Frenemies: So, a couple of weeks ago, we talked about the vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The so-called skinny repeal made its way to a late-night vote, only to see three Republican Senators, Collins, Murkowski and McCain, vote it down, much to the chagrin of Sen. Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell and the double chagrin of President Donald Trump, who leveled criticism at Sen. McConnell for not getting the votes.

On Monday, The New York Times and ABC News reported Sen. McConnell, while speaking to a Rotary Club in Florence, Ky., said President Trump had “excessive expectations.”

Said McConnell:

“Our new president has of course not been in this line of work before and I think had excessive expectations about how quickly things happen in the democratic process.”

Which set the president to Twitter, as such things are wont to do.

The New York Times and Reuters say the rift is deepening.

While on vacation at his New Jersey estate, the president was asked by reporters if McConnell should step down from his leadership role in the Senate. Here’s what he said:

“I’ll tell you what, if he doesn’t get repeal and replace done and if he doesn’t get taxes done, meaning cuts and reform, and if he doesn’t get a very easy one to get done, infrastructure — if he doesn’t get them done, then you can ask me that question.”

And the president sent some words of encouragement? Call to action? I don’t know. He told him to get to work via Twitter, says CNN.

Bloomberg says that’s a “daunting to-do list to regain [Trump’s] favor.

McConnell’s spokeswoman, Antonia Ferrier, told The Times via e-mail:

“As we’ve said, the leader has repeatedly spoken about the path forward on repealing and replacing Obamacare — on the Senate floor, at media availabilities and in Kentucky. But if he has any new statements today, I’ll be sure to send them along.”

The Hill says GOP senators are coming to McConnell’s defense, including Senators Grassley, Hatch, Heller, Tillis and Flake.

Meanwhile, while the president and McConnell’s battle of words continued, a giant inflatable Trump chicken came to roost between the White House and the Washington Monument, says ABC News and NBC News.

This particular chicken was purchased by filmmaker Taran Singh Brar. USA Today says you can get your own, should you be so inclined, on eBay for anywhere between $500 and $650.

Courtesy of UofL Athletics

Are You Ready?: Football season is fast upon us, friends, as your University of Louisville fighting football Cardinals open their season on Sept. 2 against the Boilermakers of Purdue.

It’s also the time of year for predictions and the five-person team at Athlon Sports puts their collective heads together to prognosticate the outcome of every game on the schedule.

They agree on a couple of things: 1) Louisville’s schedule is absurdly light. 2) Lamar Jackson won’t have the stellar year he had last year. 3) Louisville will lose to Florida State (and likely to North Carolina State and Clemson).

So No. 2 up there. Of Jackson, they say:

…a Heisman Trophy winner tends to see a bit of a drop-off if he returns the following year, and quarterback Lamar Jackson comes back as a junior with otherworldly expectations he can’t possibly fulfill.

He’s also losing three of his top receivers from last year and the offensive line doesn’t seem terribly interested in protecting him.

In a few weeks, when our Cardinals face off against Purdue at Lucas Oil Stadium — home to the Colts of Indianapolis — they’ll be going up against one of their own. The Washington Post profiles new Boilermaker coach Jeff Brohm, whose name is pretty familiar around these parts. Brohm is a Louisville native who played high school football at Trinity High School and college ball for the Cardinals. He also hit the NFL for about seven years and averaged a team a year.

Purdue has struggled in recent years and Brohm will be looking to turn things around, starting with his first game against his alma mater.

Which the people at Athlon say isn’t happeing.

Special Delivery: A Frankfort doctor took a break from giving birth to her daughter to deliver another patient’s baby, says BuzzFeed.

Dr. Amanda Hess, OB-GYN was in labor when she heard screaming down the hospital hallway. The attending doctor was away so Dr. Hess suited up and went down to check on the patient, Leah Halliday Johnson, who was fully dilated and ready to go.

The good doctor delivered and then headed back down to her room to give birth to her own daughter, Ellen Joyce.

Said Dr. Hess:

“I don’t think what I did was anything extraordinary but… as a doctor, it is really nice to have people say such kind things — we are often criticized for office wait times or patients that aren’t happy with their care, and to be praised for doing what I love to do everyday is really heartwarming.”

“I hope people understand how much doctors truly care about their patients. We put our own families and interests on the back burner to take care of moms and women in their times of need because the reward of being there for someone and helping them with the most important moment in their lives is immeasurable.”

Red Barn Kitchen

Southern Charm: CNN Travel presents “15 charming cities in the American South you may have overlooked.” And right there at No. 6: Louisville, Kentucky.

They highlight the Red Barn Kitchen and the coming Kentucky State Fair (August 17-28), suggest booking a room at 21c, of course, or Shaker Village, and dropping by “The Hunger Games” exhibit at the Frazier History Museum. And also bourbon and horses because Louisville.

‘Night, Mother: Jennifer Lawrence graces the cover of Vogue, this week, says The Washington Post, CBS News, HuffPost and the loathed E!

Here’s the full cover:

In the feature, “Jennifer Lawrence on Her New Movie, New Relationship, and How She Stays So Damn Relatable,” she speaks publicly about her relationship with director Darren Aronofsky. The two worked together on the horror-thriller “Mother!” last year, due in theaters on September 15.

She tells Vogue:

“We had energy. I had energy for him. I don’t know how he felt about me.”

As promised last week, the trailer for Darren Aronofsky’s horror-thriller “mother!” emerged this week, says Deadline, Vanity Fair and Slate. Here you go:

GQ says the trailer is “here to terrorize you.” Which is fair. It’s unsettling, but still without much of any idea what’s happening. Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer come to stay at your house, the latter giving some very disapproving looks in your direction. There’s a lot of screaming. And there’s a lot of property damage, including a bloody light bulb that explodes. That seems new. It’s probably not, but it seems like it.

Which looks like a failed series on HGTV as much as anything. “This season on “This Haunted House with Rob Zombie: When the homeowners are away, the ghouls will play. Our team of designers, led by musician and horror aficionado Rob Zombie, take a normal house and turn it into a paranormal house is just seven days, giving residents a haunted mansion of their very own. Happy housewarming —we hope you survive!”

If “Tiny House Hunters” is a thing, I don’t think “This Haunted House with Rob Zombie” is as far afield as all that.

See you next week.


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Kyle Ware
Kyle Ware is a Louisville-based actor, artist, educator and writer. His column, In Other News, appears at Insider Louisville every Friday.