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THE YEAR OF TRUMP
President ends banner year with surprising successes By Rich Lowry
epublicans have tried, on and off, to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil drilling since the 1980s. The effort has always engendered intense opposition and always been abandoned. A provision for drilling in ANWR is included in the Republican tax bill almost as an afterthought. Republicans took a constitutional fight against ObamaCareâ€™s individual mandate to the Supreme Court in 2012, and lost. They targeted it in their ObamaCare repeal-andreplace bill early in 2017, and lost. They tried again with a last-ditch â€œskinny repealâ€? bill, and lost yet again. Repeal of the individual mandate
is also included in the Republican tax bill. As 2017 ends, President Trump is compiling a solid record of accomplishment. Much of it is unilateral, dependent on extensive executive actions rolling back President Barack Obamaâ€™s regulations, impressive judicial appointments and the successful fight against ISIS overseas. The tax bill is the significant legislative achievement that heretofore has been missing. For much of the year, Trumpâ€™s presidency had seemed to be sound and fury signifying not much besides the welcome ascension of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Now itâ€™s sound and fury signifying a discernible shift of American government to the right. Itâ€™s hard to see how a conventional Republican president would have done much better, except if he had TRUMP, continued on Page 8
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FOOD, TRAVEL & ADVENTURE
Danâ€™s alive in â€˜Roseanneâ€™ revival
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by Howard Hian
San Diego Restaurant Week: Jan. 21 â€“ 28 What an excellent way to start the new year â€” great values and unique dining experiences. The 14th annual San Diego Restaurant Week features almost 200 of the countyâ€™s best dining establishments. Itâ€™s designed to allow you to try new places at different price points. Prix-fixe, threecourse dinners range from $20 to $50 per person. Two-course lunches offer a choice of entree and an appetizer or dessert. Here are my suggestions in the lunch category. Harley Gray in Mission Hills is my $10 recommendation. The name pays homage to the ownerâ€™s two nieces. Here you will find indoor and sidewalk dining with a lively bar scene. Try the pulled pork sandwich served with slaw on a brioche bun. My guest loved the Asian chicken salad. We shared the chocolate espresso cake and
Harley Gray in Mission Hills has a lively bar scene. You can get a $10 lunch during San Diego Restaurant Week.
ice cream, creating a perfect combination. www.HarleyGrayKitchenandBar.com Puesto in La Jolla (there are other locations), at $15, offers an exciting menu with imaginative takes on classic Mexican favorites with creative food presentation. For the first course, try the crab guacamole or the esquite (grilled corn with queso,
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lime and crema). The stars of the show are the award-winning tacos; mix and match two. Try their frozen horchata for a real treat. www.EatPuesto.com The French Gourmet in La Jolla is my $20 choice. This venerable dining spot has been around since 1979. For starters, pick among classic French dishes: onion soup, escargot or pĂ˘tĂŠ. The entree choices are a petite filet, duck leg confit, seafood crepes or ratatouille. As you walk in, take a look at the bakery display case. The desserts include creme brĂťlĂŠe or a selection from the pastry tray. www.TheFrenchGourmet.com Prices do not include tax, gratuity or drinks. Reservations are not required, but be smart and make one. For a full list of participating restaurants, menus, etc., go to www.SanDiegoRestaurantWeek.com.
San Diego Travel & Adventure Show If you are looking for vacation ideas or interested in the latest trends in travel, head to the San Diego Convention Center Jan. 13 and 14 for the San Diego Travel & Adventure Show. The event is designed to make dreams come true. There are 200 destinations to window shop, giveaways, cooking demonstrations, celebrities giving advice and musical performances from Guatemala, Hawaii, Taiwan, the Bahamas, along with other countries. For a list of exhibitors, show hours and ticket information, go to www.TravelShows.com. Note: Active duty military with four members of their family are provided FREE admission to the Travel Show. Military ID must be presented at the advance registration/will call registration counter. Enjoy the journeyâ€Ś Howard Hian is the managing editor of Travel Savvy News, A Travel Writers Co-Op. For more, go to www.TravelSavvyNews.com and www. Travels-with-Hian.com.
