Hotel, located at 16 46th Street, near Fifth Avenue, around 6pm Thursday.
The two jumped from the 25th floor penthouse before 8:30am Friday morning, using a window at the rear of the building. They landed on a second-floor balcony and were both pronounced dead at the scene. It's unclear if she was holding her son, or if he jumped of his own volition.
The Orange, New Jersey mother jumped to her death as she was locked in a bitter custody battle with her ex, chiropractor Charles Nicolai.
Democratic California Rep. Eric Swalwell told Fox News host Bill Hemmer on Friday morning that he has evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia by encouraging the Russians to interfere with the 2016 election. “The president asked them to do it.”
During a brief appearance on “America’s Newsroom,” Hemmer asked Swalwell whether it was justifiable to place an intelligence operative within the Trump campaign team. “So if you use a warrant that is drafted on information that may be directly tied to the Kremlin and use it to spy on a national political campaign, what do you think of that?”
Swalwell skirted the question, claiming that the bigger picture was more important than a small flaw in the execution.
“But I always invite people to take a step back and look at the big picture here. Donald Trump for years had been working with the Russians. He brought people on his campaign who had ties to the Russians. They were meeting in foreign places, receiving information from Russians on his political opponent.”
When Hemmer asked directly whether or not Swalwell had seen a fact that proved collusion, he said “Oh, yes, yes.” He then cited the campaign speech during which then candidate Trump had suggested that the Russians should “hack more.”
“The president asked them to do it, Bill. He stood on a stage and said, hey, why don’t you guys hack more, and they showed up to his Trump Tower, offered the evidence to his family. They received it, they didn’t turn it down.”
“That’s not what we found in the transcripts that were released the other day. You know that. That evidence wasn’t there,” Hemmer broke in. “Yeah, the meeting — and depending on who you believe, it was about adoption.”
Hemmer then asked how an offhand remark during a campaign speech constituted collusion. “Even if you just make a comment like that on stage in the middle of a national campaign, how does that prove collusion?”
Swalwell encouraged Hemmer to “look at the broader picture,” at which the Fox News host chuckled, “I’m trying.”
Construction of the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago has taken a major step forward with a city commission's decision to sign off on the project.
The Chicago Plan Commission on Thursday approved a proposal to build former President Barack Obama's center in Jackson Park on the city's South Side. The action came over protests from opponents who want an agreement that local residents will benefit from the $500 million project.
The plan still has other hurdles to clear, including City Council approval.
Protesters interrupted Thursday's meeting and demonstrators were outside City Hall earlier to make their voices heard ahead of the vote.
On Monday, a group called Protect Our Parks filed a lawsuit to block the project. They are trying to block the project on the grounds it is not a true presidential library. The group takes that stance because the center will only have a digital archive of documents and not the documents themselves.
Hour upon hour, day upon day, Omir Bekali and other detainees in far western China’s new indoctrination camps had to disavow their Islamic beliefs, criticize themselves and their loved ones and give thanks to the ruling Communist Party.
When Bekali, a Kazakh Muslim, refused to follow orders each day, he was forced to stand at a wall for five hours at a time. A week later, he was sent to solitary confinement, where he was deprived of food for 24 hours. After 20 days in the heavily guarded camp, he wanted to kill himself.
“The psychological pressure is enormous, when you have to criticize yourself, denounce your thinking — your own ethnic group,” said Bekali, who broke down in tears as he described the camp. “I still think about it every night, until the sun rises. I can’t sleep. The thoughts are with me all the time.”
Since last spring, Chinese authorities in the heavily Muslim region of Xinjiang have ensnared tens, possibly hundreds of thousands of Muslim Chinese — and even foreign citizens — in mass internment camps. This detention campaign has swept across Xinjiang, a territory half the area of India, leading to what a U.S. commission on China last month said is “the largest mass incarceration of a minority population in the world today.”
Chinese officials have largely avoided comment on the camps, but some are quoted in state media as saying that ideological changes are needed to fight separatism and Islamic extremism. Radical Muslim Uighurs have killed hundreds in recent years, and China considers the region a threat to peace in a country where the majority is Han Chinese.
Bill Gates, the billionaire businessman and founder of Microsoft, mocked President Donald Trump at a talk before his foundation, claiming the president repeatedly asked him the difference between HIV and HPV and made his wife uncomfortable.
In video obtained by Chris Hayes and aired on his MSNBC show All In, Gates dishes on several meetings he had with Trump, a fellow billionaire businessman, at Trump Tower and The White House.
Speaking before Gates Foundation staff, he revealed that the president (who once said evading sexually transmitted diseases in the 1990s was his own personal Vietnam) didn’t know the difference between HIV, the virus that can lead to AIDS, and HPV, an infection that can cause genital warts and cancer.
“Both times he wanted to know if there was a difference between HIV and HPV,” Gates said, as the crowd of his staffers burst out laughing. “So I was able to explain that those are rarely confused with each other.”
