Fox News bumps ‘Judge Jeanine’ after remarks about Rep. Omar’s hijab. Trump wants her back on air.Jeanine Pirro’s history of controversial comments on Islam
Fox News released a statement March 11 “strongly condemning” comments made by host Jeanine Pirro. Pirro has a history of making similar inflammatory statements. (Adriana Usero/The Washington Post)
By Reis ThebaultMarch 17 at 11:54 AM
Jeanine Pirro, the Fox News Channel host and former prosecutor, was absent from her usual slot in the network’s Saturday night prime-time lineup — and her most powerful viewer was not happy about it.
Fox News bumped the show a week after it publicly condemned Pirro’s on-air suggestion that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) did not support the U.S. Constitution because she is Muslim and wears a hijab.
“Bring back @JudgeJeanine Pirro,” President Trump tweeted Sunday morning.
Trump accused Pirro’s critics of waging “all out campaigns” against Pirro and fellow Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who was widely rebuked after decade-old racist, misogynistic and homophobic comments resurfaced last week. Both of their comments prompted some advertisers to boycott the shows.
“Stop working soooo hard on being politically correct, which will only bring you down,” Trump said in another tweet, before issuing a curiously dire warning to “Be strong & prosper, be weak & die!”
In yet another post, Trump urged his 59 million followers to “Keep fighting for Tucker, and fight hard for @JudgeJeanine."
Bring back @JudgeJeanine Pirro. The Radical Left Democrats, working closely with their beloved partner, the Fake News Media, is using every trick in the book to SILENCE a majority of our Country. They have all out campaigns against @FoxNews hosts who are doing too well. Fox .....
Carlson is on his regular, weeknight schedule, but the network declined to say whether it had suspended Pirro, and a spokeswoman did not respond to a question about when her show would return.
Last week, network executives said Pirro’s comments “do not reflect those of the network and we have addressed the matter with her directly.”
Trump mounted his defense hours after he threatened “Saturday Night Live” and other late-night comedy shows that have made the president a frequent punchline. On Twitter, he asked whether the Federal Communications Commission and, for some reason, the Federal Election Commission should “look into” the programs for “knocking the same person (me), over & over, without so much of a mention of ‘the other side.’ ”
For the president’s critics, Trump’s latest flurry of morning tweets again laid bare a truism of his administration’s view of the media: for those who question or mock him, a flexing of executive muscle and vague, ad hoc threats; but for his supporters, an outpouring of praise and exclusive interviews.
Pirro is one of Fox News’s highest-rated hosts and has been a zealous booster of Trump — and she has a history of rhetoric denounced as anti-Muslim. She began her last show by pointing out that Omar, who was accused of using anti-Semitic tropes, wears a hijab and asked her audience to “Think about it . . . ”
"Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to sharia law, which in itself is antithetical to the United States Constitution?” Pirro said, invoking a right-wing conspiracy about a purported attempt by Muslims to take over the U.S. government and install sharia law. (In reality, sharia is a framework of Islam and describes guidelines for living an ethical Muslim life.)
Pirro later defended her statements, maintaining that she didn’t call Omar “un-American” and that her intention was to “ask a question and start a debate.”
“Of course because one is Muslim does not mean you don’t support the Constitution,” Pirro said.
But the backlash was swift and bipartisan. Hufsa Kamal, an associate producer at Fox News, accused her co-worker of “spreading this false narrative that somehow Muslims hate America.”
@JudgeJeanine can you stop spreading this false narrative that somehow Muslims hate America or women who wear a hijab aren’t American enough? You have Muslims working at the same network you do, including myself. K thx.
Jeanine Pirro Suggests Rep. Ilhan Omar's Hijab Means She Opposes the U.S. Constitution http://mediaite.com/a/mypni
Some of Pirro’s advertisers also have revolted, refusing to buy time on her show going forward. That list includes the Botox manufacturer Allergan; the health technology company GreatCall; Letgo, a website for buying and selling used goods; and NerdWallet, a financial service.
Novo Nordisk, a pharmaceutical company, is also “reevaluating” its ads on Pirro’s show.
