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.

Right Now w/ Ben DeClue (Twitter / LinkedIn)

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.”


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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.