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Chris White | Energy Reporter

The number of public record requests to the Environmental Protection Agency from major media outlets exploded shortly after President Donald Trump was elected, The Free Beacon reported Wednesday.

The New York Times made only 13 Freedom of Information Act requests during former President Barack Obama’s second term, the report notes, citing an analysis of FOIA requests dating back to 2013. The data sets show that The NYT quadrupled that number during the first year of Trump’s presidency, sending 59 FOIA requests to the EPA that year. The paper sent 100 over the course of Trump’s entire first term.

The NYT was not the only outlet that saw its FOIAs spiked. Reporters at The Washington Post, meanwhile, sent only one FOIA request to the agency during Obama’s entire second term, and have sent more than 40 FOIA requests to the EPA since 2016, when Trump was elected. (RELATED: Media Take Aim At Trump’s EPA For Doing What Obama Used To Do With FOIAs)

Then Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt walks during a picnic for military families celebrating Independence Day at the White House in Washington, U.S., July 4, 2018. Picture taken July 4, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Politico, which reported extensively on former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s ethical troubles, filed 15 requests during Obama’s second term and 198 since Trump took office. CNN’s numbers ballooned as well — the news channel sent 25 requests during Obama’s second term and 47 since.

Pruitt’s agency haggled with waves of EPA requests dating back to the previous administration. EPA FOIA officers had responded as of October 2017, to 70 percent of the 652 requests left open at the beginning of that year, according to an agency release. Some requests had been open since 2008.

EPA received 11,493 FOIA requests in fiscal year 2017, which is the most they’ve gotten since 2007 when outside groups filed 11,820 records requests. The agency got 995 more FOIAs in 2017 than in 2016.

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Katie Jerkovich | Entertainment Reporter

Jennifer Lopez opened up for the first time Wednesday about her engagement to Alex Rodriguez, saying they are “really happy” amid cheating allegations leveled by pro-baseball player Jose Canseco.

“We’re really happy,” the 49-year-old actress shared in a joint-interview with her fiance to People magazine.

“We have [an] appreciation for where we are in our lives today, and that’s what we’re enjoying the most,” Rodriguez added. (RELATED: 25 Times Jennifer Lopez Proved She Doesn’t Age [SLIDESHOW])

US singer and actress Jennifer Lopez arrives for the 91st Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on February 24, 2019. (Photo credit: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

US singer and actress Jennifer Lopez arrives for the 91st Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on February 24, 2019. (Photo credit: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

“Everything that we do, we do together,” Lopez explained. “He knows my dreams and I know his dreams, and together we feel like we’re stronger. . . . We’re constantly supporting each other in our individual endeavors and thinking about all the things that we can build together,” she added.

“We are very grateful,” the Major League Baseball sports analyst and former player shared.

The comments come after the All-Star baseball legend surprised the “Second-Act” star during a trip to the Bahamas when he got down on one knee and popped the question after the two had been dating for two years.

Shortly after news broke, former baseball star Jose Canseco went on a Twitter storm and claimed that Rodriguez had cheated on the “Jenny from the Block” hitmaker with Canseco’s ex-wife, Jessica Canseco.

“Watching World of Dance watching J.Lo text Alex Rodriguez little does she know that he is cheating on her with my ex-wife Jessica poor girl she has no idea who he really is,” Canseco wrote. “I was there a few months back with her when he called her on her phone.”

He also vowed to take a polygraph to prove he was telling the truth.

The 46-year-old television personality hit back at the accusations calling them flat-out false: “Those false accusations Jose [Canseco] is making are not true! I have known Alex [Rodriguez] for many years and haven’t even seen him for over 5,” Canseco tweeted.

“I certainly did not sleep with him,” she added. “I am friendly with both him and Jennifer [Lopez]. As for Jose he can keep playing with his Alien friends.”

Canseco continued in a follow-up tweet, “In fact, I don’t even get on Twitter had to download app again and don’t watch TV and had no idea any of this was going on. Last time I saw Alex he was with Torrie and I brought my boyfriend over for dinner. We are just friends my god.”

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Sen. Cory Booker is opening up about his relationship with actress Rosario Dawson.

TMZ originally broke the story about the two dating after interviewing the actress at the airport.

"You know, she was visiting me in D.C., and then she left to the airport, and she got ambushed at the airport," Booker said Wednesday on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show."  "I suddenly get this little video from her saying 'I got TMZ’d! I don’t have makeup on this and this and that."

“But she was wonderful. She’s just an incredible human being.”

And he added:  "As our relationship grows its difficult, but she is such a deeply soulful person," he said. "And has taught me a lot of lessons about love already. Sometimes, you show the greatest strength when you make yourself vulnerable. She really has this nurturing spirit that has made me more courageous not just in the love that I project and want to see in our country, but I think in our own personal relationships to love more fearlessly. I’m very, very blessed to be with somebody that makes me a better person.

During the interview with TMZ, Dawson commented on her relationship with Booker, who is running for president:  "I am just grateful to be with someone that I respect and love and admire so much."

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Sen. Cory Booker is opening up about his relationship with actress Rosario Dawson.

TMZ originally broke the story about the two dating after interviewing the actress at the airport.

"You know, she was visiting me in D.C., and then she left to the airport, and she got ambushed at the airport," Booker said Wednesday on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show."  "I suddenly get this little video from her saying 'I got TMZ’d! I don’t have makeup on this and this and that."

“But she was wonderful. She’s just an incredible human being.”

