Here’s What Will Happen To Playboy After The Death Of Hugh Hefner

It’s true: founder of  Hugh Hefner has died at 91 years old on Wednesday, Sept. 27. The legendary resident of the Playboy Mansion passed away from natural causes inside his Los Angeles home surrounded by loved ones, reports. Hefner left behind an unforgettable legacy and a groundbreaking business that won’t soon be forgotten. In fact, we can’t help but wonder what will happen to  — the magazine  the mansion — now that Hugh is no longer with us.

First, let’s rewind a bit. Hugh Hefner was born in Chicago in 1926, and pushed some boundaries in 1953 when he founded . According to , Hefner thought of the magazine idea while working in the publishing industry after attending college and serving in the Army. The first  publication that launched his career featured a nude Marilyn Monroe, and the same year, Hefner launched Playboy Enterprises Inc. The rest is bunny-eared history, folks. Hefner remained a board member of Playboy Enterprises until he died.

Elite Daily reached out to Playboy Enterprises but did not hear back by the time of publication.

With that being said, Hugh Hefner did own Playboy Enterprises Inc. before his death — he was simply a board member of the company. According to , he was basically de-throned in 2011 when Playboy Enterprises Inc. announced a “limited partnership controlled by Hugh M. Hefner,” which gave him full editorial control of the magazine but made him essentially the new  partner to Icon Acquisition Holdings LP. Apparently, Hefner’s new employment agreement post-acquisition said he could continue living in the Playboy Mansion for a “nominal rent” in addition to having editorial control. Other responsibilities Hefner was granted under his new contract also included the right to approve Playboy Bunnies’ images and Playboy casino designs.

So, if Hugh didn’t own Playboy Enterprises Inc., then who did? And more importantly, who does ? Well, while Hefner carried on his tasks under Playboy’s new partnership, the CEO changed a few times. According to a press release, Scott Flanders became CEO in 2009. However, he was followed by Ben Kohn who filled his shoes at Interim CEO in 2016. Kohn was previously the Managing Partner at Rizvi Traverse, which is an equity firm that holds a majority of Playboy’s stake.

Playboy Enterprises said in a 2016 statement,

Scott and his team have done a remarkable job of transforming Playboy into a modern global lifestyle brand. I have personally enjoyed working closely with him over the last five years through taking the company private, building our global products licensing division and expanding our media and entertainment business.

Scott has expressed his desire to return to the helm of a public company and this is an incredible opportunity for him.  We wish him well in this new endeavor and as he remains a board member and stakeholder in Playboy, I look forward to continuing to work closely with him as we make this transition.

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Apparently, Playboy Enterprises is also a business that runs in his family. Hefner’s son, 26-year-old Cooper Hefner, is currently the Chief Creative Officer. Cooper Hefner addressed his father’s death with a statement to the media, and said,

My father lived an exceptional and impactful life as a media and cultural pioneer and a leading voice behind some of the most significant social and cultural movements of our time in advocating free speech, civil rights and sexual freedom. He defined a lifestyle and ethos that lie at the heart of the Playboy brand, one of the most recognizable and enduring in history. He will be greatly missed by many, including his wife Crystal, my sister Christie and my brothers David and Marston, and all of us at Playboy Enterprises.

With that being said, one can assume Playboy Enterprises will continue running the company. However, Elite Daily reached out to the team for comment.

So, I know you’re probably still wondering one thing: What’s going to happen to the Playboy Mansion? Well, surprisingly, Hefner’s humble abode was sold in 2016 to his billionaire neighbor, Daren Metropoulos. Metropoulos is currently the owner of Twinkies and previous owner of PBR — and now, he owns the infamous Playboy Mansion, too.

According to The Guardian, Hefner asked $200 million for the mansion and would sell it under condition: if he could live there until he died. Apparently, a deal was made that once Hefner passed away, Metropoulos could move in.

Sadly, this time has come. Now, only time will tell if Metropoulos will make the move from his $18 million mansion next door to Hefner’s 29-room pornographic paradise.

