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Multilingual Media Summarization and Sentiment Analysis

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Clusters: 22
Articles: 50
Average tonality: 6.54
Entity mentions: 6036
Comments: 6365
Average tonality: 4.4920664
The Guardian view on BBC pay: Carrie Gracie tells the story
Editorial: The former China editor has struck a blow for women everywhere by her brave stand for pay transparency and equality. She is a hero for our times
Articles: 5 (Rank: 1)
Tonality: 12.6
Top entities
Comments: 746
Tonality: 3.7908847
  • And it pointed out that 200 women across the BBC had made pay complaints.
  • Editorial: The former China editor has struck a blow for women everywhere by her brave stand for pay transparency and equality.
  • Gracie stepped down from her position of China editor while accusing the corporation of a “secretive and illegal” pay culture.
  • A BBC spokesman said: “Fairness in pay is vital.
  • However, the consequences of not responding to the concerns of Gracie and other women at the BBC look increasingly serious in light of her letter.
  • The bbc news has been dumbed down and salaries should reflect that.
  • So Gracie's point seems to be that she is underpaid relative to two men -- also international editors -- Sopel in the US and Bowen in the Middle East.
  • If, as it seems, BBC salaries are reached by negotiation, why did Carrie Gracie not ask at the outset for the pay she felt she was worth?
  • WHEN will the BBC and every other employer understand that gender pay discrimination is illegal under employment and equality laws?
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NHS's real problem is underfunding not Australian flu, says virologist
John Oxford says there has been no major outbreak of Australian flu in UK and there are too few doctors and nurses
Articles: 3 (Rank: 2)
Tonality: -2
Top entities
Comments: 63
Tonality: -2
  • It’s not just England’s cricketers being demolished by the Aussies – a strain of flu that has proved deadly in the antipodes is pummelling the UK Name: Australian flu.
  • But Oxford, who has contributed to more than 300 papers on influenza viruses, said it was a mistake to attribute the NHS’s current problems to the Australian variant.
  • Indeed, the subtype that caused the 1968 pandemic was H3N2, which was new to people alive then but has been circulating in humans ever since.
  • The flu vaccine reduces the chance of someone contracting flu.
  • Many say that the flu jab doesn't work but I had in anyway.
  • Similarly, bird flu, thankfully, while it was very deadly (human mortality rate of 60%), it couldn't spread from person to person very easily and so could be contained.
  • As for Spanish flu - a lot of people died, but who knows what would have happened had they not?
  • I fot from millions of people dying not being a big thing.
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0 0.7 0
Why Liverpool might not miss Philippe Coutinho as much as people think
Anfield feels it has lost its key man but statistics do not back that up and suggest that while Barcelona have signed a fine player, Jürgen Klopp has alternatives
Articles: 3 (Rank: 3)
Tonality: 8
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Comments: 1124
Tonality: 6
  • Suárez, who was at Barcelona airport to collect him on Saturday night, said of their 15 months as Liverpool team-mates: “Philippe was incredible.
  • Suárez, like Messi, wanted Coutinho at Barcelona.
  • And, controversially, Chaudhuri suggests that the downgrade from Coutinho might only cost Liverpool a couple of points over the season.
  • Liverpool, he said, accepted that in the end.
  • By this measure Coutinho is very good but not exceptional.
  • Coutinho described his last conversation with Jürgen Klopp as one of “gratitude”.
  • Barcelona screamed, cried, threw their toys out of the pram when PSG bought Neymar.
  • Coutinho always wanted to come to Barca, who needed some creativity in midfield apart from Iniesta who can't play 70 odd full games in a year.
  • Why can't people understand that for South American players, playing for real or barca is the pinnacle of club football.
  • The problem is, a player like Coutinho will always chose a team like FC Barcelona over Liverpool or, for that matter, any other English club.
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1.2 3.5 0
Craig McLachlan steps aside from Rocky Horror Show after sexual assault claims
The actor has denied allegations from three cast members over his behaviour while working on the Australian stage version of the film
Articles: 3 (Rank: 4)
Tonality: -14
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Comments: 0
Tonality: 0
  • McLachlan – who came to fame on the soap opera Neighbours playing Henry Ramsay, the brother of Kylie Minogue’s character Charlene – is now starring in another production of the Rocky Horror Picture Show in Adelaide.
  • Three cast members allegedly told a Fairfax Media/ABC investigation that the Australian actor inappropriately touched them or exposed himself.
  • GFO said it was shocked to learn of the allegations from actors Erika Heynatz, Christie Whelan Browne and Angela Scundi, which McLachlan has described as “baseless”.
