Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images Most weeks, New York Magazine writer-at-large Frank Rich speaks with contributor Alex Carp about the biggest stories in politics and culture. Today, the threat of government shutdown following Trump’s Oval Office meeting with Democratic leaders, the president’s search for a new chief of staff, and thoughts on who should host the Oscars. With funding for some federal agencies set to expire in less than two weeks, President Trump turned his Oval Office meeting with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer into a reality-TV standoff over his border wall. Did their exchange increase or decrease the chance of a shutdown? My profound hope is that Trump makes good on his threat and shuts down the government right before Christmas. He will set his party back even further than he already has, and do so at a time when congressional Republicans are going to be trapped with angry constituents back home during the holiday break. I still can’t get … [Read more...] about Will Trump Follow Through on His Incredibly Dumb Shutdown Threat?
US President Donald Trump on Saturday confirmed his chief of staff, John Kelly, is to leave his post at the end of the year. "John Kelly will be leaving — I don't know if I can say 'retiring,'" he said, before adding: "I appreciate his service very much." Nick Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff, is Trump's top choice to replace Kelly, and the two have held discussions for months about the job, a White House official said. An announcement is expected in the coming days. Read more: Donald Trump names William Barr as next attorney general Watch video 02:01 Share United against Trump Send Facebook Twitter google+ Whatsapp Tumblr linkedin stumble Digg reddit Newsvine Permalink https://p.dw.com/p/39XMi United against Trump Brought order to the Oval Office Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general was headhunted in July 2017 to replace Reince Priebus, and to bring order to what many saw as a White House in … [Read more...] about White House chief of staff John Kelly to quit Trump administration
President Donald Trump has nominated US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to be the United States' next ambassador to the United Nations. If confirmed by the US Senate, Nauert, 48, would replace outgoing Ambassador Nikki Haley, who announced in October that she would step down from the post at the end of 2018. Read more: Opinion: Nikki Haley, Donald Trump's global enabler, was no moderate Trump told reporters in November that Nauert, who does not have any prior political or policy-making experience, was "under very serious consideration" for the position. "She's excellent, she's been with us a long time, she's been a supporter for a long time," he said at the time. Trump is reportedly weighing other staff changes before the end of the year, including replacing White House chief of staff John Kelly. Nauert joined the State Department in April 2017, after spending more than 20 years as a journalist for ABC and Fox News. She worked under two … [Read more...] about Donald Trump nominates Heather Nauert as US ambassador to UN
On Wednesday, filmmaker Tony Montana claimed that the "House of Cards" actor drunkenly grabbed his groin at a Los Angeles bar in 2003. © AP Photo / Chris Pizzello/InvisionKevin Spacey's Brother Reveals Horrors of Childhood Calling Father 'Nazi Rapist' "I went up to order a drink and Kevin came up to me and put his arm around me. He was telling me to come with him, to leave the bar. He put his hand on my crotch forcefully and grabbed my whole package," Montana said, the Daily Beast reported. "This designates ownership," Spacey added. Montana said, "I put my hand down and turned his thumb back to get his hand off it. I paid for my drink and got away from him." According to Montana, the incident has haunted him. "I never talked to anyone about it except for therapists," the "Overnight" filmmaker admitted. "I had PTSD for six months after. It was an emasculating thing … [Read more...] about Spacey ‘Grabbed My Whole Package’: More Sexual Harassment Allegations Surface
The publishing industry guessing game over who will assume Vanity Fair’s leadership role from long-serving superstar editor Graydon Carter may have been abruptly altered by sexual harassment accusations sweeping through the institutions of film, fashion and publishing. The impact of the fall of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, mired in sexual harassment allegations, was made clear on Friday when Conde Nast, publishers of Vogue and Vanity Fair, issued a statement calling for new systems to protect vulnerable workers from sexual predators. “The company expects all employees, freelance contributors and others that Conde Nast retains to act appropriately and with the utmost personal and professional respect for each other,” Conde Nast International chairman and CEO Jonathan Newhouse and Bob Sauerberg, CEO of Conde Nast, said in a statement. The company said it would call on “other like-minded publishers, relevant trade organisations and talent representatives to … [Read more...] about Vanity Fair hunts for an editor in a post-Weinstein world
2020 Democratic hopefuls are taking aim at the lobbying world, vowing to enact a number of sweeping reform proposals if they win election.Contenders from both parties have long run as outsiders to K Street, with President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrumps light 97th annual National Christmas Tree Trump to hold campaign rally in Michigan 'Don't mess with Mama': Pelosi's daughter tweets support following press conference comments MORE famously vowing on the campaign trail to “drain the swamp.”But the spotlight on K Street has intensified this cycle, with the left urging candidates to reject corporate money and Democratic lawmakers raising concerns about the “revolving door” that sees lobbyists land top administration posts.ADVERTISEMENTTwo candidates, Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTrump to hold campaign rally in Michigan Castro hits fundraising threshold for December debate Buttigieg: Harris 'deserves to be under anybody's consideration' for vice … [Read more...] about 2020 Democrats vow to get tough on lobbyists