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Cardi B, Thrown Out Of An Albany Hotel For Weed, Accuses The City Of Being ‘Racist Motherfuckers’

It was a rough night in Albany, New York for rapper

At one point, according to reports, she called someone on staff at the hotel a “racist motherfucker” as she stormed out with her entourage — and now, in a new video to her Instagram account this morning, she’s doubling down on the racism accusations!!!

In this video, posted about an hour ago, she explains she was busted for having weed in her hotel room and that’s what caused her exit — but also, she accuses the city of Albany of being racist for how they handled things.

Watch (below):

I’m not going for thatA post shared by Cardi B Official IG (@iamcardib) on Oct 22, 2017 at 10:03am PDT

Shit got me tightA post shared by Cardi B Official IG (@iamcardib) on Oct 22, 2017 at 10:14am PDT

I had such a good time in Albany thooo and the show was poppin .Color kids be careful out there thoooA post shared by Cardi B Official IG (@iamcardib) on Oct 22, 2017 at 10:31am PDT


She had a tough weekend all around; the rapper apparently briefly broke up with her boyfriend Offset on Saturday, as well — though the pair quickly reconciled and she says she overreacted to that.

Related: Cardi B Has ‘Literally Tripled’ Her Dentist’s Business

At least her concert earlier that night looked like it was lots of fun (below):


Other than that, though… tough weekend for Cardi B.

We’ll see if anything ever comes of her accusations towards the city of Albany.

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UK inflation at highest since April 2012

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The UK’s key inflation rate hit its highest for more than five years in September, driven up by increases in transport and food prices.

The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) climbed to 3%, a level it last reached in April 2012, and up from 2.9% in August.

The pick-up in inflation raises the likelihood of an increase in interest rates – currently 0.25% – next month.

The figures are significant because state pension payments from April 2018 will rise in line with September’s CPI.

Under the “triple lock” guarantee, the basic state pension rises by a rate equal to September’s CPI rate, earnings growth or 2.5%, whichever is the greatest.

At the moment, the full new state pension is £159.55 per week, equivalent to £8,296.60 per year.

Business rates will go up by September’s Retail Prices Index (RPI) of 3.9%.

The fall in the pound since last year’s Brexit vote has been one factor behind the rise in the inflation rate, as the cost of imported goods has risen.

ONS head of inflation Mike Prestwood said: “Food prices and a range of transport costs helped to push up inflation in September. These effects were partly offset by clothing prices that rose less strongly than this time last year.”

Analysis: Kamal Ahmed, economics editor

Inflation has hit a five year high and is now 0.9% above the rate of wage growth – meaning that the incomes squeeze is becoming tighter.

And if you are employed in the public sector – where pay rises are capped at 1% – or rely on benefits – which are frozen – that squeeze is even tighter.

With poor economic growth figures and uncertainty over the Brexit process, the Bank of England’s decision on whether to raise interest rates next month is finely balanced.

Yes, “price stability” is the main purpose of the Bank of England’s monetary policy committee which makes the decision.

But many believe that inflation may now have peaked as the effects of sterling’s depreciation following the referendum dissipate.

An interest rate rise now, which increases prices for millions of mortgage holders and could dampen economic activity, could be just the medicine the economy doesn’t need.

The Bank of England is tasked with keeping CPI inflation at 2%, and last month its governor, Mark Carney, indicated interest rates could rise in the “relatively near term” if the economy continued on its current path.

The governor of the Bank of England has to write a letter of explanation to the chancellor if the inflation rate is more than 1% either side of the 2% target.

On Tuesday, Mr Carney told MPs on the Treasury Committee that “inflation rising potentially above the 3% level in the coming months is something we have anticipated”, because of the fall in the value of the pound.

He said he expected inflation to peak in October or November, and at that point he thought it would be “more likely than not that I would be writing on behalf of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) a letter to the chancellor.”

Laith Khalaf, senior analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: “The tick upwards in inflation will increase expectations of a rate rise from the Bank of England later on this year, stoked by a flurry of hawkish rhetoric coming from Threadneedle Street.”

