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23 июня, 18:36

Grand Theft Election:Palast in San Diego

Grand Theft Election: How Trump stole 2016, the Georgia 6th ...and 2018! From "the most important investigative reporter of our time” - The Guardian You’ve seen him go undercover on Democracy Now! You’ve read his in-your-face investigations in Rolling Stone, Now, hear Greg Palast live, with films from his latest scoops. Author of the bestseller, […] The post Grand Theft Election:Palast in San Diego appeared first on Greg Palast.

23 июня, 18:31

What It’s Like To Be The First Openly Trans Mayor In Texas

The New Hope town hall is a squat, one-room meeting space on Rockcrest Road. A small green park sits behind it, where a young father is encouraging a little girl to come down the slide. The roughly six-acre “municipal district” of New Hope may not be notable enough to be searchable on Google Maps — the building itself doesn’t even have wifi — nonetheless, it is the centerpiece of life in this tiny Texas town. Tonight the parking lot is packed for the April town meeting. Inside, among the crowd of 20 or so citizens — quite a lot for a town of 671 people — there are also at least three reporters and a photographer in town from across the country to observe the mayor, Jess Herbst, who in January of this year posted an announcement to the town’s website. “As your Mayor I must tell you about something that has been with me since my earliest memories,” the 500-word notice read in part. “I am transgender. I live my life as a female now, and I will be performing my duties to the town as such.” As soon as she hit publish, Herbst made history as the first openly trans elected official in Texas. Were this in New York City, it might not have been sensational, but this is New Hope, a little town nestled in the largely rural Collin County, northeast of Dallas. Collin County is decidedly red; it went 55 percent for Trump. The letter went live January 23, two days after Trump’s inauguration. Within days, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Newsweek, Fortune, and BBC, had picked up the news, making the 59-year-old trans mayor from the tiny town in the famously conservative state, an international sensation. Hence the interest from the press, which awaits the meeting with baited breath. At 7:30 p.m., Mayor Herbst calls the six-member city council to order. On the agenda are 16 items: Roads Commissioner Terry Sanner goes over drainage issues around town that have been fixed, and makes a request for a stop sign; the planning and zoning commissioner gives an equally mundane report. Then the tall, barrel-chested Collin County Sheriff James Skinner saunters forward for what will be the most contentious part of the meeting. The guy is big and white and brawny — exactly the kind of Texas good ol’ boy you’d see in a movie. His request: $99,000 over four years in additional funds from New Hope, which relies on the Collin County Sheriff’s Department for police services. Collin County is experiencing incredible population growth; emergency response times have ballooned from 5 minutes to a scary 14, and Skinner needs the money to hire more deputies. Bob Parmalee, an alderman who also serves as the town’s treasurer, doesn’t love the idea, and neither does Sanner: Why should such a small town like New Hope have to cough up so much dough for something that’s really the county’s duty? “I know the county commissioners are a booger to work with, but this just seems unfair,” Sanner says. After some back and forth with the sheriff, Mayor Herbst chimes in. “What we’re really talking about is the safety of our citizens,” she argues. And with that, the council, including Parmalee, votes in favor. Sheriff Skinner takes the moment to excuse himself. “Thank you, Madam Mayor,” he says sincerely, placing his bucket hat back on his head and clomping out the door in his heavy Cowboy boots. If the reporters in the crowd tonight are looking for any turmoil over the mayor’s big announcement, they won’t get what they came for. Life in New Hope has mostly stayed the same, despite all the attention. One day, as far as New Hope knew, the mayor was a man named Jeff; the next she was a woman named Jess. Life in New Hope rolled on. The only difference is the presence of reporters. While not much has changed in New Hope, Herbst’s life has changed immensely. In the six months since she came out, Herbst had gone from being a father, technology consultant and volunteer mayor to something of a national figure for trans people in public life and politics. Partly this is because she’s the first trans official in a place as conservative as Texas, but it’s also timing: Not only is her home state of Texas currently engaged in a fight over trans people’s bathroom usage (with 17 other states considering similar measures), but 2017 has also been called “the year of the trans candidate.” Herbst has been shuttling between New Hope and Austin, leading protests against the state’s effort to pass a “bathroom bill” designed to limit public restroom use to biological sex and blocking cities from passing anti-discrimination ordinances (or, in the case of cities like Dallas and Houston, reverse those that already exist). She’s also testified before state legislative committees and knocking on the door of her own Texas state senator, Craig Estes, a Republican, as well as her Texas house rep, Scott Sanford, a pastor (and yes, a Republican). “In between all this craziness with the press, I’m realizing everywhere I go, if you know me already I’m just Jess, but if you don’t know me I’m some kind of celebrity, particularly in the trans world. I’ve had people treat me like I’m some kind of queen or something,” she says. “And every reporter from day one has said, ‘How do you feel about the bathroom bill?’ And of course I’m against it. So if I’m really against it, I need to do something about it.” These state-level efforts have led to national opportunities: She’s also now sitting on an advisory board for Trans United Fund, a new organization dedicated to supporting trans and trans-friendly candidates, mentoring other trans candidates and officials, and attending workshops and leading discussions from Dallas to D.C. about building trans political power nationwide. At the same time, at least 20 openly trans candidates have decided to run for offices at every level of government, according to Logan S. Casey, PhD, a research analyst at the Harvard Opinion Research Program. In Virginia, Danica Roem is running for a seat in the state legislature. Dani Pellet is running for a House of Representatives seat in Texas 32nd. Jacey Wyatt is hoping to become the first trans governor of Connecticut. These are just a few examples — and more are expected. “In the last few weeks alone dozens of trans people across the country have reached out letting us know they either are running, planning to run, or are interested in learning more about running for office,” says Daye Pope, 25, the National Organizing Director for Trans United Fund. “There’s a realization happening all over the country that unless trans folks are represented in local and state government, transphobic “bathroom bills” and other attacks will continue.” These wouldn’t be the first elected officials who are trans — we have Stu Rasmussen, the first openly trans mayor elected in 2008 in Silverton, Oregon; and Jessica Orsini, the first out city alderman, elected in Missouri in 2006 — but they have been few and far between. Many, like the trailblazer Althea Garrison, the first trans woman to ever be elected to a state legislature in the ’90s, were voted out or even stripped from their offices after it was revealed they were trans. This swell of political activity couldn’t be more crucial, as trans folks continue to be among the most marginalized and vulnerable people in our society: 12 trans people have been murdered so far in 2017, most of them women of color. And trans people still have huge rates of homelessness, lack needed medical care, and are disproportionately vulnerable to violence, Pope says. These are all problems laws alone can’t solve, but having the political power to address the causes certainly helps. Herbst’s story has already inspired existing officials to embrace their identities publicly. Janine Johnson, a planning and zoning commissioner in Anna, Texas, is one of them. Anna is just 20 minutes down the highway from New Hope, and is equally conservative. Johnson was inspired by Herbst’s bravado, but also by her reception. “I thought: Well, if she can do it, there’s no reason I can’t,” says Johnson, a decorated veteran (she has a Bronze star) and retired diversity consultant who transitioned in 2004. For the past four years, though, she’s served the city as “John,” her birth name, because she feared the city wouldn’t accept her as Janine. Her documentation still counts her as male, and her mortgage is in her legal name. “To be visible was really my number one reason for coming out,” Johnson says. “We’re not going to achieve respect and equality through legal means exclusively; what is really going to bring us respect and equality is when people get to know us.” Jess Herbst was born Jeff Herbst in Greenville, Texas in 1958. Like a lot of trans women her age, Jess Herbst always knew who she was, she just didn’t have the words to describe it. Her very first memory is going into her parents' room to pull a red and gold paisley dress out of her mother’s closet. She’d pull it on over her tiny body — “it was like wearing a blanket,” she says — and walk around the house, every time eliciting a scolding. Her dad was a dentist; her mom a homemaker. They were loving parents for the most part, just unprepared for a son who was more of a daughter. Jeff had two older brothers, and all three were in the Boy Scouts. As a kid, she repressed the urge to rifle through her mother’s closet but once she entered puberty, she began to steal her mother’s underwear and nighties and wear them to sleep under her pajamas. One day, Herbst’s parents found her stash of clothes. “My parents were just furious,” she says. “That was the beginning of the psychiatrist.” The doctor recommended baseball games and playing sports. She refused. The psychiatrist’s advice in that case: “just beat it out of him,” Herbst recalls. After some doctor-sanctioned violence, her father instituted a strict workout regimen, enforced with the paddle. By 14, she’d had enough. “I grabbed the paddle from my Dad one day, broke it over my knee, and said ‘no more’ and ‘we’re not going back [to that psychiatrist.]’” she says. “That was the last time my parents and I ever spoke of anything about this ever again. They went to the grave thinking I was 'cured.'” In college at East Texas State University, Jeff met Debbie Gray. They started dating after attending at an on-campus showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show with mutual friends, and soon after Jeff let Debbie in on the secret: “I didn’t know the word ‘trans.’ I just said, you know like Rocky Horror, I like wearing women’s clothes. I didn’t know at the time what it was,” Herbst says. “She was like, okay, that’s cool.” Not long after, the pair left school early to get married and start a family. They bought their first home in Sasche, Texas and got jobs: Debbie as a executive assistant and Jeff as a computer salesman. Their first daughter was born in 1989, and another came along 18 months later. Often, on work trips, Jeff would come back to the hotel and paint his toenails or shave his legs. In 1991, on a trip to Tulsa, Oklahoma, Jeff ventured through a drive-through wearing a wig, makeup and a dress. “When I pulled in to pay, they looked at me like Godzilla was outside the window,” Herbst says shaking her head. “That interaction alone — I just felt like such a freak. I had to stuff it back in the box and just not think about it.” By 1999, the girls had outgrown the house in Sasche. That’s when Debbie’s dad, Roy, gifted them a piece of his land in New Hope. Roy was an original founder of New Hope back in 1974. It didn’t take long for Roy to insist Jeff come with him to town meetings. By 2003, Jeff had volunteered to serve the town as public works commissioner, which at the time consisted mainly of caring for the town's roads, a third of which were gravel. “I had a budget of about $40,000 a year to fix all the roads every year,” Jess says now, from the living room of her house. “It took me about six or seven years, but eventually we got all the roads paved.” The town got a grant from the county to help build the park behind the town hall, and Jeff oversaw that, as well. Then, in 2013 the mayor pro-tem (which is something like a vice mayor) resigned, and Herbst was appointed to that seat. In 2014, he was officially elected; and in May 2016, he ran again. During that same May election, the mayor of New Hope, a man by the name of Johnny Hamm, who had served for 26 years, was also running for re-election. His challenger was a 27-year-old newbie in town that had all sorts of wild ideas: “He was wanting a fire department, and promising people we would do something about [the main road in town].The state of Texas controls it, so we have no jurisdiction,” Herbst says. Everyone fully expected Hamm to win. Then, tragedy struck: The day the filing period closed, Mayor Hamm suffered a massive heart attack; right before the election, he died. Nevertheless, three days after his death, Hamm won the mayoralty by 30 votes. The kid with the wacky proposals argued Hamm’s death meant he won. But nope: Under Texas law, Hamm won fair and square, and in light of his passing, the council was to appoint the mayor. Alderman Jeff Herbst, who had by this time served the town for more than a decade, was the council’s first and unanimous choice. Jeff was glad to assume the role — but Jess had qualms. Unbeknownst to the town officials and constituents when Herbst was appointed, Herbst was already in the process of transitioning. She started in 2004, when Google introduced her to cross-dressers.com, where for the first time in her life she got to chat with people who questioned their gender. Then, she found a group on Meetup called Dallas Feminine Expression. It took her a full two years to work up the courage to go out in public as Jess, but once she did, Dallas Feminine Expression gave her an actual in-person community of trans friends. Soon she was an organizer of the group, hosting regular girls’ nights at Sue’s, a lesbian bar in Dallas’ “Gayborhood.” Over time, she came out to her daughters, and to most of her friends and all of her consulting clients. Her days as Jeff dwindled as she spent more and more time getting to know herself as Jess. And in 2015, with Debbie’s blessing, she started hormone replacement therapy. Now that she was mayor, she knew that it was only a matter of time before her transition would become “particularly obvious.” And at first, she figured she’d resign when the time came. But Herbst liked being mayor; she was good at it. Turns out, Mayor Hamm mismanaged the town, keeping poor records, not paying bills, abolishing the planning and zoning commission and the municipal court. “There was no real kind of government. So, I could either walk away and leave it like it was, or I could stick it out and try to get everything fixed,” Herbst says. “But if I was getting everything fixed, I had to explain to them about me.” In November, Herbst decided to come out to her colleagues in the town government. She met each of the four out of the five other city council members (one of whom is her eldest daughter, who already knew) one by one to tell them that she would no longer be known as Jeff. She asked each one if they wanted her to resign, and every single one asked her to stay. It was the town treasurer she worried about most: Bob Parmalee, a conservative Christian. Parmalee believes exactly what you’d expect: that gay marriage and gender fluidity are social ills contributing to moral decay in this country. His wife, Judy, is a bit more liberal about it: “Trans people know they’re trans even before gay people know they’re gay,” she says. “We all deserve to be happy.” (Which is why Herbst made sure that Judy was present for the meeting.) “I don’t understand it, but if that’s what she wants to do, there’s nothing I can do about it,” Bob says. Both of the Parmalees agree that Herbst is a superb mayor, and that’s what really matters. “When we showed up to the meeting Jess called to tell us [about her transition], we were just surprised. Bob had a harder time of it,” Judy says. “But honestly, we both walked out of there thinking ‘well, at least she didn’t give us a project.’” Apparently convincing volunteers to step up for her town is one of Herbst’s specialties. Next up: The challenge of telling the citizens. Which is why she wrote the letter coming out, publishing it on the town’s website on January 23. It was a bold move, especially considering Trump was now officially president, but by this point she was resolved to whatever was going to happen. Perhaps she’d be forced to resign, or protestors would assemble, either way she figured living her life completely in the open would be worth it. Herbst was in the shower getting ready for the first town meeting as her true self when the first writer called, from The Texas Observer. Debbie barged into the bathroom with the phone, and Jess confirmed the details of her story right there, dripping wet. By the time, she got home that night, the story had made it to the U.K., and by morning she had officially gone viral. A fleet of local news trucks assembled in her driveway. Her email exploded with press inquiries, and her phone rang nonstop. This attention was astounding and, yes, a little bit flattering, Herbst recalls over a classic Texas lunch of chicken fried steak three months later. But this worldwide spotlight means very little to her when compared to the way her constituents and neighbors reacted. “Within a few hours [of publishing the letter], I started getting emails: ‘Congratulations, we think that’s wonderful,’ and, ‘I’m proud to live in the town,’” she says, taking a pause from eating to wipe a tear from her cheek. “You know, nothing I was expecting. I’m bracing for ‘We’re gonna run her out of town,’ and, ‘Who the hell do you think you are?’ I got no pushback whatsoever.” Three months later, the biggest issue for the townspeople seems to be getting the pronouns right. They feel awful when they slip up, but they’re glad Jess is understanding. Everyone I talked to agreed the bathroom bill was a waste of time. Herbst is sure there are those in the town who aren’t fans of the whole thing, but they don’t care enough about it to be outwardly hateful. And for now that’s good enough for her. “She’s doing a good job for the town. She’s very knowledgeable,” Sanner, the roads commissioner, says. Over and over again, the neighbors had the same to say about their mayor. “I don’t know that there’s anybody else who could do a better job than her,” adds Duke Monsen, who sits on the water board. So far the people of Anna have also been accepting of Johnson; neighbors have come to meetings specifically to congratulate her. But since she’s an appointed rather than an elected official, it’s up to the council to decide if she will be re-appointed as chairman of the commission for her next and last two-year term. She finds out later this month. And of course that will be the real test of progress, for both Johnson and Herbst: Now that their neighbors know the truth, will they keep their seats? Johnson says she expects to be re-appointed. As for Herbst, according to my very small and unscientific polling at least, odds are good for her, as well: Bob and Judy Parmalee nod their heads yes when I ask: “Mhmm, no complaints,” Bob says. “Absolutely,” Monsen says. “And if it starts to seem like she won’t win, I’ll be going door-to-door.” “Yes I will vote for her,” Sanner says. “If she doesn’t run for something else.” For all Americans, trans or not, the town of New Hope offers a shining example of what happens when self-governance outweighs all else; proof that the partisan rancor and senselessness in Washington and many state legislatures does not easily trickle down. Because beyond ideology and rhetoric, the residents here continue to do what they’ve always done: set aside everything else to come together once a month and collectively make decisions for the betterment of their town. That they’re able to live with each other even when they don’t always understand one another is the democratic promise made manifest; it is, what you could call in Trump’s America, a new hope. By: Amelia Harnish -- 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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22 июня, 09:30

