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Alexander Volkanovski steals the spotlight on Nick Diaz’s night

LAS VEGAS — This was to be Nick Diaz’s night. The veteran returned to mixed martial arts after a mind-boggling nearly seven years on the sidelines. Imagine a quarterback who retired in 2015 coming back and starting in the NFL in 2021, or a pitcher doing the same.

It’s unheard of, something that is even hard to imagine.

Yet, that’s what Diaz was doing on Saturday against Robbie Lawler at T-Mobile Arena on the main card of UFC 266.

The crowd gave him a hero’s welcome when he made the ring walk and did everything it could during his bout to encourage him to victory.

But when the night was over, Alexander Volkanovski managed to steal the attention from Diaz.

Volkanovski won a unanimous clarks shoes uk decision over Brian Ortega in one of the greatest fights in the division’s history, retaining his featherweight belt and significantly raising his stature among the sport’s elite. Scores were 50-44, 50-45 and 49-46. Yahoo Sports hit ad it 49-46 for Volkanovski.

Not only did Volkanovski completely rearrange Ortega’s facial features — perhaps worse than what Max Holloway did to Ortega in their 2018 title fight — but he survived two significant submission attempts in the third round.

Ortega dropped Volkanovski with a left hand and quickly caught him in a mounted guillotine. The agony on Volkanovski’s face as Ortega squeeze was apparent, but he somehow managed to escape.

“I thought he was done,” said Ortega, who was transported to a local hospital for a precautionary examination.

He wasn’t, nor was he done a few seconds later when he was caught in a triangle choke attempt. Again, Ortega had it locked in tight and Volkanovski’s expression suggested a title change was imminent.

Not only did he escape, he wound up pummeling Ortega and nearly ended the fight in the waning seconds of the third. Ortega lay prone for 10 or 15 seconds after the bell sounded and was lifted onto his stool by his corner.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - SEPTEMBER 25: Alexander Volkanovski of Australia reacts to the referees between rounds during the UFC 266 event on September 25, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Zuffa LLC)
Alexander Volkanovski of Australia reacts to the referees between rounds during UFC 266 on Sept. 25, 2021, in Las Vegas. 

Ortega took so much abuse that UFC president Dana White felt Ortega’s corner would stop it before the fifth round began.

“That absolutely was the best [featherweight] fight I’ve ever seen,” White, who did not attend the news conference, said by phone to Yahoo Sports. “I thought [Ortega’s] corner should have stopped the fight after the fourth round brooks shoes and then he came out and won the fifth round. Incredible. Unbelievable.”

Their gutsy battle took the spotlight from Diaz, which was a hard thing to do. Diaz dominated the headlines all week, starting with a request to change the fight from welterweight to middleweight. Then he skipped media day, though he gave a rambling interview to ESPN where he said he didn’t understand why he was fighting Lawler and didn’t really want to be fighting at all.

The majority of questions at Thursday’s news conference were for Diaz, and he got a massive ovation at the weigh-in on Friday.

But when he walked to the cage on Saturday, it was like he was heading out for a major title fight, not returning to the cage for the first time in nearly seven years and looking for his first win in nearly 10.

He earned White’s admiration, despite getting stopped in the third when he appeared to quit after being dropped by Lawler with a right hook.

“Nick Diaz hasn’t fought in seven years and hadn’t really been training,” White told Yahoo Sports. “He blew me away. He looked way better than I expected him to. He is so tough, durable and literally a natural born fighter that kid.”

Lawler ended a losing streak, and said one of his goals was to prove he’s a better fighter than he’d shown recently.

But as good as he looked, it couldn’t compare to the display that Volkanovski and Ortega put on. This is one of those fights that will be on keen shoes highlight packages for a long time, and the third round will be talked about as one of the greatest ever.

The momentum swings were drastic, and the toughness each showed was jaw-dropping.

“He’s good,” Volkanovski said of Ortega, whom he’d ripped as unprofessional throughout the promotion. “Of course, I’m going to say he’s not on my level and try to get in his head as much as I could, but fair play to him. He’s good.”

Volkanovski waited off to the side as Daniel Cormier interviewed Ortega in the cage following the fight. When Cormier was done, Volkanovski walked over to Ortega, grabbed him by the wrist and raised his arm.

It was a noble gesture, because Ortega performed like a champion and on most nights, against most men, he’d have left the cage with the belt.

Not on this night, though, and definitely not against this man.

Volkanovski’s first words on the microphone in the cage were to say he’s just a normal guy.

There was nothing, though, that was normal about what Volkanovski did Saturday. And it required that kind of effort to steal the headlines from Diaz.

Beck Bennett Leaves ‘SNL’ as Cast Veterans Set to Return, Three New Featured Players Join for Season 47

Beck Bennett, the versatile “Saturday Night Live” player who has won notice for his impressions of Russian President Vladimir Putin and former U.S. Vice President Mike Pence over eight seasons at the show, will leave the venerable NBC late-night series even as it welcomes back a number of senior cast members hey dude who hinted they might be ready to depart.

