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Clinton-Patterson Thriller Nabs Dennis Quaid for Audiobook (Exclusive)

Dennis Quaid, who has carved out a niche playing distinctly American heroes like Gordon Cooper in The Right Stuff, Doc Holliday in Wyatt Earp and Sam Houston in The Alamo, will narrate the audiobook edition of the Bill Clinton-James Patterson thriller The President Is Missing. The book, Clinton's first novel, drops June 4 and is widely expected to be one of the summer's biggest beach reads.

This is Quaid's second turn at audiobook narration, following The Right Stuff, which came out earlier in the year. Of note, Quaid actually played Clinton in the 2010 TV movie The Special Relationship.

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Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy Celebrates Legacy of Barbara Bush

The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy mourns the passing and celebrates the legacy of its founder, Barbara Bush.

Barbara Pierce Bush — a beloved first lady, proud mother of six children, accomplished author and passionate champion for family literacy — passed away on April 17, 2018.

Mrs. Bush believed that every man, woman and child should have the opportunity to secure a better life through literacy. In 1989, this belief inspired her to establish the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, which has provided educational opportunities for Americans of all ages, in all 50 states, over the past 29 years.

Jean Becker, member of the Foundation’s board of directors and chief of staff to President George H.W. Bush, shared, “Mrs. Bush was a mother first and foremost, and as such believed that the most wonderful gift she could give her children — and families across America — was a love of reading and learning.”

Today, the Foundation remains committed to Mrs.
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Just a Reminder That Hillary Clinton Once Attended Donald Trump's Wedding

You'd never know it from the 2016 presidential election, but Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton used to be something resembling friends. In fact, she even attended his 2005 marriage to current wife Melania Trump. You see, before they were sworn political enemies, the Clintons and the Trumps got along pretty well. Pictures from Donald and Melania's star-studded nuptials show Hillary and husband Bill Clinton posing with the newlyweds — and even laughing at something Donald was saying. Bo Dietl, a fellow guest at the wedding, once gave NPR__ a report from the front lines. "When Donald and Melania came out to greet a lot of the guests, I saw Hillary going over and… kissing them. And she was very pleasant with him," he said. Bill and Hillary at Donald and Melania's wedding. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) The Clintons had good reason to seem chummy with the Trumps, though. Donald had given more than
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'Looming Tower': Stars and Creatives Talk 9/11 Depiction and How the Political Climate Has Changed

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Back in the summer of 1998, while the rest of the country was obsessing over Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton, an FBI agent named John O'Neill was not-so-quietly investigating a growing terrorist threat, arguing to anyone who'd listen that Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida was planning an attack on U.S. soil. Not many did. And, proving that history has a sense of irony, three years later — on Sept. 11, 2001 — O'Neill ended up in the World Trade Center during the tragedy.

O'Neill's story was largely unheralded until Lawrence Wright made him the centerpiece of his 2006 Pulitzer Prize-winning...
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The Breach: History Cancels Plans for Clinton Impeachment Series

American Crime Story aren't the only ones to cancel a Bill Clinton show. Deadline reports History has scrapped plans for their TV series The Breach.Based on the book by Peter Baker, the scripted drama "had been billed as a political thriller looking at how one of the nation’s biggest political scandals unfolded – from the revelation that President Clinton was having an affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky through the political combat that saw Hillary Clinton, Newt Gingrich, Special Prosecutor Ken Starr, Congressman Bob Livingston and many others dominating the national headlines."Read More…
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Monica Lewinsky Season of ‘American Crime Story’ No Longer Happening

Monica Lewinsky Season of ‘American Crime Story’ No Longer Happening
The future of American Crime Story is uncertain, especially after executive producer Ryan Murphy scored a big Netflix deal earlier this year. At one point, there were plans for an American Crime Story season devoted to the Monica Lewinsky/Bill Clinton scandal – but it looks like that’s no longer happening. Ryan Murphy confirms that Lewinsky season idea […]

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American Crime Story: Season Four; President Clinton Scandal Plans Scrapped

It looks like American Crime Story is changing plans. Recently, Ep Ryan Murphy told The Hollywood Reporter he's scrapped plans for a season of the FX TV show themed around the Monica Lewinsky scandal.As previously reported, season four of the anthology drama was going to explore the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky sex scandal of the late '90s.Read More…
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‘American Crime Story’ Season 4 Won’t Be About Monica Lewinsky, Ryan Murphy Says

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‘American Crime Story’ Season 4 Won’t Be About Monica Lewinsky, Ryan Murphy Says
Ryan Murphy isn’t touching the Monica Lewinsky-Bill Clinton scandal after all.

