Donald Trump has been wrong about nearly everything when it comes to the FBI—wrong about its political nature, wrong about its corruption, wrong about its leadership—but it turns out that he gets at least two things right about the bureau: Axiosreported Sunday that the president thinks its headquarters, the aging J. Edgar Hoover Building, across Pennsylvania Avenue from Trump’s own hotel, is “terrible.” “Honestly, I think it’s one of the ugliest buildings in the city,” Trump has evidently told at least one source.Story Continued Below He’s certainly correct about that. The unwelcoming and obsolete Brutalist monstrosity of the Hoover Building has no place in a society that prizes transparency and accountability from its law enforcement. The building is literally falling apart. The government has spent millions to erect nets around it to catch falling concrete, and one part of its underground parking garage has been closed after … [Read more...] about Two Things Donald Trump Gets Right About the FBI
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Breana Noble and Lauren Abdel-Razzaq The Detroit News Published 10:47 p.m. UTC Jun 21, 2018 More than 20,000 people have signed up for free tours of Michigan Central Depot this weekend — so many, in fact, that Ford Motor Co. has stopped taking reservations ahead of its planned renovations to the iconic Corktown building. Ford does not plan to extend tours beyond the weekend because of the company's construction plan schedule, spokeswoman Marisa Bradley said. However, there could be future opportunities as Ford explores its broader plans, she added. For those who've made reservations, the former train station is open from 1-6 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The building is located at 2001 15th St. in Detroit. "I think what’s been really exciting is to see how much passion and love for what this symbolizes for the city and the future," Bradley said. "We’ve heard from dozens of people who have shared their stories … [Read more...] about 6 things to look for while touring the Michigan Central Depot
Michelle Boorstein and Sarah Pulliam Bailey, The Washington Post Published 2:50 pm, Sunday, June 10, 2018 Photo: Washington Post Photo By Sarah Pulliam Bailey As Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Paige Patterson, seen here May 4 at a commencement in Fort Worth, was one of the most powerful leaders in the history of the Southern Baptist Convention, a giant force in American evangelicalism. Paige Patterson, seen here May 4 at a commencement in Fort Worth, was one of the most powerful leaders in the history of the Southern Baptist Convention, a giant force in American evangelicalism. Photo: Washington Post Photo By Sarah Pulliam Bailey As How women led to the dramatic rise and fall of Southern Baptist leader Paige Patterson 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Southern Baptists pride themselves on being independent, … [Read more...] about How women led to the dramatic rise and fall of Southern Baptist leader Paige Patterson
Watch this, America. A state may be about to do something sensible, bipartisan and even humanitarian to take care of its people. It could still fall apart, as it has before. But Virginia’s lawmakers appear to be on the verge of insuring about 400,000 low-income residents by expanding Medicaid after years of refusing to do so. Remember, Virginia is a place where thousands of people queue up before dawn on one weekend every summer to get free treatment from volunteers who turn livestock pens into medical crash units at the Wise County Fairgrounds because people are so desperate for care. It’s a scene I visited four years ago when the Remote Area Medical clinic was the only hope for folks with bleeding gums, black lungs, oxygen tanks and broken backs to get treatment. [When medical care means a cot in a cow pen and the mercy of volunteers] In 2014, Molly Bass, 3, waited in the car for 15 hours because her dad, Tim Bass, needed some dental work done and couldn’t afford … [Read more...] about Will Virginia finally do the right thing for 400,000 people desperate for health care?
Fishlake National Forest • The leaves of the Pando aspen grove glow in the low sunshine of an October afternoon. The straight, vertical trunks repeat into the distance like a house of mirrors, and under a backlit canopy of foliage, Pando feels at once infinite and enclosed. For 106 acres on the southwest bank of Fish Lake in Sevier County, a single root system unites this forest. Pando is the biggest aspen “clone” ever identified, the single most massive living organism known on Earth. Though little known in Utah, Pando has gained fame as a tourist destination and as a symbol of sustainability and interconnectedness. It is being researched, photographed, talked about. It has inspired poetry, sermons, even comedy sketches. Scientists say it could be on the brink of collapse. “It’s dying from within,” says Paul Rogers, an ecology professor at Utah State University and director of the Western Aspen Alliance. “We’re sort of in an … [Read more...] about Utah’s Pando aspen grove is the most massive living thing known on Earth. It may die soon.
