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26 мая, 09:00

Before His Dark Materials: how Lyra’s story began – exclusive extract

In an extract from his forthcoming novel, The Book of Dust, Philip Pullman returns to the magical world of Northern LightsEleven-year-old Malcolm lives with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford, across the river Thames from Godstow Priory, where the nuns are looking after a special guest. One night his father comes to Malcolm’s bedroom.“Malcolm, you en’t in bed yet—good. Come downstairs for a minute. There’s a gentleman wants a word with you.” Continue reading...

26 мая, 07:36

Montana Republican Wins Special U.S. House Race Despite Assault Charge

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); Republican Greg Gianforte overcame an election eve assault charge filed against him that sparked national attention, defeating Democrat Rob Quist in the race for Montana’s open U.S. House seat Thursday. Gianforte received 50.7 percent to Quist’s 43.5 percent with 97 percent of precincts reporting late Thursday. Libertarian Mark Wicks picked up 5.8 percent of the vote. The result is a major disappointment for progressive activists who poured money into the campaign to help Quist, a banjo-playing songwriter and political newcomer, in a bid to notch a symbolically important win against President Donald Trump. “Your voices were definitely heard in this election,” Quist told supporters after the results were final. “I know we came up short, but the energy in the state and the grassroots movement in the state goes on.” The defeat is especially demoralizing for Democrats in light of the misdemeanor assault charge against Gianforte, a multimillionaire tech entrepreneur and social conservative, for allegedly “body slamming” Ben Jacobs of The Guardian on Wednesday while the reporter was asking about the GOP health care bill. Gianforte’s campaign blamed Jacobs, casting him as a “liberal reporter” who acted “aggressively” toward the Republican as he was about to be interviewed by a TV crew. But Alicia Acuna, the Fox News reporter who was slated to interview Gianforte, corroborated Jacobs’ version of events, and the incident spurred widespread condemnation of the Republican. “Last night I made a mistake,” Gianforte said in his victory speech Thursday night. “I should not have responded in the way that I did, and for that I’m sorry.” The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the liberal group MoveOn.org had blasted Gianforte with a last-minute ad campaign highlighting the incident as evidence he was “unfit to serve” and had “no business being in Congress.” House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) urged Gianforte to apologize earlier Thursday and called his behavior “wrong.” And three Montana newspapers withdrew their endorsement of him. The Missoulian newspaper said “there is no doubt that Gianforte committed an act of terrible judgment that, if it doesn’t land him in jail, also shouldn’t land him in the U.S. House of Representatives.” A factor likely benefiting Gianforte was that before news broke of Wednesday’s altercation, more than one-third of Montana’s registered voters had cast early ballots, according to state election officials. Still, Quist’s loss will inevitably fuel criticism that the national Democratic Party got involved in the race too late. Even before Thursday’s results were known, Jeff Hauser, a veteran progressive political strategist at the Center for Economic and Policy Research’s Revolving Door Project, had told HuffPost that “the national Democrats who provided financial assistance after mail-in voting had already begun will have to question anew their initial reluctance to engage in the race in March and early April.” “Early funding might have ensured more consistent tracking on Gianforte,” Hauser added, referring to the attack on the reporter. “It almost seems like you never know when Gianforte might commit a crime under a modicum of scrutiny.” Under almost any circumstances, a Democratic win would have been an upset. Even as Quist’s standing improved in the campaign’s final weeks, none of the polls released in advance of the race showed him ahead of Gianforte. Montana’s at-large U.S. House seat opened up in December when Trump tapped Ryan Zinke as his interior secretary. Republican Zinke had cruised to re-election in November by nearly 16 percentage points. Trump carried the state over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton by 20 points. Democratic presidential candidates have triumphed in the state just twice since 1952, most recently when Bill Clinton won it in 1992. Still, in a state with a sizable segment of independents, Democrats at times have held their own in down-ballot races. One of them is current Gov. Steve Bullock, who won re-election in 2016 when he defeated Gianforte by 4 percentage points. Quist, 69, a native-born rancher’s son from the Flathead Valley and founder of the popular Mission Mountain Wood Band, had