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Dems Float Court Packing Schemes

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 21:31

Packing the Supreme Court is gaining traction among Democrat candidate for president, and President Trump is hitting back. “I wouldn’t entertain that…it won’t happen, I guarantee you, for six years,” Trump said at a Tuesday press conference about schemes being floated to expand the high court from the current nine justices so not just presidential winners get to pick. The idea is kind of like the Supreme Court version of participation trophies.

MEANWHILE—Sen. Marco Rubio said he plans to introduce legislation enshrining the current nine Supreme Court justices into a constitutional amendment. Rubio noted that “court packing is quickly becoming a litmus test for 2020 Democratic candidates.”

Trump, Top Adviser’s Husband Have War of Words

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 21:31

President Trump is in a war of words with the husband of one of his closest advisers. He called George Conway, spouse of Kellyanne Conway, a “total loser” after the D.C. lawyer claimed on Twitter he thinks Trump is mentally ill. Trump’s 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale added maybe George Conway is jealous of his wife’s success. Conway’s tweets look to have been triggered by a series of Trump tweets insulting the late Sen. John McCain and Saturday Night Live.

Koppel: Trump “Not Mistaken” the Media Wants His Blood

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 21:30

Ted Koppel had a media mea culpa at a recent speaking engagement. The retired ABC News host said supporters of President Trump are “not mistaken” that many in the media have a vendetta. “We’re talking about organizations that I believe have, in fact, decided as organizations that Donald J. Trump is bad for the United States,” Koppel said, drawing distinctions between the news of decades ago and the news of today.

Trump Meets With “Trump of the Tropics”

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 21:30

President Trump met with the new president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, on Tuesday. The two formed a bond. Both conservatives and populists, Trump pledged more U.S. support for Brazil’s ambitions of growth including designating the South American powerhouse as a major non-NATO ally. Bolsonaro swept to office on a Trump-like, brash anti-establishment platform and an admirer of the United States and even earned the nickname “the Trump of the Tropics.”

Fox Beats Dem Town Hall Events in Ratings

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 21:30

There might be a white hot Democrat presidential primary in the making, but Fox News is still dominating prime time ratings. Despite town halls for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Sen. Elizabeth Warren on MSNBC and CNN, respectively, Fox’s Tucker Carlson Tonight still raked in more than double the ratings of both events. 

British Cops Looking for Misgendering Scofflaw

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 21:29

Police are looking for a Catholic journalist in the U.K., wanted for “misgendering” a transgender activist’s daughter on Twitter. The offender Carline Farrow will be arrested if she doesn’t show up for a taped interview with the cops. Transgender activists are furious that Farrow doesn’t believe people can simply change their gender, and have been harassing her on Twitter. Farrow says she didn’t nothing intentional—anything offensive was “inadvertent and Freudian.”

O’Rourke Finally Asked for Serious Policy Ideas

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 21:29

Someone finally asked “Beto” Robert Francis O’Rourke if he actually has any policy ideas. A Pennsylvania State University student on Tuesday inquired “when are we going to get an actual policy from you instead of just like platitudes and nice stories?” the student asked. The 2020 candidate threw out a few ideas like legalizing pot and enacting a multi-trillion health care program. Nearly 1,000 people attended that meet and greet.

Woodstock 50 Lineup

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 19:24

Organizers of Woodstock 50 have announced the full lineup for the music event, held on the 50th anniversary of the original Woodstock.

Jay-Z, the Killers, Chance the Rapper, Black Keys, Robert Plant, Halsey, and Miley Cyrus are some of the biggest names, reported by Rolling Stone.

Acts from the original festival will include John Fogerty, Santana, John Sebastian, Country Joe McDonald, Canned Heat, and Hot Tuna.

Kraft Plea Deal

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 19:16

Bob Kraft has a plea deal on the table, but no word on whether he’ll take it. In exchange for admitting he’d be found guilty at trial, he’ll pay a $10,000 fine ($5,000 for each of the two counts), attend a class on the dangers of prostitution, 100 hours of community service, and undergoing an STD test.

