Michael Avenatti, lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels, was arrested for “suspicion of domestic violence” Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. “We can confirm that today LAPD Detectives arrested Michael Avenatti on suspicion of domestic violence,” the police department wrote in a tweet. “This is an ongoing investigation and we will provide more details as they become available.” NBC News reported officers responded to an incident involving Avenatti, who was “detained in the process of taking an incident report.” He is reportedly expected to be booked into a jail Wednesday evening. TMZ reported earlier that Avenatti was arrested after his “estranged wife” filed a domestic violence report. However, lawyers for Lisa Storie-Avenatti told BuzzFeed News she was “not subject to any such incident” and she had “never known Michael to be physically violent toward anyone.” Avenatti has gained fame since representing Daniels, who claims to have had an affair with President Trump. He also floated a possible 2020 presidential run.
Authorities released the names of about 100 people who are still missing in the aftermath of the deadly Northern California wildfire, the Associated Press reports. Many people on the list are reportedly in their 80s and 90s, and additional search crews have been deployed to comb through scorched areas that the “Camp Fire” destroyed. “We want to be able to cover as much ground as quickly as we possibly can,” Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea reportedly said. “This is a very difficult task.” The AP reports that family members and concerned friends have taken to shelter message boards in attempts to find their loved ones, and some communities have started to compile their own lists of missing persons. The state’s deadliest wildfire has taken at least 48 lives thus far. Another three people were killed in Southern California’s wildfires. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke reportedly canceled his trip to Asia and plans to visit California’s fire zones on Wednesday and Thursday.
Facebook reportedly used a Republican opposition-research firm and its connections to a Jewish civil-rights group to link the anti-Facebook movement to prominent liberal donor George Soros and claim that some criticism against the tech giant was anti-Semitic, The New York Times reports. Facing negative press, Facebook reportedly expanded its use of Definers Public Affairs, a firm founded by “veterans of Republican presidential politics,” to bash Facebook’s competitors and link Soros to anti-Facebook activists. A research document reportedly circulated by the firm this summer claimed Soros was an “unacknowledged force” behind the widespread condemnation of Facebook. A news site called NTK Network, an affiliate of Definers, also reportedly published articles that bashed Google and Apple for “unsavory business practices.” The Times reports that while NTK Network did not obtain large audiences, its content is often picked up by conservative sites like Breitbart.
After one protest sign depicted CEO Mark Zuckerberg as an octopus encompassing the globe, a Facebook official also reportedly called on the Anti-Defamation League to flag the sign as anti-semitic. “Depicting Jews as an octopus encircling the globe is a classic anti-Semitic trope,” the organization wrote in a tweet that afternoon. “Protest Facebook—or anyone—all you want, but pick a different image.” Conservative outlets like the Washington Free Beacon reportedly echoed the ADL’s sentiments, which had also sought to link the anti-Facebook movement to “extreme anti-Israel groups.”
President Donald Trump made the false claim that ID is needed to buy cereal when asked about voter ID laws in an interview with The Daily Caller. “If you buy a box of cereal—you have a voter ID,” the president said. “They try to shame everybody by calling them racist, or calling them something, anything they can think of, when you say you want voter ID. But voter ID is a very important thing.” Trump told the website voter ID is essential, insisting that Republicans aren’t winning because of “potentially illegal votes.” He claimed, with zero evidence, that people have been changing clothes in order to vote multiple times. “When people get in line that have absolutely no right to vote and they go around in circles,” Trump said. “Sometimes they go to their car, put on a different hat, put on a different shirt, come in and vote again. Nobody takes anything. It’s really a disgrace what’s going on.” In the interview, Trump also called for Florida’s Broward County Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes to be fired after the states’ gubernatorial and Senate elections were sent to a recount. The president also suggested sinister motives behind vote-counting issues in Broward County. “When they call this woman incompetent, they’re wrong,” Trump said of Snipes. “She’s very competent but in a bad way.”
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Radio host Randy Credico was providing former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone with “regular updates” about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s plans to release hacked emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign, text messages obtained by NBC News show. On Aug. 27, 2016, Credico reportedly texted Stone, “Julian Assange has kryptonite on Hillary.” On Oct. 3, Credico texted, “I think it’s on for tomorrow.” On the same day, Stone tweeted he had “total confidence that Wikileaks... will educate the American people soon #LockHerUp.” On Oct. 4, Assange announced he would publish emails related to the 2016 campaign. Special counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly probing Stone to determine whether he had advance knowledge of WikiLeaks releasing Clinton’s campaign chairman’s hacked emails before the 2016 election. Mueller is also reportedly investigating whether Stone tried to “intimidate and discredit” Credico. Stone told NBC News the content of the text messages vindicated him and proved Credico was his backchannel to WikiLeaks. “If Randy said anything different to the grand jury, he perjured himself under oath,” he said.
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British Prime Minister Theresa May emerged from a five-hour meeting with lawmakers Wednesday to announce that her cabinet has reached an agreement on a draft Brexit deal with the European Union. “This is a decisive step which allows us to move on and finalize the deal in the days ahead,” May said. The prime minister has faced opposition from lawmakers on both sides of the Brexit debate while negotiating an agreement that pro-Brexit cabinet members have criticized for leaving the U.K. too closely aligned with the European Union. May still faces an uphill battle to get the British parliament to support the deal, as even some members from the Conservative party have said they will vote against it. The full draft Brexit deal was published online Wednesday.
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Hundreds of migrants in the caravan from Central America have already arrived at the Mexican border city of Tijuana, the Associated Press reports. Mexican officials are reportedly struggling to deal with a group of 357 migrants who arrived on nine buses on Tuesday, and another 398 that arrived Wednesday. Tijuana’s head of migrant services, Cesar Palencia Chavez, told the AP that they were already facing obstacles in accommodating the migrants because many of them wanted to stay in a single shelter, which was not possible due to shelter size and constraints.
It is reportedly unclear how Tijuana authorities will handle the estimated 7,000 to 10,000 other migrants that are headed to the border, fleeing “poverty, gang violence and political instability” in Central America. The main bulk of the caravan is reportedly about 1,100 miles away from the U.S. border but is said to be “moving hundreds of miles per day.” The U.S. reportedly said it would start work to “harden” the Tijuana border crossing on Tuesday ahead of the arrival of many migrants. Josue Vargas, a migrant who spent over a month on the road before arriving in Tijuana, said, “Mexico has been excellent.” The “United States remains to be seen,” he added.