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Andy Murray has hip surgery and aims to return before Wimbledon
Andy Murray has had hip surgery in Melbourne and is hoping to return to tennis in time to play at Wimbledon
Articles: 2 (Rank: 5)
Tonality: 6
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Comments: 292
Tonality: 8
  • But the reason for having it done was to allow me to get back competing and play tennis.
  • “I had spoken to my wife about [surgery].
  • Plenty of players have tried hip surgery and discovered their playing days were pretty much done.
  • For the first time he elaborated on the suffering on the day he lost to Sam Querrey in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon but the causes he chose to keep to himself.
  • No question.” Murray admitted he has thought about hip surgery after he stops playing.
  • But he shall have to return to the Front soon enough, and Ypres awaits.....Andy, we hardly knew ye.
  • Hip replacement is truly amazing, most other hip surgery isn’t, according to scientific evidence; the difficulty is that hip replacements last some 15 years and few surgeons will operate on patients younger than 60.
  • Federer had not won a grand slam since 2012 until Djokovich Nadal and Murray were out of action!
  • What is it about Andy Murray that annoys people in this country?
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1 7.1 0
Ivanka Trump wants to be the first female US president. Perhaps she already is
Arwa Mahdawi: Michael Wolff’s explosive book about Donald Trump’s White House exposes the ambition of the First Daughter. But with the power she already has, why bother with a tedious election?
Articles: 2 (Rank: 6)
Tonality: 10
Top entities
Comments: 530
Tonality: 2
  • Arwa Mahdawi: Michael Wolff’s explosive book about Donald Trump’s White House exposes the ambition of the First Daughter.
  • Wolff’s book reports that Steve Bannon accused Ivanka, who he nicknamed “the queen of leaks”, of routinely leaking information from the White House to make herself and Jared look good.
  • Social media users pointed out that Ivanka Trump’s father, the US president, was facing multiple accusations of sexual harasment – all of which he denies.
  • The establishment will have Kamala Harris in poll position and maybe there was something cynical about former Blue Dog Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand making sure that she voted against every single one of Trump's cabinet picks.
  • Ivanka Trump wants to be the first female US president.
  • Romney, Trump, Bush, Trump, Bush.
  • She has no influence on the president, and was laughed at when speaking in Germany.
  • Once again there are indications a Trump may want to run for President, and pundits have treated the revelation with disdain.
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4 4.1 0
Weather hampers efforts to contain oil tanker fire off China coast
Body of sailor from Sanchi found and 31 others missing amid fears of environmental catastrophe after crash with container ship
Articles: 2 (Rank: 7)
Tonality: -14
Top entities
Comments: 0
Tonality: 0
  • The body of one sailor had been found and 31 others were missing after an Iranian-owned tanker collided with a container ship about 160 nautical miles east of Shanghai on Saturday evening.
  • The Sanchi was carrying 136,000 tonnes of light crude oil or about 1m barrels.
  • The tanker, operated by Iran’s Glory Shipping, was heading to South Korea when it collided with a Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship, the CF Crystal, carrying 64,000 tonnes of grain.
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Chelsea’s Antonio Conte: I won’t forget José Mourinho’s ‘serious words’
Antonio Conte has made it plain that he will not forget José Mourinho’s verbal attack on him nor does he have any regrets over his part in the war of words that has broken out between the pair since last Friday
Articles: 2 (Rank: 8)
Tonality: -5
Top entities
Comments: 300
Tonality: 2
  • The United manager, in turn, stated that he would never be banned for match-fixing – an apparent reference to Conte’s four-month ban for failing to report the practice in Italy.
  • The affair reflects woefully on both managers but Conte’s unwillingness to let the latest jibe go can be explained.
  • In Mourinho’s case Stamford Bridge forms a more direct reference point for one-upmanship than the Etihad Stadium, where Pep Guardiola’s supremacy is barely worth contesting for the next five months.
  • Ames spent half the piece acknowledging that Conte absolutely had to respond to what Mourinho said.
  • It was an attack on both Conte and Klopp, anyone with half a brain can see that, Conte attacked back, Klopp was busy buying VVD and selling Coutinho.
  • Mourinho cuts an increasingly lonely and bitter figure on both the touchline and in interviews.
  • This would seem to apply very exactly to the case of the latest victim of José Mourinho's ugly insinuations questioning the professional integrity of Antonio Conte.