And he added:  "As our relationship grows its difficult, but she is such a deeply soulful person," he said. "And has taught me a lot of lessons about love already. Sometimes, you show the greatest strength when you make yourself vulnerable. She really has this nurturing spirit that has made me more courageous not just in the love that I project and want to see in our country, but I think in our own personal relationships to love more fearlessly. I’m very, very blessed to be with somebody that makes me a better person.

During the interview with TMZ, Dawson commented on her relationship with Booker, who is running for president:  "I am just grateful to be with someone that I respect and love and admire so much."

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Lauryn Overhultz | Columnist

Democratic New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker opened up about his newly confirmed relationship with actress and singer Rosario Dawson during his Wednesday appearance on “The Ellen Show.”

Dawson got “TMZ-ed,” as Booker put it, last week and confirmed to the entertainment website that she is, in fact, in a relationship with the New Jersey senator. (RELATED: Rosairo Dawson Confirms She’s Dating Cory Booker)

Booker had equally great things to say about Dawson, who gushed about Booker’s kind personality to TMZ. “[Her confirmation] was wonderful. She’s just an incredible human being,” Booker told Ellen DeGeneres.

Booker announced he would be running in the 2020 presidential race on Feb. 1, two months after the pair reportedly began dating, according to Page Six.

The announcement has reportedly caused an increase in the scrutiny Booker and Dawson have been dealing with lately.

“As our relationship grows, it’s difficult, but she’s just a deeply soulful person and has taught me a lot of lessons about love already. And sometimes you show the greatest strength when you make yourself vulnerable,” Booker told DeGeneres.

He continued, “She really has this nurturing spirit that’s made me more courageous not just in the love I project and want to see in our country but even in our personal relationships to love more fearlessly, so I’m very blessed to be with someone who makes me a better person.”

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David Krayden | Ottawa Bureau Chief

U.S. Border Patrol agents nabbed three criminal illegal aliens Tuesday — two trying to enter the United States through Arizona and a third at a California crossing.

Avilia Rosales, one of the two illegal border crossers caught in Arizona, has a criminal record for child molestation. The other, Arturo Benjamin Avila Torres, has been convicted for assault with a firearm and for “lascivious acts with a minor under 14,” according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) as reported by the Washington Examiner.

TIJUANA, MEXICO - JANUARY 10: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents stand guard on the U.S. side of the U.S.-Mexico border during a 'large-scale operational readiness exercise' on January 10, 2019 as seen from Tijuana, Mexico. President Trump is visiting the southern border in Texas today. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents stand guard … (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Both men will be prosecuted for illegal immigration, according to the CPB. Border patrol agents are increasingly using biometric assessments of suspects to “ensure illegal aliens with criminal histories are positively identified.” (RELATED: Illegal Arrested In Murder Case Had Long Criminal Record But Was Not Deported)

The third criminal illegal, Alberto Martinez Flores, was stopped at the Calexico, California, border crossing. According to a CBP news release, Flores has a long criminal record dating back a decade. He was convicted of assault, strangulation and unlawful imprisonment and sent to jail. In 2017, Flores was again convicted for vehicular assault and sent to prison for 13 months. Flores has been deported at least once.

Flores said he intended to travel to Los Angeles and live there if he had successfully eluded capture, according to the CBP.

“Our agents were able to arrest Martinez without incident,” said Assistant Chief Patrol Agent David Kim. “This man’s criminal history clearly shows how dangerous he is and now he’s off the streets thanks to our agents’ hard work and diligence.” (RELATED: San Jose Police Officer: Sanctuary Laws Need To Be Changed Immediately)

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen greets a member of the U.S. Border Patrol at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Advanced Training Facility in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, U.S., March 13, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen greets a member of the U.S. Border Patrol … REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

The arrests underline the increasing activity at the U.S.-Mexico border and why the  Trump administration maintains that the current environment can be characterized as a crisis. Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost agrees with this assessment. President Donald Trump remains committed to building a wall to contain the illegal entry of illegals.

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Audrey Conklin | Reporter

A deployed father of six gave his youngest son, Luca, the surprise of a lifetime Monday.

U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Rob Cesternino, who had been serving a 10-month with the Tennessee National Guard in Kuwait, Jordan, and southern Syria since May of 2018, arranged to surprise his nine-year-old son four days before he was expected home, WSMV News reports. Cesternino says he’s talked to Luca every two weeks since being deployed.

At Luca’s taekwondo practice session Monday night, the nine-year-old was told he would be sparring with three different instructors while blindfolded. What he didn’t know was that while he was sparring with the third instructor, his dad would jump in and take the instructor’s place.

When Cesternino entered the match, Luca continued to punch in the direction of his dad until Cesternino spoke and the realization suddenly came to him. In the video, Luca rips off his blindfold and throws his arms around Cesternino.

“You were such a big boy when I was gone. I’m so proud of you,” Cesternino told Luca, according to WSMV. “We don’t give enough thought to how tough it is on the families we leave behind.”

Cesternino’s five other children are older and live away from home. His oldest daughter’s enlistment in the U.S. Air Force ends in May.

Rob and Luca Cesternino/ YouTube/ Lebanon Democrat

Rob and Luca Cesternino/ YouTube/ Lebanon Democrat

“She’s coming back home,” Cesternino said in a video by Lebanon Democrat. “She’s going to school in Knoxville [to] finish her degree.” Cesternino went on to explain that his daughter works in diagnostic imagery, or radiology, at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. He also has a son who was in the Coast Guard and a son who was in the Navy.

