Paul Ryan Retiring From Congress After Achieving His Goal of Screwing the Poor

It has long been rumored that Speaker Paul Ryan, who has served in Congress for nearly two decades, was looking for an exit. Apparently, he has finally gotten the sign from Ayn Rand that it’s time to go, and is announcing that he won’t be running for re-election.

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It has long been rumored that Speaker Paul Ryan, who has served in Congress for nearly two decades, was looking for an exit. Apparently, he has finally gotten the sign from Ayn Rand that it’s time to go, and is announcing that he won’t be running for re-election.

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‘Justice League’ Early Reviews Are In – See What the Critics Are Saying

The social media embargo for Warner Bros.’ “Justice League” has lifted, and the reviews are mixed.

 is better than BvS and  – it’s lean, mean & packed w/ superhero action,” Fandango’s Erik Davis tweeted on Friday. “I dug most of its lighter moments & I think it has one of the best action sequences ever in a DCEU movie.”

Kevin McCarthy offered a rave: “Bottom line: JUSTICE LEAGUE is awesome!”

Also Read: ‘Justice League’ Fans React to 30-Minute Preview: ‘All The Ppl in the Theater Went Crazy’

However, the DC Comics superhero mash-up didn’t win over every critic.

“Justice League is better than expected, but not a home run,” Slashfilm’s Peter Sciretta said, while another wrote, “ is the worst film I’ve seen all year.”

Mashable’s Josh Dickey wrote, “Nothing could save JUSTICE LEAGUE from its loud, ugly, tacky self. Not Wonder Woman, not wide-eyed Ezra Miller, not Joss Whedon’s quippy teardown & rebuild. And Henry Cavill’s mustache is an actual issue; they gave him Uncanny Valley Face. Oof, guys. It’s a rough ride.”

Also Read: ‘Justice League’ Gears Up for $110 Million-Plus Opening

All in all, the consensus is that the film is good, but not great, is fun but is flawed, and the villain isn’t a show stealer, but the main characters, namely Batman, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg and The Flash, make up for it.

“Justice League” stars Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa and Ray Fisher.

Zack Snyder directed the film with assistance from Joss Whedon, who stepped in to complete production after the death of Snyder’s daughter, Autumn, last spring.

The movie opens Nov. 17.

See reactions below.

#JusticeLeague is better than BvS and #SuicideSquad – it’s lean, mean & packed w/ superhero action. I dug most of its lighter moments & I think it has one of the best action sequences ever in a DCEU movie. And of course Wonder Woman steals the show. pic.twitter.com/rW3UjpBUMk

— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) November 10, 2017

#JusticeLeague is a fun, bumpy ride that succeeds in character, but fails in narrative. It’s a mixed bag of execution that’s saved by the actors, who rise above the shortcomings to deliver an engaging, funny and hopeful, yet flawed, entry to the DCEU. @joblocom

— Paul Shirey (@arcticninjapaul) November 10, 2017

The flaws rest mainly on the rapid-fire pace, lack of suspense and a villain that fails on every level to be scary, formidable or memorable. Thankfully, the League does not fall in that category. #JusticeLeague @joblocom

— Paul Shirey (@arcticninjapaul) November 10, 2017

Justice League is better than expected, but not a home run. The interaction between the team is a lot of fun. The film sends the DCEU in a hopeful direction in line with where the brand should be headed. Flash and Aquaman steal the show. Cyborg and villain are the weak links.

— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) November 10, 2017

#JusticeLeague is solid entertainment despite some problems. They pulled off a strange alchemy that works better than it should. The story is lacking, but the League is great and it’s a blast to watch them in action together. Wonder Woman is clutch, obvi.

— Haleigh Foutch (@HaleighFoutch) November 10, 2017

Bottom line: JUSTICE LEAGUE is awesome!

ZACK SNYDER’s film is filled with so many moments that had me geeking out and crying nerd tears. When an action scene/hero moment hits, the film is firing on all cylinders.

