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Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NEWS -

■ Morn­ing Joe host and for­mer Repub­li­can con­gress­man Joe Scar­bor­ough is blam­ing the GOP’s loy­alty to Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and its fail­ure to live up to its prom­ises for his de­ci­sion to leave the party and be­come an in­de­pen­dent. Scar­bor­ough first an­nounced the switch dur­ing an in­ter­view with CBS Late Show host Stephen Colbert on Tues­day night.

He ap­peared as a guest with his co-host and fi­ancee, Mika Brzezin­ski, who re­cently was at­tacked in sharply per­sonal terms by the Repub­li­can pres­i­dent. On Wed­nes­day’s Morn­ing Joe, Scar­bor­ough ac­cused Repub­li­cans of aban­don­ing their fis­cal prin­ci­ples. He also re­ferred to Trump, say­ing Repub­li­cans are “kow­tow­ing to some­body who — in­ex­pli­ca­bly — shows them no loy­alty what­so­ever.” Scar­bor­ough was elected to four U.S. House terms from Florida start­ing in 1994.

■ Coun­try leg­end Loretta Lynn is back at home af­ter a stroke she suf­fered in May. Her new al­bum will be de­layed un­til next year, and all her re­main­ing tour dates this year have been can­celed. A state­ment re­leased Wed­nes­day by her record la­bel said the 85-year-old singer-song­writer is back at her home in Ten­nessee af­ter a stay at a re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion fa­cil­ity. Lynn said she’s get­ting stronger ev­ery day and her main fo­cus is on mak­ing a full re­cov­ery. Her next al­bum, Wouldn’t It Be Great, on Sony Mu­sic Legacy Record­ing was to be re­leased in Au­gust, but Lynn said in the state­ment that she wanted to wait un­til next year so she can give it her full at­ten­tion.

■ Kim Kar­dashian West had to clear things up af­ter some of her so­cial me­dia fol­low­ers claimed to see lines of co­caine on a ta­ble in the back­ground of one of her posts. Kar­dashian West posted a Twit­ter video Tues­day ex­plain­ing that the pair of white streaks spot­ted on a black ta­ble at a ho­tel she’s stay­ing at is just part of the ta­ble’s marble stone. She showed up close shots of the ta­ble. On Mon­day, she ini­tially posted that she thought the streaks might be left­over sugar from some candy her kids were eat­ing. Kar­dashian West ad­mon­ished those who thought the streaks were drugs, say­ing, “I have kids. It’s just not my life­style. I’ve never been like that.”




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