Boris Johnson has parodied the classic British Christmas film Love Actually in his latest election video, prompting actor and anti-Brexit campaigner Hugh Grant to fire back on morning radio, questioning whether the short had been paid for with illegal “roubles”.In the latest social media video released by the Conservatives, who have pursued a near-aggressively internet-friendly, viral-seeking campaign of humorous shorts and ironic clips in the election campaign to date, the Prime Minister acts out an iconic scene from the 2003 film Love Actually with a Brexit twist. While in the original, the lovelorn Mark uses a series of cue-cards to profess his love for Keira Knightley’s Juliet, in the reimagined version the Prime Minister pays a call on a voter to tell them about the importance of getting Brexit done — the key election message of the Conservative’s 2019 campaign. Brexit, actually. pic.twitter.com/4ryuh19c75 — Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson Trolls Anti-Brexit Luvvie Hugh Grant With ‘Love Actually’ Election Video
Story highlights New study finds no difference in life satisfaction between parents and non-parents Parents experienced more highs and lows than the child-free, study found This story was originally published on CNN.com in 2014. (CNN)When it comes to who is happier, parents or child-free people, most of the research up until now has concluded that it is the childless who are more satisfied with their overall lives. As a married mom of two, I always find myself reacting a bit defensively to that research. "I'm happy," I say to myself. I may be stressed, sleep-deprived and sorely in need of "me" time, but I am very satisfied with my life. Isn't it possible that I could be just as happy as someone without kids -- even if they have more time to sleep and take care of themselves? How much time do parents spend on screens? As much as their teens According to two recent studies, the answer might be yes and no. A report by Princeton University and Stony Brook University … [Read more...] about Are people without kids happier? Studies offer mixed picture
Former special counsel Robert Mueller testifies before the House Intelligence Committee on July 24, 2019. Photo: Salwan Georges/The Washington Post/Getty Images The Mueller hearings told us almost nothing that we didn’t know already. We knew that the president welcomed assistance from a foreign power in order to win an election, and has fawned over his political patron in this endeavor, Vladimir Putin, since he became president. We knew that though he was not competent enough to construct a conspiracy, he was eager to collude with a foreign foe to defeat his domestic one. And we knew that he then lied about it as baldly as he lies about almost everything, and tried repeatedly to obstruct the investigation into the affair. His attorney general then blatantly lied about the key conclusions of the Mueller report, distorting the public debate for weeks as he kept the contents under wraps, and then bet that Americans, with our gnat-like attention spans, would simply move on. We … [Read more...] about The American System Is Already Failing
Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images Intelligencer staffers Benjamin Hart, Margaret Hartmann, and Ed Kilgore discuss the Al Franken resignation in the wake of new reporting on the subject. Ben: The New Yorker published a long piece on Monday centering on former senator Al Franken’s 2017 resignation amid several allegations of sexual misconduct. Reporter Jane Mayer quite effectively casts doubt on the claims put forth by Franken’s best-known accuser, Leeann Tweeden, marshaling evidence that she had mischaracterized a comedy sketch that was at the center of her account. Mayer also reports that Franken regrets resigning and that seven Democratic senators now wish they hadn’t called for him to step down. And she quotes many Franken friends and associates who say he would never do the things he was accused of (seven women besides Tweeden have accused him of touching or kissing them inappropriately). The story has caused a stir as well … [Read more...] about Should Al Franken Have Resigned?
Leaked audio has revealed Labour Party’s shadow health minister saying that the Number 10 “machine” would “safeguard security” against risks posed by the far-left Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. The shadow minister also said that under Corbyn, Labour’s election chances are in a “dire” situation outside London.Labour MP Jonathan Ashworth has admitted to the veracity of a leaked audiotape in which he is recorded slamming his party’s 70-year-old socialist leader as a security risk, and noting the “dire” electoral outlook for Thursday’s vote. The tape was recorded by a conservative friend of Mr Ashworth, who asked the shadow minister if Corbyn were to be elected, “would he be as bad as I suspect?” “I don’t know, on the security stuff; I worked in No.10, I think the machine will pretty quickly move to safeguard security — I mean the Civil Service machine… But it’s not going … [Read more...] about Leaked Tape: Corbyn a Security Risk, Says Labour Shadow Minister