MEMORIAL DAY… ANOTHER GAS RECORD… $4.62 A GALLON… CNN: Gas prices hit yet another record high
Millions of Americans traveling this holiday weekend are being greeted by unprecedented prices at the gas pump.
The national average for regular gasoline rose to a fresh record of $4.62 a gallon on Monday, according to AAA. That’s up by a penny from Sunday and 44 cents more expensive than a month ago.
Gas prices are up sharply from last Memorial Day, when they averaged $3.05 a gallon, according to AAA.
PELOSI’S SUGAR DADDY GETS HOLIDAY WEEKEND DUI… REPORT: Nancy Pelosi’s Husband Arrested On DUI Charge, Allegedly Involved In Car Crash
Paul Pelosi was allegedly involved in a two-vehicle crash Saturday night in the Napa area of California, TMZ reported Monday morning. He was spotted after California Highway Patrol received a report about the incident around 10:30 p.m., the outlet continued.
A Jeep struck the 2021 Porsche that Pelosi was driving, according to the outlet. His arrest reportedly took place around 11:45 p.m., after which he was booked into the Napa County Detention Center for allegedly driving under the influence. No one suffered injuries in the collision, according to TMZ.
PELOSI DISTANCES HERSELF FROM HER HUSBAND… SAYS SHE WASN’T THERE… WAPO: Paul Pelosi, husband of House speaker, arrested on DUI charge
A representative for Nancy Pelosi’s office said the speaker was not in California during the incident.
“The Speaker will not be commenting on this private matter which occurred while she was on the East Coast,” Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said in a statement.
FEDS ANNOUNCE ‘REVIEW’ OF UVALDE COP RESPONSE… NYT: The U.S. Justice Department will review the law enforcement response to Uvalde shooting.
The U.S. Justice Department said on Sunday that it will review the law enforcement response to the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, at the request of its mayor, Don McLaughlin.
“The goal of the review is to provide an independent account of law enforcement actions and responses that day, and to identify lessons learned and best practices to help first responders prepare for and respond to active shooter events,” the Justice Department said in a statement.
‘WE’RE JUST GOING TO STAND HERE WITH OUR THUMBS UP OUR ASSES?’ … PEOPLE: ‘We Felt Like Cowards’: A Police Officer Talks About the Decision to Delay Officer Response to Uvalde Shooting
One of the officers who was standing outside the school says that he and his colleagues discussed whether to go into the school anyway.
“There was almost a mutiny,” the officer tells PEOPLE. “We were like, ‘There’s a f—ing gunman in the school, we hear gunshots, and we’re just going to stand here with our thumbs up our asses?’ We wanted to go in and save lives. It was the most frustrating situation of my entire career.”
“We felt like cowards,” the officer continues. “It felt cowardly to stand off and let this punk, this kid, this 18-year-old asshole just go in and do whatever he wanted to do. There was a lot of arguing, a lot of cussing, a lot of people who were saying that we should just say f— it and go in, but then what? We needed to have a plan, and the commander didn’t have a plan.”
FEDERAL AGENTS REFUSED TO WAIT ANY LONGER… NBC: Federal agents entered Uvalde school to kill gunman despite local police initially asking them to wait
Federal agents who went to Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday to confront a gunman who killed 19 children were told by local police to wait and not enter the school — and then decided after about half an hour to ignore that initial guidance and find the shooter, say two senior federal law enforcement officials.
According to the officials, agents from BORTAC, the Customs and Border Protection tactical unit, and ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) arrived on the scene between noon and 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday. Local law enforcement asked them to wait, and then instructed HSI agents to help pull children out of the windows.
The BORTAC team, armed with tactical gear, at first did not move toward the gunman. After approximately 30 minutes passed, however, the federal agents opted of their own volition to lead the “stack” of officers inside the school and take down the shooter.