Uncommon People: The Rise and Fall of the Rock Stars by David Hepworth review – which songs will truly last?

From the meeting of John and Paul to the death of Bowie – this sharply observed book looks at key dates in the golden era of rockLittle Richard putting one of his bowel movements into a shoebox and presenting it to an elderly neighbour as a birthday present; the already married Jerry Lee Lewis marrying his 13-year-old cousin; the Rolling Stones on their legendarily debauched 1972 US tour; Michael Jackson’s terrified scream after accidentally dropping one of his signature white gloves into the lavatory – it must have been tempting for David Hepworth to turn Uncommon People into a rock version of Kenneth Anger’s still notorious Hollywood Babylon.Mercifully, he resists the lure of an all-singing, all-dancing, scandal-ridden anthology. Instead, he has come up with a neat, more purposeful framework for his colourful, richly marinated survey of the phenomenon of the rock star between the mid-1950s and mid-1990s: one chapter per year, with each chapter having as its focus one particular day when something significant or emblematic happened. On 6 July 1957, for instance, those two Liverpool teenagers John and Paul meet for the first time; on 1 October 1967, Jimmy (not yet Jimi) Hendricks (not yet Hendrix) unveils his talent to Eric Clapton and other guitar aristocracy; on 16 August 1977, Elvis checks out; on 1 August 1987, a film is shot at a Greyhound bus station recreating the arrival in Hollywood five years earlier of Axl Rose (Guns N’ Roses). By 1997, it is all over. Continue reading...

21 июня, 18:34

All the Times Stephen Colbert Went Too Far

More often than not, Stephen Colbert is a serious crack up. But sometimes he takes his jokes just a little bit too far and makes everyone uncomfortable.

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21 июня, 15:28

Причиной смерти рэпера Prodigy могло стать яйцо

Полицейские проверяют версию, согласно которой рэпер Prodigy умер, подавившись яйцом в больнице

20 июня, 19:31

13 Celebrities Who Have Been on ‘American Ninja Warrior’

These 13 celebrities have tried to become the 'American Ninja Warrior' or just done their best completing part of the show's challenging course.

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20 июня, 15:57

В Сиэтле открылся парк, посвященный Джими Хендриксу

В американском городе Сиэтл открылся парк имени гитариста Джими Хендрикса. Как сообщает Rolling Stone, парк расположился на территории 2,5 акров в центральном районе города и в нескольких минутах ходьбы от дома

19 июня, 19:19

"Путин завербовал Оливера Стоуна"

За что американские СМИ яростно критикуют автора «Уолл-Стрит» и «Взвода»

19 июня, 04:16

Will new Jim Crow scam tip Georgia’s Ossoff-Handel Congressional Race?

GOP goons grab reporter when he asks how 40,000 minority voter registrations vanished by Greg Palast Catch Palast’s reports for Joy Reid, Thom Hartmann and Amy Goodman Karen Handel took a break from beating up Democrat John Ossoff to attack a reporter: me.  In the televised debate between the two candidates vying for Georgia’s 6th […] The post Will new Jim Crow scam tip Georgia’s Ossoff-Handel Congressional Race? appeared first on Greg Palast.

