Trump, the Saudis, and America’s disastrous ‘enemy of my enemy is my friend’ strategy

(CNN)“He’s a son of a bitch, but he’s our son of a bitch.” President Franklin Delano Roosevelt is said to have been talking about Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza. It was 1939, and you can imagine him, cigarette and martini in hand, making the case for realpolitik in a world hurtling…

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‘Venom’ and ‘A Star Is Born’: Two big films kick off a typically slow October

New York (CNN Business)October is typically a slow month at the box office, a time reserved for schlocky horror movies as the studios hold their blockbusters for the holiday season. Not this year, though. “We have another great example of studios recognizing that audiences will come out to see high…

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Poliwood: The ups and downs of combining celebrities and politics

(CNN)Poliwood — the intersection of politics and Hollywood — can be a powerful combination, capable of elevating policy debates and inspiring broad audiences. Unfortunately, it can also dumb us down to a nation of slack-jawed spectators. In rough chronological order, Kanye called for prison reform, pitched hard for Adidas, called…

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On Kavanaugh, the spotlight is on Democrats now

(CNN)The only thing more potentially devastating to our country than Brett Kavanaugh being railroaded onto the Supreme Court would be if, while the spotlight is on Sens. Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Jeff Flake, a Democrat enables the decisive vote. In addition to the three Republican fence-sitters, there has been…

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