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    Ahead of a Tuesday Republican runoff, President Donald Trump is fully inserting himself in a U.S. Senate race in Alabama, holding a rally Friday night for Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL), who faces a spirited challenge from former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore, in a race that has strained GOP alliances in the Yellowhammer State. The President will stop tonight in Huntsville, Alabama – not far from there, Mr. Trump had a gigantic rally back in late February of 2016, as he drew some 30,000 people to a football stadium in Madison. “I am supporting “Big” Luther Strange because he was so loyal and helpful to me!” Trump wrote in one of a number of tweets about the Alabama race. Senator Luther Strange has gone up a lot in the polls since I endorsed him a month ago. Now a close runoff. He will be great in D.C. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 21, 2017 Behind in the polls, Strange used a Thursday night debate with Moore to repeatedly remind Alabama voters who the President was supporting. “The first question is, who does the President support? The President supports me,” Strange said. As for Moore, he has drawn support from a number of conservative Republicans, but now finds himself pitted against someone who has the backing of the President, something that Strange mentioned several times at a debate on Thursday night. “This race is not me against the President,” Moore said. Moore would seem to be a perfect ally for the President – someone who rails against the GOP Establishment, focusing much of his ire on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell – but Mr. Trump has stuck with “Big Luther,” who has trailed in the polls leading up to the runoff. “If they believe in Trump’s agenda – Moore is the clear choice,” said Rep. Steve King (R-IA), “but if they follow the cult of personality – then Strange.” Both US Senate Candidates have delivered their opening statements. pic.twitter.com/ogDS7MlRRT — Jalea Brooks (@JaleaBrooks) September 21, 2017 Strange was appointed earlier this year to fill the seat of Jeff Sessions, who left the Senate to become U.S. Attorney General – Sessions was the first Senator to support Mr. Trump, but that has not earned him any loyalty from the President, who has castigated Sessions repeatedly. While the President has backed Strange, Moore has received the backing of Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), who ran third in the original primary. But the big voice on Friday will be that of President Trump, who has certainly been putting his political capital on the line for Strange. Alabama is sooo lucky to have a candidate like 'Big' Luther Strange. Smart, tough on crime, borders & trade, loves Vets & Military. Tuesday! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 20, 2017
  • As Republicans try to push ahead with a new plan to overhaul the Obama health law, one flash point has erupted on how the GOP effort would impact people with pre-existing health conditions, as backers and opponents have come to much different conclusions on that important policy matter. The issue of how people with pre-existing conditions are treated has been a controversial one throughout this year’s legislative push by the GOP to coalesce behind a plan that would repeal and replace the Obama health law, as supporters of the law argue it’s one of the most popular aspects of the existing law, as it prevents insurance companies from discriminating against people because of their past medical history. In a tweet sent out on Wednesday evening, President Donald Trump declared his strong support for the Graham-Cassidy plan, specifically trumpeting what he says is ‘coverage of pre-existing conditions.’ I would not sign Graham-Cassidy if it did not include coverage of pre-existing conditions. It does! A great Bill. Repeal & Replace. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 20, 2017 Senator (Doctor) Bill Cassidy is a class act who really cares about people and their Health(care), he doesn't lie-just wants to help people! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 21, 2017 As for what’s in the actual proposal from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) – the language does not expressly say that people with pre-existing conditions can keep their coverage without facing premium increases, as under the Obama health law. And the bill text doesn’t expressly say that states can get rid of requirements to cover pre-existing conditions, either – but it leaves open that possibility. Here is the only mention in the legislative text about pre-existing conditions: The Graham-Cassidy plan would allow states to change the “Essential Health Benefits” that are required under the Obama health law – basically, these are items that must be included in health coverage by insurance companies, preventing higher premiums based on age, lifetime caps on medical coverage, and the refusal to cover certain items because of a pre-existing medical condition, and more. Under the plan, states would be allowed to seek a waiver from the Secretary of Health and Human Services to change the EHB’s for that state; some states might want to keep the current Essential Health Benefits, while others could seek something different in terms of minimum coverage requirements. Some outside groups, and insurance companies have said their read of the language is that coverage for pre-existing conditions would be in danger in the Graham-Cassidy plan. Trump=pre-existing conditions covered under Graham-Cassidy. Blue Cross/Blue Shield=No. What's the truth? @SenJohnThune @SenatorRounds — Debra Elofson (@debra_elofson) September 21, 2017 My insurance company says #GrahamCassidy nixes coverage for preexisting conditions https://t.co/7qadcn1Vur — Jennifer (@jenniferd0902) September 21, 2017 The current GOP plan is to have a vote on the Graham-Cassidy language sometime next week. The Senate must act before September 30 in order to use a parliamentary procedure that prevents a Senate filibuster. Senators will be back on Monday for votes – at this point, the GOP does not have 50 votes for this new plan.