18 июня, 17:57

Happy Father’s Day -- JAY SEKULOW: Trump is not under investigation -- Scalise update -- WHITE HOUSE week ahead -- KNOWING MARK CORALLO – SCHUMER’s first big test -- WEEKEND READS – RODAY/MARRE wedding pool report

Good Sunday morning. HAPPY FATHER’S DAY! SPEAKER PAUL RYAN discusses what he’s learning as a father as his kids approach their teenage years. http://bit.ly/2rJIO3FFIRST IN PLAYBOOK -- Speaker Paul Ryan spent the weekend at the Homestead in Virginia for his annual “Team Ryan” summer outing. His message to K Streeters and donors: the Republican agenda is on track. The Wisconsin Republican laid out his preferred timeline for Obamacare repeal bill, saying that it will be done by mid-summer and tax reform will be completed by the end of the year. Ryan said that he expected the Senate to pass their health care bill before the July 4 recess and that would give House Republicans the rest of July to take action. Ryan said he has been talking to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell daily. Ryan also was bullish on infrastructure, telling the group that a series of infrastructure bills will be passed by the end of the year. SPOTTED: Chris Russell, Bob Wood, Chris Giblin, David Tamasi, Richard Hunt, Ray Berman, Ed Kutler and Nicole Gustafson.STATEMENTS FROM PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP FROM CAMP DAVID -- @realDonaldTrump at 6:38 a.m.: “The MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN agenda is doing very well despite the distraction of the Witch Hunt. Many new jobs, high business enthusiasm,..” … at 6:46 a.m.: “...massive regulation cuts, 36 new legislative bills signed, great new S.C.Justice, and Infrastructure, Healthcare and Tax Cuts in works!” …at 7:02 a.m.: “The new Rasmussen Poll, one of the most accurate in the 2016 Election, just out with a Trump 50% Approval Rating.That’s higher than O’s #’s!”-- @kylegriffin1: “For reference (spot the outlier): Gallup 38 … Economist/YouGov 42 … Reuters/Ipsos 40 … PPP 41 … Quinnipiac 34 … Rasmussen 50”TAKE NOTE: Trump had just one surrogate on the Sunday shows: a member of his legal team. Not one Cabinet secretary or adviser talking about policy or politics.SUNDAY BEST, PART I -- JAY SEKULOW tells CHUCK TODD on NBC’S “MEET THE PRESS” that the president isn’t under investigation -- TODD: “The president tweeted earlier this week, ‘I am being investigated for firing the F.B.I. director by the man who told me to fire the F.B.I. director. Witch hunt.’ So let me start with this. When did the president become aware that he was officially under investigation by the special counsel?” SEKULOW: “The president is not under investigation by the special counsel. The tweet from the president was in response to the five anonymous sources that were purportedly leaking information to The Washington Post about a potential investigation of the president. But the president, as James Comey said in his testimony and as we know as of today, the president has not been and is not under investigation.”-- MARCO RUBIO to JAKE TAPPER on CNN’s “STATE OF THE UNION” -- TAPPER: “Some of your Senate colleagues, as you know, are concerned that President Trump is preparing to fire Mueller or Mueller and Rosenstein. How would you react if he did?” RUBIO: “Well, first of all, that’s not going to happen. I don’t believe it’s going to happen. And here’s what I would say. The best thing that could happen for the president, and the country, is a full and credible investigation. I really, truly believe that. If we want to put all this behind us, let’s find out what happened, let’s put it out there, and let’s not undermine the credibility of the investigation. And so my view on it is that’s the best thing that could happen for the president and for the country, and I believe ultimately that’s what will happen, irrespective of all the other stuff that’s going on out there.”-- SEKULOW GETS TESTY under sharp questioning from Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday": "I do not appreciate you putting words in my mouth, when I've been crystal clear that the president is not and has not been under investigation."SOME HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE PRESIDENT’S WEEK -- MONDAY: Trump has Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela and his wife to the White House. He will participate in an American Technology Council roundtable at 5 p.m. WEDNESDAY: The president is going to Iowa. THURSDAY: The Congressional picnic.THE BIG SUNDAY READ -- NYT, A1 -- “How Michael Flynn’s Disdain for Limits Led to a Legal Quagmire,” by Nick Confessore, Matt Rosenberg and Danny Hakim: “Mr. Flynn decided that the military’s loss would be his gain: He would parlay his contacts, his disdain for conventional bureaucracy, and his intelligence career battling Al Qaeda into a lucrative business advising cybersecurity firms and other government contractors. Over the next two years he would sign on as a consultant to nearly two dozen companies, while carving out a niche as a sought-after author and speaker -- and ultimately becoming a top adviser to President Trump.“‘I’ve always had that entrepreneurial spirit,’ Mr. Flynn said in an interview in October 2015. In the military, he added, ‘I learned that following the way you’re supposed to do things isn’t always the way to accomplish a task.’ But instead of lofting him into the upper ranks of Beltway bandits, where some other top soldiers have landed, his foray into consulting has become a legal and political quagmire, driven by the same disdain for boundaries that once propelled his rise in the military.” http://nyti.ms/2sDrCkxSCALISE UPDATE -- “Hospital says Scalise showing ‘signs of improvement’ after additional surgery,” by Rebecca Morin: “[House] Majority Whip Steve Scalise is showing ‘signs of improvement’ and is ‘speaking with his loved ones’ following an additional surgery, according to an update provided by MedStar Washington Hospital Center on Saturday. The hospital also downgraded his condition from critical to serious.“‘Congressman Steve Scalise is in serious condition. He underwent another surgery today, but continues to show signs of improvement,’ according to a statement from the hospital, courtesy of the Scalise family. ‘He is more responsive, and is speaking with his loved ones. The Scalise family greatly appreciates the outpouring of thoughts and prayers.’” http://politi.co/2tBoHG5-- TEAM SCALISE’s video from Thursday’s Congressional baseball game http://bit.ly/2rsXeGeFROM TYSON LOBBYIST MATT MIKA’S FAMILY: “We want to thank the team at George Washington University Hospital for their world-class care, and we continue to be grateful beyond words for the heroic actions of the U.S. Capitol Police this week. In addition, the positive thoughts, prayers and words of encouragement from across the nation have meant the world to Matt and to all of us.“Matt has undergone additional surgery and his physicians have reported positive results. Matt will remain in the ICU through at least this weekend. He continues to communicate with us through notes, and even signed the game ball for the Congressional Baseball Game. Matt especially valued the professionalism of the officers of the Capitol Police, and would appreciate contributions to the Capitol Police Memorial Fund, one of the designated charities at Thursday night’s ballgame.“While we know there will be difficult and challenging days ahead for Matt and our family, the physicians and specialists at Matt’s side expect a full recovery. This will be our final update pending Matt’s discharge from the hospital. We again ask for your understanding and respect of our family’s privacy.”FOR YOUR RADAR -- “Navy stops search for 7 missing sailors after bodies found,” by AP’s Mari Yamaguchi in Yokosuka, Japan: “The search for seven U.S. Navy sailors missing after their destroyer collided with a container ship off Japan was called off Sunday after several bodies were found in the ship’s flooded compartments, including sleeping quarters. Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, the commander of the Navy’s 7th Fleet, described the damage and flooding as extensive, including a big puncture under the waterline. The crew had to fight to keep the ship afloat, he said, and the ship’s captain is lucky to have survived.” http://apne.ws/2sGAXc0BLAST FROM THE PAST -- KNOWING MARK CORALLO: “Meet the man managing Trump’s biggest crisis yet,” by Eliana Johnson, Josh Dawsey, and Josh Gerstein: “Veteran GOP operative Mark Corallo is known for accepting tough crisis-management cases, but even he wasn’t daredevil enough to accept the job an embattled President Trump considered him for last month: White House communications director. Instead, Corallo chose to stay outside the building, becoming the top spokesman for Trump’s personal lawyer Marc Kasowitz.“In his new role, he finds himself handling the White House’s defense against independent counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the presidential election, which has expanded to include inquiry into whether Trump himself tried to obstruct the investigation. Corallo had never met Trump or Kasowitz before taking the job but is now routinely in the West Wing several times a week, strategizing with a temperamental and media-obsessed president who sees himself as his own best spokesman.“‘I think I will be more help to the president on the outside than I would have been on the inside,’ Corallo told POLITICO.” With cameos from Karl Rove, David Ayres and Ed McFadden http://politi.co/2seOZjF-- FLASHBACK: Corallo speaking to Isaac Dovere in May about Trump staff: “They’re hostages.” http://politi.co/2rKcOMSSCHUMER’S FIRST BIG TEST -- “Democrats to step up attacks on GOP’s Obamacare repeal effort,” by Burgess Everett: “Democratic senators are planning to hold the Senate floor until at least midnight on Monday to thrash Senate Republicans for refusing to hold committee hearings on their health-care overhaul, according to several people familiar with the plan. The round of speeches is being organized by Sens. Patty Murray of Washington state and Brian Schatz of Hawaii.“But on the more weighty question of whether to object to the GOP’s committee hearings or refusing to allow routine business in the Senate regarding nomination votes or uncontroversial matters, the party has made no final decision. While the party's liberal wing is demanding that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York and his team shut the Senate down, Schumer has made no decision and often tries to forge consensus in his caucus before executing party strategy.“Though several sources on the party’s left believe Schumer may be open to the idea, Democratic leaders have been resistant to procedural obstruction thus far. They believe blocking unrelated matters could shift the spotlight from Republicans' secretive process to Democratic obstruction. And it could set expectations high among the party's base that Democrats can stop the repeal, when in reality if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has the votes the party will be powerless to stop him.” http://politi.co/2seOyWF-- IT’S WORTH NOTING: Since assuming the top Senate leadership job after the 2016 election, Schumer has made it his leadership style to govern by consensus. Depending on how the Obamacare repeal effort plays out, this could be test for how he’ll appease his frustrated left flank while not overplaying his hand.THE JUICE …-- Community Catalyst Action Fund is launching a seven-figure TV and radio ad buy targeting Republican senators in Alaska, Maine, Nevada and West Virginia on Obamacare repeal. The TV ads, produced by GMMB, will run for the next two weeks and feature a mother whose son has chronic asthma and requires frequent trips to the doctor. The radio ad, also produced by GMMB, and digital ad component are part of the “Keep Care at Home” campaign, which is focused on Medicaid cuts, and will also include events in each state. The TV ads http://bit.ly/2tglz3j … The radio ad http://bit.ly/2seKt4WTHE LATEST IN GEORGIA -- TOO CLOSE TO CALL: “Georgia special election hurtles toward nail-biting finish,” by Steven Shepard: “As the most expensive House race in history rushes toward the finish line Tuesday, the latest public polls are unanimous: The Georgia special election between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel is too close to call. The race for the suburban Atlanta seat, closely watched for clues about the shape of the 2018 midterm elections, appears to be within a few percentage points — with perhaps the slightest edge to Ossoff, the 30-year-old Democrat seeking to wrest away a traditionally Republican seat in the first major election of Donald Trump’s presidency. … The current state of play: Of the six public polls conducted in June, Ossoff leads in five of them — and hits the 50-percent mark in each of the five — with the fifth showing a tie.” http://politi.co/2rt57uY-- NYT's ALEX BURNS and JONATHAN MARTIN: "High-Stakes Referendum on Trump Takes Shape in a Georgia Special Election" http://nyti.ms/2rEqr50SUNDAY BEST, PART II -- JOHN DICKERSON speaks to SEN. MARCO RUBIO (R-FLA.) on CBS’S FACE THE NATION -- DICKERSON: “The president has called the investigations a witch hunt. What’s your opinion of that?” RUBIO: “Well, I know he feels very strongly about it. My advice to the president is what I communicated publicly. The way I’ve tried to communicate to everyone on this issue. And that is this. It is in the best interest of the president and the country to have a full investigation. If I were the president, I would be welcoming this investigation. I would ask that it be thorough and completed expeditiously and be very cooperative with it. That’s what ultimately I anticipate they will do. That’s in the best interest of the president. I really believe that. I think it’s in the best interest of our country that we have a full-scale investigation that looks at everything so that we can move forward.”DICKERSON: “So regardless of what you may think about James Comey’s firing as FBI director, you think it should be investigated?” RUBIO: “Well, I just think it’s important to answer questions. Because otherwise, if people have any doubts, it undermines confidence in our system of government, in our elections, in our leaders. As I said, the best thing that can happen for the president and for America is that we have a full-scale investigation that is credible, that it reaches its conclusion one way or the other so that we can move on. But at the same time be knowledgeable. We have to know everything the Russians did and how they did it so that we can prevent this from happening in the future.”RUBIO talks with CHUCK TODD on NBC’s “MEET THE PRESS” -- TODD: “The more the administration tries to soften the sanctions in the House, at any point, do you understand, if some people see that as circumstantial evidence in this probe?” RUBIO: “I could understand how some people would make that argument. I could also tell you though that I personally believe that at the core of the resistance is not the president. And I don’t think the president himself has a problem with additional sanctions on Russia. I think the concern actually comes from the State Department and for the following reason: they argue that they are trying to get the Russians to be more cooperative on a number of fronts and that this could set us back. It's a legitimate argument, I’ve thought about it, I don't agree with it. And you saw the majority of my colleagues didn’t agree with it this week.”POWER PLAYBOOKER – DAVID PETRAEUS to PBS NewsHour’s Judy Woodruff on why Americans should support staying engaged in Afghanistan: “This is a generational struggle. This is not something that is going to be won in a few years. We’re not going to take a hill, plant the flag and go home to a victory parade. We need to be there for the long haul but in a way that’s sustainable. You know we’ve been in Korea for 65-plus years because there’s an important national interest for that. We were in Europe for a very long period of time, still there of course, and actually with a renewed emphasis given Russia’s aggressive actions.” Video http://bit.ly/2rF21INTHE BIG QUESTION AHEAD OF TRUMP’S TECH SUMMIT -- “CEOs Have Access to Trump, but Do They Have Clout?,” by WSJ’s Vanessa Fuhrmans and Peter Nicholas: “When tech industry executives gather at the White House Monday, brainstorming ways to modernize government will be on the agenda. But on display will be President Donald Trump’s evolving relationship with America’s corporate chieftains. Some 300 business leaders have met with Mr. Trump since he took office promising the nation’s top executives a direct line to the Oval Office and a chance to shape economic policy.