Afternoon Briefing: Donald Trump Double-Dog Dares Rep. Wilson to Repeat Her Statement

You know when there’s also an afternoon briefing that it’s been a bug-sh*t day in politics. And it has. The latest? Look at this asshole deny he said what he said:

I mean, the body language alone shows how much the man is lying. Crossed arms, defensive posture. Also, «that Congresswoman» is Frederica Wilson, and «that woman,» «the wife» he spoke to is Myeshia Johnson, but of course he doesn’t know that because he couldn’t be bothered to learn the name of the soldier who died before calling Myeshia Johnson. His name is La David T. Johnson — he had the name of his wife and children tattooed on his chest.

And guess what? La David’s mom, Cowanda Jones-Johnson, was also present during the call, and she confirms Representative Wilson’s account. «President Trump did disrespect my son and my daughter and also me and my husband.»

Anyway, Trump dared Congresswoman Wilson to repeat her statement, and then he’d come out with proof that she is lying. She repeated the statement.

We await the proof, Donny. Or are you going to go with your fellow sexual assaulter, Bill O’Reilly:

— Meanwhile, how is that bi-partisan agreement the Senate came up with and Donald Trump seemed to support to fund the CSRs for Obamacare going? Oh, Trump is backpedaling?

Color us shocked. But hey! If the Senate and the House pass it, I’m sure he’ll sign it, right? I mean, Trump claimed credit as the architect of the damn bill just yesterday, so …

What’s that, Paul Ryan? «The speaker does not see anything that changes his view that the Senate should keep its focus on repeal and replace of Obamacare.» Oh, good. So, the Speaker of the House is against the bill, which is almost but not quite a death blow. Cool, cool. I look forward to a 20 percent hike in all of our premiums in 2018.

— Maybe we can offset those premium hikes with the tax cuts we’re getting, right?

Must be really good if the middle class is going to be the recipient of the biggest tax break in the history of the country. Oh what’s that again, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin?

«So when you’re cutting taxes across the board, it’s very hard not to give tax cuts to the wealthy with tax cuts to the middle class,» he concluded. «The math, given how much you are collecting, is just hard to do.»

Really? Because here’s a thought, and I’m just spitballing here: Maybe instead of «across the board» tax cuts, you just narrowly tailor it to 90 PERCENT OF AMERICA and leave, say, the richest 10 percent out of it. Maybe apply that money to, say, healthcare! Or roads! Or job training for all those out-of-work coal miners.

I know. It’s too crazy to work!

— In case you’ve forgotten, since the thing that’s most likely to end Trump’s presidency has fallen down on the list of priorities, but the investigation into Trump campaign’s collusion with the Russians is still ongoing. Sessions met with the Senate Intelligence Committee today, and he seems pleasant.

I don’t think Senator Franken and Attorney General care for each other, you guys.

— Finally, here’s a voice mail «someone» left with Forbes Magazine, and by «someone,» I mean, «John Barron,» and by «John Barron,» I mean «Donald Trump.»


Anna Faris on Her Postsplit Relationship With Chris Pratt: «We Truly Adore Each Other»

Anna Faris understands why fans are so invested in her relationship with Chris Pratt. When the couple announced their split in August, people were devastated by the news, having watched the couple share sweet moments in the spotlight for years.

In a recent interview with People, Anna opened up about the breakup. «We’ll always have each other and be incredible friends,» she said. «It’s understandable that people seem so invested in our relationship,» she added, saying, «All I can say about that is, it’s all true, that we truly adore each other, and we love each other, I think it still comes through.»

As to her current relationship with Chris, Anna says there’s still a lot of laughter. «He is so proud of me, still,» she said. «We watched each other grow, and he still cracks me up all the time. And I think I crack him up — unless he’s a really good actor and great at faking laughter.»

The actress is currently promoting her upcoming book, Unqualified, which comes out on Oct. 24. Chris wrote the foreword for her book, and although it’s sort of «crazy timing,» she’s actually found it to be fitting, bringing it all «full circle.» Anna told People, «I am so grateful that he contributed to the book. Chris and I are really great friends, and I think that we always will be.»

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TIDAL’s Benefit Concert Was Basically a Gathering Place For Girls Who Run the World

When Beyoncé arrived at the TIDAL X Brooklyn benefit concert at the Barclays Center on Tuesday night, we’re just going to go right ahead and assume that you could hear a pin drop, because who wouldn’t be in awe of her presence? Bey, who recently welcomed twins Rumi and Sir with JAY-Z, walked the red carpet in a stunning emerald dress, and although she didn’t perform alongside her man, she did watch him front the sidelines.