However, he added, it is not a foregone conclusion, “so it’s probably best not to count those chickens until they’re hatched”.

Suren Thiru, head of economics at the British Chambers of Commerce, said the Bank of England’s policymakers “should resist the temptation to raise interest rates, particularly during this period of heightened political uncertainty”.

“Raising rates before the UK economy is ready risks undermining consumer and business confidence, weakening the UK growth prospects further,” he said.

Analysis: Brian Milligan, personal finance reporter

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Pensioners will be celebrating again. Today’s CPI inflation figure means they will get a 3% rise next April, their largest pension increase for six years.

Those on the new state pension will see their weekly income rise to £164.

Compare that to workers, who’ve seen their earnings rise by 2.1% over the last year.

This is all thanks to the triple lock, which sees the state pension rise by the highest of earnings, prices or 2.5%.

Food for thought for the chancellor, perhaps, who’s reported to be considering tax concessions for younger people in his forthcoming budget, to even-up the inter-generational unfairness that the triple lock has contributed to.

The 2.5% element of the triple lock is due to be dropped in 2021.

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Ryanair cancels another 18,000 flights

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Ryanair will cancel another 18,000 flights between November and March, affecting the travel plans of another 400,000 passengers.

It will fly 25 fewer planes to cut the risk of further flight cancellations.

A total of 34 routes will be suspended this winter, including Stansted to Edinburgh and Glasgow, Gatwick to Belfast and Newcastle to Faro.

Earlier this month the Irish airline cancelled up to 50 flights a day through to the end of October.

It blamed the summer cancellations on “messing up” pilot holiday rosters.

Ryanair said suspending more flights meant it could “roster all of the extra pilot leave necessary” in October, November and December.

Passengers affected by the move will be offered alternative flights or full refunds and had been emailed about advising them of flight changes occurring until the end of October.

They will also be offered vouchers of 40 euros (£35) one way or 80 euros return towards on alternative flights on top of any refund.

The airline again denied it had a pilot shortage as some have claimed: “In the current year less than 100 of over 2,000 captains left Ryanair (mainly retirements or to long haul airlines) and less than 160 F.O’s [first officers] who have mainly left to join long haul airlines.”

Ryanair added that it had more than 2,500 pilots on a waiting list and had offered jobs to more than 650 new pilots who would be join by May next year.

In addition, ten days after saying it was preparing to buy the Italian carrier Alitalia, Ryanair said it would drop the bid to “eliminate all management distractions”.

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Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary said: “From today, there will be no more rostering-related flight cancellations this winter or in summer 2018.

“Slower growth this winter will create lots of spare aircraft and crews, which will allow us to manage the exceptional volumes of annual leave we committed to delivering in the nine months to December 2017.”

The airline also said the total cost of the flight cancellations to date was less 25m euros (£22m) and expected the cost of the free flight vouchers would be less than £22m.

It said that it has had to scale back its original forecast for passenger numbers in the year to March 2018 from 131m to 129m but it said that it would not affect profitability.

Ryanair’s share price rose 3% in London, bringing the rise this year to 17%.

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Guys Reveal What Having Blue Balls Really Feels Like And TBH, It Doesn’t Sound Great

I’m sure you are all wondering what blue balls feels like. Not a day goes by where I don’t stop and think about it. I’ll be having lunch, going on a hike, in the middle of a deep, meaningful conversation with my friends, doing a science experiment (?), or involved in charity work, and I’ll think, “I hope not a single man on this Earth is suffering from the pain that is blue balls today.”In fact, maybe health care should  the pain associated with blue balls, if it does not already. I’m sure it is part of the current administration’s health care plan, though. Out with covering birth control and pre-existing conditions! Let’s cover Viagra and blue balls instead!

Anyway, because there isn’t much science or literature out there specifically surrounding “blue balls,” it’s mostly treated as an urban legend and negotiation tactic widely used since The Garden of Eden. And now, lucky for you and me, a bunch of dudes took to a Reddit thread to talk about what having blue balls actually feels like. Because there’s nothing like a bunch of bros being bros, bro-ing out and talking about their balls hurting. I love the internet.

