Obituary: Japanese actress Setsuko Hara, who starred in the classic Tokyo Story and other films. She was only 95 years old:
Hara, whose real name was Masae Aida, was born June 17, 1920, in Yokohama, Japan. She got her start in film after one of her sisters married the film director Hisatora Kumagai. Hara went to work for Nikkatsu Studios in Tamagawa, near Tokyo, when she was 15. Her first film was "Do Not Hesitate Young Folks!"_____
It was pot-meet-kettle time as the New York Times called Donald Trump a liar.
This from a paper that specializes in falsehoods, especially regarding the Clintons.
That said, the paper does compare Trump with such demagogic luminaries as George Wallace and Joseph McCarthy, the latter of whom bears striking resemblance to Ted Cruz, or vice versa.
Mr. Trump relies on social media to spread his views. This is convenient because there’s no need to respond to questions about his fabrications. That makes it imperative that other forms of media challenge him.
Instead, as Mr. Trump stays at the top of the Republican field, it’s become a full-time job just running down falsehoods like the phony crime statistics he tweeted, which came from a white supremacist group.
Yet Mr. Trump is regularly rewarded with free TV time, where he talks right over anyone challenging him, and doubles down when called out on his lies.
I have maintained Trump isn't in the contest to win but to prevent another Bush from stealing yet another election.
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