the profile to repeat Bullock’s success. But Montana’s GOP leanings proved insurmountable in a traditionally low-turnout special election. “When this race started, I thought Quist had a 1-in-5 chance,” Jorge Quintana, a Democratic National Committee member from Montana, told HuffPost. “I don’t think any Democrat has been disappointed with the way Quist has behaved in this campaign. He has raised a ton of money. And he has hit the state hard ― Montanans expect that.” With grassroots opposition to Trump prompting a wellspring of national protests and small-dollar fundraising for progressive causes, Democratic leaders looked for a victory in Montana to signal waning public support for the president in historically Republican territory ― and spook GOP leaders. But Quist’s loss comes on the heels of similar disappointments for the party. Earlier this month in Omaha, Democrat Heath Mello failed to unseat Republican Mayor Jean Stothert. In April, progressive Democrat James Thompson lost an unexpectedly close race for an open House seat in deep-red Kansas. In 2017’s highest-profile race, Democrat Jon Ossoff fell less than two percentage points short in April of an outright win in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, a seat Republican Tom Price gave up to become Health and Human Services Department secretary and that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich once held. Ossoff faces Republican Karen Handel in a June 20 runoff election. Democrats were able to flip two state legislative seats on Tuesday ― one in New York, the other in New Hampshire. Quist, known throughout sprawling Montana for his music and poetry, barnstormed across the Treasure State in what at first seemed a quixotic campaign. He encouraged supporters to organize new Democratic committees in counties long neglected by the party. Until late last month, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee virtually ignored the race. Quist was buoyed by support from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who Quist backed in the 2016 Democratic presidential campaign. Sanders, who won Montana’s primary over Clinton, headlined four separate campaign events for Quist this past weekend that drew thousands of supporters. Gianforte sought to capitalize on Trump’s popularity in the state. Donald Trump Jr. and Vice President Mike Pence campaigned on his behalf. Both the president and Pence recorded a last-minute robocalls for him. Still, Quist’s campaign gained ground as House Republicans passed the deeply unpopular healthcare bill and the White House became engulfed in a series of self-inflicted scandals. Party leaders tripled their initial investment in the race to $600,000 as polls showed it tightening earlier this month. Quist raised more than $5 million, with his average individual donation amounting to $25 ― $2 below the figure that Sanders’ constantly touted during his presidential run. Quist received more than $550,000 after Gianforte waffled on his support for the American Health Care Act that would repeal and replace Obamacare. The 56-year-old Republican praised the bill, which threatens the health insurance coverage for at least 70,000 Montanans, in a private call to conservative lobbyists. Days later, Gianforte walked back his comments amid voter outrage after The New York Times earlier this month published audio of the call. Quist, whose medical expenses nearly bankrupted him in the 1990s after a botched surgery left him unqualified for affordable health insurance, hammered his opponent with slogans like “hands off our health care.” Quist also depicted Gianforte, who sold a software company in 2011 to tech giant Oracle for $1.5 billion, as an out-of-touch millionaire guy from outside the state. The cowboy hat-clad son of Montana ranchers repeatedly skewered Gianforte as a “New Jersey billionaire.” The Republican, born in San Diego, spent years in the Garden State before moving to Montana in 1995. His reported net worth is estimated at between $65 million and $315 million. Gianforte raised more than $3.4 million, including a $1 million loan he made to his campaign. Republicans attacked Quist for failing to pay commercial taxes on a barn he converted in the 1990s into a concert space and rental property. Quist defended the property in an interview with the Billings Gazette, insisting his son lived there, “so that’s not a rental property. It’s just something that’s kind of family-owned.” A lengthy report in the conservative Washington Free Beacon cast doubt over the botched gallbladder surgery Quist frequently cited as the pre-existing condition that prevented him from getting health insurance. Quist’s loss may heighten Democratic concerns about the re-election prospects next year for Sen. Jon Tester, a party moderate. Quintana, though, said he believes Tester is in good shape for a third term. “He looks out for Montana. He’s setting himself up quite nicely for 2018,” Quintana said. -- 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.

