Trump urges Senate to reject impeachment as affront to US Constitution

President Donald Trump on Monday rejected the Democratic-led House of Representatives’ impeachment charges, describing the allegations that he had abused his power and obstructed Congress as affronts to the U.S. Constitution that must be rejected. “The Senate should speedily reject these deficient articles of impeachment and acquit the president,” an executive summary of the Republican president’s pre-trial brief said in Trump’s first comprehensive defense before the start of his Senate trial. T


President Donald Trump on Monday rejected the Democratic-led House of Representatives’ impeachment charges, describing the allegations that he had abused his power and obstructed Congress as affronts to the U.S. Constitution that must be rejected.
“The Senate should speedily reject these deficient articles of impeachment and acquit the president,” an executive summary of the Republican president’s pre-trial brief said in Trump’s first comprehensive defense before the start of his Senate trial.
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Trump urges Senate to reject impeachment as affront to US Constitution

US President Donald Trump gestures as he speaks during the Announcement of the Guidance on Constitutional Prayer in Public Schools, at the White House in Washington, DC, on January 16, 2020.

President Donald Trump on Monday rejected the Democratic-led House of Representatives’ impeachment charges, describing the allegations that he had abused his power and obstructed Congress as affronts to the U.S. Constitution that must be rejected.

“The Senate should speedily reject these deficient articles of impeachment and acquit the president,” an executive summary of the Republican president’s pre-trial brief said in Trump’s first comprehensive defense before the start of his Senate trial.

Trump, only the fourth of 45 American presidents to face the possibility of being ousted by impeachment, is charged with abusing the powers of his office by asking Ukraine to investigate a Democratic political rival, Joe Biden, and obstructing a congressional inquiry into his conduct.

The executive summary asserted that the “House Democrats theory of ‘abuse of power’ is not an impeachable offense.” It rejected the obstruction of Congress charge as frivolous and dangerous, saying the president exercised his legal rights by resisting congressional demands for information.

It accused the House Democrats of conducting a rigged process and said they succeeded in proving that Trump had done nothing wrong.

While the Republican-controlled Senate is highly unlikely to remove Trump from office, it is important for the Republican president to diminish the Democratic accusations as a partisan witch-hunt. He needs to limit the political damage to his re-election bid as he seeks a second term in November.

Trump’s legal team says he was well within his constitutional authority to press Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy last year to investigate Biden and his son Hunter as part of what Trump says was an anti-corruption drive. The Bidens deny any wrongdoing and Trump’s allegations have been widely debunked.

Democrats say Trump abused his power by withholding U.S. military assistance to Ukraine as part of a pressure campaign and obstructed Congress by refusing to hand over documents and barring administration officials from testifying, even when subpoenaed by House investigators.

Trump’s team says he is protected by the U.S. Constitution’s separation of powers provisions.

In a 111-page document filed before the Senate trial begins in earnest on Tuesday, Democratic lawmakers laid out their arguments against Trump, saying the president must be removed from office to protect national security and preserve the country’s system of government.

Seeking to show he is still conducting presidential business despite the trial, Trump is scheduled to depart late on Monday for Davos, Switzerland, to join global leaders at the World Economic Forum. Some advisers had argued against him making the trip.


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‘Bad Boys For Life’ breaks January box office record, ‘Dolittle’ meets expectations

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence star in “Bad Boys For Life.” “Bad Boys For Life,” the third installment in the “Bad Boys” film franchise nabbed $59.1 million during its domestic debut, the highest opening of any new release in the month of January. For the full holiday weekend, Sony expects “Bad Boys for Life” to garner $68.1 million in North America. “Dolittle” is expected to sell another $7.5 million in ticket sales Monday and “1917” is expected to sell another $5 million. As of Sunday, the 202


Will Smith and Martin Lawrence star in “Bad Boys For Life.”
“Bad Boys For Life,” the third installment in the “Bad Boys” film franchise nabbed $59.1 million during its domestic debut, the highest opening of any new release in the month of January.
For the full holiday weekend, Sony expects “Bad Boys for Life” to garner $68.1 million in North America.
“Dolittle” is expected to sell another $7.5 million in ticket sales Monday and “1917” is expected to sell another $5 million.
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'Bad Boys For Life' breaks January box office record, 'Dolittle' meets expectations

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence star in “Bad Boys For Life.”

