“FEAR” IS RELEASED
WASHINGTON (AP) – Now that “Fear” has hit the shelves, the White House is continuing its campaign against the tell-all book by journalist Bob Woodward. In the latest salvo, two former aides of President Donald Trump have weighed in on the book’s portrait of a dysfunctional administration. Ex White House staff secretary Rob Porter and former economic adviser Gary Cohn have both complained. While neither directly denied details in the book, Porter says in a statement that the book paints what he calls a “selective and often misleading portrait.” And Cohn has told Axios the “book does not accurately portray my experience at the White House.” Speaking to reporters in the White House yesterday, Trump again called the book “fiction.”
WASHINGTON (AP) – For those who want to get their hands on the hottest book of the political campaign season, the “fear” is that they may not be able to. Even before its release, “Fear” has been No. 1 on Amazon. And its publisher says it will print 1 million copies of the book by veteran journalist Bob Woodward. But still it appears demand is higher than supply. Amazon says the book is out of stock – and would be available to ship in one to three weeks.
LES MOONVES – GAYLE KING
NEW YORK (AP) – CBS News anchor Gayle King is calling on her network to release its report on the sexual misconduct allegations against former chief executive Le Moonves. Speaking yesterday on “CBS This Morning,” King says it would be hard for the company to move forward if it doesn’t have “full transparency.” A law firm is currently investigating allegations that Moonves forced women to perform oral sex, groped them and retaliated against those who rebuffed him. Moonves denies the charges. He was ousted Sunday after a new wave of allegations was released by New Yorker magazine.
BILL COSBY – JUDGE
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) – Bill Cosby wants the judge handling his two criminal trials to step down before sentencing the comedian later this month. A motion by the comedian’s attorneys accuses judge Steven O’Neill of having a longtime grudge against a key witness in a 2016 pretrial hearing. The witness is former prosecutor Bruce Cantor – who declined to press charges against Cosby in 2005 – and promised Cosby he’d never be prosecuted over the 2004 case he was convicted of. It was judge O’Neill who ruled there was no evidence of a binding agreement to shield Cosby from prosecution, sending the case to trial.
Cosby is to be sentenced on Sept. 24.
ALEX TREBEK – NEW SEASON
LOS ANGELES (AP) – It’s a new season of “Jeopardy!” And this time, longtime quizmaster Alex Trebek has a new look. Starting his 35th season of the game show, Trebek is rocking a beard. He made reference to the facial hair at the opening of the first show, telling the audience “No need to inquire how I spent my summer vacation.” The beard has launched a poll on Twitter – with people weighing in on whether Trebek should keep it. So far, those who favor the beard have the upper hand.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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