October 02, 2017
Vol. 23, No. 04
Books & Arts
The squeeze is on Paul Manafort, the former chairman of Donald Trump’s campaign who has become a major target of special counsel Robert Mueller’s aggressive investigation. The latest details from the Washington Post describe email evidence that Manafort offered “private briefings” about the Trump campaign to a Kremlin-backed billionaire.
What happened to ESPN?
Everyone has their own explanation. Conservatives says the channel got too political. Cable executives say the company has gotten caught up in the cord-cutting revolution. Internet evangelists say that Bristol never figured out the internet. Finance people say that the company overpaid for content in the form of long-term league contracts, which were improperly valued and left no room for maneuver.
All of these explanations are correct.
We could argue over how to rank them in order of importance. My own ranking would be: (1) Overpaying for broadcast rights; (2) Cord-cutting; (3) Politics; (4) Internet. But no serious appraisal of ESPN can deny that all four are at play.
Randy Bryce is a plain-spoken iron-worker running against Paul Ryan in Wisconsin's 1st District. Bryce's first campaign ad turned him into an instant-celebrity, complete with massive social shares, lots of donations, and a hipster nickname ("IronStache"). No one seemed to notice that Bryce's spot is one of the most dishonest political ads in recent memory.
On the same day last week, two Democratic women published political memoirs. One was a frank and engaging tale of butting heads with the media and doing battle with an upstart populist progressive. The other was written by Hillary Clinton.
Hillary Clinton's What Happened is a litany of excuses and little else and so, of course, it garnered all of the attention. But Eva Moskowitz’s account of founding New York’s Success Academy Charter Schools, known for their rapid growth, high-stakes lottery admissions, and “no-excuses” recipe for excellence, is a worthier read.
The shared pub date was unintentional, so far as Moskowitz knows.
There has always been one feature that distinguishes Lindsey Graham from his almost-peers in the Senate: a self-deprecating sense of humor. This characteristic often obscures another engaging characteristic of Graham’s: raw courage.
So it should have come as no surprise that the senator from South Carolina took the opportunity of a seminar at Yale University to take on the Republican establishment once again—this time to declare that the climate is changing and that the cause is man-made activity which produces carbon-dioxide.
Forget for a moment whether Graham is right or wrong: The point is that when he believes he is right he doesn’t worry if he is out of step with the received wisdom of his
Ye gods the Bills at Panthers game was awful to behold, and not just because no touchdown was scored. This game was so bad, the football gods were looking for something to watch on Netflix.
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