Entertainment Yesterday’s Papers: On the campaign trail
Obama hits campaign trail for Biden in final stretch of White House race
Former US president Barack Obama hits the campaign trail for Joe Biden on Wednesday in a bid to drum up support for his former vice president among young Americans and Black voters in the final stretch of the White House race. The Biden campaign is hoping the star power of America's first Black president will help boost turnout among young voters and African Americans, who are key to Democratic hopes of recapturing the White House. African Americans voted in record numbers for Obama in 2008 and 2012 but their participation dropped off in 2016, a contributing factor to Trump's upset victory over Hillary Clinton.
The USA is tottering towards surely the most consequential election of our lifetimes with all the grace of a newborn giraffe — and what awaits it there,, is “an electoral system designed in the 18th century and not much modified since … an out of control pandemic, a mendacious president, a gangster administration and a stacked Supreme Court”.
An illustrative detail, among many: Walmart has pulled guns and ammunition from its shelves,.
Music's most celebrated—and most notorious—managers
Managing a successful rock band or music act takes an eye for talent, thick skin, savvy business acumen, and a good deal of charisma. For the most part, music management has produced some truly gifted individuals, genuine people with their clients' best interests at heart. But the profession has also reared an ugly collection of scheming opportunists who care little for those they represent and are only interested in lining their own pockets. Click through the gallery and take a look at some music managers who have made the greatest impression—for better or worse!
Crikey submits this latest edition of ouras a soundtrack to these times.
We start with “For The Love Of Money” by Philly-soul legends The O’Jays, which served as the soundtrack to the only job Donald Trump has truly excelled at — a cartoonish rich guy villain on The Apprentice; an extended riff on the character he’s been playing in Pizza Hut ads and kids’ films for decades.
Joe Biden, looking as doddering and as white as he ever has — which is saying something —event by playing 2017 megahit “Despacito” on his phone and sort of dancing for an agonising 10 seconds or so.
A more successful musical cue wasof The Black Eyed Peas “Where is the Love?” on a campaign ad. While one questions if the “unsmiling celebs looking directly down the camera lens in black and white” shifts as many votes as politicians think it does, the song accompanies a genuinely good speech, and it’s impressive the campaign included quite a bit of police brutality in its “look what has happened to our great nation” montage.
What poll watchers actually do, and Trump’s troubling rhetoric about them, explained
Some concerns around poll watching don’t have to do with the people designated to be inside voting sites.To facilitate that, the Trump campaign has launched Army for Trump, an effort to mobilize tens of thousands of volunteers for get-out-the-vote efforts, including poll watching. A Trump campaign spokesperson told Vox that it hopes to fill 40,000 poll-watching shifts, and expects to exceed their goal of recruiting 50,000 volunteer poll watchers.
Trump often uses Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless The USA” in his rallies. A song from — and very much of — 1984, from the America of almost psychotically patriotic films like Rocky IV and Rambo II and stage-managed wars, the culture and politics of a country trying to drown out the first groans of its decline with triumphalist spectacle. It is no surprise, then, that Trump uses it. He is simply the latest, increasingly desperate echo of that impulse.
Kanye West is included here in his capacity as a, on and off and latter-day evangelical — his religious music evincing a faith based , the kind frequently favoured by people whose prosperity seems to make them very lonely. He’s also included in his capacity as a musical genius, for whatever that’s still worth.
We include Bob Dylan’s version of Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land”, partly to free us up to include Guthrie himself on a time that the US was less equivocal about fascism. But also because at 20 Dylan already sounded every bit as mournful as he would on “Murder Most Foul” over 50 years later.
Jill Biden Eclipses a Largely Absent Melania Trump With Starring Role in Campaign
In recent months, Jill Biden has become one of the Biden campaign's most prolific surrogates.The first lady appeared beside President Donald Trump last June when he launched his re-election campaign with a rally in Florida. But since then, she has been noticeably absent in Donald Trump's campaigning efforts, a departure from her recent predecessors.
A nod to the musical wit of De La Soul, et al, using on “Remove 45” a flipped sample of The Honey Drippers’ funk classic “Impeach The President”.
After months of fairly solid listening, I can say with some confidence the name Donald Trump does not cross the lips of either member of Run The Jewels for the length of RTJ4, their mid-year album from which “walking in the snow ” comes. But the omission is much the same as the absence of the word “mafia” from The Godfather. RTJ4 has taken the America that gave us Trump, and the America that Trump gave us, deep into its bones, painting a country febrile, farcical and sinister, radiating the threat of, smoothed by a dry wind, awaiting the spark.
So when Killer Mike gasps the line “I can’t breathe” () he’s referring to in 2014. The phrase had once again become a rallying cry, via “a taunt of history” , by the time RTJ4 was released.
And finally “Is that all there is?” an odd, distinctly late 1960s ode to anhedonia. Featuring jazz legend Peggy Lee listing various momentous occasions good and bad that left her feeling practically nothing, it’s a song that Trump. It perhaps reveals more about him than he intends.
As the election looms it’s hard to shake the first verse, where Peggy recalls watching her house burn down as a child. Shivering in her pajamas, watching “the whole world go up in flames”, she thinks nothing more than this : “Is that all there is to a fire?”
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In final pre-election push, Biden and Trump gird for possible court battle .
In final pre-election push, Biden and Trump gird for possible court battleKENOSHA, Wis./PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden made a last-ditch push for votes in battleground states on Monday as their campaigns prepared for post-election disputes that could prolong a divisive presidential election.