Breaking News Updates | Latest News Headlines | Photos & News Videos Fox News Sat, 08 May 2021 02:29:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 WIN $10,000 FOR FREE ON THE GOODYEAR 400 NASCAR RACE AT DARLINGTON Sat, 08 May 2021 02:29:20 +0000 It’s tight racing, wall-hugging and lead-swapping.

Darlington is beckoning for the first time in 2021 this weekend, promising a Mother’s Day filled with excitement and drama when the nascar” target=”_blank”>NASCAR Cup Series< on Sunday (3:30 p.m. ET, FS1).

After Kyle Busch won the Buschy McBusch Race 400 last weekend in Kansas, he moved into the top 10 in the season point standings, though Denny Hamlin, who has eight top-5 finishes in 11 starts and has won five stages, still leads the way.

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Here’s a look at the questions for Sunday’s race, as well as some notes on each.

Which driver will have the best finishing position at the end of Stage 2? The options: Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, William Byron, Kyle Larson, Alex Bowman, Joey Logano 

Harvick is the only name on this list with a win at Darlington, having earned three victories and 11 top-5 finishes in his time there. That doesn’t necessarily guarantee future results, but it is usually a pretty good indicator.

Which of these drivers will have the most laps led by the end of Stage 2?The options: Ryan Blaney, Martin Truex Jr., Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Alex Bowman, tie/no laps led.

Fact: Hamlin has led for 744 laps – the most in the circuit this season by 233 over Kyle Larson. At Darlington, he has three wins and has lead for 593 laps in 17 races. That’s why he is considered the best pick of this group.

How many cautions will there be by the end of Stage 2?The options: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8-plus

Last year, right after the circuit restarted after the COVID-19 pause, there were back-to-back races at Darlington that saw 10 and 11 cautions. The style of track and the type of racing that goes on within the smaller confines – plus the need to ride up near the wall – usually means a few more yellow flags than normal.

Which of these drivers will have the fastest lap by the end of Stage 2?The options: Kevin Harvick, William Byron, Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman

Conventional wisdom is that Darlington could be a good track for the Toyota cars, which have fared pretty well in these races over the years, including Hamlin’s win last year. That would favor Truex, who is second in the overall standings. However, Harvick has won two of the three races there since last May and has shown an ability to handle the track well. 

Which manufacturer will have the most cars in the top 5 of Stage 2?The options: Toyota, Chevy, Ford, tie

Ford and Toyota have dominated at Darlington the past eight races, as Chevy hasn’t won there since 2014. Expect a heavy presence by Toyota and Ford once again in the top 5. 

Which team will have the most drivers in the top 5 of Stage 2?The options: Hendrick Motorsports, Team Penske, Joe Gibbs Racing, Stewart-Haas Racing, Richard Childress Racing, tie

With Harvick having won two of the past three races, that speaks well to Stewart Haas. The only problem: In those three races, Harvick is the only one who has finished in the top 5. If Hamlin and Truex finish well – and they have all season – it could be another good day for Joe Gibbs Racing.

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Ingraham: Despite disappointing jobs report, untroubled Biden carries on left-wing agenda Sat, 08 May 2021 01:54:37 +0000 Fox News host Laura Ingraham opened Friday’s “Ingraham Angle” criticizing the President’s economic policies following the release of April’s jobs report saying the president will likely continue bowing to the left in his party.

INGRAHAM: Biden’s team seems to want Americans to get used to having a lower standard of living all in the name of saving the planet of course. So there’s an opening now for the GOP to put forth a pro-middle class agenda. 1. Fully reopen ALL states immediately. 2. Keep taxes and regulations low. 3. Revive the oil and gas sector to bring energy prices down. 4. Continue Trump’s trade policy – that means no swapping tariffs for fake climate commitments from China. 5. Control the border 6. Replace the Democrats in 2022 and 2024 with people who actually want the average American to succeed, and who don’t want to live their life on the dole.

In other words, we need a swift return to the America First policies of Trump. But of course Biden will probably just dig in, and keep bowing to his left flank. And things will continue to decline. Remember, Jimmy Carter didn’t see the light either. Under his policies, America in the late 1970s became weaker and poorer – our national psyche was hurting and we were embarrassed on the world stage with the Iranian hostage crisis. If Biden digs in, listens to his left flank, pushes for higher taxes and trillions in unnecessary spending, what was Trump recovery will just become Biden’s “malaise.”


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Bill Maher: DeSantis could run in 2024 without Trump's 'blessing' — but it's a risky move Sat, 08 May 2021 00:59:43 +0000 “Real Time” host Bill Maher wondered if Republican Florida Gov. ron-desantis”>Ron DeSantis<‘s “blessing.” 