“We’re a military family,” he continued. “My family has served every single generation dating back to WWI. It’s just expected in my family. I tell people the military’s a family business . . . . It’s just expected that you wear the uniform of your country. Again, you don’t have to make it a career. My oldest son wasn’t into picking up a rifle, so he joined the Coast Guard, and he learned to clean up oil spills. The service — it’s important.”

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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip leave church in Sonning
Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip leave church in Sonning, Britain March 17, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

March 19, 2019

By Guy Faulconbridge and Kate Holton

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plans were in disarray on Tuesday as her government sought to plot a way around the speaker of parliament’s ruling that she had to change her twice-defeated divorce deal to put it to a third vote.

After two-and-a-half years of negotiations with the EU, Brexit remains uncertain – with options including a long postponement, exiting with May’s deal, a economically disruptive exit without a deal, or even another EU membership referendum.

Speaker John Bercow blindsided May’s office on Monday by ruling the government could put the same Brexit deal to another vote in parliament unless it was substantially different to the ones defeated on Jan. 15 and March 12.

Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay said the ruling meant a vote this week on May’s deal was more unlikely but said ministers were studying a way out of the impasse and indicated the government still planed a third vote on May’s deal.

“This is a moment of crisis for our country,” Barclay said. “The ruling from the speaker has raised the bar and I think that makes it more unlikely the vote will be this week.”

“We always said that in terms of bringing a vote back for a third time we would need to see a shift from parliamentarians in terms of the support – I think that still is the case.”

May is due at an EU summit in Brussels on Thursday at which she will ask for a delay to Brexit as the British government tries to come up with a way to leave the European Union after 46 years of membership.

EU leaders could hold off making a final decision at that summit on any Brexit delay depending on what exactly May asks them for, senior diplomats in the bloc said.

“Now it looks like we have to wait till the week after the Council to find out what happens,” said one diplomat.

SPEAKER’S SPANNER

Bercow said his ruling, based on a convention dating back to 1604, should not be considered his last word and the government could bring forward a new proposition that was not the same as those already voted upon.

Barclay, who last week said Britain should be unafraid of a no-deal exit, indicated the government was looking at different options and that circumstances, such an extension or a shift in support, would indicate a change in context.

“The speaker himself has pointed to possible solutions, he himself has said in earlier rulings we should not be bound by precedent,” Barclay said. “You can have the same motion but where the circumstances have changed.”

“The speaker himself has said that where the will of the House is for a certain course of action, then it is important that the will of the House is respected.”

He ruled out May asking Queen Elizabeth to cut short the entire parliamentary session, known as prorogation, saying involving the 92-year-old monarch in Brexit was a bad idea.

“The one thing everyone would agree on is that involving Her Majesty in any of the issues around Brexit is not the way forward, so I don’t see that a realistic option,” he said.

(Editing by Michael Holden)

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Virginia Kruta | Associate Editor

Democratic New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker has a complicated relationship with sleep — and coffee — according to a series of tweets unearthed Monday. And he’s not above using the same joke more than once. Or more than 10 times.

Writer Anna Fitzpatrick discovered the tweets in what initially appeared to be an effort to explain why 10-year-old tweets should not be used to judge presidential candidates.

“we should vet every presidential candidate but digging up their tweets from 2009 is a low blow. every tweet from 2009 is bad,” she tweeted.

She then made an example of Booker, citing a 2009 tweet in which he lamented a lack of sleep. “‘Sleep’ and I broke up a few nights ago. I’m dating ‘Coffee’ now. She’s Hot!”

But then Fitzpatrick realized that Booker had repeated the same joke just two years ago.

That’s when she realized there might just be a pattern. (RELATED: Cory Booker Confirms He’s Dating, And The Rumor Mill Points To A Hollywood Actress)

Booker, who recently tossed his hat into the ring for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, also announced some personal news: he has severed ties with both coffee and sleep, and is currently seeing actress Rosario Dawson.

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Quote of the Day:

“The thing about arguing with @AnnCoulter is that in a small restaurant— EVERYONE HEARS IT.” 

Editor wonders if reporter has major hangover from St. Patty’s Day 

“Reporter texts me at 3:17 in the a.m. to tell me he’s been throwing up for a couple hours, but assures me it is not St. Patrick’s Day-related. Should I believe him? Oh, and did I mention today is the day we were to go over his annual performance review?” — Matt Schwartz, assistant city editor, Houston Chronicle.

Joe Biden nearly declares his run for the White House 

“‘I get criticized by the new left. I have the most progressive record of anybody running for the United … anybody who would run,’ Biden said, catching himself at a Delaware Democratic Party fundraising dinner. ‘I didn’t mean …Of anybody who would run!’” — Manu Raju, CNN.

Rudy Giuliani has an ‘endearing’ name for Twitter

“In what I think is a most endearing typo, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani calls it “tweeter” in a message to @thedailybeast just now.” — Asawin Suebsaeng, reporter, The Daily Beast.

Trump ravages the late Sen. McCain in a weekend tweet 

“Spreading the fake and totally discredited Dossier ‘is unfortunately a very dark stain against John McCain.’ Ken Starr, Former Independent Counsel. He had far worse ‘stains’ than this, including thumbs down on repeal and replace after years of campaigning to repeal and replace!” — President Trump on Saturday afternoon.

HuffPost/New York Mag’s Yashar Ali: “My god let the poor man die. …I would really like to see @LindseyGrahamSC stand up for his dear departed friend right here on Twitter.”

Megyn Kelly, ex-FNC, NBC: “I can’t help but think that, at worst, John McCain would have been mildly amused by the Trump attacks. The guy had been thru so much, gracefully; to think he would have been irritated by someone’s self-serving jabs? I doubt it.”

