Josh Marshall: More on the White House Clean Up Operation (TPM)
There's certainly nothing wrong with catching-up on these letters that apparently had fallen through the cracks. But it's more evidence of what we learned from the Roll Call piece. The White House did not seem to have an organized process for these condolence communications. Roll Call said when the controversy first spun up they didn't even have a current list of war fatalities during Trump's presidency. Some had heard from the White House. Seemingly most or at least a large percentage had not.
"King Tut" is a novelty song performed by Steve Martin and the Toot Uncommons (actually members of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band). It was released as a single in 1978, sold over a million copies, and reached number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Martin previewed the song in a live performance during the April 22, 1978 episode of Saturday Night Live. The song was also included on Martin's album A Wild and Crazy Guy.
King Tut (King Tut)
Now when he was a young man,
He never thought he'd see
People stand in line to see the boy king.
(King Tut) How'd you get so funky?
(Funky Tut) Did you do the monkey?
Born in Arizona,
Moved to Babylonia (King Tut).
(King Tut) Now, if I'd known
They'd line up just to see him,
I'd taken all my money
And bought me a museum. (King Tut)
Mark. was first, and correct, with:
That sounds like King Tut.
Alan J answered:
I'd love to see those passport stamps
For King Tut.
David of Moon Valley replied:
got a condo made a stone-a...
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CBS opens the night with a FRESH'Big Bang Theory', followed by a FRESH'9JKL', then a FRESH'Kevin Can Wait', followed by a FRESH'Me, Myself & I', then a FRESH'Scorpion'.
Scheduled on a FRESHStephen Colbert are Anna Faris, Amy Sedaris, and Tyminski.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE, are Gabrielle Union, Method Man, and Sabrina Claudio.
NBC begins the night with a FRESH'The Voice', followed by a FRESH'The Brave'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Clive Owen, Colleen Ballinger, and Julia Michaels.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Mariska Hargitay, John Cho, ZZ Ward featuring Fantastic Negrito, and Sonny Emory.
Scheduled on a FRESHCarson 'The Scab' Daly are Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Against Me!, and Stephanie Beatriz.
ABC starts the night with a FRESH'Dancing With The Stars', followed by a FRESH'The Good Doctor'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are George Clooney, Norman Reedus, and Niall Horan.
The CW offers a FRESH'Supergirl', followed by a FRESH'Valor'.
Faux has a FRESH'Lucifer', followed by a FRESH'The Gifted'.
MY has 'Page Six TV', followed by 'Top 30', then an old 'L&O: SVU'.
A&E has 'Killer Kids', 'Juvenile Lifers', 'Kids Behind Bars: Maximum Security', and 'Kids Behind Bars: Lost For Life'.
AMC offers the movie 'Halloween II', followed by the movie 'Halloween'.
[6:00AM] PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-From Pole To Pole
[7:00AM] PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Mountains
[8:00AM] PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 8-Jungles
[9:00AM] DOCTOR WHO: THE HUSBANDS OF RIVER SONG
[10:20AM] DOCTOR WHO: THE RETURN OF DOCTOR MYSTERIO -SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1
[11:50AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 1-The Pilot
[1:00PM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 2-Smile
[2:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 2-The Gift
[3:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 3-Day of Honor
[4:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 4-Nemesis
[5:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 5-Revulsion
[6:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 6-The Raven
[7:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 7-Scientific Method
[8:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 8-Year of Hell, Pt. 1
[9:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 9-Year of Hell, Pt. 2
[10:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 10-Random Thoughts
[11:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 26-Scorpion, Pt. 1
[12:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 1-Scorpion, Pt. 2
[1:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 2-The Gift
[2:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 3-Day of Honor
[3:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 4-Nemesis
[4:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 5-Revulsion
[5:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 6-The Raven (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of OC', followed by a FRESH'OC Social', then a FRESH'Real Housewives Of OC', followed by a FRESH'Real Housewives Of Dallas', then a FRESH'Watch What Happens Live'.
FX has the movie 'The Heat', followed by the movie 'Spy', then the movie 'Spy'.
History has 'American Pickers', another 'American Pickers', followed by a FRESH'American Pickers', then a FRESH'Pawn Stars', followed by another FRESH'Pawn Stars'.
[6:00AM] SALEM'S LOT
[8:00AM] SALEM'S LOT
[4:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Baby Don't You Do It
[4:31PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Who Are You?
[5:02PM] THAT '70S SHOW-A Man With Money
[5:33PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Happy Jack
[6:04PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Do You Think It's Alright?
[6:35PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Substitute
[7:06PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Squeeze Box
[7:37PM] THAT '70S SHOW-5:15
[8:08PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Sparks
[8:39PM] THAT '70S SHOW-My Wife
[9:10PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Baby Don't You Do It
[9:41PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Who Are You?
[10:12PM] THAT '70S SHOW-A Man With Money
[10:43PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Happy Jack
[11:14PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Do You Think It's Alright?