  • As Hurricane Maria was ravaging the island of Puerto Rico, House Speaker Paul Ryan said during a Wednesday visit to Florida that he expects the Congress will vote on more disaster relief money next month, as federal agencies deal with the aftermath from three major hurricanes – Harvey, Irma and Maria. “I’m sure that we’re going to do another, what we call a supplemental, sometime in October, once we have a full assessment of what is needed,” the Speaker said, after spending the day looking at storm damage across Florida. Earlier this month, lawmakers approved $15.3 billion in extra aid for Hurricane Harvey; while that money was expected to allow for initial aid for victims of both Harvey and on Hurricane Irma relief, the expected damage from Hurricane Maria will mean an even bigger drain on federal emergency budget accounts. The Speaker’s comments came after Ryan toured damaged areas in south Florida, which included a flight from the U.S. Coast Guard over the Florida Keys. Thank you @SpeakerRyan for taking the time to visit South Florida & the #FLKeys to assess the damage left behind by #Irma #KeysRecovery pic.twitter.com/qNb105UJid — Rep. Carlos Curbelo (@RepCurbelo) September 20, 2017 “From Marathon to Key West, it was really pretty extensive damage,” Ryan said, noting that he was familiar with the area from fishing trips he has made to Florida in the past. “It was really astounding, the kind of damage that is done, not just to the ecosystem, but also to the homes and the structures,” the Speaker added. Ryan was accompanied not only by local lawmakers from Florida, but also by the Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ), who would be in charge of any extra aid package in the House. . @SpeakerRyan says he expects Congress will have to pass another hurricane aid package in October. — Cristina Marcos (@cimarcos) September 20, 2017 “We will work together to make sure that the necessary federal resources are in place for the rebuilding,” the Speaker said. “We will be there every step of the way.” No estimates have been given on how much the Congress will have to pony up in terms of federal aid for Harvey, Irma and Maria; the Governor of Texas at one point said he thought his state might need over $100 billion from Uncle Sam, and the costs will certainly climb with damage to Puerto Rico from Maria.
  • Citing the deaths of seniors at a nursing home in Florida after Hurricane Irma, and a viral photograph of seniors in waist deep water at a facility in Texas during Hurricane Harvey, a U.S. Senate committee was urged on Wednesday to support stronger regulations for nursing homes and assisted living facilities to better protect older Americans during hurricanes, floods, and other emergencies and natural disasters. “We need generators to support medical needs and air conditioning to cool reasonable temperatures, as well as fuel,” said Kathryn Hyer, a professor at the University of South Florida’s School of Aging Studies. Hyer said her past research has shown that it is better for seniors at nursing homes and assisted living facilities to shelter-in-place, rather than go through evacuations during hurricanes – as she told the Senate Special Committee on Aging that better planning is needed for those facilities. Sen. Committee on Aging holds hearing after 9 people died in #Florida nursing home during #Irma, and viral pic in #Texas during #Harvey pic.twitter.com/djqUH7YeZb — Anna Wiernicki (@AnnaEWiernicki) September 20, 2017 “Nursing homes and assisted living must be built in places that minimize flooding, and they have to be built to standards that allow administrators to shelter-in-place, if at all possible,” Hyer added. The Senate hearing came as finger pointing continued in the Sunshine State over who was to blame for the deaths of nine seniors at a Broward County, Florida nursing home, after Hurricane Irma caused widespread power outages in southern Florida. “Older citizens should not suffer for days and then die, in the unbearable heat,” said Sen. Robert Casey (D-PA). “So many of us were both outraged and enraged when we saw what happened in Florida,” Casey added. After Irma: Scott says nursing home ‘failed…basic duty’ in deaths https://t.co/LTl0ERLMKi — The Palm Beach Post (@pbpost) September 20, 2017 “We must ask ourselves, can we better protect the most vulnerable members of our communities?” asked Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME). The hearing was convened as Hurricane Maria was bearing down on the U.S. island territory of Puerto Rico. “We have a big one going right now,” President Donald Trump said of the storm during a meeting at the United Nations with the King of Jordan. “I’ve never seen winds like this – in Puerto Rico,” Mr Trump said. “You take a look at what’s happening there, and it’s just one after another. 'We have a big one going right now,' Pres. Trump says of Hurricane #Maria. 'I've never seen winds like this.' https://t.co/bkGCCZkSRT pic.twitter.com/GenWk9nF3i — ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) September 20, 2017 “But I think we are doing a good job,” the President added about the federal response. Overnight, the storm raced just to the south of St. Croix, sparing that part of the U.S. Virgin Islands from serious devastation, though widespread damage was being reported. Back to the east, there were still few reports from the island of Dominica, which suffered a direct hit from Maria on Monday night. With communications down, amateur radio operators in contact with the island were getting reports of major damage on Dominica.
