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31 spooky things on NBA Halloween (Written before 10/31 games)

It’s so early in a new NBA season that brings us a lot of unpredictability for a change. Here are 31 spooky things as we live it up on Halloween Thursday:
1. The concern for the Warriors and Stephen Curry
Golden State started the year 0-2 for the first time since the 2009-10 season. Curry breaking his left hand just made matters worse as their defense had already sunk to a new low (outscored by Phoenix 43-14 in first quarter and giving up 120-plus points all four games).
2. Karl-Anthony Towns vs. the Western Conference
K.A.T. dominated the Wolves’ first few games (5.0 3PM, 32.0 PTS, 13.3 REB) before getting ejected against Philly last night…except they all came over Eastern Conference teams. It might not matter as he is individually capable of doing the same when facing opponents in the West.
3. Gordon Hayward appears to be back
Hayward (17.5 PTS, 7.3 REB, 3.5 AST) isn’t recording spectacular numbers thus far. However, he looks very settled playing alongside Kemba Walker. He’s shooting a comfortable 48 percent from the field and he’s typically the team’s third option, which bodes well for he and the Celtics.
4. Derrick Rose looks really explosive again
It’s now widely known that Rose is in a new phase of his career. However, it would be foolish to say he doesn’t give us flashbacks of his 2010-11 MVP campaign. Rose (55.3 FG%, 20.4 PTS, 6.2 AST) uplifts the Pistons with a boost they very much need from him off the bench.
5. The Kings back to being the Kings?
Having marginal success since the Mike Bibby/Chris Webber era, the Kings (now missed 13 straight) were in the playoff picture for much of last year. This year, they’re starting to remind us of the Kings again while losing their first five including a bad loss to Charlotte at home.
6. The rise of left-handed players
Without doing any history on this, it seems like left-handed players are becoming more abundant, and thus more productive. Harden is the obvious standout but other examples 25 years old or younger: Simmons, Russell, Randle, Sabonis, Fox, Winslow, Barrett, Bagley, Oubre.
7. The Spurs are still good and likely to finish well over .500
Tonight is their first of four games being the underdog as they visit the L.A. Clippers. The Spurs now have Dejounte Murray back, their 23-year-old franchise point guard and Gregg Popovich also added Tim Duncan to his coaching staff. Don’t expect this team to ever miss the playoffs.
8. The Knicks’ alarming point guard rotation
Not much can go right when household name Kristaps Porzingis demands a trade. However, the Knicks have found a way to retool their roster without completely tearing it down. Their point guard situation (Payton, DSJ, Ntilikina) seems erratic and uncertain though.
9. Undrafted rookie Kendrick Nunn leading the Heat in scoring
Nunn appeared in 49 games with Golden State’s G-League affiliate last season. Apparently he wasn’t one of those guys you pick out and say: this guy is definitely going to have a solid NBA career. That’s the way it’s looking now though as Nunn averages 21 points through four games.
10. Giannis Antetokounmpo’s three-point shooting
Despite connecting on only two of them, Greek Freak has attempted 12 triples through his first four games. He’s been vocal about trying to improve as an outside shooter claiming this past summer that he’s reached “only 60 percent” of his full potential and plans to get better.
11. Portland’s well-operated backcourt
Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum (37.2 3P%, 46.8 PTS) put the league on notice last year after scrapping their way to the Western Conference Finals. Did they have any business being there? I don’t know but Rip City has the best healthy backcourt in the league until proven otherwise.
12. Harden drops 59 as Rockets defeat the Wizards 159-158 in regulation
There are many words to describe this defensively-challenged game but indescribable might be the best one. Neither team, especially one with championship aspirations like the Rockets, has any excuse to be allowing this amount of points. Come on, guys!
13. The tremendous depth of the Pelicans
This hasn’t translated into wins, not yet at least as the Pels have dropped all four games including two at home. The return they got for Anthony Davis was more than adequate as Coach Alvin Gentry now employs a legitimate 13-man rotation once Zion Williamson returns.
14. The Joker assist tape (part IV)
We’ve only seen a preview of Jokic’s passing wizardry this season; probably because the Nuggets won the pair of games in which he only had two assists. Matching last year’s average of 7.3 assists or not, Jokic makes his teammates better the same way point guards do.
15. Throwing it back to the 1990s
Like many others and that includes some of the players, I started watching NBA basketball during this time. That’s why it’s neat to see teams the the Jazz, Raptors, and Grizzlies rock their 90s uniforms with the logo covering nearly the entire jersey. It’s all about the memories.
16. The NBA without DeMarcus Cousins
Cousins has had a rough go ahead and has been unfortunate to miss the majority of the past three years. That’s something you hate to see as a basketball enthusiast. Still on the short end of 30 years old, hopefully he recovers as the multi-faceted All-Star center he once was.
17. Kawhi Leonard – different jersey, same deal
There’s no telling statistically how his first six years in San Antonio made him the player he is today but Coach Pop deserves a share of the credit. Leonard went into Toronto last year with an unbreakable mindset and led his team to a championship. That could happen yet again in L.A.
18. The Hornets and Cavaliers look more respectable than anticipated
I know it’s way too early to call the Hornets a surprise team and it remains unlikely they will be. You have to respect the way these teams have integrated guys like P.J. Washington and Darius Garland right off the bat. Maybe we should take the over on 40 wins combined for the two.
19. The Suns’ defense looks good for a change
As stated in my preseason power rankings, this is a team that’s finished bottom six in defensive efficiency the past four years. New head coach Monty Williams seems to have emphasized defense, especially in transition, and that’s allowed them wins over the Clippers and Warriors.
20. The ageless wonder Al Horford
Now with Philly, Horford is 13 seasons deep, almost 800 regular season games in, and he’s been a part of 120 playoff games. He was never the quickest or most athletic player but that has absolutely no impact on his consistent defensive firepower and offensive playmaking ability.
21. The Grizzlies and Andre Iguodala
Iggy has long established himself as a premier perimeter defender and that’s something the Grizzlies need in order to retain their grit n’ grind identity from this past decade. The 2015 Finals MVP is looking for one more opportunity to help a contender before closing the curtains.
22. Joel Embiid is still getting in the head of opposing players
Embiid, arguably the best all-around center in the league, vowed to stop talking trash and solely focus on basketball. That didn’t last long as he publicly took a shot at K.A.T. after the physical controversy that occurred between the two last night. Both will be suspended a few games.
23. Domantas Sabonis could be All-Star worthy
Sabonis should average a double-double this season considering he almost averaged one in just 25 minutes per game last season. Bojan Bogdanovic, now with the Jazz, was the main beneficiary of Victor Oladipo’s absence last season. Sabonis (22.8 PTS, 10 REB) might be that guy this year.
24. Anthony Davis and the 40-point, 20-rebound performance
I don’t know if there’s any player in the league that LeBron James would rather play with at this point of his career. Imagine another Chris Bosh but with more offensive versatility and better rim protection. Assuming A.D. stays healthy, the Lakers-Clippers could be a rivalry for the ages.
25. 21-year-old Trae Young is more NBA-ready than we thought
Young (3.5 3PM, 26.8 PTS) has one year under his belt and that’s definitely given him more confidence. Already one of the league’s elite shot creators, Young isn’t looking for your approval or waiting games. He wants to carry this young Hawks team to the playoffs this year. Why not?
26. The Bulls are playing like it’s nothing but a rebuilding project
Chicago prioritized inexperience leading to high lottery picks ever since trading Jimmy Butler in the summer of 2017. Having drafted Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter and acquiring Otto Porter and Zach LaVine, this team needs to show glimpses sooner rather than later.
27. Pascal Siakam honestly might be an MVP candidate
If you think about it logically, it wouldn’t make sense for a new MVP candidate not to be in the mix year after year. Of course we’ll always favor proven stars like Antetokounmpo, Harden, James, and etc., but how can you count out Siakam if the Raptors finish top three in the East?
28. Brooklyn’s new hardwood features shades of grey
Being unique is always a good thing but I can’t decide if I like this new floor design or not. Evidently it hasn’t phased opponents as the Nets have dropped two of their three games at home. The Barclays Center will never have the clout of MSG but maybe it’ll raise a banner or two.
29. What if Utah’s offense reaches its full potential?
It’s understandable that Mike Conley has some adjustments to make after spending 12 years of his career in Memphis. New addition Bogdanovic has wasted no time as he averages 21.3 points through four games. Obviously Donovan Mitchell keeps getting better and better.
30. The Mavs are a playoff-caliber team
“What if this team were in the East?” That’s not the reality of how things work but the Mavs have no reason to think they can’t make the postseason in 2019-20. Doncic-Porzingis is the foundation but under-the-radar players like Delon Wright and Jalen Brunson give them more hope.
31. While we await the Leonard/PG-13 duo, don’t forget Lou Williams is unstoppable at times
George and Leonard might be first and second as the top two-way players in the NBA. Still, I would hesitate to call Lou Will a third option because of the way he commands attention from the defense at will. Enough with the Sixth Man of the Year awards. It’s time for him to get a ring.
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So much bravery in /r/news: blame the police for all the things!

This post, http://np.reddit.com/news/comments/1z1cx8/officer_shoots_70_year_old_man_who_was_reaching/, the fevered anti-cop circlejerk has reached it's newest low. The story: a SC deputy shot and wounded a 70 year old man at a traffic stop. The man was told to stay in his vehicle, he didn't. The deputy saw him reaching into the back of his vehicle for his cane, mistook the cane for a rifle, and fired at the man, hitting him in the lung. The man is expected to recover.
Of course, news, in all their bravery, is calling for the deputy's head:
FTA: “It does appear, at this time, that Deputy Knox’s actions were an appropriate response to what he reasonably believed to be an imminent threat to his life.”
These cops are getting out of hand... They shoot someone in a situation where a civilian would be behind bars.
Top comment: +295 points
Yea, that line was BS.
He could have reasonably believed his life to be threatened, but that is when you use some of your training to tell the person to stop what he is doing while pulling your gun out of the holster.
Not to just pull it out and start shooting, especially at a 70 year old man.
First child comment, +127
I actually got in a pretty big argument about this with a buddy of mine who wants to be a cop a few weeks ago.
Apparently most cops believe these days that their lives are more important than the suspected criminal. They have no concept that they chose to be police and put themselves in the line of fire. As far as they're concerned its better to overreact and kill an innocent civilian than put themselves in harm way at all. Well then don't be a fucking cop.
One of my favorites, emphasis mine +49
Can't vote your way out of the US police state... Both parties are part of it.
So much bravery! +7
In what goddamned way could he have "reasonably believed" a cane was a rifle that this man was going to shoot him with?
How is that "reasonable" I get that he believed it. reasonably?! REASONABLY!?
It all depends on what your definition of 'is' is. +31
While I agree in part with your very first statement, a 70 year old man is from a generation from before Warrior Cops would shoot citizens regularly at the drop of a pin.
Warrior Cops, Wednesday nights, 9 pm on your local Fox affiliate! +8
Unbelievable, I should start shooting random people every time i feel "threaten," I'm sure the judge will understand.
Stand your ground, right? +20
So let's see... A deputy shot a 70 year old man when he mistakenly thought the man was reaching for a gun, when in reality he was reaching for his cane, and the deputy's actions are being called an appropriate response. Then we've also got a New Jersey man being cleared of resisting arrest charges while the cops who made the accusations against him being charged with conspiracy, misconduct and records tampering; cops in California being arrested for impounding cars belonging to poor Hispanics and selling or giving away the cars; a non-combative Oklahoma man dying after being pepper sprayed in the eyes, nose and mouth, and the weight of five cops used to pin him to the ground while his horrified wife looked on; and an onlooker in Baltimore being shoved and shouted at by a cop because the onlooker was using his cell phone to film the cops arresting two other people.
Police officers in America are getting away with actions that ordinary citizens would find themselves in jail for. At what point will a law be passed that exonerates ordinary citizens for protecting themselves from cops?
+164
Yup, a couple of bad eggs means that the millions of LEOs in the US are all out to steal your pot and beat you up. Cops are so mean, amirite? They're just a bunch of bullies out to beat up people, we should totally hate them #policestate!
Cops are the biggest pussies on the planet. Everything is an "imminent threat to their life".
Remind me again, when was the last time you took a job where people shoot at you just because you're doing your job? Right. +35
Are we going to blame Dobby for attacking Lucius Malfoy when he reached for his cane as well?
What? I don't even... +8
The best, though, are the ones who are so much better at shooting than the cops. I mean, their training is just bullshit compared to our modern militia types, right? Gotta love the gun nuts:
Shot several times and hit ones, don't cops have training in aiming, ever time you hear these, the cops shot a exuberant amount of ammo and only a few hit. Is this really that common with cops and bad aiming?
Exuberant? If the former President of the United States can make up new definitions for words, why can't this guy? +4
Most poilce units have ridiculously poor standards that have to be met to qualify. And it has been my experience from spending time on the practice range and seeing cops that most of them are barely able to meet those qualifications.
But this guy, why, he could meet those qualifications blindfolded. +7
went to the shooting range with my new .45, two lanes over from me were 3 police officers. One looked like a Lieutenant (gold bar) an officer standing off to the side keeping an eye on the rest of the people shooting, and someone qualifying on a green silhouette at about 7 yards away.
now, I've seen some pretty bad shooting, but his first shot was about 4 inches outside of the silhouette. nowhere even close to center mass. Next one went about 2 inches south of the silhouette's groin area. next couple hit near the shoulder and a few more after that hit near center mass. I'm not an LEO, but I am pretty sure you are supposed to be aiming (and hitting) center mass.
I was absolutely horrified. I can't believe he is walking around somewhere with a gun. No way I would trust him to hit anything in a high stress, life or death situation.
+4
Disgusting.
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Game Thread: Washington Redskin (3-3) @ New York Giants (4-2)

Washington Redskins (3-3) vs. New York Giants (4-2)

Time: 1:00 PM Eastern 12:00 PM Central 11:00 PM Mountain 10:00 PM Pacific
Location: MetLife Stadium,East Rutherford, New Jersey
Weather at kickoff:
66°F/Wind at 11 mph/Sunny/0% chance of rain/57% Humidity
TV:
Fox
Streams:
Firstrow
Wiziwig
VIPBOX
Ilemi
Atdhe
Odds: Spread: New York Giants 17
OveUnder: 36

Injuries:

Washington Redskins , Head Coach. Mike Shanahan

Pos Name Injury Prac. status Game status
DE Stephen Bowen -- Limited Participation in Practice --
DT Barry Cofield Shoulder Full Participation in Practice Probable
TE Fred Davis Knee Full Participation in Practice Probable
LB London Fletcher -- Limited Participation in Practice --
WR Pierre Garcon Foot Did Not Participate In Practice Doubtful
CB Cedric Griffin Hamstring Limited Participation in Practice Questionable
CB DeAngelo Hall Knee Full Participation in Practice Probable
CB David Jones Achilles Did Not Participate In Practice Questionable
S Brandon Meriweather Knee Out (Definitely Will Not Play) Out
S Jordan Pugh Head Limited Participation in Practice Questionable
P Saverio Rocca right Knee Did Not Participate In Practice Questionable
DE Doug Worthington Calf Full Participation in Practice Probable
RB Darrel Young Hamstring Did Not Participate In Practice Questionable

New York Giants , Head Coach. Tom Coughlin

Pos Name Injury Prac. status Game status
DT Rocky Bernard Quadricep Did Not Participate In Practice Out
LB Michael Boley Hip Full Participation in Practice Questionable
RB Ahmad Bradshaw Foot Did Not Participate In Practice Probable
RB Andre Brown Concussion Full Participation in Practice Probable
WR Hakeem Nicks Foot Limited Participation in Practice Probable
S Kenny Phillips Knee Did Not Participate In Practice Out
RB Da'Rel Scott Knee Did Not Participate In Practice Out
CB Corey Webster Hand Full Participation in Practice Probable
LB Jacquian Williams Knee Did Not Participate In Practice Out
STATS

