Whither the town hall. Long gone are the angry mobs of voters pushing and shoving one another, hissing and shouting down lawmakers — in one instance, hanging a lawmaker in effigy at an anti-Obamacare protest — that defined Congress’ summer of hell in 2009.Story Continued Below Even the outbursts last year, fueled by a fiery liberal base intent on stopping President Donald Trump and by constituents outraged over GOP attempts to dismantle Obamacare, are a distant memory. So far, the August recess is quiet. Very quiet. And lawmakers on both sides of the aisle seem to prefer it that way. Members have scheduled only about 180 in-person events this recess, a nearly 70 percent decrease from the same time last year, according to data tracked by Legistorm. Last year, driven in a large part by mobilization on the left of the anti-Trump resistance movement, was a high point for town halls. But this year’s numbers are still low compared with the same time frame in recent … [Read more...] about Lawmakers ditch town halls: ‘They want to avoid those gotcha moments’
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If scientists engineered the polar opposite of Donald Trump, a bizarro-world version of the rage-tweeting, fancy-living, drama-stirring mogul-turned-president, their lab might produce Gwen Graham. The former stay-at-home mom who hopes to become Florida’s first woman governor is almost everything Trump is not. She is a serial hugger, a frequent crier, a penny-pincher who buys her clothing at Target, an animal lover who posts pictures of her dogs and bunny on Facebook. The only organization she’s ever run was the PTA at her children’s school; the only time she’s spent in the public eye was as a one-term Democratic congresswoman. She’s a self-described nerd who hooks her granny-style glasses around her belt loop, an earnest consensus-builder who works so hard to find common ground that her ex-husband is her campaign treasurer. She listens. She empathizes. She exercises. She worries about her PolitiFact ratings. She’s so eager to learn that I watched her … [Read more...] about Do Democrats Want an Anti-Trump, or Their Own Trump?
Cava Grill, a popular Mediterranean chain, is expanding at breakneck speed. The chain is opening two new locations in Midtown Manhattan and continuing to expand on the West Coast. We visited a nearby location and were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food. Washington, DC-based fast-casual chain Cava Grill is expanding its delicious empire. After raising $30 million in Series C funding from a venture-capital firm backed by AOL cofounder Steve Case in 2017, the chain has set its sights on rapid-fire expansion. The chain now has 46 locations open across the US, and it has plans to open many more in the coming months. Two new locations will open in New York City this summer, bringing the city’s total to five. According to Eater, the new locations will be tailored to the local neighborhoods – same menus, but different atmospheres to help it fit in. The Mediterranean-focused restaurant has also gained a … [Read more...] about A Mediterranean fast-casual chain that people are obsessed with is planning to take over America — here’s what it’s like
Most Americans know two Australians. Paul Hogan and Steve Irwin. It’s more than three decades since Hoges took on the world in Crocodile Dundee, a film that cost $A8.8 million. It went on to become the highest grossing Australian film of all time, pulling in more than $410 million at the box office and producing a generation who grew up saying “that’s not a knife, THIS is a knife”. Now Tourism Australia is hoping for a similar pay off, investing $36 million in an audacious marketing campaign based around a supposed Crocodile Dundee movie sequel revealed at this year’s Super Bowl. The organisation is aiming to increase the annual spend by American tourists in Australia by $2.3 billion within three years. A who’s who of Australian acting royalty, from Chris Hemsworth and Hugh Jackman to Margot Robbie and Russell Crowe, got behind the campaign to support their country. The project was 12 months in the making for Tourism Australian CEO John … [Read more...] about ‘I met Hoges for coffee behind a nursery’: The inside story of how Tourism Australia wowed the world with its Crocodile Dundee Super Bowl ad
In late January trailers started showing up on the internet for the movie, “Dundee: The Son of a Legend Returns Home,” with Danny McBride playing the son of “Crocodile” Dundee, the title character of the 1980s hit movie. Social media instantly went into a frenzy. The first trailer, which got over 1 million views, had McBride dressed as Dundee saying “G’day” and playing with his giant knife. The second trailer got over 2.5 million views and featured Chris Hemsworth as McBride’s Australian sidekick. By the time the “cast intro” video was released – which along with McBride and Hemsworth featured Hugh Jackman, Margot Robbie, Russell Crowe, Isla Fisher, Ruby Rose, and Liam Hemsworth – the jig was up. Australian newspaper Brisbane Times found out that this was all part of an advertising campaign for Australian tourism. That was also revealed in the final trailer that played during the Super Bowl on Sunday. The … [Read more...] about Danny McBride told us how he got involved in that fake ‘Crocodile Dundee’ movie, which was actually a $27 million ad campaign for Australian tourism