The eight-year-old twin daughters of Lisa Marie Presley are now in the custody of California’s child services after “disturbing” photos and videos of children were allegedly found on the computer of her husband and twins’ father, Michael Lockwood. The daughter of legendary rock star Elvis Presley said that she was “shocked and horrified and sick to my stomach,” in court papers filed as part of the pair’s ongoing divorce, the Daily Mail reported. The Beverly Hills police found 80 of Lockwood’s devices during a raid on Presley’s home which have yet to be analysed.
#1 : The mere allegation that he had kiddie porn is sufficient (under child-protective regulations) to keep him away from his kids.
Even a rumor that he touched his daughter inappropriately, be it sexually or violently, would trigger this stuff. (At least in the States, anyway; I just assume the same applies wherever Western legal systems are in effect.)
Note this admits that the computer in question hasn´t been investigated, yet the law gives him the presumption of guilt. The abandonment of Due Process protections is widely justified in this area to shield the vulnerable; but this may be enough to trigger a cascade of pullbacks across the legal landscape.
A few years ago, Lisa Marie, the sole owner of rights to Elvis Presley, sold those rights to someone. So the flow of revenue from Elvis, Graceland, music and film royalties, is no longer going to her. The sale made no sense. I remember that she received 80 million dollars for the rights, which at the time I thought was ridiculously low. I still do. And at the time, I thought of her connection to scientology. She is a scientologist, so, follow the money.
Some conservatives in Washington were fuming on Tuesday after an Obamacare rollback bill was tweaked by Republican leaders to delete a provision meant to crack down on illegal immigrants getting federal healthcare insurance coverage. The development posed another problem for Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives and President Donald Trump, who are trying to win congressional approval of the wider bill, the first big legislative test for Trump since taking office. The provision would have allowed the Treasury Department to access data at the Department of Homeland Security to verify that healthcare tax credits went only to U.S.
McDonald´s in a tweet on its corporate account called President Trump "a disgusting excuse of a President" on Thursday morning. The tweet, which was briefly pinned to the top of the account before being deleted, mocked Trump and called for the return of former President Obama. "@realDonaldTrump You are actually a disgusting excuse of a President and we would love to have @BarackObama back, also you have tiny hands," the tweet read. Trump was once in a commercial for the fast food giant, and has posted images eating McDonald´s food on his social media accounts during his campaign.
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Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., called White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon “a stone-cold racist and a white supremacist sympathizer” in an interview on MSNBC. Steven Goldstein, executive director for the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, wants the president to fire Bannon because he is a “notorious anti-Semite.” As a Jewish American who worked with Bannon at Breitbart News, I am certain these characterizations are false. They are the leading edge of a distortion campaign that mislabels Bannon as virulently prejudiced, anti-immigrant and a cultural fascist.
Sears is on the verge of declaring bankruptcy. All department stores have faced increased competition from Amazon.com, but Sears is out of cash and about to fail. Why? Because the CEO, Eddie Lampert, is a guy with nutty ideas who treated Sears like a dotcom, conveniently forgetting that it has physical stores that need maintaining. (snip) It´s closing hundreds of stores. Others are in shambles, with leaking ceilings and broken escalators. In some, employees hang bedsheets to shield shoppers from sections that stand empty. Before Sears and Kmart, Lampert had no experience in retail. The big plan he hoped would transform Sears
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A group of Senate Democrats is beginning to explore trying to extract concessions from Republicans in return for allowing Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch to be confirmed, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter. The lawmakers worry that Gorsuch could be confirmed whether Democrats try to block him or not — and Democrats would be left with nothing to show for it. That would be a bitter pill after the GOP blocked Merrick Garland for nearly a year. The deal Democrats would be most likely to pursue, the sources said, would be to allow confirmation of Gorsuch in exchange for a
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Armed Police have opened fire and shot an intruder inside the grounds of the Houses of Parliament amid reports a car drove into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge. Several shots were fired at around 2.35pm moments after a loud bang was heard near the grounds of Parliament. Three bodies were visible on the floor outside Parliament and the Palace was placed on an immediate lock down. Others were seen lying in the road on Westminster Bridge, where reports suggest around six people were knocked down by a car. Prime Minister Theresa May is said to have been bundled into a car by a plain-clothes police
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Democrats plan to filibuster Neil Gorsuch’s nomination for the Supreme Court, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) said Thursday. Speaking on the Senate floor Thursday morning, Schumer said Gorsuch -- who is three days into his confirmation hearings with the Senate Judiciary Committee -- will need 60 votes to be confirmed. Currently, the Senate has 52 Republicans and 48 Democrats. “After careful deliberation, I have concluded that I cannot support judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court,” he said. “His nomination will have a cloture vote. He will have to earn 60 votes for confirmation. My vote will
David Brock, founder of the left-leaning Media Matters for America non-profit and a longtime Hillary Clinton ally, suffered a heart attack on Tuesday, according to a press release. "David Brock suffered a heart attack while working in the Washington DC office early Tuesday," the release said on Wednesday. It added that he was quickly treated and stabilized. "He was quickly transported to a local hospital, received prompt medical treatment, and we are looking forward to a swift recovery," the release said. Brock is a former conservative journalist who now heads a network of liberal nonprofits aimed at combating Republicans