BartCop Entertainment Archives - Friday, 19 May, 2017


19 May, 2017

(Updated Daily)

[105 days in a row]


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Ross Barkan: The liberal punditocracy thinks Donald Trump is toast. Not so fast (The Guardian)
To watch Fox News on Monday night or peruse rightwing outposts like Breitbart and the Drudge Report was to find an America that will always be to Donald Trump's liking. "Deep State Strikes," blared Breitbart, perhaps Trump's most ardent media defender. "Leaks Classified Info to Washington Post to Smear Trump."

Danuta Kean: "Cheap books, high price: why's 'one-click' sales can cost authors dear" (The Guardian)
It is a hard sell: the idea that cheaper books might be a bad thing. But an adjustment to how Amazon sells books on its site is being attacked by authors' groups, which claim secondhand copies of new books sold at rock-bottom prices are selling in such high quantities from the retailer that authors are unable to earn a living.

Suzanne Moore: Clothes moths are driving me mad. How can I be free of these insidious pests? (The Guardian)
These tiny colourless flickers bring up a nameless anxiety, that even my small world cannot be controlled. I catch one and squash it between my fingers and it turns to dust. These pests are made of nothing. Nothing at all.

Stuart Jeffries: "'Godard is not God!' … Michel Hazanavicius on his film about France's most notorious director" (The Guardian)
Hazanavicius has sympathy for the diabolical genius of the nouvelle vague. "His fans want him to keep making the same movies," he says. "They want Breathless 2. They can't bear that he wants to change. I've been through that. I get that. All artists get that."

Sarah Boseley: No such thing as 'fat but fit', major study finds (The Guardian)
'Metabolically healthy obese' are 50% more likely to suffer heart disease than those of normal weight, finds University of Birmingham study.

Jill Freedman's best photograph: the Easter Bunny riding a tricycle through Manhattan (The Guardian)
This was taken in the 1970s, when I was in love with New York. The place was full of soul back then: there was life on the streets, eccentric characters on every corner, millions of people with colourful stories to tell. I mean it's not every day you go out and see an Easter bunny on a tricycle, is it?

Joseph Epstein: How Cool was That? (Weekly Standard)
Not especially, in retrospect.

19 Real Customer Service Horror Stories (Cracked)

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Trivia Question of the Day

What is the term for the solid form of carbon dioxide?


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Throwback Thursday Trivia Question from Yesterday

The little girl is Buffy (Anissa Jones). What is the name of her doll?

       Mrs. Beasley                                                      Source

Family Affair is an American sitcom that aired on CBS from September 12, 1966 to March 4, 1971. The series explored the trials of well-to-do engineer and bachelor Bill Davis (Brian Keith) as he attempted to raise his brother's orphaned children in his luxury New York City apartment. Davis' traditional English gentleman's gentleman, Mr. Giles French (Sebastian Cabot), also had adjustments to make as he became saddled with the responsibility of caring for 15-year-old Cissy (Kathy Garver) and the 6-year-old twins, Jody (Johnny Whitaker) and Buffy (Anissa Jones).

Family Affair ran for 138 episodes in five seasons. The show was created and produced by Edmund Hartmann and Don Fedderson, also known for My Three Sons and The Millionaire.

Due to the popularity of the series with girls, Buffy's doll, "Mrs. Beasley" (which she often carried with her), was marketed as a Mattel talking toy in the United States. Mattel went on to produce two additional dolls, as well, patterned after Buffy: the "Tutti"-sized Buffy and larger "Small Talk Buffy" (talking doll), both of which featured accompanying miniature Mrs. Beasley dolls.        Source

Randall was first and correct with:
   Mrs. Beasley

Gene wrote:
   From the 60s TV series Family Affair. Buffy's doll is Mrs Beesley. I think it was Mattel which made the Mrs Beesley doll.

