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Mrs. Doubtfire Child Star Lisa Jakub Recalls How Robin Williams Helped Her Through Depression

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Before actress Lisa Jakub retired from Hollywood, she made a name for herself starring in Mrs. Doubtfire, playing the teenage daughter of Robin Williams‘ iconic character.

In a recent interview with Yahoo Entertainment, the 42-year-old opened up about Williams — who died in 2014 — and the kindness he showed her while growing up, specifically in dealing with her mental health struggles.

Jakub described a moment while filming Mrs. Doubtfire when the late actor stood up for her when her high school told her not to come back because they weren’t equipped for her to do remote learning while on set. Williams wrote a letter vouching for her work ethic, asking them to reconsider.

Although Jakub was ultimately still kicked out of the school, she told the outlet that “it’s just the fact that he would do that for someone, that he would go out of his way,” noting that she doesn’t know if Williams ever knew how much it meant to her.

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But what really stuck with Jakub was the way Williams helped her through her anxiety and depression, saying the advice he gave her “shifted” her life.

“Robin was everything that you would hope he would be, and he was very open and honest with me about his issues with anxiety and depression,” Jakub said. “I was able to share with him that anxiety was something that I struggled with, and he would talk to me about mental health issues in a way that 14-year-olds aren’t usually used to adults being really open about those sorts of personal experiences with them.”

She added that Williams also warned her about addiction and substance abuse, which he struggled with, a conversation she says was important to have as a child star. Ultimately after a few other roles, including Independence Day, Jakub decided to step back from her acting career after it took a toll on her mental health.

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Now, she’s teaching workshops for mental wellness to help others cope with anxiety and depression. “I feel like that is one of the ways I’m kind of paying forward some of the things that Robin taught me by being so open,” she said.

Williams died by suicide on Aug. 11, 2014, at age 63 after suffering from Lewy Body Dementia, a type of brain disease that affects thinking, memory, and movement control.

“None of us really know what fights Robin was battling, but I know his struggles were not uncommon,” said Jakub in a letter she wrote about the actor on her blog. “It’s estimated that 16 million people in the US have struggled with depression – and I include myself in that statistic. It’s real and it’s not shameful and there is help available.”

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text “STRENGTH” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

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Joe Biden greeted in Minnesota with ‘FJB’ and ‘You Suck’ signs

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So much for “Minnesota nice.”

President Joe Biden received an ugly welcome in the Land of 10,000 Lakes Tuesday when his motorcade passed dozens of protesters who held vulgar signs dissing the commander-in-chief.

Some of the demonstrators waved campaign flags for former President Donald Trump.

One sign said “FJB” in an apparent abbreviation of “F–k Joe Biden.”

“A less coded version just outright said ‘F–k you Biden’ with the U in the F word cleverly drawn to look like a middle finger,” reported White House pool correspondent Todd Gillman of the Dallas Morning News.

“A real middle finger attached to a somewhat rough looking middle age man with a beard was upraised as motorcade passed,” Gillman added.

The pool reporter also noted that other signs displayed various messages including “You Suck,” “High Gas – C’mon man,” and “Trump still president.”

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz welcoming Biden to Minnesota on November 30, 2021.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz welcomed President Biden to Minnesota on Nov. 30, 2021.
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At least one person wore a shirt reading “Let’s Go Brandon” — a slogan used as a bowdlerized stand-in for “F— Joe Biden.” The same message appeared on signs and at least one large flag.

The large protest followed similar displays during recent Biden trips to other states he won in last year’s presidential election — including Connecticut, New Jersey and Massachusetts.

The president’s approval ratings have slumped amid a series of setbacks including the highest inflation in 31 years and a resurgence of COVID-19 cases.

Last week, a Nantucket man flipped Biden’s motorcade the bird on Thanksgiving. And at least one house near Biden’s vacation home on the Massachusetts island had a “Let’s Go Brandon” banner hanging in public view.

In September, North Jersey residents heckled Biden and also gave his motorcade middle fingers. “Resign, you tyrant!” one man shouted as Biden toured a storm-damaged neighborhood.

And last month, Biden told a child on a Connecticut playground that “I like kids better than people” — as a crowd nearby bellowed “F–k Joe Biden!”

Biden touring the Dakota County Technical College, in Rosemount, Minnesota on November 30, 2021.
Biden touring the Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount, Minnesota.
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In Minnesota, a wide range of issues were raised by anti-Biden protesters.

One protester opposed to Biden’s nearly $2 trillion social spending plan held a sign that said “Build Back Broke,” while anti-COVID-19 vaccine activists brandished a sign with a red slash mark through a hypodermic needle and the message “STOP THE EXPERIMENT NOW!”

Gillman reported that there was a smattering of support for Biden along the road as well.

One person held a sign that said “Let’s Go Joe” and another said “Welcome to Rosemount.”

Biden made the trip to promote his recently signed $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill.

