March 26, 2017: What to Know 

  • The hottest prime-time show on network television Sunday night wasn't a procedural drama or even the NCAA men's basketball tournament. It was Stephanie Clifford's appearance on 60 Minutes. Clifford, aka porn star Stormy Daniels, told CBS News that she was worried for her safety and that of her daughter after Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign gained steam. That's why, Clifford said, she agreed to a $130,000 deal for her silence about an alleged affair with Trump.

    "I was perfectly fine saying nothing at all, but I'm not OK with being made out to be a liar," Clifford said, pointing to Trumps lawyers insisting that the affair didn't happen.

    Clifford said she had not been particularly attracted to Trump but admitted to having intercourse with him in 2006, adding he raised the possibility that he could get her an appearance on his reality television show, Celebrity Apprentice. Clifford never appeared on the program. Clifford said Trump also compared her to one of his daughters. Trump was 60 years old at the time; Clifford was 27.

    "He said, 'You are special. You remind me of my daughter. You're smart, beautiful and a woman to be reckoned with. I like you,'" Clifford said.
  • Campus security officials at Boise State University report two separate but similar sexual assaults on members of the university community by the same suspect. Police aren't saying much about the investigation other than confirming that a suspect has been identified and is being questioned. Security reminds students and staff they're encouraged to report any possible crime by calling 911, activating an outdoor blue light emergency phone on campus or calling the Department of Public Safety at 208-426-6911.
  • Boise Police are looking for help locating an 
    click to enlarge Have you seen Anthony? - COURTESY BOISE POLICE
    • Courtesy Boise Police
    • Have you seen Anthony?
    adult male. Friends of a 46-year-old man named Anthony said he walked away from his home near East Holly Street on March 23. His family said Anthony is on medication and they're concerned for his welfare, considering that he didn't take any personal items, such a wallet or cell phone, when he disappeared. Anthony is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall and 130 pounds, with blue eyes. He may be wearing blue pajamas. Anyone with information is urged to call non-emergency dispatch at 208-377-6790.
  • NPR reports that more states are moving to end the so-called “tampon tax.” Most U.S. states, including Idaho, add sales tax to menstrual products, in spite of the fact that thousands of health and personal care items, including ChapStick and Viagra, are tax exempt. Seven states have introduced legislation aimed at exempting menstrual products from sales tax, joining nine states that already offer those exemptions. One company, the online retailer Boxed, has even introduced a #RethinkPink initiative, offering a discount on menstrual products to offset state sales tax.
  • Two-time Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg doesn’t think Netflix movies should be eligible for Oscar nominations. Spielberg, whose new film Ready Player One opens this Thursday, March 29, told ITV News in the UK, “Once you commit to a television format, you’re a TV movie. The good show deserves an Emmy, but not an Oscar.” A number of Netflix films, including Mudbound, Strong Island and Icarus, were nominated for Oscars earlier this year, and Icarus took home the Academy Award for best feature documentary.
  • Meanwhile, Black Panther, which will be eligible for the Oscars next year, crossed a major threshold this past weekend, becoming the highest-grossing superhero movie of all time at the domestic box office. Variety reports that Black Panther surpassed The Avengers (2012) to set the record. To date, Black Panther has raked in more than $630 million in the U.S. alone.

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