  • In his first address to the United Nations, President Donald Trump vowed that the United States would ‘totally destroy’ North Korea if that regime seeks to use its nuclear weapons against America or its allies, as Mr. Trump singled out North Korea, Iran, Syria, Cuba and Venezuela in a wide ranging address to the U.N. General Assembly. In blunt terms, the President zeroed in on North Korea, labeling it a “depraved” regime, referring to its leader as “Rocket Man,” as Mr. Trump said the United Nations must join together to stop the nuclear ambitions of Kim Jong Un. “Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and his regime,” Mr. Trump declared, making clear the U.S. would not ignore provocations by the Pyongyang regime. “If it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea,” the President said. Pres. Trump on North Korea: 'Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.' https://t.co/a3VGUhtpiN pic.twitter.com/zHLl83PjLk — ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) September 19, 2017 On Iran, Mr. Trump said the Iran nuclear deal brokered by the Obama Administration and other American allies was an “embarrassment,”
  • Still working on recovery and relief efforts in Texas after Hurricane Harvey and Florida after Hurricane Irma, federal officials were looking at the chance of even more damage in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, as rapidly intensifying Hurricane Maria seemed to be taking dead aim at an area in the Caribbean which just experienced major troubles from Irma earlier this month. “Maria is likely to affect Puerto Rico as an extremely dangerous major hurricane,” the National Hurricane Center reported in its evening update about the progress of the storm, noting that “all indications are that rapid intensification is continuing.” As President Donald Trump approved an emergency declaration for the Virgin Islands, the forecast showed Maria moving near those islands, and then directly over Puerto Rico by Wednesday with winds of 150 mph, a scenario that could well mean more damage for the U.S. government to deal with. Martinique and Dominica look to get hit first with Major Hurricane Maria. Then true tragedy if it hits US Virgin Islands…again. — Rob Carlmark (@rcarlmark) September 18, 2017 “Maria’s impact on the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico may well make Maria the third Category 4 billion-dollar hurricane for the U.S. this year, in addition to Harvey and Irma,” wrote storm expert Dr. Jeff Masters, on his hurricane blog at Weather Underground. The forecast was especially bad news for the Virgin Islands, which already suffered major damage during Hurricane Irma . With the hurricane heading straight for those American possessions in the northeastern Caribbean, several major airlines joined on Monday to run last minute ‘mercy flights’ from St. Croix to the U.S. mainland. The Tourism Commissioner of the Virgin Islands said the free flights on JetBlue to Orlando, Delta to Atlanta, and American to Miami had all quickly filled to capacity, as people looked to get out of areas that were already suffering from Irma’s damage. “We are trying to accommodate passengers (priority is given to persons with medical needs, pregnant women, the elderly and women with young children)” said Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty, who also had praise for several major cruise ship lines, which also took people away from the Virgin Islands in recent days. Hurricane #Maria up to 130-mph or Category 4 (950 mb central pressure) … satellite suggests that's conservative. Cat 5 signature. pic.twitter.com/CNORNCjxni — Ryan Maue (@RyanMaue) September 18, 2017 In Puerto Rico, the Governor and other officials were warning residents to find adequate shelter, as the outer bands of Maria were expected to start impacting that island on Tuesday, after hitting other islands in the Caribbean. While the long range forecast was unclear on whether Maria might threaten the East Coast of the United States, it seems very clear that extra disaster relief will be needed in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, making this an even more expensive year in terms of hurricane relief for Uncle Sam.
