Mick Jagger slams Trump over environmental policy

(CNN)Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger took on President Donald Trump’s environmental policies and slammed him for leaving the Paris climate agreement at the Venice Film Festival this weekend. In a sharp departure from former President Barack Obama, the Trump administration has attempted to remove many of the prior guardrails that were installed to limit greenhouse gas emissions. In addition to declaring its intention to leave the Paris agreement, the Trump administration has weakened fuel economy standards, replaced the Clean Power Plan and opened public lands and waters offshore to oil and gas drilling. Earlier on Saturday, hundreds of activists staged a sit-in at the Venice Film Festival’s red carpet to demand a ban on large cruise ships in Venice and …

Depth of Field: The Movie Poster Brexit Deserves

Photographs, Susan Sontag once famously wrote, “fiddle with the scale of the world.” They tell us only a distortion. They are incomplete, even as they strive to render the frame whole and exact. That does not make them false. Exactly the opposite. Photographs invite meaning, possibility. The best photos, thick with narrative, sweat. It is true that a picture is worth a thousand words. It is also true that a picture is worth a thousand more pictures. One image gives way to another. What are photographs but gateways into parallel realms, memories resurrected, passageways into the familiar? What we see, we have already seen. John MacDougall’s portrait-style capture of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson—taken during …

The robots are coming for your job, too

(CNN)The robots. They’re coming for your jobs. All of you. After 52 years, Lordstown must face life after GM More robots means more inequality Almost everyone who has thought seriously about this has said that more automation is likely to lead to more inequality. It is indisputable that businesses have gotten more and more productive but workers’ wages have not kept pace. “Our analysis shows that most job growth in the United States and other advanced economies will be in occupations currently at the high end of the wage distribution,” according to McKinsey. “Some occupations that are currently low wage, such as nursing assistants and teaching assistants, will also increase, while a wide range of middle-income occupations will have the …

Joe Biden dominates, but Pete Buttigieg makes inroads with Obama’s elite bundlers

Washington (CNN)Former Vice President Joe Biden drew dozens of Barack Obama’s fundraisers to his presidential bid during the April-to-June fundraising quarter, but his rivals — led by South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg — also are capturing some of those elite bundlers, a CNN analysis of new 2020 campaign filings shows. “There is no question that people in the Clinton and Obama worlds started to connect and say, ‘Who is this guy?’ And ask, ‘Why is he so special?’ ” Rafanelli said about the early buzz around Buttigieg. “Look, I have maxed out to Joe Biden, I love Joe,” he added. “But this excitement of getting people invested in someone running for president, to me, it is priceless. Whether Pete …

Prosecutors unlikely to charge Trump Org executives, sources say

(CNN)A federal investigation into whether Trump Organization executives violated campaign-finance laws appears to be wrapping up without charges being filed, according to people familiar with the matter. In January, one month after Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison, prosecutors requested interviews with executives at the company, CNN reported. But prosecutors never followed up on their initial request, people familiar with the matter said, and the interviews never took place. Meanwhile, there has been no contact between the Manhattan US Attorney’s office and officials at the Trump Organization in more than five months, one person familiar with the matter said. There is no indication that the case has been formally closed, and former federal prosecutors cautioned that it is …

Brexit: Johnson says Britain will leave EU on 31 October ‘do or die’

Tory leadership frontrunner hardens position as Eurosceptics extend influence on faltering campaign Boris Johnson has hardened his position on leaving the EU do or die by the end of October, as hardline Eurosceptics extended their influence on his altercation with his girlfriend, Carrie Symonds. In a round of interviews designed to put the focus back on his EU policy and away from his personal life, Johnson appeared to signal there was an increasing prospect of a no-deal Brexit three months after he would take office. Profile Boris Johnson’s Tory leadership campaign Show Hide Personal style A late-night altercation between Tory leadership favourite, Boris Johnson, and his partner, Carrie Symonds have changed the dynamics of Johnson’s campaign. He had been either …

Mayor Pete Enlists a Silicon Valley Vet to Bring In the Money

Presidential campaigns get compared to a lot of things: a marathon, a film. Or a battleship. An iceberg. An "MRI of the soul." More recently, the metaphor of choice has been the tech startup. Even amid a growing backlash to Big Tech, evoking a no-nonsense startup retains some appeal, with its suggestion of scrappy agility, innovation, and single-minded focus. But at least one candidate takes the idea more literally: Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, whose campaign has rocketed from underdog to top-tier status seemingly overnight. “We want to build a campaign that’s a little disruptive, kind of entrepreneurial. Right now, it feels like a startup,” his campaign manager told the AP earlier this year. To help …

El Chapo: what the rise and fall of the kingpin reveals about the war on drugs

The long read: As the capture and conviction of Mexicos notorious drug lord has shown, taking down the boss doesnt mean taking down the organisation Just after midday on Tuesday 12 February, word came down that the verdict was ready in what had been widely described as the trial of the century. United States of America v Joaqun Guzmn Loera had lasted approximately three months it took prosecutors that long to present what they described as an avalanche of evidence, which had taken more than a decade to compile. The government called 56 witnesses, the defence called only one: an FBI agent, who finished testifying within an hour. There was little expectation that Guzmn would mount a convincing defence. The …

Nancy Pelosi wants Trump ‘in prison.’ Not likely.

