Lena Headey claims she was sexually harassed by Harvey Weinstein

Game of Thrones actor recounts producer marching her to his hotel room and reacting furiously to a rejection before cautioning her not to tell anyone

The Game of Thrones actor Lena Headey has spoken of how she felt “powerless” during an encounter with Harvey Weinstein, adding her voice to the growing number of women who have accused the producer of sexual misconduct.

In a series of posts on Twitter, Headey said that Weinstein had spoken to her inappropriately at the Venice film festival and reacted with fury when she resisted his advances in a Los Angeles hotel.

Headey says that the first encounter withWeinstein, in Venice, came when she was promoting The Friend Grimm, which was being distributed by the producer’s company, Miramax.” At one point Harvey asked me to take a walk down to the water, I strolled down with him and he stopped and made some suggestive remark, a gesture. I only laughed it off, I was genuinely shocked ,” she wrote.

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A second encounter came as a breakfast meeting with the producer in an LA hotel, which Headey presumed would be about potential work. Headey says that Weinstein began asking questions about her love life and later invited her to his room to look at a script.

” We walked to the lift and the energy changed, my whole body went into high alert, the lift was going up and I said to Harvey,’ I’m not very interested in anything other than run, please don’t think I got in here with you for any other reason , nothing is going to happen ,'” she wrote.

Headey said that Weinstein was ” furious” and marched her to his room with his hand on her back.” I felt wholly powerless ,” she added. When Weinstein’s key card to his hotel room did not work, he walked her to the hotel exit” by grabbing and holding tightly to the back of my arm “.

As Headey was leaving the hotel, Weinstein allegedly whispered:” Don’t tell anybody about this. Not your manager , not your agent .”

” I got into my vehicle and I cried ,” the actor added.

Headey’s account comes after more than 40 other women have accused Weinstein of sexual assault and harassment following the publication of investigations by the New York Times and the New Yorker. Following the revelations, Weinstein was sacked by the board of his company and expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science. On Monday the actor Lauren Holly also came forward with claims against Weinstein, describing an encounter she had with individual producers in a hotel in the 1990 s in which he asked her for a massage while naked.” I wanted to flee. I was frightened ,” Holly told Canadian talk show The Social.

Weinstein has ” unequivocally denied” all allegations of non-consensual sex.” With respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual ,” a spokesperson for the producer said.

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Youre The Only Thing That Keeps Me Going (An Ode To Coffee)

Nathan Dumlao

When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I look for is a cup of coffee- and the first thought that pops in my intellect is you. I don’t know which of the two is more responsible for attaining my heart jolt and perking me up for a new day.

How will I get it today, hot or cold? That’s the same thing I wonder with you. When you’re not at your best, sometimes my first taste of you is sweet, merely to end up in bitterness at the bottom. Sometimes you come on too strong, and other hours there’s a little bit too much fluff and not sufficient substance for me. But however you’re made on any day, I gotta have you every time.

You’re magic. You destroy life’s dull moments until I’m shaking and hyperventilating. You cause me nervousnes sometimes, because you spike my blood too high. But I love it. And when I’m drained and not able to go on, you’re the miracle that turns things around instantaneously. With you in my system, coursing through my veins, I find the strength to do all that needs doing.

Not having you would be a disaster- I would crash if I lost your support. I’m dependent on it. It’s the only thing I can rely on after these long sleepless nights. It’s the only thing that lets my body get through my mountains of hard work. The only vice I have that isn’t actually bad for me, but helps me instead.

I wish it was always a beautiful masterpiece when I have you. That you were well-prepared and refined, inducing you a pleasure to press my lips to at an artisan coffeehouse. But sometimes life’s fuss come in and I’m made to have you quick and easy during a drive-by. And that’s still okay with me. My mind and body crave you, so I’ll have you any route I can. And you fulfill me every time.

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In Eric Ries new book, he tells companies to turn every unit into a cash-strapped startup

All companies are startups until they aren’t. Many struggle to find their way back, too. It’s not the working day of constrained resources or terrible pay or the heart-stopping uncertainty that they’re missing, of course. Instead, the problem is that it’s a lot harder to implement change at an “established” organization, particularly one that’s making money. Yet the smartest companies know change is crucial. As journalist Alan Deutschman wrote a dozen years ago, including in a book of the same title: “Change or die.”

