I also thought Sanders couldn’t win the Democratic nomination because he has so little support from the party’s crucial African-American constituency. My theory was that while Clinton is a dreadful candidate running a campaign as tone-deaf as the one that imploded in 2008, she’d still triumph thanks to the loyalty of black voters, Sanders’s aforementioned handicaps, her command of the party hierarchy, and her fund-raising clout. I may be proven wrong about all of this. The enthusiasm of Sanders supporters has translated not just into big crowds but into enormous financial support for his campaign by individual donors; he has been pursuing black voters under the media radar; and the Clinton campaign is looking panicked and confounded by a youth-led insurgency in 2016 just as it was eight years ago. The recent effort of a Clinton backer, David Brock, to cast aspersions on Sanders’s (apparently sound) health backfired; so did Chelsea … [Read more...] about It’s Time to Get Serious About Bernie Sanders
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There are two avenues for a future breakthrough in our understanding of FRBs. One would stem from the detection of nearby sources that are extremely bright and whose environments can be studied in great detail. The second involves the detection of FRBs in other bands of light, such as visible, infrared or x-rays. Any qualitatively new information might offer us a revealing glimpse at the central engine of these beasts. … [Read more...] about Avi Loeb: What’s causing mysterious radio bursts in space? Don’t rule out any options yet, including aliens
Caldwell added Broadway directing to her résumé starting in 1977 with a comedy, “An Almost Perfect Person,” starring Colleen Dewhurst. In 1991, she directed Jason Robards and Judith Ivey in “Park Your Car in Harvard Yard.” She was last on Broadway in 2003 as the Mystery Guest Star in “The Play What I Wrote.” She also lent her voice to the “Lilo & Stitch” cartoons and appeared in the 2011 film “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.” … [Read more...] about Zoe Caldwell, four-time Tony winner and the master of ‘Master Class,’ dies at 86
That’s a good call. A late-night talk show is a late-night talk show, and the familiarity of its DNA breeds bedtime reassurance and network longevity, not contempt. The one essential the first Colbert Late Show did not have in abundance, though, is the most important after an engaging host: a lot of laughs. It was almost 20 minutes in before Colbert scored big — with a barrage of Donald Trump jokes, wrapped in a smart Colbert Report–style package of irony and featuring as a slapstick prop a package of Oreos. Of course the comedy quotient of a show like this will always vary from night to night, and no doubt there will be very funny shows to come, perhaps as soon as tonight. But the shortfall in episode one did make me ask if there was some underlying cause beyond the hit-and-miss batting averages that always rule in comedy, especially when it has to be produced by the yard on a daily basis. … [Read more...] about The Real Stephen Colbert Is a Sunday-School Teacher. His Key to Late-Night Success Is Avoiding Piety.
In the movie, we first meet our hero as the spoiled pet of a local judge (Bradley Whitford). Buck's life is full of excitement — that is, until out of the blue, he is dog-napped and later sold to a cruel man who beats him up to submission. Then, Buck ends up under the care of a French-Canadian couple (Omar Sy and Cara Gee), who delivers mail via dogsled. Over time, Buck gains confidence, ultimately becoming the leader of the pack of dogs. … [Read more...] about Weekend Movie Review: ‘The Call Of The Wild,’ ‘Emma.’ And More