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Michael Cohen taken into custody for violating terms of his early release from prison – CNN

(CNN)President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen has been taken into custody for violating terms of his early release from prison, his attorney Jeffrey Levine told reporters Thursday afternoon.

Levine said Cohen had been ordered to appear at the federal court in downtown Manhattan to convert his furlough to home confinement but was detained after failing to agree to the terms of the federal location monitoring for the Southern District of New York. He was put in custody in a lower Manhattan correctional facility.
Cohen, Levine said, had been presented with an agreement not to engage with the media through any medium including books — a restriction that would block the release of his forthcoming tell-all about his time working with Trump which he said was “close to completion” earlier this month.
“I’ve never seen any language like this in my life that would strip a person of their First Amendment rights to communicate with the media,” Levine said.
“We made our objections known to the probation officers and we asked what we can do to work it out,” he continued. Levine said he then “received an order and the US Marshals office came with shackles to shackle Michael Cohen.”
Sue Allison, a spokeswoman for the Bureau of Prisons, told CNN Thursday that Cohen “refused the conditions of his home confinement and as a result, has been returned to a BOP facility.”
Cohen was also reportedly spotted eating at a New York City restaurant recently. When asked if that incident was related to his detainment Thursday, Levine told reporters outside the courthouse, “I would leave that to your viewers.”
“I think it’s probably the language in the agreement, which, again, I don’t know who gets stripped of their First Amendment rights, but it probably has to do with the optics of everything,” he said.
The episode comes after Cohen was released on furlough from prison in late May due to coronavirus fears.
Cohen was serving a three-year sentence in New York after pleading guilty to lying to Congress, tax charges and two campaign finance charges for facilitating hush money payments to two women who alleged affairs with Trump.
The President has denied having affairs with the women.
A vocal surrogate for Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, Cohen often sparred with reporters and appeared on television to support his longtime client.
But a months-long investigation by the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York into Cohen exposed that he had acted with Trump and his allies, including David Pecker — the CEO of the National Enquirer’s publisher, American Media Inc. — to suppress potentially damaging claims against the now-President.
When pleading guilty to his crimes, Cohen implicated the President, telling a federal judge that he had made the payments “in coordination with and at the direction of” Trump, who prosecutors identified in court filings as “Individual 1.”
Cohen later refused to commit to not pursuing a possible book deal while testifying before members of the House Oversight Committee in February 2019.
As a result, he was served a cease-and-desist letter while in prison from Charles Harder, an attorney for the Trump Organization, requesting he stop working on the book, two sources previously told CNN.
Among the reasons cited by Harder, they say, is writing the book would violate a confidentiality agreement and a lawyer’s ethical and legal obligations, such as attorney-client privilege.
But, to this point, Cohen has pushed forward with his plans for the book and even floated a release date before the November presidential election.
“…anticipated release date will be late September,” he tweeted earlier this month.
This story has been updated with additional information Thursday.

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How Michael Keaton’s Batman Can Revamp the DC Film Universe – Hollywood Reporter

Beyond the central event series, a number of miniseries fleshed out this world, creating a reality rich with possibilities, one that DC fans have hoped to see brought to life on the big screen one day, following an animated adaptation, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (2013), and a very loose adaptation on The CW’s Flash series in 2016.

There’s been plenty of speculation about the chance of the Flashpoint world coming to the DC movies, especially given the casting of Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Lauren Cohan as Thomas and Martha Wayne in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), who are dead-ringers for Flashpoint’s depiction of Batman and Joker. Rumors pointing to Morgan’s reprisal of Thomas Wayne have circulated for months, as have fan hopes that Cyborg (Ray Fisher) would return. If the film incorporates the warring alternate versions of Aquaman and Wonder Woman, The Flash could be far more of an event film than previously expected, falling much closer to the character count and scale of Captain America: Civil War (2016) than Doctor Strange (2016) for comparisons sake. It would seem that Warner Bros. has seen the potential of having multiple iterations of its characters existing simultaneously, an area that DC Comics has thrived on for decades.

