Today’s Buzz theme is Spartacus, the 1960 film starring Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, Charles Laughton, Peter Ustinov, Tony Curtis, and many others. Not many people realize it was directed by Stanley Kubrick. It remains one of my favorite films.
What I’m Reading: AVClub.com, my goto site for all things TV, movie, etc
What I’m Watching: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Justice Society of America
What I’m Doing: Making a little wish
Sanders is prepared to be a liberal thorn in Clinton’s side: Hillary Clinton’s onetime primary rival wants to work with her if she is elected, but he will oppose appointments and legislation that don’t pass muster with the left wing of her party.
‘Black Jeopardy’ is SNL’s best political sketch this year: It starred Tom Hanks as a Trump supporter and showed that America’s problems are as much about class as about race.
How Democrats Killed Their Populist Soul: It was January 1975, and the Watergate Babies had arrived in Washington looking for blood. The Watergate Babies—as the recently elected Democratic congressmen were known—were young, idealistic liberals who had been swept into office on a promise to clean up government, end the war in Vietnam, and rid the nation’s capital of the kind of corruption and dirty politics the Nixon White House had wrought. Richard Nixon himself had resigned just a few months earlier in August. But the Watergate Babies didn’t just campaign against Nixon; they took on the Democratic establishment, too. Newly elected Representative George Miller of California, then just 29 years old, announced, “We came here to take the Bastille.”
Upcoming ELGL Events
Webinar: How to Get Started with Open Data -November 8
- #ELGL17 – May 11 & 12, Detroit, MI
- Donald Trump Dismisses Latest Accuser: ‘Oh, I’m Sure She’s Never Been Grabbed Before’: Mr. Trump disparaged the adult film actress Jessica Drake, who over the weekend said that he had groped and kissed her without her permission in 2006.
- Cleveland Indians in 1948: A Story of Integration: Larry Doby and Satchel Paige were the first black players to be part of a major league championship.
- Near Mosul, Some Residents Flee ISIS, Others Stay And Fight With ISIS: The Iraqi army is battling its way through villages south of Mosul. Residents who fled say some local tribes are still with ISIS, and will be ready to fight to the death.
2,500 Years Ago, This Brew Was Buried With The Dead; A Brewery Has Revived It: In an ancient burial plot in what is now Germany, scientists uncovered a cauldron with remnants of an alcoholic beverage. They teamed up with a Milwaukee brewery to re-create the recipe.
- In Russia’s ‘Frozen Zone,’ a Creeping Border With Georgia: Russia keeps inching into Georgia with ever more ingenious boundary markings that only it and three other nations recognize as real.
Donald Trump Gets First Major Endorsement in Las Vegas: The Las Vegas Review-Journal, Nevada’s largest newspaper, is the first major newspaper to give Mr. Trump its support.
Prosecutors, FBI investigating allegations of absentee vote fraud in Berkeley: Mayor Ted Hoskins, who won election with large number of absentee ballots, denies any wrongdoing.
Higher property taxes in Missouri could result from ballot question, foes say: The proposal, known as Amendment 4, would change the Missouri Constitution to prohibit services like haircuts and dry cleaning from being taxed.
Rauner administration awards 1,100 non-union workers bonuses of $3,016: More than 1,000 non-union Illinois state workers whose bosses say are performing exceptional work are getting one-time merit bonuses from Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration.
McKee’s Northside Regeneration project back on track after concessions made on taxes: A proposed 40-year, 1 percent sales tax has been reduced to a 16 years.
Kenilworth’s History on Film: The Kenilworth Historical Society is releasing a new documentary about the history of the North Shore village. Called Kenilworth: The Suburban Ideal, the film explores founder Joseph Sears’ vision of a planned community with large lots and no alleys on the 223.6 lakefront acres he purchased in 1889.