  • With the clock ticking down on a special expedited legislative procedure that avoids a Senate filibuster, Republicans are trying to rally support for a new plan that’s designed to make major changes in the Obama health law, in hopes of mustering 50 votes for the bill before the end of September. “Doing nothing is not an option,” says Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), one of prime movers – with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) – behind a bill that was unveiled just last week, but has picked up support from most Republicans in the Senate. “We are giving the power over health care to the states, not DC,” Cassidy said, labeling his plan a “fundamentally different approach to health care than Obamacare.” We need to return the power back to states and patients. https://t.co/LX75Zh3NPL — Bill Cassidy (@BillCassidy) September 15, 2017 So far, the White House has not put a full court press on behind the legislation, as this week, President Trump will be focused mainly on the gathering of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. “As I have continued to say, inaction is not an option,” the President stated in a written statement issued last week. “I sincerely hope that Senators Graham and Cassidy have found a way to address the Obamacare crisis,” Mr. Trump added. The same few Senators who resisted earlier GOP health care bills are again in the spotlight, as Republicans can’t afford to lose more than two of their 52 Senators. Already, one has made clear, he is not on board with the new Graham-Cassidy plan. #GrahamCassidy sales pitch: if you like your Obamacare you can keep your Obamacare. No thanks. — Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) September 15, 2017 “I can’t support a bill that keeps 90 percent of Obamacare in place,” said Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who argues that the Graham-Cassidy plan “is not repeal or replace, it is more Obamacare Lite.” Other GOP Senators on the fence about this plan include Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) – both of them joined with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to torpedo the GOP ‘skinny’ health care bill earlier this summer, when McCain dramatically voted against in a session that ran past midnight. Like other GOP plans, Graham-Cassidy does not ‘repeal and replace’ the Obama health law, as much of the underlying architecture is left in place by the bill. The plan would zero out the penalties under the individual and employer mandates, phase out a few of the taxes enacted under the Obama health law, and most importantly – it block grants money to the states, and allows them to figure out the best way to help individuals get health insurance. “States would have significant latitude over how the dollars are used to best take care of the unique health care needs of the patients in each state,” backers say. If Republican Senators Rand Paul, Lisa Murkowski, and Susan Collins vote against the Graham-Cassidy Obamacare repeal bill, it will not pass. — Krishan Patel (@IAmKrishanPatel) September 15, 2017 Democrats started to mobilize their opposition over the weekend, worried that Republicans just might be able to thread the needle and get something done before September 30, when authorization under “budget reconciliation” runs out. “This week we need to be focused on defeating the Graham-Cassidy bill. It would end the Affordable Care Act,” said Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA). “They won’t stop until the end of September,” said Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI). “We cannot stop until the end of September.” The reconciliation bill remains on the Senate calendar; Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell could force a vote at anytime to re-start debate on health care, and bring up the Graham-Cassidy bill. If the Senate were to approve the plan, it’s thought that the House could still vote on it after September 30 – but no changes would be allowed to the bill.