It was a battle between reboots this weekend at the box office and the tag team of Will Smith and Martin Lawrence came out on top.

“Bad Boys For Life,” the third installment in the “Bad Boys” film franchise nabbed $59.1 million during its domestic debut, the highest opening of any new release in the month of January.

Previously, “Ride Along” held that title with a $41.5 million opening in 2014, according to data from Comscore.

“American Sniper” garnered $89.3 million during its wide release in 2014, but it had previously been released in a limited capacity, so it doesn’t count as a new release.

For the full holiday weekend, Sony expects “Bad Boys for Life” to garner $68.1 million in North America.

Universal’s “Dolittle” and “1917” were the second and third-highest grossing films of the weekend. “Dolittle” grabbed and estimated $22.5 million through Sunday and “1917” held strong with $22.1 million.

“Dolittle” is expected to sell another $7.5 million in ticket sales Monday and “1917” is expected to sell another $5 million.

Additionally, “Frozen II” added another $3.7 million domestically; “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” added $8.4 million; “Little Women” took in $5.9 million and “Jumanji: The Next Level” garnered $9.5 million.

As of Sunday, the 2020 box office has reached $642.3 million, up 11.9% from the start of the 2019 box office.

Disclosure: Comcast is the parent company of NBCUniversal and CNBC.


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Dershowitz: Trump shouldn’t be removed from office even if he is guilty of House charges

Famed defense attorney Alan Dershowitz, who recently signed on to assist President Donald Trump’s impeachment legal team, said Sunday that Trump should not be removed from office even if he is guilty of everything the House has accused him of in the articles of impeachment. In response, the White House said the two articles of impeachment against Trump are a “dangerous attack on the right of the American people to freely choose their President.” And on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” House Judiciary Co


Famed defense attorney Alan Dershowitz, who recently signed on to assist President Donald Trump’s impeachment legal team, said Sunday that Trump should not be removed from office even if he is guilty of everything the House has accused him of in the articles of impeachment.
In response, the White House said the two articles of impeachment against Trump are a “dangerous attack on the right of the American people to freely choose their President.”
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Dershowitz: Trump shouldn't be removed from office even if he is guilty of House charges

Famed defense attorney Alan Dershowitz, who recently signed on to assist President Donald Trump’s impeachment legal team, said Sunday that Trump should not be removed from office even if he is guilty of everything the House has accused him of in the articles of impeachment.

“Congress was wrong in impeaching for these two articles,” he told ABC’s “This Week.” “They are not articles of impeachment. The articles of impeachment are two non-criminal actions.”

Host George Stephanopoulos then asked, “Is it your position that President Trump should not be impeached even if all the evidence and arguments laid out by the House are accepted as fact?”

Dershowitz responded, “When you have somebody who, for example, is indicted for a crime — let’s assume you have a lot of evidence — but the grand jury simply indicts for something that’s not a crime, and that’s what happened here, you have a lot of evidence, disputed evidence, that could go both ways, but the vote was to impeach on abuse of power, which is not within the constitutional criteria for impeachment, and obstruction of Congress.”

Dershowitz was then asked if he agreed with a brief filed by Trump’s attorneys on Saturday, which asserted the president did nothing wrong by pushing Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, his son Hunter Biden and Democrats.

“I didn’t sign that brief. I didn’t even see the brief until after it was filed. That’s not part of my mandate,” Dershowitz said. “My mandate is to determine what is a constitutionally authorized criteria for impeachment.”

Pressed again, Dershowitz said, “There’s a big difference between what’s OK — what’s OK determines … who you vote for.”

