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Monday, July 09, 2018 1:00 am


Anti-ICE protesters chant at McConnell

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A group of protesters confronted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell about the Trump administration's immigration policy as he left dinner in Kentucky, in the second such incident in under a month.

News outlets report the group outside Louisville's Bristol Bar & Grille chanted “Abolish ICE!” on Saturday. The impromptu protest took place near where hundreds protested the government's now-ended family separation policy outside an Immigrations and Customs Enforcement office.

One protester asked, “Where are the babies, Mitch?”

McConnell's dining companion, Kentucky politician Jonathan Shell, characterized the protesting group as “small” and “extremist.”

Shell criticized one protester who called McConnell “turtle head” and said, “We know where you live.”

While the protest was attended by Louisville's Democratic Socialists of America, the chapter said in a statement that that protester was unaffiliated.

Bannon called 'trash' at store

A Virginia bookstore owner called police after he says a customer began harassing former White House strategist Steve Bannon in his shop.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that Nick Cooke, owner of Black Swan Books in Richmond, called 911 Saturday afternoon after witnessing a woman confront Bannon and call him a “piece of trash.”

Cooke said Bannon, who grew up in Richmond, was minding his own business when the woman began harassing him. Cooke asked the woman to leave. She did so only after he called police.

Richmond Police said they received the call about 3:15 p.m. Saturday but the call was canceled before they arrived.

Stormy Daniels at DC nightclub

Adult-film actress Stormy Daniels is scheduled to visit downtown Washington, D.C., tonight, bringing her strip show to the Cloakroom, a nightclub located about midway between the Capitol and the White House.

It's not the first time Daniels has promised to perform in Washington, near the high-profile subject of her alleged 2006 affair and the man she has sued, first to void their hush agreement and then for defamation: President Donald Trump.

A much anticipated June visit was canceled because of a “scheduling conflict,” according to Cloakroom owner Andre de Moya, who gave a brief tour of his club on a recent weekday night.

Daniels is scheduled to be here for the club's “Official Grand Opening.” Four years ago, the Cloakroom's building – then on one of K Street's seedier blocks – collapsed, sending customers and nearly nude performers into the streets, and the club shut down.

It reopened this spring and now sits among high-priced condominiums and trendy restaurants.

The club website makes no mention of the “Make America Horny Again” tour that Daniels launched in January in South Carolina, days after news reports surfaced that Trump's longtime lawyer Michael Cohen paid $130,000 to silence her during the 2016 presidential campaign – an attempt to keep her from talking about her alleged relationship with Trump.

(Trump has acknowledged the payment but has denied the affair.) For its Washington, audience, the Cloakroom teases a show more tastefully titled “All Things Revealed.”

Giuliani opposes pardon for Cohen

Rudolph Giuliani, an attorney for President Donald Trump, said Sunday that he has counseled the president against granting a pardon to his longtime fixer Michael Cohen, at least for now.

“I have advised the president, which he understands: no discussion of pardons,” Giuliani said in an appearance on ABC News' “This Week.”

But he seemed not to rule out that the president might change his mind.

“You can't abridge your power to do it. That's something you can decide down the road, one way or the other,” Giuliani said.

Cohen, who is Trump's former attorney, is under intensifying scrutiny from federal prosecutors in Manhattan.

They are investigating his business practices, as is the team led by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating matters connected to Cohen as part of the broader probe of Russian election interference and possible obstruction of justice by the president.