Kate McKinnon, Cecily Strong, Aidy Bryant, Pete Davidson, Colin Jost, Michael Che and Kenan Thompson will all return for the show’s 47th season, along with Mikey Day, Heidi Gardner, Alex Moffat, Kyle Mooney, Ego Nwodim, Chris Redd, and Melissa Villaseñor. Two featured players from last season, Chloe Fineman and Bowen Yang, have been promoted to be members of the regular cast, while another, Lauren Holt, will not return to the program. Andrew Dismukes and Punkie Johnson will return in their featured role. And the show will welcome three new featured players: Aristotle Athari, James Austin Johnson and Sarah Sherman.

The three new featured players hail from a broad range of projects. Sherman has been known for eyebrow-raising live shows that use costumes and special effects. Johnson has developed a reputation for impressions. And Athari was once part of the sketch-comedy group “Goatface.”

In decades past, “SNL” executive producer Lorne Michaels insisted that cast members make the program their primary focus. But last year, the rules began to change, and they will continue to do so this year. Some veteran members of the cast are likely to appear less frequently than usual, according to a person familiar with the program, and will have some leeway to pursue projects outside the show.hoka shoes The large cast should give “SNL” a chance to fill absences with contributions from some of the show’s up and coming staff.

“Thank you for 8 years of remarkable people and incredible experiences that completely changed my life,” Bennett posted via Instagram. “I had so much fun.”

“SNL” demonstrated some of its new elasticity last season, when both Strong and Bryant were able to commit to outside projects like Apple’s “Schmigadoon” and Hulu’s “Shrill” while missing multiple episodes of “SNL.” Michaels has also worked to find ways for Kenan Thompson and Chris Redd to take part in the NBC sitcom “Kenan” without missing much of “Saturday Night Live.” It helps that all of these series are produced under the auspices of Michaels’ own Broadway Video.

But the show also set off swirls of speculation about the state of its cast during last season’s finale. McKinnon, Bryant, Thompson and Strong appeared in a segment in which they discussed the challenges of producing the show during the pandemic and the 2020 election, and some of their on-camera emotion spurred conjecture they may have been hinting at a farewell. Davidson did the same with a “Weekend Update” segment that nodded to how being on the program had helped him mature. Strong added to the feeling with a show-stopping turn as Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro singing “My Way” in a giant wine box.

As more TV viewers migrate to streaming services to watch their favorite scripted dramas and comedies on demand, “SNL” has taken on new importance for NBC. Once relegated to airing after the late local news in a time slot network executives didn’t consider paramount, hey dude shoes the program now runs live across the U.S. all at once, meaning that it runs in primetime in certain parts of the country. The show in the 2020-2021 season was the most-watched entertainment program on TV among viewers between 18 and 49, the demographic most preferred by advertisers.

The value of “SNL” has increased steadily in recent years. A 30-second spot on “SNL” this season and last cost around $180,000, according to Standard Media Index, a tracker of ad spending. The average cost of a 30-second perch in the show’s 2015-2016 season totaled around $89,500. NBC generated approximately $123 million in ad revenue off the program in 2020, according to ad-tracker Kantar, compared with $114.7 million in 2019. Top sponsors in recent years have included Apple, AbbVie, Progressive, T-Mobile and Discover.

Frequent movie cop Denzel Washington talks policing in America: ‘I have the utmost respect for what they do’

The dark new thriller The Little Things marks the 13th time the 66-year-old Oscar winner plays a law-enforcer during his illustrious career, most of them clean (The Bone Collector, Out of Time) but a few occasionally dirty (Training Day). In The Little Things, Washington plays a disgraced Los Angeles County Sheriff’s detective who finds a chance at redemption when he believes a serial killer he once chased is on another murder spree.

And while policing in America has been under heavy scrutiny in the wake of multiple high-profile officer-involved killings, Black Lives Matter protests and calls to “defund the police” — a discourse that has extended into entertainment steve madden shoes with the cancellations of shows like Cops and Live PD — Washington makes it clear where he stands on the issue.

“I have the utmost respect for what they do, for what our soldiers do, [people] that sacrifice their lives,” Washington tells Yahoo Entertainment during a recent interview (watch above). “I just don’t care for people who put those kind of people down. If it weren’t for them, we would not have the freedom to complain about what they do.”

Washington, who has also played military servicemen or veterans more than a half-dozen times (Glory, Crimson Tide, Courage Under Fire, et al.), notes his next project will be directing a film (Journal for Jordan, starring Michael B. Jordan) about a soldier who “makes the ultimate sacrifice.”

Denzel Washington in 'The Little Things' (Warner Bros.)
Denzel Washington in The Little Things.

The revered performer, who has also portrayed revolutionaries Steve Biko and Malcolm X, traced his appreciation for members of law enforcement back to a ride-along while preparing to play a cop-turned-district attorney in the 1991 thriller Ricochet.

“I went out on call with a sergeant,” he recalls. “We got a call of a man outside his house with a rifle that was distraught. We pulled up and did a U-turn past the house and came up short of the house. He told me to sit in the car, which I was gonna do. I wasn’t getting out.dr martens boots He got out. As he got out, another car came screaming up and two young people jumped out screaming. As it turned out, it was their grandfather. This policeman defused the entire situation by just remaining calm.