“I’m a liberal Democrat who’s been critical of many of the policies of the president,” he continued. “I’m here as a constitutional lawyer, a lawyer who’s taught for 50 years constitutional criminal procedure at Harvard, taught a course on impeachment, taught a course on constitutional litigation.”

The president has been steadfast in his insistence that he did nothing wrong with respect to Ukraine,

last week: “I JUST GOT IMPEACHED FOR MAKING A PERFECT PHONE CALL!”

Democratic House managers in a brief filed Saturday called the president’s behavior “the Framers’ worst nightmare” and a “danger to our democratic processes.” In response, the White House said the two articles of impeachment against Trump are a “dangerous attack on the right of the American people to freely choose their President.”

Asked about Dershowitz’s assessment, Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., told “This Week” that he agrees with the Harvard law professor “at this point.”

“But I would still wait and hear the arguments,” Shelby said. “I haven’t focused on it. Professor Dershowitz is an esteemed scholar of constitutional law. And he’s followed this and he’s outspoken, and a lot of people follow him. We have a lot of respect for a lot of his opinions. But ultimately, we will make that decision in the Senate.”

Democrats had a different take on Dershowitz’s analysis.

“Well, that’s the argument I suppose you have to make if the facts are so dead set against you. If the president has admitted to the wrongdoing, his chief of staff has confessed to the wrongdoing, his European Union ambassador has confessed to the same quid pro quo, you have to rely on an argument that even if he abused his office in this horrendous way, that it’s not impeachable. You had to go so far out of the mainstream to find someone to make that argument, you had to leave the realm of constitutional law scholars and go to criminal defense lawyers,” House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff, D-Calif., told “This Week,” adding that Dershowitz’s interpretation “would have appalled the founders.”

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., called Dershowitz’s remarks “stunning.”

“And I don’t know what signal we’re sending to future presidents if that’s the new standard in America, where you can openly solicit foreign interference, where you can hold up taxpayer dollars that, in fact, the Government Accountability Office says was illegal to do so in order to extort, to leverage foreign interference in our elections,” he said. “This is preposterous that this would not be an impeachable offense, that this standard in America is now that presidents could abuse their power to help in elections.”

And on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., said he was “surprised” to see Dershowitz’s assessment.

“That’s simply ignorance,” Nadler, a House impeachment manager, said.

Is it your position that President Trump should not be impeached even if all the evidence and arguments laid out by the House are accepted as fact?


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It’s hard for Hollywood to make a good Superman movie after a series of flops

Superman is getting a new show on Warner Bros.’ CW network, but so far, the big screen has proven to be his kryptonite. Most recently, Superman was featured on CW’s “Crisis on Infinite Earth” television series, a well-received crossover event between multiple DC Comics characters and alternate versions of themselves. One Superman, played by Tyler Hoechlin, will star alongside Elizabeth Tulloch in the spin off series, “Superman and Lois.” However, Warner Bros. and DC made it clear in a statement


Superman is getting a new show on Warner Bros.’ CW network, but so far, the big screen has proven to be his kryptonite.
Most recently, Superman was featured on CW’s “Crisis on Infinite Earth” television series, a well-received crossover event between multiple DC Comics characters and alternate versions of themselves.
One Superman, played by Tyler Hoechlin, will star alongside Elizabeth Tulloch in the spin off series, “Superman and Lois.”
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It's hard for Hollywood to make a good Superman movie after a series of flops

Superman is getting a new show on Warner Bros.’ CW network, but so far, the big screen has proven to be his kryptonite.

The box office flop of “Justice League,” along with negative reviews for a majority of films that included America’s favorite hero in blue in the last 20 years, have created a noticeable struggle for the iconic DC-Warner Bros. character in theaters.

