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State Democrats overwhelmingly endorsed Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont for governor this past weekend. Lamont got 87 percent of the vote. 

Democrats Endorse Lamont, Block Ganim From Primary

May 19, 2018
Mark Pazniokas / CTMirror.org

Democrats endorsed Ned Lamont for governor Saturday, putting their stock in a wealthy Greenwich businessman who became a national figure in 2006 with his antiwar challenge of U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman. They rejected an 11th-hour plea by Bridgeport Mayor Joseph P. Ganim to overlook his criminal record and place him on the primary ballot.

Murphy Tells Democrats To Fight Trump, Not Each Other

May 19, 2018
Mark Pazniokas / CTMirror.org

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy accepted the Democratic nomination for a second term Friday with a speech framing the 2018 election up and down the ballot as an existential battle for control of Hartford and Washington with a Republican Party that has lost its compass with President Donald Trump at the helm.

Ganim The Last To Oppose Lamont At Convention

May 18, 2018
Joe Ganim and Ned Lamont are the last Democratic candidates for governor heading into the weekend's convention.
Ryan Caron King/Lori Mack / Connecticut Public Radio

Intrigue over down-ballot races for lieutenant governor, treasurer and attorney general are expected to dominate this weekend’s Democratic convention as an unopposed U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy is nominated by acclamation for a second term Friday night and Ned Lamont is poised to win the endorsement for governor on a single ballot Saturday.

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton delivers his victory speech after winning the gubernatorial endorsement at the Connecticut Republican convention on May 12, 2018.
Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public Radio

It's a political quagmire that arises every election season. Do you unite behind a single candidate in the spring in hopes of avoiding intra-party divisions in the fall? Or do you let the field of competitors duke it out in a primary and pray that one emerges battle-tested with wide support in time for the general election?

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Donald Glover can do anything. He's an actor and a comedian, he's a singer and a songwriter, he's a rapper and a DJ. Mainstream audiences know him from Community and maybe the FX series he created, Atlanta. Nerdy audiences know him as the voice of Spider-Man, and they're about to know him as a young Lando Calrissian.

But Glover's music -- he sings and raps as Childish Gambino and DJs as mcDJ -- has never quite punched through into the wider popular consciousness, despite some chart success. Until this week, maybe. The new Childish Gambino video, "This Is America," which dropped last Saturday in concert with Glover's hosting Saturday Night Live, has just about 75 million views on YouTube. It is "a milestone" and "a media phenomenon," and it has finally made Glover "a superstar."

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Comedy forces us to confront uncomfortable realities that we prefer to ignore. It also makes us laugh. Laughter is a powerful force. It can release chemicals in our body that make us feel good and help us better cope with the daily stress of living in a world that can lately seem to be spiraling out of control. 

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There are just a few frenetic hours left in the 2018 legislative session. The fate of many controversial bills will be decided between now and when state lawmakers adjourn Wednesday at the stroke of midnight.

What's next for those still dreaming of a Bridgeport casino? Will labor unions be rejoicing over a minimum wage increase? Will a budget deal be brokered on time this year?

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North and South Korean leaders Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong Un met last month in what was deemed an "historic summit" -- spurring reports of a possible peace treaty between the fraught nations.

Coming up, we take an in-depth look at this and other news out of the Korean Peninsula.

We also talk about plans for President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un to meet. What issues top the agenda of the prospective U.S.-North Korea summit? 

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We live in a big world and we're focused on one small speck in it named Donald Trump. 

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Old asylums give us the creeps. The reality of asylums may pale in comparison to the horrors we conjure in our minds. Yet, they were awful. They were dark and dirty and overcrowded. Diseases were rampant and deadly. Staff was abusive. Food was scarce and inedible. Death and suicide were common.

So, why does President Trump want to bring them back? 

Chion Wolf / Connecticut Public Radio

With Jonathan Harris dropping out of the governor's race and throwing his support behind Ned Lamont, the stars seem to be aligning for the Greenwich cable television entrepreneur to capture the Democratic Party's endorsement at its May 18-19 state convention.

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A man kills women because he can't have them. An elected politician reacts harshly to speech he doesn't like. Supporters and critics of Wolf's monologue rip each other apart over whether Wolf went too far or got it just right. 

This is our second Monday in a row where we book no guests and take your calls. What does this mean to you? It's your calls and Colin.

Chion Wolf / WNPR

This week's Nose tackles Kanye's bromance with President Trump. And we've got an update on monkey selfies!

Plus: Courtney Balaker's Little Pink House, which opens today at Real Art Ways in Hartford, tells the story of Kelo v. City of New London. Catherine Keener plays Susette Kelo. There's an unnamed version of Governor John Rowland. Keith Kountz makes an appearance. The movie is kind of Erin Brockovich, but on the Connecticut Shoreline in the Late '90s/Early 2000s. The Nose has seen it.

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Matt Taibbi is an American journalist, author, and iconoclast. He is a contributor to Rolling Stone and the author of nine books, the most recent of which are Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus and I Can't Breathe: A Killing on Bay Street.

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