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Monday Morning Scoop: Nasty Like the Wolf

Plus, adding up the numbers from the NFL draft

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Welcome to the Morning Scoop for Monday, April 30, 2018. There’s still lots of talk about this year’s Nerd Prom, while everyone at Marvel has to be feeling pretty good. We spent the weekend wondering what is going on in Kanye’s brain. 

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Nasty Like the Wolf 

Michelle Wolf, dropping “comedy” bombs. (Image: CNN Video)

The fallout from comedian Michelle Wolf’s savage roast of the Trump administration at the White House Correspondent’s dinner Saturday night — including personal insults directed at press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who was in attendance — drew a Twitter put-down from the President Trump and an expression of regret from the head of the organization.

“Last night’s program was meant to offer a unifying message about our common commitment to a vigorous and free press while honoring civility, great reporting and scholarship winners, not to divide people. Unfortunately, the entertainer’s monologue was not in the spirit of that mission,” said White House Correspondents Association president Margaret Talev in a statement.

Fellow comedians (including Kathy Griffin, who unleashed a remarkable Tweetstorm) and others leapt to Wolf’s defense, pointing to the fact that she was a comedian telling jokes and that President Trump’s refusal to attend the dinner for the second straight year has completely altered the good-natured roasting that has historically characterized the event.


Alabama Players Dominate NFL Draft

The 2018 NFL Draft started last Thursday night with the Cleveland Browns taking Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield #1 overall, and ended with the Washington Redskins taking Southern Methodist wide receiver Trey Quinn with the 256th and final pick (making him this year’s Mr. Irrelevant).

In between, Alabama had the most players picked, a total of 12, which tied a school record. Their conference, the SEC, had a total of 53 players selected, topping the ACC’s total of 45. NC State, Ohio State and LSU had seven players each picked, while Penn State, Georgia, FSU and Miami had six.

CMN’s Caitlin Wills took a look at what’s next for the last two Heisman Trophy winners, Mayfield (who won last year) and 2016 winner Lamar Jackson from Louisville. 


Sprint, T-Mobile Finally Ready to Tie the Knot

As long as the Trump administration approves, it’s going to mean something else when that hotline bling on T-Mobile.

After years of painstaking negotiation processes, cell phone carrier giants T-Mobile and Sprint have decided to officially merge. In a press conference held on Sunday, T-Mobile Chief Operating Officer John Legere said that the combination of the two companies will “build the world’s best 5G network.” The new company, taking on the name of T-Mobile, will be based in Bellevue, Washington.

Julia Schemmer has more in her report for CMN.


Today in a Tweet 

The ASPCA estimates approximately 6.5 million animals enter U.S. animal shelters every year, but only approximately 3.2 million are adopted (1.6 million dogs and 1.6 million cats).

Last But Not Least: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Smashes Global Box-Office Record

Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War rejuvenated this weekend’s domestic box office with its estimated $250 million opening weekend, surpassing its predecessor Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ prior record of $248 million.

The flick shattered global box office expectations — and The Fate of the Furious‘ former record of $540 million — raking in an approximated gross of $630 million worldwide. Get more eye-popping numbers in Rachel Chan’s wrap-up for CMN. 


The Monday Morning Scoop was compiled from contributions from Natalia KolenkoJacquelyn CarrilloCaitlin WillsJulia SchemmerRachel Chan and the CMN Staff. You might as well face it: It’s Monday and finals are out there, waiting. 

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