“But it showed me in an instant how they can lose their life. … He didn’t overreact. He could’ve pulled his gun out and shot the people that came up driving real fast. He could’ve shot the old man that was distraught and a bit confused, I think he was suffering a little bit from dementia. But in an instant it taught me, and I never forgot it, what our law enforcement people have to deal with moment to moment, second to second.”

Will Smith explains why he disagrees with ‘defund the police’ sentiment

Along with Denzel Washington, Will Smith is one of the most famous movie cops in Hollywood thanks to his blockbuster Bad Boys franchise. In a wide-ranging new interview with GQ, the star of the upcoming Oscar hopeful King Richard touches on the complicated subject of real-world policing. Specifically, Smith addresses the “Defund the police” movement that gained traction after the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody in May 2020, four months after the third Bad Boys installment, Bad Boys for Life, racked up $200 million at the U.S. box office. And much like Washington — who recently told Yahoo Entertainment that he nike store has the “utmost respect” for real-life cops — Smith sounds a more cautious note about the movement’s goals.

“I would love if we would just say ‘Defund the bad police,'” he remarks, likening it to the conflicting messaging over critical race theory. “It’s almost like I want, as Black Americans, for us to change our marketing for the new position we’re in. So ‘critical race theory,’ just call it ‘truth theory.’ The pendulum is swinging in our direction beautifully.”

“This is a difficult area to discuss, but I feel like the simplicity of Black Lives Matter was perfect,” Smith continues. “Anybody who tries to debate Black Lives Matter looks ridiculous. So when I talk about the marketing of our ideas, Black Lives Matter was perfection. From a standpoint of getting it done, Black Lives Matter gets it done. ‘Defund the police’ doesn’t get it done, no matter how good the ideas are. I’m not saying we shouldn’t defund the police. I’m saying, just don’t say that, because then people who would help you won’t.”

Smith and Martin Lawrence reprise their roles as Florida super-cops in Bad Boys for Life (Photo: Ben Rothstein / © Columbia Pictures / courtesy Everett Collection)
Smith and Martin Lawrence reprise their roles as Florida super-cops in Bad Boys for Life 

Amid the Black Lives Matter protests last summer, Smith spoke up about his own interactions with police officers as a young man in Philadelphia, indicating that he was called the “N” word on multiple occasions. “I got stopped frequently,” he remarked on the podcast, On 1 With Angela Rye. “So I understand what it’s like to be in those circumstances with the police.”

Speaking with GQ, Smith explains that for much of his career he placed being an entertainer over being a spokesperson for any particular cause. “In the early part of my career….I wanted to be a superhero. So I wanted to depict Black excellence alongside my white counterparts. nike sneakers I wanted to play roles that you would give to Tom Cruise.” Now that he’s in his so-called “f***-it 50s,” though, he’s ready to incorporate politics into his art. That includes his upcoming Apple TV+ movie, Emancipation, which is based on the true story of “Whipped Peter,” an escaped slave and subject of a famous 19th century photo that captured the horrors of slavery in a single image.

Previously, Smith says he deliberately “avoided” appearing in movies about slavery — including Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, where he was offered the title role that eventually went to Jamie Foxx — but feels that Emancipation offers something different. “This was one that was about love and the power of Black love,” Smith says of the Antoine Fuqua directed movie. “And that was something that I could rock with. We were going to make a story about how Black love makes us invincible.”

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 06: Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith attend Paramount Pictures' Premiere of
Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith attend the 2019 premiere of Gemini Man in Hollywood, California 

Speaking of love, Smith’s GQ interview also touches on the rumors surrounding his marriage to Jada Pinkett Smith, which is addressed in the actor’s upcoming memoir, Will, due in bookstores in November. “Jada never believed in conventional marriage,” ecco shoes the actor says, tacitly confirming that he and Pinkett Smith have a non-traditional union. “We have given each other trust and freedom, with the belief that everybody has to find their own way. And marriage for us can’t be a prison. And I don’t suggest our road for anybody. But the experiences that the freedoms that we’ve given one another and the unconditional support, to me, is the highest definition of love.”

Recently reinstated Josh Gordon signing with Chiefs

With the offseason departure of Sammy Watkins, the Kansas Chiefs entered the season with questions about who would emerge as the team’s No. 2 wide receiver behind Tyreek Hill.

A familiar NFL name could end up being a surprise candidate. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Monday that Josh Gordon is signing with the Chiefs after being reinstated by the NFL from his latest substance-abuse suspension. asics shoes Gordon later confirmed Schefter’s report on Twitter.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that Gordon will initially join the Chiefs practice squad to work up to game speed after not playing in an NFL game since the 2019 season.

The NFL suspended Gordon in January after he reportedly broke the terms of a conditional reinstatement from a previous suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse and PED policy. He had previously been suspended by either the NFL or his team eight times during his football career.

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - AUGUST 29: Josh Gordon #10 of the New England Patriots during the preseason game between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on August 29, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Josh Gordon’s latest NFL chance arrives in Kansas City. 

Can Gordon produce in Kansas City?

