Trump seems to think he’s an emperor but we are not entertained | Lloyd Green

Commodus was mad and, at least the way Russell Crowe told it, it took a heroic gladiator to bring him down. America has the polls Hail the imperial cult: ancient Rome is reborn on the Potomac. This week, Donald Trump ascribed to himself the roles of Chosen One, a first for an American president but definitely not for an emperor. Then, to immediately start looking for an alternative to China. The president cited no authority for his directive, but then again it looks like Trump thinks the law and he are one and the same and that Article II of the constitution is a limitless font of power, Congress and the courts be damned. To quote him: Then I have …

Joseph Fiennes: Ive done my bit for society Ive illustrated the patheticness of misogyny

The star of the hit dystopian drama says he doesnt like to equate Donald Trumps politics with the show. But, he adds, sometimes you just have to point out the blazingly obvious Its alluded to in the novel someday, something will happen to Fred. Quite soon. In a neutral-looking cafe in central London, Joseph Fiennes is talking about the future of his role in The Handmaids Tale. Why, though? I plead with him. Why does he have to die? Its in the novel, Fiennes explains very patiently. Hes got to. Come on, there are some very angry women in red out there. When The Handmaids Tale first appeared on our screens in 2017, it was a bit like having an …

Panic Attack review: a wake-up call the woke won’t read

Tagging Robby Soaves book with a Tucker Carlson quote is a mistake he makes a good case for the virtues of free speech When a member of the American Nazi party spoke at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1964, he did so at the invitation of a leftwing student group. As a stunt to promote the event part of a series which also featured Malcolm X, the conservative according to the feminist scholar Jo Freeman, and no one tried to stop them speaking. Debates about what the speakers had said, not whether they should have been allowed to say it, dominated student bull sessions for days. Contrast that episode with another recounted by the libertarian journalist American Civil Liberties …

Ross Perot: billionaire who ran for president dies aged 89

Perot, who founded the computer services giant Electronic Data Systems, challenged George HW Bush and Bill Clinton as an independent in 1992 Ross Perot, an eccentric Texan billionaire who lived a picaresque life and twice ran for president as an independent, has died. He was 89. Among Republicans, historians and followers of US politics the world over, debate will forever rage about whether Perot cost George HW Bush the presidency in 1992, when he took 19% of the vote and Bill Clinton won the White House. On Tuesday, one commentator chose to call him a wiry Texas gadfly. The Dallas News seeking the nomination of the Reform close control of EDS employees appearance and behaviour. Beards and moustaches were banned …

Saturday Night Live finale: Baldwin-Trump sings Queen and panics Pence

The finale fitted the season: some good ideas, Kate McKinnon shining, an impassioned message let down by a previous misstep The season finale opens with a message from Alec Baldwins Trump. Hes excited for summer, when hell get to indulge in activities he never has time for, such as golf, visiting friends in prison and enjoying all the fantastic new tariffs from Gina. After bragging about the economy, he goes into a rendition of Queens Dont Stop Me Now, changing the lyrics from thats why they call me Mr Fahrenheit to thats why they call me Mr Bad Advice. Hes joined by his inner circle, including the first lady (Cecily Strong), Mike Pence (Beck Bennett), Kanye West (Chris Redd) and …

Alyssa Milano calls for sex strike as protest over Republican abortion laws

Actor provokes storm with call to regain bodily autonomy as GOP-held legislatures push laws amid quest to overturn Roe v Wade The actor Alyssa Milano ignited a social media storm with a call for women to join her in a sex strike, to protest against cardiac activity is detected Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

#ConstitutionalCrisis? Trump’s battle with Congress comes to a head

The presidents claims of executive privilege over the Mueller report have set new alarm bells ringing for the fate of democracy Police this week arrested an alleged arsonist who started a fire outside the National Archives building in Washington, claiming that voices told him to While the physical object remains fragile but secure, the political framework it represents is facing one of the severest threats in its 232-year history. The arsonist is Donald Trump and he is getting ever closer with his tiki torch. On Wednesday, the House judiciary committee voted to hold the presidents attorney general, William Barr, #ConstitutionalCrisis to trend on Twitter. Hyperbole? Republicans and their allies naturally think so. The justice department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec accused Nadler …

