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‘C’ List of Headliners Highlight What Donald Trump Thinks Is ‘Great’

Live from Cleveland, Ohio, starting at 7:50 PM EDT, the first night of the 2016 Republican National Convention!

Tonight, at some point – there is no actual published schedule with times on it – Donald Trump will introduce Melania Trump, his wife, who will take the spot usually reserved for one of the most important leaders the party believes has the greatest potential to become, perhaps, president, or as a tribute to their contribution to the party.

Before that happens, RNC delegates will be entertained by the following “C” list of Republican politicians and conservative notables. Among them, Scott Baio, an actor best known for his role in “Charles in Charge” (1984-1990), and “Joanie Loves Chachi” (1982-1983). Baio was invited to speak at the convention after posting this tweet calling former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton a “c*nt.”

Here’s the lineup of tonight’s speakers (in order presumably but given the craziness of this convention, who knows?), via Vox:

Willie Robertson, star of Duck Dynasty
Rick Perry, former governor and presidential candidate (R-TX)
Marcus Luttrell, a retired Navy SEAL and Afghanistan/Iraq veteran who was portrayed by Mark Wahlberg in the film Lone Survivor
Scott Baio, an actor known for his roles as Chachi on Happy Days and Joanie Loves Chachi, and Bob Loblaw on Arrested Development
Mark Geist and John Tiegen, former members of the Benghazi Annex Security Team during the Benghazi attacks
Kent Terry and Kelly Terry-Willis, appearing in honor of their brother Brian Terry, a border patrol agent who died on duty
Antonio Sabato Jr., former General Hospital actor
Mary Ann Mendoza, whose son died in a car accident involving an undocumented immigrant; Sabine Durden, whose son also died in a car accident involving an undocumented immigrant; Jamiel Shaw, whose son was killed in a gang shooting involving an undocumented immigrant
Rep. Mike McCaul (R-TX), chair of the Committee on Homeland Security
David A. Clarke Jr., sheriff of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, and a vocal critic of criminal justice reform and Black Lives Matter
Sean Duffy, Congress member and former Real World contestant (R-WI), and his wife, Rachel Duffy
Darryl Glenn, the Republican nominee for Senate in Colorado
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), an Afghanistan/Iraq veteran
Karen Vaughn, anti-Obama activist whose son, a Navy SEAL, was killed in Afghanistan
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), an early Trump supporter and anti-immigration advocate
Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York City and 2008 presidential candidate
Melania Trump, the presumptive presidential nominee’s wife
Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, former Defense Intelligence Agency director and Trump VP finalist
Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), a retired lieutenant colonel in the Iowa Army National Guard
Jason Beardsley, adviser for Concerned Veterans of America
Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT), a retired Navy SEAL who served in Iraq and won two Bronze Stars

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‘Significant and Imminent Threat’: Trump Gag Order Largely Upheld by Appeals Court



A Washington, D.C. federal appeals court Friday afternoon largely upheld and reinstated U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan’s very narrow and limited gag order on Donald Trump for his trial on charges related to his alleged efforts to subvert the U.S. Constitution and overturn the results of the 2020 election.

“We agree with the district court that some aspects of Mr. Trump’s public statements pose a significant and imminent threat to the fair and orderly adjudication of the ongoing criminal proceeding, warranting a speech-constraining protective order,” reads Judge Patricia Millett unanimous three-judge panel ruling, posted by Lawfare’s Anna Bower. “The district court’s order, however, sweeps in more protected speech than is necessary. For that reason, we affirm the district court’s order in part and vacate it in part.”

The judges upheld the gag order “to the extent it prohibits all parties and their counsel from making or directing others to make public statements about known or reasonably foreseeable witnesses concerning their potential participation in the investigation or in this criminal proceeding.”

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They also upheld the gag order “to the extent it prohibits all parties and their counsel from making or directing others to make public statements about (1) counsel in the case other than the Special Counsel, (2) members of the court’s staff and counsel’s staffs, or (3) the family members of any counsel or staff member—if those statements are made with the intent to materially interfere with, or to cause others to materially interfere with, counsel’s or staff’s work in this criminal case, or with the knowledge that such interference is highly likely to result.”