Because that’s easier said than done, CEOs are always attempting out new ideas. Enter the brand-new volume of technologist and entrepreneur Eric Ries, whose last tome, The Lean Startup , became an instant best-seller when it was first published in 2011.

In his latest effort, The Startup Way , Ries says the way to stay on top can be traced to two things: treating employees like clients, and treating business divisions like startups — replete with their own constrained budgets, and even their own committees. Ries offers fairly concrete suggestions regarding how to implement both, too. “A lot of people write manifestos and basically say,’ Do what I say, ‘” says Ries. “I try to get away from that. The details matter a lot.”

We caught up with Ries earlier today to learn more about the book, which will be available to buy beginning Tuesday.

TC: You established a name for yourself with The Lean Startup , which basically told founders to get a minimally viable product into the market, then fix it. Can founders still do that in an age where big companies are getting bigger and moving faster to either copy products, or else acquire their teams ?

ER: People said that years ago about Microsoft, too, that it was going to dominate the internet with its monopoly power. Disruption still brings new power players to the fore. But today, because Facebook and Amazon and Google are so good at what they do, startups do need to up their game. There was a time when you had one innovation that you could ride for decades. That’s over. Continuous reinvention is crucial now. Otherwise, you’re toast.

TC: What about the giant financing rounds of today, even at the seed stage — do they signal the death of the so-called lean startup?

ER: “Lean” never referred to the size of a round. It’s about lean manufacturing and using resources more effectively. Also, huge rounds are genuinely for the privileged few. I’m in Columbus right now, and[ local startups] aren’t experiencing the jumbo seed round.

I will say that one commonality that Silicon Valley has with corporate invention is that we often overfund things, which can be just as lethal as underfunding them.

TC: How did you move from advocating for lean startups to writing this new book?

ER: When a lot of small early founders heard about the lean startup, the latter are aroused about minimal viable products and about pivoting and learning, but they didn’t pay close attention to more boring proportions like management and the need to do continuous invention. In some instances, as these companies passed 100 employees, or even 1,000, they’d ask me to come assistance teach lean startups to people who work for them. You run from the person who is constructing invention decisions, to supporting entrepreneurs who work for you, and they might not be as good as you or you’d be working for them.

These were my friends and I was happy to help them. At the same hour, big companies were asking how they could recapture their innovative DNA and I realized how similar these issues are and thought it was worth exploring.

TC: Obviously, the need to innovate continuously isn’t a new idea. How is your advice to companies different? Is this about pulling in sentiments and notions from a more diverse group of people, either internally or externally ?

ER: I’m a big believer in that thesis — diversity. But in this volume, I tend to focus on structural changes: who gets promoted, how we induce product decisions, the general accountability layer of a company.[ In other words] how do you figure out who is doing a good job and who isn’t? Because there’s a lot of B.S. at the higher levels otherwise that distorts the decisions that are made and consequently makes it hard to attract top talent.

TC: Devote us some concrete instances. Who in Silicon Valley was doing this wrong and figured it out ?

ER: I talk in the book about Twilio and Dropbox and Airbnb; they all had to go through a metamorphosis to empower their internal innovators.

Dropbox, for example, had some failures and was willing to admit that some products didn’t work. Some of its product development was happening internally and some externally, but it doesn’t matter if you plant in the wrong soil. But it had now been developed a much better process that seems closer to entrepreneurship.

TC: By doing what differently ?

ER: You first have to look at whether you’re treating the people who work for you like entrepreneurs or something different; if you’re expecting your product managers to achieve instantaneous success, that’s not[ the standard] to which you were held in the early stages of your company.

Along the same lines, if you aren’t[ giving squads] clear, metered fund, how are they going to have that dearth? It’s that mindset, that starvation, that let’s you say “no, ”[ to delaying product launchings ].[ Companies have to fight] that entitlement money because the more fund you have, the less you want to expose yourself to risk.

TC: Interesting notion. How else do you recommend that companies treat their squads like startups ?

ER: We also talk about creating a growth board.

Right now, most corporate employees exist in a matrix management structure, reporting to different people and having lots of different administrators who have veto power over what they do. But each time a middle administrator checks in, he or she exerts a gravitation influence, and most product mangers who I meet with “says hes” expend 50 percent of their period defending their existing budget against middle manager investigations. That’s a massive taxation on most product teams.

