As previously reported, singer Dennis Edwards died at age 74 on Friday (Feb. 2) at his home in Chicago.
In 1968, Edwards laid his claim to fame when he took over lead vocals for The Temptations after previous frontman David Ruffin fell out of favor with the group.
The switch came at a pivotal time for the Motown heavyweights, who were riding a streak of 10 consecutive top 40 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 since 1966, with five of those tunes entering the top 10.
Edwards delivered and The Temptations continued their winning ways, landing 27 Hot 100 entries during the main Edwards era of late 1968 through 1977.
Nine of those titles reached the top 10, with three "I Can't Get Next to You," "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)" and "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" becoming the group's second, third and fourth No. 1 hits, respectively read more
Lanny Davis: The visible tip of the iceberg was James Comey's Oct. 28, 2016, letter to Congress. All data proves that, but for that letter 11 days from Election Day, Hillary Clinton wins the presidency. But evidence suggests that below that iceberg tip was, in effect, a "deep state" campaign, comprising certain active or former FBI agents, mostly from the powerful New York City office, former NYC Mayor and pathological Hillary hater Rudy Giuliani, and the vast right-wing media complex (amplified by the Russian government and bots). The trigger of the campaign was Comey's July 5 public announcement that no criminal case could be reasonably brought against Hillary Clinton for her email practices. Shortly thereafter, the effort to pressure Comey to change his mind and reopen the criminal investigation went into high gear. read more
FEB. 1, 2018
In the 1960s and 1970s, the American right set about undermining trust in the mainstream media, which it saw as dangerously infected with liberal assumptions.
Later, in debates over evolution and the environment, some on the right attacked the validity of modern science.
By the turn of the millennium, it was an article of faith among conservative ideologues that whole realms of human expertise were in fact intricate structures of propaganda that trapped the unwary in a matrix of deceit.
In an invaluable 2017 Vox essay titled "Donald Trump and the Rise of Tribal Epistemology," David Roberts quoted a 2009 Rush Limbaugh rant: "Science has been corrupted. We know the media has been corrupted for a long time. Academia has been corrupted. None of what they do is real. It's all lies!"
With Trump, this ethos reached the White House. read more
By Carol D. Leonnig, Josh Dawsey, Ellen Nakashima and Karoun Demirjian February 1 at 1:22 PM
President Trump is expected to approve the release of a controversial congressional memo alleging surveillance abuses by the FBI, after the White House agreed to some redactions at the bureau's request, but the document may not be made public before Friday, according to senior administration officials.
The redactions were the result of a review of the memo's classified contents by White House and intelligence community officials.
The memo, which has created a political firestorm, suggests that the early origins of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election were tainted by political bias. read more
Aboard Air Force One on a flight home from Europe last July, President Trump and his advisers raced to cobble together a news release about a mysterious meeting at Trump Tower the previous summer between Russians and top Trump campaign officials. Rather than acknowledge the meeting's intended purpose -- to obtain political dirt about Hillary Clinton from the Russian government -- the statement instead described the meeting as being about an obscure Russian adoption policy. The statement, released in response to questions from The New York Times about the meeting, has become a focus of the inquiry by Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election. Prosecutors working for Mr. Mueller in recent months have questioned numerous White House officials about how the release came together -- and about how directly Mr. Trump oversaw the process.