FROM Nahal Toosi
State Dept. nervous about Trump's unconventional phone calls In a recent leaked call with France’s president, Trump reportedly went on a tirade about China and NATO. Phone conversations with other countries like Germany, Mexico and Russia have State Department officials concerned about the future of diplomacy.
Obama Slams Trump's View of America President Obama said today he didn't have time to watch the Republican convention, but he did have a response to Donald Trump's dark and stormy vision of contemporary America. Challenging Trump's assertion that the US is on the verge of collapse, the President emphasized, "We're not gonna make good decisions based on fears that don't have a basis in fact and that I think that is something, I hope, all Americans pay attention to." Nahal Toosi, who covers foreign affairs and politics for Politico , has more on the President's remarks.
Symbols of protest, lighting up EDM festivals The Women's March made a huge impact, in part because of its widely worn pink knitted "pussyhat." Does the March for Science need its own unifying symbol? Lighting designer Steve Lieberman is "the man behind the lights" for the country's leading electronic music festivals and nightclubs. He talks about his early experiences with rave culture, and what it takes to spark the excitement of today's EDM fans.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein faces an angry town hall crowd Senator Dianne Feinstein faced an angry crowd at her town hall in Los Angeles Thursday. The anger came from her would-be supporters -- people on the left. Also, a new bill wants to make it illegal for local police to cooperate with the feds who are targeting marijuana growers.
In 'Free Fire,' Ben Wheatley wants to "meet the audience halfway" British filmmaker Ben Wheatley has built up a cult following with his hyper-violent, darkly funny movies. His newest film Free Fire is an action comedy starring Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, and a whole lot of guns. The movie has the broadest commercial appeal of any of his work to date, but it's still a Ben Wheatley film, which means, spoiler alert...a lot of people die.