Ex-CIA operative Valerie Plame just launched a run for Congress, and her new video looks like a ‘Fast & Furious’ outtake

Outed CIA officer Valerie Plame, whose story was turned into a 2010 film, announced she’s running for Congress in an action-packed video on Monday. The campaign video features Plame at the wheel of a Chevy Camaro racing down a dirt road backwards, in a metaphor for her stance that the country needs to be turned around. Then she whips the Camaro into a Reverse 180. Plame was famously outed as a CIA agent during the Bush administration after her husband, US diplomat Joseph C. Wilson IV, wrote an op-ed raising questions about the justifications for the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Plame is a staunch critic of President Donald Trump. Valerie… Read More

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A man was charged with criminal mischief after damaging Wall Street’s ‘Charging Bull’ statue with a banjo

A man damaged Wall Street’s famous “Charging Bull” statue Saturday by repeatedly hitting it with a banjo, police told NBC New York. The attack left marks around one of the bull’s horns. Dallas resident Kevin Varlack was charged with criminal mischief, criminal possession of a weapon and disorderly conduct. The statue was installed by artist Arturo Di Modica in 1989 and symbolizes healthy financial markets. Visit the Markets Insider homepage for more stories. A man damaged the famous “Charging Bull” statue on Wall Street Saturday by repeatedly hitting it with a banjo, police told NBC New York. Kevin Varlack — a 42-year-old Dallas, Texas resident — was charged with criminal… Read More

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The Writing Was on the Wall With Afghanistan

Yesterday, Mike Pompeo was all over television, joining so many political shows that one half-expected him to pop up for his next interview in the sportscasters’ booth at a football game. And during each appearance, the U.S. secretary of state told the same story about the presidential tweets that in one minute on Saturday night had terminated, for now, the most serious diplomatic effort ever to end America’s longest war—just three days before the 18th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that precipitated the conflict. U.S. officials were making unprecedented progress in negotiations with the Taliban, Pompeo explained. They had pressured the Islamist fundamentalist movement, which had sheltered Osama bin Laden… Read More

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How to save a location on Google Maps on your computer or mobile device, and add it to a list for easy navigation

You can save a location on Google Maps on your computer or mobile device. When you save a location on Google Maps, you can add it to your Favorites, “Starred places,” places you “Want to go,” or create a new list for your saved locations. Here’s what you need to know to save a location on Google Maps. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. You probably know how to get to some of your favorite places without directions. However, there may be a few places you visit that no matter how many times you go there, you always need a little help navigating. If you use Google Maps to… Read More

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Misunderstanding Susan Sontag

Anthony Gerace “To experience a thing as beautiful means: to experience it necessarily wrongly,” Friedrich Nietzsche wrote in The Will to Power. It is a line that Susan Sontag quotes toward the end of her 1977 essay collection, On Photography, about how photographs aestheticize misery. It is a line that Sontag’s authorized biographer, Benjamin Moser, quotes to describe Sontag’s susceptibility to beautiful, but punishing, lovers. And it is a line that I am quoting to summarize how Moser’s monumental and stylish biography, Sontag: Her Life and Work, fails its subject—a woman whose beauty, and the sex appeal and celebrity that went along with it, Moser insists upon to the point… Read More

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