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    Tuesday, July 16th, 2018

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    Tuesday, July 16th, 2018

    Back in the Day on July 17 101 years ago - In 1917, the British royal family's last name was changed from Saxe-Coburg Gotha to Windsor. 100 years ago - In 1918, Tsar Nicholas II and the rest of the Russian royal family were executed by revolutionaries called the Bolsheviks. The Romanovs were the last imperial family of Russia and inspired the movie "Anastasia". 63 years ago - In 1955, Disneyland opened in Anaheim, California. 59 years ago - in 1959, the legendary Billie Holiday died from the effects of her Heroin Addiction at age 44. Believe it or not, she died with only 70 cents in the bank, but with $750 Strapped to Her Leg, out of a deep-rooted fear of poverty. 53 years ago - In 1965, James Brown released THE perfect R&B smash . . . "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag". It sold two million copies and won the Grammy for Best R&B recording. 51 years ago - In 1967, the Jimi Hendrix Experience opened for The Monkees at Forest Hills Stadium in New York. 43 years ago - In 1975, an Apollo command module docked with a Russian Soyuz Spacecraft for the very first time. Three astronauts and two cosmonauts carried out five joint experiments for NASA's First International Partnership. 37 years ago - In 1981, "Zorro: The Gay Blade" was released, starring leather-man George Hamilton. 34 years ago - In 1984, Ronald Reagan signed the National Minimum Drinking Age Bill, raising the legal drinking age to 21. 20 years ago - In 1998, "The Mask of Zorro" was released, starring Antonio Banderas, Catherine Zeta Jones, and Anthony Hopkins. 19 years ago - In 1999, Helen Hunt married Hank Azaria. They filed for divorce in December of 2000. Nine years ago - In 2009, legendary CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite died at the age of 92. "And that's the way it is." Three years ago - In 2015, "Ant-Man" was released, starring Paul Rudd.
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    Tuesday, July 16th, 2018

    Birthdays on July 17, 2018 Billie Lourd is 26. Carrie Fisher's daughter and Debbie Reynolds' granddaughter. She played Winter Anderson on "American Horror Story: Cult" and Chanel #3 on "Scream Queens". Jeremih is 31. R&B stud who sings "Birthday Sex" and "Don't Tell 'Em". Mike Vogel is 39. Dale Barbie on "Under the Dome" and Captain Dalton on NBC's military drama "The Brave". It was just cancelled in May. Luke Bryan is 42. "Play It Again", "Drunk on You", and "Crash My Party". Carey Hart is 43. Professional motocross racer who's married to Pink. Tony Dovolani is 45. Former "Dancing with the Stars" pro. He won the 15th season with Melissa Rycroft from "The Bachelor". Jason Clarke is 49. Malcolm in "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes", and John Connor in "Terminator Genisys". He's starring in next year's "Pet Sematary" remake. You may also remember him from "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Everest". Alex Winter is 53. Bill S. Preston, Esquire in "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure", "Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey" and maybe the third "Bill & Ted" movie. Some of you might also remember him as Marko in "The Lost Boys". Craig Morgan is 54. Country singer. "That's What I Love About Sunday" Mark Burnett is 58. Producer behind reality shows like "The Apprentice", "Survivor", "Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?", and Kevin Hart's new obstacle course competition "TKO: Total Knock Out". Mark is married to "Touched by an Angel's" Roma Downey, and they produced "The Bible" and "Son of God" together. Angela Merkel is 64. The First Female Chancellor of Germany. David Hasselhoff is 66. Single-handedly brought down the Berlin Wall. Lucie Arnaz is 67. Famous for being Lucy and Desi's daughter. Terry "Geezer" Butler is 69. Bassist for Black Sabbath. Camilla Parker-Bowles is 71. Duchess of Cornwall. Prince Charles' wife. Donald Sutherland is 83. President Snow in the "Hunger Games" movies. Kiefer's dad. Diahann Carroll is 83. Dominique Deveraux on "Dynasty", Isaiah Washington's mother on "Grey's Anatomy", and Matt Bomer's landlady on "White Collar". Phyllis "Delicious" Diller (1917 - 2012) Mick Tucker (1947 - 2002) Drummer in Sweet. They gave us the smashes "Fox on the Run", "Little Willy", and "Ballroom Blitz". Vince Guaraldi (1928 - 1976) Jazz pianist who did the "Peanuts" music. James Cagney (1899 - 1986) • 10 days until "Mission Impossible: Fallout" • 45 days until Labor Day Weekend • 53 days until International Literacy Day • 108 days until "Bohemian Rhapsody"
