Businessman Mark Cuban said he is “never” announcing a presidential bid, the Washington Examiner reports.
“No, because I actually would like to have a nice life.”
— Actor George Clooney, quoted by People, on whether he would consider running for political office.
Former Trump “fixer” Michael Cohen was photographed getting coffee with Kanye West.
Dallas Morning News: “All right, all right already. If you’re running for Texas governor, Matthew McConaughey, what do you stand for?”
“As the Oscar-winning film star toys with jumping into the race, he’s rehearsing lines about why he refuses to reveal his stance on just about any hot button issue or policy challenge facing the state, all the while casting himself as a centrist in tune with the ‘sleeping giant’ in the middle of the electorate that shuns extremism and wants to ‘salvage’ American democracy.”
“No one even knows whether he’d run in the Democratic primary, where he’d likely face former El Paso congressman Beto O’Rourke, or in the Republican primary against Gov. Greg Abbott, or take a third-party path.”
“Weeks before Virginia’s gubernatorial election, the campaign for Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe is reaching out to an unexpected constituency: Taylor Swift fans,” The Verge reports.
“On Tuesday, the McAuliffe campaign launched a series of Facebook, Instagram, and Google search ads highlighting his opponent Glenn Youngkin’s role in the controversial purchase of Taylor Swift’s master recordings in 2019. The buyout of Swift’s masters has been a point of bitter contention for the singer and her fans and could be an unexpected liability in the upcoming race.”
Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL) told TMZ that he thinks R. Kelly has an opportunity for redemption, even though the singer was found guilty on charges of racketeering and child sexual abuse.
Said Davis: “As an artist, one who’s gifted, I think he’ll be welcomed back into Chicago as a person who can be redeemed.”
He added: “I’m a big believer in what is called second chances.”
An American reporter asked actress Gillian Anderson whether she has spoken to Margaret Thatcher about playing her on Netflix’s The Crown — apparently not knowing the former British prime minister has been dead since 2013.
Former Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) told the Springfield Republican he has a political action committee and not ruled out a return to public office.
Said Franken: “I’m keeping my options open.”
Donald Trump will spend the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks cashing in on a boxing match in Florida, offering “alternative” commentary to this weekend’s match between Evander Holyfield and Vitor Belfort for fans who pay $49.99, the HuffPost reports.
Associated Press: “The former Olympian and reality TV personality sidestepped questions about whether she had lined up any lucrative book or TV deals connected to the September recall election that could remove Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom from office.”
Politico: Caitlyn Jenner is back from Australia — and looking for a recall reboot.
“Michael Avenatti walked into a federal courthouse flanked by lawyers to face trial for allegedly embezzling millions in settlement proceeds from a handful of his own clients,” the Daily Beast reports.
“The twist: Despite the presence of his own legal eagles, the disgraced attorney was representing himself, and putting his trademark self-righteousness on robust display.”
“Inside the courtroom, Avenatti parroted a familiar line to jurors that he’s previously used to defend himself—that he’s a David fighting Goliaths, a fighter for the little guy, and that he never ‘intended to steal or defraud any client of any money at all.’”
Jonathan Chait: “Tom Brady visited the White House Tuesday to celebrate the Tampa Bay Buccaneers winning the Super Bowl, where he joked around with President Biden at Donald Trump’s expense. It was a scene straight out of a Donald Trump nightmare, and quite possibly the worst day of Donald Trump’s life…”
“Biden and Brady, together at the house Trump used to live in and hoped to never leave, basking in their winner-ness and laughing at Trump. Donald Trump would rather relive Election Night a thousand times than see this day.”
Jeff Bezos and three passengers reached the edge of space Tuesday morning on a flight the billionaire businessman hopes will kick-start an expansive new era for human space travel, the Wall Street Journal reports.
“The flight was timed to coincide with the date in 1969 when the Apollo 11 mission landed on the moon. In speeches, Mr. Bezos has cited that event as a key moment during his life and stated his conviction that humanity must establish outposts in the solar system where people could live.”
New York Times: “That Mr. Bezos himself was seated in the capsule reflects his enthusiasm for the endeavor and perhaps signals his intent to give Blue Origin the focus and creative entrepreneurship that made Amazon one of the most powerful economic forces on the planet.”
Caitlyn Jenner paused her campaign for California governor to fly to Australia to film the new season of Celebrity Big Brother, the Advertiser reports.
The White House released a video this morning featuring Olivia Rodrigo and Dr. Anthony Fauci reading tweets about themselves while promoting vaccines.
Playbook: “It’s fair to wonder whether Caitlyn Jenner is running for governor of California or filming another reality show. Well, it turns out she’s doing a little bit of both. Jenner is showing up at campaign events and rallies with a film crew like famous candidates often do — but she’s also brought the crew to an interview with Sean Hannity and to an appearance at CPAC.”
“Looking ahead to life after the trail, Jenner has been paying them to collect footage of her time running for office. And after the campaign she can do whatever she wants with it — sell it to Netflix for a documentary, perhaps, or to E! for another Kardashian reality series.”
“A federal court on threw out the defamation lawsuit filed by Roy Moore, Alabama’s former chief justice, against comedian Sacha Baron Cohen,” Politico reports.
“Moore, who served twice in his role on the Alabama Supreme Court and was twice removed from the position, sued Baron Cohen after Moore was interviewed under the pretense that he would receive an award for his support of Israel. Baron Cohen pretended to be an Israeli anti-terrorism expert and claimed he had technology that would show whether Moore was a pedophile — a reference to sexual misconduct allegations against Moore.”
Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) continued her feud with Taylor Swift in a Breitbart interview, warning her that if we have a “socialistic government,” the state would have to “approve her music,” and won’t “allow women to dress, or sing, to be on stage, or entertain.”
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