May 1 - Issue #19
1/ WH Correspondents’ Dinner vs. Trump Campaign Rally
Every year, the best and brightest from Washington’s media circles gather for a dinner hosted by White House Correspondents’ Association. During the dinner, awards are given out to journalists who file notable stories in the year, and scholarships are given to aspiring college students hoping to break into the field.
And of course, there is always an entertainer, who roasts the president and also sometimes the media figures present in the room. Presidents usually host and attend the dinner, giving their own rebuttal in witty jokes. Every president in modern history, except Carter, Nixon, and now Trump.
Hasan Minhaj Roasts President Trump at White House Correspondents’ Dinner
This year’s jokes were extra spicy, as you could probably already guess:
“I would say it is an honor to be here, but that would be an alternative fact,” he added. “It is not. No one wanted to do this, so of course it lands in the hands of an immigrant. That’s how it always goes down.”
“You know Donald Trump doesn’t drink, right? Does not touch alcohol. Which is oddly respectable. But think about that. That means every statement, every interview, every tweet: completely sober. How is that possible?” asked Minhaj. “He tweets at 3 a.m. sober! Who is tweeting at 3 a.m. sober?! Donald Trump, because it’s 10 a.m. in Russia. Those are business hours.”
One point that has been mentioned on across news channels this weekend was how at the same dinner in 2011 when then private citizen Trump got roasted by President Obama, and possibly the true inspiration for Trump’s decision to get involved in politics:
That year, then-President Barack Obama and host Seth Meyers lit a fire under Donald Trump with a deliciously inventive panoply of insults, teeing off on everything from his New Yawk accent and elaborate coif to his time hosting The Celebrity Apprentice. Trump, a real estate tycoon who’d recently made a name for himself spearheading the racist birther movement against the first black president, was there as a guest of The Washington Post, and with each stinging barb, the camera trained on the stone-faced mogul, seething with anger. He later called Meyers’s remarks “nasty” and “out of order.”
Trump Touts First 100 Days Record, Slams the Press in Campaign-Style Rally
Meanwhile, in Pennsylvania, President Trump held a campaign rally to deliver his own speech against the Washington media establishment he feels is so threatening to his presidency:
The president told a boisterous crowd of supporters that he was “thrilled” to be far away from Washington D.C. where members of the press were gathered for the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.
“The Washington media is part of the problem,” Trump said. “Their priorities are not my priorities, and they’re not your priorities, believe me.”
2/ This “Being President” Thing… It’s Just Really Hard Ya Know?
No joke, he really said it.
Trump Says He Thought Being President Would Be Easier Than His Old Life
And in the same interview, he wanted to make sure the reporters had the most current election day maps that proved he had won the White House: 
“Here, you can take that, that’s the final map of the numbers,” the Republican president said from his desk in the Oval Office, handing out maps of the United States with areas he won marked in red. “It’s pretty good, right? The red is obviously us.”
3/ First Roger Ailes, Then Bill O’Reilly.. Now a Federal Investigation
Fox News can’t catch a break lately, and now the federal probe from the Roger Ailes era is bringing new scandal to light. The latest rumor being that the network employed use of mail fraud and wire fraud, all relating to the sexual harassment payouts.
Federal Inquiry Said To Focus On Whether Fox News Broke Law In Harassment Payouts
4/ Will The Kennedy Conspiracy Theories Finally Be Solved?
It will be interesting to see Trump’s reaction to the records if released, or if he decides to invoke a power only he has: to stop their publishing.
Under the deadline set by a 1992 law, Trump has six months left to decide whether he will block the release of an estimated 3,600 files related to the assassination that are still under seal at the Archives. From what is known of the JFK documents, most come from the CIA and FBI, and a number may help resolve lingering questions about whether those agencies missed evidence of a conspiracy in Kennedy’s death. As with every earlier release of JFK assassination documents in the 53 years since shots rang out in Dealey Plaza in Dallas, it is virtually certain that some of the files will be seized on to support popular conspiracy theories about Kennedy’s murder; other documents are likely to undermine them.
Under the 1992 JFK Assassination Records Collection Act, the library of documents about Kennedy’s death must be made public in full by the deadline of this October 26, the law’s 25th anniversary, unless Trump decides otherwise. It is his decision alone.
Will Trump Release the Missing JFK Files?
5/ 100 Days in Office
And two points from Mike Allen’s Axios AM newsletter that I found to be notable observations of the impact of 100 days in office:
An asteroid will fly by Earth on April 19, 1 million miles away, and NASA is nowhere near ready if one were to get any closer — Quartz
How Trump's new tax reform proposal may affect every income bracket
Malaria: Kenya, Ghana and Malawi get first vaccine
FCC announces plan to reverse Title II net neutrality
Trump: Kim Jong-un is a "smart cookie" - Axios
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