Friend Speaks Out On Stormy Daniels’ Alleged Relationship With Donald Trump Megyn Kelly TODAY

On Megyn Kelly TODAY, Megyn is joined by Alana Evans, a friend and former colleague of the adult film star known as Stormy Daniels, who was reportedly paid to deny having an affair with Donald Trump in 2006. Evans describes getting phone calls from Daniels inviting her to join her and Trump in their hotel room, and says Trump got on the phone and invited her as well.

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Porn Actress Stormy Daniels finally shares details of Donald Trump affair on “60 Minutes”

Adult film star Stormy Daniels says she was threatened to keep silent about an alleged sexual encounter with Donald Trump in 2006, telling her story in a highly anticipated interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” broadcast Sunday. Daniels said she was threatened by an unidentified man in Las Vegas to keep quiet about her alleged relationship with Trump, an incident that she said happened while she was with her young daughter. She said in the interview that she had one encounter of consensual sex with the future president. Most of the interview revolved around information that has leaked out over some months; the threats that Stormy Daniels talked about are new. That alongwith Trump comparing many of his accusers to “beautiful” Ivanka Trump are Sunday night’s headlines in the US. Top quotes from political pundits: “The yuck factor is high”, “A porn star and the President…for God’s sake!”, and “What are we going to tell our kids?”. Will it hurt the Trump Presidency? No. For that, it’s still Robert Mueller’s investigation.

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When you put Hip-Hop in gymnastics: Near-perfect score 9.9 to University of Alabama’s Aja Sims #BlackGirlMagic (VIDEO)

Black Gymnast Amazes In Hip-Hop Routine, Some Fans Can’t Handle Her Race Being Highlighted

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Tiffany Haddish Tells Hilarious Story About Taking Will & Jada Pinkett Smith on Groupon Swamp Tour (VIDEO)

“You don’t wanna be the bitch on TMZ who killed the ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,'” comedian jokes of Groupon-bought adventure with power couple.

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Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow” brings strangers together on NYC subway‬ station (Full Video)

On Sunday this video was shared on social media showing dozens of people getting down to “Bodak Yellow” while waiting for the train in an NYC subway. “Play ‘Bodak Yellow’ anywhere and a party will start, guaranteed,” he tweeted. “@IAmCardiB brings the people together.”

And bring the people together she did!

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Kanye West / Pusha T Freestyle, Interview on Funkmaster Flex radio show (Hot 97) — November 2010

I’ma let you finish… but I think Kanye had the best Hot 97 takeover of all time! LOL! Kanye stopped by Flex’s show 11-2-10 and not only did an interview…but took over for the night! He and Flex cover EVERYTHING you want to know…..from Amber Rose…subliminal disses…Taylor-gate…Runaway the movie…the new album…GOOD Music…collabs he’s looking to do, IFWT’s Nov 22nd Show and more! And Yeezy didn’t come alone!! Pusha T was there too…and the two drop bars for days!

Kendrick Lamar made history winning Pulitzer Prize for his album “DAMN” — First Rapper Ever!

Rapper Kendrick Lamar was the first non-classical or jazz artist to win a Pulitzer Prize on Monday for his album DAMN. Jeffrey Brown joins Judy Woodruff to discuss some of the recipients in areas of literature and music.

13 Facts About The “Game Of Thrones” Music You Might Not Know

Didgeridoos and cellos and pianos, oh my!

If you love Game of Thrones, you know that a huge part of what makes the show so captivating is the music. From the iconic theme song to the dreaded “The Rains of Castamere,” composer Ramin Djawadi has spent the past seven seasons carefully honing the show’s signature sound.

If you love Game of Thrones, you know that a huge part of what makes the show so captivating is the music. From the iconic theme song to the dreaded "The Rains of Castamere," composer Ramin Djawadi has spent the past seven seasons carefully honing the show's signature sound.

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And now Djawadi is gearing up to take the Game of Thrones music on an international arena tour beginning in May.

