July 17, 2018

During a forum on gun control last week in Tucson, a Republican candidate for Arizona's Legislative District 2 stood up and said that he is proof of the importance of, in case of an attack, having a "good guy there with a gun."

Bobby Wilson said that when he was a teenager, he shot and killed a person who came into his room and wanted him dead, The Arizona Republic reports. "You can pass all the laws you want to in this world, and when you've got somebody out there that wants to harm somebody, they're going to do it if you don't stop them," he said.

The person he killed wasn't a burglar or a stranger, but rather his mother, Lavonne. Wilson was 18 and living in Hugo, Oklahoma, when the incident occurred. He said he woke up one morning "to find a rifle in my face," and he ended up having to dodge six bullets. He reached for the gun he kept under his bed, and used that to shoot his mom. The story doesn't end there, though. His younger sister, Judy, was also killed; Wilson said his mother swung her gun and accidentally hit her in the back of the head, killing the 17-year-old.

Wilson told The Arizona Republic there were glass containers in his room filled with gasoline, and when the bullets started to fly, several shattered. When he went to turn on the light, a spark landed on the ground and the house went up in flames. He said it wasn't until he became a lawyer years later that he remembered all this, because he had amnesia after the shooting.

Newspaper reports from the time say Wilson confessed to shooting his mother, and when his sister ran at him, he crushed her skull with the rifle. He placed their bodies on a bed, then set the house on fire. He was tried on homicide charges, but after a jury agreed he had amnesia, the judge halted the trial until he could remember what happened. After seven years, Wilson asked for the charges to be dismissed, and a judge agreed. Read more about this bizarre tale at The Arizona Republic. Catherine Garcia

5:29 a.m.

In a long, televised Cabinet meeting Monday, President Trump tried to defend himself from criticism of his aborted decision to host next year's G7 summit at his own golf resort outside Miami, though "of course it wouldn't be a Trump meeting if it didn't go off on some rambling tangent about his rally crowd size," Stephen Colbert said on Monday's Late Show. But "Trump's not the only one defending his right to blow off the Constitution." So is acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, iffily.

Mulvaney told Fox News Sunday that Trump still thinks he's in the "hospitality business," Colbert said. "But admitting that the president still thinks he's running a for-profit business isn't even Mulvaney's biggest gaffe of that interview." He backed up a bit to explain how, in Trump's eyes, Mulvaney messed up. "Throughout this impeachment inquiry, the company line from the administration has been there was no 'quid pro quo' between Trump and Ukraine," Colbert said. "First of all, you don't need 'quid pro quo,' it's super illegal anyway. And second, yeah, 'quid pro quo,' and on Thursday, Mulvaney admitted it."

"Admitting the thing that Trump is being impeached for turned out to be slightly problematic," so on Fox News Sunday, Mulvaney "unveiled his bulletproof defense: He never actually said 'quid pro quo,'" Colbert said. "He does realize you don't have to say the crime to be guilty of the crime, right? To be convicted of homicide, you don't have to stab somebody while saying, 'Murder, murder, murder, murder.'"

Yeah, Trump probably reversed course on the G7 because "it is a bad idea to commit an impeachable offense when you're already being impeached," Seth Meyers said on Late Night. "That would be like stabbing the bailiff at your murder trial."

Luckily, The Late Show had a suggestion for the G7's venue, now that Trump's golf resort has proved too toxic. Watch below. Peter Weber

4:40 a.m.

"This weekend, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney revealed he has a secret Twitter account under the name Pierre Delecto," Conan O'Brien said on Monday's Conan. "A reporter for The Atlantic asked Mitt Romney which late-night comedians he follows on Twitter — this is true — he said the following: 'What's his name, the big redhead from Boston?' It's the only reason I call this show Conan, is that so we don't have those kinds of mix-ups."

"Anyway, I got over that," and "I went through some of Pierre Delecto's tweets," O'Brien said, "and in hindsight it's pretty clear it was Mitt Romney all along." Among the fake Delecto tweets he read: "I had another sexy dream about that big redhead late night guy from Boston. What's his name again? God he's so unmemorable."