The dead are walking among the living onâ€Ś â€œRoseanne.â€? What, did you think we were talking about â€œThe Walking Dead?â€? When â€œRoseanneâ€? returns after 20 years off the air, some things will be rewritten. The series finale of the beloved sitcom revealed Dan Conner (John Goodman) did not cheat on Roseanne Conner (Roseanne Barr), he died. The majority of the series was fictionalized by Roseanne. Some characters were gay, others were with different husbands â€” she had changed it all to serve her needs. Well, thatâ€™s about to change in the revival. In the latest commercials for â€œRoseanneâ€™sâ€? return, Dan is alive and well, watching TV with Becky (Lecy Goranson). He says the Chicago Bulls of the 1990s would beat the current team. â€œYou canâ€™t live in the past, Dan! When things are gone, theyâ€™re gone forever,â€? Roseanne says. Wink wink. The other commercials feature Roseanne, Dan and Darlene (Sara Gilbert) in character discussing basketball. Returning cast members also include Laurie Metcalf, Sarah Chalke, Michael Fishman, Johnny Galecki, Estelle Parsons, Sandra Bernhard, James Pickens Jr., Natalie West and Adilah Barnes. But no, there will not be two Beckys with Chalke and Goranson both in the cast. Chalke will play Andrea, a woman who hires Goransonâ€™s Becky to be her surrogate. So just how will Dan come back? Thatâ€™s being kept under wraps. â€œIâ€™m not going to talk too specifically about the season. I wouldnâ€™t say that itâ€™s ignoring the events of the finale, but I can say that Dan is definitely alive,â€? ABC boss Channing Dungey said at the 2017 TCA summer press tour. NBCâ€™s â€œWill & Graceâ€? explained away its finale that featured kids and time jumps by having it be a dream Karen (Megan Mullally) had. And it looks like â€œMad About Youâ€? may need to explain its finale that featured a time jump, a revival is taking shape. â€œRoseanneâ€? returns Tuesday, March 27 on ABC.
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18 off-kilter predictions for 2018 1. Box-office powerhouse and critical darling Wonder Woman files for separation from slumping Justice League, citing a lack of financial and creative support from her less-stellar superhero colleagues. 2. Hoping for ratings synergy, NBC persuades the Winter Olympics to replace its figure skating judges with â€œThe Voiceâ€™sâ€? coaches. The blind auditions prove to be a problem when Carson Daly is accidentally selected for the finals. 3. Kanye West and The Rock become early front-runners in the 2020 presidential campaign. Nobody bats an eye. 4. A federal judge establishes a oneweek time limit for complaining about movie and TV spoilers. People who still havenâ€™t seen â€œThe Crying Game,â€? â€œThe Sixth Senseâ€? or the Season 6 finale of â€œGame of Thronesâ€? file an appeal. 5. A year after â€œLa La Landâ€? was mistakenly named Best Picture, the Oscars ceremony faces another scandal, as 1963â€™s â€œFrom Russia with Loveâ€? is erroneously given an Academy Award. Hollywood suspects Russian interference; President Trump tweets congratulations to the now-deceased producers. 6. A â€œSay Yes to the Dressâ€? episode featuring Prince Harryâ€™s fiancĂŠe, American actress Meghan Markle, manages to win the Nielsen ratings and lose England as a U.S. ally. TLC responds in a quintessentially American way, ordering a spinoff series chronicling the royal wedding called Brexit Bride. 7. A biopic of Harvey Weinstein is stalled when producers find all of their proposed titles are already taken: â€œDespicable Me,â€? â€œScandal,â€? â€œItâ€? and â€œAmerican Horror Story.â€? 8. Fyre Festival, a 2017 concert disaster, rises from the ashes, this time packaged as an alternative-sentencing program for spoiled rich kids. Pepsi endorser Kendall Jenner doesnâ€™t return as a social-media influencer, but the cola giant wins sponsorship rights. 9. Liberal American actors finally support an immigration Wall â€” around Hollywood â€” to prevent their British colleagues from taking every U.S. movie and TV role. The effort ends when Hugh Laurie, Kate Winslet, Idris Elba and Freddie Highmore use polished American accents to infiltrate and undermine the protectionist movement. 10. After Christopher Plummer earns awards consideration by substituting for Kevin Spacey in â€œAll the Money in the World,â€? the actor is hired to fill in as celebrity chef, morning news anchor, media pundit and other jobs left vacant by men fired after sexual harassment allegations. In related news, by August,
Christopher Nolanâ€™s amazing telling of the rescue at â€˜Dunkirkâ€™ led the way in the lineup of best movies of the year.
