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27 мая, 00:32

WHY TRUMP GOT ELECTED, PART 1,322,217. “‘Far Cry 5’ Is About Living Under Fear in America. The…

WHY TRUMP GOT ELECTED, PART 1,322,217. “‘Far Cry 5’ Is About Living Under Fear in America. The game will put the player up against a Montana based cult and militia that has plenty of real world analogues:” Dan Hay, creative director and executive producer of Far Cry 5, is standing in front of a TV […]

26 мая, 23:48

State, local leaders circle wagons to save tax break from Trump

Wiping out the deduction for state and local taxes could reap more than $1 trillion in the coming decade, but cost some taxpayers thousands of dollars per year.

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26 мая, 04:55

25 NBA Champions Who Failed to Repeat

Outside of one stretch in NBA history, it's been difficult for teams to win back-to-back championships. These NBA champions know what this feels like.

25 мая, 20:26

Nationalism Is Not News, by Bryan Caplan

In the last two years, there's been an avalanche of news on the "rise of nationalism."  I find this narrative deeply aggravating.  My critics - even a colleague or two - say it's because I'm in denial over the painful facts.  But what really aggravates me is the false insinuation of radical change.  Nationalism hasn't become dominant recently.  It's been dominant without interruption for at least a century and a half.  In 1926, historian Carlton Hayes wrote an essay on "Nationalism as a Religion," observing that:"My country, right or wrong, my country!" Thus responds the faithful nationalist to the magisterial call of his religion, and thereby he intends nothing dubious or immoral. He is merely making a subtle distinction between governmental officials who may go wrong and a nation which, from the inherent nature of things, must ever be right. It would sound pedantic for him to say, "my nation, indicatively right or subjunctively wrong (contrary to fact), my nation!" Indeed, to the national state are now popularly ascribed infallibility and impeccability. We moderns are prepared to grant that all our fellow countrymen may individually err in conduct and judgement, but we are loath to admit that our nation as a whole can make mistakes. We are willing to assail the policies and even the characters of some of our politicians, but we are stopped by the faith that is in us from doubting the Providential guidance of our national state. This is the final mark of the religious nature of modern nationalism. The most impressive fact about the present age is the universality of the religious aspects of nationalism. Not only in the United States does the religious sense of the whole people find expression in nationalism, but also, in slightly different form but perhaps to an even greater degree, in France, England, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Russia, the Scandinavian and Baltic countries, Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, the Balkans, Greece, and the Latin-American republics. Nor does the religion of nationalism thrive only on traditionally Christian soil; it now flourishes in Japan, Turkey, Egypt, India, Korea, and is rearing its altars in China. Nationalism has a large number of particularly quarrelsome sects, but as a whole it is the latest and nearest approach to a world-religion.In 1960, Hayes followed up with a whole book - Nationalism: A Religion - cataloguing the ideology's global ubiquity.  The work's full of gems like:We need not here rehearse the epic story of World War I.  It lasted over four years and turned out to be a supremely nationalistic war... As soon as war was declared, both masses and classes rallied to the support of their respective governments.  Earlier professions of pacifism or neutrality quickly evaporated, and failure marked the movements and organizations which, it had been imagined, might check, if not exorcise, the war spirit.  Christianity failed: no heed was given to pacific pleas of anguished pope or other priests and ministers.  Marxian socialism failed: its following made no attempt to stay or impede the war by "general strike" or any other means.  "Intellectuals" failed: the large majority of them deserted reason for emotion, fair-mindedness for bellicose partnership.  So, too, failed "big business" and "international finance," and other economic considerations, which publicists such as Norman Angell had prophesied would militate against, and prevent, the enormous cost and ultimately universal bankruptcy that large-scale warfare would entail.Can't we accept the dominance of nationalism, but also admit that it's currently growing much stronger?  We could, but we shouldn't.  There's definitely a lot more media coverage of nationalism, but making a big deal out of everything is what the media does.  Do I protest too much?  Well, I've been blogging for a dozen years.  Can you recall a single time where I claimed that current events were somehow "on my side"?  I can't.  Multi-decade trends mean something to me.  So do the World Wars and the collapse of Communism.  The rest is noise.If you disagree - if you think you can see the global nationalist revival in the tea leaves - I am happy to bet you.  Otherwise, turn off the news and read some Carlton Hayes. (5 COMMENTS)

