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March 25, 2019

There is still a great question of if Special Counsel Robert Mueller's full report into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia will ever be made public —the attorney general, in his summary, only included four partial quotes — but that isn't stopping book publishers from working themselves into a frenzy over the manuscript. Skyhorse Publishing, Scribner, and now Melville House have all announced plans to publish the report: "We've had an ISBN and a cover design for almost a year now," Melville House's co-founder, Dennis Johnson, told Publishers Weekly.

Skyhorse plans to release the Mueller report with an introduction by attorney Alan Dershowitz within three weeks of the report being made public. "We know that making the Mueller report instantly available will be both a public service and good business," Skyhorse's president, Tony Lyons, told PW. Scribner's edition, which would include some of The Washington Post's reporting as context and an introduction by the paper's investigative journalists Rosalind S. Helderman and Matt Zapotosky, is planned to be released as an e-book within three days, with the paperback edition following in as few as five days, of the report's release, PW adds.

Melville House already has a website, GetMuellerReport.com, for readers to preorder the Mueller report book, with Johnson calling it "the most anticipated publication in American history" and the website deeming it "a document that can actually have an impact on the very future of our democracy." It is the publishing house's first mass market paperback ever, costing $9.99 with an initial print run of 50,000 copies.

Public Radio International reports that "the public may never see a report from Mueller's investigation" while Attorney General William Barr has said his goal is to release "as much" of the report as possible. Jeva Lange

November 7, 2016

The politics reporters and producers at CNN have probably forgotten more about the 2016 election than most people ever knew, and as we come to the end of this long, long race, they are apparently getting a little nostalgic. Before you throw your laptop or phone to the floor in disgust, there were some good times — Birdy Sanders, Jeb! begging people to clap, Sen. Marco Rubio beaning a kid in the head with a football, Donald Trump getting attacked by a bald eagle, Hillary Clinton's shimmy, the "says who?/which polls?" interview, that guy who climbed Trump Tower — along with the bad and the downright ugly. If you need a memory jog to remember why you plan to vote the way you will, or just want to remember how much you have already forgotten, watch CNN's brief look back below. The jaunty music will ease you through. Peter Weber

April 18, 2016

One of the easiest criticisms to level at a film is that it is "not realistic enough," but Mark Wahlberg and the team behind the movie Patriots Day might be taking that a bit too seriously. Wahlberg was spotted dressed as a police officer at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday as part of filming for the Peter Berg-directed movie about the 2013 marathon bombings, The Washington Post reports.

"We're aspiring for real authenticity so that means filming in real locations. We will always ask and we will always be transparent with what our ask is. If there's one person who's uncomfortable, we're more than happy to go elsewhere," Berg told The Boston Globe last month.

Already in Watertown — where police got in a shootout with the brothers who set off the bombs — residents have opposed Berg and his team recreating the gun battle. "For me it was just: There's no way they can do this. Because I'm thinking to myself: That's going to stir things up all over again," one resident, Maria Van Ryn, told NPR.

But the cast and crew have stressed the importance of using real locations for the film. "There's huge pressure to get this right, but we're committed to doing that," Wahlberg said. Jeva Lange

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