ABBOTT ANGRY… NR: Abbott Was ‘Misled’ about Police Inaction in Uvalde Shooting, Says FBI Investigating
Texas governor Greg Abbott lamented on Friday the changing official account of Tuesday’s shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, while saying that the FBI is investigating the conduct of officials. […]
At another press conference called at 4 p.m. Friday local time to announce a support plan for the families of victims, Abbott criticized the changing police accounts of the story as reported in the media. “The information I was given turned out, in part, to be inaccurate,” he said. “I was misled, and I am absolutely livid,” Abbott added. As governor, Abbott oversees the Texas Department of Public Safety, which has been leading the investigation into the incident.
WARNING SIGNS… DAILY BEAST: Shooter’s Classmate: ‘We Saw Him Beating a Little Dog’
An 18 year-old who shot up a school killing 19 children and 2 teachers had a long history of anger and aggression that was somehow overlooked for far too long. Those who knew Salvador Ramos say that he was plagued with violent tendencies and carried evil with him wherever he went.
“Let me tell you about Salvador,” says Jamie Arellano, who attended Uvalde High School with Ramos. “He would go to the park and try to pick on people and he loved hurting animals.”
The pattern of violence goes back as far as almost anyone can remember.
Arellano says that Ramos wasn’t bullied at all–the truth was that Ramos himself was the bully.
“He would try and call people names and start fights,” said Arellano. “I remember there was one time we saw him beating a little dog senseless.”
CNN’S ACOSTA BLAMES NRA FOR MASSACRE… LECTURES BOARD MEMBER… HILL: CNN’s Acosta tells NRA to ‘look into its soul’ to protect kids
CNN’s Jim Acosta got into a heated exchange with a National Rifle Association (NRA) board member on Sunday afternoon over actions to counter gun violence following last week’s mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas.
“I’m 51 years old,” Acosta said. “This has been going on for decades, and it just seems to me that the NRA just has to look into its soul.”
“I’m sorry to say it that way, sir, but you and your other board members need to look into your souls and see what can be done for these kids. These kids who keep dying over and over again, over and over again,” he continued before ending the interview.
LEFTY BRAGS ABOUT EVADING SECRET SERVICE SCREENING AT TRUMP SPEECH… TWITCHY: Lib blue-check earns a visit from the Secret Service after breaching Trump’s security at the NRA convention
Meet lib journalist-activist, Lauren Windsor, who has made a name for herself of late going undercover at conservative events and getting interviews with Republican politicians.
Well, here she is at the NRA convention in Houston, bragging about how she was able to get past security at the conference while former President Donald Trump was speaking.
Windsor tweeted, “Ted Cruz wants every school in America to operate w/ a single point of entry every day. Well, the @NRA & Secret Service couldn’t do it for *one* afternoon to protect Trump. A friend and I walked in an unlocked side door — no screening — past an officer and into reserved seating.” […]
She later bragged about getting contacted by the Secret Service:
“UPDATE: I just got a call from US Secret Service and have an upcoming rendezvous with them this week re my Ted Cruz tweet pic from inside the NRA forum… stay tuned.”
WHITE HOUSE DECLINES SUNDAY SHOWS… ERIN RUPAR: The White House apparently refused an invitation to go on Face the Nation this morning and talk about gun control. No administration officials appeared on any of the Sunday shows. Very questionable.
BIDEN EXPLOITS UVALDE… @POTUS: To everyone impacted by the horrific elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas: We grieve with you. We pray with you. We stand with you. And we’re committed to turning this pain into action.
ROLLING STONE: ‘Do Something!’: Crowd Pleads With Biden as He Visits Uvalde Memorial
On Sunday, President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden arrived in Uvalde, Texas, one week after a gunman there killed 19 elementary school students and two teachers.
The couple laid a bouquet of white roses at the makeshift memorial along a chain-link fence outside of Robb Elementary School, spending about 20 minutes at the site before attending a nearby church service in honor of the victims.
As Biden left the church, the New York Times reported, a spectator yelled, “Do something!” The president responded, “We will.” The Bidens then departed for the Uvalde County Arena, where families were gathered.
WATCH… ‘DO SOMETHING!’… (VIDEO)
BEAST APOLOGIZES TO HUNTER’S COMPUTER GUY… Daily Beast Apologizes To Delaware Repair Shop Owner Who Obtained Hunter Biden’s Laptop
The Daily Beast issued an apology to the Delaware repairman who first obtained Hunter Biden’s laptop after previously reporting the computer had been “stolen.”