ABC “The View’s” Meghan McCain: “No one will ever love you the way they loved my father…. I wish I had been given more Saturday’s with him. Maybe spend yours with your family instead of on twitter obsessing over mine?”

Maggie Haberman, NYT: “An attack on @MeghanMcCain and a tweet completely distorting a report about @IlhanMN maybe possibly facing a primary challenge in future. POTUS’s weekend reminder that he may smash whatever remaining norms that exist/will continue in 2020 race to try to shock.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) did not reply directly to Trump. But on Sunday he tweeted this: “As to @SenJohnMcCain and his devotion to his country: He stepped forward to risk his life for his country, served honorably under difficult circumstances, and was one of the most consequential senators in the history of the body. Nothing about his service will ever be changed or diminished.”

Journo washes the gray right out of his hair

“I just dyed my hair to get rid of the gray and I successfully look like someone who has dyed their hair to look younger. Nice!!!!! …Can’t wait to wake up in the morning and find out I didn’t wash all the dye out and ruined my sheets.” — Ben Dreyfuss, editorial director, Mother Jones.

Rep. AOC turns her narcissism inward (if that’s possible) 

“The reason people know more is bc Fox News has turned into ‘AOC TMZ’ (no offense to TMZ), so awareness is growing w/ GOPers. @JaneMayerNYer has reported deeply on this propaganda machine + it will be aimed at any Dem they want. Nothing changes that. We can’t be scared by that.” — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).

Katie Couric really wants you to read her newsletter 

Nathan Barry asks, “Who is someone famous you follow who writes an email newsletter?”

Couric: “Me! Sign up at katiecouric.com and let me know what you think? (smiley emoji)”

BuzzFeed asks Gov. Newsom about ex-wife’s relationship with Don Jr.  

And he says absolutely NOTHING. 

I’m all for getting dirt out of someone. But BuzzFeed‘s Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith is going to need a bigger shovel if he wants California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, the ex-husband to Kimberly Guilfoyle, to dish about his ex-wife dating Donald Trump Jr. Newsom said he finds it “interesting.” It’s a big fat so what! When asked if his ex-wife’s relationship with Don ever came up in a conversation with President Trump, Newsom replied, “We may have had a private moment on that conversation, which in and of itself, makes life just interesting.”

No, it doesn’t. None of that is interesting.

Watch here. (RELATED: BuzzFeed Listicle — You Still Have A Job At BuzzFeed Bro?) 

Reuters reporter promised Beto he wouldn’t write about his hacking until after the Senate race 

“After more than a year of reporting, [Joseph] Menn persuaded O’Rourke to talk on the record. In an interview in late 2017, O’Rourke acknowledged that he was a member of the group, on the understanding that the information would not be made public until after his Senate race against Ted Cruz in November 2018.” — Reuters backstory of how Menn got the story of Beto’s membership in a computer hacking group called the Cult of the Dead Cow.

Beto had to ‘pedal his balls off’ when biking with his father 

“His dad once bought a tandem bicycle and entered them in races without asking him. ‘I hated it, because it involved a lot of yelling at me, like, ‘Quit leaning to the right, goddammit!” he recalls. ‘And then just harrowing, just racing through an intersection and he’s got the breaks and the steering and all I can do is just pedal my balls off and hope that we don’t die.’”

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Journo is in therapy to boost her self-esteem 

“I graduated high school with few of the real learning skills I needed because I was relatively well-behaved and had an excellent memory. Because I was an early reader, but my math skills were average for a child my age, I was constantly told, ‘You are good at words’ and ‘You are bad at numbers.’ I got the message that having to try at something meant I was bad at it. Now I’m 32 ywca old and working with my therapist to undo my belief that every hard won win is also proof that I’m not ‘good’ at anything.”

Ashley Ford, BuzzFeed News.

Mediaite reporter digs dude sneaking photos of her 

“So like. I don’t wanna be obnoxious or anything. but there’s this dude at the coffeeshop I’m in literally snapping photos of me while pretending to take a selfie lmfao. Is it crazy that I’m low-key digging the shit out of this?” — Pardes Seleh, formerly a scriptwriter at Fox News.

Yashar Ali: ‘I’m not boring’

“I’m a mess but I’m not boring and that’s much more important.” — Yashar Ali, HuffPost, New York Mag.

Bette Midler lashes out at Trump his view on planes 

“Conald Trump says planes have gotten ‘too complex’ to fly, but…really? this is a guy who struggles mightily with the umbrella and the water bottle.” —  Bette Midler, singer, actress.

Patrick Howley threatens the ‘Fox News Corporation’ with a couple exceptions 

“Big League Politics will spare Tucker and Judge Jeanine in our Investigative Series on Fox News. They don’t deserve our scorn. But the Fox News Corporation is against us, and they think they are untouchable. They are doing this to themselves.” — Patrick Howley, editor-in-chief, Big League Politics, former reporter, Daily Caller.

Rep. Crenshaw comes down hard on anyone using NZ tragedy to bash American conservatives 

“If you find yourself using the tragedy in New Zealand to take backhanded swipes at conservatives in America – many of my colleagues already have – then you really have no shame and you are part of the problem. It should be easy for us to stand united and condemn terrorism.” — Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas).

Gossip Roundup 

NBC foreign correspondent Richard Engle gets a much awaited “Dada” from his son, Henry, 3, who has Rett Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that keeps him from walking or moving independently. Here.

