Julian Edelman pours cold water on Tom Brady comeback talk but gives a hypothetical

Tom Brady recently said he was “not opposed” to a potential third NFL stint.

The seven-time Super Bowl champion was asked on the “Deep Cuts” podcast if he would “pick up the phone” to fill a team’s quarterback void due to injury.

“I’m not opposed to it,” Brady said with a smile.

Tom Brady and Julian Edelman talk

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, left, talks with wide receiver Julian Edelman before the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on Nov. 3, 2019. (Will Newton/Getty Images)

“I don’t know … I’m always going to be in good shape, always be able to throw the ball. So, to come in for a little bit, like MJ [NBA legend Michael Jordan] coming back, I don’t know if they’d let me, but I wouldn’t be opposed to it,” Brady said.

Former wide receiver Julian Edelman caught passes from Brady for 12 years with the New England Patriots, so not many are more in the know about Brady’s intentions than Edelman.

He isn’t so sure.

“No bro! The guy is in St. Tropez right now,” Edelman said in a recent interview with Fox News Digital. 

Tom Brady and Julian Edelman walk

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and wide receiver Julian Edelman look on after Edelman scored a touchdown in the AFC wild-card playoff game against the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, on Jan. 4, 2020. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)


Edelman joked that he can’t even get his former quarterback on his podcast.

“We have zero connection right now because I keep asking him, ‘Come on “Games With Names.” Come on “Games With Names.” Come on “Games With Names.”‘” And he never responds. So, I have no clue,” Edleman said.

“That whole thing with the interview, I saw it. The wording was if someone got hurt late in the season, do you think you can do it? And Tom’s a confident guy. He definitely thinks he can go do it. Is he gonna do it? I don’t think so. Probably not.”

However, Edelman did say Brady is “crazy” and “competitive,” and the fact that there is a new quarterback in the GOAT conversation could prompt his return.

Tom Brady in 2019

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady warms up before a preseason game against the Carolina Panthers at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, on Aug. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)


“Patrick Mahomes is coming up on him, maybe Tom comes back and sneaks another Super Bowl to separate himself,” Edelman said.

Mahomes still has a long way to go after just winning his third championship. However, if the Kansas City Chiefs three-peat next season, he’d become the youngest quarterback to win four Super Bowls, putting him on pace to top Brady.

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April 16, 2024 – Israel-Hamas war

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech on July 5, 2023.
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech on July 5, 2023. Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images/File

Israel, aided by its allies, dodged a bullet Sunday.

To be more precise, 60 tons of explosives aboard more than 350 Iranian projectiles, some bigger than a family car, failed to dodge Israel’s defenses.

Yet Israel, in defiance of US President Joe Biden’s warnings to “take the win” and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi’s threat of a “severe, extensive and painful” response to any retaliation, is contemplating just that.

Deterrence, shorthand for “meanest S.O.B. in the room,” Israel believes, is the cornerstone of its survival. Iran is stealing that brick.

When faced with existential threats in the past, Israel has executed the most audacious raids the region has ever witnessed. The point being, Israel won’t telegraph its attack plans as Iran did at the weekend.

Aside from the core members of Israel’s war cabinet, more than a dozen other people have sat at the table deep inside the Kirya, Israel’s maximum security defense headquarters in Tel Aviv, thrashing out their next move.

Netanyahu’s next move will likely try to lock in sanctions, and strike before negative Gaza headlines dump the international good will filling his sails.

The clock is ticking. He needs two things, time to prepare a significant surprise strike, and time to coalesce international diplomacy. As both march to different beats, his legendary political acumen faces one of its stiffest tests yet.

Netanyahu is famed as a political survivor. But now he faces the biggest gamble of his career. He is betting the blood of his nation over Iran’s read of his rift with America.

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Top New York City mayor Adams aide slapped with second sexual harassment lawsuit: report

A top aide to New York City Mayor Eric Adams was slapped with a second lawsuit alleging discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation on Wednesday, according to reports. 