Carlson is also losing advertising — including the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca — but the network has continued its tacit support for him and his show, which also has high viewership. After Media Matters, a left-wing advocacy group, published audio from Carlson’s old interviews on the shock-jock radio program the “Bubba the Love Sponge Show,” Carlson thanked Fox News for supporting him.
“Fox News is behind us, as they have been since the very first day,” he said last week. “Toughness is a rare quality in a TV network, and we’re grateful for that."
No stranger to unleashing controversy, Carlson dug in. After all, he has seen advertisers flee before, and it hasn’t made much of a difference to his bottom line.
"We will never bow to the mob, ever,” Carlson said on his show.
For good measure, he then added a Trumpian punctuation: “No matter what.”
Abby Ohlheiser, Kayla Epstein and Lindsey Bever contributed to this report.
What we know about Anthony Comello, the accused mob boss killer arrested in N.J.Updated 10:34 AM; Today 8:20 AM
Questions are swirling around the man arrested in New Jersey early Saturday on charges he shot and killed the reputed boss of the Gambino crime family right outside his Staten Island home.
Anthony Comello, 24, was arrested at a home in Brick and faces a murder charge in the fatal shooting of Francesco Cali, officials said. Comello is being held at the Ocean County jail while he awaits extradition to Staten Island.
Cali, 53, who also went by “Frank” or "Franky Boy,” was shot 10 times with a 9mm handgun Wednesday night outside his home in the Hilltop Terrace section of Staten Island.
The brazen killing was the first slaying in more than 30 years of a New York City crime boss.
While the motive for the killing remains unclear, preliminary information suggests it might not be related to organized crime, according to The New York Times. The report, however, noted that an official cautioned that determination, saying it was still early in the investigation.
In a news conference on Saturday, New York Police Department Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said investigators will be asking whether the alleged shooter was acting alone or working for other people.
Shea said there was “extensive video footage” recovered from the house where the shooting occurred.
According to The New York Times, at about 9:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Comello backed his pickup truck into Cali’s parked Cadillac Escalade, then walked up to the door of his home and rang the doorbell, showing himself on video cameras.
“We have an individual come up; there is an altercation with the vehicle in front. We still do not know whether that was a ploy or whether that was an accident,” Shea said.
Shortly after, Comello fired on Cali, hitting him 10 times.
The truck Comello was driving was recovered when he was arrested in New Jersey on Saturday, Shea said. The gun, however, has yet to be found.
Shea said fingerprints were found on Cali’s vehicle, which he said will be compared with Comello’s at some point.
Man arrested in N.J. for killing of reputed Gambino family mob boss, officials say
A Staten Island man has been arrested for the killing of Francisco Cali.
“On the victim’s car that was present at the murder scene that night, we believe we have fingerprints recovered from that vehicle, as well as other places,” Shea said.
An official told NJ Advance Media that Comello has family in Brick, which is where authorities arrested him on Saturday.
During the news conference, however, Shea wouldn’t confirm any specific addresses.
The Staten Island Advance reported Comello resided on a quiet Eltingville street in Staten Island. His neighbors told the media outlet he was a “good kid” and a “nice guy."
“It’s a quiet neighborhood. I only spoke with him in passing when we stopped to say hello,” Victor Ujeck, a neighbor of Comello, told Staten Island Advance. “I was shocked; I never would have expected him to have done this. He’s a nice guy, always asking how’s the family?”
Neighbors call man arrested in connection with mob boss Francesco Cali murder a ‘good kid,’ ‘nice guy’
Anthony Comello, 24, a Staten Island resident, was apprehended in New Jersey and taken into custody.
Though Comello has no criminal history, Shea said that he “has crossed paths in some limited circumstances with the NYPD,” in the past, mainly involving his driving record.
“In fact, the day of the incident, his truck received a parking summons in Staten Island,” Shea said.
The Times said in recent years Comello also drew the attention of authorities after acting strangely in a federal courthouse — behavior so odd that he was briefly taken into custody and investigated for any potential history of terroristic threats. The report said, however, there weren’t any further details about his behavior in the courthouse.
Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn had referred to Cali in court filings in recent years as the underboss of the Gambino organization, related through marriage to the Inzerillo clan in the Sicilian Mafia.
