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Movie Review: Life: New at Reason

LifeRidley Scott’s upcoming Alien: Covenant—the sixth film devoted to the celebrated space monster—is due out on May 19. For those who want an Alien fix right now, though—who just can’t wait—please try a little harder to hold on. Despite its robust cast (featuring Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal), the rousingly titled Life is an uncalled-for Alien rip—effective in a rote way, with a few icky shocks, but probably not exactly what you seek.

Stop me if you’ve heard this before (more or less). A team of space explorers discovers a mysterious organism in a cargo of red soil from Mars. One of the crew—the traditional mush-minded science guy (Ariyon Bakare)—hails this discovery as “the first incontrovertible proof of life beyond Earth.” He also announces that “We’re going to learn so much about life.” Much more than he suspects, of course, writes Kurt Loder.

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Warning: Universal Music Is Ripping Down ALL Facebook Cover Videos

Warning: Universal Music Is Ripping Down ALL Facebook Cover Videos

Uploading cover song videos to Facebook? You might want to stop doing that. Last year, Universal Music Publishing Group, the largest publisher in the world, started ripping down Facebook cover videos. Long story short: Facebook and UMPG couldn’t agree on a royalty agreement for the songs being covered. So the big guns were pointed at […]

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Bruce Hornsby Teams With Bela Fleck & The Flecktones On This Date In 1997

Bruce Hornsby Teams With Bela Fleck & The Flecktones On This Date In 1997

Listen to a gorgeous one-off performance from Bruce Hornsby with Bela Fleck & The Flecktones that took place on March 23, 1997. Scott Bernstein #Jambase #MusicNews #IndieBrew
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House Delays Obamacare Repeal Vote Because There Still Isn’t Enough Support to Pass It

Repeal and re... TAX REFORMThe House was supposed to vote on the bill to partially repeal and replace Obamacare today, but now reports say the vote has been delayed. That doesn’t mean the American Health Care Act (AHCA) is done for. But its chances have always been dicey, and the last minute delay at least raises the possibility that the bill won’t ever clear the House.

Reports surfaced last night saying that House Republicans planned to rewrite the bill overnight and then vote on it today, but so far no new language has been released. And a meeting between President Trump and the House Freedom Caucus, the locus of opposition to the bill, did not produce a deal.

At this point, there’s no official word on when, or if, a vote might happen. The White House is suggesting that it is possible we could see a vote as early as tomorrow morning. It’s also possible that the GOP health care bill dies before it gets to a vote, and that the party goes back to the drawing board, or moves on to other legislative priorities.

It’s as clear as sign as we have seen yet that the bill is in real trouble, and that both GOP leadership and the White House are having trouble making the final sales pitch.

Part of the problem is that appeasing holdouts from one faction can cause yes votes to flip to no in some other faction. It’s a tricky balancing act, and it’s not clear whether Republicans will ever be able to get it right.

If Republicans had the votes to pass the bill, or some modified version of it, we would either see a vote or some sort of timetable. The fact that we have neither suggests that the votes aren’t there, and no one who wants the bill to pass has a good idea how to put them together.

In any case, the GOP repeal plan will have to wait until at least tomorrow, and possibly forever.

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State Department Misses Deadline to Manage All Emails Electronically

The State Department has failed to meet a deadline to store and manage its emails electronically as part of a 2012 directive to improve government record keeping, according to a recent Reuters report.

Before the directive, the Obama administration attempted to update government record keeping by issuing a memo in November 2011. The memo identified six areas to focus on. One of those was transitioning from paper-based management to an electronic format.

“Greater reliance on electronic communication and systems has radically increased the volume and diversity of information that agencies must manage,” the memorandum read. “With proper planning, technology can make these records less burdensome to manage and easier to use and share. But if records management policies and practices are not updated for a digital age, the surge in information could overwhelm agency systems, leading to higher costs and lost records.”

The department says it has completed the transition for all emails on its main systems, but some additional systems require further review before the department can confirm it has reached its goal.

The State Department missed the December 31 deadline despite efforts to scale back its record-keeping obligations, a document obtained by Politico in 2015 revealed. “The vast majority of working files are of short term value and should be disposed of quickly,” the department’s records officer argued in the 2012 memo. But as Politico later observed, the agency “urged streamlining the rules so that much of the routine back-and-forth of government would be beyond their reach.”

Government transparency advocates said they were not surprised at the State Department’s attempt to get out of some of the requirements. “This is an attitude a lot of agencies have taken, actually: that all they’re required to save — and all [that] a lot of them do save — is the final product,” Patrice McDermott of OpenTheGovernment.org told Politico. “All the things that document the work of government are records. … It’s important for accountability, and it’s important for history, for folks to be able to trace the development of a policy and to trace who had their hand in it. The final product isn’t enough.”

In response to complaints about the 2011 memo from the State Department and other agencies, the Obama administration issued another directive on August 24, 2012, requiring all email records—temporary and permanent alike—to be managed electronically by the end of 2016. It also requires that, by the end of 2019, all permanent electronic records be ready for eventual transfer to the National Archives.

The State Department contends that it is still working hard to meet its goal, per the Reuters report. When that will be, exactly, is unclear.

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Hear Kendrick Lamar, Rae Sremmurd, Gucci Mane Rave on ‘Perfect Pint’

Hear Kendrick Lamar, Rae Sremmurd, Gucci Mane Rave on ‘Perfect Pint’

Mike Will-Made It reunites with his “Black Beatles” cohorts Rae Sremmurd and Gucci Mane and taps Kendrick Lamar for a lithe new track, “Perfect Pint.” The song will appear on

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High Sierra Music Festival Announces A Handful Of 2017 Lineup Additions

High Sierra Music Festival Announces A Handful Of 2017 Lineup Additions

Four more acts have been added to the lineup for the 2017 installment of High Sierra. Scott Bernstein #Jambase #MusicNews #IndieBrew
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Police Say London Attack Corresponds Closely To ISIS Propaganda Manual

Authorities are learning more about the man who attacked Westminster Bridge and the Houses of Parliament in London this week. The attack corresponds closely with instructions provided by ISIS’ propaganda magazine, which details which kinds of vehicles to use and even which kinds of knives to use — and not use — in these types of terror attacks.

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‘I Called Him Morgan’ Is A Tale Of Marriage, Murder And Jazz, Told From Two Sides

The brilliant trumpeter Lee Morgan, whose shocking and untimely death at the age of 33 is at the center of I Called Him Morgan, doesn’t star in this documentary so much as haunt it.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the Afro-American Newspaper Archives and Research Center)

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GOP Health Care Bill in Limbo, Man Identified in London Attack, KeystoneXL Pipeline May Get Approval Soon: P.M. Links

  • Paul RyanPresident Donald Trump has failed to get Republicans in the Congressional Freedom Caucus to guarantee support for his preferred replacement for the Affordable Care Act. The vote has been delayed.
  • Israeli police have arrested a suspect they believe is responsible for calling in countless bomb threats to Jewish community centers. The man is a dual American-Israeli citizen and is himself Jewish.
  • British police have identified the man they claim is responsible for killing three in London before getting killed himself by police. His name is Khalid Masood, 52. He was British-born and had a criminal record, but authorities said they had no intelligence that he had been planning a terrorist attack. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility.
  • Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) says the Democrats are going to attempt to filibuster Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
  • Arkansas has expanded where citizens may carry concealed weapons to places like college campuses and sports arenas.
  • The State Department will reportedly approve the permits needed by Monday to build the KeystoneXL oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.

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