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Top Justice Dept. official alerted White House 2 weeks ago to ongoing issues in Kushner’s security clearance

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A top Justice Department official alerted the White House two weeks ago that significant information requiring additional investigation would further delay the security clearance process of senior adviser Jared Kushner, according to three people familiar with the discussion.

The Feb. 9 phone call from Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein to White House Counsel Donald McGahn came amid growing public scrutiny of a number of administration officials without final security clearances. Most prominent among them is Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law, who has had access to some of the nation’s most sensitive material for the last year while waiting for his background investigation to be completed.

A week after the call from Rosenstein, White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly announced that staffers whose clearances have not been finalized will no longer be able to view top-secret information — meaning that Kushner could stand to lose his status as early as Friday.

As president, Trump can grant Kushner a high-level security clearance, even if his background investigation continues to drag on. But Trump said Friday that he would leave that decision to Kelly.

In his phone conversation with McGahn, Rosenstein intended to give an update on the status of Kushner’s background investigation. He did not specify the source of the information that officials were examining.

Justice Department officials said Rosenstein did not provide any details to the White House about the matters that need to be investigated relating to Kushner.

“The Deputy Attorney General has not referenced to the White House any specific concerns relating to this individual’s security clearance process,” spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said in a statement.

A White House spokesman declined to comment on the status of Kushner’s clearance or on information relayed by Rosenstein to McGahn.

Kushner’s lawyer, Abbe Lowell, declined to comment.

In a statement to The Washington Post last week, Lowell said he had been assured by officials that there was nothing unusual about the delay in Kushner’s security clearance.

“My inquiries to those involved again have confirmed that there are a dozen or more people at Mr. Kushner’s level whose process is delayed, that it is not uncommon for this process to take this long in a new administration, that the current backlogs are being addressed, and no concerns were raised about Mr. Kushner’s application,” Lowell said in a statement on Feb. 16.

Kushner’s interim clearance allows him to view both top-secret and sensitive compartmented information — classified intelligence related to sensitive sources. With that designation, he has been able to attend classified briefings, get access to the president’s daily intelligence report and issue requests for information to the intelligence community.

Security clearance experts said it is rare to have such a high level of interim clearance for such a long period of time. Typically, senior officials do not get interim access to top-secret and sensitive compartmented material for more than three months, experts said.

The day before Rosenstein’s call to McGahn, The Post reported that Kushner was among dozens of White House personnel who were relying on interim clearances while their FBI background investigations were pending.

White House officials have complained that they have had trouble getting information from the Justice Department and FBI about the status of delayed clearances, including Kushner’s. People familiar with the Feb. 9 call said Rosenstein was returning a White House phone call seeking guidance on the status of his background investigation, among those of others.

Rosenstein intended to speak to Kelly, but the chief of staff was not immediately available, so he ended up talking to McGahn instead, according to three people familiar with the call.

In the call, Rosenstein did not say whether the information that had come to the attention of the Justice Department was learned by the FBI in its standard background clearance investigation of White House staff. Rosenstein also oversees the investigation by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, who has scrutinized Kushner’s contacts with foreign officials and business dealings as he examines Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.

There are conflicting accounts about whether Rosenstein discussed with McGahn the significance of the information and its possible impact on Kushner’s clearance. Two people said the deputy attorney general told McGahn the Justice Department had obtained important new information, suggesting it could be an obstacle to his clearance process. One other said Rosenstein did not discuss the nature of the ongoing investigation.

Bob Bauer, who served as White House counsel in the Obama administration, said administration officials should view Rosenstein’s alert as a strong reason to revoke Kushner’s interim top-secret access.

“It seems to me that he should have restricted access to highly classified material until the resolution of those issues,” Bauer said.

Kushner’s inability to obtain a final clearance has frustrated and vexed the White House for months. As someone who meets regularly with foreign officials and reads classified intelligence, he would typically have a fast-tracked background investigation, security clearance experts said.

During the last six months, McGahn privately discussed the slow pace of Kushner’s background investigation with other senior aides, including with Kelly in the fall, according to a top administration official. Kelly expressed frustration with Kushner’s access to classified material on an extended interim clearance, according to the official. But McGahn and Kelly decided to wait for the FBI to complete its background investigation and took no action at the time to change his access.

Their wait-and-see mode ended abruptly last week, when Kelly issue a new policy that would block staff with interim clearances from receiving top-secret information as of Friday.

The changes were prompted by intense scrutiny that has followed domestic-abuse allegations against Rob Porter, the president’s former staff secretary, who was also working under an interim top-secret clearance.

The move puts a “bull’s eye” on Kushner, a senior official told The Post last week.

Kelly has told associates that he is uncomfortable with Kushner’s uncertain security clearance status and his unique role as both a family member and staffer, according to people familiar with the conversations. He has said he would not be upset if the president’s son-in-law and his wife, Ivanka Trump, left their positions as full-time employees.

On Friday, Trump said he would defer the question of Kushner’s access to his chief of staff.

“I will let Gen. Kelly make that decision, and he’s going to do what’s right for the country,” the president said during a news conference. “And I have no doubt that he will make the right decision.”

In a statement about Kushner issued earlier this week, Kelly said he had “full confidence in his ability to continue performing his duties in his foreign policy portfolio including overseeing our Israeli-Palestinian peace effort and serving as an integral part of our relationship with Mexico.”

Inside the White House, officials have discussed concerns that the delay in Kushner’s clearance is due in part to repeated updates he made to a form detailing his contacts with foreign officials.

