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A 9-Day Journey Along the Most Controversial Strip of Land in Trump's America
Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:06:41 +0000



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A 'Last Look' at the Old-Time American Cowboy
Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:00:22 +0000

A big reason why some enthusiasts will celebrate "National Day of the Cowboy" on Saturday is the idea that "cowboy culture" needs preserving.

And it turns out that's not a new feeling. Nearly seven decades ago, that same idea — that a particular Western lifestyle would not survive much longer on its own — was already looming.

Aug. 22, 1949 cover of LIFE magazine featuring cowboy C. H. Long.
Leonard McCombe—LIFE MagazineAug. 22, 1949 cover of LIFE magazine featuring cowboy C. H. Long.

When LIFE profiled a cowboy for the Aug. 22, 1949, issue, with photographs by Leonard McCombe, the land on which the cowboy once slept was already dotted with new ranch houses, and office jobs were looking more and more attractive as the post-war economy boomed. "Like the frontiersman and the forty-niner, the traditional cowboy is a peculiarly American type, now following them into an honorable extinction," the story noted. "He is being replaced by feebler men, who refuse to work grueling hours, to go wifeless and broke to the end of their days."

In fact, the story was billed as a "last look" at the "oldtime cowboy."

The man at the center of that tale was Clarence Hailey "C.H." Long, a 20-year Texan veteran of the profession who found freedom in a life of solitude and physical hardship. He personally trained all 13 of the horses he used to do his job, and his home on the range looked "exactly as a moviegover would expect."

But in that fact, LIFE acknowledged, lay one of the more subtle truths about the past and future of the cowboy lifestyle.

Even as C.H. Long was a living embodiment of a beloved, but endangered culture, he was already part of a myth forged by Hollywood and dime-store novels, not reality. He knew that the cowboy image that the the world celebrated was sometimes more appealing than even the most rewarding liberties of life on the cattle trail.

And on his rare trips into town, he picked up magazines full of Western stories, which he dismissed as "claptrap", but loved nonetheless, "forgetting his adventurous life to search for adventure in lurid accounts of wild affairs that never happened."

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Can President Trump Pardon Himself?
Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:55:38 +0000

As the special counsel investigation swirls around President Trump, the Washington Post reported that he's trying to learn about his pardoning powers. But could he actually pardon himself?

Probably not.

The Constitution says that the president "shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment."

It's true that this text doesn't explicitly rule out the possibility of a self-pardon. (And it's also an unanswered legal question as to whether a president can be indicted while in office.)

But a self pardon would run afoul of a bedrock legal principle in the United States, according to a 1974 memo written by the Office of Legal Counsel under President Nixon. (The Supreme Court has never actually ruled on the issue.)

"Under the fundamental rule that no one may be a judge in his own case, the President cannot pardon himself," the memo declared days before Nixon resigned amid the Watergate scandal.

The document does say there could be a loophole.

"If under the 25th Amendment the President declared that he was temporarily unable to perform the duties of the office, the Vice President would become Acting President and as such could pardon the President," it says. "Thereafter the President could either resign or resume the duties of his office."

Outside of the legal questions, there would certainly be political complications if Trump tried to pardon himself, and the blowback could result in the Republican-controlled House impeaching him to remove him from office.

"Important to remember that the pardon power is legally—but _not_ politically—absolute," Steve Vladeck, a national security law professor at the University of Texas School of Law, wrote on Twitter Thursday. "Q, as ever, is how congressional Republicans respond."


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Dance Floor Assassin Charlize Theron Owned Jimmy Fallon in This Dance Battle
Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:52:36 +0000

Charlize Theron‘s got the moves both in Atomic Blonde, as a super awesome super-spy, and on the dance floor. The Oscar winner accepted Jimmy Fallon’s Dance Battle challenge on The Tonight Show Thursday night and dazzled the audience with her performance — and she did it all in high heels, to Fallon’s amazement.

The first phrase given to Theron from the dance move generator was “Slap the Giraffe,” which was a bit confounding. But the actress straight-up owned the next round with her personalized take on “The Tennis Pro.” By the time the double-dance round came about with “Double Kayak,” she was grooving on the floor with Fallon.

