Sam's Top 5 Things to Know for Monday

1. Trump mocks Kim Jong Un, calls him 'rocket man'

 Fox News: President Trump apparently has a new name for North Korean President Kim Jung Un as the rouge leader pursues a nuclear-missile program -- “rocket man.”

“I spoke with President Moon of South Korea last night,” Trump tweeted early Sunday morning. “Asked him how Rocket Man is doing. Long gas lines forming in North Korea. Too bad!”

Kim has apparently conducted six nuclear bomb tests and numerous inter-continental missile launches in his attempt to affix a nuclear warhead on a rocket that could reach foreign soil. Trump has threatened Kim about his pursuit of a nuclear arsenal in violation of international rule, with the United Nations Security Council earlier this month imposing more economic sanctions, including cutting off petroleum supplies.

Meanwhile, Trump has tried to get South Korean President Moon Jae-in and other allies in the region to pressure Kim into ending his pursuit of a nuclear weapon.

2. Trump shares edited clip of him knocking down Clinton with golf ball

The Hill: President Trump early Sunday shared an edited video clip that appeared to show him knocking down Hillary Clinton with a golf ball. The clip shows Trump hitting a golf ball, which carries over into another clip and is edited to look like it makes Clinton fall.

Previous tweets from the account he retweeted (which has a handle that does not align with FCC regulations) include anti-Semitic messages, as well as tweets insulting Muslims and transgender people. At least one anti-Semitic tweet posted by that account was deleted shortly after Trump’s retweet.

In July, he caused outrage by sharing an edited video that appeared to show Trump body slamming CNN in a wrestling match. Trump's latest tweet came amid a flurry of other retweets in which he shared several stylized photos of himself tweeted at him by supporters.

 3. Sean Spicer made a surprise cameo at the Emmy Awards

CNN: Anyone could have predicted that Stephen Colbert's opening Emmy monologue would include talk of politics and mentions of President Donald Trump, but no would could have predicted a surprise cameo from White House alum Sean Spicer.

The former White House press secretary made a brief appearance at the end of Colbert's opening monologue for a bit that appeared to mock Spicer's defense of Trump's inauguration attendance.

On stage, Colbert asked if someone could predict how large this year's Emmy audience would be -- Spicer's cue to emerge from backstage.

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 "This will be the largest audience to witness the Emmys, period -- both in person and around the world," Spicer said from a podium. 

Spicer battled with reporters back in January as he defended the size of the crowd that showed up to watch Trump's inauguration. At the time, he said, "This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period," despite photographic evidence to the contrary.

Colbert also joked that HBO's Emmy-nominated Bernie Madoff TV movie "Wizard of Lies" was "the Sean Spicer story." Spicer's appearance drew reactions of shock from the celebrity audience.

"Melissa McCarthy everybody. Give it up," Colbert said, joking, as the camera panned to McCarthy, who famously impersonated Spicer on last season's "Saturday Night Live."

 4. Mpls. protesters stand in solidarity with St. Louis

A Twin Cities group is standing in solidarity with protesters in St. Louis, after the acquittal of a police officer who killed a black man in 2011.

The protests come in the wake of a not guilty ruling for a St. Louis police officer who shot and killed Anthony Lamar Smith on Dec. 11, 2011. The officer, Jason Stockley, was charged with murder but was found not guilty by a judge's ruling on Friday.

The rally started outside Walker Library in Minneapolis' Uptown neighborhood and was organized by the Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar and several other groups.

5. McCain Co-Sponsors Bill to Stop Military from Banning Transgenders

CNSNews.comSenate Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R.-Ariz.) is co-sponsoring legislation with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D.-N.Y.), Sen. Susan Collins (R.-Maine) and Sen. Jack Reed (D.-R.I.) to prevent the U.S. military from removing transgenders from the service or preventing them from re-enlisting.

Gillibrand put out a press release on Friday announcing the legislation after gicing a speech on the Senate floor on Thursday in which she expressed her gratitude to McCain for joining her on the issue. The bill, Gillibrand's press release explained, "would protect transgender service members by preventing the Department of Defense from removing currently serving members of the Armed Forces based solely on their gender identity. Transgender troops have been openly serving in the military since June 2016."

Gillibrand's release included a quote from co-sponsor McCain explaining this support for the move. McCain said, "When less than one percent of Americans are volunteering to join the military, we should welcome all those who are willing and able to serve our country.” He went on to say, "Any member of the military who meets the medical and readiness standards should be allowed to serve--including those who are transgender. The Senate Armed Services Committee will review the results of the DOD study on accession and will continue to work closely with our military leaders on any policy changes as we conduct oversight on this important issue."

Gillibrand expressed her gratitude for McCain's support on the Senate floor.

"I want to thank my dear friend and colleague, Senator McCain, the chairman of the Armed Services Committee, and his staff for working with us on this bipartisan amendment to protect transgender servicemembers and for agreeing to support it here on the floor today. I urge my colleagues to join me, the Republican Senator from Maine, and Senator John McCain, on our bipartisan agreement to allow transgendera men and women to stay in the military and continue to serve our country and keep us safe.”

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