He filed three amendments last year to the questionnaire, after failing to fully disclose contacts reaching back several years. Kushner has said the omissions were inadvertent errors.

Investigators scrutinize those activities to determine whether a person could be subject to influence or blackmail by a foreign government and can be trusted to guard classified information.

Ordinarily, security clearance experts said, the failure to completely disclose all contacts would jeopardize an applicant’s chances of obtaining final clearance.

In addition, Kushner’s actions during the transition have been referenced in the guilty plea of former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, who admitted he lied to the FBI about contacts with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Prosecutors said Flynn was acting in consultation with a senior Trump transition official, whom people familiar with the matter have identified as Kushner.

 

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Kevin Hart Makes a Hilarious Appearance on the Next Episode of Rickey Smiley for Real

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Comedian, actor and producer Kevin Hart and “Girls Trip” co-producer Will Packer join the Rickey Smiley Morning Show crew to promote their latest film Night School on the next episode of TV One’s RICKEY SMILEY FOR REAL, premiering TuesdayNovember 13 at 8 p.m./7C.

Hart is in rare form when he visits Rickey’s morning show and delivers a laugh-out-loud interview where everyone in the room is a target for some good-natured roasting. From a risqué male bathing suit line, to the relevance of black fraternities, no topic is off limits in the studio as verbal digs are freely thrown and countered.

(Photo Courtesy Credits: TV One)

“In high school I was a popular kid because I played basketball,” says Kevin. Da Brat fires back with, “Was this like the little league?”

Meanwhile, Lisa Wu stops by Gary with da Tea’s home to check on her friend’s recovery. They console each other as Lisa recently lost a loved one to cancer and Gary’s father succumbed to colon cancer.

“Having someone going through the same thing that you are is nice to know because you know that they understand,” Gary says. Anxious to return to life as normal after chemotherapy, Gary shares, “I’m ready to get back to Gary with da Tea because you know Gary with da Tea has a lot to offer to the world. So why not let the world see what there is to me?”

Also this week, Da Brat meets with HeadKrack and Beyonce to do a walk-through of a local boxing ring for the “Queen of the Ring” rap battle. Despite being faced with logistical challenges, HeadKrack is convinced they can produce the event without a hitch and bring Da Brat’s vision to life.

(Photo Courtesy Credits: TV One)

D’Essence recruits her brother Brandon to be the subject of her first podcast interview and selects her close friend Beonka, Brandon’s ex, to serve as co-host. Will what seemed like a bright idea and a potentially juicy episode of her new podcast take a left turn? Have the former love birds truly and finally moved on following their explosive break-up? Tune in to find out what happens behind the scenes between the two exes.

Season 5 of the popular franchise returns to TV One with more fun, family drama and life challenges. This season, the show captures Rickey navigating the ups and downs of his professional demands, while adapting to new additions in his household and juggling the growing pains of his young adult children.  Along with his morning show crew Headkrack, Da BratGary with da Tea and Juicy, viewers get to ride along with one of nationally-syndicated radio’s most celebrated personalities.

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2018 Veterans Day Free Meals and Discounts

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2018 Veterans Day Free Meals and Discounts – Over 100 Free Meals!

Happy Veterans Day! Veterans Day is celebrated this year on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. The Federal Holiday will be on Monday, Nov. 12th.

Many restaurants and companies thank our veterans each year by offering them discounts or a free meal.

To those companies offering veterans a free meal or discount, the military community gives a collective thanks!

Below you’ll find a continuously updating list of this year’s restaurant offers for veterans. Last year over 100 restaurants participated. Most restaurants announce offers at the end of October, up through Veterans Day. Stay tuned as we are frequently updating this page as offers become available, and check in with your locations for dates, participation, and availability.

FREE MEALS BEFORE VETERANS DAY

Huddle House, Nov. 9 – 12, 2018.

  • FREE order of Sweet Cakes (Huddle House’s fluffy, platter-size pancakes available in eight different flavor and topping combinations) to all active military members and veterans with proper I.D. on Veterans Day at all Huddle House locations nationwide. Locations.

Luna Grill, Nov. 10 – 12, 2018.

  • Buy One, Get One Free with purchase. Military service men and women and first responders will receive their choice of a complimentary signature wrap, plate or gourmet salad when they purchase a meal at Luna Grill. 10% daily discount for military and first responders. Locations.

Pilot Flying J, Nov. 10 – 12, 2018.

  • Free breakfast, including a free Pilot Coffee of any size with a choice of a PJ Fresh breakfast sandwich, packaged pastry item, or a Cinnabon Center of the Roll. Download (or open) the myPilot app Nov. 10-12 to find a coupon in myOffers. First-time users receive an additional free drink of their choice when downloading the app. Locations.

Rock Bottom Brewery, Nov. 10 – 12, 2018.

  • Free entree for all active duty military and veterans with military ID or in uniform. Other restrictions may apply, see your local Rock Bottom for details.

Shane’s Rib Shack, Nov. 8 – 10, 2018.

Spaghetti Warehouse, Nov. 9 – 11, 2018.

  • Buy one entrée, get one free. Coupon Required. Choose any of 11 Original Recipe Spaghetti entrées and receive a second entrée free. Friends and relatives are encouraged to treat a veteran to a meal. More info.

Tucanos Brazilian Grill, Nov. 9th, 10th, 12th, 2018.

  • Free Churrasco Meal with purchase of another Churrasco meal. (1/2 price meal available for veterans dining solo). More info.

