A South Carolina McDonald’s worker is in hot water, or grease, after allegedly assaulting her manager with bacon. The confrontation last Friday happened when store manager Tequila Cohen, 33, asked cook Josefina Jimenez to stop eating bacon while working in the kitchen. Jimenez kept eating the bacon. The situation escalated until Jimenez backed Cohen into a corner and tried shoving “hot, crispy bacon” into her mouth before hitting her and throwing an unknown liquid at her, according to the cops. Cohen then called 911.
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The Trump administration is defending its right to control who covers it. President Trump’s lawyers in a legal filing on Wednesday said the president has “broad discretion” to control journalists’ access to the White House. If the president wants to exclude all journalists from the West Wing, he can, one Trump attorney argued as part of a lawsuit brought by CNN over the revoking of Jim Acosta’s press pass.
—QUOTABLE: “If the president wants to exclude all reporters from the White House grounds, he has the authority to do that…there’s no First Amendment right.” -Deputy Assistant Attorney General James Burnham
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The federal government collected a record tax windfall in the month of October. The feds took in total tax revenues of $252,692,000,000—nearly $253 billion—last month, the first month of fiscal year 2019. The year over year increase was driven mostly by a large spike in corporate income tax collections. Despite the big numbers, the federal government still ran an eye-popping $100 billion deficit for the month.
CNN reporter Jim Acosta has been proven wrong about the border. In a testy exchange with President Trump at a press conference last week, Acosta assailed Trump’s assertion that the migrant caravan is an “invasion” and insisted Trump is wrong when he says the migrants would try to climb the border fence when they arrived. But new video from a section of the border where the caravan has started trickling in shows exactly that—migrants taunting U.S. border patrol officials by…climbing the wall. No word yet from Acosta about retracting his statement.
—TRUMP VS. ACOSTA: “Your campaign had an ad showing migrants climbing over walls and so on, but they’re not going to be doing that.” -Acosta
—“They’re not actors,” Trump replied. “They weren’t actors. Well, no, it was true. Do you think they were actors? They weren’t actors. They didn’t come from Hollywood.” -Trump
Porn lawyer Michael Avenatti is shifting blame for allegations he beat an unidentified woman. In a cryptic Thursday morning tweet, the lawyer infamous for representing porn star Stormy Daniels seemed to blame conservative Twitter personality Jacob Wohl for the embroglio. Avenatti earlier in the week was arrested outside an LA apartment for alleged domestic violence, at first thought to be against his estranged ex-wife. It was actually some other unnamed woman who filed the charges. Wohl and a GOP lobbyist had tried framing Robert Mueller with false accusations of rape—seems like Avenatti is trying to make his own problems look like a right-wing conspiracy.
—QUOTABLE: “First Mueller and now me. When we are fully exonerated I am coming for you Jacob Wohl aka Surefire.” -Avenatti tweet
—QUOTABLE: “I have never struck a woman. I never will strike a woman. I have been an advocate for women’s rights my entire career and I’m going to continue to be an advocate. I am not going to be intimidated from stopping what I am doing.” -Avenatti statement to reporters
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More ballot counting drama in Florida. Despite having completed their machine recount in the state’s hotly contested senate and gubernatorial races, Palm Beach County is still missing a “substantial” number of votes, according to a reporter who works at The New York Times. The votes supposedly didn’t disappear, but they are sitting in boxes at the recount site and officials don’t know which boxes had been scanned. The county’s election supervisor chalked it up to an error and she takes “full responsibility.”
—QUOTABLE: “The recount has a significantly lower number of votes than the original, So they’re having to look at the log and figure out which precincts are missing. The boxes are here — they need to be identified and resubmitted in the machine.” -NYT reporter Frances Robles
MEANWHILE—Palm Beach County missed the Thursday at 3 p.m. deadline to finish a machine recount of its ballots. Amid more blunders there, including overheating voting machines, critics pointed to a virtually empty recount headquarters hours before the deadline.
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New text messages released Wednesday support GOP operative and Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone’s claims about who he learned about WikiLeaks’ plans to release Hillary Clinton campaign emails. Where Stone learned about the website’s plans has been a central question in Robert Mueller’s investigation—Stone had claimed he learned about the email dump from a Randy Credico, and wasn’t working alongside WikiLeaks. Credico has denied that. But the new text messages strongly suggest Credico is lying and Stone was telling the truth, poking a big hole in the Mueller investigation’s attempts to prove the Trump campaign was colluding with foreign actors to rig the 2016 election.