  • As the House finished work this past week on next year’s funding for the federal government, approving a package of eight different different spending bills, one thing noticeably absent from the debate on the House floor was a successful push to make new cuts in next year’s budget, as efforts to make deeper spending reductions were routinely rejected by a coalition of both parties. It was the first time since 2009 that the House had approved all 12 funding bills before the start of new fiscal year – but none of those plans have yet to reach the Senate floor – as the Congress continues to find it difficult to do the yearly job of passing appropriations bills before October 1. The outcome had conservative groups grinding their teeth, wondering where all the plans had gone for real budget cuts in the federal government. “The House has failed to meet this challenge,” the Heritage Foundation complained about the spending details approved by the House for 2018, arguing the Congress should instead buckle down, “cut wasteful programs and reduce the federal deficit.” There was such an opportunity on the House floor, as members of both parties had the chance to offer amendments to the package of eight spending bills. But amendments designed to make cuts were not destined to be winners on the floor of the House. Some examples: + A plan from Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) to get rid of money to support long distance routes on Amtrak was defeated 293-128. + An amendment from Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) to reduce spending on the “Essential Air Service” program by $150 million was defeated 280-140. + A two percent cut in the budget for the Department of Housing and Urban Development from Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-WI) was defeated 280-140. + Another plan from Grothman to reduce Economic Assistance offered under U.S. foreign aid programs was rejected 307-105. + A plan from Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC) to reduce the EPA budget by $1.8 billion was defeated 260-151. + An amendment from Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) to cut positions and funding at the Mine Safety Health Administration by 10 percent failed on a vote of 238-178. $20,165,466,677,134.71 (+) #NationalDebt — National Debt Tweets (@NationalDebt) September 15, 2017 + From Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), a one percent overall cut to the spending bill for Labor, Health and Human Services and Education programs was defeated 260-156. + A 1 percent across-the-board cut offered by Blackburn to Interior spending programs was defeated 248-156. + A 10 percent cut in general administrative and departmental expenses for agencies in the Financial Services budget was defeated 241-166. + A 5 percent cut in the budget of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms was defeated 313-98. + A 2 percent cut in certain programs at the Education Department was defeated 285-131. + A plan to cut $99 million from the budget of the National Labor Relations Board was defeated 241-175. Those are some of the highlights of efforts by GOP lawmakers to make cuts – they just did not have anywhere near the votes to knock such money out of these spending measures. That outcome was noticed by some. Frank, after you're done with @realDonaldTrump's lawn, head over to House Appropriations. They could use some cuts too! pic.twitter.com/ZDQjOGUNL6 — Greg Moore Jr. (@VoteMooreUS) September 15, 2017 On the flip side, one can find dozens of amendments that were approved by the full House, which increased funding of certain programs – and they came from both parties. A few examples: + From Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL), an extra $1.5 million to continue research on human impact of contaminated seafood. + From Rep. Darren Soto (D-FL), $500,000 more for the Grassroots Source Water Protection Program. + A bipartisan amendment approved a $7 million increase for “Assistance to Small Shipyards” + Democrats added $2 million more for the Public Housing Capital Fund at HUD. + Rep. Steve Knight (R-CA) added $100 million for the Community Development Fund at HUD. The House-passed spending bills now go to the Senate, where they are unlikely to get final action any time soon. A temporary budget kicks in on October 1, and runs out in early December – so, after Thanksgiving, look for a giant catch-all spending bill to fund the federal government.
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    Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog.

    A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989. Politics and the Congress are in Jamie’s family, as both of his parents were staffers for members of Congress. He was also a page and intern in the House of Representatives. Jamie has covered 11 national political conventions, with his first being the 1988 Democratic Convention in Atlanta. His political travels have had him on the presidential campaign trail every four years since 1992, chasing candidates throughout the primary calendar.

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  • Former Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams was arrested in Texas on Tuesday on traffic warrants, records show. >> Read more trending news  Williams was pulled over for a traffic offense, then arrested on warrants, Austin police said. He is no longer in the Travis County Jail, records show.  Williams, who starred at the University of Texas and played seven seasons in the NFL, is currently a football analyst for ESPN's Longhorn Network. He won the Heisman Trophy in 1998 and was the second Longhorn to win college football’s top prize, and was also a two-time All-American. Earlier this year, Williams said he was racially profiled while walking through a neighborhood in Tyler. A man called 911 when he 'observed a black male, wearing all black, crouched down behind his wire fence,' and Tyler police stopped and searched Williams, according to media reports.  Williams was taken to the Travis County Jail 17 years ago, when he was playing for the New Orleans Saints, when he refused to sign a traffic ticket, according to previous media reports. 