Timothy Pearson, a former NYPD inspector who led the Mayor’s Office of Municipal Services Assessment, is being sued by retired NYPD sergeant Michael Ferrari in a lawsuit filed in the New York Supreme Court in Manhattan on Wednesday. It comes after retired NYPD Sgt. Roxanne Ludemann claimed harassment and retaliation against Pearson in a March lawsuit after allegedly rejecting his unwanted advances. 

Ferrari does not claim to be the subject of unwanted advances from Pearson but does say he witnessed or was told of Pearson sexually harassing female colleagues in the services assessment office, including Ludemann. The suit says Ferrari was assigned by a higher-up to monitor Pearson’s behavior around women in the office, Politico reported. 

“The hostile work environment surrounding the sexual harassment carried over to every member of the team regardless of gender,” the complaint says. 


Adams sworn in with Timothy Pearson in the background

Eric Adams was sworn in as the 110th mayor of the city of New York on Jan. 1, 2022. Timothy Pearson is seen behind the mayor’s right shoulder at the ceremony. (Arturo Holmes/Getty Images)

After a confrontation about the sexual harassment allegations against Pearson with another leader, Ferrari said he was demoted back to patrol, costing him $2 million in lost salary and pension earnings and prompting him to retire from his 16-year career at the NYPD, the New York Daily News reported. 

Fox News Digital reached out to the mayor’s office for comment on the lawsuit, but they did not immediately respond.

The complaint also alleges Pearson made a comment to Ferrari and another officer, Lt. George Huang, complaining when a migrant shelter was scrapped in Orchard Beach in October 2022 due to heavy flooding after the contractors who handled the project were already paid by the city. 

“Do you know how these contracts work?” Pearson said, according to the complaint. “People are doing very well on these contracts. I have to get mine. Where are my crumbs?”


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Retired NYPD Inspector Timothy Pearson when he was a captain.  (Ken Murray/New York Daily News/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

The lawsuit said Pearson from then on was called “Crumbs” behind his back around the office. 

According to the Daily News, Ferrari, Ludemann and Huang went with Deputy Chief Miltiadis Marmara to the mayor’s Municipal Services Assessment unit, which started in June 2022 to inspect city agencies.

“I had no intention of retiring before 20 years, but after Chief Marmara was removed for standing up for my co-worker, I was not going to stay,” Ferrari, a Duke University graduate from Long Island, told the Daily News. “At the whim of Tim Pearson, all of our careers were turned upside down.”

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Mayor Eric Adams in Brooklyn on April 5, 2024.  (New York Daily News/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

“The common thread in these lawsuits is Pearson is basically a free agent able to pull strings inside the NYPD without any oversight,” John Scola, the lawyer for both Ferrari and Ludemann, told the Daily News. 

An NYPD spokesperson said, “We will review the lawsuit if and when we are served.”


“We hold all public servants to the highest standards,” a City Hall spokesperson told the Daily News. “We will review the lawsuit.”


Senate Democrats kill both articles of impeachment against DHS Secretary Mayorkas

Both articles of impeachment against Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas were deemed unconstitutional by the Senate on Wednesday in two party-line votes. 

The first of two articles of impeachment alleged Mayorkas engaged in the “willful and systemic refusal to comply with the law” regarding the southern border in his capacity as DHS secretary. The second claimed Mayorkas had breached public trust.

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., proposed a point of order declaring the article unconstitutional, to which the majority of senators agreed following several failed motions by Republicans. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., proposed a point of order declaring the first article unconstitutional, to which the majority of senators agreed following several failed motions by Republicans.

The article was deemed unconstitutional by a vote of 51-48, with Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, voting present. 


Schumer’s point of order was proposed after his request for unanimous consent — which would have provided a set amount of time for debate among the senators, as well as votes on two GOP resolutions and a set amount of agreed upon points of order — was objected to by Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Mo.

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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during a press conference with other senators and House impeachment managers at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. (Getty Images)

Schmitt stated in his objection that the Senate should conduct a full trial into the impeachment articles against Mayorkas, rather than the debate and points of order suggested by Schumer’s unanimous consent request, which would be followed by a likely successful motion to dismiss the articles. 

