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Tucker takes on activist over the morality of having kids

Tucker takes on activist over the morality of having kids

Birth Strike founder Blythe Pepino explains the concerns behind the movement on 'Tucker Carlson Tonight.' #Tucker #FoxNews FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service dedicated to delivering breaking news as well as political and business news. The…

Ayatollah Khomeini’s family mostly absent from Iran politics

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — His image is on bank notes and in textbooks in Iran, often as a black-and-white embodiment of the 1979 Islamic Revolution that swept aside the country’s shah and forever changed the nation. But unlike other countries ruled by family dynasties, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s children and grandchildren have never fully entered politics. Part of the reason lies with Khomeini’s own commandments after becoming Iran’s first supreme leader. His tape-recorded sermons circulated through the country in the days leading up to the shah’s departure, his calls for supporting the poor striking a populist tone among Iran’s struggling masses. His daughter, Zahra Mostafavi, later became politically active, but said in 2006 that her father had told her and other family members: “Do not enter politics while I am alive.” “After his death, we decided not to enter” politics, she said. Khomeini’s family did not stay out of politics for long, in part due to the changes within Iran. Those demands gave birth to Iran’s reformist political movement, which seeks to change Iran’s government from within and grant more political freedoms to its people. His father, Hassan Khomeini, another of Khomeini’s grandsons, was barred by authorities in 2016 from running for seats on Iran’s Assembly of Experts, which can appoint or remove a supreme leader. But fears about political dynasties persist in Iran. Earlier this year, President Hassan Rouhani described the 1979 Islamic Revolution as being aimed at avoiding having a “son to take the throne after the death of father.” Family members of current supreme leader Khamenei have taken a low-key approach to public life.

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The irascible Republican said he plans to leave a very different message for Democrat Janet Mills when he leaves Blaine House, the governor’s mansion in Augusta, next month. “I’m going to leave her a note on the pillow that says, ‘If you mess this up, I’m coming back in 2022,’ ” LePage said recently. As for the threat to run against her in 2022 that LePage promised to leave on her pillow, Mills just shrugged. After a stint in the Maine House representing her hometown of Farmington, she was elected by the Legislature to serve as attorney general in 2008. LePage’s incendiary rhetoric helped drive the GOP out of power, said Roger Katz, a former Republican state senator who also was just term-limited out of office. “To the extent that a voter thinks of a Republican and the first thing that comes to mind is the style we see from President Trump and Governor LePage, that hurt us,” Katz said. James Tierney, a former Democratic attorney general of Maine who has known Mills for 40 years, said her victory marked “a return to sanity.” “People are tired of the drama,” he said. “There’s no question that the economy has dramatically improved under Governor LePage, and having a businessman as governor has allowed the state to post a surplus and promote an economic growth agenda that has dramatically improved Maine’s standing,” said Brent Littlefield, LePage’s senior political adviser. “It’s going to be a love-fest with the new governor. And they only sell newspapers when there’s controversy, so they’re going to be in trouble.” Michael Levenson can be reached at

‘Pinocchio’ remake is a political fable, not family-friendly says director Guillermo del Toro

Director Guillermo del Toro warned that his remake of “Pinocchio” will be a politically-driven parable and not the family-friendly story portrayed in the famous Disney film. “It's not a ‘Pinocchio’ for all the family,” he said of his story, which is set in 1930s Italy. ‘Pinocchio’ during the rise of Mussolini, do the math. A puppet during the rise of fascism, yes, it is [political].” While the star admits that his version of the story, about a puppet that longs to be a real boy, is not going to be one for children, he also stopped short of saying he’ll politicize the story any more than it, or any fantasy story, already is. “There’s no fable without politics,” the Oscar-winner said, noting gender and class struggles in stories like “Cinderella” and “Snow White.” “Rarely can you get in productive discussions in real life right now it’s so tense. It’s much easier for you to listen to me if I tell you ‘Once upon a time…” As previously reported, it was announced that del Toro would direct an animated “Pinocchio” movie in late October. “No art form has influenced my life and my work more than animation and no single character in history has had as deep of a personal connection to me as Pinocchio,” he said in a statement at the time. “He embarks on an extraordinary journey that leaves him with a deep understanding of his father and the real world.” The move comes as part of an ongoing partnership between the “Pan’s Labyrinth” director and the streaming giant. He created the children’s series “Trollhunters” for the platform with two other installments called “3Below” and “Wizards” set to premiere in 2018 and 2019 respectively. Fox News’ Zoe Szathmary contributed to this report.

‘The Year To Come’ Is A New Play About Family, Politics And Swimming Pools

La Jolla Playhouse pairs director Anne Kauffman with playwright Lindsey Ferrentino Above: A 2018 photo of the cast of "The Year to Come." La Jolla Playhouse has staged some pretty ambitious shows - from the glitzy "Summer: The Donna Summer Musical" to the outrageously costumed "The Squirrels." But its latest show, "The Year to Come" has a unique challenge: building a functioning swimming pool on stage. The crew has created a small pool inside the theater, complete with a water heater and water-friendly floors. The story by Lindsey Ferrentino is about a family that reunites in a Florida backyard every New Year's Eve. It spans 18 years and moves backward in time. And like Ferrentino's own childhood experience, the reunions include witty banter, awkward discussions about politics, and people getting in and out of a pool. On Evening Edition Thursday, writer Ferrentino and director Anne Kauffman explain what it's like to work on a show where water splashes on to the first row and the cast has to do quick changes out of wet bathing suits.

