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A Brief History of People Using Romans 13 to Justify White Supremacy

Around A.D. 49, the Roman emperor Claudius expelled the Jews from the city of Rome. Historians argue about the exact date and the reasons, but we …

Theology

Why ‘Star Wars Resistance’ Will Be Essential Viewing for Fans of the Movies

George Lucas’s galaxy far, far away has always been rife with amazing ancillary stories that sit outside the canonical Star Wars movies. After all, …

Star Wars

Trump is creating his American caliphate, and democracy has no defence

If there was a dictator’s playbook, the Donald Trump administration would now be on the “Instrumentalise Religion” chapter. Last week, in what sounded like the launch of a US caliphate, the attorney general, Jeff Sessions, reached for a biblical verse to defend his department’s policy of separating …

Immigration

Mark Hamill Wins Father's Day With Perfect 'Star Wars' Tweet

Father's Day greetings may not be a contest, but Mark Hamill still managed to win with one perfect, Star Wars-themed Tweet.<p>On Sunday, in celebration …

Mark Hamill

Comcast, in 2nd Try, Offers $65 Billion Cash for 21st Century Fox

Comcast announced an offer worth $65 billion for the bulk of 21st Century Fox’s businesses on Wednesday, setting up a showdown with the Walt Disney Company for Rupert Murdoch’s media empire.<p>The all-cash bid by Comcast, the largest cable company and broadband provider in the United States, came a …

Media Industry

Trump admin expected to suspend August US-S. Korea drill as Pentagon scrambles

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Trump administration is expected to announce the formal suspension of planning for major August multilateral military drills on the Korean Peninsula as soon as Thursday, according to several administration officials with knowledge of White House, State Department and Defense Department …

North Korea

‘Daily Show’ Exposes Sean Hannity’s Trump-Kim Hypocrisy

“Is it just me or does it look like President Obama is more willing to give his time to our enemies than our allies?” the Fox News host asked in 2013.<p>…

Sean Hannity

George Lucas’s Original Idea for Star Wars: Episodes 7-9 Was Insane

That's not how the Force works!<p>Though it was top secret back in 2012, George Lucas did have an idea for <i>Star Wars</i> sequels after <i>Return of the Jedi.</i> But …

Star Wars

The big winner of the Trump-Kim summit? China.

China got exactly what it wanted from Trump at the North Korea summit.<p>BEIJING — The concessions President Trump floated during his historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are drawing growing criticism from members of Trump’s own party, who argue that Trump gave up too much during the …

North Korea

Initiative to break California into 3 states to go on November ballot

<b>(CNN) —</b> An initiative that would divide California into three separate states qualified Tuesday to appear on the ballot in November's general election.<p>Californians will vote whether to separate into three states: California, Northern California and Southern California -- subject to approval by US …

California

Trump sees 'new future' for North Korea, but path unclear

SINGAPORE (AP) — President Donald Trump wrapped up his five-hour nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with surprisingly warm words and hope for "a bright new future" for Kim's isolated and impoverished nation. Yet he immediately faced pointed questions at home about whether he got …

North Korea

George Lucas Admits "Fans Would Have Hated" His Ideas for Star Wars Sequel Trilogy

Star Wars creator George Lucas parted ways with the franchise he created in 1978 when he sold Lucasfilm to Disney in 2012, effectively handing over …

Star Wars

3 Takeaways From Tuesday’s Primaries

<b>It’s a new G.O.P.</b><p>For many years, Republican voters in Virginia’s affluent and highly educated Washington suburbs tended to reward mainstream candidates who could be competitive in the general election. But on Tuesday, it was Fairfax County, the population hub of the region, that delivered victory …

Government

Trump says Korth Korea ‘no longer’ a nuclear threat as he returns to Washington

President Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un agreed Wednesday that their Singapore summit had been a momentous and unqualified success, but they offered somewhat differing versions of what they had accomplished and where they go from here.<p>Trump, in tweets that began as Air Force One made an …

North Korea

Optimism and confusion in Seoul over Trump-Kim summit

Seoul has reacted with a mixture of optimism and confusion to the historic summit between Donald Trump and the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, after the US president announced an end to joint military exercises with South Korea.<p>Leaders from around the region sought to capitalise on the momentum …

North Korea

Trump’s feud with Justin Trudeau looks like a stunt

President Trump’s rationale for lashing out at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau does not add up.<p>Calling Trudeau “dishonest” and “weak,” Trump cited two reasons to withdraw the United States from a joint statement on “free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade,” which had been drafted at a …

Donald Trump

Navarro: ‘Special place in hell’ for Trudeau

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro lit into Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday, saying there's a "special place in hell" for a world leader who double crosses President Donald Trump.<p>"There's a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad-faith diplomacy with …

Donald Trump

Can 'Star Wars' Survive Kathleen Kennedy's Critically Acclaimed Box Office Hits?

