Beltway Insider: Trump, Pence Stump MAGA Redux, Cuts Central American Aid, Brexit Power Grab, Boeing MAX Jets, 2020

President Trump, riding high on his vindication interpretation, roared into Michigan initiating his 2020 re-election campaign setting the tone with hate mongering, cursing, and belittling the investigation that resulted in 34 guilty pleas, including six from former advisors.

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Beltway Insider: Trump/Democrats Advert Second Shutdown, NY Says No To Bezos, Indian Terror Attack, 2020 News

President Trump signed the bi-partisan bill adverting a second government shutdown and immediately indicated he would issue a national emergency declaration bypassing congress, negating their judicial authority, and essentially rendering them impotent in any further Border Wall negotiations.

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  • ROOM Review – A Riveting, Challenging, Triumph Over Tragedy Story

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    ROOM, from A24, brings to the screen a gripping tale, woven together straight from the headlines with challenging circumstances, a story of hope against all odds, of survival, of reentry, of remembering and discovering, of birth, death and rebirth.

     
  • Money News: US Markets Run Abbreviated Holiday Trading Week; Record Closes for 2014

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    The Dow Jones Industrial brought holiday cheer, during abbreviated trading, and closed the last full week of 2014 over 18,000 points in an all time record calming worried investors and setting the tone for the coming year.

     
  • World News: The European Dwarf

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    Together politically successful, the European Union remains unable to act collectively in the face of the Turkish crisis. This inability reveals internal tensions within the Union but also its marginal role at the international level.

     
  • Kim Wall Murder: Judge Upgrades Charges; Peter Madsen to Stand Trial for Murder

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    Peter Madsen, 46, the eccentric Danish charged with manslaughter in the murder of Swedish Journalist Kim Wall, has proffered a third explanation for her murder and failed to acknowledge his culpability in the postmortem dismemberment.

     
  • Inside Out Review – A Fun Filled Neon Trip Down Memory Lane

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    Inside Out, from Walt Disney Pictures and PIXAR, brings to life the team of emotions inside the mind of an adolescent tween as they help her cope with the cross country move as her family begins a new life from her Minnesota roots.

     
  • Brits Stun the World, Vote Leave; British Pound in Freefall; Repercussion Begins

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    Britons turned out in record numbers to cast an historic vote that has them taking back control of their homeland and returning the United Kingdom to a self-governing state leaving the current government in a state of shock.

     
  • Zuzu Still Thinks IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A Conversation with Karolyn Grimes

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    Nothing completes the holiday experience more than an extra serving—to go with the booze and candied yams—of Frank Capra’s yule-tide yarn, of IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE. It’s a picture that can melt even the iciest of hearts and for those of us grown-ups with no self-worth (or money) in December, there’s just something downright conciliatory about it.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Obama Balks on Benghazi; Petraeus Testifies Before House Intelligence Committee

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    In the first press conference since President Obama won re-election, against Republican Presidential challenger Mitt Romney, he faced a firing squad of reporters over the handling of the Benghazi attacks that killed four Americans.

     
  • Celebrity Real Estate: Chicago Mansion Serving As Lucious Lyon’s Residence on Smash Hit "Empire" On Market

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    Audiences around the globe tune in regularly to keep up with the drama gripping music mogul, Lucious Lyon, and former wife Cookie, sons, and to close the must see third season, guest star Demi Moore.

     
  • Victim in South Carolina Police Shooting Owed Child Support

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    A South Carolina police officer shot and killed an unarmed black man after a routine traffic stop in which the victim ran as he could not produce insurance or registration papers for the vehicle pulled over for a faulty tail light.

     
  • Paris Fashion Week: Rani Zakhem Couture, Fall/Winter 2018-2019 – Dazzling, Flamboyant, Sensual

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    The Rani Zakhem Couture Fall Winter 2018-2019 collection is a vibrant, sparkling tribute to the combating and combative woman, Amazone of all jungles and terribly "Glamazonian", fatally seductive when, like a warrior goddess, she appears in her crystal armor.

     
  • Celebrity Interview: Maiden Director Alex Holmes and Skipper Tracy Edwards Talk on Making the Documentary

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    Maiden, from Sony Pictures Classic, the incredible story of Captain Tracy Edwards, and her historic voyage and win in The Whitbread Round the World sailing race, has continued its upward track at the indie box office.

     
  • The Beguiled Review – Shocking, Stunning, An Early Oscar Favorite

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    The Beguiled, from American Zoetrope and Focus Features, presents the final days of the Civil War and the breakdown as solid truths and commitments become clouded by the presence of a wounded Union soldier who electrifies the home.

     
  • Men In Black International Review - A Wild Intergalactic Ride

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    Men in Black International, from Sony Pictures Entertainment, presents the continuing story of the ghost agency that handles unexpected visitors and threats from other galaxies, with the third sequel the story intensifies and kicks it into warp speed.

     
  • People Exclusive: Father of Teen Missing Since 2009 Whom FBI Has Declared Was Held Captive and Murdered: 'I'm Begging Anyone To Help Us Bring Her Home'

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    For seven long years, Chad and Dawn Drexel have waited for news about what happened to their 17-year-old daughter, Brittanee Drexel, who vanished during a spring break trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in 2009.