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Woody Harrelson Calls Melania Sole Immigrant Who Watches Fox In Quirky ‘SNL’ Monologue

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Saturday Night Live” host Woody Harrelson skewered fashion and spoke up for immigrants in what initially appeared to be an anti-PC monologue — but ended up turning that trope on its head.

He joked that he was now considered a “fashionista” after years of often looking like a slob. Harrelson said he had always thought it was more important to focus on serious issues like “the ice is melting; the Amazon is burning; our water, food and air are polluted.”

Then he stripped off his tux to the “ultimate evening wear” pajamas he had on underneath. That seemed to be the chameleon theme of his monologue.

When Harrelson mentioned that he didn’t “just get off the boat,” he seemed embarrassed and stopped himself apologetically. It “sounds like I’m slandering immigrants; I’m not,” he said. “I think immigrants make this country great.”

He added: “But let’s face it, most of ’em, they don’t come by boat anymore. I mean they just walk right in. We see that every day on the news. Well, Fox News, anyway,” Harrelson said. “Oh geez, if what I just said offended Fox News viewers, I apologize. And if I hurt the one Fox viewer who’s also an immigrant, well I apologize to you, Madam First Lady.”

Harrelson complained about the Chinese “taking over everything” — including his whole house. “My wife’s Asian, my daughters are Asian,” he added. “I’m caucasian.”

Check out his last joke — about the word “pussyfoot” — in the video up top.

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Katie Bell: Our pastors are real — Here’s what you don’t see, from a lifelong pastor’s daughter

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I have been a pastor’s daughter all my life. So many of my childhood memories involve my father, the church, and his ministry. One of my earliest memories is walking into my parent’s room one Sunday morning before church. As I walked into the doorway I saw my dad pacing back and forth, referencing his notes and preaching his sermon for the perfectly pressed suits in his closet.

When I was young I didn’t pay too much attention to his job, other than the fact that everyone knew my name and everyone wanted to shake dad’s hand after services. I was never bothered that we were always the first to arrive or the last to leave the building – I loved playing hide and seek in the pews and the nursery with my friends while my parents did their thing.

When I was in high school, my dad’s profession sometimes struck me as an inconvenience, when well-meaning church members gave me unsolicited advice about something I was wearing or a boy I was seeing. It wasn’t always fun to have to be at every church potluck or youth event, and I found myself annoyed when we were late to my favorite place for Sunday lunch because dad had been cornered after a service to talk with a member.

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As it can be at that age, I was in my own little world. I didn’t see the heavyweight he carried in his role. I loved hearing him preach and I was in awe of his ability to share the Gospel, but naively I assumed it was all very easy for him.

Now I’m older and maybe a little wiser, married to a pastor and seeing my father’s lifelong ministry in a brand new light. There was so much I didn’t realize or grasp about my father’s ministry until I grew up.

He’s been a minister for 40 years now and I think back on how he was done so much to be the hands and feet of Jesus. He has conducted countless weddings and funerals, prayed with widows, sat with families before surgeries and been the person to make the call no one should ever have to make after a terrible accident.

For 40 years, with the help of my wonderful mother, he has served others and answered God’s call on his life to be a fisher of men. He loves sharing God’s great love and I dare say he’s one of the best, but like most pastors, there is so much you don’t see.

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You don’t see the hours upon hours he spends studying.

You don’t see how he still gets “nervous sick” every Sunday morning, unable to eat breakfast, because he wants to speak the truth boldly and in love.

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You don’t see how he gives every bit of his energy teaching and preaching and greeting and counseling all day every Sunday so then he crashes hard that night at home.

Church, I’m here to challenge you today to take a few minutes and write your pastor a thank you note. Shoot them a text. Bake them your famous cookies. Buy them coffee. Shake their hand after services.

You don’t see the countless hospital visits made.

You don’t see the hours spent in the funeral home.

You don’t see him leaving his own family to rush to the hospital to comfort another family.

You don’t see the hours spent praying with members.

You don’t see the house calls made to talk with couples on the verge of divorce.

You don’t see the vacations missed and trips cut short because a church member was sick or even passed away.

