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#2 The Rock, Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has hit out at the 'snowflake' generation, accusing those who are 'easily offended' of pulling society 'backwards'. The former wrestler, 46, has revealed that while he supports people feeling free to be whoever they are, he's none too pleased about those who constantly complain. California native Dwayne told the Daily Star: 'I don't have to agree with what somebody thinks, who they vote for, what they voted for, what they think, but I will back their right to say or believe it. That's democracy. 'So many good people fought for freedom and equality - but this generation are looking for a reason to be offended. If you are not agreeing with them then they are offended - and that is not what so many great men and women fought for.' He added: 'We thankfully now live in a world that has progressed over the last 30 or 40 years. People can be who they want, be with who they want, and live how they want. That can only be a good thing - but generation snowflake or, whatever you want to call them, are actually putting us backwards.' . . . #qanon #trump #maga #wga #wwg #q #thegreatawakening #walkaway #usa #trumptrain #fakenews #draintheswamp #deepstate #americafirst #redpill #redwave #america #donaldtrump #republican #wethepeople #conservative #makeamericagreatagain #a #therock #greatawakening #politics #sheepnomore #thestorm #potus #bhfyp

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The Rock says that "generation snowflake" interview was "100 percent fabricated," totally fake

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Dwayne Johnson hopped on Instagram this afternoon to address his fans, letting them know that a recent interview he purportedly conducted with British tabloid The Daily Star was entirely untrue,“100 percent fabricated,”and just generally completely made-up by the writer in question. In the “interview”—which was picked up by a number of news sites, including our own—Johnson supposedly defamed the members of “generation snowflake” in a generally un-Rock-like fashion, being quoted as saying that “this generation are looking for a reason to be offended.”

Marshaling that specific flavor of smiling, barely simmering anger that’s beaten the crap out of so many movie bad guys in the past, Johnson stated, in no unequivocal terms, that “The interview never happened. Never said those words.” He confesses to being baffled by the whole encounter, and added that, if he had a problem with a specific group or generation, he’d address it through dialogue, not making fun of them in an interview. Also, he made up his own generation, “the tequila generation,” because there are few human beings on the planet more relentlessly on-brand than Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, even when he’s also busy setting the story straight.

Meanwhile, The Daily Star’s story continues to be up on the paper’s site; the organization has been sued for (and settled over) libel charges a number of times over the years, but it’s still baffling that they thought they could get away with allegedly straight-up inventing an interview with one of Earth’s most famous (and vocal) people.

Despite What You May Have Heard, The Rock Loves and Respects Millennials

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Dwayne Johnson defending a bunch of beleaguered millennials sounds like our kind of movie, but we’ll have to make do with the Instagram video The Rock posted Friday decrying a recent interview published by The Daily Star in which the actor dragged the “snowflake generation.” Griped Johnson in the article, “So many good people fought for freedom and equality - but this generation are looking for a reason to be offended.” The thing is, according to the actor, he actually loves millennials (in addition to everyone else) and that interview is entirely made up.

“The interview never took place. Never happened. Never said any of those words,” Johnson said on Instagram, saying he was “baffled” to learn he was reportedly in a heated battle with people born between 1982 and 2004. “Completely untrue. One hundred percent fabricated.” Adds the actor, “I always encourage empathy, I encourage growth but most importantly, I encourage everybody to be exactly who they want to be.” And really, in the end, aren’t we all snowflakes compared to The Rock?

#3 Megyn Kelly

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Megyn Kelly, NBC News officially part ways

Exit negotiations began after Kelly sparked controversy over comments she made about blackface.

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Megyn Kelly has officially left NBC News months after she was pulled from the air over comments she made about blackface.

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NEW YORK (AP) — NBC News announced its professional divorce agreement with Megyn Kelly late Friday, ending an association with the former Fox News Channel star whose attempt to become a network morning television star as part of the “Today” show floundered.

Terms were not disclosed. Kelly was in the second of a three-year contract that reportedly paid her more than $20 million a year.

She’s been off the air since October after creating a furor by suggesting that it was OK for white people to wear blackface on Halloween, and exit negotiations had dragged for two months over the holidays. Even before the controversial commentary, her future was considered limited at NBC News CMCSA, -0.53%

“The parties have resolved their differences, and Megyn Kelly is no longer an employee of NBC,” the network said in a statement Friday night.