So here are said guys revealing what having blue balls really feels like. I hope they will all be OK! 🙁

This Guy Says Blue Balls Feels Like Intense Soreness


Intense soreness and tenderness on the most sensitive area of the body. So it’s not exactly pleasant.


This Gentleman Says It Feel Like You Have To Pee And Poop

Usually it feels like a pressure in your bladder area, which is from your prostate being swollen (slightly) due to sexual stimulus and from all of your sexual organ muscles tensing up in anticipation of release.

It kind of feels like a cross between REALLY having to pee, and REALLY having to poop. Your testicles can/usually become swollen and are extremely tender to the touch as well until 5-15 minutes after release.

It’s like you’re at the starting line of a race. You’re all hunkered down with your feet in the starting blocks, coiled up and ready to explode out of your pose…except you just sit there waiting.



He Says It Feels Like You Are Going To Explode

It’s legitimately painful, it feels like you are about to burst but can’t easily relieve yourself.


This Bro Finds It’s A Lot Like Getting Kicked In The Nuts

It feels just like getting kicked in the nuts, but the pain lasts longer.


Side note: Cool Reddit username, my dude.

He Says Blue Balls Makes Him Wanna Jerk Off

you just wanna jerk off on the entire world


Please don’t do that.

He Explains It’s Like Your Balls Are In A Death Grip

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It’s like when your balls are being squeezed without actually being squeezed and that feeling flows out of just your balls and into your entire body. Usually it is also accompanied by a lump in your throat caused by your mind being so salty that you didn’t get to make sweet sweet love to her ’til the end for some ridiculous reason.


This Guy Reminds You Not To Use Blue Balls To Pressure People Into Sex

It’s like a constant throbbing pain in the balls that can vary by intensity, but it’s easily remedied by orgasm so masturbation can do the trick. It should never be used to try and coerce someone into a sexual act.


So remember, like this man said, if a guy is pressuring you into any sexual act because he has blue balls, then let him un-blue himself. A man’s balls are not your business unless you want them to be.

And if he wants to whine about it, direct him to this thread, thank you very much!

Check out the entire Gen Why series and other videos on Facebook and the Bustle app across Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon Fire TV.

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These Are The Areas That Are Most At Risk From Job Automation

People living in the British constituency Hayes and Harlington, in Greater London, will be the most affected by the upcoming Intelligence Revolution. As many as 39.3 percent of jobs in the area could, in the not-so-distant future, be completed by robots and other systems of artificial intelligence (AI), according to a new report.

Meanwhile, citizens of Edinburgh South can feel relatively secure in their professional callings. Apparently they’re the least at risk with only 21.8 percent of jobs in danger of being automized over the next decade or so. Admittedly, one in five is still rather a lot.

The paper was written by UK thinktank Future Advocacy, whose self-declared mission is to “work collaboratively towards the policy changes, business practice changes, and individual behavioural changes that will ensure that AI development is beneficial to all of humanity.” They hope to encourage politicians to do more to get Britain ready for the imminent job upheaval.

The researchers came to their conclusions by combining the professional make-up of each British constituency with the results of a recent PwC study into the automatability of different industries. 

The PwC report found that roughly 30 percent of British jobs (and 38 percent of US jobs) are at high risk of automation. Employees are most at risk if they work in the wholesale and retail trade, manufacturing, administrative and support services, or transport and storage.

How at risk is your constituency? The heated map reveals the predicted threat of automation on 2030s Britain. Future Advocacy

Future Advocacy found that the number of jobs that will be threatened by automation by the early 2030s sits somewhere between 22 percent and 39 percent, depending on the constituency. The regions expected to be most affected are the old industrial heartlands (the Midlands, North England, and industrial centers in Scotland); areas that have already seen high levels of unemployment in recent decades thanks to deindustrialization. 

