Jerry Zezima: These candidates left voters speechless
Fourscore and seven beers ago, our fathers brought forth, with incontinence, a new notion, conceived in lethargy and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created clueless.It has been 20 years since these immortal and perhaps even immoral words were uttered in a stump speech, which left listeners stumped, for one of the great presidential campaigns in U.S. history.I refer, of course, to the Porky and Zez campaigns of 1992, 1996 and 2000. They are remembered here today as proof that politics not only makes strange bedfellows, but can be practiced by jolly good fellows who don’t have to ...
Tribune News Service
Ghislaine Maxwell testimony: 465 pages of fury, denials, glimpses into Jeffrey Epstein's life
No, said Ghislaine Maxwell, she didn’t remember where she met Virginia Roberts Giuffre, the woman who says she was recruited from a job at Mar-a-Lago as a teenager to become a Jeffrey Epstein masseuse and eventually a “sex slave.”Yes, she recalled women hanging around Epstein’s pool topless, but it was not that common and they didn’t appear underage, she swore.No, despite claims to the contrary, she said she didn’t participate in orgies with Epstein and young girls, including a specific allegation that involved a 13-year-old.The back and forth comes from a 465-transcript released early Thursda...
No one knew Epstein's secrets like Ghislaine Maxwell; how much did her testimony reveal?
WASHINGTON — When a 418-page transcript of a deposition given by Ghislaine Maxwell is made public, perhaps by week’s end, it will mark a major milestone in a legal fight by the Miami Herald to reveal Jeffrey Epstein’s protected world by shining light in uncomfortable places.Maxwell — the alleged madam to the late disgraced financier — sits in a New York jail awaiting a July trial date, denied bail on federal sex trafficking charges and considered a flight risk. She sought to block release of the lengthy April 2016 deposition, arguing it would hurt her defense in separate criminal proceedings.L...
The staying power of 'The West Wing'
“The West Wing” was at once a political drama, a workplace comedy and the height of prestige TV.But it was always an aspirational tale of the nation.Aaron Sorkin’s world was one of competence. He wrote of a staff who both knew the right thing to do and how to get it done. When they swung, they swung big. They fixed Social Security and college tuition tax deductions. They broke a sweat and more than a few windows, but “The West Wing” needed you to know two things: These are the good guys, and the good guys win.“If you are looking for television art that has reflected America, it’s not ‘The West...
New York Daily News
Family travel five: Planting seeds for autumn adventure
The brisk air, falling leaves and bright colors of autumn inspire families to harvest new plans. Here are five ideas to consider:———1. Discover farm freshFall is an ideal time to celebrate our nation’s bounty by visiting farmer’s markets to marvel at the colors, textures and wonder of fresh produce. Take a farm tour and learn how our food moves from plow to porch. Visit a community garden and become inspired to join in or plan for your own. For a more immersive experience, spend the night or a weekend on a family farm. Leave everyday expectations behind and get ready to pitch in for the mornin...
Judges hear Ghislaine Maxwell's plea to keep her testimony related to Jeffrey Epstein sealed
WASHINGTON — Lawyers for Ghislaine Maxwell, the jailed alleged madam to disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, asked an appellate court Tuesday to block the release of a transcript of a controversial deposition on grounds it prejudices her right to a fair trial.The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit heard a challenge to a July ruling by U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska that there is an overriding public interest in releasing the deposition given by Maxwell in a civil lawsuit settled in 2015. The suit involved Epstein victim Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who alleged she suffered abuse and se...
Editorial: Endorsement: Why Joe Biden deserves to be president of the United States
Since Donald Trump began his bid for the White House in 2015 with an appalling speech in which he warned of Mexican rapists and drug dealers preying on the United States, he has been a one-man assault on norms of decency and democracy. For more than five years now, our nation has been subjected to his almost daily displays of incivility, dishonesty and hostility to large categories of Americans. But it’s not just the president’s behavior that has been awful. Many of his policies on vital issues have been both mistaken and dangerous.That he and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Review: 'A Libertarian Walks Into a Bear' reads like a Coen brothers movie – but it's true
Every once in a while, a book comes along that is so darkly comedic, with such a defined sense of place and filled with characters that range from the fascinating to the bizarre to the earnest, that partway through reading, it hits you: This has got to become a Coen brothers movie.That is the feeling you get when flipping through the pages of Vermont-based journalist Matthew Hongoltz-Hetling’s first book, “A Libertarian Walks Into a Bear: The Utopian Plot to Liberate an American Town (and Some Bears).” It’s the true story of a group of libertarians who decided to create the libertarian ideal —...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Mothers are 3 times more likely than fathers to have lost jobs in pandemic
Mothers of small children have lost work at three times the rate of fathers in the pandemic, a situation that threatens not only progress toward gender equity but middle-class income gains that have become increasingly dependent on working women.Mothers of children 12 years old and younger lost nearly 2.2 million jobs between February and August, a 12% drop, a Stateline analysis found. Fathers of small children saw a 4% drop of about 870,000 jobs.The loss was even worse for single mothers of young children, who lost 16% of jobs they held in February, compared with a 6% drop for single fathers,...
Who's next in line to manage Red Sox?
The Red Sox are about to make their seventh managerial hire since 2002.That was the year John Henry assumed the role as principal owner of the club. Grady Little, Terry Francona, Bobby Valentine, John Farrell and Alex Cora have come and gone from the corner office in the home clubhouse at Fenway Park.Ron Roenicke joined them on Sunday. Boston announced Roenicke would not return for the 2021 season. The Red Sox finished last (24-36) in the American League East for the fourth time in nine years.Roenicke was named interim manager in February after Boston mutually parted ways with Cora. That tag w...
The Providence Journal (Providence, R.I.)