Former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani speaks during a a press conference in Belgrade on April 20, 2012. Rudolph Giuliani visited Belgrade today on the invitation of the main opposition party SNS and its candidate for Serbian capital’s mayor in the May 6 vote. Giuliani, who ran New York from 1994 to 2001, told reporters that he had come to Belgrade to “give advice on how to improve and develop” the Serbian capital. AFP PHOTO / ANDREJ ISAKOVIC (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
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Apparently hearing it from a CGI bear didn’t soften the blow. Rudy Giuliani and his wife Judith went to see Ted in the Hamptons on Sunday night, and when the bear asks Norah Jones about her nationality and shoots back, “Whatever. Thanks for 9/11,” “No one in the theater laughed,” a source tells the Post. “The joke fell completely flat.” Supposedly the audience “had too much respect for the mayor” to laugh at the disaster — or maybe the Hamptons crowd just doesn’t find racist teddy bearsfunny.
It still seems up in the air as to whether John Bolton will appear before the Senate
NEWS – McConnell told his members that he did not yet have enough votes to be able to kill the witness vote, expected Friday, according to people familiar. Yet several 2020ers spoke, saying they’re ready to move on to final vote, move on from the trial.
A major figure in digital media switches things up
Ben Smith, editor in chief of BuzzFeed News, who built a respected news organization alongside the website’s lighter content, will leave the company and join The New York Times as the newspaper’s top media columnist, according to sources familiar with the situation who were not authorized to speak publicly.
Smith will serve as the writer of the publication’s “Media Equation” column, which became a must-read for media industry insiders under David Carr, who died in 2015. Jim Rutenberg, the column’s writer for the last four years, moved to the position of writer at large last week.
Smith confirmed the move in a tweet.
“It’s been the privilege of my life to do this job, in its many iterations, for more than eight years,” Smith wrote in a memo he sent to BuzzFeed News staffers. “The notion that BuzzFeed could play a major role in shaping global news, and the news business — from tweets to streaming shows — sounded crazy in 2012. Now it’s just a fact, the product of most of all of your hard work, creativity, aggressiveness, and judgement.”
Add California to the list of places where Bernie is surging
Sen. Bernie Sanders, consolidating support from voters on the left, has taken a clear lead in the race for California’s huge trove of Democratic convention delegates as the presidential campaign moves toward a critical month of primary contests.
Sanders has been propelled to the top in California by growing support from voters who label themselves “very liberal” — a shift that has come largely at the expense of Sen. Elizabeth Warren. That very liberal group makes up about one in three Democratic primary voters in the state.
Along with strong backing among Latinos and young voters, backing on the left is enough to give the Vermont senator support from 26% of voters likely to take part in the state’s March 3 Democratic primary, according to the latest UC Berkeley Institute for Governmental Studies poll, conducted for the Los Angeles Times. His gains in the state come as several polls in Iowa and New Hampshire — the states with the first contests of the primary season — also show Sanders gaining ground.
This is the plan hidden genius Jared Kushner has been working on for several years
President Trump’s Middle East peace plan, to be formally unveiled Tuesday, is a detailed blueprint of more than 50 pages that outlines his administration’s ideas about how to resolve core issues on borders, security and Jerusalem that have bedeviled negotiators for decades.
The plan, they say, envisions Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem, including areas Palestinians claim as the capital of a future independent state. The Palestinians would have control over some neighborhoods on outer parts of East Jerusalem.
There would be land swaps between areas controlled by the Israelis and Palestinians. In the end, the Palestinians might control 70% to 80% of the West Bank. That would fall short of Palestinian demands, but the plan isn’t expected to formally rule out a Palestinian state.
Officials have said Israelis and Palestinians won’t be forced to leave their homes as Israel expands its borders. Unlike past efforts, the Trump administration isn’t expected to seek compromises that would allow some Palestinians to return to land they or their families left after Israel’s creation or receive compensation for it.