MICHAEL BLOOMBERG. I’ll decide on 2020 after midterms: “We’d see whether or not it’s possible and how I feel, but that’s down the road. You’ve got to take these things one at a time, everybody’s focused now on the midterms, at least I think they are and should be.”
JOKER. Joaquin Phoenix gets in make-up as the infamous villain on the NYC subway.
BECAUSE I’M AN HONEST GUY. Trump on why he’s not worried about Michael Cohen testifying to Mueller: “No, I’m not, because I’m an honest guy,” Mr. Trump said. “And that stuff is unrelated to me. And that was Michael did that stuff. And Michael I mean you know, you know I have many, many lawyers. I have very big law firms I have that do my work.”
PAUL GOSAR. 6 siblings of Gosar oppose him in new campaign ad. ‘Gosar is a close ally of the Trump administration who has cheered on the crusade against top Justice Department and FBI officials. When House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes released a memo that he purported would show those officials’ clear bias against the President, Gosar claimed the document showed evidence of “treason.” He even called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to “seek criminal prosecution” against individuals like former FBI Director James Comey and former acting Attorney General Sally Yates.’
LAMBDA LEGAL. LGBT legal group urges senators of conscience to step forward and convince White House to withdraw Kavanaugh nomination: “Allegations of sexual violence should always be taken seriously and properly investigated. The allegations of sexual misconduct brought forward by Dr. Ford, as well as the new claims brought to the public’s attention this evening, should be immediately referred to the FBI for a full investigation. By refusing to do so, Senate Republicans demonstrate that they are incapable of taking their solemn responsibility seriously, and that they have learned little since Anita Hill’s hearing 27 years ago. In fact, there is no indication that Senate leadership will reconsider their reckless campaign to force Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination through. But we believe that there must be at least two Republicans of conscience who share our view that enough is enough. We urge them to do the right thing – they must either convince the White House to withdraw Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination or publicly commit to opposing him.”
JASON MILLER. CNN’s Trumpbot resigns amid charges he laced smoothie with abortion pill: ‘Miller posted a statement on Twitter that announced he would be stepping away from his role at CNN to “focus on clearing my name and fighting the false and defamatory accusations being made against me.”’
$3.5 BILLION. SiriusXM to acquire Pandora: ‘Neither Pandora nor SiriusXM will be changing their services initially, the companies said Monday. The main change you’ll notice is potentially hearing promos for SiriusXM on Pandora, and vice versa. But this deal could be transformative for both companies, each of which has weaknesses that the other could shore up. SiriusXM has fallen behind in technological skills, like personalized recommendations and mobile listening. ‘
HONG KONG. Top court to hear gay civil servant’s appeal seeking spousal benefits for husband. “The Court of Appeal on Monday granted a gay Hong Kong immigration officer leave to appeal to the city’s top court against its decision that his husband could not enjoy the same spousal benefits offered to his heterosexual colleagues in the government.”
LIVERPOOL. Mayor passes transgender resolution: ‘The motion, which proposed treating all trans women the same as cisgender women, passed unanimously on Wednesday. Joe Anderson told the council meeting Liverpool ReSisters proposed hate “against people that are different”. The group’s spokeswoman had told councillors the motion weakened “both safeguarding and equality frameworks”. The motion also included a commitment to light council buildings in the “transgender colours of blue, pink and white” and fly the “transgender flag” at the town hall for one weekend a year. It also encourages developers to include gender neutral toilets in their plans.’
MUSIC VIDEO OF THE DAY. Mylène Farmer “Sentimentale”.
COLORADO. Youth pastor gets 4 years for attempted sexual assault on a child: “Joshua Clemons pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a child and attempted sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust. He was arrested in February. Six other counts against Clemons were dropped as part of the plea agreement.”
THROWBACK PHOTO OF THE DAY. RuPaul “I Love New York”.
GAY SLANG OF THE DAY. Korean.
MONDAY MUSCLE. Jwan Yosef.