The comic book multiverse is the next “big idea” in superhero movies and television, with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) leading the way, followed by The CW’s Crisis on Infinite Earths last year, and the upcoming The Flash and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. For Warner Bros., which has been in the superhero movie game the longest, there’s perhaps no better response to the dissenting opinions about the best and most accurate version of DC’s most iconic characters, than to allow all of them to exist simultaneously. This means Keaton’s Batman, Affleck’s Batman, Robert Pattinson’s Batman can all stand on equal footing. And if that’s the case, then hopefully this all-encompassing approach extends to characters beyond Batman.

So how will Keaton’s Batman fit in, and what role will he serve in the DC film universe? Burton’s movies will presumably exist within a separately established timeline, and perhaps the Batman from that universe will be brought into the current DC film universe by way of Miller’s Barry Allen. What’s interesting about this, is that it provides a means for Batman to continue to exist in the DC film universe established by Zack Snyder. With Zack Snyder’s Justice League arriving on HBO Max next year, and serving as Ben Affleck’s final turn as Batman, questions about the continuation of this franchise and continuity were raised given Affleck’s retirement from the role. While some fans suggested The Flash could provide the means for Pattinson’s Batman to join Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman and Jason Momoa’s Aquaman in future Justice League films, all current signs point to Reeves’ proposed trilogy being stand-alone akin to Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy. But now, it seems likely, given the word that Keaton’s Batman will be in multiple films, that any future team-ups between the JL will feature the Tim Burton version of Batman. So what happens to Affleck’s Batman? Well, Snyder’s original five-film arc had Batman sacrificing himself at the end. Perhaps the events of his death will be moved up, and he’ll fall victim to Darkseid, as he did in Grant Morrison’s Final Crisis. This would give the character, and Affleck, a proper sendoff without creating a continuity conflict, or a world without a Batman.

Keaton’s Batman is expected to serve in a mentor role, perhaps showing up in Batgirl, a project also being penned by The Flash screenwriter Christina Hodson. It’s easy to imagine his role in this regard being similar to Bruce Wayne’s in the animated Batman Beyond, though Keaton, younger than that series’ Bruce Wayne, would likely still be able to get in on the action. It’s impossible not to wonder if Keaton’s role in the DC movie universe also promises a return of other familiar faces from Burton’s Batman films. As awesome as it would be, there’s a slim to none chance that Jack Nicholson would come out of retirement to portray the Joker once more, but the possibility of Michelle Pfeiffer returning as Selina Kyle seems possible given the actor’s interest in reprising the role over the years.

For decades it felt like Warner Bros. was only scratching the surface with its DC properties or playing catch-up, but now they have the opportunity to dig deeper than they ever have before, and tell stories impossible for Marvel Studios to tell in the same way. Warner Bros. has the benefit of multiple iconic versions of their characters, and rather than let that be a means to divide and confuse the goals of their cinematic universe, it’s now a means to celebrate its infinite possibilities.

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Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor: China charges Canadians with spying – BBC News

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Michael Spavor (L) and Michael Kovrig have been held since December 2018

China has charged two Canadians with spying, more than 18 months after they were detained.

Michael Kovrig, a former diplomat, and Michael Spavor, a businessman, have been held in China since December 2018.

Their arrests came just days after Meng Wanzhou – an executive of the Chinese giant Huawei – was detained in Vancouver, at the request of the US.

Canada called the arrests “arbitrary”, but China denies they were retaliation for Ms Meng’s detention.

Both men have been charged with “spying on national secrets” and providing intelligence for “outside entities”.

China’s court system is completely controlled by the Communist Party and has an almost 100% conviction rate once defendants are charged, notes the BBC’s Stephen McDonell in Beijing.

What is the timeline?

Meng Wanzhou – the chief financial officer of Huawei, and daughter of the company’s founder – was arrested on 1 December 2018 in Vancouver.

Her arrest was requested by the US, who accuse her of breaking Iranian sanctions. She is still fighting extradition to the US.