“The discussions have helped the president project an image of CEO-in-chief as he awaits a major legislative victory and have given CEOs a voice in initiatives like the administration’s push to expand apprenticeship programs. But corporate leaders are learning about the limits of their clout. Hopes for an overhaul of the corporate-tax code this year are fading, some executives and corporate lobbyists say, as the White House and lawmakers struggle to reach consensus on a plan that could get through Congress. Mr. Trump’s move to quit the Paris climate accord has been a stinging lesson for some that White House face time doesn’t always translate into influence.” http://on.wsj.com/2rEUp8VWHAT K STREET IS READING -- “Republicans debating remedies for corporate tax avoidance,” by Reuters’ David Morgan: “President Donald Trump and Republican leaders in Congress will soon confront a complex challenge for tax reform: how to limit U.S. corporate tax avoidance schemes that take advantage of low tax rates in foreign countries. Congressional and administration staff have begun to examine options to address profit-shifting schemes that include so-called transfer pricing, earnings stripping and tax inversions. A decision on how to handle these in tax legislation could come before Congress leaves town for its one-week July 4 recess on June 29, officials and lobbyists said.” http://reut.rs/2seHWaUWAPO’S ABBY PHILLIP -- “Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke rescinds acceptance of Homeland Security post”: “‘Late Friday, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. formally notified Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly that he had rescinded his acceptance of the agency’s offer to join DHS as an assistant secretary,’ said Craig Peterson, an adviser to Clarke. ‘Sheriff Clarke is 100 percent committed to the success of President Trump and believes his skills could be better utilized to promote the president’s agenda in a more aggressive role.’” http://wapo.st/2sDJaNAMORE ON MEGYN KELLY -- “Unedited Putin Interview Reveals A Missed Opportunity For Megyn Kelly and America,” by Yashar Ali in HuffPost: “As Megyn Kelly and NBC News face a firestorm over her interview with InfoWars’ Alex Jones, unedited footage from her recent interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin shows a nervous Kelly who asked the authoritarian leader softball questions and failed to hold him accountable on key topics. Most troubling, Kelly devoted precious time in her short interview to a question that led one former CIA Russia analyst to say that it sounded as if Putin had written the question himself.“In the full, unedited discussion, obtained by HuffPost, Kelly repeatedly fails to interrupt the Russian president while he rambles in his responses. She also asks Putin questions he can easily dispute. The last question Kelly asked Putin, which was not aired, was startling in its pandering. ‘We have been here in St. Petersburg for about a week now. And virtually every person we have met on the street says what they respect about you is they feel that you have returned dignity to Russia, that you’ve returned Russia to a place of respect. You’ve been in the leadership of this country for 17 years now. Has it taken any sort of personal toll on you?’” http://bit.ly/2rsxPwoMEDIAWATCH -- “The Danger of Ignoring Alex Jones,” by Charles J. Skyes in the NYT: “When Mr. Jones was merely a marginal figure on the paranoid right, the case could plausibly be made that he was better left in obscurity. But now that, at least according to Mr. Jones, the president of the United States has praised him and thanked him for the role he played in his election victory, it’s too late to make that argument. We can’t keep ignoring the fringe. We have to expose it.” http://nyti.ms/2rsZ61q … Charlie Sykes is an MSNBC contributorTV TONIGHT -- MSNBC will air a special edition of “The Point with Ari Melber” at 5 p.m. for the 45th anniversary of the Watergate break in. The show features Tom Brokaw, Dick Cavett, former Watergate special prosecutors and never-before-seen documents from the Justice Department’s Watergate Special Prosecution Force.BONUS GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman:--“Young Men Are Playing Video Games Instead of Getting Jobs. That's OK. (For Now),” by Peter Suderman in Reason in the July 2017: “A military shooter might offer a simulation of being a crack special forces soldier. A racing game might simulate learning to handle a performance sports car. It’s a simulation of being an expert. It’s a way to fulfil a fantasy. That fantasy is one of work, purpose, and social and professional success.” http://bit.ly/2twpXdC--“Can Democrats Fix the Party?” by Rolling Stone’s Tim Dickinson: “Trump’s victory exposed the party establishment as utterly broken – now Dems hope to rebuild in time for a 2018 comeback.” http://rol.st/2rAh2eF--“What Makes a Glass House the Ideal Home for a Communist Gynecologist,” by Cody Delistraty in JStor: “The windows in the waiting area are high, allowing light to enter, but also arranged so that infertile women waiting for the doctor weren’t forced to see the Dalsace children playing in the backyard.” http://bit.ly/2syDZhU--“The Ideal Iceland May Only Exist in Your Mind,” by Taffy Brodesser-Akner in Afar magazine: “But you can, and should, still go in search of it.” http://bit.ly/2tBnmzi--“Vatican tailors, cobblers try to adapt to Francis’s ‘papal athleisure,’” by Claire Giangravè in Cruxnow: “Pope Francis’s emphasis on simplicity and frugality is a hit all around the world, but it’s produced just a bit of backlash among fashion-conscious Italians, including an exclusive club of tailors and shoemakers who outfit pontiffs -- some of whom are a little nostalgic for the days when being pope also meant dressing to the nines.” http://bit.ly/2sBCccz--“The Fake Hermit,” by Natalia Portinari in piaui: “Thomas [Pynchon] was very thin and very handsome, like a Romeo kind of guy. He was like an Italian lover, very, very sexy. He wasn’t interested in money. He had a very dry sense of humor, so that’s why we got along so well. He never hurt my feelings. He tried to be a hippie, but it wasn’t easy for him. He was a hard worker.” http://bit.ly/2roGnnU--“What Duck Sex Reveals about Human Nature,” by Johann Grolle in Der Spiegel: “Copulation in most birds is achieved by a cloacal kiss, just an apposition of orifices. This is the essential reason why birds are so beautiful. Since they have the freedom of choice, females exhibit aesthetic preferences. And, as a result of these preferences, males developed amazingly elaborate ornaments.” http://bit.ly/2sC9W9A--“How the U.S. Triggered a Massacre in Mexico,” by ProPublica’s Ginger Thompson, co-published in NatGeo: “There’s no missing the signs that something unspeakable happened. Entire blocks lie in ruins. In March 2011 gunmen from the Zetas cartel swept through like a flash flood, demolishing homes and businesses and kidnapping and killing dozens, possibly hundreds, of men, women and children. The destruction and disappearances went on in fits and starts for weeks.” http://bit.ly/2sHUo43--“If Israel were smart,” by Sara Roy on Gaza in the London Review of Books: “[A]lmost half the labour force [do not] any means to earn a living. Unemployment – especially youth unemployment – is the defining feature of life. It now hovers around 42 per cent (it has been higher), but for young people (between the ages of 15 and 29) it stands at 60 per cent. Everyone is consumed by the need to find a job or some way of earning money. ‘Salaries control people’s minds,’ one resident said.” http://bit.ly/2roQAR5--“Philip Roth’s Newark,” by Steven Malanga in City Journal: “The city at its peak and in its decline are the novelist’s two greatest characters.” http://bit.ly/2sa9tu0 (h/t ALDaily.com)--“‘A reckoning for our species’: the philosopher prophet of the Anthropocene,” by Alex Blasdel in The Guardian: “Timothy Morton wants humanity to give up some of its core beliefs, from the fantasy that we can control the planet to the notion that we are ‘above’ other beings. His ideas might sound weird, but they’re catching on.” http://bit.ly/2rF51QB (h/t Longform.org)--“What It Would Really Take To Sink A Modern Aircraft Carrier,” by Robert Farley in Jalopnik: “Even a supersonic cruise missile can take twenty minutes to reach its target area at maximum range, and a carrier maneuvering at high speed can move ten miles in the same period of time. A massive aircraft carrier can move surprisingly fast for something weighing over 100,000 tons, with a top speed of more than 30 knots, or about 35 miles an hour, which is what you get when you go for nuclear power.” http://bit.ly/2roV3Dy--“After Oranges,” by Wyatt Williams in Oxford American, discussing “Oranges,” by John McPhee: “Fifty years later, Oranges reads as an agile survey of world history, a vivid period piece of changing American foodways, and an early classic by a master just beginning to find his form ... Today, no one is quite sure if Florida’s oranges will survive” http://bit.ly/2tbvwPw (h/t TheBrowser.com)WEEKEND WEDDINGS – Zack Roday, press secretary for Team Ryan, and Alleigh Marre, who does press for HHS, got married on Saturday with the ceremony and reception at Rust Manor House in Leesburg, Virginia. The bride came down the aisle to “At Last,” and the wedding was officiated by Zack’s childhood friend and Best Man Ben Horwitz. The couple met on Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign in Wisconsin. Pics http://bit.ly/2sHijAK ... http://bit.ly/2rEL5Cb ... http://bit.ly/2sE16r1--SPOTTED: Gov. Scott and Tonette Walker, Matt Gorman and Annie Clark, Jesse Hunt and Kim Kaiser, Ian and Elsie Prior, Chris and Andrea Grant, Jake Kastan, Kevin Seifert, Betsy Ankney, Eli Miller, Jason Heath, Alexandra Clark and Scott Dillie, Bryant Avondoglio and Ellie Krust.--“Cathryn Clüver, Tom Ashbrook” – N.Y. Times: “The bride, 41, is the founding executive director of the Future of Diplomacy Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School. She graduated from Brown and received a master’s in European studies from the London School of Economics and a master’s in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School. ... The groom, 61, is the host of the NPR talk show ‘On Point,’ a daily program produced at WBUR in Boston. He graduated from Yale. He is the author of ‘The Leap,’ which chronicles his time as an internet entrepreneur, after a career as a journalist.” With pic http://nyti.ms/2soxxYq – “Stephanie Sy, David Ariosto”: “Ms. Sy, 40, is a New York-based special on-air news correspondent for PBS and the host of Carnegie Council’s ‘Ethics Matter’ interview series, a public affairs program that is shown periodically on PBS. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. ... On June 26, Mr. Ariosto, 36, will begin working as a supervising producer of ‘All Things Considered,’ the NPR news program. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and received a master’s degree in public policy from George Mason University. ... The couple met in June 2015, at Al Jazeera America, where the bride was a news anchor and the groom an on-air reporter.” With pic http://nyti.ms/2sMcBgR--“Sara Randazzo, Christopher Kirkham”: “The bride, 31, is a legal reporter at The Wall Street Journal in Los Angeles. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles. ... The groom, 33, is also a reporter at The Journal in Los Angeles, covering the casino and hotel industries. He graduated from Northwestern, where he also received his master’s degree in journalism. ... The couple were introduced through mutual friends in New York in November 2011.” With pic http://nyti.ms/2seYvDGSPOTTED at the going-away party last night (with a live band) in DC for Paul Wood and Ruth Sherlock, who is leaving in two weeks to become NPR’s new Beirut correspondent (she was previously U.S. editor at The Telegraph): Susannah Cunningham, Merrit Kennedy, Susannah Wellford, Thomas Gibbons-Neff, Emily Lenzner, Suzanne Kianpour, John Hudson, Nihal Krishan, Vivek Jain, Matt Rosenberg, Karoun Demirjian, Diaa Hadid, Athena Jones, Karen Attiah.BIRTHDAYS: Dina Powell ... WaPo’s Fred Barbash … Charlie Herman … Joanne Lipman, chief content officer at Gannett and editor in chief of USA Today … Niall Stanage, WH columnist at The Hill, is 43 ... David Wood (Mr. Beth Frerking), Pulitzer winner ... Kate Knudson ... Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.) is 66 ... Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY) is 68 ... Nick Johnston, editor at Axios, is 4-0 (h/t Bill McQuillen) … Megan Mitchell ... Bipartisan Senate alumni birthday: former Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WVa.) is 8-0 and former Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) is 67 ... David Drucker, senior political correspondent at Washington Examiner, is 46 ... Romney alum John Whitman, now press secretary for Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ... HFA alum John McCarthy, COS for Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Penn.), (h/ts Fran Holuba, Anastasia Dellaccio and Ben Chang) ... Millie Harmon Meyers, public affairs at the U.S. Mission to the UN (h/t Ben) ... Geri M. Joseph is 94 ... Kenneth Lipper is 76 ... Blair Effron is 55 (h/ts Jewish Insider) ... DOT alum Ajashu Thomas ... Clare Bresnahan, executive director of She Should Run (h/t Jill Bader) ... Politico Europe’s Blanca Renedo is 29 ... Kevin Landrigan, legendary New Hampshire political correspondent ... HFA and GSG alum Chris Allen ... Bob Scutari ...... Will Kinzel, managing director of gov’t affairs at Delta ... Jennifer Carignan ... Politico’s Claire Okrongly and Shannon Rafferty ... LifeZette’s Jim Stinson (h/t Jon Conradi) ... BuzzFeed’s Mary Ann Georgantopoulos ... Bert Gomez, Univision’s SVP of federal and state gov’t relations... Tom Readmond ... Michael Van Der Galien ... former Hardballer Jeremy Bronson, now creator of “The Mayor,” airing this fall on ABC ... former CNNer Meryl Conant Governski, now an associate at Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP ... Zach Wilkes … Jason Kello ... Daniel Epstein is 33 ... Levi Drake ... Max Stahl is 3-0 ... Lisa Barron ... AJ Goodman ... Ron Rosenblith ... Dick Mark ... Debbie Shore (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) ... country singer Blake Shelton is 41 (h/t Kurt Bardella) ... Sir Paul McCartney is 75 ... Dizzy Reed (Guns N’ Roses) is 54 (h/ts AP)