So we treat[ these units] like a startup and create a board of[ say] five exec who they report to infrequently. That way, if any middle manager has a concern,[ the head of that unit] can be argued, “Talk to the board.” It’s like at[ venture firm] Andreessen Horowitz. It has something like 150 employees[ yet] not every person who works there gets to call a portfolio company founder. Not every limited partner who has invested in Andreessen Horowitz gets to call its founders. There are well-defined procedures in place so that founders[ aren’t fielding calls all day .]

TC: Of course, the downside to that is that VCs often don’t know when things go off the rails at startups. How do you persuade executives that they aren’t running that risk by giving these squads so much autonomy ?

ER: It only works if you do limited liability experiments. Often asking, “What’s the worst that could happen? ” is like a death sentence, but you have to think through the possible downsides to mitigate them. So you merely let 100 people buy the product[ at the outset] and add in extra provisions and securities to ensure they have a great experience and you’re smart about the liabilities.

TC: Say that the project works. What happens to the already oft-maligned middle managers of the world?

ER: There haven’t been any layoffs at the companies I’ve worked with. Companies still have to run their core business; there’s plenty for[ middle managers to do] Most are horrifically overworked. Others become reborn as entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial coach-and-fours. Intuit and GE have a whole program for coaching and mentoring, and that becomes part of[ managers’] job description.

This all culminates in preparing a new org chart, one that treats entrepreneurship like a corporate function that’s owned and managed. Right now, if you ask[ many executives ], “Who is in charge of the next big innovation, ” they’ll sometimes say that everyone is in charge of it. Can you imagine if they said that everyone is in charge of marketing or finance or HR? Entrepreneurship is no different. Someone should have operational persons responsible for it.

TC: Do you run into much resistance when you talk with CEOs about empowering employees in this way? It’s easy to imagine that some feel threatened, even as they know their companies need to keep innovating .

ER: What distinguishes really good CEOs is that they care about their legacy, and they’re committed to the long-term health of their organization.

But you’re right. Most CEO are not serious about change because it requires senior managers to change their behaviour. You know how corporate boss can be. This is not always a very welcome technique. I’ve been kicked out of plenty of boardrooms.

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Science says we trust celebrities. That’s why this actress and mom doesn’t give advice.

Actress Isla Fisher is probably best known for her star-making role in “Wedding Crashers.” But these days she’s got her own set of “clingers” — her three kids.

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Fisher recently stopped by “Today” to dish on all things mom-related and to promote her newest adventure: a children’s volume she wrote based on a silly bedtime improv character she devised called “Marge in Charge.”

Most celeb mothers, and mamas especially, can’t seem to dodge the questions that always seems to come next in interviews or dialogues like this one: ” How do you do it all? What advice do you have for the other moms out there? ”

Many mommies are more than happy to share their supposes.

Fisher said in no uncertain terms that being a successful, famous mama, and now writer, doesn’t mean she’s got everything figured out.

She’s got her hand in a lot of projects — acting, writing, parenting — but dedicating out advice to others is one role she’d rather stay away from.

“I try not to get involved and stand on a soapbox and advise anyone how to do anything, ” she said. “I don’t want to come out publicly and give advice about mothering.”

In a world where mothers are constantly shamed and judged for their choices( breast versus bottle, crib versus co-sleeping, helicopter versus free-range … where does it aim ?), Fisher said the last thing we need is one more voice telling parents they might be doing it all wrong.

“Everyone is doing their best, ” she said.

Fisher is totally right — the onslaught of well-meaning parenting advice can be counterproductive for parents and kids.

You’ve heard of imposter syndrome — the constant fear that you’re not good enough and will eventually be “found out” by everyone. Well, parents get it too.

Babies don’t come home from the hospital with instruction manual. We buy some in the form of dozens of parenting books. We browse Facebook and Instagram where our friends preach the methods that have worked for them. We turn on the Tv and listen to celeb mothers who seem to have all the answers.

Much of what we read and hear is contradictory, leaving us even more confused than before.

Fisher should be applauded for refusing to take part . Science presents that celebrities wield an extraordinary level of influence over people due to their status, and while that influence can be used to promote good causes and raise awareness of issues, it can just as easily create noise and confusion.

There’s a lot that mothers need to know. But the most important thing, as Fisher suggests, is doing your best and observing your own way.