Breaking it down further, the report lists the five constituencies most at risk of automation. These are:

Hayes and Harlington [39.3 percent]

Crawley [37.8 percent]

North Warwickshire [37.1 percent]

Alyn and Deeside [36.8 percent]

Brentford and Isleworth [36.8 percent]

The above constituencies have large populations of people working in the manufacturing, and transport and storage industries.

In comparison, the five constituencies least at risk have more people employed in highly skilled occupations and industries, like education and healthcare. These are:

Edinburgh South [21.8 percent]

Glasgow North [22.2 percent]

Liverpool, West Derby [22.3 percent]

Oxford East [22.8 percent]

Wirral West [22.9 percent]

The study likens the upcoming Intelligence Revolution to the Industrial Revolution, where new technology saw a big shift from manufacturing to service jobs. So far, technology has created more jobs than it’s taken, but will this continue?

As the authors pointed out, “[The UK] is well placed to reap great overall economic benefits from the development of AI, but it is not yet clear how those benefits will be shared.”

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Richard Spencer holds white supremacist rally in Charlottesvilleheres what happened


Two months after white supremacists held a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia that led to the death of a woman who was plowed over by a runaway car, white nationalist leader Richard Spencer joined a few dozen others on Saturday to march once again in the college town.

Holding torches, proclaiming that they weren’t breaking the law, and wondering whether they should walk on the sidewalk, Spencer and others visited the park where the Robert E. Lee statue, which is currently hidden by a tarp and which the city wants to remove, stands.

Spencer told the Washington Post that his cohorts came in peace.

“It was a planned flash mob,” Spencer told the paper. “It was a great success. We’ve been planning this for a long time. … Our identity matters. We are not going to stand by and allow people to tear down these symbols of our history and our people—and we’re going to do this again.”

According to WTVR, the rally only lasted about 20 minutes, but the group also said it would return to Charlottesville.

Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer made it clear that Spencer and his ilk were not welcomed.

Afterward, Spencer claimed the trip was a great success. “We came, we triggered, we left,” he said. “We did some singing, some chanting, some speeches. We got in and out.”

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Bill Gates: ‘Control+Alt+Delete’ should have been one button

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Bill Gates has one regret: The two-handed maneuver “Control+Alt+Delete” shortcut that was once required to reboot any Windows computer.

He publicly conceded this Wednesday while on stage at Bloomberg’s Global Business Forum, in New York City, CNNMoney reported.

“If I could make one small edit, I’d make that a single key,” said Gates. 

Previously, Gate explained that IBM programmers in the 1980s were partly responsible for the un-user friendly mishap. IBM designed the keyboard layout for PCs at the time, and according to Gates in 2013, “We could have had a single button. But the guy who did the IBM keyboard design didn’t want to give us our single button.”

Even so, the three-key reboot procedure was never meant to be used by the public. Rather, IBM programmers set up this command to create an instant Windows reboot while they developed the software. This was actually logical: It’s difficult to accidentally hit all three keys simultaneously.

This internal feature, however, was unintentionally revealed to the public. Early game and software producers found the command in an IBM reference manual, and its utility spread throughout the programming community — even without the internet.

“They were trying to figure out how to tell somebody to start up one of their programs, and they had the answer. Just put the diskette in, hit Control-Alt-Delete, and by magic your program starts,” explained Gates in 2013. 

Microsoft has long abandoned the infamous key combination as a reboot command. Yet it still lives on, giving us all easy access to the Task Manager. Long live the “three finger salute.” 

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George W. Bush: Bigotry and white supremacy are ‘blasphemy’ against the American creed

Washington (CNN)Former President George W. Bush condemned bigotry and white supremacy Thursday while endorsing policies that run counter to those supported by President Donald Trump.

