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Ex ‘AGT’ judge Howard Stern blames Simon Cowell for Gabrielle Union’s exit: ‘He sets it up that the men stay’

Howard Stern has offered his insight into the recent departures of Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough as judges on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.”

Speaking on his SiriusXM show on Monday, the radio powerhouse made no mistake about who he felt should take the heat for the kerfuffle, pointing to “AGT” creator-producer and judge Simon Cowell.

In describing how Cowell, 60, selects the judge’s panel, Stern, 65, claimed: “He sets it up that the men stay no matter how ugly [the men] are, no matter how old they are, no matter how fat they are, no matter how talentless they are.”

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He further alleged that Cowell “replaces the hot chicks with hotter chicks and younger chicks.”

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Gabrielle Union attends the “America’s Got Talent” Season 14 Finale Red Carpet in September. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/FilmMagic)

“Howie’s [Mandel] doing a fine, serviceable job — why don’t they change him? And why don’t they change Simon? …” Stern inquired before stating it’s the “ultimate example of a boys’ club.”

A rep for Cowell did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

Mandel is currently the longest-tenured judge on “AGT,” having joined the program in 2010. Stern served as a judge on the talent competition show for four seasons before exiting in 2015. Before the arrival of Union and Hough, “Spice Girls” singer Mel B and model Heidi Klum were on the judging panel from seasons eight through 13.

GABRIELLE UNION SPEAKS OUT AMID CONTROVERSIAL DEPARTURE FROM ‘AGT’

News of Union’s departure, initially reported by Variety last week, alleged that Union was subject to various racially-motivated criticisms, including over her many hairstyle changes, which were perceived as “too black” for “AGT’s” core demographic. Union reportedly received that critique more than half a dozen times.

Union was also reportedly not a fan of a racially insensitive joke made by Jay Leno on set.

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Pictured: (l-r) “America’s Got Talent” judges, Howie Mandel, Gabrielle Union, Julianne Hough, Simon Cowell (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

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During the filming of an interstitial segment, Leno joked about a painting that featured Simon Cowell surrounded by dogs. Leno joked that the dogs looked like something one could find “on the menu at a Korean restaurant” — much to the chagrin of “the very few Asian staffers” on the show. The comment was later edited out of the Aug. 6 episode.

Union allegedly urged producers to report the incident to NBC’s human resources department — however her pleas fell on deaf ears.

Though Union’s husband and former NBA superstar Dwyane Wade publicly supported her, Stern said he hoped Union would let Leno “live in peace.”

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“Let’s go on record as telling people that one million dogs are still eaten annually in South Korea, and if Gabrielle Union wants to effect positive change, maybe focus on the horrors of Korean dog farms and let the old irrelevant comic live in peace,” Stern said. “She wants Jay beaten in the streets. I think maybe Jay makes a point.”

In the wake of an NBC-issued statement to People magazine about Union’s exit, the “LA’s Finest” star responded to a tweet from a journalist that criticized the statement made by production company Fremantle, NBC and Cowell’s own production arm, Syco Entertainment and listed what a “solid apology” should consist of.

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“A solid apology comes in three parts. 1. Sincerely admit wrong doing [sic] directly to the offended party. 2. Be twice as loud correcting your mistake as you were making the mistake. 3. Lay out steps to correct your behavior in the future. Anything less is covering your own a–,” the tweet read — to which Union responded, “This! This! AND THIIISSSSSSS!!!!!!”

Production company Fremantle, NBC and Simon Cowell’s production company, Syco Entertainment, told People last Friday: “’America’s Got Talent’ has a long history of inclusivity and diversity in both our talent and the acts championed by the show.”

“The judging and host line-up has been regularly refreshed over the years and that is one of the reasons for AGT’s enduring popularity,” the statement continued. “NBC and the producers take any issues on set seriously.”

Fox News’ Andy Sahadeo contributed to this report.

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Newsweek demotes editor after firing reporter over botched Trump-Thanksgiving story: report

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An editor at Newsweek was reportedly demoted after the news outlet ran an inaccurate story about President Trump‘s Thanksgiving plans.