Gordon last played for the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks in 2019 before the NFL banned him in December of that season. The Seahawks were interested in re-signing Gordon upon his reinstatement, but he’ll end up in Kansas City instead.

At his best, Gordon was one of the NFL’s most explosive weapons. In his second NFL season in 2013, Gordon tallied a league-best 95 catches for 1,646 yards along with nine touchdowns for the Cleveland Browns. But substance-abuse struggles tamped his availability and production. keen shoes Gordon’s missed several stints since 2014 while serving his suspensions including the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons. He’s not approached his 2013 production since.

He played 11 games during the 2019 season with the Patriots and Seahawks, tallying 27 catches for 426 yards and a touchdown in six games with New England and five with Seattle. The Seahawks signed Gordon that season after a midseason waiver by the Patriots.

With Mecole Hardman and Demarcus Robinson failing to establish themselves as clear-cut No. 2 options on the wide receiver depth chart, Gordon, 30, will find opportunity in the Patrick Mahomes-led offense. But his history since breaking out with the Browns repeatedly suggests that expectations around his performance should be curbed.

Manhunt for Brian Laundrie in Florida wetlands scaled back; FBI collects items for ‘DNA matching’

The manhunt for Brian Laundrie in a Florida nature reserve will be scaled back this week, days after a county coroner said Laundrie’s fiancee, Gabby Petito, died by homicide.

The FBI is now leading the search that will be “targeted based on intelligence,” North Port Police spokesperson Josh Taylor said Monday.

More than 75 law enforcement personnel from 16 agencies nike sneakers joined the search last week in the 24,000-acre Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County after the FBI issued a federal arrest warrant over events after Petito’s death. Authorities used a diver unit, dogs, drones and ATV vehicles to search the wetlands.

“I don’t think you’re going to see those large-scale types of efforts this week,” Taylor told USA TODAY. “Hopefully, water will lower in areas hard to currently access.”

The park includes thousands of acres of swampy, subtropical terrain and wildlife including alligators, snakes, bobcats and coyotes. There’s more than 100 miles of hiking, biking and horseback riding trails, along with camping areas and rivers.

On Sunday, FBI agents visited Laundrie’s home and asked his parents for some of their son’s personal items to help with “DNA matching,” the family’s lawyer told NBC News and Fox News. The lawyer did not immediately confirm the visit to USA TODAY. The FBI field office in Denver, which is leading the investigation, would not comment on the case.

Laundrie was last seen nearly two weeks ago when he told his parents he was going hiking in Carlton Reserve after returning home on Sept. 1 without Petito from a cross-country trip to national parks.

‘She touched the world’: Family, friends pay tribute to Gabby Petito at New York funeral

The couple’s trip, which was documented on social media as a romantic adventure, began in July and was set to end in Oregon next month. After Laundrie returned home alone, investigators say he refused to share crucial information with them.

Petito’s body was then found at a campground near Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park. Laundrie is considered a person of interest in Petito’s homicide but has not been charged.

Laundrie has been indicted on charges of unauthorized use of a Capital One debit card and several accounts involving more than $1,000, nike store according to documents released Thursday by the U.S. District of Wyoming. The indictment also charges Laundrie with unauthorized access of a device and says he used the bank accounts without permission from about Aug. 30 through Sept. 1.

‘Missing White Woman Syndrome’: Indigenous people left to wonder how to ‘qualify’ for same attention as Gabby Petito

This Aug. 12, 2021, photo from video provided by The Moab Police Department shows Brian Laundrie talking to a police officer after police pulled over the van he was traveling in with his girlfriend, Gabrielle "Gabby" Petito, near the entrance to Arches National Park.
This Aug. 12, 2021, photo from video provided by The Moab Police Department shows Brian Laundrie talking to a police officer after police pulled over the van he was traveling in with his girlfriend, Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito, near the entrance to Arches National Park.

Meanwhile, TV personality Duane Lee Chapman, also known as “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” joined the search and promised to find Laundrie before his 24th birthday on Nov. 18. A law firm has offered a $20,000 reward for information that leads directly to Laundrie.

John Walsh, a victims’ advocate and the former host of the TV show “America’s Most Wanted,” is also searching for Laundrie and soliciting tips from the public.

As investigators searched for Laundrie, mourners gathered Sunday in New York to celebrate Petito’s life.asics shoes Her funeral was in Holbrook, New York, near the Bayport-Blue Point community where Petito grew up.

Petito’s father, Joseph, told the crowd at the funeral home that the day was about remembering his daughter, not the sadness of her death, NBC New York reported.

“When you leave here today, be inspired by what she brought to the table, because the entire planet knows this woman’s name now. And she’s inspired a lot of women and a lot of men to do what’s best for them first,” he said. “I couldn’t be more proud as a father.”

Wife Films as Husband, Friend Are Swept to Sea After Cliff-Diving Goes Wrong


A Russian fitness coach’s rescue attempt of a friend trapped in churning Mediterranean waters turned deadly after both were swept out to sea—as the entire tragedy unfolded on video, captured by the coach’s distressed wife.

The horrifying footage subsequently went viral on Russian social media, even as the coach’s family has been scrambling to secure permission to travel to Spain for his cremation.