Alan J said:
   Misses Beasley.

mj replied:
   She was a big seller
  Buffy's companion was Mrs. Beasley

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   Mrs Beasley

Adam answered:
   Mrs. Beasley

buzz cook wrote:
   Mrs. Beesley
Pretty sure you know this place along the I 5 corridor. Been there as long as I can remember.
  Mrs Beesley's Burgers - 20 Photos & 61 Reviews - Burgers - 393 Cowlitz Ridge Rd, Toledo, WA - Restaurant Reviews

Kevin K. in Washington, DC said:
   Don't have to look this up: the doll was Mrs. Beasley.

Deborah responded:
   Oh, that's Mrs. Beasley.
  Heading into the 80's today and 90's this weekend. So much for spring.

zorch replied:
   Mrs. Beasley. Called by the butler Mrs. Beastly.

David of Moon Valley took the day off.

Billy in Cypress took the day off.

Mark. took the day off.

Stephen F took the day off.

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.

Dave in Tucson took the day off.

John I from Hawai`i took the day off.

Joe S     took the day off.

Daniel in The City took the day off.

DJ Useo took the day off.

MAM     took the day off.

Marian took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  May 19 Birthdays - Celebrities Born May 19 | Famous Birthdays

Sally has retired.




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Michelle in AZ

Alex Jones apologizes, retracts false stories as part of settlement agreement with Chobani - AOL News

Comey, Mueller and the showdown at John Ashcroft's hospital bed - LA Times

Why Donald Trump can't fire his way out of 'Russia thing' this time | US news | The Guardian

Breitbart is comedy gold right now.

Suddenly I am a bit concerned about Mueller and his law firm connections

Abbreviated pundit round-up: Stay or go, Trump has harmed America; Pentagon preps for audit

Open thread for night owls: Funded by 0.001%ers, charter school backers take over L.A. school board

BBC - Travel - A surprise in the US' forgotten centre

What did Mike Pence know? -

Bryan Cranston Hides And Watches In 'Wakefield' : NPR

Government Confirms A Surge In Foreign Guest Workers On U.S. Farms : The Salt : NPR

FCC votes to dismantle net neutrality as critics cry 'war on open internet' | Technology | The Guardian

Striking Time magazine cover shows Russia taking over the White House - SFGate

Health Insurers 'stunned' by Trump admin offer: If you support Trumpcare, we would fund CSRs

Conservative David Brooks/New York Times: The World's Being Led By A Child-A Desperate 7-Year-Old

How incompetent is Paul Ryan? The House might have to revote on Zombie Trumpcare

Toby Keith Is Joining Trump In Saudi Arabia For A Men-Only Concert | HuffPost

WOW: Russian Investigation Morphs To Include Criminal, Trump Associates Urge He Hire Outside Lawyer

Trump Has Surrounded Himself With People Who Don't Like Him

Orcas prey on great white sharks in South African waters | The Seattle Times

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Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

Fox & Friends hosts tearfully eulogize Roger Ailes: 'He saved this country by starting the Fox News channel' -

NSC officials include Trump's name as often as possible so he reads memos: report | TheHill

Chaffetz sees no 'actual crime' for special Russia counsel to investigate | TheHill

We tracked the Trump scandals on right-wing news sites. Here's how they covered it. - Vox

'Art Of The Deal' Co-Author: Trump Will Resign, Then Declare Victory | HuffPost

Is Trump Flirting with a Palace Coup? | Vanity Fair

All the Crazy Shit We Learned About the Trump Regime While You Were Asleep -

Trump's odd diet likely complicates overseas trip -

Paul Krugman: The Republican Party Is Just as Treasonous as Trump | Alternet

Let's be clear: No one Trump nominates to head the FBI will be viewed as legitimate. No one -

Sheriff David Clarke says he's accepted DHS job | TheHill

Trump shows wear from a brutal week - POLITICO

Taibbi: Roger Ailes Was One of the Worst Americans Ever - Rolling Stone

Chaffetz: 'I Question' Whether Comey Memos Are 'Actually There' (VIDEO) - Talking Points Memo