"Big redhead from Boston?" Stephen Colbert asked at The Late Show. "He has a name, sir! It's Ginger O'Palebody, and he's a friend!" He suggested the pseudonym Pierre Delecto "sounds like something from a French-Canadian soft-core porn," then apologized "to our neighbors to the north" after trying out a Quebecois accent. "But I have a bone to pick with Pierre, because it turns out Conan's not the only late-night he follows," Colbert said. "He also likes Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon. No, no, you know what? I get it," he said when the audience booed. "And I'm proud to launch our new ad campaign: 'Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon — The Choice of Mitt Romney. Watch The Late Show.'"

"Pierre Delecto? Sounds like an evil chef at Au Bon Pain," Fallon joked at The Tonight Show. "Romney's been running the account since 2011. Yep, Pierre Delecto is 8 years old and loves Twitter — he's just like the president." Tariq Trotter said "Pierre Delecto" sounds like an international man of mystery, and he and The Roots came up with an appropriate theme song while Fallon donned a fake mustache. Watch below. Peter Weber

3:57 a.m.

On Monday, House Democrats blocked a House Republican resolution to censure Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) for "conduct that misleads the American people in a way that is not befitting an elected member of the House of Representatives." The 218-185 party-line vote effectively killed the resolution, introduced last week by Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) to register Republican disapproval of Schiff's handling of the House impeachment inquiry of President Trump. The resolution had been expected to fail.

Echoing Trump, the Republicans accused Schiff of a "false retelling" of the president's July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, following the White House's public release of a partial reconstructed transcript of that call. They also criticized Schiff for saying his committee had no contact with the whistleblower when in fact a staffer had counseled the unidentified intelligence officer to follow the procedures set up for whistleblowers inside the intelligence community. After the voting started, Schiff suggested his Republican colleagues were misdirecting their censorious energies.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) echoed that critique in a statement, saying: "What the Republicans fear most is the truth. The president betrayed the oath of office, our national security and the integrity of our elections, and the GOP has not even tried to deny the facts. Instead, Republicans stage confusion, undermine the Constitution and attack the person of whom the president is most afraid." Peter Weber

2:02 a.m.

Stephen Colbert's Late Show and Late Night with Seth Meyers were both on break last week, but President Trump gave them entrée into last week's series of unfortunate events with an off-the-rails televised Cabinet meeting Monday. During the long exchange with reporters — "71 minutes isn't a press conference, that's a one-man show," Colbert said Monday — Trump defended his aborted decision to host next year's G7 summit at his own golf resort near Miami.

"Wow, taxpayer money being spent at his own place, that is bald self-dealing — I mean, you'd have to be an idiot to defend that," Colbert said. But aside from Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-S.D.) and a handful of his GOP colleagues, "most Republicans freaked out, ran for cover, changed their names, and filed off their fingerprints." So Trump reversed himself Saturday but "continued to defend the thing he's not gonna do" during Monday's meeting, Colbert said. "Trump finally stropped talking about his resort and addressed the most important issue of the day: just how great he is," before arguing "he should have been allowed to violate the Constitution because he claimed other presidents had."

Trump's meltdown Monday came "after his White House basically confessed to multiple corrupt abuses of power" last week, Meyers said. The chief confessor, acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, first "brazenly announce that the president would enrich himself by hosting an official event at his own golf course," and after Trump reversed himself, "Mulvaney had to go on the Sunday shows to explain why Trump was so wounded by all the backlash." Instead, he said Trump thinks he's still in the "hospitality business."

"This is such a key confession from Mulvaney because it explains so much," Meyers said: "Trump still sees himself as the corrupt real estate mogul and reality star who always got away with whatever he wanted, rather than a government official who's bound to the rule of law. That's the Trump we saw on that infamous phone call with the president of Ukraine, and during his press conference on Thursday, Mulvaney literally admitted that they held up the aid to Ukraine as part of a quid pro quo to investigate the Democrats." Watch below. Peter Weber

2:02 a.m.

