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Ivanka: New Job Numbers

Tue, 05/07/2019 - 00:11

“We’re making it happen,” says Ivanka Trump, President Trump’s unofficial jobs czar. The Trump daughter over the weekend touted the new Bureau of Labor Statistics report that 263,000 jobs were created in the month of April and unemployment reached a 50-year low. “Our policies continue to deliver more and better jobs for American workers,” Ivanka said. Millions more jobs remain available compared with those seeking jobs, according to the Labor Department—while there are 5.8 million people who are unemployed, there are 7 million job openings nationwide. So no reason to sit on your ass anymore.

DOJ Head Off Barr Inquisition

Tue, 05/07/2019 - 00:10

The Justice Department on Monday attempted to head off a contempt of Congress charge against Attorney General William Barr. They offered House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler the chance to negotiate about the committee’s subpoena for special counsel Robert Mueller’s unredacted report. The letter offering the gesture came hours after the House said it would be holding Barr in contempt of Congress…most of the American people hold Congress in contempt of itself.

Westerosi Coffee

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 18:06

For a few seconds in Sunday night’s Game of Thrones episode, a modern coffee cup with lid appeared on a table. The Twitterverse rightfully jumped down HBO’s throat for the gaffe.

“Thrones” Executive Producer Bernie Caufield cheekily owned the error on WNYC: “We’re sorry! Westeros was the first place to actually have Starbucks, it’s a little known fact.”

HBO’s official statement: “The latte that appeared in the episode was a mistake. Daenerys had ordered an herbal tea.”

Lynne In the Loop

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 18:02

Lynne Spears has filed paperwork that would require she be in-the-know about daughter Britney’s mental health.

Jamie Spears — that’s Britney’s dad and Lynne’s ex-husband — has had legal conservatorship over the once-troubled pop star. But Lynne wants to be more in the know about what’s going on.

MEANWHILE — friends say Britney wants out of the conservatorship agreement, a source tells Radar Online.

Selena’s New Squeeze

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 17:57

Selena Gomez might have a new squeeze. She was spotted getting cozy at Disneyland with an unidentified dude. The pair were at the amusement park with a group of friends.

Amy Schumer’s Baby Boy

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 17:55

Amy Schumer and husband Chris Fischer have have welcomed their baby boy. She broke the news on Instagram Tuesday, announcing, “10:55 pm last night. Our royal baby was born.”

Hit List: May 7, 2019

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 17:27
  1. WORKFORCE SURPLUS: There’s a job out there, and then some, for each of the 5.8 million unemployed Americans — a 49-year low, by the way. The Department of Labor reports there are 7 million job openings. Meanwhile, more women are working than ever before: the unemployment rate for those 20-and-older has hit 3.1% — the lowest since 1953.
  2. REGULATED: European Union regulators are looking into whether Apple has monopolistic advantage in Europe’s music streaming industry after competitor Spotify filed a complaint. Spotify says Apple takes a 30% cut of all subscription purchases — but Apple obviously don’t have to eat those costs when someone uses its own service to play music. With such a bite out of their margins, Spotify says they can’t fairly compete. But Apple says a majority of apps pay no fees, and that after the first year, the per-subscription slice goes down to 15%.
  3. PORN 110: Caitlin Fink is a high school senior in the porn business — and she’s okay that you know it. After administrators at Bear Creek High School in Sacramento tried to squash a high school newspaper’s report on Fink’s sexy extracurriculars, the newspaper adviser had an attorney review the story, who said the reporting doesn’t violate the district’s obscenity rules. Fink says, “I like the positive attention I get from it.”
  4. XFL REDUX: The XFL will be back, with games starting just a week after the NFL’s Super Bowl. Backed by Vince McMahon, the league has inked a deal with Fox and Disney to broadcast the games. Insiders tell the Wall Street Journal there was no money exchanged: Fox and Disney pocket the ad revenue and take care of production costs, while the XFL will sell sponsorships. All 43 games will be broadcast across ABC, Fox, ESPN, and Fox Sports One.
  5. HEART FAILURE: Adults 35-64 are dying of heart failure at an increasing rate, after a recent decline in the stat. Research from the Journal of the American College of Cardiology points to increase of obesity and diabetes as the main cause.
  6. SPENT: A union representing on-demand drivers will strike for two hours tomorrow morning, in protest of Uber’s IPO on Thursday.  The union is pushing for an end to up-front pricing and a cap on commissions to Uber and Lyft. Strikes will take place in large scale in New York City, Philly, Boston, and Los Angeles.
  7. THE PURGE: In its crackdown on Fake News and hurt feelings, Facebook is purging billions of accounts that don’t belong to real people. Facebook tells The Guardian that their system is being used to “win elections, make money or influence people in other ways, and battling a tsunami of fake news, disinformation and hate speech.”
  8. GRAVE DANCING: Amazon is snapping up empty, out-of-service shopping malls that went out of business as shoppers flocked to online retailers. The huge spaces could be for an expanded warehouse infrastructure, but also in support of Amazon’s foray into brick-and-mortar retail and grocery sales.
  9. BASKING SHARKS: After disappearing from view for 30-some years, Basking Sharks are resurfacing. They’re huge — sometimes growing up to 30 feet long — but are actually some of the least dangerous sharks on the planet. They swim with their mouths open to rack up scores of plankton and other small fishies. Recent sightings have been recorded in Santa Monica Bay.
  10. CATTY: Over 300 cats have been removed from a Toronto apartment, after neighbors called Toronto Animal Services to complain and dispatched the volunteer-based Toronto Cat Rescue. Workers say the cats were in fairly good health — but the apartment was a “difficult place to be” with the smells. This comes just three weeks after 140 cats were found in another Toronto home. Toronto bylaws dictate no more than six cats can live in a residence.

