Photo: 69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Show – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Host Stephen Colbert opens the show. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)
FROM THIS EPISODE
Dana Rohrabacher is one of the OC Republicans that Democrats are hoping to unseat in next year’s midterm elections. He’s one of Russia’s few ardent supporters in Congress. He’s a former Reagan speechwriter and a surfer who likes peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Politics reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, Joe Garofoli, talks about his profile of the Congressman.
Stephen Colbert’s opening monologue was full of Trump jabs, and Sean Spicer made an appearance. There were many firsts: Donald Glover was the first black man to take home the award for directing for a comedy series; Riz Ahmed was the first male actor of South Asian descent to win an acting Emmy.
Blue slips are perhaps the last way U.S. Senators can block the president’s federal judicial nominees. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is threatening to make them strictly advisory. Also, California state lawmakers took aim at President Trump this legislative session with a series of bills now on the governor’s desk. One would require presidential candidates to release their tax returns in order to appear on the state’s primary ballot.
For writer Philip O. Ceallaigh, President Trump’s rhetoric is reminiscent of Karl Lueger, who was mayor of Vienna from 1897 until he died in 1910. A big part of his appeal was whipping up anti-Semitism. Although he would have been horrified to see where that ended up -- the purging and extermination of most of the city’s Jews some decades later.
Philip O. Ceallaigh, translator of the book “For Two Thousand Years"
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