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November 9, 2018

COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION AWARDS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The midterm elections are over. And now, the contest for the year’s best country songs is the next big thing vote to be concerned about in the music world. The 2018 Country Music Association Awards are Nov. 14 — next Wednesday. Among the songs with a shot at winning is “Drowns the Whiskey” — by Jason Aldean, featuring Miranda Lambert. It’s up for single and song of the year. Another contender: “Broken Halos” by Chris Stapleton, which is also up for single and song of the year. The track won the best country song Grammy earlier this year. And the emotional way Stapleton sings the song makes it a fan favorite.

TRUMP - MEDIA

NEW YORK (AP) — Did the Trump administration doctor evidence to support their claim that a CNN reporter put his hands on a White House aide who tried to keep him from asking questions Wednesday’s news conference? An independent video producer looked at the footage from the event — and compared it to a clip that press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders put out on Twitter. And he suggests something fishy went down. Abba Shapiro says a frame-by-frame, side-by-side examination of the clips shows the White House version appears to have been manipulated to make Jim Acosta’s actions seem more aggressive. President Donald Trump insisted today that the video wasn’t manipulated in any way. He says it was simply a “close-up” and “was not doctored.”

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037672-a-106:08-(Abba Shapiro, independent video producer, in AP interview)-“have the audio”-Expert: Acosta video distributed by White House was doctored (9 Nov 2018)

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037675-a-193:92-(Abba Shapiro, independent video producer, in AP interview)-“those extra frames”-Expert: Acosta video distributed by White House was doctored (9 Nov 2018)

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037673-a-158:64-(Abba Shapiro, independent video producer, in AP interview)-“these double-blurred images”-Expert: Acosta video distributed by White House was doctored (9 Nov 2018)

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037674-a-150:48-(Abba Shapiro, independent video producer, in AP interview)-“it’s sped up”-Expert: Acosta video distributed by White House was doctored (9 Nov 2018)

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037800-w-396:00-(Sagar Meghani (SAH’-gur meh-GAH’-nee), AP Washington correspondent, with President Donald Trump)-“Sagar Meghani, Washington”-Trump says White House-distributed video of news conference contact between reporter and intern was not altered (9 Nov 2018)

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037795-a-40:08-(President Donald Trump, with reporters)-“that’s not doctoring”-Trump says video showing contact between CNN’s Acosta and White House staffer was not altered (9 Nov 2018)

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TUCKER CARLSON - PROTESTERS

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fox News host Tucker Carlson is calling the presence of protesters at his home “chilling” and “upsetting.” Carlson spoke by phone on the network last night — one night after about 20 protesters targeted him at home. When police in Washington D.C. arrived, they found someone had spray-painted a commonly used anarchy symbol on Carlson’s driveway. That’s led the protest to be investigated as a possible hate crime. A video clip on social media by a group calling itself “Smash Racism DC” shows people at the home chanting, “Tucker Carlson, we will fight. We know where you sleep at night.” No arrests were made.

MICHELLE OBAMA - BOOK PREVIEW

WASHINGTON (AP) — Were you shocked two years ago to hear Donald Trump had been elected president? So was Michelle Obama. The former first lady says so in her new book. She says after hearing the 2016 presidential election results, she tried to simply “block it all out.” Obama’s book, “Becoming,” is out Tuesday; The Associated Press bought an early copy. In it, Obama says that she thought Trump was “grandstanding” when he announced he was running for president — and was shocked that so many women would end up supporting him.

WHITE ALBUM REMIX

NEW YORK (AP) — A lot of Beatles fans have expressed opinions about the legendary White Album. But the man who is doing the remix of it says he has the facts to back up his views — because he’s heard tapes of the recording sessions. Giles Martin’s dad was Beatles producer George Martin. And he was tasked to go over the original tapes. One thing Martin says he’s learned — that the group wasn’t as fractured as many believed it was as the recordings were made in the summer of 1968. He describes the sessions as “very warm” — and that in the end, the group got exactly what they wanted from the album.

