Zimbabwe ruling party says Mugabe should step down

[ad_1] "ZANU-PF provincial structures in all the country's 10 provinces met today and called for the resignation of their First Secretary, President Robert Mugabe. They also called for the resignation of women's league Secretary and First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe from the party," State newspaper The Herald reported FridayMugabe emerged from house arrest to attend a university graduation ceremony in the capital, Harare, in a staged public appearance that belied the reality that he is no longer in control of the country he has ruled for 37 years. The veteran leader arrived at Zimbabwe Open University in a blue-and-yellow gown,...

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Using the Simpsons to explain how Asian Americans are overlooked

[ad_1] Hollywood has offered up few Asian American stars. But one of its most well-known is a cartoon: Apu from The Simpsons. Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, the Indian American character who operates the Kwik-E-Mart convenience store in the fictional town of Springfield and is known for the catch phrase "thank you, come again," has served as the animated series' running immigrant punchline for almost 30 years. "What bothered me about Apu is how he stood in for my parents, replacing their real stories and real...

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A notorious Russian Twitter troll claims to be back, and Twitter has not stopped it

[ad_1] A Kremlin-linked troll that has become infamous after having fooled thousands of Americans appears to have returned to Twitter more than a week ago. The account is proudly touting itself as a Russian troll in its Twitter bio, but Twitter has taken no action against it. Using the pseudonym "Jenna Abrams" and photographs of a Russian woman, the troll account in its initial incarnation posted more than 25,000 tweets using an invented persona of a conservative American woman. Before it was shut down, "Abrams" amassed a following of more than 70,000 -- including, according...

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‘Justice League’ looks to its biggest heroes for box office success

[ad_1] Warner Bros.' DC Entertainment is bringing out all its stars for this weekend's comic book mash-up, "Justice League." But will audiences embrace the superhero squad at the box office the way they flocked to this summer's "Wonder Woman?" So far the answer seems to be maybe. The film, which has Ben Affleck's Batman and Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman fighting alongside other DC crusaders like Erza Miller's The Flash, Jason Momoa's Aquaman, and Ray Fisher's Cyborg, brought in $13 million in preview showings...

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Reliable Sources podcast: Tracing the roots of conservative skepticism in the media

[ad_1] S. E. Cupp's conservative views haven't changed since she started hosting her own show, "SE Cupp Unfiltered," on HLN. But by virtue of her being part of the media business, "a close family member who does not believe the media, does not believe me, and thinks I am fake news," she said. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, Cupp's anecdote is a reminder of how personal polarization can become, and a lesson about how hard it is these days to break through the thick layer of conservative distrust in the media....

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White House Requests $44B Disaster Aid Bill

[ad_1] WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House Friday sent Congress a $44 billion disaster aid request that’s already under attack from lawmakers from hurricane-hit regions as way too small. The request, President Donald Trump’s third since hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria slammed the Gulf Coast and Caribbean, would bring the total appropriated for disaster relief this fall close to $100 billion — and that’s before most of the money to rebuild Puerto Rico’s devastated housing stock and electric grid is added in. The new installment would add $24 billion to the government’s chief disaster account and establish a new $12 billion grant...

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