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The Morning Briefing: More Frederica Wilson, Hollywood Perverts, Jimmah Carter and Much, Much More

In this image taken from video, former President Jimmy Carter gestures at the annual Human Rights Defenders Forum at The Carter Center, Tuesday, May 9, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Alex Sanz)

Good Monday morning.

Here is what’s on the President’s agenda today:

  • In the morning  President Donald J. Trump will greet Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore, meet with him, and have a working luncheon with him.
  • The President and Prime Minister will then give joint statements.
  • Later in the afternoon, the President will present the Medal of Honor.

Phone call gate continues

The ladies of the Congressional Black Caucus have called for Gold Star father and Trump Chief of Staff John Kelly to apologize for his remarks at a press conference about serial Trump-hater Congresswoman Frederica Wilson. They claim that Kelly mischaracterized a speech Wilson gave which apparently boasted of securing $20 million to build a new FBI office in Florida.

“We, the women of the Congressional Black Caucus, proudly stand with Congresswoman Wilson and demand that General Kelly apologize to her without delay and take responsibility for his reckless and false statements,” the female lawmakers said in a statement.

Rep. Frederica Wilson made a TV appearance over the weekend to say that Niger could end up being Trump’s Benghazi. She also tweeted the same thing late last week. “Niger is @realDonaldTrump’s Benghazi. He needs to own it,” she tweeted. This is so laughable I’m not sure how to respond. We don’t know the details of the Niger ambush and the Democrats have repeatedly denied anything inappropriate happened when the Obama administration abandoned Americans with insufficient security in a terrorist hotbed and then ignored a call for help when they were attacked by terrorists. So…what exactly is she implying?

Trump also hit the media over the weekend and had some remarks on phone call gate.

“He is a tough, strong four-star Marine. You’re a four-star Marine, you’ve got something special to start off with, OK?” Mr. Trump said to Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo.

“He was so offended because he was in the room when I made the call and so were other people. And the call was a very nice call. He was so offended that a woman would be — that somebody would be listening to that call,” Mr. Trump said. The president also responded to claims that Kelly only made his remarks at the WH press conference because he wanted to keep his job. “He’s a man that felt it would be important for the country. He does it for the country. He’s not doing it for what he wants. He does it for the country,” he added.

In case you don’t remember, the original phone call gate began when Wilson overheard a phone call between President Trump and the family of a special forces soldier killed in the line of duty. Wilson claims the president was insensitive and offensive to the family during the call and she promptly ran to CNN prime time to scream about it.

I’m sure we haven’t heard that last of this kerfuffle.

Hollywood degenerate update

Although Harvey Weinstein has completed rehab for whatever he went there to “treat,” news about Hollywood’s #waronwomen continues. Now we have Hollywood’s James Toback being accused of sexual harassment by dozens of women.

The allegations, which Toback denied to the Times, arrive as the Harvey Weinstein scandal continues to roil Hollywood. Weinstein, co-founder of Oscar-winning movie production company The Weinstein Company, is in treatment after accusations that he sexually harassed and assaulted women in Hollywood, including Rose McGowan, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lupita Nyong’o and dozens more.

Toback may not be a familiar name to many, but he is behind well-known movies such as 1974’s The Gambler (starring James Caan and Paul Sorvino), 1987’s The Pick-up Artist (Robert Downey Jr. and Molly Ringwald), 1991’s Bugsy (Warren Beatty and Annette Bening) and The Private Life of a Modern Woman (Sienna Miller and Alec Baldwin), which premiered last month in Italy at Venice Film Festival.

Really disgusting stuff. Can you believe these moralizing monsters wag their fingers at the filthy casuals in the rest of America?

And there’s more Hollywood dish: Lawyer Lisa Bloom, who had her book optioned by alleged rapist Harvey Weinstein and originally signed on to defend him against a tsunami of victims, is fighting with former client and Hollywood garbage person, Kathy Griffin.

Comedian Kathy Griffin publicly cut ties with Lisa Bloom on Sunday. The attorney was representing her over a controversial picture in which the comedian held a bloody, decapitated Trump head.

“She was, as she says, then widely panned for her comments,” Bloom said. “Now she blames me. She’s the only client I’ve ever had who chose to extemporize at a press conference rather than read from notes we prepared in advance.”

A pox on both their houses.

In related news, the NYT dropped a bombshell over the weekend about former talking head Bill O’Reilly. According to the Times, O’Reilly paid out a staggering $32 million on a sexual harassment allegation. That is ALOT of money. The Times also reported that after the payout, Fox renewed O’Reilly’s contract with terms that increased his salary substantially.

Last January, six months after Fox News ousted its chairman amid a sexual harassment scandal, the network’s top-rated host at the time, Bill O’Reilly, struck a $32 million agreement with a longtime network analyst to settle new sexual harassment allegations, according to two people briefed on the matter — an extraordinarily large amount for such cases.

Although the deal has not been previously made public, the network’s parent company, 21st Century Fox, acknowledges that it was aware of the woman’s complaints about Mr. O’Reilly. They included allegations of repeated harassment, a nonconsensual sexual relationship and the sending of gay pornography and other sexually explicit material to her, according to the people briefed on the matter.

“I never mistreated anyone,” he said. O’Reilly continued, “It’s politically and financially motivated, and we can prove it with shocking information, but I’m not going to sit here in a courtroom for a year and a half and let my kids get beaten up every single day of their lives by a tabloid press that would sit there, and you know it.”