Republican senators took issue with Schumer’s point of order, as agreeing to it would effectively kill the first of the two articles. Several GOP lawmakers proposed motions, which took precedence over the point of order, to adjourn or table the point, among other things. But all GOP motions failed. 


“This process must not be abused. It must not be short-circuited. History will not judge this moment well,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., as he motioned to table the point of order from Schumer.

After another batch of motions to avoid voting on Schumer’s second point of order, which would deem the second article unconstitutional, the Senate agreed to it. The vote was along party lines 51-49, with Murkowski rejoining the Republicans. 


Eric Schmidt Fast Facts


Here is a look at the life of Eric Schmidt, former executive chairman of Alphabet, the parent company of Google.

Birth date: April 27, 1955

Birth place: Washington, DC

Birth name: Eric Emerson Schmidt

Father: Wilson Schmidt, a professor

Mother: Ellie Schmidt

Marriage: Wendy Boyle (1980-present)

Children: Sophie and Alison

Education: Princeton University, B.S., 1976; University of California, Berkeley, M.S, 1979 and Ph.D., 1982

Was a member of President Barack Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

Serves on the boards of many organizations, including the Broad Institute and the board of trustees at the Mayo Clinic.

1983-1997 – Works for Sun Microsystems, Inc.

February 1994-March 1997 Serves as chief technology officer for Sun Microsystems, Inc.

April 7, 1997-2001CEO of Novell, Inc.

March 2001 – Is named chairman of Google.

August 2001-April 2011 – Serves as Google CEO. Schmidt receives a $100 million package as outgoing CEO, which marks the first stock-based compensation that he has received since he took over as Google’s CEO in 2001.

2006 – With his wife Wendy, establishes the Schmidt Family Foundation to promote sustainability through environmental preservation, science and education.

2007Inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as a fellow.

2010 – Co-founds venture capital firm Innovation Endeavours.

April 4, 2011-October 2015 – Executive chairman of the board of directors at Google.

January 7-10, 2013 – Schmidt travels to North Korea with former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson on what is described as a humanitarian mission.

February 4, 2014 – Google reveals that Schmidt will receive $106 million in bonuses based on the search giant’s 2013 performance.

May 4, 2014 – “The New Digital Age: Transforming Nations, Businesses, and Our Lives,” co-written with Jared Cohen, is published.

September 23, 2014 – “How Google Works,” co-written with Jonathon Rosenberg, is published.

August 10, 2015 – Google announces a corporate restructuring, forming an umbrella company called Alphabet and naming a new CEO to the core business of Google. Schmidt will become Alphabet’s executive chairman.

October 2015-December 2017 – Executive chairman of the board of directors of Alphabet.

March 2, 2016 – Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter announces that Schmidt is being appointed head of a new Defense Innovation Advisory Board, in an effort by the Pentagon to better address and enhance technology within the Department of Defense.

December 21, 2017 – It is announced that Schmidt is stepping aside as executive chairman of Alphabet. He will remain on the board and continue to serve as a technical adviser.

February 5, 2018 – The Massachusetts Institute of Technology announces that Schmidt will join MIT as a visiting innovation fellow for one year.

January 2019 – Schmidt is selected as chair of the 15-member National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence.

April 30, 2019 – Alphabet announces that Schmidt will step down from its board of directors in June.

March 25, 2021 – With his wife Wendy, gives $150 million to the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard to launch the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Center. The center will focus on the “intersection of data science and life science, aimed at improving human health.”

February 16, 2022 – Schmidt Futures announces the launch of the philanthropic project “AI2050.” With his wife Wendy, Schmidt plans to invest $125 million across a 5 year period towards artificial intelligence research.

January 2024 – Forbes reports that Schmidt is launching a start-up in the US and Ukraine that produces AI drones called White Stork.


Greece names a convicted politician from Albania’s ethnic Greek minority as candidate in EU election

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s governing conservative party added a convicted politician from Albania’s ethnic Greek minority to its list of candidates for the upcoming European Parliament election, adding to the already existing tension between the two countries.

