Whatever happens Nov. 8 will change the makeup of the House and Senate. We look at the possibilities. Then, who is Evan McMullin and why is he polling better than Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in Utah? Next, in our regular Thursday roundup of all things Internet, a look at Julian Assange and Wikileaks’ latest drama over political hacks. Turning to entertainment, Madeleine speaks to the creator of the performance series “Mortified.” And finally, a look at the strike threat from video game voiceover actors.
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Depending on what happens on election day, some political prognosticators say there’s a chance Republicans could lose the House of Representatives thanks to down-ticket casualties of Donald Trump’s dwindling poll numbers. Is that indeed a possibility? We also examine the possibility of Democrats retaking the Senate.
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are grabbing all the headlines today, but another presidential candidate was getting quite a bit of ink yesterday: Evan McMullin. The obscure independent candidate is polling ahead of both Trump and Clinton in the state of Utah.
Wikileaks came up in the debate last night, after Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta’s emails were hacked and published by the group. But now Julian Assange’s Internet access has been cut off. It’s also now believed that Russia directed the hack of the Democratic National Committee. Are the two related?
Think back to when you were a teenager navigating your first crush. Maybe you wrote your feelings down in a diary. Now imagine sharing those most intimate pubescent thoughts years later in front of a crowd of strangers. That’s the premise of “Mortified,” a performance series where people share their teenage letters, short stories, diary excerpts and even their AOL instant message chats. The show got its start here in LA and it’s celebrating its fourteenth anniversary this Saturday.
Video games keep sounding and looking more like movies these days. There’s real acting and even stunt work involved, and some of the big games rake in hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars. But the voiceover actors and stunt people who work on the games say they’re not being paid the way they would if they were in a movie or on TV. After months of talks, they’re threatening to strike. We get an explainer and hear from a voiceover actor.
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