During a panel discussion Friday night, Maher cited a poll that showed that “for the first time” a majority of GOP voters were “supportive” of the party and its policies more than Trump while “70 percent” of Republicans believe Joe Biden was an “illegitimate president.”

“Is it possible that Trump is fading?” Maher asked. “The lie is not fading but Trump himself. Do they want him as the face of the midterms? I mean, is it possible that there are Republicans out there, a lot of them, who are like, ‘First of all, he is a loser. He did lose. Secondly, it’s a lot of baggage, it’s a lot of drama. Now that we’ve seen six months without the tweets and the ‘Mean Girls’ s— and the craziness and the redrawing of weather maps. “


He then pointed to the rising popularity of DeSantis. 

“They love this new boy, Ron DeSantis, down in Florida. If Ron DeSantis ran against Trump now — he’s Harvard, he’s Yale, Navy, you know,” Maher said. “I mean, again, not my politics, but if he ran against Trump, and these people who are in the wings, they do not want to wait for Trump because he’ll live to a million. … I don’t know if Ron DeSantis wants to wait for Donald Trump’s blessing and I wonder if Republicans don’t want Trumpism without him and the drama.”

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis could be the GOP's next standard bearer, succeeding former President Trump. (Associated Press/Getty Images)

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis could be the GOP’s next standard bearer, succeeding former President Trump. (Associated Press/Getty Images)

Rick Wilson, co-founder of the disgraced anti-Trump group The Lincoln Project, insisted that Republicans “want” Trump and that he is the presumptive nominee 2024. 

“They may look at Ron DeSantis and think, ‘Oh he could be somewhat acceptable’ but the minute that Ron DeSantis — Iowa or New Hampshire or South Carolina — and Trump sees it on Fox and loses his s— and says ‘Weak loser Ron DeSantis! He should be hated! He’s not a tough manly man like me!’ it will absolutely destroy the guy’s career,” Wilson told Maher.

“Right now, if Donald Trump isn’t eaten by an alligator or struck by lightning, or slapped in jail, he’s the presumptive nominee for ’24. We just have to accept that,” Wilson added.  

“I hope you’re wrong about that,” Maher told Wilson. “But I would never bet against Donald Trump.”

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Greg Gutfeld: As New York Times editors claim not to take baths, the paper actually is Sat, 08 May 2021 00:51:06 +0000 As we turn a corner on infectious-disease, what new crisis is the media consumed with?Shark attacks? Alien invasions? CNN’s disastrous ratings? Which are now officially lower than the odds that Kat’s marriage lasts the month.

No, the the-new-york-times” target=”_blank”>New York Times<, the filthy scum. Because it seems bathing harms the planet. Hey – they could have said, instead, that bathing is racist. Because most bars of soap are white. It’s called Ivory — not ebony and that’s racist. 

The article starts by offering anecdotal evidence that the pandemic is causing people to bathe less. The proof: parents complaining about their smelly teenage kids. Talk about hard hitting data. By that logic, the pandemic also caused acne and terrible taste in music. By the way, teenagers are like cheese. They’re supposed to smell—so I’ve been told.


Then they cite a shabby British survey claiming seventeen percent of Brits have stopped bathing. One look at boris-johnson” target=”_blank”>Boris Johnson’s<

He explains how he would wash at the sink – under “our armpits and our privates.” He’s in his 60’s which leaves me with quite a visual. Last night I had a nightmare about Wolf Blitzer in front of a mirror using a toilet brush. So the Times built an article around a writer interviewing other writers about how they’ve given up on looking presentable. Do they plan to ever leave the house again? For our sake, let’s hope they don’t! That’s one way to get us all wearing masks.

Then they guilt us by telling us that a typical eight minute shower uses up to 17 gallons of water. Is that supposed to be a lot? It takes 920 gallons of water to make one gallon of almond milk or to flush whatever Brian Stelter had for lunch.

They also try to shame us for using soap cuz it’s made of petroleum.

This is all coming from a newspaper. Which is made of trees. To produce each week’s Sunday paper – alone – it’s estimated that a half million trees must be murdered. Slowly cut down, dismembered, and turned to a pulp by oil-guzzling power tools. The Times has been doing that since 1851. If trees could talk they’d call the Times Hitler. And probably sound like John Kerry.

So once again the superior minds at the Times tell us we’re living selfishly. Don’t bathe they say, after screaming at us if we weren’t constantly scrubbing up like we’re doing surgery in a bus station restroom.


But you just know not a single editor or writer ever complies with their own prescriptions. Just writing about it, is their sacrifice. Do as I write, not as I do they say. It’s no wonder that while their editors claim not to take a bath, the paper actually is. 

