California State Capitol. Photo credit: Pete Bobb.
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President Trump’s willingness to disparage members of his own party has put the media focus on the GOP’s infighting, while the party’s agenda founders. And in California, State Assembly Republicans ousted their leader, Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley, over his decision to help Democrats extend the state’s cap-and-trade program.
When people are freed from wrongful convictions, it’s often because of DNA evidence. In the case of a Brooklyn man named Colin Warner, he was released because his best friend never gave up. For more than two decades, Carl King worked to get Colin freed. Their story is told in a new feature film based on a true story, called “Crown Heights,” which opens in LA today.
Actor Lakeith Stanfield (L) and Colin Warner, who was wrongfully convicted of a murder in Brooklyn in 1980. Stanfield plays Warner in the film "Crown Heights." Photo credit: IFC Films
Our critics review “Leap!,” an animated film about a wannabe ballerina orphan voiced by Elle Fanning; “Birth of the Dragon,” about martial arts legend Bruce Lee; “All Saints,” based on an inspiring true story about a salesman-turned-pastor; and “Beach Rats,” about a teenager in Coney Island, Brooklyn.
We talk the Dodgers, who won again last night with a huge home run hit by the latest addition to the team, Curtis Granderson; Colin Kaepernick and NFL protests; and Saturday night’s fight between world champion boxer Floyd Mayweather and mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor.
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How will Disney-Fox deal affect what you see in theaters and on TV? For $71 billion, Disney gets Fox’s TV and film studios, 60 percent of Hulu, the FX and National Geographic cable channels, and some properties in India and Latin America. The combined Disney and Fox movie studios have earned nearly 50 percent of the North American box office this year.
President Trump dials back his rhetoric on Russia President Trump today says he misspoke at yesterday’s disastrous news conference with Vladimir Putin. He explained that he said “would” instead of “wouldn’t.” Why wouldn’t it be Russia who meddled in the election? That explanation stretches credulity, but it may be enough to satisfy Republicans who’ve been critical. We talk with Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff about what Congress needs to do next.
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