Today’s Martini

Today is Tuesday, November 13, 2018
It is the 317th day of the year
48 days remain

FIRST THINGS FIRST

Ashley Wirkus and husband Brad McAtee announced they are having a baby! The “Summer House” star shared the news on her Instagram page writing, “Baby Boy McAtee coming May 2019.”

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Stan Lee has passed away. The co-creator of Marvel Comics was rushed by ambulance from his Hollywood Hills home on Monday morning to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he later died. The 95-year-old is survived by his daughter J.C. His wife, Joan passed away last year.

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Harry Shum Jr. is going to be a dad! The “Shadowhunters” star and his wife Shelby Rabara announced the news on Instagram. This will be the first child for the 36-year-old actor and the 35-year-old dancer.

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THE SWAMP

Fox News personality and conservative commentator Kat Timpf was forced to leave a Brooklyn bar over the weekend after a random woman became enraged at her for working in the conservative media. In the run-up to the altercation, Timpf got separated from her friends and ended up in conversation with a woman, who she did not know. The woman asked about Timpf’s occupation, at which point she said she worked at Fox News. A second woman interjected herself into the chat, and when she found out she worked at Fox started berating her and following her through the bar. “I guess that’s the norm now,” Timpf tweeted.

—QUOTABLE: “This girl started going nuts on me, screaming at me to get out of the bar. I found her very threatening…This is the third time this has happened to me, so I’m just over it.” -Timpf

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Florida Senate candidate Rick Scott made a renewed claim of victory over Democrat incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson on Sunday as a recount drama gripped the state. Scott’s campaign is challenging ballots counted by elections officials in Broward County—infamous for completely botching the 2000 election, as we all remember—after a Saturday deadline to complete the count. The Nelson camp fired back, claiming that despite the deadline, Scott is trying to stop voters from having their voices heard.

—SCOTT/NELSON WAR OF WORDS: “Bill Nelson’s a sore loser. We’ve won…I’ve had to win this election twice now. I will be going to Washington as the next U.S. senator from Florida, and I’m going to work hard to change the direction of this country like we did in Florida.” -Scott

—“If Rick Scott wanted to make sure every legal ballot is counted, he would not be suing to try and stop voters from having their legal ballot counted as intended.” -Nelson

MEANWHILE—Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is calling for Broward County’s top elections official, Brenda Snipes, to be removed from office. He actually appointed her while governor more than a decade ago, but now says that her incompetence and failing to follow Florida elections law “on multiple counts” disqualifies her. And this is not the first time Snipes has been caught bending and breaking the law. She should be removed as soon as the recount is complete, Bush tweeted.

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Top Democrats pressed the Department of Justice ethics czar on Monday to disclose whether he’s advised Matthew Whitaker to recuse himself from the Russia probe. Whitaker, the acting attorney general who took over after President Trump forced Jeff Sessions out last week, is under intense pressure from the Democrats to wash his hands of all things related to Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election. Dems claim that Whitaker’s comments critical of the probe before he started working at the DOJ are disqualifying.

—QUOTABLE: “[W]e request that you immediately notify us in writing regarding whether you, or any other ethics officials at the Justice Department, have advised Mr. Whitaker to recuse from supervision of the special counsel investigation, and the basis for that recommendation.” -Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi in a letter to Lee J. Lofthus, DOJ ethics officer

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Tom Steyer believes President Trump’s skepticism about global warming rises to the level of high crimes and misdemeanors. The liberal California billionaire and extreme environmentalist gave CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield over the weekend a list of reasons Trump should be impeached. Among them: his skepticism about climate change. Steyer has been a leading voice openly advocating for Trump’s impeachment and removal from office for the high crime of disagreeing with Tom Steyer’s political agenda.