Washington Redskins | New York Giants

Teams Pos Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs RAT
QB Robert Griffin III 113 161 1343 5 100.5
QB Kirk Cousins 5 9 111 1 97.2
QB Eli Manning 143 225 1772 11 94.9
QB David Carr 1 2 4 0 56.3

Washington Redskins | New York Giants

Teams Pos Rushing Car Yds AVG TDs
RB Alfred Morris 116 538 4.6 5
QB Robert Griffin III 55 379 6.9 6
RB Ahmad Bradshaw 92 449 4.9 3
RB Andre Brown 38 198 5.2 3

Washington Redskins | New York Giants

Teams Pos Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
TE Fred Davis 23 312 13.6 0
WR Santana Moss 16 223 13.9 2
WR Victor Cruz 43 496 11.5 6
WR Domenik Hixon 19 314 16.5 0
WR Hakeem Nicks 14 237 16.9 1
STANDINGS
NFC East WIN LOSS TIE WIN %
4 2 0 .667
3 3 0 .500
3 3 0 .500
2 3 0 .400
Last 6 Matches
Washington Redskins
away vs Home Week
40-32 Week 1
28-31 Week 2
38-31 Week 3
24-22 Week 4
24-17 Week 5
26-38 Week 6
New York Giants
away vs Home Week
24-17 Week 1
34-41 Week 2
36-7 Week 3
17-19 Week 4
27-41 Week 5
26-3 Week 6

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0 13 0 14 0 27

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JaguarGator9's History of Halftime- Day 20: Super Bowl XXXVI Halftime Show (U2)

By all accounts, Super Bowl XXXVI could’ve been catastrophic disaster for the NFL. Super Bowl XXXV featured a not-so-good game combined with a chaotic halftime show that some (like myself) loved, while others (like comedian Lewis Black in this 2002 skit on Comedy Central, absolutely hated. There wasn’t a middle ground with that halftime show. However, Super Bowl XXXVI could’ve been horrible for the league, simply because of the circumstances going into the game at the time.
Following the tragic attacks on September 11, the NFL needed to do a lot to fix the Super Bowl, since the league cancelled all games for week 2 and postponed the season. For one, there wasn’t a two week break in between conference championship weekend and the Super Bowl; this means that if this happened today, that Carolina and Denver would be playing on January 31. This was the first Super Bowl ever played in the month of February; nowadays, the Super Bowl is always on the first Sunday in February, but this came about because of a national tragedy. There were also questions with where the game would be held; there was a convention that was supposed to be held in the Superdome on Super Bowl weekend (since initially, there was no conflict, since the game was supposed to be a week earlier), but when the NFL announced that they were moving the Super Bowl back a week, they didn’t get permission from that convention, meaning that the Superdome was double-booked (eventually, the convention moved, but it required a whole lot of money, as you can probably imagine).
There was a lot about Super Bowl XXXVI that, much like Super Bowl XXV, felt different in terms of its patriotic feel. And to cap off this American halftime show to re-capture the spirit of America, the NFL decided to get… U2, an Irish band. This wasn’t an old act like you know the old acts of the mid-2000s that did halftime (like Tom Petty or The Who); U2 were still relevant at the time, as there were many singles off of their album All That You Can’t Leave Behind that managed to chart and were successful singles that are still relevant to this day (such as “Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of” and “Beautiful Day”). Still, the decision to book U2 for the Super Bowl XXXVI halftime show was an odd one; after the chaotic Super Bowl XXXV halftime show, this felt like it was going to be a boring step back. Even the NFL thought this halftime show was going to bomb (and I’ll dive more into that later) In the end, what we got, according to the consensus, was not just a surprisingly good halftime show, but quite possibly the greatest halftime show of all-time. So, let’s dive right in and analyze this post-9/11 halftime show that many consider to be the best halftime show ever made.
Background Information
Instead of linking tons of different links about perspective to this halftime show, there’s one single article that is unbelievable and explains how U2 got booked, and what was going to happen at this halftime show. It was written by Yahoo Sports writer Les Carpenter in 2013, and it’s an incredible read that is worth checking out. If you’re into background information like this, then there’s nothing better out there about this halftime show. I’ll point out some of the highlights.
For one, the original Super Bowl halftime show was Janet Jackson. There was already an announcement that Janet Jackson was going to do the Super Bowl XXXVI halftime show (which, admittedly, would’ve been a good halftime show; she would eventually get to do the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show, but that didn’t quite turn out as well as she hoped, as that show may have singlehandedly destroyed her career overnight). However, after she cancelled her tour and didn’t want to play (and I’ve heard a second rumor that she dropped out once she realized that the NFL wasn’t going to pay her, but I’ve only seen that in one article, compared to the ten or so articles that I’ve read about the fact that she just didn’t want to tour in the aftermath of 9/11), the league was scrambling and needed to find a replacement. Obviously, they got U2 to do the halftime show; John Collins went to a U2 concert at Madison Square Garden, U2 performed an incredible show where they projected the names of everyone who died in 9/11 onto a screen while playing “Where The Streets Have No Name,” and at that point, Collins thought that U2 would be the perfect choice for the halftime show.
And then, there’s this incredible quote from the article:
In fact, U2 was debated inside the league offices for several days. Some pointed out that a U2 television special had not delivered great ratings. Others felt an Irish rock band might not be appropriate for a Super Bowl so close to September 11. Eventually, Tagliabue relented and plans rolled ahead until a major problem arose a few weeks before the game. There was no way to power the generator that would project the names of the dead across the Superdome roof. They were going to have to drop it. Collins was aghast.
“Do what you have to do to get that power even if you have to put a generator on the roof of the dome!” he shouted to the organizers. “The only reason Paul Tagliabue approved this was because of the names going across the roof.”
Eventually, a generator was located, the proper power found, and the projector worked. But still, there was skepticism. After the Friday rehearsal prior to the Patriots-Rams contest, Collins and a group of league executives were leaving the dome when one moaned aloud: “This is going to be the worst halftime show ever.”
Reading this section of the article was absolutely remarkable at first. The memorable part about this halftime show (the names of the victims going up) almost never happened. They hired U2 not because they had great music or because they appealed to an audience. They hired U2 specifically to capitalize on 9/11. That’s how I took that quote, and it’s a bit disgusting when you think about it- they only got U2 to do the halftime show because they wanted to capitalize off of a national tragedy.
Then, there was the possible outrage that an Irish band was doing an American tribute. Considering the fact that there was a mini outcry when the Rolling Stones got asked to do the Super Bowl XL halftime show in Detroit (instead of a Motown artist, although Motown had their chance at a halftime show eight years prior), and that there was an outcry when Bruno Mars got asked to do the Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show instead of a New York/New Jersey artist like Billy Joel or Bon Jovi, I can definitely imagine that there was an outrage when U2 got asked to do the halftime show and perform an American tribute.
“This is going to be the worst halftime show ever.” That quote may seem absolutely ridiculous in hindsight, but when you consider what I had as my worst halftime show of all-time, it’s not entirely far off. If you remember my Super Bowl XXV halftime show (a halftime show that I may never watch again unless I want to punish myself, because that’s how bad that show was; it was a great show to review, though, because I just tore it a new one) review, then you’ll know that I considered it to be the worst halftime show of all-time. Worse than the magic trick show. Worse than anything Up with People ever did. Worse than Indiana Jones and Winter Magic. Super Bowl XXV topped them all with how bad that was.
What was the theme to that? Well, it was a tribute to the soldiers serving overseas in the Gulf War. Same idea as this halftime show in terms of paying tribute to America, but the execution at Super Bowl XXV was horrible. The entire Disney element of it, the fact that New Kids on the Block was the headlining act and performed for exactly one minute, the fact that “it’s a small world” was performed three separate times, the awful choreography and awful lyrics… it was bad. However, how it relates to Super Bowl XXXVI is that it tried to pull off a tribute to America and the soldiers. It failed miserably. Having a six-year old kid painfully sing “Wind Beneath My Wings,” having the show literally stop for a message from the President of the United States, and having the rest of the show have absolutely nothing to do with America made this halftime show not hilariously bad, but so painfully bad that I literally screamed at my computer screen when I saw it for the first time.
Nobody has called that the worst halftime show of all-time, but that’s for two reasons. Number one, the halftime show never actually aired live, and many people did not end up seeing the show. An ABC News live report of updates in the Gulf War was aired instead of the halftime show, and only some ABC affiliates aired the halftime show after the game (and if they did, it likely came after the lead-out program, so the halftime show aired more than an hour after Scott Norwood’s missed field goal). And, number two, it was a different time period. I’m not denying that the show was bad (believe me, it was the worst halftime show ever in my book), but remember all of the other halftime shows from that era. Two years before that was a halftime show involving an Elvis impersonator with 3D glasses and magic tricks. The year before Super Bowl XXV was a salute to the Peanuts and New Orleans.
If the U2 halftime show came off as badly as the Super Bowl XXV halftime show, then it easily could’ve gone down as the worst halftime show of all-time. Unlike Super Bowl XXV, people actually watched this halftime show. Unlike Super Bowl XXV, the U2 halftime show had a few tough acts to follow, mainly, the Super Bowl XXXV halftime show involving Aerosmith, *NSYNC, Nelly, Britney Spears, and Mary J Blige (organized chaos that was fun to watch). And, unlike Super Bowl XXV, U2 had a reputation to protect. The Super Bowl XXV halftime show was awful, but it’s Disney- it’s not like their reputation took a nosedive afterwards. However, if U2 bombed this halftime show and it turned out to be the worst, it could’ve been the end. All you have to do is take a look at Janet Jackson’s popularity a year after Super Bowl XXXVIII and the popularity of The Black Eyed Peas after Super Bowl XLV to know exactly what I’m talking about. Disclaimer- I’m not saying that the U2 halftime show is the worst of all-time (far from it, in fact); I’m just saying that the quote, while it sounds ridiculous now, considering Super Bowl halftime history, isn’t that far off. If that final scene went horribly wrong, then it absolutely could’ve been the case.
Besides that article, though, what else do I have for this halftime show? This is an article stating almost every review for the halftime show. Only the Chicago Sun-Times hated the halftime show, saying that U2 was the biggest disappointment of the night. There were even numerous reviews saying that this halftime show was, without a doubt, the best halftime show in sports history.
NBC aired counter-programming against the game by airing an episode of Fear Factor, with 20 minutes of the episode coming at halftime. Not only was NBC confident that this halftime show was going to bomb, but they were confident that the Rams were going to win in a blowout. NBC was confident that they were going to do what FOX did at Super Bowl XXVI with In Living Color and take viewers away from the Super Bowl. Turns out, it didn’t even come close. There was this USA Today article about the game in general, stating that “halftime produces the best play of the night,” briefly praising U2 for their show. And, there was the real life version of Tumblr back then, where some people actually took offense to U2’s halftime show, stating that the curtains crashing down during the song resembled the Twin Towers and that it was offensive (because some people like to just be offended by anything).
I’ve gone on about the background information for this halftime show for a long time now, simply because there’s so much good stuff (and it’s nice to get some actual articles and webpages for halftime shows, which is something that wasn’t necessarily available for previous halftime shows in the pre-internet age). How does this halftime show hold up? Who turns out to be right- the critics, or the man that moaned that it was going to be the worst show ever?
The Show
Full Show
As the show starts off (the first three or so seconds was just a title card; it was not part of the actual show), you may notice something a bit different compared to the previous halftime shows of the Poly-Performer Era. One distinct characteristic of the Poly-Performer Era was that each halftime show would start off with an overhead shot of the stadium, and then, would cut into the real thing. Here, they just go straight into the introduction of the band. From this point on, you’ll see a mix; some halftime shows start with the overhead shot, some just start with the introduction, and some just get straight to it.
The other thing that I should bring up is that this halftime show is taking place in the Poly-Performer Era. If you remember my definition of this era, which lasts from Super Bowl XXXI-Super Bowl XXXVIII, it’s the era where each halftime show is performed by multiple performers, with no one act being the official headliner. Obviously, this halftime show is the exception; it was likely going to fit the criteria of the Poly-Performer Era if it was given to Janet Jackson. This is the exception to the rule because of the circumstances surrounding the game and the event; if the attacks on September 11 did not happen, then I’m confident that U2 would not have gotten the halftime show, and that this would’ve fit the criteria of the Poly-Performer Era. It has to go in here, though, simply for logistical reasons (much like halftime shows of the late 70s and early 80s had to go in the Cheese Era instead of the Marching Band Era, even though some of those halftime shows involved marching bands).
You see the brief introduction of the band playing some of their biggest hits; this introduction is very reminiscent of the Diana Ross introduction video at Super Bowl XXX. Before the show starts (since there’s nowhere else to put this), this halftime show set a legacy for future halftime shows in terms of the amount of material played. This halftime show broke the record for fewest number of songs played, as only three songs were performed (and one of those songs was only one minute long). Because of the success of U2 at this halftime show, a lot of artists later on tried playing fewer songs with the idea that less would be more. The Rolling Stones tied U2 at Super Bowl XL by playing three songs, and many artists, from Paul McCartney at Super Bowl XXXIX to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at Super Bowl XLII to Bruce Springsteen at Super Bowl XLIII have only played four songs. This was the first time you ever saw this occur; normally, I hate playing full-length versions of songs at the Super Bowl, but you’ll see why the U2 halftime show is the exception to the rule.
Once the introduction video is done, it transitions nicely into their opening song, “Beautiful Day.” You see the fans on the field, continuing from that revitalized trend that occurred at Super Bowl XXXV. For the first time ever, you also see an artist perform on the field on foot. Yes, I know that’s pushing it, but it’s worth noting, nevertheless. Beforehand, artists either performed on stage, or they performed while on a vehicle to get to the stage. Even the artists at the Super Bowl XXXIV halftime show sang on stage, even if it was the smallest stage in Super Bowl history (it could barely fit two people at a time). U2 is performing directly on the playing surface of the Louisiana Superdome, which is a first. Additionally, this is two straight years now that the artist walks or runs out and there are fans mobbing the artist. Even though this is two straight years of that, you would never see that at any other Super Bowl halftime show again, which is odd, because I happened to like that trend.
Anyways, Bono is performing “Beautiful Day,” which is an appropriate song choice. It’s an up-tempo song, it was extremely popular in 2000, and it’s a really good song. Once the first chorus hits, he’s on stage, and the lights go up, and you see that the stage is set up like a heart. This is not only the first and only heart-shaped stage in halftime show history, but it’s also the first stage in Super Bowl halftime show history that is not in a square or a diamond shape. No, I am not counting Super Bowl XXXIV, because that stage was not a stage, and all of the playing took place on the field; here, all of the band members are on the stage, and it is circular. Something to take note of, especially during the last number of the show.
The band performs the entire song, and I’ve got no problem with it for a few reasons. Number one, where would you cut it off? There’s really no good cut-off spot for this song; it’s one of those songs that you have to do the full length version of. Plus, when you see what happens at the end of the show, you’ll notice that they don’t exactly have time to perform another song. Because of the way this show was structured, you had to cut it to just three songs; it’s not like U2 could’ve performed a medley of their greatest hits, simply because of what the second half of this show entails. There’s a really nice shot where Bono is singing at the bridge and he’s looking directly into the camera, and at the end of the song, Bono sings a few lines that are not in the original recording (“Put some soul in the world”). The opening was pretty much perfect; I’m not sure as to what I would change about that.
There’s another thing about this halftime show that you’ll notice, and that’s zero choreography of any kind, which is a Super Bowl halftime show first. There were no background dancers for Super Bowl XXXV, and I brought that up in the last review, but the members of *NSYNC were performing choreography. This was the first time in the history of the halftime show where it was all about the music. Bono wasn’t doing any dance moves, there weren’t any background dancers, and none of that was going on. It was just U2 playing on a large stage (which actually isn’t that large when you consider how large their stage was during their 360 Tour, which set attendance records at practically every stadium in the world and sold out every venue). Sometimes, you don’t need flashy things or choreography to play a stadium; all you need is some really good music, and U2 did just that.
However, not many people remember the first part of the show when describing how good it was. Everyone that puts it at the top of the list, or near the top of the list, remembers it for the second half of the show. Once the song is done, there’s a short pause, before a screen comes up stating “September 11th, 2001.” Remember that this was the reason that the NFL hired U2 to do the halftime show in the first place, and that this almost never occurred. Keep that in mind when you’re watching this halftime show and inevitably get goosebumps (because the amount of goosebumps that I got when I watched this for the first time was too many to count; I still get goosebumps watching it to this day).
U2 performs “MLK,” and while this isn’t a really well known song, it works. When I say that artists should never perform unknown songs at the Super Bowl and that it never works, there’s one exception. It’s not this (we’ll get to what the exception is about ten years later), but that’s because it’s only thirty or so seconds long, and I always thought of it as an intro into the final song that the band did. Four lines of “MLK” doesn’t count. This means that technically, if you want to really break it down, you could say that U2 only performed two songs at halftime of the Super Bowl.
One nice touch about this part is the Super Bowl halftime show logo. It’s a nice touch, and it’s something that some people have brought up in previous reviews, so it is worth mentioning. Because they were the sponsors of the halftime show, of course, E-Trade wants their logo on the show. For the entire show, the halftime show logo (which contains E-Trade’s logo in it) is in the bottom left-hand corner. However, when the names start to go up, the logo is removed, and it’s no longer there. It comes back when the names are no longer there and when the bridge of the song is played, but while the names are going up, as a sign of respect, there’s no sponsors on the screen. It’s the small things like that decision that make this show a masterpiece.
Once U2 is done performing thirty seconds of that song, we hear the classic opening riff to “Where The Streets Have No Name,” which is the only logical way to do something like this. “One” is a bit too slow for the halftime show of the Super Bowl. Hearing Bono recite quietly a verse (I can’t quite make out what he’s saying; if I had just one nitpick about the show, it’s that while the guitar riff is taking place, it’s hard to understand what he’s saying), then walking around the stage, shouting “America,” and then dropping to his knees, then running around the stage to get back to the band while everyone in the audience has red glowsticks… does it get better than that? Seriously- does it get any better that that?
Only U2 could pull off something like this so masterfully. I remember a few years ago at the Super Bowl (I think it was Super Bowl XLV) where they played a video before the Super Bowl on some of the greatest moments in the history of the game (and it was only a minute long; this came about an hour or so before kickoff). That moment in the halftime show where Bono is standing at the edge of the heart was the only halftime show moment to make the video, but I can understand entirely why that was the case. Not since the Michael Jackson halftime show have I watched a halftime show and, at times, forgotten that there was actually a game attached to that show (which is saying something, because Super Bowl XXXVI was a really good game). With Michael Jackson, it’s because you had freaking Michael Jackson on stage at a halftime show when, a year ago, your halftime show consisted of dancing snowflakes; I thought that in the surreal sense. With this, it’s because the moment was so powerful and so breathtaking that it didn’t matter whether you were a Patriots fan or a Rams fan; at that moment in the Super Bowl, you probably forgot all about the game.
He starts singing the song, and as I pointed out earlier, there were glowsticks in the crowd (one of them actually almost hit Bono at around the 7:40 mark). This was the first time in the history of the halftime show where the audience members had props; it was also the only time in the history of the halftime show where this occurred. I’m not talking about the signs that certain audience members held up at Super Bowl XXXV; I’m talking props where the entire audience (not talking about card stunts; I’m only referring to fans on the field) was involved. Every other halftime show with fans on the field had fans cheering, and that was it. Here, U2 gets the audience involved with the glowsticks, and it’s a fitting thing to see Bono running around the stage in a sea of red. Not only was this prop a first, but it was really well done.
The scary part that you realize as this song is going on is that the names are still going up. In fact, by the end of the second chorus, the names are still going up, which means that in more than four minutes, they didn’t have enough time to show all of the names of the victims of the attacks on September 11. Think about that. It was something that I didn’t even notice until my eighth or ninth time watching this halftime show (and I’ve seen this show a good thirty times now over the last four years), but you can’t overstate how significant and how devastating that September day was. Scary stuff.
Bono changes two lyrics in the song, changing “I wanna dance in the pouring rain” in the first verse to “I wanna dance in the Louisiana rain.” In the second verse, he changes “I’ll show you a place high on desert plain” to “I’ll show you a place with no sorrow or pain.” These are two excellent lyric changes; even though you didn’t have to change the lyrics (since the message is still gotten across without the changes), those changes just enhanced the performance. The Louisiana rain is because the Super Bowl was taking place in Louisiana, and the sorrow or pain is, well, self explanatory considering the circumstances.
Once the bridge hits (and side note- I never got why U2 never released a version of the song with the bridge, because I think having that bridge makes the song even better), the names drop, and U2 puts his hands in the shape of a heart. And, on the final line of the final chorus, Bono does perhaps the most powerful move yet; he reveals the American flag from his jacket. From the reviews of this halftime show, the consensus (and I can’t disagree with it, because I fall into it) is that most people either had tears in their eyes or got goosebumps when that moment occurred. It’s incredible that a band that’s not even American can pull off something like that better than any other American band could. The show ends, and there’s really nothing else to say. This is a halftime show that the NFL thought was going to bomb spectacularly, but turned out to do exactly the opposite, not just surpassing all expectations, but becoming one of the greatest halftime shows of all-time.
My Fix
So, what would I fix about this halftime show? I’m not going to waste your time with this segment, since there’s already a lot of words here. I wouldn’t fix a single thing, other than maybe being able to understand Bono during the guitar intro to the final song. Seriously. I wouldn’t change a thing. If there was ever a halftime show that I’d consider to be flawless, this is the one. From a logistical standpoint, there’s not a single thing that I’m doing differently. Same song selection, same stage design, same fan participation, same order, same routine remembering those who died on 9/11… same everything. Not touching this one. Spoiler alert- this is the only time on this segment that I will ever say that; every other halftime show will have at least one fix. I’m not touching a blessed thing with this perfect show.
Conclusion
After the Michael Jackson halftime show, you knew that it was going to take something special to top that. Not only does this top that, but I don’t know if anything will ever top this halftime show. Considering the circumstances, how can you top this show, barring another national tragedy (and fingers crossed that this never occurs)? What other halftime show is not only fun and entertaining, but has the power to make you cry, feel patriotic about your country, and make you forget that you’re watching a football game… all in a span of ten minutes? Remember that the roller coaster of emotions that you probably felt while watching this halftime show occurred in ten minutes. For an artist to be able to pull that off is saying something.
As I mentioned before, this halftime show is flawless. There’s never been another halftime show like it, and there, hopefully, never will be another one like it. The bottom of the rankings belongs to a patriotic tribute gone horribly wrong (Super Bowl XXV), but the top of the rankings now belongs to a patriotic tribute done to perfection (Super Bowl XXXVI). No, it didn’t have the special effects or the intense choreography or the costuming like other halftime shows, but it didn’t need it. Even though the halftime show has changed a lot since 2002, this halftime show continues to, and always will, stand the test of time.
To close off this section, I’ll finish with the Yahoo article about this halftime show and what it meant for the future.
The next day [after the Super Bowl], the band’s manager sent a letter to [John] Collins that said, in part: “I feel sorry for who comes after.”
Ironically, that person was almost Bono. For several months, he spoke to the league about a line of superstar singers standing on one stage at the next year’s Super Bowl in San Diego. It would be something along the lines of “We Are The World.” However, he was unable to pull it together. Bono called Collins to decline.
So, what did they end up getting for the halftime show after this one? Shania Twain, No Doubt, and Sting. How did that halftime show hold up, not just on its own, but in the shoes of one of, if not, the greatest halftime shows of all time? Check beck later to find out.
Rankings
1) Super Bowl XXXVI
2) Super Bowl XXVII
3) Super Bowl XXXV
4) Super Bowl XXXIV
5) Super Bowl XXXIII
6) Super Bowl XXX
7) Super Bowl XXXII
8) Super Bowl XXII
9) Super Bowl XXVIII
10) Super Bowl XXXI
11) Super Bowl XXVI
12) Super Bowl XXIX
13) Super Bowl XXI
14) Super Bowl XVIII
15) Super Bowl XXIII
16) Super Bowl XXIV
17) Super Bowl XX
18) Super Bowl XIX
19) Super Bowl XXV
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It's [Day 12, 13, & 14] of eating at gas stations for 30 days. Lots of updates and a bit of drama. I'm back in Iowa though, and I've lost three pounds in two weeks.