NBC says she’ll be replaced in the third hour of the “Today” show by anchors Craig Melvin, Al Roker, Dylan Dreyer and Sheinelle Jones.

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Her tenure was also a failure for NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack, who lured her from Fox News Channel with the type of big-money contract that was once standard in television news but now is less so with financial constrictions and less viewership. In a sense, Kelly was caught in a no-woman’s land: some at NBC were suspicious of her because of the Fox News background, while her former audience at Fox resented her for tough questioning of Donald Trump on the presidential campaign trail.

While at Fox, her accusations of unwanted sexual advances by the network’s late chief executive, Roger Ailes, helped lead to his firing.

She made news at NBC when interviewing women who accused Trump of inappropriate behavior and s poke with accusers of Harvey Weinstein, Bill O’Reilly, Roy Moore and others, as well as women who say they were harassed on Capitol Hill. The episode with Trump accusers had more than 2.9 million viewers, one of her biggest audiences on the network.

Time magazine, which honored “The Silence Breakers” as its Person of the Year in 2017, cited Kelly as the group’s leader in the entertainment field.

But tough segments on accusations against former NBC anchor Matt Lauer didn’t win her friends internally, as did her public call for Lack to appoint outside investigators to look into why the network didn’t air Ronan Farrow’s stories about Harvey Weinstein and allowed Farrow to take his story to The New Yorker.

When those stories began to fade, Kelly had trouble attracting an audience in the soft-focus world of morning television. She also briefly hosted an evening newsmagazine that didn’t catch on with viewers.

Kelly made a tearful apology to viewers following her blackface comments, but it proved to be her last appearance on NBC News.

“What is racist?” she said on the show. “Truly, you do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface on Halloween or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween. Back when I was a kid, that was OK, as long as you were dressing up as a character.”

Critics accused her of ignoring the ugly history of minstrel shows and movies in which whites applied blackface to mock blacks.

It’s not immediately clear what’s next for Kelly. NBC would not comment Friday on whether the separation agreement allows her to write about her experiences at the network.

There’s no non-compete clause, meaning Kelly is free to seek other television work if she wants to.

 

The Many Times Megyn Kelly Became the Story

Her remarks on blackface costumes did not shock those who recalled her statements on the whiteness of Santa Claus and Jesus. And her encounters with certain high-profile guests didn’t help.

Megyn Kelly, on the set of her NBC show.CreditChad Batka for The New York Times

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  • Don’t become the story.

That’s an adage in the news business that most journalists try to live by, even in a time that rewards self-promotion. And it’s a rule that Megyn Kelly flouted again and again.

While this tendency was not much of a factor in her previous job, as a prime-time anchor at Fox News, it created complications during her 18-month stint at NBC.

The network canceled her show, “Megyn Kelly Today,” days after she suggested on air that dressing up in blackface for Halloween was appropriate for white people. Ms. Kelly’s comments, and the uproar that followed, felt familiar to many fans and critics.

[NBC and Megyn Kelly part ways with the full $69 million from her contract.]

Those who become stars at major broadcast networks have a rare talent for being interesting and innocuous at the same time. Ms. Kelly, a former corporate lawyer who made her name as a sometimes confrontational interviewer, struggled to walk that line.

Here is a look at the times Ms. Kelly became the story.

DECEMBER 2013

On her Fox News show, “The Kelly File,” Ms. Kelly took issue with an essay in Slate arguing that the popular image of Santa Claus as a white man was due for a makeover.

“For all of you kids watching at home, Santa just is white,” Ms. Kelly said.

Later in the discussion, she added, “Jesus was a white man, too.”

In the panel discussion that followed, she did not acknowledge research that traces St. Nicholas to a fourth-century bishop in what is now Turkeyand scholarship that has long debated what Jesus actually looked like.

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, who hosted shows on Comedy Central at the time, led the rhetorical charge against Ms. Kelly’s remarks. “You do know Jesus wasn’t born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, right?” Mr. Stewart said.

MAY 2016

Ms. Kelly’s feud with Donald J. Trump — which broadened her appeal beyond her Fox News base — began in Cleveland during the first Republican presidential debate in August 2015. Before a prime-time audience, Ms. Kelly questioned the candidate about his history of denigrating women as pigs, dogs and “slobs.”