25 мая, 16:30

The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Health Care Select Sector SPDR Fund, iShares U.S. Aerospace & Defense ETF, SPDR S&P Aerospace & Defense ETF, iShares Dow Jones Transportation Average Fund and Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR Fund

The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Health Care Select Sector SPDR Fund, iShares U.S. Aerospace & Defense ETF, SPDR S&P Aerospace & Defense ETF, iShares Dow Jones Transportation Average Fund and Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR Fund

25 мая, 14:20

Airline Stock Roundup: Southwest Airlines Hikes Dividend, Busiest Summer Likely

Southwest Airlines (LUV) grabbed headlines with two shareholder friendly announcements.

25 мая, 11:50

We Can't Predict Whether Trump Will Succeed in the Middle East

At this stage, a great start and a false start would both look much the same.

25 мая, 04:37

A Montana Candidate Is Cited for Assaulting a Reporter on the Eve of Election Day

Witnesses say a Guardian reporter was attacked by Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate for a hotly contested House seat, following a question about the American Health Care Act.

25 мая, 03:53

Montana GOP Candidate Charged With Assault After 'Body-Slamming' Reporter

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); On the eve of Montana’s special election, Greg Gianforte, the millionaire Republican running for the state’s open congressional seat, was charged with misdemeanor assault after attacking a reporter for The Guardian on Wednesday.  Guardian political reporter Ben Jacobs said Gianforte “body slammed me and broke my glasses” after he asked a question about the Republican health care legislation. Greg Gianforte just body slammed me and broke my glasses— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) May 24, 2017 There was a local TV crew there when Gianforte body slammed me. Audio is posting soon at @GuardianUS— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) May 24, 2017 In an audio recording posted by The Guardian, Jacobs can be heard asking Gianforte about the recently released Congressional Budget Office report on the Republican health care replacement bill. Then there’s a loud crash.    “I’m sick and tired of you guys,” Gianforte says. “The last time you came here you did the same thing. Get the hell out of here!”  “Jesus Christ,” Jacobs said. “You just body slammed me and broke my glasses.”  “Get the hell out of here,” Gianforte says again. ”If you’d like me to get the hell out of here, I’d also like to call the police,” Jacobs says.  A Fox News crew was in the room at Gianforte’s campaign headquarters in Bozeman when Jacobs walked in. “Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him,” reporter Alicia Acuna wrote on the Fox News website. She said the three-member team “watched in disbelief as Gianforte then began punching the man, as he moved on top the reporter and began yelling something to the effect of “I’m sick and tired of this!”  Acuna added: “To be clear, at no point did any of us who witnessed this assault see Jacobs show any form of physical aggression toward Gianforte.” She said the Fox crew had given statements to investigators. Gianforte was cited for misdemeanor assault and ordered to appear in Gallatin County Justice Court. He faces a maximum of six months in a jail and a $500 fine. Sheriff Brian Gootkin said the incident “did not meet the Montana statutory elements for felony assault.” Gootkin also addressed a donation made to Gianforte’s campaign in the amount of $250 in March, saying the contribution “had nothing to do with our investigation, which is now complete.” MoveOn.org, a liberal public advocacy group, said late Wednesday it would run a “five-figure,” last-minute campaign ad about the incident through the polling on Thursday. The minute-long video includes dramatic audio recorded during the altercation, then flashes the message: “Greg Gianforte. Unfit to serve.” By Thursday morning, three local media outlets had withdrawn their endorsements of Gianforte: the Billings Gazette, the Missoulian and the Helena Independent Record. Gazette opinion: We're pulling our endorsement of Gianforte #mtpol #mtal #montana https://t.co/amLeMrFwJj pic.twitter.com/kJy2BCg2eO— Billings Gazette (@billingsgazette) May 25, 2017 Gianforte had previously tweeted that it was an “incredible honor” to be endorsed by three of the state’s biggest newspapers.  