This year’s TIDAL concert benefited all of the places effected by recent natural disasters, and the highlight of the night was definitely all of the strong and sexy women who dominated the stage. Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B, Remy Ma, Fifth Harmony, and Karen Rodriguez were among the artists who performed. Check out all the women who showed everyone who runs the world (pun intended), and all for a great cause, below.

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Today In Batsh*t Crazy Celebrity News: Shapeshifters and Aliens!

Celebrities are just like us, right? They have imperfect marriage, struggle to balance work and family, and they believe shapeshifters walk among us and aliens are real.

Billy Corgan, head megalomaniac of Smashing Pumpkins, was on The Howard Stern Show recently. Stern brought up Corgan’s appearances on The Alex Jones Show, mentioning the host’s belief in lizard people. Corgan responded:

«Not to add to the conspiracy, but I’ve had paranormal experiences in my life that sort of lend itself into that category.»

DID THEY TURN INTO A BULLET WITH BUTTERFLY WINGS?? Who knows, as Corgan most certainly realized how nuts he sounded and remained evasive with Stern. You can listen below.

Tom DeLonge, former guitarist and founding member of blink-182, continues his obsession with aliens. I mean, I listened to «Aliens Exist» on their «Enema of the State» record.

I didn’t realize DeLonge was serious, though. Back in 2015, DeLonge spoke with Papermag, stating that he had made contact with aliens and was in danger.

«At the time I didn’t know it, but the person I was dealing with was being awoken in the middle of the night with clicking and buzzing noises and falling on the ground vomiting, every morning at 4 a.m. I know now that those are artifacts from mind-control experiments, where the same technology that we use to find oil underground, we can zap somebody at the same frequency that the brain operates on, and it can cause some really horrific things to happen. But I didn’t know this until 10 years later. I got caught in the middle of it, and this was the time when I was on the cover of Rolling Stone, so I think these guys, whoever was running this operation, were like, «What the fuck? How did this kid show up?»»

In 2016, DeLonge spoke about the song with Mic:

«The very last line of that song references this urban legend in UFO folklore called Majestic 12; these documents that got leaked in the ’80s that described an entire organization of top-level scientists, military people and intelligence officials that manage the information of this phenomenon. I put the name in that song, and the irony now is that I’m dealing with people from the modern version of whatever that group is called. It’s a big deal.»

DeLonge has a website called To The Stars Academy of Arts and Sciences and he is using it to crowdfund a spaceship to finally prove the existence of aliens.

«Hello, my name is Tom DeLonge from the Blink-182. I have brought together an elite team from CIA, DOD and the FMR Director of Advanced Programs at Lockheed Martin’s SkunkWorks. We are aiming to build this ElectroMagnetic Vehicle to Travel instantaneously through Space, Air and Water by engineering the fabric of Space-Time. Our company is called To The Stars… and you can INVEST in our plan to revolutionize the world with technology that can change life as we know it.» — Via Facebook

Maybe DeLonge can get some insight from Miami congressional candidate Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera. The video below is in Spanish.


Game of Thrones: This Aegon Easter Egg Is Just as Sweet as It Is Heartbreaking

For the most part, Game of Thrones is an endurance test for how many miserable, heartbreaking, and stomach-churning events you can withstand in one sitting. There have been a few bright spots over the last seven seasons, though, and Ser Davos Seaworth’s tender friendship with young Shireen Baratheon is at the top of the list. As it happens, one of their tutoring sessions happens to contain a subtle Easter egg concerning the big reveal about Jon Snow’s true name in the season seven finale.

As you might recall, before showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss decided to rip out our hearts with Shireen’s fate, there’s a scene from a few seasons back where she’s trying to teach the illiterate Davos how to read and write. Reddit user Efurthy realized that Shireen’s choice for the first word to teach her new student (and Jon Snow’s future BFF) could not be more coincidental:

It’s kind of cute that the first word Davos learns to read is Aegon from freefolk

That’s right — Aegon, Jon Snow’s birth name.

After spending years speculating about who Jon’s real parents actually are, Bran calls upon his powers as the Three-Eyed Raven in the dramatic season seven conclusion to go back in time and confirm that they are indeed Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark. The blond Targaryen prince has not, as many throughout Westeros assumed, abducted and raped Lyanna. Instead we find out that the couple are truly in love. In season six, we get a glimpse of Lyanna begging her brother, Ned Stark, to «promise» to protect her child after giving birth, and further visions from Bran reveal that Lyanna also whispers something else to Ned before she dies: «His name is Aegon Targaryen.»