After the event, Mr. Trump added Ms. Kelly to his list of Twitter targets, saying she “really bombed” as a moderator. He also told an interviewer that, during the debate, Ms. Kelly had “blood coming out of her wherever” — a comment widely interpreted as a reference to menstruation.

Mr. Trump refused to participate in a later debate that Ms. Kelly moderated in Iowa. The attention raised her profile but also made her the target of death threats, she later wrote in her memoir. Fox News stood by its host, issuing a statement that Mr. Trump had an “extreme, sick obsession” with her.

After months of Mr. Trump calling Ms. Kelly “crazy,” “overrated” and “sick,” Roger E. Ailes, then the chairman of Fox News, tried to broker a truce between his star and the candidate at Trump Tower.

Weeks later, Ms. Kelly sat down to interview the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. But the tough questions went missing. Critics described the tone of the interview — part of a Fox News prime-time special that aired in May 2016 — as “crushed velvet” and “neithergroundbreaking nor especially informative.”

After the interview, Mr. Trump posted a supportive message on Twitter: “Well done Megyn — and they all lived happily ever after!”

JUNE 2017

When NBC hired Ms. Kelly, it planned to make her a force of its news division. Not only would she host the third hour of its morning franchise, the “Today” show, she would also host a Sunday night newsmagazine program meant to challenge “60 Minutes” on CBS.

The debut episode of “Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly” had a big guest: Vladimir V. Putin, the Russian president. But during the one-on-one interview, Mr. Putin proved unwilling to offer up more than his presence, evading or delivering pat answers to Ms. Kelly’s questions about allegations of Russia’s interference in the American presidential election. After Ms. Kelly asked about possible communications between the Trump campaign and the Russian ambassador to the United States, he said, “That’s complete nonsense. Do you even understand what you’re asking?”

Critics branded the interview as “boring,” a “lukewarm flop” and a “rough start.” The New Yorker said Ms. Kelly had been “out-manipulated.”

JUNE 2017

The third guest for “Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly” was Alex Jones, the conspiracy theorist who founded Infowars. Before the episode aired, families of children and teachers killed in the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. — which Mr. Jones has called a hoax — pleaded with NBC not to give him publicity, especially in a segment scheduled for Father’s Day.

Before the interview, critics accused Ms. Kelly of being too cozy with Mr. Jones, especially after Infowars published audio of her cajoling and flattering him to do the interview by saying she did not want to portray him “as some boogeyman.” Mr. Jones also released a photo from the day of the interview that showed him and Ms. Kelly in a car. In the picture, she was smiling and wearing sunglasses.

Parents of children killed in the Sandy Hook shooting asked NBC to spike the interview, and a Connecticut affiliate announced that it would not air the program. Ms. Kelly was also disinvited from a Sandy Hook charity event and accused by some viewers of infecting NBC with Fox News-style conservatism.

Face to face with Mr. Jones, Ms. Kelly challenged him repeatedly and described his claims as “reckless accusation, followed by equivocations and excuses.” But by then the public relations battle had been lost.

SEPTEMBER 2017

With her Sunday night troubles behind her, it was time for the unveiling of Ms. Kelly as the host of “Megyn Kelly Today.” Her challenge? Prove to audiences — and the NBC executives who had given her a three-year, $69 million contract — that she could make herself at home in the bubbly environs of morning television.

Her first guests were the creators and cast of the rebooted NBC sitcom “Will & Grace.” Debra Messing, a star of the show, seemed enthusiastic about promoting the return of the groundbreaking comedy — which broke taboos about the portrayal of gay characters in mainstream entertainment in the late 1990s.

During the segment Ms. Kelly called out to a “Will & Grace” superfan who happened to be in the audience, inviting him to the stage of Studio 6A. The audience applauded as the beaming man received hugs from the sitcom’s stars. And then came Ms. Kelly’s question: “Is it true that you became a lawyer, and you became gay, because of Will?”

The suggestion that sexual orientation is a choice prompted many of Ms. Messing’s fans to criticize her participation on Ms. Kelly’s program, and the actress said on Instagram that her appearance with the show had been a mistake. “Regret going on,” Ms. Messing wrote. “Dismayed by her comments.”

And despite a big promotional push, the show’s first week drew lackluster ratings.

