'American Idol' May Be Delayed, and That Causes Problems with Katy Perry

‘American Idol’Filming May Be DelayedChaos Looms Large

9/14/2017 12:40 AM PDT

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American Idol” has backed itself into a corner, because it might need to delay taping until it lands more judges … but that doesn’t work for the only judge it’s got so far — Katy Perry.

Our ‘Idol’ sources tell us … Thursday is the last stop for the show’s tour bus auditions, and it’s just weeks away from the planned taped auditions with the judges. Problem is — producers are no closer to locking down stars to join Katy on the panel.

So the dilemma is simple and serious — if the show’s forced to postpone filming, it will likely conflict with Perry’s Witness tour schedule producers worked so hard to accommodate in the first place.

Adding to the dilemma … ‘A.I.’ still hasn’t signed desired judge #2, Luke Bryan. We’re told he wants more money, and the Disney perks he was offered instead of cash didn’t cut it. ‘Idol’s’ no closer to landing the 3rd judge.

Our sources say everything’s still up in the air — not a good place to be for a legendary show trying to make a triumphant return to TV.


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Trump denies he reached DACA deal with Democrats

President Trump denied he struck a deal with Democrats on immigration reform, just hours after congressional leaders declared victory in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) fight.

“No deal was made last night on DACA. Massive border security would have to be agreed to in exchange for consent. Would be subject to vote,” Trump tweeted Thursday.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said late Wednesday that they struck a deal for a legislative fix to DACA, which shielded close to 800,000 young undocumented immigrants to deportation.

Increased border security and other measures would be part of the package, they said, but funding Trump’s massive border wall was left out of the agreement.

Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi make DACA deal with Trump at W.H.

Trump, who scarfed down Chinese food with the Democratic leaders at the White House on Wednesday, doubled down on his wall talk after their announcement.

“The WALL, which is already under construction in the form of new renovation of old and existing fences and walls, will continue to be built,” Trump continued in a second tweet.

While some portions of the more than 2,000-mile border with Mexico do have barricades or fences, Congress hasn’t approved money to build Trump’s massive wall — expected to cost tens of billions of dollars.

Trump, however, signaled his support for DACA, an Obama-era program for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. at a young age.

Nancy Pelosi, Trump law boss mull border security to save DACA

“Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military? Really!……..They have been in our country for many years through no fault of their own – brought in by parents at young age. Plus BIG border security,” Trump said in a pair of tweets.

Schumer and Pelosi declared victory Wednesday night, only to be rebuffed by the President.

Schumer and Pelosi declared victory Wednesday night, only to be rebuffed by the President.

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Trump decided to wind down the program after mounting legal pressure from 10 states that threatened to challenge DACA in court.

He’s given Congress six months to find a legislative fix for DACA, which was created through a series of executive orders.

The President has sent mixed messages on what will happen over that time. He indicated he might re-explore the program himself if Congress can’t find a solution, and tweeted that DACA recipients “have nothing to worry about” during the next six months.  

Pope Francis says Trump DACA repeal not ‘pro-life’

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders previously denied the border wall was left out.

“While DACA and border security were both discussed, excluding the wall was certainly not agreed to,” she said.

Matt House, Schumer’s communications director, responded Wednesday night that the wall was left out only of this deal.

“The President made clear he would continue pushing the wall, just not as part of this agreement,” House tweeted.  

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Trump denies he reached DACA deal with Democrats

President Trump denied he struck a deal with Democrats on immigration reform, just hours after congressional leaders declared victory in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) fight.

“No deal was made last night on DACA. Massive border security would have to be agreed to in exchange for consent. Would be subject to vote,” Trump tweeted Thursday.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said late Wednesday that they struck a deal for a legislative fix to DACA, which shielded close to 800,000 young undocumented immigrants to deportation.

Increased border security and other measures would be part of the package, they said, but funding Trump’s massive border wall was left out of the agreement.

Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi make DACA deal with Trump at W.H.

Trump, who scarfed down Chinese food with the Democratic leaders at the White House on Wednesday, doubled down on his wall talk after their announcement.