THE BEST MOVIES OF 2017
about to take any cosmic nonsense from Hela and it all works beautifully. (PG-13 he year has drawn to a close, and from Marvel Entertainment and Walt Disso have the films offered up by ney Pictures) studios. Having spent a large amount of time in theaters in â€˜Last Flag Flyingâ€™ 2017, I have seen the good, bad and more ugly, offering up my opinion on what is 8. â€œLast Flag Flyingâ€? â€” Starring Steve worthy of your hard-earned dollars. It has been another rough movie year to Carell, Laurence Fishburne and Bryan be sure with films that gave us promises Cranston, the story is three men who served and then didnâ€™t quite deliver, quiet films in Vietnam and coming to terms with where that made their way into theaters and sur- they have been and helping their friend deal prised us all and head-scratchers that were with the death of his son. Have tissue on far more confusing than they needed to be. hand for both the laughter and the tears. My Top 10 is from all genres with stories (Rated R from Amazon Studios) that made the biggest impression on me. There will be a few jaw-droppers as films â€˜The Postâ€™ you might expect to see wonâ€™t be there and films you might not have heard of are worIt is the story of The Washington Post thy of a second chance look. owner Kay Graham and editor Ben BraSo here is my Top 10 of 2017! By Jeri Jacquin | MilitaryPress
10â€˜Star Wars: The Last Jediâ€™
dlee when dealing with a war cover-up and the four U.S. presidents that kept it going. When the White House discovers missing papers, they attempt to do everything to stop the American people from reading about it in the press. Steven Spielberg brings his spin on history in an epic way. (PG-13 from Twentieth Century Fox)
Perhaps it was a frakken fantastic soundtrack that pushed this film to amazing heights, and even if so Iâ€™m OK with that! This film is fast-paced and filled with twists and turns, and Iâ€™m not just talking about from behind the steering wheel. Ansel Elgort takes the film from beginning to end â€” well done, young man. (Rated R from TriStar Pictures) MOVIES, continued on Page 12
The wait to see where the story of Luke Skywalker is going is finally here. The rebellion is attempting to escape the First Order while Rey tries to enlist the help of Skywalker. My 1977 self loves the opening music and yellow scroll preparing for another epic adventure. That being said, it will be interesting to see where the story goes, and I am looking forward to the Han Solo film. (PG-13 from Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Studios)
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Keenan Allen got his first interception of the season dyring the Chargers 14â€“7 win over the New York Jets on Christmas Eve.
PLAYOFF HOPES STILL HAVE A PULSE Bolts can pull it off after a 0â€“4 start
he Los Angeles Chargers are still alive for a playoff berth with an old foe standing in their way â€” the Oakland Raiders. Following a 14-7 victory over the New York Jets last Sunday, the easiest path to the post season is a win over the Raiders this Sunday, plus a Ravens win over the Bengals and a Titans loss to the Jaguars. However, the Chargers donâ€™t necessarily need the Ravens to win to earn a playoff berth. If the Bolts beat the Raiders and the Bills and Titans lose to the Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars, respectively, then they get in as the sixth seed. If either scenario plays out, the 2017 Chargers will join the 1992 Chargers as the only teams in NFL history to make the playoffs after starting the season 0-4. In addition, both teams will have made the post season under the direction of first-year NFL head coaches â€” Bobby Ross and Anthony Lynn. 4+BO
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(1,235 in 1964) and Anthony Miller (1,252 in 1989) for the sixth-most receiving yards in a single season in team history. Allen also owns the second-most catches in a single season in team history, passing TE Kellen Winslow (88 in 1981 and â€™83), Winslow (89 in 1980), Antonio Gates (89 in 2005) and WR Tony Martin (90 in 1995). Running back Melvin Gordon eclipsed 1,000 yards on the season for the first time in his career. His 1,012 yards mark the 20th time a Chargers has posted a 1,000-yard season. Wth his 18th rushing touchdown of his career, Gordon moved into the ninth spot in Chargers history. Gordon also moved into sole position of the eight most catches among running backs in team history, passing Keith Lincoln (123) and Don Woods (125). He also passed Mike Tolbert (1,012), Rickey Young (1,030) and Paul Lowe (1,045) for the 11th most receiving yards by a running back in team history.
