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Kamala’s Fake Lover: Jacob Wohl Told Me It Was for a Spike TV Show

Kamala’s Fake Lover: Jacob Wohl Told Me It Was for a Spike TV ShowInept conservative operatives Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman held another bizarre press conference in Burkman’s driveway on Wednesday, this time to smear Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) with obviously fake allegations of an extramarital affair. And like past efforts to manufacture sexual claims against Trump foes—from Robert Mueller, to Pete Buttigieg, to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)—the Harris charade fell apart quickly. The pair’s bogus accuser—26-year-old Sean Newaldass—told The Daily Beast on Friday that he had no idea the event in which he alleged that he was in a romantic dalliance with the Senate was real. That’s because Newaldass had met Wohl and Burkman by replying to an ad posted on Craigslist seeking a “male actor” for “performance art.” When he showed up at Burkman’s Virginia home and delivered his lines alleging an affair, Newaldass was under the belief that the press conference was actually an audition for a Spike TV show. He said he had no idea that Harris was a politician. Indeed, he assumed she was a fictional person. “I thought I was acting for a role in a movie, like a role in a TV series,” Newaldass said. “I thought everything was staged, I’m thinking everyone is an actor.” Jacob Wohl Faked Death Threats Against HimselfNewaldass insists that he believed that everyone at the event, from Wohl and Burkman, to the reporters asking questions, and a heckler dressed as a corncob, were all actors. Wohl promised Newaldass $ 500 to appear at the event—money that Newaldass said he still has yet to receive.“I’m thinking this is going to be like The Office,” Newaldass said. “The Office has super dry humor.”Newaldass’s allegations are shocking even by Wohl and Burkman’s standards. The duo are known for hamfisted attempts to manufacture smears against political figures and for roping unwitting participants into their schemes. But they have never concocted a fake TV show in order to execute their plans before. As Newaldass realized Wednesday afternoon that the event was real, and that he was being treated as an outright liar on social media, he said he became afraid to leave his home.“To me, it was the most hurt I’ve ever received from anything in the world,” Newaldass said.Asked over Instagram direct message whether he had tricked Newaldass, Wohl responded with only a laughing-crying emoji. Burkman, a lawyer and lobbyist whose membership in the D.C. Bar was recently suspended over unpaid dues, didn’t respond to a request for comment. Jacob Wohl’s Bogus Warren Accuser Exaggerated His Military Service RecordThis isn’t the first time one of Wohl and Burkman’s fake accusers has turned on them. Their Mueller accuser, Carolyne Cass, failed to show up at a much-hyped press conference and later said Wohl and Burkman had made up the claims. College student Hunter Kelly, whose name Burkman and Wohl used to accuse Buttigieg of sexual assault, turned on the pair even faster than Cass, sending out mocking tweets about their press conference announcing his claims as it happened. Their missteps don’t end there. Wohl is set to be arraigned on a felony charge for unlawful sale of securities later this month in California.Newaldass said he first entered Wohl’s orbit by replying to the Craigslist ad, which makes no mention of politics, Burkman and Wohl, or Harris. Shortly after responding, according to Newaldass, he was contacted by Burkman and Wohl. The phone number that Newaldass said Wohl used to contact him is the same as a number Wohl has used in the past to text and make phones call to a reporter at The Daily Beast. On Tuesday night, Wohl and Burkman got Newaldass an Uber to Burkman’s home in Rosslyn, Virginia. Newaldass said he was told the house belonged to Spike TV, a network that no longer exists after parent company Viacom changed the channel’s name to the Paramount Network in 2018. “I was told, ‘This is the audition for a TV show that’s going to be on Spike,’” Newaldass said. “And I can be a personal trainer on the show, right?” Newaldass said Burkman and Wohl showed him the statement he would read on Wednesday , but described it as a “script.” Newaldass found the claims in the statement bizarre, but considered that he had seen similarly strange things in other movies and TV shows.