April 15, 2016
THERE IS NO WAY to avoid sounding like a Donald Trump supporter with this column. I've already been accused of going over to the dark side by defending The Donald against accusations that he wanted to imprison women who had abortions, and that he cheered on a campaign manager prone to domestic violence. No matter how many times I made fun of his hair, his fish lips, his lack of tact and the fact that Dora the Explorer has a more nuanced take on immigration than he does, people still resented the fact that I could find any redeeming qualities in the man who has been compared to Hitler (lazy thinkers)
April 14, 2016 |
Wendell Pierce never expected to find so much of himself in Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. "What was really wonderful was the pleasant surprise of finding out how much we had in common," Pierce said in an interview in January. "Which makes the break of where we diverge in ideas and opinion and policy and politics a little more of a heartbreak, you know?" Pierce ( The Wire ) portrays Thomas as a high court nominee in HBO's Confirmation . The movie, premiering at 8 p.m. Saturday, revisits the 1991 Senate hearings in which law professor Anita Hill (Kerry Washington, Scandal )
April 13, 2016 |
THERE WAS no parking anywhere near East Palmer Street in Fishtown on a recent Sunday afternoon. No easy way to cut through the crowd at Interstate Drafthouse, either. The bar was packed with people hyped to meet Braddock, Pa., Mayor John Fetterman, the tattooed, biker-looking U.S. Senate candidate who's made a big splash as much for his size as his politics. I like his politics, but I wasn't there for the big guy. I was there for the woman who's been by his side on this crazy ride that's attracted national attention, even if he is a distant third in the polls.
April 13, 2016
The 2016 election is transforming the religious landscape of American politics. It's hard to imagine a Democratic presidential candidate receiving a mid-campaign invitation to speak at the Vatican. But on Friday, Bernie Sanders put out word that on April 15, he'll attend a gathering of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. Both Sanders and Hillary Clinton, his front-running rival, have regularly praised Pope Francis. And on the day of Sanders' announcement, Francis released "The Joy of Love.
April 12, 2016
DONALD TRUMP'S inflammatory statements about Mexican immigrants, Muslim refugees and women who get abortions may eventually be his campaign's undoing, some analysts say. But don't tell that to the many supporters such as Titus Kottke, attracted to the Republican front-runner specifically because he shoots from the lip. "No more political correctness," said Kottke, 22, a cattle trucker and construction worker from Athens, Wisconsin, who waited hours...
April 12, 2016 |
It's a match made in nothing related to heaven: Larry Flynt vs. some guy named Donald. In a presidential election year in which candidates allude to their penis size, it seems only fitting that the Hustler founder and chairman is releasing a new parody adult video, The Donald , which he calls "a fantasized look at how the Republican Party front-runner might select his Vice Presidential running mate. " "The downward spiral of name-calling in the GOP Presidential primary campaign is a national embarrassment and an insult to the intelligence of the American people," declared Flynt, "but it's also the perfect catalyst for the debauchery that Hustler Video has concocted in The Donald . This parody is my contribution to the most entertaining Republican Party contest in recent history.
April 11, 2016 |
Things have got to change. But first, you've got to get mad! You've got to say, "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!" - Howard Beale Forgive me, but I can't help comparing Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign to Howard Beale, the fictional news anchor in the 1976 film Network who sparks a movement based on anger. Let me stress that my comparison ends there. Sanders isn't really like the suicidal character so magnificently played by Peter Finch.
April 11, 2016 |
TRENTON - Atlantic City ran out of cash Friday after delivering paychecks to its public employees and won't have any more money until second-quarter tax receipts flow in May 2. Credit agencies have repeatedly downgraded the city's general obligation bonds and have warned investors that the resort town may default on its debt payments this year, or even go bankrupt. So why haven't Gov. Christie and the state's legislative leaders enacted a plan to stave off a financial disaster that could have ripple effects on other distressed municipalities?
April 9, 2016 |
By Daniel Pipes Of his many outrageous campaign statements, perhaps Donald J. Trump's most important ones concern his hoped-for role as president of the United States. When told that uniformed personnel would disobey his unlawful order as president to torture prisoners and kill civilians, Trump menacingly replied, "They won't refuse. They're not going to refuse, believe me. " Responding to criticism by the speaker of the House, Trump spoke like a Mafia don: "Paul Ryan, I don't know him well, but I'm sure I'm going to get along great with him. And if I don't?
April 7, 2016 |
MAYBE THE Democrats are the party of working people, said Richard Trumka, leader of the nation's largest federation, the AFL-CIO. But "look how easy it has been for Donald Trump to tap into the justifiable anger" of Americans living paycheck to paycheck, unable to cover a $500 car repair, he told 700 Pennsylvania labor leaders Tuesday at the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO's convention in Philadelphia. "But we can't be fooled," he added. "Trump isn't interested in solving our problems. " And so it began Tuesday, three weeks from Pennsylvania's primary, as the state's top union leaders exhorted each other - with help from Trumka - to double down on their efforts to elect politicians who "create an economy that works for everybody," he said.