June 26, 2019

Fox's Tomi Lahren has apparently had enough with all this talk of a humanitarian crisis at the southern border.

In a Wednesday appearance on Fox & Friends, Lahren was asked by guest host Jedediah Bila about comments from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) in which the congresswoman praised Wayfair employees for planning a walkout on Wednesday over the company's decision to sell beds to furnish migrant detention facilities. Bila questioned the logic of Ocasio-Cortez's opinions on the humanitarian border crisis, asking if she would rather the children in the facilities not have beds.

But while Bila appeared to agree that the situation at the border is a humanitarian crisis, Lahren dismissed that idea entirely, even putting the words in scare quotes. Instead, Lahren suggested, it's all a part of plan. Democrats like Ocasio-Cortez want to release currently-detained migrants into the "shadows of society" to overwhelm U.S. cities and become Democratic voters, turning red states blue.

"This is all strategy," Lahren said. "And they cloak it in a humanitarian crisis. It's an opportunity." Watch the clip below. Tim O'Donnell

7:53 p.m.

Mark Sandy, a career employee at the White House Office of Management and Budget, is expected to testify behind closed doors Saturday in the House impeachment inquiry, The Washington Post reports.

The White House has ordered administration officials not to participate in the inquiry, and other OMB employees have ignored congressional subpoenas to appear before lawmakers, including Russell T. Vought, the agency's acting director. Most inquiry witnesses have been served with subpoenas right before their depositions are slated to begin, and Sandy's attorney Barbara Van Gelder said on Thursday evening, "If he is subpoenaed, he will appear."

Sandy has worked in the OMB on and off for 10 years, during Democratic and Republican administrations, and could likely answer questions about the decision made this summer to hold up $400 million in military aide to Ukraine. Sandy was one of several OMB staffers who had questions about the hold up, people familiar with the situation told the Post, and part of his job was to sign documents related to the matter. He signed one piece of paper in July, they said, but after that, a political appointee in the OMB, Mike Duffey, took over the process of approving and denying funds. Duffey has ignored a subpoena to testify. Catherine Garcia

7:03 p.m.

The Italian government declared a state of emergency in Venice on Thursday, following days of flooding caused by high tides and a storm surge driven by strong winds.

At least two people have died due to the flooding, which is the worst to hit Venice in more than five decades. Flood levels reached 6 feet, 2 inches on Tuesday, and 3 feet, 8 inches on Thursday. The flooding has caused extensive damage to buildings, stores, and infrastructure, with the crypt at St. Mark's Basilica, built more than 1,000 years ago, filled with water and a third of Venice's raised walkways destroyed. "It hurts to see the city so damaged, its artistic heritage compromised, its commercial activities on its knees," Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Wednesday.

Conte said the government will step up efforts to build a hydraulic barrier system that can be activated during winter storms and when sea levels rise. More flooding is expected in the next few days. Catherine Garcia

5:12 p.m.

Even at the best of times, first kisses can be pretty awkward, but Kate Beckinsale's memory of her "horrible" first kiss includes a particularly nauseating extra ingredient: Meat.

While on The Late Late Show with James Corden, the actress recalled a first kiss with a boy who had just eaten a meat lovers' pizza — and when they locked lips, she realized "there's all that kind of wet activity inside the other person's mouth, with lots of bits of sausages in as well." We know it's probably too late, but man, if you're out there, a little friendly advice: Finish chewing and swallowing before you plant one on a future actress who will someday need a hilarious anecdote for a late-night show.

Read more at Fox News and watch the clip below. Scott Meslow

5:08 p.m.

Ah, the ever-changing winds of Hollywood. One decade, you're the hot young star at the center of your own action franchise; the next, you're the grizzled old mentor paired with the new hot young star.

That's exactly what happened to Mark Wahlberg, who was slated to star as the main character in a big-budget adaptation of the PlayStation video game series Uncharted in 2010, reports Entertainment Weekly. After languishing in Hollywood purgatory for a while, Uncharted is back on… with Spider-Man: Homecoming star Tom Holland set to play the hero, and with Wahlberg set to play his older, cigar-chomping mentor Sully. (To be fair: If anyone can appreciate a new kid on the block, it's Wahlberg.) Read more at Entertainment Weekly. Scott Meslow

4:57 p.m.

It smells like court spirit for Marc Jacobs. A California judge is allowing Nirvana to proceed with a copyright infringement lawsuit against the designer for his "reinterpreted" use of the band's happy face logo.

In December 2018 Nirvana sued Jacobs, claiming a shirt in Jacobs' Bootleg Redux Grunge collection is a rip off of the logo Kurt Cobain designed in 1991. In March, Jacobs responded by filing a motion to dismiss the case arguing that the designs are not sufficiently similar and that there are technicalities in Nirvana's ownership of the logo, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

On Thursday, U.S. District Judge John Kronsdadt disagreed with the designer's claims. He ruled that the similarities between the two shirts are adequate and that the technicalities in the legality of the band's registration for the logo are insufficient, Rolling Stone reports.

In his motion to dismiss, The Guardian noted, Jacobs claimed that he was "inspired" by the classic vintage logo but put his own mark on it (no pun intended). Nirvana alleges the use of the logo "misled the public into falsely believing that Nirvana endorses the entire 'Bootleg Redux Grunge' collection … when Nirvana has not done so."

Kronstadt asserted that the only "discernible differences" between the two T-shirts is that Jacob's features M and J initials for the eyes versus the band's use of two X's, notes the Reporter. The judge ultimately decided on Thursday that there was enough there to bolster the band's claims and the suit could survive the dismissal.


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Brielle Diskin

4:53 p.m.

Plenty of celebrities have their vices, but Rod Stewart is hooked on a particularly expensive and addictive habit: Model trains.

In a recent interview with Railway Modeller magazine, the rocker revealed he's spent the past 23 years building an elaborate model train set, which weaves through a large fictional city of his own creation in the attic of his Los Angeles mansion.

As Stewart explained, he's so dedicated to realistic detail that he has put fake garbage in the gutters and ensured each stone in the pavement is a slightly different color — retroactively calling the title of his album Never a Dull Moment into question. Read more at TMZ. Scott Meslow

4:43 p.m.

Joker is nearing the fabled threshold of $1 billion at the global box office, which can only mean one thing: Sequel time!

But while Warner Bros. would no doubt greenlight pretty much any movie with the word "Joker" in the title right now, star Joaquin Phoenix is being a little more selective about a possible followup, merely telling the Los Angeles Times he feels the character offers "too much to explore" in a single movie — so he'll no doubt be relieved to hear there were literally four other movies featuring the Joker before his Joker arrived.

Read more at Los Angeles Times. Scott Meslow

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