John Paul Mac Isaac came to own Biden’s laptop after the president’s son abandoned it in his repair shop, the Mac Shop, in April 2019. The repair shop owner recently filed a defamation suit against the Daily Beast, CNN, Politico and Democratic California Rep. Adam Schiff seeking at least $1 million in compensatory and an unspecified amount in punitive damages.
The Daily Beast’s article “The Seeds of Hunter Biden’s Current Legal Woes Were Found on His Laptop,” included an Editor’s Note as of Friday apologizing to Mac Isaac and correcting their initial reporting.
“An earlier version of this story mistakenly referred to Hunter Biden’s laptop as ‘stolen.’ We have removed that word, and we apologize to Mr. Mac Isaac for the error.”
UNCLE JOE TELLS ANOTHER TALL TALE… NY POST: Joe Biden says he applied to Naval Academy, but dates don’t add up
President Biden told graduating midshipmen at the Naval Academy Friday that he applied to the school in 1965 — but a quick check of his biography shows problems with the story.
Biden said he applied to Annapolis with a letter from then-Delaware Sen. J. Caleb Boggs, but the year he cited — 1965 — is the same year he graduated from the University of Delaware. The academy doesn’t offer graduate degrees.
“I was told the Class of ’72 is here. I was appointed to the academy in 1965 by a senator who I was running against in 1972 — never planned it that way. I wasn’t old enough to be sworn in. I was only 29 years old when I was running,” Biden said.
NY TIMES FINALLY ADMITS DISCOMFORT WITH MEN PLAYING WOMEN’S SPORTS… NYT: What Lia Thomas Could Mean for Women’s Elite Sports
Sebastian Coe, the Olympic champion runner and head of the International Association of Athletics Federations, which governs world track, speaks of biological difference as inescapable. “Gender,” he said recently, “cannot trump biology.” […]
Some trans activists try to silence critics, whom they derisively call TERFs, which stands for trans-exclusionary radical feminists. A spokeswoman for a gay rights group urged a reporter not to “platform” — that is not to quote — those she said held objectionable views, including Martina Navratilova, the retired tennis legend, a champion of liberal and lesbian causes. Ms. Navratilova argues that transgender female athletes possess insurmountable biological advantages.
“So I’m a ‘TERF’ — OK, that’s the way you want to go?” Ms. Navratilova said in response. “I played against taller women, I played against stronger women, and I beat them all. But if I faced the male equivalent of Lia in tennis, that’s biology. I would have had no shot. And I would have been livid.” […]
Since prepubescent girls grow faster than boys, they have a competitive advantage early on. Puberty washes away that advantage. “You see the divergence immediately as the testosterone surges into the boys,” Dr. Joyner said. “There are dramatic differences in performances.”
The records for elite adult male swimmers are on average 10 percent to 12 percent faster than the records of elite female swimmers, an advantage that has held for decades. […]
Most scientists, however, view performance differences between elite male and female athletes as near immutable. The Israeli physicist Ira S. Hammerman in 2010 examined 82 events across six sports and found women’s world record times were 10 percent slower than those of men’s records.
TREATING MARRIAGE AS DISPOSABLE HAS SAVAGED CHILDREN… PETER HITCHENS: Our selfish dismantling of marriage has left children in a lonely Dickensian hell
Many modern weddings are lavish affairs in beautiful places, but they simply do not demand the commitment that couples used to make. And many modern couples, seeing which way the wind is blowing, never bother to marry at all. Such commitment is generally discouraged, even viewed as foolish.
And of course this results in much freer lives for adults in their prime, no longer tied down by crabby old rules. But the children are the ones who suffer, and whose freedom from worry and insecurity has been sacrificed to allow for grown-up freedoms to do as we will.
Among the well-off, the damage is generally not so bad, though there is damage. But among the poor, and in the parts of the country where the schools are bad and the streets are grim, it is another story. And that story often ends in care, with all its miseries, loneliness, insecurity and disappointment.
