The Trump-Era Glow Up: "Cable news has become to journalism what music videos were for rock musicians"

Monday, May 21, 2018
Gina Haspel is sworn in as CIA director by Vice President Pence, right, alongside President Trump, center, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, 2nd left. Credit: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

The Trump-Era Glow Up: "Cable news has become to journalism what music videos were for rock musicians"

Kate McKinnon's Rule for Impressions: The one thing she tries to look for

My Work Here is Done: Tina Fey jokes about Palin's sponsored posts and Scaramuccis

Kate Bennett is off. Her section will return Tuesday.

Hunter Schwarz

What Washington is Talking About:
Gina Haspel was sworn in as CIA director, Dem lawmakers are again calling for gun control measures following Friday's school shooting in Texas, and Uber is spending $100,000 to keep Metro service open an extra hour after tonight's Caps-Lightning game. 

What America is Talking About:
Lava in Hawaii has reached the ocean, creating additional hazards for residents there, and about 29 million people in the US watched coverage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding live on television (Prince William and Kate Middleton's 2011 wedding had almost 23 million viewers in the US). Kensington Palace has released a series of official photos, including this of the couple with their bridesmaids and page boys at Windsor Castle.
Credit: @theroyalfamily/Instagram

Moon Heading to Washington:
South Korean President Moon Jae-In is traveling today to Washington and will meet with President Trump Tuesday in an attempt to save the Trump-Kim Jong Un summit. Trump is worried the summit "could turn into a political embarrassment," per the New York Times, and called Moon Saturday to ask why Kim's recent public statement contradicts what what Moon has said about Kim after they met in April.

The Trump Admin's New, Post-Iran Deal Iran Plan:
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo today vowed the US would "crush" Iran with economic sanctions and military pressure. "The Iranian regime should know this is just the beginning," he said. Pompeo laid out a list of 12 demands the US has for Iran.

Giuliani Says Mueller's Investigation Will Wrap by September 1:
Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani told CNN that special counsel Robert Mueller is looking to end his investigation by September 1. But he also said he understood that deadline as contingent on an interview with Trump, and that Trump was unlikely to sit for an interview unless he received details about a confidential FBI source who spoke with Trump campaign aides about possible ties to Russia.

The Trump-Era Glow Up:
Pret-a-Reporter has a look at print reporters upping their style game for TV. "Cable news has become to journalism what music videos were for rock musicians," said Scott Carter, executive producer of HBO's "Real Time With Bill Maher." Stylist Jesse Garza's advice is to not go overboard with accessories.
Credit: via The Hollywood Reporter, Benjo Arwas/Contour by Getty Images (Costa); Courtesy of William B. Plowman (Press); Mark Von Holden/Invision/AP (Haberman)

Netflix Formally Announces Obama Deal:
The company said on Twitter that the Obamas "have entered into a multi-year agreement to produce films and series for Netflix, potentially including scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries, and features." 

Kate McKinnon's Rule for Impressions:
McKinnon spoke to GQ for the cover story for their cleverly photoshopped comedy issue, and said the key to a good impression is empathy. "You can't be judging someone as you're embodying them," she said. "You have to find the point of connection -- something you find delightful. Even if you're intending to skewer someone, you also have to find something that you truly like about them. If you're mean, it ain't fun to watch."
Credit: Martin Schoeller for GQ

My Work Here is Done:
Tina Fey brought back her Sarah Palin impression for the season finale of "SNL" Saturday, and she not only made a joke about Palin doing sponsored content, she also used the term "Scaramucci" as a unit of measurement. 💀
Credit: NBC

Street Art Sighting:
This Statue of Liberty Trump holding a gun in place of a torch was put up in London's Shoreditch neighborhood on Great Eastern Street, by street artist Pegasus:
Credit: @pegasusart/Instagram

If you spot political street art, tweet me @hunterschwarz, tag me on Instagram @hunterschwarz, or email me at with your sighting so I can feature it in COVER/LINE.

Billboard Music Awards host and Texas native Kelly Clarkson decided against doing a moment of silence at the show for Friday's Texas school shooting. "Why don't we not do a moment of silence? Why don't we do a moment of action?" she asked, her voice choked with emotion. "Why don't we do a moment of change? Why don't we change what's happening?"
Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Gun violence was touched on again later in the night during a performance by Khalid, Shawn Mendes and the show choir from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School of "Youth." Mendes and the MSD students wore "Youth" hoodies, and Khalid wore a "Protect Our G̶u̶n̶s̶  Children" shirt.
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Other than that, the evening was mostly politics-free, save Janet Jackson's Icon award acceptance speech, where she celebrated women and called for a return to God amid our vitriolic public discourse. She said:

"I believe that for all the challenges, for all our challenges, we live at a glorious moment in history. It's moment that at long last women have made it clear that we will not be controlled, manipulated, or abused. I stand with those women and with those men equally outraged by discrimination who support us in heart and mind. This is also a moment when our public discourse is loud and harsh. My prayer is that weary of such noise, we turn back to the source of all calmness. That source, that source is God. Everything we lack, God has in abundance: compassion, sensitivity, patience, and a boundless love."
Credit: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for dcp
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