A New Mexico judge will decide whether actor Alec Baldwin is off the hook for an involuntary manslaughter charge filed against him in January, Breitbart reported. The 30 Rock actor's motion to dismiss is set to be heard on Friday.

Baldwin was implicated in the shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins in October 2021. The incident happened while filming the Western Rust as Baldwin was holding a gun that was not supposed to hold live rounds.

The 66-year-old was co-producing the film and starred in the leading role. Baldwin has maintained his innocence and pleaded not guilty.

Attorneys for Baldwin filed the motion to dismiss, citing prosecutors' alleged misconduct during the grand jury proceedings. If convicted, Baldwin faces 1.5 years in prison.

A Horrific Accident

The shooting occurred during rehearsals for the film as Baldwin pointed a revolver at Hutchins. Somehow, the gun fired, and Hutchins was struck with a live bullet.

The cinematographer was killed, and director Joel Souza was injured by the bullet. Still, Baldwin maintains that he never pulled the trigger but only pulled back on the revolver's hammer.

Attorneys for Baldwin believe that the grand jury was not allowed to hear possible exculpatory evidence or testimony. Special prosecutors disagree, stating instead that Baldwin engaged in "shameless" attempts to deny his own responsibility.

Baldwin allegedly changed his story on several aspects of the incident when speaking to the media, law enforcement, and workplace safety officials. The case is set to go before a jury in July, but Baldwin's legal team is asking for charges to be dismissed right away.

However, Baldwin's case for dismissal contradicts to the findings in the trial against Hanna Gutierrez-Reed, who was in the armorer on the set. She received 1.5 years in April after receiving an involuntary manslaughter conviction.

The Factors at Play

Whether Baldwin will face a similar fate to Gutierrez-Reed depends on the way prosecutors pursue the case. They may assert that Baldwin was negligent in his handling of the weapon.

Another avenue involves proving that Baldwin acted without "due caution" or "circumspection," which led to Hutchins' death. This would mean that Baldwin committed "an act committed with total disregard or indifference for the safety of others."

The factors at play include Baldwin's actions and attitude, as well as Gutierrez-Reed's culpability. Initially, Baldwin wasn't charged based on information that the weapon he was handed was already modified in some way beforehand.

However, a fresh look at the gun in evidence proved that assertion to be inaccurate. This new finding allowed prosecutors to pursue charges against Baldwin once again.

Baldwin was not an innocent bystander but rather a person in charge of a potentially deadly weapon. Even if the armorer didn't do her job, Baldwin had a duty to do his before he pointed the weapon at the cinematographer.

An incident early on Thursday morning at the Los Angeles hotel Chateau Marmont has sparked new concerns about Britney Spears' mental health.

Spears left the hotel barefoot and wrapped in a blanket, apparently topless and wearing only underwear and clutching a pillow to her chest, according to photos taken at the scene. She had her security around her, but not first responders.

Reports that she had a fight with her boyfriend (or ex-boyfriend) Paul Richard Soliz, who was staying at the hotel with her, were supported by her disheveled, scraped and bruised appearance.

Spears said the news was "fake," however.

What happened?

It's not clear whether Soliz harmed Spears or if the wounds were self-inflicted during the incident.

TMZ reported that police were called late Wednesday night about a woman matching Spears' description harassing hotel staff and guests. When officers arrived, they found no problems and left.

Emergency services later received a call at 12:42 a.m. about a woman injured. An ambulance got to the hotel around 1 a.m, but no one was transported anywhere and emergency personnel left at 1:17 a.m.

Instagram posts

Spears initially posted on Instagram that the photos were "mostly body doubles" and that she's "getting stronger every day."

She soon removed that post and replaced it with a similar one that read in part, "I twisted my ankle" and "paramedics showed up at my door illegally."

"They never came in my room but I felt completely harassed. I'm moving to Boston !!! Peace [peace hand sign emoji]," she wrote.

Other guests at the hotel reported that Spears and Soliz were drinking heavily and that she was screaming and out of control before the paramedics were called.

Relationship with Soliz

Soliz has a police record with multiple felonies. He worked as a maintenance worker at Spears' house starting in 2022.

Sources say the two have been on again, off again since they initially dated. Spears claimed she was single in February, but sources said the two were still together at that time.