SEPTEMBER 2017

Ms. Kelly’s first week on “Today” also included an awkward encounter with a Hollywood legend.

Jane Fonda assumed she was sitting down with Ms. Kelly to discuss “Our Souls at Night,” the film she had made with Robert Redford. But the host wanted to talk about Ms. Fonda’s plastic surgery.

When pressed, the actress fixed Ms. Kelly with a glare that later became a meme. “We really want to talk about that now?” Ms. Fonda asked.

JANUARY 2018

Ms. Fonda continued to talk to other outlets about the interview, telling Variety that it “stunned” her and was “so inappropriate.” She even referred to it on the Jan. 16 edition of “Today,” drawing laughter from the hosts, Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie.

On Jan. 22, Ms. Kelly hit backsaying at the top of a three-minute segment that “it’s time to address the ‘poor me’ routine.” After telling viewers that she had “no regrets about that question,” she added, “Nor am I in the market for a lesson from Jane Fonda on what is and is not appropriate.”

Sounding more like a Fox News pundit than a “Today” show host, Ms. Kelly went on to question Ms. Fonda’s patriotism. She made a reference to “Hanoi Jane” — a nickname attached to the actress after her 1972 visit to North Vietnam and the resulting photo of her seated on an antiaircraft gun, which Ms. Fonda has since called her biggest regret.

The actress “still says she’s not proud of America,” Ms. Kelly said, “so the moral indignation is a little much.”

JANUARY 2018

When Ms. Kelly was in law school, she found herself gaining weight. Eager to slim down, she asked her stepfather to shame her whenever she went into the kitchen. “And it works,” she said with a thumbs-up gesture during a segment about a mother who posted photos of the svelte physique she was able to maintain while raising three young children. “What’s your excuse?” the mother added in a caption.

Ms. Kelly went all in on the shaming regimen during her interview of the mother. “You should parlay the shaming thing into a professional business,” the host said. “Because some of us want to be shamed!”

The comments did not go over well, with Meghan McCain noting on Twitter that fat shaming has “real-life ramifications.”

“I still cringe when I hear a person attacked for his or her weight,” Ms. Kelly said on her show the next day. “Please know I would never encourage that toward any person. I’ve been thinking a lot about why I once encouraged it toward myself.”

Tiffany Hsu is a breaking news reporter on the Business Desk. Before joining The Times in 2017 she covered economic news for The Los Angeles Times and earned an M.B.A. from Columbia University. @tiffkhsu

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#5 Natalie Corona

#7 Julian Castro

 

Julián Castro officially announces 2020 presidential bid

"When my grandmother got here almost a hundred years ago, I'm sure she never could have imagined that just two generations later, one of her grandsons would be serving as a member of the United States Congress and the other would be standing with you here today to say these words: I am a candidate for President of the United States of America," Castro said.
Julian Castro announces 2020 presidential run

