For The Record host Laurie Dhue opens up about her 15-year battle with alcoholism

Veteran broadcast journalist Laurie Dhue is one of the newest members of TheBlaze team. She joins TheBlaze as host of the investigative news magazine For The Record and she will do other anchoring and reporting projects for the network.

Laurie’s career has taken her from MSNBC to CNN to NBC to Fox News. But throughout her very successful rise, Laurie harbored a secret – she was an alcoholic. While she initially kept her 15-year battle with alcoholism and treatment private, Laurie is now vocal about her struggle and recovery.

Last week, Laurie sat down with Katie Couric on her daytime talk show Katie to discuss how she was able to keep her alcoholism a secret and why she ultimately chose to seek help.

Much like the audience who had grown accustomed to listening to Laurie’s news reports, Katie said she was shocked to learn Laurie was living what she described as a “double life.”

“How did you keep it together,” Katie asked.

“I don’t know how I kept it going for as long as I did,” Laurie said candidly. “When I think about the way I drank and trying to keep a full time job with a television network, I don’t know how I got out of bed everyday, frankly. It is hard enough getting out of bed some days anyway, but when you are dealing with a major hangover -sometimes I look back on that and think, I can’t believe that was my life. I had no control over what I was doing. My motto was: Work hard; play hard… I really had this impetuous attitude toward it.”

When Laurie first revealed that she had sought treatment for alcoholism, questions flooded in as to whether or not she had been drunk during her broadcasts. While she admitted to Katie that she was regularly “hung over,” she reiterated that she was never drunk on air.

“What you were getting was probably a hung over person,” Laurie said. “Seemingly, from the outside, I had it all. In reality, I had nothing.”

She revealed that she was drunk, however, when she met President George W. Bush.

“I was fairly drunk when I met President Bush. This is something I have never said publically, so I am telling you that I had a pretty big buzz going when I met President George W. Bush,” Laurie explained. “I was invited to a small reception, and I got the chance to meet him. But there was no way I was going to do that sober, so I had a few pops in my room at the Washington Hilton before I went downstairs, and there it was.”

Rock bottom for Laurie came through a series of embarrassing moments – from getting into a drunken fight with a “really good friend” to making a “blackout phone call” to a man she was dating at the time. But it was when she found out her sister was pregnant that she decided it was time to turn her life around.

“And my sister was pregnant. It was this unborn baby, who is now my 6-year-old nephew, who was really the deciding factor for me because I never wanted this unborn baby to see me drunk. So I like to say that my nephew Robert saved my life,” Laurie said.

Her treatment included visiting a psychiatrist and a 12-step program.

“First, I went and saw a psychiatrist who specialized in addiction, and he said, ‘I can help you with this, but first you have to admit you actually have a problem,’” Laurie explained. “And for years and years I though, Oh, I have a little drinking problem. I am not an alcoholic. But once I said the word out loud, he said, ‘Ok, that’s the first step. Now you can get treatment.’ And I went into a 12-step program.”

Laurie has been sober since March 14, 2007. Her partner, Joe Schrank, is also in recovery and is the CEO of Rebound Brooklyn, an abstinence based recovery program. The two are parents to their foster son Andrew and Joe’s son Paolo.

“Thank you for talking about this because I think it takes a lot of guts,” Katie said. “If there is someone out there watching and they are hearing your story and they are think, I am a lot like Laurie was, what would you tell them?”

“Recovery is possible. It works,” Laurie said emphatically. “Help is out there, and hope is out there. You are not alone.”

Watch the full interview below:

I'm going to introduce you to what is by far the most annoying trend on social media involving a particular emoji. The annoying online trend features the clapping emoji 👏 in 👏 between 👏 each 👏 word.

The technique is most often used — unironically — by the social justice types to express indignation or condescension.

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It's meant to imply that the person who is writing the message is so much more "woke" than you that they are righteously allowed to clap in your face. Just looking at it is enough to test your blood pressure. Among the most recent standouts is the controversy surrounding Scarlett Johansson's decision to play a transgender character, which LGBTQ advocates would view as a good thing, right? You know, her being an ally to their cause and all. Here's one of the myriad tweets that sums up the feeling:

For weeks, the social justice types had been raging about Johansson, who was slated to portray a crime kingpin who was born a woman but identified as male in the film Rub & Tug.

In an interview with NPR — naturally — a trans activist had this to say about it:

Casting male actors to play trans women and female actors to play trans men really reinforces the idea that trans men are really women who are pretending to be men and tricking people into thinking they're men as opposed to the truth, which is that transgender men are living authentically as themselves. And we look like men and we feel like men, and we are perceived as men, and there's no reason, like, women should be playing us.

Listen to the full interview here:

Boy, if it weren't already confusing enough…

In response to this so-called backlash, Scarlett Johansson released a statement to her critics, noting to "tell them that they can be directed to Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto and Felicity Huffman's reps for comment."