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Too rude for Paris? ‘Copulating’ sculpture causes stir in French capital

Dutch artist says it is not sexual, but Louvre decided giant statue of human appearing to copulate with an animal was too rude to be displayed

From a vandalised butt-plug to a desecrated” queen’s vagina“, Paris has often been at the centre of rows over whether some public art is supposedly too rude to go on show.

But the most recent spat over a giant metal statue of a box-like figure appearing to copulate with a geometric being on all fours proving that the label” too rude” can, for some Paris museums, be seen as a badge of pride.

Domestikator, a 12 -metre-high, 30 -tonne rust-red run by the Dutch sculptor Joep van Lieshout, has just been installed in Paris’s prime place for modern statue: the esplanade of the Pompidou Centre modern art museum. But it was only given refuge there after being rejected by the more genteel Louvre museum as too sex in the city’s latest sculpture spat.

The work was initially to be shown in the Tuileries Garden, adjacent to the Louvre- France’s most visited museum- as part of the annual international contemporary art carnival in the French capital.

But at the last minute the Louvre’s president, Jean-Luc Martinez, backed out of hosting it, fearing controversy.

In a letter to FIAC’s organisers, Martinez said that internet posts and social media about the statue had created” an erroneous perception of this work that might be too rude for the traditional crowd in the Tuileries Garden “.

The Louvre’s decision came after discussion online about whether van Lieshout’s work looked animal or human and whether it was too tacky and lewd to stand outside France‘s most prestigious museum. The Louvre only usually indicates modern runs if they are linked to or commissioned around its own historic collections.

The artist van Lieshout insisted his statue was in no way explicit, saying it was about highlighting” the questions raised by domestication in our world” and was not intended to elicit a sexual interpreting.

” I was astounded first of all, and then of course frustrated, because[ the Louvre Museum] couldn’t prove the art work ,” he told Reuters.” I don’t think it’s very sexually explicit. I mean, I don’t know what I can do to make it less sexually explicit .” He insisted that his work defined the domestication of animals by humen for agriculture and industry, highlighting the ethical issues surrounding that.

The Pompidou Centre said the work was in no way obscene, rather that it was funny. Bernard Blistene, the Pompidou director, argued:” Obscene, pornographic? Well, profanity is everywhere, porn, sadly, is everywhere- surely not in this work of art .”

The statue had been displayed for three years in Bochum, Germany with no dispute. But Paris is fertile ground not just for assuring racy connotations in modern statue, but also for vandalism against outdoor works deemed controversial.

Three years ago, the American artist Paul McCarthy put up his run Tree- described as resembling a giant inflatable “butt-plug”– near the French justice ministry and Ritz hotel in Paris’s Place Vendome, only to become the target of a conservative backlash. When McCarthy then had his face slapped in public and vandals cut the inflatable sculpture’s cables, the artist decided to give up on the installation. At the time Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo said the incident was an unacceptable attack on artistic freedom.

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10 Things You Need To Know About The Aquarius In Your Life

Matthew Kane

1. They keep their heads in the clouds.

Aquarians are creative thinkers and expend most of their time inside their own heads. They guess visually and fantasize about how they can make all of their wildest dreams come true. They are not satisfied with surface level supposing. They like to think outside the box and enjoy coming up with new ways to do things. They want to know what, where, when, why, and how. The only question you’ll hear them asking more than “why” is “why not? ” The sky is the limit for an Aquarius and they are generally make all of their dreamings realities.

2. There is never a dull moment.

Calling an Aquarius eccentric would be an understatement. This sign dances to the beat of their own drum and lives life to the fullest. You’ll never know what to expect from an Aquarius. They are quirky, outgoing, fun, and spontaneous. Strangers become instant friends for the inquisitive Aquarian who detects the mystery intriguing. They are always down to try new restaurants, check out new venues, or listen to new music. You never know who you’ll meet at their parties because none of their friends are ever the same.

3. They are open minded.

Aquarians adhere to a “live and let live” attitude. They possess an extremely open mind and zero tolerance for ignorance. This is not to say they don’t have their own set of values; they surely do. They understand that how you choose to live your life is none of their concern, just like how they choose to live theirs is none of yours. They won’t argue with you over differing viewpoints unless you’re just plain hateful. They know that ignorant minds are simply fearful minds who need to push past familiar consolation zones. They feel overwhelmed by the issues in the world and want to solve any injustice they come across.

