Arts & Culture
4:38 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Milwaukee Filmmaker Guides Child Stars to Rave Reviews in 'Mister and Pete'

“The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete” from director/producer George Tillman, Jr., will appear Saturday evening at the Milwaukee Film Festival.
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Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews filmmaker George Tillman, Jr.

While known for its array of films, the Milwaukee Film Festival also pays tribute to people who have made significant contributions to film culture as a whole.

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Movie Reviews
4:15 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

'Don Jon': Smooth Move There, Mr. Gordon-Levitt

Wonder where he gets that: Gordon-Levitt's Jon, looking a lot like a chip off the old block (Tony Danza).
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Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 4:17 pm

Once a child actor on TV, then an indie sensation, then an honest-to-God movie star going head-to-head with the likes of Bruce Willis in Looper and Leo DiCaprio in Inception, Joseph Gordon-Levitt hardly needs to burnish his LinkedIn resume at this point. But that's not kept him from adding a couple of skills — writing and directing — with his latest picture.

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Politics
3:59 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Senate OKs Stopgap Spending Bill, Leaving Obamacare Intact

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 4:17 pm

Tea Party-backed Republican senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee failed to block the Senate from removing language defunding Obamacare from a stopgap spending bill. Democrats proceeded to replace the House spending bill that took away money for Obamacare with their own version that funds the government through Nov. 15, but leaves the Affordable Care Act alone. A federal government shutdown starts Tuesday if both chambers don't agree on a spending plan by then.

Politics
3:59 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Week In Politics: Shutdown Showdown, Obama At The UN And Iran

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 4:17 pm

Robert Siegel speaks with political commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and Ramesh Ponnuru of The National Review magazine. They discuss Congressional wrangling over a continuing resolution to stave off a government shutdown, President Obama's speech at the UN and U.S.-Iranian nuclear negotiations.

Your Money
3:59 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Nixed Flood Insurance Subsidy Drowns Coastal Home Values

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 4:17 pm

In Florida, Louisiana, New York and other coastal states, many homeowners are in shock at new flood insurance rates that are rapidly approaching. After Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy left the National Flood Insurance Program $24 billion in the red, Congress revamped the program--phasing out subsidies. One group especially upset are new homeowners--people who bought a property and are now seeing their flood insurance costs skyrocket, making the property no longer affordable.

Environment
3:59 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

UN Climate Change Report: Sea Level, Air Temperature To Rise

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 4:17 pm

The United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change releases its latest assessment today. This is the fifth since 1990. The reports project the rate of global warming, sea level rise and other expected effects that result largely from our use of fossil fuels, which puts billions of additional tons of carbon dioxide into the air every year.

Middle East
3:59 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Egypt Foreign Minister: Elections And Constitution By Spring

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 4:17 pm

Robert Siegel speaks with former Egyptian ambassador to the U.S. and the current foreign minister for Egypt's interim government, Nabil Fahmy, about some of the crises facing his country.

Middle East
3:59 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Gaza Strip Proves Uneven Refuge For Syrian Refugees

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 3:48 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Some two million Syrians have fled the war in their homeland. Most have sought refuge in neighboring states - Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq. But some have gone farther afield to a place few would consider a safe haven, the Gaza Strip. Emily Harris has that story.

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Middle East
3:59 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Obama Speaks To Iranian President Rouhani

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 4:17 pm

In a press conference Wednesday, President Obama said he had spoken with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani by telephone, the first such contact between the leaders of the two nations since 1979.

Middle East
3:59 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Aid Groups Say Relief Should Be Part Of UN Deal On Syria

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 4:17 pm

UN Security Council diplomats are working on a resolution that focuses on ridding Syria of chemical weapons. Aid groups want the UN to go further and help them open up routes to get desperately needed assistance to Syrians uprooted by the civil war. They say the paralysis on the security council has had a real costs on the ground and has added to donor fatigue.

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