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3.5 12.9 0
VAR enjoys smooth debut in FA Cup as lack of drama shows system’s benefits
Glenn Murray’s late goal was reviewed by the VAR in a quick and accurate fashion as the technology enjoyed a low-key, trouble free first match on English soil
Articles: 2 (Rank: 9)
Tonality: 4
Top entities
Comments: 238
Tonality: 0
  • “We can’t out of this make football the perfect game.
  • To minimise disruption, VAR will focus on checking four match-changing situations: whether a goal should stand, penalty awards, direct red cards and mistaken identity.
  • However, Riley stressed at a media demonstration that VAR will focus on “clear and obvious” errors, noting that the aim is for “minimum interference, maximum benefit”.
  • A direct communication link between the officials will enable Swarbrick to advise Marriner when a decision needs to be checked.
  • It will make football much fairer, and limit the influence certain teams have enjoyed over referees.
  • When I was training to be a referee, all be it in the amateur game, we were told, if running the line, to keep level with the rearmost defender in order to spot players offside.
  • VAR is to catch obvious errors or misappications of the laws, it should be used for fake precision.
  • Hope this doesn't make football like rugby, the game stopping every 5 mins.
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1.8 4 0
Netanyahu son bragged about gas deal outside strip club, tape reveals
While on tour of clubs with minder in tow, Yair Netanyahu is heard telling friend: ‘My dad made an awesome deal for your dad’
Articles: 2 (Rank: 10)
Tonality: -5
Top entities
Comments: 0
Tonality: 0
  • According to the Israel Television Channel, the tape features the voices of Yair Netanyahu and Ori Maimon, a son of the gas tycoon Kobi Maimon.
  • The statement issued by the 26-year-old emerged as the Israeli prime minister issued his own statement amid continuing political fallout from the tape.
  • In an apology issued later by Yair Netanyahu he said: “In a evening conversation, under the influence of alcohol, I spoke nonsense about women and other things that were better left unsaid.
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Apple investors call for action over iPhone 'addiction' among children
Open letter highlights growing concern that Silicon Valley is damaging youth and urges new parental controls, child protection committee and release of data
Articles: 2 (Rank: 11)
Tonality: -0
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Comments: 0
Tonality: 0
  • “I can control my decision, which is that I don’t use that shit.
  • I can control my kids’ decisions, which is that they’re not allowed to use that shit,” said Chamath Palihapitiya, a former Facebook executive in charge of growth.
  • The open letter reflects growing concerns on the long-term impact of technology such as smartphones and social media on children.
  • Apple plans ‘more robust’ parental tools after iPhone addiction claims Jeremy Hunt attacks Facebook over app aimed at children
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Football coach Barry Bennell was determined paedophile, court told
Former Crewe Alexandra coach, who now calls himself Richard Jones, systematically abused young boys, prosecutor says
Articles: 2 (Rank: 12)
Tonality: 10
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Comments: 0
Tonality: 0
  • The court heard that one boy recalled his family being taken in by the way Bennell “presented to the world as an attractive, confident and skilful individual”.
  • “Although it seems that Mr Jones, or Mr Bennell, was a skilled and relatively successful coach, we allege that he had a much darker side,” Johnson said.
  • Bennell has admitted seven charges of sexually abusing three boys aged 11 to 14, but denies 48 other counts relating to 11 boys aged as young as nine from 1979 to 1991.
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Oprah Winfrey for president: a wild idea that just got dramatically more real
The entertainment entrepreneur’s electrifying speech at the Golden Globes produced an outpouring of reaction urging the celebrity to run in 2020
Articles: 2 (Rank: 13)
Tonality: 14
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Comments: 0
Tonality: 0
  • The entertainment entrepreneur’s electrifying speech at the Golden Globes produced an outpouring of reaction urging the celebrity to run in 2020 Oprah Winfrey for president?
  • They’re the women whose names we’ll never know.
  • Eighteen years later, he received the Cecil B DeMille award at the 1982 Golden Globes.
  • Winfrey, who along with most of the show’s other female attendees wore a black gown to show support for victims, was the first African American woman to receive the annual Cecil B DeMille award.
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Peter Preston obituary
Guardian editor who during 20 years in the role played a decisive part in shaping the paper’s future
Articles: 2 (Rank: 14)
Tonality: 10
Top entities
Comments: 208
Tonality: 7
  • “Peter was hard to read but a joy to work for.
  • It was his life’s work, to the end.” Richard Gott, formerly features editor, took on a role that Preston had previously excelled at.
  • He was editor when the Guardian sold more copies than at any other time in its history.
  • The Guardian that Peter inherited was a very different paper from the one you are reading today.
  • No editor in the paper’s history had displayed greater commitment and diligence.
  • A superb editor of a great newspaper that faced many challenges.