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The Guy Who Knows Where All of Trump’s Bodies Are Buried Is Cooperating With the January 6 Committee

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As he’s made abundantly clear through lawsuits, legal posturing, and unhinged statements on the matter, Donald Trump very much does not want the House select committee investigating January 6 to know what he was doing before, during, and after the Capitol was attacked by his bloodthirsty supporters. Why is this? We won’t claim to understand what’s going on inside the moldy pile of meatloaf that is the ex-president’s head, but we will note that if he thought the behind-the-scenes details made him look better—like if he could say that he was giving orphans a tour of the East Wing when he was first alerted to the violence, or that he was preparing for a photo shoot for People’s Sexiest Man Alive cover—he would want that information out there faster than you can say “fascist insurrection.” (While Trump has claimed that he’s fighting the release of documents to the House committee in order to protect future presidents, we can say with a high degree of confidence that that’s bullshit, as the man has never done a selfless thing in his entire life.) Which makes the news that his fourth and final chief of staff—the guy who was by his side both through all the false election-fraud claims and the violent attempt to overturn democracy—is cooperating with congressional investigators probably extremely unwelcome!

The Washington Post reports that Mark Meadows has been complying with the House’s probe, though it initially looked like he would follow in the footsteps of Steve Bannon and stonewall the whole thing, which led to the latter being criminally indicted earlier this month and facing up to two years in prison if convicted. In a statement, Rep. Bennie Thompson, the committee’s chairman, said, “Mr. Meadows has been engaging with the select committee through his attorney. He has produced records to the committee and will soon appear for an initial deposition.”

According to a report from Rolling Stone, planners of the pro-Trump rallies that preceded the attack on the Capitol said Meadows played a major role in conversations surrounding the events leading up to the insurrection. “Meadows was 100% made aware of what was going on,” a source told the outlet. He also urged Georgia’s secretary of state, in the “spirit of cooperation and compromise,” to find a way to overturn Georgia’s election results during the infamous phone call in which Trump demanded Brad Raffensperger just “find” 11,000-plus votes. And he repeatedly pressed then acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen to have the Justice Department investigate baseless conspiracy theories of election fraud, including one claiming that people in Italy used satellites to turn Trump votes into Biden ones. Oh, and he was reportedly one of the few people Trump would listen to on the day and night of the attack.

In a statement to CNN, Meadows’s lawyer said there is now an understanding between the former chief of staff and investigators on how information can be shared going forward, adding that both sides are open to engaging, a turn of events we assume has led to a very bad day at Mar-a-Lago, particularly for the busboy who just wanted to clear his tables and clock out when he found himself on the receiving end of a incomprehensible tirade about traitors and Democrats and the scourge of low-flow toilets.

Of course, it’s not all good news for people hoping to see Trump held accountable for the first time in his 75 years on earth. For one thing, Meadows is still a Trump loyalist who…well, you read the thing about Italian satellites, right? For another, his lawyer has already suggested that certain things Meadows knows fall under executive privilege, and thus he should not be “compelled” to share them.

In happier news that may make Meadows’s (and his ex-boss’s) executive privilege claims moot, there’s this, per Politico:

Three federal appellate judges appear likely to reject Donald Trump’s effort to block January 6 investigators from obtaining his White House records—a big potential boost for lawmakers hoping to reveal the former president’s actions as a mob of his supporters attacked the Capitol.

As they questioned Trump’s lawyers, the judges repeatedly expressed skepticism that a former president could override a decision by the sitting president—in this case Joe Biden—to release documents to Congress, particularly when the incumbent has decided it’s in the national interest to release records to investigators…. The files at issue are drawn from former chief of staff Mark Meadows, former adviser Stephen Miller, former deputy White House counsel Patrick Philbin, and former press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, among other top Trump aides. The National Archives has identified the documents in periodic batches since early September and expects to produce additional tranches in the coming months.

“We have one president at a time under our constitution,” Judge Patricia Millett said on Tuesday. “That incumbent president…has made the judgment and is best positioned, as the Supreme Court has told us, to make that call as to the interests of the executive branch.”

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Thorough Covid scan of int’l fliers at SVPI | Ahmedabad News

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Ahmedabad: In line with the guidelines of the Centre and the state for screening Covid-19 passengers, the authorities of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International (SVPI) airport in Ahmedabad have begun preparing for the thorough screening of international passengers. A separate space has been earmarked at the arrivals area of the international terminal, Terminal-II, to screen, test, and isolate passengers from ‘At Risk Countries’.
Taking an RT-PCR test upon arrival is mandatory for all international passengers at SVPI airport and other airports in Gujarat. However, if the passenger is not travelling from the countries classified as at risk, he or she may leave the airport after giving the Covid test sample.
The Government of India has released a list of 11 countries which have been classified as ‘At Risk’. They are South Africa, Brazil, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Israel.
“We have designated a separate zone at the arrivals area of the international terminal for screening passengers from At Risk Countries, soon after their customs clearance is done,” said a well-placed source. “Passengers will take the test for Covid-19 and remain on the airport premises till their reports are out.”
Airport authorities have arranged at least 200 chairs in this separate area to isolate passengers from the At Risk Countries. “Each passenger will have the option of taking either an RT-PCR test or an RT-LAMP test, which is equivalent to the RT-PCR test approved by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR),” said the source.

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