CNN’s Brian Stelter questions the “mental health” of Fox News. Seriously. Here.

Sec. Ben Carson lunches with My Pillow founder…“Sec. Carson’s daily schedule from 2017 shows a HUD sec. who held senior staff mtgs. once a week, lunched with the author of ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ and the founder of My Pillow, and left work before 2 p.m. on some Fridays to fly to his Florida mansion.” — NBC Politics. Here.

Don Jr. defends Chelsea Clinton

“It’s sickening to see people blame @ChelseaClinton for the NZ attacks because she spoke out against anti-Semitism. We should all be condemning anti-Semitism & all forms of hate. Chelsea should be praised for speaking up. Anyone who doesn’t understand this is part of the problem.” — Donald Trump Jr. on Saturday morning.

Even MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough is patting Don Jr. on the back for that one

“I believe in finding common ground wherever possible. This should be common ground for us all.” — Joe Scarborough, co-host, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” (RELATED: Beto’s Message is All ‘Goop’) 

ABC’s “The Bachelor’s”… Colton and Cassie are still together…for now. Here.

Ex-Breitbarter Raheem Kassam, editor of the new Human Events, really hates it when journalists lie. Here.

Khloe Kardashian says… Tristan Thompson is a good father to daughter, True, despite reports to the contrary. Here.

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A member of the fire brigade reacts as Saint-Sulpice church is seen on fire in Paris
A member of the fire brigade reacts as Saint-Sulpice church is seen on fire in Paris, France, March 17, 2019 in this still image taken from social media obtained on March 18, 2019. INSTAGRAM @agneswebste/via REUTERS via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES

March 18, 2019

PARIS (Reuters) – Paris’s historic Saint-Sulpice church, which was used in the filming of U.S. author Dan Brown’s ‘Da Vinci Code’ bestseller, briefly caught fire on Sunday but firefighters were able to bring the blaze under control and nobody was hurt.

The fire started early in the afternoon, when four people were inside, with flames climbing up the massive doors of the Roman Catholic church before spreading to stained glass above and to a nearby stairway, a fire brigade spokesman said.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known, he added. The extent of the damage was also not immediately clear.

The church, which was built in the 17th century on foundations dating from the Middle Ages, towers over the Left Bank district of Saint Germain des Pres.

The church houses three paintings by Eugene Delacroix, one of the leading figures of the Romantic movement in France in the 19th century.

(Reporting by Pascale Antonie; writing by Leigh Thomas; Editing by Gareth Jones)

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Whitney Tipton | Contributor

New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker told reporters Friday that he will definitely select a woman as his vice president.

He stated unequivocally, “there will be a woman on the ticket.”

US Senators Cory Booker (L) and Kamala Harris (R) chat on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, September 27, 2018. (Photo SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

US Senators Cory Booker (L) and Kamala Harris (R) chat on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, September 27, 2018. (Photo SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

This is not the first time Booker has signaled he would select a female, according to The Hill. During an interview with Rachel Maddow on MSNBC last month, Booker said that when it came to picking his running-mate, he would prioritize women candidates above men, adding “you will rarely see a Democratic ticket anymore without gender diversity, race diversity.”

Booker added mystery to his comments Friday, saying “I don’t know if it’s in the vice president’s position or in the president’s position.” Previously, Booker has spoken only of running for the top spot. (RELATED: Rosario Dawson Confirms She’s Dating Cory Booker)

The 2020 Democratic field of oval office hopefuls already includes several accomplished Democratic legislators such as Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren, New York Democratic Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand, and California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris, Booker has not indicated if he has a preference for one in particular, should he get the nomination.

Overall, the 2020 field is very competitive and includes 18 notable candidates. Realistic about his prospects in the crowded pool of contenders, Booker conceded “if I have my way, there will be a woman on the ticket.”

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Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) gives the keynote speech at Brown Chapel AME Church in Selma
Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) gives the keynote speech at Brown Chapel AME Church in Selma, Alabama, U.S. March 3, 2019. REUTERS/Chris Aluka Berry

March 15, 2019

By Joseph Ax

LEBANON, N.H. (Reuters) – Democratic U.S. Senator Cory Booker all but guaranteed at a campaign event on Friday that he will pick a woman as his running mate if he wins his party’s nomination for president next year.

“I am very confident that this election, we will make history, because no matter what – I’m looking you in the eye when I say this – there will be a woman on the ticket,” he told a voter at a pub in Lebanon, New Hampshire, after she noted there has never been a female U.S. president or vice president.

“I don’t know if it’s the vice president’s position or the president’s position,” he continued. “If I have my way, there will be a woman on the ticket.”

The crowded Democratic field includes several prominent women, including four sitting U.S. senators: Kamala Harris of California, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York.

When asked after the event whether he was promising his vice presidential candidate would be a woman, the New Jersey senator said, “Should I be a nominee, you can be sure that I’ll look to have gender diversity on my ticket.”

In 1984, Walter Mondale chose New York Representative Geraldine Ferraro as the first woman vice presidential candidate on a major party ticket.

Booker emphasized that he campaigned for Hillary Clinton in 2016, when she lost the presidency to Republican Donald Trump, and noted most of his senior staff positions, including his chief of staff and legislative director, are occupied by women.

Booker’s remarks on Friday appeared to go further than his comments last month, when he told MSNBC he would “be looking to women first” but said he did not want to “box himself in” so early in the election cycle.

Women voters and candidates helped power the Democratic wave that recaptured the U.S. House of Representatives in last fall’s elections, fueled in part by anger over Trump’s 2016 election despite multiple sexual misconduct allegations, which he denies.