Most recently, Superman was featured on CW’s “Crisis on Infinite Earth” television series, a well-received crossover event between multiple DC Comics characters and alternate versions of themselves. One Superman, played by Tyler Hoechlin, will star alongside Elizabeth Tulloch in the spin off series, “Superman and Lois.” Yet, despite CW’s ability to create well-received content centered around some of DC’s most beloved characters, Warner Bros., owned by telecom and entertainment giant AT&T, has struggled to receive the same acclaim in theaters.

In all fairness, Warner Bros. and DC, its subsidiary, have hit quite a hot streak with the likes of “Wonder Woman,” “Aqua Man” and 2019’s “Joker,” which earned over $1 billion worldwide and received a nomination for Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards.

But Superman has not accumulated the same levels of success. 2013’s “Man of Steel,” a Superman reboot starring Henry Cavill, earned a modest $668 million worldwide on a $225 million budget, and Cavill’s next two stints with the red cape were plagued with criticism and a huge box office blister in 2017’s “Justice League.”

“The franchise has experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows at various points throughout the last few decades,” said Shawn Robbins, chief analyst for Boxoffice.com, adding that the successes and failures range “from a history-making blockbuster to sequels that stumbled to reboots that won over some fan adoration.”

Reports also circulated the web for the last year and a half that Cavill was to be removed from the character, but he has since gone on to say, “The cape is in the closet… It’s still mine.” However, Warner Bros. and DC made it clear in a statement back in 2018 that “we have made no current decisions regarding any upcoming Superman films.” Warner Bros. declined to comment on whether that had changed.

With more diverse projects in the cannon for Warner Bros., like the all female team up “Birds of Prey” coming in 2020, Superman’s cinematic fate is now a looming question, especially since diversity has become such a proven necessity at the box office.

“Diversity on screen has proven to have tremendous appeal to audiences around the world, so nothing is really off the table,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior analyst for Comscore, in regards to the possibility of diversifying Superman. “Innovative and inspired casting can often reinvigorate a brand or character in one fell swoop.”

Yet Robbins believes that prioritizing the narrative is another must, in terms of perfecting the cash cow recipe.

“There’s no question that audiences demand more diverse representation in movies, rightly so, and the recipe for box office success equally includes the quality of the final product,” Robbins said. “To embrace diversity but not give those actors quality material to work with is to undermine the very effort of making a film truly inclusive for everyone.”

And Daniel Richtman, a media influencer and pop culture insider, suggested that Superman is simply not relatable enough: “Some consider him too cheesy and are not sure how to keep the spirit of the character as a symbol of hope while trying to modernize him,” he said.


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Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick is taking time off to treat alcoholism

Then Rep.-elect Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., arrives for New Member Orientation at the Courtyard Marriott in SE, on November 13, 2018. Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick is taking time off from her role in Congress to treat alcoholism, she said in a written statement on Wednesday. The fall was serious, but with physical therapy I will fully recover,” Kirkpatrick said in the statement. Beginning next week, I will receive treatment that I have struggled to ask for, to treat my alcohol dependence,” she a


Then Rep.-elect Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., arrives for New Member Orientation at the Courtyard Marriott in SE, on November 13, 2018.
Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick is taking time off from her role in Congress to treat alcoholism, she said in a written statement on Wednesday.
The fall was serious, but with physical therapy I will fully recover,” Kirkpatrick said in the statement.
Beginning next week, I will receive treatment that I have struggled to ask for, to treat my alcohol dependence,” she a
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Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick is taking time off to treat alcoholism

Then Rep.-elect Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., arrives for New Member Orientation at the Courtyard Marriott in SE, on November 13, 2018.

Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick is taking time off from her role in Congress to treat alcoholism, she said in a written statement on Wednesday.

The Arizona representative has been absent from Congress since last week after a fall that resulted in an injury, for which she said she will attend physical therapy.

The fall, she said, was the result of her addiction to alcohol.

“I sincerely thank the many people who have reached out in support after my accident last week. The fall was serious, but with physical therapy I will fully recover,” Kirkpatrick said in the statement.

