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A Game of Winners

For the many Game of Thrones fans it was a great night. Winner of the 'Outstanding Drama Series' and category winner Peter Dinklage picking up 'Outstanding Support Actor', with other members of the ensemble nominees too. Richard Madden, (fans will recall as Rob Stark) is now leading the limelight in the BBC's brilliant political thriller 'Bodyguard' which is still available on BBC iPlayer and if you haven't watched either Game of Thrones or Bodyguard - you are missing some serious stories,  plots, characters and premium acting.


 After its absence from last year’s ceremony, Game of Thrones returned to the 70th annual primetime Emmys to take home the night’s biggest award: 'Outstanding Drama Series'. HBO’s sprawling fantasia, whose upcoming eighth season will be its last, won six other awards for its makeup, costumes, music composition and stunt co-ordination. 

brits Thandie Newton and claire foy winners

Courtesy of CNN, the winners were . . . .

Outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series

Henry Winkler, "Barry" *WINNER (nice to see 'The Fonz' winning something!)


Outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series

Alex Borstein, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" *WINNER


Outstanding lead actor in a limited series or TV movie

Darren Criss, "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story" *WINNER


Outstanding lead actress in a limited series or TV movie

Regina King, "Seven Seconds" *WINNER


Outstanding lead actor in a comedy series

Bill Hader, "Barry" *WINNER


Outstanding lead actress in a comedy series

Rachel Brosnahan, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" *WINNER


Outstanding supporting actress in a limited series or movie

Merritt Wever, "Godless" *WINNER


Outstanding supporting actor in a limited series or movie

Jeff Daniels, "Godless" *WINNER


Outstanding lead actor in a drama series

Matthew Rhys, "The Americans" *WINNER


Outstanding lead actress in a drama series

Claire Foy, "The Crown" *WINNER


Outstanding supporting actor in a drama series

Peter Dinklage, "Game of Thrones" *WINNER


Outstanding supporting actress in a drama series

Thandie Newton, "Westworld" *WINNER


Outstanding reality/competition series

"RuPaul's Drag Race" *WINNER


Outstanding variety sketch series

"Saturday Night Live" *WINNER

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Outstanding variety talk series

"Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" *WINNER


Outstanding limited Series

"The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story" *WINNER


Outstanding comedy series

"The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" *WINNER


Outstanding drama series

"Game of Thrones" *WINNER


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Above - Trump voter: "They all break the law."


US President Donald Trump has insisted that payments to two women who say he had affairs with them did not break election campaign rules.

It comes after his ex-lawyer, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to violating laws during the 2016 presidential election over his handling of the hush money.

Interviewed by Fox & Friends, Mr Trump said the payments had come from him personally, not from the campaign.

He has in the past denied knowing about one of the payments altogether.


Mr Trump also accused Cohen of making up stories to receive a lighter sentence.

What did Trump say exactly?

In an excerpt from the Fox & Friends interview, which will be aired in full on Thursday, Mr Trump responded to questions about the hush payments by insisting that they were "not a campaign violation".

"They came from me," he said. "And I tweeted about it. But they did not come out of the campaign."

He added that he had only found out about the payments "later on".

His comments contradict a statement made earlier by Cohen under oath in which he said the president had instructed him to make the payments.

In July, Cohen released audio tapes of him and Mr Trump allegedly discussing one of the payments before the election.

So did the payments break campaign rules?

Cohen, who was Mr Trump's personal lawyer for more than a decade, admitted passing on funds to two women thought to be porn star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal.

The hush money payments were not reported to the Federal Election Commission during the campaign.

The question is whether the payments were made to protect Mr Trump's personal reputation or to protect his image as a presidential candidate.

Under US election rules, any payments made with the aim of influencing a vote must be reported.


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Cohen acknowledged in court that the aim was indeed to protect Mr Trump's candidacy, saying he had paid the money "at the direction" of Mr Trump "for the principal purpose of influencing the election".

If Mr Trump were to be prosecuted over the money - not through the normal courts, because he is the sitting president, but conceivably in Congress, through an impeachment process - investigators would have to prove that he had indeed given the money to Cohen for electoral reasons.

How has Trump contradicted himself?

In his first public comments, back in April, about his alleged affair with Stormy Daniels, Mr Trump denied knowing about the $130,000 (£100,000) payment made to the actress via Cohen.

Ms Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, alleges that she and Mr Trump had sex in a hotel room in 2006.

Asked by a reporter in the press cabin of Air Force One if he had any knowledge about where Cohen had got the money to pay Ms Daniels, the president responded at the time: "I don't know."

The following month, Mr Trump officially disclosed a payment to Cohen of between $100,001 and $250,000 for expenses incurred in 2016.

What happens next?

Any action against Mr Trump is unlikely until after the mid-term elections on 6 November, when the opposition Democrats will seek to break the grip of Mr Trump's Republican Party on Congress.

In the meantime, Cohen may agree to testify to the inquiry into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

There is no confirmation that Cohen will speak to Robert Mueller's inquiry but his personal lawyerhas said his client is happy to talk.

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We ask: "Should Trump stay or go? Is he just one of the boys who got caught? Or is he a sleazy, untrustworthy, wife-cheater who also betrayed the election process? Or is he  being framed and set up? What do you think? Is this someone we should be close to?"

Boris and Donald - two of a kind

Is this man Prime Minister material? Seriously? I don't think I'd want him representing me as leader of a local town council, let alone steering the country!

Front pages are from national newspapers on Saturday, 8th September 2018. The comment and text alongside is from us!

How many amoral narcissists does it take to run a country? Sometimes just one! Welcome to the 'Boris and Donald' travelling circus. Watch in amazement as they trample on their friends in the 'Big-Top'. Yippeeee! Gasp in wonder as they balance their families on scary tightropes whilst laughing with their lovers in their ring-side seats. Hurrah! "Send in the clowns . . . . don't bother, they're here".

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