FREE MEALS ON VETERANS DAY

The following offers are all on Veterans Day, Nov 11, 2018.

54th Street Grill, Nov. 11, 2018. Free entree, up to $12, for Veterans and Active Duty Military. Proof of service required, Dine-in Only. More info.

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Acapulco, Nov. 11, 2018. Complimentary meal. More info.

Applebee’s, Nov. 11, 2018: One of 8 entrées to choose from for a free meal. Military ID or proof of service required. You can read all about the offer in our post here, and get more information and check out all of Applebee’s locations on their website.

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Back Yard Burgers, Nov. 11, 2018. Free Classic Burger for veterans and active duty military members. Bring proof of military service. Locations.

Bagger Dave’s Burger Tavern, Nov. 11, 2018. Free Great American Cheeseburger + Fries for military, veterans, and first responders. Dine-in Only. More info.

Baker’s Square, Nov. 11, 2018. Free breakfast choice of Buttermilk Pancakes, three pieces of French Toast, or a Belgian Waffle for veterans and active duty military members. Bring proof of military service. More info.

Bar Louie, Nov. 11, 2018. Free Flatbread or Burger, up to $15, with ID. You can check out Bar Loui’s website to see all of their locations and details on their Veterans Day promotion.

BJs Restaurant and Brewhouse, Nov. 11, 2018. Free entree, up to $12.95 value, plus a free Dr. Pepper beverage. Offer valid to all active duty military and veterans, with proof of service. Dine-in only. Additional offer: Free Pizookie® for current or retired military from Nov. 1 – Nov. 30, 2018, while supplies last.  Locations.

Bob Evans, Nov. 11, 2018. Free select breakfast, lunch, and dinner items. For active duty military, retirees, and veterans with ID or proof of service. More Info.

Boston Market, Nov. 11 – Nov 12, 2018. Buy one individual meal with a drink and get a second free at all U.S. locations; coupon (but no I.D.) is required and available at BostonMarket.com. Available for all veterans, service members, and their families. No ID required.

Buffalo Wild Wings, Nov. 11, 2018. Free order of traditional or boneless wings and a side of fries to veterans and current military members. Dine-in only. Bring proof of military service. More info.

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California Pizza Kitchen, Nov. 11, 2018. Choose a pizza, full-size salad, or pasta from the special Veterans Day Menu. Dine-in only. Please come in uniform or bring your military I.D. or other proof of service. More info.

Cattlemens Steakhouse, Nov. 11, 2018. Free 8 oz Sirloin Steak Dinner on Veterans Day. Call your local Cattlemen’s for details and to verify participation. Proof of service required. More info.

CentraArchy Restaurants, Nov. 11, 2018. Free meal for veterans at select locations of New York Prime, California Dreaming, The Tavern at Phipps, Chophouse New Orleans, Carolina Roadhouse, Joey D’s Oak Room, Chophouse ’47 or Gulfstream Café. Find all the details at CentraArchy Restaurant’s website.

Chevys Fresh Mex, Nov. 11, 2018. Complimentary meal. More info.

Chili’s, Nov. 11, 2018. Free meal from a select menu. Dine-in only and participating locations only. Proof of military service required. More info.

Chipotle, Nov. 11, 2018. Buy-one/get-one free burrito, bowl, salad or order of tacos. Offer valid for all U.S. military (active-duty, Guard/Reserve, and retired military), military spouses with ID, and veterans. For in-restaurant orders only; offer not valid for online, mobile, fax, or catering orders. More info.

The Chop House, Nov. 11th, and Nov. 12th, 2018. 50% off any dine-in lunch or dinner entree to veterans with military ID or in uniform. Locations.

City Barbeque, Nov. 11, 2018. Free sandwich platter at participating locations. Proof of service required. More info.

Connors Steak & Seafood, Nov. 11th, and Nov. 12th, 2018. 50% off any dine-in lunch or dinner entree to veterans with military ID or in uniform. Locations.

Cotton Patch Café, Nov. 11, 2018. Free meal for current and former military members. Choices include full-size chicken fried steak or chicken fried chicken. Proof of service required. You can learn more on Cotton Patch Cafe’s site, as well as seeing where your nearest location is.

Cracker Barrel, Nov. 11, 2018. Complimentary slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola® Cake for dessert or a Crafted Coffee. More info.

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Dunkin’ Donuts, Nov. 11, 2018. Free donut to Veterans and active duty military at participating restaurants nationwide. More infoLocations.

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East Coast Wings + Grill, Nov. 11, 2018. Free meal from special menu (participating locations only). Proof of service required. More InfoLocations.

El Torito & El Torito, Grill, Nov. 11, 2018. Complimentary meal. More info.

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Famous Dave’s, Nov. 11, 2018, and Nov. 12, 2018. Free 2 Meat Combo served with choice of side and cornbread muffin – for veterans and current military members. Bring proof of service. Participating locations only. More info.

Friendly’s, Nov. 11, 2018. Free breakfast, lunch, or dinner to guests with a valid military ID or honorable discharge card. Meal options include the Big-Two-Do® breakfast (choice of two slices of French toast, two buttermilk pancakes or two slices of toast; two strips of crispy bacon or two sausage links and two made-to-order farm fresh eggs), or All American Burger (fries and a beverage) during lunch or dinner. Dine-in only. This offer is limited to one per person at participating locations only.

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Glory Days, Nov. 11 – 12, 2018. Free appetizer or an order of boneless or grilled boneless wings. Dine-in only and at only at participating locations. More infoLocations.