“The WALL, which is already under construction in the form of new renovation of old and existing fences and walls, will continue to be built,” Trump continued in a second tweet.

While some portions of the more than 2,000-mile border with Mexico do have barricades or fences, Congress hasn’t approved money to build Trump’s massive wall — expected to cost tens of billions of dollars.

Trump, however, signaled his support for DACA, an Obama-era program for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. at a young age.

Nancy Pelosi, Trump law boss mull border security to save DACA

“Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military? Really!……..They have been in our country for many years through no fault of their own – brought in by parents at young age. Plus BIG border security,” Trump said in a pair of tweets.

Schumer and Pelosi declared victory Wednesday night, only to be rebuffed by the President.

Schumer and Pelosi declared victory Wednesday night, only to be rebuffed by the President.

(Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

Trump decided to wind down the program after mounting legal pressure from 10 states that threatened to challenge DACA in court.

He’s given Congress six months to find a legislative fix for DACA, which was created through a series of executive orders.

The President has sent mixed messages on what will happen over that time. He indicated he might re-explore the program himself if Congress can’t find a solution, and tweeted that DACA recipients “have nothing to worry about” during the next six months.  

Pope Francis says Trump DACA repeal not ‘pro-life’

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders previously denied the border wall was left out.

“While DACA and border security were both discussed, excluding the wall was certainly not agreed to,” she said.

Matt House, Schumer’s communications director, responded Wednesday night that the wall was left out only of this deal.

“The President made clear he would continue pushing the wall, just not as part of this agreement,” House tweeted.  

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'Punishing UK is punishing OURSELVES' Italian MEP rails against EU's Brexit 'REVENGE'

Fabio Massimo Castaldo told Express.co.uk he hoped an “intelligent point of view” would prevail after the European Commission’s President Jean-Claude Juncker said Britain would “regret” its vote to leave the EU.

He said jousting from “both sides” would not be helpful in the long term as it could risk relations with a “fundamental partner”.

“I think that a hard and a not regulated and agreed Brexit will be a punishment for everybody,” he said. “[It] will be a punishment for us because we will lose the special and strong, important relationship with a fundamental partner.

“It will be a punishment for both our business, companies, it will be a punishment for the stability of the continent because it doesn’t matter if [the] UK will continue to be a part of the EU or not, EU are a crucial partner for security, for foreign affairs, for economy, for commerce – we need this cooperation.

“And the closing this divorce with total bad attitude will just not ensure a good cooperation for the future, so this is a need and I think that this play of strength from both sides is not going to help anybody.”

Mr Castaldo called for “positivity” and warned those seeking to administer a “punishment” to the UK after 17.4million people voted Leave.

He said: “I want to be positive and I also think that an intelligent point of view will prevail on the revanchism from some of the members of the Commission would like to put on the frontline just to show that the EU has the strength to punish here.

“The punishment to the UK would be a punishment to ourselves.”

The comments after Mr Juncker launched a scathing attack on Brexit after his State of the Union speech on Wednesday.

He said the referendum result marked a “very sad and tragic moment” for the EU and the UK would “regret” the decision.

Mr Juncker said: “March 29 2019 – that will be the day when the United Kingdom will leave the EU.

“This will be a very sad and tragic moment in our history we will always regret this and I think that you will regret it as well soon if I might say.”

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Joe Girardi isn’t concerned about hurting players' feelings

Jaime Garcia clearly was not thrilled to get hooked by Joe Girardi in the fifth inning on Wednesday, avoiding eye contact with his manager and muttering to himself as he left the mound.

Dellin Betances offered a similar displeased reaction when he was pulled three innings later.

Girardi does not give a flying hoot, however, nor should he, about anyone’s feelings or personal goals — be it pitchers or position players — as he attempts to navigate the Yankees back into the postseason over the final two-and-a-half weeks of the regular season.

That’s simply the way it has to be, whether any players or team observers believe otherwise.

“I had a couple of difficult choices today…but those were decisions I felt like I had to make,” Girardi reasoned after the Yanks held on for a 3-2 edging of the Rays to conclude their hurricane-shifted “road” series at Citi Field. “It’s not always going to work. I’m not always going to be right. But I’ve got to make the moves that I believe in my heart.