Rick Scott’s lead in the Florida Senate race increased Thursday after a machine recount. The Republican, the state’s outgoing governor, increased his lead by 1,000 votes and called on state elections officials to declare him the winner. This was the first round of recounting—a hand recount is coming next because the margin remains within the 0.25 percent margin that triggers an automatic manual recount.
MEANWHILE—Republican candidate for Florida governor Ron DeSantis maintained a slightly more comfortable lead over Democratic challenger Andrew Gillum. Since the margin between the two stood at 0.41 percent prior to the machine recount, no manual recount is expected in that race.
AND—A judge on Thursday ruled against Republican Rick Scott’s contention that some 4,000 ballots should be tossed because of signature mismatches. U.S. District Judge Mark Walker gave voters until 5 p.m. Saturday to verify their ballots, a ruling that still wasn’t good enough for Democrat Bill Nelson’s campaign, which had asked the judge to throw out the entire signature matching law.
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Sen. Kamala Harris on Thursday compared perceptions of Immigrations and Customs Enforcements—ICE—to the Ku Klux Klan. The California Democrat made the comparison while grilling President Trump’s nominee to lead ICE, Ronald Vitiello, during his confirmation hearing. Specifically, Harris was asking if Vitiello saw parallels between the power and discretion at ICE used while enforcing laws and the KKK. “I do not see any parallels,” Vitiello answered. ICE and the KKK are not in the same category, he said.
—QUOTABLE: “Are you aware of the perception of many about how the power and the discretion at ICE is being used to enforce the laws and do you see any parallels?” -Harris
—QUOTABLE: “I do not see any parallels,” Vitiello interjected. “That puts ICE in the same category as the KKK. Is that what you’re asking me?” -Vitiello
Missy Elliott has found herself on the wrong end of a lawsuit. According to legal documents obtained by TMZ, a man named Terry Williams claims that he helped Missy write and produce a song that was later sold to the late Aaliyah, without his permission. Terry also claims that he had an agreement with Missy to share all profits from the song.
Amy Schumer has been hospitalized due to complications from her pregnancy. The comedian was taken to a Texas hospital on Thursday for extreme nausea and had to cancel her show at the Winspear Opera House. A source says that both the baby and mom-to-be are okay, but the hospital wanted to admit her for some monitoring.
Lil Xan is checking into rehab. TMZ announced on Thursday that the rapper will be checking himself into a facility by next week and is looking forward to getting clean so he can finish his Mac Miller tribute album. The 22-year-old said that the death of Mac really opened his eyes about his opioid addiction and while he curbed his drug use, he feels that he needs that extra step to get completely clean.
Tekashi69 has cleaned house. The rapper—who has had a very dramatic year—fired his entire crew and canceled his U.S. tour. On Thursday, the 22-year-old posted a video to Instagram, telling his fans that he no longer has a manager, booking agent or publicist, saying, “I fired everybody.” The clean-up comes after the arrest of one of Tekashi’s former crew members, who has been charged with the assault and kidnapping of the rapper.
The model who dated Sean Combs for 13 years has been found dead. Kim Porter, who is the mother to Sean’s twin daughters and a son, was found dead at her L.A. home on Thursday. The 47-year-old had been suffering from flu-like symptoms and recently called her doctor to say she still wasn’t feeling any better. The unidentified caller who phoned 911 reported someone in cardiac arrest. Kim was also mom to a son who she shared with Al Brown.
Danielle Bregoli aka Bhad Bhabie has an issue with Iggy Azalea. The 15-year-old reportedly threw a drink at the singer on Wednesday night at the Boulevard3 in Hollywood. Iggy’s crew started yelling at the underage female while Bhabie’s security held her back. Apparently Bhabie—who rose to fame as the “cash me outside how bout dah” girl on Dr. Phil—was mad that Iggy had talked smack about her on social media. Being the adult in the situation, Iggy walked away, but not before saying that “Bhabie’s age is the only thing saving her from a can of whoopass.”
