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Monday, July 25, 2016

Does this sound like anyone you know?

*Highly competitive in virtually all aspects of his life, believing he (or she) possesses special qualities and abilities that others lack; portrays himself as a winner and all others as losers.

*Displays a grandiose sense of self, violating social norms, throwing tantrums, even breaking laws with minimal consequences; generally behaves as if entitled to do whatever he wants regardless of how it affects others.

*Shames or humiliates those who disagree with him, and goes on the attack when hurt or frustrated, often exploding with rage.

*Arrogant, vain and haughty and exaggerates his accomplishments; bullies others to get his own way.

*Lies or distorts the truth for personal gain, blames others or makes excuses for his mistakes, ignores or rewrites facts that challenge his self-image, and won't listen to arguments based on truth. read more

With Baffling Array of Long Words

LONDON (The Borowitz Report) -- The theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking angered supporters of Donald J. Trump on Monday by responding to a question about the billionaire with a baffling array of long words.

Speaking to a television interviewer in London, Hawking called Trump "a demagogue who seems to appeal to the lowest common denominator," a statement that many Trump supporters believed was intentionally designed to confuse them. read more

Sunday, July 24, 2016

JULY 25, 2016 ISSUE

"The Art of the Deal" made America see Trump as a charmer with an unfailing knack for business. Tony Schwartz helped create that myth -- and regrets it.

Last June, as dusk fell outside Tony Schwartz's sprawling house, on a leafy back road in Riverdale, New York, he pulled out his laptop and caught up with the day's big news: Donald J. Trump had declared his candidacy for President. As Schwartz watched a video of the speech, he began to feel personally implicated.

Trump, facing a crowd that had gathered in the lobby of Trump Tower, on Fifth Avenue, laid out his qualifications, saying, "We need a leader that wrote ‘The Art of the Deal.' "

If that was so, Schwartz thought, then he, not Trump, should be running. Schwartz dashed off a tweet: "Many thanks Donald Trump for suggesting I run for President, based on the fact that I wrote ‘The Art of the Deal.'

"I put lipstick on a pig," Tony Schwartz, the ghostwriter, says. He feels "deep remorse."

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Warner Bros. unveiled a new trailer for the DC Comics' superhero tentpole, directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot as America's Guardian Angel.

Today at San Diego Comic-Con, Warner Bros. and DC Comics debuted the impressive trailer for Wonder Woman, their upcoming superhero flick hitting theaters on June 2, 2017.

Directed by Patty Jenkins (Monster), the WWII-set film stars Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, princess of the Amazons and daughter of Zeus, who finds herself pulled into battle when fighter pilot Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) crashes on her island. Gadot's sword and shield-wielding Wonder Woman made her first appearance earlier this year in the disappointing Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and was, frankly, the best damn thing about it.

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In the scheme of Catholicism, Kaine might be described as a "Pope Francis Catholic," said William D'Antonio, a Catholic University sociologist who writes books on U.S. Catholic voting.

"Serving the poor has been a key aspect of [Kaine's] work -- and social justice, however you define it. He's always looked upon that as a crucial part" of his life, D'Antonio said of why he puts Kaine in the Francis mold.

"At some point, if you ask: Who reflects more the way Francis looks at the world? To the degree that's important, it's certainly not Donald Trump," D'Antonio said. read more


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