It’s elitism without a whiff of irony. And that’s why their dirty drawers aren’t the only thing that stinks. 

This article is adapted from Greg Gutfeld’s opening monologue on the May 7, 2021 edition of “Gutfeld!”

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Bill Maher blasts Democrats' new 'morality' kick: 'We suck the fun out of everything' Sat, 08 May 2021 00:16:42 +0000 “Real Time” host Bill Maher closed his show Friday night by complaining that the Democrats have become a “no fun” party in comparison to the Republicans.

“Once upon the time, the right were the ones offended by everything,” Maher said. “They were the party of speech codes and blacklists and moral panics and demanding some TV show had to go.

“Well, now that’s us. We’re the fun-suckers now. We suck the fun out of everything: Halloween, the Oscars, childhood, Twitter, comedy. It’s like woke kids on campus decided to be all the worst parts of a Southern Baptist.”

He continued: “If Democrats had always policed morality as hard as they do now, they’d be down a lot of heroes. No FDR, JFK, RFK, LBJ, Clinton, Martin Luther King.

“Democrats are now the party that can’t tell the difference between Anthony Weiner and Al Franken.”


“We need to restore the natural order of things,” Maher told viewers at another point. “I don’t want to live in a world where liberals are the uptight ones and conservatives do drugs and get laid.

“I don’t want to live in a world where liberals are the uptight ones and conservatives do drugs and get laid.”

— Bill Maher

He also complained that former U.S. Rep. Katie Hill of California, once a rising star among liberals, was forced out of Congress for being in a “throuple” and having nudes photos leaked with her holding a bong, saying “that was too much for our puritanical Democratic Party.” 

“We’re the throuple people! The bong people, the tantric sex gurus, not f—in’ Matt Gaetz! Us!” Maher shouted. “We did f—ing in the mud and bra burning and ‘Turn On, Tune In, and Drop Out.’ They’re the party who can’t bake wedding cakes for gay people! It’s time to switch back because, frankly, you’re not good at being us and being you sucks.” 

Earlier in the monologue, Maher had pointed to recent stories about Republicans appearing to be a wild bunch.

He spoke about U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., and cited a report that alleged the congressman had used drugs “like cocaine and ecstasy.”

“Wild hotel suite parties? That’s our thing,” Maher reacted. “Democrats are the party of free love and fun and forgetting where you parked your car. Republicans cannot be the conservative, stick-up-your-ass party and then take our drugs and f— our women.

Bill Maher sees U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., as the face of a more free-wheeling Republican Party. (HBO/Stefani Reynolds/CNP/ABACAPRESS.COM)

Bill Maher sees U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., as the face of a more free-wheeling Republican Party. (HBO/Stefani Reynolds/CNP/ABACAPRESS.COM)

“JFK used to have nude pool parties in the White House. Now the politician who comes closest to carrying on that legacy is Matt Gaetz? No,” Maher told viewers. 

“JFK used to have nude pool parties in the White House. Now the politician who comes closest to carrying on that legacy is Matt Gaetz? No.”

— Bill Maher

The HBO star then listed several other high-profile Republicans linked to drug and sex scandals, including former House Speaker John Boehner, who famously entered the marijuana business, the reported polyamorous relationships of U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., the sex scandals that removed Jerry Falwell Jr. from Liberty University, and former President Trump’s alleged extramarital affair with Stormy Daniels. 

“What happened?!?” Maher exclaimed. “You can always count on Republicans to be the fuddy-duddies, the wet blankets, the bores. They were the Moral Majority, ‘The Book of Virtues.’ Nixon — NIXON! — started the ‘war on drugs’ and [Nancy Reagan] never stopped spinning her catchphrase about it. … Her husband had a commission to root out pornography.

“If it was fun, Republicans were against it. They got apoplectic over Bill Clinton getting a b——.”

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San Francisco suspect in violent knife attack on 2 women refuses to leave cell, delaying arraignment Fri, 07 May 2021 23:33:47 +0000 A san-francisco” target=”_blank”>San Francisco< on two older Asian women refused to come out of his jail cell Friday, forcing his arraignment to be postponed until Monday.

Patrick Thompson, 53, who allegedly stabbed the women while they were waiting to catch a bus on Market Street, will be held without bail.

Thompson has a history of mental illness and an extensive arrest record, according to KPIX-TV in San Francisco, which reported he had been arrested more than two dozen times in the last 20 years, citing a police source.

He had been doing well on a mental health program but his lawyer said many of the services weren’t available during the coronavirus pandemic.


He could face life in prison for the apparently random attacks, which his lawyer, public defender Eric Fleischaker claimed were not racially motivated and resulted from the suspect’s mental health issues.

