June 24, 2014

On Monday, the FBI announced the results of its most recent nationwide child prostitution sweep, Operation Cross Country. Here are the main numbers: Last week, in 106 U.S. cities, the FBI and local law enforcement recovered 168 juvenile sex-trafficking victims and arrested 281 alleged pimps, the bureau said. Over the course of the eight child prostitution stings since 2003, the FBI added, about 3,600 sexually exploited minors have been rescued, 1,450 people convicted, and more than $3 million in assets seized.

"These are not children living in some faraway place, far from everyday life," said FBI Director James Comey. "These are our children. On our streets. Our truck stops. Our motels. These are America's children." They were found in these 106 cities:

Comey said that a lot of the minors are being pimped online these days. To understand how child prostitution starts and works — and, in good cases, ends — the FBI shared this video of Nicole, who was lured into a life of prostitution at age 17:

Peter Weber

1:16 a.m. ET

President Trump's profane response to NFL players who are using their platform to peacefully protest police brutality is enough for Seth Meyers to dub Trump the "first NC-17 president."

On Friday, Trump said players who kneel during the national anthem should be fired, shouting, "get that son of a bitch off the field." On Monday's Late Night, Meyers asked viewers to "just take a step back and consider how embarrassing it is that news anchors now have to introduce comments from the president by warning little children to leave the room." While Trump's the first NC-17 president, "it's not even a good NC-17 movie," Meyers said. "Trump is basically the Showgirls of presidents. Trump's presidential library is going to be in the back of a video store where they keep all the pornos. You're going to have to enter through a beaded curtain."

Trump's "unhinged rant" just went downhill from there, Meyers continued, as Trump claimed the NFL is seeing its ratings drop because people would rather watch him. "That's right, in Donald Trump's mind, people are turning off NFL games, gathering their friends, and ordering pizza to watch an out-of-shape blowhard shuffle around like he got separated from a tour group." If you think that's harsh, watch the video below and skip ahead to Late Night writer Amber Ruffin's three-minute burn session. Catherine Garcia

12:55 a.m. ET

Jimmy Kimmel said on Monday night's Kimmel Live that over the weekend, he was in three cities and strangers just kept coming up to him and telling him stories about how the Affordable Care Act had saved or improved their lives, and thanked him for his bizarre, high-profile opposition to the Republicans' latest effort to replace the law with a bill that fails Sen. Bill Cassidy's (R-La.) "Jimmy Kimmel Test." "They came up to me and said, 'Mr. Fallon, thank you for speaking out,'" Kimmel joked. "I talked to probably 200 people, and I heard these stories over and over agin."

The latest GOP bill, Graham-Cassidy, is wildly unpopular, even among Republican people, but Republican politicians "don't actually care what you think; they want you to think what they think," Kimmel said. "That's why they keep saying ObamaCare is a 'disaster.' You hear that word a lot. ObamaCare definitely needs work, but think about this: Did anyone have to convince you Hurricane Harvey was a disaster?"

He repeated his thanks to Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) for helping to apparently doom the bill, then he played clips of Fox News reacting to his thank you tweets and an article on how Kimmel consulted with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and health experts before criticizing Graham-Cassidy. Kimmel responded to the accusation that he's a "pawn" of the Democrats with a sarcastic "confession" and then noted that six organizations have fact-checked his critique against Cassidy's defense, and all of them sided with Kimmel. With the bill at least on life support, he took his bow. "The best news is, now I can go back to talking about the Kardashians," Kimmel joked. Well, maybe. Watch below. Peter Weber

12:14 a.m. ET

Despite another Republican senator coming out against his health-care bill on Monday evening, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said he will "press on" in an attempt to repeal ObamaCare, calling his proposal "a damn good idea."

"It's okay to vote," Graham said during a CNN town hall debate in Washington. "It's okay to fall short, if you do, for an idea you believe in."

Graham and his bill's co-author Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) squared off against Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), who argued that under the bill, millions of people will lose health insurance. The Graham-Cassidy plan calls for block grants to be sent to states so they can decide how to best help their residents, Graham and Cassidy said, but that's not a solution, Klobuchar responded — it merely "passes the buck to the states but doesn't give them the bucks to cover people." Sanders said that no one in Washington wants to see people die, but "you tell me what happens when somebody who has cancer, somebody who has a serious heart condition, somebody who has a life-threatening disease suddenly loses the health insurance they have."

There was one moment of unity: During the debate, President Trump tweeted a video of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) discussing repealing and replacing ObamaCare, mocking him for coming out against Graham-Cassidy last week. Graham, who counts McCain as a close friend, snapped that "John McCain can do whatever damn he wants to! He has earned that right."

Sanders said he had no idea how Trump could blast McCain, "one of the most decent people in the U.S. Senate." Catherine Garcia

12:04 a.m. ET

For President Trump's base, the president's feud with the National Football League is "the red mean of all red meat," Fox News anchor Shep Smith said on Monday afternoon, but they're wrong that the NFL players who kneel during the national anthem are protesting the flag. "They're upset about racial injustice and they're upset about the things that the president has said," he added, suggesting that Trump is using the fight to distract his base from the failure of the ObamaCare repeal effort and the fact that "North Korea's the biggest mess since the Cold War."

