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Friday, May 25, 2018

Philip Roth forbade any Jewish rituals from being performed at his funeral. The prolific Jewish-American author, who died on Tuesday at the age of 85, will be buried on Monday at the Bard College Cemetery, his biographer, Blake Bailey, told JTA. ... "There was no metaphysical dimension to Philip. He just flatly refused to believe in it. He thought it was fairy tales," [his biographer Blake] Bailey said. Though Roth "was bored out of his mind when he had to attend Hebrew school as a boy," he was happy to be Jewish, Bailey said. "He liked Jews as human beings. He liked their warmth, he liked his male friends' filial piety, which he made a lot of fun of too, in Portnoy's Complaint especially," Bailey said.


Thursday, May 24, 2018

George Zimmerman has $2.5 million in debt and no income, according to paperwork in his misdemeanor stalking case. The details of Zimmerman's finances were filed in Seminole County court in support of a request for Zimmerman to be represented by the Public Defender's Office, which has since been granted.


George Conway, the husband of White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, left his job as one of the top lawyers in the Department of Justice and has become a critic of President Trump on Twitter. "Conway now has nearly 50,000 followers, and his tweeting -- the majority of it retweets, rather than his own commentary -- has attracted the notice of everyone from conservative legal scholars to TV host Whoopi Goldberg, who gave him a shoutout on a recent episode of ABC's The View: "I say George, keep it up, honey. Whether your wife gets it or not, stay sane. It's a good thing to stay sane." read more


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

President Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that a planned historic meeting with North Korea's Kim Jong Un could be delayed. He said, "There's a very substantial chance that it won't work out" for June 12. ... Trump encouraged Kim to seize the opportunity for the meeting and to make a deal to abandon his nuclear program, pledging not only to guarantee Kim's personal security, but also predicting an economic revitalization for the North. "I will guarantee his safety, yes," Trump said, if Kim agrees to complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization. He said if an agreement is reached, China, Japan and South Korea would invest large sums to "make North Korea great."


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