Still love Affleck’s BATMAN. My fav Batman actor since Keaton. pic.twitter.com/YKZTbVJL7D

— Kevin McCarthy (@KevinMcCarthyTV) November 10, 2017

#JusticeLeague is the worst film I’ve seen all year. y’all know David? that man was RIGHT

— luke (@lukeonfilm) November 10, 2017

#JusticeLeague is fine. It’s more coherent & less idiosyncratic than Batman v Superman (which I loved, so make of that what you will), and tries very hard to lighten up on the gloom & doom of the DC universe. There are jokes and everything!

— Angie J. Han (@ajhan) November 10, 2017

The bad: #JusticeLeague has one of the worst DC villains ever with Steppenwolf, and it’s effects have no right to be as terrible as they are

— Conner Schwerdtfeger (@ConnerWS) November 10, 2017

SO I saw #JusticeLeague -twice. Still under embargo, but: This is a fun superhero flick. Funny but still hero adventure. Reminds me of JL Unlimited ep. Likable interaction amongst recognizable heroes. There is a villain problem (no worse than Marvel’s) – @aaronsagers

— SYFY WIRE (@SyfyWire) November 10, 2017

The good: #JusticeLeague is my favorite DCEU movie. It will make you love its heroes and want to see them team-up again. pic.twitter.com/mU2khvwUPD

— Rob Keyes (@rob_keyes) November 10, 2017

#JusticeLeague exceeded my expectations! JL was a BLAST! Don’t go in thinking a Nolan lecture, it’s an action popcorn movie (which felt like it should’ve been released during the Summer) and it was dope❗️The dork in me was ecstatic! Killed it! pic.twitter.com/WFUC1ADBGq

— Ken Pejoro (@Powerless_ness) November 10, 2017

Justice League is not a perfect movie. It has story “flaws” and a simple, CGI villain.

BUT, more importantly, it gets the heroes right. Every member of the League is fantastic and it’s tough to choose a favorite.

It’s a ton a fun, start to finish.

— Brandon Davis (@BrandonDavisBD) November 10, 2017

#JusticeLeague is a tonal disaster from start to finish filled with awful CGI and terrible writing. Steppenwolf one of the worst villains to be on the big screen. Snyder has failed again.

— ǝʇndɯoɔ ʇouuɐɔ ɹoɹɹǝ (@OptimisticFan13) November 10, 2017

#JusticeLeague was good & very fun. It’s going to be popular w/audiences, not only fans but mainstream viewers & families.

— Mark Hughes (@markhughesfilms) November 10, 2017

#JusticeLeague is a turn around from Man of Steel and BvS but it’s true comic form come to life. It’s not only for the fans…

— Wes (@4GudX) November 10, 2017

There were moments in #JusticeLeague when I sat there and said “holy shit they actually did it” to myself. And moments where I was all V upset. It’s a mixed bag trending towards a good movie.

— Conner Schwerdtfeger (@ConnerWS) November 10, 2017

So yes the #JusticeLeague social embargo is up so I can finally say, this movie is exactly what I think a lot of DC fans have been waiting for since Batman v Superman was announced…

— David Crow (@DCrowsNest) November 10, 2017

#JusticeLeague is solid entertainment despite some problems. They pulled off a strange alchemy that works better than it should. The story is lacking, but the League is great and it’s a blast to watch them in action together. Wonder Woman is clutch, obvi.

— Haleigh Foutch (@HaleighFoutch) November 10, 2017

Nothing could save JUSTICE LEAGUE from its loud, ugly, tacky self. Not Wonder Woman, not wide-eyed Ezra Miller, not Joss Whedon’s quippy teardown & rebuild. And Henry Cavill’s mustache is an actual issue; they gave him Uncanny Valley Face. Oof, guys. It’s a rough ride

— Josh L. Dickey (@JLDlite) November 10, 2017

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‘Justice League’ Gears Up for $110 Million-Plus Opening

The social media embargo for Warner Bros.’ “Justice League” has lifted, and the reviews are mixed.

 is better than BvS and  – it’s lean, mean & packed w/ superhero action,” Fandango’s Erik Davis tweeted on Friday. “I dug most of its lighter moments & I think it has one of the best action sequences ever in a DCEU movie.”

Kevin McCarthy offered a rave: “Bottom line: JUSTICE LEAGUE is awesome!”

However, the DC Comics superhero mash-up didn’t win over every critic.