BULLETIN -- AP: "Obama to name former aide Samantha Power as US ambassador to UN, replacing [Susan] Rice." POLITICO: "Power, an Irish-born author on human rights and genocide, served as an aide at the National Security Council as the senior director for multilateral affairs and was named chair of the Atrocities Prevention Board that Obama created las year." –“Donilon to Resign as National Security Adviser,” by N.Y. Times Mark Landler: “Tom Donilon, the national security adviser, is resigning and will be replaced by Susan E. Rice, the American ambassador to the United Nations … The appointment, which Mr. Obama plans to make [this] afternoon, puts Ms. Rice, 48, an outspoken diplomat and a close political ally, at the heart of the administration’s foreign-policy apparatus. It is also a defiant gesture to Republicans who harshly criticized Ms. Rice for presenting an erroneous account of the deadly attacks on the American mission in Benghazi … [Read more...] about TOM DONILON OUT, SUSAN RICE IN AS NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER — SAMANTHA POWER TO U.N. AMBASSADOR! — NEW STATUS SYMBOL: secret e-dress — ESPO b’day
FILE - MARCH 14: Renowned British Physicist Stephen Hawking has passed away at his home in Cambridge, March 14, 2018. NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 12: Professor Stephen Hawking onstage during the New Space Exploration Initiative "Breakthrough Starshot" Announcement at One World Observatory on April 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images) FILE -- Physicist Stephen Hawking is shown in this undated file photo. The author of ``A Brief History of Time'' also manages to hold the attention of Bart Simpson, a British newspaper reported Sunday. The Independent on Sunday reported Hawking flew to Hollywood last week to film an episode of ``The Simpsons,'' which is to be broadcast in the spring. (AP Photo/PBS) (FILES) In this file photo taken on April 26, 2007 and released by Zero G, British cosmologist Stephen Hawking experiences zero gravity during a flight over the Atlantic Ocean. "It was amazing ... I could have gone on and on," Hawking, 65, said after … [Read more...] about Stephen Hawking, physicist who came to symbolize the power of the human mind, dies at 76
“We recorded the first EP in my basement, and we all sort of self-produced it,” says Eric Halborg, the group’s singer. “For this one, we went out and recorded it with a seasoned producer. Also, the songs have been road-tested. We’ve toured on them and have been playing them for a long time. So we had a real idea of how we wanted to present them once we got in with this new producer.” Impressively, the producer that they collaborated with was Marc Howard, who’s also worked with musicians such as Bob Dylan, R.E.M. and Neil Young. They worked with Howard at his studio in Topanga Canyon, California, just outside of L.A. “We walked away from that record a different band. Mark Howard was like, 'Look, I’m going to challenge you guys. You guys are either going to cut a cool record, or it’s not going to happen,’” says Cole Rudy, the band's lap-steel guitar and mandolin player. In the process, the musicians stuck to a strict … [Read more...] about Listen to Dragondeer’s New Song: “Same Train”
The other day while paging through a collection of George Orwell’s writing, I was startled by his angry dismissal of fellow writers Stephen Spender and W.H. Auden as “fashionable pansies.” I shrugged my shoulders and kept on reading.I had a similar reaction about a year ago when leafing through a collection of early Pauline Kael film criticism I happened upon a negative review of the screen version of Lillian Hellman’s “The Children’s Hour.” Kael complains that “the lesbianism is all in the mind” before making this doozy of a parenthetical quip: “I always thought this was why lesbians needed sympathy — that there isn’t much they can do.”These little homophobic nuggets didn’t change my thinking about these great writers, who have too much intelligence and flair to be reduced to their worst statements. I don’t expect artists and critics from the past to be exemplary in ways that meet my 21st century … [Read more...] about As artists fall into disgrace, must their art be consigned to oblivion?
The call came at three in the morning. My mother, in New Delhi, was in tears. My father, she said, had fallen again, and he was speaking nonsense. She turned the handset toward him. He was muttering a slow, meaningless string of words in an unrecognizable high-pitched nasal tone. He kept repeating his nickname, Shibu, and the name of his childhood village, Dehergoti. He sounded as if he were reading his own last rites. “Take him to the hospital,” I urged her, from New York. “I’ll catch the next flight home.” “No, no, just wait,” my mother said. “He might get better on his own.” In her day, buying an international ticket on short notice was an unforgivable act of extravagance, reserved for transcontinental gangsters and film stars. No one that she knew had arrived “early” for a parent’s death. The frugality of her generation had congealed into frank superstition: if I caught a flight now, I might dare the disaster … [Read more...] about My Father’s Body, at Rest and in Motion