You don’t see the weight he carries that extends far beyond Sunday service.

It’s hard to see sometimes but let’s all remember, our pastors are real. They are not immune to Satan’s attacks because of their title. They are flawed humans striving to be a little more like Jesus every day and to make this world a better place. They carry their own burdens and oftentimes, the burdens of so many.

They lose their tempers, they fly off the handle, and sometimes, they want to throw in the towel completely because sometimes, the weight feels too heavy.

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Words fail me when I think about the string of suicides involving high-profile pastors at large churches this year. While I don’t have a hard and fast solution, I do know that we as the church must do better. We need to do more to show our pastors we are here for them.

Church, I’m here to challenge you today to take a few minutes and write your pastor a thank you note. Shoot them a text. Bake them your famous cookies. Buy them coffee. Shake their hand after services. Pray for him and his family daily. Do something to say “thank you” and show them how much you appreciate them for the things you don’t see.

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Woody Harrelson Calls Melania Sole Immigrant Who Watches Fox In Quirky ‘SNL’ Monologue

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Saturday Night Live” host Woody Harrelson skewered fashion and spoke up for immigrants in what initially appeared to be an anti-PC monologue — but ended up turning that trope on its head.

He joked that he was now considered a “fashionista” after years of often looking like a slob. Harrelson said he had always thought it was more important to focus on serious issues like “the ice is melting; the Amazon is burning; our water, food and air are polluted.”

Then he stripped off his tux to the “ultimate evening wear” pajamas he had on underneath. That seemed to be the chameleon theme of his monologue.

When Harrelson mentioned that he didn’t “just get off the boat,” he seemed embarrassed and stopped himself apologetically. It “sounds like I’m slandering immigrants; I’m not,” he said. “I think immigrants make this country great.”

He added: “But let’s face it, most of ’em, they don’t come by boat anymore. I mean they just walk right in. We see that every day on the news. Well, Fox News, anyway,” Harrelson said. “Oh geez, if what I just said offended Fox News viewers, I apologize. And if I hurt the one Fox viewer who’s also an immigrant, well I apologize to you, Madam First Lady.”

Harrelson complained about the Chinese “taking over everything” — including his whole house. “My wife’s Asian, my daughters are Asian,” he added. “I’m caucasian.”

Check out his last joke — about the word “pussyfoot” — in the video up top.

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Sikh Deputy ‘Trailblazer’ Fatally Shot In Houston-Area Traffic Stop

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Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal was shot and killed after making a traffic stop on Friday, near Houston. The suspected gunman was charged with capital murder in the slaying.

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A sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed Friday afternoon in the Houston suburbs during a routine traffic stop. Sandeep Dhaliwal was the first observant Sikh to become a sheriff’s deputy in Harris County, where the city of Houston is located.

He was a “hero” and a “trailblazer,” Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez told reporters on Friday. “He wore the turban. He represented his community with integrity, respect and pride,” Gonzalez said. “And again, he was respected by all.”

Dhaliwal was 42, a married father of three, and a 10-year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. He had made national headlines in early 2015 when the sheriff’s office changed its policy in order to allow Dhaliwal to grow out his facial hair and wear a traditional Sikh turban while on patrol.

Harris County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Mike Lee said during a news conference on Friday that dash cam footage shows that the suspect “ambushed” Dhaliwal.

The traffic stop, which took place at 12:23 p.m. local time, appeared to be a tame and conversational interaction, Lee said, until the deputy started to return to his vehicle. The suspect then reopened the driver’s side of the door and bolted toward Dhaliwal from behind, gun in hand, and “shot him and struck him in the back of the head,” Lee said.

Dhaliwal was then taken to the hospital, where he died of his injuries a few hours later.

Robert Solis, 47, has been charged with the capital murder of Dhaliwal, the sheriff’s office announced Friday. Solis had an active parole violation warrant for when he was charged with “aggravated assault with a deadly weapon” in January 2017.

A resident who witnessed the traffic stop called 911 after she heard two shots and saw the suspect flee in a getaway car, according to Lee.