Multiple press accounts since 2015 said Cali had ascended to the top spot in the gang, although he never faced a criminal charge saying so.
His only mob-related criminal conviction came a decade ago when Cali pleaded guilty in an extortion conspiracy involving a failed attempt to build a NASCAR track on Staten Island. He was sentenced to 16 months in federal prison and was released in 2009.
The last crime family boss to be shot in New York City was Paul Castellano. The Gambino crime boss was assassinated outside Sparks Steakhouse in Manhattan in 1985.
The Gambino Family was once among the most powerful criminal organizations in the U.S., but federal prosecutions in the 1980s and 1990s sent its top leaders to prison and diminished its reach.
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'Love Island' reality star Mike Thalassitis dies at 26Cydney Henderson, USA TODAYPublished 12:00 p.m. ET March 17, 2019
Mike Thalassitis of "Celebs Go Dating" during a panel discussion on Feb, 7, 2018, in London. (Photo: Joe Maher, Getty Images)
Former "Love Island" contestant Mike Thalassitis has died at 26.
Thalassitis, who was dubbed "Muggy Mike" while appearing on the British dating series in 2017, was found dead Saturday in North London, according to Metropolitan Police.
Police spokeswoman Chioma Dijeh told USA TODAY that officers responded to a park near Latymer Way on Saturday morning after receiving reports of "a man found hanged."
He was pronounced dead at the scene. "At this early stage, the death is not being treated as suspicious," Dijeh added.
"Love Island" also confirmed Thalassitis' death on Twitter: "Everyone at ITV2 and Love Island are shocked and saddened by the terrible news about Mike. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends," the statement reads.
Everyone at ITV2 and Love Island are shocked and saddened by the terrible news about Mike. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends.
Thalassitis, a professional soccer player turned reality star, rose to fame on Season 3 of "Love Island." He later appeared on Season 4 of the British series "Celebs Go Dating" in 2018.
Montana Brown, Thalassitis' "Love Island" co-star, took to Instagram to post a lengthy statement in honor of her friend.
"I know you were in a dark place a few months back and I thought you were past it and that you were on the up," she wrote. "I got you to buy 'The Magic,' you wrote down your gratitudes, you had the pictures of your family in your car to remind you to be grateful for them. I just don’t know how I didn’t notice ... I am absolutely heart broken that I couldn’t help you."
Brown called him the "kindest, sweetest person," adding that she's "so angry at you for doing this because you are so loved by so many people."
The tributes continued to pour in.
"Love Island" host Caroline Flack wrote on Instagram, "Mike ... you were a total gentleman ... I won’t forget that ... it’s so so sad ... you will be missed. RIP."
Fellow "Love Island" alum Olivia Bowen Buckland asked everyone to remember him by his real name instead of his nickname, "Muggy Mike."
"His name is Mike Thalassitis," she tweeted Saturday. "All the articles how dare you not use his real name. This is horrendous. I’m in shock. Mike you are going to be sorely sorely missed. My heart is with your family. I’m in complete shock."
His name is Mike Thalassitis. All the articles how dare you not use his real name. This is horrendous. I’m in shock. Mike you are going to be sorely sorely missed. My heart is with your family. I’m in complete shock
Stevenage Football Club, an English team that Thalassitis played for during his soccer career, also sent condolences to his family and friends.
"Everybody at #StevenageFC is shocked & saddened to hear the tragic news about former player Michael Thalassitis," the statement reads. View image on Twitter
Everybody at #StevenageFC is shocked & saddened to hear the tragic news about former player Michael Thalassitis.Our sincerest condolences go to his family & friends.
BY HEATHER DOCKRAY2 HOURS AGO
Poor Dumbledore. The world's most powerful gay wizard still can't find love on screen.
In a feature for the DVD and Blu-ray versions of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwaldreleased on March 12, author J.K. Rowling revealed that Dumbledore had an "incredibly intense" "love" relationship with Grindelwald, adding that she believes that "there is a sexual dimension to this relationship."
Of course, there were no scenes in the film that even nodded to this dynamic.