“Our identity as a nation, unlike other nations, is not determined by geography or ethnicity, by soil or blood. … This means that people from every race, religion, ethnicity can be full and equally American,” he said during remarks at the George W. Bush Institute in New York City. “It means that bigotry and white supremacy, in any form, is blasphemy against the American creed.”
He added that “bigotry seems emboldened,” though he didn’t explain why.
    “We’ve seen our discourse degraded by casual cruelty,” Bush said, adding, “Too often, we judge other groups by their worst examples while judging ourselves by our best intentions, forgetting the image of God we should see in each other.”
    Bush didn’t mention Trump during his remarks but did criticize the “governing class.” Inhis recommendations to strengthen American democracy, he said US institutions must “step up” and “we need to recall and recover our own identity.”
    The speech marks a rare political appearance for Bush since leaving office. The former president has remained mostly out of the spotlight since he left the White House, reserving his political capital for his charitable works and a handful of his brother Jeb Bush’s 2016 presidential campaign stops.
    He brought up growing concerns over misinformation, saying politics seems “more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication.”
    The 43rd president, who left the presidential section of his ballot blank instead of voting for Trump,also addressed Russian influence on the United States.
    “The Russian government has made a project of turning Americans against each other,” he said, adding that while Russian interference will not be successful, “foreign aggressions, including cyberattacks, disinformation and financial influence, should never be downplayed or tolerated.”
    Bush, who entered into several free trade agreements during his tenure in the White House, referred to a trend towards protectionism, an apparent allusion to some of Trump’s trade actions, which have included his decision to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership early this year and his warning that he’s considering “stopping all trade with any country doing business with North Korea.”
    Bush also praised the positive contributions of immigrants — a statement seemingly aimed at the Trump administration’s hardline stances on immigration and border security.
    “We’ve seen nationalism distorted into nativism — forgotten the dynamism that immigration has always brought to America,” Bush said. “We see a fading confidence in the value of free markets and international trade — forgetting that conflict, instability, and poverty follow in the wake of protectionism.”
    The former president also addressed concerns over bullying among American leaders.
    “Bullying and prejudice in our public life sets a national tone, provides permission for cruelty and bigotry, and compromises the moral education of children, the only way to pass along civic values is to first live up to them,” he said.

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    Donald Trump’s last 7 days are just mind-bogglingly bad

    (CNN)It’s beyond a cliche to say that a week in the presidency of Donald Trump feels like a month. It also happens to be totally true.

