The Finale We Hoped For

Grind for June 10th

“I think we consider too much the good luck of the early bird and not enough the bad luck of the early worm.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt


The Headline

“Empire” actor J. Smollet will not return to show

The Grind

Actor Jussie Smollet will not be returning to “Empire” for the show’s sixth and final season, announced show creator Lee Daniels on Tuesday.

The announcement was a response to rumors that Smollet’s character “Jamal” would reappear near the end of the season.

The Details

Jussie Smollet was removed from “Empire” last season after he hired two thugs to stage a fake hate crime against him regarding his race and sexuality (black and gay).

Smollet claimed he was attacked by Trump supporters and was later arrested and indicted for filing a fake police report.

Despite overwhelming evidence of wrongdoing, police dropped all charges against Smollet in March. Interviews suggest “Empire’s” primarily-black cast still believes Smollet’s claim of innocence.

Smollet’s “hate crime” is the worst sort of cry for attention. Either his career is ruined, or he will become a notorious “bad guy” and win an Oscar someday.


The Headline

US, Mexico officials discuss border crisis alongside tariff threat

The Grind

Officials from the US and Mexico entered their second day of border-security talks Thursday after the initial meeting failed to produce an agreement.

Last week, Trump promised to implement a 5% tariff on all Mexican goods unless the nation does something to reduce the flow of migration from Central American through Mexico to the United States.

Lawmakers from both parties oppose the tariffs in fear of their effects on the economy. If implemented, the tariffs will affect billions in imports including cars, trucks, buses, crude oil, fruits, and vegetables.

Trump has dismissed lawmakers’ concerns. On Thursday, he claimed that senators “have no idea what they’re talking about when it comes to tariffs.”

The Details

The Trump Administration has asked Mexico to improve screening efforts at its border with Guatemala, take action to reduce organized smuggling, and designate itself a “safe third country.”

The designation would prevent Central American migrants in Mexico from claiming asylum in the United States.

This week, Mexican authorities demonstrated their cooperation by detaining hundreds of people near Mexico’s border with Guatemala.

“We can’t allow migrants to cross our territory illegally,” said Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. “We have to apply the laws without violating human rights, and at the same time calling for action to address the cases of migration.”

More details are expected to be released Saturday.

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