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italy’s elites are anxious as election nears


the problem with italy was first identified by massimo d’azeglio, one of its first statesmen, in 1861: “we have made italy, now we must make italians.”it was acknowledgment that reunification of the peninsula had been an elite project rather than the result of a surge of nationalist enthusiasm among the diverse people who were to be reunited. newly-minted...






'10,000 homeless migrants' in italy as election nears


rome — a humanitarian group says some 10,000 homeless migrants in italy are living in makeshift settlements, occupying abandoned buildings or out in the open while their asylum bids are being processed.doctors without borders released a survey thursday of migrant housing in italy, amid an election campaign that has been marred by a violent anti-immigrant shooting spree last week and calls by leading politicians for mass migrant expulsions.about half of the homeless migrants were squatting in abandoned buildings. another third were living in the open, while the rest were in tents, shacks and containers.the nonprofit said 15 had died since the end of 2016 trying to get to france along the "death pass" through the alps used during world war ii by jews.






there is no trump revolution


president donald trump is not actually governing as a populist or revolutionary, and the rolling crises are not about resistance to an “america first” or “drain the swamp” agenda, no matter what fundraisers insist. he is an establishment sellout.which side are you on? are you with donald trump, or with the washington insiders who want to undo his election? do you favor the legitimate u.s. president, or an unelected “deep state” — bureaucrats, judges, former fbi directors, the media — that’s determined not to let him govern? are you going to let a counterrevolution by elites bring down a man who was elevated to the white house precisely because the country knows that its elite is no longer fit to govern?this is how the debate over trump’s difficulties is framed by some of my fellow conserva






nra’s video message to ‘elites’: ‘we’re coming for you’


atlanta (ap) — the election of president donald trump and republican control of congress meant the national rifle association could probably rest easy that gun laws wouldn’t change for at least four years. but the nra has begun a campaign not against pending legislation but what it sees as liberal forces bent on undoing the progress it’s made — and the political powerhouse is resorting to language that some believe could incite violence.using the hashtags #counterresistance and #clenchedfistoftruth, the nra has put out a series of videos that announce a “shot across the bow,” and say the gun-rights group is “coming for you” and that “elites … threaten our very survival,” terms that suggest opponents are enemy combatants.“the times are burning and the media elites have been caught holding t






nra's video message to 'elites': 'we're coming for you'


atlanta — the election of president donald trump and republican control of congress meant the national rifle association could probably rest easy that gun laws wouldn't change for at least four years. but the nra has begun a campaign not against pending legislation but what it sees as liberal forces bent on undoing the progress it's made — and the political powerhouse is resorting to language that some believe could incite violence.using the hashtags #counterresistance and #clenchedfistoftruth, the nra has put out a series of videos that announce a "shot across the bow," and say the gun-rights group is "coming for you" and that "elites ... threaten our very survival," terms that suggest opponents are enemy combatants."the times are burning and the media elites have been caught holding the






jeremy corbyn says elites want to 'hijack brexit'


media playback is unsupported on your devicemedia captionjeremy corbyn warns of a 'reckoning to come' for 'rigged system'jeremy corbyn has said wealthy elites are trying to "hijack" brexit as he formally launched labour's campaign.speaking in manchester, the labour leader promised a reckoning for "tax cheats, rip-off bosses and greedy bankers" if labour wins the election.but in a bbc interview, he declined to say categorically whether he would take britain out of the eu if elected.asked by laura kuenssberg if he would go through with brexit if there was a bad deal on the table, he wouldn't say.the labour leader earlier told activists that the question of whether the uk would leave the eu had been "settled" and the task now was to act in the national interest and not show "who can be toughe






jeremy corbyn says elites want to 'hijack brexit'


media playback is unsupported on your devicemedia captionjeremy corbyn warns of a 'reckoning to come' for 'rigged system'jeremy corbyn has said wealthy elites are trying to "hijack" brexit as he formally launched labour's campaign.speaking in manchester, the labour leader promised a reckoning for "tax cheats, rip-off bosses and greedy bankers" if labour wins the election.but in a bbc interview, he declined to say whether he would categorically take britain out of the eu if elected.asked by laura kuenssberg if he would go through with brexit if there was a bad deal on the table, he wouldn't say.the labour leader earlier told activists that the question of whether the uk would leave the eu had been "settled" and the task now was to act in the national interest and not show "who can be toughe