—QUOTABLE: “We’ve gotta think that the number one job of the president of the United States is to protect the lives and safety of the American people. And here we have a president who in denying climate change is preventing this country from doing the very positive things that we can do that will make us healthier and richer, better employed with higher wages, and also deal with the ravages of increasing climate change.” -Unhinged billionaire Steyer

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A top Clinton adviser has a dire warning for America: Hillary Clinton plans to run again. Mark Penn in a Monday appearance on Fox & Friends said the twice-failed presidential candidate may be planning to re-brand herself as a “universal-health-care-promoting progressive firebrand” like she was back in 1994. Penn isn’t the first Clinton lackey to make the claim—Philippe Reines also said people should have their eye on Hillary after lavishing praise on her and her hypothetical candidacy. Hillary herself has also hinted she’s thinking about it.

—QUOTABLE: “Do not underestimate Hillary’s positioning to run again…Clintons never stop until they get where they want to go.” -Penn

—QUOTABLE: “[W]ell, I’d like to be president. I think, hopefully, when we have a Democrat in the Oval Office in January of 2021, there’s going to be so much work to be done.” -Hillary in an October interview

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Tucker Carlson revealed on Sunday that his daughter was subjected to name calling and harassment last month at a Virginia country club. The family was out to eat, and at the end of the meal Carlson’s 19 year old daughter was returning from the restroom when she was confronted by an angry liberal who asked who she was. “That’s my dad,” she told the man, pointing to Carlson, according to a statement by the Fox News star. The man then called her a “whore” and a “f—ing c—t,” according to Carlson’s statement. He didn’t initially want to go public with the incident, but felt he needed to when attorney Michael Avenatti claimed that it was his family that did the harassing and claimed he was getting ready for a lawsuit.

—QUOTABLE: “It took enormous self-control not to beat the man with a chair, which is what I wanted to do. I think any father can understand the overwhelming rage and shock that I felt seeing my teenage daughter attacked by a stranger.” -Carlson

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With ballots continuing to trickle in, it looks like Democrat Kyrsten Sinema is on track to win election to the U.S. Senate. Mail-in ballots continue to be counted—75 percent of all ballots are mailed in in the typical Arizona election, making ballot counting a slow process—and they’re breaking strongly in Sinema’s favor. She’s currently ahead by a solid 1.5 percent over Republican Rep. Martha McSally, who has pledged to hold out until all votes are counted. Some 200,000 ballots are left to tally in that race. If Sinema wins, she will succeed retiring Sen. Jeff Flake and flip a Republican Senate seat from red to blue.

—QUOTABLE: “With the latest ballot count, Kyrsten’s lead is insurmountable…McSally’s campaign said today’s results would be her ‘firewall’ but as we expected, no firewall emerged… Kyrsten will be declared the next U.S. Senator from Arizona.” -Andrew Piatt, Sinema campaign manager, in a statement

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Amid a highly charged political atmosphere, President Trump on Sunday wrapped up a weekend visit to Europe with a solemn Veterans Day speech. At a French cemetery where some 1,500 fallen American service members killed during World War I, Trump marked the end of the war and bonds between the U.S. and France resulting from the war’s bloodshed. That was a stark contrast to the political barbs hurled his way by everyone from topless protesters to French president Emmanuel Macron, who criticized Trump’s labeling himself a nationalist.

—TRUMP V. MACRON: “Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism. Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism.” -Macron at a Sunday speech

—“We honor the American and French service members who shed their blood together in a horrible, horrible war, but a war known as the Great War.” -Trump Veterans Day speech in France

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LOTTERY

No winner for Saturday night’s Powerball drawing. Tomorrow night’s drawing will be for $107 million or a $61.1 million cash payout.

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No winner for Friday night’s Mega Millions’ drawing. Tonight’s drawing will be for $106 million or a $59 million cash payout.

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SHOWBIZ NEWS

Lorde called out Kanye West and Kid Cudi for stealing her set idea. The “Green Light” singer alleged that the male performers stole her idea of performing in a floating glass box. The 22-year-old shared a photo of her floating glass box design alongside a photo of the one Kanye and Cudi used during their performance Sunday night in L.A; there is barely any difference between the two designs. She captioned the photos, “I’m proud of the work I do and it’s flattering when other artists feel inspired by it, to the extent that they choose to try it on themselves. But don’t steal—not from women or anyone else—not in 2018 or ever.”

