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Saturday, September 26, 2020

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The book "National Security Mom: Why Going Soft Will Make America Strong" offers the basics of contemporary terrorism trends and national security policymaking from a parent's perspective. Written by Gina M. Bennett – a mom of five with 20 years experience in national security as a counterterrorism expert for the US Intelligence Community – this book demystifies the underworld of terrorism and offers a unique comparison of how the super-secret intelligence approach to securing our nation is surprisingly similar to how parents secure their homes and families.

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 2017 tony awards nominations

The 71st Annual Tony Awards went down Sunday night (June 11) on CBS, with Dear Evan Hansen emerging as the biggest winner of the night -- taking home six trophies, including best musical. Hello Dolly also won four awards, including best revival of a musical, while Oslo also won two, including best play. Kevin Kline accepts the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for "Present Laughter" onstage during the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City.

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 angle shot of several Oscars

The 89th Academy Awards show was certainly one for the books. After it was all said and done, front-runner "La La Land" won 6 out of its 14 total nominations including best actress and best director. But the most shocking moment of the night went to "Moonlight," which won best picture, after "La La Land" was mistakenly announced. "This is not a joke," a producer from "La La Land" said while standing on stage, correcting the big error. Then, the cast and crew of "Moonlight" eventually took the stage and accepted the award. In addition to the best picture win, "Moonlight's" Mahershala Ali took home his first Oscar for best actor in a supporting role and the film's writers Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney won for best adapted screenplay. "Fences'" Viola Davis also took home her first Oscar for best supporting actress and got an enthusiastic standing ovation from the crowd.

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The 74th Golden Globe Awards

The City of Stars – provided the perfect frame for the night’s big winner, Damien Chazelle’s "La La Land" which, in a record-breaking sweep, went home with Globes in all the seven categories it had been nominated: best motion picture, musical-comedy; best director and screenplay, Damien Chazelle; best actress, musical-comedy, Emma Stone; best actor, musical-comedy, Ryan Gosling (who visibly blushed when his name was announced, to the delight of audiences near and far); best original song, “City of Stars”, and best original score, Justin Hurwitz.

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 Kirk Douglas CUP

Kirk Douglas was born Issur Danielovitch on December 9, 1916, in Amsterdam, New York. His parents were Russian Jewish immigrants recently arrived in the United States, looking for a better life. His father Herschel (also known as Harry) worked as a ragman, an occupation immortalized in the title of Kirk’s best-selling 1988 autobiography,The Ragman’s Son. Kirk would later name his independent film production company after his mother, Bryna.