FROM Chris Hegedus
'Unlocking the Cage' In the last couple of years, a head-scratching headline has popped up from time to time: Can an animal be a person? That question is the subject of a new documentary by Oscar-nominated filmmakers Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker. “Unlocking the Cage” follows attorney Steven Wise as he tries to get the courts to acknowledge that an ape is a person - not in the biological sense, but in the legal sense - giving them certain rights, the way corporations have rights.
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.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.