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Rep. Nicole Malliotakis still backed by Trump after infrastructure vote

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Embattled Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis is still on former President Donald Trump’s team.

Trump told The Post Sunday he still backs Malliotakis, the sole New York City Republican in the House of Representatives whose district takes in Staten Island and southern Brooklyn, despite being among the 13 Republicans who broke ranks and voted for President Joe Biden’s infrastructure bill.

The former president ripped the 13 Republicans who voted for the bill during a speech at a recent National Republican Congressional Committee dinner.

But Trump told The Post all is well after Malliotakis called him last week to discuss the matter.

“She spoke to me. I still support her,” Trump said of Malliotakis, who toppled Democratic incumbent Rep. Max Rose last year in what is considered a purple or toss-up district.

Trump’s continued backing of Malliotakis boosts her chances against any potential primary challenges and also improves her odds of winning re-election next year.

Former President Donald Trump has threatened to pull support from Republicans who voted in favor of Biden's Build Back Better plan.
Former President Donald Trump has threatened to pull support from Republicans who voted in favor of Biden’s Build Back Better plan.
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Malliotakis said she called Trump to talk about their disagreement and try to patch things up.

“I spoke to President Trump. He’s still with me. I’m still with him. It’s important to me,” said Malliotakis said, when asked about her relationship with the ex-president.

Trump is still the most powerful force in the Republican Party with particular sway in Staten Island.

Trump’s real estate firm owned and managed apartments in the city’s most conservative borough for decades.

Ex-Rep. Vito Fossella credited Trump’s support with clinching his comeback victory in the GOP primary for borough president.

Malliotakis would “only say we had a good conversation” when asked about the chat with Trump.

Trump has threatened to support primary challengers against most of the House Republicans who voted for the infrastructure bill, though Malliotakis was not listed among them. Pro-vote Reps. Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey and Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania also escaped Trump’s enemies list.

Malliotakis defended her infrastructure vote to spruce up run down roads and bridges and ports.

The congresswoman also likely improved her standing Friday when she blasted and voted against President Biden’s nearly $2 trillion Build Back Better Bill.

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How Covid pushed kids to take charge of their mental health

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The pandemic has been traumatic for young people. While adults have had to adjust to work from home and battle Covid in the wake of losing family, friends and loved ones to the disease and staring at job insecurity, scores of teens across the country were pushed to take charge of their mental health, with some launching awareness initiatives to protect their own age group from reeling further.

Take Kolkata-based teenager Srishti Agarwal. Last year, as Covid cases were spiralling in the country, she had to move school and found it hard to cope. It was a “huge transition”, even though she was studying remotely. “I couldn’t find my own voice,” says the 17-year-old. The internal anguish was further compounded by the fact that she, like everyone around her, was in lockdown.

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Marvels Avengers Spider-Man DLC Release Date and Expected Time

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Marvels Avengers Spider-Man DLC’s release time is over 24 hours away and here we will go over the expected release time in each major region of the world.

Despite experiencing a rough launch, Marvel’s Avengers still receives continuous support and content update from Crystal Dynamics over a year after launch.

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Although the studio was blamed by Square Enix for the poor financial performance of Marvel’s Avengers, there is still one last chance for Crystal Dynamics to add up to the game’s number of sales. A Spider-Man expansion launching only two weeks ahead of the arrival of Spider-Man No Way Home could be big enough to convince Marvel fans to buy Marvel’s Avengers.

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Marvels Avengers Spider-Man Release Date and Time (Expected)

As revealed by Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics, Spider-Man will be available as a playable character in Marvel’s Avengers as a part of a bigger update that launches on November 30.

The exact release time has not been shared yet, but going back to the release time of the previous free expansion of the game, Spider-Man’s update is expected to be available at 8 am PT/11 am ET/4 pm UTC/5 pm BST/6 pm CEST.

Keep in mind that Spider-Man will only be available on PS4 and PS5 consoles. It’s a free update and you don’t need to pay anything extra if you already own the game. However, the other parts of the update will be available across all platforms, including some gameplay changes and improvements.

Marvel’s Avengers is now available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and PC. The game is also available for free on Xbox Game Pass.

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Michael Flynn appears to have called QAnon ‘total nonsense’ despite his links | QAnon

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Michael Flynn, Donald Trump’s first national security adviser, appears to have called QAnon “total nonsense” and a “disinformation campaign” created by the CIA and the political left – despite his own extensive links to the conspiracy theory and seeming eagerness to serve as its hero.

Flynn’s apparent statement was revealed by Lin Wood, a pro-Trump attorney and QAnon supporter once allied with the disgraced former general.

QAnon followers believe in the existence of a secret cabal of pederastic cannibal Satanists, dominated by Democrats, against whom Trump is fighting. Followers also believe John F Kennedy Jr is not dead and will soon return to lead them. Many recently congregated in Dallas, waiting for that to happen. The FBI considers QAnon a potential source of extremist violence.

Trump has refused to disavow QAnon believers. Tucker Carlson, of Fox News, called them “gentle patriots”.

Late on Saturday, Wood released a recording of what appeared to be a call between him and Flynn on Telegram, a social media and messaging app favored by far-right extremists. During the conversation, a voice which appears to be Wood is heard to complain that QAnon followers are coming after him online.

In answer, the Daily Beast reported, a voice which appears to be Flynn says: “I think it’s a disinformation campaign. I think it’s a disinformation campaign that the CIA created. That’s what I believe. Now, I don’t know that for a fact, but that’s what I think it is. I think it’s a disinformation campaign.’”

“I find it total nonsense,” the voice adds. “And I think it’s a disinformation campaign created by the left.”

The Guardian could not verify the authenticity of the recording. Contact information for Flynn was not immediately available. Wood could not be reached for comment.

Flynn was fired from a top intelligence role by Barack Obama before becoming a close aide to Trump. He was installed as national security adviser but resigned after less than a month, for lying to the FBI about interactions with Russians.

Under the special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian election interference, Flynn pleaded guilty to one criminal charge. He tried to withdraw that plea, then received a pardon from Trump.

Flynn has attracted condemnation for his links to QAnon and the far right, for calling for the establishment of “one religion” in the US, and for seeming to advocate armed insurrection.

The recording released by Wood comes amid acrimony among leading pro-Trump figures who have worked to overturn the 2020 election. According to the Daily Beast, the feud appears to have sprung from Wood’s brief representation of Kyle Rittenhouse, the 18-year-old recently acquitted after killing two people and wounding one at a protest in Wisconsin last year.

According to the Beast, Rittenhouse alleged that Wood intentionally let him languish in jail so he could earn money off the case. Wood reportedly became angry that Flynn and Sidney Powell, another pro-Trump attorney, didn’t speak up for him.

Powell could not be reached for comment on Sunday.

The recording apparently featuring Flynn disowning QAnon raised echoes of remarks about a related conspiracy theory by Steve Bannon, Trump’s former campaign chair and White House strategist.

Bannon was pardoned on fraud charges by Trump but now faces a charge of contempt of Congress over the 6 January Capitol attack, to which he has pleaded not guilty.

He has repeatedly promoted the “deep state” conspiracy theory, which holds that a permanent government of bureaucrats and intelligence agents exists to thwart Trump’s agenda.

However, Bannon has also said the “deep state conspiracy theory is for nut cases”.

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