What an incredible honor to be endorsed by three of MT’s biggestnewspapers. Thank you @missoulian @billingsgazette @helenaironline pic.twitter.com/iW5UEORGgm— Greg Gianforte (@GregForMontana) May 24, 2017 Alexis Levinson, a BuzzFeed reporter, saw part of the clash. “This happened behind a half closed door, so I didn’t see it all, but here’s what it looked like from the outside,” Levinson wrote on Twitter. “Ben walked into a room where a local tv crew was set up for an interview with Gianforte ... All of a sudden I heard a giant crash and saw Ben’s feet fly in the air as he hit the floor.” Jacobs reported the attack to local police. The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office confirmed in a statement late Wednesday that it was investigating an alleged assault involving Gianforte. It said the investigation is “ongoing” and it would provide additional details “when appropriate.”  Gianforte’s office blamed “liberal journalist” Jacobs for the confrontation. Spokesman Shane Scanlon said in a statement that Jacobs barged into an interview in a private office and “aggressively shoved a recorder in Greg’s face and began asking badgering questions.” After Jacobs refused to leave, Scanlon said, Gianforte “attempted to grab the phone that was pushed in his face. Jacobs grabbed Greg’s wrist and spun away from Greg, pushing them both to the ground. It’s unfortunate that this aggressive behavior from a liberal journalist created this scene.”  In an interview with MSNBC from the hospital, Jacobs called it “the strangest moment” of his reporting career.  “I don’t mind being blown off by politicians, and I also am always terribly uncomfortable being part of a story,” he told host Chris Hayes. “And now it seems like I became the story.”  Gianforte sitting in a Jeep. Sheriff's deputies were talking to him earlier. Now a medic is at the window talking with him. #bdcnews #mtal pic.twitter.com/JsT4tTYt82— Whitney Bermes (@wabermes) May 24, 2017 Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin, speaking to reporters at a press conference later on Wednesday night, pleaded with the community to stop calling his office’s dispatch center, and said he wouldn’t provide much information until the investigation is finished. Asked why charges were not filed at the scene, Gootkin said: “Because we did not have all the information at that time.” The high-profile incident on the eve of Election Day throws a contentious race into turmoil. Gianforte is locked in a tight race with Rob Quist, a banjo-playing folk musician who has never sought public office before. Quist, asked to comment outside a campaign event, told reporters, “I think that’s more a matter for law enforcement.” He brushed aside further questions.  The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee called on Gianforte to drop out of the race. The GOP “should not waste another minute before publicly denouncing their candidate and apologizing for the millions of dollars they spent on his behalf,” DCCC spokesman Tyler Law said in a statement. Although Gianforte has led Quist in public polling, his lead has shrunk in recent weeks as Quist has tied him to the unpopular Republican health care bill passed by the House of Representatives earlier this month. Even as Gianforte reserved judgment on the bill in public, The New York Times obtained a recording of a call with Republican-leaning lobbyists in which Gianforte said he was “thankful for” the bill’s passage. He later tried to walk back the comments, but Quist pilloried him for it in advertisements and on the campaign trail. Last month, Gianforte issued an apology to the Billings Gazette’s editorial board after making comments during a campaign stop that included hand motions directed at a reporter “as if he would like to wring his neck.” Gianforte said the statement was meant as a “joke” and that he fully supports the First Amendment, but his remarks did little to assuage the fears of local journalists. “It was sickening to hear this contempt for journalists echoed in our own back yard,” The Missoulian wrote in an editorial. News of Wednesday’s violence could be a blow that dooms Gianforte’s campaign, ensuring a Quist victory and a major win for Democrats nationally. Progressive activists across the country have poured money into Quist’s race, seeing it as an opportunity to signal dissatisfaction with President Donald Trump in a state he won by 20 percentage points. In the moments before the confrontation between Jacobs and Gianforte turned violent, the reporter can be heard asking the candidate to clarify his views on the GOP health care bill. A new Congressional Budget Office analysis of the legislation came out earlier in the day, presumably giving Gianforte information he needed to decide whether he supports it. “You were waiting to make your decision about health care until you saw the bill and it just came out,” Jacobs began. “We’ll talk to you about that later,” Gianforte replied. “Yeah but there’s not gonna be time,” Jacobs shot back. “I’m just curious about it right now.” “Speak with Shane please,” Gianforte said, referring to his spokesman. Then the recording cuts to the sound of scuffling. Listen to The Guardian’s recording of the clash below: -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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25 мая, 03:42