And now Djawadi is gearing up to take the Game of Thrones music on an international arena tour beginning in May.

The immersive show, Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience, will travel to Europe over the summer, then return to the US in September. A full list of dates and ticket availability can be found here.

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The first time show creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss showed Djawadi the opening credit footage, he was so inspired he started composing the opening song in his car right after he left.

The first time show creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss showed Djawadi the opening credit footage, he was so inspired he started composing the opening song in his car right after he left.

“The initial melody came to me [and] I hummed it in the car,” Djawadi said, “and I fleshed it out later. I rushed back and started writing it.”

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Benioff and Weiss wanted the theme to capture the overall mood of the show. Since so many of the characters travel so much, Djawadi wanted it to “sound like a journey.”

Benioff and Weiss wanted the theme to capture the overall mood of the show. Since so many of the characters travel so much, Djawadi wanted it to "sound like a journey."

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He decided to use the cello in the main theme because he’d already started composing for the first two episodes of Season 1 when he wrote it, so “the sound of the show was already kind of established.”

He decided to use the cello in the main theme because he'd already started composing for the first two episodes of Season 1 when he wrote it, so "the sound of the show was already kind of established."

“The cello was kind of the dominant instrument already. I wanted to represent that in the main title.”

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As characters progress and change on the show, so do their musical themes. Some characters progress so much, Djawadi writes them an entirely new theme.

As characters progress and change on the show, so do their musical themes. Some characters progress so much, Djawadi writes them an entirely new theme.

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For example, the Stark Theme used to be associated with Arya Stark. But now her character has changed so much, she has an entirely new theme that has nothing to do with the signature Stark sound.

For example, the Stark Theme used to be associated with Arya Stark. But now her character has changed so much, she has an entirely new theme that has nothing to do with the signature Stark sound.

“As she’s developed, there’s a whole new theme with her now that has nothing to do with the Stark theme anymore.”

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The most challenging piece Djawadi’s composed for the show is Season 6’s nearly 10-minute-long song, “Light of the Seven,” aka that creepy/gorgeous song that plays under the “Oh shit, run, Cersei’s gonna blow up the Sept of Baelor” sequence.

The most challenging piece Djawadi's composed for the show is Season 6's nearly 10-minute-long song, "Light of the Seven," aka that creepy/gorgeous song that plays under the "Oh shit, run, Cersei's gonna blow up the Sept of Baelor" sequence.

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It was such an undertaking that he began composing it at the very beginning of the season.

It was such an undertaking that he began composing it at the very beginning of the season.

“I normally compose in chronological order, but that one I started on Episode 1. It took a while to write. It’s a very long piece. It was one of the first songs I started composing for Season 6.”

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That song was the first time he used piano instrumentals in the show, to signal to the viewer that something wasn’t right.

That song was the first time he used piano instrumentals in the show, to signal to the viewer that something wasn't right.

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Certain instruments are associated with different characters, and perhaps the most unexpected is the instrument associated with the Wildlings: the didgeridoo.

Certain instruments are associated with different characters, and perhaps the most unexpected is the instrument associated with the Wildlings: the didgeridoo.

“It’s an instrument I’ve always wanted to use, and we tend to use instruments in the show you might not expect. It has that raw sound that just fits the Wildlings really well.”

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Djawadi is primarily inspired by visuals, and hasn’t read any of the A Song of Ice and Fire books — but he’s going to once Season 8 ends.

Djawadi is primarily inspired by visuals, and hasn't read any of the A Song of Ice and Fire books — but he's going to once Season 8 ends.

“At the time I was brought onto the show there was not enough time for me to read them,” he explained. “Now I’ve decided to just wait until everything is finished and go back and read all of them. I like to be led by how David and Dan are adapting the books for the show, that’s my guide right now.”

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Speaking of Season 8, no, tragically, he hasn’t seen any scripts. He has no idea what’s going to happen.

Speaking of Season 8, no, tragically, he hasn't seen any scripts. He has no idea what's going to happen.