“I call back,” Fallon joked when they had to get into position.

It’s not surprising that the late-night host wants to be Theron’s Bond Girl, since her Atomic Blonde character, Lorraine Broughton, is getting comparisons to a female 007. “I would be Dickie Galore,” Fallon suggested.

The film follows MI6’s most lethal assassin, sent on a mission to Berlin to retrieve a priceless dossier. “I live off cigarettes and vodka,” Theron laughed about her character.

She explained, “We were actively looking for something very specific to do this, something where a female protagonist could live in a world and play by the same rules that men get to play by, and so those are hard to find.”

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Trump Administration Considers Financier Anthony Scaramucci for Communications Director
Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:30:38 +0000

(WASHINGTON) — New York financier Anthony Scaramucci is under consideration to join the Trump administration as communications director.

That's according to two people with knowledge of the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.

Scaramucci is a frequent defender of the president on television and was a fixture at Trump Tower during Trump's transition.

He'd be filling the role left by Mike Dubke, who announced his resignation in May. White House press secretary Sean Spicer has been doing double duty filling in in the weeks since.

Scaramucci had once expected to be named head of the White House office that coordinates the administration's outreach to the business community and other interest groups. But that plan was scuttled due to questions surrounding the sale of his hedge fund.

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Fantastic Four Is Getting a Surprising Spinoff Movie That Might Actually Work
Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:23:31 +0000

Noah Hawley, the man behind Legion, Fargo and the novel Before the Fall announced at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday that he is working on a Doctor Doom movie for 20th Century Fox. He revealed very few details about the project, but for fans, this could be potentially great news for the flagging Fantastic Four franchise.

Victor von Doom, longtime nemesis to the Fantastic Four, is one of the most popular villains in the Marvel Comics and has battled the likes of Thor and Luke Cage. And yet onscreen depictions have fallen flat: He's appeared in all three Fantastic Four movies, including Josh Trank's recent reboot of Fantastic Four. That film, which included Doctor Doom's origin story, bombed at the box office in 2015.

However, Hawley has taken an unconventional approach to the superhero genre: Legion is more a philosophically compelling acid trip than it is a popcorn flick. The body horror inherent in Doctor Doom's transformation seems right up Hawley's alley, as does the opportunity to spin a villain's tale rather than a typical hero's story.

And he has some experience finding new dimension in beloved properties: His Fargo series builds on the Cohen brothers' classic with new characters while maintaining a similar tone.

If there's anyone who could save the Fantastic franchise, it may be Hawley.

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See Harrowing Footage of the Real Evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940
Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:00:08 +0000

Though the characters in Christopher Nolan's new film Dunkirk are fictional, the events among which they find themselves are based on a very real moment in World War II history, and the daring rescue of British forces who had reached a point of no return after fleeing from a German blitz in May of 1940. Relatively few photographs made it out of Operation Dynamo but it's clear from what does exist — a sampling of which can be seen above — that those days in Dunkirk were harrowing ones.

And, though photographic and video documentation of the real events may be sparse, some of the actual artifacts of that time have been well preserved. For example, some of the most memorable scenes in the film involve Tom Hardy as a Spitfire pilot sparring with Germans and the "little ships" that helped to rescue British forces — one such real Spitfire plane and little ship can be found in the collection of the Imperial War Museums, from whose collection the archival video footage below is also taken.

Tamzine was the smallest vessel to participate in the Dunkirk evacuation and is now on display at IWM London. Originally intended to be a fishing boat, Tamzine was requisitioned for use in Operation Dynamo, the evacuation of the BEF from the beaches of Dunkirk, 27 May â
Courtesy of Imperial War MuseumsTamzine was the smallest vessel to participate in the Dunkirk evacuation and is now on display at IWM London.

The fishing boat pictured at left, Tamzine, was one of more than 1,000 "little ships" that civilians provided to ferry stranded men from the shallow beach at Dunkirk to the bigger Navy ships parked in a deeper part of the English Chanel between May 26, 1940, to June 4, 1940. Midway through the evacuation, the Germans Luftwaffe carried out air raids — as if the rescue effort hadn't already been harrowing enough — and the Spitfire pictured below was shot down on a French beach, where it was covered by sand and not dug up for about 50 years. (It was restored to good condition before being displayed.)