  5. FORT LAUDERDALE — The controversial fishing practice of catching large sharks from shore could be banned from many of Florida’s public beaches, restricted to nighttime hours or subjected to other limits, under options being considered to protect both swimmers and the sharks. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted last April to impose limits on shore-based shark fishing, an activity that produces dramatic Instagram photos and YouTube videos of anglers reeling in 12-foot hammerheads and tiger sharks. Nine workshops have been scheduled around the state, with specific proposals tentatively scheduled to go to the commission in December. Swimmers have expressed concern that the activity could endanger them by luring large sharks closer to shore, although a scientist from the wildlife commission has said there’s no evidence for this. But scientists and conservationists have also criticized the dragging ashore of sharks for photos and videos before releasing them. They say the practice — which is illegal in the case of protected species such as great hammerheads — could be difficult for many sharks to survive. “Physiologically, fragile species like hammerheads need to be left in the water where they can breathe, not dragged across rough sand or concrete while being unable to breathe,” said David Shiffman, a shark biologist who had been a critic of shore-based shark fishing while a graduate student at the University of Miami. “I’m thrilled to see FWC considering many of our expert suggestions,” he said. “As it’s currently practiced, land-based shark fishing in Florida results in the needless deaths of threatened, protected species. These regulatory changes will help reduce those deaths, and will do so without in any way infringing on the rights of conservation-minded, rule-following anglers.” During the April meeting, some commissioners said the activity showed a disrespect for wildlife, particularly when people hold open the mouth of the beached sharks and perch on their backs. “Some of those pictures that were shown on social media were disgraceful,” Commissioner Joshua Kellam said. “I think that just morally people should be ashamed of themselves to post stuff like that, to do that stuff to animals. People who do these things should be punished for their actions.” The commission, a seven-member board appointed by Gov. Rick Scott, told its staff to come up with proposals for limiting the activity. Among the options: Requiring a special permit for shore-based shark fishing, limiting chumming from shore, restricting the activity to nighttime and banning it from public beaches protected by lifeguards. To protect the sharks, the state put forward several options. It could prohibit tournaments from offering prizes for catching protected species. It could ban the use of gear more likely to injure the sharks. And to make sure sharks are released as quickly as possible, it could prohibit removing them from the water, measuring them or delaying their release for any reason.
  6. FERNANDINA BEACH — Of 88 unprovoked shark bites that the Florida Museum of Natural History documented around the globe last year, more than one third took place along the shores of Florida, the shark attack capital of the world. But the vast majority of those attacks were on southern beaches between Cape Canaveral and Miami. Shark encounters are relatively rare farther up Florida’s Atlantic coastline and are almost unheard of in northernmost Nassau County. Or so they were before Friday afternoon — when consecutive attacks sent two people to the hospital and shut down Fernandina Beach, just south of the Georgia border about 25 miles northeast of Jacksonville. “I was in two feet of water or less, laying on my stomach,” the first victim, Dustin Theobald, 30, told News 4 Jax from his hospital bed. Theobald said he had brought his 8-year-old to the beach and was watching the boy play in the surf when “when I felt something grab onto my foot and pull.” He felt no pain, yet. He reached back to feel what he now believes to a be a nurse shark or a blacktip shark, judging from the gouges it left in his foot. “He was probably four or five feet,” Theobald said. “When I did that, he shook twice, then released and left.” An onlooker told First Coast News that she watched Theobald stumble and hop to dry land on one foot, screaming: “I got bit! I got bit! Get out!” “He barely made it out of the water,” another witness, Mike Webb, told the outlet. “He laid down at the lifeguard stand and they just went to wrapping and gauzing. His left foot was — from what he said was, he could see the bone on the top and the bottom.” Theobald said he may have tendon damage along with four-inch lacerations on both sides of his foot. And no sooner had an ambulance arrived at the beach to collect him than a second swimmer was attacked less than two miles down the coast, the City of Fernandina Beach wrote in a statement. A 17-year-old boy was bitten no more than five minutes after Theobald, First Coast News reported. And though he, too, is expected to recover, the reports caused authorities to evacuate all swimmers out of the water along the beach. Before that afternoon, only four shark attacks had been recorded in Nassau County in the last 135 years, according to the Florida Museum of Natural History, compared to more than 800 across the state. The last encounter at Fernandina Beach took place three years ago, when a 12-year-old boy was dragged through waist-deep water by a shark nearly as large as himself. He had to punch the fish to break free. Even though shark populations are declining due to overfishing, the museum warns that attacks can increase as more humans wade into their feeding grounds. After the double attack at Fernandina Beach, officials flew red flags along the waterline to warn people away. Nevertheless, News 4 recorded a scattering of people wading late Friday afternoon even as a sheriff’s truck rolled along the shoreline, urging them out with a loudspeaker. “The shark has already bitten two people. Please exit the water,” the driver said. “There’s a shark in the water that has already bitten two people,” he repeated as he passed a small group waist-deep in the ocean. “I would move.”
