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Stuttering John Melendez Prank Calls Donald Trump during Air Force One Flight

President Donald Trump apparently carried on a lengthy phone conversation from Air Force One with Stuttering John, who claims he duped the president into believing he was Democratic NJ Senator Bob Menendez.

John Melendez, former longtime regular on The Howard Stern Show also known as “Stuttering John,” posed as Menendez, a frequent Trump policy critic, in a podcast he posted online. He said he got Trump to open up about his next Supreme Court justice pick and his zero tolerance immigration policy.

The conversations were made public after Stuttering John posted the material to “The Stuttering John” podcast.

‘Hi, Bob. How are you, congratulations on everything, we’re proud of you. Congratulations, you’re doing a great job,’ says President Trump at the start of the call.

He then made reference to Menendez’s past indictment on corruption charges, which resulted in a hung jury last year before a federal judge cleared him earlier this year at the request of prosecutors.

‘You went through a tough, tough situation – and I don’t think a very fair situation – but congratulations,’ President Trump said in audio first played during Melendez’s Stuttering John podcast on Thursday.

Melendez then asked what he could tell his constituents in regards to the topic of immigration moving forward.

‘So Bob, let me just tell you: I want to be able to take care of the situation every bit as much as anyone else, at the top level,’ replied President Trump.

‘I’d like to do the larger solution rather than the smaller solution; they’re doing them step by step. I think we can do the whole thing.’

He continued: ‘I have a good relationship with the party, you have a good relationship with the party, and I think we could do a real immigration bill. We have to have security at the border, we have to have it. I mean, look, you’ve got 60 percent of the country, they’ve got to have security at the border.

‘And that’s a good excuse for the Democrats too, Bob. It’s not like, it’s good for you or good for me, it’s good for both of us … I’m tired of the problem. So Bob here’s what – let me do this, I’m on Air Force One, uh, I’m just coming back from an amazing rally in North Dakota, actually.’

The conversation also touched on the Supreme Court and Trump’s thoughts on a prospective candidate following the news that Justice Kennedy was retiring from the bench.

Melendez said Trump should have recognized his voice because he said they have spoken in the past at least 20 times. Trump was a frequent guest on Howard Stern’s show. “He’s even given me real estate advice,” the comedian said.

Stuttering John also claims that the Secret Service paid him a visit after he was able to patch through to the President on Air Force One.

Melendez wrote on Twitter: ‘Secret service about to arrest me. Unbelievable! They should arrest Jared Kushner for putting the call through, shame on Donald Trump who has been a friend of mine for years.’

“I think I did Donald Trump a service by exposing how inadequate his screening staff is,” said the comedian. “And if Jared Kushner was not married to his daughter, he’d be gone.”

Artie Lange: “4 years of probation is a long time. I am gonna try my best.”

Comedian Artie Lange was sentenced to four years of probation for drug charges stemming from a May 2017 arrest for heroin possession.

 

New Jersey State Superior Court Judge Nancy Sivilli handed down the sentence along with orders to complete an outpatient drug treatment program and 50 hours of community service.

Not long after he was sentenced to four years of probation for heroin possession, comedian Artie Lange tweeted about the judge’s decision.

Lange, 50, thanked Judge Nancy Sivilli and called her decision “very fair” but said that he still found the length of the probation daunting. He proceeded to call his history of addiction a cautionary tale.

In Superior Court in Newark on Friday, Sivilli also sentenced Lange to 50 hours of community service and ordered him to report back with information on his enrollment in an outpatient drug treatment program within 10 days.

“The judge was very fair!” Lange tweeted. “But 4 yrs probation is a long time. I am gonna try my best. If I end up in jail for yrs let my life be a lesson to you kids battling Heroin. I had everything! And more. I traded it for powder. Don’t make that mistake. Ur better than that. & I love u!!”

Howard Stern: “No matter what I asked Trump, he would answer in a very sincere and thought-out way”

Howard Stern was recently a guest on “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman” on Netflix. The full episode will air on May 31, 2018. In a YouTube preview, Howard talked about interviewing Donald Trump. Stern called Donald Trump a good radio guest and spoke about how Trump referred to his daughter Ivanka Trump as a perfect 10.