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Melissa McCarthy reflected on her marriage of 13 years while on the red carpet for the People’s Choice Awards. The 48-year-old shared how she met her husband, actor Ben Falcone when they were both acting at a little improv theater called The Groundlings in L.A. The couple started dating and were marred in 2005. They have two children together, 11-year-old Vivian Falcone and 8-year-old Georgette Falcone. Melissa won the People’s Icon Award at the PCA’s on Sunday night.

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Brie Bella shared her plans for 2019 and they involve babies. The WWE Diva and her husband, WWE star Bryan Danielson, are eager to give daughter Birdie Joe a sibling. The 34-year-old told E! News that she plans to do a little “baby making for no. 2” next year. The couple doesn’t really care what gender baby #2 is, but Brie would love for her daughter to have a sister because of the special bond she shares with her own sister, Nikki Bella.

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Farrah Abraham decided to get a little R&R instead of taking a potential beatdown in a boxing ring. The former “Teen Mom” star posted photos of herself enjoying a beach day at the Ayada Resort in the Maldives on Saturday. That’s the same day she was previously scheduled to fight Nicole Alexander (aka Hoopz) in a reality TV showdown, but backed out claiming promises from the promoter were not met. The fight went on without the single mom, who was replaced with “Mob Wives” star Natalie DiDonato

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Pete Davidson apologized to Dan Crenshaw, when the war veteran appeared on this weekend’s episode of “SNL.” The Republican politician, who was the subject of one of Pete’s controversial jokes on last week’s show, accepted the apology while simultaneously giving the comedian a taste of his own medicine. Dan’s phone rang during the segment and his ringtone was set to one of Ariana Grande’s songs. Pete, whose engagement to the singer recently ended, smirked and admitted it was “funny” and well-deserved.

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The head writer and executive producer of the first seven seasons of “Grey’s Anatomy” believes that a major storyline in the show would never have been written in today’s #MeToo era. Krista Vernoff told The Los Angeles Times that the love story between characters Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) and Derek Shepard (Patrick Dempsey) would be completely different if it was told today. Despite being one of the women who made the show so successful, Krista said the fact that the love story would not have been told the same way is a “beautiful reflection of the changing times.” In the show, Meredith was Derek’s intern who kept declining his advances, but he wouldn’t take no for an answer. The two did end up getting married and starting a family, but the initial interaction would have been frowned upon in today’s “Time’s Up” culture.

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The Backstreet Boys have announced that they are releasing a new album and going on tour. The 90’s boy band is set to release a new album titled “DNA” in January and go on tour from July through September of next year. Band member Kevin Richardson said that the most rewarding thing about recording the new album is that the “songs are a great representation of who we are as individuals and who we are as a group. It’s our DNA. We’re really proud of that.”

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The judge who sentenced Tekashi69 to 4 years probation feels that her decision may have been a mistake, but that she is not to blame. Judge Felicia Mennin believes that the presiding judge, prosecutors and defense attorneys are at fault because they cut the original plea deal, which opted the rapper out of any prison time. A spokesperson for the Manhattan Criminal Court Judge told TMZ, “Although Judge Mennin was the sentencing judge, the long-standing plea agreement was agreed to by the presiding judge at the time, and the other parties involved.”

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CELEBRITY CELL BLOCK

The ex-boyfriend of Mick Jagger’s daughter will not be charged for allegedly beating a man. In August, Georgia May Jagger’s then boyfriend Norman Theuerkorn was arrested for felony battery after punching Andrew Knight’s—son of Suge Knight—boyfriend. The attack that happened at a karaoke bar in West Hollywood left Andrew’s boyfriend, Darren Young, with internal bleeding. Norman’s attorney, David Diamond, told TMZ that his client will not be charged due to insufficient evidence.

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Larissa Dos Santos Lima was arrested for domestic battery in Nevada. The “90 Day Fiancé” star, who is married to Colt Johnson, claimed that her husband was threatening her and took her phone. The police were called and when they arrived, they knocked down the couple’s front door and had their guns drawn. After handcuffing Colt and talking to the pair separately, the responding officers decided it was Larissa who was at fault. In a message posted by Colt, after the incident, he shared that “it is the policy in the state of Nevada” to arrest someone during a domestic dispute, so his wife left in handcuffs. According to court records obtained by E! News, this is the reality star’s second arrest for domestic violence.

