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‘Empire Strikes Back’, ‘Exorcist’ named US cultural icons

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WASHINGTON — “The Exorcist,” the “Star Wars” sequel and “All the President’s Men” were named to the Library of Congress National Film Registry, joining 22 other motion pictures honored this year as key reflections of US culture.

Spanning the period 1891-1996, the films will be preserved for generations to come. These “works of enduring significance to American culture” ranged from Hollywood blockbusters to independent films and shorts.

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George Lucas’s 1967 student film — a 15-minute short called “Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB” — made the cut, along with his extraordinarily popular sequel of the “Star Wars” epic space saga, “The Empire Strikes Back,” directed by Irvin Kershner, who died this year.

There was also disco phenomenon “Saturday Night Fever” (1977), which launched John Travolta’s movie career; horror classic “The Exorcist” (1973) directed by William Friedkin; and “All the President’s Men” (1976) the Oscar-winning film adaptation of journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein’s uncovering of the Watergate political scandal.

Also included in the registry were lesser-known features like the black independent film “Cry of Jazz,” Luis Valdez’s “I Am Joaquin” and John Huston’s 1946 war documentary “Let There Be Light,” which the Pentagon banned for 35 years.

This year’s selection brought the number of films in the registry to 550.

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“As the nation’s repository of American creativity, the Library of Congress — with the support of the US Congress — must ensure the preservation of America’s film patrimony,” Librarian of Congress James Billington said in a statement.

“The National Film Registry is a reminder to the nation that the preservation of our cinematic creativity must be a priority because about half of the films produced before 1950 and as much as 90 percent of those made before 1920 have been lost to future generations.”

More than 2,100 films were nominated by the public this year.

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BUSTED: Trump-loving sheriff tried to murder deputy who caught him on tape making racist remarks

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A North Carolina Sheriff and Trump supporter reportedly plotted to murder a man who had a tape of him making racially offensive remarks, reports the Raleigh News and Observer.

Granville County Sheriff Brindell Wilkins was indicted Monday, based on a recording of Brindell advising a man on how to kill a former deputy who accused him of racist language.

According to court records, the sheriff told another person to “take care of it” and “the only way you gonna stop him is kill him.”

He instructed him to get rid of the weapon. “You ain’t got the weapon, you ain’t got nothing to go on,” Wilkins said. “The only way we find out these murder things is people talk. You can’t tell nobody, not a thing.” The conversation took place in 2014.

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The pundit class is freaking out about socialism — and they’re utterly clueless about where politics is going

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On Saturday, Jonah Goldberg, the well-known conservative pundittweeted approvingly an article by Jonathan Chait, the well-known liberal pundit. Chait was writing in a mode critics often call “Democrats in Disarray!” He was worried that Joe Biden might be too old to lead a party too far left to be led anywhere next year.

In the aftermath of the 2016 elections, an exotic political theory promoted by the party’s most left-wing flank suddenly gained wide circulation. The appeal of Bernie Sanders proved Democrats were ready to embrace socialism, or at least something close to it; and Donald Trump’s election proved a nominee with extreme positions could still win. These two conclusions, in combination, suggested the party would move as far left as activists preferred at no political cost (all italics mine).

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Trump challenger unloads on GOP for canceling primaries in his home state: ‘What you see in third-world republics’

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Former Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) on Tuesday unloaded on the Republican Party for canceling the presidential primary in his home state in a seeming effort to prevent him from challenging President Donald Trump for the nomination.

During an interview with CNN's Kate Bolduan, Sanford accused the South Carolina GOP of acting more like apparatchiks for a dictatorship rather than a political party.

"I think is what you see in third-world republics, closer to what you see in a lot of places around the world where elections and debates are snuffed out based on raw political might," he charged.

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