Sunday, Aug. 19

Giuliani: Truth isn’t truth

“Truth is truth,” Todd responded.

“No, no, it isn’t truth,” Giuliani said. “Truth isn’t truth. The President of the United States says, “I didn’t …”

A startled Todd answered: “Truth isn’t truth?”

Giuliani: “No, no, no.”

Todd: “This is going to become a bad meme.“


The NFL’s first male cheerleader

(New Orleans Advocate) While NFL clubs — including the Saints — have had men and women perform cheerleading stunts together before, it is believed that Peron and Jinnies in late March became the first men in league history hired to perform dance routines with an otherwise all-female squad.


More Americans crowdfunding medical bills

(Yahoo Finance) “Despite the progress that’s been made in the last five years because of the Affordable Care Act, there are still almost 28 million people in the U.S. without [health] coverage. We are the only major industrial nation that doesn’t provide basic health insurance to all of its citizens. In some sense, failure is on Congress and its inability to find a way for everyone to be insured.”

Kevin Spacey movie earns $126 on abysmal opening day

(The Hollywood Reporter) The ensemble crime-drama Billionaire Boys Club quietly opened Friday in 10 theaters scattered in select states across the U.S. The indie film earned an abysmal $126 for the day, following its release on premium VOD last month, according to those with access to theater grosses.

Little contact lenses = big plastics disposal problem

( According to the findings, presented Sunday at the 256th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, anywhere from six to 10 metric tonsof plastic lenses end up in United States wastewater annually. Because of the way wastewater is treated, all that plastic ends up contributing to microplastic pollution currently building up in waterways, which eventually makes its way into the food chain. It’s an especially timely problem as the use of contact lenses is steadily rising.

Conserving oil doesn’t matter, US gov’t sez

(AP via The Daily Herald) The Department of Energy announced the policy shift in a memo made public this month. The memo comes in support of an administration proposal to freeze car mileage standards.

The statement takes note of a shale oil boom that has made the country a contender for title of top global oil producer.

Trump wants race war, Omarosa claims

(The Hill) Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman on Sunday said President Trump is “disingenuous” in his efforts to help the African-American community, and accused the president of wanting to start a race war.

“We have a lot to lose right now,” Manigault Newman said on MSNBC’s “Politics Nation,” referencing Trump’s appeal to African-American voters during the 2016 campaign.

“I believe he wants to start a race war in this country,” she added.

White House lawyer flips

(NY Times) WASHINGTON — The White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, has cooperated extensively in the special counsel investigation, sharing detailed accounts about the episodes at the heart of the inquiry into whether President Trump obstructed justice, including some that investigators would not have learned of otherwise, according to a dozen current and former White House officials and others briefed on the matter.

In at least three voluntary interviews with investigators that totaled 30 hours over the past nine months, Mr. McGahn described the president’s fury toward the Russia investigation and the ways in which he urged Mr. McGahn to respond to it. He provided the investigators examining whether Mr. Trump obstructed justice a clear view of the president’s most intimate moments with his lawyer.

(AP via the Toronto Globe and Mail) — Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones was accused in court filings Friday of destroying evidence relevant to the case of families from Sandy Hook Elementary School, who are suing him for claiming the massacre was a hoax.
— Attorneys for two Sandy Hook victims noted that Mr. Jones said during a recent broadcast of his radio program that he’d told his staff to delete information from the website of his Infowars media company, after CNN cited content from it for violating Twitter policies.


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