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Here's how the author described their relationship in the interview:
Their relationship was incredibly intense. It was passionate, and it was a love relationship. But as happens in any relationship, gay or straight or whatever label we want to put on it, one never knows, really, what the other person is feeling. You can’t know, you can believe you know. So I’m less interested in the sexual side—though I believe there is a sexual dimension to this relationship—than I am in the sense of the emotions they felt for each other, which ultimately is the most fascinating thing about all human relationships.
Listen. Unlike some folks out there I'm not particularly interested in wizard sex (though full respect to those who are).
But LGBTQ representation still matters, even queer wizard representation, especially in films targeted to children and young adults. And it's dispiriting and predictable to see yet another writer allude to their character having a "secret homosexual life" without being willing to portray it on screen.
You sit down on a couch in JK Rowling’s house and she’s like, “Careful, Dumbledore got railed there.”
dumbledore being gay is the most far fetched shit that jk rowling has come up with. i don't remember reading that he sat improperly in chairs, changed his hair style as a coping mechanism, was obsessed with lana del ray, and was happy and depressed at the same time.
We didn't need Dumbledore and Grindelwald to get married at the wizard altar. I, for one, would have loved for them to have at least shared a butterbeer and have one round of footsies at the local wizard Applebee's.
Alas, that part of their never-depicted "incredibly intense" "love relationship" will only appear in my fantasies.
Jon Rahm College Stats & Accolades Place Him Among Best in History
Updated Mar 17, 2019 at 1:10pm
Jon Rahm has quickly risen in the ranks to become one of the top golfers on the PGA Tour. And while he’s had a few up-and-down results early in his career, the 24-year-old has hit his stride during the 2019 season. Rahm has posted strong results on a consistent basis through the early stages of his career and specifically the most recent year.
But after his impressive collegiate career, it’s not surprising to see Rahm’s name listed among some of the best in the game. Following a strong tenure at Arizona State University, it didn’t take long for the Spaniard to become a pro and land on the PGA Tour. He also let his mark on college golf by posting one of the most well-rounded and excellent collegiate careers in recent memory.
After graduating from Arizona State in 2016, he turned pro immediately after and proceeded to post three top-10 finishes during the 2016 season.
Jon Rahm Played for Phil Mickelson’s Brother at Arizona State
While Rahm played for Phil Mickelson’s brother, Tim Mickelson, during his time with the Sun Devils, their relationship continued after his time in college. Following Rahm’s move to the pros, Mickelson left his role with Arizona State’s men’s golf team in order to become the rising star’s agent, as Golf Week detailed.
Tim Mickelson is also the current caddie for his brother on the PGA Tour and was with him on the bag at the 2019 Players Championship. In turn, the former Arizona State golf coach is pulling double duty with two jobs at this point.
It’s not surprising to see Rahm hire Mickelson on as his agent, especially considering the immense amount of success he had at the collegiate ranks working with him previously. He not only accomplished a number of impressive feats but also became the first golfer ever to win one of the most respected awards in golf twice.
Rahm Wins Ben Hogan Award Twice, Jack Nicklaus Award
Rahm went back-to-back winning the Ben Hogan Award, which recognizes the top college golfer who also has shown excellence in academics, doing so in 2015 and then again in 2016. This made Rahm the first player to ever win the award twice, a feat which may not be broken for a long time.
He was an All-American four times and took home the 2016 Jack Nicklaus Player of the Year Award, which honors the top player in college golf, per Arizona State’s official website. Rahm’s superb collegiate career wrapped up by winning the 2016 Pac-12 individual title and was the World Amateur No. 1 player by the World Amateur Golf Ranking.
For being the No. 1 amateur player, Rahm was presented with the Mark H. McCormack Medal. This led to him having full exemptions into the 2016 U.S. Open and the 145th Open at Royal Troon in Scotland.
- Published Mar 17, 2019 at 12:46pm
St. Patrick's Day comes early for Seamus Power with Players Championship ace
By:Dan Kilbridge | March 16, 2019 11:39 am
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Irishman Seamus Power got an early start on the St. Patrick’s Day weekend festivities Saturday at the Players Championship.