Castro, the former mayor of San Antonio, had been considering a bid for nearly two years and announced a presidential exploratory committee in December. He has long been viewed as a rising star in the Democratic Party since he first landed on the national scene by delivering the keynote speech for President Barack Obama at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
Castro, in an interview with CNN ahead of his official presidential announcement, acknowledged that he will enter the race looking up at the cadre of other Democrats considering running for the party's nomination.
But Castro, whose grandmother, Victoria Castro, was born in the Mexican border state of Coahuila, and crossed into the United States at Eagle Pass, Texas, in 1922 after her parents died during the Mexican Revolution, added that at no time in his life, from growing up on San Antonio's impoverished West Side to his run for mayor in 2009, was he considered the favorite to get ahead.
"I am not a frontrunner in this race, but I have not been a frontrunner at any time in my life," Castro said, adding that people who grew up in the neighborhoods he grew up in were never considered frontrunners. "I am going to go speak to them in a way that resonates with them."
He added: "My family's story is a testament to what is possible when this country gets it right."
Castro's personal story, along with that of his twin brother, Joaquin, has been central to his rise on the national stage and made up the bulk of his 2012 convention speech.
Castro's brother - who also serves as a member of Congress - will serve as his campaign chairman, according to a campaign press release provided to CNN.
Castro was raised primarily by his grandmother -- who he called Mamo -- and Rosie Castro, his Chicana political activist mother, eventually excelling enough to attend Stanford University and, eventually, Harvard Law School. He returned home and served as a member of the San Antonio City Council and, from 2009 until 2014, the mayor of the city. Obama picked him to be housing secretary in 2014.
The former mayor was among a handful of contenders to be Clinton's vice presidential pick in 2016. Although he was eventually passed over for Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, Castro said Clinton's loss and Trump's victory was the moment he began considering a run.
"Donald Trump represents the opposite of what I am and what I believe," he said. "For many Americans, a lot changed when Donald Trump got into office. And that is what has compelled me to think about running."
Castro slammed Trump throughout his announcement speech, particularly some of the language he uses to describe immigrants and his plan to build a wall along the US-Mexico border.
"We say no to building a wall and say yes to building community. We say no to scapegoating immigrants, and yes to Dreamers, yes to keeping families together, and yes to finally passing comprehensive immigration reform," Castro said to applause.
Castro's entrance makes him the only declared Latino in the Democratic field, a relatively powerful position given how the party has leaned on Latino voters and turnout efforts to tilt states like Nevada, Arizona and Texas their direction in recent years.
But Castro told CNN that he believes he can perform well in Iowa and is backing that confidence up, according to a source with knowledge of Castro's operation, by naming Derek Eadon, the former chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party, to a senior role on his nascent campaign.
Maya Rupert, formerly the executive director of Castro's PAC, will serve as campaign manager and Derek Eadon, formerly the chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party, will be Castro's deputy campaign manager.
Castro and his team have signaled in the lead up to Saturday's announcement that he will lean into his Mexican-American heritage in a presidential run. When the former mayor filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission, he had to hand write in an accent over "a" in Julián, a fact that Castro and his team have held up as proof that he is already changing the system.
Evidence of this strategy peppered the plaza on San Antonio's West Side where Castro announced on Saturday: A mariachi band welcomed guests, as taco trucks fed people outside. The venue was blocks from Castro's childhood home and across the street from where he was baptized. Even Castro's logo - which emphasizes the accent over the "a" in Julian - highlights the former mayor's heritage.
The audience in San Antonio was filled with people who knew Castro from his youth, and people who were impacted by his time in elected office.
Alma Palacios, a Mexican immigrant, decided to name her son Julián after the city's former mayor and now presidential candidate. And the younger Julián, sporting a full Spider-Man outfit, watched as Castro announced his bid.
"His is an inspiration and a good role model to all of us Hispanics," Palacios said. "It means a lot (to see him announce)."
Castro does not speak fluent Spanish, writing in his 2018 memoir that his mother spoke English at home, like many immigrants at the time, and that he declined to take Spanish classes in school because he spoke it with his grandmother.
"I've resolved that before I die, I want to speak it fluently," said Castro, who has used the program Rosetta Stone to learn the language.
Castro delivered the crescendo of his speech in Spanish and closed with a similar call to action.
"So, let's get to work," he bellowed. "Vamonos!"
Castro will travel to San Juan, Puerto Rico, for a campaign event on Monday, before heading to New Hampshire on Tuesday.
Castro said ahead of his run that he hopes to provide a "positive example" to young Latinos with his run but won't solely focus on courting voters in heavily Latino states and shirk visiting states like Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.
"I am just going to be myself," he said. "My focus will be about representing everybody but of course there is a special significance to the Latino community especially because many Latinos feels like there is a target on their back from this administration."
His announcement speech also previewed a candidacy that will focus on good government, education and climate change, an issue Castro called "the biggest threat to our prosperity in the 21st century."
The Republican National Committee slammed Castro's announcement, calling him "another delusional Democrat."
Castro was reflective days before his announcement, acknowledging how his wife's support and mother's political work helped him get to this point. If he had a disappointment, he said, it was that is grandmother, who died when he was younger, could not be there to see him.
"I wish my grandmother could be with us to see it," he said. "Win or lose, I hope that I will have a chance to inspire a lot of young kids out there to reach for their dreams."

Julian Castro, a Texas Democrat and former Obama cabinet member, announces 2020 bid for president

Hear remarks that former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro had at a house party in Iowa on Jan. 7, 2018. Joseph Cress, Iowa City Press-Citizen

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WASHINGTON – Julian Castro, a former Obama cabinet member and San Antonio mayor, officially threw his hat in the ring on Saturday, announcing he would run for president.