[Previous days: 1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10-11]
Just a quick heads-up: these posts are a bit longer then usual. I also mention a bit of relationship drama. I wasn't sure whether or not to include that, but I've decided to since I want to be transparent about everything that happens during this experiment. Feel free to skip over it.
DAY 12 OF 30
It felt great waking up in my own bed. Or rather, I woke up on my couch, but it's all the same to me. I'm just happy to be home.
I had some errands to run, however, so I woke up early.
First on the agenda was a haircut. One of the difficult things about traveling all week for work is that I have a narrow window in which to visit my barber. Saturday mornings, in other words. To complicate matters even more, it's an extremely busy barbershop. The owner has a cool story, and even though my barber, Chuck, and one other guy are there, the wait can be as high as a few hours just mere ten minutes after opening.
They're the best though, and that's why they're busy. It's awesome. I just hate waiting in line.
Which is why I wait thirty to forty-five minutes before the shop opens. That way I'm in and out ASAP.
But I was exhausted from the long days this week, so I reset my alarm a few times. I also stopped by the QuikTrip near the Iowa State Fairgrounds for the usual: a Planters Sustaining Energy Mix (chocolate, of course), a peanut butter Bear Naked bar, and a sugar-free Rockstar.
Breakfast of champions, right?
Fortunately, Friday mornings aren't as wild as Saturdays--there were only three others waiting when I arrived fifteen minutes early. I could deal with that. I walked out about forty minutes later looking good as new.
That left a far less-enjoyable matter to attend to.
Things with the girlfriend have been shaky lately. It's not that either of us have done anything to cause tension, it's just that something has felt "off". We don't fight, and haven't yelled at each other. But something isn't right.
I looked at the clock, however, and realized that it was still too early to go deal with it. She works nights, and I figured she'd still be asleep.
So I went to REI instead.
I needed some non-prescription sunglasses since I recently purchased contacts, and REI is the midst of a big sale. My membership netted me a solid discount, and I found something much more reasonable than anything Oakley sells. If I want to spend that kind of money, I'll just get another pair of prescription specs.
While I was there, however, I had an interesting experience--at least by my standards. I've been pursuing a sort of minimalism in my life, trying to limit my purchases and select things based upon function and purpose. For example, I invested in a few pairs of quality raw, Japanese selvedge denim instead of doing what I used to do and buy numerous pairs of slightly less-expensive, trendy denim that wears out a year later. I also like this grey "pima stretch crew" t-shirt that Banana Republic sells (although I see they've replaced it with a thinner, "performance" version, so I may have to shop elsewhere now), and I've purchased six of them. It's the shirt in my profile picture on Instagram. They work with jeans, shorts, running shorts, whatever. They also look good under sweaters and button-down shirts. I can wear them in almost any situation.
By limiting what I purchase for clothes, I not only save money and avoid having unnecessary items, I don't have to waste time worrying about what to wear. It's great.
But I saw a red polo at REI that looked good, so I tried it on. I'd have bought it right away in the past. An impulse purchase without a moment's hesitation. As I looked in the mirror, however, I realized that I don't need it at all. It's wholly unnecessary to my life.
It's a minor victory, I suppose, but the "me" who was here five or six years ago shopped and spent money excessively--chasing that ever-elusive "perfect purchase" that would make everything better. I even shopped to alleviate boredom, and it worked fine until it stopped working.
Sort of like the way I used to consume food, now that I think about it.
After REI, I stopped by a Kum & Go and purchased a turkey, provolone, and multi-grain sandwich. Then it was off to the girlfriend's house. We went for a long walk and tried to figure out this mess.
I won't bore you with the details, but some context is important. She started working at a company my father owned--and recently sold--one year after I graduated from high school. I've been attracted to her for a long time. But I'd gotten fat, out of shape, and generally a bit uncomfortable with the prospects of my love life. I knew what I looked like. I saw myself in the mirror. And whether you think it's right or wrong, the way we look does affect our prospects with the opposite (and same) sex.
Two and a half years ago, however, I was working at his company in a temporary capacity since I'd recently moved back to Des Moines and was looking for a job. She was still there. After losing most of my weight, I decided it was now or never. So I asked her out. A few days later, as I just completed my first 50+ mile bike ride, I got a text saying that she'd agreed to go out with me. I suggested a trendy, new restaurant, and that was that.
We'd been inseparable ever since.
But she agreed with me that something isn't right between us--even though we had a difficult time figuring out what, exactly, it is. I suggested that we sleep on it and wait until Sunday to figure out our options.
I was hungry by that point, so I stopped at the Caribou Coffee in Pleasant Hill's HyVee Gas. I ordered their new sun-dried tomato panini, a pack of cinnamon Somersaults, and a chocolate peanut butter bar from Earnest Eats. The sandwich was a few more calories than I thought--610 in total--but damn, it tasted good.
Then I went running.
I chose a route on the country roads in Runnells. It's one that tried to run years ago--only to struggle for breath after about a hundred feet, feeling as if a thousand needles had been jabbed into my sides. Of course I now run it effortlessly, enjoying the solitude and the occasional wave from the drivers of passing vehicles. I even run down the large hill, turn around, and run right back up. I suppose that's not particularly impressive, but I remember how it felt to be beaten by that hill. It's good enough for me.
All in all, it was around 3.5 miles. Not terribly long, but a great run nonetheless.
Just before I stepped in the shower, my buddy texted me and said he was going out for his birthday. I wasn't going to eat with them, of course, but I'd hang out for sure.
On the way, I pulled back into the QuikTrip by the fairgrounds and purchased another chocolate Planters Sustaining Energy Mix. I was also thrilled to see one of their Snack Fresh packs that comes with carrots, cheddar, pretzels, and grapes.
I scarfed down both as I drove towards downtown Des Moines.
Tomorrow should be a much better day. I'm joining my cycling club for a long ride in the morning, and I already know that'll be a good time.
I've been looking forward to it all week.
MFP Summary for 5/20/2016
http://imgur.com/5ytrtkB
The Good:
  • I'm finally home
  • That sun-dried tomato panini was delicious
The Bad:
  • Relationship drama. Great.
DAY 13 OF 30
Once again, I reset the alarm a few times.
Dammit, I thought, as I snapped out of my fatigue-induced fugue and looked at the clock.
But I'm quick. I tossed on my cycling bib and favorite jersey, put my contacts in, did a quick job of brushing my teeth, and was out the door grabbing everything else along the way. I even did a quick wipe-down of my chain and re-lubed it before loading the bike into the back of my car.
Except there was one problem: I was hungry.
Fortunately I still had half a pack of those raw almonds from Week 1 in Texas. They sat on the passenger seat, just begging me to eat them. But it wasn't enough.
About ten minutes later, I sprinted into the HyVee Gas in Altoona, purchased a sugar-free Redbull and some sort of Gatorade Fuel Bar, and promptly downed both.
Then I parked my car in front of the HyVee parking lot and began removing my things.
I was about to pull out of the parking lot and cross the street when my group came pedaling down the road.
"Hey, Frank!" said one of our de-facto leaders. I returned the greeting and pulled out, filling an open space in the pack.
I rode solo for almost two years. Truth be told, I was intimidated by this nonsense idea that everyone in a cycling club was an overly-serious bike snop who rode Cervelos with deep, carbon rims. I had an entry-level road bike at the time, and I wore a cheap North Face dri-fit shirt and an old pair of my father's bicycling shorts.
Even when I dropped almost $3,000 on my new bike and some accessories, I still rode solo for a bit.
But I had it all wrong. Maybe some cycling clubs are like that--I imagine that the one at the new Lifetime Fitness monstrosity in West Des Moines has a few of those folks--but mine is just a phenomenal group. They're mostly older and over the age of 40, but most have cycled for decades. There's some women in their 50's and 60's who teach spin classes, business professionals, and also normal people from the East side of Des Moines.
I'm definitely the quickest person there, but our core group can get up and go.
One of my favorite memories was last year during a long, summer ride--about 70 miles that morning. We were coming back to Altoona from Slater, riding on this flat stretch of country road. It was the sort of day where you can zone out and take in the wide expanse of bright, vivid colors, occasional tiny clouds, and almost feel like you're a part of everything around you--a minor, infinitesimal occurrence that's passing slowly over the surface of this enormous planet.
You might call it "getting in the zone" or simply "physical meditation", but it can't be forced, and it's an almost spiritual experience for that brief moment.
There's two older guys from around West Des Moines who ride with us occasionally, and they're fast. I decided to turn up the speed and just go, and they did the same. We sped across that road for a good ten or fifteen miles, averaging 24-25mph, and didn't say a word. We just pedaled hard.
"Whew," said one of the guys, when we stopped to regroup. "Now that was fun!"
I couldn't agree more. That's why I don't ride solo as much these days.
We put in forty-three miles today, riding mostly on country roads with one big hill after another. I could feel it since I haven't put in as many miles as I'd like. I travel every week, so I can't ride my bike except for the weekends. But the great thing about going up hills, of course, is that you get to go down.
We stopped at two Casey's General Stores as we went from town to town, and I purchased a snack bar at one and a Gatorade recovery drink at the other. I normally don't drink those--I think they're largely unnecessary--but I'd probably burned through 1,100 calories by that point. I wanted something I could drink and be done with.
It was a while later that I returned to my car and noticed a message from a reporter at Channel 13--our local NBC affiliate. We'd spoken about doing a segment on my gas station experiment, and he wanted to meet up tomorrow at noon.
I said that would work.
It's been a while since I've been on television--roughly ten years, in fact. I became involved in some ridiculous political activism in college, and I'd been on multiple networks and radio shows. Even one of the popular shows on Fox News.
It might be strange doing this again, but it should also be a good time.
After the ride, however, I came home and crashed. I was still exhausted from everything that happened this week.
Of course the business with the girlfriend still weighed on my mind--especially since our route today was almost exactly the same as that ride from two years ago, after which I received the text saying she wanted to go out for dinner. But I guess these things happen.
The more I thought about it, however, I realized that I know exactly what's wrong. It's been obvious this entire time--the solution too. But I'll have to put everything on the table and propose something a bit radical. It'll work, but I don't think she'll go for it. I guess we'll see.
That evening, I had a strong urge to eat pizza. It just sounded good.
I drove to HyVee Gas in Altoona--hoping that they'd sell take-home versions of HyVee Pizza. If you haven't had that before, then you're missing out.
But alas, there were none. It must've been another location that carried them. I didn't feel like driving around, however, so I just purchased some buffalo chicken strips instead.
I took it easy after getting home, relaxing and reading a book.
Tomorrow will be in interesting day. I'm going to be on the news for the first time in a long while, possibly split up with my girlfriend of two years, and then go over to my father's house to hang out by the pool and have dinner--or rather, to eat food from the nearby Kum & Go while they enjoy something more delicious.
Talk about a series of highs and lows! But that's sort of life, isn't it?
MFP Summary for 5/21/2016
http://imgur.com/DtV6ved
The Good:
  • I had a great ride with my cycling group
  • I'll be on the news tomorrow
  • I've figured out what's wrong between my girlfriend and me, and I'm going to propose a solution
The Bad:
  • I don't think she'll go for it
DAY 14 OF 30
I chose to weigh myself a day early.
My flight to Detroit leaves tomorrow at 6:20 AM, and I won't have the chance to stop in a Bed, Bath, and Beyond. I know they'll miss me coming by to stand on their demo scales and snap pictures, but I think they'll survive.
Fortunately, I have a scale at home that's accurate. I've tested it enough to be sure.
One-hundred sixty pounds, exactly.
I laughed out loud as I tried it once more to verify, but it was the same result. That means I've lost three pounds since I began this experiment. Three pounds. And losing weight wasn't even part of the plan. I just didn't want to gain any!
So where's it coming from? After all, I don't need to lose weight.
I've been staring at myself in the mirror every day, and I think I have the answer. It's my midsection.
When you lose a lot of weight as I did--eighty pounds down from my heaviest--sometimes the body is stubborn about certain things. My arms, legs, back, shoulders, and upper body have an low percentage of body fat. I'm quite solid, actually. You can see the strands of muscles in my shoulders and back, and my calves are especially well-defined. But my midsection--around the waist--is the last holdout. I don't really care, of course, but I think that's where the weight-loss has come from. I've noticed more definition in my stomach lately.
Gaining definition and losing some weight while eating at gas stations...who would've ever thought?
After the weigh-in, I drove to the Caribou Coffee at Pleasant Hill's HyVee Gas to work on some /loseit updates before meeting up with Reid Chandler of Channel 13. My order was more of the usual:
  • Egg white and turkey bacon sandwich
  • Almond-flavored Earnest Eats trail bar
  • Cinnamon Somersaults
  • Sugar-free Rockstar
I also ate two more of the peanut butter energy bits from Altoona's HyVee Gas on the way over.
At noon, I met Reid and the cameraman (I'm so bad with names!) at a QuikTrip in Des Moines. They warned me that QT is often sketchy about filming on their locations, but we went inside and explained what was up.
"We're from Channel 13," he explained, "and we're doing a story on this guy, Frank Beard. He's eating gas station food for thirty days to prove you can eat out and stay healthy. We wanted to know if it's alright to film him buying some food here."
The manager thought it was an awesome idea, actually. But corporate had to approve these things, he said, otherwise he might get in trouble.
So we drove to the HyVee Gas on Fleur. If anything, there was surely a store director we could speak to over at the grocery store. And HyVee is always easy to deal with.
Reid explained the situation once again, and--sure enough--they referred us to the store director. No big deal. We walked across the parking lot and went to the store's customer service counter, explaining the situation to a girl over there.
"The store director isn't actually here," she said, looking apologetic. "But let me get one of our other managers. He can probably help."
We spoke with him, he referred us to corporate, and fortunately Reid remembered that he has the number for someone in corporate who could get us the approval we need. She answered the phone, agreed to call the right person, and called us back moments later to say that we're good-to-go.
Awesome.
So I hooked up the microphone, stood in front of the store on the sidewalk, and answered questions about my experiment. It's been a while since I've done this sort of thing, however, and I probably spoke a bit too quickly. It's a habit going back as far as I can remember.
Oh well. It still turned out great, I think.
I thanked them for coming out, the cameraman took a picture with my phone, and we parted ways.
Then I drove over to the girlfriend's house.
She was ready when I got there, and I planned a little outing at a local park that she hadn't been to before. We stopped at a HyVee deli to get a sandwich made for our picnic, and I had some strawberries and celery that I brought with me from HyVee Gas.
We've always enjoyed going to parks together. Hiking, walking around, rollerblading if there's paved trails--it's just something we like to do. So I thought it was a fitting plan for what may possibly be our last time seeing each other. I wanted at least one last good time.
Without going into too much detail, I proposed a solution that would fix a major source of stress in her life and enable a fresh start. Sell the money-pit house, sell the parrots--she has three of them, we get a nice apartment together, and we focus on saving at least 50% of our income. In five or six years, we'll both have larger war-chest and many more options. But as I explained, when I'm with someone who's stuck in stasis and constantly stressed out about it, it stresses me out. I can't do that.
She agreed that my proposal makes sense, but in the end, I don't think she was willing to make the changes.
"I guess that's it then," I said. "It's over."
It was as amicable of a break-up as there's ever been, but it was still sad. Two years and a future I'd began to believe in--just gone.
I took her home, retrieved the rest of my things, and said goodbye.
At that point, however, it was late enough that I had to get to my father's house. I told him I'd come by for dinner and to swim. I also wanted to watch the segment I filmed--which Reid said would be on the news at 5:00.
On the way, however, I stopped by a Kum & Go and picked up my dinner: a grilled chicken on ciabatta. I also grabbed some veggie snack packs that I ended up forgetting in the refrigerator.
Sure enough, the segment aired at 5:00. It was a bit odd seeing myself on TV for the first time in roughly ten years, but it turned out really well. I think I got my point across.
The night ended well, despite the drama with the now ex-girlfriend. Although my father and I used to have issues, we get along great these days. We're too similar, I think, and that's created problems in the past. But it's nice to talk to someone who actually gets me--even if brutal honesty isn't what I always want at the time.
I started some laundry when I got home, and then I got ready for bed.
I have to wake up at 3:45 AM, put my clothes in the dryer, and leave for the airport by 4:30.
I need some sleep.
MFP Summary for 5/22/2016
http://imgur.com/nFDTWLu
The Good:
  • I filmed a segment about my experiment for Channel 13 in Des Moines
  • The gas stations in Des Moines have so many healthy options!
  • I had a great time swimming and chatting at my father's house
  • I spoke with my girlfriend, putting all the concerns on the table and proposing a workable solution
The Bad:
  • I broke up with my girlfriend (or is that good?)
Thoughts and Concerns:
  • I'm going to Detroit tomorrow, and I don't know what to expect. It'll be interesting.
As always, you can follow me on Instagram and MFP. You can also get links to my daily summaries on my website. If you want some context and would like to know more about me, I'd suggest reading this and this. You can also read more about the motivations for my experiment here.
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Game Thread: Washington Redskin (3-3) @ New York Giants (4-2)