Fredi Beleris was elected mayor of the town of Himare in southern Albania last year but was arrested on vote-buying charges and not sworn in. He was then handed a two-year sentence in March.


The politician had denied the charges against him, and Greece’s government called his pre-trial detention unfair, threatening to block Albania’s attempt at joining the European Union.

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Greece’s governing conservative party has added a convicted politician from Albania’s ethnic Greek minority to its list of candidates for the upcoming European Parliament election, adding to the already existing tension between the two countries. (Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The ruling New Democracy party made the surprise announcement late Monday, allowing Beleris to contest in the election which will take place between June 6-9 across the 27 member states. Greeks are expected to vote on June 9.

“The battle I am fighting is not personal. It is a battle for the rule of law and democracy,” Beleris posted on Facebook Tuesday after a ceremony announcing the candidate list in Athens, held by the conservative party and led by Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

“It is a battle for the values espoused by the West and Europe and which must be respected by those who want to join the great European family,” wrote Beleris, who remains imprisoned in Albania.

Six countries in the western Balkan region – Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia – are at different stages in their applications for EU membership. Croatia was the last EU member country to be accepted in 2013.

Western concerns over regional stability triggered by the Russian invasion of Ukraine have added urgency to the accession process.


Greece and Albania, a former communist country and a current NATO member, have a historically tense relationship.

Athens has accused Tirana of acting too slowly in restoring rights to more than 100,000 of its ethnic Greek citizens following the fall of communist rule in the early 1990s. Many members of the minority have worked in Greece and have dual citizenship.


Bernie Sanders Fast Facts


Here is a look at the life of US Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent senator from Vermont and former 2020 presidential candidate.

Birth date: September 8, 1941

Birth place: Brooklyn, New York

Birth name: Bernard Sanders

Father: Eli Sanders, paint salesman

Mother: Dorothy (Glassberg) Sanders

Marriages: Jane (O’Meara) Sanders (1988-present); Deborah (Shiling) Messing (married and divorced in the 1960s)

Children: With Susan Mott: Levi; stepchildren with Jane (O’Meara) Sanders: Heather, Carina, David

Education: Attended Brooklyn College, 1959-1960; University of Chicago, B.A. in political science, 1964

Religion: Jewish, though he has told the Washington Post he is “not actively involved with organized religion”

Although independent in the US Senate, Sanders has run as a Democrat in his two bids for the presidential nomination, in 2016 and 2020.

His father’s family died in the Holocaust.

During the 1960s, he spent half a year on a kibbutz in Israel.

Was a member of the Young People’s Socialist League while at the University of Chicago.

The longest serving independent member of Congress in American history.

Sanders applied for conscientious objector status during the Vietnam War.

Nominated for a Grammy Award but did not win.

August 28, 1963 – Attends the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

1972, 1976, 1986 – Unsuccessful bids for governor of Vermont.

1972, 1974 – Unsuccessful bids for the US Senate.

1981 – Wins the race for mayor of Burlington, Vermont, by 10 votes, running as an independent.

1981-1989 – Mayor of Burlington for four terms.

1988 – Unsuccessful bid for the US House of Representatives.

1990 – Wins a seat on the US House of Representatives by about 16% of the vote.

1991-2007 – Serves eight terms in the US House of Representatives.

1991 – Co-founds the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

2006 – Wins a seat on the US Senate with 65% of the vote.

January 4, 2007-present – Serves in the US Senate.

December 10, 2010 – Holds a filibuster for more than eight hours against the reinstatement of tax cuts formulated during the administration of President George W. Bush. The speech is published in book form in 2011 as “The Speech: A Historic Filibuster on Corporate Greed and the Decline of Our Middle Class.”

2012 – Wins reelection for a second term in the US Senate. Receives 71% of the vote.

2013-2015 – Serves as chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

April 30, 2015 – Announces his run for the Democratic presidential nomination in an email to supporters and media.

May 1, 2015 – Sanders’ campaign raises more than $1.5 million in its first 24 hours.