  • It was a great paper and he was a great editor.
  • Although I was a junior staff member new to the paper, Peter Preston sought me out and ensured that I was given all the time and support I needed to fully recover.
  • I joined in, picked up my copy of The Guardian, editor Peter Preston.
  • As a graduate trainee at The Guardian I narrowly escaped from the King’s Cross fire; suffering from smoke inhalation and trauma.
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1.2 7.9 0
Ashes 2017-18: our writers’ end-of-series awards
England and Australia jostle for the awards for best moment, match, and breakthrough player. Best player? Well, maybe the award should be renamed
Articles: 2 (Rank: 15)
Tonality: 16
Top entities
Comments: 680
Tonality: 6
  • England and Australia jostle for the awards for best moment, match, and breakthrough player.
  • For Australia, Pat Cummins defied predictions superbly to get through the series.
  • AC Steve Smith’s brilliant catch at second slip to dismiss Dawid Malan in Sydney seemed to sum up how he controlled the entire series like a puppetmaster.
  • This really is a special player we are watching.
  • Chipped in with half-centuries at Adelaide and Perth before nicking off, but failed and was well short of his best in both Brisbane and Melbourne.
  • TheHarry That XI v David Warner Usman Khawaja Glenn Maxwell/Jake Lehmann Steve Smith Shaun Marsh Mitchell Marsh Tim Paine Pat Cummins Mitchell Starc Josh Hazlewood Nathan Lyon But maybe James Pattinson is a go, too.
  • Hameed Cook Root Northeast Bairstow Stokes (assuming police investigation over) Foakes Woakes Roland Jones Leach Tongue.
  • The Sun would have likely said that a very fortunate England side of second rate players beats an unlucky team of competent Australian rising stars.
  • Key moments slipped through England's fingers too many time during the series.
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4.7 9.9 0
Jeremy Hunt has raised the stakes in how history will judge him
As well as overseeing the NHS’s 70th birthday celebrations, the health and social care secretary will take charge of long-awaited reform
Articles: 2 (Rank: 16)
Tonality: 10
Top entities
Comments: 154
Tonality: -2
  • As well as overseeing the NHS’s 70th birthday celebrations, the health and social care secretary will take charge of long-awaited reform So now it is the Department of Health and Social Care.
  • Andrew is a composite of service users interviewed by researchers Join the Social Care Network for comment, analysis and job opportunities, direct to your inbox.
  • Contrary to initial and excitable reports, Hunt did not ask May to add social care to his brief.
  • Connectedness, purpose and reciprocity have been vital to Andrew’s recovery.
  • Jeremy Hunt has been made Secretary of Health and Social Care because God knows he’s not struggling enough already.
  • Right then….private health lobbying, and a creeping pauperisation of NHS hospitals by former Health Secretary Andrew Lansley.
  • It's not just older people that use social care.
  • Forcing obese people and smokers to pay more tax would not require any change to the way the NHS is run, although it would be very difficult and expensive to implement or police in a fair way.
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6.1 4.8 0
Ray Thomas obituary
Founding member of the Moody Blues best known as the group’s flautist
Articles: 2 (Rank: 17)
Tonality: 14
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Comments: 0
Tonality: 0
  • Also in the band were Lodge and the keyboards player Mike Pinder.
  • Thomas, Pinder and Edge recruited Lodge and a guitarist, Justin Hayward, and the hits soon resumed.
  • Though they started out as an R&B band in Birmingham, the Moody Blues became early pioneers of symphonic rock, and precursors of the 1970s progressive movement.
  • Their 1967 album Days of Future Passed is a prog-rock landmark, and Thomas’s flute solo on the single Nights in White Satin one of its defining moments.
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Bafta nominations 2018: Shape of Water leads the way as Joanna Lumley announced as new host
Fantasy drama receives 12 nominations for revamped awards, which will be presented by Absolutely Fabulous star following Stephen Fry’s departure
Articles: 2 (Rank: 18)
Tonality: 30
Top entities
Comments: 562
Tonality: 6
  • Guillermo del Toro’s swirlingly sensuous fantasy Shape of Water leads the list, but why on earth has Greta Gerwig missed out – again?
  • Darkest Hour and Three Billboards each received nine nominations, including best film and outstanding British film.
  • And the fact that Paul Thomas Anderson’s wonderful film Phantom Thread is not on the best film or director lists is also disheartening, although of course Daniel Day Lewis has his statutory best actor nomination.
  • There was also cheer for two films largely overlooked at the Golden Globes.
  • IIRC, Gravity was classed as a British film.