Idol Viewers Tank

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 19:01

After making the jump to ABC, American Idol is still tanking. The singing competition suffered a series-worst 1.1 demo rating and 6.05 million viewers. Also down was The Voice on NBC, which still clobbered Idol with 9.73 million viewers, a dip from the previous week’s 10-and-a-half million.

Hit List: March 20, 2019

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 18:58
  1. The manufacturers of Roundup weedkiller could be on the hook for millions in damage, following a jury’s decision that the chemical contributed to one man’s development of cancer. It’s the second such case against Bayer, which makes the spray — last August the company was hit with a $289 million verdict.
  2. Mexico’s president continues to cultivate his “man of the people” image — he’s publicly sworn not to seek re-election. This, after refusing palatial housing, foregoing the presidential jet, and drastically trimming his security detail while boosting spending on social programs and hosting a daily press conference to speak with the people.
  3. Cut the cord: More households now subscribe to streaming services, not traditional cable. According to Deloitte’s 13th annual digital media trends survey, 69% of households have at least one streaming video subscription while only 65% get a traditional cable or satellite bill. In the same study, 91% of millennials say they’ve watched three or more episodes of a single show in one binge session. Nearly half say they need at least two subscriptions to get all the content they want.
  4. The man who started the Jelly Belly candy company in 1976 has a new project — Spectrum Confections, whose signature product is CBD-infused jelly beans, about 10 milligrams worth in each. He’s already sold out of stock. The candies won’t get you stoned but the oil is reported to help with anxiety and insomnia.
  5. Paul Ryan will join the board of newly-minted Fox Corp., the company re-organized by the Murdoch family after selling off its entertainment assets to Disney. The organization will oversee Fox News, among other things.
  6. Gucci is selling a “distressed effect” pair of tennis shoes that look dirty and well worn — for $870, if you’re a guy. The women’s style clocks in at $980.
  7. The FDA has approved a drug for postpartum depression, the first of its kind. The drug, Zulresso, helps women replace a hormone that increases during pregnancy then virtually disappears after she gives birth — which researchers think could be a driving cause of postpartum depression in the first place.
  8. Instagram is getting into the e-commerce space. In a trial that began yesterday, users who follow specific brands could click an option to see pricing for a product featured in a post, with a simple form to fill out and buy it. It’s currently in limited release to only 20 brands, including Prada and Adidas, Wall Street Journal reports.
  9. Want to make a quick thousand bucks? The US government will pay you to adopt a wild horse or donkey. The program from the Bureau of Land Management started the program to combat overpopulation of the animals in the open country, Fox News reports. BLM estimates there are 55,000 too many such animals roaming free to be sustainable. But be forewarned: a $25 adoption fee applies.

Birthdays: March 20, 2019

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 18:53

Christy Romano – Actress, “Even Stevens” – 35

Nick Wheeler – All American Rejects co-founder – 37

Chester Bennington – Linkin Park singer – 43

Kathy Ireland – swimsuit model – 56

Holly Hunter – actress, “Home for the Holidays” – 61

Spike Lee – director – 62

William Hurt – actor, “Kiss of the Spider Woman” – 69

Lois Lowry – youth fiction author – 82

Carl Reiner – actor – 97

BORN ON THIS DATE

Ozzie Nelson – of Ozzie and Harriet – 1906

History: March 20, 2019

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 18:51

1413

Henry the Fifth succeeds Henry the Fourth to the Royal Throne of England.

The new monarch had been running the show for quite some time, his father being an invalid.

Henry the Fifth took it upon himself to invade France and take back the land he believed to belong to his grandfather, Edward III.

He would eventually win this land and marry into the French royal family. But he died a brief 9 years after taking the crown.

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1778

Three members of an American delegation arrive in the court of King Louis XVI of France.

Ben Franklin led Silas Deane and Arthur Lee to present the Americans’ case for help from the French in the Revolutionary War. While Louis was distrustful and skeptical of the delegates, he couldn’t pass up an opportunity to fight the British.

France had lost the Seven Years War and lost much of its North American holdings, and Louis was eager for revenge.

French military support played a crucial role in securing victory for the patriots.

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1854

Disillusioned Whigs meet in Ripon, Wisconsin to formalize the formation of a new political party.

It was founded on preventing the spread of slavery into the western territories.