jeremy corbyn says elites trying to 'hijack brexit'


image copyrightpajeremy corbyn has said wealthy elites are trying to "hijack" brexit as he formally launched labour's campaign.speaking in manchester, the labour leader said the question of whether the uk would leave the eu had been "settled" and the task was to protect the national interest not show "who can be toughest with brussels".he promised a reckoning for "tax cheats and greedy bankers" after the election."we have four weeks to show what kind of country we are," he said.in the run-up to the speech, mr corbyn insisted he would stay on as labour leader even if the party loses at the general election. he told buzzfeed: "i was elected leader of this party and i'll stay leader of this party."at labour's campaign launch - where he was joined by labour's new greater manchester mayor andy






jeremy corbyn says elites want to 'hijack brexit'


media playback is unsupported on your devicemedia captionjeremy corbyn warns of a 'reckoning to come' for 'rigged system'jeremy corbyn has said wealthy elites are trying to "hijack" brexit as he formally launched labour's campaign.speaking in manchester, the labour leader said the question of whether the uk would leave the eu had been "settled" and the task was to protect the national interest not show "who can be toughest with brussels".he promised a reckoning for "tax cheats and greedy bankers" after the election."we have four weeks to show what kind of country we are," he said.but lib dem leader tim farron, who has promised a second referendum on any brexit deal, said: "corbyn's claim that brexit is 'settled' is further proof of his inability to stand up to the tories on the most import






uk's snap elections: the corbyn factor | uk


in the week leading up to france's elections, prime minister theresa may has ordered a snap general election for june 8 in britain.may is out to neutralise a few problems. first of all, the crown prosecution service is looking at prosecutions affecting two dozen conservative mps. that number is greater than her parliamentary majority of 17. second, may's administration is hamstrung by its weak majority, as witnessed in a recent u-turn over an attempt to raise taxes for the self-employed. above all, may is out to finish the left-wing opposition leader, jeremy corbyn.indeed, the election looks dire for corbyn, currently at 25 percent in the polls. but why does it seem so much worse than that of france's radical left presidential candidate, jean-luc mélenchon, on 19 percent? why is melenchon






after new zealand’s unclear election, populists play kingmaker


new zealand faces an anxious wait to see which of its major political parties can form a government after a hotly contested general election on saturday failed to deliver a clear result.the populist new zealand first party will be in the kingmaker position, and its leader winston peters will decide whether to give the current center-right government a fourth term or empower a resurgent center-left labour party that rocketed back...






after new zealand’s unclear election, populists play kingmaker


new zealand faces an anxious wait to see which of its major political parties can form a government after a hotly contested general election failed to deliver a clear result.the populist new zealand first party will be in the kingmaker position, and its leader winston peters will decide whether to give the current center-right government a fourth term or empower a resurgent center-left labour party that rocketed back into contention...






labour leader says uk election 'establishment vs people'


london — britain's main opposition leader has launched his election campaign, painting himself as a populist outsider who will overturn a "rigged" political and economic system.labour party chief jeremy corbyn says britain's june 8 election is "the establishment vs. the people."labour is trailing prime minister theresa may's conservatives in opinion polls, and many within the party think the socialist corbyn is too left-wing to connect with voters.but corbyn echoed anti-establishment sentiment that has upended politics from the united states to france. he said in a speech thursday that the old rules drawn up by political and economic elites no longer apply.corbyn said: "i don't play by their rules, and if a labour government is elected on the 8th of june i won't play by their rules either.






