Son helps father recreate his youth hiking through the Alps

As a child, writer Mike MacEacheran’s father would regale him with tales about his youth summiting peaks throughout the Alps. As an adult, MacEacheran wanted to experience the mountains with his dad, now 74, and suggested they embark on the 10-day, 110-mile Tour du Mont Blanc.

Writing about their journey last summer for BBC Travel, MacEacheran said he briefly considered that the long-distance hiking trail might be too strenuous for his father, but “that first sunlit afternoon, it was instantly obvious we’d made the right decision.” Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in the Alps, and the Tour du Mont Blanc takes hikers through France, Switzerland, and Italy. As they made their way along the trail — they took their time, getting up late and enjoying beers with their lunches — MacEacheran realized what he thought was his dad’s “unhealthy obsession with the mountains revealed itself to be a bond I never knew we had.”

By the final stretch, his dad was “enthusiastically swearing with every rung,” and when MacEacheran stopped to take a photo, it hit him that he was taking a picture identical to one he saw of his dad years ago, his smile and the ridges of Mont Blanc the same. “For a split second,” MacEacheran wrote, “it looked like nothing had changed.”

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Jimmy Kimmel has an emotional, angry rebuttal to what Trump didn’t say in his school shooting speech

If you don’t like seeing grown men tear up, Jimmy Kimmel’s monologue Thursday night probably isn’t for you. Kimmel showed parts of President Trump’s speech about Wednesday’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, and agreed that no student or teacher should be worried about being killed in school, and no parent should have to fear that. “Here’s what you do to fix that,” he told Trump: “Tell your buddies in Congress, tell Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell and Marco Rubio — all the ‘family men’ who care so much about their communities — that what we need are laws, real laws, that do everything possible to keep assault rifles out of the hands of people who are going to shoot our kids.”

“Tell these congressmen and lobbyists who infest that swamp you said you were going to drain, force these allegedly Christian men and women who stuff their pockets with money from the NRA year after year after year, to do something, now. Not later, now,” Kimmel said. “And don’t you dare let anyone say it’s too soon to be talking about it, because you said it after Vegas, you said it after Sandy Hook, you say it after every one of these eight, now, fatal school shootings we had in this country this year. Children are being murdered.” Trump has done worse than nothing, Kimmel said, pointing to Trump’s actions on guns and mental illness.

“Eight out of 10 Americans agree that a teenager shouldn’t have an AR-15, so why does a teenager legally have an AR-15?” Kimmel asked. “Somewhere along the line, these guys forgot they work for us — not the NRA, us. And this time we’re not going to allow you to bow your head in prayer for two weeks until you …read more

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Amazon confirms that Jeffrey Tambor will not return to Transparent

The Emmy-winning dramedy Transparent is losing its main star, Amazon confirmed Thursday. Actor Jeffrey Tambor, who portrayed the transgender main character Maura Pfefferman, will not return to the show after being investigated for sexual harassment as Amazon declined to renew his contract.

Tambor’s personal assistant Van Barnes first made the allegations against Tambor, followed by Tambor’s Transparent co-star Trace Lysette in November. Tambor released two statements in response, expressing regret that his actions were “misinterpreted by anyone as being sexually aggressive” but denying any wrongdoing on his part. He also condemned the “politicized atmosphere” on the set of Transparent.

While all of the other cast members have been confirmed as returning to Transparent for its fifth season, the show will likely need to shift focus after losing the actor in its title role. It remains unclear how the show’s plot will be affected by Tambor’s dismissal, or whether this will be Transparent’s last season.

Jill Soloway, the creator of Transparent, expressed “respect and admiration” for Tambor’s accusers, Vulture reported, and announced that the show will be “taking steps to heal as a family.”

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Fox News and MSNBC had different theories on why Trump’s lawyer copped to paying off a porn star

On Tuesday night, Michael Cohen, a longtime personal lawyer for President Trump, made the startling admission that he had, after all, paid $130,000 to adult film actress Stephanie “Stormy Daniels” Clifford right before the 2016 election. The Wall Street Journal reported in January that Cohen had paid Daniels $130,000, through a company set up for that purpose, to stay quiet about an extramarital affair she was telling reporters she had with Trump in 2006.

“Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms. Clifford, and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly,” Cohen said, not ruling out that Trump himself had reimbursed him. On Tuesday night, Fox News national correspondent Ed Henry tackled the big question: “This might raise more questions about possible hush money, since the president and the porn star have insisted nothing happened, so why pay her? Well Cohen just told me in a phone call, ‘Even if something is untrue, it can be damaging.’ His goal all along was to protect the president.”

On MSNBC, Brian Williams asked legal analyst Jill Wine-Banks why this would “be important and germane enough to re-inject the porn star story back into the news cycle?” Using campaign money “would have been an improper use of campaign funding,” Wine-Banks said. “But, first of all, all of Michael Cohen’s money comes from the Trump Organization, so it’s basically Trump money no matter what. And the admission that they’re paying a porn star says something: why would they pay her? It’s because she could have possibly blackmailed the president.” Blackmail from a former paramour or Russians would be “a serious problem,” she added.

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