On Sept. 23, Daniil Gagarin, 30, traveled to a stretch dr martens boots of jagged cliffs known as La Zorra cove along the Costa Blanca with his wife, Darya Gagarina, and a woman they were friendly with, Finnish fitness instructor Emma Mönkkönen.

The video that Gagarina, 24, shot had been meant to capture the group’s cliff-diving feats. Instead, it became a terrifying chronicle of Gagarin and Mönkkönen’s final moments.

In it, the 24-year-old Mönkkönen can be seen launching herself off a cliffside into the rough sea below. Her attempt to clamber out of the water is interrupted by a monster wave, which rips her off the rocks.

Gagarina, holding the camera, swears multiple times in Russian. Gagarin reassures her that he’ll rescue Mönkkönen. He jumps into the ocean and struggles over to the Finn, somehow managing to propel both of them onto a rock as the waves crash around them.

At one point, Gagarina appears to climb down to the waterline, extending a hand and saying, “Danila, I’m coming!” and “Hold on to her!”

The rescue attempt goes sour quickly. The waves rise, and in the footage Darya can be heard pulling back and screaming in Russian, “A huge wave is coming… Fuck! Hold her!”

When the wave recedes, pulling Gagarin and Mönkkönen from view, Darya shrieks out, crying, “Danny! Fuck! Danila, no!”

Mönkkönen’s body was pulled out of the water nearly two miles away. Gagarin’s was recovered the following day by a search-and-rescue team.

The shocking footage began circulating widely across the messaging app Telegram on Monday.

Gagarin and his wife had moved to Spain three years ago from Odintsovo, a suburb of Moscow. They both worked as fitness trainers in the city of Torrevieja.

Mönkkönen, according to her social media profiles, came to the Alicante province of Spain from Helsinki. steve madden shoes She taught yoga and aquagym, and senior fitness classes her company called “granny exercise.”

Before Mönkkönen’s fatal leap, a male figure, likely Gagarin, can be seen in Gagarina’s video, performing a similar stunt. He makes it successfully out of the water, to whoops and cheers from those watching from the rocks.

Cliff-diving was a regular habit of his, according to friends. “Danya jumped from that cliff every summer like a man possessed,” one named Artyom told the Russian tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda. “He took the risk, but he liked that adrenaline.”

A client of Gagarin’s also told KP that he would film his jumps and show them off to his trainees.

“Danila was a professional sportsman, and his wife Dasha as well,” Elena Gagarina, Gagarin’s mother and an artist, told Russian news station REN TV. “They are both fitness trainers, so they were always testing their strength and capabilities.”

Elena went on to say that the family was trying to secure emergency visas to get to Spain before her son’s cremation, planned for the last day of September. Some of the ashes will be scattered at sea; the rest will be split between ecco shoes Gagarina and the family, who will take their portion back to Russia.

“Danila was a man of the sea,” Gagarin’s mother said in the interview.

Complicating that plan has been the worry that the family’s vaccinations, likely the Russian-made Sputnik V, will be rejected by Spanish authorities.

“Our vaccines aren’t accepted there,” Elena told the Russian tabloid Moskovsky Komsomolets, without naming which kind she had received. “We’re like outcasts.”

Darya Gagarina did not respond to a request for comment late Monday. An hour before the Sept. 23 tragedy, local outlets reported, she posted to Instagram, writing, “The wind is strong, the waves are strong, it’s time to jump.”

Brian Laundrie’s family called the police after Dog the Bounty Hunter showed up on their property

Dog the Bounty Hunter stands in front of a brick wall
Dog the Bounty Hunter in 2019. 
  • Brian Laundrie’s parents called the police on Dog the Bounty Hunter over the weekend.
  • He has joined the search to find Laundrie and showed up at the family’s Florida home Saturday.
  • The North Port Police Department responded to a 911 call from the family on the matter, police said.
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Brian Laundrie’s parents called the police on Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman after he showed up at their Florida home over the weekend, police confirmed to Insider Monday.

The North Port Police Department responded to a 911 call from Laundrie’s family on Saturday. The family said Chapman was on the property of their North Port home, hey dude Josh Taylor, a spokesman for the police department, said.

The reality-TV star, who has joined the search to find Laundrie, the fiancé of Gabby Petito, was seen knocking on the door of the Laundrie family home on Saturday.

“We did not tell him to leave,” Taylor told Insider in reference to Chapman. “He left on his own.”

In an interview with Fox News on Monday, Chapman said “it’s a shame” that Laundrie’s family “wouldn’t speak with us.”

“The police said we were welcome to knock on the door so we did,” Chapman said. “I wanted to tell the Laundries that our goal is to find Brian and bring him in alive.”

Laundrie, 23, has been the subject of a massive search since his parents reported him missing to police on September 17 – just two days after he was named a person of interest in the disappearance of the 22-year-old Petito.

His parents told police that Laundrie went out for a hike at Sarasota County’s Carlton Reserve with only a backpack three days earlier and never returned to their North Port home.

Authorities have been searching the 25,000-acre nature preserve for more than a week for Laundrie. But Taylor told Insider on Monday that search efforts there would be “scaled back” this week.