Gold Star Chili, Nov. 11, 2018. Free 3-Way & Drink for veterans and active duty. More infoLocations.

Green Mill, Nov. 11, 2018. Free menu item for lunch or dinner. Offer includes any single item from our menu. Some limitations. Proof of military service required. Dine-in Only. More info.

Grub Burger Bar, Nov. 11, 2018. Free entree for active, inactive, and retired military personnel. Proof of military service is required. Find your nearest location here.

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Hamburger Stand, Nov. 11, 2018. Free hamburger, regular fries and a small Pepsi. More info.

Hickory Tavern, Nov. 11, 2018. Free Tavern Burger with Purchase of a Beverage for all current and former military with ID. More info.

Hooters, Nov. 11, 2018. Hooters invites all veterans and current servicemen and women to enjoy a free meal from a select menu. Requires drink purchase. Only valid at participating locations. Locations.

Houlihan’s, Nov. 11, 2018. Free meal for active military and veterans with ID at participating locations only. Locations.

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Joe’s Crab Shack, Nov. 11, 2018. 20% Off on Veterans Day. More info.

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Little Caesars® Pizza, Nov. 11, 2018. Free pizza or $5 HOT-N-READY Lunch Combo to all US Armed Forces veterans and active military members between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. With proof of military service, at participating stores nationwide. Call ahead to verify participation. More info.

Logan’s Roadhouse, Nov. 11, 2018 (3 pm – 6 pm). Free entrée from the American Roadhouse Meals menu for veterans and active duty military personnel. 10% discount year-round. Call your local Logan’s Roadhouse for details and to verify participation. More info.

LongHorn Steakhouse, Nov. 11, 2018. Free appetizer or dessert (no purchase required, no restrictions). Additional 10% off for guests that dine with Veterans on November 11. Offer good for Veterans and active-duty military members. Proof of service required. Find a location near you here.

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Main Event, Nov. 11, 2018. Free entrée from a select menu and a complimentary FUNcard good for $10 in arcade play. More info.

Max & Erma’s, Nov. 11, 2018. Participating Max & Erma’s locations are offering military members and veterans a free Best Cheeseburger in America Combo, which includes seasoned fries and a fountain drink. Dine-in only. Call ahead to verify participation. ID or proof of service required. Locations.

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants, Nov. 11, 2018. Veterans will be able to choose a complimentary lunch or dinner entrée from a special menu. Veterans must provide proof of military service. No ID needed for Gold Star Family members (parents or spouse). Be sure to contact your local McCormick & Schmick’s as this is valid at participating restaurants only. Space is limited and reservations are highly recommended. Be sure to review our rundown of this offer, and if you still need more information visit McCormick and Schmick’s Veterans Appreciation Event.

McGrath Fish House, Nov. 11, 2018. Free meal from special menu. More info.

Menchie’s, Nov. 11, 2018. All veterans and current servicemembers will receive their first 6 oz. frozen yogurt free on Veterans Day. Locations.

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Native Grill & Wings, Nov. 11, 2018. One free menu item, up to $11.99. More info.

Nékter Juice Bar, Nov. 11, 2018. Free 16 oz Juices and Smoothies to Veterans and Active Duty Military all day long at participating locations. Find a Nékter Juice Bar near you and get their contact info to learn more about their free smoothie offer.

Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub, Nov. 11, 2018. From 11am – 4pm. Veterans and active military, free entrée from the 9 Real Size Entrées for $9.99 Menu. More Info.

NYC Bagel Sandwich Shop, Nov. 11, 2018 (6 am – 4 pm). FREE Bagel and Coffee. More info.

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O’Charley’s, Nov. 11 – 12, 2018. Free $9.99er for veterans and active duty service members on November 11th & 12th at participating locations only. More infoLocations.

Olive Garden, Nov. 11, 2018. Free entrée from a special menu. Entrées are served with unlimited soup or house salad and garlic breadsticks. Offer good for veterans and active duty military; proof of service required. Read our guide to Olive Garden’s Veterans Day special and take a look at their locations.

On The Border, Nov. 11, 2018. Veterans and current servicemembers will receive a free Choose-2 Combo Meal. Each combo is accompanied with sides of Mexican rice and refried beans (black beans upon request), plus endless complimentary tortilla chips and housemade salsa. Dine-in only, proof of service required. More info.

Outback Steakhouse, Nov. 11, 2018. Free Bloomin’ Onion and a non-alcoholic beverage. This offer is available to Military Personnel and veterans with ID. Also available 10% OFF Heroes Discount is open to servicemen and women, police officers, firefighters, and first responders, with corresponding state or federal service ID  through Dec 31, 2018. You can learn more in our post on Outback’s military discount and find an Outback near you with the restaurant’s locator tool, as well as checking out their Operation Homefront initiative.

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Perry’s Steakhouses, Nov. 11, 2018 (4 pm – 9 pm). Complimentary 3-Course Pork Chop Dinner. Reservations and U.S. Military I.D. required. Each active or former military patron must be accompanied by at least one paying guest (purchasing dinner entrée or Sunday Supper Special). More info.

Primanti Bros, Nov. 11, 2018. Free Sandwich for veterans and active duty military at participating locations. More info.

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Recovery Sports Grill, Nov. 11, 2018. Complimentary meal and one Non-Alcoholic Beverage, from Select Menu. Valid for all Active Military and Veterans, dine-in only. More info.