(CNN)In a closed-door meeting with Democratic leaders on Tuesday, Nancy Pelosi sought to quell the rising calls for the impeachment of President Donald Trump by reportedly telling her colleagues, according to Politico: “I don’t want to see him impeached. I want to see him in prison.” On its face, you can see what Pelosi was trying to do. She has been a leading voice — the leading voice, actually — warning her Democratic colleagues to avoid rushing into calls for Trump’s impeachment. Pelosi’s argument is that Trump wants nothing more than for House Democrats to impeach him, knowing that the Republican-controlled Senate won’t convict him — and he will be able to cast himself as a victim of an out-of-control …

Feel no pity for Theresa May. She has been the worst prime minister in modern times | Owen Jones

Deceit and dishonesty were hallmarks of her doomed reign. From her Brexit dealings to the Windrush scandal, she has failed, says Guardian columnist Owen Jones Spare me the inevitable pity for Theresa May after her vans around mixed communities, who spread pernicious myths of being unable to deport illegal migrants having sex to avoid deportation. There is only one discernible consistency in Mays ideology and that is bashing migrants. When she became prime minister, May and her coterie of advisers defined by a swagger and bravado that would swiftly become hubris hungrily set their eyes on devouring Ukips voting tally in the 2015 election in order to hand the Tories the landslide victory theyd been denied for three decades. quoting …

Georgia governor postpones Los Angeles trip as film industry protests new abortion law

Washington (CNN)Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp has postponed a planned trip to Los Angeles as many big names in Hollywood have responded with outrage over recently passed anti-abortion legislation, The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported Tuesday. In recent years, following the passage of a tax incentive, Georgia has been the site of increasing film and television production, with the entertainment industry becoming a high-profile and widely-championed sector of the state’s economy. But the recent passage of one of the strictest anti-abortion bills in the country has been met with condemnation by filmmakers, some of whom have said they will avoid production in the state because of the measure. Others, including directors J.J. Abrams and Jordan Peele, said they would continue to …

Georgia’s governor is expected to sign a controversial abortion bill into law

(CNN)Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is expected to sign a bill Tuesday that would ban abortions if a fetal heartbeat can be detected, his spokesman Cody Hall told CNN. Critics, including the American Civil Liberties Union, say Georgia’s legislation “would ban safe, legal abortion and criminalize the most intimate decision women and couples make.” Andrea Young, the executive director of the ACLU of Georgia, told CNN on Monday the organization is in the process of preparing a court challenge to the bill. She said the ACLU believes it’s a clear violation of Roe v. Wade. One anti-abortion group told CNN on Monday it no longer supports so-called “heartbeat” bill because it does not go far enough. Genevieve Wilson, executive director of …

After a year in the spotlight, Michael Avenatti claims ‘I’ve been humbled’

Los Angeles (CNN)Humble is perhaps the last word anyone would use to describe Stormy Daniels’ former attorney Michael Avenatti. But that is exactly how he is describing himself these days. Avenatti’s brazen style catapulted him into the spotlight. His constant legal maneuvers and media savvy kept him there. His entry into the American consciousness began with a lawsuit. He represented adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, who sued President Donald Trump and the shell company created by the President’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen. Whether in a courtroom or a television studio, conceding defeat is not in Avenatti’s wheelhouse, but his current situation is a long way from even a few months ago, when he began exploring a run for the Democratic presidential …

Trump’s Fed pick Stephen Moore is a self-described ‘radical’ who said he’s not a ‘big believer in democracy’

(CNN)Stephen Moore, who President Donald Trump announced last month as his nominee for the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, has a history of advocating self-described “radical” views on the economy and government. Trump announced he would nominate Moore to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors last month. Moore works at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. He served as an adviser to Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign and is a friend of the president’s economic adviser Larry Kudlow. He was formerly a CNN contributor. The nomination immediately drew criticism because Moore has been a fierce critic of the Federal Reserve and its chairman Jerome Powell. In 2015, he called for abolishing the Federal Reserve and returning to a …

Michael Avenatti charged with trying to extort more than $20 million from Nike

(CNN)Federal prosecutors in Manhattan and Los Angeles charged attorney Michael Avenatti nearly simultaneously in two criminal cases Monday, unsealing complaints that alleged he attempted to extort more than $20 million from Nike and that he committed wire and bank fraud. Avenatti would disclose the allegations at a press conference, he said, according to the complaint, unless Nike made millions in payments to him and an unnamed co-conspirator by hiring them to conduct an “internal investigation,” for which he later requested between $15 million and $20 million. Avenatti also allegedly demanded that Nike pay $1.5 million to an individual he claimed to represent. Immediately following that meeting, Nike’s outside counsel, lawyers from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP, according to people familiar with …

Jacob, Boris and the so-called coup what really happened at Chequers? | Hannah Jane Parkinson

I thought if anything would finally see off Theresa May it would be a blizzard of white men in expensive cars. Apparently not, says Guardian columnist Hannah Jane Parkinson On Sunday, in a sit-down meal probably a shade more horrific but less cerebral than the supper, which, as you can recall, turned out extremely well and was not at all a prelude to treachery and betrayal and zero people got nailed to a cross. Before the first bottle of wine had even been poured, however, there was great competition to see which particular snowflake of the mostly arch-Brexiter group could arrive in the most embarrassing manner. Duncan Smith rolled up dressed as a two-thirds-life crisis. Driving a classic Morgan sports …