The summary of the call showed that Trump reminded Zelenskiy of the United States’ support for his country and asked him to “look into” unproven allegations about the Biden family’s activities in Ukraine — a breathtaking admission that poured new fuel on the House’s impeachment inquiry. But in the coming battle to persuade a majority of Americans to back their impeachment inquiry, Democrats face a major hurdle: Trump’s own ability to puncture scandals by eventually admitting to much of what he has been accused of, aggressively defending his behavior, and saying it falls short of a higher bar for misconduct. The tactic has gotten him through the firing of former FBI director James Comey for not halting the investigation into his campaign, hush payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels, the release of the “Access Hollywood” tape just weeks before the election, and myriad revelations that would have sunk other politicians. … [Read more...] about The limits of Trump’s ‘so what if I did?’ strategy
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By CAITY WEAVER MARCH 20, 2019 The particular sheen of America by Amtrak. The Voyages Issue Rick Steves Wants to Save the World, One Vacation at a Time It Was Just a Kayaking Trip. Until It Upended Our Lives. There Is No Reason to Cross the U.S. by Train. But I Did It Anyway. The Voyages Issue The particular sheen of America by Amtrak. By CAITY WEAVER photographs by: Holly Andres Tell your fellow americans that you plan to cross the United States by train, and their reactions will range from amusement at your spellbinding eccentricity to naked horror that they, through some fatal social miscalculation, have become acquainted with a person who would plan to cross the United States by train. Depending how you slice it — time or money — there are either 61 or 960 immediate reasons not to travel by Amtrak trains from New York City to Los Angeles. Those are the extra hours and dollars, respectively, that you might reasonably expect to … [Read more...] about There Is No Reason to Cross the U.S. by Train. But I Did It Anyway.
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Ty Burr Globe Staff March 07, 2019 Who knew when I wrote a column last week about my experiences cutting the cable TV cord, that it would resonate with so many readers?Well, you did — you posted hundreds of comments and sent nearly as many e-mails, some setting me straight, some asking for more information, and many telling your own tales of rewiring your homes and information/entertainment grids, for better and worse.What’s striking, at first, is the demographic cohesion of the respondents: Almost everyone weighing in is in my cohort of 50-something to 70-something (and up) baby boomers. It makes sense, though. A lot of our kids/grandkids don’t need this info, either because they’re already off the drip-feed of Xfinity/RCN/Verizon/What Have You or because they don’t need help figuring out how to do it. (Their kids are just watching … [Read more...] about Thinking about cord-cutting II: I did it — and I’ve found out even more
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Ty Burr Globe Staff February 28, 2019 Are you a cord-cutter? Over 1 million American households took the plunge in the third quarter of last year. In the fourth quarter, the total number of pay-TV households dropped 4.1 percent. Experts say the cable TV companies are bracing for a grim 2019.Me, I’m not feeling so grim. I disconnected from Comcast/Xfinity last month and couldn’t be happier. You can do it, too — it might be easier than you think.The two primary reasons to take the plunge and cut the cable cord are because a) you can save serious money; and b) well, you can. The average cable bill, per Fortune magazine, was $107 in 2018, but if you want any sort of extras, premium services, specialty tiers, or extra cable boxes, the cost can escalate quickly. I’d been a Comcast customer since returning to the Boston area in 2002 and as of … [Read more...] about Thinking about cord-cutting? Our film writer did it. Here’s what he found out
“By making no compensation offer and instructing desk representatives to dole out settlements only when pressed, you’re treating guests poorly. In fact, you’re effectively training us to distrust you and complain loudly. Now that I know other guests in $149 rooms got a full night’s refund, I believe my family is entitled to the same thing. After all, we suffered exactly the same inconvenience.” … [Read more...] about My hotel needed a plumber, and I needed a refund. Here’s how I did it