Why You Shouldn’t Talk Politics With Family Members This Thanksgiving

Nobody ever followed the rules, of course, and it was standard for voices to get heated at my Irish-Catholic Thanksgiving meal. Approaching the Thanksgiving holiday, countless pieces across the partisan Internet will emerge about how to “win” an argument with your relative of the opposite political persuasion. You and Uncle Irv aren’t the only ones grinning and bearing it through the meal at this point either; it’s likely pretty awkward for the rest of the family as well. As we mostly communicate online, we’ve shifted the manner in which we communicate in person as a result. When that eventual argument does occur, winning is the objective. That may be fine online, when you don’t have to spend an entire evening and every subsequent family get-together with a person. But in person with Uncle Irv? So how does one handle an annoying comment or even a direct confrontation with angry Uncle Irv? The goal is to get through the meal with the relationship intact, and to make it as comfortable and enjoyable for yourself and everyone else as possible. And to do that, the goalposts need to be moved; it’s not about winning, it’s not even about conversing tersely about politics.
Man who murdered pregnant wife, 2 daughters sentenced

Man who murdered pregnant wife, 2 daughters sentenced

Chris Watts of Frederick, Colorado confessed to killing his pregnant wife Shanann and two young daughters Bella and Celeste; Alicia Acuna reports. FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service dedicated to delivering breaking news as well as…

Midterms get personal: Nevada’s Adam Laxalt latest to face political attack from family members

The midterm elections are ruining Thanksgiving – at least for a handful of families bitterly divided over relatives running for office. The latest political family feud to go public involves the Laxalt family, of which Adam Laxalt is running as the Republican nominee for Nevada governor. A dozen relatives essentially called him a big phony, in a scathing op-ed published this week in the Reno Gazette-Journal. “[W]e feel compelled to speak publicly about why we believe that Adam Laxalt is the wrong choice for Nevada’s governorship,” they wrote, out of a proclaimed interest to “protect our family name from being leveraged and exploited by Adam Laxalt.” The op-ed went on to question his Nevada-roots narrative: “The simple fact is that while he may have been born in Reno, he left as an infant and was raised on the East Coast, 3,000 miles away, in Washington, D.C., and moved here only in 2013, only one year later launching his political career. Aside from the occasional short visit, Adam never knew the state or its people.” They even mocked the candidate’s “Basque Fry” fundraiser: “This event perfectly captures the Adam Laxalt candidacy: the phoniness of the setting and costumes, the pretense of folksiness used as a prop for Washington power players …” When you’re dealing with family, some things just can’t be unsaid. Laxalt, the state attorney general, is running against businessman and Democrat Steve Sisolak, in a contest Fox News rates a "toss-up." At the time, a Republican group released an attack ad against Democratic candidate Randy Bryce, starring James Bryce. In the ad, James Bryce discussed his brother Randy’s criminal record and past comments about police officers. James Bryce, a police officer himself, lamented “cop-hating rhetoric” and said, “When people refer to police officers as terrorists – that hits a little close to home.” As James Bryce spoke, the video showed a 2012 tweet from Randy that linked to an article regarding arrests of demonstrators in the U.S. Capitol. The ad was released by the Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF), a super PAC with ties to Ryan, the retiring House speaker.
NYT: Trump helped his parents evade taxes

NYT: Trump helped his parents evade taxes

President Donald Trump received today's equivalent of at least $413 million from his father's business and much of the fortune came from helping his parents evade taxes, according to a New York Times investigation.

Family ties are no match for Trump’s divisive politics

These days, office-seekers might be advised to watch their backs. In Arizona, a campaign ad released Friday features six men and women denouncing Republican Rep. Paul A. Gosar. The congressman on Saturday tweeted of his brothers and sisters, “like leftists everywhere, they put political ideology before family. In Wisconsin, a police officer, James Bryce, has appeared in an ad attacking the Democratic candidate running to replace retiring Republican Rep. Paul D. Ryan, the House speaker. He’s talking about his brother, Randy Bryce. Wisconsin is also where the parents of Republican Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson each donated the maximum to the campaign of . Nearly a century ago, in 1920, Theodore Roosevelt Jr., son of the late president, enthusiastically campaigned for Republican presidential candidate Warren Harding; Harding’s Democratic opponent was James Cox, whose running mate was Roosevelt’s cousin, Franklin. FDR denounced his cousin’s “wretched record” as assistant secretary of the Navy in the Harding administration. The first woman elected to the House from Minnesota, Knutson had won in 1954 over the opposition of her Democratic-Farmer-Labor party. As political tactic, exploiting family splits is tempting.