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CNN, HBO Max Announce Documentary on Alexey Navalny

Roher documents the alleged assassination attempt on Navalny back in the fall of 2020, when he was poisoned and had to fly to Germany for treatment. 

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CNN and HBO Max announced that they’re teaming up to produce a documentary about Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny. 

The film, entitled “Navalny,” was directed by Daniel Roher, and the contract for the documentary was negotiated by Stacey Wolf, senior vice president of business affairs for CNN Worldwide.

“Having a front seat to history while shooting this film was a life-changing experience,” Roher said. 

“I am grateful to CNN Films and HBO Max for their unwavering support and their commitment to amplifying the unbelievable story of one man and his fight against an authoritarian regime.”

Roher documents the alleged assassination attempt on Navalny back in the fall of 2020, when he was poisoned and had to fly to Germany for treatment. 

While recovering, Navalny made discoveries about his assassination attempt and decided to return home, leading to his arrest. Jan. 17th, 2022, marks one year since Navalny was imprisoned for leaving Russia. 

“We are grateful to have the opportunity to share Alexey’s gripping story with the world,” Courtney Sexton, senior vice president for CNN Films, said. “With unmatched access to Alexey himself, Daniel and the entire team have masterfully delivered a fascinating, raw thriller.”

CNN will broadcast the documentary in North America; meanwhile, HBO Max and CNN+ hold streaming rights.

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Christi Paul: I Couldn’t Be Who I Needed for My Family

Sunday marked the final “News Day” broadcast for CNN weekend anchor Christi Paul

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Sunday marked the final “News Day” broadcast for CNN weekend anchor Christi Paul, who bid an emotional goodbye to her colleagues and audience.

Paul will be returning to her home state of Ohio to begin in a new position, but before that, the show aired a retrospective of Paul’s time at the cable news channel. Furthermore, she received messages from several coworkers, including her former co-anchor Victor Blackwell and her current one, Boris Sanchez. 

She told the viewers that the decision was “part of the Great Resignation,” choosing to step back from the high-profile but highly-demanding weekend anchor role.

“I love these people. I love this place. I am so grateful, and I’m so tired. I’m so exhausted. We’re up between 1:00 and 2:00 every Saturday and Sunday. And I just could not be who I needed to be for my family, is what it really came down to,” Paul said. 

Also, the experience of her husband’s battle with Covid-19, which had him go to the ER at one point in 2020 and separated from their parents during the pandemic, made her and her husband rethink their priorities. 

“It was really bad for about three-and-a-half weeks, and there were moments I thought I was going to be a single mom,” she added. 

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Chuck Todd: SCOTUS Credibility ‘Has Never Been More in Question’

Todd voiced uncertainty over the political fallout from Friday’s ruling but expressed that the public has credibility worries about the Supreme Court.

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On Friday, the Supreme Court announced that they were overturning Roe v. Wade in a decision to hand abortion rights back to the states, with some having illegal or strict laws prohibiting the process of terminating a pregnancy. 

During Sunday’s broadcast of “Meet the Press,” host Chuck Todd stressed the stakes of the 2016 election, which placed three conservative justices on the bench and culminated in the ruling that occurred a few days ago. 

“The court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and nearly five decades of abortion rights that gripped the nation in celebrations and bitterness from coast to coast,” Todd said. “We know is abortion is likely to be banned in roughly half the states.”

“And Justice Clarence Thomas suggested birth control, gay rights, and same-sex marriage could be next. And we now know that Donald Trump’s 2016 election, which gave him three Supreme Court picks, all of whom voted to overturn Roe, is easily now among the most consequential ever in our nation’s history.”

Furthermore, Todd voiced uncertainty over the political fallout from Friday’s ruling but expressed that the public has credibility worries about the Supreme Court. 

“Thanks to how this court was put together, its credibility has never been more in question,” Todd said. “And this decision came at a time when the country is already dangerously divided.”

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The Brother of Fox News’ Gianno Caldwell Is Killed in Chicago

Christian Caldwell, 18, was the youngest of nine siblings.

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Fox News political correspondent Gianno Caldwell shared some devastating news on social media as his little brother was murdered in Chicago on Friday. According to The HillCaldwell took to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to announce the news.

“Yesterday was the worst day of my existence,” Caldwell posted. “Never could I have imagined my baby brother’s life would be stolen from him. Please keep my family in your prayers.”

Christian Caldwell, 18, was the youngest of nine siblings. He was reportedly living on the South Side of Chicago. The website reports that Gianno stepped in as a father for his younger brothers. The children were placed in the care of their grandmother when their mother was sent away to drug treatment.

“I was like his dad because he never knew his father,” Caldwell said.

Caldwell was hired by Fox News in 2017. The political analyst also runs a bipartisan public affairs consulting firm and hosts the podcast “Outloud with Gianno Caldwell.”

Colleagues and friends reacted with tremendous sorrow. Radio host Joe Pags expressed well wishes for the Caldwell family.

Dan Bongino tweeted, “so incredibly sorry.”

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