WEST POINT, N.Y. â€” Four years after he was hired at Army, coach Jeff Monken has succeeded where so many others had failed over a span of more than two decades, and the achievements are significant. The Black Knights finished 2017 with a 10-3 record, a gutsy 42-35 win over San Diego State in the Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 23, the perfect cap to a memorable season. Army heads into the offseason with these accomplishments to build on: The Black Knights won the Commander-in-Chief â€™s Trophy, emblematic of service academy supremacy, for the first time since 1996; matched the academy record for wins in a season; posted its second straight winning season, which hadnâ€™t been done in 27 years; won its second straight bowl game, which had only been done once before, in the mid-1980s; led the nation in rushing; defeated a Power Five foe (Duke) that also played in the postseason; and, most importantly, beat Navy for the second straight year. Monken has changed the culture in his short tenure. Army now expects to win, and the academy is lobbying to be included in the AP Top 25 when the final poll is released in the new year. â€œWhen you have a whole team of guys that have been with the coaching staff, itâ€™s really satisfying to see what they accomplished as a group,â€? Monken said. â€œThis means a lot to our team.â€? In this day of pass-happy offenses, Monken has accomplished the unthinkable with his option attack â€” his Black Knights have been winning regularly by pretty much sticking to the ground and not committing turnovers. Army had only five fumbles in more than 800 plays â€” 785 rushes, 20 receptions â€” in 2017, a remarkable statistic, while attempting just 65 passes. Three of Armyâ€™s victories were achieved without completing a pass, the most significant a 21-0 triumph on the road against service academy nemesis Air Force. Against archrival Navy, Army attempted to throw just once in a riveting 14-13 victory over the Midshipmen. The Black Knights won eight of their final nine games, but there are big holes to fill on both sides of the ball. Chief among them is the key to the offense â€” quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw. The Black Knights scored 42 touchdowns on 51 trips into the red zone, and Bradshaw was the catalyst, rushing for an academy single-season
Several players hit significant milestones following their victory over the Jets. Philip Rivers passed Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway for No. 8 in career completions in league history with 4,123. Rivers also surpassed 4,000 yards for the season, becoming the fourth player in league history to post nine or more 4,000-yard seasons (Peyton Manning with 14, Drew Brees with 12 and Tom Brady with nine). Tight end Antonio Gates passed Torry Holt (920) for No. 20 in career catches in NFL history. Gates also passed Rod Smith (11,389) and Mushin Muhammad (11,438) for 30th most receiving yards in league history. Wide receiver Keenan Allen recorded the first interception of his career on A glimpse into the future the final play of the first half. Allen also With a little over a month left in the passed Wes Chandler (1,199 in 1985), 2017 season, many pundits have started Lance Alworth (1,205 in 1963), Tony PLAYOFF, continued on Page 8 AZTECS, continued on Page 9 Martin (1,224 in 1995), Lance Alworth XXXNJMJUBSZQSFTTDPNtOFXT!NJMJUBSZQSFTTDPN
Fitness rule changes are one way the Navy plans to keep sailors in uniform.