HuffPost reached out to actor Liam Cunningham, who plays Davos, to find out if he was aware of the connection at the time. His response? «No, are you kidding me? I don’t know what the hell’s gonna happen from one episode to the next,» he said. «That’s testament to how good the writing is on that, too. After seven seasons, people are still asking the same question they asked in season one. ‘Who do you think is gonna end up on the throne?'»

Cunningham did note, however, that the Aegon reference was probably intentional. «Yeah, they’re very good at that sort of thing,» he said. «David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] plant little Easter eggs there if you want to see them.»

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‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine,’ Tim Meadows, And How To Do Guest Stars Right

So I was brushing my teeth and thinking about Brooklyn Nine-Nine this morning (don’t you judge how I morning!) and it suddenly struck me: I’m going to really miss seeing Caleb on the show! For those of you who aren’t following the 5th season return of the precinct comedy created by Dan Goor and Mike Schur, Caleb was a character played by Tim Meadows, who bunked with Andy Samberg’s Jake Peralta during his brief stint in prison. It only lasted for 2 episodes, but their dynamic was delightful.

Oh, also? Caleb was a cannibal.

And it occurred to me that Caleb isn’t the only bit character played by a recognizable guest star that I’ve taken a liking to over the years. What Brooklyn Nine-Nine has a knack for is bringing in funny, talented actors and giving them small parts that seem fleshed out and intriguing while also fitting into the larger picture. The show is an ensemble anyway, with a talented cast — a cast that is overshadowed by how interesting and fully-formed their characters are. Even Terry Crews, playing Terry Jeffords, is… Terry Jeffords. He’s muscular and has great timing, but he’s also a concerned father and reliable sergeant and a lover of yogurt.

And the same goes with the show’s guest stars, only it’s achieved in a mere episode or two. We can probably rely on Craig Robinson’s hysterical Doug Judy AKA The Pontiac Bandit to pop up each season (fingers crossed the trend continues!).


Gina Gershon’s villainous Lt. Melanie Hawkins stuck around long enough to be a thorn in the Nine-Nine’s side. Hell, she’s the reason Peralta and Diaz went to prison! And Lou Diamond Phillips played the ramen-loving, stab-happy tough guy Jake had to get tight with to survive his prison stay.

Over the years the show has brought in an impressive number of guest stars who have left their stamp on the legacy of the show — not because of their familiar faces, but because of the roles they played so well. Jason Mantzoukas as Adrian Pimento, who had such insane chemistry with Stephanie Beatriz’s Diaz. Kyra Sedgwick’s Deputy Chief Wuntch was the perfect foil for Andre Braugher’s Captain Holt. And Marc Evan Jackson, who will forever be Sparks Nevada to me, is a delight as Holt’s similarly stiff husband Kevin Cozner (oh, how that name never ceases to amuse me).

There have been short-lived Holt replacements who step in to run the Nine-Nine from time to time (Bill Hader, Dean Winters, Ken Marino). There have been love interests (Eva Longoria) and family members (Stephen Root, Sandra Bernhard, Bradley Whitford). Look, I’m just scratching the surface but you catch my drift. The show brings in some serious fire power when it wants to, but more importantly, it knows how to use them. The characters never feel like a stunt, an excuse to bring in a big name just for shits and giggles (ok, maybe that one time with Nathan Fillion but c’mon, it was worth it). Rather than hijacking the story, they serve the narrative, and they’re memorable because of how seamlessly the character blends into the already eclectic dynamic of the show. They never make you sit back and think «Oh, it must be Sweeps again.»

Tim Meadows is great. But I am not going to miss him — I’m going to miss his Caleb. The sorta/maybe nice guy who ate a lot of people, but still stood up for Jake. And then immediately regretted it. Seeing their jail yard friendship blossom made me want to watch more of them together. Made me wonder what might happen if they met again on the outside (Caleb would probably eat more people, obviously, but you get my point). Perhaps, like the Pontiac Bandit, we will see some of those guest stars again. Maybe not. But the fact that I can sit back and imagine more adventures with Doug Judy, or Wuntch, or any of the replacement captains is a testament to how well written this show is.

Plenty of shows have guest stars. But Brooklyn Nine-Nine? I’d say it has guest parts.

