Photo: Ray Tamarra/Getty Images Prolific producer Scott Rudin came under renewed scrutiny last week after a Hollywood Reporter exposé detailed his alleged abusive behavior toward his assistants, including hurling a baked potato at one and smashing a computer monitor on another’s hand . But the EGOT winner’s temperament is not a revelation in the industry, where he has a long-established record of combative conduct — in 1998, Fortune magazine described Rudin as being famous for “his habit of throwing phones, verbally abusing staffers, and expecting 16-hour workdays and seven-day workweeks.” He told The Wall Street Journal in 2005 that he had burned through 119 assistants in five years (some workers estimated the number would be 250 or more if it included those fired during their two-week trial periods). From his pushing people out of moving cars to engaging in a bitter feud with Harvey Weinstein , here are 21 tales about Rudin that helped build his unpleasant … [Read more...] about 21 Notorious Scott Rudin Stories
Green lawns suck resources dry Re: “Denver eyes expansion for its water customers,” April 12 news story I read the report on Denver’s plans to enlarge Gross Reservoir with interest, particularly the comment that conservation efforts just have not kept pace with the city’s growth. Of course not. Current conservation efforts do not address the elephant in the room: the folly of allowing all those green, water-hungry lawns that I see when flying over the city. Until Denver decides to address the absurdity of pretending that green lawns are an absolute necessity, its words regarding upcoming water shortages ring hollow. Kathy Packard, Livermore Gun owners, please, offer your solutions Dear gun owners and defenders of the Second Amendment, I implore you to offer up concrete, viable proposals to dramatically reduce gun violence in America. The majority of Americans want common-sense gun control. They simply want an end to the perpetual tragedy of killings and mass … [Read more...] about Letters: Green lawns suck resources dry (4/14/21)
President Biden Joe Biden IRS to roll out payments for ,000 child tax credit in July Capitol Police told not to use most aggressive tactics in riot response, report finds Biden to accompany first lady to appointment for 'common medical procedure' MORE is trying to show he’s open to bipartisan deal-making on his infrastructure proposal, but he’ll have to address divisions in his own party first. Democrats are already at odds over the size of the sprawling package, how to pay for it and what should be included. Here are five hurdles Democrats face in getting a bill to Biden’s desk. ADVERTISEMENT How long to wait for bipartisanship Biden promised to work with Republicans legislatively during his 2020 campaign, and on Monday he hosted a bipartisan group of lawmakers at the White House to talk about the infrastructure plan. The outreach effort is being hailed by moderate Democrats who face pressure to be, or at least appear, bipartisan in crafting … [Read more...] about Five hurdles Democrats face to pass an infrastructure bill
To view past editions of The Hill's 12:30 Report, click here: http://bit.ly/1M1mIfw To receive The Hill's 12:30 Report in your inbox, please sign up here: http://bit.ly/1Tt4hqN --> A midday take on what's happening in politics and how to have a sense of humor about it.* *Ha. Haha. Hahah. Sniff. Haha. Sniff. Ha--breaks down crying hysterically. The Hill’s 12:30 Report: U.S. health officials call for Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause | Six women developed rare blood clots | White House says J&J pause shouldn’t significantly affect vaccine pace | Pause raises new fears of vaccine hesitancy | Daunte Wright ’s death ruled a homicide | Another night of protests | Obamas call for ‘reimagined policing’ | Increased capacity for Caps, Wizards, Nats games NEWS OF THE MORNING Two steps forward, one step back…: Via The New York Times’s Noah Weiland, Sharon LaFraniere and Carl Zimmer , “Injections of Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose coronavirus … [Read more...] about The Hill’s 12:30 Report: What the J&J vaccine pause means for COVID pandemic
Nearly three months after President Biden Joe Biden IRS to roll out payments for ,000 child tax credit in July Capitol Police told not to use most aggressive tactics in riot response, report finds Biden to accompany first lady to appointment for 'common medical procedure' MORE assumed office, friends and foes alike are looking for clear evidence of just how liberal his administration is going to be. It has been hard to pin the White House down, ideologically speaking. Is he maintaining the cautious center-left approach that he has followed most of his career? Or is he pursuing a paradigmatic shift in American politics in the manner of President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society or President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal? ADVERTISEMENT The answer is: a bit of both. And that holds both opportunities and perils. Corbin Trent, a former communications director for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez NY House Democrats demand … [Read more...] about The Memo: How liberal will the Biden presidency be?