Christie’s last question on 2016: “Do I want to do it?”

For Chris Christie, the final question on a potential 2016 bid is: "Do I want to do it?" The New Jersey governor has said he'll decide whether to join the already-crowded field of candidates vying for the Republican nomination this month as New Jersey wraps up its legislative session. But he's still weighing what is in his heart. "I go through all the different factors that I need to consider. And when I'm done, I check that off and I move to the next factor. And the factor I'm down to now, John, is do I want to do it? Do I want to do it? In my heart, is this something that I really, absolutely want to do?" he told "Face the Nation" host John Dickerson. Christie spoke with Dickerson from New Hampshire, where he had participated in a roundtable discussion with residents to talk about drug rehabilitation. Despite the growing movement to legalize one drug, marijuana, Christie pledged that he would reverse course on the federal government's permissiveness towards states that have done so like Colorado and Washington. Asked how this might affect his election prospects in Colorado, a key swing state in presidential elections, Christie didn't budge. "I think there's probably a lot of people in Colorado who are not too thrilled with what's going on there right now," he said. "You know the way you win any state? You go out and you tell people the truth and you lay out your ideas. And you either win or you lose. But I don't believe that people just want to be told what they want to hear. I believe they want to be told the truth as the person who's running sees it." Speaking more broadly about drug addiction, Christie said that a president can use the bully pulpit to help "lower stigma" about seeking treatment for drug and alcohol addiction. "Right now people, as I said before, see it as a moral failing," he said. The president can carry a message of, "You're not a failure, you're sick and we want to help you get better, and we're gonna, in this country, emphasize, for Continue Reading

How Documentaries Tell Stories We Don’t Want To Hear

Silverdocs Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email Enlarge this image Marketa Irglova and Glen Hansard in The Swell Season, which opened the Silverdocs festival Monday night. Silverdocs hide caption toggle caption Silverdocs Marketa Irglova and Glen Hansard in The Swell Season, which opened the Silverdocs festival Monday night. Silverdocs Consider the discontented viewer. We live in this hypothetical person's golden age, when the complaints he used to share with patient friends can now be shared with the entire online world, and they may even make their way to the eyeballs of the creators of the entertainment he's so angry about. Unsatisfying season finale? Terrible third act of a movie? Too much lens flare? Tweet, tweet, tweet! I'm convinced that we have so many methods of conveying resistance that they feed resistance itself, and while we resist bad performances and continuity errors and tragic hair, what we often resist the most in enjoying works of fiction is being told the wrong story. This person should have ended up with that love interest instead of that one; nothing happened in this episode; that character didn't have a believable motivation for taking that particular action. That's not what should have happened. As a work of fiction, The Swell Season, the documentary about the band of the same name that opened the Silverdocs film festival in Silver Spring, Md., on Monday night, would have been the wrong story to a lot of people. That's because what happens is, at one level, completely unsatisfying. The sketch goes like this: Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova make the practically no-budget movie Once, it becomes an indie hit, they win an Oscar for Best Original Song for the beautiful "Falling Slowly," they give enormously memorable speeches, and they go from playing smallish venues to playing Radio City. And of course, they fall in love. YouTube And it doesn't work out. The film, from directors Nick August-Perna, Continue Reading

Pregnant Khloe Kardashian confirms she’s having a baby GIRL but admits it’s NOT what she wanted to hear

KHLOE Kardashian has confirmed she’s having a baby girl. The 33-year-old reality star, who is eight months pregnant, made the big reveal during the series finale of Keeping Up With The Kardashians. During the episode, Kylie Jenner called Khloe to deliver the news from her doctor as she was on a trip to San Francisco at the time. Kylie told Khloe: “You’re having a girl,” but Khloe wasn’t convinced and shot back: “You're lying!” The 20-year-old, who recently became a mum to her baby girl Stormi, was adamant and told her older sister: “I'm not lying. I'm so excited for you Khloe!” Khloe struggled to hide her disappointment and admitted she didn’t think she was having a girl. She told Kim: “I don't feel like I'm having a girl at all. I'm like in a state of shock.” Khloe later explained how she felt in an emotional chat with the cameras. She said: “When you have your mind made up as to what you're having, like everyone told me you're going to feel what you're having and you'll just kind of know. “And then when you find out it's the complete opposite it's just a shock. I just was convinced that I was having a boy, so to be having a girl it's just like, ‘OK that wasn't what I thought was going on.'” MOST READ IN TV & SHOWBIZGOLDEN GUY Find out how to watch this year's Oscars - on TV & online 'MY GOODBYE' Terminally ill Linda Nolan planning 'final party' as she turns down chemo ONE STRIKE The lowdown on Tom Burke, detective Cormoran Strike in Strike: Career of Evil HOLLYWOOD'S FINEST Here's how and when you can watch this year's Oscars from the UK BACK IN THE GAME Jamie Redknapp 'secretly dating stunning model' after Louise split 'I HAVE CHILLS' Call The Midwife fans devastated at shock death as actress quits show Later in the episode Khloe opened up to her mum Kris Jenner and said she hoped Kylie was lying. But Kris had some sobering words, admitting: “Khloe, the Continue Reading