“This is all about winning games now. This is not about numbers or when you pitch. It’s when we need you, that’s when we need you, and do your job.”

Joe Girardi is managing strictly for wins — just as he should be.

Joe Girardi is managing strictly for wins — just as he should be.

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Garcia had done that much on Wednesday and appeared as if he’d finally be in line to secure his first win since the Yanks acquired him from Minnesota on July 29. The veteran lefty was nursing a 3-1 lead and recorded two quick outs in the fifth, before Lucas Duda’s single prompted Girardi to turn to lights-out middle man Chad Green.

Granting Garcia a crack at completing five innings to qualify for a win correctly was the last thing on Girardi’s mind.

“There’s a time for that. But I don’t think September when you’re four games out (of first place) is the time for that,” Girardi said. “Early in the season, I probably would’ve left him in. June, July, I probably would’ve left him in. But you start to get to this point, and you have to make some personal sacrifices for the team.”

After returning to the dugout, Girardi was shown having a lengthy conversation with Garcia and relayed that same message.

“I was explaining to him what I felt like I had to do,” said Girardi, whose contract expires at season’s end. “I tell all my players, ‘Hey, I don’t want you to want to come out. I want you to want to stay in. I don’t ever really take too much in the heat of the moment. I want competitors, and if they get hot, I’ve told them, ‘I understand if you’re mad at me. I get it.’ It’s days after (if they’re still mad), that’s when that’s an issue. But I was happy he didn’t want to come out.”

Jaime Garcia wasn

Jaime Garcia wasn’t happy about getting yanked early by Joe Girardi.

(Frank Franklin II/AP)

Garcia hadn’t pitched since Aug. 30 because he’d been skipped in his previous turn. He said he actually “appreciated” the frank talk from the manager, while stressing he was “more disappointed in the situation and myself” than angry at Girardi.

“There’s some emotions going on, but I don’t think I’ve ever been pleased when a manager takes me out of a game,” Garcia admitted. “The important thing was for the team to win and for us to get to October.”

Girardi similarly had pulled CC Sabathia in favor of David Robertson in the fifth inning of Monday’s series-opening win. That’s the game-shortening flexibility and depth GM Brian Cashman has provided with the Yanks’ retooled bullpen following the trade for Robertson and Tommy Kahnle from Chicago before the deadline.

Not to mention the emergence of Green as a strikeout machine and another dominant weapon, with 99 Ks now in 64 innings for the year.

“That’s a lot of it, too,” Girardi said of the decision, adding that Robertson was unavailable. “(Green) has been outstanding. He’s been as good as anyone in our bullpen.”

Dellin Betances was the latest Yankees pitcher who was unhappy about handing the ball over to his manager.

Dellin Betances was the latest Yankees pitcher who was unhappy about handing the ball over to his manager.

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Regardless, the more curious decision was pulling Betances with a runner on first and two down with the two-run lead intact in the eighth. Girardi turned to Chapman against righty-swinging Steven Souza for a potential four-out save — less than a week after he’d regained the closer’s role over the weekend in Texas — and the $ 85 million flamethrower was shaky again before striking out the side in the ninth, including Duda to seal it with 102-mph heat.

Still, Betances also fully appeared miffed to be yanked, even if there was no dugout chat this time with Girardi. The four-time All-Star also had cleared out of the clubhouse by the time the media finished grilling the manager.

“I didn’t have a chance to, I’ll talk to him (Thursday),” Girardi said. “Again, that’s a competitor. He wants to be out there. That’s a good thing. I’m OK with that.”

Just as everyone needs to be cool with that sort of team-first thinking the rest of the way, an approach Girardi estimated he’s operated under “for at least the last three or four weeks.”

With 14 of the final 17 games slated for the Bronx, trying to make up ground on Boston in the division race and/or securing the first wild-card spot must remain the only priorities.

Girardi can’t otherwise care about anyone’s feelings here. And he doesn’t. 

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Selena Gomez Underwent Kidney Transplant, Donor Best Friend Francia Raisa

Selena GomezUnderwent Kidney TransplantBest Friend Donor

9/14/2017 3:36 AM PDT

Selena Gomez underwent a kidney transplant this summer, and the donor was her best friend.

