Trump: I Have Best TV Ratings Since 9/11

President Trump in a new AP interview published Monday boasted that he has delivered CBS its best ratings “since the World Trade Center came down." After being asked about his relationship with voters and lawmakers across the aisle, Trump pivoted to the high viewership numbers his national TV appearances bring in: “It’s interesting, I have, seem to get very high ratings… You know [Fox News Sunday host] Chris Wallace had 9.2 million people, it’s the highest in the history of the show. I have all the ratings for all those morning shows. When I go, they go double, triple. Chris Wallace, look back during the Army-Navy football game, I did his show that morning. It had 9.2 million people. It’s the highest they’ve ever had." He then bragged about his ratings on CBS’s Sunday show Face the Nation: “[Host John] Dickerson had 5.2 million people. It’s the highest for Face the Nation or, as I call it, ‘Deface the Nation.’ It’s the highest for ‘Deface the Nation’ since the World Trade Center. Since the World Trade Center came down. It’s a tremendous advantage." He then immediately transitioned to railing against “fake media"—save for Fox News—treating him “unfairly."

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1. REALITY-TV PREZ
Trump: I Have Best TV Ratings Since 9/11
President Trump in a new AP interview published Monday boasted that he has delivered CBS its best ratings “since the World Trade Center came down." After being asked about his relationship with voters and lawmakers across the aisle, Trump pivoted to the high viewership numbers his national TV appearances bring in: “It’s interesting, I have, seem to get very high ratings… You know [Fox News Sunday host] Chris Wallace had 9.2 million people, it’s the highest in the history of the show. I have all the ratings for all those morning shows. When I go, they go double, triple. Chris Wallace, look back during the Army-Navy football game, I did his show that morning. It had 9.2 million people. It’s the highest they’ve ever had." He then bragged about his ratings on CBS’s Sunday show Face the Nation: “[Host John] Dickerson had 5.2 million people. It’s the highest for Face the Nation or, as I call it, ‘Deface the Nation.’ It’s the highest for ‘Deface the Nation’ since the World Trade Center. Since the World Trade Center came down. It’s a tremendous advantage." He then immediately transitioned to railing against “fake media"—save for Fox News—treating him “unfairly."
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2. SAME TEAM
Fox Anchor Hired as State Dept Spox
Fox & Friends news anchor Heather Nauert was officially announced Monday as the next spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department. Mark Toner, a holdover from the Obama administration, was relieved of his duties. “Heather’s media experience and long interest in international affairs will be invaluable as she conveys the Administration’s foreign policy priorities to the American people and the world," the State Department said in a press release. Nauert previously worked as a correspondent for ABC News. Fox & Friends is a Trump-friendly morning show that the president himself is known to regularly watch. During the controversy over Nordstrom dropping Ivanka Trump’s clothing line, Nauert tweeted out her support for the brand in spite of “liberal pressure," and included a photograph of herself wearing the brand’s items.
 