January 17, 2016 – Sanders unveils his $1.38 trillion per year “Medicare-for-All” health care plan.

February 9, 2016 – Sanders wins the New Hampshire primary, claiming victory with 60% of the vote. He’s the first Jewish politician to win a presidential nominating contest.

July 12, 2016 – Endorses Hillary Clinton for president.

August 21, 2017 – Sanders pens a commentary article in Fortune magazine outlining his health care proposal “Medicare-for-all.”

November 28, 2017 – Is nominated, along with actor Mark Ruffalo, for a Grammy in the Spoken Word category for “Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In.”

February 26, 2018 – Sanders’ son, Levi Sanders, announces he is running for Congress in New Hampshire. He later loses his bid in the Democratic primary.

November 6, 2018 – Wins reelection to the US Senate for a third term with more than 67% of the vote.

January 2, 2019 – The New York Times reports that several women who worked on Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign had come forward alleging they had experienced sexual harassment, pay disparities and targeted disrespect by campaign members. Sanders immediately responds to the allegations, claiming that he was not aware of any of the claims and apologizes to “any woman who feels like she was not treated appropriately.”

February 19, 2019 – Announces that he is running for president during an interview with Vermont Public Radio.

February 20, 2019 – According to his campaign, Sanders raises nearly $6 million in the first 24 hours following the launch of his 2020 presidential bid.

March 15, 2019 – Sanders’ presidential campaign staff unionizes, making it the first major party presidential campaign to employ a formally organized workforce.

August 22, 2019 – Sanders unveils his $16.3 trillion Green New Deal plan.

October 1, 2019 – After experiencing chest discomfort at a campaign rally, Sanders undergoes treatment to address blockage in an artery. He has two stents successfully inserted.

October 4, 2019 – The Sanders campaign releases a statement that he has been discharged from the hospital after being treated for a heart attack. “After two and a half days in the hospital, I feel great, and after taking a short time off, I look forward to getting back to work,” Sanders says in the statement.

February 3, 2020 – The Iowa Democratic caucuses take place, but the process descends into chaos due to poor planning by the state party, a faulty app that was supposed to calculate results and an overwhelmed call center. That uncertainty leads to delayed results and a drawn-out process with both Sanders’ and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s campaigns raising concerns.

February 27, 2020 – Sanders’ presidential campaign challenges the results of the Iowa caucuses partial recount just hours after the state’s Democratic Party releases its results. In a complaint sent to the Iowa Democratic Party and Democratic National Committee, the Sanders campaign claims the state party violated its own rules by allowing the Buttigieg campaign to partake in the process because they didn’t meet the proper requirements.

February 29, 2020 – The Iowa Democratic Party certifies the results from the state’s caucuses, with Sanders coming in second behind Buttigieg and picking up 12 pledged delegates to Buttigieg’s 14. The certification by the party’s State Central Committee includes a 26-14, vote, saying the party violated its rules by complying with the Buttigieg campaign’s partial recanvass and recount requests.

April 8, 2020 – Announces he is suspending his presidential campaign.

April 13, 2020 – Endorses former Vice President Joe Biden for president.

January 28, 2021 – Sanders raises $1.8 million for charity through the sale of merchandise inspired by the viral photo of him and his mittens on Inauguration Day.

June 20, 2023 – Launches a Senate investigation into working and safety conditions at Amazon warehouses.

April 7, 2024 – Authorities arrest a man in connection with an alleged arson at Sanders’ office in Vermont on April 5, according to the Justice Department. Multiple employees were in the senator’s office at the time of the fire, and it’s unknown how many other people were in the building. There were no injuries reported, the Justice Department said.


White House announces new sanctions on Iran following attack against Israel: 'The pressure will continue'

White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan released a statement Tuesday announcing that new sanctions will be placed against Iran in the wake of the regime’s attacks against Israel last weekend.

The new sanctions come amid Republican criticism of the Biden administration for purportedly not being tough enough on Iran, after the White House extended a waiver that allowed Iran to access to $10 billion of previously escrowed funds in November 2023.