18 июня, 14:29

Пол Маккартни празднует 75-летие

К юбилею музыканта королева Елизавета II решила наградить сэра Пола Орденом кавалеров почета

18 июня, 10:57

Энни Лейбовиц. Женщины

Энни 67 лет. С 1970 года она работала фотографом в журнале Rolling Stone. А с 1983 работает в журнале Vanity Fair, для которого делает портретные фотографии знаменитостей. В ее портфолио уже содержится множество снимков, любого из которых хватит иному фотографу, чтобы получить статус классика. В нашей подборке - исключительно женские портреты. Но какие! Кэмерон Диас, Кейт Уинслет, Клер Дейнс, Рене Зильвегер

18 июня, 10:55

Полу Маккартни исполнилось 75 лет

Сегодня легендарный музыкант и один из основателей группы The Beatles Пол Маккартни отмечает юбилей. Перечислять его титулы, заслуги и награды можно практически бесконечно: рыцарь-бакалавр и кавалер ордена Британской империи, шестнадцатикратный обладатель премии "Грэмми", самый успешный музыкант и композитор новейшей истории (такая формулировка содержится в Книге рекордов Гиннесса), один из лучших бас-гитаристов всех времён (по версии журнала Rolling Stone) и проч. Поклонники творчества Маккартни и группы The Beatles делятся сегодня архивными фото музыкантов в соцсетях. Маккартни родился 18 июня 1942 года в Ливерпуле. В подростковом возрасте Пол познакомился с другим основателем The Beatles Джоном Ленноном. Они сошлись на почве одинаковых переживаний: оба мальчика рано потеряли матерей. Музыкальная группа появилась в 1960 году. Битлы стремительно начали набирать популярность с 1963 года, а именно с момента выхода композиции Please Please Me/Ask Me Why. Количество поклонников стремительно росло — мир охватила "битломания". Позже журнал Rolling Stone поставил The Beatles на первое место в списке величайших исполнителей всех времён. По состоянию на 2001 год только в США было продано свыше 163 миллионов дисков группы.

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18 июня, 08:00

The day Keith Richards joined us at the Test match in Antigua

It’s April 1986, Gower and Gooch are up against Holding and Garner, and an unkept Rolling Stone shows up at the ground for beer and fried chickenIt was April 1986 and I was in Antigua in the Caribbean. I was, on a break after uni with some cricket-loving mates. We had very little money and were staying in a beach shack, bought tickets for just $1 for the Test match against England played at the recreation ground in the centre of St John’s (where prisoners from the local jail dressed in fatigues rolled the wicket, chickens strolled freely round the ground, and smoke wafted from hundreds of clay barbecues).Keith asked if I could look after his ‘old lady for a moment’. We didn’t see him again all day Continue reading...

18 июня, 00:31

Полу Маккартни исполняется 75 лет

Сегодня сэру Полу Маккартни, британскому композитору, певцу и бывшему участнику группы The Beatles, исполняется 75 лет. В честь такого события королева Великобритании Елизавета II приняла решение наградить музыканта орденом Кавалеров Почета, пишет журнал Rolling Stone. Всего такой наградой могут обладать не более 65 человек. Также обладателями этого ордена являются физик Стивен Хокинг, актер Иэн Маккелен, актриса Джуди Денч и автор «Гарри Поттера» Джоан Роулинг.