Washington Redskins (3-3) vs. New York Giants (4-2)

Time: 1:00 PM Eastern 12:00 PM Central 11:00 PM Mountain 10:00 PM Pacific
Location: MetLife Stadium,East Rutherford, New Jersey
Weather at kickoff:
66°F/Wind at 11 mph/Sunny/0% chance of rain/57% Humidity
TV:
Fox
Streams:
Firstrow
Wiziwig
MyP2P
Fox NFL Sunday
Ilemi
Atdhe
Odds: Spread: New York Giants 17
OveUnder: 36

Injuries:

Washington Redskins , | Head Coach. Mike Shanahan

Pos Name Injury Prac. status Game status
DE Stephen Bowen -- Limited Participation in Practice --
DT Barry Cofield Shoulder Full Participation in Practice Probable
TE Fred Davis Knee Full Participation in Practice Probable
LB London Fletcher -- Limited Participation in Practice --
WR Pierre Garcon Foot Did Not Participate In Practice Doubtful
CB Cedric Griffin Hamstring Limited Participation in Practice Questionable
CB DeAngelo Hall Knee Full Participation in Practice Probable
CB David Jones Achilles Did Not Participate In Practice Questionable
S Brandon Meriweather Knee Out (Definitely Will Not Play) Out
S Jordan Pugh Head Limited Participation in Practice Questionable
P Saverio Rocca right Knee Did Not Participate In Practice Questionable
DE Doug Worthington Calf Full Participation in Practice Probable
RB Darrel Young Hamstring Did Not Participate In Practice Questionable

New York Giants , | Head Coach. Tom Coughlin

Pos Name Injury Prac. status Game status
DT Rocky Bernard Quadricep Did Not Participate In Practice Out
LB Michael Boley Hip Full Participation in Practice Questionable
RB Ahmad Bradshaw Foot Did Not Participate In Practice Probable
RB Andre Brown Concussion Full Participation in Practice Probable
WR Hakeem Nicks Foot Limited Participation in Practice Probable
S Kenny Phillips Knee Did Not Participate In Practice Out
RB Da'Rel Scott Knee Did Not Participate In Practice Out
CB Corey Webster Hand Full Participation in Practice Probable
LB Jacquian Williams Knee Did Not Participate In Practice Out
STATS

Washington Redskins | New York Giants

Teams Pos Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs RAT
QB Robert Griffin III 113 161 1343 5 100.5
QB Kirk Cousins 5 9 111 1 97.2
QB Eli Manning 143 225 1772 11 94.9
QB David Carr 1 2 4 0 56.3

Washington Redskins | New York Giants

Teams Pos Rushing Car Yds AVG TDs
RB Alfred Morris 116 538 4.6 5
QB Robert Griffin III 55 379 6.9 6
RB Ahmad Bradshaw 92 449 4.9 3
RB Andre Brown 38 198 5.2 3

Washington Redskins | New York Giants

Teams Pos Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
TE Fred Davis 23 312 13.6 0
WR Santana Moss 16 223 13.9 2
WR Victor Cruz 43 496 11.5 6
WR Domenik Hixon 19 314 16.5 0
WR Hakeem Nicks 14 237 16.9 1
STANDINGS
NFC East WIN LOSS TIE WIN %
4 2 0 .667
3 3 0 .500
3 3 0 .500
2 3 0 .400
Last 6 Matches
Washington Redskins
away vs Home Week
40-32 Week 1
28-31 Week 2
38-31 Week 3
24-22 Week 4
24-17 Week 5
26-38 Week 6
New York Giants
away vs Home Week
24-17 Week 1
34-41 Week 2
36-7 Week 3
17-19 Week 4
27-41 Week 5
26-3 Week 6

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Clinton Emails Prove Election is Rigged

