COVERAGE OF BUSH DEATH REFLECTS CURRENT POLITICS
NEW YORK (AP) – As the body of former President George H.W. Bush lies in state at the U.S. Capitol, the news media continues its retrospective of the life of the nation’s 41st chief executive. In much of that coverage, Bush’s reputation for kindness and respect for others – even those with opposing political views – has been highlighted. But it has often been done as a contrast to how President Trump handles things. Yesterday saw an on air spat on the subject during yesterday’s edition of “The View.” Meanwhile the news divisions of the networks combined reminiscences of Bush’s life with coverage of his body being flown from Texas to Washington, D.C., where a memorial is set for tomorrow.
DONALD TRUMP – STORMY DANIELS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Obscene and outrageous. That’s how Stormy Daniels’ lawyer is describing a bid by lawyers for President Donald Trump to get her to pay for president’s legal fees. The move comes after Daniels’ defamation suit against Trump was thrown out in October. Trump attorney Charles Harder says Daniels should have to cough up nearly $800,000 in legal fees for the more than 500 hours spend defending against the case. Daniels says she had an affair with Trump in 2006. She sued him after he dismissed her claims as being part of a “total con job.”
TRUMP – LAWSUIT
WASHINGTON (AP) – The attorneys general for both the District of Columbia and Maryland say they’re moving forward with subpoenas for records in their case accusing President Donald Trump of profiting off the presidency. Yesterday a judge in Washington approved efforts for both sides to begin digging around for evidence to support their claims. The suits against Trump allege the president has violated the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause, which prohibits federal officials from accepting benefits from foreign or state governments without congressional approval.
EDDIE MURPHY – BABY
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Eddie Murphy is a dad – again. His finance has given birth to a baby boy. A statement from the comedian’s publicist says the new arrival is named Max Charles Murphy – and was born Friday, weighing in at 6 pounds, 11 ounces. It’s Murphy’s 10th child; his oldest is 29. The boy’s middle name is a tribute to Murphy’s older brother and fellow comedian, Charlie Murphy – wo died of leukemia last year.
ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER – CLIMATE CHANGE
KATOWICE, Poland (AP) – Arnold Schwarzenegger says he wishes he could travel back in time like the cyborg he played in “The Terminator” – so he could stop fossil fuels from being used. The actor and former California governor made the comment at the start of a U.N. climate conference in Poland. Schwarzenegger told the conference “the biggest evil is fossil fuels: it’s coal, it’s gasoline, it’s the natural gas.” He also took a swipe at President Donald Trump, calling him “meshugge” – Yiddish for crazy – for abandoning an international agreement to curb global warming.
HUGH HEFNER ITEMS SOLD AT AUCTION
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The typewriter Hugh Hefner used in college was the top-selling item at an auction of the Playboy magazine founder’s possessions. Julien’s Auctions says the Underwood Standard portable typewriter sold for $162,500. It wasn’t the only the only bit of Hefner’s stuff sold off. The late Playboy founder’s complete set of the magazine he founded old for $76,800. His iconic smoking jacket fetched $41,600. And a gold ring with a hidden compartment containing a Viagra pill – which went for $22,400.
Hefner was 91 when he died in September of last year.
CLARK GRISWOLD DISPLAY DRAWS 911 CALLS
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – A holiday display meant to re-create a scene from “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” looks a little too real for its own good. The Heerlein family of Austin, Texas decided to place a dummy representing Clark Griswold dangling from the gutter of their place – with a ladder tipping beneath him. A veteran passing by thought it was real and tried to get the ladder back in place, while shouting “Can you reach it?” to the dummy. After police told the family it was getting calls about the display, the family put up a sign saying the dummy is part of a Christmas display – and that people shouldn’t dial 911.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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