President Trump denied he struck a deal with Democrats on immigration reform, just hours after congressional leaders declared victory in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) fight.
“No deal was made last night on DACA. Massive border security would have to be agreed to in exchange for consent. Would be subject to vote,” Trump tweeted Thursday.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said late Wednesday that they struck a deal for a legislative fix to DACA, which shielded close to 800,000 young undocumented immigrants to deportation.
Increased border security and other measures would be part of the package, they said, but funding Trump’s massive border wall was left out of the agreement.
Trump, who scarfed down Chinese food with the Democratic leaders at the White House on Wednesday, doubled down on his wall talk after their announcement.
“The WALL, which is already under construction in the form of new renovation of old and existing fences and walls, will continue to be built,” Trump continued in a second tweet.
While some portions of the more than 2,000-mile border with Mexico do have barricades or fences, Congress hasn’t approved money to build Trump’s massive wall — expected to cost tens of billions of dollars.
Trump, however, signaled his support for DACA, an Obama-era program for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. at a young age.
“Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military? Really!……..They have been in our country for many years through no fault of their own – brought in by parents at young age. Plus BIG border security,” Trump said in a pair of tweets.
Trump decided to wind down the program after mounting legal pressure from 10 states that threatened to challenge DACA in court.
He’s given Congress six months to find a legislative fix for DACA, which was created through a series of executive orders.
The President has sent mixed messages on what will happen over that time. He indicated he might re-explore the program himself if Congress can’t find a solution, and tweeted that DACA recipients “have nothing to worry about” during the next six months.
Aaron Carter Stormed Off ‘The Doctors’ SetAt Mention of Rehab
9/14/2017 12:30 AM PDT
Aaron Carter is willing to talk about his prescription drug abuse, but bolted as soon as the topic of rehab came up on “The Doctors” … according to family members.
Aaron agreed to a drug test when he taped the show about a month ago — it airs this week — and results came back positive for benzodiazepine (Xanax-like drugs) and hydrocodone (generic Vicodin). He claimed the doctors were helping him more than any therapist had, but a Carter family source tells us Aaron drew a line at the suggestion that he gets treatment.
We’re told the doctors made the rehab recommendation after the show was done taping — and they even said the show would pay for it, but Aaron got defiant and insisted he would NOT go.
Our sources say he stormed out of the studio, hopped in his car, and drove from L.A. to Florida the next day.
A city worker says he became a pariah in his neighborhood and online when a top NYPD official accused him of a fatal shooting outside a Brooklyn building — but never told the public he was later cleared.
Tyrell Rozzell is suing Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce and the city, saying Boyce held a press conference on Dec. 5 — fingering him and another man as the killers of Salaya Figueroa and releasing a wanted poster of them to the media.
“She was an unintended victim in this,” Boyce told reporters while identifying Rozzell and another suspect, Fred Coleman. “They were aiming for someone else. We’ve identified these two individuals as the shooters.”
When Rozzell, 27, saw the news, he hired a lawyer and planned to surrender to cops to clear his name, according to his lawsuit, which was filed Tuesday in Brooklyn Supreme Court.
But when the lawyer called to arrange a surrender date, detectives told him not to worry about it — Rozzell had been ruled out as one of the killers, the lawsuit says. Rozzell even went to the 75th Precinct stationhouse in East New York just to make sure, and a detective again said he was free to go.
“That’s when I said, ‘What about the whole thing with the wanted poster, because that’s everywhere now, that could ruin my life. I’m not safe where I live,’ ” Rozzell recalled telling the detective, according to a transcript of a court hearing connected to the lawsuit.
Despite his concerns, the NYPD didn’t tell the public he was no longer a suspect, the lawsuit says.
As a result, Figueroa’s family and friends still believe Rozzell is one of the killers, making it impossible for him to return to the apartment he shared with his mother in the Pink Houses in East New York, the lawsuit says. Figueroa’s family also lives in the Pink Houses.
Rozzell has never been back to the apartment and now resides in Long Island with his dad.