“It’s hard for me to hold my laughs back because I’m like, ‘This is funny,’” Newaldass said. “What kind of comedy is this?” Burkman and Wohl later emailed him the “script,” according to Newaldass, but not without their signature ineptness. Newaldass initially received a statement from the pair making a series of different sexual allegations against former Vice President Joe Biden—apparently because Wohl or Burkman mixed up their smears and attached the wrong file to the email. After he asked Wohl for clarification, they sent the Harris statement instead. Newaldass began to practice what he thought would be his lines.Newaldass arrived at Burkman’s house around noon Wednesday, a few hours before the press conference. He said two other people—a singer and a purported minister who would perform a blessing at the press conference—were just as nervous as he was, preparing their lines as though they were getting ready for a performance. It wasn’t clear to Newaldass whether the other two people were also actors or similarly oblivious to what was actually happening, but the “minister” later told The Daily Dot that he was not actually a reverend and appeared “confused” about the event.As hecklers and a handful of reporters gathered on Burkman’s sidewalk, inside, Burkman and Wohl encouraged Newaldass by talking up his future Hollywood career. Newaldass said Wohl claimed to be a “director,” and both men encouraged him to sign the statement making allegations against Harris—a signature they would later use as proof that he really believed the claims.“They’re encouraging me like, ‘Man, you’re going to be a star, you’re a lead actor,’” Wohl said. Newaldass’s press conference devolved into farce almost as soon as it began, with a mystery man delivering an apparently fake cease-and-desist notice that Burkman claimed was from Harris’ campaign and Wohl threatening to spray hecklers with a garden hose. Newaldass read the statement to the crowd, convinced, he said, that Harris was a fictional character. “I’m completely oblivious to who this person is,” Newaldass told The Daily Beast.While Newaldass was able to read from his statement, he became confused when asked to answer questions from the crowd, since he thought he needed to read lines. In an interview later with a Daily Dot reporter, Burkman and Wohl repeatedly cut in whenever the reporter asked Newaldass a question.Newaldass said he left the event with promises from Burkman and Wohl for future opportunities in Hollywood, and even the prospect of an entire TV series and potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars. Newaldass began to think about how a role on a hit TV show would enable him to provide for his family financially.“So that’s what really sucked me in, thinking, ‘Man, I can take care of everybody,’” Newaldass said.When he got home afterwards, though, Newaldass said he slowly began to realize he had been tricked. His Instagram page filled up with accusations that he was a liar. Newaldass began to doubt Wohl and Burkman’s claim that they were just filming a show for Spike TV, and he became afraid to go outside.“I was scared out of my mind,” Newaldass said.Newaldass felt that he had embarrassed his family, and worried about what his family and friends would think of him. “The people that actually pay attention to this stuff are really judging me,” Newaldass said. Newaldass insists that he had never heard of Harris before the press conference. And on that front, he isn’t alone—12 percent of respondents in a Morning Consult poll this month said they had never heard of the senator. After researching Harris, Newaldass said he’s now likely to vote for her presidential bid. Newaldass said the ruse especially stings because, like Harris, Newaldass is of mixed Indian and Caribbean ancestry. “That’s what’s hurtful, because I’m hurting my own ethnicity,” Newaldass said.  Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Iraq cleric Sadr demands government resign as deadly protests spike