Is Mike Pompeo’s CIA just telling the president what he wants to hear?

Vice President Mike Pence (right) swears in Mike Pompeo—flanked by Pompeo’s wife, Susan—to be director of the CIA in Washington, D.C., on January 23. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst SpyTalk Donald Trump Mike Pompeo Central Intelligence Agency Updated | In early November, Cynthia Storer sat down and started sketching out her next lecture for an online course she’s teaching for Johns Hopkins University. The topic: the politicization of intelligence. The ex-CIA senior counterterrorism analyst, one of the famous “sisters” who tracked Osama bin Laden, has firsthand memories of the constant pressure from Vice President Dick Cheney and other Bush administration officials to come up with proof that Saddam Hussein had ties to Al-Qaeda. With White House encouragement, the agency also came up with evidence that Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction. In that sad episode, George Tenet, then CIA director, told Bush he could make a “slam dunk” case for attacking Iraq. As it turned out, Bush’s sales pitch was successful, but the intelligence was a bust: No nuclear, chemical or biological weapons were found.Perhaps it was only a coincidence, but the timing of Storer’s lecture was ideal, given the lengthening string of evidence that CIA Director Mike Pompeo has been bending the agency to his boss’s will on Russia and Iran. Keep up with this story and more by subscribing nowOn November 7, the Intercept reported that Pompeo, a former Tea Party Republican from Kansas, had met in October with William Binney, an ex–National Security Agency official. The latter had been promoting a highly disputed theory that the 2016 hack of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) was not the work of Russian agents but an inside job. Pompeo, according to Binney, told him that Trump had inspired the invitation, saying, “If he want[ed] to know the facts” on the DNC hack, “he should talk to me.” Pompeo, Continue Reading

Yankees hurler Ivan Nova doesn’t want to hear about Tommy John surgery anymore

BOSTON — After getting knocked around by the Rays last Sunday, Ivan Nova heard one person after another theorize that days like that are all a part of coming back from Tommy John surgery. He just doesn’t want to hear it anymore. “I’m not going to make any excuses that I’m coming off of surgery,” Nova said. “I’m pitching. If I’m up here with the team, it’s because they feel — and I feel — that I can contribute to this team. Nobody mentions Tommy John when I pitch a good game, so why do you have to mention it when I pitch a bad game? You can’t judge any bad start I have and say it’s because of the surgery. I don’t believe in that. I’m pitching and I feel good.” FOLLOW THE DAILY NEWS SPORTS ON FACEBOOK. "LIKE" US HERE. Nova had two solid starts after making his return 14 months after surgery, throwing 6.2 shutout innings against the Phillies on June 24, then allowing two runs over 5.1 innings in Anaheim on June 30. The Rays tagged him for four runs (three earned) on six hits and three walks over five innings, while he threw only 45 of his 81 pitches for strikes. Many pitchers say that command is the last thing to come back after undergoing Tommy John surgery, but Nova doesn't think his problems against Tampa Bay stemmed from his elbow injury. “Last time, I didn’t have any command of my pitches; but before the surgery, I had those days, too,” Nova said. “If you look at how many starts like that I had before I got hurt, it was a lot. I was up and down a lot of times. There were days that I felt really good, went out there and had no command of any of my pitches. That stuff happens. I don’t worry about what happened last time. I know that I can still pitch a good game.” Joe Girardi said he’s been “pleased” with what he's seen Continue Reading

Robinson Cano’s decision to participate in Home Run Derby not the news Kevin Long wants to hear