26 мая, 05:56

Subaru’s 15 Fastest Cars of All Time

Subaru creates the Swiss Army knives of vehicles, designed to take on any road, no matter how far off the beaten path. But when it comes to all-out speed, where do they fall?

26 мая, 00:27

The Seth Rich Conspiracy Theory Is Emblematic Of The Trump Era

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); Seth Rich, a young Democratic National Committee staffer who lived in Washington, died tragically on July 10 of last year, shot to death in what looked for all the world to be a botched robbery attempt. That’s the story, and this story ― while not being unimportant by any means ― should have been confined to local news and local authorities investigating the crime. But that’s not what happened. Instead, the family and friends that Rich left behind have seen their grief magnified as a result of a gallingly persistent bit of fake news. Rumors, hatched in some of the internet’s dodgier redoubts, were provided a megaphone by irresponsible right-wing media organizations ― most notably Fox News ― leading to a week of dubious, unhinged reporting that tortured Rich’s family members until they were forced to speak out about it. And to the surprise of no sane individuals, those outlandish claims have all fallen apart, leading to multiple retractions and a sudden “vacation” for Fox News’ primary purveyor of the conspiracy theories, Sean Hannity. The whole ordeal has been entirely emblematic of the surreal media universe that the Donald Trump era has ushered in. On this week’s edition of the “So That Happened” podcast, HuffPost reporter Travis Waldron, who covered the way in which internet rumors became a Fox News spectacle in multiple dispatches over the last week, joins the show to talk about how it came to pass that a baseless claim ― that Rich had been killed on the orders of prominent Democrats for leaking DNC emails to WikiLeaks ― became a “news” story. Trump launched his political career with a conspiracy theory: that Barack Obama hadn’t been born in the United States. Trump rose to power on this lie and a host of others, including one about New Jersey Muslims cheering the 9/11 attacks. At the height of his primary campaign, Trump was as likely to gin up new, outlandish conspiracies as he was to furnish policy ideas or ideological talking points. His furtherance of the zany idea that Sen. Ted Cruz’s father played a role in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was a good example of how he went back to that well, again and again. And it’s hard to disassociate the Seth Rich story from Trump now, especially considering the way Hannity flogged the story for the express purpose of finding a theory behind Russian interference in the 2016 election that would provide Trump with some exculpatory wiggle room. That the Rich story filled Hannity’s news hole at the expense of other stories, less favorable to Trump, was an added bonus. In the end, the otherworldly claims that Hannity and others attempted to promulgate disintegrated in the light of day. In a statement posted after its story was retracted, Fox News admitted that the piece “was not initially subjected to the high degree of editorial scrutiny we require for all our reporting,” and that after “appropriate review, the article was found to not meet those standards.” As they say, “Too little, too late.” If anything, Fox’s retraction only shines a light on every other media organization that had the wherewithal ― as well as the standards ― to not run the story in the first place. And it’s anybody’s guess as to whether the lesson will be learned in such a way to prevent the next toxic rumor from going mainstream. There’s something about the Trump era that suggests this sort of thing will happen again. After all, when Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas), who apparently still believes that this conspiracy theory may be true, was asked by CNN to furnish evidence to back up his claim, he responded by saying, “There’s stuff circulating on the internet.” -- 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.

25 мая, 23:40

Only the Supreme Court Can Save Trump's Travel Ban Now

A federal appeals court said Thursday the president’s controversial executive order “drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination.”

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25 мая, 23:26

Цена на фьючерсы на нефть марки Light с поставкой в июле по итогам торгов на NYMEX снизилась на 2.46 долларов до 48.

Цена на фьючерсы на нефть марки Light с поставкой в июле сегодня по итогам торгов на NYMEX снизилась на 2.46 долларов или 4.8% до уровня 48.90 долларов за баррель. Нефть подешевела вслед за сообщением о пролонгации до конца марта 2018 г. соглашения о сокращении объемов добычи нефти по итогам совещания картеля ОПЕК, что совпало с доминирующими ожиданиями и уже было отыграно рынками в предшествующий период.

25 мая, 23:24

Robert Mueller's Russia-Trump Probe May Force Congress To Pump The Brakes

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); WASHINGTON ― Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation of potential ties between the Trump campaign and the Russian government will hold up congressional probes that were looking into whether Trump affiliates colluded with foreign entities to interfere with the 2016 election, a letter from the FBI indicated on Thursday. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, had requested a copy of memos that former FBI Director James Comey reportedly made to memorialize conversations with President Donald Trump. One memo, first reported by The New York Times, allegedly indicated that Trump asked Comey to stop the investigation into his former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Comey was fired on May 9. But Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein last week named Mueller, a former FBI director, as special counsel to lead the investigation, and the FBI told Chaffetz on Thursday that it couldn’t immediately provide a copy of Comey’s memos.   “In light of this development and other considerations, we are undertaking appropriate consultation to ensure all relevant interests implicated by your request are properly evaluated,” Gregory Brower, assistant director of the FBI’s Office of Congressional Affairs, wrote in a letter Thursday.  But Chaffetz said in a separate letter on Thursday that the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has “its own, Constitutionally-based prerogative to conduct investigations.” While the committee did not want to interfere or impede Mueller’s investigation, Chaffetz wrote, the congressional probe would “complement the work” of the special counsel. “Whereas the Special Counsel is conducting a criminal or counterintelligence investigation that will occur largely behind closed doors, the Committee’s work will shed light on matters of high public interest, regardless of whether there is evidence of criminal conduct,” Chaffetz wrote. “The focus of the Committee’s investigation is the independence of the FBI, including conversations between the President and Comey and the process by which Comey was removed from his role as director. The records being withheld are central to those questions, even more so in light of Comey’s decision not to testify before the Committee at this time.” Chaffetz’s letter stated that Rosenstein told members of Congress last week that Mueller’s investigation “should not impede the ongoing congressional probes” and that Rosenstein requested congressional investigators coordinate efforts with the Department of Justice. Trump has said he had already made up his mind to fire Comey before Rosenstein wrote a memo justifying Comey’s firing for his handling of the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails, and Trump said he was thinking of the Russia investigation when he made the decision to fire the FBI director. Chaffetz said he is “seeking to better understand Comey’s communications with the White House and Attorney General in such a way that does not implicate the Special Counsel’s work.” Meanwhile, Mueller has established his office at the Patrick Henry Building at Sixth and D streets Northwest in Washington, a location near D.C.’s federal courthouse that is already home to many Justice Department employees. Lee Lofthus, who has served as DOJ’s assistant attorney general for administration since 2006, told reporters earlier this week that Mueller’s office was “up and running,” though its total staff size has not been determined. Lofthus said the special counsel will get its budget from a “permanent, indefinite appropriation” fund.  “Basically, it doesn’t require us to go up to the Hill with a budget request,” he said. “It basically is an appropriation available if you have something like a special counsel, to make sure that the thing gets funded.” Lofthus said DOJ would “make sure that the special counsel gets the money it needs.”  Here’s the FBI’s letter to Chaffetz: Here’s Chaffetz’s full response:     -- 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.