4. They can be persuasive.

An Aquarius can turn a mundane narrative into an exciting one. They will pitch their notions persuasively, but they don’t want you to always agree with them. They respect people who have their own opinions and ways of looking at complex issues. They rapidly lose respect for those who follow the crowd and blindly believe everything they hear.

5. They are sensitive.

Aquarians are most widely known for their aloof and independent personalities. This goes back to the fact that they always have their heads in the clouds. Those who don’t are all aware very well may consider them cold or emotionally distant. This could not be further from the truth. Aquarians wear their hearts on their sleeves, but only for those who know them best. Unless you are part of their inner circle, you will never insure them cry or demonstrate much emotion. If you are part of their inner circle, prepare to be amazed by their dramatic showings of sentimentalism and emotion.

6. They are honest.

You will never wonder where you stand with an Aquarius because they will honestly tell you. An Aquarius is going to tell you what you need to hear , not what you want to hear. This is exactly why their friends seek them out most for real world advice. They love helping others and enjoy helping people kind through their problems. While they won’t sugarcoat the truth, you’ll always know it’s coming from a place of love.

7. They can be stubborn to a fault.

Aquarians know what they want and aren’t afraid to go after it. They put a lot of thought into their decisions, so once they attain them, they do not like to back down. Usually, they are more than willing to compromise if you explain yourself logically and show them that your decision has been carefully considered.

8. They fall in love between their ears.

Aquarians aren’t impressed by showy romantic gestures. All of the romantic gestures in the world won’t entail a thing to the Aquarian that isn’t turned on by your intellect. Aquarians love a partner who will challenge them mentally by not always agreeing with them or giving in to their demands. The quickest style to drive an Aquarius wild is to tell them exactly what you want and how you want it.

9. They are fiercely independent.

It’s not that they don’t want assist, but they dread the thought of having to ask for it. Aquarians love to be seen as self-sufficient individuals who can manage what life throws at them successfully. In relationships, they don’t fear commitment as long as their partner devotes them the freedom to express themselves how they opt. The happiest Aquarian is one with a grounded and supportive partner. This balances them out and brings them back down to earth.

10. They are loyal.

Aquarians value allegiance above all else. While they may seem a bit all over the place at times, you can always trust them to have your back. They will be the people who always show up for you no matter how much period has passed or how much distance separates you. Once you are loved by an Aquarius, you are able to always have a lifelong friend.

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s baby is due in April

Royal couple announce the month they are expecting their third child, who could therefore arrive on the Queens birthday

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s third baby is due in April, the couple have announced, shortening the odds of the new arrival coming on a very significant date.

While the couple have not confirmed the exact due date, there is a chance the newest addition to the royal family could share their birthday with their great grandmother, the Queen, who will celebrate her 92 nd on 21 April.

A couple of days later comes St George’s Day, 23 April. If the newest prince or princess, who will be fifth in line to the throne, were to arrive a little later in the month, 29 April, they would coincide with the Cambridges’ seventh bridal anniversary.

There has been no proclamation from Kensington Palace about where the duchess will give birth, though it is expected, as with her first two pregnancies, she will choose the private Lindo wing of St Mary’s hospitalin Paddington, London, unless she opts for a home birth.

News of the pregnancy was revealed in September due to the duchess suffered by severe morning sickness, which led to her cancelling royal involvements.” We require Catherine to get over this first bit and then we can start celebrating ,” William said at the time.” It’s always a bit anxious to start with, but she’s well .”

Not everyone was excited by the news, and the BBC news presenter Simon McCoy delivered the update in what is quickly becoming his trademark, sarcastic manner.

In a video shared widely on Twitter, McCoy said:” Bearing in mind they announced she was pregnant back in September, and it was thought she was two, three months pregnant, I’m not sure how much news this really is.

” Anyway it’s April, so clear your diaries, get the time booked off because that’s what I’m doing .”

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Porsche launches on-demand subscription for its sports cars and SUVs

Want to drive a Porsche, without actually owning one? Porsche’s new Passport subscription program could be just what you’re looking for. The on-demand short-term rental program permits anyone in Atlanta to subscribe for $2,000 per month, which will provide access to eight models of Porsche including the 718 Boxster, Cayenne and Cayman S at launch.

Those who are interested a bit more can sign up for the Accelerate program, which is $3,000 per month, but which provides access to a total of 22 Porsche models and variants, including the 911 Carrera S, the Macan GTS and the Cayenne S E-Hybrid SUV.

