Not since Rosie O’Donnell was on daytime television screaming across a split-screen at Elisabeth Hasselbeck has there been a time when those in my personal circles were this polarized. In case you somehow missed the news last week, those divisive abilities were on full display at a rally in Alabama where President Trump went after the silent protests of professional football players taking a knee at games during the singing of the national anthem. Patriotic Americans listening and reading his words cheered Trump as he argued that the mostly black athletes who participate in these displays should be fired.
The disruption prompted Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, to adjourn the session until the protesters could be cleared out. Capitol Police officers struggled to remove people, with some sliding out of their wheelchairs and onto the floor. Eva Malecki, a spokesperson for Capitol Police, said in a statement 181 protesters were arrested Monday afternoon.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, announced this evening that she will vote "no" on the Graham-Cassidy health care bill, becoming the third Republican to do so and likely dooming the GOP's latest effort to repeal and replace Obamacare. "Obviously this was an issue to which I've given a great deal of thought because there are many problems in the Affordable Care Act that do need to be fixed. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Bill Cassidy, R-La., Dean Heller, R-Nev., and Ron Johnson, R-Wis. Among them were what she called the "sweeping changes and cuts" in the Medicaid program.
The 22-year-old church usher heralded as a hero after he confronted a masked gunman who killed a woman in a parking lot before opening fire at a Tennessee parish on Sunday quietly attended a candlelight vigil near his church Monday evening. Police said Robert Engle, an usher at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Nashville, Tennessee, engaged in a struggle with the suspected shooter, Emanual Samson, 25, after the gunman allegedly opened fire at the church on Sunday morning, killing one woman and wounding six others. "He's the hero,” Metro Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson said at a news conference on Sunday.
Authorities in Las Vegas are searching for a woman accused of intentionally driving onto a sidewalk, striking another woman outside a Las Vegas courthouse, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said.Police said the victim was there for a court proceeding and it's believed the victim and suspect know each other.The victim suffered minor injuries, police said.Police are investigating the collision as a targeted act.Police said the driver fled and is at large. The suspect was driving a white Cadillac sedan with Nevada license plate 66G290, according to officials.
"Shark Tank" star Barbara Corcoran seems the likely candidate, based on her low first week scores -- and she knows her millions can’t help her in the ballroom. Frankie Muniz scored a bit better, but is also at risk tonight. ABC News asked him who will go farther this year -- him on "Dancing With the Stars," or his former team, the struggling LA Lakers?
NBA All-Star LeBron James spoke to the press today, after Sunday's peaceful protests at NFL games, in which many players took a knee during the national anthem in support of equality. "It's powerful what all these athletes are doing," James said. "If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast.
Freeform has ordered a drama pilot called "Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists," the network announced Monday. The spin-off, from "Pretty Little Liars" showrunner I. Marlene King, is based on another book series by "Pretty Little Liars" author Sara Shepard. 'Pretty Little Liars' was a cultural phenomenon so it's no wonder fans wanted more," said Karey Burke, Freeform's executive VP of programming and development.
Barbara Corcoran never considered herself to be an emotional person, but all of that changed when she signed on to the 25th season of "Dancing With the Stars."The "Shark Tank" star told ABC News that for the first time in 25 years, she's found herself crying out of exasperation.Dancing, she explained, is nothing like the deal-making she's used to in her real estate business."It has been very difficult because I use my mind in my work. I’m always analyzing things and running from my gut," she said. "With dancing, it has nothing with the mind. ...
Everyone's favorite "Last Jedi" Mark Hamill turns 66 today and it's hard to believe Darth Vader's son is really in his mid-60s. You can't do a list like this without mentioning Hamill's stellar work over the years voicing the one and only Joker in animated Batman films. In fact, Hamill's been voicing Batman's nemesis for almost 25 years, dating back to 1993's "Batman: Mask of the Phantasm." If you look on IMDB, he has almost 50 credits to his name under Gotham's creepiest villain.
Trump appeared to be responding to critics who say his slam of players who kneel in protest is about race. The comments spurred a strong reaction by NFL players and owners, with many players kneeling or locking arms during the "Star-Spangled Banner" on Sunday as a rebuke to the president. Kneeling during the anthem was started by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in the 2016 preseason, who said he was protesting against the treatment of blacks in the United States.
It appears "Hamilton" star Phillipa Soo and actor Steven Pasquale tied the knot on Sunday. "Modern Family" star Jesse Tyler Ferguson shared a photo of the newlyweds on Instagram, and in his caption, he referenced a line from "Hamilton," the hit Broadway show that earned Soo a Tony nomination.