The studio has unveiled a marketing campaign filled with action and drama along with an appeal for audiences looking for one last big screen thrill before summer ends. It may have escaped many people that Gerard Butler has starred in a consistently successful action franchise over the last six years. It was 2013's Olympus Has Fallen that introduced audiences to Butler's Mike Banning, a Secret Service agent long fallen from the agency's good graces who redeems himself after saving the president when the White House is attacked by North Korean terrorists. Grossing $170 million worldwide, the 2016 sequel London Has Fallen, which moved the action overseas, did even better with $205 million in worldwide
Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org. NOEL KING, HOST: Right after the mass shooting in El Paso earlier this month, Republican leaders, most notably President Trump, talked positively about the idea of tighter restrictions on gun ownership, including background checks. Here's President Trump at the time. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: There's a great appetite - and I mean a very strong appetite - for background checks. And I think we can bring up background checks like we've never had before. KING: But since then, the president has given conflicting statements about his commitment to background checks. In remarks this week, President Trump said
This week, it was announced that former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, who worked under President Trump, would appear on the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars. To let someone like Spicer appear on the show is to whitewash the immorality and cruelty of the Trump administration.
Facing a trade war against China that has shaken the global economy, President Donald Trump gathered his most trusted economic aides in the Oval Office. Where past presidents have relied on top academics, business leaders and officials with experience in prior administrations, Trump has gone a different route, building a crew of economic advisers known more for their allegiance to him than their policy chops. Now, facing a test caused largely by Trump's determination to force China to provide the U.S. with better trade terms, questions are mounting about whether the team is up to the challenges that lie ahead — and whether Trump would listen to them anyway.
Caption Close NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump hasn't given up his fight to block critics from his Twitter feed. Justice Department lawyers Friday asked the full 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan to decide whether a three-judge appeals panel erred in ruling he could not. They said the case has important implications for public officials who increasingly use social media, particularly on personal social media accounts. "If the panel is correct, public officials who address matters relating to their public office on personal accounts will run the risk that every action taken on that account will be state action subject to constitutional scrutiny," the lawyers wrote. It is rare
I sometimes think about the report from last year when Trump threw a Starburst candy at German chancellor Angela Merkel and said, “Don’t say I never give you anything.” On the one hand, the image itself is irresistibly and guiltily funny. If you consider it on its own, there is a part of your spleen, something about being an American human, that obliges you to revel in that moment. An occasional self-conscious lapse from decorum among the powerful is charming. A well-chosen one can be almost sublime.But a total insensibility to the dignity of one’s high office is perverse. It’s important to remember that if Barack Obama had done something like that Starburst trick, Republican blatherers would have put it into the great roll-call of unpresidential behavior that includes Bill Clinton’s sexual harassment of an intern, his staffers’ impish removal of the “W” keys on White House computers, Sandy Berger’s alleged “documents in his socks” moment, and Barack Obama’s khaki-suit fiasco. That last one still doesn’t make sense to me.There’s still a week to go in this normally slow news month, but I’m tapping out. Donald Trump’s August 2019 has had so much sound and fury, it must signify something.Where to begin? There was the frightening and incongruous grinning and thumbs up over an infant recently orphaned by a mass shooter. He actually took the occasion to remind people his rally in El Paso was more successful than Beto O’Rourke’s. Not long after that, there were the president’s suggestions that his predecessor might have been involved in murdering Jeffrey Epstein. Soon there commenced the weeks-long reality-TV-quality spat with former spokesman Anthony Scaramucci. Each one of these would normally, on its own, be a scandal large enough to be recalled in the first paragraphs summing up a president’s mixed legacy. For Trump it’s just a few days.There was the leak of Trump’s interest in purchasing Greenland from Denmark. For those who know a little history, acquiring this extension of North America makes some strategic sense and has interested several presidents. For those with a sense of humor, there should be an ability to appreciate Trump’s acquisitiveness leading him to the truth on the matter. But then the big galoot couldn’t take a hint that Denmark isn’t interested in such a sale, and he caused a needlessly embarrassing diplomatic fight over it.More recently, Trump is promoting claims that Israelis “love him like he’s the King of Israel” and “love him like he’s the second coming of God.” A few days later he is tweeting about the chairman of the Federal Reserve: “My only question is, who is our bigger enemy, Jay Powell or Chairman Xi?” And then absurdly proclaiming, “The vast amounts of money made and stolen by China from the United States, year after year, for decades, will and must STOP. Our great American companies are hereby ordered to immediately start looking for an alternative to China . . .”I know what you’re thinking: Judges! But the judges!Sure. They’re great. Fine. Whatever. Let’s get back to the subject at hand.I remember sort of rolling my eyes when, 20 years ago, George W. Bush kept repeating that he would “restore honor and dignity” to the White House, a big applause line. He would even raise his hand, like he was taking an oath. But Trump is wearing out not just my patience but my cynicism and giving me a deeper appreciation for decorum.It is supremely doubtful that Trump’s successors could sustain his new anti-norms; Trump’s combination of shamelessness and stamina is blessedly rare. Most normal people still know better than to just be themselves, warts and all, when entrusted with responsibility.We need decorum because human beings are almost too malleable. We habituate ourselves to anything. Even this presidency. The constant break from the norm doesn’t just make the president perverse; it does something to us too.Not long before he died, William F. Buckley was commenting on the state of conservatism. He longed for the repristination of its ideas. His word, of course. We have to be honest with ourselves. We’re not going to get to return to anything pristine, we’re not going to have the time for serious reflection or thought at all, if we let this jackanapes in the Oval Office have all the attention he covets. "Jackanapes" is another Buckley word in need of recovery.
