Forty-seven years after her death, Judy Garland has gone to Hollywood again, reports TMZ.
The actress died at 47, and has been buried since her 1969 funeral at the Ferncliff Mausoleum in Hartsdale, New York.
Minnelli and Garland’s other two surviving children — Lorna Luft, 64, and Joey Luft, 61 — all live in Los Angeles.
Two of Garland’s husbands were Jewish — David Rose and Sidney Luft. She herself never converted from her Episcopalian origins. But, in her new Californian home, she’ll have room to rest with her children, Jewish or non-Jewish, for eternity.
Jake Tapper, CNN’s senior Washington correspondent, had a succinct response to Steve Bannon’s demand that the media “keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while.”
.@jaketapper: Reminder that the president’s top aide just told NYT that the press should keep its mouth shut. No. https://t.co/v88feqWbib pic.twitter.com/EYw5Pc2faM— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) January 26, 2017
Bannon, the Trump administration’s chief White House strategist, made the remarks in a conversation with a New York Times reporter. “The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for awhile,” he said. “I want you to quote this,” the former head of Breitbart News told the Times. “The media here is the opposition party. They don’t understand this country. They still do not understand why Donald Trump is the president of the United States.”
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer has announced that he will vote against Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson, making it unlikely that the former Exxon Mobil chief executive will receive bipartisan support for his appointment.
Schumer blasted his record on a host of issues. “Mr. Tillerson’s refusal to back new sanctions on Russia, and his refusal to even pledge to fully defend the current sanctions regime is unacceptable but not surprising given his closeness to Vladimir Putin and the depth of Exxon’s investment in Russia,” the New York senator wrote. “When I met with Mr. Tillerson, I came away more concerned about his and the President’s plans and unimpressed with his grasp on foreign policy. I will oppose his nomination, and I encourage the full Senate to do the same.” Schumer also slammed Tillerson for being soft on climate change and not explicitly disclaiming support for a Muslim registry.
Tillerson is one of Trump’s most contentious picks, due to his longstanding connections to Russia as the head of Exxon, which has extensive operations in the country. During his tenure at the oil company, the nominee even received an award from Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Tillerson is likely to win confirmation, even against a possible wall of Democratic opposition, thanks to seemingly universal Republican endorsement. Due to his close ties to Russia, the businessman had raised concerns for Republican Senators Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham and John McCain. Now all have said they will back his choice, effectively guaranteeing his confirmation.
President Donald Trump issued a statement on Friday’s Holocaust Remembrance Day that left some scratching their heads due to its omission of any reference to Jews.
“It is with a heavy heart and somber mind that we remember and honor the victims, survivors, and heroes of the Holocaust,” the statement from the White House Press Office read. “It is impossible to fully fathom the depravity and horror inflicted on innocent people by Nazi terror.”
The remarks immediately drew criticism from Jewish leaders, including Anti-Defamation League head Jonathan Greenblatt.
1/2 @WhiteHouse statement on #HolocaustMemorialDay, misses that it was six million Jews who perished, not just ‘innocent people’ pic.twitter.com/OXiFqcPi4V— Jonathan Greenblatt (@JGreenblattADL) January 27, 2017
2/2 Puzzling and troubling @WhiteHouse #HolocaustMemorialDay stmt has no mention of Jews. GOP and Dem. presidents have done so in the past. pic.twitter.com/BvZVVoPUSi— Jonathan Greenblatt (@JGreenblattADL) January 27, 2017
Former President Barack Obama’s last statement for International Holocaust Remembrance Day made explicit reference to Jews, declaring that “we are all Jews.” Remarks marking Holocaust commemoration sometimes can be controversial.
Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of Canada, ran into trouble in the previous year when he also forgot to specifically name-check the event’s Jewish victims.
It’s Holocaust Remembrance Day, and as the number of survivors steadily dwindles, there’s a heartwarming documentary out there that follows the life of one of them, the nonagenarian Sonia Warshawski.
She lives in Kansas City, Missouri and still drives on her own and runs a tailor shop. Joie de vivre permeates “Big Sonia,” from Warshawski’s cheetah-print steering wheel to her bright-red lipstick. She arrived in Kansas City after World War II, and now serves as a Holocaust educator in her city and region, traveling to schools and community gatherings to discuss her experiences in Bergen-Belsen and Auschwitz.
“Big Sonia” (she’s not even cracking five feet) has been screening at film festivals since last fall, and it won the Napa Valley Film Festival’s prize for documentary. Check out the trailer here.
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