“Justice League is better than expected, but not a home run,” Slashfilm’s Peter Sciretta said, while another wrote, “ is the worst film I’ve seen all year.”

Mashable’s Josh Dickey wrote, “Nothing could save JUSTICE LEAGUE from its loud, ugly, tacky self. Not Wonder Woman, not wide-eyed Ezra Miller, not Joss Whedon’s quippy teardown & rebuild. And Henry Cavill’s mustache is an actual issue; they gave him Uncanny Valley Face. Oof, guys. It’s a rough ride.”

All in all, the consensus is that the film is good, but not great, is fun but is flawed, and the villain isn’t a show stealer, but the main characters, namely Batman, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg and The Flash, make up for it.

“Justice League” stars Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa and Ray Fisher.

Zack Snyder directed the film with assistance from Joss Whedon, who stepped in to complete production after the death of Snyder’s daughter, Autumn, last spring.

The movie opens Nov. 17.

See reactions below.

Related stories from TheWrap:

'Justice League' Fans React to 30-Minute Preview: 'All The Ppl in the Theater Went Crazy'

Chinese 'Justice League' Trailer Gives Peek at Villain Steppenwolf (Video)

'Justice League' Gears Up for $110 Million-Plus Opening

‘Darkest Hour’: Mr. Churchill Goes To Washington

Darkest Hour — I promise I won’t make any present-day jokes,” NBC News star Chuck Todd vowed at the top of a panel discussion preceding the period political drama’s screening Thursday in Washington, during which participants enthused about Britain’s Prime Minister Winston Churchill and everyone tried hard not to draw too many comparisons to President Donald Trump.
Based on Anthony McCarten’s script, Darkest Hour focuses on Churchill’s early days as Prime Minister, with…

Darkest Hour — I promise I won’t make any present-day jokes,” NBC News star Chuck Todd vowed at the top of a panel discussion preceding the period political drama’s screening Thursday in Washington, during which participants enthused about Britain’s Prime Minister Winston Churchill and everyone tried hard not to draw too many comparisons to President Donald Trump. Based on Anthony McCarten’s script, Darkest Hour focuses on Churchill’s early days as Prime Minister, with…

GOP Congressman Tried to Broker Pardon for Julian Assange From Trump White House (Report)

Republican California congressman Dana Rohrabacher contacted the White House earlier this week with an interesting deal: Pardon Julian Assange in exchange for what he said was evidence proving Russia was not the source of the now infamous hacked DNC emails published by WikiLeaks during the 2016 presidential race, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

In a phone call to President Trump’s chief of staff John Kelly on Wednesday, Rohrabacher described a possible agreement to pardon Assange or “something like that,” the Journal reported. In exchange for the deal, according to the report, Assange would provide a computer drive that would exonerate Russia in case.

While Assange has not been formally accused of wrongdoing, the U.S. government is looking into WikiLeaks’ release of secret government documents in 2010.

Also Read: WikiLeaks Offers Job to Fired ‘Anti-Diversity’ Google Employee: ‘Censorship Is for Losers’

Rohrabacher confirmed that he spoke to Kelly but declined to elaborate.

“I can’t confirm or deny anything about a private conversation at that level,” he told the Journal.

Also Read: Julian Assange Trolls Hillary Clinton With Twitter Trend #BetterNamesForHillarysBook

Rohrabacher’s offer comes as Special Counsel Robert Mueller and congressional committees are investigating Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election, as well as the Trump campaign’s possible collusion with the Kremlin.

Trump has repeatedly denied the accusations.

Rohrabacher has earned a reputation on Capitol Hill as being  decidedly pro-Russia. A May NBC report, said fellow GOP lawmaker Kevin McCarthy once joked that “there’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump.”

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Republican California congressman Dana Rohrabacher contacted the White House earlier this week with an interesting deal: Pardon Julian Assange in exchange for what he said was evidence proving Russia was not the source of the now infamous hacked DNC emails published by WikiLeaks during the 2016 presidential race, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

In a phone call to President Trump’s chief of staff John Kelly on Wednesday, Rohrabacher described a possible agreement to pardon Assange or “something like that,” the Journal reported. In exchange for the deal, according to the report, Assange would provide a computer drive that would exonerate Russia in case.