25 мая, 23:02

FBI won’t provide Comey memos to Congress yet

The FBI on Thursday declined a congressional request for explosive memos by former Director James Comey detailing his interactions with President Donald Trump.The House Oversight Committee and other congressional panels requested the memos earlier this month after The New York Times reported that Comey wrote in one that Trump had asked him to shut down the FBI’s investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Trump denied the allegation.In a letter to Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), the FBI’s assistant director for congressional affairs, Gregory Brower, said the bureau can’t provide the memo until it consults with Robert Mueller, the new special counsel overseeing the investigation into Russia’s election meddling.In light of Mueller’s appointment “and other considerations,” Brower wrote, “we are undertaking appropriate consultation to ensure all relevant interests implicated by your request are properly evaluated.” Brower pledged to update the Oversight panel “as soon as possible.”Chaffetz responded to Brower’s letter on Thursday by restating his demand for the memos and setting a new deadline of June 8.“Congress and the American public have a right and a duty to examine this issue independently of the special counsel’s investigation,” Chaffetz said. “I trust and hope you understand this and make the right decision – to produce these documents to the committee immediately and on a voluntary basis.”

25 мая, 21:52

Toxic Masculinity And The Unsurprising 'Body-Slamming' Of A 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); Precisely one month before the presidential election, The Washington Post released audio of then-candidate Donald Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women. As the shocking tape spread rapidly across the internet, the media largely assumed the race was over — that admitting to sexual assault would be disqualifying, that we could never elect a man who jokes about violence. It wasn’t, and we did.  Trump chalked his comments up to “locker room talk,” and his supporters followed suit. They insisted this is just the type of banter we should expect of boys and men, this is just the normal stuff guys talk about when girls are not around. Many Republican officials did condemn the tape, but most did not abandon him.  The message sent to the American public was clear: Abuse isn’t fantastic, but it’s not that big of a deal, either. The expectation of basic respect for other human beings diminishes when harmful values are valorized from the top down. Fast forward seven months, and a GOP House candidate is dealing with the aftermath of reportedly body-slamming a reporter. According to an audio recording and eyewitness reports, The Guardian’s Ben Jacobs attempted to ask Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte, who is running in Montana’s special election, a question about his stance on the GOP health care bill in light of the Congressional Budget Office score.  Fox News’ Alicia Acuna, who was in the room, had this to say about what happened next: “Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him. Faith, Keith and I watched in disbelief as Gianforte then began punching the reporter.”  “I’m sick and tired of you guys!” Gianforte yelled at Jacobs. Greg Gianforte just body slammed me and broke my glasses— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) May 24, 2017 The incident is horrifying, yet given the current political climate, the negative rhetoric about the press, and the attitudes of the man who now sits in the White House, it’s not totally surprising. Americans placed a vessel of toxic masculinity into the highest office in the nation, and now we’re watching the inevitable trickle down. Montana’s Billings Gazette rescinded their endorsement of Gianforte Thursday morning, noting how his past behavior must be looked at differently now. “We’d point out that all the other questionable interactions Gianforte had with reporters, including one case where he joked about ganging up on a reporter, must now be seen through a much more sinister lens. What he passed off as a joke at the time now becomes much more serious,” wrote the Gazette’s editorial board.  Of course, Gianforte’s previous “joke” about wringing a reporter’s neck was no cause for alarm. Because this is what happens when the country rejects a zero tolerance policy when it comes to physical violence. This is what happens when we give abuse a pass. This is what happens when the President of the United States repeatedly calls journalists “enemies of the American people” and encourages his supporters to harass them.  Americans placed a vessel of toxic masculinity into the highest office in the nation, and now we’re watching the inevitable trickle down. No, Donald Trump did not singlehandedly cause Gianforte to become violent, and Gianforte may have lashed out in the same way if someone else were President of the United States. But Trump has undoubtedly encouraged an atmosphere in which groups he targets become victims of violence. “In the past three weeks, political reporters have described being arrested, pinned against a wall, slapped, and now body-slammed,” HuffPost’s Michael Calderone notes.  