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Clinton Emails Prove Election is Rigged
The United States has experienced an unprecedented era of economic inequality in the past several decades. Distribution of wealth and influence rivals the inequality of feudal Europe. It is not surprising that under these circumstances, a small ruling class of wealthy elites has emerged and developed elaborate strategies to maintain power. However, I believe that these strategies are escalating in an increasingly nefarious attempt to control world powers and events. This is my best attempt at connecting the dots in a perplexing milieu of seemingly contradictory information. I believe what I am about to reveal is a vast conspiracy involving Hillary Clinton, the Bushes, and Donald Trump all in a power grab to solidify the grasp of the Clinton and Bush Dynasties on global rule. Within the past 28 years of American History, just two families (Bush and Clinton) have occupied the Presidency 70% of the time. The election of Hillary Clinton or Jeb Bush to the presidency would potentially increase this influence to 87.5% of Presidential power over the past 9 presidential election cycles. Never in American history has dynastic power been so prominent and blatant. It is critical to the Clinton-Bush Plan that we re-elect a Clinton to the White House so that their global dominance be solidified and preserved, however, voting for Trump may not be a real solution to our problems. What I have uncovered is a plot that implicates Donald Trump’s presidential run as a power bid to gain admission to the powerful group of global elites known as the Bilderberg society. Over the past few weeks, Donald Trump has repeated his claims that the American election will be “rigged.” While it does seem that biased media coverage and potential voter fraud has played into this claim, it is such an unprecedented claim for a presidential candidate to make that I began to wonder if there was more to Donald’s claim than initially met the eye. Before we can understand what this means, however, we need to know some background information about the Clintons, the Bushes and Donald Trump.
Hillary Clinton Rigs the Democratic Primary
Before we can truly understand the scope of the Clinton-Bush scheme to solidify their global dominance and political influence, it is important to recognize that nothing I am going to suggest is even remotely outside the realm of reality. In fact, thanks to Wikileaks, we have definitive proof that through political favors and posturing, the Clintons rigged at least the democratic primary against Bernie Sanders to cement Clinton’s chances to run for president. In 2008, Clinton sought executive branch continuity following the George W. Bush Presidency with eight more years of Clinton power. However, she underestimated the primary appeal of then Senator Barack Obama to a key democratic demographic, black voters, which were able to shift the primary election uncontrollably in his favor. This event would later cause her to be wary of 2016 Republican Presidential hopeful Marco Rubio, fearing the appeal of young ethnic politicians to untapped minority voters. Determined that the Clintons and Bushes must return to power, Hillary agreed to a position as Secretary of State in 2009 to bolster her chances for the 2016 election. Meanwhile, Clinton sought an arrangement that would prevent a Democratic party insurgency similar to the one she experienced in 2008. In 2011, the Clintons rearranged the Democratic National Committee to ensure her nomination by the party in 2016. In order to do this, her campaign Co-chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz was installed as the chair of the Democratic National Committee in 2011. However, in order to do this, Clinton needed to remove the existing Chair of the DNC, Tim Kaine. Kaine left this post as a political favor to Clinton, expecting that with the growing Clintonion architecture within the Democratic National Committee, he would receive a cabinet position in the Clinton administration for his help. In order to lend credibility to Kaine’s mysterious resignation, Donna Brazile from Louisiana served for one month as the interim chair of the DNC. As later evidenced by the release of incriminating emails from Wikileaks, with Wasserman Schultz at the helm and Donna Brazile serving as a prominent media correspondent, the Democratic National Committee would successfully conspire against challenger Bernie Sanders, using their power to limit his media spotlight, limit the number of primary debates, aid Clinton with debate questions, and ultimately nominate Clinton, and former DNC chair Tim Kaine. When Wasserman Schultz was exposed for her conspiracy against Sanders, she was quickly replaced with Donna Brazile, at this point a tested Clinton ally for her assistance of Clinton in the primary debates.
The Clinton Foundation and Clinton-Bush Global Influence
We now understand exactly how the Democratic primary was rigged in favor of Hillary Clinton, but why would the Clintons go to such lengths, just for four more years in political office? And how are the Bushes involved? The secret is in the Clinton Foundation, and how it has allowed the Clintons to reshape the world in their image with influence from powerful foreign interests, like Saudi Arabia and Morocco – the same interests that have held sway in the Bush oil dynasty. In 2000, when Bill Clinton left office, he began the charitable Clinton Foundation in order to continue to spread his globalist influence. As part of the Clinton Foundation, Clinton set up a private email server in his house in order to handle Clinton Foundation matters as well as personal matters. This is the same private email server that Hillary Clinton famously used as the Secretary of State for her State Department-related emails. However, what we don’t know is what other kinds of traffic passed through that server. Both Clintons, the Bushes and many of their close political allies are members of the exclusive and secretive Bilderberg group, a society of elites committed to globalization and open borders for the continuation and spread of their influence. The Bilderberg group is often credited as being the brains behind the formation of the European Union. By opening borders and diluting the influence of individual nations, the global elite can restrict the power of the proletariat and protect their privileged status. Coordinated effort between members of this group would require a private and well-protected email server like the one Bill Clinton had. It should be noted that even though this server was criticized by Republicans as being vulnerable and despite the fact that it contained important state department information, the server has never been confirmed to be hacked, suggesting it was well protected. Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State passed her emails through this server to protect communications from foreign leaders that she knew through Bilderberg and had donated to the Clinton Foundation while she was at the State Department. The Clintons were not alone in this regard. The Bushes have been involved in global politics for decades, in particular with the Bin Ladens in Saudi Arabia for George Bush senior’s oil business. The Bin Laden family gave generously to both the Clinton Foundation as well as the George Bush Presidential library. However the tie between the Clintons and the Bushes is deeper than just receiving money from common sources. Unlike many ex-presidents, the Clintons and the Bushes have remained surprisingly close, claiming at times that they are almost like family. In fact the Clintons and Bushes have collaborated previously on strategic funding initiatives like the Clinton-Bush Haiti initiative, criticized for preferentially giving funding to Clinton and Bush insiders instead of local Haitian businesses. Indeed Bush and Clinton designed to use their initiative not to improve the condition of Haiti, but to continue to expand their already sprawling globalist empire further into third-world countries. For this reason, the 2016 election was initially pitched as a standoff between one Clinton and one Bush. While this type of marketing also made for good television, and gave the appearance of two oppositional presidential legacies, we see now that the goals of these two families are very much aligned, and that a Bush vs. Clinton 2016 election would have been a best case scenario for the Clinton-Bush dynasties, as it would have guaranteed their control of the presidency and therefore foreign policy.
Donald Trump has a 20-year relationship with the Clintons
With Donald Trump facing two upcoming court trials, one for Trump University and another for rape, I initially considered Donald Trump’s rigging claims through the lens of his legal battles, thinking I might discover that the lawsuits against him were a bogus attempt to discredit and humiliate the presidential candidate. What I discovered was even more bizarre than a conspiracy to frame Donald Trump in fake lawsuits. I discovered that the Trump-Clinton relationship is not as shallow as it seems. The Trump-Clinton relationship goes at least as far back as the 1990s, when Trump was frequently documented by New York tabloids attending parties at the mansion of Jeffrey Epstein, the famous financier and friend of Bill Clinton who was convicted of soliciting sex from an underage girl in 2008. It is at one of these parties that Donald Trump is accused of having raped a 13 year old girl, known simply as “Katie Johnson.” Epstein is a peculiar acquaintance of Trump’s because in addition to his association with Trump and Clinton, he is also good friends with Prince Andrew and other global figures, including many who have participated in the secretive Bilderberg meetings of global elites. In fact, at least two Bilderberg members had dinner with Prince Andrew and Epstein after Epstein was released from prison in 2010. It is also worth mentioning that both the Clintons and the Bushes have attended these exclusive and secretive meetings. Epstein may have been Donald Trump’s first real connection to global influence, but he soon began courting the Clintons as well. Trump made campaign contributions to the Clintons in 2002 and 2005. These contributions resulted in Clinton’s invitation to Trump’s wedding to Melania Knauss in 2005. Clinton was given a front-row pew in the chapel in which Trump and Knauss were married. Other notable attendees were New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and future New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, both of whom would go on to play prominent roles in the Trump Campaign. Trump’s generosity towards the Clintons continued as his global influence grew. As Trump’s business improved and he expanded to lucrative deals with Middle Eastern influences like the Bin Ladens (supporters of the Clinton Foundation in their own right who have rented apartments from Trump), he continued to donate to and publicly support the Clintons, culminating in a large donation of at least $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation in 2009. What this pattern of behavior demonstrates is that although Donald Trump frequently claims to be a political outsider, over the past two decades he has become increasingly close to global political influence and the Clintons and in fact has tried to penetrate their inner circle of elites.
Donald Trump became politically involved under the direction of the Clintons
Donald Trump’s 2005 wedding to Melania Knauss is what brings together all of the political and media players who would feature in his campaign for president. Attendees included not only the Clintons, but also Chris Christie, Rudy Giuliani, Matt Lauer (who would later face criticism for his favorable treatment of Trump during the presidential Town hall) and also George Stephanopoulos, a known associate of the Bilderberg group. Trump has said that the Clintons attended his wedding because he had made donations to their campaign, and this is backed by facts. By this time, Trump had made political contributions to the Clintons on two separate occasions. However, it is unusual for a group of high-profile politicians to attend such a personal event of a campaign contributor. This gathering suggests that Donald Trump was increasingly becoming involved not just in the politics of New York, but also the politics of the exclusive and secretive Bilderberg group. After Hillary Clinton lost the Democratic primary in 2008 and became Secretary of State in 2009, Donald Trump changed his political affiliation from Democrat to Republican without explanation. Around this time, a failed Clinton primary campaign talking point resurfaced in the Republican party – speculation that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States. The Clintons and the Bushes, already looking ahead to regain the presidency in 2016 were looking for safe lines of criticism that could propel Jeb into the primary limelight in 2016. The Bushes, through Roger Ailes (the former media consultant to the George H.W. Bush campaign, and a master at campaign messaging) were able to get a prominent news space on the Fox News channel for pitching these new campaign messages. Donald Trump began appearing regularly on Fox News to see how these talking points resonated with viewers. Most notably, the birther controversy reached a fever pitch in 2011, resulting in President Barack Obama releasing his long-form birth certificate and humiliating Donald Trump at the 2011 White House Press Correspondents Dinner. This event strengthened Trump’s resolve to work with the Clintons to disparage Obama in the 2016 campaign and also convinced him to take a more prominent role in the political process. Thanks to Wikileaks, we now know that in the run-up to the 2016 primary campaign Hillary Clinton feared Marco Rubio, believing his youth and charisma would create an Obama-like appeal among Hispanic voters, which would not only disrupt the possibility of Jeb Bush winning the Republican primary election, but would also detract significantly from her voter base in the general election. Fearing Rubio’s potential as a Republican candidate running against Jeb Bush, the Clintons convinced Trump and Chris Christie to also run for the Republican nomination, with the specific goal of targeting and humiliating Marco Rubio and making him less competitive for the primary election. Given Trump’s familiarity with Fox News viewers, and therefore the Republican base, he was a natural choice to be a spoiler candidate against Rubio. The Clinton-Bush plan was to have Trump run as a spoiler candidate against Rubio specifically to diminish Rubio’s appeal, and then leave the race through low polling. Trump commissioned several consultants to investigate potential voter bases that could he could attract away from Rubio. However, unexpected to all, Trump’s rhetoric was actually more popular than even Bush’s well-measured politicism, and soon propelled Trump to the top of the Republican primary polls. Sensing that Trump was now in a position to renegotiate his previous arrangements with the Bush-Clintons and their Bilderberg associates, Donald Trump did not leave the race, and campaigned vigorously, sweeping the Republican Primary.
2005 Access Hollywood tapes sour Trump-Clinton Relationship
While this was not the original plan for the Bushes and Clintons, Trump did not seriously believe that he would have broad enough appeal to win the general election, and renegotiated for greater influence within the Bilderberg group as a condition of his loss in the general election. However, as Trump’s populist rhetoric began to attract an increasing number of voters, the Clinton campaign, now having safely secured the nomination, began to panic. Clinton’s declining lead in the polls led the Clintons and Bushes to look for additional ammunition to use against Donald Trump in order to slow him down. The Bushes contacted their cousin Billy Bush, who remembered having an encounter with Donald Trump in which he said objectionable things about his cohost. After contacting Access Hollywood, Billy Bush procured the tape and released it to the Washington Post, owned by Jeff Bezos, another Bilderberg member. Trump was not expecting this treatment from his negotiating partners, especially considering that his brand, business and marriage suffered in the wake of the release of the Access Hollywood tape. Notably, Trump’s Russian owned Canadian property just failed last week. Furious at the betrayal, Trump began to reconsider his agreement with the Clintons and the Bushes and began to insinuate that the election “was rigged” and was “worse than Watergate” to begin to alert Hillary Clinton and the Bushes that if additional material was released of his past, he would begin to leak the conspiracy to the media. The truth is that Trump has known since the beginning that the election was rigged because he has always been part of the scheme to rig it. As it stands, Trump is looking to use his presidency to buy himself into the Bilderberg elite. He is already conspiring with the Bin Ladens to build additional properties in the emerging market of Dubai, and has been in contact with the Russians to produce another property in Moscow. The Clintons win either way. Their global scheme is already so effectively in place, that they only stand to gain from Trump’s presidency as his low corporate and income tax schemes benefit them, and the trade plans he espouses, preferentially impair Clinton-Bush markets like China in favor of more long-standing markets like the Middle East. The truth is that no matter who wins on Tuesday, the Clintons win and we all lose.
From all of this, there are a few outstanding questions:
1) Where are the communications between the Clintons, Bushes, and Trump, coordinating the rigging of the 2016 presidential election?
2) Other than the Clintons and Bushes, who is involved and what do they stand to gain?
3) What real options do Americans have for voting on Tuesday? What candidate is uncorrupted by this vast globalist conspiracy?
Wikileaks would have provided those answers to us by now if the Clintons had not thought ahead. Recognizing that keeping all of this information in the open would lead to their ruin, the Clintons set up a private server to manage all of the communications for themselves and possibly the Bilderbergs. When Congress began investigating Benghazi, Clinton turned over the emails pertinent to her role as Secretary of State, but deleted everything else.
Why?
Because the truth is in Hillary Clinton’s emails.
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Is this the reason why "Vaxxed" wasn't shown at Tribeca? (JonRappoport)

Why was Vaxxed shut down?
The answer? Jane Rosenthal and her (ex) husband, Craig Hatkoff.
That’s my opinion, my story, and I’m sticking to it.
Yes, there were other pressures on Robert De Niro. I know all about them. But Jane Rosenthal and her husband Craig are very, very tight with De Niro.
How tight?
From Crain’s New York Business 2007: “Jane Rosenthal is the business brains behind the wheel of New York’s most famous taxi driver: Robert De Niro. The duo, who founded Tribeca Productions in 1989, has produced 22 movies.
“Perhaps Ms. Rosenthal’s most important contribution to the city, however, came in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks. She and Mr. De Niro, along with Ms. Rosenthal’s husband, real estate financier Craig Hatkoff, launched the Tribeca Film Festival to help revive downtown.”
Getting the picture?
Now, moving along: Jane Rosenthal’s husband, Craig Hatkoff, sits on the board of the NYU Child Study Center in New York—and that major, major Center is deeply involved in the research, study, and treatment of child psychiatric disorders. In case you’ve forgotten, autism is officially listed as a psychiatric disorder.
The NYU Center would never, ever, in a million years imagine that vaccines could cause autism. If they did imagine it, they’d shut up and march straight ahead with their brain imaging studies and other mainstream distractions.
The NYU Child Study Center is surrounded by important names. Among past Center honorees: Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg; Governor George E. Pataki; Whoopi Goldberg; Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani; Senator Hillary Clinton.
Among the attendees at a 2008 Center awards dinner, which raised $8.8 million, and was hosted by CBS News anchor Katie Couric: New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine; real estate mogul Larry Silverstein; and of course, the Tribeca founders, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff.
The Rosenthal-Hatkoff duo have been on the scene at a number of Center fundraisers and awards dinners. They’re active. They’re visible. They’re players.
Here is a statement from the NYU Child Center’s website: “At the Child Study Center, the Center for Neurodevelopmental Disorders (CND) is committed to research in neurodevelopmental disorders, leveraging establish[ed] strengths in Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD and animal studies on early development, as well as collaborating closely with our clinical partners.”
The Center has an Autism Spectrum Disorders Clinical and Research Program, where it carries out orthodox and “cutting edge” work on autism.
And the Center is expanding. This is a big-time operation:
“The NYU Child Study Center has three main affiliates: the Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research (NKI), Rockland Children’s Psychiatric Center (RCPC), and Bellevue Hospital Center.
“Through collaborative efforts, these organizations work with the NYU Child Study Center to integrate the highest level of clinical care, ground-breaking research, and training for the next generation of leaders in child and adolescent mental health. In addition, the diverse locations open the doors to treatment for families in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam Counties; as well as throughout New York City.
“With the partnerships among these world-class institutions, we are establishing a new multidisciplinary model for advancing the prevention, identification and treatment of child psychiatric disorders on a national scale.”
A film that claims to show a link between the MMR vaccine and autism would be a hideous affront to the NYU Child Study Center, where Craig Hatkoff, co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, sits on the Board.
A plan to actually show Vaxxed at the Tribeca Festival, which Hatkoff and Rosenthal co-founded, would be a blow to the face of the NYU Center.
New York, like other big cities, operates across a level of wealth and influence that relies on social connections. Heavy connections.
In New York, money, real estate, Wall Street, politics, the arts, the medical hierarchy are all joined socially. At the hip.
Jane Rosenthal and her husband, Hatkoff, are definitely part of that mix. There was no way Rosenthal was going to let that film on the screen at Tribeca. It would have mangled many of her social relationships.
Then there is this: The NYU Child Study Center depends on a great deal of funding from the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH).
So it could have gone this way. A player at NIMH calls the NYU Center; “I understand the Tribeca film Festival is going to show an insane film about vaccines causing autism. Craig Hatkoff, Jane Rosenthal’s husband, sits on your Board. Talk to the man. Straighten him out. Get him to come to his senses. What’s next? Is Tribeca going to sponsor a positive film about gun-toting militias taking over three Western states?”
That’s the way things happen.
Meanwhile, the CDC and the Sloan Foundation were making their pitches to shut down the film, but there is a strong probability those efforts were passing through Hatkoff or Rosenthal, too, because they’re very close to De Niro, and he was the one who needed to be convinced.
Have a look at this recent FOX 5 NY interview, where De Niro and Rosenthal sit side by side. She looks for all the world like a “minder,” as the British would say. A gatekeeper. A worried monitor, keeping tabs on De Niro. He mentions that he still thinks the film should be shown, but not at Tribeca. She makes sure to emphasize that the film is not going to be shown at Tribeca, in case anyone has misinterpreted De Niro’s remarks.
She looks exhausted, as if she’s had some sleepless nights, as if she’s thinking: “How many of my New York friends do I have to apologize to before this is over? I can’t blame Bob, he’s my friend and partner, so I just shrug and say, ‘Thank goodness we’re moving on.’ But will they look at me the same way after this disaster? Will things be the same? I never wanted to accept that goddamn film in the first place. I told Bob it was a mistake. And the people at the NYU Center. What am I supposed to do about them?”
https://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2016/04/08/why-vaxxed-was-shot-down-at-tribeca-up-close-and-personal/
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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump go wayyy back.