Solis was arrested within hours, after dash cam footage allowed authorities to identify and locate the suspect at a business close to where the shooting occurred. Maj. Lee said another suspect who’s believed to have been sitting in the passenger seat of the stopped vehicle has also been taken into custody. Authorities also confiscated the weapon they suspect the gunman used to fatally shoot Dhaliwal, in the business’s parking lot.

Alan Bernstein, the Houston mayor’s spokesman, told NPR that Dhaliwal said his appearance didn’t cause problems while on patrol.

“He was a unifying symbol,” said Bernstein, who worked as a spokesman for the sheriff’s office during the time in 2015 when the office first allowed Dhaliwal to wear a turban on patrol. “He had used his appearance as a conversation starter for educating people about what Sikhs are about, what their values are, including that of selfless service and the long history that Sikhs have for serving in the military and/or law enforcement.”

As a sheriff in 2009, Commissioner Adrian Garcia recruited Dhaliwal. Garcia told reporters on Friday that Dhaliwal walked away from a lucrative trucking business to join the sheriff’s office to help “build bridges between the Sikh community and the sheriff’s office because of a ‘mishap.’ “

Although Garcia didn’t expand on that incident, The Washington Post reported Garcia had reached out to the Sikh community after a confrontation between the office’s sheriffs deputies and a Sikh family in 2008. “The family called to complain of a burglary, but deputies who arrived were reportedly alarmed to find men in the home wearing beards and turbans and carrying small daggers. They called for extra officers and began interrogating the family,” the Post reported.

“As a result of Sandeep stepping forward to become the first Sikh deputy, we have others,” Garcia said.

Dhaliwal was admired for his generosity and commitment to public service. Sheriff Gonzalez recalled the time his deputy traveled to Puerto Rico after a hurricane to bring aid to the family of a sheriff’s office colleague. When Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas, Dhaliwal and Garcia worked with the humanitarian group United Sikhs to deliver truckloads of donated goods to first responders.

As words of grief, support and fond stories about Dhaliwal continued to pour in from his colleagues, friends and acquaintances on social media, members of Harris County law enforcement joined a community-led candlelit vigil to remember Deputy Dhaliwal.

The Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund, which has worked with the sheriff’s office for cultural awareness trainings, mourned Dhaliwal’s death.

“We are shocked and saddened to hear the news of the death of Deputy Dhaliwal,” SALDEF tweeted. “He was a pioneer for the Sikh community and will always be remembered. Our condolences and prayers go to his family and friends.”

A funeral ceremony planned for Dhaliwal on Wednesday, in Cypress, Texas, will be open to the public.

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Ken Starr points to key word in whistleblower complaint, says it suggests ‘poor judgment’

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Ken Starr, the former independent counsel who spearheaded the 1990s investigation into President Clinton, told Fox News on Saturday that he was troubled by President Trump’s alleged use of the word “reciprocity” in his July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

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Starr, a contributor for the channel, said the use of the word would suggest “poor judgment by the president,” but despite the misstep, does not at this point constitute a crime.

At the heart of the Democrats’ formal impeachment inquiry is whether or not Trump used the power of his office to pressure a foreign country to investigate his top 2020 rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

Democrats say that even if Trump did not explicitly tell Zelensky that nearly $400 million in military aid rests with his country’s willingness to probe the Bidens, the innuendo was there.

The whistleblower complaint, without firsthand knowledge, claimed that Trump mentioned in his phone call with Zelensky that the U.S. has been very good to Ukraine and said he “wouldn’t say that it’s reciprocal necessarily because things are happening that are not good.”

Zelensky, despite facing his own pressures back home, denied feeling any pressure from Trump during the call. Trump called their conversation “perfect.”

Starr, who was on “Cavuto Live,” predicted that the impeachment inquiry is doomed to fail given what we know.

“This will not result in a conviction, so why are we on the impeachment train, we should be on the oversight train and quit calling it impeachment,” he said.

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Two decades ago, Starr presented a report to Congress that that led to Clinton’s impeachment by the House on accusations the former president lied under oath and obstructed justice. Clinton was acquitted by the Senate.