Legendary country singer, Roy Clark has died. According to TMZ, the 85-year-old passed away Thursday morning at his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The “Hee Haw” star had been battling pneumonia and passed away of complications from the illness. Roy is survived by his wife of 61 years, Barbara, and his 5 children.
for several NFL teams are listing and taking water, here are the teams in need
of major changes and what can be done in the short term and long term to get
Start Lamar Jackson. The former Heisman Trophy winner out of Louisville is
ready to take over for 11 year veteran Joe Flacco and may make his first start
of the year with Flacco nursing a hip injury. The Ravens can save over $20
million in salary cap money by releasing Flacco after the season
Long Term- Purge
expensive veterans. The Ravens had big salary cap dollars invested in Terrell
Suggs, Eric Weddle, Michael Crabtree and Brandon Carr. Time to invest those
dollars in younger more productive players.
Fire head coach Vance Joseph. Joseph is in his second season at the helm and has
8-17 record. Why delay the inevitable?
Remove malcontents. There is dissatisfaction with coaching staff and the
struggles at quarterback and the finger pointing has started in the locker
Fire offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter. QB Matt Stafford has been sacked 16
times in the last two weeks and his play calling has been unacceptable and he
knows it. Matt Patricia kept him on for the sake of continuity but that hasn’t
Feature Kerryon Johnson and Kenny Gollyday. Once the new OC is hired he need to
focus his offense on these two young offensive stars. Kerryone Johnson had
given the Lions a rushing threat they haven’t had since Barry Sanders retired
and Gollyday can be the featured receiver now that Golden Tate has been traded.
Stress accountability. The Jaguars have a roster full of talent and became the
plucky upstarts last season. To be in the position they are in this season is inexcusable.
The coaching staff must demand more from itself and the players.
Long Term- Identify
offensive building blocks. The Jags still don’t know if they have a franchise
quarterback in Blake Bortles and Leonard Fournette had missed time this season
and they have lost starting offensive linemen Cam Robinson and Brandon Linder
for the season. Getting them healthy and getting production out of Bortles is paramount
tot heir success.
Front office/coaching staff shakeup. This doesn’t have to mean head coach Todd
Bowles but it could be the GM Mike Maccagnan or a coordinator, but message has
to be sent.
Let Sam Darnold sit. While there have been few bright spots, the 21-year-old
rookie leads the league interceptions. He’s nursing sprained foot and rushing
him back makes no sense at this point in the season. Let 39-year-old Josh McCown
finish the season.
Feed Rashaad Penny. The early part of the season had Penny looking like a draft
bust but he’s starting to show the rumbling running style of Marshawn Lynch.
Feeding Penny will take the pressure off Russell Wilson.
Stay on point. While they sit at 4-5 the message stays positive and the Seahawk
continue to fight despite an overhauled roster.
Let Todd Monken call the plays. The Bucs have the league’s top-rated offense so
why would Dirk Koetter strip Monken of the play calling duties? Fear of the up
and coming coordinator taking his job perhaps?
Long Term- Whether
Jameis Winston is the franchise quarterback or not is inconsequential. He’s
already shown who he is on and off the field. If the Bucs stay with Ryan
Fitzpatrick it signals the end for Winston.
Raiders star LeBron James moved into 5th place on the NBA all-time
scoring list passing Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain.
Wednesday’s game with the Portland Trailblazers LeBron James needed 39 points
needed to move ahead of Wilt and achieved that with a free throw in the fourth
rung on the scoring ladder is significant as should he reach 32,293 point he
will surpass Michael Jordan for 4th place.
All Time NBA
Scoring Top 5
Assuming he continues
his 25 point per game average James has plenty of time left this season to pass
Award winners were not the only thing being announced at last night’s CMA’s. Carrie Underwood, who hosted the show for the 11th time with Brad Paisley, announced that she is expecting a baby boy. The new little one will be the second child for the country singer and her husband Mike Fisher.
Danica Patrick said she has Jim Carrey to thank for her relationship with Aaron Rodgers. While giving a speech in North Dakota, the ex-NASCAR driver fielded some questions about her relationship with the Packers’ QB. One audience member asked what line Aaron used to get the 36-year-old’s attention and she said it was a movie line from “Dumb and Dumber.” In fact, the couple’s entire first conversation was quotes from the film.