Biden may be tempted to deemphasize the two table-setting states. Photo: Michael Dwyer/AP/Shutterstock Let’s face it: If you’re running for president, having to spend months and months in Iowa and New Hampshire can be a pain in the butt. These states, with their privileged position in the nominating contests of both parties, harbor countless citizens who don’t believe a candidate has earned their votes until and unless they’ve asked for them in person. The locals have no compunction whatsoever about shaking down said candidates for all sorts of things, ranging from support for their provincial obsessions (e.g., the anti-tax pledges extorted by New Hampshire Republicans or the bipartisan Iowa demands on behalf of the Great Corn Idol of ethanol subsidies) to some fundraising help for state legislative candidates. And when actual voting grows nigh, the weather in these two states can turn as icy as the glare of voters if you challenge their political duopoly. I … [Read more...] about Can Biden Really Lose Iowa and New Hampshire But Still Win the Democratic Nomination?
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close Video Burt Reynolds dies at 82: Stars react Iconic actor Burt Reynolds has died of a cardiac arrest at the age of 82. Celebrities took to social media to remember the star. Fans are still mourning the loss of Burt Reynolds. “Property From the Estate of Burt Reynolds” was held over two days by Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, where bidders flocked for cars, movie memorabilia and even a painting of the star’s favorite horse. The auction house revealed to Fox News in a statement their top sale was a 1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am custom built for Reynolds and his business partner, Gene Kennedy. The car, the last Trans Am Reynolds owned, sold for $317,500. Reynolds passed away in 2018 at age 82 from a heart attack. BURT REYNOLDS DEAD AT 82 Burt Reynolds was the subject of an auction from Julien's Auctions. — Julien's Auctions Gene Kennedy, who helped kick off the auction in honor of Reynolds, spoke to Fox News about how the … [Read more...] about Burt Reynolds’ pal recalls ‘Smokey and the Bandit’ star’s final days: ‘It really took us all by surprise’
Well, until the appearance of Gunther, the sadistic prison guard played by Brendan Fraser, tonight’s was one of the most calm and beautiful episodes of The Affair to date, taken up—as it was—by Noah (Dominic West) and Alison (Ruth Wilson) squaring the circle of their tortured relationship. This is the relationship that is central to the show, the title of the show, and in this week’s episode Noah and Alison ranged over what they had done, and what it had meant—and now, why it must end. Can it? Really? Some critics and viewers think the “real relationship” is between Alison and her ex-husband Cole (Joshua Jackson), but for me it’s Alison and Noah all the way… And this episode, gorgeously written by Sharr White, brought another Affair first: a tradition of two perspectives—but this time the first perspective not disputed or muddied by the second, which tonight simply took the story forward. Finally, the technique implied, Alison … [Read more...] about Is This How ‘The Affair’ Really Ends?
Watching Children of a Lesser God is not easy. Immediately you become a very active, implicated participant in its study of the relationship of a deaf-from-birth woman, Sarah Norman (Lauren Ridloff), and her hearing husband, James Leeds (The Affair’s Joshua Jackson), a teacher at a State School for the Deaf. The play, opening Wednesday night on Broadway at Studio 54, is about communication, its facility and genius, and its weakness and many failures. We observe how the hearing interact with the non-hearing, and how the non-hearing navigate the hearing world around them, within the domestic and intimate context of Sarah and James’ home and work lives. Who is hearing whom, who is speaking for whom, who is signing for whom? Is speech therapist James’ desire for his wife to learn to speak an admirable one, or a violation of her deaf selfhood? Just as James, who is fluent in sign language, is needed to interpret Sarah to the world within the play, so Jackson is needed to … [Read more...] about Sharpen Your Senses to Really Hear ‘Children of a Lesser God’
Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, on Wednesday morning kept her eerily calm tone while talking over and snapping at CNN’s New Day co-host Alisyn Camerota when she was asked about President Trump’s infamously unreleased tax returns in the wake of the midterm elections. This month, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said she would use subpoena power against Donald Trump—to request his tax returns, among other things—if Democrats won a majority on Tuesday night. House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) also echoed that sentiment late Tuesday on MSNBC, saying the committee will “make sure that the oversight role that the Republicans so completely abdicated” is taken up “responsibly.” When Camerota asked about that potential, Conway appeared surprised, asking: “Is this really what we’re talking about today? After we had historic gains in the Senate and some of the governorships, I … [Read more...] about Kellyanne Conway Snaps at Trump Taxes Question: ‘Is This Really What We’re Talking About?’