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CRIB NOTES

Gerard Butler returned to his California home, only to find it burnt to a crisp. The “300” star posted a devastating photo of what was left of his house in Malibu, which was still smoldering when he arrived. He said that half of his property is gone and called it a “heartbreaking” time in the Golden State. Trying to stay positive amid the extreme loss, he thanked the Los Angeles Fire Department and asked all his Instagram followers to support them, if they could.

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THE DAILY KARDASHOPUS

The Wests have some extremely grateful neighbors. Kim Kardashian-West and Kanye West hired a private team to battle the flames from the Woolsey fire that were encroaching on their $60 Million house located in Hollywood Hills. Their home sits next to a field at the end of a cul de sac, so if their house started to burn, it would create a domino affect down the street. Due to their quick thinking—and probably thousands of dollars—the rest of the homes on the street are still standing. 

MEANWHILE–the growing list of celebrities who have lost their California homes continues to grow. These include: actor, Gerard Butler, singers Miley Cyrus, Neil Young and Robin Thicke and former Real Housewife, Camille Grammer.

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WWE superstars Nikki Bella and Brie Bella joked about taking on the Kardashian sisters in the ring. While walking the red carpet for the People’s Choice Awards, the twins were asked who they would want to wrestle if they could choose anyone to get in the ring with. Their answer…Kim, Khloe and Kourtney. Nikki thought it would be a great “sisters versus sisters” event and Brie agreed saying, “Kardashians versus the Bella twins. I think that’s a good match.” Maybe a royal rumble would be a good plot line for an episode of “KUWTK.”

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WE'LL NEVER BE ROYALS

Prince Harry’s relationship with Meghan Markle may be rubbing off on his older brother. As of late, Prince William and Duchess Kate have been deviating from their usual no PDA rule. According to body language expert Judi James, the couple seems “altogether less formal than they did even a few months ago.” Just last month, Kate was seen placing her hand on her husband’s leg and William was spotted with his hand resting on his wife’s back. Judi believes that Meghan’s “determinedly tactile behavior with Harry” influences William and Kate. While some think the affection stems from just having their third child, Judi says oh no, “it’s a Meghan thing.”

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DAY OF THE YEAR

• World Kindness Day
• Symphonic Metal Day
• Indian Pudding Day

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ON THIS DATE

1789

George Washington finishes his first tour of the new American states as president.

He visited New England, where he was greeted enthusiastically.

Washington wouldn’t visit the southern states for another 2 years.

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1892

Pudge Huffelfinger signs a deal to play football for the Allegheny Athletic Association for $500, making him the first pro football player.

It had previously been common for athletes to trade their playing time for services or swag. This was before organized teams and leagues, when athletic associations were formed and played informal match ups and seasons.

Pudge was later an insurance executive and Congressman for Minnesota.

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1980

The Voyager I spacecraft reaches Saturn.

The photographs sent back to Earth baffled scientists.

What was thought to be six rings were actually hundreds, composed of rocks and space debris.

Pioneer 11 had been the first spacecraft to rendezvous with Saturn, but it did not have the photographic capabilities of the Voyager probes.

Voyager I is presently the most distant man-made object in space, nearly 19 billion kilometers away from Earth.

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1982

The Vietnam War Memorial is dedicated.

The walls featured 57,939 names of those who died. They were commemorated chronologically, not in order of rank.

It is commonplace to make a sketching over the name of family members and loved ones who lost their lives.

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CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Jimmy Kimmel – tv show host, Jimmy Kimmel Live – 51

Whoopi Goldberg – actress & tv host, The View – 63

Gerard Butler – actor, P.S I Love You – 49

Joe Mantegna – actor, Criminal Minds – 71

Michael Bennett – football player, Philadelphia Eagles – 33

BORN ON THIS DATE

Louis Brandeis – former U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice – 1856

Jean Seberg – actress, played Joan of Arc in Saint Joan – 1938

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