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January 7, 2019

TV networks don't exactly want to tune into President Trump's immigration ideas.

On Monday, Trump announced he'd be giving a Tuesday speech on what he called "the humanitarian and national security crisis on our southern border." But networks aren't too interested in giving up their prime time hour to air an unchallenged presidential manifesto, one TV executive tells CNN's Brian Stelter.

The government shutdown is now in its third week, and Trump still hasn't relented on his demand for $5 billion in border wall funding. He plans to make his case for the wall Tuesday at 9 p.m. EST, and requested the time slot from the four major networks: ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC, per The New York Times. They're currently "deliberating" over whether to give it to him, a network source tells Stelter.

"Networks don't automatically say yes when a president asks for airtime," Stelter tweeted. For example, when former President Barack Obama similarly asked to air an immigration reform address in 2014, major networks said no. The Trump factor makes the decision especially difficult, as one TV executive pointed out.

Beyond the political optics, networks also worry about losing ad spots they've already sold within their prime time slots. Such lucrative 9 p.m. shows as Ellen's Game of Games would be trumped, after all. Kathryn Krawczyk

1:46 a.m.

If Paul Rudd and Jimmy Fallon ever decide to switch careers, they could make it as a Dead or Alive cover band.

Rudd stopped by The Tonight Show Thursday, and the pair decided it was as good a time as any to recreate the music video for the '80s classic "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)." It was a shot-for-shot remake, with Rudd donning a black wig and eye patch, just like Dead or Alive's late singer Pete Burns.

Rudd was able to perfectly mimic Burns' frenetic mannerisms, and tried hard to match his booming voice. As for Fallon, he was content playing Rudd's red-headed, flag-waving sidekick. Watch the pair in all their '80s glory in the video below. Catherine Garcia

12:59 a.m.

President Trump revealed on Thursday night that he's "rooting for" Pete Buttigieg to win the 2020 Democratic primary, and he didn't even follow that up with something rude.

While appearing on Fox News, Trump was asked by host Sean Hannity what he thinks about the crowded Democratic field. He had harsh words for some of the candidates, but none for Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana. "I'm rooting for him," Trump said. While he did add that he doesn't think Buttigieg will win the primary, he's hopeful he'll eke out a win. Trump didn't say why he's pro-Buttigieg, who would be running against him if he wins the primary, and also didn't comment on Buttigieg's polite war of words with Vice President Mike Pence.

Trump, who has a history of assessing candidates based on their energy levels, said he's dubbed former Vice President Joe Biden "Sleepy Joe," because apparently he's "a pretty sleepy guy." Trump doesn't think Biden has the stamina to keep up with Chinese President Xi Jinping, and while Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has "got a lot of energy," it's "misguided," he said.

As for Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), she appears to have "a little bit of a nasty wit," Trump said, while Beto O'Rourke, despite being "a hot item for a while," is now "fading very fast." Catherine Garcia

April 25, 2019

During a rambling interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity on Thursday night, President Trump described Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation as "an attempted overthrow of the United States government."

Trump repeatedly said he was the victim of unscrupulous Democrats who perpetrated "the greatest political scandal in the history of our country." This is "bigger than Watergate," he told Hannity. "This was a coup. This wasn't stealing information from an office in the Watergate apartments. This was an attempted coup. Like a third-world country. Inconceivable."

Without getting into any specifics, Trump also said there is "a lot of information" coming out that has "a lot of people very nervous about what's going on," alluding to a forthcoming report on the Department of Justice by Inspector General Michael Horowitz. Catherine Garcia

April 25, 2019

"People don't just love Joe Biden because he's a down-to-earth, everyday man — no, people love him because he's an adorable goofball," Trevor Noah said on Thursday's Daily Show, hours after Biden officially entered the 2020 presidential race. "In fact, the only thing that spends more time in Biden's mouth than those perfect teeth is his own foot." He played some ... highlights? Unlike former President Barack Obama's famously deliberate speaking style, Noah said, "when Biden talks, his brain just hits 'I'm feeling lucky,' and the first result comes out of his mouth."

Noah ran through some of Biden's "major accomplishments" in Washington, including that he "was so good at getting stuff done, he even found a way to work with Mitch McConnell. And they probably got along because Mitch was the only person Biden wouldn't give a massage to." At the same time, "anyone who's been around that long is also gonna have some baggage," he said. "And Biden? Oh man, he's got enough baggage to fill a whole Amtrak car." He ran through some of that, too.

"So on the downside, Joe Biden got a lot of things wrong back in the day," Noah said. "But on the upside, he managed to grow his hair back," and despite his past missteps, he's considered a serious contender in the Democratic race, partly because of "how progressive he has become and partly because of how good he is at getting under Trump's skin." Watch through to the end to see an enactment of Biden and President Trump throwing down on the debate stage. Peter Weber

April 25, 2019

University of Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray was chosen by the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday night as the first pick of the National Football League college draft.

Last season, Murray threw for 54 touchdowns and won the Heisman Trophy, and during his university's pro day in March, he completed 61 of 67 passes.

Murray is also a baseball star, and signed a $4.6 million contract in 2018 with the Oakland Athletics; he was the ninth pick in the Major League Baseball draft. Now that Murray is choosing football over baseball, he forfeited his salary and will return most of the $1.5 million bonus he received from the Athletics. Catherine Garcia

April 25, 2019

A federal judge in Yakima, Washington, granted a nationwide injunction Thursday blocking the Trump administration's new rules prohibiting federally funded health care providers from referring patients for abortions.

The Department of Health and Human Services announced the policy earlier this year. Already, groups receiving money under the Title X program are not allowed to perform abortions with that funding. The new rules would have hit low-income Americans who use Planned Parenthood, the largest provider of reproductive health services in the U.S., especially hard.

In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Stanley Bastian wrote that the restrictions reverse "long-standing positions of the department without proper consideration of sound medical opinions and the economic and non-economic consequences," and the Department of Health and Human Services offered "no reasoned analysis" for changing the rules. He also said the challengers, including the state of Washington and the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, demonstrated that the rule "likely violates the central purpose of Title X, which is to equalize access to comprehensive, evidence-based, and voluntary family planning." Catherine Garcia

April 25, 2019

Amazon is working to get Prime members their deodorant, light bulbs, and Echos faster than ever.

During the company's first quarter 2019 earnings call on Thursday, CFO Brian Olsavsky said Amazon is "currently working on evolving our Prime free two-day shipping program to be a free one-day shipping program." To make this happen, Amazon will spend $800 million to improve delivery infrastructures and warehouses.

The company has already expanded the number of ZIP codes eligible for one-day shipping, Olsavsky said, and will continue to partner with the U.S. Postal Service and UPS to deliver packages. The new shipping program will first roll out in North America, but will go global eventually. Catherine Garcia

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