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Review: 'House of Cards' Season 3 Episode 10 'Chapter 36' Chooses Poorly

Review: 'House of Cards' Season 3 Episode 10 'Chapter 36' Chooses Poorly
Episode 9 Review: 'House of Cards' Season 3 Episode 9 'Chapter 35' Humanizes & Demonizes in Equal Doses Morning Briefing:It all started simply enough. The President was having a difficult time on the campaign trail, stubbornly trying to keep focus on America Works when his constituents wanted answers regarding the Middle East. Doug invited his brother's family out to try to improve his mood — and his brother's — while recovering from his relapse. Remy made amends with Jackie after confessing too much to her last week. In other words, things were fairly stable — you know, for "House of Cards." Yet we all know Beau Willimon's priorities don't involve smooth sailing. He likes choppy seas, if not crashing waves threatening to capsize the vessel in play. So by episode's end, Frank had traveled in full combat gear — against Claire's wishes — to the Jordan Valley to try to reach a compromise with Russia. He succeeded,
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Review: 'House of Cards' Season 3 Episode 10 'Chapter 36' Chooses Poorly

Review: 'House of Cards' Season 3 Episode 10 'Chapter 36' Chooses Poorly
Episode 9 Review: 'House of Cards' Season 3 Episode 9 'Chapter 35' Humanizes & Demonizes in Equal Doses Morning Briefing:It all started simply enough. The President was having a difficult time on the campaign trail, stubbornly trying to keep focus on America Works when his constituents wanted answers regarding the Middle East. Doug invited his brother's family out to try to improve his mood — and his brother's — while recovering from his relapse. Remy made amends with Jackie after confessing too much to her last week. In other words, things were fairly stable — you know, for "House of Cards." Yet we all know Beau Willimon's priorities don't involve smooth sailing. He likes choppy seas, if not crashing waves threatening to capsize the vessel in play. So by episode's end, Frank had traveled in full combat gear — against Claire's wishes — to the Jordan Valley to try to reach a compromise with Russia. He succeeded,
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House of Cards Season 3, Episode 10 Recap: The Good Wife

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No one is happy about the Jordan Valley. Petrov is pissed. Israeli and Palestine are in a miniature arms race. Claire can’t keep the American involvement under control. And apparently the American people are none too thrilled with the fact that our troops are entangled in a vague, seemingly pointless “peacekeeping mission” that looks suspiciously not peaceful. As Frank hits the campaign trail, the town halls get teeth, as people use the Q&A session to ask what the hell we’re even doing there.Frank tries to dodge, but Annie — a white-haired rock star who officially has my heart — doesn’t let him. “What is the point of having us ask questions if you won’t answer them?” Frank responds to this cogent point by eliminating town halls from his campaign altogether and forcing Jackie to come up with a fake reason to postpone a debate with Dunbar.
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House of Cards Season 3, Episode 9 Recap: Bring Up the Bodies

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We begin in bliss: Look at Tom and Kate, happy coupling in hotels across the country, chasing the Underwood campaign trail while skipping all the events. Kate has been divorced twice and has a daughter in college, but Tom doesn’t care. He has no expectations. “I never have of anyone. You shouldn’t either.” Ugh, Tom is such a Cool Guy. Speaking of guys trying to be cool: Why is Frank campaigning in a leather jacket? It’s not even motorcycle-style — why bother? Also, not sure how “nothing” is going to go over as a rallying cry. Frank is doing the whole “I met a woman named Gloria” thing when Claire slips him a note: eight Russians killed in the Jordan Valley. God bless Iowa, let’s get the hell out of dodge. The Russians aren’t letting anyone into the blast site. They turned away help from the U.
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Plot Details For House Of Cards Season Three Surface; New Trailer Pushes Frank And Claire To Breaking Point

With little under two weeks to go until its debut, the excitement surrounding House of Cards season three is beginning to reach fever pitch. But over the weekend Netflix jumped the gun a little by releasing all thirteen episodes of the political drama ahead of time, before swiftly hauling it back down off the servers after around thirty minutes or so.

And in that time, the Huffington Post managed to snatch descriptions for the first ten episodes of the upcoming season, which you can check out down below.

Alongside this rather untimely leak was the official release of a new, Valentine’s-themed trailer for House of Cards latest stint, which sees Frank and Claire’s relationship shaken and stirred as they prepare for an official photo in the Oval office. Clearly repelled by her significant other, it’s Robin Wright’s character who exhibits the most emotion in this instance,
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Scarlett Johansson row has boosted Israeli settlement boycott, say activists

Pro-boycott campaigners believe they will benefit from SodaStream controversy despite actor cutting ties with Oxfam

The movement to boycott Israeli goods linked to settlements has been boosted by "Scarlett syndrome", say activists, after the high-profile controversy over the film star Scarlett Johansson's endorsement of SodaStream.