“I do, however, have another challenge I must face, which was the underlying cause of my fall. Beginning next week, I will receive treatment that I have struggled to ask for, to treat my alcohol dependence,” she added.

A spokesperson for her office told CNBC she will be “out of the office for a few weeks.”

But the congresswoman noted in the statement that it will be business as usual for her staff.

“During my absence, my congressional offices in Washington and Arizona will be fully operational, processing all constituent requests, meetings, activities and correspondence,” she said.

“My positions on all recorded votes will be submitted to the Congressional Record and made publicly available,” she added.

Kirkpatrick won re-election to Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District in 2018, defeating Republican challenger Lea Marquez Peterson with 54.7% of the vote. Kirkpatrick, like every House member, is up for re-election in 2020.


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‘Little Women’ and ‘1917’ should cash in at the box office from Oscar nod

The prestige of an Oscar nomination can give films an added boost the the box office, often called the “Oscar bump” or the “Oscar bounce.” For some films, their box office haul can double after receiving the Academy Award best picture nomination, as was the case for “Green Book,” “Call Me By Your Name” and “The Shape of Water.” “Phantom Thread” garnered a whopping 70% of its total gross following its best picture nomination two years ago. This could certainly be the case for “1917” and “Little W


The prestige of an Oscar nomination can give films an added boost the the box office, often called the “Oscar bump” or the “Oscar bounce.”
For some films, their box office haul can double after receiving the Academy Award best picture nomination, as was the case for “Green Book,” “Call Me By Your Name” and “The Shape of Water.”
“Phantom Thread” garnered a whopping 70% of its total gross following its best picture nomination two years ago.
This could certainly be the case for “1917” and “Little W
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'Little Women' and '1917' should cash in at the box office from Oscar nod

Didn’t have the time to see “Jojo Rabbit” or “Ford v. Ferrari” yet? You’ll soon get another chance.

Starting this weekend, seven of the nine Academy Award best picture nominees, announced on Monday, will be heading back to the big screen or receiving a wider release if they were currently in theaters.

The prestige of an Oscar nomination can give films an added boost the the box office, often called the “Oscar bump” or the “Oscar bounce.”

This year, “Ford v. Ferrari,” “Jojo Rabbit,” “Joker,” “Little Women,” “1917,” “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and “Parasite” will reappear at cinemas in special showcases.

Major theater chains such as AMC Theatres and Regal Cinemas showcase the best picture nominees each year, offering audiences a chance to catch the films they missed during the previous year. And smaller theaters hoping to get more customers into seats will also start showing these films again.

You will only be able to see “The Irishman” and “Marriage Story,” Netflix’s nominated films, on the streaming platform, though. Because these films were not given a traditional theatrical release and were not released through these major theater distributors, they will not be included in either of the theater chains’ best picture showcases.

For some films, their box office haul can double after receiving the Academy Award best picture nomination, as was the case for “Green Book,” “Call Me By Your Name” and “The Shape of Water.” “Phantom Thread” garnered a whopping 70% of its total gross following its best picture nomination two years ago.

This could certainly be the case for “1917” and “Little Women,” which were only recently released. It’s likely they will make the bulk of their box-office gross following their nominations for best picture.


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‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ tops $1 billion at the global box office

“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” has joined the billion-dollar club. On Tuesday, the ninth installment in the Skywalker Saga surpassed $1 billion at the global box office. “The Rise of Skywalker” is Disney’s seventh 2019 release to surpass this box office benchmark. In 2016, “Zootopia,” “Finding Dory,” “Captain America: Civil War” and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” all crossed that benchmark. One thing is clear, however, the future of “Star Wars” is bright.


“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” has joined the billion-dollar club.
On Tuesday, the ninth installment in the Skywalker Saga surpassed $1 billion at the global box office.
“The Rise of Skywalker” is Disney’s seventh 2019 release to surpass this box office benchmark.
In 2016, “Zootopia,” “Finding Dory,” “Captain America: Civil War” and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” all crossed that benchmark.
One thing is clear, however, the future of “Star Wars” is bright.
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'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' tops $1 billion at the global box office

“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” has joined the billion-dollar club.