Google has built a multibillion-dollar business out of knowing everything about its users. Now, a video produced within Google and obtained by The Verge offers a stunningly ambitious and unsettling look at how some at the company envision using that information in the future.
The video was made in late 2016 by Nick Foster, the head of design at X (formerly Google X) and a co-founder of the Near Future Laboratory. The video, shared internally within Google, imagines a future of total data collection, where Google helps nudge users into alignment with their goals, custom-prints personalized devices to collect more data, and even guides the behavior of entire populations to solve global problems like poverty and disease.
When reached for comment on the video, an X spokesperson provided the following statement to The Verge:
“We understand if this is disturbing -- it is designed to be. This is a thought-experiment by the Design team from years ago that uses a technique known as ‘speculative design’ to explore uncomfortable ideas and concepts in order to provoke discussion and debate. It’s not related to any current or future products.”
Roger Stone reacts to reports FBI spied on Trump campaign Video – Fox News
Did the FBI place an informant within the 2016 Trump campaign? Reaction on ‘The Ingraham Angle.’
It really undermines the #Resistance when the criticism isn’t even true.
On Wednesday, during a roundtable discussion about California’s so-called “sanctuary state” policies, President Donald Trump referred to violent MS-13 gang members who come to the U.S. illegally as “animals.”
Here’s what Trump told Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims after she specifically noted how difficult it can be for her to get an MS-13 gang member deported in California, according to a White House transcript:
“We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in — and we’re stopping a lot of them — but we’re taking people out of the country. You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people. These are animals. And we’re taking them out of the country at a level and at a rate that’s never happened before. And because of the weak laws, they come in fast, we get them, we release them, we get them again, we bring them out. It’s crazy.”
Q Mr. President, sir, could you clarify the context of your use of the word “animal” yesterday in referring to some people who were (inaudible) —
PRESIDENT TRUMP: No. It has nothing to do with this meeting. But I’m referring — and you know I’m referring — to the MS-13 gangs that are coming in. And I was talking about the MS-13 and also — and if you look a little bit further on in the tape, you’ll see that. So I’m actually surprised you’re asking this question because most people got it right.
But I’m saying the MS-13 — you don’t have that where you come from — MS-13, these are animals. They’re coming into our country and we’re getting them out. They come in again, we’re getting them out. We need strong immigration laws. We have the weakest laws in the entire world. We have laws that are laughed at on immigration.
So when the MS-13 comes in, when the other gang members come into our country, I refer to them as “animals.” And guess what? I always will. But we’re getting them out by the thousands. But it’s a big, dangerous job. And they’re able, in some cases, to come back in or new groups come in also from the gangs.
CNN political contributor Ana Navarro — along with a bevy of other journalists and major media outlets — accused President Donald Trump of calling “illegal immigrants ‘animals.'”
But even after CNN’s Chris Cuomo pointed out to Navarro on Thursday that Trump said his “animals” remark referred to the murderous gang MS-13, Navarro said that’s “not good enough.”
The Nicaraguan-born journalist added during the interview that because of Trump’s reported “s**thole” remark in reference to Haiti and other nations, along with statements he’s made about immigrants, “he doesn’t get the benefit of the doubt.”
“It is a very slippery slope when you start dehumanizing people this way,” Narvarro continued. “It’s what the Nazis did. It’s what slave owners did. It’s not what Americans do.”
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen scorched members of the Democratic party for defending MS-13 members after President Donald Trump called them “animals,” in a Friday interview.
Nielsen said she was “horrified” by Democratic lawmakers’ comments defending the gang members whose motto is to “rape, control and kill,” in an interview on “Fox & Friends.” Nielsen said the lawmakers criticizing Trump for calling the gang members “animals” owe the president an apology.
Nonetheless, in a press conference Thursday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi blasted the president for making the “animals” comment about MS-13.
Pelosi began by saying, “Some of us who are attracted to the political arena, to government and public service” believe “we are all God’s children.”
“There is a spark of divinity among every person on earth, and we all have to recognize that as we respect the dignity and worth of every person,” Pelosi continued.
The House minority leader then added: “So when the president of the United States says about undocumented immigrants, ‘These aren’t people, these are animals,’ you have to wonder, does he not believe in the spark of divinity, the dignity and worth of every person?”
Q I just want to ask you, because so many people around the country have been talking about it in the last 24 hours, what did the President mean when he said some immigrants are not people, they’re “animals”?
SANDERS: The President was very clearly referring to MS-13 gang members who enter the country illegally and whose deportations are hamstrung by our laws. This is one of the most vicious and deadly gangs that operates by the motto of rape, control, and kill. If the media and liberals want to defend MS-13, they’re more than welcome to.
Frankly, I don’t think the term that the President used was strong enough. MS-13 has done heinous acts. It took an animal to stab a man a hundred times and decapitate him and rip his heart out. It took an animal to beat a woman — they were sex trafficking — with a bat 28 times, indenting part of her body. And it took an animal to kidnap, drug, and rape a 14-year-old Houston girl. Frankly, I think that the term “animal” doesn’t go far enough. And I think that the President should continue to use his platform and everything he can do under the law to stop these types of horrible, horrible, disgusting people.
