Mornings on the Mall
Monday, October 21, 2019
Hosts: Mary Walter and Vince Coglianese
Executive Producer: Heather Hunter
Legal analyst Joe diGenova, WMAL’s Redskins Analyst Trevor Matich, Kim Strassel and ESPN’s Carol Maloney joined WMAL on Monday!
5am – A/B/C FL BILL WOULD REQUIRE ENGAGED COUPLES TO READ BOOK ABOUT MARRIAGE. (Orlando Sentinel) – Couples would have to read a new “Florida Guide to a Healthy Marriage” before getting a marriage license if a new bill becomes law next year. The bill (SB 682) filed Tuesday by Republican state Sen. Dennis Baxley, would create a Marriage Education Committee to write a marriage guide for newlyweds “to combat the rising cost of divorce to Florida’s citizens.” The guide would complement the Family Law Handbook already produced by the state, which Baxley said did not provide enough positive advice to go along with advice on divorce. State law already requires couples to either read the 19-page Family Law Handbook or other marriage-related information before a marriage license can be issued. The guide would include “resources regarding conflict management, communication skills, family expectations, financial responsibilities and management, domestic violence resources, and parenting responsibilities.” It would also include current information about maintaining a long-term marital relationship, as well as the resources available “to help restore a marriage that is potentially moving toward dissolution.”
5am – D/E WHISTLEBLOWER NEWS:
- ‘Coup has started,’ whistleblower’s attorney said in 2017 posts calling for impeachment. Mark Zaid, one of the attorneys representing the intelligence community whistleblower at the center of the Democrats’ ongoing impeachment inquiry, tweeted conspicuously in January 2017 that a “coup has started” and that “impeachment will follow ultimately.” Then, in July 2017, Zaid remarked, “I predict @CNN will play a key role in @realDonaldTrump not finishing out his full term as president.” Also that month, Zaid tweeted, “We will get rid of him, and this country is strong enough to survive even him and his supporters.” Amid a slew of impeachment-related posts, Zaid assured his Twitter followers that “as one falls, two more will take their place,” apparently referring to Trump administration employees who defy the White House. Zaid promised that the “coup” would occur in “many steps.” The tweets, which came shortly after President Trump fired then-acting Attorney General Sally Yates for failing to defend federal laws in court, are likely to fuel Republican concerns that the anonymous whistleblower’s complaint is tainted with partisanship. Trump’s call with Ukraine’s leader, which is the subject of the complaint, occurred in July 2019.
- YASHAR ALI: The White House says the president nor any senior administration official was aware in advance that the president’s eldest son was going to tweet out the name of the alleged whistleblower. I’ve also asked if they approve of his decision to do so.
- DONALD TRUMP, JR.: The entire media is #Triggered that I (a private citizen) tweeted out a story naming the alleged whistleblower. Are they going to pretend that his name hasn’t been in the public domain for weeks now? Numerous people & news outlets including Real Clear Politics already ID’d him.
- VANITY FAIR: “THERE’S A REAL CONCERN FOR THIS GUY’S SAFETY”: NEWS OUTLETS GRAPPLE WITH UNMASKING THE WHISTLE-BLOWER
- CHUCK ROSS: The CIA spy extracted from Moscow was in far more danger than the Trump whistleblower, but journalists showed up to his house in droves and published his name.
6am – A/B/C KIMYE PARENTING:
- Kim Kardashian says she may wear fewer sexy outfits in the future: ‘I am a mother of 4 and I am going to be 40’
- Kanye West’s “Jesus Is King” album was not only crowned No. 1 on the charts but also managed to land every song on Billboard’s Hot 100 this week
6am – D Tulsi Gabbard confronts Joy Behar over ‘useful idiot’ label, Hillary’s ‘Russian asset’ claim. (Fox News) – Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, got into a testy exchange with “View” co-host Joy Behar on Wednesday as the 2020 candidate confronted Behar over her claim that she was a “useful idiot” for the Russians. “Some of you have accused me of being a traitor to my country, a Russian asset, a trojan horse, or a useful idiot I think was the term that you used,” Gabbard told Behar. “Well, useful,” Behar said, apparently trying to excuse her description. “But that’s a Russian term, they use that,” she added. After Gabbard defended herself, Behar cited compliments of Gabbard that she saw as objectionable. “Franklin Graham finds you refreshing. He doesn’t find me refreshing. Richard Spencer, the white nationalist leader, says he could vote for you,” she said. Gabbard laughed and responded: “This is why I’m here — because you and other people continue to spread these innuendos that have nothing to do with who I am.” She went on to accuse Behar of doubling down on “baseless accusations” that former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton appeared to make about Gabbard. Clinton previously claimed that Gabbard was being “groomed” by the Russians to be a third-party candidate and was an “asset” of the Kremlin. “I’m a soldier — becaus
6am – E Virginia governor vows to reintroduce gun control measures after Democrats win control of legislature. (CNN) – Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) is promising to reintroduce a slate of “commonsense” gun control measures after Democrats gained control of both houses of the General Assembly for the first time since 1994. Northam said on CNN’s “New Day” early Wednesday morning that he planned to reintroduce a package of laws addressing gun violence during the next legislative session. “Things like universal background checks. Getting rid of bump stocks, high volume magazines, ‘red flag’ laws. These are commonsense pieces of legislation,” he said. “I will introduce those again in January. And I’m convinced, with the majority now in the House and the Senate, they’ll become law and because of that Virginia will be safer.” Northam said in a statement Tuesday night after Democrats won at least 21 of 40 seats in the state Senate and 51 seats in the 100-member House of Delegates that the “ground has shifted in Virginia government.” “Since I took office two years ago, we have made historic progress as a Commonwealth,” he added. “Tonight, Virginians made it clear they want us to continue building on that progress.”