“Sadly, many life-saving social services have not been available during the COVID crisis, and the lack of consistent care led to this situation, which is tragic for all involved,” Fleischaker said.

Thompson has been charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and elder abuse.

After being arrested for stabbing a man with scissors in 2017, Thompson was found incompetent and sent to a state mental hospital, according to KPIX. He was released after two years.

A witness told KGO-TV that Thompson was carrying a large knife with knuckles on the handle on Tuesday and without warning attacked the women.

“The knife punctured one victim’s lungs, requiring extensive surgery,” the district attorney’s office said. “A knife had to be removed from another victim at the hospital.”

District Attorney Chesa Boudin has been criticized for saying he plans to prosecute the case himself.

The San Francisco Police Officers Association called the move a “political stunt.”

“The victims in this case and their families deserve the most experienced violent crime prosecutor in court today and not a criminal defense attorney with zero experience prosecuting any crime,” said Tony Montoya, president of the association, which opposed Boudin’s candidacy for district attorney.

Boudin’s focus on restorative justice over mass incarceration has also come under fire.

Both of the victims, who police said were 65 and 84, were expected to survive.


“We were able to visit grandma today!” Victoria Eng said of her grandmother, who she identified as Chui Flong Eng, 85, on a crowdfunding page. “It was so emotional walking in and seeing her.”




The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Tucker Carlson: Biden's economy will mean no electricity or small businesses, but Amazon may pay you more Fri, 07 May 2021 23:09:10 +0000 What would happen if you gave a group of angry, ignorant ideologues, the same people who tell you that all lives don’t matter – what would happen if you gave them the keys to the U.S. economy” target=”_blank”>economy<, things are getting dangerously flakey in our economy.

Here’s one example: the official government economy numbers came out today. Unemployment is up, far higher than expected. Close to 14 million Americans say they want to work but cannot find a job. That’s an old story, but here’s the new twist. At the very moment that unemployment is rising, fewer people are working, American businesses say they can’t find employees. And it’s obvious they can’t. Go to the nearest strip mall, and count the ‘Help Wanted’ signs on the door. They’re everywhere.


Restaurants are closing because they can’t find anyone to hire. So are manufacturing plants. That means America now has far too many workers, but simultaneously far too few workers. How can that be?

Another question: what happened to all the consumer products? Many of the things you buy and need to buy are more expensive than they’ve ever been. Inflation is real, it’s galloping. Yet at the same time, a lot of products seem to have gone missing completely.

The United States is currently experiencing shortages of chicken, generators, roofing materials, lumber, ketchup, bicycles, diapers, ammunition, automobiles, plastics, appliances, chlorine, pork and propane tanks. Among other things. Keep in mind, this is peacetime. We haven’t mobilized for a foreign war. Yet we’re now getting reports that we should brace for a gas shortage this summer. Why is this all happening? Because things are so great in the economy. That’s what they’re telling us. 

CBS ANCHOR: This week, there were more signs that the U.S. economy is roaring back to life. And they come as President Biden is proposing trillions of dollars in new government spending. 

JILL SCHLESINGER, CBS: This is really good news. This week we found out that in the first quarter of this year the economy expanded at a 6.4% annualized rate. That is huge! 

CNBC ANCHOR: Could we see a great economy and a lousy return for the stock market? 

GOLDMAN’S KATIE KOCH: Becky, I think the good news for everybody is that we’re actually probably going to see both. That we’re going to continue to see a strong economy and we are also set up actually for some great equity market returns here.

There’s an awful lot of lying in financial journalism. No one ever says that, but it’s self-evident.

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They’re telling us things are great. Why are they telling us that? Because the stock market is way, way up. Could it be overvalued? Take a look at those price-to-earnings ratios. Can they continue? Is that reality-based? Oh, just relax. But be sure to stock up on gasoline. And diapers if you can. We could be looking at Soviet grocery shelves soon.  

And whatever you do keep ignoring inflation right in front of you. Oil prices for example have risen 12 percent in a single month.  

Steel prices have tripled since last year.  

Chicken breast prices have doubled, just since Biden became president.  

The price of eggs has increased by almost five percent.  

Major appliances are up almost 15%.  

Ground beef and fresh fruits, both up almost six percent.

The median sales price of existing homes has increased by 16 percent. 

And then there’s lumber. Have you noticed lumber? Since last year, the price of dimensional lumber has gone up by almost 300%. Want a thousand board feet? That’ll be $1,359. That price has never been higher. According to the National Association of Home Builders, the cost of materials adds more than $35,000 extra dollars to the price of a new single-family home. 