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037619-a-119:28-(Giles (JY’-ulz) Martin, music producer and son of music producer George Martin)-“at Abbey Road”-Son of Beatles’ producer dives into the messy ‘White Album’ (9 Nov 2018)

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037621-a-191:28-(Giles (JY’-ulz) Martin, music producer and son of music producer George Martin)-“then as well”-Son of Beatles’ producer dives into the messy ‘White Album’ (9 Nov 2018)

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037620-a-176:88-(Giles (JY’-ulz) Martin, music producer and son of music producer George Martin)-“that’s John performing”-Son of Beatles’ producer dives into the messy ‘White Album’ (9 Nov 2018)

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037622-a-189:12-(Giles (JY’-ulz) Martin, music producer and son of music producer George Martin)-“wanted to make”-Son of Beatles’ producer dives into the messy ‘White Album’ (9 Nov 2018)

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5 SECONDS OF SUMMER - “YOUNGBLOOD” SUCCESS

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Clifford of 5 Seconds of Summer says when it comes to whether a song becomes a hit, “you can never predict” success. He says in the end, “you can only hope.” Now that their single “Youngblood” has reached No. 1 on the pop charts, those hopes were realized more than they imagined. Clifford says the group “really didn’t expect” that. The good thing about the song’s success, Clifford says, is that Youngblood is authentically theirs — and lets fans see what he calls “the real version” of themselves.

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037629-a-148:56-(Michael Clifford, guitarist for 5 Seconds Of Summer)-“people believed us”-With ‘Youngblood,’ 5 Seconds of Summer reach new heights (9 Nov 2018)

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037626-a-177:36-(Luke Hemmings, singer-guitarist for 5 Seconds Of Summer)-“have similar tastes”-With ‘Youngblood,’ 5 Seconds of Summer reach new heights (9 Nov 2018)

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037627-a-183:84-(Michael Clifford, guitarist for 5 Seconds Of Summer)-“just like unstoppable”-With ‘Youngblood,’ 5 Seconds of Summer reach new heights (9 Nov 2018)

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037628-a-117:12-(Ashton Irwin, drummer for 5 Seconds Of Summer)-“worked like that”-With ‘Youngblood,’ 5 Seconds of Summer reach new heights (9 Nov 2018)

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JONI MITCHELL TRIBUTE HELD IN LOS ANGELES

LOS ANGELES (AP) — She didn’t sing or speak. But the fact that Joni Mitchell was able to attend a tribute concert for her 75th birthday was a big deal in itself. Mitchell hasn’t been in public for 3 ½ years after an aneurysm left her debilitated and robbed her speech. Since then, there’s been little said about her condition. When she arrived at her tribute Wednesday night, she needed help to get to her seat. As she made her way in, the audience greeted her with a standing ovation. During the night, James Taylor, Chaka Khan, Kris Kristofferson, Rufus Wainwright and Seal serenaded the guest of honor with her own songs.

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037589-a-131:28-(James Taylor, musician)-“her coming around”-Joni Mitchell thrills concert audience just by showing up (8 Nov 2018)

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037588-a-205:68-(James Taylor, musician)-“to her art”-Joni Mitchell thrills concert audience just by showing up (8 Nov 2018)

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037591-a-162:48-(Diana Krall, musician)-“as a pianist”-Joni Mitchell thrills concert audience just by showing up (8 Nov 2018)

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037590-a-162:24-(Emmylou Harris, musician)-“them our own”-Joni Mitchell thrills concert audience just by showing up (8 Nov 2018)

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GABRIELLE UNION-WADE, DWAYNE WADE WELCOME BABY

MIAMI (AP) — Gabrielle Union-Wade and hubby Dwayne Wade say Wednesday is “forever be etched” in their hearts as “the most loveliest of all the lovely days.” The couple has welcomed a baby girl into their family. It’s the first they’ve had together — and was delivered via surrogate. Union-Wade has spoken openly about her struggle to have a child; she has had several miscarriages. In a social media post, the couple calls the child “our miracle baby.”

JOHN MELLENCAMP, MEG RYAN ENGAGED

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Here’s a little ditty ’bout John and Meg. Singer John Mellencamp and actress Meg Ryan are getting married. The 56-year-old announced her engagement to the 67-year-old musician on Instagram . “ENGAGED!” is what she wrote. The post included a drawing of what appears to be the two holding hands. He’s also holding a guitar. They’ve been dating on and off since 2010. Ryan was previously married to actor Dennis Quaid, while Mellencamp has been married three times.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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