Last week, Newsweek published a report claiming Trump’s plans for the holiday included tweeting and golfing. However, on Thanksgiving Day Trump made a surprise visit to Afghanistan, his first as president. According to White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham, only some White House officials knew about the trip, which was kept secret for security reasons.

On Saturday, it was reported that Jessica Kwong, the Newsweek political reporter who wrote the original story, was fired.

“The story has been corrected, and the journalist responsible has been terminated,” Newsweek told The Washington Examiner. “We will continue to review our processes and, if required, take further action.”

NEWSWEEK FIRES REPORTER AFTER PUBLISHING MISTAKES IN STORY ABOUT TRUMP’S THANKSGIVING PLANS: REPORT

On Monday, The Wrap and iMediaEthics reported that Newsweek had taken further action by demoting the editor in charge of the botched report.

“Newsweek investigated the failures that led to the publication of the inaccurate report that President Trump spent Thanksgiving tweeting and golfing rather than visiting troops in Afghanistan,” Newsweek told iMediaEthics. “The story has been corrected, the reporter responsible was terminated and the editor was demoted. We will continue to review our processes and, if required, take further action.”

Newsweek did not immediately respond to Fox News for comment. Kwong declined to comment.

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President Trump and his son, Donald Trump Jr., responded to the initial story by deriding Newsweek.

“Fake news gonna fake!” Trump Jr. tweeted. His father retweeted that post, asking: “I thought Newsweek was out of business?”

Fox News’s Sam Dorman contributed to this report. 

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Gutfeld on Joe Biden’s ‘No Malarkey’ tour

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Former Vice President Joe Biden has hit the road. He’s on a bus with the slogan “no malarkey” across its side.

I guess “Dagnabbit, where are my dang trousers?” was too long.

What a time-travel machine. The slogan conjures up a time when old men wore fedoras, smoked on trains, and worked through heart attacks.

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So is it meant to bring back images of the good old days, which for many weren’t so good?

I mean, the last time men used “malarkey” as an adjective, they were probably describing giving the right to vote to women.

But maybe adopting Biden’s most obvious flaw is the point.

Sure, he may remind you of someone’s granddad wandering the local hardware store.

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But is that so bad, especially when clips of these keep surfacing?

That was from two years go. There’s no idea what it meant. But that’s Joe. Every story feels like a dream retold by a preteen in pajamas. It’s a connection of words excitedly released in no particular order or any known language.

He’s still up in the polls, yet there’s a sense he’s heading straight into the path of an orange tornado.

So how does he turn this darn-tootin’ jalopy around?

Maybe he doesn’t have to figure it out.

The fact is, Biden really isn’t the party’s nominee. Impeachment is.

The hearings are their answer to Trump rallies. They’re the only thing giving Democrats hope, instead of desperation, that they might get Trump out of office, with or without gramps waving his cane at the kids on the lawn.

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So Biden may seem out of time, in more ways than one.

At least on tour, he’ll have plenty of jawbreakers to give the kids, even if they smell like mothballs.

Adapted from Greg Gutfeld’s monologue on “The Five” on Dec. 2, 2019.

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Appeals court denies DOJ bid to resume federal executions

A federal appeals court in Washington has upheld a ruling blocking the Trump administration’s plan to resume federal executions after a 16-year hiatus.

The decision was handed down Monday by the D.C. Circuit. The Justice Department had asked the court to block the injunction put in place by a district court judge that stalled the executions of four convicted murderers, Reuters reported.

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Attorney General William Barr speaks with members of the press in Montana last month. (AP)

Attorney General William Barr said in July the federal government would resume capital punishment and scheduled the executions of five death-row inmates for December and January, ending an unofficial decade-long moratorium on federal executions.

Barr said the DOJ owed it to the victims’ families to carry out the law and would be willing to take the issue to the Supreme Court if necessary.

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A judge temporarily halted the executions after some of the chosen inmates challenged the new execution procedures. The inmates argued that the government was circumventing proper methods in order to wrongly execute inmates quickly.