Why is this happening? Well, there’s too much cash in the system. That’s a big reason for it. Print too much fake money and the value of that fake money declines. People start to figure out that it’s not real and you get economy. That’s always true. No one disputes this. The White House just doesn’t care. The Treasury secretary told you not to worry about inflation. It’s not a concern.

JANET YELLEN: And I think the economy is going to get back on track. I don’t anticipate that inflation is going to be a problem. But it is something that we’re watching very carefully… I don’t think there’s going to be an inflationary problem…You know, President Biden has also proposed further substantial spending packages we would love to see enacted into law.

Keep spending trillions of made-up dollars to pay off your political consistencies because there won’t be an “inflationary problem.” Right. Thanks, genius. How’d you get that job, anyway? They’re just hoping you won’t notice that you can’t afford anything anymore. You’ll be too distracted by the fact you don’t have electricity.


The Sacramento Bee reported a few days ago that California energy officials “can’t promise they’ll be able to keep the lights on this summer.” Oh, no lights in your home? Not big deal. We’ll use candles, and dig a pit latrine.   

Meanwhile, in us-regions, which is supposed to be sane, the Dallas Morning News is telling us that “inefficient homes” are to blame for the state’s massive power outages this winter.  

So, it was your fault the power went out. You had the wrong kind of house. It definitely wasn’t the fault of stupid and corrupt renewable energy schemes, the ones that forced people to rely on windmills, which froze when it got cold. Nope. It wasn’t their fault. It was your fault. Your house did it. Get a better house. Too bad lumber’s so expensive.  


The question is, even if you could afford lumber, who’s going to do the construction? In the middle of rising unemployment, somehow we don’t have enough workers. There is, they keep telling us in Washington, a “labor shortage,” which presumably is why we need to open the borders and let millions of new foreign workers in. Immediatley. So what is going on here? Probably a lot of things. It’s a huge country and a pretty complicated country. But here’s one reason behind what we’re seeing: the government is paying people to stay home.  

Thanks to joe-biden” target=”_blank”>Joe Biden’s< relief bill,” – done under the justification of the pandemic – some people in this country are getting checks for $700 a month not to work. This is true across the country, even in Louisiana the state with the lowest weekly unemployment benefits, you can still make almost $500 a week by not working. For a 40 hour work week, that works out to a little about $12 an hour, well above the minimum wage. In the states with the highest unemployment assistance, you could be making close to $20 an hour for not working. Now, we’re not attacking anyone or calling anyone lazyIt’s easy to see why people aren’t returning to work. They’re not crazy. They’re rational.  

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No order the economy is sputtering in bizarre ways. America created just 266,000 jobs last month, in a country of 350 million people. Economists, the people who predict these things, very often incorrectly, were expecting four times that. The numbers were so shockingly bad, even CNBC didn’t believe them at first. They had to double-check on the air. 

STEVE LIESMAN: It looks like 266,000 (jobs added) It looks like it was a big disappointment at 266. But maybe I have that wrong. Let me double-check the bureau website here. One second. Yes, 266 is correct. Unemployment changed to 6.1 percent.

So, there’s not, to restate, an actual shortage of American workers, citizens who could fill jobs. They’re just telling you that so they can justify opening the borders and changing the electorate so they can justify opening the borders and changing the electorate so they never lose another election and no one ever takes their power away. But that’s not true. What is true, once again, is the government is paying people more not to work than to work. And so why would they work, would you?

The question is, what do you do if you’re an employer? At some point, when we devalue the currency so completely that printing more dollars won’t help, we’re going to need actual employers in this country. And what do they do?

A reporter named Nate Doughty at the Pittsburgh Business Times looked into it. He spoke to businesses around Pittsburgh that had managed to hire people. What was their secret? They just had to double the wages. A place called Klavon’s Ice Cream Parlor, which has been around since 1923, hiked its starting wage from $7.25 to $15 an hour. They more than doubled it. A nearby Sports Bar now guarantees waiters and bartenders $20 an hour. This is happening in a ton of places around the country. And big companies, needless to say, can compete more effectively because they have more money.   


A Burger King in Washington, Pennsylvania is offering a $1,500 bonus to new workers.  

A McDonald’s in Florida is giving people $50 just for showing up to a job interview.  

A company called Sisu Energy in Texas is offering new truck drivers $14,000 a week.  

Walmart, the largest private employer in the country, raised wages for nearly half a million employees in February. The company’s average wage is now over $15 an hour. In some way, that is good news, you want to see people make more. Of course, you want dollars to be worth more, and now they’re worthless. But there are effects of this that we could be living with for a long time. There are millions of small businesses that cannot afford to compete. They’re not Wal-Mart, and many of them will go under because of the pressure applied by the U.S. government on the labor market. And when those small businesses do go under, what will be left? Amazon.

