Similar charges have followed Ross into office. When The New York Times was preparing to run a story about a Kremlin-linked shipping company that Ross owned shares in — even after promising to divest from the firm — Ross shorted the stock, meaning he stood to profit if the stock lost value after the Times published its exposé. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Richard Blumenthal and Rep. Elijah Cummings called on the SEC to investigate whether Ross had violated insider-trading laws by acting on “non-public information . . . potentially derived from his position as commerce secretary.” In 2018, the Government Ethics Office rebuked Ross, writing, “Your failure to divest created the potential for a serious criminal violation.” … [Read more...] about Inside the Trump Administration’s Census Scam
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Over the past decade, Apatow has become the most prominent comedy-maker of our time. He is referred to less often as a director, it seems, than as a career-minter, a factory foreman, an emperor: His name evokes not only a particular comedic tone (heartfelt raunch), but also particular stars (Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Melissa McCarthy, all of whom he helped give big breaks), particular techniques (endless on-set improv, which he helped pioneer), particular gags (Steve Carell getting his chest waxed in The 40-Year-Old Virgin) and particular directors (Paul Feig, Adam McKay and Rogen again, all of whom have had major films produced by Apatow.) Besides Trainwreck, Apatow, 47, has directed four movies — The 40-Year-Old-Virgin, Knocked Up, Funny People, This is 40 — and as a producer he’s shepherded Anchorman, Superbad, Pineapple Express and Bridesmaids, among other smashes, to theaters. His résumé transcends eras and involves numerous icons. As a teen, Apatow … [Read more...] about Judd Apatow: The Rolling Stone Interview
A number of Mary Trump’s stories are beyond the scope of her own encounters, and it’s at times hard to determine the sourcing of the anecdotes and whether they are family lore, the types of tales that tend of embellish over the years. The most sensational story, of Trump paying a friend, Joe Shapiro, to take the SAT to give him a better shot at getting into Wharton, has been denied by the White House, while Shapiro’s widow, Pam Shriver, put out a video to cast some doubt on it. … [Read more...] about Mary Trump Book Review: In The Chaos Of Donald Trump’s Presidency, Will His Niece’s Tell-All Matter?
Biden is chummy and comfortable amongst black voters, but he has had notable missteps of late. He also has the 1994 crime bill and other less-than-antiracist notches on his belt. Harris should welcome conversations about racial inequity, in particular, for few members of Congress were as visible and audible as she was during the early days of the nationwide demonstrations following the murder of George Floyd. Sure, Harris may face the renewed challenge of detailing her nuanced record as California Attorney General. But she’ll do so while easily parrying sad, sorry attacks from the GOP that attempt to redefine the word “racist” so as to use it as an attack against both her record and Biden’s. There is room for critique in both, of course, and I’ve written as much. But the notion that there is any comparison here is not worth an intelligent discussion, and the stakes are far too high. Elect them now, then challenge them in office. … [Read more...] about Kamala Harris Is the Right Pick for Every Reason That Should Matter
It began before us — it's about equal protection under the law and to be seen as human beings. That's the struggle. I think entertainment should be an example. There is value in telling stories that we haven't heard, from marginalized and underserved communities. I think Hollywood has for too long regurgitated things, and now it's time to tell new and fresh stories. Representation matters. When you see a representation of yourself onscreen, it's not just for you, it's for the world at large, so that you can be visible. It's important to be seen and heard. … [Read more...] about Octavia Spencer on How C.J. Walker Was “Able to Achieve So Much When the World Told Her She Had No Value”