TUESDAY 8-21-18

1.      Congressman Alcee Hastings is in the hot seat over a joke he made about President Trump drowning.  At a rally, the Florida Democrat asked if anyone knows the difference between a crisis and a catastrophe. He said a crisis is if Donald Trump falls into the Potomac River and can't swim and then called it a catastrophe if somebody saves him.  Should Hastings apologize for cracking a joke like that? 

2.      Law enforcement sources tell TMZ that Asia Argento will not be investigated for sexual assault when it comes to the recently reported instance of her allegedly having slept with a 17-year-old actor when she was 37.  Argento settled with actor Jimmy Bennett for a reported $519,000 for an incident at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Marina del Rey, CA.  The L.A. County Sheriff's Department says they will only investigate sex crimes if the alleged victim comes forward and complains.  Actress Rose McGowan says her "heart is broken" over a report that her best friend and fellow Harvey Weinstein victim Asia Argento quietly paid off her own sexual assault accuser.  Does this put a new spin on the #MeToo movement?

3.       Two 15 game winners went at it last night in Boston, Corey Kluber vs. Rick Porecello.   What did you think about the match-up and the game between two of the best teams in the American League?

4.       Miss America Cara Mund is calling for the resignation claiming Miss America chairwoman Gretchen Carlson and others have bullied and silenced her which led to a loss of $75,000 in scholarship money.   Carlson shot back at Mund and wrote in an open letter, “Actions have consequences.  Friday, as an organization, we learned that $75,000 in scholarships which would have been the first scholarship increase in years is no longer on the table as a direct result of the explosive allegations in your letter.  The impact won't stop there. We are already seeing a negative ripple effect across the entire organization, and I am so concerned that it will dilute the experience for the next woman selected to wear the crown."  What do you think about  the tit for tat between Mund and Carlson?  Has the Miss American pageant seen better days?

5.      The former Canton human trafficking victim who helped kill her pimp will remain in prison.  The Ohio Supreme Court upheld Alexis Martin's life sentence despite finding Summit County Juvenile Court should have invoked the state's safe-harbor law.  The law protects children whose crimes are tied to being a victim of human trafficking.  Martin was 15 when she helped orchestrate the murder of Angelo Kerney in 2013.   How do you feel about the Ohio Supreme Court ruling?

6.       To commemorate “National Women’s Equality Day” a “Go Topless Rally” will be held this coming weekend in Ashville, North Carolina.   GoTopless.org says on its website: “If men are allowed to go topless in public women should have the same constitutional right”.   What do you think?  Should women be legally allowed to go topless?

7.   A school district in South Carolina is getting rid of “snow days” and is replacing them with eLearning Days.  When classrooms are closed because of the weather, teachers will send parents digital assignments their children will have to complete at home.  If for any reason students have a problem accessing the internet, they will still be required to complete the assignment within five days on their own time.   What you like to see eLearning days be implemented in Northeast Ohio schools?

8.      U.S. Steel has announced at least $750 million in investment in its Gary, Indiana mill in what's being hailed as a "renaissance" for the steel plant.  Company and government officials said the major investment would help preserve the 3,875 good-paying steelworker jobs there. U.S. Steel plans to modernize machinery at the mill and bring in state-of-the-art production equipment. What's your take on the U.S. steel industry today? 

9.       According to a new CNN poll, two-thirds of Americans are ready for the probe (led by Robert Mueller) to come to its conclusion. That percentage of respondents comes from a majority of both Republicans and Democrats.  Do you think the probe will end before the November mid-term elections?

10.   A man claims he was fired because of his man bun.  Sid Ouared, who was in a two week customer service program for British Airways, says he was terminated because of his hair. He said he wore the bun during training but was told it was against the dress code on the last day.  His supervisors gave him three choices; cut his hair, put it in a turban or wear dreadlocks. Ouared says he was discriminated against.  Was he?

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