This article is adapted from Tucker Carlson’s opening commentary on the May 7, 2021, edition of “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

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‘SNL’ guests Elon Musk, Morgan Wallen cause behind-the-scenes tension for cast: report Fri, 07 May 2021 22:44:39 +0000 The new “woke” generation of the “Saturday Night Live” cast is armed with social media accounts — and not afraid to use them.

When it was announced that billionaire Elon Musk would be hosting this weekend, several of them took shots online.

But an industry source who knows the show intimately told The Post: “The new cast are getting a little too big for their britches.”

“They can tweet and do whatever they want on social media … they weren’t told to take down their messages.”


When Musk tweeted: “Let’s find out just how live Saturday Night Live really is,” Bowen Yang replied: “What the f–k does this even mean?”

Meanwhile, writer and featured player Andrew Dismukes posted on Instagram: “Only CEO I want to do a sketch with is Cher-E Oteri,” with a photo of “SNL” alum Cheri Oteri.

Longtime cast member Aidy Bryant shared a message that many perceived to be a dig at Musk, too: She retweeted Sen. Bernie Sanders calling it a “moral obscenity” that “the 50 wealthiest people in America today own more wealth than the bottom half of our people.” (As of Friday, Musk was worth $166.7 billion, according to Forbes — putting him not far behind Jeff Bezos as world’s richest person.)


As Page Six reported, cast members were told if they had any issues, they didn’t have to participate in the episode.

“‘SNL’ is very insulated,” an NBC source told The Post. “Lorne protects his cast — they don’t feel like part of the wider company.”

It’s an unusual workplace arrangement: The Post has confirmed that if any cast member does sit out a show, they still get paid.

Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX and chief executive officer of Tesla Inc., is guest-hosting 'SNL.' (Photographer: Liesa Johannssen-Koppitz/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX and chief executive officer of Tesla Inc., is guest-hosting ‘SNL.’ (Photographer: Liesa Johannssen-Koppitz/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

“If they were elsewhere, they would have been suspended [for tweeting], but they can do whatever they want. Lorne has never said to anybody they have to turn up for a show,” said the industry source of the cast. “There’s no repercussions. So stop it with the hysterical reactions.”

If the comedians think they have any sway over who is asked to be a guest, they’re wrong.

James Andrew Miller, who penned the book “Live From New York” about the NBC show that launched in 1975, told The Post: “Not everyone [on the show] agrees about what is funny or who should host, but Lorne is the decision maker and the buck stops with him.


“There have been a handful of times where cast members have wanted him to rescind the guest choice or musical guest. And with social media it’s easy to say something, then suddenly realize, ‘Maybe I went too far,'” Miller said. (Both Bryant and Yang deleted their Musk tweets.)

“The truth is,” Miller added, “there isn’t a set of orthodoxies one has to embrace to be host of ‘SNL.'”

Back in February 2013, an 18-year-old Justin Bieber hosted for the first time — against the wishes of many of the cast who thought he was an entitled pop star, The Post is told.

“SNL” vets Jay Pharoah and Bill Hader later confirmed on the Bravo show “Watch What Happens Live!” that the singer was the worst guest host of their era.

“I mean, we both know, dog,” said Pharoah to Hader.

“Yeah, it was Bieber,” Hader responded.


“He just was in a bad place … Maybe he’s in a better place, but back then he was in a very—it was rough,” added Hader of the singer. “Everybody’s usually on great behavior … He just seemed, like, exhausted or just at the end of a rope.”

The Post is also told that members of the cast were also unhappy that country music star Morgan Wallen was allowed to make his “SNL” debut in December, two months after his initial invitation was rescinded for breaking the show’s quarantine rules. (Wallen was photographed kissing multiple college women and partying maskless in Alabama when he was supposed to be on lockdown.)

Members of the cast were also reportedly unhappy that country music star Morgan Wallen was allowed to make his 'SNL' debut in December. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

Members of the cast were also reportedly unhappy that country music star Morgan Wallen was allowed to make his ‘SNL’ debut in December. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

And while, for most of “SNL” history, cast members have kept quiet if they were unhappy with a guest, there is a precedent of protest.

In 1990, cast member Nora Dunn refused to appear on an episode hosted by comedian Andrew Dice Clay.

Years later, she told Salon: “And then there’s Andrew Dice Clay, the character, who was an abuser of women and he was a homophobe. And his material was terrible. He just wasn’t smart enough to handle that material. And our writing staff was not the writing staff to handle that material either [for him to host the show]. Lorne said, ‘Andrew Dice Clay was a phenomenon worth examining.’ … We didn’t examine the hosts of ‘SNL.’ We supported them, we wrote for them, and we made them look good. Otherwise you’d never get a host. You’re there to make them look good.”