Pro-boycott campaigners believe they will benefit from the celebrity furore, even though Johansson – faced with the incompatibility of sponsorship of SodaStream, which has a factory in an illegal settlement in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, and her role as a goodwill ambassador for Oxfam – broke links with the charity.

The row follows mounting pressure, especially from Europe, where NGOs, trade unions, churches and others are forcing their governments to take action.

The number of European corporations who have severed or reviewed links with Israeli companies which operate in settlements is accelerating; the European Union is taking an increasingly tougher line; and the boycott movement is
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Us warns Israel over apparent distortion of John Kerry statements

State department says it expects all parties in Middle East peace talks to portray accurately secretary of state's comments

The Us hit back at Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday after the Israeli prime minister warned that calls for boycotts of Israel to pressure it over settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories are "immoral and unjustified" and would not achieve their goal.

In a public spat that reflected tensions over slow-moving Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, the state department rebuked Netanyahu for apparently misrepresenting the words of the Us secretary of state, John Kerry. Another senior rightwing minister accused Kerry of serving as a "mouthpiece" for antisemitic views.

Speaking on the record at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting, the Israeli prime minister said that the growing international boycott movement would only "push peace further away" by encouraging Palestinian intransigence.

"No pressure will force me to give up the vital interests of the state of Israel,
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Five Questions With “When I Saw You” Director Annemarie Jacir

A Bethlehem-born, Saudi Arabia-raised writer/director who earned her Mfa in film at Columbia University in New York City, Annemarie Jacir was named as one of Filmmaker‘s “25 New Faces” in 2004 on the strength of her short film Like Twenty Impossibles. Her first feature, the romantic drama Salt of This Sea, premiered at Cannes in 2008, where it won the Fipresci International Critics’ Prize, and was later selected as Palestine’s official submission to the Academy Awards. Following her mentorship by the Chinese directing great Zhang Yimou in the Rolex Arts Initiative, Jacir completed her second film, When I Saw You (which plays at Toronto on Sunday September 9, Tuesday September 11 and Saturday September 15), about Tarek an 11-year-old boy and his mother who, in 1967, are forced to flee their home in the West Bank and end up in a refugee camp in Jordan. Filmmaker: Though When I Saw You is set in
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Toronto 2011. Future Projections Lineup

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Future Projections is a program of moving-image artworks which will be on view throughout the city during the Toronto International Film Festival (September 9 through 18). Below is the festival's announcement of the program's lineup; it follows entries laying out the lineups for Visions, Wavelengths, Contemporary World Cinema and Galas and Special Presentations.

Mr. Brainwash: Mr. Brainwash in Toronto (2011). Made famous by the film Exit through the Gift Shop as legendary street-artist Banksy's alter ego, Thierry Guetta , aka Mr. Brainwash, has continued to produce provocative and playful Pop art. His work hungrily appropriates contemporary visual-art masters and cheekily tweaks the nose of gallery-based convention. He will be engaged in multiple projects during the Festival, including a significant, multiple-piece exhibition at Gallery One. His presence will also be felt outside Roy Thomson Hall, with his spray cans towering over the red carpet, providing emergency assistance for evenings requiring additional glamour and pomp.
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Palestinians React to Benjamin Netanyahu's Washington Speech

As Congress cheers Israeli leader's peace plan, Ramallah residents jeer. Jerusalem Bureau Chief Dan Ephron reports from the West Bank.

In Washington, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu got standing ovations during this hour-long address to both houses of Congress. At the Tarwee'a café in Ramallah, he mostly got ignored. Palestinians in their twenties sucked on Hubblie Bubblies and ate the shawarma dajaj – a chicken dish, heavy on the cumin - that is the house specialty. With the volume turned down low on two flat screen TVs-both tuned to CNN-Netanyahu drew an occasional glance. No boos, not even sneers, just studied indifference. "This man never says anything new," said Mahmoud Ghanim, adding a pinch of sweet-smelling tobacco to his water pipe.

Not entirely true. In what Israeli analysts had billed as the speech of his 30-year political career, Netanyahu revealed a bit more of his vision for peace between Israelis and Palestinians,
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Obama's Calculated Middle East Game: Can He Bring Peace?

The blueprint Obama laid out in his speech seemed to outrage Netanyahu more than Abbas, but Dan Ephron says the arithmetic is a little more complicated this time.

Who gained and who lost from President Barack Obama's remarks about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict Thursday? In the standard practice of Middle East scorekeeping, you can usually tell by the reaction of each side. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized the speech-suggesting he was on the losing end-while Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas praised it. But the arithmetic this time is more complicated.

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Obama sided with Israel on a number of key issues. He called for new talks between the sides without demanding a settlement freeze from the Jewish state-a departure from his policy of two years. He said the participation of the Islamic Hamas group in the Palestinian government was problematic. And he warned
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