Spears had a mental breakdown in 2007 and had treatment for her mental health issues at that time. After her treatment, her father was made the conservator of her affairs, which lasted until 2021 when there was a public outcry for the arrangement to be dissolved.

Republican senator Tim Scott (SC) is the new favorite to be Donald Trump's VP in the betting odds, after South Dakota governor Kristi Noem's (R) scandalous confession about shooting a puppy.

The latest odds from the site PredictIt have Scott in the lead with roughly 22% chance.

Noem, long seen as a rising star on the right, has many writing her political obituary after she admitted to shooting a vicious dog in her upcoming memoir.

Scott the new favorite

After Scott, the runner-up is Ohio Senator J.D. Vance (R), with a 15% chance, and then Elise Stefanik, with a 10% chance.

Noem lags far behind with a 4% chance.

Vance, a fiery pro-Trump populist, is new to Congress, while Scott is a veteran politician with strong ties to the Republican establishment.

Scott briefly challenged Trump in last year's Republican primary but has since become an outspoken supporter.

Some speculate that Scott, who is black, could help Trump peel away minority votes from Joe Biden, and Scott's supporters say he is a skilled communicator.

Trump teases decision

Trump, a former reality TV host, has treated the VP horse race almost like a gameshow, leaving the country in suspense.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee will host Scott and other rumored VP contenders at a fundraiser in Palm Beach this weekend, which will double as an informal audition.

Trump is known to value aesthetics and loyalty, but his campaign stresses that his criteria for choosing a running mate are known only to him.

His campaign dismissed a fresh report in Bloomberg that Trump is down to Scott, Vance, Republican stalwart (and former rival) Marco Rubio, and North Dakota governor Doug Burgum.

"Anyone claiming to know who or when President Trump will choose his VP is lying, unless the person is named Donald J. Trump," Trump adviser Brian Hughes said.

A choice is coming

A surprising report this week in Axios said Trump finds Doug Burgum's low-key demeanor appealing, a quality he shares in common with the affable Scott.

While campaigning in Wisconsin this week, Trump said he would make a choice shortly before the Republican convention in July.

“I’ll be picking, but probably not too much before the convention, which I happen to be having in the great state of Wisconsin," he said.

The Biden administration has been caught deleting e-mails in violation of record-keeping law, even as the Justice Department continues its prosecution of Donald Trump for mishandling classified information.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) admitted that it regularly destroys former employees' emails within 30 days, according to America First Legal (AFL), a conservative nonprofit founded by Trump adviser Stephen Miller.

America First Legal sued the Biden administration's archivist Colleen Shogan, who runs the National Archives (NARA), and Xavier Beccera, who runs Health and Human Services.

Biden caught deleting emails

America First Legal filed a records request under the Freedom of Information Act for a CDC booklet titled, “LGBTQ Inclusivity in Schools: A Self-Assessment Tool.”

The request led the CDC to disclose that it routinely deletes e-mails as soon as 30 days after employees leave the agency. As a result, America First Legal was unable to get the records it was seeking.

America First Legal complained to the National Archives and Records Agency (NARA), which found that CDC did not violate the Federal Records Act.

The CDC "does not require the preservation of all emails but rather preserves all records from email accounts," NARA found.

Individual CDC employees may retain or delete emails "based on the email’s content value and its applicability to a NARA-approved records schedule."

But those findings are inconsistent with NARA's records schedule, which requires all e-mails from low-level staff to be kept for at least 3 years, America First Legal said.

Double standard

America First Legal accused NARA of bending the Federal Records Act to accommodate the CDC after it was caught red handed.

NARA is the same agency that triggered the classified documents probe into Donald Trump with a Justice Department referral.

"The rule of law cannot mean one set of rules for unelected bureaucrats and another for democratically-elected officials who happen to be a political challenger to the sitting President,” said Dan Epstein, America First Legal's Vice President.

The CDC exercised enormous influence over the lives of Americans during COVID, and the agency is continuing to move a radical race and gender agenda, despite the fact that no Americans ever voted for a single CDC employee.

By deleting its paper trail, the CDC is showing that it is not accountable to the people. It won't follow the same standards, the same laws, that everyone else (except them and their Washington buddies) must follow.

In a nutshell, this is why Americans continue to support Trump. The self-appointed champions of "our democracy" are nothing but bureaucratic tyrants.