“I’d say, ‘Donald.’ Actually, I’d call him ‘Mr. Trump.’ I’d say, ‘Mr. Trump, umm, tell me, who are the great beauties? If I ask you some names, can you tell me who the great beauties are?'” Stern recalled, going on to share the president’s answer.

Stern told Letterman about Trump’s response. “He goes, ‘First of all’ — straight face — ‘the great beauties, Howard, are not actresses. It’s models. A lot of these girls who… anyone who works in the entertainment industry, I’ve only seen 6s and 7s,” Stern said.

“So I’d be like, well Donald, I think Angelina Jolie is a great beauty,” Stern continued. “‘7!’ He’d go, ‘You know who’s a great beauty?’ I’d go, ‘Who?’ ‘My daughter, Ivanka! Now she’s a 10.’ So we’d have these discussions.” Letterman cringed in response.

To Stern, that made Trump a good guest. “To me, a guest who comes on and says anything that is in his mind is a great guest,” Stern told Letterman. “He would get on, and no matter what I asked him, he would answer in a very sincere and thought-out way.”

Many of these conversations have now become infamous, which Stern acknowledged. “Of course, with the Internet now all these tapes are out there,” he told Letterman. An entire catalogue of the interviews is available here.

Along with Donald Trump, the two discuss Howard Stern’s childhood, the effect their entertainment careers have had on their personal lives, and Letterman’s beard.

Howard Stern: Mike Francesa Had The World’s Shortest Retirement

Earlier this week, Howard Stern and Robin Quivers were discussing sports host Mike Francesa return to WFAN and their own feelings on retirement.

“I’m just one of these human beings, I’ve accepted it just to be miserable all the time. And work makes me miserable. But then people say to me, ‘if you didn’t have work you’d be miserable too, you would miss it.’ But I really do not believe that’s true,” Stern, 64, remarked.

Howard had just returned from a week-long vacation when the comments were made.

“On vacation, I get up and have breakfast. Then I’d get up and take a walk with my wife. Then I’d come home and I’d paint. I enjoy the painting. I had a great time. I don’t think I’d have any problem being retired.”

It seems that Mike Francesa return to WFAN made Stern think long and hard if retiring now would be the right decision.

“That’s why I was following the Mike Francesca story while I was away. I was kind of obsessed with it. I was just so interested.” Stern explained. “Like literally a month ago, he was set for his retirement. He said I want to retire: ‘that’s it I’ve had enough, I don’ want to do this anymore.’”

“So the guy leaves in December and all of a sudden he’s back. That is the world’s shortest retirement,” added Stern.

Stormy Daniels told Bubba the Love Sponge that Donald Trump “was the best in bed”

Former Howard 101 host Bubba The Love Sponge is back on the air in Florida. The Bubba the Love Sponge show airs on AM 820 News and 98.3 FM Pinellas County.

Bubba was recently featured on CNN for a 2007 interview he did with Stormy Daniels where Stormy discusses her alleged relationship with Donald Trump.

From CNN:

Bubba the Love Sponge Clem, known as Todd Clem before he legally changed his name in 1999, played portions of the interview on his radio show Friday and Monday, in which Daniels was asked to write down the names of famous men she had slept with. Clem says the first name on that list was Donald Trump. Although neither Daniels nor the host says Trump’s name in the 2007 audio, she can be heard describing key details that match the description of her alleged affair with Trump.

Clem said on his nationally syndicated radio program that Daniels was talking about Trump, and later verified the same information to CNN. CNN independently corroborated the story with another person who was in Clem’s studio that day, who would speak only on the condition of anonymity. That person also said Donald Trump’s name was the first on Daniels’ list.

Clem told his listeners in January that he had removed the appearance from his archives, the website Bubba Army Radio, because he didn’t want any unwanted attention in advance of an upcoming federal court case with Nielsen over alleged ratings tampering by Clem.

“Be careful on this one. Do not say a word,” Clem can be heard saying, cautioning Daniels and his co-hosts to not speak the man’s name.

Daniels, when asked how long the affair took place, added that it lasted “less than a year.”