Clinton Emails Prove Election is Rigged
The United States has experienced an unprecedented era of economic inequality in the past several decades. Distribution of wealth and influence rivals the inequality of feudal Europe. It is not surprising that under these circumstances, a small ruling class of wealthy elites has emerged and developed elaborate strategies to maintain power. However, I believe that these strategies are escalating in an increasingly nefarious attempt to control world powers and events. This is my best attempt at connecting the dots in a perplexing milieu of seemingly contradictory information. I believe what I am about to reveal is a vast conspiracy involving Hillary Clinton, the Bushes, and Donald Trump all in a power grab to solidify the grasp of the Clinton and Bush Dynasties on global rule. Within the past 28 years of American History, just two families (Bush and Clinton) have occupied the Presidency 70% of the time. The election of Hillary Clinton or Jeb Bush to the presidency would potentially increase this influence to 87.5% of Presidential power over the past 9 presidential election cycles. Never in American history has dynastic power been so prominent and blatant. It is critical to the Clinton-Bush Plan that we re-elect a Clinton to the White House so that their global dominance be solidified and preserved, however, voting for Trump may not be a real solution to our problems. What I have uncovered is a plot that implicates Donald Trump’s presidential run as a power bid to gain admission to the powerful group of global elites known as the Bilderberg society. Over the past few weeks, Donald Trump has repeated his claims that the American election will be “rigged.” While it does seem that biased media coverage and potential voter fraud has played into this claim, it is such an unprecedented claim for a presidential candidate to make that I began to wonder if there was more to Donald’s claim than initially met the eye. Before we can understand what this means, however, we need to know some background information about the Clintons, the Bushes and Donald Trump.
Hillary Clinton Rigs the Democratic Primary
Before we can truly understand the scope of the Clinton-Bush scheme to solidify their global dominance and political influence, it is important to recognize that nothing I am going to suggest is even remotely outside the realm of reality. In fact, thanks to Wikileaks, we have definitive proof that through political favors and posturing, the Clintons rigged at least the democratic primary against Bernie Sanders to cement Clinton’s chances to run for president. In 2008, Clinton sought executive branch continuity following the George W. Bush Presidency with eight more years of Clinton power. However, she underestimated the primary appeal of then Senator Barack Obama to a key democratic demographic, black voters, which were able to shift the primary election uncontrollably in his favor. This event would later cause her to be wary of 2016 Republican Presidential hopeful Marco Rubio, fearing the appeal of young ethnic politicians to untapped minority voters. Determined that the Clintons and Bushes must return to power, Hillary agreed to a position as Secretary of State in 2009 to bolster her chances for the 2016 election. Meanwhile, Clinton sought an arrangement that would prevent a Democratic party insurgency similar to the one she experienced in 2008. In 2011, the Clintons rearranged the Democratic National Committee to ensure her nomination by the party in 2016. In order to do this, her campaign Co-chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz was installed as the chair of the Democratic National Committee in 2011. However, in order to do this, Clinton needed to remove the existing Chair of the DNC, Tim Kaine. Kaine left this post as a political favor to Clinton, expecting that with the growing Clintonion architecture within the Democratic National Committee, he would receive a cabinet position in the Clinton administration for his help. In order to lend credibility to Kaine’s mysterious resignation, Donna Brazile from Louisiana served for one month as the interim chair of the DNC. As later evidenced by the release of incriminating emails from Wikileaks, with Wasserman Schultz at the helm and Donna Brazile serving as a prominent media correspondent, the Democratic National Committee would successfully conspire against challenger Bernie Sanders, using their power to limit his media spotlight, limit the number of primary debates, aid Clinton with debate questions, and ultimately nominate Clinton, and former DNC chair Tim Kaine. When Wasserman Schultz was exposed for her conspiracy against Sanders, she was quickly replaced with Donna Brazile, at this point a tested Clinton ally for her assistance of Clinton in the primary debates.
The Clinton Foundation and Clinton-Bush Global Influence
We now understand exactly how the Democratic primary was rigged in favor of Hillary Clinton, but why would the Clintons go to such lengths, just for four more years in political office? And how are the Bushes involved? The secret is in the Clinton Foundation, and how it has allowed the Clintons to reshape the world in their image with influence from powerful foreign interests, like Saudi Arabia and Morocco – the same interests that have held sway in the Bush oil dynasty. In 2000, when Bill Clinton left office, he began the charitable Clinton Foundation in order to continue to spread his globalist influence. As part of the Clinton Foundation, Clinton set up a private email server in his house in order to handle Clinton Foundation matters as well as personal matters. This is the same private email server that Hillary Clinton famously used as the Secretary of State for her State Department-related emails. However, what we don’t know is what other kinds of traffic passed through that server. Both Clintons, the Bushes and many of their close political allies are members of the exclusive and secretive Bilderberg group, a society of elites committed to globalization and open borders for the continuation and spread of their influence. The Bilderberg group is often credited as being the brains behind the formation of the European Union. By opening borders and diluting the influence of individual nations, the global elite can restrict the power of the proletariat and protect their privileged status. Coordinated effort between members of this group would require a private and well-protected email server like the one Bill Clinton had. It should be noted that even though this server was criticized by Republicans as being vulnerable and despite the fact that it contained important state department information, the server has never been confirmed to be hacked, suggesting it was well protected. Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State passed her emails through this server to protect communications from foreign leaders that she knew through Bilderberg and had donated to the Clinton Foundation while she was at the State Department. The Clintons were not alone in this regard. The Bushes have been involved in global politics for decades, in particular with the Bin Ladens in Saudi Arabia for George Bush senior’s oil business. The Bin Laden family gave generously to both the Clinton Foundation as well as the George Bush Presidential library. However the tie between the Clintons and the Bushes is deeper than just receiving money from common sources. Unlike many ex-presidents, the Clintons and the Bushes have remained surprisingly close, claiming at times that they are almost like family. In fact the Clintons and Bushes have collaborated previously on strategic funding initiatives like the Clinton-Bush Haiti initiative, criticized for preferentially giving funding to Clinton and Bush insiders instead of local Haitian businesses. Indeed Bush and Clinton designed to use their initiative not to improve the condition of Haiti, but to continue to expand their already sprawling globalist empire further into third-world countries. For this reason, the 2016 election was initially pitched as a standoff between one Clinton and one Bush. While this type of marketing also made for good television, and gave the appearance of two oppositional presidential legacies, we see now that the goals of these two families are very much aligned, and that a Bush vs. Clinton 2016 election would have been a best case scenario for the Clinton-Bush dynasties, as it would have guaranteed their control of the presidency and therefore foreign policy.
Donald Trump has a 20-year relationship with the Clintons
With Donald Trump facing two upcoming court trials, one for Trump University and another for rape, I initially considered Donald Trump’s rigging claims through the lens of his legal battles, thinking I might discover that the lawsuits against him were a bogus attempt to discredit and humiliate the presidential candidate. What I discovered was even more bizarre than a conspiracy to frame Donald Trump in fake lawsuits. I discovered that the Trump-Clinton relationship is not as shallow as it seems. The Trump-Clinton relationship goes at least as far back as the 1990s, when Trump was frequently documented by New York tabloids attending parties at the mansion of Jeffrey Epstein, the famous financier and friend of Bill Clinton who was convicted of soliciting sex from an underage girl in 2008. It is at one of these parties that Donald Trump is accused of having raped a 13 year old girl, known simply as “Katie Johnson.” Epstein is a peculiar acquaintance of Trump’s because in addition to his association with Trump and Clinton, he is also good friends with Prince Andrew and other global figures, including many who have participated in the secretive Bilderberg meetings of global elites. In fact, at least two Bilderberg members had dinner with Prince Andrew and Epstein after Epstein was released from prison in 2010. It is also worth mentioning that both the Clintons and the Bushes have attended these exclusive and secretive meetings. Epstein may have been Donald Trump’s first real connection to global influence, but he soon began courting the Clintons as well. Trump made campaign contributions to the Clintons in 2002 and 2005. These contributions resulted in Clinton’s invitation to Trump’s wedding to Melania Knauss in 2005. Clinton was given a front-row pew in the chapel in which Trump and Knauss were married. Other notable attendees were New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and future New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, both of whom would go on to play prominent roles in the Trump Campaign. Trump’s generosity towards the Clintons continued as his global influence grew. As Trump’s business improved and he expanded to lucrative deals with Middle Eastern influences like the Bin Ladens (supporters of the Clinton Foundation in their own right who have rented apartments from Trump), he continued to donate to and publicly support the Clintons, culminating in a large donation of at least $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation in 2009. What this pattern of behavior demonstrates is that although Donald Trump frequently claims to be a political outsider, over the past two decades he has become increasingly close to global political influence and the Clintons and in fact has tried to penetrate their inner circle of elites.
Donald Trump became politically involved under the direction of the Clintons
Donald Trump’s 2005 wedding to Melania Knauss is what brings together all of the political and media players who would feature in his campaign for president. Attendees included not only the Clintons, but also Chris Christie, Rudy Giuliani, Matt Lauer (who would later face criticism for his favorable treatment of Trump during the presidential Town hall) and also George Stephanopoulos, a known associate of the Bilderberg group. Trump has said that the Clintons attended his wedding because he had made donations to their campaign, and this is backed by facts. By this time, Trump had made political contributions to the Clintons on two separate occasions. However, it is unusual for a group of high-profile politicians to attend such a personal event of a campaign contributor. This gathering suggests that Donald Trump was increasingly becoming involved not just in the politics of New York, but also the politics of the exclusive and secretive Bilderberg group. After Hillary Clinton lost the Democratic primary in 2008 and became Secretary of State in 2009, Donald Trump changed his political affiliation from Democrat to Republican without explanation. Around this time, a failed Clinton primary campaign talking point resurfaced in the Republican party – speculation that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States. The Clintons and the Bushes, already looking ahead to regain the presidency in 2016 were looking for safe lines of criticism that could propel Jeb into the primary limelight in 2016. The Bushes, through Roger Ailes (the former media consultant to the George H.W. Bush campaign, and a master at campaign messaging) were able to get a prominent news space on the Fox News channel for pitching these new campaign messages. Donald Trump began appearing regularly on Fox News to see how these talking points resonated with viewers. Most notably, the birther controversy reached a fever pitch in 2011, resulting in President Barack Obama releasing his long-form birth certificate and humiliating Donald Trump at the 2011 White House Press Correspondents Dinner. This event strengthened Trump’s resolve to work with the Clintons to disparage Obama in the 2016 campaign and also convinced him to take a more prominent role in the political process. Thanks to Wikileaks, we now know that in the run-up to the 2016 primary campaign Hillary Clinton feared Marco Rubio, believing his youth and charisma would create an Obama-like appeal among Hispanic voters, which would not only disrupt the possibility of Jeb Bush winning the Republican primary election, but would also detract significantly from her voter base in the general election. Fearing Rubio’s potential as a Republican candidate running against Jeb Bush, the Clintons convinced Trump and Chris Christie to also run for the Republican nomination, with the specific goal of targeting and humiliating Marco Rubio and making him less competitive for the primary election. Given Trump’s familiarity with Fox News viewers, and therefore the Republican base, he was a natural choice to be a spoiler candidate against Rubio. The Clinton-Bush plan was to have Trump run as a spoiler candidate against Rubio specifically to diminish Rubio’s appeal, and then leave the race through low polling. Trump commissioned several consultants to investigate potential voter bases that could he could attract away from Rubio. However, unexpected to all, Trump’s rhetoric was actually more popular than even Bush’s well-measured politicism, and soon propelled Trump to the top of the Republican primary polls. Sensing that Trump was now in a position to renegotiate his previous arrangements with the Bush-Clintons and their Bilderberg associates, Donald Trump did not leave the race, and campaigned vigorously, sweeping the Republican Primary.
2005 Access Hollywood tapes sour Trump-Clinton Relationship
While this was not the original plan for the Bushes and Clintons, Trump did not seriously believe that he would have broad enough appeal to win the general election, and renegotiated for greater influence within the Bilderberg group as a condition of his loss in the general election. However, as Trump’s populist rhetoric began to attract an increasing number of voters, the Clinton campaign, now having safely secured the nomination, began to panic. Clinton’s declining lead in the polls led the Clintons and Bushes to look for additional ammunition to use against Donald Trump in order to slow him down. The Bushes contacted their cousin Billy Bush, who remembered having an encounter with Donald Trump in which he said objectionable things about his cohost. After contacting Access Hollywood, Billy Bush procured the tape and released it to the Washington Post, owned by Jeff Bezos, another Bilderberg member. Trump was not expecting this treatment from his negotiating partners, especially considering that his brand, business and marriage suffered in the wake of the release of the Access Hollywood tape. Notably, Trump’s Russian owned Canadian property just failed last week. Furious at the betrayal, Trump began to reconsider his agreement with the Clintons and the Bushes and began to insinuate that the election “was rigged” and was “worse than Watergate” to begin to alert Hillary Clinton and the Bushes that if additional material was released of his past, he would begin to leak the conspiracy to the media. The truth is that Trump has known since the beginning that the election was rigged because he has always been part of the scheme to rig it. As it stands, Trump is looking to use his presidency to buy himself into the Bilderberg elite. He is already conspiring with the Bin Ladens to build additional properties in the emerging market of Dubai, and has been in contact with the Russians to produce another property in Moscow. The Clintons win either way. Their global scheme is already so effectively in place, that they only stand to gain from Trump’s presidency as his low corporate and income tax schemes benefit them, and the trade plans he espouses, preferentially impair Clinton-Bush markets like China in favor of more long-standing markets like the Middle East. The truth is that no matter who wins on Tuesday, the Clintons win and we all lose.
From all of this, there are a few outstanding questions: 1) Where are the communications between the Clintons, Bushes, and Trump, coordinating the rigging of the 2016 presidential election? 2) Other than the Clintons and Bushes, who is involved and what do they stand to gain? 3) What real options do Americans have for voting on Tuesday? What candidate is uncorrupted by this vast globalist conspiracy? Wikileaks would have provided those answers to us by now if the Clintons had not thought ahead. Recognizing that keeping all of this information in the open would lead to their ruin, the Clintons set up a private server to manage all of the communications for themselves and possibly the Bilderbergs. When Congress began investigating Benghazi, Clinton turned over the emails pertinent to her role as Secretary of State, but deleted everything else.
Why?
Because the truth is in Hillary Clinton’s emails.
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MATTIS on NEW AFGHANISTAN strategy -- SNEAK PEEK: REMNICK on Trump -- BANNON to WaPo: ‘No administration in history has been so divided’ -- ELISE STEFANIK's wedding

