How the GOP’s tax plan will screw you specifically

How the GOP’s tax plan will screw you specifically
One of the Republicans’ favorite fiscal tricks is masking benefit cuts for average Americans behind tax cuts. The hope is that most voters will see a paltry middle-class tax cut instead of the massive cuts to programs and huge breaks for the rich. The House GOP’s newest attempt at a massive tax cut for the wealthy was released on Thursday. Called the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” the plan is heavy on cuts and low on jobs. We don’t

The lives of the 4 US soldiers killed in Niger

The lives of the 4 US soldiers killed in Niger
(CNN)Sgt. La David Johnson married his childhood sweetheart and was expecting his third child.All four died in an ambush on October 4, after helping local forces in Niger combat terrorists.They came from across the country, each leaving a profound legacy on their communities. Here's what we know about their lives and service of the four soldiers killed: Sgt. La David Johnson, 25Even as an adult, Johnson had a playful spirit, once demonstrated by his unusual method of commuting when

John Kelly called Frederica Wilson an ’empty barrel.’ Is that racist?

John Kelly called Frederica Wilson an ’empty barrel.’ Is that racist?
Washington (CNN)On Thursday afternoon in the White House, chief of staff John Kelly laid into Florida Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson in harsh terms.A search through the Internet shows that the origin of the line is somewhat fuzzy -- although it is commonly credited to Plato in this form: "An empty vessel makes the loudest sound, so they that have the least wit are the greatest babblers." (One interesting thing: There is no citation of what work Plato wrote those

Turning a nightmare into pop music

Turning a nightmare into pop music
Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionEverything Everything perform Can't Do at BBC Music Introducing Live 2017 "There's a tide and it's coming in now," sings Jonathan Higgs on Night Of The Long Knives, the latest single from Everything Everything.The title refers to Hitler's bloody purge of the Nazi party in 1934, drawing a parallel to the rise of the right-wing politics in the last two years.Only Higgs isn't convinced that fascism will sweep everything in its

Woody Allen completely misses the point with comments about Harvey Weinstein

Woody Allen completely misses the point with comments about Harvey Weinstein
UPDATE: Oct. 16, 2017, 1:26 a.m. UTC Woody Allen has clarified his comments regarding the sexual assault allegations directed at Harvey Weinstein, giving Variety a statement: “When I said I felt sad for Harvey Weinstein I thought it was clear the meaning was because he is a sad, sick man ... I was surprised it was treated differently. Lest there be any ambiguity, this statement clarifies my intention and feelings.” ——- Original story: Director Woody Allen commented today on

The 11 Garbage People You Meet At Every Halloween Party

The 11 Garbage People You Meet At Every Halloween Party
Halloween is Tuesday, which means that all of your Halloween party-going is happening this week and reaching a crescendo this weekend. Don't ask me why we treat Halloween like other holidays where you HAVE to have the party before the actual date, them's just the rules. Fuck you in advance for giving me side-eye for showing up to your November 4th party in my Boba Fett costume. Shit was expensive. Anyway, what makes Halloween parties Halloween parties is that

How one actor turned her brush with street harassment into a raucous, emotional concert.

How one actor turned her brush with street harassment into a raucous, emotional concert.
Three years ago, Diana Oh was followed down the street and viciously catcalled by a group of men in an SUV. In the wake of that incident, the New York City-based actor and musician sat down in Times Square in her lingerie in front of a stack of paper bags arranged on a soapbox. One bag read, "The world bends over backward to make excuses for male violence." She stood there, silent, for hours, as passersby stared, applauded, jeered,

How long can The Apprentice keep going?

How long can The Apprentice keep going?
"That's because of us three," jokes Lord Sugar, referring to himself and sidekicks Karren Brady and Claude Littner. Image caption These three don't half enjoy going outside on a cloudy day "But of course the decision for new series remains and has always remained with the BBC. We're ready and waiting but it's up to the BBC to decide whether they wish to continue."Well, we asked the BBC, who said: "The Apprentice is a much loved BBC One show

‘Radiolab’ creator is back with a podcast that’s taking a long, hard look at America

‘Radiolab’ creator is back with a podcast that’s taking a long, hard look at America
Jad Abumrad, creator of "More Perfect" and master interviewer, who doesn't like to be the subject of interviews.Image: More perfectThe United States of America is swinging – culturally, legally, and of course, politically.  For Jad Abumrad, so-called public radio royalty, best known for bringing us the joys of Radiolab, the key to a more perfect union is finding a pivot point (the law) and using it to peel the layers of the onion (history) that has lead to the