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Aidy Bryant can’t help but break after ‘Saturday Night Live’ sketch hiccup during premiere

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They certainly were “live from New York.”

Aidy Bryant couldn’t help but break after a “Saturday Night Live” sketch didn’t exactly go smoothly as one would hope. The “Shrill” star portrayed Denise Craw, the host of the political show “Inside the Beltway.” 

Bryant snickered when what appeared to be a staff member appeared onscreen, looking to take her bright pink coat that Bryant donned to convey a flashback on the show to 2016.

The person tapped Bryant on the arm with time still left in the “previously recorded” episode. At first, the funny lady looked like she was going to remove her jacket but then decided against it, and the person rushed off-camera.

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Bryant couldn’t contain her laughter and tried her best to muster through the rest of the sketch, alongside those on her “panel” — cast members Cecily Strong and Kenan Thompson, along with the premiere’s host Woody Harrelson.

“I believe that the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice,” Bryant finally got out.

“Well said, Denise,” Strong said with a chuckle. 

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Virginia doctor could face life in prison for prescribing hundreds of thousands of opioids

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A Virginia doctor could face life in prison at his sentencing next week for prescribing half a million doses of opioids to patients over a two-year period.

Joel Smithers, a 36-year-old father of five, was arrested at his southern Virginia practice in 2017.

In May, he was found guilty on more than 800 counts of illegally prescribing drugs, including the oxycodone and oxymorphone that killed a West Virginia woman.

Smithers’ mandatory minimum sentence is 20 years.

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Officials said Smithers was part of an interstate drug distribution ring throughout West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia.

“I went and got medication without — I mean, without any kind of physical exam or bringing medical records, anything like that,” a woman who said she became addicted after getting pills from Smithers testified in court.

His office was described in court as lacking medical supplies and having patients who slept outside and urinated in the parking lot.

“People only went there for one reason, and that was just to get pain medication that they (could) abuse themselves or sell it for profit,” Christopher Dziedzic, a supervisory special agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration who oversaw the investigation into Smithers, said.

“He’s done great damage and contributed … to the overall problem in the heartland of the opioid crisis,” he added.

Smithers didn’t accept insurance and made more than $700,000 from his patients in two years.

During his trial, he testified that when he moved to Virginia he was inundated with patients from other states that said their pain clinics had been shut down.

He testified that he reluctantly treated them and said if he wasn’t able to examine them he spoke to them over the phone.

He said that he had been deceived by some of his patients.

“I learned several lessons the hard way about trusting people that I should not have trusted,” he testified.

Once, Smithers met a patient in a Starbucks parking lot and for $300 gave her a prescription for fentanyl, a pain reliever up to 100 times more potent than morphine, he said.

Smithers worked out of the small city of Martinsville, which had the nation’s third-highest number of opioid pills per capita between 2006 and 2012.

He previously had complaints at his former practice in West Virginia, but when authorities came to his office with a subpoena they found a dumpster filled with shredded documents and untested urine samples.

Smithers is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday.

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Opioids have killed about 400,000 people over the last 20 years.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Susan Rice blasts Trump over secure server, asked if Obama ever used similar system

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Susan Rice, who was one of President Obama‘s closest advisers during his time in office, blasted President Trump on Friday night for storing details about his July 25 call with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky in a separate, highly secured computer system.

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Rice, who was a guest at the Texas Tribune Festival in Austin, addressed whistleblower allegations that the Trump administration worked to “lock down” these records to presumably hide his interaction with Zelensky where he dangled about $400 million in military aid to get Kiev to investigate the Bidens relationship too the country.

Both Trump and Zelensky denied the allegations. Trump insisted that the conversation was “perfect” and he was just making sure the country was making good on its promise to weed out corruption.

Obama’s former national security adviser said the “normal system” that holds information on similar calls is protected and classified. She said there was “no classified substance” in the Trump phone call and yet the administration “hid it on a very highly sensitive, highly compartmentalized server that very few people in the U.S. government have access to in order to bury it.”

She was asked by the moderator if the Obama administration ever kept calls on a separate server. She responded by saying only if “they were legitimately in their contents classified.”