Navy gives 48,000 sailors â€˜fitness pardonâ€™ who canâ€™t meet demands
The Navy will grant a clean slate to programs. For sailors who have failed past PFA nearly 50,000 sailors with fitness failures in their records, part of new shakeup for tests, the new rules will let them stay in the fleet-wide fitness rules announced just be- Navy until at least the end of their current enlistment or service obligation. fore Christmas. If those sailors pass their next PFA test, A new Navy-wide message instructs commands to immediately stop discharg- they will be in good standing and can poing sailors for fitness failures and to cancel tentially stay beyond their current enlistany pending discharges for sailors slated to ment. But if they continue to fail the PFA, be kicked out after March 31. The change they wonâ€™t be allowed to stay in beyond their current service obligation, according applies to both enlisted and officers. The message also unveils a new set of to the new rules. Last year, the Navy kicked out nearly rules for the Physical Fitness Assessment, bringing to an end the rules forcing sailors 1,700 sailors for failing two PFAs within a to leave the Navy if they failed two fitness three-year period, officials said. As of July 2017, the end of the last ofassessment tests in a three-year period. The Navyâ€™s Physical Fitness Assessment, ficial PFA cycle, more than 43,000 sailors or PFA, is a two-part process consisting of have at least one failure in the past three a Body Composition Assessment and a years; another 5,477 have at least two failPhysical Readiness Test. The test grades ures on the books, according to the chief of sailors, based on their age, on push-ups, naval personnel. The Navyâ€™s says that right now, 36 sailsit-ups and a 1.5-mile run. Other major changes will include mak- ors â€” five officers and 31 enlisted sailors ing sailors take a body fat test immediately â€” have orders in hand separating them for after reporting to a new command and PFA failures. Another roughly 677 â€” 47 also making sailors who fail the fitness test officers and 630 enlisted â€” are currently being processed for separation based on ineligible for advancement or frocking. The new PFA rules are part of a broader PFA failures. This is the second time in two years that effort to keep more sailors in uniform at a time when the Navy is trying to increase the Navy has given PFA amnesty to sailend strength by over 4,100 by the end of ors with failures on the books. The Navy the current fiscal year in September 2018. reworked its PFA program in 2015 to ease â€œRetention of every capable Sailor is the body fat percent rules and tighten the critical to the operational readiness of failure consequences. Enlisted sailors slated for a premature the Navy,â€? Vice Adm. Robert P. Burke, the discharge before March 31 have until Feb. chief of naval personnel wrote. â€œThe goal of the Navyâ€™s physical readi- 1 to notify their commands whether they ness program is to maintain a minimum want to stay in. Officers in the same situprescribed level of fitness necessary for ation must ask Navy Personnel Command world-wide deployment and to maintain to have their separations reversed, which a sailorâ€™s long-term health and wellness,â€? must then be approved by Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer. Burke said. For sailors with enlistments expiring The change marks the third time in a week that the Navy has scaled back its between Jan. 1 and June 30 who are not rules that send sailors prematurely pack- eligible to reenlist due to bad performance ing before the end of their enlistment. evaluations based on fitness failures, the The Navy has recently increased high-year Navy is giving a one-time pass to extend tenure for E-3 sailors and ended early out their enlistments to Sept. 30. 'PSBEWFSUJTJOHJOGPSNBUJPO DBMM tBEWFSUJTJOH!NJMJUBSZQSFTTDPN
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â€˜The general limits of your freedom are merely these: That you do not trespass upon the equal rights of others.â€™ Dwight D. Eisenhower 34th. U.S. President Served Jan. 20, 1953 â€“ Jan. 20, 1961
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t The United States and United Kingdom give up territorial rights in China on Jan. 11. t Elizabeth II becomes the first reigning monarch to visit Australia on Feb. 3. t After authorizing $385 million over the $400 million already budgeted for military aid to Vietnam, President Eisenhower warns against intervention in Vietnam. t The first mass vaccination of children against polio begins Feb. 23 in Pittsburgh.
Dimaggio. Sports Illustrated publishes its first issue.
t The worldâ€™s first atomic power station opens at Obninsk, Russia, near Moscow on June 27. t The First Indochina War ends Aug. 1 with the Vietnam Peopleâ€™s Army in North Vietnam, the Vietnamese National Army in South Vietnam, the Kingdom of Cambodia in Cambodia, and the Kingdom of Laos in Laos, emerging victorious against the French Army. t William Goldingâ€™s novel â€œLord of the
Fliesâ€? is published Sept. 17 in London. t The first Godzilla film premieres in Tokyo on Nov. 3. t Egyptian president Muhammad Naguib is deposed Nov. 14, and Gamal Abdel Nasser replaces him.