Montana Republican "Body-Slams" Guardian Reporter Over Healthcare Question

Montana Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte reportedly "body slammed" Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs during an interview after being pressed for his opinion on the CBO healthcare score. Gianforte is the Republican candidate in Thursday's special election for Montana's open U.S. House seat. "I'm sick and tired of you guys! The last time you came in here you did the same thing. Get the hell out of here! Get the hell out of here!   Greg Gianforte just body slammed me and broke my glasses — Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) May 24, 2017 Jacobs told MSNBC's Chris Hayes that he was trying to ask Gianforte about the Congressional Budget Office's financial analysis of the Republican health care plan when "the next thing I know, I'm being body-slammed." "He's on top of me. My glasses are broken," Jacobs said. "It's the strangest thing that's happened in my entire life reporting." Jacobs said he fell on his elbow and was waiting to be X-rayed. The Guardian has released the audio of the event... NBC News reports that , in a statement, Shane Scanlon, a spokesman for Gianforte's campaign, alleged that Jacobs crashed an interview Gianforte was giving another reporter "and began asking badgering questions," adding that "Jacobs was asked to leave." "Greg then attempted to grab the phone that was pushed in his face," Scanlon said.   "Jacobs grabbed Greg's wrist, and spun away from Greg, pushing them both to the ground.   "It's unfortunate that this aggressive behavior from a liberal journalist created this scene at our campaign volunteer BBQ," he said. The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office and and representatives of the state Republican Party didn't immediately respond to NBC News' requests for comment. The question is - was the video more like this... @Bencjacobs This is a body slam. Did this happen? pic.twitter.com/5NHBSQlC6p — Kristopher Tapley (@kristapley) May 24, 2017 Or this... @kristapley @Bencjacobs Probably like this pic.twitter.com/aW9Xn3znh2 — Hman(Harold Romero) (@H_man78) May 24, 2017 But on a more serious note, it appears the constant tensions between a liberal media and not-liberal politicians is reaching a tipping point.

24 мая, 17:01

ETFs to Top/Flop as Trump Lays Foundation for Future America

The budget calls for $3.6 trillion in spending reductions and a boost to military spending over 10 years.

23 мая, 16:00

US Removes Al-Qaeda From Terror Watchlist, More Beheadings To Come

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23 мая, 16:00

Islands and literature, from Iceland to Jamaica - books podcast

As the Brexit boat prepares to set sail, writers from islands around the world explain what it means to be from a small place surrounded by seaIn this week’s podcast we listen in to some of the writers from around the world who gathered in the Faroe Islands, in the north Atlantic, in May for a conference on the island in literature. Iceland’s Sjón – a novelist and a lyricist for his compatriot Björk – explains why it has been a longstanding dream to convene an island summit. Greenlandic novelist Niviaq Korneliussen and Shetland poet Robert Alan Jamieson demonstrate what it means to fight for your language. Newfoundlander Donna Morrissey explains why she has made it her mission to chronicle a way of life destroyed by industrial fishing, while Tasmanian Pete Hay talks of the guilt of the colonising islander and Jamaican poet and academic Paulette Ramsey explores the many cultures of the Caribbean. We hear a vintage reading from Derek Walcott and a new theory from Faroese academic Bergur Rønne Moberg – the literature of the “ultra-minor”. Continue reading...

23 мая, 13:02

Norman Callaway, the prodigy with a better first-class average than Bradman | The Spin

A small-town kid in New South Wales to Sydney’s next big thing, Hay’s ‘knickerbocker champion’ laid waste to Australia’s bowlers in the 1910sCricket statistics often come with caveats attached. According to Wisden, Don Bradman’s 95.14 is the highest batting average in first-class cricket. But, as the small print says, that is only among those who scored at least 10,000 runs. And that little asterisk hides a lot. Like this, the story of a man with a better average than Bradman, and everyone else in the history of first-class cricket, the man who would be top of that list if it were not for that caveat. Continue reading...