Petito’s body was found at a remote campsite in Wyoming on September 19, and her death was later ruled a homicide, according to a coroner’s initial findings.

Last week, a federal court in Wyoming issued an arrest warrant for Laundrie in connection with the case.

Chapman said in a “Fox & Friends” interview hoka shoes on Monday that he had gotten more than 1,000 tips since he joined the search for Laundrie.

“We’re going through all those leads right now,” Chapman said. “I would say within 48 hours, we probably will have a location where we start the tracking at.”

Laundrie and Petito set out on a cross-country road trip from New York on July 2, and Laundrie returned to Florida on September 1 with the van the couple was traveling in but without Petito.

America’s Need to Pay Its Bills Has Spawned a Political Game

The U.S. Capitol in Washington on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. (Stefani Reynolds/The New York Times)
The U.S. Capitol in Washington on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021.

WASHINGTON — For nearly two decades, lawmakers in Washington have waged an escalating display of brinkmanship over the federal government’s ability to borrow money to pay its bills. They have forced administrations of both parties to take evasive actions, pushing the nation dangerously close to economic calamity. But they have never actually tipped the United States into default.

The dance is repeating this fall, but this time the dynamics are different — and the threat of default is greater than ever.

Republicans in Congress have refused to help raise the nation’s debt limit, even though the need to borrow stems from the bipartisan practice of running large budget deficits. Republicans agree the United States must pay its bills,brooks shoes  but on Monday they are expected to block a measure in the Senate that would enable the government to do so. Democrats, insistent that Republicans help pay for past decisions to boost spending and cut taxes, have so far refused to use a special process to raise the limit on their own.

Observers inside and outside Washington are worried neither side will budge in time, roiling financial markets and capsizing the economy’s nascent recovery from the pandemic downturn.

If the limit is not raised or suspended, officials at the Treasury Department warn, the government will soon exhaust its ability to borrow money, forcing officials to choose between missing payments on military salaries, Social Security benefits and the interest it owes to investors who have financed America’s spending spree.

Yet Republicans have threatened to filibuster any attempt by Senate Democrats to pass a simple bill to increase borrowing. Party leaders like Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky want to force Democrats to raise the limit on their own, through a fast-track congressional process that bypasses a Republican filibuster. That could take weeks to come to fruition, raising the stakes every day that Democratic leaders decline to pursue that option.

The problem is further compounded by the fact that no one is quite sure when the government will run out of money. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage the United States in waves, frequently disrupting economic activity and the taxes the government collects, complicating Treasury’s ability to gauge its cash flow. Estimates for what is known as the “X-date” range from as early as Oct. 15 to mid-November.

Amid that uncertainty, congressional leaders and President Joe Biden are not even attempting to negotiate a resolution. Instead, they are sparring over who should be saddled with a vote that could be used against them, raising the odds that partisan stubbornness will propel the country into a fiscal unknown.

It all adds up to an impasse rooted in political messaging, midterm campaign advertising and a desire by Republican leaders to do whatever they can to protest Biden’s economic agenda, including the $3.5 trillion spending bill that Democrats hope to pass along party lines using a fast-track budget process.

Republicans say they will not supply any votes to lift the debt cap, despite having run up trillions in new debt to pay for the 2017 tax cuts, clarks shoes uk additional government spending and pandemic aid during the Trump administration. Democrats, in contrast, helped President Donald Trump increase borrowing in 2017 and 2019.

“If they want to tax, borrow, and spend historic sums of money without our input,” McConnell said on the Senate floor this week, “they will have to raise the debt limit without our help.”

Thus far, Biden and Democratic leaders in Congress have declined to do so, even though employing that process would end the threat of default.

Jon Lieber, a former aide to McConnell who is now with the Eurasia Group, a political-risk consultancy in Washington, wrote in a warning to clients this week that there is a 1-in-5 chance the standoff will push the country into at least a technical debt default — forcing the government to choose between paying bondholders and honoring all its spending commitments — this fall.

“That’s crazy high for an event like this,” Lieber said in an interview, noting that the odds are significantly higher than in past standoffs. “But I feel really confident that’s the level of panic we should be having.”

Under President George W. Bush, Democrats, including Biden, voted in 2006 against a debt-limit increase, citing Bush’s budget deficits that were swollen by tax cuts and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. They did so despite warnings from administration officials that a default would hurt the nation’s credit rating and economy.

Biden, like many other Democrats, said he could not abet Bush’s fiscal decisions. But his party did not filibuster a vote and Republicans were able to pass a debt limit increase along party lines. White House officials say Biden’s vote was symbolic, noting that the ability of Republicans to raise the debt ceiling was never in question.

Leaders of both parties have, at times, made a version of the core argument in favor of raising the limit: that it is simply a way to allow the government to pay bills it has already incurred. Both parties also have shown no sign of slowing the nation’s borrowing spree, which accelerated last year as lawmakers approved trillions of dollars of aid for people and businesses struggling through the pandemic recession. Each party has recently occupied the White House and controlled Congress, but neither has come close in recent years to approving a budget that would balance — which is to say, not require additional borrowing and a debt-limit increase — within a decade.

