Gary Cohn Reportedly Asked to Be WH Chief of Staff…And Trump Laughed in His Face

According to a bombshell report Gabriel Sherman over at Vanity Fair, President Donald Trump is looking to get rid of several key staffers, including Jared Kusher, his own daughter Ivanka Trump and Chief of Staff John Kelly. Buried in this story is a sourced item that outgoing economic advisor Gary Cohn threw his hat in the ring to replace Kelly as Chief of Staff. What was Trump’s response? He laughed, according to Vanity Fair. A source even suggested that this dismissal was the real reason for Cohn’s departure, and not a disagreement on those steel and aluminum tariffs.
“He’s going for a clean slate,” one source said. Cohn had been lobbying to replace Kelly as chief, two sources said, and quit when he didn’t get the job. “Trump laughed at Gary when he brought it up,” one outside adviser to the White House said. (The White House declined to comment. Continue reading "Gary Cohn Reportedly Asked to Be WH Chief of Staff…And Trump Laughed in His Face"

Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Reportedly Used Trump Org. Email Address While Contacting Stormy Daniels

President Donald Trump‘s lawyer, Michael Cohen, just continues to find himself buried deeper and deeper over this whole Stormy Daniels thing. The latest? Cohen reportedly used his actual email address with the Trump Organization while making arrangements with Daniels — including the now-infamous non-disclosure agreement and that $130,000 payout. According to NBC News, Cohen used the official email address while arranging the money to be transferred to a Manhattan bank where Daniels could have access to it and during pre-transfer negotiations, in which the pair allegedly discussed a monetary amount, according to an unnamed source. Additionally, Cohen is alleged to have signed each email in his official capacity as “Special Counsel to Donald J. Trump.” Daniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti, has produced an email showing First Republic Bank and Cohen communicating, using the Trump Organization address, and discussing the forthcoming payment, thus casting doubt on Cohen’s assertion that he merely Continue reading "Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Reportedly Used Trump Org. Email Address While Contacting Stormy Daniels"

U.S. Considering Allowing South Korea Out of Trump Tariffs After Setting Up Kim Jong Un Meeting

One of the biggest questions surrounding President Donald Trump’s recent announcement that he would meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un by May is, well, what are the South Koreans getting out of it? It seems like they have been instrumental in lessening tensions between the United States and North Korea — first with North Korea’s Winter Olympics invite and then with National Security Office Head Chung Eui-yong proffering the meet and greet with Jong Un. Now we may know, though details remain amorphous at best. According to CNN’s Kaitlan Collins, South Korea has asked for an exemption on the president’s announced steel tariffs.

Daily Beast Reporter Narcs on Newsweek Spox Over Taunts: ‘You Do Realize I am Going to Share All of This, Right?’

Daily Beast reporter Maxwell Tani put a Newsweek spokesperson on blast on Twitter Friday morning, after that same spokesperson taunted him for his age and accused him of lacking reporting experience. Before the text exchange, here is some context. Unless you’ve been living underneath a rock, you know Newsweek is going through a rough patch, featuring scandal, accusations of shoddy journalism, mass layoffs, protest resignations and, duh, dire financial prospects. It’s pretty much a shit show over there, despite higher brass allowing a tell-all on the recent turmoil to be published in-house. With this in mind, Tani wrote a report based on stealthily recorded conversations between Newsweek Chief Content Officer Dayan Candappa and staffers, in which Candappa noted the publication did not have much time to turn things around, or they’d be toast. “I wish I could varnish this, it would be an easier conversation to have,” Candappa said, according Continue reading "Daily Beast Reporter Narcs on Newsweek Spox Over Taunts: ‘You Do Realize I am Going to Share All of This, Right?’"

Female Reporter Settles Discrimination Suit Against Fox News And Leaves Company

Fox News has reportedly settled a gender discrimination lawsuit levied upon them by Diana Falzone, a reporter who covered entertainment and issues related to sexual harassment for the network. The suit alleged that Falzone was demoted upon writing a column about a medical condition she was suffering from called endometriosis. The painful disorder has a number of symptoms, including infertility, which Falzone alluded to in her column. Actress Lena Dunham suffers from the same condition and announced solidarity with Falzone in May of last year, as she lay in a hospital bed. There have been no details released regarding what kind of payout Falzone received from the network, but her attorney has confirmed that her employment at Fox News has been terminated, effective immediately. “We resolved Diana Falzone’s case against Fox News and she no longer works there,” lawyer Nancy Erika Smith wrote. Interestingly, Falzone is the reporter who allegedly broke Continue reading "Female Reporter Settles Discrimination Suit Against Fox News And Leaves Company"

Joy Behar Personally Apologizes to Pence After Calling His Christian Faith a ‘Mental Illness’

The View’s Joy Behar caused something of a media firestorm last month when she alleged that Vice President Mike Pence, has a “mental illness” after he said he talks to Jesus. It has now been reported by The Washington Post that Behar phoned Pence to apologize, with her manager saying that the whole thing was simply a “miscommunication.” “Yes, she did speak to Vice President Pence, they had a great, very nice conversation,” manager Bill Stankey said. “The vice president was very gracious and very understanding. He understood that Joy wasn’t attacking anybody and that there was some miscommunication.” Here are Behar’s original comments on Pence and his faith, which she walked back by saying “it was a joke.” It must be noted, in addition to hosting The View, Behar is actually a standup comedian. “It’s one thing to talk to Jesus. It’s another thing when Jesus Continue reading "Joy Behar Personally Apologizes to Pence After Calling His Christian Faith a ‘Mental Illness’"

Barack Obama in ‘Advanced Negotiations’ With Netflix For a Show Series

Former President Barack Obama may soon be heading to streaming television screens, with reports coming in that he is in the middle of “advanced negotiations” with Netflix for a series of specials, according to a New York Times report. Former First Lady Michelle Obama is also involved with the talks, with the specials reportedly going to highlight “inspirational stories,” as the NYT went out of their way to mention that the streaming programs would not act as a forum for the former president to respond to President Donald Trump. Eric Schultz, a senior advisor to the former president, issued a statement on the potentially forthcoming streaming Continue reading "Barack Obama in ‘Advanced Negotiations’ With Netflix For a Show Series"