On 10 December, the Canadians were detained in China. They were formally arrested in May 2019, after which they had 13-and-a-half months to be charged.

In September, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused China of “using arbitrary detention as a tool to achieve political goals”.

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Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou has been living in Canada under house arrest

How have they been treated?

Michael Kovrig’s employer, the Crisis Group think tank, says on its website that he has not seen a lawyer or his family since the detention, and that he only has “periodic consular visits”.

“Michael’s work has included meeting…Chinese officials, academics and analysts from multiple Chinese state institutions,” the Crisis Group said.

“He has attended numerous conferences at the invitation of Chinese organisations. He frequently appears on Chinese television and in other media to comment on regional issues.

“Nothing Michael does has harmed China.”

The Free Michael Spavor website, updated earlier this year, said he was “behind bars, without his family, and without access to lawyers”.

“Michael is an earnest, genuine, and impossibly fun person, who we believe has been detained in error,” the website says.

In April 2019, it was reported that both men were being interrogated for between six to eight hours a day, and were sometimes subject to 24-hour artificial lighting.

The Chinese government says the men are in “good health”.

China’s heavy hints over Meng Wanzhou case

Though the Chinese government has not absolutely, explicitly linked the cases of Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig with Meng Wanzhou’s extradition proceedings in Vancouver, it has certainly given large dollops of nudge, nudge, wink, wink references making this connection.

At the foreign ministry’s regular press briefings, the various spokespeople routinely mention the fate of the Canadians and that of the daughter of Huawei’s founder in the same response, whether they’ve been prompted to do so or not by reporters.

The Communist Party’s media outlets have been more specific. Canada: if you want this former diplomat and businessman back, you know what you have to do… release Meng Wanzhou.

The problem, of course, is that in Canada, there is a separation of powers and an extradition treaty with the United States.

Even if the Canadian government thought there was a political element to the extradition request it received from Washington, it’s a matter for the courts there to decide whether her alleged activities might potentially constitute a crime in both jurisdictions – and they’ve decided yes, so the matter will proceed.

No such separation of powers headache in China, though. The courts here are completely controlled by the Communist Party and prosecutors enjoy a 99% success rate.

What is the latest with Meng Wanzhou?

Last month, a Canadian court ruled that her case could go forward.

A judge found the case met the threshold of double criminality – meaning the charges would be crimes in both the US and Canada.

Her lead defence lawyer, Richard Peck, argued that Canada was effectively being asked “to enforce US sanctions”.

A year after her arrest, Ms Weng released an open letter, detailing her life in detention at her home in Vancouver.

“Over the past year, I have learned to face up to and accept my situation,” she said. “I’m no longer afraid of the unknown.”

She also said she finally had time to “read a book cover to cover,” or “carefully complete an oil painting”.

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Michael Bennett: NFL is insincere if owners still support Donald Trump – NBC Sports – NFL

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One of the NFL’s most vocal players on issues of racial justice and police brutality isn’t ready to accept that the NFL is sincere about supporting the causes most important to him and his fellow players.

Michael Bennett, who is currently a free agent but has been in the NFL for more than a decade with the Seahawks, Buccaneers, Eagles, Patriots and Cowboys, told that the NFL is still a league run by several owners who have given significant money to Donald Trump, and if those owners are continuing to support Trump he doesn’t believe the league is sincere.

If you’re supporting him, then your letter is really null and void,” Bennett said.

Bennett doesn’t want to see well-crafted messages from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell unless there’s a real commitment to change along with them.

“[Goodell] saying that Black Lives Matter is almost like a slap in the face,” Bennett said. “Black talent has been exploited at a high level in the NFL. He knows Black Lives Matter, because without black players the NFL wouldn’t be as lucrative as it is.”

Bennett wants to know, “Is the intent of the NFL to really make a positive impact or is it not to be seen as if they don’t respect the players?”

Only real action over the months ahead can answer that.

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Michael Jordan’s Yacht Crew Reels in 442-Pound Marlin During Fishing Tournament – Newsweek

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Michael Jordan Shows Support For Police Brutality Protests: ‘We Have Had Enough’ – HuffPost

Michael Jordan spoke out in support of the movement to protest police killings of black people on Sunday.