On a stage with his family, including his twin brother Rep. Joaquin Castro, in his hometown of San Antonio, the Texas Democrat declared his bid to try and take the White House from President Donald Trump in 2020 and fulfill a destiny that Democrats have projected since he was elected San Antonio mayor at 34.

"When my grandmother got here almost a hundred years ago, I’m sure she never could have imagined that just two generations later, one of her grandsons would be serving as a member of the United States Congress and the other would be standing with you here today to say these words: I am a candidate for President of the United States of America," Castro told a crowd of supporters in front of an American flag backdrop.

Castro's campaign announcement at the historic Plaza Guadalupe came one day after Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, 37, said she was also running for president, telling CNN "I have decided to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week."

Castro, 44, along with Gabbard, have been predicted to be two of the youngest of expected candidates. Castro may also be the most well-known Latino figure in a race that's likely to revolve around immigration policy.

His announcement also followed Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren unveiling plans for an exploratory committee for president, a formality that comes before the launch of a presidential campaign that legally allows potential candidates to raise money.

On his way to the announcement, Castro rode a public bus to the plaza and live-streamed it to his Facebook page. The bus, No. 68, was the same one he and his twin brother rode to school as children.

His first trip as a candidate is scheduled for Puerto Rico, where he will visit with residents still coping with the effects of Hurricane Maria. He told supporters his first act as president, if elected, would be to rejoin the Paris Climate Accord, something that U.S. withdrew from under Trump. In his speech, Castro touched on many issues that are likely to guide the 2020 election season, including women's reproductive rights, Medicare for all, Black Lives Matter, climate change and immigration policy.

"Today we’re falling backwards instead of moving forward. And the opportunities that made America, the America we love, those opportunities are reaching fewer and fewer people," Castro told the crowd. "Today, we're at risk of dropping the baton. And that’s why we are all here today. Because we’re going to make sure that the promise of America is available to everyone."

Castro is likely to face stiff competition from a crowded field of high-profile Democrats in a primary challenge. Along with Gabbard and Warren, others, including former Vice President Joe Biden and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, are also said to be considering a run for the Democratic nomination.

But who seems to top the list of potential 2020 candidates is outgoing Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who lost in a November race against Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. O’Rourke has excited donors and activists who have prodded him to seek the presidency.

Castro, who attended O’Rourke’s election-night party in El Paso, Texas, told the Associated Press in an interview last month that O’Rourke doesn’t complicate his own chances and downplayed  figures that showed other prominent Democrats dwarf him in polls, saying in past election cycles early favorites ended up faltering.

Former Obama cabinet member Julian Castro got a head start on his 2020 rivals Wednesday, becoming the first Democrat in a primary field with no clear front-runner to launch an exploratory committee ahead of a likely White House run. (Dec. 12) AP

"People might say right now, 'Well, hey, you're way down here in polling that's taken.' The most dangerous place to be right now is actually in the pole position," Castro said. "It doesn't bother me that in December of 2018 I'm not right up at the top of the list."

Young and telegenic, Castro rose to national prominence early in his career as a Latino leader from a state that Democrats are eager to retake after decades of Republican dominance. But in Texas, O’Rourke has eclipsed Castro after getting closer to a statewide victory than any Democrat in a generation. It now puts Texas in the formerly unthinkable position of having two Democratic presidential candidates in the same year.

Obama picked Castro to take over the Department of Housing and Urban Development in 2014. Two years later, Castro was on the short list of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s potential running mates.

He quickly became a star in the party, marked by giving a keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in 2012.

But as Democrats have begun announcing their candidacy for 2020, the Republican National Committee has started their own campaign aimed at delegitimizing liberals. After Castro made his announcement, the Committee sent out a "cheat sheet" on Castro's record that characterized him as "weak" and used previous news coverage that described him as a "lightweight" and someone who didn't have enough experience for the office of the presidency.

"Julián Castro has made history by becoming one of the biggest lightweights to ever run for president," said Michael Ahrens, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee. "He was a weak mayor who couldn’t even handle being HUD secretary. This is obviously just another desperate attempt to become someone else’s running mate."

Since leaving the Obama cabinet, Castro has established a political action committee called Opportunity First to help elect left-of-center candidates. In October, his memoir, "An Unlikely Journey: Waking Up from My American Dream," was released.

