Of all the possibilities under the sun, warned Nicole Hemmer, there's one America can do without: a Donald Trump memoir. Former President Barack Obama's just-published "A Promised Land" sold more copies in its first week than any other book in the publisher's history (besting previous presidential memoirs in the process). But history and the rise of right-wing media should give publishers pause about fulfilling this particular rite of ex-presidential passage for his successor, she wrote: "For President Trump, who has provided a nonstop string of commentary on his presidency from Day One, a presidential memoir could represent something different: a chance to give his insults and untruths an appearance of sanction and formality that they have never had." Let's not do this, she urged, and remember instead the role publishers, bookstores, universities, newspapers and communities have in rebuilding liberal democracy. … [Read more...] about Trump transition show is jumping the shark
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"It's a song about a moment where I felt frustrated about how people had no patience anymore. They had their phones and caught a busker that was really hot, and people wanted me to go, go, go. If you replace the word 'dance' with 'sing,' it's pretty self-explanatory," she told Billboard last year. … [Read more...] about Tones and I’s ‘Dance Monkey’ becomes most Shazamed song of all time
Under the House proposal, the obligation to have health insurance would remain, but you couldn't expect it from your employer; you might have to pay for it yourself. And the penalty for the failure to have coverage would not be a tax from the IRS; it would be a $3,000 annual surcharge from your insurance carrier when you sign up. You could buy insurance tailored to your needs, but nearly all remaining federal regulations would stay in place -- including a new Orwellian one that would permit your employer to require you to undergo genetic screening. … [Read more...] about Is health care a right or a good?
“Iranian officials, who have always maintained that their nuclear ambitions are for peaceful purposes, not weapons, expressed fury and vowed revenge over the assassination, calling it an act of terrorism and warmongering,” the New York Times World tweeted from its verified account to accompany an article headlined “Gunmen Assassinate Iran’s Top Nuclear Scientist in Ambush, Provoking New Crisis.” … [Read more...] about New York Times mocked for echoing Iranian talking point: ‘Carrying water for Iran’
There were no direct witnesses to the stabbing, but prosecutors say several witnesses claim that Dixon escalated the fight and acted as the aggressor, the Tribune reported. Jackson was last seen before the stabbing on top of Dixon, asking for someone to call 911, per the Tribune. … [Read more...] about REPORT: Man Fatally Stabbed In Alleged Dispute Over Thanksgiving Leftover Etiquette