Biden administration officials, former Treasury secretaries from both parties and business executives from around the country have all urged lawmakers to raise the borrowing limit as soon as possible.

“I think it’s scary for consumer confidence and for confidence in U.S. businesses and potential credit ratings if we don’t make sure that we raise that debt ceiling,” Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon, said on CNBC earlier this month.

Democrats say Republicans have a responsibility to help raise the limit, noting that they helped when Trump needed to do it. White House officials called McConnell’s position hypocritical.

“Republicans in hey dude shoes Congress have spent a decade ushering in a new era where the prospect of default and a global economic meltdown has become a dangerous political football,” Michael Gwin, a White House spokesperson, said in an email. “As we rebound from the deep recession caused by the pandemic, it’s more important now than ever to put partisanship aside, remove this cloud from over our economy, and responsibly address the debt limit — just like Democrats did three times under the previous administration.”

Lieber and other analysts worry party leaders are talking past each other. Experts suggest it would take a week or two for Democratic leaders to steer a debt limit increase through the fast-track budget process. That could leave the government vulnerable to a sudden crisis. On Friday, the independent Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington think tank, said the government could run out of cash to pay its bills by mid-October.

Lieber said he is worried about “the risk of miscalculation of both sides,” in part because this standoff is not the same as the ones under Obama. “The Republicans aren’t asking for anything,” he said. “So their position is, there’s nothing you can do to get us to vote for a debt ceiling increase. That’s a dangerous situation.”

Goldman Sachs researchers warned in a note to clients this month that the volatile nature of tax receipts this year, a product of the pandemic, makes the debt limit “riskier than usual” for the economy and markets. They said the standoff was at least as risky as in 2011, when brinkmanship disrupted bond yields and the stock market.

Other financial analysts continue to believe that, as they have in the past, the sides will eventually find an agreement — largely because of the consequences of failure.

“We believe Congress will raise or suspend the debt ceiling,” Beth Ann Bovino, S&P U.S. chief economist, wrote this week. “A default by the U.S. government would be substantially worse than the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008, devastating global markets and the economy.”

In the meantime, Republicans are awaiting a vote by Democrats to raise the limit. Sen. Rick Scott of Florida, who heads Republicans’ campaign arm in the Senate, told an NBC reporter he was eager to highlight Democratic support for raising the limit in midterm advertisements.

‘Stop the Steal’ Movement Races Forward, Ignoring Arizona Humiliation

A contractor working for Cyber Ninjas moves boxes containing vote tallies to a truck for storage during the company's audit of 2020 election results in Phoenix, Ariz., on May 14, 2021. (Courtney Pedroza/The New York Times)
A contractor working for Cyber Ninjas moves boxes containing vote tallies to a truck for storage during the company’s audit of 2020 election results in Phoenix, Ariz., on May 14, 2021.

After all the scurrying, searching, sifting, speculating, hand-counting and bamboo-hunting had ended, Republicans’ postmortem review of election results in Arizona’s largest county wound up only adding to President Joe Biden’s margin of victory there.

But for those who have tried to undermine confidence in U.S. elections and restrict voting, the actual findings of the Maricopa nike store County review that were released Friday did not appear to matter in the slightest. Former President Donald Trump and his loyalists redoubled their efforts to mount a full-scale relitigation of the 2020 election.

Any fleeting thought that the failure of the Arizona exercise to unearth some new trove of Trump votes or a smoking gun of election fraud might derail the so-called Stop the Steal movement dissipated abruptly. As draft copies of the report began to circulate late Thursday, Trump allies ignored the new tally, instead zeroing in on the report’s specious claims of malfeasance, inconsistencies and errors by election officials.

Significant parts of the right treated the completion of the Arizona review as a vindication — offering a fresh canard to justify an accelerated push for new voting limits and measures to give Republican state lawmakers greater control over elections. It also provided additional fuel for the older lie that is now central to Trump’s political identity: that the 2020 election was stolen from him.

“The leaked report conclusively shows there were enough fraudulent votes, mystery votes and fake votes to change the outcome of the election four or five times over,” Trump said in a statement Friday evening, one of seven he had issued about Arizona since late Thursday. “There is fraud and cheating in Arizona and it must be criminally investigated!”

For Trump, Republican candidates vying to appeal to voters in primary races and conservative activists agitating for election reviews in their own states, the 91-page document served as something of a choose-your-own-adventure guide. These leaders encouraged their supporters to avert their eyes from the conclusion that Biden had indeed won legitimately and to instead focus on fodder for a new set of conspiracy theories.

“Now that the audit of Maricopa is wrapping up, we need to Audit Pima County — the 2nd largest county in AZ,” Mark Finchem, a Republican candidate for secretary of state in Arizona who supported the effort in Maricopa, wrote on Twitter. “There are 35k votes in question from multiple sources & I want answers.”

Even Republicans who do not subscribe to false claims of election fraud are using investigations to justify more restrictive voting laws. In Michigan, state Sen. Ed McBroom, a Republican who leads his chamber’s elections committee keen shoes and wrote an unsparing report in July debunking an array of Trump-inspired fraud claims, said Friday that the discovery of potential avenues for election fraud — not evidence of fraud itself — was reason enough to pass new voting restrictions.