But her refusal didn’t exactly make Dunn popular with castmates. Jon Lovitz called it a “betrayal” and accused her of making the cast “look like we were sell-outs for doing the show with him.”


No one this season has gone that far, but some of the cast members have said things that show the show is divided.

On “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” Michael Che said of Musk: “He’s the richest man in the world, how could you not be excited for that?”

Pete Davidson agreed.

“I just don’t understand why this is the dude everyone’s so freaked out about,” Davidson said on radio show “The Breakfast Club.”

“I was like, ‘What did he do?’ He’s just like a really wealthy businessman that makes, like, nerd s–t. I don’t know. He’s really nice. I’m excited.”

Davidson has claimed that comedy is “getting destroyed” because of outrage over button-pushing jokes.

'SNL' cast member Pete Davidson is excited about Elon Musk's appearance. 

‘SNL’ cast member Pete Davidson is excited about Elon Musk’s appearance. 

“The second you open your mouth and have an opinion, you lose money today,” Davidson told Paper Magazine. “And I don’t think that’s a safe place to live in.”

When Donald Trump hosted “SNL” in November 2015 while running for president, behind the scenes the cast made no secret that they were unhappy.

The episode won the show its best ratings in six years, but one TV source said: “No one refused to do the show, but they made it no secret they didn’t want him there — and you could see that they felt uncomfortable alongside him on air.”

The senior NBC source confirmed that “the cast weren’t happy about Trump. They didn’t want him on the show.”

While it’s easy to think the show skews to the left, Miller said: “It’s not a liberal think tank. It’s a comedy show, a culture show.”

“Years ago, people thought ‘SNL’ was too hard on Clinton or made too much fun of Democratic candidates,” he added.

“SNL” will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2025 and although Michaels, now 76, has said he will “wander off” after that, the senior NBC source said: “I’ve had no conversations with him about retiring. He certainly shows no desire to leave.”


The source added: “Every generation of ‘SNL’ cast is different. I think Lorne is one of the best at finding talent. To watch his genius behind the scenes is incredible.”

“Comedy has become more generational. Humor has evolved and that’s what has the impact — not the comedians.”

The industry source added: “None of the original cast were exactly shrinking violets … if Bill Murray or John Belushi had social media back then, they would not be afraid to express their opinions.”

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Chris Rufo: Once great Disney is telling America it’s ‘fundamentally racist,’ ‘founded on discrimination' Fri, 07 May 2021 22:39:24 +0000 Journalist Chris Rufo told “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Friday he obtained a trove of “genuine” documents from general saying, as part of a training program, the company should “reject the idea of equality, that people should be treated equally, and pursue a policy of equity.” 

CHRIS RUFO: Disney is saying is we should reject the idea of equality, that people should be treated equally, regardless of their skin color, and they say they need to pursue a policy of equity where people achieve equal outcomes, and this is the tip of the iceberg. Disney created and sponsored a 21 day racial equity challenge and told employees to complete a white privilege checklist, and even passed around a worksheet saying that white employees should defund the police, participate in reparations, and even decolonize their bookshelves, whatever that means.

The great irony of this is the people in charge of Disney are some of the richest and most powerful and privileged white males in the history of humanity, and they are pushing this divisive, critical race theory-based ideology as corporate dogma. The only end of this is division, self-hatred, and I think it should be very clear that Disney makes its money on Middle Americans who go to their theme parks and buy their content, and those people should know that this corporation, it hates you, it hates your culture, and it hates the color of your skin. I think Americans should reject this kind of politics and reject the companies that are pushing it. 

I have confirmed them [the documents] with multiple sources around the company. I’ve done screen sharing, done internal verification. These are genuine documents and videos. The video doesn’t lie. This is the new ideology of the Walt Disney Corporation, and it’s really sad, because it used to be a great American company. Now it’s telling us that America is a fundamentally racist country, founded on discrimination. They couldn’t be more wrong. I hope they right the ship, but I’m not optimistic.


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China's loosely regulated rocket debris could be dangerous – and harmful to US industry Fri, 07 May 2021 22:17:40 +0000 Experts say the uncontrolled reentry of world-regions Long March 5B rocket has only a small chance of hurting anyone on the ground – but Beijing’s blast-off subsidies may already be hurting the budding U.S. air-and-space industry.

The craft launched just over a week ago carrying components for China’s upcoming Tianhe space station. Its first stage rocket, for undisclosed reasons, traveled too far up, resulting in an unpredictable, unrestrained reentry path expected to splash – or crash – down sometime this weekend.