  7. TAMPA — A Florida man is behind bars for failing to unlock his phones following a traffic stop. Fox 13 News reported William Montanez was pulled over in June for improper yielding in Tampa. He wouldn’t allow cops to search his car, so a drug-sniffing dog was brought in. A small amount of marijuana was allegedly found, and cops asked to search his cell phones. Again, Montanez said no, so detectives got a warrant. His attorney calls it a “fishing expedition.” Judge Gregory Holder ruled Thursday cops could go through the cell phones, but Montanez said the two phones are new and he couldn’t remember the passwords to unlock them. The judge found him in civil contempt and threw him in jail.
  8. WATCH: It ain’t easy being a conservative these days. New reports are popping up every week about conservatives being denied service at restaurants and now even from a ride-sharing company solely because of their political beliefs. Six Republican campaign volunteers have a similar story. They say they were kicked out of an Uber on Saturday in Raleigh, North Carolina, as their driver told them “welcome to the resistance.” Mary Russell, a volunteer, and Chris Godbey, the Executive Director of the Young Republicans National Federation, sat down with the Daily Caller to share their horrifying experience. Their crime? Talking politics amongst themselves in front of their driver — who apparently didn’t agree with their political views. The Daily Caller reached out to Uber, a spokesperson said they were looking into the situation. Republican Congressman Mark Meadows heard about the incident and took to Twitter to offer a $100 gift card for Lyft to those involved in the incident. “America Uncensored” is a Daily Caller program dedicated to political stories dominating the news cycle. TheDC’s Stephanie Hamill is a straight shooter who isn’t afraid to tell you what she thinks. Hamill has put the Left on blast for turning a blind eye to the violent MS-13 gang, talked about the Left’s war on white men and highlighted the dangers of socialized medicine in some of her recent monologues. Check out a few of Hamill’s other greatest videos and subscribe to our YouTube channel to avoid missing out.
  9. After the Helsinki summit between PRESIDENT TRUMP and VLADIMIR PUTIN, Putin gave Trump a World Cup soccer ball as a gift. But what if it was actually a TROJAN HORSE? Republican Senator LINDSEY GRAHAM Tweeted, quote, "If it were me, I'd check the soccer ball for listening devices and never allow it in the White House." Twitter Ads info and privacy (Man, if Putin really did that, AND it worked? I don't care if it's treason, you'd HAVE TO give him at least a polite golf clap. Anyway, you can watch Putin Hand the ball to Trump here.) Originally posted on July 17th, 2018
  10. There's a 30-year-old woman in Georgia named Whitney Braley who's confined to a wheelchair. So she has a service dog . . . a three-year-old, female husky named Banner. Earlier this month, Banner was acting really weird all day, and started tugging on Whitney's dress outside their home in Menlo, about 90 miles northwest of Atlanta. Then she started leading Whitney into the woods. And when Whitney finally caught up, she found Banner circling a cardboard box . . . with seven newborn KITTENS inside. Apparently some jerk had abandoned them, and just left them there to die. But Banner found them in time, and all seven kittens survived. Whitney isn't sure how Banner even knew they were there, because they weren't making any noise. But when she opened the box, Banner shoved her head in and gently picked one of them up in her MOUTH without hurting it. Now she won't leave them alone, treats them like they're her puppies, and even sleeps with them. Whitney posted some pictures online, and said she's taking care of them until they get a little older. Then she'll make sure they all get adopted. It's not clear if she's planning to keep any of them around for Banner or not.
