In Other News… McConnell Wants ‘less Drama,’ A Special UofL Graduation, Lawrence Won’t Apologize For Dancing

No More Drama: Senior Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell has been making the rounds this week. The Senate majority leader appeared on Bloomberg on Tuesday, calling for “less drama” from the president, says TIME, HuffPost, and CNN.

“I think we could do with a little less drama from the White House on a lot of things so that we can focus on our agenda,” said McConnell.

Full interview below:

NBC News ran the headline: “With Critical Intel on Line, McConnell Complains of ‘Drama’” It’s almost like they’re suggesting his priorities might be skewed.

Said Sen. McConnell:

“I think it would be helpful if the president spent more time on things we’re trying to accomplish and less time on other things.”

The White House has been a little topsy-turvy this week, following the firing of FBI Director James Comey during an ongoing investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russian interests and reports that President Trump shared classified information with Russian officials.

And here’s Sen. McConnell on that score:

“I’ve heard the allegation. I’ve heard the response. I don’t think I have anything to add to what I’ve read in terms of the impact of this in the future.”

“Congress is engaged in investigations now. We have the Senate Intelligence Committee looking at the allegation that the Russians were somehow in collusion with the Trump campaign. And there will be daily controversies all the time. I don’t know which ones will lead to further investigation.”

Listen, that’s about as adept a political sidestepping as ever there was. “I heard that. I heard the response. I have nothing to add.” It’s practically poetic in both how simple it is and yet how open to interpretation it could be. Brilliant. I mean, it’s horrible leadership and forgoing any responsibility of serving the people you represent. But as a political maneuver of a hot button issue? You’re not going to come across anything finer.

Ryan Dant. University of Louisville

Higher Education: Here’s a good one for you: Ryan Dant defied the odds and achieved what few thought possible this weekend, says CNN and CBS News: He graduated from the University of Louisville. Mr. Dant, 29, has practically made a career out of beating the odds; he wasn’t supposed to make it to college, or work with the football team, or live past the age of 10.

Mr. Dant was diagnosed with a genetic disease, Mucopolysaccharidosis 1, or MPS I, which is so rare that at the time of his diagnosis in 1991, his pediatrician said there just weren’t many scientists working on it. According to the National Organization for Rare Diseases, MPS I affects one in 100,000 children globally. The body does not produce an essential enzyme, in turn causing a buildup that leads to organ and tissue damage.

But Mr. Dant’s family would not give up. They formed the Ryan Foundation in order to raise money to aggressively fight MPS I, and through a myriad of setbacks, twists and uncertainty, they persevered.

Said Mr. Dant:

“It’s amazing to see how hard [my parents have] worked to improve my life. After being able to walk across the stage and see the journey that I’ve had, now I can see what my next goal is: find a great job, get married, have a family and enjoy life.”

Said Ryan’s father, Mark Dant:

“For many, many years, I wouldn’t allow myself to visualize Ryan in a cap and gown and enjoying what it might feel like to be a college graduate, because it wasn’t going to happen. But Ryan, and so many others, made it possible by not giving up.”

Ryan Dant graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sports administration.

Pole Position: Jennifer Lawrence had a fun night out this week. It seems Radar, the online version of the National Enquirer, got ahold of some footage of Ms. Lawrence dancing provocatively at The Beverly Hills Club in Vienna, Austria, occasionally partnered with a pole.

I’m not linking to the site or the video, because Enquirer. I’ll give you their headline, though:

“JLaw Gone Wild! See Her Stripper Pole Romp CAUGHT On Tape: The Oscar winner takes off her top, grinds on a hunk, and spanks her own behind!”

Spanks her own behind? Well. If I had a nickel.

And they quote a source who talked in a way no one ever talks.

TIME, The Hollywood Reporter, USA Today, Vogue, the Los Angeles Times and the loathed E! cover Ms. Lawrence’s response via Facebook:

So the “In Other News…” summary: “I had fun at a friend’s party, I did a thing, I forgot that people record every second of my life if I’m out and about. And also, if you remembered how you behaved at your sister’s wedding, you wouldn’t be so quick to judge. Most of us have one of those nights.”

And it’s the judgment that everyone’s covering, as most of the headlines for those articles go like this:

“Jennifer Lawrence Owns Up To Pole Dancing.”

“Jennifer Lawrence Is Decidedly Not Sorry For Having Fun at the Club.”

“Jennifer Lawrence Not Sorry for Strip Club Fun: “My Dancing’s Pretty Good.”“Jennifer Lawrence says she won’t apologize for dancing on a stripper pole.”

So what is there to apologize for here, exactly? I mean, whichever “buddy” shot the footage of a clearly intoxicated Ms. Lawrence and figured, “Here’s an easy $50,000” from whatever creep outlet that’ll run it,” that guy should apologize. But to whom should she apologize, and for what?

Dear Ms. Frederickson,

It’s come to my attention that you’ve been made aware of an occasion — a dear friend’s birthday party — in which I danced about. Maybe there was a pole involved. I don’t know. I hate to say, but I maybe had a few drinks and my recollection isn’t what it could be (thank goodness, there’s a video to chronicle the whole thing).

But I digress. It’s come to my attention that you neither approve of pole dancing nor drinking. Or fun. And because it’s from a pretty low-rent media source, you probably haven’t even seen the footage, but you’re still outraged. And so please accept my humblest apology for getting a little crazy at a party. Because no one has ever done that in the history of ever.

Your pal,


And Slate has the poster for “Mother!” for you. Director Darren Aronofsky released it just in time for Mother’s Day. It comes from one of my favorite contemporary artists, James Jean, with Jennifer Lawrence literally offering up her still beating heart.

HAPPY mother! DAY #firstlook #mothermovie by the great @JamesJeanArt #jenniferlawrence #javierbardem @ParamountPics

— darren aronofsky (@DarrenAronofsky) May 14, 2017

Chis Cornell of Soundgarden and Audioslave died yesterday. He was 52. Known for his huge voice, Mr. Cornell helped usher in the Grunge movement alongside bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam.

His death was ruled a suicide.

The New York Times has their “10 essential Chris Cornell songs.” I’ll add a few to the mix here:

With Soundgarden:

With Audioslave:

With Temple of the Dog:

Here’s “You Know My Name,” a solid Bond song for the Daniel Craig era:

And finally, a cover of Prince’s (and Sinead O’Connor’s) “Nothing Compares 2 U”:

Godspeed, Mr. Cornell.

See you next week.

Correction: The original version of this post incorrectly stated the last name of University of Louisville graduate Ryan Dant. 

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