In the meantime, the 23-ton rocket core, which is about 100 feet long and 15 feet wide, is whizzing around the planet at about 18,000 mph, inching its way toward the surface as it builds friction against the atmosphere. It’s expected to break apart, leaving much of it to burn up in the upper atmosphere, but the object is large enough for chunks to survive reentry and reach the ground – which happened when parts of another Long March rocket slammed into West Africa last year.

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, China's new large carrier rocket Long March-5B blasts off from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in southern China's Hainan Province, May 5, 2020. Pieces of its upper stage later crashed down in West Africa. 

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, China’s new large carrier rocket Long March-5B blasts off from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in southern China’s Hainan Province, May 5, 2020. Pieces of its upper stage later crashed down in West Africa. 

Experts can’t pinpoint when or where it’ll hit until it gets closer, and many more Long March launches are expected over the next two years.

“A simple fix China could make is to do launches where they switch off the rocket a few seconds early, so it falls into the sea right away,” the astronomer and space debris expert Dr. Jonathan McDowell, of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, told Fox News Friday. “Then they’d need extra engines on the thing the rocket is launching to get the last few miles-an-hour acceleration to its destination, and that is extra complication and expense – but worth it in my opinion.”


But China’s launches, according to Dr. Greg Autry, a clinical professor of space leadership, policy and business at Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Global Management, amount to “performance first” and “safety last,” as controlling the first stage would mean a slightly less efficient burn on the way up.

China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said during his daily news briefing Friday that Beijing was following the reentry closely.


“It is common practice across the world for upper stages of rockets to burn up while reentering the atmosphere,” he asserted. “On April 29, a Long March-5B Y2 rocket successfully sent into orbit the space station’s core module Tianhe. China is following closely the upper stage’s reentry into the atmosphere. To my knowledge, the upper stage of this rocket has been deactivated, which means that most of its parts will burn up upon reentry, making the likelihood of damage to aviation or ground facilities and activities extremely low.”

The image comes from a single, 0.5-second exposure, remotely taken with the "Elena" (PlaneWave 17″+Paramount ME+SBIG STL-6303E) robotic unit available at Virtual Telescope. The telescope tracked the exceptionally fast (0.3 deg/second) apparent motion of the object.

The image comes from a single, 0.5-second exposure, remotely taken with the "Elena" (PlaneWave 17″+Paramount ME+SBIG STL-6303E) robotic unit available at Virtual Telescope. The telescope tracked the exceptionally fast (0.3 deg/second) apparent motion of the object.
(Gianluca Masi, The Virtual Telescope.

But that hasn’t been common practice since the mid-1960s, according to Autry, who is also a member of the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation advisory board.


Every other space-capable country predicts within inches where its rocket stages will splash down – nearly always safely in the water, he told Fox News Friday. That includes Russia, which launches its rockets from a landlocked location. Or in the case of SpaceX, the first stage rockets are designed to return to the surface intact for reuse.

“Second stages are also deorbited under control at specific locations,” he noted. “Nothing is left to chance. U.S. launch regulations require a 1 in a million or less chance of a dangerous collision with a ship or airplane – and hitting anything on the ground is absolutely not an option.”

And China’s aggressive push to slash the cost of freight aboard commercial launches is hurting U.S. startups too, as Beijing subsidizes Chinese launches and aims to squeeze American businesses out of the emerging industry as it has in other sectors, he said.

“A U.S. company, we were getting $40,000 per kilogram to [send to] synchronous orbit, and the new startups were expecting a $25,000 to $30,000 price – and then the Chinese started to come in and announce $5,000,” he said. “So it’s not like the cut it 10% or 20% or even half.”


“There’s no reason for it other than to cause damage in the market and try to grab market share through price dumping,” he said. “But that’s because the rockets that they’re using are actually Chinese ICBMs that they’ve been given for free.”

U.S.-based SpaceX, meanwhile, developed its own rockets in-house at substantial expense. And the Phantom Space Corp. startup plans to purchase American-made engines from Denver’s Ursa Major.

Yet they’ll have to compete with China’s slashed prices.

Meanwhile, if pieces of the Long March rocket do damage anything on the surface, China would be liable under the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, Autry said.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki brought it up during her daily news briefing as well – calling on “the international community to promote leadership and responsible space behaviors.”

“It’s in the shared interests of all nations to act responsibly in space to ensure the safety, stability, security and long-term sustainability of outer space activities,” she said.

Autry, a former member of the Trump administration’s NASA Landing Team, said China would likely be incentivized to improving its safety measures if other countries called out Beijing’s risk taking.

“It would be incumbent on the State Department and other U.S. commentators to say this, and better yet, the Europeans and allied nations to have to comment on this, and I think make it clear that if there were damages or loss of life caused that we would not look the other way,” he said.

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