Later in the show, Clem plays short clips of Daniels responding to questions over the alleged affair. Daniels said the tryst took place in “Nevada, but not Vegas.” At the prodding of the radio hosts she says it was in Lake Tahoe, which is where Daniels first encountered Trump at a celebrity golf tournament in 2006.

She said she found it “horribly embarrassing” that this person was the best in bed of the three people on her list and added that the person contacted her “twice a month.”

She later added that there was no money exchanged.

“There was no exchange of money,” said Clifford. “I’m sure if he had felt the need to graciously help me I would have put it in my purse.”

Bubba the Love Sponge declined to be interviewed for the CNN story, citing a pending civil matter, but provided CNN with a statement:

“This interview happened in May 2007. I only asked the questions. Stormy answered them. I wish her and our President nothing but the very best. I don’t think it’s that big of a deal. We need to stop worrying about the past and focus on the future. President Trump is our President, regardless of who he slept with 12 plus years ago. The media and haters need to get over it,” said Bubba.

This would be the earliest known instance of Stormy publicly discussing the alleged affair.

Howard Stern’s advice to Donald Trump: “Just give it over to Mike Pence”

Donald Trump was a regular on the Howard Stern show prior to assuming the presidency. Howard admits he is not an “insider” with Trump, but also says that they used to have a friendly relationship and he considered Donald Trump a personal friend.

“I was watching the news. They said that the president calls his friends and asks advice,” said Stern.

“He’s never once called me and asked for advice. Which kind of got me a little upset.” Robin Quivers suggested that President Trump might not expect good advice from him, Howard agreed.

“Yeah, probably not,” he said. “My advice would be, like, get the fuck out of there man. Just give it over to Mike Pence. Let him do his thing.”

By signing the $1.3 Trillion Omnibus Spending Bill last week President Trump has completely betrayed his hardcore base. Even die-hard MAGA supporters like Alex Jones and Mike Cernovich are convinced impeachment will occur.

Artie says his latest court appearance “went great”

Artie Lange appeared in court on March 23. Artie said his latest court appearance “went great.”

Artie was arrested for drug possession last year, 81 decks of heroin to be specific. He was supposed to be sentenced in February, but that date was pushed back when he was hospitalized for health related issues.

“Just out of court. It went great. It was a pre-sentence interview. I saw the judge who is very fair,” Lange tweeted after leaving Superior Court in Newark on Friday morning. “She said I looked better! The interview went well. So I’m praying for probation but I will respectfully do what they tell me to do!”

Artie is scheduled to be sentenced on May 18.

Artie Lange facing “anywhere from three to five years” in jail?!?

Last month Artie tweeted that he had checked into a hospital to get his blood sugar under control. A couple of months prior to his hospital stay, Artie was beaten by a pipe in a New Jersey jail. Today, Artie is back in rehab seeking treatment for drug addiction and possibly facing 5 years of prison time for drug possession charges.  He was arrested back in March 2017 for possession of cocaine, heroin, and drug paraphernalia at his home in Hoboken, New Jersey.

But that wasn’t the only time he was arrested in 2017. In May 2017, Lange was arrested after he was allegedly seen driving his Range Rover erratically near a McDonald’s on the Garden State Parkway. Police said they found him with a large bag of heroin on his lap. Lange was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

When police arrested him for not showing up to court, Lange pleaded guilty to possession of 81 decks — each deck is about 1 to 15 grams — of heroin.

“I went in the hospital to get my blood sugar under control,” he tweeted mid-February 2018. “I’m out to go to work. I missed too many days & I insisted. My blood pressure is way up. So I have to go back in tonight til it’s down. I’m payin for an unhealthy life. When the medication is right I will be fine.”

Artie who is now 50, admitted that he had gotten scared after a doctor told him he was in danger of suffering a stroke.

“So don’t worry. But when a doctor says I’m in danger of a stroke unless I change everything I do I get insanely scared. I hate the hospital but they said if I don’t go back they’d refuse to treat me. I will do this guys. I ain’t ready to check out yet.”

Artie Lange‘s sentencing hearing has been pushed back because the comedian remains in rehab seeking treatment for drug addiction, Lange’s attorney told Page Six.

Artie is now scheduled to appear in court on March 23.