How Right-Wing Media Are Spinning Trump's Russia Scandal | Vanity Fair

Kevin McCarthy's explosive "joke" points toward a darker questions: How long have leading Republicans known about Donald Trump'

Trump's divisive unity plea - POLITICO



from Marc Perkel

Patriot Act

Patriot Act NSA Spying Unconstitutional Section 215 National Security Letters Must End

My name is Marc Perkel and I have decided to announce that I will not comply with the so called "Patriot Act" laws requiring me to disclose information about my customers. If I receive a national security letter I will immediately photograph it, post it online everywhere I can, and then make a video of me burning it. I will then await my arrest. If you want to put me in jail then come get me mother fucker.

Come Get Me Mother Fucker | Putting and end to NSA government Spying





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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Now there's a war on cocoa? Oh no!

Tonight, Friday:

CBS begins the night with a FRESH 'Undercover Boss', followed by the FRESH 'I Love Lucy' Superstar Special', then a RERUN 'Blue Bloods'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Jennifer Garner, Demetri Martin, and Paula Poundstone.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 3/28/17) are Kristen Bell, Cheryl Hines, and Little Mix.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'First Dates', followed by 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Katy Perry, Josh Charles, and Al Madrigal.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 5/2/17) are Rachel Maddow, Beck Bennett, All Time Low, and Josh Dion.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 4/26/17) are Tyrese Gibson, Strand of Oaks, and Jodie Comer.

ABC opens the night with a FRESH 'The Toy Box', followed by '20/20'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 5/8/17) are Sen. Bill Cassidy, Zach Galifianakis, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Logic.

The CW offers a FRESH 'The Originals', followed by a FRESH 'Reign'.

Faux fills the night with the movie 'Maid In Manhattan'.

MY recycles an old 'American Ninja Warrior', followed by another old 'American Ninja Warrior'.

A&E has 'Live PD', followed by a FRESH 'Live PD: Rewind', then a FRESH 'Live PD: Police Patrol', followed by another (F) 'Live PD: Police Patrol', then still another FRESH 'Live PD: Police Patrol', followed by yet another FRESH 'Live PD: Police Patrol'.

AMC offers the movie 'Lethal Weapon 4', followed by the movie 'Young Guns', then the movie 'Young Guns II'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 1-Partners in Crime
 [7:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 2-The Fires of Pompeii
 [8:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 3-Planet of the Ood
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 4-The Sontaran Stratagem-Part 1.
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 5-The Poison Sky-Part 2.
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 6-The Doctor's Daughter

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', then it's 'TBA'.

Comedy Central has 'Futuama', 'South Park', another 'South Park', still another 'South Park', 'Jeff Dunham: Unhinged In Hollywood', and 'Jeff Dunham: Arguing With Myself'.

FX has the movie 'Transformers: Age Of Extinction', followed by the movie 'Transformers: Age Of Extinction', again.

History has 'Ancient Aliens', another 'Ancient Aliens', followed by a FRESH 'Ancient Aliens', and another 'Ancient Aliens'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    BROCKMIRE -It All Comes Down to This
 [6:30AM]    ELF
 [8:30AM]    BALLS OF FURY
 [10:30AM]    BAD BOYS
 [1:15PM]    ELF
 [3:15PM]    BALLS OF FURY
 [3:45AM]    BIO-DOME     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show -He's No Heavy -- He's My Brother
 [6:35AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show -Room 223
 [7:10AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show -A Girl's Best Mother Is Not Her Friend
 [7:45AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show -Cover Boy
 [8:20AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show -Didn't You Used to Be ... Wait ... Don't Tell Me
 [8:55AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show -Thoroughly Unmilitant Mary
 [9:30AM]    Splash
 [12:00PM]    12 Years a Slave
 [3:00PM]    Law & Order -The Fertile Fields
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order -Silence
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order -Working Stiff
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order -Skin Deep
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order -Conspiracy
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order -Panic
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order -Entitled
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order -Fools for Love
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order -Trade This
 [12:00AM]    Law & Order -Black, White and Blue
 [1:00AM]    Law & Order -Mega
 [2:00AM]    Gomorrah -Episode 7
 [3:00AM]    The Rainmaker     (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'John Wick', followed by a FRESH '12 Monkeys', then another FRESH '12 Monkeys', followed by still another FRESH '12 Monkeys', then yet another FRESH '12 Monkeys'.