OAKLAND - Can Robinson Cano avoid a Home Run Derby hangover? The Yankees' All-Star second baseman has agreed to take part in Monday's showcase event in Anaheim, but his hitting coach isn't all that excited by the prospect of watching Cano participate in the contest. "I would prefer he's not involved in it, but that's not my decision," Kevin Long said. "History suggests that guys that do the home run hitting contest get fatigued and exhausted from the process. I'm happy for the fact that he's maybe getting the opportunity, but in the same breath we have to be careful in how he goes about this." Although Joe Girardi wasn't as forthcoming as Long, the manager was clearly not thrilled with the idea of his No. 5 hitter taking part in the slugfest. "I think it's a lot of swings for a player; physically, I think it's somewhat of a grind, but it's an honor to be involved," Girardi said. "The biggest thing is that we keep Robinson Cano healthy and strong the whole year. If that in any way would fatigue him, then I would prefer that he didn't get fatigued." Cano was surprised to get the invitation, one he found hard to turn down. "I'm just going to go out there and have fun, always have it in my mind that it's Yankees first before anything else," Cano said. "I'll go out there like I swing in BP, a regular swing, not try to do too much and mess up my swing." Cano hasn't spent much time thinking about repercussions, but it's clear that Long has. As cautious as Long is, he admitted that Cano may be one of the few players who can get through the event and not feel any ill effects. "If anybody could overcome this and it not wear them down, this guy's a horse," Long said. "He plays every day, every inning; he might be the one guy I could say he could get through this with flying colors and be okay. But again, it's tough not to go to the history part of it and say what's happened to this guy, this guy, this guy and this guy and think it wouldn't happen to Cano." Continue Reading

Brandon Jacobs wants to return, but says Giants need Plaxico Burress back

TAMPA - Brandon Jacobs wants to return to the Giants next season. And he wants Plaxico Burress to come back, too. The big free-agent running back endorsed that 1-2 punch for the Giants' offense Thursday, and insisted that if the Giants welcomed Burress back, the troubled receiver would return a changed man. He said Burress had learned his lesson and wouldn't cause any more trouble, and he said he wants the Giants to give him a second chance. "Oh, no question," Jacobs said. "If I'm here, I need 17 back on that roster. "(He's) a different guy. He knows he's, No. 1, lucky to be living today, for how close he came. And he realizes the golden opportunity he's got in front of him to be able to take care of his wife and his kid. I talk to Plax every other day. We text back and forth. He's still Plax. He's still the same person. But he's got a different swagger about himself. "I think he's changed. You won't ever hear anything from Plaxico as far as any kind of trouble with 'team.' It's all done. He's finished. He'll really be a different person." And obviously, Jacobs said, the Giants need the 6-5 receiver. They were 11-1 when Burress was suspended, but they lost four of their last five games, including the season-ending playoff loss to Philadelphia. If Burress had been there, Jacobs said, the Giants would still have one more game - and win - to go. "If we had Plax on our team, we go 15-1 and we win the Super Bowl," Jacobs said. "And I'm not afraid to say that and I'll say it to anybody on any team. We had a different identity with him and we didn't have enough time to change our identity to be effective at what we wanted to do." Jacobs, 26, wasn't blaming Burress for the late collapse, he was just lamenting what might have been. In fact, he defended Burress for his actions on Nov.28, when he carried an unlicensed firearm into a Manhattan nightclub and accidentally shot himself in the thigh. "You can't judge him for what happened because nobody really Continue Reading

No coach wants to hear “You’re gonna lose”

