DONALD TRUMP VS. JIM ACOSTA
WASHINGTON (AP) – We should find out today whether a judge in Washington will force the Trump administration to give CNN correspondent Jim Acosta his press credentials back. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Kelly heard arguments from both sides yesterday on a request for a restraining order filed by CNN that would, in effect, end the ban on Acosta being in the West Wing with his journalistic colleagues. CNN said the White House seizure of Acosta’s “hard pass” is “an unabashed attempt to censor the press.” The Justice Department, on behalf of the Trump administration, says the White House has the right to determine who should or shouldn’t have access to press areas. Judge Kelly says he will announce his decision this afternoon.
FOX JOINS OTHER NEWS AGENCIES IN BACKING JIM ACOSTA
WASHINGTON (AP) – It’s rare to see Fox News in agreement with CNN – or in opposition to President Donald Trump. But that’s happening – and it has to do with the Jim Acosta controversy. Fox has joined other news agencies in filing a brief with a district court judge in Washington demanding that the White House restore Acosta’s credentials. In submitting a “friend of the court” brief, Fox joins The Associated Press and 11 other news agencies supporting CNN’s side of the dispute. A statement from Fox’s news president says press passes for journalist “should never be weaponized.” Jay Wallace’s statement says that while Fox doesn’t like the antagonistic relationship between President Trump and the media, it does support “a free press, access and open exchanges for the American people.”
TRUMP – “APPRENTICE” OUTTAKES
BOSTON (AP) – It’s the latest in a series of efforts to get a look at outtakes of President Trump’s old reality TV show. This time, the bid is being made by lawyers who are suing Trump over his decision to end special protections shielding certain immigrants from deportation. The lawyers have issued subpoenas to MGM Holdings and Trump Productions – demanding unaired footage from “The Apprentice.” The immigration lawyers say the outtakes may contain images or sound of Trump using racial or ethnic slurs – or makes “remarks concerning race, nationality and/or ethnic background.” The attorneys hope if there is any such material in the unaired tapes, it will bolster their claim that Trump’s immigration policies are racially motivated.
MICHAEL AVENATTI ARRESTED ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CASE
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti has been arrested – amid allegations of domestic violence. Police in Los Angeles say Avenatti was taken into custody near his skyscraper apartment in a ritzy area of Los Angeles. While not supplying details, authorities say the alleged victim in the case had visible injuries. Avenatti denies allegations of domestic violence. He was released after posting $50,000 bail. He says the domestic violence allegation is “completely bogus” – and that it was ginned up to harm his reputation. Avenatti became famous representing Daniels, a porn star who claims she had an affair with Donald Trump and has sued to invalidate a confidentiality agreement she signed.
POLICE OFFICER HELPS FAMILY FROM IRELAND TO SEE “HAMILTON”
NEW YORK (AP) – A family from Ireland is expressing gratitude to a New York City police officer for helping them to see the Broadway musical “Hamilton.” The NYPD’s Facebook page says a woman had waited in line for four days to score tickets to the wildly popular show -but found out she was $20 short. She turned to an officer of the Times Square unit for help. The NYPD post says officer Ricardo Dicandia pulled a $20 out of his pocket to cover the shortfall. The police department says the grateful woman wrote to the mayor’s office to tell the story – and thank the officer for his generosity.
KATHERINE MacGREGOR – OBIT
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Actress Katherine MacGregor has died. She’s best known for playing the gossipy mother Harriet Oleson on the TV show “Little House on the Prairie.” A rep for MacGregor says the actress died on Tuesday at the Motion Picture and Television Fund retirement community in Los Angeles. MacGregor was 93. “Little House” ran on NBC from 1974 to 1983 – and MacGregor was there for the entire run.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
Follow Oscar Wells Gabriel II on Twitter at https://twitter.com/OWGabriel2