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Elton John and David Furnish Write Love Notes Every Saturday

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An icon and hero to many, Sir Elton John celebrated his sixth wedding anniversary to David Furnish on Monday, December 21, 2020. The couple celebrated their 15-year milestone of their civil marriage on the same date.

John and Furnish provided intimate details of their commitment in Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue’s New York Times bestseller, “What Makes a Marriage Last.”

The couple met at a last-minute dinner party John hosted where he invited a handful of friends and their guests.

“The last thing on my mind was looking for someone to love,” John shared. “I just wanted to meet some new people.”

“I thought I would walk into this rock star’s house and meet a big ego,” Furnish said. “He didn’t want to talk about himself at all. He wanted to hear about our lives, our careers, our families, our interests, and our friends.”

John remembered meeting Furnish for the first time.  “He was so intelligent. It was like ‘Oh, my God, an independent person!’”

The book also described John and Furnish’s celebration of love every Saturday of the year when they pay tribute to their fateful dinner party many years before with hand-written love notes. “That’s 52 love notes a year and since they started 26 years ago – 52 times 26 is 1,352 love notes,” the book stated.

“Prior to [the civil ceremony] we’d always said, ‘We don’t need a piece of paper to validate who we are,’ but I think we were a little naïve,” Furnish recalled. “There is something about having society validate your relationship.”

John agreed, “The civil partnership was moving, but the marriage was even more moving. I think it’s because we had the children [Zachary and Elijah] there.”

Having their children “brought us closer together,” Furnish said. ” We’d been independent adults for such a long time that the responsibility of raising a child meant we both hit the same learning curve at the same time.”

Both David and Furnish suffered from a history of substance abuse, although John’s was much farther along when they met. John recalled being 23 years sober when Furnish began his own sobriety journey.

“I just felt I wanted the clarity, particularly with the children. I thought, I’m not the person I used to be, and I wanted to hit the reset button,” Furnish recalled.

“I never had any doubt that this was an honest, lovely, kind, beautiful man. And I’ve never had anybody in my life like that before,” John said. “Even when he was drinking, we still had an open, honest relationship, and he came through on everything he said.”

“We’re both in AA now – we go to meetings together, which is really nice,” added Furnish.

John’s advice to young couples is straightforward.

“Learn about yourself before you give yourself,” John said. “Your own identity and your own self-worth are the greatest things you can bring to a relationship. If you don’t learn to love yourself, you can end up in a relationship with the wrong person.”

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Trump Faces ‘Embarrassing’ Defeat as Candidate He Un-Endorsed Stages Comeback: CNN Election Analyst

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While most of the attention about Tuesday’s state primaries has focused on the predicted failure by Donald Trump-endorsed David Perdue to unseat Gov. Brian Kemp (R-GA) on the November midterm ballot, CNN’s election analyst Harry Enten claims the former president is on the verge of suffering a second humiliating loss.

In this case, it’s a Republican Party candidate in Alabama whose fortunes took a turn for the better after the former president un-endorsed him.

Speaking with “New Day” host John Berman about what to expect in multiple primaries, Enten noted that Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) — who notably spoke at Trump’s “Stop the Steal “ rally on Jan 6th that preceded the Capitol riot — had his Trump endorsement rescinded in March because of his initial poor polling numbers with voters.

That has now changed as he is neck and neck with two other candidates seeking to fill the U.S. Senate seat currently held by retiring Sen. Richard Shelby.

“What is the impact of unendorsement?” he was asked.

“Yeah, that’s the question,” Enten replied. “If Mo Brooks is able to reach that, that’s embarrassing.”

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‘Substantial Reason to Believe’ Ronny Jackson Unlawfully Spent Thousands in Campaign Funds on Club Membership: Report

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Trump White House Physician turned far-right MAGA Republican Congressman Ronny Jackson may have unlawfully used thousands of dollars in campaign funds to buy memberships at a private Texas dinner club, a non-partisan federal watchdog office revealed Monday, Forbes reported.

The non-partisan Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE), a ten-member board that is not comprised of members of Congress (and not to be confused with the House Committee on Congressional Ethics), issued a report stating:

“Rep. Ronny Jackson’s campaign committee, Texans for Ronny Jackson, reported campaign disbursements that may not be legitimate and verifiable campaign expenditures attributable to bona fide campaign or political purposes. If Rep. Jackson converted campaign funds from Texans for Ronny Jackson to personal use, or if Rep. Jackson’s campaign committee expended funds that were not attributable to bona fide campaign or political purposes, then Rep. Jackson may have violated House rules, standards of conduct, and federal law.”

The House Committee on Ethics in a statement said it “will review the matter.”

 

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‘Lies and Hatred’: Top Russian Diplomat Resigns – Accuses Putin of Attacking Ukraine ‘To Remain in Power Forever’

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A top Russian diplomat, the head of mission to the United Nations in Geneva, has resigned in a damning letter that accuses President Vladimir Putin and his associates of attacking Ukraine “to remain in power forever, live in pompous tasteless palaces, sail on yachts comparable in tonnage and cost to the entire Russian Navy, enjoying unlimited power and complete impunity.”

For two decades Boris Bondarev says he has worked in Russia’s foreign ministry, as The Daily Beast reports. In his letter, posted by the Executive Director of United Nations Watch (below) Bondarev adds:

“To achieve that [power] they are willing to sacrifice as many lives as it takes. Thousands of Russians and Ukrainians have already died just for this.”

UN Watch, an accredited non-governmental organization in Geneva, claims Bondarev has “defected.”

He singles out Sergey Lavrov, criticizing the Russian Foreign Minister for an increasing “level of lies and unprofessionalism in the work of the Foreign Ministry,” which he says have “become simply catastrophic.”

“Instead of unbiased information, impartial analysis and sober forecasting, there are propaganda clichés in the spirit of Soviet newspapers of the 1930s. A system has been built that deceives itself.”

Lavrov is perhaps best-known to Americans as one of the top Russian diplomats present in the Oval Office in 2017 when then-President Donald Trump gave them code word classified top secret intelligence, putting Israeli spies at risk, while celebrating his firing of FBI Director Jim Comey.

“Today,” Bondarev says, “the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is not about diplomacy. It is all about warmongering, lies and hatred. It serves interests of few, the very few people thus contributing to further isolation and degradation of my country.”

Bondarev told the Associated Press: “Am I concerned about the possible reaction from Moscow? I have to be concerned about it.”

Image of Vladimir Putin and Sergey Lavrov by United Nations Photo via Flickr and a CC license

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