“I don’t know any plot, nothing. I’m completely in the dark, just like everybody else.”

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But once he does, he’ll go through the same composing process as previous seasons. He’ll get an early cut of an episode and watch it with Benioff and Weiss. They’ll discuss music timing and creative direction.

But once he does, he'll go through the same composing process as previous seasons. He'll get an early cut of an episode and watch it with Benioff and Weiss. They'll discuss music timing and creative direction.

Then, Djawadi will go and compose the music for the episode, come back, and then watch it again with Benioff and Weiss for tweaks and suggestions. Djawadi calls it “a constant process” and a “close collaboration.”

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And even though he doesn’t know what Season 8 will bring, if he had to choose a way to end the series musically, it would be the same way it all began: with that iconic theme song.

And even though he doesn't know what Season 8 will bring, if he had to choose a way to end the series musically, it would be the same way it all began: with that iconic theme song.

“The main title is a theme for everybody. Maybe the final piece could incorporate the main title. I hope to incorporate the main title in Season 8 somehow.”

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Michael Cohen Is In Court Over Materials The FBI Seized In A Criminal Investigation

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President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, arrived at the federal court in Manhattan on Monday afternoon for a hearing relating to materials seized from his home, office, and hotel room.

This is the second day of hearings in the case. On Friday, US District Judge Kimba Wood demanded Cohen appear on Monday — creating a frenzy of reporters outside the courthouse in lower Manhattan. Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for Stormy Daniels, who is suing Cohen in a separate case, also came to court. “It's a Stormy day,” he told reporters before going inside.

Daniels is also expected to be in attendance.

Cohen is asking Wood for an order allowing his lawyers or a special master appointed by the court to first review the materials before anyone from the US Attorney's Office in the Southern District of New York — which executed the warrant — does so.

The US Attorney's Office has proposed to use a so-called “taint team” to conduct the initial review — lawyers from the office who are not involved in the Cohen investigation — to determine what, if any material, should be shielded from the investigators because it is protected by attorney-client or another privilege.

Cohen's lawyers from McDermott Will and Emery, however, argue that appointing a special master would “avoid even a hint of impropriety here in the review of Mr. Cohen’s data and documents.”

Trump has also brought in his own lawyers from Spears and Imes to protect his interests as one of Cohen's clients. They, in a filing on Sunday night, made clear that they believe Cohen and Trump's lawyers should receive copies of the seized materials to make their own assessment of which documents are privileged.

Although the issue of who gets the initial review of the seized materials is the primary focus of the hearing, Wood at the first set of hearings on Cohen's request this past Friday made it clear that she wanted to a list of Cohen's claimed clients. That request came as a result of Cohen's lawyer at the hearing, Todd Harrison, claiming that “thousands” of documents involved would be protected by attorney-client privilege. Wood pushed back against the claim, asking for information about his clients.

In a Monday morning filing, Cohen claimed only three legal clients since leaving his job at the Trump Organization in January 2017 and operating as a solo practitioner: Trump; GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy; and a third, unnamed individual.

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Cara Delevingne Was Criticised After She Praised Beyoncé’s Coachella Performance

“Just because I love Beyoncé doesn’t mean I now love Coachella,” Delevingne wrote on her Instagram.

I’m sure you already know by now that on Saturday 14 April, in the year of our lord 2018, Beyoncé Giselle Knowles invented Coachella.

I'm sure you already know by now that on Saturday 14 April, in the year of our lord 2018, Beyoncé Giselle Knowles invented Coachella.

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One of the many, many, many, many, many people who were blown away by Beyoncé’s performance was model Cara Delevingne, who posted a message full of praise on her Instagram.

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“That performance made me burst into tears and sent shivers down my spine,” she wrote. “ICONIC is an understatement.”

"That performance made me burst into tears and sent shivers down my spine," she wrote. "ICONIC is an understatement."