  • Women are 2nd class citizens in the industry and excusing sexism is stupid.
  • "Bafta nominations 2018: no female directors again betrays #MeToo message"
  • Joanna Lumley lost an awful lot of credibility and respect in my opinion over the whole Garden Bridge fiasco.
  • But for specific categories like acting, writing, directing, wouldn't it be nice if they went to British people or for films produced in the British film industry.
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1.1 0.1
'Two consenting adults': couples across Australia make marriage equality real
Guests cheer as Ron van Houwelingen and Antony McManus marry legally after 30 years together, one of several couples rushing to use Australia’s new legislation
Articles: 2 (Rank: 19)
Tonality: 24
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Comments: 167
Tonality: 6
  • Guests cheer as Ron van Houwelingen and Antony McManus marry legally after 30 years together, one of several couples rushing to use Australia’s new legislation Usually at a wedding, the biggest cheer follows the kiss.
  • With rainbow flags waving from the seats and the marriage certificate freshly signed, Van Houwelingen turned to the audience.
  • The couple have committed to each other in 16 unofficial wedding ceremonies, but this will be the first legal marriage, and one of the first in Australia since marriage equality was legalised in December.
  • To be fair, given the percentage of people identifying as LGBTIQX as a portion of the population, and the enormous vote for change, we gimps, and our straight mates deserve a slight nod!
  • It is truly a great day when 2 people - irrespective of sexualising orientation or gender - commit to marriage, and those who love and support them can share in their joy.
  • Forcing a vote on the legitimacy of the relationships of gay people was an horrendous thing to put people through.
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8.8 0 0
Theresa May promotes rising stars as reshuffle continues
New jobs for Caroline Dinenage, Dominic Raab, Margot James and Alok Sharma as experienced colleagues sacked
Articles: 2 (Rank: 20)
Tonality: 10
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Comments: 0
Tonality: 0
  • Rory Stewart became a minister of state in the justice department, moving from international development, while Stephen Barclay was made a minister of state at health, moving from the Treasury.
  • The junior ministerial changes were billed in advance as an opportunity for May to clear out some older ministers and promote newer MPs, after Monday’s moves left the cabinet still overwhelmingly male and white.
  • Garnier said in a tweet he was “very sad” to have left the international trade department but would support May from the backbenches.
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0 0 0.075
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4.8 3.5
Mothercare shoppers throw a Christmas tantrum
Customers just want cheaper stuff in the age of Amazon. The baby-centric chain’s poor festive sales means its lack of discounts is costing it dear
Articles: 2 (Rank: 21)
Tonality: 4
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Comments: 96
Tonality: 7
  • Retailer follows Debenhams in reporting poor festive trading period, with sales falling by 7% in stores and online Mothercare has issued a profit warning after its sales slumped over the Christmas period.
  • Customers just want cheaper stuff in the age of Amazon.
  • The Mothercare chief executive, Mark Newton-Jones, said: “There has been a softening in the UK market with lower footfall and website traffic resulting in lower spend in both stores and online.
  • The company blamed a slump in consumer demand since the end of September.
  • Dr Suzanne Zeedyk from the University of Dundee wrote in 2008 about the damage to children and their development by being out in a "forward facing buggy".
  • Do you check the tax policies of each company you use or just pick in the relatively easy target of amazon because it is in the news? Corporation tax is payable on profit, not turnover.
  • But Mothercare isn't full of top-quality British products - it looks and lasts like the same stuff you can buy anywhere else for half the price.
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Oprah Winfrey: one of the world's best neoliberal capitalist thinkers
Oprah is appealing because her stories hide the role of political, economic and social structures in our lives. They make the American dream seem attainable
Articles: 2 (Rank: 22)
Tonality: 9
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Comments: 1205
Tonality: 4
  • During the 2016 elections, Democrats insisted that competency is essential in any presidential candidate.
  • Oprah is appealing because her stories hide the role of political, economic and social structures in our lives.
  • There’s no distinction between the quality and productivity of different people’s social and cultural capital.
  • In an appearance on Larry King Live, Oprah acknowledged that she had become concerned about the message of her show and so had decided to embark on a new mission “to lift people up”.
  • The US has always elected people who were either Major Generals (Eisenhower, Grant, Harrison, Taylor, Washington) or people who had considerable service in branches of governance or Law.
  • Surely someone must have by now worked out the mathematics of Oprah.
  • Carnegie and Simon realized true American Dream because they realized true love.
  • That aside, the argument that "Trump and Oprah are both rich and inexperienced so are therefore the same thing" is pretty thin, as is the accusation that Dems are imitating Reps.
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