 [6:00 AM]      The Whistler (1944)
 [7:30 AM]      The Power of the Whistler (1945)
 [9:00 AM]      Voice of the Whistler (1945)
 [10:30 AM]      The Mysterious Intruder (1946)
 [12:00 PM]      The Secret of the Whistler (1946)
 [1:30 PM]      The Return of the Whistler (1948)
 [3:00 PM]      I Love a Mystery (1945)
 [4:30 PM]      The Devil's Mask (1946)
 [6:00 PM]      The Unknown (1946)
 [7:30 PM]      Dark Shadows (1944)
 [8:00 PM]      Cool Hand Luke (1967)
 [10:15 PM]      Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
 [12:15 AM]      Point Blank (1967)
 [2:00 AM]      Belle de Jour (1967)
 [4:00 AM]      Wait Until Dark (1967)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Saturday   -  05/20/17

 [6:00 AM]      Triple Cross (1966)
 [8:15 AM]      They Came To Rob Las Vegas (1969)
 [10:30 AM]      Meet Boston Blackie (1941)
 [12:00 PM]      The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976)
 [2:15 PM]      20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)
 [4:00 PM]      The Quiet American (1958)
 [6:15 PM]      Speedway (1968)
 [8:00 PM]      Gilda (1946)
 [10:15 PM]      You Were Never Lovelier (1942)
 [12:00 AM]      Cornered (1946)
 [2:00 AM]      Eraserhead (1977)
 [3:45 AM]      It's Alive (1974)
 [5:30 AM]      One Got Fat (1963)
 [5:30 AM]      When You Grow Up (1973)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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People walk past Canaletto's paintings of Venice views at the Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace in London, May 18, 2017. Canaletto & the Art of Venice is opening on May 19 at the Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace.
Photo by Frank Augstein


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Good-Bye Net Neutrality


A federal agency voted to kick off the repeal of "net neutrality" rules designed to keep broadband providers like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast from interfering with the internet.

It's the latest change that the Federal Communications Commission has made to ease regulation of the phone, broadcast and cable industries.

Undoing the net neutrality rules - which, for instance, block providers from favoring their own apps and services over those of competitors like Netflix - may be the biggest battle yet triggered by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai (R-Verizon). The tech industry, which sees net neutrality as necessary to innovation, is already pushing back by lobbying politicians, sending letters of protest to the agency and starting to rally supporters.

The FCC's three commissioners voted 2-1, with the lone Democrat opposed, to start a process aimed at unwinding the net neutrality rules. It will be months before final rules are up for a vote.



Participants wear glowing vests as they look out to the Sydney Opera House from the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia May 18, 2018 during a press preview of the Vivid Climb Mandarin for Chinese-language tours of the Sydney icon. Sydney's Vivid festival of light and sound will begin May 26 with many of Sydney's landmarks participating in the annual event.
Photo by Jason Reed


Branded 'T-rump A Bullshitter'


Barack Obama reportedly branded Donald Trump a "bullsh***r" after the pair's election night phone call.

Mr Obama congratulated Donald Trump (R-Delusional) on his win after he won the election in November and it has now emerged the billionaire property tycoon professed his newfound veneration for former President Obama during the phone call.

Two friends of the former President have now told People magazine Mr Trump suddenly professed his "respect" and "admiration" for him despite their years-long feud and fraught relationship.