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People in the comments immediately began accusing Cara of being hypocritical for praising Beyoncé’s performance when she herself claimed to be boycotting the festival after its owner was accused of homophobia.

People in the comments immediately began accusing Cara of being hypocritical for praising Beyoncé's performance when she herself claimed to be boycotting the festival after its owner was accused of homophobia.

In 2016, the Washington Post reported that Philip Anschutz, whose company Anschutz Entertainment Group owns the festival, had donated money to anti-LGBT groups. Anschutz later released a statement saying he was unaware of any anti-LGBT work done by the organisations and had stopped any financial contributions.

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People accused Cara of having “double standards” after she praised Beyoncé’s performance, calling her “fake” and implying that her boycott was “all about PR”.

People accused Cara of having "double standards" after she praised Beyoncé's performance, calling her "fake" and implying that her boycott was "all about PR".

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After the backlash, Cara posted to her Instagram story defending herself, saying she still refuses to go to the festival but won’t let that stop her loving Beyoncé.

After the backlash, Cara posted to her Instagram story defending herself, saying she still refuses to go to the festival but won't let that stop her loving Beyoncé.

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“I am allowed to shame that man and the festival and show my appreciation of an artist at the same time,” she wrote. “Just because I love Beyoncé doesn’t mean I now love Coachella.”

"I am allowed to shame that man and the festival and show my appreciation of an artist at the same time," she wrote. "Just because I love Beyoncé doesn't mean I now love Coachella."

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Beyoncé Played Coachella And It Shall Now Be Known As “Beychella”

Once upon a time there was a little music festival in the desert named Coachella.

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Over the years Coachella has had many stars, but it has never had a queen…

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Until now.

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Beyoncé brought all her Beyoncé magic and then some to her highly anticipated Saturday night slot at the music festival in Southern California.

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The attention to detail on the costumes was truly outstanding.

And so now, as would only be respectful to the Queen, Coachella shall henceforth be known as “Beychella.”

During her spectacular set as the first black woman headliner at Coachella, Beyoncé had an important message.

Which, at a festival that is considered to be very white, was especially powerful.

Bey slayed.

There was a glorious squat interlude with her sister, Solange.

It was a cute parallel to Bey's cameo when Solange played Coachella in 2014.

Honestly, it was mesmerizing.

And then we got a sweet hit of DC3 with the arrival of Kelly and Michelle.

Iconic.

Jay-Z dropped by.

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Some found it downright spiritual.

It was called “the performance of the decade.”

Rihanna was getting down right in the front row.

British singer Adele interrupted her usually sparse Instagram feed with not one but three appreciation posts for Bey's show from home.

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It was a very emotional affair for those who got to witness the magic IRL.

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Srsly, look at her.

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God save the Queen.

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Chris Stapleton Just Celebrated Winning Album Of The Year, The Birth Of His Twins, And His Birthday All In ONE Night

Literal trifecta of good news.

This is Chris Stapleton. To say he’s having a pretty good night might be an understatement.

This is Chris Stapleton. To say he's having a pretty good night might be an understatement.

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He just won Album of the Year at the American Country Music awards, but unfortunately couldn’t be in Las Vegas to accept this glowing achievement because not only is it his birthday, but his wife JUST birthed twins!

He just won Album of the Year at the American Country Music awards, but unfortunately couldn't be in Las Vegas to accept this glowing achievement because not only is it his birthday, but his wife JUST birthed twins!

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Reba delivered the update for everyone: “Chris, congratulations! But that’s only the second biggest news. You know Chris couldn’t be here because Morgan is expecting twins. We just found out that those little rascals came a little bit early. Twin boys!”

Reba delivered the update for everyone: "Chris, congratulations! But that's only the second biggest news. You know Chris couldn't be here because Morgan is expecting twins. We just found out that those little rascals came a little bit early. Twin boys!"

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OK, Gwen Stefani And Blake Shelton Are Officially The Sexiest Couple Ever

Damn.

You know Gwen Stefani. She’s dating country singer Blake Shelton – he was also named the Sexiest Man Alive last year.