MATTIS on NEW AFGHANISTAN strategy -- SNEAK PEEK: REMNICK on Trump -- BANNON to WaPo: ‘No administration in history has been so divided’ -- ELISE STEFANIK's wedding
by [email protected] (Daniel Lippman) via POLITICO - TOP Stories
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BULLETIN -- NYT’S MICHAEL GORDON in Amman, Jordan: “Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said that President Trump, who had been accused by lawmakers of dragging his feet on Afghanistan, had settled on a new strategy after a ‘rigorous’ review.
“‘The president has made a decision,’ Mr. Mattis told reporters on an overnight flight that arrived in Amman ... on Sunday. ‘I am very comfortable that the strategic process was sufficiently rigorous.’ Mr. Mattis received the authority in June to send nearly 4,000 troops to Afghanistan so that the United States military could expand its efforts to advise Afghan forces and support them with American artillery and air power. But Mr. Mattis had refrained from building up the American force there until the Trump administration settled on a broader strategy. Mr. Mattis declined to say what steps the president had ordered, including troop levels. He added that Mr. Trump wanted to announce the details to the American people, and that the president was expected to do so in coming days. …
“The decision to send troops is just one component of a strategy that is also expected to outline ways to pressure Pakistan to shut down the sanctuaries that the Taliban and other extremist groups have maintained on its territory. ‘It is a South Asia strategy; it not just an Afghanistan strategy,’ Mr. Mattis said.” http://nyti.ms/2x2TxKm
Good Sunday morning. SNEAK PEEK -- DAVID REMNICK in the New Yorker, coming out tomorrow: “Early last November, just before Election Day, Barack Obama was driven through the crisp late-night gloom of the outskirts of Charlotte, as he barnstormed North Carolina on behalf of Hillary Clinton. … During his speech in Charlotte that night, Obama warned that no one really changes in the Presidency; rather, the office ‘magnifies’ who you already are. So if you ‘accept the support of Klan sympathizers before you’re President, or you’re kind of slow in disowning it, saying, ‘Well, I don’t know,’ then that’s how you’ll be as President.’” http://bit.ly/2ihQqes … A look inside the magazinehttp://bit.ly/2vPCKvX
-- WORTH NOTING: Obama has not publicly responded to Trump’s comments post-Charlottesville except to post a tweet quoting Nelson Mandela.
MARK LANDLER and MAGGIE HABERMAN: “With Bannon’s Ouster, Question Remains Whether His Agenda Will Be Erased, Too”http://nyti.ms/2x2QKRw
-- JOSH DAWSEY and MATT NUSSBAUM: “The departures from Trump’s White House have come at a dizzying pace in recent weeks: multiple communications directors, the chief of staff and the press secretary have all left, along with top aides on the national security council and a number of CEOs from influential business councils. But none of the departures are likely to change the dynamics as much as that of the polarizing Bannon, whose ouster on Friday could alienate conservatives, hearten some who feared his brand of populism-nationalism, and dial down the fights inside 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
‘“Bannon is the intellectual heart and soul of the Trump movement,’ said Mark Corallo, a prominent GOP operative who served briefly as the spokesperson for Trump’s private legal team. ‘He was the think tank. He’s the idea generator. … He was the guy who was the most thoughtful about how to enact the agenda, how to build a coalition.’” http://politi.co/2vdOox4
BREITBART’S LEAD STORY -- “Report: Powerful GOP Donor Sheldon Adelson Supports Campaign to Oust McMaster”http://bit.ly/2vPDzET
-- BANNON SPEAKS to Bob Costa and John Wagner, who reported from Bedminster: “‘If the Republican Party on Capitol Hill gets behind the president on his plans and not theirs, it will all be sweetness and light, be one big happy family,’ Bannon said. ... ‘No administration in history has been so divided among itself about the direction about where it should go,’ Bannon said, adding that Trump’s base is frustrated by a congressional agenda that has dovetailed more with traditional Republican priorities than the agenda Trump championed.” http://wapo.st/2wepaDo
--“Breitbart bullish on Bannon return, promises ‘aggressive expansion,’” by Cristiano Lima: “Breitbart News is riding high amid its reunion with executive chairman Steve Bannon. ... ‘I think we definitely are planning on stepping up our game,’ Breitbart News Washington editor Matthew Boyle said during the outlet’s weekly SiriusXM show on Saturday. ‘[W]e’re planning a lot of aggressive expansion and much more aggressive reporting than we’ve already been doing ... We’ve been a pirate ship without a captain for a year ... We’re thrilled to have our captain back.” http://politi.co/2xfu5AT
THERE WE GO! -- DAILY MAIL SAYS IVANKA AND JARED PUSHED BANNON OUT: “How Jewish convert Ivanka got ‘Bannon the Barbarian’ to go: Trump’s daughter ‘helped to force out’ aide blamed over President’s failure to condemn neo-Nazi rally … Chief strategist Bannon, 63, helped orchestrate the President’s election victory … But many blamed him for Trump’s failure last week to condemn neo-Nazis … ‘Pushed out’ by daughter Ivanka and her husband because of his far-Right views”: http://dailym.ai/2v3rp8p
-- FRONT PAGE OF THE BALTIMORE SUN: “Jared Kushner’s firm seeks arrest of Maryland tenants to collect debt,” by Doug Donovan: “The real estate company owned by Jared Kushner, son-in-law and top adviser to President Donald Trump, has been the most aggressive in Maryland in using a controversial debt-collection tactic: getting judges to order the arrest of people who owe his company money. Since 2013, the first full year in which the Kushner Cos. operated in Maryland, corporate entities affiliated with the firm’s 17 apartment complexes in the state have sought the civil arrest of 105 former tenants for failing to appear in court to face allegations of unpaid debt, The Baltimore Sun has found.” http://bsun.md/2weo36H
-- TIMES OF ISRAEL: “Abbas says Trump administration ‘in chaos’”: “‘Each time they reiterate their commitment to a two-state solution and the stop to settlement building, Abbas says. ‘I urge them to tell Netanyahu that, but they are deterred.’ ‘I don’t even know how they are dealing with us, because his entire administration is in chaos,’ he adds.” http://bit.ly/2uVkvWM
MNUCHIN RESPONDS TO CRITICS IN HIS YALE CLASS -- via Zach Warmbrodt: “I don’t believe the allegations against the president are accurate. I believe that having highly talented men and women in our country surrounding the president in his administration should be reassuring to you and all the American people.” Mnuchin’s full statementhttp://bit.ly/2v3Q0tY
NEW POLL -- “Trump’s Job Rating Is Below 40 Percent in Three Key Midwest States,” by NBC’s Mark Murray: “President Donald Trump’s job-approval rating in the three states that helped propel him to the White House – Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin – stands below 40 percent, according to a trio of NBC News/Marist polls of these key states in the Midwest. In addition, Democrats enjoy double-digit leads in Michigan and Pennsylvania on the question of which party voters prefer to control Congress after the 2018 midterms, and they hold an 8-point advantage in Wisconsin.
“And in all three states, more than six-in-10 voters say Trump’s conduct as president has embarrassed them, versus just a quarter who have said it’s made them proud. These three NBC/Marist polls were conducted Aug. 13-17 – after the August 12 unrest and violence in Charlottesville, Va., as well as in the midst of President Trump’s multiple responses to that unrest and violence.” http://nbcnews.to/2v3zs58
ABOUT YESTERDAY ... -- BOSTON GLOBE FRONT PAGE: “MAKING A STAND AGAINST RACISM … Resolute and ready, they marched … Rally by tens of thousands is peaceful but pointed” -- A1 pdfhttp://bit.ly/2ve082I
-- “‘Free speech’ rally speakers, little heard, end event quickly,” by the Boston Globe’s Beth Healy: “By 12:45 p.m., only 45 minutes into their official program, organizers of the Boston Free Speech rally ended the event and were escorted by police out of the park, to chants of ‘Go home, Nazis’ from the crowd. A Facebook post for the event listed 14 speakers and was scheduled to last for two hours.” http://bit.ly/2fX8NEr
-- @realDonaldTrump: “Great job by all law enforcement officers and Boston Mayor @Marty_Walsh. Our great country has been divided for decades. Sometimes you need protest in order to heal, & we will heal, & be stronger than ever before! I want to applaud the many protesters in Boston who are speaking out against bigotry and hate. Our country will soon come together as one!”
… AND IN CHICAGO: “7 shot, 1 fatally, in West Pullman attack among 33 shot in 13 hours,” by the Chicago Tribune’s Elva Malagon and Denease Williams-Harris. http://trib.in/2v32Zfp
WHAT OTTAWA WANTS YOU TO READ -- “The Trump Unit: Inside Canada’s PMO squad to save NAFTA,” by the National Post’s Alexander Panetta: “The Canadian government has created an election-style nerve centre to handle White House-related challenges and officials who describe its operations say it has about eight regular staff: two former trade officials, two senior PMO officials, an ambassador, a writer, a cabinet minister, and it’s run by a young staffer with a reputation for staying cool while smothering political fires.
“The most blistering inferno it’s preparing to confront is a scenario where the president threatens NAFTA. Everybody involved anticipates the threat level from Trump will rise with the heat of negotiations. A well-connected Washington lobbyist milling about last week’s talks said a Trump pullout threat is virtually assured: ‘Almost 100 per cent.’ Trade lawyer Dan Ujczo said it’s a logical play for the president: ‘The threat of withdrawal is his key negotiating leverage.’” http://bit.ly/2wlnOad
GREAT STORY -- ANNIE KARNI on NEWT GINGRICH: “Newt Gingrich goes to spouse school”: “Last week, Newt Gingrich sat in a classroom surrounded by 11 women and one other man, furiously jotting notes. In the weeklong intensive, where classes ran from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with only a short cafeteria lunch break in between, the former House Speaker and onetime presidential candidate received a crash course in a new role: invisible spouse. When he moves to Rome with his third wife, Callista Gingrich, to become husband of the Ambassador to the Holy See, the ubiquitous Fox News talking head, will have no official diplomatic role abroad, beyond being generally presentable and essentially not heard from.
“It will be a challenge for an outspoken sometimes-booster, sometimes-critic of the Trump administration, who said he does not plan to terminate his contract with Fox News. But like former President Bill Clinton during his wife’s two bids for the presidency, Gingrich will be taking on the secondary role of booster after a public life spent demanding the limelight. Aware that this new, less celebrated, role will take some getting used to, Gingrich eagerly enrolled himself in what he referred to, excitedly, as ‘spouse school.’
“The program, run by the State Department and hosted on the Arlington campus of the Foreign Service Institute, was started in the 1950s, when it was referred to simply as the ‘Wives Seminar.’ Over the years, a State Department official said, it ‘has evolved into a variety of training and orientation programs for foreign affairs family members.’ Today, topics include: ‘expectations and personal goals for your time overseas,’ ‘post morale,’ ‘the official residence,’ ‘navigating a public diplomacy role,’ ‘legal issues and ethics,’ as well as ‘stress management.’” http://politi.co/2x2pnHl
WHAT AMERICA IS READING … -- THE BIRMINGHAM (ALA.) NEWS: “With Jones, Democrats dreaming big again: ‘Mount Rushmore of political upsets’” http://bit.ly/2iguP5O … ARIZONA REPUBLIC: “Sign of respect for the eclipse: Navajos won’t be watching ‘sacred communication’ between sun and moon” http://bit.ly/2x3k8XK ... CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: “HERITAGE OR ‘SHAMEFUL HISTORY’?: Gastonia’s Confederate monument, one of dozens standing quietly on N.C. public property, inspires loyalty even as people question its message” http://bit.ly/2vPqZ8F … JANESVILLE (WIS.) GAZETTE: “Now available: One-fourth of business space vacant in downtown Janesville.” http://bit.ly/2wtHAjd
-- RARE: INDIANAPOLIS STAR FULL FRONT PAGE EDITORIAL: “LET’S STAND AGAINST HATE. TOGETHER” http://bit.ly/2vPTuTS
REMEMBERING ARTHUR FINKELSTEIN – NYT’s Sam Roberts: “Finkelstein, a reclusive political Svengali who revolutionized campaign polling and financing and helped elect a bevy of conservative candidates, including President Ronald Reagan and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, died on Friday night in Ipswich, Mass., where he lived. He was 72. ... Mr. Finkelstein was among the first political strategists in the late 1970s to grasp the potential of a United States Supreme Court ruling that allowed putatively independent political committees to spend money on behalf of individual candidates and causes. ... He also pioneered sophisticated demographic analyses of primary voters and methodical exit polling, and of using a marketing strategy, called microtargeting, to identify specific groups of potential supporters of a candidate regardless of their party affiliation.” http://nyti.ms/2xfq2En … Statement by his familyhttp://bit.ly/2ihkjeR … National Review profilehttp://bit.ly/2we3uqY
-- AP: “Comedian, civil rights activist Dick Gregory dies,” by Daisy Nguyen: “Dick Gregory, the comedian and activist and who broke racial barriers in the 1960s and used his humor to spread messages of social justice and nutritional health, has died. He was 84. Gregory died late Saturday in Washington, D.C. after being hospitalized for about a week, his son Christian Gregory told The Associated Press. He had suffered a severe bacterial infection. As one of the first black standup comedians to find success with white audiences, in the early 1960s, Gregory rose from an impoverished childhood in St. Louis to win a college track scholarship and become a celebrated satirist who deftly commented upon racial divisions at the dawn of the civil rights movement.” http://bit.ly/2fWy16a
SUNDAY BEST -- JAKE TAPPER talks to OHIO GOV. JOHN KASICH on CNN’s “STATE OF THE UNION”: TAPPER: “If everything continues like it has been, does a Republican need to step forward to challenge President Trump in three years?” KASICH: “Well, Jake, as you said, I don’t have any plans to do anything like that. I’m rooting for him to get it together. We all are. We’re only like seven months into this presidency. … What we have to start thinking about, all of us, not just the president, but down where we live, in the neighborhoods, in the communities, we’ve gotta build a stronger America. Look, why am I on this show. You asked me to come on.
“I’m trying to have a responsible voice. To call things out when they need to be called out, but also to support my country. So what I hope is going to happen … I hope we’re going to have stability, the president is going to learn from these episodes and we’re going to do better. That’s what I hope is going to happen. We’ll have to wait and see.”
-- FOX NEWS SUNDAY: “Trump ally blast congressional leaders,” by Kyle Cheney: “A top ally of President Donald Trump offered hints Sunday of a coming war on Republican leaders in Congress, a battle presaged by the return of former chief strategist Steve Bannon to Breitbart News.
“‘There’s a lack of leadership on one side of Pennsylvania Avenue,’ said David Bossie, a former Trump campaign adviser, appearing on ‘Fox News Sunday.’ Bossie, who said he’s spoken to Bannon ‘many times’ in recent days, said Bannon’s departure from the administration will help the administration at ‘leaning into Congress.’ He repeatedly decried a ‘failure of leadership in the House and Senate.’ ‘Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan have to step up,’ Bossie said, adding, ‘The House and Senate leadership has not bought into the president’s agenda fully.’” http://politi.co/2vdLlF0
-- SEN. TIM KAINE talks to JOHN DICKERSON on CBS’S “FACE THE NATION” about Robert E. Lee’s statue in the Capitol: “Every state gets two statues to put in Statuary Hall or throughout the capital. Just using Virginia as an example. The state gets to choose two people to represent the entire scope of the state’s history. Virginia obviously chose George Washington, the father of the country. But the second choice that was made in 1909, and has never been changed, is Robert E. Lee.
