Which Foreign Policy Sacred Cows Will Donald Trump Slaughter Next?:
Donald Trump shook up America. Now it’s the world’s turn.
The President-elect’s decision to flout 40 years of diplomatic convention and take a call from Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen last week suggested he may be just as disrespectful of protocol on the world stage as at home.
The call produced days of speculation about how the President-elect’s impulsive style will reverberate around the globe and whether it could threaten the architecture of international relations.
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Below-Freezing Temperatures Set To Sweep The Country:
The cold is taking hold of the US weather pattern for the next week. Over the next seven days, 80% of the country will at some point see temperatures below freezing.
More than half the continental United States will have below-average temperatures Friday. Temperatures will be 20 to 30 degrees below average in locations stretching from the Montana to South Texas.
Dangerous wind chills could yield temperatures as low as 40 degrees below zero in the Northern Plains on Friday.
Snow contributed to a 30-car pileup on Interstate 96 in Fowlerville, Michigan, on Thursday. Police reported two deaths.
The Buzz About Jennifer Lopez’s ‘Bye Bye Birdie’
It’s a year away, but folks are already talking about Jennifer Lopez’s starring role in NBC’s “Bye Bye Birdie Live!”
The superstar will appear in the network’s latest live production franchise, set to air in December 2017.
Lopez teased her role Wednesday night as NBC aired “Hairspray Live!”
“I am SO excited to be a part of NBC’s next live musical #ByeByeBirdieLive!” the singer-actress tweeted.
Mick Jagger Welcomes Baby No. 8:
Mick Jagger has welcomed his eighth child, his publicist confirmed.
The 73-year old rocker and his 29-year-old girlfriend, American ballerina Melanie Hamrick, welcomed a baby boy Thursday in New York City.
“Mick was at the hospital for the arrival,” according to a statement from Jagger’s publicist. “Mother and baby are doing well and we request that the media respect their privacy at this time.”
He already had seven children ranging in age from 45 to 17. In 2014, Jagger became a great-grandfather when his then 21-year-old granddaughter, Assisi Jackson gave birth to a baby girl.
Jagger and Hamrick first began dating in 2014.
‘Hairspray Live!’ Has Infectious Beat On NBC:
Since NBC revived the live musical, the irony has been that lesser shows sometimes meet the demands of leaping to this considerably different medium more successfully. And that was true with “Hairspray Live!,” a frothy adaptation of the movie-turned-stage presentation that frequently burst with infectious energy.
NBC clearly took the lessons of Fox’s rightfully well-regarded production of “Grease” to heart. Indeed, if imitation is the sincerest form of television, “Hairspray” was inordinately sincere toward that other high-school-set musical — opening up the song-and-dance numbers to the streets, providing real-time looks behind the scenes and incorporating a live audience component that “The Sound of Music” and “Peter Pan” sorely lacked.
The main drawback, frankly, was that the network and producers went a bit overboard with the “live” aspect, featuring ear-splitting cut-ins from affiliate viewing parties around the U.S., including (where else?) Baltimore, where the story takes place. Having “Glee” alum Darren Criss essentially serve as the evening’s too-giddy emcee also felt like overt pandering to social media while squandering his considerable talents.