Donald Trump's recent pivot to the middle on abortion has angered pro-life conservatives, but it has Democrats worried that he may disarm one of their most potent political talking points. 

The Biden campaign is eager to paint Trump as an anti-abortion "extremist" as Biden struggles to win voters on other key issues, including crime and the economy.

This week, Trump threw a wrench in Biden's narrative by rejecting calls for a national abortion ban. Instead, Trump said the issue should be decided by the states.

Trump scares Dems

Some Democrats acknowledge that Trump's embrace of a laissez-faire position on abortion could help him win moderate voters.

“If the election were held today, Trump would win and that means he’s winning moderates over as we speak,” one Democratic strategist acknowledged to The Hill. 

Abortion backlash has already paid dividends for Democrats in the past two election cycles since Roe v. Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court.

Despite Trump's shift, Biden is determined to keep abortion at the top of voters' minds.

Biden got something of a lifeline when, just one day after Trump's abortion statement, the Supreme Court of Arizona revived an abortion ban from 1864.

Trump said the ruling went "too far," but the Biden campaign has already pounced with a splashy ad buy in the swing state.

Biden doubling down

The vehemence of Biden's abortion rhetoric can perhaps be explained by his rather dismal re-election prospects.

A sobering inflation report Wednesday poured cold water on Biden's claims of an economic miracle.

Most Americans have nostalgia for the pre-COVID economy, when prices were much lower, and the comparatively calm border situation under Biden's predecessor.

“The thing that’s most alarming is that people know this guy and even though they’re turned off by him, they’re willing to accept his flaws because they think he’d handle these issues better than Biden has,” the Democratic strategist said.

Democrats are working in a number of states, including Arizona, to put abortion on the ballot in hopes of driving turnout.

In the meantime, Biden has continued to claim that Trump wants to ban abortion at the federal level despite Trump's embrace of a states' rights position.

The Biden campaign released a breathless statement Wednesday about Trump's "plan" for a national ban and blamed him for "suffering and chaos" in Arizona, which has been heavily impacted by the Biden border crisis.

Biden-Harris campaign statement on Donald Trump’s plan for a national abortion ban pic.twitter.com/bYiVgzDdap

— Biden-Harris HQ (@BidenHQ) April 10, 2024

The iconic character actor M. Emmet Walsh, known for movies like Blade Runner and The Jerk, has died. He was 88. 

His longtime manager confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that he died of cardiac arrest at his home in Vermont.

Walsh was known for his often-gritty supporting roles in over 200 movies and TV shows, with a creative range spanning from moody noir to screwball comedy.

M. Emmet Walsh dies

He had a memorable role in the Steve Martin comedy The Jerk as an unhinged sniper who randomly ambushes Martin's character after picking his name out of a phonebook.

He also had a famous role as Captain Bryant in the sci-fi classic Blade Runner, starring Harrison Ford. More recently, Walsh had a small part as a security guard in the popular whodunit Knives Out.

Film critic Rogert Ebert called Walsh a "poet of sleaze" owing to his seedy characters, including the devilish private detective Loren Visser in the Coen brothers' debut Blood Simple.

“Every time, you [have to] try to figure something individual that works for the character,” Walsh told The Guardian in 2017 of his role as Visser.

“If you’re playing a villain, you don’t play villain. … Visser doesn’t think of himself as particularly bad or evil. He’s on the edge of what’s legal, but he’s having a lot of fun with all that. He’s a simple fella trying to make an extra buck and going a little further than he’d normally go in his business enterprises."

Versatile character actor

Over the course of a prolific career, Walsh appeared in a diverse range of movies, including Serpico, Christmas With The Kranks, Raising Arizona, My Best Friend's Wedding, and Little Big Man.

The Ogdensburg, New York native got his film debut in the notoriously edgy Midnight Cowboy as an uncredited extra. The actor took pride in his versatility.

“I don’t want you to see an M. Emmet Walsh. I want you to see a garbage collector or a president of Princeton or whatever. … I do everyman. And also I play hard," he told L.A. Weekly in 2011.

Walsh is being mourned by fellow actors including James Woods, who called him "a spectacular character actor and a delight to work with."

