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Colin Cowherd has a theory about the NFL. When a good quarterback gets blown out on national television, the Fox Sports host believes, he‘s likely to lead his team to victory the following week. Cowherd recently shared this hypothesis on Chad Millman‘s podcast, explaining that savvy sports fans could make a mint by following this piece of betting advice. Millman-
If you want to see a community turn against an artwork that depicts them, make it the only one. If that artwork is by a woman, about women, and openly feminist, half the job‘s already done. The Joy Luck Club, a movie that turns 25 this year, is guilty of all of these charges. After defying the odds to arrive in not just theaters but multiplexes, it opened to mostly positive reviews and became a modest box-office success. But the film‘
In an Aug. 15 Interrogation, Isaac Chotiner misspelled author William Shawcross‘ last name. Due a transcription error, several words were also mistakenly omitted from James K. Sebenius‘ answer on Vietnam.
One of two things happened on Thursday, depending on your point of view. Either some of the nation‘s top retired military and intelligence officers publicly criticized President Trump in very strong terms-an uncharacteristic act for almost all of them-or the ‘deep state‘ is closing in.
The Pentagon announced Thursday the military parade President Trump‘s been yearning for won‘t happen this Veterans Day as previously scheduled following reports that the price of the dictatorial display of military hardware, which the Pentagon originally said would cost taxpayers in the range of 12 million to pull off was now closing in on a cool 100 million. That‘s a lot of marching bands. And tanks. Trump, of course, got the b
The elections board of rural Randolph County in southwest Georgia is considering a proposal that would close seven of the majority black county‘s nine polling locations, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia. Two-thirds of Randolph County‘s some 7,000 residents are black and the county has a median household income of 30,358 that amounts to just 60 percent of the state median. Nearly a third of the county‘s
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On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal issued a new report about former Donald Trump attorney Michel Cohen and the 2016 hush payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels: Cohen initially rejected the request for money from Daniels‘ attorney, but changed his mind after the ‘Access Hollywood‘ tape came to light.
Time is one of the most elusive concepts in music. To praise an artist‘s ‘sense of time‘ might sound like you‘re complimenting something scientific and measurable, but in fact it‘s anything but-the greatest musicians, the true geniuses, operate on a clock just slightly different than everyone else‘s, like they are inventing the beat rather than simply following it. The best drummers have this, of course, but so
Few living artists get to experience the kind of clear-headed appreciation that so many only receive posthumously. Aretha Franklin, who died on Thursday at age 76, did not have to wait. And why would she? Her voice, perhaps the most important and recognizable in the history of pop music, was not time-released. Its effect was immediate and profound, and audiences would hold onto the feeling until she returned. When the 29-year-old Franklin played
Ignacio Lanuza had every reason to believe he‘d earned the right to live in the United States. An undocumented immigrant from Mexico, Lanuza had worked in masonry and construction since entering the country in 1996. He married a U.S. citizen and had two children, both citizens. In May 2009, Lanuza petitioned an immigration judge to become a lawful resident.Because he had a family, more than 10 years of residence, and no criminal record, he
Like every other major social media company since the 2016 election, Twitter has spent the past year and a half arguing with itself and its users over how to police harmful speech on its platform. The latest stage of this debate is coming as the company has received criticism over why it has not outright banned conspiracy-theorist Alex Jones, as Facebook and YouTube now have. In recent weeks, those discussions have begun to center on a concept th
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Internet access in Cuba has historically been tightly controlled-until 2008, a government permit was required for private citizens to own a computer or a cellphone. The internet itself didn‘t arrive until 2013, and under extreme limitations. But a nine-hour government test of mobile wireless internet on Tuesday has sparked hopes for greater internet access.
As we stare at better-than-even odds of a House Democratic majority come 2019, we‘re also staring at the most interesting Democratic leadership election in a long time. And, after numerous conversations I‘ve been having in recent weeks with House Democratic staff about the annoyingly complicated jockeying for position, two things right now are clear: The rumors that Nancy Pelosi is in for a fight are true, and anyone who says they kno
Donald Trump gave the Wall Street Journal an impromptu, 20-minute interview on Wednesday, touching on everything from his beloved tariffs to his decision to yank John Brennan‘s security clearance. The president‘s preferred topic, though, was clear. According to the Journal, Trump repeatedly ‘interrupted the conversation to summon aides to the Oval Office to share charts‘ detailing the electoral success of candidates he&lsq
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R.I.P.: Aretha Franklin was the best, and most influential, singer the 20th century had to offer, Jack Hamilton writes. Her cover of Otis Redding‘s ‘Respect‘ was a work of great artistry and social meaning, Carl Wilson adds, and Dan Kois wants you to take time to listen to her tremendous Beatles covers.
Another week, another real-life political story that sounds like a rejected pitch from the House of Cards writing room. This episode‘s provocateur is reality-television star and former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman. In a series of interviews to promote Unhinged, her new tell-all account of her brief time inside the Trump administration, Manigault Newman has made a series of shocking claims about the president, including the alle
At 9:50 a.m. Eastern time on Thursday, Aretha Franklin‘s publicist announced that the Queen of Soul had died from advanced pancreatic cancer. Eleven minutes later, a Wikipedia user named CezarPiotrowski added Aretha Franklin‘s Wikipedia page to the category of 2018 deaths. The next minute, Wikipedia user AlexBogue89 used a mobile device to update the first sentence of Franklin‘s article with her date of death. Mere seconds later
The Trump campaign has reportedly filed an arbitration action against former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman in an effort to compel her to cease from publicly criticizing the president. The campaign is seeking to enforce a provision in Manigault Newman‘s employment contract that purportedly prohibits her from disparaging her ex-boss. What is especially frightening about the campaign‘s bid to silence Manigault Newman is that under existi