Producers Guild Unanimously Expels Weinstein, Creates Anti-Harassment Force

The board of the Producers Guild of America voted unanimously on Monday to end Harvey Weinstein’s membership in the group. The 38-member group convened an emergency meeting to address allegations that Weinstein had sexually harassed and assaulted several dozens of women. The guild also voted to create an anti-sexual harassment task force aimed at combatting future abuses. In 2013, the Producers Guild awarded Weinstein with the Milestone Award, its highest honor.


McCain: ‘Spurious Nationalism’ Is Unpatriotic

In a speech Monday night, Sen. John McCain accused U.S. leadership of promoting “spurious nationalism” over international obligations. “To refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain ‘the last best hope of earth’ for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems,” McCain, who delivered the speech while accepting the National Constitution Center’s Liberty Medal, “is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history.” McCain also condemned a neo-Nazi rallying cry, stating that “we live in a land made of ideals, not blood and soil.”


Florida Governor Declares State of Emergency Before Richard Spencer Speech

Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Monday declared a state of emergency in Alachua County ahead of a speech by white supremacist Richard Spencer. In a seven-page executive order announcing the news, Scott cited safety concerns ahead of Thursday’s event at the University of Florida campus in Gainesville. “I find that the threat of a potential emergency is imminent,” he said. “We live in a country where everyone has the right to voice their opinion. However, we have zero tolerance for violence and public safety is always our number one priority,” he said. Extra precautions are being taken because Spencer’s previous appearances in Virginia, Alabama, California, and Texas “have sparked protests and counter-protests resulting in episodes of violence, civil unrest and multiple arrests,” according to Scott’s order. The emergency order came at the request of Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell.

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North Korean Official: No Diplomacy Until Our Missiles Can Reach U.S.

A North Korean official told CNN the country would not consider diplomacy with the U.S. until it had developed a ballistic missile capable of striking “all the way to the East Coast of the mainland U.S.” The official added that before engaging in talks with the U.S., “we want to send a clear message that the DPRK has a reliable defensive and offensive capability to counter any aggression from the United States.” President Trump has previously threatened North Korea, stating in a speech to the United Nations that if the U.S. “is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.”


Trump: McConnell and I Are ‘Closer Than Ever Before’

President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reaffirmed their working relationship in an impromptu press conference after their private meeting Monday at the White House. “We have been friends for a long time and probably now—despite what we read—we are probably now, I think, at least as far as I’m concerned, closer than ever before,” Trump declared. Despite numerous reports that Trump and allies like ex-aide Steve Bannon want to remove McConnell and other Republican leaders, the president said, “The relationship is very good. We are fighting for the same thing.” After discussing budget and tax reform proposals, McConnell added: “We are together totally on this agenda to move America forward.” The president has repeatedly blamed McConnell for failing to repeal and replace Obamacare.


Spain Arrests Two Catalonian Independence Leaders

A Spanish judge jailed two leaders of the Catalonian independence movement on Monday. Jordi Sanchez of the group Catalan National Assembly, and Jordi Cuixart of the group Omnium Cultural stand accused of sedition for their role in pro-independence protests on September 20 and 21 in Barcelona. During those protests, Spanish police cracked down on pro-independence demonstrators.


Senate Confirms Callista Gingrich as Vatican Ambassador

The Senate on Monday voted to confirm Callista Gingrich as ambassador to the Vatican. Gingrich is the third and current wife of Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker and Trump confidant. Callista Gingrich previously served as a congressional aide until 1995 and later worked as a clerk in the House Committee on Agriculture. The Senate voted 70-23 to approve her ambassador role.


Wyatt Cenac to Host John Oliver-Produced Late-Night Series on HBO

HBO announced on Monday that it has ordered 10 episodes of a new late-night docu-series hosted by Wyatt Cenac and produced by Last Week Tonight host John Oliver to premiere next spring. The show will “take a satirical look at social and cultural issues from Cenac’s unique perspective,” according to a press release. “Rather than sit behind a desk, he will undertake a journey to understand some of the big issues of the moment and investigate real-world solutions.” Cenac, who appeared alongside Oliver as a Daily Show correspondent from 2008-2012, will also executive produce the still-untitled show with OJ: Made in America director Ezra Edelman and former Daily Show alum Hallie Haglund, who will serve as head writer.


Trucker Pleads Guilty in Immigrant Smuggling Scheme That Killed 10

A truck driver pleaded guilty on Monday to his role in an immigrant-smuggling scheme that left 10 immigrants dead. James Bradley Jr., 61, carried 39 immigrants in his 18-wheeler truck in July. The truck’s refrigeration system was not working, causing 10 immigrants to die in the Texas heat, which reached 101 degrees that day. Bradley pleaded guilty to one conspiracy count and one count of transporting immigrants resulting in death. He faces life in prison and could have faced the death penalty had he not pleaded guilty.