While Assange has not been formally accused of wrongdoing, the U.S. government is looking into WikiLeaks’ release of secret government documents in 2010.

Rohrabacher confirmed that he spoke to Kelly but declined to elaborate.

“I can’t confirm or deny anything about a private conversation at that level,” he told the Journal.

Rohrabacher’s offer comes as Special Counsel Robert Mueller and congressional committees are investigating Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election, as well as the Trump campaign’s possible collusion with the Kremlin.

Trump has repeatedly denied the accusations.

Rohrabacher has earned a reputation on Capitol Hill as being  decidedly pro-Russia. A May NBC report, said fellow GOP lawmaker Kevin McCarthy once joked that “there’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump.”

Related stories from TheWrap:

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That Time Kamala Harris Called New Homeland Security Secretary at Home to Protest Muslim Ban

California’s new U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris was so appalled by the bungled rollout of the Trump administration’s ban on travel from seven Muslim-majority countries last month that she called Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and confronted him about it.

“I called him up at home ’cause I got the number,” Harris told the audience at a Creative Artist Agency-sponsored summit of political leaders on Thursday.

The call didn’t go as well as she had hoped. “I was really unsatisfied with the conversation,” she told the crowd, which included actors Richard Dreyfuss and Joshua Jackson.

Also Read: Barbara Boxer on Hollywood Elites: Meryl Streep Didn’t Fail, the Democratic Party Did

Michelle Kydd Lee, Chief Innovation Officer, CAA (left) and Kamala Harris (right) / Photo by Sharon Waxman

Harris (above right), who was sworn in as California’s first black senator last month, said she spoke to Kelly after receiving a flood of calls from lawyers at Dulles, LAX and San Francisco airports who were being denied access to refugees.

“My first bill that I dropped this week, if we can get it passed, will be a law requiring that refugees and immigrants who arrive at the border be allowed access to counsel as a legal right,” she said.

Asked what she thought of the Trump administration’s first month, Harris referrred to it as “the post-11/8 era,” a reference to the date of Trump’s election last fall.

“There was pre-11/8 and this is post-11/8,” she said.

Also Read: CA Attorney General Kamala Harris Campaigning for Barbara Boxer’s Senate Seat

But Harris said she was heartened by the swirl of civic engagement around the country and urged people to “pay attention” to the 2018 races and get involved with nonprofit organizations like Planned Parenthood.

“Just call them up and ask them what they need. They’re under attack right now,” she said. “All of it matters, all of it makes a difference.”

CAA’s “Take Action Day” was billed as a nonpartisan summit of political and thought leaders held at the agency’s Century City headquarters.

Other speakers included Harris’ predecessor, Barbara Boxer, as well as Muslim Public Affairs Council Founder Salam Al-Marayati and Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards. (Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the House Majority Leader, is one of the only Republicans who participated in the event.)

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California’s new U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris was so appalled by the bungled rollout of the Trump administration’s ban on travel from seven Muslim-majority countries last month that she called Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and confronted him about it.

“I called him up at home ’cause I got the number,” Harris told the audience at a Creative Artist Agency-sponsored summit of political leaders on Thursday.

The call didn’t go as well as she had hoped. “I was really unsatisfied with the conversation,” she told the crowd, which included actors Richard Dreyfuss and Joshua Jackson.

Michelle Kydd Lee, Chief Innovation Officer, CAA (left) and Kamala Harris (right) / Photo by Sharon Waxman

Harris (above right), who was sworn in as California’s first black senator last month, said she spoke to Kelly after receiving a flood of calls from lawyers at Dulles, LAX and San Francisco airports who were being denied access to refugees.

“My first bill that I dropped this week, if we can get it passed, will be a law requiring that refugees and immigrants who arrive at the border be allowed access to counsel as a legal right,” she said.

Asked what she thought of the Trump administration’s first month, Harris referrred to it as “the post-11/8 era,” a reference to the date of Trump’s election last fall.

“There was pre-11/8 and this is post-11/8,” she said.

But Harris said she was heartened by the swirl of civic engagement around the country and urged people to “pay attention” to the 2018 races and get involved with nonprofit organizations like Planned Parenthood.

“Just call them up and ask them what they need. They’re under attack right now,” she said. “All of it matters, all of it makes a difference.”