Iraq cleric Sadr demands government resign as deadly protests spikeIraqi firebrand cleric Moqtada Sadr called on the government to resign as violence spiked Friday across the country and protesters clashed with police on the fourth day of deadly demonstrations against corruption and unemployment. The former Shiite militia leader, whose bloc is the biggest in parliament, said in a statement that in order to avoid further deaths “the government should resign and early elections should be held under UN supervision”. At least 60 people have died over four days of bloody protest across Iraq, the Iraqi Human Rights Commission said late Friday, without specifying how many were civilians or security forces.



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'Not good!' Donald Trump blames Russia for mysterious 'Skyfall' explosion, radiation spike

'Not good!' Donald Trump blames Russia for mysterious 'Skyfall' explosion, radiation spikeDonald Trump tweaked Russia over a mysterious explosion he said was tied to a nuclear-powered missile Moscow officials have described as a new weapon.



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Trump officials cite 'crisis' on border as arrests spike, but doubts surface on numbers

Trump officials cite 'crisis' on border as arrests spike, but doubts surface on numbersAbout three weeks after President Trump first declared a national emergency to unlock funds for his border wall, prompting a slew of lawsuits and a vote in Congress to block it, U.S. Customs and Border Protection released new border apprehension data that seemed, on its face, to be exactly what he needed. According to CBP, the number of people arrested for illegally crossing the border rose from 47,986 in January to 66,450 in February. “This is clearly both a border security and humanitarian crisis,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said at a press conference announcing the newest numbers Tuesday.



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Southwest apologizes to travelers for spike in cancellations and delays, blames union

Southwest apologizes to travelers for spike in cancellations and delays, blames unionSouthwest Chief Operating Officer Mike Van de Ven apologized to travelers and said the union that represents its mechanics has a "history of work disruptions.''



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Spike in illegal Channel crossings 'concerning': UK minister

Spike in illegal Channel crossings 'concerning': UK ministerBritain’s Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes said Thursday that a spike in migrants crossing the Channel by boat was “deeply concerning”, after dozens of people were rescued overnight. British border officials found 23 Iranians in three locations in Kent on England’s southeast coast early Thursday, hours after French maritime authorities intercepted 11 migrants in a small boat near Sangatte. Nine Iranians, including three children, were the first to be found early Thursday on a beach near the Kent port town of Folkstone, after sailing from northern France in a 13-foot (four-metre) inflatable boat.



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Prevention key to dealing with spike in suicide rate

Prevention key to dealing with spike in suicide rateThe recent deaths of fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain have cast a spotlight on a jarring spike in suicides worldwide and on the importance of confronting the issue. More than 800,000 commit suicide annually around the world and suicide is listed as the second highest cause of death among people between the ages of 15 and 29, according to the World Health Organization. “It is difficult to explain, but this may be due in part to the opioid epidemic and economic factors that may have a stronger impact in the US than other developed countries because we do not have as comprehensive a protective health and social safety net as most European countries,” said David Brent, a psychiatry professor at the University of Pittsburgh.



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US interest in concealed carry permit training jumps 100 per cent after Parkland: ‘We’ve never seen a spike this big before’

US interest in concealed carry permit training jumps 100 per cent after Parkland: ‘We’ve never seen a spike this big before’The number of Americans interested in obtaining concealed carry permits to secretly bear arms in public has jumped dramatically since the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February – with some states having seen as much as a 250 per cent increase in training requests for this type of permit. In the 50 days since the Parkland, Florida shooting, companies and networks of firearm instructors that provide training for the permits in dozens of states have seen enquiries spike. One company said it had even received more requests for training than after the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.



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Unusual spike in whale deaths in Canada, US sparks probe

Unusual spike in whale deaths in Canada, US sparks probeEndangered right whales are dying at unusually high rates in the Atlantic Ocean off Canada and the northern United States, sparking an investigation by authorities in both countries, officials said Friday. Thirteen of the massive, bus-sized marine mammals have been found dead this year, a large number considering the entire population numbers just 450-500, said experts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). David Gouveia, protected Species Monitoring Program branch chief at NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Region, described the deaths as “significant” and said an immediate response is needed.



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Tensions spike in Kenya as opposition claims election results manipulated in 'hacking attack'