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March 19 at Madison Square Garden, in the first televised boxing prize fight to be shown in color. t RCA manufactures the first color televiU.S. News sion set (12-inch screen; price: $1,000) on t Marilyn Monroe marries baseball player March 25. Joe DiMaggio on Jan. 14. t Congress and President Eisenhower aut The first nuclear-powered submarine, thorize the founding of the United States the USS Nautilus, is launched in Groton, Air Force Academy in Colorado on April 1. Conn., by First Lady Mamie Eisenhower. t President Eisenhower gives his â€œdomino t Journalists Edward R. Murrow and Fred theoryâ€? speech April 7. W. Friendly produce a 30-minute â€œSee It t Sen. Joseph McCarthy begins hearings Nowâ€? documentary titled â€œA Report on April 22 investigating the United States Senator Joseph McCarthyâ€? on March 9. Army for being â€œsoftâ€? on Communism. t Joey Giardello knocks out Willie Tory on t The Supreme Court rules unanimously that segregated schools are unconstitutional May 17 in Brown v. Board of Education. t The words â€œunder Godâ€? are added to the United States Pledge of Allegiance on June 14. t Sports Illustrated publishes its first issue Aug. 16. t The last â€œnewâ€? episode of â€œThe Lone Rangerâ€? radio program is broadcast Sept. 3, after 2,956 episodes over a period of 21 years. t President Eisenhower dedicates the USMC War Memorial (Iwo Jima memorial) at the Arlington National Cemetery on Nov. 10.
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managed to repeal ObamaCare, which was always going to be a dicey proposition given the narrow GOP majority in the Senate. The tax cut is big â€” $1.5 trillion over 10 years, and even more if you account for the budgetary gimmicks â€” and has changes that conservative economists have sought for decades, particularly the lower corporate rate (from 35 to 21 percent), the move to a territorial tax system (companies would only be taxed on their earnings in the U.S.) and the business expensing (companies can write off the full cost of new buildings and equipment). These reforms are arguably as significant on the corporate side as the Reagan reforms of 1981 were on the individual side. They stand a good chance to be enduring, too â€” itâ€™s unlikely weâ€™re ever going back up to a 35 percent corporate rate or returning to a worldwide tax system. Trumpâ€™s deregulation has been in full gear. The Environmental Protection Agency is unspooling major Obama-era rules, the Waters of the United States and the Clean Power Plan. The FCC reversed net neutrality. The Education Department rescinded an Obama administration Title IX letter that pushed colleges into abandoning due process in sexualassault cases. Obama administration rulings that occasioned fierce debates during his time in office have fallen by the wayside with
barely a whimper. Obama blocked the Keystone pipeline to appease environmentalists who vociferously argued the future of the planet was stake. Trump greenlighted it without a fuss. Obama imposed a contraception mandate feminists portrayed as the only obstacle between women and a â€œHandmaidâ€™s Taleâ€? future. Trump reversed it â€” contraception is still widely and easily available in America. Maybe any Republican wouldâ€™ve done much of what Trump has. But three acts stand out â€” pulling out of the Paris accords, de-certifying the Iran deal and declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel. All three demonstrated an imperviousness to polite opinion that is one of Trumpâ€™s signature qualities. The president also began the process of ending the Obama amnesty for so-called DREAMers, and has re-established a baseline of immigration enforcement that has had an instant impact on illegal border crossings. None of this is to deny Trumpâ€™s failings. Congressional leaders often have to work around his shambolic governing style. This next year could bring a bout of protectionism, and his opposition to entitlement reform during the campaign makes it unlikely Republicans will get a handle on spending. His toxic persona could drive a Democratic wave in the 2018 midterms. Whatever this year brings, though, Republicans arenâ€™t leaving the last one empty-handed.
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posting their mock drafts for 2018. In his first mock, DraftWireâ€™s Luke Easterling believes the Chargers will be slotted with the 15th pick in the draft. Here is a closer look at the players Easterling predicts the Chargers will take in the first four rounds including a quote on two of the players from a couple of well-known draft analysts.