23 мая, 03:08

Trump's Exhausting First Road Trip

President Donald Trump has only just begun his first road trip outside the United States, and he’s already “exhausted,” according to one of his own advisors. This may or may not be true, since anything either Trump or any of his spokespeople say at this point has to be taken with a grain of salt ― especially considering the “exhausted” comment was given as an excuse for a Trump gaffe (more on that in a bit). But this week’s calendar for Trump seems to have been constructed on the theme of: “Any Trump campaign promises left unbroken? Well, let’s see how many we can break in a single week!” Let’s begin with Trump’s reported exhaustion. Trump apparently tried to cut the length of his first trip in half, because nine days on the road was just too much to ask. On Day Two of his trip, he’s already got an advisor explaining a gaffe away because of exhaustion. That doesn’t exactly bode well for the rest of the trip, does it? Especially since he made so much political hay on the campaign trail over the issue of how manly he was ― as compared to “low energy” Jeb Bush and “no stamina” Hillary Clinton. This is all pretty amusing in hindsight, after Trump’s Day Two exhaustion. The gaffe in question was how Trump described the terrorists he’s fighting. Again, on the campaign trail, he berated President Obama for not using the manly term “radical Islamic terrorism,” which was supposed to be some sort of magic phrase that caused them all to melt into a puddle of water when uttered. Obama used terms like “jihadist terrorists” which is essentially the same thing (”jihadist” is a term specific to Muslim terrorists, after all), but to Trump and his supporters nothing short of “radical Islamic terrorism” would do. Some within his administration have been pushing to soften this term, since Islamic partners have always been necessary to successfully defeat the terrorists. So Trump’s speech in Saudi Arabia, as prepared, was supposed to change this to the more-nuanced “Islamist terrorism.” But either Trump didn’t get the memo or he just isn’t all that good at reading his TelePrompTer, because he read it as “Islamic terrorism” anyway. Or maybe he’s just exhausted, as one of his advisors explained. It was a long flight, and Trump stayed up reading newspapers rather than sleep. The irony in all of this is that Trump was giving this speech inside one of the most “Islamist” countries on the planet. Iran is the most Islamist Shi’ite country around, and Saudi Arabia is the most Islamist Sunni country around. But Trump saved all his criticism for Iran (where, unlike in Saudi Arabia, women are actually allowed to drive). And then one of his advisors noted approvingly of the absence of protesters on the streets ― apparently not realizing that protesting the royal government can literally get your head chopped off, in the Saudi kingdom. Trump used to have some very harsh words about the Saudi form of government ― their treatment of gays and women, in particular ― but none of that was on display while he was there. Trump used to berate Hillary Clinton for donations the Clinton Foundation received from Saudi Arabia, which is where he’d usually point out their woeful human rights record. Trump used to call for Clinton to give back all the Saudi donations, in fact. Which made the news that the Saudis will be giving $100 million to a fund championed by his daughter Ivanka all the more surprising. But then again, it was “let’s break all our promises” week, right? Two other things that both Trump and a whole lot of other Republicans got explosively irate about when President Obama visited the Saudis were Michelle Obama’s refusal to cover her hair and Barack Obama bowing to the Saudi king. So, of course, Melania Trump left her hair uncovered and Donald Trump bowed to the Saudi king. Because it fit right in with the “everything I said while campaigning was a lie” theme of the week. Then Trump was off to Israel, where he had already broken a key campaign promise. Before he arrived, the White House had already announced Trump had rethought his promise to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. This was probably a wise move (it would be an incredibly provocative act), but it still has to be chalked up as another unkept promise, for Trump. Today’s big gaffe came out of the blue. Trump, while talking to reporters, added an afterthought, answering a question that hadn’t even been asked. Here’s what Trump had to say: Just so you understand, I never mentioned the word or the name Israel. Never mentioned it during that conversation. They’re all saying I did, so you have another story wrong. Never mentioned the word