2018年4月30日 星期一

OnPolitics Today: The hottest of takes

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with Jessica Estepa
OnPolitics Today: The hottest of takes
Comedian Michelle Wolf attends the Celebration After

Happy Monday, OP fam. We're here today because everyone has SO. MANY. FEELINGS.

And we're going to tell you all about them. Because this is OnPolitics Today, and it's what we do best. Subscribe here.

So, what did YOU think of Saturday night?

If you somehow haven't heard, comedian Michelle Wolf told jokes at this past weekend's White House Correspondents' Association dinner.

And, depending on who you talk to, she was absolutely awful or she killed it or she should apologize.

In particular, Wolf was knocked for her comments on Sarah Sanders, from comparing the White House press secretary to a character from The Handmaid's Tale to joking Sanders burns facts to create the perfect smoky eye.

Some conservatives argued Wolf was merely mean and unfunny.

"The WHCA was so rattled that it pulled the pin on its little comedy grenade and threw the pin at Trump. It held onto the grenade and it blew up in its face," wrote the National Review's Kyle Smith.

And some liberals described Wolf as "speaking truth to power."

"But as soon as a comic does his or her job too well and uses comedy to speak a truth that could jeopardize the press's attempt to befriend the political players they cover, reporters put away their cellphone cameras and cry, 'Who invited such a rude woman?'" comedian Andy Conover wrote for The New York Times.

As for the people who actually invited Wolf to speak? WHCA President Margaret Talev said of the performance, " "Last night's program was meant to offer a unifying message about our common commitment to a vigorous and free press while honoring civility, great reporting and scholarship winners, not to divide people. Unfortunately, the entertainer's monologue was not in the spirit of the mission."

It's another Stormy Monday

There's someone else who had to share what their thoughts on Monday, albeit in a more official format: Stormy Daniels, the porn star behind the lawsuit that would allow her to end a hush agreement over her alleged affair with President Trump.

Daniels is back with another lawsuit, this time claiming defamation against Trump.

Specifically, the president accused Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, and her lawyer of a "con job" after they released a sketch of a man they claimed threatened Daniels to keep quit about her tryst with Trump. The president tweeted his accusation, as he is wont to do: "A sketch years later about a nonexistent man," Trump tweeted. "A total con job, playing the Fake News Media for Fools (but they know it)!"

The lawsuit calls Trump's tweet "false and defamatory."

"Mr. Trump used his national and international audience of millions of people to make a false factual statement to denigrate and attack Ms. Clifford," it said.

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President Trump delays steep steel and aluminum tariffs for U.S. allies

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  Within hours of a self-imposed deadline, Trump delayed imposing steel and aluminum tariffs for U.S. allies on Monday, putting off a showdown that European leaders warned could escalate into a trade war. Trump announced a 25% tariff on steel and a 10% tariff on aluminum in early March, but he offered temporary exemptions to the Europe Union, Canada, Mexico and other countries. Those initial exemptions were set to expire Tuesday morning. Other countries, including China and Russia, are already paying the new U.S. tariffs.


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Comedian Michelle Wolf: National treasure or national disgrace?

Long week? Short List. Catch up on news everyone's talking about: Michelle Wolf, Stormy Daniels lawsuit, Iran nuke deal, and Bill Cosby's trial.
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Michelle Wolf outrage: On point or pearl-clutching?

Two days after comedian Michelle Wolf's contentious monologue at Saturday's White House Correspondents' Dinner, people still can't stop talking about it. She warned the crowd before her routine that roasted many in the room: "You should've done more research before you (asked) me to do this." Let's break it down:

Critics called Wolf's act "vulgar," "mean-spirited" and "downright nasty."
Defenders noted Wolf used practically the same words said by President Trump before he was elected about  grabbing women.
Wolf's most controversial jokes involved White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who was seated a few feet away at the head table.
The head of the White House Correspondents' Association said Wolf's routine was divisive when it should have been unifying.  
Trump didn't attend this year's dinner and instead held a rally in Michigan.  (He skipped last year, too.)   He took to Twitter on Monday to declare the dinner "DEAD." Some journalists agree, though it doesn't have anything to do with Wolf.

Mic drop? Israel's Netanyahu says 2015 Iran nuclear deal is "based on lies"

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said tens of thousands of secret files and other evidence shows the 2015 Iran nuclear deal is "based on lies and Iranian deception." The deal, struck between Iran and six world powers, eased sanctions on Tehran in return for the country agreeing to give up the  means to make nuclear weapons. President Trump has said he will announce within the next two weeks the fate of the deal, which he called a "horrible agreement." 

Trump tweets, defamation suit follows 

Stormy Daniels filed a defamation lawsuit Monday against President Trump. Daniels said Trump defamed her when he tweeted that a composite sketch of a man she claimed warned her to stay quiet about her alleged tryst with Trump, was "a con job." Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, detailed her account of her affair with Trump on 60 Minutes last month.

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Billy Cosby has no one to blame, but himself, according to a juror who helped find the comedian and TV icon guilty last week on three counts of aggravated indecent assault. Juror Harrison Snyder said a 2005 deposition, convinced him that Cosby was guilty. "Cosby admitted to giving these quaaludes to women — young women, in order to have sex with them," Snyder said Monday on Good Morning America.  Cosby, 80, plans to appeal and awaits sentencing.

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