He is the grandson of a Mexican immigrant and son of a Latina activist.

Julian Castro has not run for office outside of San Antonio. But in a four-minute YouTube speech last month, he offered a preview of themes he might employ in what could be a long slog for the nomination.

"Growing up in Texas, America wasn't just my home, my country, it was also a promise," he said. "A promise that my family could have a better life. My grandmother, Victoria, came he when she was just 7 years old. She never made it past the fourth grade, but she taught her family the value of hard work."

The last Texas Democrat to run for president was Sen. Lloyd Bentsen, who had a short-lived campaign in 1976.

Maryland Rep. John Delaney, Richard Ojeda, who just lost a Congressional race in West Virginia, and Rep. Gabbard are the only declared 2020 Democratic presidential candidates so far. Others are expected to announce their intentions in the coming weeks.

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Jo Andres, Filmmaker and Wife to Steve Buscemi, Dies at 64

Jo Andres, Steve Buscemi’s wife of 31 years and a prominent filmmaker and choreographer, has died. She was 64.

Buscemi was photographed participating in her funeral, which included a wicker casket, Wednesday morning in Brooklyn, New York. Buscemi’s “Big Lebowski” co-star, John Turturro, and his cousin, “Sopranos” star Aida Turturro, were seen paying visits to the home. Firefighters from Buscemi’s ladder company also paid their respects.

The cause of death has not been released.

The couple married in 1987, and Andres drew acclaim in 1996 for her film “Black Kites,” which played at Sundance, Berlin, and Toronto and aired on PBS. Andres’ website describes the film, which is based on 1992 journals of Bosnian visual artist Alma Hajric, who was forced into a basement shelter to survive the siege of Sarajevo, as “non-linear, dreamlike and spectral.”

Buscemi is best known for his role in 1996’s “Fargo,” as well as numerous other films such as “Reservoir Dogs,” “Armageddon,” “Big Fish” and “The Death of Stalin.” He starred in “Boardwalk Empire” from 2010 to 2014, which earned him two SAG Awards, a Golden Globe, and two Emmy Award nominations.

The pair have one son, Lucian.

Steve Buscemi and Jo Andres 
Steve Buscemi and Jo Andres
Gregg DeGuire/WireImage
January 12, 2019 11:56 AM

Steve Buscemi‘s wife, Jo Andres, has died. She was 65.

Andres was married to Buscemi — whose wide body of work includes The Big LebowskiBoardwalk Empire and The Sopranos — for over 30 years. She was a filmmaker, choreographer and artist.

The couple married in 1987 and share one son together, Lucian, who was born in 1990.

Andres received acclaim for her 1996 film Black Kites, which played at several film festivals, including Sundance, Toronto and London. She also directed music and art videos, including her own performance works.

In an interview with the Independent in 2009, Buscemi said his favorite work of art was “probably something by my wife Jo Andres.”

“She paints, she makes films, she has done performance,” he said at the time.

While Andres’ cause of death is unclear, the couple was last photographed together in July at the after party for the film Puzzle in New York City, which Buscemi executive-produced.

The two worked together on Buscemi’s 1992 short film What Happened to Pete. The actor wrote and directed the film while Andres served as the editor.

#9 Ben Simmons

 

Ben Simmons' triple-double in vain as 76ers fall

A seventh triple-double for Australia's Ben Simmons in this NBA season could not prevent the 76ers succumbing to a 123-121 NBA defeat to the Hawks in Philadelphia.

Simmons contributed 23 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds and although Jimmy Bulter paced Philadelphia with 30 points he missed a pair of free throws with 2.4 seconds remaining.

Doing what he does best: Ben Simmons dunks against the Hawks.
Doing what he does best: Ben Simmons dunks against the Hawks.CREDIT:AP

John Collins had hit the go-ahead jumper with 9.5 secs and Kevin Huerter led the Hawks with a career-high 29 points.

Simmons' compatriot Joe Ingles scored 14 points and hauled in a career-high 12 rebounds to help the Utah Jazz beat the Los Angeles Lakers 113-95.

Donovan Mitchell led the way with 33 points while the Jazz also nailed 15 3-pointers as the Lakers slump to their sixth loss in nine games with the injured LeBron James.