CAA’s “Take Action Day” was billed as a nonpartisan summit of political and thought leaders held at the agency’s Century City headquarters.

Other speakers included Harris’ predecessor, Barbara Boxer, as well as Muslim Public Affairs Council Founder Salam Al-Marayati and Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards. (Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the House Majority Leader, is one of the only Republicans who participated in the event.)

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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy Talks Healthcare and Immigration at CAA Event

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) wasn’t exactly appearing before the most agreeable of crowds when he sat down for a conversation before agents, activists, and other political figures at CAA on Friday. He was one of the few Republicans on the bill for the agency’s “Take Action Day,” and when the conversation turned to… Read more »

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) wasn’t exactly appearing before the most agreeable of crowds when he sat down for a conversation before agents, activists, and other political figures at CAA on Friday. He was one of the few Republicans on the bill for the agency’s “Take Action Day,” and when the conversation turned to... Read more »

Barbara Boxer on Hollywood Elites: Meryl Streep Didn’t Fail, the Democratic Party Did

Former U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer defended Meryl Streep and other so-called Hollywood elites against recent attacks by President Donald Trump.

“What did Meryl Streep say that would be offensive to the middle of the country?” Boxer told CAA agent Michael Kives at an agency-sponsored summit of political leaders on Thursday. “That Donald Trump imitated a disabled person? Believe me, people in middle America didn’t like that one bit.”

But Boxer, who signed on as a CAA client last month following her exit from the Senate after 24 years, also addressed the backlash against Streep and Democrats for speaking out against the new administration.

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“If the question is broader, we failed as a party to get our message to Middle America,” she said. “I believe in freedom of speech for every single person, whether they work in Hollywood, don’t work at all, are old, young, whatever.”

The politician also offered advice to outspoken Hollywood stars like Streep, whose pointedly political speech at last month’s Golden Globes prompted a presidential tweet calling the two-time Oscar winner “one of the most overrated actress in Hollywood.”

“Don’t do it for the sake of doing it, but if it moves your heart and you have a stage — use it,” Boxer said to a crowd that included activist Laurie David. “It’s not up to Meryl Streep to tailor our message to middle America, it’s up to candidates who are running for office to tailor a message that resonates.”

Also Read: Former Sen. Barbara Boxer Signs With CAA

CAA’s “Take Action Day” is billed as a nonpartisan summit of political and thought leaders held at the agency’s Century City headquarters.

Other speakers include Boxer’s successor, Sen. Kamala Harris as well as Muslim Public Affairs Council Founder Salam Al-Marayati and Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards. (Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the House Majority Leader, is one of the only Republicans scheduled to participate.)

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Former U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer defended Meryl Streep and other so-called Hollywood elites against recent attacks by President Donald Trump.

“What did Meryl Streep say that would be offensive to the middle of the country?” Boxer told CAA agent Michael Kives at an agency-sponsored summit of political leaders on Thursday. “That Donald Trump imitated a disabled person? Believe me, people in middle America didn’t like that one bit.”

But Boxer, who signed on as a CAA client last month following her exit from the Senate after 24 years, also addressed the backlash against Streep and Democrats for speaking out against the new administration.

“If the question is broader, we failed as a party to get our message to Middle America,” she said. “I believe in freedom of speech for every single person, whether they work in Hollywood, don’t work at all, are old, young, whatever.”

The politician also offered advice to outspoken Hollywood stars like Streep, whose pointedly political speech at last month’s Golden Globes prompted a presidential tweet calling the two-time Oscar winner “one of the most overrated actress in Hollywood.”

“Don’t do it for the sake of doing it, but if it moves your heart and you have a stage — use it,” Boxer said to a crowd that included activist Laurie David. “It’s not up to Meryl Streep to tailor our message to middle America, it’s up to candidates who are running for office to tailor a message that resonates.”

CAA’s “Take Action Day” is billed as a nonpartisan summit of political and thought leaders held at the agency’s Century City headquarters.

Other speakers include Boxer’s successor, Sen. Kamala Harris as well as Muslim Public Affairs Council Founder Salam Al-Marayati and Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards. (Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the House Majority Leader, is one of the only Republicans scheduled to participate.)

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