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Oprah Steals the Show; Mueller To Interview Trump?

Here is the Daily Briefing for Monday, January 8, where we round up the day’s biggest headlines for your perusal. Take a look.

Trump vs. CNN, Round 14

White House policy adviser Stephen Miller agreed to an interview yesterday with Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union.”  The segment quickly devolved into a shout fest until Tapper finally pulled the plug and gave Miller the boot.  The feisty Miller reportedly had to be escorted from the studio.  President Trump praised his man and denounced Jake Tapper as a “CNN flunky.”

Author Claims Book Will End Trump Presidency

Even though he admits his book “Fire and Fury” has many errors, Michael Wolff is boasting that his work will finally “end this presidency.”  Meanwhile, Steve Bannon, who provided Wolff with so much ammunition, has issued a an apology to the president and his family.  He extolled Donald Trump Jr. as “a patriot and a good man” and reaffirmed his unwavering support for the president.

British PM May Vouches for Trump Stability

Prime Minister Theresa May, asked about President Trump’s mental fitness, affirmed that the president is perfectly sane and sound.  She described the president as a man who is always “taking decisions in the best interests of the United States.”  President Trump is expected to visit Britain in the coming months.

Mueller To Interview Trump?

President Trump’s lawyers are preparing for the distinct possibility that special counsel Robert Mueller will request an interview with the president.  There are questions as to whether such an interview will be done face-to-face, or whether the president will provide written answers to questions submitted by the Mueller team.  Robert Mueller will almost certainly press for a formal sit-down interview.

Golden Globes Tackles Harassment

Last night’s Golden Globe awards were filled with quips and barbs about sexual harassment in Hollywood and elsewhere.  Host Seth Meyers went after Harvey Weinstein and, of course, also got in a couple of shots at President Trump.  It’s worth remembering that Seth Meyers mercilessly mocked Donald Trump at the 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner, which some feel inspired Trump to run for the presidency.

Oprah Steals the Show

One highlight of last night’s show was Oprah Winfrey’s speech after she was presented with a lifetime achievement award.  She issued a stark warning to sexual predators and spoke directly to young girls watching at home.  NBC, rather bizarrely, lauded her as “OUR future president.”

Actress Called Out for Hypocrisy

After being honored as best actress in a TV drama, Elisabeth Moss spoke about women and the need to speak out against harassment.  People quickly jumped on Twitter to point out that Moss is an adherent of the cult of Scientology, which is not known for its enlightened treatment of women.  The Church of Scientology has been accused of protecting a serial rapist and trying to silence anyone who departs the bizarre cult.

Trump’s Monday: From Farm to Field

President Trump heads to Nashville today, where he will speak with a convention of farmers.  It is the first time in 25 years that a sitting president has addressed the American Farm Bureau Federation.  Then it’s a short hop to Atlanta, where the president will watch the national championship football game between Georgia and Alabama.  There is no hint as to whether President Trump is on the side of the Dawgs or the Crimson Tide.

Number of Refugees to USA Way Down

The United States is admitting far fewer refugees now than a year ago, probably a result of the administration’s tougher vetting policies.  In the last three months of 2016, during the Obama administration, more than 25,000 refugees were admitted into the country.  By comparison, only about 5,000 were granted entry during the same three months of 2017.

CIA Boss: North Korea Being “Strangled”

Mike Pompeo, head of the CIA, says President Trump’s tough talk and derisive tweets are working against North Korea.  The North has agreed to talks with South Korean leaders for the first time in two years.  Pompeo also warns that Russia will try its best to interfere with next year’s midterm elections.  He added that Russian meddling has gone on for decades and will almost certainly continue.  “We have many foes,” Pompeo concluded,” who want to undermine Western democracy.”

Blaming “Masculinity” for Everything

Universities have been trying mightily to enroll more women in the so-called STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering, and math.  A couple of professors have come up with the only logical conclusion – those subjects require women to conform to “masculine norms.”  Those norms include asking good questions and developing a capacity for abstract thought, which sounds pretty reasonable for men and women alike.  Their solution is to hire more female faculty members and make the STEM fields less masculine.

New Job for “White Genocide” Radical Professor

Being a far-left loon on a college campus means never having to say you’re sorry.  You remember George Ciccariello-Maher, the Drexel University professor who wished for “white genocide” and said he wanted to vomit when he saw someone give up their airline seat to a member of the military.  Almost as soon as Drexel parted company with the charming Ciccariello-Maher, he landed a new spot as “visiting scholar” at New York University.  The good news for parents is that he will not be paid and will not be infecting minds in the classroom.

Trump Delays “Fake News Awards”

President Trump was originally planning to name what he considers the most corrupt and biased media outlets this afternoon.  But he has decided to put it off until next Wednesday, January 17th.  No reason was given, but perhaps the president didn’t want to completely overshadow tonight’s national championship game between Alabama and Georgia.

 


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