In a press release, Sullivan announced that President Biden is “coordinating with allies and partners, including the G7, and with bipartisan leaders in Congress, on a comprehensive response.”

“In the coming days, the United States will impose new sanctions targeting Iran, including its missile and drone program as well as new sanctions against entities supporting the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Iran’s Defense Ministry,” the statement read. 


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White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan speaks during a press briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, March 18, 2024.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

“In addition, we continue to work through the Department of Defense and U.S. Central Command to further strengthen and expand the successful integration of air and missile defense and early warning systems across the Middle East to further erode the effectiveness of Iran’s missile and UAV capabilities.”

Sullivan said that the actions the U.S. is taking will “continue a steady drumbeat of pressure to contain and degrade Iran’s military capacity and effectiveness and confront the full range of its problematic behaviors.”

“Over the last three years, in addition to missile and drone-related sanctions, the United States has sanctioned over 600 individuals and entities connected to terrorism, terrorist financing and other forms of illicit trade, horrific human rights abuses, and support for proxy terrorist groups, including Hamas, Hezbollah, the Houthis, and Kataib Hezbollah,” the statement added.

“The pressure will continue. We will not hesitate to continue to take action, in coordination with allies and partners around the world, and with Congress, to hold the Iranian government accountable for its malicious and destabilizing actions.”


Biden split screen with Iran's supreme leader Ali Khamenei

Republicans have criticized the Biden administration for purportedly not being tough enough on Iran, particular after a controversial waiver extension. (Photo by Probst/ullstein bild via Getty Images,Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)

The Biden administration has been heavily criticized by Republicans over its treatment of Iran over the past three years. In addition to the November 2023 waiver extension, the White House also unlocked $6 billion in sanctions relief for Iran as part of a prisoner swap deal in September 2023 – mere weeks before the October 7 attacks. 

“Under President Trump, Iran was broke,” Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., said on X Saturday. “President Biden gifted them billions of dollars and then naively said ‘don’t.’”

“‘Don’t’ is not a foreign policy. Joe Biden’s policies have funded Iran’s attack on Israel,” Blackburn continued.

In October, White House National Security Communications Advisor John Kirby maintained to Fox News that the Iranian regime has had no access to any of the unfrozen funds.

“It’s not that we’re not enforcing sanctions. We have been enforcing them. As a matter of fact, we’ve added sanctions. We’ve sanctioned 400 entities in Iran just in the beginning of this administration, let alone the sanctions that came before us,” Kirby explained.

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Iranian pro-government supporters hold a giant Palestine flag at Palestine Square in Tehran, on April 14, 2024, in a celebration of the early morning Iran’s IRGC attack on Israel. (Photo by Hossein Beris / Middle East Images / Middle East Images via AFP)


“As for the fungibility, again, that money was never going to be tapped by the Iranian regime,” he continued. “They were never going to see it themselves. It was always going to go to vendors that we approved to go to buy humanitarian assistance and medical and food… directly to the Iranian people. The regime was never going to see that or feel that, and they haven’t asked for it.”


Day 2 of Trump New York hush money trial

Donald Trump departs from Manhattan criminal court in New York, on April 16.
Donald Trump departs from Manhattan criminal court in New York, on April 16. Justin Lane/EPA/Bloomberg/Getty Images

Seven people have been seated on the jury in the hush money trial against former President Donald Trump in Manhattan. Court is not in session Wednesday, and jury selection will continue Thursday until a panel of 12 New Yorkers and likely six alternates has been selected.

But before anyone was seated Tuesday, jurors went through the questionnaire phase in which they were questioned by the district attorney’s office and Trump’s lawyers. As jurors spoke, Trump was frequently seen flipping through the jury questionnaire, often leaning back in his chair.

Trump attorney Todd Blanche challenged several prospective jurors, calling for some to be dismissed for cause due to social media posts.

Remember: Each side has 10 peremptory strikes to remove a juror from the pool — no questions asked. In the instances in which either side is successful in dismissing a potential juror for cause, it does not have to use a strike.

