NFL Teams Will Be Fined for Players’ Anthem Kneeling

“NFL players will be allowed to stay in the locker room during the national anthem, but their teams will be fined by the league if they go onto the field and kneel, according to new rules adopted by owners on Wednesday in an effort to defuse an issue that escalated last season into a national debate catalyzed by President Trump,” the New York Times reports.

Lunch with Anthony Scaramucci

Former White House communication director Anthony Scaramucci has set a high standard for interesting interviews, but this lunchtime exchange with Edward Luce raises the bar.

Since I am at Scaramucci’s special booth, the staff is highly attentive. “I can tell this is going to be a bloody nightmare,” Scaramucci says as he strides in. He is dressed casually in green slacks and a dark sweater. Not at all, I protest. We will have a conversation and I will write it up. “Which part of England are you from?” Scaramucci asks me. Originally from near Brighton, I reply. “Are you gay?” he asks. Somewhat thrown by the question, I start to mumble that I am not but that some of my best friends are, and . . . “I don’t give a shit,” he interrupts. “I’m just curious. There are a lot of gays in Brighton, right?” I have little chance to weigh up Brighton’s sexual demographics before he interrupts again: “That’s something I get no credit for, by the way,” he says. “I have been for equal opportunity in gay marriage for the last 12 or 13 years.”

We haven’t even ordered, but I am already losing control over the conversation.

Trump Congratulates Roseanne Barr

“President Trump made a personal phone call to a political supporter with a huge megaphone — Roseanne Barr,” the New York Times reports.

“Mr. Trump called Ms. Barr to congratulate her on the revival of her comedy, Roseanne, and to thank her for her support.”

“The revival of the vintage ABC sitcom got off to an enormously strong start on Tuesday night, drawing 18.2 million viewers and a 5.1 rating among adults under 50, according to Nielsen.”

Stormy Daniels Seeks to Depose Trump

“Stormy Daniels’ attorney asked a federal judge this morning for permission to depose President Trump about his knowledge of an agreement to pay the porn star $130,000 a week and a half before the 2016 election,” CBS News reports.

“In a motion filed in federal court in Los Angeles, Daniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti, requested a deposition ‘of no greater than two hours’ of the President. Avenatti also asked for a court order to depose the President’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, who has said he made the $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels with his own funds and without Mr. Trump’s knowledge.”

Stormy Daniels’ Legal Strategy Suggests She Has Photos

Daily Beast: “First, it’s chiefly concerned with ‘certain still images and/or text messages.’ Yes, later in the agreement, the ‘confidential information’ at issue is expansively defined, to include absolutely anything, tangible or intangible, that Daniels might know about Trump, including, of course, whether she spanked him with a magazine or not.”

“But far more ink is spilled discussing what Daniels is supposed to do with those texts and images: give copies to Cohen and destroy the originals.”

“Now the strategy starts to make sense. This dispute isn’t about the affair: it’s about those pictures or texts. As viewers of Daniels’ 60 Minutes interview surely noticed, the only question Daniels refused to answer was about whether she’s got more evidence of the affair. Avenatti suggested the answer is yes: he tweeted a photo of a DVD inside a safe.”

Trump Lawyer Says Stormy Daniels Broke NDA

Trump attorney Michael Cohen accused Stormy Daniels of violating her nondisclosure agreement 20 times and claimed the right to seek $20 million in damages, the Washington Post reports.

”Cohen, through his limited liability corporation Essential Consultants, made the claim in papers his lawyer filed in federal court Friday. He also indicated in the filing that he would seek to force the dispute with Daniels, who alleges she was secretly paid to keep quiet about her affair with the president, out of the public eye and back into private arbitration.”

The New York Times notes that President Trump “formally joined his legal team’s response” to Daniels’ suit in a motion, filed to move the case from state court in Los Angeles to federal court.

Daniels Was Physically Threatened to Stay Silent

The lawyer representing Stormy Daniels claimed that she has faced physical threats, CNN reports.

Said Michael Avenatti: “My client was physically threatened to stay silent about what she knew about Donald Trump.”

He said more details would be forthcoming in Daniels’ upcoming interview on CBS’s “60 Minutes,” which is scheduled to air later this month.

Stormy Daniels Discussed Affair with Trump in 2007

Stormy Daniels discussed her alleged affair with Donald Trump during a May 2007 radio appearance, a well-known Florida radio personality told his listeners, CNN reports.

“Bubba the Love Sponge Clem, known as Todd Clem before he legally changed his name in 1999, played portions of the interview on his radio show Friday and Monday, in which Daniels was asked to write down the names of famous men she had slept with. Clem says the first name on that list was Donald Trump. Although neither Daniels nor the host says Trump’s name in the 2007 audio, she can be heard describing key details that match the description of her alleged affair with Trump.”

Trump Seeking Advice on Handling Stormy Daniels

President Trump “has been seeking counsel from confidantes on how he should handle the Stormy Daniels situation,” CNN reports.

“The source said Trump is being told by advisers not to fight Daniels’ decision to break a confidentiality agreement because it would make him look guilty. This source said it’s the only reason Trump has stayed quiet on the issue and hasn’t been tweeting about it.”

“The source also believes the controversy potentially poses a bigger threat to Trump’s presidency than Russia. The difference here compared to accusations from other women is that there’s a signed agreement and a payment.”

CBS Vetting Interview with Stormy Daniels

Three sources confirmed to CNN that Stormy Daniels made new claims about Donald Trump in an interview she taped with 60 Minutes. CBS producers are working on verifying these claims.

“The interview could air on next Sunday’s 60 Minutes. But CBS won’t confirm the air date. In fact, the network won’t even confirm there was an interview at all.”

Stormy Daniels Isn’t Going Away Anytime Soon

New York Times: “For nearly two months, since the Wall Street Journal first revealed an October 2016 payment to Ms. Clifford (known on screen as Stormy Daniels), the story had subsisted on the margins of national consciousness — a consequence, it seemed, of both the daily Trumpian overload and a wide-scale confusion over what, exactly, the whole affair amounted to. Was it tragedy or farce? Serious or sideshow? Was it all of them, leaving us paralyzed by the choice?”

“Despite the unrelated tumult of this week — tariff policy, staff turnover, nuclear intrigue — the ordeal has begun showing signs of an elusive longevity, coaxed by a lawsuit filed by her lawyer and an acknowledgment from Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, that Mr. Trump’s side had pursued an arbitration proceeding against Ms. Clifford. The White House briefing room has been consumed by repeated questions about the payment.”