Israel. This requires some unpacking, to fully understand the stupidity of it all. First, Trump wasn’t even asked about “that conversation” ― the meeting he had with two top Russian officials in the Oval Office where he shared secrets to brag about the intelligence he got on a daily basis. Second, nobody has ever accused Trump of leaking the fact that the intelligence secrets he shared with the Russians was from Israel. Not one news story made this claim. The damage Trump did was to reveal what city in Syria the intelligence came from, which gave the Russians a big clue as to which country’s intelligence assets were involved. Far from “they’re all saying I did” ― in fact, nobody said Trump did this. He’s the one who got the story wrong. But the biggest stupidity of all was the fact that by bringing this subject up unprompted, while in Israel, Trump has now completely confirmed that Israel was in fact the country involved. Prior to Trump’s statements, it had been an unverified leak to the media, but now it is all but a certainty. Meaning Trump didn’t just blow things when talking to the Russians, he also compounded his error while standing next to Israel’s prime minister. Remember back during the campaign when his crowds would chant “Lock her up!” and Trump would make the case that Hillary Clinton couldn’t be trusted with the nation’s secrets? Yeah, those were the days. Maybe he’s just exhausted, or something. Back home, Team Trump is not napping during Trump’s trip. They’re also on track to break as many campaign promises as humanly possible. The official Trump budget will be rolled out this week ― on the same day the Congressional Budget Office releases its analysis of Trumpcare 2.0 (the final bill which passed the House of Representatives). So Wednesday will bring a cornucopia of broken promises! Trump’s budget slashes all the safety net spending that he spent his entire campaign promising he wouldn’t touch, just for starters. And Trumpcare was supposed to be better and cheaper for everyone, but instead the mess that Paul Ryan passed will kick millions off their insurance and hike the prices through the roof if you’ve ever even previously gotten a hangnail. Both Trumpcare and his new budget are in fact breathtaking in the scope of how many Trump promises they’ll break. Meanwhile, Michael Flynn is attempting to stand on his Fifth Amendment rights by refusing to turn over subpoenaed documents to a congressional committee. He may very well be breaking the law by doing so (”taking the Fifth” doesn’t normally mean you can refuse to produce documents), but it remains to be seen whether Congress will go after him for the crime. But this just brings up the many times Trump berated Hillary Clinton aides for taking the Fifth, because (as Trump explained) if you take the Fifth, it means you definitely have something to hide. So chalk up one more big broken campaign promise, as the first Trump administration official (but likely nowhere near the last) takes the Fifth rather than explain to the American people what Trump and his administration have been up to. All of this, and it’s only Monday. Trump’s got a full week ahead of him out on the road, so in a few days all of this might seem to be small potatoes. Who knows what Trump will do or say next that’ll get him into trouble? Maybe he’ll question the Pope’s Christianity? Wouldn’t surprise me, at this point. Or perhaps he’ll kindly explain to the Pope that the whole “give to Caesar what is Caesar’s” parable actually meant that Jesus was for massive tax cuts for rich people? Nah, that’s too deep for Trump, most likely. Trump will also meet with NATO, where they’ve been briefed to try as hard as possible not to bore Trump. No, really. Maybe they’re afraid that Trump will return to his campaign rhetoric about them ― back in the campaign NATO was “obsolete,” remember. Trump already broke this promise weeks ago (he declared them “not obsolete” in a fit of magnanimity), but who’s to say he won’t flip-flop again? I could just see him tweeting: “NATO not just obsolete, but BORING too! Sad!” Trump has only just begun his first road trip. He’s apparently already exhausted, and saying things he shouldn’t (in both countries he’s visited so far ― a perfect record!). He seems determined to break as many campaign promises as possible this week, but that’s mostly good news (because most of his campaign promises were so inane to begin with). It should be an interesting rest of the week, that’s for sure. Chris Weigant blogs at: Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisWeigant -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. 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23 мая, 02:03