    There is simply no such thing as a slow news day anymore. Or, well, a weekend. Trump has remade the news cycle.
    Doubt it? Try to remember what happened on Monday of this past week. Or Tuesday. There’s a <5% chance you can do it. I cover this stuff for a living and I can’t. The mind simply can’t process this amount of news at the pace at which it currently moves.
      There is, of course, strategy in this by Trump. When faced with 20 possible storylines every day, the media can only realistically cover five or six well. Trump’s goal is to make it the five or six that work in his favor.
      This past seven days is a perfect example of that purposeful flooding of the news zone by Trump. Most people would (rightly) have a sense that it wasn’t a great week for him. But, few would grasp how bad it actually was.
      Here’s a day-by-day recounting of Trump’s last week:
      Saturday 9/23: Trump disinvites Steph Curry and his Golden State Warrior teammates from the White House after Curry expresses some hesitation about meeting with the President. He also stokes a controversy he started the night before in Alabama — lashing out at NFL players who protested social injustices by kneeling during the national anthem with statements that, at the very least, could be considered racially insensitiveTrump also tweets a taunt at Kim Jong Un, referring to the North Korean dictator as “Little Rocket Man” and promising “they won’t be around much longer!
      Sunday 9/24: The entire day is dominated by images of NFL players protesting Trump’s harsh words about them over the past 48 hours. A series of NFL owners — including longtime Trump friend Bob Kraft of the New England Patriots — release statements that are directly critical of Trump and what they term his divisive comments. The day ends with the NFL running a TV ad calling for unity during its Sunday night primetime broadcast — a clear rebuke of Trump’s comments.
      Monday 9/25: Trump issues a barrage of early morning tweets continuing his war of words with the NFL and its players. North Korea’s foreign minister suggests that Trump’s “they won’t be around much longer” tweet amounts to a declaration of war. The Trump administration acknowledges that it has no evidence that Iran test-fired a missile over the weekend — even though Trump tweeted that it had happened on Saturday. Maine Sen. Susan Collins (R) announces she will vote “no” on the last-ditch Republican attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare, a vote that effectively kills the legislation.
      Tuesday 9/26: Trump, again, starts his day early with tweets blasting the NFL players. “The booing at the NFL football game last night, when the entire Dallas team dropped to its knees, was loudest I have ever heard. Great anger,” he tweeted. Trump, in a joint press conference with the Spanish prime minister, warns North Korea of “devastating” consequences if they continue their missile testing. Criticism begins to surface that Trump and his administration are not fully focused on the devastation in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. Senate Republican leaders acknowledge defeat on the health care repeal-and-replace effort, announcing no vote will be held on the Graham-Cassidy legislation. Trump’s endorsed candidate in the Alabama Senate race — appointed Sen. Luther Strange — loses badly to former state Chief Justice Roy Moore, a candidate backed by former Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon. A trio of Trump tweets supportive of Strange are deleted from his official account in the wake of the results.
      Wednesday 9/27: Trump begins his hump day by insisting via Twitter that the health care repeal-and-replace effort is on track. “With one Yes vote in hospital & very positive signs from Alaska and two others (McCain is out), we have the HCare Vote, but not for Friday!,” he tweets. Senate leaders disagree, noting that the votes still aren’t there. The allegedly-hospitalized Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) tweets that he is not in the hospital and could return to Washington to vote if need be. Before leaving for Indianapolis to roll out his tax reform proposal, Trump tells reporters he is “not happy about” Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price’s rampant use of private planes. The depth and breadth of the devastation and desperation in Puerto Rico becomes a huge national news story, as does the Trump administration’s slower-than-expected response to the situation on the ground.
      Thursday 9/28: In an interview with “Fox & Friends,” Trump suggests that the NFL owners are “afraid” of their players — stoking another round of “is he playing on racial animus or not?” Trump reverses course on the Jones Act, a measure that limits shipping between US ports to America vessels — and is blamed for the lack of adequate food and water reaching Puerto Rico. He uses Twitter to play defense on the rising chorus of criticism over his handling of Puerto Rico. “FEMA & First Responders are doing a GREAT job in Puerto Rico. Massive food & water delivered. Docks & electric grid dead. Locals trying really hard to help but many have lost their homes. Military is now on site and I will be there Tuesday. Wish press would treat fairly!,” he tweets. CNN breaks the news that trump son-in-law Jared Kushner didn’t disclose the fact that he used a personal email account to conduct official White House business during his testimony in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Elaine Duke, the acting head of the Department of Homeland Security, tells reporters in Washington of Puerto Rico: “I know it is really a good news story in terms of our ability to reach people and the limited number of deaths that have taken place in such a devastating hurricane.”
      Friday 9/29: San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, in an interview with CNN’s “New Day,” expresses her outrage over Duke’s comments; “This is a ‘people are dying’ story,” she says. Trump goes into full crisis mode on Puerto Rico, arguing that his administration is doing everything it can to improve the situation. “Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló just stated: ‘The Administration and the President, every time we’ve spoken, they’ve delivered,'” Trump tweets. He speaks to reporters in the mid-afternoon — announcing that he will make a decision on Price by Friday night. Less than an hour later, Price is fired resigns.
      Saturday 9/30: Trump, at his Bedminster, New Jersey golf club for the weekend, was up early — and on Twitter. His first target was Yulín Cruz — the San Juan mayor. “The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump,” he tweeted just after 7 a.m. Trump then turned to his favorite subject, the news media, to blame them for allegedly hurting the Puerto Rico response efforts. “Fake News CNN and NBC are going out of their way to disparage our great First Responders as a way to ‘get Trump.’ Not fair to FR or effort!,” he tweeted. He followed that tweet up with this one: “The Fake News Networks are working overtime in Puerto Rico doing their best to take the spirit away from our soldiers and first R’s. Shame!” Trump did all of that before 8 a.m. on the East Coast.

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