The judges removed from the gag order “speech beyond those specified categories.”

“We do not allow such an order lightly,” the judges added. “But Mr. Trump is also an indicted criminal defendant, and he must stand trial in a courtroom under the same procedures that govern all other criminal defendants.”

Bower explains, “Chutkan’s order would have prohibited statements that refer to special counsel Jack Smith as a ‘thug’ or ‘deranged.’ But the appeals court order does not apply to speech about the special counsel himself.”

CBS News congressional correspondent Scott MacFarlane sums up the ruling: “Much of the gag order in Donald Trump’s 2020 election conspiracy criminal case in DC is *REINSTATED*.”

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Peter Doocy Admits No ‘Concrete Evidence Joe Biden Personally Profited’ From Hunter’s Business



In a report focused on House Republicans’ plan to vote on a resolution to open an official impeachment inquiry of President Joe Biden, Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy told viewers there is no evidence of impeachable offenses.

“The House Oversight Committee has been at this for years, and they have so far not been able to provide any concrete evidence that Joe Biden personally profited from his son Hunter’s overseas business but they are going to try again with this impeachment inquiry set to start next week,” Doocy, who often criticizes President Biden in White House press briefings, said Friday on Fox News Business.

Other news outlets this week have also stressed Republicans have come up empty-handed.

The right-leaning news outlet The Hill, reporting on the resolution Thursday, noted Republicans’ current investigation “has struggled to connect President Biden to the activities of his son, and they’ve failed to prove their most salacious allegation — and the one that would be most key for impeachment: that the president accepted a bribe.”

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One of the main pillars of Republicans’ allegations against President Biden, the “narrative that President Biden pushed Ukraine to fire its prosecutor to help his son, who served on the board of Ukrainian energy company Burimsa, has largely been refuted,” The Hill also reported.

“Republicans have engaged in wide-ranging inquiry into Mr. Biden for months,” The New York Times reported Tuesday, “hunting for evidence to back up their allegations that he corruptly profited from his family members’ overseas business dealings and accepted bribes. To date, they have failed to deliver compelling evidence to back up their boldest claims.”

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Jobs Report Forces Fox News to Admit Biden Economy ‘A Lot Stronger Than Anybody Understands’



The monthly jobs report released Friday morning is being heralded as “robust,” “upbeat,” and “stronger than expected,” as unemployment again dropped to a near-50-year low (3.7%) while the economy added another 199,000 jobs.

“It’s the little engine that could, and this little locomotive keeps a chugging along…” declared professor of economics and public policy scholar Justin Wolfers.

“So the last three months have seen jobs growth at a very healthy average rate of +204k per month,” he added. “For context: Average monthly job growth from Jan 2000 to Dec 2019 was +87k.”

“If I had asked you a year ago to sketch what you thought a soft landing might look like,” he said, praising America’s post-COVID pandemic economy, “it’s likely you would have pretty much drawn the current economic data.”

On Thursday, Wolfers had discussed the incongruence between what economic data consistently shows about the strength of the U.S. economy, and what Americans are telling pollsters.

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“There’s no question people are telling pollsters they’re miserable about the economy. But riddle me this,” he asked, “Why can’t we find evidence of this pessimism in anything other that public opinion polls? Every non-poll based indicator of confidence suggests folks are optimistic.”

Heather Long, The Washington Post economic columnist, offered this view in response to Friday’s jobs report.

“Step back for a minute and look at this US job market,” she wrote.
“4.7 million more jobs than pre-pandemic
Below 4% unemployment for two years
Wages growing faster than inflation
Women (ages 25 to 54) at an all-time high for labor force participation”

Even Fox News was forced to deliver positive comments while reporting on Friday’s monthly numbers.

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“Overall you’ve got to look at this report as a big positive,” admitted pro-Trump Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo. “We’ve got more jobs created than expected.”

Speaking to the former chief economist of The White House National Economic Council under President Trump, Bartiromo said, “Joe LaVorgna, you’ve been saying this, the economy is a lot stronger than anybody understands.”

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