  11. Toddler Dies After Being Left in Hot Car for Hours Posted: Jul 16, 2018 02:16 PM EDT Updated: Jul 16, 2018 02:16 PM EDT 697 Pembroke Pines, Fla. - (ABC) A 1-year-old boy died after being left in a stifling hot car for over 8 hours, officials said. The 17-month-old was found in a car in a Pembroke Pines, Florida, parking lot Friday, Pembroke Pines Sgt. Adam Feiner said, adding that he’d been there for 8.5 hours. The temperature climbed to 93 degrees that day. The heat index -- or what it feels like with humidity -- was 103 degrees. Police and fire crews responded around 5 p.m., police said, but CPR wasn't effective and the boy was later pronounced dead. "Leaving a child inside a car is a year-long hazard, but it is especially deadly during the summer months when temperatures can climb above 100 degrees within minutes," the Pembroke Pines police said in a statement. "Always double check your vehicle after you park for loved ones or pets. "Our prayers go out to the deceased and their family during this difficult time," the police department added.
  12. A "Stranger Things" Teaser Hints That It'll Take Place in a Mall and Be Out Next Summer Netflix has released a teaser for Season Three of "Stranger Things", and apparently, there's a chance the 'gate' could re-open at a Waldenbooks. It's a VERY '80s-style ad hyping the opening of a mall in Hawkins, Indiana, where the show is set. None of the regular characters are shown, except Steve, who's got a job at an ice cream place called Scoops Ahoy. The end of the 'ad' says the new mall is "coming" next summer . . . so there's a pretty good chance that's when we can expect Season Three to come out. (It looks really promising . . . and it's a relief that at least the whole season won't be about Eleven with Kali and that gang in Chicago.) Originally posted on July 17th, 2018
  13. "Forbes" released its Celebrity 100 list of the highest-paid entertainers, and FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR. is on top, after pulling down $285 million over the past year. All but $10 million of that came from his fight with CONOR MCGREGOR . . . who finished 12th with $99 million. GEORGE CLOONEYcame in second with $239 million, thanks to the sale of his Casamigos tequila brand. That's the biggest payday for any actor in the history of the Celebrity 100. Near-billionaire KYLIE JENNER is third, although she "only" made $166.5 million over the past year. It may be tough, but she IS expected to survive. DIDDYsuffered a massive drop this year, after topping the list in 2017. Last year, he banked $130 million thanks to a huge tour and the sale of some of his Sean John clothing line. This year he fell to #32, with a take of $64 million. Here's the Top 10 . . . 1. Floyd Mayweather Jr., $285 million. 2. George Clooney, $239 million. 3. Kylie Jenner, $166.5 million. 4. Judge Judy, $147 million. 5. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, $124 million. 6. U2, $118 million. 7. Coldplay, $115 million. 8. Soccer star Lionel Messi, $111 million. 9. Ed Sheeran, $110 million. 10. Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo, $108 million. DAVE CHAPPELLE, DR. DRE, and NAS are tied for LAST, with a mere $35 million apiece. Underachievers.
  14. here's a new line of high heels from . . . Crocs. Yes, THOSE Crocs. It looks like they've got about a two-inch heel and the sole is made from that rubbery, spongey material that made Crocs famous. They come in two colors: Gray and purple, and all black. And they're SUPPOSED to sell for $80 . . . but right now, I'm only seeing them going for about three times that on Amazon. Worth it.
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  16. Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) tore into President Trump on Monday, saying he acted like a “fan boy” of Russian President Vladimir President in their "embarrassing" press conference earlier in the day. “You stood there like a little wet noodle, like a little fan boy,” Schwarzenegger said in a Twitter video directed at Trump. “I was asking myself when you are going to ask him for an autograph or a selfie or something like that.” Schwarzenegger in the 45-second video accuses Trump of attacking the intelligence community and the Justice Department by refusing to denounce Russian interference in the 2016 election. “You’re the president of the United States. You shouldn’t do that,” Schwarzenegger said. “What’s the matter with you?” Schwarzenegger, who was born in Austria, then questioned what happened to the “strong words” during the Cold War from former President Ronald Reagan. “What happened to the strong words and the strength of Ronald Reagan when he stood there at the Berlin Wall and said 'Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall'?” “What happened to all that?” Schwarzenegger asked before ending the video with a deep sigh.