But the former President is said to have been so vexed by the flattery that he argued Mr Trump was being disingenuous.

"He's nothing but a bullsh****r," Mr Obama reportedly told two friends early last November while describing the election night call.



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Desperately Tries


Donald Trump (R-Buffoon) isn't great at spelling - or Twitter for that matter - so it's no surprise that when he tries to do both at the same time, disaster ensues.

For reference, let us look to President Trump's Thursday morning tweet to the world. In attempting to write about a "special counsel," the leader of the United States misspelled the simple word, instead writing, "councel."

It was only a matter of hours before the country's faithful educator, Merriam-Webster, chimed in, revealing there had been a ridiculously yuge spike in searches for the misspelled word.

To make matters more embarrassing, this isn't even the first time the president had trouble with the word. Just 10 days ago, Trump used the incorrect version of "counsel" when tweeting about the "W.H. Council."

Once again, Merriam-Webster attempted to teach Trump right from wrong by defining the homophones, but it doesn't appear he got the message.



Italian forensics services inspect on the site of the theft at the Pompeii Archaeological site, near Naples, southern Italy, May 18, 2017. A sixth-century BC bronze relic, in the night of 18 May, a piece of a door ornament, has been stolen from the 'Pompeii and the Greeks' exhibit at the Palestra Grande (large gymnasium) at the Pompeii archaeological site. The theft is thought to have taken place while the site was open to the public. Carabinieri police is investigating.
Photo by Ciro Fusco


Passes One Million Signatures

Impeachment Petition

More than one million people have signed a petition to impeach Donald Trump (R-Crooked) as scandals continue to befall the White House.

Petition organiser John Bonifaz, a Massachusetts-based lawyer, has been heading one of the campaigns to impeach Mr Trump for allegedly violating the US Constitution's foreign and domestic emoluments clause and other federal laws, according to publication MassLive.

The Emoluments Clause says that the president should not accept, without the consent of Congress, any present or payment from any king, prince or foreign state.

Private citizens are not the only ones calling for an impeachment of Mr Trump. A vocal group of congressional Democrats are also suggesting the idea, and several members of both parties are beginning to grapple with the possibility that impeachment proceedings may loom in the not-too-distant future.

Impeachment Petition


Digby's Hullabaloo


Retracts More False Stories

Alex Jones

The brief statement read by Jones at the end of his radio show was a reversal from previous claims that he would never back down in the defamation case.

Chobani had argued in its lawsuit that Jones and his InfoWars website posted fabricated stories in April that linked Chobani owner Hamdi Ulukaya and the company to a sexual assault case involving refugee children. The company filed the lawsuit in Idaho district court in Twin Falls, where it operates the largest yoghurt plant in the world.

Jones said during his broadcast: "During the week of 10 April 2017, certain statements were made on the InfoWars Twitter feed and YouTube channel regarding Chobani that I now understand to be wrong.

This is not Jones's first apology over a false story. In March, Jones also apologized for promoting the "pizzagate" conspiracy rumors that led to a gunman firing an AR-15 rifle in a Washington DC pizza restaurant as he "self-investigated" a bogus theory that the Comet Ping Pong restaurant was at the center of a child sex-abuse plot and Democratic leaders.

During the recent US presidential race, Donald Trump (R-Mountebank) took the unprecedented step of appearing for an interview on Jones's site. Trump was interviewed for about 30 minutes by Jones in December 2015, and later called Jones a "nice guy".

Alex Jones


Believers of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate pray during their rally near of Parliament building in Kiev, Ukraine, May 18, 2017. Orthodox believers of Moscow Patriarchate protest against adopting of the law drafts N4511 and N4128 by Ukrainian parliament about special status of religion?s organizations with guidance centers placed in country, recognized as aggressor by Ukrainian Parliament for defending of Ukrainian interests.
Photo by Sergey Dolzhenko


Joining DHS

Milwaukee Sheriff

Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke has said he will join the Trump administration as an assistant secretary to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Mr Clarke - a prominent, controversial Trump surrogate during the 2016 campaign - made the announcement to conservative radio host Vicki McKenna. Mr Clarke said he will work in the Office of Partnership and Programs, which coordinates outreach efforts to local authorities.