[11:45PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Substitute
[12:15AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Squeeze Box
[12:45AM] BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW-It's a Garment of Liberty
[1:15AM] THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE
[3:45AM] KNIFE FIGHT (ALL TIMES EDT)
[1:30PM] Die Another Day
[7:00PM] St. Elmo's Fire
[9:00PM] The Princess Bride
[1:30AM] A Beautiful Mind
[4:30AM] Barney Miller
[5:00AM] Barney Miller
[5:30AM] Barney Miller (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'Sandman', followed by the movie 'Neverknock', then the movie 'Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans'.
Scheduled on a FRESHConan are "Weird Al" Yankovic, Taran Killam, and Solomon Georgio.
Former US Presidents, Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama, and Lady Gaga attend the Hurricane Relief concert in College Station, Texas, on October 21, 2017
Photo by Jim Chapin
All five of America's living former presidents took the stage Saturday at a benefit concert in Texas to raise money for victims of the hurricane-ravaged southern United States and Caribbean.
Former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter appeared together onstage at Texas A&M , praising Americans for their willingness to help fellow citizens and urging them to do more.
The effort by the three Democrats and two Republicans has raised over $31 million from 80,000 donors for the victims of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, George H.W. Bush's office said.
Lady Gaga gave a surprise performance at the concert, announcing that she would make a $1 million donation and that a "mental health and emotional trauma surviving program" would be set up for hurricane survivors.
Trump, too busy golfing, did not attend the concert, but praised the effort in a video message released earlier, terming it a "wonderful" and "vital effort."
Comedian David Letterman greets his son Harry as he arrives for a gala where he is receiving the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at Kennedy Center in Washington, U.S., October 22, 2017.
Photo by Joshua Roberts
David Letterman, a pioneering entertainer who was the longest-running host of late-night TV in U.S. history, was honored on Sunday for his contributions to American culture.
After-hours television was built around the set-piece interview and guest appearance when Letterman's "Late Night" broke the mold in 1982 with absurd pranks and send-ups.
Everyday viewers went on his show to present "stupid pet tricks." Behind his desk, Letterman could be serious, dry and cerebral. But he often volunteered for oddball pranks. In one well-known stunt, he worked a shift at a Taco Bell in suburban New Jersey, taking pickup orders.
Receiving the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center, the national showcase for arts, Letterman, 70, was praised for his imagination, comic daring and heart.
The Letterman tribute will be aired on public television stations on Nov. 20.
A note that Albert Einstein gave to a courier in Tokyo, briefly describing his theory on happy living, has surfaced after 95 years and is up for auction in Jerusalem.
The year was 1922, and the German-born physicist, most famous for his theory of relativity, was on a lecture tour in Japan.
He had recently been informed that he was to receive the Nobel Prize for physics, and his fame outside of scientific circles was growing.
A Japanese courier arrived at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo to deliver Einstein a message. The courier either refused to accept a tip, in line with local practice, or Einstein had no small change available.
Either way, Einstein didn't want the messenger to leave empty-handed, so he wrote him two notes by hand in German, according to the seller, a relative of the messenger.
William Shakespeare may have died over 400 years ago, but he's still clashing with the politically correct crowd.
Lecturers at the University of Cambridge in England have recently begun to include trigger warnings on course documents, letting students know that discussing a few of the Bard's famous plays may make them uncomfortable, according to BBC News. For example, faculty gave advance notice of a Thursday lesson on Titus Andronicus and The Comedy of Errors-along with Sarah Kane's Blasted-because it involved sexual violence.
The university told the Guardian that professors issue the warnings at their discretion, and it's "in no way indicative of a faculty-wide policy." But a controversy has nonetheless arisen among Shakespeare fans, who argue the legendary playwright should never come with a content advisory.
"This degree of sensitivity will inevitably curtail academic freedom. If the academic staff are concerned they might say something students find uncomfortable, they will avoid doing it," David Crilly, artistic director of the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival, told the Telegraph.
"If you get upset by Shakespeare I'd strongly suggest chucking your TV, computer and phone and staying indoors. There's no hope for you," British TV host Matthew Wright chimed in.
President-for-now Donald Trump (R-Crooked) had a week defined by tumult-but what else is new? Amid the usual flurry of controversy, his popularity has taken a dip, according to the latest approval rating polls Saturday.
Notably, Trump's approval rating neared his all-time low in the Gallup poll. The latest figure in Gallup's tracking survey, released Thursday, pegged Trump's approval at just 35 percent, down from 38 percent at this point last week. He's just one percentage point higher than his lowest rating ever of 34 percent. To make matters worse for the commander-in-chief, Trump's disapproval was nearing his all-time high, as well. It stood at 60 percent, just one percentage point off from his all-time high of 61 percent in early September. The Gallup poll surveys 1,500 U.S. adults and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
Trump fares a bit better in the tracker from data-focused website FiveThirtyEight. The site aggregates public polls and comes up with an average approval rating that accounts for each poll's quality, recency, sample size and any partisan leanings. It had Trump at 37.8 percent approval Saturday, 1.2 percentage points higher than his all-time low of 36.6 percent in the FiveThirtyEight tracker. Trump's disapproval stood at 56 percent Saturday, according to FiveThirtyEight.