  17. LOS ANGELES (CBSLA/AP) – A “serial immigration violator” accused of attacking his wife with a chainsaw in front of their children at their Los Angeles-area home was charged Monday with seven felonies. Alejandro Alvarez-Villegas appeared in a Bellflower courtroom, but did not enter a plea to the seven felony counts against him, which include attempted murder and aggravated mayhem. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Lori Haley says 32-year-old Alvarez-Villegas is a “serial immigration violator” who has been deported eleven times since 2005. Alvarez-Villegas was arrested on Thursday in a stolen vehicle in Chula Vista, a few miles from the Mexican border. According to prosecutors, Alvarez-Villegas crashed the family car and stole an SUV – during a getaway – after the alleged attack. Police said Alvarez-Villegas is suspected of attacking his wife at their Whittier home, leaving her and her children – between the ages of 5 and 10 – reportedly covered in blood. The injured woman underwent surgery and was listed in stable condition, Scoggins said last week. A condition update was not immediately available. Alejandro Alvarez-Villegas (credit: CBS) The chainsaw allegedly used in the attack was recovered by police. It was not immediately clear if Alvarez-Villegas had an attorney to comment on the allegations. Haley says federal immigration officials have lodged a detainer against Alvarez-Villegas, asking local officials to notify them before he is released. It was unclear when the detainer was filed. Court documents show he was convicted of driving under the influence twice in 2014. On October 6, 2015, he was convicted of his third DUI – all three misdemeanors. The day before his third conviction, he was popped with a fourth DUI charge, considered a felony because of the three previous convictions.
  18. The National Guard's deployment to the southwest border in mid-April has led to 10,805 "deportable alien arrests" of people who illegally entered the United States from Mexico, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokeswoman said Monday. Because guardsmen are military personnel and not law enforcement officers, they cannot apprehend illegal immigrants. But CBP officers and Border Patrol agents apprehended thousands of people that guardsmen helped point out. The National Guard's presence also helped lead to the interception of more than 3,300 others who were turned back before they crossed into the U.S., CBP press secretary Corry Schiermeyer said in an email to the Washington Examiner. The Guard's deployment has also led to an additional 11,686 pounds of marijuana being seized as a result of their work. There are 1,601 National Guard troops at the border assisting with various surveillance, maintenance, and related operations. That number could tick up considerably if the 4,000 National Guard troops President Trump approved on April 4 are called on in a future request from CBP. Troops are providing support from the air, surveillance backup, and assistance with infrastructure projects like vegetation clearing and road maintenance, not including border wall construction. Another task is to specifically free up agents to leave their desks and get back out to the field. The troops monitoring remote video surveillance systems have then been able to report sightings to a greater field of agents, and thus the number of apprehensions has increased, officials said.
  19. An explosive lawsuit filed in Brooklyn on Friday alleged that a 13-year-old girl who informed school officials that she was raped by a classmate was told by a counselor days later, “if it happened, it happened—move on with your life,” The Daily News reported, citing the suit. The victim-- who attended East New York's Spring Creek Community School and in eighth grade at the time-- was reportedly raped two blocks from the school while she waited for a bus. The suit reportedly said that her peers distributed video of the attack and made fun of her. Carrie Goldberg, the attorney for the girl, said her client was victimized by the school for reporting the attack and has filed a lawuit seeking an unspecified amount in damages, the paper reported. A representative from the city’s law department told the paper that it is reviewing the suit. The report said that the rapist filmed the attack and the footage went viral at the school and school officials contacted police, but the girl did not press charges due-- in part-- to intimidation. The suit reportedly claimed that the school’s principal told the girl that she watched the video and it “looked consensual" to her. The paper said the principal did not immediately respond to questions. The girl was eventually placed in another school and finished eighth grade, the report said. She is now 17 and suffers from depression, the suit claimed, according to the report.