They had been meeting often to suggest new strategies to combat slavery. The meeting on this date in 1854 helped solidify the movement.

In November 1860, Abraham Lincoln became the first Republican president — and ended slavery.

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1953

Nikita Khrushchev is selected as a Secretariat of the Communist Party.

His rise followed the death of Stalin three weeks earlier.

Georgi Malenkov had served as First Secretary of the Communist Party and Soviet Premier in the days following Stalin’s death, but Malenkov was politically weak.

Khrushchev pushed the Communist Party to replace the First Secretary with a group of five leaders called the Secretariat. Khrushchev would be in charge of this group, of course.

In September that year, he gained enough support to replace Malnekov as First Secretary. Two years later, Malenkov was replaced with a puppet of Khrushchev’s. And 3 years after that, Khrushchev named himself premier.

So there’s the premier, the five-man secretariat, and the first secretary of the communist party. At the pinnacle of his power, Khrushchev held all 3 positions.

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1999

The first American Legoland opens.

It’s in Carlsbad, California, and features an amusement park experience centered on a Lego theme.

A waterpark was built from 2009-10.

Tori Spelling’s New Digs

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 16:33

Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott have moved their clan to the gated community of Hidden Hills in California. The family of seven is now inhabiting a 5-bedroom, 5-bathroom, $13k a month rental; much smaller than their previous rental in Woodland Hills. Their neighbors include: members of the Kardashian family, Jessica Simpson, Drake, The Weeknd and Nicollette Sheridan.

This is the ninth move in eight years for the financially troubled star.

Cause of Death for Kristoff St. John

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 16:26

A cause of death for Kristoff St. John has been revealed. The actor, who passed away at his home in Los Angeles on February 3, reportedly died from hypertrophic heart disease (where the heart muscle thickens making it harder for the heart to pump blood). The coroner listed the death as accidental because Kristoff was apparently on an alcohol binge at the time of his death.

In other news, the actor had been discharged from a mental health facility just two days prior to his death; he had been admitted after threatening to harm himself. The 52-year-old had battled severe depression since his son’s suicide in 2014.

Justin and Hailey Postpone Wedding

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 16:18

Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are putting their plans for a big wedding on hold, due to Justin’s mental health treatment. While the two are actually already hitched, they had been planning to have a real ceremony that their friends and family could attend.

A source told People that “They will still have a wedding eventually, but this is not their focus right now. They haven’t sent out any new save the dates. They will wait until Justin feels better and is excited about planning their wedding again.”

Last month it was revealed that Justin was receiving treatment for depression. He is still getting treatment, which is why the wedding hasn’t been a priority for the couple.

Tom Ford’s New Postition

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 16:12

Tom Ford has been named Chairman of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. The board of the CFDA made the decision during a meeting on Tuesday and announced that the designer will succeed current Chairwoman Diane Von Furstenberg. Tom will began his new position on January 1, 2020.

Paris Jackson Refuses Rehab

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 07:29

Those close to Paris Jackson believe the 20-year-old is in need of serious help. After what appeared to be a suicide attempt over the weekend, her team had everything in order to take her to rehab following her hospital stay, but Paris refused. Sources close to the situation told TMZ that Michael Jackson’s daughter has been “distraught” ever since “Leaving Neverland” began airing.

While Paris can be held on a temporary medical hold at the hospital without her consent, she cannot be forced to go to rehab.

Nicki Minaj Sparks Marriage Rumors

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 07:27

Despite referring to her boyfriend as her “husband” on her latest episode of “Queen Radio,” Nicki Minaj is not married. Sources close to the rapper told TMZ that while Nicki is very much in love with boyfriend Kenneth Petty, any reports saying the two are married are false.

Sweet Sixteens Are Lame

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 07:26

Danielle Bregoli aka Bhad Bhabie aka “Cash Me Outside Howbow Dah” girl will be turning 16 soon and TMZ asked how she planned to celebrate. Shocking everyone, Bhabie said she would love to just “kick it at home,” but her people are planning a party for her.

Danielle has made quite the name for herself since appearing on that infamous “Dr. Phil” episode. She has her own Snapchat series, futuristic billboard ad, certified gold single, a music video with DMX and a huge endorsement deal with a make-up line.

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