August 17, 2019

New Life in New London’s Lyman Allyn Art Museum

Mount Etna from Taormina, Sicily, 1844, by Thomas Cole. Oil on canvas. Lyman (Allyn Art Museum, Gift of Nelson C. White, 1943.466 ) Old Masters, Hudson River paintings, galleries both grand and intimate — the former seaport town is right to be proud of this museum.A few weeks ago, I wrote about silver shows in…

An Anti-Trump Landslide?

Anything could happen between now and November 2020, but this new Fox News poll is not good news for the president. If the vote were held today, Joe Biden would clobber him, which is no surprise. But also, a geriatric New England socialist would beat the stuffing out of Trump. So would a preachy Harvard…

Trump’s Nationalist Report Card: A Solid C

Donald Trump will win reelection, or not, based primarily on his performance in office. The voters will ask, in their collective judgment, such questions as: has he scored at least one major accomplishment in domestic policy? Has he maintained strong economic growth? Has he avoided major foreign policy failures? Has he presided over a major…

Kiefer Sutherland ‘seriously injured’ after falling in Europe

Kiefer Sutherland is recovering after a serious fall while touring for his new country album, “Reckless & Me,” in Europe.The actor-singer, 52, revealed he suffered injuries to a rib when he slipped on the stairs to a bus while traveling to Denmark for a show on Thursday.The former “24” star added that he has to cancel…

Carolina Panthers’ Eric Reid slams Jay-Z as ‘despicable’ over NFL ownership rumors: when has he ‘ever taken…

Carolina Panthers’ safety Eric Reid slammed rapper Jay-Z as “despicable” Friday night after rumors swirled that the once supporter of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick would be part-owner of an NFL team, adding that the Roc Nation founder had no grounds to suggest that players were “past kneeling” during the national anthem. Following a preseason…

Delta flight’s 8-hour delay frays passengers’ nerves; police called to break up fight

Port Authority police officers at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City reportedly had to intervene after a fight broke out on a Delta flight that was delayed around eight hours Thursday.One passenger, Juan Andres Ahmad, tweeted that the pilot had “no idea” where the ground crew was and while the passengers waited they weren’t…

Manufacturing shrinks, raising questions for Trump | TheHill

The risks of an economic recession are on the rise, but the country’s manufacturing sector is already there.And for President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren unveils Native American policy plan Live-action ‘Mulan’ star spurs calls for boycott with support of Hong Kong police Don’t let other countries unfairly tax America’s most innovative companies MORE, who promised to…

Lewandowski says he’s ‘happy’ to testify before House panel | TheHill

Former Trump campaign manager Corey LewandowskiCorey R. LewandowskiThe Hill’s Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-‘squad’ controversy Trump seeks to project confidence on economy at New Hampshire rally Nadler subpoenas Lewandowski, former White House official for testimony MORE says he would be “happy” to testify before Congress after House Democrats subpoenaed him this week as part…

Joe Biden Drew Only 30 Supporters in New Hampshire During Trump Rally

Joe Biden drew only 30 supporters to an event held at the same time as President Donald Trump’s massive rally in New Hampshire on Thursday. The Eagle-Tribune, a local Massachusetts newspaper, reported the former vice president’s campaign only enticed “about 30 supporters” to attend an event held in Manchester, New Hampshire at the same time Trump was hosting…

Hiding Biden: Joe’s Allies Push for ‘Rose Garden Strategy’ to Limit Gaffe Exposure

Joe Biden’s allies are pushing for a return to the “rose garden” strategy less than two months after the former vice president abandoned the notion and began campaigning actively. Biden, who has retreated from the public eye after a hellish week of gaffes consumed his campaign, is being pushed to retool his schedule to limit…

In Mississippi, ‘Beto’ O’Rourke Mad at Donald Trump for ‘Terrifying’ Illegal Immigrants

Former Congressman Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke met with illegal immigrants in Mississippi on Friday after ICE arrested 680 illegal workers in food processing plants in the state. O’Rourke barred the press from his meeting with the illegal immigrants inside a grocery store in Canton, Mississippi, but later allowed them to watch him passing out food…

Medical Examiner Rules Epstein’s Death Suicide by Hanging

Jeffrey Epstein in a photograph taken for the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Service, March 28, 2017. (Handout/Reuters) New York City’s chief medical examiner ruled Friday that billionaire Jeffrey Epstein died by suicide, hanging himself in the Manhattan jail cell where he was awaiting trial on charges of sex trafficking underage girls. Epstein…

Goodbye, Good Buffalo Man

A couple of months ago, I returned to my Bratislava hotel room from one of the most spiritually uplifting days of my life. I started it by visiting a secret room where faithful Catholics risked imprisonment by the communists for producing samizdat prayer books and literature. I ended it in the apartment of a saintly…

Why the $1.45 Trillion F-35 Still Can’t Get Off the Ground

The fleet of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters flying in the critical operational testing phase is struggling to stay airborne, which could delay the troubled program’s great leap forward into mass production. As I recently reported for the Project on Government Oversight (POGO), a document from the program’s test force shows that the fleet’s test aircraft,…

A Newspaper, Or The Oberlin Faculty Senate?