Jimmy Carter in the news, reveals he voted for Sanders

Jim Carter made some headlines this weekend. I bet you never thought you would want to read what he had to say, but in this case, you do. Apparently, Carter still has some sense about him and told the New York Times he doesn’t think the RUSSIANS had an effect on the 2016 presidential election. “I don’t think there’s any evidence that what the Russians did changed enough votes, or any votes,” Carter said. And here’s a surprise: “I think the media have been harder on Trump than any other president certainly that I’ve known about. I think they feel free to claim that Trump is mentally deranged and everything else without hesitation.” The former president also admitted that he and his wife were Sanders supporters. This nugget might be the best part of all: when asked if the Carter Foundation and the Clinton Foundation were similar he responded, “Rosie and I put money in the Carter Center. We never take any out.” You can finish that sentence yourself with “like the Clinton Foundation does.”

Carter also said he would be willing to travel to North Korea to “help” the situation there.

“I would go, yes,” Carter, 93, told the Times when he was asked in an interview at his ranch house in Plains, Georgia whether it was time for another diplomatic mission and whether he would do so for President Trump.

”I told him that I was available if they ever need me,” the Times quoted Carter as saying.

What Obama-Clinton Uranium scandal?

Our betters in the RUSSIA- obsessed media have inexplicably gone silent on the bombshell story about the Obama-Clinton Uranium One scandal.

During Sunday’s Face the Nation, Moderator John Dickerson became the first member of the Big Three Networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) to crack the broadcast TV blackout of the Hillary Clinton-Uranium scandal. But his mention of the story came five days after The Hill first exposed how the FBI was investigating Russian bribery of public officials to purchase the radioactive substance. And segment brought their total coverage time of the scandal to a whopping 69 seconds.

Will the media ever report on this massively corrupt fiasco?

Meanwhile, the House Oversight Committee is on the job. Congressman Ron DeSantis appeared on a FOX Sunday spin show and revealed he has already spoken to the FBI’s confidential informant.

“I’ve spoken with the confidential informant that helped the FBI uncover this bribery scheme,” DeSantis, R-Fla. said. “Clearly, it’s in the public’s interest that this individual be able to tell his story to Congress.” DeSantis also hinted the investigation “could be criminal.” Over in the Senate, the Judiciary Committee has also begun an investigation into the matter and Chairman Grassley has requested the FBI lift a non-disclosure agreement so the confidential informant can talk to Congress about the case.

The latest in the Trump vs. McCain feud

It appears that Senator John McCain has lobbed another bomb in his fight with President Trump. CNN describes:

Sen. John McCain, in an interview about the Vietnam War, appeared to take a swipe at President Donald Trump when he criticized people from “the highest income level” who avoided the draft by finding a doctor who “would say that they had a bone spur.”

McCain was interviewed on CSPAN about the Vietnam War. The Senator did not mention Trump by name. We’ll see if Trump returns McCain’s fire.

NFL owner: Anthem protest hurting NFL

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said the “take a knee” protests are hurting the NFL.

“There is no question,” Jones said when asked if the protests are hurting the league, per the Dallas Morning News‘ Brandon George. “There is no question the league is suffering negative effects from these protests.”

“I know that he was very deliberate during the anthem and of course that’s the issue with me,” Jones said when asked about [David] Irving continuing to raise his fist at the end of the anthem, per George. “I’m very proud of the way they all handled themselves.”

Jones said his primary issue with the large number of national anthem protests is the potential harmful effects it can have when it comes to advertisers and sponsors of the league. The longtime Cowboys owner believes this potential loss of viewership and revenue will ultimately hurt the league.

The NFL has dropped 10 percent in popularity among U.S. adults since 2012, according to a Gallup poll published on Oct. 13.

Less revenue for NFL teams means lower salaries for the football players. I guess they will learn that the hard way.

Historical picture of the day:

Apple’s new digital music player, iPod, is displayed after its introduction by Apple Computer Inc. chief executive officer Steve Jobs during a news conference Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2001, in Cupertino, Calif. Macintosh owners can download 1,000 compact disc quality songs onto the iPod’s five-gigabyte hard drive in less than 10 minutes. The MP3 player works only on Macintoshes running Apple’s proprietary operating systems and iTunes 2, the company’s latest music software. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Other morsels:

Sanders to run as an independent in 2018

What to expect at Bowe Bergdahl’s sentencing hearing at Fort Bragg

Man allegedly inspired by ISIS arrested in plot to bomb Miami shopping center

These middle school students pretended to rape black classmates on Snapchat

National Democrats are jittery about Va. governor’s race

Kamala Harris Doubles Campaign Cash to Media Firm That Boosted Bernie’s Profile

Schumer calls on Trump to appoint official to oversee Puerto Rico relief

CIA expanding operations against Taliban in Afghanistan: report

Price’s wife on HIV quarantine remark: I was just being ‘provocative’

Former FBI Director James Comey sparks 2020 rumors — here’s why

‘I Was Willing to Do Everything’: Mothers Defend Sons Accused of Sexual Assault

E.P.A. Cancels Talk on Climate Change by Agency Scientists

Libertarian Org Ready To Sue Instagram For Allegedly Removing Its Account

McConnell ‘Thrilled’ To Have Trump In The White House

Colleges Gear Up For Halloween With Warnings And ‘Cultural Appropriation’ Workshops

Anti-Gun Congresswoman Introduces Magazine Ban

Sen. Lankford: Lawmakers want full story on Niger

New York welcomes over 50 dogs rescued from hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico

Syria’s largest oil field seized from ISIS by US-backed forces

X-rated classroom party gets teacher fired from Florida school

House also probing Obama-era Uranium One deal, DeSantis says

Billionaire spends $10M to impeach Trump

Tillerson: Time for Iranian-backed militias to leave Iraq

Ohio State sued over refusal to let white nationalist Richard Spencer speak

And that’s all I’ve got, now go beat back the angry mob!