In a statement posted on social media, the NBA legend wrote: “I am deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry. I see and feel everyone’s pain, outrage and frustration. I stand with those who are calling out the ingrained racism and violence toward people of color in our country. We have had enough.”

While the 57-year-old said he didn’t have “the answers,” he stressed the importance of “strength and the inability to be divided by others.”

“We must listen to each other, show compassion and empathy and never turn our backs on senseless brutality. We need to continue peaceful expressions against injustice and demand accountability,” Jordan said, adding that a “unified voice” and voting are what’s needed to change laws and “create systemic change.”

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— Jordan (@Jumpman23) May 31, 2020

Jordan also offered his condolences to the family of George Floyd, the Black man who died after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck.

“My heart goes out to the family of George Floyd and to the countless others whose lives have been brutally and senselessly taken through acts of racism and injustice,” Jordan concluded.

Cities across the country and around the world saw protests and sometimes violent unrest this weekend as tensions reached a boiling point following Floyd’s death and the shootings of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor.

The Associated Press estimates that at least 4,400 people in the U.S. have been arrested over the days of protests.

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Michael Jordan wasn’t able to intimidate Robert Parish – New York Post

May 20, 2020 | 3:48am

One NBA Hall of Famer didn’t wilt under Michael Jordan’s verbal abuse.

Some fans may forget that Robert Parish, of Boston Celtics fame, played one season with Jordan, winning a title with his “Airness” in the 1996 season, his only season with the Chicago Bulls and the final one of his 19-year NBA career.

But that didn’t stop him from getting the Jordan treatment, which was often discussed during different segments of the 10-part “Last Dance” documentary that concluded on Sunday.

In a 2012 interview with ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan, Parish told an anecdote about a run-in he had with Jordan while he was a member of the Bulls.

In one of his first practices with Chicago, Parish committed a blunder on one play and was amused to find Jordan jawing at him just inches from his face.

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“I told him, ‘I’m not as enamored with you as these other guys. I’ve got some rings too,’ ” Parish recalled. “At that point he told me, ‘I’m going to kick your ass.’ I took one step closer and said, ‘No, you really aren’t.’ After that he didn’t bother me.”

The Hall of Fame center — who was part of the Big 3 with Larry Bird and Kevin McHale that led the Boston Celtics to titles in 1981, 1984 and 1986 — also said he preferred Bird’s leadership style over Jordan’s.

“What set Larry apart from Magic (Johnson) and Jordan was he wasn’t an in-your-face leader like they were,” Parish told MacMullan. “He had too much respect for us. If you weren’t having a good night, he was more inclined to encourage you, or not say anything at all.”

Parish, who averaged 14.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per game during his career, played in just 43 games for the Bulls that season, but still picked up his fourth ring.

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“I am the One Who Won it For You”: When Michael Jordan Poked Fun of His Teammate Upon Winning the Title – Essentially Sports

When Joe Kleine was crying after winning the title in 1998, Michael Jordan had a typical response.

It was the Bulls’ third consecutive title in 1998. With stars like Scottie Pippen, Denis Rodman apart from Jordan in the team, Kleine was far from being amongst the best in the team. And Jordan didn’t shy away from letting him know.

“Why are you crying? I am the one who won it for you,” Jordan had said as a new Instagram post from SZN Update recalled the incident.

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ESPN’s The Last Dance celebrating the greatness of Michael Jordan and Chicago Bulls

The 1998 season was Jordan’s final season at the Bulls. With the win, the Bulls had won their sixth title in eight years. ESPN’s latest documentary, The Last Dance, Jordan’s greatness concentrating on the 1997/98 season.

Prior to the documentary’s release, Kleine looked back at Jordan and how he was a great leader.

“He set the tone,” Kleine said in April, “Every day he set the tone, He was almost always the first guy there, putting in extra time shooting and lifting. I was fortunate that in 1984, I was on the Olympic basketball team with him in LA, so I knew Michael before he became ‘Michael Jordan.’”