'my anxiety is called the anxious hug monster'


bex, 24, suffers from various mental health conditions, including anxiety.her artwork is an outlet for the things going on in her head.she illustrates how anxiety makes her feel through drawing "the anxious hug monster".bex is one of four people newsbeat has been following throughout 2017 for the bbc iplayer documentary my mind and me as they deal with the highs and lows of mental health conditions.






as the battle for mosul nears end, civilians struggle to survive—and flee


mosul, iraq—thousands of iraqi civilians have emerged thirsty and starving from mosul’s old city in recent days, many after hiding out in basements, as the eight-month battle to remove islamic state from iraq’s second-largest nears its end.backed by a u.s.-led coalition carrying out airstrikes, government forces have cornered what iraqi military officials say are about 200 islamic state fighters remaining in the city, now hemmed...






reactions to globalist elites, an outraged cnn, and trump's political future


will rahn, politics editor at cbs news digital, joins ben domenech on federalist radio to discuss global elitism at this year’s aspen ideas festival, an update on the trump vs. cnn war, and trump’s political path forward.the elites look around and see the world as stable and globalism as a positive. “it’s a very different experience for them to suddenly realize there’s a huge number of people who really don’t like them or the project they’ve been working on,” domenech said.rahn and domenech disagree on the moves trump has to make to see reelection. “everything about the trump white house seems unsustainable right now. at the same time, i can’t see a way that he changes course,” rahn said. “that means he’s essentially at the mercy of the democratic party and he needs democratic incompetence






as the battle for mosul nears end, civilians struggle to survive—and flee


mosul, iraq—thousands of iraqi civilians have emerged thirsty and starving from mosul’s old city in recent days, many after hiding out in basements, as the eight-month battle to remove islamic state from iraq’s second-largest city nears its end.backed by a u.s.-led coalition carrying out airstrikes, government forces have cornered what iraqi military officials say are about 200 islamic state fighters remaining in the city, now...






the elites' dangerous fantasy about removing trump from office


after several days of disturbing revelations about president trump’s conduct in office, here come the calls for his removal—not from progressives (those have already come, early and often), but from conservatives. ross douthat of the new york timeswrites in his wednesday column that trump should be removed from office, not impeached, using the mechanisms provided by the 25th amendment to the constitution.the cold war-era amendment allows the removal of the president if a majority of the cabinet affirms that he is unable to discharge the duties of his office. if the president resists, a two-thirds vote from congress will confirm the cabinet’s judgement. it was designed to clarify who has the constitutional authority to declare a president incapacitated, a necessity that became apparent foll






general election 2017: jeremy corbyn vows to change course of election


image copyrightpalabour leader jeremy corbyn will say a conservative victory on 8 june is not a "foregone conclusion", in his first big general election campaign speech.mr corbyn will vow to change the direction of the election by "putting the interests of the majority first".he will attack wealthy tax avoiders and insist a labour government will not "play by their rules".theresa may is hoping to convert the tories' double digit poll lead into a bigger commons majority.the prime minister says this will strengthen her hand in brexit negotiations and provide the "strong and stable leadership" the country needs.her decision to hold a general election - after previously insisting she would wait until 2020 - took her rivals and many in her own party by surprise.mr corbyn could have blocked it i






minnesota polls are closed; mpls. voter turnout nears 40%


minneapolis voters turned out in larger numbers than expected tuesday, sending election officials scrambling to order more ballots in some areas.at one precinct on the city’s northeastern side, 15 people were in line at the audubon park recreation center when election officials ran out of ballots at about 7 p.m., an hour before polls closed. new ballots arrived within 10 minutes and voting resumed, although some voters left before they arrived, promising to return before polls closed.“in 30-plus years, i’ve never run out of ballots before,” said carol norgaard, the precinct’s head election judge. she said she usually ends most election nights with 200 to 300 extra ballots.election officials said more than 20 precincts began running low on ballots late tuesday, forcing election officials to






hong kong set to get new leader as anointed by beijing


hong kong — a committee dominated by pro-beijing elites is set to cast ballots to choose hong kong's next leader in the first such vote since 2014's huge pro-democracy protests.the election committee's 1,194 members will vote sunday morning, with the city's former no. 2 official carrie lam widely expected to win after getting the backing of china's communist leaders.the system, which was at the root of 2014's protests, has been criticized by pro-democracy activists as a "fake election."lam is an efficient and pragmatic administrator but unpopular with hong kongers because she's seen as a proxy for beijing and out of touch with ordinary people.her main rival is john tsang, who is highly popular but doesn't have beijing's support.