  • A former Michigan health official testified Thursday that he started asking questions about bacteria in Flint’s water supply a year before the state publicly acknowledged an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease. Tim Becker, who was deputy director at the Department of Health and Human Services, acknowledged that the agency could have issued a public warning in January 2015. But it was 12 more months before the department and Gov. Rick Snyder said something publicly. Becker was the first witness at a key court hearing involving his former boss, department director Nick Lyon, who is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of an 85-year-old man and misconduct in office. A judge must decide whether there’s enough evidence to send him to trial. Lyon’s attorneys call the charges “baseless.” The attorney general’s office says a timely announcement about a Legionnaires’ outbreak in the Flint area in 2014-15 might have saved Robert Skidmore. He died of congestive heart failure, six months after he was treated for Legionnaires’.
  • Another day, another Facebook Hoax.  This time you may have seen people warning you on your Facebook feed that there’s a secret list of people following your posts. They’re supposedly not your friends, but complete strangers.  The posts then direct you to search “Following Me” in your Facebook account and there will be a list of names you won’t recognize, The Times Union reported. >> Read more trending news  The problem is, it is all a hoax that your Facebook friends are unknowingly perpetuating. This isn’t the first time a following hoax took root on social media. Snopes investigated a similar claim in January that people from “Facebook security” were paid to watch people on the platform.  Both are untrue, according to Snopes. So how can you find out how who really is following you? According to Facebook’s Help Center, you go to the right corner and select settings, then click public posts, then select friends or public next to who can follow me. 
  • The word “dotard” is not new, although it hasn’t been used lately in polite (or even impolite) conversation. Kim Jong-Un unearthed it during a speech he made Friday; translators used the word “dotard” in describing President Donald Trump. >> Read more trending news Dictionary.com defines “dotard” as, “a person, especially an old person, exhibiting a decline in mental faculties; a weak-minded or foolish old person.” Merriam-Webster cites the first known use of the word in the 14th century and notes it’s in the “bottom 30 percent of words” on its website. It defines dotard as “a person in his or her dotage.” >> Twitter abuzz after Kim calls Trump a “dotard” “Dotage” is defined by Merriam-Webster as “a state or period of senile decay marked by decline of mental poise and alertness.” According to the Ngram tool on Google, the word “dotard” peaked in 1823. William Shakespeare was a fan of the word. In “Much Ado About Nothing,” Leonato defends himself against Claudio and tells the soldier: “Tush, tush, man, never fleer and jest at me. I speak not like a dotard nor a fool.” In “Taming of the Shrew,” Baptista commands that Vincentio be imprisoned, saying 'Away with the dotard; to jail with him.”The “Irish Monthly Magazine of Politics and Literature” from 1833 carries this sentence: “A father’s stern command resigned her to the arms of a dotard. …”The “Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction” from 1842 contains this sentence: “This old favourite, and ‘father of cheap literature,’ though advanced in years, is not cast off as a thing lacking in interest; a dotard in its second childhood; but, on the contrary, is now looked upon as a hoary-headed sage, abounding in humour. …”Dotard appears to be making a comeback, thanks to Kim.
  • Don’t cry over spilled ... vodka? A tractor-trailer carrying 40,000 pints of vodka rolled over in Interstate 70 in Clayton, North Carolina. And the load was so heavy that when crews tried to put the trailer back on its wheels, the bottles of booze bent the truck’s body, WRAL reported. >> Read more trending news Crews had to remove each box of vodka from the truck by hand nearly 12 hours after the crash, The Associated Press reported. Police said that the driver, Johnathan Davis Crissy didn’t secure the load and it shifted when he navigated a turn, WRAL reported.