Yours Truly on The Incomparable to Talk About ‘2001’

Speaking of Jason Snell, he was kind enough to invite me on The Incomparable — along with John Siracusa, Philip Michaels, Moisés Chiullan, and Dr. Drang — to talk about 2001: A Space Odyssey. My fondness and appreciation for 2001 is hard to convey. Most of it holds up remarkably well 50 years later. There are parts that still seem impossible, 50 years later. But what ultimately strikes me about 2001 is that it was an attempt by arguably the greatest filmmaker who ever lived to make the greatest movie ever made. Ultimately the work itself is what matters in judging any artistic achievement, but the sheer ambition behind 2001 staggers me whenever I contemplate it. From the scientific rigor to the stunning advances in special effects to the gorgeous 70mm cinematography to the mesmerizing editing and soundtrack, 2001 simply swells my heart.

Ari Melber Sounds Alarm on New Trump Report: ‘Most Significant’ WH Legal Scandal Since Report He Tried Firing Mueller

MSNBC’s Ari Melber kicked off his show tonight by calling the stunning new report on President Donald Trump “the most significant legal scandal to hit this White House since the report that Donald Trump tried to fire Bob Mueller.” The New York Times broke news tonight that Trump wanted the DOJ to prosecute James Comey and Hillary Clinton in the spring, but faced pushback from then-White House counsel Don McGahn. Melber said this is “truly a bombshell” and that it was a “potentially illegal act.” The report notes McGahn “had White House lawyers write a memo for Mr. Trump warning that if he asked law enforcement to investigate his rivals, he could face a range of consequences, including possible impeachment.” Melber said he doesn’t use the “I word” lightly on his show, because of how extreme this issue is, but said the fact this was raised by Continue reading "Ari Melber Sounds Alarm on New Trump Report: ‘Most Significant’ WH Legal Scandal Since Report He Tried Firing Mueller"

There Are Substantial Differences Between Ivanka and Hillary’s Emails

Prior to President Donald Trump speaking to reporters about the email controversy involving his daughter, Ivanka Trump, some legal experts were already noting the substantial difference between her case and Hillary Clinton‘s. The word of the day in media is “hypocrisy” and Democrats have already said they want to have an official investigation into Trump’s email use. But are the two situations the same? Or even similar? Columbia Law professor Jonathan Turley was on Fox News to talk about the issue, and while he noted the supreme and inexplicable irony that a Trump family member would be caught sending government email from a non-government address, he also said some of the very things the president himself said to reporters later in the day Tuesday. In a different take than the one presented on Fox News by attorney Alan Dershowitz, who said “it’s a non-issue” in both cases, Continue reading "There Are Substantial Differences Between Ivanka and Hillary’s Emails"

Facebook’s ads system suffers a glitch, days before Black Friday

Facebook's system for buying ads has been acting up, just days before one of the busiest online shopping days of the year. The technology, which companies and agencies use to buy Facebook ads, was down for some major users earlier in the day on Tuesday, according to a media buyer and another person familiar with the situation. The system is now back up but working slower than normal, the people said. "Campaigns that are live and running should not be affected and are still being delivered. However, advertisers may experience issues creating new campaigns and making changes to existing campaigns," a spokesman for Facebook said in email. Continue reading at

CNN’s Toobin Goes Off Over Trump Wanting Clinton, Comey Prosecuted: ‘What Happens in Authoritarian Countries’

CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin went off tonight in response to the bombshell report that President Donald Trump wanted to order the DOJ to go after James Comey and Hillary Clinton. According to The New York Times, Trump was rebuffed by White House counsel Don McGahn, who warned it “could prompt accusations of abuse of power.” McGahn has since departed the White House and the current acting attorney general, Matt Whitaker, wrote in a 2016 op-ed that he would indict Clinton. Toobin told Wolf Blitzer tonight, “This is what happens in authoritarian countries. The president orders––the leader orders the investigation and prosecution of his political enemies.” He noted how thankfully it didn’t happen, but also pointed out this is the logical extension of a lot of what Trump has publicly said and tweeted about both Clinton and Comey. Wolf Blitzer brought up the part of the report Continue reading "CNN’s Toobin Goes Off Over Trump Wanting Clinton, Comey Prosecuted: ‘What Happens in Authoritarian Countries’"

Trump Thinks He Should Be Time’s Person of the Year: ‘I Can’t Imagine Anybody Else’

Time magazine is weighing whom to name its next “Person of the Year,” and President Donald Trump can’t think of anyone more deserving of the recognition than, well, himself, of course. Speaking to reporters outside the White House on Tuesday, Trump recognized that ultimately, the decision won’t be his to make, but he has a pretty good idea of the right choice. “I don’t know, that’s up to Time magazine. I’ve been there before,” he said, referring his 2016 appearance on the publication’s cover. “I can’t imagine anybody else other than Trump. Can you imagine anybody other than Trump?” Smirking, the president then pointed to the crowd with a “huh?” to reinforce his opinion. Last year, a dust up between Trump and the magazine occurred when he claimed Time called him to let him know he’d likely be Person of the Year for the second time in a row Continue reading "Trump Thinks He Should Be Time’s Person of the Year: ‘I Can’t Imagine Anybody Else’"