FROM Rob Markman
20th anniversary of the death of Tupac Shakur Today marks the twentieth anniversary of the death of rapper Tupac Shakur. Tupac was shot four times in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas; his murder is still unsolved. He is one of the most controversial figures in hip-hop and still one of the most influential. Case in point: Kendrick Lamar, considered one of the most important hip-hop artists of his generation, featured a full-on conversation with Tupac on his 2015 album “To Pimp a Butterfly.” Press Play talks about Tupac’s legacy and his influence on artists like Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Kanye West, YG, and others.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.