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Betsy DeVos‘ appointment as education secretary was a controversial one, with the wealthy Gop donor confirmed to the position by the Senate on Tuesday in a 51-50 vote — pushed in her favor by Vice President Mike Pence, who cast the historic, tie-breaking ballot.
But despite outrage from celebrities and Democratic politicians, DeVos is ready to get to work.
The 59-year-old mother of four tweeted a photo of herself in her office late Tuesday night, writing, “Day 1 on the job is done, but we’re only getting started.”
“Now where do I find the pencils?” she added, with a smile face. »
- Dave Quinn
The reaction to Betsy DeVos‘ confirmation as education secretary on Tuesday was fast and mostly furious, with celebrities and Democratic politicians unleashing outrage on social media, and a sprinkling of supporters — including President Donald Trump and Jeb Bush — congratulating DeVos on her narrow win.
Despite a rare, all-night protest by Senate Democrats on Monday night that carried into Tuesday morning, DeVos was confirmed by Senate in a 51-50 vote, with Vice President Mike Pence casting a historic, tie-breaking ballot.
DeVos, a wealthy Gop donor, has been widely criticized for weeks for her multiple conflicts of interest and her apparent lack knowledge of basic education policy. »
- Tierney McAfee
Ava DuVernay’s latest film, the Oscar-nominated documentary “13th,” was always meant to be readily available to a large section of movie lovers, thanks to the filmmaker’s free-wheeling production and distribution deal with streaming giant Netflix. Billed as something as a “secret” film, the Netflix deal allowed the “Selma” helmer to make her feature-length look at the American prison system with minimal intrusion over the course of nearly two years.
The documentary, which succinctly explains the links between systematic racism and America’s swelling prison system, was kept mostly under wraps until it was announced as the opening night film at the 2016 New York Film Festival, making it the first documentary to ever earn the distinction.
Just three months after that splashy bow, “13th” is an Oscar nominee for best documentary feature and, yes, is currently streaming on Netflix. But DuVernay and Netflix’s unique partnership has not stopped there, »
- Kate Erbland
Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich has said singer Madonna should be arrested for making a violent comment about the White House on Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington. Newt Gingrich Wants Madonna Arrested Madonna told the crowd that she has “thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House.” In an interview with Fox & Friends, Gingrich […]
The post Newt Gingrich Calls For Madonna’s Arrest For Comment Made During Women’s March appeared first on uInterview. »
- Hillary Luehring-Jones
Newt Gingrich thinks Madonna should be arrested following her comments at the Women's March on Washington.
While speaking at the march, Madonna said, "Yes I've thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House, but I know that this won't change anything." The rest of her speech talked about revolution and love, as she dropped F-bombs and cursed at "detractors that insist this march will never add up to anything." The majority of her speech evoked a powerful response, although the back of the crowd booed when she talked about blowing up the White House. In <a »
- THR Staff
“Frontline’s” particular gift, especially when it comes to its political reporting, is to tell a story the audience knows already — but better. Its subjects are some of the most highly scrutinized figures in the world; its events are flashpoints for conversation. Especially when recounting recent history — the kind that takes place after the invention of the smartphone camera and Twitter — there is no lack of raw material, of sheer detail, about what transpired in America following close back-to-back milestones of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression and the election of the junior senator from Illinois to the highest office in the land. For most members of the audience, there is also no lack of memory — of the news reports on the day Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy, or President Barack Obama’s inauguration, or the shooting deaths of Trayvon Martin and Mike Brown, the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary. Producer »
- Sonia Saraiya
[[tmz:video id="0_1gldfhsq"]] Newt Gingrich wants to start treating reporters like hockey players -- when they step out of line ... they go in Donald Trump's penalty box. We got Newt in D.C. where he explains his concept of "Trumpism" to our guy, and then ... unleashes some pretty harsh words for CNN's Senior White House Correspondent, Jim Acosta, who went toe-to-toe with the Prez-elect. Buckle up for the next 4 years -- Newt says it's gonna be very »
- TMZ Staff
Welcome to “Playback,” a Variety podcast.
On today’s show, Jenelle Riley and I are fresh off the Palm Springs Film Festival, where many of the season’s contenders were honored and Variety held its annual Creative Impact Awards brunch. We also weigh the recent Writers Guild nominations, which featured the surprise inclusion of “Deadpool” in the adapted category. And with Academy voters receiving ballots today, we offer up a few last-minute suggestions for nominations.
Later on (22:21), I’m talking to director Ava DuVernay, whose documentary “13th” is one of the best films of the year. When she first got a call from Netflix asking if she’d be interested in making a documentary, she was eager, but as ever, very indie-minded about it. So things started small, then started to balloon.
For more, listen to the latest episode of “Playback” below. Check back next week for a new episode, »
- Kristopher Tapley
8 items from 2017
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