"I'll be a liaison with state and local governments, with the private sector and - one that's really near and dear to me - liaison to state and local and tribal law enforcement," Mr Clarke said.

Aside from his role as Milwaukee county sheriff, Mr Clarke is perhaps best known for his controversial political statements. He maintains a prolific Twitter account, where he has encouraged Americans to take up "pitchforks and torches" against the government and suggested that Black Lives Matter will soon join hands with Isis to bring down America.

At one point, Mr Clarke compared former President Barack Obama's management of the Department of Justice to Adolf Hitler consolidating all police forces under one commander.

Milwaukee Sheriff


Misogynistic Lawmaker Quits

New Hampshire

A Republican lawmaker who was criticized for creating a misogynistic online forum resigned Wednesday, citing concerns for the safety of his loved ones and himself.

The resignation of Rep. Robert Fisher of Laconia (R-Creep) came shortly after his Republican colleagues voted to recommend the full House take no action against him and after Democrats said they would ask the attorney general to investigate him.

Fisher had come under fire after a recent article on The Daily Beast revealed him as the creator of a Reddit forum called "The Red Pill," which bills itself as a discussion of sexual strategies for men and includes a post in which users debate whether "every woman wants to be attractive enough to be raped."

He resigned less than an hour after a Republican-led committee voted 8-6 along party lines to recommend that the full House take no action against him.

Fisher, 31, said that in his early 20s he went through a "nightmare situation" where "false rape accusations became a very real concern." He told the committee he doesn't hate women or condone rape, and he believes it's a waste of lawmakers' time to dig into his past comments. But in a recent piece he wrote for his local newspaper, Fisher defended and doubled down on some of his statements. In one past comment, he said videotaping sexual encounters with women may be the only way for men to defend themselves against fake rape allegations.

New Hampshire


Opposition supporters rally against President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, May 18, 2017.
Photo by Carlos Garcia Rawlins


Will Resign Next Month


Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Weasel) said Thursday he will resign from Congress next month, a move that calls into question the future of the House Oversight Committee's investigation of Donald Trump (R-Corrupt) and his campaign's ties with Russia.

Chaffetz, a Republican, said in a letter sent to media and constituents that his last day will be June 30. He said last month that he would not seek re-election in 2018 and that he was considering leaving office early.

The statement did not mention the investigation he is overseeing as the oversight committee chair into President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey and the Trump campaign's role in Russia's alleged efforts to meddle in the 2016 presidential election.

Chaffetz said in the letter he wants to spend time with his family, return to the private sector and possibly run for Utah governor.



Education Department May Cut Program

Student Loan Forgiveness

Documents from a preliminary Education Department budget obtained by The Washington Post reveal Donald Trump (R-Grifter) plans to put the Student Loan Forgiveness Program on the chopping block.

The program, which is also known as the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program (PSLF), was signed into law under the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007 (CCRAA) by former resident George W. Bush and popularized by the amendments introduced in it by former President Barack Obama.

It allowed students to have the remainder of their federal education loans waived after 10 years of making payments.

According to the rough draft of the budget, Trump is planning to cut $10.6 billion from federal education initiatives, and the first program to bite the dust, as a result, would be PSLF, according to the Washinton Post report.

If the proposed budget cut is finalized, funding used by higher education institutions for their work-study programs. Public schools use the money towards assisting students suffering from mental health issues while promoting advanced coursework would also be drastically cut short.

Student Loan Forgiveness



In Memory

Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell, the emblematic grunge rock singer whose sweeping voice masked lifelong struggles with drugs and depression, hanged himself late Wednesday moments after finishing a concert. He was 52.