After 19 days of global release, <i>Solo: A Star Wars Story</i> has earned a whopping $312 million in worldwide grosses. That’s not good for any <i>Star Wars</i> flick, especially one that cost around $250m+ and another $150m+ to advertise. As of this juncture, with <i>Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom</i> playing overseas, …

Movies

America's Crybaby: Trump Responds to Trudeau Like a Petulant Wimp Who's Incapable of Governing

Everyday Donald Trump burdens America with more reasons to be embarrassed by his infantile behavior. This would be disturbing if he were just a real …

Donald Trump

Ron Howard: ‘I Feel Badly’ About ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Underperforming at the Box Office

It's at risk of becoming the first "Star Wars" movie to lose money.<p>“Solo: A Star Wars Story” may soon hold a dubious honor: becoming the first “Star …

Movies

“Desperate,” “ Subversive,” “Nonsense”: How Trump’s Radical Theory of Executive Power Could Break the Constitution

Trump is not only above the law, his lawyers claim—he is the law. Legal experts disagree. “The statement is beyond ludicrous,” a former prosecutor in the Starr investigation says. “It is the kind of proposition a law student might come up with after dropping acid and pulling an all-nighter.”<p>In …

Donald Trump

EA at E3 2018: The 6 best and biggest announcements

From Unravel 2 to Battlefield 5 and a new Star Wars game<p>Electronic Arts kicked off E3 2018 with its EA Play conference, announcing some exciting new games and debuting fresh trailers.<p>We learned more about games like <i>Battlefield 5</i><i>,</i> <i>Anthem</i><i>, FIFA 19</i> and <i>Madden</i> <i>NFL</i> <i>19,</i> and also saw first footage from new …

Gaming Industry

The New Hooligans of Russia

They battle in the forest, soccer gang against soccer gang. They are the underground fighters the World Cup host doesn't want you to see.<p><i>This story</i> …

Martial Arts

Trump pulls U.S. out of G-7 statement, accuses Trudeau of being 'dishonest'

QUEBEC CITY — President Donald Trump said Saturday that he was pulling the U.S. out of the Group of Seven's official statement of common values and accused Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the host of the G-7 conference, of "false statements."<p>An administration official earlier had said that …

Donald Trump

Why Qi'Ra Stayed Behind In 'Solo,' According To Director Ron Howard

Those who've watched <i>Solo: A Star Wars Story</i> know the film was not without its share of heartbreaks. Now, that tends to be par for the course when it …

Star Wars

Star Wars Fans Fundamentally Misunderstand Star Wars

The franchise was founded on progressive values, but recent controversy surrounding Kelly Marie Tran proves vocal fans think otherwise<p>S<i>tar Wars</i>, a forward-thinking franchise that’s iconic for its diverse, colourful vision of the galaxy, has always been orbited by an Asteroid Field of obsessive fans …

Star Wars

CNN's Anthony Bourdain dead at 61

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> In death, as in life, Anthony Bourdain brought us closer together.<p>On his award-winning series, "Parts Unknown," Bourdain brought the world home to CNN viewers. Through the simple act of sharing meals, he showcased both the extraordinary diversity of cultures and cuisines, yet how …

Erin Burnett

The Trump administration believes Obamacare’s preexisting conditions protections are now unconstitutional

Insurers could once again deny people coverage based on their medical history, undoing the law’s most popular provisions.<p>The Trump administration argued in a court brief filed on Thursday that Obamacare’s protections for preexisting conditions should be ruled unconstitutional, opening up another …

Health Care

Rumor Mill: The Dark Side of the Force: Kathleen Kennedy To Step Down From Lucasfilm ?

Years ago, when Disney purchased Lucasfilm and all its properties, fans were actually excited at the the prospect of Kathleen Kennedy taking over the …

Star Wars

It turns out Mark Hamill was the real hero of The Last Jedi

After Star Wars fans cyberbullied The Last Jedi’s Rose to make her quit social media, Mark Hamill threw his support behind her in the best possible …

Social Media