Both the prosecution and defense have each used six preemptive strikes. This means each side has four strikes left.

These were some of the challenges:

Who are the jurors? An oncology nurse, a corporate lawyer, an English teacher: What we know about the seven seated jurors.

Trump and the judge: Merchan gave the former president a stern warning for visibly and audibly reacting to one of the potential jurors in court. “I will not have any jurors intimidated in the courtroom,” the judge said after the potential juror left.

Looking ahead: The next batch of 96 potential jurors was sworn in Tuesday and dismissed until Thursday morning.


Dodgers legend Carl Erskine, last surviving 'Boys of Summer' member, dead at 97

Carl Erskine, a legendary pitcher for the Dodgers who was the last surviving member of the 1950s “Boys of Summer” squad, has died. He was 97 years old. 

Erskine died in his hometown of Anderson, Indiana, at Community Hospital Anderson, according to Michele Hockwalt, who serves as the hospital’s marketing and communication manager. 

“For millions of fans, he was a baseball hero,” Hall of Fame Chair Jane Forbes Clark said in a statement about Erskine.


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Brooklyn Dodger Carl Erskine and Dodgers owner Walter O’Malley May 15, 1956, at Ebbets Field.  (Sports Studio Photos/Getty Images)

Erskine was a Dodgers lifer, playing his entire career with them, from 1948-59. He was with the team after it moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles in 1957. And he helped the Dodgers win five National League pennants during his years with the team, including 1955, when the Dodgers won the World Series. 

The Dodgers won only one World Series during that run of pennants.

A one-time All-Star during the 1954 season, Erskine had a career 4.00 ERA with a 122-78 record and 981 strikeouts. 


His best year came in 1953, when he won 20 games to lead the National League. He also beat the New York Yankees in the World Series that year in Game 3, striking out 14 hitters, which was a record back then. 

The record stood until another Dodgers ace, Sandy Koufax, broke it in 1963 with 15 strikeouts in one World Series game. 

Erskine received the Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award in July 2023, which honors an individual whose efforts enhance the game’s positive impact on society. 

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Carl Erskine and manager Tommy Lasorda (not pictured) of the Los Angeles Dodgers talk before the final game for the Dodgers in Dodgertown before taking on the Houston Astros in a spring training game at Holman Stadium March 17, 2008, in Vero Beach, Fla. (Doug Benc/Getty Images)

He was also active in the Special Olympics. His youngest son, Jimmy, was born with Down syndrome. Erskine quickly championed those with disabilities, writing a book, “The Parallel,” which pointed to similarities between his son and his former teammate, the legendary Jackie Robinson, in terms of breaking down social barriers.

The Carl and Betty Erskine Society also raises money for the Special Olympics. 

“For his family and thousands of Special Olympians, Carl was someone who always believed everything was possible. His legacy is one of deep compassion and encouragement of the human spirit,” Forbes Clark’s statement continued. 

Erskine was also drafted into the Navy during World War II. He spent a year in the armed forces before he was scouted by the Dodgers and discharged from service. 

Not long after that, Erskine was in the team’s starting rotation, transitioning from a reliever when he made his debut in 1948. In 1951, he joined the likes of Roy Campanella, Gil Hodges and Robinson, among others, and they became known as the “Boys of Summer” as they dominated the National League. 

After retiring at age 32, Erskine returned home to Anderson, where he became the owner of an insurance business. He also coached the town’s local college, Anderson College, for 12 years, including the 1965 team that won the NAIA World Series. 

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Carl Erskine of the Brooklyn Dodgers is pictured here on the field. (Getty Images)

Later, in 2002, Erskine Street was named after him in Brooklyn for his contributions to the New York City borough. 


“Carl Erskine was an exemplary Dodger,” Dodgers President and CEO Stan Kasten said in a statement. “He was as much a hero off the field as he was on the field, which, given the brilliance of his pitching, is saying quite a lot. His support of the Special Olympics and related causes, inspired by his son Jimmy, who led a life beyond all expectations when he was born with Down syndrome, cemented his legacy.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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