In front of his family and dignitaries from around the world, Japan's Emperor Naruhito on Tuesday morning officially proclaimed his enthronement inside the Imperial Palace.

The ceremony's rituals are known as "Sokui no Rei," and at one point boxes were placed near Naruhito's throne that are said to contain a sword and jewel that date back almost 2,700 years; because these are sacred items, they have never been viewed by the public. Naruhito donned ceremonial robes, as did his wife, Empress Masako. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivered a speech, ending with cheers of, "Long live the emperor!"

Out of respect for the nearly 80 people who died earlier this month during Typhoon Hagibis, a celebratory parade was postponed. A banquet will be held on Tuesday night, with guests including Britain's Prince Charles and Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam.

Naruhito, 59, assumed the throne in May when his father, Akihito, abdicated. He is the 126th emperor of Japan, and will reign over the "Reiwa," or "beautiful harmony," era. In Japan, the emperor has no political power and is viewed primarily as a symbolic figure. On Friday, Japan's government announced that in honor of the enthronement, 550,000 petty criminals will receive pardons. Catherine Garcia

12:51 a.m.

An email to her favorite author turned into a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Taryn Everdeen.

Three years ago, Everdeen, now 18, sent Carolyn Meyer, creator of the Young Royals series, some fan mail, letting her know how much she enjoyed her work. The pair began corresponding, and Meyer said she was surprised to learn that Everdeen was only 15. Meyer thought she was so "creative," she told Inside Edition, and brought an "entirely different skill set."

Meyer asked Everdeen if she would like to collaborate on a project, and knowing Meyer doesn't normally work with others, she quickly agreed. Everdeen lives in the United Kingdom and Meyer in New Mexico, but they traveled back and forth to work on their book, a time travel tale about a modern American teenage boy and a teen girl from Elizabethan England.

Everdeen considers Meyer not only a mentor, but also a friend, and said the author has "taught me a lot about writing and about life in general. I've learned that collaboration like this requires a lot of work and dedication and belief on both ends to keep the ball rolling." Meyer is 84, and said the book, which she will soon pitch to her publisher, will be her final one. Working with Everdeen has been a treat, she said, and provided "a real lesson for me to stop and take in somebody else's point of view." Catherine Garcia

October 21, 2019

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal Party celebrated Monday night as the CBC, Canada's national broadcaster, projected that Trudeau won a second term in Monday's national elections. While the Liberals are expected to win a plurality of seats in Parliament, they are seen falling short of the 170 needed for an outright majority in the 338-seat legislature. Polls had suggested Andrew Scheer and his Conservative Party were within striking distance of unseating Trudeau, but the Liberals had a stronger-than-expected showing.

Trudeau, Scheer, Bloc Quebecois leader Yves-François Blanchet, New Democratic Party (NDP) leader Jagmeet Singh, and Green Party leader Elizabeth May all won or are projected to win their respective seats, but Maxime Bernier, leader of the right-wing People's Party of Canada (PPC) lost his Quebec district to a Conservative challenger, Richard Lehoux. Bernier, who had represented the riding, or district, since 2006, founded the PPC in 2018 after losing the race to be Conservative leader.

If Trudeau heads a minority government, it means his Liberals will need support from other parties to pass legislation; the NDP is the most likely governing partner. The two prime ministers before Trudeau, Liberal Paul Martin and Conservative Stephen Harper, led three successive minority governments between 2004 and 2011, and "both got significant business through the House during their minority tenures," CBC News notes.

Still, the political landscape has changed since Trudeau, 47, won his landslide victory in 2015, University of Toronto history and international relations professor Robert Bothwell tells The Associated Press. "Trudeau is going to have to command a caucus that will not be as grateful than it was in 2015," he said, and as for Scheer, 40, "he's gone," Bothwell predicted. "He ran a really dirty campaign. There is nothing to be proud of on his side. He had the opportunity and blew it." Peter Weber

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