The Daily Populous

Monday March 26th, 2018 night edition

image for Stormy Daniels Bags Best ’60 Minutes’ Ratings Since Obamas’ Post-Election Sit-Down In ’08

That decade-old interview had attracted 24.5 million viewers, with all three segments devoted to the president-elect and his wife.

Previously this morning, Sunday’s 60 Minutes hit 16.3/27 in the 56 Nielsen metered markets – a big night for Stormy, being way up compared with previous Sunday’s 7.6/13.

Cooper’s taped interview with Daniels will repeat tonight on his CNN primetime show, AC360.

Interest in Daniels’ story had been running high for weeks, reaching the boiling point Sunday.

Daniels also said for the first time that she wasn’t attracted to Trump, which some pundits had predicted might trigger a POTUS Twitter tirade this morning.

Daniels’ controversial and much-dissected two-segment sit-down with Cooper started about 35 minutes late on the East Coast, due to NCAA basketball game overrun.

Deception (0.8, 4 million) was off by a tenth from its fast national last week, even with the final. »

Spy poisoning: Russian diplomats expelled across US and Europe

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The United States and its European allies are expelling dozens of Russian diplomats in a co-ordinated response to the poisoning of a former Russian spy in the UK.

President of the European Council Donald Tusk said the EU states had decided to expel Russian diplomats as a direct result of a meeting, held last week about the Salisbury poisoning.

In 1986, US President Ronald Reagan expelled 80 Cold War-era Russian diplomats. »

Bill protecting sharks, all rays moves forward

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KAILUA-KONA — Protection for all sharks and rays within state waters has moved another step closer to reality.

The proposal seeks to protect all sharks and rays within state waters for ecological purposes, and their value to Native Hawaiian cultural practices and the ocean recreation industry.

It would also expand similar protections afforded to manta rays in 2009 to include all rays — or hihimanu. »

Japan's Abe seeks to remove 'balance' requirements in broadcast news

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TOKYO (Reuters) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to repeal a Japanese law requiring broadcasters to show impartiality, a step critics fear will lead to sensational reporting and polarize views, just as a similar move has been blamed for doing in the United States.

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission decided to repeal the doctrine in 1987 after criticism that it restricted broadcasters’ freedom.

“What Prime Minister Abe wants to do is to advertise his views,” said lawmaker Soichiro Okuno from the opposition Party of Hope. »