Meghan McCain Goes Off on ‘Wannabe’ TV Star Matt Gaetz

The View/ABCMeghan McCain was not impressed with the House Republicans’ publicity gambit this week to disrupt Democrats’ impeachment hearings led by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL).After Abby Huntsman mentioned that Gaetz is reportedly filming a documentary series for HBO called The Swamp—and allegedly broke House rules to get the crew members into the Capitol building—McCain went off.“I hate political stunts across the board in general,” McCain said. “I think we elect people in order to serve in Congress.” Comparing what Republicans did this week to the Democratic sit-in for gun control in 2016, she said, “Democrats shouldn’t be doing it, Republicans shouldn’t be doing it.” “We elect you to get your freaking job done one way or the other,” McCain continued, “and when you are sitting on a sit-in for 26 hours or you’re doing what Republicans did yesterday, it’s the reason why Congress has a 13 percent approval rating.” “By the way, Matt Gaetz, when did you become a TV star or wannabe a TV star?” she asked in disgust. “You want to do that? Get the hell out of Congress! Get a TV job! But you’re probably not interesting enough to do it.” “No one’s going to hire him, he’s boring,” Joy Behar added. It was a relatively rare moment of agreement between McCain and Behar, who said earlier of Republicans, “I think they’re scared because, you know, because Trump said that any never-Trumpers are considered ‘scum.’”  “So they don’t want to be labeled as scum in his eyes and they’re afraid of getting thrown out of their job,” she added. “And it’s just based on pure, you know, fear—just fear and cowardice in my opinion.” Jimmy Kimmel Tears Apart Trump ‘Ass-Kisser’ Matt Gaetz for Threatening Michael CohenRead more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

Death row inmate wants to choose lethal drug to be used in his execution in two weeks

A South Dakota man on death row is petitioning the state to use a lethal injection drug of his choosing, just two weeks from his planned execution date.Charles Russell Rhines has asked the state to use the same type of drug that was mandated for executions at the time of his conviction, which occurred in 1993 when protocol was to use an ultra-fast-acting drug and a chemical paralytic.

Mountain skeleton may be man from Japanese internment camp

In the closing days of World War II, a Japanese American set out with other men from the infamous internment camp at Manzanar on a trip to the mountains, where he went off on his own to paint a watercolor and got caught in a freak summer snowstorm. A hiker found Giichi Matsumura’s body weeks later amid a jumble of boulders, and he was laid to rest in a spot marked only by a small stack of granite slabs. Over the years, as the little-known story faded along with memories, the location of Matsumura’s burial in the remote and forbidding alpine landscape was lost to time, and he became a sort of ghost of Manzanar, the subject of searches, rumors and legends.

Mexico Misleads on Failed Arrest of ‘Chapo’ Son: Ex-DEA Official

(Bloomberg) — Mexico’s government isn’t being truthful about the botched attempt to capture the son of the world’s most notorious drug trafficker, according to a former head of international operations for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.The administration of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador hasn’t revealed that while trying to bring Ovidio Guzman Lopez into custody, security forces had caught another son of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, Mike Vigil, the former DEA official, said in an interview.Ivan Archivaldo Guzman Salazar had also been detained and let go when gunmen overpowered police, Vigil said, citing unverified intelligence he received from top Mexico police sources. The New York Times had originally reported that Ivan Archivaldo had also been captured and released, citing people who asked not to be identified.“There are so many factors that point to the fact that he was there and they also released him,” said Vigil. “But they’ll never admit to it because they’ve been lying from the get go.” Vigil wouldn’t disclose the sources behind his assertions, which couldn’t be independently corroborated. He added that authorities have been misleading the public by playing down the amount of planning that went into the operation.Lopez Obrador said at his daily news conference Wednesday that he had no information on whether Ivan Archivaldo had been captured and released. AMLO’s press office strongly rejected Vigil’s assertion that it misled the public on the botched arrest. “There’s been an unusual amount of transparency, not only for Mexico but by international standards. The entire security cabinet was explaining every detail,” said Jesus Cantu, the information chief of the president’s press office. “The president himself said he’d testify before the authorities if they considered he’d done something illegal.”How AMLO’s Plans to Transform Mexico Ran Into Reality: QuickTakeLopez Obrador, known as AMLO, has been struggling to convince the public that his government took the right step by releasing Guzman Lopez after gunmen began attacking civilians in efforts to free him in the northern city of Culiacan, Sinaloa. Guzman Lopez is said to have taken over some of the criminal activities after his father was sentenced to life in a U.S. prison.Initially, Mexico’s security chief, Alfonso Durazo, had said the troops had stumbled on Guzman Lopez by accident. Afterward, government officials said it was part of a planned operation. More recently, officials signaled that the arrest was approved by low-level law enforcement officials and cabinet ministers may not have been aware.While the president and Durazo have spoken of “errors” regarding the operation, they’ve been distancing themselves from it. AMLO, as the president is known, said Tuesday that he wasn’t informed about the operation to capture Guzman Lopez.He also confirmed that there was an extradition order for the alleged trafficker and raised questions about whether the minister of defense had even been informed about the operation. “I think the Defense Ministry had knowledge of it, the minister? I don’t know. I think so.”Jesus Ramirez, the president’s spokesman and like Cantu is also from AMLO’s press office, told Bloomberg News on Monday that Mexico attempted to detain Guzman Lopez upon request by the DEA for extradition. The DEA declined to comment and the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City directed inquiries to the White House press office, which hasn’t responded to a request for comment.Vigil questioned why the authorities would target Guzman Lopez for extradition, when Chapo’s other sons are far more active in the Sinaloa Cartel once run by their father. “Jesus Alfredo and Ivan Archivaldo are much more important than Ovidio,” he said. “Mexico from the very beginning began distorting the truth in order to buy time so they could come up with a plausible deniability story.”(Updates with AMLO’s comment in fifth paragraph)To contact the reporter on this story: Nacha Cattan in Mexico City at ncattan@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Juan Pablo Spinetto at jspinetto@bloomberg.net, Robert JamesonFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

Russia’s Lavrov says Norwegian spy could return home at ‘any moment’

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that a Norwegian man jailed for spying could return home at “any moment”. Lavrov spoke briefly to Norwegian media when he arrived in the Arctic town of Kirkenes in Norway on the 75th anniversary of its liberation by the Red Army, according to video posted on Friday on the Russian foreign ministry’s Telegram channel. A Russian commission on Thursday recommended President Vladimir Putin pardon Frode Berg, jailed for spying, spurring hopes in Norway that he may be released as part of a spy swap.