  20. A day care owner who pleaded guilty to attempted murder for trying to kill a toddler by hanging him from a noose in her basement was sentenced Monday to probation. Nataliia Karia, 43, was sentenced in Hennepin County court in Minnesota to 10 years, the Star Tribune reported. She also was sentenced to mandatory mental health treatment, and will be on electronic home monitoring for two months. In November 2016, a father was dropping off his son at Karia’s home for childcare, a criminal complaint stated. She led him to the basement, where he saw a toddler hanging from a noose. The father released the 16-month-old and fled. The child survived. Karia reportedly fled the scene in her minivan, and while doing so, hit a pedestrian, another driver and a bicyclist — for which she pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular operation. Nataliia Karia, center, with her lawyers Brock Hunter, right, and Ryan Else, reacts during her sentencing hearing in Hennepin County District Court in Minneapolis, Monday, July 16, 2018. (Leila Navidi/Star Tribune via AP) She was taken into custody when police found her preparing to jump off a highway overpass, according to the newspaper. Judge Jay Quam said, in agreement with doctors, that Karia was “a low risk” to reoffend, calling her actions “the perfect storm of factors unlikely to ever be repeated.” Karia’s defense attorney Brockton Hunter said Karia, who has spent 20 months in jail since the incident, and will get credit for her time already served, will leave jail no later than Tuesday. Karia promised to follow probation, and said in court she was glad no one died. Her attorney said Karia's actions were "aggravated, if not wholly caused, by abuse (from) Nataliia's husband." Karia's son, Denys, testified in May that his mother suffered mental and physical abuse both in the Ukraine — where she came from in 2006 — and America, KARE reported. Denys said his mother had suicidal thoughts the week leading up to the November 2016 incident, but her husband wouldn't allow her to get help. Prosecutor Christina Warren pushed for prison time. Warren raised doubts that Karia could be properly supervised outside of prison, and receive the care she needs to restore her mental health. In a court filing, Warren wrote that instead of being the person most able and willing to protect the boy from harm, Karia "left him hanging by a noose around his neck in her basement." The defense argued for probation, pointing out that Karia already has served time in jail and lost her child care career. Karia, in addition to her court-ordered mental health treatment and home monitoring, will live with her adult son, but cannot have unsupervised contact with her daughters — ages two, seven and 10 — or other minors.
  21. President Trump gave his detractors plenty of ammunition while standing beside Vladimir Putin. At yesterday's Helsinki press conference, Trump refused to side with the findings of his own intelligence community that Putin's government used illegal hacking to influence the election. Instead, he said, "I don’t see why it would be" Russia, and contrasted that with Putin's "extremely strong and powerful" denial. He then pivoted to "Hillary Clinton's emails," the server and the fact that he beat her in the election. In a strange way, Putin seemed to take the indictment of 12 Russian military officers more seriously, saying he'd look into having his country's law enforcement cooperate with the Robert Mueller probe (though I wouldn't hold my breath). With 1,400 journalists on hand, it was a moment that ricocheted around the world. While we might have expected Trump to be diplomatic about the Russian hacking, he seemed to give as much if not more weight to the predictable denials of the former KGB agent than to his own CIA and Justice Department. Not to mention Trump's national intelligence chief, Dan Coats, who calls the Russian disruption efforts "ongoing" and "pervasive." But—and this seems to come up whenever I write about the 45th president—some in the media and commentary world engaged in extreme rhetoric as well. MSNBC contributor John Brennan, Barack Obama's CIA director, called Trump’s performance "nothing short of treasonous" and said Mike Pompeo, John Bolton and John Kelly should resign. The normally sober David Axelrod of CNN likened Trump to Neville Chamberlain after his infamous meeting with Hitler. MSNBC analyst Jonathan Alter called for Congress to censure Trump. MSNBC's John Heilemann called it "a historic and comprehensive self-befoulment" by Trump. CNN anchor Anderson Cooper called the presser "perhaps one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president at a summit in front of a Russian leader, that I have ever seen." Another CNN anchor, John King, called it “the surrender summit.” At the same time, some on the right also went off on the president. Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell both distanced themselves by saying they believe the administration's findings on Russian hacking. On Fox News, anchor Neil Cavuto said Putin "appeared to run circles around the president and get him to buy ... every single sneaky lie and misstatement he has made on this matter." Fox Business anchor Trish Regan said: "He should have defended us! He should have defended his own intelligence community. Or just don't take the meeting!" Retired Gen. Jack Keane, a Fox contributor, told Regan that Trump "walked away from his intelligence community and did not stand behind them when they absolutely have the goods on Putin’s meddling in our election." National Review and The Weekly Standard ran tough pieces, and Trump ally and Fox contributor Newt Gingrich tweeted "it is the most serious mistake of his presidency and must be corrected—immediately." So Trump can't just blame the "liberal media." When you tick off both sides like that, you've got a serious political problem. Now the media were not exactly neutral about the Helsinki summit to begin with. The New York Times lead story on Monday morning: "Just Sitting Down With Trump, Putin Comes Out Ahead." The Washington Post analysis: "Trump Can’t Beat Putin At His Own Game." I understand what they were getting at. Since Trump spent the previous week at odds with NATO leaders, and refraining from criticizing Putin, he is helping to undermine the western alliance, just as the Russian strongman wants. According to this view, by granting the summit, Trump is welcoming Putin back to the family of nations, after the global sanctions that followed its annexation of Crimea. (Not to mention Trump's own expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats after Moscow allegedly poisoned a former spy living in the U.K.). What's more, this critique says that Trump is elevating Putin on the world stage because his country's gross national product is no larger than that of Texas. But really, what's the alternative? To refuse to ever meet with the president of Russia, which has the second-largest arsenal of nuclear weapons? During the worst tensions of the Cold War against the Soviet Union, American presidents met with Khruschev, Brezhnev and Gorbachev. The issue is not the mere fact of the meeting but what if any results the Putin session yields. No one had any expectations for this get-together other than vague promises of future cooperation. All Trump needed to do was get by the press conference unscathed. Instead, he unleashed waves of condemnation, even from some nominal allies, that won't be receding anytime soon.
  22. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., on Monday expressed his approval of President Donald Trump’s handling of Russia despite the tsunami of criticism the president faced after his press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin. “It’s gotten so ridiculous that someone has to stand up and say we should try to engage even our adversaries and open up our lines of communication,” Paul told Politico after the controversial press conference. “We’re going to talk to the president about some small steps in order to try to thaw the relations between our countries,” the senator added, noting that he’s set to travel to Russia early next month to continue the dialogue that Trump started. Paul said he hopes to meet with Trump before the trip to “to see if there’s anything he wants us to follow up on.” The trip, in his view, will allow the U.S. to eventually start working with Russia to stop civil war in Syria, denuclearize North Korea and get Russian military out of Ukraine. When it came to Trump’s remarks following the one-on-one meeting, Rand broke ranks with most Republicans and criticized those slamming the president. “Republicans that are making the criticism are either the pro-war Republicans like (Sen. John) McCain and (Sen. Lindsey) Graham or the anti-Trump ones like (Sen. Ben) Sasse,” he told Politico “They are motivated by their persistent and consistent dislike of the president.” Trump drew fury from Republicans after saying both Russia and the U.S. are to blame for strained relations and by not standing behind the U.S. intelligence assessments that Russia meddled in the 2016 elections. Trump said he has great confidence in the intelligence community, but Putin gave a “strong and powerful” denial. He said he doesn't “see any reason why” Russia would be behind election meddling. “There is no question that Russia interfered in our election and continues attempts to undermine democracy here and around the world," House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said shortly after the press conference in Helsinki, Finland. SCHOEN: PUTIN ATE TRUMP'S LUNCH Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., called Trump’s performance “disgraceful” and issued a lengthy statement criticizing the president for kowtowing to the Russian president. “President Trump proved not only unable, but unwilling to stand up to Putin. He and Putin seemed to be speaking from the same script as the president made a conscious choice to defend a tyrant against the fair questions of a free press, and to grant Putin an uncontested platform to spew propaganda and lies to the world,” McCain in a statement, calling the president’s comments at the press conference “a recent low point in the history of the American Presidency.” But it’s no surprise that Rand, and a handful of other Republican lawmakers, are embracing Trump’s approach to Russia. Last year, the senator from Kentucky voted against a sanctions bill against Russia. As a libertarian-leaning Republican, he also long opposed the hawks – like national security adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo – in the Trump administration, who in his view, seek confrontation rather than dialogue. “We have a lot of areas ... we should be talking about,” Paul told Politico about Russia. “We won’t get anywhere on it if we just say we want ... to put more sanctions on them and tomorrow they’ll surrender and do what we want.”
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