Selena posted this pic post surgery of her and kidney donor Francia Raisa.  She said, “I’m very aware some of my fans had noticed i was laying low for part of the summer and questioning why I wasn’t promoting my new music, which I was extremely proud of.”

Selena goes on … “So I found out I need to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering.  It was what I needed to do for my overall health.”

And then she thanks her friend … “There aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa.  She gave me the ultimate gift.”


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Mnuchin requested a government jet for his honeymoon: report

That’s plane outrageous.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin requested a government jet for his honeymoon to Scotland, France and Italy last month, sources said.

Mnuchin, who married the Scottish-born actress Louise Linton in a ceremony officiated by Vice President Michael Pence in June, submitted a written request for his honeymoon in August, sources told ABC.

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Mnuchin submitted a written request for a government jet for his honeymoon to Scotland, France and Italy.

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The request for the U.S. Air Force jet, which could have cost around $ 25,000 every hour, is being reviewed by the Treasury Department’s Office of Inspector General, the sources said.

A spokesperson for the Treasury Department issued a statement saying Mnuchin, a member of the National Security Council was concerned about maintaining a secure method of communication during his travel.

A scandal also erupted after Linton flaunted her designer duds in an Instagram photo of her disembarking the government plane in Kentucky.

A scandal also erupted after Linton flaunted her designer duds in an Instagram photo of her disembarking the government plane in Kentucky.

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The request was eventually deemed unnecessary when it became apparent he could access secure communication through other means, the spokesperson said.

The Inspector General is already reviewing Linton and Mnuchin’s trip to Kentucky on August 21 after a government watchdog group questioned whether it was planned around viewing the solar eclipse from just outside to path of totality.

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Mnuchin married the Scottish-born actress Louise Linton in a ceremony officiated by Vice President Michael Pence in June.

(Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for LS)

A scandal also erupted after Linton flaunted her designer duds in an Instagram photo of her disembarking the government plane in Kentucky.

When Jenni Miller, a mother of three from Oregon, left a comment calling the 36-year-old “deplorable”, Linton went on the offensive in a long-winded tirade that branded her “adorably out of touch”.

Linton later apologized, and a Treasury spokesperson defended Mnuchin, saying he obtained the appropriate approval for the official visit and reimbursed the government for his wife’s travel.

It is unusual for White House officials to travel on military aircraft unless they deal directly with national security.

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World War 3: North Korea would 'RATHER EAT GRASS' than give up nukes, Putin warns

The Russian leader mocked the UN attempts to stop North Korea‘s nuclear plans with a wider set of sanctions.

Speaking at a public press conference, Mr Putin said: “Do you think that following the adoption of some sanctions, North Korea will abandon its course on creating weapons of mass destruction?

“As I said to one of my colleagues yesterday, they will eat grass but they will not abandon this programme unless they feel safe.”

Mr Putin said North Korean leader Kim Jong-un feared he would become the next Saddam Hussein if he were to give up his nuclear weapons.

He said that, having seen what happened to Hussein when he disarmed, Kim Jong-un would continue to invest in nuclear development.

Mr Putin continued: “Sanctions of any kind are useless and ineffective in this case.

“Russia condemns these exercises on the part of North Korea. We believe they are provocative in nature. However, we cannot forget about what I just said about Iraq, and what happened later in Libya. Certainly, the North Koreans will not forget it.”

Mr Putin’s comments come as the lonely East Asian country threatened to unleash a lethal attack on Japan, a key US ally in the region.

A North Korean state agency said the DPRK was prepared to “sink” the Japanese archipelago and reduce the United States to “ashes and darkness” as payback for the new sanctions.

Pyongyang’s Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee said: “The four islands of the archipelago should be sunken into the sea by the nuclear bomb. Japan is no longer needed to exist near us.”

Tensions between North Korea and the United States continue to grow after President Donald Trump promised to release “fire and fury” on Kim Jong-un for the constant nuclear threats to the US and its Asian allies.