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A federal execution has not taken place since 2003. In the last 16 years, a protracted legal battle has drawn out over the drugs used in lethal injections.

Fox News’ Alex Pappas and The Associated Press contributed to this report.  

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Jimmy Carter hospitalized due to urinary tract infection, spokeswoman says

Former President Jimmy Carter was hospitalized in Georgia this past weekend for treatment of a urinary tract infection, a spokeswoman said Monday.

Deanna Congileo, a spokeswoman for The Carter Center, said Carter was admitted to the Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus, about 10 miles east of Carter’s home in Plains.

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Former President Jimmy Carter teaches Sunday school at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Ga last month. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)

“He is feeling better and looks forward to returning home soon,” a statement from The Carter Center read. “We will issue a statement when he is released for further rest and recovery at home.”

The 95-year-old Carter was released from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta last week after recovering from surgery to relieve pressure on his brain caused by bleeding from a fall.

A fall last spring required him to get hip replacement surgery. Then on Oct. 6, he hit his head in another fall and received 14 stitches, but still traveled to Nashville to help build a Habitat for Humanity home shortly thereafter. He fractured his pelvis in another fall later that month and was briefly hospitalized.

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The former president was diagnosed with melanoma in 2015, announcing that the cancer had spread to other parts of his body. After partial removal of his liver, treatment for brain lesions, radiation and immunotherapy, he said he was cancer-free.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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French Wine Could Face 100% Tariffs as Trump Confronts France Over Tech Taxes

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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration said on Monday that a new French tax that hit American technology companies discriminated against the United States, a declaration that could lead to retaliatory tariffs of as high as 100 percent on French wines.

It could also jeopardize international efforts to negotiate a truce on so-called digital taxes.

The announcement from the Office of the United States Trade Representative ended a monthslong investigation into the French tax, which hits companies like Facebook and Google even though they have little physical presence in France. The investigation concluded that the tax “discriminates against U.S. companies, is inconsistent with prevailing principles of international tax policy and is unusually burdensome for affected U.S. companies.”

It recommended tariffs as high as 100 percent on certain French imports valued at $2.4 billion, including cheese, wine and handbags.

The administration suggested it could open similar investigations into digital taxes proposed by Italy, Austria and Turkey.

The finding does not immediately impose tariffs on French products such as wine, which was already hit with a 25 percent tariff in October in a separate dispute, but it allows the president to impose them if and when he chooses. It could also upend an effort led by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development to unite 135 countries around a shared system of taxing technology companies and other multinational corporations, which leaders had hoped would come together in 2020.

An escalation of tensions between France and the United States would complicate any resolution to those negotiations.

The French government approved a new “digital service tax” this year on online economic activity, which would hit large American tech companies widely frequented by French citizens. French leaders have expressed concern that their government has not been able to capture revenue from companies that sell or advertise online in France, a concern that is shared by a growing number of countries, including Britain and India.

President Trump’s trade representative responded to the French tax by opening the investigation into whether it unfairly targeted American companies. In July, the president threatened to impose tariffs on French wine as a response to the new tax.

But in August, French and American leaders reached a 90-day agreement to pause the dispute and allow multinational negotiations to proceed on an ambitious global agreement on taxes that would extend well beyond technology companies.

Those talks, which include an array of countries and multinational corporations, are making progress, said Bart le Blanc, an Amsterdam-based partner and tax adviser at the Norton Rose Fulbright law firm. But such an agreement would require countries like France to scrap their individual digital taxes, he said.

“There seems to be room for everybody to agree to this proposal,” Mr. le Blanc said, “if everything falls into place.”

While past administrations have treated European leaders as close economic allies, the Trump administration has taken a more adversarial approach. Mr. Trump has accused the Europeans of manipulating their currency and the terms of trade to export more goods to the United States than they import from it. He has threatened a variety of tariffs to block European goods from American markets.

In October, his administration slapped tariffs on French aircraft, wine and cheese and a range of other European products after the World Trade Organization gave the United States permission to impose levies on up to $7.5 billion of European exports annually. That decision was part of a long-running trade case about subsidies provided to the European plane maker Airbus.