If elected in November 2020, Booker would be the second black man to serve as president, after Barack Obama.

After the event, Booker also confirmed for the first time his relationship with actress Rosario Dawson, a day after Dawson told TMZ that their rumored romance was the real deal.

“I am dating Rosario Dawson, and I’m very happy about it,” said Booker.

(Reporting by Joseph Ax; Editing by Colleen Jenkins and Dan Grebler)

Source: OANN

Katie Jerkovich | Entertainment Reporter

Kate Beckinsale revealed that she really doesn’t like dates at Disneyland and recalled how things went downhill for her when the person she was with didn’t compliment her Minnie Mouse ears.

“I didn’t like it. I don’t really like dates anyway,” the 46-year-old actress shared Thursday about Disneyland and dating in general during her appearance on “The Late Late Show With James Corden.” (SLIDESHOW: These Women On Instagram Hate Wearing Clothes)

2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Arrivals Beverly Hills, California, U.S., 04/03/2018 Actress Kate Beckinsale. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Arrivals Beverly Hills, California, U.S., 04/03/2018 Actress Kate Beckinsale. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

The “Underworld” star then recalled how a date she had at the Happiest Place on Earth was anything but. (RELATED: Celebrate Kate Beckinsale’s Birthday With Her Best Instagram Looks [SLIDESHOW])

“There was some sort of argument about he didn’t think I looked cute in the ears… He didn’t compliment me enough [on my Minnie Mouse ears],” Beckinsale shared. “So it was done. I was out. I was over it.”

“If you’re going to go through the trouble of buying and wearing ears, the person should be freaking out, especially if you’re over 40 because it’s a commitment,” she added.”… I was super offended.”

Over the last few months, the “Pearl Harbor” star has been spotted with the 25-year-old “Saturday Night Live” star, someone 20 years younger than the actress. During a recent “Weekend Update” episode on “SNL,” Davidson addressed their age difference and didn’t hold back.

“So if you have questions about a relationship with a big age difference, just ask Leonardo DiCaprio, Jason Statham, Michael Douglas, Richard Gere, Jeff Goldblum, Scott Disick, Dane Cook, Derek Jeter, Bruce Willis, Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee, Alec Baldwin, Sean Penn and whoever the president of France is,” the “SNL” star said. “Mel Gibson, Billy Joel, Mick Jagger, Sylvester Stallone, Eddie Murphy, Kelsey Grammer. Larry King, Larry King, Larry King, Rod Stewart and Donald Trump.”

It all comes on the heels of reports that the popular duo were first spotted spending time together at a Golden Globe Awards after-party and were recently photographed smooching at a New York Rangers hockey game following his split from singer Ariana Grande.

Source: The Daily Caller

Ciara needed “a lot of prayer” to abstain from having sex with Russell Wilson.

The Seahawks quarterback and superstar musician are now married, but the two of them famously abstained from sex while dating. Now, we know how she was able to do it. (SLIDESHOW: These Women On Instagram Hate Wearing Clothes)

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“That took a lot of prayer. It was hard. I can’t lie,” Ciara told InStyle for the April issue of the magazine when discussing how she managed to stop herself from having sex with the NFL star. (SLIDESHOW: 142 Times Josephine Skriver Barely Wore Anything)

In all honesty, good for them, but I find it hard to believe anybody could date Ciara and successfully abstain for sex. (SLIDESHOW: 71 Times Samantha Hoopes Stripped Down)

It would take a minor miracle for most men to do what Wilson did, and apparently, God did play a major role in their successful abstinence run. (SLIDESHOW: This Blonde Bombshell Might Be The Hottest Model On The Internet) 

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It’s still a bit mind-boggling to me that Ciara and the NFL gunslinger are married. They seem like polar opposites. He comes off as extremely vanilla, and she’s known as one of the biggest firecrackers in all of entertainment. (SLIDESHOW: 60 Times Abigail Ratchford Wore Almost Nothing)

I guess opposites attract in some cases!

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Wilson holding out from Ciara for months might honestly be more impressive than his Super Bowl victory, and I’m 100 percent serious. The amount of willpower that must have taken is beyond words.

Source: The Daily Caller

NBA: Sacramento Kings at Boston Celtics
Mar 14, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) takes a free throw during the second half against the Sacramento Kings at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

March 15, 2019

Kyrie Irving scored six of his team-high 31 points during a fourth-quarter spurt that allowed the Boston Celtics to build a lead they were able to retain en route to a 126-120 victory over the visiting Sacramento Kings on Thursday night.

After trailing for much of the first three quarters, the Celtics led just 104-103 following a Willie Cauley-Stein dunk for Sacramento with 6:20 to go. Irving countered immediately with a floater and, after a three-point play by Marcus Morris, added two jumpers in a 9-0 flurry that opened a 113-103 advantage with 4:33 remaining.

Irving wound up with his second career triple-double, complementing his 31 points with 10 rebounds and a game-high 12 assists. His only previous triple-double came for Cleveland against Utah in February 2014.

Sacramento’s Buddy Hield led all scorers with 34 points, connecting on 6 of 10 3-point attempts. His Kings teammates, however, made just 5 of 24 3-point shots.

Raptors 111, Lakers 98

Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points, grabbed eight rebounds and added four assists as Toronto defeated visiting Los Angeles.

Norman Powell added 20 points and eight rebounds for the Raptors, who have won their past nine games against the Lakers dating to 2015. Pascal Siakam scored 16 points, and Marc Gasol contributed 15 points for Toronto.