I’m going to take one more question. Peter…”
President Donald Trump didn’t call all immigrants “animals” like the media wants you to believe. The president was specifically referring to members of the brutal MS-13 gang who are operating in and out of the U.S.
Journalists have been sharing a selectively edited clip posted by C-SPAN that only shows a short portion of the meeting about sanctuary cities that took place at the White House on Wednesday.
A CBS reporter slammed those giving “thoughts and prayers” to the family and friends of victims of the high school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, Friday.
“You tweeted out that your thoughts and prayers were with the victims and, just sort of being online, you’re getting a lot of reaction for that,” said the CBS host to Texas Ag Ken Paxton. “You know, thoughts and prayers, we — we hear that every time there’s a shooting.”
He continued to ask, “How do you respond to people who say something’s got to be done, our children need to feel safe, and of all places, their school?”
“I would prefer to have people that were in place to protect our children,” Paxton responded.
The Texas school shooting left multiple victims dead. Possible explosives were also identified both at the school nearby the scene of the shooting.
A Cubana de Aviacion Boeing 737 with 104 people on board crashed on takeoff from Havana's Jose Marti International Airport on Friday, according to Cuba's state-run television.
The flight was headed to the Cuban city of Holguin and casualties are reported, an airport source told CNN.
The western city of Holguin is about 500 miles east of the Cuban capital. Cuban state media originally reported that the flight was bound for Guyana.
Students who witnessed Friday’s shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas claimed that the shooter was wearing a black trench coat and had a sawed-off shotgun.
Damon Rabon, a Santa Fe student, said that he followed his teacher out of the classroom and saw the shooter firsthand.
“We heard, like, five more bangs, and then the kid came out [with] a black, like, trench coat on, a sawed-off shotgun with a pistol grip, and I think something sharp on his chest,” Rabon described. “And then he turned, and instead of looking our way, he just grabbed his backpack and went right back into the art room, so, at that point, we knew it was an active shooter.”
Rabon said that after he saw the shooter, he and his teacher went back into the classroom and closed the door. His teacher reportedly pulled the fire alarm in order to alert authorities, as Rabon said people in the class did not have cell service in order to call 911.
Another student, Avery Garza, told HLN that he also saw the suspect in a black trench coat and with a sawed-off shotgun.
Garza said his friend witnessed the shooter pulling out a pistol and shooting a girl in the head.
“He was in that class, and the shooter came in and started shooting. And he had a sawed-off shotgun and a pistol. And he shot a girl, and then pulled his pistol out and shot her in the head,” Garza said.
“We know who it is, but unfortunately I cannot give the name out. He was wearing a trench coat, I think it said USSR on it,” he added.
The gunfire was first reported before 8 a.m. Friday.
Witnesses said at least one suspect came into the school and opened fire in an art class.
Some students also said the shooter was throwing explosives into a classroom.
As of 9:45 a.m. law enforcement was sweeping the campus for the possibility of explosive devices, a threat they said they were taking “very seriously.”
Some students say they were evacuated down the street to a nearby auto shop as police surrounded the school.
Many parents are now lining up to pick their kids up at the business.
“School shooting in Texas. Early reports not looking good. God bless all!,” President Trump tweeted.
The school is located about 30 miles southeast of Houston.
A gunman who fired shots to bring police to the Trump National Doral golf course and resort early Friday was disabled by five officers who shot him in his legs, a police chief said.
The resort is in northwest Miami-Dade County. It is owned by President Donald Trump’s privately held company; he was not on the premises during the 1:30 a.m. incident.
Arrested was Jonathan Oddi, 42, a Doral resident who was hospitalized in stable condition. The only other reported injury was to a Doral police officer who broke his wrist.
A police chief said officers were called after Oddi pointed a handgun at staff and began firing.
Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez said Oddi appparently wanted to “engage our police officers, some type of ambush type attack, trying to lure our police officers.”
One officer from Miami-Dade police and four officers from Doral Police raced to the hotel at Northwest 36th Street and 87th Avenue and all exchanged gunfire with Oddi, Perez said.
“He did succeed, and he did lose,” Perez said. “That’s the bottom line.”
The two police agencies train together and Perez credited that collaboration with a prompt end to the threat. No hotel employees or guests were hurt.
Multiple fatalities are being reported in a shooting at a Texas high school, which is on lockdown.
One person is in custody after the attack at the Santa Fe High School, about 40 miles (65 km) south of Houston, according to school officials.
The school district has confirmed people were injured in an "active shooter" incident as classes began. It is unclear if the attacker was a student. Police have not yet confirmed any fatalities.
News helicopters filmed students emptying their backpacks in front of armed officers in a field outside the school.
Local media are reporting the shooting began as the fire alarm went off. It is not clear how the alarm was activated.
One 10th grader told networks she had an asthma attack while hiding in the woods.