‘It changes the way you see everything’: the shocking film about gerrymandering

In Slay the Dragon, the controversial practice of warping district lines in the US is laid bare along with the fight to stop it from happening in the future Katie Fahey was not looking forward to Thanksgiving dinner in November 2016. The election had splintered her family some had supported Donald Trump, others backed Bernie Sanders, then Hillary Clinton and the only agreement seemed to be a deep frustration with the polarized and paralyzingly entrenched interests of the political status quo. So one morning before heading to work as a sustainability organizer for a grocery company, the then 26-year-old aimed for a point of common ground with a Facebook post, reanimated in an early scene of the documentary Slay the …

Robert De Niro calls Donald Trump a ‘wannabe gangster’

Oscar-winning actor says US president has proven himself to be a total loser with no morals Robert De Niro has criticised Donald Trump again, calling the US president a total loser and wannabe gangster. The actor has been involved in a long-running dispute with Trump, saying fuck Trump at the Tony awards last year. Trump responded by saying De Niro was a very low IQ individual. During an appearance on the Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Friday, De Niro told the host he had tried giving Trump a chance. Thats what I said right after he was elected. Give him a chance. I give everybody the benefit of the doubt. This guy has proven himself to be a total …

‘Same rhetoric’: Bolsonaro’s US visit to showcase populist alliance with Trump

Brazilian president shares some of Trumps habits: he is active on Twitter and also dismisses negative media coverage as fake news Brazils president, showed the priority the government gives to building a solid partnership with the United States of America, while Trumps national security adviser, called the trip a historic opportunity (although the effect was somewhat undermined by a tweet in which he called the Brazilian president status, which could help it buy cheaper military equipment. President Bolsonaro brings a real energy to the relationship, hes determined to make progress, Bolton told TV Globo. Were really very excited about being able to partner on a number of issues internationally. The crisis in Venezuela is a priority, he said. The visit …

Preet Bharara: I didnt call Trump back and its one of the best decisions I ever made’

Fired by the president, the former US attorney has written his first book. He talks about if and when Trump will face justice and why he fears for his own safety Preet Bharara is used to dealing with bullies. When he was the Osama bin Ladens son-in-law, Crips and Bloods gang leaders and mafia bosses. For going after the infamous arms dealer Recep Tayyip Erdoan once tried to persuade the then US vice-president, Billions is loosely based on his legal battles with a hedge-fund billionaire. As he puts it himself: Neither I nor anyone I know was too afraid to prosecute rich men in suits. So when Bharara says that even he is now feeling apprehensive about his personal safety, …

‘Laughter is the great unifier’ behind the incredible life of Molly Ivins

Raise Hell, a new documentary about the great Texas columnist, sends an urgent message from the Bush years to a nation under Trump with sharp humour After Pat Buchanan delivered died of cancer in 2007, at the age of 62. Now, she is the subject of a documentary, too hard-charging for the New York Times, a champion of the people in Shrub. Director Janice Engel does not mention Bushs successor-but-one. But she does include shots of liberal dissent of today: the March for our Lives. This, she says, is because she did not want he who shall not be named anywhere near my film. But I wanted specifically to show Mollys amazing prescience. The things she wrote, 15, 20, 30 …

Pete Buttigieg to Fox: ‘Ideological spectrum has never been less relevant’

If successful, Democrat would become the first openly gay president and the youngest president in history Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who is succeeded as mayor of South Bend, where he has been in office since 2012, by governing in accordance with progressive values but earning support from Republicans and independents through not trying to manage exactly where I was on the left-right spectrum but by trying to do the right thing. I view myself as a progressive but these labels are becoming less and less useful, he said. The US navy veteran said he porn star presidency with Donald Trump, with whom the adult film star Stormy Daniels claims to have had a sexual liaison. Since …

Donald Trump has a new fixer: House Republicans | Wajahat Ali

How long will the Republican party continue to do Donald Trumps bidding? With Michael Cohen testifying in front of the House oversight and reform committee, congressional Republicans were gifted with another opportunity to sink lower in their moral abyss due to their self-immolating fealty to Donald Trump. Cohen, who has dropped a blistering 20-page opening statement painting an overwhelming and damning portrait of a Trump as a morally corrupt, vain and insecure criminal with a history of using fraud and intimidation to slither out of trouble. Cohen alleges Trump lied about his efforts to build a Trump tower in Moscow and insinuated Cohen should do the same. Cohen also named Trump as Individual 1 who directed him to engage in …