Jordan started his NBA career in 1984 with the Bulls drafting him the third overall pick. Over the years, he established himself as not only an NBA star but as a global superstar. He was hugely influential in popularizing NBA across the world. He is also one of the most efficiently marketed athletes making him the richest athlete in the world. He finished his career as a six-time Champion and a five-time MVP. Incredibly, and perhaps unsurprisingly, Jordan has 14 All-Star selections after playing 14 seasons in the NBA.

Joe Klein, meanwhile, played 15 years in the NBA for eight different teams. He played for the Bulls for two years between 1997 and 1998. He has an NBA title to his name thanks to his stint at the Bulls.

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Michael Jordan, baseball, and ‘Space Jam’ – ‘The Last Dance’ chat – Los Angeles Times

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Published on 10-May-2020

This week’s episodes focused on Michael Jordan’s interesting career change and how he treated teammates. Was it worth it? Los Angeles Times sports writers Dan Woike and Brad Turner along with Los Angeles Times Television Editor Matt Brennan discuss this and question why he actually played baseball.



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Michael Jordan is only fourth-best player I faced: Isiah Thomas – New York Post

April 30, 2020 | 12:29pm | Updated April 30, 2020 | 3:54pm

Isiah Thomas disagrees with most of the world. He doesn’t believe Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time. Thomas doesn’t even think the Bulls legend is the best he’s ever played against.

After “The Last Dance” documentary reignited the decades-old feud between the former superstars — during which Jordan called Thomas an a–hole — Thomas was asked by CBS Sports to rank the best players he ever faced. Jordan barely cracked the starting five.

The former Pistons point guard placed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar first, followed by Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Jordan and Julius Erving.

Thomas, whose Pistons won back-to-back titles (1989-90) and knocked Jordan out of the playoffs for three straight years before the Bulls overcame Detroit in 1991, believes more people would have a similar assessment of Jordan’s legacy if his prime aligned with the Johnson-led Lakers, Bird-led Celtics and Erving-led 76ers.

“When you put Jordan and his basketball team in the ’80s, they weren’t a very successful team,” Thomas told CBS Sports. “They just weren’t. When you talk about Jordan and his team dominating, they dominated the ’90s. But when you put him with those Lakers teams and those Pistons teams and those Celtics teams, they all beat him. They just did. … What separated Jordan from all of us was he was the first one to three-peat. But he didn’t three-peat against Magic, Larry and Dr. J.”

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Thomas, of course, leaves out that future Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen and future All-Star Horace Grant were only rookies when the Bulls and Pistons met for the first time in the 1988 playoffs. But, of Jordan’s six title runs, only his first (1991) included wins over teams that had previously won championships, sweeping the Thomas-led Pistons in the Eastern Conference Finals and then defeating the Lakers in the NBA Finals.

Johnson retired that fall after contracting HIV. Bird left the league with a bad back one year later. Thomas stepped away after tearing his Achilles in 1994, achieving everything he ever wanted except an Olympic gold medal.

Partially due to Jordan’s refusal to join the 1992 Dream Team if Thomas was on the roster — their feud beginning with Thomas orchestrating a “freeze out” of Jordan in the 1985 All-Star Game and culminating with the Pistons refusing to shake hands with the Bulls at the conclusion of their 1991 playoff series — Detroit’s former Finals MVP was denied an important place in history.

“Being left off the Dream Team, that personally hurt me,” Thomas said on ESPN. “When the Dream Team was selected and I wasn’t a part of it, there was a lot of controversy around it, and I still don’t know who did it or why they say I didn’t make it. I know the criteria for making the team, I fit all the criteria.

“That is the biggest hole in my resume. … In the sports arena, I’ve won at every level. I tried to do everything correctly, and I thought I should’ve made that Dream Team. And looking back, if I’m not a part of the Dream Team because a lapse in emotion in terms of not shaking someone’s hand, then I am more disappointed today than I was back then.”

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