Red Lobster, Nov. 11 – Nov. 12, 2018. Free Appetizer or Dessert with military ID or proof of service. Vets may choose from a select list of appetizers and desserts. More info.

Red Robin, Nov. 11, 2018. Free Red’s Tavern Double and Bottomless Steak Fries for all Red Robin guests with a military ID or proof of service. More info.

Rib Crib, Nov. 11, 2018. Free meal from Menu of Honor, which includes choice of two meats and two sides, and your choice of a non-alcoholic beverage. More info.

Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Nov. 11, 2018. Free Mom’s Ricotta Meatballs & Spaghetti entrée for current and former military. More info.

Ruby Tuesday’s, Nov. 11, 2018. Free appetizer (up to $10) at participating locations, proof of service required. More infoLocations.

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Sagebrush Steakhouse, Nov. 11, 2018, 10 am – 11 pm. Free meal from select menu for veterans and current military members. Includes non-alcoholic beverage. Bring proof of military service. More infoLocations.

Sheetz, Nov. 11, 2018. Free lunch at participating locations. Free car wash also available at participating locations, Proof of service required. More infoLocations.

Sizzler Restaurants, Nov. 11, 2018. Free lunch served until 4 pm at participating locations. Veterans can choose between our 6oz Steak, Malibu Chicken or Jumbo Crispy Shrimp. Not valid for salad bar or gratuity. Valid with proof of military service. Dine-in only at participating locations. Locations.

Starbucks, Nov. 11, 2018. Starbucks is treating veterans, active duty service members, and spouses to a free tall (12oz) hot brewed coffee. More info.

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Tap House Grill, Nov. 11, 2018. Complimentary meal on Veterans Day, November 11th. For servicemembers and veterans with proof of service. Dine-in only. More infoLocations.

Texas Corral, Nov. 11, 2018. Free meal from a special menu, plus lemonade, iced tea, or coffee for veterans and current military personnel. Bring proof of military service. More info.

Texas de Brazil, Nov 11-12, 2018. Complimentary meal for two veterans, plus up to 20% off for up to six additional guests during dinner service. *Restrictions apply. More info.

Texas Roadhouse, Nov. 11, 2018. Free Lunch from special menu. Includes sides and a soft drink, coffee, or tea. Proof of service required. Dine-in only. You can access more info and find locations on Texas Roadhouse’s website.

T.G.I. Friday’s, Nov. 11, 2018. Free menu item up to $12 for all current military members and veterans. Valid ID or proof of service required. Dine-in only at participating locations. Be sure to contact your local T.G.I Friday’s for details. More infoLocations.

TooJay’s, Nov. 11, 2018. Free entrée from a special menu on Veteran’s Day. More info.

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Vitality Bowls, Nov. 11, 2018. Free smoothies for current and former military members at all corporate-owned locations and participating franchises. More info.

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White Castle, Nov. 11-12, 2018. Free Breakfast Combo or Castle Combo meal #1-6 for veterans and active duty military. Bring proof of military service. More info.

Wienerschnitzel, Nov. 11, 2018. A complimentary Chili Dog, small fries and 20 oz. drink at participating Wienerschnitzel locations, with valid military ID or by wearing a military uniform. Locations.

Wild Wing Café, Nov. 11, 2018. A complimentary meal with proof of service. Veteran may choose from any Awesome Salad, Wild Wrap, Beefy Burger, or Chicken Sandwich. Participating locations only. More info.

WingHouse Bar & Grill, Nov. 11, 2018. Free meal from select menu, at participating locations. More info.

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Yard House, Nov. 11, 2018. Complimentary appetizer. More info.

FREE MEALS AFTER VETERANS DAY

Free Veterans Day Meals – Nov. 12, 2018

Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar, Nov. 12, 2018. Current and former military members will receive a free meal from a special menu. Dine-in only. More infoLocations.

Aspen Creek Grill, Nov. 12, 2018. Complimentary Entrée from a special menu. Offer good from 11am – close. More info.

Black Angus Steakhouse, Nov. 12, 2018.  Day All-American Steak Plate for just $9.99. Includes an 8 oz. Certified Angus Beef® Top Sirloin, mashed potatoes, broccoli with garlic butter and a non- alcoholic beverage. Must show proof of military service or military ID to receive offer. More info.

Bombshells Restaurant & Bar, Nov. 12, 2018. Free meals and soft drink, with a 20% discount on meals and soft drinks for accompanying family members. More info.

Burntwood Tavern, Nov. 12, 2018. Free lunch or dinner for all active duty military and veterans. Proof of service or ID required. Available at all locations. More infoLocations.

Calhoun’s Restaurant, Nov. 12, 2018. Free meal, choice of Hickory Smoked Bar-B-Que Half Slab of Ribs, Hickory Smoked Bar-B-Que Pork Plate, “Ale” Steak, Fresh Chicken Calhoun, and Southern Fried Catfish. Proof of Service required. More infoLocations.

Chicken Salad Chick, Nov. 12, 2018. Free Chick Meal and drink. Includes 1 Scoop or Sandwich, plus one scoop, side, or cup of soup. Locations.

Claim Jumper, Nov. 12, 2018. Free entrée from select menu, with official proof of service. Dine-in only. Participating locations only. Locations.

Denny’s, Nov. 12, 2018. Free Build Your Own Grand Slam® on Nov. 12, from 5 a.m. to noon for all active, inactive, and retired military personnel. Participating locations only. Please call ahead. Locations.

