This story was originally published in the December 10 edition of Meanwhile in America, CNN's daily email about US politics for global readers. Sign up here to receive it every weekday morning. (CNN)A virus of misinformation and mistrust rages in America. On a melodramatic Monday, an independent report debunked Donald Trump's claims that the FBI was biased in its investigation into his campaign's 2016 links to Moscow. But the US President nevertheless bent the facts to say his suspicions had been vindicated. And the US Attorney General William Barr -- who is supposed to be an independent arbiter of justice, not act as Trump's personal lawyer -- excoriated the bureau anyway. Meanwhile, the day's impeachment hearing -- into a scandal partly spawned by Trump's bid to prove that it was in fact Ukraine that meddled in the election three years ago -- descended into choleric feuding. In the looking glass world of Capitol Hill, Republicans -- once the most hawkish of Cold warriors -- … [Read more...] about Putin’s plan for America is working better than he could have hoped
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On a recent Friday night, Matthew McConaughey is making his way to the rodeo. This isn’t a social visit. McConaughey, 43, is in Louisiana, where he’s filming Dallas Buyers Club, a.k.a. the role for which he got razor thin. To portray the film’s HIV-positive lead, McConaughey dieted down to 143 pounds from his normal, hunky 181 pounds. “I’m a little more streamlined,” McConaughey says of the physical transformation that has the Internet buzzing. Tonight, McConaughey is using his star power for the good of his craft. He hopes his appearance will lure enough fans, “so we have a better crowd scene,” he says. “We’re doing a little indirect movie magic here.” In 2012, McConaughey has flexed his muscles in so many different independent films, he could program the Sundance Channel for days. He played a hard-ass district attorney in Richard Linklater’s Bernie, a psychotic hit man in William Friedkin’s Killer Joe, and … [Read more...] about Matthew McConaughey On ‘Magic Mike,’ Thongs & Losing Weight
The Patriots got hosed.Sure, pretty much every NFL fan outside of New England probably relishes Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and company having to face this kind of adversity after multiple decades of seemingly magical success.And it’s beyond painful for those same fans to side with those guys over anything. But if we’re being honest, the Patriots got seriously hosed by the officials Sunday during a 23-16 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. And it happened more than once. Advertisement Late in the third quarter, with Kansas City up 23-13, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce appeared to fumble the ball after catching a pass from quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Devin McCourty made the hit that popped the ball loose, and Stephon Gilmore picked it and started running with what looked like a clear path to the end zone ahead of him.#YouMakeTheCall - should the refs have blown this dead or is this a fumble? #KCvsNE #ChiefsKingdom #Patriots #PatsNation #NFL100 #SportsTalkLine … [Read more...] about Thanks a lot, NFL refs — now we actually feel bad for the Patriots
WASHINGTON, D.C.—One week before he is expected to formally announce his not-so-long-shot candidacy for the White House, Mayor Pete Buttigieg is leaning into his personal connection to a devoted Democratic constituency for whom politics has always been a fight against the odds: LGBT voters. As a voting bloc with strong ties to the Democratic Party and with a vast network of well-funded political organizations battle-tested in the nationwide war over same-sex marriage, LGBT voters are a prize target for any Democrat seeking the party’s nomination. But Buttigieg’s historic status as the first out Democratic presidential candidate gives added power to his campaign’s pursuit of LGBT votes and donor dollars. Alongside husband Chasten, the most public-facing political spouse in the field, Buttigieg is courting those supporters in a way no other Democratic candidate can. “Everybody’s on their own journey—your journey belongs to you,” Buttigieg … [Read more...] about How Mayor Pete and Chasten Buttigieg Are Working to Lock up the LGBT Vote
What are we to make of the Market on Market? Recently, The Chronicle’s J.K. Dineen broke the news that the mega-mart in the base of the Twitter building is dramatically shifting focus, cutting its grocery offerings in half and doubling down on prepared foods from independent vendors, moving closer to the model of the Ferry Building than your neighborhood grocer. The Market cannot sell its groceries, and it is not profitable. (That’s not to say it’s not busy; buoyed by a popular wine bar, more than 2,500 customers reportedly are streaming through its doors.) More Food News LocalBy J.K. DineenTrying to build a ‘mini-Ferry Building’ in S.F. food desertBay Area RestaurantsBy Jonathan KauffmanIn memoriam: The year in Bay Area restaurant closuresFoodBy Jonathan KauffmanHow Equator regained its relevance when it lost La Boulange In the food community, the Market’s big shift did not come as a real surprise. But why didn’t it work? And why was it … [Read more...] about Why isn’t the Market on Market working?