THE READING RAINBOW. Bob Woodward’s Fear. “An ogre made of cheese runs the country…”
MIDTERMS. Could gay rights support push red state Democrats over the finish line? ‘Joe Donnelly is not the only red-state Democrat who went from opposing same-sex marriage in 2012 to viewing it as an issue that could help boost him over the finish line this year. Others include North Dakota’s Heidi Heitkamp, Missouri’s Claire McCaskill and Montana’s Jon Tester. They represent the unity the party now has on gay rights, which still divide Republicans.’
PHILADELPHIA. Black trans woman murdered. “According to a police report, at 1:05 a.m. on Wednesday morning officers responded to a shooting at 4300 Old York Road. Upon arrival, officers found a victim on the highway suffering from a gunshot wound to the back. The victim was taken to Temple Hospital. Sources have confirmed to Philadelphia magazine that the victim was 30-year-old Shantee Tucker, a local black trans woman.”
EXECUTIVE MALFUNCTION. Les Moonves plotted to ruin Janet Jackson’s career after the Super Bowl in 2004. ‘Janet and Justin were eventually banned from the 2004 Grammys, which were scheduled to air a week after the Super Bowl, but Justin made a teary apology, and Les accepted it. But Janet’s ban remained because she didn’t shed tears like Justin did. According to sources, Les reportedly ordered VH1, MTV, and all Viacom-owned radio stations to stop playing Janet’s music and music videos. Her album Damita Jo was released just a month after the Super Bowl, so of course a wide blacklist would hurt.’
BRETT KAVANAUGH. Cory Booker releases new set of ‘confidential’ documents: ‘In one four-page tranche released on Thursday night, Kavanaugh is trying to set up a meeting with Manny Miranda, a then-GOP Senate aide who hacked Democratic files. Kavanaugh has been grilled about what knowledge, if any, he had of Miranda’s actions. In a second 22-page tranche released on Thursday evening, Kavanaugh in 2003 forwards an op-ed which describes Roe v. Wade as a “bad law,” adding: “Interesting piece from Stephen Carter, who is not conservative.”‘
NYT ANONYMOUS OP-ED. Omarosa thinks it was Pence.
FOUR SCORE AND A LOATHSOME BORE. Trump says his speeches will one day be ranked with Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.
Trump Suggests His Speeches Will One Day Be Seen On Par with the Gettysburg Address, which the Fake News Also Bashed pic.twitter.com/Cg4ywg9Ykp
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) September 7, 2018
TAX RETURNS. Democrats say they’ll come for Trump’s: “I’m definitely going to bring it up if we don’t have them by then — that’s a definite,” Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.), a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee, told The Hill.
ALEX JONES. Twitter drops the hammer: ‘The social-networking company on Thursday announced that it has “permanently suspended” the right-wing talk-show host and his “Infowars” show from both its main service and its Periscope video streaming service. The move was in response to tweets and videos he posted on Wednesday, Twitter said in a series of tweets. “We took this action based on new reports of Tweets and videos posted yesterday that violate our abusive behavior policy, in addition to the accounts’ past violations,” the company said.’
HERE WE GO AGAIN. Cher announces U.S. tour dates.
SINGAPORE. Diplomat urges challenge to gay sex criminalization: “A veteran Singapore diplomat has called on the gay community to challenge a law that bans gay sex in the conservative city-state, following India’s scrapping of similar British colonial-era legislation.”
NFL. These 46 players would support an openly gay teammate. “Some of these supportive players are on practice squads while others are major stars such as Aaron Rodgers, Cam Newton, Andrew Luck and Rob Gronkowski.”
FRIDAY FLASH. Roman Zanetti and ‘Man Ball’.