The fallout from the press conference has also been bad for his social life and his job.
The top Google search of Rozzell’s name is a story about Boyce saying he’s a wanted man who is considered armed and dangerous.
“You Google your name and the first thing you see is you’re wanted for murder,” his lawyer, Alexis Padilla, said. “How well do you think you are going to do on Tinder?”
Rozzell, who inspects day care facilities for the Administration for Children’s Services, said he was suspended from his job for two months without pay after Boyce’s press conference. He said his supervisors suspended him because the day cares didn’t feel comfortable with him around.
Figueroa, 27, was fatally shot at 12:30 a.m. on Nov. 30 outside a building at the Pink Houses.
Coleman, the other suspect in the wanted poster that Boyce distributed, was subsequently arrested and charged with murder.
Rozzell has a weapons possession conviction from 2014, for which he received no jail time.
He said he was with Coleman the night of the shooting. In court filings he said that neither of them fired a gun.
An NYPD spokesman said Rozzell was part of its investigation into Figueroa’s killing.
“He was wanted for questioning for the murder of an innocent bystander on Nov. 30, 2016,” said the spokesman, Lt. John Grimpel.
The city Law Department said it would review the complaint.
‘American Idol’Filming May Be DelayedChaos Looms Large
9/14/2017 12:40 AM PDT
“American Idol” has backed itself into a corner, because it might need to delay taping until it lands more judges … but that doesn’t work for the only judge it’s got so far — Katy Perry.
Our ‘Idol’ sources tell us … Thursday is the last stop for the show’s tour bus auditions, and it’s just weeks away from the planned taped auditions with the judges. Problem is — producers are no closer to locking down stars to join Katy on the panel.
So the dilemma is simple and serious — if the show’s forced to postpone filming, it will likely conflict with Perry’s Witness tour schedule producers worked so hard to accommodate in the first place.
Adding to the dilemma … ‘A.I.’ still hasn’t signed desired judge #2, Luke Bryan. We’re told he wants more money, and the Disney perks he was offered instead of cash didn’t cut it. ‘Idol’s’ no closer to landing the 3rd judge.
Our sources say everything’s still up in the air — not a good place to be for a legendary show trying to make a triumphant return to TV.
Published: 11:32 EDT, 13 September 2017 | Updated: 12:56 EDT, 13 September 2017
From endless sunshine to frozen grandeur, there is an ocean cruise to suit every interest. Here’s our pick of what to book now.
Make a special pizza in Naples, where you can pick your toppings and cook on a subterranean geothermal rock. In Genoa, go behind the scenes at the aquarium to see the plankton farm that feeds the rescued whales. These unusual excursions are offered on Meraviglia. Sail on a seven-day round trip from Genoa on April 1, 2018, and call at Civitavecchia, Palermo, Valletta, Barcelona and Marseilles. Cabins cost from £1,469pp. msccruises.co.uk, 020 3856 3087.
Furry interesting: Spot polar bears on an Arctic Canada cruise
Go white-water rafting down the Valldal river in Norway, then warm up round a bonfire for snacks and views of the Geirangerfjord and the Seven Sisters waterfall. For a gentler outing, take a hike to the Kjenndal Glacier followed by a cruise on Lake Lovatnet. A week from Southampton to the Norwegian fjords on Sapphire Princess from August 11, 2018, costs from £2,796 for four sharing a cabin. princess.com/go, 0843 374 2401.
Gallivanting in the Gulf
P&O Cruises is offering cruises tailored to British tastes to the Arabian Gulf for the first time in 2019. Sail on a round trip from Dubai for 11 nights aboard Oceana on January 30, 2019. You can go camel-racing, dine in a bedouin tent, see the Ferrari World theme park, visit souks and go dolphin-spotting in a dhow. The cost is from £1,449pp, including flights. pocruises.com, 0843 373 0111.
