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Today’s Motion to Proceed Vote: Your Guide to the Unknown

Getty ImagesSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is persistent, we'll give him that. The Senate on Tuesday afternoon will cast its first procedural vote related to health care reform. That is about as specific as I can get to describe the ridiculousness of what they’re attempting to do today. There have been no public hearings, no final Congressional Budget Office...

Aldermen say aviation commissioner can’t change police rules after United dragging incident

Ginger Evans, right, the Chicago Aviation Commissioner, appears before the Chicago City Council's Committee on Aviation on April 13, 2017, in response to the incident where a traveler was dragged from a plane by a security officer. (Terrence Antonio James / Chicago Tribune) The city aviation commissioner's move to decommission the airport police at O'Hare and Midway airports...

Girls Trip’s Box-Office Success Should Give Its Stars the Overdue Opportunities They Deserve

Michelle K. Short/Universal StudiosThe stars of Girls Trip. This past weekend was a great one at the box office for new, non-franchise releases—well, some of them, anyway. Christopher Nolan’s stunningly shot World War II epic Dunkirk debuted on top with an unexpected $50.5 million, while Malcolm D. Lee’s R-rated comedy romp Girls Trip came in second place, with $30.4...

House and Senate investigations into Russian meddling are a sham

Jared Kushner White House senior adviser Jared Kushner walks away from the podium after speaking to reporters outside the White House in Washington, Monday, July 24, 2017, after meeting on Capitol Hill behind closed doors with the Senate Intelligence Committee on the investigation into possible collusion between Russian officials and the Trump campaign. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) (Pablo Martinez...

Burgers and birdwatching? UK retail fights to make shopping a big day out

When Rushden Lakes opens its doors on Friday it will be the first shopping centre to offer both a Marks & Spencer and birdwatching in wetlands that are in the same league as the Camargue or Zambezi Delta. But welcome to 21st-century UK retail, where developers are working harder than ever to attract Britons who increasingly view a visit...

They want to bust blue bubbles: Right-wing overrides of progressive local laws are on the rise

We the People are being burgled. Again. The latest hit is just the latest in a long string of political robberies, a nationwide crime wave being pulled off by moneyed elites and their political henchmen. With each heist, they haul off a little more of our democratic power: the ability of the working majority to have any real say...

Xanda, Son Of Cecil The Lion, Also Killed

Cecil the Lion, photographed in 2013, was killed by a trophy hunter in Zimbabwe in 2015. Two years later, his son, Xanda, came to the same end nearby. It appears that the six-year-old son of Cecil the Lion has met with the same fate as his father, two years after the famed lion's killing at the hands of a...

Teens Laugh & Make Fun Of Drowning Man As They Record His Final Moments: ‘Oh, He’s Dead’

Police are "horrified" by a video of five teenagers laughing and joking as they recorded a man drowning to death in Florida — but somehow the teens will not face any charges! None of the bystanders called for help or notified the police after Jamel Dunn (above) drowned in a retention pond near his mother's house in the city...

Inflation’s up thanks to Brexit. Now the chickens are coming home to roost

First, a little primer on inflation. The UK inflation rate for June 2017 as measured by the consumer prices index (CPI) was 2.6%, the Office for National Statistics announced this week. That is to say that the cost of living, measured by prices of a representative “basket of goods” from computer games to children’s clothing, rose by 2.6% over...

Salvador Dalí’s remains due to be exhumed to settle paternity case

The remains of Salvador Dalí are due to be exhumed on Thursday evening, almost three decades after his death, to help settle a long-running paternity claim from a 61-year-old fortune-teller who insists she is the Spanish artist’s only child. Dalí, who died in 1989, is buried in a crypt beneath the museum he designed for himself in his home...