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3. WHAT WENT WRONG?
Hernandez Suicide Notes to Be Released
A judge has ordered that former NFL star Aaron Hernandez’s alleged suicide notes be released before his burial on Monday. Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence on murder charges, took his own life last week inside his jail cell. The district attorney reserves the right to redact any portions of the suicide notes in order to protect the integrity of the investigation. “To the extent that information can be produced without impairing any ongoing investigation, it shall be produced," the court filing reads. A Newsweek report claimed that Hernandez authored three suicide notes to his fiancée, his daughter and a friend, but authorities have not publicly confirmed this.
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4. EMBARRASSING
FL Airport ‘Unprepared’ in Shooting
The Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport was unprepared to deal with a mass shooter who opened fire at a baggage claim area in January, an investigation by the Sun-Sentinel found. Although the gunman was neutralized in less than two minutes, responding officers falsely believed that there was another shooting at a different part of the airport, sending a “controlled tragedy" into “pandemonium," the newspaper reported. Officers and airport officials were found to have been poorly trained for such incidents. Additionally, the airport’s outdated radio system was jammed due to overwhelming traffic, and evacuation procedures were not properly followed. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, however, said “everything was done excellently" and described the shooting incident as “controlled chaos."
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5. SHADY
Ivanka Clothes on Racks Under New Label
Ivanka Trump’s clothing line is reportedly being secretly sold under a different label at discount store Stein Mart, according to a report in Business of Fashion. The clothes are allegedly being labeled as Adrienne Vittadini Studio. G-III, the clothing line’s licensing partner which oversees the manufacturing and distribution of the merchandise, said it sold the clothes to Stein Mart “without the knowledge or consent of the Ivanka Trump organization," adding in a statement that the company has “already begun to take corrective actions." The Ivanka Trump brand has been under fire due in part to her father’s presidency, and stores such as Nordstrom dropped her clothing line, citing poor sales numbers.
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6. IT’S HAPPENING
Megyn Kelly to ‘Debut’ on NBC in June
Megyn Kelly will reportedly make her on-air debut for NBC in June. “She will start in May, and her Sunday show will premiere in June," a network insider tol the New York Post’s Page Six. Kelly will be joined by NBC anchor Kate Snow on her Sunday night show, which has yet to be given a name. Longtime NBC producers David Corvo and Elizabeth Cole will executive produce the program. Kelly, who left Fox News earlier this year, is also expected to get a weekday morning show on the network, reportedly set to debut in the fall.
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7. CONFLICT?
Trump Scrubs SCOTUS Dinner Plans
The White House has reportedly canceled a dinner with the justices of the Supreme Court that was listed on President Donald Trump’s schedule this week. The dinner, when announced, set off a firestorm of criticism over potential White House attempts to influence the justices on cases in which Trump himself may be involved. The dinner was scheduled for Thursday night, just a few days before Trump’s 100-day mark, but the White House has officially removed it from his schedule.
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8. COP OUT
Facebook: We’re Not ‘Arbiter of Truth’
Sheryl Sandberg, feminist author and chief operating officer of Facebook, says the social-media giant doesn’t see itself as a publisher or an “arbiter of the truth." The social-networking site has come under fire in recent months for not appropriately fighting “fake news" articles published on its pages. “We are really a platform and we take our responsibilities on false news very seriously. False news hurts everyone because it makes our community uninformed, it hurts our community, it hurts countries. And we know that people want to see accurate news on Facebook and that’s what we want them to see," Sandberg told the BBC in an interview expected to be broadcast Monday. She added, “I don’t think we have to be the publisher and we definitely don’t want to be the arbiter of the truth. We don’t think that’s appropriate for us. We think everyone needs to do their part. Newsrooms have to do their part, [as do] media companies, classrooms and technology companies."
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9. SICK
Duterte: I’ll Eat Militants’ Livers
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said during a speech Sunday that he can be “50 times" more brutal than extremists and Muslim militants who’ve staged beheadings. Duterte warned that he would even “eat" terrorists—whom he also called “animals"—if they were captured alive. The president was speaking at a national sports tournament when he made the comments. “Just give me vinegar and salt, I’ll eat his liver," Duterte said. Meanwhile, a Filipino lawyer on Monday requested that the International Criminal Court charge Duterte and 11 other officials with mass murder and crimes against humanity in the deaths of thousands of civilians over at least three decades. Jude Josue Sabio filed a 77-page complaint describing Duterte as the “mastermind" of an effort that killed nearly 10,000 people since 1988, when he was elected mayor of Davao City. “The situation in the Philippines reveals a terrifying, gruesome, and disastrous continuing commission of extrajudicial executions or mass murder from the time President Duterte was the mayor of Davao City," the complaint says.
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10. CHANGE OF GUARD
New Orleans Removes Confederate Statues
New Orleans started taking down the first of four prominent Confederate monuments in the city early Monday morning, at about 1:30 a.m. The city is the most recent Southern stronghold to remove symbols interpreted by many to memorialize white supremacy and racism. The first monument to be removed overnight was one that “commemorates whites who tried to topple a biracial post-Civil War government in New Orleans," according to local reports. City officials chose to take it down overnight in order to minimize disruption from those who take issue with the removal. Some have sent death threats. “There’s a better way to use the property these monuments are on and a way that better reflects who we are," New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu told the Associated Press.
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