hurricane maria weakens to category 4 strength but remains a dangerous storm as


share storyby the associated pressthe associated pressmiami (ap) — hurricane maria weakens to category 4 strength but remains a dangerous storm as it nears puerto rico.the associated press






jeremy corbyn says elites want to 'hijack brexit'


media playback is unsupported on your devicemedia captionjeremy corbyn warns of a 'reckoning to come' for 'rigged system'jeremy corbyn has said wealthy elites are trying to "hijack" brexit as he formally launched labour's campaign.speaking in manchester, the labour leader promised a reckoning for "tax cheats, rip-off bosses and greedy bankers" if labour wins the election.but in an bbc interview, he declined to say whether he would categorically take britain out of the eu if elected.asked by laura kuenssberg if he would go through with brexit if there was a bad deal on the table, he wouldn't say.the labour leader earlier told activists that the question of whether the uk would leave the eu had been "settled" and the task now was to protect the national interest and vital industries and not






when marrying ivanka gets you the job: steven strauss


our elites used to lead from the front, with sacrifice and service. those days are gone.        






suu kyi's party retains heartland support in myanmar polls


yangon, myanmar — official results from myanmar's election committee show that aung san suu kyi's ruling national league for democracy party has retained voters' loyalty in its yangon strongholds, but has weakened in ethnic minority areas that helped boost her party's 2015 landslide general election victory.the results released for saturday's by-elections show the nld taking eight of 12 seats for the combined upper houses of the national parliament. it won only one of seven seats at stake in state assembles, where ethnic-focused parties performed strongly.the nld won its 2015 election majority with the support of ethnic minorities anxious to end five decades of military rule, but suu kyi's failure so far to meet their political demands for greater autonomy has fractured their united front.






suu kyi’s party retains heartland support in myanmar polls


yangon, myanmar (ap) — official results from myanmar’s election committee show that aung san suu kyi’s ruling national league for democracy party has retained voters’ loyalty in its yangon strongholds, but has weakened in ethnic minority areas that helped boost her party’s 2015 landslide general election victory.the results released for saturday’s by-elections show the nld taking eight of 12 seats for the combined upper houses of the national parliament. it won only one of seven seats at stake in state assembles, where ethnic-focused parties performed strongly.the nld won its 2015 election majority with the support of ethnic minorities anxious to end five decades of military rule, but suu kyi’s failure so far to meet their political demands for greater autonomy has fractured their united f






at last, an embrace by global elites


by heather long | tory newmyer | washington postdavos, switzerland – donald trump may have finally gained entry into the exclusive global club of the corporate elites he has long scorned – and which has scorned him. all it took was a $1.5 trillion tax cut and a much more hands-off approach toward regulating companies for business leaders to embrace him.it is a big change in attitude from a year ago, when many in the business elite viewed president donald trump’s inauguration and nationalistic brand of politics with high anxiety. business leaders and their companies slammed the new administration’s ban on travel from six majority-muslim countries – filling their social media accounts with criticism – and seven months later disbanded advisory counsels to the president to protest his racially






president trump campaigned against global elites. now he is joining them in davo


you can tell someone's status at the splashy world economic forum in davos, switzerland, by the color of the badge around his or her neck. white goes to the top caste, the billionaires who run the world, or think they do.president trump, the mogul who got elected by railing against global elites in favor of the "forgotten man and the forgotten woman," on thursday will fly into the alpine ski resort where the elites gather annually for a two-day stay certain to be closely watched by both groups.advertisementhe'll host some white-badged european captains of industry at a fine dinner, meet with several heads of state from britain and africa who have been angered by his rhetoric, and deliver a major address that many at davos hope will answer the question: how does his "america first" doctrine