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Well, the couple attended the ACM Awards Sunday night and…

Well, the couple attended the ACM Awards Sunday night and...

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They looked STUNNING.

They looked STUNNING.

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Look at this 48-year-old glowing goddess.

Look at this 48-year-old glowing goddess.

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Literally. She does not age.

Literally. She does not age.

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Blake looked damn near perfect as he performed his song “I Lived It.”

Blake looked damn near perfect as he performed his song "I Lived It."

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While Gwen lovingly stared at Blake and sang along.

While Gwen lovingly stared at Blake and sang along.

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These two are perfection. That’s all.

These two are perfection. That's all.

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The Florida Governor Primary Is A Big Experiment For How Democrats Run Against Trump

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Florida has three top Democratic contenders for governor. And each of them is employing a different strategy in how to approach President Donald Trump.

The race’s top candidates — former Rep. Gwen Graham, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum — all are campaigning hard for the Democratic mantle in a state the president won in 2016. Graham’s early campaigning has been heavy on anti-Trump rhetoric, Levine’s has been very light, and Gillum’s balancing somewhere in between.

Since the primary isn’t until Aug. 28 — and polling shows voters aren’t especially familiar with any of the candidates — Florida may offer a great look at what Democratic voters really want from their candidates when it comes to a central question hanging over the party’s national politics: how best to run against the president.

“We don’t yet know what works as it relates to Trump,” said Ashley Walker, a top Democratic strategist who was Barack Obama’s Florida state director in 2012. “He is a brand unto himself and has been fairly successful at rising above political party and establishment, so it’s hard to say what will work against him.” In Florida, the Democratic candidates’ decisions on Trump speak more to their personalities than they do to party doctrine, she said. “I don’t think there’s a right way or a wrong way to do it.”

The race promises to be expensive and closely watched, as well, especially by those with a potential stake in running against Trump next time. Already, Julian Castro has endorsed Gillum — calling him the Democrat with “the courage of conviction, even when it’s not politically convenient” — and Kirsten Gillibrand has thrown her support behind Graham. In a statement, a DGA spokesperson, Jared Leopold, noted that the general election would be highly watched, and that “Voters across the country, especially in Florida, are looking for governors who will stand up to bad policies coming out of Washington.”

In practice, Gillum is campaigning for governor as a progressive populist. (He likes to say on the trail that he understands the lived-experience of ordinary, working-class Floridians, and contends he is the only non-millionaire in the race.) One of Hillary Clinton’s more effective messengers in 2016, Gillum said in an phone interview with BuzzFeed News that Democrats already ran against Trump and his message in 2016. He thinks turning out voters is the most important thing he can do to win, and while he won’t take hitting Trump “off the table completely,” he said liberals, and voters of color in particular, don’t need to be reminded that Trump’s policies are bad for Florida.

Trump arrives in West Palm.

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“Frankly, running against Trump is going to be insufficient to win,” said Gillum. “We have to give voters a reason to turn out, and I trust my chances at being able to move the part of our electorate that is more difficult to turnout in midterm election over anybody in this race on either side.”

Gillum is critical of Graham’s approach on Trump, the most overt anti-Trump strategy in the race. Graham went up this month with a digital ad in which she made six direct mentions of Trump, including saying, “Donald Trump is not gonna to be able to stand in my way of doing what's right for the people of Florida,” she said at the end of the ad. Said Gillum: “[It’s like], who are you running against?”

Graham’s campaign even first placed the ad in the same media market as Mar-a-Lago. But it could be a smart strategy for Graham, a more known entity in Florida elected to Congress before who is the daughter of a Florida political legend. Strategists observing the race told BuzzFeed News that because she won’t need to work as hard to increase her name ID — and is the only female candidate in a field of men — coming off the top rope against Trump in her first ad wasn’t a bad idea.

