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Read the Speech Sterling K. Brown Didn't Get to Finish Giving at the Emmys
Source:  E!
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 18:55

Sterling K. Brown, 2017 Emmy Awards, WinnerOn the whole, Sunday's 69th Primetime Emmy Awards were pretty fantastic. Incredible shows were honored, most awards were incredibly deserved, and most of the speeches were suitably...

Manafort Reportedly Offered 'Private Briefings' to Russian Billionaire on the Campaign
Source:  Live Leak
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 18:54

There is yet another big new report out on former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. The Washington Post reports tonight that Manafort "offered to provide briefings on the race to a Russian billionaire closely aligned with the Kremlin." The Post report explains Manafort had email exchanges with Oleg Deripaska-- who had a business relationship with Manafort for years --during the 2016 campaign, and these emails are part of the many documents obtained by Robert Mueller's office. In one email dated July 7, 2016, Manafort said, "If he needs private briefings we can accommodate."

Jemele Hill is a Fading Memory. Which Means ESPN Lost a Big Opportunity
Source:  Variety
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 18:53

Remember Jemele Hill? Wipe the cobwebs from the darkest corner of your memory banks, and the name may sound vaguely familiar. She was well on her way to becoming a household name just last week, which in our hyper-speed news cycle, is about two or three eons ago. So you’re forgiven if you don’t remember.... Read more »

A Hospital Leader Uses Real Stories To Gain Trust And Support
Source:  Forbes Real Time
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 18:53

Leaders aiming to assert their authenticity often use third-person stories to make their points. But a former hospital chief believes putting yourself at the heart of the story is much more effective.

Evie Clair’s Dad Amos Dean Abplanalp: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 18:52

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Evie Clair is a finalist on America’s Got Talent and she has fought through the tragedy in her family all season. Her father, Amos Dean Abplanalp, appeared backstage with Clair’s mother Hillary during her first audition on AGT and the couple could not look more proud of their daughter. Clair brought her parents to tears as she performed and revealed to the judges that her father was suffering from cancer. Unfortunately, over the course of the season, Clair’s father Amos lost his cancer battle and passed away, leaving behind his wife and five children. Read on to learn more about Amos, his passing and his daughter Evie Clair.

1. Evie Clair’s Father Suffered Stage 4 Colon Cancer

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Clair revealed on AGT that her dad Amos worked for a local jail and that he continued to work even when he was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. After about a year and a half of fighting the disease, he succumbed to his illness on September 7, 2017. His family and children made the difficult decision to take him off life support. Mom Hillary wrote in her blog that each of their children had alone time with their unresponsive dad before they all said goodbye to him.

Amos Dean Abplanalp died at Banner Gateway Medical Center in Gilbert, Arizona.

2. Clair’s Mother Hillary Has Documented Amos’ Passing on Her Blog

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On Clair’s mom Hillary’s blog, she has documented her daughter’s AGT journey, along with her late husband’s cancer battle. The blog features kind words from others who knew Clair’s dad Amos, photos of him in the hospital, funeral photos, pics of Amos in his casket, and touching tributes. Clair’s mother Hillary has also praised her husband for his love over the years and wrote that:

The last thing Amos said to me last week was “I love you!” He has said it to me a million times over the past 20 years but I know it without him ever saying it. He showed me by the way he treated me with respect and served me and sacrificed for our family.

Hillary says she continues to miss her husband every day.

3. Amos Was the Inspiration for His Daughter’s Singing on America’s Got Talent

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When Clair first auditioned for AGT, she told the judges that she would be dedicating her performances to her father. And, even when her dad was too sick to come to her performances on the show, he continued to watch the episodes and cheer for his daughter from his hospital bed.

4. Simon Cowell Gave Clair the Option to Return Next Season on AGT After Her Dad’s Death

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Because Clair’s father passed away so close to the finale, AGT judge Simon Cowell apparently gave her the option to skip the finale and return to the show next season. Ultimately, Clair decided to finish what she started and she performed the song “What a Wonderful World.” The judges praised her for her courage and her poise on stage.

Prior to her performance, Clair’s mother revealed:

Simon pulled Evie into his dressing room before the show to acknowledge a thank you card she had given him for the funeral flowers. She has found Simon to be such a kind person through this whole experience. Maybe being a father himself has softened him a little.

In Mom Hillary’s blog, she revealed that Cowell had sent Clair’s family a massive flower arrangement upon Amos’ death. In addition, the other judges and production crew sent flowers as well.

5. His Faith Was Very Important to Amos and His Family

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In his life, Amos worked at a jail, he was a teacher and he was also a wrestling coach. What was very important to him, in addition to his family, was his faith and the church. He was a champion in wrestling growing up and his nephew Nick told Amos’ wife Hillary that:

Amos loved sports. He grew up playing little league baseball and basketball. He once pitched a no-hitter in an All-Star Tournament and was named MVP. But his real love was wrestling. He started when he was 4 in free-style tournaments.