I did several movies with Emmet. He was a spectacular character actor and a delight to work with. I'm glad he lived a long and fulfilling life. May he rest in peace. #EmmetWalsh https://t.co/kCkle9gpMd

— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) March 21, 2024

A lifelong bachelor, Walsh is survived by his two nephews.

The entertainment world is mourning following the tragic loss of Robyn Bernard, a cherished actress known for her role in "General Hospital."

Robyn Bernard, at 64, was found deceased in an open field in San Jacinto, Calif., with no signs of foul play, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office.

Robyn Bernard, a name synonymous with the golden era of television dramas, passed away unexpectedly, leaving behind a legacy over decades. Bernard, born on May 26, 1959, in Gladewater, Texas, embarked on her acting journey with roles in several shows that defined the '80s and '90s television landscape.

A Life Dedicated to the Art of Acting

Her career, ignited by appearances in "Diva," "Simon & Simon," and "Betty Blue," eventually led her to the role that would mark her as a television icon. In 1984, Bernard joined the cast of "General Hospital" as Terry Brock, also known as Terry O'Connor, a role she would embody until 1990 throughout 145 episodes.

Robyn's versatility as an actress was further showcased through her roles in "Whiz Kids," "The Facts of Life," "Tour of Duty," and "Kings for a Day." Her talent brought depth and authenticity to every character she portrayed, earning her a special place in the hearts of viewers around the world.

Bernard's on-screen career ended with her role as a psychologist in "Voices from High School" in 2002. After this final appearance, she stepped away from the Hollywood spotlight, choosing a life away from the public eye.

A Tragic Discovery in San Jacinto

It was on a quiet Tuesday morning in San Jacinto, Calif., when the unthinkable happened. Robyn Bernard's body was discovered in an open field behind a local business, marking a sorrowful end to the life of an actress who had brought so much joy to her audience.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Office swiftly responded, releasing a press statement to address the discovery. Declared dead at 4:08 a.m., the circumstances surrounding her passing immediately raised questions among her fans and the general public.

Ensuring a thorough investigation, the coroner’s office identified Bernard's body using her fingerprints, following a call for a death investigation. An autopsy was promptly scheduled, with toxicology results anticipated to take weeks, underscoring the meticulous approach taken to determine the cause of her untimely demise.

Remembering Robyn Bernard

Despite the tragic circumstances of her death, with foul play ruled out, the focus has shifted to celebrating Bernard's life and career.

Her departure from the industry in 2002 did not diminish the impact of her work, nor the fondness with which her colleagues and fans regarded her. Bernard remained a beloved figure in the entertainment community, cherished for her contributions both on and off the screen.

Survived by her father, Jerry Wayne Bernard, and two sisters, Crystal and Scarlett, Robyn Bernard's legacy is one of passion, talent, and inspiration. Her story, from the early days in Texas to her final moments, reflects the journey of an artist dedicated to her craft and the impact she had on those who knew her work.

Legacy of a Television Icon

As the entertainment community and fans worldwide come to terms with Robyn Bernard's passing, her body of work continues to stand as a testament to her talent. The roles she embraced throughout her career showcased a wide range of emotions, bringing characters to life in a way that resonated with audiences.

Her portrayal of Terry Brock in "General Hospital" remains a highlight of her career, encapsulating the essence of her ability to connect with viewers. Bernard's contributions to television drama have left an indelible mark on the genre, influencing both contemporaries and future generations of actors.

The loss of Robyn Bernard is felt deeply within the hearts of those who admired her work and the person she was. As the investigation into her death concludes, the focus remains on honoring her memory and the joy she brought to countless lives through her performances.

A Final Goodbye to a Beloved Star

In conclusion, the story of Robyn Bernard is one of a remarkable journey through the highs and lows of the entertainment industry. From her early days in Texas to her iconic role in "General Hospital," Bernard's career was marked by memorable performances that endeared her to fans across the globe.

Her untimely death in San Jacinto, Calif., brings a somber end to the story of a woman who lived to entertain and inspire.

While the investigation into her passing continues, with foul play already ruled out, the focus for many remains on celebrating Bernard's life and contributions to the world of television. Her legacy is preserved in the memories of those she touched with her talent, and in the roles that will continue to inspire actors and audiences alike.

Robyn Bernard is survived by her loving family and leaves behind a legacy of dedication to her craft. Her impact on the entertainment industry and the lives she touched will not be forgotten, serving as a reminder of the beauty and fragility of life.

