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John McCain, New York, USA: Your Thursday Talk



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A Break Line in the Midterm Race

• Andrew Gillum's victory this week in Florida's Democratic primary election for Governor was the latest in a series of high profile triumphs for black candidates. He joins a number of hopeful candidates, including a record number of women fighting for office this fall.

Their success comes when some in the Republican Party embassies with explicit appeals to President Trump take racial fears and resentment.

On Wednesday, Gillum's opponent, Ron DeSantis, described Gillum as an "articulated spokesman" for extreme-left views, fearing that he would "tease" Florida's progress, words that are charged with racist meaning to many African-Americans. Mr. DeSantis described the resulting criticism as "absurd".

Back Story

A young British officer who was hospitalized after the Battle of the Somme began to write a story about the struggle between good and evil, playing gnomes, ghosts and orcs in a hidden city called Gondolin.

The story he spent years tinkering with remained unpublished in the author's lifetime, JRR Tolkien. (His subsequent work is somewhat better known.)

J.R.R. Tolkien brings readers back to Middle-earth in a posthumous novel that is being published today. Agence France-Presse – Getty Images

Called "The Fall of Gondolin," early history is published today in the United Kingdom and the United States as a stand-alone book. (Previous versions appeared in posthumous columns of Tolkien's writings.) Published by Tolkien's son Christopher, 93, "The Fall of Gondolin" anticipates the "Lord of the Rings." His battle scenes and the depiction of the invading Evil seem to reflect his For example, tanks were first used in the Battle of the Somme, and Tolkien describes Gondolin being overpowered by impenetrable "fire dragons" and "snakes of bronze."

The fans of the bestseller are waiting anxiously, to say the least.

"We never dared to dream you see it published," said Shaun Gunner, chairman of the Tolkien Society. "The fall of Gondolin is for many in the Tolkien Community of the Holy Grail of Tolkien Texts. "

Nancy Wartik wrote today's" Back Story "

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