On Monday, the World Trade Organization issued another ruling saying that Europe’s efforts to reform its subsidies had been insufficient and that its aid to Airbus still ran afoul of global trade rules. In a statement, the Office of the United States Trade Representative said it was starting a process to assess whether to increase its tariff rates or place levies on new European products.

The Trump administration has also considered other types of tariffs that do not have the approval of the World Trade Organization. Mr. Trump threatened to tax European cars, but chose to let a Nov. 13 deadline to impose those tariffs lapse last month.

Some in the administration have discussed opening a new investigation into European trade practices, under a legal authority known as Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974, that could allow Mr. Trump to levy more tariffs, people familiar with the discussions said. That is the same sort of investigation that the administration conducted in the case of the French digital tax.

But there is no concrete sign that the administration has begun those machinations yet.

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All For Naught? Supreme Court Indicates Gun Case May Be Moot

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For the first time in 10 years, the U.S. Supreme Court has heard a major gun-rights case. But the drumroll of anticipation seemed to fade, as the debate in the high court Monday focused almost exclusively on whether the case should be dismissed as moot.

At issue was a New York law that allowed New York City residents to have a permit for a gun at home but barred them from transporting the gun elsewhere except to seven New York City shooting ranges. Three handgun owners who had such “premises licenses” challenged the law as a violation of their Second Amendment right to bear arms because they could not transport their guns to shooting ranges and competitions outside the city or to second homes.

“So what’s left of this case?”

The problem for those gun owners was that New York state and New York City abandoned the challenged law this year after the Supreme Court said it would review it.

“New York City and New York state actually gave them everything that they had asked for before this argument,” said New York City corporation counsel James Johnson after the argument. “That was made very plain in this argument today.”

Indeed, it was, and the court’s liberals drove home the point.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg pointedly asked: “So what’s left of this case?”

Justice Sonia Sotomayor piled on. You’re asking [the court] to decide a case “in which the other side has thrown in the towel and completely given you every single thing you demanded in your complaint.”

Can you transport a gun and stop for coffee?

But lawyer Paul Clement, representing the gun owners, fought back. He argued that the new regulations for New York City still permit only “continuous and uninterrupted” gun transport within the city. That, he suggested, might put in doubt a stop for coffee or a bathroom break.

Justice Stephen Breyer didn’t take that argument seriously, saying he doubted that any police officer would arrest someone for stopping for coffee.

Representing the Trump administration, Deputy Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall tried to argue that the case is still alive because the plaintiffs could be awarded damages.

Ginsburg came to bat again, pointing out that the gun owners never asked for damages. Has “the solicitor general ever asked this court to allow such a late interjection of a damages” claim to save a case from being thrown out as moot? she asked.

Wall conceded he knew of no such case.

That is the “democratic process”

Next up to the lectern was Richard Dearing, who serves as deputy counsel for the city of New York. He emphasized that this lawsuit challenged a premises license, not a carry license. A premises license, he noted, is granted for the home only, though it must allow certain limited transport of the licensed handgun.

Dearing said that the plaintiffs asked only for specified additional transport of these guns and that the city in the end gave the handgun owners everything they had asked for.

That the city changed its laws, he suggested, “is a good thing, not a bad one. The government should respond to litigation, should assess its laws … when they are challenged.” That, he said, is the “democratic process.”

“So then why is this case moot?”

But suppose that, in addition to stopping for a cup of coffee, the gun owner stops to visit his mother for a couple of hours, posited Justice Samuel Alito. “Would there be any law that would violated?”

Dearing replied that those kinds of questions were never at issue when the old law was challenged.

“So then why is this case moot?” wondered Alito. “Because [the plaintiffs] didn’t get all that they wanted,” he insisted. “They wanted a declaration that the old law was unconstitutional, period.”

Dearing replied that the plaintiffs framed the case they brought; they asked for a court order that allowed them to transport handguns to shooting ranges outside the city and to homes outside the city. And they got what they asked for.

With Alito and Justice Neil Gorsuch overtly seeking to blunt the city’s mootness argument, at the end of the day the question was where the rest of the court stood.