On Tuesday, the ninth installment in the Skywalker Saga surpassed $1 billion at the global box office. It has made $481.3 million domestically and $519.7 million internationally since its Dec. 20 release.

“The Rise of Skywalker” is Disney’s seventh 2019 release to surpass this box office benchmark. No other media company has come close to this kind of record before.

The previous record, which was four billion-dollar movies in one year, was also held by Disney. In 2016, “Zootopia,” “Finding Dory,” “Captain America: Civil War” and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” all crossed that benchmark.

In 2019, “Captain Marvel,” “Aladdin,” “The Lion King,” “Avengers: Endgame,” “Frozen II” and “Toy Story 4” were the other films released by Disney that surpassed $1 billion. Notably, “Endgame” became the highest grossing film of all time last year, garnering $2.798 billion worldwide during its run.

In total, Disney garnered $11.1 billion in global movie ticket sales in 2019, another record in the industry for a single studio. With the addition of 21st Century Fox titles, which the company acquired in April, Disney hauled in more than $13.1 billion. Neither of these figures include what Disney has made in January, which pushed “The Rise of Skywalker” over the billion-dollar mark.

“‘Skywalker’ will be lucky number seven for Disney and at this point hitting a billion dollars should silence all the naysayers who felt it underperformed upon its release about a month ago,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore. “The seeds of success that the studio planted in their amazing year of 2019 continue to bear fruit in 2020 with yet another box office milestone achieved within the Star Wars canon of films.”

“The Rise of Skywalker” divided audiences after its Dec. 20 release. For some, the film was the perfect ending to the nine-film Skywalker Saga. For others, it was slapdash and relied too heavily on moments of fan service.

Disney’s Lucasfilm isn’t expected to release another film in theaters for three years. So, the company has some time to determine what worked best in its most recent trilogy and what should be avoided going forward.

One thing is clear, however, the future of “Star Wars” is bright. The Disney+ show “The Mandalorian” is proof. The eight-episode first season was a critical success and has become beloved by fans.


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From musician-activist to lawmaker: What it’s really like to be an NYC councilman

Brannan, a 41-year-old first-term city councilman from Bay Ridge, represents New York City’s 43rd district, comprising the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, Bath Beach, and Dyker Heights. Like all other New York City council members, he now earns an annual salary of $148,500 for trying to solve problems for his constituents. Before running for office, Brannan was most well-known for being a member of two hardcore bands, Indecision (which he started in high school) and, later, Mos


Brannan, a 41-year-old first-term city councilman from Bay Ridge, represents New York City’s 43rd district, comprising the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, Bath Beach, and Dyker Heights.
Like all other New York City council members, he now earns an annual salary of $148,500 for trying to solve problems for his constituents.
Before running for office, Brannan was most well-known for being a member of two hardcore bands, Indecision (which he started in high school) and, later, Mos
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From musician-activist to lawmaker: What it's really like to be an NYC councilman

Justin Brannan will be the first to tell you that the life of a city councilman in New York City isn’t glamorous — and neither is his windowless office across the street from City Hall in Manhattan. “I only come here if I have to,” he says. “I’d rather be in the district.” Brannan, a 41-year-old first-term city councilman from Bay Ridge, represents New York City’s 43rd district, comprising the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, Bath Beach, and Dyker Heights. Like all other New York City council members, he now earns an annual salary of $148,500 for trying to solve problems for his constituents. His professional life could hardly be more different than it was in his 20s and early 30s, when he focused on playing music, touring the world, championing for issues he cared about and working several jobs throughout New York City to be able to make rent.

