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April 22, 2021

In the restrained and always level-headed words of the British tabloid The Sun, Harry Styles is set to shoot "red hot sex scenes with co-star David Dawson for [a] new blockbuster."

According to the report, Styles, "one of the most lusted-after men in music," will be "shooting passionate X-rated sex scenes" for the new movie, called My Policeman, "which … will delight plenty of men and women around the world." Thank you, The Sun.

Deadline, meanwhile, has the dryer version of events: the movie is set in the late 1990s, "when the arrival of elderly invalid Patrick into Marion and Tom's home triggers the exploration of seismic events from 40 years previous: the passionate relationship between Tom [Styles] and Patrick at a time when homosexuality was illegal."

Read more at The Sun and Deadline. Jeva Lange

February 15, 2019

Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe in his new book makes some stunning claims about the man who fired him, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

According to a Washington Post book review, McCabe reportedly says Sessions once lamented that the FBI was better when "you all only hired Irishmen" because "they were drunks but they could be trusted," unlike "all those new people with nose rings and tattoos — who knows what they're doing?"

A source close to Sessions denied this account, telling The Wall Street Journal, "The idea of him ever saying a disparaging thing about anyone in law enforcement is laughable."

Sessions also "believed that Islam — inherently — advocated extremism" and frequently asked where a suspect was from, or where his parents were from, as he "ceaselessly sought to draw connections between crime and immigration," the Post writes. Overall, the Post's review concludes, the account "suggests that the Trump administration's reputation for baseness and dysfunction has, if anything, been understated and too narrowly attributed to the president."

McCabe, who recently confirmed the Justice Department held discussions about whether the president's Cabinet could invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office, was fired by Sessions in March 2018, right before he was planning to retire. McCabe at the time said this was part of the administration's "ongoing war" with the FBI and with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, while Sessions said he fired McCabe following an "unauthorized disclosure to the news media." Brendan Morrow

January 22, 2018

If Jared Kushner can't broker peace in the Middle East, then "no one can," President Trump has declared, although so far that hasn't gone as smoothly as everyone hoped. "The entire Middle East, from Palestine to Yemen, appears set to burst into flames after this week," The Guardian's Moustafa Bayoumi wrote in December, blaming Kushner for "wreaking havoc" in the region. The president of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas, has refused to talk to Kushner, with the foreign minister asking: "What is the use of holding any meetings with them when they close our office?" Even Israel has insisted that Kushner is doomed to failure unless he can get Saudi Arabia on board, Newsweek reports.

At least one person isn't sweating it: Kushner's dad, Charles Kushner. The elder Kushner told The Washington Post that his son is perfectly capable of handling everything on his plate because "we didn't raise our children as typical children."

"They were taught if you have wealth, it is not something to be spoiled about, it is a lot of responsibility, which requires you to do more, better than if you didn't have the money," Charles Kushner went on. "So my children, they are more mature than their years and they were raised that way." Spoken like a proud father, he added: "I see my son taking up the Middle East, the impact on the world could be dramatic."

Reassured? Read the full interview at The Washington Post. Jeva Lange

January 19, 2017

During his Senate confirmation hearing Thursday as President-elect Donald Trump's energy secretary nominee, former Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas) faced tough questions from Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) on his stance on climate change, whether he'd fight for the Energy Department against potential budget cuts from the Trump administration, and his views on maintaining the Iran nuclear deal.

But before that, he made an unfortunate double entendre in greeting Franken, who was seated at the dais:

Oops! Kimberly Alters

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