MSNBC Hits Ratings Milestone Amid Blitz Of Trump Bombshells

During an especially frenzied news cycle, MSNBC scored its best week in its 21-year-history by beating out both CNN and Fox News in total prime-time viewers and among the demographic prized by advertisers. The week of May 15 kicked off with the bombshell that President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian diplomats, followed the next day with a report that he urged then-FBI Director James Comey to drop an investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn. More revelations about Flynn followed, along with the naming of a special prosecutor for the Russian investigation. Trump’s reported boast to the Russians about firing “nut job” Comey capped off one of the more chaotic weeks in U.S. politics.  MSNBC progressive hosts Chris Hayes, Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell averaged 2.44 million total viewers and 611,000 viewers ages 25 to 54, a coveted demographic, according to Nielsen data. But the network’s win comes as a third of it’s prime-time lineup may soon head out the door. As HuffPost reported earlier this month, NBC News chief Andy Lack has continued shifting MSNBC away from its liberal brand by hiring more Republicans and former Fox News talent ― even as its ratings indicate there’s a strong market for left-leaning programming in the Trump era. Yashar Ali reported on assignment for the HuffPost that it appeared the network was not going to renew O’Donnell’s contract, despite his success in the hour following “The Rachel Maddow Show.”  The 10 p.m. host confirmed Wednesday that his contract ends June 4. Contract expires June 4. I'll let you know where you can watch me June 5 if it's not msnbc. I'm sorry this situation has become public. https://t.co/bS8V8GXbZ1— Lawrence O'Donnell (@Lawrence) May 17, 2017 CNN came in second in the key demographic with 589,000 viewers, while Fox News ranked third for the first time in 17 years, with 497,000 viewers ages 25 to 54. Fox News was a close second in total viewers with 2.405 million and CNN ranked third at 1.649 million. Fox News, which has led the cable news ratings race for 15 years, came out of the gate strong after ratings king Bill O’Reilly left last month in the wake of a sexual harassment scandal. But the current prime-time lineup of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” “The Five” and “Hannity” has struggled in handling the big news of the day if it reflects poorly on the Trump White House.  The network’s right-leaning hosts largely ignored the big Comey news in prime time last week, as 10 p.m. host Sean Hannity has continued promoting a bogus conspiracy theory about the death of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich. Hannity apparently plans to give oxygen to the Rich conspiracy on Monday night, with veteran Fox News contributor Geraldo Rivera joining in the conservative host’s ghoulish pursuit. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related Coverage + articlesList=59162d8ce4b00f308cf5534a,5910746ce4b0e7021e99410e,5922d252e4b094cdba558aef -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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23 мая, 01:17

Сирийские «Белые каски» приняли награду от «Аль-Каиды»

Через несколько дней после того, как лидер «Тахрир Аль-Шама» (запрещенная в РФ террористическая организация, филиал «Аль-Каиды» в Сирии) Абу-Джабер назвал «Белые каски» «скрытыми солдатами революции», выяснилось, что «Белые каски» также получили награду от этой террористической группировки в провинции Идлиб