It remains to be seen whether Gianforte or his Democratic opponent, Rob Quist, will win the race. What we do know, is that the conversation surrounding the acceptability of physical violence has shifted since 2015. A reporter was trying to hold a candidate accountable by asking questions ― an action that’s both routine to the function of journalism and necessary for democracy ― and somehow his assault has become a partisan issue, something to debate, something to “take a side” on. Supporters and pundits aren’t rejecting Gianforte’s behavior wholesale, and that’s because the culture our president and his leadership team enforce has given them permission not to. BuzzFeed’s Charlie Warzel noted the praise he’s seeing on Twitter from Trump supporters: i follow prob 200 pro-Trump accounts. seeing a decent amt of this in my timeline right now https://t.co/haQidD4QqN— Charlie Warzel (@cwarzel) May 25, 2017 .@GregForMontana sir u are a serious badass, we all salute u sir for the great deed u did today for this country, a true patriot!— Dagny Delinquent (@DagnyDelinquent) May 25, 2017 Fox News’ Laura Ingraham went so far as to compare Jacobs to a tattle-tale child, and asked what other Montana men would do if body-slammed, implying that “real men” fight back: Politicians always need to keep their cool. But what would most Montana men do if "body slammed" for no reason by another man?— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) May 25, 2017 Did anyone get his lunch money stolen today and then run to tell the recess monitor?— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) May 25, 2017 And as the Associated Press’ Mary Clare Jalonick reports, a GOP Congressman from California had this to say:  Rep. Duncan Hunter said of MT reporter assault, “It’s not appropriate behavior. Unless the reporter deserved it.”— Mary Clare Jalonick (@MCJalonick) May 25, 2017 The notion that being a man requires using brute force to get what you want, what you believe you deserve ― whether that be a woman’s pussy or the ability to dodge a tough policy question ― is all part of one toxic masculine package. These ideas existed before Trump and they will outlast him, but the expectation of basic respect for other human beings diminishes when harmful values are valorized from the top down.  As the narrative surrounding the election goes: It’s not that Trump’s supporters voted for him because he was an abuser, they voted for him despite that. But the unfortunate truth is that intent doesn’t matter. The result is still the same, and a man who brags about sexual violence and calls the press an “enemy” is now running the country. A legitimization of dangerous ideas about what it means to be a man was always going to be part of the package deal.  Greg Gianforte’s assault of a reporter is one more manifestation of Trump culture. This is the country we live in now.  -- 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.

25 мая, 21:30

House GOP leaders already plotting to avoid fall shutdown

The annual spending process has quickly bogged down, amid Republican budget struggles.

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25 мая, 20:00

Sony's Black Cat/Silver Sable Team Up Snags Gina Prince-Bythewood

Gina Prince-Bythewood will be the first minority woman to helm a major comic book superhero movie.

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25 мая, 19:47

MARKET WATCH: NYMEX, Brent crude oil prices stay flat before OPEC meeting

Light, sweet crude oil dropped slightly but stayed fairly flat in May 24 trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange settling above $51.30/bbl pending a May 25 meeting of Petroleum Exporting Countries in Vienna.

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25 мая, 19:19

Рынок и рубль не смогли сопротивляться снижению нефти

Российский фондовый рынок к концу недели подходит со слабой негативной динамикой. Четверг закрылся снижением индекса ММВБ на 0,2% - до 1947,26 пункта, индекс РТС потерял 0,3% (1083,52 пункта). Участники торгов не смогли определиться с направлением движения, между тем, ожидаемой новостью для игроков стало решение стран ОПЕК+ продлить ограничения по добычи нефти еще на 9 месяцев. Правда, как отмечают эксперты, организация могла бы и удивить рынок - многие ожидали продления на 12 месяцев, а потому роста не последовало, так как решение о пролонгации на 9 месяцев уже было заложено в цены. Рынок нефти устремился вниз, что объясняется традиционной тактикой инвесторов: покупай на слухах, продавай на новостях. К настоящему моменту фьючерс на нефть марки Brent оценивается в $52,21 за баррель, нефть марки Light стоит $49,59. При этом сложившуюся ситуацию не стоит воспринимать как негативную.