Liberal commentator Fran Lebowitz, known for her sarcastic and edgy public image, said she is supporting President Biden despite the fact that he is "too old" to be president.

Lebowitz is the latest left-leaning figure to concede the obvious, but she said she will still vote for Biden because "life is not a menu" and Donald Trump is the alternative.

"He is too old"

The 73-year-old commentator said she wishes Biden was not running, but since he is, she will back him to stop the "horrible" Trump.

"I wish he had not decided to run, I really do,” Lebowitz said. “Because he is too old. I think he’s too old. However, he’s running," she added.

She briefly admonished young liberals who say they will not support Biden.

"Life is not a menu. There's no other choice," she said.

"Yes, I think he’s too old. Trump is also old, but the thing is Trump is so horrible that the old is even meaningless,” she said.

“Yeah, I think he’s too old. I don’t know why he’s running. It must be very hard to be the president but it must also be fun.”

Voters deeply skeptical of Biden

Lebowitz also shared her view that conservatives are "mean" and that they hate "democracy." Biden has framed his re-election as a black-and-white choice between Trump and "our democracy."

The rationalization Lebowitz shared for supporting Biden is a familiar one, with many liberals arguing that Donald Trump is so threatening to the country that Biden's age concerns are trivial by comparison.

What's noteworthy is that few Democrats pretend any longer that Biden's age isn't an issue. Instead, they have shifted to fearmongering over Trump's plans for a second term and trying to equate Biden's mental decline with Trump's occasional gaffe.

It hasn't worked, with voters far more likely to see age as a concern for Biden than Trump.

A recent poll found that 67% of Americans believe that Biden is too old to be president.

Jon Stewart, the patron saint of liberal snark, recently faced backlash for acknowledging that Biden is old.

If a supposed gadfly like Lebowitz is supporting Biden, then many more liberals are likely to fall in line sooner or later. The "radical left" is in a pitiful state these days.

This story was originally published by the WND News Center.

Back before World War II, there were multiple small, regional conflicts that had developed.

Eventually, they merged.

Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.) suffered a brain freeze just moments after knocking Donald Trump's mental acuity in a media interview. 

"Crazy Nancy" seized the opportunity to raise questions about Trump's health after he appeared to briefly confuse the former House Speaker with Nikki Haley at a rally.

Pelosi mix up...

Trump was campaigning against Haley in New Hampshire when he brought up the theory that Pelosi intentionally left the Capitol unguarded on January 6th in order to blame Trump for the attack.

However, Trump appeared to get Pelosi confused with his Republican rival, Nikki Haley.

“Nikki Haley is in charge of security — we offered her 10,000 people, soldiers, National Guards, whatever they want. They turned it down. They don’t want to talk about that. These are very dishonest people," Trump said.

Democrats welcomed the opportunity to deflect from President Biden's almost daily episodes, which have cast a dark cloud over his re-election bid.

In an interview with Rachel Maddow's MSNBC show - a notorious hotbed of anti-Trump conspiracy theories - Pelosi mocked Trump's "cognitive disorders" before mixing up Trump and President Biden.

"I am not going to spend too much time on Donald Trump's cognitive disorders," Pelosi said.

"He tried to say that Nikki Haley did not allow the National Guard to come but it was Nancy Pelosi. It was nobody. It was Joe...," Pelosi said.

"It was Donald Trump," she added.

Democrat spin falls flat...

Trump and Pelosi traded blows frequently during Trump's four years in the White House.

"Crazy Nancy," as Trump called her, notoriously shredded Trump's State of the Union speech in an infamously unhinged episode.

Nikki Haley is Trump's last remaining challenger for the GOP presidential nomination, although her path forward is unclear after she lost to Trump by double digits in New Hampshire. Trump has labeled Haley "Birdbrain" and a profiteering "globalist."

At a recent rally in New Hampshire, Trump said he "aced" a mental exam.

“I took a physical and I passed with flying colors,” he said. “And I took a cognitive exam. I said ‘Doctor, give me anything you want, I want to take it.’”

Biden has never taken a cognitive exam since entering the White House, despite widespread doubts about his mental fitness.

Polls show that voters are far more concerned about Biden's mental acuity than Trump's, despite the attempts of Democrats to equate the two.

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