But, finally — as most people do these days — she buckled. She released the following statement:

In light of recent ethical questions raised surrounding my casting as Dante Tex Gill, I have decided to respectfully withdraw my participation in the project. Our cultural understanding of transgender people continues to advance, and I've learned a lot from the community since making my first statement about my casting and realize it was insensitive.

What's the source of all this outrage? Because, we all know that the small but vocal mob — who the mainstream media has for some reason given a platform, and whose voice is louder than the rest of ours — is able to bully until they get what they want.

There's no winning.

Let's say that Scarlett Johansson had refused the role to begin with, on the grounds that she will not play a transgender character. You can guarantee the same crowd that's outraged now would be in fits. There's no winning. The best we can do is treat those around us with respect, live humbly and, for heaven's sake, don't clap between every damn word.

We should all be praying for success at the Trump/Putin sit-down

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92 percent of the world's nuclear weapons are in TWO countries: the U.S. and Russia. And as I'm speaking right now, the leaders of both countries are sitting down at a table to try and figure out how to coexist with one another. Sounds kind of important right? And even though the media will slap-fight each other to death today in an attempt to turn the Trump/Putin summit partisan, what's happening right now in Helsinki is probably the least most partisan thing happening right now… like anywhere. As in, the entire planet.

If there was ever a time to be partisan… this isn't it. To any Democrat, Republican or mainstream media pundit looking to turn this into some gotcha political narrative… what the hell is wrong with you? The last time the U.S. and Russian presidents sat down for a summit was in 2010… eight years ago! Here's a small rundown of how "cold" our relationship has been since then.

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Russia still has troops in Georgia after their invasion during Obama's first term. Keep in mind, Georgia was a country considering joining NATO. That invasion was Russia's coming out party. It was a warning to the world that things were about to change, and they were just getting started. They would then invade, steal and annex Crimea from Ukraine. They'd also invade, destabilize and wage war in Eastern Ukraine. That war is still going on to this day, but rarely does the media talk about it anymore. And the backdrop to that invasion and silent war was an accusation from the Russians that the United States deliberately encouraged the fall of the Ukrainian president and government.

Meanwhile, Russia continues supplying troops and equipment to their side, and we are now providing military training and anti-tank missiles to ours.

And Ukraine is just one of the proxy wars currently being fought between the two nuclear powers. Syria is the other. In April, we admitted to killing nearly 200 Russians in that conflict.

Over the past four years, over 700 Russian citizens and companies have been sanctioned, 35 diplomats have been declared persona non grata, 2 Russian diplomatic compounds have been closed, one consulate and two diplomatic annexes. Oh… and Russia has ejected over 700 U.S. diplomatic staff.

Between cyber attacks and indictments on Russian intelligence personnel, tensions have never been higher.

Between cyber attacks and indictments on Russian intelligence personnel, tensions have never been higher. Russia currently maintains an arsenal of 6,600 nuclear weapons. We have 6,450. The next closest nuke holders are France with 300 and China with 280. It's not even close. Between Washington and Moscow, there are over 13,000 nuclear weapons pointed at one another.

Forget partisan politics. The two toughest kids on the block just met for a sit-down, and we should all be praying for their success.

It's not just the Twitter mobs, the Leftist extremists and the flagrant fourth-wave feminists who want ICE abolished. As we've seen, there's a growing number of politicians who want to see it as well.

Cue Alejandro Alvarez, who in his 32 years has managed to cultivate his brand as a "serial immigration violator." Alejandro has been deported 11 times. Well, he's facing deportation once again, after allegedly "slashing his wife with a chainsaw." His wife is in recovery and is expected to survive.

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Around 3:00 pm last Wednesday, police arrived at Alejandro's. When they arrived, they found Alvarez's wife suffering from "traumatic physical injuries, believed to have been inflicted by a chainsaw." The couple's three children were huddled in fear inside the home. Alejandro's wife was rushed to a nearby trauma center for an emergency surgery.

Alejandro fled the scene of the crime, but was eventually hauled in by police and booked under "suspicion of attempted murder, child endangerment, hit and run, and grand theft auto."

Sounds like the kind of guy who should be in our country illegally, right?

ICE spokeswoman Lori Haley noted that "Immigration officers have lodged a detainer against Alvarez, requesting that local authorities notify Immigration and Customs Enforcement before his release to allow them to take the man into custody."

This is the new reality.

This is the new reality. The immigration agency has to ask for permission, to file requests, to have illegal immigrants who are guilty of crimes dealt with. Luckily for Alejandro, Los Angeles is a sanctuary city, so maybe he'll get another pass and be back on the streets in no time.

UPDATE: Here's how the discussion went on radio. Watch the video below.

Why is nobody talking about this?

Alabama law enforcement officials say that an illegal immigrant and an immigrant in the United States on a green card are responsible for the brutal murders of a grandmother and her 13-year-old special needs granddaughter in what investigators say is violence related to Mexican drug cartels.