LeBron James led the Lakers with 29 points. Alex Caruso added 16 points, Rajon Rondo had 13 points and eight assists and JaVale McGee contributed nine points and nine rebounds.

Pacers 108, Thunder 106

Wesley Matthews’ tip-in with 1.8 seconds left lifted Indiana over host Oklahoma City.

Indiana ended the game on a 23-10 run to finish off a big comeback. Domantas Sabonis led the Pacers with 26 points, and Bojan Bogdanovic added 23.

Russell Westbrook had a chance to win the game for the Thunder in the last second, but his 3-pointer from the top of the key hit the front of the rim and bounced away. Westbrook finished with 19 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists for his second consecutive triple-double, and Paul George finished with a game-high 36 points.

Magic 120, Cavaliers 91

Aaron Gordon had 21 points as Orlando got a much-needed blowout against visiting Cleveland.

Nikola Vucevic had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and D.J. Augustin had 20 points and seven assists for the Magic. The win came at an important time for Orlando, which had dropped four of its last five games.

Collin Sexton led the Cavaliers with 23 points, and Jordan Clarkson added 15 points off the bench.

Jazz 120, Timberwolves 100

Donovan Mitchell scored 24 points and dished out six assists to lead Utah past Minnesota at Salt Lake City.

Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors each finished with double-doubles for the Jazz. Favors had 17 points and 11 rebounds. Gobert tallied 10 points and 13 boards. Jae Crowder added 18 points off the bench.

Karl-Anthony Towns scored 26 points and collected 12 rebounds before fouling out with 4:13 left. Andrew Wiggins added 14 points. Tyus Jones chipped in 12 points and nine assists.

Nuggets 100, Mavericks 99

Nikola Jokic drained a 9-foot leaner as time expired, and host Denver rallied to beat Dallas.

Jokic one-upped Dallas rookie Luka Doncic, whose dunk with 5.8 seconds left gave Dallas a one-point lead. But Denver called timeout, then got the ball to Jokic, and he hit a floater around Dwight Powell.

Jokic finished with 11 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists, and Paul Millsap had a season-high 33 points for Denver. Doncic had 24 points and Jalen Brunson scored 20 for the tired Mavericks, who didn’t arrive in Denver until 9 a.m. Thursday because of the blizzard slamming much of the middle of the country.

–Field Level Media

Source: OANN

Presidential candidate and former Democratic Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke expressed his concern during a Thursday rally in Iowa that people in rural parts of the United States cannot get on the online dating app Tinder to find “that special person.”

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“I want people to have the luxury to be able to contribute to their community, to coach their kid’s teams,” O’Rourke began. “Paying a living wage I think is part of that. And then especially in rural communities, in rural America, the federal government, the rest of the country needs to form partnerships—partnerships that mean that each side is going to give a little to get something greater than either could achieve on their own. In Texas, we have a problem with broadband in rural communities.”

“You may have that in Iowa, as well, where farmers and ranchers and producers literally cannot get online, where people cannot start businesses in their hometown or finish their education after high school because they can’t get online,” he continued. “They can’t go to Tinder and find a date tonight to find that special person who will make the difference in their lives.” (RELATED: Report Says Tinder To Blame For Rise In STDs)

HOUSTON, TEXAS – OCTOBER 30: U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) flashes the University of Houston hand sign during a town hall meeting hosted by MSNBC at the Cullen Performance Center at the university October 30, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

O’Rourke also discussed packing the Supreme Court with Democrats during the rally, and compared climate change activists to the troops that stormed the beaches of Normandy during World War II.

After months of speculation, O’Rourke announced Thursday that he’s running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

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Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) gives the keynote speech at Brown Chapel AME Church in Selma
Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) gives the keynote speech at Brown Chapel AME Church in Selma, Alabama, U.S. March 3, 2019. REUTERS/Chris Aluka Berry

March 14, 2019

By Steve Gorman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Actress Rosario Dawson, whose film credits include “Rent” and “Men in Black II,” has confirmed reports she is dating U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Cory Booker, calling him “a wonderful human being” who she loves and admires.

Dawson, 39, went public about her relationship with the New Jersey Democrat in an on-camera interview with the celebrity news website TMZ.com as she was strolling through Reagan National Airport near Washington. The video was posted on Thursday.

Asked if there was any truth to recent media reports that she was involved with the 49-year-old bachelor politician, Dawson gamely replied, “Yes, very much so.”

“He’s a wonderful human being. It’s great to spend time together when we can,” she said.

Asked whether an engagement might be on the horizon, she said, “I have no idea. I’m just grateful to be to be with someone that I respect and love and admire so much who is so brilliant and kind and caring and loving.”

The New York Post reported in January that the actress and former Newark, New Jersey, mayor had been seeing each other since at least December 2018.

Neither Booker nor his representatives were immediately available for comment. Asked during a radio interview last month about how his bachelor status might play in the presidential race, Booker said he was “dating somebody now who’s very special.” Questioned whether she would make a “nice first lady,” he replied, “Yes, she would.”

The senator, who gained national prominence in the fight over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, formally launched his presidential campaign on Feb. 1, joining a crowded field of Democrats seeking their party’s nomination for the White House in 2020.

Booker initially won his Senate seat in a 2013 special election, and then was re-elected to a full six-year term in 2014. He became the second African-American to enter the 2020 presidential race, after fellow Democratic Senator Kamala Harris of California.

