THE REALITIES OF THE MUELLER REPORT … The big day has finally arrived: Special counsel ROBERT MUELLER’S findings -- with an unknown number of redactions -- are due to be released later this morning, and Attorney General BILL BARR and his deputy, ROD ROSENSTEIN, are holding a press conference at 9:30 a.m. HOUSE DEMOCRATS have already asked that Barr cancel the news conference, and said he was doing the president’s bidding. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP has floated the idea of holding one of his own after that. Washington is doing one of its usual freakouts when news of this magnitude is about to drop.THE HILL will get the report around 11 a.m., and then it goes public shortly thereafter. Congress is getting the report on CDs, which seems weird for normal people, but for the Hill -- which still has spittoons in some places -- is not that strange.THE TRUTH IS, the release of Mueller’s report won’t change much, for these reasons:-- TRUMP IS RIGHT: Democrats are never … [Read more...] about POLITICO Playbook: Mueller time: Why it might not matter as much as you think
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Books Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Books | O.K., Google: How Much Money Have I Made for You Today? Supported by Books of The Times ByJennifer Szalai Jan. 16, 2019 A friend of mine says that whenever he walks into someone’s home he’s tempted to yell out, “Hey, Alexa,” or “O.K., Google,” and order 50 pizzas, just to see if there’s a device listening in on whatever gossip he planned to dish out next. Shoshana Zuboff would undoubtedly get the joke, but she probably wouldn’t laugh. In “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism,” she warns against mistaking the soothing voice of a personal digital assistant for “anything other than the exploitation of your needs.” The cliché that “if you’re not paying for it, you’re the product” isn’t alarming enough for … [Read more...] about O.K., Google: How Much Money Have I Made for You Today?
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Ty Burr Globe staff November 01, 2018 This past week two developments — one positive and one really depressing — have spurred heated conversation among fans of old movies and foreign classics. As insular and removed from the mainstream as those communities can be, the developments go right to the heart of issues that should concern everyone: Who owns the past, who gets to access it (and how), and what gets lost when there are few mechanisms in place for new generations to learn?The first development, and the more fun to debate, is the announced results of BBC Culture’s annual movie poll of film critics around the globe (including yours truly at the Globe). Last year, the category was Greatest Movie Comedies, while this year it’s the Best Foreign Language Movies of All Time.The ranked 100, available at BBC Culture’s webpage, is compiled … [Read more...] about A BBC film poll reminds us how much FilmStruck will be missed
REVERE — In her three-bedroom duplex with a sloping backyard overlooking the rolling hills of the neighborhood, Patricia Carbajal thought about the life she’d worked so hard to build and everything that was now at risk. Curled up in her bed was her 4-year-old daughter, Camila, who wanted to snuggle. Downstairs was the television that Patricia wanted to be near. She was anxiously awaiting word on whether the Trump administration would cancel the program that has allowed her to live and work in the United States — a status given to her and tens of thousands of other Honduran immigrants nearly two decades ago, regardless of whether they had come to the United States legally.“You want to go downstairs and watch the news with mommy?” Patricia asked. “Vamos a cocinar. I have to cook.”What she really had to do was listen to the news. And so, curled up for a few minutes more with Camila, she strained to hear the Univision report on the TV downstairs.So … [Read more...] about After 19 years, the US has become home. But for how much longer?
Elvis Presley died on August 16, 1977. It took more than a week for Lester Bangs’s obituary to appear, but it was worth the wait to watch the passionate critic zero in with trademark intimacy: “Where were you when Elvis died? What were you doing, and what did it give you an excuse to do with the rest of your day? That’s what we’ll be talking about in the future when we remember this grand occasion. Like Pearl Harbor or JFK’s assassination, it boiled down to individual reminiscences, which is perhaps as it should be, because in spite of his greatness blah blah blah, Elvis had left us each as alone as he was; I mean, he wasn’t exactly a Man of the People anymore, if you get my drift. If you don’t I will drift even further, away from Elvis into the contemplation of why all our public heroes seem to reinforce our own solitude.” (That last line fascinates on its own merits, but even more so considering the serendipity of the Voice’s … [Read more...] about Where Were You When the King Died?