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Cannes 2014 review: Leviathan - a new Russian masterpiece

Andrei Zvyagintsev's Leviathan is a sober and compelling tragic drama of corruption and intimidation in contemporary Russia, set in a desolate widescreen panorama. This is a movie which seems to be influenced by the Old Testament and Elia Kazan; it starts off looking like a reasonably scaled drama …

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How one sexy gay novel derailed Gore Vidal’s literary career

A new movie paints a loving portrait of the ruling-class rebel — but the great critic’s real legacy is complicated<p>Andrew O'Hehir<p>May 22, 2014 11:00pm (UTC)<p>Every intellectual who tries to crack wise on television is emulating Gore Vidal, whether or not he or she knows it. Nicholas Wrathall’s …

House Defense Bill: Military DREAMers Out, Climate Science Ban In

David McKinley on the House floor<p><b>Toggle more options</b><p>House Republican leadership decided Thursday that it was inappropriate to insert a provision in the defense authorization bill allowing DREAMers — immigrants brought to this country illegally as children — to earn permanent residency by serving in …

Pentagon Report Calls Scope Of Snowden Leaks “Staggering,” Their Impact “Grave”

The Snowden Effect, that mix of consciousness raising and potential legal reform of government surveillance, has another side to it: the impact of Snowden’s revelations on those revealed.<p>The Guardian secured heavily redacted parts of a Pentagon report on the matter, two elements of which are worth …

Report: More arrests in Cochran case

Two more arrests have been made in connection with the filming of Rose Cochran, Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran’s wife, including the vice chairman of the Mississippi Tea Party.<p>The tea party official, Mark Mayfield, and one other unidentified suspect were both arrested Thursday by police in Madison, …

If Voters Hate Congress So Much, Then Why Hasn’t Any Incumbent Lost a Primary?

Amer­ic­ans might be mad as hell at Con­gress — but they’re go­ing to keep tak­ing it.<p>Con­sider these two facts:<p><b>1:</b> Con­gres­sion­al ap­prov­al is at …

2 more arrested over photo of senator's bedridden wife

JACKSON, Miss. — Two more suspects have been arrested in connection with the photographing of the bedridden wife of Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran.<p>Attorney Mark Mayfield, a vice chairman of the Mississippi Tea Party and an officer with the Central Mississippi Tea Party, was arrested Thursday by …

IRS delaying rules on tax-exempt political groups

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service signaled Thursday that there will be further delays in new rules intended to rein in the use of …

Obama urges Democrats to vote in midterms, attacks Republicans

CHICAGO (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Thursday urged Democrats to vote in November elections, saying the chance to pass immigration reform is at risk if Republicans gain control of both houses of Congress.<p>U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in …