The Hit List: January 17, 2019

  1. A Georgia man has been busted in an FBI sting for trying to storm the White House with an anti-tank rocket. For over a year the FBI has been working the suspect, who’s a Muslim from Georgia. He was going to trade his car to agents posing as arm dealers.
  2. Nancy Pelosi has postponed her invitation to President Trump to deliver the State of the Union. She cites safety concerns from being shortstaffed during the government shutdown,  but Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says that’s just not the case. No word yet from what Trump plans to do.
  3. If you’re going to rent an AirBNB, the homeowners may be watching, but the rental platform is cool with it. When one man complained to the rental site that he found cameras in the house he rented, they shrugged it off; buyer beware.
  4. Democratic Socialists in Los Angeles are at least practicing what they preach about providing from their abilities to those in need: members of the group were spotted giving tacos to striking teachers Wednesday.
  5. British Prime Minister Theresa May isn’t going anywhere — yet. She survived a vote of no confidence Wednesday by a 325-306 vote. Meanwhile her government will keep working on a plan to leave the European Union, per the Brexit vote, that can be approved by parliament.
  6. Submarine Captain Travis Zettel has been discharged from duty after admitting to hiring 10 hookers to his hotel in the Philippines while the sub was on a farewell tour last year. Sailors who heard the captain boasting about his sexy party reported him to the Naval Criminal Investigation Service.
  7. The anti-man Gillette ad has recently caused a stir, but not all Americans want to hear it. Two-thirds of respondents in a recent poll said they don’t want social commentary from their Super Bowl ads this year.
  8. New York City restaurants and stores are cutting back employee hours in wake of a 13% minimum wage hike that started this year. Instead of having hosts and greeters, guests in many joints will be met with “please select a table” — other workers shouldn’t expect extra hours or overtime.
  9. The grandfather of accused Jayme Closs kidnapper Jake Patterson told reporters outside the courthouse in Barron that he was submitting a letter he hoped would get to Jayme. He apologized profusely, said his family is heartbroken, and just can’t figure out how his grandson got that way.
  10. Benjamin Brafman is resigining from Harvey Weinstein’s legal team. Word is he’s not on board with Harv expanding his legal team. Brafman is a pro; he’s defended Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Jay-Z, and Puff Daddy.