With the 15th pick in the draft, Easterling has the Chargers selecting Notre Dame offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey. Easterling: â€œIf the Bolts want Philip Rivers to stick around for a few more years and play at a high level, theyâ€™ll need to keep him healthy. Last yearâ€™s draft netted some stellar interior blockers, but they still need a franchise tackle like McGlinchey, who is as polished and experienced as any in this class.â€? Easterling has McGlinchey ranked as the second-best tackle in the draft and No. 22 overall on his top 25 prospect big board. SB Nationâ€™s Dan Kadar agrees with Easterlingâ€™s projection regarding both the Chargersâ€™ draft position and taking McGlinchery at No. 15. Kadar: â€œJoseph Barksdale has been a problem at right tackle for the Chargers, and McGlinchey could start his career on that side of the line. Having him along with 2017 picks Dan Feeney and Forrest Lamp on the inside will help the Chargers finally field a solid line.â€? As of Dec. 15, ESPN Draft Analyst Mel Kiper Jr. has McGlinchey his top ranked offensive tackle and No. 18 overall on his draft big board. ESPNâ€™s other well-known analyst, Todd McShay, had McGlinchey ranked higher at No. 14 amongst his top 32 players. Ourladsâ€™ NFL Scouting Service ranks McGlinchey No. 25 overall on its top-33 prospect list. Ourladsâ€™: â€œThree-year starter and twotime captain from Philadelphia, PA. The rangy athlete lines up at left tackle in the Notre Dame spread offense. Has spent his entire career under the guidance of former NFL offensive line coach Harry Hiestand. Cousin of Matt Ryan, he has an outstanding combination of height, length, and bulk. Good athletic ability with quickness, balance and explosiveness. Solid pass blocker, has good set quickness and quick feet to reach his set point. Rarely oversets. Above average use of hands and punch timing to win defenderâ€™s chest. Has a very good anchor. When he does get beat, he fails to reach his set point and will panic and lunge. Has the lateral quicks to match angles as a zone run blocker and can create vertical or horizontal movement.â€?
With the 47th pick in the draft, Easterling has the Chargers addressing the secondary by selecting DeShon Elliott, a safety from Texas. Easterling and Kiper Jr.
Continuing to bolster the defense, the Chargers select USC linebacker Cameron Smith with the 79th pick. Kiper ranks Smith the fifth-best inside linebacker, Easterling has Smith as the 8th best linebacker prospect.
With pick No. 111, Easterling has the Chargers addressing the quarterback position by selecting Riley Ferguson out of Memphis. Ferguson is listed No. 10 out of the 15 quarterbacks Easterling ranked in his Dec. 11 article. According to the ESPN Insider rankings, the 6-2, 201 Ferguson is the 8thranked quarterback and number 117 prospect overall. Said ESPN Staff Writer Dan Graziano: â€œHe moved up in the eyes of many with his on-field performance, but Ferguson also comes with concerns about size and durability at the next level.â€? The Endzone: While Easterling has the Chargers waiting until the fourth round to select a quarterback, McShay has the Bolts selecting Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield in the first round with pick No. 19. McShay: â€œOrlando Brown is an option at offensive tackle here, but this is a good time for the Chargers to take a successor to 36-year-old Philip Rivers. Los Angeles passed on Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson last draft, but Mayfield is too intriguing to pass on here. Perhaps no prospect has improved his stock more in 2017 than Mayfield, who was my ninth-ranked QB coming into the season, with a midround grade. The Heisman winner is an exceptional leader and could play himself into the first round with a good showing in the College Football Playoff.â€? Mayfield was the No. 4 ranked quarterback and No. 27 overall on McShayâ€™s top 32 prospects. McShay: â€œThe issue for him is that he doesnâ€™t have the ideal measurables of an NFL starter, and he doesnâ€™t have an elite trait to compensate, like Russell Wilsonâ€™s scrambling ability or Drew Breesâ€™ accuracy.â€? While Kiper also has Mayfield ranked as the No. 4 quarterback, he has the Sooner quarterback higher at No. 13 overall on his big board. Kiper: â€œI love him on the field â€” heâ€™s not afraid to take shots downfield, and he has an underrated arm â€” but his size is going to be a question until he gets in front of scouts at the Senior Bowl [he hasnâ€™t said whether heâ€™ll attend] or the combine.â€? Mayfield has at least one more opportunity to impress NFL scouts in a College Football Playoff semifinal game when the Sooners face the Georgia Bulldogs in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1. Win that game and Mayfield will lead the Sooners against the Clemson/Alabama winner in the CFP National Championship on Jan. 8 in Atlanta.