“It’s rare that a presidential conversation would be classified to that highest level,” she said. “It’s not impossible. It’s very rare. Even when they are two leaders discussing classified information. Here’s a case where there was nothing classified and it was moved to the most secure, sensitive server.”

The Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday that the Trump administration—after sensing problematic leaks early in his presidency—worked to protect presidential phone calls. Politicians on both sides of the aisle understand the importance of a sitting president’s ability to engage with a foreign leader in a conversation that would not face public scrutiny.

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The Trump administration reportedly said the phone call with Ukraine’s leader was only added to the server after guidance from  National Security Counsel lawyer.

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Federal judge rules against Trump administration on fast-track deportation policy

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The Trump administration was dealt a blow late Friday by a federal judge after she ruled to block its move that would allow immigration officers to deport people who entered the U.S. illegally before they appear before judges.

The policy, which was announced in July but hasn’t yet been enforced, would allow fast-track deportations to apply to anyone in the country illegally for less than two years. Now, they are largely limited to people arrested almost immediately after crossing the Mexican border.

U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, an appointee of President Barack Obama, said the administration’s expansion of “expedited removal” authority violated procedural requirements to first seek public comment and ignored flaws in how it has been used on a smaller scale at the border.

The shortcomings, which were not challenged by government lawyers, include allegations that some people entitled to be in the country were targeted for deportation, translators weren’t provided, and authorities made “egregious errors” recording statements of migrants who said they feared persecution or torture if sent back to their homelands.

A spokesman from the Justice Department told the Washington Post that “Congress expressly authorized the Secretary of Homeland Security to act with dispatch to remove from the country aliens who have no right to be here. The district court’s decision squarely conflicts with that express grant of authority and vastly exceeds the district court’s own authority.”

Jackson did not rule on the merits of the case, but the ruling prevents the administration from expanding fast-track authority nationwide while the lawsuit proceeds.

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The fast-track deportation powers were created under a 1996 law but didn’t become a major piece of border enforcement until 2004, when Homeland Security said it would be enforced for people who are arrested within two weeks of entering the U.S. by land and caught within 100 miles of the border. Defenders say it relieves burdens on immigration judges — their backlog of cases recently topped 1 million — while critics say it grants too much power to Border Patrol agents and other immigration enforcement officials and jeopardizes rights to fair treatment.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Federal judge rules against Trump administration on fast-track deportation policy

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The Trump administration was dealt a blow late Friday by a federal judge after she ruled to block its move that would allow immigration officers to deport people who entered the U.S. illegally before they appear before judges.

The policy, which was announced in July but hasn’t yet been enforced, would allow fast-track deportations to apply to anyone in the country illegally for less than two years. Now, they are largely limited to people arrested almost immediately after crossing the Mexican border.

U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, an appointee of President Barack Obama, said the administration’s expansion of “expedited removal” authority violated procedural requirements to first seek public comment and ignored flaws in how it has been used on a smaller scale at the border.

The shortcomings, which were not challenged by government lawyers, include allegations that some people entitled to be in the country were targeted for deportation, translators weren’t provided, and authorities made “egregious errors” recording statements of migrants who said they feared persecution or torture if sent back to their homelands.

A spokesman from the Justice Department told the Washington Post that “Congress expressly authorized the Secretary of Homeland Security to act with dispatch to remove from the country aliens who have no right to be here. The district court’s decision squarely conflicts with that express grant of authority and vastly exceeds the district court’s own authority.”

Jackson did not rule on the merits of the case, but the ruling prevents the administration from expanding fast-track authority nationwide while the lawsuit proceeds.

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The fast-track deportation powers were created under a 1996 law but didn’t become a major piece of border enforcement until 2004, when Homeland Security said it would be enforced for people who are arrested within two weeks of entering the U.S. by land and caught within 100 miles of the border. Defenders say it relieves burdens on immigration judges — their backlog of cases recently topped 1 million — while critics say it grants too much power to Border Patrol agents and other immigration enforcement officials and jeopardizes rights to fair treatment.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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