25 мая, 19:01

WB: Nations ill-prepared for pandemics

MOST of the world is failing to invest enough money to prevent the potential global spread of disease that could kill millions and cripple economies, the World Bank has said. Faced with a pandemic, an

25 мая, 17:49

Netflix still gets booed at Cannes

THE rise of Netflix has been greeted frostily by some of the old guard at the Cannes film festival, where the American streaming giant’s disregard for releasing films in cinemas wins it few friends. It looked a bit more at home on May 21st, as the lights went up at the Louis Lumière theatre. The stars of its own film, “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)”, a comedy drama, accepted a standing ovation from the audience. Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s head of content, stood alongside Dustin Hoffman, Ben Stiller and other cast members. Festival-goers jostled for a word with him at a swanky after-party. This is the first year that Netflix has been admitted into the festival’s competition, with two films, “The Meyerowitz Stories” and “Okja”, directed by Bong Joon-ho of South Korea. Still, cries of protest from French film-industry executives prompted Thierry Frémaux, the festival director, to declare that, in future, only films guaranteed a theatrical release in France can...

25 мая, 17:49

Masayoshi Son and Saudi Arabia launch a monster technology fund

“I HAVEN’T accomplished anything I can be proud of in my 60 years on Earth,” Masayoshi Son, the boss of SoftBank, a Japanese telecoms group, recently confided. Now he has enough money to make a dent in the universe: on May 20th SoftBank and Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), along with smaller investors including Apple and Sharp, launched the world’s largest technology-investment fund, worth nearly $100bn. How will Mr Son and his team deploy these riches? He has a vision to match his vehicle. Within 30 years, he predicts, the world will be populated by billions of robots, many of them more intelligent than humans. Several of SoftBank’s recent acquisitions, most of which are expected to be part of the fund’s portfolio, should be seen in this light. ARM, a British chip firm acquired for a whopping $32bn last year, will design the brains for the robots. OneWeb, a satellite startup in which SoftBank acquired a 40% stake for $1bn in December, will connect them. Nvidia, another...

25 мая, 17:30

The Other Side of Hope review – coolly comic take on the refugee crisis

Aki Kaurismäki’s tale of a Syrian refugee who stows away to Finland mines the deadpan humour he’s famous for while refusing to flinch from heartbreak and hardshipThe movies of Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki, with their deadpan drollery and aquarium light, have long been a habit-forming pleasure. But increasingly they are something else, or something more. The issue of migrants and refugees from the Middle East may still be something from which cinema mostly averts its gaze. Not Kaurismäki’s cinema. With his previous film Le Havre, and this very sympathetic and charming new work, The Other Side of Hope, Kaurismäki has made refugees his focus – and done so without appearing to change style or tonal tack. His humane comedy, with its air of unworldly absurdity, has absorbed this idea, but not undermined its seriousness in any way, in fact embraced it with almost miraculous ease and simplicity.He has an unselfconscious directness and avoidance of cynicism or defeatism, at once unsentimental and yet almost childlike. Recently, I wrote about the rerelease of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s 1974 movie Fear Eats the Soul, about a middle-aged German woman falling in love with a Moroccan migrant worker, noticing for the first time how Kaurismäki had surely been influenced by the cool, comic tableaux that Fassbinder created for his rackety barroom scenes. Yet maybe he has absorbed something else: Fassbinder’s compassion. Continue reading...