17 июня, 17:28

TRUMP to go to CAMP DAVID -- POTUS ‘yelling at television sets’ in the W.H., expanding his legal team -- POTUS discloses wealth and income from Mar-a-Lago -- Scalise shooter had list of lawmakers on him -- B’DAY: Newt

BREAKING -- NYT: "Judge in Bill Cosby Case Declares a Mistrial": "The judge presiding over the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial declared a mistrial Saturday after jurors reported being hopelessly deadlocked. The exhausted jurors had been deliberating since Monday, sometimes for as much as 12 hours a day. The mistrial, which Mr. Cosby’s lawyers had supported, means that prosecutors will need to decide whether to retry Mr. Cosby on the charges at a later date." http://nyti.ms/2rGZuZD TODAY’S MUST READ -- AN ORAL HISTORY from KYLE CHENEY, HEATHER CAYGLE and ELANA SCHOR in POLITICO Magazine -- “‘Somebody’s Trying to Kill Me’: Five terrifying minutes on a baseball field, in the words of the people who were there.” http://politi.co/2sAA3NqGood Saturday morning. Today is the 45th anniversary of the Watergate break in. THE PRESIDENT’S MOOD -- AP’s Julie Pace and Jonathan Lemire: “Trump advisers and confidants describe the president as increasingly angry over the investigation, yelling at television sets in the White House carrying coverage and insisting he is the target of a conspiracy to discredit — and potentially end — his presidency.” http://apne.ws/2sc8GbV-- WHAT MIGHT KEEP THE PRESIDENT UP AT NIGHT: “Mueller’s staff grows to 13, with ‘several more in the pipeline,’” by Darren Samuelsohn: “Special counsel Robert Mueller has added 13 attorneys -- with more still to come -- as his investigation quickly expands beyond potential collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign with Russia to potential obstruction of justice case by the president. ... [The] prosecution team [has] experience going after everything from the Mafia and Enron to al Qaeda and President Richard Nixon.” http://politi.co/2sDRvS8-- HOW HE’S EXPANDING HIS LEGAL TEAM: “Trump hires another high-profile lawyer as FBI probe heats up,” by Josh Dawsey: “John Dowd, who investigated Pete Rose for Major League Baseball and represented John McCain during the Keating Five Scandal, among other high-profile clients, has joined the president’s legal team, according to two people familiar with the pick. Dowd declined to comment Friday. The addition of Dowd, a 76-year-old former prosecutor who has practiced law in Washington for decades, adds an experienced hand in the investigation. He joins Marc Kasowitz, Trump’s longtime New York lawyer, Jay Sekulow and Mark Bowe, who works with Kasowitz.” http://politi.co/2sDRldf-- WHAT HE’S DOING WITH HIS POWER: “5 things Trump did while you weren’t looking: Week 2,” by Danny Vinik: “1. U.S. and China make nice on beef, dairy and poultry ... 2. Education Department targets Obama-era student protections ... 3. The Pentagon flexes its muscles ... 4. VA civil service reforms heads to Trump’s desk ... 5. New food labels? Not so fast.” http://politi.co/2tbw0F2 -- WHAT THE WHITE HOUSE WANTS: “White House Officials Push for Widening War in Syria Over Pentagon Objections,” by Foreign Policy’s Kate Brannen, Dan De Luce, and Paul McLeary: “A pair of top White House officials is pushing to broaden the war in Syria, viewing it as an opportunity to confront Iran and its proxy forces on the ground there, according to two sources familiar with the debate inside the Donald Trump administration. Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the senior director for intelligence on the National Security Council, and Derek Harvey, the NSC’s top Middle East advisor, want the United States to start going on the offensive in southern Syria, where, in recent weeks, the U.S. military has taken a handful of defensive actions against Iranian-backed forces fighting in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Their plans are making even traditional Iran hawks nervous, including Defense Secretary James Mattis, who has personally shot down their proposals more than once, the two sources said.” http://atfp.co/2tdq4f0-- WHERE HE’S SPENDING HIS SATURDAY: “From regal to rustic, Trump heads to Camp David for weekend,” by AP’s Catherine Lucey: “President Donald Trump is picking simple over swanky this weekend. Nearly five months into his presidency, Trump is heading to Camp David, the government-owned retreat in Maryland’s Catoctin Mountains, for the first time. A frequent weekend traveler, Trump has favored his palatial residences in Florida and New Jersey over the wooded hideaway used by many presidents for a break from Washington. No one expects the luxury-loving leader to make this a regular thing. After all, Trump told foreign newspapers earlier this year that Camp David was ‘very rustic’ and ‘you know how long you’d like it? For about 30 minutes.’” http://apne.ws/2tyun3DTRUMP is expected to leave for Camp David sometime this morning.-- HOW HE’S SO RICH: “Trump reports assets of at least $1.4 billion in financial disclosure,” by Theo Meyer and Matt Nussbaum: “The Trump International Hotel, which opened last year just blocks from the White House in a building leased from the federal government, brought in nearly $20 million in revenue for the president, according to Trump’s latest financial disclosure, released by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics on Friday. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, which he visited often in the early months of his presidency, raked in $37 million – up from $30 million in the report Trump filed last year and about $16 million in the report filed two years ago.“Sales of Trump’s ‘The Art of the Deal’ brought in as much as $1 million for Trump, compared to the less than $100,000 in royalties that Trump reported in his 2016 filing. And sales of Trump’s book ‘Crippled America’ brought in up to another $5 million. Trump reported assets of at least $1.4 billion and income of at least $596.3 million in the 2016 calendar year and the early months of 2017. He reported owing at least $310 million to various financial institutions, including at least $130 million to Deutsche Bank.” http://politi.co/2tduBOt--HOT DOC: Trump’s financial disclosure http://bit.ly/2rCqr5HDARREN SAMUELSOHN: “Escalating investigation puts Trump and his staff at legal odds”: “The legal interests of President Donald Trump and his aides are dramatically diverging as special counsel Robert Mueller expands his probe into possible obstruction of justice – and as the president ratchets up his attacks on the investigators. While Trump’s personal attorney, Marc Kasowitz, recently told White House staffers they can rely on him, rather than hire their own lawyers, some of the people closest to Trump aren’t taking that advice. … More White House staffers are likely to hire lawyers and splinter off as the president’s response to the investigation grows increasingly aggressive.” http://politi.co/2sAqH4iCORRECTION OF THE DAY -- WaPo: “A May 19 Page One article about investigations into potential collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign incorrectly quoted President Trump. Speaking in the wake of Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein’s decision to appoint a special counsel, Trump said, ‘I respect the move, but the entire thing has been a witch hunt, and there is no collusion between -- certainly myself and my campaign, but I can always speak for myself and the Russians. Zero.’ He did not say, ‘I can only speak for myself and the Russians.’”SCARY -- “Alexandria Gunman Carried List With Names of 3 Republican Lawmakers,’ by NYT’s Adam Goldman: “The gunman who targeted Republican congressmen this week at a baseball field in suburban Washington was carrying a list with the names of at least three lawmakers, and had pictures of the ballpark stored on his cellphone, two law enforcement officials said on Friday. One of the officials said there were no explicit threats written on the list that was found on the body of James T. Hodgkinson, who was killed on Wednesday morning in a shootout with the police in Alexandria, Va., after he took aim at Republican lawmakers preparing for a charity baseball game against congressional Democrats.“The official said the list included at least three names:Representatives Mo Brooks of Alabama, Jeff Duncan of South Carolina and Trent Franks of Arizona, according to the two officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because the shooting remained under investigation.“Both officials said Mr. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Ill., had also taken pictures of the ballpark, nestled in a mostly liberal neighborhood seven miles south of the nation’s capital. For several weeks, Mr. Hodgkinson had hung out at a Y.M.C.A. center located next to the ballpark, using its locker room facilities and sitting for hours in the lobby while on his laptop. Authorities believe he was living out of a van since leaving Illinois in March; his brother said he was in the capital region to protest President Trump.“The morning of the shooting, Mr. Hodgkinson approached Mr. Duncan in an adjacent parking lot and asked for the political affiliation of the lawmakers on the playing field. ‘I told him they were Republicans,’ the lawmaker recalled. ‘He said, ‘O.K., thanks,’ turned around.’” http://nyti.ms/2slNsql-- THE DAILY CALLER’s Peter Hassoon originally broke this story. http://bit.ly/2tyCQE0-- THIS WILL ONLY ESCALATE the discussion about ramping up security for members of Congress.FOR YOUR RADAR -- “Seven sailors missing after U.S. Navy destroyer collides with container ship in Japan,” by Reuters’ Toru Hanai and Megumi Lim in Yokosuka, Japan: “U.S. Navy destroyer USS Fitzgerald sailed back to its base in Yokosuka, with seven of its sailors still missing after it collided with a Philippine-flagged container ship more than three times its size in eastern Japan early on Saturday. … Search and rescue efforts by U.S. and Japanese aircraft and surface vessels were continuing for the seven missing sailors, the Navy said. Their names are being withheld until the families have been notified, it said.” http://reut.rs/2scminK2020 WATCH -- “How Jason Kander Won by Losing,” by Isaac Dovere in Manchester, N.H.: “Jason Kander was wearing a mic pack here as he wandered around the Puritan Backroom, chatting with local activists and politicians at the Manchester Democratic Club chicken dinner. A videographer, who followed him around as he moved from table to table, was being paid out of his campaign account. Kander’s Senate race ended seven months ago. He lost. …“The 36-year-old Kander — who came shockingly close to ousting Missouri’s Republican Sen. Roy Blunt last November despite Hillary Clinton’s blowout loss in the state—has been a man in demand the last seven months, starting with a major Iowa progressive group that reached out after the election to ask him to come to its holiday party. He drew a slightly bigger crowd than Bernie Sanders had at the same event two years earlier. He’s kept doing presidential-ish travel and generating presidential-ish buzz, though the highest office he’s ever held is secretary of state—of Missouri.“‘All I can tell you is what people say when they invite us,’ Kander said, sitting down for an interview for POLITICO’s Off Message podcast. ‘They say that they want me to come talk about the future of the party, how we were able to run 16 points ahead.’” http://politi.co/2rBZheX … Listen and subscribe to Off Message http://apple.co/2nEa7y0HMM -- “Democratic 2020 contenders? Voters haven’t heard of them,” by Steven Shepard: “President Donald Trump’s poor poll numbers have dozens of Democrats reportedly considering challenging him in 2020. But voters haven’t heard of the vast majority of them. According to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll that tested voters’ views of 19 potential Democratic presidential candidates — a list that includes eight senators, five governors, one congressman, a big-city mayor and a failed Senate candidate — most of the prospects are unknown among at least half the electorate. Since the next presidential election won’t start in earnest for at least 18 months, that leaves a limited time for no-name candidates to build name recognition and familiarity among voters.” http://politi.co/2tyjmziIMPORTANT READ -- “Trump threatens to break the glass on DOJ succession plan,” by Annie Karni: “An abstract, in-case-of-emergency-break-glass executive order drafted by the Trump administration in March may become real-world applicable as the president, raging publicly at his Justice Department, mulls firing special counsel Robert Mueller.“Since taking office, the Trump administration has twicerewritten an executive order that outlines the order of succession at the Justice Department -- once after President Donald Trump fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates for refusing to defend his travel ban, and then again two months later. The executive order outlines a list of who would be elevated to the position of acting attorney general if the person up the food chain recuses himself, resigns, gets fired or is no longer in a position to serve.“In the past, former Justice Department officials and legal experts said, the order of succession is no more than an academic exercise -- a chain of command applicable only in the event of an attack or crisis when government officials are killed and it is not clear who should be in charge. But Trump and the Russia investigation that is tightening around him have changed the game.” http://politi.co/2sJnRdCKNOW HER NOW -- RACHEL BRAND PROFILE – “The Obscure Lawyer Who Might Become the Most Powerful Woman in Washington: If the deputy attorney general resigns or gets fired, oversight of the Trump-Russia investigation would fall to the Justice Department’s No. 3, Rachel Brand,” by Philip Shenon in POLITICO Magazine: “Brand has enjoyed a glittering career, one that marked her early for a top job at the Justice Department in a Republican administration. Raised with three siblings on an Iowa farm, she graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1995 and, three years later, from Harvard Law School. ... Brand was part of the legal team representing Bush in the Florida vote recount in 2000. She went on to be hired as a Supreme Court clerk to Justice Anthony M. Kennedy before joining Bush’s Justice Department. There, she helped shepherd the Supreme Court nominations of John Roberts and Samuel Alito. In 2011, Brand became a top lawyer for the United States Chamber of Commerce, dealing with regulatory issues.” http://politi.co/2sAEacw SCOOP -- “House Russia investigators want to bring in Trump digital director,” by CNN’s Tom LoBianco: “House Russia investigators are planning to call on Brad Parscale, the digital director of President Donald Trump’s campaign, as the congressional and federal probes dig into any possible connections between the Trump digital operation and Russian operatives. ... The House Russia investigation is planning to send an invite to Parscale soon, as they begin scheduling witnesses over the summer … The Senate intelligence committee is also interested in how Russian bots were able to target political messages in specific districts in critical swing states, although it is not clear if Parscale will be called before the Senate panel as well.” http://cnn.it/2tyo2oXBOB COSTA ON GEORGIA’S SIXTH -- “Trump’s shadow and stalled GOP agenda loom over close Georgia race”: “The unfolding drama over Russian meddling in the 2016 election and President Trump’s handling of ensuing investigations has transfixed Washington — and bored Mather Lindsay.“‘Probably a little overdone,’ Lindsay, a 46-year-old economistand father of three girls, said during lunch this week at the Salt Factory Pub. What grabbed Lindsay’s attention was the GOP’s stalled legislative agenda -- in particular, the promised overhauls of the tax code and the nation’s health-care law. ‘Trump’s self-inflicted wounds are my biggest disappointment,’ Lindsay said. ‘He has squandered a huge opportunity to get all that done.’ ‘Someone,’ he added, ‘needs to take his Twitter away.’“Republicans in this wealthy community on the outskirts of Atlanta -- and in traditionally right-leaning suburbs nationally -- are facing a reckoning. So far, they have been willing to stomach a torrent of Trump outbursts and worrying twists in the Russia probes, but they are beginning to wonder if their patience is worth it. A crucial test of that patience will come Tuesday in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, home not only to well-educated, mostly white Republicans but also to what has become the most expensive House race in history.” http://wapo.st/2sAxQBELIFEVEST -- “Sources: Federal officials vetting [Sam] Brownback for position in Trump administration,” by Kansas City Star’s Bryan Lowry and McClatchy’s Lindsay Wise: “Two close associates of Brownback confirmed to The Star that they were interviewed by federal officials about the governor’s character and qualifications last month. And a congressional source said people close to the governor and senior officials at the White House have said that it’s a matter of when, not if, he gets a post. ... [T]he appointment ... will most likely be with the U.S. State Department.” http://bit.ly/2smk1EKNOT SO FAST -- “DACA still ‘under review,’ Trump administration says,” by Ted Hesson: “The future of an Obama-era deportation relief program remains undecided, the Department of Homeland Security said Friday. The announcement was meant to clarify the department’s position on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allows nearly 788,000 undocumented immigrants to apply for work permits and live in the U.S. without fear of deportation.“‘The future of the DACA program continues to be under review with the administration,’ a DHS spokesperson said in a written statement. ‘The president has remarked on the need to handle the issue with compassion and with heart.’ DHS felt compelled to issue a statement on the program’s fate after POLITICO and other outlets reported Thursday on guidance posted to the DHS website that suggested DACA would remain on firm footing under the Trump administration.” http://politi.co/2rGPkIEMICHAEL GRUNWALD in Camageuy, Cuba: “Trump’s Strange Retreat from Cuba”: http://politi.co/2sEbmADHOW MEGYN KELLY WOOED ALEX JONES -- “Alex Jones Scoops Megyn Kelly And Proves The Media Isn’t Ready For The Trolls,” by BuzzFeed’s Charlie Warzel: “At 3 a.m. Friday, Infowars delivered on part of its promise and published a 30-minute video to YouTube containing roughly 10 minutes of Kelly’s pre-interview where she’s attempting to get Jones to agree to the interview. In the tape, Kelly repeatedly reassures Jones she intends to be fair. ‘You’ll be fine with it,’ she can be heard saying. ‘I’m not looking to portray you as a bogeyman ... The craziest thing of all would be if some of the people who have this insane version of you in your heads walk away saying, “You know, I see the dad in him. I see the guy who loves those kids and is more complex than I’ve been led to believe.”” http://bzfd.it/2rqawmR--“What Megyn Kelly says in leaked audio from Alex Jones” – Media Matters: http://mm4a.org/2tyHbXQ-- TV NEWSER: “Connecticut NBC Station Won’t Air Megyn Kelly Interview with Alex Jones”: MEMO FROM THE NETWORK: “Whenever there is news regarding the Sandy Hook tragedy, we know that the pain resurfaces for our community, our viewers and for you, our colleagues at WVIT. Over the last few days, we have listened intently to Sandy Hook parents, our viewers and importantly, to you. We have considered the deep emotions from the wounds of that day that have yet to heal. Because those wounds are understandably still so raw, we have decided not to air this week’s episode of Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly. We will continue our local coverage, including a special report on our Sunday 11pm newscast, which includes Sandy Hook parents, Governor Malloy and others who work to affect change around violence and mental illness. For those in our viewing area who still wish to see the show, it will be available Monday on NBCNews.com.” http://bit.ly/2rCamwOTV TONIGHT -- MSNBC is re-airing at 9 p.m. “All the President’s Men Revisited,” a documentary on the Watergate scandal on the 45th anniversary of the infamous break-in at the DNC.CLICKER – “The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics,”edited by Matt Wuerker -- 16 keepers http://politi.co/2rES09BGREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman:--“How the Saudi-Qatar Rivalry, Now Combusting, Reshaped the Middle East The Interpreter,” by The Upshot’s Max Fisher: “Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, the crown prince of Qatar ... believed Qatar could find security only by transforming itself from Saudi appendage to rival. But how? The audacious plan he put in motion set off something of a regional cold war, in time remaking not just the politics of the oil-rich Persian Gulf, but also those of the entire Middle East, culminating in last week’s crisis.” http://nyti.ms/2twiH1h--“Remembering the Murder You Didn’t Commit,” by Rachel Aviv in The New Yorker: “DNA evidence exonerated six convicted killers. So why do some of them recall the crime so clearly?” http://bit.ly/2rzORwG--“What Both the Left and Right Get Wrong About Race,” by Dalton Conley and Jason Fletcher in Nautilus magazine: “Setting the scientific record straight on race, IQ, and success.” http://bit.ly/2sHZwoO--“The Food Stamp Program Is An Overwhelming Success. That Might Also Be Its Downfall,” by HuffPo’s Arthur Delaney: “Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress could cut benefits for millions.” http://bit.ly/2tweivF--“Rigged,” by Brett Murphy in USA Today: “Forced into debt. Worked past exhaustion. Left with nothing.” https://usat.ly/2sBKe51--“Knowing Me, Knowing Me,” by Sarah Ditum in the Literary Review, reviewing “Selfie: How We Became So Self-Obsessed & What It’s Doing to Us,” by Will Storr: “Each of us ... has an internal ‘storyteller’. This is a narrative voice that turns the daily barrage of experience into a comprehensible arc of actions and reactions, positioning us as the hero of the story. The trouble is, this voice is a dangerous liar. It tells us that we are good and rational and that other people are venal and flawed. And in a world that defines a good person as high-achieving, high-status, slim and attractive, sometimes the strain of maintaining the story is too much.” http://bit.ly/2s9YS1Z (h/t ALDaily.com)--“A Sociology of the Smartphone,” by Adam Greenfield in Longreads, in an excerpt of “Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life”: “Smartphones have altered the texture of everyday life, digesting many longstanding spaces and rituals, and transforming others beyond recognition.” http://bit.ly/2roRRYA ...$19.19 on Amazon http://amzn.to/2sBGznU--“Ray Spencer Didn’t Molest His Kids. So Why Did He Spend 20 Years in Prison for It?” by Maurice Chammah in Esquire: “Matt and Katie accused their father of sexual abuse. Then they started to question their memories.” http://bit.ly/2sC8nsh--“How America Lost the War on Drugs,” by Ben Wallace-Wells in Rolling Stone in Dec. 2007: “After thirty-five years and $500 billion, drugs are as cheap and plentiful as ever. An anatomy of a failure.” http://rol.st/2twr2Ca (h/t Longform.org)--“When Neurology Becomes Theology,” by Robert A. Burton in Nautilus magazine: “The pursuit of the nature of consciousness, no matter how cleverly couched in scientific language, is more like metaphysics and theology. It is driven by the same urges that made us dream up souls and afterlife. The human urge to understand ourselves is eternal, and how we frame our musings depends upon prevailing cultural mythology. In a scientific era, we should expect philosophical and theological ruminations to be couched in the language of physical processes.” http://bit.ly/2royVJj--“Jungle Law,” by William Langewiesche in May’s Vanity Fair: “In 1972, crude oil began to flow from Texaco’s wells in the area around Lago Agrio (‘sour lake’), in the Ecuadorean Amazon. Born that same year, Pablo Fajardo is now the lead attorney in an epic lawsuit—among the largest environmental suits in history—against Chevron, which acquired Texaco in 2001. Reporting on an emotional battle in a makeshift jungle courtroom, the author investigates how many hundreds of square miles of surrounding rain forest became a toxic-waste dump.” http://bit.ly/2rEYwx3GREAT WEEKEND LISTEN, curated by Jake Sherman:-- MY FIRST Phish show was 13 years ago today at Keyspan Park in Brooklyn. http://bit.ly/2tduxhHSPOTTED: HHS Secretary Tom Price yesterday sitting in first class on the 7:23 p.m. Delta flight to Atlanta from DCAOUT AND ABOUT: Ambassador of Jordan to the U.S. Dina Kawar hosted an Institute for Education media and tech dinner last night at her residence, which overlooks Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner’s household in Kalorama. WaPo’s Tory Newmyer was the special guest for the night and “discussed regulation, Dodd-Frank, Sarbanes-Oxley, and the lack of civility hindering the completion of mutually agreed regulatory reform,” according to an attendee. Coach Kathy Kemper, founder and CEO of IFE, thanked the ambassador for hosting, and noted that Kawar has been decorated by four countries, Jordan, Holy Sea, France and Portugal. SPOTTED: John Paul Farmer, David Edelman, Alex Hoehn-Saric, Grace Koh, Seamus Kraft, Hud Batmanglich and Jim Valentine. TRANSITIONS -- Jennifer Lackey is now parliamentarian for the House Financial Services Committee. She was most recently legislative director for Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas), and previously worked for Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) and the House Judiciary Committee. ... Prime Policy Group has hired Blaine Nolan as its deputy chief of staff. She was previously director of scheduling for Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.).BIRTHDAYS: Tory Burch (Nolita tips: Dina and Autumn) … GW athletic director Patrick Nero … Desiree Barnes ... Newt Gingrich is 74 … Reed Cordish, assistant to the president for Intragovernmental and Technology Initiatives, is 43 ... Scooter Braun is 36 (h/ts Jewish Insider) … Matt Canter, SVP at Global Strategy Group, is 37 ... Matt Miller, partner at strategic advisory firm Vianovo (h/t Jon Karl) … Politico’s Alex Weprin ... Chris Bedford, editor in chief at The Daily Caller News Foundation, vice chairman of Young Americans for Freedom, “Kansas City Barbeque Society judge & bartender extraordinaire,” per his Twitter, is 31 (h/ts Benny, Danza) ... Airbnb’s Maxwell Nunes, an HFA alum ... Christina Wilkie Sumner ... Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) is 71 ... Rep. Robert Hurt (R-Va.) is 48 … Reps. Scott Peters (D-Calif.) and Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio) are 59 ... CNN White House producer Allie Malloy (h/t Kevin Bohn) ... Jordan Wells, military LA for Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), is 27, celebrating on a CODEL with the boss (h/t Ben Goodman) ... Chad Clanton is 46 ... Competitive Enterprise Institute President Kent Lassman ... Diane Blagman of Greenberg Traurig ... Jon Leibowitz, former FTC chairman, now with Davis Polk & Wardwell (h/ts Jon Haber) ... Gabe Horwitz ... Chris Garcia, acting national director of the Minority Business Development Agency (h/t Paris Dennard) ... Samuel Garrett-Pate, account executive at comms firm RALLY, is 25 (h/t Mackenzie Long) ... Katie Lingle, deputy press secretary for Sen. Thune’s personal office (h/t Ryan Wrasse) ... Kevin McCarthy intern Boris Abreu is 2-0 (h/t Uncle Rob) ...... Katie Grant, comms. director and senior advisor for House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer … Nate Thomas … June Shih, the pride of Alexandria, Va. (hubby tip: Josh Gerstein) … Paul Steinhauser, NH1 political director, anchor and reporter, and CNN alum … former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is 68 ... Scott Thuman, chief political correspondent for WJLA and Sinclair Broadcast Group ... Szabolcs Panyi ... Nicole Domenica Sganga ... Lee Newton Rhodes ... Kerri Chyka ... Emily Adams ... PBS NewsHour’s Jaywon Choe (h/t Simone Pathe) ... John Dimos ... Rose Gault ... Michael McLendon ... Michael Grisso ... Nicole Auerbach ... Linda Chavez … Craig Roberts, CoS for Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) ... environmental consultant Miro Korenha is 3-0, celebrating with new husband Kurt and visiting parents (hubby tip: Kurt Bardella) ... Pat Bauer … Joyce Johnson ... Rob Johnson ... Joni Klaassen (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) ... Chris Jennings … Aaron Harrison ... Melissa Sabatine ... Jeffrey Grimshaw ... Priscilla Jones Stanzel ... Robert Becker is 49 ... Janice R. Lachance ... Katie Koenen Wright ... David Dolkart ... Barry Manilow is 74 ... Thomas Haden Church is 56 ... Greg Kinnear is 54 ... tennis player Venus Williams is 37 ... Kendrick Lamar is 3-0 (h/ts AP)THE SHOWS, by @MattMackowiak, filing from Austin:--NBC’s “Meet the Press”: Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) … Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) … Jay Sekulow--CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) … Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) … member of Donald J. Trump’s legal team Jay Sekulow. Panel: Slate and CBS News political analyst Jamelle Bouie, CBS News chief congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes, National Review’s Ramesh Ponnuru and The Washington Post’s Phil Rucker--CNN’s “State of the Union”: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) … Jay Sekulow … Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Panel: Bakari Sellers, Rick Santorum, Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) and Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.)--“Fox News Sunday”: Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) … Jay Sekulow … Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.). Panel: Brit Hume, Julie Pace, Lisa Boothe, Juan Williams … “Power Player” of the week with Comfort Cases founder Robert Scheer--ABC’s “This Week”: Guests to be announced--Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures”: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) … Newt Gingrich (whose birthday is today) … Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) … Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas). Panel: Ed Rollins and Mary Kissel--Fox News’ “MediaBuzz”: Erin McPike … Guy Benson … Michael Tomasky … Susan Ferrechio … Rich Lowry … Dan Abrams … Carley Shimkus--CNN’s “Inside Politics”: Panel: Karoun Demirjian, Abby Phillip, Jeff Zeleny and Phil Mattingly. (Substitute anchor: CNN’s Nia-Malika Henderson)--CNN’s “Reliable Sources”: Panel: Matt Schlapp, Alex Conant, Kaitlan Collins, Steve Deace and Sally Kohn … Mo Ryan and BuzzFeed’s Charlie Warzel … Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) … Oliver Stone--Univision’s “Al Punto”: Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales … White House Director of Policy and Interagency Coordination Carlos Diaz-Rosillo … former Rep. Joe Garcia (D-Fla.) … Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló--C-SPAN: “The Communicators”: Walt Mossberg …“Newsmakers”: Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minn.), questioned by Politico’s Connor O’Brien and CQ Roll Call’s Kellie Mejdrich …“Q&A”: David Garrow (“Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama”)--Washington Times’ “Mack on Politics” weekly politics podcast with Matt Mackowiak (download on iTunes, Google Play, or Stitcher or listen at http://bit.ly/2omgw1D): Author and former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO Adm. James Stavridis.