Courtesy of Imperial War MuseumsThis Spitfire flew its first and only mission at Dunkirk – after shooting down an enemy dive-bomber, the Spitfire was itself shot down and crash landed on a French beach.

John Delaney, one of the museum's experts on the collection, explains that at that point in the war, the British armed forces hadn’t gotten together an effective system of propaganda newsreels. As a result, news cameraman Charles Martin of the news agency Pathé is said to have been the only one documenting the event, and because when he joined in to help with the evacuation there are few photos in general of the operation.

"All these guys were abandoning everything they had, any worldly possessions, to get on the boat and get out, because they didn’t want the boats to get weighed down with their cameras," says Delaney. "You’d expect it’d be the Army who would save the civilians, in this case it was the civilians who saved the Army."

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The Morning Brief: North Korea, O.J. Simpson's Parole and Linkin Park
Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:47:29 +0000

Good morning. These are today’s top stories:

U.S. to ban travel to North Korea

The U.S. government will soon ban Americans from visiting North Korea, according to the Associated Press. The new travel restrictions come after North Korea imprisoned U.S. college student Otto Warmbier, who later died. It’s unclear when the rule will be announced or go into effect.

O.J. Simpson is granted parole

O.J. Simpson will be free to leave prison as early as this fall after a Nevada parole board approved his release. The 70-year-old former football star bowed his head after the decision was announced. "I’ve done my time," he said during the parole board hearing. "I’ve done it as well and respectfully as anybody can. I’ve not complained for nine years. I want to get back to my kids."

Linkin Park frontman dies

Chester Bennington, the lead singer of the rock band Linkin Park, has died at 41, officials said. The frontman was found dead in his Los Angeles home. His death is being investigated as an apparent suicide.


President Donald Trump's legal team is looking to investigate special counsel Robert Mueller's aides.

The U.S. has lifted a laptop ban on all airlines.

A group of Florida teens laughed as they watched a man drown, police said.

One out of three of dementia cases could be prevented, according to new research.

The Morning Brief is published Mondays through Fridays. Email Morning Brief writer Melissa Chan at

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President Trump's Approval Rating Is Worse Than Any Other President At This Point
Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:30:23 +0000

President Donald Trump's second-quarter job approval rating has fallen below what any other past president has gotten during the same time frame.

A new Gallup poll found that Trump averaged a 38.8% rating between April 20 and July 19. The average approval rating for that time is 62%. President Obama was at the average during this time period, as was President Nixon. President Clinton is the only president who was below 50% by the second quarter, coming in with a 44% approval rating.

Trump's approval rating isn't just low compared to the same time period across administrations. His second quarter ranks 250th out of all 287 presidential quarters Gallup has measured since 1945. But there's a large partisan gap in the numbers. Just 8% of Democrats approved of Trump's job performance during the second quarter, but 85% of Republicans did. Approval ratings have become increasingly polarized in recent administrations, but the 77-point gap for Trump is a new record.

The Gallup poll is based on telephone interviews of 52,765 adults in the U.S. conducted April 20-July 19, 2017 and has a margin of sampling error of ±1 percentage point.

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Google Doodle Celebrates Canadian Philosopher Who Predicted the Internet
Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:04:01 +0000

Today's Google Doodle celebrates what would have been the 106th birthday of Marshall McLuhan, a Canadian philosopher who predicted the Internet.

McLuhan never lived to see the Web, but he was eerily prescient about it in his writings in the 1960s. In his 1962 book The Gutenberg Galaxy, he outlined what he saw as the four eras of human history, the Telegraph reports, which are rendered in the Doodle: the acoustic age, the literary age, the print age and the electronic age. At the time, he said the world was entering the electronic age, where it would become a "global village" with technology granting everyone access to the same information. Sounds like the Internet, right?

Then in his 1964 book Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man, he coined the now-famous phrase "the medium is the message," Recode reports, arguing that the way information is disseminated would become more important than the information itself. He even predicted some other effects technology would have on society. In 1968, he said that “an electronic world re-tribalizes men.”

His ideas were controversial at the time, but now, decades later, the Internet has largely proved him right.

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