25 мая, 17:19

Killing Of Richard Collins Again Exposes A Gaping Racial Double Standard

The hideous slaying of second lieutenant Richard W. Collins III on the University of Maryland campus did more than evoke heartfelt grief and sorrow over the snuffing out of a young, hopeful, and high achieving young man’s life. It also again cast an ugly glare on the gaping double standard in how black lives matter versus those of white lives. Let’s go through the agonizing, but by now all too familiar, checklist of things that are terribly wrong with how his death has been treated. First, there’s the alleged assailant, Sean Urbanski, a young white man. The tributes to Collins had barely poured out at Bowie State University, where he was days from graduating, when Urbanski’s attorney not only pled innocence for his client, but implored the court to release him on his own recognizance, provide alcohol and drug testing counseling, and monitor him during his release by GPS. The request was denied. Then there are the charges. He is charged with first degree murder. So far so good. However, the irrefutable fact is that Collins was African-American, and Urbanski is white. He has a documented connection with an “Alt Reich: Nation” Facebook group, and there is absolutely no evidence of any provocation on the part of Collins to precipitate the murder. Now there’s the Alt-Reich group that he belonged to. Even this has been sloughed off as just a light-hearted, silly, fun-and-games attempt by some college guys to draw attention to the group. The founder of the group was given tons of ink to make the case that spewing racism and white nationalism as the furthest thing from the minds of those associated with the group, and presumably that includes Urbanski. Then there is Urbanski. The predictable happened. He was immediately depicted by friends and associates as a quiet, unassuming, even good-natured fellow, who couldn’t hurt a fly. All expressed shock and surprise that this seemingly good natured, all-American, clean cut good guy could commit such a dastardly crime. That’s not a small point. The image massage of the group as a harmless fun-loving, and satirical outing on social media by some thrill-seeking college students, not to mention the glowing depiction of Urbanski, almost takes off the table the charge that he murdered Collins out of racial malice. In other words, that the murder is a hate crime and he should be charged under state or federal law as a hate crime perpetrator. The Prince George’s County Attorney expressed doubt and hesitancy about the motive. The Justice Department has been stone silent on whether it will consider a separate hate crime prosecution of Urbanski. The argument is always why bring a hate crime charge in these cases, even if there is a racial intent? The assailant is already being charged with and will be tried on a first-degree murder count. This badly begs the question. A hate crime enhancement in racial assaults and murders is on the books as a deterrent and punishment to racially motivated assaults and murder. The failure to bring hate crimes charges sends the dangerous message that hate crimes, especially hate murders, will not be punished as racially driven hate crimes, but won’t even be called that even when there is compelling evidence they are. And the incidences of hate crimes have shown no sign of diminishing. Year in and year out, the FBI’s annual reports on hate crime violence in America report thousands of them. There are probably thousands more that aren’t reported. A murder charge and a conviction in racially motivated hate attacks and murders alone is hardly a disincentive stern enough to curb hate crimes. There is also evidence that white nationalist, white supremacist groups and the social media ravings of kooky unhinged hate mongers hold a perverse fascination for many white students on college campuses. Since Trump’s election, a CBS report found nearly 150 incidences of racist posters and fliers on college campuses in nearly three dozen states. But even before Trump’s election ushered in a new era of hate, intolerance, and bigotry, hardly a week went by without a report somewhere of hanging nooses, white hoods, racist graffiti, racial slurs and taunts aimed at minority students. The colleges that have been called on the carpet for the racist acts read like a who’s who of American higher education. Clemson University, Auburn, Lehigh, Tarleton State, Texas A&M, University of Texas, Austin, University of Connecticut, Johns Hopkins, Whitman College, the University of Oklahoma, U.C.L.A., U.C. San Diego, and the University of Maryland, to name only a very handful. The Harvard University Voices of Diversity project found campuses rife with subtle and not-so-subtle “microaggressions“ against minority and women students. The final insult. The Collins slaying quickly disappeared from the headlines. Urbanski may or may not be charged with a hate crime. But the hesitation, doubt and apparent reluctance of officials to call racial hate racial hate, even when it’s murder, tells much about the glaring double standard in how hate crimes are dealt with. Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst. He is an associate editor of New America Media. His Latest Ebook, How the Democrats Can Win Again in the Trump Era (Amazon Kindle). He is a weekly co-host of the Al Sharpton Show on Radio One. He is the host of the weekly Hutchinson Report on KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles and the Pacifica Network. -- 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.

25 мая, 17:10

The Market Sentimentalist – New-FANG-led Technology

Often one hears the phrases “dumb” money and “smart” money when commentators are discussing financial market participants. Such classifications are not only arbitrary they are also meaningless. More than twenty