From the touring van to City Hall

Growing up, Brannan says, he never saw himself as a politician. In fact, he spent much of his youth taking aim at authority as an activist and musician. As a high school student in the ’90s, Brannan started a hardcore punk band with some older friends, and began playing shows and hanging out at music venues and other places around New York City. During this time, he says, that he became involved in AIDS awareness campaigns, as well as social justice and animal rights activism. Before running for office, Brannan was most well-known for being a member of two hardcore bands, Indecision (which he started in high school) and, later, Most Precious Blood. While Brannan’s time as a musician gave him a chance to tour all over the world and experience different cultures, it wasn’t lucrative. He was mostly concerned with how he was going to pay the next months’ rent — and his tuition — as he worked toward an undergraduate degree in journalism at Fordham University.

Justin Brannan. Courtesy Office of Councilman Justin Brannan

After graduating, he continued to play music while working a variety of low-wage jobs in his 20s and 30s including stints on Wall Street working in the mail room at Bear Stearns and later, as an announcer with a local radio station in New York. He eventually found a job that allowed him to earn some more money while also allowing him to tap into his activist roots: Brannan ended up working for his local city councilman, Vincent Gentile, as his director of communications and legislative affairs. When Gentile decided to retire in 2017, Brannan made the decision to run for his seat — and he narrowly won.

‘I’m actually going to try to get some of this stuff done’

As a city councilman, Brannan represents more than 160,000 people. “More people than Mayor Pete represents!” he says. Perhaps more importantly, his new job gives him the ability to try and take aim at some of the societal issues that he’s cared about since he was a broke activist and musician. “The things that were important to me at 17,” like social justice and animal rights issues, “those things are still important to me,” Brannan says. “Now I have a chance to actually write laws — I’m actually going to try to get some of this stuff done.”

Justin Brannan. Courtesy Office of Councilman Justin Brannan


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Best picture nominees for the 2020 Oscars brought in more than $700 million at the US box office

The movies that got Oscar nods for best picture this year brought in more than $700 million at the domestic box office leading up to Monday’s announcement of Academy Award nominees, an amount that fell short of last year’s total. This year’s nominees had the fourth-best box office haul in North America in the last decade. For comparison, last year’s top earner from the Oscar best picture nominees was “Black Panther,” which sold $700 million worth of tickets in North America. To be sure, the numb


The movies that got Oscar nods for best picture this year brought in more than $700 million at the domestic box office leading up to Monday’s announcement of Academy Award nominees, an amount that fell short of last year’s total.
This year’s nominees had the fourth-best box office haul in North America in the last decade.
For comparison, last year’s top earner from the Oscar best picture nominees was “Black Panther,” which sold $700 million worth of tickets in North America.
To be sure, the numb
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Best picture nominees for the 2020 Oscars brought in more than $700 million at the US box office

The movies that got Oscar nods for best picture this year brought in more than $700 million at the domestic box office leading up to Monday’s announcement of Academy Award nominees, an amount that fell short of last year’s total.

Seven of the nine films that were nominated for the top prize, which include “Joker” and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” have earned a combined $747.2 million domestically and a total of $1.98 billion globally, according to data from Comscore.

This year’s nominees had the fourth-best box office haul in North America in the last decade. It’s a decent, but smaller haul than last year’s $1.26 billion due to the lack of a big blockbuster feature among the nominees.

This year, Warner Bros.’ “Joker” had the largest take of nominated films, garnering $334 million domestically. The next highest grossing film on the list was “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” with $141 million and “Ford v. Ferrari” with $111.4 million.

For comparison, last year’s top earner from the Oscar best picture nominees was “Black Panther,” which sold $700 million worth of tickets in North America. The next two highest grossing films in the best picture pool were “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “A Star is Born,” and each had garnered a little over $200 million.

To be sure, the number of films nominated each year can fluctuate, making a year over year comparison less than perfect. In 2010 and 2011, for example, 10 films were nominated for best picture. In other years only eight were included on the ballot.

The box office totals for 2020 and 2019 include seven films and exclude Netflix movies because the streaming service doesn’t release its box office data. For 2020, “Marriage Story” and “The Irishman” weren’t include in the Comscore totals, and last year, “Roma” was excluded.