Dawson, a native New Yorker of Puerto Rican and Cuban ancestry, made her film debut in the 1995 indie drama “Kids.” Her movie credits include two Spike Lee dramas – “He Got Game” and “25th Hour” – “Sin City,” “Josie and the Pussycats” along with “Rent” and “Men in Black II.”

(Reporting by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles; Additional reporting by Lisa Richwine in Los Angeles; Editing by Tom Brown)

Source: OANN

Betsy Rothstein | Reporter

Quote of the Day:

“Man, I’m just born to be in it.”

Beto O’Rourke, Democratic presidential hopeful, in a story for Vanity Fair, upon announcing his 2020 run for the White House.

SPOTTED: Ex-Trump aide Sam Nunberg shows up to Roger Stone’s hearing 

“BONUS Sighted at Stone’s hearing, former Trump aide Sam Nunberg. No business at court, Nunberg says, ‘I’m just here for the circus.’” — Spencer Hsu, legal reporter, The Washington Post.

Quick Q: “Is it too late for ⁦‪@DanCrenshawTX‬⁩ to host the White House Correspondents’ Dinner?” — Jon Levine, media editor, TheWrap.  Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) spoke at the annual Washington Congressional Dinner Tuesday night. Watch his speech on C-SPAN here.

CBS’s Gayle King is getting a piece of Beto 

“Gayle King sitting down with Beto O’Rourke today in Iowa — portion airs tonight on ‘CBS Evening News’ and interview on Friday’s ‘CBS This Morning.’” — Michael Calderone, Politico.

Beto protests a NYT story about his more depressive stage of life 

“In VF, Beto objects to NYT story on NY years, which he says depicts him as ‘aimless & depressed.’ Words he used w/ me: ‘rootless,’ ‘sad case,’ ‘in the dumps.’ Anyway. Will be interesting to watch him process coverage as POTUS contender, not TX underdog.” — Matt Flegenheimer, NYT. Read that story here.

AOC wants help furniture shopping (because she’s running out of money) 

“Is Instagram still down? Bc after 2 months almost furnitureless in DC I am trying to take you all on the riveting adventure of getting: a chair. (Also, if you had to start a new apt from scratch, what would be the first 5 pieces of furniture/items you would get? Asking for me.)” — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). (RELATED:

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews has other thrill up his leg 

“Chris Matthews is feeling that thrill up his leg again!!!! ‘That cover is the best kiss I’ve seen for a candidate in a long time.’” — Cameron Cawthorne, media reporter, Washington Free Beacon.

The Observers

“Annie Leibowitz photo spreads are never accidents.” — Chuck Todd, MSNBC on Wednesday afternoon.

“Beto O’Rourke has to be careful that he doesn’t come across as too self-absorbed, too full of his own persona.” — John Harwood, MSNBC on Wednesday afternoon.

Rolling Stone writer apologizes for coming across as ‘uber-privileged’ 

“A lot of people have made some excellent points about how this came off as tone-deaf/uber-privileged and I acknowledge and apologize for that! My alma mater is one of like 3-4 things I do truly love in the world so I wanted to give it a lil shoutout but yes, I see how it came off. Also Lena Dunham was one of the first people I ever interviewed (for the Oberlin review, natch) and while I think she is *problematic* she was EXTREMELY nice and funny and charming and i am overall proud she is an ambassador for our weird little community. This is a v. earnest tweet so I apologize in advance, but the whole college admissions scandal makes me feel lucky to have graduated from a place like @oberline. Everyone I went to school with was smart and passionate and engaged, and most importantly had a great deal of integrity.” — EJ Dickson, Rolling Stone.

Unbelievable photo of Pelosi and Trump 

Gossip Roundup

WaPo kisses up to Media Matters prez who wrote an anti-Semitic blog. Here.

Female freshman lawmaker… goes to work in two different shoes. Here.

Meawnwhile, WaPo has been eviscerating FNC host Tucker Carlson for old interviews he had with shock jock Bubba The Love Sponge. WaPo‘s “reported” opinion blogger Erik Wemple detests Carlson. At least part of that is based on the fact that Wemple absolutely bombed on Carlson’s show. Wemple’s bug-eyed expression has now been turned into a coffee mug that Carlson’s gives to guests and friends.

Media Matters prez… wrote about “Japs, Jewry and Trannies” in a blog he said was a failed attempt at satire. Here.

Airlines regrets… telling a woman to cover up. Here.

Actress Rosario Dawson really is… dating presidential hopeful Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.). Here.

Source: The Daily Caller

Lauryn Overhultz | Columnist

Actress Rosario Dawson not only confirmed she is dating Democratic New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, but that she is love with him as well.

Dawson was spotted Thursday at Ronald Raegan National Airport and when asked if she was in a relationship with Booker, the actress said “yes.” (RELATED: Cory Booker Confirms He’s Dating And The Rumor Mill Points To Hollywood Actress)

“I am grateful to be with someone who I respect and love and admire so much,” Dawson told TMZ.

The couple has reportedly been dating since December of 2018 and the New Jersey senator most recently confirmed he was dating, but wouldn’t reveal the lucky lady during a radio interview with Charlamagne on Power 105.1’s “The Breakfast Club.”

Booker announced he would be joining the 2020 presidential race on Feb. 1, the first day of Black History Month.

During his interview on “The Breakfast Club,” Booker revealed that his girlfriend would make a great first lady, but that it was hard to talk about for him, saying, “Of all the issues we talked about, this is the most uncomfortable part of the interview.”

The pair have been spotted out together in New York City multiple times since they began dating and the relationship has been talked about in tabloids.

Source: The Daily Caller


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