Farmer Boys, Nov. 12, 2018. Free Big Cheese cheeseburgers to veterans and active duty military with valid proof of service. Locations.

Fatz Café, Nov. 12, 2018. Free World Famous Calabash Chicken® meal for current and former military members, 11 am until 11 pm. Proof of service required. Locations.

Firebird’s Grill, Nov. 12, 2018. “Dine with a Veteran or Active Duty Service Member on Monday, November 12 and their lunch or dinner is our treat! Please bring a valid form of military ID or wear your uniform to receive a complimentary entree.”. More info.

GiGi’s Cupcakes, Nov. 12, 2018. FREE cupcake to all veterans and first responders on Monday, November 12th at all participating locations. Store locations.

Golden Corral, Nov. 12, 2018 (5pm – 9pm): The 18th annual Golden Corral Military Appreciation dinner is available to any person who has ever served in the United States Military. If you are a veteran, retired, currently serving, in the National Guard or Reserves, you are invited to participate in Golden Corral’s Military Appreciation dinner, which you can learn all about in our post here.

Hoss’s Family Steak & Sea House, Nov. 12, 2018. Free Soup, Salad, and Desert Bar. Beverage Included. Available for all veterans and active duty military. Dine-in only, valid ID or proof of service required. Valid at participating restaurants only, 11am – 9pm. Hoss’s website provides you with more info and locations.

Hy-Vee, Free Breakfast, Nov. 12, 2018. Free Veterans Day breakfast from 6am – 11am at all participating Hy-Vee supermarkets with in-store dining. You can get all the details here.

IHOP, Nov. 12, 2018. Free Red, White and Blue pancakes from 7 am – 7 pm. Participating locations only. Please call ahead to verify participation. More infoLocations.

Jon Smith Subs, Nov. 12, 2018. Free 6-inch Steak Bomb sub for current and former military with ID. More info.

K&W Cafeteria, Nov. 12, 2018. Free meal, including entrée, 2 vegetables, Bread, and Beverage. More info.

Kings Family Restaurants, Nov. 12, 2018. Free meal for current and former military members, from a select menu. More info.

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Rock & Brews, Nov. 12, 2018. Complimentary pulled pork sandwich and a side dish or Strawberry Fields Salad. Available for Veterans, Armed Forces, and First Responders. Proof of military service required. Participating locations; Dine-in Only. More info is available on their website.

Rose Italian Kitchen, Nov. 12, 2018. Free lunch or dinner for all active duty military and veterans. Proof of service or ID required. Available at all locations. More infoLocations.

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Taco Mac, Nov. 12, 2018. Free 6-Pack of Wings w/ beverage purchase for Veterans and Active Military. More info.

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David & Tamela Mann Get Candid On “Us Against the World” Book, Album and Tour

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David and Tamela Mann is known as a dynamic husband and wife team that have become household names across television, movie screens, on stage and radio. They’re known for bringing good old fashion family values, laughter and music to whatever they do.

David & Tamela recently sat down for an interview with Prestige Editor-in-Chief and spoke candidly about their album Us Against the World: The Love Project that will be released on Friday November 9th, their book Us Against the World: Our Secrets to Love, Marriage and Family that will be released on Tuesday November 13th, their tour Us Against the World Mann Family Tour and the premiere of their movie Merry Wish Mas that will premiere on TV One on Sunday December 2nd.

Us Against the World: Our Secrets to Love, Marriage and Family

In the book, David talks about always being “transparent” about their relationship and family with their fans. “In our book we’ll tell our whole story and share our secrets to a successful marriage,” David added. Tamela called their marriage a top priority and the couple’s greatest accomplishment. “We’re excited to share what we’ve learned doing life together as a couple and how to fully love your spouse,” Tamela shared. The couple shares with us their lessons on how to stay together through the ups and downs. And also provides couples with tips on how you and your soul mate can both build careers and still keep the family together and happy. Also in a quest to take fans on a 30-year journey, the Mann’s are “spilling some junk” on their relationship and how they’ve been able to persevere through it all. David gets candid and highlights the chapter, “The Knock At The Door,” where 5 years into their marriage he receives notice from the constable that he has a child. Now this child was conceived prior to their marriage, but David admits that it “almost broke [them] apart and that’s where the title, ‘Us Against The World’ came from.”

Read below Part 1 of Prestige interview with David & Tamela Mann

David: When talking about Us Against the World tour. We wanted to have something that we could actually and physically go out and be a ministry to, for us, and our marriage ministry, but we wanted to do it where it wasn’t just a concert, it wasn’t just a comedy show, and it wasn’t just a conference.

We wanted to do something that was an experience. So, we came up with the concept of having it all in one night. And so, we start the whole thing off with the whole family doing the title song.

Tamela: Us Against the World. And then my son kicks it off with a big like family reunion back yard party. He’s a DJ, so he gets it all crunk and all hyped up.

David: Do they still say, “Crunk”?

Tamela: Well, I’m old so it’s okay.

David: Okay, well, crunk. I think it’s lit now.

Tamela: Okay.

David: Crunk or lit.  (laughter)

Tamela: Then my daughter Tia comes out and she does a neo-soul vibe set.

David: And she does a tribute to the Queen, Aretha Franklin which is a really nice tribute.

Tamela: And then David comes out and he does comedy. And he talks about our 30 years of marriage, and he’s talking more on love.