Justice Clarence Thomas, a forceful advocate for gun rights, asked no questions, as usual.

Justice Brett Kavanaugh has a far more gun-friendly record than the justice he replaced last year, Justice Anthony Kennedy. But Kavanaugh too asked no questions.

New York City is committed to “closing the book” on its old law

Chief Justice John Roberts asked just a few questions, and only of the city of New York’s lawyer. He wanted to know if the city could deny a premises gun license to the plaintiffs in this case because they had admitted to previously violating the law.

“Is the city committed to closing the book on that old rule?” asked Roberts.

Yes, replied lawyer Dearing, noting that the plaintiffs have already had their licenses renewed twice since challenging the old New York law.

Only once on Monday did any justice directly address the question posed by the original New York case: whether the city’s justification for its regulations were constitutional. “Are the people of New York City and state less safe now” under the new law than they were under the previous law that was challenged, asked Justice Alito?

“No, I don’t think so,” replied lawyer Dearing. “We made a judgment, expressed by our police commissioner, that it was consistent with public safety to repeal the prior rule.”

Alito pounced. “So you think the Second Amendment permits the imposition of a restriction that has no public safety benefit?

Dearing replied that the new regulations–allowing for more transport of premises licensed guns–will make enforcement more difficult. But he said it is still doable.

That hardly appeased Alito, but organizations advocating stricter guns laws were breathing easier. Their relief may be only temporary.

With Kavanaugh replacing the more moderate Kennedy, there now seems to be a conservative majority on the court, justices who will in future treat gun regulations with far more suspicion than in the past. And even if that day does not come this term, there are more test cases waiting in the wings.

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‘Time’s Up’ group demands NBC to ‘stop protecting powerful men’ following Gabrielle Union report

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A prominent women’s advocacy group has slammed NBC for repeatedly “protecting powerful men” following a report about former “America’s Got Talent” judge Gabrielle Union and the complaints she raised while working on the series, which critics suggest led to her unjust firing.

Time’s Up, formulated by several Hollywood actresses following the downfall of film mogul Harvey Weinstein, applauded the actress for coming forward with her claims against  “AGT,” which included instances of racism.

“For too long, NBCUniversal has enabled toxic workplaces by protecting the careers of powerful men like [former ‘Today’ host] Matt Lauer at the expense of women who speak out and are silenced through non-disclosure agreements,” the advocacy group stated in a petition on Monday. “Now, Gabrielle Union was allegedly fired for speaking up about racist and inappropriate behavior she encountered working on NBC’s ‘America’s Got Talent.’ Union reportedly endured and witnessed racially-insensitive comments and excessive criticism about her physical appearance, and it also appears she was punished for speaking out.”

“It’s time for NBC to stop protecting powerful men at the expense of its workers and address its toxic workplace culture, once and for all.”

NBC did not immediately respond to requests by Fox News for comment.

GABRIELLE UNION SPEAKS OUT AMID CONTROVERSIAL DEPARTURE FROM ‘AMERICA’S GOT TALENT’

The news of Union’s departure from “AGT” was initially broken by Variety. The report alleges that Union was subject to various racially-motivated criticisms. For example, her many hairstyle changes were perceived as “too black” for “AGT’s” core demographic — a critique Union reportedly received over half a dozen times.

Union was also reportedly not a fan of a racially insensitive joke made by Jay Leno on set.

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During the filming of an interstitial segment, Leno joked about a painting that featured Simon Cowell surrounded by dogs. Leno joked that the dogs looked like something one could find “on the menu at a Korean restaurant” — much to the chagrin of “the very few Asian staffers” on the show. The comment was later edited out of the Aug. 6 episode.

Union allegedly urged producers to report the incident to NBC’s human resources department — to no avail.

Time’s Up’s petition also referred to allegations that NBC shielded Lauer after he was accused of sexual assault. According to reporting from “Catch and Kill” author Ronan Farrow, NBC News killed his Weinstein story because the producer used his knowledge of claims against Lauer as leverage against the network.

Fox News’ Andy Sahadeo contributed to this report. 

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