“I think as you look at the scope of Virginia history here in 2017, and if you want there to be two people to really stand for who Virginia is, why wouldn’t you think about Pocahontas who, had she not saved John Smith’s life, we wouldn’t even be here possibly? Why wouldn’t you think about a Barbara Johns, who led a school walkout in Prince Edward County that ultimately became part of the Brown versus Board, desegregation decision? Why wouldn’t you think about Governor Wilder, the grandson of a slave, a decorated Korean War combat veteran, who became the first elected African-American government in the history of the country? I think from 2017 looking backward, I think Virginia could probably do better in the two people that we choose to stand for us in Statuary Hall. And I think a number of the other states can do better as well.”
-- SIREN:@facethenation: Sen. Scott: "'As we look to the future it's going to be be very difficult for POTUS to lead. His moral authority remains compromised.'"
JAKE’S TIP OF THE DAY -- WEAR THESE SHOES (Allbirds are kind of great) -- NYT Style:“To Fit Into Silicon Valley, Wear These Wool Shoes,” by Nellie Bowles. http://nyti.ms/2vdNIaQ
DEPT. OF TAX REFORM IS HARD -- “Left warns Democrats in tax reform fight,” by Elana Schor: “Liberal activists who hounded the GOP throughout its failed Obamacare repeal bid are gearing up to hit any Democrat who strays from the fold on tax cuts for the wealthy — including some of the party’s most politically vulnerable incumbents. Democrats were spared the sight of their progressive base battling centrists on Obamacare, which proved a uniquely unifying issue for both wings of the party. But there’s no guarantee that taxes will be another kumbaya moment for Democratic leaders, who have long struggled to contain tensions between red-state lawmakers facing tough reelections and a grassroots emboldened by resistance to President Donald Trump’s agenda. …
“Liberal groups are vowing to fight the GOP tax bill as hard as they battled Obamacare repeal. They’re expecting Democrats to stand together against any legislation that cuts taxes for the rich, even if it also trims tax bills for others. And they’re prepared to unleash their energized grassroots on any lawmaker who doesn’t get on board.” http://politi.co/2wlrl8H
IMPORTANT -- THE HILL’S BEN KAMISAR: “The Republican National Committee expanded its massive fundraising lead over the Democratic National Committee in July as the Democrats posted their worst July haul in a decade. The DNC raised just $3.8 million in July, compared to the $10.2 million raised by the RNC in the same month. While the GOP has no debt, the DNC added slightly to its debt in July, which now sits at $3.4 million.” http://bit.ly/2uUsZxC
THE OPPOSITION -- “Amateur sleuths hunt for Trump bombshells,” by Darren Samuelsohn: “Nearly 3,000 miles from special counsel Robert Mueller’s Washington offices, another investigation into President Donald Trump is underway. This one unfolds in the public libraries and coffee shops of San Francisco, where a self-employed 40-year-old named Geoff Andersen has worked since November for 16 hours a day, seven days a week, burning through nearly $45,000 in personal savings and donations from friends and family in pursuit of hidden truths about Trump’s rise to power. … Andersen is not alone in his largely solitary quest. Countless amateur sleuths are on the case, from a short-order cook in Belfast whose research was recently cited by the Daily Beast to a Florida art teacher who tells POLITICO he is applying his pattern-recognition skills to Trump's sprawling business empire.
“Undaunted by a lack of subpoena power or search warrants, and the government’s vast legal and technical expertise, countless people like these are poring through Trump’s personal and business records, as well as overlooked 2016 campaign clues. They share their findings through email, blogs, Twitter, Facebook, Reddit and even tips to reporters and the FBI. Most labor in obscurity, but all are motivated by the lottery-like odds of a discovery that has eluded journalists and prosecutors but which just might bring down a president.” http://politi.co/2fW575P
VALLEY READ -- KARA SWISHER: “Jeff Immelt has emerged as the front-runner to become Uber’s CEO”: “While the tension on the board of the car-hailing company remains high — due of late to an ugly lawsuit that one of its major investors, Benchmark, is waging against its ousted co-founder and CEO Travis Kalanick — sources said that a majority of the board is coalescing around the experienced Immelt.
“That could certainly change, said sources, and there are two other executives who are also still being considered, neither of whom is a woman, as some had hoped. Sources said a vote of Uber’s directors is likely to happen within the next two weeks, which does not have to be unanimous, although most directors are hoping it will be. In any case, Immelt has pulled ahead, said several sources. One of Immelt’s earliest and strongest supporters on the board is Arianna Huffington, said sources, but he is also the top choice of several directors. Others still undecided — including Benchmark, which has weakened its status because of the lawsuit and ensuing publicity — have become convinced that Uber needs to hire someone who can quickly deal with a number of pressing and problematic issues and consider Immelt fully capable of handling that well.” http://bit.ly/2vPtw2O
MEDIAWATCH -- “Jersey Gov. Chris Christie no longer a candidate to replace Mike Francesa at WFAN,” by N.Y. Daily News’ Bob Raissman: “Scratch Chris Christie off the list of candidates to replace Mike (Sports Pope) Francesa when he leaves WFAN (if he actually does) in December. FAN sources said the suits searching for Francesa’s replacement have informed the New Jersey Governor his Gasbag services will not be needed.” http://nydn.us/2vUASAc
BONUS GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman, filing from Nantucket:
--“After The Flame,” by Wayne Drehs and Mariana Lajolo in ESPN the Magazine: “The 2016 Summer Games were supposed to bring Rio and Brazil to new financial and athletic heights. What’s left behind? A city and country shrouded by corruption, debt and broken promises.” http://es.pn/2vGuvCn
--“A Brief History of Traveling With Cats,” by Jackie Mansky in Smithsonian: “Fierce felines of history sailed the world, survived Europe’s crusade against them and made it all the way to Memedom.” http://bit.ly/2uTzyfG
--“Bangalore, before the dystopia,” by Harish C Menon in Quartz – per The Browser’s description: “Bangalore has gone from Garden City to Garbage City in 30 years. Renowned as the tech hub of India, producing 10% of India’s GDP, the city is ‘a disaster in slow motion’. Population and area have tripled with little in the way of planning or infrastructure. Green spaces and watercourses have been concreted over. Quality of life has fallen to the lowest of all Indian cities. Residents ‘grapple with self-combusting foaming toxic lakes”. By 2025 Bangalore ‘will be simply uninhabitable.” http://bit.ly/2v4ADAs
--“‘Y’all Sent Me to Washington at an Interesting Time,’” by The Atlantic’s Molly Ball: “A freshman Republican lawmaker [Jim Banks] tries to stay on the right side of his constituents—and his principles—deep in Trump Country.” http://theatln.tc/2v4ruZ0
--“What the Heck Is Guam? A Guide for the Perplexed,” by Shannon Togawa Mercer in Lawfare: “It sits almost 1,500 miles south of Japan and around 2,100 miles from North Korea. ... According to historians, Guam was discovered and populated by Austronesian peoples around 4,000 years ago. Guam got a jump on contact with Europeans when Ferdinand Magellan stumbled upon Guam in 1521.” http://bit.ly/2wjhGOQ
--“The partition goes on: A Pakistani perspective,” by Mohammed Hanif on Al-Jazeera: “Like many Pakistanis I saw my first Indians in London and was surprised that they were a bit like us. Most Indians and Pakistanis have the same reaction when they meet. It seems as if they are brought up to believe that a community of ferals lives across the border. The most we know about each other is from moving images from films and songs, and a bit from books.” http://es.pn/2vGuvCn
--“James Baldwin’s Istanbul,” by Suzy Hansen in PublicBooks: “Baldwin was delighted by the Turkish custom of holding hands — even men could be openly affectionate. It was easier to be gay in Istanbul than in America, and easier to be black ... [The city was] a place anyone could go to live and feel free.” http://bit.ly/2fO2Vxi
--“What should you do when two ISIS suspects are interrogated right before your eyes?” by Anthony Loyd in the New Statesman: “I felt intrigued but uncomfortable, watching it all unfold, the bound and kneeling men waiting for the whip or worse. I knew that if I left the room both prisoners would get thrashed for sure, and likely tortured. If I stayed, they might get thrashed anyway, in front of me, which might have implied my acquiescence. But I also wanted to know what would happen. It was awkward either way.” http://bit.ly/2fNROEt
--“The Fight of His Life,” by Brian Castner in Esquire: “Afghan Army Captain Noorullah Aminyar was once a valuable ally to the American military. But after a failed defection attempt and three years in detention, his asylum claim now rests on the argument that the U.S. has lost its longest war.” http://bit.ly/2wdhWQi (h/t Longreads.com)
--“Mr. Nice Guy,” by Wired’s Nicholas Thompson: “Instagram’s Kevin Systrom wants to clean up the %[email protected]! Internet.” http://bit.ly/2wdqlU0
--“My Life Lessons in Rust Belt Racism,” by Kim Kingsley on Medium:
http://bit.ly/2xfTcU0
--“The White Lies of Craft Culture,” by Lauren Michele Jackson in Eater: “How the world of small batch, single origin, and totally artisanal erases the people of color who made it possible.” http://bit.ly/2fUeLG
SPOTTED: Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) at Cisco Brewery on Friday on Nantucket ... John King on an American Airlines flight from DCA to Nantucket on Saturday morning.
WEEKEND WEDDINGS -- “Elise Stefanik, Matthew Manda” -- N.Y. Times: “Ms. Stefanik, 33, is a United States congresswoman, representing the 21st District of New York. She is a Republican serving on the House Armed Services Committee; the Committee on Education and the Workforce; and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Elected in 2014 at age 30, she is the youngest woman elected to Congress in United States history. Previously she served in the Office of the Chief of Staff in the White House under President George W. Bush. She graduated from Harvard. ...
“Mr. Manda, 34, is the marketing and communications director in Alexandria, Va., for the Media Group of America, which owns and operates the media outlet Independent Journal Review. Previously he was the communications director for Representative Kevin Yoder, Republican of Kansas, and as the political director for 2010 campaign for Senator Jerry Moran, Republican of Kansas. The groom graduated from the University of Kansas. ... The couple met through mutual friends in January 2012 at a party hosted by the bride in Washington.” With pichttp://nyti.ms/2wlkegi
-- Pool report: “At the Hall of Springs in Saratoga State Park, guests noshed on Baby lamb chops, a raw bar pork belly sliders, potato pancakes, antipasti in honor of the bride's Italian roots, a Cannoli bar and a gelato bar. The Bride and groom had a choreographed dance to ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.’ The father and daughter dance was to Hamilton’s ‘Dear Theodosia.’” Picshttp://bit.ly/2x2Paixhttp://bit.ly/2fWc3Qv
SPOTTED: Russ Schriefer and Nina Easton, Lenny and Amelia Chassé Alcivar, Ryan Coyne, Joel and Laura Cox Kaplan, Anita and Tim McBride, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Reps. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.), Will Hurd (R-Texas), Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), Mimi Walters (R-Calif.), David Young (R-Idaho), John Katko (R-N.Y.), Susan Brooks (R-Ind.) and Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), New York State Assemblyman Dan Stec, NY State Conservative Party Chair Mike Long, Megan and Tyler Foote, Phil Musser, Mike Leavitt, Tom and Corinne Hoare, Lindley and Dustin Sherer, Aly and Graham Wheeler, Ali and Stuart Siciliano, and Anthony Katie Pileggi.
-- Jonathan Nabavi, vice president of public policy and government affairs at the NFL, and Catherine Hansen, who works on congressional relations at Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, were married Saturday in Bar Harbor. NYT announcement with pichttp://nyti.ms/2vdRW2h … Wedding pichttp://bit.ly/2xfxkIjSPOTTED: Andrew Kovalcin, Rebecca and Matt Haller, Bradley Hayes, Adriana Brizuela and Chris Gindlesperger, Nicole Gustafson, Ali Tulbah and Alana Nolan, Sergio Rodriguera, Allison O’Brien, Nat and Melissa Sillin, Dan Finucane and Danielle Bruccheri and Sean Fairchild.
ENGAGED -- Andrea Saul, who works on communications at Facebook and was national press secretary for Romney 2012, got engaged on Saturday to David Nosbusch, who works in business development at Box and is a Harvard Business School grad. He proposed on the 18th green at 3 Creek Ranch in Jackson Hole, with friends and family nearby. They met through mutual friends watching college football at NorthStar Cafe in San Francisco.
WELCOME TO THE WORLD – Krista Zuzenak, co-founder of mKz Inc and member of Team Pelosi, and Brian Zuzenak, partner at Moxie Media and member of Team McAuliffe, “welcomed their 3rd roommate Isabelle Emma on [Friday]. Isabelle weighed 7 pounds 4 ounces and despite many bets that Baby Z was a boy she surprised and melted the hearts of her parents, family and friends. The couple fell in love across departments at the DCCC and can’t wait to introduce her to the entire Pelosi/McAuliffe Family.” Pichttp://bit.ly/2uVun37
BIRTHDAYS: Fox News’s Fin Gomez, celebrating in Iceland running a half marathon … Lea Berman ... Chuck Campion, chairman and co-founder of Dewey Square Group (hat tips: Rick Ahearn) … Jenny Backus ... Amb. Michael Froman, a distinguished fellow at CFR and former USTR, is 55 (h/t Andrew Bates) ... Brad Fingeroot … Politico’s Doug Palmer ... Scott Rothrock, CTO at advanced-manufacturing company Xometry and a Politico alum ... BPI birthday twins: partner Ben LaBolt and COO Ann Marie Habershaw (h/ts Jen Nedeau and Addie Whisenant) … Al Roker is 63 ... former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) is 82 ... former Sen. George Mitchell (D-Maine) is 84 ... Targeted Victory co-founder Zac Moffatt ... Connie Chung … Rae-Lynn Ziegler, director of social media and outreach for the Washington Free Beacon (h/t Anton Vuljaj) … Rachel Thomas, who works on external relations, gov’t and regulatory affairs at IBM ... Susan Aspey ... Kendell (Coletti) Mountain ... Gina Keeney, partner at Lawler, Metzger, Keeney& Logan and a FCC alum (h/t Jon Haber) ... Brianna McCullough … Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Ill.) is 56 (h/t Josh Brown) … Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Fla.) is 51 ... Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) is 55. He’s celebrating by grilling burgers with his family at home and his three dogs. ... former Rep. Ruben Hinojosa (D-Tex.) is 77 ... Tarrah Cooper, managing director at Mercury ... Matt Shapanka is 3-0 ... Morgan Murtaugh ... Jody Serrano (h/t Amy Sisk) ... Alice Frost Richardson ...
... CNN senior media reporter Oliver Darcy ... Jim Hock, adviser at PSP Capital and former Commerce COS … Meghan Grant ... Madeline Shepherd, associate director of federal policy at Council for a Strong America (h/t Rachel Wein) ... Gordon Neal ... Hayley Herrin (Peterson), senior correspondent at Business Insider ... Patrick Drahi is 54 ... Matthew Gould is 46 ... David Ryan Adelman is 36 (h/ts Jewish Insider) ... Pat Collier IV, policy director at JB Pritzker for Governor … Jeff Morehouse is 37 ... Angelica Alatorre … Nicholas Himebaugh ... Kenny Swab ... Jordan Kittleson ... Shannon Travis ... Linnea Dyer Hegarty ... Katie Peters, comms director for Americans for Responsible Solutions ... Casey Badmington ... Eleni Roumel ... Steve Pfrang ... Shannon Harris ... Ari Goldberg, VP of comms at First Focus, is 44 ... Faryar Shirzad ... Jen Brown … Lona Valmoro … Bob Hudek … Ryan O’Keefe (h/ts Teresa Vilmain)
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