David: Yeah, I do the whole comedy set and I give little teachable moments. Like, there’s one segment during my set I ask a couple, “Do you all love each other?” And of course they say, “Yeah, we love each other.” But, “Are you guys in love?” Because it’s possible to love somebody and not be in love. And you don’t realize I’m giving moments of teaching in love, and stuff like that, because I wrap it in comedy. Then after I’m done with my set then that’s when —

Tamela: I come out and I do the gospel portion of my upbeat songs and then we kind of take a roller coaster ride. We start out fast and we slow it down.

David: We start out jumping and then end up crying. I’m like, “How did this happen?”

Tamela: And then we also incorporate a love set which are songs from our new project, Us Against the World: The Love Project, where me and David have a collaboration album that we’ve done together.

David: Now, we start the love set off with some of our friends and family to give us what their definition of love is, and so we video that to introduce the love set, and we give you the definition of what love is, what the biblical definition of love is, and they’re practical. And then Tam and I, for the first time, we sing together. 

Tamela: Finally, I got David in the studio and on the stage to sing with me which he’s been running from for quite a few years.

David: I haven’t been running. I’ve just been quite honestly intimidated about singing with Tamela Mann, that’s what it is.

Tamela: No need for intimidation.

David: Yeah, I was intimidated.

Tamela: And then we go from that and then I finish it off with —

David: The end of the worship set is what we call it. Oh, and let me back up, while we’re doing the love set we kind of do this re-dedication with couples and we do a prayer, we pray for marriages and families.

Tamela: And being unified in the unit and unity of marriage. So, we end with a prayer.

David: And then Tamela Mann takes us to straight worship again. And when I tell you it’s an experience, it’s a roller coaster ride, it’s just a little bit of everything. So, we call it the experience. And so, you know, once everybody gets the experience, we all come back out and just thank everybody for coming out. So, that’s the, Us Against the World tour. 

Now, the book is, Us Against the World: Our Secrets to Love, Marriage, and Family. And so, what we do in the book is we take everybody on a journey, a journey of 30 years with the Mann’s. So, we kind of take you on our ups, and we take you on our downs, and there’s something in the book, even while we were writing the book we had to go back and revisit some things, issues, problems, situations that we thought we had already resolved.

Tamela: That we had dealt with in our marriage. So, I’d say there’s a few skeletons that we talk about and be transparent about. Our goal is to encourage families, and give them that hope and inspiration that they can stay together and not give up on each other.

David: There’s a few nuggets in there that you haven’t heard from the Mann’s. In the book we also share some prayers for different situations. We talk about love, we talk about finances, we talk about keeping the fire in your marriage. We talk about simple things like just sitting down and having a good laugh with each other —

Tamela: And staying committed to each other and not just tolerating each other, but loving each other through every up and down that you have, which you will have, in your relationship.

David: We also definitely deal with some of the tougher issues that come up in our life like we have one where we talk about the art of arguing where we share our biggest argument that we’ve had in the book which started out real rough and rugged, but it ended up being funny becauseyou have to read the book because it didn’t quite go according to plan for me in my anger.

Tamela: In the book we also talk about our blended family, how we’re a super-blended family and how we came together as one family unit.

David: Yes and about revisiting the vows. A lot of couples may not understand what they’re fully getting into when they’re talking about revisiting and renewing their vows, or even saying their vows. So, we go back and talk about revisiting and renewing our own vows. 

Tamela: And we talk about the knock at the door, which was kind of a hard place in our marriage.

David: To put it mildly.

Tamela: It was five years into the marriage and we had the knock at the door and surprise!

David: I have another child by another woman that happened before our marriage, but that just to kind of give you a backstory on it without giving it all away. That’s where the, Us Against the World title and saying came from, and that was from that knock at the door in the book. It was the knock at the door and Tam was kind of like, “I’m not going to be able to do this.”

Tamela: Because we’re blended, we already hadhe had one child when we started out as a couple and I didn’t know if I was going to beI didn’t really know where I would fit in. I felt like I was going to be kind of lost in the shuffle of things. It’s like, “Well, where do I fit in here? Am I going to be like — ”

David: First, second, third, fifth?

Tamela: Or below, since we had a new child coming and then having to deal with the other baby mama drama. So, he explained to me that it was us against the world, and he really made it plain to me.

David: Once I sat her down and explained to her, “Look, I love my kids.” All of that, I’m a stand-up guy, I’m going to make sure I take care of my kids, but at the end of the day you are my first priority. It’s us against everything else. It’s us against the world. It’s us against anything that will come against us to try and tear us apart, and that’s what the whole, Us Against the World title came from. And even when we’re out on the road we say, “Us Against the World,” we’re not necessarily talking about the Mann’s against the world. We’re talking about the body of Christ.

Tamela: We’re the people as a family unit.

David: Right. And just representing us against anything that’s going to come and tear at the family structure, tear at our marriage, and anything that would come and try to destroy that, we’re against that. So, it’s not like, “It’s us fighting against everybody.”

Tamela: No.

David: It’s —

Tamela: All of us.

David: Yes all of us.

Tamela: The “U” in “Us” means you as the family, all of us. And that all filters and lead into the actual album because it’s based off of the stories that we have in the book. That’s where the love CD comes from. Us Against the World: The Love Project. So, that all fits into it, and also into why David is singing some songs to me, and I’m singing some songs to him, and we’re also singing songs together.

David: It’s our first project that we’re totally doing a whole album together.

Tamela: It’s our love music.

David: It’s straight love music. And part of the — I don’t want to say problem that we’ve had in the music industry is because Tam is such a gospelknown for her strong gospel roots.