no surprise: beijing's pick lam chosen as hong kong leader


hong kong — a hong kong committee has chosen the government's former no. 2 official carrie lam to be the semiautonomous chinese city's next leader.the 1,194-member election committee picked lam to be hong kong's new chief executive on sunday. she will be the first female leader for the city and its fourth since british colonial control ended.her victory was no surprise because china's communist leadership had lobbied the committee, dominated by pro-beijing elites, to support her.pro-democracy activists have criticized the system as a "fake" election and it was at the root of huge protests in 2014.lam won with 777 votes while her closest rival, former financial secretary john tsang, got 365 votes. retired judge woo kwok-hing had 21 votes.tsang was much more popular locally, but neither he n






poll suggests ‘northern populism’ brewing in ‘divided’ canada


'most of the 'elites' will tell you it's not really happening here, we're pretty immune to this sort of thing'






one year later, elites still don’t understand why voters turned to trump


a year ago this week, i flew to cleveland, rented a car, and spent the next ten days driving across eastern ohio and pennsylvania, stopping in small towns and cities to talk to people about the upcoming presidential election.like most journalists and political pundits, i thought hillary clinton would win, but narrowly, in part because of places like trumbull county, ohio, and luzerne county, pennsylvania—places that had historically voted democrat but i thought might go for trump. to use a now-cliché term, i suspected these “white working class” communities, many suffering from decades of industrial decline, felt left behind by the democratic party and ignored by the gop. i thought voters frustrated by the establishment in washington dc might just vote for a political novice like trump, wa






trump’s enablers feed his conspiracy theories


trump’s distrust of the deep state, elites and eggheads — an insecurity inflamed by steve bannon — makes it hard for him to trust his own government’s facts.it’s not unknown, of course. in ancient egypt, there was the symbol of the ouroboros, the snake that eats its own tail. nerve-addled octopuses sometimes consume their own arms.but we’ve never watched a president so hungrily devour his own presidency.soon, there won’t be anything left except the sound of people snickering.consumed by his paranoia about the deep state, donald trump has disappeared into the fog of his own conspiracy theories.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.many voters who took a chance on the real-estate mogul and reality tv star hoped he would grow more mature and centered when confronted with t






one year later, elites still don’t understand why voters turned to trump


a year ago this week, i flew to cleveland, rented a car, and spent the next ten days driving across eastern ohio and pennsylvania, stopping in small towns and cities to talk to people about the upcoming presidential election.like most journalists and political pundits, i thought hillary clinton would win, but narrowly, in part because of places like trumbull county, ohio, and luzerne county, michigan—places that had historically voted democrat but i thought might go for trump. to use a now-cliché term, i suspected these “white working class” communities, many suffering from decades of industrial decline, felt left behind by the democratic party and ignored by the gop. i thought voters frustrated by the establishment in washington dc might just vote for a political novice like trump, warts






one year later, elites still don’t understand why voters turned to trump


a year ago this week, i flew to cleveland, rented a car, and spent the next ten days driving across eastern ohio and pennsylvania, stopping in small towns and cities to talk to people about the upcoming presidential election.like most journalists and political pundits, i thought hillary clinton would win, but narrowly, in part because of places like trumbull county, ohio, and luzerne county, michigan—places that had historically voted democrat but i thought might go for trump. to use a now-cliché term, i suspected these “white working class” communities, many suffering from decades of industrial decline, felt left behind by the democratic party and ignored by the gop. i thought voters frustrated by the establishment in washington dc might just vote for a political novice like trump, warts






one year later, elites still don’t understand why voters turned to trump


a year ago this week, i flew to cleveland, rented a car, and spent the next ten days driving across eastern ohio and pennsylvania, stopping in small towns and cities to talk people about the upcoming presidential election.like most journalists and political pundits, i thought hillary clinton would win, but narrowly, in part because of places like trumbull county, ohio, and luzerne county, michigan—places that had historically voted democrat but i thought might go for trump. to use a now-cliché term, i suspected these “white working class” communities, many suffering from decades of industrial decline, felt left behind by the democratic party and ignored by the gop. i thought voters frustrated by the establishment in washington dc might just vote for a political novice like trump, warts and