A week from Southampton to the Norwegian fjords on Sapphire Princess from August 11, 2018, costs from £2,796 for four sharing a cabin
Symphony of the Seas will be launched next spring and you can join nearly 6,900 passengers on a seven-night Western Mediterranean cruise from Rome. The ship will call at Naples, Barcelona, Majorca, Marseilles and La Spezia. Departures on June 21, June 28 or July 5, 2018, cost from £844pp, excluding flights. royalcaribbean.co.uk, 0844 493 4005.
Rooms with a view
Another new ship, Norwegian Bliss, will have two huge observation lounges to see whales and glaciers on the 4,000-passenger ship’s inaugural season in Alaska next summer. There will be seven-day cruises through the Inside Passage departing every Saturday from Seattle. Zipwire through the rainforest in Ketchikan, pan for gold in Juneau and ride the vintage railroad to Dead Horse Gulch in the Yukon from Skagway. Premium all-inclusive fares departing July 21, 2018, start at £1,349pp, including drinks but not flights. ncl.co.uk, 0333 241 2319.
On the Meraviglia liner passengers can take part in an array of different activities, including making a special pizza in Naples, where you can pick your toppings and cook on a subterranean geothermal rock
The fascinating exhibition Franklin: Death In The Ice at the National Maritime Museum in London (to January 7) examines the mysterious end of Sir John Franklin’s quest to chart the Northwest Passage in Arctic Canada in 1847. See polar bears as you voyage in Franklin’s wake on an ice-strengthened vessel next summer, sailing from Resolute for ten days. Departure on August 23, 2018, costs from US$ 6,795pp excluding flights. oneoceanexpeditions.com.
A cricket theme has been added to a Medieval Cities And River Seine cruise aboard Magellan, sailing from Tilbury. There will be visits to Amsterdam, Antwerp, Rouen and Honfleur, while on board, David Gower and Chris Cowdrey will talk about their careers. Fares for this six-night cruise departing on October 24, 2017, are from £499pp. cruiseandmaritime.com, 0844 998 3877.
Kathy Griffin‘s photo of a fake, bloody Trump head has would-be buyers chomping at the bit to have it hanging in their living rooms … but the photog has his price, and it’s mighty steep.
Sources close to Tyler Shields — who took the shot of Kathy holding the fake, bloody head resembling President Trump — tell us he’s already gotten over 1,000 offers from folks interested in buying a print of his controversial art piece … many reaching 6 figures.
We’re told an art collector offered Shields $ 150k for an original print, but we’re told he passed … ’cause he wants more to put it in ink. He has a print size in mind for anyone interested — 72″ x 52″ … a one size fits all type deal.
As for Kathy — who took tremendous heat for the stunt — sources say Tyler doesn’t need her to sign off on any potential sale since he owns the rights to the pic.
At the final count, 9,788 did vote no — much more than the 4,081 who voted in favor of the cuts.
But 20,767 eligible Teamsters didn’t vote at all, and those were counted as a yes, according to the U.S. Treasury.
“Wow, let down from the company I worked for, the union I trusted and the 20,750 brothers that didn’t want to bother,” wrote Daniel Keenan on the Facebook page for the Teamsters Alliance for Pension Protection.
The Teamsters fund is just the third so-called multiemployer pension plan to resort to slashing benefits to prevent running out of money, according to Reuters.
O.J. Simpson‘s actually got some misgivings about his impending release … he feels a bond with his comrades in lockup and is finding it hard to say goodbye.
O.J.’s lawyer, Malcolm LaVergne, tells TMZ … Juice has been bored and sad in his current situation — in an isolated cell for his own safety since he was granted parole in July. He says the decision was bittersweet for Simpson, because he’s developed close friendships during his 9 years behind bars.
LaVergne says O.J. actually “loved being in general population” because he’s super social and feels most comfortable around other people, and he even misses his prison jobs … like being commissioner of the softball league.
Still … LaVergne says O.J.’s ready for a return to normal life, and there’s a chance he’ll get to say goodbye to his prison buddies.
LaVergne tells us he’s working on paperwork to get O.J. moved to Florida to be with his family once he’s released … which he expects to be the second week of October.