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Death toll rises to at least 11 from severe storm sweeping through the South

This photo provided by Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office shows damage from Friday nights severe weather, including the home of an elderly in Bossier Parish, La., on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. In Louisiana, the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office said on Facebook that firefighters found the bodies of an elderly couple near their demolished trailer home. First responders were searching through mud and debris for other victims, the sheriff’s office said on Facebook. “The storm moved their home from its fou


This photo provided by Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office shows damage from Friday nights severe weather, including the home of an elderly in Bossier Parish, La., on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020.
In Louisiana, the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office said on Facebook that firefighters found the bodies of an elderly couple near their demolished trailer home.
First responders were searching through mud and debris for other victims, the sheriff’s office said on Facebook.
“The storm moved their home from its fou
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Death toll rises to at least 11 from severe storm sweeping through the South

This photo provided by Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office shows damage from Friday nights severe weather, including the home of an elderly in Bossier Parish, La., on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020.

At least 11 people have died from severe storms that carved a wide swath through Texas and the South all the way up to Chicago.

The National Weather Service in Birmingham, Alabama, on Saturday confirmed three deaths near the town of Carrollton in Pickens County. The service also said a tornado struck the area in the late morning and warned of severe thunderstorms, high wind and flooding in eastern and central Alabama.

In Louisiana, the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office said on Facebook that firefighters found the bodies of an elderly couple near their demolished trailer home. Jerry W. Franks, 79, and Mary Sue Franks, 65, were confirmed dead after 135 mph winds whipped through their residence. First responders were searching through mud and debris for other victims, the sheriff’s office said on Facebook.

“The storm moved their home from its foundation to some 200 feet away,” the sheriff’s office said. Three dogs at the residence were initially unaccounted for following the tornado. A German Shepherd was later found alive in the rubble and taken to the vet for some wounds and one Chihuahua was found dead. Family members are still searching for the other one.

Christina Stephens, spokeswoman for Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, tweeted Saturday that his planned trip to Bossier to survey damage had to be canceled because the weather precluded travel.

Also in Louisiana, a man was discovered dead Saturday after a tree fell on his home in Caddo Parish.

“Once on scene, deputies found a large tree fell on the residence of an elderly couple causing devastating damage to the home,” the Caddo Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. “Sadly, the man died at the scene. His wife was fortunately uninjured.”

The police department in Lubbock, Texas, reported that Nicholas Reyna, 27, a one-year sworn veteran, died after he was struck by a vehicle as he responded to a rollover crash in bad weather.

Lt. David Hill, 39, a paramedic, was also struck and later died at a hospital, police said.

Firefighter and paramedic Matt Dawson, 30, a third victim of the collision, was in critical condition, the Lubbock Police Department said.

The weather service and authorities in Nacogdoches County, Texas, said a man identified as Harry Hadnot, Jr., 44, was found dead at the scene after a tree fell and struck a home there.

In Oklahoma, a man was swept away by flood waters near Kiowa. Randall Hyatt, 58, of Wardville, was driving his Chevy pickup southbound through deep flood waters when the car became inoperable. He was pronounced dead at the scene, about a hundred yards from his vehicle, according to Pittsburg County Sheriff’s Office.

Iowa State Patrol confirmed one weather related fatality in a semi-truck crash near Iowa City, IA late Saturday.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation said several highways remained closed due to snow, sleet and flooding.

In Arkansas, the Department of Transportation also reported “high water” had led it to close portions of multiple state highways.

Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas were clear Saturday of the severe thunderstorms that had passed through the previous night, forecasters said.

According to PowerOutage.us, more than 108,000 customers were without power in Alabama. Major outages also impacted Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Kentucky.

The front reached north into Chicago, where the Federal Aviation Administration reported that snow, ice and wind pushed arriving flights at O’Hare International Airport back for over four hours.

– The Associated Press and Jay Varela contributed.


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