Tonight in 2020 vision, why the third democratic debate stage might be significantly smaller than the first two.Aug. 20, 2019
Charlie Kratovil, editor of New Brunswick Today, had a very interesting weekend a while back. Mr. Kratovil arrived as a fully credentialed journalist and was given permission to film the conference, and, doing his due diligence, sat through what I can only imagine were hours of painfully boring speeches by God only knows. After hours of filming, fellow journalist and White House Correspondent for the Urban Radio Networks April Ryan took the stage. Mr. Kratovil kept his camera rolling, intrigued and ready to report on what Ms. Ryan had to say.
What do the White House and schools across the United States have in common? Shockingly, the answer is asbestos. Over the past few weeks, dozens of senior White House staff including Ivanka Trump, Kellyanne Conway, Stephen Miller, and Larry Kudlow had to move out of their offices so the hazardous cancer-causing mineral could be removed. The government says the work should be done by the end of the month But for millions of parents across the country, worries about asbestos won't be resolved so quickly. They can find the hidden hazard lurking within some supplies in their children's' backpacks and their school buildings themselves. In 2018, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Consumer Watchdog
Proponents envision a logo with the U.S. flag as its 'singular focus' that every U.S. agency and department would use. U.S. foreign aid could soon get an “America First” makeover. Top White House officials are discussing creation of a single new logo to slap on all U.S. overseas assistance, arguing that it's time for a rebranding effort that will ultimately help promote President Donald Trump's self-described nationalist ideology. Story Continued Below It's not clear where Trump himself stands on the proposal, contained in a draft executive order and other materials obtained by POLITICO. The idea, which is only in its nascent stages, comes amid the president's decision to back away from plans
SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – All the people who like to buy a last-minute pre-flight plastic water bottle out of San Francisco International Airport will need to bring a reusable water bottle. Banning the sale of plastic water bottles is all part of SFO's effort to advance its goal of becoming the world's first zero-waste airport by 2021. Starting today, all food vendors and vending machines will not be able to sell any plastic water bottles. This includes purified water, mineral water, carbonated or sparkling water, and electrolyte-enhanced water. SFO has a list of approved water bottles that will be sold at the airport, including mostly companies with glass bottles and aluminum cans. The ban does
NEW YORK (AP) — Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, who once sparred with journalists, has decided to join them. Fox News said Thursday that Sanders has been hired to provide political commentary and analysis across all its properties, including Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network and the radio and podcast division. Sanders was press secretary for President Donald Trump from July 2017 through June 2019, quarreling with reporters who aggressively questioned her about any number of controversies involving the president. In a statement, Sanders says she is “beyond proud” to join Fox. She will make her debut on “Fox & Friends” on Sept. 6.
Footwear executives call out White House economic advisor Peter Navarro over his recents comments on Chinese currency devaluation.
New film based on arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou exposes company's lies and political intimidation, as CEO says they face "life or death crisis" NEW YORK , Aug. 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- New ...
DAN SHAUGHNESSY Bob Cousy chose his words very carefully at the White House Ninety-one-year-old Bob Cousy just finished his career with one last crossover dribble, one last dazzling behind-the-back pass. The Cooz was at the White House Thursday to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Donald Trump. It is the nation's highest civilian honor, and Cousy said, “It allows me to complete my life circle.'' And what a life. The son of French immigrants, Cousy grew up in New York City in an apartment without running water and used his basketball skills to earn a ticket to Holy Cross and international fame with the Boston Celtics. He was the LeBron James of his era, “Mr. Basketball,''