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Another One Bites The Dust

After testifying before the House Intelligence Committee yesterday that she sometimes "tells white lies" for the president, White House Communications Director Hope Hicks has thrown in the towel and resigned.
Au revoir Hope, we hardly knew ye.

2 More Republicans bite the dust: sexual harrassment

Brian Schubert, chief of staff for Rep. Neal Dunn (R-Fla.), resigned Wednesday morning after the House Ethics Committee launched an investigation into alleged sexual harassment by him and his former boss, Rep. Patrick Meehan.

Meehan, a married Pennsylvania Republican, has announced that he will retire following news reports that he used taxpayer money to settle a harassment claim by a former staffer, as first reported by the New York Times in late January.

The Trump Medal of Honor

He went to Jared

General Kelly that is, and he said to Jared Kushner, "No Top Secret Security Clearance for you-oo!"

"Black Panther" still on the prowl

Those posting here who were hoping for commercial failure for the Disney-Marvel film Black Panther did not get their wish.

'Black Panther' Continues Dominance in Second Weekend, Topping $700 Million Worldwide
Disney and Marvel's Black Panther continued its box office domination this weekend, becoming only the fourth film to ever deliver over $100 million in its second weekend as well as joining Jurassic World as the second fastest film to top $400 million domestically.
With $111,658,835 in ticket sales, Black Panther delivered the second largest second weekend of all-time, improving on Jurassic World's $106.5 million second weekend back in June 2015. Black Panther's domestic gross now stands at $400 million, which places it alongside Jurassic World as the second fastest film to top $400 million domestically.

So far, Black Panther is already the fifth highest grossing title domestically in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and will shortly pass both Captain America: Civil War ($408m) and Iron Man 3 ($409m). The film is also now one of the top 30 domestic releases of all-time after just ten days of release.

Black Panther also continues to surge internationally where it has now brought in $304 million thanks to an estimated $83.8 million this weekend from 55 markets, pushing the film's worldwide total over $700 million, placing tenth within the MCU. The weekend's new releases included Russia ($2.6m), where the film only opened in IMAX and Deluxe theaters so far and will go wide tomorrow, and Vietnam ($2.5m). The UK remains the film's top overseas market, bringing in an estimated $41.2 million so far. Black Panther has yet to open in Japan where it will debut next weekend, followed by a March 9 opening in China.
Total Lifetime Grosses
Domestic: $403,613,257--56.9%
+ Foreign: $305,338,187-- 43.1%
Total Worldwide: $708,951,444

Will Martin Shkreli be saying bye-bye?

Big 'loss' for Martin Shkreli: Judge's ruling means 'pharma bro' could get decade or more in prison
"Pharma bro" fraudster Martin Shkreli's hopes for a light prison sentence were dealt a huge blow Monday as a judge ruled that his crimes caused a loss of $10.4 million.

The ruling by Judge Kiyo Matsumoto means that federal sentencing guidelines will likely call for a prison term of up to a decade or more for Shkreli when she sentences him March 9. She is not bound by those guidelines, however.

Shkreli, 34, and his lawyers have been hoping that he will receive either no time in prison — or perhaps just 16 months or less — for his conviction for securities fraud.

Matsumoto's ruling makes that much less likely. As a rule, the higher the loss amount of a crime, the longer the prison sentence suggested by a calculation of the federal guidelines.

Homicide rates for the ten largest U.S. cities in 2017

1) San Diego-population 1,406,360----homicides per 100,000 residents: 2.4 (rate in 2016 was 3.5)
2) San Jose-population 1,025,350----homicide rate: 3.3 (rate in 2016 was 4.6)
3) New York City-8,537,673----3.4 (rate in 2016 was 3.9)
4) Los Angeles-3,976,322----7.1 (rate in 2016 was 7.4)
5) San Antonio-1,492,510----8.4 (rate in 2016 was 10.3)
6) Phoenix-1,615,017----10.0 (rate in 2016 was 9.3)
7) Houston-2,303,482----11.7 (rate in 2016 was 13.2)
8) Dallas-1,317,929----12.5 (rate in 2016 was 13.2)
9) Philadelphia-1,567,872----20.2 (rate in 2016 was 17.7)
10) Chicago-2,704,958----24.0 (rate in 2016 was 28.2)

Black Panther Crosses the half a billion dollar mark

Total Lifetime Grosses
Domestic: $291,954,422 56.1%
+ Foreign: $228,100,000 43.9%
= Worldwide: $520,054,422

Internationally Black Panther has brought in $30.4 million in the U.K., followed closely by South Korea with $29.5 million. The film hits theaters in Russia today and will debut in Japan and China in early March.

Another One Bites the Dust

Mueller has flipped another Trump loyalist who didn't want to hear the clanging shut of cell doors. Flynn flipped, Papadopoulos flipped and now Deputy Trump Campaign Manager Rick Gates has flipped. Can Trump Campaign Manager Manafort be far behind?

"Trump campaign aide Rick Gates to plead guilty in Mueller investigation"

The charges that Gates is expected to plead to are conspiracy to defraud the United States and making false statements.
Prosecutors described a "scheme" in which the two longtime business partners (Gates and Paul Manafort) allegedly laundered $30 million, failed to pay taxes for almost 10 years and used real estate they owned to fraudulently secure more than $20 million in loans.
Gates said that despite his "initial desire to vigorously defend myself," he has had a "change of heart" in order to protect his family, according to a letter sent to his family and friends, obtained from a Gates friend.

Will Trump be primaried? Kasich's team gears up for possible 2020 bid

A primary challenge to Trump is under discussion, though supporters say the outgoing governor is more likely to run if Trump doesn't.
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