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Yankees Insider: Girardi hopes Bird can return to lineup Friday

Greg Bird missed his third straight game Wednesday. Bird, who has been sidelined since Monday with back spasms, had hoped to play in Wednesday’s afternoon game against the Rays at Citi Field.

Joe Girardi said he decided to take a cautionary approach and leave Bird out of the lineup.

“I was under the thought it would be a couple days,” Girardi said before the Yankees’ 3-2 win over the Rays. “Back spasms, it’s usually more than one day from my experience with them.”

Girardi hopes Bird can return to the lineup Friday against the Orioles.

The Yankees’ 24-year-old first baseman — who has missed most of the last two seasons due to injury — got a precautionary MRI on his back Tuesday that came back normal.

Despite Bird’s inability to stay healthy, Girardi said he still envisions Bird being a key piece of the Yankees’ young core moving forward.

“I still think that he’s an everyday first baseman that could have a big impact, but obviously you’ve got to stay on the field,” Girardi said. “That’s first and foremost, you’ve got to be able to stay healthy. But I think when we’ve seen him healthy, we’ve seen him be productive.”

A WILD QUESTION

Despite Luis Severino leading the Yankees in wins (12), ERA (2.96) and strikeouts (211), Girardi is not yet ready to name the 23-year-old All-Star the team’s de-facto starter in a potential wild card game.

“Let’s worry about this,” Girardi said, referencing Wednesday’s game. “Let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves.”

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Greg Bird is trying to recover from back spasms.

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Girardi earlier said he knows he must be “realistic” when it comes to potential postseason matchups, but was quick to point out the Yankees are still very much in contention with the Red Sox to win the AL East.

“One good week for us and one bad week for them, and all of a sudden it’s a really close race,” Girardi said.

The Yankees trail the Red Sox by 3.5 games heading into Boston’s Wednesday night game against the A’s.

GREEN WITH ENVY

Girardi recognizes righthander Chad Green has been one of the team’s most reliable relief pitchers, but due to sheer number of quality relievers in the bullpen, Girardi doesn’t envision a role change for Green in the near future.

“I think with the bullpen we have, it’s a good role for him,” Girardi said of Green, who typically throws two-to-three innings when he comes in to pitch. “Had we not have so much depth in the seventh, eighth inning, you might think about it different.”

Green pitched 1.1 scoreless innings Wednesday, including striking out the side in the sixth. He has a 1.96 ERA with 99 in 64.1 innings pitched this season.

FEELING SUPER

The Yankees will recognize the 10-year anniversary of the Giants’ 2007 Super Bowl win over the Patriots prior to the Yankees’ upcoming game against the Orioles Saturday, Sept. 16. More than 40 members of the 2007 Giants team will be in attendance and four of the team’s captains – Antonio Pierce, David Tyree, Shaun O’Hara and Jeff Feagles – will throw out ceremonial first pitches.

OF NOTE

Aaron Judge and Matt Holliday were both given the day off Wednesday. Both hitters were available to pinch-hit, if needed. …Girardi said David Robertson was unavailable to pitch Wednesday. Robertson threw 2.2 innings in the Yankees’ 5-1 win on Monday.

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O.J. Simpson Happy About Prison Release … Sort Of

O.J. SimpsonHappy to Leave Prison… Sort Of

9/14/2017 12:50 AM PDT

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O.J. Simpson‘s actually got some misgivings about his impending release … he feels a bond with his comrades in lockup and is finding it hard to say goodbye.

O.J.’s lawyer, Malcolm LaVergne, tells TMZ … Juice has been bored and sad in his current situation — in an isolated cell for his own safety since he was granted parole in July.  He says the decision was bittersweet for Simpson, because he’s developed close friendships during his 9 years behind bars.

LaVergne says O.J. actually “loved being in general population” because he’s super social and feels most comfortable around other people, and he even misses his prison jobs … like being commissioner of the softball league.

Still … LaVergne says O.J.’s ready for a return to normal life, and there’s a chance he’ll get to say goodbye to his prison buddies. 

LaVergne tells us he’s working on paperwork to get O.J. moved to Florida to be with his family once he’s released … which he expects to be the second week of October.


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