Still, the former reality TV star is the most unpopular president in recent history. In the history of modern polling, no other president had as low an approval rating on day 274 of his presidency, according to FiveThirtyEight. The closest was former President Gerald Ford, who stood at 38.4 percent at the same point in his first term. It's worth noting that Ford's popularity plummeted after he pardoned his predecessor Richard Nixon, who resigned in disgrace amid the Watergate scandal. Ford's decision was unpopular at the time but has largely been accepted as a correct and courageous decisionyears later. And at day 274, Trump's predecessor, former President Barack Obama, had an average approval rating of 53 percent.
America's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reportedly removed dozens of references to climate change from its website, along with resources to help local governments from tackling the issue.
New analysis from The Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI), a watchdog which monitors federal environmental agency web pages found one EPA website - which previously offered climate and energy resources for state and local governments - has had references and links to climate science and policy removed.
Other websites taken down in April have returned to the EPA's site with references to climate change omitted, it said. Other references have also been removed.
Six months ago, the EPA began overhauling its archive of climate change resources, stating they were being updated to reflect the new administration under Donald Trump's leadership.
It previously contained tools to help governments use renewable energy and implement climate change policies.
The Environmental Protection Agency has reportedly barred three agency scientists from giving talks about climate change at a conference in Rhode Island days before they were scheduled to speak.
The researchers were booked to appear Monday in Providence at the State of the Narragansett Bay and Watershed workshop, an event highlighting the health of New England's largest estuary, where temperatures have risen 3 degrees Fahrenheitand water has risen up to seven inches over the past century.
The New York Times first reportedthe news on Sunday. EPA spokesman John Konkus, a former Trump campaign operative in Florida, provided an emailed statement to The Washington Postand The Hill confirming the cancellations: "EPA scientists are attending, they simply are not presenting, it is not an EPA conference."
The move comes days after the EPA scrubbed dozens of links from its website to materials that helped local governments deal with the effects of climate change. Administrator Scott Pruitt has said he does not believe greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels cause climate change, and has scrapped or proposed eliminating numerous regulations to reduce emissions. Two weeks ago, he proposed repealing the Clean Power Plan, the federal government's primary policy for slashing utilities' output of planet-warming gases.
The sudden cancellations on Sunday inflame concerns that the agency is muzzling scientists to further the White House's political interests.
Abandoned diamond mine flooded by sand
The town was ultimately abandoned in 1954. The geological forces of the desert mean that tourists now walk through houses knee-deep in sand.
Photo by David Swindler
Monsanto Co sued Arkansas agricultural officials on Friday to stop a proposed summer ban on a weed killer linked to widespread crop damage beyond the major farm state's borders.
The lawsuit seeks to block the Arkansas State Plant Board from prohibiting the use of dicamba herbicides, manufactured by Monsanto and BASF SE, during summer when the products are meant to be sprayed on soybeans and cotton engineered by Monsanto to resist the chemical.
Growers across the farm belt said this summer that dicamba hit areas other than where it was sprayed, damaging millions of acres of crops that could not tolerate the herbicides. Experts say dicamba is more likely to vaporize in high temperatures in a process known as volatility.
Chemical companies, though, have blamed the damage on farmers misusing dicamba.
It was a spooky weekend at the box office for nearly everyone but Tyler Perry.
Perry's comedy sequel "Boo 2! A Madea Halloween" scared up a healthy $21.7 million in its first weekend in theaters, but the waters were rough for other new openers including the disaster epic "Geostorm," the firefighter drama "Only the Brave" and the crime thriller "The Snowman."
Made for a reported $25 million, Perry's film drew a mostly older and female audience, who gave it an A- CinemaScore. "Boo 2!" did a little less business than the first film, which opened to $28.5 million just last year.
But a slight drop for a sequel hardly compares to the catastrophe of "Geostorm," a long-delayed $120 million disaster epic starring Gerard Butler that only managed to open to $13.3 million from North American theaters.
A co-production between Skydance Media and Warner Bros. Pictures, "Geostorm" marks the directorial debut of "Independence Day" producer Dean Devlin. The film was shot back in late 2014 and lousy test screenings resulted in $15 million of reshoots, pushing back the release over a year and a half.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.
1. "Boo 2! A Madea Halloween," $21.7 million.
2. "Geostorm," $13.3 million ($36.4 million international).
3. "Happy Death Day," $9.4 million ($6.5 million international).
4. "Blade Runner 2049," $7.2 million ($14.3 million international).
5. "Only the Brave," $6 million.
6. "The Foreigner," $5.5 million ($2.7 million international).
7. "It," $3.5 million ($12.8 million international).
8. "The Snowman," $3.4 million ($6.6 million international).
9. "American Made," $3.2 million ($2.7 million international).
10. "Kingsman: The Golden Circle," $3 million ($48.7 million international).
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