Michael Fishman and Lecy Goranson, stars of “The Conners” (formerly known as “Roseanne”) told “The View” why the show killed off Roseanne Barr’s namesake character with an opioid overdose. The show’s former star reacted angrily to the news on Twitter earlier this week, writing “I ain’t dead, bitches.”
“There’s an opioid crisis in this country, and I think one of the things that people really have resonated with our show is that we never skip out on a big topic,” Fishman replied, pointing out the character of Roseanne Conner struggled with addiction.
“When the producers went to do this I think what they really thought is, what’s going on in this country that we can tap into that can be an honest story,” he said. “That’s what the show has always been about.”
“It wasn’t an overnight decision. It wasn’t out of vengeance, it wasn’t out of anger,” added Goranson, referring to the aftermath of Barr’s racist outbursts on Twitter that got the original show canceled. “We also all felt the consequences of that, I mean, it has felt like a death to us as well in real life.”
The decision garnered praise from co-host Meghan McCain, who said that “opioid addiction is savaging this nation right now.”
“I also give it up to the show for addressing things that are very hard and a huge epidemic in the country,” she added.
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Establishment Dems pressuring new congress members to attend AIPAC Israel junket: report
For years, freshman Democratic lawmakers have faced pressure to attend an AIPAC sponsored trip to Israel, where they were denied access to Gaza and other territories controlled by Israel.
The pressure remains stronger than ever today, reports The Intercept, even as Israel's mideast policy is increasingly questioned.
Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) assured AIPAC that this year the trip would be as well attended as it has been previously. “Like many of you, I’ve traveled to the communities in the south of Israel that have endured rockets and tunnels. I’ve traveled with over 150 of my fellow Democratic members of Congress to meet with those who live under the constant threat of terror,” he said in an April address to AIPAC.
Trump leveled by retired general for making Iran war decisions based on advice from Fox News hosts
During a panel discussion on the increased tensions between the U.S. and Iran after a drone was shot down by the Middle Eastern country in international airspace, a retired general claimed he was worried about Donald Trump's response based upon who it appears the president listens to when it comes to advice.
Speaking with host John Berman, retired Lt. General Mark Hertling warned that the shootdown was a dangerous provocation.
"It's huge, John," Hertling explained. "You can go all the way from backing down completely to a full-scale war -- that's what's dangerous about this situation."
DOJ money laundering probe of Deutsche Bank includes Kushner transactions: report
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is conducting a criminal investigation of possible money laundering violations by Deutsche Bank, and the New York Times is reporting that the probe will include taking a look at some 2016 transactions involving Kushner Cos. — the business owned by the family of Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law.
In banking, reports of possibly suspicious activity are known as “suspicious activity reports,” and the DOJ is investigating why Deutsche Bank prepared such alerts for activity involving Kushner Cos. but did not file them. A key figure in the DOJ’s investigation is whistleblower Tammy McFadden, who helped prepare suspicious activity reports for Kushner Cos.-related transactions. McFadden is a former compliance officer for Deutsche Bank.