robert de niro goes meryl streep by ripping trump during award speech | the glob


published on: tue, may 9th, 2017 celebrity news / election 2016 / hometown news / politics / us news | by jinkie barendse share thistags2016 election2016 political candidates2016 presidential election2016 presidential racealec baldwinartsbill de blasiocelebrity newschaplincut spendingcuts in spendingdonald trump protestfederal spendingfederal spending cutsgoodfellashumanistliberal biasliberal stoogeliberals vs conservativeslincoln centermichael moorenew yorkpbspresident trumppresidential inaugurationrobert de nirospending cutstrump protestsrobert de niro may have made an amazing career acting, but is making headlines for his political rant in new york monday night, attacking president trump yet again.during his acceptance of the film society of lincoln center’s chaplin award (a lifetime ac






robert de niro goes meryl streep by ripping trump during award speech | the glob


published on: tue, may 9th, 2017 celebrity news / election 2016 / hometown news / politics / us news | by jinkie barendse share thistags2016 election2016 political candidates2016 presidential election2016 presidential racealec baldwinartsbill de blasiocelebrity newschaplincut spendingcuts in spendingdonald trump protestfederal spendingfederal spending cutsgoodfellashumanistliberal biasliberal stoogeliberals vs conservativeslincoln centermichael moorenew yorkpbspresident trumppresidential inaugurationrobert de nirospending cutstrump protestsrobert de niro may have made an amazing career acting, but is making headlines for his political rant in new york monday night, attacking president trump yet again.during his acceptance of the film society of lincoln center’s chaplin award (a lifetime ac






robert de niro goes meryl streep by ripping trump during award speech | the glob


published on: tue, may 9th, 2017 celebrity news / election 2016 / hometown news / politics / us news | by jinkie barendse share thistags2016 election2016 political candidates2016 presidential election2016 presidential racealec baldwinartsbill de blasiocelebrity newschaplincut spendingcuts in spendingdonald trump protestfederal spendingfederal spending cutsgoodfellashumanistliberal biasliberal stoogeliberals vs conservativeslincoln centermichael moorenew yorkpbspresident trumppresidential inaugurationrobert de nirospending cutstrump protestsrobert de niro may have made an amazing career acting, but is making headlines for his political rant in new york monday night, attacking president trump yet again.during his acceptance of the film society of lincoln center’s chaplin award (a lifetime ac






robert de niro goes meryl streep by ripping trump during award speech | the glob


published on: tue, may 9th, 2017 celebrity news / election 2016 / hometown news / politics / us news | by jinkie barendse share thistags2016 election2016 political candidates2016 presidential election2016 presidential racealec baldwinartsbill de blasiocelebrity newschaplincut spendingcuts in spendingdonald trump protestfederal spendingfederal spending cutsgoodfellashumanistliberal biasliberal stoogeliberals vs conservativeslincoln centermichael moorenew yorkpbspresident trumppresidential inaugurationrobert de nirospending cutstrump protestsrobert de niro may have made an amazing career acting, but is making headlines for his political rant in new york monday night, attacking president trump yet again.during his acceptance of the film society of lincoln center’s chaplin award (a lifetime ac






robert de niro goes meryl streep by ripping trump during award speech | the glob


published on: tue, may 9th, 2017 celebrity news / election 2016 / hometown news / politics / us news | by jinkie barendse share thistags2016 election2016 political candidates2016 presidential election2016 presidential racealec baldwinartsbill de blasiocelebrity newschaplincut spendingcuts in spendingdonald trump protestfederal spendingfederal spending cutsgoodfellashumanistliberal biasliberal stoogeliberals vs conservativeslincoln centermichael moorenew yorkpbspresident trumppresidential inaugurationrobert de nirospending cutstrump protestsrobert de niro may have made an amazing career acting, but is making headlines for his political rant in new york monday night, attacking president trump yet again.during his acceptance of the film society of lincoln center’s chaplin award (a lifetime ac






