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November 8, 2018

WHITE HOUSE SUSPENDS CNN CORRESPONDENT JIM ACOSTA’S PRESS PASS

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House Correspondents Association is calling on President Donald Trump to reverse what it calls a “weak and misguided” action. The administration has suspended the press pass of CNN correspondent Jim Acosta after he and Trump had a heated confrontation during a news conference yesterday. Also coming to Acosta’s defense: his bosses at CNN. The network issued a statement saying it supports Acosta — and that the only reason the White House pulled his pass is that he asked tough questions of the president, something that is part of his job. CNN also ripped press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders for suggesting Acosta was disciplined because he “placed his hands on” a female White House aide who tried to snatch the roving microphone from Acosta during the exchange. Both CNN and Acosta say that claim is “a lie.”

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ACOSTA BANISHED AFTER CONFRONTATION WITH TRUMP DURING PRESS CONFERENCE

WASHINGTON (AP) — When the usual batch of White House correspondents went to the West Wing to do their jobs today, CNN’s Jim Acosta was on the outside, looking in. The White House has suspended his credentials, leaving him without access to the area where news reporters cover the president. Trump became irked at Acosta — a frequent foil — for challenging the president’s election campaign claim that the caravan of Latin American migrants heading for the U.S. was “an invasion.” After Trump said that’s how he saw the migrants, he wouldn’t let Acosta follow up, telling him “That’s enough.” When Acosta persisted, Trump berated him as a “rude,” terrible” person who CNN should be ashamed to have as an employee. When NBC News correspondent Peter Alexander told Trump that Acosta was a decent man just trying to do his job as a journalist, Trump turned on him too — telling Alexander he didn’t like him, either.

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TRUMP SCOLDS TWO AFRICAN-AMERICAN REPORTERS AT NEWS CONFERENCE

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump complained at his news conference yesterday that the news media is “hostile” toward him. But his treatment of two black journalists during the q-and-a session with reporters is reigniting complaints that Trump himself is hostile toward people of color. Trump repeatedly told April Ryan of American Urban Network Radio to “sit down” after she tried to get the president to address reports of widespread voter suppression in Tuesday’s midterm elections. He chastised her as “rude” for asking a question when he was trying to take someone else’s question. But clips of the news conference show Ryan’s question came during a lull in the proceedings — and that Trump offered a partial response to her question, ordering her to sit only when she tried to follow up. At the same news conference, Trump came for Yamiche Alcindor of PBS’ “NewsHour.” Trump said it was “insulting” and “terrible” that she asked if his calling himself a “nationalist” could be considered an expression of support for the white nationalist movement. Trump called that “a racist question.” Later, on Twitter, Alcindor said she has interviewed white nationalists who say they are more excited by Trump than they have been about other presidents.

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PROTEST INVESTIGATED AS POSSIBLE HATE CRIME

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington police are investigating a protest outside the home of Fox News host Tucker Carlson as a possible hate crime. According to a police report, a group of demonstrators gathered outside Carlson’s home last night. A video posted on social media but later removed showed people standing outside a darkened home chanting “Tucker Carlson we will fight/We know where you sleep at night.” The report says officers arrived and found about 20 protesters and a commonly used anarchy symbol spray-painted on the driveway. The report lists the incident as a “suspected hate crime” on the basis of “anti-political” bias. The incident is the latest in a series of protests targeting Trump administration officials and allies.

DONALD TRUMP - WALK OF FAME STAR

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The man who smashed Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame said back in August that his vandalism was a “rightful and just act.” Apparently, the judge who sentenced him disagrees. City News Service of Los Angeles reports Austin Mikel Clay has been sentenced to three years’ probation after pleading no contest to a felony count of vandalism. He’ll also have to undergo psychological counseling and make restitution to the organization that installed the star — and had to replace it once it was damaged. Clay took a pickax to Trump’s star back in July. Trump got the recognition for his work on the TV show “The Apprentice.”

MAN ARRESTED IN CNN PHONE THREATS

MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) — It apparently didn’t take a lot of sleuthing to figure out who was behind a rash of threatening calls to CNN. Authorities in Arkansas have arrested a man for threats against the news agency President Trump denounces as “fake news.” The suspect, 39-year-old Benjamin Craig Matthews, faces multiple counts of making terrorist threats and harassing communications. The more than three dozen calls were made to CNN headquarters in Atlanta between Oct. 31 and Nov. 2. The network says the calls originated from the same phone number — one that police say they traced to a cellphone belonging to Matthews.

MIDTERMS - TV RATINGS

NEW YORK (AP) — Lots of people turned out at the polls to vote Tuesday. And Nielsen reports a lot of them also tuned in — to see who won. The ratings company says 36.1 million people watched the midterm election results. That represents a 59 percent increase over the last midterms, in 2014. Nielsen also says it was was the largest midterm election audience since 2002.

JONI MITCHELL CELEBRATES 75TH BIRTHDAY

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joni Mitchell didn’t speak or sing a word at an all-star concert in honor of her 75th birthday Wednesday. She didn’t have to. Showing up was enough. The Canadian folkie-turned-California singer-songwriter ended a 3 1/2 year absence from public life that began when she had an aneurysm in 2015. When she slowly walked into the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles and took her seat, she got a standing ovation and spontaneous audience chorus of “Happy Birthday.” Artists including James Taylor, Chaka Khan, Kris Kristofferson and Emmylou Harris serenaded Mitchell with her own songs at the concert. The only song not written by Mitchell was written for her. Graham Nash sang “Our House,” his 1970 song about life with Mitchell when the two were dating in their 20s.

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‘LOVE STORY’ COMPOSER DIES

PARIS (AP) — France’s Culture Ministry says French composer Francis Lai, who won an Oscar for his iconic movie score in “Love Story,” has died. He was 86. Lai at the start of his career quickly rose through the ranks, composing songs for Edith Piaf and Yves Montand. He turned his attention to the silver screen in the 1960s after meeting director Claude Lelouch, and wrote the title track music for 1966′s Oscar-winning “A Man and a Woman.” Lai’s success culminated with his 1970 Academy Award for the score of “Love Story.” Its main song “Where Do I Begin?” is almost universally known thanks to popular renditions by Andy Williams and Shirley Bassey. The mayor of Nice, Lai’s birthplace, said he hopes to name “an emblematic place of our city” after Lai.

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FLOYD MAYWEATHER CALLS OFF BOUT WITH KICKBOXER

TOKYO (AP) — Floyd Mayweather has taken himself out of the ring when it comes to a scheduled fight with a Japanese kickboxer. The American fighter has gone on Instagram saying he “never agreed” to fight Tenshin Nasukawa and that he was “blindsided” by promoters of the proposed New Year’s Eve bout. Mayweather attended the Monday news conference where the Dec. 31 fight was announced — but expressed no misgivings about it. He says now he should have spoken up. Mayweather is 41 and is 50-0 as a boxer. His would-be kickboxing opponent is 20. Mayweather has never fought as a pro under MMA rules.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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