The price of membership may seem steep, but it coverings tax, enrollment, insurance, upkeep and even detailing fees, which can really add up when you’re talking about a Porsche. Also there’s a one-time $500 activation fee, as well as both a background and a credit check which is probably a somewhat reasonable ask given the value of the vehicles you’ll be getting.

Atlantans who sign up can get their vehicles delivered on-demand to the place of their choosing in the metro Atlanta area starting this November, and then can exchange their autoes for other models also employing the Porsche Passport app. This Atlanta pilot, and its results, will determine whether Porsche continues to grow the program in the future.

Subscription-baesd car programs are increasingly an option automakers are looking to change up ownership and deal with the changing demands of clients. Cadillac debuted its own similar program early this year, and it’s likely going to be an option more vehicle manufacturers look at as consumers look around for alternatives to buying vehicles outright or traditional leasing models.

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John McCain’s emotional, career-encompassing speech will live on for generations to come.

Months after being diagnosed with brain cancer, John McCain delivered one of the best speeches of his long political career.

The 81 -year-old Arizona senator was this year’s recipient of the Constitution Center’s Liberty Medal, an award given annually to an individual who exemplifies “courage and conviction” and strives “to secure the boons of autonomy to people around the globe.” Recent past recipients include Rep. John Lewis, the Dalai Lama, Malala Yousafzai, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

After being introduced by former Vice President Joe Biden, McCain gave a speech that really needs to be heard by people across the political spectrum.

McCain called on lawmakers to find common ground and reject the hyper-partisanship that’s infected Washington in recent years.

While he and Biden didn’t always agree on policy during their hour as colleagues in the U.S. Senate, McCain noted, they never doubted that the other had the best interests of the country in intellect. Politics, McCain indicates, used to be more than merely a game of power.

“We believed in the institution “were in” privileged to be used in, ” McCain said of his working relationship with the former VP. “We believed in our reciprocal responsibility to assists construct the place run and to cooperate in finding solutions to our country’s problems. We believed in our country and in our country’s indispensability to international peace and stability and to the progress of humanity. And through it all, whether we argued or concurred, Joe was good company.”

The most headline-grabbing portion of McCain’s speech was a call to repudiate dread and embrace the obligations the U.S. has made to the international community.

Nationalism and “America First” stances didn’t induce America great; our commitment to the outside world did. It’s at this point in his speech where the war hero begins to get a bit choked up, reflecting on the country as it is and as it should be.

He asked those around him to repudiate ” half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems , ” calling that attitude and those policies unpatriotic .

The common thread between those two points — discovering common ground with those we disagree with and rejecting isolationism — is empathy.

To be sure, McCain’s postures haven’t always reflected an empathetic worldview. With hawkish postures on foreign policy and his past pushings to gut the Affordable Care Act, he’s surely an imperfect messenger of an important lesson. In this speech, though, as he reflected on some of the brightest moments in his career, it is the basic bond of human empathy as a motivating factor that stands out the most.

“I’ve find Americans construct sacrifices for our country and her causes and for people who were strangers to them but for our common humanity, sacrifices that were much harder than the service asked of me, ” he said, his voice hesitating ever so somewhat, tinged with feeling. “And I’ve ensure the good they have done, the lives they freed from tyranny and injustice, the hope they fostered, the dreams they made achievable.”

Watch John McCain deliver his powerful, thoughtful retrospective on life as a public servant below.

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Trump spoke to families of Americans killed in Niger

President Trump has spoken to the families of all four U.S. soldiers who were killed in an ambush in the West African country of Niger earlier this month.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Tuesday that Trump “offered condolences on behalf of a grateful nation and assured them their families’ extraordinary sacrifice to the country will never be forgotten.”

Trump said in a news conference Monday that he had written letters to the families and planned to call them, crediting himself with taking extra steps in honoring the dead properly. “Most of them didn’t stimulate calls, ” he said of his predecessors. He said it’s possible that Obama “did sometimes” but “other chairmen did not call.”

The remarks provoked visceral reactions by former staffers in the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations, many of whom recounted face-to-face sessions between commanders-in-chief and the families of fallen soldiers.

The U.S. troops killed in Niger Oct. 4 were patrolling in unarmored trucks with Nigerien troops when their escort was attacked by activists thought to be affiliated with ISIS.

The Associated Press contributed to this report .

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