“Of course I’m standing up to Trump,” said Graham in an email to BuzzFeed News. “Not only is Trump deliberately dividing our country at a time we need to be pulling together, but Trump’s policies on everything from health care to protecting our environment are also a direct threat to Florida and our families. Other candidates for governor may choose to avoid Trump, or go soft on Trump, or whatever — but I most certainly will not.”

Graham told BuzzFeed News that since Trump’s election that there has been a shift in Florida. She said the Trump administration has threatened immigrant communities, undermined environmental protections, and showed “cruelty” toward Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

“Others may look at how to deal with Trump through a political lens, calculating the votes or the politics,” said Graham, who added that she views her approach as a duty of vying for the governor’s mansion. “I’m leveling with the people of Florida about the challenges we face with this president in the White House.”

Graham is also seeking to draw a sharp contrast with Philip Levine, a pro-business moderate who her campaign says is soft on Trump.

They’re not alone in that observation. “He almost never fires off press releases or tweets criticizing President Donald Trump or Gov. Rick Scott,” the political editor of the Tampa Bay Times recently wrote. Levine has argued that criticizing Trump is “not a vision,” but he has even avoided a direct questions about Trump. Once, he was asked by a local television station about Trump’s disparaging remarks about Haiti and African countries as “shithole countries” and what he made of the president, and responded, “Well, I can tell you this: I don't run around the state of Florida talking about President Trump.”

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To the question of whether he would appeal to Florida voters by running against Trump, Levine answered, “You know it’s interesting… I don't run against anybody. I run with my own message. I’m not right, and I’m not left — I’m forward. I’m running as a Democrat but before I’m a Democrat, I’m an American.”

Levine spokesperson Christian Ulvert told BuzzFeed News that Levine, in fact, spent a year campaigning against the president, rejecting the idea that Levine has somehow been soft on Trump – and even talked up a pithy line he said Levine’s delivered making an analogy likening Trump voters to students who were duped into enrolling in Trump University. Ulvert said he instead has campaigned with a message on the economy. Levine went up on TV with an ad on guns, calling Parkland “a wake up call we can’t ignore” and on immigration (“In Washington these days, they’re taking shots at immigrants who devoted their lives to this country”).

“We’re not running against Donald Trump, we’re running against the policies that are causing Floridians problems and leaving them out of opportunity,” said Ulvert, highlighting Levine’s economic vision and his intent to inject it into the political landscape. “Mayor Levine is prepared to take on the White House on these policy fights.”

If there’s any indicator about how Democrats nationwide who are running for governor may wrestle with Trump this year, it may lie with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who chairs the Democratic Governors Association. Inslee firmly believes that Republican gubernatorial candidates will have to own Trump this cycle, and has in interviews expressed dismay that more of them haven’t stood up to Trump.

Inslee himself confronted Trump inside the White House while in Washington D.C. for a meeting of the National Governors Association, telling the president that on the subject of arming educators, “We need to do a little less tweeting and a little more listening.” It was a startling scene, but perhaps one that Inslee — whose actions that day intensified rumors that he is mulling a presidential run in 2020 — believes is an approach that resonates with voters.

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Full Video Of 2 Black Men Arrested Waiting At Starbucks! Now Company, Philly Police On Defensive.

Starbucks, which has touted its progressive values and its “social impact” agenda, faces fierce criticism and calls for a boycott after two black men were arrested at a Philadelphia store, sparking accusations of racial profiling over what the company’s chief executive called a “reprehensible” incident.

In a statement, CEO Kevin Johnson offered “our deepest apologies” to the two men on Saturday, who were taken out of the store in handcuffs by at least six officers. A store manager had asked the two men to leave after they asked to use the bathroom but had not made any purchases, police said. The men declined to leave and said they were waiting for a friend, their attorney later said. The manager then called 911 for assistance, the company said.

The confrontation was captured on a video viewed more than 8 million times on social media, fueling the backlash, which drew responses from Philadelphia’s mayor, the city’s police commissioner and now the chief executive of the biggest coffeehouse chain in the world.