This week on the big show, Fingers and Tracy talk about Trump’s trip to Japan, the settlement in the Harvey Weinstein class action suit, the rules for the upcoming Democratic debate, how it’s impossible to find anyone who wants DeBlasio to be president, and how Politifact called out Kamala for pushing the gender wage gap lie.


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Japanese take on Trump’s visit via The Japan Times:

Emperor Naruhito greeted U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday as his first state guest since ascending the throne May 1, with the two affirming the closeness of ties between the countries that were once wartime foes.

The Japanese government chose the Trumps to become the first state guests of the new Reiwa Era, which began with the abdication of Emperor Akihito, the first Japanese monarch to step down in 202 years.

Calling it a great pleasure to welcome the Trumps, the emperor said in a speech at the banquet how the two countries and their peoples have “overcome various challenges and have fostered mutual understanding and trust.”

During a summit with Abe in Washington ahead of Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement, Trump said he had initially hesitated to accept an invitation to meet the emperor, unsure if he could make the trip.

Trump said he had asked Abe how big the imperial succession would be for the Japanese people compared with the Super Bowl and Abe replied, “It’s about 100 times bigger,” leading him to immediately agree to the visit.

Settlement reached in Harvey Weinstein lawsuits via Fox News:

Harvey Weinstein’s lawyers will haul in $14 million as part of a proposed $44 million settlement with his sex assault accusers — while most of the alleged victims will get an average of $60,000, The Post has learned.

Not a single dime of the damages will come from Weinstein’s pocket, with insurance companies for the Weinstein Co. and his movie house Miramax footing the bill.

The proposed deal struck in a Delaware bankruptcy court on Thursday would see more than $14 million of the settlement allotted to defendants’ legal fees and almost $8 million to plaintiffs’ legal fees, plaintiffs’ lawyers speculated.

Sources familiar with the proposed settlement said that 18 women in the US, UK and Canada with individual lawsuits will be given $500,000 each, leaving $9 million to be divided among the remaining 150 women who are part of a class action lawsuit.

Rules for upcoming Democratic debates via Politico:

A new rule adopted by the Democratic National Committee and NBC News will evenly divide top-tier candidates across two nights in the first Democratic presidential primary debates in June, a move to maintain viewer interest in both events by making sure well-known contenders are on stage both nights.

Democrats getting at least 2 percent support in the polling average will be randomly and evenly split between the two nights, which will each feature 10 candidates, according to the formula obtained by POLITICO. Candidates below that threshold will also be evenly and randomly divided between the two debate lineups.

Eight candidates have a polling average at or above 2 percent right now: Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. With the newly announced rule, four would be guaranteed to appear on the first night, and four would be guaranteed to appear on the second night.

No one is excited about DeBlasio’s candidacy via NyMag:

“Why are you doing this?” seemingly every New Yorker thought, when Bill de Blasio announced his 2020 presidential bid.Someone posted a sign at the Prospect Park YMCA — the gym the mayor frequents — declaring, “By entering these premises you agree not to run for President of the United States in 2020 or in any future presidential race. You will immediately cease any and all trips to Iowa, New Hampshire, and other primary states. You agree to focus solely on your current job here in New York City, which you are not excelling at.” The New York Post ran a front page with the headline EVERYONE HATES BILL. And, all right, that’s the Post, but a recent Quinnipiac University poll found that Mayor de Blasio has the lowest favorability rating of all 23 Democrats running for president.

Philadelphia’s soda tax is a big fail via Hot Air:

Back when Philadelphia decided to join the ranks of liberal cities fleecing its inhabitants with a soda tax to “improve their health,” we predicted here that it was going to backfire. The effects were felt almost immediately when workers starting losing their jobs at Pepsi. But still, they persevered and stuck with it. Surely people would start opting for healthier beverage options and those big tax revenues would begin streaming in to fill the city’s coffers. Now that they’ve been at it for well over a year, how did it work out? Sales in local retail outlets have plunged by more than 50% and mysteriously people are still drinking soda.

Politifact isn’t letting Kamala Harris get away with pushing gender wage gap myth

However, there’s a bigger problem with what Harris said — that women are paid 80 cents on the dollar of what men are paid “for the same work.”

In a nutshell, Harris incorrectly explained the meaning of the gender wage gap. The 80 percent figure is not an apples-to-apples comparison of men and women performing the same work. Instead, it refers to average pay for all jobs held by men and all jobs held by women.