People kind of are looking at it like, “Is she trying to cross over? Is she trying to go R&B?” That wasn’t the goal. The goal was to encourage marriages.

Tamela: And to just sing about love. You know, something from us, to us, for us, and to just actually show another side that, for one, that I’m in love with my husband, that I like my husband, and I like being with him, and I feel very secure in my marriage and the love that I have for him, and I wanted to share that in song.

David: So, what we did was took the book and we sat down with some producers and my son put together a team. David Jr. is the brainchild behind the whole album. He pulled together some producers and writers. And the reason I was so afraid at first is because it’s been so long since I’ve been in the studio. And so, I guess it’s a bit of being insecure about singing, and then singing with Tam, and so once they got the song and tailor-made them just for me, and for my voice.

Tamela: And they did. If you haven’t heard the album music yet, he’s done a wonderful job, and hopefully everyone gets a copy of it so you can actually get to hear my Christian Babyface.

David: There’s some baby-making love music. But we wanted to do genuine love music. So, we wanted to do a soundtrack from the book, and once they put the songs together, and we got to doing it, and it was like, “Where do we put this?”

Tamela: I think it’s an amazing body of work that we’ve put together and I really hope that everyone enjoys it like we enjoyed writing and listening to it. Even my grand kids, they really inspired us because they’re really enjoying it as well.

David: And some of the titles like, Mason Jar, we was able to explain to them how Mason Jar came about.

Tamela: Mason Jar is a song, it’s talking about me as young girl, teenager, how most of my friends experienced love early, and boyfriends, and everything, and I never had that, but I finally found love that I can preserve like you do preserves in a mason jar, that I could package up and put in the jar and hold dear to my heart. So, that’s what Mason Jar is about, finally finding love that I can cherish forever.

David: And then I’m doing a song on the album called Still Do. And it’s just where I’m re-dedicating my love, my vows, to Tam. It’s kind of me saying, “Look, I would do this all over again.” And so, there’s songs like that on there. There’s songs like, Feels Like. That’s your song.

Tamela: Feels Like is a song that I’m singing to David when he touches me he makes me feel like a special girl, or special woman. I mean, it’s just a wonderful thing and it gets more in-depth as you go in the song, but he makes me feel like I’m on top of the world.

David: Yup. And then there’s songs that speak about making up. One of the songs is called, Making Up and a couple of the lyrics are, “Every time we fight it feels like the end, butterflies in my stomach, and I just don’t think we’re going to come back from this.”

Tamela: And then there’s another song that’s entitled Signs.

David: Aw, yeah.

Tamela: Which talks about when you want to be with your mate.

David: In an intimate way.

Tamela: You just kind of know what’s going on.

David: You know the signs that you give.

Tamela: It’s like a special touch, or special feeling, that they give us that makes us feel like we’re number one all the time for us to commune together.

David: Or worship in a very spiritual way, hallelujah. You know, Us Against the World we call it, it’s a movement for us. It’s something that we just want everybody to join in becauseour president — well, yeah. He’s talking about making America great again. Let’s make America great again, that cannot begin to happen until we get the foundation, the base, and that’s family. Husbands and wives unified, families unified.

Tamela: Let’s make marriage great again. Let’s make family great again as well.

David: And that’s when we’ll start to see America become great when we’re starting in the house, starting at home. Then it will start to infect and affect everything else around us.

When it comes to their album entitled Us Against the World: The Love Project. They’re set to drop a soulful 10-song musical collaboration about resilient and enduring love. Listening to the album, you can feel the vocal chemistry that they share.

“The whole album is an inside look at our love story and the journey we’ve been on together,” added Tamela. “So, recording this project has been really special for both of us.”

Produced by David, Tamela and their son David Mann, Jr., Us Against the World: The Love Project is a candidly honest album chronicling defining moments in David and Tamela’s relationship.

The title track “Us Against the World” features the duo’s fine vocal blend layered on top of funky, soulful grooves. On “Mason Jar” Tamela’s tender vocals pay tribute to her grandmother, mother and love of her life, David.

The two recreate an epic revelation from early on in their marriage that could have undone them on the heart-wrenching yet resolutely hopeful track “I Love You O.”

The album reconstructs other ‘big reveals’ in the couple’s relationship, leading to “Signs,” the ultimate love letter to each other.

The first single off the album is “Good Love,” a timeless romantic duet in the vein of one of the Motown classics featuring David and Tamela’s soulfully smooth harmonies.

The couple is currently on tour and tells us that couples have come forth stating their stories are helping them to “heal [their] marriage[s].” Known for their musical talents, the Mann’s couldn’t be more excited to release their forthcoming album, “Us Against The World: The Love Project,” an audio compilation that also a compliment to their new book.

Tracklist of Us Against The World: The Love Project

  1. Us Against The World (David & Tamela)
  2. Mason Jar (Tamela)
  3. I Love You O (David)
  4. Still Do (David)
  5. Good Love (David & Tamela)
  6. You (David & Tamela)
  7. Feels Like (Tamela)
  8. Ups and Downs (David & Tamela)
  9. Making Up (David & Tamela)
  10. Signs (David & Tamela)

“Good Love” video by David and Tamela Mann below:


Stay tuned for Part II of Prestige Interview with David & Tamela Mann in the December issue of Prestige.

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Us Against The World Mann Family Tour: October 11th- November 11th

Us Against The World” Album Release Date: November 9th

Us Against The World” Book Release Date: November 13th

Merry Wish Mas” Premiere Date (TV One): December 2nd

 

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