It is not the same sort of hell as the workhouses and the orphanages of the past were, but it can be hell even so. We need a modern Charles Dickens to depict it. If more people realised how bad it was, we might start to wonder if the gradual dismantling of stable marriage was such a good idea after all.
PARAMOUNT’S SUCKING UP TO CHINA DIDN’T WORK… WSJ: ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Loses Chinese Investor Due to Pro-U.S. Messaging
In an entertainment industry full of uncertainty, few movies seemed as sure a bet as a sequel to the 1986 classic “Top Gun.”
The Chinese tech firm Tencent Holdings Ltd. TCEHY -1.40%▼ in 2019 signed on to co-finance the film, which the Shenzhen-based conglomerate hoped would yield a windfall at the box office. Yet when “Top Gun: Maverick” hits theaters this weekend, it will do so without any financing from Tencent, and without any mention of the Chinese firm that had once boasted of its involvement in the film.
The reason: Tencent executives backed out of the $170 million Paramount Pictures production after they grew concerned that Communist Party officials in Beijing would be angry about the company’s affiliation with a movie celebrating the American military, according to people familiar with the matter.
Association with a pro-American story grew radioactive as relations between the U.S. and China devolved, the people added. The about-face turned “Top Gun: Maverick” from a movie that once symbolized deepening ties between China and Hollywood into a fresh example of the broader tensions forming between the U.S. and China.
In less than three years, Chinese executives have gone from rushing toward financing opportunities in Hollywood to steering clear, at the same time that other Western businesses have shifted their perception of China from an attractive growth market of 1.4 billion consumers to a thicket of uncertainty.
“Top Gun: Maverick” hasn’t been approved for release in China, making it the latest in a string of major Hollywood releases not screening in the market.
FLAGS RESTORED… FORTUNE: ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ has reversed a controversial change that critics say was made to appease China
A lot has changed in the years since Top Gun: Maverick first previewed in 2019—including, some early viewers noticed, the controversial patches sewn onto the jacket of Tom Cruise’s title character.
In the original Top Gun film, which premiered in 1986, Cruise’s navy pilot character, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, wears a bomber jacket that belonged to the fighter’s father. The back of the jacket is emblazoned with patches commemorating tours Maverick’s father served in the U.S. Navy, including one joint operation with Taiwan.
But, when trailers for Top Gun: Maverick aired in 2019, scenes showing the back of the now iconic jacket revealed the Taiwan flag, and the Japan flag next to it, had been replaced with made-up emblems that matched the color schemes of the originals.
TAIWANESE VIEWERS CHEER… VICE: Why Tom Cruise’s Jacket in ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Had Taiwan Moviegoers Clapping and Cheering
To the joy of Taiwanese audiences hitting the theaters this week, Top Gun: Maverick features a prominent shot of the Japanese and Taiwanese flags—national symbols that were scrubbed from a 2019 trailer.
The flags were initially replaced by random symbols, drawing sharp criticism as an example of Hollywood caving in to China’s political demands. But in a rare U-turn, which has yet to be explained, they have reappeared in the film’s worldwide release.
“It is unprecedented,” Ho Siu Bun, a film critic in Hong Kong, told VICE World News. “Major film studios have never been shy about pandering to the Chinese market. And even if it is a simple scene, editing is very costly. So no one knows why they changed it back.” […]
Meanwhile, at the movie premiere in Taiwan, the audiences cheered and clapped at the unexpected sight of their national flag, the Central News Agency of Taiwan reported. Some people even flocked to buy copies of the jacket, which is being sold at the price of $1,449.
DOES A 34-YEAR-OLD ACTIVIST HAVE A SHOT AT THE NFL? … DAVID HOOKSTEAD: REPORT: Decision On The Raiders Signing Colin Kaepernick Isn’t ‘Imminent’
It sounds like the Las Vegas Raiders will take their time evaluating Colin Kaepernick.
The former 49ers quarterback recently worked out for the Raiders, and the reports that followed were that he apparently did a good enough job to impress the staff.
However, that doesn’t mean the Raiders will make a decision.
The franchise’s decision on whether or not to sign the former 49ers QB, who hasn’t played since the 2016 season, isn’t “imminent,” according to ESPN.