22 мая, 20:56

As Trump Unravels, So Do Fox News' Ratings

When Fox News architect Roger Ailes died last Thursday, one of the common threads through the coverage of his career was the ratings success he produced at the conservative news channel. “Roger Ailes, who built Fox News into a powerhouse, dies at 77,” read the CNN headline. The Associated Press agreed: “He helped start Fox News in 1996 and built it into a conservative news beacon and cable ratings powerhouse.” While Ailes was heavily (and deservedly) criticized over both the political legacy he left behind and the reports of serial sexual harassment that defined the end of his career, there was heated agreement within the press that Ailes was a television marketing master whose ratings success was untouched -- and that the Ailes model would outlive even his own presence as at the network. (He was forced out last July as reports of harassment snowballed.) All of which made Fox News’ ratings performance on the night Ailes died even more shocking: On Thursday, Fox News came in last place among the three cable news channels among viewers between the ages of 25 and 54. And it wasn’t a fluke. In a development that has sparked murmurs throughout the cable news business, Fox News in recent weeks has regularly finished in last place among advertising-friendly viewers between the ages of 25 and 54, or “demo” viewers, as they’re known in the industry. (In terms of total viewers, Fox News does better, thanks to its large stable of viewers over the age of 54.) “For first time this century, they aren’t in first place,” noted MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough last week. “In fact, for the first time this century, they are in third place.” Added CNN’s Brian Stelter, “This is an extraordinary moment in the cable news race.” And yes, a lot of this is President Donald Trump’s fault. Ever since Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on May 9, which seemed to then unleash an unending stream of breaking-news bombshells that rattled White House windows day after day, Fox News has seen its mighty ratings prowess threatened by MSNBC and CNN. Basically, the ongoing and ever-expanding list of scandals involving the Trump administration -- many revolving around Russia -- has depressed Fox News viewers while simultaneously spiking interest at CNN and MSNBC, driving Fox into the ratings basement.  Are we witnessing a sea change in cable news? Or is this simply an extended blip that’s drawing back the curtain and revealing Fox News’ programming flaws -- flaws that could be, at least in part, the result of endless personnel turmoil at the network for the last year. Whether it’s permanent or temporary, the current ratings malaise certainly raises larger questions for Fox News as it confronts a key transition period and figures out how to cover the Trump administration. So far, its "defend everything Trump does while complaining about liberal media bias" strategy doesn't seem to be paying off.  Keep in mind, last year Bill O’Reilly and Megyn Kelly were posting blockbuster numbers at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. for Fox News. Today, they’re both gone and their replacement shows are struggling. Tucker Carlson Tonight is having trouble at 8 p.m., and The Five’s move to 9 p.m. has been, by Fox News standards, a ratings disappointment. Carlson’s decline at 8 p.m. must be especially troubling for Fox News executives since it’s a valuable time slot the network absolutely dominated for more than a decade with O’Reilly at the helm.   Nothing Carlson has tried in recent weeks amid the Trump scandal season has worked. Tucker has tried downplaying or ignoring the pile-up of bad news for Trump. And he’s also tried claiming the scandal coverage is all “hysteria.” Keep in mind, O’Reilly had posted some staggering numbers earlier this year for Fox News at 8 p.m. -- numbers that, as of now, Carlson can only dream of equaling. (O’Reilly averaged nearly 4 million viewers during the first quarter of 2017; Carlson is routinely coming in 30-40 percent under those numbers.)  Carlson has also repeatedly finished behind CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 in the 25-54 demo, and twice last week landed in third place behind both Cooper and MSNBC’s All in with Chris Hayes. Overall, The Rachel Maddow Show at 9 p.m. has emerged as a ratings juggernaut for MSNBC this year, and especially this month. Meanwhile, MSNBC’s The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell has topped Hannity several times at 10 p.m. – both in the key demo and in overall ratings. That's the same Sean Hannity who, in the post-O’Reilly era, was supposed to be the network’s most powerful and influential attraction. Hannity’s “the alpha anchor right now,” Bloomberg suggested after O’Reilly’s departure.  But that hasn’t worked out. What’s so shocking about Fox News’ ratings woes is how swift the downward movement has been. “Through the first six months of 2016, FNC is enjoying the highest-rated year in its history in total day and primetime viewership,” The Wrap reported last June. One month later, in July 2016, Fox News’ implosion started when then-anchor Gretchen Carlson sued Ailes for sexual harassment. Since then, numerous key players have been publicly forced out at Fox, while others have walked away from the network. I can’t say I’m shocked by Fox News’ current ratings slump. Earlier this month, in the wake of O’Reilly’s forced departure, which was then followed by the forced departure of the channel’s co-president, I noted that Fox was poised for some tough times: “I also think the drip, drip, drip of on-air changes and off-camera firings and departures could unquestionably alter the dynamics for the long-running ratings winner." That internal turmoil, coupled with Trump’s scandal-plagued presidency, which shows no signs of abating, could signal a new ratings era in cable news. Crossposted at Media Matters for America. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

21 мая, 12:00

On my radar: Charlotte Rampling’s cultural highlights

The actor reveals her favourite Parisian hangouts, her love of timeless, authentic places, and the book that’s teaching her to understand catsBorn in Sturmer, Essex, Charlotte Rampling was brought up in Gibraltar, France and Spain. After briefly working as a model she turned to acting, appearing in Georgy Girl (1966), The Damned (1969), The Night Porter (1974), Woody Allen’s Stardust Memories (1980) and several François Ozon films, including Swimming Pool (2003). In 2015 she won a number of awards for her role in Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years. Rampling has been nominated four times for France’s César awards, winning once. She was made an OBE in 2000, and received France’s Légion d’Honneur in 2002. Her TV work includes Dexter, Broadchurch and London Spy. Her new autobiography, Who I Am, is published by Icon and on 27 May she discusses her life and career at the Hay festival. Continue reading...