If you keep your eye on media news, you know that The New York Times, the most important newspaper in America, has been roiled internally over whether or not a headline it published over a Trump story (about his post El Paso speech) exonerated the president from racism. The original headline read “Trump Urges Unity…

Trove of ‘super-deep’ diamonds from Earth’s core discovered

Scientists have found a trove of “super-deep” diamonds from hundreds of miles below the Earth’s surface. The diamonds were found in the Juina area of Brazil and likely came from a depth of 255 miles to 410 miles, according to an international team of researchers.  A volcanic eruption brought the rocks to the surface, The Independent reports.’JURASSIC…

‘Easy Rider’ star Peter Fonda dead at 79

Actor Peter Fonda, who co-wrote and starred in the seminal 1960s counterculture film “Easy Rider,” has died. He was 79.In a statement obtained by Fox News, Fonda’s family said that the actor  — the son of Henry Fonda and the younger brother of Jane Fonda — died Friday morning at his Los Angeles home after suffering respiratory failure due…

New York medical examiner: Jeffrey Epstein’s death was a suicide by hanging

New York City’s chief medical examiner has ruled that disgraced financier and accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein committed suicide by hanging in his prison cell last week.In a brief statement Friday, Dr. Barbara Sampson said her ruling came following a “careful review of all investigative information, including complete autopsy findings.”Epstein was found unresponsive in his cell at…

Trump admin argues transgender workers aren’t protected by civil rights law in new Supreme Court filing | TheHill

The Trump administration on Friday filed a brief with the Supreme Court arguing that federal civil rights laws do not protect transgender workers.The filing relates to the case of Aimee Stephens, a transgender woman who was fired as the funeral director of R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. in Detroit after she told owner Thomas Rost that…

Trump accuses Tlaib of grandstanding by turning down Israel offer to see grandmother | TheHill

President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren unveils Native American policy plan Live-action ‘Mulan’ star spurs calls for boycott with support of Hong Kong police Don’t let other countries unfairly tax America’s most innovative companies MORE on Friday tore into Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibTlaib says she won’t visit Israel after being treated like ‘a criminal’ The Hill’s Morning…

Boston Herald: Warren ‘Must Stop Using Dangerous’ Anti-Police Rhetoric

The editors of the Boston Herald are calling on 2020 Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to “stop using dangerous and false” rhetoric regarding law enforcement officers. A scathing editorial by the Boston Herald titled, “Warren must end vile rhetoric” rips Warren for her most recent false claim and attack on police officers in…

Customs Computers Systems Down, Major Delays at Airports Across Country

U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s computers systems shut down nationwide on Friday, prompting widespread delays at airports across the country. New York City’s John F. Kennedy Airport confirmed the computers were down and said officials were moving quickly to get its system up and running. LAX also confirmed its CBP computers were offline, writing on…

Poll: Half of Hispanic Americans Approve of Trump Following ICE Raids

After the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency raided multiple Mississippi food processing plants for hiring illegal alien workers, President Trump’s support among Hispanic voters has remained solid and a record total of black Americans now support him. Last week, ICE agents conducted the largest workplace raid in more than a decade across seven food…

Trump Must Not Break His Promises to Gun-Rights Supporters

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before boarding Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, N.J., August 15, 2019. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) He is following in the footsteps of George H. W. Bush, who paid the price for his betrayal.Following the model of George H. W. Bush, Donald Trump is taking a major step…

America’s Greatest Thinker, Paper Theaters, and Leonardo’s Abandoned Sketch

Martin Englebrecht, Diorama of an Italianate Villa and Garden, via Wikimedia Commons Let’s kick this morning off with a couple of items from the alternate universe desk: In Commentary, Abraham Socher writes about how a liberal arts college like Oberlin has become a place that takes intellectually curious students and teaches “them to rush to…

U.S. Bullies Its Way Into Dispute, Moves to Seize Iranian Tanker

A ship approaches supertanker Grace 1 off the coast of Gibraltar on July 6, 2019. – Iran demanded on July 5, 2019 that Britain immediately release an oil tanker it has detained in Gibraltar, accusing it of acting at the bidding of the United States. Photo by JORGE GUERRERO / AFP) (Photo credit should read…

The Perverted Face of Elite America

Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in Cambridge, MA on 9/8/04. (Photo by Rick Friedman/Corbis via Getty Images) Hands up, those of you who made a Fort Marcy Park joke last Saturday. Anyone? Surely there were a few. Fort Marcy Park was the Washington, D.C. woodland where White House attorney Vince Foster was found dead in 1993, and…

Kickboxer nicknamed ‘Pretty Killer’ batters Spanish robbers during vacation

A British female kickboxer nicknamed “Pretty Killer” battered a pair of Spanish robbers attacking an English father who was on vacation with his kids in Majorca.Pro fighter Iman Barlow, 26, leapt into action with her boxer boyfriend when they spotted a robbery unfolding near their hotel in Palma Nova.The two robbers swooped in on their victim and…

Rashida Tlaib signals she won’t go to West Bank, despite getting Israeli minister’s permission

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., indicated Friday that she will not travel to the West Bank to visit family, despite getting permission hours before from Israel’s interior minister — following a diplomatic firestorm over the government’s earlier refusal to allow her and a colleague entry as part of a broader visit.”I have decided that visiting my grandmother under these…

Coast Guard cutter’s crew makes massive 4,600-pound cocaine bust, 2nd in 5 days

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Midgett recently seized more than 4,600 pounds of cocaine, their second cocaine bust in five days.The drugs were confiscated July 31 from a “low-profile go-fast” vessel in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean, the Coast Guard announced Thursday.The bust came just days after the July 26 seizure of more…

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