The showrunner said he’s scrapping the proposed season of his FX anthology series “American Crime Story,” which would have followed the story that rocked the nation in the ’90s about a then-intern’s affair with the then-potus, according to an interview with The Hollywood Reporter published Wednesday. The report came on the same day History decided to scrap the Clinton impeachment drama series “Breach.”

Jeffrey Toobin’s 2000 best-seller, “A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Sex Scandal that Nearly Brought Down a President,” had been optioned as the source material for the season over a year ago. But Murphy decided against going through with his version of Lewinsky’s tale. And he said that to her face.

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“I told her, ‘Nobody should tell your story but you, and it’s kind of gross if they do,'” Murphy told THR of discussing the matter with Lewinsky at a party in Hollywood. “‘If you want to produce it with me, I would love that; but you should be the producer and you should make all the goddamn money.'”

Luckily, the “American Crime Story” team — which includes executive producers Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson — have at least one story locked in and ready to go. The upcoming third season, which centers on Hurricane Katrina, is currently in production and was originally slated for release ahead of the sophomore installment, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” but wasn’t ready in time.

Representatives for FX and 20th Century Fox declined to comment on Murphy’s decision to scrap the season when reached by TheWrap.

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Bill Clinton Impeachment-Focused Drama The Breach Scrapped at History

Bill Clinton Impeachment-Focused Drama The Breach Scrapped at History
One day, two axed Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky projects.

History has opted not to move forward with its six-episode drama series The Breach, about the impeachment of the former Potus, our sister site Deadline reports. The news comes just hours after it was revealed that executive producer Ryan Murphy has scrapped plans for an American Crime Story season revolving around the affair between President Clinton and White House intern Lewinsky.

The Breach — which was greenlit last September — was billed as a political thriller that would to take viewers inside Republican and Democratic war rooms, “revealing the infighting among the president’s advisors,
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Bill Clinton Impeachment Drama ‘The Breach’ Scrapped by History

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Bill Clinton Impeachment Drama ‘The Breach’ Scrapped by History
History has scrapped plans for a six-episode scripted series about the impeachment of Bill Clinton.

The Breach: Inside the Impeachment of Bill Clinton” from executive producer R.J. Cutler was ordered straight-to-series in September. No reason was given for the decision to cancel the series.

The story, based on Peter Baker’s best-selling non-fiction book “The Breach: Inside the Impeachment and Trial of William Jefferson Clinton,” was planned as a deep dive into the scandal featuring major Republican and Democratic players in the White House and Congress.

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The series would have tackled infighting among the president’s advisers, the secret back-channel negotiations between the White House and Congress, Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky, and the manner in which Clinton, his family, and his political opponents all dealt with the fallout.

Produced by FremantleMedia North America in association with A+E Studios, “The Breach” was to have been co-written by David K. Israel and Cutler, producer of the Academy Award-nominated documentary “The War Room” about Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign. Cutler was also set to direct the series.

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History Scraps Bill Clinton Impeachment Drama Series ‘The Breach’

History has abandoned its planned scripted drama series from R.J. Cutler based on the Bill Clinton impeachment. The Breach: Inside the Impeachment of Bill Clinton was greenlighted by History in September as a six-part scripted drama series based on Peter Baker's bestseller The Breach: Inside the Impeachment and Trial of William Jefferson Clinton. Over the past few months, the producers made several offers to A-list actors for the leads, but no one had been cast. A rep for…
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Bill Clinton Impeachment Drama Series Scrapped at History

Ryan Murphy isn't the only one scrapping scripted projects about Monica Lewinsky.

Hours after The Hollywood Reporter exclusively reported that the prolific showrunner had canceled plans for a Lewinsky-themed season of FX anthology American Crime Story, History has done the same with its Bill Clinton impeachment drama.

Picked up straight to series in September, The Breach: Inside the Impeachment of Bill Clinton was set to be a six-part scripted series from Emmy winner R.J. Cutler (Nashville). The project was poised to be based on Peter Baker’s New York Times best-seller The Breach: Inside the Impeachment and Trial of William Jefferson...
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President Clinton to Launch New CGI Action Network on Post Disaster Recovery

On Tuesday, April 3, 2018, Bill Clinton will formally launch the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery at the University of Miami.

The meeting will bring together more than 350 leaders from government, business, and civil society to discuss and develop solutions that address immediate and long-term hurricane recovery needs facing the region.

At the meeting, stakeholders will work toward CGI Commitments to Action – new, specific, and measurable projects to address critical issues such as health care, housing, clean energy, education, small business support, mental health, and climate resiliency to assist with immediate needs as well as the long-term recovery in the region. Commitments to Action already in development include the rebuilding of schools and homes in Dominica and the installation of solar equipment at primary care clinics in Puerto Rico. Additional commitments will be announced during the major plenary sessions of the meeting.