25 мая, 16:44

The changing face of female beauty in Russia

16th century: Anastasia Zakharyeva-Yuryeva, the first wife of Ivan the Terrible Anastasia Romanova on the Monument 'Millennium of Russia' in Veliky Novgorod. / Source: Dar Veter (CC BY-SA 3.0) To become the wife of the first tsar of Russia, Anastasia went through a medieval casting call: Marriageable ladies from across the realm were brought to Moscow to be presented at the royal court. The chronicles describe her as elegant and feminine: “Petite with rich, plaited hair that tumbles to the floor.” However, in the words of historian Nikolai Karamzin, the tsar’s choice might not have been based solely on appearance: “Contemporaries cataloguing her qualities ascribe to her all the finest female virtues: Chastity, humility, piety, sensitivity, and goodness all connected to a sound mind; they do not speak of her beauty, for that was considered a prerequisite for the happy bride of the tsar.” 17th century: Natalia Naryshkina, mother of Peter the Great Natalia Kirillovna Naryshkina. / Source: Hermitage Museum The wife of Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich Romanov also won a bridal contest. Courland diplomat Yakov Reitenfels described her like this: “A woman in the bloom of youth, of majestic stature, with prominent black eyes, a pleasant face, a round mouth, a high brow, all limbs in graceful proportion, a sonorous, pleasing voice, and the most graceful manners.” 18th century: Empress Elizabeth Petrovna Elizabeth of Russia by V.Eriksen. / Source: Tsarskoye Selo The daughter of Peter the Great won the affection of the Imperial Guards (who helped her carry out a palace coup) not only thanks to her strong character, but her personal charm and stunning appearance. The Spanish envoy, the Duke of Liria and Jerica, in 1728 called her “a beauty the like of which I had rarely seen,” noting her “striking complexion,” beautiful light eyes, stature (about 180 cm), graceful neck and delightful posture. Elizabeth took great care with her appearance throughout her life, and at court introduced the fashion styles that most flattered her most (for example, masquerades at which women wore men’s clothes, because she, the empress, looked particularly splendid in them). 19th century: Princess Zinaida Yusupova Portrait of Princess Zinaida Yusupova by V.Serov. / Source: The State Russian Museum The noble Russian families of the 19th century boasted many exquisite beauties, none more so than the era’s finest “diva” — Princess Zinaida Yusupova, a fabulously wealthy heiress, patroness and all-round charming lady. “My mother was delectable. Tall, slender, graceful, dark, black-haired, with eyes shining like stars. Intelligent, educated, artistic, benevolent. No one could resist her charms,” Felix Yusupov, one of Grigory Rasputin’s assassins, wrote about his mother. 1930-1950s: Lyubov Orlova The U.S.S.R. People's Artist Lyubov Orlova (1902-1975). / Source: RIA Novosti Despite achieving nationwide fame after the age of 30, this beloved actress retained her glamor and sex-symbol status in the postwar period. In many ways, she was assisted by her marriage to director Grigory Alexandrov, forming a successful creative duo. “It was Alexandrov who came up with the idea of dying Orlova’s hair blonde and giving her the look of a Hollywood film star,” recalled their friend, the military interpreter Ivan Lukashev. “He created a star every bit as good as Greta Garbo.” Orlova’s admirers included none other than Joseph Stalin, who, at a reception, noticing that the actress looked tired, “jokingly” threatened to shoot Alexandrov if he tortured his wife with too much filming. 1970s: Irina Alferova Irina Alfyorova (born in 1951), actress with the Moscow State Lenkom Theater. / Source: Tofik Shakhverdiev/RIA Novosti At the age of 17, Alferova relocated from the provincial Novosibirsk to the bright lights of Moscow and enrolled at theater school, where her classmates nicknamed her “the girl with the eyes.” Unfortunately, her peerless appearance became a problem. As the actress later recalled, she often heard rumours that directors, having rejected her for a particular role, told their colleagues: “Lips and eyes, nothing more...” Nevertheless, she achieved nationwide fame and affection for her role as Constance in a screen adaptation of Dumas’ The Three Musketeers. 1980s: Masha Kalinina Maria Kalinina won beauty pageant 'Moscow Beauty 1988.' / Source: RIA Novosti The future winner of the first ever Soviet beauty pageant in 1988, as a 16-year-old real-life Cinderella, Masha had to borrow items for the audition: Shoes from her mother, a swimsuit from a friend. When she won, many viewers suspected the jury of bias, but Masha had no money or connections whatsoever, only her dazzling 1980s-style look, complete with thick eyebrows and an expressive jaw line. Luck had a helping hand, too. As the competition organizer, Maria Parusnikova, recalled, the finalists were weeded out for various reasons — one had a child, another had a strange-sounding surname: “She was a female version of Yuri Gagarin — supremely photogenic with a solid Russian name.” Read more: 8 things to know about the mad world of motherhood in Russia

04 декабря 2014, 15:20

Саудовская Аравия с января 2015 года снижает поставочные цены на нефть для США и Азии

ЛОНДОН, 4 декабря. /ТАСС/. Саудовская Аравия с января 2015 года снизит поставочные цены на нефть для США и Азии. Об этом сообщает агентство Bloomberg. Стоимость нефти Arab Light снижена на $2 за баррель. Как ранее сообщал Wall Street Journal со ссылкой на источники, Саудовская Аравия не намерена сокращать объемы добычи нефти и рассматривает в качестве допустимой для себя цену барреля Brent в $60. Крупнейший производитель нефти в рядах ОПЕК Саудовская Аравия считает, что нефтяные цены способны стабилизироваться в районе $60 за баррель. Эр-Рияд и другие страны Персидского залива уверены, что способны выдержать этот ценовой уровень", - пишет издание. Страны Персидского залива не установили для себя определенную целевую цену барреля, и если она упадет ниже $60, то длительное время на данном уровне не продержится, говорит источник WSJ. По мнению источников газеты, нынешний подход Саудовской Аравии означает, что в ближайшей перспективе она не пойдет на сокращение добычи, даже если цены на нефть продолжат падение. Глава "Роснефти" Игорь Сечин также допускает, что цена нефти может упасть до $60 за баррель и ниже в первой половине 2015 года. В интервью австрийской Die Presse, опубликованном 27 ноября, он отметил, что у "Роснефти" достаточно запасов и места для маневра.