6am – F 7-year-old at center of transgender custody battle opts to attend school as a boy. (Fox news) — James Younger, the 7-year-old at the center of the transgender custody battle, has decided to attend school as a boy. Younger’s father, Jeffrey Younger, was blocked by a Texas judge after refusing to cooperate with the child’s mother, Anne Georgulas, as she allowed the child to transition from male to female. Georgulas claimed James Younger identified as a woman and wanted to be called Luna, something Jeffery Younger refused to do. Judge Kim Cooks placed both parents under a gag order and granted joint managing conservatorship to both parents in late October, meaning they must both consent to any medical treatments their children are given. As part of the ruling, James Younger was allowed to decide which name he wanted to be called and how he wanted to present himself.
7am – A INTERVIEW – RICH LOWRY – editor of National Review and author of new book “The Case for Nationalism: How It Made Us Powerful, United, and Free”
- ABOUT BOOK: It is one of our most honored clichés that America is an idea and not a nation. This is false. America is indisputably a nation, and one that desperately needs to protect its interests, its borders, and its identity. The Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump swept nationalism to the forefront of the political debate. This is a good thing. Nationalism is usually assumed to be a dirty word, but it is a foundation of democratic self-government and of international peace. National Review editor Rich Lowry refutes critics on left and the right, reclaiming the term “nationalism” from those who equate it with racism, militarism and fascism. He explains how nationalism is an American tradition, a thread that runs through such diverse leaders as Alexander Hamilton, Teddy Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Ronald Reagan. In The Case for Nationalism, Lowry explains how nationalism was central to the American Project. It fueled the American Revolution and the ratification of the Constitution. It preserved the country during the Civil War. It led to the expansion of the American nation’s territory and power, and eventually to our invaluable contribution to creating an international system of self-governing nations.
7am – B/C MEDIA NEWS:
- ABC THINKS THEY KNOW WHO LEAKED THE ROHRBACH FOOTAGE: ABC News executives believe they know the identity of the former employee who accessed footage of anchor Amy Robach expressing frustration that her story about convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein had been shelved. Two sources with knowledge of the situation tell me that ABC News executives know who the former employee is but don’t know if that person leaked the footage to Project Veritas, the right-wing activist group, or if they shared it with others who leaked the footage.
- Washington Post Union Says Paper Underpays Non-White Employees, Recommends Hiring Diversity Consultant. (Daily Caller) – The Washington Post is at odds with its own employees over a report alleging racial pay disparities among Post employees. The paper’s union alleged in a report Wednesday that the Post underpays non-white employees compared to white employees, but the Post’s vice president of communication called the report “seriously flawed” in a statement to the Daily Caller News Foundation. Collectively, employees of color are paid less than white men, even when controlling for age and job description” among newsroom employees, according to the Post Guild’s report on its study on pay disparities at the paper. The union wants the paper to “hire an equity, diversity and inclusion chair/consultant and form a diversity committee” in order to “hold the company accountable in creating an equitable and diverse workplace,” the statement said.
7am – D INTERVIEW – JULI BRISKMAN – the cyclist who gave President Trump the finger two years ago and now a Supervisor for the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors – discussed her thoughts on winning the race and what’s on her agenda while she’s in office.
7am – E Discussed the Virginia GOP’s response to interview requests: “No, have a nice day.”
8am – A INTERVIEW – JOHN SOLOMON – Investigative reporter, johnSolomonReports.com — discussed his thoughts on the public hearings coming in Congress and also his latest scoops.
8am – B/C Millennial reality star: World War II history shouldn’t be taught to ‘young children’ so their ‘mental health’ can be preserved. A 22-year-old United Kingdom reality TV star said on the popular “Good Morning Britain” show that World War II history shouldn’t be taught to “young children” so as to preserve their “mental health.” And Freddie Bentley, a contestant on “The Circle,” declared all this in a Friday clash with fellow panelist Sir Michael Wilshaw, who only happens to be the former chief inspector of schools in England.
8am – D INTERVIEW – CAM EDWARDS – editor of BearingArms.com
- Virginia governor to reintroduce gun control measures after Dems win state government control. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) is promising to reintroduce a slate of “commonsense” gun control measures after Democrats gained control of both houses of the General Assembly for the first time since 1994. Northam said on CNN’s “New Day” early Wednesday morning that he planned to reintroduce a package of laws addressing gun violence during the next legislative session. “Things like universal background checks. Getting rid of bump stocks, high volume magazines, ‘red flag’ laws. These are commonsense pieces of legislation,” he said. “I will introduce those again in January. And I’m convinced, with the majority now in the House and the Senate, they’ll become law and because of that Virginia will be safer.” Northam said in a statement Tuesday night after Democrats won at least 21 of 40 seats in the state Senate and 51 seats in the 100-member House of Delegates that the “ground has shifted in Virginia government.” “Since I took office two years ago, we have made historic progress as a Commonwealth,” he added. “Tonight, Virginians made it clear they want us to continue building on that progress.”