The clock started on Justin Scheller's 15 minutes of fame, at least until this point in his life, as a child actor in the 1992 hit baseball movie "A League of Their Own."One of these days, perhaps the clock will reset for his success as a high school football coach.Scheller portrayed brat Stilwell Gardner in the film which starred Tom Hanks, Genna Davis, Madonna and Rosie O'Donnell in the story about women's professional baseball during World War II. Scheller didn't want to be "that guy whose highlight in life came when he was five years old." Coaching is not exactly the path to stardom.Scheller is in his first year in charge at Springs Valley, and like every rookie, he has hit the hard time. The Blackhawks are currently 1-5. The proud program, at one time a Southern Indiana power in Class A, has been beat down and beat on, with only four winning seasons since 1999.Valley's glory days were from 1988-92, when winning a sectional was common and expected. The Blackhawks, under Bill Harris, went to the state championship game in the Hoosier Dome in 1989, losing to Bremen. They had the Mental Attitude Award winner (linebacker Joe Clark). That era, like the Dome itself, is gone. Valley's last sectional title came in 1992, when the fathers of today's generation were on the field."Everybody talks about the tradition here," Scheller said. "A lot of that has gone away. We have to work back to that."Once success escapes, it is difficult to recapture, especially at a small school with limited and cyclical talent. But when the bottom is reached, there is only one direction to choose."We're trying to get everyone on the same page, from the elementary to the varsity level," Scheller said. "You have to start at the bottom. We're taking some bumps and bruises, but we knew we would. When things go bad, you can't throw out your whole system and start from scratch. I believe in keeping everything consistent from top to bottom."Scheller, who spent five years as an assistant before Continue Reading

Like Joe Torre, Bobby Abreu waits to hear fate

Read Mark Feinsand's Blogging the BombersRead fan blog Subway SquawkersBobby Abreu was no different than any of the Yankees who have spoken at the Stadium in recent days - he fully believes Joe Torre should return next season.Where Abreu differs from some of his teammates, of course, is that it's not under his control whether he'll be back with the Yanks, who must decide whether to exercise a $16 million option on their right fielder or pay him a $2 million buyout."I want to get back here. Totally, I want to be back. But I have to wait for their decision for what they want to do," Abreu said yesterday. "They have the club option, so I have to wait for them first. I want to be here first, I'd like to play here in New York. But let's see. I hope that everything goes well and I can stay here."At that price tag, the Yanks might be better served pursuing a free-agent center fielder such as Torii Hunter or Aaron Roward, then moving Melky Cabrera to right, with Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui splitting time in left field and at DH.The 33-year-old Abreu was batting a soft .263 with five homers and 41 RBI before the All-Star break, but bounced back to finish at .283 with 16 homers and 101 RBI, his fifth straight season driving in at least 100 runs."It was very tough in the beginning. I didn't ever want it to be that way. To turn the page in the second half, things started to go well and I finished strong and the team finished strong, until the playoffs happened," Abreu said. "Joe Torre always gave me the confidence to turn things around. That's a guy that always gives you a lot of confidence in yourself, when you're in a slump he helps you out, because you know he's with you."That's why everybody respects him so much."KEI NOTE: Kei Igawa, the Japanese lefthander who went 2-3 with a 6.25 ERA after the Yanks spent $46 million on him in salary and posting fees last winter, also was at the Stadium. The lefty told Japanese reporters he met with GM Brian Cashman and that he still Continue Reading


THE FABLED PLAZA HOTEL, now reborn as a super expensive, luxury condo, is getting the once over from would-be buyers. But it's not just the fancy amenities they want to know about. Every time Richard Ferrari of Prudential Douglas Elliman, takes a customer to the famous Fifth Avenue landmark, he hears the same questions. "Everyone wants to know who's bought there," Ferrari said. "They ask: 'Are they Wall Street? ' 'Are they big-name celebrities? ' 'Are they Europeans? '" Forget about couture kitchens, swimming pools and screening rooms. Now more than ever, who will be sharing the roof is at the top of the list when it comes to getting an apartment. New Yorkers have always been nosy about the neighbors. But the search for the "right building" with the "right people" has gotten more intense as the cost of real estate has sky-rocketed. It's especially true at the high end, where buying an apartment "isn't just the space, it's the vibe," said Rob Gross, senior vice president at Prudential Douglas Elliman's downtown office. A sighting of what appeared to be Elle MacPherson at the sales offices of chic new condo 20 Pine Street has would-be buyers asking questions about the supermodel, said Michael Shvo, whose company Shvo is the exclusive marketing agent for the building. MacPherson's manager told the Daily News, "Elle is not looking for additional property in New York. " But buyers aren't just inquiring about bold-faced names. "Single guys want to know if there are other single people," living in a building, Shvo said. "Women are more celebrity," focused, he said. Knowing whose names are on the mail boxes gives some buyers confidence that they are making the right decision. "It's like a fashion trend," said Daniela Kunen, managing director of residential sales for Prudential Douglas Elliman. "You know how women need to be told what to buy? If someone knows the next- door neighbor is highly successful, it underwrites the decision. " On the Continue Reading