Possibilities for penalties Artie could face include a drug treatment program, probation or probation with a split sentence — a year in county jail, for instance. But in general, jail time for possession of heroin could mean anywhere from three to five years. – Brian McCauley said, a criminal defense attorney who worked as a prosecutor in Mercer County for 30 years.

The fact that Artie is completing a stay in rehab could help but 81 decks heroin is a lot for anyone to be arrested with.

Howard Stern Wins 2017 Lawsuit Over Airing of Taxpayer Call

Back in February 2017, Judith Barrigas filed a lawsuit which put Howard Stern and the U.S. government in the odd position of having to defend a leak of tax information.

Judith Barrigas was suing the United States of America, Howard Stern and the Howard Stern Production Company on grounds of unlawful invasion of privacy and negligence, among other things.

That day, I.R.S. agent Jimmy Forsythe called up The Howard Stern Show, presumably to be a guest. He was put on hold. So Forsythe got back to work and spoke to Barrigas, who had a problem with her taxes. When Stern was ready for Forsythe and put him on air, he was in the midst of a conversation with Barrigas.

“Jimmy, go ahead,” said Stern that day. “You’re on the air in Long Island…Jimmy?”

“$71 due on the 20th,” said Forsyth.

“Jimmy, you’re on the f***ing air,” exclaimed Stern.

“What is he doing?” asked Stern’s co-host Robin Quivers. “Making a transaction?”

The I.R.S. agent continued to talk to Judith for several minutes without being aware that Stern, Quivers and their audience were listening in and making fun of what was being said. “It sounds like a raw deal,” said Stern at one point, and when Forsyth finally finished with Barrigas and checked in on his other line, he heard Stern comment, “Dude, we just heard your whole transaction. What’s going on, man? You got the most boring job, dude.”

In response to the lawsuit, the U.S. government argued it had sovereign immunity under the “tax exception” to the Federal Tort Claims Act. Meaning, that it couldn’t be held liable for actions, even wrongful ones, made by a federal government employee while acting within the scope of employment.

A Massachusetts federal judge has ruled that a private call between an I.R.S. agent and taxpayer Judith Barrigas that was broadcast on The Howard Stern Show was somehow related to the collection of taxes and also wasn’t “sufficiently personal or intimate in nature.”

The judge says the disclosed tax information was “imprecise and only roughly identifiable with a particular individual.”

Judith Barrigas’ name, social security number, address and other identifying information weren’t disclosed. Nor did Stern’s audience hear the sound of her voice. The only thing that might possibly identify her was disclosure of her telephone number, which was publicly listed.

The judge concludes, “There may be circumstances in which the publication of tax-related information does constitute an invasion of privacy under Massachusetts law, but for the reasons stated above, the level of the intrusion was significantly diminished here.”

SiriusXM Bringing Back HowardTV Style Video Service

SiriusXM has committed to launching a Howard Stern video service similar to HowardTV. The possibility of an on-demand video service has been a subject of much discussion ever since HowardTV was closed. SiriusXM will draw on 30 years of Stern interviews for Howard Stern video service starting this summer.

In its most recent quarterly conference call SiriusXM CEO James Meyer used the anticipated launch of a new and redesigned app for SiriusXM to segway into discussion of video offerings, which led to much awaited news about Howard Stern video.

“With the new app in the marketplace, our plan is to launch video, first with Howard Stern in the second quarter and then follow-up later in ’18 with additional short-form content from around the SiriusXM bundle. Let me be clear, we are waiting into the video pool, not diving headfirst. Our approach to video is just one part of our non-stop effort to add value to the SiriusXM experience, and that always starts with our content.”

“I know our Howard customers absolutely are going to want Howard video. I don’t even need to do the research. Howard customers want one thing: more Howard.” – James E. Meyer Chief Executive Officer, SiriusXM.

If SiriusXM can establish a solid video offering to their current customer base and attract some new customers with it, eventually SiriusXM Video could be a stand-alone product.

The video product will be part of SiriusXM All Access, which at $20.99 a month is about a $5 premium over the regular service. With a wide variety of compelling stations, a massive number of partnerships with car manufacturers, and a smart business plan, SiriusXM has become one of the most successful entertainment companies.