CJ McCollum scored 30 points despite sitting out the entire fourth quarter as the Portland Trail Blazers romped past the Charlotte Hornets 127-96 and Golden State's Klay Thompson picked up where he left off on his record-setting night in Chicago earlier this season.

Thompson had seven 3-pointers included in a 30 point haul that spearheaded the Warriors to a 146-109 victory over the Bulls.

He set an NBA mark in the first meeting between the teams in October by hitting 14 3-pointers as part of a 52-point night while playing only the first three quarters.

Thompson made three from long range in the first 70 seconds of the rematch and the rout was on in the most lopsided win of the season for Golden State.

James Harden posted his fourth 40-point triple-double on the season as the Rockets turned an early run into a 141-113 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Houston.

Harden finished with 43 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists despite sitting out the fourth quarter. His 13th 40-point game this season also set a franchise record.

Bradley Beal scored 32 points as the Washington Wizards defeated the Milwaukee 113-106 though the Bucks were missing star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo though injury.

Kawhi Leonard scored 20 points for a career-best 18 straight games as the Toronto Raptors beat the Brooklyn Nets 122-105 while Domantas Sabonis had 22 points as the Indiana Pacers overwhelmed the New York Knicks 121-106.

Rookie sensation Luka Doncic drained the game-winning 3-pointer and scored a team-high 29 points to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a rare road win, 119-115, to snap the Minnesota Timberwolves' three-game win streak.

- Reuters 

#10 Fernando lujan

El primer actor Fernando Luján fallece a la edad de 79 años. 📽🎬🎥 #FernandoLujan #primeractor #cinemexicano #cine #tv

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El hijo de Fernando Luján y el emotivo mensaje de despedida que conmovió a miles

12 DE ENERO DE 2019 - 12:18 CST BY ¡HOLA! MÉXICO

“Hoy vuela un grande”. Así fue como inició Franco Paolo, el mensaje más emotivo que le han dedicado a su padre, Fernando Luján, esto después de que el actor falleciera a los 79 años ayer por la tarde, a causa de una afección respiratoria. Y con el corazón en la mano, el hijo del histrión y Martha Mariana Castro compartió una foto en su cuenta de Instagram en la que aparece junto a su padre durante un homenaje al famoso, mientras su madre decía unas palabras.

“Como Pegaso galopando al cielo, libre con la ligereza del viento, pero fuerte con la sangre del lobo. Será eterna el alma de tu trascendencia que sobrepasa las galaxias he incluso los universos. Hoy, resuelves el misterio más grande de la existencia. Algún día sé, me contarás con jovialidad las aventuras de tu viaje inmortal, tan inmortal como tu arte. Padre mío... donde quiera que tu corazón esté navegando ahora, sé que navegará contento, con la frente en alto, con el alma firme como la asta del barco”, se podía leer en la emotiva despedida.

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El joven cantante aplaudió el talento de su padre, quien a unos días de abandonar el hospital, falleció en su casa de Puerto Escondido, en donde la familia residía desde hace tiempo. “Quiero que sepas, que te echaré de menos cada instante, cada segundo y cada minuto...pero que estoy atiborrado de orgullo. Eres la leyenda que logró romper las barreras que quizo, y que me llevo cada lección y vivencia tuya. No te vas del todo; tu cuerpo parte, pero tu alma en la mía se queda eterna. Te amo padre mío es hora de que partas mi amado titán, tu huella queda. Amor te mandaré siempre como tu hijo y reflejo en tierra... ah, y una cosa más, suerte en este maravilloso viaje que recién comienzas papá. De la semilla que plantaste, queda un eterno roble”, finalizó de lo más emocionado. Franco también compartió un video en el que aparece cantando A mi manera de Frank Sinatra durante un pasado homenaje a su padre, generando los aplausos así como mensajes de apoyo de sus seguidores y amigos.

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El primer actor nació en Bogotá, sin embargo desde pequeño sus padres y familia se trasladaron a México, en donde incursionó en el mundo de la actuación desde pequeño -convirtiéndose así en una de las figuras más importantes del espectáculo-. Sus últimas participaciones en la pantalla fue en la película Hombre al Agua de Eugenio Derbez así como la serie de Netflix, Ingobernable. Según información de Ventaneando, sus hijos y su esposa realizarán un ritual en Oaxaca para luego incinerar sus restos, los cuales serán trasladados a la Ciudad de México.

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