Birthdays: May 7, 2019

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 17:16

Alexander Ludwig – actor, “Vikings,” “Hunger Games” – 27

Aidy Bryant – SNL actress – 32

Eagle-Eye Cherry (it’s his real name) – singer, “Save Tonight” – 51

Robbie Knievel – daredevil – 57

Phil Campbell – lead guitarist, “Motorhead” – 58

Amy Heckerling – movie director, “Look Who’s Talking,” “European Vacation” – 65

Bill Kreutzmann – Grateful Dead drummer – 72

BORN ON THIS DATE

Tim Russert – former host of “Meet the Press” – 1950

Susan Atkins – Charles Manson acolyte – 1948

Johnny Unitas – historic NFL QB – 1933

Darren McGavin – actor – 1922

Eva Peron – Argentina’s former First Lady – 1919

Gary Cooper – actor – 1901

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Russian composer, “The Nutcracker” – 1840

 

Responses to Baby Sussex’s Arrival

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 15:03

Royal Reponses to the birth of Baby Sussex:

The Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William & Kate Middleton are “delighted.”

Doria Ragland aka Meg’s mom is “overjoyed.”

Thomas Markle is “delighted to hear that mother and child are doing well. I am proud that my new grandson is born into the British royal family and I am sure that he will grow up to serve the crown and the people of Britain with grace, dignity, and honor. GOD bless the child and I wish him health and happiness, and my congratulations to my lovely daughter, Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry.”

Jenelle’s Ex Made 911 Call

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 15:02

Jenelle Evans’ ex-fiancé Nathan Griffith, is the person who phoned 911 after Jenelle’s husband, David Eason, shot their family dog, Nugget. According to the call, obtained by TMZ, Nathan wanted officers to do a welfare check on his son, who he shares with Janelle, as he believed the shooting occurred while his 4-year-old was at the home.

As previously reported, David killed the dog with a shotgun after it nipped at his and Jenelle’s 2-year-old daughter.

MEANWHILE—People close to Jenelle are concerned for her and the children’s safety. Many have contacted Child Protective Services, asking them to remove David from the home.

Without Jenelle’s cooperation, authorities are unable to file criminal charges against him.

Kevin Hunter Seeks Financial Support

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 15:00

Wendy Williams’ ex is seeking alimony and more. Kevin Hunter filed documents for spousal support and child support for their son Kevin Jr. He also requested Wendy pay for Junior’s college expenses; he will turn 19 in August.

Wendy filed for divorce last month.

John Singleton’s Death Certificate Released

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 14:59

According to John Singleton’s newly released death certificate, the director passed away a day before it was announced to the public. Previous reports stated he was taken off of life support on Monday April 29, but the date of death listed on the document is April 28.

John, famed director, writer and producer, was just 51.