progressives aim for another big win in las cruces as election day nears


albuquerque’s municipal election earlier this month saw a significant rise in voter turnout compared to recent history, as have other elections this year. but that doesn’t necessarily mean the same will happen in las cruces next month.heath haussamen / nmpolitics.netearly voting continues through nov. 4 in the las cruces municipal election. nov. 7 is election day.“we haven’t seen any increased registration or anything else in our office indicating a higher turnout,” said doña ana county clerk scott krahling, whose office handled voter registration in advance of the nov. 7 las cruces municipal election.early turnout has been slow. as of saturday, 906 people had voted — about 1.5 percent of the 57,808 city residents who are eligible to vote in the election. early voting continues through nov






progressives aim for another big win in las cruces as election day nears


albuquerque’s municipal election earlier this month saw a significant rise in voter turnout compared to recent history, as have other elections this year. but that doesn’t necessarily mean the same will happen in las cruces next month.heath haussamen / nmpolitics.netearly voting continues through nov. 4 in the las cruces municipal election. nov. 7 is election day.“we haven’t seen any increased registration or anything else in our office indicating a higher turnout,” said doña ana county clerk scott krahling, whose office handled voter registration in advance of the nov. 7 las cruces municipal election.early turnout has been slow. as of saturday, 906 people had voted — about 1.5 percent of the 57,808 city residents who are eligible to vote in the election. early voting continues through nov






trump blames oscar blunder on hollywood elites who were 'focused so hard on poli


check out the latest movie reviews from michael phillips and the chicago tribune.






trump tells liberty graduates to challenge elites, critics


the president told students and parents at the conservative religious school "nothing is easier or more pathetic than being a critic."        






hollywood, espn and other debacles: why can't our ruling class do its job?


our elites care more about what their peers think of them than about what they're supposed to be doing. no wonder so many institutions are failing.        






hurricane harvey hits texas coast


michael ciaglo / aplauren durst holds onto her ten-month-old son, wyatt durst, as they evacuate from the savannah estates neighborhood as addicks reservoir nears capacity on aug. 29, 2017, in houston. lauren durst holds onto her ten-month-old son, wyatt durst, as they evacuate from the savannah estates neighborhood as addicks reservoir nears capacity on aug. 29, 2017, in houston. (michael ciaglo / ap)see more galleries






why trump and duterte hit it off. hint: both presidents are brash


both won presidential campaigns filled with populist fury against political elites, a tough-on-crime message and controversial remarks and insults.        






a new diagnosis? – the mercury news


wally pfingsten has always been a news junkie. but since president donald trump was elected in november, he’s been so anxious about the political tumult that even just having the tv news on in the background at home is unbearable.“it’s been crippling,” said pfingsten, 35, of san mateo, a political moderate who has supported both democratic and republican candidates in the past. “i feel angry, really, really angry, far more angry than i expected to be.”he’s tried hard to quell his anxiety. first, he shut down his facebook page to limit his exposure to the daily soaking of news from washington. but not knowing the goings-on made him anxious, too. he found himself sneaking onto the facebook account he made for his dog. “i felt like i was cheating,” he said.pfingsten is not alone in his politi






in war on gop establishment, bannon enlists his troops


jackson, mississippi — president donald trump's former chief strategist steve bannon has declared war on the republican establishment, and now he's amassing his troops. they include a convicted felon, a perennial candidate linked to an environmental conspiracy theory, and a southern lawmaker known for provocative ethnic and racial comments.bannon is promoting challengers to gop incumbents and the party's preferred candidates in next year's midterm elections. it's an insurgency that could imperil republican majorities in the house and senate.the emerging bannon class of rabble-rousers share limited ideological ties but have a common intent to upend washington and knock out senate majority leader mitch mcconnell, r-ky., standard-bearer of the establishment.it's a crop of candidates that unne






anti-immigrant afd party draws in more germans as vote nears


wismar, germany—candidate georg pazderski of the anti-immigrant alternative for germany spent nearly half his speech in this harbor town earlier this week highlighting the danger of islamist terrorism. chancellor angela merkel dispatched the topic in roughly 80 seconds in an address here the next day.as this country’s election campaign reaches its crescendo ahead of sunday’s vote, its participants increasingly appear to be fighting different battles. ms. merkel, looking assured of victory, is engaging her opponents in...