“Just like we found in Michigan, it’s good that we found that these vulnerabilities weren’t exploited to any important extent in this election,” McBroom said in an interview. “It doesn’t mean that somebody might not use them in the future.”

Cherry-picking from the report Friday, the former president and his allies cited a series of eye-popping statistics that, on first glance, appeared to bolster their case, trusting that their supporters either would not digest the document in full or would not trust the mainstream news outlets that laid out its complete contents.

Peter Navarro, a former adviser to Trump, falsely claimed on Twitter that the report had shown that 50,000 potentially illegal votes were cast in Maricopa County. That number was in fact the tally of ballots that the report — through questionable methodology — described as problematic in some way.

Liz Harrington, a spokesperson for Trump, pointed on Twitter to “23,000+ Phantom Voters.” This was apparently a reference to 23,344 mail-in ballots that Cyber Ninjas, the company assigned by Arizona Republicans to carry out the review, had claimed came from voters listed under prior addresses. (Such claims were quickly refuted by the Maricopa County elections board, which said that “this is legal under federal election law.”)

Proponents of the Arizona review seized on vague suggestions by the report’s authors that “canvassing,” or the common political campaign practice of knocking on doors, was needed. Without defining what sort of canvass they had in mind, many Republicans in Arizona and beyond made the word a new rallying cry in the hunt for election fraud.

“Canvass Maricopa,” Wendy Rogers, a Republican state senator in Arizona, wrote on Twitter.

The Arizona review, and similar partisan election investigations around the country, are one spear in a multipronged effort by Trump and his allies to dispute the outcome of the 2020 race and to overhaul future U.S. elections.

That push has alarmed Democrats, good-government groups and historians, who point to the ways that Trump undermined democratic norms while in office, including his fight to subvert last year’s election, an effort that culminated in the Capitol riot.

New evidence for their arguments emerged this week in the form of a memo unearthed in a new book by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa of The Washington Post. According to the memo, drafted by John Eastman, a Republican lawyer who worked with the Trump campaign, by refusing to accept the results, asics shoes Trump could help prompt a state legislature to send an alternative slate of electors to Congress.

The memo concluded that, with multiple slates to consider, former Vice President Mike Pence and allies in Congress could refuse to certify the states in question, which would nullify the election results and lead instead to a vote in the House of Representatives on the president, with each state delegation receiving one vote.

In 2020, Republicans held the advantage in state delegations, with 26, meaning that Trump would have successfully overturned the election in this scenario.

Now, as Trump continues to deny Biden’s legitimacy, Republicans around the country have embarked on a mission to upend the electoral process. They have sought to give Republican-controlled state legislatures more control over how U.S. elections are run; aggressively pushed to limit voting, passing more than 30 such laws in 18 states; and recruited candidates who have espoused election conspiracy theories to run for positions like secretary of state and county clerk.

Support for election reviews like Arizona’s has become a litmus test in Republican primary elections.

“Arizona must decertify!” former Gov. Eric Greitens of Missouri, who is in a crowded GOP primary for an open Senate seat in the state, wrote on Twitter on Friday. “We MUST have forensic audits across the country!”

Even candidates in states Trump won easily last year have echoed his calls to revisit the results.

“In states like OHIO where Trump won by massive margins, he probably actually won by even larger margins were it not for the Democrat cheating,” Josh Mandel, a Republican running for Senate in Ohio, said on Twitter.

Democrats, voting rights advocates and moderate Republicans reacted to the Arizona election report’s release with a mix of resignation and fury, calling the endeavor a waste of time, money and attention. But some darkly expressed an understanding that the flow of lies about the 2020 election would not ebb.

Katie Hobbs, who as the Democratic secretary of state in Arizona pushed back forcefully on the review, wrote in a fundraising appeal that “I wish I could tell you that I’m excited to put all this to rest, but I’m not naive.” Hobbs, who is running for governor in 2022, added, “I know far-right Republicans and conspiracy theorists will continue to come after me regardless of the results.”

In some states where Republicans control the levers of government, the effort to undermine confidence in elections has been incorporated into official policy.

Late Thursday, the Texas secretary of state’s office announced that it would review results from four large counties, three won by Biden and one carried by Trump. Pennsylvania legislators have sought the personal information, including driver’s license numbers, of roughly 7 million voters as part of a sprawling Republican review. And in Wisconsin, the Republican speaker of the state Assembly tapped a conservative former state Supreme Court justice to conduct an election investigation — days after Trump threatened the state’s GOP leaders with consequences if they did not take action.

None of it has been enough to satisfy Trump or his most fervent supporters.

In Wisconsin, a right-wing group called Rise Up, led by David A. Clarke Jr., a former Milwaukee County sheriff known for spreading conspiracy theories and wearing audacious cowboy hats, has for months applied public pressure on Republican lawmakers to carry out an Arizona-style review of the state’s 2020 results.

But on Friday morning, after news of the Arizona report had circulated for hours, the group sent supporters a warning: “Arizona is either going to support our efforts in Wisconsin,” it wrote, “or it will cause us to be a dog with our tail between our legs and run for the hills!”