Trump's shift on Syria didn't happen overnight

Trump's shift on Syria didn't happen overnight

But while the decision to strike Syrian government targets marked a sharp reversal in the President’s stance on Syria — one that called for a laser-like focus on ISIS and largely ignoring Assad — the sharp, 180-degree turn didn’t happen over a matter of days. Months earlier, during an off-the-record holiday gathering with reporters at his opulent Mar-a-Lago estate a week before Christmas, Trump spoke at length about the carnage of the Syrian civil war, revealing that the issue was weighing on him as he prepared to take office. Trump…

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From The Simpsons to The Smurfs

From The Simpsons to The Smurfs

FROM Chekhov to the Smurfs … it might not be an obvious career trajectory, but Hank Azaria and Rainn Wilson have nailed it. The two funny men, who went to acting school together, appeared opposite each other in the same college production of Uncle Vanya more than 30 years ago. “If you were one of the lucky, couple of hundred people who saw that production, you saw two future Gargamels,” says Wilson, who plays the outlandish Smurfs villain in the just-released reboot, Smurfs: The Lost Village. Azaria appeared as the…

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Why O'Reilly could survive scandal at Fox

Why O'Reilly could survive scandal at Fox

It is, still, a reasonable question whether any of that will change, even as O’Reilly faces the biggest challenge of his long career to his status as big dog: a burgeoning advertiser boycott of his show in reaction to the report in The New York Times that he and his employers have shelled out $13 million to five different women to settle allegations of sexual harassment or verbal abuse against him. After all, O’Reilly is still the most potent audience draw in cable news, with an average of almost 4…

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‘He broke down, I nearly started crying, too’

‘He broke down, I nearly started crying, too’

At the height of West Coast’s drug scandal in 2007, club great Peter Sumich learned life lessons of such impact he even used them to help educate his own children. Sumich, who will play a key role in WA football’s revamped junior development system, told of his anger over claims the club’s 2006 premiership was tainted after the secret Gillard report into the Eagles off-field woes was recently revealed. He said it wasn’t until Ben Cousins finally reached out for help that he and other officials realised about how ill-equipped…

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