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17 июня, 12:00

Lorde: ‘I want to be Leonard Cohen. I want to be Joni Mitchell’

She was a star at 16, and David Bowie called her the sound of tomorrow. Four years on, the singer-songwriter is aiming even higherLorde talks the way she dances, with the full and free use of all limbs. Sitting outside a hotel in California – where the New Zealand-born musician, real name Ella Yelich-O’Connor, has come to perform at the Coachella festival – she flails, fidgets, and flings out her fingertips for emphasis. She runs her hands into her great mane of hair (Pixar-springy and the colour of burnt toast) and talks with her palms pressed into her head. Discussing her imminent second album, Melodrama, Lorde waggles her legs excitedly. And to help illustrate what it felt like, five or six years ago, to be an ambitious kid in far-flung Auckland, making music that she hoped would one day be heard by a wider world, she stretches out her arms. “There was an element of reaching out. Do you see me? Do you hear me? I’m over here.”There was a time back there – in 2013 and 2014 especially – when she was everywhere. Her debut single Royals, released when Lorde was still some months shy of 17, propelled her to the top of the charts on three continents (her name, she has said, comes of being “obssessed with aristocracy”). A subsequent album, Pure Heroine, sold over three million copies. She was fast-tracked on to the cover of Rolling Stone, endorsed by an array of musical elders, taken up as a pal by Taylor Swift, and subjected pretty well immediately to weighty predictions about her great and glittering future. David Bowie described Lorde’s warbled, flinty outsider-pop as “like listening to tomorrow”. Lily Allen wrote a lyric that summed up the awe (the terror, no doubt) that Lorde’s super-youth inspired in her peers. “Lorde smells blood,” went Allen’s line. “Kid ain’t one to fuck with.” Continue reading...

17 июня, 01:55

Celebrities Who Have Died in 2017

The world has sadly already lost several famous names this year. Here, we remember all the stars who have passed away in 2017.

16 июня, 02:16

Democracy Now reporter assaulted for exposing Jim Crow tactics in Ossoff-Handel race

Greg Palast reporting for the Thom Hartmann Show and Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now! Watch the 8-minute broadcast—and get a full blast of weird. I was in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District to investigate strange doings in the race between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel (who received an endorsement—and kiss on the lips—from President Trump). […] The post Democracy Now reporter assaulted for exposing Jim Crow tactics in Ossoff-Handel race appeared first on Greg Palast.

06 сентября 2015, 02:13

1971. «The Rolling Stones» на вилле Неллькот

В конце 1960-х группа, несмотря на все свои мегахиты и сверхуспешные концертные туры, была разорена. Виной всему - бездарный менеджмент и драконовское налогообложение в Британии. Лейбористское правительство грозилось конфисковать имущество группы. Тогда «The Rolling Stones» приняли решение сбежать во Францию: летом 1971 года после выхода альбома «Sticky Fingers» они перебрались на Лазурный берег в арендованную Китом Ричардсом виллу Неллькот (в годы оккупации в ней размещалось Гестапо). Именно здесь родился диск «Exile on Main St.».Фотограф Доминик Тарле присутствовал при записи и создал большую серию фотографий, полных секса, наркотиков и, конечно, рок-н-ролла.В 2006 году вилла стала собственностью богатого русского, который купил ее для 128 млн.