While a swarm of fans descended upon the driving range and crowded the first hole to catch a glimpse of Rickie Fowler and Tiger Woods ahead of their third-round tee times, Power provided a memorable highlight for the modest crowd surrounding the 155-yard, par-3 third hole at TPC Sawgrass.
Power’s iron off the tee looked good the whole way and landed just inches in front of the cup, rolling in for a hole-in-one.
Power’s reaction was muted as he calmly walked toward the green and picked his ball out of the hole, waving his hand at the few dozen fans around the putting surface.
Power’s ace, the first of his career on the Tour, was just the fourth ever hole-in-one at No. 3 during the Players Championship, but the third ace of this weekend’s tournament. With the addition of Power’s ace — the 20th on the PGA Tour this year— this year’s Players Championship becomes the first tournament this season with more than two holes in one.
The 32-year-old from Waterford, Ireland shot 5-under 67 Friday in order to make the cut. The ace at No. 3 Saturday morning brought Power to 5 under overall for the week and seven shots behind co-leaders Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy.
Power now has a chance at his best finish on Tour since a solo 19th at the Sanderson Farms Championship in October. The Irishman has struggled since, missing eight of nine cuts with a T-64 at last month’s Genesis Open.
Judging by the reaction of fellow countrymen, the ace and potential celebration this evening ahead of St. Patrick’s Day Sunday should be significant.
Oh my days .... Clothing optional tonight !
ACE ALERT: Seamus Power just dropped it in at No. 3.
Diane Kruger Shows Off Toned Abs Months After Giving Birth: 'I Didn't Think it Was Possible'
The actress welcomed her first child with Norman Reedus in the fall
March 17, 2019 02:33 PM
Diane Kruger isn’t hiding her body after baby.
The Welcome to Marwen actress, 42, shared a photo of her toned abs to Instagramthis link opens in a new tab on Saturday, flaunting her physique just months after giving birth to her first child in the fall.
“Am I showing off ? F— yeah. ‘cause it’s been hard work to get my abs back. I didn’t think it was possible after having a baby. And certainly not at my age,” she wrote.
The actress thanked fitness influencer Hannah Bowerthis link opens in a new tab for being her motivation. Though Kruger didn’t seek help from a trainer, she has remained focused on her goal after her daughter’s birth.
“I don’t have a trainer, but I’ve been committed to getting my body back. For myself first….but also for my The female body is AMAZING ,” she wrote.
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Diane Kruger added a hashtag that, with spaces added, reads, “And yes I’m in a bikini working out ‘cause it’s hot here and why not.”Her message accompanied a photo featuring her kneeling in a gym in a pair of printed pants and a red bikini top.
The star welcomed her first child with partner Norman Reedus, 50, last year, PEOPLE confirmed in November. The couple first met in 2015 while filming the movie Sky, and went public with their romance in March 2017.
Kruger has been fiercely private in protecting her newborn, and in January issued a plea for the public to respect the baby’s privacy after photos were leaked without her permission.
“Dear fans, dear non fans, dear paparazzi and anyone with a conscience. We were just tagged in these paparazzi pictures of me and our daughter. These pictures were taken without our consent and expose a vulnerable and innocent baby,” Kruger captioned an Instagram photo of the shot with her baby’s face blurred out. “While we understand that some people would like to see a picture of our daughter, we as parents, want nothing more than allow her to grow up in privacy and safety.”
Norman Reedus and Diane Kruger
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“Me and @bigbaldhead would kindly ask you not to repost these pictures and help us achieve that goal,” she continued, tagging Reedus.
Kruger opened up about parenthood later that month to Net-A-Porter’s PORTER Edit, explaining that for a long time, she was “too selfish” to think about becoming a mother.
“I didn’t think I wanted children for a long time. I was too selfish,” she told the outlet. “But by the time I got to about 35, I thought, yes, I probably do want one. But then you have to wait for the right person to come along,” she said. “I’m glad I waited.”
She also praised Reedus, who shares 19-year-old son Mingus Lucien with ex Helena Christensen, 50.
“He teaches me a lot [about parenting], because he’s done it before,” she said. “There’s definitely something to be said for being with someone who is doing it for the second time.”
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