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"Genocide Outweighs Domestic Policy": Democrat Mayor Slams Biden Over Gaza

06/22/24 7:59 AM

Abdullah Hammoud's election two years ago as the first Muslim mayor of Dearborn was a watershed moment for this city, an automaking hub home to the highest concentration of Arab-Americans in the United States.

'Lord of the Rings' star McKellen hospitalized after stage fall

06/18/24 11:18 AM

Veteran British actor Ian McKellen, who played Gandalf in the "Lord of the Rings" film trilogy, was rushed to hospital late on Monday after falling from the stage during a London performance.The 85-year-old actor was starring as John Falstaff in a production of "Player Kings" at the Noel Coward Theatre in London's West End when he lost his footing during a fight scene."Following a scan, the brilliant NHS (National Health Service) team have assured us that he will make a speedy and full recovery and Ian is in good spirits," a theatre spokesperson said on Tuesday."The production has made the decision to cancel the performance on Tuesday June 18 so Ian can rest."He is expected to return to the stage on Wednesday.McKellen, who also played "Magneto" in the X-Men films, is one of Britain’s most recognized actors, having won many awards during a 60-year career on stage and screen."Player Kings" is a return to Shakespeare for McKellen, combining two of the Bard's history plays about King Henry IV.

'That's what they're hoping': Analyst sees giddy dictators drawing up playbook for Trump

06/20/24 3:47 PM

Russia's Vladimir Putin and North Korea's Kim Jong Un met in Pyongyang this week, sending a message to the world that a collection of anti-West countries is coming together to form a new expanded "axis of evil," as George W. Bush described in 2002. Anne Applebaum explained in The Bulwark's Conversation that the leaders of the various anti-democracy countries are trying to find a position of power where they influence what is happening in the west."So communist China, nationalist Russia, theocratic Iran, Bolivarian socialist Venezuela, whatever North Korea is — these aren’t countries that share an ideology. ... But they do share a common interest. And the common interest is undermining us. And by us, I mean America, Europe, the liberal world, the democratic world."Read Also: Inside the 'irregular warfare' campaign fascists are conducting against America In Hong Kong, for example, pro-democracy activists are still fighting to maintain individuality away from the Chinese state. Russia is still fighting the Alexi Navalny movement. Iran is being pressured after beating a woman to death for refusing to wear a headscarf. In 2023, observers called it the first feminist uprising in the region. All of these "are inspired by and use democratic language. And they use the language of freedom and liberty and rights and rule of law," the Bulwark reported.The only hope that the dictatorships have in squelching the pro-democracy ideology and staying in power is to undermine any language around freedom and the activists along with it, the report stated."And they have an interest in shaping the debate inside the liberal democracies in ways that benefit them," said Applebaum. "And increasingly, they’ve concluded that what benefits them is the rise of illiberal, disruptive and radical parties, because when that happens, the Western world or the democratic world loses its sense of community and solidarity. It loses its ability to make group decisions."She explained that for them, this is the beginning of a war as a kind of competition, even if the West doesn't see it that way. For the U.S., that explains why dictators are firmly behind Donald Trump for president in 2024, the report stated. "Whether he makes it ungovernable, whether he assaults the institutions so that they no longer function, whether he creates so much division and chaos that the U.S. can’t have a foreign policy anymore. That’s what they want, and that’s what they’re hoping he will do," said Applebaum. There have been conversations about how Trump would impact the Supreme Court, women's rights, LGBTQ equality, and the ability of the government to function at all. Meanwhile, Trump's isolationism would offer an open door to anti-West leaders who are frequently marginalized.Read the write-up here.

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'The situation is ripe': California thrust into fire season amid gusty winds, low humidity

06/18/24 2:31 PM

The Post fire in northern L.A. County threatens power lines, dams and oil pipelines. California's largest fire is one of more than 20 burning in the state.

38 dogs were close to drowning on a Mississippi lake. But some fishermen had quite a catch

06/21/24 5:02 PM

A trio of fishermen have saved almost 40 dogs that were close to drowning on a Mississippi lake

42 buildings in Beverly Hills aren't seismically retrofitted. Is yours at risk in an earthquake?

06/20/24 12:40 AM

The Times has obtained a list of soft-story buildings requiring a seismic retrofit in Beverly Hills.

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'50% off eliminated teams': Bargain-bin hunting at the MCWS comes with a steep price

06/22/24 12:58 AM

These T-shirts might just be the deal of a century, but there's still a price to pay.

'Bear Bets': Group Chat's best bets on Belmont, NBA Finals

06/06/24 4:46 PM

"Bear Bets" is back! And the Group Chat reconvened to discuss the Belmont Stakes, the NBA Finals and the Stanley Cup Final.

'Dan Hurley just used and abused the Los Angeles Lakers.' — Skip on Hurley deciding to stay at UConn

06/13/24 6:43 PM

Skip Bayless reacts to Dan Hurley turning down a six-year, $70 million offer from the Los Angeles Lakers to return to UConn for a third National Championship and beyond.