FROM Peter Bart
Tom Cruise to Run United Artists In August, Tom Cruise was dumped from his $10-million-a-year deal with Paramount Pictures . Today, Cruise is in partial charge of United Artists . Founded almost 100 years ago by movie legends Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, and DW Griffith, UA--now owned by MGM -- has been quiet in recent years. Now Cruise and his partner Paula Wagner, have a chance to revive it. What will that mean for popular culture?
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.