And when it came to his family, Amos’ son Porter said that:

His main purpose in life, and one he honored, was to preside in our family as a husband and father. He made it a point to eat dinner with us and talk with his children about our lives and struggles. He held family home evening each Monday night and held family prayer and scripture study each night with great consistency.

Hurricane Maria hammers Puerto Rico, causes wide destruction
Source:  AOL
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 18:52

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Hurricane Maria rampaged across Puerto Rico on Wednesday as the strongest storm to hit the U.S. territory in nearly 90 years, bringing widespread flooding and knocking out power across the island after killing at least nine people in the Caribbean.


Congress desperately dodges its duty on war and peace
Source:  New York Post
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 18:51

The short-lived CBS series “Brain Dead,” now available on Netflix, is a science-fiction satire about an invasion of Washington, DC, by extraterrestrial bugs that crawl into people’s ears and hijack their minds as part of a plot to conquer the world. But the most implausible aspect of the story is a dramatic Senate committee vote...

What happened to the Jimmy Kimmel test? Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy happened, that's what.
Source:  Daily Kos
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 18:51

Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy, you remember, was the guy pinned down by Jimmy Kimmel as to whether or not the Senate was going to strip health care from American citizens in yet another ideological anti-Obama pout-fest, or was going to have a bare sense of decency about the whole whether our children live or die thing. He was the one who coined the term "Jimmy Kimmel test" in promising that no sir, he could never stomach doing such a thing.

And then four months later he turned around and wrote a bill that strips even more people from health coverage. It’s a bill that targets children and adults with pre-existing conditions specifically. A bill that might as well be called the I Played Jimmy Kimmel Big Time, Didn't I Act of 2017.

Around this time, his colleague Lindsey Graham of South Carolina was expressing concern about the rushed process and hasty drafting of Paul Ryan’s American Health Care Act. Four months later, Cassidy and Graham are the lead authors of what’s become the GOP’s final stab at repealing Obamacare. Their bill brazenly casts aside all of their previous doubts, featuring the most slipshod legislative process yet and no guarantees of adequate coverage whatsoever. And neither of them has bothered to explain to anyone why they changed their minds.

That is indeed the kicker, isn't it? Cassidy was the guy vowing that stripping children with pre-existing medical problems off their insurance and leaving them to the wolves was a step too far, even for a Republican. And McCain best-buddy Graham was doing his usual Responsible Republican schtick—a schtick that never includes voting against the thing he's railing against, of course, only the part about making mewling statements on the Sunday shows—up until the point where he personally announced himself the point person for a new effort that would take the embarrassing scramble to pass any possible repeal bill the first time around and turn it into an even more secret, hurried, shambolic affair.

Apparently Graham’s problem last time around is that the Senate waited for a CBO score to see just what effects the bill they were voting on would, once passed, have. He has now remedied that difficulty. There won't be such an accounting this time.

So what's up with that? It's almost as if both Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham are shameless, unapologetic liars whose previous concerns were, to a word, mere posturing garbage. They got high marks for saying supposedly decent things on television—then voted for the bill anyway. When that bill failed they were so upset about the not-decent bill not passing that they hastily crafted a bill that did even more of the bad things, ditched the pretense of doing any of the ameliorating things intended to make the bill seem a fraction less cruel the last time around, and are now thumping the tables saying it's either this new, meaner, less encompassing, more destructive version or America will face socialism.

Perhaps Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy were liars all along. Perhaps they wanted press for saying decent things they didn't believe. Perhaps they changed their mind when a few other Republican senators took the decency a bit too far and actually voted against the monstrous thing instead of just mewing about it, and have now decided that the time for pretending at decency is over.

We haven’t won the battle to save health care yet. Republicans are STILL pushing to repeal Obamacare. Call your senators at (202) 224-3121 and urge them to vote “NO” on any repeal bill. (After you call, please tell us how it went.)

‘The Punisher’ Unloads in First Trailer for Netflix Series (Watch)
Source:  Variety
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 18:50

Netflix has released the first trailer for the television adaptation of Marvel’s “The Punisher.” What starts out as a sentimental montage of Frank Castle’s family turns into a bloodbath once his wife is shot and killed. “The Punisher” chronicles Castle (Jon Bernthal) exacting revenge on those responsible for the death of his wife and children.... Read more »

North Korea owes NYC over $156K in parking tickets
Source:  New York Post
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 18:50

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has the cash for lavish caviar lunches — but he isn’t putting any toward his country’s mountain of Big Apple parking tickets. North Korea’s diplomatic mission to the United Nations owes New York City more than $156,000 from 1,300 unpaid parking tickets, making them one of the biggest scofflaws...

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