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4â€˜The Shape of Waterâ€™
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Frances McDormand gives a performance that will stay with me playing Mildred, a mother who is coming to terms with her daughterâ€™s death. When she doesnâ€™t feel local law enforcement is doing enough, Mildred finds a way to motivate them. Also starring Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell, this is a film that screams must-see! I am cheering for McDormand come Oscar time! (Rated R from Fox Searchlight Pictures) This is where you should be hearing a drum roll, as my No. 1 for 2017 is:
Warner Bros.) My yearly bonus of number 11 is â€œAll the Money in the Worldâ€? â€” Director Ridley Scott takes us to 1973 Rome as J. Paul Gettyâ€™s grandson Paul is kidnapped and held for ransom. Mother Gail must go up against kidnappers who donâ€™t believe she isnâ€™t rich and Gettyâ€™s refusal to pay anyone any dime of his. Mark Wahlberg is hired to help to find the boy before there is no turning back. Christopher Plummer is eerily creepy, and I loved it. (Rated R from TriStar Pictures) I also had a few guilty pleasure films this year that stand out, including â€œJohn Wick 2,â€? but then again, anything with Keanu Reeves busting heads works. There is the very funny â€œTable 19â€? as Anna Kendrick leads a group of wedding attendees who are stuck in the back of the room with a table of issues. â€œKingsman: The Golden Circleâ€? is a return of the well-dressed agents who know you can fight evil and look good doing it. Every list should have a shark film, and â€œ47 Meters Downâ€? is going to be my pick that has bite, head slaps and yet I still love it. Finally, â€œThe Hitmanâ€™s Bodyguardâ€? â€” Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jacksonâ€Ś need I say more? Are there disappointments? Absolutely, and the list feels endless! â€œKing Arthur: Legend of the Swordâ€? gives us a Charlie Hunnam and thatâ€™s absolutely it. â€œAlien: Covenantâ€? is the next installment yet feels like bloody confusion, literally. Of course, there are the ridiculous that donâ€™t need any explanation with â€œBaywatch,â€? â€œTransformers: The Last Knightâ€? and â€œValerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.â€? Idris Elba had a busy year in 2017, but â€œThe Dark Towerâ€? isnâ€™t high on my list, so Iâ€™ll just keep happy thoughts on his other works. Finally, â€œJustice League.â€? I know Iâ€™m going to get grief for it, but there wasnâ€™t anything about the film that makes me want more. There you go, my best and worst of 2017! This has been a year of either hit or miss and not much room for anything else in between. Theatergoers arenâ€™t being fickle in what they are looking for when they spend their hard earn bucks, and they shouldnâ€™t be. In 2018, there are remakes, a return of the wizarding world, more frights with what has become our favorite insidiousness, a group of maze runners finish off their adventures, the final chapter of those shades in the fifties, more from the comic book world, family and animated films and, finally â€œSolo,â€? â€œSuper Troopers 2â€? and â€œDeadpool 2â€? might make it all bearable! Thanks for being a part of our 2017 at the theaters, and we look forward to joining you in the seats with a bucket of popcorn in 2018!
Christopher Nolan has brought a film that is not just a story about a moment in history, but a film that is an experience. On the beaches of Dunkirk, Allied soldiers are surrounded by the Germans from land, sea and air in 1940. Nolan gives the audience the perspective from all three angles without much useless dialogue. Instead, he invites viewers into this world of war and all of the emotions that brings. There isnâ€™t a character in Jeri Jacquin is the Movie Maven. For more on this film that doesnâ€™t bring every ounce films and television, go to http://moviemaven. of themselves to the story. (PG-13 from homestead.com.
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