Participants include: President Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States,
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Why the New 'Roseanne' Reboot Just Plain Sucks

Let's be real for a second: The real Roseanne reboot had already happened long before this past Tuesday, and it was called Lady Bird. Darlene was now going to Catholic school; Aunt Jackie was playing the mom. But otherwise, Greta Gerwig's film had all the tropes that made the original Roseanne great: grit, compassion, family fireworks, blue-collar heart, feminist soul, a lovable lunk of a dad and Laurie Metcalf's sarcastic sneer. In other words, it had everything that's missing from ABC's new reboot version. Gerwig made a
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TV News Roundup: CNN to Air Town Hall with James Comey

In today’s roundup, CNN announced it will host a town hall with former FBI director James Comey, and NBC Entertainment promoted Sahara Bushue to senior vice president of alternative programming.

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PBS named “Today” alumna Meredith Vieira as host of its new series, “The Great American Read.” The show will explore the country in search of America’s top 100 novels, as well as their authors and fan bases. Its first episode, a two-hour special, will air May 22 at 8 p.m. The series will include appearances by Margaret Atwood, Jenna Bush, Barbara Bush, Chelsea Clinton, Junot Diaz, Morgan Freeman,
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Donald Trump May Be Forced to Take Deposition in Stormy Daniels Case

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Donald Trump may have to testify under oath before the first day of Summer ... not in the Russia investigation ... but in the Stormy Daniels case. Sources connected to Stormy Daniel's lawyer, Michael Avenatti, tell TMZ, the attorney plans to make a full-court press to take Trump's deposition in the next 60 to 90 days. We're told Avenatti has a laundry list of things he wants to ask the President ... and sex is the least problematic. Among the
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Spotlight: Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation's Celebrity Supporters

Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation (Rpaf) is dedicated to providing inner city youth across New York City with significant exposure to the arts, as well as to supporting emerging artists with exhibition opportunities.

Rush was founded in 1995 by three brothers: Danny Simmons, visual artist and community builder; media mogul Russell Simmons; and Joseph "Rev. Run" Simmons of the legendary hip-hop group Run-dmc.Their goal was to fill the gap that the disenfranchised and people of color faced in both accessing the arts and exhibition opportunities.

Celebrity supporters

Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation has 26 known supporters, including Bill Clinton, Russell Simmons, and Alicia Keys

Areas of work ChildrenCreative ArtsAt-Risk/Disadvantaged Youths Read more about Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation's work and celebrity supporters. Related articles John Legend Buys Himself At Charity AuctionBid For Yoga With Russell SimmonsHip Hop Royalty Auction “Crown Jewels” for CharitySimmons Commits Money To CharityLTTS Exclusive: An Interview With Kim Kardashian

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Spotlight: AIDS Life's Celebrity Supporters

AIDS Life was founded in 1992 to raise funds to support HIV+ and people living with AIDS. The annual Life Ball is the organisation’s main source of income.

It also promotes awareness and public consciousness about AIDS.

Celebrity supporters

AIDS Life has 47 known supporters, including Elton John, Bill Clinton, and Eva Longoria

Areas of work AIDS & HIV Read more about AIDS Life's work and celebrity supporters. Related articles Celebrities Land On Planet Life BallKaty Perry To Headline Life BallStars Attend Life Ball For AIDS In AustriaBill Clinton And Whoopi Goldberg To Attend 2010 AIDS Life BallRicky Martin To Perform At Life Ball In Vienna

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President and Mrs. Obama In Talks To Produce Series For Netflix — Report

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ObamaFlix? According to a New York Times report, former President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, are in talks with Netflix to produce programming for the streaming service.

Nothing is official, and Netflix couldn’t be reached for comment on the news. But the New York Times pointed out that the Obamas don’t plan to use the shows to comment on the Trump Administration or politics, but rather, to explore important subjects near to their heart.

“In one possible show idea, Mr. Obama could moderate conversations on topics that dominated his presidency — health care, voting rights, immigration, foreign policy, climate change — and that have continued to divide a polarized American electorate during President Trump’s time in office,” the newspaper wrote. “Another program could feature Mrs. Obama on topics, like nutrition, that she championed in the White House. The former president and first lady could also lend their brand
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Did Andy Griffith Pave the Way for Donald Trump? (Guest Blog)

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Did Andy Griffith Pave the Way for Donald Trump? (Guest Blog)
It seems that these days we watch the duplicitous face of Richard Nixon — refusing to resign, denying all charges — as often as when he was in Watergate hell. We also are once again seeing footage of Bill Clinton giving his “I did not have sexual relations with that woman” testimony. Those are the real historical figures that political journalists are comparing to our current leader, Donald Trump, as he faces special counsel Robert Mueller — and Stormy Daniels. As for the reel ones, history also offers films that reflected Trumpish behavior. “Network” often is the handiest comparison, with...
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