TV abounds in flashy villains and damaged anti-heroes, but Tony Soprano was something else: a mundane, banal, unimaginative suburban husband and father with mother issues whose business ran on murder. To hold our interest playing a man like that, to make us root for him to succeed while fearing what he’ll do next — that’s a gift.
I think I’m going to have Mavis call him and tell him to be nice to me.
Jeff Tweedy, saying he might ask Mavis Staples to put in a good word for him with Bob Dylan, ahead of touring together this summer.
In a new USA TODAY/Pew Research Center Poll, most Americans say Edward Snowden should be prosecuted, but two-thirds don’t like the idea that the government is collecting their own communication records.
The poll shows a nation riven by cross-currents about the unauthorized disclosures from the former NSA contractor of sweeping surveillance programs that can collect information about millions of Americans and foreigners.
By 54%-38%, those surveyed say he should be prosecuted. Most Americans say the programs have helped prevent terrorist attacks, by 53%-41%, a point pressed by top administration officials including Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.
There is an almost even split on the most fundamental question. By 48%-47%, Americans divide over whether they approve or disapprove of the programs as part of the effort to fight terrorism. By another narrow margin, 49%-44%, they say the release of classified information serves rather than harms the public interest.