Tensions spike in Kenya as opposition claims election results manipulated in 'hacking attack'A bitterly divisive presidential election in Kenya descended into chaos on Wednesday after the opposition leader claimed that a government-sanctioned hacking attack had subverted the results to rob him of victory. Police shot dead three protesters as violent clashes in the capital and elsewhere raised fears that the country could again be pitched into electoral violence after Raila Odinga accused Uhuru Kenyatta, the president, of resorting to “massive” fraud to secure re-election. Mr Kenyatta, seeking a second and final five-year term, was on course for a convincing victory. With nearly all the votes tallied, the president had secured 54.3 per cent of the vote against Mr Odinga’s 44.8, according to provisional results released by the electoral commission – a much wider margin of victory than opinion polls had suggested. Supporters of Kenyan Opposition leader Raila Odinga shout and gesture during a protest at Kondele on August 9, 2017 in Kisumu, Kenya Credit: AFP Although the election appeared to have been the best-run in decades, Mr Odinga was quick to reject the result, claiming there had been a reprise of the rigging that probably cost him victory ten years ago. “The electoral fraud and fabrication of results was massive,” he said. “It has always been common knowledge that Uhuru Kenyatta’s regime was a fraud. This takes Mr Kenyatta and [deputy president] William Ruto’s fraud … to another level.” As groups of Mr Odinga’s supporters gathered in the slums of the capital Nairobi and in his strongholds in western Kenya, some feared a return to the bloodshed that killed 1,300 people and forced 600,000 more following his defeat in 2007. Anti riot policemen deploy after protesters set tyres on fire in Mathare, Nairobi Credit: REUTERS Opposition supporters in Nairobi’s slums said they were awaiting an official declaration and further instructions from their candidate before taking action. Kalonzo Musyoka, Mr Odinga’s running mate, called on supporters to remain calm but he ominously hinted at the possibility of taking to the streets if the result was not overturned. “There may come a time we may have to call you to action,” he said. Fury over the result was palpable in Nairobi’s Kibera slum, one of Mr Odinga’s strongest bastions in the capital, where many said they were willing to face death if President Kenyatta’s victory was allowed to stand. “We are running out of patience,” said Jane Aoko, a teacher who had joined a growing gaggle of increasingly angry people gathered around a radio on one of the slum’s fetid alleys. “If you want peace you cannot keep making people angry. There can be no peace without justice.” Aftermath of protesters tear-gassed in Kenya 00:34 The tension in Kibera was mirrored in other city slums inhabited by tribes supporting Mr Odinga’s coalition, which largely represents ethnic groups that have never held power. Since independence from Britain in 1963, the presidency has always been held by either the Kikuyu or the Kalenjin, the two tribes that dominate Mr Kenyatta’s ruling party. Many in Kibera spoke of deep-held resentments caused by half a century of perceived disenfranchisement, with some saying that only an uprising would redress a system seen as designed to enrich two tribes at the expense of the other 40. Anti riot policemen deploy to disperse protesters in Mathare, in Nairobi Credit: REUTERS “We have been oppressed so much,” said Ayub Agutu, a Luo designer. “We are going to do a revolution once and for all to remove Uhuru Kenyatta.” But the president's fellow Kikuyus were angry that Mr Odinga, blamed by them for unleashing the bloodshed ten years ago, again appeared to be harnessing the street to challenge the outcome of the vote. "If he has a problem he should go to court," said Moses Mijere, a driver in Kibera, advocating a course Mr Odinga has said he would not pursue after his bid to overturn the last election in 2013 was rejected by judges.  Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga addresses a news conference Credit:  REUTERS Amid the rising passions, the electoral commission attempted to defuse tensions by delaying the announcement of a final result, promising to investigate Mr Odinga’s claims and inviting his agents to verify the results. According to the opposition, the electoral commission’s main database was hacked into and uploaded with an algorithm that added votes for Mr Kenyatta while taking them away from Mr Odinga. A Kenyan riot policeman fires a tear gas canister toward demonstrators supporting opposition leader Raila Odinga “[The Hackers] arrogantly walked into the database, took control of the entire electoral process, manipulated data and published a facade for a result,” Mr Odinga said. The opposition leader refused to divulge how he had been able to expose the alleged fraud, saying he had to “protect” his sources. 102-year-old woman votes in Kenya election 01:29 Mr Kenyatta has yet to comment on the allegations, although the secretary-general of his ruling Jubilee Party accused Mr Odinga of causing “unnecessary drama”. There is as yet no evidence to support Mr Odinga’s claims and foreign observers will not give their verdict until an official result is announced. The murder late last month of the electoral official in charge of the electronic transmission of results — the very element the opposition says was manipulated — will also raise suspicions. Mr Odinga alleged that the password of the dead man, Chris Msando, was used by the hackers to access the commission’s chief server.



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