A statement from the singer's publicist said his widow, Vicky Karayiannis Cornell, and the rest of the family "were shocked to learn of his sudden and unexpected passing" and thanked fans for "their continuous love and loyalty."

Cornell, with little formal training, possessed one of the music world's most wide-ranging voices -- it could swing nearly four octaves, moving from a deep baritone to a screechingly high tenor with a chilling vibrato.

Cornell, a Seattle native, wrestled with heroin and other drugs as well as depression most of his life, once even calling a metal magazine to confirm a tour cancellation from a payphone at a rehab clinic.

Besides Soundgarden, Cornell founded the early grunge band Temple of the Dog and sang with Audioslave -- a supergroup with members of Rage Against the Machine.

With Audioslave, Cornell took a leftist political slant and the band in 2005 became the first US rockers to play a major concert in Cuba.

Cornell is survived by three children. Two are with his second wife Karayiannis, a Greek music publicist whom the singer met when she was working in Paris.

Chris Cornell


In Memory

Roger Ailes

Roger Ailes, who as a political consultant helped elect Republican presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush before joining Rupert Murdoch's empire as the hard-charging founding CEO of the Fox News Channel, a conservative counterweight to what perceived was a liberally biased mainstream media, has died, his former network Fox News announced Thursday. He was 77.

Ailes resigned as CEO of Fox News in the wake of numerous sexual harassment allegations last summer. The network's Fox & Friends morning show anchors reported on Ailes' death, reading a statement obtained by Matt Drudge, from Ailes' widow Elizabeth.

Ailes wielded outsized power in U.S. politics and culture. He introduced the populace to Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, Megyn Kelly and other right-leaning hosts who drew massive audiences and, in doing so, became a notorious figure among progressive activists eager to discredit him and his top-rated network.

Ailes was an NBC executive who ran CNBC in the 1990s before Murdoch hired him to launch Fox News in 1996 to a mere 17 million cable homes. Conservatives embraced the upstart news network, and within a decade it was routinely drawing more viewers than competitors CNN and MSNBC - combined.

In recent years, Fox News has earned more than $1 billion annually as the most profitable asset at Murdoch's 21st Century Fox conglomerate.

Ailes was born and raised in Warren, Ohio. He suffered from hemophilia so didn't participate in recess at school and was hospitalized because of the disease. His father, a maintenance man for General Motors, was abusive, and he kicked his son out of the house after he graduated high school. Ailes studied radio and television at Ohio University but later admitted he "was hammered all the time" as a young man.

The Air Force ROTC rejected him because of his health, so he joined the college radio station and did some acting in collegiate stage plays. After graduating, he took a low-level job on The Mike Douglas Show, working his way up to executive producer by age 25.

The position afforded him the opportunity to meet powerful people, including Nixon, who told Ailes that he considered television a "gimmick" that had cost him his 1960 presidential bid. Ailes cautioned the candidate to have more respect for TV, and Nixon hired him as his media consultant during his successful run in 1968.

After he was elected, Nixon discarded Ailes, who by then had founded Ailes Communications, and he was soon consulting for numerous political candidates and other high-end clients. In the early 1970s, he turned his attention, once again, to theater, co-producing a flop called Mother Earth before scoring an off-Broadway hit with The Hot L Baltimore (later adapted by Norman Lear for an ABC sitcom). Ailes also produced and directed a 1984 TV special, Television and the Presidency.

In 1992, Ailes encouraged radio star Rush Limbaugh to try television, resulting in a syndicated half-hour show that Ailes produced for four years. "I had to learn how to take being hated as a measure of success," Limbaugh said at an awards dinner for Ailes in 2009, "and the person that taught me to deal with this and to remain psychologically healthy was Roger Ailes … The things I've learned from him about being a man, about the country, about how to be a professional, nobody else taught me."

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