Smith was talking with Politico congressional reporter Rachel Bade, who said one Republican had just told her that Trump amplifying the protests is not helpful. "It's an ugly dispute right now," she said. "People in general don't like it when folks protest the national anthem." "Of course, they're not protesting the national anthem," Smith cut in. "That's not what they're doing. You know, we're complicit," he added, chuckling. Bade reverted to Trump's argument that the players were protesting the flag, but said: "It has become about more than just the flag, honestly, because the folks feel like the president is bullying black football players after the Charlottesville controversy, just a few weeks later. So, it's just bad all around for Republicans, we can say that."

Smith correcting a Politico reporter on Fox News about what NFL players are protesting is one strange wrinkle in Trump's ongoing fight. A few hours later, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones — one of only two NFL owners who did not release a statement supporting his players or criticizing Trump after Trump urged owners to fire "son of a bitch" protesters — had another: he took to the field with his team before the Cowboys-Cardinals game on Monday night, and locked arms then knelt before standing for the national anthem. Like the Cowboys, the Cardinals also linked arms during the anthem.

Some parts of the crowd in Arizona booed Jones and the Cowboys kneeling before the anthem, a gesture meant to unify both sides. Peter Weber

September 25, 2017
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During a speech to the National Petroleum Council, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said he thinks 30 percent of his department's employees are not loyal to him or President Trump.

There are 70,000 employees, and Zinke told the oil industry group that "30 percent of the crew" isn't "loyal to the flag. We do have good people, but the direction has to he clear and you've got to hold people accountable." Without giving away many details, Zinke said he wants to reorganize the department because he "can't really change the culture without changing the structure."

Zinke made several remarks that were likely well-received by the audience, including the fact that he wants to make it easier for companies to get permits for oil drilling and logging and he thinks the Endangered Species Act has been "abused" by environmental groups and bureaucrats, The Associated Press reports. When it comes to energy development, "the president wants it yesterday," he said. "We have to do it by the law." Catherine Garcia

September 25, 2017
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At least six of President Trump's top advisers — including Reince Priebus, his former chief of staff, and former chief strategist Stephen Bannon — on occasion used private email accounts to talk about White House matters, several current and former officials told The New York Times on Monday.

On Sunday, a lawyer for Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner confirmed that Kushner and his wife, Ivanka Trump, created a domain in December called IJKFamily.com for their personal email, and "fewer than 100 emails from January through August were either sent to or returned by Mr. Kushner to colleagues in the White House" from his account. Officials told the Times that in addition to Priebus, Bannon, Kushner, and Ivanka Trump — who reportedly used private emails to conduct business when she was both an unpaid adviser and later a formal adviser — chief economic adviser Gary Cohn and senior adviser Stephen Miller sent or received "at least a few emails on personal accounts." It isn't known if any of the emails contained confidential information, or how many emails were sent and received from the private accounts.

For oversight reasons, government officials are supposed to use their work emails to conduct business, and if they do use private email accounts, they must forward any work-related emails to their government accounts for preservation purposes. During the campaign, Trump spent much of his time blasting Hillary Clinton for using a private email account during her tenure as secretary of state, leading his supporters at rallies in cries of "Lock her up!" Catherine Garcia

September 25, 2017
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Pittsburgh Steelers starting left tackle Alejandro Villanueva said Monday he's "embarrassed" when he sees photos showing him standing alone during the anthem before Sunday's game at Soldier Field.

"This national anthem ordeal has sort of been out of control, and there's a lot of blame on myself," Villanueva said. "I made Coach [Mike] Tomlin look bad, and that is my fault and my fault only. I made my teammates look bad, and that is my fault." Following President Trump's Friday comments — in which he called players taking a knee during the anthem to protest police brutality against blacks "sons of bitches" and said they should be fired — Tomlin said the Steelers would not take to the field during the anthem as a way to remain unified. "We're not going to let divisive times or divisive individuals affect our agenda," he added.

Villanueva, a West Point grad and Army Ranger who deployed to Afghanistan three times, said he had gone out to look at the flag before the game, and when the anthem started, he didn't want to move, and put his hand over his heart. "Unfortunately, I threw [my teammates] under the bus, unintentionally," he said. "Every single time I see that picture of me standing by myself, I feel embarrassed. We as a team tried to figure it out. Obviously, we butchered it…I'm not gonna pretend I have some kind of righteous voice."

Villanueva said he has no problems with players kneeling during the anthem, and many of the same players who take a knee have thanked him for his service, adding, "I will support all my teammates, and all my teammates and all my coaches have always supported me." Likely due to people thinking Villanueva was somehow protesting his team's decision not to come out on the field, his No. 78 jersey has been the top seller on NFLShop.com and Fanatics.com since yesterday, USA Today reports. Catherine Garcia

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