Gina Rodriguez is Married

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 14:58

Gina Rodriguez, 34, is married! The “Jane the Virgin” star wed Joe LoCicero, 31, in a romantic ceremony over the weekend.

The couple got engaged last July.

Royal Baby Has Arrived

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 08:55

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcomed a son on Monday. The news was announced on Instagram, saying the baby had arrived very early on May 6th, weighing 7lbs 3oz.

The post went on to say, “The Duchess and baby are both healthy and well.”

The newborn is Queen Elizabeth’s eighth great-grandchild and seventh in line to the throne.

Kim Would Leave Reality TV for Law

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 06:58

Kim Kardashian-West has revealed that she would give up her highly lucrative media career to focus on prison reform. The reality star, following in her late father Robert Kardashian’s footsteps, has been working hard at her apprenticeship at a law firm.

The 38-year-old wants to continue to focus on reforming the criminal justice system; a passion that began with a petition to release inmate Alice Marie Johnson from a Correctional Facility in Alabama.

The campaign proved successful for Kim, taking her all the way to a meeting at the Oval Office.

Busy Philipps Gets Axed

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 06:52

“E!” has axed Busy Philipps. The actress revealed that her talk show “Busy Tonight” has not been renewed by the network and the last show will be May 16th.

The 39-year-old told fans, in a tear-filled video on Instagram that she is holding out hope that another network will pick it up.

We Want Jussie Back

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 06:37

Jussie Smollett’s “Empire” costars want him back. Cast members of Fox’s hit show—specifically Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard—feel that Jussie’s character was an incredibly important part of the show and they don’t believe that his return will hurt ratings.

While the actor was offered an extension through season 6, there are no plans in place to bring the character back as of now.

Raz B Joins Love & Hip Hop

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 06:35

Raz B has signed on as the newest member of “Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood.” Sources told TMZ that VH1 has already started filming the newbie for the upcoming season, capturing all the ups and downs on the B2K reunion tour.

Hit List: May 6, 2019

Sun, 05/05/2019 - 23:10
  1. PLACING BLAME: Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido blames last week’s fizzled attempt at overthrowing illegitimate president Nicolas Maduro on a miscalculation of his support among the military. Might have something to do with Maduro’s bribing the country’s military leadership with billions in coke money.
  2. GROSS: Employees at a Georgia Denny’s didn’t like a newspaper reporter asking questions about why the place was a dump that failed health inspections. In response, several workers assaulted local news photographer Adam Murphy and called the cops, who confirmed the reporter was within his rights.
  3. YOU’RE FIRED: 161 employees at the New Orleans newspaper Times-Picayune are laid off after the rag was sold to a competitor and merged with that paper’s operations. Newspaper nerds around the country are fretting similar moves around the country could lead to even leaner newsrooms and more journalists on breadlines.
  4. CONCERT CRASHED: Ariana Grande concert-goers got a little un-asked for info at a Friday night concert—a drone hovered over the crowd dropping pamphlets with swastikas and neo-Nazi propaganda. The materials also criticized the media and Facebook.
  5. HORSESHOES AND HAND GRENADES: A Boeing 737 slid into a river near Jacksonville, Florida on Friday after missing the runway. There were no reports of fatalities, and the crash landing is blamed on a heavy thunderstorm that caused the commercial airliner with 136 onboard to overshoot the end of the runway.
  6. BOEING WITHHELD: Speaking of Boeing, the company withheld critical information about problems with its 737MAX airliners for a year before telling the FAA. It wasn’t until after a second of the jets crashed in Ethiopia that the company decided to be more forthcoming about problems with the auto-pilot features that take control away from pilots.

Gaza Rockets Reignite Middle East Conflict

Sun, 05/05/2019 - 22:36

The weekend saw renewed conflict between Israel and Palestinians. Four Israelis and 23 in the Gaza Strip were killed in fighting Saturday and Sunday punctuated by more than 600 rocket attacks into Israel. The Israeli Army retaliated with attacks on Islamic Jihad targets in Gaza, and said it expects the fighting to continue in the coming days. President Trump hit Twitter to express his support of Israel.

MEANWHILE, it doesn’t look like anyone is waving the peace flag right now. Defiant Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists declared they are “close to open war with Israel” while in Cairo, which is trying to facilitate peace talks. And President Trump ordered the deployment of the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group to the Middle East region in response to “troubling” likely Iranian involvement in the latest conflict.

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