What do you think? Who was your favorite Brooklyn Nine-Nine guest part? It’s ok to say «Cheddar»:


Or do you think there are other shows that feature guest performers even better? Be forewarned though — whatever you say to that last part, my answer will be:



Jake Tapper Double Taps Bill O’Reilly with the Twitter Burn of the Week

How nice — for once HR isn’t pissing everybody off! — (CNN)

Here’s the twitter burn of the week, and do yourself a favor and click on the replies. It’s very, very satisfying.

Here’s a couple of those replies:

Nobody wants to wear Marchesa anymore? Shit, did anyone EVER *want* to wear Marchesa? Hideous, hideous gowns. Don’t @ me. They’re hideous. — (Dlisted)

I freaking LOVE advent calendars, and am always on the hunt for fun ones for my mother-in-law since she can’t have sweets. I found this one today and I love it so much, I’m not sure I’m going to be able to give it to her — I may keep it for myself! — (My Subscription Addiction)

Oooh, new trailer for season 3 of UnREAL and also some hopes for its storyline tweaks. — (LG)

A restaurant in Long Beach got totes busted by a Yelper for using Popeye’s chicken as their own. Duuuude. h/t sarah_jwh — (Grub Street)

Do you know who this is? I was wrong from the thumbnail AND from the bigger picture. — (GFY)

I mean… it’s all fun and games to JOKE about setting the house on fire when there’s a spider in it, but, you know, it’s a joke, ha ha, right? No. This guy in Arizona took it literally. — (Distractify)

Ellen created a Florida Man-style segment, called «Oh, Straight People.» — (Twitter)

Judith Light is bicoastal. And loving it! — (Celebitchy)

Jeverett15 picked another winner to review. This time it’s George Saunder’s Lincoln at the Bardo, announced today as the winner of the prestigious Man Booker prize. Saunders, known best for his short stories, centers his first novel around the death of young Willie and his grieving father, Abraham Lincoln. Have you read this story of spirits lingering in limbo? (Cannonball Read 9)


This BBC News Reporter Couldn’t Care Less About Royal Baby No. 3

A little over a month after Kate Middleton and Prince William announced that they’re expecting their third child, Kensington Palace confirmed this week that their new bundle of joy is due in April 2018. While a lot of people were excited by the news, others were . . . somewhat unimpressed.

BBC news reporter Simon McCoy was live on air when the announcement was made, and he relayed the information in his own unique way. «Now, bearing in mind that they announced that she was pregnant back in September, I’m not sure how much news this really is,» he said with a bit of a sarcastic laugh. «But anyway…clear your diaries, get the time booked off, cause that’s what I’m doing.» Of course, Twitter users were quick to pick up on his funny report, and we have to agree with them: he did make us laugh!

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Georgia Southern Volleyball Analyst Apologizes For 9-11 ‘Kills’ Joke During Match

Tricia Fishbune, the Georgia Southern volleyball analyst who dropped a horrible 9-11 joke (she called it a joke on air) has apologized for that joke that didn’t go well last week during a match.

Tricia’s full quote from the match:

She has 911 kills. So she’s only 65 kills away from cracking the top 10 in school history and, um, just to note…911…you know, 9-11…so uh…kills…that was, you know 9-11…kills…little joke.

The first stop on the apology tour:

Erroneous wording? I’d love to know how Tricia would’ve worded that joke differently.

As I said on Monday, there’s no need to fire Tricia, suspend Tricia, etc. If you really want to punish her, make her go to an open mic night and force her to work on her jokes. I think the proper response here is four weeks of open mic night.

She better have a 9-11 joke that ‘kills’ before those four weeks are over. Come up with some sort of Joe Rogan 9/11 conspiracy joke and you’re an instant Internet hit.



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Lena Dunham Nailed Her Role on American Horror Story, but About That Accent . . .

Lena Dunham finally made her American Horror Story: Cult debut, portraying real-life figure and radical feminist Valerie Solanas. Though Dunham was convincing as the unwavering activist who attempted to assassinate Andy Warhol in 1968, fans couldn’t help but ponder one recurring question: what was up with her accent?

Being that Solanas was born and raised in New Jersey, Dunham understandably tried to re-create the strong accent during her onscreen portrayal. Unfortunately, her accent seemed to drift in and out throughout the episode. In her defense, though, Dunham’s own accent isn’t too different with her having grown up in New York, which only complicates matters more.

Because everyone on the internet has a strong opinion about everything, Twitter quickly came forward with questions about the, well, questionable accent.

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