The Monday Roundup: Freddie Gray, John Oliver on Fashion, Clinton Cash

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John Oliver on the fashion industry

Monday April 27, 2015

President George W. Bush Sounds Off On President Obama

President George W. Bush talked about President Obama’s policies in the Middle East over the weekend in a meeting with Jewish donors. Bush criticized Obama’s attempts to sign an agreement with Iran in exchange for the United States lifting some sanctions on the country.

John Oliver Takes On The Fashion Industry

John Oliver had a new target this week on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, the fashion industry. He explains how shoppers have foreign sweatshop workers to thank for being able to get those trendy fashions at cheap prices.


Clinton Cash Could Derail Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Plans

Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich officially gets released on May 5 but is already all over the news after a New York Times story based on a chapter from the book by Peter Schweizer. Although the particular allegations in that chapter have been heavily questioned, Breitbart has a list of 11 facts in Clinton Cash that have been confirmed. Hillary Clinton supporters have taken to attacking Clinton Cash author Schweizer grounds that he’s a “right-wing hack”, an allegation The Daily Beast finds untrue.

Season Over For St. Louis Blues After Loss Sunday To  Wild

The St. Louis Blues lost 4-1 yesterday in Minnesota to the Wild and thus ended their 2014-15 season. The win gave Minnesota a 4-2 series win and the Blues their third-straight first round playoff series loss. Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes today how the St. Louis Blues will likely look quite different next season, with the jobs of coach Ken Hitchcock, Patrik Berglund, T.J. Oshie and Barret Jackman possibly in jeopardy.

Protesters Overtake Baltimore On Saturday

Protesters hit the streets on Baltimore on Saturday to protest the death of Freddie Gray. Gray,a 25-year-old black man, died from a massive spinal cord injury that many believe he suffered while being arrested by police. Gray died on April 19 and is being laid to rest this morning. While many protesters on the streets of Baltimore over the weekend were peaceful, many businesses experienced vandalism and looting. Fans at the Orioles-Red Sox game were asked by the Mayor of Baltimore to stay inside the gates of Camden Yards briefly after the game in an attempt to avoid potential altercations between fans and protesters. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Sunday that many of the not-so-peaceful protesters were from outside the area, as was the case with the violence that happened in Ferguson over the death of Michael Brown. She also said that she ordered the police officers to “give those who wished to destroy space to do that‘. Al Sharpton is planning a trip to Baltimore in the near future and wants to stage a protest March from Baltimore to Washington. I’m not sure if it was intentional or not, but Sharpton curiously leaves out the name of Michael Brown when talking about the planned march.

Ellen’s Jurassic World Trailer

Ellen DeGeneres recently showed this recut Jurassic World trailer on The Ellen Show featuring a terrifying purple dino tormenting Chris Pratt and the world.


Furious 7 Again Tops Weekend Box Office

Furious 7 again came out on top at the weekend box office for the fourth weekend in a row. The hugely successful film brought in $18.26 million to beat Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, which earned $15.5 million in its second weekend of release. The Age of Adaline earned $13.375 million in its debut weekend to take the third spot.

Furious 7 has now earned $320.5 million domestically, which only accounts for 24 percent of its worldwide earnings. The film has now passed $1 billion in foreign markets alone. Furious 7 is by far the top-grossing film in the franchise and is now fifth on the list of the highest-grossing movies of all time.

I’ll have more on the weekend box office numbers on Thursday in my Weekend Movie Guide. I’ll also take a look at Avengers: Age of Ultron, which opens the weekend and films new to Keller 8 Cinema in South County and Redbox.

Loretta Lynch Sworn In As United States Attorney General

Loretta Lynch was sworn in today as the 83rd United States Attorney General. Lynch was nominated back in November by President Barack Obama to replace Eric Holder and is now officially the first African-American woman to hold the U.S. Attorney General position. While Lynch’s confirmation was held up by dumb political bickering, she received strong support from her sorority sisters. The Daily Beast calls Lynch “America’s most successful prosecutor of pimps” based on her track record as the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York. Lynch also has a track record of her office prosecuting “John Doe” defendants and seeking to close courtroom proceedings.

Bruce Jenner Tells The World He Is Transgender

The long-anticipated Bruce Jenner interview with Diane Sawyer aired this past Friday night.  Footage that was not shown on Friday night during the Jenner-Sawyer segment aired this morning on ABC News. Stepdaughter Kim Kardashian is among the Jenner family members that have been vocal in their support of Jenner. Good Morning America also interviewed Chrystie Scott, Bruce Jenner’s former wife, about things Jenner told her back in 1972 about who he really is. Linda Thompson, another former wife of Jenner’s, wrote an essay for Huffinton Post in support of Jenner. Conservative blogger Matt Walsh came out as not being very supportive of Jenner, calling him instead “a sick and delusional man” in a post for The Blaze. It was announced that Bruce Jenner will be working with E! on a documentary series about sexual transition. CNN laid out what they hope to see from the series.  Variety pondered how different this proposed series could be from the interview that aired and what that could mean for the way people see Jenner.

Stephen Hawking Answers Question About One Direction

On Saturday night Stephen Hawking appeared on stage at the Sydney Opera House for an event. By “appeared”, we mean his hologram was on stage. He was actually at his house in Cambridge. The event was billed as “An Evening With Stephen Hawking” and Hawking covered a variety of subjects including black holes, his ALS diagnoses and Earth’s future. One of the questions Hawking was asked was about Zayn Malik leaving One Direction and what it meant in terms of its cosmological effect. Hawking gave hope to millions of teenage girls and other One Direction fans by saying that one day we will find proof of multiple universes and proposing the idea that Malik is still in One Direction in one of those.


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